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Monmouth County Crime: Knife-Wielding and a Police Radio Turned Weapon

A weekly look at crime and fire and police incidents in Monmouth County.

Patch reported a plethora of crimes and police incidents throughout Monmouth County this week. In case you happened to miss any of them, we've rounded them up for you here:

Q: When is a mobile police radio not a mobile police radio?

A: When it’s a weapon, which is what authorities say Michael J. Dougherty, of West Long Branch, turned the radio into when he used it to assault a Howell police officer.

NJ State Trooper Carried Woman to Safety From Burning Car

A fast-thinking New Jersey state trooper rescued a Mount Laurel woman Tuesday morning when her SUV caught fire after a three-vehicle accident on the Aberdeen portion of the Parkway. 

Update: Mom and Toddler Struck by Car in Keyport Recovering Well

A mother and her toddler are recovering well after being struck by a car crossing Route 36 at Atlantic Street in Keyport Monday night, according to Police Chief Butch Casaletto.

Driver Charged with DWI in 3-Car Crash on Leonardville Road

Middletown Township police say a Hazlet man was under the influence during the crash on Leonardville Road near 12th Street Friday night. Mark Gorski, 51, was charged with the driving while intoxicate and additional charges related to the accident may be pending, police said.

An Aberdeen man allegedly assaulted a woman and threatened her with a knife before damaging her home and fleeing with jewelry and electronics, according to Police Chief John Powers. 

Broken Down Prison Van On I-195

 New Jersey State Police were monitoring a broken down prison van on I-195 with prisoners inside while a working van is brought to transport the prisoners, authorities said.

Blacks in New Jersey and across the country are far more likely to be arrested on marijuana-related charges than whites even though both groups are almost equally likely to use the drug, according to a report released this week by the American Civil Liberties Union.

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