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    Between text messages, photos and social media log-ins, your cell phone can tell investigators a lot about you.


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    Five more games are up for vote.

    Five more games are up for vote.


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    The accident took place in the northbound lanes of the turnpike early Sunday.

    CHERRY HILL -- A woman was seriously hurt when she was struck while changing a tire along the New Jersey Turnpike early Sunday, authorities say.

    It was about 6:11 a.m. when the unidentified woman was hit by a Ford transit van, according to New Jersey State Police Sgt. Lawrence Peele.

    The woman had parked her GMC Envoy in the right lane near Milepost 30.3 in the northbound lanes of the turnpike, Peele said.

    As she was attempting to change the tire she was struck.

    The woman was taken to Cooper University Hospital, Camden, where she was in serious condition, Peele said.

    He said the van driver is cooperating with police in the investigation which is ongoing.

    Bill Gallo Jr. may be reached at bgallo@njadvancemedia.com. Follow Bill Gallo Jr. on Twitter @bgallojr. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

     

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    Where are the top games this week?


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    Animals throughout New Jersey await adoption from shelters and rescues.

    Petfinder, the for-profit internet company that operates the largest online pet adoption website serving all of North America, put this list together of common adoption myths in the hope that more people will adopt dogs and cats from shelters and rescues.

    "I don't know what I'm getting."

    There is likely more information available on adoptable animals than pets for purchase in pet stores. Many of the pets from rescue groups are in foster care, living with their fosterer 24/7; information on their personality and habits is typically vast. Even shelters have a very good idea about how the dogs and cats in their care behave with people and other animals.

    "I can't find what I want at a shelter."

    Not only are their breed-specific rescue groups, but some rescues and shelters maintain waiting lists for specific breeds. There are even means on Petfinder.com to be notified when certain breeds are posted for adoption.

    "I can get a pet for free from a friend or acquaintance; why pay an adoption fee?"

    The 'free pet' from a source other than a shelter or rescue group isn't necessarily free. Adoption fees usually cover a number of services and treatments including spay/neuter and veterinary checkups. Covering these costs on your own would call for spending the following estimated amounts:

    * Spay/neuter: $150-$300

    * Distemper vaccination: $20-$30, twice

    * Rabies vaccination: $15-$25

    * Heartworm test: $15-$35

    * Flea/tick treatment: $50-$200

    * Microchip: $25-$50

    "Pets are in shelters because they don't make good pets."

    Here are the main reasons animals end up in shelters or with rescue groups:

    * Owners have to move, pets not allowed

    * Allergies

    * Owner having personal problems

    * Too many, no room for littermates

    * Owner can no longer afford a pet

    * Owner's health does not allow for pet care

    While no one can say that every pet adopted from a shelter or rescue will work out perfectly, it's important to remember that misinformation about these homeless animals often keeps them from finding loving homes.


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    Who holds the No. 1 spot after the top four team's from last weeks poll all took losses?


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    A look at the top games for the upcoming week in girls soccer.


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    Authorities are seeking the public's help to track down a car and two people who may have been involved in a fatal shooting.

    PENNSAUKEN -- Authorities have identified a vehicle that may be linked to a fatal shooting that took place over the weekend. 

    Jerry Mass, 26, of Camden, was found dead on the floor of a Stockton Avenue apartment following a shooting Saturday, according to the Camden County Prosecutor's Office. 

    On Monday, authorities released a surveillance photo of a burgundy or red 2000 Buick Century with stock rims. Officials believe the vehicle was involved in the shooting. 

    No arrests were made in connection to the shooting over the weekend. Authorities describe the suspects as a stocky Hispanic man around 5-foot-9 and a thin black man between the ages of 20 and 30, according to the prosecutor's office. 

    Authorities urge witnesses to avoid approaching the vehicle, and instead call 911 if they see a car matching the Buick's description.

    Anyone with information on the vehicle, suspects, or shooting is asked to contact authorities at 856-225-8561 or 856-488-0080.

    Amanda Hoover can be reached at ahoover@njadvancemedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @amahoover. Find NJ.com on Facebook.


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    The comedian and talk-show host is raising money for a Cherry Hill group.

    CHERRY HILL -- Comedian and talk-show host Samantha Bee is supporting a local non-profit by offering lunch with her on the set of her New York City show as a fundraiser.

    Bee is soliciting donations to win a lunch with her to raise money for Distributing Dignity, a charity with a mission to distribute new bras, pads and tampons, enhancing the dignity of women in need. 

    Samantha BeeSamantha Bee (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP) 

    "Ready to sit front and center at a taping of Full Frontal?" a web post for the promotion said. "You'll join [Samantha Bee] at the studio to feast on a delicious lunch, sip stiff drinks, casually chat about the current state of affairs, and get VIP seats to a taping of Full Frontal."

    The nationwide promotion solicits donations starting at $10 and reaching into the hundreds to win the grand-prize including a trip with airfare and hotel to the studio and other prizes. The contest runs through Sept. 28.

