92.7 WOBM News Flash Briefing: July 19
Swim water quality is great. Air quality, not so much. A Code Orange alert from New Jersey environmental regulators remains until Friday midnight. High pollutant concentrations mean potential breathing problems for youngsters, the elderly, and and heart or lung patients who spend prolonged time outdoors. Showers and thunderstorms are expected from late Saturday to early Tuesday.
Facing potential state takeover of its oceanfront, Jenkinson's in Point Pleasant Beach reaches terms with New Jersey environmental officials for dune reinforcement, to allow the 127-mile project to continue without gaps. The amusement firm agreed to upgrade its dunes and to install a gated steel wall that can be closed to prevent floods during severe storms.
Sexual harassment allegations leveled at Toms River Schools Superintendent David Healy were under scrutiny for several weeks before details became general information. Board Attorney Steven Leone predicts that the issue will be resolved no later than early August. He harbors concerns about the breach of confidentiality in an unresolved personnel matter, and about the timing.
Will one of the kids who brought the Little League championship to Toms River help deliver the World Series crown to the Yankees? Todd Frazier was acquired from the White Sox in a multiple-player deal. Still to be determined is whether he'll be at first or third base, but there are big plans to let his bat do lots of loud talking.
An initial court appearance for the accused killer of 11-year-old Abbiegail Smith of Keansburg is delayed until July 26, and a judge has sealed virtually all details surrounding the case. The aim is to create fair trial conditions for Andreas Erazo, 18. If a grand jury finds no case to pursue, allegations would leave his character and reputation irreparably damaged.
All 38 miles of Route 539 in Ocean County, from Tuckerton to Jackson, fall under the watchful eyes of enhanced police patrol teams, starting tomorrow. The Ocean County Prosecutor's Office hopes to slam a lid on crashes and deaths on the two-lane highway. The initiative continues through August 6. Last year, the two-week concerted effort kept the fatality rate at zero.