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Pat is a Web Curator for PhillyVoice, where he writes about news, sports, culture, and health in the City of Brotherly Love and surrounding region. Originally from the Jersey Shore, Pat graduated from Villanova University with a bachelors degree in political science and communications and then earned his masters in journalism at Columbia University. Before making the move from New York City to Philadelphia, Pat previously worked for Golf.com/Golf Magazine, the New York Post, Sports Business Journal/Daily, and Business Insider. Follow him on Twitter @Pat_Ralph.

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July 12, 2020

Police

Lancaster County man arrested for alleged abduction of missing Amish teen

A 34-year-old man from Paradise, Lancaster County has been arrested and charged for allegedly kidnapping an Amish teen who has been missing since June 21.

July 9, 2020

Crime

South Jersey teacher arrested for alleged sexual relationship with student

A physical education and health teacher at Rancocas Valley Regional High School has been arrested for having a sexual relationship with a former student, law enforcement officials announced. Gary Jiampetti, 43, from Berlin Township, Camden County, was taken into custody Thursday at his home and charged with official misconduct. Police said the relationship occurred before the 2019-2020 school year and the student was not a minor at the time.

July 9, 2020

Food Accessibility

New Jersey food banks to receive $20 million through CARES Act

New Jersey is distributing $20 million in federal CARES Act funding among its six emergency feeding organizations. Among the recipients: the Southern Regional Food Distribution Center in Vineland, Cumberland County, the Food Bank of South Jersey in Pennsauken, Camden County and the Community Food Bank of New Jersey in Egg Harbor Township, Atlantic County.

July 9, 2020

Housing

Pennsylvania residents protected against housing loss through August

Pennsylvania homeowners and renters are protected against housing loss through Aug. 31. Gov. Tom Wolf extended the state's moratorium on foreclosures and evictions.

July 9, 2020

Courts

New Jersey’s bid to identify disciplined police officers blocked by appeals court

New Jersey cannot release a list of disciplined police officers until an appellate court considers a lawsuit filed by the state's police unions, the court ruled Wednesday. Attorney General Gurbir Grewal says his directive, which requires police departments to publish an annual list of disciplined officers, would increase transparency and accountability.

July 8, 2020

Prevention

New Jersey implements stricter mask rule as COVID-19 transmission rate rises

Face masks are now mandatory in outdoor public locations in New Jersey when social distancing is not possible, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Wednesday. People who are eating or drinking outdoors at a restaurant or bar, children under the age of 2, and anyone with a personal health reason is exempt from the rule.

July 8, 2020

Travel

Philly residents advised against traveling to Delaware due to COVID-19 risk

Philadelphia officials are advising residents against traveling to 18 states, including Delaware, due to heightened risk of COVID-19. The advisory also urges anyone traveling to Philly from those states to self-isolate for at least 14 days.

July 8, 2020

Government

New Jersey modifies outdoor dining rules to allow more restaurants to resume service

Restaurants and bars that have areas with a fixed roof and at least two open sides will now be permitted to offer outdoor dining in New Jersey, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday. Additionally, the Motor Vehicle Commission will expand its operating hours to meet customer demand.

July 7, 2020

Primary Election

Rikin Mehta wins GOP primary election for New Jersey's U.S. Senate seat

Rikin Mehta emerged from a pack of five candidates to win the Republican primary for New Jersey's U.S. Senate seat. The Associated Press declared Mehta the victor on Friday after securing 39.5% of the vote with over 55% of precincts having reported results. He beat out fellow GOP candidate Hirsh Singh by five points for the right to run against Democratic Sen. Cory Booker in November.

July 7, 2020

Primary Election

Rep. Jeff Van Drew wins GOP primary for New Jersey's 2nd Congressional District

In his first election since joining the GOP this past December, U.S. Rep. Jeff Van Drew was victorious in the Republican primary for New Jersey's 2nd Congressional District on Tuesday. The Associated Press called the victory for the incumbent congressmen over his challenger, longtime Republican Bob Patterson. With over 36% of precincts reporting results, Van Drew had earned more than 81% of the vote.

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