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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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Former Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office detective pleads guilty in mortgage fraud

A former detective with the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office pleaded guilty Tuesday to more than $200,000 in mortgage fraud involving a Mays Landing property. Betsy Borges, 38, of Mays Landing, pleaded guilty before Senior U.S. District Judge Jerome B. Simandle in Camden federal court to one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud. Borges was originally charged in May in a complaint with Iraida Fuentes, 35, of Pleasantville. Borges purchased 4957 Cardigan Court in Mays
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Alleged drug-trafficker charged in fatal overdose back in custody

An Egg Harbor Township man ordered detained on charges that included a fatal overdose is back in custody after two days out of jail. Jamal Campos, 25, was freed from the Atlantic County Justice Facility on Sunday, after the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office failed to indict him within 90 days, as required under the new speedy guidelines that were part of the bail reform that went into effect this year. But on Tuesday, a grand
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Woman who killed Atlantic City tourists says guilty plea wasn’t ‘knowing and intelligent’

A homeless woman who admitted to fatally stabbing two Atlantic City visitors in 2012 will get another day in court. Antionette Pelzer, now 50, was sentenced to two consecutive 40-year terms in the killing of Po Lin Wan, 80, and her youngest daughter, Alice Mei See Leung, 47. The two women were walking down Pacific Avenue at about 10 a.m. May 21, 2012, when Pelzer rushed up to them with a 13-inch butcher knife and
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Atlantic City man pleads guilty on eve of trial

An Atlantic City man set to go on trial Tuesday in an armed home invasion pleaded guilty Monday. Jury selection was set for Tuesday morning, but instead Akram Daugherty admitted guilt in several cases at 5 p.m. Monday. Daugherty, 21, pleaded guilty to armed robbery, armed robbery with possession of a weapon, a drug charge and possession of a shank, defense attorney Murray Sufrin confirmed to BreakingAC. The shank was from a recent incident at
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Lawsuit claims leadership allowed two Atlantic County officers to sexually abuse teenage girl

Two former Atlantic County police officers were allowed to sexually victimize a mentally disabled girl with help from those who either ignored their actions or covered them up, according to a lawsuit pending in Superior Court. Former Atlantic City Police Officer Andre Corbin and former Brigantine Officer Ralph Pereira pleaded guilty in 2015 to sexually assaulting the unnamed girl, including abuse and inappropriate correspondence that happened while in uniform and on duty. The 50-page filing
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Judge orders three men charged in two overdose deaths detained

Three men charged in the overdose deaths of two Atlantic County residents were ordered detained pending trial Wednesday. Romeo Ramone, Christopher Garrett and William Johnson were indicted earlier this month under the strict liability homicide statute in the May 2 deaths of Aealeamyhn Tesdaye and Gabriel Morales-Vega. They face possible life sentences, if convicted. All three men were presented as career criminals, as Assistant Prosecutor Rick McKelvey recited their criminal histories during separate detention hearings
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Vineland man sentenced to 10 years in crash that killed Mainland teen

The man convicted in a fatal 2014 crash that killed a Linwood teen was sentenced to a total of 10 years in prison Nicholas Garreffi, of Vineland, was found guilty of vehicular homicide and three counts of assault by auto in the Aug. 30, 2014 crash that killed Aisling Cooke and injured three of her friends. He got seven years for the death with three addition consecutive one-year sentences for the three girls who were
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‘I wouldn’t risk my life for nothing like that,’ Atlantic City man says of theft charges

Messiah Henry was just rebuilding his life, he told a judge Thursday. The 21-year-old Atlantic City man is now charged in a knifepoint robbery. He was one of two men arrested Friday for allegedly taking the victim’s wallet and cell phone. But Henry insisted to Superior Court Judge Donna Taylor that he wouldn’t risk everything he has done to fix his past mistakes. Henry had four open indictments — including a shooting case and a
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Atlantic City man sentenced to 10 years as distributor in drug-trafficking conspiracy

An Atlantic City was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison Friday for his role in trafficking more than 100 kilograms of cocaine using residences in Pleasantville and Absecon. Kabaka Atiba, also known as Clarence Nixon, 47, previously pleaded guilty to distribution and possession with intent to distribute cocaine. U.S. District Judge Jerome Simandle sentenced him to 120 months in prison in Camden Federal Court. Atiba’s half-brother, Tozine Tiller, 43, of Absecon, and others, supplied
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