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Have You Witnessed Any News? Have You Heard Any News? Why Not Report The News Here? Send Me Your News Stories

Seeing how Middletown Township has banned me from receiving press releases directly from the source,when and as news happens around town, insisting that I rely on secondary sources of information for posting, I figure why not ask readers, many of whom already provide me with insights of what is happening, to become reporters of news themselves.

If anyone, at anytime, witnesses or hears about anything newsworthy or informative happening in their neighborhoods, around town or the immediate areas surrounding Middletown and wants to pass along the information, I would be glad to post it hear.

After all, you the readers of the MiddletownMike blog, are the true eyes and ears of the Township (I think I heard some sitting Mayor mention the same thing at recent Township Committee meeting in reference to a particular methadone clinic).

Let me know if cars are being broken into or a home burglarized, if a local park or building has been vandalized. Anything that may be of importance to you or your community that you feel has not been adequately addressed in other local media.

The initial reason why I requested to be placed on the direct mailing list for press releases from the Middletown Police Department was because many readers of this blog were upset at not being able to find any “Police Briefs” in local publications that would mention what was happening in Middletown. They were frustrated at not reading about the car break-ins, robberies, burglaries and other incidents that were happening around them and questioned why? They felt it was some grand cover-up in order to make the town look more attractive and safer to the Money Magazines of the world, at the expense of public safety. To some extent, I would have to agree.

Through the issuance of the MTPD press releases I noticed the only information being released was after the fact. Only the names of those arrested and charged with crimes are released for publication. There is seldom if ever, any preemptive informatation or warnings issued by the MTPD to warn residents of crimes being committed in their neighborhoods. Only when the MTPD is at a loss for information or leads is a noticed or warning issued, asking for help or vigilance.

Middletown residents deserve to be better informed. If you see anything out of the ordinary happening in your neck of the woods, or wish to pass along information of an alleged incident, send it to me and I’ll post it here. If enough such posts are made I’m sure that there will be a response of some kind from the MTPD or Township officials.

Remember it’s the residents of Middletown that have their eyes and ears pinned to what’s happening around them, not the other way around.

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>Are Car Break-ins Related To Methadone Clinic?

>My wife ran into a friend of ours while enjoying the evening summer beach concert at Sandy Hook last night. My wife’s friend lives over in the Applebrook development near where the Middletown Methadone Clinic operates on the corner of Apple Farm Rd. and Hwy 35.

She was told by our friend that there has been a rash of car break-ins and burglaries over the past couple of weeks in the neighborhood and that friends and neighbors are extremely upset. They are wondering if any of these break-ins are related to the methadone clinic being down the road from their homes or is it just the usual suspects that roam around at night during the summer months when school is out.
My wife was told that the residents are upset that they haven’t seen any public information or warnings about these break-ins in the local media. Our friend added how her neighborhood was always very quiet and a safe place to live, they never had to worry about locking the doors of their cars or the doors and window of their homes before the methadone clinic opened.
She related how she has been yelling at her husband about locking the car up at night because the garage door opener is in it. The garage is attached to the house and anyone can walk into the house through it if they have access when the garage door opens. She feels as if herself and family are living in the middle of a crime infested, inner city neighborhood of Camden or Newark instead of a beautiful, family orientated, bedroom community located in Middletown.
She doesn’t know what she or her neighbors will do with themselves if the clinic remains at it’s current location. She said that they feel let down by those who run the Township and can only hope that the town can eventually save her neighborhood before people decide that it’s time to move out.
For our friend and others that live in the Applebrook development, I hope so too.


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>Crime Scene Middletown: Car Bandits, Attack Of The Weed Whacker And Other Recent Activity


On April 22, 2011 Detective Daniel Sullivan received information from Detective Jason Lopez of the Keansburg Police Department that he had arrested two juveniles for committing car burglaries in the Keansburg area and had recovered items that had been stolen in similar type burglaries in Middletown. Detective Lopez also identified the suspects in the Middletown incidents.

