GIRL FROM GALLOWAY ADVANCES IN AMERICA’S GOT TALENT

An area contestant on NBC’s America’s Got Talent advanced through to the next round of the competition. Mara Justine impressed the judges enough to advanced another round in the talent competition. Justine sang Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing.” Some, including Mays Landing native Kelli Glover have to wait until Wednesday’s show to find out if she made it through.

POLICE ID VICTIM OF PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT

New Jersey State Police have identified the victim of a pedestrian motor vehicle accident in Seaville Monday evening.  Police say 76 year old David Loder was struck and killed by a vehicle on Route 9 at Evergreeen Drive Monday.  The vehicle was driven by 24 year old Miheala Reilly of Seaville, who has not been charged in connection with the crash.  A portion of Route 9 was closed to traffic while crews responded to the scene.

LOBIONDO ANNOUNCES FUNDING FOR AC AIRPORT

LoBiondoA new round of funding is coming to the Atlantic City International Airport.  Congressman Frank LoBiondo announced that over $.17 million in new federal funding is coming to the airport to help finance taxiway rehabilitation and reconstruction projects.  LoBiondo says the airport has now benefitted from $50 million in various federal funding.

CRASH ON PARKWAY KILLS ONE, INJURES TWO

GSPkwy_Shield.svgOne person is dead, two others injured following a violent traffic accident on the Garden State Parkway on Tuesday morning.  State Police say it happened shortly after 9am when a van swerved around some parked vans and struck three pedestrians. The accident occurred near milepost 107.9 in Tinton Falls.  Two minors who were at the scene of the accident were not injured.

NEWARK POLICE DEPARTMENT NOW UNDER A FEDERAL WATCH

One of the largest police departments in the state of New Jersey will now follow a federal monitor.  The Newark City Police Department reached an agreement this week to be under a federal monitor.  The feds allege that the Newark Police Department violates constitutional rights of residents repeatedly, especially those in the black community.  United States Attorney Paul Fishman says the people of Newark deserve to be safe.

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.