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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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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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‘I’m going to kill my wife,’ man accused of murder allegedly told casino dealer

A Mullica man accused of murdering his wife threatened to do it just a month before she died, a casino dealer testified Wednesday. Sergio DeRosa is charged with murder. He insists he accidentally shot 57-year-old Lynn DeRosa in the head as he cleaned the barrel of her gun May 26, 2014. DeRosa says he didn’t realize the shell he picked up was a live round. But Borgata employee Elaine Murphy claims DeRosa told her he
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Prosecution wants to compare husband’s DNA to blood found at Linwood homicide

April Kauffman’s husband may soon have to submit his DNA in her homicide investigation. But the public won’t know. The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion to compel Dr. James Kauffman to submit to a buccal swab to compare his DNA with blood found mixed with the victim’s in the guest bedroom of the home they shared. Kauffman has been completely cooperative with the investigation, including giving the Prosecutor’s Office leads in the case,
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Charges dismissed against man indicted twice in 2012 Mullica 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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Atlantic City man arrested in Mother’s Day killing

An Atlantic City man was arrested early Monday morning in the Mother’s Day killing of a local rapper. Keith Cundiff Jr., known as K-Miz, was found shot multiple times in the 800 block of North Maryland Avenue just before 3 p.m. Sunday. Cundiff, 32, was pronounced dead at the scene. An investigation through the night led to the arrest of Lorin Wright, 31, inside a home on the 1000 block of Brights Court, Atlantic County
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Prosecutor wants DNA of widower in 2012 slaying of Linwood’s April Kauffman

Five years after a popular radio host was found slain in her Linwood home, a request has been made for her husband’s DNA. April Kauffman, 47, was found shot inside her bedroom May 10, 2012. No one has been arrested, although her daughter has claimed in a civil lawsuit that her stepfather, Dr. James Kauffman, was involved. Kauffman, an endocrinologist in Egg Harbor Township, denied the allegations in a response to the lawsuit and several
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Convicted Atlantic City gang enforcer and accused murderer allegedly threatens lawyer in court

The convicted enforcer for an allegedly dangerous Atlantic City drug gang got into more trouble Tuesday when a judge accused him of threatening his lawyer. Malik Derry, now 26, is already serving life in prison for his part in Dirty Blok, a drug-trafficking gang that once ruled Atlantic City’s Stanley Holmes Village and surround neighborhoods. But he still faces trial in the Feb. 10, 2013, killing of Tyquinn James, 25, who was shot and killed
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Lakewood teen found killed in park

A man found dead Feb. 1 in Lakewood has been identified as a teen reported missing three days earlier. Eliabit Mena, 18, was reported missing Jan. 29, after his mother said he was supposed to meet friends at Lake Shenandoah Park that day, authorities said. His car was found in the park’s parking lot. A woman was walking her dog at Lake Shenandoah Park at about 2:15 p.m. last Wednesday found Mena lying on the
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Authorities looking for other occupant of car after man found fatally shot

Investigators are looking for someone seen leaving a vehicle found in Bridgeton with a man shot dead inside. Miguel Lopez, 53, was found dead inside a vehicle after it crashed into trees on the 300 block of Spruce Street in Bridgeton on Sunday. Officers called to the scene at about 8:30 a.m. found the victim had been shot, Cumberland County Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae said. Detectives from her office, along with Bridgeton police are looking for
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