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Man Killed When Car Crashes Into Tree In Stafford Township Man Killed When Car Crashes Into Tree In Stafford Township
Man Killed When Car Crashes Into Tree In Stafford Township A Pemberton Township man died when his car crashed into a tree in Ocean County, authorities said. Stafford Township police responded to the wreck on County Route 539 near milepost 11.5 at around 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Apr. 2, the department said in a news release. Investigators said 30-year-old Gogi Jailava of Browns Mills was driving south when he lost control of his 2008 Toyota Yaris. His car left the road and hit a tree. Paramedics arrived at the scene and brought Jailava to Southern Ocean Medical Center. He died from his injuries at the hospital. Anyone with information about the cra…
South Jersey Man Gets 28 Years State Prison For Double-Shooting South Jersey Man Gets 28 Years State Prison For Double-Shooting
South Jersey Man Gets 28 Years State Prison For Double-Shooting A 21-year-old Pemberton Township man was sentenced to 28 years in New Jersey State Prison for fatally shooting a 17-year-old boy and wounding a 17-year-old girl in Browns Mills, authorities said. Kai Johnson pleaded guilty to Aggravated Manslaughter (First Degree) and Attempted Murder (First Degree) in October 2023, according to Burlington County Prosecutor LaChia L. Bradshaw. The sentence was handed down on Wednesday, March 27, she said. The investigation began Oct. 18, 2021 after officers from the Pemberton Township Police Department responded to a report of a shooting at approximately 1…
52 Arrested In 'Elaborate' Cockfighting Ring In Galloway Township: Police 52 Arrested In 'Elaborate' Cockfighting Ring In Galloway Township: Police
52 Arrested In 'Elaborate' Cockfighting Ring In Galloway Township: 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" …
Female Substitute Teacher Sexually Assaulted Teen Girl In South Jersey: Prosecutor Female Substitute Teacher Sexually Assaulted Teen Girl In South Jersey: Prosecutor
Female Substitute Teacher Sexually Assaulted Teen Girl In South Jersey: Prosecutor A 27-year-old substitute teacher from Burlington County has been charged with aggravated sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl in Camden County, authorities said. Rebecca Coddington, of Browns Mills, sexually assaulted the girl multiple times between September 2019 and December 2023 at a home in Gloucester Township, according to Camden County Prosecutor Grace C. MacAulay. Coddington is a substitute teacher in the Runnemede Public School District, but no allegations have been brought forward involving students, MacAulay said. Coddington was arrested in Gloucester Township on Feb. 5 by t…
Father Of Four Out Doing Laundry Killed, 2 Critical In Head-On Route 70 Crash Father Of Four Out Doing Laundry Killed, 2 Critical In Head-On Route 70 Crash
Father Of Four Out Doing Laundry Killed, 2 Critical In Head-On Route 70 Crash A South Jersey family is devastated by the loss of a father-of-four in a head-on crash. Friday night, Dec. 29, Laurie Procopio-Willitts and her husband, Richard, were in the horrific car crash on Route 70, just 10 minutes from their home in Pemberton Township, according to a GoFundMe campaign launched by relatives for the family. Just before 11:30 p.m., Diana Milelli, 49, of Marlton, was heading west on Route 70 when she crossed the center line and collided head-on with a pickup truck driven by Richard Willitts, 56, of Browns Mills, Pemberton Police Chief Jon Glass said. Willitts was …
NJ Couple Killed In VA Crash: 'Really Bad Dream' NJ Couple Killed In VA Crash: 'Really Bad Dream'
NJ Couple Killed In VA Crash: 'Really Bad Dream' A New Jersey couple was killed in a crash in Virginia last week, according to their obituaries and news reports. Corey Wetmore, 28, of Brick Township, and Brittany Forsythe, 26, of Browns Mills, both died in the Halifax County crash on Wednesday, Nov. 15, Virginia State Police said.  Wetmore was heading south in a 2006 GMC Envoy on a Virginia street around 8:15 p.m., when the vehicle ran off the right shoulder, State Police said. Wetmore overcorrected, ran off the left side of the highway and struck several trees. The vehicle then overturned down an embankment, police said. Neither were w…
