RED BANK: COP AIDED EVENTUAL VICTIM

RED BANK BALMER 060820Patrolman Stan Balmer, at right, with a State Trooper on the Parkway early on the morning of May 23. (Screenshot from release by New Jersey Attorney General. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

A Red Bank cop came to the aid of stranded motorist last month in the first of a series of related encounters between police and the driver, who was later shot dead by a State Trooper, authorities said Monday.

Patrolman Stan Balmer, who leads one of the borough’s two K9 teams, was off-duty and enroute home following his shift when he came upon a car broken down in the center lane of the Garden State Parkway in Brick Township on May 23, according to Chief Darren McConnell.

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RED BANK: STATION MANAGER BUSTED FOR POT

rb shell 112113 3State Troopers with the suspect during the search of the station Thursday night. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

The manager of a Red Bank gas station raided by State Police Thursday night apparently had a sideline selling another kind of high test.

According to charges filed after the raid, Kamleshkumar Chaudhari, 28, was arrested and charged with possession of more than 50 grams of marijuana – how much more, authorities didn’t say – with the intent to distribute.

During the nighttime raid at the Shell station on Newman Springs Road, Chaudhauri was also found holding some $3,000 in cash, according to NJSP spokesman Sergeant Adam Grossman.

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RED BANK: TROOPERS MUM ON STATION RAID

rb shell 112113 2A State Trooper peers into boxes removed from a pump island attendant’s booth Thursday night. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

State Police shut down access to the Shell station in Red Bank Thursday night, but were quiet on the nature of their investigation.

Unaccompanied by Red Bank police, about a dozen troopers descended on the station at about 9 p.m., blocking driveway access on both the Newman Springs Road and Shrewsbury Avenue sides for more than an hour.

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TWO CHARGED WITH CHILD PORN POSSESSION

Two area men were among 24 men and one juvenile arrested in New Jersey this month on charges of possessing child pornography, including rape videos, the state Attorney General announced Wednesday.

Manuel Sanchez-Olivarez, 37, right, of Red Bank, and Christopher Brondi, 57, below, of Rumson, were charged with possession of multiple sexually explicit videos of young children, which like all the defendants they had made available to others, AG Jeffrey Chiesa said at a press conference near Trenton.

From a press release issued by the AG’s office:

The Digital Technology Investigations Unit of the State Police began the investigation approximately three months ago by searching for New Jersey residents who were making child pornography, including child rape videos, available to others. These files show pre-pubescent boys and girls being sexually molested by being penetrated, or by being coerced into performing sexual acts on themselves, or others.

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CRABBER FOUND DROWNED OFF RUMSON

The body of a 51-year-old Howell man was found in waters off Rumson Saturday after he’s believed to have drowned while crabbing.

Elek Szalay’s body was located by the U.S. Coast Guard at 10:14 a.m. at the confluence of the Navensink and Shrewsbury rivers, according to New Jersey State Police Sergeant Adam Grossman.

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RACING SCANDAL SPREADS TO RED BANK

Video purporting to show cars racing to a Ferrari rally in Red Bank in 2010. (Warning: crude language. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

An explosive scandal alleging that New Jersey State Police led a high-speed caravan of luxury cars down the Garden State Parkway to Atlantic City last month took a twist Monday with the revelation of another such excursion in 2010.

That one, according to a report Monday by the Star-Ledger,  involved a caravan of hot cars headed to a Ferrari car show in downtown Red Bank.

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POLICE IDENTIFY MISSING KAYAKER

njsp-marine1State Police will continue its search for a missing kayaker, “for the foreseeable future,” a spokesman says. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

State Police have identified a Tinton Falls man as the Shrewsbury River kayaker who’s been missing since Wednesday, and will continue to search for him “for the foreseeable future,” said Sgt. Stephen Jones, a spokesman.

The department, along with area volunteer fire departments, have been searching the river for David Civile, 36 26, since late Wednesday. The Coast Guard, which had been assisting in the search, has since called off its operation, Sgt. Dan White, also of the State Police, said.

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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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FOUR ARRESTED IN CRACK RAIDS

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Red Bank Police have arrested four suspects after a two-prong raid on the West Side Thursday, they announced today.

The busts, which culminated a two-month investigation done in conjunction with the State Police, resulted in the seizure of two caches of crack cocaine, marijuana and a pair of handguns, according to an announcement by Chief Steve McCarthy.

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