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Kauffman suicide note is part of evidence, judge rules

James Kauffman’s suicide note is an apparent “deathbed statement” and is pertinent to the case against his former co-defendants, a Superior Court judge has ruled. The six-page letter that includes details of events leading up to the killing of April Kauffman and its aftermath must be produced — without redaction — as part of discovery in the case, Superior Court Judge Bernard DeLury wrote in a 10-page ruling obtained by BreakingAC. FULL RULING: Suicide Letter Ruling

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Lakewood man charged with sexual abuse of a child

A Lakewood man was arrested this weekend in the sexual assault of a child. Agileo Ramirez, 31, is charged with endangering the welfare of a child, aggravated criminal sexual contact and sexual assault in the abuse that went on for the past two years, Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph Coronato said Tuesday. The investigation began Friday, after suspicion about the abuse was reported to the Lakewood Police Department, Coronato said.  Ramirez was arrested Saturday, and is
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Search continues for missing swimmer in Atlantic City

A search continues for a still-unconfirmed missing swimmer, Atlantic City police said. Police and firefighters were called to the 500 block of the beach just after 9 p.m. for the report of a possible missing swimmer, Sgt. Kevin Fair said. Officers located a family who said they saw a man go into the ocean, but never saw him come back out. The U.S. Coast Guard and New Jersey State Police searched the ocean by boat
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Off-duty sheriff’s officer helps save man from ocean

An off-duty Atlantic County sheriff’s officer helped rescue a Philadelphia man from the ocean this weekend. Officer David Nguyen was in Atlantic City at about 2 p.m. Sunday when he saw a man slip and fall off the jetty at Vermont Avenue, Undersheriff Mike Petuskey said. Nguyen and a Mr. Ramon ran to the end of the jetty but couldn’t find the victim, according to the report. As they were looking a wave dropped them
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Atlantic City man arrested in stabbing

An Atlantic City man was arrested days after he allegedly stabbed another man during a fight. Bobby Barley, 57, was arrested over the weekend by Officers Val Loga and Jeffrey Hannon in the 1400 block of Memorial Avenue.  He had a knife concealed in his waistband at the time, Sgt. Kevin Fair said. Barley is accused of cutting a man’s forehead and stabbing him with a box cutter during a physical altercation just before noon Thursday,
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Atlantic City officer revives newborn baby

An Atlantic City officer revived a baby born at a home late Saturday, police said. Officers Robert Reynolds and George Mancuso were called to the 200 block of Atlantic Avenue just before 11 p.m. for a report of a woman who had just given birth, Sgt. Kevin Fair said. The officers arrived to find the 22-year-old woman in the bathroom with the baby still attached to his mother by the umbilical cord, Fair said. Reynolds
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Mother, daughter identified as Ventnor homicide victims

Two women found dead inside a Ventnor apartment have been identified as a mother and daughter. Elaine Rosen, 87, and her daughter, 67-year-old Michelle Gordon, were found dead at about 10:25 a.m. Sunday inside the eighth-floor apartment inside the Vassar Square Condominiums, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon Tyner said. The two women were victims of apparent blunt-force trauma, Tyner said. Autopsies for both are scheduled for Tuesday. The joint investigation is continuing between the Atlantic County
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Possible drowning victim found in Villas creek

Lower Township police are investigating the death of a man found in Cox Hall Creek. The death does not appear suspicious, police said. Police were called to the former Ponderlodge Golf Course in the Villas section at about 4:30 p.m. Sunday for a possible drowning. Three friends were swimming in the Cox Hall Creek Wildlife Management Area lake when one left, police were told. One of the two remaining swimmers then got out of the water
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Pleasantville man pleads guilty in killing of woman found in suitcase

A Pleasantville man has pleaded guilty in the killing of a woman whose remains were found in a suitcase more than four years ago. Steven Stallworth, 31, was set to go to trial Monday in the death of 30-year-old Tara Rogers-Alicea, but instead pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter and desecration of human remains. In exchange for his guilty plea, Stallworth faces a 28-year sentence. The Gloucester County mother of three had been reported missing in
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Atlantic City man on parole arrested on drug charges

An Atlantic City man on parole was arrested Friday on drug charges. A search of a home on Texas Court resulted in members of the Special Investigations Section finding 50 grams of cocaine, 50 bags of heroin, a small amount of marijuana and ammunition, Sgt. Kevin Fair said. Ambrose Moore, 29, was charged with three counts of possession of a controlled dangerous substance, two counts each of possession with intent to distribute, possession with intent to distribute
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