Natural-Gas Bills Will Drop This Winter for Most Customers in New Jersey

1747For most customers who use natural gas to heat their homes, costs will drop this winter. The state Board of Public Utilities yesterday approved new rates for the state’s four gas utilities, with all but South Jersey Gas customers seeing drops in their gas bills. The rates take effect today. The decline in customers’ bills continues… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: October 2nd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Energy, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Kyrillos and Lesniak Fast Track Sports Betting Legislation

Sen. Joe Kyrillos

Sen. Joe Kyrillos

Senators Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) and Ray Lesniak have teamed up to sponsor legislation that will counter the professional sports leagues latest attempts to block sports betting in New Jersey.

The bill, which will be introduced during the Senate’s next session, would explicitly abolish language in state law that prohibits sports betting, a move that would reinforce the state attorney general’s effort to lift the injunction preventing the state from moving forward on plans to allow casinos and racetracks to accept wagers on sporting events. The measure would also prohibit the transport of sports-betting equipment across state lines and set an age requirement of 21 years old.

Last month acting Attorney General John Hoffman issued a directive that instructed law enforcement not to prosecute sports betting at racetracks and casinos.  The Christie Administration asked U. S. District Judge Michael Shipp to rule that New Jersey is not violating federal law by decriminalizing sports betting  and allowing private entities to operate and regulate the betting.

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Posted: October 1st, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Atlantic City, Horse Racing Industry, New Jersey, News, Sport Betting | Tags: , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Lakehurst Child Pornographer Pleads Guilty in Court

Allen-Michael-293x391TOMS RIVER-A Lakehurst man plead guilty in court today and faces six years in prison for distributing child pornography. Michael R. Allen, 27, of Lakehurst entered a guilty plea before Judge Francis R. Hodgson Jr., J.S.C., yesterday to second degree Distribution of Child Pornography. Allen is facing 6 years in New Jersey State Prison and mandatory… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: October 1st, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Crime, Crime and Punishment, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

New Jersey court reverses parole denial in 1973 trooper killing

HACKENSACK, N.J. — It remains one of the nation’s most infamous murders of a police officer, a New Jersey Turnpike killing connected to the racial politics of the 1970s and the dramatic prison escape of a woman who fled to Cuba and is one of the FBI’s most wanted fugitives. A state panel of appellate judges… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: September 30th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Crime, Crime and Punishment, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , , | 6 Comments »

Tab for Unfunded Retiree Benefits Pegged at $30,000 per Household

A statistic that is likely to become a favorite at Gov. Chris Christie’s town hall meetings comes courtesy of the New Jersey Pension and Health Benefit Study Commission, which yesterday reported that “each of the state’s 3.2 million households would have to… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: September 26th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Christie Administration, Monmouth County, New Jersey, Pensions | Tags: , , , | 5 Comments »

Clock Ticking on $1 Million Powerball Ticket Sold in Tinton Falls

logo-powerball-homeA Powerball ticket worth $1 million that was sold at the Kwik Farms on Shrewsbury Ave in Tinton Falls remains unclaimed and is set to expire on October 23.

The winning numbers on October 23, 2013 were 03, 23, 31, 34 and 47. The Powerball number was 13.

If you have the ticket, sign the back and have it validated at a New Jersey Lottery Retailer before midnight on October 23 .

Posted: September 26th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, New Jersey, News, Powerball lottery | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

Brick Realtor Arrested After Arranging Sex With Fourteen Year Old Girl

Girl Was Undercover Cop

Richard J. Jones Mugshot

Richard J. Jones Mugshot

A 66 year old real estate broker was arrested today after he set up a meeting to have sex with a 14 year old girl who was actually an undercover police officer, according to a statement by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.

Richard J. Jones of Brick Township, Ocean County, was charged with second degree Attempted Sexual Assault after he was snagged this afternoon by a Joint Investigation of the Prosecutor’s Special Victims Unit and investigators from the Asbury Park, Englishton and Wall Township police departments.  He is alleged to have used a local prostitute to facilitate a meeting to have sex with a 14 year old girl who was really an undercover police officer.

Jones, the owner and broker of Century 21 Herbertsville Real Estate in Brick, is being held in the Monmouth County Correctional Institution on $125,000 bail with no 10% option as set by Judge Honora O’Brien Kilgallen.  Judge Kilgallen also order Jones to have no contact with the prostitute who facilitated the meeting.

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Posted: September 26th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Crime, Crime and Punishment, Monmouth County, Monmouth County Prosecutor, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

New School-Funding Case Turns Spotlight on State’s Rural Districts

New Jersey’s school-funding fight is heading back to the courts — again. In yet another foray into the judicial arena that has become central to New Jersey’s school-funding struggles, lawyers have filed a formal complaint against the Christie administration over its failure to fully fund 16 mostly rural districts. Akin to the state’s landmark Abbott v.… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: September 26th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Christie Administration, Education, New Jersey, NJ Courts | Tags: , , , , , | 3 Comments »

New Jerseyans Could Be Paying too Much for Power, Report Says

Consumers could be paying up to $1.3 billion more than they should because the operator of the regional power grid fails to account for savings from energy efficiency in its long-term forecasts for electricity demand, according to a new study. The study, commissioned by the Sustainable FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission) project, suggested the failure of… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: September 24th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Energy, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

Kolibas Elected Hazlet Board of Education President

William Kolibas Jr

William Kolibas Jr

William Kolibas, Jr was unanimously elected President of the Hazlet Board of Education on Monday evening, according to a statement by Superintendent Bernard F. Bragen, Jr Ed. D.

Kolibas replaces Stephen F. Willig who stepped down after serving on the Board for nine years due to conflicts with his work schedule.

Lauri O’ Leary was elected to replace Kolibas as Vice President.

The Board is seeking a replacement for Willig and hope to appoint the new member at its November 17, 2014 meeting.  Interested parties should contact Board Secretary Chris Mullins, CMullins@hazlet.org or 732-264-8401 ext. 1109.

Posted: September 24th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Education, Hazlet, Monmouth County, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , , | No Comments »