Category: Bay Head

Breaking: Search For Missing 24-Year-Old Swimmer In Beach Haven

Update: Person is being transported to local hospital for treatment. The family says the person has passed away and once we have confirmed with Gofundme representatives we will post the Gofundme page for the Beach Haven swimmer. Two swimming tragedies this past weekend Seaside Park and Beach Haven.

See updates below for other area incidents including missing swimmer in Seaside Heights

September 3, 2023-Updated September 4, 2023

BEACH HAVEN, NJ (OCEAN)–Around 2:53 p.m. lifeguards, police and EMS were detailed to 5th Street for a submerged swimmer. Two people were pulled from the water but a third a reported 24-year-old male was missing. The fire department was requested as well as NJ State Police Marine Division and the United States Coast Guard to help with the search.

As of 3:17 p.m. the search is still ongoing for the 24-year-old missing swimmer.

3:38 p.m. NJ State Police helicopter on scene assisting in search.

3:45 p.m. U.S. Coast Guard starting vector search with helicopter.

4:08 p.m. there are reports of a body being recovered from the water and CPR in progress.

First Aid and Paramedics treating the victim and preparing for transport to hospital.

Beach Haven First Aid and Paramedics transporting the victim to the local hospital for treatment: (Photos taken just before 5:00 p.m. in Ship Bottom)

Times are approximate

Once official information is released the story will be updated.

Beach Haven First Aid and Paramedics transporting the victim to the local hospital for treatment: (Photos taken just before 5:00 p.m. in Ship Bottom)

Multiple other incidents this afternoon too many to keep up with. Some are listed below:

BERKELEY TOWNSHIP- ISLAND BEACH STATE PARK–In another incident about 5:00 p.m. there are reports of CPR being performed on Island Beach State Park on the beach at Area 23 reports of 70-year-old male in cardiac arrest.

SURF CITY –At 5:20 p.m. a medical helicopter was called to 12 Street Surf City for a traumatic injury. Pulling the person off the beach and victim will be flown to a hospital for treatment.

NJ State Police medical helicopter landed at 5:40 p.m. at EJ Elementary School recreation field commonly used for landing zones on the island.

The person was transported to Atlantic City Medical Center by NJ State Police helicopter.

Numerous other water rescues in Seaside Park, and Belmar late this afternoon.

BERKELEY TOWNSHIP ISLAND BEACH STATE PARK – a young male has been pulled from the water and not breathing around 6:50 p.m.

Landing Zone for helicopter will be at the Governor Mansion on Island Beach State Park. RWJ University Hospital helicopter en route at 7:08 p.m. 7:18 p.m. helicopter canceled for transport.

SEASIDE HEIGHTS— Several swimmers in distress rescued reports of 27 year old male missing.

Calling for Aqua Eyes sonar for missing person search. Still missing as of 8:15 p.m.

Search called off for tonight will resume in morning.

9/4/2023 Update for Seaside from Seaside Park Fire Company:

Yesterday morning at 5:21 a.m. the Seaside Park Fire Department was dispatched with zone 1 for a forest fire assignment, 4531’s crew spent 12 hours on a structural protection assignment. While that assignment was being conducted other crews responded to multiple other emergencies in town and in the State Park. These emergencies included multiple water rescues. When the crew from the forest fire returned they assisted the other 2 crews for a total of 10 emergencies for the day. Unfortunately, the final call of the day was a tragic one and someone did not get to go home with their family. Crews were on the Stockton Ave beach until after 9:00 p.m. on a recovery mission. Some of our members left their homes and did not return for 17 hours yesterday. We cannot stress enough the importance of staying out of the ocean when the lifeguards are off duty, we remind the public that today is the last day of guarded beaches in Seaside Park!

POINT PLEASANT BEACH – 7:30 p.m units responding for a submerged subject. 3 subjects out of water and safe.

BAY HEAD – Reports of 3 swimmers in water in distress all out upon arrival of first responders.

BELMAR — At approximately 6:06pm, the Belmar Police Department received a report of a group swimmers in distress off the 6th Avenue beach. Upon police arrival, multiple Belmar lifeguards/ Water Rescue members had entered the water and were able to rescue five swimmers. Another unresponsive swimmer was rescued from the water at the 5th Avenue beach and transported to Jersey Shore University Hospital. Two other swimmers were also transported to the hospital. There is no further information at this time.

