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Press Releases of The Ocean County Prosecutor's Office

Here you can find the most recent, up to date stories going on with our agency.

Mantoloking Drowning Final Report

Ocean County Prosecutor Det. Mitchell Remig filed this final report today in the July 4, 2015 Mantoloking Lyman Avenue Beach drowning. Interviews were conducted of reporting lifeguards and friends of the victim on scene. It was learned that the decedent was an avid...

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LACEY PEDESTRIAN FATAL

Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office announces preliminary Lacey Township pedestrian fatal accident investigation findings in the death of Neil Vandeputt, 25, of Toms River, NJ. On Sunday, July 5th, 2015, at approximately 3:25 am, a Lacey PD patrol unit responding...

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Drowning at Ocean County Beach

On 7/4 at approximately 2:35pm, a 911 call was made by life guards in Mantoloking reporting that a 22 year old male from Yonkers, NY, had been swimming with friends when he suddenly disappeared from their sight. All area life stands were notified and an extensive...

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INDICTMENT IN TOMS RIVER SUNKEN PICK-UP CASE

Andrew L. Mayer, 28, of Toms River was indicted today (6/30) for 3rd Degree Animal Cruelty in the death of his dog and 3rd Degree Criminal Mischief for causing a substantial interruption in public emergency services. His acts on March 1, 2015, purposely, knowingly or...

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SENTENCING IN ASSAULT BY AUTO/DWI CASE

On Friday, June 26, 2015, the Honorable Patricia B. Roe, J.S.C., sentenced Christina M. Guarnieri, 40, of Bayville, NJ, to 5 years probation on an Assault by Auto charge and 90 days in the Ocean County Jail for Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol,...

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SUSPECT WANTED IN LAKEWOOD FATAL STABBING

Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato and Lakewood Police Chief Robert Lawson announce that a warrant has been issued for Darneil Reeves, 32, with a last known address of 207 Center Street, Lakewood on Murder and Weapons charges in connection with the death of...

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LAKEWOOD HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION

On June 22, 2015, at approximately 11:22 pm, the Lakewood Police Department responded to a motor vehicle accident in the 200 block of River Ave, Lakewood, NJ. Once on scene, Lakewood Police Ptl. Dennis Scannell observed the vehicle had impacted a utility pole and...

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BERKELEY TEEN DEATH INVESTIGATION CONCLUSION

As reported by local media and confirmed by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, the body of a young male was discovered wedged between two pieces of granite on Saturday (6/20) at about 6:40 am. The first report came from a passing motorist who observed the victim...

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GUILTY PLEA IN LAKEWOOD LAWN SWASTIKA CARVING

Scott F. Cooney, 36, of Lakewood, NJ, today entered a guilty plea before Judge James M. Blaney, J.S.C. to one count of Bias Intimidation in the 4th degree.  He will be sentenced on August 21, 2015.  The Prosecutor’s office is seeking 15 months in New Jersey...

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ARREST IN SEXUAL ASSAULT

On June 16, 2015, Lakewood Police Department Officer Chase Messer and Ocean County Prosecutor Special Victims Unit Det. Melissa Matthews arrested Margarito Quiroz Lopez, 51, of Lakewood on charges of Sexual Assault and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. The...

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OCPO TEACHES STUDENTS TO BE G.R.E.A.T.

Lakewood, NJ – Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato today announced nearly 500 sixth grade students at Lakewood Middle School successfully completed the G.R.E.A.T. (Gang Resistance Education and Training) program. The graduation this morning marks close to...

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Brick Fatal Fire Update

OCPO Major Crime Unit Det. Mitchell Remig reports that on Sunday, June 14, 2015 at 0830 hours, investigators returned to the scene at 35 Brower Drive in Brick, NJ, to conduct the origin and cause investigation in reference to the fatal structure fire.  At that time,...

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BRICK FATAL FIRE

On this date (6/14) at 12:52 am, Brick Police and Fire Departments were dispatched to a structure fire on Brower Dr. Upon their arrival they found neighbors attending to one of the occupants of the rsidence, an unresponsive male. CPR was in progress, but was...

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ARREST IN SOUTH TOMS RIVER HOMICIDE

Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato and South Toms River Borough Police Chief Andrew Izatt today announced the arrest of Marcus Samuels, 26, of Bayville, NJ. Samuels is charged with murder, one count of Possession of a Firearm, one count of Possession of a...

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BAYVILLE MAN DIES IN SOUTH TOMS RIVER SHOOTING

On June 8, 2015 at 2255 hours, Toms River Police Department responded to Community Medical Center for a report of a male victim with a gunshot wound. The victim, Wille Z. Love 3rd, 27, of Bayville, was subsequently pronounced dead at 11:27 pm hours by Dr. Bernard from...

