Daily Archives: July 19, 2011

Crime Scene Middletown: Recent Activity July 13th-18th

WRITTEN BY MIDDLETOWN TOWNSHIP POLICE DEPARTMENT
ISSUED TUESDAY, JULY 19TH, 2011 –
Arrests do not indicate convictions

On July 13, 2011 at approximately 5:55 pm Patrolman Jason Caruso and Patrolman Donald Coates were on patrol in the area of Kunkel Park when they observed a suspicious vehicle parked in the parking lot. The officers approached the vehicle at which point they observed Marijuana and Cocaine in plain view inside the car.

The officers conducted an investigation which resulted in the arrests of Kimberly Campo, age 26, from Fairfield Avenue in Belford, NJ; Adam Stranges, age 19, from Seabreeze Avenue in Middletown, NJ, and a 17 year old male juvenile from Belford, NJ, for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of under 50 Grams of Marijuana, Possession of Cocaine, Possession with the Intent to Distribute Marijuana, Possession with the Intent to Distribute Cocaine, Possession of Ecstasy, and Possession with the Intent to Distribute Marijuana and Cocaine within 500 feet of a Public Park.

The officers located the Ecstasy after conducting a search of the vehicle. The officers also discovered two outstanding Contempt of Court warrants issued by the Middletown and Highlands Municipal Courts for Stranges arrest.

The officers seized the vehicle for possible forfeiture and all three subjects were transported to police headquarters for processing. The 17 year old juvenile was released to his parents pending a court date. Campo was held on $15,000.00 bail set by Judge Richard Thompson and Stranges was being held on $18,500.00 bail also set by Judge Richard Thompson.

On July 13, 2011 at approximately 10:00 pm Patrolman Robert McNair was on patrol in the area of Ideal Beach when he observed a suspicious vehicle parked in the parking lot. Officer McNair approached the vehicle at which point he observed a hypodermic syringe and a bag of Heroin in plain view inside the car.

Officer McNair conducted an investigation which resulted in the arrests of Larry Welch, age 52, from Highland Avenue in Keansburg, NJ, and Theresa Causey, age 50, from Church Street in Keansburg, NJ, for Possession of Heroin and Possession of a Hypodermic Syringe. Both subjects were transported to police headquarters where they were processed and released pending a court date.

On July 15, 2011 at approximately 11:50 am Patrolman Albert Scott was dispatched to a residence on Center Avenue to assist the Monmouth County Probation Department. The Probation Department was at the residence to investigate probation violations when they located a Marijuana pipe sitting on a table.

Officer Scott conducted an investigation which resulted in the arrest of Lisa Mirabile, age 44, from Center Avenue in Leonardo, NJ, for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. The officer also located an outstanding Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Keansburg Municipal Court for Mirabile’s arrest.

Mirabile was transported to police headquarters where she was processed and held on $130.00 bail.

On July 15, 2011 at approximately 12:50 pm Patrolman Richard Raike was off duty in the area of the “Mike’s Bike’s” bike shop located in the Leonardo section of Middletown when he observed a 14 year old juvenile attempt to steal a bicycle that was on display in front of the store. Patrolman Raike observed the juvenile try to remove the bike from a pole where it had been chained.

The juvenile, from Center Avenue in Middletown, fled the area when he was approached. Officer Raike was able to locate the juvenile at the Leonardo McDonalds’s a short distance from the bike shop. The suspect was wearing a face mask when located. Officer Raike detained the juvenile until Patrolman Keith Hirschbein arrived on scene.

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

On July 18, 2011 at approximately 6:55 pm Patrolman Jason Caruso and Patrolman Donald Coates were on patrol in the area of Heights Terrace when they observed a suspicious vehicle parked on the side of the road. The officers approached the vehicle to speak with the occupants at which point they detected a strong odor of raw Marijuana coming from inside the car. The officers also observed Marijuana in plain view inside the car.

Officers Coates and Caruso conducted an investigation which resulted in the arrests of Corey Blascak, age 19, from Ironwood Court in Middletown, NJ; Jeffrey Chapman, age 19, from Birchwood Lane in Middletown, NJ, and a 17 year old Manahawkin, NJ, juvenile female for Possession of under 50 Grams of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

All 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 various offenses:

Brittany Carr, age 20, from Brainard Avenue in Port Monmouth, NJ, arrested on July 17, 2011 by Patrolman Lawrence Seymour for Criminal Mischief. She was processed and released pending a court date.

David Beard, age 39, from North Munn Avenue in Newark, NJ, arrested on July 16, 2011 by Patrolman Frank Mazza on three Contempt of Court warrants issued by the Newark Municipal Court. He was held on $1025.00 bail.

Mary Henderson, age 60, from Oregon Avenue in Middletown, NJ, arrested on July 17, 2011 by Patrolman Charles Higgins on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Hazlet Municipal Court. She was released on her own recognizance pending a court date.

