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Appellate panel upholds Dr. Kauffman’s pretrial detention

The detention of an Egg Harbor Township doctor pending trial on a gun charge was upheld last week. Dr. James Kauffman has been jailed since June 13, when he pulled a gun as detectives and FBI agents came with a warrant to search his office and files. A Linwood police officer’s body camera caught much of the standoff, and was shown at Kauffman’s detention hearing as evidence of why he should not be released. The
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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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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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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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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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Linwood teacher pleads not guilty in student assault

A Linwood teacher pleaded not guilty in Northfield Municipal Court to cruelty and neglect of children and simple assault charges. Kimberley Peschi, 40, of Galloway Township, is accused of kicking the chair out from under a sixth-grader at Belhaven Middle School, causing him to fall and hit his head. The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office is handling the case, but it is being prosecuted in Municipal Court per a decision made by Prosecutor Damon Tyner in
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