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Sentencing today for the Monmouth County father who murdered his little girl by tossing her into a creek still strapped in her car seat. That story and more in today’s Monmouth and Ocean County news from Townsquare Media.

Sentencing is today for the Monmouth County father who murdered his two-and-a-half year old daughter Tierra Morgan-Glover by tossing her into a creek still strapped in her car seat in November 2011. 29-year old Arthur Morgan is expected to spend life in prison.

A Lakewood 67-year old died yesterday in a horrendous construction accident in the township. Angel Martinez was trapped under a bulldozer that toppled onto him around 10 am. Investigators say he was trying to drive it up a ramp onto a trailer on Cross Street. First responders were unable to free him after the machine flipped over, trapping him under the roof.

Lacey police officer Peter Donahue is recovering from a concussion after allegedly being hit in the head with a power saw by a Forked River man over the holiday weekend. Justin Donaldson is charged with aggravated assault in Saturday’s incident.

A parent involved in a custody fight prompted the Freehold Regional School District to be put on lock down for almost an hour yesterday morning. Officials say the man went to 2 middle schools looking for his daughter who is no longer enrolled in the district.

The Point Pleasant Beach Council has approved Martell’s liquor license despite concerns over a pending state report involving a fatal accident last summer with a woman who had been drinking all day at the Tiki Bar. The vote was unanimous, with one councilman abstaining.

A 2-car crash in Brick seriously injured 2 township women last night at the intersection of Drum Point Road and Baywood Boulevard. Police say Jeanette Larussa failed to yield and struck a vehicle being driven by a 16-year old with a learner’s permit. Larussa was injured as well as the teen’s passenger.

Tensions over Lakewood’s school budget leads to a fight during a closed-door meeting last night. Two men reportedly burst into the hallway, wrestling to the ground as members of organizations representing the Orthodox, Black and Latino communities argued inside.

Point Pleasant Beach officials are accused of failing to stop township workers from allegedly falsifying water meter readings and over billing customers. That’s according to a lawsuit filed by former worker Sandra Peterson of Brick who claims she reported the activity to supervisors.

New Jerseyans who found their Valentine’s Day plans derailed by snow and bitter cold might get a second chance at love. An assemblyman has introduced a resolution that would designate August 14th as “Half St. Valentine’s Day”. The resolution calls on Governor Christie to issue a proclamation calling on citizens to celebrate the day with appropriate activities and events, and it encourages people to help local businesses who may have lost customers because of the weather in February.The assemblyman says there’s nothing wrong with trying to help merchants get back some business. There were two-and-a-half inches of snow on the ground this past Valentine’s day with temperatures below freezing.

The bridge connecting Rt. 37 in Toms River to Seaside Heights will undergo a major, 3-year facelift beginning in late 2015. The project will include replacing the decks and gates, extensive structural rehabilitation, electrical repairs and other improvements.

A recent report finds levels of soot pollution in our state are dropping, but we still have some of the worst smog in the nation. According to the American Lung Association, the State of the Air 2014 report gives every NJ county that was measured a grade of “F” for ozone smog, except Passaic, which got a “D”. Ozone smog can be especially harmful for people who have pre-existing lung diseases like asthma, and sometimes require hospitalization.

Recent data shows 30% of NJ college students are using ADHD prescription stimulant medication that isn’t prescribed for them to stay awake longer as they study for final exams. It’s a trend that has many experts worried. Drug experts say it is very dangerous to take drugs like Ritalin or Adderal unless you actually have ADHD and are under the care of a doctor.

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