Yes, your ears did not deceive you overnight…some snow and sleet fell while you slept in Cape May County. A big storm front that resulted in much cooler temperatures this morning ended as a period of sleet and snow during the overnight hours. The changeover occurred around midnight and lasted for two hours. Some areas this morning have some sleet and a little snow on grassy areas this morning. Watch your driving for ice patches and slippery spots as a freeze warning was extended into the morning hours today. Warmer temperatures arrive tomorrow.
Atlantic County Sheriff Frank X. Balles announced that the results of the permanent drug collection box in the courthouse have been overwhelmingly successful. Just one month after the box’s debut in the courthouse, 54 pounds of pills have been disposed of contributing to a total of 88 pounds of drugs overall. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has labeled prescription drug abuse an epidemic, reporting that the death toll from overdoses of prescription painkillers has more than tripled in the past decade and more than 40 people die every day from overdoses involving narcotic pain relievers.
A man brought a samurai sword into a pizza store in the Villas and was arrested shortly after. Police there say they arrested Ryan Crump, of 1815 Bayshore Rd. Police say after a brief encounter the man dropped his sword and was taken into custody. Police got the call to respond to the American Deli on Bayshore Rd. in the Villas. Crump was charged with aggravated assault, terroristic threats, and weapons offenses. Bail was set at $35,000.
The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority is making an investment into air travel to Atlantic City. The CRDA is putting $5 million into grants to attract additional airlines to the resort. The money would be used to guarantee to buy a number of unsold seats on flights to ensure an airline has a lower threshold of risk by flying out of Atlantic City. The airport has two major flight carriers currently, Spirit and United.
Congressman Frank LoBiondo has been busy fundraising for his upcoming reelection bid. The campaign for LoBiondo announced that he has raised $290,000 in the past three months, bringing his overall total to $1.27 million. These documents were filed with the state prior to the Tuesday deadline. LoBiondo will have a primary and if successful, a general election opponent.
Representatives from Cape May County visited Trenton last week over local dredging concerns. Freeholder Marie Hayes spoke with Coastal Broadcasting, saying that she first learned of the sweeping concern during her reelection bid last year when it was brought up. Hayes said it was a good meeting and the state took the meeting very seriously. Hayes says she brought a list of local concerns that will be looked over by the state and they hope to make the process to get dredging work done more easy in the future.
Many locally still haven’t found work and have lost their benefits. Congressman Frank LoBiondo held a press conference this week and spoke with Coastal Broadcasting about the issue. LoBiondo told us he wants more attention paid to the unemployed in South Jersey, where the unemployment rate is in the double digits. The Congressman also noted the problem with the national unemployment rate is it only tracks people still looking for work and not those who have given up the search all together.
Upper Township residents will see roughly a three cent increase to their tax bill. A new budget was passed by the committee there this week. Mayor Richard Palumbo tells Coastal Broadcasting the township incurred more than $691,000 in expenses this year from tax appeals, a payment for the revaluation, and health insurance. Palumbo said the township looked for savings where possible, but they had a large hill to overcome.
A Vineland man who was shot died as a result of those injuries. Police there say they are looking into the death of Arthur Rease. Rease had been shot in his back on Monday with a semi-automatic rifle at his Park Avenue residence. He had been airlifted to Copper Trauma Center for treatment. Police say Rease passed away Tuesday morning around 2 am. Vineland Police are asking anyone with information to come forward in the case.
You might not get your phone call answered if you didn’t support Gov. Chris Christie. The revelations came out of documents released by the attorneys hired by the governor’s office, who did a review on Bridgegate. It was also revealed that the law firm didn’t record the interviews or keep transcripts of what was said. Instead they generalized the interviews.