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Too many tickets being handed out on our roads? That story and more in today’s Monmouth and Ocean County News from Townsquare Media.

He went after red-light cameras. Now Shore Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon has ticket quotas in his crosshairs. The republican’s measure would prevent the volume of an officer’s arrests or citations from factoring into performance evaluations.

A shoplifter fleeing on foot from Monmouth County authorities startled an Ocean Township child playing in a back yard and asked her if he could hide in her home. The terrified girl ran inside and told her mother who alerted police. Michael Thompson of Eatontown was eventually caught in Asbury Park.

A Highlands man was stabbed in the eye and arm during a late-night beach party in Atlantic Highlands. Police say Christopher Merker got into a dispute with Thomas Phelan of Leonardo Monday when he was attacked. Phelan is charged with underage drinking, aggravated assault and other counts.

An Asbury Park man is accused of knifing another Asbury man while arguing at a barbeque on Springwood Avenue. Tyheim ‘Slim’ McGhee is charged with aggravated assault and weapons offenses in Tuesday’s incident. The victim is okay.

Lakewood authorities are investigating the cause of an early fire in a vacant home on Fifth Street that was reportedly used by squatters. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

More than 1,700 JCP&L customers in Monmouth and Ocean Counties were without power this morning. It’s unclear if the outages were from thunderstorms that moved through our area or from a problem with a substation.

Jackson Township’s zoning board has voted unanimously to reject a plan to build a 400-student all-girls Orthodox Jewish high school. The Board questioned the size of the land, the impact on traffic and the adequacy of the septic system. One board member says the school would change the basic character of what should remain a residential community near the Lakewood border. Attorney Raymond Shea had argued that opposition to the plan was based more on religious bias than problems with the plan.The lawyer representing Rabbi Ephraim Birnbaum says he has not decided whether to appeal.

The Lakewood Board of Education is having its attorney review an administrative petition submitted to the State Department of Education. The board is considering whether or not to join as a plaintiff to the petition that claims the state’s funding of the school district is inadequate and harming students.

Point Pleasant Beach residents are concerned about taxi cabs lining up in front of Jenkinson’s Aquarium, creating vehicle and pedestrian traffic. The Township Council is urging residents to contact police when situations arise with weekend partiers instead of waiting til Monday morning.

Your chance to comment on planned improvements for Parkway Interchange 83 in Toms River is June 26th in Toms River. The information session at the Ocean County Administration Building starts at 4 pm with an overview at 5:30 pm. The project would add an exit ramp from the Southbound side.

Monmouth Beach marsh and dune reinforcement and Pine Barrens erosion prevention rank among 13 NJ projects getting shares of a $25 million grant from the Department of the Interior. The funding promotes eco-friendly storm protection and restoration.

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