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Appellate panel backs decision to try Atlantic City teen as adult

The decision to try an Atlantic City teen as an adult was backed by evidence, an appellate panel has ruled. Jamaal Campbell was just 17 when he was arrested June 22, 2013, with a .45-caliber semi-automatic handgun in his waistband, according to the charges. The gun was loaded with seven rounds, including one in the chamber ready to be fired, according to testimony at a four-day hearing where the judge decided to waive him up
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Legislation would rename Boardwalk Hall in honor of Whelan

Hundreds are expected to pay their respects to Jim Whelan at Boardwalk Hall on Thursday. Now, legislation has been introduced to name the famed Atlantic City landmark after one of the city’s biggest cheerleaders. Senate President Steve Sweeney and Sen. Raymond Lesniak announced plans Wednesday to introduce legislation for “Senator Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall. Whelan, 68, died in his Chelsea Heights home Aug. 22, after more than three decades in public service, including three terms
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Man wanted in attempted shooting in Atlantic City

Atlantic City police are looking for a man who allegedly shot at another man during an argument just before 1 a.m. Monday. Terrell Holmes and another man were fighting in the 1500 block of Sewell Avenue when Holmes pulled out a handgun and fired it at the other man, police said. Holmes missed his target and ran, according to the report. No one was injured. A warrant has been issued for Holmes, 28, of Baltimore.
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Sunday Special: Helping those hit by hurricanes

Sunday Special is a new weekly feature by BreakingAC that will take a look at those doing good in and from our area. If you know someone who deserves attention, email lyndacohen@breakingac.com with the subject: Sunday Special. Atlantic City native brings help home to Houston Qaadir Williams was stuck in Atlantic City when Harvey hit Houston. The Edward Jones financial adviser was celebrating his Atlantic City High School Class of 2002 reunion. Now, he is
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Atlantic City to pay $3 million in 2013 excessive force case caught on casino video

Atlantic City will pay $3 million to a Linwood man allegedly beaten by police outside the Tropicana Casino and Resort in 2013. The settlement was approved by City Council at Wednesday’s meeting. David Connor Castellani, then 20, was drunk and underage when he was escorted out of the Tropicana by officers early June 15, 2013. But it was the silent video of what happened next that garnered national attention. Castellani — who later would tell
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Texas men sentenced in trafficking of $230,000 worth of cocaine to Atlantic City

Two Texas men caught bringing five kilograms of cocaine into Atlantic City were sentenced to prison Friday. Esiquio Salgado, 34, was sentenced to 12 years in state prison, with five years of parole ineligibility. Cristano Ramirez, 31, received a 10-year term, with three years without parole. Both men pleaded guilty in June to first-degree possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. Salgado and Ramirez were arrested in October, after an investigation by the Atlantic City
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Two arrested in Atlantic City shooting, robbery

Two Atlantic City men were arrested Wednesday, for allegedly robbing and shooting a man last week. Christian Bolivar-Zapata and Jonathan Candelaria, both 18, are accused of shooting 45-year-old Andrew Carey on Friday morning. Carey, whose name was not released until the arrests, was found by officers responding to the report of a man shot just before 6 a.m. in the north block of Bellevue Avenue. An investigation led by the city’s Violent Crimes Unit led
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‘Too many names’ as those lost to drug overdose remembered in Ventnor

Tracy Smith had to take a breath. “Too many names,” she said, reading from a list of those lost to drug overdoses. The founder of Speakers for Change — a group inspired by her daughter’s battle with addiction — stood on a stage on the beach behind the Ventnor Community Library reading the names as Mike McGaffney rang a bell after each one. The event marked International Overdose Day, bringing awareness to the hundreds lost
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Man fatally shot in Atlantic City

A man was killed Sunday night in Atlantic City, police confirmed. Deshawn Dawkins, 27, was shot in the first block of South Virginia Avenue at about 9:15 p.m., Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon Tyner said. The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit is investigating with the help of Atlantic City police. About a half-hour later, a 21-year-old man came into the Trauma Unit at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center with a gunshot wound to the hand,
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Bayview Inn owner previously convicted in deadly 2005 fire at another of his motels

The owner of a troubled Atlantic City motel was  convicted in a deadly fire at another of his motels a dozen years ago, BreakingAC has learned. Randhir Maisuria owns the Bayview Inn & Suites, which is set for demolition if he doesn’t fix a multitude of problems by Monday. The Albany Avenue motel just off Exit 2 of the Atlantic City Expressway was the target of a raid last Monday and a fire a few
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