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SHREWSBURY: SEABROOK ZONE ISSUE CITED

The opening of the Seabrook House facility drew protesters last Thursday. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Shrewsbury officials have notified representatives of a new addiction-counseling center that a key aspect of the operation appears to conflict with local zoning law, redbankgreen has learned.

Five days after Governor Chris Christie got into a shouting match with protesters at the opening of the Seabrook House outpatient facility on White Street, borough Attorney Martin Barger confirmed the nonprofit has been told by letter that its plan for group counseling sessions is not permitted in the zone.

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RED BANK: COPS, COFFEE AND A NEW K-9

Eko, the department’s newest recruit, below, has been cleared by a veterinarian to begin training. He’ll join a K9 unit pioneered by Hunter, above, who’s partnered with Patrolman Stan Balmer. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Some news from Red Bank police…

The department will soon be getting a second tracker dog, redbankgreen has learned.

And the RBPD plans to host a “Coffee with a Cop” event offering community members an opportunity to mingle with police and talk about their concerns in an informal setting over coffee.

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RED BANK: DRUG OVERDOSE CASES SOARING

A “heat map” showing the concentration of drug-overdose deaths in Monmouth County last year. (Map by Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

One-hundred-sixty-five people died of drug overdoses in Monmouth County last year, almost double the number just four years ago, the prosecutor’s office reported Tuesday.

Despite the widespread, often successful use of a fast-acting opiate antidote, the number of overdose victims continued to soar last year, rising 35 percent, the agency reported.

Red Bank police Chief Darren McConnell said the number of overdose cases in the borough over the last two years is “ridiculously higher” than he’d seen in the first three decades in law enforcement.

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RED BANK: LICENSE HALTED FOR RX NARCOTICS

just_in1A Red Bank podiatrist has been temporarily barred from practicing over an allegation that he improperly prescribed highly addictive narcotics without legitimate medical purpose to 13 people, including one who “was later found dead in a hotel room at his son’s wedding,” according to an announcement by the New Jersey Attorney General’s office Monday.

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RED BANK: YO, VOTE FOR THIS PHOTO

rbms-red-ribbon-week-photoRoughly 200 Red Bank Middle School students gathered on the school’s lawn recently to form a red ribbon in support of the national Red Ribbon contest, which touts the anti-drug message of “YOLO – You Only Live Once.” 

The aerial photo, taken by volunteer firefighter Joe Holiday using a drone, has been entered into a contest in which the school is hoping to win $1,000 and an iPad. To vote for the photo, go here. (Photo by Joe Holiday. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK HOSTS DRUG TURN-IN ON OCT. 22

red-bank-pdPress release from Red Bank Police Department

Commonly prescribed painkillers and other prescription medications have been linked to the epidemic of drug use in communities throughout the United States — and this Saturday, October 22, the federal Drug Enforcement Administration will stage a coast-to-coast National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, during which the public will be encouraged to bring any unused or expired prescription medications to designated drop-off points for safe disposal.

Here in the Red Bank area, the borough Police Station at 90 Monmouth Street will be open between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to receive any dropped off materials (no needles will be accepted for this program). For additional information, go here or call (800)882-9539.

RUMSON: TWO TEENS FACE BOOZE CHARGES

By JOHN T. WARD

AUTHORITIES_RUMSON-2016-v3Two Rumson teens were arrested on booze-related charges after police busted up a party Saturday night.

The arrests followed a complaint to police at about 11 p.m. in which a caller reported a large party underway and multiple juveniles on the caller’s front lawn on Elm Place, said Detective Christopher Isherwood said.

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MIDDLETOWN POLICE BLOTTER

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

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Brian Vanlenten, age 35, from West Front Street in Keyport, NJ, arrested on April 11, 2016 by Patrolman Daniel Benbrook on Contempt of Court warrants issued by the Middletown and Holmdel Municipal Courts. He was held on $2,018.00 bail.

Daniel Woods, age 27, from Ohio Avenue in Middletown, NJ, arrested on April 11, 2016 by Patrolman Eric Van Schaack for Simple Assault. He was released pending a court date.

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RED BANK: MAN CHARGED IN COPPER THEFT

AUTHORITIES_RB-2016-v3An Eatontown man was arrested in Red Bank last week on charges of copper theft and drug possession, police said.

Joseph Pfeifer, 27, of Third Street, was arrested in the midst of stealing $7,800 worth of copper wiring in front of a home on South Pearl Street at about 10:30 a.m. last Tuesday, said Chief Darren McConnell.

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ON THE GREEN: SAFELY DITCH UNUSED MEDS

old-rxGot Drugs posterThree towns on the Greater Red Bank Green plan to participate in “National PrescriptionDrug Take-Back Day” for safe disposal of unused and expired medications Saturday.

