My hometown newspaper, The Press of Atlantic City, recently published an article asking the question “Can a mass shooting happen in South Jersey?” No matter the location the answer to that question is always tragically yes. This is almost the equivalent of saying “We didn’t think it could happen here” after a shooting. South Jersey almost had a mass shooting back in 2006 when a plot to attack Winslow Township High School was uncovered.
As I’ve said before I can’t think of a mass shooting in recent history that took place in a major urban area like New York or Philadelphia. There almost always in suburban or rural areas as in small town America. So yes, they can happen here no matter where here is in our country.
You may remember New Jersey’s Heath Campbell when he made headlines back in 2008 when it was discovered that Campbell and his then-wife Deborah had named their kids after nazi icons. Campbell then had his kids taken away by DYFS on child abuse allegations that may or may not have been related to their unfortunate names. Since that time his then wife has left him and he’s shown up to custody hearings in full nazi regalia.
The Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office named him fugitive of the week last week and there are several places you vsn provide police with information if you have any about Campbell…
Anyone with information as to any fugitive’s whereabouts is asked to contact Detective Sgt. Mike Nugent, Detective Frank Modaffare or Detective Lamont Garnes of The Joint Hunterdon County Fugitive Task Force at 908-788-1129 or the local police department.
Report a tip in four ways for cash rewards:
– call the tip line at 1.800.321.0010 (The line has no recording device)
– text HCTIPS plus your tip to: 274637 (CRIMES)
– submit online at www.crimestoppershunterdon.com by clicking on the Submit link to fill out the online form (form also in Espanol)
-download free app “Tipsubmit” by Public Engines; select Hunterdon County, submit your tip.
With any luck he’ll be arrested by a black officer and a Jewish officer and he’ll resist.
UPDATE 3/19/2016:Campbell was taken into custody in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, after being recognized by a tattoo artist he was patronizing. I wonder if he was getting his swastikas covered up or getting new ones.
While this is good news for the people of Camden it’s still going to take a very long time before businesses and taxpayers move into the city. Not to mention that I have concerns if the other taxpayers of Camden County are helping foot the bill for a police force that is county in name only as they only patrol Camden itself.
So I’m sure you’re asking yourself what this has to do with crime. There’s a city in New Jersey that I think is worse off than Detroit even though they haven’t declared bankruptcy yet, surprisingly. Of course that city is Camden.
With less than half of the properties in Camden paying taxes it does no good to leave these properties dilapidated and as potential arson targets. Instead the taxes that are collected in the city can go towards bolstering its ‘metro’ police force rather than the infrastructure that’s being wasted by these properties.
I’m kind of disgusted with humanity right now, I mean more so than usual.
41-year-old Fatima Perez of Camden, New Jersey was buried alive and covered in lime in a shallow grave and left to die in Monroe Township, New Jersey. She died from asphyxiation since here eyes and mouth were covered in duct tape. While she may have died in Middlesex County this crime has Camden written all over it. The same Camden, New Jersey that constantly competes with places like Detroit and Gary, Indiana, as one of the most dangerous places in the country. The same Camden that disbanded its police force and replaced it with a county police force except Camden is the only place it patrols, yet the state taxpayers foots the bill.
Ms. Perez was on her way to purchase a car. She had $8,000 in her possession. She was able to get a ride from a man who had done landscaping for her before, one 36-year-old Carlos Alicea-Antonetti of Camden. It seems that instead of trying to earn money like that honestly he decided he was just going to take it from Ms. Perez and dispose of her, allegedly. Alicea-Antonetti then picked up a co-worker, 57-year-old Ramon Ortiz. Ortiz claims that when he got in the vehicle Ms. Perez was already bound and gagged. So the pair allegedly took her to Monroe Township which is an hour drive away, dug a shallow grave, threw Ms. Perez in it and then covered her with lime, dirt and leaves, all while she was still bound, gagged and alive. She was reported missing this past Monday and unfortunately she was not found alive. Alicea-Antonetti was said to have been found with $7,000 of the money when the pair were arrested in Cherry Hill on Wednesday.
I’ve said it before and I’ll keep saying it. Camden is a lost cause. While this story may be shocking to a lot of people it’s not shocking to me that this started in Camden. Inept government, the fact that less than half the city’s properties are tax paying and the fact that the city is basically being propped up by the state financially should signal the death knell for Camden. This could have happened over $800 or even $80.
No one will ever come into Camden to develop it. It’s been tried and it’s failed miserably. The state would be better off relocating whatever decent folk are left in Camden then razing the city and starting over. Otherwise it’s never going to get any better, ever.
I used to like New Jersey governor Chris Christie. I appreciated his pull no punches approach and the way he reached across party lines in order to help his state in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. It seems he just another Jersey politician though. He wants to put a tax on vaping and e-cigs and he wants that tax to pay for the treatment of heroin addicts and pill poppers. Where in any universe does that make sense? How about not taxing it and reaping the benefits of all the people who won’t be treated for smoking related illnesses?
