The Coast Guard responded Tuesday to an overturned crane in Absecon Bay that leaked approximately 50 gallons of hydraulic fluid before it was secured. The crane operator was taken to a local hospital for a possible head injury. While loading the fishing boat Michael Junior, the crane car toppled over and spilled the hydraulic fluid. A local environmental control team responded to scene and deployed two small sections of containment boom to prevent the hydraulic fluid from spreading. The cause of the incident is under investigation by Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay personnel.
There was an uproar on the Stockton campus this fall over the operation of a Chick-fil-A franchise on campus over the anti-gay stance taken by the company’s president. But things have changed. Chick-fil-A has stopped funding anti-gay groups and therefore the national Campus Pride organization has dropped their protest against the company. Stockton College President Herman J. Saatkamp announced to the student senate on Tuesday that the franchise will be allowed to stay and the school will work harder to address inclusion and diversity.
We may be waiting even longer for the demolition of the Beesleys Point Bridge, according to the New Jersey Turnpike Authority. The Press of Atlantic City reports that the state Department of Environmental Protection decided at their meeting on Tuesday, that the NJTA may not receive wetlands mitigation credit for demolition of the span when they replace the southbound span of the Garden State Parkway Bridge, because the Beesleys Point span has been out of service for five years. The DEP will meet with the authority on Thursday to help move the permitting process along.
A 25 year-old Cape May Court House man was killed on Monday by an injury from a bow and arrow. The victim, Kereti Paulsen reportedly got into a fistfight with a resident of a home on Brill Avenue in Berlin, N.J. at about 10 p.m. Monday night. Another resident of the home then allegedly shot Paulsen in the stomach with an arrow and he was later pronounced dead at Virtua Hospital in Berlin. Charged with murder is 25 year-old Timothy Canfield of Berlin, who admitted to the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office of trying to dispose of the weapon in a wooded area of Winslow Township.
It looks like the primary process will be a quick one for Democrats in New Jersey this year. Barbara Buono is the only name to run for governor. After a number of high profile people pulled their name’s out of contention, a slew of endorsements went the way of Buono. Senate President Steve Sweeney, Assemblyman Lou Greenwald, Senator Jim Whelan, and the entire 1st legislative district are supporting Buono. Senator Jeff Van Drew and Assemblymen Nelson Albano, Matthew Milam did a joint release with Whelan to show support for Buono.
A North Wildwood man learned the hard way not to lie to the IRS. The U.S. Attorney’s office announced that Mark Olkowski was indicted for not reporting around $250,000 in income. The Press of Atlantic City reports the charges are linked to his Philadelphia based business K & O Sports. Olkowski faces the potential of 100 years in jail and a fine of up to $5.75 million.
An armed suspect used the window to get into his victim’s room. Middle Township Police say they are looking for two men they say was involved with a robbery at the Catalina Hotel that took place on Monday morning. One suspect came through a window and brandished a handgun to two victims inside a hotel room, while the other suspect stayed outside. After a brief confrontation the suspect took the victim’s cell phone and left. The victims were not injured. If anyone has information on the two suspects contact the Middle Township Police Department at 465-8700.
Talk about a tough way to start the week. A 7-11 in Egg Harbor Township was the site of an armed robbery on Monday during the early morning hours. Police there say a suspect brandished a handgun and took an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect hit the employee at the store in the head with the gun. Syed Ahamed was transported the Egg Harbor Township Ambulance Squad to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center City Campus for the treatment of facial/head injuries.
The suspect is described as a black male, 5’07” to 5’10” in height wearing blue jeans, a grey hooded sweatshirt and a black jacket. A perimeter was set up and a K-9 track was conducted but the suspect was not located.
Anyone having any information regarding this incident should contact the Egg Harbor Township Criminal Investigation Bureau at 926-4051.
A deadline is coming to participate in one of the FEMA programs. Middle Township Mayor Dan Lockwood announced that Middle Township will participate in the FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, HMGP. The Township’s application is due to the County by February 5, 2013 so homeowners that would like to be included in this program need to act quickly.
The HMGP may provide between 50% to 75% of the cost of elevating a home. The balance will be the obligation of the homeowner, not the Township.
Placing a bet at a horse track will soon be as easy as pulling out your cell phone. Legislation was signed into law on Monday by Gov. Chris Christie to allow bets to be accept via cell phone. The measure is similar to the legislation that was signed into law last year regarding the state’s casinos. The state racetracks will be able to take bets for those people at the track on their cell phone. People at the track can also bet on their cell phone on other races that the track is simulcasting.