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Remaining Kauffman defendants plead not guilty at arraignment

The last two defendants in the alleged James Kauffman drug ring pleaded not guilty Thursday. Cheryl Pizza, 36, and Paul Pagano, 61, are charged with first-degree racketeering along with five others in the case that is alleged to have sparked Kauffman to have his wife killed. Pagano became the first to have his case severed from the rest, meaning he will be tried separately and will no longer be connected to the other six defendants,
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Atlantic City man left country day after 2015 sex assault allegation

An Atlantic City man left the country a day after he was accused of sexually abusing a teenage girl in 2015, according to information released at his detention hearing Thursday. Santos Torres, 76, was arrested Monday on charges including second-degree sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a minor. But the investigation dates to Sept. 10, 2015, when the alleged victim went to the hospital to get checked out and found she tested positive for
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Men indicted for bringing $1 million worth of heroin into Atlantic City

Three men accused of bringing more than $1 million worth of drugs into Atlantic City were indicted by a grand jury Wednesday. Edwin Gomez, Steven Torres and Steven Rodriguez were arrested after an investigation by the Atlantic City Task Force last summer found they were bringing about 3½ kilograms of heroin into the city. Torres, 25, and Gomez, 32, both from Brooklyn, were arrested when they arrived at a parking lot on Saint James Place
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EHC school deemed safe after bomb threat

A bomb threat at the Egg Harbor City Community School turned out to be false, police said. Students were evacuated Thursday morning after the threat came in. Atlantic County Sheriff’s K-9 Officers Tonya Perednas with her partner Dyno and Joseph Kleinow with his partner Max responded to the school, and checked the building for any threats, police said. Nothing was found. Police lauded the schools students and staff “for their quick or orderly evacuation,” and
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Atlantic City man charged with sex crimes against a child

An Atlantic City man is charged with multiple sex crimes against a child. Santos Torres, 76, was arrested by detectives from the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit and Atlantic City police. He is charged with second-degree sexual assault, endangering the welfare of a minor, criminal sexual contact and committing an act of sexual penetration by a diseased person Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon Tyner announced Wednesday. The investigation was led by Detective Daniel Choe and
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Man ordered held in brutal beating of Atlantic City woman

The man accused of brutally beating an Atlantic City woman to death will stay in jail pending trial. Mark Huff, 54, is charged with murder in the April 14 killing of Vernell Vance, who was found dead behind 21 S. Tennessee Ave. Video footage from the area shows a man repeatedly striking Vance in the head with a concrete masonry block and stomping on her, Superior Court Judge John Rauh read in court. Rauh said
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Suspect wanted in theft at Cumberland County Walmart

State Police are trying to identify a man in a Cumberland County theft. The suspect was seen putting multiple items in a plastic shopping bag at the Walmartin Upper Deerfield Township, at about 4 p.m. April 15, according to police. He then left the store without paying for them. Police have released a photo taken from surveillance video, hoping the public can help identify him. Anyone with information is asked to call State Police Bridgeton at
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Multiple gunshots overnight in Atlantic City

Gunfire erupted twice overnight in Atlantic City. A vehicle was struck in the 900 block of Sewell Avenue at about 10:40 p.m., police said.  An alert from the city’s audio gunshot notification system ShotSpotter alerted police. Evidence of gunfire was found, Sgt. Kevin Fair said. Another ShotSpotter alert came in at 12:56 a.m. in the 1300 block of Caspian Avenue, Fair said. It counted more than a dozen shots. There were no reports of injuries
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Tip leads to Atlantic City man wanted in stabbing

A man wanted in an Atlantic City stabbing was arrested after a call to police. Officers Lennin Moya and Cuong Sam responded to the 2700 block of Arctic Avenue at about 3:40 a.m. Saturday, after a 911 call for a report of a wanted male in the area, Sgt. Kevin Fair said. As a result, Moya and Sam found Julio Taveras-Hernandez and arrested him without incident, according to the report. Taveras-Hernandez, 19, was wanted after
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Tip leads to Atlantic City man wanted in stabbing

A man wanted in an Atlantic City stabbing was arrested after a call to police. Officers Lennin Moya and Cuong Sam responded to the 2700 block of Arctic Avenue at about 3:40 a.m. Saturday, after a 911 call for a report of a wanted male in the area, Sgt. Kevin Fair said. As a result, Moya and Sam found Julio Taveras-Hernandez and arrested him without incident, according to the report. Taveras-Hernandez, 19, was wanted after
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