    "In 2009, we were providing assistance to a homeless day center in Camden by donating gently used business clothes for job interviews," the Distributing Dignity website said. "A woman at the day center thanked our group for the clothes and then told us she didn't have a decent bra to wear underneath them. 

    "Compelled by this newly discovered need, we organized our first "Mardi Bra" party.  We invited all the women we knew and each guest brought a new bra or a package of pads/tampons.  Many women brought bags full of donations.  It was a party with a purpose." 

    Bill Duhart may be reached at bduhart@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @bduhart. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

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    NJ.com's football writers highlight 31 players who made a major mark on their games this past week


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    Kenneth Smith, a 22-year-old sailor, was killed last month when the ship crashed into an oil tanker near Singapore.

    CHERRY HILL -- A funeral for the 22-year-old sailor who died aboard the USS John McCain last month will be held this Saturday. 

    Kenneth Smith, Electronics Technician 3rd Class posthumously promoted to 2nd Class, was killed along with 10 other sailors when the ship collided with an oil tanker off the coast of Singapore. 

    Kenneth-Smith.pngKenneth Smith was pronounced dead after a three-day search for missing sailors aboard the USS John McCain.  

    A funeral service for Smith is scheduled for Saturday at 4 p.m. at St. Andrews United Methodist Church on Marlton Pike in Cherry Hill. Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. 

    Smith was born in Jackson, Mich., before moving to Chesapeake, Va. and later to Cherry Hill when his father, who is a Naval officer, was transferred to Philadelphia. He became a third-generation sailor when he enlisted in the Navy in 2014. 

    Friends of the 2013 graduate of Cherry Hill High School East describe Smith as adventurous and fun-loving. 

    Aboard the McCain, Smith worked in radar technology. He enjoyed writing science fiction in his spare time, his mother told NBC10.  

    Throughout his more than three years of service, Smith received three awards, including the National Defense Service Medal, the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon and Navy Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon. He was stationed on the McCain for more than two years.    

    "Kenneth was a great young man, son, and Sailor," his father, Darryl Smith, said in a statement released last month. "He truly loved his family, the Navy, and his shipmates. I am incredibly proud of his service to our country. He will be greatly missed and I am thankful we had 22 wonderful years together." 

    Shortly before his death, Smith wrote on social media: "My bucket list of things to do before I die is close to completion already. I've skydived, jumped headfirst from an 8 story tower, have seen virtual reality at its baby stages, and will soon be traveling to the other side of the world." 

    Amanda Hoover can be reached at ahoover@njadvancemedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @amahoover. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

     

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    Who were the best players across the state during the season's opening weeks?


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    Get a look at who made their mark during the first week of the season.


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    The victim was out of her vehicle to inspect a tire, state police said.

    CHERRY HILL -- A woman who was struck while standing outside her vehicle on the New Jersey Turnpike has died, state police said.

    Kerstine Freeney-Coleman, 39, of Mount Holly was hit Sunday around 6:11 a.m. after she exited her GMC Envoy to inspect a tire, New Jersey State Police Sgt. Jeff Flynn said Tuesday.

    Freeney-Coleman had parked her vehicle on the right lane of the roadway near Milepost 30.3 and was near the front driver's side of her vehicle when she was struck by a Ford van.

    She was taken to Cooper University Hospital, Camden, where she was pronounced dead, Flynn said.

    No charges have been filed and the investigation into the accident is continuing, Flynn said.

    Bill Gallo Jr. may be reached at bgallo@njadvancemedia.com. Follow Bill Gallo Jr. on Twitter @bgallojr. Find NJ.com on Facebook. 

     

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    A verbal argument ensued between medical personnel and corrections officers.

    CAPE MAY -- A jail inmate who says he was shackled during emergency surgery and restrained for days after despite objections by his doctors has filed a lawsuit alleging the treatment caused complications that required a second surgery.

    Benjamin J. Davis, 24, of Cherry Hill, filed the federal civil rights lawsuit in Camden on Friday against the Cape May County jail and various officials involved in the decision to keep him restrained.

    Davis began serving a 180-day sentence in December for driving on a suspended license and a disorderly person offense and he began experiencing "severe abdominal aches" on Jan. 10, the lawsuit said. 

    Despite repeated pleas for medical attention, he wasn't examined until roughly 12 hours later, the suit alleges.

    Davis was diagnosed at Cape Regional Medical Center appendicitis and doctors determined he needed an emergency procedure, according to the suit.

    While being prepped for surgery, Davis alleges he was kept shackled and handcuffed to the hospital bed, despite objections from the surgeon who was allegedly told by corrections officers that the restrains were policy.

    The surgeon and nurse then "insisted that the officers wait outside" to avoid an increased risk of infection during the operation, but the officers refused, the lawsuit said.

    After the surgery, Davis was again shackled and handcuffed to a hospital bed. Later, the surgeon insisted on removing the restraints and allowing Davis to move around so that he could recover properly, according to the suit.

