Daily Archives: June 22, 2011

>Sign Of The Times… Opiate Addiction Ruining Your Life?

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(Photo by MiddletownMike)

While driving home from work this afternoon, I noticed for the first time the billboard above.
The billboard is locate on Hwy 35 south in Sayreville, just before going over the Cheesequake drawbridge.
I drive home this way each and everyday and until today I have not seen it before, which leads me to believe that this sign recently went up, more than likely over the past few days.
So if there are any questions about where potential clients of the Middletown Methadone clinic may be coming from, it is a very good assumption that many could be coming from the Middlesex County area and beyond, not just from the immediate surrounds.
( If anyone has noticed this sign before this afternoon let me know, I am curious about how much of a daze I must be in while coming home from work each day, not to have noticed it sooner )

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>Crime Scene Middletown: Shoplifting, Burglaries, and Thefts Head Up Recent Activities Of Middletown Police

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PREPARED BY DETECTIVE LIEUTENANT STEPHEN DOLLINGER
On June 14, 2011 at approximately 6:00 pm Patrolman Adam Vandetti responded to the Shoprite Store in reference to a report of a shoplifter. Upon arrival the officer was advised by store security that they had observed Kathleen Anderson, age 47, from Greengrove Avenue in Keyport, NJ, load up her cart with over $550.00 in merchandise and then leave the store.

Anderson was taken into custody and was transported to police headquarters where she was charged with Shoplifting. She was processed and released pending a court date.

On June 14, 2011 at approximately 12:15 am Patrolman James Beirne responded to the area of Middletown Lincroft Road in reference to a report of a car burglary that just occurred. Upon arrival the victim provided officers with a description of the actor who was located a short time later on Kings Highway East.

Officer Beirne conducted an investigation and arrested Peter Christensen, age 18, from Florence Avenue in Leonardo, NJ. Detective Kelly Godley conducted a follow up investigation which resulted in Christensen being charged with Burglary and Theft. He was processed and held on bail.

On June 15, 2011 Detective William Strohkirch arrested Brendan Frank, age 18, from Fleetwood Drive in Hazlet, NJ, for Burglary, Theft and Theft of a Means of Conveyance as a result of an investigation into a burglary that occurred at a residence on Club Way.

Detective Strohkirch determined that Frank had entered the residence while the victim was away on vacation and stole jewelry and electronics valued at over $16,000. Frank also used the victim’s car to transport the stolen items to local jewelry stores where he attempted to sell the items.

Frank was held on $10,000 bail set by Judge Richard Thompson.

On June 16, 2011 Detective Kimberly Best arrested two male juveniles who were charged with Burglary and Theft as a result of an investigation into a burglary that occurred at a residence on East Roosevelt Circle on June 8, 2011.

Detective Best determined that the juveniles entered the residence and stole a camera and laptop computer. Both juveniles were processed and released to their parents pending a court date.

On June 16, 2011 at approximately 9:30 pm Patrolman John Mele was on patrol in the area of Hubbard Avenue when he observed a vehicle travelling at a high rate of speed. Officer Mele stopped the vehicle and approached the driver, identified as Faustino Fernanadez Cantero, age 24, from Wilson Circle in Red Bank, NJ at which point he detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from inside the car.

Officer Mele conducted an investigation which resulted in Fernanadez Cantero being charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Reckless Driving and Speeding. He was processed and released pending a court date.

On June 16, 2011 at approximately 8:14 pm Patrolman Brian Dilworth and Patrolman Anthony Dellatacoma were on patrol in the area of Wilson Avenue when they observed a vehicle being operated with a broken taillight. The officers stopped the vehicle and conducted an investigation which resulted in the rear seat passenger, a 17 year old male juvenile, being arrested for Possession of under 50 grams of Marijuana.

The juvenile was transported to police headquarters where he was processed and released to his parents pending a court date.

On June 17, 2011 Detective Daniel Sullivan arrested William Knabe, age 33, from Beacon Boulevard in Keansburg, NJ, and Carrie Chapman, age 31, from Avenue C in Hazlet, NJ. Knabe was charged with Burglary, Theft and Conspiracy and Chapman was charged with Conspiracy as a result of an investigation into a car burglary that occurred on Palmer Avenue in Middletown on June 13, 2011.

Detective Sullivan determined that Knabe had committed the burglary and stole numerous items from the vehicle to include the victim’s credit card. Knabe and Chapman then used the stolen credit card at the Shell Gas Station in Keansburg. Knabe and Chapman were also charged with using the stolen credit card by Detective Jason Lopez of the Keansburg Police Department.

Knabe was held on $5,000 bail and Chapman was released pending a court date.

