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January 6, 1990 | By Ron Avery and Mark McDonald, Daily News Staff Writers Staff writer Gabriel Escobar contributed to this report
In the end, Camden County Prosecutor Samuel Asbell built an air-tight case - against himself. When he was read his constitutional rights and questioned by state investigators into the wee hours yesterday at the Bellmawr state police barracks, Asbell's story of a high-speed chase and shootout on the streets of Camden on New Year's Day fell apart. Asbell, 46, resigned his office at the conclusion of the interrogation and voluntarily entered the Carrier Clinic, a pyschiatric facility in Somerset County.
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May 14, 2014 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
TWINS Taleon and Keyontyli Goffney had their first run-in with police at 13, when the brothers from Camden saw a horse, mounted it - bareback - and took it for a joyride together. "We were from Camden, we'd never seen a horse before," Taleon said. "It was like a unicorn to us. " The twins' last contact with police came in 2008, when they were arrested by a tristate Rooftop Burglary Task Force that was formed just to catch them breaking into businesses by cutting holes in the roofs.
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November 20, 2009 | By George Anastasia INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Two-Face was stoned-faced yesterday as a federal jury in Camden delivered a verdict that could send him to prison for the rest of his life. Juan "Two-Face" Rivera-Velez, 35, showed no reaction as the jury foreman announced four consecutive guilty verdicts, capping nearly eight days of deliberations in a high-profile narcotics trial in U.S. District Court in Camden. Rivera-Velez, nicknamed after his face was disfigured in an auto accident several years ago, was charged with carrying out one murder and attempting a second for convicted Camden drug kingpin Raymond Morales.
NEWS
May 23, 2001
For quite some time, there have been legislative negotiations concerning a bill that would impose an enhanced degree of state control over the governmental affairs of the city of Camden. A number of the key points of this legislation have received public discussion. However, as one of the bill's principal architects is fond of pointing out, "the devil is in the details. " These details have not been shared with the city's elected representatives. Perhaps this is attributable to a paternalistic assumption that Camden's elected officials cannot know what is good for them and the city.
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January 31, 2013 | By Geoff Mulvihill, Associated Press
A state court ruled Tuesday that an arbitrator cannot force New Jersey taxpayers to pay for raises he awarded to firefighters in Camden. A three-judge appellate panel threw out a 2011 arbitrator's award giving the firefighters raises totaling more than $1 million from 2009 through last year. The decision shows just how complicated it is to pay for services in Camden, a city that ranks among the nation's most impoverished and that has a tiny tax base. About 70 percent of the city's $150 million budget is funded by state aid. When contract talks between the city's firefighters and government could not be settled, the case was sent to an arbitrator.
NEWS
February 5, 1986
It might be going just a bit too far to say "Mmmm, mmmm, good!" but the Campbell Soup Co.'s decision to modernize operations in Camden is an encouraging long-range commitment. Campbell Soup was founded in Camden in 1869 and has been a significant part of the city's economy for more than a century. While there was never any doubt about company headquarters staying in Camden, speculation has been rampant for years about a possible closing of production lines. Campbell's main plant in Camden was built in 1907.
NEWS
June 3, 1995 | BOB LARAMIE/ DAILY NEWS
Hank Williams Jr. performs last night at the opening of the Waterfront Entertainment Centre in Camden. Williams was the first performer ever to appear at the $56 million, 25,000-capacity center, which can be opened up for lawn viewing during the warmer months and closed for indoor seating in winter.
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June 25, 1997 | DON MURRAY/FOR THE DAILY NEWS
Fire engulfs a Camden church yesterday as firefighters work to keep it from spreading to nearby homes. The fire at Holy Temple Church of Christ, 34th Street and Mickle Boulevard, started about 4:15 p.m. It was under control two hours later. No injuries were reported. The cause was unknown, but the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms was notified of the fire, police said. The ATF is investigating the nationwide arsons of black churches. In May in Glassboro, two churches were allegedly burned by arsonists.
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February 20, 2004 | By Sheila Dyan FOR THE INQUIRER
Some will tell you that the Victor is a metaphor for Camden's renaissance - specifically, some residents of this industrial-to-residential conversion, as well as the historic building's developer, Carl Dranoff. "And, with its conversion, I believe the Camden area is being decisively and forever turned around, and will be the next great neighborhood in the region," Dranoff said. Dick Hailey, 68, an officer of the New Jersey Superior Court and retired Camden police sergeant who was born and raised in Camden, moved to the complex from Cherry Hill in September.
NEWS
October 22, 2010 | By Matt Katz, Inquirer Staff Writer
The "muscle" for a violent and powerful drug gang that plagued Camden for more than two decades was sentenced Thursday to two life prison terms plus 25 years for murder, attempting to kill a witness, and drug conspiracy. Juan Rivera-Velez - known as "Two-Face" because of severe scarring to his face and head from burns suffered in a car accident - did not apologize to the family members of one of the victims, Miguel Batista, who attended the sentencing hearing in federal court in Camden.
