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Crime Scene Middletown: MiddletownMike Banned From Receiving Township Press Releases

Last week, just after the 4th of July holiday weekend, I was expecting to recieve the latest press release from Middletown Police Detective Lieutenant Steve Dollinger, reporting the recent activities of the Middletown Police. I had noticed that updates for the holiday weekend activities had already been posted on the websites Redbankgreen.com,Middletown Patch and Atlantic Highlands Herald and I was wondering why, after 8 months of receiving the MTPD press releases, I didn’t receive the July 5th press release.

I sent an inquiring email to Detective Dollinger that afternoon wondering if I had been somehow overlooked when he had sent the current press release to those on his distribution list. Usually when I have sent an inquiry to the detective I received a prompt response, this time however was different. I never received a response from Detective Dollinger, instead the following day, Wednesday, I received the following email from Middletown Public Information Officer Cindy Herrschaft with no other explanation:

Dear Mr. Morris,

The township has revised the policy regarding the distribution of press releases. Please feel free to check the township website for information updates.

When I received this response coming from Ms. Herrschaft, I was puzzled. I have been receiving press releases for 8 months without any issue and wanted to know why I was now being excluded. I immediately responded by requesting that a copy of both the old policy regarding press releases and the new policy be sent to me so that I could review it. I also stated that no such policy was posted on the Township website for such review. Needless to say, I am still waiting for her response.

After waiting for an answer for almost 24 hours I decided to send an email to Township Administrator Tony Mercantante Thursday afternoon:

Mr. Mercantante,

For the past 8 months I have been receiving MTPD press releases from Detective Dollinger for posting on my Middletown Mike blog. These press releases have been very well received by the readers of the blog and are often the most read feature of the day when posted.

So you can imagine my dismay when I did not receive a press release from this past weekend and subsequent releases issued this week from Detective Dollinger, but found updates on other blogs or websites.

When I sent an inquiry to Detective Dollinger, I did not receive the usual quick response from him that I am accustomed to when I have a question, instead I received an email (below) from Cindy Herrschaft saying that the policy regarding the distribution of press releases had been revised and basically stating that I would not be receiving press releases for the Township anymore for posting.

I responded to Ms. Herrschaft, asking her if she could forward me a copy of the previous press release policy and that of the revised policy, so that I can understand why it seems that I am being singled out from receive township press releases from the MTPD or administration. So far I haven’t heard from her and that disturbs me.

If at all possible I would appreciate if you could look into this matter for me and provide me with the simple documents that I requested without having to file an OPRA request.

It would be great if this was just a misunderstanding and my name was taken off Detective Dollinger’s contact list by mistake and therefore you could authorize Detective Dollinger to once again include me in his updates.

I appreciate your help in this matter

Again nearly 24 hours pasted without a response, I figured that they were trying to come up with a plausible explanation as why I wasn’t to receive press releases any longer because it was becoming evident to me that no such policy documents exsisted.

So as not to be ignored,on Friday I sent yet an other email to the Township, this time to Assistant Administrator James Van Nest:

Mr. Van Nest,

As Assistant Township Administrator I am hoping that you could provide me with an answer to my inquiry below.

It has been two days since I respond to Ms. Herrschaft email notifying me that I have been taken off the contact list and will no longer be receiving Township press releases and almost 1 full day since sending an email inquiry to Mr. Mercantante about it, with no response in return.

I understand that it is the summer and people my have taken off a few days (hence no response from Mr. Mercantante) but I would like to know the true reason why I have been singled out by no longer being a recipient of direct notification of press releases.

In her email Ms. Herrschaft stated that the policy for distributing press releases has been changed. I would like to see in writing what the old policy was and how it differs from the new policy seeing how no such policy is listed on the Township website and that press releases are not always posted there in a timely manner.

Ultimately I would like to be restored to the notification list if possible. If you could be so kind to follow-up on this matter and respond back I would be greatly appreciative.

