Thursday, March 30, 2017

Atlantic City Employee Pled Guilty to Theft; Loses Job, Pays Restitution

MAYS LANDING – An Atlantic City government employee arrested last year by the Prosecutor’s Office for the theft of money paid by members of the public to rent meeting rooms in the All Wars Memorial Building in Atlantic City pled guilty to the accusation yesterday, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner announced.
Concluding a several-month investigation, on Thursday, August 11, 2016, members of the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Official Corruption Unit arrested William P. Hadley, 56, of Shires Way, Egg Harbor Township, NJ, charged with Official Misconduct—a crime of the 2nd degree, and 5 counts of Theft by Failure to Make Required Disposition of Property Received.

Two Injured After Car; Motorcycle Collide on White Horse Pike in Galloway

On March 30, 2017 at 12:14 p.m., Galloway Township Police Department responded to motor-vehicle collision at the intersection of US Route 30 (White Horse Pike) and Cologne Avenue.
According to Police a 2014 Ford Focus operated by Michael S. Daddario, 37 of Galloway, was traveling eastbound on Route 30 when he turned left onto Cologne Avenue into the path of a 2003 Harley Davidson that was traveling westbound on Route 30. The motorcycle was being operated by Aaron H. Budman, 28 of Gloucester City.  
Crystal V. Unis, 34 of Gloucester City was a passenger on the rear of the motorcycle.  Both Budman and Unis were thrown from the motorcycle.  

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Galloway K-9 Cop Sniffs Out Suspect Who Tried to Elude Police

On Monday March 27, 2017 at approximately 5:17 p.m., officers with Egg Harbor City Police Department witnessed a hand to hand drug transaction involving a suspect identified as Travis C. Wilson, 24 of Port Republic and an unknown.  Officers attempted to stop Wilson, who fled in his vehicle.  
Wilson was found to have an outstanding warrant out of the Atlantic County Sheriff’s Department.  Wilson fled into Galloway Township where officers from Galloway Township Police Department engaged in the pursuit.  
Wilson eventually crashed his vehicle at the corner of Leipzig Ave and Cologne Ave where he then fled on foot.  K-9 Sergeant Winneberger of Galloway Township Police Department conducted a K-9 track from the accident scene.  

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Linwood Teacher Faces Assault Charges in Municipal Court; Prosecutors Office Take Case

MAYS LANDING – Following a thorough review of the evidence, the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office has determined to prosecute the Linwood middle school teacher charged last month with assault of a student in Linwood Municipal Court, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner announced.
On February 10, 2017, Linwood Police responded to the Belhaven Avenue Middle School in Linwood, NJ, to investigate the alleged assault of a 12-year-old student by a teacher.

Galloway Police Blotter March 12 - 18, 2017

Galloway Township Police responded to 856 calls for service during March 12, 2017 through March 18, 2017.

Additional statistics include: 0 Burglaries, 0 Car Burglaries, 16 Motor Vehicle Accidents, 104 Tickets issued, 1 Driving While Intoxicated, 26 Arrests, 13 Domestic Violence, 8 Fire Calls, 14 EMS Calls and 0 Juvenile calls.
Andrew J. Dascendis , 29 of Northfield, NJ was arrested by Ofc. John Mooney and charged with Receiving Stolen Property on March 17
Stephanie A. Branks, 29 of Hamilton Twp., NJ was arrested by Ofc. Dominic Fabrizio and charged with Possession of CDS & Manufacturing/Distributing CDS on March 16

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Greater Egg Harbor Superintendent Notifies Staff of Budget Cuts; Layoffs Anticipated

Superintendent John Keenan notified the Greater Egg Harbor Regional Staff today of major budget cuts which includes cuts in staffing, equipment, supplies and professional development. 

Email from Superintendent John Keenan:
"Preparing our 2017-2018 school budget presented us with many challenges.  We are not immune to the economic hardships facing Atlantic City and Atlantic County.  In various degrees, all Atlantic County schools are caught up in this regional economic turmoil. 

Adding to our difficulties is our declining enrollment.  In the last five years, we have lost 13.4% of our enrollment or 508 students.  This year alone, we dropped by 107 students.  This further affects us because we have lost tuition revenue from our sending/receiving relationships with Port Republic and Washington Township.

