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December 7, 2015 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Last in an occasional series Eight-year-old Zahmiere Grimes and his best friend, Mehki Hopkins, sat in the auditorium of North Camden's Pyne Poynt Middle School building, taking in the rows of children around them. They were quiet until their baseball coach passed by. Then they called out, "Hi, Coach!" and giggled wildly. Months after the end of the North Camden Little League's season, the boys still talk about baseball all the time, said Zahmiere's mother, Charlene Norman. "All summer, all they wanted to do was go to practice," she said.
NEWS
November 27, 2015 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
Authorities on Wednesday took photographs and set up evidence cones at the Camden apartment complex where police fatally shot a suspect Tuesday night. A woman who knew him said the shooting never should have occurred. The Camden County Prosecutor's Office on Wednesday afternoon identified the man as Freddy Baez, 24, of Camden. Ashley Purnell, 25, who said she was Baez's girlfriend and that they have a 2-year-old son, said she was staying at her mother's unit in the 3200 block of Rutledge Walk when Baez started banging on the door.
NEWS
November 19, 2015 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Camden school officials announced plans Tuesday for Mastery Charter Schools to open a new high school in North Camden. Mastery intends to operate a charter-public hybrid "Renaissance" school out of the former Pyne Poynt Middle School building, which currently houses students attending Mastery's North Camden Elementary School. Those students will eventually move into a new facility that Mastery is constructing in Cramer Hill. North Camden has never had a high school, and public school students in the area traditionally attend Woodrow Wilson in East Camden, about two miles away.
NEWS
October 16, 2015 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Camden officials on Wednesday launched ConnectHome, a federally funded program that will provide high-speed broadband service to low-income families and seek to improve computer literacy among residents. The kickoff event, in the city Housing Authority's community center on Boyd Street in East Camden, included demonstrations of new technology provided to the city as part of the program, like interactive kiosks where residents can search for and apply for jobs, and computer curriculum tailored to pre-K students.
SPORTS
September 20, 2015 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Preston Brown is looking for his first victory as the head coach of his alma mater, Woodrow Wilson. His team is looking for its first touchdown of the season. Dom Tomeo is looking for his first victory as the head coach of his alma mater, Triton. His team is looking for its first touchdown of the season. Something has to give Saturday at noon as Triton (0-1) visits Woodrow Wilson (0-1) in a WJFL interdivisional clash on the Tigers' field off Federal Street in Camden. "We're trying to bring the excitement back to East Camden," said Brown, whose team lost to Bishop Eustace, 13-0, in its opener.
NEWS
September 10, 2015 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
At the Camden nonprofits he worked at for nearly a decade, Harold Miller moved the homeless to shelters and provided them with blankets and food, calling his job "my life's work. " But outside that work, federal authorities say, Miller had a nickname - "Killer Clown" - and another job: Selling drugs. Now, the advocate for the homeless, quoted in numerous news articles over the years, is facing charges of conspiracy to distribute heroin and crack cocaine, and is held without bail at the federal detention center in Philadelphia.
NEWS
August 18, 2015 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
One in an occasional series. From the sidelines of the baseball game, 19-year-old coach Argenis Calderon yelled until his voice was hoarse. The North Camden Little League Yankees had awakened from a late-season slump, and now, in a battle for third place in the league playoffs, they finally looked like the team Calderon had been leading all summer. "That's it!" Calderon shouted to 13-year-old Jimmy Gonzalez as he made it to third base. "That's it! Stay there!" Gonzalez stayed, and his teammates' cheers echoed from the dugout.
NEWS
July 12, 2015 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
Oscar Camacho Sr. points to the bullet holes in the tan siding of an East Camden home. He is standing a few feet from a collection of empty Corona bottles, a blue T-shirt that reads "Super Dad," and a picture of his son - who was the father of three young boys - on the sidewalk corner. "Bang," Camacho says, motioning toward one hole. He points toward at least four others, repeating it. "Bang, bang, bang. " This is where his 33-year-old son, Oscar Jr., was fatally shot by two Camden County police officers July 3. Authorities said Camacho Jr. aimed a weapon at them and was suicidal.
NEWS
July 4, 2015 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Camden County police officer was struck by a bullet fragment after a suspect shot at him Wednesday night, authorities said. Around 11:30 p.m., the officer spotted a suspicious vehicle along Kenwood Avenue in the Parkside section of Camden, police said. The car stopped and several people stepped out as the officer's cruiser approached, authorities said. One of the suspects then shot at the police vehicle, hitting it several times, police said. The officer took cover and did not return fire before trying to go after the suspects, police said.
NEWS
June 18, 2015 | By Erin McCarthy, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ovella O'Neal's parenting secret is simple: no cellphones, no girlfriends. This strategy helped her raise her son, Aljelani Igwe, who is set to graduate from LEAP Academy University Charter School next week and begin classes at Rowan University in the fall. Growing up in Camden, Igwe stayed out of trouble, O'Neal said, and never had any run-ins with the law. "He's just been a super kid," she said. "If I could clone him and put him in every home. ... He just listens. " To show her son how proud she is of his success, O'Neal arranged a surprise Tuesday afternoon.
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