RED BANK: VENEY CHARGED WITH MURDER

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_03A man who was shot six times as he sat in a car parked in Red Bank almost three years ago was charged with a murder committed in Eatontown 15 months later, the Monmouth County Prosecutor announced Friday.

Perry Veney, 30, a former Red Bank resident whose last address was in Long Branch, was one of two men charged in the murder of Rasheem Palmer, 37, at the entrance to the Country Club Apartments complex in July, 2015, according to a prepared statement by Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

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RED BANK: ARREST IN 2014 DOUBLE SHOOTING

rb shooting 110714Police tape in a trash can a day after the November, 2014, shooting, which occurred near the telephone pole at center above. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_03The alleged gunman who shot two people seated in a truck parked on Red Bank’s West Side almost two years ago has been arrested.

Inow Rainey,  26 of Stony Hill Road in Eatontown, was arrested Friday and charged with attempted murder in the November 6, 2014 shooting, which left a man partially paralyzed and a woman briefly in critical condition.

It was also the first in a series of shootings in the area that police attributed to grudges and had neighbors on edge.

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ON THE GREEN: ICY GRIP LOOSENS

shrews river 021416 bob kernAfter a weekend that saw wind-chill temperatures as low as 17 degrees below zero, weather forecasters expect the Greater Red Bank Green to warm up Monday — Presidents’ Day

The National Weather Service says we should expect daytime temperatures to peak at 36 degrees, as well as some snow and sleet, with accumulations of less than an inch. Tuesday should see a high of about 53 degrees, according to the outlook.

Above, a view of the Shrewsbury River between Sea Bright and Highlands, taken from the Captain Joe Azzolina Route 36 Bridge Sunday afternoon. (Photo by Bob Kern. Click to enlarge)

ON THE GREEN: COASTAL FLOODING CONTINUES

sb flooding 020916LS seven bridge flooding 020916Coastal flooding was widespread on the Greater Red Bank Green Tuesday morning. Trucks and cars powered through deep water on Ocean Avenue in Sea Bright, above, and flooding closed Seven Bridge Road just north of Paag Lane in Little Silver, right. And once again, the Navesink River flooded the Monmouth Boat Club in Red Bank, below.

The National Weather Service forecasts tidal inundations won’t be as extensive in the Tuesday night and Wednesday morning high tides.  (Photos above and right by Bob Kern. Photo below by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)

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RED BANK: SWAMPED AT THE BOAT CLUB

RB SWAMPED CAR 020816rb swamped truck 020816It seems someone neglected to check the tide charts when leaving a red pickup truck in the parking lot shared by the Monmouth Boat Club and North Shrewsbury Ice Boat and Yacht Club in Red Bank. This reader photo, snapped at 7:40 a.m. Monday shows a red vehicle swamped by the Navesink River. The National Weather Service has issued a coastal flood warning (Reader photo above. Photo at right by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: CAR HITS HOUSE; DWI CHARGED

rb car v house 120415Residents of 144 Spring Street in Red Bank got a jolt at about 12:15 Friday morning when a vehicle plowed into their house, at the corner of Elm Place, causing extensive structural damage but no injuries. Borough police and fire volunteers responded, getting help from Middletown’s special services in shoring up the foundation, said police Chief Darren McConnell.

The driver, 53-year-old borough resident Don Rotolo, was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, said McConnell.  (Reader photo Click to enlarge)

 

RUMSON, FAIR HAVEN: THEFT SPREE ALLEGED

HOT-TOPIC_01A Red Bank man was indicted Friday for a spending spree financed by credit cards stolen from cars in Rumson and Fair Haven, the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s office said.

Carl W. Bergen, 53, of 59 William Street, broke into four vehicles in the two towns over the course of a year, beginning in May, 2014, according to the 16-count indictment.

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SEA BRIGHT: WOMAN GIVES BIRTH IN CAR


rose bella trevor 082415Rose and Trevor Abbud with their newborn, Bella, in a screengrab from a CBS2 News report. (Photo by Trevor Abbud. Click to enlarge)

HOT-TOPIC_03Aided by two Good Samaritan health workers, a Middletown woman gave birth in a car when she and her husband got stuck in traffic in Sea Bright Saturday evening, the Asbury Park Press reports.

