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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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Somers Point contractor allegedly took $1.3 million in Sandy funds then abandoned jobs

A Somers Point contractor who got more than $1.3 million in federal relief funds, and abandoned many of them, according to a complaint filed by Attorney General Christopher Porrino and the Division of Consumer Affairs. Werks Intended LLC — which operates as McAllister Building Group —is based in Ocean City with an office in Somers Point. The complaint alleges that the company and owners Lawrence “Tre” McAllister III and Monica McAllister took money from consumers
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Vineland man sentenced to 10 years in crash that killed Mainland teen

The man convicted in a fatal 2014 crash that killed a Linwood teen was sentenced to a total of 10 years in prison Nicholas Garreffi, of Vineland, was found guilty of vehicular homicide and three counts of assault by auto in the Aug. 30, 2014 crash that killed Aisling Cooke and injured three of her friends. He got seven years for the death with three addition consecutive one-year sentences for the three girls who were
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Pleasantville friends paying it forward with Atlantic City homeless event

Friends Jason Smart-El and James Pressley decided they wanted to do something positive for the community. “(We wanted) to be able to bring a positive light to Atlantic City,” said Smart-El, a Pleasantville native who lives in Atlantic City. The result was Community Day Feeding the Homeless and Less Fortunate, set for 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday. It will provide a hot meal for those who need it as well as introducing the services of
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