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: FUNDRAISER FLOATS RESCUE BOAT

Red Bank Marine 1 in transit recently for installation of a new motor. (RBFD photo. Click to enlarge.)

Press release from the Red Bank Volunteer Fire Department

red bank, nj, done good,Thanks to the generous support of over 20 local businesses and nearly 80 individual contributors, the Red Bank Fire Department Marine 1 Fundraiser is a success. While contributions are still needed for the installation of the new fire pump, a new motor has already been installed, the GPS unit is ordered, and wiring is underway. The membership of the department continue to go above the call of duty in terms of contributing their time and are grateful for the public support – every contribution was noticed and appreciated.

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RED BANK: COP LEADS FAMILIES TO SAFETY

A Red Bank police officer helped two families  escape from a fire in their attached homes in Middletown last week.

Sergeant Heather Kovar (right) was driving in the township on police business shortly after noon Friday when she noticed gray smoke rising behind a fence alongside what appeared to be a single-family house at 81 Twin Brooks Avenue.

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RED BANK: RESCUE TRUCK ADDED TO FLEET

Red Bank Fire Chief Bobby Holiday, right, and First Deputy Nick Ferraro with the new rescue truck at Union Hose Company last week. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

Red Bank’s volunteer firefighters have a new truck to help them rescue individuals trapped in cars or on the Navesink River.

And though it’s a used, 28-year-old vehicle, its $35,000 acquisition last month is being praised by officials as “huge” bargain.

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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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FAIR HAVEN: TWOFER KISS FOR NEW CAPTAIN

With his daughters and Fair Haven police Chief Joe McGovern looking on, newly-promoted Captain Robert Townshend got a congratulatory kiss from his wife, Jackie, at Tuesday night’s council meeting.

The kiss had a dual significance.

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RED BANK: COPTER STARS AT NIGHT OUT

Hundreds of Red Bank residents turned out for the annual police-sponsored National Night Out Against Crime festival at Count Basie Park Tuesday night.

In addition to free food and games, this years’s edition featured the dramatic arrival of a New Jersey National Guard Black Hawk helicopter, which kids of all ages swarmed over.

The stop was the second of the night on the Greater Red Bank Green for the Lakehurst-based chopper, following an appearance at Little Silver’s National Night Out at Markham Fields.

Check out the photos below. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

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RED BANK: POLICE CAMERAS COMING SOON

rbpd 041416Body cameras could be fully deployed by September, says Chief Darren McConnell. (2016 photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

AUTHORITIES_RB-2016-v3As they will across New Jersey, police-worn body cams will soon be the norm in Red Bank, officials said.

But state funding for the devices and related data storage will only cover about a third of the cost, said police chief and acting borough administrator Darren McConnell.

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RED BANK: FOURTH ARREST ALLEGES ASSAULT

By JOHN T. WARD

Red Bank police arrested a borough man four times in April, most recently on charges related to his alleged harassment of and physical contact with a woman downtown, police said Monday.

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RED BANK: PAY ATTENTION WHILE DRIVING


Put down the cellphone and pay attention: that’s the message Red Bank police hope to get across to motorists as they conduct a special distracted-driving enforcement detail in April.

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LITTLE SILVER: CRIMES AND ARRESTS

The crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Little Silver Police Department for February, 2021. This information is unedited. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post.

February 3- A business on Sycamore Ave. reported Fraud/Forgery after discovering that an unknown subject(s) gained access to checking account information and created fraudulent checks and cashed them. P.O. Andrew Smith and Det. Sgt. Robert Chenoweth investigated.

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SHREWSBURY: CRIMES AND ARRESTS

Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Shrewsbury Police Department for the month of February, 2021. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post. 

CRIMES

Report of Theft in the area of Broad Street on 2/23/21. Victim reports merchandise taken by unknown subject(s). Sgt. Tracy Polk investigating.

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SHREWSBURY: CRIMES AND ARRESTS

Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Shrewsbury Police Department for the period of January, 2021. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post. 

CRIMES

Report of Theft in the area of Shrewsbury Avenue on 1/5/21. Victim reports unknown subject(s) removed property. Ptl. Angel Marrero investigating.

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LITTLE SILVER: CRIMES AND ARRESTS

The crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Little Silver Police Department for January, 2021. This information is unedited. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post.

January 1– A resident from Carriage House Ln. reported Fraud after discovering that an unknown subject(s) had created a fraudulent advertisement on an online website using the resident’s information. P.O. Stephen Scherer investigated.

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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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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: 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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