92.7 WOBM News – Flash Briefing May 31
Ortley Beach, the epicenter of Superstorm Sandy's destruction in 2012, finally sees sand pumped onto its shoreline, the first step toward dune and berm reinforcement. Weeks Marine and the Army Corps of Engineers continue for two weeks, then resume after Labor Day while completing work on Absecon Island in Atlantic County.
A New Jersey State Trooper is suspended, amid allegations that he propositioned women during road stops, harassing them subsequently, and hiding the encounters from official reports. State investigators also accused Eric Richardson, 31, of Camden, of overlooking arrest warrants and unregistered cars, and keeping contact through texts and social media.
A mistrial is declared in the case of David Creato, the Haddon Township man accused of killing his three-year-old son in 2015. Creato has contended from the start that the young Brendan wandered off. The boy's body was found in nearby woods within hours of the missing report. A conference regarding retrial is scheduled for July 5.
A massage center employee from New York City is charged with soliciting prostitution in Manchester Township. Police charged Shulan Song of Queens following a search of The Whiting Spa on Lake Road, the culmination of a two-month probe that began with neighborhood complaints.
A Memorial Day Weekend melee in Seaside Heights remains under investigaiton. Police said that two groups of young people mixed it up at about midnight on May 27, resulting in some minor injuries. Detectives recovered dropped items belonging to a pair of Belleville 15-year-olds.
Burlington County ramps up the battle against violent crime by enabling municipal police from all towns to team up for operations. County Prosecutor Scott Coffina's Safe Streets Initiative continues through the end of 2018, fueled by $50,000 in criminal forfeiture money.
"Ask The Senator" returns tonight at 7 to Beach Radio 1160 and 1310 and http://www.mybeachradio.com. Tonight's guest, shore State Senator Jim Holzapfel, discusses measures he's sponsoring including animal cruelty penalties and fentanyl possession restrictions. Below is the most recent episode, with southern Ocean and Burlington County Senator Chris Connors.