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    Friends mourned Jonathan Rojas online, sharing photographs of his initials spelled out in candles at a vigil Monday night

    Authorities said they've arrested both the man who shot two teenagers in Camden Monday morning from the seat of his bicycle, as well as the driver who helped him escape in an SUV.

    The shooting took the life of Jonathan Rojas, 19, of Camden, and injured an 18-year-old Glassboro man who has not been named.

    The Camden County Prosecutor's Office said Jerarmine Venable, 46, of Clementon, was biking in the area of 4th Street and Kaighn Avenue at about 7:45 a.m. when he fired into Rojas' vehicle.

    Police arrived after being notified of the gunfire by ShotSpotter technology, and found Rojas and the 18-year-old wounded on the ground, the office said.

    Rojas died from his injuries. The other man survived, but details about his condition have not been made public.

    The prosecutor's office said that after Venable shot the two men, he fled toward 3rd Street and was picked up by a silver SUV. The office did not say where this information came from, but added that his alleged escape in the SUV was corroborated by surveillance video.

    The office said detectives found the SUV unoccupied on the 700 block of Thurman Street and waited outside until Venable and the suspected driver, Dametre Tokley, 25, of Camden, came out of a home on 8th Street and attempted to leave in the vehicle.

    They were arrested there and both charged with first-degree murder, authorities said. Both are being held in the Camden County Jail until detention hearings, to decide whether they should be jailed until their trials or released on conditions.

    As news of the shooting spread Monday, friends of Rojas mourned him online, remembering playing basketball with him and sharing photographs of his initials spelled out in candles at a vigil. His Facebook profile said he attended Penn Tech, the Pennsauken campus of Camden County Technical Schools.

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

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    The super-arcade and restaurant could open in early 2020.

    If you're up for a rousing game of Zombie Snatcher, or have a mad craving for chicken & waffle sliders, and you just don't have the energy to make it across the Ben Franklin Bridge into Philly, this news is for you.

    A 40,000-square-foot Dave & Buster's super-arcade restaurant is coming to the Gloucester Premium Outlets shopping center in Gloucester Township, Camden County for a planned opening early in 2020.

    Mayor Dave Mayer has been spreading the news like a carnival barker to... hurry, hurry, hurry and step right up to experience the fun about to be dialed up here.

    1113 BUSTER 2 CRL P3Shuffleboard and pool tables exist in abundance at Dave and Buster's in Philadelphia. Charles Lewis

    "This is tremendous from a variety of perspectives," Mayer said. "We're very, very excited about it. It's another national business investing in our community."

    The new facility will be located adjacent to the outlets, which is home to 90 designer and high-end stores where each store has its own outside entrance. It's located on busy Route 42, which feeds into the Atlantic City Expressway to the east and corridors to Philadelphia to the west.

    "Location, location, location," Mayer said when asked what helped attract the Texas-based entertainment house. "It's another great destination, another great activity to have here in Gloucester Township."

    Screen Shot 2018-07-31 at 7.21.07 PM.pngDave and Buster's will be built on property adjacent to the existing Gloucester Township Premium Outlets.

    The council approved an ordinance this month to amend a development zone to permit the super arcade and restaurant to operate. The sites typically have up to 165 games, dozens of menu items, plentiful supplies of alcohol, including mixed drinks and walls lined with giant televisions, usually tuned to sports.

    The opening of the Texas-based chain in New Jersey was made possible by legislation signed by Gov. Chris Christie two years ago lifting the 56-year ban on the pairing of alcohol sales and amusement games. 

    The ban didn't apply to casino or video games but restricted the businesses that gave away tickets for prizes for games, such as Skee-Ball. Dave & Buster's lobbied for years to get the law changed.

    Dave & Buster's currently has 103 locations across the country including three in the Philadelphia area and one in New York City and facilities in Wayne and Woodbridge in New Jersey.

    Requests for comments Tuesday from Dave & Buster's and the Gloucester Premium Outlets were not immediately returned.

    Bill Duhart may be reached at Follow him on Twitter @bduhart. Find on Facebook.Have a tip? Tell us.

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    Rooms for rent from New Jersey's past.

    A report by the Combined Heat and Power Partnership (CHP) of the Environmental Protection Agency shows that in 2015 there were a total of 101,668 rooms available to book in New Jersey.

