Monthly Archives: July 2012

CAPE MAY HIT WITH SERIES OF BURGLARIES

Cape May Police report a series of burglaries in the city between July 26 and 27. According to a report in the Cape May County Herald, four occupied homes and a vehicle were entered by means of unlocked doors in the vicinity of Maryland, Philadelphia, New Jersey and Idaho avenues. Cape May Police are asking the public to help with their investigation by contacting them with any information at 884-9500 or Cape May County Crime Stoppers at (609) 465-2800. Police also remind the public to reduce theft by locking the doors of their homes and vehicles whenever possible.

NJ STATE TROOPER SURRENDERS IN GSP ESCORT CASE

One of the two NJ State Troopers accused of providing a high-speed escort down the Garden State Parkway for luxury cars has turned himself in. According to the Star-Ledger, Sergeant Nadir Nassry met with authorities on Monday and was released after processing. Nassry, 47, is a 25-year state police veteran. Trooper Joseph Ventrella, a six-year vet, is also charged in the case, but says through his attorney that he is innocent of criminal wrongdoing. The escort incident occurred in March and allegedly reached speeds of over 100 miles per hour.

LAUTENBERG INTRODUCES LEGISLATION TO RESTRICT AMMO SALES

Federal legislation will be introduced to ban individuals from buying thousands of rounds of ammunition online or by mail. On Monday NJ Senator Frank Lautenberg announced the Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act, along with US Rep. Carolyn McCarthy of New York, whose husband was killed in a 1993 shooting incident on a Long Island Rail Road train. Lautenberg says the two are “on a mission” to close loopholes in gun laws that allow people to arm themselves , like the Colorado movie theater shooting suspect.

VOTERS COULD DECIDE WHETHER JUDGE SALARIES CAN BE REDUCED

You may have the power to essentially overturn a Supreme Court decision. The Senate and Assembly voted to give voters the chance to amend the constitution to allow lawmakers the power to reduce judicial salaries. The issue arose when the Supreme Court ruled that the new pension and health care laws don’t apply to judges because they can’t have their salaries lowered according to the constitution. Both houses passed the measure with bi-partisan support.

TRENTON TO SERVE AS MINOR LEAGUE TO FLYERS

The Philadelphia Flyers announced today that they have reached a minor league affiliation agreement with the Trenton Titans of the ECHL, according to General Manager Paul Holmgren.

This will be the second consecutive year that the Titans will serve as the Flyers’ ECHL affiliate.  Under the agreement, players contracted to either the Flyers or the Adirondack Phantoms can be assigned to Trenton, while players contracted to Trenton can be called up by Adirondack.

MIDDLE TOWNSHIP REBONDING, TO SAVE $1.7 MILLION IN SEWER DEBT PAYMENTS

Major savings is coming from a rebonding in Middle Township. Middle Township Committee has moved to take advantage of historically low interest rates in the bond market to save the Middle Township Sewer Utility nearly $1.7 million in future debt service payments. The plan calls for a bond refunding of nearly $11 million of outstanding USDA Sewer Utility Loans.

The rebonding will allow the Sewer Utility to reduce the term of the loans from 35 to 30 years and to decrease the interest rate from about 4.59% to 3.55%.

FLOOD INSURANCE PREMIEMS GOING DOWN IN SEA ISLE CITY

Sea Isle City residents got some great news on Monday. Mayor Leonard Desiderio held a press conference on the steps of city hall to announce that Sea Isle City has just achieved “Class 6 Community” status by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which will result in a 20% discount on flood insurance premiums for local property owners.

The FEMA discounts will take effect on flood policies that renew after October 1, 2012.  By Sea Isle City qualifying for this program, the taxpayers of Sea Isle City will save over $800,000 in insurance premiums each year.

STATE CHARGES MEN FOR UNTHINKABLE 9-11 CHARITY SCAM

They drove around in a pickup truck that had the names of first responders who died in 9/11 painted on the side.  Now, they are charged with asking for money for a charity that doesn’t exist.  The New Jersey Attorney General’s Office has charged two New Jersey men with soliciting donations allegedly for the surviving family members of first responders who died during the attack on America.  The men instead were lining their own pockets with the cash.  Charged in the case are 66 year old Mark Niemczyk of Tinton Falls and 40 year old Thomas Scalgione of Manahawkin.  Both are convicted felons.

REPORT: NEW OCEAN CITY BRIDGE KILLING SEAGULLS

A new $400 million bridge in Ocean City is an alleged killer..of seagulls.  The Philadelphia Inquirer reported over the weekend that 38 seagulls have died on the new Ninth Street Bridge in Ocean City since July 1st.  The Ocean City Humane Society believes that the gulls are dying because winds are blowing the gulls onto the bridge where they either die or suffer serious injuries.  Ocean City Police are aware of the problem and are currently working with the Humane Society and with the New Jersey Department of Transportation to find a solution.

BODY SNATCHERS SOUGHT IN PLEASANTVILLE

Someone broke into a mausoleum at a Pleasantville cemetary over the weekend and removed a woman’s body that was inside a casket.  NBC10 in Philadelphia reports that the incident took place over the weekend at the Atlantic City Cemetary.  Police say someone broke in, opened a casket, and then removed the body of Pauline Spinelli.  Spinelli was nearly 100 years old when she died 14 years ago.