Letter alleging mishandling of Kauffman case cannot be used to get Augello new trial

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The man convicted in April Kauffman’s murder cannot argue for a new trial using a letter claiming the Atlantic County prosecutor mishandled the case, a judge ruled Friday. Attorneys for Ferdinand “Freddy” Augello subpoenaed three longtime Prosecutor’s Office employees who authored the letter claiming Prosecutor Damon Tyner failed to disclose certain required information to the … Read moreLetter alleging mishandling of Kauffman case cannot be used to get Augello new trial

NJ.com project tracks all police force incidents statewide

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All police use-of-force numbers from 2012 to 2016 are now available through a database created through a more than year-long  by NJ.com. After 506 public records requests and collected 72,607 use-of-force reports, the public can now search all incidents from the most recent five-year by town or officer. SEARCH YOUR TOWN HERE “This is an … Read moreNJ.com project tracks all police force incidents statewide

EHT man rejects plea deal in fatal hammer attack on girlfriend

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An Egg Harbor Township man who allegedly beat his girlfriend to death with a hammer rejected a final plea deal Thursday. Lashaun Smith, 37, was offered 40 years if he pleaded guilty to killing 28-year-old Sarah Phillips as they laid in bed Nov. 3, 2017. Their four children were asleep inside the Zion Road home. … Read moreEHT man rejects plea deal in fatal hammer attack on girlfriend