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Man ordered held in brutal beating of Atlantic City woman

The man accused of brutally beating an Atlantic City woman to death will stay in jail pending trial. Mark Huff, 54, is charged with murder in the April 14 killing of Vernell Vance, who was found dead behind 21 S. Tennessee Ave. Video footage from the area shows a man repeatedly striking Vance in the head with a concrete masonry block and stomping on her, Superior Court Judge John Rauh read in court. Rauh said
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Woman accused of fatal knife attack on Atlantic City couple is ordered detained

A Pleasantville woman charged in a brutal knife attack that left a woman dead and a man wounded will stay in jail pending trial. Rollie Ellis, 28, was in court Wednesday, as the state moved to detain her on charges she attacked a couple inside their apartment in the Lenox  There was an altercation inside the Rodriguezes apartment at about 6:35 a.m. April 11, Chief Assistant Prosecutor Seth Levy told the judge. It did not
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Woman accused in deadly stabbing of Atlantic City couple will have a detention hearing

A woman accused in a violent stabbing that left one woman dead and the victim’s husband wounded will have a detention hearing next week. Rollie Ellis, known as Queen, is charged with murder and attempted murder in the attack on a couple inside their apartment at 3 S. Iowa Ave. Jennifer Rodriguez, 34, fled to the police station across the street Wednesday morning. She was found unresponsive in the lobby of the Public Safety Building,
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Pleasantville man who allegedly ripped baton from A.C. officer’s belt will have detention hearing

A Pleasantville man who allegedly assaulted Atlantic City officers twice in the past three months will have a detention hearing next week. Jalial Whitted, 33, had his first appearance in court Thursday on charges he ripped an Atlantic City police officer’s baton from his belt, breaking the weapon. Police had to use a taser Tuesday to get Whitted to drop the baton that he was “swinging toward the officer in an aggressive manner,” according to
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Two teens ordered held in Harborfields escape

Two teens were ordered held pending trial in an escape from a juvenile detention facility. Stephine Woodley, 18, and Raymir Lampkin, 16, were in court for detention hearings Wednesday. Superior Court Judge John Rauh ordered both held, but they will remain in juvenile facilities since they were minors when the offense occurred. They along with Michael Huggins and Donovan Nickerson allegedly escaped the Harborfields Juvenile Detention Center in Egg Harbor City on Nov. 15, by
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Absecon man convicted in aggravated assault on elderly woman

An Absecon man was convicted last week in an assault that left an elderly woman with a broken nose, cracked rib and scar above her eye. Brian Auxer, 31, and his mother had been living with the victim when the July 3, 2016, assault occurred. Auxer was angered after arguing with his mother, Assistant Prosecutor Kathleen Robinson told the jury in her closing argument. “I thought I was going to die,” the victim testified about
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Ex-Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office detective gets 18 months in mortgage fraud

A former Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office detective was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison Thursday for more than $200,000 in mortgage fraud. Betsy Borges, 38, of Mays Landing, pleaded guilty in federal court in November to one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud.The charge carried a maximum of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. She also must forfeit the $206,450 she made from the scheme. Borges was not yet a detective for
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Linwood pharmaceutical representative latest to plead guilty in fraud case

A Linwood woman pleaded guilty Wednesday in a far-reaching multimillion dollar prescription fraud conspiracy. Tara LaMonaca, 43, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Robert B. Kugler in Camden federal court to an information charging her with conspiracy to commit health care fraud. LaMonaca received about $89,855.13 for her role in the scheme, according to the charges. As part of her agreement she must repay that money plus restitution, which will be determined at her sentencing,
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Seven indicted in drug ring allegedly tied to April Kauffman’s killing

Seven people have been indicted in a drug ring that allegedly led to the killing of local radio host April Kauffman. “Tuesday, an Atlantic County grand jury took a critical step towards rendering justice to April Kauffman and her family,” Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon Tyner said. “Ferdinand Augello was indicted for the murder of April Kauffman, racketeering and drug charges. This office looks forward to presenting the facts of this case to a jury for them
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EHC man accused of leading child porn network released pending trial

An Egg Harbor City man charged with being the leader of a child pornography network was released pending trial Wednesday. Joseph McCormick, 49, allegedly had images even his attorney deemed “disturbing” on electronic equipment that was seized by members of the FBI Child Exploitation Task Force. McCormick allegedly ran a type of chat room where child pornography images could be viewed and shared, Assistant Prosecutor David Ruffenach told the judge during a detention hearing. “This
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