Police & Fire Recent News

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.

Feature Stories Police & Fire

New Jersey American Water Announces 2021 Grant Program for Volunteer Fire Depts. & Emergency Responders

CAMDEN, N.J. — Recognizing the bravery and commitment of volunteer firefighters and first responders, New Jersey American Water announces its 2021 grant program for volunteer fire departments and emergency responders (e.g., ambulance and first aid squads) located within the company’s service areas.

“We are proud to continue to support the brave men and women who volunteer their time and risk their lives to protect our communities. This program is just one way we say thank you to these everyday heroes,” said Denise Venuti Free, director of Communications and External Affairs, New Jersey American Water.

Grants may be used to cover the costs of personal protective equipment, communications gear, first aid equipment, firefighting tools, vehicle maintenance and other materials that will be used to support volunteer firefighter and emergency responder operations.

Reimbursement for specific training courses, including the cost of training manuals, student workbooks, and instructors is also eligible.

“We recognize the impact an increase in funding can have on the capabilities of volunteer Fire and EMS departments. Extra funding helps these groups purchase necessary tools and equipment to keep themselves and their communities safe,” said Marc Sowden, volunteer EMT and supervisor of fleet operation services at New Jersey American Water.

Sowden is one of 20 employees who serve on the committee to help select the grant recipients each year.

The committee is comprised of employees from across New Jersey American Water who are first responders within their local communities.

To apply, organizations must complete the online application, located at, under News & Community, Community Involvement.

The maximum grant amount awarded to any organization is $2,000 and the deadline to apply is March 12, 2021.

Interested applicants can find more information and apply online at

Grant recipients will be notified at the end of March.

About New Jersey American Water

New Jersey American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 2.8 million people.

For more information, visit and follow New Jersey American Water on Twitter and Facebook.

About American Water

With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater utility company.

The company employs more than 6,800 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to 15 million people in 46 states.

American Water provides safe, clean, affordable and reliable water services to our customers to make sure we keep their lives flowing.

For more information, visit and follow American Water on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

In The Courts Police & Fire Recent News

$5,000 Reward Offered for Information on Beverly City Homicide

Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina announced that a $5,000 reward has been posted in an effort to gain the public’s help in solving the fatal shooting of a 32-year-old man in Beverly City two months ago. 

The homicide was committed outside of the Delacove Homes public housing project shortly after 10 p.m. on October 23, 2020.

City resident Octavius Williams was shot in the chest, and pronounced dead an hour later after being transported to Virtua Willingboro Hospital. 

“There was a lot of activity in the area when Mr. Williams was shot, so I am quite certain  there were witnesses who could assist our investigation,” Prosecutor Coffina said. “And while I am fully aware of the mentality held by some that actively discourages folks from assisting law enforcement, I am also fully aware that the overwhelming majority of residents do not want a killer roaming their neighborhood. It is my hope that this reward money encourages those with details of this shooting to come forward.” 

The reward money will only be given if the intelligence provided leads to an arrest and a conviction.

Those who have information concerning this homicide should call Burlington County Central Communications at 609-265-7113, or send an email to 

The reward money is being made available from the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Law Enforcement Trust Account, which is funded by seized money and the sale of seized assets such as motor vehicles, real estate and personal property that were generated as proceeds of, or utilized in connection with, criminal activity. 

The investigation is being conducted by the Prosecutor’s Office and the Beverly City Police Department. 

Bright Side Police & Fire

Atlantic City Police Department Receives American Foundation for Suicide Prevention NJ Chapter’s 2020 Lifesaver Award

Atlantic City, N.J. (Dec. 8, 2020) –The Atlantic City Police Department was presented the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention New Jersey Chapter’s 2020 Lifesaver Award on Tuesday, December 8. 

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention NJ Chapter recognizes the Atlantic City Police Department (ACPD) for their lifesaving efforts and continued commitment to mental health in Atlantic City, NJ.

Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States, yet many people affected by suicide don’t talk about it, afraid of making others uncomfortable by bringing up the subject.

They may also think there is nothing they can do to prevent it from happening to others, but the research shows us otherwise.

Suicide can be prevented and there are things everyone can do to help stem this tragic loss of life.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention NJ Chapter is enormously grateful for the Atlantic City Police Department and their continuous commitment to mental health and suicide prevention which is why we publicly share our gratitude for their contributions to the cause.

It’s important to remember that there are everyday heroes like the officers of ACPD who dedicate their time and energy to make positive change for Atlantic City.

About the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide. AFSP creates a culture that’s smart about mental health through education and community programs, develops suicide prevention through research and advocacy, and provides support for those affected by suicide.

Learn more about AFSP in its latest Annual Report, and join the conversation on suicide prevention by following AFSP on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.

Police & Fire Recent News

19-Year Old Blackwood Man Arrested in Connection to Fatal Black Horse Pike Shooting

Camden, N.J. – A Blackwood man has been arrested in connection to the fatal shooting of a man on the 1100 block of S. Black Horse Pike in Blackwood, according to Acting Camden County Prosecutor Jill S. Mayer and Gloucester Township Police Chief David Harkins.

Jose L. Rios Jr., 19, has been charged with one count of first-degree Murder, one count of second-degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, and one count of second-degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose.

Police responded to the area shortly before 6 p.m. on December 3 for a report of a shooting.

When they arrived, they found a man suffering from a gunshot wound.

The victim, identified as Mark Dodaro, 36, of Blackwood, was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.

During an investigation, detectives located surveillance footage that captured the incident. Witnesses identified Rios as the shooter.

Rios was located in Washington Township on December 4 and taken into custody by the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force – Camden Division.

He was transported to the Camden County Correctional Facility and is awaiting a detention hearing.

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