“Oh (expletive), I’m going to die,” Atlantic City Police Officer Josh Vadell thought after finding out he’d been shot in the head. Vadell, now retired from the department, testified Monday as the trial continued for two men accused in a deadly robbery that left the young officer critically injured. He begged them to save him. He had a baby on the way. Testimony began last week with Detective Thomas McCabe giving a first-hand account of
A growing agitated crowd caused Pleasantville police to call for additional officers at a medical call Sunday, police said. Patrol responded to King’s Food Market just before 4 p.m. for a man down possibly having a seizure, Capt. Matt Hartman said. Police were on scene within 28 seconds and made immediate contact with the victim, who had a seizure and was bleeding, according to the report. Patrolman Michael Ledden assessed the man and put him
Three people were displaced by a fire in Hamilton Township over the weekend. First-responders arrived at the house in the 6300 block of Liberty Avenue at about 5:15 p.m. to find the home’s residents trying to extinguish the fire with garden hoses, police said. The fire caused damage to the ceiling and attic of the residence, police said. It is not believed to be suspicious. Three residents were displaced from the home and will be
An Atlantic City rapper with a pending gun case was arrested concealing a weapon during a car stop, according to new charges. Djza Chase, 22, was wounded in a 2016 shooting, and then charged the next month after an investigation found he was armed and fired a weapon during the shootout in which he was wounded. Chase, who makes music as Camaro Chase, was released on bail in that case, which was before bail reform.
A Pleasantville man has been indicted after having a sexual relationship with a teenager he met on Facebook. Pablo Cortez Trujillo, 26, was indicted on charges of sexual assault of a victim 13 to 15 years of age and endangering sexual conduct with a child, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon Tyner said. Trujillo was having a sexual relationship with a 15 year-old girl over a period of a few months after meeting through Facebook, Tyner said.
A Mercer County man who running a mail-order cocaine and designer drug business was sentenced to 19 years in prison Thursday in Atlantic County. A dozen people were charged in the enterprise which was discovered by a detective looking into white supremacist groups in Atlantic City. The investigation, dubbed Operation Skin Deep, yielded a quarter-million dollars in cash, a quarter-kilogram of cocaine, diamond jewelry, gold bars, numerous rounds of ammunition, firearm silencers, and cocaine testing,
Two Atlantic City brothers tied to a violent drug gang will go on trial for murder this summer. Mykal and Malik Derry are set to go to trial Aug. 21. The men are accused in the fatal 2013 shooting of Tyquinn James, outside Mecca Chicken on Adriatic Avenue. James, 25, was shot shortly after he walked in front of the store. Video surveillance shows a masked man on a bike come up seconds later, pull
Complaints by Atlantic City residents and merchants led to a dozen drug arrests, police said. Surveillance targeted drug dealers in the 1700 block of Atlantic Avenue, and led to the arrests that included four 17-year-olds and recovery of heroin, cocaine and marijuana, Sgt. Kevin Fair said. The investigation was led by Detective Jefferson Rivera. All were charged with at least possession, with some additionally charged with distribution and possession with intent. Daniel Woods-Blackwell, 27, of
An Absecon man allegedly made rules about sharing child pornography on a group he led, including that only videos of young girls be posted. “Please don’t post adult videos,” Carlos Santiago Gomez wrote as administrator of an instant messaging group that traded image of child sexual abuse, according to a federal complaint. Santiago Gomez, 27, turned himself in to the FBI’s Atlantic City office Wednesday morning, after returning from a business trip to Texas, U.S.
A man was arrested and an officer injured in a gun call Tuesday. On June 12, 2018, at 5:12 pm, officers responded to the 4000 block of Ventnor Avenue for a report of a man with a handgun and a large group in a fight. Officer James Miltenberger responded to a call after 5 p.m. of a man with a handgun and a large group fighting, Sgt. Kevin Fair said. Miltenberger tried to stop Kenneth