Archives for June 2019

OC Man Charged For Filing Fake Applications For Sandy Relief

An Ocean City man is among four people charged with filing falke applications for federal relief funds in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. Authorities say 68 year old Robert Girardo and others ultimatley diverted funds intended for victims left homeless by one of the most devastating storms in New Jersey history. The state Attorney General says his office has recovered over $4 million through prosecutions of such fraudulent cases.

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Donates $200K To Area Groups

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is donating $200,000 to five local groups in observation of its one year anniversary. The Press of Atlantic City reports the groups receiving the money are the Atlantic City Rescue Mission, Atlantic City Police Foundation, Avanzar, Turning Point Day Center and Covenant House. Each group was given a donation of $40,000. Comapny officials say since officially opening on June 27, 2018, Hard Rock has generated over $300 million in gaming revenue

AC Joins Multi-Town Lawsuit

The Atlantic City Municipal Utilities Authority has joined 100 other towns across the U.S. in suing chemical company DuPont, manufacturing firm 3M and others they allege are responsible for clean-ups associated with groundwater contamination near airports and industrial sites, including one in Egg Harbor Township. The multi-district litigation, filed in the District of South Carolina, targets seven polluters the authority says created, marketed, sold or promoted firefighting products that contained a class of chemicals called per- and poly-fluroalkyl substances

AC Sports Betting Continues to Thrive

Two new sports books worth more than $20 million are debuting in Atlantic City in the latest sign of how important casinos consider New Jersey’s fast-growing sports betting industry. The Borgata is opening a $12 million project Saturday that includes a new sports book and entertainment project. The Moneyline Bar & Book opening comes a week after Bally’s opened its new $8.4 million sports book.

AC Board OK’s Development Plan

Atlantic City Board of Commissioners this week unanimously approved a measure that gives the city a path to collaborate with Cape May County on redevelopment efforts.The Press of Atlantic City cites Mayor Ernie Troiano as harkening back tohe 50’s and 60’s when every building on Pacific Avenue over a large section was occupied by a business. Troiano says the plan is for residential housing to take over the space of vacant commercial businesses, and the county will help with the costs of putting the program in place for the purchase of properties.

Stockton University Student Named As Fatal Crash Victim

Police say it was a 21-year-old Stockton University student who died this week in a crash on Wrangleboro Road. The Press of Atlantic City reports John Liguori, of Pennsylvania, played on the school’s lacrosse team. His vehicle struck a utility pole at about 3pm Monday. By the time police got there, the vehicle was engulfed in flames and Liguori was trapped inside. Passersby and rescue crews tried to rescue him, to no avail. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Huge Heroin Ring in AC

A Pleasantville man is accused of leading a large-scale Atlantic City heroin-trafficking operation, the scale of which was revealed earlier today as 22 people were charged for their involvement. The Press of Atlantic City reporting Khalif Toombs, 29, of Pleasantville, is accused of operating multiple stash houses in the resort and employing “numerous drug couriers” to make frequent runs to a supplier in Paterson to transport heroin. The effort was coordinated over phone calls, text messages and social media.

Mullica Twp’s Police Chief Gets Raise, Six Months Leave

A new contract for Mullica Township’s police chief and now he’s retiring. John Thompson also sought and received an OK from the Township Committee to be put on paid leave through the end of the year and that’s when he’ll step down. According to the Press of Atlantic City, Thompson will collect about $104,000 over the next six months. About $62,000 comes from his salary, while the remaining $42,000 will come from retroactive salary for the years 2016 through 2019 from the new contract.

Pair Facing Drug Counts In Cape May County

Drug counts face two people in Cape May County as the result of an investigation into heroin sales in Wildwood and other parts of the county. Under arrest are 40 year old Gonzalo Soto of Wildwood, who was cuffed after a search of his home on the 200 East block of Rio Grande Avenue. Police say they seized $10,000 of pot and heroin and just under $5,000 cash. Also arrested during that investigation was Brandon N. Soto, 19, also of Wildwood.

Indictment Handed Up For AC Man In Toddler Assault

An Atlantic County Grand Jury has handed up an indictment against an Atlantic City man for the assault of an infant on May 6, 2019. 28 year old Stephon Whitfield, 28, is charged with aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of a child. On May 6, 2019, officers from the Atlantic City Police Department responded to the 1300 block of Caspian Avenue in reference to a nude man who had assaulted an in his stroller. Whitfield is alleged to have forcefully grabbed a male, 9 month-old infant from his stroller in an apparent attempt to take him out. Whitfield wrestled with the mother who was protecting the infant, causing both the stroller and infant still inside to slam to the ground. The infant sustained visible injuries as a result of this incident.