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EHT Police Probe Crime Spree

On Monday and Tuesday, January 24 and 25, 2022, the Egg Harbor Township Police Department and other jurisdictions responded to a reported crime spree involving occupants of a stolen vehicle out of Atlantic City.
The first incident took place at 8:21 am on January 24, 2022, at Garden State Fuels in West Atlantic City. The young male driver of the stolen vehicle, 2013 Grey Honda CRV, left without paying for gas. Officers checked for the vehicle at that time but did not locate it. The next incident took place at 3:36 pm, on the same date, at Gorilla Vapes on the Black Horse Pike.
The next incident took place at 2:41 pm on January 25, 2022, in the area of the Walmart. An Officer spotted the same stolen vehicle and other officers were checking the area for it. The vehicle was eventually located by Officer Nathan Lahr parked in the law enforcement parking space at Walmart. The Officer was approaching it when the driver immediately fled crashing into the patrol car. The stolen vehicle fled the area on Old Egg Harbor Road in the direction of Pleasantville. The stolen motor vehicle was being operated very recklessly, at a high rate of speed in the opposite lane of travel. The stolen vehicle was believed to have been seen back in the lot of the Walmart but officers could not locate it. The vehicle was also involved in a strong armed robbery in Atlantic City sometime yesterday before it was found unoccupied at 5:12 pm in Atlantic City.


Margate Man Sentenced On Child Porn Charges

A 40 year-old Margate man has been sentenced to New Jersey state prison on child pornography charges,
Robert Ferry was sentenced to 15 years in New Jersey state prison. Ferry has received a mandatory 10-year period of parole ineligibility. Megan’s Law Registration and Parole Supervision for Life. Ferry was found guilty Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021, on child pornography charges by an Atlantic County jury, following 2-day trial before Judge Taylor.
Ferry was charged on April 19, 2019, following a year long investigation. The investigation involved a device originating from the IP address coming from his apartment that was sharing child pornography on a BitTorrent file sharing program. On approximately 10 occasions, between March 2018 and March 2019, Ferry’s device shared items with a computer being utilized by the Department of Homeland Security. On each of those occasions, pictures and videos of children involved in sexual acts or situations were shared from Ferry’s device with Department of Homeland Security’s undercover computer program.


NJ Guard Stays Another Week at Meadowview Facility

New Jersey National Guard troops will remain at the Meadowview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for at least another week, according to Atlantic County officials.The National Guard arrived at the Dolphin Avenue long-term care facility Jan. 10. About eight Guardsmen were stationed there to boost staffing levels strained by the COVID-19 pandemic. Gov. Phil Murphy had deployed Guardsmen to more than a dozen long-term care facilities across the state experiencing staffing and COVID hardships.


Cape May County is Seeing More Overdoses

Cape May County has been seeing an uptick in fatal overdoses since December, according to Prosecutor Jeffrey Sutherland on Tuesday. Since Dec. 17, 10 fatal overdoses have been reported, a result of higher amounts of illegal drugs being exchanged in the county. Most of the deaths have been attributed to heroin and forged prescription pills. The deaths are not believed to be connected. Fentanyl, an opioid Sutherland’s office said is about 50 times stronger than heroin, is also surfacing. The drug is a leading cause of overdose deaths in the U.S.


Missing EHT Man Found Dead

No signs of foul play on the body of a missing Egg Harbor Township man found after being reported missing after leaving an Atlantic City strip club. Irving Mayren-Guzman had been spotted leaving the establishment on the 200 block of East Delilah Road. His body was found by a volunteer who was helping in the search for him Tuesday morning at about 9:30am in the marshes. An autopsy is pending.


Two Men Arrested After Traffic Stop In AC

A traffic stop in Atlantic City led to two men being arrested on drug charges. It happened Monday at Arkansas and Atlantic Avenues when officers pulled over a vehicle with expired registration and tinted windows. The investigation led to a search of the vehicle and the discovery of a large quantity of narcotics. Officers arrested the driver, 36 year old Manny Napoles of Atlantic City, who was found to be in possession of 134 grams of heroin, 85 grams of suspected fentanyl, 4 grams of cocaine, and various pills. Napoles was also in possession of $3,286 believed to be proceeds from narcotics sales. The passenger, 32 year old Steven Nguyen of Atlantic City , was arrested for possession of 2 grams of heroin and possession of hypodermic needles. Nguyen was also found to have several active warrants for his arrest.


Body of 19 Year Old Missing EHT Man Found

As family members gathered for the second day in a row Tuesday morning outside the Centerfolds strip club, word spread that a missing 19-year-old, Irving Mayren-Guzmen, had been found. Guzman, 19, was last seen leaving the Centerfolds strip club, in the 200 block of E. Delilah Road, heading east on that road toward Atlantic City. The body was found in the marshes by a family friend or volunteer walking east on Delilah Road around 9:30-9:45 a.m. Officials say there are no signs of foul play, but an autopsy is pending.


eSports Begins Tuesday at Bally’s

New Jersey has approved its first company to take bets on competitive video games, a fast-growing activity known as eSports that is popular with young people around the world, officials said earlier today. The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement granted approval to Esports Entertainment Group to accept bets on eSports games. It will be affiliated with Bally’s Atlantic City’s casino license but will only take bets on eSports. The company will launch its VIE.gg betting platform following a five-day “soft play” period which will begin Tuesday afternoon.


New COVID-19 Site Opens Next Week

Atlantic County officials ended drive-thru COVID-19 testing at its makeshift Northfield location today. This is because Stockton University and the county are opening another COVID-19 testing site at the Carnegie Center at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Pacific Avenue in Atlantic City. The site will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, beginning next week.


AC Residents to Receive ARP Checks

Atlantic City is cutting $500 checks to its residents and business owners who were negatively impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, according to the mayor announced Thursday. Property owners – both residents and non-residents – are eligible to apply for the money, which is being funded by the city’s cut of a federal payment it received from the American Rescue Plan. Mayor Marty Small, Sr. made this announcement during a live-streamed press conference. Property owners in the city who are current on their tax bills and can demonstrate they suffered economically from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic are eligible to receive the payments.


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