Jersey Central Power and Light customers climb off the mat after a stormy night that, at its height, plunged more than 24,000 homes and businesses into darkness. The company web page still shows more than 6,000 awaiting restoration, with about 2,600 of them in Lakewood and Jackson.

Whiting Shopping Center Fire (Manchester PD)
Whiting Shopping Center Fire (Manchester PD)

The second fire within a month in Manchester's Whiting Shopping Center is deemed suspicious. Investigators said that it erupted in an empty space in the rear of the mall. The unit and an adjoining hair stylist salon sustained fire, smoke and water damage.

Two people hit by cars Friday in Manchester slowly recover from their injuries. Leroy Lathrop is listed in critical condition at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune. Kristine Sulzman was struck in the parking lot of a strip mall.

Plumsted police hunt for the culprit who spray-painted a swastika on a squad car late Thursday or early Friday, while it was in for repairs at Mavis Tire.

New developments complicate the case of a high-school football referee who left Friday's Colts Neck-Monroe contest when Monroe players knelt during the National Anthem. Ernie Lunardelli claims that he didn't post the disparaging remaks about Barack and Michelle Obama that appeared on his Facebook page, and that his account was hacked. Another ref who left is uninvolved.

President Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort and his business partner Rick Gates appear headed for trial, indicted on a raft of charges of counts including conspiracy against the US, money laundering conspiracy and failure to file reports for foreign bank accounts. They surrendered this morning.

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