LITTLE SILVER: A QUICK STOP TO A FAST FIRE

The scene at 156 Birch Avenue as captured by fire Chief Nick Hubbard Jr. moments after his arrival Monday afternoon. Below, the charred remains of the townhouse Monday morning(Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Little Silver firefighters stopped a fast-moving townhouse blaze from spreading to an adjoining unit Monday afternoon, Chief Nick Hubbard Jr. said Tuesday.

Though no flames were visible upon his arrival on the scene shortly after the 4:03 p.m. alarm, Hubbard told redbankgreen that the end unit of four attached homes was engulfed in fire within seconds.

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MOTORISTS SWEATING DETOUR IN STRIDE

ls-trafficTraffic at Rumson Road and Branch Avenue in Little Silver was stop and go Friday morning. Below, a detour map from New Jersey Transit. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

ls-detour-mapIt’s the first full day of Little Silver’s traffic shuffle, as work on the New Jersey Transit crossing at the borough train station begins an estimated two-week blockage of a main artery through town and into Shrewsbury.

Amid the vexing backups on area roads in sweltering heat, commuter tempers seem to be cool for now.

“It wasn’t as bad as I thought, which is surprising,” said Elena Acuna, who commutes by rail to New York City three times a week. “We’ll see. It’s just kind of annoying.”

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SPILL PROMPTS LITTLE SILVER DETOURS

ls-spillWorkers on Prospect Avenue in Little Silver spread absorbent material to soak up hydraulic oil spilled earlier this morning. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

A hydraulic oil spill from a garbage truck has shutdown some of Little Silver’s heavily traveled roads and prompted multiple detours throughout the borough.

The spill, reported at about 11:10 a.m. Tuesday, came from an M&S Waste Services garbage truck, which was traveling from Fair Haven. It leaked oil through the heart of the business district, all the way from Church Street, onto Prospect Avenue and just past Sycamore Avenue to Hickory Lane, Police Chief Dan Shaffery told redbankgreen.

Those roads are partially closed while local and Monmouth County workers lay down absorbents to dry out the roadways, he said.

“It’s like an ice rink out there,” Shaffery said.

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LITTLE SILVER BRAWL SENDS ONE TO E.R.

authorities2bBy DUSTIN RACIOPPI

An early-morning brawl involving eight to 10 teens Saturday in a residential section of Little Silver sent one man to the hospital and led to another being charged with assault, Little Silver police said.

The altercation, which occurred outside a party at a Lippincott Road home at about 1:35 a.m. Saturday and required assistance from neighboring towns, also left others with minor injuries, Police Chief Dan Shaffery said.

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COPS PROBE POSSIBLE ROBBERY NEXT DOOR

ls-wells-fargoLittle Silver police and Monmouth County officials on the scene of a possible robbery attempt at the Wells Fargo on Prospect Avenue. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Little Silver police and the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office are investigating a possible robbery attempt at the Wells Fargo bank on Prospect Avenue Tuesday afternoon.

As of 5:30 p.m., authorities were still on the scene — next door to the Little Silver Police Department — trying to sort out the details of differing reports in a late-afternoon incident at the bank.

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TWO ARRESTED IN SCRAP METAL THEFT

just_in1By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Little Silver police arrested two men early Thursday morning on charges of stealing scrap metal from Little Silver and Fair Haven businesses, police said.

They were also charged with other crimes after a joint investigation by the departments.

Paul Kirkstad, of Little Silver, and Nicholas Deluca, of Holmdel, were arrested in the area of Branch Avenue in Little Silver, Detective Sergeant Daniel Shaffery said.

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WOMAN ARRESTED FOR SWIPING CREDIT CARD

just_in1By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

An Oceanport woman was arrested for credit card theft and making fraudulent purchases at local stores, Little Silver police said.

On Wednesday, police arrested Ursula Pappas, 36, for her alleged crimes as an employee at a Little Silver business.

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WOMAN CHARGED IN LITTLE SILVER THEFT

just_in1By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

A Red Bank woman was arrested last week for stealing jewelry from a Little Silver home, police said.

Melynda Wilson, 28, of Madison Avenue, was arrested on February 18 and charged with theft.

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