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Mtown News Flash 9-19-11


Equipment Permit Fees Waived to Ease Storm Recovery
To ease the burden of storm clean-up, the Township Committee is waiving permit fees for residents who need to repair or replace equipment damaged as a result of Hurricane Irene.

Fees will be waived for permits requested from August 29 through the close of business September 30 to repair and/or replace of service-related equipment such as water heaters, furnaces, air conditioners, pumps, and service panels. Under normal circumstances, if a resident removes and replaces any of those items, there’s a permit fee to cover the cost of a township inspector who determines if the replacement was installed to code. For more information contact the Building Department at 732-615-2104.

Meanwhile, the township’s emergency brush collection has been underway since September 7. The Township scheduled the collection due the volume of brush generated as a result of the storm. All brush should have been placed curbside by September 6. Residents are reminded not mix leaves with brush. Regularly scheduled leaf collection will occur in November, said Public Works Director Ted Maloney.Register for FEMA Disaster Assistance

A FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) has been established in the Leonardo section of Middletown at the Henry Hudson Trail Activity Center, 945 Route 36. The office will be open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. until further notice. Before visiting the DRC, residents and business owners who sustained losses should register by calling between 6 a.m. and 1 a.m. daily to 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), or for the speech or hearing impaired TTY 1-800-462-7585, online anytime at www.disasterassistance.gov or www.fema.gov or via mobile phone application m.fema.gov.FEMA assistance can include grants for temporary housing, home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

Thank you 9-11 Flag Sponsors
Thanks to an outpouring of support from the community, Middletown has hung approximately 80 flag banners to honor the 37 residents who died in the World Trade Center Tragedy. Click here for Sponsor list. The list also viewable on Comcast Channel 20 and Verizon Channel 26.

Oceanic Bridge Information Sessions
Monmouth County Bridge S-31(Oceanic Bridge)
County Route 8A, Bingham Avenue , Locust Point Rd over Navesink River

Monmouth County Division of Engineering, in cooperation with the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority, the New Jersey Department of Transportation, and the Federal Highway Administration, will be holding Public Information Centers to discuss the replacement alternatives of Oceanic Bridge (CR 8A, Bingham Avenue – Locust Point Road Bridge S-31) over Navesink River located between the Borough of Rumson and the Township of Middletown. The purpose of the Public Information Center is to inform the public of the alternatives and to solicit public input and comment. These meetings are being conducted in conformance with Federal and State regulations including the Section 106 consultation process. The public is invited and encouraged to comment on the project.

The Public Information Centers will be held on and at the following locations:

RUMSON
Monday, September 19, 2011, 7:30pm to 9 p.m.
Rumson Borough Hall
80 East River Road, Rumson, NJ 07760

MIDDLETOWN
Monday September 26, 2011, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Middletown Town Hall Conference Room
1 Kings Highway, Middletown, NJ 07748

Written comments will be accepted through Wednesday, October 26, 2011. Comments may be mailed or faxed to: Inkyung Englehart
Monmouth County Engineering
Hall of Records Annex, 3rd floor, One East Main Street, Freehold, NJ 07728
Fax: 732-431-7765

Volunteers Needed for Middletown Domestic Violence Response Team
Middletown Township Police Department is currently recruiting volunteers to serve on the Middletown Domestic Violence Response Team (DVRT). In affiliation with 180 Turning Lives Around (180), and with the assistance of the response team volunteers, Middletown Township Police Department continues to make available this service to victims of domestic violence. Applications are available now and interviews will begin shortly.

The volunteer advocates with 180’s DVRT program are civilian memberof the community who work in collaboration with the police to provide crisis intervention and safety planning to victims of domestic violence at police headquarters. The specially-trained advocates also discuss with the victim their legal rights in regard to obtaining a Temporary Restraining Order. The volunteer advocates help to empower victims to make decisions about their own lives. The identities of the DVRT volunteers are kept anonymous.

The 40-hour intensive, mandatory training course will be provided to successful applicants at no cost. 180 will be conducting the next four-week training October 24th – November 16th, Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, 6:00p-9:30p, in the courtroom at Tinton Falls Borough Hall, 556 Tinton Avenue. Prior knowledge of domestic violence is not required. The services of the Middletown Domestic Violence Response Team are available to victims, 24-hours a day, 7-days a week at Middletown Township Police Department headquarters, 1 Kings Highway, Middletown NJ 07748

Basic requirements for volunteers to apply include that applicants must be 18 years of age or older, have access to transportation, possess a valid driver’s license, be willing to serve on an on-call shift basis, participate in an interview process, submit to background investigations and fingerprinting, and successfully complete the mandatory training. Middletown Township Police Department and 180 Turning Lives Around are committed to culturally diverse teams to better serve the community. Bi-lingual capability is helpful. Please contact Sgt. Bill Colangelo, Middletown Police DVRT DVLO, at 732 615-2041 or email wcolange@middletownnj.org to obtain an application or for additional information. In an emergency, dial 911.


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Crime Scene Middletown: Busy 5 Days For Middletown Police Numerous DWI’s and Summertime Juvenile Arrests For The Week 3rd – August 7th, 2011

WRITTEN BY MIDDLETOWN TOWNSHIP POLICE DEPARTMENT

ISSUED Tuesday, August 8th, 2011 – Arrests do not indicate convictions

On August 7, 2011 at approximately 12:25 am Patrolman Christian Clark responded to the Comfort Inn parking lot in reference to an accident involving a parked car. Upon arrival Officer Clark found the driver of a vehicle, identified as Robert Waters, age 51, from Heron Avenue in Pennsville, NJ, asleep behind the wheel of his vehicle which had struck a parked car.

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

On August 7, 2011 at approximately 1:25 am Sgt. John Werner was on patrol in the area of Leonardville Road when he observed a vehicle travelling in front of him that was weaving in and out of its lane. Sgt. Werner stopped the vehicle and approached the driver, identified as a 17 year old male juvenile from Manymind Avenue in Atlantic Highlands, NJ, at which point he detected an odor of raw Marijuana coming from the vehicle.

Sgt. Werner conducted an investigation and located Marijuana and a grinder, a device used to process Marijuana, inside the vehicle. The officer continued his investigation which resulted in the 17 year old juvenile 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 to his mother pending a court date.


On August 7, 2011 at approximately 3:45 am Corporal Ralph Flannigan was on patrol in the area of Middletown Lincroft Road when he observed a vehicle travelling on the wrong side of the road. Officer Flannigan stopped the vehicle and approached the driver, identified as Jose Perez, age 42, from Altamont Road in Edison, NJ, and determined that he had been drinking.

Officer Flannigan continued his investigation which resulted in Perez being arrested for Driving While Intoxicated and Careless Driving. He was transported to police headquarters where he was processed and released pending a court date.

On August 6, 2011 at approximately 3:45 am Patrolman James Beirne and Patrolman Albert Scott responded to the WAWA store in reference to a report of two suspicious people in the parking lot. Upon arrival the officers located the subjects standing near a vehicle. The officers approached the two subjects and conducted an investigation.

The officers determined that there was an outstanding Non-Support warrant issued by the Monmouth County Superior Court for one of the subjects, identified as Gregory Guido, age 49, from Bray Avenue in Middletown. The officers placed Guido under arrest.

While conducting the investigation, the second subject, identified as Lynn Moretti, age 39, from Ocean Avenue in Middletown, NJ, began to yell obscenities at the officers. After she refused to calm down the officers placed her under arrest for Disorderly Conduct. Both subjects were transported to police headquarters for processing.

Moretti was released pending a court date and Guido was held on $67,673.01 bail.

On August 6, 2011 at approximately 8:50 pm Patrolman Ian May responded to the Foodtown Store in reference to a report of a shoplifter. Upon arrival Officer May was advised by the store manager that he had observed the suspect, identified as James Quirk, age 53, from Pineview Avenue in Keansburg, NJ, place a bottle of Vodka and a can of beer inside a backpack and walk out of the store. The manager stopped Quirk and detained him until the police arrived.

Patrolman May arrested Quirk for Shoplifting and transported him to police headquarters for processing. While at headquarters Officer May located an outstanding Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Atlantic Highlands Municipal Court for Quirk’s arrest. He was processed and released after posting $250.00 bail.

On August 6, 2011 at approximately 7:35 am Patrolman Christian Clark was on patrol in the area of Highway 35 near Navesink River Road when he observed a vehicle make an illegal turn through the barrier. Officer Clark stopped the vehicle and approached the driver, identified as Christopher Hordeman, age 24, from Manfre Court in Freehold, NJ, at which point he detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath.

