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New home for Pleasantville family displaced by fire

A Pleasantville family who lost their home to a devastating fire will soon have a new place to live. Friends James Pressley and Jason Smart-El joined together to find an apartment for the family of three, who are now just waiting for a certificate of occupancy. “Both James and Jason are like no other people I have ever met in my life,” said Jennifer Capone-Ortega. “They are truly special and we are truly blessed to
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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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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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Fugitives from North Carolina arrested in EHT

Two fugitives wanted in an armed robbery in North Carolina were arrested at an Egg Harbor Township motel Friday morning. Carl J. Perry, 24, and Ebbe Perry, 22, both of Charlotte, N.C., were taken in without incident at the Hi-Ho Motel in the township West Atlantic City section, township Detective Capt. Christopher Ruef said. The joint investigation was spearheaded by the FBI’s Violent Crimes Task Force, and included officers from the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office,
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Judge to decide whether to dismiss Kauffman weapons indictment

James Kauffman was arrested June 13, after he pulled a gun when law enforcement came to serve a search warrant at his practice on Ocean Heights Avenue. But what he did with the gun and the intent behind it was at the center of a motion argued by his defense Friday. The details of how Kauffman used the gun along with certain exceptions to the gun statute were misrepresented to the grand jurors who handed
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County executive wants ‘full and complete investigation’ into Harborfields escape

Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson wants a “full and complete investigation” into the escape of four juvenile offenders from the Egg Harbor City center that houses them. The county owns the building at 800 Buffalo Ave., which is contracted to the state that runs the program. “I’m extremely disturbed by this,” Levinson told BreakingAC. “I’m absolutely furious over what occurred here and it expect it to be rectified immediately.” Stephine Woodley, Raymir Lampkin, Donovan Nickerson
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Absecon man allegedly ran from Atlantic City police with gun

An Absecon man was arrested Wednesday after fleeing detectives with a handgun, Atlantic City police said. Torrence Thompson ran when Detectives Nicholas Berardis, Brian Hambrecht and Anthony Abrams tried to stop him at about 7:15 a.m. in the 700 block of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Sgt. Kevin Fair said. As Thompson ran, he removed a handgun from his jacket pocket, according to the report. Ignoring the officers’ commands to stop, he continued running
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Defendant now charged with aggravated manslaughter after Good Samaritan dies

A Good Samaritan who was knocked unconscious while trying to stop a domestic assault has died. John Charlton, 55, passed away peacefully Sunday, his brother told BreakingAC. The man accused of striking him is now charged with aggravated manslaughter, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon Tyner announced late Monday. “I am glad it is raining today,” Charlton’s brother Christopher wrote in a Facebook post Monday. “It will hide the tears of pain and anger that I feel
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Callaway seeks criminal charges against Guardian and private investigators over recording

A plan to prove Craig Callaway was breaking the law in Atlantic City’s elections was illegal, Callaway charges. The one-time Atlantic City political leader told BreakingAC that he is going to pursue criminal charges and file a civil suit against Mayor Don Guardian and the two private investigators who gave a voter a wire to try to record him doing something illegal. Guardian held a press conference that included audio from a wire worn by
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