2-Alarm Fire In Bay Head, NJ Extinguished

June 6, 2022

BAY HEAD, NJ (OCEAN)–At 3:35 p.m. Bay Head Fire Company and Bay Head Police Department to 39 Johnston Street for a structure fire. Upon arrival police confirmed that there was heavy smoke from the eves and rear of the structure. Responding fire units called for a second alarm on arrival as they reported heavy fire from the rear of the home. Firefighters stretched a 1 ¾” line and started a fire attack and quickly knocked down the fire as they performed a primary search of the dwelling. Firefighters were on scene for about two hours for overhaul and the investigation. The fire is under investigation by the Ocean County Fire Marshal’s Office. No other details are available at this time.

Fire departments on scene were, Bayhead Fire Company, Mantoloking Fire Company, Point Pleasant Beach Fire Company 2, Ocean Fire Company, Point Pleasant Fire Department Station 75, Point Pleasant EMS, Point Borough EMS, Herbersville Fire Company No.1, Laurelton Fire Company No.1, South Wall Fire Rescue.

Toms River Man Charged with Illegally Possessing Loaded Semi-Automatic Rifle as a Previously Convicted Felon

November 16, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–An Ocean County, New Jersey, man was charged with illegally possessing a loaded semi-automatic rifle as a previously convicted felon, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced today.

Jeremy W. Barringer, 46, of Toms River, New Jersey, is charged by criminal complaint with one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Barringer was taken into federal custody this morning, appeared today by videoconference before U.S. Magistrate Judge Tonianne J. Bongiovanni in Trenton federal court, and was detained.

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

On Oct. 24, 2021, at 3:05 a.m., Mantoloking and Bay Head police officers responded to the area of Herbert Street and Highway 35 in Mantoloking in response to a report of a motor vehicle crash involving a single vehicle. Officers found Barringer, a previously convicted felon, behind the wheel of his vehicle and observed a 5.56-millimeter semi-automatic rifle on the floorboard of the back seat of Barringer’s vehicle. The rifle was later found to be loaded with approximately 21 rounds of 5.56-millimeter full metal jacket ammunition. When officers ordered Barringer to step out of the vehicle, they observed that Barringer was wearing a tactical, bullet-proof vest and an empty handgun holster on his hip. After taking Barringer into custody, officers conducted a further search of Barringer’s vehicle and discovered a black 9-millimeter semi-automatic pistol with no serial number (commonly referred to as a “ghost gun”), loaded with 14 rounds of hollow-point ammunition, three 9-millimeter pistol magazines loaded with hollow-point ammunition, and three 30-round rifle magazines loaded with 5.56-millimeter ammunition.

The count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Acting U.S. Attorney Honig credited special agents of the FBI, Newark Division, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge George M. Crouch Jr.; officers of the Mantoloking Police Department, under the direction of Chief of Police Stacy S. Ferris; and officers of the Bay Head Police Department, under the direction of Chief of Police William A. Hoffman, with the investigation leading to the charges. She also thanked detectives from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer, officers from the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office, under the direction of Sheriff Michael G. Mastronardy, and officers from the Toms River Police Department, under the direction of Chief of Police Mitchell A. Little, for their assistance in the investigation.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ian D. Brater of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Criminal Division in Trenton.

The charge and allegations contained in the complaint are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.


Defense counsel: Andrea D. Bergman Esq., Assistant Federal Public Defender, Trenton

Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano Legislation Would Prohibit Use of COVID-19 Vaccine Passports in NJ

Legislators Say People Shouldn’t Be Discriminated Against Based on Vaccination Status

The 10th Legislative District covers parts of Ocean County

April 19, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)--Senator Jim Holzapfel, Assemblyman Greg McGuckin, and Assemblyman John Catalano (all R-10) are taking action to prevent the use of COVID-19 vaccine passports in New Jersey that could lead to discrimination against people based on their vaccination status.

