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    The victim is the 15th homicide this year

    A Camden man was fatally wounded during the day Tuesday and later died at a hospital, authorities said Wednesday.

    Police officers flagged down at Ferry Avenue and Kossuth Street at 10 a.m. found Donte Brown, 31, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound, the Camden County Prosecutor's Office said.

    He died shortly before 1 p.m. at a hospital in the city.

    No arrests or charges have been announced.

    Brown is the 15th homicide in Camden this year. The city had 18 at this time last year, a city police spokesman said.

    The city had 23 homicides in 2017 - the fewest since at least 1988

    New Jersey State Police statistics show most crime categories are also down year to date in Camden, and violent crime has plunged 18.5 percent in the first eight months this year, compared to the same period last year.

    Anyone with information for police about Brown's killing can call prosecutor's Detective Dennis Convery at 856-365-3279 or Camden County Police Detective Edward Gonzalez at 856-757-7420.

    Information may also be emailed to ccpotips@ccprosecutor.org.

      

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    The Food Bank of South Jersey invites the local community to participate in "Dine Out for Hunger," a public awareness and fundraising campaign that unites area restaurants and consumers in the fight against hunger.  From Sunday, Sept. 23 to Saturday, Sept. 29, participating restaurants will donate at least 10 percent of their proceeds to the Food Bank of South Jersey...

    The Food Bank of South Jersey invites the local community to participate in "Dine Out for Hunger," a public awareness and fundraising campaign that unites area restaurants and consumers in the fight against hunger. 

    From Sunday, Sept. 23 to Saturday, Sept. 29, participating restaurants will donate at least 10 percent of their proceeds to the Food Bank of South Jersey so that the organization can continue to feed children, families, seniors and veterans in Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Salem counties.

    Dine Out for Hunger is part of Hunger Action Month, a nationwide initiative to raise awareness about the nearly 40 million Americans facing hunger -- including nearly 200,000 people living in food-insecure households in South Jersey.

    Restaurant locations and the event flier can be found at foodbanksj.org.  Participants must bring a copy of the flier or show it on their phone at participating restaurants. 

    Participants can also use a coupon code for 5 percent off a takeout or delivery order at expressgrub.com, an exclusive food delivery service sponsor. Use coupon code "FEEDSJ" and expressgrub.com will make a donation to the Food Bank of South Jersey.

     Restaurants participating in Dine Out for Hunger:

    Burlington County -- Allora by da Soli, Bertucci's Italian Restaurant, Cafe Madison, Carlucci's Waterfront, Dooney's Pub & Restaurant, Femmina Italian Grill, Harvest Seasonal Grill, Jersey Mike's Subs (Cinnaminson, Marlton and Moorestown locations), Jug Handle Inn, Miller's Ale House, Buffalo Wild Wings

    Camden County -- Anthony's Creative, California Pizza Kitchen, Capital Grille, Elena Wu Restaurant, Jersey Mike's Subs (Cherry Hill, Voorhees), Tre Famiglia Ristorante, Season 52, Steak 38, Sugarpuddin's, Whole Hog Cafe

    Gloucester County -- Chianti Italian Restaurant, Filomena Lakeview


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    Jonathan Liano's chat app handle was "Mischief managed," a reference to the popular books about magic, officials said.

    A fifth-grade teacher who was arrested when he sought out sex with a 14-year-old girl -- who turned out to be a cop posing as a child online -- was released on several conditions Wednesday.

    Jonathan Liano.jpgJonathan Liano (Camden County Prosecutor's Office)
     

    Jonathan Liano, 38, of Sicklerville, was arrested Friday in Cooper River Park in Pennsauken, where he believed he was meeting a girl for sex, according to authorities.

    Dwight D. Einsenhower Middle School in Berlin Township said in a statement that he was placed on leave Saturday morning, when the district learned of the arrest.

    According to the affidavit of probable cause filed in Superior Court, the interaction began when a detective from the Camden County Prosecutor's Office created a post on the Whisper app that read, "Back to school sucks, who wants to come over and cheer me up."

    The detective wrote in the affidavit that Liano, using the user name "Mischief managed," a reference from the Harry Potter books, responded to her post with, "how old?"

    When she wrote that she was 14, he said he was too old for her and didn't want to go to jail, but then continued the conversation, the detective said. On Whisper and on the Kik messenger app, he described sexual things he wanted to do with 'Katie,' the detective said.

    They arranged to meet in the park Sept. 14, where Liano was arrested and agreed to talk with the detective, she wrote.

    "In sum, Liano admitted to speaking to 14-year-old 'Katie' on Whisper and Kik, and to discussing meeting and engaging in sexual relations with her. He admitted that he also brought 3 condoms with him to meet her," the affidavit said.