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

On August 6, 2011 at approximately 11:00 pm Patrolman Felipe Benedit responded to the area of McClees Road in reference to a report of a motor vehicle accident involving a car that crashed into a utility police. Upon arrival Officer Benedit located the driver, identified as Candace Ronan, age 22, from Willis Place in Red Bank, NJ, at which point he suspected she may have been operating her vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

The officer continued his investigation which resulted in Ronan being arrested for Driving While Intoxicated and Reckless Driving. She was transported to police headquarters where she was processed and released pending a court date.

On August 5, 2011 at approximately 9:10 pm Patrolman Christian Clark was on patrol in the area of Highway 36 in the Navesink section of Middletown when he observed a vehicle pull out of the A&P Shopping Center and begin travelling westbound in the eastbound lanes of traffic. The officer observed the vehicle almost strike another car head on.

Officer Clark was able to stop the vehicle near Valley Drive and approached the driver, identified as Eileen Gaestel, age 56, from East Avenue in Atlantic Highlands, NJ, at which point he detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from her breath.

Officer Clark continued his investigation which resulted in Gaestel being arrested for Driving While Intoxicated. She was transported to police headquarters where she was processed and released pending a court date.

On August 5, 2011 at approximately 1:45 am Patrolman Thomas Meckier responded to a motor vehicle accident on Murphy Road. Upon arrival the officer located a vehicle lying on its side. The officer located the driver, identified as Robert Brandow, age 20, from Kenneth Terrace East in Middletown, NJ, inside the vehicle at which point he detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath.

Officer Meckier conducted an investigation which resulted in Brandow being arrested Driving While Intoxicated, Reckless Driving and Possession of Alcohol Underage. He was transported to police headquarters where he was processed and released pending a court date.

On August 5, 2011 at approximately 12:30 am Patrolman Raymond Sofield conducted a motor vehicle stop on Delaware Avenue during which he arrested Joseph Defiglia, age 33, from Delaware Avenue in Middletown, NJ, on a warrant for Robbery which was issued after an incident that occurred at the Sears Store located on Highway 35 on July 29, 2011.

Police say Defiglia had entered the Sears store, loaded a shopping cart full of merchandize and then attempted to leave the store without paying. Store security tried to stop Defiglia at which point he pushed the shopping cart into the security officer causing a minor injury to his ribs and then fled the area.

Defiglia was charged with Robbery and Shoplifting. He was held pending bail.

On August 5, 2011 at approximately 9:50 am Patrolman Jason Caruso and Patrolman Donald Coates of the Quality of Life Unit and Detective Lieutenant Stephen Dollinger conducted an investigation into the alleged sale of narcotics from a residence on Birchwood Lane.

The investigation resulted in the arrest of Jesse Ballard, age 20, from Birchwood Lane in Middletown, NJ, for Possession of under 50 Grams of Marijuana after police conducted a consent to search in his room at the residence.

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

On August 4, 2011 at approximately 8:20 pm Police Officer Lisa Vreeland responded to the Stafford Tire Store located on Highway 35 in reference to a report of trespassers. Upon arrival the officer located two juveniles sitting in a boat located on the property.

Officer Vreeland conducted an investigation which resulted in the arrests of two 16 year old male juveniles, both from Middletown, for Defiant Trespass. Both subjects were transported to police headquarters for processing and were released to their guardians pending a court date.

On August 4, 2011 at approximately 7:00 pm Patrolman Jason Caruso and Patrolman Donald Coates of the Quality of Life Unit were on patrol in the area of McMahon Park when they observed a vehicle parked near the hockey rink. The officers approached the vehicle at which point they observed one of the occupants, identified as Tara Maier, age 18, from Washington Avenue in Keansburg, NJ, attempt to place a Marijuana grinder, a device used to process Marijuana for smoking, inside the waistband of her pants. The officers also observed Marijuana in a door compartment in plain view.

The officers continued their investigation which resulted in the arrests of Maier and Nicole-Lynn Souza, age 28, from Pineview Avenue in Keansburg, NJ, for Possession of under 50 Grams of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Both subjects were transported to police headquarters where they were processed and released pending a court date.

On August 4, 2011 at approximately 9:30 pm Patrolman Donald Coates and Patrolman Jason Caruso of the Quality of Life Unit were on patrol in the area of Church Street in Belford when they observed an occupant of a vehicle throw a cigarette out the window. The officers conducted a motor vehicle stop and approached the vehicle at which point they detected an odor of burnt Marijuana coming from inside the car.

The officers conducted an investigation which resulted in the driver, identified as Justin Damico, age 19, from Evergreen Street in Spotswood, NJ, being arrested for Possession of under 50 Grams of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was transported to police headquarters for processing and was issued an additonal summons for littering. He was released pending a court date.

On August 4, 2011 at approximately 3:10 am Patrolman Robert Shannon responded to the area of West Front Street in reference to a report of a motor vehicle accident during which a vehicle rolled over and struck a utility pole. Upon arrival the officer located the driver, identified as James Steele, age 26, from Walling Avenue in Belford, NJ, sitting on the ground. The officer approached Steele at which point he detected an odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath.

The officer conducted an investigation which resulted in Steele being arrested for Driving While Intoxicated and Reckless Driving. He was transported to police headquarters where he was processed and released pending a court date.

On August 4, 2011 at approximately 2:10 am Patrolman Richard Fulham was on patrol in the area of Highway 36 when he observed a vehicle weaving in its lane and failing to signal a turn. The officer conducted a motor vehicle stop and approached the driver, identified as Samson Hearn, age 29, from Maple Avenue in Fair Haven, NJ, at which point he detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath.

The officer conducted an investigation which resulted in Hearn being arrested for Driving While Intoxicated and Reckless Driving. He was transported to police headquarters where he was processed and released pending a court date.

On August 3, 2011 at approximately 7:05 pm Patrolman Michael Pintilie and Patrolman Anthony Dellatacoma responded to a report of a shoplifting at the Staples Store located on Highway 35. While in route to the store a description of the vehicle used in the shoplifting was given out to responding officers. Officer Dellatacoma spotted the vehicle on Palmer Avenue and conducted a motor vehicle stop.

The officers conducted an investigation which resulted in the driver of the car, identified as Tracy Kiernan, age 31, from Avenue A in Keansburg, NJ, being arrested for Shoplifting. The officers continued their investigation and discovered the vehicle contained merchandise that was also stolen from a store in Holmdel and Suboxene Pills which the suspect did not have a prescription for.

Kiernan was transported to police headquarters where she was charged with Shoplifting and Unlawful Possession of a Prescription Legend Drug. She was held on $1,500.00 bail with no 10% option set by Judge Richard Thompson.

On August 3, 2011 at approximately 4:35 PM Patrolman Donald Coates and Patrolman Jason Caruso of the Quality of Life Unit were on patrol in the area of the McMahon Park Hockey Ring when they observed a subject sitting in one of the dug-outs.

The officers approached the subject, identified as a 17 year old male juvenile from Morningside Avenue in Keansburg, NJ, and observed Marijuana on his lap. The officers arrested the juvenile and transported him 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 pending a court date.

On August 3, 2011 at approximately 4:50 am Patrolman James Beirne and Patrolman Richard Fulham were on patrol in the area of the 7-11 store located on Highway 35 when he stopped a vehicle for having a rear light out. The officers approached the vehicle at which point they observed a clear plastic baggie containing Marijuana on the rear floor in plain view.

The officers conducted an investigation which resulted in Armand Lecomte, age 24, from Wickersham Lane in Austin, Texas, being arrested for Possession of under 50 Grams of Marijuana. He was processed and released pending a court date.

On August 2, 2011 at approximately 1:45 pm Patrolman Keith Hirschbein was on patrol in the area of the Henry Hudson Trail when he observed a group of juveniles sitting on a bench. The officer walked towards the group at which point he observed one of the juveniles, identified as a 17 year old male from Hudson Avenue in Middletown, NJ, attempt to hide a bottle of Vodka and a clear plastic baggie containing Marijuana under a table.

Officer Hirscbein retrieved the bag and conducted an investigation which resulted in the juvenile being arrested Possession of under 50 Grams of Marijuana and Underage Possession of Alcohol. He was transported to police headquarters where he was processed and released to his mother pending a court date.

On August 2, 2011 at approximately 3:50 am Patrolman John Soltysik and Patrolman David Crenshaw responded to the area of Seabreeze Avenue in reference to a report of a disturbance. Upon arrival the officers were conducting an investigation when one of the suspects, identified as Luis Ramirez, age 44, from Seabreeze Avenue in Middletown, NJ, began to yell and scream. The officers issued numerous warnings to Ramirez to calm down.

