PREPARED BY DETECTIVE LIEUTENANT STEPHEN DOLLINGER
On January 23, 2011 at approximately 2:05 pm Patrolman Richard Fulham was on patrol in the area of Bamm Hollow Road and Middletown Lincroft Road when he stopped a vehicle for having a view obstruction in the front windshield.
Upon stopping and approaching the vehicle, Patrolman Fulham detected the odor of raw marijuana coming from the passenger compartment. The officer began speaking with the occupants of the car to determine the source of the odor when one of the passengers, identified as Jesse Ballard, age 19, from Birchwood Lane in Middletown, told the officer that he was in possession of the marijuana and that it was located in his jacket pocket.
Patrolman Fulham checked the jacket and located a cigar filled with marijuana, a zip lock bag which contained seven individual foil packets each containing a green vegetation which Officer Fulham recognized as marijuana and $370.00 in currency. At this point Ballard was placed under arrest for possession of the marijuana. The driver was issued a summons for the view obstruction violation and was released at the scene.
Ballard was transported to police headquarters where he was charged with Possession with the intent to distribute marijuana and Possession of under 50 grams of marijuana. While being processed on the drug charges it was determined that Ballard had three outstanding Contempt of Court warrants from the Middletown, Red Bank and Keansburg Municipal Courts. He was held on $1096.00 total bail.
>I am kicking myself this afternoon for not sucking it up and attending Governor Christie’s Town Hall meeting in Middletown this morning. After working a 13 hour shift last night and needing over an hour to make it home this morning, I just couldn’t keep my eyes open any longer. I had to go to sleep.
Since waking up a short while ago, I have been looking for some information on the web to fill me in on what happened at the Port Monmouth VFW this morning. So far the only report that I have found is from Dustin Racioppi of RedBankGreen.com who reported that the meeting was rather tame when compared to other more contentious town halls the Governor has presided over the past few month.
Dustin reported that the governor was his usual self, blunt and direct but only slightly confrontational when answering questions from a police officer and the wife of a teacher. In both incidences it seems that Christie basically told them that he wasn’t anti-teacher or police officer, just anti-union and that they should be happy that they are still collecting a pay check when asked by the police officer how he was going to be able to make ends meet if forced to pay a higher percentage towards his benefits.
I would really like to hear other’s take on today’s town hall with the Governor. If any one was there today and would like to pass along their thoughts and observations I would appreciate it and post your comments for others to read.
If you would like to read Dustin’s take on the Governor’s visit click >>> Here