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.

GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP UPSET OVER PROPOSED TAX HIKE

Galloway Township residents attended a government meeting this week highly upset over their tax bills.  Council met Tuesday night and faced a few hundred residents who were upset because in some cases their tax bills were going up by as much as a third.  Mayor Don Purdy told the audience that the community lost $830 million in ratables and more loss can be expected with the closing of Atlantic City casinos.

LOCAL MOTEL TO PAY BACK FOR “SANDY” RIPOFFS

A motel in Atlantic County has agreed to pay $65,000 in restitution after admitting to price-gouging during Hurricane Sandy.  The owners of the Econolodge in Egg Harbor Township more than doubled their rates in the days following Sandy to take advantage of a high demand for motel rooms.  About $25,000 will go towards restitution of customers who were ripped off, while other money will be allocated towards attorneys’ fees, and other related costs.

COAST GUARD MAKES RESCUE OFF COAST OF CAPE MAY

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Mako assisted two boaters Monday aboard a disabled sailing vessel 72 miles east of Cape May.  Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay in Philadelphia received notification from the two boaters their sailboat was out of fuel and drifting due to lack of wind.  The crew of the Mako diverted to assist a 67-year-old man and a 62-year-old woman aboard the 44-foot, U.S.-flagged sailboat Callahan. The crew arrived on scene at 6 p.m. and refueled the sailboat with 20 gallons of diesel fuel, which was enough to get the Callahan to the closest port to obtain additional fuel.

FEMA RECOGNIZES PAGLIUGHI FOR EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT WORK

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recognized Marty Pagliughi for his groundbreaking work as Director of the Cape May County Office of Emergency Management (OEM).  Pagliughi’s work has been recognized twice in as many months as Director when he received an Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties (NACO) in July, 2014 for the creation of a pet trailer to house and care for family pets in the wake of Sandy. In a press release issued Aug. 11, by FEMA, Pagliughi is recognized as an innovator for finding and securing the necessary space for four shelters in the County, where there were none, and most specifically, for the creation of the first pet shelter in Avalon as the Borough’s Mayor and the head of the Office of Emergency Management.

REVEL GIVEN APPROVAL FOR SHUT DOWN

Revel Casino will be shutting down by Sept. 2. The state gave approval to Revel, the same week it approved Showboat’s shut down. These approvals are mostly a formality as the casino was set to shut. The final approval assures that Revel will no longer be operating as a casino after Sept. 2.