A 28 year old soldier who was once stationed in New Jersey was killed this week in Afghanistan. Sgt. Jonathan A. Gollnitz was one of two United States soldiers killed this week when an insurgent who was wearing an explosive vest detonated it near a patrol. Gollnitz was once stationed in Lakehurst as part of the Navy before he enlisted in the Army.
Wlldwood appears on its way to having a special election on two key issues. Three petitions were presented to Wildwood City Hall on Friday to overturn the lease of the monster truck building and the creation of a skating rink. Over 200 names were presented on the petition that only needs about 120 signatures. Wildwood Commissioners would have the option to rescind the ordinances or allow the issue to go to a special election at a to be determined date. Wildwood Commissioners took out a bond to purchase a piece of land that they believe will be refunded by Cape May County’s open space program. The monster truck building provided $1.6 million up front and smaller payments each year. The up front payment is helping the city keep a zero tax increase.
A press conference was held Friday afternoon at the Wildwoods Convention Center. Organizers of the Boardwalk Basketball Classic High School Tournament announced that four teams would compete in a special elite showcase bracket. The bracket was named in honor of legendary head coach Bob Hurley, from St. Anthony’s of Jersey City, currently on a 65-game winning streak. Hurley spoke to the press, along with second year Camden head coach Cetshwayo Byrd. St Anthony’s will play Camden on December 30th, and the other bracket match-up will be Mathematics, Civics and Sciences Charter School of Philadelphia vs Prime Prep Academy of Dallas, Tx.
A building that was in the process of demolition, may be coming down on its own. Ocean City Firefighters reported to the scene of the Bellevue Hotel in the resort for a fire. Ocean City Council voted to tear down the building that had fallen into disrepair after years of neglect. Work began to tear down the property on Thursday. No word yet on any injuries.
Students at Ocean City High School with an interest in astronomy will now have a unique educational opportunity. On Friday night the school will unveil it’s own research-quality observatory. The $60,000 observatory houses a 14-inch telescope and is located on the northwest corner of the Ocean City athletic complex. Funds for the observatory project were donated by several benefactors, including local organizations and contractors.
Atlantic City Police made three arrests and confiscated drugs and weapons on Wednesday after a two-month investigation of a residence on North Virginia Avenue. Police announced the arrests of 50 year-old Leroy Terry, of Atlantic City, 44 year-old Tehran Larkins, of Troy Alabama, and 21 year-old Jimmy Saunders, of Trenton. Authorities recovered 44 grams of cocaine, 100 bags of heroin, a loaded semi-automatic handgun and over $5,000 cash. Each man is jailed on $100,000 bail on multiple drug and gun related charges.
The fourth Annual Walk for the Wounded will be held this Saturday in Ocean City. The three-mile walk benefits Operation First Response, a group that provides support for soldiers returning home with injuries. The event raises tens of thousands of dollars each year, and will begin at 8:30am on Saturday with registration at the Ocean City Music Pier. The walk will begin at 10am after a patriotic ceremony.
State Police reported a 23 year-old man was shot early Thursday morning in Woodbine. The shooting occurred at a home on the 700 block of Jackson Avenue at about 7am. The unidentified man was taken to Cape Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. No suspects have been arrested & police have not released the man’s identity.
Several women came forward on Thursday with allegations of cyber-stalking against a Hamilton Township man. On Wednesday, 20 year-old Craig L. Wyatt, Jr. was arrested by State Police for making threats to multiple women through social media. Similar incidents were reported by victims from 21 seperate jurisdictions throughout the state, with more victims coming forward after news of Wyatt’s arrest. Chelby Eberlin, 20, of Mays Landing said on Thursday she was terrorized by Wyatt for months. She wanted to tell her story to protect other women.
A single vehicle car crash sent a man to the hospital in Somers Point. NBC-40 reports that a car smashed into a house on Ocean Avenue near Bay Avenue at about 3:30am Friday morning. Witnesses say that a man was taken to the hospital with unknown injuries. Local authorities have not released any details as the accident is under investigation.