COPS NAB MAN FOR CAR BREAK-INS

just_in1A Tinton Falls man was arrested by Red Bank police early Tuesday morning after a witness reported a break-in underway at a Lincroft motel, Middletown police say.

Louis DeAngelo, 34, of Howard Avenue, was spotted on Shrewsbury Avenue by Red Bank Patrolman Michael Zadlock after Middletown police broadcast a description given by a witness.

The witness reported having seen someone breaking into vehicles parked at the Extended Stay America Motel on Newman Springs Road at 2:15a, according to Middletown police spokesman Detective Lieutenant Steve Dollinger.

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RED BANK POLICE BLOTTER

The crime reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the week of February 25 to March 4, 2011. The information appears here unedited.

authorities2bCriminal Mischief occurring at Shrewsbury Ave. between 2-18-11 and 2-26-11. Victim reported that unknown person(s) broke rear window in garage. Ptl. Thomas Doremus.

Criminal Mischief occurring W. Front St.-Bluffs between 2-26-11 and 2-17-11. Report of three exterior lanterns lining the wall had been damaged by unknown person(s). Ptl. David Smith.

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YOUR WEEKLY RED BANK CRIME REPORT

call-in-the-authoritiesThe crime reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the week of February 4 to February 11, 2011. The information appears here unedited.

Theft occurring at Broad St. restaurant on 2-5-11. Victim reported that a credit card was stolen while at the establishment. Ptl. Michael Campanella.

Theft occurring on 2-7-11 at Broad St. business. Owner reported that unknown person(s) removed ten boxes of porcelain tile from basement of business. Lt. Joshua Berbrick.

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TINTON FALLS McDONALD’S ROBBED

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI just_in1

Tinton Falls police are searching for a suspect they say robbed the McDonald’s on Shrewsbury Avenue late Tuesday afternoon.

The male suspect, of whom police didn’t have a full description, entered the fast food chain at about 5:57p, placed an order — then reached over the counter and took money from the register, said Lieutenant David Scrivanic

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MINOR ACCIDENT, MAJOR CONCERNS

taxi-accidentAn accident at the intersection of Ridge and Fair Haven roads is the latest reminder how dangerous the intersection can be, officials said. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Fair Haven Fire Chief Jim Cerruti spends more time than he’d like at the intersection of Ridge and Fair Haven roads.

He and his volunteer crew were out there again Tuesday afternoon for a fender-bender that, while there were no injuries involved, highlights safety concerns that Cerruti says haven’t been addressed with any kind of action.

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COP GIVES PAIR A LIFT, THEN THE CUFFS

hot-topic rightMiddletown police arrested a Belmar man and a Newark woman on drug charges Saturday after a police officer went to their aid and had his suspicions aroused.

According to Lieutenant Steve Dollinger, the department spokesman, Corporal Gerald Weimer was flagged down by the pair at about 8:10p after their car ran out of gas on Dwight Road. Weimer gave them a ride to a nearby filling station, Dollinger said.

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POLICE BLOTTER

authorities3The crime reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of December 10 to December 17, 2010. The information appears here unedited..

Theft occurring on 12-10-10 at W. Front St.-Riverside Gardens Park. Unknown person took a pocketbook which was placed on ground. Purse described as a black leather bag containing two Apple Nano Ipods, cash, keys and I.D. Lt. Michael Clay.

Theft occurring at Broad St. on 12-10-10. Victim reported that unknown subject(s) stole purse from shopping cart. Purse described as a navy blue floral print bag containing credit cards, prescription and various ID. Ptl.  JamesDePonte.

Attempted Burglary occurring on 12-11-10 at Shrewsbury Ave business. Victim reported that unknown person(s) broke window in rear of business and damaged back door. No entry gained. Ptl. Paul Perez.

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MAN CHARGED WITH ASSAULTING M’TOWN COP

melchionnaA predawn line-cutting incident at a Middletown Target store on Black Friday led to the arrest of a Belford man on charges of assaulting a township police officer, according to authorities.

Here’s the announcement issued Monday by Middletown police:

On November 26, 2010 at approximately 3:10am police officers, working a special duty assignment at the Target store in Middletown, arrested Christopher Melchionna, age 28, from Orchard Avenue in Belford for Disorderly Conduct, Terroristic Threats, Aggravated Assault on a Police Officer and Resisting Arrest.

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HEARING AID/EYEGLASS DROP BOX STOLEN

authorities2bThe crime reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of November 5 to November 18, 2010. The information appears here unedited.

