UPDATE! Weekend Briefs from WOBM News
News from Ocean & Monmouth counties and around New Jersey.
TOMS RIVER – A Toms River toddler is dead after authorities say a large television fell onto her head. Authorities say the 2-year-old was in a bedroom yesterday when the unsecured TV somehow fell over a 3 or 4 foot dresser onto the toddler’s head. The 2-year-old was rushed to Community Medical Center where she expired.
ATLANTIC CITY- Atlantic City’s casinos see a decline in revenue for the month of January, crushing hopes of a two-month hot streak for the nation’s second largest gambling market. Statistics released Friday show slot machine revenue was unchanged, but table games revenue plunged 20% compared to last year.
NEWARK- The city has extended the deadline for “Occupy Newark” protesters to remove their encampment from a downtown park. The city had told the group to vacate by Thursday, but has extended the deadline to 9 p.m. today.
WALL- An admitted loan-shark from Wall Township gets five years in prison for shaking down longshoremen working New York Harbor. 65-year-old Joseph Queli was also ordered to pay more than $57,000 in fines and forfeit almost $25,000 in seized funds. He pleaded guilty to usury, money laundering, and tax fraud counts in 2010 as a result of a lengthy organized crime probe dubbed “Operation Terminal.”
TOMS RIVER- Two defendants at the center of a drug probe that rocked Ocean County in 2008 now await sentencing. A jury in Toms River found Earl Marshall and Karriem Royster of Barnegat guilty on seven counts related to cocaine and marijuana distribution. They were among 11 arrested during a multi- level probe in Barnegat, Manahawkin, and Newark. Marshall’s conviction for leading a trafficking network has a mandatory sentence of 25 years to life.
FAIR HAVEN- Former mayor Michael Halfacre succeeds Jerry Fischer as director of New Jersey’s alcoholic beverage control commission. The 45-year-old lawyer has also served as Rumson and Little Silver municipal attorney, and briefly sought the Republican District 12 congressional nomination in 2009.