A 30-year-old EHT man pleaded guilty to the drug-induced death of Caroline Boothby, 22, under the strict-liability law for selling her the fentanyl on which she overdosed, Lynda Cohen reports. Prosecutor Damon Tyner said if you sell drugs that cause the death of others, you will be charged with homicide.
Philip Eldred is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 28.
Twelve Atlantic City police officers will get full retirement pay after the Police & Fire Retirement System Board said they were entitled to the payout that was negotiated before the state negotiated benefits cuts. The police persons, who retired last fall, had salaries between $90k and $155k, John DeRosier reports, citing public records requests.
Elsewhere in policing, Matt Skoufalos at NJ Pen reports on efforts in Camden County to address the opioid crisis. One initiative, Operation SAL, sought to consolidate mental health and substance abuse agencies, while emphasizing community policing.
“Intercepting victims of addiction before their disorders claim their lives is the overarching focus of all this policymaking and enforcement.
For more feats of journalism from across your region, see below:
For Sale: New Jersey Tax Credits–New Jersey’s corporate tax breaks, designed to lure and keep companies in one of the country’s highest-taxed states, are sold for cash more often than they are used to lower tax bills. www.wsj.com
WIND FARMS FOR THE JERSEY SHORE — STATE OUTLINES A CRITICAL RULE–The state yesterday proposed a funding mechanism to develop offshore wind, one of the first concrete steps and perhaps most critical of the regulatory components needed to build wind farms off the Jersey coast. www.njspotlight.com
CHARGES OF RACISM LEVELED AT ASSEMBLY HEARING ON AFFORDABLE HOUSING–Accusations of racism were thrown at municipal officials who oppose affordable housing at a state Assembly hearing yesterday that was called to air concerns about the system of setting housing obligations, which can sometimes require municipalities to allow for more than 1,000 units within their borders. www.njspotlight.com
Teen blasts armed robber in face with power washer, thief makes clean getaway–A New Jersey teenager fended off a man armed with a knife who tried to rob him on Monday afternoon by spraying the bandit in the face with a power washer, authorities said. www.nj.com
FOOTBALL BROUGHT THE BEST OUT OF EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP’S MAURICE SHERROD–Sometimes, a quiet, shy kid needs to be involved in a competitive sport and be part of a team before his true personality comes through. That certainly was the case for Maurice Sherrod. glorydaysonline.com
Up, Up & Away: The QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning–One-hundred hot-air balloons of all shapes, sizes and colors will fill the sky above Hunterdon County on July 27-29 during the QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning, the largest event of its kind in the country. njmonthly.com
Temporary firehouse will benefit Recreation Department–VENTNOR – The city’s plan to build a facility to temporarily house fire apparatus while the new Fire Station 2 is rebuilt at its current site on Wellington Avenue will end up benefiting the Recreation Department, officials said. www.downbeach.com
Remember the outages and outrage from March snowstorms? N.J. just ordered power companies to shape up.–The state board that regulates New Jersey's utilities on Wednesday released its findings and recommendations to improve storm response following a months-long investigation of the prolonged power outages that accompanied three March snowstorms. www.nj.com
Phil Murphy blasts NJ 101.5 radio hosts for calling N.J. attorney general ‘turban man’–Gov. Phil Murphy accused a pair of New Jersey radio hosts of spreading hate speech and issued a sharp condemnation of their remarks Wednesday after the two repeatedly referred to New Jersey's Sikh attorney general as "turban man." www.nj.com