Monthly Archives: February 2011

>Crime Scene Middletown: THREE JUVENILES ARRESTED FOR MARIJUANA POSSESSION IN PARK

>PREPARED BY DETECTIVE LIEUTENANT STEPHEN DOLLINGER

On February 24, 2011 at approximately 6:45 pm Patrolman Keith Hirschbein was on patrol in the area of McMahon Park when he observed three juveniles sitting in the dugout of the hockey rink passing what appeared to be a cigar back and forth to each other.

Officer Hirschbein entered the dugout where the juveniles were sitting and immediately detected the odor of burnt marijuana coming from the area. He then observed one of the juveniles put the cigar down on the bench where they were sitting. Officer Hirschbein checked the area and retrieved the cigar which was found to contain marijuana.

All three juveniles were placed under arrest and were transported to police headquarters for processing where they were charged with Possession of under 50 grams of marijuana and were released to their parents pending a court appearance.

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>Crime Scene Middletown: POLICE ARREST FOUR ON DRUG CHARGES AFTER SUSPICIOUS VEHICLE CALL

>PREPARED BY DETECTIVE LIEUTENANT STEPHEN DOLLINGER

On February 20, 2011 at approximately 8:40 pm Sgt. Paul Bailey was on patrol in the area of Highway 35 and Pine Street when he observed two vehicles parked behind the Prudential Building. The building was not open for business at the time.

Sgt. Bailey pulled into the parking lot and observed people sitting and standing near the vehicles. As he approached the first vehicle, Sgt. Bailey detected the strong odor of burnt marijuana coming from the area. He began speaking with two of the subjects, both fifteen year old juveniles. While doing so he located a hand rolled cigarette containing a green vegetation type substance which he recognized as marijuana and a small clear plastic baggie with marijuana residue in it on the ground near the passenger side door where the juveniles were sitting.

Sgt. Bailey then approached the second vehicle and detected the strong odor of raw marijuana coming from the area. He then located an open pill bottle with green vegetation type residue inside lying on the ground near the car.

Sgt. Bailey then began speaking with the occupants of the second vehicle about what he had observed. At this point a seventeen year old female reached under her shirt and removed a small, green plastic baggie containing marijuana and handed it to Sgt. Bailey.

Officers then received consent to search from the owner of the vehicle, identified as Timothy Soden, age 18 from Laurel Avenue in Little Silver. The officers then located a breath mint package which contained marijuana residue inside the car. Soden and the three juveniles were then placed under arrest.

All subjects were transported to police headquarters for processing. Soden was charged with Possession of under 50 grams of marijuana and Being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance and was released on a summons pending a court appearance.

The two male juveniles were each charged with Possession of under 50 grams of marijuana, Possession of drug paraphernalia and Being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance. The female juvenile was charged with Possession of under 50 grams of marijuana, Possession of drug paraphernalia and Possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle. All three juveniles were released to their parents pending a court appearance.

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>User’s Guide To Political Protests

>If anyone is planning on attending a political rally or two this weekend (or in the future) be sure to follow the user’s guide for maximum effect.


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>GREEN PARTY TO HOST REGIONAL CONFERENCE ON HEALTHCARE AND LABOR

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Asbury Park, NJ – The Green Party of Monmouth County and the Green Party of New Jersey (GPNJ) will host a conference addressing healthcare and labor issues on Sunday, February 27, 12:30-4:30 p.m. at the Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel, 1401 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ. The event, which will be held at the Dauphin Grille within the hotel, includes a full buffet lunch and live music by singer-songwriters Jeff Saxon and special guest Tom Neilson.

Registration is $50 per person, with subsidies available to those who require a discount. Contact registrar David Petrovich at njdgreen@aol.com or 732-571-9464. The event home page can be accessed at: http://tinyurl.com/6x848w6.

Keynote speakers include Baltimore pediatrician Margaret Flowers, M.D., Congressional Fellow for Physicians for a National Health Program; Howie Hawkins, the Green Party candidate for Governor of New York State in 2010; and Hugh Giordano, a labor organizer with the United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 152, in Philadelphia;.

“Sooner or later the country is going to have to reduce the wastefully high cost of corporate for-profit health insurance,” said Steve Welzer, a member of the Green Party’s state executive committee. “A single-payer system (Medicare for All) would eliminate the corporate insurance middle-man, cut the price of coverage, and assure that every American enjoys guaranteed quality health care. A goal of the Feb. 27 conference will be to educate the public about the real issues in order to counter the propaganda that dominated the debate last year.”

“The Green Party message on healthcare is eminently reasonable,” added Lynn Petrovich, C.P.A., who will present a “Rip-off Report” on hospital accounting at the event. “Our health care system, which places profits before people can no longer be tolerated and it is up to Americans to demand change.”

Synergy and mutual support among labor activists, healthcare reformers, and those committed to the building of a green economy will be a common theme throughout the conference presentations.

Media Contact: David Petrovich, njdgreen@aol.com; 732-571-9464

States, the system drives 700,000 families to bankruptcy from medical bills (the majority of whom have medical

“The Green Party is no longer the alternative, the Green Party is the imperative”

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>Crime Scene Middletown: MAN ARRESTED FOR DISORDERLY CONDUCT AT WAWA STORE

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PREPARED BY DETECTIVE LIEUTENANT STEPHEN DOLLINGER

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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>Crime Scene Middletown: POLICE ARREST TWO AFTER FIGHT AT BAR

>PREPARED BY DETECTIVE LIEUTENANT STEPHEN DOLLINGER

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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>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.

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