92.7 WOBM News Flash Briefing: August 28
Deal Lake, Fletcher Lake in Bradley Beach and Pemberton Lake are among nine freshwater spots in New Jersey identified - so far - for harmful algae blooms. The composition of the dense, sickly-green blooms can trigger severe health problems if it's ingested by humans or animals. See our story elsewhere on our web page for links to help report them and to remedy symptoms.
New Jersey rescue workers and Red Cross volunteers leave the Garden State for Texas, as help pours in from around the country for victims of Hurricane Harvey. At the same time, forecasters on the East Coast are tracking Irma, on course to reach tropical storm dimensions as it moves up the Atlantic shoreline. Townsquare Meteorologist Dan Zarrow predicts that the system will pass New Jersey about 200 miles offshore, producing winds and rain Tuesday, and rough, dangerous surf all week.
Two child-porn defendants, one from Monmouth and Union Counties, caught in separate investigations in 2016, head to prison. William Morgan of Manalapan was sentenced to three years. Burt G. Harvey-Martinez was given a maximum of six, minimum two-and-a half years. Both are ordered to register as sex offenders in New Jersey and undergo lifetime parole supervision.
A homeless man in Lakewood, who attracted notoriety and sympathy when someone paid him to pourd hot coffee on himself several years ago, dies beneath the wheels of a sport utility vehicle. Ronald Leggatt, 67, was hit by a Chevy Avalanche as he crossed a street late Friday night.
Three Brazlian nationals in Burlington County are under arrest in a probe of what investigators describe as a massive money-laundering scheme designed to blur the trail from construction companies to undocumented workers. Burlington County, state and federal agents say that some contractors and subcontractors might be next to wear cuffs.
Tomorrow's potassium iodide distribution clinic in Lacey Township has an extra perk. Ocean County Health staffers will conduct free health screenings in addition to handing out KI pills to people who live, work or attend school within 10 miles of the Oyster Creek Nuclear Power Plant in Lacey. It's at noon at Lacey Township High School.