News from Ocean & Monmouth counties and around New Jersey.

TRENTON - Those who served will now be able to teach. New legislation was advanced today which would establish a pilot teacher prep program at Richard Stockton College aimed at veterans who served on or after 9/11. Shore Senator Chris Connors is a sponsor of the bill along with Senator James Whelan.

TOMS RIVER - There's new data coming about the dangers nuclear power plants play on residential drinking water... Tomorrow JNPIRG along with Environment New Jersey will release new data on how nuclear power plants are a threat to the drinking water for New Jerseyans.


MT. HOLLY - A Coastal Flood Watch Has Been Issued For Ocean And Monmouth Counties. The National Weather Service says we can expect some minor flooding at times of high tide this morning. The rain will clear up later tonight. It will be warmer though with temps in the 50s.

TOMS RIVER - A memorial service takes place Wednesday for former Ocean County Prosecutor Dan Carluccio, whose long battle with leukemia ended last week at age 71. Carluccio also served as Ocean and Burlington public defender and was a partner in a prestigious Toms River law firm. The service will be at the Presbyterian Church Of Toms River on Hooper Avenue.

ATLANTIC CITY - Two Florida prostitutes could get as much as five years for stealing thousands from a New York tourist and pepper-spraying his companion last July in Atlantic City. Asiameik Mayor and Hanifa Rodriguez were convicted Friday in Mays Landing for robbing Maung Oo at Harrah's. The jury did not buy into a self-defense scenario offered by lawyers for attacking Sandro Estrello later.

ATLANTIC CITY - Atlantic City Expressway drivers encounter construction detours this week. Utility work blocks the eastbound EZ Pass lanes at the Pleasantville tolls for about six hours tomorrow, and the westbound ramp-sevens will be closed for guide rail repair during the day Thursday. Both closures are scheduled for 8:30AM until 2:30PM.

TOMS RIVER - Former Toms River School Superintendent Mike Ritacco faces trial in April on bribery, conspiracy and tax evasion charges. Now insurance broker Frances Gartland, also accused of being involved, wants to testify that they're innocent. Reports say defense attorneys are asking a federal judge to allow them to be tried seperately. Both men are out on $1 million bail.

JACKSON - Two homeless men in Jackson are lucky to be alive after a propane tank exploded. Police say the two were staying in an old camper trailer on County Line Road and cooking on the propane stove when the incident happened Saturday night. One man suffered third-degree burns to his arms and his airway. He was taken to Jersey Shore University Medical Center. The other suffered burns to his head and hands. He was taken to Kimball. The Fire Marshal and Prosecutor's Office are investigating.

TOMS RIVER - A memorial service takes place here Wednesay for former Ocean County Prosecutor Dan Carluccio, whose three-and-a-half-year battle with leukemia ended last Wednesday at age 71. Carluccio also served as Public Defender in Ocean and Burlington Counties in an illustrious career that was capped by his partnership in the prestigious law form of Carluccio, Leone, Doyle, Damon & Sacks since 1997. The service will take place at the Presbyterian Church of Toms River on Hooper Avenue.

MOUNT HOLLY - Today's rain may turn drives on coastal roads into tricky business. The National Weather Service has issued a coastal flood watch for Ocean and Monmouth Counties during high-tide hours. Watch for pockets of high-standing water on Route 35 and local thoroughfares east of the state highway.

FREEHOLD - Three Monmouth County bridges will be closed to traffic this week for routine inspections. Officials say brief checks will take place at the Sea Bright, Shark River, and Glimmer Glass bridges.

Sea Bright Bridge (S-32) between Rumson Road (CR 520), Rumson and Ocean Avenue, Sea Bright, will be closed on Wednesday, Jan. 25, beginning at 10 p.m. and lasting approximately three to four hours.

Shark River Bridge (W-43) along Ocean Avenue (CR 18) between Avon-By-The Sea and Belmar will be closed on Thursday, Jan. 26, beginning at 10 p.m. and lasting approximately three to four hours.

Glimmer Glass Bridge (W-9) along Brielle Avenue between Brielle and Manasquan will be closed on Friday, Jan. 27, beginning at 9 a.m. and lasting approximately two hours.

CHICAGO - Gasoline's a little more expensive in Toms River, according to Gas Buddy. The Illinois-based organization reports a rise in the average price per gallon of three cents Sunday, to $3.29, nearly 29 cents higher than a year ago and 24 cents more than a month ago. Nationally, analysts estimate a rise of six-tenths of a cent, to $3.34. That's 25 cents higher than this point in 2011 and nearly 12 cents above the figure of a month ago. Analyst Patrick DeHaan views the easing of tensions between the U.S. and Iran as a factor, but places no guarantee on long-term stability. He anticipates little movement this week. See the full report at

MAYS LANDING - Two Florida prostitutes may spend as many as five years in prison when they're sentenced next month for robbing a New York tourist in Atlantic City and pepper-spraying his companion last July. A jury here convicted Asiamek Mayo, 21, and Hanifa Rodriguez, 23, on Friday. Prosecutors produced eight witnesses and surveillance video to describe the robbery of Maung Oo, 41, and the subsequent attack on Sandro Estrello, 38, at Harrah's. Defense lawyers failed to convince the panel that the pepper-spraying was in self-defense and offered no witnesses. Atlantic County Prosecutor Ted Housel says the stolen $5,700 was recovered but not introduced as evidence.