92.7 WOBM News Flash Briefing: July 6
Six more Lakewood couples are accused of scamming Medicaid and other government benefits by lying about their incomes. Third-degree theft complaints filed today bring the number of defendants charged on various levels in the past two weeks to 26. The FBI and the state Comptroller's Office are directing the investigation.
Also in Lakewood, the SUV believed to be involved in a weekend hit-and-run is caught in the sights of surveillance cameras at a nearby gas station. County and local police are in the hunt for a blue Ford Explorer. The victim survived but is in serious condition. See the video and a replica image here.
Brielle joins Brick, Manahawkin, Little Egg Harbor and other communities that have created safe havens to complete on-line transactions in person. The swap station is right outside police headquarters, with full-time surveillance.
Three drug suspects in Toms River are charged with heroin possession, one with distribution, in a raid by New Jersey State Police. Joseph Cottrell, Tammy Burd and Daniel Bunk were arrested following a June 30 raid. Police said they seized 1,300 doses, worth about $6,700. Cottrell is being held in the Ocean County Jail, suspected of pushing the drug.
An Evesham man is arrested for allegedly shooting at a police officer who was checking on his well-being. Jeffrey Wass faces assault and weapons counts.
Low-flying choppers, occasionally hovering, might seem menacing, but they're not. Jersey Central Power and Light commissioned the Haverford helicopter to see where branches pose potential snarls with overhead transmission lines. The flyovers continue until the end of next week.
Wheelchair-bound people who would give almost anything to be able to enjoy a dip in the ocean have an advocate in Ocean County's Jessica Krill, founder of the nonprofit Beach Days For All. Her goal is to have mats placed over stretches of sand, about 40 feet from the water's edge. Jessica starts her mission in Seaside Park.