Cape May Gazette

Ocean City man arrested on drug charges

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, August 21, 2014 03:20 pm

LOWER TOWNSHIP – Police charged an Ocean City man with drug possession Wednesday after receiving a call of three suspicious subjects in the Villas.

Thomas J. Houston III, 31, was found to be in possession of various amounts of controlled dangerous substances (CDS) when he was stopped with two other people on the 100 block of Kentucky Avenue on Wednesday, Aug. 20, police said. He was also charged with hindering apprehension because he gave false information to police regarding his identity.

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Police: Driver fled after damaging boats in early morning crash

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, August 21, 2014 11:39 am

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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Public questions referendum on school funding

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Written by Christopher South Wednesday, August 20, 2014 10:42 am

CAPE MAY – Several members of the public questioned the city’s efforts to leave the Lower Cape May Regional School District, saying it would have a negative impact on local education.

One member of the public praised the city’s efforts, spearheaded by Deputy Mayor Jack Wichterman.

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New fire chief rose through the ranks

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Written by Christopher South Tuesday, August 19, 2014 01:27 pm

New CMFD Fire Chief Alex Coulter New CMFD Fire Chief Alex Coulter CAPE MAY – Cape May’s new Fire Chief Alex Coulter is such a native Cape Mayer, he remembers being sheltered in City Hall during Hurricane Gloria.

Coulter was sworn in as fire chief Aug. 5 to replace Jerry Inderwies Jr., who retired June 1.

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LTPD apprehends burglary suspect in Villas

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, August 19, 2014 11:02 am

VILLAS – Please announced the arrest of a burglary suspect on burglary and drug charges after executing a criminal warrant.

On Aug. 7, police responded to an address on E. St. Johns Ave. in Villas for a reported burglary of a residence. Inside the residence, Ptlm. Matt Gamble and Special Officer Robert Martinelli observed damage to the family’s television, ceiling fan and walls. During the investigation, information was obtained identifying the suspect as James W. “Jake” Donnelly of Villas. Based on the information obtained, Judge Thomas Hillegass issued a warrant charging Donnelly with the burglary. Several locations had been checked by the officers trying to apprehend Donnelly without success.

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Woman arrested for drug use in North Cape May Wawa

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, August 18, 2014 02:51 pm

LOWER TOWNSHIP – A woman was arrested Sunday for allegedly using drugs in the Wawa on Bayshore Road in North Cape May, according to police.

Lower Township police were called to the store at 3719 Bayshore Road on Sunday, Aug. 17 on reports of a woman using drugs in the store.

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MAC Grounds Crew Volunteers of the Month for August

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, August 18, 2014 01:10 pm

Volunteers of the Month for August Volunteers of the Month for August The Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC) Volunteers of the Month for August are the members of MAC’s hard-working, all-volunteer grounds crew. Shown here, from left, are: Jerry York, Cape May; Geri Breth, Cape May; Steve Irving, West Chester, Pa.; Warren Nuessle, Cape May; Sue Irving, West Chester, Pa.; and the group’s volunteer leader and organizer, Tom Carroll, Cape May. (Not shown are Dave Martz, Denny Sweetman and Frank Acker.) The all-volunteer Grounds Crew was conceived and organized by Tom Carroll, a long-time friend of MAC. The group was nominated for Volunteers of the Month by MAC Director Michael Zuckerman.

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State finance board approves LTMUA merger

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Written by Christopher South Monday, August 18, 2014 01:05 pm

LOWER TOWNSHIP – Township officials announced last week that the state Local Finance Board approved the dissolution of the Lower Township Municipal Utilities Authority (LTMUA) by a 5-0 vote.

The move to bring the water and sewer services into the township structure still needs approval by a super majority of Lower Township Council, meaning four of five votes. This far, Councilmen Thomas Conrad and Erik Simonsen have not been convinced the move is a good one (see related story).

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Not all of council behind LTMUA dissolution

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Written by Christopher South Monday, August 18, 2014 01:05 pm

LOWER TOWNSHIP - Not everyone on council is convinced that merging the Lower Township Municipal Utilities Authority with township services is the best idea.

Councilman Thomas Conrad and Erik Simonsen remain opposed to the merger saying the council and manager have gone forward on the dissolution of the LTMUA, despite the approval by the Local Finance Board.

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Inderwies has ‘ambitious vision’ for Cape May

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Written by Christopher South Monday, August 18, 2014 09:58 am

Jerry Inderwies files petitions in council race. Jerry Inderwies files petitions in council race. CAPE MAY – Jerry Inderwies Jr. has officially started his campaign for a Cape May City Council seat with the statement that he has an “ambitious vision for the future of Cape May.”

Inderwies picked up petitions for the city council election Nov. 4, which includes three seats being vacated by incumbents. Inderwies said his campaign started with a discussion with now campaign manager Jim Cheney and treasurer Bob Steenrod. Inderwies said he went to work getting the required number of petitions. He filed those with the city clerk last week, being the first candidate to actually file.

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