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STRIDE RITE ROBBER SENTENCED

Christopher Miller, 41, was sentenced today before Judge James M. Blaney, J.S.C. for the charge of Second Degree Robbery to 16 years in New Jersey State Prison under the No Early Release Act, stipulating Miller serve 85% of the sentence. The sentencing is the result...

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MANCHESTER MRI OFFICE HAZMAT INCIDENT

On Friday, June 5, 2015 at approximately 0940 hours, a 911 call was placed to the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department for a chemical explosion inside Shore Imaging located at 1100 W Route 70 in Manchester. Manchester Police and Fire Departments were dispatched and...

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GUILTY PLEA IN BERKELEY TOWNSHIP SEXUAL ASSAULT

On June 2, 2015, Aaron Wittevrongel, 20, of Bayville, NJ, entered a guilty plea before Judge Wendel E. Daniels to a charge of Second Degree Sexual Assault. The case stems from a March 29, 2014 incident, where the female victim reported to Berkeley Township Police that...

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DEFENDANT PLEADS GUILTY TO VEHICULAR HOMICIDE

Jason Wolek, 39, of Jackson Township, NJ, entered a guilty plea yesterday (6/1) to Second Degree Vehicular Homicide involving the death of off duty Watchung Police Officer Christopher L. Hoffman. The plea stems from the June 7, 2014 motor vehicle accident in which...

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GUILTY PLEA IN SOUTH TOMS RIVER FATAL HIT & RUN

Joseph Marsh, 28, of Toms River entered a guilty plea on 6-1-15 before Judge Wendel E. Daniels in the December 2013 South Toms River fatal pedestrian Hit & Run. Marsh entered a guilty plea to Vehicular Homicide, as well as Possession of Heroin with the Intent to...

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DASHCAM VIDEO HELPS IDENTIFY BLATANT VIOLATOR

The attached video captured by a motorist’s dashcam on County Line Road early today, and published by the Lakewood Scoop, has led to a Lakewood man being charged with four motor vehicle violations. We at OCPO saw the video and were amazed at the driver’s blatant...

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GUILTY PLEA IN LURING CASE

Mark Allan, 56, of Tuckerton, NJ, entered a guilty plea yesterday (5/19) before Judge Wendel E. Daniels to second degree Luring. His sentencing is tentatively scheduled for August 14, 2015. The case was prosecuted by Senior Assistant Prosecutor Terry Ann Linardakis....

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LANOKA HARBOR MAN ARRESTED IN SEXUAL ASSAULT

On Tuesday, May 12, 2015, Lacey Township Police Det. Bob Surtees and Ocean County Prosecutor’s Special Victims Unit Det. Melissa Matthews arrested and charged Michael A. Taynor, 27, of Lanoka Harbor, with Sexual Assault and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. The...

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BRICK SERIOUS ACCIDENT

On Sunday April 26, 2015, at approximately 3:49 pm, Brick Township Police responded to the area of Route 88 and Jack Martin Boulevard for a report of a four (4) car motor vehicle crash involving serious injury. The investigation by Brick Township Police Department,...

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PROSECUTOR ADDRESSES LOCAL BUSINESS LEADERS

*** ADVISORY *** PROSECUTOR ADDRESSES LOCAL BUSINESS LEADERS Who: Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato addresses the Ocean County Business Association What: 2015 Annual Open House highlighting the work of the Ocean County Business Association, which for more...

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JACKSON SHOOTING – SUSPECT QUICKLY APPREHENDED

Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato and Jackson Township Police Chief Matthew D. Kunz today announced the arrest of Hector Calderon, 47, of Freehold, NJ, in connection with the death of Peyman Sanandaji, 34, of Jackson, New Jersey.   As the result of a joint...

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JACKSON SHOOTING INVESTIGATION

Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato and Jackson Township Police Chief Matthew D. Kunz announce an active investigation into the fatal shooting of a 34 y/o Jackson Township man. The joint investigation by the OCPO Major Crimes Unit and Jackson Township Police...

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Lightning Jack’s Marina Explosion Update

On Monday (4/6) at 2:33 pm, the Brick Township Police and Fire Departments were dispatched to Lightning Jack’s Marina for a boat explosion with an injured victim. Upon their arrival, a male subject was walking around on scene with burns to his head, arms and...

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ARREST IN AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ASSAULT

On Monday, March 30, Ocean County Prosecutor Special Victims Unit Detective Stephanie Bayha and Brick Township Police Detective James Burgess arrested SAMUEL HOLDBROOK, 28, of Brick on charges of Aggravated Sexual Assault, Sexual Assault and Endangering the Welfare of...

