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Hamilton Township shoplifting suspects identified

Hamilton Township police have identified two suspects accused of shoplifting thousands of dollars in merchandise from area stores thanks to the public. The pair were shown in surveillance photos released Monday, asking for the public’s help. They have now been identified as Deneen Middleman, 45, with a last known address in Brooklawn, and Joshua Lovett, 37, whose last known address was in Camden. The two are suspects in a string of shoplifting incidents at several
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Galloway man who sparked school lockdowns remains hospitalized

A Galloway man who sparked the lockdown of several schools remains hospitalized more than two weeks after his arrest. Michael Maggi, 57, was taken into custody without incident March 1, after an investigation into shots fired outside the Pilgrim Academy earlier that day. Numerous firearms and ammunition were recovered from his residence. The school on West Moss Mill Road was put into lockdown, while several others in the surrounding area were told to shelter in
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Atlantic City man charged in shooting that wounded local rapper

An Atlantic City man has been charged in the February shooting of a local rapper. Cory Wilburn, 30, was already jailed in an unrelated matter when an investigation by the city’s Violent Crimes Unit led to the new charges, Sgt. Kevin Fair said. Police were called to the 1700 block of Atlantic Avenue at 10:31 a.m. by an alert from the ShotSpotter audio-gunshot detection system. They found no victim at that time, Fair said. A short
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Absecon man dies of injuries sustained working on car in Walmart lot

An Absecon man injured while working on his car in a Walmart parking lot has died. Joseph McGowan, 44, was trying to fix his car at about 3:40 p.m. Tuesday while in the Egg Harbor Township lot when the car rolled of the jack and onto him. People in the area got him out from under the car before police arrived. He was treated at the scene by members of the Egg Harbor Township Ambulance Squad
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Alzheimer’s patient found dead in EHT woods was WWII veteran, jazz musician

Froehner performed with Frank Sinatra and Tommy Dorsey A 91-year-old man who wandered from his Egg Harbor Township home Sunday was found dead in the woods Monday. Billy Dennison Froehner suffered from Alzheimer’s and dementia, and had a history of wandering away from his residence, police said. Froehner was a jazz musician and composer whose 74-year career included performing with Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Tommy Dorsey, grandson Jeremy Froehner said. “He was an amazing
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Buena Vista man killed in crash into Mullica River

A Buena Vista Township man was found dead Monday morning after his car crashed into the Mullica River. Robert Ramos, 31, of the township’s Newtonville section, was found dead inside his Honda Civic by members of the Sweetwater Fire Department Cold Water Rescue Team. Mullica Township police along with firefighters and AtlantiCare EMS were called to the 4500 block of Pleasant  Mills Road just after 7 a.m. for the report of a car in the
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Insurance not enough as Pleasantville family tries to rebuild after fire

A devastating fire left a Pleasantville family of six starting over with nothing. But “we don’t know where to begin,” said Amanda Naylor. Naylor, her husband and four children lost their Linden Avenue home Oct. 24. They were lucky not to lose more. Her husband, Jose Morales, and their 5-year-old son were home at the time of the blaze. To escape, Morales had to throw Bubba from the second floor to a stranger below. He
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EHT man indicted for murder in killing of his children’s mother

An Egg Harbor Township man accused of killing the mother of his four children was indicted on murder and weapons charges in the killing. Lashawn Smith, 36, had a pending charge in an assault of 28-year-old Sarah Phillips shortly before he allegedly beat her to death with a hammer. A grand jury has indicted him on charges of first degree murder, possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose. Phillips
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Criminal indictment against suspended Dr. Kauffman stands, judge decides

James Kauffman’s motion to throw out his indictment on weapons offenses has been denied. Defense attorney Lou Barbone argued last month that the suspended Egg Harbor Township doctor broke no laws when he pulled a gun and threatened to kill himself when law enforcement came to serve a search warrant at his office on Ocean Heights Avenue. Barbone said he is reviewing the decision with Kauffman and is “contemplating an immediate appeal.” Several law enforcement
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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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