Cape May Gazette

Police searching for jewelry theft suspect

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, September 18, 2014 03:04 pm

Jewelry store theft suspect Jewelry store theft suspect

CAPE MAY – The Cape May Police Department is investigating a theft of jewelry (initial estimated value $50,000), Sept. 17, at approximately 2 p.m., from a store on the Washington Street Mall.

The store surveillance cameras recorded a person who police would like to interview and is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the subject in the photos below.

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CMC Airport under consideration for drone testing

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Written by Christopher South Thursday, September 18, 2014 01:40 pm

US Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod/ An unmanned aerial vehicle operator with the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team assembles a Raven during a UAV refresher course last year at Fort Bragg, N.C. The use of unmanned aircraft has become common in combat, and civilian use is being explored, but some in Cape May County fear their use in surveillance and law enforcement in the United States. There may be testing of civilian uses at the Cape May Airport. US Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod/ An unmanned aerial vehicle operator with the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team assembles a Raven during a UAV refresher course last year at Fort Bragg, N.C. The use of unmanned aircraft has become common in combat, and civilian use is being explored, but some in Cape May County fear their use in surveillance and law enforcement in the United States. There may be testing of civilian uses at the Cape May Airport. LOWER TOWNSHIP – The Executive Director of Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership (MAAP) Rose Mooney confirmed that the Cape May County Airport is under consideration as a drone testing site, but testing has nothing to do with military operations.

Additionally, she said the airport is simply being considered, contrary to some published reports saying the airport had been selected as a testing site.

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CM Traditional Jazz Society presents Hot Taters

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, September 17, 2014 04:21 pm

CAPE MAY – The Cape May Traditional Jazz Society presents Hot Taters on Sunday, Oct. 12, from 2 to 4 p.m. at VFW Post 386, 419 Congress St., Cape May.

Hot Taters is Pete Jensen on trombone and his guys on trumpet, clarinet, piano, banjo, drums. A real fun swinging show. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at door, and open to the public. CMTJS member price is $15.

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Van Drew says First District needs to do better

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Written by Christopher South Wednesday, September 17, 2014 03:38 pm

State Sen. Jeff Van Drew State Sen. Jeff Van Drew CAPE MAY – State Sen. Jeff Van Drew addressed the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Cape May Tuesday, saying what a lot of people know – the First Legislative District is economically challenged.

The First District includes all of Cape May County, about 95 percent of Cumberland County, and a small portion of Atlantic County.

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LTMUA dissolution halted by 3-2 vote

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Written by Christopher South Wednesday, September 17, 2014 09:49 am

LOWER TOWNSHIP – The two regular Republicans on Lower Township Council stuck to their guns, Monday, and voted no on dissolution of the Lower Township Municipal Utilities Authority.

The vote actually came on an ordinance authorizing the township to assume the debt of the LTMUA. Once that ordinance was defeated, Mayor Mike Beck said two other ordinances became a moot point. He asked that an ordinance creating a sewer utility and another dissolving the LTMUA be tabled indefinitely.

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Volunteering is free, the rewards are priceless

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, September 16, 2014 04:53 pm

Nature Center of Cape May seen beyond osprey nest. Nature Center of Cape May seen beyond osprey nest. CAPE MAY – Jimmy Doolittle said, “There is nothing stronger than the heart of a volunteer.” 

New Jersey Audubon’s Nature Center of Cape May needs volunteers. The center cannot exist or carry on its critically important role of fostering environmental awareness in Cape May without volunteers. Not sure how you can help? Don’t have the right training? All they need are people who are willing to help – they need volunteers. Ask them, they’ll show you how you can assist with:
• Center reception, store sales, managing inventory, answering phones, greeting the public.
• Computer maintenance and data entry, graphic design.

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Ben Miller is the MAC Volunteer of the Month for September

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, September 16, 2014 03:48 pm

Ben Miller, MAC Volunteer of the Month for September Ben Miller, MAC Volunteer of the Month for September Ben Miller, of Nazareth, Pa., is the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC) Volunteer of the Month for September, 2014. He was nominated by Mary Stewart, MAC's Chief Outreach Officer. Miller is the curator of this year's Carriage House Gallery Exhibit, "Cape May Ablaze: From the pages of The First Resort." The exhibit focuses on 150 years of dramatic fires that have shaped Cape May's history and transformed the island; the exhibit rose from Miller's work as author of "The First Resort: Fun, Sun, Fire and War in Cape May, America's Original Seaside Town," a 302-page, richly illustrated book published by Exit Zero Publishing, telling the lively and fascinating story of the forces that helped to create America's first seaside resort.

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Mayor, councilman spar on LTMUA dissolution, Public Safety Building

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Written by Christopher South Tuesday, September 16, 2014 03:35 pm

LOWER TOWNSHIP – Addressing allegations from opponents of the Lower Township Municipal Utilities Authority’s proposed dissolution last week, Mayor Mike Beck said he was the only one to oppose asking the LTMUA for some of their surplus funds three years ago.

Beck said the LTMUA board has said the township wants to raid their surplus funds, about $3.5 million. But the minutes of a March 21, 2011 council meeting indicate Councilman Thomas Conrad called asking for the money a “necessary evil,” and Councilman Erik Simonsen said it was reasonable to ask for half of what they could request from the LTMUA by statute.

Beck said the LTMUA is wasting $1 million per year, and the dissolution would stop that. He said the LTMUA’s answer would be to share services, and the LTMUA board offered to share 5 percent of its surplus annually.

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CMPD arrests North Cape May man after jewelry theft

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, September 15, 2014 04:30 pm

CAPE MAY – Cape May police arrested a man working with a a cleaning service employee after a renter reported missing jewelry.

In a release issued Monday by the Cape May Police Department, they arrested Joseph V. Hogg, 27, of North Cape May, on Sept. 3, on charges related to a theft of property from a Cape May Point rental property/residence.

Det.D. Henderson, Det. J. Walker and Patrolman D. Murphy’s investigation began on Aug. 31 when the victim, staying in a rental house on Stites Avenue in Cape May Point, noticed her jewelry valued at approximately $1,100 missing after a cleaning service company departed the house she was renting.

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Villas man pleads guilty in fatal 2012 shooting

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, September 15, 2014 04:25 pm

Bernard “Peanut” Green Bernard “Peanut” Green

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE — A 32-year-old Villas man pleaded guilty Thursday, Sept. 11 to shooting and killing Christopher Turner in November of 2012, the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office announced.

Bernard “Peanut” Green pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter in the first degree as part of a plea agreement that calls for him to serve 24 years in prison. Eighty-five percent of Green’s sentence must be served before he is eligible for parole. Sentencing is set for Oct. 31.

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