    From bed and breakfasts to centuries old historic houses to the classic motel signs and designs of the Jersey Shore, travelers have always had a tremendous choice of places to stay in New Jersey.

    MORE: Vintage photos around New Jersey

    Here's a gallery of vintage hotels and motels, as well as links to other galleries you might enjoy.

    Vintage photos of N.J. hotels, motels and inns

    Vintage photos of mansions and estates in N.J.

    Vintage photos of estates and mansions in N.J.

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

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    Here's what you can do to save that furry friend trapped in a hot car.

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    The convenience chain that has eyed Wawa as its competitor is creeping north from Maryland.

    Royal Farms convenience stores are continuing an aggressive push into New Jersey eight months after opening their first store here.

    The Baltimore-based franchise that features convenience items and fried chicken on a real estate footprint that resembles a gasoline station minimart on steroids, now has four stores open and six more either in the planning stage or under construction, according to the company and public records.

    All of the Royal Farms locations in New Jersey are on busy traffic thoroughfares. The first store opened in November on the White Horse Pike, Route 30 in Magnolia and featured a 24-hour event starting at midnight. Since then, locations have opened in Bellmawr, Gloucester City and East Greenwich.

    The pace of the expansion is so fast that some locations are not listed on the company's "Coming Soon" queue on its website -- including in Evesham, at Route 73 and Sunbird Drive; in Moorestown, at Route 38 and Fellowship Road and in Mount Laurel, at Route 38 and Larchmont Boulevard, all in Burlington County. A location in Winslow, Camden County, at Cross Keys and Johnson roads has also broken ground. All of these sites were confirmed by municipal planning officials.

    Included in the coming soon locations on Royal Farms' website are Voorhees, 600 block of Haddonfield-Berlin Road and Clementon, 1400 block of Blackwood Clementon Road.

    Royal Farms officials did not comment on the expansion despite multiple request last week through phone calls and emails to do so. A request for comment this week to SCG advertising and public relations agency, which represents Royal Farms, was also not immediately returned.

    The stores appear to be well received in most areas but some residents near a proposed location on Route 38 and Fellowship Road in Moorestown campaigned against it on social media last week.

    How N.J.'s newest convenience store Royal Farms stacks up to Wawa

    Moorestown township manager Thomas Merchel said the site proposal for the facility has been submitted but a hearing has not been scheduled yet. He said the site may need a zoning variance to operate.

    The Route 73 and Sunbird Drive location in Evesham still needs a final site plan approval, but the builders have already been granted requested variances in a preliminary proposal, a township planning board official said Wednesday. The variances include parking setbacks of 28 feet on Route 73 and 15 feet on Sunbird Road where 50 feet are required on both roads, said the official, who declined to give her name, citing public record.

    The Evesham store will be 5,191 square feet and include a separate, free-standing 19,200-square-foot building zoned for retail use on a 7 acre lot, the official said. 

    The location in Winslow, a 4,637-square-foot store will be built on a 2.58 acre lot. A local official said it is highly anticipated.

    "We are anxious and eager to see it get built," said Deborah Wells, the township planning board secretary and zoning officer. "We're excited about the development."

    Royal Farms' primary super-convenience store competitor, Wawa, has nearly three times as many locations as Royal Farms from New Jersey to Florida.

    Royal Farms has more than 200 existing locations, mostly in the mid-Atlantic.

    The company's latest promotion, Chicken Palooza, features free chicken for a year for four grand prize winners. The contest runs through the end of August.

    The chain also topped a recent list from Food and Wine magazine of top "10 Gas Station Foods Across the Country That Are Worth the Detour."

    Royal Farms features indoor and outdoor seating areas and standard convenience items like soda, milk and water. It also features its own line of snack items, such as Chesapeake-flavored potato chips, nuts and fresh-baked items.

    Bill Duhart may be reached at Follow him on Twitter @bduhart. Find on FacebookHave a tip? Tell us.

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    The effort to cut down on violence in New Jersey city centers has been dubbed "Operation Summer in the City."

    The New Jersey Attorney General's Office announced Thursday the arrests of 166 fugitives from four cities across the state in a summer effort to curb violent crime. 

    From July 16 to 20, The U.S. Marshals NY/NJ Regional Fugitive Task Force teamed with local authorities to target New Jersey's gang members and most violent offenders in Jersey City, Camden, Trenton and Newark, the Attorney General's statement said. 