Theft occurring on 11-6-10 at Riverview Plaza. Victim reported that a cell phone was stolen from her room. Ptl. Ashon Lovick.

Theft occurring on 11-6-10 at Mechanic St. Victim reported that her cell phone a white Motorola “Cliq” was stolen from her residence. Ptl. Robert Talerico.

Criminal mischief occurring on 11-6-10 at River Road. Victim reported that unknown subject(s) pulled out two lights on front lawn, which were attached to stone pillars. Ptl. Ashon Lovick.

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McCARTHY ON CRIME: 2010 NOT SO GOOD

mccarthy-chief-steve-2Red Bank Police Chief Steve McCarthy, commenting on Thursday’s report of a drop in crime in the borough in 2009, says next year’s report will show the opposite.

“Obviously, they’re encouraging,” McCarthy says of the 2009 results, which showed precipitous declines in the number of both violent and nonviolent crimes. “But I have to say, it’s one year, and I can tell you that comparing last year to this year, we’re up.”

Through October of this year, there have already been 21 robberies, up from the full-year 2009 total of 10, McCarthy says. The number of reported burglaries, too, is up, to 29 through October, from 22 in all of last year, he says.

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M’TOWN COPS NAB THREE IN TWO POT BUSTS

authorities2bMiddletown police arrested three men for marijuana possession in two unrelated cases in recent weeks, the department announced today.

The first of the busts occurred on October 28, when two officers in an unmarked car responded to a report of possible drug dealing on Ironwood Court, according to a press announcement by department spokesman Detective Lieutenant Steve Dollinger.

The second arrest occurred in the Lincroft section after a car sped away from police on routine patrol through a hotel parking lot, Dollinger said.

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VICTIM REPORTS GUNPOINT ROBBERY

call-in-the-authoritiesThe crime reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the week of October 29 to November 5, 2010. The information appears here unedited.

Criminal Mischief occurring on 10-29-10 at E. Newman Springs Rd. Victim reported that unknown subject(s) damaged parked vehicle by carving obscene words into trunk of car with sharp object. Ptl. Jorge Torres.

Theft occurring at Water St. on 10-31-10. Victim reported that unknown person(s) stole bike from in front of store, described as Schwinn Mountain bike, color red 10 speed. Ptl. David Hicks.

Criminal Mischief occurring on 11-1-10 at Shrewsbury Ave. Unknown subject(s) punched out rear passenger side window on parked vehicle. Ptl. Heather Pubylski.

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PAIR ROBBED BY JUVENILES ON WEST BERGEN

rbpd-patrol-webThe crime reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the week of October 22 to October 29, 2010. The information appears here unedited.

Criminal Mischief occurring on 10-23-10 at Maple Ave. Victim reported that unknown person(s) dented parked vehicle. Ptl. Patrick Kennedy.

Theft occurring on 10-23-10 at Broad St.-Restaurant. Victim reported that unknown person(s) stole her wallet, which contained, credit cards and I.D. Sgt. Michael Furlong.

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COPS BUST MAN AS POT DEALER

authorities2bRed Bank police arrested a 22-year-old man for intent to distribute after he was found to have “20-odd bags” of marijuana in his possession late Friday night, according to department spokesman Captain Darren McConnell.

Veirick Kirlew, whose last known address is in Ocean Township, was also charged with hindering apprehension and intent to distribute within a school zone, McConnell says.

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RECALLING “A GOOD DOSE OF HUMOR”

COMMENT8

Our Comment of the Week comes from beneath the story “LEHNERT LAID TO REST,” about the funeral of the late Fair Haven Councilman John Lehnert.

The very publication of the article, which included three photographs from the funeral, miffed a couple of readers, while others saw it as as respectful.

But a reader who identified herself as Claudia stayed away from that debate. Instead, she took the opportunity provided by the comments to deliver an overdue thank-you to Lehnert, who served as a Fair Haven police officer for 14 years before retiring in 2006.

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STATE POLICE RAID WEST SIDE HOUSE

just_in1New Jersey State Police raided a house on Red Bank’s West Side before dawn this morning and were seen removing undisclosed material in plastic bags.

Red Bank police, as is customary in cases led by other agencies, assisted on the raid. But they had no information to share on what was found or if arrests were made.

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FIRE DEPARTMENT BOAT VANDALIZED

rbpd-patrol-webThe crime reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the week of September 17 to September 24, 2010. The information appears here unedited.

Criminal Mischief occurring on Bank Street on 9-16-10. Victim reported that unknown subject broke glass window in residence. Ptl. Michael Campanella.

