Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Single Motor Vehicle Crash in Galloway Sends Driver to Hospital with Injuries

On September 27, 2016 at 3:07 p.m., Galloway Township Police responded to a single motor vehicle crash on Cologne Avenue, just north of Duerer Street.
According to Police, witnesses and evidence state that Adam Brenner, 30, of Mays Landing was traveling northbound on Cologne Avenue, just north of Duerer Street, when his Blue, 2003 Ford Ranger, crossed over the center lane and onto the southbound shoulder of Cologne Avenue. 
Brenner’s vehicle then left the roadway, struck a tree and then overturned onto its driver side.  Brenner was extricated from the vehicle by Pomona Fire Department and transported to Atlantic Regional Medical Center, City Division, via helicopter for his injuries.  

Gun Incident at Absegami High School Raises Concerns with Effective School Solutions Contract

In March 2016 the Greater Egg Harbor Regional School Board entered into an agreement with North Jersey company called Effective School Solutions LLC (ESS). The agreement signed by Board President Carol Houck is to provides In-District clinical services for students with emotional and behavior problems.

The services of ESS became a topic of discussion after a serious incident at Absegami High School when on Friday, September 23, 2016, at approx 2:00pm, Absegami High School officials received information that a student was carrying a handgun on the Absegami school campus.

According to the contract with (ESS), Effective School Solutions is to provide therapeutic mental services to students within the school district. The services provided by ESS are for students enrolled in Cedar Creek, Oakcrest and Absegami High Schools for the 2016-2017 school year.

ESS is to provide six (6) full New Jersey licensed mental health professionals who are trained and experienced in adolescent psychiatric treatment. Those professionals work under ESS and in conjunction with staff designated by the school. The professionals must be present at all times when school is in session. 

ESS is to provide services for up to eighteen (18) students that are to be enrolled in each of the three schools at any time. The program provides for family psychotherapy for each student, daily group therapy sessions and multifamily group therapy. 

It is left in the sole discretion of ESS to determine if a student can enter into or remain within the program. However, the primary reason is to either reject a student or remove a student from the program after considering input from the appropriate personnel of the School. It is also the opinion of ESS to determine if the student is a danger to himself/herself or others.

The District pays $735,000 per year to ESS for these services in order to bring the eighteen (18) students back into the District schools. Without ESS, the District would pay per student directly to the school the student is to attend like Y.A.L.E or other specified schools that offer the specialized services and education for those students. 

Parents who have contacted this news organization question how a student is able to carry a loaded gun throughout the school without being detected. Parents also question the reasoning for such program when specialized schools are there for those students that need it. 

Parents questioned the Regional School Board at their meeting on meeting. Superintendent John Keenan responded stating he could not discuss the incident.

The 15 year old male from Galloway that was involved in that incident was arrested and charged with Possession of a 
Weapon, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, Possession of a Weapon on School Property and Possession of a Defaced Firearm.  The student was lodged in Atlantic County Juvenile Detention Center.

Ventnor Woman Charged with Aggravated Manslaughter in Death of 7-Month-Old Daughter

MAYS LANDING – A 32-year-old Ventnor woman was charged today with Aggravated Manslaughter for the death last January of her 7-month-old daughter, Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Diane Ruberton announced.
In response to a 9-1-1 call, officers of the Ventnor City Police Department and emergency medical personnel responded in the early morning of Friday, January 3, 2016 to a residence on the 5700 block of Monmouth Avenue, Ventnor, NJ, for a report of an unresponsive infant. Upon arrival, CPR was performed and the baby was transported to the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center—City Division, then transferred to St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia.
The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victim’s Unit also responded to the scene.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Galloway Police Blotter September 11 - 17, 2016

Galloway Township Police responded to 629 calls for service during September 11, 2016 through September 17, 2016.

Additional statistics include: 5 Burglaries, 1 Car Burglaries, 32 Motor Vehicle Accidents, 112 Tickets issued, 2 Driving While Intoxicated, 30 Arrests, 16 Domestic Violence, 7 Fire Calls, 30 EMS Calls and 0 Juvenile calls.

Cherokee Dr.
200 Block of Beanfield Pl.
200 Block of Coleman Pl.
300 Block of Upland Ave.
900 Block of Stoney Hill Rd.
Vehicle Burglary:
600 E. Moss Mill Rd

Friday, September 23, 2016

FULL RELEASE: 15-Year-Old Male Arrested in Gun Incident at Absegami High School

On Friday, September 23, 2016, at approx 2:00pm, Absegami High School officials received information that a student was carrying a handgun on the Absegami school campus.  
At the time the information was received, the accused student was in gym class, which was outside in the area of the track/football field bleachers.  
Galloway Township Police, along with school personnel, responded out to the field where they saw the accused student.  At this time school “lock-down” announcements were made over the school’s loud speakers.  
After the announcement, the accused student observed officers approaching and reportedly put his hand into his left front pants pocket, grasping something, and ran out of view of the officers.  Once officers made contact with him at the edge of the bleachers, he was detained.  
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