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Couple arrested for allegedly forcing teen into prostitution

A man and woman are charged with human trafficking after allegedly forcing a teenager into prostitution. The 17-year-old victim was found walking along Interstate 295 in Lawrence Township at about 11 p.m. Jan. 1. When State Police troopers found the teen, she told them she had escaped from a hotel where she was forced to perform sexual acts, according to the report. The Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, Lawrence Police Department and the New Jersey Department
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Kauffman, alleged partner held pending trial

  James Kauffman and his alleged partner in a deadly drug-dealing enterprise will stay in jail pending trial, a judge ruled Thursday. Kauffman is accused of writing Oxycontin prescriptions to financially benefit him and the violent Pagans Motorcyle Club. Ferdinand “Freddy” Augello — allegedly president of the Pagans Cape May Chapter — sent people to the Egg Harbor Township endocrinologist, who would trade prescriptions for cash, according to the charges. Kauffman’s attorney did not contest his
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Four arrested with cocaine, heroin in Atlantic City

Three women and a man were arrested on drug charges Wednesday in Atlantic City. Warrants simultaneously served at 1609 and 1611 Drexel Place were the result of investigations by Detectives Will Herrerias and Jeff Rivera, Sgt. Kevin Fair said. Christopher Weldon and Chelsea Ritzel were arrested were arrested at 1609 Drexel, where 21 grams of cocaine were found, according to the report. Rajeri Curry and Kaytisha Waddell were arrested at 1611 Drexel, where there were
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Margate native is now an ISIS commander, report says

Zulfi Hoxha is in a gruesome 2015 beheading video, report says Growing up in Margate, Zulfi Hoxha was a “goofy kid” who liked everybody, one of his best friends recalled. But now the 26-year-old man is a senior commander of the Islamic State and a face of ISIS recruitment efforts, according to a story in the Atlantic. Hoxha is the bearded man featured in a new ISIS propaganda video, his mother confirmed to NBC-10’s Ted
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Detention hearings set for Kauffman, four co-defendants in 2012 Linwood killing

Detention hearings will be held Thursday for four people accused in the deadly enterprise that allegedly led to April Kauffman’s death. A fifth is set for a week later. Egg Harbor Township endocrinologist James Kauffman was allegedly in a partnership with the violent Pagan’s motorcycle club, which had him getting paid for providing them with Oxycontin prescriptions. In seeking a divorce from the doctor, April Kauffman threatened to expose what she learned of the illegal
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April Kauffman’s killer died of heroin overdose, prosecutor says

More details have been released on how the man who killed April Kauffman died. Ferdinand Augello is accused of recruiting Francis Mullholland to kill the veterans advocate inside her Linwood home May 10, 2012. More than a year later, Mullholland — known as Frank — was found dead in his Villas home in Lower Township of a heroin overdose. Next to him was a blue wax fold marked Pitbull and a syringe. The substance inside
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Galloway man serving life in daughter’s killing denied final appeal

A Galloway Township man serving a life sentence for the murder of his infant daughter has lost his last appeal. Shamsiddin Abdur-Raheem, now 29, was convicted in 2012 of kidnapping his 3-month-old daughter and throwing her into the Raritan River on Feb. 16. 2010. Zara Malani-Lin Abdur-Raheem’s body was found two months later by people walking along the river’s edge. Testifying at his trial in 2012, Abdur-Raheem claimed the baby was injured as he battled
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Car stop leads to 224 grams of crystal meth in Galloway

A man was arrested with 224 grams of crystal meth in his car after fleeing a stop in Galloway Township, police said. An officer tried to pull over Jordan Ragland in the area of Robin Lane and Aloe Street at 2:11 p.m. Sunday, police said. Ragland allegedly tried to flee by driving behind Absecon Mills, where he struck a storage container. He then kept driving and was arrested at the end of Robin Lane, where
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Merchant complaints lead to drugs and gun arrest in Atlantic City

Atlantic City merchant complaints led to two arrests, a loaded gun and drugs, police said. Officers Eric Evans and Kevin Perez conducted surveillance in the 1800 block of Atlantic Avenue after business owner complains about drug dealing and possession in the area, Sgt. Kevin Fair said. The officers saw a drug sale at 4:42 p.m. Monday, in the entrance of a convenience store on the block, according to the report. After the sale, the two
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Couple sought in Galloway Township police investigation

Galloway Township police are asking for the public’s help. They are hoping to learn the identities of a man and woman pictured in a photo. It’s part of an investigation, but police did not release any details. If anyone has any information, they are asked to call Officer Dominic Fabrizio at 609-652-3705, ext. 5103 or Atlantic County Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234.
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