MAYS LANDING — The only man left alive charged with murder in the 2012 killing of April Kauffman is scheduled to appear in court Thursday.
Ferdinand “Freddy” Augello, 62, of Upper Township, an alleged Pagans motorcycle gang leader, is scheduled for a status conference at 9 a.m. before Judge Bernard DeLury in Atlantic County Superior Court.
Augello is accused of hiring a hitman to kill April Kauffman — a move prosecutors say was motivated by her now-deceased husband Dr. James Kauffman’s desire to hide an opioid drug ring he ran through his Egg Harbor Township medical practice with Augello, who pleaded not guilty during his arraignment April 19.
Augello has been indicted on charges of the murder of April Kauffman, the attempted murder of James Kauffman and leading the alleged drug-trafficking network.
Augello has been in the Atlantic County jail since his Jan. 9 arrest, but someone has been posting as him from his social media accounts.
The public posts include the mailing addresses for the jail to send him reading materials or letters, visitation hours and instructions to only contact him through direct messages on Facebook.
On June 12, a lengthy statement was posted proclaiming his innocence on the Facebook page for his business, Freddymade Guitars & Graphics.
An Atlantic County spokeswoman has confirmed inmates do not have access to the internet from inside the jail.
At Augello’s last status conference June 7, Mary Linehan, his public defender, requested a copy of James Kauffman’s suicide note. DeLury said he wants to read it before deciding.
Since Linehan’s request, attorneys for three other defendants in the case have said they plan to join in the application to view the purported note left by James Kauffman before he died in January in a Hudson County jail cell.
Another co-defendant in the case, Joseph Mulholland, 52, of the Villas section of Lower Township, also is scheduled for a status conference at 9 a.m. Thursday before DeLury.
Mulholland pleaded not guilty in April to charges of racketeering, distribution of drugs and conspiracy to distribute drugs as part of the alleged drug ring.
Five other defendants in the case who have also pleaded not guilty to charges of racketeering, distribution of drugs and conspiracy to distribute drugs — Beverly Augello, 48, of Summerland Key, Florida; Glenn Seeler, 37, of Sanford, North Carolina; Paul Pagano, 61, of Egg Harbor Township; Tabitha Chapman, 35, of Absecon; and Cheryl Pizza, 36, of Murrells Inlet, South Carolina — are scheduled for their next status conferences July 26.
The European Union announced it would start taxing iconic U.S. imports like Harley-Davidson motorcycles and bourbon on Friday in response to the Trump administration’s new proposed tariffs on European metal exports.
The EU announced on Wednesday that it would issue taxes on American imports worth about $3.4 billion starting Friday after U.S. President Donald Trump imposed tariffs on all steel and aluminum products coming out of Europe, the Associated Press reported. On June 1, Trump issued tariffs of 25 percent on steel imports and 10 percent on aluminum imports from the EU.
The EU’s tariffs will reportedly target American products such as cranberries, orange juice, jeans, and peanut butter, EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said Thursday.
Malmstrom, during an interview in New Zealand, said the EU had chosen some of the products because they represented Americana and hoped it would “make noise” and put pressure on U.S. officials to reverse the decision.
“If we can’t convince our American partners, maybe the American businesses and the American consumers and the American politicians can,” she said.
In 2017, the EU exported roughly 5.5 million tons of steel to the U.S., ABC News reported. Many European officials claim Trump’s decision breaks global trade rules.
“The rules of international trade, which we have developed over the years hand in hand with our American partners, cannot be violated without a reaction from our side,” Malmstrom said. “Needless to say, if the U.S. removes its tariffs, our measures will also be removed.”
Meanwhile, Trump on Tuesday threatened to impose tax duties on an additional $200 billion worth of Chinese goods, BBC News reported. Trump said the 10 percent tariff would occur if China “refuses to change its practices.” Officials in Beijing, responding to the decision, said they would “fight back firmly.”
Countries including South Korea, Argentina, Australia and Brazil have agreed to limit the number of metals they export to America after news of Trump’s tariffs.
CHICAGO (CBS) — A motorcycle club went up in flames early Thursday morning in south suburban Harvey.
The extra-alarm fire started shortly before 3 a.m. at the Harvey Motorcycle Club near 158th and Fisk. Flames threatened nearby businesses, but firefighters were able to contain the blaze to the club.
Firefighters had to pull out of the building early on and fight the flames from a defensive position.
The fire was under control by about 4:30 a.m.
No injuries were reported.
The cause of the fire was under investigation.