Thank you for your help in this matter.

They say that the third time is the charm and I suppose in this instance that old adage rang true because a short time afterwards Tony Mercantante finally responded to my emails with the following explanation:

Mr. Morris,

The policy for distributing Press Releases consists of essentially lists that have evolved over time. In order to keep distribution to a manageable magnitude it has been decided that automatic distribution of press releases will be limited to the following:

stablished new organizations and media outlets, whether they be print, online or on air organizations.

Community organizations and homeowners associations that have requested to receive information.

Other governmental agencies and officials.

We are currently reviewing the lists to make sure that all who are on it fall into the categories mentioned above. Blog sites are not included. If you ever become aware of a blog receiving such information automatically, please report it and we will look into it right away. You or anyone else has always the right to request specific information and/or pull it from the web site when it is posted, which is usually within a day.

Tony Mercantante
Township Administrator

That to me was an interesting reply. I responded by stating that I was in disagreement with his response and that it made it clear that there was no written policy in place that specifically dealt with this issue. I pointed out that my blog serves the community as a source of local news and opinion to those that read it and that I believe the township was being arbitrary in it’s decision to exclude my blog from directly receiving press releases. At which point Mr. Mercantante replied that all blog would be excluded, not just mine.
I asked him how does the Township differentiate between what is a News site and what isn’t and what is constitutes a community group? By definition Blogs and other Social Media outlets are virtually the same and almost impossible to differentiate. Websites such as Middletown Patch, Redbankgreen.com and MiddletownMike are just as much social media outlets as they are news outlets. Any website that allows reader comments to be published in response o columns posted are considered social media.
Thus it doesn’t make much sense not to include Blogs or Social Media in the Township’s policy, it only makes sense that public information should be disseminated in all possible manners and not excluded for arbitrary assumptions as to what constitutes a news outlet.

Out of further curiosity, I asked Tony Mercantante if Art Gallagher’s blog MoreMonmouthMusings, was considered a legitimate news outlet, seeing how often I have seen Middletown press releases on his site well before being posted on the Township’s website.

His responded by stating “...we specifically discussed Mr. Gallagher’s site and concluded it was a blog and will not be getting automatic distribution of press releases.”
At this point in our email exchanges I ended my inquiry but stated that I will be on the look out for evidence to the contrary.
Regardless of Mercantane’s explanation and assurances that no other blogs will be included in automatic press release notifications, I can help but think that this petty behavior on the Township’s part is in retaliation to negative posts I have published concerning members of the Township Committee. It would not be the first time that the Township Administration tried their hand at childish retaliation against a website.
I was reminded by Carol Schwebel that when Allan Dean, the publisher of the Atlantic Highland Herald, was attempting to help her fight the new Middletown website requirement that users must first register name, address and other personal information before hand to get information, the Administration stopped sending him information as well.
It’s just all par for the course I suppose. Why make the system more transparent when you live for it to be opaque? Saying that the reason for such a decision has to do with manageability of lists doesn’t cut it, a distribution list is not that hard to manage.
So while the crime of me being officially banned from directly receiving press releases from the Township has been committed, it wont prevent me from lifting press releases from other websites, be it directly off of Middletown web page or others. I wont allow them to intimidate me it such a way. I’ll just start posting all the press releases I notice, not just those from the MTDP.
I’ll show ’em 🙂

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>Crime Scene Middletown: Middletown Police Report Recent Activity 5/21 – 5/25

> PREPARED BY DETECTIVE LIEUTENANT STEPHEN DOLLINGER

On May 21, 2011 at approximately 1:25 am Patrolman Richard Fulham was on patrol in the area of Thorne School when he observed a suspicious vehicle parked in the parking lot and a package of Budweiser beer sitting on the ground near the driver’s side door.

Officer Fulham approached the vehicle and conducted an investigation which resulted in Matthew Griffith, age 19, from Pacific Boulevard in Cliffwood Beach, NJ, being arrested for Possession of Alcohol Underage. He was transported to police headquarters where he was processed and released pending a court date.