I find this pretty ironic since Christie has publicly stated that he will never allow the legalization of marijuana as long as he’s governor. Yet, he wants to tax something legal and helpful to many ex-smokers in order to help a bunch if junkies. Does he really think the election is going to hinge on the junkie vote? Someone should remind him that vapers do vote.
The other night I was working on a story about the recent human trafficking arrest in West Atlantic City when it triggered a memory from my youth. It’s amazing how you can remember things differently with the wisdom of age and experience.
I wasn’t always the suave and debonair ladies man that I am today. In my youth I was a sheltered, gawky and awkward teen who had no self-confidence and no game at all when it came to the ladies. So imagine my surprise when a real live girl took a liking to me.
The year was 1987 and I was 18 at the time. Being under 21 at the South Jersey Shore during the off-season left us kids with very few recreational choices. Every once in a while my friends would drag me to an under 21 club. I hated this place because the music sucked and fights always broke out. I kind of lived in fear of everything back then.
At the club a friend of mine introduced me to a short and curvaceous girl with a beautiful face. A slow song came on and she asked me to dance. Of course I said yes. Dancing with her was a little cumbersome since I was 6’2” and she was 4’11”. I was staring out into space trying to act like I’ve been there before. She said something to me that I didn’t hear and when I looked down to ask her what she said I was met with ‘the look’. I leaned in for a kiss and for the first time in my life I didn’t screw it up. She put her arms around my neck and drew me in like she had been waiting for me all her life. more “Hey guys, I think I uh….dated a prostitue”
This story is actually a few weeks old. I had saved it then forgot where I saved it.
Even though I don’t live in New Jersey anymore I’m actually a fan of Governor Chris Christie. I like his no-nonsense style and his willingness to reach across political boundaries for the people of New Jersey. While he would not be my first choice if he ran for president I might be inclined to vote for him. However with his endorsement of the new Camden, New Jersey police force he’s lost a little credibility in my eyes.
As I’ve posted before Camden disbanded its police force and replaced with the Camden County Police. That name is somewhat of a misnomer. The Camden County police are only patrolling Camden itself. None of the other communities in Camden County use this police force yet the taxpayers of Camden County are paying for this police force. But it’s not just the county that is footing the bill for this new police force, it’s the entire state.
According to the article I linked to at the Philadelphia Inquirer the state gives Camden $102M of the city’s $150M budget. As I’ve also mentioned before less than half of Camden’s properties are tax paying properties. So the taxpayers of New Jersey are keeping the disaster on the Delaware afloat.
There is only one thing that could save Camden and I have to attribute my brother for pointing this out to me. In most crime filled hellholes (Philly, Chicago, New Orleans, Detroit, Houston, etc.) they have at least one ‘nice’ neighborhood (ie, rich). The only way for Camden to be self-sustaining again is to bring in businesses and people with money. Unfortunately you can’t get the people with the money to move in to a city that is constantly ranked in the top 3 of most dangerous cities in the country. Sort of a chicken and egg type of problem.
I think the state needs to look into why these properties are not taxpaying properties and what it would take to correct that. Then if it can’t be corrected the properties need to be razed.
Last month the FBI arrested 31-year-old Eric Fantau for allegedly trying to meet a minor for sex at a mall in Wayne, New Jersey. If it’s not fast food joints it’s malls with these creeps. I bet they think it gives them some kind of plausible deniability. “I was just here to by some pants” or something like that.
Anyway the FBI says that Fantau posted more than 100 ads on craigslist looking for sex with minors. They even say that Fantau admits to meeting at least one minor for sex. Right. Just one? I doubt that. With over 100 ads posted I seriously doubt he only got one bite. The FBI must think that too because they believe they’re may have been other victims.
Anyone with information regarding Fantau or if anyone thinks they may be the victims of a crime, call the FBI New York’s tip line at 212-384-1000. All tips and information will remain confidential. Victim specialists will be available to assist victims.
How many of Fantau’s 100 alleged ads were flagged or pulled by craigslist? It wouldn’t surprise me if none of them were flagged. Yet craigslist still allows the casual encounters section to remain unmonitored. I wonder how many kids are molested in a week through craigslist in the New York metropolitan area alone. One is too many and craigslist refuses to do anything about and the media lets it slide. It’s not the story du jour anymore.
33-year-old Paul Kleinman of Jersey City, New Jersey has been charged with allegedly sending explicit photos of himself to a 15-year-old girl that he met on MeetMe. He’s also accused of soliciting the girl for sex, or as I call it, child rape.
At least Kleinman kept his delusions more realistic as he posed as a 26-year-old on MeetMe as opposed to the 18-year-olds that most mid-30s MeetMe perverts pose as.
Kleinman is being held on $100K bail and the investigation is still ongoing.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Det. Paul Han at 908-965-3809 or Sgt. Ted Dima at 908-245-2300.