Monthly Archives: November 2011

Crime Scene Middletown: Burglary, Theft Suspect Released After Posting Bail And Other Activity For 11/21 – 11/27/11

Written by Middletown Township Police Department
Monday, 28 November 2011 -Arrests do not indicate convictions

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

Rick Chapman, age 45, from Monmouth Avenue in Leonardo, NJ, arrested on November 21, 2011 by Detective Daniel Sullivan for Burglary and Theft. He was released after posting $2,500.00 with a 10% option set by Judge Richard Thompson.

Jesse Ballard, age 20, from Birchwood Lane in Middletown, NJ, arrested on November 21, 2011 by Patrolman Greg Buhowski on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Red Bank Municipal Court. He was released after posting $47.00 bail.

Jenine Rounds, age 30, from Pacific Avenue in Middletown, NJ, arrested on November 21, 2011 by Patrolman Greg Buhowski on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Keansburg Municipal Court. She was released after posting $90.00 bail.

Luigi Nardella, age 50, from Bernard Drive in Red Bank, NJ, arrested on November 21, 2011 by Patrolman John Mele on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was released after posting $500.00 bail.

Vincent Coccimiglio, age 43, from Swimming River Road in Lincroft, NJ, arrested on November 21, 2011 by Corporal Bernard Chenoweth on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Sayreville Municipal Court. He was released after posting $170.00 bail.

Michael Culkin, age 45, from Monmouth Avenue in Middletown, NJ, arrested on November 22, 2011 by Patrolman Keith Hirschbein for Possession of under 50 Grams of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was released pending a court date.

Joseph Fitzpatrick, age 64, from Randolph Road in Freehold, NJ, arrested November 22, 2011 by Patrolman Ryan Riffert on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was released after posting $250.00 bail.

Jason Macero, age 24, from Cosma Road in North Easton, MA, arrested on November 22, 2011 by Patrolman Michael Nolan on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was released after posting $250.00 bail.

John McDougald, age 31, from Lawrence Street in Perth Amboy, NJ, arrested on November 26, 2011 by Patrolman Brian McGrogan on Contempt of Court warrants issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was held on $1,000.00 bail.

Tyron Whitley, age 25, from Washington Avenue in Asbury Park, NJ, arrested on November 25, 2011 by Police Office Patricia Colangelo on a Contempt of Court issued by the Keansburg Municipal Court. He was released after posting $250.00 bail.

Ryan Zacher, age 21, from Spruce Drive in Middletown, NJ, arrested on November 25, 2011 by Sergeant First Class William Colangelo for Providing Alcohol to Minors. He was released pending a court date.

Justin Zacher, age 19, from Spruce Drive in Middletown, NJ, arrested on November 25, 2011 by Sergeant First Class William Colangelo for Possession of Alcohol by a Minor. He was released pending a court date.

Daniel Supienski, age 23, from Ocean Avenue in Middletown, NJ, arrested on November 25, 2011 by Patrolman Raymond Sofield on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Union Municipal Court and on a Non-Support warrant issued by the Monmouth County Superior Court. He was held on bail.

Gregory Cole, age 32, from Spring Street in Red Bank, NJ, arrested on November 25, 2011 by Corporal Daniel Murdoch for Driving While Intoxicated. He was released pending a court date.

Steven Nalbach, age 50, from Hamilton Avenue in Leonardo, NJ, arrested on November 25, 2011 by Patrolman Albert Scott on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Newark Municipal Court. He was held on $1,000.00 bail.

Francis Stenz, age 52, from Locust Grove in Hazlet, NJ, arrested on November 25, 2011 by Patrolman Raymond Sofield for Driving While Intoxicated. He was released pending a court date.

Darren Wheeler, age 40, form Bay Street in Highlands, NJ, arrested on November 23, 2011 by Sergeant First Class Frederick Deickmann for Refusal to Submit to a Breath Test. He was released pending a court date.

David Foggy, age 41, from North Shore Street in Keansburg, NJ, arrested on November 23, 2011 by Patrolman Adam Colfer for Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was held on $10,000.00 bail set by Judge Richard Thompson.

Edwin Smith, age 39, from Carr Avenue in Keansburg, NJ, arrested on November 23, 2011 by Patrolman Stephen Greenwood and Patrolman Richard Fulham of the Quality of Life Unit on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Keansburg Municipal Court. He was held on $200.00 bail.

Michael Henninger, age 21, from Navesink Avenue in Highlands, NJ, arrested on November 23, 2011 by Patrolman Richard Fulham and Patrolman Stephen Greenwood of the Quality of Life Unit for Possession of under 50 Grams of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was released pending a court date.

