RED BANK: LANDMARK TOOTH ATTACKED AGAIN

mahoney tooth 110513The sign has been the target of repeated thefts and acts of vandalism.  (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

For the sixth time in 20 years, Red Bank dentist Harry Mahoney is gritting his teeth over the sign that advertises his practice at River Road and Prospect Avenue.

The sign, in the shape of a healthy molar, was busted in half early Sunday, Mahoney tells redbankgreen.

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LITTLE SILVER: NEIGHBORHOOD TP’D

LS tp 1 103113LS tp 2 103113Residents of Salem Lane, Alden Terrace and Rumson Place in Little Silver awoke Thursday morning to find their properties had been treated to the old Mischief Night custom of a toilet-paper makeover. (Click to enlarge)

FAIR HAVEN POLICE BLOTTER

Recent activity reports, unedited, as provided by the Fair Haven Police Department.

call-in-the-authorities• 2/5/13 Ptl. Koetzner took a Theft report from a River Rd. Business. The Business reported a total of $190.00 in merchandise taken.

• 2/6/13 Ptl. Lagrotteria took a Theft report from a River Rd. Business. The Business reported a total of $39.80 in merchandise taken.

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RED BANK: PIT BULL PUPS STOLEN FROM PORCH

call-in-the-authoritiesThe crime reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of October 5 and October 12, 2012. This information is unedited.

Theft occurring in the area of Monmouth Street on 10-6-12. Victim reported that unknown person(s) stole a backpack blower from back of pickup truck that was parked. Sgt. Robert Clayton.

Criminal Mischief occurring between 9-29-12 and 10-6-12 at Spring St. Victim reported that unknown person(s) scratched parked vehicle on both sides including trunk lid with sharp object. Ptl. James DePonte.

Theft occurring on 10-6-12 at Count Basie Field. Victim reported that unknown person(s) removed passport and debit card from backpack which on the sidelines of the field. Sgt. Robert Clayton.

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FAIR HAVEN POLICE BLOTTER

Activity reports, unedited, for the month of January, 2012, as provided by the Fair Have Police Department.

1/4/12

-Sgt. Lambert took a report from a resident that damage was done to trees in the Borough Nature Trail area.

1/7/12

-Ptl. Reevey took a report from a Hance Rd. resident that a package was delivered to her house and later stolen off of her front porch during the day.

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PEDESTRIAN REPORTS GUNPOINT ROBBERY

The crime reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of January 20 to January 27, 2012. This information is unedited.

Theft occurring between 1-16-12 and 1-21-12 at  East Bergen Place.  Victim reported that unknown person(s) stole his IBIS Mountain Bike, color shiny copper.  Ptl. John Camarca.

Theft occurring at  Dr. James Parker Blvd. Parking lot on 1-21-12.  A cab driver reported that he picked up four person(s) in Middletown and transported them to above address.  One of the subject’s asked cab driver for change of a $20.00 bill.  Cab driver pulled bills out of his pocket and at this point the subject grabbed money from cab driver’s hand and fled.  Sgt. Robert Clayton.

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RED BANK CRIME & ARREST REPORTS

call-in-the-authoritiesThe crime reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of January 13 to January 20, 2012. This information is unedited.

Subject identified as Jake Evans age 24 male of Brick was charged with stealing bag of assorted breads and rolls from outside of bakery on 1-15-12 in the area of Monmouth Street.  Ptl. Nicholas Maletto

Criminal Mischief occurring at Morford Place—apartment building on 1-16-12. Manager reported that unknown person(s) broke two entry doors to building by breaking glass in same.

Criminal Mischief occurring on 1-17-12 at Monmouth St. business. Victim reported that window in business had glass smashed. Ptl. Matthew Ehrenreich.

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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 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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POLICE SCANNER ALERT BACKFIRES ON TEEN

call-in-the-authoritiesBy DUSTIN RACIOPPI

In a roundup of police activity in Fair Haven, authorities report a case of vandalism, not-so-crafty teens trying to avoid capture by carrying a police scanner and a car fire last week.

Fair Haven’s cop blotter for the month of June appears unedited below.

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ROUND TWO FOR FORTUNE HOUSE

fortune-house1A ‘for sale’ was planted out front of the T. Thomas Fortune House on Drs. James Parker Boulevard last week. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Four years after a historic Red Bank house was spared a possible meeting with the steel maw of a bulldozer, the T. Thomas Fortune house is back on the market at a sharply reduced price.

Though the house and acre of land it sits on have been available to buyers on and off for years, vandalism prompted the owners to plant a ‘for sale’ sign on the lawn last week, reigniting worries of preservationists. They fear the the three-story, Second Empire-style home to post-Civil War black newspaperman and activist T. Thomas Fortune might be razed.

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FAIR HAVEN SIGN WHACKED… AGAIN

fh-sign-missingVandals have apparently hit the Welcome to Fair Haven again. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Just a couple months after it was replaced, Fair Haven’s welcome sign on River Road was again a target of vandalism.

This time, though, somebody ripped the whole thing off its tall white stanchions, leaving bent metal and a hard-to-miss hole where the borough’s seal, the steamship Albertina, had stood as the official greeter to the borough.

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VANDALS HIT MULTIPLE MIDDLETOWN PARKS

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAConcrete steps at Tindall Park in Middletown were among targets of vandalism the last week, police said. (Photo courtesy of Middletown police; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Joy rides on newly sodded fields. Smashed steps. Portable bathrooms knocked over.

Middletown’s park system took some destructive and costly hits this past week as targets of vandalism, police said.

They aren’t sure who’s behind the thrashings yet, but they’re offering a cash reward for anybody who can lead to an arrest and conviction.

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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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BLOTTER: VANDALISM AT RIVERSIDE GARDENS

rbpd2 spotlightThe crime reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of June 20 to June 24, 2011. This information is unedited.

Theft reported on 6-20-11 at Windward Way -residence. Victim reported that unknown person(s) stole several pieces of expensive jewelry while she was in the process of moving and had employees of a moving company packing boxes. Sgt. Robert Gannon.

Theft occurring at Monmouth St. Restaurant/Bar on 6-20-11. Victim reported that a bracelet was lost or stolen while at the restaurant. Sgt. Robert Gannon.

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APARTMENT DRENCHED IN CRANBERRY JUICE

rbpd1 double patch rightThis edition of the blotter covers two weeks. Reports are provided by the Red Bank Police Department and appear here unedited.

NOVEMBER 26 TO DECEMBER 3:

Criminal Mischief occurring at Spring St. on 11-27-10. Victim reported that unknown person(s) ransacked apartment and entire unit was damaged by cranberry juice being poured on furniture and clothes. Ptl. Mike Campanella.

Theft occurring at W. Front St.-Antique Center on 11-28-10. Victim reported that unknown person(s) stole two mink coats, tan in color from booth. Ptl. Paul Perez

Criminal Mischief occurring between 11-24-10 and 11-29-10 at River St.-School. Employee reported that unknown person(s) broke a window on the building. No entry gained. Ptl. Patrick Kennedy.

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VANDALS HIT RIVERSIDE GARDENS PARK

rbpd-patrolcarThe crime reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of November 19 to November 26, 2010. The information appears here unedited.

Attempted Burglary at 52 Evergreen Terrace on 11-19-10. Report of unknown subject(s) attempted to break into the building. Found pry marks on lock and mail slot of door. Sgt. Robert Kennedy.

Burglary occurring between 11-18-10 and 11-19-10 at 58 McLaren St. residence. Victim reported that unknown subject gained entry into residence by smashing glass in rear door of home. Unknown if anything was stolen. Ptl. Robert Campanella.

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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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