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June 12, 2016 | By Allison Steele, Staff Writer
A Camden County police officer has been charged with filing false police reports and simple assault in two incidents in Camden over the last year, leading prosecutors to dismiss 18 cases in which he was involved. County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo said her office had tossed cases in which Officer Douglas Dickinson would have been the only witness called to testify. She said in a statement that her office was still reviewing the officer's work and expected more dismissals. "Our office has a legal obligation to dismiss cases tainted by the possibility of police misconduct," Colalillo said.
NEWS
June 10, 2016
A 26-year-old Camden man was fatally shot overnight in the city, authorities said. Officers who responded about 12:15 a.m. Wednesday to a report of a shooting on the 800 block of Walnut Street found the victim, Jahquae Walker, suffering from a gunshot wound inside a residence, the Camden County Prosecutor's Office said in a news release. Walker was taken to Cooper University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly before 4 a.m. Public records show Walker lived on that block of Walnut Street, but his address could not be confirmed.
SPORTS
June 9, 2016 | By Phil Anastasia, STAFF WRITER
Their coach says they are "a team without stars" that has captured the magic in the state tournament. But something else has made a major difference in St. Augustine Prep's improbable run to the Non-Public South A title in baseball: Billy Chillari's left elbow has stopped hurting. Chillari, a senior lefthander, was the winning pitcher for the second time as St. Augustine beat a higher-seeded team for the third game in a row to capture the program's first sectional title since 2011.
NEWS
June 8, 2016 | By Erin Serpico, Staff Writer
Camden High School junior Janayzia Morris' typical commute to school is just under 2.5 miles on foot through some of the city's dangerous neighborhoods. Camden students who make a similar trek say they have witnessed shootings, stabbings, drug sales, and gang fights. Often, people are just yelling in the streets, no matter the time of day. Prostitutes are part of the neighborhood landscape. Morris, 18, fears for the safety of younger students she sees walking alone. "It's stuff that we shouldn't be seeing," Morris, who lives in the Fairview section, said, shaking her head.
SPORTS
June 8, 2016 | By Phil Anastasia, STAFF WRITER
Playing state tournament games as a senior, that's something special. Playing state tournament games as a recent graduate, that's even better. "There's no better feeling," Camden Catholic's Nolan Gerold said. "It's awesome. " It wouldn't be technically correct to refer to Gerold as a "senior. " He and the rest of his classmates graduated Sunday. They're alumni. That's one of the quirky things about student-athletes from non-public schools who are part of teams that advance deep in the state tournament in spring sports: They often compete after graduation, creating a unique environment for the final games of their careers.
NEWS
June 8, 2016 | By Michael Boren, Staff Writer
A Camden man whose guilty plea to a 2007 murder was tossed by the state Supreme Court after he faulted his defense was sentenced again for the crime, authorities said Monday. Edwin Urbina was 16 when he shot Edwin Torres, 22, also of Camden, six times during an argument outside Torres' home near Third and Erie Streets in November 2007. The following year, Urbina pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter and told a Superior Court judge he had opened fire after Torres tried to pull out a weapon - though police did not find a gun on Torres.
SPORTS
June 6, 2016 | By Phil Anastasia, STAFF WRITER
On a summer night in 1955, Carmine Calzonetti walked around the corner from his family's home on Washington Terrace in Audubon to the baseball field next to the basketball courts and across the street from the high school. He wanted to see this pitcher from Delaware Township Little League. "I knew his name," Calzonetti said. "He was in the paper all the time for throwing no-hitters. " The pitcher was Billy Hunter. Later that summer, he would lead Delaware Township, which soon would be renamed Cherry Hill, to the first of two consecutive appearances in the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa. Flash forward 61 years.
NEWS
June 4, 2016 | By Allison Steele, Staff Writer
Hopeworks 'N Camden, the nonprofit development group that trains young men and women in tech skills, is collaborating with the White House this weekend to create an interactive map that will illustrate some future plans for the city, as well as information about health services. The Day of Civic Hacking is a nationwide day of action where developers, government representatives, designers, data scientists, and others host tech events aimed at helping their communities. The event, on Saturday at the Camden CoLab on Federal Street, will celebrate by having Hopeworks team up with the White House and representatives of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the city, and the Center for Family Services.
NEWS
June 3, 2016 | By Allison Steele, Staff Writer
Camden officials, residents, and business leaders Wednesday applauded political power broker George E. Norcross III's launch of a citywide youth athletics organization, a group Norcross said would help children in Camden enjoy the same opportunities for team sports as those who live in the suburbs. The Camden Health and Athletic Association, which also will function as a health-care organization for families, will be funded initially by $1 million from the Cooper Foundation, the charitable arm of Cooper University Health Care, and the Norcross Foundation and AmeriHealth New Jersey.
SPORTS
June 2, 2016 | By E.J. Smith, STAFF WRITER
Colin Larsen came through with some late heroics to earn Camden Catholic a 4-3 extra-inning win against visiting Paul VI in the South Jersey Non-Public A baseball quarterfinals Tuesday. With the Irish down one run, Larsen fell behind in the count with two outs in the bottom of the 11th inning before hitting a game-winning double, driving in Bill Brennan and Chris Holmes. Jay Crusemire earned the win, striking out four in three innings of relief. Central Jersey Group 3 semifinals.
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