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Ocean City police now using Segways to patrol

Ann Richardson / Patrolman Thomas Runyon spends his shift Friday afternoon on one of the Ocean City Police Department's new Segways. Ann Richardson / Patrolman Thomas Runyon spends his shift Friday afternoon on one of the Ocean City Police Department's new Segways.

OCEAN CITY — Maneuvering along Asbury Avenue with ease on a new Segway Friday, Ocean City Patrolman Thomas Runyon was attracting quite a bit of attention.   

“People ask me a lot of different questions, they’re curious about the Segway,” Runyon said. “It definitely draws a lot of attention.”

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Police arrest mother after 3-year-old wanders off in Wildwood Crest

WILDWOOD CREST — A Warminster, Pa. woman was arrested Thursday evening on child endangerment charges after her 3-year-old was allegedly “wandering on the sidewalk without supervision,” Wildwood Crest police said.

Police said that they were called to 6500 Ocean Ave. at 5:57 p.m. when a group of concerned citizens found the child.

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Update: East Coast may be on the lookout for possible tropical storm, hurricane

Though no official hurricane forecasts are in place, a low pressure system in the Caribbean Sea could come close enough to prompt East Coast residents to review their hurricane preparedness plans./NHC Though no official hurricane forecasts are in place, a low pressure system in the Caribbean Sea could come close enough to prompt East Coast residents to review their hurricane preparedness plans./NHC A small area of lower pressure entering the Caribbean Sea might need watching.

Although no official long-term forecasts have been issued, long-range models indicate a brewing storm in the Caribbean might deliver a weather storyline that could finish with a mix of mid-week outcomes. They range from good and safe to bad.  Worst yet, outlooks are changing constantly so it may a few days yet before the models agree on an outcome.

So now might be the best time to evaluate, go over and think out your hurricane preparedness plans just in case. Remember, it is better to be sorry for the wasted effort if nothing happens than to remain unprepared and sorry that your put your family in danger.

Here is the latest on possible paths that an eventual Hurricane Cristobal could take:

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Police seeks public’s assistance to find runaway teen

Darian Lehner Darian Lehner CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE - Middle Township Police Department has asked for the public's assistance in locating a teenager, Darian Lehner, 16, who reportedly ran away on Aug. 12.

He is described as white, 5 feet, 10 inches tall who weighs approximately 125 pounds and has blue eyes and brown hair.

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Mara Justine to perform in 'AGT' semifinals Aug. 26

GALLOWAY - Mara Justine Platt, the Galloway preteen who wowed judges on NBC’s "America’s Got Talent" with three singing performances, will be back on the stage for the semifinals Aug. 26.

The episode airs at 9 p.m. on NBC.

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1.65 percent electric rate increase takes effect Sept. 1

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP – Atlantic City Electric announced today (Thursday, Aug. 21) that base electric rates will increase by 1.65 percent effective Sept. 1.

“On August 20, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) announced its approval of a stipulation of settlement in the Atlantic City Electric (ACE) base rate case authorizing ACE to increase its electric distribution rates by $19 million.”

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UPDATED: Grand jury indicts Greco in alleged bilking of elderly patient

Greco's attorney says parallel civil suit will proceed

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – A Cape May County Grand Jury has returned an indictment against the chairman of the Cumberland County Regular Republican Organization and former chairman of the Dennis Township Regular Republican Organization, officials announced.

The indictment stems from charges that Robert V. Greco Jr., 51, of Vineland, bilked an elderly patient in his care of more than $149,000. Greco is the owner and administrator of the East Creek Manor Rehabilitation Center on Route 47 in Eldora.

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Three injured in accident aboard Cape May-Lewes ferry

LOWER TOWNSHIP – Three people were injured onboard the MV Delaware Friday as vehicles were disembarking at the North Cape May terminal, ferry officials said.

Around 9:40 a.m., a white 2012 Ford Explorer on the port side of the ferry vessel broadsided a silver Honda Civic on the starboard side. The impact pinned the Civic against the vessel’s starboard bulkhead, according to a release.

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Galloway school board meeting Monday to include presentation on taxes

GALLOWAY – Taxpayers will have the opportunity to voice their concerns over the property tax increase that went into effect recently at a Galloway Township school board meeting 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 25 at the Middle School, 101 S. Reeds Road.

During a heated township council meeting Aug. 19, residents came out from the Four Seasons development and elsewhere in the township to question the council on why some of their tax bills went up by 30 percent.

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Local veterans see hope for medical services close to their homes

Veterans liaison Bob Frolow and Rep. Frank LoBiondo’s spokesman Mike Francis listen as Shore Medical Center CEO Ron Johnson explains new health care initiatives for veterans. Veterans liaison Bob Frolow and Rep. Frank LoBiondo’s spokesman Mike Francis listen as Shore Medical Center CEO Ron Johnson explains new health care initiatives for veterans.

 NORTHFIELD — Free health care screenings for veterans are being provided daily through Saturday, Aug. 23 at the three Shore Urgent Care Centers.
Local veterans met Tuesday, Aug. 19 at ShorePhysiciansGroupUrgentCareCenter on Shore Road to hear about inroads being made to provide those veterans with healthcare closer to home.
As the system stands now veterans, many of them aging, are forced to travel to Wilmington, Delaware for care and it is a hardship but changes are coming.

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Police: Driver fled after damaging boats in early morning crash

ERMA — Lower Township Police Department responded to a hit and run motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Seashore and Tabernacle Roads at 4:58 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20. 

Police say Ryan P. Freeling 19, of West New Jersey Avenue in Villas was driving his 2001 Ford Taurus south on Seashore Road when it left the roadway striking a traffic signal and proceeding through a chain link fence, surrounding Jersey Cape Marine, located at 656 Route 9 Erma.  Police do not know why the car left the road.

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County Zoo ranked 15th in U.S. by TripAdvisor.com

A cotton-top tamarin keeps an eye on the visitors at the Cape May County Zoo. The free zoo has ranked high in a recent national list. A cotton-top tamarin keeps an eye on the visitors at the Cape May County Zoo. The free zoo has ranked high in a recent national list. CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Cape May County Zoo was recently honored by TripAdvisor.com when it received a certificate of excellence from the website, and was ranked 15th in the country, just behind metropolitan zoos such as the San Diego Zoo, according to a press release.

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Katz JCC cuts ribbon on new offshore early childhood learning center

Katz JCC cuts ribbon on new offshore early childhood learning center Katz JCC cuts ribbon on new offshore early childhood learning center NORTHFIELD – Changing demographics is behind the expansion of the Milton and Betty Katz Jewish Community Center Early Childhood Education Center to the mainland, which opened a branch at Congregation Beth Israel in Northfield.

Also opening on the mainland is Beth El Synagogue’s Mainland Branch in the London Square Plaza on Tilton Road.

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