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A Freehold 19 year old is killed in a car crash in Howell and more Monmouth and Ocean County news today from Townsquare Media.

Police say 19-year old Freehold resident Jordan Piercy was killed yesterday afternoon in a one-car crash in Howell near the intersection of Fairfield and Statesboro Roads around 4:30 pm. Authorities say he lost control, driving off the roadway and striking 2 trees.

A Manchester woman admits killing her home bound daughter whose rotting body was discovered after neighbors complained of a strange smell. Janet Wilson faces 3 – 5 years in state prison when sentenced for manslaughter in the death of 32-year old Rebecca Wilson. Authorities say Janet fled the state, failed to report her daughter’s death, and collected disability checks from the deceased last year.

Gunfire has left one person wounded in Neptune. It’s the second shooting in Neptune in 5 days. The most recent shooting happened around 9:45 pm last night near Rt. 35 and Milton Avenue. Police do not believe the injuries are life-threatening. The name of the victim has not been released. A shooting in Neptune on Sunday left 2 men from Asbury Park wounded.

They were promised jobs as house cleaners and babysitters in the US, but Ocean County authorities say instead Mexican women were forced to work as prostitutes in a sex trafficking ring operating brothels in Lakewood. The women serviced as many as 40 men a day. Four township men pleaded guilty yesterday to various charges.

A multi-vehicle accident on Fischer Boulevard in Toms River yesterday afternoon leaves 3 siblings in serious condition. Toms River police say the accident was caused when a pickup truck driver pulled out of a shopping plaza and struck a car forcing it into oncoming traffic and causing it to collide head-on into a third vehicle.

As the crackdown on heroin continues, two Brick residents face distribution charges after allegedly being caught by Point Pleasant police with 450 wax folds of the drug at the Atlantic Motel. And a Point Pleasant man was indicted yesterday for heroin possession stemming from a January arrest in Monmouth County.

Shore rentals are still lagging substantially behind pre-Sandy numbers, according to Schlosser Real Estate in Lavallette. The owner says many people still may be turned off by ongoing construction projects. There’s more rental success in Long Beach Island, which wasn’t hit as hard by the storm.

During this Hurricane Preparedness Week many are taking a hard look at all aspects of big storms and getting ready for the next one. One Neptune builder says construction and reconstruction at the shore is tougher in this post-Sandy era. He says in many cases, shore homes built 40 or 50 years ago lacked many construction codes and were only intended for seasonal use.

Historic sites across our state that were damaged by Sandy are now eligible for federal disaster grants to help fund repairs. The Christie Administration says it’s now accepting applications for about $8 million in federal aid earmarked for historic sites in our state.

The upcoming Lighthouse International Film Festival features 2 documentaries about the Ocean County area. The 4 day festival kicks off Thursday, June 5th, with the opening film “This Time Next Year” at the Surflight Theater in Beach Haven. The movie is about Long Beach Island one year after Hurricane Sandy. Two NJ natives produced the film. The lineup also includes “A Life Outside” by 6 buddies who’ve been surfing together for 50 years in Seaside Heights.

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