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NJ State Trooper Who Died During Training Leaves Behind Wife, Daughter (SERVICE DETAILS) NJ State Trooper Who Died During Training Leaves Behind Wife, Daughter (SERVICE DETAILS)
NJ State Trooper Who Died During Training Leaves Behind Wife, Daughter (Service Details) Arrangements have been finalized for New Jersey State Police Trooper II Marcellus E. Bethea, who died during training last week. Bethea, 33, had been training to join the TEAMS Unit, an emergency response unit "prepared to handle extra ordinary police emergencies," the NJSP website says. He died on Sunday, May 5. Gov. Phil Murphy said he died at headquarters in Ewing. It was not immediately clear how. According to his obituary, Bethea was born in Edison and grew up in Columbus, having graduated from Northern Burlington Regional High School in 2009 and Rowan Un…
Man Taken Into Custody In 'Active Distress'In Brick Township Dies At Hospital: AG Man Taken Into Custody In 'Active Distress'In Brick Township Dies At Hospital: AG
Man Taken Into Custody In 'Active Distress'In Brick Township Dies At Hospital: AG A man who police in Brick found "in a state of active distress" died at Ocean University Medical Center nearly 90 minutes later, authorities said. New Jersey Attorney General Matthew Platkin’s office is reviewing the incident because state law and his own guidelines require him to investigate any death that follows an encounter with law enforcement. Preliminarily, Platkin said, it appears Brick Township officers handcuffed the man after finding him in the street in the area of Wisteria Drive and Vermont Drive, then brought him to a grassy area nearby and summoned EMS, shortly before 4:…
Cream Ridge Man Found With Heroin, Fentanyl, Crack In South Jersey: Prosecutors Cream Ridge Man Found With Heroin, Fentanyl, Crack In South Jersey: Prosecutors
Cream Ridge Man Found With Heroin, Fentanyl, Crack In South Jersey: Prosecutors A man and a woman were accused of using two Ocean County homes to sell several drugs, including heroin mixed with fentanyl and crack cocaine, authorities said. Nicholas Ryland, 32, of Cream Ridge, and Quadazia Scott, 33, of Berkeley Township, were arrested after a three-month investigation. Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley Billhimer announced their arrests in a news release on Tuesday, May 7. Police began surveillance on two suspected homes in Toms River and Berkeley Township on Thursday, May 2. Detectives saw Ryland and Scott leave the Berkeley home in their vehicles. Ryland…
Jersey Shore City's First Female Police Chief Sworn Into New Role Jersey Shore City's First Female Police Chief Sworn Into New Role
Jersey Shore City's First Female Police Chief Sworn Into New Role A new police chief in Cape May County is making history in her city. Chief Katherine Madden was sworn into her new role with the North Wildwood Police Department on Wednesday, May 1. She's the city's first female police chief and the 14th in the city's history. The city said Chief Madden is a lifelong North Wildwood resident and is the daughter of retired sergeant Thomas Flounders. She attended Margaret Mace Elementary School, Wildwood Catholic High School, and Rutgers University. Back in March, Chief Madden completed training at the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Sh…
Scooter Driver Killed In Ocean Township Crash Involving Police Officer Identified: State AG Scooter Driver Killed In Ocean Township Crash Involving Police Officer Identified: State AG
Guyvenson Innocent Killed In Ocean Township Crash New Jersey's Attorney General has identified the scooter driver killed in a Monmouth County crash and the police officer involved in the wreck. Guyvenson Innocent, 35, of Beachwood, died in the crash on Monday, Apr. 15, the state Attorney General's office said in a news release on Wednesday, May 1. The crash happened on Route 35 South near Sunset Avenue in Ocean Township at around 9:08 p.m. Investigators said Ocean Township police officer Ryan Deceglie was on duty when his marked vehicle and "multiple civilian vehicles" crashed. Officer Deceglie and the other drivers in the c…
'Large-Scale' PA Burglary Ring Targeted Home In NJ: Prosecutors 'Large-Scale' PA Burglary Ring Targeted Home In NJ: Prosecutors
