July 25, 2015 |
Timothy Loper Sr. approached the Superior Court judge in Camden on Thursday wearing a pin with a picture of his son, once a Marine, in uniform. A member of the court staff asked Loper if he wanted to sit before he spoke about life since Timothy Jr., 27, was fatally shot outside a Camden bar in December 2013. The father chose to stand. "I haven't slept a full night in a year and seven months. I just can't understand," he said, before trailing off as he tried to hold back tears. Not long after the brief speech, Judge Gwendolyn Blue sentenced Darrell Crone - who claimed innocence until the end - to 70 years in prison.
July 24, 2015 |
The Commerce Building in the heart of downtown Camden is set to be demolished starting Saturday, a process expected to take about two weeks. The city's Parking Authority, which owns the one-acre parcel, is turning it into a parking garage. The vacant, eight-story building at the corner of Broadway and Federal Street was built in the 1960s to replace a department store, and sits near City Hall, municipal court, the county court, the Walter Rand Transportation Center, and two PATCO stops.
July 22, 2015 |
Virginia Hackett Gilmore inherited the nondenominational Wiley Church in Marlton from her father, the Rev. John S. Hackett, who had become pastor of its predecessor, Wiley Methodist Church, in Camden in 1927. He founded the Wiley Mission in Camden in 1931, and moved it and its church in 1940 to Marlton "to dedicate all of its efforts in health care to the aging and frail elderly," the church website states. Mrs. Gilmore and her husband, Cecil P. Sr. led the mission from the death of her father in 1940 until they retired in 1980, son Gary said.
July 19, 2015 |
Camden County Police officers have been required to work on their days off in recent weeks, stirring concern among the rank and file about burnout in a department already coping with high turnover. Chief Scott Thomson said the directive was issued after an officer was shot at and hit by a bullet fragment July 1, an incident that prompted an intense manhunt. Off-duty officers now must call their sergeants to see if they are needed to come in on overtime. The officers call in on a rotating schedule.
July 18, 2015 |
A new diabetes research project aims to develop medicines by marrying chemistry expertise from Rowan University with animal physiology knowledge at Rutgers-Camden. Researchers at Rowan have begun work on some promising medicines, while Rutgers-Camden professors hope to examine plant-based folk medicines from Africa. Rowan scholars have the background to explore the mechanisms behind the medicines, while Rutgers-Camden will focus on testing them on diabetic mice. "We need each other, because the people at Rowan are unable to test the results of their medicines on the physiology," said Joseph V. Martin, a biology professor and associate dean at Rutgers-Camden, who is one of the primary researchers on the project.
July 17, 2015 |
Thousands of low-income families in Philadelphia and Camden will receive free or reduced-cost Internet service under a pilot program announced Wednesday by the White House. Philadelphia and Camden are two of 27 U.S. cities - as well as one tribal nation in Oklahoma - selected for the ConnectHome program, which will provide high-speed broadband Internet in more than 275,000 households, and improve online access for almost 200,000 children, according to the White House. ConnectHome is aimed at closing the "homework gap" between students who can use the Internet at home and their less affluent peers.
July 13, 2015 |
If all goes as ordained by New Jersey lawmakers, six months from now Camden will be served by a fleet of brand-new ambulances and emergency vehicles staffed by paramedics and medical technicians working for Cooper University Hospital. Cooper, a teaching hospital and a designated Level 1 trauma center, was authorized to take over these services in legislation signed by Gov. Christie last week. Will Camden residents needing emergency care be better off? They will be, Cooper officials promise and some EMTs cautiously hope.
July 12, 2015 |
Oscar Camacho Sr. points to the bullet holes in the tan siding of an East Camden home. He is standing a few feet from a collection of empty Corona bottles, a blue T-shirt that reads "Super Dad," and a picture of his son - who was the father of three young boys - on the sidewalk corner. "Bang," Camacho says, motioning toward one hole. He points toward at least four others, repeating it. "Bang, bang, bang. " This is where his 33-year-old son, Oscar Jr., was fatally shot by two Camden County police officers July 3. Authorities said Camacho Jr. aimed a weapon at them and was suicidal.
July 11, 2015 |
Plans for a developer to build a large commercial and residential development on the Camden waterfront, including a hotel, are in the works. The mixed-use project, being considered for an area north of the Adventure Aquarium, would involve about 400,000 square feet of retail, office, and commercial space, as well as residential buildings and the hotel, according to individuals familiar with the plans. The state Economic Development Authority on Thursday approved a four-month extension of a financing deadline on a development agreement with Camden Town Center L.L.C., a realty company with links to Steiner & Associates.
July 9, 2015 |
James L. Sanderson began his teaching career at Berea (Ky.) College, after growing up in Hiseville, in southern Kentucky, where the 2010 U.S. census counted only 240 souls. "He always remained attached to the place," a son, Scott, said of the college, because of "the rural poor" among its students. "Berea charges no tuition, and admits only academically promising students, primarily from Appalachia, who have limited economic resources," the college website states. "He was always liberal," his son said, and he spent his two years there "trying to help others.