BLOTTER: A CUPFUL OF WHAT??? OH, YUCK!

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Crime reports provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the week of January 15 to January 22, 2010. This information appears here unedited.

Theft occurring on 1-15-10 at Broad St.-Hair Salon. Owner reported that former employee stole large sum of cash, and hair products during the course of employment in Aug 2009 and Sept. 2009. Ptl. Dawn Shields.

Criminal Mischief occurring on 1-17-10 in the area of Mechanic St. Unknown subject threw a beer bottle through store front window shattering glass and damaging a piano inside where glass caused scratches on same. Ptl. Gary Watson.

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POLICE ISSUE ALERT

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Red Bank Police issued the following alert this afternoon:

Red Bank Police are investigating a suspicious incident that occurred at approximately 1 PM on Prospect Avenue.

Two male subjects claiming to be utility company employees approached a residence and attempted to gain access for the purpose of installing water equipment.  The resident became suspicious and did not admit the subjects to the home.

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McCARTHY TAKES COMMAND AT RBPD

mccarthy-fitzgerald-murphyChief Steve McCarthy shortly before his swearing in Monday night with his immediate predecessor, Mark Fitzgerald, left, and Councilman Art Murphy. (Click to enlarge)

An overflow crowd packed Red Bank’s council chambers Monday night for the official designation of former police detective Steve McCarthy as chief of the borough’s 41-officer police department.

Amid accolades about his heart and his smarts, the 46-year-old son of a career Jersey City officer was sworn into his post by a former colleague at the Monmouth Prosecutor’s office, Superior Court Judge Anthony Mellaci Jr., whose family is connected by marriage to McCarthy’s.

“He always had what it takes to be chief,” Mellaci told reporters shortly before the ceremony. “He’s very organized, very professional.”

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LITTLE SILVER COP ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT

LSPD The alleged assault on a borough man occurred at the borough police station, the Press reports.

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

A Little Silver police officer was arrested Thursday afternoon for allegedly hitting a handcuffed defendant and trying to get a witness lie about it, the Asbury Park Press reported today.

County authorities arrested Steven Solari, 36, and charged him with two counts of official misconduct, one count of aggravated assault, tampering with a witness, obstruction of justice and hindering apprehension, according to the Press.

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ALL-DEM COUNCIL PLEDGES ‘ACCOUNTABILITY’

menna-murphyMayor Pasquale Menna arrives at Sunday’s reorganization meeting, followed by Council President Art Murphy. (Click to enlarge)

Entering a year in which the electoral prize will be Red Bank’s mayoralty, the borough’s all-Democratic governing body trumpeted a theme of ‘accountability’ to voters at Sunday’s annual reorganization session.

Councilman Mike DuPont, returning to start his second term, told a packed-house audience that he hoped voters with opposing ideas would continue to challenge him, as they did during his door-to-door re-election campaign, so that compromises might be found.

“I also want you to hold me accountable and keep us in line,” added Councilwoman Juanita Lewis.

“We will focus all of our efforts on fiscal accountability,” said Councilman Ed Zipprich, who, with Lewis, started his second year on the council.

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MENNA: McCARTHY TO REMAIN ACTING CHIEF

Mayor Pasquale Menna tells redbankgreen that acting Police Chief Steve McCarthy won’t be given the chief’s job on Sunday, as we reported here earlier today.

Without explanation, Menna says McCarthy will remain as acting chief, and will be sworn in as such at the Red Bank government reorganization meeting on Sunday.

“No action will be taken in terms of a formal appointment of a chief on January 3,” Menna said in a voicemail message left earlier today.

Menna could not be reached for immediate comment this evening.

There’s also this, from a press release issued late this afternoon by deputy borough clerk Pam Hughes Borghi:

Police Commissioner and Councilman Arthur V. Murphy III has announced that Red Bank has rescheduled the announcement and swearing in of the Borough’s new Chief of Police for the Governing Body’s first regular meeting of the year which will take place at 6:30 pm on Monday, January 11.

