A new contract is coming to firefighters in Vineland. The Daily Journal reports that the Fireman’s Mutual Benevolent Association Local 249 has gotten the new deal. Council approved the contracts on Tuesday, which begins retroactively from 2010 and goes until 2013. According to the report, the only pay increases came from 2011 and 2012 at 1.5 percent. The members also switched to a less expensive health plan.
It will cost you more money to go north and south on the Garden State Parkway. As Coastal Broadcasting previously reported, tolls will be going up on the Parkway by 50 percent to $1.50 instead of a $1 per toll. As a reminder, the tolls go into effect at 6:30 a.m. on Jan. 1. There is also a new monitoring system in place to catch toll cheats, so ensure that you do pay the $1.50 when traveling that roadway.
An arrest was made in a Christmas Eve assault. Atlantic City Police say they have cuffed Yu Zhu, of New York City, in the incident. The victim was sent to the hospital in serious condition for the attack that took place near Caesar’s. Zhu was placed in the Atlantic County Justice Facility on $35,000 bail, for aggravated assault.
A well-known member of the Margate community has passed away. Leo Heintzelman has died at the age of 49. He was the owner of Dino’s Sub Shop in Margate. Heintzelman was a supporter in the community, besides running a successful business.
An attempted bank robbery took place in Hammonton. Police there say the incident took place at the TD Bank branch. A note was given to the teller, but the suspect fled soon after providing the note. Police are looking for information regarding a suspect they say is Hispanic, in his 40′s, and around 5’6” tall. No one was injured in the attempted robbery.
A police officer was charged with driving under the influence. Middle Township Police say they responded to n accident on Tuesday night near milepost 12.9 on Route 47. Mark Mankoski, of Franklinville, was charged with driving while intoxicated and careless driving. He was released and processed. Mankoski is a sergeant with the Delaware River Port Authority. The other driver in the incident refused medical treatment. More charges could be forthcoming in this crash.
A famous singer is vacationing this week in Cape May County. Taylor Swift has been spotted at the Lobster House Restaurant in Cape May, KMart in Rio Grande, and Uncle Bill’s Pancake House. Swift has ties to the Jersey Shore as she had vacationed in Stone Harbor as a child. Her family owns a house there where the family vacationed when she was younger. Swift later moved to Nashville and soon after became a music sensation. Swift has said in previous interviews that she enjoyed Springer’s Ice Cream, and actually sang karaoke at Henny’s.
A final approval could be coming soon to the Stone Harbor Library. Cape May County officials say that a public comment period is on-going till the end of the year regarding the proposed library at 96th St. and the beach in the borough. Some in Stone Harbor have been very opposed to the structure. If the Department of Environmental Protection gives the final sign off, construction could begin as early as the end of January and will take a little over one year to be complete.
An area police department continued its community outreach. A few members of Girl Scout Troop 16118 visited the Egg Harbor Township Police Department Communications Center on Wednesday. The members along with their little brother’s learned how a dispatcher answers emergency calls and how they dispatch the Police, Fire and EMS personnel to the emergency.
Twitter saved the day for one family. Middle Township Police received a call from a person saying they saw a message on Twitter that a friend of theirs had been robbed. Police responded to this residence at 105 West Main St. and found that the three occupants of the residence, a mother and her two children, 17 years old and 19 years old had been bound with zip ties and duct tape and robbed at gun point. Three male suspects entered the residence wearing masks and left with numerous electronic items and an undetermined amount of cash.
The investigation revealed that the suspects misidentified the residence and were looking for someone that resided in a different residence. This is believed to be an isolated incident and was directed to a specific individual.
This case is under investigation by the Middle Township Police Department Major Crimes Unit and the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Middle Township Police Department at 609-465-8700