What drove a man to hit the same Toms River store he robbed 15 years ago 1 day after leaving jail

What drove a man to hit the same Toms River store he robbed 15 years ago 1 day after leaving jail (via NJ.com)

A day after spending 15 years behind bars for robbing a Toms River shoe store, Christopher M. Miller was arrested in March after he robbed the same exact business. In an exclusive interview with the New York Post, Miller, 40, explains what led him back…

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Posted: May 12th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Crime, Crime and Punishment | Tags: , , , | 2 Comments »

Toms River Crowd Gives Christie A Standing Ovation

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Sharon from Toms River asks the last question at Governor Chris Christie’s Town Hall Meeting in Toms River. March 4, 2014

After Governor Chris Christie gave his customary warning to the last questioner at Town Hall meetings…don’t ask a stupid question or the crowd will turn on you…he called on Sharon from Toms River.

While the announced topic of the Town Hall was Sandy Recovery, Christie told the crowd of over 550 jammed in to the club house of a senior citizens’ community that they were welcome to ask him about anything.

Sharon brought up ObamaCare and the crowd started to boo.  “What can we do?” Sharon asked after expressing her healthcare concerns to the governor over the boos.

“Elect a new president,” Christie said a matter-a-factually.  The crowd erupted spontaneously. 550 senior citizens jumped out for their seats as if they had bed bugs and cheered Christie’s answer for a good minute, maybe two.

Christie said his answer was not a matter of partisanship, him being Republican and President Obama being a Democrat, but a matter of what works and what doesn’t work. The governor noted that Obama keeps delaying the implementation of parts of ObamaCare, “because they are not working.”

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Posted: March 4th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Christie Administration, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

Sandy Aftermath: The Purcells of Toms River were sold more flood insurance than the could ever collect. Now they’re getting lowballed

By Art Gallagher

Following up on the story of the Purcells from Toms River posted last week, my friend Ken Braswell of ShoreGrafx and I visited the Purcells at what is left of their home.

Kim and Jay were sold a flood insurance policy with a $206,000 dollar limit, well in excess of the value of the home.  A engineer they hired at their own expense (because their insurance adjuster told them it may take a year for the insurance company to send a engineer) and a contractor told them their house could not be rebuilt and must be torn down.  Their insurance company said their house can be rebuilt for $28,000.  The insurance company adjuster said he was sending the check and closing the file, regardless of what the Purcells or the public adjuster they hired had to say about it.

Since we visited Kim and Jay, the insurance company has reopened the file and is sending an engineer out to inspect the home.  Let’s hope the insurance company does the right thing.

If they don’t, we’ll have a lot more material to publicize.

Posted: February 24th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Flooding, Hurricane Sandy, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

The Aftermath of Sandy: The Purcells of Toms River

Just over a month after Superstorm Sandy destroyed their Toms River home, Jay and Kim Purcell were optimistic and resolute about rebuilding.

This video was posted on YouTube on December 5, 2012.  If the embedded video is not working, try viewing it here on YouTube.

Over the past three months Kim and Jay have done what they were supposed to do.  They dealt in good faith with their insurance companies.  The spent their own money hiring engineers and adjusters.

The Purcell’s optimism has been replaced with despair.  They’re dealing with red tape and low ball offers from their insurance companies.  Kim looks like she’s aged 10 years in the last three months.

This video was posted on YouTube on February 17th, 2013. The Purcell’s have been out of their home for 112 days.

 

If the embedded video is not working, try viewing it here on YouTube.

Posted: February 19th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: FEMA, Hurricane Sandy | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »