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March 11, 1988 | By Bob Tulini, Special to The Inquirer
Sen. Bill Bradley (D., N.J.) heard from about 100 of his younger constituents during one of his annual leadership conferences for high school students, held yesterday at Camden County College in Blackwood. Seniors from public and private schools in eight South Jersey counties participated in small group discussions and a "town meeting. " The gathering was part of the eighth annual series of such conferences. A similar conference was held Wednesday at William Paterson College in Wayne, and one is scheduled for today at Rutgers University in Piscataway.
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July 4, 1991 | By Karen Petersen, Special to The Inquirer
Gloucester Township has received a $100,000 loan from the New Jersey Urban Development Corp. that will be applied to developing the Blackwood business district, Mayor Ann A. Mullen said. The money will be allocated in the form of a grant from the township to the Blackwood West Development Corp., a nonprofit company formed to administer federal, state and private money targeted for the Blackwood district. The funds are expected to help owners expand, renovate or buy equipment for Blackwood businesses in a district that recently was nominated for the National Register of Historic Places.
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March 31, 1999 | By Gaiutra Bahadur, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
A Blackwood man pleaded guilty yesterday to murder in the shooting death of his girlfriend's estranged husband. During a hearing before Camden County Superior Court Judge Louis F. Hornstine, Harold Thompson, 33, said that he fired six shots at Robert Barr with a .38-caliber handgun in 1997 as Barr stood in the front doorway of his Cherry Hill home. At the time, Thompson was living at the Lakeside Apartments in Blackwood with Barr's wife of five years, Michelle. The Barrs were going through a bitter divorce and custody battle over their son, Brandon, then 2 years old, authorities said.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 21, 2013 | By Monica Peters, For The Inquirer
Mainstage Center for the Arts presents its annual Holiday Concert & Family Festival this weekend at the Dennis Flyer Memorial Theatre at Camden County College. The two-day festival will feature performances by the Harmony and Encore Show Choirs, members of the Mainstage Dance Company (and the School of Dance), and the Mainstage Hip Hop performance group. Featured vocalists will be opera soprano Robin Wilson, who has performed at Carnegie Hall and the Metropolitan Opera, and country recording artist Sherry Lynn, who has performed with Crystal Gayle.
NEWS
March 31, 2012
A former Blackwood resident is facing up to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty Friday to a slitting the throat of a cab driver during a robbery in Deptford Township in June 2010. Randy S. James Jr., 22, of Secane, is scheduled to be sentenced on first-degree robbery charges on June 1. He remains in the Gloucester County Jail in lieu of $350,000 bail. James, who has a history of psychiatric problems, was accused of stealing cash from a cab driver who had picked him up in Clementon on June 10, 2010.
NEWS
April 11, 1986 | By Maureen Graham, Special to The Inquirer
A Blackwood woman was killed and her infant son was slightly injured yesterday morning when their car was struck broadside at County House and Mount Pleasant Roads in Washington Township. The driver of the other car, a Turnersville woman, was critically injured. Stephanie Miller, 24, of the 400 block of South Black Horse Pike in Blackwood, was pronounced dead at the scene at 9:20 a.m. by Gloucester County Medical Examiner Claus Speth. Her son, Anthony, 18 months, was treated at John F. Kennedy Hospital, Washington Division, and released.
NEWS
October 31, 1997 | By Eric Dyer, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
A Blackwood man has been charged with sexually assaulting a 10-year-old boy he met in front of the garden shop where he worked as a laborer, police said yesterday. Gary R. Drach, 31, was arrested Wednesday afternoon and charged with two counts of aggravated sexual assault in connection with the molestation of a Washington Township boy between June and September, police said. Drach was released from Gloucester County Jail on Wednesday after posting $75,000 bail, police said.
NEWS
August 30, 2009 | By Edward Colimore INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
They might be a little old to be holding up banks, and the use of a cordless drill as a weapon was unorthodox. But, authorities said yesterday, that didn't stop two Cherry Hill men - one 52 and the other 71 - from robbing the TD Bank on College Drive in Blackwood late Friday. The two were later arrested by Gloucester Township police; a Camden County sheriff's officer with his K-9 partner, Axel; and Cherry Hill police. Timothy Connell, 52, was charged with robbery, resisting arrest, terroristic threats, and weapons offenses.
NEWS
September 14, 1999 | By Gaiutra Bahadur, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Two men accused of harassing a black family near Oak Pond in Winslow in April pleaded guilty yesterday to charges of ethnic intimidation and making terroristic threats. Anthony D. LaVala, 29, and Gerald R. Willis, 19, both of the Blackwood section of Gloucester Township, waived their rights to a trial in an appearance before Judge Louis F. Hornstine in Camden County Superior Court. Assistant Prosecutor Christine Myers is recommending four years in state prison for LaVala and probation and 270 days in the county jail for Willis.
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May 21, 2015 | By Anndee Hochman, For The Inquirer
Darlene wasn't looking for a husband. But she was a caregiver, by profession and by nature, and one of her home health-aide clients was McKinley's grandmother. "It was an automatic spark," he says. "I didn't even know her. But I left my parents' house, got a sandwich and came right back. Then, every time she came there to care for my grandmother, I made sure I was there. " For Darlene, the spark was slower to catch. Divorced just two years, with three children under 11, she felt wary.
