Cape May City Council has introduced an ordinance that would continue to permit outdoor dining while requiring that it end at 10 p.m. According to the Cape May County Herald, the combination of seats allocated to outdoor and indoor dining cannot exceed the total seats approved in the establishment’s mercantile license. Council didn’t act on its previous temporary allowance of open consumption of alcohol within 50 feet of a licensed premise.
A measure to ban smoking on the Washington Street Mall grounds in Cape May has been introduced in City Council this week.
According to the Cape May County Herald, council already acted to ban smoking or ingesting cannabis products in public spaces. The new ordinance would expand that prohibition on the mall to include tobacco products and any “electronic smoking device that creates an aerosol of vapor.” The ordinance is slated for a public hearing at the July 6 council meeting. If adopted, it will go into effect 20 days later.
The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office is seeking the public’s help identifying a car and two people of interest in a May 14 fatal shooting of a Pleasantville man in Atlantic City. Two of the four photos released by the Prosecutor’s Office today show a white Honda Odyssey minivan in a parking lot with no front license plate. The other two photos show two people, whose faces are unclear, wearing pants and sweatshirts or jackets with hoods pulled over their heads. The Prosecutor’s Office said both are connected to the fatal shooting of Jacque Sheppard Jr., 34, of Pleasantville.
New Jersey will be shutting down its six mass COVID-19 vaccination sites as the state moves from a mega-site model to relying on about 1,800 community inoculation sites, according to Gov. Phil Murphy on Wednesday. The Atlantic mega-site has already given its final shots to people. The final second doses will be given throughout June and July, depending on the site. So far the state has had more than 4.2 million fully vaccinated residents. Murphy set a goal of getting 4.7 million adults — or 70% — vaccinated by June 30.
A federal lawsuit against the city, Mayor Marty Small Sr. and city police by political organizer Craig Callaway over a May 2 altercation between political groups in which Small batted a cellphone from another man’s hand. The Press of Atlantic City reports the suit alleges violation of Callaway’s rights under the 14th Amendment to personal safety and equal protection under the law. The lawsuit claims Small threatened violence against Callaway in the presence of Officer Kevin Francis, also named in the suit, who was on Small’s security detail at the time.
An Atlantic City woman says she was beaten by three people during a family outing to The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia last month. Philadelphia Police confirmed they are investigating the incident, but no arrests have been made. Danielle Vincent was visiting the museum with her 4-year-old nephew on the afternoon of May 1 when she said she asked a young girl to stop splashing water at a children’s exhibit. That’s when Vincent, 44, said she was then confronted by the apparent mother of the child, who was with a man and another woman who allegedly started beating her.
Two men have been charged after a woman died of an overdose in the Villas section of Lower Township according to police earlier today. On May 23, officers responded to the 100 block of East New York Avenue for a drug overdose. Upon arrival, they found a 49-year-old woman unconscious and unresponsive. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics after they attempted lifesaving procedures.
Authorities are investigating after a 45-year-old man was found dead in Egg Harbor Township on Sunday afternoon. Detectives from the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office were called to Tilton Road about 4 p.m. after being notified about a body, according to officials today. The man, an Egg Harbor Township resident, was not identified. The prosecutor’s office declined to offer additional information other than to say an autopsy will be conducted. Anyone with information is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800.
The men and women that made the ultimate sacrifice were honored on Memorial
Day at the Cape May County Memorial Day Ceremony. The event was held at the
Gerald M. Thornton Veterans Cemetery. Cape May County returned to having an
in-person ceremony this year, after doing it virtually last year due to COVID-19.
Cape May County has had a veteran’s cemetery since 1980 when the Board of
Chosen Freeholders (as the governing body was called at that time) created the
area to provide a final resting place for Cape May County resident wartime
Veterans and their spouses. It was named in honor of Thornton in 2017.
Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland is announcing the conclusion of “Operation Yo-Yo” a large scale narcotics investigation initiated by the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office, Gangs, Guns and Narcotics Task Force and the DEA.
On May 20, 2021, the Cape May County, Gangs Guns and Narcotics Task Force with the assistance of the Cape May County Regional SWAT team executed a total of (4) search warrants in Cape May County, which concluded a long-term narcotics investigation into the distribution of cocaine. During the course of this investigation, it was determined that Jorge “YoYo” Goicochea was the leader of this large scale drug distribution network centered in various jurisdictions within Cape May County, NJ and Beaver Falls, PA along with ties to Puerto Rico. As of this date, (9) individuals were arrested and approximately four and a half kilograms of cocaine have been seized in Cape May County and Beaver Falls PA.