10-year-old dies after being ejected from festival ride
BRIDGETON, N.J. (AP) — A 10-year-old girl died after plunging from an amusement park ride at a harvest festival in southern New Jersey over the weekend, authorities said.
Mom pleads not guilty to murder count in toddler son’s death
BRIDGETON, N.J. (AP) — A mother who allegedly told police she fatally struck her toddler son because he wouldn't eat his breakfast has pleaded not guilty to murder and other charges.
Murphy urges those with info on missing girl to come forward
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy is urging anyone with information about a 5-year-old girl believed to have been kidnapped from a park last month to come forward.
Park photos, videos sought in search for missing girl
BRIDGETON, N.J. (AP) — Authorities searching for a 5-year-old girl believed to have been kidnapped from a southern New Jersey park last week are asking anyone who visited the site that day to...
Vigil held for 5-year-old who vanished from New Jersey park
BRIDGETON, N.J. (AP) — Dozens of people have attended a vigil for a 5-year-old girl believed to have been kidnapped from a southern New Jersey park.
Search continues for 5-year-old who vanished from park
BRIDGETON, N.J. (AP) — A search for a little girl believed to have been kidnapped from a southern New Jersey park continues.
More than 100 officers from state and local police searched...
Authorities: Child who vanished from park was kidnapped
BRIDGETON, N.J. (AP) — Authorities believe a 5-year-old girl who disappeared this week while playing with a sibling at a New Jersey playground was taken against her will.
BRIDGETON, N.J. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man has been sentenced to 50 years in the shooting death of a sleeping co-worker in a New Jersey hotel room almost three years ago.
BRIDGETON, N.J. (AP) — A Marine combat veteran who was denied entry to a pretrial program after he was accused of punching a state trooper and charged with a weapons offense is now headed to state...
FRANKLIN, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a couple and their adult daughter were killed when their car collided with a tanker truck in southern New Jersey, a crash that also seriously injured their...
BRIDGETON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man convicted of killing a young mother of three has been sentenced to a total of 65 years in prison, prosecutors said.
BRIDGETON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey mother who allegedly told police she fatally struck her toddler son because he wouldn't "eat nor listen to her" has been indicted on murder...
BRIDGETON, N.J. (AP) — A Marine combat veteran who was denied entry to a pretrial program after he was accused of punching a state trooper and charged with a weapons offense has pleaded guilty in...
HOPEWELL, N.J. (AP) — A driver who ran a red light and killed an elderly couple on their way home from a dinner date in southern New Jersey has pleaded guilty to two counts of vehicular...
BRIDGETON, N.J. (AP) — An attorney representing a New Jersey mother charged with murder in the death of her toddler son is pointing to a man she alleges should also be considered a suspect in the...
Former NJ paramedic sues for wrongful termination
EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A former New Jersey paramedic is suing a health care company for wrongful termination after he practiced holistic medicine on a patient who refused traditional...
Authorities: 3 men wounded in apartment complex shooting
BRIDGETON, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a shooting at a southern New Jersey apartment complex left three men wounded.
Police responded around 11:30 p.m. Sunday to the NIA Amity Heights...
BRIDGETON, N.J. (AP) — A man convicted of fatally stabbing his estranged wife in front of their young son has been sentenced to life in prison.
Sex offender accused of assaulting dementia patient
BRIDGETON, N.J. (AP) — Officials say a convicted sex offender sexually assaulted an 83-year-old dementia patient at a New Jersey hospital.
Mom charged in toddler’s death to remain jailed until trial
BRIDGETON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey mother who allegedly told police she fatally struck her toddler son because he wouldn't "eat nor listen to her" will remain jailed until her murder...
Police: Mom killed toddler because he wouldn’t eat, listen
BRIDGETON, N.J. (AP) — A criminal complaint says a New Jersey woman accused of killing her toddler son told police she struck the boy because he wouldn't "eat nor listen to her."
Nakira Griner is charged with murder and other counts in the death of 23-month-old Daniel Griner Jr.
Prosecutor: Mom reported son taken, now charged with murder
BRIDGETON, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a mother who reported her toddler son abducted has been charged with murder after the remains of a child were found in the yard of the New Jersey home.
The Cumberland County prosecutor's office says Bridgeton police were called shortly after 6:30 p.m. Friday after 23-month-old Daniel Griner Jr. was reported abducted.
Man convicted of killing estranged wife as their son watched
BRIDGETON, N.J. (AP) — A man accused of fatally stabbing his estranged wife in front of their young son has been convicted on murder charges.
Jeremiah Monell now faces a possible life term without parole when he's sentenced in Lawrence Township. He was also convicted Friday of weapons charges stemming from the December 2016 attack that left Tara O'Shea-Watson dead in her Commercial Township home.
Husband goes on trial for slaying of wife in front of son
BRIDGETON, N.J. (AP) — A man prosecutors say fatally stabbed his estranged wife in front of their son is going to trial.
