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May 20, 2013 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Connie Williams, 72, a community activist who worked with children and police to keep her East Camden neighborhood safe, died early Saturday, May 18, of lung cancer. Ms. Williams ran after-school and summer crime-prevention programs in an effort to keep children active and away from drugs. For the last decade, she had been president of the East Side Civic Association in Camden. "It's a sad day for the city," Camden County Police Chief Scott Thomson said. "Miss Connie was a mother hen to the children of East Camden.
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June 28, 2011 | By Darran Simon and Joshua Adam Hicks, Inquirer Staff Writers
He had been playing basketball in East Camden and was walking home Monday afternoon when the bullets started flying. Jorge Cartagena, a fourth grader, was struck in the eye, collapsed to the ground, and immediately called out for his mother. "Where is my son? Where is my son?" screamed his mother, Isabel, after learning from a neighbor of the 9-year-old's shooting. She rushed from her home on Marlton Avenue toward the shooting scene. She cradled him in her lap and told him "to be strong.
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January 3, 2016 | By Allison Steele, Staff Writer
Lidia Hernandez took chairs down off tables and unrolled mats on the floor of her East Camden restaurant, Lupita's, preparing for the lunch customers, who start coming as early as 11 a.m. Down the block on Federal Street, Monica Herrera talked with a client in her accounting office, tax forms strewed on the table. Across the street, Grisel Nunez organized the day's deliveries in her flower shop, Nyla's, behind a window decorated with poinsettias and wreaths. Along Federal from 21st to 27th Streets, shop owners pulled up metal grates, hosed off sidewalks, piped music out from speakers, and set Christmas trees in front of storefronts.
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June 30, 2011 | By Darran Simon and Joshua Adam Hicks, Inquirer Staff Writers
Greg Rawls was asleep on the floor of a friend's home early Wednesday when a loud banging broke the silence. His girlfriend, who had been lying next to him, opened the door, and members of the U.S. Marshals New York/New Jersey Fugitive Task Force poured in. Roughly 36 hours after authorities say Rawls opened fire on an East Camden corner, missing his target but sending a bullet into 9-year-old Jorge Cartagena's temple - a wound doctors say...
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August 13, 2016 | By Allison Steele, Staff Writer
A snow-white egret stood silently in the shallows off a bank of the Cooper River as a blue heron dipped below the tree line and flew west. Nearby, a bald eagle took flight and crossed the water, gliding on arched wings before landing somewhere in a cluster of treetops. Just beyond the forest was Camden High School, and the constant traffic on the Admiral Wilson Boulevard. But all was quiet as a phalanx of canoes paddled down the river early one morning this week, manned by five teenagers from Camden and others who came to explore the hidden world that flows through the heart of the city.
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May 15, 2016 | By Michael Boren, Staff Writer
A Camden teenager fatally shot a 13-year-old boy as he walked away from a van in January, and used the same weapon - a .380 caliber Hi-point semi-automatic handgun - with which she had shot another person in October, prosecutors said Friday. Casche Alford, 17, had been waived to adult court for her arraignment in Superior Court in Camden, where she appeared in black pants and a longsleeve polo sports jersey, with her wrists in handcuffs. Alford, charged with murder, has been in a juvenile detention facility since Jan. 9. Authorities said she killed Nathaniel Plummer Jr. on Jan. 7 in the 2900 block of Line Street, near his grandmother's home.
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May 26, 2016 | By Michael Boren, Staff Writer
Terron L. Phillips had just bought a pack of cigarettes from an East Camden gas station late last Wednesday and was walking home when a red SUV approached him. Four males, ages 16 to 19, were inside, authorities said. The youngest held a sawed-off shotgun. He stepped out of the car with Raquan Handon, 18, and tried to rob Phillips, investigators said. Phillips, 19, told them he had nothing. Handon searched his pockets, found only the cigarettes, and walked back to the SUV holding them, authorities said.
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June 22, 2016 | By Kevin Riordan, Columnist
An East Camden community garden called Resilient Roots is helping nourish a neighborhood - and connect communities, cultures, and generations. "Taro, turmeric, lemongrass, ginger, and four different kinds of mint," says Lan Dinh, walking me through the rows, raised beds, and containers of lush crops on what had been a trash-strewn vacant lot at 29th and Cramer. "We have Asian squashes, gourds, bitter melons, and long beans," she says. "Edible chrysanthemum, sweet potato greens - we eat the greens - and Vietnamese corn.
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March 1, 2016 | By Allison Steele, Staff Writer
Downtown Camden, long regarded as an urban wasteland as soon as the sun goes down, will get two new restaurants this year, as well as a pop-up restaurant on the waterfront, city officials say. Could it be the beginning of a new food scene in Camden? The Newtown Kitchen & Lounge, forced to move from its location on MLK Boulevard last year due to a construction project, will reopen this spring on the 300 block of Market in a bigger space with a liquor license. A few doors away, plans are in the works to open a franchise of Marino's Bistro to Go, a chain of casual Italian eateries started by Collingswood chef Jim Marino.
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October 10, 2014 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
Msgr. Robert McDermott grew up on the 2900 block of Carman Street in the thriving East Camden of the 1940s and '50s, when family, faith, and community were a seamless whole. So when "Father Bob" returned to East Camden as pastor of St. Joseph's Pro-Cathedral Parish in 1985, he brought along the lessons he learned on Carman Street, where people kept tabs on each other's kids and nearby Dudley Grange Park was for athletes, not drug dealers. In 1985, "the conditions of life were terrible" for many East Camden families, says McDermott, 73, who retired last week.
