RED BANK: K-9 AIDS BIG DRUG BUST

The cache of recovered narcotics included more than 500 “decks” of heroin and seven bags of pot. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Red Bank’s police dog found a load of illegal drugs discarded by a fleeing suspect Wednesday night, Chief Darren McConnell tells redbankgreen.

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MIDDLETOWN: TEN-POUND POT BUST

call-in-the-authoritiesJust in from the Middletown PD Tuesday morning:

On March 15, 2012 the Middletown Police arrested Jason Randell, age 25, from Patterson Lane on drug charges after the execution of a search warrant at his residence. The warrant was the result of a month long investigation by the Detective Bureau and Quality of Life Unit.

 Police say Randell was receiving shipments of large quantities of Marijuana from California through a package delivery service. Police recovered approximately ten pounds of Marijuana and seized $15,500.00 in cash as a result of the search warrant.

 

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SEARCH FOR HEADLINE A TOTAL BUST

napoleon-bustStrapped in for safety, a bust of Napoleon Bonaparte has been a passenger in Nick Tracy’s car in recent days as the 21-year-old Toms River man and the French emperor prepare to move in together in an apartment in Red Bank. (Click to enlarge)

FIVE YEARS LATE, BASIE BUST GETS PROPS

img_3409100209NAACP Red Bank chapter president Rev. Henry P. Davis leads a convocation prayer at the event. (Click to enlarge)

A bust of native son William ‘Count’ Basie stood, without any official public acknowledgment, inside the Red Bank train station for so long that Dr. Gene Cheslock, was growing frustrated.

The bronze bust had been commissioned by Cheslock and fellow Little Silver resident Ray Brennan to commemorate the 2004 centennial of the bandleader’s birth. But that milestone past without a ceremony coming together to formally unveil the likeness.

“I was going to mount a campaign: ‘Free the Count,'” Cheslock told redbankgreen with a laugh last Friday, when he finally got his wish.
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AT LAST: BUSTING OUT THE BASIE BUST

basie-bustA likeness of William ‘Count’ Basie has now been relocated from its temporary spot in the Red Bank train stationhouse to the plaza outside.

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

James Joyce has his smack dab in the middle of Dublin. Cal Ripken Jr. has his in Baltimore. Even Frank Zappa has one in Lithuania. And come Friday, Count Basie will have his in Red Bank.

Tucked away inside Red Bank’s train station shelter for years, the bust of Red Bank’s native son, William “Count” Basie, one of jazz music’s greatest composers, has now been moved to a more prominent location outside the Monmouth Street train stop. Tomorrow, local officials and fans will hold a re-dedication ceremony for the bronze bust.

For the kid from Red Bank, it’s the very least the borough could do, says Gene Cheslock, who, along with Ray Brennan, purchased the bust back in 2004 to commemorate Basie’s one-hundredth birthday.

“It was lost inside, and not in a noticeable area. Now you can’t miss it,” Cheslock, line Brennan a Little Silver resident, with some serious roots in Red Bank, said. “It’s sort of like the completion of the circle.”

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