'Large-Scale' PA Burglary Ring Targeted Home In NJ: Prosecutors Half a dozen people are charged in connection with a "large-scale" home burglary scheme, according to the Lehigh County District Attorney's Office.  At a press conference on Friday, April 26, prosecutors and law enforcement said an organized ring of thieves stole more than $160,000 in goods from homes in Lehigh, Berks and Northampton counties.  They also targeted at least one home in Warren Township, New Jersey, authorities said.  Beginning in 2019, a team of state and local police agencies began investigating burglaries and attempted burglaries in Allentown, Bethl…
South Jersey Duo Found With Kilos Of Cocaine, AR-15 In Large Drug-Dealing Network: Prosecutors South Jersey Duo Found With Kilos Of Cocaine, AR-15 In Large Drug-Dealing Network: Prosecutors
South Jersey Duo Found With Kilos Of Cocaine, AR-15 In Large Drug-Dealing Network: Prosecutors Two men from Egg Harbor Township were accused of running a large drug-dealing network, authorities said. An Atlantic County Superior Court Judge detained 46-year-old Felix Mujica and 47-year-old Wilfredo Latimer on Tuesday, Apr. 23, the county prosecutor's office said in a news release. An undercover officer purchased more than five ounces of cocaine from the two men in Atlantic City. Police executed several search warrants in the investigation on Thursday, Apr. 18. Mujica was found alone in his home with 2.5 kilograms of cocaine throughout the house.  In Mujica's home, police al…
WATCH: State Authorities Release Bodycam Videos Of Police Shooting Knife-Wielding NJ Man WATCH: State Authorities Release Bodycam Videos Of Police Shooting Knife-Wielding NJ Man
Watch: State Authorities Release Bodycam Videos Of Police Shooting Knife-Wielding NJ Man UPDATE: An Englewood police officer was justified in shooting a man who'd just stabbed three people, a grand jury ruled on Monday, April 22, following a state-required review. Chilling bodycam videos clearly show Englewood Police Officer Luana Sharpe and other officers were struggling over a knife with 22-year-old city resident Bernard Placide when she shot him on Labor Day 2022. A grand jury review was nonetheless required under New Jersey law because Placide died during an encounter with law enforcement. Evidence was collected by investigators with the state Office of Public Integrity an…
Toms River Motorcyclist Killed In Crash With Trooper Toms River Motorcyclist Killed In Crash With Trooper
Toms River Motorcyclist Killed In Crash With Trooper They called him Frankie Fender. Frank Lando, that is: The 65-year-old Toms River motorcyclist, guitarist, and father killed in an April 9 crash in Southampton with a New Jersey state trooper. On Friday, April 19, New Jersey Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin released Lando's identity, as well as that of the trooper involved: Anthony Fernandes. Fernandes was conducting routine patrol duties along Route 70 around 11:35 a.m. in Southampton that day, when his marked patrol car collided with Lando's motorcycle near Burrs Mill Road, Platkin said. Lando was taken to Virtua Mount Holly …
Scooter Rider Killed In Jersey Shore Crash Involving Police Officer, State AG Says Scooter Rider Killed In Jersey Shore Crash Involving Police Officer, State AG Says
Scooter Rider Killed In Jersey Shore Crash Involving Police Officer, State AG Says A man riding a motorized scooter was killed in a multi-vehicle crash on Route 35 in Monmouth County that involved a local police officer, state authorities said. The crash occurred on the highway's southbound side near Sunset Avenue in Ocean Township shortly after 9 p.m. Monday, April 15, New Jersey Attorney General Matthew Platkin said on Tuesday. The identity of the scooter rider, who was pronounced dead at the scene, was temporarily being withheld, as was the name of the on-duty Ocean Township officer, Platkin said. Neither the officer nor anyone else involved in the crash was injured, …
Victim's Fingers Cut Off During Attack In Perth Amboy Victim's Fingers Cut Off During Attack In Perth Amboy
Victim's Fingers Cut Off During Attack In Perth Amboy A victim had his fingers cut off during an attack in Perth Amboy, authorities said. The man also was slashed, according to a spokeswoman for Perth Amboy City Hall. Police were called to Riverview Drive under the Victory Bridge at about 11:15 p.m. Sunday, April 14 and found the injured man, the spokeswoman said.  The man, who does not reside in Perth Amboy, was brought to an area hospital. Additional details were not available.
