CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGES LEVIED AGAINST LOCAL TEACHER

Some very serious child pornography charges have been filed against a North Cape May man for acts he committed while a teacher at Middle Township High School.  34 year old Joseph Towns of North Cape May turned himself in to authorities Tuesday afternoon; Towns is charged with sexual assault, endangering the welfare of a child, and child pornography.  Towns allegedly committed crimes against a student while he worked as an English teacher at Middle Township High School.  Towns was released after posting $175,000 cash bail.

    CHRISTIE KICKS OFF HIS PENSION REFORM PLAN

    gov_christieNew Jersey Governor Chris Christie has kicked off a summer tour to promote his pension reform plan.  Problem is, details are very limited.  Christie visited Long Beach on Tuesday to talk about a proposal that he will unveil by the end of the summer that will cure some of New Jersey’s economic woes.  Christie says that benefits given to public employees have to be scaled back.  He says he has a specific plan, but no details are out yet.

      ATLANTIC CITY MAN SENTENCED IN 2012 DEATH

      An Atlantic City man was given 18 years in jail for a 2012 death. Luis Perez, Jr. plead guilty to aggravated manslaughter on Mar. 17. Joseph Hurt, 32, of Atlantic City, was found dead behind a building in 2012, the victim of multiple gunshot wounds. Pursuant to the No Early Release Act (NERA), Perez must serve 85% of the sentence, or 15 years and 3 months, before becoming eligible for parole.

        DELIVERY DRIVER ROBBED IN ABSECON

        A Chinese food delivery driver was robbed on a route in Absecon. It all went down Monday night at the Oyster Bay Condominiums. The victim, a delivery driver for Hong Kong Chinese Restaurant reported that he was attempting to make a delivery to a unit in Building 12 when two black males in their 20’s approached him in the parking lot. The victim stated that the males forced him to the ground and removed money, credit cards and an Iphone 5 from his pockets. The victim stated that the one male brandished a handgun during the attack. The suspects ran off behind Building 12 and towards Route 9. No further description could be supplied at this time. Anyone with information is asked to reach out to police.

          FAMILY DISPLACED DUE TO RESIDENT FIRE

          Hamilton Township Police logoEarly reports of an oven fire has forced a family to be displaced. Hamilton Township Police say that they responded to 2809 Forsythia Crt. in the Woodlands for a oven fire. Upon arrival, all tenants were out of the residence. Emily Fernandez came to the police and advised that it was her apartment. Fernandez advised that she was cleaning the oven, when it began making a popping sound and then boom it just exploded. Fernandez advised she got her family out and went next door to the neighbor and called 911. The fire was contained to the kitchen. The dwelling suffered smoke damage and kitchen interior damage. The Fernandez family was displaced and would be staying with family members in the Woodlands.

            ACTOR KEVIN BACON BRINGS A FREE LUNCH TO ATLANTIC CITY

            Who was that delivering lunch to the Atlantic City Long Term Recovery Group on Monday? None other than actor Kevin Bacon, who’s foundation provided lunch for workers who have helped people recover following Hurricane Sandy.  Bacon says the group deserved a free lunch for all of its hard work with helping people rebuild after the storm.  Bacon has his own foundation, six degrees.org that raises funding for these efforts.

              REPORT: CANDIDATES TO BE INTERVIEWED FOR OC SCHOOL BOARD

              ocean city schoolsFive candidates will be interviewed this week to fill a spot on the Ocean City School Board.  The Ocean City Gazette reports that five candidates will be interviewed this Wednesday before the 7pm Board of Education meeting.  The Board needs a replacement for Pete Madden who resigned in order to accept an elected position on the Ocean City Council.  School Board President Joe Clark says each candidate will be asked the same questions.