    In Superior Court in Camden Wednesday, Judge Frederick J. Schuck ruled that Liano could be released on the conditions that he be monitored by the court weekly, have no contact with minors, have no contact with and stay away from parks and schools, and not access computers, the internet or social media, according to the prosecutor's office.

    The Courier-Post reported that during Liano's detention hearing, his wife was supporting him and helped arrange for the hearing to be postponed to the afternoon so his private attorney, Mark Catanzaro of Mount Holly, could be present.

    An attempt to speak with Catanzaro Thursday morning was unsuccessful.

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

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    He was taken to a hospital, but pronounced dead shortly after, authorities said

    A 21-year-old Lindenwold man was shot and killed late Wednesday night near an apartment complex in Gloucester Township, the Camden County Prosecutor's Office said.

    Gloucester Township police responded to 9-11 calls about a man who had been reportedly shot near the 400 block of the La Cascata apartments in the Clementon neighborhood, just after 10:30 p.m.

    Screen Shot 2018-09-20 at 11.09.52 AM.pngThe La Cascata apartments in Clementon. (Google Maps) 

    Police found William Henry Jr. on the ground with multiple gunshot wounds.

    Henry was taken to Jefferson Hospital in Stratford, but was pronounced deceased at approximately 11:46 p.m, the prosecutor's office said.

    No arrests or charges have been made in the shooting investigation, and an investigation is ongoing. 

    Individuals with information are urged to call prosecutor's Detective Jim Brining at 856-225-8439 or Gloucester Township Police Detective Mike McDonnell 856-228-4500.

    Information may also be emailed to ccpotips@ccprosecutor.org.

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

     

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    Her husband flagged down police after the incident, but they couldn't save her.

    A 17-year-old boy has been charged with killing a mother of five in Camden in August, authorities said.

    michelle-huelasjpg-3ec9d0da578e6a77.jpgMichelle Huelas (Facebook) 

    Michelle K. Huelas, 46, died from a gunshot wound after being shot in the 700 block of Anna Sample Lane on the afternoon of Aug. 11, according to the Camden County Prosecutor's Office.

    The prosecutor's office said Huelas' husband, identified in her obituary as Richard Huelas, flagged down a Camden County police officer at Broadway and Kaighns Avenue and reported his wife had been shot in their car, the office said. Police found Michelle Huelas with a gunshot wound sitting in the passenger seat of the car, and she later died, authorities said.

    The intersection of Broadway and Kaighns Avenue is roughly one mile from where the shooting allegedly occurred.

    The prosecutor's office has not released any other details about the shooting, including whether Huelas was the intended target. They also haven't said how they identified the teen as the suspect, saying only that he had "allegedly been in the area at the time of the shooting."

    He was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder and is being held at the Camden County Juvenile Detention Center. His name is not being released because he is a minor.

    When the shooting first happened, the prosecutor's office kept it quiet for 12 days, saying only that they couldn't release information earlier due to the nature of the investigation.

    In addition to her husband and five children, Huelas is survived by her mother and two grandchildren, according to her obituary. Her obituary said she lived in Buena Vista Township in Atlantic County.

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    The 26-year-old died Sunday in an incident authorities say was accidental.

    A 26-year-old New Jersey man working aboard a ship docked in the Delaware River was killed Sunday when two steel planks fell on him, police said. 

    Basim Gilliard, of Pennsauken, was unloading cargo from the ship's hold at the Port of Paulsboro when the planks dropped from a forklift and struck him around 9:15 a.m., according to New Jersey State Police Trooper Alejandro Goez.

    His death has been ruled accidental, and is not considered suspicious, he said. 

    A Facebook page for the Pennsauken High School football team mourned his loss. 

    "Our sincerest prayers and condolences go out to the family of 2010 graduate Basim Gilliard who tragically died from a work related accident today. Bassim brought energy and love to our program like none other," the post said. "He will be missed. RIP."

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    The vessel, named Virtuous Striker, belongs to a Greece-based company called Enterprises Shipping & Trading S.A. It is 600 feet long, and was built in 2010, according to the company's site. 

    The company said in a statement to NJ Advance Media it "regret[s] to confirm a longshoreman was killed in an accident Sunday during cargo operations while the vessel was in Paulsboro, New Jersey."

    "Upon learning of the accident, the crew immediately made all appropriate emergency notifications," the statement said. "The Company deeply regrets the death of a valued dock worker.

    The company said it is working with local authorities as investigation into the death continues. 

    As of Thursday morning, the ship remained in the Delaware River near Paulsboro, according to vesselfinder.com, which tracks the locations of ships. 

