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CLOSING ARGUMENTS EXPECTED TODAY IN VAN PELT CASE

A high profile corruption trial is expected to have closing arguments start today. Former Assemblyman Daniel Van Pelt is charged with taking a $10,000 bribe. Van Pelt and his defense argue he believed he was working as a consultant. Van Pelt was one of 44 people arrested last year in …

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ROUTE 52 CA– USEWAY REOPENS TO FOUR LANES

It is now easier to get in and out of Ocean City. The Route 52 causeway has reopened to four lanes for the summer. Roadwork has been going on at the causeway during the winter months as a part of a plan to replace two of the bridges and eliminate …

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POINT INCREASING TAX RATE BY NEARLY FIVE PERCENT

The tax rate is going up in Cape May Point. The Press of Atlantic City is reporting that the borough’s tax rate is going up about five percent. The new $1.8 million budget was passed on Thursday. The 1.2 cent increase brings the overall tax rate up to 25.1 cents.

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LOWER TOWNSHIP VOTES TO ADOPT ZERO INCREASE TONIGHT

The Lower Township Council will likely being adopting its next municipal budget tonight. Council found a number of cost saving moves at a recent budget hearing to bring the proposed tax increase in the municipality down to zero. The initial proposed increase was near 2.5 cents. Deputy Mayor Kevin Lare …

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REPORTED ROBBERY LEADS TO COCAINE CHARGES

A reported robbery took place at the Rio Grande WaWa on Thursday. Police arrived on the scene and the investigation led police to learn that the suspect, Thomas Michael Sexton, of Erma, had negotiated the sale of cocaine with the reported victim, Lawrence C. Walsh, who was residing at the Offshore Motel, …

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DWI CHARGED TO OFFICIAL IN ATLANTIC CITY VEHICLE

An Atlantic City official in a city-owned vehicle was arrested for driving drunk. The Press of Atlantic City report that Donna Gaskill, the communications chief in the city, was arrested on Saturday. The stop took place at Oxford Circle, around 12:30 a.m. She was charged with DWI, refusing to take …

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SENTENCING HANDED DOWN IN BRIDGETON MAN'S DEATH

A man who was found guilty in the shooting death of a Bridgeton man, received 11 years in prison. Andrew Swinton, of Millville, got the sentence for felony murder, burglary, and other related charges to the 2005 death of Hamilton Blackshear. Under New Jersey law, Swinton must serve 85 percent …

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