Joyce Sheridan Death Ruled a Homicide

A Montgomery Township police officer sits in front of the partially burned home of John and Joyce Sheridan early Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, in Montgomery Township, N.J. Authorities say 72-year-old John Sheridan, president of a major southern New Jersey hospital, and his 69-year-old wife were killed when a fire broke out in their home Sunday morning, but the circumstances surrounding the deaths remain under investigation.

A Montgomery Township police officer sits in front of the partially burned home of John and Joyce Sheridan early Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, in Montgomery Township, N.J. Authorities say 72-year-old John Sheridan, president of a major southern New Jersey hospital, and his 69-year-old wife were killed when a fire broke out in their home Sunday morning, but the circumstances surrounding the deaths remain under investigation.

No surprise here, but perhaps at least some clarity. Politicker NJ reports: “A death certificate for Joyce Sheridan, the wife of Cooper Health CEO and prominent political figure John Sheridan, was filed in Somerset County Surrogate Court today, listing her death as a ‘homicide.’ Her husband’s certificate, meanwhile, is listed as ‘pending investigation.’”

The Sheridans died following a mysterious fire at their house in September; last week it was revealed that both Sheridans had suffered multiple stab wounds at the time of their deaths.

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Reports: Cooper CEO and Wife Were Stabbed

A Montgomery Township police officer sits in front of the partially burned home of John and Joyce Sheridan early Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, in Montgomery Township, N.J. Authorities say 72-year-old John Sheridan, president of a major southern New Jersey hospital, and his 69-year-old wife were killed when a fire broke out in their home Sunday morning, but the circumstances surrounding the deaths remain under investigation.

A Montgomery Township police officer sits in front of the partially burned home of John and Joyce Sheridan early Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, in Montgomery Township, N.J. Authorities say 72-year-old John Sheridan, president of a major southern New Jersey hospital, and his 69-year-old wife were killed when a fire broke out in their home Sunday morning, but the circumstances surrounding the deaths remain under investigation.

Two newspapers are separately reporting this morning that Cooper Health System CEO John P. Sheridan Jr. and his wife, Joyce, had both been stabbed repeatedly when they were found following a September fire at their home in Somerset County, New Jersey. Both Sheridans died in the incident.

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Rolling Stone Camden Article Declares City Apocalyptic and Ruined

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Camden, New Jersey, is just on the other side of the Ben Franklin Bridge, a short hop across the Delaware River. We see it all the time. We drive through or around it frequently. We know it’s a bad place to be.

But just how bad is Camden? Journalist Matt Taibbi paid a visit, and the result is the bleak new Rolling Stone Camden article: “Apocalypse, New Jersey: A Dispatch from America’s Most Desperate Town.”

Below, some of the most depressing things I learned from it:

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New Jersey Mall Gunman is Dead

CNN reports: “A gunman who opened fire at a New Jersey mall Monday night later holed up in a back room and shot himself in the head, authorities say. No one else was injured in the mall shooting. Richard Shoop’s body was found at 3:20 a.m. Tuesday in an obscure part of Westfield Garden State Plaza mall, hours after he fired at least six bullets without striking anyone in the massive shopping center. He acted alone, authorities say.”

Janitor Admits Planting Hidden Cameras In Catholic School, Won’t Go To Jail

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If you see this guy walking down the street anytime soon, feel free to give him a good hard slug across the face.

42-year-old John Martin of Wenonah, New Jersey (it’s about ten miles south of Philadelphia) has pleaded guilty to invasion of privacy and child endangerment after investigators learned that he planted hidden video cameras inside Gloucester Catholic High School, where he worked as a janitor. Read more »

Toms River 4-Year-Old Grabs Rifle, Shoots Older Child

CBS Philly reports that a 4-year-old child in Toms River, N.J., “grabbed a .22 caliber rifle from inside a home” and took it out to the yard, where the gun fired—investigators don’t know if the trigger was pulled, or the discharge an accident—striking a 6-year-old, who was last reported in stable condition. 6ABC adds that the older child was reportedly shot in the head.

The incident comes a couple of days after a Tennessee incident, in which another 4-year-old grabbed a loaded gun on a bed—a deputy was showing off his gun collection to friends at a barbecue—and shot the deputy’s wife dead.

It could be we’re aiming too high with the gun regulations proposed in the aftermath of the Newtown massacre. But jeepers: Can’t we find a constitutional way to keep loaded weapons out of the hands of 4-year-olds?

Two Found Dead At Revel

This can’t be good for the troubled Atlantic City resort: NBC 10 reports two people—a 56-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman—were found dead over the weekend in a seventh-floor hotel room at the Revel Resort. Both are New Jersey residents; officials say it’s too early to determine if the deaths are suspicious. The Revel, of course, filed for bankruptcy last month, less than a year after it opened.

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