Skip to content

A town square for an unsquare town

redbankgreen

Standing for the vitality of Red Bank, its community, and the fun we have together.

ACCUSATIONS FLY AT SIMS TRIAL

Suspect1

The trial of alleged Montgomery Terrace shooter Anthony Sims got underway in Freehold last week, and going by the coverage in the Asbury Park Press, it sounds like a trashfest:

Who dissed whose mother.  Whose mother is a crackhead. Who boasted membership in a gang that he may not have had.

Sims, 21, of Eatontown, is accused of shooting brothers Anthony and Brandon Graves, and firing at but missing a third man, in a dispute at the Montgomery Terrace public housing complex on Red Bank’s West Side shortly before midnight on November 26, 2007. Sims’ girlfriend lived in the complex.

The shooting left Brandon Graves paralyzed from the chest down. It also triggered a manhunt for Sims that didn’t end until his arrest in Highlands almost two months later. He’s on trial on three attempted-murder counts and related weapons charges, which he denies.

Today’s Press coverage includes this summary:

Last week, the brothers testified that the dispute started over some advice Sims’ mother gave to Anthony Graves about his pregnant girlfriend. But Sims’ defense attorney, Robert J. Konzelmann, has maintained it resulted from Anthony Graves “disrespecting” Sims’ mother.

It also includes this, regarding the cross-examination by Sims’ defense attorney, Robert J. Konzelmann, of 28-year-old Anthony Graves, who was shot in the hand and throat:

Later, Graves characterized Sims’ mother, Rhoda Palmer, as a “crackhead.”

Konzelmann then pressed him about selling drugs to Palmer.

“I don’t sell crack,” Graves answered. “I didn’t sell crack to her.”

Konzelmann asked if Palmer had ever performed sexual acts for him in exchange for crack cocaine.

Graves shook his head as he answered “Why would I do that?” before adding that Palmer was “like an auntie to me.”

Some of yesterday’s testimony centered on whether Sims and Brandon Graves had each boasted membership in the Bloods gang, and if so, whether they meant it or were just “talking jazz,” as Graves’ brother claimed.

Prior to the start of the trial, authorities had not disclosed the names of the shooting victims and Sims’ alleged third target, Steven Rosado, 18, of Lakewood.

On Rosado’s testimony, the Press reports that Rosado testified that Sims referred to being a member of the Bloods just before the shooting”

“West up or vest up” — a reference to membership in a Westside Bloods set — Rosado testified Sims said just before pulling the trigger wounding the Graves brothers and taking at least one shot a Rosado as he fled the scene amid the gunfire.

Remember: Nothing makes a Red Bank friend happier than to hear "I saw you on Red Bank Green!"
Partyline
WAYWARD SLIM JIM
Anybody lose a Slim Jim? A “Sweet Mild O’ Mine” flavor Slim Jim was seen left unattended on this mailbox on Mechanic Stree ...
YAPPY TOGETHER
RED BANK: Look for this cutie pie, named Sacramento, at Yappy Hour on Broadwalk Saturday. He's looking for a new home.
YELLOW RAINCOAT DAY
On a rainy May morning, the only golden sight on Broad Street this morning were the matching raincoats of Eileen and her dog Benny.
STOP. JUST STOP.
RED BANK: For those who don't get the meaning of a stop sign, crossing guard Diane Johnson amplifies the message with some colorful outfits. ...
RECORDS SKIP INTO TOWN
RED BANK: Devotees of vinyl records expected to drop needle at Broad and Mechanic Saturday. Here's why.
Feline fortunes on Monmouth Street
Christopher Russell and feline pal Princess take in some fresh air on a warm May night Thursday in the doorway of Gina’s Psychic Bouti ...
GOING UP?
RED BANK: Public Library will be closed Friday for the start of elevator construction. (Click for more.)
TREEBIRTH
RED BANK: Replacement of nine trees gets underway on South Street, where a wholesale removal angered residents last September. (Click for mo ...
RIVERSIDE FLOW
New Jersey Flow Arts brings together jugglers, poi spinners, hoopers and more weekly in Riverside Gardens Park.
Honeybee swarm carted away
Beekeeper Tanya Ptak of Ptak’s Apiary inspects a swarm of honeybees that chose a flower pot in the courtyard of Red Bank Primary Schoo ...
BELOVED POISONED DOG PHOTO SURFACES
   
THREE ON TOUR
RED BANK: Three borough sites will participate in a weekend of self-guided tours of 52 historic locations in Monmouth County May 4 & 5.
VOLUNTEERS GET INTO THE WEEDS
Toting plastic trash bags, 51 volunteers conducted a walking litter cleanup on Red Bank's West Side Saturday.
“IT’S A PARTY AT WAWA!”
You wish you could vibe like Brian, who lives on the other side of Hubbard’s Bridge. He caught redbankgreen’s attention in Red B ...
POPE OKS ORATORY
RED BANK: St. Anthony of Padua obtains papal approval to establish Oratory of St. Philip Neri, a community of priests and brothers devoted t ...
RED BANK: NEW MURAL BRIGHTENS CORNER
RED BANK: Lunch Break founder Norma Todd is depicted in a mural painted this week on the front of the newly renovated social service agency.
TULIPS TOGETHER
Spring tulips taking in the sunset outside the Molly Pitcher Inn in Red Bank Monday evening.
RIVER RANGERS RETURN
River Rangers, a summer canoeing program offered by the Navesink Maritime Heritage Association, returns this summer for up to 20 participa ...
DOUBLE DYLAN IN RED BANK
Trucks for a production company filming what one worker said was a Bob Dylan biography have lined Monmouth Street the past two days with cre ...
AFTER THE RAIN
A pear tree branch brought down by a brief overnight storm left a lovely tableau on the sidewalk in front of Red Bank's Riverside Gardens Pa ...