Florida contractor Jamie Lawson sits in the Ocean County Jail, not yet sentenced for stealing almost $2,000,000 from Sandy-damaged home owners. The sentencing might be extremely delayed if his new lawyer has Lawson's guilty plea retracted. Mitchell Ansell's request hasn't yet been addressed by the court.

Jamie Lynn Lawson (Ocean Co. Prosecutor's Office)
Jamie Lynn Lawson (Ocean Co. Prosecutor's Office)

Point Pleasant police become the latest to creata a safe haven for drug abusers to turn in their works and seek help instead of risking prison. Ocean County Prosecutor Joe Coronato's Blue Hart program operates at headquarters, Tuesdays, 9 AM to 5 PM.

If your blood pressure was fine the last time you checked - even if it was last month - it might be high now. The new threshold for high blood pressure is 130 over 80, reduced from 140 over 90. Doctors say that diet and exercise might be the adjustment you need, as opposed to a medication regimen to ward off strokes, or heart and kidney diseases.

An armed robbery defendant from Red Bank, risking 20 years if convicted, now also risks 10 years if found guilty of witness tampering. James Williams is accused of arranging a bribe attempt. Two others from Neptune Township are also charged with witness tampering.

Neptune Township supports Puerto Rico in the stressful, painstaking, costly and lengthy post-hurricane reconstruction. Township officials are collecting canned food at the Municipal Building through Thursday, to send to the troubled island.

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