“We’re extremely concerned by Governor Murphy’s willingness to consider the use of vaccine passports that could prevent people from working, going to school, or visiting public places,” said Holzapfel. “In a free society that respects individual rights, we believe health decisions should be a personal, private choice that a patient doesn’t have to discuss with anyone but their doctor. Our new legislation would prevent vaccine passports from being employed here in New Jersey.”

So-called vaccine “passports” are physical or electronic documents or credentials that could be used to demonstrate that an individual has been immunized against COVID-19.

They could be used to prevent unvaccinated individuals from traveling, accessing public places or events, attending school, or even working.

“We don’t think our state government should threaten or allow for personal freedoms to be restricted based on vaccination status,” said McGuckin. “Requiring vaccine passports to engage in everyday activities would be discriminatory and raise a host of serious constitutional and privacy concerns. This fatally flawed idea needs to be nipped in the bud.”

Holzapfel will introduce legislation in the Senate that makes it unlawful to ask a person if they have received a COVID-19 vaccination or require a person to display proof of vaccination as a condition of or as a prerequisite to:

  • the exercise of any privilege or right granted under State or federal law;
  • conducting any business or commerce;
  • travelling to, outside, or within the State;
  • obtaining or maintaining an internship, obtaining or maintaining employment, or receiving a promotion from an employer;
  • participation in any governmental or political activity;
  • admission or enrollment into any child or adult day care program;
  • admission to, enrollment in, or graduation from a preschool program, elementary or secondary school, college, university, or any other institution of education;
  • participation in any activity, internship, opportunity, program, or sport offered by a preschool program, elementary or secondary school, college, university, or any other institution of education;
  • receiving adequate dental care or health care;
  • maintaining, receiving, or renewing a professional certification or license;
  • obtaining or renewing membership in any professional organization;
  • entrance into or service from any place of business, including, but not limited to, any market, restaurant, or store;
  • entrance into and service from any public building, office, or structure;
  • entrance into and use of any public park or beach; or
  • admission into or service from any amusement park, concert venue, theater, or sporting event.

Additionally, the legislation makes it unlawful to discriminate against or to take any adverse action against any individual who has not received a COVID-19 vaccine or who does not disclose whether the individual has received a COVID-19 vaccine.

McGuckin and Catalano will join as co-sponsors of identical companion legislation that is pending introduction in the General Assembly.

“After a year of watching Governor Murphy take extreme actions by executive orders, people don’t want their rights to be further eroded,” added Catalano. “Just like shutting down businesses and closing houses or worship, forcing people to show their documents to go out in public seems completely un-American. We have to fight back.”

Trump Boat Parade Draws Thousands

September 6, 2020

SHIP BOTTOM, NJ (OCEAN)–Estimates of 2,500 boats participated in a Trump Boat Parade that was also supporting Law Enforcement Officers and Veterans yesterday.

Boaters are congregated at the mouth of Tom’s River in Barnegat Bay and split into two major groups north bound and south bound.

The northbound parade started at the mouth of Toms River and past the Mantoloking Bridge, F-Cove and Bay Head.

The southbound parade started from the mouth of the Toms River and went past the Manahawkin Bridge all the way down to Beach Haven. A large group of boaters anchored in Ship Bottom after the parade.

Toms River Man Charged With Making Terroristic Threats

July 23, 2020

TOMS RIVER, NJ (OCEAN)–Ocean County First Assistant Prosecutor Michael T. Nolan, Jr., announced that Christopher Angulo, 46, of Toms River, was charged with making Terroristic Threats During a Declared State of Emergency in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:12-3a.

On July 22, 2020, Angulo contacted the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office and directly made threats that he was going to kill police officers. Angulo had previously made specific threats against members of the Bay Head Borough Police Department in May 2020, and was charged accordingly at that time.

Detectives from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit located Angulo at a residence in Toms River on July 22, 2020, and he was taken into custody without incident. Angulo is presently lodged in the Ocean County Jail pending a detention hearing.

The public and press are reminded that all defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Running 4 Heroes Will Be Running For Bay Head Firefighter David Clark Tonight

May 9, 2020

WINTER SPRINGS, FL AND BAY HEAD, NJ (OCEAN) –Zechariah Cartledge who started Running 4 Heroes will be running in honor of Bay Head, NJ Firefigther David Clark who passed away in the line of duty from COVID-19 on April 18, 2020. Firefighter Clark’s son who attends school in Florida will be at the event. After the 1 mile at 6:30 ET tonight run Zechariah will fold the flag and present it Clark’s son.

