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Public pot smoking leads to gun, drugs and three arrests in Atlantic City

A man allegedly smoking pot openly on Atlantic City street led to three arrests  and the recovery of a loaded handgun and drugs. Officers Christian Ivanov and Daniel Arra were patrolling the beach block of California Avenue after 6 p.m. when they saw Christopher Barnett smoking marijuana near a car with two women, Sgt. Kevin Fair said. As Arra went to talk to Barnett, he saw Chelsea Blair put a plastic bag into her back pants pocket,
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16 arrested in trafficking of guns and drugs in Atlantic County

Investigators seized 21 firearms, more than 10,000 bags of heroin in fentanyl and 10 ounces of cocaine in a two-month investigation that resulted in 16 arrests of Atlantic County residents. Kenneth Burrell, 39, of Egg Harbor City, allegedly led the organization, which trafficked illegal drugs and firearms in Pleasantville and Egg Harbor City. He was arrested in another drug raid in 2015, just six months after he was released from a prison, where he served 2½
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Local video artist tries to focus on future as troubled past looms

Chais Hill appears to be an example of the positive that can come out of Atlantic City, as he builds up his video business and works helping the city’s youth. He admits to a troubled past that includes drug convictions. But with his partner, Anthony Archetto, he is hoping to go beyond that. Their company, MaxOut TV, has done campaign videos for three current Atlantic City mayoral candidates, including incumbent Mayor Don Guardian. But Hill’s
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Super PAC attacks Atlantic City council president’s run for mayor

A new group that has joined Atlantic City’s political spectrum claims City Council President Marty Small’s affiliation with an accused heroin-trafficker makes him unworthy to be mayor. Our Atlantic City, a super political action committee, has attacked Small’s relationship with Chais Hill, who is accused of heroin-trafficking and gun possession from still-pending 2013 charges. The group’s Facebook page is filled with references to the relationship. “Clearly, ex-offenders are a big part of my platform,” Small told Breaking AC.
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Egg Harbor Township man admits to 2013 armed home invasion of 92-year-old man

An Egg Harbor Township man pleaded guilty this week to attempted murder and other crimes connected to a 2013 home invasion of a 92-year-old man who was stabbed in the attack. Police arrived at Charles Sweetman’s home at Tower East Mobile Home Park just before 9 a.m. Dec. 17, 2013, to find the elderly man suffering from stab wounds, and his car stolen. Robert Bilhardt, who lived in the same park, was arrested later that
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Man wounded in Atlantic City shooting, two sought

Atlantic City police are looking for the public’s help in finding a man wanted in a shooting and identifying his co-conspirator. The shooting happened on Iowa Avenue near Pacific Avenue, just across from the Tropicana at about 2:30 a.m. An investigation by the Violent Crimes Unit led to charges being filed against Bryan Miranda. 23, of Atlantic City. Police are also trying to identify Miranda’s alleged co-conspirator, who is seen in surveillance video. Stills of
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Missing Pleasantville teen located safe

A Pleasantville teen missing since February has been found safe, police said. Details were not immediately available. Marina Rodriguez, 18, left her home Feb. 25, and was believed to be with Darin Carelli, who has been described as her boyfriend. Carelli, 21, was arrested Wednesday on outstanding warrants, but the girl was not with him. She had reached out on social media and in phone calls, but the investigation continued until police could confirm she
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Ex-Atlantic City employee admits to stealing All Wars rent

The former building coordinator for Atlantic City’s All Wars Memorial Building admitted to stealing money paid to rent our meeting rooms. William Hadley, 56, of Egg Harbor Township, was charged with official misconduct and five counts of theft by failure to make required deposit of property received in August. He was then suspended without pay. He admitted Wednesday that he accepted money orders from five citizens who were renting meeting rooms at the building on
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Pleasantville teen still missing, boyfriend in custody for warrants

A man sought in relation to a missing Pleasantville teen is in police custody. But the girl remains missing. Darin Carelli — first sought under his Facebook name of Darin Santanaa — is in custody on outstanding warrants, Capt. Matt Hartman. The girl, Marina Rodriguez, 18, was last seen Feb. 25. Police previously said she had left with Carelli, who she met on Facebook. She was last seen in a SnapChat photo in front of
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Atlantic City man apologizes for boyfriend’s killing

“I loved this man,” Faheem Harris told the judge as he spoke during a hearing to detain him in his longtime boyfriend’s killing. Harris, 36, is accused of fatally stabbing Daimyen Mortimore inside the Atlantic City home they had just started sharing. Mortimore, 38, was found dead at about 3:30 p.m. March 23, inside Harris’ Albion Avenue home. Harris was in court Wednesday as the state successfully sought to have him held in jail pending
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