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BCA Insurance Group Now an NJM Premier Agent

MARLTON, N.J., July 16, 2020 – BCA Insurance Group announces it has contracted with NJM Insurance Group (NJM) as an NJM Premier Agent, notably expanding its ability to marry the business needs of its clients with NJM’s highly regarded, value-based insurance solutions. This unique relationship positions BCA as a primary gateway to NJM Business Insurance.

As an NJM Premier Agent, BCA can provide easy access to all NJM Business Insurance products, including commercial auto and commercial general liability (CGL) insurance in New Jersey and workers’ compensation insurance in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. This partnership will also allow BCA to offer any new insurance products NJM introduces as it continues to roll out its plan for geographic and commercial product expansion in the future.

Lawrence D. Cohen, executive vice president, BCA Insurance Group (Photo provided)

Over the last century, NJM Insurance Group has garnered a national reputation for consistently providing excellent customer satisfaction. Businesses with NJM Insurance benefit from access to expert loss prevention specialists, veteran claims management and cost savings. Since NJM has aligned with only a limited number of Premier Agents, this partnership will set BCA Insurance Group apart as a trusted seller of NJM Business Insurance products.

About NJM Insurance Group

A leading property and casualty insurer in the Mid-Atlantic region, NJM has been the leading provider of workers’ compensation insurance in New Jersey for almost a century. NJM’s mission is to provide value-based insurance solutions with the highest levels of service, integrity, and financial stewardship. The Company operates in a mutual fashion for the exclusive benefit of its policyholders.

About BCA Insurance Group

BCA Insurance Group is a full-service independent insurance agency that provides all types of commercial and personal insurance including auto, home, and business insurance, in addition to surety bonds and related services, with a focus on New Jersey, Pennsylvania and the Delaware Valley. BCA can also deliver and administer customized employee benefit programs for companies of all sizes. Keeping with the business practices and values that our firm has adhered to since our partnership began in 1954, our pledge is to provide clients with essential information about their insurance programs so they can make better-informed decisions.

BCA Insurance Group has offices in Marlton and Northfield, N.J. For more information visit www.bca-insurance.com or call 856-242-5479.

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N.J. Supreme Court Outlines Action Plan for Equal Justice

On July 16, 2020, the New Jersey Supreme Court outlined a series of reforms it will seek to accomplish within the next year in order to eliminate disparities within the court system and remove institutional obstacles to justice.

The Action Plan for Ensuring Equal Justice comes just over a month after a June 5, 2020 statement from the state Supreme Court in which the Court renewed its commitment to “answer the challenge of ensuring that all men and women, especially people of color, are offered the same opportunity and treatment by the court system.”

“The New Jersey Supreme Court recognizes that this effort will require continued long-term commitment, dedication, and focus to institute lasting change,” Chief Justice Stuart Rabner said. “Today, the Court announces an action plan to implement concrete steps designed to eliminate systemic barriers to equality.”

The action plan identified nine reforms that would:

  • Support juror impartiality by implementing policies and protocols so that juror orientation, model jury charges, jury selection questions and the juror selection process include a focus on impartiality and implicit bias.
  • Reduce time-frames for post-dispositional supervision for persons on probation supervision, such as graduates of the Drug Court Program and Intensive Supervision Program, to ensure that supervisory terms are tailored to provide maximum benefit without prolonging court involvement that does not contribute to rehabilitation.
  • Support juvenile rehabilitation by examining options for retroactively rescinding and prospectively eliminating court-imposed punitive fines and penalties for juveniles where appropriate.
  • Require anti-bias Continuing Legal Education for judges and attorneys.
  • Utilize new technology to make the expungement process easier and improve opportunities for all persons to access expungement resources.
  • Enable alternative methods of resolving court matters to reduce the need for litigants to appear in person at municipal courts.
  • Broaden language access resources to provide more detailed guidance on interpreting services for remote court proceedings.
  • Re-examine access to court records that create inappropriate hardships for disadvantaged populations, such as landlord/tenant complaint filings that do not note the outcome of the matter.
  • Improve the landlord/tenant process by providing plain language information to tenants and landlords about claims and defenses, and engaging judges in focused review of settlement agreements, especially those involving self-represented litigants.

The Court also committed its continued support for critical Judiciary initiatives that have confronted pervasive barriers to justice, such as municipal court reform; juvenile justice reforms, including the Juvenile Detention Alternative (JDAI) program; Criminal Justice Reform; jury selection reform; the transformation of Probation Services; and continued efforts to leverage technology in order to allow all citizens to access the court system.

