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Charges dismissed against man indicted twice in 2012 Mulllica killing

Charges have been dismissed against a man twice indicted for murder in the 2012 killing of a Mullica Township man. Michael Castro spent 16 months in jail after he was arrested in 2013, accused of killing John Kingsbury, 77, during an alleged robbery attempt at the man’s home. Castro was charged with murder, two counts of burglary, passing bad checks and weapons offenses. A defense motion to dismiss was set to be heard next week, but
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Three fires at same Atlantic City home under investigation

City and county detectives are helping investigate three possible arsons at the same home in the past two weeks. “It appears to be suspicious and of a human act,” Fire Chief Scott Evans told BreakingAC on Monday. “They could be related.” The latest fire burned the home on the 800 block of North Drexel Avenue, and a car parked in the driveway just before 5 a.m. Monday, Evans said. The single-family home has been unoccupied since construction began
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Egg Harbor Township man sentenced to 20 years in 2013 home invasion, attempted murder

An Egg Harbor Township man was sentenced to 20 years in prison Friday in a 2013 home invasion of a 92-year-old man who was stabbed in the attack. Charles Sweetman was found stabbed inside his home in the Tower East Mobile Home Park just before 9 a.m. Dec. 17, 2013. The suspect left in Sweetman’s car. His neighbor Robert Bilhardt was later arrested and charged with attempted murder, armed robbery, armed burglary, burglary while attempting
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Two searches of Linwood man’s home recover 4,000 bags of heroin, police say

A Linwood man was arrested twice within five days after police allegedly found about 4,000 bags of heroin and prescription drugs during two searches of his home. Richard Roycroft, 30, was released on a summons after he was arrested April 27, when an investigation led to a search of his home. The investigation was a joint effort between Linwood police and the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Gangs, Guns and Narcotics Unit, along with police from Brigantine, Egg Harbor
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Atlantic City police seize more than 6,000 bags of heroin

Atlantic City police seized thousands of dollars in heroin Wednesday, after a drug arrest led to the search of a home. Sgt. Richard Andrews saw a drug sale between two men in the area of South Carolina Avenue and Bacharach Boulevard just before 3 p.m., Sgt. Kevin Fair said. Andrews quickly arrested the alleged buyer, Quran Stokelin, 23, of Atlantic City, after he was found with a bag of heroin. The sergeant put out a
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Tip leads to man selling heroin outside Atlantic City health care center

An Atlantic City man was arrested Tuesday, after police got a tip that he was dealing heroin outside the AtlantiCare Healthplex. Someone called 911, telling police a man was selling drugs and gave a description of the suspect, Sgt. Kevin Fair said. Officers Anthony Abrams and Darrell Catanio were able to quickly find the man outside the center on the 1400 block of Atlantic Avenue,  just before 5 p.m. Dana Gibbs, 52, had 92 bags
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Gun found during Galloway car stop was not seized legally, state’s top court rules

A gun found in a purse during a 2013 Galloway Township motor vehicle stop was not seized legally, the state Supreme Court ruled Monday. Dion Robinson was pulled over after Officer Vincent Ceci noticed him driving erratically, according to court documents. Robinson and one of the three passengers in the car both had outstanding warrants and were known to carry guns, a dispatcher told Ceci during the stop. He called for backup and the vehicle was secured
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Pleasantville officers look deeper in finding evidence inside vehicles

If Ameer Stephens had just buckled up, he might still be free. But the accused leader of a drug-trafficking ring got pulled over last month for not wearing his seat belt in Pleasantville, where some officers take vehicle searching a little deeper. They would eventually find that a truck seized from Stephens in a half-million drug bust months earlier had been sitting in a police impound lot with undiscovered evidence. Officers Ryan VanSyckle and Girard
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Virtual patrol leads to real arrests in Atlantic City

An Atlantic City police officer found a stolen car thanks to the new surveillance center. Officer Roderick Gaines was conducting a virtual patrol at 9:22 p.m. Saturday from the center inside the Public Safety Building when he saw a vehicle that had been reported stolen earlier in the day on the beach block of Texas Avenue, Sgt. Kevin Fair said. Officers Ryan Kov and Rashawn Cochran went there, and found the car with two men
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Atlantic City family looking for answers after inmate allegedly beaten by officers

An Atlantic City man’s family is trying to find out what happened to him after being denied access to him following an alleged beating by corrections officers in a state prison. Dontae Hathaway, 31, filed a grievance against a Bayside State Prison corrections officers on April 10, according to his mother. That Saturday, she got a call from the family member of a fellow inmate telling her Hathaway had been severely beaten. No one has
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