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August 8, 2016 | By Alan J. Heavens, Staff Writer
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. Ninety-five degrees and humid are not ideal conditions for wandering around any community, but postponing a visit to Stratford until conditions were better might have meant October. What you do is put a couple of ice cubes in the water bottle and hope the trip to this Camden County borough named for Shakespeare's hometown will not end in the emergency room at Kennedy University Hospital-Stratford.
NEWS
August 7, 2016
Authorities seized 81 firearms from the home of a Camden County man arrested Friday for possessing and distributing child pornography, prosecutors said. Around 5:30 a.m., detectives raided the house of George Walker, 34, of the 800 block of Brown Street in Gloucester City, and recovered hard drives and other devices containing child porn videos, prosecutors said. Investigators also found 81 firearms, including six assault-style rifles, about 25 high-capacity magazines, and numerous containers of ammunition.
NEWS
August 7, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, Staff Writer
A Camden man has been arrested in the killings of a 25-year-old waitress and her fiance, who were found shot to death in their East Camden home in April. Gary Johnson, 37, of the 1800 block of Filmore Street, was arrested about 11:30 p.m. Thursday in Pennsauken with assistance from the U.S. Marshals Service's Regional Fugitive Task Force and the Pennsauken Police Department, the Camden County Prosecutor's Office announced Friday. He was charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Aleshia Schmincke Hill and her fiance, John Valerio, 23. The couple were found dead April 4 in their home on the unit block of North 26th Street, shot at close range.
NEWS
August 6, 2016 | By Tom Avril, Staff Writer
A three-judge panel on Thursday upheld the constitutionality of a law that enabled Cooper University Health Care to provide paramedic and ambulance service in Camden, overturning a lower-court ruling. Cooper's paramedics and emergency medical technicians will continue to serve the city as they have since January, under a law signed by Gov. Christie in July 2015. Ordinarily, a provider must apply to the state health department to offer emergency medical services. Virtua Health, the previous provider of paramedic service in Camden, contended that the law was specially tailored to favor Cooper and was therefore unconstitutional.
NEWS
August 5, 2016 | By Allison Steele, Staff Writer
The Camden Children's Garden is hosting two free concerts this month, beginning Thursday with a performance by professional singer and Camden native Vedra Chandler. The second concert, on Aug. 25, will feature the band Blues Junior, which plays a blend of soul, blues, R&B, funk, and rock. Doors open at 6 on both nights, and the shows start at 7:30. The "Music Feeds Me" concerts are hosted by Levi's and the New Jersey-born singer SZA. Sponsors include Camden County, the city, and the Camden City Parking Authority.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 3, 2016 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
Say his name - Wiz Khalifa - and boatloads of indelible images come to mind. There's the skinny, Pittsburgh-native rapper whose deeply groovy, playful but poignant hits such as "Black and Yellow" speak to his affinity for all things related to his hometown. There's his marriage to Philly's Amber Rose, a love union that gave the pair a son as well as an impressive camaraderie even though the relationship dissolved in 2014. Then there's Khalifa's fervent love of weed, which litters some of his best slurry, dramatic tracks (e.g.
NEWS
August 3, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, STAFF WRITER
Sock manufacturer Standard Merchandising has purchased a 115,300-square-foot factory building in Pennsauken, N.J.'s Airport Industrial Park for $4.1 million, according to commercial real estate services firm Colliers International. Standard Manufacturing is moving into the property at 7001 North Park Drive after its former location in Camden was sold to make way for the new Subaru headquarters being built there, Colliers, which brokered the sale, said in a release on Monday. The new Airport Industrial Park property was previously occupied by printing company Contemporary Graphic Solutions, which has moved to a facility in Camden, Colliers senior managing director Marc Isdaner said.
NEWS
August 3, 2016 | By Allison Steele, Staff Writer
A 17-year-old Camden girl charged in the killing of a 13-year-old boy has been indicted, officials said Monday. A grand jury indicted Casche Alford on a charge of first-degree murder, as well as weapons offenses, in the killing of Nathanial Plummer Jr. of Camden. Plummer was the city's first killing of 2016, and the youngest homicide victim in several years. Alford is accused of shooting Plummer around 11:15 p.m. on Jan. 7 in East Camden. Officers responding to a ShotSpotter activation near Beacon and Line Streets found Plummer on the sidewalk.
NEWS
August 2, 2016 | By Emma Platoff, Staff Writer
In the back of the house at 753 Walnut St. in Camden, back through a small gravel alley that glitters with broken glass, over piles of debris and under a crumbling roof, you can just make out the boarded-up window of a bedroom that may have been where the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stayed in 1950, when he was a student at the now-closed Crozer Theological Seminary in Upland. King was living at the house when he was refused service at a bar in nearby Maple Shade, an incident that sparked his lifelong crusade for civil rights, according to activist Patrick Duff, who has compiled dozens of documents on the time period.
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