92.7 WOBM News – Flash Briefing May 23
The death toll in Monday night's explosion at an Ariana Grande concert in England stands at 22, with nearly 120 either hospitalized or given first aid. The British Telegraph media group cites multiple sources that identified the suspect as a suicide bomber, Salman Abedi, 23, but the search for accomplices continues. US investigators have not verified Islamic State claims of responsibility. There is coverage in depth at Popcrush.com
Sunday's fatal offshore crash during the Point Pleasant Beach Grand Prix is ruled an accident. No charges are pending. A boat racer from Forked River died in the collision and two more were hurt.
The search continues for the suspect who robbed a Jackson gas station attendant by holding a syringe to his neck Sunday night. The attendant told police that he was attacked from behind but managed to describe the thief as a white male, about six feet in height.
Sunday's appearance of a bear in western Manchester prompts reminders from New Jersey environmental officials that they roam all 21 counties, despite their rarity in Ocean County. They suggest keeping trash cans tightly closed, securing bird feeders at least 10 feet above the nearest standing surface, and tidying up after parties or barbecues, to remove any tempting food scraps.
If you're struggling with Superstorm-related rebuilding problems, the Ocean County Long Term Recovery Group can offer professional guidance for procedures and legalities. The next workshop takes place Wednesday at the Mystic Island Firehouse in Little Egg Harbor.
The sun sets on two iconic entertainers who bridged show business and society. Roger Moore, who leaped from the British TV detective series "The Saint" to become a worthy successor to Sean Connery as James Bond, at age 89; and Dina Merrill, heiress to the Post cereal fortune who stole supporting scenes from actresses including Elizabeth Taylor and Deborah Kerr, and the widow of Cliff Robertson, at age 93.