RED BANK: FIGHT DISRUPTS SOCIAL EVENT

rb bates 051416 2rb bates 051416 1Police from several towns converged on the Bates Elks Lodge on Shrewsbury Avenue in Red Bank shortly before midnight Saturday on reports of a large fight. Middletown, Little Silver and Monmouth County Sheriff’s officers responded to a request for help with crowd control, and one Red Bank officer, trying to disperse the crowd, was briefly mistaken for a possible perpetrator without incident, said Chief Darren McConnell.

Police arrested Anthony Smith, 32, of Red Bank, for disorderly conduct and Ernest Phillips, 49, of Eatontown for disorderly conduct and marijuana possession, McConnell said(Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

MIDDLETOWN: WEDDING NIGHT BROUHAHA

AUTHORITIES_MTOWN1-2014Two guests were arrested late Sunday night following a melee involving an estimated 300 people at a wedding reception in Middletown, police reported.

Here’s an account of the incident prepared by MTPD spokesman Lieutenant Steve Dollinger:

On July 27, 2014 at approximately 10:30 pm a large fight broke out at a wedding reception being held at Jacques Reception Hall located on Palmer Avenue in Middletown. Sergeant First Class William Colangelo and Patrolman Frank Mazza were working the reception as an off-duty assignment when they were alerted to a fight taking place.

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RED BANK: FIXX SETTLEMENT EXPECTED

fixx-ext-082411A tentative deal to settle allegations arising from recent melees has tentative agreement, the mayor says. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Fixx, the troubled Red Bank nightclub that was facing a license suspension hearing this week, has negotiated a tentative settlement with the borough, redbankgreen has learned.

Mayor Pasquale Menna confirmed on Monday that the deal has led to the cancellation of a trial-like hearing by the borough council that was scheduled for Tuesday evening.

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RED BANK: TRIAL ON FIXX LICENSE SLATED

fixx-ext-082411Fixx faces a possible 40-day suspension for two recent brawls. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Red Bank’s governing body is scheduled to decide next month whether to suspend the liquor license of the nightclub Fixx for up to 40 days for two recent closing-time melees, Mayor Pasquale Menna announced Wednesday night.

In addition, the borough was planning to notify the West Front Street bar’s owners on Thursday that they owe the town $33,000 for a tardy response to a fire code violation earlier this year, Administrator Stanley Sickels told redbankgreen.

Because the council will act as the equivalent of a jury at a hearing on alleged violations of state Alcohol and Beverage Control laws relating to brawls on September 22 and October 6, Menna and borough Attorney Dan O’Hern advised council members not to comment on the case.

But that didn’t stop neighbor Tony Busch Sr. from teeing up the bar, which has been the scene of two wide-ranging brawls in the past month. The most recent, early Sunday morning, required 25 cops from towns as far away as Keyport and  Long Branch, as well as eight Red Bank cops, to quell.

“What’s going on here is tantamount to a terrorist attack,” said Busch, one of five homeowners living above the Work Out World gym next door to Fixx. “This is getting worse by the day. And it’s very tough for the town, because we’re not set up for a terrorist attack.”

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RED BANK: FIXX MELEE CAUGHT ON VIDEO

A video purporting to be from the Sunday morning melee outside Red Bank’s Fixx nightclub was posted to YouTube Tuesday. WARNING: Coarse language throughout.

Mayor Pasquale Menna tells redbankgreen that the borough council is planning to take strong action against the bar Wednesday night. (Click to enlarge)

MENNA: FIXX OWNERS ‘THUMBING THEIR NOSE’ AT RED BANK, WILL FACE SWIFT LEGAL ACTION

dogs-of-pavlov-fixxA 2009 view of the interior at Fixx. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_03Legal action against Red Bank nightclub Fixx could come as early as Wednesday in the aftermath of the second closing-time melee in two weeks early Sunday morning, Mayor Pasquale Menna tells redbankgreen.

Menna said he had ordered borough departments to report on “all incidents and violations” involving the West Front Street club since January 1, with an eye toward a possible announcement of legal action at Wednesday night’s bimonthly meeting of the mayor and council.

“I’m prepared to take action to ending this completely unacceptable business model,” Menna said Monday. Unruly behavior by bar patrons “is obviously being condoned” its owners, he added.

“The owners have been thumbing their noses at the municipality,” he said. “They can’t control their business. It’s time for the state to step in and control their business.”

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RED BANK: BRAWL INJURES FIVE NEAR FIXX

By JOHN T. WARD

AUTHORITIES_RB2Three suspects and two Red Bank cops wound up in the emergency room early Sunday morning as a result of another closing-time brawl among patrons of the nightclub Fixx, police said Tuesday.