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BRICK TOWNSHIP STABBING ARREST

On Sunday, March 29, at approximately 9:53 pm, a 911 call was received by the Brick Township Police Department in reference to a stabbing at a Cedar Bridge Avenue Address.  Upon their arrival, they found a female, 50 years of age, within the residence who had been...

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GUILTY PLEA IN SEXUAL ASSAULT

Defendant Bonifacio t, 43, of Lakewood entered a guilty plea yesterday (3/25) before Judge James M. Blaney, J.S.C. to one count of 2nd Degree Sexual Assault.  Huerta is to be sentenced in the third degree range.  The prosecution led by Senior Assistant Prosecutor...

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SIX ARRESTED FOR CASHING WORTHLESS CHECKS

Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato today announced the arrest of six (6) county residents on the charge of Theft by Deception for allegedly operating a “Check Kiting Ring” in Ocean County.  The term “Check Kiting” is a banking industry...

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INDICTMENT IN LAKEWOOD HIGHPOINT CONDO MURDER

Lakewood, N.J. – Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato announced the indictment yesterday of Umbachi Jackson, 20, of Lakewood, for the August 29, 2013 murder of Kenneth Scott, 24, at the High Point Condominium Complex in Lakewood.  The Ocean County Grand Jury...

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ARREST MADE IN ROUTE 37 HIT & RUN

Toms River, NJ – Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato and Toms River Police Chief Mitch Little announce that on March 18, 2015, the Ocean County Prosecutors Office and Toms River Police Department completed a joint investigation that culminated in the...

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FATAL HIT AND RUN – TOMS RIVER

Toms River, NJ – On Friday, March 6, 2015 at 8:20 pm, a pedestrian hit and run crash occurred on Route 37 (westbound) in the area of Fischer Boulevard. Struck and killed was Jeffrey Michel, 27, of Colts Neck, New Jersey. A piece of BLUE debris located at the...

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EXPLOSION IN SEASIDE HEIGHTS

Seaside Heights, New Jersey – Today at 10:10 am there was an explosion and fire at 223 Sumner Avenue in Seaside Heights. Local fire units responded, quickly extinguished the flames and the Seaside Heights Police Department, Ocean County Prosecutors Office Arson Unit,...

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Defendants Arrested for Crimes Against Children

DEFENDANTS ARRESTED FOR CRIMES AGAINST CHILDREN On 7/17/14, Ocean County Prosecutor Det. Lindsay Woodfield, along with Jackson Township Police Det. Robert Reiff arrested Rebecca L. Smith, 29, of Jackson, NJ on charges of Endangering the Welfare of a Child and Title 9...

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STRIDE RITE ROBBER PLEADS GUILTY

Christopher Miller, 41, entered a guilty plea yesterday (3/9) before Judge James M. Blaney, J.S.C. to Second Degree Robbery.  Pursuant to NJSA 2C:43-7.1, the defendant is subject to a mandatory extended term of imprisonment, making the sentencing range for his crime...

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LACEY MAN CHARGED IN BRICK DRUG INDUCED DEATH

Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato and Brick Township Police Chief Nils Bergquist announce the arrest yesterday (3/9) of Christopher T. Marsillo, 28, of Lacey, NJ, for causing the Drug Induced Death of Gerard Bornemann, 38, of Brick Township, NJ.  Marsillo is...

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Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash Hit & Run

On March 6, 2015 at 8:20 pm a motorist was traveling West on Route 37 near Fischer Boulevard. He observed a person lying on the side of the road just West Of Fischer Boulevard.  When Toms River Police Officers arrived they located a 27 year old Colts Neck Man who was...

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TOMS RIVER MAN SENTENCED IN DEATH OF MOCHA

Toms River, N.J. – Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato today announced the sentencing by Judge James M. Blaney, J.S.C. of Clifford Robbins, 76, of Toms River, NJ, in the death of Mocha.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant Ocean County Prosecutor Heidi...

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CHILD ENDANGERING ARREST

Lakewood, NJ – Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato and Lakewood Police Chief Robert Lawson announced that on March 1st, 2015, at approximately 3 am, Lakewood Police Officer Edgardo Vega Jr. and Ocean County Prosecutor Special Victims Unit Det. Jason...

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Second Gas Explosion In Less Than A Week

On March 2 at approximately 1:40 am, the Point Pleasant Beach Police and Fire Departments were dispatched to 307 – Rear Cooks Lane for a structure fire.  Upon their arrival, a burn victim was located outside the residence alert and conscious with injuries...

