Monthly Archives: February 2012

GAS PRICES SETTING NEW RECORD

State gas prices are higher now than their have ever been on this date. AAA Mid-Atlantic confirmed that the state’s average price of $3.60 was the highest for this time of year. Prices have risen nearly 50 cents since the beginning of the year. Analysts are unsure how high prices are going to get, but expect the trend of higher gas prices to continue over the course of the next few weeks.

COAST GUARD DEPENDABLE TO RETURN HOME

The crew of a local Coast Guard deployment are expected to return home on Friday. The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Dependable, homeported in Cape May, is scheduled to return Friday at 3 p.m. following a 59-day patrol in the North Atlantic. The Dependable crew departed Cape May Jan. 4 and will return after patrolling more than 8,000 miles off New England’s coast in support of Operation Atlantic Venture, which supports maritime safety, security and stewardship missions in the water from Maine to northern New Jersey.

During the patrol, the Dependable’s crew enforced fisheries and safety regulations, marine mammal protection laws and coordinated the efforts of several other Coast Guard surface and air assets, which were conducting the same missions. The Dependable’s law enforcement teams conducted more than 55 boardings to help ensure regulation compliance.

MIDDLE POLICE TO HOST ANOTHER COPS AND COFFEE EVENT

The Middle Township Police Department will be hosting their  community relations program labeled “Cops And Coffee”.  This program is designed to give the public a chance to speak with our local police officers in a casual setting and exchange ideas and concerns over a cup of coffee.  This program will be monthly, at local establishments within Middle Township.  This meeting will be held on Thursday, March 15, 2012 at Avalon Bagel, located on Route 9, in downtown Rio Grande between the hours of 8am and 10:00am.

PHONY MARIJUANA NOW ILLEGAL IN NEW JERSEY

They are called synthetic marijuana drugs, and now they are illegal in the state of New Jersey.  New Jersey Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa announced an all out ban on all of the hundreds of types of synthetic marijuana that has been sold in the state.  The fake pot is supposed to replicate the effects of real marijuana.  The synthetic marijuana is now considered to be a controlled dangerous substance, just like heroin and cocaine.  Synthetic marijuana is the third most commonly abused drugs by high school seniors.

MIDDLE TOWNSHIP MAN INDICTED FOR ATTEMPTED MURDER

A 51 year old Middle Township man has been formally indicted on attempted murder charges relating to an incident at a motel last year.  Michael J. Shelton is charged with first degree attempted murder and other charges after he allegedly stabbed Patrick Gimmilaro in the stomach during a fight at the Shelton Motel in Rio Grande last September.  Shelton was indicted by a grand jury this week; he remains locked up in the county jail on $150,000 cash bail.

COUNTY TO DISCUSS WIDENING OF SEA ISLE’S JFK BOULEVARD

March 7th..that’s when the county will be holding a public information meeting in Sea Isle City to discuss the upcoming widening of JFK Boulevard/Veterans Boulevard in the city.  The county will hold the meeting at the Sea Isle City Public Safety Building.  The roadway often floods during storm events and there are concerns about pedestrian safety.  The reconstruction of the roadway is in its final design stages.  The elevation of the boulevard and Landis Avenue may be addressed to alleviate flooding.

MOM, SON PACK HEAT LOOKING FOR THUGS

A mother and her adult son picked up handguns in Bridgeton this week, packing heat looking for thugs who beat up the young man earlier in the day.  Bridgeton Police announced the arrests of 36 year old Marcia Rivera and her 20 year old son, Joseph Rosario, on charges that they were carrying handguns illegally looking to exact revenge on some men who beat up Rosario earlier in the day on Tuesday.  Police say they received numerous calls about two adults walking around with handguns in broad daylight.  Rosario told his mother that he was assaulted while playing a game of pickup basketball so both packed guns looking for the suspects.

BORGATA TO INVEST $50 MILLION IN NEW HOTEL ROOMS

The casino is not even a decade old, but the Borgata in Atlantic City will pump $50 million into some refurbished rooms.  The casino announced this week that it wants to renovate many of the casino rooms and the entire project should be wrapped up during the early part of summer.  Each room is expected to get a walk in shower for two, a large screen television, and wireless internet service.  Borgata officials say the project is already halfway completed.

WARRIORS DONE: WILDWOOD BOYS LOSE TO WOODBURY

The season for the Wildwood boys basketball team ended Wednesday evening.  Woodbury came to Wildwood High School and defeated the Wildwood Warriors 59-54 in the South Jersey Group I boys quarterfinal game played at Wildwood High School.  Now, three local boys teams are still alive in the postseason:  Middle Township, Wildwood Catholic, and Ocean City.  Wildwood was the second seed in South Jersey and the loss to Woodbury is an upset.

MAN CHARGED LOWER TOWNSHIP BURGLARIES

A string of burglaries have been traced back to a local man. Daniel Loperleveille, of Wildwood, was charged with eight counts of burglary by the Lower Township Police Department. Loperleveille was placed in the Cape May County Jail on $35,000. He was stopped by Wildwood Police carrying a flat screen television walking along Old Rio Grande Blvd.