News from Ocean & Monmouth counties and around New Jersey.

OCEAN ACRES - A fire in a microwave leads to the evacuation of an elementary school. It happened yesterday at the Oxycocus School around 9:45 in the morning. No one was injured. The students were transferred to Ocean Acres Elementary School but will be back to their regular classrooms today.

LAKEWOOD - A state Superior Court judge assigns a mediator to help resolve the Lakewood Tent City eviction lawsuit standoff. Published reports say attorney Edward McKenna of Red Bank was appointed to mediate between homeless advocates, the township of Lakewood and the county. The recent deadly tent fire has added urgency to a resolution.

TOMS RIVER - More than 75 New Jersey buildings and landmarks will glow red tomorrow for national wear red day. It's to show support for the ninth annual National Wear Red Day For Women and the American Heart Association Go Red For Women Movement

Participating locations include:


Asbury Park Press, Freehold
Bayshore Medical Center (Meridian), Holmdel
CentraState Medical Center, Freehold
Gloria Nilson Realtors Real Living, Holmdel
HealthSouth, The Rehabilitation Hospital, Tinton Falls
Jersey Shore University Medical Center (Meridian), Neptune
K. Hovnanian Corp. Headquarters, Red Bank
Riverview Medical Center (Meridian), Red Bank


Borough of Beach Haven, Beach Haven
HealthSouth, The Rehabilitation Hospital, Toms River
Ocean Medical Center (Meridian), Brick
Southern Ocean Medical Center (Meridian), Manahawkin

NEPTUNE - A former top-tier corrections official from Neptune confesses to attempting to take a $10,000 bribe for his intervention in preventing an employee's layoff. Reports say Lydell Sherrer, former Deputy Commissioner of the state Department Of Corrections, is charged with bribery and extortion in a 12-count indictment for taking $69,000 in bribes from eight people from 2006 to 2008. He faces twenty years in prison.

LISBON, PORTUGAL (AP)-- Portugal's Supreme Court is refusing a scond appeal from the United States for the extradition of fugitive George Wright. The U.S. can still lodge a final appeal at the Constitutional Court in Lisbon. Wright was captured last September, ending four decades on the lam after escaping from a New Jersey prison for killing a Wall Township gas station attendant.

ATLANTIC CITY - Atlantic City gets its first police chief in a year and a half tomorrow. Deputy Chief Ernest Jubilee will take his oath in a move that was originally scheduled a year ago this month. Jubilee is on the force 29 years and has been acting chief since May 2010 when former chief John Mooney retired instead of taking a downgrade to deputy as part of a budget move.