For many years, our state aid has remained flat, and the state has not followed its own funding formula.  This essentially amounts to a cut in state aid because state funding has not increased in relation to our rising expenses. This year we have been shorted $2 million dollars.  Each year, we have cut our budget to fit in with these many restrictions, and we are forced to approach each budget year with an already lean budget.  The rallying cry for years is for the governor to fully fund schools instead of passing the burdens on to others.

Our residents face similar challenges and hardships.  We are only permitted to increase revenue on the tax levy by 2%.  For us, this amounts to $620,833.  While many of our residents see this amount as a burden in increased property taxes, the 2% simply does not keep pace with the millions of dollars in increased expenses.   $1.3 million in increased salaries, utility expenses, tuition for special education placements, and transportation costs for regular education, special education and homeless students far exceed our allowable 2% tax levy increase.  Lastly, our proximity to the Atlantic County Institute of Technology presents more of an issue for us than for other high schools.  Payment for students attending ACIT for next year amounts to $4.1 million dollars.  All of these factors affect our economic condition and we are forced to make $4.7 million dollars in cuts.    

Our Board of Education and administrative team has worked to prepare a budget that allows us to preserve our overall programs.  However, almost every area of our budget has been cut.  From supplies to equipment to professional development, we have analyzed and scrutinized all that we do.  The enormity of this cut will affect us all.  We all know that education is a people profession and our human resources make up the largest portion of our budget.  It is most unfortunate that with cuts this deep, we are forced to reduce staffing.  We realize that all staff are anxious regarding their positions for next year and we especially know how vital this information is to each of you.  This week, we will personally speak to each individual affected regarding their status for the next school year.

Our preliminary budget was approved on March 20th with the final budget due May 1st.  Throughout the coming months, your supervisors and administrators will share more information regarding various department supply cuts.  As we develop our master schedule for 2017-2018, we may have need to consider transfers and crossovers.  We are unable to finalize those decisions until May.

I am saddened to have to share this news with you, but keeping you informed is a priority for us."

Thank you for your understanding.

John J. Keenan

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Car Stop Leads Galloway Police to Seize Drugs, Guns; Atlantic City Man Faces Several Charges

Provided By Galloway PD
On March 20, 2017, at approx 3:40 p.m., Galloway Township Police stopped a motor vehicle being driven by Yahcor Napper (28 y/o of Atlantic City) on US Route 30/White Horse Pike near the intersection of 8th Avenue in Galloway Township.  
According to Police, the initial investigation revealed Napper had marijuana on his person.  Upon further investigation police located in the vehicle, a loaded Tauras .38 Special revolver, an Extar .556 caliber Semi-Automatic Assault Rifle with fully loaded extended capacity 30 round magazine, and a package of suspected raw heroin weighing over 5 ounces. 

Friday, March 17, 2017

Galloway Resident, Linwood Teacher Charged with Assault of Student

LINWOOD – A Linwood middle school teacher was charged and arrested last month for the assault of a student of the school, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner announced.
On February 10, 2017, Linwood Police responded to the Belhaven Avenue Middle School in Linwood, NJ, upon receiving a report by Linwood Public Schools officials of the assault of a 12-year-old student by a school employee the day before.
As a result of the investigation, on February 15, 2017, the Linwood Police Department charged Kimberley M. Peschi, 40, of the 200 block of East Colman Place, Galloway Township, NJ with Cruelty and Neglect of Children—a 4th degree crime, and Simple Assault—a disorderly persons offense, alleging that Peschi, a Belhaven Avenue Middle School teacher, used her leg on the chair of a seated student to pull the chair and student backwards, causing the victim to hit his head on the floor. 

Atlantic City Man Charged with Murder, Robbery and Weapon Charges

MAYS LANDING – An Atlantic City man was indicted yesterday for the January 2016 killing of Steven Loughney inside his Atlantic City home, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner announced.
In response to a 9-1-1 call, Atlantic City Police responded on Sunday, January 3, 2016 at 9:47 p.m. to a residence on the 200 block of South Metropolitan Avenue, Atlantic City, where the resident, Steven Loughney, 28, had been discovered dead inside his home, the victim of a shooting. The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit also responded to the scene.
An autopsy performed the next day by Dr. Marianne Hamel of the Southern Regional Medical Examiner Office determined that the cause of death was a shotgun wound of the right groin, and the manner of death: homicide.

