Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Melia and ex-girlfriend Heather Lewis were convicted in April on a number of sexual assault charges against teenage victims.
Update, Oct. 11: Robert Melia and Heather Lewis learned their fates. Read about it at Moorestown Cop Robert Melia Gets 30-Year Sentence for Sex Crimes. ------------------ Suspended Moorestown police officer Robert Melia, who was convicted in April on a slew of sexual assault charges, is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday morning. Melia was originally supposed to be sentenced back in September, but the hearing has since been delayed a number of times. Joel Bewley, spokesman for the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office, has said the prosecution will seek sentences in excess of 50 years for both Melia and his ex-girlfriend, Heather Lewis, who was also found guilty of several sex crimes. Melia, who formerly lived on Cottage Avenue in …
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Moorestown Police say Linda Gerber, of Lumberton, tricked the victim into paying her $1 million over the course of a year by claiming she was protecting her from harm.
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- Rob Scott
Thursday, September 27, 2012
A Lumberton woman conned a Moorestown woman out of $1 million over a period of a year by convincing the victim she had to pay the money “to prevent illness or evil from befalling” the victim or her daughter, police said. Moorestown Police arrested Linda Gerber, 49, of the unit block of Ridge Avenue, Lumberton, on Wednesday at her Mount Laurel-based business, Therapeutic Solutions. The warrant charged her with one count of theft by deception. Sgt. Lee Lieber said Gerber swindled the Moorestown victim out of $1 million between July 2011 and August 2012 by "purporting to be providing a service to the victim to keep her from harm." He declined to provide further specifics, as the investigation is ongoing. Lieber said the victim recently …
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Friends and family fundraised thousands for Lori Stilley, brought her meals and even paid for a wedding under the notion she was dying of bladder cancer.
Lori Stilley's "miracle" recovery from bladder cancer was bogus—just like the cancer itself, authorities say. Claiming she was dying from bladder cancer, the 40-year-old Delran woman received meals, money, gifts, even a wedding from family and friends who organized charitable efforts on her behalf. Turns out, Stilley didn't have cancer at all—and now, she could face serious jail time. Stilley, of Suburban Boulevard in Delran, was charged with third-degree theft by deception, according to Burlington County Prosecutor Robert D. Bernardi and Delran Police Chief Alfonso A. Parente, Jr. She surrendered today with counsel at the Delran Police Department and was released after posting $25,000 bail. After a long investigation, authorities found …
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
A Burlington City police officer returned fire after Jason T. Bunnell shot at him during a foot chase late Monday night, according to authorities.
A Burlington City cop shot and killed a man who fired at the officer during a foot chase late Monday night. According to the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office, the officer was on patrol just before midnight when he stopped and attempted to speak with a suspicious man—later identified as Jason T. Bunnell, 32, last known address Mount Laurel—walking near a car dealership on the 1200 block of Route 130 South, near the border with Burlington Township. Bunnell fled on foot, and the officer ran after him. The chase led to an overgrown lot near the dealership, where authorities said Bunnell fired a shot at the officer. The officer was not struck, and returned fire, fatally striking Bunnell. The officer was evaluated and released from an area …
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Brett Cooper, of Mount Laurel, was indicted for writing a $484,000 check off an account that had no money in it.
A Mount Laurel man who tried to purchase a Moorestown home with a nearly half-million dollar check written off an empty bank account has been indicted, according to authorities. Brett A. Cooper, 35, of 1609 Larchmont Place, Mount Laurel, had come to an agreement on a purchase price for a home in Moorestown. At the closing, he produced a check for $484,000 and represented it to be from his bank, according to the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office. The check was revealed to be fraudulent however when the title insurance company was notified by Cooper’s bank that his account contained insufficient funds to cover the check. In fact, the account was empty when he presented the check, authorities said. Cooper was indicted on one count of …
Monday, June 11, 2012
The Burlington County Prosecutor charged Shannon M. Sidorek, of Pemberton, with vehicular homicide for the Feb. crash that killed Elizabeth Smith, of Moorestown.
