An MRI is scheduled at the Rothman Institute in Philadelphia on Thursday on the right arm of Lower Cape May Regional High School baseball star Josh Pennington. Gazette Leader Sports Editor Brian Cunniff reports that Pennington hurt his arm while warming up for a game in South Carolina on Tuesday. Pennington is being watched by some Major League Baseball scouts and has already signed on to pitch for St. John’s University. Pennington suffered an injury to his elbow.
The Stone Harbor Council met on Tuesday afternoon and discussed a dredging project that will occur in the near future. Council has learned that the United States Army Corps of Engineers will remove about 7,000 cubic yards of material near the free bridge that leads out of Stone Harbor to the Wildwoods. It’s possible the Borough will hold a public meeting to fully discuss the project with the public later this spring. Council also approved a host of sports camps and special events during its meeting.
Among those who asked for an extension to file his taxes? New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. For the fifth year in a row, Christie has filed for a six-month extension from the Internal Revenue Service. Christie had disclosed his 2012 earnings about six months ago; the disclosure showed his family earned slightly under $500,000 in 2012, which represented a 15 percent decline over 2011.
Wildwood Police are using a surveillance image in an attempt to capture five males who allegedly beat and robbed one person on the city’s boardwalk last Saturday night. Wildwood Police say the assault occurred shortly before midnight on the boardwalk near Schellenger Avenue. A 19 year old male was beaten and lost his driver’s license and $60 in cash during the attack. No suspects are yet in custody.
Seperate public hearings will be held on May 7th on school budgets proposed in both Avalon and Stone Harbor. The Press of Atlantic City reports that the school tax rate will remain flat in both communities for the new year. The Avalon school budget totals $4.1 million, while the Stone Harbor school budget totals $3.1 million. There are a total of 145 students combined in both school districts.
Yes, your ears did not deceive you overnight…some snow and sleet fell while you slept in Cape May County. A big storm front that resulted in much cooler temperatures this morning ended as a period of sleet and snow during the overnight hours. The changeover occurred around midnight and lasted for two hours. Some areas this morning have some sleet and a little snow on grassy areas this morning. Watch your driving for ice patches and slippery spots as a freeze warning was extended into the morning hours today. Warmer temperatures arrive tomorrow.
Atlantic County Sheriff Frank X. Balles announced that the results of the permanent drug collection box in the courthouse have been overwhelmingly successful. Just one month after the box’s debut in the courthouse, 54 pounds of pills have been disposed of contributing to a total of 88 pounds of drugs overall. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has labeled prescription drug abuse an epidemic, reporting that the death toll from overdoses of prescription painkillers has more than tripled in the past decade and more than 40 people die every day from overdoses involving narcotic pain relievers.
A man brought a samurai sword into a pizza store in the Villas and was arrested shortly after. Police there say they arrested Ryan Crump, of 1815 Bayshore Rd. Police say after a brief encounter the man dropped his sword and was taken into custody. Police got the call to respond to the American Deli on Bayshore Rd. in the Villas. Crump was charged with aggravated assault, terroristic threats, and weapons offenses. Bail was set at $35,000.
The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority is making an investment into air travel to Atlantic City. The CRDA is putting $5 million into grants to attract additional airlines to the resort. The money would be used to guarantee to buy a number of unsold seats on flights to ensure an airline has a lower threshold of risk by flying out of Atlantic City. The airport has two major flight carriers currently, Spirit and United.