RED BANK: COPS SAY SESTITO INTERFERED

Red Bank police dashcam video from the June 3 incident on East Bergen Place. (Red Bank Police Department video. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

redbankgreen hot topicRed Bank’s police chief has asked the Monmouth County prosecutor to review an incident involving Councilman Michael Ballard earlier this month.

The incident, which Ballard reported as it occurred outside his home during a council meeting on Zoom, led to his wife, Rose Sestito, briefly in handcuffs for allegedly interfering with a police investigation, though no charges were filed.

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RED BANK: COP AIDED EVENTUAL VICTIM

RED BANK BALMER 060820Patrolman Stan Balmer, at right, with a State Trooper on the Parkway early on the morning of May 23. (Screenshot from release by New Jersey Attorney General. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

A Red Bank cop came to the aid of stranded motorist last month in the first of a series of related encounters between police and the driver, who was later shot dead by a State Trooper, authorities said Monday.

Patrolman Stan Balmer, who leads one of the borough’s two K9 teams, was off-duty and enroute home following his shift when he came upon a car broken down in the center lane of the Garden State Parkway in Brick Township on May 23, according to Chief Darren McConnell.

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RED BANK: REPORT OF SHOT FIRED

red bank policeRed Bank police were investigating a report of a shot fired on the West Side Friday afternoon.

No one was injured in the incident, which occurred around 1 p.m. on West Sunset Avenue between Leighton and Shrewsbury avenues, Chief Darren McConnell told redbankgreen.

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RED BANK: CRIMES AND ARRESTS

red bank policeThe crime and arrest reports below for the months of May, 2020, were provided by the Red Bank Police Department. This information is unedited. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post.

CRIMES

Theft: Medicine, an old radio, an old Ford car seat and miscellaneous items valued under $150.00 were reported stolen out of the back of a truck on 05/01/2020 in the area of E. Westside Ave. Ptl. Frank Metta.

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PROSECUTOR: ‘OUR MISSION IS TO PROTECT’

Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni at a community forum on police-involved shootings at Pilgrim Baptist Church in Red Bank in 2018. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

redbankgreen hot topicMonmouth County’s top law enforcement official on Monday “wholly” denounced the death of a Minneapolis man that has sparked protests and violence across America.

In a statement posted on the county website, Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni called the death of George Floyd while he was in police custody “murder.”

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RED BANK: POLICE-COMMUNITY FORUM SLATED

A Red Bank police officer speaking with a motorist during a stop on Leighton Avenue in 2015. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

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By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_02With cities across America erupting in violence in recent days over police abuses, Red Bank’s police department plans to hold an online forum on community relations Thursday.

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RED BANK: CRIMES AND ARRESTS

red bank policeThe crime and arrest reports below for the months of March and April, 2020, were provided by the Red Bank Police Department. This information is unedited. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post.

CRIMES

Theft: Two cell phones were reported to be stolen from an unlocked vehicle in the area of Boat Club Dr. on 03/05/2020. The cell phones are described as an Apple I Phone 11 valued at approximately $1000.00 and an Apple I Phone 6 plus valued at approximately $600.00. Lt. Robert Kennedy.

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RED BANK: MAN CHARGED IN BOTTLE-STAB

red bank policeThe stabbing of a man with a broken bottle led to the arrest of a Red Bank man Sunday, police Chief Darren McConnell tells redbankgreen.

According to McConnell, a verbal altercation between two acquaintances in a home on West Westside Avenue escalated Friday.

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RED BANK: BASIE FILM FEST GOES VIRTUAL

Wondering how to fill the hours while housebound by the COVID-19 pandemic? You might binge on the 27 bitesized movies in the Count Base Center for the Arts Teen & College Film Fest, which this year is a virtual affair.

Here are three entries, one from each category: middle school (above), high school and college (below).

After you’ve watched these, hop over to the festival page, watch the 24 others, and cast your vote for the your favorites.

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RED BANK: CRISIS DELAYS FARMERS’ MARKET

Mother’s Day is still five weeks away, but this year’s edition won’t be accompanied by the customary opening of the Red Bank Farmer’s Market.