NO CHOICE: Police Justified Shooting Knife-Wielding NJ Man, Grand Jury Finds NO CHOICE: Police Justified Shooting Knife-Wielding NJ Man, Grand Jury Finds
NO Choice: Police Justified Shooting Knife-Wielding NJ Man, Grand Jury Finds UPDATE: Police were justified in shooting a New Jersey man seen on bodycam video charging at an officer with a knife, a grand jury investigation required by state law found. Luke Mendez, 26, had his wrapped around the knife handle as he barreled down the steps of an Old Bridge home last April 24. Mendez was only two steps from the landing -- less than three feet from an Old Bridge officer -- when he left police no choice. Mendez was pronounced dead at a local hospital about 90 minutes later. Grand jurors reviewed various evidence but didn't really need any more than the bodycam video…
Motorcyclist Killed In Crash With New Jersey State Police Car In South Jersey: AG Motorcyclist Killed In Crash With New Jersey State Police Car In South Jersey: AG
Motorcyclist Killed In Crash With New Jersey State Police Car In South Jersey: AG A motorcyclist was killed in a collision involving an on-duty New Jersey State Police trooper in South Jersey Tuesday, April 9, state officials said. An on-duty state trooper was conducting routine patrol duties on Route 70 in Southampton, when the vehicle "was involved in a collision" with a civilian motorcycle near Burrs Mill Road  New Jersey Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin said. The motorcyclist was taken to Virtua Mount Holly Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at approximately 12:45 p.m. The state trooper involved in the collision did not sufferer significant injuries,…
Toms River Man Sentenced For Dealing Heroin Throughout Ocean County Toms River Man Sentenced For Dealing Heroin Throughout Ocean County
Toms River Man Sentenced For Dealing Heroin Throughout Ocean County A Toms River man was sentenced after admitting to selling heroin throughout Ocean County, authorities said. Zachary Lockwood, 25, was sentenced on Friday, Apr. 5 to 10 years in prison, Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley Billhimer announced in a news release. He'll be eligible for parole after five years. Lockwood pleaded guilty to possession of one-half ounce or more of heroin with intent to distribute, being a certain person not to possess a weapon, and resisting arrest on Monday, Feb. 12. He also pleaded guilty to an unrelated eluding charge from a second incident. Toms River…
Hazlet Protestor Among 60 Arrested In I-676 Shutdown In Philadelphia: State Police Hazlet Protestor Among 60 Arrested In I-676 Shutdown In Philadelphia: State Police
Hazlet Protestor Among 60 Arrested In I-676 Shutdown In Philadelphia: State Police More than 60 people have been arrested in connection with a protest that completely shutdown I-676 in Philadelphia on Saturday afternoon, March 30, authorities said. The protestors were from the Party for Socialism and Liberation, and ran onto the highway at Broad Street around 4 p.m., causing disruptions to traffic flow, Philadelphia police said at the time. On Sunday, March 31, Pennsylvania State Police released a list of towns and ages of those arrested, all who were charged with disorderly conduct. Thirty-nine of them were from Philadelphia with a others from Trappe, Downingtown, Lansd…
COLD CASE: Information Wanted In 1996 Killing Of Neptune City Convenience Store Owner COLD CASE: Information Wanted In 1996 Killing Of Neptune City Convenience Store Owner
Cold CASE: Information Wanted In 1996 Killing Of Neptune City Convenience Store Owner Police in Monmouth County are looking for help finding whoever killed a convenience store owner nearly 30 years ago, authorities said. In a news release on Thursday, Mar. 28, Monmouth County Prosecutor Raymond Santiago said law enforcement is looking for new information about the 1996 death of Smita Amin Patel. The 35-year-old from Tinton Falls was killed inside the Little Brown Jug convenience store at the Gables Shopping Center on Route 33 in Neptune City. Investigators said Patel and her husband were co-owners of the store that's across the street from Jersey Shore University M…
