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Waretown, NJ

Revamped Route 9 Restaurant Will Open Just In Time For Summer Revamped Route 9 Restaurant Will Open Just In Time For Summer
Revamped Route 9 Restaurant Will Open Just In Time For Summer A restaurant is re-opening along the Jersey Shore just in time for summer, and an expansion project will give customers many more options. Jersey Shore Restaurant Group (JSRG) purchased Breakers Kitchen & Tap on Route 9 in Waretown last year. In a news release, JSRG said it will re-launch the restaurant as Three Story Grill, along with a banquet hall called The Hall at Three Story. Three Story Grill will live up to its name by offering three levels of indoor and outdoor dining. The renovation will expand the existing one-story layout of Breakers Kitchen & Tap. JSRG says the new res…
NO PAROLE: Ex-NJ Trooper Gets 5 Years For Using ID To Skate From Traffic Stops While Suspended NO PAROLE: Ex-NJ Trooper Gets 5 Years For Using ID To Skate From Traffic Stops While Suspended
NO Parole: Ex-NJ Trooper Gets 5 Years For Using ID To Skate From Traffic Stops While Suspended UPDATE: A disgraced former New Jersey State Police sergeant was sentenced to five years in prison without parole after a jury convicted him of using an ID card to get out of a string of Jersey Shore traffic stops while he was suspended from the force. Ex-NJSP Sgt. Marc Dennis, 51, of Waretown, also must forfeit his pension and cannot be publicly employed in New Jersey ever again, state Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin said. Dennis shouldn’t have had the identification card in his possession after being relieved of his authority during the suspension, Platkin said. The 17-year department…
Starved, Neglected Senior Dogs Dumped Along Garden State Parkway Starved, Neglected Senior Dogs Dumped Along Garden State Parkway
Starved, Neglected Senior Dogs Dumped Along Garden State Parkway A pair of starved, neglected older beagles were found dumped along the Garden State Parkway last week, authorities said. The Associated Humane Popcorn Park Shelter in Forked River said that on Wednesday, July 6, a motorist spotted a senior male beagle wandering the patch of woods at the entrance to the Parkway in Waretown. The shelter then learned there was a female beagle picked up near the same Parkway location that was at the county shelter. "The male beagle, who we have named Brian, is in desperately poor health. He's a senior that has suffered severe neglect for quite some time,…
Sgt. Justified In Shooting Poughkeepsie Man During Struggle Over Gun: AG Sgt. Justified In Shooting Poughkeepsie Man During Struggle Over Gun: AG
Sgt. Justified In Shooting Poughkeepsie Man During Struggle Over Gun: AG A police sergeant was justified in fatally shooting a New York man who jumped him and tried taking his gun during a furious struggle on the shoulder of the Garden State Parkway, a grand jury has found. New Jersey State Police Staff Sgt. Randall Wetzel ended what had been a series of interactions between Dutchess County resident Maurice Gordon, age 28, of Poughkeepsie, and law enforcers in Brick Township, Waretown, Stafford, and, ultimately, Bass River in New Jersey, in an encounter two years ago that was captured on video. New Jersey law required a grand jury review of the incident des…
NJSP Sergeant Justified In Shooting NY State Man During Furious GS Parkway Struggle Over Gun NJSP Sergeant Justified In Shooting NY State Man During Furious GS Parkway Struggle Over Gun
Njsp Sergeant Justified In Shooting NY State Man During Furious GS Parkway Struggle Over Gun A New Jersey State Police sergeant was justified in fatally shooting a New York State man who jumped him and tried taking his gun during a furious struggle on the shoulder of the Garden State Parkway, a grand jury has found. NJSP Staff Sgt. Randall Wetzel ended what had been a series of interactions between Maurice Gordon, 28, of Poughkeepsie, NY and law enforcers in Brick Township, Waretown, Stafford and, ultimately, Bass River in Burlington County, in an encounter two years ago that was captured on video. New Jersey law required a grand jury review of the incident despite the circumstance…
Bicyclist, 61, Struck, Killed In Jersey Shore Crash Bicyclist, 61, Struck, Killed In Jersey Shore Crash
Bicyclist, 61, Struck, Killed In Jersey Shore Crash A 61-year-old bicyclist from Ocean County was killed when he was struck by a Jeep, authorities said. On Monday, May 2, at 9:40 p.m., Stafford police responded to a collision on Route 72 westbound near the Garden State Parkway. Investigation indicated that a 2012 Jeep operated by Ronald Sheehy, 55, of Waretown, was traveling west on Route 72, and transitioning into the far right lane to access the Garden State Parkway north ramp, Stafford police said. Sheehy struck the bicyclist who was riding in the right, westbound lane of Route 72. The bicyclist was identified as Nelson Hoover of Little…
Jersey Shore Man Found With Rifle, Silencer, Bogus Federal Agent Badges Takes Plea Jersey Shore Man Found With Rifle, Silencer, Bogus Federal Agent Badges Takes Plea
