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Millville woman sentenced for leading retail theft ring that shoplifted thousands

A Cumberland County woman who led a retail theft enterprise that shoplifted thousands in merchandise from South Jersey stores was sentenced to five years in prison Friday. Chiara Pender, 30, of Millville, pleaded guilty to a second-degree charge March 10. Pender and her co-conspirators shoplifted items from stores that included Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Target, Walmart, Lowes and Kohls, Attorney General Christopher Porrino said. They would steal clothing, electronics or anything else that was easy to
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Owl City band member gets two years’ probation for lewdness with child in A.C.

An Owl City band member was given two years’ probation after he pleaded guilty to lewdness with a girl younger than 13. Daniel Jorgensen, now 32, was originally indicted Aug. 4, 2015, on charges of attempting to lure the girl and engaging in criminal sexual contact with her on an Atlantic City beach while the band was touring there about four years ago. Before Jorgensen was sentenced, the victim told the court that the crime
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Atco man admits to child endangerment by sexual conduct with 11-year-old

An Atco man who told police he was “dating” an 11-year-old girl after he was found inside a car with her has pleaded guilty to child endangerment by sexual conduct. Euno Roque-Guerrero, 27, faces five years in prison under the plea agreement, and could also be deported after his sentence is complete. He also must register under Megan’s Law and had to forfeit a pharmacy technician registration. Hammonton police responding to a report of a
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Mullica man guilty of murdering wife

It was no accident. Sergio DeRosa insisted he accidentally killed his wife while cleaning her shotgun May 26, 2014. But the jury found otherwise Wednesday, convicting him of murder. Before being taken into custody, he told his family he loves them, including his son who testified against him. “I still love you, Christopher,” he called. Defense attorney Jill Cohen was shocked by the verdict. She plans to file a motion for a judgment of not
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Jury to decide if Mullica woman’s shooting was accident or murder

Sergio DeRosa insists he loved his wife and it was an accident when he fatally shot her three years ago. But the state contends the Mullica Township man was blinded by jealousy and greed when he killed 57-year-old Lynn DeRosa on May 26, 2014, then staged the scene and told everyone it was an accident. A jury is now deciding which side they believe, after more than a week of testimony, which included the defendant
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‘I’m going to kill my wife,’ man accused of murder allegedly told casino dealer

A Mullica man accused of murdering his wife threatened to do it just a month before she died, a casino dealer testified Wednesday. Sergio DeRosa is charged with murder. He insists he accidentally shot 57-year-old Lynn DeRosa in the head as he cleaned the barrel of her gun May 26, 2014. DeRosa says he didn’t realize the shell he picked up was a live round. But Borgata employee Elaine Murphy claims DeRosa told her he
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Man accused of killing wife in 2014 faces son in court

Sergio DeRosa exhaled loudly as the witness’ name was called in the first full day of his murder trial, preparing himself. But it wasn’t the charge that had him nervous. It was the name that was called: Christopher DeRosa. The murder defendant’s only son took the stand Tuesday as the state’s witness against his father in the fatal shooting of his mother. Lynn DeRosa, 57, and her husband were alone in their home in the
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Atlantic County jail officer sentenced on criminal sexual contact

A longtime Atlantic County corrections officer was sentenced to five years’ probation Friday after admitting to criminal sexual contact with a female inmate. Castulo Matos, a 21-year veteran from Egg Harbor City, touched the unnamed victim inappropriately on Dec. 5, according to the charge. He also made inappropriate comments to the woman before that, she told investigators. She reported him to jail staff on Dec. 13. Officers of the Atlantic County Department of Public Safety/Division
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New ACFD work not retaliation, judge rules, but still concerned for safety

READ FULL OPINION HERE: IAFF v. AC Opinion   The new 56-hour workweek for Atlantic City’s firefighters does not rise to the level of retaliation, Judge Julio Mendez ruled Thursday. But he is still concerned about safety issues raised by the fire union. Mendez granted the union two injunctions, keeping the state from eliminating terminal leave of less than $15,000. He also made the three recent deputy chief promotions acting positions. CLICK HERE FOR JUDGE’S
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Man arrested after robbing bank in Atlantic City admits to that and three others

A Virginia man arrested by Atlantic City police after robbing a city bank admitted this week to robbing four banks. Bruce Wayne Higgins, 43, was already a convicted bank robber when police in Atlantic City received a flier with a surveillance photo from the Dec. 15,  robbery of a TD Bank in Ocean City. The suspect had handed the teller a note that read: “GUN IN pocket, MONEY NOW or –BANG-.” Officers James Bower and
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