Three Arrested With Heroin, Cocaine, Loaded Gun In Atlantic City: Police Three Arrested With Heroin, Cocaine, Loaded Gun In Atlantic City: Police
Three Arrested With Heroin, Cocaine, Loaded Gun In Atlantic City: Police Three people from Atlantic City were arrested after they were found with drugs and a gun, authorities said. In a news release, Atlantic City police said 23-year-old Semaj Poteat, 26-year-old Laquanda Barley, and 23-year-old Tyjur Blocker were arrested on Thursday, Mar. 21. The arrests come after a one-month investigation into drug dealing in the city. Police executed a search warrant on the first block of South Kentucky Avenue. As Poteat left the apartment building, he was taken into custody because he had an outstanding warrant. Inside the apartment, police found a loaded h…
Schools Shelter In Place Amid Investigation Into Possibly Armed NJ Student: Cops Schools Shelter In Place Amid Investigation Into Possibly Armed NJ Student: Cops
Schools Shelter In Place Amid Investigation Into Possibly Armed NJ Student: Cops An investigation into a student who was believed to have been armed with a gun had some schools sheltering in place Friday, March 22, police said. The investigation began around 12:10 p.m., when officers were called to investigate a student "acting suspiciously" at a school in Perth Amboy, local police said. The student was believed to have been headed toward another school looking for another student, police said. The student was taken into custody and was found to not have been armed, police said. The shelter in place was lifted later in the day. The investigation is ongoing.
What Are The Chances? PAPD Nabs Back-To-Back Lincoln Tunnel Toll Evaders Who Owe $472G Combined What Are The Chances? PAPD Nabs Back-To-Back Lincoln Tunnel Toll Evaders Who Owe $472G Combined
What Are The Chances? Papd Nabs Back-To-Back Lincoln Tunnel Toll Evaders Who Owe $472G Combined Go figure. It didn't take long for a crackdown on toll evaders to snag two major violators, both of them at the Lincoln Tunnel -- and on the same day, no less. Port Authority police stopped a New Jersey-based D. Rubio’s Express truck for having "unclear" license plates and found 1,811 "known unpaid violations," Spokeswoman Lenis Valens said. Total unpaid tolls and fees: $214,000. The driver also received three summonses for unclear plates (front and rear) and an expired diesel emissions test, Valens said. Later that day, officers stopped another vehicle without a front plate, she said. …
Former Wall Township Officer Who Stole $115K+ From Charities Sentenced: Prosecutors Former Wall Township Officer Who Stole $115K+ From Charities Sentenced: Prosecutors
James Cadigan Sentenced A former police officer in Monmouth County will spend several years in prison after he admitted to stealing more than $100,000 in charitable donations, authorities said. James Cadigan, 42, was sentenced on Wednesday, Mar. 20 to five years in state prison, Monmouth County Prosecutor Raymond Santiago said in a news release. He was accused of taking more than $115,000 from several organizations. Cadigan was a sergeant for the Wall Township Police Department. "Our agency is happy that this is now behind us and we can continue to build public trust," Wall police Chief Sean O'Halloran said in a …
Authorities ID Gunman Killed In Shootout That Wounded NJ Officer During Domestic Call Authorities ID Gunman Killed In Shootout That Wounded NJ Officer During Domestic Call
Authorities ID Gunman Killed In Shootout That Wounded NJ Officer During Domestic Call 𝗨𝗣𝗗𝗔𝗧𝗘: A man who wounded a Hamilton Township police officer and was killed in a shootout earlier this month was formally identified by state authorities on Wednesday. Vincent Correa, 44, of Hamilton fired a rifle at Officers Derek Fiabane and Paul Piromalli as they responded to a 911 domestic call on Orchard Avenue shortly after 10 p.m. March 8, New Jersey Attorney General Matthew Platkin said. "The officers returned fire, fatally wounding Correa," the attorney general said on March 20. The father of two -- who Platkin said was also carrying a handgun -- was pronounced dead at the sc…
