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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Search Warrant on Galloway Home Results in Seizure of Illegal Drugs, Weapons and Arrest of Galloway Man


ATLANTIC CITY / GALLOWAY TWP – The execution of search warrants yesterday by the Atlantic County SWAT Team at two homes—one in Atlantic City, the other in Galloway Township—resulted in the seizure of illegal drugs, a handgun, and cash, and the arrest of an Atlantic City man for controlled dangerous substances (CDS) and firearms-related offenses.

On August 29, 2013, a collaborative narcotics investigation by the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Gangs, Guns and Narcotics Unit and the Galloway Township Police Department led to two simultaneously executed “no knock” search warrants at 302 East Cos Cob Avenue, Galloway Township, NJ, and 117 N. Congress Avenue, Atlantic City.
Seized were approximately 30 grams of crack cocaine, over 50 grams of marijuana, oxycodone, hydrocodone, a .38 caliber revolver, ammunition, scales and other drug paraphernalia, and over $1000.00 in cash.
Arrested was Antoine Robinson, age 39, of Galloway Township. Robinson was charged with Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Distribute (a 2nd degree crime), Possession of Cocaine (3rd degree crime), Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute (3rd degree), Possession of Marijuana (4th degree), and Possession of a defaced firearm (4th degree).
Municipal Court Judge Freed set bail at $500,000 full / cash / no 10%. Robinson was lodged in the Atlantic County Justice Facility.

Anyone with information involving serious crimes is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Web site athttp://www.acpo.org/tips.html and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page. People can also call Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers Website athttp://www.crimestoppersatlantic.com/. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.

Philadelphia Woman Pleads Guilty to Stabbing Murders of Canadian Women Visiting Atlantic City


MAYS LANDING – A Philadelphia woman has pleaded guilty today to the stabbing murders last year of two Canadian women visiting Atlantic City, Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain announced today.

Antoinette Pelzer, now 45, of West Huntington Park, Philadelphia, pleaded guilty to two counts of 1st degree murder for the killings in Atlantic City, New Jersey, of Po Lin Wan, 80, and Wan’s daughter, Alice Mei See Leung, 47, both from Scarborough, Ontario.
On May 21, 2012, on a visit to Atlantic City, the victims were walking down the 1900 block of Pacific Avenue at approximately 10 a.m. when they were approached by Pelzer. Pelzer attempted to rob the women at knifepoint, then stabbed both women multiple times with a 12-inch butcher knife.
An Atlantic City Police Officer on routine patrol happened upon the in-progress attack, ordered Pelzer to drop her weapon, took Pelzer into custody, and called for emergency medical assistance. The victims were transported to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, where they later succumbed to their injuries.
Ms. Leung suffered stab wounds to her upper body and died of multiple sharp force injuries and cardiac puncture, according to autopsy reports. Ms. Wan was stabbed in the lower body, hand and shoulder while trying to protect her daughter. Ms. Wan died of multiple sharp force injuries with exsanguination.
This afternoon Antoinette Pelzer pleaded guilty to both murders before Atlantic County Superior Court Judge Mark Sandson, and is scheduled for sentencing on October 24, 2013.
Assistant Prosecutor Seth Levy represented the State in the case.
Under the terms of the plea agreement, Pelzer may be sentenced to the maximum terms allowed by law, including the imposition of consecutive sentences. She therefore faces a maximum sentence of two consecutive life terms of imprisonment, of which she may be required to serve 60 years before becoming eligible for parole.
Anyone with information involving serious crimes is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Web site at http://www.acpo.org/tips.html and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page. People can also call Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers Website at http://www.crimestoppersatlantic.com/. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

UPDATED: Pleasantville Man Critically Injured During Altercation after Allegedly being Struck in Head


*** UPDATE*** 
The victim’s identity is: Paul J. Madara, age 66, of Pleasantville, NJ. Bail was set by City of Pleasantville Municipal Court Judge Billie J. Moore at $35,000 Full/No 10%. McCarten remains in custody at the Atlantic County Justice Facility. 

PLEASANTVILLE – A Pleasantville man was critically injured during an altercation with another man last night, Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain announced.
On Wednesday, Aug. 28, shortly after 8 p.m., Pleasantville police responded to a residence located on the 600 block of Doughty Road for a report of a man injured during a physical altercation.
Upon arrival police discovered a 66-year-old Pleasantville man – whose identity is being withheld pending next of kin notification – suffering from serious injuries. He was transported to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, City Campus, where he remains in critical condition.


The second male involved in the altercation, Joseph McCarten, 51, also of Pleasantville, was taken into custody and charged with second-degree aggravated assault and weapons offenses.
The charges allege that McCarten repeatedly struck the victim in the head with a 2x4 piece of lumber.
McCatern will be lodged at the Atlantic County Justice Facility. Bail is pending.
This incident is being investigated by The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and the Pleasantville Police Department.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes at (609)-909-7800 or the Pleasantville Police Department at (609)-641-6100.
***These charges are merely an accusation and not proof of guilt. In all criminal cases, a charged defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
Anyone with information involving serious crimes is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Web site at http://www.acpo.org/tips.html and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page. People can also call Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers Website at http://www.crimestoppersatlantic.com/. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.

