Three homes in Sea Isle City were destroyed as a result of a fire. The blaze broke out a little after 4 p.m. at 78th and Pleasure Ave. A couple of neighboring homes were damaged by the smoke. Officials say that no one was injured in the smoke and flames. It took about two hours to get the fire under control. Investigators say they are still looking into the cause of the blaze. Many firefighters from nearby communities assisted fighting the fire. The fire became an event, as hundreds were on the beach taking photos and videos that were all over social media.
It should be a sun filled Easter weekend at the Jersey Shore. The National Weather Service has eliminated any chance of precipitation for the big holiday weekend that typically sends droves to the shore to enjoy the boardwalk and Easter activities. Sunshine is in the forecast both days with temperatures along the ocean in the mid 50s to near 60. Many communities are having celebrations, including Avalon which will hold its traditional Easter Egg Hunt Saturday morning.
Playgrounds at the Cape May Elementary School are being locked up. The Cape May Gazette reports that the playgrounds are being locked for security measures. Business Administrator John Thomas says this is a reaction to the Sandy Hook shootings. Thomas said in the past, the gates to the playground would be left open for the public to play sports and have picnics. Thomas says some members of the public have complained about the gates being locked.
United States Senator Cory Booker was in Cumberland County on Thursday and announced that the county will be receiving federal aid to recover from Hurricane Sandy. Booker held a press event in Bridgeton and announced that Cumberland County will participate in federal aid to help repair its bayside region. Cumberland County was left out of the primary round of federal aid because the feds did not perceive it to be a coastal county.
A video that made its way around media and social media helped Wildwood police arrest suspects connection to a recent assault on the city’s boardwalk. Police announced the arrests of three men who allegedly assaulted a teenager on the boardwalk last weekend and robbed him of a small amount of cash. Arrested and charged were 18 year old Ryan Callahan, 19 year old Nicholas Nastasi, and 19 year old Kyle Patrick, all from Marlton. Police are actively searching for a 17 year old suspect, also from Marlton.
New Jersey State Senator Richard Codey says it’s time for Rutgers University Athletic Director Julie Hermann to be fired. Codey wrote a letter to the President of the university, saying that there’s hardly been a moment without controversy under Hermann’s watch. The latest was when Hermann told a class that she is happy that the Star Ledger newspaper was having financial difficulties and laid off a slew of reporters and other staff.
Two from Vineland are implicated in bomb threats that shut down two schools and the Atlantic County Court House in Feb. Raheem H. Brown, a 36 year-old male, and Kemon Powell, a 40 year-old female, both of the 800 block of East Wood Street, Vineland, NJ, were each indicted for four (4) counts of terroristic threats, three (3) counts of false public alarm, and one (1) count of conspiracy, in connection with telephoned threats made on Feb. 4, 2014 that bombs had been placed in three Mays Landing public buildings and that a Superior Court Judge would be harmed. Both defendants remain in the Atlantic County Justice Facility. Brown is lodged in lieu of $500,000 cash bail. Powell is lodged in lieu of $200,000 bail, cash or bond.
An Atlantic City man was convicted of murder in Atlantic County Superior Court for the 2012 fatal shooting of a Pleasantville man. An Atlantic County jury found Gregory J. Gibbs, 37, of Atlantic Avenue, Atlantic City, NJ, guilty of murder and three weapons possession charges for the December 3, 2012 shooting death of Chikki Smith, 33, of Pleasantville, in a parking lot behind a bar on South Main Street in Pleasantville. The murder conviction carries a sentence of life imprisonment in State Prison with a minimum of 30 years without parole. Pursuant to the No Early Release Act (NERA), 85% of the sentence must be served before becoming eligible for parole. Sentencing will take place on June 9.
The Middle Township Police Department is going to be sharing crime videos once a month in an attempt to more quickly bring resolution to cases. The department announced the debut of their April Crime Watch Video was uploaded to YouTube and shared with their Facebook Fans and Twitter followers. This month’s Crime Watch video highlights 6 cases that range from Burglary to Theft. The video is below. Anyone with information is asked to call the Middle Township Police Department.
A Wildwood man got a quick trip to jail after punching a police officer in Lower Township. Police were responding to a disorderly person’s call when the suspect took out his aggression on the police officer. Alexander Vosper was quickly taken into custody after punching the officer in the face with a closed fist. Vosper faces aggravated assault on a police officer, resisting arrested, and possession of a controlled dangerous substance charges. He was placed in the Cape May County Correctional Center on $25,000 bail.