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November 19, 2014 | By Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A worker for the Division of Child Protection and Permanency was rushed to Cooper University Health Care Monday afternoon after she was stabbed in state offices on Haddon Avenue in Camden, according to Andy McNeil, spokesman for the Camden County Prosecutor's Office. The incident happened about 1:30 p.m. Monday, and the female worker was immediately taken to Cooper's trauma unit, authorities said. According to a preliminary report, the worker was stabbed in the neck and face, but it was not immediately clear how serious the injuries were.
SPORTS
November 17, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Collingswood coach Jack McConnell knew his team was the No. 8 seed. He knew Camden was the No. 1 seed. He also knew this was a special season in South Jersey Group 2. "That's one of the things we told the kids, that this wasn't a typical 8 vs. 1," McConnell said. "South Jersey 2 this year, the whole group had seven losses. We were the 8 and they were the 1, but this wasn't a typical year. " The first game of the 2014 postseason was the shocker of the 2014 postseason, as Collingswood stunned Camden, 18-7, in an opening-round clash that started at 6 p.m. Friday.
NEWS
November 16, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Authorities are searching for a Camden man who is wanted in connection with two homicides in the city, officials said Friday. Camden County police say Elliot Nock, 31, is wanted in two slayings that occurred hours apart. In the first, at 6 p.m. Nov. 10, police found Nelson Jackson, 37, shot outside a residence on the 800 block of Haddon Avenue. He died about an hour later at Cooper University Hospital. The second homicide took place at the same night at 8:20, police said. Daniel Damon, 21, was shot multiple times and pronounced dead where he was found on the 700 block of Morgan Boulevard.
NEWS
November 16, 2014 | By Mark Macyk, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Panthers won big on Friday night. Just maybe not the Panthers you were expecting. Jordan Wallace ran in two 1-yard touchdowns in the first quarter, and visiting, eighth-seeded Collingswood knocked off No. 1 Camden, 18-7, in a South Jersey Group 2 quarterfinal. "It doesn't matter who we are playing," Collingswood coach Jack McConnell said. "If we focus on the objective, good things will happen. " It was Collingswood's first playoff win since 2005 and its first under McConnell.
NEWS
November 16, 2014 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
An exquisitely detailed scale model of the Victor Lofts building commands a corner of the lobby at Dranoff Properties. On the wall above hangs a reproduction of the Camden landmark's stained-glass "Nipper" window. An almost life-size figurine of the RCA pooch himself sits, head cocked as if listening to his master's voice, on the floor below. "The first time I saw the inside of the building, I had to get boots, the water was so deep," says Carl Dranoff, whose Philadelphia firm welcomed the first tenants to the $55 million, 341-unit complex on Sept.
NEWS
November 12, 2014 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
Camden County police officers and detectives will receive a 2 percent raise as part of a contract agreement between the police union and county officials Monday. The pay increases will bump the department's budget to approximately $63 million this fiscal year from the $62 million originally estimated, county officials said. The City of Camden - which, along with the state, has paid for the department - will cover the additional costs, officials said. The Metro police force, as it is known, was formed in May 2013 after the disbanding of the city force.
NEWS
November 12, 2014 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
Along the street of tan-brick rowhouses, some abandoned, in Camden's Gateway neighborhood, residents gathered on steps during the day Monday. Crossing guards held up stop signs for passing children. It was calm as the sun set. Then, at 5:59 p.m., a woman heard three gunshots outside her home. Blue and red lights soon flooded the area. Police tape went up. A man, found shot outside a house, was taken to the hospital. Nelson Jackson, 37, wasn't going to make it. Two hours later, as police investigated his death, officers were summoned to another shooting.
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November 12, 2014 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
More than a year into New Jersey's takeover of the struggling Camden School District, student test scores have shown few signs of improvement, Superintendent Paymon Rouhanifard said Monday. Just 21 percent of students in grades 3 through 8 scored at or above the state-mandated proficiency level in English, according to state testing for the 2013-14 school year, with 31 percent demonstrating proficiency in math - rates unchanged from last year. Testing for 11th-grade students showed 57 percent of students were proficient in English, an increase over last year's 41 percent.
NEWS
November 12, 2014 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Defense contractor Lockheed Martin will receive $107 million in tax credits to operate in Camden, the state Economic Development Authority said Monday. The company will create laboratory facilities in two downtown buildings and move about 250 jobs from the company's headquarters in Moorestown, according to the EDA. The company also has a laboratory in Cherry Hill. The company told the EDA that some of the jobs that will go to Camden are in danger of being eliminated due to increased competition in the defense industry, and that the subsidy will help save them.
NEWS
November 10, 2014 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
Stefan Orn Arnarson gently places his grandmother's Victor Red Label 78 on the turntable and under the stylus of the Victrola. The bittersweetness of Fritz Kreisler's violin pours from the machine, which - like the original recording itself - was made in Camden nearly a century ago. "Goose bumps," says Arnarson, a sound designer who first heard Kreisler's haunting rendition of "Deep in My Heart, Dear" at his grandmother's home in Reykjavik, Iceland....
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