Narcotics Investigation Conducted by the Prosecutor’s Office Guns, Gangs & Narcotics Unit Results in the Arrest of a Pleasantville Man


PLEASANTVILLE – A narcotics investigation conducted by the Prosecutor’s Office Guns, Gangs & Narcotics Unit resulted in the arrest of a Pleasantville man for possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain announced.

On Wednesday, Aug. 28, at approximately 3:30 a.m., the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office Gangs, Guns & Narcotics Unit executed a search warrant on a residence located at 10 West Edgewater Avenue in Pleasantville. The Atlantic County Emergency Response Team (ACERT), Egg Harbor Township Police Department K-9 Unit and the Pleasantville Police Department assisted in conducting the search warrant.
Following execution of the search warrant, Vaughn Lyons, 32, was arrested and charged with possession of crack cocaine, possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute and possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute in close proximity to the South Main Elementary School. All charges are third-degree (less than half an ounce).
Lyons was taken into custody and lodged in the Atlantic County Justice Facility in lieu of $35,000 bail.
Crimes of the third-degree carry a prison sentence of between three to five years in New Jersey State Prison and up to $15,000 in fines.
***These charges are merely an accusation and not proof of guilt. In all criminal cases, a charged defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
Anyone with information involving serious crimes is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Web site at http://www.acpo.org/tips.html and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page. People can also call Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers Website at http://www.crimestoppersatlantic.com/. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.

Atlantic City Man Convicted of the Double Murder of Atlantic City Teens Five Years Ago


MAYS LANDING – An Atlantic City man was convicted of the double murder of two Atlantic City teens committed five years ago, Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain announced today.
On Thursday, Aug. 29, an Atlantic County jury convicted Kory McClary, now 27, of the murders of 15-year-old Michael Nelson and 19-year-old Phillip Fano, who were both fatally shot in the head by McClary.

On June 22, 2008, McClary drove by a group of teens standing outside of a residence located on the 1000 block of North Ohio firing several shots, striking both Nelson and Fano in the head.
The day before the homicides, the homes of Nelson and that of a friend of Nelson were shot at in drive-by shootings several minutes apart. McClary was also charged for those shootings.
Assistant Prosecutor Dave Ruffenach proffered during the two-week trial of McClary on 20 criminal counts that he had targeted Nelson and the friend in retaliation for McClary’s belief that they had previously robbed him.
Though not a target of McClary’s retaliation, Fano was shot and killed in McClary’s gunfire.
After killing the teens, McClary fled to Alabama where he was later arrested and jailed on unrelated charges. While in an Alabama jail, McClary confessed to the killings of the Atlantic City teens to two cellmates.
When McClary’s cellmates were questioned by detectives, they gave details about the murders that they could not have learned from a source other than McClary. Those former cellmates were called as witnesses during the trial and testified to McClary’s admissions.
After a day of deliberations, the jury found McClary guilty of two counts of murder, four counts of aggravated assault, conspiracy to commit aggravated assault, conspiracy to commit murder and weapons offenses, and two counts of possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.
McClary’s four counts of aggravated assault were for shooting at the Nelson home while two women stood on the porch.
McClary will be sentenced on Oct. 18 by Superior Court Judge Bernard E. DeLury.
Anyone with information involving serious crimes is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Web site at http://www.acpo.org/tips.html and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page. People can also call Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers Website at http://www.crimestoppersatlantic.com/. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

UPDATED x2: Frank Gargione and Joseph Landicini Head to Trial on Simple Assault Charges as Mediation Talks Fail

Frank Gargione
UPDATED (Oct 12, 2013): The Court Date regarding this case has been postponed and re-scheduled for December 3, 2013 at 12:00 noon in Ventnor Municipal Court. Galloway Township News will continue to provide updates including the outcome of the trial.

UPDATED (Sept 5, 2013): The Court Date regarding these cases was postponed and re-scheduled for October 22, 2013 at 11:00am in Ventnor Municipal Court, according to Court documents. Galloway Township News will continue to provide updates including the outcome of the trial. 

A scheduled mediation on August 27, 2013 in Ventnor Municipal Court was unsuccessful for Frank Gargione and Joseph Landicini, Ventnor Court confirmed. The court mediation was ordered by Judge Mary Siracusa, according to Ventnor Court. 

Gargione and Landicini are both facing simple assault charges. The unsuccessful mediation has resulted in a trial for Gargione and Landicini for Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 11:00am in Ventnor Municipal Court. 

Gargione, who is also a Republican Council Candidate, was officially charged with Criminal Simple Assault stemming from an alleged altercation during a youth baseball game on Sunday, June 2, 2013 in Galloway Township. 

