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Trackside Sportsbook With Shake Shack Coming To Monmouth Park In 2025 Trackside Sportsbook With Shake Shack Coming To Monmouth Park In 2025
Trackside Sportsbook With Shake Shack Coming To Monmouth Park In 2025 A Monmouth County horse track has begun a large expansion project to keep up with the growth of the sports gambling industry. Monmouth Park and Caesars Entertainment have started building a new trackside sportsbook and entertainment complex, according to a news release. A groundbreaking ceremony was held at the Oceanport track on Tuesday, May 7. The new facility is expected to open in 2025 with 16,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space for watching sports. There will also be a Shake Shack restaurant, wall-to-wall televisions, and more than 25 self-service betting kiosks. Park ope…
Driver Used Phone During South Jersey Crash That Hospitalized Motorcyclist For Months: Police Driver Used Phone During South Jersey Crash That Hospitalized Motorcyclist For Months: Police
Driver Used Phone During South Jersey Crash That Hospitalized Motorcyclist For Months: Police A Lakewood man was accused of using his cellphone during a crash that severely injured a Monmouth County motorcyclist, authorities said. Daniel Abbott, 48, turned himself in to Wall Township police on Monday, May 13, the department said in a news release. He was charged with fourth-degree assault by auto. Wall police responded to a crash on Lakewood Allenwood Road on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2023. A 73-year-old Belmar man suffered severe injuries in the wreck. Investigators said Abbott was driving west in a Ford "full-size van" when he crossed the center line and hit the Belmar man who was…
Central Jersey Youth Soccer Coach Molested Players, Sent Sexual Photos, Prosecutors Say Central Jersey Youth Soccer Coach Molested Players, Sent Sexual Photos, Prosecutors Say
Central Jersey Youth Soccer Coach Molested Players, Sent Sexual Photos, Prosecutors Say A Monmouth County youth soccer coach has been accused of molesting two of his players and sending sexual pictures to several others, authorities said. Ryan Gunsauls, 32, of Union Beach, was arrested in Hazlet on Friday, May 11, The Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office announced his arrest in a news release issued Tuesday, May 14. Investigators said one boy told police earlier in May that Gunsauls had been sending him "sexually explicit materials" and asking for them on social media. More victims between 11 and 17 years old were identified and interviewed. Prosecutors said Gunsauls sent…
Central Jersey High School Student Suffers 'Traumatic Cardiac Event': Fundraiser Central Jersey High School Student Suffers 'Traumatic Cardiac Event': Fundraiser
Central Jersey High School Student Suffers 'Traumatic Cardiac Event': Fundraiser A teen in Monmouth County was fighting for his life after going into cardiac arrest, a fundraising campaign said. A GoFundMe page said JJ Machnik suffered a "traumatic cardiac event" on the morning of Friday, May 10. The GoFundMe page had raised more than $39,000 from at least 680 donations as of Monday, May 13. Machnik was rushed to Morristown Medical Center and "coded" on his way to the hospital. He was placed in a medically induced coma to be monitored for 48 hours in the cardiac care unit. In an update on Sunday, May 12, the fundraiser's creator Marlana Ho…
$500 Million Open-Air Redevelopment Of Monmouth Mall Begins $500 Million Open-Air Redevelopment Of Monmouth Mall Begins
$500 Million Open-Air Redevelopment Of Monmouth Mall Begins A more than $500 million project to transform a Monmouth County mall into an open-air town center has officially begun, officials said. A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Thursday, May 9 at the Monmouth Mall in Eatontown, developer Kushner said in a news release on Monday, May 13. The mall will be redeveloped into a modern center with luxury apartments, new retail options, and medical office space called Monmouth Square. Kushner said the project to "de-mall" the property off Route 35 will bring a new purpose to the historic Monmouth Mall, which has been open for 64 years. …
'You Dead B***h': NJ Mom Shares Story Of Surviving Brutal Stabbing In Home Invasion 'You Dead B***h': NJ Mom Shares Story Of Surviving Brutal Stabbing In Home Invasion
