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Atlantic County men convicted in triple homicide

Two Atlantic County men have been convicted of a triple murder in Essex County. Lavelle Davis, 37, of Galloway Township, and Jimmy Mays, 34, of Egg Harbor Township, were found guilty last week in the Jan. 29, 2017, killing of three people in Maplewood. The two men and an unknown co-conspirator went to the home of Michael Davis, 45, on Van Ness Court in Maplewood looking for drugs and cash, according to Assistant Prosecutor Carlo
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James Kauffman dead in apparent suicide at jail

A Hudson County spokesman confirmed Dr. James Kauffman was found dead of an apparent suicide at about 9:20 Friday morning. Next of kin has been notified, James Kennelly said. Defense attorney Lou Barbone said Kauffman died at the jail, but he could get no additional information at this point. The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office investigates all deaths within the jail, Kennelly said. There are cameras inside the jail. Kauffman has been jailed since June 13, when
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Kauffman broke no laws in standoff at EHT practice, attorney’s motion claims

An Egg Harbor Township doctor broke no laws when he pulled a gun threatening to kill himself as investigators came to search his office, according to a motion to dismiss his indictments filed Friday. James Kauffman has been jailed since the June 13 standoff at his Ocean Heights practice. After he surrendered, the 9mm handgun was recovered from a rear office. A search of his vehicle parked in the lot outside found a Keltch .380-caliber
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Kauffman pleads not guilty on gun, obstruction charges

James Kauffman pleaded not guilty Thursday to gun and obstruction charges. The former endocrinologist appeared briefly in court, the one-brown hair that rings his balding head now pure white. The plea offer in the case is five years with 3½ years of parole ineligibility, Chief Assistant Prosecutor told Superior Court Judge Bernard DeLury. Defense attorney Lou Barbone — whose partner, Ed Jacobs, has been representing Kauffman — indicated they will file motions in the case,
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Kauffman makes brief court appearance

The weapons charge against Dr. James Kauffman is headed to a grand jury. The Egg Harbor Township doctor who pulled a gun when detectives came to his office with a search warrant in June had a brief court appearance Tuesday. There have been no offers made in the case. The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office has until Sept. 13 to get an indictment, said attorney Patrick Joyce, who was representing Kauffman while attorney Ed Jacobs in
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Dr. Kauffman ordered detained pending trial

An armed standoff with police along with money and means weighed heavily in a judge’s decision to detain the husband slain Linwood radio host April Kauffman. James Kauffman was not a risk and should be released, according to the public safety assessment and pre-trial report provided to the court. But that Kauffman pulled a gun when Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office detective’s and FBI agents tried to serve a search warrant at his Egg Harbor Township
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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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Egg Harbor Township family was growing marijuana in their home, police say

An allegation of stolen power turned into drug charges for an Egg Harbor Township family this week. The basement of the home on the 300 block of Glenn Avenue was being used as a marijuana production facility, Lt. Robert Gray said Thursday. Officers were assisting an Atlantic City Electric investigation into the alleged theft of electricity via a meter bypass when officers the police smelled smelled a strong odor of raw marijuana, Gray said. Evidence suggesting
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Husband and wife arrested in EHT burglary

A husband and wife burglarized an Egg Harbor Township home together, according to police. Elaine and Peter Thomas have been charged after video captured the burglary in the township’s West Atlantic City section on March 15. Eleven days later, the owner reported the summer home on Oxford Place had been burglarized. The investigation by Detective Reynold Theriault also led to Peter Thomas, 47, being linked to a March 16 armed robbery at a gas station. Just
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Absecon man arrested after heroin, gun found during EHT car stop

An Absecon man was arrested Saturday morning, after he was found with drugs and a loaded handgun during a car stop, police said. Nasir Crippen, 18, was a passenger in the car that was stopped by Egg Harbor Township Police Officer Joseph Griffiths for motor vehicle violations on Doughty Road at about 10 a.m., Lt. Robert Gray said. During the investigation, police found Crippen had 40 wax folds of heroin and a loaded handgun, according to
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