Daily Archives: January 9, 2012

Crime Scene Middletown: Two Juveniles Arrested for Recent Lincroft BP Station Robbery

Written by Middletown Township Police Department
Monday, 9 January 2012 -Arrests do not indicate convictions

On January 6, 2012 Detective Daniel Sullivan arrested a 17 year old male juvenile from Colts Neck, NJ, and a 17 year old male juvenile from Holmdel, NJ after they attempted to rob the BP Gas Station located on Newman Springs Road in Lincroft, NJ. Police say the pair were wearing ski masks and were armed with a hammer and a BB handgun when they attempted to rob the station at approximately 8:00pm Friday night.

Police say the suspects fled the station without getting any money after the attendant locked himself in the office and refused to let them in. The pair was observed running from the area and getting into a white van. The description of the van was given to surrounding police agencies and was located by Brookdale Community College Police Officers Craig Iacouzzi and Gabriel Campan a short while later.

The suspects were taken into custody without incident and were each charged with Robbery, Possession of a Firearm for an Unlawful Purpose, Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, Unlawful Possession of a Handgun, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon and Conspiracy. They were being held at the Middlesex County Juvenile Detention Facility.

Anthony Carbonari, age 52, from Joyce Place in Hazlet, NJ, arrested on January 7, 2012 by Corporal Richard Fusella for Shoplifting from the Sears Store. He was released pending a court date.

Stephen Acquaviva, age 35, from Bonnie Drive in Middletown, NJ, arrested on January 6, 2012 by Patrolman Ryan Riffert on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Keyport Municipal Court. He was released on his own recognizance pending a court date.

Susan Doyle, age 21, from Van Brunt Place in Middletown, NJ, arrested on January 6, 2012 by Patrolman Andrew Micalizzi on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Freehold Municipal Court. She was released after posting $164.00 bail.

Robert Layne, age 34, from South Clayton Street in Wilmington, DE, arrested on January 8, 2012 by Patrolman Frank Mazza for Theft and on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Evesham Township Municipal Court. He was released on his own recognizance pending a court date.

Valerie Pasternostro, age 46, from Holmdel Road in Holmdel, NJ, arrested on January 8, 2012 by Patrolman Stephen Greenwood for Criminal Mischief. She was released pending a court date.

Thomas Moses, age 51, from Highway 36 in Middletown, NJ, arrested on January 6, 2012 by Patrolman Keith Hirschbein on Contempt of Court warrants issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was released on his own recognizance pending a court date.

Jenna Swenson, age 23, from Abby Road in Red Bank, NJ, arrested on January 7, 2012 by Corporal Thomas Meckier for Theft of a Prescription Blank. She was released pending a court date.

On January 8, 2012 Patrolman James Beirne arrested a 17 year old female juvenile from Middletown, NJ, for Simple Assault, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon and Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose. She was released pending a court date.

Louis Dicapua, age 43, from Swartzel Drive in Middletown, NJ, arrested on January 8, 2012 by Patrolman Lawrence Seymour on a warrant issued by the Hazlet Township Municipal Court. He was being held by the Hazlet Township Police Department on $2,500.00 bail.

Joseph Hughes, age 19, from Wilson Avenue in Middletown, NJ, arrested on January 8, 2012 by Patrolman Jason Caruso for Theft by Unlawful Taking. He was released pending a court date.

Jon Siegert, age 24, from Abby Road in Middletown, NJ, arrested on January 7, 2012 by Patrolman Ryan Riffert for Receiving Stolen Property and Attempted Escape. He was being held at the Monmouth County Correctional Facility in Freehold, NJ, on $20,000.00 bail with no 10% option set by Judge Richard Thompson.

Rashon Martin, age 23, from Brainard Avenue in Port Monmouth, NJ, arrested on January 9, 2012 by Jason Caruso on Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Glassboro Municipal Court. He was released on his own recognizance pending a court date.

Jayson Gross, age 41, from Powell Avenue in Atlantic Highlands, NJ, arrested on January 9, 2012 by Patrolman James Beirne on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was held on $230.00 bail.

James Hickey, age 65, from Carlsbad Court in Holmdel, NJ, arrested on January 8, 2012 by Patrolman Michael Reuter for Driving While Intoxicated and Reckless Driving. He was released pending a court date.

Daniel Rosales, age 19, from Brasch Boulevard in Middletown, NJ, arrested on January 8, 2012 by Corporal Keith Macdonald on Contempt of Court warrants issued by the Middletown and Red Bank Municipal Court. He was released after posting $1,250.00 bail.

Christopher Copp, age 26, from Adam Place in Hazlet, NJ, arrested on January 8, 2012 by Patrolman John Soltysik for three counts of Burglary to Vehicles, Theft of a Prescription Legend Drug, Possession of Burglar Tools, Receiving Stolen Property and Possession of a Hypodermic Syringe. He was being held on $20,000.00 bail with no 10% option set by Judge Richard Thompson.

On January 8, 2012 Patrolman Nicholas Fenezia arrested a 17 year old male juvenile form Leonardo, NJ, for Unlawful Possession of Hydrocodone, Possession of under 50 Grams of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was released pending a court date.