On May 21, 2011 at approximately 5:03 am Patrolman Stephen Greenwood and Patrolman Ian May responded to the area of Kings Highway in reference to a report of a subject lying in the middle of the street next to a bicycle. Upon arrival the officers located the subject, identified as Sean Gillespie, age 22, from Libby place in Middletown walking in the area.

The officers approached Gillespie to check on his well-being. Gillespie was extremely intoxicated and began acting in an aggressive manner towards the officers. The officers continued their investigation which resulted in Gillespie being arrested for Disorderly Conduct.

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

On May 22, 2011 at approximately 1:47 am Sgt. Paul Bailey responded to the area of Swimming River Road in reference to a report of a fight in progress. Upon arrival Sgt. Bailey observed several subjects fleeing the area. The officer then located three subjects in the area who were under the influence of alcohol.

Sgt. Bailey conducted an investigation which resulted in the arrest of Andrew Suarez, age 18, from Brandywine Way in Middletown, NJ, and two sixteen year old Middletown juveniles being arrested and charged with Underage Possession of Alcohol. Suarez was processed and released pending a court date and the two juveniles were processed and released to their parents.

On May 22, 2011 at approximately 6:00 pm Patrolman Keith Hirschbein was on patrol in the area of McMahon Park when he observed a suspicious subject sitting on the ground. Officer Hirschbein approached the subject, identified as Justin Hunt, age 18, from Seabreeze Avenue in Middletown, to check on his well-being when he observed him attempt to hide something behind his back.

Officer Hirschbein continued his investigation which resulted in Hunt being arrested for Possession of Under 50 grams of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was transported to police headquarters where he was processed and released pending a court date.

On May 23, 2011 at approximately 1:10 pm Lieutenant John Kaiser was on patrol in the area of Puslch Street when he observed two subjects inside the Middletown Skate Park which was closed at the time. Lieutenant Kaiser approached the two subjects and determined that they had climbed the six foot high fence in order to gain access to the park.

Lieutenant Kaiser continued his investigation which resulted in Jesse Carroll, age 18, from Neptune Place in Middletown and Joshua Lindner, age 18, from Kimberly Court in Red Bank, being charged with Defiant Trespass. Both subjects were issued a summons and released on scene pending a court date.

On May 24, 2011 at approximately 9:50 pm Patrolman Nicholas Fenezia was working a traffic detail on Middletown Lincroft Road when a vehicle approached his location. The rear seat passenger in the vehicle, identified as James Fitzgerald, age 18, from Lusan Lane in Middletown, began screaming profanities at the officer.

Officer Fenezia was able to stop the vehicle and conducted an investigation which resulted in Fitzgerald being charged with Disorderly Conduct. He was issued a summons and released on scene pending a court date.

On May 25, 2011 at 3:27 am Patrolman Charles Higgins responded to the area of Belmont Avenue in reference to a report of a vehicle that struck a fence and then fled the scene. Upon arrival the officer conducted an investigation and then began checking surrounding streets for the vehicle.

Patrolman Higgins located the vehicle parked at a residence on Maxum Court. He continued his investigation which resulted in Marissa Tanne, age 19, from Maxum Court being arrested for Driving While Intoxicated.

Tanne was transported to police headquarters for processing. She was charged with the additional offenses of Reckless driving, Failure to maintain lane, Failure to report an accident, Leaving the scene of an accident, Provisional license violation and Open alcohol in a motor vehicle and released pending a court date.

On May 25, 2011 at approximately 10:00 pm Patrolman Keith Hirschbein was on patrol in the area of McMahon Park when he observed four suspicious subjects in the dugout area near the hockey rink. The officer approached the subjects and conducted an investigation which resulted in a seventeen year old juvenile being arrested for Possession of under 50 grams of Marijuana.