    Marshals and task force officers focused on fugitives with violent charges and documented gang relations. 

    Among the 166 fugitive arrests, 61 of which were documented gang members. They included 42 Bloods, 13 Crips, three Latin Kings, and one Surenos member and one Trinitarios gangster.

    The attorney general's office did not identify any of the arrestees.

    Eleven firearms, over seven kilograms of narcotics, one vehicle, and $100,000 in cash were seized confiscated during the arrests. 

    The operation, called "Operation Summer in the City," also aimed to impact on the quality of life for the residents in the four cities, the statement said. 

    "Law enforcement agencies work best when they work together, and this sweep of gang members and violent offenders is an outstanding example," Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said in the statement.  

    "We listened to you loud and clearly, and we will continue pursuing these violent fugitives that are hiding in every corner of your city," Juan Mattos, the U.S. Marshal for the District of New Jersey said.

    Paige Gross may be reached at pgross@njadvancemedia.comFollow her on Twitter @By_paigegross.  


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    New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas has concluded the state cannot legally stop a New Jersey-based company from the building a nuclear waste storage facility.

    The chair of a New Mexico legislative committee that monitors radioactive and hazardous materials in the state says he finds it troubling Attorney General Hector Balderas has concluded the state cannot legally stop a New Jersey-based company from the building a nuclear waste storage facility.

    Holtec International, a New Jersey-based company specializing in nuclear storage, has applied to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission for a license to construct a nuclear waste storage facility about 35 miles (56 kilometers) east of Carlsbad.

    The facility, to be located in western Lea County, could eventually store up to 10,000 shipments of spent nuclear fuel, as much as 120,000 metric tons of high-level radioactive waste, from nuclear power plants around the country. It would be stored just below the surface.

    The facility is intended to be a temporary storage site, storing nuclear waste only until a permanent storage facility can be built. But opponents fear that it could become permanent because plans for a long-term repository at Yucca Mountain, Nevada, have stalled because of opposition.

    Sen. Jeff Steinborn, D-Las Cruces, said Wednesday that New Mexico should have a say about the proposal and that he was disappointed in the attorney general's opinion, The Hobbs News-Sun reports .

    "It's troubling that a project of this magnitude with this much exposure to the state -- I mean exposure in the sense of the hazardous materials involved and long-term ramifications of it being here -- that our state would not have a say in being able to approve it or not," said Steinborn, who chairs interim Radioactive and Hazardous Materials Committee.

    Balderas said in a letter last month the state cannot legally stop Holtec International from temporarily storing up to 100,000 metric tons of high-level nuclear waste in New Mexico.

    Balderas cited the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982 and two court cases clearly establishing two principles.

    "(F)irst, that the NRC has the statutory authority to license and regulate consolidated interim nuclear waste storage facilities, and secondly, that the comprehensiveness of that federal regulatory scheme pre-empts virtually any state involvement," Balderas wrote.

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    Michael Gibbons is deputy chief of the Atlantic County Superintendent of Elections office.

    An Atlantic County elections official used an overtime scheme to rake in extra cash and used county employees to clean out his mom's attic, prosecutors allege.

    Michael Gibbons, deputy chief of the Atlantic County Superintendent of Elections office, is accused of adding non-worked overtime hours to a pair of employees' timecards so that they would receive extra pay.

    In two of these cases, he "solicited money back from an employee for his personal use," according to the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office.

    These alleged crimes occurred in March 2017, officials said.

    Gibbons, 33, of Stratford, also used a county vehicle to drive two office employees to Camden County to clean out the attic, prosecutors allege, and both were paid for their time and efforts with public funds.

    Gibbons is charged with second-degree official misconduct and third-degree theft by deception.

    He has been on an unpaid suspension since Jan. 23, officials confirmed. He was hired by the Superintendent of Elections Office on Aug. 28, 2012, and has served in the position of deputy chief since Jan. 1, 2014.

    Gibbons earns an annual salary of $34,751, according to state pension records.

    The Superintendent of Elections is a state office, but the county funds its budget and the office follows county policies and procedures, a county spokeswoman noted. The county does not have jurisdiction over the office.

    Matt Gray may be reached at Follow him on Twitter @MattGraySJT. Find the South Jersey Times on FacebookHave a tip? Tell us:


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    Location, location, location has been an age-old credo of real estate, and still is, even when you're dead.

