The Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office was recognized by the National association of Government Communicators for its award winning campaign “Heroin: Are you talking to your kids yet?” The campaign uses statistics to show the rise in heroin overdoses among 18-24 olds in New Jersey implores parents to speak with their children about the dangers of heroin abuse.
Two different arrests resulted in four people being taken into custody by the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office. Antonio Richardson, of Millville, was nabbed for distributing “Mollies” in the area of Wilson and Third Aves. in Lower Township. Andrew Hill, Dean Foster, and Mark Maslanka, all of the Villas were arrested from a motor vehicle stop. Police discovered marijuana and drug paraphernalia inside of the vehicle. Richardson bail was set at $20,00, while the other three had bail set at $20,000.
Jobs were the main topic of conversation during a media teleconference on Tuesday for Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian. The mayor said the city is working with the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority on a job-placement program to assist the thousands slated to be let go. Casinos aren’t the only ones getting rid of workers. Guardian said the city’s financial hardships will cause the government to lay off between 200 and 300 workers.
An off-duty Longport Police Officer died on Monday in an accident. Sgt. Charles “Tom” Adams was on his motorcycle on Harding Highway when a Chevrolet SUV that was making a left turn hit Adams in the intersection. Adams was thrown from his motorcycle and later died. The driver of the SUV was taken to an area hospital for treatment. Adams was on the police force for 21 years.
Two Cape May residents were charged with stealing from a New York woman. Cape May Police announced the arrests of Nedyalka Pancheva and Angel Angelov on charges of theft of property. Police recovered $1600 in stolen property from the two. Bail for both was set at $5,500. Middle Township Police assisted with the investigation.
The popular Wildwood Crest Free Summer Music Series is set to come to an exciting end this weekend. Purple Reign, one of the hottest and most sought after bands in the Philadelphia and South Jersey region, will take the stage at Centennial Park on Saturday, Aug. 30 at 7:30 p.m. in the final performance of the 2013 Wildwood Crest Free Summer Music Series. Purple Reign returns after a stellar performance in its first-ever appearance in the Crest last summer. Wildwood Crest will host one more evening of live music at Centennial Park in 2014 on Friday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. when Big House takes the stage to kick off the Seafarers Weekend celebration, followed by a beachfront fireworks display at 9 p.m.
Absecon Police are looking for help in a burglary of a Sunoco station in the community on Sunday. Police found the front of the building had been pried open and entry was made. Suspect entered and stole an undetermined amount of money from the register, cigarettes, and a box of Snickers candy bars. The business was closed at the time of the burglary. This case is still under investigation. Anyone with any information is asked to contact Absecon Police at 609-641-0667
There should be a slight uptick in Labor Day weekend traffic this year. AAA released its study for New Jersey, and said there should be a one percent increase over travel in 2013. Lower gas prices have helped motorists nationally drive more miles as of late. The current average pump price in the state is $3.26.
Two suspects are being sought in a home invasion robbery. Absecon Police say the two made off without any items, but were able to escape. Police were called just after midnight on Tuesday morning to a home on Oyster Bay Road. The victims said the suspects threatened the use of a weapon but did not show a weapon in the attempt. Anyone with information is asked to reach out to the Absecon Police Department at (609) 641-0667.
A North Wildwood woman was arrested for leaving the scene of a hit-and-run. The incident took place along Route 47 in Rio Grande. The Officers quickly discovered that one victim, Ryan Burton (25) of Whitesboro, was struck by the vehicle and thrown to the side of the road. The second victim, Samuel Caraballo (22) of Woodbine, was struck by the vehicle and was thrown up in the air and landed in the back seat of the vehicle. The vehicle was a Kia Sport with a canvass top. The driver was Kristen Schwakoff (25) of North Wildwood. Schwakoff has been charged with leaving the scene of a crash with serious bodily injury (third degree crime). The crash is still under investigation by the Middle Township Major Crime Unit and Fatal Crash Team.