NO GAMBLING PROBLEM? YOU CAN STILL BAN YOURSELF

People who do not have a gambling problem, or who do not want to admit it, can now legally ban themselves from stepping inside an Atlantic City casino.  New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed a bill into law on Thursday that will allow individuals to put themselves on a casino exclusion list without admitting that they have a serious gambling problem.  Currently there are nearly 2,000 people who are on the casino exclusion list; up until now, they had to declare themselves with a serious gambling problem.

REPORT: DENNIS TWP. SEEKS INPUT ON RECREATIONAL SITE

Dennis Township will hold a public meeting on Monday afternoon to solicit input from Township residents about a proposed upgrade to recreational facilities in the community.  The Middle Township Gazette reports that the Township plans on making a submission to the Cape May County Open Space Board for the project which will upgrade the facilities, and make them safer for the public to enjoy.  The meeting will be held at the Township’s municipal building Monday at 4:00pm.

ATLANTIC CITY GOES COUNTRY FOR BLAKE SHELTON CONCERT

A taste of country, for one day, in Atlantic City today.  60,000 music fans are expected on the beaches of Atlantic City this evening for a free concert featuring country music superstar Blake Shelton.  Merchants in the city are excited for the shot of revenue the visitors will bring to the gaming resort.  Fans started lining up to get into the beach venue at 6:30am Thursday.

LOCAL MAN CHARGED WITH IDENTITY THEFT IN CAPE MAY

A 42 year old man from West Cape May has been arrested and charged with identity theft.  Cape May Police arrested Delfino Antonio Banos-Martinez and charged him with using someone else’s identity for personal gain.  The arrest happened on July 24th.  The suspect was taken to the county jail on $50,000 cash bail, and charged with various offenses.

THREE PEOPLE INJURED IN THREE VEHICLE CRASH IN VINELAND

Vineland Police are continuing their investigation today into a three vehicle accident Wednesday afternoon that sent three people to the hospital.  Police say it happened late Wednesday afternoon on Hand Bridge Road when the driver of a 2011 Honda Civic lost control of the vehicle and re-entered the roadway, striking two other vehicles.  Three people were taken to trauma centers with various injuries.

CHRISTIE DISCUSSING BAIL REFORM LEGISLATION IN TRENTON

Summer break is interrupted for lawmakers in Trenton on Thursday.  New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has called lawmakers back to the statehouse on Thursday to discuss proposed legislation that would reform bail laws in the Garden State.  The plan has bipartisan support, but not in the entire state.  Lawmakers in the southern portion of New Jersey support it, but some northern New Jersey lawmakers oppose it.  One provision would allow judges to deny bail for anyone who’s dangerous and a risk to flee.

LOWER POLICE CONFIRM RESPONSE TO SUICIDE THREAT WEDNESDAY

lower township policeLower Township Police today confirmed that they responded to the threat of a suicide in a neighborhood in North Cape May on Wednesday.  Police are telling us today that a 46 year old man threatened his own life in a house located in the 200 block of Roseann Avenue.  The man was eventually coaxed out of his home and underwent a mental evaluation.  Once inside, police found a .44 magnum handgun inside the man’s home.  There were no injuries.

LEGISLATION TO HELP VETERANS EASILY PASSES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

In a 420-5 vote, the House of Representatives voted to provide sweeping changes to the Veteran’s Affairs organization. The main thing locally would allow veterans to seek treatment from doctors and hospitals locally, rather than having to travel long distances to reach a VA Facility. Congressman Frank LoBiondo had been one of the louder proponents of the measure to help veterans in South Jersey.

SITUATION QUELLED IN NORTH CAPE MAY NEIGHBORHOOD

lower township policeLower Township Police responded to quiet neighborhood in North Cape May Wednesday afternoon after a resident of a home said he was going to hurt himself.  Police responded to a home at Deborah Lane and Roseanne Avenue Wednesday afternoon and eventually led the man away from his home shortly after 4pm.  The man came outside of the house when he saw the number of police vehicles in the neighborhood.

ELDERLY MAN KILLED IN ATLANTIC COUNTY ACCIDENT

73 year old Al Nelson of Pleasantville was killed during a motor vehicle accident in Hamilton Township on Wednesday morning.  Township police say Nelson was killed when his vehicle crossed the center line of Route 322, went up an embankment, and struck several trees.  Nelson was driving a delivery truck at the time of the accident; he was the only occupant of the vehicle.