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    The officer was shot in the thigh at point blank range, police said.

    CAMDEN -- Camden County Police Chief J. Scott Thomson described the man charged with shooting an officer in the thigh Wednesday night as a 19-year-old Crips gang member with a lengthy adult arrest record despite the fact that he only turned 18 a year and a half ago.

    Delronn Mahan is being held at the Camden County Jail on charges including attempted murder, according to the Camden County Prosecutor's Office.

    "He's a bad guy," Thomson said of Mahan, whom he said had previously been arrested on drug charges in the same neighborhood where the shooting occurred. "In that short period of time of being an adult he has three felony convictions... Last night I think was his 10th arrest since he's 18 years old."

    Thomson told reporters in a press conference Wednesday that the officer who was shot at point blank range, Patrick O'Hanlon, is stable and recovering from the wound. The bullet went through his upper right thigh. 

    Thomson described Hanlon as a 21-year-old "diligent guardian" with a year on the job. He is also in the U.S. Army Reserves.

    O'Hanlon was shot after approaching a group of three "suspicious" men in the area of 8th Street and Chelton Avenue shortly after 10 p..m. Wednesday night, Thomson said. Mahan fled and O'Hanlon gave chase, at which point Mahan pulled out a gun.

    They struggled for the weapon, Thomson said, and the officer was shot.

    The gun apparently jammed after that shot, which Thomson said was fortunate because Mahan then tried unsuccessfully to shoot O'Hanlon in the face.

    "He able to rip the gun out of his hands, toss it off to the side and at the same time overpower the suspect and physically stay on top of him until backup arrived which was a matter of seconds," he said.  

    Officers who responded took Mahan into custody without harming him and used a tourniquet to limit the loss of blood from O'Hanlon's gunshot wound, Thomson said. 

    Mahan is charged with attempted murder, resisting arrest, two counts of aggravated assault, and three weapons charges, according to the prosecutor's office.

    Court records show Mahan is currently on probation after being convicted of charges including drug distribution, burglary and receiving stolen property over the last year.

    Thomson told reporters that O'Hanlon was patrolling in the area of 8th Street and Chelton Avenue because the area has been dealing with drug dealing and violence, among other things. He declined to say what about the group of men seemed suspicious to O'Hanlon.

    He said the police department's efforts in the area south of Centerville will not stop at patrols, especially after this shooting.

    "We realize the community was being victimized by this suspect as much as our officer was last night," he said. "So we are going to be out there today, knocking on doors, making people feel safe. We'll have our ice cream truck out there, we will be barbecuing and we'll be building relationships."

    Rebecca Everett may be reached at reverett@njadvancemedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccajeverett. Find NJ.com on Facebook.


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    Gavyn Connolly, 15, was a Timber Creek Regional High School student.

    Sterling Knight Gavyn Connolly.jpgGavyn Connolly, left, was struck and killed by a vehicle driven by Sterling Knight.
     

    WOODBURY -- A Stratford man who pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident in which a Sicklerville teenager was struck and killed was sentenced to three years probation.

    Sterling B. Knight, 23, was originally charged with vehicular homicide in the death of Gavyn Connolly, 15.

    Connolly was struck while crossing Route 42 in Washington Township on the evening of April 23, 2015, as she left a carnival.

    She was crossing the four-lane highway in an area that didn't have a designated crosswalk and was struck on the southbound shoulder of the road after crossing from the northbound lanes, according to the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office.

    Knight was "unlawfully passing and traveling at an unsafe speed for the shoulder" when the accident occurred, according to a complaint signed by police.

    He initially left the scene of the crash but returned a few minutes later, authorities said.

    He was charged five months later, but was indicted only on a second-degree charge of knowingly leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident that resulted in death.

    Under a plea agreement, he later pleaded guilty to a third-degree charge of leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident with serious injury.

    The fact that Connolly was crossing the highway in an area with no crosswalk was taken into account when determining what charges could be pursued in a prosecution, a spokesman for the prosecutor's office noted.

    Conditions of Knight's probation include reporting to a probation officer and allowing the officer to visit his residence, undergoing a substance abuse evaluation, random substance abuse testing and complying with a three-month driver's license suspension.