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OCPO Receives Recognition For OC Student Efforts

The Association of Student Assistance Professionals of New Jersey honored OC Prosecutor Joseph Coronato and his staff with the 2015 Friend of SAC Award for OCPO’s support and hard work in keeping Ocean County Students safe and healthy. The award was presented...

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DEFENDANT PLEADS GUILTY TO CRIMES AGAINST CHILDREN

Toms River, NJ – On Wednesday (2/18) defendant Marcelo Saavedra, 66, of South Toms River pled guilty before Judge Francis Hodgson to 2 counts of 1st degree Aggravated Sexual Assault.  The prosecution led by Senior Assistant Prosecutor Terry Ann Linardakis is seeking...

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Attempted Sexual Assault Arrest

This morning OCPO High Tech Crime Unit, with assistance from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Toms River PD, Long Beach PD and Surf City PD, executed a… search warrant at 234 North 6th Street in Surf...

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GUILTY VERDICT IN AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ASSAULT TRIAL

Defendant Richard Yhlen, 37, of Seaside Heights, NJ, was found guilty on Wednesday (2/11) by a jury before Judge Wendel E. Daniels of 2 counts of 1st Degree Aggravated Sexual Assault and 2 counts of 2nd Degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child.  He was found not...

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SON INDICTED IN MURDER OF HIS MOTHER

Lakewood, N.J. – Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato today announced the indictment of Brian Cassidy, 43, of Lakewood for Murder, Theft, and various weapons offenses in the death of his mother Gail Conway, 61, also of Lakewood. The indictment stems from the...

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* * * MEDIA ADVISORY: Monday, January 26 * * *

Cancelled due to weather.  Will advise of date when rescheduled. New Jersey Attorney General, Ocean County Prosecutor Join Little Egg Harbor Township Mayor, Police Chief to Launch “Project Medicine Drop” Box LITTLE EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – Acting Attorney General John J....

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OCPO INVESTIGATES DISCHARGE OF FIREARM

Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato announces that the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office is conducting an investigation into an accidental discharge of a police officer’s weapon which took place shortly before 6 a.m. this morning in Lacey Township. Lacey Police...

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Narcan now in hands of Fish & Wildlife Officers

Colonel Mark Chicketano, Chief of the Division of Fish & Wildlife Law Enforcement Bureau today accepted their first supply of Naloxone from Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato.    These first round of kits were paid for from OCPO drug forfeiture funds and...

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DRIVER CHARGED IN DUI CRASH

On December 30, 2014, complaints were signed against Jeffrey S. Carstens, 43, of Belmar, NJ, by OCPO Det. Michael Proto for two counts of Assault by Auto. The charges stem from the July 18, 2014, motor vehicle crash which injured Pine Beach Police Officers Robert King...

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TWO RECENT BIAS INTIMIDATION/HATE CRIME CASES

December 17, the Grand Jury indicted Scott Cooney, 45, of Lakewood on one count of Bias Intimidation in the 4th degree for his Anti Gay and Anti Semitic harassment of his neighbors in Lakewood. The indictment stems from the August 13, 2014 arrest of Cooney.  On August...

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BEWARE OF HOLIDAY PHONE SOLICITATIONS

The OCPO once again reminds county residents about potentially misleading fundraising solicitations by organizations and individuals claiming to be associated with Law Enforcement. Citizens and businesses across the county are being solicited for substantial cash...

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SENTENCING IN PLUMSTED AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ASSAULT

Anistides Vigil, 48, of New Egypt, NJ, was sentenced today on a 1st degree Aggravated Sexual Assault charge. The Court imposed a custodial term of 12 years, which requires the defendant to serve at least 10 years and 2 months before he can become eligible for parole,...

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INDICTMENT IN TAVERN DEATH

Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato and Ocean Township Police Chief Gerhard Frenz announce the indictment of Michael Lombardo, 39, of 13 Mast Drive, Barnegat for Murder in connection with the death of Robert Bethanis.  Mr. Bethanis died on September 19, 2014. ...

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SENTENCING IN AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ASSAULT CASE

Angel Rodriguez-Gonzalez, 27, of Lakewood, NJ, was sentenced yesterday (12/16) before Judge Rochelle Gizinski, J.S.C. for 1st Degree Aggravated Sexual Assault. He received 10 years in New Jersey State Prison, with the following conditions imposed as per the sentence:...

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OCPO & TRPD MAKE ARRESTS IN TWO SEXUAL ASSAULTS

     On December 12, 2014, in two unrelated cases, the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Special Victims Unit and the Toms River Township Police Department made two separate arrests in Sexual Assault and Endangering the Welfare of a Child cases.       In the first case, OCPO...

