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Trucker from Texas winds up stuck on Ventnor Boardwalk

Police have identified a truck driver who blamed his GPS on a turn that landed him on the Boardwalk in Ventnor. Antonio Menjivar, 60, of Dallas, Texas, told police he got on the Boardwalk at Albany Avenue in Atlantic City, and drove west.. After about 2½ miles, he wound up stuck in Ventnor, unable to get off or back up, Police Chief Doug Biagi said. The driver said he was lost and unfamiliar with the
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Bensalem company to pay $3.5 million for damage to roof at Hughes Tech Center in 2012

A Pennsylvania company will pay $3.5 million to resolve allegations that it caused a fire at the Federal Aviation Administration’s William J. Hughes Technical Center in Egg Harbor Township in 2012. Bensalem-based EDA Contractors Inc. began roofing work at the Tech Center in May 2012. Part of that work involved replacing the roof of Building 300. That building’s roof became engulfed by fire June 22, 2012, about a half-hour after EDA’s workers finished for the
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Singer who entertained children charged with distributing child pornography

A music teacher known for recording his own take on Jewish music has been arrested for receiving and distributing child pornography. Eric Komar, 46, of Hillsborough, used a peer-to-peer file-sharing program to obtain and share images and videos that included prepubescent children being sexually abused, acting U.S. Attorney William Fitzpatrick announced Tuesday. Komar has been a performer for two decades, entertaining everyone from preschoolers to retirees, according to his website. In 2013, he put out a CD
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Police rescue man threatening to jump from garage

A man threatening to jump from a casino garage was rescued Monday morning. The unnamed man was sitting on the 10th-floor rail of Caesars’ parking garage for about an hour. Negotiators were called to the scene. Sgt. Joseph Falcone talked to the man for almost two hours, Sgt. Kevin Fair said. He can be seen in video posted on Facebook as the man swings his legs, and even changing position. Falcone appears to be inching
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Police body cam shows assemblywoman’s arrest for DWI

A state assemblywoman is shown cursing police during her DWI arrest earlier this year. The footage obtained by The Trentonian was taken after Republican Assemblywoman Maria Rodriguez-Gregg — whose district includes Hammonton — was rear-ended in Mount Laurel on April 28. The video begins with Rodriguez-Gregg apologizing and expressing frustration at being rear-ended by “(expletives) who can’t drive… to be drunken (expletives).” She then becomes angry when the officer asks about the smell of marijuana
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Whelan’s service, integrity and humor remembered at memorial service

Hundreds came through Boardwalk Hall on Thursday to say goodbye to former Atlantic City mayor and state senator Jim Whelan. The “shoobie” who became a native son to his adopted hometown left Atlantic City a legacy that will last for generations, said those who spoke at his memorial service. “He just wanted to help and do the right thing,” Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo said. “The state of New Jersey is a better place because of Jim
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Legislation would rename Boardwalk Hall in honor of Whelan

Hundreds are expected to pay their respects to Jim Whelan at Boardwalk Hall on Thursday. Now, legislation has been introduced to name the famed Atlantic City landmark after one of the city’s biggest cheerleaders. Senate President Steve Sweeney and Sen. Raymond Lesniak announced plans Wednesday to introduce legislation for “Senator Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall. Whelan, 68, died in his Chelsea Heights home Aug. 22, after more than three decades in public service, including three terms
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Man threatening ‘suicide by cop’ at A.C. parole office leaves unharmed

A man who ransacked a parole office in Atlantic City and asked for “suicide by cop,” was talked out of the building unharmed Thursday. Police were called the New Jersey State Parole Office on the first block of south Pennsylvania Avenue just after 3 p.m. for an agitated man, Sgt. Kevin Fair said. Officers found the man in an office that he had ransacked, Fair said. The unnamed man — who Fair confirmed is on
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Police catch dirt-biker who injured woman in Pleasantville hit-and-run

A teenager has been arrested in the Pleasantville dirt bike crash that injured a woman standing on a sidewalk last month. The 17-year-old from Pleasantville is charged with assault by auto and leaving the scene of a motor vehicle crash with serious bodily injury. Police have been looking for the teen since Aug. 5, when he drove onto the sidewalk on Main Street near West Jersey Avenue and struck Elza Jeanty-Excellent, 27, of Galloway Township. Video
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Rapper, alligator owner ordered held pending trial in armed home invasions

Three Atlantic County homes were targeted in violent home invasions to steal money and drugs, according to the state’s charges. Sean Temple and Ba’shawn Whitted-Scott were ordered jailed until trial Wednesday, after the judge heard details of their alleged crimes, including threatening a woman and her three juvenile children with a gun inside their Egg Harbor Township home on Aug. 11. The woman told police she “believed these men are very capable of killing her
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