Pleasantville Man Charged with Murder in 2016 Shooting Death of Pleasantville Man

MAYS LANDING – A Pleasantville man was indicted yesterday for being an accomplice to murder and to conspiracy to commit murder, in connection with the shooting death of an Egg Harbor City man in Pleasantville on September 10, 2016, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner announced.
Pleasantville Police responded on Saturday, September 10, 2016, at 5:12 p.m. to the intersection of Linden Avenue and Merion Avenue, Pleasantville, for a 9-1-1 call reporting gunshots. EMS and AtlantiCare paramedics also responded to the scene.
Upon arrival, police found Rasheed O. Hines, 29, of Cincinnati Avenue, Egg Harbor City, the apparent victim of a shooting. Hines was transported by emergency medical responders to the AtlantiCare Medical Center—City Campus, where he was pronounced dead by Dr. Thompson at 5:47 p.m. Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit detectives also responded to the scene and to the hospital.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Galloway Woman Injured After Vehicle Left Roadway and Overturned

On March 14, 2017 at 1:07 p.m. Galloway Township Police responded to a motor vehicle accident involving an overturned vehicle.
According to Police, a 2015 Ford Fiesta being driven by Janet A. Raubertas, 57, of Galloway was traveling northbound on Wrangleboro Road when the vehicle left the roadway, struck a pedestrian crossing sign and overturned in the intersection with Collins Road.  
Police stated Raubertas was wearing her seatbelt at the time of the accident.  Raubertas was transported to Atlantic Regional Medical Center, Mainland Division, for non-life threatening injuries.  

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Galloway Police Blotter February 26 - March 4, 2017

Galloway Township Police responded to 887 calls for service during February 26, 2017 through March 4, 2017.

Additional statistics include: 4 Burglaries, 0 Car Burglaries, 18 Motor Vehicle Accidents, 101 Tickets issued, 2 Driving While Intoxicated, 23 Arrests, 15 Domestic Violence, 5 Fire Calls, 27 EMS Calls and 0 Juvenile calls.

100 Block of Sylvan Ave.
100 Block of Sussex Pl.
30 Block of Vail Ct.
200 Block of E. White Horse Pike

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Atlantic County Woman to Serve 30-Years in Prison for Murder of Boyfriend

MAYS LANDING — An Atlantic County woman was sentenced Friday for murdering her boyfriend inside their Egg Harbor Township home in 2006, Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Diane Ruberton announced.
On Friday, March 3, 2017, Atlantic County Superior Court Judge Michael Blee sentenced Eileen Leone, 46-years-old, for the June 29, 2006 murder of Darius Smith, 32, inside the Egg Harbor Township home that they shared with their 4-year-old child.
On June 29, 2006 at 9:27 p.m. Egg Harbor Township police responded to a 9-1-1 call made by Eileen Leone, then 35-years-old, the call made from inside the couple’s home in the Heathercroft Condominium complex, EHT. Police found Smith in the living room, suffering from head injuries.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Absegami High School Locked Down; Three Teens Charged Creating False Public Alarm

On Wednesday March 8, 2017 at 10:16 a.m., Galloway Township Police responded to Absegami High School for the report of a lockdown due to suspicious pictures on social media of students and weapons that were possibly inside the school. 

Within minutes of arriving the students in question were located and detained by Galloway Police in cooperation with Greater Egg Harbor Regional Staff. All students and staff were fully cooperative while the investigation was on-going. 

Explosives trained K9 dogs from Stockton University Police Dept., Hamilton Twp. Police Dept., Egg Harbor Twp. Police Dept. and  the Gloucester County Sheriff’s Dept. cleared the school for any related weapons. 

The school was clear and no weapons were located on school property. No one was injured during the course of the lockdown which lasted approximately two (2) hours. 

Shortly after lifting the lockdown another student, 18-year old Jil Patel of Galloway Township sent out a group text to students creating another false public alarm which was tended to quickly and he was arrested without incident on school property. Also charged was a16-year old female, named K.S. with Creating a False Public Alarm and 17-year old male named J.A. charged with Creating a False Public Alarm.

Anyone with information on the aforementioned incidents or any incidents at Absegami High School involving potential threats or harm to the school is asked to contact the Galloway Township Police Department at (609) 652-3705 ext 344 and or contact via anonymous confidential tip through our Facebook page and / or Twitter accounts at @gallowaypd. 

As always the Galloway Township Police also receive tips from Atlantic County Crime Stoppers @ (609) 652-1234 or 1-800-658-TIPS.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Car Driving Wrong Way Crashes into Two Vehicles; Five People Injured

On March 6, 2017 at 6:23 p.m. Galloway Township Police responded to a report of multi-vehicle accident on the White Horse Pike. 