Joseph Landicini
According to the complaint filed on June 6, 2013 by the victim Joseph Landicini of Egg Harbor City, Gargione is charged with committing the offense of simple assault, specifically by shoving the victim's shoulder and shouting "get out of my face." The violation is a criminal charge of 2C:12-1A(1).

According to the Court Documents, the incident occurred on Sunday, June 2, 2013, just two days prior to Primary Election Day. The victim in the incident, Joseph Landicini of Egg Harbor City alleged Gargione assaulted him after a youth baseball game they were coaching together at the Galloway Township Athletic Association (GTAA) Baseball Fields in Galloway Township.

According to documents obtained through an Open Public Records Request, on Monday June 17, 2013, Frank Gargione filed simple assault charges against Landicini. According to the complaint Gargione alleges Landicini committed the offense "specifically by striking plaintiff (Gargione) in the chest with his hand." 

Both cases were subsequently transferred to the City of Ventnor due to a potential conflict between Gargione and the Township of Galloway. Reached today, Gargione and Landicini both confirmed to GallowayTwpNews.com the simple assault charges against each other were not successfully resolved in mediation. 

Gargione and Landicini are scheduled to begin trial for the alleged assault charges on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 11:00am in Ventnor Municipal Court. Both parties can attempt mediation again if they both agree. 

Gargione and Landicini issued no further comment regarding the charges against each other. 

Landicini's attorney, Anthony Argiropoulos, Esq., was not immediately available for comment. 

UPDATED: Correction: Galloway Township Police Blotter – August 18-24, 2013


UPDATED: See Retraction and Correction listed by as released by the Galloway Township Police Department on September 10, 2013.

FIRE 7               ARRESTS 53 
CFS 825            TICKETS 64 
DV 19                DWI 5 
MVA 13            EMS 108 


BURGLARIES: 
August 19 at Duerer Street 
August 22 at Keswick Street 
August 22 at Donegal Lane 
ARRESTS:
Gina A. Monfredo, 44, of Galloway was arrested by Cpl. Jerry Houck for possession of a hypodermic needle on August 18. 

Manny R. Napoles, 27, of Atlantic City was arrested by Ofc. Kerry Baerman for possession of CDS, possession of a hypodermic needle and drug paraphernalia on August 19. 

Nicole P. Hager, 32, of Northfield was arrested by Ofc. Przemyslaw Ryba for hindering appperhension on August 20. 

Benjamin J. McClellan IV, 23, of Mullica Twp. was arrested by Ofc. Scott Winneberger for DWI on August 20. 

Tyrief J. Santiago, 30, of Hamilton Twp. was arrested by Ofc. Przemyslaw Ryba for DWI on August 21. 

Sampson Jenkins, 19, of Galloway was arrested for six different incidents of burglary, theft and criminal mischief by Det. Bryan Casey on August 21. 

Marilyn Mazzella, 29, of Staten Island NY was arrested by Ofc. Steve Garrison for possession of CDS, shoplifting and resisting arrest on August 21. 

John Diaraneo, 48, of Brick NJ was arrested by Ofc. Vincent Ceci for hindering apprehension on August 21. 

Quincy A. Waters, 31, of Galloway was arrested by Ofc. Kevin Welsh for possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana on August 21. 

Nelson A. Rios, 20, of Margate was arrested by Ofc. Kerry Baerman for possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana on August 22. 

James Michael Stevens, 48, of Galloway was arrested by Ofc. Kevin Welsh on a fugitive warrant from PA on August 22. 

Russell I. Adkisson III, 28, of Absecon was arrested by Ofc. Ronald Gorneau for DWI on August 23. 

William R. Thomas, 24, of Little Egg Harbor was arrested by Ofc. Ronald Gorneau for DWI on August 24. 

Katelyn Humes, 26, of Galloway was arrested by Ofc. Christian Magazzu for DWI on August 24. 

Angus Lashley, 61, of Galloway was arrested by Ofc. Kerry Baerman for possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana on August 24. 

George David Dean Sr., 49, of Port Republic was arrested by Ofc. Bill Kline for burglary and possession of CDS on August 24. 

***Galloway Township Police Department Correction issued September 10, 2013.  The following information regarding George David Dean Sr., should have been listed as:


George David Dean Jr., 24, of Port Republic was arrested by Ofc. Bill Kline for burglary and possession of CDS on August 24.

Per Galloway Township Police Department, persons listed here as arrestees are considered innocent until or unless otherwise adjudicated otherwise in court. 

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

$300,000 PILOT Agreement Between Township and Stockton College Due to Expire without Renewal in Place for Stockton Seaview Hotel

Mayor Don Purdy and Dr. Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr.
Credit: OneGalloway August 20, 2013
GallowayTwpNews.com was the first entity to report in January 2013 that Township Officials confirmed discussions would commence in upcoming weeks between Galloway Township and Richard "Stockton" College. 

A $300,000 PILOT Contribution made by Stockton College over the past three years is now due to expire in 4 months. Without a new agreement the Township will begin 2014 with a $300,000 guaranteed deficit.

