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As heat wave blazes on, kids find refuge at Atlantic City ice skating rink

ATLANTIC CITY — Lane McCabe gripped onto a bright orange cone as his feet slid on the ice rink Saturday afternoon at the Flyers Skate Zone.

Half a mile from the ocean, the 6-year-old visiting the resort from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, was still cool inside the county’s only ice rink while the fifth day of what could be a seven-day heatwave raged on outside. As his grandparents drove him to the Albany Avenue facility, though, he had just one concern.

“I was thinking ‘Where the heck would we find ice here?’” McCabe said of the beach resort.

An excessive heat warning from the National Weather Service remains in effect through 10 p.m. Sunday, and Press meteorologist Joe Martucci forecasts South Jersey will see 90+ degree weather through Monday, finally cooling down Tuesday.

New Jersey’s extreme weather continued over the weekend, with officials reminding South Jersey residents to stay hydrated and out of the sun for prolonged periods of time. The Skate Zone offered a place of refuge for kids and their families, and an alternative to the sweltering shoreline.

The Philadelphia Flyers and Comcast Spectacor opened the rink from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday to help keep the community cool and out of the 100-degree weather.

“Given the rising temperatures, we wanted to reach out to our local communities and provide an outlet to get out of the heat,” said Pat Ferrill, senior vice president of Flyers Skate Zone.

McCabe’s grandmother, Patty Testa, of Somers Point, said she’s used to the heat as the owner of a masonry company, but this past week has been brutal. She said her air conditioning units have been running on full blast, but the ice rink was an even better reprieve.

“I was dying,” she joked.

The extreme weather left others cranking their air conditioning units throughout Atlantic County too, putting the power grid to the test.

Energy demand increased by 18% this week compared to the average daily energy use typically seen this time of year, Atlantic City Electric said.

The company is taking steps to prevent outages, including increasing staffing in operations centers and placing more crews on call. Work has been suspended on all non-emergency projects that would put portions of the local grid out of service.

“Our staff and crews continue to closely monitor our system and are prepared to respond quickly and safely to any service issues,” said Tyler Anthony, senior vice president and chief operating officer of Pepco Holdings, which includes Atlantic City Electric.

Atlantic City Electric’s outage map showed few if any outages across the region Saturday afternoon.

Atlantic City police find 2 pounds of synthetic pot during traffic stop

ATLANTIC CITY — A 33-year-old city man was arrested Friday morning after police found almost 2 pounds of synthetic marijuana in his car during a traffic stop.

At 12:54 a.m., Officer Ivaylo Ivanov saw a car run a red light at Tennessee and Baltic avenues, police said in a news release. Ivanov stopped the car in the 200 block of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

While speaking with the driver, Henry Paredes, Ivanov could smell marijuana coming from inside the car, police said. Paredes refused to give Ivanov his driver’s license or information on the car, but then gave a name police found to be fake after a computer check.

The car didn’t belong to Paredes either, police said.

Ivanov asked Paredes to get out of the car. He refused, police said, and as he started rolling his window up, Ivanov opened the car door. Paredes got out of the car after several more requests by police.

Officers found Paredes’ identification in his pocket and discovered he had an active warrant for his arrest, police said. Police did not identify the charge on the warrant.

In the car, Ivanov found almost two pounds of synthetic cannabinoids in sandwich bags and small plastic bags, police said.

Synthetic cannabinoids, commonly referred to as K2 or spice, can cause the user to act confused, delusional, anxious or hallucinate, police said.

Paredes was charged with possession of a synthetic cannabinoid, possession with intent to distribute, hindering apprehension and several traffic offenses.

He is being held in the Atlantic County jail.

Atlantic City shooting leaves one wounded

ATLANTIC CITY — Police are investigating after a 29-year-old was injured in a shooting early Saturday.

About 1 a.m., police responded to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, City Campus, for a report of a gunshot victim who walked into the emergency room, police said in a news release.

The man, who was not identified, had a nonfatal injury, police said, and the location of the shooting is unknown.(tncms-asset)8445cc6a-aa73-11e9-ad84-00163ec2aa77[0](/tncms-asset)

This is the 16th shooting in the resort so far this year, according to The Press of Atlantic City’s records, six of which have been fatal. Of the other two homicides in the city this year, one was a stabbing and one was a beating.

Anyone with information on Saturday’s shooting can call 609-347-5788 or text tip411, 847411, beginning the text with ACPD.

— Molly Bilinski