The officers continued their investigation and determined there were numerous outstanding Contempt of Court warrants from various municipal courts for Ramirez’s arrest. The officers attempted to place him under arrest at which point he began to fight with the officers and spit on them. The officers were able to take him into custody after a brief struggle.

Ramirez was transported to police headquarters where he was charged with Aggravated Assault on Police Officers, Disorderly Conduct, Resisting Arrest, Obstructing the Administration of Law, Throwing Bodily Fluids at a Law Enforcement Officer, Terroristic Threats and Contempt of Court. He was being held on $25,000.00 with no 10% option.

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

Roberto Ramirez, age 27, arrested on August 3, 2011 by Patrolman Darrin Simon on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was released after posting $300.00 bail.

Lindsey Nadolny, age 22, from Main Street in Belford, NJ, arrested on August 2, 2011 by Patrolman Thomas Russo on a Contempt of Court warrant. She was released after posting $89.00 bail.

Rashon Martin, age 22, from Brainard Avenue in Port Monmouth, NJ, arrested on August 2, 2011 by Patrolman Keith Hirschbein on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was released after posting $689.00 bail.

On August 2, 2011 Patrolman Brian Dilworth arrested a 16 year old from Valley Drive in Navesink, NJ, for Simple Assault and Resisting Arrest. She was released pending a court date.

Vincent Marchese, age 26, from Ocean Avenue in Middletown, NJ, arrested on August 3, 2011 by Patrolman Frank Mazza for Simple Assault. He was released pending a court date.

On August 3, 2011 Patrolman Joseph Alhemeyer arrested a 17 year old female from Michael Drive in Middletown for Simple Assault. She was released pending a court date.

On August 3, 2011 Patrolman Frank Mazza arrested a 16 year old female from Locust Terrace in Middletown for Obstructing the Administration of Law and Disorderly Conduct.

Lynn Moretti, age 39, from Ocean Avenue in Middletown, NJ, arrested on August 3, 2011 by Patrolman Stephen Keller for Simple Assault. She was released pending a court date.

Timothy Perkins, age 52, from Bay Avenue in Leonardo, NJ, arrested on August 4, 2011 by Patrolman Carl Roth on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was held on $1,000.00 bail.

Wallace Baynes, age 59, from Prospect Avenue in Navesink, NJ, arrested on August 4, 2011 by Patrolman Charles Higgins on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was held on $1,000.00 bail.

Elliot Gonzalez, age 31, from Millstone Road in Somerset, NJ, arrested on August 4, 2011 by Patrolman Frank Mazza on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the New Brunswick Municipal Court. He was released after posting $500.00 bail.

Joseph Yannibelli, age 34, from Day Avenue in Middletown, NJ, arrested on August 7, 2011 by Patrolman James Beirne on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Little Egg Harbor Municipal Court. He was held on $500.00 bail.

David Isaksen, age 35, from Leonard Avenue in Leonardo, NJ, arrested on August 7, 2011 by Patrolman Keith Hirschbein on a Contempt of Court warrant out of Middletown Municipal Court. He was released after posting $1062.00 bail.

Wayne Carhart, age 32, from Harmony Road in Middletown, NJ, arrested on August 6, 2011 by Sgt. William Colangelo on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was released after posting $1,000.00 bail.

Andrea Guttadauro, age 25, from Tatum Drive in Middletown, NJ, arrested on August 5, 2011 by Patrolman John Soltysik on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. She was released after posting $250.00 bail.

Nicholas Sipsis, age 20, from Campbell Avenue in Port Monmouth, NJ, arrested by Patrolman Donald Coates and Patrolman Jason Caruso of the Quality of Life Unit on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was held on $750.00 bail

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Roberto Ramirez, age 41, from Seabreeze Avenue in Middletown, NJ, arrested on August 5, 2011 by Patrolman Keith Hirschbein on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Newark Municipal Court. He was released on his own recognizance pending a court date.

Joseph Hughes, age 19, from Oak Street in Keansburg, NJ, arrested on August 5, 2011 by Patrolman Keith Hirschbein on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was released on his own recognizance pending a court date.

Dana Glisson, age 30, from 11th Avenue in Neptune, NJ, arrested on August 5, 2011 by Patrolman Kevin Gardiner on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. She was released after posting $1,000.00 bail.

John Moran, age 42, from Clubhouse Drive in Middletown, NJ, arrested on August 8, 2011 by Patrolman Michael Reuter for Simple Assault, Unlawful Possession of a Handgun and Unlawful Possession of Armor Piercing Bullets. He was held on $29,500.00 bail with no 10% option set by Judge Richard Thompson.

Cliff Desiderio, age 36, from Clubhouse Drive in Middletown, NJ, arrested on August 7, 2011 by Patrolman John Mele on two Contempt of Court warrants issued by the Keansburg Municipal Court. He was released after posting $235.00 bail.

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Crime Scene Middletown: Man Arrested On Multiple Warrants, Roller Blader Attacked and Other Recent Activity August 2nd – July 31

WRITTEN BY MIDDLETOWN TOWNSHIP POLICE DEPARTMENT
ISSUED Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011 – Arrests do not indicate convictions

On August 2, 2011 at approximately 2:20 am Patrolman Anthony Gigante and Patrolman Brian Dilworth responded to the area of New Monmouth Road in reference to a report of three subjects who had just damaged property at a residence. The officers located three subjects fitting the description provided by the victim a short distance from the residence.

The officers approached the group at which point one of the suspects began to run from the area. Patrolman Gigante chased the suspect, identified as Dylan Zimmerman, age 19, from Monmouth Avenue in Leonardo, NJ, and was able to apprehend him in a wooded area a few blocks away. Zimmerman was searched incident to the arrest and a lock blade knife was found in his pocket.
The other two suspects, identified as Brendan Campbell, age 18, from Kelvin Avenue in Leonardo, NJ and Jamie Ippolito, age 18, from Poricy Lane in Middletown, NJ, were also taken into custody.
Zimmerman was charged with Criminal Mischief, Resisting Arrest, Obstructing the Administration of Law, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon and Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose. He was held pending bail. Campbell was charged with Criminal Mischief, Obstructing the Administration of Law and Hindering Apprehension. He was held pending bail. Ippolito was charged with Criminal Mischief and Disorderly Conduct. She was also held pending bail.
On August 1, 2011 at approximately 5:40 pm Patrolman Jason Caruso and Patrolman Donald Coates of the Quality of Life Unit attempted to serve arrest warrants at a residence on Baldwin Avenue for a suspect, identified as Joseph Porter, age 49, from Baldwin Avenue in Middletown, NJ. Porter was wanted on Contempt of Court warrants issued by the Middletown, Keyport and Lakehurst Municipal Courts, a warrant issued by the Monmouth County Superior Court and a Fugitive Warrant issued by the State of Florida.
Upon arrival the officers identified themselves as police officers at which point Porter began to run from the officers. The officers chased him on foot and were able to apprehend him in a backyard of a nearby residence. He was transported to police headquarters where he was charged with the additional offense of Obstructing the Administration of Law.
He was being held on $165,271.00 bail.
On August 1, 2011 at approximately 10:20 pm Patrolman Brian Dilworth was on patrol in the area of Beacon Hill Road when he observed a suspicious vehicle parked on the side of the road. The officer approached the vehicle at which point he detected a strong odor of burnt Marijuana coming from inside the car.
The officer conducted an investigation which resulted in the recovery of two pipes used to smoke Marijuana and a grinder used to process Marijuana inside the car. Patrolman Dilworth also located a bag of Marijuana on a rear seat passenger, identified as Thomas Brophy, age 23, from Bingham Avenue in Rumson, NJ.
Brophy was placed under arrest and was 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 pending a court date.
On July 29, 2011 at approximately 5:15 pm Patrolman Jason Caruso and Patrolman Donald Coates of the Quality of Life Unit were on patrol in the area of Tindall Road when they stopped a vehicle for failing to maintain a lane of travel. The officers approached the driver, identified as Steven Szot, age 34, from Kimberly Court in Middletown, to obtain his driving credentials. While Szot was looking for his license the officers observed a cellophane wrapper containing pills in plain view in the car.
The officers conducted an investigation which resulted in Szot being arrested for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Unlawful Possession of Xanax and Oxycodone. He was transported to police headquarters where he was processed and held on $3,000.00 set by Judge Richard Thompson.
On July 31, 2011 at approximately 1:00 am Patrolman Stephen Greenwood responded to the area of Brandywine Way in reference to a report of an assault that had just occurred. Upon arrival the officer was advised by the victim that he was roller blading home from a friend’s house when a vehicle drove by and yelled obscenities at him. The vehicle then drove up to him at which point three male subjects exited the vehicle, knocked him to the ground and began striking him in the head and face.

