News Briefing: April 21-27, 2017

News Briefing: April 21-27, 2017

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Casino event for youth

A youth housing-assistance organization will host its seventh-annual casino night to raise critical support for young people. 

The Vegas-themed Always Bet On Youth will include casino games, a silent auction, music, food and drinks. Proceeds will benefit the more-than 2,000 local youth who are transitioning from homelessness and foster care to independence.

The organization will also honor Harold Epps and Christopher Heard with the Individual and Young Achiever awards, respectively. FS Investments will receive the Corporate Achiever award.

Attire for the event is cocktail but Valley Youth House encourages themed outfits.

Always Bet On Youth will take place 6-10 p.m. May 3 at Crystal Tea Room, 100 Penn Square East. Visit www.valleyyouthhouse.org/events1/casino for tickets.

— Jeremy Rodriguez

N.J. businessman sentenced for tax evasion

John Schultz, a well-known LGBT business owner in Atlantic City, was sentenced this week to six months imprisonment for tax evasion, after pleading guilty to conspiring to defraud the IRS of about $120,000 in taxes. 

Schultz was sentenced April 17 by U.S. District Judge Joseph H. Rodriguez in Camden. He will serve six months of house arrest after his prison term.

According to court records, Shultz participated in tax fraud between 2007-09 relating to his boardwalk rolling-chair business. He’s required to pay $31,100 in restitution and $3,000 in fines.

Schultz has operated multiple LGBT-friendly establishments, served as an Atlantic City Council member and created the Miss’d America Pageant. He remains free pending a date to report to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.

Suit against Woody’s settled

James Stefanide 2d has settled his slip-and-fall case against Woody’s, according to court records. Stefanide claimed he sustained serious injuries while falling on interior stairs at the popular LGBT venue in June 2015. In August, Stefanide filed suit in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court, seeking unspecified monetary damages.

According to Stefanide’s complaint, the incident was caused by “an unreasonably slippery condition of the stairs.” Stefanide also alleged Woody’s management failed to inform patrons of a “dangerous and hazardous condition,” prior to his fall. His injuries included right-arm, lower-back and spinal damage, according to court records.

Stefanide sought surveillance footage of the incident, but Woody’s reportedly declined to provide the footage until Stefanide was deposed, according to court records. 

— Timothy Cwiek


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