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Here’s what’s happening in Monmouth and Ocean County news:

The NYPD is investigating an accident in which a Brielle woman was killed after being struck by two taxi cabs in Manhattan. Police say the 22-year old victim was pronounced dead at a hospital following the 8:14 pm accident last night. It occurred as the woman was crossing York Avenue at East 84th Street. Police say a yellow taxi struck her. The woman was then hit a second time by another yellow cab. She is identified as Kelly Gordon.

The Coast Guard has called of its search for a missing commercial fisherman believed to have fallen overboard about 45 miles off the coast of the Manasquan Inlet. A 22-hour search for Renee Lopez of Virginia was called off around 9 am yesterday.

Lacey Township families worried about their children overdosing on heroin can get confidential training on how to administer the Narcan antidote which reverses heroin’s effects. The free pilot program will be run by a township family, according to the mayor. Those interested can email the police chief.

An Asbury Park man died about a half-hour after being dropped off at a hospital with a gunshot wound. Authorities say 28-year old Jermaine Huntley was shot outside a home yesterday morning, then was driven to a hospital. He arrived just before 10 am and was pronounced dead by 10:30 am. Police are seeking clues.

Ocean Township Police Officers Raheem Carter and Kyle Cane are being praised after helping deliver a baby boy in the back of a taxi at a Deal Road 7-Eleven Wednesday night. The Lakewood mother and baby were taken to Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch.

One of Ocean County’s most notorious holdout beachfront property owner’s has decided to sign the easement that lets the Army Corp of Engineers conduct its dune replenishment project. During a ceremony this afternoon, John McDonough, owner of Ocean Beach 1, 11, 111 in Toms River will sign the final documents in Lavallettte. Toms River officials say after meeting with the town’s engineer and lawyers, the township was finally able to answer all of his inquiries.

Records show more than 60 percent of Superstorm Sandy state housing assistance is going to homeowners in Ocean County. Neary $14 million of the $23 million spent on the Sandy Housing Rental Assistance Program has helped 5,137 Ocean County residents pay their bills and housing expenses. That’s nearly double the number of Monmouth County residents who have applied for help. Officials are expecting another 5,000 people in Ocean County to seek assistance next year. Officials believe as many as 25,000 people are still displaced.

Full-day Kindergarten and athletic and vocational programs will not be cut from the Lakewood School District’s proposed 150 million dollar budged. Officials made the announcement last night after rumors of planned cuts prompted a rally earlier this week. A public hearing on the spending plan is set for May 1st.

A new scam alert in Ocean County: Investigators say at least 6 incidents have been reported. The scammers apparently pose as JCP&L employees and try to collect past due payments for accounts which are not actually in arrears.

A report finds traffic congestion in our state got worse last year. The report shows traffic jams got 6 percent worse last year, and the typical driver wasted at least 47 hours sitting in traffic. Transportation experts say the traffic congestion here is expected to get even worse next year. They say steps to decrease the congestion would include adding more overpasses, widening ramps, and improving traffic signals.

 

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