A 25 year old woman from Somers Point has been arrested and charged with drug distribution offenses. Olivia Rocco is charged by police for having the intent to sell nearly 100 bags of heroin out of her apartment located at the Gates of Somers Point. Police investigated the case for three months. Rocco was taken to the Atlantic County Jail on $100,000 cash bail.
New Jersey lawmakers may vote on a new program designed to fund open space programs throughout the state on Monday. State Senator Robert Smith announced that it’s very possible the Assembly may vote on Monday on a plan that would find a permanent source of funding for New Jersey’s open space program, which is nearly broke. The Assembly needs to vote on the measure on Monday in order to get it on the November ballot.
A presumed presidential race in the swing state of Ohio featuring Hilary Clinton and Chris Christie would be won by Clinton if the election were held today. A new Quinnipiac poll released Thursday shows Clinton with a nine percentage point lead over Christie if the two candidates were their party’s choices for president. Ohio voters put Governor Christie in a negative light by a 36 to 34 percent margin. All polls continue to show that Clinton is her party’s clear favorite to run for president.
People who do not have a gambling problem, or who do not want to admit it, can now legally ban themselves from stepping inside an Atlantic City casino. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed a bill into law on Thursday that will allow individuals to put themselves on a casino exclusion list without admitting that they have a serious gambling problem. Currently there are nearly 2,000 people who are on the casino exclusion list; up until now, they had to declare themselves with a serious gambling problem.
Dennis Township will hold a public meeting on Monday afternoon to solicit input from Township residents about a proposed upgrade to recreational facilities in the community. The Middle Township Gazette reports that the Township plans on making a submission to the Cape May County Open Space Board for the project which will upgrade the facilities, and make them safer for the public to enjoy. The meeting will be held at the Township’s municipal building Monday at 4:00pm.
A taste of country, for one day, in Atlantic City today. 60,000 music fans are expected on the beaches of Atlantic City this evening for a free concert featuring country music superstar Blake Shelton. Merchants in the city are excited for the shot of revenue the visitors will bring to the gaming resort. Fans started lining up to get into the beach venue at 6:30am Thursday.
A 42 year old man from West Cape May has been arrested and charged with identity theft. Cape May Police arrested Delfino Antonio Banos-Martinez and charged him with using someone else’s identity for personal gain. The arrest happened on July 24th. The suspect was taken to the county jail on $50,000 cash bail, and charged with various offenses.
Vineland Police are continuing their investigation today into a three vehicle accident Wednesday afternoon that sent three people to the hospital. Police say it happened late Wednesday afternoon on Hand Bridge Road when the driver of a 2011 Honda Civic lost control of the vehicle and re-entered the roadway, striking two other vehicles. Three people were taken to trauma centers with various injuries.
Summer break is interrupted for lawmakers in Trenton on Thursday. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has called lawmakers back to the statehouse on Thursday to discuss proposed legislation that would reform bail laws in the Garden State. The plan has bipartisan support, but not in the entire state. Lawmakers in the southern portion of New Jersey support it, but some northern New Jersey lawmakers oppose it. One provision would allow judges to deny bail for anyone who’s dangerous and a risk to flee.
Lower Township Police today confirmed that they responded to the threat of a suicide in a neighborhood in North Cape May on Wednesday. Police are telling us today that a 46 year old man threatened his own life in a house located in the 200 block of Roseann Avenue. The man was eventually coaxed out of his home and underwent a mental evaluation. Once inside, police found a .44 magnum handgun inside the man’s home. There were no injuries.