A vicious assault sent a man to the hospital in Egg Harbor Township. James McBride was charged with aggravated assault. Bail at $25,000 cash. The victim,
Rodney Smith, says he was attacked without provocation at the Library Pub at McCollough’s Emerald Links Golf Course. Smith was taken to the Shore Medical Center for treatment of his injuries.
Two Wildwood residents were arrested after a search warrant turned up heroin. The Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office announced the arrests of Brittany Demott and Heriberto Aletriz-Soto. Both were placed in the Cape May County Correctional Facility in lieu of $35,000 bail. The bust netted 79 bags of heroin. Both could face up to five years in prison.
Its a new year and a new beginning for Susan Sheppard. She was sworn in on Monday as the first female surrogate of Cape May County. Sheppard was sworn-in by New Jersey Superior Court Judge J. Christopher Gibson at the Old Courthouse in Cape May Court House. Sheppard is replacing W. Robert Hentges who has served as Surrogate of Cape May County for more than forty years, having first been elected to the position in 1972.
Police in Galloway Township are looking for a woman who held up a CVS Pharmacy at 1 South New York Road on Saturday evening. A white, 5-feet tall blond woman with shoulder-length blonde hair demanded money and pills and allegedly put a gun to the back of the pharmacist. Police are searching for the woman, who fled the store with prescription pills. Anyone with information is asked to contact Galloway Police at 609-652-3705.
After the destruction and loss of business from October’s Hurricane Sandy, Atlantic City has seen two consecutive months of record-low gambling revenues. Resort officials are hoping for big business this New Year’s Eve, traditionally the busiest day of the year for the casinos. The Press of Atlantic City quoted Jeff Guaracino, chief strategy officer for the Atlantic City Alliance, who said that potential visitors have a “misconception that our Boardwalk is destroyed”. Guaracino added that the alliance would study the extent of those misconceptions in the new year.
Multiple sources have reported that Andy Reid will no longer be head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. After a disgraceful performance by his team on Sunday, Reid denied talking about his status with team owner Jeffrey Lurie, prior to their scheduled meeting on Monday. The Eagles have not made an official announcement on Reid’s future with the team.
The 2012 Boardwalk Basketball Classic ended with a highly anticipated boy’s match-up on Sunday at the Wildwoods Convention Center. Head coach Bob Hurley led his St. Anthony team to a 57-23 win over Camden. The Wildwood Catholic boys defeated Penns Grove 52-39 to win the Frank McAlarnen Championship, and the Ocean City boys beat the Atlantic County Institute of Technology 53-30 in a consolation game. The Wildwood girls beat Cape May Tech 44-30 in a Boardwalk Cup Showcase Game.
There has been a series of house burglaries in Upper Township during the holidays. The Upper Township Gazette reports that several homes in Upper Township have been burglarized while residents have not been at home. The crooks are knocking on doors, posing as a contractor, and if no one answers, they break in. State Police reports that homes in Marmora and Seaville have been burglarized, along with one in a senior living community in Palermo.
There is another effort to show that many sections of the Jersey Shore are open for business following the devastation left behind from Hurricane Sandy. The Jersey Shore Convention and Visitors Bureau’s website will soon feature a way for tourists to search for open businesses in every shore municipality. The website is visitthejerseyshore.com. New Jersey spends $8.5 million to promote tourism while Pennsylvania spends $32.5 million.
It’s a new year, and a new mayor for Vineland. Ruben Bermudez will take his oath of office during a private ceremony on New Year’s Day and become the new mayor of Vineland. Bermudez will be sworn in by Superior Court Judge Julio Mendez. Bermudez will have a lot of help in city hall; his entire slate of five council running mates were also elected to office during a December runoff election.