June 25, 2016 |
The Bellmawr Borough Council voted Thursday to renew the liquor license of Johnnies Liquors, the West Browning Road store implicated, along with a coin laundry across the street, in a May 26 drug bust that targeted two trafficking networks. "So we don't end up in a lawsuit costing us thousands of dollars, reluctantly, yes," Councilman James D'Angelo said when asked for his vote. The decision disappointed the protesters who have sought for weeks to shut down the businesses. The small group of residents has regularly stood outside the store and sometimes the laundry in an effort to deter patrons.
June 13, 2016 |
"You're not going to shop there, are you?" Bobbie Lynn Riebel stood outside Johnnies Liquors in Bellmawr, where she'd been for two hours. Matthew Evans, 26, in town from Maryland for work, was on the doorstep, hand poised above the knob. "Is there another liquor store?" Evans asked. "Two lights down!" Bobbie Lynn and her husband, Don Riebel, said together, pointing. They've become accustomed to delivering the line. Evans headed off. Since Memorial Day, the Riebels have spent most weekday evenings and all day on weekends here, on the corner of West Browning Road and Princeton Avenue, directing patrons away from Johnnies.
May 29, 2016
The owners of a Bellmawr liquor store and two others have been charged in connection with drug activity at the store and a neighboring laundromat on Browning Road, authorities said Friday. Investigators targeted both locations during a months-long investigation and seized 74 bags of heroin, 25 bags of crack cocaine, 245 oxycodone pills, and $56,000 in cash, the Camden County Prosecutor's Office said. The owners of Johnnies Liquors on 834 W. Browning Rd. were charged with distribution of a controlled dangerous substance.
April 29, 2016 |
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.
December 18, 2015 |
A Lawnside woman who left her children in the backseat of her SUV with the engine running was charged with neglect Wednesday, four days after a thief stole the vehicle and crashed it while the frightened children were inside, police said. Kyna C. Garnett, 32, also was charged with one count of fourth-degree abuse, Camden County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo announced in a news release Wednesday. The thief stole the vehicle about 30 seconds after Garnett went inside Colombo Liquors in Magnolia around 11:30 p.m. Saturday, authorities said.
December 15, 2015 |
A Gloucester County man was charged with kidnapping for stealing an SUV - in which two children were left alone as backseat passengers - from the parking lot of a Camden County liquor store about 11:30 p.m. Saturday, police said. Christopher Dumas, 38, of Paulsboro, was also charged with endangering the welfare of a child and theft. Magnolia police say he crashed the stolen Trailblazer into another vehicle during his getaway, causing it to flip over. The children, an 8-year-old boy and a 10-year-old girl from Lawnside, suffered minor scrapes and were treated and released from Cooper University Hospital in Camden, police said.
September 14, 2015 |
A town center project slated for Harrison Township's Richwood section was for years the buzz about town. The walkable hub boasting major retailers and new homes - even a new elementary school and town hall were floated - would create a destination in the town known for its bucolic setting and charming, historic Mullica Hill. Lately, it's a lack of buzz that's got some talking. The same year ambitious details about the massive 370-acre Richwood project were announced, in 2008, residents in the Gloucester County town voted to allow liquor licenses for full-service restaurants and bars - ending Harrison's longtime status as a dry town.
September 4, 2015 |
Expect more. Pay less. Then drink and be merry. Target's neighbor in Center City's Market East neighborhood will be a jumbo-sized wine and spirits shop, as the area's growing base of residents and restaurants stokes the demand for booze. Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board members voted in August to lease space near 11th and Chestnut Streets beside the future Target, spokesman Shawn Kelly said Wednesday. The Fine Wine and Good Spirits shop will occupy about 14,000 square feet of ground floor and basement space in a mixed-use development now under construction by Brickstone Cos., said Larry Steinberg, a senior vice president at real estate brokerage CBRE.
July 9, 2015
ISSUE | TAXES Less is more When does a tax become a "smart" tax, as Carolyn Adams proposes ("A tax on Philly house flippers," Sunday)? One of the primary forces for the revitalization of residential neighborhoods in Philadelphia in the past two decades has been the 10-year tax abatement provided to redevelopers. Because of the reduction in the tax burden, the demand for housing and subsequent appreciation of real estate have done far more to build wealth for working- and middle-class Philadelphians than any tax-and-redistribution policy.
June 30, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - The Republican-controlled legislature on Sunday began fast-tracking yet another budget proposal that Gov. Wolf has said he will not support: privatizing the state-run liquor stores. The measure, introduced Sunday evening by GOP senators, would allow beer distributors, bars, restaurants, grocery stores, and others to sell for takeout wine and hard liquor, which now can be purchased only at one of the state's wine and spirits stores. The proposal, which passed a key Senate committee, also calls for leasing the wholesale operations of the state Liquor Control Board.