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ABC NJ Donates Vehicle to Mt. Laurel Twp. Fire Dept.

Mt. Laurel, NJ: Members of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) NJ Chapter were honored to deliver a rescue training vehicle to Battalion Chief Chris Santone and his crew at the Mt. Laurel Township Fire Department. ABC NJ donated this key training tool in thanks for their dedication and support for the town in which the ABC NJ Chapter headquarters resides.

Training is essential to building a rescue team ready for challenging real-life emergencies. This vehicle, which was older and beyond the realm of repairing, will be used specifically in extrication training—safe techniques for removing people from dangerous situations.

Thanks goes to nearby Triple J Recycling & Storage on Sherwood Avenue for storing the car while not in use.

Sam Fiocchi, President of ABC NJ commented, “Supporting the community in which we work is of great importance to ABC NJ. We are indebted to our Fire Department for all they do and are grateful for this opportunity to contribute.” Battalion Chief Chris Santone expressed appreciation right back to the association, “The Mt. Laurel Fire Department depends on community involvement. This donation will help bolster our team’s understanding and skills in emergencies. Thank you for your generous donation to the Mt. Laurel Fire Department.”

About Associated Builders and Contractors:

ABC is a national association representing 11,000 merit shop construction and construction-related firms in 69 Chapters across the United States.

Our membership represents all specialties within the U.S. construction industry and consists primarily of firms that perform work in the industrial and commercial sectors of the industry.

ABC NJ is the industry’s liaison to federal, state, and local governments and the public at large.

For more information, please visit our website at

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Maple Shade Woman Charged With Stealing More Than $600K From Cinnaminson Employer; Arrested Following Traffic Stop in Gloucester City

Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina and Cinnaminson Township Police Chief Richard A. Calabrese announced that a 41-year-old Maple Shade woman has been charged with stealing more than $600,000 from her Cinnaminson-based employer, SEA BOX, Inc., over a one-year period ending in December 2020.

Karen O’Brien was charged with Theft by Unlawful Taking (Second Degree) and Computed Related Activity for the Purpose of Executing a Scheme to Defraud (Second Degree).

She was arrested yesterday following a motor vehicle stop in Gloucester City.

In her possession when taken into custody was approximately $30,000 in cash.

O’Brien, who has been terminated by the company, remains in custody pending a hearing in Superior Court.

Afterward, the case will be prepared for presentation to a grand jury for possible indictment.

The investigation began after SEA BOX officials informed the Cinnaminson Township Police Department late last year that O’Brien had been caught embezzling funds.

The investigation revealed that over a 12-month period, O’Brien, who served as human resources manager, had used the company’s credit card for personal expenses totaling $614,499.

The investigation further revealed that O’Brien allegedly made several purchases of designer clothes, handbags, and other accessories from luxury stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Gucci, and Louis Vuitton, among others.

She also allegedly used the company credit card to purchase airfare, rental cars and lodging accommodations for her and others to vacation in Puerto Rico, and even used it to pay for herself and a friend to undergo buttock augmentation procedures at a Las Vegas plastic surgery center.

The case was investigated by the Cinnaminson Township Police Department. O’Brien will be prosecuted by Assistant Prosecutor Michael Sullivan.

All persons are considered innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Acting on a Cyber Tip, Detectives Charge Somerdale Man With Possessing Images of Child Exploitation

A Somerdale man has been charged after detectives found images of child sexual exploitation on his computer, according to Acting Camden County Prosecutor Jill Mayer and Somerdale Police Chief James Walsh.

Marc Heick, 50, has been charged with one count of third-degree Endangering the Welfare of Children.

On Feb. 10, detectives from the High-Tech Crimes Unit (HTCU), Somerdale Police Department, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) – Cherry Hill Office, and Camden County Sheriff’s Special Emergency Response Team executed a search warrant at Heick’s home on the unit block of Osage Ave. in Somerdale.

Detectives were conducting the search based on a cyber tip that alleged someone at the home was searching for sexually explicit images containing children.

During the search, investigators located child sexual exploitation material on Heick’s computer and confiscated more digital devices for further testing.

Heick was taken to the Somerdale Police Department where he was processed and released under conditions pending further court proceedings.

All persons charged with crimes are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

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Hamilton Township PD Acquires Permanent Prescription Drop Box

Join Together Atlantic County (JTAC), a substance misuse prevention coalition has partnered with Hamilton Township Police Department in Atlantic County to help secure a permanent prescription drop box for the public to dispose of unused, unwanted, and expired medications.

The box is located inside the police department at 6101 13th St, Mays Landing, NJ 08330 and will be available to the public 24/7.

The prescription drug drop box is located inside the police department. (Photo provided)

Hamilton Township Police Departments Chief Ciambrone and Det. Armitage along with Join together Atlantic Counties, Brian J. Wilson have worked eagerly to provide this much needed service to the local community.

Chief Ciambrone is pleased to be able to work with community outreach organizations, such as Join Together Atlantic County (JTAC) in order to provide resources that assist in reducing the misuse of prescription medication. 

He stated the police department has previously participated in the DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back Day events and we recognized the need to continuously assist our residents in properly deposing of unused medications.  

Wilson stated that properly securing and disposing of your medications are important steps in helping to prevent the theft and diversion of powerful opioid medications.

Wilson also stated that safely securing and properly disposing of medication is key in helping to extinguish this opioid epidemic.

Permanent drop boxes and the awareness campaigns surrounding them are an important part of reducing the misuse of prescription medication. 

Two in five teenagers believe prescription drugs are “much safer” than illegal drugs. 

Every day in the U.S. 2,500 youths take a prescription pain reliever for the purpose of getting high for the first time. 

Cleaning out medicine cabinets will reduce the number of prescriptions available for abuse.

Wilson commends Chief Ciambrone and Det. Armitage and the entire Hamilton Township Police Department for taking the initiative to help protect our environment and keep our communities safe by offering the public a safe way to dispose of their medications preventing accidental poisoning and substance misuse.

The prescription drop box was purchased by JTAC with funds through New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

The prescription drug drop box offers the public a safe way to dispose of their old, unwanted, and expired medications (Photo provided)

For more information about JTAC please visit or call 609-272-0101 ext. 22.

JTAC challenges you to take the Five-Step American Medicine Chest Challenge:

  1. Take inventory of your prescription and over-the-counter medicine.
  2. Secure your medicine chest.
  3. Properly dispose of your unused, unwanted, and expired medicine.
  4. Take your medicine(s) exactly as prescribed.
  5. Talk to your children about the dangers of prescription drug abuse.
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Couple Found Dead Inside Audubon Home; Deaths Ruled Murder-Suicide

*Update January 12, 2021:

The deaths of an Audubon couple have been determined to be the result of a murder-suicide, according to Acting Camden County Prosecutor Jill S. Mayer and Audubon Police Chief Thomas Tassi.

Following an autopsy on Jan. 12, a medical examiner determined Jane Venable, 64, of Audubon, died from multiple gunshot wounds and her Manner of Death was ruled a homicide.

The medical examiner determined the death of Kevin Venable, 63, of Audubon, to be from a self-inflicted gunshot wound and ruled the Manner of Death as suicide.

Police responded to the couple’s home on the 100 block of Oakland Ave. in Audubon around 1 p.m. on Jan. 11 for a report of two people found deceased.

A witness told officers they hadn’t heard from the couple since Saturday.

*Post was updated on January 12, 2021 at 8:58 p.m.