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NEWS
May 16, 2016 | By Allison Steele, Staff Writer
Camden officials are hoping to double the size of the city's Department of Code Enforcement through a partnership with Camden County that would target deadbeat landlords, unsafe buildings, and other quality-of-life issues. The proposed shared-services agreement, which must be approved by City Council, would provide up-front funding from the county for an estimated 10 to 12 part-time building inspectors who would work only in Camden, as well as for training, vehicles, and technology such as handheld tablets, allowing inspectors to file electronic reports.
SPORTS
May 16, 2016 | By Chris Melchiorre, For The Inquirer
One batter after Kris Morgenweck was on the ground, being tended to by a trainer, Jack Parkinson was airborne. The St. Augustine shortstop took a page out Ozzie Smith's book, launching himself upward for an acrobatic catch. Morgenweck smiled. Battling through a nagging ankle injury, he said, is easier when your teammates have your back. "That's what keeps you in games," Morgenweck said after tossing a three-hit shutout - a 5-0 win over Camden Catholic - in the opening round of the Joe Hartmann Diamond Classic Saturday at Maple Shade.
NEWS
May 16, 2016 | By Chris Mondics, Staff Writer
Camden County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo on Saturday announced the arrest of a 16-year-old male in an April 25 hit-and-run crash in Camden that killed a pedestrian. The youth, whose identity was withheld, was charged with aggravated manslaughter in the crash, which claimed the life of 53-year-old Tia Walker of Camden. The teen also was charged with second-degree death by auto, second-degree aggravated assault, and other offenses. Walker was struck about 9:50 a.m. in the area of Seventh and Pine Streets.
NEWS
May 15, 2016
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NEWS
May 15, 2016 | By Michael Boren, Staff Writer
A Camden teenager fatally shot a 13-year-old boy as he walked away from a van in January, and used the same weapon - a .380 caliber Hi-point semi-automatic handgun - with which she had shot another person in October, prosecutors said Friday. Casche Alford, 17, had been waived to adult court for her arraignment in Superior Court in Camden, where she appeared in black pants and a longsleeve polo sports jersey, with her wrists in handcuffs. Alford, charged with murder, has been in a juvenile detention facility since Jan. 9. Authorities said she killed Nathaniel Plummer Jr. on Jan. 7 in the 2900 block of Line Street, near his grandmother's home.
NEWS
May 14, 2016 | By Walter F. Naedele, Staff Writer
After turning his heating and cooling business over to his two sons in 1993, Theodore J. Speer Sr. became a docent on the Battleship New Jersey in Camden. And relying on cabinetmaking classes that he had taken in high school, he built a welcoming podium at the spot where visitors first set foot on the ship. Mr. Speer was "very much into the Navy," said Joe Holland, a friend of 40 years and a former neighbor who, like Mr. Speer, a fellow Navy veteran, had never served on the battleship.
NEWS
May 14, 2016 | By Allison Steele, Staff Writer
Carl Dranoff, the Philadelphia-based developer who transformed Camden's former RCA Victor factory into the city's first luxury apartment building, has plans to build an apartment complex on the waterfront. The 156-unit building, next to the Campbell's Field baseball stadium, would be part of the massive mixed-use Liberty Property development that has been proposed for the area. Members of the city's Planning Board approved the plans Thursday night following a presentation from the project's civil engineer and architect, Jerry Roller, of the Philadelphia-based firm JKRP Architects.
NEWS
May 14, 2016 | By Melanie Burney, Staff Writer
The Camden School District announced another round of layoffs and personnel moves Thursday, affecting 154 teachers and support staff. The state-run district said it was laying off 22 teachers; 27 school staff, including custodians, security guards, and clerks; and 29 members of the central office staff. A spokesman for Superintendent Paymon Rouhanifard said the cuts were needed to help plug a projected $39 million budget gap for the 2016-17 school year. The cuts were announced Thursday night at the advisory school board's meeting at Dudley School.
NEWS
May 13, 2016 | By Michael Boren and Emily Babay, STAFF WRITERS
Authorities are investigating the death of a man fatally shot overnight in Camden. The Camden County Prosecutor's Office said police were called to the 1500 block of South Seventh Street shortly after 1 a.m. Wednesday following a report of gunshots. Wayne Sewell, 30, was taken to Cooper University Hospital, where the Camden resident was pronounced dead at 1:19 a.m., prosecutors said. No arrests were made and no descriptions of any alleged attackers were available. The slaying follows a bloody start to May. Three other people have been shot to death in the city this month, including Jonathan Vasquez, 22, killed outside a funeral home where he was attending a service for his grandmother.
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