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June 13, 2014 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
For the second time in seven years, the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office has taken over the day-to-day operations of the Clayton Police Department. County officials say the circumstances of the two takeovers are very different. The first, in 2007, came after former Chief Frank Winters and his wife were charged with stealing more than $150,000 from the New Jersey branch of Mothers Against Drunk Driving. The recent takeover happened quietly on May 14, after Chief Dennis Marchei took a leave of absence for what county officials have said were personal reasons.
NEWS
June 11, 2014 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Staff Writer
TRENTON - Gov. Christie's chief of staff testified before a legislative panel Monday that he had played no role in the September lane closures at the George Washington Bridge - and indicated that he did little to seek information about the incident as controversy mounted. During testimony spanning nearly seven hours, Kevin O'Dowd, a former federal prosecutor whom Christie has backed to become state attorney general, was pressed on why he asked few questions about claims that lanes to the bridge were shut illegally and for purposes of political retribution.
SPORTS
June 9, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
TOMS RIVER, N.J. - One pitch into the biggest game of his high school career, Denny Brady was facing a moment of truth. He met that challenge and every other one Saturday in leading the Buena Regional baseball team to the first state championship in the history of the program. "That's Brady," Buena coach Harry Grose said after the Chiefs became the first public-school team from the Cape-Atlantic League to capture a state baseball title, with a 4-1 victory over Bernards in the Group 2 final.
NEWS
June 6, 2014 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
The legislative panel probing the lane closures at the George Washington Bridge announced Wednesday that it had subpoenaed Gov. Christie's chief of staff to testify on Monday. Kevin O'Dowd "is in a unique position to provide insight into what happened under his watch as chief of staff to the governor," the committee co-chairs, Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D., Bergen) and Assemblyman John S. Wisniewski (D., Middlesex), said in a statement. O'Dowd, whom Christie nominated in December to serve as attorney general, told the governor's lawyers that he had no role in the September lane closures.
NEWS
May 31, 2014 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two lawsuits pitting a Camden police lieutenant and a former captain against Camden County Police Chief Scott Thomson have been filed in federal court in Camden. The lawsuits - filed Tuesday and last week - involve John A. Sosinavage, who worked at the department from 1994 to 2013, and Lt. Anthony Carmichael, who started the same year and remains at the department. Both previously worked in the Internal Affairs Unit, and allege in their lawsuits that they were told to bend the rules in Internal Affairs investigations.
NEWS
May 23, 2014 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - Despite his calls for reshaping a Supreme Court he has decried as overly "activist," Gov. Christie on Wednesday renominated Chief Justice Stuart Rabner, a Democrat - the result of a compromise brokered with Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D., Gloucester). In announcing the renomination of Rabner - whose seat was seen by some to be in jeopardy amid a battle between the Republican governor and Democrats over the high court's composition - Christie also said he had nominated Superior Court Judge Lee Solomon, 59, a Haddonfield Republican, to the court.
NEWS
May 22, 2014 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
A lieutenant who leads the narcotics unit of the Camden County Police Department has been suspended without pay after allegedly committing a lewd act while sitting inside a Starbucks in Cherry Hill. Benito Gonzalez Jr. of Sewell was charged by Cherry Hill police with a disorderly-persons lewdness offense in the May 7 incident. Police said Gonzalez pulled down his pants and exposed his genitals before touching himself at the Starbucks at 1192 E. Route 70. Camden County Police Chief Scott Thomson said Gonzalez, a 17-year veteran who transferred from the former Camden City department to the county department, has been suspended without pay. Gonzalez's salary is $104,070, county officials said.
BUSINESS
May 14, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Deer Meadows Retirement Community in Northeast Philadelphia, which filed for bankruptcy protection last month, is on track for a sale or reorganization that will allow it to keep operating, the nonprofit's chief executive, Lisa Sofia, said Monday. "The ultimate goal is for Deer Meadows to stay open, which it will," said Sofia, who assumed leadership of Deer Meadows in November 2011. That is when the continuing-care retirement community last made a bond payment. Deer Meadows, which has 491 residents and employs 369 workers, took on $28.38 million in bond debt in 1998 to build a new nursing home with space for 135 beds and then renovate the former nursing-home space into 78 personal-care units, bond offering documents said.
BUSINESS
May 14, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
With activists camped outside his headquarters and the nation's top technology companies bashing proposed Internet rules, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Thomas Wheeler is facing a backlash over his plan to create Internet fast lanes and slow lanes. Opponents of the proposal say Wheeler has sold out to the telecom lobby, and warn of Internet haves and have-nots. But supporters say Wheeler is constrained by a federal appeals court ruling and is adapting existing laws to a modern communications technology.
NEWS
May 11, 2014 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
Seven months after a state official called his retirement package "excessive," the Upper Perkiomen School Board has rehired former superintendent Timothy F. Kirby, this time as interim chief. The school board voted 8-0 Thursday to bring back Kirby from July 1 to Dec. 31 at a salary of $335 a day. If a permanent replacement isn't found by Dec. 31, Kirby then will be paid $735 a day until June 30, 2015. Kirby's contract also calls for extending up to $55,000 in health benefits to his wife.
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