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2 Bridgeton men charged in Millville fatal shooting

MILLVILLE — Two Bridgeton men were charged Thursday after allegedly killing a man the day before in a city apartment.

At 11:27 p.m. Wednesday, city police and Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office investigators responded to the Delsea Gardens Apartment Complex for a report of a shooting, according to a news release from the Prosecutor’s Office. There, they found Derrick Harris, 31, unresponsive on the floor of an apartment.

Harris had been shot multiple times, the Prosecutor’s Office said.

On Thursday, Gregory Coombs, 41, and Deontray Gross, 32, were charged in the fatal shooting.

Coombs was charged with murder, conspiracy to commit murder, unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm for an unlawful purpose, burglary and certain person not to possess a firearm.

Gross was charged with murder and conspiracy to commit murder.

The investigation into the shooting is ongoing. Anyone with information can call city police Detective Ricardo Ramos at 856-825-7010 or Prosecutor’s Detective Harvey Calixto at 856-453-0486 or 856-207-2999.

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3 Atlantic City residents arrested after police seize 1,000 bags of heroin

ATLANTIC CITY — Three city residents were arrested Friday after police seized more than 1,000 bags of heroin and other drugs in an investigation that spanned two counties, police said.

A three-month investigation into the distribution of narcotics led to the arrests of Lewis Hargrove, Omar Fisher and Tenisah Alexander, Sgt. Kevin Fair said.

Detective Darrin Lorady acted upon information that Hargrove was transporting drugs between the resort and Deptford, Gloucester County, Fair said.

As a result of the investigation, detectives executed search warrants on three homes — two in the city and one in Sewell, Gloucester County — and two vehicles, Fair said.

During the search, detectives recovered 1,050 bags of heroin, 22 grams of fentanyl, three grams of cocaine, two pounds of marijuana, paraphernalia consistent with distributing narcotics and more than $5,000 in cash, he said.

Hargrove, 38, was charged with two counts each of possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession with intent to distribute, maintaining a drug production facility, distribution of CDS and conspiracy.

Fisher, 38, was charged with two counts each of possession of CDS and possession with intent to distribute, possession of CDS paraphernalia and conspiracy.

Alexander, 30, was charged with possession of CDS, possession with intent to distribute, maintaining a drug production facility and conspiracy.

All three were sent to the Atlantic County jail, Fair said.

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Galloway fire damages home under construction

GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP — Fire and police officials are investigating the cause of a fire Thursday afternoon at a home under construction in the Oceanville section of the township.

About 3:25 p.m., township police and firefighters from the Oceanville, Bayview and Germania volunteer fire companies responded to the home in the 100 block of Sylvan Lane, police Lt. Christopher McGinty said.

“It went up really quick, and it was a pretty large fire,” McGinty said, describing the inside as framed without sheetrock and parts of the structure as missing a roof, providing ventilation for the flames.

No one was living in the home, he said, and there were no injuries to firefighters.

The Press of Atlantic City called the phone number listed on a for-sale-by-owner sign in the front yard, but the line was disconnected.

Crews had the fire under control in about an hour, and the scene was cleared about 7 p.m., McGinty said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the township fire marshal and police.

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North Cape May man accused of sexually assaulting 3 girls

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE — A 19-year-old North Cape May man was arrested Thursday after he was accused of sexually assaulting three girls, Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey Sutherland said Friday.

On Monday, Lower Township police were informed by a 14-year-old victim that she was sexually assaulted by Albert M. McCarraher during the first week of November, Sutherland said in a news release.

Investigators with the prosecutor’s Special Victims Unit and Lower Township police found two additional underage victims: a second 14-year-old girl who said she was sexually assaulted in the past month and an 11-year-old girl who also said she was sexually assaulted the first week of November.

McCarraher was an acquaintance of all three victims, Sutherland said.

McCarraher was charged with four counts of sexual assault of a juvenile and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child. He was taken to the Cape May County jail.

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Authorities find heroin, meth during drug raid in Lower Township

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE — A two-month investigation into drug sales out of a home led to the arrest of a Lower Township woman, authorities said Friday.

Jennifer R. Pagano, 48, was arrested following a search of her home in the 600 block of Seagrove Avenue by the Cape May County Regional SWAT Team, county Prosecutor Jeffrey Sutherland said in a news release.

Authorities seized suspected heroin and methamphetamine, as well as drug paraphernalia.

Pagano was charged with possession of heroin, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was released on a summons with a future court date.

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