MAJOR BENEFITS REFORM BILL PASSES SENATE

Health benefits and pensions reform moved forward in Trenton on Monday. The Senate approved changes to both by a 24-15 vote. Senate President Steve Sweeney was among the necessary Democrats to join Republicans in pushing the bill forward. Assembly Speaker Shelia Oliver testified in favor the measure. Some Democrats think the bill is unfair to…

SNAKE KNOCKS OUT POWER IN MIDDLE TOWNSHIP

A snake caused thousands of people to be without power on Monday. Atlantic City Electric officials say that a snake got into substation and that caused power to go out to around 3,500 customers. The majority of the power outage was in Middle Township, including county buildings like the Crest Haven Nursing Complex. Power went…

NORTH WILDWOOD POLICE NAB ROBBERY SUSPECT

A robbery suspect was caught in North Wildwood. Police there announce the arrest of Terence Dias, of Pennsylvania. The report came into police on June 16 that a man demanded money from four females. Dais was charged with robbery, aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, and resisting arrest. He was placed in the Cape…

PLEA DEAL REACHED IN SEXUAL ASSAULT

A 52-year-old Ventnor man arrested in February for sexually assaulting a 7-year-old girl, entered a guilty plea today to aggravated sexual assault and will be sentenced to seven years in prison, Atlantic County Prosecutor Ted Housel stated. In accordance with the plea agreement, Pascual Lopez, who has no prior criminal record, must serve 85-percent of…

MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO WEAPONS CHARGE

A Pleasantville man pleaded guilty on Monday to possession of a weapon by a convicted person for a November 2010 incident and will be sentenced to seven years in prison, Atlantic County Prosecutor Ted Housel stated. Julius Hall, 30, must serve five years in prison before becoming eligible for parole. He was arrested on Main…