News from Monmouth & Ocean Counties and around New Jersey.

TOMS RIVER - Toms River Police discover a man who shot himself in a parking lot early Saturday morning. Co-workers of an unidentified 32 year old man became concerned after he left work early. Police discovered him inside a vehicle parked outside Rita’s on Routre 9 in the Pleasant Plains section while responding to reports of gunshots in the area. The man was rushed to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune where he remains in critical condition.

TOMS RIVER- He broke the news of his re-election bid first here on WOBM, and Monday night, Congressman Jon Runyan's Ocean County campaign kicks off at the Holiday Inn of Toms River on Rt. 37.  Tuesday night's Burlington County kick-off will be at the Westin Hotel in Mt. Laurel.

ATLANTIC CITY- Atlantic City Electric is keeping a close eye on the potential rain or snow storm this weekend.  The utility company is asking customers to prepare for possible outages late Saturday night into Sunday if a storm hits.  To report an outage, call 1-800-833-7476.  Visit their web page for more information and updates.

LAKEWOOD- Security has reportedly beefed-up at Lakewood High School following the conviction of a township resident for killing a local police officer.  Reports say, it is in reaction to earlier threats made by Jahmell Crockham's younger brother, Raheem Montgomery.  He was arrested after threatening to shoot up the school if his brother was convicted.  Montgomery was also found with a hand-gun in his possession.

WARETOWN- Another Ocean County school district votes to move its election to November. Reports say, Waretown school board members approved the measure Thursday night to save money. There's word the district could save between $18,000-$20,000.

TRENTON- A suspended police captain for a state agency has been accused of filing fraudulent time sheets.  He was allegedly going on ski trips, gambling in Atlantic City, and performing personal consulting work while claiming he was working.  The indictment was handed up Friday against Brian Brady, who worked with the New Jersey Human Services Police.

CHESTERFIELD- The National Transportation Safety Board is examining how seat belt use factored into a school bus crash that killed an 11-year-old triplet and severely injured her two sisters and one other child.  Students say belts were being worn when a dump truck crashed into their vehicle Thursday in Chesterfield, but investigators will determine if all of them were.

BRICK- It's an old scam by now but it's still working on Brick Township residents, especially seniors. Phone callers claim to be a relative in trouble in a distant place, or notify you of lottery winnings. They're looking for your cash or your personal ID, and Brick police say at least one resident has been cleaned out of thousands.  The calls seem to be originating in Canada.  Call local police or the Ocean County Prosecutor's office if you think you've been swindled.

TOMS RIVER- Copper theft seems to be on the rise in Toms River.  Police say copper grounding bars and wire valued at almost $2,000 have been stripped from the AT&T cell tower in the township industrial park in the past few months.