An employee of Avalon Bagel took cleaning up the store a little too literally. The Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office announced the arrest of 46-year-old Rosemarie Statzell for allegedly taking the businesses safe and currency at the location on 3704 Bayshore Road in North Cape May. Statzell was said to be an employee of the business, which allowed her to get access in the building. Charges include burglary and theft. The burglary took place on Sept. 4.
A new shuttle bus will help people get around in Atlantic County. The new English Creek-Tilton Road community shuttle bus will hit the road beginning Monday, October 1 making daily round trips between Egg Harbor Township and Northfield, 6 AM- 8 PM. Each one way trip will cost $1 and take approximately 90 minutes to complete with 16 designated stops. As an introductory promotion, the shuttle will run fare-free throughout the month of October. The service is provided as a cooperative public-private effort of the Pascale-Sykes Foundation, Atlantic County, South Jersey Transportation Authority and Cross County Connection.
The goal to ensure no one dies on a traffic fatality. Law enforcement agencies across the state are going to participate in “Put The Breaks on Fatalities Day.” The state saw a major increase in traffic fatalities last year. In total, 627 people died in 2011 compared to 556 in 2010. The goal of the day is to raise awareness of traffic accidents and try to make the day death free from traffic accidents.
Two suspects have been arrested in a Mays Landing man’s death. The two Atlantic City men were charged in the death of Zachary Taylor. Hasan Bruce, 19, and his brother Jamal Bruce, 21 were arrested on Thursday in Atlantic City. On the evening of June 18, Taylor was discovered with multiple gunshot wounds on the 2000 block of McKinley Avenue in Atlantic City. He was transported to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, City Campus, where he later died. Both are being held on $1 million bail.
A 17-year-old was rescued off the coast of Ocean City. The Coast Guard made the rescue of the girl with an eye injury. The Coast Guard found the girl aboard the fishing vessel North Star. The girl was transferred to local EMS personnel once on land.
A major dredging project is underway in Ocean City. City officials announced just before the weekend that the project will take place seven days a week at the Tennessee Avenue lagoon. The dredging operation is being conducted by Hydro-Marine Construction Company and it got underway on Thursday. The dredging project is expected to last until the end of November. The operation will cost nearly $2 million.
Wildwood High School football star Wesley Hills has eight reasons to be happy this weekend. Hills scored a remarkable eight touchdowns as Wildwood blasted Maple Shade 61-34 Friday night during a football game in Maple Shade Township. Maple Shade went into the game undefeated but ran into Hills who had 452 yards rushing on only 18 carries. Hills ended the game with seven rushing touchdowns and one touchdown reception.
What caused that big fire at a hotel that was being demolished in Ocean City on Friday? It was a blowtorch. Fire officials say a blowtorch that was being used..ironically enough…to remove fire escapes started the big fire at the Bellevue Hotel on Friday. The hotel was being demolished for a second day when the fire started and threw thick gray smoke over parts of the city. There were no injuries. Ten different fire departments responded to the blaze.
Rutgers University now has a presence in our region. University officials paid a visit to Mays Landing on Friday and opened a brand new $7.5 million building that will be accessible to Rutgers students who are taking classes at Atlantic Cape Community College. Students who take the Rutgers classes at ACCCC must meet the same requirements as those students who attend Rutgers’ main campus. Nearly two thousand students are enrolled in Rutgers’ off site classes.
A New Jersey court has ruled that a private beach club in New Jersey must open up its beaches to non-members. An appellate court ruled that the Sea Bright Beach Club must grant total access to the public because various beach replenishment projects were financed with public tax dollars. This ruling negates an agreement between the state and the beach club dating back to 1993 that allowed the beach club to restrict access to its beach.