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    Parade-goers lined up before dawn to board trains to Philadelphia for the Eagles victory parade. Watch video

    It may take Eagles parade-goers hours to get to Philadelphia, but they didn't seem to mind. 

    Hundreds and hundreds of fans stood in the bitter cold of below 30-degree temperatures at the PATCO high-speed line station in Lindenwold on Thursday morning as they waited for trains to whisk them into Philadelphia. 

    Some lined up in the pre-dawn hours, hoping to avoid the long lines and lack of parking. 

    The Delaware River Port Authority, which operates PATCO, limited westbound trains to just four stops from New Jersey, each with empty trains to send parade-goers into the city. 

    In Lindenwold, the hundreds filled the train platform and below it, the line snaked around the sidewalk and zigzagged through the parking lot. 

    Parade-goers were dressed in jackets with Eagles shirts layered on top, wore green scarfs and winter hats, and others had blankets wrapped around them. Parents pushed kids in strollers or held their hands. 

    Some carried boxes of donuts and hands full of hot coffee. For others, the best way to keep warm was a flask in a backpack or a 12-pack under their arms. 

    Further west, the line at the Ferry Avenue station in Camden was moving swiftly around 8:30 a.m. and parking was still available. 

    At the base of the Ben Franklin Bridge, others opted to walk over the 2-mile span over the Delaware River to make their way to the crowds near the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where the parade ceremony will take place at 1 p.m.

    The parade kicked off at 11 a.m. at Broad and Pattison in South Philadephia.

    Early estimates from the police department show the crowd is easily larger than the 1 million that was expected when the Pope visited the city. Millions are expected to attend the parade. City officials have advised parade-goers to be patient and expect massive crowds on public transportation, especially when leaving the city. 

    PATCO trains are only running west until after 1 p.m. when all trains will be headed east to bring travelers back to New Jersey. 

    Jessica Beym may be reached at jbeym@njadvancemedia. Follow her on Twitter @jessbeym. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

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    The businesses are "off-price" retailers who compete with online competitors at cheaper prices.

    The former Macy's at Moorestown Mall will be replaced by HomeSense - a sister of HomeGoods - and outdoor outfitter Sierra Trading Post, the mall's ownership company announced.

    The businesses are considered "off-price" or value retailers who compete with online competitors such as Amazon by offering high-quality goods at cheaper prices, according to mall owner Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust.

    The Macy's in Moorestown Mall was one of three in New Jersey that Macy's closed in 2017. 

    The other New Jersey closures were in Wayne and Voorhees. The shuttered stores were among 63 nationwide that Macy's announced would close in early 2017, eliminating 10,000 jobs after a weak holiday season.

    PREIT said HomeSense and Sierra Trading Post would open at the Moorestown Mall sometime this year. No definitive opening dates were given.

    HomeSense will take up 25,000 square feet and Sierra Trading will occupy 18,000 square feet of what used to be a 200,000-square-foot Macy's. At least two more tenants will use the space, spanning two levels, according to philly.com.

    The website reported another Macy's located in Cherry Hill, less than four miles from Moorestown Mall, will remain open.

    Moorestown Mall is home to Lord & Taylor, H&M, several restaurants and a movie theater.

    Anthony G. Attrino may be reached at tattrino@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @TonyAttrino. Find NJ.com on Facebook.


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    Police went to check a room at hotel after a concerned coworker called, saying the three people had not shown up for work.

    Three people were found dead in a Voorhees Township hotel room Thursday afternoon from an apparent drug overdose, according to police. 

    Police went to check a room at the Wingate Inn on Laurel Oak Road around 12:45 p.m. after a concerned coworker called, saying the three people had not shown up for work, said Captain Carmen Del Palazzo, a spokesman for the Voorhees Township Police Department. 

    When police could not contact the three people, hotel staff assisted them in entering the room. There, they found the three deceased, police said. 

    "I've never seen a triple fatal like this," said Del Palazzo, who has been a police officer for 20 years and worked in the fire and emergency services previously. "It's an unfortunate thing that we in law enforcement are seeing on a daily basis across the country. There's no city, no town, no state that's safe." 

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    He estimated that Voorhees Police had responded to about a half dozen overdoses last year, making the sudden jump in fatals even more notable in the township of about 30,000 people. 

    Del Palazzo said he could not disclose the ages or genders of the three people while in the process of notifying families. All three were from Toms River and were working in the area, he said. 

    Authorities are awaiting toxicology reports to determine what kind of substance was involved in the overdoses. 

    The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported 2,056 people died of overdoses in 2016 in New Jersey, averaging about 5.6 people per day. That's a 42 percent increase from the 1,454 deaths reported in 2015. Total numbers for 2017 are not yet available. 

    The deaths remain under investigation by police and the Camden County Prosecutor's Office. 

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

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    Four heroin overdose were reported in Evesham Township in just 24 hours, authorities say.

    Authorities say a potentially "lethal" batch of heroin appears to be circulating in the Evesham Township area of South Jersey.

