Category: Monmouth County

Salute To The Great Cities Of The American Revolution As Seen In Transit Though Mercer County

July 4, 2020

ROBBINSVILLE, EAST WINDSOR, HAMILTON, NJ (MERCER)–If you were lucky enough to be outside this afternoon around 5:15 you would have seen a military fly over called “Salute To The Great Cities Of The American Revolution” en route from New York City to Philadelphia.

Trenton, NJ the home of the Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area where just north of there General George Washington crossed the Delaware on December 25, 1776 was not on the official list of the “Great Cities”

Still the region from the Monmouth Battlefield, extending though Cranbury, Hightstown, Robbinsville, Hamilton and turning at Trenton towards Philadelphia was still able to see the fly over even though it was not officially on the program.

Spectators were able to see a variety of aircraft from the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Marine Corps including: U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, followed by B-1, B-2 and B-52 bombers, F-15 and F-22 fighters and U.S. Marine Corps F-35 fighters in transit from New York City to Philadelphia.

Secretary Esper approved a Department of the Interior request for DOD support to the 2020 Salute to America. DOD will provide aerial, musical and ceremonial support to this year’s celebration in Washington, D.C. This year’s support will also include a flyover of the Mount Rushmore National Memorial, as well an aerial salute to several cities that played roles in the American Revolution.
The highlight of this year’s celebration will be our salute to the Great Cities of the American Revolution. The flyovers will begin in Boston and proceed to New York City, Philadelphia and Baltimore. From there they will join other Department of Defense and heritage aircraft in the Salute to America over our nation’s capital. In all, roughly 1,700 service members will support the celebrations.

The aircraft are scheduled to overfly each of the cities, beginning at approximately 4:00 pm, then fly on to the next city. U.S. Air Force and U.S. Marine Corps jets will fly over in five waves. The flyovers will be led by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, followed by B-1, B-2 and B-52 bombers, F-15 and F-22 fighters and U.S. Marine Corps F-35 fighters.  

BOSTON:  The aircraft are scheduled to overfly the center of the city at approximately 4:00 pm approaching from the northeast at 1,000 feet above the ground.  Multiple aircraft will overfly the U.S.S. Constitution and then proceed over Fenway Park before departing the city. 

NEW YORK:  The aircraft are scheduled to fly down the Hudson River at approximately 5:00 pm and pass just east of the Statue of Liberty.  

PHILADELPHIA:  The aircraft are scheduled to overfly the center of the city at approximately 5:15 pm approaching from the northeast at 1,000 feet above the ground.  Multiple aircraft will fly over Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell and then proceed southwest out of the city.

BALTIMORE: The aircraft are scheduled to overfly Fort McHenry at approximately 5:30 pm approaching from the northeast at 1,000 feet above the ground.  Multiple aircraft will overfly Fort McHenry before turning south out of the city.

The flyovers provide an opportunity for DOD to demonstrate the capabilities and professionalism of the United States Armed Forces. Flying hours are a sunk cost for the Department of Defense, and these aircraft and crews would be using these hours for proficiency and training at other locations if they were not conducting these flyovers.
DOD is proud to help celebrate the nation’s 244th birthday. We are grateful for our nation’s support as we defend our country, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Photos below by: Dennis Symons from East Windsor looking towards Hightstown and Robbinsville

Photos below by: Brian McCarthy OnScene News from the Scenic Overlook on I-295 in Hamilton Township

2 Car Accident Sharon Station Road And 524

June 25, 2020

UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–A two car accident occurred at the intersection of Sharon Station Road and County Road 524 around 1:50 pm. The Hope Fire Company, Allentown First Aid Squad and NJ State Police responded to the scene. Upon arrival one vehicle was found on its side and the other with heavy front end damage. Luckily it appears that there were no injures in the crash. The NJ State Police is investigating the accident. No further information is available.

BREAKING: Fatal Accident In Millstone Township

June 23, 2020

MILLSTONE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–New Jersey State Police said a fatal accident was reported on Carrs Tavern Rd at 3:18 pm.

State Police said that preliminary details indicate that a Buick Century traveling on Carrs Tavern Road ran off the roadway and into several bushes. The driver of the Buick was pronounced dead at the scene. Cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Traffic Alert: Gas Line Struck In Allentown

June 22, 2020

ALLENTOWN, NJ (MONMOUTH)–Construction crews on North Main Street stuck a gas line around 2:15 pm. Hope Fire Company and Hamilton Township Fire Department Station 19 responded to the scene. The roadway is closed waiting for PSE&G to shut off the gas line to control the leak.

Hope Fire Company and Allentown Police have the North Main Street closed from Waker Ave to Broad Street and directing a detour in the area until the gas leak is controlled. The gas company usually responds within an hour so the roadway should not be closed for long.

Salons And Other Personal Services Open Today And Governor Murphy Announces Casinos And Indoor Dining July 2 With Limits

June 22, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)—Reopening today are beauty salons, barber shops, cosmetology shops, day and medical spas, electrology facilities, hair braiding shops, massage parlors, nail salons, tanning salons and tattoo parlors with restrictions.