Opening statements were scheduled Thursday in the trial of Jeremiah Monell of Lawrence Township.
Monell is charged with killing Tara O'Shea-Watson in her home in Commercial Township in December 2016.
Prosecutors say Monell stabbed the 35-year-old dozens of times after beating her and throwing her on the floor. The couple's 12-year-old son witnessed the attack.
Construction worker killed in wall collapse at home
LOWER ALLOWAYS CREEK TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Authorities in New Jersey say a contractor who was working on a home remodeling project was killed when a wall collapsed on him.
Man charged in youth football coach’s slaying to stay jailed
BRIDGETON, N.J. (AP) — A man charged in the slaying of a youth football coach who was gunned down in a school parking lot after a practice will remain jailed until his murder trial starts.
A judge made the ruling Friday, agreeing with Cumberland County prosecutors who cited the severity of the charges Will El-Bey faces. They also noted the 22-year-old Vineland man is accused of witness tampering.
Defense attorney Diane Ruberton had sought El-Bey's release, noting he has no criminal record.
Feds to conduct review of prison after recent suicides
BRIDGETON, N.J. (AP) — The Department of Justice is reviewing how a New Jersey jail handles inmates' mental health issues after several suicides in recent years.
The Press of Atlantic City reports there have been six suicides in the past four years at the Cumberland County Jail.
This week the newspaper obtained a picture of a card distributed to inmates by the DOJ asking for information about the jail's mental health care.
Man gets more time to mull plea in estranged wife’s slaying
BRIDGETON, N.J. (AP) — A man accused of killing his estranged wife and evading police for two weeks will have another week to decide whether to accept a plea deal or go to trial.
Police: 1 dead in apartment complex shooting
BRIDGETON, N.J. (AP) — Police in New Jersey continue to search for a suspect they say fatally shot a 22-year-old.
The Press of Atlantic City reports Davonte Burrus, of Bridgeton, died Wednesday night. Police say officers responded to the Maple Gardens Apartment complex in Bridgeton around 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Prosecutor: Man fled court, injured sheriff’s officer
BRIDGETON, N.J. (AP) — Authorities allege that a defendant ordered to jail fled a New Jersey courtroom and struck a sheriff's officer on his way out of a parking garage.
The Cumberland County prosecutor's office says the man was in a drug court and had just been ordered to the county jail Wednesday when he ran out of the courtroom, ran to the parking garage and jumped into his vehicle.
Man to remain jailed in stray bullet death of sleeping child
BRIDGETON, N.J. (AP) — The man suspected of firing a stray shot that killed a 9-year-old girl as she slept in her bed will remain jailed until his murder trial.
A judge issued the ruling Thursday during a detention hearing for Zahmere McKoy. He's among four men charged in the July 17 shooting in Bridgeton that killed Jennifer Trejo.
4th man charged in stray bullet death of sleeping 9 year old
BRIDGETON, N.J. (AP) — The man suspected of firing a stray shot that killed a 9-year-old New Jersey girl as she slept in her bed has been charged with murder.
Cumberland County prosecutors say Zahmere McKoy also faces counts of conspiracy to commit murder, attempted murder and weapons offenses. He's the fourth person charged in the July 17 shooting in Bridgeton that killed Jennifer Trejo.
3 men charged in stray bullet death of sleeping girl, 9
BRIDGETON, N.J. (AP) — Three men have been arrested and charged in the death of a 9-year-old New Jersey girl hit by a stray bullet as she slept in her bed last month.
Bridgeton police Friday announced the arrests of Michael Elliott, 25, and Leroy Frazier III, 20, both of Bridgeton, and 18-year-old Charles Gamble of Salem. All of are charged with murder, conspiracy, attempted murder and weapons offenses in the July 17 death of 9-year-old Jennifer Trejo.
Indictment: Officer conspired to smuggle drugs into prison
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A suspended senior corrections officer who allegedly conspired to smuggle prescription painkillers into a New Jersey prison has been indicted on official misconduct and numerous other charges.
The indictment against David Cade was handed up Wednesday by a state grand jury.
Judge: Firm can mandate drug test for medical marijuana user
BRIDGETON, N.J. (AP) — A federal court judge has ruled that a New Jersey business doesn't have to waive its mandatory drug testing requirement for a worker who uses medical marijuana.
Daniel Cotto had filed a discrimination lawsuit against Bridgeton-based Ardagh Glass last year. He was a forklift operator there for six years before he was let go in August 2017.
Escaped prisoner from New Jersey captured in Maryland
BALTIMORE (AP) — An escaped prisoner from New Jersey has been captured in Maryland.
Authorities say 34-year-old David Riley was captured in Baltimore by U.S. marshals at a bus terminal on Saturday.
Riley, of Bridgeton City, New Jersey, fled from New Jersey after escaping the custody of the Cumberland County on Friday.
Woman shot on front porch of home; 2 seen fleeing sought
BRIDGETON, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a woman was shot to death on the front porch of her New Jersey home, and two people seen fleeing the scene are being sought.
