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    Attack left college hockey player with his jaw wired shut and needing permanent metal plates.

    A Haddon Heights police officer and another man were indicted on charges they attacked a college hockey player in apparent unprovoked beating at a Boston pizzeria, officials said Wednesday.

    Officer Daniel Hunt, 27, was charged with assault and battery, while Ian Salerno, 29, of Philadelphia, faces aggravated assault and battery charges for the confrontation, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office.

    The melee began after the two alleged assailants visited a Boylston Street eatery among a larger group and encountered Boston College hockey player Kevin Lohan, who is the cousin of actress Lindsay Lohan, according to Boston media reports.

    Hunt, who was off-duty, allegedly pushed the 6-foot-5, 217-pound hockey player before the confrontation reportedly escalated.

    "As members of both groups attempted to break up the fight, Salerno allegedly came behind the victim and punched him in the jaw, knocking him to the floor," the District Attorney's Office said in a statement.

    Lohan, a defenseman on the hockey team, underwent surgery and needed his jaw wired shut for three weeks from the assault, officials said. The incident left the 24-year-old with permanent metal plates in his jaw and cheek.

    In a Jan. 21 statement, the college athletics department said the graduate student was out indefinitely after "an unprovoked assault" at the restaurant.

    Boston police gathered evidence in the case, including security camera footage, a bar receipt from where Hunt and Salerno were drinking, photos on social media and witness accounts, according to prosecutors. 

    Hunt and Salerno were set to be arraigned Aug. 1 in a Massachusetts court. It was not clear if the men had retained attorneys to comment on the allegations.

    Hunt, a Barrington resident, is listed as a patrol officer on the Haddon Heights website. The borough's police chief could not be immediately reached late Wednesday.

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    Baseball, softball, professional, amateur - the roots are strong in New Jersey.

    With Major League Baseball's All-Star Game approaching, here's a look at hitting the ball and touching 'em all in New Jersey.

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

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    The team packed 270 after-school meals, 215 after-school snacks and 265 "kidz packs,"

     Members of the Starbucks team, along with a group of local Starbucks employees, recently volunteered their time packing after-school snacks and meals at the Food Bank of South Jersey. The visit was part of Starbucks' FoodShare program, where the company donates nourishing, ready-to-eat meals to Feeding America(r) member food banks.

    As part of its new strategic alliance with the Food Bank of South Jersey, the Starbucks team packed 270 after-school meals, 215 after-school snacks and 265 "kidz packs," which will benefit children in Camden, Burlington, Gloucester and Salem counties. 

    Since February, the Food Bank of South Jersey has picked up donations from 20 Starbucks locations, 7 days per week, throughout its four-county service area. Donations are distributed free of charge to registered member agencies. To date, Starbucks has donated over 7,000 pounds of food to the Food Bank, averaging 102 pounds per night.

    "We are excited about this new alliance and appreciate all the support we have received from Starbucks and Feeding America," said Joe Njoroge, Interim President & CEO, Food Bank of South Jersey. "I commend the work of Starbucks and their employees for their efforts to fight against food waste and help make a difference in the lives of those living in food insecure households - including nearly 200,000 people in South Jersey."  

    Starbucks FoodShare program, which brings ready-to-eat nourishing meals to millions in need, was initiated when Starbucks employees began advocating for a solution to donate unsold food. The goal of the FoodShare program is to rescue 100 percent of food available to donate from its more than 8,000 U.S. locations. Starbucks and the Food Bank of South Jersey hope to bring meals including breakfast sandwiches, paninis, Bistro Boxes and salads to those in need.

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    Ashley Zarzycki, 24, was a passenger in a Mazda3 sedan driven by Matthew Britton, 26, when the crash occurred on Route 42 on Wednesday

    One woman was killed and a man injured Wednesday when the car they were in crashed into a car and truck on Route 42 in Camden County, authorities said.

    ashley2.jpgAshley Zarzycki 

    Ashley Zarzycki, 24, was a passenger in a Mazda 3 sedan driven by Matthew Britton, 26, when the car struck the left side of a Dodge Avenger, then rear-ended and became lodged under a tractor-trailer, according to New Jersey State Trooper Alejandro Goez.

