AREA WHERE TEEN FELL WAS HANGOUT SPOT

hance-rd-houseThe vacant home on Hance Road where a Middletown teenager died Friday. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Authorities have confirmed the death of a Middletown teenager who fell off the roof of a vacant Fair Haven house Friday night.

But few details are available because the incident remains under investigation, according to Peter Warshaw, of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, which is handling the case.

Zachary Buttler, of the Belford section of Middletown, died at 10:31p Friday, about two hours after the fall from the roof, Warshaw said.

Warshaw said Buttler, who was with a group of teenagers at the time, climbed onto the roof of 1 Hance Road, and Fair Haven police responded to the scene after the fall.

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NO DETAILS YET ON FAIR HAVEN FALL

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Nearly three days after the rumored death of a teenager who fell from a Fair Haven roof Friday night, borough authorities have yet to disclose any information about the matter.

According to unconfirmed reports, a 14-year-old boy fell off a roof at the Navesink River end of Hance Road shortly before 9p. He was airlifted to a hospital a short time later by a medevac helicopter that landed at Fair Haven Fields.

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SHOCKED, FAIR HAVEN REMEMBERS LEHNERT

lehnert-2009Councilman John Lehnert at Fair Haven’s National Night Out event in 2009. (Click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

John Lehnert spent much of his life in public service, and did it with a smile on his face and an upbeat attitude, locals say.

So the news of his death Tuesday, which the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office said was a suicide, has sent a bolt of shock through Fair Haven.

Lehnert, a retired borough police officer, councilman, husband and a father of two, was 46.

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FH COPS GET NEW CONTRACT, RAISES

fhpd-hqFair Haven’s police force will get 2.5-percent raises this year and next. (Click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

After eight months of negotiations, Fair Haven’s police force, minus the chief, have come to an agreement with the borough council on a new two-year contract.

The August 9 finalization was more of a gap than usual between contracts — largely because of the state’s fluctuating discussions on new property tax, retirement and benefits contribution regulations — but both sides are content, Mayor Mike Halfacre tells redbankgreen.

The 12 members of the local Policeman’s Benevolent Association, which had been operating under a contract that expired at the end of 2009, will receive 2.5-percent pay raises for 2010 and ’11, Halfacre said.

“There was a lot of back-and-forth,” he said. “We had had a couple of tentative agreements throughout the year, and something always seemed to trip us up.”

Still, both sides could have been happier, he added.

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