92.7 WOBM News Flash Briefing: September 19
A high surf advisory and a coastal flood warning stay with us into the nighttime, as Hurricane Jose lurks about 250 miles off the southeast New Jersey coast. Waves pounding the Belmar beach today loosened a fishing pier that was repaired after Superstorm Sandy. High tide returns just after 7:30 PM on the ocean, around 11 PM on the back bays. See Townsquare Meteorologist Dan Zarrow's detailed summary here.
We will not see an increase in New Jersey's 23-cent gas tax hike this October. State revenue officials determined that it is generating enough cash to pay for transportation projects. It's reviewed annually.
Crowdfunding pledges pour in for the family of a Holmdel teen who died during a lacrosse match Sunday at Rutgers. Multiple sources identify the 16-year-old as Jack Dowd, son of Holmdel High School teacher. An official cause of death has not been issued.
Seventeen pharmaceutical executives agree to pool their data and resources to create non-addictive pain medications, following a meeting of the President's opioid commission chaired by Governor Christie. The Governor said that the extent of the crisis might dictate changes in testing protocols in order to speed alternatives to the marketplace.
Forty guns, thousands of rounds of ammunition, and bomb-making materials are seized in Howell and Freehold, and three suspects face a raft of weapons-related charges. It is the third major bust for Monmouth investigators in a week, including roundups of suspected gang members and child pornographers.
Alzheimer's affects millions around the world. Saturday in Point Pleasant Beach, Alzheimer's New Jersey undertakes the first of four Walks To Fight Alzheimer's around the state, raising funds to support patients, caregivers and research. See details here.
A West Long Branch man who tried to sell trade secrets belonging to the company in which he worked risks up to 20 years in prison for wire fraud. Ralph Mandil pleaded guilty to a federal charge Tuesday. The competitors with whom he arranged the deal were undercover investigators.
Toys R Us keeps all its branches open, but finances cast a cloud over the Wayne-based company's future as Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings begin. Company officials filed Monday, saying that the move allows for debt restructuring in its long-term plans.
Lawyers for Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson reportedly seek dismissal of a lawsuit involving its El Diablo coaster. The parents of a girl who rode it in 2015 say that she sustained neck and back injuries when her seat restraint loosened.