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Cold Case Solved - In 1991, a five-year old boy disappeared from a Sayreville carnival. At the time, his single mom, Michelle Lodzinski, gave conflicting versions of what happened. Timothy Wiltze's body was found in Edison a year later. Lodzinski was never charged but police have never stopped looking into this case. Now they have tracked Lodzinski to Florida and charged her with Timothy's murder. Over the last 22 years Lodzinski left New Jersey, moved around, had two more kids and now awaits the return to New Jersey to face charges she killed her young son and buried his body.

NJ Patient Cleared of Ebola Threat - The patient who arrived at CentraState Medical Center and was put in isolation because of fears about the deadly Ebola virus has been sent home. Officials say because of the person's continued improvement, they were classified as "no known risk" and discharged from the hospital. A man in New York has also been cleared of Ebola infection. But these incidents clearly demonstrates that fears about the virus are widespread.

Snowy, Cold Winter? - It's hard to believe there are only six more weeks of summer in New Jersey. Forecasters are already looking ahead to winter and long range forecasts are not encouraging. Some are predicting snow by Thanksgiving and a wild, cold, snowy December.

Beach in Wildwood (Wildwoods Tourism)

End of Free Beaches? - The idea of beach fees is, once again, being tossed around in Wildwood, one of only a few towns that still offer free entry.


Driving Drunk with Kids-  Another New Jersey mom is under arrest for driving drunk with her kids in the car. 33-year old Brooke Wanemacher of Bound Brook drove her kids to a Bridgewater pizza joint then passed out in a booth. Police say her blood alcohol level was .38, more than three times the legal limit.

Bullets Found in Boy's Bedroom - A Monmouth County mom thought someone was throwing rocks at their windows but when she got up to check on her 9-year old son she discovered the window was shattered by gunfire. The boy had crawled out of his room in Keansburg, terrified someone was shooting at their house. Police recovered two bullets. It's not clear if the house was deliberately targeted or if they were stray shots from another incident.

Anti-Theft Failure - Up until now one of the big advantages of getting a new car with an anti-theft keyless entry system has been security. But hat may no longer be the case.

Officials inspect the driver's section of one of the two double-decker buses which collided together in Times Square (Monika Graff/Getty Images)

Bus Crash Mystery - What caused that tour bus crash in Manhattan this week is more of a mystery this morning. Drug and alcohol tests on the driver that was arrested have come back negative. Police said he failed a field sobriety test after the accident. William Dalambert of Livingston was at the wheel of a Grey Line bus that crashed into another bus and the sidewalk, injuring 14 people.

Targeting Kids - If your kids are like most they're constantly on their smart phones, i-pads, tablets and computers. Advertisers know this and they’re targeting kids trying to market products you'd never want them to have. That's why one New Jersey lawmaker is taking action.

Prices Ready to Jump - Home prices in most of New Jersey are more affordable now than they've been over the past 14 years. That's according a report by Realtytrac. But, the trend isn't likely to continue.

Hawaii Hurricane - Hurricane Iselle is expected to arrive on Hawaii's big island tonight, bringing heavy rains and winds gusting up to 85 mph in some areas. The National Weather Service says Iselle is not a major hurricane, but up to 8 inches of rain could fall in a short time.

Leader or Bully
- When asked how Chris Christie is doing as governor, whether he's more of a leader or a bully and what's their opinion of him overall, New Jersey voters are divided. A new Quinnipiac University poll reveals Sandy recovery is one of Christie's few bright spots right now.

Auction Postponed - More bidders have surfaced for the Revel casino. A bankruptcy auction scheduled for today has been postponed a week to review the new bids. Revel cost $2.4-billion to build but has declared bankruptcy twice. If a suitable new owner is not found, it will close.

Bigtime Dreams - The dream of playing sports on the collegiate and pro level could be putting too much pressure on young athletes.




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