‘My first priority was Josh,’ Atlantic City detective testifies of night partner was shot

Who an Atlantic City police officer saw the night his partner was shot was the focus of cross-examination as he testified at the attempted murder trial of two Cumberland County men Monday. Martel Chisolm and Demitris Cross are on trial for the Sept. 3, 2016 shooting that the state says started with the armed robbery of three Atlantic City teens and ended with alleged co-conspirator Jerome Damon dead and Officer Josh Vadell critically injured. The
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Atlantic County sheriff’s officer will remain jailed in case involving text threats, guns

A suspended Atlantic County sheriff’s officer can have a few hours to see his dying father, but must otherwise remain jailed, a judge ruled Friday. Daniel Ginsburg, 44, of Galloway Township, was arrested April, after he allegedly sent threatening text messages to his girlfriend as he drove around with guns in his trunk, threatening to kill her and any officers who came after him. Ginsburg was arrested with two Glock semi-automatic handguns in his trunk,
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Responsibility of alleged co-conspirators is question in attempted murder trial

  An Atlantic City police officer was shot while trying to save three teens being robbed at gunpoint, all sides in the attempted murder case borne of that night in 2016 agree. But the involvement of the two defendants is the question the jury will have to answer. Martel Chisolm and Demetris Cross went on trial Thursday for attempted murder, armed robbery and other crimes from that night. Alleged co-conspirator Jerome Damon is missing, killed
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Trial begins Thursday for men in shooting that wounded ACPD officer

The trial of two men accused in a deadly 2016 shooting that wounded an Atlantic City police officer will begin Thursday. Martel Chisolm and Demetris Cross are accused of attempted murder, robbery and weapons offenses in an armed robbery that ended with their alleged partner and an Atlantic City police officer severely wounded. It took two juror pools to pick the right women and six men who will make up the jury. Jurors were asked
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Jury selection set to begin in deadly shooting that wounded Atlantic City police officer

Jury selection will begin Tuesday in the trial of two men accused in a deadly shooting that wounded an Atlantic City police officer in 2016. Martel Chisolm and Demetris Cross face charges of attempted murder, robbery and weapons offenses in an armed robbery that turned deadly for their alleged partner, and left an Atlantic City police officer severely injured. Officers Josh Vadell and Tommy McCabe were patrolling near the Tropicana at about 2:30 a.m. Sept.
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Atlantic City man indicted for reckless manslaughter in fatal shooting

Two Atlantic City men have been indicted in connection with a fatal shooting from March. Howard Cassell, 30, is accused of shooting Da’Quan Montague, 23, on March 12. The shooting was the culmination of three days of escalating criminal behavior by Cassell that began with a domestic incident, Assistant Prosecutor Rick McKelvey said during a detention hearing in March. Cassell was on release from that charge when the shooting happened. But Cassell’s attorney, Steve Scheffler,
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Somers Point man admits to prostituting minors

A Somers Point man admitted to promoting the prostitution of minors in and around Atlantic City. Kal Mitchell, 31, pleaded guilty Wednesday, in the case that was the culmination of a four-month investigation. Three children were recovered and placed under protection as part of the investigation. Mitchell admitted that he and co-defendant, Saleem Reynolds, promoted the prostitution of these children on various dates between July and September 2015. Reynolds previously pleaded guilty to second-degree conspiracy
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Ex-Ventnor officer’s sexual harassment case now just against Atlantic City

Jury selection began Wednesday in a civil trial against Atlantic City alleging sexual harassment. Former Ventnor Officer Jamie Pirchio alleges she was sexually harassed while training to be a K-9 officer at the Atlantic County Police Training Center in September 2013. Ventnor also had been named in the suit, but previously settled for $50,000. The case was set to begin against Atlantic City and retired Atlantic City Police Officer Joseph Rodriguez, who was a trainer
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Pennsylvania man pleads guilty in stabbing that left girlfriend critically wounded in Ventnor street


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A Pennsylvania man pleaded guilty to attempted murder in a vicious knife attack on his former girlfriend, who fled his moving car in Ventnor last year. David Legette, 54, of Bristol Township, Pa., admitted to attacking the 49-year-old woman inside an Atlantic City parking garage on July 2, then trapping her inside the car, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon Tyner said. He faces 16 years in prison when he is sentenced July 20. The woman, whose


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Leader of EHC drug-trafficking network sentenced to 24 years in prison

An Egg Harbor City man who admitted leading a drug-trafficking network was sentenced to 24 years in prison Friday. Kenneth Burrell, 40, must serve at least 10½ years before he is eligible for parole. Burrell previously admitted to years of crimes. He said that last year he directed multiple sales of heroin in Egg Harbor City and possessed a community gun in Mullica Township. Three people were directed to sell heroin for him, while he
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