On June 17, 2011 at approximately 7:50 pm Patrolman Stephen Keller responded to an accident on Wilson Avenue. Upon arrival the officer conducted an investigation which resulted in one of the drivers, identified as William Daley, age 53, being arrested for Driving While Intoxicated.

Daley was transported to police headquarters where he was charged with the additional offenses of Reckless Driving and Failure to Maintain Lanes. He was processed and released pending a court date.

On June 17, 2011 at approximately 5:45 pm Patrolman Anthony Dellatacoma and Patrolman Brian Dilworth were on patrol in the area of Wilson Avenue when they observed a suspicious person walking in the area. The officers spoke with the subject, identified as Wayne Carhart, age 32, from Main Street in Port Monmouth, NJ, and determined that there was an outstanding Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court for his arrest.

The officers placed Carhart under arrest on the warrant and conducted a search incident to the arrest at which point they located a small plastic baggie which contained a rock like substance believed to be Crack Cocaine and a pipe used to smoke Crack on his person.

Carhart was transported to police headquarters where he was charged with Contempt of Court, Possession of Crack Cocaine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was held on $8,500 bail with no 10% option set by Judge Richard Thompson.

On June 18, 2011 at approximately 2:15 pm Patrolman Christian Clark responded to a residence on Michael Drive in reference to a 17 year old female who was out of control and attempting to leave the residence. Upon arrival Patrolman Clark conducted an investigation which resulted in the female being arrested for Possession of Heroin and Possession of a Hypodermic Syringe.

She was transported to police headquarters where she was processed and released to her parents pending a court date.

On June 18, 2011 at approximately 12:05 am Patrolman Frank Mazza responded to the area of Thompson Avenue in reference to a vehicle that struck a fence. Upon arrival the officer conducted an investigation which resulted in the recovery of a glass pipe and a metal pipe used to smoke controlled dangerous substances and the arrest of the driver, identified as William Smith, age 36, from Thompson Avenue in West Keansburg, NJ.

Smith was transported to police headquarters where he was charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and was issued several motor vehicle summonses. He was processed and released on his own recognizance pending a court date.

On June 19, 2011 at approximately 8:25 pm Patrolman Michael Reuter responded to a residence on Oakdale Drive in reference to a subject making false reports to the police department. The subject, identified as Janis VanNortwick, age 42, from Oakdale Drive in Middletown, NJ, was continuously calling the police department reporting incidents that did not occur.

Office Reuter conducted an investigation which resulted in VanNortwick being arrested for False Reports to Law Enforcement. She was transported to police headquarters where she was processed and released pending a court date.

On June 21, 2011 at approximately 12:15 am Corporal Douglas Wiatrak conducted a motor vehicle stop in the area of Oak Hill Road and Highway 35. Upon approaching the vehicle the officer detected a strong odor of alcoholic beverages coming from the interior of the car.

Corporal Wiatrak conducted an investigation which resulted in the arrests of Damian Newell, age 18, from Nautilus Drive in Leonardo, NJ; Joseph Gambardella, age 18, from Michael Drive in Middletown, NJ, and Brett Williams, age 19, from Nautilus Drive in Leonardo, NJ, being arrested for Underage Possession of Alcohol. All three subjects were transported to police headquarters where they were processed and released pending a court date.

Middletown Police report the arrests of the following subjects for other offenses:

Jasmine Graham, age 18, from Rutherford Avenue in Neptune, NJ, arrested on June 13, 2011 by Patrolman Robert McNair on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Wall Township Municipal Court. She was held on bail.

Katherine Canavan, age 44, from Jefferson Street in Red Bank, NJ, arrested on June 13, 2011 by Corporal Richard Fusella on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Red Bank Municipal court. She was processed and released on bail.

Ryam Fisher, age 30, from Harbor View Drive in Atlantic Highlands, NJ, arrested on June 13, 2011 by Patrolman Adam Vandetti for Criminal Mischief and Simple Assault. He was released after posting $2,500 bail.

James Rathburn, age 41, from Oakland Avenue in Atlantic Highlands, NJ, arrested on June 13, 2011 by Patrolman Carl Roth for Harassment. He was held on $1,000.00 bail with no 10% option.

Jeffrey Riley, age 37, from Hillside Street in Red Bank, NJ, arrested on June 14, 2011 by Patrolman Anthony Bumbico for Criminal Mischief. He was released on his own recognizance.

George Trevett, age 51, from Highway 36 in Middletown, NJ, arrested on June 15, 2011 by Sgt. John Werner on a Contempt of Court warrant. He was released after posting bail.

Francis Shornock, age 44, from Pacific Avenue in Middletown, NJ, arrested on June 15, 2011 by Patrolman Stephen Greenwood on a Contempt of Court warrant. He was released after posting $750.00 bail.