'You Dead B***h': NJ Mom Shares Story Of Surviving Brutal Stabbing In Home Invasion A Monmouth County woman is speaking about the night she was brutally stabbed by a teen boy who claimed he was high on psychedelic mushrooms. Brennan Doyle, now 28 years old, was sentenced to 15 years in state prison for attempted murder and carjacking, according to state Department of Corrections records. He pleaded guilty to the Tuesday, July 7, 2015 stabbing of Donna Ongsiako in her Colts Neck home. In an interview with CBS's "48 Hours", Ongsiako said she opened her door just after midnight to let her cat back in the house when she saw Doyle standing outside with a knife. "I tried to sla…
44-Foot Dead Whale Caught On Cruise Ship's Bow Towed To Jersey Shore: NOAA 44-Foot Dead Whale Caught On Cruise Ship's Bow Towed To Jersey Shore: NOAA
44-Foot Dead Whale Caught On Cruise Ship's Bow Towed To Jersey Shore: NOAA A dead whale was towed to the Jersey Shore after it was caught on the bow of a cruise ship, officials said. The cruise ship in the Port of Brooklyn, New York, reported the sei whale was caught on the front of the vessel on the morning of Saturday, May 4. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries service for New England and the mid-Atlantic issued a news release about the incident on Wednesday, May 8. The roughly 44-foot-long whale was brought to shore in Sandy Hook to give better access to heavy equipment. A necropsy was performed on Tuesday, May 7 and t…
Drinks And A Movie: Alcohol Sales Approved At Nonprofit Cinema On Jersey Shore Drinks And A Movie: Alcohol Sales Approved At Nonprofit Cinema On Jersey Shore
Drinks And A Movie: Alcohol Sales Approved At Nonprofit Cinema On Jersey Shore You can now enjoy a beer, a glass of wine, or a cocktail at an independent movie theater in Monmouth County. Basie Center Cinemas will start selling alcoholic beverages to customers 21 and older, the Red Bank theater announced in a news release on Tuesday, May 7. A recent state law cleared the way for the cinema to receive a liquor license. The White Street theater said it will feature products from Jersey craft breweries and wineries. "Basie Center Cinemas is now the only area indie movie house that can offer patrons a glass of wine, a local craft beer, or a cool, canned cocktail to accom…
Wild Past Of CNN Anchor, Jersey Shore Native Detailed In New Book Wild Past Of CNN Anchor, Jersey Shore Native Detailed In New Book
Wild Past Of CNN Anchor, Jersey Shore Native Detailed In New Book CNN anchor Alisyn Camerota was growing up on the Jersey Shore when she started following her a local punk rock band, spending her nights at iconic clubs like CBGB and Max's Kansas City. Camerota, who grew up in Shrewsbury, is out with a new book "Combat Love," which explores her tumultuous teenage years and her then-strained relationship with her mother. She will be hosting a book signing at Books and Greetings in Northvale on Sunday, May 5 and has upcoming events in Collingswood and in her hometown. View this post on Instagram A post sha…
Scooter Driver Killed In Jersey Shore Crash Involving Police Officer Identified: State AG Scooter Driver Killed In Jersey Shore Crash Involving Police Officer Identified: State AG
Scooter Driver Killed In Jersey Shore Crash Involving Police Officer Identified: State AG New Jersey's Attorney General has identified the scooter driver killed in a Monmouth County crash and the police officer involved in the wreck. Guyvenson Innocent, 35, of Beachwood, died in the crash on Monday, Apr. 15, the state Attorney General's office said in a news release on Wednesday, May 1. The crash happened on Route 35 South near Sunset Avenue in Ocean Township at around 9:08 p.m. Investigators said Ocean Township police officer Ryan Deceglie was on duty when his marked vehicle and "multiple civilian vehicles" crashed. Officer Deceglie and the other drivers in the c…
Man Convicted Of Strangling Wife, Dumping Body On Side Of Jersey Shore Road: Prosecutors Man Convicted Of Strangling Wife, Dumping Body On Side Of Jersey Shore Road: Prosecutors
Man Convicted Of Strangling Wife, Dumping Body On Side Of Jersey Shore Road: Prosecutors A Forked River man was convicted of strangling his wife to death and leaving her body on the side of a Monmouth County road, authorities said. A jury found 53-year-old Jeremy Cruz guilty of first-degree murder. Monmouth County Prosecutor Raymond Santiago announced the conviction in a news release on Friday, Apr. 26. A driver saw 51-year-old Dawn Cruz with severe injuries on Colonial Avenue near the intersection with Asbury Avenue in Ocean Township just after 1 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022. Ocean Township police found her and she was pronounced dead at the scen…