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RED BANK: SHADES OF BLACK & GREY

rbpd car 032515 2rbpd car 032515Red Bank regulars may have noticed a vaguely menacing addition to the police fleet – or not noticed, which is actually the point. Chief Darren McConnell tells redbankgreen that a black Ford SUV with barely perceptible grey door markings is being used for traffic enforcement because it doesn’t stand out as much as the squad’s white sedans with bold blue lettering. “It’s a little less obvious, but we still wanted it to be identifiable,” he said, adding that there are no plans to replace the fleet with black vehicles.  (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

 

RED BANK: POLICE TO HOLD CRIME FORUM

MCCONNELL MENNA 122314 2Police Chief Darren McConnell and Mayor Pasquale Menna at a community meeting on the recent shootings last month. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_02Responding to requests for increased community engagement, in the aftermath of recent shootings on the West Side, the Red Bank police department has scheduled an open forum for next week.

Here’s the announcement, sent out by borough hall Monday:

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RED BANK COPS “HAVE AN IDEA” OF SHOOTERS

rb community 122314Residents packed a hastily organized community meeting on the recent shootings Tuesday night. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_01Red Bank police believe they know who’s behind a recent spate of West Side shootings, including one Monday night, but are hamstrung by a lack of evidence sufficient to obtain search warrants, Chief Darren McConnell said Tuesday night.

“Do we have an idea who’s doing this? Yes, we do,” McConnell told a packed community meeting at borough hall, less than 24 hours after the latest gunfire, on West Westside Avenue, “but we can’t prove it yet.”

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RED BANK: COMMUNITY MEETING SLATED

just_in1A string of shootings on the West Side, including one Monday night, has prompted Red Bank officials to schedule a community meeting for Tuesday night.

From an announcement sent out by the borough at noontime Tuesday:

Mayor Pasquale Menna and Police Commissioner Arthur Murphy have scheduled a Community Meeting for 7pm tonight, Tuesday, December 23, 2014 in the Council Chamber/Courtroom on the first floor of the Municipal Building at 90 Monmouth Street to address concerns about a recent incident on West Westside Avenue.  Police Chief Darren McConnell will be available to address the situation.

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RED BANK: COPS WERE NEAR SHOOTING SCENE

rb shooting 122314A view east along West Westside Avenue, the scene of Tuesday night’s shooting, in which a parked car was struck by two bullets and at least eight shots were fired. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_02Off-duty Red Bank police officers out delivering Christmas presents for the PBA heard the gunfire in Monday night’s shooting on the West Side, police Chief Darren McConnell tells redbankgreen.

“They were literally a block and half away” and immediately responded to the scene, on West Westside Avenue just a few doors east of Leighton Avenue, arriving even before nearby residents had called in the 8:39 p.m. shots, he said.

By the time they got there, however, the shooter or shooters, and any intended targets, were gone, McConnell said.

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RED BANK: SHOTS FIRED AGAIN ON WEST SIDE

AUTHORITIES_RB2-2014By JOHN T. WARD

A vehicle was struck but no one was injured when shots were fired on Red Bank’s West Side Monday night, NJ.com reported.

The shooting occurred within the same three-block area of a November shooting that left two people critically injured and another shooting in which a parked car was shot up in broad daylight two days later.

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RED BANK: RESIDENTS PAN COUNCIL RESPONSE

kirsten ramirez 112414Kirsten Ramirez speaks with police Captain Mike Clay after Monday night’s council meeting. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_01Red Bank residents put elected officials in the hot seat Monday night for their response to two shootings on the West Side earlier this month.

Addressing Mayor Pasquale Menna and the six-member council at a bimonthly meeting, West Westside Avenue resident Jill Burden criticized what she called a “lack of communication or even acknowledgement” of the concerns of neighbors following the shootings, which occurred less than two days apart.

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RED BANK: SECOND SHOOTING IN TWO NIGHTS

rb shooting 110814 2Police were still on the scene of the River Street shooting at 2 p.m. Saturday. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Yet another shooting involving a parked vehicle rocked the West Side of Red Bank Saturday, the second such attack in little more than 24 hours, and the third in seven months.

But unlike the Thursday night incident, in which a man and a woman were shot and critically injured as they sat in a pickup truck, it’s unclear if anyone was in the car, let alone shot, when it was riddled with bullets on River Street shortly after midnight noon Saturday, police said.

