RED BANK: BUDGET INTRO ON AGENDA

The mayor and council meet at borough hall for their first in-person session in 26 months Wednesday night. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

A budget for 2022 is on the agenda when the Red Bank mayor and council hold their first in-person meeting since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic Wednesday night.

The session is also the first to simultaneously employ technology allowing participation from home.

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RED BANK: ADMIN SEARCH TO BE REVIVED

Chief and interim Business Administrator Darren McConnell with Senior Center Director Jackie Reynolds last October. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

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By JOHN T. WARD

hot topicRed Bank’s council will try again to find a full-time borough administrator, following an abandoned effort of year ago.

The search will be revived even as the governing body, sharply divided on numerous other issues, appears to agree that police Chief Darren McConnell is doing a faultless job in double duty as interim administrator.

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RED BANK: CRIME & ARREST REPORTS

The crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for April, 2022. This information is unedited; see below for additional information.

CRIMES

Criminal Mischief: On 04/05/2022 in the area of River St., a patrol unit took a report of criminal mischief to a motor vehicle. Owner reported a large key scratch on a parked vehicle starting at the rear passenger door extending to the rear taillight. The damage was estimated at $300.00. Ptl. Piero Vescio.

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RED BANK: AUTO THEFTS GRIP REGION

Security video recorded the daytime theft of a white Mercedes from the 7-Eleven at Maple Avenue and West Front Street last August, with the shocked owner giving chase on foot.

By JOHN T. WARD

redbankgreen hot topicWhile towns across New Jersey and beyond grapple with rising numbers of high-priced-vehicle thefts and attempted thefts, local officials are urging residents not to make it easy for perpetrators.

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RED BANK: COP LEADS FAMILIES TO SAFETY

A Red Bank police officer helped two families  escape from a fire in their attached homes in Middletown last week.

Sergeant Heather Kovar (right) was driving in the township on police business shortly after noon Friday when she noticed gray smoke rising behind a fence alongside what appeared to be a single-family house at 81 Twin Brooks Avenue.

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RED BANK: CRIME & ARREST REPORTS

The crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for March, 2022. This information is unedited; see below for additional information.

CRIMES

Theft: In the area of W. Westside Av. patrol units took a report of theft on 03/01/2022. Owner stated the catalytic converter was stolen from a vehicle. The owner did not know the value of the stolen part. Ptl. Andrew Todd.

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RED BANK: CRIME & ARREST REPORTS

The crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for February, 2022. This information is unedited; see below for additional information.

CRIMES

Theft: In the area of W. Front St., a patrol unit took a report of theft from a business on 02/08/2022. Victim reported a black in color Apple IPhone 13 valued $1,100.00 was taken while inside of a business. Ptl. Michael Zadlock.

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RED BANK: CRIME & ARREST REPORTS

The crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for January, 2022. This information is unedited; see below for additional information.

CRIMES

Criminal Mischief: In the area of Willow St., a Patrol Unit took a report of Criminal Mischief to a motor vehicle on 01/17/2022. Owner stated a tire on a vehicle was slashed. The tire was valued at $300.00. Ptl. Piero Vescio.

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RED BANK: PARKING COMPLIANCE ‘BETTER’

Red Bank police checking out a car left on Drs. James Parker Boulevard  as snow came down hard Saturday morning. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njRed Bank plow operators had an easier time than in the past making their way down borough streets during the weekend snowstorm, police Chief Darren McConnell tells redbankgreen.

Fewer illegally parked cars also resulted in a dramatic drop in the number of violation notices being issued.

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RED BANK: COUNCIL WRAP

Council Councilwoman Kate Triggiano, center top row, chaired the meeting for the first time since her January 1 election as council president. (Photo from Zoom. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

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Red Bank’s council debated several issues with less friction Wednesday night than often seen over the past two years.

 

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RED BANK: CRIME & ARREST REPORTS

The crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for December, 2021. This information is unedited; see below for additional information.

CRIMES

Theft: A patrol unit responded to the area of Broad St. on 12/04/2021 for a report of the theft of a bicycle. Owner stated a silver and green in color Giant brand bicycle valued at $500.00 was stolen from the rear of a business. Ptl. Preston Mellaci.

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RED BANK: STORM COULD BRING TICKET BLITZ

Cars parked illegally on South Street following a snowfall last February. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

With the first snow of 2022 in the forecast, Red Bank police advised residents not to park their cars on borough streets Thursday night.

A 2017 ordinance requires vehicles be removed from all streets during and immediately after snowstorms to allow for plowing.

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RED BANK: POLICE ACCOUNT DISPUTED

By JOHN T. WARD

Collectible toy dealer Robert Bruce was not living in the storage unit where he was found dead Friday, as reported by police and the media, family members contend.

The owner of the storage facility supported the family’s contention.

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RED BANK: MAN FOUND DEAD IN STORAGE UNIT

Robert Bruce on Broad Street during taping of the ‘Comic Book Men’ series in 2014. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

A Red Bank man was found dead in a storage facility Friday evening, police said.

Robert Bruce was known to fans of the Kevin Smith reality show ‘Comic Book Men‘ as a dealer of rare toys and other pop culture artifacts.

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FAIR HAVEN: TOWN HALL GOES REMOTE AGAIN

Fair Haven’s borough hall and library share the same building on River Road. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

UPDATE: On Tuesday, Little Silver announced it was closing all borough buildings to public access starting Wednesday and until further notice. Details can be found here.

By JOHN T. WARD

redbankgreen hot topicAmid a steep rise in positive COVID-19 tests, Fair Haven has put its government and public library at arms-length for the second time in the pandemic.

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RED BANK: CRIME & ARREST REPORTS

The crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for November, 2021. This information is unedited; see below for additional information.

CRIMES

Criminal Mischief: In the area of E Front St. on 11/03/2021 patrols took a report of Criminal Mischief to a motor vehicle. Owner reported a large scratch to the door of a motor vehicle. Ptl Froilan Hernandez.

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RED BANK: BASEBALLS, CAPS STOLEN

The theft was from a shed at Count Basie Park, police said. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

A thief or thieves stole brand-new baseballs, ballcaps and other sports gear from a storage shed at Red Bank’s Count Basie Park last month, police reported Tuesday.

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RED BANK: FOUR CHARGED AFTER CRASH

red bank balmer K9 012720 3.jpegRed Bank Patrolman Stan Balmer and his K9 unit partner Hunter, seen here during a training exercise, helped track down suspects who fled the scene of a crash Thursday evening, police Chief Darren McConnell said Friday.

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RED BANK: MAN FACING WEAPONS CHARGES

A Tinton Falls man is facing weapons charges after he brought a handgun loaded with armor-piercing bullets into Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank last month, police Chief Darren McConnell told redbankgreen Wednesday.

The suspect, Wesley Rucker, age 34, was also charged with impersonating a federal law enforcement official.

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RED BANK: CRIME & ARREST REPORTS

The crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for October, 2021. This information is unedited; see below for additional information.

CRIMES

Theft: On 10/12/2021, a report of theft of a bicycle. Bicycle was taken in the area of Spring St. Victim stated that a Cannondale Mountain Bike valued at $1000.00 was stolen from a residence. Ptl. Frank Metta.

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FAIR HAVEN: TWOFER KISS FOR NEW CAPTAIN

With his daughters and Fair Haven police Chief Joe McGovern looking on, newly-promoted Captain Robert Townshend got a congratulatory kiss from his wife, Jackie, at Tuesday night’s council meeting.

The kiss had a dual significance.

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