Detective Sullivan and Detective Lopez conducted a joint investigation which resulted in the arrests of three subjects for the Middletown burglaries. Middletown police arrested Raymond Pujols, age 19, and Jonathan Pujols, age 18, both from Raritan Avenue in Keansburg and a seventeen year old juvenile from Main Street in Keansburg.

Raymond and Jonathan Pujols were both charged with two counts of Burglary, Theft and Conspiracy and are being held at the Monmouth County Correctional Facility in Freehold, NJ on $15,000.00 bail each. The juvenile was charged with two counts of Burglary, Theft and Conspiracy and was released pending a court date.

On April 28, 2011 at approximately 6:35 pm police responded to the Sears store located on Highway 35 in reference to an irate customer who was refusing to leave the store. Upon arrival officers were advised by store security that Gary Burke, age 28, from East Mount Avenue in Atlantic Highlands, was attempting to return a weed whacker he had bought at the store but the lawn and garden section of the store was closed at the time. Burke was advised he would have to come back at a later time when he began to yell and scream at employees which prompted the police to be called.

Patrolman Thomas Meckier and Patrolman Richard Fulham advised Burke that he would have to leave the store and were attempting to escort him out when Burke struck Patrolman Meckier with the weed whacker. The officers were able to place Burke under arrest with the help of other officers.

Burke was transported to police headquarters where he was charged with Aggravated Assault on a police officer, Unlawful Possession of a weapon (the weed whacker), Possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and Disorderly Conduct. He was held on $17,500.00 bail with no 10% option set by Judge Richard Thompson.

On April 30, 2011 at approximately 1:00am Patrolman Frank Mazza was on patrol in the area of Laurel Avenue when he observed a vehicle swerving in and out of its lane of travel. Officer Mazza stopped the vehicle and conducted an investigation which resulted in the driver, Michael Kiernan, age 45, from Creek Road in Keansburg being arrested for Driving While Intoxicated. He was processed and released pending a court date.

On May 1, 2011 at approximately 1:15 am Patrolman Donald Coates responded to the area of Bray Avenue in reference to a report of a subject passed out on the front lawn of a residence. Upon arrival Officer Coates located Joseph Meehan, age 18, from Lohsen Place in Middletown lying on the lawn.

Patrolman Coates continued his investigation which resulted in Meehan being arrested for Disorderly Conduct. He was transported to police headquarters where he was processed and released on a summons pending a court date.

On May 1, 2011 at approximately 2:35 am Patrolman Frank Mazza was on patrol in the area of Oak Hill Road when he stopped a vehicle for a lamp maintenance violation. Officer Mazza conducted an investigation which resulted in the driver, Justin Sachs, age 20, from Woodland Avenue in Laurence Harbor, being arrested for Driving While Intoxicated.

Sachs was transported to police headquarters where he was processed and released pending a court date.

On May 1, 2011 at approximately 3:00 pm Patrolman Keith Hirschbein responded to the area of Wilson Avenue and the Henry Hudson Trail in reference to a report of several juveniles possibly smoking Marijuana.

Upon arrival Officer Hirschbein located the group and conducted an investigation which resulted in a sixteen year old juvenile, from Wilson Avenue in Middletown, being arrested for Possession of under 50 grams of Marijuana. The juvenile was transported to police headquarters where he was processed and released to his mother pending a court date.

On May 1, 2011 at approximately 4:15 pm Patrolman Anthony Bumbico responded to the Wendy’s restaurant in reference to a report of a stolen bike. Approximately one hour later, Patrolman Raymond Sofield was on patrol in the area of Loraine Place when he was flagged down by the owner of the bike who reported seeing a male subject riding the bike in the area and provided the officer with his description.

Patrolman Sofield located the subject a short distance away and engaged in a brief foot pursuit of the subject before being able to place him under arrest. The subject was identified as a sixteen year old juvenile from East Church Street in Keansburg, NJ.

When taken into custody the juvenile was found to be in possession of clothing and shoes that had been stolen from the Sears store in Middletown as well as the Marshalls, Old Navy and Models stores in Holmdel. He was transported to police headquarters where he was charged with Theft, Shoplifting, three counts of Receiving Stolen Property and Obstructing the Administration of Law. He was processed and released to his mother pending a court date.

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