On July 2, casios and indoor dining will reopen with 25% capacity as announce by the governor.

If you are visiting the local barber or salon call ahead to find out the rules and make an appointment.

Howell Twp. Couple Charged With Animal Cruelty In Deaths Of 4 Stolen German Shepherd Puppies, Remains Found Burned and Buried

The investigation further revealed McDonald was in possession of a generator reported stolen out of South Brunswick, and a John Deere front end loader reported stolen out of Monroe.  

June 17, 2020

FREEHOLD, NJ (MONMOUTH)–A couple is facing charges of animal cruelty after four German Shepard puppies in their care died due to neglect, announced Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

Daniel McDonald, 25, and Tricia Jaccoma, 24, are charged with four counts of third degree animal cruelty with respect to the deaths of four German Shepherd puppies found deceased on a property in Howell where they were temporarily residing.

The remains of two deceased German Shepherd puppies were found in a fire pit on the property in Howell on Monday, May 18, 2020.  The Howell Township Police Department and Monmouth County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Law Enforcement Division, conducted an investigation, which led to the discovery of the remains of two more deceased puppies which had been buried on the property. 

The joint investigation revealed the puppies were stolen from a farm in Somerset County on or about May 12, when the puppies were only approximately three weeks old.  Investigators learned McDonald and Jaccoma were staying at the Somerset County farm prior to the time the puppies went missing and were in possession of the puppies while residing in a camper on the property in Howell.  Investigators also learned the puppies were ill, in distress, and were struggling to breathe prior to their deaths, and that the pair did not get the puppies medical attention because of the costs associated with the care. The investigation further revealed McDonald disposed of the bodies of the deceased puppies by burying two of them and tossing the other two into the fire pit on or about May 16.  A necropsy performed on the two buried puppies revealed the puppies suffered from parasites and also were severely emaciated and malnourished with “no indications of recent nutritional ingestion.” 

In addition to the animal cruelty charges for failing to provide the puppies with the necessary care, both McDonald and Jaccoma were additionally charged with multiple counts of third degree Receiving Stolen Property, for being in possession of the stolen puppies in Monmouth County.  McDonald was further charged with four counts of Hindering Apprehension of oneself, disorderly persons offenses, for disposing of the deceased puppies bodies.

The investigation further revealed McDonald was in possession of a generator reported stolen out of South Brunswick, and a John Deere front end loader reported stolen out of Monroe.   McDonald was charged with additional counts of third degree and second degree Receiving Stolen Property, respectively, for being in possession of these stolen items.  

McDonald was ordered detained at the Monmouth County Correctional Institution by Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Paul X. Escandon on June 10, 2020. 

Jaccoma is currently a fugitive.  If you have any information about her whereabouts, please contact Humane Law Enforcement Officer Michael Magliozzo of the Monmouth County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals at 732 995-0329, or Patrolwoman Heather Scherbinski of the Howell Township Police Department at 732-938-4111.

If convicted of the second-degree charge, McDonald faces a sentence of five to ten years in a New Jersey state prison.

If convicted of any of the third degree charges, they each face a sentence of three to five years in in a New Jersey state prison on each count. 

This case is assigned to Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Melanie Falco, Director of the Office’s Professional Responsibility and Bias Crimes Unit, and liaison to the Monmouth County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Law Enforcement Division. 

McDonald is represented by Paul Zager, Esq. of Red Bank. McDonald is scheduled for a Pre-Indictment Conference on July 6, 2020.

Despite these charges, every defendant is presumed innocent, unless and until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, following a trial at which the defendant has all of the trial rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and State law.

Manalapan, Monmouth County Woman Admits Role In Mortgage Fraud Scheme

June 16, 2020

MANALAPAN, NJ (MONMOUTH) and Newark, NJ–A Monmouth County, New Jersey, woman today admitted her role in a scheme to defraud a financial institution of hundreds of thousands of dollars, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Blanca A. Medina, 54, of Manalapan, New Jersey, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Stanley R. Chesler in Newark federal court to a one-count information charging her with conspiracy to commit bank fraud.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

From 2015 to 2018, Medina conspired with others to fraudulently obtain mortgage loans from “Mortgage Lender A” in Monmouth County to finance the purchase of properties by unqualified buyers. Applicants for mortgage loans are required to list their assets and income on their mortgage loan applications, and mortgage lenders rely on those applications when deciding whether to issue mortgage loans.

Medina, a former loan officer for Mortgage Lender A, admitted to participating in a conspiracy in which she knowingly caused completed mortgage loan applications that contained multiple misrepresentations of material facts regarding the buyers’ assets and income to be submitted to Mortgage Lender A. A conspirator provided Medina with false and fraudulent documents for potential borrowers including false and fraudulent lease agreements, bank statements, and a gift check and gift letter. Based on these lies, Mortgage Lender A issued mortgage loans to unqualified buyers, which caused Mortgage Lender A hundreds of thousands of dollars in losses.

The conspiracy charge to which Medina pleaded guilty carries a maximum of 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine. Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 20, 2020.