The decision was made to hold the announcement and swearing-in ceremony separate from the Borough’s annual reorganization meeting in order to better accommodate the family, friends and colleagues who will want to be on hand on that day.

McCARTHY TO BECOME POLICE CHIEF

mccarthy-chief-steve1Acting Chief Steve McCarthy is expected to be sworn in Sunday to formally take command of Red Bank’s 41-officer police department, redbankgreen has learned.

McCarthy, right, follows retired Chief Mark Fitzgerald, who stepped down in November after seven years at the helm. Fitzgerald has been burning off accumulated vacation time since then, and officially ends his role as a borough employee tomorrow.

McCarthy said he could not confirm that he would be sworn in at the borough government reorganization meeting on Sunday, when elected officials have said they will identify their choice from among the four police captains eligible for the job.

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ST. NICK MAKES AN EARLY ARRIVAL

rb-santaRed Bank Patrolman Mike Zadlock, er, Santa Claus, made a visit to the Jackson house Monday night to drop off toys as part of the police department’s toy drive. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

He ditched the reindeer and sleigh for a convoy of lights-flashing cruisers. And instead of wiggling down the chimney in the middle of the night, he simply knocked on doors just after dark.

Nevertheless, Santa Claus did what Santa Claus does best when he made an early visit to some select Red Bank families Monday when he showed up with a sack of toys and other gifts with his pals from the borough police department in the annual Policemen’s Benevolent Association toy drive.

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‘SNOW PARKING, PLEASE, IF IT SNOWS

WindblownWind whips snow off rooftops downtown on Broad Street during a storm on March 2, 2009.

The Red Bank Police Department is asking residents to move their cars to off-street parking overnight and tomorrow in anticipation of a snowstorm that could dump 14 or more inches of snow locally.

The request has been made in the form of a recommendation, because many borough streets are not included in a snow removal ordinance (text below) that prohibits parking of specific streets when the ground is snow-covered, said Acting Chief Steve McCarthy.

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REPORTS INCLUDE STOLEN ELECTRICITY METER

rbpd2 spotlightCrime reports provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the week of December 4 to December 11, 2009. This information appears here unedited.

Criminal Mischief occurring on 12-3-09 at East Front St. parking lot. Unknown subject(s) ripped three signs out of ground and left same on ground. Ptl. David Smith.

Burglary occurring at Leonard St. residence on 12-3-09. Victim reported that unknown person(s) broke into residence by forcing the back door open and breaking the doorframe. Drawers in residence were ransacked. Stolen was a 42″ Emerson Plaza T.V. and Verizon Touch Screen Storm cell phone. Ptl. John Camarca. Sgt. Michael Frazee.

Theft occurring at Maple Ave. on 12-4-09. Victim reported that black leather purse was stolen from parked vehicle. Purse contained I.D., Credit Cards, and prescription medicine. Ptl. George Travostino.
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POLICE THREATEN REPORTER WITH ARREST

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A redbankgreen reporter was threatened with arrest by Fair Haven police today when he tried to photograph the wrecked fire department vehicle of former fire chief Shaun Foley.

The incident occurred at the borough’s public works department facility on Allen Street, where the fire department vehicle was partially covered by a tarp, says reporter Dustin Racioppi.

According to Racioppi, he entered the administrative building at the site in order to get permission from DPW supervisor and borough engineer Rich Gardella to take pictures of the car within the borough property.

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BLOTTER INCLUDES THREE DWI CHARGES

authorities3Crime reports provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the weeks of  November 20 to November 27, 2009. This information appears here unedited.

Criminal Mischief reported on 11-20-09 at Harding Rd.-School. Report of unknown person(s) pulling an exterior lamp off of building on 11-17-09. Ptl. Deron Ilarraza.

Theft occurring on 11-24-09 at Broad Street Restaurant. Owner reported that unknown subject(s) stole a tapestry and two decorative plates from business. Ptl. David Smith.

