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Several firefighters hurt and one person dies in raging fire in Ocean County and much more in today’s Monmouth and Ocean County News.

One person is dead and six firefighters injured in a raging house fire in South Toms River Monday evening. Officials say firefighters barely escaped the Main Street residence after being knocked down by heat and flames while trying to rescue an occupant. The firefighters were taken to Community Medical Center after suffering from burns and smoke inhalation.

Two rookie Lakewood cops are being hailed as heroes after banging on the window of a driver apparently high on drugs and asleep at the wheel while driving down a busy Second Street yesterday afternoon. The 25-year old man woke up and hit the brakes, avoiding pedestrians and other vehicles. He was then arrested.

New information surfaces about the drunk driver who died in a head-on crash after leaving Martell’s Tiki Bar in Point Beach last summer. The autopsy on Ashley Chieco revealed Adderall, an ADHD medication that she took by prescription. Toxicologists are divided over its effects in conjunction with alcohol.

Stephen’s Garden Center in Long Branch is accused of marking up generators during Sandy as much as 155%. The State Department of Consumer Affairs is suing the store and says it also sold generators that were recalled due to potential fire hazards.

A Jackson woman with a serious gambling debt tried claiming she was a victim of identity theft to recoup her $10,000 loss. Investigators determined 31-year old Diana Zolla used her maiden name to create an online gaming account herself.

Lakewood police are investigating whether lug nuts were intentionally loosened on a bus whose rear tires came off while heading down Chestnut Street Friday. The bus tipped to the side, but fortunately no students were on board.

Officials in towns hit hard by Sandy are grappling with many of the same questions as their residents when it comes to damaged municipal buildings. Mantoloking tore down its municipal building Monday, joining Lavallette and Sea Isle City. Others planning to start over include Bay Head and Oceanport.

Convicted Lakewood Ponzi schemer Eli Weinstein pleaded not guilty yesterday to new charges accusing him of wire fraud, conspiracy and transacting in criminal proceeds. He’s already serving a 22-year sentence for a real estate scam that duped investors out of $200 million.

For the first time in 20 years, the eyes of sports fans everywhere will be focused on Ocean County as Berkeley Little League will be the host site for the NJ State Championships in the Little League and Junior League Divisions. Having produced two true world champions, including Toms River East American Little League in 1998, Ocean County has a great, long history of Little League baseball. The president of Berkeley Little League says they are very excited to be hosting this once in a lifetime event and couldn’t be prouder to be selected as the host site for the very best baseball in NJ this summer. After that comes the Regionals in Connecticut and then the Little League World Series in Williamsport.

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