NJ Ex-Con Busted With Pistol Two Days After Prison Release NJ Ex-Con Busted With Pistol Two Days After Prison Release
NJ Ex-Con Busted With Pistol Two Days After Prison Release A Garfield ex-con was caught with a gun during a Little Ferry police stop just two days after he was released from prison, authorities said. Nazir R. Halloway, 26, spent a mandatory one year behind bars coincidentally after pleading guilty last year to unlawful possession of a handgun, records show. He was paroled on Monday, March 18, according to the New Jersey Department of Corrections. Little Ferry Lt. John Andronaco was on patrol when he spotted a 2020 Acura ILX with darkly-tinted windows in the parking lot of the Stagecoach Motel just off westbound Route 46 shortly after midnight Wedn…
Grand Jury Backs Elizabeth Officer Who Stopped Knife-Wielding Man Attempting To Stab Woman Grand Jury Backs Elizabeth Officer Who Stopped Knife-Wielding Man Attempting To Stab Woman
Grand Jury Backs Elizabeth Officer Who Stopped Knife-Wielding Man Attempting To Stab Woman 𝗨𝗣𝗗𝗔𝗧𝗘: An Elizabeth police officer was fully justified in neutralizing an enraged man who went after a woman with a long-bladed knife last summer, a state grand jury has found. New Jersey law requires grand jury reviews of all fatal police shootings even when police bodycam video is clear -- as in this case -- and there's no mistaking the series of events (ditto). This one was literally over in seconds. Officer Steven Lazo and his partner had just responded to a 911 call of an unwanted person involved in a dispute on Amity Street shortly after 8 a.m. July 29, when the incident occurred. …
'GHOST TAGS': Massive Crackdown On License Plate Fraud Begins At GWB, Lincoln Tunnel 'GHOST TAGS': Massive Crackdown On License Plate Fraud Begins At GWB, Lincoln Tunnel
'Ghost Tags': Massive Crackdown On License Plate Fraud Begins At GWB, Lincoln Tunnel A massive campaign to identify and seize "ghost plate" vehicles roared from the starting line with 73 impounds, 282 summonses and eight arrests at the Lincoln Tunnel and George Washington and Triborough bridges, authorities announced on Tuesday. Port Authority police seized plates and vehicles from 30 motorists at the Lincoln and the GWB while issuing 142 summonses, sources there told Daily Voice. They also impounded three vehicles responsible for more than $700,000 in unpaid tolls and fees -- including more than $130,000 tied to a single New Jersey company, Green Brothers Logisti…
52 Arrested In 'Elaborate' Cockfighting Ring In South Jersey: Police 52 Arrested In 'Elaborate' Cockfighting Ring In South Jersey: Police
52 Arrested In 'Elaborate' Cockfighting Ring In South Jersey: Police More than 50 people were arrested after police broke up a large cockfighting ring in Atlantic County, authorities said. Galloway Township police executed a search warrant at a home on the 300 block of South Bremen Avenue on Saturday, Mar. 9, the department said in a news release. When officers arrived, a large group of people were there and many tried to run away before they were detained. Investigators found an "elaborate cockfighting operation" that included a fighting ring, seating for spectators, and several cockfighting kits. About 50 roosters were found in "various degrees of health" …
UPDATE: NJ Police Officer Wounded, Domestic Violence Suspect Killed In Shootout UPDATE: NJ Police Officer Wounded, Domestic Violence Suspect Killed In Shootout
Update: NJ Police Officer Wounded, Domestic Violence Suspect Killed In Shootout A gunman was killed and a local police officer in Mercer County wounded multiple times in a shootout following a domestic violence incident Friday night, New Jersey's top law enforcement official confirmed. A 911 domestic violence call brought Hamilton Township police to an Orchard Avenue home around 10 p.m. March 8, New Jersey Attorney General Matthew Platkin said on Saturday. "During the encounter, a civilian armed with a rifle exchanged gunfire with two officers," Platkin said. "The civilian was fatally wounded and pronounced dead at the scene. One officer was also struck and is being tr…
