Daily Archives: September 8, 2011

Crime Scene Middletown: Police Report For 9/8/11

Written by Middletown Township Police Department
Thursday,08 September 2011 -Arrests do not indicate convictions

On September 6, 2011 at approximately 5:00 pm Patrolman Michael Reuter and Patrolman Nicholas Fenezia of the Quality of Life Unit were on patrol in the area of the Spy House Museum in Port Monmouth when they observed a suspicious vehicle parked in the parking lot. The officers approached the vehicle and conducted an investigation which resulted in the discovery of a hypodermic syringe used for injecting narcotics inside the vehicle.

The officers continued their investigation which resulted in the arrests of Charles Eastman, age 23, from Morningside Avenue in Middletown, NJ, and Nicholas Stripto, age 21, from Port Monmouth Road in Keansburg, NJ, for Possession of a Hypodermic Syringe. Stripto was also charged with Hindering Apprehension for giving the officers a false name during the investigation. The officers also determined that there were two outstanding Contempt of Court warrants issued by the Keansburg and Keyport Municipal Courts for his arrest.

Both subjects were transported to police headquarters for processing. Eastman was released pending a court date and Stripto was held on $1,596.00 bail.

On September 6, 2011 at approximately 5:30 pm Patrolman Keith Hirschbein was on patrol in the area of Leonardville Road when he stopped a vehicle for making an illegal turn. The officer approached the vehicle at which point he detected the odor of Marijuana coming from inside the car. The officer also observed Marijuana in plain view scattered all over the vehicle’s interior.

Officer Hirschbein continued his investigation which resulted in the recovery of Marijuana and a baggie containing Cocaine from the vehicle and the arrests of Donti Brundage, age 21, from Trenton, NJ, Travis Zeller, age 19, from Princeton Place, in Belford, NJ, Scott Keiderling, age 19, from Scott Road in Port Monmouth, NJ, and Sean Levy, age 19, from Brookside Drive in Belford, NJ for Possession of under 50 Grams of Marijuana and Possession of Cocaine.

All four subjects were transported to police headquarters where they were processed and released pending a court date.

On September 5, 2011 at approximately 7:40 pm Sgt. Paul Bailey was on patrol in the area of Highway 35 when he stopped a vehicle for tailgating. The officer approached the vehicle at which point he detected an odor of Marijuana coming from inside the car. The officer conducted an investigation which resulted in the discovery of Marijuana inside the car and a large machete, a metal club and the stimulant Nuvigil in the trunk of the vehicle. Sgt. Bailey also located a driver’s license belonging to a victim in Hazlet, NJ, who reported that the license had been either lost or stolen approximately six months prior.

Sgt. Bailey continued his investigation which resulted in the arrests of Anthony Longo, age 19, from Warren Street in Rumson, NJ, a 16 year old male juvenile from Red Bank, NJ, for Possession of under 50 Grams of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Matthew Robertson, age 18, from Clover Lane in Rumson, NJ, for Theft of Lost or Mislaid Property, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, Unlawful Possession of Nuvigil, Possession of under 50 Grams of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. All three subjects were processed and released pending a court date.

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

Joseph Yannibelli, age 34, from Day Avenue in Middletown, NJ, arrested on September 7, 2011 by Patrolman Stephen Keller for Violating a Court Order issued by the Maplewood Municipal Court. He was held awaiting transfer to the Maplewood Police Department.

Patricia Brickman, age 40, from Port Monmouth Road in Middletown, NJ, arrested on September 7, 2011 by Patrolman Jason Caruso on a Violation of Probation warrant issued by the Bergen County Municipal Court. She was held awaiting transfer to the Bergen County Sheriff’s Department.

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APP: Schlossbach drops out of 11th District race for Assembly

The Asbury Park Press as well as other news agency’s have reported that Democratic Candidate Marilyn Schlossbach Has pulled out of the 11th District race for Assembly. Her reason for doing so was based on the damage sustained to her numerous shore area restaurants as a result of Hurricane Irene:

…“It is with great regret that I must withdraw my candidacy for Assembly. My efforts at this time must be focused on the health of my business, and protecting the jobs,” Schlossbach said Wednesday….

…She said she was sad about having to drop out of the race. However, she said she would consider running again in two years.