A Pemberton Township woman was high on drugs when she struck and killed a Moorestown woman in a head-on crash in February, according to authorities. The Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office said Shannon M. Sidorek, 29, of West Hampton Street, Pemberton, was under the influence of morphine and Oxycontin when she veered across the center line of Route 530 in Pemberton—also known as the Pemberton Bypass—on the afternoon of Feb. 28 and struck 81-year-old Elizabeth Smith’s vehicle. Smith, of Moorestown, died at the scene of the crash. Sidorek was pulled from her 1997 Acura and flown to a Trenton hospital, where blood samples were drawn and submitted for forensic testing, the prosecutor said. The tests came back positive for narcotics. Sidorek …
Thursday, May 24, 2012
A grand jury indicted three people on attempted murder and other charges for their role in the violent mugging of a Mount Laurel cab driver earlier this year.
Three people have been indicted on attempted murder charges for mugging a cab driver and slicing his neck earlier this year, according to authorities. Breanna Pimienta, 18, of 2995 Chapel Avenue, Cherry Hill; Miguel Mercado, 23, of 2995 Chapel Avenue, Cherry Hill; and Mahadi M. Robinson, Jr., 21, of 220 South Lenola Road, Maple Shade, were indicted by a Burlington County grand jury on multiple charges, according to Burlington County Prosecutor Robert D. Bernardi. In addition to the first-degree attempted murder charges, the charges contained in the indictment include two counts of robbery, conspiracy, carjacking, use of a juvenile to commit a crime and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose. Mercado and Robinson are being held on $…
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Thomas Arnold of Santa Barbara allegedly sent a big shipment of pot to South Jersey.
Authorities weeded out a huge shipment of "high-grade" marijuana allegedly sent by a California man to a public-storage facility in Delran. Thomas Arnold, 55, of the 100 block of East De La Guerra Street, Santa Barbara, CA, was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute, the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office announced Tuesday. Arnold made arrangements to have the marijuana shipped in a container to the Delran facility, and he was arrested May 16 after the container arrived, authorities said. The container held 15 large boxes of marijuana weighing a total of about 250 pounds. The marijuana has a street value of $1 million, authorities said. …
Monday, May 7, 2012
A joint investigation involving Moorestown Police and other local authorities resulted in the arrest of two people, including a Moorestown man, last week.
Two people, including a Moorestown man, have been arrested for burglarizing or attempting to burglarize several homes in Moorestown and the surrounding area over the last few months. A joint investigation between Moorestown, Cinnaminson, Mount Laurel and Maple Shade police and the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office culminated in the arrests of Robert A. Hutton, 25, last known address Browning Avenue, Moorestown, and Elaina Decker, 20, last known address Amberfield Drive, Mount Laurel, on Thursday. Hutton and Decker were arrested for the burglary/theft of a home on the 2500 block of Pine Street in Cinnaminson that occurred Thursday, Moorestown Police said, but were implicated in five other burglaries (three in Moorestown) and two …
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Seven men, including the Cinnaminson Sewerage Authority's top two employees, were arrested Wednesday and charged with bilking the authority out of more than $100,000.
Seven men—including five Cinnaminson Sewerage Authority employees—were arrested on theft and corruption charges Wednesday in a three-pronged scheme the county prosecutor called a “brazen and insane attempt” to steal taxpayer resources. More than $100,000 in stolen public resources has been uncovered so far. The suspects include the sewerage authority’s superintendent, Paul Phillips, 54, of Dartmouth Avenue in Cinnaminson, and assistant superintendent, William Yannarella, 53, of Delran. Also arrested were: A warrant has been issued for part-time sewerage authority employee Scott Mayes Jr., 21, of Delran. He had not been taken into custody as of Wednesday afternoon. Authorities call him a “lesser player” in the case. "This was a significant …