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Arrest in Lakewood Highpoint Condo Murder

Lakewood, N.J. – Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato and Lakewood Police Chief Robert Lawson today announced the arrest of Umbachi Jackson, 20, of Lakewood, for the August 29, 2013 murder of Kenneth Scott, 24, at the High Point Condominium Complex in Lakewood....

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Defendant Arrested on Child Pornography Charges

Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato and Manchester Township Police Chief Brian Klimakowski today announced the arrest of Modesto Torres, 65 of Manchester.  Torres is charged with 1 count of Possession of Child Pornography and 1 count of Distribution of Child...

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SENTENCING IN VEHICULAR HOMICIDE TRIAL

Toms River, NJ – Erick Uzcategui, 34, of Manchester, NJ has been sentenced to eight (8) years in New Jersey State Prison, of which by law he must serve 85% of the term before becoming eligible for parole. The sentencing is the result of the vehicular homicide jury...

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Six Flags Fire

JACKSON TOWNSHIP, NEW JERSEY – On Monday evening, at approximately 10:07pm, fire personnel from Jackson Mills and Cassville Fire Companies responded to the Six Flags Safari Park reference a reported fire at an animal enclosure, as well as, at least seven brush fires...

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Sentencing in State Vs. Dennis Conover

Toms River, NJ – Defendant Dennis Conover, 34, of Manalapan was sentenced today by Judge James M. Blaney,J.S.C. to 15 years in New Jersey State Prison with a No Early Release stipulation for the charge of 1st degree Aggravated Sexual Assault concurrent to 3...

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Prosecutor’s Tips Make Halloween Not So Scary

Ocean County, N.J. – With Halloween approaching at the end of the month, the Office of the Ocean County Prosecutor is reminding parents and their costumed kids in search of treats about some important safety precautions. While Halloween is fun for our children,...

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Sentencing in Armed Robbery Case

Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato today announced the sentencing of Ansumani Kamara, 22, of Newark, NJ, for the 1st degree crime of Armed Robbery with a firearm.  The Honorable Wendel E. Daniels, P.J.Cr. of the Ocean County Superior Court sentenced the...

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Beware IRS Phone Scam Circulating

The Office of the Ocean County Prosecutor received almost a dozen calls from individuals today who have received unsolicited calls from individuals demanding payment while fraudulently claiming to be from the IRS. Based on the 90,000 complaints that the Treasury...

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Sentencing in Sexual Assault Case

It is only fitting that a sexual assault defendant was sentenced on the day that Ocean County’s newly renovated Children’s Advocacy Center (TINA’S HOUSE) was being dedicated to the memory of Detective Tina Rambo. Defendant Oscar Cordero-Quintero, 39, of Tuckerton was...

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Police Active Shooter Training Drill

 SHOPPING AT JACKSON OUTLETS TOMORROW MORNING – THERE’S NO NEED FOR ALARM  On September 25, 2014 at 8 am, the Ocean County Prosecutors Office will be coordinating a multi-agency Active Shooter Drill at various stores located in the Jackson Outlets. A...

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Lakewood Woman Sentenced in Sexual Assault Case

Defendant Mary Ellen Deane, 30, of Lakewood was sentenced today before Judge Blaney to 15 years in New Jersey State Prison with No Early Release stipulation concurrent on 5 counts 1st degree aggravated sexual assault concurrent to 7 and 1/2 years on 5 counts 2nd...

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Fatal Crash on Rt 539 in Lacey

Lacey Police Department and the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office are investigating a fatal crash that took place this morning on Route 539 at M.P.16 in Lacey.  Just before 6 am, Kenneth Busardo, 27, of Barnegat was driving a Cadillac DeVille north bound on Route...

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Manchester Man Charged with Assault of Infant

Manchester, NJ – Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato and Manchester Township Police Chief Brian Klimakowski today announced the arrest of Timothy Montgomery, 33, of Manchester with Endangering the Welfare of a Child (second degree) and Aggravated Assault (third...

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Defendant Sentenced in Murder for Hire Trial

FREEHOLD, NEW JERSEY – On Friday, September 5, 2014, the Honorable Francis J. Vernoia, P.J.Cr., sentenced defendant Jay R. Goldberg, 64, of Little Egg Harbor, NJ, to a 20 year period of incarceration, the maximum sentence permitted by law. The sentencing stems from a...

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Prescription Drug Drop Off Events Yield 171 Pounds

​Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato today announced that the August 14th and 26th Prescription Drug Drop Off Programs sponsored by DART, the Ocean County Health Department, and the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office were again a tremendous success. Thanks to the...

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Body Found in Abandoned Residence

Lakewood Township, N.J. – On August 28, 2014 at approximately 8:32 pm, Lakewood Police received a call from a property manager for a Squankum Road residence stating that there may be a deceased individual inside the residence. The property manager was notified...

