Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Anthony Senatore was arrested and charged with having unsecured weapons near children.
The attorney for the Toms River father of a 4-year-old who shot his 6-year-old neighbor described the actions of the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office as "grandstanding" to members of the media assembled outside his office Wednesday morning, May 15. Robert Ebberup, the attorney who will represent Anthony Senatore, said that by arresting Senatore Monday night at dinner time, the office of Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor James P. McClain was engaging in "grandstanding," Nj.com reports. According to Ebberup, the correct procedure in a case with these circumstances is for law enforcement to contact the person in question and inform them they will be arrested. Ebberup told nj.com that if the Prosecutor's Office followed the procedure, …
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Wally De Los Santos was shot to death in his own driveway on April 4.
The Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office is asking for the public's help as it seeks the killer or killers involved in the shooting death of a Galloway Township man last week. Wally De Los Santos was shot to death in his own driveway on Falling Leaf Court last Thursday, April 4, at 2:13 a.m. De Los Santos owned a number of Atlantic City businesses, including barber shops and a party promotion business. The shots were heard by his step daughter, and his body was discovered by his step daughter and his daughter. Anyone with information regarding this incident are urged to contact the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office Major Crimes Unit at 609-909-7872; the Galloway Township Police Department at 609-652-3075; or the Atlantic County Crime …
Monday, April 15, 2013
The Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office is handling the investigation.
The Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office had no new developments to report concerning the investigation into the death of Brandon Holt, 6-year-old Toms River boy who was fatally shot by a 4-year-old neighbor, on Monday morning, April 15, according to Agent of the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Jay McKeen. The case was transferred from Ocean County to Atlantic County last Tuesday night to avoid any potential conflicts among law enforcement who may have ties to the case, Ocean County Prosecutor Al Della Fave said last week. The shooting occurred last Monday night, April 8, and Holt died on Tuesday. The longstanding policy of the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office has been not to comment on, or acknowledge the existence of, an …
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Derreck Mack was shot and killed following a foot chase in December.
A grand jury has cleared an Atlantic City Police Officer of any wrongdoing in the fatal shooting of an 18-year-old last December, Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor James P. McClain announced on Thursday, April 11. A uniformed Atlantic City police officer shot and killed Derreck Mack following a foot chase on Dec. 17, 2012. Police had been pursuing Mack and 24-year-old Terry Davis in connection with an investigation into the Dirty Block gang, McClain said. Dirty Block is a group involved in drug trafficking. The group specialized in heroin, but also dabbled in other illegal drugs. A recent federal investigation resulted in the apprehension of 25 people, including Tyrone Ellis, of Galloway Township. As part of this investigation, Atlantic …
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Brandon Holt, 6, died Tuesday from an injury sustained during an accidental shooting
The Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office has taken over investigative duties in the accidental shooting death of a 6-year-old Toms River boy by his 4-year-old neighbor. The case has been transferred out of county to avoid any potential conflicts among law enforcement who may have ties to the case, according to Al Della Fave, spokesman for the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office. Haleigh Walz, a spokeswoman for the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office, confirmed the case was transferred to Atlantic County Tuesday evening. Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor James P. McClain released the following statement just before 10 a.m. "Yesterday evening, my office was advised by the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice that we will supersede the Ocean …
Saturday, February 16, 2013
The New Jersey Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission visited the prosecutor in October.
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Saturday, February 16
The New Jersey Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission has recognized the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office with accreditation via unanimous vote, Atlantic County Prosecutor James P. McClain announced this week. The accreditation followed a visit by a team of assessors from the commission in October. At that time the commission examined the office's policies, procedures, management, operations and support services, McClain said. Part of the process included reviews of written materials, interviews with agency members, reviewing comments received from the public and inspections of offices and facilities for compliance with professional criminal justice standards, McClain said. To achieve accreditation, the Prosecutor's Office had to …
Friday, February 8, 2013
He has been accused of driving while intoxicated at a high rate of speed.
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Friday, February 8
An Atlantic City man has been indicted on charges of vehicular homicide of his cousin while speeding and driving while intoxicated on the White Horse Pike in 2011, acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain announced on Thursday, Feb. 7. Sundeep Sekhon, 35, was indicted on Wednesday on charges relating to the death of his cousin, Amarinder Sandhu, of Roanoke, Virginia, McClain said. Sandhu was killed by the impact of Sekhon's Audi R8 colliding with a utility pole on Route 30 eastbound in Absecon at 10 p.m. on June 4, 2011, McClain said. Sekhon sustained no serious injuries, according to McClain. Sekhon has been charged with vehicular homicide. He also received traffic citations from Absecon Police, including charges of driving while …
Monday, February 4, 2013
Alec Kavanagh was arrested Monday morning.
The Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office has arrested a second man in connection with the vehicular homicide of an Egg Harbor City woman in 2011, the Prosecutor's Office announced Monday afternoon, Feb. 4. Alec Kavanagh, 20, was arrested at his home in Browns Mills, Burlington County, Monday morning, a Prosecutor's Office spokesperson said. The fatal crash took the life of Ashley Adams, 19, of Southampton on Oct. 23, 2011. Kevin Dilks, now 21, of Chatsworth, was arrested two days after the accident. He was charged with vehicular homicide, DUI, reckless driving and underage drinking. He was driving the car in which Adams was a passenger, according to the Prosecutor's Office. A warrant for Kavanagh's arrest was issued last week, following an …
Friday, January 18, 2013
Michael Schiavo attempted to meet what he believed was a 14-year-old girl for a sexual encounter in 2011.
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Friday, January 18
A 53-year-old Deptford man was sentenced to five years in prison in connection with an attempted online luring incident from 2011, Atlantic County Prosecutor James P. McClain announced Friday afternoon, Jan. 18. Michael Schiavo was sentenced on charges of second-degree attempted luring and second-degree attempted sexual assault after attempting to meet what he believed to be a 14-year-old girl he met on an Internet chat room, McClain said. In reality, "the 14-year-old girl" was an undercover detective from the prosecutor's office. Schiavo had been soliciting this person prior to arranging the encounter, McClain said. He was arrested at the arranged meeting location by Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office and Hamilton Township Police …
Monday, January 14, 2013
Crime levels remained almost unchanged despite police force reductions.
Crime in Galloway Township remained virtually unchanged from 2010-2011, despite the fact that the police department shrunk, according to the 2011 Uniform Crime Report issued by the State of New Jersey last month. The number of violent crimes increased in every category, though the changes for the most part were slight. Crime rate per 1,000 people was 23.8 in 2011, as opposed to 23.7 the previous year, with violent crime rate at 2.3 in 2011 (2.0 in 2010) and the non-violent crime rate was 21.5 in 2011, down from 21.7 in 2010. The total number of crimes went up by five from 884 reported in 2010 to 889 reported in 2011. Violent crime cases went up by 12, from 73 in 2010 to 85 in 2011, but non-violent crime decreased from 811 in 2010 to 804 …