October 1, 2015 |
PIECES OF Donnie Hart's life were spread across a small table in a prison visiting room: pictures of his beloved late brother, of a fiancee who's long gone, of all the fans who used to look up to him in the wrestling ring. Hart, 27, was still able to keep his signature Mohawk in the Camden County Jail, and his hulking frame hadn't shrunk, but all the bravado and bluster he showed as Reckless Donnie Hart was gone. He was nervous, upset and, most of all, insistent that he was innocent - not the man who police say robbed a Haddonfield Rite Aid at gunpoint and carjacked a retired priest June 16. Hart was arrested July 28 at a convenience store in Cherry Hill, charged with robbery, aggravated assault and weapons offenses, and he's been sitting in jail since then in lieu of $315,000 cash bail.
September 25, 2015 |
A young volunteer for Swedesboro's upcoming Dragon 5K Run was asking Lauren Boerlin about her son, Nathaniel. "I told him, 'Nate was like you. He was a kid, playing basketball and running around,' " she says. "'But he got sick.' " Nate was a 16-year-old Kingsway Regional High School honor student and marching band percussionist when brain cancer claimed his life in 2007. Beginning later that year, and continuing every year since, upward of 1,000 Dragon runners (and walkers)
September 17, 2015 |
A Rutgers football player who was dismissed from the team last week and a former Scarlet Knights player from Gloucester County have been arrested and charged with stealing from a dorm room at the university's Busch campus, authorities said Tuesday. Lloyd Terry, 20, of Wrightstown, N.J., and Jamil Pollard, 21, of Woodbury, were charged with robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery and burglary, according to Middlesex County officials. The county prosecutor's office said the suspects took cash and marijuana from the victim in the Dec. 14 incident.
September 11, 2015 |
Mable V. Randall, retired schoolteacher and mother figure to many, was a board member of the Elliott G. Heard Jr. Memorial Fund in Wenonah, from 1992 until it closed in 2013. The fund provided scholarships for students in law schools and Ms. Randall was its public relations representative from 1993 to 2012. Heard was the first African American lawyer in Gloucester County and, in 1984, the first black person to earn a gubernatorial appointment to be a judge in that county. His 1991 Inquirer obituary stated that he "presided over the family court division and earned a reputation as a hardworking and compassionate jurist.
September 9, 2015 |
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.
September 5, 2015 |
In the latest version of the region's inflatable-duck dynasty, another air-filled rubber ducky recently popped up, this time on Broad Street Lake near downtown Woodbury, where it will remain for several weeks. Albeit about one-10th the size of Mama Duck - the world's largest known rubber duck, which generated delight and then disappointment at the Tall Ships Festival on the Delaware River in June - the Woodbury fowl was sure to at least pique curiosity in the Gloucester County seat. The Woodbury Breakfast Rotary Club placed the nameless duck, about six feet tall, on the lake about two weeks ago, treasurer Barbara Oldt said Thursday, to promote its second annual rubber duck race, Oct. 3. The group used the duck to draw attention last year to the race as well.
July 31, 2015 |
IF PROBLEMS could be body-slammed and grief stacked on a bar and squatted, "Reckless Donnie Hart" could have handled just about anything that stepped in the ring. Last month, though, authorities in Camden County say, the semi-professional wrestler walked into a Rite Aid in Haddonfield dressed as a construction worker and robbed the pharmacy of painkillers at gunpoint. He was toting a traffic cone, too, police said, and allegedly apologized to employees before he left and carjacked a retired priest.
July 12, 2015 |
Annmarie Ruiz has been handed a third card. The Gloucester County health officer, who doubles as Salem County's, will now also report to Atlantic City. Ruiz - charged with enforcing health and sanitation policies and restaurant inspections, and coordinating responses to public health issues - will now split her time among the jurisdictions under a shared-services agreement approved this week by Gloucester County. Atlantic City will pay Gloucester County $2,470 a month until the end of the year - an amount that will increase 2 percent at the start of 2016.
July 8, 2015 |
Two years after Gloucester County became the first county in New Jersey to close its jail, a legal objection by public defenders is set to be formally settled under an agreement that guarantees certain accommodations for inmates. The proposed settlement, expected to be voted on by Gloucester County freeholders Wednesday, includes provisions to address issues that remained after the jail was shuttered and public opposition waned, such as when to use shackles. Filed by Public Defender Joseph E. Krakora's office and three county inmates at the time, the 2013 lawsuit tried to block the closing, arguing it would harm attorneys' ability to counsel clients, who are now housed in jails in several other counties.
June 29, 2015 |
With the nails of a monstrous claw emblazoned on their side, the two large trailers buzzed with life as their internal steel blades chomped through a smorgasbord of paper. It was a Saturday morning and hundreds from Gloucester County had arrived in Clayton, anxious to feed the beasts. Don't question the appeal of a paper shredder. Car after car pulled in carrying boxes and trash bags filled with documents - credit card statements, old bills, the type of miscellaneous records that find a way to pile up. Tom Black showed up with a box of such files destined for obliteration sitting in his passenger seat.