Ex-Con Sentenced For Home Invasion, Sexually Assaulting Woman In Asbury Park: Prosecutors Ex-Con Sentenced For Home Invasion, Sexually Assaulting Woman In Asbury Park: Prosecutors
Ex-Con Sentenced For Home Invasion, Sexually Assaulting Woman In Asbury Park: Prosecutors An Asbury Park ex-convict will spend more than three decades in prison after he was convicted of a home invasion and sexual assault, authorities said. Shawn Connolly, 37, was sentenced on Tuesday, Apr. 23 to 40 years in prison, Monmouth County Prosecutor Raymond Santiago announced in a news release. He'll be eligible for parole after 34 years under the No Early Release Act. Asbury Park police responded to a home on Seventh Avenue just before 5:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. Officers immediately found Connolly, arrested him, and recovered what he stole from his pockets. Investigat…
Human Remains Found At NJ Construction Site Not Believed To Be Suspicious: Prosecutors Human Remains Found At NJ Construction Site Not Believed To Be Suspicious: Prosecutors
Human Remains Found At NJ Construction Site Not Believed To Be Suspicious: Prosecutors Foul play was not suspected after human remains were found at a Jersey Shore construction site, authorities said. An analysis of the skeletal remains hasn't shown any evidence of the people's deaths being suspicious, Monmouth County Prosecutor Raymond Santiago and Wall Township police Chief Sean O'Halloran said in a news release on Friday, Apr. 19.  The remains were found on the 1100 block of Narrumson Road in Wall Township on Tuesday, Mar. 12. Work had just started on the foundation of a new home when the remains were discovered. A state police anthropologist perf…
Central Jersey Man Who Killed Father, Hid His Body Sentenced: Prosecutors Central Jersey Man Who Killed Father, Hid His Body Sentenced: Prosecutors
Central Jersey Man Who Killed Father, Hid His Body Sentenced: Prosecutors A Monmouth County man will spend more than 20 years in prison after admitting to killing his father and hiding his body in their home almost two years ago, authorities said. Kenneth Knapp Jr., 32, of Matawan, was sentenced on Thursday, Apr. 18 to 30 years in state prison, Monmouth County Prosecutor Raymond Santiago said in a news release. He pleaded guilty on Tuesday, Jan. 23 to first-degree aggravated manslaughter and second-degree desecration of human remains. Matawan police were called to the family's home on Matawan Avenue on Sunday, May 1, 2022, for a welfare check on 58…
NJ Ex-Con Featured On 'America's Most Wanted' Sentenced For Deadly Stabbing NJ Ex-Con Featured On 'America's Most Wanted' Sentenced For Deadly Stabbing
NJ Ex-Con Featured On 'America's Most Wanted' Sentenced For Deadly Stabbing An Ocean County ex-convict and parolee once featured on the TV show "America's Most Wanted" will spend more than a decade in prison after admitting to his role in the stabbing death of another man, authorities said. Angelo Grenci, 47, of Berkeley Township, was sentenced on Friday, Apr. 19 to 20 years in state prison, Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley Billhimer said in a news release. He pleaded guilty on Monday, Jan. 29 to aggravated manslaughter in the killing of 50-year-old Carlton Williams of Seaside Heights. Toms River and Berkeley Township police responded to RWJBarnabas C…
NJ HS Teacher Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Student Freed From Jail Until Trial NJ HS Teacher Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Student Freed From Jail Until Trial
NJ HS Teacher Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Student Freed From Jail Until Trial A Mercer County high school teacher accused of sexually assaulting a student several times at a Monmouth County wildlife preserve was released from jail to await her trial, authorities said. A judge denied a request on Wednesday, Apr. 17 to keep 37-year-old Jessica Sawicki of Point Pleasant Beach in jail through her trial, a Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office spokesperson said. She was charged with five counts of second-degree sexual assault and five counts of second-degree endangering the welfare of a child. Sawicki was arrested on Monday, Apr. 8, according to an affidavit obtai…
NJ Golfer Returning To U.S. Women's Open After Reaching Leaderboard While In High School NJ Golfer Returning To U.S. Women's Open After Reaching Leaderboard While In High School