She said she wanted to put her employees ahead of everything else….

Campaign Manager, Vlad Gutman is quoted as saying that the decision was made on Wednesday, after Schlossbach had a chance to assess the impact of the storm damage on her businesses.

“I think as time went on, it became clear to her that she could not continue in the race,” Gutman said. “Her employees were her first priority.”

Her running mate Vin Gopal has left the following statement on his Facebook page concerning the departure of Scholssbach from the ticket.

I made a lifetime friend in Marilyn Schlossbach – a smart businesswoman filled with integrity and compassion. Although she has exited the race to focus on her businesses, she will be involved in helping our team in Asbury Park. Over 100 committee members will meet next week to pick my new runningmate, I will continue to work hard, knocking on doors & raising money and we will win on November 8th.

This is a stunning turn of events for the race in the 11th Assembly District were many felt that Gopal and Schlossbach had a extremely good chance to knock off their Republican incumbent opponents Assemblywomen Mary Pat Angelini and Caroline Casagrande.

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Rush Holt: How to Apply for Hurricane Disaster Assistance

If you suffered losses from Hurricane Irene, you have probably had a difficult week of clean-up and recovery. Although you may still have hard work ahead, your country stands ready to help you: the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has declared all 21 counties in New Jersey to be natural disaster areas, which means that you are now eligible to apply for federal disaster assistance.

If you incurred any uninsured costs because of Hurricane Irene – such as the costs to pump water out of your basement, to replace a water heater, to stay in temporary housing, or even the cost of unemployment while your office was flooded – I encourage you to apply, even if you are not sure whether you are eligible.

The first step in the disaster relief process is to register with the FEMA as soon as possible. You may register online at www.disasterassistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY/TDD 1-800-462-7585 between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m.

It is critical that you document your losses and any expenses incurred in your recovery. Take pictures of any damaged belongings, and keep your receipts for any repairs. Although documenting your losses does not guarantee your eligibility for relief funds, the documentation may be required by FEMA or your homeowner’s insurance company.

If your insurance policy carries a separate, higher deductible for hurricane-related damage, there is good news. The New Jersey State Department of Banking and Insurance has determined that Irene was a tropical storm – and not a hurricane – at the time of its landfall in New Jersey, so your insurer may not charge you the higher hurricane deductible.

Although not all families will be eligible for all disaster relief programs, federal assistance may include:

  • Rental payments for temporary housing for those whose homes are unlivable. Initial assistance may be provided for two months for homeowners and renters. Assistance may be extended if requested after the initial period based on a review of individual applicant requirements.
  • Grants for home repairs and replacement of essential household items not covered by insurance to make damaged dwellings safe, sanitary and functional.
  • Grants to replace personal property and help meet medical, dental, funeral, transportation and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance or other federal, state and charitable aid programs.
  • Unemployment payments up to 26 weeks from the date of the disaster declaration for workers who temporarily lost jobs because of the disaster and who do not qualify for state benefits, such as self-employed individuals.
  • Low-interest loans to cover residential losses not fully compensated by insurance. Loans available up to $200,000 for primary residence; $40,000 for personal property, including renter losses. Loans available up to $2 million for business property losses not fully compensated by insurance.
  • Loans up to $2 million for small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives and most private, non-profit organizations of all sizes that have suffered disaster-related cash flow problems and need funds for working capital to recover from the disaster’s adverse economic impact. This loan in combination with a property loss loan cannot exceed a total of $2 million.
  • Loans up to $500,000 for farmers, ranchers and aquaculture operators to cover production and property losses, excluding primary residence.

Other relief programs include counseling for those traumatized by the disaster; income tax assistance for filing casualty losses; and advisory assistance for legal matters, veterans benefits, and Social Security. In the future, additional money will be provided to the state to prevent future disasters, and I will continue to share information with you on the availability of these and other funds.

By way of reminder, the first step in applying for any of these programs is registering with FEMA at www.disasterassistance.gov. Once you have registered, you will have access to further information and applications for the programs listed above.

Please do not hesitate to call me at 1-87-RUSH-HOLT (1-877-874-4658) if you have questions. I hope that you and your family are safe and are making steady progress down the road to recovery.


Rush Holt
Member of Congress

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