    Location, location, location has been an age-old credo of real estate. And then when you factor in a final resting place, that credo is likely to multiple exponentially.

    And say you had about 1,000 other loved ones you wanted to spend eternity with and you could do it in a place with "many beautiful cherry and magnolia trees?"

    Have we got the place for you!

    recent real estate listing for the Bethel Cemetery on in Pennsauken stirred up a lot of social media chatter this week. The listing initially indicated 30.5 acres was for sale at the cemetery, which would have been the entire property.

    More than three dozen members of a private Facebook group left comments wondering what this meant for people with loved ones buried in the cemetery in the 1600 block of Cove Road and what was going to happen next.

    Ask Alexa

    Andrew Lee, the realtor who placed the listing, said Tuesday he intended to correct the size of the lot on the listing from 30.59-acre lot to 1 acre. On Wednesday, the listing was for a 1-acre lot. Lee said that accounted for 1,024, 3-by-9-foot grave plots and the sales price was $1.1 million.

    The plots are being sold by a Buddhist Temple congregation from Philadelphia that bought it 16 years ago but never buried any of its members there.

    The real estate listing features photos of several statues on the site, including one with a figure that resembled traditional images of a Buddhist deity.

    "The temple bought the circle section from the cemetery," said Katherine Mach, a realtor who shares the listing with Lee.

    The area sits in a central location in the lush cemetery that starts at the corner of Westfield Avenue and Cove Road, a quarter mile from Route 130. It had the air of a peaceful oasis on a recent, steamy weekday afternoon.

    The land was near another section of graves with Asian names and symbols. Several stone statues marked the property near graves that appeared to be of veterans with small American flags fluttering in the breeze.

    Bamboozled: What happens to unused cemetery plots?

    State statute regulating the burial industry states:

    "A membership or religious corporation or unincorporated association or society may purchase interment spaces in bulk for the purpose of resale, transfer or assignment of interment rights."

    But Robert Fells, general counsel of the Virginia-based International Cemetery, Cremation & Funeral Association, said a sale this large is not typical anymore.

    "I'm not sure it's as common today as it was years ago," Fells said.

    Fells said years ago it was not uncommon for many religious groups to enter into agreements with cemeteries to have burial sections dedicated to their faith. But he said his trade group for the industry has noticed a decline of the emphasis of religion throughout culture and that has affected the cemetery industry.

    Fells said a listing of this sort on was unusual. He said what typically happens with these purchases is the cemetery still owns the land but the burial plot is like an easement contract for use of the land.

    He said the rights for the use of the land are typically retained by the cemetery owner, which would preclude someone buying an area in a cemetery and using it for anything but burial of human remains.

    Bethel Cemetery is managed by Stonemor Partners, of Trevose, Pa., which bills itself as the second largest network of cemeteries and funeral homes in the country.

    "Bethel Cemetery is committed to its mission to help families memorialize every life with dignity, including providing and maintaining a tranquil and beautiful place for memorialization," the company said through a spokeswoman.

    It did not immediately answer other questions including, how common are sales like this at Bethel?

    Plots of 3-by-9-feet there are priced between $1,185 and $1,405 a woman who answered the phone at the cemetery said Thursday before referring other questions to Stonemor.

    Township tax assessor John Dymond said the $1.1 million asking price for the property raised his eyebrow.

    "There isn't an acre of property in this entire town that's worth $1.1 million," he said.

    Lee, the realtor, said the price is "negotiable."

    Bill Duhart may be reached at Follow him on Twitter @bduhart. Find on FacebookHave a tip? Tell us.

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    Some of the thousands of animals awaiting adoption throughout New Jersey.

    Here is this week's collection of some of the dogs and cats in need of adoption in New Jersey.

    We are now accepting 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, 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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    One N.J. county has preserved nearly as much land about the size of Washington, D.C.

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    The Eagles held the first of two open practices at Lincoln Financial Field.

    Hours before the first open practice, Eagles fans lined up outside Lincoln Financial Field braving the 95-degree heat for the opportunity to see their team run through plays for the first time since winning the Super Bowl back in February.

    Injured quarterback Carson Wentz took part in the two-hour practice while Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles played spectator.

    After practice the players walked to the center of the field and met members of the military to give away their jerseys, sign autographs and pose for pictures.

    The team said more than 40,000 fans attended the first of two open practices, filling the lower bowl while spilling up to the second and third levels.

