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Feeding more than 300 in need just the start for Pleasantville friends

James Pressley and Jason Smart-El set out to do something positive for the community. What the two Pleasantville friends got from feeding more than 300 homeless and hungry this weekend was just the beginning. A total of 325 people ate Saturday at Atlantic City’s Turning Point Day Center, a new building there to help the homeless and less fortunate opened by the Rev. Collin Days. They gave out food, personal hygiene products and some hope
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EHT police looking for four men in ongoing investigations

Egg Harbor Township police are trying to identify four men in separate theft investigations. The department put out two separate sets of photos in ongoing theft investigations, asking the public’s help in identifying the men. Anyone with information is asked to call the Egg Harbor Township Detective Bureau at 609-926-4051.
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Punctured gas line causes evacuation of Atlantic City school

Students at New York Avenue School and residents in the surrounding area had to be evacuated Friday morning due to a gas leak, Atlantic City police said. At about 11:10 a.m., a construction crew working on Tennessee and Adriatic avenues broke through a 2-inch line, Fire Chief Scott Evans said. “We evacuated New York Avenue School and approximately 50 additional residences,” Evans said. There was a four-block area affected, with residents who were downwind of
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East Jersey prison officer arrested for child pornography

A corrections officer was arrested for receiving child porn he allegedly solicited through email, text and Craig’s List ads. An investigation that began with an undercover officer answering an ad asking for “Woman/Moms that are into Cheese Pizza” ended with Stephen Salamak charged with receiving images of child sexual abuse Thursday, acting U.S. Attorney William Fitzpatrick said. Salamak, 37, allegedly sought women who were “into perverted topics,” then would make requests for pictures of their
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Atlantic City woman allegedly strikes two cars then hides behind dumpster

A woman with a suspended driver’s license and an active warrant struck allegedly fled the scene of two crashes — including rear-ending an Atlantic City police officer. Destinee Carpenter, 19, of Atlantic City, was found hiding behind a dumpster near her car, parked in the lot of Angelo’s Fairmont Tavern, police said. Sgt. Jody Hersh had just gone off duty and was in his personal vehicle when the continued honking of a car’s horn behind
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Four teens arrested in car thefts — two with stolen guns

Four Egg Harbor Township teens burglarized several unlocked cars and even stole two, police said. Two of the teens also allegedly had a semiautomatic handgun and high-powered rifle reported stolen from Hamilton Township. Darnell Lewis, 18, along with two 17-year-olds and a 16-year-old have been charged with possession of two stolen motor vehicles, Egg Harbor Township Detective Capt. Christopher Ruef said. Lewis and one of the 17-year-olds also were charged with possession of the stolen
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Lack of youth programs gets Atlantic City Council’s attention

Atlantic City’s youth got some attention at Wednesday’s City Council meeting. LaToya Dunston opened the Multicultural Community Center on North New York Avenue a little more than a year ago. But she had to close down after she says parties used as fundraisers were shutdown due to what she said were threats of fines from the city. “Where do the youth go? Where do they go?” she asked council, as the men on the dais
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Judge orders three men charged in two overdose deaths detained

Three men charged in the overdose deaths of two Atlantic County residents were ordered detained pending trial Wednesday. Romeo Ramone, Christopher Garrett and William Johnson were indicted earlier this month under the strict liability homicide statute in the May 2 deaths of Aealeamyhn Tesdaye and Gabriel Morales-Vega. They face possible life sentences, if convicted. All three men were presented as career criminals, as Assistant Prosecutor Rick McKelvey recited their criminal histories during separate detention hearings
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Atlantic City police part of national operation focusing on human trafficking

25 arrests in Atlantic City and 120 nationwide Atlantic City police helped arrest 24 women and one man in an FBI-led national investigation into focusing on human trafficking. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, along with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children  announced today said 84 minors were recovered and 120 traffickers arrested as part of the four-day Operation Cross Country XI that ended Sunday. The youngest victim was just 3 months old. The
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Atlantic City’s youth will be heard at council meeting, group says

Atlantic City’s children will stand up for themselves at Wednesday’s City Council meeting, according to a group saying the city’s youth need to be heard. Steve Young, local head of the National Action Network, claims that the city is not taking children into account even when it plans for them. Most recently was the closing of the Multicultural Community Center, started by Latoya Dunston. Funeral attempts to save center helping Atlantic City’s youth The building
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