Cape May County is under a Flash Flood Watch until Midnight Thursday night. The National Weather Service says it’s possible two to four inches of rain may fall on some areas this evening as a front tries to push over the county. Earlier today heavy thunderstorms rolled through the northern portion of the county dropping four inches of rain on areas including Upper and Dennis Townships. Lightning and thunder is also possible as storms develop this evening.
A 68 year old lawyer from northern New Jersey has pleaded guilty to charges that he participate in a condo scheme based in Wildwood Crest. Joseph Witkowski pleaded guilty in front of United States District Judge Joseph Irenas in Camden on Thursday. Witkowski admitted that he participated in a scheme that caused lenders to release more than $40 million based on fraudulent mortgage applications. He will be sentenced in November.
The big issue before the Ocean City Council Thursday evening is a contract to reconstruct a portion of the city’s boardwalk. Council will meet tonight and consider a reconstruction of the boardwalk at Sixth Street. The proposed contract will repair a 420-foot section of the boardwalk, along with the street end stairs at Sixth Street.
Middle Township Police have released the identity of the 11-year old girl who was killed in an automobile accident this week. Police say the victim of the accident was 11 year old Morgan Ferguson, who was the daughter of the driver of the pickup, 40 year old Kristin Conner. Conner’s Ford pickup truck was traveling northbound on Route 47 Wednesday morning when it struck a utility pole and a tree. The crash continues to be under investigation.
If you purchased a Powerball lottery ticket for the July 9th drawing in Ocean City, check your tickets. The New Jersey Lottery office reports that a third prize ticket worth $10,000 was sold at the Acme in Ocean City. The jackpot totaled $124.9 million and was one by a lottery player in Ohio; another $1 million ticket was sold in Bergen County. The jackpot for Saturday night’s drawing is estimated at $40 million.
If you have taken a dip in the Atlantic Ocean in the last few days, you may be feeling toe curling cold water. The Star Ledger reports that due to a southerly wind that has been persistent, ocean water temperatures have fallen from the 70s to the 50 this week. The condition is known as upwelling, and brings colder ocean water to the surface. The upwelling lasts for only a few days before more normal water temperatures return.
450,000 New Jersey properties are at risk from a storm surge created by a hurricane. A new report released Thursday by CoreLogic shows that a total of $134 billion in properties in New Jersey could be threatened by a major storm with a storm surge. CoreLogic also believes despite the devastating impact from Hurricane Sandy, people will still build expensive homes along the shore.
A dog in Toms River was killed back in April intentionally by fumes from a car exhaust, but no charges are being filed. Authorities say they are extenuating circumstances that are leading them not to charge the individual who hooked up a tube to a car exhaust and euthanized a dog that was in a container. A pending investigation is still underway in the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office.
Two Atlantic City residents were sentenced to prison for their roles in the kidnapping and death of a 20-year-old Atlantic City woman. Aziz Sanders, 21, was sentenced to 30 years in prison and DeShawn Hicks, 22, was sentenced to 20 years in prison. The two were involved in the death of Nadirah Ruffin, whose body was found in Philadelphia in April 2011.
A man responsible for performing autopsies in a number of South Jersey counties can no longer practice medicine in New Mexico. Philly.com was first to report that Hisham Hashish was barred in that state, and now the state’s attorney general is warning all autopsies be reviewed. Hashish performed autopsies in a number of counties, including Atlantic and Cape May counties.