Atlantic City’s debt rating took another hit. Moody’s announced that it reduced the debt rating for the resort from to Ba1, from Baa2. The news means that it will cost Atlantic City more money when it is looking to borrow money, versus municipalities with better credit ratings. Moody’s suggested the city needs a better spread on how it brings in revenue to set it up for the future in a more positive way.
Some of the closing casinos might not be dead yet. Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian told the media on Wednesday that there were roughly six companies looking at buying the Revel and others interested in purchasing Showboat and Trump. There is an entertainment company interested in purchasing the former Atlantic Club site as well. Guardian was joined by Senator Jim Whelan, who both noted were there to promote that there remains possibility with the closing gaming halls.
A new study says New Jersey is among the best when raising a kid. A new Kids Count report says the Garden State is eighth best in the country, when looking at a number of factors regarding raising kids. New Jersey did the best in education, which helped boost its ratings into the top ten.
A man who lived part-time in Ventnor was charged with having sexual relations with a 16-year-old from Cape May Court House. After a five month-long joint investigation by the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit, the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office, and the Middle Township Police Department, detectives of the Special Victims Unit arrested Marcus M. Beto, 29, of the 400 block of West Orange Avenue, Lititz, PA, on Friday evening. Beto was charged with one count of 2nd degree Endangering the Welfare of Children and one count of 3rd degree Endangering the Welfare of Children. bail was set at $200,000.
A local man who requested Open Public Record Act requests on “Bridgegate” was denied wrongly, according to a judge. The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey won its lawsuit against the state for denying Harry Scheeler the records he sought. The state was given until Aug. 15 to hand over the documents to Scheeler and must also pay the legal bills of the ACLU.
A nearly one year investigation led to the arrest of three juveniles for home burglaries. The Township of Hamilton Police Department executed a search warrant at a residence in Misty Pines. As a result of the investigation, three juveniles were ultimately arrested. Two of the juveniles were charged with credit card fraud and conspiracy and released pending juvenile court. The third juvenile was charged with multiple counts of burglary, theft, criminal mischief, conspiracy and credit card fraud and one count of witness tampering and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was detained in Harborfields. The investigation is continuing and additional charges may be forthcoming.
A man and woman were taken into custody for heroin possession. Egg Harbor Township Police say they took Sammantha Kinney and Christoffa Davila into custody, both of them from Egg Harbor Township. Both were arrested and charged with possession of heroin, Possession of heroin with the Intent to distribute and possession of CDS paraphernalia. Bail was set at $50,000. A warrant was executed at the Rex Motel, located in the Cardiff section of Egg Harbor Township.
An area contestant on NBC’s America’s Got Talent advanced through to the next round of the competition. Mara Justine impressed the judges enough to advanced another round in the talent competition. Justine sang Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing.” Some, including Mays Landing native Kelli Glover have to wait until Wednesday’s show to find out if she made it through.
New Jersey State Police have identified the victim of a pedestrian motor vehicle accident in Seaville Monday evening. Police say 76 year old David Loder was struck and killed by a vehicle on Route 9 at Evergreeen Drive Monday. The vehicle was driven by 24 year old Miheala Reilly of Seaville, who has not been charged in connection with the crash. A portion of Route 9 was closed to traffic while crews responded to the scene.
A new round of funding is coming to the Atlantic City International Airport. Congressman Frank LoBiondo announced that over $.17 million in new federal funding is coming to the airport to help finance taxiway rehabilitation and reconstruction projects. LoBiondo says the airport has now benefitted from $50 million in various federal funding.