Day: July 11, 2022

22 Removed By Good Samaritan After Charter Boat Takes On Water In Townsend Inlet

July 11, 2022

SEA ISLE CITY, NJ (CAPE MAY)–U.S. Coast Guard Mid-Atlantic reports that a good Samaritan helped remove 22 passengers from the charter boat STARFISH tonight after the boat began taking on water near Townsend Inlet Bridge, in New Jersey.

STARFISH reportedly collided with the Townsends Inlet Bridge and suffered a gash in the starboard hull, causing a few compartments to flood.

The good SAM removed all passengers and took them to the docks in Sea Isle City where EMS was waiting to assist. There were no reported injuries.

Local commercial salvage is currently working to dewater STARFISH and will remain with the boat overnight while a damage and tow plan are created.

Dive ops were conducted and confirmed there is no damage to fuel tanks. No pollution has been reported.

U.S. Coast Guard Mid-Atlantic thanks all who responded to help out the passengers and crew.



Fatal Shooting Investigation In Asbury Park, NJ

July 11, 2022

ASBURY PARK, NJ (MONMOUTH)–A fatal shooting that took place late last week in Asbury Park is under active investigation, Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Lori Linskey announced Monday.

Shortly after 5:45 p.m. on Friday, July 8, members of the Asbury Park Police Department responded to a report of gunfire originating from the 100 block of Prospect Avenue, near the intersection with Atlantic Avenue.

Upon arrival at the scene, officers encountered 19-year-old Dariel Vernet of Asbury Park, who had sustained multiple gunshot injuries. He was transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead approximately one hour later. An autopsy performed Sunday yielded a determination that the manner of death was homicide.

The investigation into Vernet’s death is being handled by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office’s Major Crimes Bureau and the Asbury Park Police Department. Anyone with information about this matter is being urged to contact MCPO Detective Christopher Guy at 800-533-7443 or Asbury Park Police Department Detective Anthony Troublefield at 732-774-1300.

This case has been assigned to Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Caitlin J. Sidley.

Man Sentenced To 7-Years In NJ State Prison For Distributing 11.5 Pounds Of Marijuana And Other Narcotics On Long Beach Island

July 11, 2022

LONG BEACH TOWNSHIP, NJ (OCEAN)–Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer announced that on July 8, 2022, Michael Klimowicz, 32, of North Brunswick, was sentenced by the Honorable Guy P. Ryan, P.J.Cr.P, to seven years New Jersey State Prison as a result of his previously entered guilty plea to Possession of Marijuana in a Quantity Greater than Five Pounds but Less than Twenty-Five Pounds with Intent to Distribute in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5a(1) and N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5b(10), in connection with an arrest that occurred in Long Beach Township on January 27, 2019. Klimowicz pled guilty to the charge before Judge Ryan on April 12, 2022.

An investigation by the Long Beach Township Police Department revealed that a residence in the Holgate section of Long Beach Township was being utilized by Klimowicz to store and distribute narcotics. In furtherance of the investigation, Detectives executed a court-authorized search warrant on the subject residence on January 27, 2019. As a result, Detectives seized roughly 11.5 pounds of Marijuana, additional quantities of other illegal narcotics, and approximately $9,300 in United States currency. Klimowicz was arrested at the residence without incident; he was transported to the Ocean County Jail, and later released as a consequence of New Jersey Bail Reform.

Prosecutor Billhimer acknowledges the diligent efforts of Supervising Assistant Prosecutor Kristin Pressman who handled the case on behalf of the State, as well as the Long Beach Township Police Department Patrol Division, Long Beach Township Police Department Detective Bureau, Long Beach Township Police Department K-9 Unit, and Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office High Tech Crime Unit, for their collective assistance in connection with this investigation leading to Klimowicz’s apprehension and now his state prison sentence.



Man Charged With Robbery, Kidnapping And Multiple Weapons Offenses In Trenton

July 11, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Trenton Police report that on Monday, July 4, 2022 at approximately 12:30 a.m., in the area of West Front Street – the victim left his place of employment and began to walk to his residence. An unknown suspect, later identified as Raheem Biddle, armed with a knife, approached the victim from behind, grabbed him by his neck and forced him onto the ground. The suspect then threatened him while demanding that he hand over all of his money. The victim complied and turned over money from his wallet to the suspect. The suspect then forced the victim at knifepoint to walk to 2 nearby ATM’s and demanded that he withdraw funds from his account. After the victim withdrew money from both locations, the suspect fled on foot toward Peace Street and out of sight.

Detective Sergeant Nazario from the Major Crimes Robbery Unit was able to obtain video footage from the Santander Bank, which captured the incident. Detective Cincilla was in charge of the investigation and same was able to ascertain additional details that led to the arrest of Raheem Biddle.

On Friday, July 9, 2022, at approximately 9:50 p.m., while canvassing the area of Barrack Street and West State Street – Detective Cincilla observed Raheem Biddle, in the aforementioned area. Upon further investigation, Raheem Biddle was found to be in possession of a kitchen knife with a shiny metallic blade and black handle. Raheem Biddle was subsequently placed under arrest without incident and charged with Robbery, Kidnapping, and multiple weapons offenses.

All arrestees/suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in the court of law.



Teen Charged With Aggravated Assault On Police Officer And Other Charges, At Six Flags Great Adventure

July 11, 2022

JACKSON TOWNSHIP, NJ (OCEAN)–On July 10, 2022, Jackson Police Officers Parise and Scharff responded to the area of the Boardwalk at Six Flags Great Adventure for a report of a fight in progress. Officers were already working in a security capacity for the park as they routinely do during their operational hours.

Upon arrival to the area they located a teenaged subject who appeared to be highly agitated. As officers made contact with the teenaged subject he started to yell, advising officers that he was going to fight and did not care. Right after making that statement, the teenaged subject pushed Police Officer Parise and a brief physical interaction ensued. The teenaged subject was quickly subdued by Police Officer Scharff and was taken into custody following a brief struggle.

At the time of the incident, officers were unaware that the subject was a juvenile because he was uncooperative and did not wish to provide any information. After learning of such, the teenaged male was charged with the following:

1) Aggravated Assault on a Police Officer

2) Simple Assault

3) Obstruction

4) Resisting Arrest

Jackson First Aid Squad was requested for scrapes on the teenaged male which he received in the struggle to place him under arrest. PO Scharff sustained minor injuries as a result of the interaction.

The teenaged male was subsequently released to a family member who responded to headquarters.

The media and the public are reminded that any persons arrested or charged with any offenses or crimes are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.