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Kauffman, alleged partner held pending trial

  James Kauffman and his alleged partner in a deadly drug-dealing enterprise will stay in jail pending trial, a judge ruled Thursday. Kauffman is accused of writing Oxycontin prescriptions to financially benefit him and the violent Pagans Motorcyle Club. Ferdinand “Freddy” Augello — allegedly president of the Pagans Cape May Chapter — sent people to the Egg Harbor Township endocrinologist, who would trade prescriptions for cash, according to the charges. Kauffman’s attorney did not contest his
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Galloway man serving life in daughter’s killing denied final appeal

A Galloway Township man serving a life sentence for the murder of his infant daughter has lost his last appeal. Shamsiddin Abdur-Raheem, now 29, was convicted in 2012 of kidnapping his 3-month-old daughter and throwing her into the Raritan River on Feb. 16. 2010. Zara Malani-Lin Abdur-Raheem’s body was found two months later by people walking along the river’s edge. Testifying at his trial in 2012, Abdur-Raheem claimed the baby was injured as he battled
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Atlantic City lawyer guilty of endangering the welfare of a child by sexual conduct

An Atlantic City attorney was convicted Friday in a case in which he was accused of sexual conduct with a girl for seven years, beginning when she was 10. David Alcantara, 59, was previously acquitted in a similar case involving a 14-year-old girl. But on Friday it took a jury only about an hour to convict him of endangering the welfare of a child by sexual conduct, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon Tyner said. Before the
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Dr. Kauffman, man accused of plotting to kill him have first court appearance

The man accused of planning two murders — one successful — looked at ease and even jovial at times as he awaited his first court appearance from a room inside the Atlantic County Justice Facility on Thursday. Ferdinand Augello — known better as Freddy — sat with co-defendant Paul Pagano for the first appearance via video before Superior Court Judge Bernard DeLury. At one point, Pagano made a gun shape with his fingers and pointed
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Cape rocker allegedly led Pagans and set up April Kauffman’s killing

James Kauffman, Freddy Augello and three others have first court appearance Lots of people knew Freddy Augello made music and guitars. Ferdinand Augello is a guitarist who plays in a band and owns Freddymade, which specializes in custom vintage style guitar. But there was another side to him, according to charges that claim he found the hitman who killed radio host and veterans advocate April Kauffman. As president of the Cape May County Pagans motorcycle
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Judge postpones trial of Linwood teacher accused of assault in chair-kicking incident

The ongoing trial of a teacher accused of hurting a student when she allegedly knocked him down in his chair was delayed Friday. Kimberly Peschi, 40, is charged with simple assault for the Feb. 9 incident at Belhaven Middle School. Friday was supposed to be the second day of her trial in Northfield Municipal Court, but her attorney instead asked the judge to declare a mistrial because they had just received the school’s investigative records
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NJ mortgage company to pay $45 million in multi-state settlement

A mortgage company that improperly serviced loans for four years will pay New Jersey borrowers nearly three-quarters of a million dollars, under a settlement announced by Attorney General Christopher Porrino. PHH Mortgage Corporation has entered a $45 million settlement with 45 states and the District of Columbia. Borrowers who were subjected to PHH foreclosures during the eligible period will qualify for at least $840, and those who faced foreclosures that PHH initiated during the eligible
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Atlantic City drug-production facility allegedly included their own stamps

Two Atlantic City cousins had a full-service drug-production facility that included their own stamp, according to charges by the state. Ahmad Williams was ordered held pending trial Thursday, after a judge heard some of the evidence against him. “I believe that the defendant is a significant danger to the community,” Superior Court Judge Benjamin Podolnick said, going against the public safety assessment recommendation for release with conditions. Williams, 23, had been on probation seven months
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Drugs and gun will be difficult to tie to Atlantic City man, lawyer says

It will be difficult for police to link an Atlantic City man to drugs found inside a car and an apartment, his attorney said Thursday. Omar Butcher, 25, was in court for a detention hearing related to the Dec. 14 arrest of him and Nia Lovelace, also 25, after a motor vehicle stop. Police charged both after finding 110 bags of heroin and a stolen gun during searches of Butcher’s car and a nearby residence.
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Ousted Atlantic City police officer one of two defendants found with 5,250 bags of heroin

A long-ago disgraced Atlantic City police officer was one of two men found with more than 5,200 bags of heroin last week. Michael Stewart, 58, appeared briefly in court Thursday. He was scheduled for a detention hearing, but that was postponed until Jan. 4. Stewart has been a police officer for about six years when he was first arrested back in 1989, in a drug-dealing case, court records show. He lost his job as part
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