September 17, 2016 |
A Camden man has been sentenced to life without parole for fatally shooting a woman during a robbery in 2011 and then breaking into a nearby home and sexually assaulting a woman there, authorities said Thursday. Steven Alicea, 23, was convicted in June of murder, aggravated sexual assault, and armed robbery. John Gonzalez, 20, who was sentenced in April to 41 years in prison, acted with Alicea, authorities said. Alicea and Gonzalez were carrying .22-caliber revolvers when they fatally shot Lori Breiding, 38, and took her purse in the 2600 block of Cramer Street on Sept.
September 16, 2016 |
With six of her classmates from an after-school program in Camden, A'nkya Thomas, 16, rowed across the Delaware River in a whaleboat Wednesday morning. It was her first time paddling across the river. The Center for Aquatic Sciences program, she said, had helped her experience several other firsts as well: canoeing, kayaking, and holding a horseshoe crab with her bare hands. "We mess with these a lot," said Thomas, a student at Camden Charter High School, gesturing toward the crab in her hands.
September 15, 2016 |
Construction on a proposed "health sciences" campus in downtown Camden is still nine months away, but an expansion already is being planned. The joint "Rowan University/Rutgers-Camden Board of Governors" has torn down the block diagonally across from the Walter Rand Transportation Center — from South Fifth Street to Broadway and Martin Luther King Boulevard to Stevens Street — to put up a main health sciences building . Now it's begun...
September 14, 2016 |
An online petition to support a 14-year-old who was initially accepted to Camden Catholic High School - and then rejected once officials there learned he is transgender - has collected more than 800 signatures. "Madelyn Catrambone was accepted to Camden Catholic High School last February, but when Camden Catholic learned that since then Catrambone goes by Mason and identifies as male, the school refused to accept him for who he is," the petition on change.org says. "I ask that students, faculty, alumni, and anyone else who doesn't support Camden Catholic's decision, sign this and show that you stand with Mason.
September 13, 2016
The thick black smoke seen billowing above the Camden waterfront on Sunday seemed especially concerning on the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Buffeted by the wind, the plumes were even visible from Lincoln Financial Field during the Eagles' season opener against the Cleveland Browns. @FOX29philly pic.twitter.com/CbQNQBQJ9c — Josss (@Jozieee_H) September 11, 2016 But as it turned out, the source of the smoke was an industrial trash fire at Camden Iron & Metal, 1400 S. Front St., city fire officials said.
September 13, 2016 |
A mobile needle-exchange program in South Camden that has served addicts and provided HIV screening for eight years has been forced to temporarily shut down after being uprooted from its longtime location, which is on the land where the Holtec International energy company is building a $260 million waterfront complex. Martha Chavis, executive director of the Camden Area Health Education Center (AHEC), the community organization that runs the Life Works exchange out of a van and an RV, said city officials have refused to authorize a new location, telling her there are no streets in Camden that can host the program.
September 9, 2016
A 27-year-old Camden man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for the murder of a woman in 2013, prosecutors said Wednesday. Charles Sheppard pleaded guilty to repeatedly stabbing Rhonda Scott, 38, and then setting her on fire at a residence in the 1700 block of Tioga Street in Camden on Feb. 8, 2013. Sheppard agreed to a plea agreement with the Camden County Prosecutor's Office before his scheduled trial in April. He later filed a motion to get out of the deal, but it was denied.
September 9, 2016 |
Camden's fire department has received a $5.2 million grant to hire 27 more firefighters, officials said Wednesday. The money, which comes after years of layoffs that hampered response times in the city, is from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. It will boost the number of firefighters to 196. Fire Chief Michael Harper, in a brief statement Wednesday, called the hires "a breath of fresh air. " "These new firefighters will be a wonderful addition to our department," Harper said.
September 8, 2016 |
The management books all preach it - one toxic worker can spoil an entire barrel of apples, to mangle a metaphor. But does that proverb need to be taken on faith? Not at M&S Centerless Grinding Inc., a precision metal working shop in Hatboro. "Most of the time you can't measure this," said company owner John Shegda. "But this was at a great time for us, to be able to put some numbers on it. " Getting rid of one bad apple, plus two of his crew, increased productivity by more than a third at M&S Centerless Grinding, even though the one bad apple was the most productive worker/supervisor in the whole factory and led three highly-productive workers.
September 8, 2016 |
A $16.2 million federal grant to improve roads and infrastructure in Camden neighborhoods near the Ben Franklin Bridge is critical for the city, local and state officials said at a news conference Tuesday. "Camden is rising," said U.S. Rep. Donald Norcross (D., N.J.), who joined Camden Mayor Dana L. Redd, City Council President Frank Moran, and New Jersey's U.S. senators, Bob Menendez and Cory Booker. The politicians stood at Third and Elm Streets, where the bridge could be seen in the background.