Jersey Shore Headlines
34 drug overdoses on the beach in Seaside this past weekend and more local headlines in today’s Monmouth County News from Townsquare Media.
Swimmers are urged to be cautious at area beaches at the Jersey Shore. There is a risk of rip currents for the next couple of days because of Tropical Storm Bertha. Bertha is creating long-period swells as it moves northward in the Atlantic.
Authorities say there were 34 drug overdoses and 42 arrests during a 2 day concert on the Seaside Heights beach. Electric Adventure Beach Weekend was a dance music event that took place this past Saturday and Sunday. The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office says 20 of the adults and 3 of the seven juveniles arrested were accused of controlled dangerous substance offenses. Authorities say none of the drug overdoses resulted in death. This was the first time the event was held in Seaside Heights. It was held at Six Flags Great Adventure the last two years. County and local officials say they don’t want the festival back.
An incarcerated man wanted in connection with an armed car jacking in front of the Green Planet coffee house in Point Pleasant Beach, as well as a double homicide in Seattle, is now one of four charged with the fatal robberies of 2 Essex County teens. Ali Muhammad Brown was arrested in West Orange on July 18th. All four face murder, robbery, weapons and conspiracy counts with bail set at $1 million dollars. One of the suspects remains at large.
A house fire that claimed the life of 66-year old Grace Merkel of Brick Township early Saturday started accidentally. Officials cited failed electrical equipment in the master bedroom of the Dock Road home for sparking the blaze.
Three suspects from Baltimore are charged in a Saturday robbery, abduction, and apparent attempt to run down three officers in Lakewood. Two of the men face more than a half-dozen counts each, with bail set at $500,000 apiece. A third man arrested was charged with hindering apprehension.
A Toms River 19-year old is accused of stealing 2 bikes in Brick Township, as well as iPods, cash and a cell phone that they found on him early Sunday morning. Marquise Harris was apprehended while biking on Rt. 88 near Barb Lane, about a half hour after a resident reported a burglary in progress in his girlfriend’s car.
A month-long crowd funding campaign is well underway to help pay for the music licensing of the Lakewood Tent City documentary “Destiny’s Bridge”. Film maker Jack Ballo says unanticipated music licensing issues arose as a result of background music and songs played on the piano by one of the film’s main characters. Ballo says all the songs just unfolded but he believes each song is important to the film. Ballo says they’re a quarter of the way to raising $38,000 through the website www.indiegogo.com.
Do you know what your child is doing online? A recent survey finds cyber bullying is getting dramatically worse among our kids. The latest study finds 87% of young people have witnessed cyber bullying this year – a huge jump from just 27% last year. The survey finds that half of all teens have been in an argument over something posted online. The survey also finds 15% of teens post their home address online, and one in three feel more accepted on social media than they do in real life.
Our state already has a law that requires drivers to move over for police cars, fire trucks and ambulances with the lights on, but it doesn’t apply to garbage trucks. A fatal tragedy in Ocean Township has convinced one lawmaker to amend the law. In May of last year Michael Massey was working his job as a public works employee in Ocean township when a landscaping vehicle went around his stopped truck and hit him. He was killed. The bill would expand the current Move Over law to include sanitation vehicles. Drivers would be required to slow down and change lanes when approaching a sanitation truck if they can do so safely.