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Investigators capture the man who murdered a woman and her foster daughter in Long Branch. That story and more in today's news for Monmouth and Ocean Counties from Townsquare Media.
Authorities have charged a cousin in the strangulation deaths of a Monmouth County woman and her foster daughter after they say he was caught taking pornographic photos of the 10-year old. 58-year old Brian Farmer is held on $2.5 million bail, charged with murder and child endangerment. The Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office says Farmer was in 62-year old Joan Colbert's apartment in Long Branch when he was caught photographing Veronica Roach on July 30th. Authorities say Farmer killed Joan and the girl and fled. Detectives say they discovered the pornographic photos on Farmer's cell phone.
Since news broke about Robin Williams taking his own life, calls to New Jersey's suicide prevention hotline have been spiking. Reports show the NJ Hopeline usually fields an average of 60-66 calls a day, but was on track to top 100 yesterday.
Authorities have arrested the man accused of beating a motorist after he struck and killed a woman on Rt. 88. Lakewood police released 33-year old Anthony Campbell after charging him with aggravated assault. Police say 26-year old Juan Gregorio-Chacon hit 41-year old resident Chandra Martin as she crossed the highway on Saturday. She suffered multiple injuries, including head trauma, and later died at a hospital. Police say the woman's relatives and friends witnessed the crash and Campbell attacked Gredorio-Chacon, who is still unconscious.
A Manalapan family is suing the township police department and 4 cops for allegedly using handcuffs and excessive force on their special needs son who was an 8-year old 3rd grader in the Manalapan-Englishtown school district at the time. The reports say the suit stems from 2 incidents in 2009 and 2010 involving the child running off school grounds.
Another pedestrian accident. Ocean County officials say a man was struck while walking through the busy parking lot of a Wawa at the corner of Routes 70 and 539 yesterday morning. The 60-year old suffered injuries to his leg and knee and was taken to Community Medical Center. The car that allegedly struck him was driven by Anthony Scifo of Manalapan.
Minutes before their trial began, a Lakewood couple has admitted involvement in a widespread cocaine network. James Gadson faces up to 18 years in prison. Sharon Bowen was given probation but prosecutors seek 180 days in jail as a condition.
A Lakewood man has been arrested for carving a swastika into a neighbor's lawn. The victims say they have been harassed by 45-year old Scott Cooney for weeks. Cooney faces bias and harassment charges and is jailed on $25,000 bail.
The Ocean County Prosecutor is making it clear: his office is not endorsing any type of event that feeds off people taking drugs. John D'Esposito of Colts Neck, Founder of the drug-plagued Electric Adventure Music Festival in Seaside Heights, will reimburse the county for police manpower and donate to the hospital where overdose victims were treated. But Prosecutor Joe Coronato says the agreement does not mean the event has his blessing. Coronato says it's up to local officials to decide whether to allow the event again, but has suggested a venue with better containment and no re-entry to avoid easy exchanges of drugs.
The frame of a home under construction in a new development in Seaside Heights collapsed overnight Wednesday during the storm. Reports say officials couldn't say exactly what caused the colllapse in the development on West Central Avenue, but note that it was windy. No one was injured.
Beaches along East Avenue in Mantoloking were closed temporarily yesterday because of sinkholes. The beaches reopened later in the morning, according to a message posted on the borough's emergency management Facebook page.
With pedestrian accidents, stabbings and shootings, Lakewood has certainly had its share of challenges. But this evening, police and residents will get a chance to connect and have fun. Township police will be hosting its Night Out Against Crime event at Pine Park starting at 4 pm. The police chief says this is a chance for residents to meet with police and to connect with volunteer first responders. It will also feature kids' rides, food, and plenty of giveaways. It runs from 4 - 8 pm.
It's turned into a bi-partisan Ice Bucket Challenge. After taking a dousing for ALS, Governor Christie tagged Senator Cory Booker, Mark Zuckerberg, and Jimmy Fallon. All of them accepted. They then tagged more people.