Firefighters are working on a major forest fire this afternoon in Cumberland County. The fire began about 3 p.m. in Downe Township. A couple of hundred areas of trees could be destroyed by the time the blaze is taken under control. More updates will be posted here when they become available.
The former Deputy Mayor of Hamilton Township Charles Cain lost in court on Wednesday. The New Jersey State Appellate Division upheld the 2011 DWI arrest and conviction of Cain. Chief Stacy V. Tappeiner made a statement saying that Cain tried to discredit his officers on a local radio show and found that act “very disturbing,” and also “the court has found that the officers clearly acted professionally.”
A report a juvenile runaway led to a man being arrested. Hamilton Township Police arrested Jacob Williams, 23, of Bridgeton, for luring a 13-year-old girl. Police say Williams was trying to set up meetings with the girl. Bail was set at $10,000. The investigation continues in regard to any additional criminal involvement related to this case. Anyone with information related to this case is asked to contact Detective Michael Virga at 609-625-2700 extension 574.
An Atlantic City casino owner is looking to build a casino in New York. Caesars announced plans on Wednesday that it is filing with the New York State Gaming Commission to build a casino in Woodbury, New York. Caesars already owns Harrah’s Philadelphia, which is in Chester, besides its four casinos in Atlantic City. It did recently announce the sale of the Atlantic City Country Club.
The identity of the man who died Tuesday in a vehicle crash has been released. Middle Township Police say that Jack Brian Smith (51) from Moscow, PA was the one who passed away. The other person involved in the crash, Addison Jones is listed in Critical Condition at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center City Division. The cause of the crash is still under investigation. It took place Tuesday afternoon on Avalon Boulevard.
Ocean City officials are prepared to vote on the 2014 budget during a meeting on Thursday night. Council will vote on a spending plan worth nearly $70 million that will include a 1.4 cent increase in the municipal tax rate. For the first time in months Council will meet Thursday evening at City Hall, which has been undergoing extensive repairs following Hurricane Sandy.
Democratic leaders from New Jersey’s eight counties in the 2nd Congressional District are standing united behind Bill Hughes Jr. for Congress. The democratic leadership issued a statement on Wednesday saying they are unanimous in their support of Hughes Jr’s. attempt to unseat popular republican Congressman Frank LoBiondo.
Middle Township plans an Arbor Day celebration at Elementary School #2 on Friday. Mayor Tim Donohue today announced that over 600 tree seedlings will be provided to the students and faculty at the school courtesy of the Lomax Consulting Group. Donohue also says the Township has received a grant for the placement of over 1,000 trees in the community to help replace the tree destruction caused by the work on new overpasses for the Garden State Parkway.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is taking his star power out of state next month. Christie will visit Maine to stump for republican Governor Paul LePage, who is facing stiff democratic opposition in the election in that state. Christie will be in Maine on May 7th for the fundraiser which carries a private meet and greet with Christie valued at $1,500.
A 27 year old northern New Jersey man owes $1700 in fines because he failed to use his seat belt on 11 different occassions. 27 year old Jonathan Mendoza of Bloomfield had 11 different violations for seat belt infractions and owes the court fines. For good measure, Mendoza also reportedly owes money for six different violations for driving with a suspended license.