FRANKLIN TWP. — A 53-year-old man was seriously injured when the bicycle he was riding was hit by a vehicle at Stanton and Sheridan avenues late Thursday night.

The bicyclist was riding in the northbound lane of Stanton Avenue when he was hit by a driver who then left the scene, police said.

The victim suffered serious leg injuries, said police.

While police were investigating what appeared to be a hit and run, the driver of the vehicle called to report the crash, police said.

WASHINGTON TWP. — A Clementon man was arrested after he allegedly left a loaded handgun in the trunk of a rental car.

On May 18, Tyrone Ware, 48, returned a rental vehicle to Enterprise in the 4300 block of the Black Horse Pike, police said.

Shortly after returning the car, Ware called Enterprise and said he’d left an item in the trunk of the car, said police. An Enterprise employee found in the trunk a loaded .40-caliber handgun, police said. The employee notified police immediately.

MANTUA TWP. —Gloucester County Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger and Freeholder Jim Jefferson announced that the Department of Health will be holding free health screenings at the County’s Pitman Golf Course and RiverWinds Golf Course during June in honor of Men’s Health Month.

Director Damminger said, “As Father’s Day approaches it is a good time to remind men that their health is important, not only to them, but to everyone who loves them. In celebration of Men’s Health Month free health screenings, such as blood pressure, BMI (body mass index) and dermascan (skin) screening events have been scheduled at two area golf courses.”

WEST DEPTFORD TWP.This is a weekly crime report as provided by the West Deptford Township police department.

On 5.22.2015, Alicia A. Johnson, 40, of Camden, was arrested for shoplifting at the Shoprite on Route 45. The total value of the stolen property was approximately $21. Johnson was issued a summons and released pending further court action.

On 5.23.2015, Eugene F. Hart, 55, of West Deptford, was arrested and charged with violating a restraining order. He was lodged in the Salem County Correctional Facility.


— Officials at Penske on Heron Drive reported on May 18 that someone stole a 2007 Freightliner tractor from their facility sometime May 15-17. The yellow day cab is valued at $60,000.

— On May 19, police investigated a road rage incident which ended with two people exchanging blows on the side of Route 130. A Calgary man said he was cut off by a West Deptford man while traveling on the Commodore Barry Bridge. The aggressive driving allegedly continued onto Route 130 North, where the driver stopped and engaged one another. Complaints are pending.

WOODBURY — Determining that the convicted killer of a 79-year-old Paulsboro woman qualified for an extended prison sentence because of a criminal record that included two rapes, a judge has sentenced Samuel K. Davis, 48, of Paulsboro, to life in prison with no possibility of parole in the death of Thirza Sweeten, whose body was found beaten, strangled and stabbed in her 1563 South Delaware St. home on Mach 19, 2012.

“The defendant preyed upon an elderly and infirm victim who was alone in her Paulsboro home,” Superior Court Judge Kevin T. Smith said, according to the court’s recording of the May 21proceeding. The victim “was physically incapable of defending herself from such a vicious attack,” Judge Smith said.



HARRISON TWP. — Police responded to Preakness Drive at about 4:17 a.m. May 25 when a resident reported seeing a man wearing black clothing and a ski mask burglarizing a vehicle.

Ptl. Kurt Pflugfelder spotted the burglar and a foot chase began, police said.

Pflugfelder and another officer caught Ryan M. Cera, 30, of April Court in Mullica Hill, who was subsequently charged with burglary, attempted burglary, resisting arrest by flight, obstruction of justice and trespassing, said police. He was lodged in the Salem County Jail in default of $15,000 full-cash bail, police said.

Mantua Township police assisted.

GLASSBORO — The official launch of a new community shuttle will take place at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 28 art the Glassboro Public Library.

The service will provide 11 bus routes with 139 connection within a 15-minute wait to regularly scheduled NJTransit bus routes.

The new Pureland East-West Community Shuttle, as it will be called, will operate Monday through Friday.

On Jun 1, the service will begin with 10 stops, providing commuters a way to get to work and offer an alternative mode of transportation that will assist seniors, the disabled and unemployed residents to get to social, medical and employment centers from NJTransit’s Avandale Park and Ride, with stops along the route at Williamstown, Glassboro, Mullica Hill, Swedesboro and the Pureland Industrial Complex.

HARRISON TWP. — A bomb threat caused the evacuation of Clearview Regional High School when it  was found at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 26.

As in a similar incident within a week, a short, handwritten note containing the threat was found in a classroom, police said.

School administrators followed their protocols and evacuated students and faculty.

Bomb detecting K-9 units from the Gloucester County, Camden County and Cumberland County Sheriff’s Departments and Deptford police swept the building, but nothing was found.

The school was declared safe at about 1:45 p.m. and students and faculty were allowed to return to normal activities, police said.

Police and Clearview staff are investigating both bomb threats and will prosecute those found responsible.

Mantua Township police responded to help secure the school.

Investigator Adam McEvoy and Ptl. Chris Cartella are investigating for the police.

Anyone with information about the threats may call McEvoy at 856-478-6839.