A woman has been arrested in bomb threats in Hamilton Township. Kemon Powell, of Vineland, was arrested on Tuesday in addition to Raheem Brown who was arrested last month. On Feb. 4, there was a report of a bomb threat at Hess Middle School, followed by another bomb threat at Shaner Elementary School. Both people have been charged in the incident. Bail was set at $500,000 for both.
More than 40,000 people visited the legendary Boardwalk Hall for the three-day 2014 NJSIAA State High School Wrestling Championship tournament (March 7-9), according to Global Spectrum, operators of Boardwalk Hall. The event directly contributed $4.3 million in spending to the local Atlantic City economy. A yearly tradition in the high school wrestling community, Championship weekend in Atlantic City has become a celebration of the sport and the highlight of the year among high school wrestlers, coaches, families and fans.
A man running from the law for six weeks was brought into custody this week. New Jersey State Police say they arrested Paul Willoughby, 20, of Fairlfield Township. Willoughby managed to elude authorities for over a month by using multiple locations as hide-outs. Willoughby was wanted in the the January 16 murder of Jermarl Dawkins that occurred at the Burlington Manor Apartments in Bridgeton City. Willoughby is accused of shooting Dawkins multiple times before fleeing. Bail was set at $750,000.
Gov. Chris Christie is losing support by the day. A new Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind Poll says the governor has lost 20 percent in his approval rating since November. The poll says 41 percent of the state approve while 44 percent disapprove. Christie’s plummeting approval ratings are almost all thanks to the Bridgegate controversy.
SUSIE MAC will be doing a Live Broadcast at North End Thrift, 901 Bayshore Rd, Villas on Saturday, March 10th, 12p-2p. Come see the Newly opened Antique Showroom, Free appraisals, Door prizes, They buy and sell almost anything. “Meet the Thriftman!”
The Middle Township Planning Board will meet on Tuesday with Walmart on its mind. The board will hear more testimony regarding Walmart’s plans to turn its existing store into a super center. Some oppose the move, saying it will provide huge competition to area supermarkets and other businesses. If approved, the store would remain open while the expansion of the existing Walmart in Rio Grande occurs.
A tremendous run by the Middle Township girls basketball team ended Monday night. Cedar Creek defeated the Middle Township Lady Panthers, 56-50 to capture the South Jersey Group II basketball championship. The game was played at Cedar Creek High School. Middle Township was the final Cape May County team to play in the NJSIAA tournament.
Count Middle Township among the supporters of efforts by Congressman Frank LoBiondo in bringing some common sense to flood insurance rate hikes. Mayor Tim Donohue says LoBiondo has provided leadership in Washington on various coastal issues, and has visited the Township to discuss local concerns. Last week Congress approved some changes in the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform law.
So far, no special events have been booked on the Wildwood municipal beachfront in 2014. The Wildwood Leader reports that the Board of Commissioners have not approved a single event for the city’s beachfront this year. Mayor Ernie Troiano told the Leader that there are some disagreements over approving beach events until beach event fees are being worked out. The city wants to charge fees based on the number of people who may show up.
Ocean City Mayor Jay Gillian has some competition on his hands. Right before Monday’s filing deadline local resident Ed Price submitted his petition to run against Gillian for the mayor’s position in May. Gillian announced on Friday that he was seeking a second term in office; this will be Price’s first attempt at elected office. Incumbent Councilman Scott Ping announced that he will not seek re-election in the May 13th municipal election.