A man was busted for an attempted bank robbery. TV 40 reports that they brought Carlos Rivera into custody. The Mullica Township native went to a TD Bank branch in Hammonton and gave a note to the teller, but ran out soon after before collecting any money.
The unemployed could be getting more help in New Jersey. The highest ranking officials in the Senate and Assembly promised helped in the next couple of weeks. Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver on Thursday announced plans to help laid-off New Jersey workers take advantage of extended federal unemployment benefits, vowing to pass new legislation authorizing the benefits before the current legislative session ends on Jan. 9. The unemployment rate in the state is currently around 9 percent.
A drug bust netted over 400 bags of heroin. Galloway Township Police report that they arrested Stephanie Garcia and Tanisha Watkins. Police there were assisting with a report of an alleged theft from Hamilton Township. Both were charged with possession and possession with the intent to distribute charges and placed in the Atlantic County Justice Facility.
Education will continue to be a major topic in Trenton next year. Gov. Chris Christie spoke to a number of media outlets and said that he will continue to push for reforms within the education system and for his sick pay reform. Christie has been disappointed with the lack of action by lawmakers regarding this points.
The bumpy road along New Jersey Ave. in Wildwood should be fixed in the near future. The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders awarded a $1,921,042.43 construction contract to South State, Inc., Bridgeton, NJ, for resurfacing improvements to New Jersey Avenue (County Road No. 621) from Cresse Avenue to Youngs Avenue in the City of Wildwood. The project consists of removing the existing asphalt and concrete pavement and rebuilding the roadbed.
More action continues today at the Boardwalk Basketball Classic at the Wildwood Convention Center. On Wednesday evening, Wildwood’s girls team dropped a tough game to Lyndhurst, 55-52. That was the championship game of the Kaitlin Anzelone Memorial bracket at the tournament. Wildwood dropped to 3-2 on the season and awaits a big game against arch rival Wildwood Catholic on Saturday at 1pm; that game will be broadcast live on WCZT-FM Radio.
In other girls’ action on Wednesday, Ocean City defeated Berks Catholic of Pennsylvania, 54-33. Millville beat Wildwood Catholic, 50-31. And Cape May Tech defeated Hammonton, 27-21.
A seven year old girl is dead, the victim of a house fire that happened when her parents were not home. Officials in Pemberton Township confirm the death of the little girl who died when her house went up in smoke and flames early this morning. The victim’s brothers and sisters were able to escape the fire and tried to save their sister, but to no avail. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.
A city resident is getting his court fees paid for by the city. Millville City Commissioners approved the payment during their meeting this week for $47,000 for Paul Porreca’s lawyer fees when he brought cases against the city. Porreca is a founder of the Millville First, which is a watchdog group in the city. A court ruled previously that because the cases he brought helped the city and not him personally, his attorney fees had to be paid for.
This might make you think twice at the next red light. A company that runs red light cameras has released a video of what many of the crashes look like. Middle Township and Hamilton Township have both put in applications with the state for cameras, by this group. American Traffic Solutions Inc. The video also includes stats like 100,000 are injured or killed in red light collisions every year.
A successful promotion should continue next year. The Cape May County Chamber of Commerce held a “Shop Local” contest, with various prizes for shopping in the most municipalities and stores in the county. Chamber President Vicki Clark said the promotion worked well in its first year and will likely be expanded next year. This year it wrapped up in the middle of the month so winners could be announced at the chamber’s monthly meeting.