Melanie is a general assignment reporter. She joined the Inquirer in 2000.

Latest Stories

Haddonfield deputy mayor charged with assaulting borough police officer

Haddonfield Deputy Mayor Jeff Kasko was trying to flee a processor serving divorce papers when he allegedly backed into her car and later struck a police officer investigating the crash, authorities said.

Valentine’s Day vows: A wedding postponed seven times, a math teacher on her lunch break

Five weddings were performed on Valentine's Day at the Boathouse in Camden County. One for a couple who had postponed their vows seven times; another for a math teacher on her lunch break.

One outfit, 100 days: South Jersey art teacher completes ‘eco mission’ to educate students

South Jersey art teacher completes "one outfit, 100 days" campaign to teach students about eco-sustainability by wearing the same dress to work since September.

Veterans ‘Salute the dress’ at wedding gown giveaway: ‘I feel like I’m at Disney’

Camden County gives military women a chance to ‘say yes to the dress’ at bridal gown giveaway. M&M Realty Partners donated 500 gowns to the county from the abrupt closing of Alfred Angelo Bridal in Cherry Hill several years ago.

Rolls-Royces and Rolexes: N.J. janitorial company owner admits $2 million fraud that fueled a lavish lifestyle.

Mitchell Bleicher, of Berlin, N.J., who owned a janitorial supply company, orchestrated a nearly $2 million scheme to cheat a customer by submitting phony bills and admitted using the money to buy Rolex watches and two luxury vehicles, including two Rolls Royces, prosecutors said Friday.

‘Walk of shame’ for theft of boxer Jersey Joe Walcott’s marker at Campbell’s Field demolition site

Before the Campbell's Field demolition, thieves made off with bronze marker honoring legendary boxer Jersey Joe Walcott on walk of fame, authorities say.

Lofty plan to honor the musical legacy of Camden’s Victor building is scrapped. A recycling firm is moving in.

An ambitious plan to transform one of the few remaining Victor buildings in Camden into a recording music mecca has been dashed. The historic building near the waterfront has been sold again for $13.5 million to a metal recycling firm.

Art project targets deadly gun violence awareness in Camden schools: ‘I saved a seat for you’

Art students at Camden's Charles Brimm Medical Arts High school are painting empty desks as a memorial for students lost to gun violence. They hope the "No more empty desks" project will be a model for other schools.

New racial allegations surface about referee embroiled in wrestling dreadlocks controversy

Alan Maloney, wrestling official at center of dreadlocks controversy involving Buena High school student Andrew Johnson, was accused of kicking mixed race athlete in Paulsboro in 2014, a police report says.

‘I didn’t want him to be buried alone' -- More than 1,000 people attend funeral for Vietnam veteran

Peter Turnpu, 77, a Vietnam veteran, died alone and had few friends. More than 1,000 people attended his funeral with military honors on Friday afternoon.