Jersey Shore Headlines
A ring of online gamers sends a terror threat to St. John Vianney High School in Holmdel. That story and more in today's Monmouth and Ocean County News from Townsquare Media.
A University of Connecticut student is accused of being part of an international ring of online gamers who made bomb, mass shooting and terror threats to St. John Vianney High School in Holmdel and another NJ high school in Allentown in January, as well as schools in five other states. Matthew Tollis allegedly was a member of a group of mostly X Box gamers who referred to themselves as TCOB, "Team Crucifix or Die."
A Toms River 67-year old and an Asbury Park 20-year old head for court dates on prostitution charges in Ocean Township. Police say that the sex-for-money deal between Kenneth Melson and Kahajanee Reevey came to light Tuesday when he was stopped for a broken taillight at the Asbury Circle.
Efforts continue to have the shops and stores on the Seaside Heights and Seaside Park boardwalks rebuilt after a raging fire destroyed them exactly one year ago. Seaside Heights Mayor Bill Akers says the reason this is taking so long is because the shops were all grouped together, so a consensus is needed to rebuild. He adds that hopefully everything will be rebuilt and back to normal by next summer.
The Tent City Movement, formed after the closing of the homeless camp in Lakewood, will take to the streets of downtown Toms River Sunday to kick off a civil disobedience petition drive. Protestors will gather at the intersection of hooper Avenue and Washington Street at 2 pm to advocate for the homeless.
A grandmother is in critical condition after she and her four-year old grandson were struck by a delivery van last night just yards from her home on Newman Springs Road in Red Bank. The child suffered less serious injuries.
Pink slips could be going out to Brookdale Community College workers by October. The college's board of trustees is working on a restructuring plan that reportedly could involve staff reductions. Discussions will continue behind closed doors.
Two Manchester children escape a house fire on Oak Knoll Drive Wednesday afternoon. Police say the residents were alerted by a smoke detector. An investigation determined the fire was sparked in an upstairs bedroom by one of the kids playing with a lighter.
Attempting to get the insurance company to pay the $80,000 cost to replace a house roof by lying could get a Toms River man 20 years in prison. A federal grand jury handed up two second-degree indictments yesterday against 55-year old Louis Ciardi. He's charged with insurance fraud and theft by deception.
Brick police snag two men in a pickup truck for allegedly raiding a vacant barrier island home of a utility poll and electrical wiring. Police say early Tuesday evening, Steven Damato of Middletown and Benjamin Ellis of Toms River were observed removing the items from a Sunset Drive residence but were intercepted on Rt. 35 near the Mantoloking Bridge.
Dress for success and bring your resume. The annual Ocean County Mall Holiday Job Fair is this Saturday in Toms River, noon - 3 pm. Jobs include retail management, cashiers, sales associates, stock clerks and mall security. Representatives from Kay Jewelers and Sketchers as well as the Ocean County Mall's four anchor stores will be screening applicants on the spot. An employment specialist with the State Department of Labor suggests applying to stores where you shop, because you'll know the merchandise and also be eligible for employee discounts.
Mike Sorrentino has himself a 'situation'. The former Jersey Shore cast member stiffed a Florida Law firm that represented him and his brother after a fight at their Middletown tanning salon. The firm says he owes over $30,000. They say he mailed two checks, each for $2,000. One bounced, one was cancelled.
Fractures, breaks, strains, wounds. Sadly, these are ll words associated with the trampolines that many people have on their own property. A pediatric journal entry cites more than a million trampoline-related visits to the emergency room in the past few years. A doctor at Jersey Shore University Medical Center says if you're using a trampoline one person at a time, that's not so dangerous, because the trampoline moves in harmony with that child. But as soon as you throw another kid on there, the trouble begins. He says it's not worth the risk. Safety netting has helped reduce the number of injuries, but netting cannot solve the problem of multiple users.