Also in local news: 93 year old man drives car into bank; it wasn’t a drive-thru.
An update on turning the Ciba-Geigy Superfund site into a public nature preserve and park: An official with the EPA says cleanup of the pollution plume beneath the land in Toms River could take decades longer than originally expected. Project manager for the EPA — Diane Salkie — says the cleanup that began in 1996 at the 12-hundred acre Ciba-Geigy Superfund site will likely not be finished within the original 30-year projected timeline. She says cleaning groundwater is a very slow process. Meanwhile, the group — Save Barnegat Bay — has scheduled a community meeting January 25th to discuss that settlement between New Jersey and the current owner of the site, BASF.
Officials with the Campbell Soup Company say they’re relocating hundreds of new jobs from their facilities in North Carolina and Connecticut to their headquarters in Camden. The 50-million dollar investment will relocate 330 jobs to the Camden site, bringing the total number of employees at Camden to 16-hundred. Campbell officials say they’re renovating the headquarter campus for the company’s future growth. Construction will begin in March.
Police in Trenton are investigating a man they say discovered his girlfriend’s body, stuffed it into a garbage bag and left her remains behind after he was evicted months later. Police say 44-year-old David Gibson is charged with desecrating human remains, tampering with evidence and hindering. A criminal complaint says the body was that of Gibson’s late girlfriend — Kirshon Smith. Court documents state she died in July and Gibson kept her body in a garbage bag while he lived there for five months. An autopsy is underway to determine how she died. Gibson is not facing any charges connected to her death.
Back to Toms River, yeah if you saw that commotion at the TD Bank on Route 9 it was, actually, that someone drove their car directly into the bank. 93-year-old Anthony Marino was making a left turn onto Route Nine when he instead accelerated across the road, struck a stop sign and a support wire and drove into the bank. Nobody was seriously hurt. But, it may be time.