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‘This is just the beginning,’ April Kauffman’s daughter says as stepfather charged with murder

Kim Pack always believed her mother’s killer was her mother’s husband. But the details that came out as James Kauffman and seven others were charged in connection with the May 10, 2012 killing of April Kauffman were a surprise. “A year?” she said in disbelief of the plan to kill her mother that allegedly began in 2011. “It feels surreal,” she told BreakingAC in a private interview. “Like it’s the worst Lifetime movie ever. But
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Atlantic City firefighters recount rescue efforts at Jeffries Tower

The man’s name was Jack. He and Firefighter Steve Kohler met on the 15th floor of Atlantic City’s Jeffries Tower as alarms rang during an electrical fire Thursday night. Firefighters had rushed in to help the nearly 300 mostly elderly and disabled residents evacuate the 18-story building. “I tried to build a relationship with him to keep him calm,” Kohler said. “He wasn’t able to move all that well.” They stopped several times in the
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Father fights back after meme targets special needs child

The picture captured pure joy. Isabella Rabena had just caught a T-shirt blasted into the crowd at her first Sixers game. Her mouth wide open, showing Rita’s Water Ice blue. But the picture the 13-year-old girl’s father posted on Facebook soon became a tool for mocking the special needs child. “Autism Intensifies,” read the meme posted by Felice Duprey. Isabella does not have autism, but Down syndrome. Frederick Rabena has seen the awkward reactions and
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Atlantic City man’s comical attempt to teach dog goes viral

One Atlantic City man’s loss turned into a dog’s viral fame this Thanksgiving. (Graphic language warning.) Tony Bell had been looking forward to his mom’s baked macaroni and cheese. He waited hours after work to drive to Atlantic City from his girlfriend’s Pleasantville home to get it. He brought home two trays of food, including barbecued turkey wings, sweet potato pudding, cabbage and, of course, that macaroni and cheese. But when he woke up, everything
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Woman rescued by Good Samaritan says there is more to her story

A severe mental illness episode and not a history of abuse was what sparked an attack in Hamilton Township that ended with a Good Samaritan with deadly injuries, says the woman he rescued. Malika Freeman has seen plenty of people commenting on her story. Some see her as a woman standing by an abusive man. Others see her boyfriend, Calvin Wiggins, as a monster who deserves to rot in jail or be put to death.
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Bayview alligator was first an Atlantic City rap video star

An alligator found swimming in a dirty Atlantic City motel pool captured attention when police raided the place earlier this month. The Bayview Inn & Suites allegedly was the home of a drug-trafficking leader and is set for demolition. Where the owner is has been a mystery. How the alligator got there is also not clear. What he was doing there — at least for a short time — seems to be as video prop.
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Bayview Inn owner previously convicted in deadly 2005 fire at another of his motels

The owner of a troubled Atlantic City motel was  convicted in a deadly fire at another of his motels a dozen years ago, BreakingAC has learned. Randhir Maisuria owns the Bayview Inn & Suites, which is set for demolition if he doesn’t fix a multitude of problems by Monday. The Albany Avenue motel just off Exit 2 of the Atlantic City Expressway was the target of a raid last Monday and a fire a few
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‘I watched this video knowing I would be watching my nephew’s death…’

Funny. Bold. At times, charming with the ladies. That’s how Kevin Watson remembers his nephew. For many others, Antoquan Watson is just a suspect on a video who led police on an 11-minute, four-city car chase that ended in a shootout with him dead on the street. But, as people call him names or even laugh at the outcome, Kevin Watson wants to remind them that this was someone who was loved. “I noticed so
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Video of fatal police chase only tells part of the story

Elvis Nunez didn’t know March 27, 2014, would be his last day of work. The Pleasantville officer wasn’t even scheduled for duty that day. He was at the station to go over a case when a call came in that a man who brandished a gun at a restaurant had fled police. Nunez hopped in the department’s only car with a working dashboard camera, and joined the chase as it headed down the Black Horse
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Prosecutor releases video from fatal 2014 police chase, shooting

  Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon Tyner has released dashboard camera video of a fatal police shooting after a Supreme Court ruling earlier this month made it public. Antoquan Watson, 27, led police on an 11-minute chase from Pleasantville through three towns on March 27, 2014. The chase began when police were called to La Escondida II Restaurant in Pleasantville, where Watson was seen with a gun, muttering to himself. It ended when Watson crashed at
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