Sunday, May 5, 2013
A weekly look at crime stories from all around Monmouth County
It was a busy week for Monmouth County law enforcement. There was dog-napping, murder charges, murder sentences, stabbing and the suspension of a dentist’s license following his arrest. Below are the major stories this week from around the county: Keansburg Man Indicted on Murder Charge for Alleged Baseball Bat Attack in Cemetery A Keansburg man is charged with murder and other offenses contained in a five-count indictment handed up Monday by a Monmouth County grand jury, according to Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni. Police: Freehold Man Causes $3K Worth of Damage to Car A Freehold man reportedly caused nearly $3,000 worth of damage to a car parked within Manalapan Township last week. Manalapan police …
Sunday, April 28, 2013
A weekly look back at the crime stories in Monmouth County
This week's crime includes a little of everything, topped here by two of the top unreported stories of the week: A Neptune man was indicted by a grand jury Friday on charges he sexually abused a mentally handicapped woman. Christopher Johnson, 38, is charged with one count of first-degree aggravated sexual assault, stemming from an incident in February, 2012. The indictment says Johnson knew or should have known that the victim, identified only by initials, was physically or mentally unable to give consent. * * * * * A Manasquan man was indicted last week on charges he assaulted a police officer and several other offenses. In the five-count indictment handed up April 18, Kyle Jordan, 25, is charged with two counts of aggravated assault…
A look at police activity in Aberdeen between April 10 and April 23, 2013.
- POLICE & FIRE
Sunday, April 28
The Aberdeen Township Police Department responded to or initiated 623 calls for service between April 10 and April 23, 2013, including 13 suspicious persons/vehicles; 31 alarms; 41 first aid calls; 19 motor vehicle crashes; nine thefts; eleven domestic violence incident, seven disorderly persons, two assault, three burglaries, eleven noise complaints, and 181 motor vehicle stops, according to Police Chief John Powers. Officers also issued 135 motor vehicle summonses. The Aberdeen Township Police made the following arrests April 10, 2013 through April 23, 2013: The information in this blotter was provided by the Aberdeen Township Police Department. All are considered innocent until proven guilty.
Friday, April 26, 2013
A Monmouth County grand jury handed up the indictment on April 23.
A Keyport man was indicted by a Monmouth County grand jury last week on charges he shoplifted from three separate departments stores. Investigators say Robert Doren, 57, took merchandise valued at over $500 from Sears of Middletown between Oct. 20, 2012 and Jan. 5, 2013. In February, he allegedly stole over $200 in merchandise from Wegman's of Manalapan. Just under a month later, Doren allegedly left Home Depot of Howell with over $200 in merchandise from the store. He is facing two counts of third degree shoplifting and one count of fourth degree shoplifting. An indictment does not indicate a conviction, only that a grand jury voted there was enough evidence to proceed with a trial.
Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.
- POLICE & FIRE
Friday, April 26
Editor's note: The following is a press released issued by the Aberdeen Township Police Department. The Aberdeen Township Police and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its sixth opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your medications for disposal to the Aberdeen Township Municipal Building at 1 Aberdeen Square off of Church Street between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 27. The service is free and anonymous with no questions asked. Last September, 244 tons of prescription drugs were turned in at over 5,200 sites operatedby the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement …
Thursday, April 25, 2013
He is facing charges for the alleged theft in Keyport.
A Matawan man is facing several charges after he allegedly drove a getaway car during a theft in Keyport. According to police, James Pitts, 46, allegedly conspired with other individuals to steal copper pipe and fittings from a property at 393 Broad Street. During the April 23 incident, fence surround the property, which also allegedly has a "No Trespassing" sign, was damaged, police said. Pitts was charged with trespassing, theft, criminal mischief and conspiracy. According to the complaint warrant, a plastic straw with what police believe to be heroin was found on his person and he was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. In total, bail was set at $8,500 with a ten percent cash option. Pitts was previously arrested in …
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Included in that statistic are six DWI arrests.
- POLICE & FIRE
Wednesday, April 24
Editor's note: These statistics were reported by the Aberdeen Township Police Department. The Aberdeen Township Police Department handled 4,015 calls-for-service between January 1, 2013 and March 31, 2013 including 1,297 in March. Police activities for the month of March 2013 were as follows: Summary of Traffic Summonses 412 summonses from 445 motor vehicle stops, including: Traffic Crashes 38 motor vehicle crashes reported, including: Warrant Arrests 26 arrests were made by department personnel during the month of March on court-issued warrants. Other Arrests 25 other arrests were made by department officers for criminal and motor vehicle offenses during the month of March. Directed Enforcement Details 173 documented directed …
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Aberdeen police say the woman was driving while intoxicated during the incident Sunday night.
- POLICE & FIRE
Tuesday, April 23
A Matawan woman is facing several charges after she allegedly left the scene of one accident on Cliffwood Avenue in Aberdeen before being involved in a second one on Sunday, according to a press release issued by the Aberdeen Township Police Department. Police say Maria Vitale, 78, of Haven Drive was driving her 2000 Toyota while intoxicated at about 9 p.m. when she allegedly struck a stop sign on Cliffwood Avenue and then continued driving across Route 35. She then allegedly crossed over into oncoming traffic near Rose Street and collided with a 1992 Accura operated by a Perth Amboy resident. Vitale was taken to Bayshore Community Hospital for treatment of facial injuries, according to Chief John Powers. The driver of the Acura did not …
Monday, April 22, 2013
A federal magistrate went to the hospital as a sealed complaint was filed against the bombing suspect.
A federal magistrate visited the bedside of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as the surviving marathon bombing suspect was charged with the crime. Tsarnaev is charged with unlawfully using and conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction (namely, an improvised explosive device) against persons and property within the United States. He is also charged with using an explosive to maliciously damage and destroy real and personal property used in interstate and foreign commerce and actively affecting interstate and foreign commerce resulting in personal injury and death. Tsarnaev remains in serious condition at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, according to the FBI. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said this afternoon that Tsarnaev will be …
Broadway was filled with firetrucks and ambulances staging for a fire on Provost Avenue.
A portion of Broadway in Keyport was closed Monday afternoon as firefighters from multiple Bayshore towns worked to put out a fire in a home on Provost Avenue. According to emergency personnel, the fire was reported around 1 p.m. Firefighters on the scene were able to contain it to a small portion of the home and the fire was put out shortly before 1:30 p.m. According to Police Chief George Casaletto, preliminary investigation shows the fire likely began in the area of the chimney. No injuries were reported. The roadway was reopened around 2 p.m. The Keyport First Aid Squad and firefighters from Aberdeen, Matawan and Union Beach were also called to the scene.