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Week in News: Bribery Indictment, Ethics Probe, Little Girl Remembered

Find the headlines you may have missed around Monmouth and Ocean counties.

Little Silver Man Indicted in Reputed Bribe, Kickback Scheme

Little Silver — A Little Silver man faces more than 20 years in prison and the forfeiture of millions in assets after being indicted in an alleged bribery and kickback scheme.

George Chrysanthopoulos, 49, was indicted Thursday in federal court in Trenton on seven counts of bribery, mail and wire fraud after he allegedly paid nearly $350,000 in bribes and kickbacks to a state Department of Transportation official and a port terminal operator to secure contracts for his firm, Tarheel Enterprises of Morgan, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman said.

Read more on Little Silver-Oceanport Patch.

Loved Ones Remember Ana Kopack for Her Smiles, Hugs and Wisdom

Lacey — Looking up to someone generally entails admiring someone of greater wisdom and experience, which usually comes with age. But in Lacey, many look up to someone of lesser stature, 10-year-old Anastasia Kopack.

“She was 10 and she helped an 18-year-old girl through so much. If it wasn't for her I wouldn’t be where I am… She was amazing, and she could relate to so much at such a young age,” Rachel Lynn Inglis said of Ana.

 She was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare form of cancer, in March 2011.

Read more on Lacey Patch.

Bean Files Complaints Against Mayor, Attorney

Belmar — Belmar Councilman Jim Bean is not backing down. 

After Mayor Matt Doherty last month wrote the Department of Community Affairs (DCA) requesting an investigation into Bean's refusal to recuse himself from voting on a proposed ordinance, Bean filed a complaint of his own last week with the state ethics board accusing Doherty and Borough Attorney Michael DuPont of using their official positions to "tarnish" his reputation by claiming he had a conflict of interest.

Read more on Manasquan-Belmar Patch.

Harvest Moon Over The Jersey Shore

Asbury Park- Wall Township photographer and teacher Mike Black took these shots of the Harvest moon in Asbury Park and Belmar on Oct. 1.

See more photos on Wall Patch.

Give Driving Jersey a Kickstart

Red Bank- Among the television landscape, the seemingly unreal Real Housewives and the Shore-side fist-pumping, the most authentic presentation of New Jersey and its residents currently being broadcast is Driving Jersey.

The stars of the show recently announced a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the future of the reality television program. The fundraising effort, which runs through Nov. 1, has a goal of at least $10,000, which will help fund the next season of Driving Jersey. Kickstarter is a funding platform for creative projects. In order for Driving Jersey to receive the donated money, the fundraising goal needs to be met.

Read more in Red Bank Patch.

Career of Eatontown Police Officer Ends After Admitting He Asked For Sexual Favors

Eatontown- The career of a long-time Eatontown Police Department Officer came to an end when he admitted that he requested sexual favors from a woman he had arrested after flushing drugs seized from her down a toilet.

Detective Philip Emanuele, 33, of Brick plead guilty to criminal coercion and tampering with physical evidence in a plea bargain that calls for a probationary term.

Read more on Long Branch Patch.

Toms River Family Rebuilds with Faith After Destructive Fire

Toms River- The Egan family were unable to save anything from the destructive fire that took their home at Laurel Chase in August just before their three sons returned to college. Tim and Erin Egan and their sons, Peter, Parker and Sean have found a deeper satisfaction in the simple life despite the loss of all material possessions. 

Two of the Egan boys were in the home when the fire started and ran out barefoot when they were alerted to the situation. Tim and Erin arrived to find their home in flames.

Read more on Toms River Patch.

More Charges for Alleged Crestwood Village Burglar; Bail Increased to $140K

Manchester — More charges have been issued to the alleged Crestwood Village burglar, resulting in a near doubling of his bail, police announced late Thursday. 

Jason M. Clancy, 26, of Mill Road in Crestwood Village VI, now faces 15 counts of burglary and 36 counts of attempted burglary, Manchester police Capt. Lisa Parker said on Thursday night.

Read more on Manchester Patch.

Roping in School Traffic Concerns in FH

Fair Haven — Wednesday was National Walk to School Day and it proved to be a dank, rainy washout.

The weather was dreary and drizzly and forecasts were threatening, giving suburban Fair Haven students less reason to walk and increased impetus for more than the usual, large driving pool of parents to drive.

And, in the walkable 1.6-square-miles that comprise Fair Haven, the trend toward driving children to school in the small town has been ever-increasing over the past few decades.

Read more on Rumson-Fair Haven Patch.

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