The victim provided the officer with a description of the vehicle and suspects, which was then broadcasted to other patrol units in the area. The vehicle was located a short distance away. Officer Greenwood conducted an investigation which resulted in the arrests of Frankie Terracciano, age 18, from Moran Place in Keansburg, NJ, Edward Stoop, age 19, from Moran Place in Keansburg, NJ, and Robert Backovsky, age 20, from Pinehurst Avenue in Port Monmouth, NJ, for Simple Assault.
All three subjects were transported to headquarters where they were processed and released pending a court date.
The Middletown Police Department reports the arrests of the following subjects for various offenses:
Holly Moyer, age 32, from Hialeah Avenue in Middletown, NJ, arrested on July 29, 2011 by Patrolman Brady Carr on a Contempt of Court warrant. She was released after posting $500.00 bail.
Prasad Sripathi, age 46, from Red Barn Lane in Flemington, NJ, arrested on July 29, 2011 by Patrolman Adam Vandetti on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Branchburg Municipal Court. He was released after posting $150.00 bail.
Mary Garulle, age 44, from Sandy Hook Avenue in Belford, NJ, arrested on July 30, 2011 by Patrolman James Beirne on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. She was held on bail.
Lawrence Welch, age 52, from Highland Avenue in Keansburg, NJ, arrested on July 29, 2011 by Patrolman Brady Carr on eight Contempt of Court warrant issued by various municipal courts. He was held on bail.
Tyler Scarangello, age 26, from Highway 36 in Belford, NJ, arrested on July 31, 2011 by Patrolman Keith Hirschbein on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was released after posting $500.00 bail.
Lauren Harvey, age 23, from Bloomfield Avenue in Neptune, NJ, arrested on July 31, 2011 by Patrolman Anthony Dellatacoma on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Tinton Falls Municipal Court. She was released after posting $114.00 bail.
Daniel Gilham, age 30, from Ocean Avenue in Middletown, NJ, arrested on July 31, 2011 by Patrolman Richard Belmonte for Simple Assault. He was released pending a court date.
Aimee McGrath, age 28, from Cliffwood Avenue in Cliffwood, NJ, arrested on July 31, 2011 by Patrolman Ralph Flannigan for Simple Assault. She was released pending a court date.
James Coolahan, age 50, from West Hillsdale Avenue in Long Branch, NJ, arrested on July 31, 2011 by Patrolman Michael Pintilie for Aggravated Assault, Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon. He was held on $5,000.00 bail set by Judge Richard Thompson.
Kenneth Scaggs, age 21, from Starkey Road in Largo, FL, arrested on August 1, 2011 by Patrolman Donald Coates and Patrolman Jason Caruso of the Quality of Life Unit on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was held on $478.00 bail.
Damien Kilpatrick, age 31, from Hwy 35 in Hazlet, NJ, arrested on August 1, 2011 by Detective Daniel Sullivan on two Contempt of Court warrants issued by the Middletown and Keansburg Municipal Courts. He was held on $$1,900.00 bail.
Sandy Kuehl, age 39, from Cranbury, NJ, arrested on August 1, 2011 by Patrolman Greg Buhowski for Simple Assault. She was released on her own recognizance pending

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Crime Scene Middletown: 11 Year Old Fondled In The Candy Isle Of Store and Other Recent Activity 7/25-7/29

WRITTEN BY MIDDLETOWN TOWNSHIP POLICE DEPARTMENT
ISSUED Monday, JULY 29TH, 2011 – Arrests do not indicate convictions

On July 28, 2011 at approximately 9:00 pm Patrolman Jason Caruso and Patrolman Donald Coates were on patrol in the area of the Henry Hudson Trail when they observed two juveniles holding cans of beer.

The officers approached the two subjects and conducted an investigation which resulted in the arrests of a 16 year old male juvenile from Keyport, NJ, and a 17 year old male juvenile from Keansburg, NJ, being arrested for Underage Possession of Alcohol. Both subjects were transported to police headquarters where they were processed and released to their guardians pending a court date.

On July 29, 2011 at approximately 1:45 am Patrolman Keith Hirschbein responded to the area of the WAWA store located on Highway 36 in reference to a report of a vehicle that was being operated in an erratic manner and struck several curbs.

Upon arrival the officer observed the vehicle almost strike a group of people standing in the parking lot. Officer Hirschbein stopped the vehicle and approached the driver identified as Charles Chapman, age 43, from Monmouth Avenue in Leonardo, NJ, at which point he detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath.

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

On July 28, 2011 at approximately 10:30 pm Patrolman James Beirne was on patrol in the area of Port Monmouth Road when he observed a vehicle that had been reported stolen. The officer stopped the vehicle and conducted an investigation which resulted in the driver, identified as Michael Durnin, age 42, from Port Monmouth Road in Keansburg, NJ and the passenger, identified as Doreen Durnin, age 44, from Morningside Avenue in Keansburg, NJ being arrested.

Michael Durnin was charged with Receiving Stolen Property and Doreen Durnin was charged with Theft of a Motor Vehicle. She was also charged with Contempt of Court after police found an outstanding warrant issued by the Keansburg Municipal Court for her arrest. Both subjects were transported to police headquarters where they were held on bail.

On July 28, 2011 at approximately 4:45 pm Patrolman Jason Carsuo and Patrolman Donald Coates were on patrol in the area of the Outback Steak House when they observed a suspicious vehicle parked in the parking lot. The officers approached the vehicle and began to conduct an investigation at which point a subject, identified as Corey Blascak, age 19, from Ironwood Court in Middletown, NJ, walked towards the officers.

The officers begin speaking with Blascak when he began to run from the area. The officers chased him on foot and were able to apprehend him a short distance away. He was charged with Possession of under 50 Grams of Marijuana, Obstructing the Administration of Law and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia after police located Marijuana in his backpack.

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

On July 27, 2011 at approximately 8:55 pm Patrolman Raymond Sofield and Patrolman James Beirne responded to the Bottle King Liquor Store in reference to two subjects who were attempting to purchase alcohol underage. Upon arrival the store manager advised the officers that Timothy Dugan, age 19, from McCutcheon Court in Middletown, NJ, and Sarah Binstok, age 18, from Bonwit Road in Ryebrook, NY, attempted to purchase beer by providing a fake Ohio driver’s license. The clerk recognized the license as a fake and contacted the police.

Both subjects were transported to police headquarters where they were charged with Attempting to Purchase Alcohol Underage. They were processed and released pending a court date.

On July 27, 2011 at approximately 3:15 pm Patrolman Ryan Riffert responded to the area of East Road and Railroad Avenue in reference to a report of a male subject approaching pedestrians and vehicles asking for money and cigarettes.

Upon arrival the officer located Arthur Tanskiy, age 21, from Alta Vista Court in Holmdel, NJ, approaching a vehicle. The officer stopped Tanskiy and conducted an investigation during which the officer located two Alprazolam pills in his possession.

Tanskiy was placed under arrested and was transported to police headquarters where he was charged with Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was processed and held on $5,000.00 bail.

On July 26, 2011 Detective Kimberly Best arrested Divyeshkumar Rana, age 31, from Charles Street in Jersey City, NJ, for Sexual Assault, Criminal Sexual Contact and False Information to a Police Officer. Police say Rana was an employee of the Bray Avenue Deli on July 18, 2011 when he confronted an eleven year old female customer of the store.

Rana reportedly told the girl that he wanted to show her a new type of candy and is accused of fondling her buttocks once in the candy isle. Rana also provided the police with a false name during the investigation. He was processed and released after posting $50,000.00 bail with no 10% option set by Judge Richard English.

On July 26, 2011 at approximately 7:30 am Corporal James Keenan was dispatched to a “road rage” incident that was taking place in the Navesink section of Middletown. The victim called police headquarters and was reporting being chased by another subject in a vehicle. Officer Keenan was able to locate the vehicles on Monmouth Avenue.

Corporal Keenan began to conduct an investigation when one of the driver’s, identified as Michael Keller, age 45, from Marcellus Avenue in Manasquan, NJ, started to threaten the victim at which point Officer Keenan placed him under arrest.

Corporal Keenan continued his investigation and determined the victim had been travelling on the Garden State Parkway and Keller was travelling behind the victim’s car flashing his headlights in an attempt to have the victim pull over. The victim let Keller pass at which point Keller reportedly pulled out an identification and stated he was from the State Police and signaled the victim to pull over.

