A building fire in Manasquan draws huge response by borough police and firefighters. Details are sketchy, but nearly the entire on-duty entourage of police were summoned to the spot on Route 71. There is no word of casualties, injuries, or the extent of property damage.

Tyleeb Reese, who held police at bay for nearly 36 hours in a Trenton house, surrendered at about 5 PM Thursday afternoon. The situation erupted at about 6:30 AM Wednesday when officers arrived to serve a warrant. They encountered gunshots, retreated, and were locked in continuous negotiations with Reese from that point on. Reese held no hostages. Nearby residents were evacuated during the standoff. A bystander died in the gunfire, and three Mercer County sheriff's officers sustained superficial wounds.

Flickr User Tex Texin
Flickr User Tex Texin

Beware of Gray Death. That's the term being applied to a combination of heroin, fentanyl and carfentanyl that's believed to be seeping into New Jersey drug networks. All three components are potentially fatal by themselves. Experts consider the combination powerful enough to likely render Naloxone useless for some overdose victims.

A teacher in the Trenton school system is arrested in Burlington Township, accused of an ongoing sexual affair with an underage boy since 2016. Rayna Culver was released to await court action on two second-degree charges and ordered to have no contact with anyone under age 18.

Shore Congressman Tom MacArthur's town hall meeting in Willingboro, where he won 12 percent of the vote in his last campaign, generates heat, as New Jersey Citizen Action tries to force a reversal of his commitment to replacing Obamacare. The Republican authored key amendments in the American Health Care Act that's now before the Senate. MacArthur responded to one brusque question by saying that he wasn't there to "defend the President."

We hardly notice plants and grass that New Jersey Transportation crews place on roadsides after construction uproots them, but when they're not germane to our region, they can damage the Barnegat Bay watershed out of need for fertilizer to stay alive. Shore state Senator Jim Holzapfel's bill, requiring species native to New Jersey to be planted, is newly signed into law by Governor Christie.

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