Jersey Shore Man Found With Rifle, Silencer, Bogus Federal Agent Badges Takes Plea A Jersey Shore man who was caught with a handful of phony federal agent IDs in his own name admitted also having a homemade rifle and a silencer. Jeffrey Backlund, 57, of Waretown, took a deal from the government rather than face trial, pleading guilty on Wednesday, April 27, to illegally possessing all of them, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger said. Backlund was arrested after a warranted search prompted by a domestic disturbance in September 2020 turned up “a number of firearms and imitation federal identification badges,” Sellinger said. “They found one short-barreled, AR-style, .223 …
Fentanyl, Oxycodone, Marijuana, 8 Guns Seized In Jersey Shore Bust: Prosecutor Fentanyl, Oxycodone, Marijuana, 8 Guns Seized In Jersey Shore Bust: Prosecutor
Fentanyl, Oxycodone, Marijuana, 8 Guns Seized In Jersey Shore Bust: Prosecutor A 58-year old man from Ocean County has been arrested in connection with selling painkillers and other pills laced with fentanyl, authorities said. Jeffrey Miliukas, of Waretown, was charged with storing and distributing the drugs, according to Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer. On Thursday, April 7, detectives from the Ocean County Narcotics Strike Force, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Regional SWAT Team, US Department of Homeland Security and Preparedness - Homeland Security Investigations, New Jersey State Police - Trafficking Central Unit, Barnegat Township P…
Woman, 59, Killed In Jersey Shore Crash: Police Woman, 59, Killed In Jersey Shore Crash: Police
Woman, 59, Killed In Jersey Shore Crash: Police A 59-year-old woman was killed in a two-car crash on the Jersey Shore, authorities said. On Sunday, Feb. 20 at 3:53 p.m., Barnegat police responded to Barnegat Boulevard North and Cole Drive for a report of a motor vehicle crash.  Police found the driver of one of the vehicles, Alice Toriello, 59, of Barnegat unconscious and unresponsive. Officers performed life-saving measures on Toriello who was transported to Southern Ocean Medical Center where she was later pronounced dead, police said. The driver of the other vehicle, Rudolph Schoenberg, 28, of Waretown suffered minor injuries …
Jersey Shore Guardsman Catches, Returns Yankee Phenom's 1st HR, Asks Nothing Back Jersey Shore Guardsman Catches, Returns Yankee Phenom's 1st HR, Asks Nothing Back
Jersey Shore Guardsman Catches, Returns Yankee Phenom's 1st HR, Asks Nothing Back It was an emotional first for the family of New York Yankees shortstop Andrew Velazquez -- and an exciting one for a U.S. National Guardsman from the Jersey Shore. Velazquez smacked first career home run during the Bronx Bombers' win over the visiting Minnesota Twins on Saturday. Frank Luna of Bradley Beach caught it. "Of course I gave it back," Luna later said. And asked nothing in return. The main sidebar to the ninth straight victory for the Yankees on Saturday was a video clip of mama Margaret Maldonado-Velazquez and other family members clapping, cheering and crying after the home r…
Prosecutor: Raid Of Drug-Dealing Jersey Shore Couple's Home Turns Up Crystal Meth, Heroin Prosecutor: Raid Of Drug-Dealing Jersey Shore Couple's Home Turns Up Crystal Meth, Heroin
Prosecutor: Raid Of Drug-Dealing Jersey Shore Couple's Home Turns Up Crystal Meth, Heroin A pair of Ocean County drug dealers were arrested after authorities said they found more than a pound of crystal meth and heroin/fentanyl combined, along with $13,000 in cash at their home. A court-ordered search warrant executed July 29 at a Waretown home turned up approximately 40 grams of crystal meth, 20 grams of unpackaged heroin/fentanyl and other "evidence indicative of narcotics distribution purposes." the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office said.  Daniel Labiak, 47, and Jaclyn Applegate, 37, were subsequently arrested on a slew of drug charges, Ocean County Prosecutor B…
8th Tornado Across NJ, PA Confirmed In Lehigh County 8th Tornado Across NJ, PA Confirmed In Lehigh County
8th Tornado Across NJ, PA Confirmed In Lehigh County The National Weather Service has confirmed a tornado touched down in Lehigh County during Thursday's storm -- making that the eighth across New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania. The EF0 twister touched down in Slatington and had winds up to 85 mph (click here for photos). It touched down on the grounds of Northern Lehigh High School, snapping and uprooting several trees. A wooden dugout on the baseball field lost its roof and some anchored metal bleaches were tossed, the NWS said. The twister continued its path straight west to east from the high school to the airport, where a plane ha…
Jersey Shore Driver, 21, Killed In Garden State Parkway Exit Ramp Crash Jersey Shore Driver, 21, Killed In Garden State Parkway Exit Ramp Crash
