December 14, 2019
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Former Toms River teacher charged with sexually assaulting teen in 2007 – Asbury Park Press

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TOMS RIVER – A former Toms River teacher has been charged with sexually assaulting a teen in the township 12 years ago, authorities said.

Shawn C. Lee, 47, was arrested and charged Friday after a month-long investigation, Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer and Toms River Township Police Chief Mitch Little said in a statement.

Mike Kenny, school district spokesman, said Lee has not been employed by the district since September 2013. Kenny had no other immediate information on Lee.

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Democrats aim to pick up seats in District 8, Republicans say not so fast – NJTV News

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The 8th Legislative District has long been a Republican stronghold, but early this year, its state senator, Dawn Addiego, switched parties and became a Democrat. One of the two Republican Assembly members, Joe Howarth, flirted with joining her and ended up running in the primary as a Trump Republican and losing.

That’s when Republicans turned to 18-year Burlington County Sheriff Jean Stanfield to become their other candidate.

“I wasn’t planning on it. I retired as Burlington County sheriff in May of this year and my intention was actually [to] stay home and babysit my great…

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‘A misguided and catastrophic blow to nat’l security interests’ – Plattsburgh Press Republican

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PLATTSBURGH — In a joint statement, North Country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-Schuylerville) and four House Democrats called President Donald Trump’s decision to allow Turkey to move forward with a long-planned military operation into northern Syria as U.S. troops withdraw from the area “a misguided and catastrophic blow to our national security interests.”

Stefanik, Congresswomen Abigail Spanberger of Virginia and Chrissy Houlahan of Pennsylvania, and Congressmen Jason Crow of Colorado and Andy Kim of New Jersey collectively sit on the House Armed…

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No Decision Yet On New Veterans Clinic Site, VA Officials Say – Toms River, NJ Patch

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TOMS RIVER, NJ — Officials in Brick and Toms River who have been waiting and hoping to hear a decision on where a new veterans clinic will be built will have to wait longer: the Veterans Administration has not made a decision.

A report last week that the VA had awarded the new clinic to Brick Township “is not accurate,” the Veterans Administration public affairs office said in an emailed statement on Wednesday.

“The VA is still evaluating bids and has not awarded a lease,” the emailed statement said.

In August, U.S. Rep. Andy Kim visited the James J. Howard Outpatient Clinic in Brick,…

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Tipster knows whose car hit and killed Lakewood boy, lawyer says – New Jersey 101.5 FM Radio

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LAKEWOOD — A school district lawyer says he’s gotten a tip that could help police find the person who hit a father and teen son, killing the 15-year-old,

Jesus Lopez-Ramirez, 37 and his 15-year-old son Jesus Lopez-Grande were walking along Oak Street on Friday around 9 p.m. when they were struck by a dark-colored 2014 Jeep Cherokee, which was recovered by Lakewood police in a Toms River driveway on Sunday afternoon, police have said.

Lopez-Ramierz suffered an elbow injury. The teen was badly hurt and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police.

In video of a press conference…

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