U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge Douglas Korneski in Newark, and Special Agents of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, Office of Inspector General, under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge Robert Manchak, with the investigation leading to today’s guilty plea.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan Fayer of the Economic Crimes Unit of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Charlie Divine of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, Office of Inspector General.


Defense counsel: Peter J. Koulikourdis Esq., Hackensack, New Jersey

Aberdeen Man 58, Arrested In Jamesburg On Several Charges

June 16, 2020

JAMESBURG, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–The Jamesburg Police Department investigating a child luring incident found the following:

**********ARREST NOTIFICATION**********

On June 15th, 2020 The Jamesburg Police Department received a call in reference to a possible child luring incident in the area of East Railroad Ave and Franklin Street. After speaking with the caller, Jamesburg officers located Spencer Pitt, 58, from Aberdeen New Jersey located in Green acres Park near the children’s playground area.

Pitt was highly intoxicated and combative toward officers. Pitt was placed under arrest for disorderly conduct. During the course of the arrest, Pitt assaulted a police officer and physically resisted arrest. Pitt was also in possession of a knife.

During processing at police HQ, Pitt spit on a police officer and refused to be finger printed. Pitt also made threats to kill the officers involved in the arrest.

Pitt was charged with disorderly conduct, public intoxication, littering, resisting arrest, assault on police, possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, obstruction, terroristic threats, and refusing to be finger printed.

The public is reminded that all subjects arrested by the Jamesburg Police Department are presumed innocent until proven guilty by a court of law.

Chief James J. Craparotta

Rep. Smith: Passenger restrictions on NJ Shore for-hire fishing boats lifted

Six-foot social distancing must be maintained

June 15, 2020

FREEHOLD, NJ (MONMOUTH)–Congressman Chris Smith, whose Fourth Congressional District includes several popular Jersey Shore fishing basins including Belmar, Brielle and Point Pleasant, welcomed the decision, effective today, to lift the COVID-19 restrictions limiting the number of anglers permitted on charter and head boats, as long as all anglers adhere to 6’ social distancing protocols.

    “This could not have come a moment too soon.  While overdue, this is still great news,” said Rep. Smith, who has been pushing hard for healthy, safe and economically-sound reopening of the Jersey Shore fishing boat industry.

     “Unfortunately, anglers have missed the beginning of fluke season, but the original relief of 25 passengers and now the unlimited access, gives this critical industry, as well as the related businesses such as bait & tackle shops, a fighting chance to recover more quickly and fully. I want to thank Governor Murphy for lifting these restrictions and re-opening this vital part of the Shore economy.”  

The COVID-19 quarantine has been especially hard for the for-hire fishing boats, many of which operate for only eight to ten months a year. Losing the months of March, April, May and half of June has been financially devastating.

      On May 16, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order No. 146 allowing up to 10 total passengers on party boats.  However, sailing with less than a dozen paying passengers was not economically viable for the party boats, some of which can hold over 100 passengers.  On May 22—the opening day of fluke season—the number of passengers was raised from 10 to 25. 

 “This decision does not allow the boats to run at full capacity due to social distancing requirements, but it will allow those in the fishing industry to earn a living and feed their families,” Smith added.

     According to Smith, in addition to the party boat fleets in Belmar, Brielle and Point Pleasant in his congressional district, there are also party fishing boats in Atlantic Highlands, Barnegat, Sea Isle City, Ocean City, Cape May and Fortesque.

     In addition to advocating for the safe and economically-sound re-opening of the for-hire fishing industry, Smith has also supported federal emergency programs—such as the Paycheck Protection Program—to help the fishing industry, as well as tens of thousands of other small businesses in New Jersey, sustain operations while battling the economic devastation of the coronavirus pandemic.  

“Reopen NJ” Protesters March To Governor Phil Murphy’s Swanky Home

June 13, 2020

MIDDLETOWN, NJ (MONMOUTH)—The Reopen New Jersey, “March For Unity, Peace & Prosperity” was held today at Bodman Park then marched to Governor Phil Murphy’s residence about 2/3 of a mile away.

A crowd of a couple hundred gathered at the park and listened to several speakers that included business owners, gym owners, clergy and politicians stressing the importance to reopen businesses in NJ. Speakers also complained of Phil Murphy violating his own executive orders after attending protests last week, while Reopen NJ protesters received summonses for organizing similar protests. After about an hour of speakers the crowd decided to start marching towards the Murphy residence.

The route along Market Street, Navesink River Road and Blossom Cove Road was well patrolled by the professional staff of the Middletown Township Police Department who stopped traffic and set cones along the route to protect the marchers from traffic. Protesters thanked the police for their service during the march to and from the Murphy home.

Protesters gathered in front of the well-manicured landscape and security gate and protested for over an hour. During the protest Middletown Police asked the protesters to make way for a car with NY plates with a Murphy bumper sticker going into the Murphy compound and two other vehicles believed to be driven by Phil Murphy’s sons. The one Murphy son leaving seemed to be startled by the amount of protesters that he drove up and onto the cobblestone curb of the front landscaping before speeding off toward Navisink River Road.