According to Police, a 2003 Suzuki driven by Caridad Shieh 62, of Cortlandt Manor NY was traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes of US 30 in the area where the highway is divided by a concrete barrier. 

The Suzuki struck a BMW driven by Alexis Varela-Cano 40, of Atlantic City. The Suzuki continued east and struck a Lexus driven by Wilfredo Carreno 69, of Absecon before coming to rest. 

Missing Uber Driver Found Dead in Motel Located in Galloway Township; Investigation Continues

Provided by Seaside Park Police
On Sunday, March 5, 2017, at 2:30 pm, Galloway Township Police were dispatched to the Rodeway Inn, located at 208 E. White Horse Pike, for the report of an unconscious male.  
Upon examination the male, later identified as George Gdovin, was confirmed to be deceased.  
Galloway Township Detectives are currently investigating the circumstances leading to his death.  
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Galloway Township Police Detectives at (609) 652-3705 ext 344 or the Atlantic County Crime Stoppers at (609) 652-1234 or 1-800-658-TIPS.

Police Investigating Fatal Shooting of Atlantic City Man

ATLANTIC CITY – Law enforcement is investigating a fatal shooting that occurred in Atlantic City on March 5, 2017, Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Diane Ruberton announced.
Atlantic City Police responded on Sunday, March 5, 2017 at 9:57 p.m. to the 100 block of South Vermont Avenue, Atlantic City, for a 9-1-1 report of gunshots.
Atlantic City EMS personnel and AtlantiCare paramedics also responded to the scene.
Upon arrival, police found Kevin Couplin, 24, of, Atlantic City, the victim of a shooting. Couplin was pronounced dead at the scene. Next-of-kin were notified.

Pedestrian Injured When Struck by Vehicle on White Horse Pike in Galloway

On March 6, 2017 at 5:49 a.m., Galloway Township Police responded to a motor-vehicle accident involving a pedestrian at the intersection of US Route 30 (White Horse Pike) and S. Cologne Avenue.
According to Police, Jill Costigan, 51 of Trenton  was driving a 2009 Honda Civic and traveling westbound when she struck a pedestrian near the intersection of W. White Horse Pike / S. Cologne Ave. 
Police identified the pedestrian as Samiyah Miller 18, of Egg Harbor Township. Miller was transported to the local hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Galloway Police Blotter February 19 - 25, 2017

Galloway Township Police responded to 759 calls for service during February 19, 2017 through February 25, 2017.

Additional statistics include: 4 Burglaries, 0 Car Burglaries, 24 Motor Vehicle Accidents, 68 Tickets issued, 3 Driving While Intoxicated, 39 Arrests, 24 Domestic Violence, 5 Fire Calls, 14 EMS Calls and 2 Juvenile calls.

300 Block of Vine Ave.
500 Block of 10th Ave.
300 Block of Ridgewood Ave.
Pheasant Meadow Dr.                                                                                                                
Vehicle Burglaries: None

Galloway Resident Dies in Single-Motor Vehicle Accident

On March 3, 2017 at 6:13 p.m., Galloway Township Police responded to a single-motor vehicle accident on Aloe Street by Berlin Avenue.
According to Police, a 2017 White Lincoln MKC, driving eastbound on Aloe Street operated by Glen C. Dafcik, 57 of Galloway, left the roadway, struck a group of trees and overturned.  
Dafcik was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the accident.  Dafcik was pronounced deceased at the scene by AtlantiCare Paramedics.  
The accident is being investigated by Patrolman Ron Gorneau of the Galloway Township Traffic Safety Unit.  

Galloway Township Police Department, South Egg Harbor Fire Department, Egg Harbor City Fire Department assisted in the accident.
Anyone with information regarding this accident is encouraged to contact Patrolman Gorneau at 609-652-3705 Ext. 5095.  

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Vehicle Lands in a Bedroom After Driver Loses Control

On Tuesday February 28, 2017 at 1:19 p.m., Charity Offeibea, 30 of Egg Harbor Township, lost control of a 2002 Nissan Pathfinder and drove into the bedroom of 73 Apache Court in Galloway.  
No one was home at the time of the accident and Offeibea and her passenger were not injured.  Both subjects were wearing their seat belts.  
Galloway Township Code Enforcement responded to the scene and deemed the structure to be uninhabitable.  The structure was secured by Code enforcement.  Offeibea was issued a summons for careless driving.  
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