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RED BANK: SUSPECT CHARGED IN SHOOTING

By JOHN T. WARD

Red Bank police arrested a 24-year-old suspect wanted in a shooting at a hair salon in which no one was injured three months ago, they said Thursday.

According to a statement by Captain Mike Frazee, police arrested Oliver Romero-Nava Wednesday in Long Branch and charged him with aggravated assault and weapons charges stemming from an incident that occurred May 19.

 

 

 

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RED BANK: PURSUIT, CRASHES END IN ARRESTS

 

Police charged Jamir Brown, left, and Alix Eugene. (Red Bank police photos. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

Two Tinton Falls men were arrested on weapons, drug and other charges by Red Bank police after a motor vehicle pursuit that ended with crashes and foot chase late Monday night, police said Tuesday.

 

 

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RED BANK: CRIME-SITE PATROL NABS THREE

Police on the scene of the shooting at Montgomery Terrace Tuesday morning. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

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By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njIncreased police activity at the scene of a shootout in Red Bank earlier this week led to the arrests of three men late Wednesday night, police said Thursday.

The incident, however, “does not appear to be linked to the shooting,” in which two men exchanged gunfire, landing one of them in the hospital, Captain Mike Frazee told redbankgreen.

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RED BANK: POLICE INVESTIGATE SHOOTOUT

Captain Mike Frazee, in white shirt, and investigators on the scene at Montgomery Terrace Tuesday morning. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njTwo armed men appear to have engaged in an early morning gun battle that left one of them wounded early Tuesday morning, Red Bank police said.

At least eight shots are known to have been exchanged in the shootout at Montgomery Terrace Apartments, Captain Mike Frazee told redbankgreen.

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RED BANK: FIVE FACE GUN, DRUG CHARGES

By JOHN T. WARD

Four Red Bank men and a juvenile were arrested on weapons and drug charges after police stopped their car outside borough hall Sunday night, police said Tuesday.

The arrests followed a motorist’s report that he was being followed by men who had “brandished a handgun in a threatening manner” toward him a short while earlier.

 

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RED BANK: STOP LEADS TO WEAPONS CHARGES

By JOHN T. WARD

A traffic stop led to the arrest of 22-year-old Red Bank man for possession of a handgun loaded with highly lethal ammunition earlier this week, borough police said Friday.

A juvenile was also arrested in the incident.

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RED BANK: SEARCH LEADS TO DRUG BUST

Red Bank police arrested a borough man on drug and weapons charges, Chief Darren McConnell said in a prepared statement issued Friday afternoon.

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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: 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: MAN FACING WEAPONS CHARGES

A Tinton Falls man is facing weapons charges after he brought a handgun loaded with armor-piercing bullets into Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank last month, police Chief Darren McConnell told redbankgreen Wednesday.

The suspect, Wesley Rucker, age 34, was also charged with impersonating a federal law enforcement official.

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RED BANK: GUNSHOT VICTIM SHOWS UP HERE

The Emergency Room entrance at Riverview, as seen last May. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

A Sea Bright man shot in an attempted robbery in Paterson turned up in the hospital in Red Bank late Friday, Passaic County law enforcers said Saturday.

As reported Saturday by the Daily Voice, the unidentified 27-year-old victim was wounded in Paterson, 60 miles from Riverview Medical Center, where he landed in the emergency room.

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RED BANK: SIMS CONVICTION OVERTURNED

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By JOHN T. WARD

hot topicAnthony Sims, who was found guilty in the 2014 shooting of a man seated in a car parked in Red Bank, may get a new trial following an appellate court decision issued Monday.

Sims, 32 years old, was wrongly convicted in part based on statements he gave to detectives without having been told why he was under arrest, the three-judge panel found.

Additionally, because the victim of the Willow Street shooting did not testify at trial, but his statements to police were used, Sims was denied his constitutional right to confront his accuser, the court found.

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RED BANK: BOROUGH MAN IN GANG SWEEP

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topicA Red Bank man was among 29 people from Monmouth and Ocean counties charged as a result of an eight-month probe of alleged gang activity that included drug sales, attempted murder and dogfighting, the Monmouth County Prosector’s Office announced Friday.

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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: 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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LITTLE SILVER: STUDENT CHARGED FOR THREAT

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Little Silver and Red Bank police investigated an apparent implied threat of violence at Red Bank Regional High School Sunday night before concluding there was no actual danger, they said Monday.

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FAIR HAVEN: COUNCIL TAKES AIM AT POT, GUNS

Councilman Bob Marchese urged the council to ban recreational pot sales while allowing for medicinal trade. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

Mixed in among discussions of yard sales and tree removals at the Fair Haven council’s semimonthly meeting Monday night were two issues of concern statewide and beyond: marijuana and guns.

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RED BANK: HUNDREDS MARCH FOR GUN LIMITS

Joining a movement that arose from the slaughter of 17 students and adults at a Florida high school last month, hundreds of protesters marched through downtown Red Bank Saturday as part of a nationwide ‘March for Our Lives‘ effort to demand bans on assault weapons and other legislation to reduce gun violence in schools.

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FAIR HAVEN: WALKOUTS GET DETENTION

Fair Haven Superintendent Sean McNeil, seen below at a January event, expressed pride in Knollwood students who walked out, but told them there had to be consequences. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

Seventy-two Fair Haven middle school students were ordered to report for detention after participating in a walkout Wednesday to mark the one-month anniversary of a mass school shooting in Florida.

Meanwhile, just half a mile away, hundreds of Red Bank Regional High students observed the nationwide walkout without penalty. But the fact that they were sequestered within the confines of the school stadium, and surrounded by police, irked at least one student.

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RBR SUPERINTENDENT: ADDRESS GUN ACCESS

Superintendent Louis Moore speaking at an anti-hate rally in Red Bank last August. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

This essay, titled ‘Schools Will Not Be Secure Until We Address Access to Lethal Weapons,’ was submitted to redbankgreen by Red Bank Regional High Superintendent Louis Moore.

Since the tragedy at Columbine High School almost 20 years ago, school districts have implemented measures to protect students and staff from the threat of a mass shooting. Entrances have been hardened with “mantraps” and bullet resistant glass. “Active shooter” drills are now regularly conducted along with fire drills. New security staff have been hired and all staff are trained on best security practices.

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RED BANK: MOMS FLOCK TO GUN LAW EVENT

Amy Downey offered cookies prior to the start of a Moms Demand Action orientation meeting that drew a full house to Shapiro’s Tuesday night. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

The murders of 17 people by a gunman in Florida last week prompted a hasty new-member orientation in Red Bank Tuesday night for an organization dedicated to what it calls “common sense gun laws.”

Volunteers with Moms Demand Action said the February 14 slaughter at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland has unleashed a surge of interest unseen since the group’s founding five years ago in the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut murders of 27 children and adults.

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