The affluent neighborhood is well known to past and present celebrities living in the area such as Jon Bon Jovi, Debbie Harry, Geraldo Rivera, Jon Stewart and more.

According to the Monmouth County Clerk Open Public Records Search System (OPRS), the swanky property in the upper crust neighborhood of 45 Blossom Cove Road is owned by Philip and Tammy Murphy. The lavish property is currently assessed at a mere $9,728,100.00 and contains 14,920 square feet of livable space. From satellite views it features an approximately 225-foot private dock on the Navasink River, private tennis courts, gardens, what appears to be a soccer field, pool, pool house, gazebo and more.  The Murphy’s pay three times the median home income in NJ in property taxes alone, current taxes on the property are $209,225 the median yearly average income in New Jersey pales in comparison at only $72,062.

Coming in at just shy of 15k square feet a property of such size must create a large carbon footprint, much more than the average home in NJ. From satellite views there does not seem to be any renewable energy sources on the Murphy property such as solar panels, windmills or the like. The property does not seem to be a champion for the environment.

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Smith receives inaugural bipartisan award from US Chamber of Commerce

June 10, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ) was once again recognized for his leadership as one of the most bipartisan Members of Congress, as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (USCOC) released its inaugural “Jefferson-Hamilton Award for Bipartisanship,” citing Smith’s work during the first half of the 116th Congress (2019-2020) at the Chamber’s virtual “Governing with Distinction Ceremony” held today.

     Chamber Vice President Jack Howard said that with the country facing unprecedented challenges—including a global pandemic, an economic crisis that has put 40 million Americans out of work, and as well inequality and injustice in society—the country stands at a crossroads and needs to get to work building consensus and solving the great challenges facing the nation.

     “Many are looking to our nation’s government and elected leaders for answers during this time,” Howard said. “We need pragmatic political leaders who have the courage to solve huge business and economic growth issues through common sense solutions built from a durable political center, not ideological corners.”

The Chamber said the awards are intended to emphasize bipartisanship and leadership, and “recognize those members of Congress who in their actions have demonstrated a willingness to work across the aisle in support of common objectives.”

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I am pleased to be listed in the top five percent,” said Smith, who scored a 96 out of 100 on the USCOC rating. “I have long felt that bipartisanship is about respect for other people even when there are fundamental disagreements. Bipartisanship is not an end unto itself, but can be a practical, good faith way of understanding different views in order to achieve fair, equitable and sustainable solutions to problems. More often than not, bipartisanship helps build support and consensus for effective policies. I have looked to find areas of agreement for my entire time in the people’s House. Then I work with like-minded colleagues to get the job done, to get a bill over the finish line.”

    The Jefferson-Hamilton Award is presented to the 20 top members of Congress, apportioned by party, based on the number of bills a Member cosponsors introduced by a Member of the opposite party.

    Smith, who has the second most bills enacted into law than among all of the sitting 435 members of the House, is known for working on other side of the aisle to pass laws to protect the vulnerable, especially women and children, veterans and others in need.

    His 47 laws include the nation’s landmark Human Trafficking Victims Protection Act, The Sean and David Goldman International Child Abduction Prevention and Return ActInternational Megan’s Law, more than a dozen veteran laws, including the Homeless Veterans Comprehensive Assistance Act, the 2019 Autism CARES Act, and other laws.

     Only last month, Smith was named in the top 10 most bipartisan members in the House of Representatives by Georgetown University’s Lugar Center and McCourt School of Public Policy which jointly released their new Bipartisan Index rankings of members of the current 116th Congress. The non-partisan tool measures the degree to which  Representatives work across party lines on legislation.

        “Congratulations—It is my pleasure to inform you that you have earned the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s first ever Jefferson-Hamilton Award for Bipartisanship for your work during the first part of the 116th Congress,” Howard said in a letter to Smith and other recipients.

Allentown High School In-Person Graduation July 9, 2020 At Arm & Hammer Park

June 9, 2020

ALLENTOWN, NJ (MONMOUTH)–Upper Freehold Regional Schools released that there will be a in-person graduation this year at Arm & Hammer Park, Trenton Thunder baseball stadium on July 9, 2020. See below:

Great news shared by Mrs. Embley for our Seniors!

Dear Senior Parents,

We are excited to announce that we plan to hold our in-person graduation on Thursday, July 9th at 4:00 PM at the ARM & HAMMER Park on the Trenton Thunder Baseball Field. At this time, we are expecting to be able to hold just one ceremony including all our 2020 graduates. Seating will be limited and all social distancing protocols will be in place. We are in the early planning stages and do not have more information to share at this time.

Please remember, at any time the Governor can revoke our abilty to hold an in-person ceremony and/or greatly limit the number of people who can attend.

We are very hopeful this will work out and be a great send-off for our graduates. As soon as I have more information, I will let you know.

Allentown 10 Year Old Raises $2,500 For Food Pantry For His Birthday

June 8, 2020

ALLENTOWN, NJ (MONMOUTH)–For his 10th Birthday, Allentown Borough resident and Newell School 4th grader Finn Piparo wanted to give back to his local community. With the assistance of his Aunt Barb and parents, Finn was able to raise $2,500., which he then used to purchase food, gift cards and reusable shopping bags for the Allentown Food Pantry. Finn was shocked at the generosity of family and friends, as his original goal of raising $1,000. was broke in just 2 days.

