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Gun found during Galloway car stop was not seized legally, state’s top court rules

A gun found in a purse during a 2013 Galloway Township motor vehicle stop was not seized legally, the state Supreme Court ruled Monday. Dion Robinson was pulled over after Officer Vincent Ceci noticed him driving erratically, according to court documents. Robinson and one of the three passengers in the car both had outstanding warrants and were known to carry guns, a dispatcher told Ceci during the stop. He called for backup and the vehicle was secured
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Defense attorney questions fairness in Atlantic County case where judge is now prosecutor

A criminal defense attorney is questioning the timeline after the judge in his client’s murder trial became the prosecutor three months later. Damon Tyner was an Atlantic County Superior Court judge in December, when he presided over the trial of Rodney Smiley, accused of murder and other offenses in the 2012 killing of an Atlantic City man. By March 15, he was heading the county’s Prosecutor’s Office. “I was very surprised,” attorney Ed Crisonino said
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Linwood teacher pleads not guilty in student assault

A Linwood teacher pleaded not guilty in Northfield Municipal Court to cruelty and neglect of children and simple assault charges. Kimberley Peschi, 40, of Galloway Township, is accused of kicking the chair out from under a sixth-grader at Belhaven Middle School, causing him to fall and hit his head. The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office is handling the case, but it is being prosecuted in Municipal Court per a decision made by Prosecutor Damon Tyner in
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Judge hearing arguments on ACPD contract changes

Judge Julio Mendez is once again deciding the fate of a public safety contract in Atlantic City. The city’s police union was in court Monday to try to keep the state from imposing proposed changes, that include cuts to pay, increased hours and the loss of 19 positions. Mendez said he was saddened that the union and the state — who at times seemed close to an agreement — had drifted so far apart. Atlantic
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Convicted Atlantic City gang enforcer and accused murderer allegedly threatens lawyer in court

The convicted enforcer for an allegedly dangerous Atlantic City drug gang got into more trouble Tuesday when a judge accused him of threatening his lawyer. Malik Derry, now 26, is already serving life in prison for his part in Dirty Blok, a drug-trafficking gang that once ruled Atlantic City’s Stanley Holmes Village and surround neighborhoods. But he still faces trial in the Feb. 10, 2013, killing of Tyquinn James, 25, who was shot and killed
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Bellmawr man indicted in sex assault of 7-year-old Brigantine girl

A grand jury indicted a man Thursday in the rape of a 7-year-old girl he was left to watch in her Brigantine home. James Ward, now 31, was arrested Dec. 30, following a two-year investigation. Bellmawr man arrest on sex assault of Brigantine girl, 7 Ward was indicted on two counts of aggravated sexual assault, three counts of sexual assault, three counts of endangering the welfare of a child for having sexual contact with the
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Woman sentenced to 30 years in 2006 killing of boyfriend

A woman convicted of killing her boyfriend inside their Egg Harbor Township home was sentenced to 30 years in prison Friday. Eileen Leone was 35 when she struck Darius Smith repeatedly in the back of the head with a fire poker as he sat on the couch June 29, 2006, in the home they shared with their then-4-year-old daughter, according to the evidence presented at her trial earlier this year. His skull was shattered. The
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Atlantic City man admits to getting child to send him explicit videos

An Atlantic City man accused of sending sexual images to children in eight states pleaded guilty Tuesday to first degree endangering the welfare of a child. Sherman Miller, 49, will be sentenced to 12 years in prison under the plea agreement. He was already a convicted sex offender when he was arrested last year for sending sexually explicit images of himself from Atlantic City to a juvenile victim in Texas, acting Atlantic Couny Prosecutor Diane
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Atlantic City officer freed on domestic assault charge

An Atlantic City police officer accused of beating his girlfriend is free pending trial after a judge refused to hold him without bail. Dayton Brown, 43, is charged with aggravated assault in the incident that caused the unnamed woman’s lung to collapse, according to the accusation. But the attack never happened, defense attorney John Zarych told the judge, painting a picture of a troubled woman known to be untruthful who had a pre-existing respiratory condition.
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Atlantic City man convicted in deadly 2007 gas station robbery to get a new hearing

A confession an Atlantic City man gave to police could lead to a new trial in a deadly 2007 gas station robbery. Nasir Salaam was 17 when he and other teens robbed the AAR Gas station on Route 30 in Atlantic City on March 7, 2007. In a videotaped statement that was shown at his trial, Salaam laid out the planned robbery and admitted to wounding a gas station attendant outside while gas station owner
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