Michael Seaman, age 28, from Kerry Street in Hazlet, NJ, arrested on July 17, 2011 by Patrolman Keith Hirschbein on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Union Beach Municipal Court. He was released on his own recognizance pending a court date.
Tiffanilee Czaplicki, age 29, from Krueger Place in Middletown, NJ, arrested on July 15, 2011 by Patrolman Jason Caruso and Patrolman Donald Coates on two Contempt of Court warrants issued by the Middletown and Newark Municipal Courts. She was released after posting $1,206.00 bail.

Debra Sherman-Laguna, age 40, from Hudson Avenue in Middletown, NJ, arrested on July 13, 2011 by Patrolman Christopher Dee on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Clifton Municipal Court. She was released on her own recognizance pending a court date.

Ana Dasilva, age 37, from Oliver Street in Newark, NJ, arrested on July 13, 2011 by Patrolman Joseph Ahlemeyer on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. She was held on $1,000.00 bail.

Robert Newell, age 40, from Kenwood Drive in Middletown, NJ, arrested on July 13, 2011 by Patrolman Robert McNair on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Wall Municipal Court. He was released after posting bail.

Joan Cappadona, age 29, from Grove Street in Red Bank, NJ, arrested on July 18, 2011 by Patrolman Brian Dilworth on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. She was held on $1,189.00 bail.

Joseph Meehan, age 18, from Lohsen Place in Middletown, NJ, arrested on July 18, 2011 by Patrolman Jason Caruso and Patrolman Donald Coates on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was released after posting $500.00 bail.

Diana Breza, age 30, from 100th Avenue in Kirkland, WA, arrested on July 15, 2011 by Patrolman John Mele for Simple Assault. She was processed and released pending a court date.

 

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Armadebtdon 2011 – National Bulls**t Ceiling

From last night’s Daily Show Jason Jones warns that if America reaches the point where the amount of bulls**t exceeds the amount of actual things, it will effectively default on reality.

If the bulls**t continues to rise we have to remember, none of us have poop gills! Soon we will have to replace the bulls**t with Factual Assessments of Reality based Truths (FARTs) that needs to come from Bold Uncompromising Truth Telling (BUTTs).

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Cut, Cap and Balance: The Wrong Approach to Deficit Reduction

The following was posted this morning at the White House blog by Jason Furman, Principal Deputy Director of the National Economic Council.

The blog post in response to all the rhetoric being thrown around by the ultra conservative right-wingers and TEA praters, who have taken control of the Republican Party and are risking our country’s economic future and well being over the debate about raising the national debt limit.

These people are pushing for a proposal called “Cut, Cap and Balance” which is legislation that would cut $111 billion out of the budget immediately, cap spending to a percent of the Gross Domestic Product, and send a Balanced Budget Amendment to the states in return for increasing the $14.294 trillion debt ceiling.

On so many levels this proposal is wrong and could lead to a worsening of the economy and handicap future Congresses and Presidents ability to deal with a fiscal and economic crisis.

“Cut, Cap and Balance” is not the answer to our current troubles in this country, fixing the economy and putting people back to work is with sound fiscal policy that has proven in the past to work.

Democrats and Republicans agree that getting our fiscal house in order is one of the critical challenges facing America. To address it we are going to have to make tough choices, bringing to the table a commitment to examine every area of the budget and every loophole in the tax code without presumptively taking any of the options off the table. But it is critical that we not bring down our deficits and debt at the expense of economic growth, innovation and job creation, or place the greatest burden on older Americans and the most vulnerable. That is precisely what the House’s Cut, Cap and Balance plan would do – a proposal that White House Press Secretary Jay Carney described as “duck, dodge and dismantle.”

The House plan fails to achieve a balanced plan to reduce the deficit, which is precisely the approach that has worked successfully in America in the past and has recently been recommended by a number of different fiscal commissions.

Let’s start with the “cut” and “cap” portions of the bill. These sections require spending cuts in 2012 and caps over the next decade identical to those in the House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s plan., By House Republicans’ own design, achieving those spending levels would require cuts that would be harmful to the economic recovery in the short-term while also damaging our long-term competitiveness and placing a higher burden on seniors and the most vulnerable. To give a few examples:

  • The bill would abruptly cut more than $100 billion in spending in the first year alone, a step that Congressional Budget Office Director Doug Elmendorf stated would “affect our projections for GDP growth over the next two years.”
  • The House Budget Resolution plan would cut clean energy investments by 70 percent, infrastructure investments by a third, and education and training by 25 percent – cutting 320,000 children from Head Start and reducing aid for families trying to put their kids through college by hundreds, or even thousands of dollars.
  • It would cut Medicaid by one-third over the decade, and by nearly 50% by 2030. This could, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, result in 36 million people losing Medicaid coverage, including people with disabilities and seniors in nursing homes. And that comes on top of the 17 million who would lose coverage due to repealing subsidies in the Affordable Care Act.
  • And it would cut programs for the most vulnerable – for example, by food stamp benefits for a family of four by $1,760 per year or cut 8 million households from the program.
  • Finally, the House Budget Resolution proposed to convert Medicare to a voucher program, increasing costs for Medicare beneficiaries by $6,400 a year beginning in 2021 – with those higher costs increasing over time.

