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Tanker truck crash with fuel spill closes Route 9, causes major delays in Monmouth County

A tanker truck crash involving a fuel spill forced the closure of Route 9 in both directions in Marlboro on Friday morning, authorities said. Both the northbound and southbound lanes were blocked and traffic is being detoured around the crash at the intersection with Route 520 (Robertsville Road) ne


Odell Beckham, Jr.'s Puppies Up For Adoption In Monmouth County

MILLSTONE TOWNSHIP, NJ — Where better to begin your life as a young pup than rural Monmouth County, New Jersey? Perhaps that's why New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. chose a Millstone-based pet resort as the locale where his female Presa Canario (Canary Mastiff) delivered her litter of


11 things to do in Middlesex County this weekend, Feb. 22-24, plus one from Princeton

Here are 11 ways to get out of the house this weekend to have some fun in Middlesex County, plus an event happening at Princeton high school. Send events to staff@monroenow.com.


NJ park ranger furloughed during shutdown wins $29.5 million lottery jackpot

BAYONNE, N.J. -- A New York City park ranger from New Jersey who was furloughed during the partial federal government shutdown has claimed a $29.5 million lottery jackpot. Judith Smith had purchased the winning Pick-6 ticket for the December 17 drawing just days before the shutdown closed the Fort W


New Jersey Senate approves bill that could keep Trump off state’s 2020 ballot

The Democrat-controlled New Jersey Senate approved a bill that would keep presidential candidates off the state’s 2020 ballot unless they release their tax returns. The bill — which was passed Thursday in a 23-11 vote largely along party lines — needs the approval of an Assembly committee and the fu


Alleged Street Racer Indicted in Death of High School Vice Principal

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A Piscataway man has been indicted on homicide charges in connection with a street racing incident that killed a New Brunswick High School vice principal, Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey said in a statement.


Patriots Owner Robert Kraft Being Charged With Soliciting Prostitute

Police in Florida are charging New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft with misdemeanor solicitation of prostitution, saying they have videotape of him paying for a sex act inside an illicit massage parlor.


Authorities: Serial cat killer on the loose in Monmouth County

Law enforcement officials in Monmouth County say that a serial cat killer is on the loose. “We are talking two horrific deaths of two innocent cats that we found with extraordinarily horrific, horrific injuries,” says Monmouth County Chief SPCA Officer Ross Licitra.


Keansburg man tossed from local bar twice in one night

A Keansburg man who was thrown out of a bar not once, but twice in one night is facing a string of charges. Police were called in around 11:00 pm on February 17 for a man acting disorderly and refusing to leave the bar.


New Jersey Democrats move forward with plan to get Trump’s tax returns

TRENTON — New Jersey state lawmakers moved forward Thursday with a bill that could force President Donald Trump to disclose his tax returns. The Democrat-controlled state Senate voted along partisan lines, 23-11, to advance the measure to the General Assembly. One Democrat did not vote.


Video shows alleged drunk driver going out of control and onto sidewalk in New Jersey

JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- Newly released video shows an alleged drunk driver going out of control and onto a sidewalk in New Jersey, narrowly missing a man. The incident happened the night of Feb. 9 in Jersey City.


Monmouth County Trade and Skilled Labor Career Fair Slated for February 28

FREEHOLD, NJ — Monmouth County residents will learn about employment and training opportunities in the skilled trades and other “noncollege” professions during a trade and jobs fair on Thursday, February 28.


Woman, 20, admits she was drunk in Garden State Parkway crash that killed 18-year-old friend

A Monmouth County woman is expected to be sentenced 10 years in prison after admitting she was driving drunk in a Garden State Parkway crash last fall that left one of her friends dead and another seriously injured.


Princeton, Hopwell in good shape at Region V wrestling tournament

FRANKLIN TWP. — Princeton may have been blown out by Mercer County kingpin Hopewell Valley by over 40 points in a dual meet, but in a bit of a twist it has ended up with the same number of number of wrestlers in the quarterfinal round of the Region V Tournament.


Sweeney: Don’t expect legal cannabis in New Jersey until at least January

TRENTON — New Jersey’s top lawmakers are moving forward with a plan to legalize cannabis for recreational use, but new dispensaries aren’t likely to open any time soon. “I think, best case scenario, you’re going to have marijuana available legally [in] January,” Senate President Steve Sweeney told r


Man Gets 40 Years for Beating Sleeping Girlfriend to Death With Hammer in New Jersey Home

A man who used a hammer to fatally beat his sleeping girlfriend at her South Jersey home has been sentenced to 40 years in state prison. Lashaun Smith had pleaded guilty last month to murder in the November 2017 death of 28-year-old Sarah Phillips. The prison sentence was handed down Friday. He must


Jersey Cash 5 ticket worth $358K sold at convenience store

A Jersey Cash 5 lottery ticket worth $357,912 was sold for Wednesday’s drawing at a Middlesex County convenience store, lottery officials said Thursdfay. The winning ticket was purchased at the Krauszer’s store on Avenel Street in the Avenel section of Woodbridge. The winning numbers were 7, 13, 15,


Former Rutgers Football Player Indicted in Murder Plot

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A former Rutgers University football player was indicted today on charges he plotted to kill his former girlfriend's parents and harassed the woman online. Izaia Bullock, 22, of South River, was indicted on with two counts of first-degree attempted murder and two counts of first-


Testimony Ends in NJ Trial of Man Charged With Strangling Former Classmate Sarah Stern

Testimony has concluded in the murder trial of a man accused of strangling former high school classmate Sarah Stern during a robbery and throwing her body off a New Jersey bridge.


Kiwanis Club future uncertain even as it sees increase in youth involvement

For any service organization to survive, it needs two things: income and active volunteers. With the long-term view in mind, the Kiwanis Club of Commodore Mayo is actively recruiting new members to bring fresh energy and new ideas to the 63-year-old local chapter of Kiwanis International.