Details have been released about a recent crackdown on drunk driving. The Somers Point Police Department along with the Atlantic County Prosecutors Office and several Police Departments from Atlantic and Cape May Counties conducted a DWI Checkpoint from 10:00 PM – 3 AM on Friday night. A total of 600 vehicle contacts were recorded resulting in four alcohol related arrests and one arrest for being under the influence of heroin, two warrant arrests, two drug arrests and thirty seven motor vehicle summons issued.
A conviction was handed down in two child abuse cases. John S. Poston, 47, of the 500 block of Sherwood Road, Mays Landing was found guilty of sexual assault, criminal sexual assault, child abuse, endangering the welfare of a child, lewdness, and child abuse. The 2nd degree sexual assault conviction carries a potential prison sentence of 5-10 years, and pursuant to the No Early Release Act (NERA), Poston will have to serve 85% of that sentence before becoming eligible for parole.
Gov. Chris Christie has called lawmakers to Trenton on Thursday to discuss bail reform. One of the issues at hand would allow judges to deny bail for certain criminals deemed to be a danger to the public. State lawmakers are in their summer recess currently. A second measure would also try to address the issues of low income criminals from being stuck in jail because they can’t afford to get out.
A new poll says you don’t have to look far to find the top Republican presidential hopeful. The new CNN poll names Gov. Chris Christie as the number one choice to be the Republican nominee. The ratings points for Christie jumped five points in the past month vaulting Christie to the top spot. Christie’s lead however is still within the margin of error with other candidates to win the nominee.
The Coast Guard medevaced a 4-year-old boy Monday from a cruise ship approximately 100 miles southeast of Atlantic City. A crewmember aboard the cruise ship Norwegian Breakaway contacted Coast Guard 5th District Command Center watchstanders approximately 9:45 a.m. to report the child had fallen from his bunk and had sustained a head injury. The helicopter crew arrived at the Norwegian Breakaway at approximately 3 p.m., hoisted the boy and his mother were aboard the helicopter and transferred them to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City. The boy was reported to be in stable condition.
Lower Township Police will be among the departments participating in “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.” The campaign runs from Aug. 15 to Sept. 1. Multiple departments across the state will take part in the effort to curb drunk driving. Sobriety checkpoints and roving patrols will all take place throughout looking for impaired driving.
Nearly two dozen jobs are being eliminated from the Vineland Public School District. The Vineland Daily Journal reports that 21 jobs are being wiped out in time for the new school year. The cuts include ten bus drivers and two secretaries. The New Jersey Civil Service Commission approved the layoff plan with a letter this month.
Vineland City Police are looking for a man who robbed a woman outside of a branch of Susquehanna Bank on West Chestnut Avenue. Police say the robbery occurred Monday afternoon shortly after two o’clock. Police say the man stole the bank deposit that the woman was carrying and ran off. Police are now asking for the public’s help with catching the bandit.
Some Wildwood city officials are not happy with a decision that would ban a no turn right on red at the intersection of Rio Grande and New Jersey avenues. Mayor Ernie Troiano says a ban of turning right on red will make it impossible for traffic to leave the city. County Engineer Dale Foster says there is not enough sight distance to allow the right turns on red to take place. New Jersey Avenue is a county road in the city of Wildwood.
The Natural Resources Defense Council says New Jersey’s ocean water is the third cleanest in the entire country. The bad news, the top ten list of problematic beaches includes four in Cape May County. The Council pointed out that beaches in North Wildwood, Wildwood, and Ocean City have made a list of beaches with the highest bacteria counts in the state. Statewide, just three percent of water samples tested exceeded the federal standards set for bacteria.