RUMSON CHIEF-TO-BE: “IT’S NOT ABOUT ME”

Acting Chief Scott Paterson at the Rumson PD’s dispatch desk. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Shrewsbury’s not the only town on the Green to have had a changing of the guard in its police department this week.

On Monday, the same day Lou Ferraro was sworn in as chief in Shrewsbury, Scott Paterson’s elevation to acting chief in Rumson quietly took effect. He’s expected to be sworn in as chief on January 1.

Low-key and unceremonious is fine with Paterson, a lieutenant who’d been serving as “officer in charge,” in the words of a council resolution, since former Chief Rick Tobias stepped away to burn off accumulated vacation time on August 1.

“It’s not about me,” Paterson told redbankgreen in an interview in his small, utilitarian office in the basement of Memorial Hall on Wednesday. “I think the guys who work here need to know that I hold myself no better than the highest or lowest-ranking employee.”

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SECOND ARREST IN VICIOUS STREET ATTACK

hot-topic rightA second alleged assailant in an a vicious attack on a pedestrian in the early morning hours of May 2 has been arrested, Red Bank police say.

The arrest of a 15-year-old male, who was not identified because of his age, follows charges late last week against 19-year-old Jamiel Rock, who was busted with his mother, 52-year-old Loray Rock, on drug charges after a predawn raid on their Leighton Avenue residence last Friday.

In the raid, police found evidence linking him to the May 2 assault, they said.

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MIDDLETOWN COPS BUST BURGLARY RING

joeys-cruz2Police in Middletown say they have arrested an illegal immigrant from Honduras who used at least one juvenile to help him pull off a yearlong string of burglaries in that town and others.

Here’s the full text of a news release from Lieutenant Joe Capriotti:

The Middletown Township Police Department has arrested a Middlesex County man who was employing juveniles in a burglary ring that operated in Monmouth County, Union County and Somerset County.

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POLICE NAB FOUR JUVENILES FOR GARAGE FIRE

authorities3Red Bank police took four minors into custody Sunday following a fire in the garage of a vacant Bank Street house on Sunday.

In a press release issued this afternoon, police Captain Darren McConnell said the 10:56a blaze was intentionally set.

Volunteer firefighers quickly quashed the blaze, and no structural damage resulted, he said.

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