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May 19, 2013 | By John Mooney, NJ SPOTLIGHT
Two years after enactment of New Jersey's strict anti-bullying law, state Education Commissioner Chris Cerf has for the first time reversed a district's finding of bullying, saying the case was simply a more innocent conflict between two students. In a decision handed down in late April and posted last week, Cerf found that the Pittsgrove Township School District's charge against an eighth grader identified as C.H. ran counter to the new law. The student had been accused of bullying after a February 2012 incident in which he shoved a piece of crumpled paper down a classmate's shirt.
NEWS
July 26, 2012
A former Pennsville Township, Salem County, police officer was indicted Wednesday on charges of obstructing an FBI investigation into allegations he possessed child pornography, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman said. Robert Waterman, 31, of Wrightstown, was arrested Wednesday morning at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, where he is a reservist. He was released on $100,000 bail after appearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Joel Schneider in Camden. He was first suspended and then resigned a year later from the Pennsville police force, said Chief Bruce Maahs.
NEWS
October 15, 2013 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
The disappearing bog turtle, newly distinguished among endangered species, has found a friend in the lowly cows that graze on marshy New Jersey farmlands. The unlikely relationship between the two creatures is being nurtured under the year-old federal Working Lands for Wildlife program, which identifies seven critically endangered and threatened species across the country for special attention. The bog turtle, one of America's tiniest turtles and a native of New Jersey and Pennsylvania, joins several birds, a tortoise, and a rare rabbit whose survival has become a priority.
NEWS
April 10, 2012
MANNINGTON, N.J. - A New York City man drowned Monday in a Salem County creek while fishing with friends. Benjamin Mei, 39, of Brooklyn, apparently lost his balance around 10:40 a.m. while trying to retrieve an item that had fallen into Fenwick Creek in Manningham Township, according to authorities. Mei, who did not know how to swim, disappeared from view and his two friends could not reach him. - AP
NEWS
July 12, 2011
PEDRICKTOWN, N.J. - Police say a car ran off I-295 in Salem County, crashed into a tree, and burst into flames, killing three people and seriously injuring a 9-year-old boy. The crash occurred just after 6 p.m. Monday in Oldmans Township, about 25 miles south of Philadelphia, said State Police Sgt. Brian Polite. Three adults were trapped in the burning car and pronounced dead at the scene. Polite identified them as Manuel Marshal, 24, of Cheverly, Md.; Jessie Jones, 27, of Lanham, Md.; and Arthur Briscoe, whose age and hometown were not immediately available.
NEWS
November 13, 2014 | By Melanie Burney, Inquirer Staff Writer
Memorial Hospital of Salem County made New Jersey history when a major for-profit health-care system bought the struggling facility. The law was changed to clear the way for the 2002 purchase of the nonprofit hospital for $34 million by Community Health Systems. Lawmakers were optimistic Memorial would expand into a thriving health network in the region. But now, a dozen years later, the excitement has apparently waned and lawmakers are painting a dismal outlook for the hospital.
NEWS
March 29, 2001 | By Martin Z. Braun INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Two brothers and eight others were indicted by a state grand jury yesterday on charges that they ran a cocaine ring from Salem County, Attorney General John J. Farmer Jr. said. The indictment, which was returned to Superior Court Judge Linda R. Feinberg in Mercer County, alleges that the group conspired to distribute cocaine between September 1998 and August 1999 in Salem, Gloucester and Camden Counties as well as in Delaware, Maryland, New York and Pennsylvania. "It was an extensive operation," said Emily J. Hornaday, a spokeswoman for the state Division of Criminal Justice.
NEWS
July 16, 1998 | For The Inquirer / BOB HILL
A butterfly bush draws the attention of a spicebush swallowtail butterfly in Elsinboro, Salem County.
NEWS
July 7, 2015 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
New Jersey State Police closed the northbound lanes of the Turnpike in Oldmans Township, Salem County, around 6 p.m. Sunday after a bus caught on fire and pulled to the side of the road. The driver and around 50 passengers exited the bus safely. "There were no injuries," said Sgt. Brian Weiner of the New Jersey State Police. Firefighters called additional material to the scene to keep the flames from spreading. The highway remained closed to vacationers heading home and other traffic at 6:45 p.m.
