92.7 WOBM News Flash Briefing: August 23
The remarkable Little League World Series run ends for Jackson's Holbrook team, which today took a 12-2 drubbing from the same Connecticut squad that handed them their only defeat in Williamsport. We'll see which of the Toms River 11-year-olds who brought home the state championship this year will be around to go for the crown in 2018.
Navy enlistee Kenneth Smith of Cherry Hill remains among the 10 sailors missing in the aftermath of the collision of the USS John McCain and an oil tanker near Singapore. Some remains recovered by divers have yet to be identified.
A Manalapan man at the center of a federal check-kiting probe risks up to 30 years in prison if convicted of bank fraud. Daniel White allegedly led others in a scheme to use stolen Social Security numbers in opening hundreds of TD Bank accounts, writing checks against accounts holding insufficient funds, and cashing the checks before they bounced.
Seven hundred million dollars might belong to someone, or a group of someones, when tonight's Powerball numbers are drawn. A Colorado lottery official conjectured that the top prize might escalate through the course of the day. The big prize has a lump-sum payout of $443,000,000.
Six alleged heroin deals in two months with a Monmouth County undercover detective translates to a 29-count indictment against an Asbury Park defendant. Quardare Butler's case was forwarded by a grand jury in Freehold on August 14. Two others face possession charges.
Ocean County's finances get affirmation from Moody's, which issued a AAA bond rating for the third straight year. The investor service cited quick recovery from Superstorm Sandy, liquidity in outside holdings, and a low debt load.
Tributes to the late South Jersey State Senator Jim Whelan abound. The Atlantic County Democrat, whose service to Atlantic City included everything from lifeguard to Mayor, died suddenly Tuesday, amid an ongoing struggle against cancer and heart disease that prompted his earlier decision not to seek re-election this year.
Rabbi Osher Eisenmann of Lakewood steps away from the special-needs school he founded while he fights allegations of misapprporiating hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of tuition. He has pleaded not guilty.