Gloucester County Grand Jury Indictments (week of October 10, 2011)
Member of Large-Scale Identity Theft Ring Pleads HUNTING AND FISHING: Oyster Beds Open, Bear Attacks Horse, Deer/Turkey Photos


The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife has announced the opening of the Hunting-and-Fishing-October-1927-1 oyster beds located at the mouth of the Mullica River, known as Fitney Bit, Oysterbed Point and the Reef Bed, to a limited three day oyster harvest season.

The season will commence on Thursday, November 3, 2011 and end on Saturday, November 5, 2011 (daily harvest times are sunrise to sunset). The harvest is open to all commercial and recreational shellfish license holders.

Recreational shellfish license holders will be limited to 150 oysters or clams, in aggregate, per day. As per the Atlantic Coast Harvest Season regulations, shellfish harvest will be limited to hand tongs only.

For more information, including charts of the oyster beds area, visit on the division's website. 


Bear attacks miniature horse in Hardyston

HARDYSTON -- It was by chance that Fran Braciodieta woke up early enough Tuesday to hear her miniature horse being attacked by a black bear. About 5:15 a.m., Braciodieta heard a "choking noise" from her open kitchen windows, coming from the corral in her backyard. It was an unfamiliar, "bizarre" sound that caused her to bolt to her animals, she said. Standing over her 28-year-old miniature horse, Julie, was a black bear, which was clutching the horse and gnawing on its neck. Braciodieta said she screamed at the bear to frighten it, then threw some rocks. The bear backed away from the horse but seemed "more annoyed" than frightened, Braciodieta said. To shed more light on the area, she ran to bring her truck to the corral. The bruin ran into the woods on her property. Veterinarian Dr. Ted Spinks, owner of the Animal Hospital of Sussex County in Augusta, soon arrived to treat Julie, who was in shock. The horse was later hospitalized, where she received antibiotics and anti-inflammatories to treat puncture wounds and scratches on her abdomen, and bite and scratch marks on her neck. Hardyston police were notified at 6:28 a.m., and Patrolmen E. Francis O'Rourke and Michael Masters responded, according to police reports. The officers were unable to locate the bear. The state Division of Fish and Wildlife was also notified of the attack, and wildlife field officers set a trap, said Larry Ragonese, spokesman for the state Department of Environmental Protection. 

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