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

An Eatontown man gets 27 years in prison for the 2011 strangling death of his estranged wife. Oscar Prior-Ramirez buried the victim in woods off the Parkway in Aberdeen.

A tractor trailer driver allegedly was on drugs when he crashed into the back of a motorist on Rt. 9 in Old Bridge last month, killing Heidi Bennett of Freehold. The man is charged with aggravated manslaughter and death by auto.

A Jackson man behind bars for allegedly sexually assaulting a teenage boy has been suspended from his job as the Dunellen Recreation Director. 43-year old Christopher Tarver will continue being paid until the end of the month, then his wages will be suspended.

A Lakewood man who was sentenced less than two months ago for running a Ponzi-style real estate scheme has been indicted on new charges. New Jersey's U.S. Attorney says Eli Weinstein has been indicted on counts of wire fraud and transacting in criminal proceeds while on pretrial release. Federal prosecutors allege the 38-year old and two co-defendants stole more than $6.5 million from an investor by claiming they had special access to Facebook shares before the company went public.

A Matawan man is charged with armed robbery for allegedly holding up the Shell gas station and convenience store on Clark Street in Keansburg with a knife earlier this month. Richard Kinzler was arrested Wednesday.

A tanker truck accident on the Jackson border yesterday afternoon forced first responders to take hazardous materials precautions. Ocean County health officials say the truck was leaking an active ingredient for bleach into a ditch that feeds a local creek. A load of sand was placed in the area to lessen the environmental impact and the rest of the chemical was transfered to another truck.

Environmentalists say plastics led the debris picked up during NJ's annual Beach Sweep. Clean Ocean Action says volunteers removed over 325,000 pieces of debris last year from the tip of Cape May to the Raritan Bay shore. Plastics, including foam, represented nearly 76%  of the total waste found. But volunteers also collected offbeat items including a hsopital bed, grave marker, metal scooter, refrigerator and a cash register drawer.

No formal charges have been filed, but calls to Asbury Park Police about cops being overly aggressive during a fight Saturday on Springwood Avenue prompt an internal investigation. A city councilman is calling for restrictions on Porta, the bar where the fight started, including suspending its liquor license.

Governor Christie is hosting another Town Hall in Brick Thursday to discuss plans for the second round of federal Sandy Recovery Funds. The town Hall is being held at Lake Riviera Middle School at 10:30 am.

The Central Jersey Blood Center is making an urgent appeal for type O-negative blood following a critical shortage. Centers are located in Howell, Shrewsbury, and Toms River. To donate, call 1-888-71-BLOOD.


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