Kevin C. Shelly


Kevin C. Shelly has covered South Jersey for 35 years, most recently as investigative and enterprise reporter. He’s been an editor and reporter. He’s reported on government, casinos, business, the environment and crime. The New Jersey Press Association has recognized his work six times in five categories. The Society of Professional Journalists has honored him for investigative reporting. Gannett honored him for narrative writing. His reporting has led to firings, reorganizations and a state hearing. He’s written for The Wine Spectator, Philadelphia, Inside Jersey, New Jersey Monthly and Field & Stream. He lives on the left bank of the Cooper River. Reach him at or tweet at him @kcshlly.

April 27, 2017

Brendan Creato Case

Creato jury visits place where Brendan Creato's body was found

A detective testified that David "DJ" Creato, who is charged with the murder of his three-year-old son, was interviewed for about 12 hours on October 13, 2015, and cooperated with investigators.

April 26, 2017


Testimony: Creato misled investigators about visiting park site where son's body found

Michael Rhodes, the lead scene investigator, told the jury that a photo found on Creato's cellphone disproved that assertion and other statements made by Creato to authorities that he had never been to the specific location in the park where his son Brendan's body was found by police.

April 25, 2017


Teary testimony from grandmother, K-9 officer at Creato murder trial

The grandmother of Brenadan Creato and the police officer who found his lifeless body with the aid of her K-9 each teared up Tuesday while testifying in the murder case against the boy's father, David "DJ" Creato.

April 24, 2017


Judge bars media from crime scene visit in Creato murder trial

The trial judge in the murder case of tot Brendan Creato last week secretly made plans to bar the media from accompanying the jury on a planned a visit to the scene where the boy’s lifeless body was discovered on the morning of Oct. 13, 2015.

April 21, 2017


Cops: Motorcyclist spreads nails in Vineland driveways, causes dozens of flat tires

Police in South Jersey are searching for motorcyclist who scattered roofing nails on driveways in Vineland.

April 20, 2017

Brendan Creato Case

Brendan Creato's mother among first to testify in murder trial for boy's father

Testimony in the murder trial of David “DJ” Creato began Thursday with scene-setting testimony by several law enforcement officers, but quickly shifted to his mother, Samantha Denoto.

April 20, 2017


2,500 text messages between DJ Creato, girlfriend at heart of murder trial

David "DJ" Creato faces charges that he killed his three-year-old son, Brendan, who was found dead on October 13, 2015, a little more than a half a mile from the apartment he shared with his father.

April 19, 2017

Brendan Creato Case

With jury seated, opening arguments in Creato murder trial to begin Thursday

A jury of 11 women and three men were selected shortly after noon Wednesday in the Brendan Creato murder case.

April 18, 2017


Jury selection to continue Wednesday in trial for South Jersey father charged in toddler son's murder

Camden County Superior Court Judge John T. Kelley said the pool of potential jurors in the Creato murder trial consists of 120 people. More than half had been dismissed by midday Tuesday.

April 17, 2017

Gun Violence

March against gun violence set for Tuesday in Camden

Officials and gun violence victims will participate in the anti-gun violence rally this week.

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