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.

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Meanwhile, police in Middletown are reassuring High School North studenta and parents that there's no threat, despite runaway rumors on social media. Classes are in session as usual.

A coastal flood advisory stays in effect through the next high tide, about 2 PM for the oceanfront, about 6 PM for back bay dwellers. Strong onshore winds are capable of producing surges up to two feet.

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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