    At least four overdoses were reported in the Camden County township in just the past 24 hours, said Lt. Joseph Friel of the Evesham Township Police Department Saturday night.

    Friel said all four of the victims were revived after receiving a dose of naloxone, the drug used to reverse the effects of opioid overdoses.

    Authorities were prompted to issue their warning on a weekend evening, Friel said, because of the sudden spike in overdose cases.

    What was described as a "bad batch" of heroin in rural Salem County claimed at least three lives in January.

    Friel said anyone who knows of someone experiencing a heroin overdose should call 911 immediately to get help for them.

    He says New Jersey's Good Samaritan Law protects those from arrest, who in good faith, seek for help for themselves or someone they see experiencing a drug overdose. 

    Bill Gallo Jr. may be reached at bgallo@njadvancemedia.com. Follow Bill Gallo Jr. on Twitter @bgallojr. Find NJ.com on FacebookHave a tip? Tell us. nj.com/tips

     

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    The three victims were found dead on Thursday after failing to show up for work, police said.

    Authorities have released the ages of three people found dead in a Voorhees Township hotel of suspected drug overdoses, but say they won't publicly identify the victims.

    The three were found in a room at the Wingate on Laurel Oak Road Thursday by police after concerns were raised when the trio did not show up for work.

    The victims are all from Toms River in Ocean County, authorities said, but were working in the Voorhees area.

    Two of the victims were 39 and the third was 40, Voorhees Police Department Spokesman Captain Carmen Del Palazzo said Saturday.

    Police said they would not release either the names or genders of the three.

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    They are also still awaiting toxicology reports to determine what drugs may have killed the three.

    Del Palazzo said Thursday's incident was the first time in his career that he has seen three overdose deaths at the same location.

    "It certainly impacts police who feel for the victims and their families and friends who are left to deal with these senseless deaths.

    "We want to respect the families' privacy, but yet we need to shed light on the epidemic," Del Palazzo said.

    He said authorities hope making the public aware of these tragedies will convince someone who is considering trying drugs to think twice about the consequences.

    Bill Gallo Jr. may be reached at bgallo@njadvancemedia.com. Follow Bill Gallo Jr. on Twitter @bgallojr. Find NJ.com on FacebookHave a tip? Tell us. nj.com/tips


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    Homeless pets throughout New Jersey await adoption.

    This information on dog safety was compiled by members of the Dog Bite Prevention Coalition -- the U.S. Postal Service, American Veterinary Medical Association, American Humane Society, Insurance Information Institute and State Farm Insurance.

    If a carrier delivers mail or packages to your front door, place your dog into a separate room and close the door before opening the front door. Parents should also remind their children not to take mail directly from letter carriers in the presence of the family pet as the dog may see handing mail to a child as a threatening gesture.

    People often assume that a dog with a wagging tail is a friendly dog, but this is far from the truth. Dogs wag their tails for numerous reasons, including when they're feeling aggressive. A tail that is held high and moves stiffly is a sign that the dog is feeling dominant, aggressive, or angry.

    Dogs, even ones you know have good days and bad days. You should never pet a dog without asking the owner first and especially if it is through a window or fence. For a dog, this makes them feel like you are intruding on their space and could result in the dog biting you.

    ALL DOGS are capable of biting. There's no one breed or type of dog that's more likely to bite than others. Biting has more to do with circumstances, behavior, and training.

    Dogs have a language that allows them to communicate their emotional state and their intentions to others around them. Although dogs do use sounds and signals, much of the information that they send is through their body language, specifically their facial expressions and body postures. You can tell how a dog is feeling (sad, tired, happy, angry, scared) by looking at the position of a dogs' ears, mouth, eyes, and tail.

    Dogs are social animals who crave human companionship. That's why they thrive and behave better when living indoors with their pack -- their human family members. Dogs that are tied up or chained outside are frustrated and can become aggressive because they are unhappy. They can also become very afraid because when they are tied or chained up, they can't escape from things that scare them.

    Greg Hatala may be reached at ghatala@starledger.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregHatala. Find Greg Hatala on Facebook.


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    Five people, some of them teenagers, have been charged with murder.


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    No arrests have been made.

    A 28-year-old Camden man is the city's fourth homicide of 2018. 

    Amir Hardison, 28, died after being shot multiple times Sunday evening, according to the Camden County Prosecutor's Office.

    Police received 911 calls and were notified of ShotSpotter activation around 9 p.m. in the 500 block of Pfeiffer Street, the prosecutor's office said.

    Officers found Hardison on the ground with multiple gunshot wounds and he later died at Cooper University Hospital, the office said.

    No arrests have been made, and the investigation is ongoing.

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    Camden has seen four shooting deaths this year, compared to one at this time last year. The prosecutor's office has reported arrests in one of the 2018 cases, the death of 17-year-old Harrison Javier

    The investigation into Sunday's shooting is ongoing. No arrests have been made at this time.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact Camden County Prosecutor's Office Detective Christopher Sarson at 856-225-8640 or Camden County Police Detective Shawn Donlon at 856-757-7420.

