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January 31, 2012 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
For years Camden City, under a state law, has provided sample ballots in Spanish because of its high concentration of residents who list Spanish as their primary language - more than 10 percent of its registered voters. But now the U.S. Department of Justice is mandating that every municipality in Camden County provide actual ballots, not just samples, and all election material in both English and Spanish. Under the federal Voting Rights Act, a mandate for bilingual ballots in a county is triggered when: At least 10,000, or 5 percent of the voting-age citizens of the county speak a language other than English at home and speak English less than "very well.
NEWS
May 24, 2014 | By Erin Arvedlund, Inquirer Staff Writer
Of the eight counties in the Philadelphia region, only Camden County lost population between April 2010 and July 2013, Census Bureau population estimates released Thursday show. Much of the county's 0.2 percent population loss represented residential fall-offs in the city of Camden (0.6 percent), Gloucester Township (0.5 percent), and Winslow (0.8 percent), census numbers showed. But there were notable exceptions on the New Jersey side of the Delaware, based on the Census Bureau's 2013 population estimates for the region's 340 municipalities.
NEWS
March 20, 2000 | By Marc Narducci, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
The state tournament was a showcase for Camden County schools, which won three of the six South Jersey boys' basketball crowns. The titlists were Highland in Group 4, Camden (Group 3), and Haddonfield (Group 2). The other South Jersey champions were Parochial A's Christian Brothers Academy of Monmouth County, Parochial B St. Augustine (Atlantic County), and Group 1 Florence (Burlington County). Thanks to Florence, Burlington County has the longest current streak of sectional champions.
NEWS
May 10, 1995 | By Herbert Lowe, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Robert D. Melson has resigned as Camden County's public safety director after three months on the job, Freeholder Annette Castiglione-Degan announced yesterday. In his resignation letter, dated May 5, Melson said that he plans to return to his rank as captain in the Cherry Hill Police Department. Melson had spent 26 years in the Cherry Hill department before accepting the $65,000-a-year position as county public safety director on Feb. 23. Melson, whose last day as director will be May 19, could not be reached for comment.
NEWS
November 25, 2011 | Associated Press
Camden County officials are outraged over a court program that rewards juvenile offenders with gifts such as computers and iPods for completing their probation, according to the Courier-Post of Cherry Hill. Freeholders issued a news release this week demanding the state courts end the program, which is offered only in Camden County. The statement described the program as a "disgraceful expenditure of taxpayers' funds" that sends the wrong message. The freeholders said many other children are working hard in school to get good grades or to find jobs to help their families and cannot afford iPods, notebook computers, and similar items.
NEWS
July 22, 2011 | By James Osborne, Darran Simon, and Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writers
Efforts to create a Camden County regionalized police force will, for now, focus on specialized services such as a central detective bureau and SWAT team, officials said Thursday. A countywide force remains the goal, said Board of Freeholders spokeswoman Joyce Gabriel, but a combined detectives and K-9 unit may happen "before anything else. " The move, discussed at a closed-door meeting of county, municipal, and law enforcement officials Tuesday, was read by some as stepping back from plans to disband municipal police forces.
NEWS
September 18, 1986 | Special to The Inquirer / ELIZABETH VORHAUER
A three-alarm fire yesterday adamaged the Oaklyn Garden Apartments in Oaklyn, Camden County. No injuries were reported as a result of the blaze in the two-story, two-building, 20-unit complex at Newton and Oakland Avenues. The cause of the fire was under investigation.
NEWS
March 3, 2013
A 15-year-old boy was found shot multiple times Friday night in Camden County, officials said. The teenager was found in a wooded area near the 2400 block of Mount Ephraim Avenue in Woodlynne about 10:15 p.m., county officials said. An officer on patrol heard him calling for help, said Jason Laughlin, spokesman for the Camden County Prosecutor's Office. The teen, whose name was withheld, was listed in critical and unstable condition at Cooper University Hospital. No arrests had been made.
NEWS
July 20, 2012
A 44-year-old man was arrested after he allegedly exposed himself in public and masturbated in front of a woman and her 15-year-old daughter Thursday afternoon in Camden County, police said. Gloucester Township police responded at 2:18 p.m. to a report of a man taking his clothes off on Oak Avenue. The officers arrested John Boyle Jr., who police said masturbated in front of the mother and daughter as they were getting into a car. A young boy also saw the incident, police said. Boyle, of Black Horse Pike in the township's Hilltop section, was charged with fourth-degree lewdness and was being held in the Camden County Correctional Facility with bail set at $2,500.