The juvenile was transported to police headquarters for processing and was released pending a court date.

The Middletown Police Department arrested the following subjects on warrants:

Kevin Allen, age 27, from Powell Avenue in Atlantic Highlands arrested on May 24, 2011 by Patrolman Thomas Russo on four Contempt of Court warrants issued by various municipal courts. He was held on $4250.00 bail.

Stephen Casper, age 48, from Leonardville Road in Belford arrested on May 23, 2011 by Patrolman Jason Caruso on a Contempt of Court warrant out of Bradley Beach Municipal Court. He was held on $801.00 bail.

Kenneth Szepesy, age 54, from Bonnie Drive in Middletown arrested on May 23, 2011 by Patrolman Michael Nolan on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was transported to the Monmouth County Correctional Facility in Freehold.

Carissa Sabo, age 26, age 26, from Weehawkin Avenue in Middletown arrested on May 23, 2011 by Patrolman Michael Nolan on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Oakhurst Municipal Court. She was released on $200.00 bail.

Arthur Bossert, age 58, from Wood End Road in Middletown arrested on May 24, 2011 by Lieutenant John Kaiser on two Contempt of Court warrants issued by the West Long Branch Municipal Court. He was released after posting bail.

Bridget Dorsa, age 24, from Reta Lane in Middletown arrested on May 24, 2011 by Patrolman Antonio Ciccone on two Contempt of Court Warrants out of Middletown Municipal Court. She was processed and released.

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>Crime Scene Middletown: Prescription Fraud, False 911 Calls, Shoplifting, Theft and Other Recent Activity Reported

>PREPARED BY DETECTIVE LIEUTENANT STEPHEN DOLLINGER

On May 16, 2011 Detective Daniel Sullivan charged Peter Hanvey, age 51, from West Side Avenue in Jersey City, NJ, with Forgery and Obtaining a Controlled Dangerous Substance by Fraud. Hanvey was charged as a result of information provided by Detective Jeff Malone of the Ocean Township Police Department.

Detective Malone had conducted an investigation into a fraudulent prescription that was presented to the C.V.S Pharmacy in Ocean Township. Det. Malone developed information that Hanvey had also passed a fraudulent prescription in the C.V.S Pharmacy located in the Navesink section of Middletown.

Detective Sullivan conducted a follow up investigation which resulted in Hanvey being charged. Hanvey was released on his own recognizance pending a court date.

On May 16, 2011 at approximately 5:35 am Patrolman Brady Carr and Patrolman Keith Hirschbein investigated a report of damage committed to numerous vehicles that occurred at the Eddie Coffey and Sons Construction Company located on Highway 36 in Middletown. The vehicles windows were smashed and tires slashed.

Patrolman Hirschbein conducted an investigation and identified Donald Neri, age 45, from Shoreland Terrace in Middletown as the subject who damaged the vehicles. Neri was arrested and was transported to police headquarters where he was charged with Criminal Mischief. He was held on $50,000 bail.

On May 16, 2011 Detective Sullivan was assigned to investigate the theft of a ladder from a residence on Wilson Avenue in Middletown. Detective Sullivan conducted an investigation which resulted in Terrance McQuillan, age 29, from Wilson Avenue in Middletown being charged with Theft.

McQuillan was processed and held on bail.

On May 17, 2011 at approximately 11:20 pm Patrolman Raymond Sofield responded to the area of the New Monmouth Diner, located on Highway 35 in Middletown in reference to an intoxicated subject who had called 9-1-1 numerous times. Officer Sofield located the subject, identified as Stephen Acquaviva, age 34, from Bonnie Drive in Middletown.

Patrolman Sofield determined that Acquaviva did not have an actual emergency and was repeatedly calling 9-1-1 because he was intoxicated. As a result of Officer Sofield’s investigation Acquaviva was arrested for Making False Public Alarms. He was transported to police headquarters where he was processed and released on a summons pending a court date.