    Information may 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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    A look at all four state tournament brackets.

    The NJSIAA tournament brackets are set, with play to begin on Monday, Feb. 19. Take a look at all four brackets below.

    NOTE: Brackets are not official until Wednesday at noon. Dates listed for all rounds are "Play by" dates- actual dates, times, and locations will be added as soon as they're known. 

    Public A

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    Non-Public

    Matt Stypulkoski may be reached at mstypulkoski@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @M_Stypulkoski. Like NJ.com High School Sports on Facebook.


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    The three Atlantic City police officers accused of beating Steven Stadler have more than 69 internal affairs complaints in a 10-year period, the judge said.

    A federal jury will hear opening statements Wednesday as they try to decide whether the Atlantic City Police Department violated the civil rights of a man who claims he was beaten unconscious by several officers.

    Steven Stadler, 49, of Glen Gardner alleges in his lawsuit that after his arrest for a suspected burglary in 2013, he found himself in the hospital with bruises, cuts and a thigh that was bleeding profusely from where a police dog had sunk his teeth.

    His attorney, Jennifer Bonjean of Brooklyn, plans to argue that the police department has a tradition of not training officers well on use of force and a culture where abuses are ignored or covered up.

    One of the use of force cases she referenced in court documents to prove the pattern of abuse was one in which she won her client, David Castellani, a $3 million settlement against the Atlantic City Police Department. Castellani was 20 when he was kicked out of a casino and subsequently tackled by police and bit on the neck by a K9.

    The Atlantic City Police Department's public information officer referred comment to the city solicitor, who could not be reached Monday evening.

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    The lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Camden names as defendants the city, the police department, police officers Anthony Abrams, John Devlin and William Moore, as well as the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center and Dr. Eric Wolk, who allegedly treated him for his injuries.

    In denying a motion for summary judgement last fall, Judge Robert B. Kluger wrote that the three defendant officers have more than 69 internal affairs complaints in a 10-year period. Of those, 38 claimed excessive force but none were ever substantiated, the judge wrote.

    The police department's description of Stadler's arrest, given to the Press of Atlantic City in 2013, differs greatly from what Stadler is alleging in the lawsuit.

    They told the newspaper that off-duty Officer Anthony Abrams was driving by a car wash at 10 p.m. March 13, 2013 when he heard an alarm and suspected Stadler was breaking in.

    The article said that when Abrams identified himself as an officer, Stadler punched him in the face. However, use of force reports in the incident indicate neither Abrams or the other officers involved were injured. Abrams did not report being punched to the dispatcher, according a judge's summary of the facts contained in court documents.

    The police told the Press of Atlantic City that Stadler continued resisting after K9 Officer John Devlin arrived on scene, and punched and kicked the dog, which bit him.

    The report says only that Abrams was treated for a cut on his nose and hands, but his mugshot and photographs of him in the hospital, provided by his attorney, show he has substantial injuries to his leg and an eye that was swollen shut.

    Stadler's version of events does not have him punching anyone, and claims he was unconscious when the dog was set on him.

    The lawsuit admits Stadler was trying to open a cash box when a man approached and asked what he was doing, but didn't say he was a police officer. Stadler claims he tried to leave the area on foot but when an officer in uniform arrived and ordered him to put his hands on the hood of the car, he complied.

    "Plaintiff announced that he had just had surgery on his right rotator cuff and one of the defendants responded, "[W]e don't give a f---," the lawsuit claims. "Defendant Abrams then punched plaintiff, who was wearing glasses, straight in the face."

    The lawsuit alleges that after Devlin arrived on scene, the three officers kicked and punched him until he was unconscious, lying face down on the ground. Stadler claims he regained consciousness to find his hands cuffed and a dog "mauling" his thigh, attempting to drag him.

    An ambulance took him to the hospital, where he claims Dr. Wolk refused to admit him to the hospital despite his "profusely" bleeding leg. The lawsuit argues that he would have been admitted if he wasn't in police custody, and that his leg continued to bleed at the jail after the staples meant to close his wound failed.

    Stadler claims he was hospitalized for a month at the jail, and still has nerve damage and a slight limp from the injury, according to court documents. The documents also state that he accepted a plea deal, admitting to the burglary and resisting arrest charges.

    The trial is expected to last at least six weeks, according to a spokesman for Bonjean's firm.


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    Authorities will announce details of the arrests at a press conference Wednesday.

    A gun trafficking ring was transporting illegal weapons from Ohio into New Jersey, authorities said.

    New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal will announce Wednesday details of the law enforcement operation that unveiled the gun transportation ring and lead to multiple arrests at a press conference. 

    Officials say the weapons, some of which were assault rifles, were sold throughout Camden. 

    New Jersey State Police Acting Superintendent Patrick Callahan and Camden County Police Chief Scott Thomson will be present at the press conference. 

    Paige Gross may be reached at pgross@njadvancemedia.comFollow her on Twitter @By_paigegross. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

     

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    The collection includes the divorce decree from Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio and rare Honus Wagner baseball card.


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