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Unity Walk In AC Monday

Monday at noon, a Unity Walk is happening in Atlantic City. National Faith & Law Enforcement Day is a collaborative effort to build bridges and break biases. The UNITY WALK will take place this Monday, October 10, 2022, at 12:00 PM (noon).
The walk begins on the boardwalk at Kennedy Plaza and ends at the Clayton G. Graham Public Safety Building.


Pleasantville Man Sentenced For Vehicular Homicide

A 32-year-old man was sentenced to prison on October 3, 2022 following his conviction of Vehicular Homicide and Endangering the Welfare of a Child, for a 2021 fatal motor vehicle accident in Egg Harbor Township. On September 27, 2021 at approximately 8:25 a.m., Michael Doyle of Pleasantville, operated a Honda CRV recklessly when he disregarded a red traffic light at the intersection of the Black Horse Pike and English Creek Avenue. Doyle struck and killed a pedestrian, 33-year-old Anthony Swezeny, as Swezeny proceeded through the crosswalk. Doyle then collided with a 2021 Chevy van operated by Joseph Avellino, of Egg Harbor Township. The van was travelling south on English Creek and crossing the Black Horse Pike at the time of the collision.

Swezeny was described by family as a “Gentle Giant” who loved music, spending time with friends and family, and making children smile as the “Magic Man” at the local Outback Steakhouse.

Toxicology results determined that Doyle was under the influence of multiple narcotics, including, Fentanyl; Morphine; Alprazolam; Methadone; Codeine; and THC at the time of the accident. Doyle had two passengers in his vehicle, an adult and a 2-year-old child. Doyle was sentenced to eight years in New Jersey State Prison on the Vehicular Homicide charge. He must serve 85% of the sentence before becoming eligible for parole.


ACPD Now Member Of Missing Kids Readiness Program

Atlantic City Police is now a member of the Missing Kids Readiness Program. Law Enforcement Agencies and 911 call centers are recognized for meeting essential training and policy elements demonstrating preparedness for responding to a missing child incident.To meet the requirements of the Program, the Atlantic City Police Department worked with NCMEC on their missing child policy to ensure it met the critical elements of NCMEC’s model policy for law enforcement agencies. All members of the police department and Communications Bureau completed the online training required for membership. By demonstrating remarkable leadership, and making this commitment of training and preparedness, the Atlantic City Police Department is communicating to its citizens and families, protecting the lives and safety of their children is a top priority.


Man’s Death Under Investigation In Pleasantville

The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and the Pleasantville Police Department are cooperatively investigating the death of a man in Pleasantville, NJ. On October 4, 2022, at approximately 10:47 p.m., the Pleasantville Police Department responded to a ShotSpotter notification on the 200 block of 4th Avenue, Pleasantville. Officers responded to find Pleasantville resident Craig Wyatt, 55, unconscious and unresponsive outside a residence on Hendricks Street. Mr. Wyatt was pronounced deceased at the scene. An autopsy in pending to determine the cause and manner of death. The release will be updated upon completion of the autopsy.


Arts & History Grant Funding Applications Due by October 14

The deadline to apply for 2023 state arts and history grants is fast approaching. Applications to fund projects that promote art or history and provide public benefit and accessibility are due by October 14, 2022. Applications are available through the Atlantic County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, which regranted more than $218,000 to successful local non-profit applicants in 2022. Visit www.atlantic-county.org/cultural-affairs to download the application.


Additional Charges Filed In Deadly Wildwood Crash

Additional charges have been filed against 37 year old Gerald White of Pittsburgh who was the at fault driver in a fatal motor vehicle crash that killed two people over the weekend.
On September 27, 2022, White was charged with two counts of Aggravated
Manslaughter (Extreme Indifference), a crime of the 1st degree; two counts of
Aggravated Manslaughter (Eluding Police), a crime of the 1st degree; two counts of
Aggravated Assault (Serious Bodily Injury) a crime of the 2nd degree; and two counts
of Aggravated Assault (Fleeing from Police), a crime of the 2nd degree *. White
remains lodged in the Cape May County Correctional Facility.
According to Prosecutor Sutherland, the full circumstances surrounding this incident
are still under investigation. Prosecutor Sutherland urges anyone with information
regarding this motor vehicle crash to contact the Cape May County Prosecutor’s
Office at (609) 465-1135.


Philly Man Arrested In Stabbing Of EHT Man In Casino Resort

The Atlantic County Major Crimes Unit and the Atlantic City Police Department are cooperatively investigating the death of a man in Atlantic City, NJ. On September 23, 2022, at approximately 1:30 p.m., the Atlantic City Police Department responded to a hotel room within the Ocean Casino Resort for an unresponsive male. The man, later identified as Brian Wilkinson, 47, of Egg Harbor Township, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The Southern Regional Medical Examiner’s Office completed an autopsy of the victim and determined the cause of death as stab wounds and the manner of death was deemed a homicide.
The investigation has resulted in the arrest of Andrew James Osborne, 34, of Philadelphia, PA for Murder (2C:11-3a) and Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose (2C:39-4d). Osborne was taken into custody in Philadelphia and is currently being held in Pennsylvania awaiting extradition.


Man Arrested In Golf Cart Crash At Unsanctioned Car Rally

22 year old Eryk Wnek of Linden is charged with aggravated assault and assault by automobile in the golf cart crash that took place during an unsanctioned car rally over the weekend. A press release states a man was thrown from the vehicle, often described as a golf cart. He was airlifted to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City, and was listed in critical but stable condition Tuesday. Wnek was arrested by Wildwood detectives in Linden and he was returned him to Wildwood for processing. The Press of Atlantic City reports, on Tuesday, he was in the Cape May County jail pending court proceedings.


Teens Learn About Careers In Aviation And Drones

Ten Atlantic City teens will be learning about careers in aviation and drones while earning college credits through a new partnership between Atlantic Cape Community College and the Boys & Girls Club of Atlantic City. This is the first time that Atlantic Cape will be hosting college credit courses at the Boys and Girls Club. Classes for the Introduction to Career Development began on Sept. 20 at the Boys & Girls Club’s Teen Center, but students will take educational trips to the Mays Landing campus of Atlantic Cape, the Atlantic City International Airport and 177th Fighter Wing New Jersey Air National Guard in Egg Harbor Township.


Mays Landing Teen Dies In AC Shooting

The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and the Atlantic City Police Department are cooperatively investigating the death of a man in Atlantic City. On Sunday, September 25, 2022, the Atlantic City Police Department responded to 1109 Pacific Avenue for reports of two victims with gunshot wounds. Both were provided medical treatment and transported to the emergency room. One of the males, Malae Johnson, 19, of Mays Landing, was pronounced deceased at the hospital. The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and the Southern Regional Medical Examiner’s Office were notified and responded.


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