WASHINGTON TWP. — An out-of-control pickup truck crashed into several condominiums on Thistledown Court in the Meadows at about 10:18 p.m. Friday.

The driver, Wayne A. Waugh, 72 of Franklinville, first hit a utility pole with his 2003 Ford F150 pickup truck, police said. The truck continued across a grassy field, then hit the condos, said police.

Waugh was taken to Kennedy University Hospital where he was treated for minor injuries, police said. No one else was injured.

As submitted by the West Deptford Junior Women’s Club:

One of the goals of the West Deptford Junior Women’s Club’s ConservationDepartment this year was to support Sanitarium Playgrounds, a local
state-owned park with a rich, fascinating history, located at the end of
Red Bank Avenue in West Deptford Township, and a favorite among locals.

Sanitarium Playground is known to locals as “Soupy Island,” a name which
did not come about by accident.

The Sanitarium Association was founded in 1877 on an island in the
Delaware River near the Ben Franklin Bridge by amusement park owner John
F. Smith and other philanthropists, including many doctors of the time.


— At about 3:45 p.m. April 22, someone stole several items, including ladders, aluminum-siding breaks, and lawnmowers, valued at about $2,080, from a garage at a residence in the 400 block of North Broadway.

— On April 24 at approximately 10:42 p.m.,  Ptl. Ernest Parker conducted a motor vehicle stop which led to the arrest of Joseph Candidi, 36, of Bensalem, Pa. on an active warrant out of Pitman for $550.  Partial bail was posted and Candidi was released with a pending court date.\

— On April 24 at about 8 p.m., Ptl. Ken Decker conducted a motor vehicle stop on South Broadway which led to the arrest of the driver, Shawn Hoover, 22, of Sicklerville, on an active warrant out of Washington Township for $240. Hoover was released on his own recognizance with a pending court date.

Their uniforms often define them as members of the “Thin Blue Line.”

The colloquial term describes the police men and women, and their predecessor constables and  local marshals, who for three centuries of Gloucester County history have enforced the laws of the land, often at the risk of their own lives.

Indeed, police officers have died in the line of duty in this county, one of the earliest killed by a drunk driver in Westville in 1936 and one of the most recent the victim of a shotgun blast during a SWAT unit entry into a Woodbury house in 1999.

WOODBURY HEIGHTS — A standoff in Woodbury Heights ended peacefully when a man barricaded inside a home surrendered to police Sunday morning.

The incident ended at about 11:05 a.m., about 51 minutes after it started, police said.

The incident resulted from a fight between the owner of the home on Glassboro Road and his 19-year-old son, who wound up barricaded — with a gun, according to early reports — inside the house at about 10:14 a.m.

At one point during the standoff, there was a report broadcast on police radio that someone heard a shotgun being racked, but police said that did not happen.

Officers evacuated houses within a 400-yard radius around the house and Glassboro Road was closed between Mail Avenue and Clearview Avenue, said police.

Investigator Gary Krohn spent 30 minutes on the telephone with the 19-year-old and convinced him to come out, said police.

The teenager came out the front door with his hands in the air and was handcuffed by several officers.

The man was taken to police headquarters and the incident is still under investigation.

Residents were allowed to return to their homes.

WOODBURY — A Gloucester County grand jury, the week of May 11, has indicted the following people:

— Dennis J. Dougherty Jr., 45, of Avondale, Pa., for possession of CDS in West Deptford on Sept. 20.

— Daniel E. Funk, 51, of Paulsboro, for four counts of endangering the welfare of a child, two counts of sexual assault of a victim 13 to 16 who is at least four years younger, and two counts of sexual contact in Woolwich Township on July 1, 2013

WOODBURY — Daron Trent, 30, of Hamilton, described as a known gang member and accused of murdering a 25-year-old Paulsboro man, was on Friday denied in his request to be released from jail and placed on home electronic detention while undergoing surgery and rehabilitation.

Trent’s lawyer, Frank Trosky, did not specify the nature of Trent’s “substantial medical condition,” but said Gloucester County’s top correctional official agreed his treatment could not be addressed with Trent in jail. Therefore, Trosky said, he was asking for a modification in his client’s $750,000 bail.

HARRISON TWP. – Gloucester County Library System card holders now have access to thousands of movies, TV shows, music albums, and more with a new streaming service called Hoopla.

All titles in Hoopla are available for streaming on a home computer, most mobile devices, and smartphones. Most movies and TV shows are available for a 3-day "checkout" period. Music albums are available for 7 days, and audio books areavailable for 21 days. After the check-out period the files expire, so there is no need to return anything to the library, and no worry about overdue fees.

The Hoopla service is available to residents of GCLS member communities with an active library card. New users must first register and create an account using their library card number.

More information can be found at www.gcls.org/hoopla or by calling the GCLS Reference Desk at 856-223-6050.

WOODBURY — Antwan Hood, 31, of Paulsboro, pleaded guilty Friday to second-degree aggravated arson and contempt of a court order, acknowledging he brought gasoline and matches to a West New Street home on April 3, 2014 and set a fire.

Hood also said he knowingly violated a restraining order, a fourth-degree crime, on the same date. He was arrested at the New Street residence, igniting a pile of leaves against the wall of a house. He has remained in jail since then in default of $75,000 bail.

In a negotiated plea,  Assistant Gloucester County Prosecutor Dianna Reed-Rolando will recommend that Hood be sentenced to nine years in New Jersey  state prison, with a requirement that he serve four years before becoming eligible for parole. He will also be subject to a court order of no contact with the occupant of the New Street home where the fire was set.

Superior Court Judge Robert P. Becker accepted the pleas and set sentencing for July 1.