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Cape May City Council rescinds police chief’s contract, prompting councilman’s resignation

Cape May City Council in a divided vote rescinded the contract of Police Chief Robert Sheehan. He will remain Cape May’s highest ranking officer, but will no longer be the chief, a position he’s held for just shy of one year. Cape May City Council in a divided vote rescinded the contract of Police Chief Robert Sheehan. He will remain Cape May’s highest ranking officer, but will no longer be the chief, a position he’s held for just shy of one year. CAPE MAY – Cape May City Council voted 3-2 to rescind the contract of Cape May Police Chief Robert Sheehan in a contentious meeting Tuesday, prompting the resignation of Councilman Jerry Inderwies Jr., who was sworn into office in January.

Inderwies decried the resolution by City Council, which was supported by Mayor Ed Mahaney and councilwomen Beatrice Gauvry-Pessagno and Terri Swain. Councilman Shaine Meier joined Inderwies in voting against the resolution.

The resolution was approved after a long closed session meeting to discuss an ongoing investigation of Sheehan, council members said. Sheehan said there is an administrative investigation underway at the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office, and not a criminal investigation. He said he is not the focus of the investigation.

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Ocean City man missing since 2009

Police still searching for John Weisbecker on sixth anniversary of his disappearance

John Weisbecker of Ocean City went missing from his home six years ago on March 11, 2009. John Weisbecker of Ocean City went missing from his home six years ago on March 11, 2009.

OCEAN CITY — March 11 will be the sixth anniversary of the disappearance of John Weisbecker from his home in the 200 block of Asbury Avenue.

Weisbecker, who was 21 at the time, was discovered missing around 8 p.m. by family members when they returned home that night in 2009. He was last seen around 10:30 that morning by a local postal worker.

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State DEP closes diamondback terrapin hunting season

A female diamondback on a warm late spring day searches for a place to lay eggs. Local conservationists work to rescue the animals when they are run over during nesting season, but they are also hunted during the winter. – File photo by Bill Barlow A female diamondback on a warm late spring day searches for a place to lay eggs. Local conservationists work to rescue the animals when they are run over during nesting season, but they are also hunted during the winter. – File photo by Bill Barlow TRENTON - Diamondback terrapins in southern New Jersey may sleep more soundly this winter after the state ordered an early close to the reptiles’ hunting season this week.

Bob Martin, commissioner state Department of Environmental Protection, said in a March 2 press release that pressure from increased harvesting of northern diamondback terrapins in coastal areas of the state led him to close the remainder of the commercial harvest season for this turtle species.

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EHT police searching for suspect who used fraudulent credit cards at area grocery stores

Submitted/The male is described as a dark skinned black male approximately 40 years old wearing glasses and has a beard. Submitted/The male is described as a dark skinned black male approximately 40 years old wearing glasses and has a beard.

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP - The Egg Harbor Township Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a subject involved in a fraud investigation in which the suspect allegedly used someone else’s credit cards to purchase gift cards at area grocery stores.

According to police, on Thursday, Feb. 5, an unknown male used a fraudulent credit card to purchase gift cards at the ShopRite at English Creek and the ShopRite in Somers Point. He also made a purchase Dunkin Donuts in Mays Landing and attempted to purchase gift cards at the Acme in Mays Landing.

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One injured in early morning crash in Egg Harbor Township

Dennis C. Sharpe photos Dennis C. Sharpe photos EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP –  One person was sent to the hospital from injuries sustained when a car collided with a tree along English Creek Avenue near the intersection with Marshall Drive around 4:30 a.m. Sunday, March 1, according to the Egg Harbor Township Fire Department.

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Philadelphia Flower Show is a family event this year (SLIDE SHOW)

Welcome to the Philadelphia Flower Show Welcome to the Philadelphia Flower Show The Philadelphia Flower Show promises to be a pleasant alternative to wintery South Jersey and a day out for the entire family, including children. The theme for this year's event is inspired by the movies of Disney and Pixar. Waldor Orchids of Linwood has one of the largest displays, featuring the Disney movie, “Peter Pan,” complete with Capt. Hook, Peter Pan and the Lost Boys.

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UPDATED: Icy roads suspected in fatal morning car crash

LOWER TOWNSHIP – The driver killed in an early morning crash on Monday, March 2, was identified as a township employee with a young family. 

