RED BANK: ASSAULT ALLEGED, BUT NOT BIAS

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njThree men have been charged with assaulting a 16-year-old Red Bank athlete in what he claimed was a racially motivated attack outside a party in Oceanport last month.

Police, however, made no allegation of racial bias in complaints filed June 10 and obtained by redbankgreen Friday.

Among those charged were two Red Bank Catholic High School football players, including Alex Brown, the quarterback who made national headlines for his onfield performance just a day after his mother died last November.

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FAIR HAVEN: COUNCIL OKS GUN RESOLUTION

Mayor Josh Halpern speaking during Monday’s council session. (Photo from Zoom. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

Overriding objections by Mayor Josh Halpern, Fair Haven’s borough council endorsed a resolution calling for common-sense federal gun laws Monday night.

The 6-0 vote followed a showdown between Halpern and several council members over his blockage of resolutions he said are not local issues.

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RED BANK: RESOURCE OFFICERS PLANNED

Red Bank police Chief Darren McConnell during Monday’s online forum. (Screengrab from Zoom. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njRed Bank schools plan to implement a school resource officer program in the borough’s public schools, police Chief Darren McConnell said Monday.

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RED BANK: CRIME & ARREST REPORTS

The crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for May, 2022. This information is unedited; see below for additional information.

CRIMES

Theft: On 05/06/2022 a patrol unit took a report of theft from a business in the area of Water St. An employee reported two subjects stole allergy medications. Items listed as stolen: an unknown amount of Zyrtek, an unknown amount Allegra, and an unknown amount of Benadryl. Ptl. Froilan Hernandez.

 

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RED BANK: CHIEF TO ADDRESS SAFETY QS

Red Bank police Chief Darren McConnell plans to address public safety concerns following recent mass shootings in Texas and New York in a community Zoom meeting scheduled for Monday evening. 

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RED BANK: TEEN ALLEGES RACIAL ATTACK

Raymond  Jackson suffered a bone fracture above his eye that will require surgery, his father said. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njA 16-year-old Red Bank athlete was badly beaten in a racially charged attack in Oceanport Saturday night, he told redbankgreen.

Police, however, say they have found no racial motivation in the alleged assault, which remains under investigation.

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RED BANK: YASSIN CHARGED WITH THEFT

red bank, nj, hazim yassinThen-Councilman Hazim Yassin at a Red Bank Education Foundation fundraiser at the Red Bank Elks Club in 2018. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

redbankgreen hot topicFormer Red Bank Councilman Hazim Yassin has been charged with stealing more than $7,600 from the Red Bank Borough Education Foundation, the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office said Monday.

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RED BANK: CRIME & ARREST REPORTS

The crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for April, 2022. This information is unedited; see below for additional information.

CRIMES

Criminal Mischief: On 04/05/2022 in the area of River St., a patrol unit took a report of criminal mischief to a motor vehicle. Owner reported a large key scratch on a parked vehicle starting at the rear passenger door extending to the rear taillight. The damage was estimated at $300.00. Ptl. Piero Vescio.

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RED BANK: AUTO THEFTS GRIP REGION

Security video recorded the daytime theft of a white Mercedes from the 7-Eleven at Maple Avenue and West Front Street last August, with the shocked owner giving chase on foot.

By JOHN T. WARD

redbankgreen hot topicWhile towns across New Jersey and beyond grapple with rising numbers of high-priced-vehicle thefts and attempted thefts, local officials are urging residents not to make it easy for perpetrators.

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RED BANK: TESLA TRYOUT UPDATED

The borough-owned Tesla gets recharged at a station intended for public use. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njRed Bank’s borough government is not yet ready to pull the plug on a donated Tesla sedan, even though keeping the vehicle charged up has been a challenge, interim Business Administrator Darren McConnell tells redbankgreen.

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RED BANK: CRIME & ARREST REPORTS

The crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for March, 2022. This information is unedited; see below for additional information.

CRIMES

Theft: In the area of W. Westside Av. patrol units took a report of theft on 03/01/2022. Owner stated the catalytic converter was stolen from a vehicle. The owner did not know the value of the stolen part. Ptl. Andrew Todd.

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RED BANK: CRIME & ARREST REPORTS

The crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for February, 2022. This information is unedited; see below for additional information.

CRIMES

Theft: In the area of W. Front St., a patrol unit took a report of theft from a business on 02/08/2022. Victim reported a black in color Apple IPhone 13 valued $1,100.00 was taken while inside of a business. Ptl. Michael Zadlock.

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RED BANK: DEMS DUMP MENNA FOR BALLARD

Michael Ballard and Ed Zipprich in 2015; Mayor Pasquale Menna is visible in the background. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

Dumping a party stalwart after more than three decades in office, Red Bank’s Democratic regulars nominated Councilman Michael Ballard as their candidate for mayor Wednesday.

The move exposed new depths of a bitter split with 16-year incumbent Mayor Pasquale Menna, who told redbankgreen that party committee members had shown “their true colors” with their decision.

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SANDY HOOK: MAN FOUND GUILTY OF ATTACK

The assault occurred in a car parked at Gateway National Recreation Area at Sandy Hook, authorities alleged. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

A Hudson County man was found guilty of sexual assault on a woman at Sandy Hook almost two years ago, Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Lori Linskey announced Thursday.

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RED BANK: BALLARD BLASTS SELF-DEALING ALLEGATION, ANNOUNCES MAYORAL RUN

Councilman Michael Ballard at Councilwoman Angela Mirandi’s oath ceremony Friday. (Photo from Zoom. Click to enlarge.)

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By JOHN T. WARD

redbankgreen hot topicRed Bank Councilman Michael Ballard Tuesday blasted as “fictitious” an allegation that he slipped a raise for his wife, a part-time borough employee, past the rest of the governing body in 2019.

In the same press release, Ballard announced his intention to run for mayor, setting up a back-room clash with fellow Democrat and four-term incumbent Pasquale Menna.

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RED BANK: CRIME & ARREST REPORTS

The crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for January, 2022. This information is unedited; see below for additional information.

CRIMES

Criminal Mischief: In the area of Willow St., a Patrol Unit took a report of Criminal Mischief to a motor vehicle on 01/17/2022. Owner stated a tire on a vehicle was slashed. The tire was valued at $300.00. Ptl. Piero Vescio.

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RED BANK: EX-TEACHER CHARGED

this just in redbankgreenA teacher who worked for just three days at the Red Bank Charter School in 2020 has been indicted for alleged sexual assaults against four Long Branch elementary school children he taught over the preceding three years, the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s office said Tuesday evening.

The alleged assaults occurred in school and on class trips, according to an announcement by Acting Prosecutor Lori Linskey.

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RED BANK: CRIME & ARREST REPORTS

The crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for December, 2021. This information is unedited; see below for additional information.

CRIMES

Theft: A patrol unit responded to the area of Broad St. on 12/04/2021 for a report of the theft of a bicycle. Owner stated a silver and green in color Giant brand bicycle valued at $500.00 was stolen from the rear of a business. Ptl. Preston Mellaci.

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