George Sourlis, whose family-owned Galleria of Red Bank hosts the popular Sunday market, tells redbankgreen that this year’s start has been indefinitely postponed by the COVID-19 crisis. It will open once the pandemic has passed, he said.

The seasonal farmstand typically runs through November.  (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

FAIR HAVEN: DUNKIN’ COMMENTS LESS HEATED

red bank what's going on herefair haven dunkin This time a year ago, Fair Haven was a town divided. The issue? Whether to allow a Dunkin’ coffee shop to fill a vacancy in the River Road strip mall anchored by an Acme supermarket. The back-and-forth on the Fair Haven, NJ Facebook page got so nasty that the moderator shut down commenting on the issue.

Well this week, seven months after the planning board approved the shop, the still-empty retail space got its Dunkin’ sign, and the moderator allowed a resumption of comments. So how’d that go?

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RED BANK: CRIMES AND ARRESTS

red bank policeThe crime and arrest reports below for the month of February, 2020, were provided by the Red Bank Police Department. This information is unedited. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post.

CRIMES

Theft: Several items were reported stolen from a business in the area of Monmouth St on 02/02/2020. The items taken were a NJ and NY driver’s license, $50.00 cash, Jet Blue Amex card, a real estate license, a black Calvin Klein men’s blazer valued at $500.00, and keys to a vehicle. Ptl. Michael Zadlock.

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FAIR HAVEN: POLICE ACTIVITY

Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Fair Haven Police Department for the month of February, 2020. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post.

2/3/20 Gregory Lagana 60, of Fair Haven was arrested by S.O. Perkins for Burglary and Criminal Trespassing. Gregory was released with a pending court date.

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SHREWSBURY: CRIMES AND ARRESTS

Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Shrewsbury Police Department for the period of February 15 to February 28, 2020. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post. 

CRIMES

Report of Theft in the area of Buttonwood Drive on 2/18/20. Victim reports unknown subject(s) removed property. Ptl. Michael Zibrin investigating.

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FAIR HAVEN: POLICE ACTIVITY

Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Fair Haven Police Department for the month of January, 2020. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post.

1/2/20 Kristen A Wimmer 20, of Little Silver was arrested by S.O.  Perkins for possession of CDS.  Mrs. Wimmer was processed and released with a court date.

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RED BANK: MAN ADMITS CHILD SEX CRIMES

A Shrewsbury man admitted he sexually assaulted seven juveniles in Red Bank and two other towns over the course of a decade, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni said in an announcement Tuesday.

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SHREWSBURY: CRIMES AND ARRESTS

Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Shrewsbury Police Department for the period of February 1 to February 14, 2020. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post. 

CRIMES

Report of Theft in the area of Trafford Street on 2/2/20. Victim reports sending payment for items never received. Ptl. Derek Myers investigating.

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RED BANK: CRIMES AND ARRESTS

red bank policeThe crime and arrest reports below for the month of January, 2020, were provided by the Red Bank Police Department. This information is unedited. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post.

CRIMES

Theft: In the area of Monmouth St on 01/05/2020 it was reported an unlocked bicycle was stolen from the rear of a building. The victim described the bike as a black electric bike with large black tires and a red and black seat. The bike is estimated to be worth $1,500.00. Surveillence video shows a white male wearing a plaid shirt in his late 30’s early 40’s and short beard driving away on the bike. Ptl. Taylor Doremus.

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MAN CHARGED IN THREE JOGGER ASSAULTS

By JOHN T. WARD

Little Silver police have charged a Red Bank man with assaulting a female jogger Sunday morning.

Authorities allege he’s the same guy who knocked a Red Bank jogger to the ground last month, and attacked another in a similar manner five months ago.

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RED BANK: STOP LEADS TO DRUG BUST

red bank police

By JOHN T. WARD

Red Bank police found a stash of illegal drugs in an Aberdeen man’s car following a traffic stop Tuesday, redbankgreen has learned.

Separately, a Morris County woman is facing charges she assaulted three borough cops.

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