Alicia Coppola, age 21, from Forest Avenue in Keansburg, NJ, arrested on June 16, 2011 by Patrolman Brady Carr on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. She was released after posting $500.00 bail.

William Deppisch, age 23, from Campbell Avenue in Belford, NJ, arrested on June 16, 2011 by Patrolman Richard Belmonte on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was released on his own recognizance.

David Doria, age 20, from Poricy Lane in Red Bank, NJ, arrested on June 17, 2011 by Patrolman Christian Clark on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was released after posting $250.00 bail.

Elizabeth Lopez-Colon, age 47, from Palmer Avenue in Middletown, NJ, arrested on June 17, 2011 by Patrolman Anthony Dellatacoma on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. She was held on $250.00 bail.

Brian Yocus, age 23, from Horatio Street in Newark, NJ, arrested on June 18, 2011 by Patrolman Michael Reuter for Criminal Mischief and Obstructing the Administration of Law. He was released pending a court date.

David Swientnicki, age 25, from Hawkins Street in Newark, NJ, arrested on June 18, 2011 by Patrolman Michael Reuter for Obstructing the Administration of Law. He was released pending a court date.

On June 18, 2011 Patrolman Michael Reuter arrested a 16 year old juvenile from Newark, NJ, for Obstructing the Administration of Law. He was released pending a court date.

Michael Candeloro, age 37, fro, Forest Avenue in Keansburg, NJ, arrested on June 18, 2011 by Corporal Douglas Wiatrak for Simple Assault. He was held on $2,500 bail with no 10% option.

Michael Candeloro, age 37, from Forest Avenue in Keansburg, NJ, arrested on June 19, 2011 by Patrolman Charles Higgins for Violation of a Court Order. He was held on $2,500 bail with no 10% option.

Scott Newell, age 43, from Nautilus Drive in Leonardo, NJ, arrested on June 19, 2011 by Patrolman Carl Roth for Simple Assault. He was released pending a court date.

Gary Stone, age 40, from Church Street in Belford, NJ, arrested on June 19, 2011 by Patrolman Antonio Ciccone for Simple Assault. He was released after posting $750.00 bail.

Danielle Cuneo, age 42, from Pine Street in Tinton Falls, NJ, arrested on June 19, 2011 by Corporal Bernie Chenoweth on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by Summit City Municipal Court. She was released after posting $240.00 bail.

Kristina Patrick, age 37, from Walnut Street in Port Monmouth, NJ, arrested on June 19, 2011 by Patrolman Charles Higgins on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Keansburg Municipal Court. She was held on $200.00 bail.

Lloyd Gutleber, age 48, from Buttonwood Road in Middletown, NJ, arrested on June 20, 2011 by Patrolman Charles Higgins on a three Contempt of Court warrants issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was held on $1,828.00 bail.

Deborah Sullivano, age 48, from Fredwood Place in Matawan, NJ, arrested on June 20, 2011 by Detective Kelly Godley on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. She was released on her own recognizance.

Felix Barrios, age 28, from Wareham Road in Dumont, NJ, arrested on June 20, 2011 by Corporal Daniel Murdoch on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was released after posting $500.00 bail.

Andrew Murphy, age 22, from Doranne Lane in Middletow , NJ, arrested on June 20, 2011 by Detective Kimberly Best on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Sea Bright Municipal Court. He was held on bail.

David Kelly, age 33, from Brainard Avenue in Port Monmouth, NJ, arrested on June 20, 2011 by Lieutenant John Kaiser on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was released after posting $250.00 bail.

Abigail Recierdo, age 30, from North Gaston Avenue in Summerville, NJ, arrested on June 20, 2011 by Patrolman James Beirne for Simple Assault. She was released on her own recognizance.

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>The Independent: Mid’town methadone clinic has neighbors up in arms Twp. attorney: Facility is permitted use in business zone

>I was a little surprised to see that the Independent has chimed in already on the methadone clinic in Middletown. Usually due to the nature of it’s weekly publication it lags behind a week or so of the currentness cycle.

I wont bore you with the analysis, the article is a straight forward rendition of the events of Monday night’s Middletown Township Committee meeting so I’ll just post a few quotes below from it and let you guys be the judge by leaving comments if you wish:

Middletown residents packed town hall on June 20 and demanded that the township revoke the certificate of occupancy (CO) of a methadone clinic, which has been legally operating near Apple Farm Road for several months.

The clinic, Middletown Medical, located on Route 35, which, according to its website, counsels opiate addicts and dispenses methadone to wean them off their dependence, has residents fearing for the integrity of their neighborhood.

“The location of the clinic jeopardizes our safety, the safety of our homes and most importantly, the safety of those who actively walk, run, drive or play in our neighborhood,” resident Diane Mullaney said at the Township Committee meeting.

