Flags will be flown at half staff around the Garden State starting Thursday in honor of a 57 year old fire captain from Jersey City who died in the line of duty. Governor Christie ordered flags flown at half staff through next Wednesday for Gregory Barnas, who died in the line of duty last week. Barnas died after he fell from a roof during a fire call in Wallington.
Atlantic City Police say they arrested a local man on charges that he had a loaded assault rifle near the Boys and Girls Club in the resort. Police arrested 26 year old Andrew James who had a loaded AK-47 assault rifle in his possession; the gun was loaded with hollow point bullets. James was slapped with numerous weapons offenses and jailed on $26,000 cash bail.
Charter schools in Pemberton and Camden are closing at the end of the year due to a lack of performance. The New Jersey Department of Education announced that the schools performed in the bottom 14 percent of all schools in the Garden State, so they must close in June. Ten other charter schools had their charters renewed for five more years. So far, the Christie administration has closed a dozen charter schools for bad performance.
It was a no-confidence vote on Wednesday for Mullica Township School Superintendent Brenda Harning-Marro. The Press of Atlantic City reports that 93 percent of the Mullica Township Education Association agreed that Harning-Marro must go as superintendent of the school district. The issue involves the suspension of kindergarten teacher Kelly Mascio who was removed from school after two five year olds had sexual play inside a classroom bathroom.
A 30 year old man who flipped his SUV on the Atlantic City beachfront with two children inside has been charged with DUI and other offenses. City police say Michael Tripician and two toddlers were not injured when Tripician flipped his SUV on the beach Tuesday afternoon at Kingston Avenue. Police charged him with drunk driving and other offenses.
$270 million..that’s how much money will be up for grabs Friday in the Mega Millions multi-state drawing on Friday evening. There have been no winners in the Mega Millions since January 3rd which has swelled the jackpot. A cash payout would net one winner approximately $151 million dollars. There have been 17 consecutive drawings with no winner.
So long Hurricane Sandy, welcome to summer. Toms River officials announced this week that its entire beachfront will be open for business this year 18 months after Hurricane Sandy caused devestation in that community. The mayor of Toms River told the Star Ledger that all of the repairs on the Toms River beachfront have been made and the community is looking forward to a very busy summer season.
“I’m the only one who can close a bridge”. Ouch. Those words were uttered Wednesday by South Jersey democratic powerbroker George Norcross with Governor Chris Christie standing next to him. Both men attended an event in Camden on Wednesday when Norcross teased Christie about “Bridgegate” and about the failures of Christie’s football team, the Dallas Cowboys. Norcross did say that New Jersey never had a governor who worked so tirelessly for southern New Jersey.
A husband and wife from Egg Harbor Township have a date in court on May 2nd to face serious drugs and weapons offenses. The New Jersey Attorney General’s Office announced that 40 year old Donald Capriotti and 33 year old Chinyere Gardner both pleaded guilty to serious offenses involving a large quantity of cocaine found at their home along with an assault weapon. Capriotti could face up to 18 years behind bars.