Daily Archives: August 22, 2011

It’s Your Town – Newsletter Volume 3, Issue 17- 8/15/11

This edition of It’s Your Town newsletter covers the Middletown Township Committee regular monthly business meeting that was held on Monday, August 15, 2011.

As is the norm lately, the meeting was rather short lasting about 35 minutes.

Committee members had little to say, Kevin Settembrino and Steve Massell just sat on the dais looking pretty with nothing to say, while Pam Brightbill, Gerry Scharfenberger and Tony Fiore spoke briefly.

Only 5 members of the public took the time to speak at this meeting but their questions,unfortunately, were left mostly unanswered.

Their questions ranged from why there was insufficient information in a $2.85M bond ordinance for tax appeals, that seems to have not appropriated $1M of the total, to what happened to grant money from the latest cable TV franchising contract that would have provided money to televise Township Committee meetings.

The newsletter also contains links to various proposed resolutions and ordinances.
Stay informed and read it all for yourself….Here

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Crime Scene Middletown: Overdose In Leonardo Leads To Arrest For Evidence Tampering

Written by Middletown Township Police Department

Monday, 22 August 2011 -Arrests do not indicate convictions

On August 21, 2011 at approximately 5:40 pm Patrolman Brady Carr responded to the Shop Rite Store in reference to a report of a Shoplifting. Upon arrival store security advised the officer that they had observed the suspect, identified as John Osman, age 49, from Kupsch Street in Sayreville, NJ, attempt to leave the store without paying for numerous items.

Officer Carr conducted an investigation and arrested Osman for Shoplifitng. He was transported to police headquarters where he was processed and held on $2,500.00 bail with no 10% option.


On August 20, 2011 at approximately 6:00 pm Patrolman Keith Hirschbein responded to the Target Store in reference to a report of a shoplifting. Upon arrival store security advised the officer that they had observed the suspect, identified as Lauren McCrory, age 31, from Aberdeen Road in Aberdeen, NJ, attempt to leave the store with approximately $900.00 worth of merchandise without paying.
Officer Hirschbein conducted an investigation and arrested McCrory for Shoplifting. She was transported to police headquarters where she was processed and released pending a court date.

On August 20, 2011 at approximately 11:55 pm Corporal Douglas Wiatrak responded to the area of Harmony Road and Old Country Road in reference to a report of an intoxicated female attempting to drive a vehicle. Upon arrival the officer located the female, identified as Jessica Meyer, age 22, from Maywood Drive in Marlboro, NJ, sitting in the vehicle. Corporal Wiatrak approached Meyer at which point he detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from her breath.



Officer Wiatrak conducted an investigation which resulted in Meyer being arrested for Driving While Intoxicated and Reckless Driving. She was processed and released pending a court date.

On August 19, 2011 at approximately 11:30 am Patrolman James Beirne was on patrol in the area of the Henry Hudson Trail when he observed a suspicious male walking in the area. Officer Beirne approached the subject, identified as Michael Calabrese, age 19, from 9th Street in West Keansburg, NJ, at which point Calabrese immediately grabbed the left, front pocket of his pants.



Officer Beirne conducted an investigation which resulted in the recovery of a baggie containing Marijuana from the pocket. Calabrese was arrested for Possession of under 50 Grams of Marijuana. He was transported to police headquarters where he was processed and released pending a court date.


On August 19, 2011 Patrolman Stephen Keller arrested Joseph Rovinsky, age 23, from Sunset Avenue in Middletown for Harassment and Lewdness as a result of an investigation he conducted into an incident that occurred on August 18, 2011. Rovinsky is accused of confronting a female subject, pulling his pants down and massaging his genitals.


Police say Rovinsky knew the female who came to police headquarters after the incident and made the report. Rovinsky was processed and was held on bail.


On August 17, 2011 at approximately 3:30 pm Patrolman Christopher Dee and Patrolman Raymond Sofield of the Quality of Life Unit responded to the Leonardo Motel in reference to a drug overdose. Upon arrival the officers were advised by witnesses that they had observed a subject, identified as Raymond Haupt, age 39, from Asbury Avenue in Atlantic Highlands, NJ, remove pills from the victim’s body and the hotel room where the overdose had occurred and hide them behind the hotel prior to the arrival of the police.


The officers conducted an investigation which resulted in Haupt being arrested for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Tampering with Evidence and Unlawful Possession of Prescription Medication. He was transported to police headquarters where he was processed and held on bail.


The Middletown Police report the arrests of the following subjects for various offenses:


Carlos Ortega, age 27, from Pacific Avenue in Middletown, NJ, arrested on August 19, 2011 by Patrolman Raymond Sofield and Patrolman Christopher Dee of the Quality of Life Unit on two Contempt of Court warrants issued by the Tinton Falls and Shrewsbury Municipal Courts. He was held on $385.00 bail.


Clarkson Fisher, age 30, from Gillville Lane in Middletown, NJ, arrested on August 19, 2011 by Patrolman Adam Vandetti on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Oceanport Municipal Court. He was released after posting $114.00 bail.


John Engberg, age 39, from Indian Key Drive in Holiday, Florida, arrested on August 19, 2011 by Patrolman Darrin Simon on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Hazlet Municipal Court. He was released after posting $106.00 bail.


Debra Sambino, age 51, from Greenwood Place in Middletown, NJ, arrested on August 20, 2011 by Patrolman Richard Belmonte on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the East Brunswick Municipal Court. She was released after posting $89.00 bail.


Michael Carlucci, age 42, from Burlington Avenue in Leonardo, NJ, arrested on August 20, 2011 by Patrolman Robert Shannon on a warrant issued by the Monmouth County Superior Court. He was being held at the Monmouth County Correctional Facility in Freehold, NJ.


Kristel Roxas, age 26, from Williams Street in Red Bank, NJ, arrested on August 19, 2011 by Patrolman Joseph Ahlemeyer on three Contempt of Court warrants issued by the Aberdeen and Red Bank Municipal Courts. She was held on $490.00 bail.

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