• Middle Township Gazette

    Mosquito Control Department helicopter crashes in Cape May Court House.Pilot identified as Dan Konecny

    A helicopter made a forced landing in a field at School House Lane and Boyd Street in Cape May Court House at about 10:50 a.m. Monday, Aug. 25, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

    The helicopter belongs to the Cape May County Department of Mosquito Control.

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  • Wildwood Leader

    Kevin Tolan, Jr. has his father, North Wildwood Police Capt. Kevin Tolan, pin his badge.

    NORTH WILDWOOD — Eight new patrol officers joined North Wildwood’s police force Tuesday, Aug. 19, bringing the department back up to 29 full-time officers.

    Thomas Flounders, Jr., Bryan Skill, Joseph Kopetsky, Steven Ransom, Kevin Tolan, Jr., Daniel Hartman, Ryan Madden, and Kyle Zaleski were all appointed to North Wildwood’s Police Department during the City Council meeting that day.

  • Wildwood Leader

    But he said the city won’t move unless the whole island is on board

    WILDWOOD — Beach fees are somewhere in Wildwood’s future, but the city won’t institute them unless North Wildwood and Wildwood Crest establish the fees as well, Mayor Ernie Troiano said Wednesday.

    The comments came after resident Chris Slater asked the commission if beach fees would be moving forward. Slater supported the fees.

  • Wildwood Leader

    WILDWOOD — The owner of The Gillmore Motel has been charged with maintaining a nuisance after police were called there several times for reports of the sale of narcotics, police announced. 

    Police say that Robert Grimley, 43, of Palermo knowingly operated The Gillmore as a location where individuals gathered to participate in illegal activities. He was charged Thursday, Aug. 14.

  • Wildwood Leader

    WILDWOOD — An alleged domestic violence incident involving a shotgun led police to 322 bags of heroin seized, Wildwood police said.

    At 2:21 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 16 police responded to reports that a man had been confronted by his ex-girlfriend, Shakeila Fitzpatrick, who was allegedly armed with a shotgun. Upon arrival though, Fitzpatrick had left the area.

  • Wildwood Leader

    David Benson/Kyle Dunbar, who appeared on seasons three and four of Spike TV’s “Ink Masters” points out some of the tattoos on his chest during the Wildwood Tattoo Beach Bash Aug. 15.WILDWOOD — Kyle Dunbar has more than 20 years’ experience as a tattoo artist and the Flint, Mich., native is best known for his two seasons on Spike TV’s reality show “Ink Masters.” Kelly…

Wildwood Leader

Sexual assault charge leads to drug arrests in Wildwood

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, August 27, 2014 04:11 pm

WILDWOOD – Six men were charged with various drug offenses Tuesday, Aug. 26, after Wildwood police responded to a 15-year-old girl’s report of sexual assault, police said.

Christian Terinoni, 19, Wildwood, was charged with sexual assault with injury and endangering the welfare of a child, as well as possession of psilocybin mushrooms after the girl told police that she had been assaulted at a party at about 2:40 a.m. at 4211 Park Boulevard, Unit 100, Wildwood, according to police.

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Crest man accused of shooting paintball gun at people, cars

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, August 27, 2014 04:08 pm

WILDWOOD CREST — A Wildwood Crest man faces weapon and assault charges after he allegedly shot a paintball gun at cars and pedestrians Tuesday night on Pacific Avenue in the borough, police announced.

Police said they were called to 7100 Pacific Ave. around 9:15 p.m. for reports of a man shooting a BB gun at cars and people. When they arrived, they found Lawrence Mathis III, 46, shooting at pedestrians and moving vehicles with a paintball gun, police said. No one was injured, according to police.

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Narcan helps revive man after overdose

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, August 27, 2014 04:05 pm

WILDWOOD CREST — Wildwood Crest Rescue were able to revive a local man with Narcan after he allegedly overdosed on heroin, Crest police announced.

Police were called to a Sweetbriar Road residence around 5 p.m. Tuesday night for reports of an unconscious, unresponsive man. When they arrived, they said they found Frederick O’Brien III being given CPR by his wife. Prior to collapsing, police said, O’Brien ingested an unknown amount of heroin.

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Letter: Police patrolling beach should do so without guns

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Written by Opinion Wednesday, August 27, 2014 02:00 pm

To the editor:

Recently, we have noticed fully-uniformed police officers walking in pairs dressed in bullet proof vests, holstering hand guns, handcuffs, and ticket books inspecting beachgoers. They also walk the tide line where many beachgoers sit in chairs relaxing by the Atlantic Ocean. Since we purchased our home on Sixth Avenue in 2003, my wife, three children, extended family, friends, and I have enjoyed this beach, incident and issue-free without exception.

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Business wants to make sure Glenwood students have what they need to head back to school

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Written by Christie Rotondo Tuesday, August 26, 2014 12:51 pm

WILDWOOD — Children in Wildwood will go back to school Thursday, Aug. 28, and thanks to Itswell Yoga and the local community, many will have new backpacks and school supplies.

From now through Sept. 1, the studio will collect new backpacks, crayons, markers, pencils, and folders for children at Glenwood Avenue Elementary School.

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Wildwood seeks county money for beachfront bikeway

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Written by Christie Rotondo Monday, August 25, 2014 02:24 pm

WILDWOOD — The bike path in Wildwood Crest is one of the most popular attractions on the island. In North Wildwood, bikers can ride from 3rd Avenue to 15th Avenue along a beach path. But Wildwood only has its boardwalk, and cyclists have to get off by noon.

That may change though, as the city has agreed to submit an application to the Cape May County Open Space Board to help fund the creation of beach bike path in Wildwood.

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Wildwood mayor leads trips down memory lane

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Written by Christie Rotondo Sunday, August 24, 2014 12:00 am

Mayor Ernie Troiano, Jr. stands with Tom Kinnemand, a former newspaper photographer in Cape May County, as they look over Kinnemand’s photographs. Mayor Ernie Troiano, Jr. stands with Tom Kinnemand, a former newspaper photographer in Cape May County, as they look over Kinnemand’s photographs.

WILDWOOD —  The smell of bread baking in Mariner’s Italian Bakery. The fires that spread across the island’s homes during the storm of ’62.  And when the HofBrau Hotel booked Bill Haley and the Comets for the first time.

These were just a few of the memories five Wildwood locals reminisced about Tuesday, Aug. 19, when they again got together with Mayor Ernie Troiano to record an oral history of Wildwood.

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Candle Light Inn in North Wildwood announces new ownership

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Written by Staff Reports Saturday, August 23, 2014 12:00 am

From left, the new owners of the Candlelight Inn, Michael and Wanda O’Brien, stand on the Victorian bed and breakfast’s front steps with former owners Nancy and Bill Moncrief. From left, the new owners of the Candlelight Inn, Michael and Wanda O’Brien, stand on the Victorian bed and breakfast’s front steps with former owners Nancy and Bill Moncrief.

NORTH WILDWOOD — The Candlelight Inn in North Wildwood is now under new ownership. Michael and Wanda O’Brien, of Schnecksville, Pa., purchased the Candlelight Inn from longtime owners Bill and Nancy Moncrief at the end of July.

The O’Briens were drawn to the bed and breakfast’s classic Victorian charm, central location to both the Cape May wine trail and Wildwood entertainment, and the proximity to the beach, according to a press release on the sale.

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