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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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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.
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June 3, 2013 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
The shrieks and laughter from children flying high above the ground on tall swings lit up Maria Aguilar's face Saturday as she walked into the carnival at the Haddon Farmer's Market on Mount Ephraim Avenue in Camden. Aguilar, arriving with her husband and three young children, had never seen anything like it in the city since moving there 10 years ago from her native Mexico. That's because there hasn't been a carnival with a Ferris wheel, merry-go-round, and bumper cars in Camden in nearly two decades, said Keith Ludwick, who contracted for the show to come to the market in Fairview from Wednesday through Sunday.
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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.
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.
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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.
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
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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April 12, 2015 | By Mark Whited, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bishop Eustace had a surplus of offense Friday. Nate Steele, Chris Jones, Nick Browne, and Ryan DiMeo each hit a home run to power the Crusaders past Camden Catholic, 12-1, in an Olympic Conference baseball game at home. Steele also had a double and was 3 for 3 with three RBIs and two runs. DiMeo scored three runs. Jones had two RBIs. Justin Hagenman drove in a pair of runs. MYRTLE BEACH TOURNAMENT Egg Harbor Township 10, Niles McKinley 0: Brandon Riggs stuck out six in a win at the Ripken Experience in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Todd Henry went 3 for 3, including a home run and a double, with five RBIs and two runs.
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April 12, 2015
Softball OLYMPIC CONFERENCE Camden Catholic 2, Bishop Eustace 1: In the bottom of the seventh with two outs, freshman first baseman Emily Wargo singled to center field, knocking in Taylor Holmes and Ashley Surgner to give the Irish a walk-off win. Sarah Byrnes struck out 14 to earn the win. Byrnes also doubled. TRI-COUNTY CONFERENCE Gloucester 8, Clayton 0: Brianna Anderson sent down six on strikes en route to a shutout as the Lions earned the win at home. Skyler Pino went 2 for 3 with an RBI. Rayanne Castagna drove in one, and Kelly Higginbotham knocked in two for the hosts, who scored three in the bottom of the sixth to put it away.
NEWS
April 12, 2015 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the fall, Camden officials installed a chain-link fence around the perimeter of the vacant Radio Lofts building in the city's downtown. The measure was intended to secure the aging structure from trespassers, as well as protect passersby from bricks and other falling debris, but it was also a tacit acknowledgment that the long-delayed plan to develop the property was nowhere close to getting started. The 10-story Cooper Street landmark formerly known as RCA Building No. 8 has long been seen as a next step toward revitalizing Camden's downtown.
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April 6, 2015 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
The police officers were friendly, but when they appeared suddenly at one Camden mother's door last month, she knew it had to do with her 14-year-old son: the fights in school, the online posts where he used slang she didn't understand, and the call from his principal. But the Camden County officers weren't there to arrest him. They asked her to bring him to a meeting with police, clergy, school administrators, and community leaders. "We are concerned about the safety and wellness of your child," Deputy Chief Joe Wysocki wrote in a letter the officers gave her. "When I saw that letter, it was real to me," said the 34-year-old mother, who spoke only on the condition neither she nor her son were named.
NEWS
April 4, 2015 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEWARK, N.J. - Jon Bon Jovi is coming back to Camden. The New Jersey rocker and humanitarian will return to the city May 21 to receive an honorary doctor of letters degree from Rutgers-Camden and deliver a commencement speech. He will be joined by social justice and human rights lawyer Bryan A. Stevenson. Rutgers' board of governors unanimously approved Bon Jovi, Stevenson, and the commencement speakers for other campuses during a meeting Thursday. Rutgers' main governing body also signed off on a deal to sell Campbell's Field, home of the Camden Riversharks minor league baseball team, to the Camden County Improvement Authority for $3.5 million.
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April 2, 2015 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Camden School District could lay off more than 100 staff members this year as the result of $49 million in cuts that must be made to balance the budget, Superintendent Paymon Rouhanifard said this week. Rouhanifard, appointed by Gov. Christie to lead the district after the state took it over in 2013, said the district must spend less to offset years of declining enrollment and financial mismanagement. The number of layoffs will depend on how many teachers retire or leave the district after this school year, Rouhanifard told the city's board of education during a Monday budget hearing.
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April 2, 2015 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
After a drug dealer tried to kill Benito Gonzalez in 2011, leaving him alive only because the gun jammed, the veteran Camden police officer began a downward spiral. Gonzalez, the decorated supervisor of the narcotics unit, said he drank heavily and became suicidal. Psychologists diagnosed post-traumatic stress disorder, according to medical evaluations provided by his attorney. One afternoon, before his three children returned home from school, Gonzalez said he took a gun out of a locked box, put it in his mouth, and nearly pulled the trigger.
SPORTS
April 1, 2015 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Traditional powers Camden and Atlantic City will renew an old rivalry in the feature game of the 14th annual Cherry Hill East Invitational boys' basketball showcase Feb. 13-14, 2016. The two-day, 13-game event will include many of the top basketball programs in South Jersey. Other projected highlights will include a clash between St. Augustine Prep and Winslow Township in the finale of the first day. St. Augustine is projected to return several key players from the team that finished second in The Inquirer Top 10 this season, including first-team all-South Jersey junior guard Sa'eed Nelson and standout sophomore forward Justyn Mutts.
NEWS
March 30, 2015 | By Michael Boren and Tom Torok, Inquirer Staff Writers
Two stories of Camden have emerged. The first comes from Gov. Christie and Camden County officials. They point to 2012 - the city's deadliest year ever - and say crime has dropped dramatically, thanks to a sweeping overhaul of policing that cut costs and added officers to the streets. The second comes from Camden residents and activists, who call comparisons with 2012 misleading. "Just because [the streets] are calmer doesn't mean the danger went away," says Angel Cordero, a community activist.
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March 28, 2015 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
Five bounty hunters were charged in Camden County after beating and allegedly robbing a suspect they were pursuing, then kidnapping the suspect's teenage acquaintance and holding a knife to his throat, authorities said Thursday. The wild incident unfolded about 8:45 p.m. Wednesday along Briarhill Drive in Chesilhurst. The bounty hunters were watching for Eric L. Webb, 38, of Lindenwold, who was wanted on a drug-charge warrant in Camden County, the county prosecutor's office said. As Webb and the 17-year-old acquaintance stepped out of a car, some of the hunters walked toward them, authorities said.
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