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Juvenile escape leads to adult indictments for three teens

Three of four teens who escaped a juvenile detention center last year are now indicted as adults. Michael Huggins, Raymir Lampkin and Stephine Woodley were indicted Thursday on several counts, including escape, robbery, assault on a law enforcement officer, possession of a rifle and possession of a community gun. They also face conspiracy charges on several of the counts. On Nov. 15, 2017, the three along with Donovan Nickerson assaulted a worker at the Harborfields
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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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Atlantic City man charged with kidnapping in gunpoint robbery of two men

An Atlantic City man was arrested Thursday on charges of kidnapping and other offenses after he allegedly robbed two men at gunpoint last week. Officers had responded to the 1100 block of Adriatic Avenue at 12:19 p.m. March 27, after two men reported that an armed man approached them in their car at South Carolina and Baltic avenues. He then forced them at gunpoint to drive to the 1100 block of Adriatic, where they were
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Hammonton man arrested on multiple drug charges

A Hammonton man was arrested after investigators found a variety of drugs in his home, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon Tyner announced. Juan Reyes was charged with multiple drug offenses after an investigation into the distribution of heroin and crack cocaine throughout Atlantic County led to a search of his residence in the 300 block of Fairview Avenue. The search found about 4 ounces of crack cocaine, an ounce of crystal methamphemine and two grams of
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Two armed Atlantic City men arrested within minutes in separate incidents

Atlantic City arrested two armed suspects in unrelated incidents within minutes of one another Friday. At 2:30 p.m., Detectives Nick Berardis and Brian Hambrecht tried to stop two men in the 500 block of Haddon Avenue, Sgt. Kevin Fair said.  The two men walked backward as they saw the detectives coming toward them, the bumped into each other as they turned to run toward Route 30, according to the report. One of the suspects, George
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Predictive policing one reason given for Atlantic City’s violent crime drop last year

Focusing on places rather than people helped Atlantic City’s violent crime drop nearly 36 percent last year, according to police. Risk Terrain Modeling was developed by Rutgers Professor Joel Caplan, who saw data that showed where crime was happening but didn’t seem to look deeper. “The common way that crime is analyzed and used for police operations is by focusing on past crime events and where crime clusters,” Caplan said. “That tells you the where
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Somers Point traffic stop leads to several guns

An Egg Harbor Township man was arrested after police found guns and ammunition during a traffic stop in Somers Point. When Justin Luker, 22, was stopped Monday, police found a handgun, rifle and shotgun in his vehicle, along with assorted ammunition, police said. He was arrested and taken to the Atlantic County Justice Facility.
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Atlantic City man robbed four cabbies at knifepoint, police say

An Atlantic City man arrested on drug and gun offenses last year is now charged with robbing four cabdrivers at knifepoint in a week. Two drivers were stabbed, police said. Darrell Wade, 46, allegedly would hail a cab in different parts of the city, and then threaten the drivers with a knife once he got to his destination, robbing them of their money, Sgt. Kevin Fair said.. The robberies happened between March 18 and 24.
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Galloway man arrested day after crashing stolen car fleeing stop

Galloway Township man was arrested a day after he allegedly crashed a stolen car into a tree and ran from police. Erik Von Hess, 38, of Galloway Township, is charged with eluding police and is in the Atlantic County Justice Facility. An officer stopped a Chrysler Town and Country minivan at 8:47 p.m. Sunday at Route 9 and Seaview Ridge Drive, police said. As the officer walked toward the minivan, the driver sped off, crashing
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Egg Harbor City man arrested on child pornography charges

An Egg Harbor City man has been charged as the leader of a child pornography network. It is the first time the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office has used the new charge. Joseph McCormick, 49, was arrested Friday members of the FBI Child Exploitation Task Force, after they searched his home three days earlier, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon Tyner said. He is additionally charged with distribution of child pornography, possession of child pornography, hindering prosecution and
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