News from Monmouth & Ocean counties and around New Jersey

BRIGANTINE - The Coast Guard rescued a 67-year-old man and his hunting dog when their 12-foot-skiff got stuck during low tide in a marshy area of Brigantine last night. The man and his dog were hoisted by a helicopter from Hammock Cove to an air station. They're reported to be in good condition.

FORT LEE (AP)- Bergen County authorities say a man who repeatedly ran over his estranged girlfriend this week and then fled to New York has been returned to New Jersey to face a murder charge.  Charles Ann remained jailed Saturday on $3 million bail.  He's charged in the death of 25-year-old Aena Hong, who was killed Monday on a Fort Lee street.

NEW BRUNSWICK (AP)- Opening arguments in the Rutgers webcam spy trial were presented before a Middlesex County judge Friday.  Rutgers University student Cassandra Cicco, who saw the webcast of her classmate's intimate encounter with another man, testified that one of the men had his shirt off but nothing more graphic than kissing was shown in the video.  Former Rutgers student and defendant Dharun Ravi is being accused of invasion of privacy and bias intimidation.  The trial is expected to last three to four weeks.

MARGATE- It's the passing of a legend in Atlantic City's gaming history.  Resorts CEO Dennis Gomes died Friday morning.  The 68-year-old was once a mob-busting prosecutor in Las Vegas, and his exploits were chronicled in the film "Casino."

MILLTOWN- A week after being apprehended on charges of violating supervised release, a 59-year-old is charged with trying to escape custody.  The U.S. Attorney's Office says that Joseph Vitale tried to bolt from a hospital where he was taken after complaining of chest pains in court earlier this month.  He had been serving five years release on a 2008 convicton for bank fraud.

EATONTOWN- The U.S. Postal Service is closing the Eatontown mail processing operation and moving the work to Trenton.  The move could add a day or two to the delivery of first class mail through out Monmouth County.  It's part of a billion dollar nation-wide cost cutting effort.

TOMS RIVER- Shore Congressman Frank Pallone will be talking about strategies for lowering the price at the pump during a visit to the E-O-S Energy Storage Facility in Edison Monday.  He'll discuss his support for an "All of the Above" approach to domestic energy production, which calls for further investment in domestic and new energy sources as well as new technologies.

ATLANTIC CITY- Atlantic City Electric is asking the State Board of Public Utilities to adjust several pass through charges that appear on customers bills.  The extra costs were incurred due to the cost of long term power purchase contracts and social benefit programs.  Normally the costs would be recovered in a one-year period, but the power provider wants them spread out over four years.