UPDATE! Wednesday Briefs From WOBM News
News from Ocean & Monmouth Counties and around New Jersey.
ROCKVILLE, MARYLAND - A group of activists against the Oyster Creek plant in Lacey want nuclear regulators to investigate whether the owner filed false statements to the government. Reports say Paul Gunter of Beyond Nuclear raised questions yesterday at an NRC hearing in Maryland. At issue is whether plant officials lied about upgrading fire protections. The plant defends their fire protection procedures.
WEEHAWKEN (AP) -- NJ Transit buses are resuming normal service into New York City after an accident near the Lincoln Tunnel caused problems Wednesday. Traffic was diverted through Weehawken and the bus lane into New York City was closed for more than three hours after a tractor-trailer overturned on the Helix. NJ Transit buses were diverted to Secaucus Junction and NJ Transit trains honored bus passes until 8:10 a.m. Officials righted the truck and cleaned a fuel spill by 8 a.m.
TOMS RIVER - The homeless man found dead in the woods of Toms River last week died of natural causes. The Ocean County Prosecutor's Office says 57-year-old Billy Clayton's autopsy showed no signs of trauma. Police Chief Mike Mastronardy tells WOBM News many residents befriended him and helped him out whenever they could. A public graveside service will take place on Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Church Road cemetary.
BERKELEY - A Berkeley township man faces trial today on charges connected to the drowning death of his friend last june. Trevor Murphy was in the canoe in Barnegat Bay with the late Ryan Worrall after a graduation party. Murphy pleaded not guilty to reckless operation and failure to report a fatal boat accident.
BURLINGTON - Trains on NJ Transit's River Line experienced delays after a man was struck and killed during the evening commute tuesday. NJ Transit says the adult male was struck north of the Florence station in Burlington by a southbound train. The river line runs between Trenton and Camden.
NEWARK - The owner and manager of Sawa Sushi in Eatontown is re-sentenced to 3 and a half years probation. 45-year-old Mou Chor Tung, also known as Kenny Chung, will not have to serve the 20-month prison term for admitting to harboring undocumented workers and failing to pay payroll taxes. Reports say in a rare move, a U.S. District Judge Monday vacated the sentence after learning of a mistake during the proceeding.
BARNEGAT - An escapee from the Yardville corrections facility is re-arrested in barnegat in connection with three home burglaries. Police say they found 33-year-old Jeremy Casper in a Freedom Hills Drive dwelling with help from the U.S. Marshall's office. He's accused of stealing more than $1700 and jewelry from three Settlers Landing homes December 1.
EGG HARBOR - The Egg Harbor Township man indicted for a gunshot murder last July pleads guilty to lesser charges and avoids trial by jury. 48 year-old Harry Shuman pleaded to aggravated manslaughter Tuesday in the death of 27-year-old Ralph Tozer Junior. Shuman's plea agreement could mean up to 20 years in prison, with a requirement to serve at least 17 under the no-early-release-act.