Category Archives: Port Monmouth

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

>PREPARED BY DETECTIVE LIEUTENANT STEPHEN DOLLINGER

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

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

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

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

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>Crime Scene Middletown: FOUR ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES AT SPY HOUSE PARK

>PRPEPARED BY DETECTIVE LIEUTENANT STEPHEN DOLLINGER


On February 11, 2011 at approximately 9:41 pm Patrolman Robert McNair was on patrol in the area of the Spy house Park located on Port Monmouth Road in Port Monmouth when he observed a suspicious vehicle parked in the parking lot. Officer McNair approached the vehicle to check on its occupants and immediately detected the odor of burnt marijuana coming from the passenger compartment of the vehicle.

Patrolman McNair continued his investigation and located a folded piece of notebook paper which contained a substance he recognized as marijuana on the front seat passenger, Joshua Baum, age 27, from Sutton Drive in Middletown. Baum was then placed under arrest.

Officer McNair conducted a further search of the vehicle during which he located a small glass jar which contained marijuana. McNair then arrested the other occupants of the vehicle, Stephen Prunyi, age 23, from Palmer Avenue in Middletown, Jennifer Carrasquilla, age 23 from Brandeis Road in Parlin, NJ, and Cassandra Charron, age 22, from Sutton Place in Middletown.

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

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>Unaplogetic Christie Came To Middletown And I Couldn’t Make It

>I am kicking myself this afternoon for not sucking it up and attending Governor Christie’s Town Hall meeting in Middletown this morning. After working a 13 hour shift last night and needing over an hour to make it home this morning, I just couldn’t keep my eyes open any longer. I had to go to sleep.

Since waking up a short while ago, I have been looking for some information on the web to fill me in on what happened at the Port Monmouth VFW this morning. So far the only report that I have found is from Dustin Racioppi of RedBankGreen.com who reported that the meeting was rather tame when compared to other more contentious town halls the Governor has presided over the past few month.
Dustin reported that the governor was his usual self, blunt and direct but only slightly confrontational when answering questions from a police officer and the wife of a teacher. In both incidences it seems that Christie basically told them that he wasn’t anti-teacher or police officer, just anti-union and that they should be happy that they are still collecting a pay check when asked by the police officer how he was going to be able to make ends meet if forced to pay a higher percentage towards his benefits.
I would really like to hear other’s take on today’s town hall with the Governor. If any one was there today and would like to pass along their thoughts and observations I would appreciate it and post your comments for others to read.
If you would like to read Dustin’s take on the Governor’s visit click >>> Here

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>New Feature – Crime Scene, Middletown

>As of today I will be adding a new feature to the MiddletownMike blog that I will call “Crime Scene, Middletown”.

After hearing many complain about the lack of information available to residents about crime being committed in the neighborhoods of Middletown, I went down to Police Headquarters and asked to be placed on the email list for press releases issued by the department.
Today, I received my first two press releases from Detective Lieutenant Stephen F. Dollinger, who oversees the Township’s Detective Bureau.
The first release announces the arrest of suspect Dustin Jeardon, Atlantic Street, Keyport for burglary and theft to a home located on Wilson Avenue in Port Monmouth.

The second press release details the motor vehicle stop of Rachel Goldberg, age 19, from Riverside Avenue in Red Bank. Goldberg attempted to flee the scene after being stopped. Her vehicle was pursued until it was stopped in the parking lot of the Visiting Nurse Association in Red Bank. Goldberg was placed under arrest for eluding. A search of the vehicle revealed a small purse which contained marijuana and a pipe used for smoking marijuana. After begin processed and released on her own recognizance.

You can read each of the press releases below:

Burglary Suspect in Custody

Middletown – A Keyport man is incarcerated in Union County jail for burglaries committed in Union County and Middletown Township.

Middletown Det Laurence Schachtel developed Dustin Jeandron, age 27, Atlantic Street, Keyport, as a suspect in a burglary and theft which occurred on October 29, 2010 to a home located on Wilson Avenue in Port Monmouth. Det. Schachtel signed complaints against Jeandron and Middletown Police have been actively seeking Jeadron.

Jeandron was arrested December 22, 2010 by Cranford and Clark Police Detectives during the course of committing a burglary in Union County. He is currently being held in Union County jail on a total of $90,000 bail.