The police departments in Little Silver, Red Bank and Rumson will accept the products from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. More information can be found on the Drug Enforcement Agency’s website. (Click to enlarge)

 

 

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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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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MIDDLETOWN POLICE BLOTTER

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

AUTHORITIES_MTOWN-2016-v3Valerie Waldman, age 35, from Berkeley Place in Eatontown, NJ, arrested on March 3, 2016 by Detective William Strohkirch for Theft. She was released on her own recognizance.

James Evernham, age 56, from Cherry Street in Belford, NJ, arrested on March 3, 2016 by Detective Keith Hirschbein on a Non-Support warrant issued by the Monmouth County Superior Court, Possession of a Hypodermic Syringe, Providing False Information to a Police Officer and on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Hazlet Municipal Court. He was held on $214,400.00 bail.

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SHREWSBURY CRIME REPORTS

Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Shrewsbury Police Department for the period of March 16 to March 23, 2016.

AUTHORITIES_SBURY-2016-v3A report of Shoplifting was reported by a male in the area of Staples Plaza on 03/18/2016. Reporting party advised 2 male subjects came into his store and attempted to take unknown amount of liquor bottles. Ptl. Derek Myers investigated.

A report of Fraud was reported by a female at Police Headquarters on 03/18/2016. Reporting party advised an acquaintance of hers used her business address and information to open 2 credit cards. Sgt. Adam Cerminaro investigating.

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SHREWSBURY CRIME REPORTS

Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Shrewsbury Police Department for the period of March 11 to March 16, 2016.

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A report of Criminal Mischief was reported by a male in the area of Allen St. on 03/11/2016. Reporting party advised an unknown subject(s) spray painted part of his property.  Ptl. Daniel DeCristofaro investigating.

A report of Shoplifting was reported by a male in the area of Shrewsbury Plaza on 03/11/2016. Reporting party advised unknown subjects purposely took items without paying. Ptl. Angel Marrero investigated.

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MIDDLETOWN POLICE BLOTTER

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

AUTHORITIES_MTOWN-2016-v3Thomas Earls, age 55, from Chadwell Court in Neptune, NJ, arrested on February 23, 2016 by Detective William Strohkirch for Burglary and Theft. He was held on $5,000.00 bail set by Judge James Berube.

Stewart Roston, age 67, from Highway 36 in Middletown, NJ, arrested on February 23, 2016 by Patrolman John Soltysik on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Holmdel Municipal Court. He was released after posting $750.00 bail.

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MIDDLETOWN POLICE BLOTTER

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

AUTHORITIES_MTOWN-2016-v2John Wilczewski, age 25, from Thompson Avenue in Middletown, NJ, arrested on February 15, 2016 by Patrolman Ekne Montalvo for Simple Assault and on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Neptune Municipal Court. He was held on $327.00 bail.

Erin Sullivan, age 33, from Comanche Drive in Middletown, NJ, arrested on February 15, 2016 by Patrolman Nick Manochio on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. She was held on $1,000.00 bail.

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MIDDLETOWN POLICE BLOTTER

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

​​​AUTHORITIES_MTOWN-2016-v2Christopher Mendez, age 22, from The Fellsway in Ocean, NJ, arrested on February 4, 2016 by Patrolman Antonio Ciccone on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was released after posting $250.00 bail.

Philip Dovico, age 67, from Willis Place in Keansburg, NJ, arrested on February 4, 2016 by Corporal Richard Raike on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was released after posting $250.00 bail.

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RUMSON TEEN GOING TO GRAMMYS

Shannon CorsiPress release from Rumson-Fair Haven High School

Shannon Corsi, a 17-year-old senior at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School, has been awarded third prize in the sixth annual Grammy Foundation and MusiCares “Teens Make Music” contest, for her song “Trailblazer.”

Shannon received two tickets to the 58th Annual Grammy Awards to be held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 15. And, as one of the top three prizewinners, Shannon will

attend the Grammy Awards Backstage Experience, a special tour that takes place while artists rehearse on February 12.

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MIDDLETOWN POLICE BLOTTER

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

​​​AUTHORITIES_MTOWN-2016-v2Christie Shannon, age 26, from Manchester Court in Red Bank, NJ, arrested on January 21, 2016 by Lieutenant John Kaiser on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Marlboro Municipal Court. She was released on her own recognizance.

John Tufaro, age 28, from Linden Street in Middletown, NJ, arrested on January 21, 2016 by Patrolman Greg Buhowski for Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Distribute and Tampering with Physical Evidence. He was held on $55,000.00 bail set by Judge James Berube.

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MIDDLETOWN POLICE BLOTTER

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

​​​AUTHORITIES_MTOWN-2016-v2Tara Maier, age 22, from Branch Avenue in Little Silver, NJ, arrested on January 1, 2016 by Patrolman Ricardo Cruz on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Holmdel Municipal Court. She was released after posting $750.00 bail.

Matthew Estrella, age 24, from Memorial Parkway in Atlantic Highlands, NJ, arrested on January 1, 2016 by Patrolman Ricardo Cruz on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Oceanport Municipal Court. He was released after posting $190.00 bail.

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