    Zarzycki and Britton, both of Lower Township, were girlfriend and boyfriend, according to social media posts.

    The crash occurred at about 12:50 p.m. in the southbound lanes near Exit 55 in Deptford, just past the county line, authorities said.

    Zarzycki died at the scene.

    Britton was taken to Cooper University Hospital in Camden with "moderate injuries," Goez said.

    The other drivers were not hurt.

    No charges were filed and the accident is under investigation, Goez said.

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


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    Don't feel bad about your low Twitter follower count -- these New Jersey celebrities may have had inflated totals because of bots. Now they're losing them.

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    The Labrador Hill Equine Sanctuary, which is home to about 70 animals, has been the subject of an ongoing investigation.

    The owner of an equine sanctuary is facing dozens of charges after allegedly failing to provide enough water and proper housing for the animals at the South Jersey rescue center, authorities say.

    The sanctuary at hand -- The Labrador Hill Equine Sanctuary, which is home to about 70 animals -- has been the subject of an ongoing investigation by the Waterford Township Police Department, the NJSPCA and New Jersey Department of Agriculture, according to a release from the Camden County Prosecutor's Office Saturday.  

    On Friday, authorities arrived at the property with a search warrant in order to document the conditions of the property and the health and welfare of the horses, donkeys and other animals.

    Sarah Rabinowitz, 62, of Waterford, was issued a court order requiring that immediate measures be taken to fix the insufficient water supply and inadequate shelter at the sanctuary, according to the release.

    Rabinowitz was also charged with 57 counts of fourth-degree causing bodily injury to a living animal or creature, and five counts of animal cruelty and a disorderly persons charge, according to officials.

    The Labrador Hill Sanctuary, established in 2000, is a nonprofit " dedicated to providing land and sanctuary for the long-term care, training and rehabilitation of equines-donkeys, horses, ponies and mules-and to providing a humane education program for students of all ages and abilities," according to their website.

    Rabinowitz, who is listed as Sarah Rabinowitz Mognoni, the founder, executive director and an instructor at the center, did not immediately respond to calls for comment.

    She was given a court order and released from custody, her next court appearance is still pending, according to authorities.  

    Law enforcement, the Department of Agriculture, and the NJSPCA will be monitoring the situation daily, and the investigation is ongoing.

    Olivia Rizzo may be reached at Follow her on Twitter @LivRizz. Find on Facebook

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    A man robbed the PNC Bank in Gloucester Township around noon Saturday, authorities said.

    Authorities are seeking the public's help in identifying a man who robbed a South Jersey bank on Saturday.

    The suspect walked into the PNC Bank at 1485 Blackwood-Clementon Road in Gloucester Township around noon and passed a note demanding money to a teller, authorities said.

    After receiving cash, the man fled from the scene, according to a release from the Camden County Prosecutor's Office and Gloucester Township Police. They said the man did not show any weapon and no one was injured during the robbery.

    The suspect is described by authorities as a black male with a medium to large build with a dark beard. He was wearing blue long-legged pants, a white T-shirt and a white baseball cap.

    Authorities released surveillance photos from the robbery.

    Anyone with information the robbery should contact Camden County Prosecutor's Office Det. Tim Houck at 856-225-8506 or Gloucester Township Police Department Det. Joseph Cerquoni at 856-374-5704. Information may also be emailed to

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    Most districts in New Jersey will get more state aid. But not everybody will.

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    Dogs and cats throughout New Jersey await adoption.

    We accept dogs and cats to appear in the gallery from nonprofit shelters and rescues throughout New Jersey.

    If a group wishes to participate in this weekly gallery on, which is completely free of charge for qualified groups, please contact Greg Hatala at

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

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    The victim died from his injuries two months after he was shot multiple times. Watch video

    Authorities say that on May 10, Shomari Kinard waited with a gun outside a convenience store before chasing down and killing his target as the victim emerged from the business.

    On Monday, more than two months after the shooting and six days after his alleged victim died, Kinard, 37, turned into the one being pursued as cops from the Camden County Police Department FBI Task Force chased and arrested him on charges including murder.

    The Camden County Prosecutor's Office announced the arrest Monday afternoon. The office said in a statement that the gunshot victim, Nuquan Reddick, 25, of Camden, died from his injuries July 10 at Cooper University Hospital in Camden.