Police are continuing their investigation to determine whether Jeandron may be responsible for other burglaries committed in the Middletown area.

Woman Arrested After Fleeing Scene


Middletown
– On December 26, 2010 at approximately 1:10am Sgt. Sean Sweeney was on patrol on Highway 35 when he stopped a vehicle, driven by Rachel Goldberg, age 19, from Riverside Avenue in Red Bank, for motor vehicle violations.

After obtaining Goldberg’s driving credentials Sgt. Sweeney was in the process of issuing summonses when Goldberg began to flee the scene in her vehicle. Sgt. Sweeney pursued the vehicle until it was stopped in the parking lot of the Visiting Nurse Association in Red Bank. At this point Goldberg was placed under arrest for eluding.

A search of Goldberg by Officer Heather Pusylski of the Red Bank Police Department, who had arrived as back up, revealed a small purse which contained a green vegetation which Sgt. Sweeney recognized as marijuana and a glass pipe used for smoking marijuana.

Goldberg was transported to police headquarters where she was charged with eluding, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was also issued motor vehicle summonses for a provisional license violation, careless driving, improper passing, failing to change address on license and possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a vehicle.

Goldberg was processed and released on her own recognizance.

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Letter: It Was Patrick Short Who Resolved Flooding Issue In Port Monmouth

I would like to express the appreciation that all of my neighbors have toward Committeeman Patrick Short for reaching out to us and working to resolve the flooding issue that has been present here for more than 40 years, It has grown progressively worse with all the development in the area.

As a resident of Monmouth Avenue who has participated in township meetings and meetings with Rep. Frank Pallone regarding this issue many years ago, working more recently with Short has proven to be the most beneficial. It was he who first embraced the idea of a solution to our problem and reached out to the residents of Monmouth/Brainard/Wilson Avenues of Port Monmouth. His was the first suggestion of the pump station and other possible avenues that he wished to propose to the committee. His idea was quickly endorsed by Committeeman Sean Byrnes and then Anthony Fiore. With that support in place, the mayor and deputy mayor then joined in support.

The committee has just introduced an ordinance funding the first phase construction and engineering work for phase two. Short’s support is what got us where we are today regarding a solution. And now, thankfully, it is finally being realized.

Jeanette Wronka
MIDDLETOWN

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Patrick Short Lead Others in Middletown Flood Plans

If you don’t wish to take my word for it on the last post “Lies and Lying Liars who tell Them…”, then read the following letter written by Port Monmouth resident Jeanette Wronka, who along with her neighbors have been fighting and complaining about the flooding in their neighborhood for 20 years years.

Mrs Wronka lives on Monmouth ave and has been one of the most effect homeowners in the neighborhood, often on rainy days during high tide the flood water have reached her front yard or worst:

Dear Editor,
A recent letter to you ( Thursday, August 13 ) praising that the “Middletown Flood Plans are Noteworthy” was indeed correct and an understatement after all these years.

However, as a resident on Monmouth Avenue who has participated in Township meetings and meetings with Congressmen Pallone regarding this issue many years ago, and then most recently with the current Committee for several months, I must set the record straight.

It was Committee member Patrick Short who first embraced the idea of a solution to our problem and reached out to the residents of Monmouth/Brainard/ Wilson Avenues of Port Monmouth. His was the first suggestion of the pump station and other possible avenues that he wished to propose to the Committee. He was quickly endorsed by Sean Byrnes of the Committee and then Anthony Fiore. With that support in place, the Mayor and Deputy mayor then joined in support.


Patrick Short’s support is what got us where we are today regarding a solution and hopefully it will finally be realized. (my emphasise)

Regards,
Jeanette Wronka
Port Monmouth


Enough Said !!

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Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: Middletown Republicans Are At It Again.

Once again, members of the Middletown Republican party are looking to take credit for something that they had no part in.

I am speaking of a recent letter written by Cathy Rogers, an active member of the Middletown Republican party, who serves as the District 36 Republican Committeewoman in Port Monmouth and who’s husband Charlie, holds prominent positions in Middletown as an appointed member of the Middletown Sewerage Authority and as the OEM Coordinator, for each position Mr. Rogers holds, he is compensated with both salary and pension benefits.

