Thursday Briefs From WOBM News
News from around Ocean & Monmouth counties and New Jersey.
BARNEGAT - A 25-year-old Barnegat woman is arrested on drug charges and child endangerment in Lacey Township, and the case now involves the New Jersey Divison Of Youth And Family Services. Police say a bystander spotted Kerry Conroy slumped over the wheel of her car at the Walmart with her three-year-old in a rear-mounted safety seat around midday Wednesday. Police say they intercepted her as she drove through the lot, finding heroin and marijuana in the car.
TOMS RIVER - The NJEA is calling for the president of Ocean County College to resign over allegations of soliciting vendors for financial contributions. The Asbury Park Press reports NJEA spokesman Chris Berzinski said the organization will be calling for the resignation of President Jon Larson. They're also asking the FBI to investigate the school's purchasing and procurement practices.
FREEHOLD - A Red Bank 19-year-old faces up to 10 years in prison, pleading guilty today to vehicular homicide related to the Middletown car crash one year ago that left a township teen dead and another mangled. Adam Sofio also faces a five-year term for pleading to assault by auto. Sofio admitted ingesting alcohol and marijuana and traveling at three times the posted 25-mile-an-hour speed limit on Cooper Road when his Honda swerved out of control and hit a tree. Paul Bradley, 18, was killed instantly. John Vogel, 18, survived after being rushed to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune. Prosecutors are recommending that Sofio serve six years in state prison, with ineligibility for parole until 85 percent of the term is served under the No Early Release Act.
ATLANTIC CITY - An Atlantic City man faces murder charges for stabbing a fellow resident through the heart. 43 year old Luis Lopez was indicted by the Atlantic County grand jury for the murder of 42 year old Cr
VENTNOR - A Ventnor City man is confessing to a pair of two year old bank robberies in Atlantic County...33 year old William Plyler plead guilty on two counts of bank robbery holding up the ocean city home bank and the bank in Absecon two years ago.
ATLANTIC CITY - Love is in the air for fifty coulples who came from around the country to profess their love at the 5th annual Atlantic City group, wedding, civil union, and vow renewal ceremony. Held at Boardwalk Hall, the even celebrated 20 marriages, 28 vow renewals, 1 civil union, and 1 civil union recommitment.
TOMS RIVER - Two Toms River brothers are in jail after an investigation found them in possession Of Oxycodone, Subxone, Xanax and marijuana. 18 year old Nicholas and 22 year old Michael Mayer are charged with possesion with intent to distribute. Nicholas was also charged with forging u-s currency...police also found three phony handguns in their home as well.
MANCHESTER - Two parents are under arrest for abuse and neglect charges that landed their 3 month old son in the intensive care unit. The father, Timothy Brooks of Manchester and mother Tiffany Tormey of Toms River face a litney of charges that stem from a probe that began when the baby was admitted with a broken arm and fractured skull. Officials also found intracranial bleeding and extensive head bruising.
SEASIDE HEIGHTS - Give yourself a little extra time if you're planning on taking the Matthis bridge into seaside. State DOT says there will be single and double-lane closures from 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.from now until march to repair a steel structure that supports a traffic signal.Starting Tuesday expect closures in the right and center lane on the westbound tunnely bridge for a repainting project
OCEAN (MONMOUTH) - The Monmouth County community of Ocean Township names a new police chief. Reports say, detective Lieutenant Steven Peters will take over as the community's top law enforcer on March 1st. He'll be replacing outgoing police chief Antonio Amodio. Peter's has served on the force since 1987.
MOUNT HOLLY (AP) -- A probe into a missing backhoe leads to the discovery of widespread corruption in the Cinnaminson's sewerage authority. Burlington County Prosecutor Robert Bernardi says eight men were charged Wednesday with stealing equipment and using taxpayer dollars to buy g-p-s systems, stereos and other items for themselves. Seven of the eight men who worked for the sewage authority, have been suspended without pay and face theft, corruption, conspiracy and official misconduct charges.