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LITTLE EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP — Police charged a man with simple assault after an incident during a planned protest over the weekend.

William T. Van Orden, 65, of Bass River Township, was charged in the altercation. Police said during the protest on Saturday, an altercation occurred between two people, and a woman was pushed to the ground.

The investigation included video evidence, police said.

“This ugly incident does not represent who we are as a community, and violence directed toward those peacefully assembling will not be tolerated,” Little Egg Harbor Township Police wrote in statement regarding the incident on Facebook.

— Claire Lowe

Contact: 609-272-7251

Twitter @clairelowe

Staff Writer

I began covering South Jersey in 2008 after graduating from Rowan University with a degree in journalism. I joined The Press in 2015. In 2013, I was awarded a NJPA award for feature writing as a reporter for The Current of Hamilton Township.

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