The Cumberland County prosecutor's office says Bridgeton police responded to a report of shots just after 1:30 a.m. Saturday and found 44-year-old Erica McNair with a gunshot wound to the head. She was taken to Inspira Medical Center Vineland and then to Cooper Medical Center, where she died.
BRIDGETON, N.J. (AP) — A 9-year-old girl was shot and killed by a stray bullet as she slept in her bed early Tuesday, and authorities urged witnesses to come forward to help find the killer.
The shooting happened around 12:30 a.m. about a block away from the girl's home in Bridgeton, a city of about 25,000, roughly 40 miles (64 kilometers) south of Philadelphia.
VINELAND, N.J. (AP) — Prosecutors say a police officer who discharged a weapon during a confrontation that ended with the shooting death of a man has been placed on administrative leave.
The Cumberland County prosecutor's office said Monday that one officer fired during Saturday's confrontation that ended with the death of 37-year-old Rashaun Washington of Bridgeton.
Prosecutors said the officer was placed on paid administrative leave by Vineland's police chief per departmental policy.
VINELAND, N.J. (AP) — Authorities have released the name of a man shot and killed after a confrontation with police in New Jersey.
The Cumberland County prosecutor's office on Sunday identified the man as 37-year-old Rashaun Washington of Bridgeton.
MILLVILLE, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a teenage swimmer who was unconscious when he was pulled from a southern New Jersey pond has died from his injuries.
BRIDGETON, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say an alleged drunken driver collided with a police cruiser on a New Jersey highway.
The crash in Bridgeton occurred around 12:30 a.m. Sunday.
Authorities say both the driver and the city officer driving the cruiser were treated at a hospital for minor injuries. Their names have not been released, though further details were not disclosed.
Ethel Meade Curnutte of Bridgeton, N.J., formerly of Radnor
ETHEL MEADE CURNUTTE, 99, of Bridgeton, N.J., died Wednesday morning, April 11, 2018, peacefully at home surrounded by her family. The wife of the late James Curnutte, who passed away in 1985, they were married for 46 years. Ethel was born in Radnor, Wayne County, W.Va., on August 13, 1918, and was the daughter of the late McKinley "Mac" Meade and the late Wilda Meade (nee Potter). She was the oldest of nine children, and at a young age was instilled with a vigorous work ethic. She is survived...
BRIDGETON, N.J. (AP) — A second corrections officer accused of tampering with records the day a New Jersey jail prisoner committed suicide has been given a chance to have the charge dismissed.
Forty-year-old Justin Cimino will avoid jail time and have his record cleared if he completes a pretrial intervention program into which he was accepted Friday in Superior Court in Bridgeton.
Prosecutor: Man get 20-term in 2016 trailer park slaying
BRIDGETON, N.J. (AP) — Prosecutors say a man convicted of shooting a woman to death at a New Jersey trailer park following an altercation at a baby shower has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.
The Cumberland County prosecutor's office said Monday that 20-year-old Daiquan Blake of Penns Grove must serve 85 percent of the term.
Blake was convicted in January of passion provocation manslaughter, aggravated assault and weapons counts in the September 2016 death of 34-year-old Juanita Holley.
4 men charged in New Jersey with fatal shooting
BRIDGETON, N.J. (AP) — Police have charged four men in the fatal shooting of a man and the wounding of two other people last summer.
Dad, 2 young kids killed in fire died from smoke inhalation
BRIDGETON, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a father and his two young children who were killed when a fast-moving fire roared through their New Jersey home this week died from smoke inhalation.
But it's still not clear what caused the blaze that broke out early Monday in Bridgeton.
Dad, 2 young children die in house fire; mom, infant escape
BRIDGETON, N.J. (AP) — A fast-moving fire has roared through a New Jersey home, killing a man and two of his young children, but five other people including the children's mother and their infant sibling escaped.
The fire broke out in Bridgeton shortly before 2 a.m. Monday. It apparently started in a second-floor apartment where the family lived, but its cause remains under investigation.
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Charlotte Miles Carter, a former registered nurse, died on Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017. She was 86.
She was also known as “Chatts.” She was born on Nov. 12, 1931, to Japeth and Helen Miles in Bridgeton, N.J. She was one of eight children.
Carter grew up in Bridgeton and enjoyed dancing, sewing and tennis. She graduated from Cooper College of Nursing in Camden, N.J., around the time Harold Carter Jr. was finishing at Cheyney State College. They met in Philadelphia on a blind date.
Couple deported to Mexico after 30 years in US, leaving kids
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A couple who came to New Jersey from Mexico 30 years ago have been deported, leaving their three children behind.
Oscar and Humberta Campos lived in Bridgeton, New Jersey, and own a landscaping company. They said goodbye to their children Friday morning at Newark's airport before boarding a flight to Mexico City. The children, ages 16, 22 and 24, are all American citizens.