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Two three-vehicle crashes in Manchester in as many days, both involving motorcycles, send the bikers and their passengers to trauma centers. A Monday evening crash on State Route 70 at County Route 571 occurred less than 24 hours after a collision at the junction of County Routes 539 and 530. A driving safety initiative for all 38 miles of Route 539 in Ocean County begins Thursday.

Three-vehicle crash, Route 70, 7-16-17 (Manchester PD)

Three weeks after he left New Jersey for hiking and fishing in New Hampshire, Sierra Club Ocean County Director Greg Auriemma remains missing. New Hampshire Fish and Game authorities said they are scaling back their search of the White Mountains, which has included ground and aerial reconnaissance by their staffers, the New Hampshire National Guard, regional K9 teams and state police. Auriemma left New Jersey June 24. His gear was found unattended.

A 12-year-old girl becomes New Jersey's latest drowning fatality, pulled from the surf at Sandy Hook late Sunday afternoon and hanging on to life until Monday. She was with family members.

Funeral services in Keansburg take place Monday for 11-year-old Abbiegail Smith, stabbed to death late last week and found in a container behind her apartment. An 18-year-old neighbor is charged with her death.

The New York Jets will get the helipad they want on their Florham Park training grounds. New Jersey Department of Transportation officials held no public hearings, and brushed aside arguments by residents that Morristown Airport is only a matter of miles from the site.

We'll stay in Nature's hot, muggy grip through midweek. Townsquare Meteorologist Dan Zarrow predicts the chance of a popup thunderstorm late each afternoon through Wednesday, with inland highs approaching 90, and oceanfront temps holding in the low 80s. A Code Orange air quality alert takes effect Wednesday. The very young, very old, and heart and lung patients with heightened sensitivities to polluiton face potential health threats.

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