Archives for January 2019

SUV Flips In EHT Crash

Scary crash in Egg Harbor Township Thursday morning after an SUV ended up on its roof near the Garden State Parkway off ramp on Washington Avenue. That SUV, say police, clipped a vehicle in the intersection. The driver of the SUV, 47 year old Nelsy Velez-Vargas of Egg Harbor Township was taken to the hospital along with passengers in her vehicle, which included children. No word on their conditions or whether charges are forthcoming in the accident.

AC’s AFL Team Names James Head Coach

A nice grab for the new Arena Football League team in Atlantic City as it nails down two-time AFL Coach of the Year Ron James as head coach. Along with James the team has hired Offensive and Defensive Coordinators, Defensive Line and Linebackers Coach and Director of Player Personnel. The new AFL franchise will make its Arena Football League debut for the 2019 season, which is set to begin in April. James started coaching in the AFL in 2004 in Las Vegas. He’s also been a head coach in Utah and Tampa Bay. In 2016, his squad appeared in Arena Bowl XXX and he won Coach of the Year honors.

Something New for AC Sports Bettors

Just days before the Super Bowl, two Atlantic City casinos have rolled out new sports betting products to capitalize on interest in the big game. Resorts Casino launched its own branded online sport betting operation this morning. It will complement the in-person sports betting lounge the casino operates with DraftKings.
Hard Rock’s in-person sports betting began Tuesday afternoon. The late entrants into New Jersey’s sports betting market are likely to be the last ones for Atlantic City casinos.

Whistleblower Suit Names Freeholder, County Executive

A whistleblower lawsuit now names an Atlantic County freeholder and the county executive. The suit talks to gender discrimination, retaliation and other illicit behavior. It was dismissed on January 23rd but then refiled and now includes County Executive Dennis Levinson and Freeholder Frank Formica. The new version alleges that both men failed to look into gender bias and publicly backed male defendants before a lawsuit was filed. Seperately from each other, Levinson and Formica say they are shocked by their inclusion in the suit.

Fatal Crashes Dropped By Six In Cape May County Last Year

Every life saved is important and in 2018 in Cape May County, roadway fatalities dropped by six from the previous year. New Jersey State Police say ten people died on county roadways last year compared to 16 in 2017. That said, there have already been two deadly accidents in the county this year, one at Eighth Street and Wesley Avenue in Ocean City Jan. 9, and one on Fishing Creek Road in Lower Township Jan. 12, according to the Cape May County Herald.

Master Plan For Boardwalk In Wildwood

A ramp rebuild, bollard installation, and complete Boardwalk reconstruction are the three major components of the new Wildwood Boardwalk master plan. It takes about $40,000 in an average year to maintain the boardwalk but incidents like trams or other vehicles damaging joists can escalate those costs. City commissioners say they’re committed to the boardwalk and the vital role it plays both attracting and transporting visitors to the city.

Second Person In Pot Selling Bust Is Area MMA Fighter

An MMA fight scheduled for February 16th at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City may or may not happen after one of the fighters was busted in a pot dealing sting. Michael Wilcox was picked up along with Buena Regional High School’s boys soccer coach Stevan Austino last week. A search of Austino’s home turned up pounds of pot and so far, no word on his status with the district. Officials with Cafe Fury Championship are only saying at this time that they are aware of the situation and are gathering more information.

Human Trafficking Presentation Held At ACCC

To really spot human trafficking, you need an idea of what you’re looking for. Students at Atlantic Cape Community College may be better equipped after hearing about the problem during a presentation Wednesday. The school worked in cooperation with the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, and the FBI to talk about different types of trafficking, the signs, and the mental effects, plus a look behind the curtain at how prosecutors and investigators work those kinds of cases.

NJ Court Wont Overturn Fryar’s Conviction

The New Jersey Supreme Court won’t hear a request from former NFL star Irving Fryar to overturn his conviction for his role in a mortgage scam.The court announced its decision Tuesday but did not elaborate. Fryar and his mother were convicted in August 2015 of applying for mortgage loans in quick succession while using the same property as collateral. They eventually were found guilty of conspiracy and theft by deception. Fryar’s defense argued at trial he was the victim of a “con artist” who told him to carry out the scheme.

Wildwood Mayor, Councilman Taking Pay Cuts

Lighter paychecks in Wildwood for Mayor Ernie Troiano and Commissioner Anthony Leonett. The tow are takking voluntary pay cuts of $5,000 apiece. Troiano agreed to take the reduction, putting his salary now at $20,000 and Leonetti agreed to match the mayor’s efforts. In doing what he did, Troiano said he must “set the example” by taking reduced pay. Troiano has requested that every department cut their budgets by 10%.