NJ Golfer Returning To U.S. Women's Open After Reaching Leaderboard While In High School A Monmouth County golfer who was in high school while on the leaderboard of an LPGA major tournament's final round is returning to the event three years later. Megha Ganne qualified for the 2024 U.S. Women's Open after winning a U.S. Golf Association qualifying tournament on Monday, Apr. 15. The Holmdel native finished six under par in the two-round event in El Macero, California. Ganne shared pictures on Instagram of the official invitation to her third LPGA major. "US OPEN BOUND!!" Ganne posted. "[It's] been a while since one of these, grateful for another U.S. Women's Open opp…
Maserati Driven By 82-Year-Old Leaves Pedestrian Critical In Route 35 Crash: Prosecutor Maserati Driven By 82-Year-Old Leaves Pedestrian Critical In Route 35 Crash: Prosecutor
Maserati Driven By 82-Year-Old Leaves Pedestrian Critical In Route 35 Crash: Prosecutor A man is fighting for his life after he was struck by a luxury sports car while crossing a busy road in Monmouth County, authorities said. Wall Township police responded to the crash involving a pedestrian at the intersection of Route 35 and Warren Avenue at around 11:22 a.m. on Monday, Apr. 15. Monmouth County Prosecutor Raymond Santiago released new details about the wreck in a news release on Thursday, Apr. 18. Investigators said an 82-year-old man driving a 2007 Maserati was making a left turn onto Route 35. The driver hit a 78-year-old man who was crossing the road from east to west in…
NJ Mom Tells BOE Teacher Sexually Abused Daughter, Investigation Launched (VIDEO) NJ Mom Tells BOE Teacher Sexually Abused Daughter, Investigation Launched (VIDEO)
NJ Mom Tells BOE Teacher Sexually Abused Daughter, Investigation Launched (Video) A Monmouth County teacher is under investigation after a student's mother accused her of sexually abusing her daughter. The upset parents of a 13-year-old girl confronted the Marlboro Township Board of Education at a regularly scheduled workshop meeting on Tuesday, Apr. 16. The girl's mother claimed her daughter was "molested" in a hallway of Marlboro Memorial Middle School. ALSO SEE: Hateful Email, Bomb Threat Prompts Delayed Opening In NJ District Probing Teacher For Abusing Student Marlboro Township Public Schools During her public comment, the mother identified t…
Douglas Yorke Jr., Passionate Author From Jersey Shore, Dies After Easter Sunday Crash Douglas Yorke Jr., Passionate Author From Jersey Shore, Dies After Easter Sunday Crash
Douglas Yorke Jr., Passionate Author From Jersey Shore, Dies After Easter Sunday Crash A Monmouth County author died from his injuries after an SUV struck him while he rode his bike on Easter Sunday, authorities said. Douglas Yorke Jr., 72, of Red Bank, was hit by a black 2017 Honda HR-V at around 5:45 p.m. on Sunday, Mar. 31, a Shrewsbury police spokesperson said. The crash happened on Samara Drive, just south of Obre Place. Yorke was brought to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune to be treated for his injuries. He died at the hospital on Thursday, Apr. 11, according to his obituary. The driver stayed at the scene of the crash. No charges or summonsed have bee…
Jersey Shore Reservist Admits Scamming Grieving Army Families Out Of $3.7M In Death Benefits Jersey Shore Reservist Admits Scamming Grieving Army Families Out Of $3.7M In Death Benefits
Jersey Shore Reservist Admits Scamming Grieving Army Families Out Of $3.7M In Death Benefits UPDATE: A ruthless now-former military reservist from Monmouth County admitted scamming the survivors of soldiers killed in war out of $3.7 million. Caz Craffy, 41, of Colts Neck, used his role as a counselor with the United States Army to pocket $1.4 million by exploiting the grief of Gold Star families, U.S. Attorney for New Jersey Philip R. Sellinger said. Craffy – who’s also known as “Carz Craffey” – “used lies and deception” to defraud two dozen families of what he told them were investments, the U.S. attorney said. For many, it was the only money they had. Whenever a member of the a…
Scooter Rider Killed In Jersey Shore Crash Involving Police Officer, State AG Says Scooter Rider Killed In Jersey Shore Crash Involving Police Officer, State AG Says
