RED BANK HOSTS DRUG TURN-IN ON OCT. 22

red-bank-pdPress release from Red Bank Police Department

Commonly prescribed painkillers and other prescription medications have been linked to the epidemic of drug use in communities throughout the United States — and this Saturday, October 22, the federal Drug Enforcement Administration will stage a coast-to-coast National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, during which the public will be encouraged to bring any unused or expired prescription medications to designated drop-off points for safe disposal.

Here in the Red Bank area, the borough Police Station at 90 Monmouth Street will be open between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to receive any dropped off materials (no needles will be accepted for this program). For additional information, go here or call (800)882-9539.

ON THE GREEN: SAFELY DITCH UNUSED MEDS

old-rxGot Drugs posterThree towns on the Greater Red Bank Green plan to participate in “National PrescriptionDrug Take-Back Day” for safe disposal of unused and expired medications Saturday.

The police departments in Little Silver, Red Bank and Rumson will accept the products from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. More information can be found on the Drug Enforcement Agency’s website. (Click to enlarge)

 

 

RBPD’S TEAM RED BANK SET TO RIDE TO DC

Team Red BankTheir motto is “We Ride for Those Who Died” — a mission statement and a reminder of the nation’s police officers who died in the line of duty; among them 129 fallen public servants in the year 2015.

When the annual Police Unity Tour bicycling event gears up for its ride to Washington, DC this coming May, among the municipal departments represented in the peloton will be the Red Bank Police, whose Team Red Bank will be pedaling the 300-plus miles from Hamilton, NJ to the nation’s capital over the course of four days (May 9-12).

According to the RBPD’s Ptl. John Camarca, “This bike ride is a not just a fundraiser. It is an event that raises awareness for the police officers who have died in the line of duty — the ones that selflessly gave their lives to protect the lives of others; the fallen heroes that went to work one day and never made it home.”

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FIVE BUSTED FOR RED BANK BREAK-INS

riverside-concession-2Two burglaries at the Riverside Gardens Park concession stant a crackdown on loitering in the park, borough officials said. (Click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Red Bank police closed the book on a quartet of burglary cases over the past two weeks, including a double break-in at a park concession stand.

Five suspects were arrested in total, for burglaries that committed over the last two weeks, police said. All suspects were locals.

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A NIGHT OUT FOR RED BANK, FAIR HAVEN

natl-night-out-20101Scenes from the 2010 National Night Out in Red Bank. (Photos by Peter Lindner. Click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

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It’s one night of the year where the badge and blue shirt come to represent something a little less  fear-inducing, when the local fuzz trades in authority to bond with those it protects over burgers and dogs.

National Night Out, the community outreach program that spans police departments coast-to-coast, gets going in select towns on The Green Tuesday night, a fitting lead into the lazy days of summer’s end when many families are preparing for another school year.

“It’s good to get everyone out. It shows the kids they don’t have to be afraid to interact with the police,” said Stephen Schneider, a patrolman in Fair Haven. “We’re not just out there writing tickets and telling them to put their helmets on. We’re there for everybody.”

Besides, who can resist a sanctioned chance to dunk a cop with a fastball?

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EXTRA EYES, PATROLS SET FOR RED BANK

rgp-trash13A bench at Riverside Gardens Park, where vandalism and littering have been growing problems. Debris in the pole-vault box at Count Basie Fields, below. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

basie-litter1In response to a surge in vandalism on borough property this summer, Red Bank officials are looking into video surveillance as a way to fill gaps in already heightened police presence and serve as a deterrent to would-be scofflaws.

Video could be just one part of a multiprong effort by the borough to curb public defacement and all-around mistreatment of public property, police Captain Darren McConnell said.

Police have stepped up their presence at Riverside Gardens Park in recent weeks, he said. They’re also cracking down on curfew laws for teenagers. And because the council earlier this week called out littering at Count Basie Fields as a growing issue, cops will make rounds there more often.

“The regular patrols will be stepped up quite a bit,” McConnell said. “It’s really only Riverside Gardens Park and Count Basie Fields that are having the issues, and they’re not even the same groups hanging out there, but they get the most use.”

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RED BANK CHARGES CAR BURGLARY SUSPECT

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

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A Farmingdale man already in jail on charges of breaking into unlocked cars all over the redbankgreen coverage area and beyond now faces additional charges for the same crimes in Red Bank, police said.