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August 13, 2016 | By Allison Steele, Staff Writer
A snow-white egret stood silently in the shallows off a bank of the Cooper River as a blue heron dipped below the tree line and flew west. Nearby, a bald eagle took flight and crossed the water, gliding on arched wings before landing somewhere in a cluster of treetops. Just beyond the forest was Camden High School, and the constant traffic on the Admiral Wilson Boulevard. But all was quiet as a phalanx of canoes paddled down the river early one morning this week, manned by five teenagers from Camden and others who came to explore the hidden world that flows through the heart of the city.
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August 7, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, Staff Writer
A Camden man has been arrested in the killings of a 25-year-old waitress and her fiance, who were found shot to death in their East Camden home in April. Gary Johnson, 37, of the 1800 block of Filmore Street, was arrested about 11:30 p.m. Thursday in Pennsauken with assistance from the U.S. Marshals Service's Regional Fugitive Task Force and the Pennsauken Police Department, the Camden County Prosecutor's Office announced Friday. He was charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Aleshia Schmincke Hill and her fiance, John Valerio, 23. The couple were found dead April 4 in their home on the unit block of North 26th Street, shot at close range.
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August 3, 2016 | By Allison Steele, Staff Writer
A 17-year-old Camden girl charged in the killing of a 13-year-old boy has been indicted, officials said Monday. A grand jury indicted Casche Alford on a charge of first-degree murder, as well as weapons offenses, in the killing of Nathanial Plummer Jr. of Camden. Plummer was the city's first killing of 2016, and the youngest homicide victim in several years. Alford is accused of shooting Plummer around 11:15 p.m. on Jan. 7 in East Camden. Officers responding to a ShotSpotter activation near Beacon and Line Streets found Plummer on the sidewalk.
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June 22, 2016 | By Kevin Riordan, Columnist
An East Camden community garden called Resilient Roots is helping nourish a neighborhood - and connect communities, cultures, and generations. "Taro, turmeric, lemongrass, ginger, and four different kinds of mint," says Lan Dinh, walking me through the rows, raised beds, and containers of lush crops on what had been a trash-strewn vacant lot at 29th and Cramer. "We have Asian squashes, gourds, bitter melons, and long beans," she says. "Edible chrysanthemum, sweet potato greens - we eat the greens - and Vietnamese corn.
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June 15, 2016 | By Allison Steele, STAFF WRITER
For months, Carlos Pacheco told his mother, his sisters, and anyone who would listen that he was behind bars because a police officer had arrested him for no reason, then lied about it. Last week, Pacheco learned that the charges against him, which included threatening the officer, had been dropped. His case was one of 18 that have been dismissed by the Camden County Prosecutor's Office in the wake of charges filed against Camden County Police Officer Douglas Dickinson, who is accused of filing false reports and simple assault in two incidents over the last year.
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May 26, 2016 | By Allison Steele, Staff Writer
Camden's Night Gardens will take over the plaza in front of City Hall on Friday with an "Intergalactic Block Party" that includes colorful light projections, art installations, live music, and more. The free outdoor event, from 7 to 10 p.m., is the third annual Night Gardens festival, but the first time it will be at Roosevelt Plaza. It's also the start of a series of summer events, including outdoor movies, concerts, and Tuesday evening yoga on the waterfront, that are part of the city's "Connect the Lots" program.
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May 26, 2016 | By Michael Boren, Staff Writer
Terron L. Phillips had just bought a pack of cigarettes from an East Camden gas station late last Wednesday and was walking home when a red SUV approached him. Four males, ages 16 to 19, were inside, authorities said. The youngest held a sawed-off shotgun. He stepped out of the car with Raquan Handon, 18, and tried to rob Phillips, investigators said. Phillips, 19, told them he had nothing. Handon searched his pockets, found only the cigarettes, and walked back to the SUV holding them, authorities said.
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May 15, 2016 | By Michael Boren, Staff Writer
A Camden teenager fatally shot a 13-year-old boy as he walked away from a van in January, and used the same weapon - a .380 caliber Hi-point semi-automatic handgun - with which she had shot another person in October, prosecutors said Friday. Casche Alford, 17, had been waived to adult court for her arraignment in Superior Court in Camden, where she appeared in black pants and a longsleeve polo sports jersey, with her wrists in handcuffs. Alford, charged with murder, has been in a juvenile detention facility since Jan. 9. Authorities said she killed Nathaniel Plummer Jr. on Jan. 7 in the 2900 block of Line Street, near his grandmother's home.
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May 13, 2016 | By Michael Boren and Emily Babay, STAFF WRITERS
Authorities are investigating the death of a man fatally shot overnight in Camden. The Camden County Prosecutor's Office said police were called to the 1500 block of South Seventh Street shortly after 1 a.m. Wednesday following a report of gunshots. Wayne Sewell, 30, was taken to Cooper University Hospital, where the Camden resident was pronounced dead at 1:19 a.m., prosecutors said. No arrests were made and no descriptions of any alleged attackers were available. The slaying follows a bloody start to May. Three other people have been shot to death in the city this month, including Jonathan Vasquez, 22, killed outside a funeral home where he was attending a service for his grandmother.
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April 29, 2016 | By Allison Steele, Staff Writer
A law that would require Camden liquor stores to close at 10 p.m. has drawn both criticism and support from the city's business community, and approval from residents, who said it could reduce crime in some neighborhoods. Councilman Angel Fuentes, who drafted the proposal based on his talks with some residents of East Camden, met Wednesday with more than two dozen business owners and residents at City Hall to discuss the idea. Tom Jenkins, owner of a liquor store and a bar, was one of several who said city officials should target nuisance establishments, such as stores where customers linger outside and drink on the street.
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