Zechariah Cartledge started Running 4 Heroes when he was 10 years old and runs 1 mile for each fallen first responder.

Total Miles Run in 2020: (as of 5/8/20): 102
Total Miles Run in 2019: 376
Overall Miles Run: 478

MidJersey.News Story From April 19, 2020 about Bay Head FD’s announcement of Firefighter Clark’s passing.

Running 4 Heroes Inc. is a 501(c)(3)

Tonight at 6:30PM ET, Zechariah will run 1-mile carrying the Red Line Flag in honor of fallen Bay Head Fire Company No.1 Firefighter David Clark.

Please be advised that due to COVID-19, Zechariah may not have anyone joining him for his runs, including local First Responders.

Zechariah is able to continue with his mission as outdoor exercising is allowable per Florida statues regarding the stay-at-home order so long as social distancing measures are followed. Anyone who does join will be required to remain in their vehicles for the safety and protection of Zechariah and everyone else.

We encourage citizens and agencies from across the nation join our son tonight in a 1-mile walk or run at 6:30PM ET (3:30PM PT) to help honor this fallen hero. Please be sure to adhere to local and federal government regulations regarding social distancing.

EOW: 4/17/20
Cause: Contracted COVID-19 while in the Line of Duty

Another NJ Firefighter Lost to COVID-19 As Bay Head Firefighter Passes From The Virus

April 19, 2020

BAY HEAD, NJ (OCEAN)–The Ocean County Prosecutor and the Bay Head Fire Company announced the passing of Bay Head Firefighter David Clark who passed away yesterday from the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Message from the Bay Head Fire Company:

“It is with great sadness that Bay Head Fire Company announces the passing of Firefighter Dave Clark. Dave passed this morning following a long and tough battle with the COVID-19 virus. Dave had served as a dedicated member of the Bay Head Fire Company for many years and had held numerous positions within the department. Dave will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, wife Lisa Clark (Bay Head Fire Police), his son Probationary Firefighter Zach Clark and his daughter Michaela.

“Rest In Peace … We Have The Watch From Here”

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First Responders Who Passed From COVID-19

 Compiled as of 4/19/2020 not all families make COVID-19 deaths public. I know of a few that did not want public and are not listed. If you know of any that need to be included use contact link above and send in information with verification.


March 2020

March 31, 2020 Israel Tolentino, Passaic Fire Department

April 2020

April 15, 2020 Michael Burke, Singac Fire Company #3, Little Falls Fire Department

April 16, 2020 Richard Campbell, Edison Fire Department

April 16, 2020 Robert Weber, Middletown, Port Monmouth Fire Company and Middletown First Aid Squad

April 18, 2020 David Clark, Bay Head Fire Company


April 2020

April 1, 2020 Bernard Waddell, Sr., Hudson County Sheriff’s Office, Correction Officer.

April 3, 2020 Tolbert A. Furr, Newark Police Department.

April 10, 2020 Nelson Perdomo, NJ Department of Corrections, East Jersey State Prison, Avenel, Woodbridge.

April 12, 2020 AlTerek Patterson, Sergeant, Bedminster Police Department.

April 12, 2020 Francesco Scorpo, Sergeant, Paterson Police Department.

April 14, 2020 Daniel Francis, Newark Police Department.

April 16, 2020 Alex Ruperto, Union City Police Department

April 17, 2020 John Careccia, Chief, Woodbridge Township Ambulance & Rescue Squad


April 6, 2020 Liana Sá, EMT, Watchung Rescue Squad

April 8, 2020 Kevin Leiva, EMT, North Bergen, Prime Healthcare EMS, Saint Clare’s Hospital.


March 31, 2020 Doctor Frank Gabrin, East Orange General Hospital, and NYC.

March 31, 2020 Kim King-Smith, EKG Technician, Newark University Hospital.


March 30, 2020 Captain, Douglas Linn Hickok, NJ Army National Guard, Physician’s Assistant