    In approving the sentence, Superior Court Judge Kevin T. Smith noted that Knight has no prior adult felony offenses.

    "The court is hopeful that a period of probation will help guide defendant toward a law-abiding future and provide a meaningful pathway toward rehabilitation," the judge noted in his sentencing statement.

    Matt Gray may be reached at mgray@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @MattGraySJT. Find the South Jersey Times on Facebook.


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    A jury in Camden convicted former officer Ashley Bailey of sharing confidential information with drug ring leaders.

    CAMDEN -- A former police officer was convicted Wednesday of leaking police intel to her husband, who was a member of a large drug ring, authorities said. 

    A jury convicted Ashley Bailey on two counts of official misconduct, the Camden County Prosecutor's Office announced Thursday. 

    Bailey was arrested just over three years ago along with 40 other individuals allegedly connected to the drug ring. At the time of the bust, the group was collecting more than $1 million annually while distributing heroin and crack cocaine across Camden and into surround South Jersey suburbs.

    During her time on the Camden County police force, Bailey, now 31, shared information stemming for an in-depth, long-term narcotics investigation with those it targeted. One of those suspects was her late husband, Edwin Ingram, authorities said. Another was Donyell Calm, one of the ring's leaders, who had links to a shooting earlier that year. 

    It was not immediately clear when or how Edwin Ingram died. 

    When she applied to become an officer with the department, Bailey had no record of a criminal past. But her husband had a long rap sheet, which included a former prison stay for armed robbery and charges stemming from a 2011 incident in which he pulled a gun on a Collingswood police officer, Philly.com reported at the time. 

    A spouse's past convictions do not necessarily disqualify someone from getting a job on the police force, but applicants are asked to disclose the criminal activity of their partners. 

    Bailey faces up to 10 years in prison for the misconduct charges. 

    The jury also convicted Bailey's co-defendant and brother-in-law, Nathan Ingram, on 22 charges related to his role in the conspiracy, including leading a narcotics trafficking network, authorities said. He faces life in prison and will not be eligible for parole until he serves 25 years. 

    Sentencing for both Bailey and Ingram is scheduled for December 15. 

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

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    A minor league baseball team left Camden, touching off drama about what will become of the stadium the team leased.

    Q. When does a baseball stadium become a costly political football?

    A. When Camden County and its agencies allegedly try to "rescue" it.

    So fungible are the details about the future of $35 million Campbell's Field near the Delaware River waterfront, that it is supposed to become:

    A) Among the property offered to Amazon if the online giant picks Camden for its much-ballyhooed second North American headquarters;

    B) "World-class" athletic fields for nearby Rutgers University;

    C) Developed by a super-secret private investor who buys the stadium from the county agency that now controls it. 

    These responses all came from sources with some official or unofficial relationship with Camden County government. At best, they're not on the same page. At worst, they're trying to mask how much public money was wasted.

    But leave it to power broker and self-styled Camden City savior George Norcross 3rd to state the obvious: The $35 million, by Norcross' estimate, has flown the coop, along with the ill-fated, minor-league Riversharks, who skipped town two years ago.

    Norcross touched off new Campbell's Field speculation by reportedly saying to a recent civic gathering: "Unfortunately, the state, in its lack of wisdom, built a baseball stadium for an unaffiliated, independent league (team) that folded and $35 million disappeared."

    So, we're supposed to believe that "the state" plopped an unwanted 6,400-seat baseball field in Camden in 2001, the way it might mandate the location of a hazardous waste site? That fly ball doesn't fly. 

    There had to be some intensive lobbying for this project by the same Camden County Democratic Party interests over which Norcross holds sway. Also know that the Delaware River Port Authority, much criticized for funding dicey "economic development" projects, was involved in the financing, too. The DRPA's New Jersey delegation is another outpost of the Democrats' South Jersey machine.

    While it's true, as Norcross notes, that a state agency, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, took the biggest financial hit from Campbell's Field,  major NJEDA projects don't get funded without strong backing from local political interests.

    It's Norcross, by the way, who predicted the stadium's infrastructure will be demolished for athletic fields for Rutgers, as well as city schools.

