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ACPD looking for man who stole officer’s cell phone

Atlantic City police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man who stole an officer’s phone while she was chasing a suspect. Officer Leah Giercyk lost the phone when she was knocked to the ground by a suspect who fled Saturday. She and Officer Juliann Schwenger were able to chase down Thomas Wallace with the help of other officers, and he was arrested with a variety of drugs, including more than 600 bags of
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Recovery Force finding new way to help in addiction battle

When prescription drugs led to his younger brother’s death three years ago, Robert Catalano Jr. was surprised at how behind Atlantic County was in treating addiction. The clinical psychologist and Holy Spirit graduate had worked in the field for years in Pennsylvania. He even battled his own addiction to alcohol and cocaine. There are few alternatives for those seeking treatment. Beds are full. Local hospitals offer detox programs but they’re only three days. That’s enough
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Camden man arrested with drugs after running from Atlantic City police

A Camden man was arrested Saturday morning with more than 600 bags of heroin after running from police in Atlantic City. Detectives Leah Giercyk and Juliann Schwenger saw a drug deal in the 1700 block of Atlantic Avenue when they tried to stop the two people involved, Sgt. Kevin Fair said. Schwenger followed Thomas Wallace into a store, but Wallace ran and pushed Giercyk to the pavement as he fled, according to the report. The detectives
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Shots fired in Atlantic City

Atlantic City police responded to shots fired just before midnight Saturday. No one was injured in the shooting on the 1700 block of Atlantic Avenue, Sgt. Kevin Fair said. A witness told BreakingAC that they heard shots as they were leaving the bus station on Atlantic Avenue, and that the sound seemed to come from the area of the Popeye’s across the street. “Within five or six seconds, cops were right there,” said the witness,
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Pleasantville man charged with DWI after crashing in Atlantic City

For the second time in two days driving under the influence caused multiple crashes in Atlantic City, according to police. A Pleasantville man crashed into the lobby of the EconoLodge at Morris and Pacific avenues just after 5 a.m. Saturday, Sgt. Kevin Fair said. No one was injured. Jorge Parada, 22, of Pleasantville, initially fled the scene, but returned, according to the report. Officer Joseph Bereheiko investigated the incident and found that Parada first struck
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Atlantic City swears in new Class II officers

Atlantic City got nine new officers this week. The residents were sworn in as Special Law Enforcement Officers, commonly known as Class II. The officers have nearly the same training as full-time officers but are paid $15 an hour without benefits and have limited hours. They replace seven Class IIs who were promoted to full-time officers last month. That has not previously happened in Atlantic City, but was allowed due to the lifting of civil
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Anonymous text leads to drug and gun arrest in Atlantic City

Atlantic City’s tip411 led to 468 bags of heroin, a handgun and a ballistic vest. Terrence Collier was arrested when detectives of the Special Investigation Section searched a home on the 900 block of North Carolina Avenue, following a tip about drug activity. The message was sent through the tip411, which allows people to text information to 847411 (tip411) anonymously by beginning the text with ACPD. The investigation by Detective Garry Stowe led to discovery
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Man needs drug overdose antidote after causing two crashes in Atlantic City

A Connecticut man was charged with multiple driving offenses, including driving under the influence after crashing into the steps of the McDonald Express. Daniel Thompson, 27, of Fairfield, Conn., had to be given naloxone — used to reverse the affects of opiates — after he crashed his car in the 1500 block of Atlantic Avenue, Sgt. Kevin Fair said. He was revived by ambulance personnel and taken to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center’s City Division for
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Hamilton Twp. police investigating armed home invasion

Three suspects are wanted in the armed home invasion of a Hamilton Township apartment early Friday morning. The victim told police that three men forced their way into the rear apartment door of a home in the Cologne Garden Apartments between 2 and 2:30 a.m. The men ransacked the residence and took items, according to the report. At least two of them were seen with handguns. One is described as a 6-foot-2 muscular black male
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Cousins guilty of conspiring to kill man, but not for his killing

Two cousins were convicted of conspiring to murder a Vineland man, but acquitted of murdering him by an Atlantic County jury this week. Vincent Williams was pronounced dead July 3, 2014, after State Police from the Buena Vista station were called to 9th Street in Buena Vista Township for a man lying in road with what appeared to be gunshot wounds. Hykeem Martin was arrested Jan. 30, 2015, and charged with murder and conspiracy to
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