Melanie is a general assignment reporter based in Cherry Hill. She joined the Inquirer in March 2000 as an Education Reporter. She spent five years on the Editorial Board. She previously worked for the Associated Press as a newsperson and correspondent covering five counties in South Jersey.

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Slave auction historical marker unveiled near Camden waterfront, where hundreds were brought and sold

The Camden County Historical Society on Monday unveiled a slave trade marker at the site of a former slave auction in Camden along the Delaware River.

Vietnam veteran who dropped out to join Army gets high school diploma 50 years later

George Schaefer, 67, of Pine Hill, who dropped out of Overbrook High in 1969, returns to finally pick up his diploma 50 years after his class graduated.

Camden schools chief announces school slated to close will remain open thanks to $6 million in state aid

Camden School Superintendent Katrina McCombs delivered good news and bad news Wednesday: Veterans Memorial school, slated to close this year, will remain open thanks to a state bail-out. She is moving forward with plans to close or reconfigure other schools and eliminate about 55 positions.

Mistrial declared on civil rights charge against Camden police officer accused of punching suspect 12 times

A federal jury returned a mixed verdict Tuesday in the trial of a Camden County Metro Police Department officer accused of beating an unarmed suspect. Nicholas Romantino was acquitted on a charge of filing a false police report, but the jury could not reach a verdict on a civil rights charge.

Jury deciding fate of South Jersey police officer accused of beating unarmed suspect says it’s deadlocked

A jury in Camden says it is deadlocked in the case of a Camden County Metro police officer accused of punching an unarmed suspect. The judge ordered the jurors to try to reach a verdict in the case.

Dog dies in multi-alarm fire in Frankford section

Firefighters were battling a four-alarm fire Saturday night in the Frankford section. No injuries or evacuations were reported.

Two shot, one fatally, in separate incidents in Philadelphia

Police are investigating two separate shootings in Philadelphia Saturday might that left one person dead and another critically injured.

Portrait unveiling will honor the Rev. Daniel Berrigan, legendary peace activist and prophet who opposed Vietnam War

Rev. Daniel Berrigan, a legendary peace activist who led protests against the Vietnam War and nuclear weapons that landed him in jail, will be memorialized in a portrait by a Philadelphia-born artist that will be unveiled Sunday at Villanova University

World War II veteran calls it 'a miracle’: Honorable discharge from Army to correct an ‘injustice,’ nearly 75 years later

Nearly 75 years later, the Army has granted an honorable discharge to a World War II veteran from Philadelphia who was kicked out of the military in 1945 and given a "blue discharge" because he was black.

Bleach as a ‘miracle cure’ for cancer? Authorities are investigating N.J. pastor’s medical claims to Ugandans.

Pastor Robert Baldwin, of Willingboro, has been accused of giving thousands of Ugandans a "miracle cure" that contains industrial bleach. He says it will cure diseases such as cancer and malaria, but others say the concoction has no known health benefit.