In January 2013, Township Manager Arch Liston and Mayor Don Purdy both confirmed that the Township would begin discussions with Stockton College in order to negotiate a renewal of the PILOT agreement and amount. 

GallowayTwpNews.com spoke with Mayor Don Purdy in January 2013 and Purdy was confident a new agreement would be reached. However, heading into September 2013, Council still has not been presented with a renewal agreement.  

Purdy as of recently has been seen with Stockton President Dr. Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr., at a recent Republican gathering for business owners. 

In a recent request for comment, Liston did not respond to confirm the status, if any, of a new agreement. Township Solicitor Michael Fitzgerald also did not respond to our request on a status. 

Township Council has yet to discuss in open or closed session any update to the SASI Pilot Renewal Agreement or to have the Stockton Officials at a Council Meeting to discuss a renewal as they did in 2010. 

The last Board Meeting on the SASI Board Schedule for the year is Friday, September 27, 2013. The Agreement is due to expire on December 31, 2013. 

GallowayTwpNews.com hopes the update to this story will drive Council to discuss the renewal of this agreement for the taxpayers of Galloway Township and procure at least another $300,000, if not more. 

Background:
In December 2010 the Township and Richard Stockton College entered into a three (3) year agreement for Payment In Lieu of Taxes. The agreement as released below states Richard Stockton College will make a $300,000 payment to the Township by March 1st of each year. The agreement included years 2011, 2012 and 2013. 

A stipulation in the agreement states, "Galloway and Stockton will reevaluate this Agreement prior to it expiration and shall discuss the appropriate contribution to be made in future years based upon the nature of the activities being conducted at Seaview. Stockton's financial situation at the time, and the municipal resources used by Stockton, as well as the services provided by Galloway."

Stockton College has their own Police Department, however at the time of discussions with the Township in 2010, Township Officials were concerned about other Township services Stockton Seaview would be utilizing. Those services included the Township Fire Company and Galloway Police Department on calls for service. Township Officials including former Mayor Keith Hartman and then Deputy Mayor Don Purdy meet with Stockton Officials for two hours in September 2010 before the $300,000 contribution was agreed upon. 

Stockton purchased Seaview Hotel and converted multiple rooms into dorms for some of their elite students that would participate in the Hospitality Program with the College. Stockton also spent millions of dollars in renovations before hosting their first LPGA Tournament. 

Stockton also has another PILOT agreement with the Township for residential houses they own within the Township.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Arson Deemed to be Cause of Early Morning Fire on Fair Haven Hill Court

The Bayview Volunteer Fire Company and Galloway Township Police Department were dispatched to a dwelling fire in an apartment complex on Fair Haven Hill Court on August 26, 2013 at 4:02am.  A resident was awakened by smoke detectors and found a fire in the interior stairwell of the building.  She was able to extinguish the fire and was not injured.

“This fire has been determined to have been intentionally set and was done so in a manner that could have prevented residents from escaping the building,” said Sgt. Joseph Picardi, Fire Investigator with the Galloway Township Police Department.  “Had the smoke detectors not functioned properly and the resident not acted quickly this fire could have resulted in serious injuries or fatalities.”

Picardi asked that anyone with information about the fire or any suspicious activity in the area contact him at 609-652-3705 x 332 or Atlantic County Crime Stoppers at (609) 652-1234. 

The Galloway Township Police Department Detective Bureau and Galloway Township Fire Marshal’s Office are assisting in the investigation.     

The Galloway Township Police Department would further like to remind all residents to lock their exterior doors to include common access doors in apartment / condominium style complexes. 

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Solicitor Allows Political Signs to Remain on Private Property without Enforcing Township Code

Right after Township Manager Arch Liston announced the Township hired a new Code Enforcement Officer, Township Clerk Thalia TC Kay sent an email on August 15, 2013 to the Municipal Chairs of each political party stating, "The Township Clerk’s Office has been put on notice that political signs are already appearing around Galloway Township." 

Kay further stated in her email, "At last Tuesday night’s Regular Council Meeting, August 13, 2013, the Manager said that Code Enforcement would remove improperly posted signs and bring them to the municipal building for pickup by the respective parties." 

According to the Township Code, "Political or civic signs shall not be erected more than 45 days prior to an event and shall be removed within 10 days following an event." Since there are two General elections this year, the time frame the Township provided each party that political signs are permitted to be erected was:
  • Special US Senate Race – from Sunday, September 1, 2013 to Saturday, October 26, 2013
  • General Election – from Saturday, September 21, 2013 to Friday, November 15, 2013
Republican Municipal Chair Steve Moliver replied to Kay by stating, "Thank you TC for the advisory. We will certainly obey the law and follow the mandated dates for political sign distribution. To avoid any potential breach, if we opt to utilize political signs in the campaign, we will be sure NOT to distribute them until the allowed dates so there is no confusion with the constituents. I’m certain our Democratic opponents will respect the law also and the signs for their ticket that are already exhibited in Galloway will be pulled back in until the dates allowed by statute."