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Toms River Man Indicted in Death of Mocha

Toms River, N.J. – Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato today announced the return of an indictment by the Ocean County Grand Jury against Clifford Robbins, 75, of Toms River, NJ, charging him with Third Degree Cruelty to Animals. The indictment stems from an...

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Arrest in Lawn Swastika Carving

Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato and Lakewood Police Chief Robert C Lawson today announced the arrest of Scott F. Cooney, 45, of Lakewood.  Cooney is charged with Bias Intimidation, Harassment and Criminal Mischief.  Judge Francis R. Hodgson, Jr, J.S.C. set...

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Four Arrested in Narcotics Investigation

 Seaside Heights, NJ – Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato and Chief Thomas Boyd today announced the results of an investigation conducted by Detectives from the Prosecutor’s Special Operations Group, Northern Enforcement Unit in conjunction with the Seaside...

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Arrest in Hazmat Dumping Case

Lacey Township, NJ – Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato and Lacey Police Chief David A. Paprota today announce the arrest of Nico Morgan, 24, of Lacey for Second Degree Purposely and Knowingly Causing a Release and Abandonment of Hazardous Toxic Pollutants....

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Prescription Drug Drop Off

Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato today announced that the Ocean County’s Prosecutor’s Office has joined with the DART Coalition, the Ocean County Health Department and the Lakewood Blue Claws to host two prescription drug drop off events this summer at Blue...

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Sentencing in Vehicular Homicide Case

Toms River, NJ – Today Deborah L. Tadych, 61, of Brick Township was sentenced by the Honorable Francis R. Hodgson, J.S.C. to a 7 year term to NJ State Prison subject to the No Early Release Act. With respect to the Driving while intoxicated charge, the Court imposed...

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OCPO Asks for Help in Locating Suspect

The below pictured individual, on 06/22/14 at approximately 3 pm, purchased a Rolex Watch valued at $8774 from Gold Fever on Arnold Avenue in Point Pleasant Beach. The man provided the shop sales person false identification to purchase the watch and the credit card...

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Today’s Sentencings

➢ Donald Campo, 45, of Manchester, NJ was sentenced today before Judge Gizinski on the charge of 1st Degree Aggravated Sexual Assault to 10 years in NJ State Prison (No Early Release), Parole Supervision for Life, Megan’s Law Registration, Nicole’s Law (No...

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Sex Assault Defendant Sentenced

Defendant Efrain Palacios-Torres, 24, was sentenced on 8/1/14 by Judge Daniels on a charge of First Degree Aggravated Sexual Assault to 10 years in New Jersey State Prison, No Early Release Act applies, Megan’s Law Registered Sex Offender, Parole Supervision for...

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Lakewood Shooting Investigation

On August 2nd at 1206 am, Lakewood Police Department received a 911 call reporting a vehicle crash in the area of 1226 E. County Line Road, Lakewood, NJ. The arriving Officers found a silver 2002 Chrysler Town & County minivan crashed head on into a tree. The...

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Prescription Drug Drop Off

Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato today announced that the Ocean County’s Prosecutor’s Office has joined with the DART Coalition, the Ocean County Health Department and the Lakewood Blue Claws to host two prescription drug drop off events this summer at Blue...

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Defendant Found Guilty in Insurance Fraud Trial

TOMS RIVER, NEW JERSEY – On Wednesday, July 23, 2014, a jury found defendant Edwin Pastrof, 51, guilty of third degree Insurance Fraud for which Pastrof will face between 3 and 5 years in New Jersey State’s Prison. Edwin Pastrof at the time of the crime had a...

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Defendants Arrested for Crimes Against Children

On 7/17/14, Ocean County Prosecutor Det. Lindsay Woodfield, along with Jackson Township Police Det. Robert Reiff arrested Rebecca L. Smith, 29, of Jackson, NJ on charges of Endangering the Welfare of a Child and Title 9 Child Abuse. The 12 year old victim, who is...

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Toms River Man Pleads Guilty to Drug Charges

Toms River, NJ – On Tuesday, July 15, 2014, defendant John L. Williams, Jr., 48, of Toms River, entered six (6) guilty pleas to various drug charges before the Honorable James M. Blaney, J.S.C. The State was represented by Assistant Ocean County Prosecutor Ehsan F....

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Marilu Hedgecoth sentenced for Theft

Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato announced today the sentencing of Marilu Hedgecoth. Marilu Hedgecoth was sentenced on July 10, 2014 to 7 years in State prison and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $182,530.07 Two weeks into her trial in March of...

