How will the Philadelphia archdiocese raise the money it needs to pay off legal bills? Sell a house at the Jersey Shore. The archdiocese will be selling a 19-room beachfront property in Ventnor as a way to pay off some of the legal bills associated with a child sex abuse case. The house will be closed up for good on Saturday and will no longer be available for use by retired priests. The archdiocese faces over $17 million in various debt.
The old Steeplechase Pier in Atlantic City may be poised for a comeback. The Press of Atlantic City reports that Resorts Casino wants to rebuilt the pier in the resort and put a restaurant, bar, and some shopping on the pier. The new pier would fall in the footprint of the former pier. Steeplechase Pier was destroyed by a hurricane in 1944 and rebuilt; then, it burned to the ground in 1988.
A Pennsylvania man will spend 20 years in prison for killing a local man in February, 2011. Jason Thorn was in court on Thursday and received the long prison term for killing Joshua Palumbo last winter. Palumbo was shot once in the chest. Thorn tried to withdraw a guilty plea in the case on Thursday but that motion was disallowed by Judge Ray Batten. Thorn shot Palumbo during a drug deal in Wildwood; he must serve at least 85 percent of his sentence.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, July 2nd for longtime local attorney Kenneth Calloway. Calloway passed away at his home on Tuesday in North Wildwood; he was 67 years old. Calloway was well known in the local area for being a municipal court judge in Wildwood, Middle Township, and Sea Isle City. Services will be held Monday at the Radzieta Funeral Home in Cape May Court House.
The traffic signals on Route 47 in Rio Grande at the entrance to the Shoprite Plaza froze and would not change at about 9:30am Thursday morning. Members of the Goshen and Green Creek Fire Police were called in to direct traffic until the lights can be repaired. Expect traffic delays near the problem area.
A doctor could lose his license if he dumps medical waste in the ocean. Legislation sponsored locally by Assemblymen Nelson Albano and Matt Milam to strip licenses from medical professionals and medical waste handling companies found guilty of violating the state’s medical waste anti-dumping laws was unanimously approved by the full Assembly.
The sponsors said they introduced the measure after several South Jersey beaches were forced to close before 2008 Labor Day weekend after illegally dumped medical waste washed ashore. As many as 225 syringes and other medical waste were found in Avalon – leading borough officials to close beaches four times. Syringes also washed ashore in Berkeley, Ocean City, Sea Isle City, Brigantine and Upper Township.
The legislation now awaits consideration in the Senate
After intense thunderstorms hit the area causing power outages for thousands and leaving downed trees & utility poles blocking roadways, Cumberland County officials cleared the last road and officially opened it. Seeley Road, John Dare Road, and Foster Road were all recently opened.
The only roads in the area that are still closed are those that were affected by the storms that hit the area earlier this month. On June 12th, 2012 heavy rain storms caused localized flooding that eroded the roadways and road-bed on Parsonage Road (CR 630 and Tices Lane (CR 730). Those two roads are still closed and scheduled for repairs which should start Friday of this week, or possibly early next week. Both Parsonage Road and Tices Lane are expected to be fully repaired and re-opened in approximately six weeks.
A member of the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office got some big news this week. Gov. Chris Christie nominated Executive Assistant Prosecutor Linda Lawhun to be a Superior Court judge. Lawhun has been with the Prosecutor’s office for the past 15 years.
A number of juveniles have been charged in two robberies. The Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office announced that Tartron Watson, Davonne McNair, Rasheed Baldwin Skyes, and Howard Chandler-Smith, were all sentenced for their roles in a Jan. 21 and 22 robbery of Cafe Antonio and Sal’s Market respectively in Bridgeton.
An Ocean City man pleaded guilty on Wednesday to giving ammunition to Nicky Scarfo, Jr. In federal court in Camden, 43 year-old Todd Stark admitted to giving Scarfo and a friend bullets for a 9mm handgun. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 5 years in jail and a $250,000 fine.