On August 21, 2013, Jeffrey Waldman, Esq., who is the attorney representing the Restore Galloway Democratic Council Candidates McElwee, Montag, Sudler & Suleiman, notified the Township stating the Township's code regarding political signs was unconstitutional to enforce on private properties and can not be enforced.

Waldman requested the Township to confirm in writing that the Township would not enforce the ordinance pertaining to Political Signs on private properties.  On August 23, 2013, in response to Waldman, Township Solicitor Michael Fitzgerald confirmed the political signs on private property will remain without any code enforcement. 

Fitzgerald stated in his email to Waldman, "I reviewed with the Township Manager the Ordinance restriction on posting political prior to 45 days before the election. Please let this confirm that the 45 day restriction will not be enforced as to posting of such signs on private property. In some communities the political parties have entered Into voluntary agreements to limit the timing or placement of political signs, but that’s not a Township government issue."

Although the Democratic party raised the issue regarding the Township's restriction, the victory is positive for both political parties. This will be the first local election political signs posted on private property will not be enforced by the Township.  

Political signs placed on Public property will still have to abide by the 45-day time restriction according to the Township Code. 

"We are pleased that the Township Manager recognized that to prevent a property owner in Galloway from supporting his or her Candidate (no matter the Party affiliation) by displaying a sign on private property would be intrusive upon their Constitutional Rights" The Restore Galloway Team said in a statement. 

GallowayTwpNews.com contacted Republican candidate Frank Gargione who stated, "all of our comments are going through Steve (Moliver)."  

GallowayTwpNews.com sent two requests for comments to Republican Leader Steve Moliver who is the leader for the One Galloway team. Both requests have not been returned prior to publication.  We requested from Moliver where the public can obtain political signs in order to support the Republican candidates and that comment also was not returned. To our understanding, Republican signs have yet to be released to the public. 

The Restore Galloway team is already dispersing their signs per their Facebook page. They can be contacted on their Facebook page or by email RestoreGalloway@gmail.com.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Galloway Township Police Blotter – August 11-17, 2013

BURGLARIES: 

August 17 at Cherokee Drive 
August 16 at Club Place 
August 11 at Hastings Drive 

FIRE 17              ARRESTS 33 
CFS 809             TICKETS 33 
DV 10                DWI 3 
MVA 12             EMS 101 

ARRESTS:
Stevie R. French, 18, and James V. Cirillo, 22, both of Galloway were arrested by Ofc. Jacqueline Crocker for possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana. Additionally Cirillo was charged with distributing CDS and drug paraphernalia on August 11. 

Kelsey R. Thomas, 22, of Cherry Hill was arrested by Ofc. Ronald Gorneau for DWI on August 11. 

Steven A. Czachorowski, 30, of Galloway was arrested by Ofc. Przemyslaw Ryba for criminal mischief on August 11. 

Phillip M. Allen, 25, of Galloway and Lauren A. Lopergolo, 19, of Vineland were arrested by Ofc. Gary Brenner for distributing CDS, possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia on August 13. 

Phillip M. Allen, 25, of Galloway was arrested by Ofc. Scott Winneberger for possession of a weapon while committing a CDS crime, possession of a firearm and possession of other weapons on August 14. 

Scott J. Peak, 35, of Galloway was arrested by Ofc. Vincent Ceci for DWI on August 14.

Gavin R. Guglielmi, 20, of Margate was arrested by Ofc. Scott Winneberger for possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana and underage drinking on August 15. 

Tyree L. King, 31, of Egg Harbor was arrested by Ofc. Ronald Gorneau for possession of CDS on August 16. 

Anthony D. Autuori, 27, of Galloway was arrested by Ofc. Matt Worth for criminal mischief on August 16. 

Giovanni Alessi, 23, of Bordentown NJ was arrested by Ofc. Kerry Baerman for possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia on August 16. 

Andre J. Legette, 29, of Pleasantville was arrested by Ofc. Vincent Ceci for driving while suspended for DWI on August 16. 

Janine C. Sullivan, 60, of Somers Point was arrested by Ofc. Paul Smith for DWI on August 17. 

Alan W. Bassett, 32, of Galloway was arrested by Ofc. Pat Neal for obstructing law, giving false reports, theft, and credit card theft on August 17. 

Sampson Jenkins,19, of Galloway was arrested by Det. Bryan Casey for two different incidents of theft and burglary on August 17. 

Per Galloway Township Police Department, persons listed here as arrestees are considered innocent until or unless otherwise adjudicated otherwise in court. 

Friday, August 23, 2013

Linwood Man Sentenced to Three Years for Sexual Assault of 12-year old boy; Must register as sex offender


MAYS LANDING – A Linwood man was sentenced to three years in prison for sexually assaulting a 12-year-old boy in 2011, acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain announced today.
On Friday, Aug. 23, Stephen Giannantonio, 58, of the 2200 block of Shore Road, was sentenced in connection with inappropriately sexually touching a 12-year-old Somers Point boy who was left in his care.