Jersey Shore Driver, 21, Killed In Garden State Parkway Exit Ramp Crash A 21-year-old Jersey Shore driver was killed in a crash on a Garden State Parkway exit ramp over the weekend. Kevin Grady was attempting to leave the road at Exit 69 in Ocean Township when he lost control of his Audi A4, veered to the left and struck several small trees around 12:30 a.m. Sunday, New Jersey State Police said. Grady's vehicle hit a large tree, bringing the car to a stop. He was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries, and was later pronounced dead, NSP Sgt. Philip Curry said. Grady, of Waretown, was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, police said. Lov…
Construction Accident At Nuclear Plant Knocks Out Power Along Jersey Shore Construction Accident At Nuclear Plant Knocks Out Power Along Jersey Shore
Construction Accident At Nuclear Plant Knocks Out Power Along Jersey Shore A construction accident at a defunct nuclear plant in Ocean County knocked out electricity in several towns, authorities said. A machine reportedly took down a utility pole and some power lines at Oyster Creek Nuclear Plant on Monday afternoon. The accident triggered a power outage throughout Berkeley Township, Lacey Township, Barnegat Township and Waretown, initial reports said.  Electricity was lost by at least 30,000 households and businesses, Jersey Central Power and Light reported about 2 p.m. Ocean Township police reported that crews were working to restore power.  Police departme…
Jersey Shore Man Gets 4 Years State Prison For Possessing 1,000 Child Pornography Images Jersey Shore Man Gets 4 Years State Prison For Possessing 1,000 Child Pornography Images
Jersey Shore Man Gets 4 Years State Prison For Possessing 1,000 Child Pornography Images A 42-year-old man from Ocean County has been sentenced to four years in state prison for possessing child pornography, authorities said.  Michael Delia of Waretown previously pleaded guilty to endangering the welfare of a child by possessing child pornography, according to Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer. Delia was sentenced on Friday by Superior Court Judge Linda G. Baxter. Delia’s sentence will be served at the Adult Diagnostic and Treatment Center in Avenel, Billhimer said. Delia also will be subject to parole supervision for life and be requi…
Report: GNC Closes Additional 40 New Jersey Stores Report: GNC Closes Additional 40 New Jersey Stores
Report: GNC Closes Additional 40 New Jersey Stores After filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in June, GNC has announced closures of an additional 40 stores. The nutritional supplement company had originally planned on closing just 10 stores. According to NJ.com, the following 50 stores have either closed, or will soon: Blackwood, Gloucester Premium Outlets Bridgewater, Bridgewater Commons Cinnaminson, The Shoppes At Cinnaminson Closter, Heidenberg Plaza Delran, Hartford Corners Denville, The Shoppes At Union Hill Denville,  Diamond Spring Road Deptford, Deptford Mall East Hanover, Hanover Commons East Rutherford, American Dream Mall E…
Ocean County Man, 42, Admits Possessing Child Pornography Ocean County Man, 42, Admits Possessing Child Pornography
Ocean County Man, 42, Admits Possessing Child Pornography A 42-year-old man from Ocean County has admitted to possessing more than 1,000 child pornography images, authorities said. Michael Delia, 42, of Waretown faces four years in state prison on the charge, Ocean Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer said. Delia pleaded guilty to endangering the welfare of a child by possessing child pornography on Wednesday before Superior Court Judge Linda G. Baxter,  A January 2019 investigation by the county prosecutor's High Tech Crime Unit found an internet provider address belonging to Delia was being used to download child p…
AG: Recordings Of Fatal NJSP Shooting During Violent GSP Struggle Show Pepper Spray Didn't Work AG: Recordings Of Fatal NJSP Shooting During Violent GSP Struggle Show Pepper Spray Didn't Work
AG: Recordings Of Fatal Njsp Shooting During Violent GSP Struggle Show Pepper Spray Didn't Work A New Jersey State Police sergeant who first used pepper spray to try and stop a Poughkeepsie man who assaulted him on a shoulder of the Garden State Parkway finally shot him to subdue him, authorities on Monday said dash cam video shows. NJSP Troop D Sgt. Randall Wetzel was identified Monday as the trooper who fatally shot Maurice Gordon, 28, during a vicious struggle on the parkway in Bass River on May 23. In addition to identifying Wetzel by name, state Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal released several audio and video recordings related to the shooting. They involve a series of event…
Waretown Man, 27, Killed In Stafford Township Crash Waretown Man, 27, Killed In Stafford Township Crash
Waretown Man, 27, Killed In Stafford Township Crash An Ocean County man was killed Sunday when his Jeep struck two parked vehicles and a tree, authorities said. Thomas Ronacher, 27, of Waretown died after his northbound Jeep Grand Cherokee veered across several lawns on Nautilus Drive and crashed near Quadrant Road, Stafford police said in a statement.  The vehicle wasn't discovered until 6:48 a.m. because it left the roadway in a poorly lit area of the Ocean Acres section of town, they said. Ronacher is believed to have crashed between 2 and 2:30 a.m., because neighbors told police they heard a loud bang around that time. Police…