Mullaney said that the clinic is near a school bus stop, senior center and the neighborhood’s only entrance and exit road. “Ultimately, the township neglected to keep the best interest of our neighborhood in their decision,” she said….

“The [state’s] municipal land use law … was amended a decade ago to specifically designate methadone clinics as business uses, allowing municipalities to only ban them from residential zones,” Township Attorney Brian Nelson advised.

Because the clinic is located on Route 35 in a business district, this law stifles any legal recourse from the township, Nelson said.

“Neither the mayor nor the governing body members were particularly pleased with this answer,” Nelson said.

“If you’re asking for us to pull the CO, which is what it sounds like you’re asking, we can’t legally do it,” Mayor Anthony Fiore said to residents.

“If you’re asking to put the township at risk for amajor lawsuit to do so, I don’t think that’s our fiduciary responsibility when we’re told by legal counsel that we won’t win.”…

“Nobody other than the zoning officer and code officials receive notice of these CO’s.”

Mercantante said that similar transfers happen every day.

“No member of this committee, including myself, had any knowledge that this facility was a methadone clinic,” Fiore said….

“I don’t want this business in Middletown, and I don’t think anyone else wants this business in Middletown. However, Route 35 is a state highway and it is a state business zone,” Fiore said.

“None of the committee is happy about this; in a best-case scenario, it’s terrible,” said Committeeman Steven Massell….

“We can control everything with respect to making sure that they are operating in a legal fashion and that they’re not going to cause those quality-of-life issues that you mention,” Fiore said.

“That’s our job. That’s our priority as a township committee, and we will do that.”…

Fiore said that the township also relies on the vigilance of neighborhood residents to help police.

“This is a huge township. You’re the eyes and ears, and if you see something there, we need to know about it,” he said.

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>Methadone Clinic Uproar At Town Hall

>I briefly attended last nights Middletown Township Committee meeting, I was there for only the first 45 minutes, leaving at 8:45pm. It’ to bad that I did because I could tell from the get go that it was going to be one hell of a night.

The first indication that it was going to be a hot one last night was the parking lot, nearly every space was full and that has happened in a very long time.
The other indication was the agitation of many in the audience. The standing room only, overflowing into the lobby crowd, was a mixed bag of residents who had never attended a Township Committee meeting before until last night and wanted to express their displeasure at having a methadone clinic open up just outside of the only way in and out of their neighborhood.
Having never been to a meeting before they were unaware of the protocol of following the agenda and couldn’t understand why they had to wait to speak their mind.
Many hemmed and hawed having to wait their turn while sitting through the solar project presentation presented by a Birdsall Engineering representative that rushed through the presentation and a couple of public hearings on different ordinances, which by that time I had to leave.
Before I left however I did speak to a few individuals who expressed their dismay at not being informed of the methadone clinic a head of time, wondering exactly how something like this could happen and were hoping that the Township Committee would stand up to the clinic and somehow, someway have it shut down.
As I expected and found out earlier today from talking to a few that were their and reading online accounts, those that govern the Township told those in attendance that nothing could be done, that the clinic is in it’s legal rights to be there and anything that the Township did to try and prevent the clinic from operating could possible lead to a very costly law suit that more than likely be decided against the Township.
When I asked if last night’s meeting was really as loud and crazy as it was made out to be by the online accounts from the redbankgreen.com and MiddletownPatch I was told “most definitely”. More raucous then some meetings from last year when the planned turf fields were being fought against by members of SONIC, LVGA and the Pop Warner Chargers of Trezza Field? Absolutely I was told. The reason being, which made a lot of sense, was because while SONIC, LVGA and the Chargers were against a proposed plan that hadn’t been implemented yet, the residents of Apple Brook development, who’s only way into and out of their neighborhood is directly past the methadone clinic, didn’t have a say into whether or not they wished to be living within walking distance of a clinic that distributes one dangerously addictive drug to stop the cravings of another and who’s clients have potential criminal records. And when you consider what could happen to the values of their homes because of the presence of the Middletown Medical clinic, I understood why.
So what’s their recourse? According to those on the Township Committee, the Municipal Attorney and Township Administrator not much, but I have heard talk that the residents are thinking of hiring lawyers in order to, somehow, force the town to take action or force the clinic to move, neither of which I think will be effective.
I’ve also heard word that residents may start picketing the clinic to draw more attention to it, which would then drive away those seeking treatment, that way the for-profit clinic may come to the conclusion that it wouldn’t be prudent for their bottom-line to continue operating at the location and move on their own.
I hope to have some audio of the meeting later this week for posting so that myself and others can hear how crazy it actually was.

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