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April 7, 2016 | By Allison Steele, Staff Writer
Investigators are searching for leads in the murder of a couple who were found dead in their East Camden home this week, making them the city's third and fourth fatal shooting victims since Friday. The bodies of John Valerio, 23, and Aleshia Schmincke Hill, 25, were found just before 1:45 p.m. Monday by their landlord, who went to the property to make a repair and called 911. Police who responded to the house on North 26th Street found a gruesome scene: Valerio's body was downstairs, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the investigation, while Hill was found in an upstairs bedroom.
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March 23, 2016 | By Kevin Riordan, Columnist
Nyeema C. Watson was raised at 34th and Mitchell in East Camden, two blocks from a drug corner and 30 blocks from her future. "I was the ninth of 11 children, and my parents sheltered and protected me," says Watson, 38, who was named assistant chancellor for civic engagement at Rutgers-Camden last July. "All of who I am is prefaced by my growing up here. " An ebullient, energetic woman who stays fit doing yoga - and climbing three flights to her Cooper Street office - Watson nurtures connections between a university and a community in which her roots are deep and deeply intertwined.
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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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February 11, 2016 | By Allison Steele, Staff Writer
Former Assemblyman Angel Fuentes, who served for 16 years on Camden's City Council, is returning to his old job. Council voted Tuesday night to return Fuentes to the board to fill the vacancy left by Arthur Barclay, who resigned at the end of last year after he was elected to a Fifth District Assembly seat. Fuentes served in the assembly, representing the Fifth District, from 2010 until last summer. The unanimous vote was met with outcry from a handful of residents in attendance, some of whom questioned why Council would appoint Fuentes.
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January 31, 2016 | By Allison Steele, Staff Writer
A 17-year-old Camden girl charged with gunning down a 13-year-old boy in the city earlier this month will remain in police custody following a hearing Friday in Camden County Superior Court. The hearing was closed to the public because the suspect is a juvenile. Authorities have not released her name. More than a dozen relatives and friends of Nate Plummer Jr., who was killed around 11:15 p.m. Jan. 7 near his grandmother's East Camden home, crowded into the hallway outside the courtroom.
NEWS
January 29, 2016 | By Allison Steele, Staff Writer
A 17-year-old girl was charged Wednesday with the murder of 13-year-old Nathaniel Plummer, who was gunned down on a Camden street earlier this month. The girl, whom authorities did not name because she is a juvenile, is also charged in the nonfatal shooting of a 19-year-old man in Camden in October, just blocks from where Plummer was killed. Ballistics evidence linked the girl to both shootings, according to the Camden County Prosecutor's Office. Sources with knowledge of the investigation said she is also a suspect in additional violent crimes.
NEWS
January 21, 2016 | By Allison Steele, Staff Writer
When Iveliz Crespo was a child growing up in East Camden, many of her neighbors were undocumented immigrants who faced discrimination. Some struggled with learning English or had bosses who cheated them out of earnings because they believed undocumented workers wouldn't report problems. Those stories inspired Crespo, who was raised by a single mother who came to New Jersey from Puerto Rico as a young adult. She decided early on that she wanted to help people like the immigrants in her Cramer Hill neighborhood.
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January 20, 2016 | By Allison Steele, Staff Writer
The family and friends of Nate Plummer Jr. celebrated his 14th birthday a day early, by filling the pews and balcony of a Camden church, standing against walls, and spilling into the hallway. They sang along with hymns, whispered words of goodbye as they stood over his casket, wiped tears from each other's faces, and held one another in their arms. More than 450 people packed the Tabernacle of Faith Church on Monday for the funeral of Plummer, Camden's first homicide victim this year.
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January 17, 2016 | By Rita Giordano, Staff Writer
A federal judge ruled Friday that an incarcerated drug suspect will be allowed to attend Monday's funeral of his 13-year-old son, the first person killed in Camden in 2016. "Thank you, Jesus, thank you, Jesus," murmured Taisha Mercado, the weeping mother of Nathaniel Plummer Jr., on hearing the ruling by U.S. Magistrate Judge Karen Williams. Williams did not reveal the conditions of the temporary release of Nathaniel Plummer Sr., 31. But she challenged him to abide by her sealed terms, even though, she said, some people will hope he fails.
NEWS
January 12, 2016 | BY ALLISON STEELE, Staff Writer
A 16-YEAR-OLD girl suspected in the killing of a 13-year-old boy in Camden last week has turned herself in to police, according to sources with knowledge of the investigation. The girl, whom The Inquirer is not identifying because she is a juvenile, has not been charged in the death of Nathaniel "Nate" Plummer Jr., who was gunned down on the street late Thursday night. She was charged over the weekend with attempted murder in a separate Oct. 30 shooting, authorities said. Andy McNeil, a spokesman for the Camden County Prosecutor's Office, would not comment on whether any suspects had been identified in Plummer's killing.
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