Linwood police began investigating Giannantonio after family members of the boy reported that on Nov. 9, 2011, Giannantonio – a friend of the boy’s father – had inappropriately touched the boy while he was babysitting him at his Linwood home.
On Nov. 13, 2011, Linwood police arrested Giannantonio and charged him with second-degree sexual assault and third-degree endangering the welfare of a child.
On June 4, 2013, Giannantonio pleaded guilty to the most serious offense – second- degree sexual assault.
In accordance with the plea agreement, which spared the victim and his family the burden of a public trial, the defendant – who has no prior criminal convictions – was sentenced in the third-degree range at the discretion of the Court.
“The boy’s father left his son in the care of the defendant whom he trusted and in turn the defendant chose to victimize the boy instead,” argued Assistant Prosecutor John Flammer during sentencing.
Giannantonio is required to serve 85-percent of the sentence before becoming eligible for parole Under the No Early Release Act (NERA). In addition, Giannantonio is required to register as a sex offender in accordance with Megan’s Law and will be subject to parole supervision for life, according to Flammer.
Anyone with information involving serious crimes is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Web site at http://www.acpo.org/tips.html and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page. People can also call Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers Website at http://www.crimestoppersatlantic.com/. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Updated x2: Lawsuit Filed Against Galloway Township Clerk for Denying Access to the Chief of Police and Clerks Email Logs

Updated (Nov 4, 2013): The Township appeared in Court on November 1, 2013 to argue an OPRA lawsuit filed by Walter M. Luers Esq., of behalf of John Paff. According to Paff, "at issue in the Galloway case is whether a government agency is required to produce an e-mail log showing the sender, recipient, date and subject line of each e-mail sent by a specific government employee during a specified period of time.  An example of the kind of log I requested, which was generated by Galloway in 2012, is on-line here."

Paff further stated, "while conceding (Township of Galloway) that it previously produced e-mail logs and still has the capability of doing so, Galloway, citing Logue v. Borough of Fieldsboro, GRC Case No. 2008-223, argued that producing a log would require it to create a new record that does not already exist.  Attorney Walter Luers and I argued that since the Township's e-mails are digitally stored on a computer, any report that can be queried from the e-mail system is a public record available under OPRA." 

"Atlantic County Judge Nelson C. Johnson was clearly intrigued by the issue and asked both parties to submit additional briefs.  He is expected to rule on the matter before the end of the year" Paff said.

ORIGINAL STORY:
A Lawsuit has been filed against Galloway Township and Township Clerk Thalia C. Kay in her official capacity as Municipal Clerk and Records Custodian of Galloway Township.  The lawsuit was filed by Walter M. Luers, Esq., on behalf of John Paff. Paff is the chairman of the New Jersey Libertarian Party's Open Government Advocacy Project.  

The lawsuit filed in Atlantic County Superior Court on August 19, 2013, alleges the Township refused to provide Paff with "copies of emails logs that they are capable of producing and have produced in the past." 

According to the complaint, on June 28, 2013, Paff submitted an Open Public Records Request seeking an email log "that shows e-mails sent by the Township Clerk between June 3, 2013 and June 17, 2013" and "that shows e-mails sent by the Township Police Chief between June 3, 2013 and June 17, 2013." Paff also submitted a copy of an e-mail log previously released by the Township in a previous OPRA Request, showing the documents clearly exist.

On July 8, 2013, Kay denied access to the requested records, stating that "IT is unable to provide logs on email communication." The complaint alleges, "on prior occasions and in response to prior OPRA Requests, Defendants have provided similar e-mail logs and, on information and belief, Defendants continue to be able to provide such logs." 

According to a Letter Brief submitted to the Court by Luers, the defendant flatly disputes that e-mails logs are not able to be provided. "In the event that the Defendants claim that they lack the capability to create email logs, we request a plenary hearing on that issue and an opportunity to subpoena and present the testimony of the employee or employees of Galloway Township who previously created the email logs that were provided to the public as well as testimony of the Township Clerk."

Paff is requesting the Court to order Defendants to release the email logs as requested along with awarding Plaintiff costs and reasonable attorneys' fees; and for such other or further relief as the Court deems just and equitable. 

After reviewing the complaint, GallowayTwpNews.com Publisher  has been a member of the public that has received email logs in response to several OPRA Requests we have filed under this website as well as private citizen and employee of the Township in 2011. 

GallowayTwpNews.com has also OPRA'd emails from the email logs provided by the Township Clerk as requested by the Township. GallowayTwpNews.com has provided copies of the OPRA Requests from Township Clerk TC Kay to John Paff, showing the Township previously providing those email logs in response to our OPRA Requests.  


Screen Shot of Email Logs Produced by the Township and Released to GTN
The Township also releases the OPRA Log, of which we publish periodically on our site that also shows the Township fulfilling the same request in January 2013 that they have now denied to Paff. 

