37 year old Charles R. Kane of Lower Township finally confessed in court on Tuesday that his actions caused the death of a three year old boy two years ago. Kane admitted in court that he shoved the head of Elijah Ulbrich into a refrigerator with the resulting injuries causing the boy’s death. Kane made the confession as part of a plea agreement. He will serve 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to first degree aggravated manslaughter.
An Atlantic City Police officer said he was living in the Stanley Holmes Apartment Complex to help make the area safer. Instead, Michael Jones leased out the home to make a profit. The Press of Atlantic City reports that Jones has been charged with official misconduct for lying about living in the apartment complex as part of a “Live In Police Officers Program”. Jones instead leased the apartment out and pocketed the profits.
A major press event was held in South Jersey Tuesday to kick off what the state calls a “Fugitive Safe Surrender” program. Anyone in our area who’s wanted for non violent crimes or disorderly persons offenses will be able to voluntarily surrender during the program. Dates will be held in late April at the Grace Assembly of God church in Atlantic City. Law enforcement authorities say those who voluntarily surrender will be treated much better than if they are rounded up by police.
A Bridgeton woman took a shower in her own apartment…and discovered that a man was peeping on her. Bridgeton Police have charged 32 year old Nicodemo Perez-Vazquez with invasion of privacy for allegedly peeping on a woman while she showered in an unfinished bathroom wall in her apartment. The woman and Perez-Vazquez lived in separate units in an apartment but shared a bathroom.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has made a public plea to get The Boss in Atlantic City on Labor Day weekend. Christie was at the site of the new Revel Casino in the city on Tuesday and stated that a Bruce Springsteen concert would be a great way to show Atlantic City is open for business. The new Revel Casino will open its doors on Monday; the project cost $2.4 billion and is the city’s first new casino in nine years.
Upper Township adjusted their new school budget at their Monday night public hearing and it was unanimously approved. The Upper Township Gazette reports that the school board chose to defer $442,000 in maintenance to the district’s three facilities, a move that reduced the tax hike by 38 percent. According to Superintendent Vincent Palmieri, the reduction in spending was the “banked cap” that the district was allowed to add to the new budget, based on last year’s zero tax increase. Upper Township has up to three years to use the 2 percent cap in future budgets. The new budget represents 3.2 cent property tax increase, or an extra $109 for an average valued home in Upper Township.
The Cape May County Democratic organization will be meeting Tuesday night at the Old Courthouse to select a slate of candidates for the November election. The group will choose who will run for freeholder against Republican Len Desiderio and the open position of county surrogate. The Facebook page of the Cape May County Democratic Club, indicates that Walt Deegan of Wildwood Crest will be the freeholder candidate, and Jeffrey Sutherland of Ocean City will run for surrogate. The official vote will be taken at Tuesday night’s meeting.
The mercury dipped below the freezing mark throughout South Jersey Tuesday morning, but farmers reported little or no crop damage. The State Department of Environmental Quality announced Monday evening that it would allow farmers to use open burning and “smudge pots” in fields to help save crops as necessary. Due to unseasonably warm winter and early spring weather, crops have grown much earlier than normal and are at a greater risk for damage from freezing temperatures. The official low for the region was 29 degrees at the Atlantic City Airport in EHT.
Wildwood police have announced the arrest of a local man for allegedly sending obscene electronic messages to a 13-year-old-girl. After responding to reports of the contact, Wildwood detectives posed as the young girl and arranged a meeting with the sender of the sexually explicit messages. Police arrested 20 year-old John Denicola, Jr., of Wildwood and charged him with attempted sexual assault, endangering the welfare of a child, and other charges. Denicola was sent to the Cape May County Jail on $75,000 full cash bail.
Cumberland County is trying to upgrade it’s economy, recognized as the worst in New Jersey. Both local and county officials met on Monday to roll-out their plan called PRIDE, or Partners in the Revitalization, Investment and Development of the Cumberland County Economy. A memorandum of understanding was signed by those officials at Cumberland County College, to agree to work on the plan. New Jersey Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno attended the event and said the plan would be used as a model for other counties throughout the state.