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Three men indicted in deadly A.C. Expressway shootout

Three men were indicted on weapons charges Wednesday in a deadly shootout on the Atlantic City Expressway that reportedly started at the Atlantic County Criminal Courthouse. Yahshaun Stukes-Williams and Rosemund Octavius both had hearings Aug. 29, in separate courtrooms inside the Mays Landing courthouse. A few hours later, Octavius was dead inside a silver Nissan Maxima on the Garden State Parkway near milepost 39 north. But the driver, Anthony Hicks, would tell investigators the shooting
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Detention hearings held for two of three alleged drug-traffickers

One of three men who allegedly brought more than $1 million worth of street drugs to Atlantic City will be held pending trial. Steven Torres, Steven Rodriguez and Edwin Gomez are accused of being part of a drug-trafficking ring that brought large quantities of drugs from Mexico to New York and then to Atlantic City. The three were arrested last week in a parking lot on St. James Place in Atlantic City, where they were
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Dr. Kauffman ordered detained pending trial

An armed standoff with police along with money and means weighed heavily in a judge’s decision to detain the husband slain Linwood radio host April Kauffman. James Kauffman was not a risk and should be released, according to the public safety assessment and pre-trial report provided to the court. But that Kauffman pulled a gun when Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office detective’s and FBI agents tried to serve a search warrant at his Egg Harbor Township
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Atlantic City man gets 35 years for gun, witness tampering

An Atlantic City man acquitted of murder in December was sentenced to 35 years in prison Friday, for gun and witness-tampering convictions in the case. Rodney Smiley’s “criminality has been escalating dangerously and sharply,” Superior Court Judge Bernard DeLury said at sentencing. “There is no doubt he will offend again.” But his defense attorney believes the conviction will be successfully appealed. Smiley was charged with murder, conspiracy and weapons offenses in the 2012 killing of
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Pregnant woman facing charges of assaulting infant to be released

A Cape May Court House woman facing charges of assaulting her infant child will be released to Jewish Family Services on Monday. Jessica Coyle, 23, along with the baby’s father — Ryan Moore — is accused of conspiracy, aggravated assault and child endangerment after the 2-month-old was found to have a fractured skull, along with bruising and scratches to the face and head. The incident allegedly happened Oct. 13, 2016, in Atlantic City In a
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Man accused in double fatal crash back in jail after DUI

A Pennsylvania man accused of vehicular homicide in a crash that killed his wife and another man crashed his car in a parking lot just eight days after his release. Albert Tolley was ordered back to jail Friday for failure to comply with the terms of his release, and continuing to be a danger to others, Superior Court Judge John Rauh ruled. Tolley was released March 1, a week after he was arrested in the
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Prosecution wants to compare husband’s DNA to blood found at Linwood homicide

April Kauffman’s husband may soon have to submit his DNA in her homicide investigation. But the public won’t know. The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion to compel Dr. James Kauffman to submit to a buccal swab to compare his DNA with blood found mixed with the victim’s in the guest bedroom of the home they shared. Kauffman has been completely cooperative with the investigation, including giving the Prosecutor’s Office leads in the case,
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Ex-Atlantic City school principal acquitted in theft of funds

The former principal of the Uptown Complex School in Atlantic City was acquitted this afternoon of stealing more than $10,000 in money meant for the school. Lekecia Hyman  broke down in tears as the second not guilty on the two charges was read, ending a more than three-year-long ordeal. She then hugged her attorney, Ed Jacobs. Hyman was suspended with pay in February 2014, after more than $10,000 in fund-raising money for the school was
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Former Atlantic City worker gets three years for stealing All Wars money

The former building coordinator for Atlantic City’s All Wars Memorial Building who admitted to stealing money meant to rent meeting rooms was sentenced to probation Friday. William Hadley, 56, of Egg Harbor Township, was given three years of probation and must repay the city $3,350. He also had to surrender his job. Hadley admitted that he took money orders from five residents who were renting rooms at the Adriatic Avenue building known to many as
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Man who impregnated EHT preteen sentenced to 20 years in prison

A registered sex offender was sentenced to 20 years in prison for the sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl that resulted in her becoming pregnant. Joseph Anthony Caracciolo was known to the 12-year-old victim as Joe Crillo when he lured her into a sexual relationship, including taking her across state lines. But the then-48-year-old man was really named Caracciolo, and was a registered sex offender in the state of California. The Egg Harbor Township police
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