The victim continued to drive and called the police. Keller was charged with Terroristic Threats, False Imprisonment, Impersonating a Police Officer and Disorderly Conduct. He was transported to police headquarters where he was processed and held on $10,000.00 bail. Police report Keller has no affiliation to the State Police.

On July 25, 2011 at approximately 5:20 pm Corporal Douglas Wiatrak responded to the Stop and Shop Store in reference to a report of an employee theft. Upon arrival store security advised the officer that they determined the employee, identified as Sandra Michaels, age 28, from Vernon Street in Oakhurst, NJ, had stolen $1,197.69 over a two month period.

Security advised Corporal Wiatrak that Michaels would make fraudulent refunds and coupon orders and then keep the cash. Michaels was arrested and was transported to police headquarters for processing. She was charged with Shoplifting and Unlawful Possession of Prescription Drugs after Officer Wiatrak found Hydrocodone pills on her at the time of her arrest.

She was released pending a court date.

On July 25, 2011 at approximately 5:00 pm Patrolman Keith Hirschbein was on patrol when he observed a subject, identified as Vaughn Cosby, age 25, from Oakland Avenue in the Navesink section of Middletown, walking in the street.

Officer Hirschbein was aware that there was an outstanding Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court for Cosby’s arrest. Officer Hirschbein took Cosby into custody and conducted a search incident to the arrest at which point he located 2 bags of Heroin in Cosby’s pocket.

Cosby was transported to police headquarters where he was charged with Contempt of Court and Possession of Heroin. He was processed and released pending a court date.

On July 26, 2011 at approximately 9:15 pm Patrolman Frank Mazza was conducting a foot patrol in the Leonardo Beach when he observed a group of juveniles sitting on a bench. The officer approached the group and observed one of the juveniles attempt to hide a bottle of Bacardi Rum.

The officer conducted an investigation which resulted in the arrest of a 17 year old male juvenile from Washington Avenue in Leonardo being arrested for Underage Possession of Alcohol. He was transported to police headquarters where he was processed and released to his father pending a court date.

Middletown Police report the arrests of the following subjects for various offenses:

Christopher Kamna, age 21, from Bamm Hollow Road in Middletown, NJ, arrested on July 25, 2011 by Patrolman John Soltysik on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Holmdel Municipal Court. He was held on $164.00 bail.

Dominick Zara, age 50, from Ocean Avenue in Middletown, NJ, arrested on July 25, 2011 by Corporal Douglas Wiatrak on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Eatontown Municipal Court. He was released after posting $81.00 bail.

Thomas Wlasiuk, age 32, from Seeley Avenue in Keansburg, NJ, arrested on July 25, 2011 by Patrolman John Mele for Harassment. He was released after posting $2500.00 bail set by Judge Richard Thompson.

Anthony Spina, age 38, from Bergen Avenue in Jersey City, NJ, arrested on July 26, 2011 by Patrolman Greg Buhowski on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was released after posting $500.00 bail.

Sandra Keiser, age 59, from Blaine Avenue in Seaside Heights, NJ, arrested on July 26, 2011 by Patrolman Greg Buhowski on two Contempt of Court warrants issued by the Sayreville Municipal Court. She was released after posting $180.00 bail.

David Kelly, age 33, from Valarie Court in Brick, NJ, arrested on July 26, 2011 by Patrolman Richard Fulham for Criminal Mischief and Simple Assault. He was released after posting $2,500.00 bail with a 10% option set by Judge Richard Thompson.

Scott Scheer, age 31, from Burlington Avenue in Leonardo, NJ, arrested on July 26, 2011 by Patrolman Anthony Dellatacoma for Simple Assault and Harassment. He was released pending a court date.

Michael Gregorio, age 25, from Bayview Boulevard in Barneget, NJ, arrested on July 27, 2011 by Corporal Murdoch on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was being held at the Monmouth County Correctional Facility in Freehold, NJ on $750.00 bail.

Deborah Knesel, age 44, from Main Street in Belford, NJ arrested on July 28, 2011 by Patrolman Raymond Sofield on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Highlands Municipal Court. She was released after posting $1,000.00 bail.

Stephen Tanis, age 49, from Jumping Brook Road in Lincroft, NJ, arrested on July 28, 2011 by Patrolman Robert Shannon for Aggravated Assault on a Police Officer, Resisting Arrest and Obstructing the Administration of Law. He was released pending a court date.

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Crime Scene Middletown: Burglary Suspect Apprehended,Employee Theft, Shoplifters Litter Roadway With Stolen Goods And Other Recent Activity

WRITTEN BY MIDDLETOWN TOWNSHIP POLICE DEPARTMENT
ISSUED Monday, JULY 25TH, 2011 – Arrests do not indicate convictions

On July 21, 2011 at approximately 1:25 pm Patrolman Raymond Sofield responded to the area of Atlantic Avenue to assist the Keansburg Police Department search for a suspect wanted for committing a burglary in Keansburg during which jewelry and a handgun were stolen. Officer Sofeild and officers from the Keansburg Police Department located the suspect, identified as Joseph Lynch, age 25, from Atlantic Avenue in Middletown, at his residence.

The officers conducted an investigation which resulted in Lynch being arrested for Receiving Stolen Property, Possession of a Hypodermic Syringe, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Unlawful Possession of a Handgun. Police located the stolen handgun and jewelry at his residence at the time of the arrest.

Lynch was transported to police headquarters where he was processed and bail was set at $55,000.00 with a 10% option on the Middletown charges. Lynch also faces charges in Keansburg.

On July 21, 2011 at approximately 12:20 pm Patrolman Donald Coates and Patrolman Jason Caruso were on patrol in the area of Navesink Avenue when they stopped a vehicle for failing to stop at a stop sign.

The officers approached the vehicle to speak with the driver when they observed a baggie containing Marijuana and a cigar used to smoke Marijuana in plain view in the car. The officers continued their investigation which resulted in the arrests of Shannon Bell, age 20, from Palmer Avenue in Belford, NJ; Anthony McDonnell, age 21, from Port Monmouth Road in Middletown and a 15 year old male juvenile also from Port Monmouth Road in Middletown being arrested for Possession of under 50 Grams of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

All three subjects were transported to police headquarters for processing. The juvenile was released to his guardian and McDonnell and Bell were released pending a court date.

On July 22, 2011 at approximately 1:36pm Corporal James Keenan responded to the Target Store in reference to a report of an employee theft. Upon arrival the officer was advised by store security that they had observed an employee, identified as Jennifer Digeso, age 29, from Beachway Avenue in Keansburg, NJ, ring several transactions into the cash register and then void them and pocket the cash.

Officer Keenan conducted an investigation which resulted in Digeso being arrested for theft. She was transported to police headquarters where she was processed and released pending a court date.

On July 24, 2011 at approximately 5:05 pm Officer Lisa Vreeland responded to the Shoprite store in reference to a report of a shoplifting. Upon arrival the officer was advised by the store manager that two men had entered the store and then left with a basket full of merchandise. The men reportedly entered a car and attempted to leave the parking lot when their car struck another vehicle.

The manager attempted to approach the vehicle at this time but the vehicle fled the area. The store manager followed the vehicle in his car and discovered the suspects threw the stolen items out of the vehicle. He was able to obtain a plate number for the car which he then provided to the police.

Officer Vreeland located the suspects and conducted an investigation which resulted in the arrests of Robert Newell, age 40, form Kenwood Drive in Middletown and Thomas Scott, age 40, from Atlantic Avenue in Long Branch, NJ, for Shoplifting and Conspiracy. Both subjects were transported to police headquarters where they were processed and were being held on $10,000.00 bail set by Judge James Berube.

On July 24, 2011 at approximately 3:00 am Patrolman Charles Higgins was on patrol in the area of Highway 36 and Church Street when he stopped a vehicle for speeding. Officer Higgins approached the driver, identified as Albin Wicki, age 21, from Third Street in Union Beach, NJ, at which point he detected an odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath.

Officer Higgins conducted an investigation which resulted in Wicki being arrested for Driving While Intoxicated, Reckless Driving and Speeding. He was transported to police headquarters where he was processed and released pending a court date.

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

Kyle Clayton, age 19, from Thousand Oaks Drive in Middletown, NJ, arrested on July 21, 2011 by Corporal Daniel Murdoch for Simple Assault and Criminal Mischief. He was released pending a court date.

Richard Emme, age 49, from Leonardville Road in Belford, NJ, arrested on July 22, 2011 by Patrolman Christian Clark for Violating a Court Order. He was released after posting $1,000.00 bail with a 10% option.

