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Child Porn Charges in Monmouth County, Little Silver Woman Charged with Animal Cruiety and more in today’s Monmouth and Ocean County News.

A Monmouth County man has admitted to using his Wayside home computer to distribute child pornography. Nathan Brochstein faces 5 – 20 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to distributing the images and videos of child sex abuse online. He has a September sentencing date.

A Grand Jury has indicted a Monmouth County SPCA volunteer on animal cruelty charges. Authorities say they found more than 300 dead birds and animals in a Little Silver home that 56-year old Gretchen Rell shared with her 95-year old mother. Authorities say the wildlife volunteer had taken in numerous animals for the purpose of rehabilitation between January 2013 and March 2014. But officials say the animals died of starvation and dehydration instead. Rell would face up to 5 years in prison if convicted of the charges.

Oxygen depletion is believed the likely cause of a massive fish kill in the Shark River. Monmouth County’s Health Department received a report at 5:30 am Monday. Officials say thousands of fish have died mainly in the Belmar section of the river. An EPA spokesman says the likely scenario is a huge group of fish ended up in a small estuary and a slightly low oxygen level resulted in their deaths. The fish are mainly bunker or menhaden. The DEP has taken samples to make sure a disease is not to blame.

Asbury Park is relaunching its search for a permanent superintendent six months after a state monitor rejected the school board’s choice. Community groups have pledged to work together to ensure a fair and transparent process if followed in the search.

State officials say settlements have been reached with two NJ hotels, including the Berkeley Hotel in Asbury Park, accused of price gouging following Superstorm Sandy. Consumer Affairs officials say the state will get nearly $90,000 in penalties, fees, and consumer restitution under the settlements. Officials say one of the hotels raised its rates by as much as 283%, the other raised its rates by as much as 117%.

A Long Branch man gets a ten-and-a-half year prison sentence for a daytime home burglary spree in Tinton Falls in 2011. Altonio Williams was sentenced after being convicted following a 7 week trial. One of his two co-defendants was sentenced to 6 years earlier.

The Middletown man who pleaded guilty to burglarizing 9 stores and a car in Point Pleasant over 5 months last year gets 4 years in prison. John G. Killian admitted break-ins at 3 stores and several medical offices.

An early morning basement fire in a Shrewsbury home was quickly doused. Two residents of the Spruce Drive home escaped unharmed. The cause of the fire is unknown.

An elderly Toms River woman suffers multiple fractures and possible internal injuries in a single-car crash on Brick Boulevard yesterday afternoon. Police say Tecla Angotti was headed south toward Yorktown Blvd. in the right turn only lane but continued straight until her car struck a traffic signal post.

Whether you’re dealing with Sandy-related stress or drug and substance abuse issues, free help is a phone call away. During this month, Mental Health Month, the Mental Health Association in NJ is reminding you about its call center helpline. when you call toll-free 866-202-HELP, professional counselors will be there to provide emotional support, information and referrals.

If you’re considering getting a divorce or are in the process, state Superior Court staff in Ocean County are hoping to provide you with information. In fact, they say the attorneys with the Ocean and Monmouth County legal services do a great job. Their free upcoming divorce clinic is aimed at walking you through the entire process. The clinic takes place this Thursday from 10 am – 12:30 pm but space is limited so you must register. Call 732-929-2063.

Ocean County law enforcement officials arrived in Washington D.C. Monday with a convoy of nearly 1800 cyclists as part of the Police Unity Tour. According to the Jackson Police Department, the officers raised nearly $2 million for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

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