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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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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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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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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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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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