The Messl, False Immigration Raid Report, Overdose Death Conviction – Thursday’s Roundup

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The Messl
If you’ve never had a messl, you’re missing out. We sat down yesterday at Essl’s Dugout (home of the messl breakfast sandwich) to chat with McKinnon Erario about his Instagram project to #SaveMomandPop by drawing attention through his amazing photography to some of South Jersey’s fantastic family-owned eating spots. Check out the story here on Route 40 and if you’ve got a good suggestion of where the project should go next, get in touch with McKinnon via Instagram.

False Immigration Raid Report
Lynda Cohen at BreakingAC has made ‘confirm, then report’ her motto. There was a local example yesterday of why that motto matters more than ever, when Pleasantville’s mayor spent most of the day battling a bad rumor fueled by a Facebook post that fed off the recently heightened worries of immigrants. Despite claims by Atlantic City Councilman Mo Delgado that Immigration and Customs Enforcement was “invading Pleasantville … going door-to-door in search of undocumented immigrants,” it was only a search for one person wanted by the agency, officials said. Read Lynda’s story.

Overdose Death Conviction
A Camden man was yesterday found guilty of causing the death of a Gloucester County man who died from a heroin overdose, reports. The verdict is an important one because the New Jersey ‘strict liability’ charge that places the death of a drug user at the feet of the person who provided the illegal substance has been so rarely used (more on that in this 2014 story here). Gloucester County prosecutor Sean F. Dalton, said of the case, “We hope prosecutions such as this send a strong message that anyone involved in the illegal and lethal sale of heroin will be held responsible.”

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The rest of the headlines from the last 24 hours include details on Cumberland County jail’s fifth suicide in under three years, a look at the new Mays Landing HomeGoods Store, a column on the Pinelands Pipeline and – finally – this summer you’ll be able to use E-ZPass on Ocean City and other Cape May County bridges.

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