A Middletown juvenile is charged with terroristic threats, connected to the social media postings that rocked the township's High School North. Police reassured students and parents that no threat existed.

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A briefcase is reunited with its owner in the Ocean County College library, ending nearly an hour of tension in which the unattended case forced a shutdown of the facility on the Toms River campus. Police were notified shortly after 10 AM, and sounded an all-clear by 10:45.

The search continues for a Florence Township 14-year-old, not seen at home since Sunday night. Hannah Rose Jones's mother says that she has no fear of strangers or unfamiliar surroundings. She reportedly was spotted in Pennsylvania.

Gary Paxton's students at Lake Riviera Middle School in Brick already know he's tops. Now everyone does, as he earns the 18th annual Excellence in Education Award given by shore State Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Dave Wolfe and Greg McGuckin. Paxton powers the STEM program and heads the Kettle Creek Crusaders environmental club.

A child-pornography suspect in Jackson is removed from the township Zoning Board. Anthony Romano has also been suspended from jobs at Six Flags Great Adventure in the township, and MONOC medical services.

Boy Scouts of America begins admitting girls to some programs, beginning in 2018. Young girls will have the opportunity to join Cub Scouts. Each den will be gender-specific. A new venture for older girls will be comparable to one for boys.

Fentanyl floods south Camden. Police responded to 14 overdoses in four hours Wednesday, and had a suspect in custody before the night was out. Patrols remain enhanced throughout the city.

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