Michael Dennis, age 23, from York Avenue in Port Monmouth, NJ, arrested on November 23, 2011 by Patrolman Richard and Patrolman Stephen Greenwood of the Quality of Life Unit for Possession of under 50 Grams of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was released pending a court date.

Nicolo Esparra, age 20, from Memorial Parkway in Atlantic Highlands, NJ, arrested on November 23, 2011 by Patrolman Stephen Greenwood of the Quality of Life Unit for Possession of under 50 Grams of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was released pending a court date.

On November 25, 2011 Corporal Douglas Wiatrak arrested a 12 year old male juvenile form Port Monmouth, NJ, for Attempted Burglary. He was released pending a court date.

Fady Guirguis, age 40, from Wood Street in Keansburg, NJ, arrested on November 25, 2011 by Patrolman Greg Buhowski for Shoplifting from the Sears Store. He was released pending a court date.

Semon Luka, age 35, from Wood Street in Keansburg, NJ, arrested on November 25, 2011 by Corporal Bernard Chenoweth for Shoplifting from the Sears Store. She was released pending a court date.

Michelle Mazurek, age 20, from Maplewood Avenue in Rumson, NJ, arrested on November 26, 2011 by Patrolman Brian McGrogan for Shoplifting from the Sears Store. She was released pending a court date.

Nickolas Rosamilia, age 32, from Kentucky Avenue in Middletown, NJ, arrested on November 25, 2011 by Patrolman Stephen Greenwood and Patrolman Richard Fulham of the Quality of Life Unit for Providing False Information to a Police Officer and on a Non-Support warrant issued by the Monmouth County Superior Court. He was being at the Monmouth County Correctional Facility in Freehold, NJ.

Wendi Cherry, age 40, from 24th Road in Arlington, VA, arrested on November 25, 2011 by Patrolman Richard Raike for Simple Assault. She was released pending a court date.

Amanda Beck, age 23, from West Shore Drive in Keansburg, NJ, arrested on November 23, 2011 by Patrolman John Mele on Contempt of Court warrants issued by the Holmdel and Keansburg Municipal Court. She was held on $521.00 bail.

Gwendolyn Cherry, age 70, from Garden Place in Tinton Falls, NJ, arrested on November 25, 2011 by Patrolman Richard Raike for Simple Assault. She was released pending a court date.

Michael Sarris, age 50, from Dewitt Avenue in Asbury Park, NJ, arrested on November 27, 2011 by Patrolman Carl Roth on Contempt of Court warrants issued by the Woodbridge, Middletown and Tinton Falls Municipal Courts. He was held on $2,339.00 bail.

Matthew Oleson, age 18, from Ideal Avenue in Middletown, NJ, arrested on November 27, 2011 by Patrolman John Mele for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was released pending a court date.

Gregory Hafner, age 20, from Hance Road in Fair Haven, NJ, arrested on November 27, 2011 by Patrolman John Mele for Possession of under 50 Grams of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was released pending a court date.

Mitchell Moudatsos, age 34, from Attison Avenue in Toms River, NJ, arrested on November 26, 2011 by Patrolman Keith Hirschbein for Possession of Cocaine and on a Failure to Appear warrant issued by the Monmouth County Superior Court. He was held on $11,548.00 bail.

Vincent Marchese, age 27, from Ocean Avenue in Middletown, NJ, arrested on November 27, 2011 by Corporal James Keenan for Simple Assault. He was released after posting $2,500.00 bail.

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The $500,000 Raid On The Middletown Library Won’t Be The Last

The Township Committee adds two additional Library Board members, sets the stage for majority control in 2012.

by guest blogger Linda Baum

A couple of months back, there was a rumor that the Township Committee intended to appoint two additional members to the Middletown Library Board, bringing the number of Board members from 7 to 9. (By comparison, keep in mind that the Township Committee consists of just 5 people.)

As it turns out, the rumor is true. At the Township Committee’s November 21, 2011 meeting, Ordinance 2011-3048 was introduced to add two new Library trustees. A public hearing on the Ordinance will be held at the Town Committee’s regular meeting on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 8:00 p.m.

Two of the existing Board members, Mr. Milne and Ms. Raymond, are up for re-appointment at year end, and another Board member was already booted and replaced with Committeeman Settembrino at the start of this year. Add to those three spots the two new ones, and that’s a 5-4 majority to do the Town Committee’s bidding. So it would seem our mayor and his fellow Town Committee members have no intention of stopping at half a million.

