April 21, 2016 |
An abandoned firehouse on the 1800 block of Broadway has been renovated as the latest anchor in a South Camden neighborhood trying to make a comeback. Heart of Camden has spent three years transforming the building into an art gallery to attract youngsters, artists, and developers to the city. On a busy stretch of Broadway, not far from the Delaware River, the soon-to-open arts center sits on a block dotted with a mixture of abandoned storefronts and renovated homes. "It's been a long adventure," said Lisa Kiernan, executive director of the housing and community nonprofit.
April 19, 2016 |
Patrolling the streets of her hometown has benefits for CaBria Davis. Sometimes the 31-year-old police officer runs into childhood friends who are living or working in Camden. She is often struck by the changes that have come to the city's neighborhoods. Occasionally, in moments that always catch her off guard, she crosses paths with someone who knew her father. "I never knew him - only from pictures," said Davis, who was 9 when her father was murdered. "So it's nice, sometimes, to hear someone tell me they remember him. " Davis, who grew up in South Camden with her mother and younger brother, became a member of the Camden County Metro police force a little more than two years ago. Her mother no longer lives in the city, and with no departmental residency requirement in place, Davis doesn't have to live in Camden.
April 18, 2016 |
A 34-year-old man was fatally shot in Camden on Friday night, the latest slaying in a bloody month that has seen seven homicides so far - and 12 for the year. About 7 p.m., police were called to Eighth Street and Chelton Avenue in the city and found the victim, Abdullah Fussell, 34, lying on the ground with multiple gunshot wounds, the Camden County Prosecutor's Office said Saturday. Fussell, of Camden, was transported to Cooper University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead about 7:10 p.m. Friday.
April 18, 2016 |
A $290 million manufacturing complex is rising on a long-moribund expanse of land along the Delaware River in Camden. By next April, about 300 engineering and support staff employees of Holtec International, a company that designs and builds equipment for nuclear, solar, and conventional power plants worldwide, should be at work in new facilities just north of the Walt Whitman Bridge. Company officials say total employment at the new Holtec Technology Campus could reach 1,000 by the end of the decade, making Holtec one of the largest employers in the city.
April 17, 2016 |
A Camden County woman has tested positive for the Zika virus, the county health department said Friday. The woman had recently returned from an area where the virus is transmitted by mosquitoes, the county said. She is not pregnant. The woman visited her health-care provider with symptoms of fever, rash, fatigue, and joint pain on April 2, the county said in a news release. A blood sample was sent to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, whose laboratory confirmed the infection.
April 16, 2016 |
Camden Catholic senior catcher Joe Palumbo figures his teammate and classmate, pitcher Jay Crusemire, is "under the radar. " He also figures that's a good thing. "It's a motivator, for sure," Palumbo said of Crusemire. "He's got something to prove. We all do. " Crusemire, a senior lefthander, wasn't a first-team, all-conference selection as a junior. He won't be attending college on a baseball scholarship. He wasn't on many lists of the pitchers to watch in South Jersey. But if the first two weeks of the baseball season are any indication, Crusemire is set to make some serious noise.
April 16, 2016
Two men found dead inside Camden homeAuthorities identified two men who were found shot to death inside a house in Camden on Thursday morning. Shortly before 9:50 a.m., police were called to a house in the 500 block of South Eighth Street, where they found Richard Lincoln, 50, and Angel Martinez, 33, suffering from gunshot wounds. The men, who lived in Camden, were pronounced dead at the scene. No arrests were reported. Camden County Police Chief Scott Thomson asked for the public's help with any information on what he said was a "recent rash of homicides that are occurring inside houses and vehicles.
April 15, 2016
A 26-year-old man has pleaded guilty to fatally stabbing a woman in Camden three years ago, the Camden County Prosecutor's Office said Wednesday. Charles Sheppard, of Camden, pleaded guilty Tuesday to the first-degree murder of Rhonda Scott, 38, of Camden. Scott was stabbed to death in an abandoned home on the 1700 block of Tioga Street in Camden on Feb. 8, 2013. She died from multiple stab wounds, and her body was then set on fire, authorities said. Under the terms of the plea, Sheppard is to receive 30 years in state prison without parole when he is sentenced June 3 before Superior Court Judge Kathleen Delaney, prosecutors said.
April 11, 2016 |
Last Sunday was girls' night for Aleshia Schmincke Hill, who spent the evening with her mother, grandmother, and sister in her mom's South Jersey home. A waitress who worked six days a week, Hill, 25, was looking forward to her Monday off, and around 7 p.m. Dawn Schmincke drove her daughter back to the East Camden home Hill shared with her fiance. Sometime over the next 18 hours, someone shot Hill and John Valerio, 23, at close range in their home, then disappeared before the bodies were found the next afternoon.