The New Jersey Highway Authority has awarded a $41 million contract to widen the Garden State Parkway just north of Atlantic City. The Parkway will be widened to a third lane between Atlantic City and milepost 41. The work is expected to begin shortly after Labor Day weekend and wrap up sometime in 2017.
Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian thinks there is an interested buyer for the Showboat Casino. Guardian told reporters on Tuesday that he and management from Caesars, the owner of the Showboat, met with an interested party. Guardian says the group that wants to buy Showboat is very interested in buying the casino, which is scheduled to close at the end of next month.
Wildwood Police arrested two with 300 bags of heroin in their possession. Both Elizabeth Singh, of Rio Grande, and Heather Fowler, also of Rio Grande, The narcotics were discovered during a vehicle stop. Both had bail set for $90,000 and were placed in the Cape May County Jail. The arrest took place Monday night around 8:30 pm.
Beach fees are back on the table in Wildwood. Mayor Ernie Troiano told the Wildwood Leader that he expects discussions to continue on the issue, but didn’t give a specific date when it could come up at a meeting. Wildwood considered beach fees last year but back off the issue prior to the summer. Previously, North Wildwood and Wildwood Crest were not interested in joining in with charging beach fees.
A bank deposit was stolen in Vineland. The strong arm robbery was reported at approximately 2:10pm Tuesday in the community at the Susquehanna Bank. The male struggled with the female and stole the bank deposit which she was carrying in her hands. If you have information pertaining to this investigation, please call Crime Stoppers at 856-691-0345. Vineland Police are looking into the incident.
Details have been released about a recent crackdown on drunk driving. The Somers Point Police Department along with the Atlantic County Prosecutors Office and several Police Departments from Atlantic and Cape May Counties conducted a DWI Checkpoint from 10:00 PM – 3 AM on Friday night. A total of 600 vehicle contacts were recorded resulting in four alcohol related arrests and one arrest for being under the influence of heroin, two warrant arrests, two drug arrests and thirty seven motor vehicle summons issued.
A conviction was handed down in two child abuse cases. John S. Poston, 47, of the 500 block of Sherwood Road, Mays Landing was found guilty of sexual assault, criminal sexual assault, child abuse, endangering the welfare of a child, lewdness, and child abuse. The 2nd degree sexual assault conviction carries a potential prison sentence of 5-10 years, and pursuant to the No Early Release Act (NERA), Poston will have to serve 85% of that sentence before becoming eligible for parole.
Gov. Chris Christie has called lawmakers to Trenton on Thursday to discuss bail reform. One of the issues at hand would allow judges to deny bail for certain criminals deemed to be a danger to the public. State lawmakers are in their summer recess currently. A second measure would also try to address the issues of low income criminals from being stuck in jail because they can’t afford to get out.
A new poll says you don’t have to look far to find the top Republican presidential hopeful. The new CNN poll names Gov. Chris Christie as the number one choice to be the Republican nominee. The ratings points for Christie jumped five points in the past month vaulting Christie to the top spot. Christie’s lead however is still within the margin of error with other candidates to win the nominee.
The Coast Guard medevaced a 4-year-old boy Monday from a cruise ship approximately 100 miles southeast of Atlantic City. A crewmember aboard the cruise ship Norwegian Breakaway contacted Coast Guard 5th District Command Center watchstanders approximately 9:45 a.m. to report the child had fallen from his bunk and had sustained a head injury. The helicopter crew arrived at the Norwegian Breakaway at approximately 3 p.m., hoisted the boy and his mother were aboard the helicopter and transferred them to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City. The boy was reported to be in stable condition.