    A spokesman for the Camden County Improvement Authority, which took over the stadium for $3.5 million in 2015, says the CCIA "is still involved with confidential and deliberative negotiations about the prospective uses of Waterfront Stadium." It sounds like a private investor is ready to buy the site, unless the CCIA is actually negotiating with Rutgers. Its baseball team still uses the stadium. 

    About that tease that Campbell's Field is Amazon fodder: It came from the county freeholder board's official presentation hawking Camden for the online behemoth's "HQ2." 

    Maybe there are several great options for Campbell's Field, but recent Camden County history takes us to the gaping expanse of nothing that used to be the Pennsauken Mart.  

    When bulldozers arrived in 2006, scores of vendors were needlessly displaced. The county had purchased the landmark mart site with $24 million from the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, ostensibly to build an arena for a minor-league hockey team then partly owned by Norcross. The arena deal collapsed. Eleven years later, county officials are still promising housing there.

    Campbell's Field is looking like a similar attempt to say "It's Always Sunny in Camden County" when millions in public funding is disappearing down a rat hole. We hope not.

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    No arrests have been made.

    GLOUCESTER TWP. -- Police are investigating the killing of a Clementon woman who was discovered in a Blackwood apartment Thursday night.

    The woman was Leydy Barahona, 42, according to a press release from the Camden County Prosecutor's Office.

    Township police found the woman on the floor of a unit at Millbridge Gardens apartments on Blackwood-Clementon Road after receiving a 911 call at 10:54 p.m., the prosecutor's office said.

    Gloucester Township EMS and Virtua Health Systems Paramedics were called to the scene but the woman was pronounced dead shortly after.

    The prosecutor's office said no arrests have been made. The press release did not reveal any details about how the woman died or whether investigators have determined a motive.

    Anyone with information about the killing is asked to contact Camden County Prosecutor's Office Detective Dennis Convery at (856) 365-3279 or Gloucester Township Police Detective William Rapp at (856) 228-4500.

    Tips can also be emailed to ccpotips@ccprosecutor.org.

    Rebecca Everett may be reached at reverett@njadvancemedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccajeverett. Find NJ.com on Facebook.


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    The Maryland-based convenience store is eying up Wawa's loyal customers.

    MAGNOLIA -- Real chicken, real fast could be the mantra for the first of a new line of convenience stores that debuted this week in New Jersey.

    Royal Farms features fresh, never frozen chicken, prepared and breaded on site in a variety of ways, including off the bone, on sandwiches and in salads. The chain stakes it reputation on fried chicken. It also offers "freshly-prepared foods, convenience store products such as tobacco, money orders and lottery, as well as value-priced fuel." And, it's open 24-hours a day.

    The Baltimore-based company has about 185 locations, mostly in the mid-Atlantic. It has plans for five more stores to open in South Jersey over the next 18 months. The Magnolia store opened at midnight Thursday and quickly filled with a crowd around the takeout chicken counter.

    The buzz was still evident 36 hours later during lunchtime Friday.

    "I've never seen a store this crowded," said Stuart Newbill, 37, an accountant who stopped in to grab two thighs and a chicken leg. He grew up in Baltimore and used to stop in Royal Farms after school.

    "At home there was one just off the bus stop," Newbill said. "We'd stop in to get a soda and a snack after school. It's very similar to a Wawa, but the big difference is the chicken. I think Wawa is more known for their sandwiches."

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    Dave Winterling, the head of loss prevention for the chain, was on hand for the grand opening this week.

    "We're a fast and friendly environment," he said. "We want to give people the gift of time. Convenience stores are about convenience." 

    The staff delivered plenty of "friendly" Friday, but the lunchtime crowd tested the "fast." Cars frequently had to circle the lot to find parking with all of more than 50 parking spaces filled. Motorists started parking on entrance driveways. Wait time for chicken orders timed out at close to 30 minutes.

    Royal Farms is about on-the-go convenience, but also features a indoor and outdoor seating areas. In addition to steadfast items like soda, milk and water, it features its own line of snack items, such as Chesapeake-flavored potato chips, nuts and fresh-baked items.   

