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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.
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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.
NEWS
August 16, 2014 | By Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Authorities accused the owner of a South Jersey pet dealer of selling sick animals to families, including a "yorkie poo" that was bought as a Christmas gift and became so sick that the new owners euthanized it. On Thursday, state consumer officials announced that they have filed a civil lawsuit against the owner of Prada Puppies, Jessica Durkin of Salem, to recoup losses on behalf of consumers. A woman who answered the telephone listed for Prada Puppies referred questions to Pennsville lawyer Paul Scull, who said he could not comment on pending litigation.
NEWS
July 2, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
FOR A WEEK, few people who follow the Philly region's news didn't know Latia Harris - her mug shot was featured in the papers and on TV. Last night, Harris, 25, ended her week in the spotlight when she turned herself in to cops in Salem, N.J., in connection with a savage beating in the Salem County seat, police said. In grainy cellphone footage that went viral, a woman alleged to be Harris brutally attacked Catherine Ferreira, 27, pummeling her with her fists as Ferreira's 2-year-old son looked on. Harris allegedly attacked the woman over a work-related feud, pausing only to threaten to punch the little boy. Harris has been charged with aggravated assault and two counts of terroristic threats, a law-enforcement source said.
NEWS
June 5, 2014 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
Frank LoBiondo, capitalizing on incumbency, name recognition and a deep war chest, handily won the Republican primary in New Jersey's Second Congressional District to run again for the seat he's held for 20 years. LoBiondo, 68, first elected to the office in 1994, easily beat Republican challenger Mike Assad. Just before 9 p.m., with 13.41 percent of precincts reporting, LoBiondo was declared the winner with four times the votes as Assad. Known for making appearances at local ribbon cuttings and special events - including Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian's inauguration on Jan. 1, LoBiondo had a substantial lead that never evaporated.
SPORTS
May 8, 2014 | By Nick Carroll, Inquirer Staff Writer
Tom Flacco had three hits and reached 100 for his career Tuesday, but Eastern needed his four RBIs to pull out a 12-7 win at Washington Township in an Olympic American baseball matchup. Flacco had a single, double, and triple and finished 3 for 5. In other Olympic American play: Shane Albertson knocked in half of Cherokee's runs in a 4-0 win at Lenape. Greg Albert picked up his first varsity hit and later homered in Shawnee's 7-6 win over visiting Cherry Hill East. Olympic National.
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