Fire engulfs a three-story apartment building in a Lakewood senior development. The extent of damages and injuries at Covington Village has not yet been fully assessed, but at least one resident and two first-responders needed medical treatment.

Fire in a senior development in Lakewood
(The Lakewood Scoop)

Toms River Police Officer Brett Hansen, whose injuries in a January crash on the Parkway triggered an outpouring of support, loses his struggle for life. The Brick Township native was 28. His car hit the back of a tractor trailer and careened into a guard rail.

David Creato Jr., the dad who last month pleaded guilty for the death of his son in 2015, is sentenced to 10 years in prison. Prosecutors contended that the young father smothered young Brendan to smooth his relationship with a teenaged girlfriend.

The body of the fisherman who fell into Freehold's Lake Topanemus before dawn Thursday is recovered, following a search of more than 24 hours. His identity has not been disclosed.

Ocean County's new status as a federally-recognized High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area opens the door to fresh funding and resources to fight the opiate war. The HIDTA program was gutted in the initial Trump Administration budget plan. Shore Congressman Tom MacArthur and Senators Cory Booker and Robert Menendez labored for its reinstatement.

The Point Pleasant parolee who admitted stabbing his victim in a halfway house 90 times last October heads to prison for 30 years. Anthony Strong pleaded guilty to the death of Frank Campanga in an argument about football.

Staying warm indoors this winter depends on the temperatures outside and the fuel that heats your domicile. New Jersey Board of Public Utilities President Richard Mroz notes that natural gas prices are stable. Heating oil prices are up 35 cents per gallon from a year ago.

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