But “Cut, Cap and Balance” doesn’t stop there. It also includes a requirement that to secure an increase in the debt limit necessary to avoid default – and a devastating impact on families and businesses – Congress must pass a constitutional amendment requiring a balanced budget. Moreover, it is an extreme version of a constitutional amendment that would cap government spending and require a two-thirds supermajority to cut tax loopholes or take other steps on revenue. The President has frequently made clear why he thinks a Balanced Budget Amendment is a misguided effort to absolve leaders in Washington of their responsibility for making tough choices. But it is important to understand what this requirement means when added on top of the cuts in the House Budget Resolution.

To start with, consider that at the end of the next decade, the House plan would still be $400 billion a year short of achieving a balanced budget. Unless Republicans are willing to entertain $3 to $4 trillion in additional revenues over the next decade, that means $400 billion a year would need to be cut beyond the House Budget Resolution.

And when you’ve already made such deep cuts to discretionary spending, Medicaid and other programs, it becomes difficult to imagine any credible ways to achieve those spending levels without including Social Security in the reductions and making substantially deeper reductions in Medicare.

So if the required spending cut were across the board, it would mean all programs, including Social Security and Medicare, would be cut by 10 percent by the end of the decade on top of the House Budget Resolution.If defense spending alone were exempted, it would mean that all other programs (again including Social Security and Medicare) would be cut by about 12 percent by the end of the decade on top of the House Budget Resolution. It would be possible to avoid cuts of this magnitude, but that would require dramatically deeper reductions than the one-third cut in Medicaid and infrastructure currently proposed in the House Budget Resolution.

We obviously don’t agree with this approach. The President has proposed a comprehensive approach that ensures we live within our means and reduces the deficit by $4 trillion, while supporting economic growth and long-term job creation, protecting critical investments, and meeting the commitments made to provide economic security to Americans no matter their circumstances. We want to make significant cuts to government spending, including additional savings that come from further strengthening critical programs like Medicare, while protecting the recovery, strengthening the middle class and making the investments that will promote economic growth so folks feel confident in their futures and their children’s futures.

Representatives from both parties will continue to talk about reaching the largest deal possible. The President is pushing everyone to come to the table, put politics aside, work through our differences and prove to the American people that we can still do big and difficult, but necessary things.

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Middletown Board of Education Has Filled Vacant Seat; New Member To Be Sworn In And Seated Wednesday Night

Last week the Middletown Board of Education finally got around to conducting interviews to fill the open seat on the board vacated by the sudden resignation of Bob Banta, who was elected to the BOE just this past April.

On Wednesday July 13th, 8 people individually sat down to be interviewed by board members, 3 of those interviewed were individuals that sought election to the BOE this past April but didn’t receive enough votes, the remaining 5 were new comers to the process.
Of those 8 individuals interviewed, the one chosen was new comer Sue Griffin, who resides on Holland Drive and has been a regular at BOE meeting will be sworn in as a member of the Middletown Board of Education tomorrow night.
I received this information from Allan Burns, who was one of the 3 who sought election to the BOE this past April.
After Allan Burns learned of the selection of Ms. Griffin, he was a little disappointed to say the least, he expressed to me that he didn’t have a problem with her appointment and welcome the choice, but questioned whether she had prior experience or ran for election to the BOE in the past. He felt that if she had never ran, shared her views or answered questions from the public, it was a problem.
I understand that the Board of Education had no obligation to chose one of the 3 individuals that ran for the BOE this past April. Their job was to find, in their opinion, the best qualified person to fill the vacant seat left by Bob Banta’s resignation, but I happen to feel that it might have been better if they had chosen either Allan Burns or one of the other 2 individuals that had campaigned back in April for the position.
Burns and the others stood at numerous gatherings and forums answering questions about themselves and their views on education while being vetted by the residents of Middletown. I think that the residents had a right to be familiar with the person that ultimately would have been appointed to the BOE. Residents will not have that chance to vet Sue Griffin themselves until next year when she will have to run for reelection to the Board of Education herself.
I am thinking that one of the main reason why Sue Griffin was selected to fill the vacant seat on the board was simply familiarity.
Ms. Griffin being a regular at Board of Education meetings and often expressing her views and concerns to the board, which I suppose is a good thing, showed that if you’re committee enough to attend meetings and express your views to those that sit in authority then you’ll have a leg up on others when such openings come up.
I wish her well and hope that she can be a calming and somewhat influential force on the Board of Education. I hear from many people that the current make up of Middletown’s BOE is dysfunctional and lacks experience to handle important issues within the Administration.
Personally I would know if that was true or not but if I hear from several others, there must be some truth in it.

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