Ryan Mason, age 21, from East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, arrested on July 22, 2011 by Patrolman Adam Vandetti on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was released after posting $250.00 bail.

Randy Wagner, age 33, from Fourth Street in East Pennsylvania, arrested on July 22, 2011 by Patrolman Christopher Dee on a Contempt of Court warrant. He was being held at the Monmouth County Correctional Facility in Freehold, NJ.He w

Michael Lennon, age 35, from Seabreeze Avenue in Middletown, NJ, arrested on July 22, 2011 by Patrolman Donald Coates on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Newark Municipal Court and a Failure to Appear warrant Issued by the Monmouth County Superior Court. He was being held on bail.

Robert Pagan, age 30, from Kimberly Court in Middletown, NJ, arrested on July 24, 2011 by Patrolman Richard Belmonte on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was released after posting $250.00 bail.

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Crime Scene Middletown: Recent Activity July 15th-19th

WRITTEN BY MIDDLETOWN TOWNSHIP POLICE DEPARTMENT
ISSUED TUESDAY, JULY 21TH, 2011 – Arrests do not indicate convictions


On July 15, 2011 at approximately 11:10 pm Patrolman Antonio Ciccone responded to the area of Navesink River Road in reference to a report of a motor vehicle accident. Upon arrival Officer Ciccone was conducting his investigation when he observed a glass pipe used to smoke Marijuana and a prescription bottle containing Marijuana in plain view inside the car.

 
On July 19, 2011 at approximately 7:30 pm Patrolman Jason Caruso and Patrolman Donald Coates were on patrol in the area of the Outback Steak House located on Highway 35 when they observed a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot. The officers approached the driver, identified as Joseph Thacke, age 48, from Blossom Circle in Middletown, NJ, at which point they detected an odor of burnt Marijuana coming from inside the car.
The officers conducted an investigation which resulted in Thacke being arrested for Possession of under 50 Grams of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. The officers also discovered an outstanding Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court for Thacke’s arrest.
He was transported to police headquarters where he was processed and released after posting $239.00 bail.
On July 20, 2011 at approximately 9:40 pm Patrolman Michael Reuter responded to the Bottle King Liquor store in reference to a report of an underage subject trying to purchase alcohol with a fake identification. Upon arrival the officer was advised by the store manager that a female, identified as Claudia Morozova, age 18, from Chaser Court in Holmdel, NJ, presented a fake driver’s license in an attempt to purchase alcohol. The manager recognized the license as being a fake and contacted police.
Morozova was placed under arrest and was transported to police headquarters where she was charged with Attempting to Purchase Alcohol Underage. She was processed and released pending a court date.
The Middletown Police Department reports the arrests of the following subjects for various offenses:
Marcos Varela Serrano, age 26, from East Sunset Avenue in Red Bank, NJ, arrested on July 19, 2011 by Lt. John Kaiser on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was released after posting $1,000.00 bail.
Danielle Boyce, age 35, from Port Monmouth Road in Middletown, NJ, arrested on July 19, 2011 by Patrolman Jason Caruso and Patrolman Donald Coates on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. She was held on $250.00 bail.
Lisa Torrez, age 30, from Luppatatong Avenue in Keyport, NJ, arrested on July 19, 2011 by Patrolman Charles Higgins on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. She was held on $883.00 bail.
Amanda Aversa, age 23, from Berman Way in Middletown, NJ, arrested on July 20, 2011 by Patrolman Nicholas Fenezia on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Tinton Falls Municipal Court. She was released after posting $190.00 bail.
Danielle Williams, age 24, from Hudson Avenue in Middletown, NJ, arrested on July 20, 2011 by Patrolman Brian Dilworth on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Keansburg Municipal Court. She was released after posting $350.00 bail.
Stevens Guilmeus, age 20, from First Avenue in Asbury Park, NJ, arrested on July 21, 2011 by Patrolman Albert Scott on a Contempt of Court warrant. He was released after posting bail.
On July 19, 2011 Patrolman James Beirne arrested a 16 year old female from Middletown, NJ, for Disorderly Conduct, Aggravated Assault, Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful purpose and Obstructing the Administration of Law. She was being held at the Middlesex County Youth Detention Center in New Brunswick.
Daniel Gibbons, age 36, from 13th Avenue in Belmar, NJ, arrested on July 19, 2011 by Patrolman Michael Pintilie on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was released after posting $1,000.00 bail.

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Middletown News Flash 7-22-11


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Heat Wave Driving High Water Demands in Monmouth County
NJ American Water requests that customers curtail water use

As a stretch of hot, dry weather makes its way to the East Coast, New Jersey American Water is reminding its Monmouth County customers to use water wisely, curtail water use, and limit lawn watering to an “odd/even” schedule at most as the company deals with significantly high water demands.

New Jersey American Water has – since the beginning of the summer season – requested that customers use a schedule of an odd/even outdoor watering and not water lawns daily.

“In the next several days, the temperatures and heat index are expected to reach extremely high levels and there appears to be little chance of sustained rainfall,” said Steve Tambini, New Jersey American Water’s vice president of operations. “During extended periods of hot and dry weather such as this, water use increases significantly, especially outdoors. In order to ensure that New Jersey American Water is able to continue to deliver reliable water service, we are requesting that customers use water wisely both inside and outside the home.”

The suggested odd/even outdoor water use schedule works as follows:

  • Watering your lawn or garden should occur on odd days of the month if your street address is an odd number (i.e., 23 Oak St., 7 Maple Ave.)
  • Watering your lawn or garden should occur on even days of the month if your street address is an even number (i.e., 6 Oak St., 354 Maple Ave.)
  • It is also suggested that watering of lawns be done early or late to minimize evaporation, typically between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. and from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The above suggestions would NOT apply to:

  • Watering of sod or newly seeded lawns if daily watering is required (note: it is recommended that any planting of new sod or seed that has not already taken place be delayed until the fall)
  • Use of private wells for lawn irrigation
  • Commercial uses of outdoor water, such as for nurseries, farm stands, power washing, plumbing, and commercial car washes
  • Watering of athletic fields

While New Jersey American Water is encouraging efficient outdoor water use at this time, if water demands continue to significantly increase or supplies continue to significantly decrease, formal and more strict water restrictions may be needed to ensure continued water service.

For more information and more tips on how to conserve water, visit http://www.newjerseyamwater.com. Follow New Jersey American Water on Twitter at www.twitter.com/njamwater.

Grace Period To Be Extended for 3rd Quarter Tax Bills
Final 2011/Preliminary 2012 tax bills have not yet been mailed due to the delay by the State in certifying municipal state aid figures. We anticipate tax bills being mailed by the end of July with a due date of August 1, however, the ten (10) day grace period will be extended. The last day for payment without interest will be printed on the tax bills. You may also access this information on the website once a date has been set.

Middletown Police Offer Child Safety Seat Checkpoint July 30
The Middletown Police Department Traffic Safety Bureau will offer a Child Safety Seat Checkpoint on Saturday, July 30 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Police Headquarters, 1 Kings Highway. Police officers trained as child passenger safety technicians will be available to assist motorists with proper child safety seat installation as well as proper positioning and harnessing of a child. Free and open to the public. No appointment necessary. In the event of severe weather, rain dates will be announced. The program is funded through a grant from the state Division of Highway Traffic Safety. Call 732-615-2045 for more information.


Township Welcomes Newest Auxiliary Officers
The Middletown Township Committee welcomed the newest members of the Police Auxiliary to the ranks at the July meeting. The officers are are Philip Paone, John Mania, Matthew Rabinowitz, Kaitlyn Robertson, John Svenda, Catherine Simplot, Gregory Tiven, and Kevin Toomey.

The Auxiliary Officers are recent graduates of the 45th Middlesex County Basic Auxiliary Police Academy. They will also undergo local training in the Middletown Police Auxiliary Field Training Program.

“On behalf of all the residents of Middletown, we appreciate the effort and hard work you put in to help us. We couldn’t do what we do without great volunteers such as you,” said Mayor Anthony P. Fiore. He noted the Police Auxiliary Unit donated more than 8,000 hours to assist the community in 2010.

The Middletown Auxiliary Police is a 100% volunteer organization that falls under the direction of the Middletown Office of Emergency Management. An Auxiliary Police Officer performs general law enforcement functions, which includes street patrol, conducting preliminary police investigations, report writing, traffic control, issuance of citations, and other basic law enforcement functions. They are utilized at special events such as parades, and street fairs, and during weather and other emergencies.