On Saturday Finn and his family loaded all of the food, and were joined at the Food Pantry by Mayor Fritts and the staff . Everyone pitched in to help fill the shelves. Finn act of kindness on his birthday will help countless area residents in need. Everyone involved with his birthday fundraiser learned valuable lessons from Finn about giving back and doing more for others.

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Fatal Motorcycle Accident In Marlboro Township

June 8, 2020

MARLBORO TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–On Sunday, June 7, 2020, at approximately 4:05 pm, the Marlboro Township Police Department responded to a report of a motor vehicle accident on Tennent Road between Wooleytown Road and Greenwood Road. Upon arrival, officers located a black motorcycle lying in the middle of Tennent Road. Just north of the motorcycle, officers located an adult male wearing a helmet, lying motionless in the roadway. The motorcycle had collided with another vehicle, identified as a Volvo S40, which was driven by a 17 year old male from Marlboro Township.

The motorcyclist was treated on scene by members of the Morganville First Aid Squad and paramedics. He was transported by ambulance to Jersey Shore University Medical Center where he was later pronounced deceased. The driver of the Volvo was uninjured in the accident.

Cpl. David Ruditsky of the Marlboro Township Police Department Traffic and Safety Bureau is investigating the crash. Anyone with information about the accident is asked to contact Cpl. Ruditsky at (732) 536-0100 ext. 1090 or      

At this time, the Marlboro Township Police Department is withholding the name of the motorcyclist pending notification of additional family members. He was a 34 year old resident of Marlboro Township.     

Allentown High School, Class Of 2020, Senior Parade

June 6, 2020

ALLENTOWN-UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–This evening a Senior Class Car Procession was held from 5 to 7 pm to celebrate the Allentown High School Class of 2020. Tonight would have been Allentown’s Prom but since the covid-19 pandemic that was canceled.

The Seniors were be led by the New Jersey State police, DJ Nebbs Entertainment and Hope Fire Company also assisted with traffic control around the township.

NJSP Troop “C” Hamilton, 10th Anniversary Of When Trooper Was Struck By Passing Motorist On I-195

June 6, 2020

HOWELL TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–Earlier today, troopers from Troop “C” Hamilton Station along with members of the Howell Township Police Department visited Trooper Marc Castellano’s memorial site on I-195 in Howell Township to pay their respects.

On June 6, 2010, Trooper Castellano was struck by a passing motorist while walking along the shoulder of I-195 while searching for a reported armed occupant of an abandoned vehicle.

In 2018, Governor Phil Murphy renamed a portion of I-195 as “Marc K. Castellano Memorial Highway” to honor Trooper Castellano’s memory.

Today marks the 10-year anniversary of his tragic death. We will never forget his sacrifice.

Burlington County Man Missing In Navesink River – Search Called Off Due To Weather

June 6, 2020

RUMSON, NJ (MONMOUTH)–A search for a 61 year old man from Burlington County has been called off when storms moved in after a kayack flipped over in the Navesink River. Two Burlington County men were on the kayak at the time and the 61 year old was not wearing a life jacket. Developing story more to follow.

Posted by Rumson First Aid Squad

Around 11 PM Thursday night, two Burlington county men were out fishing on a kayak in the Navesink River when a severe weather system caused the men’s kayak to flip over, one man was able to swim to shore.

Borough of Rumson Police Department, Rumson Fire Company, Rumson EMS, Sea Bright Fire, as well as the Coast Guard, NJSP Marine Unit, and MCSO dive team were dispatched and worked tirelessly through the night and into the next day to locate the man, unfortunately the search had to be called off at 10:30 Friday morning as a result of severe currents which hampered the efforts of rescue divers as well as another inbound storm system.

Rumson EMS Sgt. Maloney assisted with search operations while the rest of the squad assisted with rehab. The smooth execution of each agency’s duties was a testament to Monmouth county’s robust emergency services network. And to the level of agency interoperability possible with good communication. We thank all responding agencies for their contribution to the search.

At this time the victims status is still labeled as missing. Our prayers and well wishes are with his family.

Remember to always familiarize yourself with the environmental conditions, always wear a life jacket and never go out on the water without telling anyone.

High Winds From Thunderstorm Toss Visitors Bleachers At Allentown HS

June 3, 2020

ALLENTOWN, NJ (MONMOUTH)–A thunderstorm ripped though the area with high winds this afternoon leaving trees and wires down. Several homes were damaged by falling trees and power lines down closed roadways.

At Allentown High School the visitor bleachers were tossed into the middle of the football field. One parent on scene late this afternoon stated just a few hours ago his daughter walked across a stage for a graduation ceremony on the same field.

Upper Freehold Regional Schools Superintendent Mark Guterl said, “Most importantly, no one was hurt.” “We are still assessing the damage, but the wind speeds must have been extreme. These bleachers are heavy.” in an e-mail to one of our reporters.

