Police have arrested a Hamilton Township man for allegedly threatening over 20 people on Facebook. NJ State Police have arrested 20 year-old Craig L. Wyatt Jr., after an investigation dating back to July and spanning several New Jersey counties. Wyatt has been charged with making terroristic threats, theft of services and harassment. He used the name Jimmy Raketerra on Facebook, and told his victims that they had only a few weeks left to live and should spend their time wisely.
You may have seen the new 1.8 megawatt solar field under construction on Route 9 next to the Lower Cape May Regional High School. The new solar field will be used by the high school to provide 85 percent of their electric power, saving the district an estimated $125,000 per year in energy costs. School officials say the school is not paying for construction or maintenance of the solar panels, but purchasing the solar power at a lower rate. A similar solar field is being built to supply power to Lower Township’s Elementary School District. South Jersey Industries and other companies are building the solar farms and offering electricity to the township under a Solar Power Purchase Agreement.
Vineland police continue to look for 19 year-old Flavia Bautista, who was allegedly taken from her home against her will by her boyfriend on Monday morning. Police have listed her as an “endangered missing person” and believe she is still in the Vineland area. Bautista had a dispute with her boyfriend on Sunday night which led to simple assault charges against 25 year-old Francisco Mayoral-Bautista. Anyone with information on the case should contact Vineland detectives at 856-691-4111.
The historic Bellevue Hotel in Ocean City is coming down. Demolition begins Thursday morning on the 99-room hotel that was structurally damaged by years of neglect and recent rainstorms. Ocean City approved a contract of $158,000 to tear down the building, with asbestos removal as the first step. The 700 block of Ocean Avenue from Plymouth Place to Eight Street and the 700 block of Eighth Street will be closed to traffic in both directions.
Police are investigating an armed robbery at the Burger King on Tilton Road in Egg Harbor Township. Just before midnight on Wednesday, two employees in the parking lot were approached by a man with a handgun. He demanded money from the cash register, then fled the scene on Hingston Avenue with an unknown amount of cash. Police describe the suspect as a man in his 20′s with a dark complexion wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and a baseball cap. Anyone with information is asked to contact Egg Harbor Township Police, or the Atlantic County Crimestoppers.
Two Middle Township teenage girls who were mising since Saturday were found in Atlantic City. Middle Township Police announced Wednesday that 18 year-old Ariana Boide an 16 year-old Shrai Wilson were located in Atlantic City and returned safely to their homes. A third girl, 17 year-old Lameeka Crew, who lives with Wilson, returned home on Tuesday. No explaination was given for the girl’s disappearance.
A Coast Guard officer has plead guilty to sexual harassment. Chief Petty Officer Carlos Resendez was stationed in Cape May when he sexually harassed four of the female recruits and had sex with one of them. He was most recently stationed at the Coast Guard Training Center Petaluma in California. The incidents took place in 2009 and 2010. Resendez was sentenced to one year’s confinement, demoted to the lowest enlisted grade, and will be eventually discharged for bad-conduct.
A missing swimmer story in Avalon has a terrific ending. Avalon Police learned Wednesday evening that a woman who was reported missing in the Atlantic Ocean exited the ocean safely after she was reported missing. An eyewitness saw a woman enter the surf at the 29th Street beach shortly after 5pm Wednesday and that person lost sight of the swimmer. A massive search was executed immediately for the missing woman with State Police, Coast Guard, and Stone Harbor helping Avalon officials. A Borough-wide alert was issued, and the swimmer received the alert and notified police that she exited the ocean on an empty beach. The swimmer is safe and sound with no injuries.
Lower Cape May Regional is going to be a “choice school” next year. Superintendent Jack Pfizenmayer told Coastal Broadcasting that the school district plans to bring about 60 new students in combined between the junior high and the high school. He noted a declining enrollment and the need to keep numbers stable to ensure state aid isn’t cut. Pfizenmayer said taxpayers would feel no additional pain with the new students and a lack of action could cost the district dollars from the state.
It isn’t just Atlantic City who is worried about the turnout of the resort. Residents of Cumberland and Cape May counties should be cheering for it to happen to, according to Assemblyman Matt Milam. He is the chairman of the Assembly tourism committee. Milam said based on a recent hearing he is impressed by the efforts being made in the resort and believes good days are ahead for Atlantic City. Milam said Atlantic City is the anchor that can help economic recovery throughout South Jersey.