UPDATE! Monday Briefs From WOBM News
News from Ocean & Monmouth counities and around New Jersey.JACKSON - A father and son motorcycle pair are in the hospital after colliding with a Jeep in Jackson Sunday morning. Both men are in stable condition and the driver of the Jeep was charged with driving while intoxicated. Both men were flown to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune.
BRICK TOWNSHIP – Seventy-seven Public Works employees here are on notice that their jobs will end March 30th as Mayor Steve Acropolis sets about eliminating the department in a cost-cutting move. The Mayor asserts that township taxpayers will see savings of more than $3,000,000 in the first year after it disbands, and nearly $8,000,000 in 2013. Garbage and recyclable collections, buildings and grounds keeping, and maintenance would be outsourced. Township Council President John Doucey fiercely contests the numbers, contending that any savings would be offset by unemployment benefits and contractual obligations. The governing body is scheduled to receive the budget proposal Tuesday night.
ASBURY PARK – Gunshots fired Sunday night in the township leave an 11-year-old girl hospitalized in intensive care. Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Rich Incremona says the youngster was caught by one of multiple rounds fired in the 1000 block of Monroe Avenue. She’s convalescing at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune. Investigations are still in the early stages, but anyone who has information that can help the probe is being urged to call Asbury Park Police, 732-774-1300; or the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, 800-533-7443.
TOMS RIVER – The results for Toms River’s Fire Elections are in. In district 1 challenger Ray Latshaw beat incumbent Doug Foley for the three year seat …in district 2 incumbents Roger Brown and Ken Taylor won new terms while Thomas McCann won his race for the unexpired term. All appropriation questions for both districts passed while district one failed to approve its budget.
TOMS RIVER - Shore congressman Jon Runyan kicks off his re-election campaign in Ocean County tonight at 7PM at the Holiday Inn of Toms River on Route 37. Tuesday night’s Burlington County kickoff will be at the Westin Hotel in Mount Laurel.
SANDY HOOK – The James J. Howard Marine Lab may be headed for closure. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration contends that it can use the $3,000,000 needed annually to run the center for its satellite operations and live-saving initiatives. If the plan is enacted, 38 jobs would be moved to Connecticut.
LAKEWOOD - Security has reportedly been beefed-up at Lakewood High School following the conviction of a township resident Jahmell Corckham for killing a Lakewood officer Christopher Matlosz. The Asbury Park Press reports it’s in reaction to earlier threats made by Crockham’s younger brother, Raheem Montgomery. He was arrested after threatening to shoot up the school if his brother was convicted. Montgomery was also found with a handgun in his possession.
BUENA VISTA- An Atlantic County woman is facing 14 years in prison after admitting she killed a man in a hit and run while drunk. Linda Demarst plead guilty to vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of an accident during a July 2010 crash in Buena Vista Township which killed 38 year old david Brown of Newfield. After the incident Demarest drove home and when police arrived she tried to drive away but crashed into a telephone pole.
WARETOWN - Another Ocean County school district votes to move its election to November. Reports say, Waretown school board members approved the measure Thursday night to save money. There’s word the district could save $18-$20,000.