    The Eagles will host the Pittsburgh Steelers Thursday night for the first preseason game of the season. The last open practice will take place Saturday at 10 a.m. at Lincoln Financial Field.

    Tim Hawk may be reached at Follow him on Instagram @photog_hawk and Twitter @photogthawk. Find on Facebook. Have a tip? Tell us.

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    Seven ShopRite stores in Camden and Gloucester counties owned and operated by Zallie Supermarkets Inc. asked customers to "round-up" to the nearest dollar at checkout during May, which is also National Brain Tumor Awareness month. In total, more than $102,000 was raised by customers at the ShopRite of Williamstown, ShopRite of West Berlin, ShopRite of Sicklerville, ShopRite of Glassboro,...

    Seven ShopRite stores in Camden and Gloucester counties owned and operated by Zallie Supermarkets Inc. asked customers to "round-up" to the nearest dollar at checkout during May, which is also National Brain Tumor Awareness month.

    shoprite.brain.JPGPosing with a check representing donations collected from customers for National Brain Tumor Awareness Month are, from left, Zallie ShopRite store owner George Zallie III; Mark Kramer Sr., husband of Zallie's director of management information systems Sandy Kramer (far right); ShopRite of West Deptford front end manager Genie Stettler; and Zallie's director of marketing Giuliana Zallie.  

    In total, more than $102,000 was raised by customers at the ShopRite of Williamstown, ShopRite of West Berlin, ShopRite of Sicklerville, ShopRite of Glassboro, ShopRite of West Deptford, ShopRite of Laurel Hill in Clementon and ShopRite of Chews Landing in Laurel Springs. 

    This marks the third year the Zallie Family has partnered with the National Brain Tumor Society to raise money to research cures and treatment for brain tumors. Zallie Supermarkets director of marketing Giuliana Zallie says the fundraiser is personal since Zallie's manager of information systems Sandy Kramer recently lost her son to a brain tumor. 

    "We've decided to partner with NBTS not only to honor Sandy's son, but to raise awareness in the communities our stores serve about this life changing illness," said  Zallie. "Over the past three years, our customers have generously contributed close to $260,000 to help find a cure. We are grateful to our customers for opening their hearts and wallets to support this cause." 

    Zallie Supermarkets Inc. is a family-owned and operated business. George Zallie Sr. opened his first corner store in the 1950s.

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    Struggling malls are trying to reinvent themselves. Is this the new solution?

    A new twist in the ongoing effort of the PREIT company to reimagine its retail shopping spaces is expected to be rolled out this fall.

    PREIT, the Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust, is partnering with an entrepreneurial incubator to offer space to startup companies in one of its premium malls.

    The project is expected to premiere in November at the Cherry Hill Mall. It will feature a group of startup retail ventures in an 11,000 square-foot area near the mall's flagship Nordstrom's store.

    "We've been in conversation with PREIT for a number of years to do something together," said Jennifer Maher, CEO of the 1776, a business incubator company. "We have a number of product-based companies within our space but they are only selling from e-commerce. Getting space inside a mall or a retail district is incredibly expensive. So if we can partner with PREIT to provide that space we can provide all those product companies access to consumer foot traffic and exposure they never would have had before."

    DC_Campus Select-10 (3).jpgA work campus in Washington, D.C. for 1776, an incubator startup company coming to the Cherry Hill mall. 

    The partnership runs in contrast to one of the greatest dangers facing aging malls: e-commerce. The online shopping surge has been cited for the decline of the former Echelon Mall, in Voorhees, and the former Burlington Center Mall in Burlington Township. PREIT once owned both.

    "The addition of this unique tenant concept inside the 1.3 million-square-foot mall reinforces PREIT's commitment to redefining the mall model and to the value it creates for the community," the company said in a statement about the Cherry Hill mall project.

    The company said it has a consumer-driven approach to crafting a tenant mix across its portfolio - with over 20 percent of space committed to dining and entertainment.

    The last store in this sad N.J. mall will close in September. Then what?

    "PREIT has been a really innovative mall operator in turning a lot of its retail spaces into entertainment destinations," Maher said.

    PREIT still owns the Moorestown Mall four miles away from Cherry Hill down Route 38. Township officials there have recently floated plans to rezone the area to include affordable housing in some vacant corners of the mall and the nearby mostly vacant former Kmart shopping center across the street

    The 57-year-old Cherry Hill Mall is one of the first indoor climate-controlled malls in the country. 1776 has 10 campuses, from Washington, D.C. to Pennsylvania, and bills itself as the nation's largest network of business incubators.   

