2nd Millville police lieutenant charged with crime this week

MILLVILLE - A second city police lieutenant has been charged with a crime this week, The Daily Journal learned Tuesday night. Lt. Carl Heger was charged Tuesday with simple assault for his role in an incident at a city business, Mayor Michael Santiago confirmed for The Daily Journal late Tuesday night. Heger was charged in connection with an incident shortly after 7 p.m. April 9 at an address associated with a North 2nd Street liquor store, according to an arrest report made public Wednesday.

Official cause of death no comfort for Millville family

Alissa Allen was known to look after others. Family and friends said the 24-year-old had a deep love for her young niece and nephew and lived in her Main Street home with two of her younger brothers. "She had a big heart," said Bryan Smith, Allen's cousin. "She would help anybody... A lot of people cared for her. She touched a lot of people." Allen's family admits the young woman — the oldest of eight children — had weaknesses, but they strongly believe those problems did not lead her to take

Autopsy, but no answers, in Cumberland County Jail death

As Alissa Allen waited in the back of a police cruiser to be processed on a warrant, the 24-year-old city woman apparently placed something in her mouth, and spent several minutes chewing on it. Two days later, Allen was found dead in a cell at Cumberland County Jail in Bridgeton. It's unclear whether what Allen apparently ingested in the police cruiser led to her death, and it's unclear what the object or substance was. County Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae, whose office is handling the inves

Family Center in Millville makes new additions

Leaders of the Holly City Family Center said they listened to wants from their customers and instructors on how to stay current amid competition from other area gyms. The Mulberry Street facility recently opened a new spin room that was previously on the second floor of an old church next door. The facility is also extending its hours this month. Construction of a new all-purpose room designed for parties and other events will begin soon, and the center also added TRX bands, kettle weights and

Local favorite is cooking again

You would find most restaurants closed before sunrise if you took a trip around town Monday morning. But Jim's Lunch isn't like most restaurants. The doors opened for the eatery's annual Columbus Day opening around 5:25 a.m., and its first burgers were on the grill shortly after. Jim's Lunch may be in its 92nd year of business, but there were no signs the food nor the experience are getting old with loyal customers. "It's the best breakfast in town," said Erik Nicke, a city resident who came f

From dream to reality

The dream of an oasis for area motocross riders is now a reality. Field of Dreams, the motocross park that's been in the works for five years, is opening to the public Saturday morning. Some members have been invited this week for test laps around the 84-acre park, which sits on Buckshutem Road across the street from New Jersey Motorsports Park. "It was a long time coming," said Clay Keeler, a Princeton-based developer who's the managing director of the park. "We're glad we're opening. I thin

Millville’s moment

On the surface, Citizens Bank Park played host Tuesday to Mike Trout’s first homecoming as a major league star. But the Millville native also was responsible for reuniting thousands of other Holly City residents with one another, creating a lasting moment for all. Hugs and shouts from fans were the norm as they donned Trout jerseys of all colors — red, black, white, gray and even his old Thunderbolt orange and blue. In all, an estimated 5,000-plus fans from Millville and greater Cumberland Cou

Corruption, retaliation at Millville PD

A city detective’s lawsuit alleges widespread corruption, retaliation, dysfunction and insubordination in the Millville police ranks, including stunning accusations that officers are closing cases without trying to solve them and are conspiring to overthrow the police chief. “Something is rotten within the Millville Police Department,” says Detective Jeremy Miller, a 10-year member of the department, in a lawsuit filed last month in Cumberland County Superior Court. The suit was filed under the

UMass basketball beats George Washington

WASHINGTON - Historically, the University of Massachusetts has played well in the nation’s capital, and last night was no exception. The Minutemen beat George Washington, 86-75, earning a bounce-back win after a disappointing overtime loss to Rhode Island on Wednesday. UMass (17-6, 6-3) remains in a pack of six contenders in the wide-open Atlantic 10. “Our guys showed some resilience,’’ said UMass coach Derek Kellogg. “I’m happy. I think road wins in this conference are very difficult to get.

Abby Wambach's two goals lead magicJack to important win

MagicJack owner Dan Borislow, wearing a white Abby Wambach USA jersey and with a beverage in his hand, stood on the sideline Wednesday night, cheering his team during a pivotal 3-2 victory over Sky Blue FC. The celebration came just hours after the embattled Borislow filed a motion for a temporary injunction to prevent Women's Professional Soccer from terminating the team. Despite the controversy surrounding the team, magicJack (7-6-2) was able to create some breathing room in its quest for the third playoff seed, moving one point ahead of Sky Blue (5-7-4) in the WPS standings. The teams were tied at 19 points entering the match.