Rodney Tyler, 19, was charged with five counts of burglary and theft on Thursday, closing the book on a round of break-ins that occurred on the East Side of town, police Captain Darren McConnell said Wednesday.

“It was back when we had a slew of them, back in March,” McConnell said.

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FIVE BUSTED WITH FAKE I.D.s AT BAR

brannigansBrannigan’s in June. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

A handful of 20-year-olds were arrested for trying to get into a Red Bank bar illegally last week, police said.

With the cooperation of staff at Brannigan’s, police arrested five people — three from Middletown — with fake driver’s licenses who were trying to get into the Wharf Avenue bar, Captain Darren McConnell said.

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COPS CHASE DOWN WEST SIDE ROBBER

just_in1By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

A man was chased down and arrested in Red Bank Wednesday afternoon after snatching a necklace from a woman’s neck, police said.

Kevin McNair, a 40-year-old with addresses in Red Bank and Shrewsbury Township, pushed an officer when he was confronted at the train station, but was caught nearby on Bridge Avenue, Captain Darren McConnell said.

McNair was charged with robbery, aggravated assault on a police officer and resisting arrest.

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RED BANK VANDALS CAUGHT ON VIDEO

picture1Still images of two vandals were release by Red Bank police Friday. (Image courtesy of Red Bank police; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

graffitiRecognize either of these guys marking up the wall behind A.H. Fisher Diamonds in Red Bank? Or perhaps their handiwork, at right?

If so, and grafitti rankles you, dial up the cops.

The department is on the lookout for two young men they say vandalized the jewelry shop and nearby salon Chelsea Morning early Thursday, and may have been involved in another graffiti act.

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KABOOM ARREST NUMBERS MATCH LAST YEAR’S

A YouTube upload of a fight in Red Bank Sunday. It appears to be outside the 7-11, in which case police arrested four people for disorderly conduct. Below, police made a strong show of force, bring in an armored vehicle from the Monmouth County fleet. (Click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

kaboom-cops-1Red Bank police made one fewer arrest during the KaBoom Fireworks Sunday than last year, showing, statistically at least, that the festival organizers’ push to bring the popular fireworks show back to a family focused event missed the mark.

However, police say they noticed a difference in the mood this year, and said there are a couple factors to consider when looking at the numbers.

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KABOOMERS TOUT RETURN TO ‘FAMILY’ SHOW

kaboom-wfront-2010Spectators watching the  2010 fireworks from outside the Red Bank Public Library. (Click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

The weekend extravaganza that is Kaboomfest kicks off Friday night, a three-day indulgence on the banks of our beautiful Navesink that includes rides, amusements, live music and one breathtaking pyrotechnics show that qualifies as one of the country’s largest.

There’s a lot to soak in of the borough’s lauded tradition, from parking to security, to where to catch the show and how to beat out after it’s done.

Your friends at redbankgreen have got you covered, and the articles below touch on all the facets of the show. Below is a shrunken version of those stories, providing a snapshot of what this weekend is all about.

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TEENS BUSTED FOR ROOFTOP GRAFFITI

authorities2bBy DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Two local teenagers were arrested in Red Bank Thursday after being caught spray-painting a downtown building, police said.

Thomas Ley, 18, of Rumson, was arrested and charged with criminal mischief and criminal trespassing, Captain Darren McConnell said. A 17-year-old male from Red Bank was also arrested and charged with the same crimes, McConnell said.

Police are also looking into whether the two may be involved in increased graffiti incidents within the borough the last two months.

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McCARTHY AND RBPD GET CONTRACTS

s-mccarthyRed Bank Police Chief Steve McCarthy at a West Side Community Group meeting in November. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Steve McCarthy just got himself some job security.

For the first time in borough history, the Red Bank council entered into a contract with its police chief, locking up McCarthy for the next five years.

“It protects the individual. It protects the municipality, and it alleviates guesswork out of what you’re supposed to do,” Mayor Pasquale Menna said. “We want him to stay for five years. Or more.”

The council also endorsed an agreement good through 2013 with the union for the 38-member police force.

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BREAK-IN SUSPECT CHARGED IN TWO TOWNS

tf-cruiserTinton Falls and Rumson police charged a man in car break-ins that occurred over months. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Tinton Falls and Rumson police have brought close to 75 charges against a Farmingdale teenager for his alleged role in car break-ins that occurred over the course of four months in each town.

Charges from surrounding towns and others in eastern Monmouth County may soon follow, officials said Monday.

