The hopes to bring sports betting to New Jersey is almost dead, but the key word is almost. There will be one final attempt to fight the federal ban on sports betting and a recent veto to remove laws that prohibit it in the state. A veto override vote will take place on Sept. 22. Sen. Ray Lesniak is pushing the latest attempt, as Atlantic City is set to lose three casinos in the next month and roughly 8,000 jobs.
One of Gov. Chris Christie’s biggest donors thinks its a matter of when and not if Christie will run for president. The Star-Ledger reports that megadonor Kenneth Langone, who co-founded Home Depot, believes the decision for Christie will be to run for president. The governor has said he will make a decision by the end of this year or the beginning of next. But is hitting many of the big primary states as the chairman of the Republican Governor’s Association.
Three were busted when Vineland Police discovered cocaine on Aug. 16. Darious E. Negron, Isaiah S. Cisrow, and Michael Cisrow were charged with possession of controlled dangerous substance when a clear plastic baggie containing a white powdery substance suspected to be cocaine was located inside a vehicle which had crashed in the area of S Brewster Road and Franklin Drive. All three were released on a summons and given a future court date.
A report of lewdness is being investigated in Cape May. Police there say they are looking for a suspect in an incident that took place at the intersection of S. Lafayette St. and Windsor St. in Cape May. Police say the suspect is white, male about 6’ tall, possibly in 40’s, with very short hair, blonde or balding and wearing black sunglasses. He was also wearing: white t-shirt, blue basketball shorts. Anyone with information regarding the identity of this subject is asked to contact Detective J. Walker at (609) 884-9500
An Atlantic City man was sentenced today for his part in the 2012 armed robbery and assault of a pizza delivery driver in Atlantic City. Jamil Ragsdale, now 19, of the 900 block of Magellan Avenue, Atlantic City, was sentenced to 10 years in New Jersey State prison for an armed robbery committed when he was 17 years old. The court said Ragsdale was armed with a rifle. he will have to serve 85 percent of the sentence before becoming eligible for parole.
Less gaming money may be coming in but profits are up with the casinos in Atlantic City. The 11 casinos showed a 35 percent gross operating profit increase over last year during the second quarter. The state released its latest numbers, which shows that Borgata had the biggest profit at $42.2 million compared to $28.1 million last year. Revel performed the worst with a $24.3 million loss in the quarter. Only one of the three casinos that are set to close, Showboat, reported a profit. Showboat made $7.6 million, which was down from $9.5 million last year.
A juvenile runaway is being sought by authorities. Middle Township Police say that Darian Lehner, 16 years of age, reportedly ran away on August 12. Lehner is described as a white male, 5’10 tall and weighs approximately 125 pound with blue eyes and brown hair and has facial acne. He was last seen wearing a green t-shirt, black gym shorts and red basketball shoes. He has family and social ties in Lower Township and was seen by a witness in the area of the Villas on August 21. Anyone with information regarding the location of Darian Lehner contact the Middle Township Police Department at 609-465-8700.
A car went barreling into a building in Rio Grande. A red Mercury driven by Stanley Lovett (25) of Bridgeton, was traveling south on Rte 47. Lovett lost control of his vehicle and struck the guardrail on the north side of the road. The vehicle then traveled back across the north and south bound lanes and struck the front of the Wildwood Water Works building. Lovett was not injured in the crash. Lovett was issued a careless driving summons. Police say the accident took place Saturday around 6 a.m.
Forecasters are not expecting a Tropical Storm off Florida to do much damage in our region. The latest projections from the National Weather Service call for the storm to head east and away from the coast. The storm is working its way north currently, but should begin to turn east by mid week. Tropical Storm Cristobal is the third named storm this year.
A two vehicle accident on the Cape May Lewes Ferry sent three to the hospital. The incident took place Friday around 9:40 a.m. The preliminary investigation indicates that Jeffery Singley of Fort Washington, Maryland, was operating a white 2012 Ford Explorer rental vehicle that was stationed on the port side of the ferry vessel. While maneuvering his vehicle on-board the vessel, Singley accidently hit the gas pedal instead of the brakes, propelling the Explorer across the car deck and broadsiding a silver Honda Civic. The accident remains under investigation by the Delaware River and Bay Authority police department.