DOUBLE FATAL: Police ID 2 Killed, 1 Airlifted In Head-On Pemberton Bypass Crash DOUBLE FATAL: Police ID 2 Killed, 1 Airlifted In Head-On Pemberton Bypass Crash
Double Fatal: Police ID 2 Killed, 1 Airlifted In Head-On Pemberton Bypass Crash Police have identified two people from Browns Mills killed in a head-on crash Tuesday, Nov. 14, on Pemberton Bypass in Burlington County. Jennifer Loiacano-Whealton, 39, and her passenger, Patrick Stout, 51, both died, while 45-year-old Lonnell Robinson, 45, was airlifted to Cooper University Hospital from the crash scene, police said. Robinson was listed in critical condition, police said on Wednesday, Nov. 15. The accident occurred near Colemans Bridge Road at about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14. A Mercedes Benz operated by Loiacano-Whealton was heading east on the Pemberton…
School IT Coordinator Tried Arranging Sex With Student, 15: Burlington Prosecutor School IT Coordinator Tried Arranging Sex With Student, 15: Burlington Prosecutor
School IT Coordinator Tried Arranging Sex With Student, 15: Burlington Prosecutor A 34-year-old New Jersey school employee has been charged with trying to arrange sex with a 15-year-old student, authorities said. Christopher J. Perry, who worked as an information technology coordinator within the Pemberton Township School District, has been charged with attempted sexual assault, enticing a minor, and related offenses, Burlington County Prosecutor LaChia L. Bradshaw said. The female student's parents notified school officials after Perry contacted her through Snapchat, authorities said. A Burlington County Prosecutor's Office investigator continued texting Perry, who…
Jersey Shore Man Charged In Fatal 86 MPH DWI Crash: Prosecutor Jersey Shore Man Charged In Fatal 86 MPH DWI Crash: Prosecutor
Jersey Shore Man Charged In Fatal 86 MPH DWI Crash: Prosecutor A 41-year-old man from the Jersey Shore has been charged with vehicular manslaughter in connection with a fatal high-speed crash in May, authorities said. John Zinkoski, 41, of Beachwood, surrendered himself to the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday, Aug. 22, according to Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer. The charges are in connection with the alcohol-related crash that occurred in Plumsted Township which resulted in the death of Judi Smith, 59, of Browns Mills, the prosecutor said. On May 12 at approximately 5:50 p.m., Plumsted Township police re…
Jersey Shore Man Was Driving 86 MPH In Fatal DUI Crash: Prosecutor Jersey Shore Man Was Driving 86 MPH In Fatal DUI Crash: Prosecutor
Jersey Shore Man Was Driving 86 MPH In Fatal DUI Crash: Prosecutor A 41-year-old man from Beachwood has been charged with vehicular homicide in a fatal crash, authorities said. John Zinkoski, 41, of Beachwood, was charged  in connection with a motor vehicle crash that occurred in Plumsted Township in May resulting in the death of Judi Smith, 59, of Browns Mills, according to Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer. On May 12, at approximately 5:50 p.m., Officers from the Plumsted Township Police Department responded to the area of Pinehurst Road and Long Swamp Road for a report of a serious motor vehicle crash. An investigati…
Tornado Warning Issued For Ocean, Burlington Counties Tornado Warning Issued For Ocean, Burlington Counties
Tornado Warning Issued For Ocean, Burlington Counties A tornado watch was issued at about 12:50 p.m. for parts of Ocean and Burlington counties. The National Weather Service in Mount Holly also issued a severe thunderstorm warning for a wider area of South Jersey. The thunderstorm warning is in effect until 6 p.m. Friday June 16. The weather service said cloud rotation was detected on weather radar as a “severe squall line capable of producing both tornadoes and extensive straight-line wind damage was located over Browns Mills, or 20 miles southeast of Trenton, moving east at 40 mph.”
