If you purchased a Powerball lottery ticket for the July 9th drawing in Ocean City, check your tickets. The New Jersey Lottery office reports that a third prize ticket worth $10,000 was sold at the Acme in Ocean City. The jackpot totaled $124.9 million and was one by a lottery player in Ohio; another $1 million ticket was sold in Bergen County. The jackpot for Saturday night’s drawing is estimated at $40 million.
If you have taken a dip in the Atlantic Ocean in the last few days, you may be feeling toe curling cold water. The Star Ledger reports that due to a southerly wind that has been persistent, ocean water temperatures have fallen from the 70s to the 50 this week. The condition is known as upwelling, and brings colder ocean water to the surface. The upwelling lasts for only a few days before more normal water temperatures return.
450,000 New Jersey properties are at risk from a storm surge created by a hurricane. A new report released Thursday by CoreLogic shows that a total of $134 billion in properties in New Jersey could be threatened by a major storm with a storm surge. CoreLogic also believes despite the devastating impact from Hurricane Sandy, people will still build expensive homes along the shore.
A dog in Toms River was killed back in April intentionally by fumes from a car exhaust, but no charges are being filed. Authorities say they are extenuating circumstances that are leading them not to charge the individual who hooked up a tube to a car exhaust and euthanized a dog that was in a container. A pending investigation is still underway in the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office.
Two Atlantic City residents were sentenced to prison for their roles in the kidnapping and death of a 20-year-old Atlantic City woman. Aziz Sanders, 21, was sentenced to 30 years in prison and DeShawn Hicks, 22, was sentenced to 20 years in prison. The two were involved in the death of Nadirah Ruffin, whose body was found in Philadelphia in April 2011.
A man responsible for performing autopsies in a number of South Jersey counties can no longer practice medicine in New Mexico. Philly.com was first to report that Hisham Hashish was barred in that state, and now the state’s attorney general is warning all autopsies be reviewed. Hashish performed autopsies in a number of counties, including Atlantic and Cape May counties.
A report out of Colorado says that a student who attends Stockton College died in a vehicle accident. The report from the Colorado Spring Gazette reads that four people who were all wearing seatbelts were inside of a vehicle that went off the road, struck a sign, and went down an embankment. Three of the four inside were killed, including Carly Sansone, who played volleyball at the school. Sansone was on a camping trip at the time.
A new report says those waiting for property tax rebate credits will be waiting a long time. The Star-Ledger reports that those payments won’t be made until May, as the state continues to deal with budget issues. In total, the state owes $395 million. According to the story, it will end up being 21 months between the last rebate and this upcoming one.
Bridgeton police this morning are trying to positively identify a man found dead in the Cohansey River Thursday while also attempting to determine an exact cause of death. According to police, the victim was pulled from the water unresponsive by Bridgeton Fire Dept. personnel at the boat ramp south of the bridge and detectives tentatively identified the victim as a 32-year-old former Bank St. man from his description and identifying marks on his body, but that identification found on him did not exactly match police records, police said. The victim is described as a Hispanic male of Mexican descent, approximately 5’4” – 160 lbs. with black collar-length hair and a black mustache. He was wearing khaki shorts and a type of work boot along with a medium blue button-down work shirt with the name “Bob” over the left breast. Anyone with information is asked to reach out to police.
A major rate hike is coming to Wildwood taxpayers, partly due to a reassessment and hires made in public safety. The commission approved a budget with a 17 cent increase. The tax levy will go up by just over six percent from last year to this year. According to the city’s numbers, 10 cents of the increase is attributed to the reassessment in the city that lowered property values. The majority of the remaining increase is to hire three new firefighters, five police officers, and a 30 additional class II officers. There will also be two police officers hired through the COPS program, which is a program that helps fund new police officer hires.