The incident that drew a SWAT team to a house in Lakewood this afternoon now has police searching for suspects, and for witnesses. The victim told investigators that he was confronted by three armed men in his house near Route 88 and Cherry Street, and escaped by jumping from a second-story window. Police said he sustained no noticeable external injuries, but was examined by township emergency medical technicians.

Weather patterns improve dramatically through the weekend, with sun gradually increasing and humidity tapering off, leading to an ideal Sunday, with sunshine and highs in the 80s. See Townsquare Meteorologist Dan Zarrow's weekend forecast here.

Lakewood Rabbi Mendel Epstein, sentenced to 10 years for his role in a religious-divorce coercion scheme, and two co-defendants, are rejected in their bids to overturn their convictions. Third Circuit judges dismissed claims of religious freedom violations and a constitutional challenge fo a federal law.

A video in which a school bus apparently is seen speeding along, and rumbling over a set of railroad tracks without stopping, has the attention of police in Lakewood and Howell. A driver recorded the moving images near the border of the two towns.

The ninth, and final, former executive in the Birdsall Engineering corruption case pleads guilty to misconduct for illegal political contributions. Alan Halla of Florida plans to seek a suspended sentence, citing health problems. He has a September 1 sentencing date. Several other members of the defunct Eatontown firm have already completed terms handed down since April 2016.

Your youngster can help "Build A Better World." More than a phrase, it's the theme of the Ocean County Library's summer reading program for 2017. Digital technology takes an increasing role in the program that helps kids stay refreshed on everything they learned during the past school year.
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