The departments made the charges following the arrest of Rodney Tyler, 19, in Wall last Friday.

“It was a good catch for us,” Lieutenant David Scrivanic, of Tinton Falls police, said.

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TWO CRASHES IN RED BANK

mclaren-crashA Nissan crashed into a utility pole on McLaren Street in Red Bank Thursday. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Two car crashes occurred within minutes of each other in Red Bank Thursday morning.

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One was reported on McLaren Street, right, sending two women away in an ambulance. Another, appearing to be minor, was on Branch Avenue.

Immediate details on the two accidents, which occurred at around 11 a.m., were not immediately available.

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THE WEEK IN REARVIEW: MAY 15-20, 2011

chopper1A helicopter search Thursday was part of an investigation into the whereabouts of missing Red Bank woman. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Busy last week prepping for the rapture?

Whatever you missed is all here, below, waiting for you.

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AUTHORITIES SEARCH FOR RED BANK WOMAN

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

052011aAuthorities have confirmed that Thursday’s “police operation” in the area of the Upper Navesink River in Red Bank was part of an on-going investigation for a Bank Street woman who went missing last week.

The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office said it had launched an investigation, along with Red Bank and Eatontown police, into the whereabouts of 26-year-old Viridiana Beltran-Gomez, right.

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COPS, CHOPPER ON SCENE AT RIVER STREET

chopperA helicopter hovered above the water at the foot of River Street Thursday morning as authorities conducted unknown “police operations.” (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

[Editor’s Note: This story is updated with information from the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.]

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Red Bank and Monmouth County authorities are conducting “police operations” in the area of River Street, next to the primary school, which include a helicopter and police in a boat where Swimming River meets the upper Navesink River.

One official was overheard saying the efforts are related to a missing person report, but declined to confirm that information, and deferred all questioning to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.

First Assistant Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni would not comment further on the activity, only saying it’s a “law enforcement operation.”

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BOYNTON JABS OFFICIALS AT WEST SIDE MEET

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By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Freddie Boynton might as well have laced up his old boxing gloves for this face-off.

The former boxer, who’s taken a role in retirement as a voice of Red Bank’s West Side, didn’t pull any punches when borough and elected officials made a trip to the Celestial Lodge Tuesday afternoon to address a grab bag of concerns from residents. But nearly an hour was dominated by one topic — access to Count Basie Fields — and Boynton and other residents, on the way to a compromise on extending the park’s hours, used Administrator Stanley Sickels and elected officials as punching bags for criticism.

“Our children are being locked out,” Boynton, a former borough employee, said. “We’re being treated like we’re animals over here.”

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THE WEEK IN REARVIEW

11-wreathA wreath was placed at Piping Rock Park in Rumson, where a plaque honors borough residents who lost their lives in the September 11, 2001 attacks. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

It was a week that started fraught with emotion, as news broke in a national address by President Obama late Sunday night that a commando team had wiped the face of evil in the Western world, Osama bin Laden, off the earth.

For those around The Green, it was a bittersweet measure of justice, as scores of residents in our area lost their lives in the September 11, 2001 attacks masterminded by bin Laden.

It hit particularly close to Middletown, which lost 37 people in the attacks. We were out Monday morning talking to those who paid their respects at Middletown’s serene 9/11 memorial garden, near the train station.

And the week went on from there.

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THE WEEK IN REARVIEW

pink-linePink striping down River Road in Fair Haven in celebration of Pink Week, which continues this week. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

You’ll notice the redbankgreen masthead’s looking a more on the red side than green these days. That’s because last week kicked off Pink Week, Riverview Medical Center and Red Bank RiverCenter’s annual push for breast cancer awareness, detection and treatment.

We’re not here just for supportive graphics, but on this Monday morning to keep you abreast (couldn’t help it) of what that’s all about, and other news from the end of April. Click on.

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CABINET CLEAN-OUT SLATED FOR SATURDAY

old-rxLet’s see… almost three years old? Yeah, time to go. (Click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

As you break out the feather duster and crack into the clutter in the attic for your spring cleaning routine, police are reminding residents not to forget about the medicine cabinet.

This weekend, local departments are participating in Operation Take Back, a national effort to collect unused and expired medications from households.

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THE WEEK IN REARVIEW

mittA catcher’s mitt at Rumson Little League’s opening day. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Break-ins were the breaking news that dominated locally last week, topped by word of an arrest of an suspect in a string of high-end residential burglaries that included pop star Bon Jovi among the victims.

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