Star-Ledger reporter covering the Jersey Shore and dabbling in court issues.

Poll: Rank New Jersey's top beaches — New Jersey's Top 10 beaches were announced and we'd like to know if you agree with the results. We've listed the results in alphabetical order. Your job is to indicate "yay" or "nay" as to whether you think they should be in the top 10 by upvoting or downvoting each beach.

Asbury Park man charged with distributing child pornography — FREEHOLD -An Asbury Park man has been charged with distributing child pornography, authorities said on Thursday. Johan Murrieta, 20, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with four counts of endangering the welfare of a child after detectives searched his home and found images of child pornography on his computer, said acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni.

What's the best beach in New Jersey? — Ocean City yet again topped all other Jersey Shore towns to be crowned New Jersey's favorite beach for 2015. The rankings, compiled by the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium and released on Thursday, saw Manasquan as a newcomer, which displaced Cape May among the top 10 perennial favorites. Here are the rankings.

Authorities identify teen who drowned in Manchester lake — MANCHESTER - Authorities have identified the teen who drowned in a former quarry lake as a Manchester girl. Manchester Police Chief Lisa Parker said Denasia Davis, 17, drowned Tuesday afternoon while swimming with a friend in a lake on the former Heritage Minerals quarry site off Route 37.

12 steps to kicking the plastics habit — ASBURY PARK -Clean Ocean Action on Wednesday kicked off its annual summer campaign to educate the public about its overreliance on disposable plastics. The environmental advocacy group says residents should try to cut down on their use of plastics, which can get into waterways and harm marine life.

There's something scarier than sharks in the ocean, environmentalists say — ASBURY PARK -When Marilyn Schlossbach stopped offering straws to customers at her restaurants last month, it was not her expenses she was trying to reduce. An environmentally conscious restaurateur and surfer who has participated annually in beach trash sweeps, Schlossbach said she's trying to reduce her consumption of plastics.

N.J. doesn't want offshore oil drilling, federal lawmakers declare ahead of holiday — BELMAR - With the Fourth of July fast approaching, a pair of federal lawmakers used the Jersey Shore on Tuesday as their backdrop to renew their rant against offshore oil drilling in the Atlantic Ocean. Citing the economic devastation an oil spill would have on New Jersey's tourism industry, U.S.

Deal to preserve Holgate wetlands terminated — LONG BEACH TOWNSHIP -Wetlands filled in by Hurricane Sandy on Long Beach Island are one step closer to getting developed after a land conservation group cancelled plans to purchase the property.

These cell phone cases have law enforcement up in arms — TOMS RIVER - Cell phone cases come in lots of shapes and sizes, but one currently on the market has law enforcement officials up in arms. The cell phone case shaped like a handgun has prompted officials from the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office to issue a special warning on its Facebook page.

Babysitter sentenced to prison for shaking 14-month-old boy to death — FREEHOLD - A Toms River woman was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Friday for shaking to death the 14-month-old boy she was babysitting. Michelle Heale, described by the child's parents as a "monster" and "evil," insisted she didn't harm Mason Hess in any way, but Superior Court Judge Francis Vernoia said jurors believed otherwise.
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Jul 02, 2015

Asbury Park man charged with distributing child pornography

Jul 02, 2015

RT @CommutingLarry: Bennies Behave! 12 mile #traffic delays @GSParkway south from Asbury Toll Plaza to Exit 90 - CR Brick due to volume #njcommute #July4th

Jul 02, 2015

RT @katielannan: Bad punctuation invalidates laws. | Ohio appeals court ruling is a victory for punctuation, sanity: (h/t @evanmlips)

Jul 02, 2015

Asbury Park man charged with distributing child pornography

Jul 02, 2015

Route 35, reopened for summer traffic, closing Jul 4 in Mantoloking. Parade at noon. |

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