NEWS
December 29, 2011
Police in Winslow Township, Camden County, are searching for a man with Alzheimer's disease who disappeared Thursday afternoon. Lyndsay Shannon was last seen at 3 p.m. Thursday wearing blue jeans, brown shoes, and a blue sweater. He was not wearing a jacket. In the past, the man has been found in Marlton and in Blackwood. He is black, 5 feet, 11 inches tall and 190 pounds with short gray hair and a beard. Police ask anyone with information to call Detective Brian Barret at 609-561-3300.
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NEWS
May 16, 2015 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
A state audit of three county welfare agencies - in Burlington, Camden, and Passaic - found them lacking in proper documentation for benefits and urged closer attention to verification of recipients. The audit, performed by the Office of the State Comptroller, pertained to General Assistance, which provides state-funded monthly grants to eligible single adults or couples without children. The recipients are supposed to work, be actively looking for work, or participate in an approved work activity, including community service.
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 4, 2015 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Columnist
Preston Brown packed up a teenager's future this week. He gathered up the recruiting letters for one of Woodrow Wilson High School's most promising football players and delivered them to the family, along with his condolences. Brown said Ja'Meer Bullard was a "special talent" on the football field. But that's hardly the only reason why Brown has been so devastated by Bullard's death - so haunted by the eerie familiarity of the violence, so shocked by the harsh reality of another young life lost on Camden's streets.
NEWS
May 3, 2015 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Camden leaders on Friday marked the two years since the Camden County Police Department took over law enforcement in the city, touting signs of progress but acknowledging the city's ongoing struggle with crime and poverty. Standing before a new playground in North Camden's Pyne Poynt Park, where children from a nearby school played, Police Chief Scott Thomson said the force had made headway in tamping down crime by working with schools and members of the community, and reinstating foot patrols in neighborhoods.
NEWS
May 2, 2015 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Police came to the rescue twice in less than an hour in downtown Camden on Thursday. They removed a baby locked alone and in distress in a hot car, and less than an hour later, with Camden County Police Chief Scott Thomson lending a hand, revived a man from a drug overdose. Officer Belinda Villegas-Ramos was working a security detail at a TD Bank office on Mickle Boulevard shortly before noon when a passerby told her a baby was crying in a car parked outside a nearby CVS pharmacy.
BUSINESS
April 28, 2015 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Columnist
In a seemingly nonthreatening golf course community in Camden County, Benjamin and Susan Hemme have started a business chasing off monsters. Their weapon: A plump, orange, big-eyed, big-eared plush toy named Zimbobo with green swirls on its belly and back that emit ultrasonic waves that scare away monsters. An accompanying 28-page book, Goodbye Monsters , explains how it works. The Hemmes are a long way from quitting their day jobs - he, 38, is an aerospace propulsion technician; she, 35, is a marketing consultant at United Parcel Service Inc. Besides, they say, their entrepreneurial success as toy designers and authors won't be measured solely in dollars, but in nights of terror-free sleep achieved for children.
NEWS
April 27, 2015 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
Camden County Police Chief Scott Thomson boasted of his department's achievements in curtailing crime and repairing its relationship with the community at a Harvard University summit hours after a standout high school football player was gunned down and became Camden's eighth and youngest homicide victim this year. "This is a watershed moment for law enforcement organizations," Thomson told a Cambridge, Mass., audience just after 4:30 p.m. Saturday. He was alluding to the deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of police in Ferguson, Mo.; South Carolina, and elsewhere.
NEWS
April 21, 2015 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
THE WEEDMAN'S mom sat on the stairs in a maroon nightgown, her hands folded neatly in her lap, her face a balance of worry and love. Elizabeth Brown listened while her son waxed passionately about marijuana and the law on this recent Monday night in her home in Winslow Township, Camden County. Those are Ed "NJ Weedman" Forchion's two favorite subjects, and he's practically a Rhodes scholar on both. Brown calls him Robby, not Ed, and certainly not Weedman, because Robert's his birth name.
NEWS
April 13, 2015 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
Burlington County has violated a New Jersey law that prohibits strip searches in minor-offense cases unless there is a reasonable suspicion that weapons, drugs, or other contraband are being concealed, a federal judge decided last month in a case filed seven years ago, before the U.S. Supreme Court weighed in on the issue. Now, more than 10,000 detainees who were strip-searched at Burlington's jails over the years - despite minor offenses such as failure to pay traffic fines or child support - are expected to be certified as a class and may qualify for damages that could total millions.
NEWS
April 10, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Dr. Arthur M. Spiegleman was not dealing with people's eye problems, he enjoyed being in the public eye, so to speak. At least once or twice a year, he was in an acting company, sometimes at well-established community theaters. Two of them - each more than 50 years old - were the Village Playbox in Haddon Heights and the Old Academy Players in the East Falls section of Philadelphia. "He did it for the socializing. He enjoyed being with people," Linda Spiegleman, his caregiver and former wife, said.
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