    The prosecutor's office said that "high-definition surveillance video" captured the shooting "in its entirety" in the area of Louis and Morton streets at 8:13 p.m.

    According to the probable cause statement police submitted to the court, the video showed Kinard, of Camden, standing on the 1200 block of Morton Street "waiting for the victim to exit a corner grocery store."

    When Reddick left the store and started walking away, the video captured Kinard run up behind him, pull out a handgun and shoot Reddick at least several times before running away, the statement said.

    Reddick crumpled to the ground and didn't move, the statement said. Police arrived after getting a ShotSpotter activation for seven gunshots in the area, and rushed him to the hospital, according to the probable cause statement and the prosecutor's office release Monday.

    An autopsy Wednesday found that Reddick died from complications from multiple gunshot wounds.

    A witness identified the shooter as Kinard, who also went by the name "Bear," and confirmed that the man in the surveillance video was him, the court statement said.

    Police charged Kinard with first-degree murder on Sunday. After a brief foot pursuit Monday afternoon, officers from the Camden County Police Department FBI Task Force arrested him at 9th and Cherry streets. He will be held in Camden County Correctional Facility pending a detention hearing in Superior Court, the prosecutor's office said.

    According to state court records, Kinard has done time twice before.

    In 2014, he was sentenced to four years in prison after admitting to third-degree aggravated assault and manufacturing or distributing heroin.

    In 2005 and 2012, after admitting to drug distribution and possession charges in separate cases, Kinard received a one-year jail term and two years probation, respectively.

    Court records indicate Kinard also goes by aliases including Allen Broom, Jabar Adams and Zakie Turner.

    Rebecca Everett may be reached at Follow her on Twitter @rebeccajeverett. Find on Facebook.

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    Seen him? Police are looking for a white man likely in his 20s, wearing sunglasses

    A man who fled a department store after shoplifting also threatened a loss prevention employee multiple times, police said.

    The theft happened July 13 at the Kohl's near the Routes 70 and 73 intersection in Evesham Township.

    The man, believed to be in his 20s, entered the store with a girl who was six or seven years old. He was shoplifting merchandise when a loss prevention officer confronted him and they struggled.

    The man made threats to kill the loss prevention officer if he tried to stop him.

    Not long after that, the man called the store and asked for the loss prevention employee, and again threatened death if he was reported to police.

    Evesham Township Police posted pictures of the man on Facebook checking out some black Nike socks. They ask anyone with information to contact them at 856-983-1116 or their anonymous tip line, 856-983-4699, email or text ETPDTIP to 847411.

    Joe Brandt can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @JBrandt_NJ. Find on Facebook.

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    The goods were recovered and a 20-year-old woman from Camden was charged, police said.

    A burglar struck gold Tuesday morning when finding an unlocked back door at a home in Evesham Township.

    "Once inside, the burglar ransacked the home, stealing approximately $100,000 worth of jewelry and handbags," Evesham Township police said in a news statement.

    Investigators searched the area around the home on Roberts Lane and learned the suspect might be a woman in Camden.

    Later on Tuesday, Camden police officers acting on a warrant arrested Mirella Reyes, 20.

    Authorities found the stolen property at her house along with $24,000 in cash. A Honda Accord used in the crime was seized.

    Reyes was charged with third-degree burglary and second-degree theft. She was released on her own recognizance.

    Joe Brandt can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @JBrandt_NJ. Find on Facebook.

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    A phrase as 'New Jersey' as 'What exit?"

    If you've ever wondered about the etymology of the phrase 'down the shore,' weighs in with an answer:

    "In New Jersey, you invariably go "down the shore." Baltimore natives, meanwhile, say they're going "down the ocean" -- but in Baltimorese (make that Bawlmerese), the phrase sounds more like "downy eaushin." The down of "down the shore" and "down the ocean" doesn't necessarily imply a southward journey. As in many dialects along the Eastern Seaboard, 'down' can be used as a preposition indicating movement from the inland toward the shoreline."

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

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    Rutgers just raised tuition and fees again. Here's what it means for your wallet.

    Rutgers University on Wednesday announced another increase in tuition and fees that will force families to dig deeper into their pockets to pay for college. 

