RED BANK: LONGTIME MUNICIPAL JUDGE DIES

himelman 030316 5Judge William Himelman swearing in a defendant last year.  (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

people-in-the-newsRed Bank municipal court Judge William Himelman died Thursday, according to Mayor Pasquale Menna. He was 85 years old.

The circumstances and place of his death were not immediately available.

Believed to have been New Jersey’s longest-serving local court jurist in modern times, if not state history, Himelman presided on the borough bench for 38 years. Long past the age at which others in his position retired, he doled out justice to everyone from cellphone-gabbing motorists and drunk drivers to a pair of men who squared off while naked.

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RED BANK: JAILED LAWYER GETS OUT EARLY

alex iler 2 052814Alex Iler at No Joe’s last Wednesday. Below, the Locust house that Iler fraudulently deeded over to himself after his landlord died. (Photo above by Dan Natale; below by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

471 locust pt 052914A disbarred Red Bank lawyer sentenced to 10 years in state prison last October for stealing the Locust home of his dead landlord and half a million dollars from clients is already out.

Alex Iler, 40, was freed on a court order in February, just four months after he was sentenced, a beneficiary of New Jersey’s “intensive supervision program,” redbankgreen has learned.

In the course of following up on a tip from a reader who was outraged that Iler had been cut loose, redbankgreen ran into Iler in downtown Red Bank last Wednesday. He agreed to an interview.

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RED BANK: FIRE RIPS THROUGH RESIDENCE

Below, property owner Lee Jasper Rogers talks with Fire Marshal Stanley Sickels. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Fire tore through a Red Bank home and filled a street-level office with smoke Sunday afternoon.

Attorney Lee Jasper Rogers tells redbankgreen he was working in his office at 298 Shrewsbury Avenue when “I heard a popping sound, and when I went into the next room, all I could see was black smoke.”

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EX-LAWYER ARRESTED FOR LOCUST FRAUD

By JOHN T. WARD

A former Red Bank lawyer was arrested Wednesday on a theft charge for fraudulently putting the ownership of a Middletown property in his own name, the Monmouth County Prosecutor announced late in the day.

Alexander Iler, 38, of Middletown, who maintained a law office on Broad Street, is alleged to have forged the signature of a purported seller on a deed, making himself the buyer, said Acting Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni.

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RED BANK DEFENDER AVOIDS DISBARMENT

By JOHN T. WARD

Red Bank Public Defender Kevin Wigenton was censured by the New Jersey Supreme Court Monday, ending a decade-old disciplinary case that might have resulted in his disbarment as a lawyer.

The court ruled 5-1 that shoddy bookkeeping by Wigenton in his solo practice hadn’t harmed any clients or third parties, rejecting a call by the Office of Attorney Ethics that he be disbarred.

One justice, Judge Dorothea Wefing, who is on temporary assignment to the court from the appellate division, dissented. She wrote that “a short period of suspension” was required “in order to preserve public confidence in the bar.”

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PUBLIC DEFENDER FACES DISBARMENT

just_in1By JOHN T. WARD

On a typical Thursday in Red Bank’s municipal court, Public Defender Kevin Wigenton may juggle dozens of cases, crafting pleas on behalf of clients he’s met just moments before.

But his toughest case ever may be one he had almost a decade to prepare for, and in which he’s the defendant.

On Wednesday afternoon, Wigenton went before the state Supreme Court to ask that he not be disbarred for shoddy bookkeeping discovered in his solo practice in 2002.

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