The township issued a press release identifying Dave Thomas, who was employed in the Department of Public Works. Thomas, 28, of Lower Township was killed when his Ford Ranger left an icy roadway and struck a tree along Fishing Creek Road. The crash occurred at approximately 6:50 a.m.
Thomas was traveling east bound when he lost control of his vehicle and crossed over the west bound lane. Preliminary investigation indicated icy road conditions as a possible contributing factor.

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Winter storm watch posted for New Jersey, Middle Atlantic

A mid of the week snow maker appears to be more certain for South Jersey now that the National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for all of the state. /NWS A mid of the week snow maker appears to be more certain for South Jersey now that the National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for all of the state. /NWS A mid-week snow maker appears to be more certain for South Jersey now that the National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for all of the state:

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Set the DVR- Diners, Drive-ins and Dives takes its last look at the Jersey shore

The food network rolled into town and Diners, Drive-ins and Dives host Guy Fieri takes a big bite out of Carluccio’s famous Grandma’s pizza during the filming of the episode “Global Tasting” that will air for the first time Friday, March 13. The food network rolled into town and Diners, Drive-ins and Dives host Guy Fieri takes a big bite out of Carluccio’s famous Grandma’s pizza during the filming of the episode “Global Tasting” that will air for the first time Friday, March 13.

Friday March 6 its Grilled Cheese and Crab Cake Co. in Somers Point and Friday March 13 its Carluccio's in Northfield
NORTHFIELD—Viewers will get to see the last trip of Guy Fieri’s red Camaro of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives fame rolling through Atlantic County as the final two episodes filmed in the region air this Friday, March 6 and March 13.

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Emaciated dog making good recovery at Seaville veterinarians office

At left, Kim Becica and Dr. Nick Holland examine Shadow upon arrival in January. At left, Kim Becica and Dr. Nick Holland examine Shadow upon arrival in January. SEAVILLE – An emaciated dog taken from a home in Lower Township is making a good recovery at Shore Veterinarians in Seaville.

Shadow, a yellow lab, was brought to the animal hospital after being taken from a home in the Erma section of Lower Township on Jan. 15, according to a release from Shore Veterinarians. When he arrived, the staff there was not sure whether he would survive.

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Fire at Harbour Cove Marina in Somers Point

Don Kravitz/The Somers Point Fire Company was called to the Harbour Cove Marina on Friday, February 27, 2015 at 2:30 p.m. in response for a call into the station of a boat fire. Upon arriving on scene, the fire company found the boat known as the Land Ho engulfed in flames and billowing out thick grey smoke. Don Kravitz/The Somers Point Fire Company was called to the Harbour Cove Marina on Friday, February 27, 2015 at 2:30 p.m. in response for a call into the station of a boat fire. Upon arriving on scene, the fire company found the boat known as the Land Ho engulfed in flames and billowing out thick grey smoke.

SOMERS POINT—Firefighters here put in a long day Friday, Feb. 27 as a second fire of the day had them on the waterfront battling a smoky boat fire at the Harbour Cove Marina.
Fire Marshall Lee Crossman said the call came in just before 2:30 p.m. that a boat in the water was billowing thick smoke and there were flames.

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Forecasters watching for heavy snow on Thursday

Weather forecasters are watching to see if a triple whammy – abundant moisture, cold air and a slow moving front – will combine forces on Thursday to deliver around a foot of snow along the I-95 corridor, including South Jersey. As of the noon Monday model runs of the GFS, Euro and Canadian weather models, the answer is yes. /Weatherbell Analytics, www.weatherbell.com Weather forecasters are watching to see if a triple whammy – abundant moisture, cold air and a slow moving front – will combine forces on Thursday to deliver around a foot of snow along the I-95 corridor, including South Jersey. As of the noon Monday model runs of the GFS, Euro and Canadian weather models, the answer is yes. /Weatherbell Analytics, www.weatherbell.com Weather forecasters are watching to see if a triple whammy – abundant moisture, cold air and a slow moving front – will combine forces on Thursday to deliver around a foot of snow along the I-95 corridor, including South Jersey. As of the noon Monday model runs of the GFS, Euro and Canadian weather models, the answer is yes.

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Former governors urge senate to vote against Ocean City man's nomination to Pinelands Commission

Four former governors wrote to members of the New Jersey Senate Monday, urging them to vote against the nomination of Robert Barr to the New Jersey Pinelands Commission.

Barr, of Ocean City, has been nominated by Gov. Chris Christie to fill the seat of Robert Jackson on the commission. The nomination has been contested by state environmental groups, who see it as a maneuver to get Pinelands Commission approval for a natural gas pipeline proposed by South Jersey Gas.

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