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April 23, 2015 | By Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writer
There is no question that Darrell Crone and Timothy Loper Jr. both went to the same bar on the same night near Camden's waterfront nearly a year and a half ago, but a jury will have to decide whether the gunman seen in a video shooting Loper is actually Crone. The jury, seated this week, started hearing testimony Tuesday in the trial of Crone on first-degree murder charges in the killing of Loper, 27, of Pine Hill. Loper, a Marine veteran who served in Afghanistan and who was the father of a daughter, then 6, was at the 20 Horse Tavern at Second and Spruce Streets with high school buddies when he was killed Dec. 1, 2013.
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April 22, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
A gunshot-detection program that Camden police credit for a significant decrease in shootings has drawn the interest of Philadelphia officials, who say they would like to set aside money in next year's budget for the service. The ShotSpotter program - a network of microphones that detect sounds resembling gunfire, triangulate their location, and alert police - has been in use in Camden since 2011. Several members of Philadelphia City Council went to Camden on Monday for a demonstration of the system.
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April 22, 2015 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer| narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
A MAN STOOD on Mount Ephraim Avenue in Camden clutching an umbrella, unaware that several Philadelphia City Council members were watching him from another part of the city in a dark room full of computer monitors. Council President Darrell Clarke had led the journey over the Ben Franklin Bridge to Camden yesterday morning to check the Camden County Police Department's nerve center, its Real-Time Tactical Operations and Information Center, where a network of cameras and hidden microphones is monitored like something out of a spy thriller.
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April 20, 2015 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Luz Carabello, her husband, and their two children left Camden last May and moved into their new home in West Deptford. But Carabello, a Camden native who lived in the city for most of her life, never considered taking her son and daughter out of Camden's St. Joseph Pro-Cathedral School. Carabello, 30, was the first member of her family to graduate from high school and college. Now an emergency-room nurse at Inspira Medical Center in Woodbury, she said she owed her success to Camden's Catholic schools.
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April 18, 2015 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was a drug deal gone bad, authorities said. A man tried to rip off Justin Parrott, 19, during the deal, causing Parrott to pull out a gun, shoot at him twice, and chase him, authorities said. Parrott then pistol-whipped the man and bit his ear "almost completely off," according to a report on the March 3 incident in Deptford. The U.S. Marshals Service, which filed the report, took the case after Deptford police asked for assistance in finding Parrott. The marshals discovered him in Virginia.
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April 16, 2015 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Collingswood nonprofit will receive $6.3 million in tax incentives to move its headquarters to Camden, making it the latest entity to relocate there with help from the state Economic Development Authority (EDA). The EDA on Tuesday approved the request by Volunteers of America Delaware Valley, a Christian ministry that has an office in Camden as well as offices in other locations in the area, for $633,750 in breaks annually for 10 years. The organization plans to move 65 jobs about five miles, from an office on White Horse Pike to a city location on Market Street.
NEWS
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.
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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.
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.
NEWS
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.
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