Archives for March 2019

New Bill Aims to Pay Coast Guard During Shutdowns

A bill to continue funding the U.S. Coast Guard during a federal government shutdown passed out of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee this week according to Congressman Jeff Van Drew, D-2. The Pay Our Coast Guard Parity Act of 2019 is almost identical to Van Drew’s H.R. 350, which he introduced on January 8 during the longest government shutdown in U.S. history.

AC Will Pay Man $700,000 in Excessive-Force Settlement

Atlantic City has agreed to pay $700,000 in a settlement Thursday to end a New York City man’s excessive-force lawsuit against the city and several resort police officers. In the suit, filed in U.S. District Court in October 2014, Charlie Harrison, 58, alleged that several city police officers, including a K-9, assaulted him after he was pulled over in an unjustified traffic stop. Harrison was charged with assault of a police officer, resisting arrest, eluding police, reckless driving, unsafe lane change and driving while intoxicated, but eventually ended up pleading guilty to eluding police, with all other charges dismissed, according to suit.

County Clean Up Slated For April 27th

Atlantic County Parks is looking for community volunteers to participate in its 9th annual cleanup on Saturday, April 27, 8:30 AM to 12 noon. This year’s cleanup will cover a nearly one-mile portion of Somers Point-Mays Landing Road (Rt. 559) from Miry Run to the end of the Pine Forest Tract in Egg Harbor Township. If time permits, volunteers will proceed to the RIverbend Tract to collect additional trash and debris from a half-mile section around Perch Cove. Last year’s spring cleanup removed 30 bags of trash and 35 bags of recycled materials from Lake Lenape Park in Hamilton Township.

New Court Date Set In Double Killing

At Thursday’s court date for 42 year old Heather Barbera of Ventnor, a new court date was set. She’s charged in the July fatal nightstick killing and robbery of her mother and grandmother. Thursday, a status conference was set for May 2nd. to allow the defense more time to go over evidence. The request for more time was not objected to by prosecutors. Barbera has pleaded not guilty to the charges against her including two counts of first-degree murder, was arrested in New York, where police said she fled after the incident.

Stockton University Opening Up AC Dorms For Summer Use

Stockton University says it’s opening up its dorms in Atlantic City this summer to students taking summer courses or doing internships in the area. Officials say it’s an addition to the year round housing offered at the Galloway location. Stockton students and those taking classes at the school are eligible. Rates for Stockton students are $22 to $40 per day based on housing type, while non-Stockton students would pay $32 to $40 per day. Units are also available to faculty and staff for $42 to $50 per day. A minimum four-day stay is required.

AC Blackjacks Dance Team Audition

The Atlantic City Blackjacks Dance Team will be decided this week after the final
audition has been completed. The final event is the culmination of the audition
process that consisted of an open call and a two-week bootcamp. The dance
team name will also be announced at the event in front of season ticket
members and celebrity guest judges.
WHERE: Hard Rock Hotel Casino, 1000 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ 08401
WHEN: Friday, March 29, 2019
Media and celebrity guest check-in at 6:00PM
Dancer and season ticket member check-in at 6:30PM
Event begins at 7:00PM

AC Esports Tournament Next Month

Historic Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall will get a modern makeover as one of its theaters transforms into a high-tech arena for an esports tournament next month.
The city will host the Collegiate Starleague’s 2019 North American Collegiate Grand Finals from April 26 to 28 as part of its ongoing push to become a hub for esports.
Leaders in the rapidly growing industry say there is a need for companies to provide aspiring esports players with some structure as they continue their play through various levels. The tournament marks Atlantic City’s first attempt to introduce that framework.

Murder Trial Scheduled for April 8

A trial date has been set for the Galloway man and a former Atlantic City Public Works employee charged in the 2015 shooting death of 31-year-old Mays Landing resident Michael Black. Opening statements in the trial of Dennis J. Munoz and Edwin V. Velazquez are slated for April 8 . Prosecutors allege that Munoz, 37, of Theresa Court in Galloway Township, shot Black in the chest in a Mays Landing home.

Man Arrested For Lewd Display Outside Convenience Store

At the Mystic Island Wawa in Little Egg Harbor Township, police say a 37-year-old New Gretna man exposed himself, shouted obscenities at customers and punched himself in the face Tuesday. Officers were called there at about 9pm for a man acting strangely. Witnesses said it appeared the man, later identified as Jason Cramer, appeared to be under the influence. Police talked to Cramer and sent him on his way, but reportedly went back to the store and caused more trouble. He was arrested and charged with lewdness.

Suspect In AC Shooting Arrested In The Bronx

An arrest of a man in New York City wanted in connection with a shooting in Atlantic City. Police say they heard gunshots from Ventnor and Windsor Avenue early on the morning of February 26th. There they found two 18 year olds, one from AC, the other from Ventnor injured. One had been shot, the other assaulted. Police identified 25 year old Luis Mercado-Cabrera as the suspect in the case, but he had taken off. He was caught in the Bronx and stands charged with aggravated assault, unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose. He will be held at the Atlantic County jail once extradited from New York.