    The Port of Paulsboro opened for business in 2017, after the area sat vacant for years. It welcomed its first shipment of steel from Russia in March of that year, which officials greeted as a the start of an economic boost in Paulsboro. 

    The South Jersey Port Corporation could not be reached for comment Thursday. 

    Goez said the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the incident. The agency did not immediately respond to requests for more information.  

    This article has been updated to include comment from Enterprises Shipping & Trading S.A.

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

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    David Sostman writes that Kris Singh was defending Holtec's high standards, not displaying bias, in trashing Camden's workers.

    I have never met Holtec International CEO Kris Singh. But do I know those who have demonized Singh (over his comments that potential Holtec employees from Camden have a poor work ethic, may be on drugs, and do not show up reliably) are wrong.  

    Singh was born in India and grew up on a farm. Through hard work and brilliance, he came to the United States as a scholarship student at the University of Pennsylvania in the 1960s, earning a mechanical engineering Ph.D.

    I am acquainted with one of Singh's Penn professors, Alan Soler, with whom he started Holtec three decades ago to design and manufacture high-tech containment structures to safely handle dangerous radioactive substances that power nuclear reactors. With more than 70 patents, Singh has become a world leader in advancing clean, safe, nuclear energy technologies, something desperately needed in the new age of climate change.

    He is also a man who, when made aware of the pain his comments had caused, quickly apologized, even though he believes those comments were taken out of context.  

    Dr. Singh is not a racist, and the allegation is unfair. What he represents is a belief in merit and the pursuit of excellence. The community leaders of Camden, who have succeeded through their own intelligence, hard work and tenacity, ought to embrace the high standards and values Singh's life and accomplishments represent.

    The next step is to come together behind these shared ideals and a vision for the future of Camden and its children. If this happens, events of the past week can lead to a better tomorrow.  

    David Sostman, Margate

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    The victim, a man from Marlton, died of an overdose earlier this year

    A man was arrested this week and charged with selling cocaine to a man who later died from an overdose of the drug, authorities announced.

    Sean Savage.jpgSean Savage, jail photo. 

    Sean Savage, 45, of Clementon, was charged with strict liability for drug-induced death, distribution of a controlled dangerous substance, and possession of a controlled dangerous substance, Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina said in a statement Thursday evening.

    Savage is accused of selling drugs to an Evesham Township man who police found dead on Feb. 20.

    The identity of the victim was not made public.

    The New Jersey State Police Fugitive Unit arrested Savage on Tuesday, Sept. 18 in Camden and took him to the Burlington County Jail in Mount Holly.

    After a first appearance Wednsday, Savage was held before a detention hearing.

    Assistant Prosecutor Jeremy Lackey will prepare the case for a grand jury.

    Joe Brandt can be reached at jbrandt@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @JBrandt_NJ. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

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    The crash occurred at Sicklerville Road and Scenic View Drive

    A 64-year-old man was killed Friday when his motorcycle crashed into an oncoming car just outside his Winslow neighborhood, police said.

    Kenneth Borusewicz died at a local hosptal a short time after the 10:15 a.m. crash at Sicklerville Road and Scenic View Drive, Winslow police said.

    Borusewicz lives on Scenic View Drive inside the the development which has an entrance where he crashed.

    Police said it appears he was making a right turn from Scenic View Drive onto southbound Sicklerville Road when for unknown reasons he crossed into the northbound lanes and collided with a northbound Jeep Grand Cherokee.

    Borusewicz was driving a 2010 Honda Fury.

    The Jeep driver, a 33-year-old woman from Gloucester City, was not injured.

    The investigation into the crash was ongoing Friday and police said no charges had been filed.

    Kevin Shea may be reached at kshea@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @kevintshea. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

     

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    Ride was inspected before the mishap, according to police.

    Firefighters rescued seven riders stranded on a Ferris wheel that broke down at the Camden County Fair Saturday in Gloucester Township.

    Responders found the fairgoers stuck at various heights on the ride, including at the top about 40 feet from the ground, according to police. Local fire crews deployed a tower ladder truck to bring riders to safety within about 30 minutes. 

    About six children were stuck on the ride, according to the Blackwood Fire Company.

    Nobody was injured from the mishap, police said.

    "Throughout the incident, all riders remained calm, and were in good spirits," police said in a news statement.

    The ride, which was inspected earlier in the day, was closed for repairs and another inspection, according to authorities.

    Noah Cohen may be reached at ncohen@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @noahycFind NJ.com on Facebook.


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    The Camden County Improvement Authority is seeking bids for demolition of the $35 million brick stadium, built only 17 years ago in a bid to boost tourism in the city.