    The 2.3 percent increase will bring the price of tuition and fees to about $14,975 for the typical in-state undergraduate student at the New Brunswick campus. 

    Throw in room and board, and the average first-year student from New Jersey will pay nearly $28,000 for their first year on campus. 

    Here's what else students should know about the 2018-19 tuition hike. 

    Undergraduate tuition and fees

    Rutgers' tuition and fees vary by campus and school, so there are dozens of rates. The university releases an average tuition and fee rate for the typical student on each campus.

    At Rutgers-New Brunswick, the average in-state undergraduate will pay $14,975 in annual tuition and fees, or about $337 more. 

    Students at Rutgers-Newark will also see a 2.3 percent increase in tuition and fees. The cost will rise to $14,410 for the average undergraduate, about $325 more than last year. 

    For Rutgers-Camden students, the cost will rise 2.3 percent as well. The average undergraduate will pay $14,836, an increase of $335.

    Room and board

    The cost of housing for the average student living on campus will go up 1.9 percent in New Brunswick, Newark and Camden. 

    Rutgers is raising the cost of the typical meal plan by 2.25 percent. 

    In New Brunswick, that means the cost of room and board (based on a standard double-occupancy room) will jump $590 to $12,706. 

    Out-of-state students 

    The university is also hiking tuition for out-of-state students by 2.3 percent, and they'll pay $31,282 for tuition and fees.

    Add room and board to that, and out-of-state students are paying a total bill of about $43,988. 

    Part-time students 

    On the New Brunswick campus, part-time undergraduates from New Jersey will pay between $383 and $486 per credit, depending on their school. Most classes are three credits.

    Part-time students will also be charged between $646 and $822 in annual fees.

    Graduate students

    Graduate students from New Jersey will pay between $718 and $1,005 per credit for programs on the New Brunswick campus, including education, the arts, communications and social work. Annual fees for full-time students will range from $1,851 to $2,515.

    Law school

    The Rutgers School of Law will charge $25,077 in tuition for in-state students, plus $2,715 in annual fees.

    Medical school

    New Jersey Medical School in Newark will charge new in-state students $40,274 in tuition and $2,735 in fees. Robert Wood Johnson Medical School on the New Brunswick-Piscataway campus will charge incoming students $40,274 in tuition and $1,770 in fees.

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    Camden is one of 14 national finalists in a competition to fund public art.

    Camden has been selected as a finalist in a national contest to fund public art displays in cities of more than 30,000 residents.

    Bloomberg Philanthropies announced Wednesday that Camden, a city of 75,000 residents, is in the running to receive up to $1 million as part of a public art challenge to foster creative collaboration, address civic issues and support local economies through public art. More than 200 cities applied, and Camden, along with 13 other cities in the country, has been invited to submit a full proposal.  

    "We have a real opportunity to invest in major public art, which would elevate awareness of critical issues facing our city while enhancing our cultural scene at the same time," Mayor Frank Moran said in a statement.

    camden art location.jpegThis trash-strewn lot near Haddon Avenue and Chestnut Street is a location Camden is competing in a contest to transform with public art. 

    The effort is a collaboration with Cooper's Ferry Partnership and Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts. Camden's proposal seeks to transform several vacant lots littered with illegal dumping adjacent to the PATCO regional line into plazas with sculptures and art projects that reflect the history of the city.

    "We want to do this in blighted areas," said Kris Kolluri, president and CEO of the Cooper's Ferry Association, a nonprofit, urban-development advocacy group in Camden. "Camden currently spends enormous resources to deal with illegal dumping."

    Kolluri said the goal is to not just have "static" art sculptures and projects but to also have areas that can be used for public gatherings.

    "We want to take public assets and turn them into useful and positive assets for the city," he said. "The lots would be converted into multi-purpose community forums hosting art installations and providing a visually and socially impactful statement to more than 65,000 people who travel through Camden daily."

    The city and Cooper's Ferry have worked to address illegal dumping through multiple initiatives, including online tools to report it and video surveillance at several locations. Kolluri believes transforming blighted areas with public art can empower neighbors to take back streets and forge public ownership of redeveloped spaces.

