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An 11-year old dies after being hit by a car, a police officer helps deliver a baby with the umbilical cord wrapped around his neck, and more news from Monmouth and Ocean Counties.

An 11-year old boy has died after being hit by a car in Keansburg. It happened around 4 pm yesterday at the corner of Forest and Park Avenues. Authorities haven’t released the victim’s identity. The investigation is ongoing. No charges have been filed.

Long Branch police say the man who died from a plunge off a 400-foot radio station tower Monday night took his own life. Pedro Macias of Elizabeth died in the fall, hitting an adjacent building. Authorities say firefighters had to cut a hole through a wall to recover his body.

A body found in Deal Lake in Asbury Park is identified as 62-year old Arthur Ratcliffe of Asbury. Authorities say the death is not suspicious based on autopsy results. A fisherman spotted the body near the shoreline Monday afternoon.

A red flag warning and fire weather watch for most of our state is now in effect. The warning runs from 11 am – 8 pm today and tomorrow. Low humidity and strong winds will combine to allow the spread of any brush fires that develop. Residents are advised to properly dispose of cigarettes and be very careful with fire pits.

Brick police have arrested a suspect on probation for at least two attempted sexual assaults on the Sawmill Bike Trail. Police took 23-year old Joshua Guarino of Brick into custody Monday afternoon after he allegedly attacked a woman who was walking her dogs on the trail. He’s also suspected of attacking a female jogger on the bike trail earlier this month. He’s in the Ocean County Jail on two counts of criminal sexual contact and invasion of privacy.

Seaside Heights police used Narcan to save a second heroin overdose victim. Officials say a female in her mid-twenties was given the nasal spray overnight Tuesday at the Dessert Palm Inn in Seaside park. She’s recovering.

There’s a chance employees of the Lakewood School District might not get paid next month. the district is broke and looking to the state for a bail out. Reports estimate the district will run out of money by around May 13th.

You won’t be able to light up on Belmar beaches or near Toms River Town Hall. Last night Toms River’s town council approved  a measure to ban smoking on the grounds of the municipal complex and its parking garage, including Wilsey Way, between the two buildings. Violaters will face fines of up to $200. Belmar is expected to pass a similar measure next month prohibiting smoking on beaches.

Sandy victims who have not filed a flood insurance claim with FEMA have only until Monday to do so. Governor Christie believes 18 months isn’t enough for many of those still recovering from the storm. He wants the deadline extended to October 28th.

Ortley Beach roads damaged during Sandy will be repaired with a $1 million FEMA grant.

A Manchester police officer helped to deliver a healthy baby boy. Patrolman Joseph Fastige was called to Amsterdam Avenue just before midnight last Thursday and helped unwrap an umbilical cord from around the newborn’s neck. The baby was born to Jason and Dawn Roach 3 minutes after the patrolman’s arrival.

Whether or not you’re an AAA member, the auto club guarantees a tree will be planted in your honor at the National Forest if you recycle a car, motorcycle or lawnmower battery with them. Triple-A is promoting the environmental importance of recycling batteries by accepting drop-offs at its Eatontown and Toms River locations through Monday. They say the batteries are 80-90% made of recyclable materials and can be reused instead of sitting in a garage or backyard, possibly causing mercury and lead contamination.

Have you been inside your bank lately? A new report finds that less people are going inside the branch to conduct business. Three in ten say they have not visited a bank or credit union branch in at least six months.However, half of those surveyed have visited a branch within the past 30 days, which is why banking officials say branches aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.

Jon Bon Jovi attended the grand opening yesterday of a low-income housing development in Philly that bears his initials. The 55-unit JBJ Soul Homes in the Francisville neighborhood will be occupied by low-income tenants and the formerly homeless. Jon Bon Jovi was the main backer behind the nearly $17 million project to provide the housing. The complex will also have access to basic medical care, job training and education opportunities.

 

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