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Archive: June, 2012

POSTED: Friday, June 22, 2012, 3:50 PM

Medford Schools Superintendent Joe Del Rossi, who was charged with DUI nearly four months ago when he flipped over a district-owned Jeep, is asking the police for more documents to prepare his defense.  When he was arrested Feb. 26 in Evesham, he told police he had swerved to avoid a deer.  

There's no word yet on whether he will return to school in September. 

Del Rossi took a leave of absence in March and is being paid for accrued sick and vacation time, according to school district officials.  His salary is $179,000. 

POSTED: Thursday, June 7, 2012, 2:11 PM
Long sleeves can protect against mosquito bites, officials say. MICHAEL PLUNKETT / Staff Photographer

Officials say the recent heavy rains could be the reason Burlco has had early cases this year of a deadly horse virus and the West Nile Virus, which are both carried by mosquitos.

Last week, a three-year-old mare in Westampton had to be euthanized after officials confirmed it was suffering from Eastern Equine Encephalitis.   

POSTED: Monday, June 4, 2012, 4:15 PM
Dharun Ravi, left, looks on as his mother, Sabitha Ravi cries as she reads a statement during his sentencing hearing for Ravi in New Brunswick, N.J., Monday, May 21, 2012. Ravi, a former Rutgers University student who used a webcam to watch his roommate kiss another man days before the roommate killed himself, was sentenced Monday to 30 days in jail. A judge also gave 20-year-old Dharun Ravi three years of probation. (AP Photo/Mel†Evans) ( Mel Evans )

Some civil rights activists were outraged when a Rutgers student recently received a 30-day jail term for secretly recording the sexual encounter of a gay dorm-mate who a few days later committed suicide. 

But 13 years ago, a high-profile hate crime in Burlington County ended with a judge giving the guilty a homework assignment.  After 3 young men admitted they had carved a swastika in a cornfield and harrassed African Americans for years, they were placed on probation and ordered to write essays on Roots, Native Son and Schindler's List.

The two cases are somewhat similar.  In each one, the defendants could have gotten 10 years in jail since bias crimes can double the penalty.  Quickly, some activists  complained that the judges had failed to send a strong message to those who might commit hate crimes.  

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Written by Inquirer staff writer Jan Hefler, the Burlco Buzz blog covers breaking news in the the county, as well as its quirky characters, crime cases, politics, outdoor recreation and environment. Contact Jan at jhefler@phillynews.com.

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