Middletown Soccer Club U17G Team Wins State Cup
The Middletown Soccer Club U17 Girls Soccer Team was recognized by the Township Committee at the July meeting for winning the NJ Youth Soccer U17G State Cup. They also won the prestigious JAGS Invitational, and were semi-finalists in the equally prestigious Needham College Showcase in Boston, Mass. The team has been together since 2003. They’ve competed in tournaments/leagues throughout the years in New Jersey New York, Maryland, Virginia, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Washington, DC. The team has been ranked in the NJ top 20 for 3 consecutive years 2009, 2010, and 2011. They won the NJ State Cup Semi-finalist in 2010. Go Team!

4th Annual Fun Scouting Skills Day at Poricy Park
Saturday, September 10, 2011.
Space Limited – Register Today!

Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts are invited to explore Poricy Park and learn some scouting skills while having fun. Exciting activities include Tied Up in Knots, Compass Frisbee, Tracks of the Trade, Bandage A Buddy and more!

This is a popular program and registration closes at 120 scouts, so it’s recommended to reserve early. No registrations will be accepted the day of the event. Staggered start times are 1:30pm-3:45pm and will be assigned in late August. All activities will conclude by 5:00pm.

Paid registration prior to August 1 is $8 per scout, includes special patch and delivery of patch is guaranteed at the event. Paid registration between August 1 to September 1 is $12 per scout, includes special patch, but delivery of patch is not guaranteed at the event. Paid registration between September 1 to September 9 is $15 per scout, $2 additional charge per patch and no guarantee of delivery of patch at the event.

The Nature Center is open Monday-Friday, 9:00am-4:00pm. To make a reservation or for more information please call the Nature Center at 732-842-5966. For additional information about the program visit http://www.poricypark.org. Programs are held rain or shine, so please dress accordingly.

All summer camp and community programs are run by Poricy Park Conservancy, a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization, located at 345 Oak Hill Road in Middletown Township. With exceptional ecological resources, the 250 acre historical and nature site makes it one of the largest parks in Monmouth County. The Park offers recreational activities such as magnificent wooded hiking trails, bird watching, pristine pond settings, fishing, and a one-of-a-kind 70 million year-old Cretaceous fossil bed. For more information please visit us at http://www.PoricyPark.org, or call us at 732-842-5966.

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Crime Scene Middletown: Middletown Police Arrest Bartender And Other Recent Activity

WRITTEN BY MIDDLETOWN TOWNSHIP POLICE DEPARTMENT
WEDNESDAY, 13 JULY 2011


MIDDLETOWN, NJ – On July 9, 2011 the Middletown Police Detective Bureau conducted an Alcohol Beverage Control inspection at the Junction Bar and Liquors located on Main Street in Belford. The purpose of the inspection was to enforce ordinances and laws pertaining to the sale of alcoholic beverages. The detectives conducted an investigation which resulted in the issuance of numerous ordinance violations. The detectives determined that none of the employees of the establishment had ABC cards which are required to serve alcohol.

The investigation resulted in the arrest of an employee, identified as Thomas Dundon, age 31, from Peters Place in Red Bank, NJ, being arrested on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Asbury Park Municipal Court. He was being held on bail.

Also arrested was a bartender, identified as David Miller, age 50, from Patterson Lane in Red Bank, NJ, for Possession of Cocaine and Possession with the Intent to Distribute Cocaine after police located the Cocaine in his possession. Police say the cocaine was packaged for sale.

The detectives closed the establishment pending further investigation.

On July 8, 2011 at approximately 6:35 pm Patrolman Brady Carr responded to the Bottle King Liquor Store on Highway 35 in reference to a report of a juvenile who attempted to purchase alcohol with a fake driver’s license.

Upon arrival Officer Carr conducted an investigation which resulted in the arrest of a 17 year old female juvenile from Center Avenue in Rumson, NJ, being arrested for Possession of a False Driver’s License. She was transported to police headquarters where she was processed and released to her father.

On July 8, 2011 at approximately 8:30 pm Patrolman Brady Carr responded to the Bottle King Liquor Store in reference to a report of an underage subject who attempted to purchase alcohol with another person’s driver’s license and debit card. Upon arrival the officer conducted an investigation which resulted in the arrest of Justin Horowitz, age 19, from Brandywine Way in Middletown, NJ, being arrested for Fraudulent Use of a Debit Card.

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

On July 8, 2011 at approximately 10:00 pm Patrolman Keith Hirschbein was dispatched to the area of Hartshorne Park to meet with a Park Ranger in reference to a report of three subjects possibly engaging in narcotics activity. Upon arrival the officer met with the Park Ranger who advised the officer that he had located a parked vehicle and approached the occupants to check on their well-being. While speaking with the occupants the ranger detected an odor of Marijuana coming from the car.

Officer Hirschbein conducted an investigation which resulted in the arrests of Christopher Marsillo, age 18, from Laurel Brook Road in Lincroft, NJ, being arrested for Possession of Under 50 Grams of Marijuana; Cole Samuels, age 18, from Navesink Avenue in Atlantic Highlands, NJ, being arrested for Possession of Under 50 Grams of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and James Caronia, age 18, from Roberta Drive in Middletown, NJ, being arrested for Possession of Under 50 Grams of Marijuana.

All three subjects were transported to police headquarters where they were processed and released pending a court date.

On July 8, 2011 at approximately 5:45 pm Patrolman Keith Hirschbein was on patrol in the area of McMahon Park when he observed a Park Ranger investigating a complaint involving alcohol. The officer assisted the ranger and located a crumpled up dollar bill containing Marijuana in the area.

Officer Hirschbein conducted an investigation which resulted in the arrest of Edward Salkow, age 22, from Salem Avenue in Elizabeth, NJ, being arrested for Possession of under 50 Grams of Marijuana. The officer also located a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Newark Municipal Court for his arrest.The officer continued his investigation and located a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Roselle Municipal Court for a second subject, identified as Thorn Ruiz, age 23, from Hayes Avenue in Elizabeth, NJ.

Both subjects were transported to police headquarters for processing and were released pending a court date.

On July 8, 2011 at approximately 2:55 pm Patrolman Richard Belmonte and Patrolman Keith Hirschbein responded to the Foodtown in reference to a report of a shoplifting. Upon arrival security advised the officers that they observed two juveniles attempt to steal approximately $20.00 worth of food and candy.

The officers conducted an investigation which resulted in the arrests of a 17 year old female juvenile from Vermont Avenue in Port Monmouth, NJ, and a 16 year old female juvenile from Green Field Way in Belford, NJ. The 16 year old female was also charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of under 50 Grams of Marijuana. Both subjects were released pending a court date.

On July 9, 2011 at approximately 5:25 pm Patrolman Keith Hirschbein responded to the area of Highway 36 and Palmer Avenue in Middletown in reference to a motor vehicle accident. Upon arrival the officer conducted an investigation which resulted in the arrest of Jamie Yeager, age 29, from Highway 105 in Vidor, Texas, being arrested for Driving While Intoxicated.

Yeager was transported to police headquarters where she was processed and released pending a court date.

On July 9, 2011 at approximately 12:28 pm Patrolman John Mele was given a description of a vehicle possibly being operated by a drunk driver which was called in by a citizen who had been driving behind the car. Sgt. Bagileo and Officer Mele located the vehicle a short time later in the area of Church Street and Liberty Street. The driver, identified as Sean Stewart, age 48, from Kimberly Court in Middletown, NJ, appeared to be asleep behind the wheel.

Officer Mele conducted an investigation which resulted in Stewart being arrested for Driving While Intoxicated and Reckless Driving. He was transported to police headquarters where he was charged with the additional offense of Refusal to Submit Breath Samples. He was processed and released pending a court date.

On July 9, 2011 at approximately 10:55 pm Patrolman Christian Clark responded to the Lincroft Acme in reference to a report of a criminal mischief to a motor vehicle. Upon arrival the officer spoke with the owner of the vehicle who informed him that a subject, identified as Evan Raczkiewicz, age 18, from Newman Springs Road in Lincroft, NJ, purposely ran and jumped on his car causing damage to the roof.

Officer Clark conducted an investigation which resulted in Rackiewicz being arrested for Criminal Mischief and Underage Possession of Alcohol. He was transported to police headquarters where he was processed and released pending a court date.

On July 10, 2011 at approximately 7:55 pm Patrolman Michael Reuter responded to the Bayshore Waterfront Park to assist a Park Ranger who had two subjects detained for possession of Marijuana. Upon arrival the Park Ranger advised Officer Reuter that he was walking in the area when he observed the two subjects rolling what appeared to be a Marijuana Cigar. The Park Ranger confiscated the Marijuana and detained the subjects until the police arrived.

