Authorities say an Atlantic City police officer was arrested recently for allegedly attempting to steal groceries from Walmart. According to The Press of Atlantic City, 49 year old Victor Tweedle tried to under-ring $55.54 worth of groceries from a self-checkout counter. He’s been placed on administrative leave as an investigation continues. Tweedle was arrested after a Walmart employee called police.
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Mayor Marty Small Sr. has named educator and community organizer Constance “Mandy” Days-Chapman as manager of his reelection campaign. Small is running in the June 8 Democratic primary on a ticket with at-large councilmember and Council President George Tibbitt, Bruce Weekes and Stephanie Marshall. Days-Chapman is an assistant principal at Atlantic City High School, where Small’s wife, La’Quetta, is principal, and is an adjunct professor at Stockton University.
More than 100 years after the original Atlantic City Hospital opened in a big Victorian house on Ohio Avenue, AtlantiCare broke ground Tuesday on an ambulatory care center on the same parcel of land. The new center will house an expanded maternal and fetal health care program, an urgent care center, dialysis unit, and teaching facilities for medical students and physician residents.
An Absecon man is charged with attempted homicide in Buena. The Press of Atlantic City reports Michael Hayes was charged with attempted homicide, conspiracy, robbery, unlawful possession of a weapon and other counts in the September shooting of a 32-year-old man. Police were called to the 800 block of West Summer Road in Buena for a report of a violent home invasion, police said. There, police encountered the victim with a gunshot wound to the head. A six month investigation lead to Hayes’ arrest.
Christopher Blank who was sentenced to 85 years in prison for the shooting of two Egg Harbor Township police officers during a 2006 motor vehicle stop has been denied his latest appeal by the United States 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals in a written opinion issued on March 30, 2020. In 2008, an Atlantic County jury found Blank, 42, guilty of attempted murder, assault and related charges and he was sentenced to 85 years in New Jersey state prison. He’s been appealing the case in the State and Federal courts ever since. In Blank’s latest appeal, he claimed that the trial judge, the Honorable Michael Donio, J.S.C. denied him a fair trial by refusing the jury’s request, during deliberations, to remove a safety device attached to the gun used in the shooting.
New Jersey became the latest state Tuesday to enact a law allowing early in-person voting, with Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy signing the legislation alongside Georgia’s Stacey Abrams, who has been credited with helping to break the GOP’s hold on her state. Murphy cast the legislation as a contrast to what he said were “states across our nation (turning) back the clock to Jim Crow-era voter suppression laws.” New Jersey already had early absentee voting, and most states offer some form of early voting, either in person or by mail.
Casino workers in Atlantic City began receiving COVID-19 vaccinations Monday at the Atlantic County COVID-19 vaccination mega site. Governor Phil Murphy opened up eligibility to hospitality workers across the state as of Monday. The Casino Association of New Jersey, AtlantiCare and Unite Here Local 54 are working together to prioritize vaccinating approximately 25,000 casino employees by Memorial Day.
New Jersey American Water has signed an agreement to purchase the city’s water and wastewater assets for $21.8 million. The Press of Atlantic City reports the accord comes after the city council voted to relinquish ownership of the assets to New Jersey American Water at a March 15 meeting. Under the agreement, the company will invest $14 million in the first 10 years to make necessary upgrades to the water and wastewater systems.
The New Jersey Supreme Court has ruled that a Somers Point man whose request was denied for a new attorney was not stripped of a constitutional right. Luis Maisonet who was convicted of murder in December 2017, filed a direct appeal on April 10, 2018, and argued among other issues, that his constitutional right to counsel was denied when the trial judge denied his request for a continuance to retain private counsel. On the first day of trial, prior to choosing a jury, but 15 months after the murder, Maisonet decided that he no longer wanted his current public defender. He ultimately requested a postponement to call family members to see if they could get money together to hire private counsel. Judge Donna Taylor denied the request and recognized that Maisonet knew the offer, knew who his attorney was and knew that on that day, his trial was going to commence.
A Brick man is facing charges after a loaded 9mm handgun was found in his carry-on bag at the Atlantic City International Airport, according to Transportation Security Administration officials earlier today. For the second time in one month, TSA officials at the airport discovered a loaded handgun in a carry-on bag. The man, whose identity has not yet been released, was stopped by agents after they spotted the weapon and nine bullets in the man’s carry-on luggage before he boarded a plane to Florida.