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Life Sentence for Third Strike Defendant

Toms River, NJ – Antonio Jones, 46, of Lakewood, NJ was sentenced by Judge Francis R. Hodgson, Jr.,J.S.C. to a term of life imprisonment without parole under the “Three Strikes Law” (N.J.S.A. 2C:43-7.1) due to the defendant’s prior criminal record.  The...

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Defendant Found Guilty in Murder for Hire Trial

FREEHOLD, NEW JERSEY – On Friday, June 27, 2014, a jury found defendant Jay R. Goldberg, 64, of Little Egg Harbor, NJ, guilty of two first degree crimes for the conspiracy to commit and attempted murder of former Assistant Ocean County Prosecutor Steven N. Cucci. ...

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Trial in Murder for Hire Plot Begins

FREEHOLD, NEW JERSEY – Opening statements in the trial of State vs Jay R. Goldberg, 64, of Little Egg Harbor, are scheduled to begin in Monmouth County Superior Court on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at 9 a.m. before the Honorable Francis J. Vernoia, P.J.Cr. Goldberg is on...

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Ocean County Man Arrested On Child Porn Charges

Toms River – NJ, Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato and Manchester Police Chief Brian Klimakowski today announced the arrest of Frank S. Lochwood, Jr, 67, of the Whiting section of Manchester Township, for the Possession of Child Pornography.     On June 18,...

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Guilty Plea in Vehicular Homicide Case

Toms River, NJ – On Monday (6/16) defendant Deborah L. Tadych, 61, of Brick Township pled guilty before the Honorable Francis R. Hodgson, J.S.C. to one (1) count of Second Degree Vehicular Homicide. Tadych also entered a plea of guilty to Driving while Intoxicated....

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Guilty Plea in Ocean County Overdose Death

Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato today announced that Nicholas Ippolito, 22, of Point Pleasant, NJ pled guilty to Manslaughter and Distribution of Heroin in connection with the December 19, 2013 strict liability drug induced death of Joseph Piezzo, 25, in...

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Guilty Plea in Sexual Assault

Toms River, NJ – On Thursday (6/12) defendant John J. Davin, 77, of Lanoka Harbor, NJ pled guilty before Honorable Francis R. Hodgson, Jr.,J.S.C. to one (1) count of First Degree Aggravated Sexual Assault. Davin will be sentenced in the second degree range. Senior...

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Shop the Ocean County 2014 On-line Auction

Toms River, NJ – The Ocean County 2014 On-Line Auction is scheduled to start Saturday (6/14) and is scheduled to run until Wednesday (6/18). Those interested can go to www.usgovbid.com to see surplus equipment and vehicles. The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office will be...

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Doctor Liviu T. Holca Case Status Update

New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners Obtains Voluntary License Suspension of Ocean County Doctor Accused of Illegally Distributing Narcotic Painkillers NEWARK – The Division of Consumer Affairs today announced that the New Jersey State Board of Medical Examiners has...

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Guilty Verdict in Eluding Trial

Toms River, NJ – On Tuesday (6/10) an Ocean County jury found David A. Miller, 59, of Seaside Park guilty of the third degree crime of eluding an officer. Miller could potentially be facing three (3) to five (5) years in New Jersey State Prison, however it is more...

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Guilty Plea in Burglary Spree

Toms River, NJ – On Monday (6/9) defendant Alihbo C. Rosado, 27, of Lakewood Township pled guilty before Honorable Wendel E. Daniels, P.J.Cr to eleven (11) separate residential burglaries occurring in Lakewood Township, NJ. The guilty plea stems from an investigation...

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Joseph D. Coronato Named Prosecutor of the Year

OCEAN COUNTY LAW ENFORCEMENT PRESENTED FIVE OTHER PROMINENT AWARDS Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato, Ocean County Prosecutor Off ice members and other law enforcement officers from around Ocean County have been selected by the New Jersey Narcotics Officers...

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Defendant Sentenced in Commercial Burglaries

Toms River, NJ – On Friday May 30, 2014, the Honorable Wendel E. Daniels, P.J.Cr. sentenced Phillip W. Campos, 49, of Vineland, NJ to 6 years in New Jersey State Prison with a 2.5 year period of parole ineligibility after Assistant Ocean County Prosecutor Ehsan...

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Toms River Police Involved Shooting

Toms River, NJ – Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato and Toms River Police Chief Mitchell A. Little state that the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department and the Toms River Police Department are investigating an incident...

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Lakewood Fatality

On Tuesday, May 27, 2014, at 0947 hours, Lakewood Police received several 911 calls reporting a male trapped beneath a bulldozer at 688 Cross Street in Lakewood. Lakewood Police and MONOC 207 responded and found Angel L. Martinez, 67, of Lakewood trapped under the...