Scooter Rider Killed In Jersey Shore Crash Involving Police Officer, State AG Says A man riding a motorized scooter was killed in a multi-vehicle crash on Route 35 in Monmouth County that involved a local police officer, state authorities said. The crash occurred on the highway's southbound side near Sunset Avenue in Ocean Township shortly after 9 p.m. Monday, April 15, New Jersey Attorney General Matthew Platkin said on Tuesday. The identity of the scooter rider, who was pronounced dead at the scene, was temporarily being withheld, as was the name of the on-duty Ocean Township officer, Platkin said. Neither the officer nor anyone else involved in the crash was injured, …
NJ Teacher Admits Having Unprotected Sex With Student 5X Or More: Affidavit NJ Teacher Admits Having Unprotected Sex With Student 5X Or More: Affidavit
NJ Teacher Admits Having Unprotected Sex With Student 5X Or More: Affidavit A Mercer County high school teacher admitted to sexually assaulting a student multiple times times in a vehicle at a Monmouth County wildlife preserve, according to police paperwork obtained by Daily Voice. Jessica Sawicki, 37, of Point Pleasant, was arrested on Monday, Apr. 8, and charged with five counts of second-degree sexual assault and five counts of second-degree endangering the welfare of a child. New Jersey Fish and Wildlife officers found Sawicki and the victim "in states of undress" in the back of the victim's car at Assunpink Wildlife Management Area in Upper…
Woman High On Narcotics Indicted In NJ Crash That Killed Toddler: Prosecutors Woman High On Narcotics Indicted In NJ Crash That Killed Toddler: Prosecutors
Woman High On Narcotics Indicted In NJ Crash That Killed Toddler: Prosecutors A Monmouth County woman was indicted after she was accused of driving under the influence of drugs in a crash that killed a young girl, authorities said. Samantha Bonora, 31, of Howell, was indicted by a grand jury, the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office announced in a news release on Friday, Apr. 12. She was charged with first-degree aggravated manslaughter, two counts of second-degree aggravated assault, and four counts of assault by auto. Howell police responded to a crash on Route 34 near the Colts Neck border at around 4:41 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 13. Investigators said Bonor…
Man Accused Of Trying To Abduct Girl In South Jersey Crime Spree To Remain In Jail Man Accused Of Trying To Abduct Girl In South Jersey Crime Spree To Remain In Jail
Man Accused Of Trying To Abduct Girl In South Jersey Crime Spree To Remain In Jail A Monmouth County man will remain in jail after he was accused of trying to kidnap a teen girl and groping a woman in a Target parking lot during a two-county crime spree, authorities said. Quamel Benton, 35, of Farmingdale, was ordered by a judge on Wednesday, Apr. 10 to remain in Burlington County Jail through his trial, Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley Billhimer said in a news release. He was charged in Ocean County with attempted kidnapping, luring, endangering the welfare of a child, criminal sexual contact, two counts of eluding, resisting arrest, and obstruction. L…
Asbury Park Teen Admits To Raping, Torturing, Killing His Pet Cat: Prosecutors Asbury Park Teen Admits To Raping, Torturing, Killing His Pet Cat: Prosecutors
Asbury Park Teen Admits To Raping, Torturing, Killing His Pet Cat: Prosecutors An Asbury Park teen admitted to raping, torturing, and killing his pet cat, authorities said. Bani Mezquititla, 19, pleaded guilty to third-degree animal cruelty by tormenting, torturing, or unnecessarily or cruelly abusing a living animal resulting in its death, and third-degree animal cruelty by using or causing or procuring the use of an animal or creature in any kind of sexual manner. Monmouth County Prosecutor Raymond Santiago announced the guilty plea in a news release on Wednesday, Apr. 10. Asbury Park police began investigating after someone brought a d…
Motorcycle Driver Crashes Into Cargo Van, Dies In Central Jersey Motorcycle Driver Crashes Into Cargo Van, Dies In Central Jersey
Motorcycle Driver Crashes Into Cargo Van, Dies In Central Jersey A Monmouth County man was killed when his motorcycle crashed into a cargo van, authorities said. William Eckert III, 54, of Eatontown, died in the crash on Monday, Apr. 8, according to a Shrewsbury police spokesperson. It happened at around 2:05 p.m. on Route 35, about 300 feet south of Sycamore Avenue. Eckert was driving a 2016 black motorcycle when he crashed into an unoccupied 2019 cargo van. Paramedics rushed him to Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank. Police were investigating the cause of the crash.
