Daily Archives: March 22, 2011



On March 22, 2011 at 2:15 am Patrolman Ryan Riffert responded to the parking lot of the Extended Stay America Motel in Lincroft in reference to a report of a suspicious person who was observed breaking into vehicles parked in the lot.

Upon arrival a witness provided the officer with a physical description of the subject which was then broadcasted to other patrol units in the area as well as the neighboring Red Bank Police Department.

Patrolman Michael Zadlock of the Red Bank Police Department located a subject fitting the description given by the witness walking on Shrewsbury Avenue. The subject, identified as Louis DeAngelo, age 34, from Howard Avenue in Tinton Falls was found in possession of property stolen from the vehicles.

DeAngelo was placed under arrest and was transported to the Middletown Police Department where he was charged with Burglary, Theft and Possession of Burglar tools. He was held on $15,000.00 bail with no 10% option set by Judge Richard Thompson.

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On March 18, 2011 at approximately 6:50pm Patrolmen Brady Carr and Brian Dilworth were on patrol in the area of Kunkel Park when they observed two juvenile males crouching down and holding a plastic bag.

The officers approached the two subjects and upon speaking with them discovered the bag contained a green vegetative type substance believed to be marijuana and two pipes used for smoking marijuana.

Both juveniles were placed under arrest and were transported to police headquarters where they were charged with Possession of under 50 grams of marijuana and Possession of drug paraphernalia. Both subjects were processed and released to their parents pending a court appearance.

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Filed under Crime Scene Middletown, drug paraphernalia, Kunkle Park, Marijuana, Middletown NJ, Middletown Police



On March 20, 2011 at approximately 2:45 pm Corporal Bernard Chenoweth responded to the Target Store in reference to a shoplifting. Upon arrival store security advised the officer that they had observed a woman, identified as Allyson Forte, age 40, from Gayle Drive in Middletown, enter the store and begin collecting merchandise.

Forte then proceeded to the guest service counter where she spoke with store employee, William Acton, age 23, from Nevada Drive in Hazlet, NJ. Forte then, with Acton’s knowledge and assistance, returned the items she had just collected without a receipt and received a store gift card with approximately $1,300.00 worth of store credit.

She then continued shopping and was observed concealing merchandise on her person. She was arrested as she attempted to leave the store. The officers also arrested Acton for allowing Forte to return the items which he knew she had not purchased.

Both subjects were transported to police headquarters where they were charged with Shoplifting. They were processed and released on a summons pending a court appearance.


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On March 18, 2011 at approximately 8:20 pm Patrolman Donald Coates and Sergeant Fred Deickmann were on patrol in the area of Highway 36 in Port Monmouth when they observed a grey Nissan travelling at a high rate of speed and making unsafe lane changes.

The officers stopped the vehicle and approached the driver, identified as Kimberly Kellar, age 30, from Washington Avenue in Highlands, NJ. While speaking with Kellar the officers detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from Kellar.

The investigation conducted by the officers determined that Kellar was operating the vehicle under the influence of alcohol. She was placed under arrest and was transported to police headquarters where she was charged with DWI, Refusal to provide breath samples, Reckless driving, Failure to maintain lane and Operating a vehicle while using a cell phone.

Kellar was processed and released pending a court appearance.

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Filed under alcohol, Crime Scene Middletown, Drunk driving, DWI, Middletown NJ, Middletown Police, Port Monmouth NJ

>Ordinance 2011-3027 And When Is A Salary Freeze, Not A Salary Freeze Explained: UPDATE

>Earlier today I was contacted by Middletown Township Clerk Heidi Brunt in reference to yesterdays’ blog post, I wasn’t available when first contacted, but I called her back around 4:30 this afternoon.

Ms. Brunt, after reading about my experience trying to get information pertaining to the proposed salary ordinance 2011-3027 (that was to be re-introduced at tonight’s Township Committee meeting) via an OPRA request. She wanted to apologise and clear the air about any misunderstanding that may have arisen from it. Clerk Brunt informed me that there was indeed a list of employees with job title and salaries available to me for the year 2009. She stated that if she had been in the office when I stopped by on Friday she would have presented me with what I requested.

After speaking with her and telling her exactly what I was after she said it was no problem, she requested me to send her an email so that she would have a record of my request. As soon as I sent her the email, with in minutes, she sent me a list for all township employees, their job positions and salaries for the year 2009 (even though I requested 2010). Ms. Brunt stated that to her knowledge, the salaries contained in this document had not changed.

While on the phone with Clerk Brunt, she did volunteer a small bit of information to me. Ms. Brunt mentioned that Tax Assessor Charles Heck and herself were due a 2.5% statutory salary increase for 2011. She informed me that, she, herself, had no intention accepting the raise and as a matter of fact had already turned it down. Her feelings were such that she in good conscience could not accept a raise while others were losing their jobs. She could not say the same of Tax Assessor Heck, who, she believes has not turned down the raise and is planning on accepting it.

Aftyer hanging up with Clerk Brunt it accured to me that I did not follow-up with her about Heck’s $15,000 “bonus” that was part of the ordinance. That is something that needs to be cleared up.

Heck received a salary of $108,572 from Middletown in 2009 which means he is due for an increase of $2714 in base pay increase if he accepts the 2.5% raise. A far cry less than the $15K “bonus” proposed in the ordinance, but which is no less disturbing.

Thank you Clerk Brunt for contacting me and clearing this up!

BTW – as a side note, it accured to me while looking at the list of employees and salaries, that this list doesn’t reflect the employees that retired or were laid off last year (2010), which isn’t a problem. Where the problem lays (and it really isn’t a problem, I just want to point it out) is that last year members of the Police Department were given a retro-active raise of 8% to cover salary increase for 2008 & 2009 in exchange for a 0% raise in 2010 (Gerry Scharfenberger was very proud of this), so I need to add 8% to the base of all members of the Police Department to get an accurate gage for 2011 salaries, which should not be misconstrued to be a jab at the Police.

I believe that the police have a very difficult job and at anytime during the day or night are putting their life on the line to protect other and uphold the law. One never knows when their next traffic stop or domestic dispute call will be their last.


Filed under bonuses, Charles Heck, Heidi Brunt, OPRA requests, resolutions and ordinances, salary and compensation, salary freeze, Township Clerk, update