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Bayville Man Charged In Stabbing

Berkeley Township, NJ – Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato and Berkeley Township Police Chief Karin DiMichele today announced details of an altercation and subsequent stabbing in Bayville yesterday evening. On May 15, 2014, at approximately 8:14 pm, the...

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LIVE! For 107

Contact: Dee Pellegrino Phone: 732-539-8273 Email: dpellegrino@presscommradio.com   LIVE! For 107 Local Radio Station 107.1FM to Broadcast LIVE for 107 hours straight to help combat the Jersey Shore Heroin Epidemic! 107.1FM, a Press Communications, LLC Radio...

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Guilty Verdict In State VS Dennis Conover

Toms River, NJ – Defendant Dennis Conover, 34, of Manalapan was found guilty today (5/14) by a jury on one count First Degree Aggravated Sexual Assault, one count Second Degree Sexual Assault, and one count Third Degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child....

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And The Saves Keep Coming

OCEAN COUNTY’S NARCAN PROGRAM RESULTS IN FOURTH SAVE Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato and Lacey Police Chief David Paprota today announced the fourth time in less than a month that an Ocean County Officer has saved a heroin overdose victim’s life by...

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Arrest in Ocean County Overdose Death

PROSECUTOR CONTINUES EFFORT TO HOLD DRUG DISTRIBUTORS RESPONSIBLE FOR DRUG INDUCED DEATHS   Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato and South Toms River Police Chief Andrew Izatt today announced the arrest of Jeana Ganun, 34, of South Toms River, NJ in...

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Victim of Heroin Gets Second Chance at Life

Seaside Heights, NJ – For the second time in less than a month a Seaside Heights Patrolman has saved a heroin overdose victim’s life by administering Narcan (Naloxone Spray). The most recent save came just before 3 am this morning when Seaside Heights Patrolman Erik...

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Contractor Sentenced in Theft Case

Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato today announced the sentencing of David K. Haugland, 41, of Stafford Township, NJ.  The sentencing stems from the February 2014 conviction of Haugland in Superior Court by an Ocean County Jury on two counts of second degree...

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Beachwood Man Indicted in Toms River Bank Robbery

Toms River, N.J. – Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato today announced the return of a three (3) count indictment by the Ocean County Grand Jury against James F. Bonelli, 33, of Beachwood, NJ charging him with First Degree Armed Robbery of a Bank, Third Degree...

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Ocean County Superior Court Activity

SENTENCING   Defendant Antonio Guiterrez Arroyo, 34, of Lakewood, NJ  was sentenced today by Judge Hodgson to 15 years in New Jersey State Prison with No early release, Megan’s Law (Registration required), Nicole’s Law (No contact with victim) and Parole...

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Nasto Terrace Fire Findings

Brick Township, N.J. – The following are the investigative findings of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Arson Investigations Unit reference the residential structure fire at 276 Nasto Terrace in Brick Township on March 16, 2014:   A scene examination was conducted...

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Arrest in Ocean County Overdose Death

Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato, Brick Township Police Chief Nils Bergquist and Point Pleasant Borough Police Chief Lawrence R. Williams today announced the arrest of Nicholas Ippolito, 22, of Point Pleasant, NJ in connection with an Ocean County overdose...

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Guilty Verdict in Lakewood Robbery Case

Toms River, NJ – Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato today announced Antonio Jones, 36, of Lakewood, NJ was found guilty on both counts of first degree armed robbery and fourth degree obstruction of the administration of law.  The trial started on Feb. 4,...

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Parents Charged in Infants Death

Toms River, N.J. – Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato announced that on February 14, 2014, Giovanna Rojas, 32, and Michael Rojas, 37, of Toms River, NJ were arrested and charged with one count of First Degree Aggravated Manslaughter and Second Degree...

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Arrest in Kidnapping and Sexual Assault

Toms River, NJ – Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato and Toms River Police Chief Mitch Little today announced the arrest of Steen Tarpley, 48, of Toms River for the kidnapping and sexual assault of a 31 year old Toms River woman.   At approximately...

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Arrests in Fema Fruad Claim

Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato today announced that on February 7, 2014, Ocean County Prosecutor Detective Amanda O’Mara  along with Special Agents Brian McCarthy and Brien Graveline of the Department of Homeland Security Office of the Inspector General...

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POLICE SEEK SOUTH TOMS RIVER HIT & RUN DRIVER

POLICE SEEK SOUTH TOMS RIVER HIT & RUN DRIVER The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office and South Toms River Police Department are requesting the public’s help in locating a vehicle involved in a Hit & Run accident early evening on Monday. The vehicle has been...

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