Burglary occurring on 11-24-09 at Leonard Street residence. Owner reported that unknown person gained entry through window by cutting screen. Once inside stole several pieces of costume jewelry and a gold wedding band with diamonds. Ptl. Heather Pubylski.
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FITZGERALD PUTS IN FOR RETIREMENT

fitzgerald-markChief Mark Fitzgerald in dress blues for Red Bank’s centennial parade in 2008.

Red Bank’s police chief for the past seven years plans to retire by the end of the year and has already handed command of the force over to one of the department’s four captains, borough officials confirmed last night.

Meantime, Chief Mark Fitzgerald is officially on vacation, using up accrued time off, according to Councilman Art Murphy.

redbankgreen was unable to immediately confirm last night word that Fitzgerald started a new job Monday as director of security at Riverview Medical Center. And borough officials were somewhat tightlipped about Fitzgerald’s status.

“He’s still the chief,” said borough Administrator Stanley Sickels.
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BLOTTER: FISH SHOPLIFTER NETTED

authorities3Crime reports provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the week of September 18 to September 25, 2009. This information appears here unedited.

Criminal Mischief occurring at Mechanic St. between 9-17-09 and 9-18-09. Report of graffiti deployed onto the garage door of firehouse by unknown suspect(s). Ptl. Michael Campanella.

Criminal Mischief occurring on 9-20-09 at English Plaza. Victim reported that unknown person(s) shattered the rear windshield of parked vehicle. Ptl. Heather Publyski.

Criminal Mischief occurring at West Front St. between 9-19-09 and 9-2-09. Victim reported that unknown person(s) damaged vehicle by bending back driver’s side mirror and breaking glass in same. Ptl. Jorge Torres.

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FAIR HAVEN DISCONNECTS DISPATCH PLAN

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Police and fire dispatch duties will be shifted to the Monmouth County Sheriff’s office, borough officials said.

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Abandoning a plan hatched in controversy, Fair Haven won’t be teaming up with Little Silver to share dispatch services after all, borough officials said Monday night.

Instead, the borough will outsource its emergency call operations to Freehold.

After more than eight months of research and discussion with its neighbor to the south, Fair Haven officials  decided to terminate an agreement entered in March to share dispatch services with Little Silver because the radio technology wasn’t working in Fair Haven. Those issues have since been rectified, Mayor Michael Halfacre said, but the council wasn’t fully satisfied.

“The problems have been resolved, but it’s not the type of dispatch that Fair Haven bought into back in February/March,” Halfacre said. “We’re at a juncture now where we have a decision to make.”

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POLICE PACT: SIX PERCENT OVER TWO YEARS

rbpd-patchA tentative contract with the collective bargaining unit representing Red Bank police calls for three-percent pay raises this year and next, borough officials said Tuesday night.

The terms of the proposed pact were  approved by the borough council in a brief public session following an extended one behind closed doors.

The contract now goes back to Policemen’s Benevolent Association Local 39 for approval, after which the council would vote on it.

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MURPHY: BRING THE CONTRACT — AND A PEN

art-murphy-082409Murphy stewing at the August 24 council session.

Red Bank’s council is expected to introduce a proposed labor contract with the Police Benevolent Association at tonight’s meeting.

It had better, lest it risk the ire of Councilman Art Murphy III. The council’s liaison to the police department was furious that the tentative pact wasn’t ready for a vote last time the governing body met, on August 24.

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BLOTTER: KNIFEPOINT ROBBERY REPORTED

policewindowCrime reports provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the week of August 7 to August 14, 2009. This information appears here unedited.

Criminal Mischief occurring at West Front St. between 8-5-09 and 8-6-09. Victim reported that unknown person(s) broke the back windshield of parked vehicle and also scratched the paint in several places. Ptl. James DePonte.

Theft occurring at West Front St. Bar on 8-7-09. Victim reported unknown person(s) stole pocketbook which contained cash, camera and Ipod. Lt. Richard Mangold.

