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Enjoy the summer now because forecasters say it will be a long, cold, and snowy winter. That story and more in today’s Monmouth and Ocean County News from Townsquare Media.

The summer of 2014 will soon be over. And now long-range forecasters are saying snow could arrive by Thanksgiving, and we may be in for some wild weather in December. Overall, they say, a cold and snowy winter lies ahead.

A mother of three in Keansburg heard popping sounds and thought someone was throwing rocks at their house. When she got up, her 9-year old son was crawling out of his bedroom saying someone was shooting at them. Police recovered two bullets from the home but aren’t sure if the house was deliberately targeted.

The patient who was put into isolation at Centra State Medical Center because doctors feared the person was infected with the Ebola Virus has been discharged form the hospital. Officials say the condition of the patient rapidly improved, so testing for Ebola wasn’t even necessary.

The search continues for the suspect involved in a shooting in Lakewood. Police say a man in his 20′s was shot in the legs and torso on Williamsburg Lane in the Coventary Square complex yesterday afternoon. The victim is said to be in stable condition. Police are looking for a black male with dreadlocks who fled in a white Infinity.

A man already charged in a double slaying in Washington State and a carjacking in Point Pleasant Beach has pleaded not guilty to killing a college student in NJ, as questions linger over which state will get the first crack at him in court. Ali Muhammad Brown didn’t speak during the brief hearing in State Superior Court. His bail remains at $5 million.

The suspect in a near-fatal shooting in Red Bank has been indicted. Anthony Sims of Long Branch is charged with attempted murder for the April shooting that left a victim riddled with bullets. The victim was saved at the hospital.

Despite some oceanfront property owners still refusing to sign easements, Point Pleasant Beach officials are moving ahead with the Army Corps of Engineers project to build protective storm dunes. Officials say they’ll meet with the hold-outs to answer questions before seizing a portion of their land.

Complaints from residents prompts the Sea Bright Council to consider other options for a temporary fire station. The borough initially proposed leasing land from a former mayor who owed thousands in back taxes. The firehouse was condemned after being damaged during Sandy.

A part owner of a Toms River family business is charged with running an illegal gold-buying operation. Mutlu Mark Baykara of Manchester is accused of conspiring to buy stolen goods at the InnerNet store on Rt. 37. Police say he resold them in Woodbridge.

A Marlboro man who police say suffers from emotional disorders has been found safe after walking away from his home near Ryan Road yesterday morning. No other details are available about where 26-year old Aleksander Prokopenko was located.

It’s an annual problem for many of our beaches — keeping up the lifeguard staffing levels for the entire season. Lifeguard staffing isn’t a problem early in the beach season once they make it through Memorial Day because the crowds don’t get big again til the end of June due to colder water and many kids still in school. However, mid to late August is a big staffing problem for lifeguards as many college lifeguards have to leave to return to school before the beach season ends.

It looks like most New Jerseyans won’t be spending their whole lives in the Garden State. A recent poll shows only a third of NJ residents plan to stay in the Garden State their whole lives. 52% say they’ll move somewhere else because of affordability factors. So where does everyone plan to go? Four in ten say they’re heading south, smaller but equal numbers say they’ll stay in the Northeast or move abroad, and 20% have no clue where they’ll go, but they know they’re not staying here.

They did it again! The Toms River Little League Allstars roll into the semifinals in Bristol at top speed with a dramatic, come-from-behind 11-10 win over Delaware. The team won all four of its games in pool play. ESPN carries the games tomorrow.

 

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