What began as a 25-acre brush fire in a remote part of Wharton State Forest on Thursday morning, is now a blaze that's consumed about 1,000 acres of the preserve in Burlington County. By Thursday night, fire officials reported it to be about 30 percent contained. Smoke is detectable as far away as Long Beach Island and Atlantic County.


Funeral preparations for a murdered Keansburg 11-year-old are complete, but her father's hope of attending is fading. Kenroy Smith last saw Abbiegail three years ago. He was deported to Jamaica on 2001 on a drug charge. Early this morning, he said, he was told that he "has an immmigration problem" and would be denied a visa. Appeals to immigration officials by another daughter in Washington have been fruitless.

If you see Jeff, let Toms River police know. Not just any Jeff. This one apparently hopped into a truck at a Lakehurst Road construction site Tuesday night, drove it to Town Hall a few blocks away, and left it there. See surveillance images here.

The cause of Ocean County Sierra Club Director Greg Auriemma has yet to be disclosed. The Brick Township attorney's body was discovered Thursday in New Hampshire's White Mountains, about a half-mile from the camp site he organized for a solo excursion. He left New Jersey June 24.

Neptune's biggest barbecue of the year takes place long after summer's a dot in the rear-view. The October 10 Steak Bake at Shark River Hills Fire Company helps Neptune emergency aid for residents needing prescription help. Visit

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