92.7 WOBM News Flash Briefing: August 29
The tropical storm about 200 miles off the Jersey coast means steady heavy rain, and prompts a coastal flood advisory until 8:15 PM in poor drainage areas of Monmouth, Middlesex, Burlington, Mercer, Somerset and Gloucester Counties. A gale warning stays in effect until 4 AM from Little Egg to Manasquan Inlets, up to 20 nautical miles out.
In Texas, tragedy stories begin to mount while Harvey continues pouring and lashing the Gulf region with rain and winds. Approaching 50 inches, the storm broke existing National Weather Service records for tropical storm rainfall in the lower 48 states, and is turning toward Louisiana. Among the casualties area family that was washed away in their van, and a Houston police sergeant who drowned as he tried to escape his flooded car. Harris County, surrounding Houston, is estimated to be 30 percent under water. Seventy-eight dogs transferred from San Antonio shelters to havens in Freehold, Camden, Madison and Voorhees will be offered for adoption.
A Monmouth County woman and a Long Island City man face federal charges for what investigators said is an illicit drugs-by-mail operation. Brian Parker is accused of manufacturing the synthetic opioids. Victoria Koleski allegedly shipped hundreds of packages from Farmingdale, including a shipment to a Wisconsin man that eventually killed him.
Fire that ravaged a house in Westfield Monday also took the life of a Monmouth University student. Jake Tooley, 19, was unable to escape the flames from which his mother and brother broke free. His dog bolted back into the house to resue Tooley, and died in the attempt.
Two bank robberies in Monmouth County in four days are traced to a Farmingdale man in a Neptune motel. Michael Volek is accused of holding up TD branches in Tinton Falls Auguat 25, and in Wall Township August 28, when he was arrested. He risks up to 20 years in prison if convicted.
In Atlantic City, the philanthropic arm of Atlanticare Regional Trauma Center today committed $10,000 to help maintain supplies of Naloxone for police officers. The heroin overdose reversal serum is funded by drug proceed forfeitures. The Atlanticare Foundation grant is designed to cover the costs if initial supplies are exhausted.