Daily Archives: February 1, 2012

Crime Scene Middletown: Arrest Made In Quick Stop Robbery Case and other Recent Activity

Written by Middletown Township Police Department
Wednesday, 1 February 2012 -Arrests do not indicate convictions

On January 31, 2012 Detectives Laurence Schachtel, Adam Finck and William Strohkirch arrested Christopher Martin, age 26, from West Washington Avenue in Atlantic Highlands, NJ, and Trevor Pituk, age 23, from Center Avenue in Leonardo, NJ, for committing an armed robbery that took place on January 12, 2012 at the Quick Stop Convenience Store located on Leonard Avenue in Leonardo, NJ.

Police say Martin entered the store with a butcher knife and demanded money from the clerk while Pituk acted as a look out. The pair then fled the scene. Police credit Corporal Ronald Chesek and Patrolman Donald Coates with developing the information that led to the arrests.

Pituk was charged with Robbery, Conspiracy and Hindering Apprehension and was being held on $35,000.000 bail with no 10% option set by Judge Richard Thompson. Martin was charged with Robbery, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, Conspiracy and Hindering Apprehension. He was held on $55,000.00 bail with no 10% option set by Judge Richard Thompson.

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

Adam Stranges, age 20, from Sandy Hook Avenue in Belford, NJ, arrested on January 31, 2012 by Patrolman Richard Belmonte on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Highlands Municipal Court. He was held on $$630.00 bail.

Justin Lewallen, age 19, from Division Street in Port Monmouth, NJ, arrested on January 31, 2012 by Patrolman Keith Hirschbein for Possession of under 50 Grams of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was released pending a court date.

Dawn Haviland, age 40, from Rector Place in Red Bank, NJ, arrested on January 31, 2012 by Corporal Douglas Wiatrak on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. She was held on $1,500.00 bail.

Gregory Kemp, age 21, from Manor Parkway in Lincroft, NJ, arrested on January 31, 2012 by Corporal Keith MacDonald on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was released on his own recognizance pending a court date.

Roxanne Paulino, age 22, from Ferb Boulevard North in Harrison, NJ, arrested on January 31, 2012 by Patrolman Ryan Riffert on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. She was released after posting $1,000.00 bail.

Nicholas Castaldi, age 27, from 63rd Avenue in Forest Hills, NJ, arrested on January 31, 2012 by Patrolman Anthony Gigante on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was released after posting $1,000.00 bail.

Michael Amitrani, age 19, from Blanche Court in Middletown, NJ, arrested on January 31, 2012 by Corporal Thomas Meckier on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was released after posting $250.00 bail.

Michael Burns, age 32, from Tindall Road in Middletown, NJ, arrested on January 31, 2012 by Corporal Keith MacDonald on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Wall Municipal Court. He was held on $1,856.69 bail.

Andrew Laffey, age 30, from Atlantic Avenue in Long Branch, NJ, arrested on January 30, 2011 by Patrolman Frank Mazza and Patrolman John Mele 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.

Samuel Mueller, age 30, from Leonardville Road in Belford, NJ, arrested on January 30, 2012 by Corporal George Freibott on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was released after posting $500.00 bail.

On January 30, 2012 Patrolman Greg Buhowski arrested a 17 year old male juvenile from Atlantic Highlands, NJ, for Possession of under 50 Grams of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was released pending a court date.

On January 30, 2012 Patrolman Greg Buhowski arrested a 17 year old male juvenile from Middletown, NJ, for Possession of under 50 Grams of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was released pending a court date.

Michael Kelly, age 24, from Hutchinson Drive in Middletown, NJ, arrested on February 1, 2012 by Patrolman Nicholas Fenezia on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was released after posting $500.00 bail.

Donovan Marques, age 22, from Napoleon Street in Newark, NJ, arrested on February 1, 2012 by Patrolman Jason Caruso for Disorderly Conduct. He was released pending a court date.

Donly Pierre, age 32, from Ontario Avenue in Atlantic Highlands, NJ, arrested on January 31, 2012 by Patrolman Stephen Greenwood on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Asbury Municipal Court. He was released after posting $225.00 bail.

Eric Buie, age 40, from Oak Street in Keansburg, NJ, arrested on January 31, 2012 by Patrolman Stephen Greenwood on a Contempt of Court warrants issued by the Middletown and Atlantic Highlands Municipal Court. He was held on $750.00 bail.

Cameron Maletto, age 18, from Ravine Road in Red Bank, NJ, arrested on January 31, 2012 by Patrolman James Beirne for Possession of under 50 Grams of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was released pending a court date.

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Open Letter to Township Committee – 13 Oct 2006: Middletown Township Committee Must Address Appearance of Conflict of Interest Issue

While campaigning for Township Committee back in 2006, then Democratic Candidate Patrick Short sent a letter to Mayor Tom Hall and the rest of the Middletown Township Committee expressing his concerns over the inappropriate public contract that was handed to Sodon Electric Inc. and it’s owner Republican candidate for Township Committee Tim Sodon.
In his letter that you can read below, Short pointed out that Sodon had received over $92,000 for services performed from Dec.2005 thru Sept, 2006 while doing electrical work for the Township. A lot of the electrical work at the time that he did was for maintaining Park and Recreation facilities and other Municipal buildings. At the time of this letter, Sodon was also a member of the Recreation Advisory Board and could direct work to his company when needed.

Today Tim Sodon is the electrical contractor in town by resolution and gets all the work. As a sitting member of the Middletown Planning Board, applicants before the Board have his ear and could inappropriately direct electrical work his way, if they thought that it would improve their chances of having a project approved, as one of the commenter to a previous post pointed out.

