RED BANK: COUNCIL BACKS IMMIGRANT RIGHTS

Marchers took to the streets of Red Bank in June, 2018 to protest the Trump Administration’s border policies. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

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By JOHN T. WARD

A virtual parade of speakers, some near tears, pressed the Red Bank council Wednesday night to support a host of protections for undocumented immigrants.

“It is never symbolic to acknowledge the humanity of any one person,” said a young woman who identified herself as Carla, Red Bank Regional senior and officer of the school’s Dreamers organization. “Doing so is, in fact, the most radical of acts,” she said.

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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, 2020. This information is unedited; see below for additional information.

CRIMES

Theft: The victim reported several items were stolen from an unlocked garage in the area of Pinckney Rd on 12/14/2020. The items taken are described as a Black & Decker 60 volt string trimmer valued at  $170.00, a Black & Decker 40 volt hedge clipper valued at $155.00, a Scott’s outdoor long hedge clipper valued at $120.00, a Taylor tool branch cutter valued at $58.00 and a Corona super lopper valued at $51.00. Ptl. Ashon Lovick.

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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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PROSECUTORS DENOUNCE DC ‘TERRORISM’

Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni speaking at forum on police and systemic racism at Pilgrim Baptist Church in Red Bank in June. (Photo via Zoom. Click to enlarge.)

redbankgreen hot topicNew Jersey’s prosecutors on Thursday issued a denunciation of what they called mob “terrorism” in Washington DC a day earlier.

They called the attack on the Capitol building a “sickening display of everything America is not,” and contrasted the law enforcement response with the treatment of Black Lives Matter protesters in June.

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LITTLE SILVER: CRIMES AND ARRESTS

The crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Little Silver Police Department for November and December, 2020. This information is unedited. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post.

November 1– A resident from Prospect Ave. reported Theft after discovering that an unknown subject(s) removed political signage from her property. P.O. Keith Ludwig investigated.

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RED BANK: SIMS CONVICTION OVERTURNED

[See UPDATE below]

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: YASSIN MOVES TO COUNCIL FORE

Councilman Hazim Yassin at a council meeting in February, 2019. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njAfter a year of butting heads with most of his fellow Democrats, Red Bank Councilman Michael Ballard lost his seat on the budget-shaping finance committee Friday.

He was displaced by first-term Councilman Hazim Yassin at the borough government’s annual New Year’s Day reorganization meeting. Read More »

RED BANK: RIVERVIEW WATER DEAL DETAILED

red bank riverview 032020 2The agreement ends a lawsuit alleging the hospital illegally connected its Blaisdell Pavilion to the borough water system. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njUnder a “confidential” settlement approved by the borough council last week, Riverview Medical Center will pay Red Bank just $850,000 for water and sewer usage the town contended in a lawsuit was worth at least $5.3 million.

The hospital also will get 10 more years to pay off the obligation, some of which dates to 1984.

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RED BANK: LOOSE LIPS AT COUNCIL SESSION

Mayor Pasquale Menna, upper left, and Councilman Ed Zipprich, center left, seen on Zoom during Wednesday’s council session Attorney Greg Cannon is in second row, third from left. (Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njThe final Red Bank council meeting of 2020 included a couple of apparent cases of loose lips.

In one, Mayor Pasquale Menna revealed more than the borough attorney thought he should about the settlement of a lawsuit over Riverview Medical Center’s water bill.

In another, Councilman Ed Zipprich  questioned the qualifications of a newly hired official.

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SHREWSBURY: PEDESTRIAN STRUCK & KILLED

The accident occurred on Route 35 near the Avenue at the Common, the prosecutor’s office said. (Google Maps. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

A Shrewsbury resident died following an accident on Route 35 in the borough Monday night, the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Officer reported Wednesday.

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RED BANK: CRIME & ARREST REPORTS

The crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for November, 2020. This information is unedited; see below for additional information.

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Criminal Mischief: On 11/05/2020 it was reported damage was made by possibly an object thrown to a store front window in the area of W. Front St. The estimated cost in damages are reported to be approximately $800.00-$1,200.00. Ptl. Luke Cahill.

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LITTLE SILVER: PANDEMIC BONUSES ON DECK

little silver bob neffLittle Silver Mayor Bob Neff alone in the council chamber for the governing body’s first virtual meeting in April. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

Little Silver plans to thank public employees for their extra efforts in the COVID-19 pandemic with $500 bonuses.

The payments, as well as new police salaries, are up for consideration by the borough council at its virtual meeting Monday night.

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LITTLE SILVER: HEAVY POLICE ACTIVITY

Atlantic Highlands police provided support to borough police, blocking access to the neighborhood from White Road. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

this just in redbankgreenLaw enforcement officials offered no immediate information about a rumored hostage situation in Little Silver late Wednesday afternoon.

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LITTLE SILVER: CRIMES AND ARRESTS

The crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Little Silver Police Department for August, September and October, 2020. This information is unedited. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post.

August 3- Bradley Chaney, 31, of Belford, NJ, was arrested following a motor vehicle stop on Willow Dr. for an active Contempt of Court warrant out of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office. P.O. Jack Massaro made the arrest.

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SHREWSBURY: CRIMES AND ARRESTS

Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Shrewsbury Police Department for the period of October 16 to November 15, 2020. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post. 

CRIMES

Report of Shoplifting in the area of Broad Street on 10/22/20. Victim reports unknown subject(s) removed property. Damages totaling $378.00. Ptl. Joseph Barnicle investigating.

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RED BANK: CRIME & ARREST REPORTS

The crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for October, 2020. This information is unedited; see below for additional information.

See UPDATE below.

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Theft: A locked “Diamond Back” black hybrid mountain bike was reported stolen in the area of Monmouth St on 10/07/2020. The bike is valued at $500.00. Ptl. Kristin Altimari.

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RED BANK: POLICE TRIO TO BE COMMENDED

From left, Patrolman Cevin Albert, Sergeant Matt Ehrenreich and Patrolman Milton Gray all had a hand in saving a bleeding teen. (Red Bank Police Department photos. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

red bank policeThree Red Bank cops are slated for commendation as lifesavers Tuesday night for aiding a seriously injured, and uncooperative, teen earlier this month.

 

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RED BANK: DISPUTE GOES TO MEDIATION

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topicA messy dispute between Red Bank neighbors is headed to mediation.

At issue is a citizen’s complaint by Bank Street homeowner Lycet Ramos, whose doorbell security video caught two-time council candidate Allison Gregory and her husband, Mark Gregory, dumping trash in her driveway last month.

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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: SUIT SEEKS $5.3M FROM RIVERVIEW

red bank riverview 032020A lawsuit filed by the borough alleges an illegal water connection to the Blaisdell Pavilion, at right. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njRiverview Medical Center owes Red Bank $5.3 million for at least half a billion gallons of water consumed over a 33-year period, the borough alleges in a lawsuit.

In its January, 2019 complaint, the town contends the hospital hid an illegal connection and meter when it built the Blaisdell Pavilion wing in 1984.

The East Front Street hospital denies the allegations, and the dispute appears headed to mediation.

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RED BANK: POOL CASE ENDS IN A RIPPLE

The Grandville Towers pool remained closed throughout the summer. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

After months of hearings, Red Bank’s rent leveling board ruled Thursday night that four tenants at Grandville Towers were entitled to money for being deprived access to the swimming pool this summer.

The judgment? A one-time rent credit of $33, plus $3.96 for missed use of the gym at the 91-unit highrise.

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