On May 18, 2011 at approximately 9:50 am Patrolman Keith Hirschbein was on patrol in the area of the McMahon Park hockey rink when he observed a subject, identified as David Matheny, age 49, from Seaside Avenue in Keansburg, NJ, urinating in the dugout area of the rink.

Officer Hirschbein conducted an investigation which resulted in Matheny being arrested for Criminal Mischief. He was transported to police headquarters where he was processed and released on a summons pending a court date.

On May 18, 2011 at approximately 3:55 pm Patrolman Anthony Dellatacoma responded to the Sears Store on Highway 35 in reference to a shoplifting. Upon arrival store security advised the officer that they had observed Danielle Boyce, age 35, from Port Monmouth Road in Middletown, leave the store with $287.67 of unpaid merchandise. Security stopped Boyce in the parking lot and detained her until police arrived.

Officer Dellatacoma arrested Boyce and transported her to police headquarters where she was charged with Shoplifting. She was processed and released pending a court date.

On May 18, 2011 at approximately 5:50 am Patrolman John Soltysik and Patrolman Felipe Benedit responded to the area of Twin brooks Drive and Highway 35 in reference to a report of a white box truck that had been involved in the attempted burglary of a vehicle that had occurred in the parking lot of the Sears store.

The officers located the vehicle and conducted an investigation which resulted in the arrest of Bernard Kusakavitch, age 45, from Osborne Drive in Pittston, PA, being charged with Attempted Theft, Conspiracy, Obstruction and Hindering Apprehension. Police determined that Kusakavitch had attempted to steal Diesel fuel from a tractor trailer that was parked in the parking lot.

He was transported to police headquarters where he was processed and held on $40,000 bail. Detective William Strohkirch assisted with the investigation.

On May 19, 2011 at approximately 2:55 am Patrolman Brian McGrogan was on patrol in the area of Highway 35 when he observed a vehicle being driven without headlights. Officer McGrogan stopped the vehicle and approached the driver, identified as Christopher Haspilaire, age 21, from Portland Road in Atlantic Highlands, NJ, and detected an odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath.

Officer McGrogan conducted an investigation which resulted in Hispilaire being arrested for Driving While intoxicated. He was transported to police headquarters where he was processed and released pending a court date.

On May 20, 2011 at approximately 3:35 am Corporal Richard Fusella responded to the area of Locust Point Road near the Rumson Bridge in reference to a driver of a vehicle asleep behind the wheel.

Upon arrival Corporal Fusella located the vehicle and approached the driver, identified as Alexander Heagney, age 18, from Clay Court in the Locust section of Middletown.

While speaking with Heagney, Officer Fusella observed a baggie of Marijuana in the vehicle. Heagney was placed under arrest and was transported to police headquarters where he was charged with Possession of under 50 grams of Marijuana. He was processed and released pending a court date.

The Middletown Police Department arrested the following subjects on warrants:

Lisa Ardic, age 43, from Shore Boulevard in Keansburg, NJ, arrested on May 17, 2011 by Detective Sullivan on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Keansburg Municipal Court. She was released after posting $575.00 bail.

Anthony Jones, age 26, from Veeder Avenue in Toms River, arrested on May 18, 2011 by Patrolman Michael Nolan on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was held on $500.00 bail.

Jeffrey Dressler, age 33, from Locust Road in Hazlet, NJ, arrested on May 18, 2011 arrested by James Beirne on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was released after posting $500.00 bail.

Amanda Rivera, age 30, from Kanes Lane in Middletown, NJ, arrested on May 18, 2011 by Patrolman Nicholas Fenezia on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Tinton Falls Municipal Court.

Dominic Moffitt, age 29, from Kimberly Court in Middletown, NJ arrested on May 19, 2011 by Patrolman James Beirne on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Eatontown Municipal court. He was released after posting $89.00 bail.

Nicholas Grimsley, age 24, from Apple Farm Road, Middletown, NJ, arrested on May 19, 2011 by Patrolman Anthony Gigante on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was released after posting $500.00 bail.