Two South Jersey Men Arrested In Drug-Dealing Investigation Two South Jersey Men Arrested In Drug-Dealing Investigation
Two South Jersey Men Arrested In Drug-Dealing Investigation Two Egg Harbor City men were arrested after police found them with drugs and two guns with high-capacity magazines, authorities said. Egg Harbor City police said 53-year-old Victor Martinez and 47-year-old Ramon Valentin III were arrested on Thursday, Feb. 29. Their arrests come as part of an ongoing investigation into drugs sold in the city. Officers executed a search warrant at a home on the 100 block of London Avenue. They seized an undisclosed amount of narcotics, a gun, a 50-round magazine, and a 31-round magazine. Martinez was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled dan…
Retired Bradley Beach Police Chief Came To Work Drunk, Berated Officers: Investigation Details Retired Bradley Beach Police Chief Came To Work Drunk, Berated Officers: Investigation Details
Bradley Beach Police Chief Guida Investigation Findings A Jersey Shore police chief who retired after a heated argument with one of his sergeants broke more than two dozen law enforcement rules and had an "irretrievably broken" relationship with his officers, authorities said. Former Bradley Beach police Chief Leonard Guida committed 28 violations in seven incidents between July 2022 and November 2023, Monmouth County Prosecutor Raymond Santiago said on Friday, March 1, the same day Guida retired — six months early. "The findings outlined in this report illustrate unmistakably that over the previous year and a half, Chief Guida has been an …
Man Killed In Downtown Atlantic City Shooting Man Killed In Downtown Atlantic City Shooting
Man Killed In Downtown Atlantic City Shooting An Atlantic City man was shot and killed downtown about two blocks from the boardwalk in the city's Ducktown section, authorities said. City police responded to a 911 call about a shooting on South Florida Avenue at around 5:58 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 29. The Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office announced the details in a news release on Friday, Mar. 1. They found a 37-year-old man identified by the initials "H.C." with gunshot wounds at 26 South Florida Avenue. H.C. was pronounced dead at the scene and his official cause of death was pending. The county prosecutor's office is helping A…
Bradley Beach Police Chief To Retire After Investigation Into Argument With Sergeant Bradley Beach Police Chief To Retire After Investigation Into Argument With Sergeant
Bradley Beach Police Chief Leonard Guida Retires The head of a Jersey Shore police department will step down about three months after a heated interaction between him and one of his sergeants during a crash investigation, officials said. Bradley Beach police Chief Leonard Guida will retire on Friday, Mar. 1, according to a Monday, Feb. 26 statement from Mayor Larry Fox. The mayor said Chief Guida's retirement was six months earlier than the borough anticipated. The Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office investigated the exchange between Chief Guida and Sgt. William Major, which happened on Thursday, Nov. 9. At a council meetin…
$1.4M To Expand License Plate Readers In Atlantic City $1.4M To Expand License Plate Readers In Atlantic City
$1.4M To Expand License Plate Readers In Atlantic City Atlantic City is getting a more than $1 million expansion to automated license plate readers in the city, officials said. State police will receive $1.4 million to buy and install 120 more license plate readers throughout Atlantic City, Attorney General Matthew Platkin announced on Thursday, Feb. 15. The readers will be installed in fixed locations throughout the city. The automated license plate reader (ALPR) technology uses automated cameras to scan license plates and store photos in a law enforcement database. That information can help police find stolen vehicles and missing people,…