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Charges Dismissed Against Former Councilwoman Crystal Evans

Evans, who served on Gloucester Township Council from 2008 to 2011, was charged with stalking and criminal mischief.

A judge on Wednesday dismissed stalking and criminal mischief charges against former Gloucester Township Councilwoman Crystal Evans, after the alleged victim failed to appear in court. 

Evans' case was heard in Winslow Municipal Court, where it was moved to avoid a potential conflict of interest in Gloucester Township. 

Municipal Court Judge Michael A. Diamond dismissed the charges against Evans without prejudice and said they could be reheard if the alleged victim comes forward within seven days with a legitimate explanation for not appearing during Wednesday's hearing. 

The alleged victim was identified in court and in complaints filed against Evans as Angela DeLuca. 

DeLuca reportedly lived with Evans' brother-in-law at the time of the alleged incident. She could not immediately be reached for comment following the hearing. 

Evans, 48, was charged by Gloucester Township police in November 2012. The stalking complaint alleged Evans "placed several hundred telephone calls to the victim with the purpose to harass and put fear into the victim." In addition, the complaint alleged, Evans was seen "on or near the victim's residence unannounced and uninvited."

The criminal mischief complaint alleged Evans caused less than $500 in damage to the gutter downspouts on the victim's home. 

The complaints were initially sent to the Camden County Prosecutor's Office, which later remanded them to municipal court. 

Following the brief hearing in Winslow Municipal Court on Wednesday, Evans declined comment, referring all questions to her attorney, William H. Buckman of Moorestown. 

Asked why he thought DeLuca did not appear in court, Buckman replied, "I don't think she even wanted to go forward with this."

Buckman declined to address the specific allegations against Evans. But, he said, "It was a mistake to bring (the charges) in the first place. The prosecutor saw it as something that didn't belong" at the county level, "and that's why it was sent down here."

Evans served on Gloucester Township Council from 2008 to 2011. She was the first black woman elected to serve on the township's governing body. 

Evans was elected as a Democrat, but fell out of favor with her party when she supported Republican Chris Christie in his successful 2009 gubernatorial campaign against Democratic incumbent Jon Corzine. 