    Bloomberg Philanthropies will select at least three winners from among the 14 finalists in the fall to launch projects over the next two years. The Public Art Challenge is a part of the former mayor of New York and media billionaire's American Cities Initiative, an effort to help U.S. cities generate innovation and advance policy. 

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    One of the main finding from the Center on Juvenile Criminal Justice is that juvenile curfew laws overwhelmingly targets African-American and Latino youth

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    The fan was so starstruck when the rapper brought him on stage, he passed out.

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    Everett E. Moore Jr. is accused of killing Joseph Pirri during a March encounter in Gloucester County.

    A Clayton man has been indicted on charges that he killed another motorist during a March road rage incident.

    Everett E. Moore Jr., 54, allegedly slashed Joseph Pirri, 32, of Blackwood, in the face as Pirri sat in his car during a snowstorm in Deptford Township.

    In a 911 recording after the incident, Pirri can be heard saying he had "flipped off" his assailant moments earlier.

    Moore illegally passed Pirri's car on Tanyard Road, then stopped in front of Pirri, got out and attacked him, prosecutors said.

    LMN15361x.JPGMegan Pirri holds a wedding photo of her and her husband Joseph Pirri, Monday, March 19, 2018. (Lori M. Nichols | For 

    Pirri suffered a 5 3/4-inch slash from his nose to his ear and left a trail of blood in the snow as he ran to nearby houses for help, authorities said. He provided a description of his assailant and the vehicle he was driving before dying several days later of his injuries, authorities said.

    After reviewing surveillance camera footage from multiple locations, speaking to witnesses and tracking pings from Moore's cellphone, he was arrested in late April.

    The grand jury indicted him this week on first-degree murder and weapons possession charges.

    Moore remains jailed at Salem County Correctional Facility and will return to court July 30 for a post-indictment arraignment.

    Pirri was on his way home from work when he was attacked. He left behind a wife and two kids.

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    The program came to an unexpected end this week.

    A bike share program many hoped would ease the transportation woes of Camden residents has come to an abrupt end after just two months. 

    The pilot program, launched in May and expected to last through the year, came from a partnership between bike share company ofo and local organization Cooper's Ferry Partnership. It involved dockless bikes, cutting back startup costs that preclude similar bike share programs. 

    The decision is likely less about Camden as a venue, and instead part of a national trend, as the Beijing-based company pulls back on its U.S. efforts. The company said it will continue to operate in cities with few regulations, like San Diego and Seattle, but will have to lay off an undisclosed number of its 120 U.S. employees.

    "As we continue to bring bikeshare to communities across the globe, ofo has begun to reevaluate markets that present obstacles to new, green transit solutions, and prioritize growth in viable markets that support alternative transportation and allow us to continue to serve our customers," Andrew Daley, ofo's Head of North America, said in a statement. 

    Cooper's Ferry president and chief executive Kris Kolluri said the partnership first learned ofo would be leaving certain markets after reading a Forbes article Thursday, and got a call shortly after from an ofo employee telling them the Camden program would end. 

    "It certainly came to us as a shock, and we're deeply disappointed that the feasibility study that launched two months ago, we now need to shelve it," he said. "That's where we are." 

    While bike share programs aren't new to New Jersey or larger cities around the country, the idea of integrating such a program to a city with high rates of poverty was. Studies have found that such programs often overlook the needs of such communities, and fail to market the service and provide payment methods that work for everyone. 

    Camden was a testing ground.

    "This was really kind of test and see how the program would work or wouldn't work," said Vince Basara, a spokesman for the City of Camden. "It was very popular and it was received well by the residents and visitors."  

    But without a completed feasibility study, Basara couldn't say how many people had engaged in the service.  

    Kolluri said it's too soon to say if Cooper's Ferry will continue a similar study with a different provider. There are still bikes around Camden, but the infrastructure to support the program is gone. 

    An announcement from the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers University, which was also involved in the study, said they will use the data obtained in the limited two month period to finish it. 

    "The demonstration pilot has provided the project partners with over two months of valuable insight on how a full bike share system could work in Camden," the announcement said. "The team will continue to engage in outreach with Camden residents and stakeholders in order to determine if and how a bike share system can provide a valuable transportation tool to the city." 

    This story has been updated to include comment from ofo and additional information from Rutgers. 

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    Some of the lifers are eligible for parole. Here what got them locked up

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