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Letter: No Trustee Appointments

The following letter was received from Mr. Bob Latsch

A recent article in the Asbury Park Press stated that two appointees will be added to the Middletown Township Public Library’s Board of Trustees. Once before the Township Committee absconded with library funds to fill a hole in the township’s budget deficit. The voters as usual had nothing to say about this! Why?

Now with two trustee appointments along with the first current appointment, lets the mayor have voting control, control enough to take taxpayer funds as needed. These two appointees will not for the betterment of the Library, no they are there to control for Committee and Mayor not the Library or cardholders.
Trustees such as the last appointee are there at the behest of the mayor to do his bidding, appointments should not be. The right way is to have the library select the trustees then the public vote to accept or not.
The Middletown Public Library is just that, public for all. It is not a bank or cookie jar for the mayor to take from for holes in his budget. The appointed cronies have to go, let the voting public decide on trusteeship.
Bob Latsch
Belford, NJ

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>Crime Scene Middletown: Belford Drug Bust and other Recent Activity

>PREPARED BY DETECTIVE LIEUTENANT STEPHEN DOLLINGER

On April 20, 2011 at approximately 2:00 pm the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Task Force Bayshore Unit and the Middletown Township Police Department executed a search warrant at the basement apartment of # 813 Main Street in Belford. The warrant execution was a result of an ongoing investigation into the sale of illegal narcotics from the apartment.

Police arrested Derek Donato, age 21, and Allison Petrilli, age 19, in connection to the investigation. Donato was charged with Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance (Prescription Medications), Possession with the Intent to Distribute a Controlled Dangerous Substance (Prescription Medications), Possession of under 50 Grams of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Petrilli was charged with Possession of under 50 Grams of Marijuana. Police also recovered a scale, Oxycodone pills, Marijuana, packaging baggies and $2000.00 in US currency.

Petrilli was released on a summons pending a court appearance and Donato was held on $15,000.00 set by Judge Richard Thompson.

Detective Daniel Sullivan and Patrolman Richard Fulham of the Middletown Police Department and Patrolman Joseph VanPelt and his K-9 partner DOG of the Holmdel Police Department assisted the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office with the investigation.

Other Recent Activity:

On April 21, 2011 at approximately 2:17 am Patrolman Kevin Gardiner responded to a report of a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Highway 35 and Cherry Tree Farm Road. The caller reported a vehicle had struck a utility pole.

Patrolman Gardiner conducted an investigation which resulted in the driver, Andrea Perry, age 31, from Tice Avenue in South River, NJ being arrested for Driving While Intoxicated. She was also issued summonses for Reckless Driving and Operating an Unregistered Vehicle. She was transported to Riverview Medical Center for treatment of injuries sustained in the accident and was released pending a court date.

The Middletown Police Department reports the arrests of the following people on warrants:

Kimberly Kitzhoffer, age 23, from Coral Place in New Monmouth, arrested by Patrolman Frank Mazza on April 19, 2011, on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Township Municipal Court. She was released after posting $195.00 bail.

Joseph Colasacco, age 32, from Creek Road in Port Monmouth arrested by Patrolman Jason Caruso on April 19, 2011, on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by Keansburg Municipal Court and a Non-Support warrant issued by the Monmouth County Superior Court. He was held on $5,467.00 bail.

Christopher Gallagher, age 38, from East End Avenue in Belford, arrested by Corporal James Keenan on April 20, 2011 on Contempt of Court warrants issued by the Middletown, Holmdel, Lakewood and Keansburg Municipal Courts. He was held on $5,100.00 bail.

Michelle Caputo, age 25, from Morris Street in Staten Island, NY, arrested by Patrolman Christopher Dee on April 20, 2011 on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Township Municipal Court. She was processed and released after posting $200.00 bail.

Nicholas Sipsis, age 20, from Bray Ave in Middletown arrested by Patrolman Thomas Meckier on April 20, 2011 on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Township Municipal Court. He was released after posting $250.00 bail.

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>Crime Scene Middletown: MAN ARRESTED FOR MARIJUANA POSSESSION IN PARK

> PREPARED BY DETECTIVE LIEUTENANT STEPHEN DOLLINGER

On February 27, 2011 at approximately 10:47 pm Patrolman Albert Scott and Patrolman Richard Fulham were on patrol in the area of Belford Park, located on Main Street in Belford, when they observed a vehicle parked in the parking lot after hours.

The officers checked the vehicle, which was unoccupied at the time, and while doing so detected the strong odor of raw marijuana coming from inside the car through and open window. The officers then positioned themselves where they could observe the vehicle and waited until someone came back to the car.

After a short time the officers observed two subjects return, enter the vehicle and pull out of the parking lot. The officers stopped the vehicle and approached the driver, identified as Timothy Toner, age 23, from Woodland Road in Pittstown, NJ. The officers advised Toner of their observation at which point he voluntarily retrieved a sunglass case which contained marijuana and a marijuana smoking pipe from inside the car and handed it to the officers.

Toner was placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters where he was charged with Possession of under 50 grams of marijuana and Possession of drug paraphernalia. He was processed and released on a summons pending a court appearance.

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>Crime Scene Middletown: MAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES AFTER POLICE RESPOND TO A BURGLARY IN PROGRESS CALL

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PREPARED BY DETECTIVE LIEUTENANT STEPHEN DOLLINGER
On February 8, 2011 at approximately 3:00pm officers responded to a residence on Main Street in Belford in reference to a report of a possible burglary in progress. Police had received a 9-1-1 call reporting that a male subject was attempting to enter the residence through a rear window.

Upon arrival police located Derek Donato, age 21, inside the residence and ordered him to exit. Donato advised officers that he lived at the residence and had locked himself out of the house and he was forced to gain entry through the window. Donato was asked to produce identification and during the course of the investigation by Patrolman Stephen Greenwood, Lieutenant John Maguire and Sergeant William Colangelo, Donato was arrested for several drug related offenses.

Donato was found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia and prescription legend drugs and was taken into custody and transported to police headquarters for processing. He was charged with Possession of prescription legend drugs and Possession of drug paraphernalia. Donato was released on a summons pending a court appearance.

Police confirmed Donato was a resident and was in fact locked out of his house.

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>Crime Scene Middletown: DISABLED VEHICLE LEADS TO ARRESTS OF FOUR ON DRUG CHARGES

>PREPARED BY DETECTIVE LIEUTENANT STEPHEN DOLLINGER

On January 16, 2011 at approximately 5:50 pm Patrolman Robert Mc Nair was on patrol in the area of Campbell Avenue in Belford when he observed a vehicle being operated with a rear flat tire. Officer Mc Nair stopped the vehicle to advise the driver of the tire’s condition.

Upon approaching the vehicle and speaking with the occupants, Officer Mc Nair observed some loose marijuana on the clothing of a rear seat passenger, a seventeen year old juvenile from Willis Avenue in Keansburg. He also observed a Dutch Master cigar, which is commonly used to smoke marijuana, on the seat next to the passenger.

Officer Mc Nair then asked all the occupants to exit the vehicle so that he could conduct a search of the interior. While doing so he located a Winston cigarette box which contained more marijuana. All the occupants were then placed under arrest for Possession of under 5o grams of marijuana.

Arrested along with the seventeen year old passenger were Thomas Parnell, age 19, from Woodside Avenue in Keansburg, Damon Crook, age 19 from Oak Street in Keansburg and another seventeen year old juvenile from Seeley Avenue in Keansburg.

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