As many of you know, I regularly attend the Library Board meetings and have since February of this year. I’m the only member of the public who regularly attends. If the woman who frequented Board of Education meetings was seen as the natural pick for that Board, I figure that makes me the front runner for one of the two new spots on the Library Board, right??? So I am submitting to the Town my application for Library Board membership, a futile effort since I am not likely to be appointed. My guess is that the two new appointees, or likely four if Mr. Milne and Ms. Raymond are replaced, will be members of the Republican Party faithful who are already serving on one or more other boards or commissions. I guess we’ll find out on Township Reorganization Day.

To understand what these changes could mean, let me recap a little history. In a taxpayer-funded play in 2010, Township attorney Brian Nelson succeeded in having New Jersey law changed to require our municipal public library to relinquish to the Township a significant portion of its surplus. (Previously, the law allowed for the transfer of funds but there was no requirement.) Now, the Library can keep some surplus — an amount no more than 20% above the prior year’s budget — but has to fork over the rest, with some exceptions. Some Library monies are protected under the law and are not considered surplus, such as restricted reserves for capital projects.

You may recall that of the $500K taken from the Library this year, half was restricted reserves that the Township was not entitled to legally. That’s one of the reasons such a battle erupted. The Library trustees were out-maneuvered from the start and in the end most felt obligated to pay the full $500,000. It was not without recognizing the precarious financial condition it left the Library in.

Faced with the substantial reduction in funding, the combined result of the $500K raid and an overall revenue decline in line with lower assessments, the Library trustees have been diligent this year about reducing costs where feasible without disruption to services. However, success in reducing the operating budget also has the effect of reducing the amount of surplus that can be retained (20% of the budget), leaving more on the table to be taken by the Township. In addition, the trustees have had to balance the need to set aside reserves – for unexpected expenses or to compensate for annual fluctuations in revenue – against what they stand to lose. The greater the reserve, the more the Township can take.

At its November 16th meeting, the Library Board discussed moving $122,000 to the capital fund to save for the parking lot expansion. Restricting a portion of the reserves for capital projects is supposed to protect the money from seizure by the Township. It won’t. The Library Board need only vote to unrestrict the funds, as was done this year. While the current Board is not likely to do that a second time, the newly re-structured 9-member Board might, and the Town Committee can ensure that it will by appointing the “right” people to the Board.

Sadly, the result may be a Library Board that fails to act in the best interests of the Library.

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It’s Your Town – Newsletter Volume 3, Issue 22- 11/21/11

The current edition of It’s Your Town Newsletter is here and covers the only Middletown NJ Township Committee meeting that took place for the month of November held on November 21,2011.

This meeting included the passing of an ordinance that approved the rezoning of the Bamm Hollow property as a result of settling a lawsuit out of court. There was also an ordinance introduced for the purpose of increasing the number of members to be appointed to the board of the Middletown Public Library.
Currently there are 7 board trustees serving the Middletown Library, this ordinance will increase the number who serve as Library Board Trustees to 9.
The problem with this is that the Township Committee, which appoints the trustees to the Library Board, will handpicked loyal Republican cronies to serve on the library board, which will then make it easier in the future for the Township Committee to raid surplus and reserved library funds for its own use, as it did earlier this year when it extorted nearly $500,000 from the library (threatening that the library would be held responsible for police lay-offs if the money was not given up), in order to balance the Township budget.
A public hearing on the ordinance will take place at the December 19,2011 Township Committee meeting.

The bill lists that were included with this edition did not scanned well therefore some of the pages are missing information on the left side of the page.

Guest blogger Linda Baum has written a post concerning the appointment of new members to the Middletown Library Board and what it will mean to those who already sit on the board and for those who run Middletown’s governing body and how it will effect the library in general.
I will post it later today, in the meantime you can read the latest newsletter…. Here

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NFL Week 12 Is Nearly Over But Not Before Princess Picks The Saint In Monday Night Match-Up Vs The Giants

It’s been a long Thanksgiving weekend between eating turkey, Black Friday shopping and watching football, so seeing how Princess the Camel decided to choose this weeks Monday night match-up between the New Orleans Saints and the NY Giants as this weeks game in which to issue her prognostication it has given me a little more time to post about it.

