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Atlantic City’s junior police have fun while learning discipline

Jixelys Tapia says she’s always been shy. So this summer, the Atlantic City 10-year-old decided to go outside her comfort zone and join the Atlantic City Junior Police Academy. Just one week into the two-week program, she’s seen a difference. “I have friends and I’m not as shy as I was before,” she said Friday, as the first week came to an end. In its fourth year, the academy allows a mix of education, physical
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Man arrested fleeing Pleasantville police on dirt bike

A Galloway Township man who fled police on a dirt bike was caught Saturday, after crashing. David Anderson, 42, was captured by Pleasantville police after crashing his bike and then trying to rum, police Capt. Matthew Hartman said. Members of the city’s Street Crimes and General Investigation units arrested him in the area of Tilton Road and McKinley Avenue. He is charged with eluding police and resisting arrest and received eight motor vehicle summonses.
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Atlantic City man arrested in March shooting

A man wanted in an Atlantic City shooting was arrested this week after allegedly threatening and robbing a witness. Bryan Miranda, 23, has been wanted in the March 31 shooting of 39-year-old Luis Torres. Detective Steve Melchiore recently found out that Miranda was in Atlantic City,and an alert was sent out to all officers with his description. Officers monitoring the Boardwalk surveillance cameras saw Miranda at Texas and Pacific avenues on Wednesday. Officers Ed Obert
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Atlantic City man arrested in stabbing

An Atlantic City man was arrested after a stabbing inside a convenience store Friday night. Michael Wynn, 45, was found stabbed at about 12:30 p.m., after a panic alarm was set off at the store in the 2500 block of Pacific Avenue. Officer Albert Herbert got a description of the suspect, and put it out to responding officers, Sgt. Kevin Fair said. Officers Ivan Lopez, Rebecca Seabrook and Robert Thompson found Brandon Becker at a
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Police seek help in finding missing teen

Police are looking for a teenager missing from Atlantic City since June 18. Sean Gwyn Jr., 14, had last been seen at his aunt’s home in Atlantic City, where he was wearing a black Nike shirt, blue jeans and black-and-red sneakers. Pleasantville police did spot the teen, but he ran from detectives trying to take him home to his mother. Anyone with information on whereabouts is to call Pleasantville police at 609-641-6100 or Atlantic City police at 609-347-5766.
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Atlantic City man held on federal child pornography charges

A convicted Megan’s Law offender from Atlantic City was in federal court Friday on child pornography charges. Keith Clark, 41, is accused of receiving and downloading more than 3,500 images of child pornography, including infants and toddlers being sexually abused, including acting U.S. Attorney William Fitzpatrick said. Clack has a prior conviction for sexual assault on a minor and endangering the welfare of a minor. According to his page Megan’s Law page, the aggravated sexual assault charge was from
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Atlantic City police investigating shooting

Police are investigating a shooting that wounded a man early Friday morning. The shooting happened at about 4:10 a.m. on Ocean Avenue, police said. The city’s Violent Crimes Unit is investigating. Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call police at 609-347-5788. Information may also be texted anonymously to tip411 (847411) beginning the text with ACPD.
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Youth Corps gives new beginning to young graduates

“Today is a day of a new beginning for me,” said Jalia Herring, as she prepared for her graduation from Youth Corps of Atlantic County. Sitting in her wheelchair making last-minute checks in front of a mirror, the 25-year-old gets emotional as she talks about all she’s overcome to get here. But on this day, “these are tears of joy,” she said. “It’s not pain, hurt, confusion and sorrow. It’s tears of joy, accomplishment, strength,
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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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Dr. Kauffman’s license temporarily suspended after armed standoff

An Egg Harbor Township doctor’s license has been temporarily suspended after an armed standoff with police serving a search warrant at his medical practice earlier this month. Dr. James Kauffman is currently in the Atlantic County Justice Facility on gun charges after he pulled a gun and threatened to kill himself June 13. “Dr. Kauffman’s conduct, followed by his criminal arrest, demonstrates imminent danger to the public,” Attorney General Christopher Porrino said in announcing the
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