Driver, 59, Killed In Jersey Shore Crash Driver, 59, Killed In Jersey Shore Crash
Driver, 59, Killed In Jersey Shore Crash A 59-year-old woman from Browns Mills was killed in a crash in Ocean County, authorities said. On Friday, May 12 at 5:48 p.m., the woman was driving a 2013 Volvo at the intersection of Longsamp and Route 539 in Plumsted Township, police said. As she entered the intersection, a 2021 Sliver Nissan that was driven by a 40-year-old man from Princeton was traveling south on Route 539.  As the Volvo entered the intersection, the Silver Nissan collied into the Volvo, police said. The man was taken to Jersey Shore Trauma and the woman was taken to Monmouth Medical souther…
Burlington County Man Sentenced In Fatal Shooting Burlington County Man Sentenced In Fatal Shooting
Burlington County Man Sentenced In Fatal Shooting A Medford Township man was sentenced to 20 years in New Jersey State Prison for fatally shooting a 64-year-old Pemberton Township resident. Tristan Majeed, 53, pleaded guilty earlier this year to first-degree aggravated manslaughter. The fatal shooting outside of the victim's home followed a dispute over money, according to Burlington County Prosecutor LaChia L. Bradshaw. Majeed must serve 17 years of the term before becoming eligible for parole, she said. The sentence was handed down on Friday, April 28. An investigation determined that Majeed shot Kenneth Ryan on Jan. 20, 2020…
Tornado Watches, Warnings Issued Across Parts Of NJ Tornado Watches, Warnings Issued Across Parts Of NJ
Tornado Watches, Warnings Issued Across Parts Of NJ Several parts of New Jersey were under tornado watches and warnings, as per the National Weather Service on Saturday, April 1. Burlington and Mercer counties were under a tornado warning until 7:15 p.m., while parts of Browns Mills, Fort Dix, Hamilton Square, Marlton, West Freehold and White Horse were under the warning until between 7:30 and 7:45 p.m. Meanwhile, Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Salem, Somerset, Sussex and Warren counties were under a tornado watch until 10 p.m. Severe Thunderstorm Wa…
DUI Driver Sentenced In Fatal Crash That Killed Teenager In Pemberton DUI Driver Sentenced In Fatal Crash That Killed Teenager In Pemberton
DUI Driver Sentenced In Fatal Crash That Killed Teenager In Pemberton A 55-year-old somen from South Jersey has been sentenced to eight years in New Jersey State Prison in connection with a fatal DUI crash that killed a teenage driver, authorities said. Wanda Sprague of Pemberton Township had been drinking att a Browns Mills bar before the 2021 collision, according to Burlington County Prosecutor LaChia L. Bradshaw. Sprague was driving without headlights and over 90 mph at the time of the fatal head-on crash, Bradshaw said. Under a plea agreement with the Prosecutor’s Office, Sprague pleaded guilty in September 2022 to one count of aggravated manslaught…
Bank Robber Convicted On Beer Bottle Fingerprint In Pemberton Bank Robber Convicted On Beer Bottle Fingerprint In Pemberton
Bank Robber Convicted On Beer Bottle Fingerprint In Pemberton A fingerprint on a Corona Light beer bottle helped convict a man of robbery in South Jersey, authorities said. Cortney Bell, 38, of Browns Mills was convicted by a jury on Tuesday, Jan. 31,  according to Burlington County Prosecutor LaChia L. Bradshaw. The investigation began the morning of July 23, 2019, after officers from the Pemberton Borough Police Department and troopers from the New Jersey State Police were called to the TD Bank on Elizabeth Street for a report of a robbery. Upon arrival, employees and customers indicated a man came into the bank wearing a hooded sweatshir…
Police ID Man Killed In Route 30 South Jersey Crash Police ID Man Killed In Route 30 South Jersey Crash
Police ID Man Killed In Route 30 South Jersey Crash A passenger from Burlington County was killed in a crash on Route 30 in Atlantic County. Bruce H. GIlbert of Browns Mills died in the Thursday, Nov. 3 crash, Mullica Township police said. At about 11:45 a.m., police responded to the intersection of White Horse Pike (Route 30) and Elwood Road for a motor vehicle crash involving two vehicles. Upon arrival, police found a Subaru sedan and a Ford Utility truck with severe damage. Gilbert was in the Subaru. The driver, Sharon L Runion also of Browns Mills, was transported to AtlantiCare City Division with serious bodily injuries. The dri…
Three Pedestrians Killed By Car In South Jersey Three Pedestrians Killed By Car In South Jersey
Three Pedestrians Killed By Car In South Jersey Three pedestrians were struck and killed by a car in Burlington County Saturday, Sept. 24, authorities said. A Nissan Maxima heading north on Chatworth Barnegat Road (CR-532) struck the rear of a Ford Mustang, also heading north around 11:25 p.m. in Woodland Township, New Jersey State Police Sgt. Philip Curry said. The Nissan then hit three pedestrians identified as Dion Cardell, 50, of Browns Mills, Michael Stull, 46, of Hamilton, and Brian Blaszka, 36, of Forked River. All were killed. The driver of the Ford sustained minor injuries and the driver of the Nissan did not report any in…
Carlisle Man Learns His Fate For Killing 23-Year-Old US Air Force Paramedic From NJ Carlisle Man Learns His Fate For Killing 23-Year-Old US Air Force Paramedic From NJ
Carlisle Man Learns His Fate For Killing 23-Year-Old US Air Force Paramedic From NJ A 23-year-old Flight Paramedic in the United States Air Force was killed in central Pennsylvania on Aug. 28, 2020— on Sept. 16, 2022, her killer has learned his fate, according to the Cumberland County district attorney's office.  Gabriel "Gabby" Alexandra Godfrey, 23, of Carlisle, PA, formerly of Browns Mills, NJ, died from injuries sustained after John Patrick Mumper, 49 (47 at the time of the crash), also of Carlisle, drove 20 mph over the speed limit— disregarded a yellow signal, entering the intersection at North Hanover Street and Noble Boulevard, crashing into a ca…
Tornado Warning For Burlington, Camden, Ocean Counties Tornado Warning For Burlington, Camden, Ocean Counties
Tornado Warning For Burlington, Camden, Ocean Counties The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for northwestern Burlington and central Camden counties until 4 p.m.  A similar warning was issued for Crestwood Village and Chatsworth in Ocean County until 4:30 p.m. The storm system had weakened as it headed into New Jersey, the NWS said. A severe wind and hail warning was issued for Trenton and Hamilton Square, NJ and Levittown, PA, until 4:30 p.m. Severe thunderstorm warnings with high winds and hail were issued for Lakewood, Browns Mills and Pine Lake Park until 4:30 p.m. A tornado was possible, the NWS said.