    The Magnolia store is at the corner of the White Horse Pike, Route 30, and Evesham Avenue. Other stores are scheduled to open in Bellmawr, Gloucester City, East Greenwich, Mount Laurel and Evesham over the next 18 months.

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

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    Lucy Gunter, 20, has agreed to testify against her boyfriend, who is charged with murder.

    CAMDEN -- A mother who was facing a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison for not getting medical help for her dying daughter will likely get probation after agreeing to testify against the man charged in the girl's beating.

    The Camden County Prosecutor's Office has agreed to recommend a sentence of probation for Lucy Gunter, 20, of Camden, who accepted a plea deal Oct. 11 and admitted to child endangerment.

    Her daughter, Natalise "Kayla" Gunter, 4, died July 18, hours after her mother called 911 when she found the girl unresponsive in her bedroom.

    According to court documents, Gunter told police that her boyfriend and the father of one of her children, Najuquan Ross, 20, had beaten Natalise on Saturday for not eating. Gunter said she was at work at the time but came home to find Natalise missing a tooth and with cuts and bruises on her face, the probable cause statement said.

    Over the course of several days, the girl stopped eating and slept a lot, according to the statement, but Gunter did not call 911 until her daughter was unresponsive.

    During her recorded plea hearing, Gunter answered the questions of her lawyer, Justin Moore, and admitted that she did not seek immediate medical attention.

    "You failed to take N.G. to the hospital, right?" Moore asked her in court. "You failed to give N.G. any other medical attention for a period of a couple days, right?"

    "Yes," Gunter answered.

    Gunter was arrested shortly after her daughter's death. Ross, who was picked up and held on a warrant for violating probation, was charged in the death a month later.

    Ross has pleaded not guilty to murder. He has previous violent adjudications and convictions on his record, including a previous assault on Gunter where he beat her with a broom, court records show.

    najuquan-ross.jpgNajuquan Ross appears for a pretrial detention hearing at the Camden County Superior Court, Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017. (Lori Nichols | For NJ.com)
     

    Two days after Natalise's death, according to the prosecutor's office, Ross assaulted two court officers in the Camden County Hall of Justice when they tried to move him from one holding cell to another to prevent him from speaking with Gunter, who was in a nearby cell.

    Judge Kathleen Delaney called him "out of control" and ordered him held without bail on those charges, before he was charged with murder in Natalise's death, court records show.

    Gunter, who was released from jail after her arrest, will have to return to court Dec. 1 for sentencing.

    At the plea hearing, Assistant Camden County Prosecutor Peter Gallagher told Judge Frederick J. Schuck that since Gunter has agreed to testify against Ross, the two sides have agreed to recommend Gunter receive probation but would allow Schuck to decide the length and conditions of the sentence.

    However, Gallagher said he and Moore would likely recommend some conditions about how Gunter should "interact" with the state's child welfare agency.

    "They do have proceedings active with her other children," Gallagher said of the Division of Child Protection and Permanency.

    It's not clear if the division has removed Gunter's other three children from her care.

    Rebecca Everett may be reached at reverett@njadvancemedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccajeverett. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

     

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    Everything you need to know about the playoff picture.

    The last week of the football regular season is here and the playoff picture is coming into focus. NJ Advance Media already has you covered with playoff scenarios heading into this week, but now we have projected brackets.


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    NORTH JERSEY, SECTION 1
    Group 5
    Group 4
    Group 3
    Group 2
    Group 1

    NORTH JERSEY, SECTION 2
    Group 5
    Group 4
    Group 3
    Group 2
    Group 1

    CENTRAL JERSEY
    Group 5
    Group 4
    Group 3
    Group 2
    Group 1

    SOUTH JERSEY
    Group 5
    Group 4
    Group 3
    Group 2
    Group 1

    NON-PUBLIC
    Group 4
    Group 3
    Group 2

    Jeremy Schneider may be reached at jschneider@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @J_Schneider. Find NJ.com on Facebook.


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    FBI agents returned the painting to the Grant family in Philadelphia last March, after it was stolen in a break-in more than 40 years ago.

    PHILADELPHIA -- A Norman Rockwell painting recently returned to a family after it was stolen from their New Jersey home has sold for over $900,000 at auction.

    The 1919 painting is known as "Taking a Break" and "Lazybones," and was featured on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post.