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July 12, 2015 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
July 7, 2015 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
New Jersey State Police closed the northbound lanes of the Turnpike in Oldmans Township, Salem County, around 6 p.m. Sunday after a bus caught on fire and pulled to the side of the road. The driver and around 50 passengers exited the bus safely. "There were no injuries," said Sgt. Brian Weiner of the New Jersey State Police. Firefighters called additional material to the scene to keep the flames from spreading. The highway remained closed to vacationers heading home and other traffic at 6:45 p.m.
NEWS
June 4, 2015 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Democratic councilman in Paulsboro secured a victory over the borough's current mayor in Tuesday's primary election in the only Gloucester County municipality with contested races. Gary Stevenson, a former borough fire chief, defeated Mayor W. Jeffery Hamilton, according to unofficial county results. With no Republican running for mayor in November's general election, Stevenson has all but won the seat. "I'm ecstatic," Stevenson, 55, a funeral director, said Tuesday night from his home as he celebrated.
NEWS
May 31, 2015 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's a port party in South Jersey, and one state leader is sending the invitations. State Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D., Gloucester) told a room of business leaders and local officials in Voorhees on Friday morning that two port facilities in the works on the Delaware have the potential to invigorate the regional economy - so much so that he envisions a third. "There's one more that we want to build, down in Salem" County, Sweeney said at a breakfast meeting hosted by the Chamber of Commerce Southern New Jersey focused on transportation and infrastructure, specifically ports.
NEWS
April 24, 2015 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
Blaming a mix of several medications, a 12-ounce beer, and a shot of brandy for impairing him on a December night last year, Paulsboro's mayor pleaded guilty Wednesday to a DWI charge, losing his driving privileges for three months. W. Jeffery Hamilton told reporters outside the courtroom in Carneys Point, Salem County, that he didn't know the effect the combination would have. In a hearing that lasted less than 15 minutes, a judge ordered that Hamilton's license be suspended for three months and that he enroll in a mandatory educational program and pay fines and fees.
NEWS
January 14, 2015 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
After being pulled over for drunken driving in Woolwich Township last month, Paulsboro Mayor Jeffery Hamilton told officers, "Call your mayor," adding, "We're buddies together," according to police reports obtained through a public records request. Hamilton's comments were "a presumed attempt to influence the decision to arrest him," an officer wrote in the report. Hamilton also immediately identified himself as "Mayor Hamilton" upon being stopped during the Dec. 20 incident, the report said.
SPORTS
November 16, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Columnist
Salem junior receiver/linebacker Daiquan Blake deserves some points for honesty. He gets even more for the actual points he created as the Rams scored 22 unanswered in the fourth quarter to defeat Penns Grove, 22-14, Saturday in a South Jersey Group 1 football quarterfinal. Before Blake and his teammates awoke, the fourth-seeded Rams had played a lackluster first three quarters. "It's the most lackadaisical we have been all season," said coach Dennis Thomas, a former Salem star who enjoyed a successful career at Rutgers.
NEWS
November 13, 2014 | By Melanie Burney, Inquirer Staff Writer
Memorial Hospital of Salem County made New Jersey history when a major for-profit health-care system bought the struggling facility. The law was changed to clear the way for the 2002 purchase of the nonprofit hospital for $34 million by Community Health Systems. Lawmakers were optimistic Memorial would expand into a thriving health network in the region. But now, a dozen years later, the excitement has apparently waned and lawmakers are painting a dismal outlook for the hospital.
NEWS
November 6, 2014 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - Incumbent Republican Frank LoBiondo - with his name recognition and reputation as a fighter for veterans, the elderly and the Jersey shore landscape, easily won an 11th term in Congress Tuesday with a victory over Democratic challenger Bill Hughes Jr. Hughes, 47, a former federal prosecutor who works as a lawyer for the Cooper Levenson law firm here, was fighting to win back his father's old seat. LoBiondo was declared the winner just after 9 p.m., carrying a nearly 3 to 1 vote margin over Hughes.
NEWS
October 19, 2014 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
After the nuclear plant worker described the impact of the "unwanted sexual contact," a Superior Court judge in Woodbury issued a stern warning Friday to the Camden County man who pleaded guilty to the offense: Stay out of the victim's sight. Judge M. Christine Allen-Jackson ordered Michael J. Ford, a former worker at the Salem I nuclear facility, to avoid even being seen by the woman when he picks up his wife, who works with the victim at the plant. Ford, 56, of Hi-Nella, was sentenced to three years' probation, and required to undergo a psychological evaluation and follow its recommendations.
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