Jonathan Pecyna, age 22, from Manor Drive in Red Bank, NJ, arrested on May 19, 2011 by Patrolman John Mele on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Monmouth Beach Municipal Court. He was released after posting $100.00 bail.

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>Crime Scene Middletown: Home Intruder and Other Recent Activity

>PREPARED BY DETECTIVE LIEUTENANT STEPHEN DOLLINGER

On April 25, 2011 at 5:58 am police responded to a residence on Bray Avenue in reference to a report of intruder inside a home. Upon arrival Patrolman Nicholas Fenezia and Patrolman Charles Higgins were advised by the homeowners that they had located a subject sleeping in their basement.

The officers located the subject, Jerry Stanzione, age 32, from Briarwood Avenue in Keansburg,NJ, in the basement. The officers determined that Stanzione was extremely intoxicated and had entered the basement through a window and went to sleep on a mattress.

Stanzione was arrested and was transported to police headquarters where he was charged with Criminal Trespass and Criminal Mischief. He was processed and released.

On April 25, 2011 Detective Daniel Sullivan charged Kimberly Macrina, age 46, from Linden Avenue in Middletown and Paul Hughes, age 28, from Cavan Lane in Hazlet, NJ with Shoplifting and Conspiracy to Commit Shoplifting from the Stop and Shop grocery store.

Both subjects were identified by store security after an investigation into a theft from the store on February 24, 2011. Det. Sullivan conducted a follow up investigation which resulted in their arrests.
Macrina was processed and held on $20,000 bail with no 10% option set by Judge Michael Pugliese. Hughes was charged on a summons and was pending a court date.

The Middletown Police arrested the following subjects on warrants:

Jeffrey Johnson, age 54, from Highland Avenue in Keansburg, NJ, arrested by Patrolman Brady Carr on April 21, 2011 on Contempt of Court warrants issued by the Keansburg and Sea Bright Municipal Courts. He was released on his own recognizance pending a court date.

Kenneth Brown, age 22, from Atlantic Avenue in Asbury Park, NJ arrested by Patrolman Keith Hirschbein on April 22, 2011 on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Asbury Park Municipal Court. He was held on bail.

Daniel Powell, age 23, from Crescent Drive in Middletown, arrested by Patrolman Lawrence Seymour on April 22, 2011 on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Sayreville Municipal Court. He was released after posting $540.00 bail.

Terrence Herron, age 23, from Brevent Avenue in Leonardo, arrested by Patrolman Raymond Sofield on April 23, 2011 on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Eatontown Municipal Court. He was released after posting $89.00 bail.

Gordon Reiger, age 56, from Florence Avenue in Leonardo, arrested by Patrolman Brady Carr on April 25, 2011 on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Atlantic Highlands Municipal Court. He was released after posting $89.00 bail.

Stephen Parco, age 23, from Moak Drive in Hazlet, NJ, arrested by Patrolman Greg Buhowski on April 25, 2011 on two warrants issued by the Monmouth County Superior Court. He was transported to the Monmouth County Correctional Facility in Freehold, NJ.

Anthony Roberts, age 29, from Cross Road in Matawan, NJ, arrested by Sgt. Paul Bailey on April 26, 2011 on a Contempt of Court warrant. He was released after posting $106.00 bail.

Dawn Santiago, age 30, from Cross Road in Matawan, NJ, arrested by Sgt. Paul Bailey on April 26, 2011 three Contempt of Court warrants. She was held on $1200.00 bail.

Peter Dolan, age 42, from Davey Street in Bloomfield, NJ, arrested by Cpl. Keith Macdonald on April 26, 2011 on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was transported to the Monmouth County Correctional Facility.

Sandra Bartlett, age 29, from Ocean Avenue in Middletown, arrested by Patrolman Lawrence Seymour on April 26, 2011 on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Dunellen Municipal court. She was released on bail.

