Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Police say the pair took $20,000 worth of property from the home.
A Monmouth County grand jury voted to indict two Perth Amboy men on charges they broke into a Matawan residence and stole about $20,000 worth of property from the home. Investigators say on May 15, Manuel Zapata, 23, and Yeudi Garcia, 21, allegedly entered a home on Annmar Drive in Matawan and stole jewelry and electronic equipment, including a computer, estimated in total to be worth approximately $20,000. The pair was indicted on two charges, including burglary and theft of movable property. Both are third degree crimes. An indictment does not indicate a conviction, only that a grand jury found there was enough evidence for a trial.
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Three of the four apartments in the building are currently being rented from the tenant, officials said.
A Matawan apartment building at the intersection of Mill Road and Freneau Avenue was evacuated Monday afternoon after a portion of the foundation collapsed. According to Sgt. Thomas Falco, the Matawan Police Department was dispatched to the scene at about 12 p.m. after receiving a report of a collapsed house with a possible gas leak. The first officer on the scene, Ptl. Andrew Marsala, was able to determine that there was no gas leak and only a portion of the Queen Anne's Court building had collapsed, Falco said. Matawan Construction Official Nick Fabiano also responded to the scene and determined that a basement wall that runs parallel to Mill Road collapsed. The house was deemed uninhabitable and the tenants occupying three of the four…
NJ Spotlight has created an interactive map of 2011 crime rates in New Jersey.
NJ Spotlight has created an interactive map using the recently released 2011 Uniform Crime Report that plots the total crime rate per 1,000 people for seven index crimes (four violent -- murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault -- and three non-violent -- burglary, larceny and motor vehicle theft). As required by statute, all law enforcement agencies in the state submit monthly and annual summary crime reports to the Uniform Crime Reporting Program, under the NJ State Police. Information about 2012 will be released in December 2013. Matawan Borough's total crime index increased slightly from 101 in 2010 to 135 in 2011. There were 47 burglaries reported in 2011, as well as 72 larcenies (thefts), five robberies and six aggravated …
At issue is a D.A.R.E. New Jersey drug education program for elementary schoolers that the national parent company says it did not sanction.
The New Jersey Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program won a preliminary court injunction barring national parent company, D.A.R.E. America, from revoking its charter over a disputed education program. The preliminary injunction prevents the California-based nonprofit from revoking the charter of the New Jersey chapter New Jersey group or preventing the state group from using the D.A.R.E. name. “We are very pleased with the swift action and favorable decision made by the courts to address this poignant matter,” said Nicholas DeMauro, chairman and CEO of D.A.R.E. New Jersey. D.A.R.E. is a series of classroom lessons about drug abuse prevention taught to school children by local police officers. Instructors are required to …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Kareem Gary, 32, of Elizabeth and Herman Rozier, 46, of Linden were indicted on Thursday in Monmouth County Court.
A Monmouth County grand jury indicted Kareem Gary, 32, of Elizabeth and Herman Rozier, 46, of Linden on Dec. 13 on seven charges stemming from the alleged burglary of businesses in Matawan, Aberdeen and Red Bank. The investigation began in Matawan after the July burglary of Wine Nation, where the front glass window was shattered and cash and cigarettes were stolen. As a result of the Wine Nation burglary investigation, Matawan Det. Joseph Lovallo and Det. Steve Sakowski were able to identify one of the suspects and tracked his whereabouts for ten days, Lt. Jason Gallo told Patch in August. The detectives were aware that the burglary of Wine Nation was similar to several 'smash and grab' style burglaries committed across the state, Gallo …
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Applications for the position must be received by Dec. 18.
The borough council authorized the Matawan Police Department to advertise, interview and make recommendations for a class two special police officer (SLEO2) at their Dec. 6 regular action meeting. According to Lt. Jason Gallo, the commanding officer, the position is part-time and would help supplement the current force. "It is a great opportunity and a foot in the door to a law enforcement career," he said. Officer Andrew Marsala, who serves as the Matawan PBA Local #179 president, urged the council at recent meetings to begin the hiring process for the department, as a number of retirements are anticipated in the coming year. "We’re happy that the mayor and council are moving forward with providing the personnel that we need," he said…
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Police say over six pounds of marijuana were seized from a Freneau Avenue home in April.
Four men were indicted by a Monmouth County grand jury Tuesday on charges stemming from a drug bust on Freneau Avenue in Matawan, according to court documents. On April 26, the Matawan Police Department executed a search warrant at a Freneau Avenue home at about 3:30 p.m., Sgt. Thomas Falco told Patch in April. Police seized $10,000 in cash, over six pounds of marijuana, 13 grams of cocaine, five glass smoking pipes, an imitation handgun and a 600,000 volt stun gun from the home, Falco said. Scales and packaging materials used for distribution of narcotics were also found at the home. Police also seized a 1995 Honda Civic. Joey Sieredzinksi, 21, of Matawan; Daniel Mattis, 22, of Rumson; and Jerelle Medford, 23, of Brooklyn were indicted on…
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Police say a Cliffwood Beach man removed copper wire from the Wilson Avenue substation during the power outages following Sandy.
A Cliffwood Beach man was arrested Monday on charges that he stole copper wire from the JCP&L substation on Wilson Avenue in Matawan on four separate occasions. Two of the alleged incidents occurred during the power outages following Sandy. Police say that John Wesp, 30, of Raritan Boulevard, entered the substation on Oct. 16, Oct. 25., Nov. 2 and Nov. 4 by cutting a hole in the fence surrounding the property. He allegedly removed over sixty copper stabilizing wires that help ground the electrical poles at the substation, Lt. Ben Smith explained. Each section is estimated to be about eight feet long. According to Smith, JCP&L estimated that about $80,000 worth of damage was done to the substation. After the two October incidents, Det. …
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Charities were selected based on the positive impact they have on the Bayshore area, PB president said.
The Matawan Police Benevolence Association Local #179 will donate $10,000 in cash as well toys to local charities this holiday season. Restore the Bayshore, Heroes Helping Heroes, Union Beach Disaster Relief Fund and Hope for Highlands will each recieve $2,500 and the Matawan First Aid and Rescue Squad will receive toys and gifts the PBA collected throughout the year, according to PBA president Andrew Marsala. Restore the Bayshore was launched by the PBA in the wake of Sandy to provide financial assistance to families and businesses in the Bayshore area when resources like FEMA and personal insurance fall short. "Heroes Helping Heroes" is a Dec. 8 concert at the Stone Pony organized by the Monmouth County Traffic Officers Association to…
Monday, December 3, 2012
The indictment stems from a June 2012 arrest, according to court documents.
A Matawan man was indicted by a Monmouth County grady jury Thursday on several charges stemming from a June 15 arrest made at his Matawan Borough home. Police say that Marcus Nelson, 29, of Crest Circle, was found to be in possession of heroin and a machete when his parole officer made a surprise visit to his home. He was indicted on a total of three charges, including third degree possession of a controlled dangerous substance, fourth degree violation of community supervision for life and fourth degree certain persons not to be in possession of a weapon. An indictment does not indicate a conviction, only that a grand jury decided there is enough evidence to proceed with a trial.