Plans for a 25-megawatt wind farm off the New Jersey coast have been delayed by the BPU, according to a statement released by the Sierra Club on Wednesday. The environmental group says the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities is responsible for delays in approving construction of the wind farm which could be in operation by September of 2014. The Sierra Club claims that the BPU has taken over 18 months to draft rules governing the generation and sale of offshore renewable energy credits.
Authorities have released the names of the individuals involved in a fatal single-vehicle accident on Tuesday in Pleasantville. Allison Hawks Nasta, 28, of Manchester, New Hampshire, was driving her husband and two daughters on the Black Horse Pike when their vehicle crashed into a utility pole. William Nasta, 34, a passenger in the front seat, was killed in the crash. His wife was later arrested and slapped with various charges, including driving on a suspended license and posession of drug paraphenalia. Nasta was released on a summons.
It’s been just over one year since four Mainland High School football players lost their lives in a tragic car accident. The Press of Atlantic City reports that three of the four victims tested positive for chemicals found in marijuana, according to a New Jersey State Police report released Wednesday. The report says that the levels discovered in the driver of the vehicle and two of the other teens, could possibly have lead to impairment. State Police also said they found a substance believed to be marijuana at the crash site, and sent it to a lab for testing. On Wednesday authorities said those test results will not be released. The accident occurred on August 20th, 2011, as the football players were on their way to a team breakfast in Mays Landing following the last practice of the summer.
Police in Lancaster, Pa, have charged a woman with helping an accused murderer flee to Wildwood in June. Amber Faye Foultz was charged on Tuesday with several counts, including hindering apprehension. Foultz allegedly helped 23 year-old Gary Gerlach flee to Wildwood, after authorities found the bodies of his girlfriend and her mother. Gerlach was arrested and charged with the murders, which occurred on June 15th.
The US Coast Guard suspended it’s search for missing Middle Township Police Officer Jason Sill on Tuesday night, but NJ State Police continued a surface search on Wednesday. They will decide whether to continue looking for Sill today. Search teams have covered 75 square miles of ocean and inlets since Sill’s boat was found abandoned on Monday.
A man charged with computer theft plead guilty in court on Tuesday. Allal Witten, of Atco, worked at Global Technology Business Machines as a salesman, and according to prosecutors, obtained personal information on several individuals without authorization. Witten was officially charged in May. He will get five years probation in accordance with the plead deal.
Brian Westbrook made it official on Wednesday, hanging up his cleats as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles. Westbrook played with the team for eight years, before moving to San Francisco to finish out his career. The running back great said the Eagles were a great organization, and took a greater appreciation of that once he left Philly. A press conference was held on Wednesday and he will be honored later this season.
A Deptford man plead guilty to attempted luring of an underage girl. Michael Schiavo also provided a guilty plea for attempted sexual assault. Schiavo had set up a meeting with a “14-year-old girl,” but was met by members of the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s office. The plea agreement says that he will serve a five-year prison term and will be subject to parole supervision for life, and he must register under Megan’s Law.
Hurricane Issac made his impact felt all the way in South Jersey. Prices are the pump increase at most gas stations in the past couple of days from anywhere between a few cents and ten cents. Oil production had to be shut down in that area because of the storm and safety concerns. Prices across the country are on the rise as a result. Prices have been going up slowly at the end of the summer, following a drop that began after Memorial Day.
A plane couldn’t make a steady landing and flipped over in Millville. At about 2:45 p.m. on Wednesday, a Beechcraft Baron Twin engine aircraft touched down on Runway 14-32 at Millville Airport. According to one eyewitness account, the aircraft bounced several times on the runway, veered off into the grass, traveled approximately 600 feet and flipped over. Two males were taken out of the plane and treated with unknown injuries.