Pickup Driver Killed, Motorist Seriously Injured In South Jersey Crash: Police Pickup Driver Killed, Motorist Seriously Injured In South Jersey Crash: Police
Pickup Driver Killed, Motorist Seriously Injured In South Jersey Crash: Police A pickup truck driver was killed and a second motorist was seriously hurt in a crash in Burlington County, authorities said. The five-vehicle crash occurred at 6:48 a.m. Tuesday near the Route 70 intersection with Spring Lake Boulevard in Pemberton Township. William Benner Jr., 28, of Browns Mills, who was driving a Chevy TrailBlazer, was killed in the crash, Pemberton police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Royston Tape, 51, from Brick Township was taken to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic County with serious injuries. The other three drivers, who were not seriou…
Cocaine Dealer Caused 29-Year-Old Victim's Overdose Death: Prosecutor Cocaine Dealer Caused 29-Year-Old Victim's Overdose Death: Prosecutor
Cocaine Dealer Caused 29-Year-Old Victim's Overdose Death: Prosecutor A 57-year-old man from Burlington County has been indicted in connection with the drug overdose death of an Ocean County man, authorities said. The 29-year-old victim overdosed on cocaine laced with fentanyl, according to Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer.  On May 4, William Anderson, of Browns Mills, was indicted by a Grand Jury on charges of strict liability drug-induced death and other drug offenses, Billhimer said. On Feb. 28, 2019, Toms River police were summoned to the Pelican Inn for a report of an unresponsive male. Police Officers found a 29-year-old…
Ocean County Man Gets 5 Years Prison For Sharing Child Pornography On Google Meets: Prosecutor Ocean County Man Gets 5 Years Prison For Sharing Child Pornography On Google Meets: Prosecutor
Ocean County Man Gets 5 Years Prison For Sharing Child Pornography On Google Meets: Prosecutor A 40-year-old man from Ocean County has been sentenced to five years in state prison for sharing child pornography, authorities said. Richard Knight, 40, of New Egypt, was sentenced on Friday, April 1, according to Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer. Knight will also be subject to the terms of Megan’s Law, along with parole supervision for life.  This investigation, which began in December 2020, was the result of numerous referrals from the New Jersey State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, Billhimer said. The Task Force detected th…
Trenton Drug Dealer Gets 12 Years State Prison For Selling Fatal Dose Of Fentanyl: Prosecutor Trenton Drug Dealer Gets 12 Years State Prison For Selling Fatal Dose Of Fentanyl: Prosecutor
Trenton Drug Dealer Gets 12 Years State Prison For Selling Fatal Dose Of Fentanyl: Prosecutor A drug dealer from Trenton has been sentenced to 12 years in New Jersey state prison for causing the death of a South Jersey man who fatally overdosed on fentanyl. Marvin Montoya, 35, must serve 85 percent of the sentence before becoming eligible for parole, according to Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina. Montoya pleaded guilty in January to strict liability for drug-induced death, Coffina said. “Fentanyl continues to take a horrendous toll on the residents of Burlington County,” Coffina said.  An investigation began after the victim, 23-year-old Michael Williams, was discov…
South Jersey Woman Indicted For Punching Emergency Room Doctor: Prosecutor South Jersey Woman Indicted For Punching Emergency Room Doctor: Prosecutor
South Jersey Woman Indicted For Punching Emergency Room Doctor: Prosecutor A 48-year-old woman from Burlington County has been indicted for punching an emergency room doctor, authorities said. Shelly Webb of Browns Mills was indicted for aggravated assault, according to Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina. An investigation began after Pemberton Township police were called to Capital Health at Deborah – Emergency Services in the 200 block of Trenton Road just before 7:30 a.m. on March 30, 2020, for an assault on a physician by a patient. The investigation revealed that Webb came into the facility complaining of a migraine headache, and believed she may…
Central Jersey Native, Beloved Dad Dies Suddenly, 38 Central Jersey Native, Beloved Dad Dies Suddenly, 38