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RED BANK: BROTHERS SHOT 7 MONTHS APART

RB SHOOTING 110714 2Medical gloves littered the street in the vicinity of the shooting on West Sunset Avenue Friday morning . (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

One of two people shot as they sat in a pickup truck on Red Bank’s West Side Thursday night was the brother of a man gunned down in the borough under similar circumstances seven months ago, redbankgreen has learned.

Leon Veney, 29, of Red Bank, was shot twice as he sat behind the wheel of a Ford pickup truck pulled over on West Sunset Avenue at about 8:30 p.m. Thursday,  police Chief Darren McConnell confirmed Friday night. Also shot was Angelique Morris, 23, of Tinton Falls, who was hit once as she sat in the truck’s passenger seat, McConnell said.

Veney is the brother of Perry Veney, 28, who was shot at least six times as he sat behind the wheel of a car parked just a few blocks east, on South Pearl Willow Street, on April 9, McConnell said.

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RED BANK: VICTIMS WERE SHOT IN VEHICLE

rb shooting 110714The shooting occurred near the telephone pole at center above, according to a neighbor. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

A man and a woman shot on Red Bank’s West Side Thursday night were in critical condition early Friday morning, police Chief Darren McConnell tells redbankgreen.

Authorities are not yet releasing the identities of the victims, who were found shot inside a parked vehicle on West Sunset Avenue between Shrewsbury and Leighton Avenues at around 8:30 p.m., McConnell said.

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RED BANK: A BITTERSWEET RETURN

Sunday’s Doc Holiday Car Show in Red Bank’s White Street lot was bittersweet for the members of the host Liberty Hose fire company, who lost their century-old firehouse in a sale by the borough earlier this year. Fifty-year member Herk Forgione said the company was “very, very sad” to lose its home. But the volunteer firefighters were glad to be back for a few hours Sunday, overseeing an annual fundraising show that attracted some 280 gleaming classics and lots of families. (Photos by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

LITTLE SILVER: MINOR INJURY IN TRAIN V. CAR

ls car v train 032214One person suffered minor injuries when a NJ Transit struck a car in the grade crossing at White Road in Little Silver around 2:30 Saturday afternoon, police said. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: CAR STOLEN FROM GAS STATION

AUTHORITIES_RB2-2014The crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of February 13 to February 20, 2014. This information is unedited.

CRIMES:
Criminal Mischief occurring on 2-15-14 at Broad St. business. Victim reported thatunknown person(s) broke window  in the building. Ptl. Michael Zadlock.

Theft occurring on 2-15-14 at Broad St. business. Victim reported that unknown Hispanic male shoplifted three video games and left building without paying for same. Ptl. Jhonatan Quispe.

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SHREWSBURY: MAN TICKETED FOR DOG-IN-CAR

Police questioning Ralph Prisco after several shoppers reported he’d left his dog in a hot car Monday. (Photo by Wil Fulton. Click to enlarge)

By WIL FULTON

A Bronx man was issued a summons for leaving a dog in his car outside the Shrewsbury Trader Joe’s store Monday, when temperature approached 90 degrees, authorities tell redbankgreen.

Ralph Prisco, 80, was cited for animal cruelty, an offense carrying a potential $1,000 fine and six-month jail sentence, according to Monmouth County ASPCA Detective Sergeant William Hyer.

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RED BANK: AFTER 83 YEARS, RASSAS TO CLOSE

Aaron Rassas outside his Red Bank auto dealership. Below, the original location, at 21 Mechanic Street, in 1934. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Born in the Great Depression, and illuminated in recent decades by a bold ribbon of neon signage at a gateway to Red Bank, Rassas Pontiac both rode and symbolized the ever-rising fortunes of postwar America.

Round-shouldered sedans and coupes once crammed its showroom. Then muscle cars. Minivans. SUVs.

But now, the auto giants are in retrenchment. A few years back, General Motors scrapped the Pontiac line, leaving Rassas to switch over to Buick. Few car dealers can survive selling Buicks alone, said business owner Aaron Rassas: his is one of only two such shops in all of New Jersey, and 30 nationwide. But he failed in his efforts to land a second brand, as GM tries to right-size markets it considers overfranchised.

With that, and the approach of his 70th birthday, Rassas has decided to shut off the engine.

On April 26, after 83 years of selling new and used cars in Red Bank, Rassas Buick will go out of business.

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