North of Allentown our local weather station revived a gust to 34 mph but from the look of the clouds the storm looked worse towards Allentown. Other weather stations in the area: Cream Ridge 57 mph gusts, Columbus, Burlington 67 mph

Video from 2 miles north of Allentown of the high winds at the time of the storm.

Severe Thunderstorms Moving Through Area

June 3. 2020

Severe thunderstorms moving through area take cover. Wires are down, trees down, power is out. Wires may be live do not get near, if down call power company and notify 9-1-1. Stay safe.

Severe thunderstorms moving through Allentown Robbinsville Upper Freehold area.

FBI Seeking Information on Individuals Inciting Violence During First Amendment-Protected Peaceful Demonstrations

June 2, 2020

The FBI respects the rights of individuals to peacefully exercise their First Amendment rights. Our mission of protecting the American people and upholding the Constitution is dual and simultaneous, not contradictory.
Accordingly, we are committed to apprehending and charging violent instigators who are exploiting legitimate, peaceful protests and engaging in violations of federal law. The continued violence, potential threat to life, and destruction of property across the United States interferes with the rights and safety of First Amendment-protected peaceful demonstrators, as well as all other citizens.
To help us identify actors who are actively instigating violence in the wake of Mr. George Floyd’s death, the FBI is accepting tips and digital media depicting violent encounters surrounding the civil unrest that is happening throughout the country.
If you witness or have witnessed unlawful violent actions, we urge you to submit any information, photos, or videos that could be relevant to the case at
You may also call 1-800-CALL-FBI (800-225-5324) to verbally report tips and/or information related to this investigation.

71 Scouts From Millstone And Upper Freehold, Camping Apart yet Together

June 1, 2020

MILLSTONE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–In this time of social distancing, being “together” is tough.  This weekend, families from both Cub Scout Pack 116 and Boy Scout Troop 116 of Millstone Township went camping…. at home. With the aid of a private Facebook group and Zoom video conferencing; scouts and their families spent time outside cooking, building campsite gateways, doing scavenger hunts and pioneering projects. 

Fifty families with 71 scouts located in both Millstone and Upper Freehold and ranging in age from 6 years to adult participated in the weekend long event. Cubmaster, Chris Weltner, commented, “This was an excellent event, the weather could not have been any better. I am proud of the scouts who attended and showed their scouting skills and scout spirit. This pack/troop interaction should occur more often and I look forward to participating in person.” 
Teaching, learning & growing… that was the highlight of the weekend that held the theme “Scouts Camping Apart yet Together: bridging the gap from Lion to Eagle”. Each morning began with a rousing Reveille and each night ended with Taps played by the Troop 116 Buglers. George Schmidt, Senior Patrol Leader, said “I was happy to see so many scouts getting involved in different activities. It was the closest thing we have had to a camp out in months.”
The older scouts from Troop 116 posted instructional videos ranging from cooking, hiking and First Aid skills to pioneering projects, Leave No Trace tips and flag retirement ceremonies. Challenges were made and accepted by scouts of all ages… cooking, camp gateway projects, scavenger hunts, scout skills, and, of course, a s’mores challenge ended Saturday night on a sweet note! Troop Committee Chair, John Keleher. noted that he was “really impressed by not only the engagement of the scouts, but the quality of the content that was posted and shared online. The amount of effort these boys put in was really great!”  

Are you interested in learning more about Scouting? For boys in Kindergarten through 5th grade, please visit and for boys 6th grade and older, please visit Dens and patrols are always forming and you are welcome to Join the Adventure! 

“March On Route 9” For George Floyd Protest Held In Freehold

May 30, 2020

FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–A group of about 35 protesters assembled at the corner of Route 9 and Schanck Road this afternoon at 1 pm. The “March On Route 9” for George Floyd is protesting the death of George Floyd who died in police custody in Minneapolis, MN.

An event flyer circulated on the Internet for the “March On Route 9” stated that it was going to be held at iPlayAmerica on Schanck Road but that location was sealed off by gates and barrels marked “private property”

The protest was peaceful and was expected to last until 7 pm tonight.

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Memorial Day In Millstone And Allentown

May 27, 2020

MILLSTONE TOWNSHIP AND ALLENTOWN, NJ (MONMOUTH)–Troopers from the New Jersey State Police Troop C Hamilton attended a small Memorial Day Ceremony at the Veteran’s Memorial in Millstone Township.

Also Hope Fire Company had a small parade though Allentown in remembrance of Memorial Day.

Hightstown Memorial Day Services Here as reported earlier

Manalapan, New Jersey Man Arrested For $45 Million Scheme To Defraud And Price Gouge New York City During COVID-19 Pandemic

Also See MidJersey.News Story From April 10, 2020: 3M Files Lawsuit Alleging N95 Price Gouging in New York City Against Performance Supply, A Manalapan, New Jersey Company

May 27, 2020

MANALAPAN, NJ (MONMOUTH)–Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Margaret Garnett, the Commissioner of the New York City Department of Investigation (“DOI”), announced the arrest of RONALD ROMANO for attempting to deceive and price gouge New York City (the “City”) into paying him and his co-conspirators approximately $45 million for personal protective equipment that ROMANO did not possess and was not authorized to sell.  ROMANO committed this scheme in an attempt to exploit NYC as it was trying to manage the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and obtain these resources to help protect the lives of hospital and other frontline workers.  ROMANO is charged in a criminal Complaint, unsealed today, with one count of conspiring to commit wire fraud, one count of wire fraud, and one count of conspiring to violate the Defense Production Act.  ROMANO will be presented this afternoon in Manhattan federal court before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ona T. Wang.

