ATLANTIC COUNTY HOTEL TO PAY MONEY FOR PRICE GOUGING

More than $64,000 is being paid by an Atlantic County hotel for jacking up prices around Hurricane Sandy.  Amy Hotels, LLC, d/b/a “Econo Lodge” (“Amy Hotels”) in Egg Harbor Township, has agreed to pay $64,543.96 to resolve the State’s allegations that the hotel engaged in 545 instances of unlawful price gouging in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. Amy Hotels, at 6641 Black Horse Pike in Egg Harbor Township, will pay $64,543.96 including $24,995.64 in consumer restitution, $25,000 in civil penalties, and $14,547.82 in reimbursement of the State’s attorneys’ fees and investigative costs. An additional $25,000 in civil penalties is suspended but will become payable if the business violates the terms of the settlement within one year.

FALL SEASON PREPERATIONS BEING MADE BY TOURISM LEADERS

While not everyone is ready for summer to be winding down, tourism officials are already working on promoting the fall. The Cape May County Tourism Department is already pushing their Boomerang campaign, which promotes fall events and reasons for visitors to come back again. Many of those events are listed at fallforthejerseycape.com. Cape May County Tourism Director Diane Wieland told Coastal Broadcasting that of all the tourism related spending in the county roughly 16 to 18 percent of it is made in the fall.

MIDDLE TOWNSHIP WORKING ON HEROIN PROBLEM

A continued effort will be made to educate parents and children on drug abuse. Middle Township Deputy Mayor Dan Lockwood said he is working with community leaders to launch a program that will be brochures sent home with all children in local schools regarding drug abuse. Lockwood noted the problem in many situations is it starts in the medicine cabinet and then with those drugs run out it continues with other drugs, including heroin. He hopes they will get a lot of public support and awareness to help fight the problem.

HIT AND RUN ACCIDENT BEING INVESTIGATED IN ERMA

A man wanted in a hit-and-run accident was apprehended by police. The 2001 Ford Taurus, owned and operated by Ryan P Freeling 19, who resides in the 100 block of West New Jersey Avenue in Villas, was traveling south on Seashore Road when, for unknown reasons, it left the roadway striking a traffic signal and proceeding through a chain link fence, surrounding Jersey Cape Marine, located at 656 Rt 9 Erma.  After going through the chain link fence, the vehicle struck and damaged 2 boat trailers and 2 boats which were being stored at that business.    Freeling, along with his passenger, abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot. Freeling was charged with multiple summonses in regard to the motor vehicle accident and is also being charged criminally with providing false information to Law enforcement officers.

FUNDING TO HELP HOMELESS IN ATLANTIC COUNTY COMING IN

Atlantic County government is accepting new project proposals for funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to assist Atlantic County citizens experiencing homelessness.  Approximately $87,000 is available to fund permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless individuals and/or families as well as rapid re-housing for homeless families with children.  Letters of intent must be submitted no later than 4 PM on September 10, 2014 and include a description of project, targeted population and cost. A 25 percent in-kind or cash match is required. HUD will not fund more than 20 percent for case management services for any new project.  Letters should be submitted to: John McLernon, Director of Community Relations and Social Services, Atlantic County Department of Family & Community Development, 1333 Atlantic Avenue, 1st floor, Atlantic City, NJ 08401.

REPORT OF SUSPICIOUS PERSONS LEADS TO DRUG ARRESTS

lower twpLower Township Police say that a report of three suspicious people in the township led to a drug arrest. Police say that Thomas J Houston III, of Ocean City, was wanted on several outstanding criminal and traffic warrants from multiple courts throughout the state of NJ. Houston was placed under arrest and was found to be in possession of various amounts of controlled dangerous substances (CDS). He was also charged with hindering his own apprehension as a result of giving false information to law enforcement regarding his identity. Bail was set at $15,000.

AUTHORITIES LOOKING FOR MURDER SUSPECT

Bridgeton murderA murder warrant has been signed and Bridgeton police are looking for their suspect. Ralph Peter Jamison, with a last known address of East Ave., is charged with murder, aggravated assault with a firearm, possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose and unlawful possession of a weapon on complaints. These relate to a death that took place on Aug. 11 in the community. Gaimari would not release any further details on the investigation other than it appears the victim, identified as Quantasia Bessix, 20, may not have been the intended target and that several law enforcement agencies have been searching for the suspect this week but he has avoided apprehension thus far. Anyone with information is asked to call 856-451-0033.

LABOR DAY WEEKEND CRACKDOWN COMING ON DWI

A number of local police departments have announced DWI checkpoints for the Labor Day weekend. It is all apart of the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign. Somers Point and Egg Harbor Township Police Departments are among those participating. The heightened enforcement continues until the end of the month, but there are expected to be significant enforcement of the upcoming holiday weekend,

ELECTRIC RATES GOING UP NEXT MONTH

ACE-Logo-BlueGreenAtlantic City Electric customers will see their bills increase very soon. The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) on Wednesday approved a distribution rate adjustment of $19 million, or a 1.65 percent increase, on Atlantic City Electric customers’ bills effective Sept. 1. Under the new rates, a typical bill for a residential customer using 1,000 kilowatt hours per month will increase by $2.81 or from $171.73 to $174.54 per month. The company says the base rate adjustment will help pay for investments made to provide customers with safe and reliable electric service, including upgrades to existing infrastructure, enhancing the reliability of the distribution system and building new facilities to meet future customer needs.