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State announces COVID-19 violations in Somers Point, Buena Vista
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State announces COVID-19 violations in Somers Point, Buena Vista

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A woman who refused to wear a mask at a Somers Point store and a Buena Vista Township liquor store that allowed customers entry without masks were charged with violating Gov. Phil Murphy’s COVID-19 mandate.

Shakiya J. Duncan, 28, was charged Wednesday by the Somers Point Police Department with disorderly conduct and violating the emergency orders, according to a news release from the state Attorney General’s Office and State Police.

Duncan was told several times by Big Lots employees to wear a mask but refused to wear one, according to the release.

Duncan was standing close to the woman in front of her in the checkout line.

When that woman asked her to step back, Duncan allegedly screamed at her, cursed and leaned forward to cough in the victim’s face, according to the release.

Meanwhile, Tomar’s Discount Liquor in Buena Vista was fined $500 for allowing patrons inside without masks, according to the release.

Violations of the emergency orders surrounding the new coronavirus are considered disorderly persons offenses, which carry up to six months in jail, a maximum $1,000 fine or both.

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My beat is public safety, following police and crime. I started in January 2018 here at the Press covering Egg Harbor and Galloway townships. Before that, I worked at the Reading Eagle in Reading, Pa., covering crime and writing obituaries.

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