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Here’s the latest news for Monmouth and Ocean Counties:

A Monmouth County mom and her teenage son face a host of charges after Ocean Township police discovered a marijuana growing operation in the teen’s bedroom. Police arrested the mom, Shannon Burd, on Monday, because they said she knew and  participated in the operation on Bendermere Ave. The teen was placed with a family member and the mother was released on a summons.

A woman injured in a 2-car accident in Waretown Tuesday night has died of her injuries. Officials say Monica Stroud of Lacey collided with a pick-up truck at the intersection of Main Street and Bryant Road. The other driver was uninjured.

One person was seriously injured following a crash in Howell around 10 last night at Alexander Avenue and Larrabee Boulevard. Traffic had to be diverted from the area.

A motor vehicle stop in Keansburg led to the discovery of more than 100 decks of heroin and 4 Xanax bars. David Kneipp of Hazlet was arrested Tuesday night and charged with several drug offenses and driving with a suspended license.

A dragnet goes out in Brick for a home burglary suspect who police say might have known one of the occupants, A Sky Manor Boulevard resident said he entered through a window monday, identified himself as Dave, and took off in a blue pickup.

A Point Pleasant borough tax collector accused in a lawsuit of having an urn with fake ashes of employees she had fired, will retire June 1st. The boro reached a settlement with Bernadine Pearce after a former tax clerk sued, claiming she discriminated against people with disabilities and accused boro officials of allowing a hostile work environment.

A suspicious package at a bus stop in Marlboro that closed Rt. 9 yesterday morning was an ammunition can filled with tools, according to state police. The green metal box forced the evacuation of a nearby office building and caused traffic jams in the area.

A Neptune cop on routine patrol slammed his police cruiser into a pole at the Home Depot Plaza at Rt. 66 and Jumping Brook Road yesterday morning. He wasn’t injured. Authorities are chalking it up to ‘officer error’ and say they’re investigating the accident.

Most people consider drunk driving a very serious problem, but far fewer think the same about driving under the influence of prescription meds, according to a Triple-A report. In fact, only six in ten New Jersey residents feel driving under the influence of prescription drugs is a very serious problem. Triple A says we’ve all seen the labels on prescription medication bottles that say not to use heavy machinery, and that includes dirivng. AAA has a website that can help, where you can anonymously enter all of your prescription drugs and the computer will imeediately tell you about any possible interactions that could impact your driving.

A Brick woman who continues to overcome the obstacles of living with a disability is the author of a new book aimed at encouraging others dealing with physical and mental challenges. In the book “Here I Am”, Jennifer Beilis tells of her personal journey of dealing with hearing loss as a young child and sharing her coping mechanisms. Jennifer has two master’s degrees and advocates for people with disabilities. Her book comes out Monday.

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