U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said:  “As alleged, used car salesman Ronald Romano saw the current health emergency as an opportunity to cash in, using lies and deception in what he envisioned as a get-rich-quick scheme.  Romano allegedly lied repeatedly about his authority and ability to sell large quantities of personal protective equipment to the City – equipment he knew was desperately needed for use by frontline medical workers and first responders.  And he allegedly offered to sell this phantom equipment to the City at grossly inflated prices.  Now Ronald Romano’s short-lived second career as a purveyor of vital protective gear is over.”

DOI Commissioner Margaret Garnett said:  “At a time when the pandemic was ravaging New York City, this defendant greedily preyed on the City’s desperate need for protective equipment to stop the spread of the virus. But, instead of reaping millions of dollars, the scheme received a dose of old-fashioned, New York City skepticism from procurement specialists at the City’s Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS), when the City called the supposed manufacturer to confirm the astronomical asking price. The defendant’s ruse unraveled, and these City workers proved that heroes have an array of titles. I thank the Office of the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York for its partnership on this important investigation, one that demonstrates there is no tolerance, at any time, in particular during this crisis, for individuals who seek to victimize this City by holding essential workers’ safety hostage to price-gouging and fraud.”

According to the allegations in the Complaint unsealed in Manhattan federal court:[1]

In approximately February 2020, ROMANO, a used car dealer, began attempting to obtain for resale large quantities of personal protective equipment (“PPE”), including N95 respirators.  In furtherance of the scheme, ROMANO, among other things, created a fictitious authorization letter in March 2020, which falsely represented that ROMANO’s company was authorized to sell millions of units of 3M-brand PPE.  Shortly thereafter, in mid-March 2020, brokers acting on ROMANO’s behalf approached New York City (the “City”), which at the time was in critical need of legitimate, potentially lifesaving PPE, including respirators, in order to supply frontline healthcare workers and first responders during the COVID-19 public health emergency.  During ensuing negotiations, ROMANO and others repeatedly made false and fraudulent representations regarding, among other things, their authority and ability to supply 3M-brand PPE manufactured in the United States, and their track record in other PPE deals.  In an effort to close a deal for seven million N95 respirators, ROMANO, among other things, submitted a false and misleading references document to the City, which, among other things, listed a PPE deal with the Florida Division of Emergency Management (the “FDEM”) that had never occurred and separately provided a co-conspirator as a reference.  ROMANO hoped to get profit quickly through the scheme.  As he described in a message to a co-conspirator, “I’m working on a few deals that if I get any of them you might be buying a Ferrari.” 

In furtherance of this scheme, ROMANO attempted to sell PPE at prices far above the prices at which he hoped to acquire the PPE, including after such PPE was designated as scarce materials under the Defense Production Act on March 25, 2020.  ROMANO offered three-ply N99 facemasks to FDEM at prices marked up by more than 500% from the manufacturer’s prices, and he separately offered the City millions of 3M-brand N95 respirators at more than a 400% markup from the list price for such respirators.

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ROMANO, 58, of Manalapan, New Jersey, is charged with one count of conspiring to commit wire fraud and one count of wire fraud, each of which carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison, and one count of conspiring to violate the Defense Production Act, which carries maximum sentence of not more than one year in prison.  The maximum potential sentences in this case are prescribed by Congress and are provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the judge.

Mr. Berman praised the Special Agents of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York for their outstanding investigative work, and thanked the New York City Department of Investigation for their invaluable assistance with this matter.  Mr. Berman also thanked the 3M Company for its assistance in the investigation.

Mr. Berman thanked the Department of Justice’s COVID-19 Hoarding and Price Gouging Task Force.  Attorney General William P. Barr created the COVID-19 Hoarding and Price Gouging Task Force, led by Craig Carpenito, United States Attorney for District of New Jersey, who is coordinating efforts with the Antitrust Division and U.S. Attorneys across the country wherever illegal activity involving protective personal equipment occurs. 

This case is being handled by the Office’s Complex Frauds and Cybercrime Unit.  Assistant United States Attorneys Nicholas W. Chiuchiolo and Timothy V. Capozzi are in charge of the prosecution. 

The charges contained in the Complaint are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Traffic Alert: 195 East Bound Mile Marker 9.5 Upper Freehold Twp. Overturned Dump

May 26, 2020

UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–The Hope Fire Company of Allentown was dispatched to 195 East Bound at mile marker 9.5 for an overturned dump truck around 3:20 pm. Upon arrival they found a dump truck overturned in the median that lost its load of stone. There was one injury reported in the accident.