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Big Daddy 1 March 27, 2013 at 05:14 PM
Still wish we knew all the facts. She seemed to be the only council person with an interest in what the people wanted. And she was treated badly by the council as a group. I would feel better if she was able to prove her innocence (if that is the case).
Justin March 27, 2013 at 05:39 PM
Charges Against Former Councilwoman Crystal Evans Dismissed You Win Again! This was all absurd and should have never happened but everyone knows the motive behind this. GODs GOT YOUR BACK COUNCILWOMAN, HE ALWAYS HAS AND HE ALWAYS WILL. NO WEAPON FORMED AGAINST YOU WILL PROSPER.
Susan Greene March 27, 2013 at 08:32 PM
Not surprising at all. It's not uncommon for the victim to not show up after pressing charges on a incident. Sometimes it's due to the parties coming to a agreement prior to the hearing date and sometimes in domestic abuse cases , it's intimidation. Don't get all to happy about this Justin, the charges were dismissed, she was not found "Not Guilty".
Paul J. DiBartolo March 27, 2013 at 10:15 PM
Hint: When charges are dropped there is no ruling...it's not a "Not Guilty" and it's not a "Guilty" because there was no trial...the charges were dismissed. Do we need to go over that again?
Justin March 27, 2013 at 10:57 PM
They're mad Paul so they are resorting to Sarcasm and lies again. You got to love it. Everytime they try to knock her down, she comes right back up even stronger. She's awesome. Can't wait to see what she does next.
telepathy March 28, 2013 at 05:39 AM
Tim ... Him still lives with Deluca. Facts...just the facts. And if at any time in your journalistic career you woud choose political correctness how about you garner up the historical references to address Crystal Evans as the first African American woman. Or contact the National NAACP for clarification and cut the crappy undertones that suggests how you really feel.
Pillowtalk March 28, 2013 at 01:00 PM
Why do they have to always say, "She was the first black woman elected to serve on the township's governing body." I don't care if she was black, white, tellow or green.
Sicilan1 March 28, 2013 at 02:13 PM
Darren Gladden March 28, 2013 at 02:20 PM
I can't understand people being upset about her being name that but guess what it's the truth so it really does not bother me . What does bother me is Dave 's Team . Thank you all and have a great day .
Reggie March 28, 2013 at 02:43 PM
Councilwoman Crystal Evans is the First African American Woman to serve in Gloucester Township, she made History and was the top vote getter because people of all races voted for her because she does a lot for everyone. President Barack Obama is our first African American President and he made History. Its not racism, it's people who made History. Don't start the race card divide and conquer crap. Concentrate on positive things. It's nice to see Gloucester township made history.
Vickie March 28, 2013 at 02:54 PM
Robert FYI - it's not Racism, it's History Making Our councilwoman made us proud and we are even More proud of her for all they put her through
Vickie March 28, 2013 at 02:58 PM
Stay strong councilwoman. You have much support
Joe March 28, 2013 at 03:22 PM
I don't know what she accomplished if anything but, she's very nice and seems to care. I'm guessing she's probably not phony like the others and that's why she didn't get along with them.
Charles March 28, 2013 at 03:25 PM
Wondering why all this flack and static about a PERSON who had the courage to act on conscience rather than party.
Philajersey March 28, 2013 at 04:07 PM
I know this is off-topic, but if anyone has taken their blue 2-door BMW to Laurel Automotive on Coles Rd for repairs, I saw them doing dounts and 360's with your vehicle at about 6pm on Wednesday. March 27. (looked like they were closing up, and decided to do some tricks with the car before putting it in the garage.) Thought you might want to know.
telepathy March 28, 2013 at 04:08 PM
Why is it when anyone makes a point about being a person of color others use the request for respect towards this culture's identity as a race card issue which seems to cause others to fall back and retreat on their stance on being acknowledged as AfricanAmericans. The only thing historically noteworthy about Gloucester Township is how long it took the historians to abolish slavery, and how long its taking the current political machine to show some respect to then current and now former Councilwoman Crystal Evans. The only race for all people of this town is the Race for Hope and Change.
Vanessa March 28, 2013 at 04:23 PM
This is one Councilwoman who had a lot of good ideas and she was anxious to move on them. She tried to get alot done, but the people in her party blocked alot of her endeavors and tried to take credit for much of what she did. She wanted a Recreation Center for the youth and families with indoor swimming and a PAL program for the police department. She wanted big businesses to move into the township. She knew where to go and she had ideas to make a difference for the better. It would have been awesome, but all the attacks and beat downs took a toll on her and she even had a heart attack right before her daughter graduated from the 8th grade as Valedictorian. She wanted a constituency service for council to set up to help people like she did when she worked in the Assembly. She help so many people with so many programs and jobs it's unbelievable. She was a rising star and Dave and her worked so well together in that Legislative office. Everybody went to his office for her help. It's a shame because as much as like the Mayor, I love Crystal Evans. She went for People and not for political party rhetoric and that's how business is conducted this township. It's up to the people, they have to want things to get better and not just settle for the same people who vote the same way over and over again. Councilwoman Evans stood up for people, helped everyone and tried on her own to be our voice and she is being punished for that. She was never given a fair chance.
Vanessa March 28, 2013 at 04:42 PM
I pray things will turn around for all of us. What they did to Crystal Evans was wrong and they should be ashamed of themselves, especially Mayor Mayer and the rest of his team. It's time for this political party to grow up and stop being so vindictive and using political power to defame and discredit people just because they took a stand to do what is right for the people of Gloucester Township. She could of had it all, but she stood up and how many people have the balls to do that without fearing they will lose their job or get set up and bullied by Councilman and the Mayors attack dogs. One of the reasons why she comes out of these ruthless attacks is because like Justin said, "GOD DON'T LIKE UGLY" it may seem like the Mayor and his team are looking good right now to some, but when the people who supported Crystal start coming together and speaking out against the Mayor and his team for what they did to her and to this township, you can best believe they will NOT get re-elected back in office ever again. People need not fear this Mayor and his Council. F E A R False Evidence Appearing Real This is what Mayor Mayer and his council want you to feel is Fear. It's time the people come together and make history by getting Mayor Mayer and his team voted out and it can happen if everyone stops fearing the bullies.
Vanessa March 28, 2013 at 04:46 PM
You Got Lots of Friends Councilwoman. Thank you for standing up for EVERYONE
Pillowtalk March 28, 2013 at 04:57 PM
You would not say, "all the white male council members" did something. So then why do you have to state. "She was the first black woman elected to serve on the township's governing body."
Justin March 28, 2013 at 06:19 PM
Pillow talk "STOP using the race card. Nobody cares". Color has nothing to do with it. The only color that's a problem is the color Green and how it's being spent. It makes sense we should be concerned about the Mayor Team and the color Green. Torn up roads and run down township deteriorating under this Mayor and council and reckless spending. Nobody cares about a persons skin color. She made history and helps Tons of people who gave back when she ran. Deal with it and stop being a hater
christie Grannan March 28, 2013 at 06:52 PM
She is no longer a councilwoman. I was at the meeting when it was announced she was moving on. Can't say good or bad about her. The people of GT seemed to like her.
Justin March 28, 2013 at 07:03 PM
We love her
Michael Costanza March 28, 2013 at 11:16 PM
Crystal you have such a big heart. I've known you for over 30 years. I am proud of you because even in high school you always took the underdogs under your wing and never allowed others to bully them. You were very popular but wanted everyone to get along and you didn't deal with the bullies, but you did fix them. You were always strong. The people recognize your efforts. You are a born leader and strong in your faith and dedication to God. You always made people feel and had solutions and ideas. You are an orignal and not a copycat fake. What you see is what you get with Crystal and that is what people admire most about you and your a fighter and passionate about fixing a broken situation. You don't judge people and your accept people even if you know they did you wrong. Your only problem is "You Care Too Much and you love life" You a great mother and a good wife and a good friend. You deserve better than this and you will get it, because of all you been through. You said "ALL THAT ARE LAST WILL BE MADE FIRST" Before my Mom died she thought about you and said call Crystal, she needs you. I'm here friend.
Michael Costanza March 28, 2013 at 11:19 PM
I like what you had to say. People should never fear anyone. People are nothing more than skin, bones and blood.
Megatron13 March 29, 2013 at 08:29 PM
She was arrested for a well documented incident........Yet, it is still the mayors fault?
Big Daddy 1 March 29, 2013 at 08:57 PM
I'll bite. If it was well documented, why didn't they proceed with that evidence? I would just like to know the truth.


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