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    A South Jersey town was selected by Reader's Digest as the most charming in the state

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    Two women in the vehicle she struck were hospitalized with injuries Saturday mornig in Cape May Court House

    A 73-year-old woman was killed in a head-on crash involving two SUVs on Saturday morning in Cape May County, authorities said. 

    Elizabeth MacNamara, of Collingswood, was driving south on Court House-South Dennis Road in the Cape May Court House section of Middle Township, when she crossed onto the northbound side and collided with another SUV, police said Monday. 

    Pedestrian struck, killed by minivan in Linden

    She was pronounced dead at the scene following the 11:45 a.m. crash. 

    The 64-year-old driver of the other SUV and her 65-year-old passenger were taken to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City with what police described as "multiple injures." Both women are York, Pennsylvania residents. 

    Middle Township police continue to investigate.

    Jeff Goldman may be reached at Follow him on Twitter @JeffSGoldman. Find on Facebook.



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    Forget about calling borough hall and waiting to dial the right extension. This town now has an app for complaints.

    Gloucester Township is rolling out a new texting service for residents to report issues of concern to municipal officials through their cell phone messaging app.

    Citibot is a text messaging tool.

    "Citibot is simple, conversational and more efficiently notifies the township of residents' issues, allowing us to get the job done quicker and more proficiently" Mayor David Mayer said in a statement Monday. "Using text messages, citizens can report issues, search the Gloucester Township website, and receive notifications."

    Issues such as potholes or missed trash pick-up can be reported and then a notification can be sent when the issue is addressed, officials said. 

    Township officials said they see the service as a "two-way channel of communication."

    "We are hoping this is going to enable more people to communicate with us," said  Regina Caristo, the township's communications director.

    The service works with a smartphone messaging app to place messages directly in a workflow system. Caristo said residents were already able to text issues of concern to the township but those messages had to be manually put into the workflow system. This method processes the request faster with an expected result of resolving it quicker, Caristo said.

    "Save the Citibot number in your phone and text us if you have a question or should you need to report an issue," Mayer said.

    Send a text message with the word "hello" to (856) 644-6414 to get started with Citibot.

    The system cost $14,750 a year and local officials say they expect it will improve communications with residents.

    "You live in a town to make the government more transparent," Caristo said. "It makes it more convenient to get to us."

    Gloucester Township is the third largest municipality in Camden County behind Camden and Cherry Hill with over 64,000 residents. It includes neighborhoods such as Sicklerville, Glendora, and Erial.

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    They've only been open less than a year and they're already collecting all kinds of accolades.

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    One of the injured Camden officers returned fire, but authorities said they did not know if the shooter was hit.

    UPDATE: Manhunt continues after ambush shooting of 2 Camden cops

    A man ambushed two police officers stopped at a red light in Camden on Tuesday night, firing up to 25 rounds at their car before fleeing.

    The plainclothes detectives, a man and a woman, were taken to Cooper University Hospital in Camden. Their wounds were not considered life-threatening, county spokesman Dan Keashen said. 

    "The information we have thus far is that they were essentially ambushed," Camden County Police Chief John Scott Thomson told reporters at a late night news conference. "A male walked up and began opening fire. We have anywhere between 10 and 25 rounds that were fired at the officers."

    The officers were sitting at a red light in an unmarked car when a man walked up to the vehicle and opened fire, Thomson said.

    "At this point in time our officers have non-life-threatening injuries but not for the grace of God quite frankly," Thomson said. "The amount of rounds that were fired at close range and particularly through the windshield."

    One of the injured officers returned fire, but Thomson said he did not know if the shooter was hit. The nature of the officers' injuries was not disclosed Tuesday night.

    The motive for the shooting remains unclear. 

    "Maybe they did know they were police officers and that's the reason why they did it. Maybe they thought they were somebody else. We'll find that out as the investigation unfolds," Thomson said.

    Keashen said the shooting occurred around 8:30 p.m. near the intersection of Broadway and Mount Vernon Street, on National Night Out, an event that builds partnerships between police officers and communities.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

    Chris Sheldon may be reached at Follow him on Twitter @chrisrsheldon Find on Facebook.


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