Multiple fights, which occurred during a downpour around 2 a.m., yielded a host of criminal charges.

Among them: escaping custody, for suspect who fled with his hands cuffed behind him.

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RUMSON: REPORTS SPOTLIGHT DRUNK BARMAN

Parade-watchers at Molly Maguire’s for the Rumson St. Patrick’s celebrations on March 10. (Photo by Wil Fulton. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

A fight between an intoxicated bartender and a borough employee appears to have led to the negotiated five-day shutdown of Rumson’s Molly Maguire’s Black Point Inn in Rumson that starts next week, police reports suggest.

Larry D’Angelo, 45, a laborer in the public works department, and Chris Moran, 33, a bartender, were arrested after the March 11 incident, which occurred at the tail end of St. Patrick’s celebrations that included a parade.

According to the reports, police responded shortly before 1 a.m. to a call about “an employee out of control and causing a disturbance in the kitchen” at Maguire’s. There, police said they found D’Angelo lying atop Moran and restraining his arms against the floor.

“There was blood on the floor and broken tiles on the floor,” one of two reports filed by responding officers said.

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MAN ARRESTED FOR FIGHT, HIT & RUN

The unidentified suspect being taken into custody by Little Silver police at Rumson Road and Riverside Drive in Rumson. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Little Silver police arrested a man after he assaulted or was involved in a fight with another individual before getting into a hit-and-run accident, they said Thursday morning.

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JUDGE TOSSES CONVICTION IN BRAWL CASE

A state Superior Court judge has overturned the harassment conviction of one of three Sea Bright firefighters involved in a firehouse scuffle 18 months ago, redbankgreen has learned.

In an unwritten opinion, Judge Anthony Mellaci ruled from the bench in Freehold Friday that a municipal court judge had given “misplaced” credibility to the accusers of firefighter Justin Hughes, said Hughes’s attorney, Scott Servilla.

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TWO SEA BRIGHT FIREFIGHTERS GET BACKUP

sb-firefighter-fightA frame from a video of the firehouse tussle that landed three Sea Bright volunteers in court on misdemeanor charges. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Sea Bright’s fire chief and a borough councilman have asked the judge in an assault case involving three firefighters not to ban two of the brawlers from the volunteer department.

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SENTENCINGS DELAYED IN FIREHOUSE TUSSLE

One of two videos of a firehouse fight involving three Sea Bright firemen last October. The second video is below. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

The lawyer for two Sea Bright volunteer firefighters convicted of assaulting a third in the town’s firehouse last year has obtained a delay in their sentencings, which had been scheduled for today.

Brothers Steven Lang, 25, and Peter Lang IV, 33, are facing banishment from the fire company, under a sentence sought by the prosecutor in the case, Mike Halfacre. But defense lawyer William Wilson won a one-month adjournment by questioning whether the town’s governing body really wants to see the Langs kicked to the curb.

Meantime, redbankgreen has obtained the two video views of the October 9, 2010 scuffle, which occurred during a wet-down celebration for a new fire truck.

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THREE CHARGED IN RBR DANCER’S BEATING

sean-montgomery-rbrRed Bank police have charged two recent Red Bank Regional High graduates and a third man in the vicious attack that left a classmate with injuries last month.

Police identified Sean Montgomery, left, of Little Silver and Shrewsbury, as the instigator of  the June 19 beating at a party on Spring Street that left Julliard dance scholar Anthony Tiedeman with a broken jaw that required surgery.

Montgomery, 18, turned himself in last week after police issued a complaint charging him with aggravated assault, said Captain Darren McConnell.

Another classmate, Perry Campanella, whose town of residence McConnell did not have immediately available, and Jahmer Bunch, of Neptune, are expected to appear for arraignment in borough court with Montgomery on Thursday. They, too, are charged with aggravated assault. Each is 18 or 19 years old, McConnell said.

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HOMEOWNER GRABS ALLEGED CAR BURGLAR

call-in-the-authoritiesWell, in this case, the authorities were called… but only after a homeowner found himself in a tussle with an alleged car burglar.

Middletown police report that they arrested a Lincroft man early Wednesday morning after a report of an alercation between a purported thief and a resident of a nearby home.

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BRAWL OUTSIDE CLUB ENDS IN THREE ARRESTS

call-in-the-authoritiesA post-party melee outside a Red Bank social club early Saturday morning drew a police response from at least ten local departments and resulted in three arrests, police report.

Captain Darren McConnell tells redbankgreen that borough officers on patrol at 1:26a came upon the scene of a brawl involving an estimated 60 people outside the Elks Bates Lodge 220, at 306 Shrewsbury Avenue.

The cause of the fracas is unknown, McConnell said, but occurred as a private function was letting out at the lodge.

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