Robbery occurring at Mohawk Lane—Count Basie Park on 8-8-09. Victim reported that while walking in the park a black male early 20’s, 5’8”, thin, short hair wearing a red bandana covering mouth and facial features came up to her with a knife demanding money. Suspect fled on foot with the victim’s backpack which contained cash, debit card and I.D. Ptl. Michael Campanella.

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L.S. COPS NAB SNAKE IN THE GRASS

ls-snakeOfficer Pete Gibson, left, and Sgt. Martin Scherzinger with the yellow rat snake they caught in a yard in Little Silver earlier today. (Photo courtesy of Little Silver P.D.)

Police in sleepy old Little Silver had an unexpected encounter this morning when they answered a call and found a yellow rat snake in a resident’s side yard.

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TWO WEEKS FROM THE POLICE LOGS

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This installment of our regular Red Bank crime wrapup includes two weeks of police reports instead of the usual one. As always, the information below was supplied by the Red Bank Police Department and appears here unedited.

Week of July 10 to July 17, 2009
Burglary occurring at Shrewsbury Ave. on 7-11-09. Victim reported that unknown subject(s) pried the rear door open and gained entry. Taken were money bags from behind display case which contained cash. Ptl. Michael Campanella. Det. Robert Clayton.

Theft occurring on 7-12-09 at 190 River Road residence. Victim reported cash stolen from kitchen drawer. Ptl. George Travostino.

Criminal Mischief occurring at Willow Street on 7-13-09. Victim reported that unknown person(s) broke a window on 2nd floor of building with rocks. Ptl. Michael Zadlock.
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TWO WEEKS WORTH OF MISCHIEF

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This installment of our regular Red Bank crime wrapup includes two weeks of police reports instead of the usual one. As always, the information below was supplied by the Red Bank Police Department and appears here unedited.

Week of June 26 to July 3, 2009

Criminal Mischief occurring Riverside Ave. between 6-27-09 and 6-28-09. Victim reported that unknown person(s) broke the windshield wiper arm off of vehicle. Ptl. David Hicks.

Criminal Mischief occurring in Marine Park on 6-28-09. Report of a port-a-john being knocked over on to its side by unknown person(s). Ptl. George Travostino.

Criminal Mischief occurring on Oakland St. on 6-28-09. A Latino male was seen breaking a lamp attached to a restaurant and knocking over temporary stop signs at the intersection and breaking sand bags. Ptl. Paul Perez.

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GRANT WILL BOOST ROAD ENFORCEMENT

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The state funds will pay overtime for additional traffic enforcement for one month.

Red Bank police expect to roll about 20 additional street patrol shifts this month under a state grant awarded yesterday, Capt. Darren McConnell tells redbankgreen.

The borough was one of 75 municipalities awarded a $4,000 grant under the state Division of Highway Safety’s new ‘Obey the Signs or Pay the Fines’ initiative to help local cops reduce common motor vehicle violations.

The idea behind the program is to boost driver awareness of violations such as failing to come to a full stop at an intersection, passing on the right, speeding and tailgating, says McConnell, who heads the department’s traffic safety division.

By having many towns throwing additional resources at enforcement simultaneously, “you get the synergistic effect,” McConnell says. “It’s better in terms of getting the message out to people.”

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CRIME WATCH

rbpd-patchCrime reports provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the week of June 19 to June 26, 2009. This information appears here unedited.

Criminal Mischief was reported on 6-19-09. Victim stated that his vehicle was given to valet parking in the area of Monmouth St. restaurant. When vehicle was returned unknown person(s) had keyed both sides of vehicle causing long scratches. Ptl. Dawn Shields.

Criminal Mischief occurring on 6-19-09 at Cedar Street. Unknown person(s) threw a large piece of concrete through the driver’s side window breaking the glass and striking the doorframe of passenger side door. Ptl. Gary Watson.

Theft from vehicle reported on 6-20-09 but occurred on 6-17-09 in the area of Central Avenue. Victim reported that a GPS Unit had been stolen from her car. Ptl. Thomas Doremus.
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