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61-year-old Northfield man charged in Atlantic City assault
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61-year-old Northfield man charged in Atlantic City assault

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Atlantic City police arrested a Northfield man Thursday and charged him with the July assault of a 43-year-old Atlantic City man.

On July 13, officers responded to a reported assault on North Michigan Avenue, where a man had been struck in the head several times by an individual with a shotgun, police said in a news release. The victim was sent to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, City Campus, for treatment, and Detective Ryan Kov began an investigation.

Surveillance video showed the suspect in a vehicle leaving the area.

On Thursday, Sgt. Gary Stowe saw the vehicle at New York and Pacific avenues, police said. He conducted a traffic stop and started to speak with David Spinks, 61. Spinks exited the vehicle and attempted to assault Stowe.

Other officers helped take Spinks into custody, police said. Stowe found a loaded handgun in Spinks’ pocket.

Spinks was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, certain person not to possess a weapon, aggravated assault, aggravated assault on a police officer, resisting arrest and tampering with evidence. He was sent to the Atlantic County jail.

Margate police advise residents after rash of bike thefts: After a rash of bike thefts, police on Friday advised residents on the best locks, as well as keeping photos of their bikes and writing down their serial numbers.

Several of the bikes stolen were left unlocked, but others had a cable lock, according to a post on the department’s Facebook page.

“The best locks to deter these types of thefts are U-locks,” police said. “Those locks are hard steel and not easily defeated. There are many brands available, and most come with a mount so they can be easily attached to the bike.”

While U-locks aren’t perfect, they’re “generally significant enough to deter any theft,” police said, adding many cable locks are easily cut with small pliers or, if they’re old, can be pried apart.

“Also, we encourage everybody to keep photos of your bike and to have the serial number written down,” police said. “When a bike is stolen and we have the serial number, we enter it in a database that other departments can check against. Without that information, there isn’t much we can do to specifically identify one bike from another.”

The department also has a bike registration program, in which officers will record information about the bike and assign it a number in their records, according to the post.

Residents just need to bring the bike to the department, and an available officer can assist with paperwork.

Police are actively investigating the thefts and urged residents who see anything suspicious to call the department at 609-822-1151.

— Press staff reports

Contact: 609-272-7210

ZSpencer@pressofac.com

Twitter @ACPressSpencer

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