UPDATE! Friday Briefs From WOBM News
TOMS RIVER - Huddy Park in Toms River fills with peaceuful protestors again this Sunday for the third straght week...in sympathy with the Occupy Wall Street movement that advocates economic parity over disproportionate wealth and what they view as corporate greed. Police say it's permissible as long as no traffic disruptions flare up on Water Street.
TRENTON - Critics of hydro fracturing methods to pull natural gas from underground gather Monday at the Statehouse in Trenton - asking Governor Chris Christie to cast his ballot on the Delaware River Basin Commission against regulations to allow it. Opponents contend that carcinogens threaten up to 15 million people who count on the Delaware River for drinking water.
LAKEWOOD - Before their case against Ocean County and Lakewood opens in early December, homeless dwellers of Lakewood's Tent City and their supporters plan a demonstration next Tuesday at the township municipal building. The march up Cedar Bridge Avenue at 5:30PM precedes speeches and a candlelight vigil at six, rain or shine.
SEASIDE PARK - Friends of the late Army Sergeant John Lyons of Seaside Park can pay their respects tomorrow at the Timothy E Ryan Home For Funerals in Toms River. The 26-year-old lost his life in combat in Afghanistan October 26th.
TRENTON (AP) -- Republican State Assemblyman Peter Biondi has died just two days after winning re-election to an eighth term. The Star-Ledger reports he disclosed last month that he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma last year. Biondi was 69 and represented parts of Somerset and Morris counties.
BERKELEY - The operator of a dirt bike is in critical condition after loosing control on Route 9 in Berkeley Township, sliding about 50 ft and being struck by a vehicle last night. Police say the incident occurred just after 9:30 in front of the yesterday's restaurant near Morris Blvd. Traffic was blocked for 3 hours in the area to allow 22-year-old Kyle Bedell of Bayville to be transported by medvac to the Jersey Shore University Medical Center. The investigation is on going.
LONG BRANCH - A Long Branch man takes a page out of Plaxico Burress' playbook. Police charge 19-year-old Stephon Keys with several weapons counts after accidentally shooting himself in the leg while at home Wednesday night. Officials caught up with keys after receiving a call about a shooting victim from the Monmouth Medical Center. Police found a shell casing earlier in his Morrell Street home after receiving an earlier report about gun fire but found no blood or body.
TOMS RIVER - Toms River Police are investigating the attempted armed robbery of a Shell service station on Route 37 west in Toms River. Police say early Thursday evening, a suspect approached the gas attendant with a knife and demanded money but dropped the knife and fled south towards Holiday City when the worker grabbed his arm. Police are looking for a white male, medium build, 5 "6, wearing black sneakers, a black hooded sweatshirt, and a black hat. Police believe this robbery may be connected to a similar one November 5th at the Holiday service center on Route 37.
ASBURY PARK - Authorties make an arrest in the fatal shooting of a 22-year-old Asbury Park man. Police took 19-year-old Thaddeus Reevey of neptune into custody for the murder of Eric Freeman. Reevey is being held in the Monmouth County Jail with bail set at $1.5 million dollars. Freeman was fatally shot Tuesday in front of the Asbury Park Village apartments on Sylvan Avenue. It's the fourth murder in Asbury Park this year.
BARNEGAT - A Barnegat mom escapes injury but her two toddlers are hospitalized after a car crash in Wednesday morning's dense fog. Police say 39-year-old Monica Villavicencio's minivan took the impact of a van driven by 18-year-old Travis McCurdy of Toms River when he ran a red on Route 9 on Bayshore Drive. Investigators say the boys were unrestrained in the minivan and were driven to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune with head lacerations. Fog prevented an airlift. Both drivers got summonses.
SHREWSBURY - Animal-rights protestors plan to demonstrate Sunday outside a parcel of land in Shrewsbury, where they say bow hunters stalking deer present a risk to families in surrounding homes along Sycamore Avenue. State law sets a 150-foot buffer for bow hunters at 150 feet. The Manalapan-based League Of Humane Voters contends that it's too close for comfort.
TOMS RIVER - Redistricting boosts Election Day totals for Ocean County-based state lawmakers in the ninth district. Senator Chris Connors logged more than 31,000 votes, Assemblywoman Dianne Gove registered more than 30,000 and Assemblyman Brian Rumpf rang up more than 29,000, the most of any New Jersey legislators. The ninth district grew to include Seaside Park, South Toms River, Galloway, Port Republic and Tabernacle.
FREEHOLD - A Shore medical professional is given an 18-month suspended sentence for possession of hollow point bullets. The term handed to Barry Ray in Freehold reportedly drops drug charges in accord with his september guilty plea. The 38-year-old cardiac anaestheisologist from Tinton Falls is forbidden to write prescriptions for 10 years and must continue psychological sessions and drug tests.
FREEHOLD - If you live in Monmouth County and you're about to clear your cabinet of outdated medicines, drop them off in Freehold saturday. The Monmouth County Sheriff's Office is the deposit point for the american medicine chest challenge along with the partnership for a drug-free new jersey. Other area dropoff points are in Keansburg, Burlington, Medford, Westampton, Mount Holly, Moorestown and Brigantine.