RED BANK: TAKING UP POLICE SHOOTINGS

Red Bank Lieutenant Juan Sardo and community members discussed policing during a breakout session Wednesday. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

Some two dozen Monmouth County cops and community members gathered in the basement of a Red Bank church Tuesday afternoon to tackle a hot topic: police-involved shootings.

Among the aims: understanding why such incidents are increasingly polarizing.

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TWO CHARGED IN STABBING DEATH

just_in1Two Red Bank men were arrested Monday on murder charges following a knife-and-bottle fight that left a third man dead on Bank Street early Sunday morning, Monmouth County Prosecutor Peter Warshaw tells redbankgreen.

A second victim remains hospitalized in critical but stable condition, Warshaw said.

Arrested in Lakewood on weapons and murder charges were Jose Francisco Oliveres-Palma, 25, of River Street and Genarro Guerrero-Montes, of 9 Bank Street, the house outside which police, responding to a report of a disturbance, found the two victims lying in the street with “multiple stab wounds” before dawn Sunday, Warhsaw said.

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MURDER TRY AT SCHOOL GETS MAN 15 YEARS

hot-topic rightA Red Bank man whose homicidal knife attack at the borough primary school two years ago left his ex-girlfriend seriously injured has been sentenced to 15 years in state prison, the Monmouth County Prosecutor announced Thursday.

Twenty-four-year-old Jorge Vargas-Mancilla’s sentencing came three months after he pleaded to attempted murder in state Superior Court in Freehold.

A concurrent four-year sentence was imposed by Judge Richard English for Vargas-Mancilla’s admission that he attacked the school’s principal, Rich Cohen, and guidance counselor Karl Parker in when they attempted to intervene on behalf of Vargas-Mancilla’s 21-year-old ex-girlfriend, the mother of his five-year-old child, a student at the school.

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M’TOWN MAN CHARGED WITH CHECK FRAUD

call-in-the-authoritiesA Middletown man was arrested yesterday on check-kiting charges that authorities say defrauded a Shrewsbury bank branch of nearly $93,000.

Sandy Masselli, 48, was held on $100,000 bail and ordered to surrender his passport as a condition of being released, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s office, which announced the arrest Thursday afternoon.

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COPS WANT HELP FINDING BANK JOB SUSPECT

bank-robber1By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Police are still looking for the man who robbed a Fair Haven bank last week, and now they’re asking for help from the public to get him.

Details on the wig-wearing suspect, right, are lacking.

Cops say the man is black and in his mid-20s or early-30s, wore jeans, a red zip-up jacket, a hat, sunglasses and a wig. He is “at least six-feet in height” and weighs between 140 and 150 pounds, police said.

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ADMITTED SCAMMER GETS SEVEN YEARS

hot-topic rightForty-one-year-old financial advisor Stephen Severio of Fair Haven was sentenced to seven years in prison Friday after admitting that he defrauded clients out of more than $700,000, the Asbury Park Press reports.

Many of the 34 clients Severio admitting bilking were elderly, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s office, which handled the case.

According to the Press, Severio’s lawyer, Mitchell Ansell:

described Severio as a gambling addict and otherwise law-abiding citizen who lost his career and family, and ultimately all the money, due to his addiction.”What fuels him is in no way an excuse for what he did,” Ansell said.

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GETTING SCHOOLED ON CYBERBULLYING

cyberbully1Kevin Clark, who runs Monmouth County’s computer crimes unit, gave a presentation on computer safety at Frank Talk on Saturday. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

The message Kevin Clark wants to deliver can’t be spread fast enough.

“Think before you click,” says Clark, director of the Monmouth County prosecutor’s computer crimes unit.

On the ‘duh’ scale, Clark’s maxim may be high up there. But when you get into the online world, the advice is still news to a lot of people, especially children and teenagers, he said.

That’s why Clark used the phrase several times throughout his presentation about cyberbullying and Internet safety to a small group of Red Bank dignitaries (and one curious teacher) on Saturday, with the goal of raising awareness to a new-ish brand of schoolyard teasing that has risen to new, dangerous heights in recent years.

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FAIR HAVEN BROKER COPS TO $700K SCAM

authorities2aA stockbroker from Fair Haven is looking at seven years in prison under the terms of a plea deal he accepted yesterday for pocketing nearly $700,000 he swindled from 31 clients, the Monmouth County Prosecutor announced yesterday.

Here’s the text of a press release from the office of Prosecutor Luis Valentin:

On February 16, 2010, Stephen Severio, 40, of Fair Haven, N.J., appeared in Monmouth County Superior Court and pled guilty to criminal charges contained in two indictments and one accusation. The charges relate to thefts Severio committed against his clients while he was employed as a financial advisor for Merrill Lynch.

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