NEWS
October 31, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
JoAnn Hobbins, 69, of Blackwood, who retired in 2007 as warehouse manager for the Cherry Hill Board of Education, died Friday, Oct. 24, of brain cancer at home. A 1962 graduate of Gloucester Catholic High School, Ms. Hobbins, known as Sis, worked first as a warehouse supervisor at the former Superior Record Co. in Runnemede, a niece, Denise Melvin, said. Her career at the Board of Education warehouse spanned 32 years, her niece said. "She was made supervisor and manager in 1984.
NEWS
September 25, 2014 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Blackwood teenager Samantha Jones grew up reciting the Pledge of Allegiance with the words under God , and she is willing to go to court for the right to keeping saying those words. "This is about our freedom as Americans," Jones said. The people who want to see those words taken out of the pledge would say the same thing. Jones, an 18-year-old Highland Regional High School senior, her parents, and her younger sister and brother learned this week that they have been granted intervenor status in a Superior Court case that contends that reciting the pledge violates the rights of atheists and humanists.
SPORTS
June 10, 2014 | By the Inquirer Staff
Matt Lutcza of Collegeville and Sarah Morrison of Philadelphia captured the men's and women's titles Sunday in the ODDyssey Half Marathon. Lutcza, 23, is a former distance runner at Moravian College. He crossed the Fairmount Park finish line in 1 hour, 11 minutes, 28 seconds. Mark Schenberger, 21, of Berlin, N.J., was second in 1:12:50, and Shawn D'Andrea, 27, of Blackwood, N.J., was third in 1:13:38. Morrison, 25, ran the steeplechase at Villanova. The Chambersburg, Pa., native completed the 13.1-mile half-marathon course in 1:20:10.
NEWS
May 17, 2014 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Rowan University Police Sgt. Joseph Barnett and two fellow officers were keeping the peace on a bar-closing detail shortly before 2 a.m. a year ago when a young man on a bicycle clipped a curb, catapulted over the handlebars, and, tangled in his bike, crashed like a torpedo. "When he hit the ground, he hit headfirst," Barnett said. "You could hear him hit. " Blood pumped from his nose and mouth, pooling fast around him. Despite the possibility of a neck injury, the officers moved him. "If we didn't move him, he would have aspirated and drowned," Barnett said.
NEWS
January 28, 2014 | By Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman, Inquirer Staff Writer
He is known by one family as Sid and by another as Ansel Catems, a feline play on the name of an acclaimed photographer known for his black-and-white landscape shots. No matter which name the 7-year-old cat with the black-and-white coat is called, he displays the same playful personality, showing no signs of the no-doubt confusing adventure he has been on for more than two years. It began during Hurricane Irene in August 2011, when Sid ran away from his home in Blackwood. Jeana Hoffman, who had raised Sid since he was two weeks old, began to fear the worst when she could not find him. That fear turned to dread when more than two years passed with no sign of him. Then, the unbelievable happened.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 21, 2013 | By Monica Peters, For The Inquirer
Mainstage Center for the Arts presents its annual Holiday Concert & Family Festival this weekend at the Dennis Flyer Memorial Theatre at Camden County College. The two-day festival will feature performances by the Harmony and Encore Show Choirs, members of the Mainstage Dance Company (and the School of Dance), and the Mainstage Hip Hop performance group. Featured vocalists will be opera soprano Robin Wilson, who has performed at Carnegie Hall and the Metropolitan Opera, and country recording artist Sherry Lynn, who has performed with Crystal Gayle.
NEWS
December 4, 2013 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
CAMDEN A Marine Reservist who was trying to break up a fight in a Camden parking lot was shot to death early Sunday. Camden County Police investigators said Timothy Loper Jr., 27, of Pine Hill, died from a gunshot wound to his back that pierced his heart at Second and Spruce Streets at 2:46 a.m. Police said Loper, who according to his father served four years in the Marines as a corporal, saw a fight in the parking lot of the 20 Horse Tavern and...
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June 14, 2013 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Spencer C. Moore II, 91, of Magnolia, a decorated member of the Buffalo Soldiers Army unit during World War II, died Saturday, June 1, at Virtua Berlin, the medical center there. In 2008, Mr. Moore spoke at the 60th anniversary celebration of the desegregation of the military, in the rotunda of the Capitol, son Michael Sr. said. Among the other speakers was former Secretary of State Colin Powell. Mr. Moore was a vice president and life member of the Lawnside Historical Society and a vice president and charter member of the Magnolia Historical Society.
NEWS
March 7, 2013 | Breaking News Desk
Two South Jersey men were arrested this week during a traffic stop in which Gloucester Township police say they found drugs and counterfeit money. Police say events began about 8:30 p.m. Monday during a motor vehicle violation stop on the Black Horse Pike at Clementon Ave, in the township's Blackwood section. The vehicle, which police did not describe, matched the description of a vehicle being used by men who were passing counterfeit bills at multiple area Wawa stores. Erik Ellison, 21 of Huntington Mews, Blackwood, and his passenger Robert A. Smith Jr, 49 of Newton Lane, Willingboro, were arrested on "numerous" outstanding warrants for their arrest.
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