Plans in the Borough of Wildwood Crest to extend wooden walkways at all beach entrances for the summer of 2021. Those walkways will be lengthened by about 120 feet and should be in place by mid June. Also, walkways already in place that are old and worn will be refurbished. Construction of the wooden beach walkway extensions and replacement of any existing wooden beach walkways will be performed in-house by the borough’s Department of Public Works to keep costs as low as possible.
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In Sea Isle, 2021 Seasonal Beach Tags are on sale at the pre-season rate of $20 each at the Welcome Center’s walk-up window, Monday thru Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Only cash or checks are accepted for beach tag payments at the Welcome Center. You can also purchase Seasonal Beach Tags at the Vending Machine in the Lobby of City Hall 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. The Beach Tag Vending Machine accepts cash only and does not give change. The pre-season beach tag rate of $20 expires May 15, at which time the regular seasonal rate of $25 will resume. Veterans Beach Tags will be available starting April 1.
A Galloway Township man was struck and killed by a car Thursday night, police said. Charles Winkler, 74, was found dead at the scene when police responded at 8:31 p.m. to a report of a crash involving a car and a pedestrian near the White Horse Pike and South Balboa Avenue. The car, driven by Julianna Johnson, 55, of Hammonton. An investigation is ongoing.
Former Atlantic City Mayor Frank Gilliam was sentenced to 30 days in federal prison Thursday for defrauding a youth basketball program of nearly $87,000 and using the money on personal expenses, like luxury designer clothing, expensive meals and personal vacations. U.S. District Judge Joseph H. Rodriguez handed down the sentence to Gilliam, who pleaded guilty to wire fraud in 2019. The judge’s sentencing was less significant than the 15 to 21 month sentence prosecutors sought.
A fugitive wanted in the shooting of a man at a boat dealership in Little Egg Harbor earlier this month was captured Thursday in Atlantic City, officials said. Donald Rutter, 61, of Tuckerton was charged with the attempted murder of the 55-year-old Little Egg Harbor resident, as well weapons-related offenses on Jan. 6, one day after the shooting occurred, and had been on the run since that time. On Jan. 5, the Little Egg Harbor police were called to Jarvis Marine on Radio Road after someone dialed 911 and reported that a man had been shot there.
30 days behind bars for former Atlantic City Mayor Frank Gilliam Jr after he pleaded guilty to wire fraud and was sentenced Thursday to 30 days in prison for taking just under $87,000 from a youth sports program. In addition, Gilliam will be on three years probation and will also serve 11 months on home detention after he is released from prison. He’ll also have to pay back the money he stole from the AC Starz basketball program. About 20 people spoke on Gilliam’s behalf prior to sentencing, reports the Press of Atlantic City.
Atlantic City police say a woman may have have fallen to her death from the Ocean Casino Resort parking garage. The 29 year old was found lying in the street on the beach block of New Jersey Avenue and was pronounced dead at the scene. Police say she’s from Philadelphia and are trying to piece together the events leading up to her apparent fall. Anyone with information should reach out to authorities at 609-347-5766.
Atlantic City’s 2020 uniform crime report, which it is sending to the FBI and State Police, shows a 33% drop in serious crimes compared to 2019, according to Officer in Charge James Sarkos who addressed the Atlantic City City Council Wednesday night. Calls for service fell 11.5% in 2020 to 93,905 from 105,000 the year before. The 33% drop is for the top eight serious crimes reported, Sarkos said. Breaking it out by type, the number of murders fell to 9 in 2020 from 11 in 2019. Only burglaries saw an increase, Sarkos said. They went from 130 in 2019 to 141 in 2020, an 8% increase.
Charges of sexual assault face a 43-year-old Hammonton man accused of sexually abusing a girl from the time she was 11 until she was 19. On January 25, 2021, at approximately 3:30 p.m., Dan Bocelle pulled into his driveway and with the assistance of Atlantic County SWAT members he was taken into custody without incident. Bocelle is charged with 1st degree Aggravated Sexual Assault and 5 additional sexual assault related charges. Search warrants executed at Bocelle’s house, place of business and vehicle yielded multiple cell phones, electronic devices, steroids and a large amount of cash. Bocelle was transported to the Atlantic County Justice Facility where he is lodged.
Sentencing scheduled Thursday for former Atlantic City Mayor Frank Gilliam Jr. He pleaded guilty in 2019 to defrauding a youth basketball organization. According to the Press of Atlantic City, Gilliam is scheduled to be sentenced at 2 p.m. Thursday in U.S. District Court. Prosecutors are seeking a prison term of 15 to 21 months plus three years of supervised release. The government is also seeking full restitution of the $86,790 in contributions to the AC Starz program.
Gilliam pleaded guilty Oct. 3, 2019, to a charge of wire fraud and resigned later the same day as mayor.