We have provided a copy of the complaint filed by John Paff as well as an email sent to GallowayTwpNews.com by Township Clerk TC Kay fulfilling an OPRA request for email logs to this Publisher in January 2013. Township Manager, Township Solicitor and the Deputy Clerk were all copied on the email with the fulfillment of that request. 

A request for comment was submitted to Township Clerk TC Kay, Township Manager Arch Liston and Township Solicitor Michael Fitzgerald. GallowayTwpNews.com did not receive a response.

A request for comment was also sent to John Paff. Paff stated he had "no particular comment" regarding the complaint. 




Former Voorhees Residents Sentenced in the Kidnapping and Murder of Somersdale Man


MAYS LANDING – Two former Voorhees residents, who were captured after fleeing the country, were sentenced for their involvement in the kidnapping and murder of a Somerdale man in Hammonton nearly three years ago, Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain announced.
This morning, Dennis Catania, 51, was sentenced to 25 years and Diana Camacho, 28, to nine years in connection with the murder of 23-year-old Ross Heimlich, who was discovered inside a burning vehicle in Hammonton on Sept. 29, 2010.

Last month, both Camacho and Catania entered into guilty plea agreements. On Wednesday, July 10, Camacho pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder and agreed to testify against Catania – her co-conspirator. The next day Catania pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter.
A third defendant in the case, Damien M. Leo, 38, of Philadelphia, had pleaded guilty to manslaughter in May 2012 and agreed to testify against both Camacho and Catania.
At time of the murder, Heimlich had been missing from Voorhees for a day when Hammonton police and fire personnel responded to 3:18 a.m. 911 report of a car-fire on the 100 block of Linda Avenue in Hammonton. The vehicle was fully engulfed in flames. Charred human remains discovered inside the car after the fire was extinguished required weeks of forensic investigation to positively identify Heimlich.
An autopsy determined that Heimlich had been struck in the head, but was unable to determine if he was dead at the time of the car-fire.
Following the homicide, Catania and Camacho fled the United States.
A year-long collaborative investigation by the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit, the Philadelphia Police Department, the Hammonton Police Department, the Voorhees Police Department, the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force led to the criminal charges and the arrests of all three defendants.
On Aug. 11, 2011, Leo was arrested in Philadelphia and extradited to Atlantic County.
Authorities tracked Catania and Camacho, who fled to Florida, then various Caribbean nations, including the Bahamas and finally Cuba – where they were apprehended and returned to the U.S. by U.S. Marshal’s deputies and Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office detectives on Sept. 28, 2011.
In accordance with the plea agreements, Catania received a 25 year prison sentence for aggravated manslaughter, subject to the No Early Release Act (NERA). He must serve 85-percent or 21 years and three months of the sentence before becoming eligible for parole. Camacho received a nine year prison sentence for conspiracy to commit murder, also subject to NERA. She must serve seven years and seven months before becoming eligible for parole, according to Chief Assistant Prosecutor John Maher, who represented the State in the matter.
Leo’s sentencing has been postponed until Aug. 30. In accordance with his plea agreement, he is expected to be sentenced to nine years in New Jersey State Prison.
Anyone with information involving serious crimes is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Web site at http://www.acpo.org/tips.html and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page. People can also call Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers Website at http://www.crimestoppersatlantic.com/. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.

Pleasantville Man Found Guilty of Leaving the Scene of a Fatal Accident


MAYS LANDING A Pleasantville man was found guilty of leaving the scene of a fatal accident that claimed the life of an 88-year-old Atlantic City woman in 2011, Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain stated.
On Thursday, Aug. 22, an Atlantic County jury convicted Jean A. Sene, 54, of second-degree leaving the scene of a fatal accident.
On December 3, 2011, Sene was involved in a fatal accident which resulted in the death of Bu Do Jo. While crossing the1300 block of Pacific Avenue, Jo was allegedly struck by a taxicab driven by Sene and then fatally struck by a jitney. After the accident Sene fled the scene.

Following the accident, Sene continued to operate his cab and was stopped by police two and half hours later and charged with Title 39 (traffic and motor vehicle violations).
Office Fatal Collisions Unit and the Atlantic City Police Department, Sene was arrested and criminally charged with leaving the scene of a fatal accident.
Throughout the three-day long trial, the defense alleged that Sene had not struck the victim, but rather that she had fallen while walking across the street.
The State, represented by Assistant Prosecutor Seth Levy, submitted that Sene had in fact struck the victim with his taxicab causing her to fall into the path of a jitney and then fled the scene.
After less than 30 minutes of deliberation the jury returned a guilty verdict.Following the verdict, the Court revoked Senes bail and remanded him into custody.
Sene will be sentenced on Sept. 27 By Superior Court Judge Mark Sandson.
Leaving the scene of a fatal accident, a crime of the second-degree, carries a state prison sentence of between five to 10 years and up to $150,000 in fines.
Anyone with information involving serious crimes is asked to call the Atlantic County -909- http://www.acpo.org/tips.html and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page. People can also call Crime Stoppers at 609-652- 1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers Website at http://www.crimestoppersatlantic.com/. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Atlantic City Man Pleads Guilty to Aggravated Manslaughter in Shaking Death of 6-month-old Baby


MAYS LANDING An Atlantic City man has pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter in connection with the death of a 6-month-old baby last year, acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain announced today.
Wednesday, Aug. 21, Daquan Davis, 20, entered a guilty plea to the most serious charge he faced – first-degree aggravated manslaughter.

