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Can a mass shooting happen here?

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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.

New Jersey nazi on the run

Heath Campbell

Heath Campbell

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.

Now he’s back in the news again and for once it’s not for his choices of baby names. Campbell in on the run from police in Holland Township, New Jersey. He’s wanted on domestic assault charges. I can’t say for certain that this is why he’s being charged but it wouldn’t surprise me one bit if this assclown is a woman-beater.

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.

Information can also be left at: Crime Stoppers of Hunterdon County.
www.crimestoppershunterdon.com

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.

UPDATE 3/28/2016: Due to being considered an extreme flight risk Campbell has been denied bond.

UPDATE 4/27/2016: Campbell has pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice and resisting arrest. He faces 180 days in jail when sentenced in June. No word on if he had coerced his mein squeeze into trying to drop the domestic violence charges against him.

UPDATE 6/16/2016: Campbell was sentenced this past Monday to 180 days behind bars and two years probation. After he gets out how long do you think it will be before he’s arrested again?

Things are looking up in Camden

Then again you can only look up from the bottom.

Then again you can only look up from the bottom.

Mark this day down, I was wrong about something. It seems that the disbanding of the Camden. New Jersey police department and replacing them with a county police force has actually been good for the city. Not only has their been a drop in the murder rate in Camden but they’ve dropped off the list of most dangerous cities where they’re usually in the top 3.

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.

Is Bulldozing most of a city a good idea?

Not Detroit.

Not Detroit.

It depends on the city in question.

There are reports coming out of Detroit that the city is looking to bulldoze 22 percent of city property that has been abandoned or blighted. The city is not looking to build on those properties either. They’re hoping that private companies and developers to rebuild, in theory.

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.

Camden woman buried alive, covered in lime

Camden woman’s grisly death is detailed in court:

Fatima Perez

Fatima Perez

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.

New Jersey fat guy wants vaping tax to pay for junkies

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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.

Has he ever put a tax on Dunkin’ Donuts?

2-year-old had 48 packets of heroin at daycare

Heroin found on 2-year-old at Paterson day care center:

Phillips Young

Phillips Young

When I got married my stepchildren were already too old for daycare so I don’t know what you send with your kids to daycare. Lunch? A snack maybe? Possibly whatever their security item is? I do know one thing that you shouldn’t send to daycare with your kids. That would be 48 packets of heroin, even if it is New Jersey.

Police in Paterson, New Jersey arrested 27-year-old Phillips Young after daycare workers found 48 packets of heroin in his 2-year-old son’s jacket. Luckily daycare employees caught it in time and no one came in contact with any of the drugs and no kids were harmed.

The article doesn’t state why the heroin was in the kid’s jacket but I would imagine that one would think that if they were stopped by police that the cops wouldn’t shakedown a 2-year-old. You just need to remember to take it back before you drop off your kid. Then again criminals aren’t know for their smarts or they wouldn’t be criminals.

I bet if it came down to it this guy probably would have used his own kid as a human shield if a shootout ensued.

Our favorite New Jersey Nazi is back in the news: "I’ll stop making them when they stop taking them."

Heath Campbell. Why yes that is a Hitler mustache and a swastika tattoo.

Heath Campbell. Why yes that is a Hitler mustache and a swastika tattoo.

Neo-Nazi demands child welfare workers return his baby girl named Eva Braun:

If you’ve been following this site for a while I’m sure you remember the story of one Heath Campbell. In 2008 he had his kids taken away by New Jersey DYFS. He came on their radar after it was reported that a local supermarket wouldn’t put Happy Birthday Adolf Hitler on a birthday cake. You see, Adolf Hitler was the name of one of Campbell’s kids, He named his other kids in that family after Nazi leaders and ideals as well. DYFS took the kids away claiming abuse in the home and not the Nazi names they’d been given although I’ll always argue that giving kids names like that is a form of abuse, but I digress.

It seems that Campbell has had another kid taken away again and yet again it was named after a Nazi icon. This time it was a girl named Eva Braun. For those of you who have lapsed on your World War II history Eva Braun was Hitler’s girlfriend and very shortly his wife before the pair committed suicide. And again it wasn’t because of the Nazi name. The child was taken because Campbell’s new baby mama had her previous child taken as well.

But get this, Campbell has had nine kids by five women and has custody of none of them to which he flippantly replies “Well, I’ll stop making them when they stop taking them.”

Dude, you’re on disability and couldn’t even afford to go see your daughter before she was taken. You have no business having kids and not because you’re a Nazi but more because you’re an irresponsible trailer trash dumbass.

And I guess it’s still lost on him that if he had lived in Hitler’s Germany he would have been exterminated for being ‘disabled’.

Hey guys, I think I uh….dated a prostitue

A West Atlantic City motel after Hurricane Sandy. This is actually an improvement over what they looked like during the 80s.

A West Atlantic City motel after Hurricane Sandy. This is actually an improvement over what they looked like during the 80s.

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.
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Atlantic City man charged with being backpage sex trafficker

A.C. man charged with six counts of human trafficking:

 Donnie Bethea

Donnie Bethea

30-year-old Donnie Bethea of Atlantic City, New Jersey has been charged with allegedly trafficking women against their will on Backpage. Bethea is said to have lured women into West Atlantic City motels then forced them into prostitution with threats of physical violence or actual bondage.

If you’re not familiar with the area West Atlantic City is not part of Atlantic City at all. It’s actually part of a disjointed municipality known as Egg Harbor Township but that’s neither here nor there. Having grown up near West Atlantic City I can tell you it’s always been bad news. When the casinos moved into Atlantic City it became a haven of prostitution. West Atlantic City became part of that haven due to its numerous cheap motels. It has almost become quite the human trafficking hub since you have quick access to Atlantic City, an hour’s ride to Philly on the A.C. Expressway and a 2 hour trip to New York on the Garden State Parkway. West Atlantic City is also where a still at large serial killer dumped the bodies of four women in the marshes.

So to me it comes as no surprise that a backpage trafficker was busted in West Atlantic City. The bigger surprise is how come more aren’t caught.