In her letter, Mrs. Roger’s gives undue credit to her fellow Middletown Republicans – Mayor Brightbill and Deputy Mayor Scharfenberger for the recently announced plans to control flooding in Port Monmouth area.

The simple fact of the matter is that not Cathy Rogers, her husband, the Mayor or Deputy Mayor had anything to do with devising the current flood control plan that was approved by the township committee on August 3rd.

The homeowners on Monmouth, Wilson, and Brainard Aves as well as others and along with Democratic Committeeman Patrick Short, who championed the cause, deserve all of the credit for getting this accomplished. Mayor Brightbill and Deputy-mayor Scharfenberger never supported this effort until the time that Patrick Short introduced the solution to the township committee and the 80+ homeowners that reside in the affected flood area showed up in force to demand that action be taken to alleviate the flooding problem.

Republicans in Middletown have always been reactive to problems that concern residents of Middletown, instead of taking a proactive approach to any of their needs.

If Cathy Rogers were any kind of district representative, as she claims, she would have had her Republican colleagues take care of the flooding problem long ago. She says that this was in the making for 10 years.

Actually, it took 10 months worth of effort on the part of Patrick Short and others to indentify the problem and come up with a workable solution, all it took was a little persuasion and a lot of homeowners to rise up and speak out for a return on the investment that they make each and every month by paying their property taxes to Middletown.

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Finally, Residents In Port Monmounth To See Relief From Flooding

Well it’s taken over 30 years for residents in the Port Monmouth section of Middletown to get some much needed action to the flooding problem that exists around the Wilson Ave/ Broadway/Renfrew Place/Pew’s creek section of town, but at last there is relief coming to their neighborhood.


Thanks to efforts of Committeeman Patrick Short and many area residents who have attended township committee meeting over the past few months, the township committee has finally decided to take action against the massive flooding problems in Port Monmouth themselves instead of waiting for the Army Corp of Engineers to come up with $55 million dollars to do it for them.

Middletown’s engineer, Ted Maloney has come up with a 3 phase plan to alleviate the flooding at a fraction of the cost, which is estimated to be $1.1 million.

According to an article in yesterdays Asbury Park Press:

The $77,040 first phase involves building a foot-tall berm along Wilson Avenue, cleaning and repairing all existing pipes, and installing a slide gate, Maloney said. The gate would open during low tide to allow water to seep out of the neighborhood, and close during high tide to keep out water from Pew’s Creek and Raritan Bay, he said.

The $750,000 second phase would add a pump station to help get water out of the neighborhood, a drainage pipe for the water to flow through and a generator to power the system in the event of an outage, according to township documents.

The $315,000 third phase would replace existing pipes and create an underground location for water to settle before draining into the creek, according to township documents. If the first two phases work as planned, the third phase may not be necessary, Maloney said.”

This is an excellent use of township tax dollars that should have gone to allieviating the flooding problem in Port Monmouth years ago. I know that the 80+ households that make up this flooded section of Port Monmouth are extremely happy that something is finally being done for them, instead of having their tax dollars wasted on frivously pet projects of former members of the township committee.

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Monmouth County Committeeman and Resident of Belford Bob Latsch, Working to Ensure The Quailty of Life in the Bayshore

Bob Latsch is a very active member of the Middletown Democratic Party. He serves as a County Committeeman for Middletown’s district 3, which encompasses the parts of the bayside in Belford. For as long as I have known him, he has been a hard working and an outspoken advocate for the citizens that he represents in Belford.

Mr. Latsch is a constant thorn in the side to the occupants of Town Hall, and because of his actions and advocacy on the behalf of the residents in Belford, he has made their quality of life a little better. Among other things, he has fought for street repairs and for flood drains to be cleaned out. He is tenacious and unrelenting when he puts his mind to a project. His latest endeavor is to have Broadway, a road that is pothole laden and flood-prone, repaired.

The condition of Broadway, in Mr. Latsch’s opinion, is dangerous and should be considered a hazard to public safety. The fact that when flood waters accrue after a heavy storm, the road is nearly impossible for emergency vehicles to navigate and hence creates a serious safety concern to residents, should have been enough for the Township to take action years ago.

Bob Latsch and others, feel that the Township neglects the needs of its residents along the bayshore, in favor of the more affluent who reside in Lincroft or along the Navisink. That is why he has started a letter writing campaign to get his message across to the residents of Town Hall.

