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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.

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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.

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Alycia Roman, of Camden, Receives 3-Year Prison Term With No Eligibility for Parole Following Guilty Plea for Aggravated Assault in Shoplifting,Spitting Incident At Brooklawn Shop Rite

Alycia Roman, of Camden, was sentenced on September 4, 2020 to a three year prison term for Aggravated Assault to run concurrent with a sentence of 18 months for throwing bodily fluids on a law enforcement officer, Camden County Prosecutor’s Office spokesperson, Colby Gallagher confirmed on October 15, 2020. Roman will be imprisoned with no eligibility for parole.

On August 7, 2020, Roman, pled guilty to one count of fourth-degree Aggravated Assault.

In April, 2020, Roman was initially charged with multiple offenses, including second-degree Robbery, third-degree Aggravated Assault, and one count of Unlawful Act During the Threat or Imminence of Danger.

Police responded to the Brooklawn ShopRite on April 12 for a report of a woman shoplifting items after an employee bagged them. During the investigation, employees told police Roman spat on one employee who followed her to her vehicle to get the bag back.

Witnesses said Roman then reversed her car into another employee and attempted to run him over, but he was able to jump out of the way.

On April 14, 2020, Roman was located, arrested, and received an additional charge of one count of fourth-degree Throwing Bodily Fluid at a Law Enforcement Officer.

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Four Suspects Arrested & Charged With Multiple Offenses in Connection With Shooting into Home of Camden County Police Officers

Chief Joseph Wysocki was joined by county, state and federal law enforcement representatives on October 5, 2020 to announce the arrest of four suspects who fired six rounds into the home of two Camden County Police Officers.

The suspects currently in custody are Kobbie Johnson, 30, Collingswood, Julio Nieves, 19, Pennsauken, Jeremiah McDonald, 18, Pennsauken, and Jaqwa Styles, 19, Pennsauken.

“I want to thank all of the participating agencies for closing this case and bringing justice to our victims,” Wysocki said. “I cannot say enough good things about the work that was done by our shooting response team with assistance from the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office, FBI, ATF, DEA, the US Attorney’s Office, the East Hartford Police Department the Marshalls Task Force and the New Jersey State Police.”

On Tuesday night, Sept. 15, at 11:46 p.m., police responded to the 2900 block of Clinton Street. The residence of the officers was struck while they and their infant were on the second floor. Detectives located seven spent shell casings in front of the home with two rounds traveling through the front door into the interior of the residence.

“Getting these particular individuals off the streets will be a benefit for our community, that said, we are addressing a sudden surge in violent crime,” Wysocki said. “We are focusing all our efforts now on gun violence in order to proactively suppress and eliminate violent crime. That’s why today we are starting a new partnership with the ATF, so agents can work hand in glove with our shooting response team officers. We want to send a clear message to individuals that would even think about pulling a trigger- we will find you and prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law and you will not terrorize our community.”

Through the investigation, it was determined the officers’ home was not the intended target.

ATF Special Agent in Charge for the state of New Jersey, Charlie J. Patterson, talked about agency’s commitment to fighting gun violence throughout New Jersey.

“ATF will continue to be a dependable team player with our partners, and we will remain vigilant in the fight against violent crime in our communities,” Patterson said. “Moreover, let it be known, for those who insist on committing violent gun crimes in our communities, you officially have our undivided attention. ATF Newark, along with our partners will continue to dedicate every resource available to ensure that anyone who contributes to violent gun crime, to include the opportunistic straw purchaser, the potential firearms trafficker, and ultimately the trigger puller, are held accountable.”

All four suspects are being charged with three counts of Attempted Murder 2C: 11-3, Conspiracy to Commit Murder 2C:5-2, Unlawful Possession of Weapon 2C:39-5, and Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose 2C. Johnson was also charged with one count of second-degree Certain Persons Not to Possess Weapons.

“These charges and arrests were made possible thanks to the coordination and collaboration between multiple departments, which is not an easy task,” said Acting Camden County Prosecutor Jill S. Mayer. “Detectives from the Camden County Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigations – Cherry Hill Office, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the New Jersey State Police and the West Hartford Police Department in Connecticut all played in integral part in identifying, charging, and arresting the four individuals in this case.”

Three of the four suspects have been remanded to the Camden County Correctional Facility. Johnson was arrested by the East Hartford Police Department will be extradited in the coming days.

*Post was updated/corrected on Oct. 5, 2020 at 7:41 p.m.

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Lawnside Man Charged With String of “Smash & Grab” Style Burglaries in Area

 A Lawnside man has been charged in multiple jurisdictions for a string of “smash-and-grab” style burglaries committed in stolen vehicles over the course of 13 days, Acting Camden County Prosecutor Jill S. Mayer, announced on August 28, 2020.

Erik Wallace, 47, of Lawnside, has been charged with numerous counts of Burglary, Theft, and Criminal Mischief in the Borough of Berlin, Cherry Hill, Collingswood, Gloucester City, Gloucester Township, Haddon Heights, Pennsauken, and Somerdale.

“These crimes spanned across the entire Camden County area and required the coordination of more than eight police departments,” said Mayer. “This case highlights how important communication is between our law enforcement agencies. Without the hard work of detectives and officers from our office as well as the Borough of Berlin, Collingswood, Cherry Hill, Gloucester City, Gloucester Township, Haddon Heights, Pennsauken, and Somerdale, who knows how many more crimes could have been committed.”

Police said the burglaries began on Aug. 11, after a vehicle was reported stolen in Collingswood. Shortly thereafter, officers responded to a burglary in Gloucester City. The next day, the stolen vehicle was seen at a similar style burglary in Haddon Heights

On Thursday, Aug. 13, the same vehicle was observed along with a person matching Wallace’s description who was committing two burglaries in Pennsauken. The vehicle was then reported to be used in four smash-and-grab burglaries in Cherry Hill on Aug. 13 and 14.

A few days later on Aug. 16, police in Somerdale responded to a similar burglary during which the stolen vehicle was reported to have been seen. The final burglaries involving the first stolen vehicle reported were on Aug. 18, in Gloucester Twp. where officers responded to three incidents.

During the multijurisdictional investigation, the stolen vehicle was found abandoned in Camden on Aug. 18.

Days later on Aug. 21, a second vehicle was reported stolen near the intersection of South 10th St. and Atlantic Ave. in Camden. Two hours later, police said the vehicle was reported to be involved in a smash-and-grab burglary in the Borough of Berlin.

Police located the second stolen vehicle near Wallace’s residence on the 200 block of Fairview St. in Lawnside. Wallace was arrested following a brief foot chase after officers observed him trying to enter the stolen vehicle.

Through the investigation, detectives obtained surveillance footage from a handful of the burglaries.  A man matching Wallace’s description is captured in multiple videos.

After searching the stolen vehicles, law enforcement found items used in the burglaries, a cash register drawer, and a receipt with Wallace’s name on it.

Wallace was transported to the Camden County Correctional Facility awaiting a Centralized First Appearance.

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