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Middletown Library Will Adhere To State Guidlines For The Selection Of Board Attorney

I think your readers should be aware that the Library follows the purchasing laws of the State for selecting all of its vendors and service providers. No one’s expressed “interest” in doing business with the library can supersede this process, or weigh the outcome.

The library puts out an annual Request for Proposal [RFP] for legal services, and the award is made to a firm/or individual within firm, based upon meeting the published criteria. The RFPs are available to the public via the library’s web page. http://www.mtpl.org This is the approved process, following the purchasing laws of the State of NJ.

It is unusual for the name of a prospective respondent to an RFP to be made public, as it was in the case of Linda Baum’s blog, but she had asked our Administrative Secretary a direct question about the identity of Mr. Leahy, and she received an accurate answer. Ms. Latona is not the “Library Administrator” as those responsibilities are mine alone.

The full body of the Board of Trustees will evaluate the responses to each RFP and make the decisions on the awards. It is not incorrect to use the words “appointed” for the legal counsel position, but the context should be that such appointment is made following the required legal process. It is possible that, due to timing issues, the selection of legal counsel for 2012 may be deferred to the February meeting, but I won’t know that for sure until I see how many responses we have, and how detailed they are, and, of course, what the will of the Board is in this regard.

Susan O’Neal, M.S.L.S.

Director
Middletown Township Public Library
55 New Monmouth Road
Middletown, NJ 07748

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Attorney representing TOMSA and the Township also seeks appointment as Library Attorney at the January 18th Meeting of the Library Board

by guest blogger Linda Baum

In my 12/19/11 post, “Middletown Sewerage Authority (TOMSA) Board Member Soon To Join The Library Board??”, I mentioned there was an attendee at the 12/14/11 Library Board meeting whom I recognized from the TOMSA Board meetings. I didn’t know his name and he wouldn’t provide it. I speculated that he was one of the new Library Board appointees.

That man was also in attendance at the January 1st Township Reorganization Meeting, and I heard someone call him “Rich”. I’ve learned he is Richard Leahey, TOMSA attorney. Mr. Leahey — spelled also as “Leahy” on some Township resolutions — received several Township appointments for 2012, including Workers Compensation Counsel and Tax Appeals Counsel. In addition, Mr. Leahey works for Bernard Reilly’s law firm, which was awarded a Township contract to provide legal services as Conflicts Counsel. Bernard Reilly’s name should be familiar. Mr. Reilly, a prominent member of the republican party, is former Township attorney and is currently representing the owners of the Avaya site.

As it turns out, Richard Leahey is not one of the four people appointed by the Township to the Library Board. The School Superintendent’s appointee is still unknown but I’m told that historically the person selected is an educator. The Township appointees are Committeewoman Stephanie Murray (the mayor’s alternate replacing Committeeman Kevin Settembrino), Brock Siebert, Larry Nelsen, and Michael Convery, all registered republicans.

In my December 19th post, I mentioned that Mr. Leahey, then un-named, had visited the Library the day before the 12/14 Library Board meeting to obtain a copy of a resolution. He didn’t provide his name, or his motive, to Library staff at that time. I telephoned the Library last week to find out which resolution he requested and to provide them his name. I spoke to Wendy Latona, Library Administrator, who said she already knew his name because Mr. Leahey had come in to the Library a second time after the 12/14 Board meeting to introduce himself and express his interest in being appointed Library attorney. The resolution he requested provided some specifications for that role.

That I didn’t see coming. The conflicts of interest are numerous, and I am amazed that Mr. Leahey is so ethically challenged as to overlook them or to expect that the Library trustees would. It is not a secret that the Township Committee and the Library Board have been placed in an adversarial position as a result of what transpired last year. If Mr. Leahey has an eye on retaining his coveted Township appointments, how can he be counted on to fairly represent the Library’s interests? And is it proper that Mr. Leahey should represent both the Library and TOMSA, whose funds are also of interest to the Township, when more monies transferred to the Township by one client may mean less required by the other?

Maybe Richard Leahey knows something that we don’t know about his chances for appointment. I think he must or he would not have applied for the job in the first place. My concern is that the newly re-configured Library Board will appoint Mr. Leahey, regardless. If they do, it adds a whole new dimension to the game plan by Township officials where Library money is concerned. The first move was appointing a sitting Township Committee member as a Library trustee – that person cannot act in the best interests of both the Township and the Library. The second was politicizing the Board by appointing close party ties and increasing the Board’s size in a bid to gain control. Now, if Mr. Leahey is appointed as Library attorney, we can add pocket-lining to the list of offenses.

I’m told that the resolution Mr. Leahey requested specifies that legal experience with library matters is a criteria for appointment. If he doesn’t have that experience, it is enough to prevent his appointment, the conflicts aside. But Mr. Leahey must feel he is qualified, or else he would not have visited the Library a second time to formally present himself.

The Library Board holds its annual reorganization at its regular meeting on Wednesday, January 18th at 7:00 p.m. If you can attend, please do. There should be a strong public presence there to watch how this all plays out.

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