Carols ringing through downtown Toms River Friday won't sound exactly right. The lyrics will reflect unrest over the Republican-driven federal tax reform plan in Congress, which is moving toward a Senate vote. It allows filers to deduct property taxes up to $10,000 and doubles the standard deduction to $24,000, but critics say it's a giveaway to the rich.

Whitesville Road crash, 1129-17 (Toms River PD)

A Toms River driver is hospitalized after a crash that sent her SUV careening into a tree this morning. Police said that Andreana Baruk's vehicle veered off Whitesville Road after the collision with a car driven by a man from Philadelphia, who was issued a traffic citation.

A Monmouth man accused of using commercial gyms as his personal treasure trove faces 17 theft related charges filed by Ocean Township police. Kyle Terry of Neptune allegedly ransacked lockers in the Jersey Strong gyms in three towns since Novmeber 13.

If it seems to you that drivers in New Jersey are paying less attention to the rules than they once did, AAA Mid Atlantic won't argue the point. Spokesperson Tracy Noble suggests that re-testing every 10 or 15 years would be a partial solution.

Berkeley Township police send a comrade to his final resting place. Retired Detective John Sullivan Jr.'s struggle with cancer ended Monday.

A Lakewood teen is charged with impersonating a police officer. Abdiel Flores Perez allegedly tailed a car after midnight Sunday, and suddenly began flashing a strobe toward the driver.

Decapitated and mutilated birds by the trash-bag full have Little Egg Harbor police concerned as they search for a suspect. They discovered 27 roosters, hens and pigeons in three days in wooded areas.

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