A bill was proposed in the Senate that would cap the payouts made to employees for unused sick time. Senate President Steve Sweeney is one of the sponsors of the bill that was vetoed back in 2010 the last time it was proposed. Unused sick time would be topped off at $15,000. Lawmakers say that the payouts are only going up and provide fairness to the taxpayers of New Jersey.
Absecon Police say they took three into custody after police received a report of teens looking into vehicles. The males, two fifteen year olds and a fourteen year old, were stopped and investigation revealed the two fifteen year olds were in possession of stolen property. The males were found to have burglarized a residence and a vehicle on S. Mill. Rd. in the area of Holly Rd. The juveniles had additional property believed to be from other unreported burglaries in the area as well as in Pleasantville’s jurisdiction. The juveniles, all from Pleasantville, were transported to the police station. The fourteen year old was charged with a curfew violation and released to a parent. Both of the fifteen year olds were charged with a burglary, receiving stolen property, and curfew violations, and were released to a parent.
Another Atlantic City casino could be closing. Senator Jim Whelan has told multiple media outlets that it is his understanding that Trump Plaza will close by the end of Sept. Notices are expected to go out to employees next week, providing them their mandated 60 days notice of closing. This is the third casino to close this year, including the Atlantic Club previously, and the Showboat on Aug. 31. Revel Casino could also close if a buyer can’t be found via a bankruptcy auction. Increased competition from Pennsylvania, Maryland, and now possibly New York next has hampered business in Atlantic City and caused major economic issues. Officially, Trump Casinos have no comment on the situation.
A man was arrested when it was discovered he was growing marijuana at his residence. The investigation took place in the Misty Pines section of Hamilton Township. A search of the property revealed numerous marijuana plants being cultivated in the back yard. Stanley Frizzell, of Mays Landing was charged with 3rd Degree Manufacturing of a Controlled and Dangerous Substance and 4th Degree Possession of Marijuana (Over 50 Grams). Frizzell has been released pending court.
Police are looking into two separate fires as possible arson cases. Middle Township Police say that the fires took place on the 1200 block of St. Andrews Drive and 1400 block of the same street. The fires were quickly put out by Cape May Court House Fire Company. The Cape May County Fire Marshall along with the Prosecutor’s Office responded to assist the Middle Township Major Crime Unit with the investigation. Preliminary investigation indicates one or more suspects put gasoline in plastic containers around the perimeter of the two buildings on the 1200 and 1400 block of St. Andrews Drive.
There will be a lot of bodyslams, elbows, and headbutts in Wildwood this weekend as the WWE returns. The wrestling company brings the action to the Wildwoods Convention Center on Sunday night. John Cena is among the wrestlers expected to be in attendance. Tickets are still available at the Wildwoods Convention Center box office and at ticketmaster.com. This marks the WWE’s annual trip to Wildwood.
Voters could have their say on a constitutional amendment. Lawmakers in Trenton are considering putting a ballot question together for Nov., which would allow judges in some instances to deny bail to a suspect. The measure is aimed at keep violent offenders off the streets and from possibly committing another crime. The bill would need approval by August to go onto the ballot.
One of the biggest festivals of the summer takes over North Wildwood this weekend. The NJ State BBQ Championship & Anglesea Blues Festival happens this weekend, opening at 4 pm on Friday and closing at 6 pm on Sunday. The event is exactly what it says it is, taste some of the best BBQ around while listening to some talented blues musicians. It takes place down Old New Jersey Ave. in North Wildwood.
Cape May County is under a Flash Flood Watch until Midnight Thursday night. The National Weather Service says it’s possible two to four inches of rain may fall on some areas this evening as a front tries to push over the county. Earlier today heavy thunderstorms rolled through the northern portion of the county dropping four inches of rain on areas including Upper and Dennis Townships. Lightning and thunder is also possible as storms develop this evening.
A 68 year old lawyer from northern New Jersey has pleaded guilty to charges that he participate in a condo scheme based in Wildwood Crest. Joseph Witkowski pleaded guilty in front of United States District Judge Joseph Irenas in Camden on Thursday. Witkowski admitted that he participated in a scheme that caused lenders to release more than $40 million based on fraudulent mortgage applications. He will be sentenced in November.