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State Police search for man, woman who allegedly stole elderly woman's wallet from shopping cart
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State Police asked for the public’s help Monday to identify a man and woman who allegedly stole a wallet from an elderly woman and used her credit cards last month.

UPPER TOWNSHIP — State Police asked for the public’s help Monday to identify a man and woman who allegedly stole a wallet from an elderly woman and used her credit cards last month.

On Aug. 27, the man and woman went into the ShopRite in the Marmora section of the township, according to a post on the State Police’s Facebook page. The woman had a conversation with an elderly woman while the man took her wallet from her shopping cart.

Police did not release the name of the victim.

The pair were recorded on video surveillance as they walked out of the ShopRite and got into a white Cadillac CTS or ATS sedan, according to the post. They used the woman’s credit cards to buy several gift cards and other items at the Ocean View CVS on Route 9.

Police described the man as Black, 30 to 40 years old, about 5 feet, 10 inches tall, wearing a black T-shirt, black baseball cap, black mask, blue jeans and a silver watch.

The woman was also described as Black, 30 to 40, about 5 feet, 7 inches tall, wearing a black Adidas T-shirt with a colorful design, pink Adidas baseball cap, gold necklace with an angel wing charm, short black hair and black sunglasses.

Anyone with information can call the State Police Woodbine Station at 609-861-5698. Anonymous tips are welcome.

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Uncounted ballots from New Jersey July primary found in bin

NEWTON — Officials have counted more than 1,600 ballots from New Jersey’s July primary that were found last week in a “mislabeled” bin.

The 1,666 ballots from Sussex County were placed in a “secure area” at the county election office and were not discovered until Thursday, the New Jersey Herald reported.

After notifying the state of the error, the remaining votes were counted Saturday, said Board of Elections Administrator Marge McCabe. She said the newly tallied votes “did not change the outcome” of any races.

“The Board of Elections is confident that all ballots received have been processed and the security of all the ballots has remained in place,” McCabe said.

A majority of county residents voted by mail during the coronavirus pandemic, and the county election board temporarily relocated to Sussex County Community College to count the votes while social distancing.

It was not clear how the ballots were placed in the mislabeled bin.


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NJ Transit launches ridership app that shows how many aboard

NEWARK — NJ Transit on Monday announced a pilot program for its mobile app that allows passengers preparing to board to see how many other passengers are riding their bus or train.

Green, yellow and red color-coded icons will indicate light, medium or heavy ridership, the agency said.

“This innovative feature on our mobile app is yet another tool for customers to make informed travel decisions as they return to our system,” said NJ Transit CEO and President Kevin Corbett. “It also serves as another example of how we continue to invest in technology to improve all aspects of the travel experience for our customers.”

The ridership information is collected on buses by automated onboard passenger counting technology.

Handheld devices used to scan tickets will provide ridership data on Raritan Valley, Atlantic City and Morris & Essex line trains.

Customers on the other rail lines can input the data until those train crews receive the handheld scanners, NJ Transit said.


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Man drowns at New Jersey shore in seas churned by hurricane

LAVALLETTE — Swimmers along the Jersey Shore were advised to use caution Tuesday after a man drowned in seas churned as Hurricane Paulette battered Bermuda.

The 60-year-old and his 24-year-old son were swimming near the Vance Avenue beach Monday when they had trouble in the rough surf, Mayor Walter LaCicero told the Asbury Park Press.

They were rescued, but the older man did not survive. Their names have not been released.

Officials closed beaches in nearby Seaside Heights after making about four water rescues Monday. Neighboring Seaside Park reported five rescues in a three-hour span.

The National Weather Service warned of a high rip current risk through Tuesday night. Forecasters said all swimmers entering the surf zone would likely face life-threatening rip currents and everyone is encouraged to stay out of the ocean.


Crime
Man shot during home invasion robbery in Buena

BUENA — A man was shot Tuesday morning during a home invasion robbery, police said.

About 6:45 a.m., Franklin Township police responded to a home in the 800 block of Summer Avenue in the borough, according to a post on the department’s Facebook page.

Police did not release the name of the man but said his injuries were not life-threatening.

“At this time we believe this is an isolated incident and there is no immediate threat to the community,” according to the post.

Anyone with information can call department detectives at 856-694-1415. Tips can emailed anonymously to crimetips@franklintownship.com.

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4 staff members, 1 student in Dennis Township School District test positive for COVID-19

Four staff members and one student in the Dennis Township School District have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the district’s website.

The site, which tracks cases per month, does not include any identifying information for the staff members or student, including where they worked or went to school.

— Molly Bilinski