The Judiciary also will continue to collaborate with the Legislative and Executive branches where appropriate on legislation that impacts access and fairness in the justice system, including a reexamination of the jury selection process, mental health initiatives, juvenile justice reforms, sentencing reforms and other issues that affect institutional bias and equality.

The Court acknowledges the exemplary work of the Administrative Office of the Courts and its director, Judge Glenn A. Grant, in particular, in the development of this action plan.

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Lindenwold Man Admits Trafficking High-Dosage Oxycodone Pills as Part of Camden & Gloucester City Drug Rings

CAMDEN, N.J. – A Camden County, New Jersey, man admitted on July 7, 2020 that he bought and sold 80 milligram oxycodone pills as part of his role in drug trafficking operations based in Gloucester City and Camden, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Wayne Muse, 73, of Lindenwold, New Jersey, pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S. District Judge Renée Marie Bumb to an information charging him with one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute a quantity of oxycodone and one count of distributing and possessing with intent to distribute a quantity of oxycodone.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

Muse and others, including Rocco DePoder and Erick Bell, allegedly agreed to distribute oxycodone in South Jersey between January and March 2020.

On Feb. 13 and 14, 2020, Muse communicated with DePoder using the telephone – in communications that were intercepted during a wiretap investigation led by the FBI – and arranged to sell DePoder 60 80 mg. oxycodone pills, which Muse planned to purchase from an individual identified as “Seller-1.” On Feb. 14, 2020, DePoder paid Muse $600, and Muse used $300 of that money to buy the 60 oxycodone pills from Seller-1. Muse then provided the 60 oxycodone pills to DePoder, keeping the remaining $300. Between January and March 2020, Muse also sold oxycodone pills to Bell.

Each count of the information carries a maximum prison term of 20 years and a maximum fine of $1 million.

Others, including DePoder and Bell, were charged in criminal complaints in March 2020.  Their cases are pending, and they are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents of FBI Philadelphia Division, South Jersey Resident Agency, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Michael J. Driscoll; the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services-Office of the Inspector General, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Scott J. Lampert; the Camden County Sheriff’s Office, under the direction of Sheriff Gilbert L. Wilson; the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, under the direction of Director Jared M. Maples; the Camden County Police Department, under the direction of Chief Joseph Wysocki; and the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Office of Inspector General, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Bethanne M. Dinkins, with the investigation leading to today’s guilty plea. He also thanked the FBI Newark Division, New Jersey State Police, Camden County Prosecutor’s Office, and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for their assistance.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Gabriel J. Vidoni of the Office’s Camden branch and Sara F. Merin of the Newark Office.

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Camden County Summer Events Cancelled Due to COVID-19

(Camden, NJ) – In light of the threat still posed by the coronavirus pandemic, the Camden County Freeholder Board is announcing the cancellation of all in-person summer programming, including its annual 4th of July celebration on the Camden Waterfront.

“In Camden County, we have always tried to provide a robust catalog of summer activities like concerts, festivals, and other programming where our residents can gather together during the summer,” said Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli, Jr. “Unfortunately, the public health crisis facing us this year has turned otherwise engaging, exciting events into dangerous opportunities for the coronavirus to spread. With the health and safety of our community in mind, we’ve determined that the best course of action is to eliminate unnecessary public gatherings for the summer season.”

Cancellations and rescheduling information are regularly being updated on the county’s webpage. Residents seeking additional recreational activities can also visit the page for more information on the region’s wineries, breweries, and attractions which are offering limited in-person programming during the summer months. The page is also being regularly updated to highlight opportunities for online engagement and virtual experiences that can offer fun for the whole family.

“Even with this unfortunate news, there are still countless ways to enjoy the summer thanks to the incredible businesses and attractions that call Camden County home,” Cappelli said. “Whether it is outdoor dining, a trip to the Camden County Driving Range, or a virtual tour of a nearby art exhibit, we hope everyone will be able to find something to enjoy in community until it is safe to bring back the events that we have all come to look forward to.”

Additional information regarding Camden County’s preparations, response, and general information provided to the public is available by visiting camdencounty.com. Residents should frequently check the county webpage and social media for up-to-date information.

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Gloucester/ Camden/ Salem County Medical Examiner’s Office Asks for Assistance In Locating Next of Kin


The following deceased individuals remain unclaimed at the Gloucester/Camden/Salem County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Anyone that is a relative or knows of a relative of these individuals is asked to call the Office of the Medical Examiner at (856)218-4190.

The deceased individuals are:

  • Ronald Elum
  • Emily French
  • Randi Krow
  • Anthony Powell
  • Bernard Roney
  • Walter Rutkowski

If the Medical Examiner’s Office does not receive a response to this notice regarding any of the deceased individuals on or before August 6, 2020, arrangements will be made for immediate burial without further notice.