One pound of cocaine, heroin, and marijuana were all seized from a home on Lincoln Avenue in Wildwood over the weekend. Wildwood Police and county prosecutors conducted a search warrant on Friday night and found a large quantity of illegal homes inside the home located a 117 East Lincoln Avenue, second apartment. Busted as a result of the drug investigation were 29 year old Nicasio Mercado-Morales and 22 year old Jose Lopez-Atiles. Both men were hauled off to the Cape May County Jail on six-figure bail amounts.
More than a dozen gun bills have reached the desk of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie..and the first one gets a veto. Christie vetoed a bill right before the weekend that would have prevented the state from investing pension funds in companies that make or import assault weapons for civilian use. Christie did not offer an explanation for his veto. Democratic Senator Richard Codey criticized Christie for the veto, saying it made no sense.
No down to the wire budget for New Jersey this year. On Friday, Governor Chris Christie signed the state’s new $33 billion budget into law. The new budget is about four percent larger than last year’s budget. Christie negotiated with democrats on key parts of the budget plan, including accepting $227 million in federal funds to expand the state’s Medicaid program. But Christie also vetoed a series of democratic bills including one that would add $7.5 million to family planning centers.
If you’re under 21 and try to buy alcohol in New Jersey, you could be busted by an undercover cop. On Thursday the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control kicked off their “Cops in Shops” underage drinking enforcement campaign. Local police officers will be stationed at area liquor stores as employees to monitor possible liquor purchases by minors. Since the annual program began in 1996, the Attorney General’s Office reports that over 10,000 arrests have been made. Participating towns will receive grant money to assist with implementation of the effort. Locally, grant recipients include Avalon, Lower Township, North Wildwood, Wildwood and Sea Isle City.
Free tickets for this summer’s Wildwood beach concert event will be available online Monday morning at 9 a.m. The 106.3 WJSE and Philadelphia Soul Sports and Music Festival is coming to the Wildwood beachfront Saturday, August 24th, beginning at 11 a.m. The all-day festival will feature four alternative rock bands, Fuel, Hoobastank, Lit and Alien Ant Farm. The event is free but fans will need tickets to access the concert venue. A limited number of free tickets will be made available starting Monday, July 1st at 9 a.m. at www.wjserocks.com, www.Philadelphiasoul.com and www.ticketfly.com.
It appears the days of record-low mortgage rates have ended. On Thursday mortgage buyer Freddie Mac reported that the new average fixed rate for a 30-year loan jumped to 4.46 percent, over one point higher than a month ago. In early May the average 30-year mortgage rate was 3.35 percent, slightly over the record low of 3.31 percent. Financial analysts believe the rates are rising due to the Federal Reserve’s plan to slow down bond purchases later in the year.
On Thursday the New jersey Senate passed a group of bills designed to improve diagnosis and treatment of children with dyslexia. An Ocean City woman and her daughter with dyslexia have been lobbying for the legislation for nearly eight years. Samantha Ravelli, now a high school junior with dyslexia, was in Trenton to assist Senator Jeff Van Drew with his vote on the bills. The package passed the Assembly in April and will now go to the governor for his signature.
On Thursday an Ocean County grand jury indicted a 22 year-old man in the heroin overdose death of 26 year-old Steven Janson of Stafford Township. The prosecutors office said Rasan McGee was charged with manslaughter in the case, as he sold the fatal dose of heroin to Janson. A second indictment was handed down to 33 year-old Kenneth Staunton of Lacey Township. Staunton was charged with first-degree drug-induced death & manslaughter in the death of 27 year-old Raymond Farino by heroin overdose. During the past six months there have been 62 deaths in Ocean County by drug overdose.
The Philadelphia 76ers got two first-round picks during Thursday night’s NBA draft, but it cost them their all-star point guard. The Sixers traded away Jrue Holiday and a second round pick to New Orleans for the number six overall pick in the draft, 6’10″ Nerlens Noel from Kentucky, plus a number one draft pick for 2014. The Sixers also used their number eleven pick to select guard Michael Carter-Williams from Syracuse.
Two firefighters from Lower Township were treated for heat exhaustion following a house fire that broke out in the Villas Thursday afternoon. The Cape May County Herald reports a single family home on West Drumbed Road was damaged during the fire late Thursday afternoon. Two firemen were treated for exhaustion by the Lower Township Rescue Squad. No one was inside the home when the fire started, and there were no other injuries.