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Atlantic City police have eyes on the city from new surveillance center

Inside a room filled with monitors, retired Atlantic City Patrolman John Loughney is once again patrolling the city. Loughney is one of nine veteran officers who has returned to work as a Special Law Enforcement Officer, of SLEO, working an hourly rate without benefits to once again watch over the city. The $12 million system funded through the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority lets the officers link into cameras throughout, that includes private cameras that they have been granted access to, including
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Atlantic City firefighters rescue 14 stuck in elevator — one by one

Jessica Gazerwitz was ready to celebrate her 21st birthday at a club in Atlantic City on Saturday night. Then, the Monmouth County woman along with friends and family piled into an elevator at the Tropicana Hotel and Casino, and wouldn’t emerge until Sunday morning. The elevator got stuck between the sixth and seventh floors, trapping the 14 would-be party-goers inside. The next opening wasn’t until the 15th floor, so firefighters had to use a rope system and
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Ex-Atlantic City school principal acquitted in theft of funds

The former principal of the Uptown Complex School in Atlantic City was acquitted this afternoon of stealing more than $10,000 in money meant for the school. Lekecia Hyman  broke down in tears as the second not guilty on the two charges was read, ending a more than three-year-long ordeal. She then hugged her attorney, Ed Jacobs. Hyman was suspended with pay in February 2014, after more than $10,000 in fund-raising money for the school was
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Dozen arrested, two guns seized in drug investigation

Resident complaints resulted in 12 arrests in a drug investigation in Atlantic City this past week. The Special Investigations Unit targeted drug sales in the Marina District — also known as Back Maryland — and Atlantic Avenue. Detectives also seized two handguns, cocaine, marijuana, money from drug sales and a vehicle used to transport and sell drugs, Sgt. Kevin Fair said. Kalil Sloan, 34, and Michael Fletcher, 32, both of the city, were arrested on
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Pleasantville police officer’s quest to help youth begins with basketball tournament Saturday

As a Pleasantville police officer, Miracle Mays noticed a lot of the calls involved juveniles. “So, I started talking to them and (realized) a lot of the time they spend is wasted,” said the U.S. Air Force sergeant. Most had no knowledge of the programs available to them, so Mays is making it his goal to help that. He recently started the nonprofit Atlantic County Empowerment Programs. The first event is a 3-on-3 tournament at
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Atlantic City residents express concerns with violence, police response

Atlantic City residents had a lot to say during a Town Hall meeting held in a neighborhood that began the month with three homicides in nine days. Council President Marty Small — who covers the Second Ward where violence recently heated up — organized the meeting at Brigantine Homes in the city’s Back Maryland section, where three men died in gunfire from May 5 to 13. In attendance were Police Chief Henry White, FBI Special Agent
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Former Atlantic City worker gets three years for stealing All Wars money

The former building coordinator for Atlantic City’s All Wars Memorial Building who admitted to stealing money meant to rent meeting rooms was sentenced to probation Friday. William Hadley, 56, of Egg Harbor Township, was given three years of probation and must repay the city $3,350. He also had to surrender his job. Hadley admitted that he took money orders from five residents who were renting rooms at the Adriatic Avenue building known to many as
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Man who impregnated EHT preteen sentenced to 20 years in prison

A registered sex offender was sentenced to 20 years in prison for the sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl that resulted in her becoming pregnant. Joseph Anthony Caracciolo was known to the 12-year-old victim as Joe Crillo when he lured her into a sexual relationship, including taking her across state lines. But the then-48-year-old man was really named Caracciolo, and was a registered sex offender in the state of California. The Egg Harbor Township police
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Mays Landing man charged in two burglaries

A Mays Landing man is charged with two burglaries after he was allegedly caught stealing from a vehicle parked in the Festival Mall parking lot. Elijah Thomas, 19, was walking through the lot when he found a vehicle with the window partially down, police said. He forced the window down, unlocked the door and took $5 and a pair of sunglasses. After he was arrested, Thomas was also questioned about the April 10 burglary of a
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Man indicted in fatal stabbing of ex-girlfriend in Atlantic City

A Ventnor man accused of fatally stabbing his former girlfriend in a vicious attack inside her Atlantic City home was indicted Wednesday. Jose Lopez, 52, was indicted on nine charges, including murder, attempted murder, armed robbery and carjacking. Police arrived at North Harrisburg Avenue at about 8 p.m. Feb. 18, and found Mark Richart stabbed outside. Inside her home, Bessy Blanco, 54, was dead, stabbed so brutally that her arm was cut off, according to those close
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