March 30, 2016 |
A man seen on video punching and dragging a teenager in a West Deptford home has been charged, police said Monday, nearly a week after the video was posted on Facebook and viewed more than two million times. Paul A. Cojocaru, 26, of National Park, was charged with aggravated assault and terroristic threats. Police said the incident, which happened Jan. 30, occurred at a home of someone other than the man and the teenager, who are not related and are not West Deptford residents. Authorities said Cojocaru posted bail, which had been set at $50,000, and was released Monday pending court hearings.
March 26, 2016 |
West Deptford police are investigating a fierce beating captured in a video that has gone viral online. The video, which has been viewed more than 2.3 million times since it was posted to Facebook on Tuesday, shows a man punching, dragging, and kicking a teenage boy who is curled up on a couch in a West Deptford residence. The assailant warns the victim not to move and threatens to kill the teen if police are called. It wasn't clear who recorded the attack or how the Facebook user, who posted the video with a #STOPBULLYING2016 hashtag, obtained it. Both parties have been identified, police said, and the juvenile victim is safe.
March 26, 2016 |
Mike Vasturia was the rangy righthander. Billy Chillari was the athletic lefthander. That was true when Vasturia and Chillari became teammates as 10-year-old members of the South Jersey Young Guns travel squad. That remains true today, as Vasturia and Chillari prepare to begin their final season together as senior leaders for the St. Augustine Prep baseball team. "In school, on the field, we're basically best friends," Chillari said of his relationship with Vasturia. "We've been together so long.
March 11, 2016
A Deptford man pleaded guilty Wednesday to robbing five banks in New Jersey and one in Pennsylvania last year, authorities said. Michael A. Fanelli, 36, had been charged with bank robbery in each of the holdups. They occurred in Mullica Hill, West Deptford, Florence, in South Jersey, and Concordville, in Pennsylvania, between June and September last year. The banks he targeted included Susquehanna, National Penn, Malvern Federal Savings, Fulton, and Cornerstone. Fanelli approached a teller and showed what appeared to be a gun, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.
March 9, 2016
DEVELOPING: A New Jersey state trooper injured Monday night in an accident on I-295 in West Deptford has died, authorities said. The trooper, who was not identified, was struck on the highway about 8:30 and was taken to Cooper University Hospital, authorities said. Information on the trooper's condition was unavailable. The highway was closed Monday night as police investigated the accident. - Staff report
February 28, 2016 |
Dante Mininno was in another scramble, whirling around the mat in a sequence that would end with another pin for the undefeated Gateway High School sophomore. Antonio Mininno was awaiting his own bout in the Region 8 quarterfinals, pacing along the sideline in front of the large crowd at Egg Harbor Township. In body, anyway. "When he's wrestling, I feel like I'm inside his body," Antonio Mininno said of his younger (by one minute) identical twin. "Even when he's in a scramble, I know what he's going to do. " The Mininno twins both won their bouts Friday night, advancing to Saturday morning's semifinals, with the third-place bouts and championship finals set for Saturday afternoon.
February 27, 2016 |
Two Absegami players joined the 1,000-point club in the second quarter of Thursday's Cape-Atlantic League consolation game against visiting Ocean City. Steven Ferebee hit the mark on a low-post play and Vinnie Nelson reached the milestone on a drive to the basket. Nelson ended the game with 25 points, but the Indians fell to the Red Raiders, 69-55. Garrett Jones led the visitors with 21 points and made eight free throws. Ocean City boys' basketball is ranked 21st in South Jersey by The Inquirer.
February 25, 2016 |
Olivia Schuck's double-double of 10 points and 10 rebound helped host Shawnee roll past Bishop Eustace, 52-35, in an Olympic Conference game Tuesday. Jen Byrne led all scorers with 17 points and Jenna Hoffner grabbed 10 rebounds for the Renegades. In other Olympic Conference action: In a game which neither team led by more than a point after each quarter, host Lenape pulled away in the fourth quarter to defeat Timber Creek, 59-51. Maddie Sims led all scorers with 23 points. Sierra Taylor posted three three-pointers as part of her game-high 19 points as Camden Catholic dominated Seneca, 68-33.
February 22, 2016 |
Mike Cohen's 1,000th career point could not have come at a more crucial point in Bishop Eustace's 60-59 win over Haddonfield at the Camden High Invitational on Saturday. Cohen scored 16 points and reached the milestone by hitting the game-winning foul shot with a half-second left on the clock. Pat Fish led the Crusaders with 19 points. Bishop Eustace is ranked 11th in South Jersey by The Inquirer. Haddonfield is 18th. Also at the Camden High Invitational, Jamal Holloway scored eight of his 20 points in the third quarter and Myles Thompson had 18 points and nine rebounds in Camden's 74-49 victory over Rancocas Valley.