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RED BANK: CRASH LEAVES EIGHT DISPLACED

rb crash 042516The stolen vehicle, obscured by darkness at left, traveled up the driveway and struck the side of a house on Drs. Parker Boulevard. The impact tore out the electrical service and caused structural damage to the house, as seen below. (Photo below by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge.)

[Update, 9:30 p.m. Monday: According to Sickles, the damaged house was a two-family. One family is staying with friends or relatives, and the other has gotten housing assistance through the Red Cross.]

By JOHN T. WARD

rb crash 042516 2Eight people were said to have been displaced Monday after a stolen vehicle, fleeing police, crashed into their Red Bank home early Monday morning.

As previously reported by redbankgreen, the unidentified driver fled the scene on foot after racing a stolen sedan south on Bridge Avenue and smashing into the house at 133-135 Drs. Parker Boulevard at about 1:10 a.m.  Middletown and Red Bank police had attempted to intercept the car, but couldn’t catch it, authorities said.

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FAIR HAVEN: McGOVERN TO TAKE LEAD AT PD

FHPD Mcgovern 042016 3Joe McGovern, who’s to be sworn in as chief Monday night, has spent his entire career with the borough police department. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

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It’s a cliché, but in terms of police activity, Fair Haven cries out for comparison to Mayberry. Crime is almost nil, and the top two categories of calls involve traffic and residential construction: blocked driveways, dumpster placements and the like.

Still, this bedroom community has undergone a rapid growth spurt. There are hundreds of kids — more than at any time in the town’s 104-year history — and more traffic.

“We’re also one of the only towns left where most of the kids ride bikes to school,” said acting police Chief Joe McGovern, who is scheduled to become chief next week.

Which makes pedestrian safety the number-one issue for police, he said. “It’s our job to make sure they’re safe.”

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RED BANK CRIME & ARREST REPORTS

The crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of April 7 to April 21, 2016. This information is unedited.

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Criminal Mischief to a motor vehicle. On 4-19-16 the victim reported parking a vehicle on Mechanic St. A short time later, after returning to the vehicle a scratch had been observed about the vehicle windshield.

ARRESTS

Leon N. Norman, age 31 of Long Branch was arrested on 4-7-16 in the area of Leighton Ave, for Contempt of Court and Obstruction of the Administration of Law by Ptl. Stanley Balmer.

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COUNTY CREATES SPECIAL-NEEDS DATABASE

sb sign 033016Sea Bright is among the towns that have already established voluntary registries for residents with special needs. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

Press release Wednesday by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s office:

A comprehensive and voluntary program dedicated to serving citizens with special needs was launched today.

Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni was joined by Sheriff Shaun Golden and the Monmouth County Chiefs of Police to introduce the Monmouth County Special Needs Registry.

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RED BANK: COUPLE CHARGED IN SANDY FRAUD

Susan-Avellini 042016 James-Avellini 042016A Red Bank couple was charged with criminal fraud in connection with federal relief funds for victims of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, the New Jersey Attorney General’s office announced Wednesday.

James Avellini, 67, and Susan Horty-Avellini, 65, seen at right, were among seven defendants charged with filing fraudulent applications for relief monies, the state alleged.

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MIDDLETOWN: PAIN DOC SENTENCED

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_03A former Red Bank physician who once ran an illegal prescription painkiller ring was sentenced to six years in New Jersey state prison last week.

Middletown resident Kenneth Lewandowski, 53, who Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni once called “parasitic,” was sentenced Friday to six years in prison with a two-year period of parole ineligibility under a plea deal accepted by  Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Joseph W. Oxley.

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LINCROFT: BURNHAM COPS TO ‘ARROGANCE’

HOT-TOPIC_01Former Brookdale Community College president Peter Burnham, who went to prison for defrauding the Lincroft institution, is out and talking about what led him there, NJ.com Tuesday.

“There’s a fine line between confidence and arrogance, and I crossed that line,” 71-year-old Burnham told an audience at the annual meeting of the American Association of Community Colleges in Chicago last week, NJ.com reported, citing and earlier account by the Chronicle of Higher Education.

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MIDDLETOWN POLICE BLOTTER

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

AUTHORITIES_MTOWN-2016-v3Vanessa Flores, age 21, from Kimberly Court in Red Bank, NJ, arrested on March 21, 2016 by Patrolman Julian Reis on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. She was released after posting $250.00 bail.

Jesse Guerin, age 44, from Bergen Street in Middletown, NJ, arrested on March 21, 2016 by Patrolman Julian Reis for Terroristic Threats. He was released after posting $2,500.00 bail set by Judge James Berube.

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RED BANK: POLICE SEEK WITNESSES TO ATTACK

boat club court assaultAUTHORITIES_RB-2016-v2Red Bank police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the assailant in an attack that occurred shortly after midnight Sunday morning on Boat Club Court, between 10th Avenue Burrito and a mixed-used building on West Front Street.

Police Chief Darren tells redbankgreen that the victim, a 23-year-old Middletown man, suffered “significant” injuries in the assault, but police were not notified until long after it happened, and the victim went to a hospital with family members from home. Read More »

SHREWSBURY POLICE BLOTTER

AUTHORITIES_SBURY-2016-v3Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Shrewsbury Police Department for the period of March 24 to March 31, 2016.

Crime Reports

A report of Theft was reported by a female at Police Headquarters on 03/24/2016. Reporting party reported that she believes her prescription narcotics were taken and replaced with over the counter Tylenol. Ptl. Derek Myers took report.

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RED BANK CRIME & ARREST REPORTS

The crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of March 24 to April 6, 2016. This information is unedited.

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Theft: Theft from Motor Vehicle occurring on 3-24-16 in the area of Mount St. Subject(s) entered unlocked vehicle and removed a GPS, and loose change. Ptl. Stanley Balmer.

Theft: Theft from Motor Vehicle occurring on 3-24-16 in the area of Broad St. Subject(s) entered vehicle and removed prescription meds. And personal items. Ptl. Stanley Balmer.

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LITTLE SILVER: RECENT CRIMES AND ARRESTS

AUTHORITIES_LS-2016-v2Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Little Silver Police Department, for the month of March, 2016.

March 1– Byron Steele, 27, of Bronx, NY, was arrested following a motor vehicle stop on Church St. for an active Contempt of Court warrant out of the Weehawken Municipal Court in the amount of $850.00. P.O. Andrew Smith made the arrest.

March 1– A resident from Carolyn Rd. reported Identity Theft after discovering that their social security number had been used by an unknown person(s). P.O. Brian Miller investigated.

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RUMSON: POLICE BLOTTER

AUTHORITIES_RUMSON-2016-v3Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Rumson Police Department for February and March, 2016.

2/5/16 Robert Boyer arrested Timothy Smith, 41, of Middletown for COC [Contempt of Court]. Mr. Smith was released after posting $391 bail.

2/13/16 S/O Michael Berger arrested a 16 year old juvenile out of Fair Haven for underage possession of alcohol, after patrols responded to the area of Elm Lane for reports of a large party. The juvenile was released to a parent.

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FAIR HAVEN: FIREFIGHTER HELD FOR ARSON

just_inA Fair Haven volunteer firefighter was arrested and charged with arson Saturday, the Monmouth County Prosecutor announced Sunday evening.

Nicholas Joyce, 19, was alleged to have set a fire to a storage shed behind a church Friday afternoon. He then went to the borough firehouse, where he responded to the fire with other volunteers, according to Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

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