Lost cell phone occurring on 9-19-10 at Maple Ave. Victim reported placing his cell phone described as a grey Samsung Reality phone down and upon returning discovered it was missing. Ptl. Michael Campanella.

Criminal Mischief occurring on 9-20-10 at Rector Place. Victim reported scratches on the paint of parked motor vehicle in the area of the trunk. Ptl. Matthew Ehrenreich.

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LEHNERT SUICIDE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES

lehnert-jackson-092110The house in Jackson Township where John Lehnert killed himself in the front yard early Tuesday. (Click to enlarge)

Law enforcement authorities remained mum Wednesday on the suicide of Fair Haven Councilman John Lehnert early Tuesday in the front yard of an Ocean County home.

Deputy chief of detectives Michael Mohel of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s office tells redbankgreen that the matter remains under investigation, though foul play is not suspected.

Mole said his office is awaiting the results of post-mortem toxicology tests and an investigation by Jackson Township police.

But he said he would have no comment on why Lehnert was at the Jackson address, whether the handgun used was registered to Lehnert, or if anyone was home at the time.

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BLOTTER: THIEVES HIT CHURCH AND SCHOOL

rbpd6 doorThe crime reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the week of September 10 to September 1, 2010. The information appears here unedited. [Because of a clerical error, a year-old report appeared briefly on redbankgreen yesterday.]

Theft occurring between 9-9-10 and 9-10-10 at Bridge Ave. Victim reported that unknown person(s) stole bicycle described as a boy’s specialized brand, black in color from rear yard. Ptl. Robert Campanella.

Theft occurring on 9-11-10 at Water Street. Victim reported that unknown person(s) stole bike described as a blue woman’s beach cruiser from sidewalk. Ptl. Thomas Doremus.

Burglary occurring at Broad Street – Church on 9-12-10. Victim reported that unknown subject(s) gained entry into church and stole cash from reception office and collection boxes. Ptl. Robert Campanella.

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POLICE PAY IN SLEDGER SPOTLIGHT

hot-topic rightSunday’s Star-Ledger had an eye-opening article on police salaries in New Jersey.

Analyzing 2009 pay data from police departments throughout the state, the Sledger concluded that

the average municipal cop in New Jersey is paid 80 percent more than the average resident, and three of 10 made at least $100,000 last year. In addition, police tend to be paid the best in small towns with little crime.

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LITTLE SILVER COP INDICTED

just_in1A Little Silver police officer was indicted by a Monmouth County Grand Jury this morning for his alleged actions in a purported stationhouse assault of a handcuffed defendant in January.

The 11-count indictment of Patrolman Steven Solari was announced by the Monmouth County Prosecutor.

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RED BANK POLICE BLOTTER

rbpd-patrol-webThe crime reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the week of September 3 to September 10, 2010. The information appears here unedited.

Criminal Mischief occurring on 9-4-10 at South Bridge Ave. Victim reported that unknown person(s) broke two small side windows in parked vehicle. Ptl. James DePonte.

Theft occurring at E. Newman Springs Rd. on 9-7-10. Gas station attendant reported that unknown male subject stole cash from his hand while he was attempting to make change for the customer. Ptl. Gary Watson.

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DISTRAUGHT MAN TALKED DOWN FROM ROOF

trt-roof-081510Police lead the man to the trap door in the theater’s roof.

A nearly two-hour standoff with a man who threatened to jump off the roof of the Two River Theater ended without incident Sunday evening.

The man, whom authorities did not identify, is a 46-year-old Red Bank resident and employee of the Bridge Avenue theater, said Police Captain Darren McConnell.

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COPS: CRIME SPREE INCLUDED BUTCHER SHOP

hot-topic rightThe expanding set of charges against accused burglar Carl VonPier of Fair Haven has grown yet again, this time to include a Red Bank business among his alleged victims.

The 19-year-old Fair Haven man has now been charged by Red Bank police with burglarizing Citarella’s Market on Prospect Avenue last month.

VonPier was arrested in Colts Neck on July 27 after police apprehended him during an alleged break-in attempt at the Colts Neck Shopping Center.

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IN CASE OF EMERGENCY: A NIGHT OUT

Red Bank residents took a walk through town and then gathered at borough hall for a barbecue hosted by PBA Local 39 Tuesday as part of National Night Out, an effort to promote community ties to police.

The event also featured demonstrations of fire and EMT equipment and tours of the police station. redbankgreen photographer Peter Lindner was there and prepared this slide show.

To enlarge the photo display, start it, then click the embiggen symbol in the lower right corner. To get back to redbankgreen, hit your escape key.