Nanny busted, Christie’s kryptonite and more: First News with Podcast
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Babysitter Trouble - A Toms River mom hired a babysitter off a popular child care website so she thought everything would be fine. But when she got home, she found 50-year old Susan Gibson passed out drunk on the floor and her crying. Gibson fled the house but was arrested a short time later after crashing her car into a fire hydrant.
- Police: Nanny Found Drunk On The Job, Crashes Car / CBS New York
Jersey City Tragedy - A terrible tragedy in Jersey City. A Spring Lake man whose car was boken down refused a ride from police to the service station. Just minutes later he was hit and killed by another car. Officers begged the man to get in the car, but he refused and was hit a short time later.
"Complete Streets" - From special bus lanes to sidewalks, "Complete Streets" policies are changing the way roads look across the state. The goal is to make our streets safer and more convenient for not only drivers but pedestrians and riders of all ages and abilities.
- ‘Complete Streets’ gaining ground in NJ / NJ1015.com
Cease Fire - A cease-fire is about to take effect in the Gaza Strip, but the Israeli military says it won't apply to areas where troops are still operating, and the military says it will respond to any attacks. One Israeli strike Monday killed a militant leader just before dawn. Israel has been drawing down its ground operation, with most of its troops pulling out of Gaza.
- Israel withdraws most troops from Gaza / NJ1015.com (Associated Press)
- Israel declares partial Gaza ceasefire but fighting goes on in Rafah / The Guardian
Long Term Molestation - The hunt is on for a Burlington County man wanted for the sexual abuse of a young girl. 35-year old Joseph Gorski fled his Mount Holly home as police closed in. His wife has been arrested for knowing about the abuse but never reporting it. The victim says she was molested when she was as young as six and it continued until she was 13.
- Mt. Holly man wanted in child sex assaults, wife charged / Courier-Post
'Pristine' Shore - The Jersey Shore is getting another clean bill of health. Two years after sandy, there are virtually no floating debris off the coast. State environmental spotters fly a few times a week the length of our coast and report the water is "pristine."
- New Jersey flights check for pollution at shore / Philadelphia Inquirer (AP)
Christie's Kryptonite - In some circles Gov. Christie is the Superman of the Republican party, but is New Jersey's economy going to be his kryptonite? If Christie decides to make a run at the White House his competition is sure to hammer him on New Jersey's multitude of economic woes.
- Will NJ’s struggling economy hurt Christie? / NJ1015.com
Christie left for California last Friday for a 9 day family vacation; he will return to New Jersey on Sunday.
Murder in Monmouth County - Police say it was murder. A grisly scene inside a home in Long Branch. 62-year old Joan Colbert and her 10-year old foster daughter were found dead inside. The discovery comes after a mysterious 9-1-1 call reporting "suspicious activity," but investigators won’t say any more.
- Deaths of Long Branch woman, her foster child ruled a homicide / NJ1015.com (AP)
- Autopsies: Long Branch woman, girl had been slain / Asbury Park Press
Recovering from Ebola - Friends and family of two American missionaries stricken with Ebola say their conditions seem to be improving slightly. Nancy Writebol is expected to leave West Africa Tuesday for Emory University hospital's infectious disease unit in Atlanta. That's where her colleague, Dr. Kent Brantly, has been treated since Saturday.
- Son: Mother’s Ebola should spark push for cure / NJ1015.com (AP)
- We can stop Ebola, CDC chief vows / Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Trying to Understand - Women may be the primary decision-makers when it comes to finances, but they often don't feel that banks understand their needs.
- Banks making new strides to draw women / NJ1015.com
Eggnog flavoring explosion - Couple of north Jersey food scientists were hurt when a new formula for eggnog exploded this weekend. They were working in Totowa when a small furnace blew up. They got out of the building before a second explosion tore the back of the building off.
- Official: Mechanical failure apparently involved in eggnog-flavoring blast at Totowa lab / The Record
Reviving Golf - You may be a golf nut but the game is declining in popularity. Fewer people are playing these days and officials are considering all sorts of different options to make it more fun and enjoyable.
- Game of golf declining in US / NJ1015.com
Train Fight - Two groups of teens started a fight on a New Jersey Transit train bound for Long Branch this weekend. Police say they were very drunk. At least two were sent to the hospital and one was taken to jail.
- Two hospitalized, 15 treated for intoxication at Aberdeen-Matawan train station following large dispute / Star-Ledger
North Jersey Casinos - There's been a lot of talk about putting casinos in the Meadowlands and at Monmouth Park. A new FDU - Public Mind survey out today asks Jerseyans for their thoughts and how they feel about casino expansion in general.
- Poll: NJ residents oppose casino expansion / NJ1015.com
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