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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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
SPORTS
October 27, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sal Henderson's big day included a sack in the first half, an interception in the second half, and a crown during the break in between. "I've never been on the homecoming court before," said Henderson, a senior linebacker who was named Camden's homecoming king at intermission of the Panthers' 27-5 victory over Bishop Eustace on Saturday at Farnham Park. Henderson and junior safety Dustin Singleton led the defense as Camden, the No. 5 team in The Inquirer's South Jersey rankings, improved to 7-0 overall and clinched a share of the West Jersey Football League's Royal Division.
NEWS
October 3, 2011
THE FORMER BOXING champ is still standing, still sober, tears trickling down his face for the man who mentored him in his prime. The last time the world saw Rocky Lockridge, the two-time world super-featherweight champion was crying with his estranged sons on television, grieving over the decade he'd lost to drugs on Camden streets. He's been clean now, thanks in part to the A&E program "Intervention," for nearly two years. He came back to the Philly area for the funeral of his beloved trainer, Philadelphia legend Georgie Benton, who died Sept.
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May 16, 2015 | By Barbara Boyer and Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Staff Writers
Camden, ranked for long among the most violence-plagued cities in the country, is now a "national model" of policing, the city's mayor said Thursday as President Obama announced that he will visit next week to see for himself. The work of a county-run police force that took over patrolling in Camden two years ago has been hailed from City Hall to the governor's mansion. Gov. Christie and local officials have highlighted drops in various crime categories, including homicides, since the advent of the new force, attributing the progress to having more officers on the beat, new crime-fighting technologies, and greater community outreach.
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May 14, 2015 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Camden teachers on Tuesday decried the school district's latest round of layoffs, saying the city's students will suffer from the loss of more educators in schools that already are stretched thin. "I just don't understand how we are going to meet the needs of our student population," said Karen Borrelli Luke, a health and physical education teacher who is not facing a layoff. She was among those at the advisory school board's meeting Tuesday in East Camden who spoke to the board. "These layoffs impact all of us. " The state-run district is laying off 31 teachers, 46 student services staffers, and 12 members of the central office staff for budgetary reasons.
NEWS
May 14, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Margaret Rittmayer Rieck, 80, of Burlington City, a former organist for Catholic and Lutheran churches in Camden, died of dementia on Thursday, May 7, at Burlington Woods, an assisted living facility. Born in Camden, Mrs. Rieck graduated from Camden Catholic High School in 1952 and earned a bachelor's degree in 1956 at the Philadelphia Conservatory of Music, now part of the University of the Arts. Mrs. Rieck ran her own music studio in Paulsboro in the late 1950s, offering voice and piano lessons, her daughter, Noreen Nixon, said.
NEWS
May 13, 2015 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Camden City School District is laying off 31 teachers and 46 student services staffers because of budget cuts and declining enrollment, officials said Monday. District officials, who informed affected employees Monday and are expected to announce the layoffs at the advisory school board's meeting Tuesday, also will cut 15 staff from the central office, which over the last two years has lost about half its positions. The numbers are smaller than those Superintendent Paymon Rouhanifard had offered as estimates during a hearing last month, when he cautioned that 150 to 350 layoffs might be necessary to make the $49 million in cuts needed to balance the budget.
NEWS
May 11, 2015
Curled up on a couch backstage before a show at the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas, in March, Michael Angelakos could hardly appear to be more relaxed. Relaxation wasn't quite the case, however. "I've never actually been more stressed - and happier," said the singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist leader of Passion Pit, gearing up for a tour in support of its third album, Kindred , on Columbia Records. "I don't know why," Angelakos said. "I think that's the way I like it, when I'm doing what I love, which is essentially making things all the time, which is what I'm hired to do and what I love to do. And also problem-solving, fixing things, getting things accomplished.
NEWS
May 11, 2015 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Camden County Police Department, which for two years has patrolled only the city of Camden, hopes to begin justifying its broader ambition by wooing a second town into its fold - Pennsauken Township. County officials are expected to submit a detailed proposal this month to Pennsauken that would spell out how a county-run department would function in place of the township's current force, The Inquirer has learned. Pennsauken Public Safety Director John Kneib stressed in an interview that the report would be just an early look at the idea, and that any final decision - which he said would require the support of residents and township police officers - was far off. "It's got to blow us away," he said of the county's expected pitch.
NEWS
May 10, 2015 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Since Homeland Security agents took Kiyonna Napier's husband, Fidel, into custody this week, her days have been consumed by scrambling to make sure the couple's three children get to school in the mornings - a responsibility her husband always handled. At night, Fidel Napier calls from Newark, N.J., where he is being held as federal authorities prepare to deport him to Jamaica, and talks briefly with her and their children. "I just keep praying, keep hoping something will change," Kiyonna Napier said Friday from her Pennsauken home.
NEWS
May 9, 2015 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
New Jersey State Sen. Raymond J. Lesniak (D., Union) introduced a bill Thursday that would freeze corporate tax-break programs until the state could produce reports assessing how effective they have been at creating jobs and growing the local economy. Lesniak said the legislation would create more transparency surrounding the $5 billion in tax incentives that the state's Economic Development Authority (EDA) has given in recent years to companies, many of which have been awarded the credits in exchange for relocating to Camden and other struggling cities.
NEWS
May 7, 2015 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Fidel Napier left home early Monday to drop off his daughter at school, his wife said. When he returned to his Pennsauken home, agents from the Department of Homeland Security were there to take him into custody. Napier, 37, had been waiting for that moment for months, since learning he would be deported to his native Jamaica because of a 1998 drug conviction. The agents allowed him to call his wife, Kiyonna, who raced home from work to say goodbye. "They wouldn't let me touch him or anything," Kiyonna Napier said Tuesday.
SPORTS
May 6, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Rutgers-Camden may not have the same bucolic, rural location as most of the other 40 schools entered in next week's NCAA Division III men's golf championships, but coach Bob Cardea knows his team will compete as hard as any of them. The Scarlet Raptors earned their third straight NCAA berth, and fifth in the last seven years, by winning the North Eastern Athletic Conference title last month by an eye-popping 36 strokes. It's a team that Cardea has built with local players; his top five all are from South Jersey.
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