The following are two letter that he sent to me, in hopes that I would publish them on this blog. Because of his unselfish efforts on the behalf of Belford residents I am happy to help him out:

1/22/09
In October 2008, over 60 people petitioned the Middletown Township Committee for repair of the deplorable, potholed, flood-prone Broadway. Both T&M Engineers and the township administrator agree, the road’s condition is lousy to say the least.


I spoke with administrator Tony Mercantante, who told me permits would take up to a year to obtain. The roadway, when flooded, prevents emergency services from getting there direct. They have to detour up Main to Port Monouth road, then over Pews Creek Bridge back to Broadway. Lives and property are at stake. Permits be damned, this seems like a stall tactic. These people pay taxes and deserve the same services those in Lincroft get. This repair has been put on hold for over 20 years. The residents and road users deserve to have Broadway repaired now.

No delays, no excuses.

Action Now. Mayor Brightbill are you tuned in? Then turn on and get the job done.

Bob Latsch
Belford

2/6/09
Dear appointed Mayor Pamela Brightbill,

Do 60 people or more people who petitioned the Township Committee in October 2008 regaurding the dangerous and deplorable condition of Broadway in Belford and Port Monmouth, mean nothing to you and your predecessor? For over 20 years nothing has been done.

Its been policy to ignore the Bayshore in favor of Lincroft and this emergency is not fancy, its reality. Property and human lives are at stake. Your delays may advance property loss or lives !

Bob Latsch
Belford.

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>Monmouth County Committeeman and Resident of Belford Bob Latsch, Working to Ensure The Quailty of Life in the Bayshore

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Bob Latsch is a very active member of the Middletown Democratic Party. He serves as a County Committeeman for Middletown’s district 3, which encompasses the parts of the bayside in Belford. For as long as I have known him, he has been a hard working and an outspoken advocate for the citizens that he represents in Belford.

Mr. Latsch is a constant thorn in the side to the occupants of Town Hall, and because of his actions and advocacy on the behalf of the residents in Belford, he has made their quality of life a little better. Among other things, he has fought for street repairs and for flood drains to be cleaned out. He is tenacious and unrelenting when he puts his mind to a project. His latest endeavor is to have Broadway, a road that is pothole laden and flood-prone, repaired.

The condition of Broadway, in Mr. Latsch’s opinion, is dangerous and should be considered a hazard to public safety. The fact that when flood waters accrue after a heavy storm, the road is nearly impossible for emergency vehicles to navigate and hence creates a serious safety concern to residents, should have been enough for the Township to take action years ago.

Bob Latsch and others, feel that the Township neglects the needs of its residents along the bayshore, in favor of the more affluent who reside in Lincroft or along the Navisink. That is why he has started a letter writing campaign to get his message across to the residents of Town Hall.

The following are two letter that he sent to me, in hopes that I would publish them on this blog. Because of his unselfish efforts on the behalf of Belford residents I am happy to help him out:

1/22/09
In October 2008, over 60 people petitioned the Middletown Township Committee for repair of the deplorable, potholed, flood-prone Broadway. Both T&M Engineers and the township administrator agree, the road’s condition is lousy to say the least.


I spoke with administrator Tony Mercantante, who told me permits would take up to a year to obtain. The roadway, when flooded, prevents emergency services from getting there direct. They have to detour up Main to Port Monouth road, then over Pews Creek Bridge back to Broadway. Lives and property are at stake. Permits be damned, this seems like a stall tactic. These people pay taxes and deserve the same services those in Lincroft get. This repair has been put on hold for over 20 years. The residents and road users deserve to have Broadway repaired now.

No delays, no excuses.

Action Now. Mayor Brightbill are you tuned in? Then turn on and get the job done.

Bob Latsch
Belford

2/6/09
Dear appointed Mayor Pamela Brightbill,

Do 60 people or more people who petitioned the Township Committee in October 2008 regaurding the dangerous and deplorable condition of Broadway in Belford and Port Monmouth, mean nothing to you and your predecessor? For over 20 years nothing has been done.

Its been policy to ignore the Bayshore in favor of Lincroft and this emergency is not fancy, its reality. Property and human lives are at stake. Your delays may advance property loss or lives !

Bob Latsch
Belford.

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