Van Drew Named To Committee On Agriculture

Congressman Jeff Van Drew has been appointed to the Committee on Agriculture which has jurisdiction ranging from rural development and crop insurance to conservation and agricultural research and development.
Agriculture is New Jersey’s third largest industry, bringing in billions of dollars in revenue and thousands of jobs. Retaining productive, taxpaying farmland is critically important to all New Jersey residents since agriculture is the largest source of the scenic vistas we all enjoy throughout the year.

Court Date For Galloway Township Man Charged With Arming Teen For Fight

A pre-indictment conference is set for February 11th for a Galloway Township man accused of giving weapons to a juvenile relative for a fight and then recording the fight on his phone. 26 year old Shamir James allegedly have the 15 year old girl a stun and brass knuckles and also helped the teen during the fight. The girl was charged with aggravated assault and weapons counts. James too is charged with aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of children, employing a juvenile in the commission of a crime, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and other offenses.

Second Educator At Pleasantville Arrested

The investigation is ongoing after a Pleasantville High School teacher was arrested late last week for having a sexual relationship with a student. 30 year old Jessica Gaeckle of Galloway Township allegedly had sexual contact with an 18 year old student at least twice and told the student to destroy any evidence once she learned of the investigation was underway. Back in August, then-Principal 49 year old Edward James Bonek was charged after police said they found more than 1,000 images and videos of child pornography on his school-issued computer.

Stiff Sentence In Deadly Stabbing

A Middle Township man is handed 28 years behind bars in connection with a fatal stabbing two years ago. 53 year old Herbert Tozer was sentenced in the death of Robert Niemezura at a motel. He had been indicted in March of 2017 on murder, aggravated assault and additional charges.

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Stiff Sentence In Deadly Stabbing

A Middle Township man is handed 28 years behind bars in connection with a fatal stabbing two years ago. 53 year old Herbert Tozer was sentenced in the death of Robert Niemezura at a motel. He had been indicated in March of 2017 on murder, aggravated assault and additional charges.

Student In Racially Charged Pic Apologizes

We told you recently about a Middle Township High School in trouble for a racially charged photo posted on Facebook. That student has now issued an apology letter which reads, in part, “When the picture was taken I was not thinking about racism or hate toward any person or group, I was trying to look cool. I now truly understand the gravity of my actions and how enormously offensive they were.” Both the girl in the picture and another who took it have been disciplined.

A Week Later, Question Marks Remain Over Ocean Resort Casino Deal

Mystery continues to swirl around the company that will take over the Ocean Resort Casino. There is no record of a transaction with the county clerk’s office, but it can take up to two weeks for something to be posted in such a situation. It was just over a week ago that the current owner announced he would maintaining a non-controlling ownership, but that an outside company was entering the picture to assume majority ownership.

NJ Lawmakers Want Donor Transparency

New Jersey lawmakers advanced legislation requiring independent expenditure committees to disclose their donors. The Democrat-led Senate Budget Committee advanced the bipartisan bill on Thursday. The measure requires advocacy groups that seek to influence elections to disclose where their donations come from.Election Law Enforcement Commission executive director Jeff Brindle testified that such donations have mushroomed in recent years.

AC Convention Business is Good

The agency that attracts and arranges group conventions and meetings in Atlantic City says that the past year was a successful one. Jim Wood of Meet AC says they booked almost $400 million in conventions and meetings in 2018, almost 372,000 hotel rooms nights. Wood says, on average, a convention-goer here spends about $950 during their stay. Wood said Atlantic City is attractive because it has 18,000 hotel rooms and a convention center with a 500,000-square-foot hall and 40 breakout rooms. MeetAC is funded by the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority.

Man Faces Prison Time In Prostitution Case

March 8th is the sentencing date for a Pleasantville man facing up to seven years behind bars after pleading guilty to prostitution and weapons charges. 42 year old Henry Lovest copped a plea to to promoting prostitution and weapons counts. Police say Lovest forced women to engage in prostitution using violent threats or for drugs. He then forced them to turn over all the money they make, to him.