Expect traffic delays on Interstate 195 East Bound mile marker 9.5 until the stone and truck can be removed from the roadway and median. The traffic is currently backed up to the Robbinsville-Allentown Exit 7

Two Accidents On Route 524 This Morning

Currently a second accident has Route 524 near East Branch Closed

May 23, 2020

UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–Around 6:50 am a car overturned on Route 524. Hope Fire Company closed the roadway and stood by until the vehicle could be removed. The roadway for the first accident was reopened at 7:50 am.

A second accident occurred about 7:40 a.m. at Route 524 and East Branch Road. The Hope Fire Company has just arrived and is extinguishing a car fire related to the accident. Allentown EMS is on scene treating one person. Car fire was extinguished at 7:55 a.m. and JCP&L was dispatched.

Monmouth County Beachgoers “Know Before You Go”

May 21, 2020

MONMOUTH COUNTY, NJ –It’s important to research the new social-distancing regulations and policies in place at your desired beach destination before leaving your home! Some towns may require masks to be worn in restrooms and others may only be selling beach badges online while limiting the number of daily badges being sold. It is information like this that will be vital to know before you go to ensure a smooth trip to the Jersey Shore!

We want your trip to the beach to be enjoyable and safe! Click the link below to see the current regulations and policies.

Troopers Rescue Distressed Kayakers in Sandy Hook Bay

May 20, 2020

MIDDLETOWN TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–Yesterday, troopers from the Marine Services Bureau Carteret Station rescued three kayakers who were stranded on Spermaceti Cove after one of their kayaks capsized in Sandy Hook Bay.

At approximately 5:56 p.m., Sergeant Satsay Thongvichith, Trooper I John Oliveira, and Trooper I Tamas Antal were dispatched to the report of three distressed kayakers half a mile off the coast of Sandy Hook. When troopers arrived, they observed the victims stranded on the sandbar, unable to return to shore due to the rough conditions.

The victims were beginning to show signs of hypothermia, so the troopers knew they had to get to them as quickly as possible.

Trooper I Oliveira donned a wetsuit and entered the water in order to render aid to the victims. The troopers immediately pulled the kayakers onto their vessel and provided them with thermal blankets to prevent the onset of hypothermia.

The victims were transported to the State Police Atlantic Highlands Sub-Station, where they were met by medical personnel. They were treated on scene and released.

Outstanding job by Sgt. Thongvichith, Tpr. I Oliveira, and Tpr. I Antal for their lifesaving rescue.

Traffic Alert: Wires Down Route 524 Road Closed


May 19, 2020

UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–County Road Route 524 is closed between East Branch Road and Imlaystown Hightstown Road for wires down. Hope Fire Company of Allentown and NJ State Police are on scene. JCP&L has been dispatched for repairs.

From Hope Fire Company:


Rt 526 is closed from Sharon Station Rd to Imlaystown-Hightstown Rd

Rt 524 is closed from Imlaystown-Hightstown Rd to the area of the Horse Park

Chambers Rd is closed from Yellow Meetinghouse Rd to Rues road

These are all due to wires or trees down in the area.

Crews are also currently operating at the Horse park for a brush fire. All units are currently operating on these calls.

Please use alternate routes if possible.

“Fake News” Or Real Overcrowding Photos, Were Lenses And Techniques Used To Distort The Story? You Decide

May 17, 2020

Photos, video and story by: Dennis Symons, Jr.

Photos were taken Sunday Morning, May 17, 2020

BELMAR, NJ (MONMOUTH)—After seeing several photos posted online yesterday of massive crowding at the Jersey Shore it seemed that people were all over the place violating Governor Murphy’s “Social Distancing” rules. To an untrained eye it looked as people were on top of each other in large massive crowds. One of the locations was Belmar, New Jersey where a “local” told us that a record of over 3,000 beach badges were sold in a single day. The local also told us that the line was long but most of the day people were obeying social distancing rules. When asked about the photos posted on social media and used in regular news media, they said the photos were incredible.

Looks terrible people are not social distancing? If you think that look below and see how lenses can distort what is actually happening especially if photos are taken from few angles. Not saying that social distancing violations did not happen but some photos posted online seem very suspicious of using a “compression” technique.

Today people were lined up again this morning to purchase beach badges in Belmar. The line was not as long as yesterday but it was a good opportunity to investigate social distancing. Were photographs shared in social media and news media sensationalized, borderline “fake news” using certain photography techniques or were people observing the rules?

For this experiment we will use a Canon 5D Mark IV that has a full frame sensor with lenses in range from 24mm to 600mm in length.  I will take photos from an elevated position looking down boardwalk using a wide angle 24mm to a 600mm telephoto lens.

From the street and beach take another set of photos to show the spacing between people on the boardwalk.  A “normal” lens of what a typical eye sees, with a full framed sensor is between 35mm and 70mm. A variety of focal lengths will be provided to show lens compression.

Below photographs showing proper social distancing as viewed from the street and beach:

Post by Belmar, NJ showing social distancing Saturday from a drone:

How the NY Post played the story: