Archives for May 2019

Court Date Monday For Man Charged With Human Trafficking

A May’s Landing man accused of holding three women captive and forcing them into prostitution faces a Monday court date. According to the Press of Atlantic City, 36-year-old El Joshua managed to keep the womem under his control through violence, threats and providing them with heroin. He was charged with human trafficking back in February. The women were being held at a hotel in Hamilton Township when, in December, one escaped through a window and hold police she was being held against her will.

Philadelphia Man Charged With Killing Brother At Harrah’s

A 38 year-old Philadelphia man is charged with murder in the death of his younger brother that occurred on Tuesday at Harrah’s Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City. The county prosecutor says the victim, 32 year old Joseph Vilante was found in a room on the 11th floor and was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. After an investigation, his brother John Villante was arrested Thursday without incident in Philadelphia. He’s behind bars there, pending extradition.

Mays Landing Man Accused of Holding Women Captive Indicted

A 36-year-old accused of holding three women captive and forcing them into prostitution has been indicted on human trafficking charges. The Press of Atlantic City reporting El Joshua, 36, who was charged with five counts of human trafficking Feb. 21, is scheduled to appear for a pre-indictment conference to enter a plea at 8:45 a.m. Monday before Atlantic County Superior Court Judge Patricia M. Wild.

Overnight Fire At Pleasantville Apartment House

A fire Friday morning in Pleasantville left residents of an apartment house in the streets. It happened at about 3:45a at a home at 132 North 1st Street. The Press of Atlantic City says arriving crews found smoke coming from the building. It started in the bedroom area of a first floor apartment and the man who lives there suffered burns and was taken to a burn center. Others in the building got out on their own. Firefighters were on the scene for about three hours.

Credit Rating Agencies Like What They See Happening At Stockton University

Stockton University’s recent credit rating increase by Moody’s Investor Services did not come as a surprise to Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson, however, the immediate upgrade from negative to positive was unexpected. “They bypassed a stable rating and went straight to positive,” noted Levinson, “and that is significant.” One reason for the jump, according to Moody’s, was the successful completion of the university’s Atlantic City campus that was financially backed by Atlantic County.

Cape May County Planning Test On Code Red System

The Code Red system in Cape May County is being tested June 7. It’s a Reverse 911 system to notify residents in the event of a major storm or disaster and the testing will run that day between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
There are approximately 100,000 people who have signed up for the service who will get the message via a phone call, text, or email. Officials say testing the system now will better insure that it works properly in the event of a real emergency.

Man And Woman Rescued From Capsized Boat Off Atlantic City

A man and a woman spent three hours clinging to their capsized sailboat in the Atlantic Ocean about 65 miles off Atlantic City. According to reports, the Coast Guard received a satellite distress signal from the 55-foot vessel Bertie on Wednesday evening. The sailboat was headed to New York from the Bahamas when it encountered stormy conditions. The Coast Guard launched a helicopter from Atlantic City and a plane from North Carolina. A Coast Guard cutter also was dispatched to the scene.

New Jersey is Suing Opioid Maker

New Jersey is suing eight members of the family that founded opioid drug maker Purdue Pharma over the lethal toll of the drugs. Attorney General Gurbir Grewal announced the suit earlier today. He says the Sackler family wasn’t satisfied with “merely raking in” millions of dollars and instead wanted billions. New Jersey is at least the 11th state to take legal action against one or more family members over the toll of opioids. Opioids, including prescription painkillers and related drugs such as heroin, were involved in nearly 48,000 deaths in the U.S. in 2017.

Report: New AC Budget Drops Spending By 11%

They’re spending less money in Atlantic City in the next proposed spending plan. The new blueprint slashes spending by nearly $26 million and keeps the tax rate steady, according to the Press of Atlantic City. The budget, in its entirety, rings in at $207.7 million, an 11% decrease from last year. The municipal tax rate stays at $1.79 per hundred dollars of assessed value.

Plane Crash Update

Search teams spent much of Wednesday trying to recover a pilot after a small private plane crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off Cape May beach. It happened in the area of the Cape May Lighthouse, between Cape May and Cape May Point.The owner of a small plane that crashed in the Atlantic Ocean off Cape May Point in New Jersey says the male pilot was a regular customer who flew recreationally. The Federal Aviation Administration says the single engine Mooney M20J aircraft crashed in the water approximately 1,200 feet from the Cape May Lighthouse.