The Latest: Mayor says escaped inmate no longer in his town

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Posted: May 05, 2016 5:08 PM
The Latest: Mayor says escaped inmate no longer in his town

BARNEGAT TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on the search for an escaped inmate in New Jersey (all times local):

4:45 p.m.

The mayor of a New Jersey town that was the center of a search for an escaped prisoner says the state has told him the convict is no longer there.

Barnegat Mayor John Novak said Thursday that 38-year-old Arthur Buckel is no longer in the town.

Surveillance video captured Buckel shopping at a CVS on Wednesday, a day after the minimum security inmate was found missing when guards did a count at Bayside State Prison in Hammonton.

Buckel had been serving a sentence for aggravated assault and was scheduled to be considered for parole this month. He previously served 14 years for aggravated manslaughter of a baby.

A spokesman for the state corrections department wouldn't comment on the investigation.

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11:40 a.m.

New Jersey town has increased security at schools, while a "flood of leads" has failed to turn up an inmate who escaped from prison.

Barnegat Mayor John Novak said Thursday his town will continue searching for 38-year-old Arthur Buckel unless it gets confirmed information he is no longer there.

Surveillance video captured Buckel shopping at a CVS on Wednesday, a day after the minimum security inmate was found missing when guards did a count at Bayside State Prison in Hammonton.

Novak says police officers are stationed at the town's schools and that state police will escort buses Thursday afternoon.

Buckel had been serving a sentence for aggravated assault and was scheduled to be considered for parole this month. He previously served 14 years for aggravated manslaughter of a baby.

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9 a.m.

Police in New Jersey say security footage has captured images of an escaped inmate walking into a pharmacy, one day after vanishing from a state prison.

The Barnegat Police Department identifies the man in the images taken at a Barnegat CVS on Wednesday morning as 38-year-old Arthur Buckel. Corrections officials say the minimum security inmate was missing when guards at Bayside State Prison in the southern New Jersey town of Hammonton performed a count Tuesday morning.

Buckel, whose last known address was in Clifton, had been serving a sentence for aggravated assault. He was scheduled to be paroled later this month.

Buckel previously served 14 years in prison for aggravated manslaughter of a 10-month-old child. He was released in 2010.

Barnegat Township schools that were placed on lockdown Wednesday are set to resume classes Thursday morning.