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Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Shrewsbury Police Department for the period of July 11 to July 25, 2014.


Report of Theft in the area of The Shadowbrook, Obre Road on 7/12/14. Victim reports property taken from vehicle by unknown subject(s). Damages totaling $1200.00. Ptl. Derek Myers investigating.

Report of Theft in the area of Boston Market, Broad Street on 7/13/14. Victim reports property taken by unknown subject(s). Damages totaling $80.00. Ptl. Tracy Polk investigating.

Report of Theft in the area of Alameda Court on 7/14/14. Victim reports property taken by unknown subject(s). Damages totaling $1000.00. Ptl. Matthew Clark investigating.

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Walter C Loren FisherPhotographer, naturalist and New Jersey history expert Walter Choroszewski goes looking for fossils — and finds more than one kind of classic rock — when he visits the Middletown Library on Wednesday evening. (photo by Loren Fisher)

It’s an epic saga, etched in rock, that begins with the dinosaurs — and arrives full circle, in a manner of speaking, at the classic-rock era of the Jersey Shore. It’s the history of the Garden State, told as you’ve probably never heard it before, by Walter Choroszewski. When the photographer, author and NJ historian visits Middletown Township Public Library on Wednesday, July 30, he’ll be treating young listeners of ages 6 and up to a “New Jersey Rocks!” presentation that spans the big “Freeze-Out” of the Ice Age, and stands in the footprints of the giants who walked the jungleland of JurAsbury Park.

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HOT-TOPIC_02Two Red Bank residents were among five New Jerseyans – all said to be members of a gang – who pleaded guilty ad were sentenced for heroin trafficking in North Carolina last week, according to a report by Star News Online.

From the Star News:

The group was arrested March 30, 2012, after a two-month Wilmington Police Department investigation that began with a tip from a confidential informant, according to the release. An investigation revealed that members of the United Blood Nation gang from New Jersey had contacted local members of the gang…

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gretchen rellGretchen Rell in a 2011 photo on her Facebook page. She described the bird she’s holding as a survivor of a pigeon shoot. (Click to enlarge)

HOT-TOPIC_03A volunteer animal rescuer who kept hundreds of dead birds and other animals in her mother’s Little Silver home pleaded guilty to animal cruelty Monday, according to NJ.com.

At a hearing in Superior Court in Freehold, Gretchen Rell, 56, an Ocean Township resident, admitted she neglected the birds and was responsible for their deaths.

As part of an agreement with the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s office, a second charge of cruelty contained in an indictment handed down by a grand jury in May was dismissed, the news site reports.

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AUTHORITIES_MTOWN1-2014Two guests were arrested late Sunday night following a melee involving an estimated 300 people at a wedding reception in Middletown, police reported.

Here’s an account of the incident prepared by MTPD spokesman Lieutenant Steve Dollinger:

On July 27, 2014 at approximately 10:30 pm a large fight broke out at a wedding reception being held at Jacques Reception Hall located on Palmer Avenue in Middletown. Sergeant First Class William Colangelo and Patrolman Frank Mazza were working the reception as an off-duty assignment when they were alerted to a fight taking place.

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maroon whiteArea high school athletes play in front of top college coaches, as Red Bank Regional Girls Basketball coach James Young conducts the sixth annual Maroon and White Basketball Camp, beginning this Tuesday at the RBR gymnasium. 

As the home court of the basketball Buccaneers, the gym at Red Bank Regional High School will be seeing plenty of action when the 2014-2015 academic year gets underway this fall. But for three days each summer, the bleachers are filled with coaches representing the women’s athletic programs of more than 50 Division I, II and III colleges — and the court hosts as many as 200 athletes, from high schools throughout New Jersey, as they compete in an event that serves as a showcase for such east coast schools as Rutgers, Fordham and Seton Hall Universities.

Now in its sixth annual edition, the Maroon and White Girls’ Basketball Camp allows high school players to hone their skills in a competitive environment — and we do mean competitive, as this year’s camp boasts the participation of the state Tournament of Champions winners from Newark’s Shabazz High School. As an NCAA certified event, the camp also offers students “exposure for college play and scholarship opportunities,” in the words of RBR girls’ basketball coach and Maroon and White camp supervisor James Young.

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AUTHORITIES_RB2-2014The crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of July 17 and July 24, 2014. This information is unedited.


Theft occurring at W. Front Street—park on 7-17-14. Victim reported that unknown

person(s) stole a Cannon Digital Camcorder, which was hanging on fence. Ptl. Benjamin Springer.

Theft occurring at Tower Hill Drive between 7-16-14 and 7-17-14. Unknown person(s) stole a Garmin GPS unit from parked vehicle. Ptl. John Camarca.

