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April 18, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, Staff Writer
A 34-year-old man was fatally shot in Camden on Friday night, the latest slaying in a bloody month that has seen seven homicides so far - and 12 for the year. About 7 p.m., police were called to Eighth Street and Chelton Avenue in the city and found the victim, Abdullah Fussell, 34, lying on the ground with multiple gunshot wounds, the Camden County Prosecutor's Office said Saturday. Fussell, of Camden, was transported to Cooper University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead about 7:10 p.m. Friday.
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April 11, 2016 | By Allison Steele and Michael Boren, STAFF WRITERS
Last Sunday was girls' night for Aleshia Schmincke Hill, who spent the evening with her mother, grandmother, and sister in her mom's South Jersey home. A waitress who worked six days a week, Hill, 25, was looking forward to her Monday off, and around 7 p.m. Dawn Schmincke drove her daughter back to the East Camden home Hill shared with her fiance. Sometime over the next 18 hours, someone shot Hill and John Valerio, 23, at close range in their home, then disappeared before the bodies were found the next afternoon.
NEWS
April 10, 2016
A 34-year-old Camden man was sentenced Friday to 74 years in prison for kidnapping and shooting of a woman he allegedly had previously assaulted and who remains in a vegetative state. Allan Mattocks must serve at least 64 years before becoming eligible for parole for his conviction on kidnapping, attempted murder, witness tampering, witness retaliation, aggravated assault and other offense, the Camden County Prosecutor's Office said. Prosecutors said Mattocks kidnapped the then 48-year-old Camden woman on April 12, 2013, shot her in the head and dumped her in a vacant lot in East Camden's Marlton section.
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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.
NEWS
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.
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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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