Weekend News Briefs From WOBM News
News from Ocean & Monmouth counties and around New Jersey.
ATLANTIC CITY– The Tropicana Casino and Resort says it has reached an impasse in contract talks with the union and will not bargain any further. The casino will implement its final offer in 30 days with or without union approval. Tropicana President and CEO Tony Rodio says the casino is prepared to withstand a strike if that’s what it comes to.
SUMMIT– Reports are an alleged sex offender wanted in New Jersey has been arrested in New Mexico. Authorities say 51-year-old Jose Francisco Jimenez was wanted in Summit, N.J. for the alleged sexual assault of a boy under 12 years old. Officials say Jimenez, of Mexico, admitted to being an illegal immigrant after he was detained by U.S. Border Patrol. He will be extradited to New Jersey.
ABERDEEN– A gas leak under a bridge in Aberdeen is causing road closures this weekend. New Jersey Natural Gas reported a break in the main line early Friday morning that closed Church St. between Atlantic Ave. and Lloyd Rd. Officials say repair may take a couple days. Detours are posted.
TOMS RIVER– A former paid Jackson firefighter heads to prison for 30 years under the No Early Release Act for sexually assaulting four children. Friday’s sentence in Ocean County Superior Court follows a guilty plea by 44-year-old John Ackley in July to three counts of aggravated sexual assault and one count each of sexual assault, possession of child pornography, and child endangerment. Ackley must serve 25 years and six months before parole eligibility.
MAYS LANDING- A Pleasantville man was arrested Thursday night for failing to appear to Superior Court last week. The U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force found 25-year-old Shakeem Young at his Brigantine residence on Casa Drive, where police executed a search warrant and discovered a loaded .357 caliber handgun. Atlantic County Prosecutor Ted Housel says Young was arrested three times between March 2010 and November 2011 on drugs and weapons charges. He posted bail each time. A warrant was issued for Young’s arrest after he failed to appear in court Jan. 20 to face 3rd-degree escape charges for allegedly removing an assigned G-P-S tracking device.
TOMS RIVER– Police are once again warning residents to lock their vehicles and remove valuables from plain site as 20 unlocked cars are pilfered early Friday morning. Chief Mike Mastronardy says the incidents took place on Barlett Pl., Alden, Wedgewood, Round Tree, Breezy Oaks, Cornell and Cedar Grove Streets. Witnesses describe the suspects as young white males, dressed in dark clothing, and carrying backpacks. Missing items include cash, G-P-S devices, gift cards, and small change.
LACEY– Lacey Township School District officials have called a “special meeting” Monday to discuss moving their board and budget elections to November. The meeting will be held in the high school’s lecture hall at 6 p.m.