Daily Archives: February 22, 2011



On February 18, 2011 at approximately 1:37 am police responded to a report of an intoxicated person at the WaWa convenience store located on Highway 36 in Leonardo. Upon arrival Patrolman Joseph Ahlemeyer spoke with store employees who advised him that the subject, identified as Shawn Dyson, age 18, from Second Street in Highlands, NJ, had approached the counter to order food but instead began yelling at employees. The manager of the store requested that Dyson leave the store but he refused.

Patrolman Ahlemeyer located Dyson and asked him to exit the store. Once outside Dyson began yelling profanities and flailing his arms. Officer Ahlemeyer asked Dyson to calm down because there were other customers who were entering and exiting the store, but again he refused. Dyson was then placed under arrest.

He was transported to police headquarters where he was charged with Disorderly Conduct. He was processed and released pending a court date.

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On February 18, 2011 at approximately 1:49 am police responded to a report of a fight at the Junction Bar and Liquors located on Main Street in Belford.

Upon arrival Patrolman Jason Caruso was approached by two female subjects who had been involved in the altercation. While speaking with one of the females, identified as Kathleen Brant, age 41, from Shore Boulevard in Keansburg, NJ it was discovered that Brant had an outstanding warrant out of Holmdel Municipal Court for Contempt of Court. Officer Caruso placed Brant under arrest and placed her in his patrol car. Ms. Brant then began kicking the rear window of the car which caused it to become detached from the door. She was then transported to police headquarters for processing.

Patrolman Brian McGrogan, Patrolman Michael Pintilie and Sergeant Paul Bailey continued to investigate the incident. They were advised by bar employees that Brant and Sheri Salas, age 37, from Georgia Avenue in Port Monmouth, NJ had been arguing with two other customers when the dispute became physical. The altercation stopped when bar employees intervened.

The officers then attempted to have Ms. Salas call a cab but she refused and began to yell and scream. She refused to calm down despite several warnings by officers. Officer Pintilie then placed Salas under arrest for Disorderly Conduct. She was transported to police headquarters for processing.

Brant was charged with Criminal Mischief for the damage to the patrol car window and was held on the Contempt of Court warrant out of Holmdel. Salas was charged with Disorderly Conduct and was released on a summons pending a court appearance.

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Filed under bar brawl, Crime Scene Middletown, criminal mschief, Junction bar and Liquors

>Full House Expected At Tonight’s Township Committee Meeting

>With the controversy surrounding the Middletown Township Committee and it’s attempted extortion to grab hold of perceived surplus funds from the Middletown Library, tonight’s meeting of the Township Committee should be a good one. A house full of library supporters are expected to back the court room tonight to further voice their concerns over the money grab by the Township Committee.

Tonight’s meeting is expected to be an extension of last Wednesday night’s Library Board of Trustees meeting, where close to 200 library supporter showed up to let Township Committeeman Kevin Settembrino, Mayor Fiore and other members of the Township Committee that it was not OK to raid library funds in order to fill a budget deficit in the Committee’s Municipal budget.
If you have been following this blog you already know the story of how the Township Committee has tried to strong arm the Library Trustees into handing over funds. The Township Committee stated that if excess library funds weren’t transferred to the Township the consequences would be that 26 township employees would be laid off, 10 of which would be police officers from the Middletown Police Department and 13 from Parks and Recreation.
During Wednesday night’s meeting at the Library we found out that this was not the case, the 10 police officers and others would be losing their jobs no matter what and any funds garnered from the Library would go toward possibly saving other jobs.
The Library’s position is that their are no excess funds available for the Township to take, all excess funds are earmarked for capital projects or have been endowed to the Library with specific instructions for its use. The Library also contends that due to clerical issues, perceived surplus funds left over after the last Library audit in 2009 do not exist. The Township CFO should have transferred money from Library’s accounts to Township accounts before the last audit instead of afterwards and now because of this issue funds seem to be available when in fact there is none.
Tonight’s meeting starts at 8:00pm in the Court Room located at Town Hall, regardless of how you feel about this, it should be a good show tonight and not to be missed.


Filed under budget deficit, budget surplus, committee meeting, extortion, Middletown Library, Middletown Township Committee

>Green Party To Rally In Solidarity In Trenton With Wisconsin Workers Friday


Greens will meet at new Trenton HQ
Look for The Green Party Banner!
Friday, February 25, 12pm noon at the State House, Trenton

Wisconsin workers have been fighting on the front lines against Governor Scott Walker’s assault on working families and collective bargaining rights. At the Trenton State House on Friday, February 25, 2011, at 12:00 noon, a group of Wisconsin workers will be welcomed by the New Jersey State AFL-CIO, national AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, hundreds of our union brothers and sisters and community partners.

At this rally, we will stand shoulder to shoulder in solidarity and speak out against the attacks on working families and assaults on collective bargaining rights which are taking place in Wisconsin and other states around the country. We will also send a message to Governor Christie that he bargain in good faith and not balance the budget on the backs of middle class families. We urge all affiliates and community allies to join us at the Trenton State House on Friday and to hear first-hand about the events that are taking place in Wisconsin. Wisconsin workers are depending on strong demonstrations of solidarity in states across the nation to help them sustain their efforts back home.

The attacks in Wisconsin are not just isolated to one state or one sector of our labor movement. These are overt attacks on collective bargaining that are relevant to all working people. What we need now in these difficult times, is to work collectively as one labor movement and understand that we need to improve the quality of life for all workers and not dismantle it.

We look forward to standing in unity with you at the State House.

In Solidarity,

Charles Wowkanech, President, NJ AFL-CIO
Laurel Brennan, Secretary-Treasurer, NJ AFL-CIO

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