    FBI agents returned the painting to the Grant family in Philadelphia last March, after it was stolen in a break-in more than 40 years ago.

    The family said they knew the painting belonged to them because it still had damage from where their father had struck it with a pool cue.

    Heritage Auctions conducted the auction on Friday in Dallas. It had been expected to fetch up to $1.5 million. 

    Two phone bidders competed for the painting. Heritage said the buyer asked to remain anonymous.


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    The Showcase event comes to Jadwin Gym this year.

    Some of the best college wrestlers in the country will descend on Princeton University's Jadwin Gym on Sunday for the NWCA All-Star Classic, an annual event that helps kick off the season.

    The Classic moves around to different locations around the country. For the first time there will be a men's and women's card with the bouts going simultaneously on two mats beginning at 3 p.m.

    There will be 10 main-card men's matches and two showcase matches as well as 10 women's matches.

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    The men's bouts will be highlighted by two national champions. Lehigh 125-pounder Darian Cruz will face the fourth-place finisher from a year ago, Oklahoma State's Nick Piccininni.

    Penn State national champion Mark Hall will meet Zahid Valencia of Arizona State at 174. Hall defeated the top-seeded Valencia on a controversial penalty point at last year's NCAA championships in St. Louis.

    Rider's B.J. Clagon and Chad Walsh and Princeton's Matt Kolodzik and Jonathan Schliefer will compete. Walsh, a Camden catholic product and two-time All-American will face former East Brunswick star Schliefer at 165.

    Clagon, a former All-American state champion from Toms River South, faces Michigan's Alec Pantaleo at 157 pounds. Kolodzik - a former foil of Rutgers' Anthony Ashnault - takes on Max Thomsen of Northern Iowa at 149 pounds.

    Trenton's May Bethea, a senior at Penn, will compete in one of the showcase matches at 165 pounds against Lehigh's Gordon Wolf.

    The women's field is topped by three-time NWCA champion Kayla Miracle of Campbellsville (136 pounds) and two-time NWCA champions Mariana Doi (101 pounds) of Kings and Simon Fraser's Mallory Valte (143 pounds).

    Following are the matchups for Sunday's event.

    Showcase matchups

    165: May Bethea, Penn vs. Gordon Wolf, Lehigh
    285: Garrett Ryan, Columbia vs. Thomas Haines, Lock Haven

    Men's matchups

    125: Darian Cruz, Lehigh vs. Nick Piccininni, Oklahoma State
    133: Stevan Micic, Michigan vs. Seth Gross, South Dakota State
    141: Kevin Jack, N.C. State vs. Bryce Meredith, Wyoming
    149: Max Thomsen, Northern Iowa vs. Matt Kolodzik, Princeton
    157: Alec Pantaleo, Michigan vs. B.J. Clagon, Rider
    165: Chad Walsh, Rider vs. Jonathan Schliefer, Princeton
    174: Mark Hall, Penn state vs. Zahid Valencia, Arizona State
    184: Pete Renda, N.C. State vs. Drew Foster, Northern Iowa
    197: Frank Mattiace, Penn vs. Michael Macchiavello, N.C. State
    285: Tanner Hall, Arizona state vs. Nick Nevills, Penn State

    Women's matchups

    101: Mariana Doi, King vs. Hiba Salem, Menlo
    109: Maria Vidales, Emmanuel vs. Charlotte Fowler, Campbellsville
    116: Victoria Gutierrez, Emmanuel vs. Makayla Bourbon, U. of the Cumberlands
    123: Dom Parrish, Simon Fraser vs. Amber Pair (Eastern Oregon
    130: Megan Black,,McKendree vs. Shelby Hall, Campbellsville
    136: Kayla Miracle, Campbellsville vs. Solin Piearcy, Menlo
    143: Mallory Valte, Simon Fraser vs. Desiree Zavala, Grays Harbor
    155: Niauni Hill, Lindenwold-Belleville vs. Kiera Gabaldon, Warner Pacific
    170: Brandy Lowe, McKendree vs. Kacie Moorehouse, Grays Harbor
    191: Paige Baynes, Grays Harbor vs. Alyssa Cantu, Missouri Valley

    Blll Evans can be reached at bevans@njadvancemedia.com or by leaving a note in the comments below. Follow him on Twitter @BEvansSports. Find and like the NJ.com High School Wrestling page on Facebook

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    He confessed to four October robberies in Gloucester and Camden counties, police reported.