If you recall from my last Princess post for NFL week 11, she picked the NY Jets to beat the Denver Broncos in a game that the Jets unfortunately went on to loose.
It was a bad loss for the Jets, it set off a fire storm of criticism in the media, put the Jets play-off hope at risk and lead Coach Rex Ryan to publicly humiliate Quarterback Marc Sanchez by taking away some of his practice time with the first string offense.
In this weeks game Princess seems to have made the a predictable safe prediction after two straight very close loosing predictions (Giants over Niners, Jets over Broncos). Princess says that the New Orleans Saints will beat the NY Giants in New Orleans to close out week 12 in the NFL on Monday night.
…the blue on the Giants is a little faded and I think they are too. The defense is in disarray and they looked almost as bad as the Jets defense. The Saints are tough especially in their own building. Someone has to step up and take control of the Giants, until then…
Princess record at picking games this year is currently 6W-5L, I think after this game her record will be even. I just can’t imagine after two bad losses in a row,the last one being a total shellacking by the Eagles, that the Giants will stink it up three weeks in a row.
I think the Giants will be ready for this game even though their offensive line is being reconstructed this week and they will be playing without runningback Ahmad Bradshaw. The Giants defense will hold the Saints in check just enough for Eli Manning to work enough voodoo in his New Orleans homecoming.
It will be close, I’m thinking somewhere along the lines of say, 20-17 Giants.

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European Credit Crunch Won’t Keep The French From Their Foie Gras This Holiday Season

And you thought the credit crunch here in the U.S was bad, what is Frenchman to do without his Foie Gras for the holidays?

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DCCC Thanksgiving Cheat Sheet; Arm Yourself With The Facts Before It’s Too Late

Just in case your Republican friends or relatives at Thanksgiving try to repeat anything they’ve heard from Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, or by reading Sarah Palin’s Facebook page, we wanted to help you respond with the truth.

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You can download this years edition of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committees Thanksgiving Cheat Sheet for yourself (or email it to a friend) to have on hand when the Thanksgiving dinner conversation inexplicably turns from footbal to politics.

Arm yourself with the facts before it’s too late.

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The Definitive History of the Presidential Turkey Pardon

Posted From The White House Blog

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Each Thanksgiving, the President “pardons” a hand-selected turkey, sparing the bird from someone’s dinner table and ensuring the rest of its days are spent roaming on a farm, doing whatever it is turkeys love to do. Twenty-two turkeys have been pardoned, and today, President Obama will pardon one more.

You’re probably wondering: Where did this very serious business of the Presidential turkey pardon come from anyway?

Americans have been sending the President turkeys for the holidays since at least the 19th century. Beginning in 1873 during Grant’s presidency, a Rhode Island man named Horace Vose was responsible for “selecting with the utmost care” the “noblest gobbler in all that little state” for the President’s Thanksgiving dinner, a tradition he carried out for more than 25 years according to The New York Times. In 1947, the National Turkey Federation took on the role of official turkey supplier to the President, delivering a 47-pound bird in time for the Christmas holiday.

That year, the White House also began holding a turkey receiving ceremony, usually in the Rose Garden, providing a photo op that many confuse with the beginning of the pardoning tradition. Back then, however, birds were more likely to be destined for the White House dining table than the easy life on a farm. In 1948, President Truman said he would take the gifted turkey home to Independence, Missouri, where his 25 relatives “require a lot.”

So then when did the pardoning start? Here’s where it gets tricky. Tales of spared turkeys date back to the Lincoln days. According to one story, Lincoln’s son Tad begged his father to write out a presidential pardon for the bird meant for the family’s Christmas table, arguing it had as much a right to live as anyone. Lincoln acquiesced and the turkey lived.

In 1963, President Kennedy decided to send that year’s gift from the National Turkey Federation back to the farm where it came from. “We’ll just let this one grow,” he said. Sometime around the Nixon administration, the President began sending the turkey to a petting farm near Washington after holding the traditional receiving ceremony and photo op, although no formal pardon was given.

President George H.W. Bush was the first to actually offer a turkey pardon. On November 14, 1989, he announced that year’s bird had “been granted a presidential pardon as of right now.” He sent the turkey on his way to the perhaps unfortunately named Frying Pan Park in Herndon, Virginia, and with that, a tradition was born.

Since taking office, President Obama has pardoned two turkeys, although in 2009, he admitted Courage, that year’s top turkey, came dangerously close to gracing the White House table. “Thanks to the intervention of Malia and Sasha – because I was ready to eat this sucker – Courage will also be spared this terrible and delicious fate.”

“I’m told Presidents Eisenhower and Johnson actually ate their turkeys,” Obama said. “You can’t fault them for that; that’s a good-looking bird.”

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