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Firearm and drug counts face an Atlantic City man after police executed a search warrant at his home Friday. Police say 38 year old Levine Dickerson’s residence on the north block of Born Terrace had 66 grams of cocaine, about $3,000 in cash and two loaded handguns inside. One of the weapons was stolen. Dickerson is also charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute within 1000 feet of a school zone.



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A father and daughter are being credited with helping two men escape a fire what was ravaging the apartment they were in this week. Stephanie and James Cox saw the blaze in the building housing the Chop Shop hair salon Sunday. The salon was closed and Stephanie saw a man in a window who said the only exit out was blocked by fire. Stephanie and James were able to hoist a 20 foot ladder on James’ construction van up close to the men, who were then able to climb down to safety. James also gave one of the men, who was dressed only in pajamas, socks and a sweatshirt until emergency crews arrived.



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Sister Jean’s Kitchen, the charitable food assistance program that was evicted from an unsafe building last week by city officials, still does not have a home or a clear idea of where it might go. The Rev. John Scotland, executive director of the Friends of Sister Jean Webster Inc., the nonprofit that operated the kitchen inside Victory First Presbyterian Church at Pennsylvania and Pacific avenues, said his organization is still working with city and state officials on a long-term solution. The charity was forced to vacate Feb. 7.



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Child abuse and sexual exploitation charges face a teacher’s aide and diving coach at Egg Harbor Township High School. Police say 29 year old Mark Balesteri Jr. contacted the alleged victim via Snapchat. One of the charges he faces is sexual exploitation images with intent to distribute. The investigation last for months and culminated with Balesteri’s arrest at his home on Thursday.



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Two men accused of bringing a large amount of crystal meth to Atlantic City from California are under arrest. Police busted 25 year old Isabel Otanez-Sanchez and 33 year old Jesus Zavala-Torres. They’re accused of shipping more than 30 pounds of the drug, along with another five kilos of fentanyl to New Jersey. Investigators tracked the men down after working up the chain from a bust in September in which drugs were found in a car’s gas tank , which ultimately put them on the suspects’ heels.



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Atlantic County is helping to build the workforce of the future with a new emphasis on STEM education in its high schools and middle schools. STEM job growth in the U.S. over the past decade was three times greater than that of any other field. County officials recently coordinated a meeting between Atlantic County school superintendents and representatives of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Gaetz Aerospace Institute who outlined a proposal to establish aviation STEM programs in area high schools. The goal is to ensure high school curricula align with the Atlantic County economic development strategy.



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Red ink is flowing in the Pleasantville School District and it could lead to budget cuts. The district has to pay for salary increases and a $900,000 hit to state aid two years ago, followed by another last year. Pleasantville has already made cuts to staff and programs. Specifics on what could come next aren’t known.



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The old Margate fishing pier could be extended by 125 feet and it could be opened to the public. It has been accessible only for dues paying members of the Anglers Club of Absecon and now talks are underway with the state to foot the bill for an $850,000 extension. One condition; the state wants the public to use the pier, too. The pier’s public portion would be open from dusk until dawn and fishing would not be allowed there. Final details are in the works.



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Following an anonymous tip, two Atlantic city men were arrested Wednesday on firearm and drug charges. Police say Just after 12:35 p.m. Wednesday, Detectives surveilling the 2300 block of Arctic Avenue on a tip from a “concerned citizen” to the anonymous text service, tip 411, when they saw what they say was a drug transaction between Jorge Herrera, 18, and Jose Diaz, 38. Both were arrested. Police say Diaz was in possession of marijuana and Herrera had marijuana, drug paraphernalia and a handgun loaded with hollow-point ammunition on his person.



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Officials with the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) have concluded their mandatory ethics training in Atlantic City. On Wednesday, February 13th, officials with the DCA and City of Atlantic City announced that nearly all of the City’s approximately 900 employees, including elected officials, police officers, and firefighters, have completed mandatory local government ethics training. This marks the first time mandatory ethics training has occurred across city departments and offices in at least a quarter century.



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