Central Jersey Native, Beloved Dad Dies Suddenly, 38 Central Jersey native and beloved father Douglas Maurice Verschelde died unexpectedly on Wednesday, Jan. 19. He was 38. Verschelde grew up in Medford before moving to Point Pleasant, where he lived at the time of his death, his obituary says. A member of Five Alive Bassmasters, Verschelde loved fishing and working on his boat. Verschelde was also an avid softball player and Scudz Sports teammate, his memorial says. Above all, Verschelde is remembered for embracing his role as a loving father to his young daughter, Angelina LaChappelle, who was his “greatest joy in life.” In addition…
South Jersey Men Arrested On Child Pornography Charges: Prosecutor South Jersey Men Arrested On Child Pornography Charges: Prosecutor
South Jersey Men Arrested On Child Pornography Charges: Prosecutor Authorities in Burlington County announced a pair of arrests for the possession of child pornography. Roger A. Eichinger, 58, of Browns Mills, was charged with third-degree endangering the welfare of a child, according to Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina and Pemberton Township Police Chief Jason Watters.   Eichinger was taken into custody on Feb. 1 and released following a first appearance in Superior Court in Mount Holly. An investigation began in November 2021 after the BCPO High-Tech Crimes Unit received information regarding Eichinger’s online activities from the N…
Trenton Drug Dealer Admits Selling Fatal Dose Of Fentanyl, Faces 12 Years Prison: Prosecutor Trenton Drug Dealer Admits Selling Fatal Dose Of Fentanyl, Faces 12 Years Prison: Prosecutor
Trenton Drug Dealer Admits Selling Fatal Dose Of Fentanyl, Faces 12 Years Prison: Prosecutor A 35-year-old man from Trenton has admitted to selling a lethal dose of fentanyl to a customer from Burlington County, authorities said. Marvin Montoya pleaded guilty to first-degree strict liability for drug-induced death in exchange for a 12-year New Jersey state prison sentence, according to Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina.  Montoya is due to be sentenced on March 11. An investigation began after 23-year-old Michael Williams was found dead by a relative in their Browns Mills home on Aug. 11, 2020, after he failed to get up for work, Coffina said. The investigation r…
18-Year-Old Burlington County Man Indicted In Fatal Double-Shooting: Prosecutor 18-Year-Old Burlington County Man Indicted In Fatal Double-Shooting: Prosecutor
18-Year-Old Burlington County Man Indicted In Fatal Double-Shooting: Prosecutor An 18-year-old man from Pemberton Township has been indicted for fatally shooting a 17-year-old male and wounding a 17-year-old female last fall in the 100 block of Snow Avenue in Browns Mills, authorities said. The indictment against Kai Johnson charges him with first-degree murder, first-degree attempted murder, first-degree aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of a child and weapons offenses, Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina said Wednesday. Johnson has been held in the Burlington County Jail in Mount Holly since turning himself into police three days after the fall shoot…
South Jersey Teenager Charged With Possessing, Sharing Child Porn: Prosecutor South Jersey Teenager Charged With Possessing, Sharing Child Porn: Prosecutor
South Jersey Teenager Charged With Possessing, Sharing Child Porn: Prosecutor A 19-year-old man from Burlington County has been charged with possessing and sharing child pornography, authorities said. Dawson Simons, of the 300 block of Seminole Trail in Browns Mills was charged with three counts of endangering the welfare of a child, according to Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina and Pemberton Township Police Chief Jason Watters. Simons reportedly was taken into custody Friday morning after a warranted search of his home, Coffinas and Watters said. Electronic devices that were seized will be examined by detectives from the BCPO High-Tech Crimes Un…
2 Dead, 2 Injured In Burlington County Crash 2 Dead, 2 Injured In Burlington County Crash
2 Dead, 2 Injured In Burlington County Crash Two people died and another two were injured in a crash involving a box truck Sunday in Burlington County, according to New Jersey State Police. Tyshaun Carter, 24, was heading south on Route 628 in a BMW 325xi when he struck a box truck turning left out of a driveway around 4:15 a.m. in Springfield, NJSP Sgt. Philip Curry said. The vehicle struck a utility pole and a tunnel carrying a drain under the road. Carter, of Mount Holly, and back-seat passenger Christopher Blackmon, 53, of the Browns Mills, were ejected and pronounced dead at the scene near milepost 3.3, police said. Carter'…