ALLOWAY TOWNSHIP — Authorities are still trying to determine what caused a tree branch to fall at a southern New Jersey campground, killing a 3-year-old New York City girl who was inside a tent.
State police announced Monday that Ellys Martinez, of the Bronx, died in Saturday’s accident at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Alloway Township.
Police say the girl was inside a tent with others when she was struck. She was taken to a hospital but was pronounced dead there a short time later.
Strong storms were passing through the state on that day, but it’s unclear whether the weather played a part in the accident.
No other injuries were reported in the accident.
Second arrest in kidnapping of Camden councilman’s grandson: A second person has been arrested following the kidnapping of a Camden city councilman’s grandson who was found dead after a ransom demand, but that person isn’t charged with the kidnapping.
Officials said 20-year-old Curtis Jenkins III was found dead of asphyxiation in a Camden home last week, a few hours after 32-year-old Brandon Beverly was charged with kidnapping.
Prosecutors have said that a witness alleges that Beverly said he had kidnapping accomplices, but Nj.com reports that the 22-year-old man arrested Friday is charged in a robbery that allegedly obtained the cellphone used to send the random demand.
The charges against Beverly were upgraded to first-degree murder after discovery of the body.
Man charged in retirement community slaying to remain jailed: An 86-year-old man charged with murder in the shooting death of a 71-year-old Florida man at a retirement community in Manchester Township will remain jailed until his trial.
Thomas Hatchett waived his right to a detention hearing during his initial court appearance Monday.
Hatchett also faces a weapons count stemming from the July 1 shooting at the Leisure Village West community in Manchester Township.
Police went to Hatchett’s home after someone called 911 to report an injured person. A SWAT team also responded.
The officers found Igal Hedad lying face down in the street. The 71-year-old Fort Lauderdale man was bleeding from his head and had gunshot wounds to his back.
Man rescued from trench collapse: Emergency responders rescued a man who was seriously injured when a trench collapsed in Pequannock Township trapping him up to his waist for several hours.
Pequannock police say the collapse occurred around 8 a.m. Monday.
The 61-year-old worker was trapped when a retaining wall caved in as he was digging a trench at a Knights of Columbus hall. He was removed about four hours later after crews built a support structure to stabilize the trench and a vacuum truck was used to remove rocks and other debris.
Authorities say the man suffered “serious” undisclosed injuries. He was hospitalized in stable condition, and his name has not been released.
The cause of the collapse remains under investigation.