Officer Reuter placed both subjects under arrest. They were identified as Timothy Enny, age 18, from Arthur Place in Middletown, NJ and a seventeen year old male juvenile from Port Monmouth, NJ. Both subjects were transported to police headquarters where they were charged with Possession of under 50 Grams of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. They were processed and released pending a court date.

On July 10, 2011 at approximately 9:30 pm police responded to the area of Powell Avenue in reference to a report of a large party. Upon arrival officers located over 100 juveniles in the area. Police received numerous calls about intoxicated juveniles running through yards and standing in the streets. Corporal James Keenan was attempting to the clear the area when a 16 year old female juvenile, from Maplewood Drive in Middletown, ignored numerous requests to leave the area.

Corporal Keenan approached the female who began to yell and scream and curse at the officer. Officer Keenan then attempted to arrest her at which point she pushed his hand away and attempted to push him in the chest. Officer Keenan was able to take her into custody and placed her in his patrol car. The juvenile then attempted to take some of the officer’s personal property from the patrol car.

She was transported to police headquarters where she was charged with Theft, Disorderly Conduct and Resisting Arrest. She was processed and released to her father pending a court date.

On July 10, 2011 at approximately 1:45 am Sgt. William Colangelo responded to the area of Port Monmouth road in reference to a motor vehicle accident. Upon arrival the officer located the driver, identified as Damian Neri, age 23, from Port Monmouth Road in Middletown, NJ, sitting on a curb. The officer detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath.

Sgt. Colangelo conducted an investigation which resulted in Neri being arrested for Driving While Intoxicated, Reckless Driving and Driving While Revoked. He was transported to police headquarters where he was processed and released pending a court date.

On July 11, 2011 at approximately 4:30 pm Patrolman Raymond Sofield responded to the area of the Shore Crest Mini Park for report of possible narcotics activity taking place. The police desk has received a call about a meeting that was taking place in the park between two people during which narcotics were going to be purchased.

Office Sofield conducted an investigation which resulted in the arrest of a 15 year old male juvenile from Linden Avenue in Red Bank, NJ, for Loitering with Intent to Distribute Narcotics. He was transported to police headquarters where he was processed and released to his parents.

On July 11, 2011 at approximately 2:10 pm Patrolman Nicholas Fenezia was on patrol in the area of the Maguires Grove Apartment Complex when he conducted a motor vehicle stop for an expired registration. While speaking with the driver, identified as Dean Ferry, age 26, from Kimberly Court in Middletown, he discovered an outstanding Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Keyport Municipal Court for Ferry’s arrest. Officer Fenezia placed Ferry under arrest.

Ferry advised the officer that he had bail money in his apartment and requested that the officer follow him into the apartment in order for him to get the money. Officer Fenezia followed Ferry into the apartment at which point he detected a strong odor of raw Marijuana. The officer then observed a Marijuana grow operation inside an open closet.

Officer Fenezia continued his investigation which resulted in the recovery of Marijuana and drug paraphernalia. The investigation resulted in Ferry being charged with the additional offenses of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession with the Intent to Distribute Marijuana within 500 feet of a Park, Possession of over 50 Grams of Marijuana, and Manufacturing over 50 Grams of Marijuana. Also arrested was Ferry’s girlfriend, Kristen Reedy, age 24, also from Kimberly Court in Middletown, NJ. She was charged with the same offenses as Ferry.

Both subjects were transported to police headquarters where they were processed. Reedy was released on her own recognizance pending a court date and Ferry was held on $1,000.00 bail with no 10% option.

On July 13, 2011 at approximately 1:50 am Patrolman James Beirne was on patrol in the area of Cherry Tree Farm Road when he pulled over a vehicle for multiple motor vehicle violations. Officer Beirne approached the driver, identified as Sergio Amoedo, age 23, from Stone Road in Hazlet, NJ, and detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath.

Officer Beirne conducted an investigation which resulted in Amoedo being arrested for Driving While Intoxicated and Reckless Driving. He was transported to headquarters where he was processed and released pending a court date.

On July 13, 2011 Detective Adam Finck arrested Dennis Cernek, age 51, from 37th Street in North Bergen, NJ, for Theft after a four month investigation. Cernek used a dating website, Plenty-O-Fish.com, as well as other websites, to meet his victim. After dating for a while Cernek stole jewelry from her home.

He was processed and was being held at the Monmouth County Correctional Facility in Freehold, NJ, on $10,000.00 bail set by Judge Michael Pugliese.

The Middletown Police Report the arrest of the following subjects for other offenses:

Jason Venson, age 31, from Knollwood Drive in Middletown, NJ, arrested on July 10, 2011 by Patrolman John Mele for Violation of a Court Order and a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Red Bank Municipal Court. He was held on $2,589.00 bail.
Thorn Ruiz, age 23, from Hayes Avenue in Elizabeth, NJ, arrested on July 8, 2011 by Patrolman Brady Carr on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Roselle Municipal Court. He was released on his own recognizance.

Angela Boden Scotti, age 47, from Shore Boulevard in Keansburg, NJ, arrested on July 9, 2011 by Patrolman Charles Higgins on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Jersey City Municipal Court. She was released after posting $100.00 bail.

Phillip Roenbeck, age 19, from Morningside Avenue in Middletown, NJ, arrested on July 9, 2011 by Patrolman John Soltysik on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Oceanport Municipal Court. He was released after posting $750.00 bail.

Joseph Colasacco, age 32, from Creek Road in Port Monmouth, NJ, arrested on July 9, 2011 by Patrolman Stephen Keller for Simple Assault. He was released pending a court date.

William Roberts, age 72, from Morris Avenue in Belford, NJ, arrested on July 10, 2011 by Patrolman Keith Hirschbein for Terroristic Threats, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon and Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose. He was released after posting bail.

Pamela Koba-Marrazzo, age 41, from Tindall Road in Middletown, NJ, arrested on July 11, 2011 by Patrolman Jason Caruso on two Contempt of Court warrants issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. She was released after posting $185.00 bail.

Jean Stewart, age 31, from Washington Street in West New York, NJ, arrested on July 10, 2011 by Patrolman Michael Reuter on a Fugitive Warrant out of the state of Florida and four Contempt of Court warrant issued by the West New York and the Hoboken Municipal Courts. He was being held in the Monmouth County Correctional Facility in Freehold, NJ.

Jennifer Hicks, age 31, from Thousand Oaks Drive in Atlantic Highlands, NJ, arrested on July 11, 2011 by Patrolman Jason Caruso on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. She was released after posting $546.00 bail.

Amanda Pardee, age 26, from Ocean Avenue in Middletown, NJ, arrested on July 11, 2011 by Patrolman Christopher Dee for Simple Assault with a Motor Vehicle. She was being held at the Monmouth County Correctional Facility in Freehold, NJ, on $2,500 bail set by Judge Richard Thompson.

Carissa Bossert, age 23, from Woods End Drive in Middletown, NJ, arrested on July 11, 2011 by Patrolman Robert McNair on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Oceanport Municipal Court. She was held on bail.

Ernesto Flores, age 27, from Amboy Road in Staten Island, NY, arrested on July 11, 2011 by Corporal James Keenan on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Heightstown Municipal Court. He was held on $950.00 bail.

Phillip Lamoreaux, age 22, from Golden Eye Lane in Port Monmouth, NJ, arrested on July 12, 2011 by Patrolman Christopher Dee on two Contempt of Court warrants issued by the New Brunswick Municipal Court. He was released after posting $950.00 bail.

Robert Boyce, age 49, from Alberta Avenue in Neptune, NJ, arrested on July 12, 2011 by Patrolman Stephen Keller on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was being held at the Monmouth County Correctional Facility in Freehold, NJ.

Daniel Limbach, age 30, from Rose Terrace in West Keansburg, NJ, arrested on July 12, 2011 by Corporal Keith MacDonald on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was held on $550.00 bail.

Adam Kurczeski, age 30, from Mounts Mill Road in Monroe, NJ, arrested on July 13, 2011 by Patrolman Antonio Ciccone on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was held at the Monmouth County Correctional Facility in Freehold, NJ.

Ebony Crank, age 27, from Matawan Avenue in Cliffwood, NJ, arrested on July 12, 2011 by Patrolman Donald Coates and Patrolman Jason Caruso on a warrant signed by the Monmouth County Narcotics Strike Force Bayshore Unit for Possession of Heroin, Possession of Cocaine, Possession with the Intent to Distribute Heroin, Possession with the Intent to Distribute Cocaine, Distribution of Heroin and Distribution of Cocaine. She was released after posting $5,000.00 bail with a 10% option.

Information received from 3rd party source, arrests do not indicate convictions

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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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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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