During his plea, Davis admitted to shaking a 6-month-old baby boy on Sept. 13, 2012, which resulted in the death of the child.
The baby was left in Davis’ care at the mother’s Atlantic City apartment while she was at work. When the victim’s mother returned home from work at approximately 4 a.m., she found her son unresponsive and called 911.
The Atlantic City Police Department responded to the scene at the School House Apartment Complex located on North Martin Luther King Boulevard.
The baby was subsequently pronounced dead a short time later.
Following a joint investigation between the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Crimes Against Children Unit and the Atlantic City Police Department, Davis was arrested that evening. Davis was lodged in the Atlantic County Justice Facility on $750,000 full cash bail.
On Feb. 26, 2013, an Atlantic County Grand Jury indicted Davis, on charges of aggravated manslaughter, manslaughter and endangering the welfare of a child.
In accordance with the plea agreement, Davis will receive a 12-year New Jersey State Prison sentence subject to the No Early release Act (NERA). Davis must serve 85- percent or approximately 10 years and two months before becoming eligible for parole.
Davis will be sentenced on October 25, 2013 by Superior Court Judge Kyran Connor.
Anyone with information involving serious crimes is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Web site at http://www.acpo.org/tips.html and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page. People can also call Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers Website at http://www.crimestoppersatlantic.com/. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.

Galloway Police Arrest Staten Island Woman in Jewelry Theft at Smithville Jewelry Store


Galloway Police responded to the Smithville Jeweler located in Historic Smithville Village on August 21, 2013 at 3:48pm for the report of a jewelry theft in the amount of $2,000. The accused, Marilyn A Mazzella of Staten Island New York took several items and fled the store into a vehicle she had waiting North on Route 9. 

Mazzella and her vehicle were located by responding patrol officers shortly after the 9-1-1 call was put out. Mazzella resisted arrest while being taken into custody and was also found in possession of illegal prescription narcotics.  All stolen property was subsequently recovered and turned over to Smithville Jeweler. Mazzella was lodged Atlantic County Justice Facility default of $7,500 full cash bail. 

Officer Gary Brenner and Officer Steven Garrison are the investigating Officers. 

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Galloway Township Police Blotter – August 4-10, 2013


BURGLARIES:
August 5 on  Aloe Street 

CFS 811           ARRESTS 42 
FIRE 24           TICKETS 100
DV 10              MVA 16
EMS 84           DWI 5

ARRESTS:

Jesse Lacey, 25, of Little Egg Harbor was arrested by Det. Ryan Goehringer for robbery, 3 counts of possession of CDS, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a hypodermic needle on August 5. 

Brittany A. Benedetto-Lacey, 30, of Little Egg Harbor was arrested by Det. Ryan Goehringer for conspiracy, robbery, 3 counts of possession of CDS, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a hypodermic needle on August 5. 

Kelly Ann Diaz, 23, of Plantation, FL. was arrested by Ofc. Bill Kline for possession of CDS, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a hypodermic needle on August 5. 

Steven R. Sims, 25, of Absecon was arrested by Ofc. Carolyn Buckley for DWI and possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana on August 6. 

Roberto C. Diaz, 29, of Hamilton Twp. was arrested by Ofc. Kevin Costa for two charges of driving while suspended for previous DWI suspensions and DWI on August 6. 

David M. Ciritron, 20, of Absecon was arrested by Ofc. Kerry Baerman for possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia on Aug 6. 

Dawn M. Thiel, 48, of Egg Harbor Twp. was arrested by SLEO James Mulholland for DWI on August 6. 

David J. Zelvis, 23, of Galloway was arrested by Ofc. Jacqueline Crocker for DWI on August 6. 

Kaveen L. Dudley, 31, of Galloway and Rashawn A. Moore, 32, Pleasantville were arrested by Ofc. Vincent Ceci for receiving stolen property on August 8. 

Jamale S. Paige, 33, of Collingswood was arrested by SLEO Kyle Kuhar for hindering apprehension on August 9. 

Andrew L. Smiley, 29, of Atlantic City was arrested by Ofc. Przemyslaw Ryba for possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana on August 10. 

Edward D. Branch, 25, of Newark was arrested by Ofc. Przemyslaw Ryba for hindering apprehension on August 10. 

Mark A Bankes, 42, of Boothwyn PA was arrested by Ofc. Scott Winneberger for DWI on August 10. 

Maclovio C. Morales, 38, of Galloway was arrested by Ofc. Scott Winneberger for possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana on August 10. 

Per Galloway Township Police Department, persons listed here as arrestees are considered innocent until or unless otherwise adjudicated otherwise in court. 
 
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