    Harold W. Rambo Jr.jpgHarold W. Rambo Jr., 39, of Pennsville Township. (Salem County Correctional Facility)
     

    Authorities have arrested a Pennsville Township man in connection with four recent robberies in Camden and Gloucester counties.

    Howard W. Rambo Jr., 39, was arrested at the Wawa in Logan Township on Friday and has confessed to the four crimes, according to Bellmawr Police.

    Rambo allegedly robbed a TD Bank branch in Bellmawr on Oct. 29 and a BB&T Bank in West Deptford Township a day later. In both cases, the suspect displayed a note indicating that he had a gun, police said.

    Police released security camera images from both robberies.

    Rambo is also implicated in an Oct. 15 Citgo gas station robbery in Haddon Township. The masked robber in that case displayed a silver handgun and robbed two employees. A man matching that description also robbed a Bellmawr 7-11 on Oct. 22.

    Officers from all three communities teamed up with the Camden County Prosecutor's Office to identify a suspect in the robberies.

    Following his arrest on robbery and theft charges, Rambo was transported to West Deptford Police Department, where he provided a statement admitting that he bought a handgun and robbed the businesses, police said.

    He was placed in Salem County Correctional Facility pending a detention hearing.

    Matt Gray may be reached at mgray@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @MattGraySJT. Find the South Jersey Times on Facebook.


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    Authorities are searching for a vehicle that belonged to Leydy Barahona.

    CAMDEN -- Authorities in Camden County said they are looking for a vehicle that belonged to a woman killed in Gloucester Township on Wednesday.

    The 2005 Nissan Armada SE has been missing since the body of Leydy Barahona was found in an apartment on Blackwood-Clementon Road on Wednesday, officials said. The vehicle is white, with New Jersey registration H27HZN.

    Township police found the woman on the floor of a unit at Millbridge Gardens apartments after receiving a 911 call at 10:54 p.m., the prosecutor's office said. Barahona, 42, of Clementon, was pronounced dead shortly after.

    Anyone with information is urged to contact Camden County Prosecutor's Office Detective Dennis Convery at 856-365-3279 or Gloucester Township Police Detective William Rapp at 856-228-4500.

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

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    The heists occurred in Camden County.

    CAMDEN -- Authorities in Camden County on Saturday announced charges against a woman and two men in separate bank robberies.

    Screen Shot 2017-11-04 at 4.56.52 PM.pngPolice say this woman robbed a bank in Pennsauken on Tuesday. 

    Tanya Barie, 33, of Glenolden, Pennsylvania, faces charges for a heist at a BB&T Bank in Pennsauken on Oct. 20. Police said she passed a demand to the teller and fled with money. Barie turned herself into township police Tuesday, officials said.

    Brad McClintock, 45, of Haddon Township, and Oliver Watts, 59, of Merchantville, face charges on a PNC Bank robbery in Bellmawr, the Camden County Prosecutor said Saturday

    McClintock is accused in the robbery of a PNC Bank on Tuesday in the 200 block of N. Black Horse Pike around 1:48 p.m. Authorities said he handed a note to the teller, then left with an undisclosed amount of money. He was seen getting into the back seat of a black vehicle, operated by Watts, and they both fled the scene, police said.

    The pair were arrested on Route 676 in Camden later that evening after an officer recognized a description of the car.

    Both men were held at the county jail.

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    The incident occurred at a gas station in Mount Ephraim.

    MOUNT EPHRAIM -- One person was taken by ambulance to Cooper University Hospital in Camden on Saturday after being struck by a vehicle at a gas station in the 300 block of the Black Horse Pike, a Camden County emergency dispatcher said.

    The condition of the person was not immediately reported. A report from the scene of the accident indicated the vehicle that struck the person also hit a gas pump and a support beam at the station.

    A police officer in Mount Ephraim said he was not authorized to speak about the incident but a commanding officer would be notified for further comment.

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