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May 10, 1992 | By David Lee Preston, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The driver of a car that went out of control Friday on a rain-slicked Deptford Township road, hitting a school minibus and killing two people, died yesterday at Cooper Hospital-University Medical Center. Guillermo Rivera, 19, of Deptford, lost control of the car as he rounded a sharp bend just north of Delsea Drive. The car crossed into the path of the oncoming minibus, which was not carrying any students. The crash, in which Rivera's 13-year-old brother was seriously injured, occurred behind the firehouse of the New Sharon Volunteer Fire Company, where members said yesterday that they were saddened, but not surprised.
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July 24, 1992 | By Judy Baehr, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Robert A. Carter, 61, a former Deptford councilman and civic leader who fought for the township's "little people," died Tuesday at Underwood- Memorial Hospital, Woodbury, after having a massive stroke Sunday afternoon. Active in Deptford for more than 30 years, Mr. Carter was remembered by municipal clerk Kathleen Maier as "a very effective legislator and a very caring and sensitive man. " "The people of Deptford have lost an awfully good friend," she said. Councilman William Bain echoed Maier's sentiments.
NEWS
October 13, 2012 | Breaking News Desk
A truck that struck a car, went off the road and crashed through a guardrail caused major problems this morning on Route 42 near Deptford Township, Gloucester County. The crash occurred early this morning and caused fluid to spill onto Route 42 in both directions of the highway just north of Exit 10B and Lower Landing Road in Deptford. Two lanes northbound and one lane southbound were closed. The lanes did not reopen until about 9:45 a.m.
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May 3, 2013 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
WOODBURY - A 43-year-old Brooklawn woman has been indicted on a first-degree murder charge in the antifreeze poisoning death of her grandmother-in-law. The grand jury returned the indictment of Anne Castagna this week. Castagna is accused of poisoning 88-year-old Mary Groatman, while Groatman was at a rehabilitation center in Deptford Township. Groatman was found unconscious after Castagna visited her Aug. 19, 2012, authorities said. Groatman died days later after she was taken off life support.
NEWS
April 20, 1988 | By LEON TAYLOR, Daily News Staff Writer
A 13-year-old girl was stabbed to death yesterday in her home in Deptford Township, Gloucester County. The nude body of Kimberly Anderson was discovered by two schoolmates shortly before 8 a.m. when they stopped by her Arline Drive home to walk with her to school, said Gloucester County prosecutor Richard Hickey. Anderson, a seventh-grader at the Lake Tract School in Deptford Township, was pronounced dead at the scene. She had been stabbed dozens of times in the head, neck, back, torso, arms and hands, police said.
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November 21, 1999 | By Erika Hobbs, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
By the end of December, the 1.2-square-mile Borough of Wenonah could stretch its borders by about 13 acres. The borough petitioned Deptford Township on Nov. 10 to annex a 13-acre parcel of land along Hayes Avenue just off Mantua Avenue, behind Wenonah's baseball field. The site is landlocked and accessible only through Wenonah. Over the next three years, Wenonah officials would construct a new playground, walking track, and soccer field on the tract if the annexation were approved.
NEWS
March 31, 2012
A former Blackwood resident is facing up to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty Friday to a slitting the throat of a cab driver during a robbery in Deptford Township in June 2010. Randy S. James Jr., 22, of Secane, is scheduled to be sentenced on first-degree robbery charges on June 1. He remains in the Gloucester County Jail in lieu of $350,000 bail. James, who has a history of psychiatric problems, was accused of stealing cash from a cab driver who had picked him up in Clementon on June 10, 2010.
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August 4, 1991 | By Dave Urbanski, Special to The Inquirer
It has been said that those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it. Deptford Township has done neither, but still, the past has come back to haunt it. Historical circumstances and federal bureaucracy have caused a possible yearly loss of $250,000 in state and federal aid in Deptford because of an old zip code snafu involving half the towns in Gloucester County, Councilman Kenneth Gewertz said. Deptford's 1990 census indicates the township has 24,500 residents. But Gewertz said there were at least 27,500 people paying Deptford taxes and living within Deptford's borders who had zip codes of neighboring municipalities.
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December 28, 2010 | By Darran Simon, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Camden man crashed his car into a house on Cooper Street in Deptford around midnight Sunday and abandoned his fiancée and their two children there, Deptford Township police said Monday. After the crash, Daniel Damon, 36, asked the homeowner to take care of his fiancée and children, then fled, Detective Sgt. George Johnson said. He was arrested shortly afterward and charged with leaving the scene of an accident and motor-vehicle offenses. He and his fiancée, Camille Walker, also face obstruction charges and are in the Gloucester County Jail on $2,500 bail each.
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August 20, 1998 | by Jaclyn D'Auria, For the Daily News
Stashed in the basement of Geraldine Johnson's home is a vital piece of Deptford Township history. For more than 30 years, Johnson has stored boxes of township memorabilia dating back to the late 1930s. The 74-year-old retired librarian's hard work has earned her a title: Deptford Township's first official town historian. The township council appointed her to the position back in February. She is, in fact, the only official historian in Gloucester County. "When people see me coming, they think library," the petite, white-haired woman said.
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March 15, 2015 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
The worn and delicate newspaper under careful watch inside Deptford Township's municipal building - an inked record that has survived since the presidency of George Washington - does not mention the Gloucester County town. Yet those who know the events of Jan. 9, 1793, understand that a small story tucked inside, about a "majestic" hot-air balloon flight, has Deptford written all over it. On that day 222 years ago, Frenchman Jean-Pierre Blanchard left Philadelphia for the sky in a spectacle that attracted the nation's first commander-in-chief and future Presidents John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and James Monroe.
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August 24, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
A computer malfunction has saved about 17,000 motorists, including hundreds in four South Jersey towns, from getting $85 tickets for running red lights. The company that operates red-light cameras for 17 New Jersey towns, American Traffic Solutions Inc. of Tempe, Ariz., has notified the state that a computer glitch occurred between May 28 and June 30 and resulted in motorists not receiving notices of violations that had occurred earlier this year. Under state law, if a ticket is not served within 90 days, it must be dismissed.
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May 13, 2014 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
Amid the commotion of 50,000 people carrying out their lives in Mantua, Deptford, and Wenonah, the towering trees and gentle flow of the Mantua Creek at the former Maple Ridge golf course offer welcome serenity. A six-year fight to preserve those 112 acres is approaching victory, preservationists say, as the state appears poised to sign a contract with a Washington, developer to create Gloucester County's first state park. State Department of Environmental Protection officials are using the working name "Tall Pines State Preserve," a nod to the former golf course's name before it became Ron Jaworski's Eagles Nest and then Maple Ridge.
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February 24, 2014 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
Pauline Jonas, Deptford Township's art consultant, is jazzed about the latest show in the Galleria. That's the name for the public areas of the Deptford municipal building where work by Photographic Society of Philadelphia members will be displayed through April 2. The show includes 60 pieces by 22 photographers. "Look at this! Look at this!" says Jonas, 66, guiding me along a first-floor corridor to point out a vivid Philadelphia skyline panorama by photographer Ned Barlas. "He has positioned himself so perfectly!"
NEWS
November 20, 2013 | By Darran Simon, Inquirer Staff Writer
WOODBURY A Deptford Township officer pleaded not guilty Monday to murder and related charges in the shooting of a friend in his home in January. James Stuart, 29, of Deptford, was charged with aggravated assault after David Compton, a 27-year-old mechanical engineer from Woodbury, was shot in his left cheek early Jan. 5. The charge was upgraded to murder after Compton, who had known Stuart since high school, was taken off life support and died...
NEWS
November 7, 2013 | By Jan Hefler, Andrew Seidman, and Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writers
Burlington County Freeholder Joe Donnelly decisively defeated challenger Reva Foster on Tuesday, allowing Republicans to continue their more than three decades of control of the five-member board. Until 2008, the GOP had enjoyed a 23-year monopoly that was interrupted when two Democrats were swept into office on President Obama's coattails. Republicans quickly regained both seats, but lost them again last year, making party control again an issue on Tuesday. Democrats, meanwhile, continued their domination in Camden and Gloucester Counties.
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August 5, 2013 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
The guys grew up in and around Deptford Township in the 1950s and '60s, in hamlets, neighborhoods, and housing developments with names like Almonesson, Blackwood Terrace, and Oak Valley. Some of them married their high school sweethearts; others joined the military; all learned trades or found jobs leading to careers that carried them into retirement. They're pushing 70 now. Many have great-grandkids. And once a month, since 2008, a small group of these men from the Deptford High Class of 1963 have been sharing breakfast - with a supersize side of memories - at the Seven Star Diner on Route 41. "We're not a stellar group of doctors or Ph.D.s," says George Wise, 68, a Haddon Heights jeweler who helped organize the group.
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May 3, 2013 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
WOODBURY - A 43-year-old Brooklawn woman has been indicted on a first-degree murder charge in the antifreeze poisoning death of her grandmother-in-law. The grand jury returned the indictment of Anne Castagna this week. Castagna is accused of poisoning 88-year-old Mary Groatman, while Groatman was at a rehabilitation center in Deptford Township. Groatman was found unconscious after Castagna visited her Aug. 19, 2012, authorities said. Groatman died days later after she was taken off life support.
NEWS
October 13, 2012 | Breaking News Desk
A truck that struck a car, went off the road and crashed through a guardrail caused major problems this morning on Route 42 near Deptford Township, Gloucester County. The crash occurred early this morning and caused fluid to spill onto Route 42 in both directions of the highway just north of Exit 10B and Lower Landing Road in Deptford. Two lanes northbound and one lane southbound were closed. The lanes did not reopen until about 9:45 a.m.
NEWS
March 31, 2012
A former Blackwood resident is facing up to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty Friday to a slitting the throat of a cab driver during a robbery in Deptford Township in June 2010. Randy S. James Jr., 22, of Secane, is scheduled to be sentenced on first-degree robbery charges on June 1. He remains in the Gloucester County Jail in lieu of $350,000 bail. James, who has a history of psychiatric problems, was accused of stealing cash from a cab driver who had picked him up in Clementon on June 10, 2010.
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