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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.
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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.
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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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May 28, 2016
A Paulsboro man wanted in connection with the shooting of another man in April was arrested Thursday in Deptford Township, police said. Ryan K. Williams, 37, had been wanted on charges of attempted murder and robbery, authorities said. He was arrested without incident. Williams robbed and shot a man in the chest in Paulsboro on April 22, the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office said. The victim had his cash, cellphone and watch taken, and remained hospitalized as of Thursday, the prosecutor's office said.
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October 5, 2015 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
Gloucester County officials are investigating a suspected murder-suicide that claimed the lives of a Deptford Township couple Saturday morning. Police received a 911 call at 8:17 a.m. from a 67-year-old man reporting a shooting in the couple's residence in Heritage, an age-restricted community. When police responded, officers found the man and his 72-year-old wife mortally wounded. The man was transported to Inspira Hospital in Woodbury, where he was pronounced dead at 9 a.m. His wife, who was taken to Cooper Medical Center in Camden, was pronounced dead at 9:29 a.m. Authorities were trying to reach family members and did not identify the couple.
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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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June 4, 2016 | By Emma Platoff, Staff Writer
As the 10-year anniversary of a primary election day murder in Gloucester County approaches, investigators have put out a yearly call for information to help solve the homicide. Detectives continue to seek leads in the June 6, 2006, slaying of Desiree McGraw, a 27-year-old mother of two who was found dead from one gunshot to the head behind a polling place on Mail Avenue in Deptford Township. A reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction - posted at $5,000 at the time of McGraw's death and raised to $8,000 four years later - still stands.
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May 28, 2016
A Paulsboro man wanted in connection with the shooting of another man in April was arrested Thursday in Deptford Township, police said. Ryan K. Williams, 37, had been wanted on charges of attempted murder and robbery, authorities said. He was arrested without incident. Williams robbed and shot a man in the chest in Paulsboro on April 22, the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office said. The victim had his cash, cellphone and watch taken, and remained hospitalized as of Thursday, the prosecutor's office said.
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April 22, 2016 | By Andrew Seidman and Michael Boren, STAFF WRITERS
TRENTON - A 2014 law requiring all New Jersey municipalities to outfit new police patrol cars with dashboard cameras is unconstitutional because it does not provide an adequate funding source, a state board ruled Wednesday. The ruling by the Council on Local Mandates on a challenge brought by Deptford Township, Gloucester County, could relieve stress on municipal budgets across the state. The council did not weigh in on the merits of the politically charged debate over the utility of dashboard and body cameras in improving police accountability.
NEWS
March 5, 2016 | By Emily Babay, STAFF WRITER
Authorities have determined that Camden police officers were justified in shooting and wounding a man who fired at officers in April 2014. The state Division of Criminal Justice and Camden County Prosecutor's Office agree that the use of the deadly force was justified, officials said Thursday. None of the four officers who fired their weapons will face charges in the April 25, 2014, shooting of James Dickerson. "These officers were confronted by an armed male who fired his weapon multiple times at police officers in a residential area," prosecutors said in a statement.
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February 23, 2016 | By Rita Giordano, Staff Writer
Voters in the Deptford Township and Kingsway Regional School Districts will go to the polls March 8 in referendums to consider capital construction and improvement bonds. The Deptford referendum - "Building Spartan Pride" - consists of two questions that total about $97.4 million, which will affect all the district's school buildings and would be eligible for approximately $21.8 million reimbursement from the state. The second question, which involves air-conditioning in the schools, can pass only if the first question, for $68.5 million, is approved.
NEWS
October 16, 2015 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
Candidates running in next month's election to represent parts of South Jersey in the state Assembly made their case to the Gloucester County business community Wednesday, with members of both parties pledging to make the state more affordable. Democrats control the Assembly, 47-32, with one vacancy, and are expected to keep their majority. Analysts are predicting low turnout for the Nov. 3 election, which will mark the first time Assembly races have topped the ballot since 1999. Assemblyman John Burzichelli, a Democrat from Paulsboro who has served in the lower house since 2002, and other Democratic incumbents emphasized their support for the Economic Opportunity Act of 2013, which streamlined the state's incentives programs and has rewarded companies with hundreds of millions of dollars in tax credits for moving to Camden.
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October 5, 2015 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
Gloucester County officials are investigating a suspected murder-suicide that claimed the lives of a Deptford Township couple Saturday morning. Police received a 911 call at 8:17 a.m. from a 67-year-old man reporting a shooting in the couple's residence in Heritage, an age-restricted community. When police responded, officers found the man and his 72-year-old wife mortally wounded. The man was transported to Inspira Hospital in Woodbury, where he was pronounced dead at 9 a.m. His wife, who was taken to Cooper Medical Center in Camden, was pronounced dead at 9:29 a.m. Authorities were trying to reach family members and did not identify the couple.
NEWS
October 1, 2015 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
TRENTON - A little-known New Jersey board charged with ensuring that state mandates are paired with funding sources on Tuesday called into question the 2014 state law that requires police departments to outfit newly purchased patrol vehicles with dashboard cameras. The Council on Local Mandates, responding to a complaint from Deptford Township, said it would place a temporary injunction on the law because implementing it could cause "irreparable harm" to the township and others like it. A formal order halting the mandate is expected within weeks.
NEWS
September 9, 2015 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
With 565 municipalities in New Jersey - boroughs, villages, towns, cities, and townships - it's a generally accepted convention to drop the municipal identification without fear of confusion. Paulsboro Borough becomes Paulsboro. Cherry Hill Township goes by Cherry Hill. Woodbury City drops the City . But for years, now, one Gloucester County municipality has turned that notion on its head. Utter "Township" in South Jersey and the municipal descriptor, despite a glaring lack of specificity, will for many invoke a precise location: Washington Township.
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August 5, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
Philadelphia suburb Deptford Township has the wrong perspective on New Jersey's effort to equip all state troopers and police officers with body cameras, which local officials criticize as an unfunded mandate. Body cameras are fast on their way to becoming as ubiquitous as guns and body armor in police departments. While a number of high-profile recent cases have shown that cameras can create valuable records of police misconduct, they can also protect officers from false allegations.
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