Archives for November 2020

Former Armored Car Employee Charged

A former armored-car company guard is accused in a more than $1.7 million theft from his ex-employer’s truck outside an Atlantic City casino. Dante McCluney, of Newark, was ordered detained on burglary, theft by unlawful taking and conspiracy charges, according to the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office. Video surveillance showed the Nov. 5 burglary of the Rapid Armored Corporation armored vehicle outside Bally’s Casino.

Prosecutors Seek Help ID’ing Persons Of Interest In Homicide

An investigation by the ACPO Major Crimes Unit is underway into the fatal shooting of a man in Atlantic City man after midnight on Sunday, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner announced.
On Sunday, November 22, 2020 at approximately 12:43 a.m., Atlantic City Police Department received a 911 call in reference to a man shot in a home located in the 100 block of N. Pennsylvania Ave., Atlantic City, NJ. Upon arrival, police located Jose Ortiz, 36, of Egg Harbor Township suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. He was transported to Atlanticare Regional Medical Center City Campus where he was pronounced deceased.
An autopsy was completed on Ortiz and the cause of death was identified as a gunshot wound. The manner of death was identified as homicide.
This remains an ongoing investigation and cooperative investigation by the ACPO Major Crimes Unit and the Atlantic City Police Department.
The Atlantic County Major Crimes Unit is seeking the public’s help in identifying two (2) persons of interest. Video of those subjects is on the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office website.

Gov. Murphy Mandates Law Enforcement Body Cams

Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday signed legislation mandating law enforcement officers across the state to wear body cameras. Murphy saying, “Body cameras are a wise all around investment in public safety and justice,” When used properly, they ensure that there is an impartial record of the facts that can be used in investigations, in our courts or to provide the best possible training for our police.” It won’t be too big of a change in South Jersey, as local law enforcement agencies here are more likely to have body-worn cameras, or BWCs, compared to those in the central and northern parts of New Jersey according to data.

Probe Continues Into Fatal Shooting Of AC Man In EHT

An investigation is continuing into the fatal Saturday evening shooting in Egg Harbor Township of an Atlantic City man, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner announced.

On Nov. 21, 2020, the Egg Harbor Township Police Department received multiple 911 calls around 7 p.m., reporting shots fired at 201 Cedar Avenue, EHT. Officers from EHTPD and Pleasantville Police Department responded to the address. Upon arrival, officers located Rennel Turner, 54, of Atlantic City lying unconscious in the driveway. Turner had multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

An autopsy determined Turner’s manner of death is homicide and the cause of death is multiple gunshot wounds

Alleged NJ & Philly Crime Family to Face Charges

Fifteen alleged members and associates of the south Philadelphia and southern New Jersey organized crime family face federal racketeering and related charges.
According to a superseding indictment unsealed Monday, the defendants engaged in racketeering conspiracy, illegal gambling, loansharking, extortion and drug trafficking. Federal prosecutors allege the crime family sought to use its “reputation and influence to exercise control over criminal rackets, like bookmaking and loansharking, in Philadelphia and southern New Jersey, particularly Atlantic City.”

Gov. Murphy Extends Public Health Emergency

Governor Phil Murphy on Sunday signed an executive order extending the public health emergency, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, that was originally declared on March 9. Under the Emergency Health Powers Act, a declared public health emergency expires after 30 days unless renewed. Murphy said, “Despite the hope that is on the horizon, the COVID-19 pandemic is far from over. We continue to utilize all resources available and will need the ability to do so as we battle this virus through the second wave that has enveloped our nation and our state.”

Egg Harbor City Man Convicted Of Sexual Assault

A 70 year-old Egg harbor City man has been convicted of sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a 12 year-old girl, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner announced. On Nov. 16, 2020, an Atlantic County jury found Jose A. Rodriguez guilty of two counts of second degree sexual assault and third degree endangering the welfare of a 12 year-old girl when he sexually assaulted her on Aug. 20, 2019. gave her $10.00 and told her “not to tell anyone about what happened in his house because he didn’t want to get in trouble with the police.” The victim reported later that evening to her mother what the defendant had done and the family went to the police to report it.

Report: Golden Nugget Online Plans Go Before State Gaming Regulators Next Week

A special meeting involving state gaming regulators happens next week to consider granting a request by Golden Nugget Atlantic City to essentially split off internet gaming operations from its brick-and-mortar casino and take the new digital entity public. The Press of Atlantic City reports Golden Nugget has petitioned the state to approve a merger that would result in the formation of a distinct online gaming company whose shares would be sold on Nasdaq. Federal regulators must also approve the deal before it is finalized.

Gov. Murphy says NJ Could Receive Vaccines by Christmas

Gov. Phil Murphy today said the state could receive its first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines next month. Murphy says the first shipment of 130-thousand could arrive around Christmas time The number of positive cases of COVID-19 in New Jersey has increased by 3,635, with 23 additional deaths. 103 new cases today in Atlantic County with no deaths.

Mayor Small to Receive a Raise

Mayor Marty Small Sr.’s victory on Election Day earned him more than just another year in office — it also netted him a 37% salary increase. The Press of Atlantic City reporting Small’s annual salary increased from $103,000 to $141,000, according to the state Department of Community Affairs, the agency with direct fiscal oversight of Atlantic City. The pay raise went into effect after the Nov. 3 election, the DCA said. the nine-member City Council said they were unaware of any provisional increase to the mayor’s annual salary when the governing body unanimously approved the 2020 budget in July.