Philly Man Accused Of Attacking Man He Knew With Sledgehammer On Jersey Shore: Police Philly Man Accused Of Attacking Man He Knew With Sledgehammer On Jersey Shore: Police
Philly Man Accused Of Attacking Man He Knew With Sledgehammer On Jersey Shore: Police A Philadelphia man was accused of hitting another man in the head with a sledgehammer in Monmouth County, authorities said. Michael Gonzales, 36, was arrested on Friday, Apr. 5, a Middletown police spokesperson said. He was charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, unlawful possession of a weapon, and possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes.  Investigators said Gonzales hit a 64-year-old Edison man in the head several times with a handheld sledgehammer at Crown Tire on Route 36 in the Port Monmouth section of Middletown. The victim was airlifted to Jer…
Jersey Shore Mayor's Son Who Bought $7.6M Worth Of Real Estate Ducked $2M In Taxes, Feds Charge Jersey Shore Mayor's Son Who Bought $7.6M Worth Of Real Estate Ducked $2M In Taxes, Feds Charge
Jersey Shore Mayor's Son Who Bought $7.6M Worth Of Real Estate Ducked $2M In Taxes, Feds Charge A Jersey Shore mayor's son who owed the IRS $2 million never paid it -- and instead bought $7.6 million worth of real estate, federal authorities said following his arrest. Matthew Tucci, 51, of West Long Branch, collected $11.4 million in tax refunds from the country of Denmark for pension plans that he'd established there for friends, acquaintances, and relatives, an indictment returned by a grand jury in Trenton says. Rather than put the money into respective bank accounts that he'd created for the pension plans, Tucci "deposited the funds in five accounts held by five nominee compa…
$150K Powerball Ticket Sold At Jersey Shore Convenience Store $150K Powerball Ticket Sold At Jersey Shore Convenience Store
$150K Powerball Ticket Sold At Jersey Shore Convenience Store A convenience store in Monmouth County sold a winning Powerball ticket worth $150,000, lottery officials said. The New Jersey Lottery said the $150,000 ticket was purchased at Speedy Mart on Main Street in Bradley Beach. The Power Play ticket matched four numbers and the Powerball in the drawing on Wednesday, Mar. 3. The winning numbers were 11, 38, 41, 62, and 65. The Powerball was 15 and the Power Play was a multiplier of three. No one matched all six numbers in the drawing with an estimated jackpot of $1.13 billion. A ticket sold in Camden County was one of nine across the country that …
Woman Crashes SUV Into Concrete Mixer Truck, Dies In Central Jersey Woman Crashes SUV Into Concrete Mixer Truck, Dies In Central Jersey
Woman Crashes SUV Into Concrete Mixer Truck, Dies In Central Jersey A Canadian woman was killed after her SUV crashed into a concrete mixer truck in Monmouth County, authorities said. Howell Township police responded to Route 33 near the intersection of West Renaissance Boulevard at around 10:28 a.m. on Tuesday, Apr. 2, the department said in a news release. The crash shut down the road in both directions between Yellow Brick Road and Route 34 for about four hours, according to the state Department of Transportation. The 54-year-old woman from Ontario, Canada, was driving west on Route 33 in a Mazda CX-5. She was driving around a curve when her SU…