Theft occurring at Windward Way between 7-16-14 and 7-17-14. Unknown subject(s) entered parked vehicle and stole a pair of Ray Ban sunglasses and a pair of Kaenon sunglasses. Lt. Robert Kennedy

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rb weather 072814 1rb weather 072814 2After an early-morning drenching accompanied by lightning and thunder, two views taken at 8:30 Monday morning from the same spot in Red Bank – one west toward the train station, the other north, across Monmouth Street –  suggest we’re in for a changeable day.

The National Weather Service forecasts a mostly sunny day, with a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms, and a high of about 84 degrees. (Photos by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)


072614 Parker berries17072614 Parker berriesThe second of two community blackberry harvests drew dozens of eager pickers to Sickles Farm in Little Silver Saturday including the little one above, who couldn’t wait to get his mitts on his mother’s picks. The event doubled as a fundraiser for the restoration of the Parker Homestead, the historic home and barns that adjoin the blackberry patch. More photos below. (Photos by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

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army field bandThe largest rhythm-keeping force in the free world, the US Army Field Band deploys to the stage of the Count Basie Theatre on Monday, for a free public concert.

In its assembled glory, it’s a formidable force — and its many crack commando units and surgical-strike teams allow it to perform missions that range from a Dixieland septet and harp-flute duo, to a Son Tropical big band and diplomatic corps of Woodwind Ambassadors. When  The United States Army Field Band takes the stage of the Count Basie Theatre on Monday, July 28, it will be in the form of the organization that has thrilled and inspired audiences “from Boston to Baghdad” for over 60 years.

Scheduled for 7:30 pm, the concert finds the 60-plus members of the Field Band (under the command of Colonel Timothy J. Holtan) performing a selection of American music — from patriotic and military evergreens, to big-band pop standards and a selection of styles from this nation’s awesome sonic spectrum — in the way that “fosters the support of the American people for members of the armed forces and supports diplomatic efforts around the world.” And, as a thank-you for that support, they’ll be performing absolutely free of charge.

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alanis.jpg.size.xxlarge.letterboxSerial Grammy winner Alanis Morisette returns to the greater Green this Sunday, for an unplugged concert at the Count’s place.

To music fans that have helped her move more than 60 million units of sales worldwide — at least half of them via her 1995 blockbuster Jagged Little PillAlanis Morissette is the multiple Grammy winner (and onetime Canadian teen-pop star) who exploded onto the alt-rock landscape with “You Oughta Know;” who duetted in short order with everyone from Ringo Starr to Tricky, and who more or less taught us a new meaning of the word “Ironic.”

To Red Bankers — or at least those borough-based viewers of the Kevin Smith askewniverse — Alanis Morisette is nothing less than God, the supreme being that she portrayed for the last act of Smith’s controversial 1999 epic Dogma. On the evening of Sunday, July 27, God herself returns to  Red Bank for an “intimate and acoustic” sermonette on the stage of the greater Green’s most glittering cathedral of entertainment, the Count Basie Theatre.

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Parker HoVintage berry-picking baskets await fulfillment, as the historic Parker Family Homestead invites the community to a second session of blackberry gathering fun in Little Silver.

While we’re not suggesting that the loving restorations of Monmouth County’s historic places are watched over by benevolent spirits, Little Silver’s Parker Homestead has had its share of happy coincidences — witness the accidental uncovering of a Colonial five-foot high fireplace, big enough for several people to stand in — just as the hard work of cleanup and repair was really getting underway. Then there was the recent discovery of a cache of vintage wooden berry-picking baskets, just as preparations were being made for a first-ever Community Blackberry Pick.

Local families were invited to “put down the smartphones and pick up some blackberries” during the first scheduled pick on July 19 — and on Saturday, July 26, up to 50 groups will be able to participate (on an earlybird-gets-the-berries basis), as a second session takes place between the hours of 8 am and 12 pm, with a rain date of Sunday, July 27.

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Recent crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Middletown Township Police Department.

AUTHORITIES_MTOWN2-2014Christian Caldaro, age 27, from Statesir Place in Red Bank, NJ, arrested on July 13, 2014 by Patrolman Brenden Santiago for Criminal Trespass. He was $5,000.00 with 10% set by Judge Richard Thompson.

Brent Heck, age 35, from Thompson Avenue in Middletown, NJ, arrested on July 12, 2014 by Patrolman Jason Troshane on Contempt of Court warrants issued by the Middletown and Jersey City Municipal Courts. He was released after posting $4,150.00 bail.

William Ruiz, age 44, from Wallington Avenue in Wallington, NJ, arrested on July 12, 2014 by Patrolman Raymond Sofield for Driving While Intoxicated. He was released pending a court date.

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