Ventnor man pleads guilty to knife attack that killed woman

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A Ventnor man pleaded guilty a knife attack that left his former girlfriend dead and a man wounded. Jose Lopez, 53, faces 30 years in prison for murder, and 20 years for attempted murder. The sentences are expected to run concurrently. He admitted to killing Bessy Blanco and wounding Mark Richart in the Feb. 18, … Read moreVentnor man pleads guilty to knife attack that killed woman

‘Too many names’ as those lost to drug overdose remembered in Ventnor

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Tracy Smith had to take a breath. “Too many names,” she said, reading from a list of those lost to drug overdoses. The founder of Speakers for Change — a group inspired by her daughter’s battle with addiction — stood on a stage on the beach behind the Ventnor Community Library reading the names as … Read more‘Too many names’ as those lost to drug overdose remembered in Ventnor

Ventnor mom charged with aggravated manslaughter

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A Ventnor woman jailed on child endangerment and drug charges in her infant’s death allegedly gave the 8-month-old girl methadone, according to new charges. Lisa Scalia, 32, was jailed in January after police responded to her Monmouth Avenue home and found baby Olaia Marie Mejia unconscious. The infant died at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia days … Read moreVentnor mom charged with aggravated manslaughter