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Atlantic County’s new sheriff to be sworn-in Wednesday

Atlantic County will get a new sheriff Wednesday. Eric Scheffler will be sworn in at 3 p.m. at the Atlantic County Criminal Courthouse in Mays Landing. The Democrat won election to the open seat Nov. 7. Former Sheriff Frank Balles decided not to seek re-election, and instead returned to his former police as a Pleasantville police captain before the election. Mike Petuskey, Balles’ second in command, has been serving an acting role. Scheffler has said
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Two Atlantic County men charged with stealing wallet from shopper’s purse

Two men are behind bars for allegedly working to distract a woman while shopping so they could steal her wallet. The 79-year-old victim was at the HomeGoods store at the Festival Mall in Hamilton Township on Sept. 15, when the theft happened, police said. Edward King helped the woman with her shopping cart while Vincent Saxon came up from behind and took her wallet from her purse, according to an investigation by Hamilton Township police
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Man arrested with Harborfields escapee in Atlantic City was wanted on traffic warrants

One of two men arrested in Atlantic City with Harborfields fugitive Michael Huggins was wanted on traffic warrants, police said. Huggins, 18, was one of four teens who escaped the Harborfields Juvenile Detention Center last Wednesday. The other three, all still minors, were arrested in Bridgeton, Huggins’ hometown. Huggins was captured Thursday morning in an Atlantic City apartment just a block from City Hall. At the time, two other men were seen being taken into
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Atlantic City’s troubled Bayview may get a second chance with new owner

A troubled Atlantic City motel may be getting a second chance. The Bayview Inn & Suites ended the summer with a drug raid that featured an alligator and two suspicious fires. The mostly absent owner kept making promises to the city, but not following through. With that, Randhir Maisuria was given a final deadline or demolition would start Nov. 12. The building is still standing. But the owner is about to change, said the city’s
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A&E series on Long Island serial killer leads to West A.C.

In more than a decade since her death, the little boy has asked who killed his mom. “I told him, it’s a bad man,” the grandfather explains. “Don’t know what else to tell him.” The words spoken in a phone call in the fourth episode of A&E’s new series “The Killing Season” are a stark reminder that four women found dead just miles outside Atlantic City in 2006, were more than prostitutes feeding their drug
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Couple arrested with Xanax, crystal meth during Galloway vehicle stop

A couple was arrested with more than 100 pills and 30 grams of crystal meth during a vehicle stop in Galloway Township, police said. K-9 Officer Lopez stopped the pair’s truck just before 11:30 p.m. Saturday, around the 200 block of East White Horse Pike, and noticed that the man and woman seemed “to exhibit numerous indicators that they were involved in criminal activity,” according to the report. Lopez’s partner, Colt, was deployed and indicated
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Lesson in voting for local college students

Voting this year was a lesson for some local college students. The Board of Elections had to reject more than 30 provisional ballots from students who don’t live in Atlantic County, Chair Lynn Caterson said. “They could have voted in their home county or by mail-in, but instead went to the polls in Atlantic County, and their vote doesn’t count,” Caterson said. “That’s sad.” Stockton University has worked to help students know how to vote
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Atlantic City event looks to keep less fortunate warm

Pleasantville friends James Pressley and Jason Smart-El had such success feeding the homeless last month, now they’re looking to help dress them. The pair will be giving hats, scarves and gloves to those at Atlantic City’s Turning Point Day Center from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday. The originally planned time had to be moved due to a death in one the men’s families. As the temperature is dropping, Pressley and Smart-El want to make sure
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Police investigating Atlantic City shooting

Atlantic City’s Violent Crimes Unit is investigating a shooting that wounded a man Police were called to the 500 block of North Massachusetts Avenue. A 20-year-old man was wounded in the shooting, police said. The department is not releasing the victim’s name. He was treated at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center’s City Campus, and is being released. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 609-347-5766 or Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234. Information may also be
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Two arrests and a gun seized during Atlantic City car stop

Atlantic City police made two arrests and seized a loaded handgun during a traffic stop Friday. Officers Alberto Valles and Christopher Dodson stopped a motor vehicle at about 11:15 a.m. at Virginia Avenue and Route 30, Sgt. Kevin Fair said. While speaking with the driver, whose name was not released, the officers smelled marijuana, according to the release. Sharif Williams, 22, a passenger in the car, got out and was found with 40 grams of
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