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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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Judge will allow Atlantic City firefighter layoffs — but not before Feb. 1

An Atlantic County judge has lifted his restriction on firefighter layoffs to get the Atlantic City Fire Department down to 180. But the earliest that can happen is Feb. 1, Superior Court Judge Julio Mendez said, giving the department time to find another way. “We’re grateful for the extension,” Atlantic City Fire Union President John Varallo said. “It helps us possibly be able to figure something out and work toward a solution.” While a state
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Ex-Buena teacher sentenced for sexual relationship with student

A former Buena Regional High School teacher was sentenced to five years in prison Friday for a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student. William Jacobs, 33, of Folsom, pleaded guilty in June to official misconduct and endangering the welfare of a child. He was charged in February, after an investigation by New Jersey State Police found that from last November until January, Jacobs met with the unnamed girl and had sexual relations with her. He
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10th guilty pleas in shore prescription benefits fraud case

Another pharmaceutical representative pleaded guilty in a far-reaching prescription $50 million-plus fraud case that includes several Atlantic County towns. Michael Neopolitan, 49, of Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, admitted defrauding New Jersey state health benefits programs and other insurers out of millions of dollars by submitting fraudulent claims for medically unnecessary prescriptions, acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick and New Jersey Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino announced. From January 2015 through April 2016, Neopolitan recruited individuals in
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Mullica man gets 30 years in prison for murdering wife

A Mullica man who insists he accidentally shot his wife while cleaning her gun was sentenced to 30 years in prison Tuesday. Sergio DeRosa, 59, will have to serve the entire sentence. In a lengthy statement, Rosa continued to deny that he intentionally shot his wife, and said he just wants his son, Christopher back. Sergio and Lynn DeRosa had been together since they were 17, and married 35 years when she was fatally shot
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