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April 16, 2016 | By Phil Anastasia, Staff Writer
Camden Catholic senior catcher Joe Palumbo figures his teammate and classmate, pitcher Jay Crusemire, is "under the radar. " He also figures that's a good thing. "It's a motivator, for sure," Palumbo said of Crusemire. "He's got something to prove. We all do. " Crusemire, a senior lefthander, wasn't a first-team, all-conference selection as a junior. He won't be attending college on a baseball scholarship. He wasn't on many lists of the pitchers to watch in South Jersey. But if the first two weeks of the baseball season are any indication, Crusemire is set to make some serious noise.
NEWS
April 16, 2016
Two men found dead inside Camden homeAuthorities identified two men who were found shot to death inside a house in Camden on Thursday morning. Shortly before 9:50 a.m., police were called to a house in the 500 block of South Eighth Street, where they found Richard Lincoln, 50, and Angel Martinez, 33, suffering from gunshot wounds. The men, who lived in Camden, were pronounced dead at the scene. No arrests were reported. Camden County Police Chief Scott Thomson asked for the public's help with any information on what he said was a "recent rash of homicides that are occurring inside houses and vehicles.
NEWS
April 15, 2016
A 26-year-old man has pleaded guilty to fatally stabbing a woman in Camden three years ago, the Camden County Prosecutor's Office said Wednesday. Charles Sheppard, of Camden, pleaded guilty Tuesday to the first-degree murder of Rhonda Scott, 38, of Camden. Scott was stabbed to death in an abandoned home on the 1700 block of Tioga Street in Camden on Feb. 8, 2013. She died from multiple stab wounds, and her body was then set on fire, authorities said. Under the terms of the plea, Sheppard is to receive 30 years in state prison without parole when he is sentenced June 3 before Superior Court Judge Kathleen Delaney, prosecutors said.
NEWS
April 11, 2016 | By Allison Steele and Michael Boren, STAFF WRITERS
Last Sunday was girls' night for Aleshia Schmincke Hill, who spent the evening with her mother, grandmother, and sister in her mom's South Jersey home. A waitress who worked six days a week, Hill, 25, was looking forward to her Monday off, and around 7 p.m. Dawn Schmincke drove her daughter back to the East Camden home Hill shared with her fiance. Sometime over the next 18 hours, someone shot Hill and John Valerio, 23, at close range in their home, then disappeared before the bodies were found the next afternoon.
NEWS
April 9, 2016 | By Rita Giordano, Staff Writer
Officers with the Camden County Police Department on Thursday became the first to take part in a yearlong effort to train law enforcers how to deal effectively and safely with situations involving people on the autism spectrum. The training is being offered by Bancroft, a nonprofit based in South Jersey that provides specialized services for individuals with brain injuries, autism, and intellectual disabilities. While officers with the county force were the initial trainees, Bancroft officials say they have invited departments from the 15 communities the organization serves to learn how to de-escalate budding problems and foster better understanding.
NEWS
April 8, 2016 | By Allison Steele, Staff Writer
Donna Drummonds has spent each spring since 2009 shuttling Camden high school students to a prom dress giveaway held in central Jersey, to help them get outfits for the big dance. It's a 90-minute drive and a big time commitment, and this year she wasn't sure she was up to it. "Then one girl came to me and asked: 'Mrs. Drummonds, are you doing the dresses again this year? Because if you don't, I won't be able to go,' " Drummonds said. "It just melted my heart. And I said, yes, of course.
NEWS
April 7, 2016 | By Allison Steele, Staff Writer
Even before James Yoakum opened his distillery in a former garage in downtown Camden, he knew he wanted to offer tastings and sell cocktails. It just took some time for his product line to catch up with his vision. "For the longest time, we only had rum drinks," he said. But after the rum - and spiced rum - came rye, and whiskey produced in small batches as Yoakum and his colleagues at Cooper River Distillers experimented with flavors and recipes. Two years after Yoakum first opened his doors in the converted Fourth Street garage, he has hired three employees and the company has established itself as a favorite happy-hour spot for Camden's daytime workers.
NEWS
April 7, 2016 | By Allison Steele, Staff Writer
Investigators are searching for leads in the murder of a couple who were found dead in their East Camden home this week, making them the city's third and fourth fatal shooting victims since Friday. The bodies of John Valerio, 23, and Aleshia Schmincke Hill, 25, were found just before 1:45 p.m. Monday by their landlord, who went to the property to make a repair and called 911. Police who responded to the house on North 26th Street found a gruesome scene: Valerio's body was downstairs, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the investigation, while Hill was found in an upstairs bedroom.
NEWS
April 6, 2016 | By Kevin Riordan, Columnist
Rafael Morales, who says he wants to get clean again, relishes a sandwich in the cold sunshine outside an East Camden 7-Eleven. The 45-year-old former cabdriver has come to the right place: Volunteers from the Faces of Change ministry are here, serving ham and cheese on white, hot soup, and hope. The weekly outreach, led by Wil and Lucy DuBose, of the Calvary Assembly of God Church in Pennsauken, offers alcoholics and other addicts a way off the street and into long-term inpatient treatment.
NEWS
April 4, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, Staff Writer
A Camden man has been arrested and charged with the Friday shooting death of his mother, authorities said Saturday. Pedro Mercado, 22, of Camden, allegedly shot Iris Sanchez, 38, in their home on the 1100 block of North 18th Street about 5:30 p.m. Friday. Police responding to a 911 call found Sanchez with a gunshot wound. She was taken to Cooper University Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 7:25 p.m. Friday. Mercado was arrested by Camden County sheriff's officers about 8 p.m. Friday near the intersection of Haddon Avenue and Benson Street in Camden, the Camden County Prosecutor's Office said in a news release Saturday.
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