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)

 

LITTLE SILVER: RBR WARNS OF BOOZE & DRUGS

rbr v cn 091815 3RBR quarterback Jack Navitsky on the run against Colts Neck in a home game in September. (Photo courtesy of Shore Sports Zone)

By JOHN T. WARD

just_in1Heading into a championship football game early next month and hoping to “avert a tragedy,” Red Bank Regional officials are warning students about drug and alcohol use following several incidents of severe intoxication at home games this season.

In a “letter to parents” posted on Twitter by principal Risa Clay and on the school website late Tuesday afternoon, interim Superintendent Thomas Pagano wrote that Little Silver police, as well as school security personnel and administrators “have had to intervene and assist intoxicated students who had consumed alcohol either prior to or during football games on school grounds” this season.

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RED BANK: ARE WE THAT DRUNK?

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HOT-TOPIC_03Is Red Bank the fourth-drunkest town in New Jersey?

An infotainment website based in North Carolina claims it is.

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FORMER RED BANK MAYOR GUILTY OF DWI

mckenna 110513Former Mayor Ed McKenna, center, with Jesse Garrison, left, and Mayor Pasquale Menna on election night last November. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Former Red Bank Mayor Ed McKenna was convicted of drunken driving in Tinton Falls last week over an incident in which his car was alleged to have ended up facing oncoming traffic on the Garden State Parkway last year, according to a report in the Two River Times.

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TINTON FALLS: McKENNA PLEADS NOT GUILTY

Ed McKenna, putting on headphones at left, with then-Governor Jon Corzine at the Kaboom Fireworks on the Navesink in Marine Park in 2009. (Click to enlarge)

Former Red Bank Mayor Ed McKenna pleaded not guilty Tuesday to drunken driving charges arising from a spin-out on the Garden State Parkway last month, the Asbury Park Press reported.

McKenna was not present for the scheduled first appearance in the matter, the Press reported, and the plea was entered on his behalf by his lawyer and associate, Ed Washburne.

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FORMER RED BANK MAYOR ARRESTED FOR DWI

Former Mayor Ed McKenna tallies election returns at Democratic HQ last November. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Former Red Bank Mayor Ed McKenna was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated after a one-car accident on the Garden State Parkway Monday night, State Police said Wednesday.

According to agency spokesman Sergeant Adam Grossman, McKenna was traveling northbound in the express lanes of the highway in Tinton Falls at about 9:50 p.m. when his black 2012 Mercedes sedan “traveled along the guardrail, then stopped in a position facing oncoming traffic in the right lane.”

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CAB DRIVER IN RECENT CRASH FOUND DEAD

The taxicab driver charged with drunken driving after a collision in Lincroft a week ago was found dead in his Red Bank apartment Monday morning, borough police said.

Police were summoned to the Monmouth Street home of John Curtis, 39, after his landlord found him dead at about 8:25 a.m., said Captain Darren McConnell.

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RUMSON ALSO LIKELY TO SCRUB FIREWORKS

Scenes from the 2011 Rumson fireworks show, which was synched up with the Red Bank display upriver. (Photos by Dustin Racioppi. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

As go Red Bank’s Independence Day fireworks, so go Rumson’s.

For five years, the two towns put on simultaneous, mirror-image fireworks displays just miles apart on the Navesink River.

But the decision announced Wednesday by the KaBoom Fireworks organizing committee to shelve the Red Bank show in all likelihood means there also will be no fireworks anchored around the Oceanic Bridge between Rumson and Middletown this year, Rumson Mayor John Ekdahl tells redbankgreen.

“We’re probably not going to be able to go ahead,” he said.

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RED BANK FIREWORKS CANCELLED; SECURITY COSTS, INADEQUATE PUBLIC FUNDING CITED

Scenes from the 2011 fireworks show, when police presence was ramped up following widespread brawling and drunkeness in 2010. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Red Bank’s largest public event, the annual KaBoom Fireworks show, is off for 2012 and facing steep barriers to a return, organizers said Wednesday morning.

The nonprofit show’s executive committee, after several months of mulling, concluded about a week ago that the costs and challenges of staging the event, which draws an estimated 100,000 visitors to the borough each July 3, could not be met this year, chairman Tim Hogan told redbankgreen.

“It was a victim of its own success,” Hogan said, with increasingly bigger crowds  drawn to what was billed as the fourth-largest Independence Day fireworks celebration in America in terms of the number and size of shells lofted into the sky above the Navesink River.

“It was a big event,” he said. “It was a challenge to control the crowd and make sure we were providing security to the folks who came.”

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PRESS: DWI CHARGED IN MIDDLETOWN CRASH

An Ocean County resident is facing drunken driving and other charges, as well as possible deportation, following a three-vehicle crash that seriously injured another man in Middletown Tuesday night, the Asbury Park Press reports.

Meanwhile, Robert H. Reimann, 54, of Atlantic Highlands, remains hospitalized at Jersey Shore Medical Center in Npetune, where he was flown by helicopter after being trapped in his car for an hour following the 6 p.m. collision on Navesink River Road, the Press reports.

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