The bottom line is, if you are an elected or appointed official in any capacity whatsoever, you should not be contracting service and making a living off the people that you are suppose to be representing. It is inappropriate, a clear conflict of interest and unethical.
If Tony Fiore and his ilk wish to force out Library Board President Randall Gabrielan over some book sale than they should also be ready to ask Tim Sodon to step down from the Planning Board due to his public, no-bid contract for electrical services that he currently holds here in Middletown.
Open Letter to Middletown Township Committee

To: Mayor, Middletown Township
From: Patrick Short

13 October 2006

Subject: Middletown Township Committee Must Address Appearance of Conflict of Interest Issue

I was surprised to find and disappointed to learn that the “Good ‘O Boy” and even Pay for Play may still be active and taking place in Middletown. Despite steps taken to remove this type of conduct in Monmouth County and in Middletown, I do not understand why the Township Committee would permit the appearance of this unacceptable practice to take place.

The relationship between the Parks and Recreation Department and Sodon Electric Inc. may be an example of this impropriety. In the past 10 months, the town has paid Sodon Electric Inc. a total of $92,072.26 for services’ performed from December 2005 through September 2006. This has occurred while the principal partner of Sodon Electric Inc., Mr. Timothy Sodon, is the Republican Party Candidate seeking a seat on the Township Committee; the same committee that approves payment to Sodon Electric Inc. as a contractor in our town. Mr. Sodon is also the chairman of the Recreation Advisory Board; a board that influences projects performed for the Parks and Recreation Department. Any electrical maintenance service that is performed, it is done by Sodon Electric Inc. Most troubling is the fact that payment to Sodon Electric Inc for services performed has more than tripled since Mr. Sodon became the Republican Party candidate and a member and chairman of the Recreation Advisory Board.

Mr. Sodon will have to decide whether he wants to remain a contractor who provides a service to the town or whether he wants to be Committee member, if elected, who approves contractors and the work that they perform within the town. Doing both promotes the appearance of a conflict.

However, it is the responsibility of the Township Committee to ensure that conflict of interest or the appearance thereof does not take place. And if it does, action should immediately be taken to remedy the situation. Our town ought to be viewed as a town that treats all contractors/vendors fairly, impartially, and in the best interest of the tax payer. Our town ought not to be viewed as a town that selects a contractor/vendor off a “Good O Boy” list or because it is an insider to the Republican Party.

I would hope that the Township Committee would view this situation from the eyes of the other twenty-seven (27) electric companies in our town that may want to do business in Middletown. These electrical companies must have confidence that they will not be excluded from doing work in Middletown if they do not subscribe to political patronage. Rather, they subscribe to a high ethical standard and provide quality of service at a cost that is in the best interest of the Middletown taxpayer.

To demonstrate that the Township Committee embraces these principles, I recommend the Township Committee remedy this situation by taking the following steps:

  1. Establish a policy to prohibit any elected and/or appointed official from performing contractual work in the township and any contractor/vendor from being an elected and/or appointed official.
  2. Replace Mr. Sodon as a member/chairperson of the Recreation Advisory Board.
  3. Place an immediate “Stop Work” on all work currently being performed by Sodon Electric Inc.
  4. Re-Issue a Request for Proposal Competitive Bid for electrical maintenance services performed in the Township of Middletown.

Respectfully,

Patrick Short

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Filed under conflict of interest, Middletown Planning Board, Middletown Township Committee, open letter, Patrick Short, Recreation Advisory Board, Sodon Electric, Tim Sodon, unethical behavior

Library Board Treasurer Sherry Miloscia Resigns

According to tonights article posted online at the Asbury Park Press, Middletown mayor wants library chief to resign for selling his own books to library, board treasurer Sherry Miloscia has resigned her position as Treasurer of the Middletown Library.

According to the APP, Miloscia resigned shortly after Tony Fiore sent his letter of wrong doing to the library board accusing Board President Randall Gabrielan of unethically and inappropriately selling books to the library and asking for his resignation as President of the Library Board of Trustees.
The APP’s article has a little bit more information pertaining to the book sales in question that have been going on for the past several years and were apparently OK with the Township Committee because nothing was ever said or acted upon until know even with Committeeman Kevin Settembrino sitting on the the Library Board as the Mayor’s Designee last year .
The article states:

Of each of the $20 to $30 books that the library purchased, Gabrielan said he ultimately received 40 percent. Of the $778.45, 40 percent would total $311.38.

With Sherry Miloscia’s resignation, it seems that Tony Fiore and the Middletown GOP have gotten what they wanted even if Randall Gabrielan doesn’t resign his position. Once they appoint their hand picked replacement of Miloscia, they will have wrestled control away from the protectors of the library so that they will have free access to any and all surplus or reserved funds that the library may be able to accumulate for a rainy day and redirect it for their own purposes.

UPDATE :

The APP has edited it’s story for the todays morning printed edition.

As it turns out Sherry Miloscia DID NOT resign after Fiore sent his letter to the Library Board but resigned on on January 20th, which was before the letter was sent.
Below is the edited version appearing in print today:

On Jan. 20, a couple of days before Fiore sent his letter, board treasurer Sherry Miloscia resigned from her unpaid position, she said.

Miloscia, whose signature also appears on several of the invoices, did not comment beyond specifying when she resigned. Her term was due to expire at

the end of the year.

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Filed under Asbury Park Press, Board of Trustees, Kevin Settembrino, Middletown Library, Randall Gabrielan, resignation, Sherry Miloscia, unethical behavior