A Monmouth County couple risk life in prison if convicted of murdering a Brick Township man and dumping his body in a park in Neptune Township. Jack Villani of Ocean Township and Raquel Garajau of Tinton Falls face 13 charges related to the death of Trupal Patel. They were indicted Monday.


The motorcyclist rushed to hospitalization after colliding with a car in Toms River loses his grip on life. Shawn Boles of Manchester was southbound on Fischer Boulevard Monday afternoon when a car exited a parking lot to head across the lanes to the northbound side, into his path of travel.

A new plan to reconfigure the Monmouth Mall in Eatontown into a shopping-and-residential district begins. Kushner Companies reportedly is partnering with another firm to shape new redevelopment plans. A proposal that included 700 living units was shelved in a firestorm of local opposition.

Heroin addiction begins as a matter of choice and quickly becomes a trap with no exit, says Toms River Police Chief Mitch Little. Today he told the Congressional Bipartisan Heroin Task Force how local law enforcement juggles prevention, education, treatment and justice issues. Little advocates a three-tier method of early education, effective treatment for addicts who adhere to it, and stiff punishments for those who don't.

Meanwhile, in Trenton, state Senator Nick Scutari touts the untapped revenue stream of recreational marijuana as he introduces a bill to legalize it in New Jersey. The Democrat's plan would be a seven-percent initial sales tax that would triple in five years.

Monday's fatal Lear jet crash at north Jersey's Teteboro renews jitters among nearby residents. Two crew members died when the craft sailed over houses and plowed into commercial buildings. In 2005, a jet slid off an icy runway, skittered across Route 46, and collided into a warehouse.

A Little Egg Harbor four-year-old is shaken up after being bitten by his family's pet boa constrictor. Police said that the two-foot snake slithered out of its cage and left a small abrasion near the boy's eye. He was given a hospital checkup and released.

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