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Freehold woman strangled to death, former local tennis coach to serve prison time for stalking a teenage boy, and more in today’s Townsquare Media News for Monmouth and Ocean Counties:

Police have released the identity of the Freehold woman found strangled to death inside her apartment on Friday, according to NJ.com. Thirty-one-year old Lucenay Gallegos was unresponsive when officers discovered her shortly after 2 a.m. Her boyfriend, 24-year old Sender Reyes, has been charged with her murder.

A former tennis coach from West Long Branch will spend 90 days in prison for stalking a teenage boy. Prosecutors say 36-year old Joseph Gellene sent inappropriate text messages and gifts to a then 14-year old student over a period of 4 years, even after he was fired and told to cease contact with the boy. He’ll also serve 18 months of probation.

Two men have been hospitalized after allegedly stabbing one another during a fight along a Seaside Heights street, according to APP.com. Police say the men had argued at one point yesterday, with the dispute escalating when they came across each other a short time later.

No word on whether a teen was wearing a helmet when he crashed his motorbike in Brick. The teen was riding alone in the woods, but was able to make a 911 call from his cell phone and was found a short time later and hospitalized with head injuries.

A Staten Island man doing business as FTK Contracting and Developers gets 5 years probation for admitting he defrauded Sandy victims in Rumson. Authorities say Frank Lewery bilked homeowners of nearly $37,000 for materials he never ordered.

A municipal court judge has ruled that Rocky the Bobcat can return home to owner Ginny Fine of Ocean County. Tests revealed the 38 pound feline’s mother was 98% pure bobcat, but couldn’t determine the lineage of the father, meaning Rocky counts as a hybrid, and legal, household pet.

A Highlands man is charged with robbery and burglary after using force to allegedly steal $50 from his grandfather. Police say Gregory Morehouse entered the Oceanport home last week without permission with the intention of committing a crime.

Most Jersey Shore towns are holding the line on beach badge fees this summer. The mayor of Belmar says making a trip to the beach affordable helps to attract more visitors, and that helps local merchants..

Sandy Hook, Sea Bright and Monmouth Beach are all in good shape following replenishment work, which is ongoing in Long Branch. Several beaches to the south of Long Branch, including Deal and Lock Arbour, had not previously been replenished and have very little sand right now. They are due to be replenished this fall or winter. Another segment from Asbury Park to Manasquan was recently replenished.

Replenishment work from Point Pleasant Beach to the Barnegat Inlet should be done in the fall or winter. The beaches of Bay Head, Mantoloking and Brick, among the hardest hit by sandy, are a traditional erosion hot spot. Residents and government officials are hardening the coast with rock barriers and a steel sea wall to protect the coast until a replenishment project occurs there.

Although ticks are here year-round, this is the time of year when we start seeing more problems related to tick bites and Lyme disease. Early treatment is key for Lyme disease. Early symptoms include a fever, fatigue and  rash, but if left untreated, the bacteria could lead to heart issues, arthritis, and problems with your nervous system, for more information, check CDC.gov.

The price of coffee could take a big jump. A devastating coffee disease has hit the bean plants in Central America, wiping out whole crops of Arabica beans. The United States is now sending in experts to try and find a cure.

Why does it cost a small fortune to live in our state? Governor Christie says maintaining our transportation infrastructure is very expensive, but the biggest reason why costs are so high is because the NJ Supreme Court is forcing the state to continue to pour billions of dollars into the Abbott school districts. The governor says this is very frustrating because when he talks about changing the Supreme Court, nobody seems to care.

A state citizen’s advocacy group is calling on the Christie Administration to tackle our state’s ongoing foreclosure crisis. Despite more than one billion dollars in federal aid and other money being spent in our state since the crisis began in 2008. Our state is still first in the nation when it comes to the rate of foreclosures this year. NJ Citizen Action says the governor’s budget offers no specific funding to help homeowners who are facing foreclosure keep their homes.

 

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