    The surgeon allegedly told the officers that Davis' organs were "shutting down, his intestinal track was becoming kinked, and he was not recovering as he should" because he was not being allowed to move around, the lawsuit said.

    Roughly four or five days after the initial surgery, Davis' nurse reiterated that Davis needed to move around the room to recover properly, but the officers continued to refuse, prompting a verbal argument between the nurse and one of the officers, according to the suit.

    Davis returned to the jail after 12 days in the hospital. He lost 30 pounds and remained in "continuous and severe pain," the suit alleges.

    Davis is seeking monetary damages and attorney's fees from Cape May County, the numerous corrections officers listed as well as the jail's warden and county sheriff.

    Davis is also asking a judge to prevent corrections officers from repeating the similar actions while an inmate is in their custody.  

    Spencer Kent may be reached at skent@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @SpencerMKent. Find the Find NJ.com on Facebook.

     

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    An Audubon reverend reported that a man threatened him and his family on Facebook.

    AUDUBON -- A church pastor who denounced white supremacy said he and his family quickly became the targets of online harassment from a man who has targeted other area religious leaders. 

    Ryan Paetzold of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Audubon, Camden County, said he understands that controversy will follow political and religious discussions online, but that he was surprised how quickly the incident turned from an online discussion to a personal attack involving his family. 

    "On the one hand, it's Facebook," he said Tuesday. "What was surprising is, I've seen tons of nasty Facebook fights. This was the least provocative."

    Paetzold said that a man, later identified as 41-year-old Joseph Baird of Philadelphia, harassed him on Facebook after he showed solidarity with an Ambler, Pennsylvania, pastor. That pastor, Rachel Anderson, saw backlash after hanging a banner supporting diversity at her own church last month and penning a blogpost titled, "Against White Supremacy." 

    Anderson reportedly received death threats, and was confronted by Baird in person, NBC reported. 

    Paetzold, who lives in Marlton, said he hadn't met Baird, but became engaged with him in a discussion on the Ambler church's page, where Baird allegedly argued that the banner displayed was offensive to white people.

    "So I simply asked, 'How was this degrading to white people?'" Paetzold said. 

    Before receiving a response, he got notifications that Baird had shared a photo from his personal profile, showing him and his pregnant wife on vacation. Baird allegedly tagged dozens of others, writing "this is the queer that doesn't like white people." 

    When Paetzold changed his privacy settings, he still later said he saw Baird sharing screenshots and continuing the harassment.  

    Paetzold filed a harassment complaint against Baird with Evesham Township Police last week. The matter is not being investigated by police, but will be heard as a civilian complaint in Evesham Municipal Court, Lt. Joseph Friel said. 

    NBC reported that Baird made the comments under the name ChetD Joe on Facebook. On Tuesday, no such account could be found publicly. 

    NBC reported that Baird posted about the Ambler church on August 23, writing "Yooo.... Did you see the video of the church that hates white people ?"

    Another man responded, "No but i have petrol and matches brother," to which Baird responded with the church's location, noting that it's "not too far from Valley Forge Valley Forge KKK territory."

    Paetzold, who describes himself as liberal, said that he notes support for groups like Black Lives Matter could stir controversy, but became increasingly worried about Baird's support for white supremacy, leading him to involve the police. 

    "Everyone should resist white supremacy, so it's really strange," Paetzold said. "I expect people to go after other things." 

    A number listed for Joseph Baird was not in service Tuesday. 

    Amanda Hoover can be reached at ahoover@njadvancemedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @amahoover. Find NJ.com on Facebook.


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    Elliot P. Nock still faces another murder trial.

    CAMDEN -- A 34-year-old Camden man was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday for the fatal shooting of a man in 2014.

    elliotnock.JPGElliot Nock 

    But the justice system is not yet done with Elliot P. Nock. He still faces a trial for another fatal shooting the same November night. Nock was sentenced for pumping five shots into Nelson Jackson, 37, of Camden, on the 800 block of Haddon Avenue on Nov. 10, 2014. Authorities said the deadly dispute was sparked when Jackson intervened in an argument Nock was having with another man.

    Later that night, Daniel Damon, 21, was gunned down on the 700 block of Morgan Boulevard. Witnesses placed Nock there, as well, authorities said. 

    Prosecutors say Nock and Damon were seen arguing -- including in surveillance video in which Nock positively identified himself, according to police -- prior to Damon's murder.

    One witness to the alleged shooting told authorities that Nock had received marijuana from Damon and that at one point Damon had gained possession of a firearm from Nock, according to prosecutors.

    Nock recovered the gun from Damon before shooting him twice and fleeing the area, prosecutors said, citing eyewitness testimony.

    Bill Duhart may be reached at bduhart@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @bduhart. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

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    A new collection of teams make the jump into the Top 20.


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    In 1998, if you picked two random students out of the student body, the chances of the pair being the same racial and ethnic category were 42 percent. Today, they'd be 31 percent.


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