    A ballpark on Camden's Waterfront has seen fast balls, fly balls and foul balls.

    But pretty soon, Campbell's Field will face the wrecking ball.

    The Camden County Improvement Authority is seeking bids for demolition of the cozy brick stadium, built only 17 years ago in a bid to boost tourism in the city.

    It's dismaying, of course, to see a $35 million facility written off like a failed free agent.

    Or casually dismissed like the Camden Riversharks, who lost their lease at the 6,700-seat park in 2015.

    But bidding documents makes clear that razing the past is a time-honored tradition at the Delaware Avenue site.

    Who knew, for instance, that a company made soap there from 1905 through the early '60s?

    There's no sign anymore of J. Eavenson & Sons Co., which is probably a very good thing.

    After all, a document notes, the suds producer maintained storage sheds "for hides and pelts," a boiler house (ugh) and a melter house (double ugh).

    Head back to 1926, says a massive report, and you'd find two lumber yards there, along with the soap maker, a Campbell Soup Co. warehouse and rail lines beneath the just-opened Ben Franklin Bridge.

    The roughly 10-acre area was on its way to becoming heavily industrialized -- with factories, piers and a 50,000-gallon water tank that have since vanished.

    But for me, the biggest surprise comes earlier -- with a description based on an 1891 map.

    "The site is not present at this time and appears to be composed of the Delaware River," notes a report prepared by Pennoni Associates Inc.

    So how did it become dry land?

    Well, it seems two islands in the river -- Windmill Island and Smith's Island -- were dredged out of existence in the 1890s.

    "To relieve hazards to large ferryboats, these islands were removed with much of the material possibly being used to fill the site," says the report.

    It notes parts of the stadium area remained underwater into the 1970s.

    By that time, workplaces like Campbell Soup canning and tomato-processing plants were yielding to a forlorn landscape of parking lots and vacant land.

    The ballpark, which will make way for a city-owned athletic complex, isn't looking too good these days.

    A sheet of plywood covers a shattered window near the main entrance. Flattened cardboard on a bench and a pillow on the ground suggest some people are finding a home there.

    And finally, consider the memorial garden planted after the 2003 death of Riversharks founder Stephen Shilling.

    "His vision brought this 'Field of Dreams' to the Camden Waterfront," proclaims a placard attached to a sculpture of a baseball.

    But the sign is spider-webbed with cracks, the ball has been vandalized and the tiny garden's filled with trash.

     

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    The narrow street was clogged with fire trucks and ambulances responding to the blaze.

    Two families are at least temporarily displaced after a fire ripped through one half of a duplex in Cherry Hill Sunday afternoon.

    Cherry Hill Fire Department called all hands to the fire around 12:30 p.m., at the dead end of Orchard Avenue near the Merchantville line.

    Assistant Fire Chief Chris Callan said it took firefighter 28 minutes to knock down the fire, which mostly affected the second and third floors on one side of the building.

    Callan said no one was home on the side of the duplex where the fire started, but the family that lived in the other half was home, and evacuated the house into the rainy afternoon. No one was injured.

    Both families will be displaced by the blaze, Callan said, including five adults and six children. One side had serious fire damage and the other side had significant smoke damage, he said. The Red Cross was called to offer assistance.

    He said 25 firefighters responded to the scene, and at least four fire trucks and numerous emergency vehicles crowded the narrow streets. Firefighters had knocked out the second-floor window and blackened wood and roofing were scattered around the opening, while smoke drifted out.

    The fire marshal was on scene at 1 p.m. and would determine the cause of the fire, Callan said. 

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    Dogs and cats all over New Jersey await adoption.

    Canines and their owners are invited to Roosevelt Park in Edison on Oct. 7 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the fourth annual DogFest New Jersey benefiting Canine Companions for Independence.

    dogfest.jpgDogFest New Jersey takes place on Oct. 7 at Roosevelt Park in Edison. 

    DogsFest will include speakers, dog demonstrations, music, food and more. The annual event raises funds for Canine Companions for Independence, a nonprofit provider of trained assistance dogs with six regional training centers across the country.

    Established in 1975, Canine Companions provides "highly trained assistance dogs to children and adults with disabilities and is recognized worldwide for the excellence of its dogs, and quality and longevity of the matches it makes between dogs and people." There is no charge for the dog, its training and on-going follow-up services. For more information, visit cci.org or call 1-800-572-2275.

    Individuals who raise at least $250 will receive a special DogFest gift. Information on DogFest New Jersey and fundraising for Canine Companions is available by going to support.cci.org/site/TR?fr_id=1610&pg=entry.

    Roosevelt Park is located on Roosevelt Drive.

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


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