William Horner, age 29, from Port Monmouth Road in Port Monmouth, arrested by Patrolman Keith Hirschbein on April 26, 2011 on three Contempt of Court warrants. He was transferred to the Hillsborough Police Department and was being held on $985.00 bail.

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>Crime Scene Middletown: MIDDLETOWN POLICE REPORT FIVE ARRESTS OVER WEEKEND

>PREPARED BY DETECTIVE LIEUTENANT STEPHEN DOLLINGER

Patrolman Donald Coates and Patrolman Lawrence Seymour chased the subjects and located one of them, identified as Michael Miller, age 22, from 9th Street in Belford, hiding in a nearby yard.

Miller was held while police continued their investigation. The officers determined a burglary had not occurred however, Miller was arrested for Disorderly Conduct . He was transported to police headquarters where he was processed and released on a summons pending a court appearance.

On April 10, 2011 at approximately 12:55 am police responded to the area of Burlington Avenue in reference to a possible burglary in progress. While checking the area Patrolman Greg Buhowski located three subjects walking on a nearby street.

Patrolman Buhowski stopped to speak with the subjects and as a result of his investigation a sixteen year old juvenile was arrested for Possession of under 50 grams of marijuana and Possession of drug paraphernalia. He was transported to police headquarters where he was processed and released to his father pending a court date.

On April 10, 2011 at approximately 7:15 pm police responded to the Foodtown store located on Highway 36 in Port Monmouth in reference to a shoplifting. Upon arrival they were advised by store security that they had observed Heather Lenhart, age 35, from 7th Street in Belford, placing several items to include cough syrup, chocolate bars, juice, socks and miracle grow in her purse and then attempt to leave the store.

She was detained by security and was then arrested by Patrolman John Mele. She was transported to police headquarters where she was charged with Shoplifting and was released on a summons pending a court date.

The Middletown Police arrested the following two subjects on warrants:

James Oliver, age 31, from Cedar Avenue in Middletown, was arrested on April 8, 2011 by Patrolman Brian McGrogan on a Contempt of Court warrants issued by the Holmdel Township and Keansburg Municipal Courts. He was released after posting $456.00 bail.

William Garby, age 24, from Brotherton Avenue in the Locust section of Middletown was arrested by Patrolman Antonio Ciccone and Patrolman Ian May on Contempt of Court warrants issued by the Tinton Falls and Atlantic Highlands Municipal Courts. He was released after posting $581.00 bail.

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>Crime Scene Middletown: TWO ARRESTED FOR SHOPLIFTING IN SEPARATE INCIDENTS AT PORT MONMOUTH FOODTOWN

>PREPARED BY DETECTIVE LIEUTENANT STEPHEN DOLLINGER

On March 10, 2011 at approximately 5:16 pm Patrolman Jason Caruso responded to the Port Monmouth Foodtown in reference to a report of a shoplifting. Upon arrival, store security advised Officer Caruso that they had observed Steven Miller, age 39, from Navesink Avenue in Highlands, NJ, conceal an eighteen pack and twelve pack of Coors Light beer by putting the items in his cart and placing his jacket over them.

Miller left the store and was stopped by security near his vehicle. He was taken into custody. Patrolman Caruso transported Miller to police headquarters where he was charged with Shoplifting. He was processed and released on a summons pending a court appearance.

Less than an hour later, Patrolman John Soltysik responded back to the store in reference to a report of another shoplifting. Upon arrival security advised Officer Caruso that they had observed Debra Kelly, age 49, from Ocean Avenue in Middletown, NJ, attempt to conceal numerous food items and Bicardi Rum and leave the store. She was taken into custody.

Patrolman Soltysik transported Kelly to police headquarters where she was charged with Shoplifting. While being processed it was discovered that Kelly had outstanding warrants out of Pompton Lakes and Newark Municipal Courts. She was released after posting $843.00 bail.

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