Dont fall for a phone scam that's going around! That story and more in today's Monmouth and Ocean County News from Townsquare Media.

Hang up if you get a call from someone claiming to be from the IRS. The Ocean County Prosecutor's Office says they got nearly a dozen calls yesterday alone from residents reporting unsolicited calls about owed taxes and demanding payment. Never give credit, debit or prepaid card information over the phone.

When it comes to wealth, our state ties for first in the nation with Washington D.C, with nearly 10% bringing in more than $200,000 a year. . And New Jersey ranks fourth highest in the nation for residents whose income is between $100,000 and $200,000. But our state's high cost of living and taxes offset that.

Our state's most vocal supporter of legalizing marijuana is off the ballot for a congressional seat in November. A judge says the New Jersey Weedman, Ed Forchion, did not have enough valid signatures on his petition to run, and he is out of time and appeals to push it any farther.

A hit and run in Howell leaves a township man dead. The victim was struck and killed yesterday afternoon on Church Road between Kent and Tioga just after 3 pm. Witnesses saw the driver run into the nearby Archangel Michael Coptic Church, where police caught him.

Troubling news from Toms River, where a 21-year old is wanted on kidnapping and assault charges. Police say Rozel Foster punched, bit and strangled his girlfriend and kept her locked in a bedroom since October 2nd. Investigators have searched the woods out to the Jackson line.

A Howell man accused of leaving his dog in a hot pick-up truck for two days last month where it was found dead has pleaded guilty to animal cruelty. 26-year old Patrick Vansaghi left the dog and took a trip to New York. He has been ordered to pay a $1,550 fine.

An Ocean County man will spend more than 18 years in federal prison for posing as a teen girl online and getting boys to send him nude photos. Authorities say 28-year old Stanley Zdon had more than 300 different graphic movie files of kids involved in sex acts and uploaded the movies to a child porn website he created.

A Toms River youth football coach who authorities say was attacked by a player's father after a game last weekend has now been suspended. Reports say American Youth Football officials suspended the coach, saying he used obscene language to berate about 25 players.

Good samaritans rescued boaters in two separate incidents yesterday. Three adults and two children aboard a sinking boat in the Sandy Hook Bay are okay, and two men aboard a burning boat in Raritan Bay were rescued shortly before 7 pm. There's no word on their conditions. The vessel sank.

After surveillance images went viral, the Brick Township couple accused of running up charges on someone else's card at a Wawa and other stores have turned themselves in. Thomas Quinn is jailed and Naverine Celeste is out on a summons while waiting for court dates.

Two mortgage fraud suspects from out of state are free on bail and face trial in Monmouth County in connection with a Farmingdale property. The woman from West Virginia and man from Georgia are accused of selling the tract for $330,000 while hiding liens against it and using it to get a $222,000 line of credit.

If you plan on heading to the Columbus day Festival in Seaside Heights this weekend, avoid Rt. 35. With ongoing construction and about 80,000 people expected to attend the 3 day festival, the state DOT is advising motorists to use Rt. 37 through Toms River to get into Seaside. Anyone taking Rt. 35 South from Point Pleasant will be detoured through Bay Head and should expect delays on sections with alternating traffic through Mantoloking and anywhere where only one lane is available through Lavalette.