Oceanport PD track down suspicious person

By Walter J. O’Neill, Jr

Oceanport – Several quick-thinking girls using technology were able to call police on July 29, around 4:30 in the afternoon to report a suspicions person at Wolf Hill School.

According to one of the girls’ mother, we will not mention names as minors are involved, a man in a red car had called a young boy over to his vehicle. The children were playing on the playground at the elementary school located on Wolf Hill Avenue.

The boy moved closer to the other children who were also at the playground. According to the parent, the girls noticed the man, who was white, bald, bearded and wearing sun glasses. Allegedly the car was an older model with a driving school logo on the door. Read More >>

Oceanport call to action: over crematorium

What can I do?

That is the question many Oceanport residents have been asking in regards to the crematorium going to operate at Woodbine Cemetery on Maple Avenue, in a residential neighborhood.

The Oceanport governing body had no idea that the cemetery had applied and been approved for and been approved for an “Air Pollution Control Permit” from the New Jersey Department of Environment Protection (DEP). Read More >>

Congratulations Superintendent Michael Salvatore

Long Branch Public Schools Superintendent of Schools Michael Salvatore received a huge honor on July 24, 2014 he received his doctoral degree in education. It is something that the father of three has been working on for the past three years.

Salvatore is highly respected in the educational community and is constantly recruited by state agencies and out of state districts. During his short tenure at the top educational leader in Long Branch he has changed the culture of learning, given teachers all the training and tools they need to succeed. Read More >>

Officer James Christie saves Eatontown man with Narcan

Eatontown – Around 1:57 a.m. on July 26, Ocean Township police dispatchers received a call that a man was unconscious and not breathing. The address of the victim was in the Borough of Eatontown; however the dispatchers stayed on the phone with the caller walking them through the process of CPR, which others notified Eatontown Police of the emergency on Azalea Drive.

Lieutenant Kenneth Kleinman of the Eatontown Police Department stated that his officers arrived and found a 34 year old male on the living room floor unconscious, but breathing. It appears that the CPR performed at the scene was able to get the victim’s heart going. Read More >>

Star of the Sea Learning Annex sold

Long Branch – Michael Salvatore, Superintendent of Schools, announced on July 23, that the district had not received any bids on the West End School. That was third the third the old school was put out to bid. The district had also put two other properties out for bid; Church Street School in the North End section of the city and the former Star of the Sea Learning Annex on Chelsey Avenue.

Back in January the BOE stated that they received a bid from the Menachem Learning Institute, also known as the Chabad of the Shore, for just over $3 million. However, over the next few months a dispute erupted between the BOE and Chabad on the appraisal of the property. Salvatore stated at the time the Menachem Learning Institute felt it was valued at much less and wanted to amend their bid, which is not permitted by law. So they withdrew. Read More >>

Oceanport burned up over crematorium

By Walter J. O’Neill, Jr

Oceanport – The borough was recently informed by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) that Woodbine Cemetery located at 14 Maple Avenue was seeking an Air Pollution Control Permit to operate one human crematory.

A crematorium is basically a furnace, or the incinerator that is used to dispose of human remains. A standard size cremator can complete a cremation every 75 to 90 minutes, for up to six cremations in ten hours. And all crematoriums have smoke stacks.

Back in 2002, Woodbine Cemetery, which is beautifully kept, attempted to build a crematorium. However, word quickly spread throughout the borough with neighbors complaining to the governing body who also objected to the use. Read More >>

Asbury Park police arrest four Long Branch residents with guns

Asbury Park – The city’s Narcotics and Gang Unit was on patrol Wednesday afternoon on the 1100 block of Atlantic Avenue as a result of the pervious shooting and violence in that area according to Deputy Chief Anthony Salerno.

That specialized unit came across two cars that had suspicious individuals in them at the Asbury Park Gardens apartments around noon time. Sergeant Amir Bercovicz heads of the team and conducted an investigation that uncovered two handguns, one in each car. According to Salerno the officers also discovered marijuana and crack and cocaine in one of the cars. Read More >>

Jackson man arrested for drug paraphernalia and strong arm robbery

Ocean Township – Matthew McCudden, 23, Jackson, was arrested yesterday afternoon in the area of Lewis Street after police received a report of a suspicious person.

In a prepared statement issued by Detective Lieutenant Kevin L. Faller, the Public Information Officer, he stated that upon arrival of the officers they were able to identify the suspicious individual as McCudden and found him to be in possession of drug paraphernalia. “He was also in possession of a brightly colored backpack,” wrote Faller.

Officer Kathleen DeLanoy noticed that the backpack had matched one that was worn by a suspect that was involved in a strong arm robbery on July 19, at the CVS Pharmacy. Officers conducted a review of the store’s CCTV video surveillance system and identified McCudden as that unknown accused suspect. Read More >>

Operation Predator Alert II nets 14 arrests in New Jersey

Including man who allegedly blackmailed a 16 year old girl to strip naked on a webcam & two school bus drivers.

TRENTON – Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman today announced that 14 men have been charged in a second round of arrests in “Operation Predator Alert,” a joint operation by the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice and ICE Homeland Security Investigations that has targeted offenders in New Jersey who used a file-sharing network to download and distribute child pornography, including child rape videos, on the Internet. A total of 28 defendants have been charged in two offender sweeps under Operation Predator Alert, including 14 prior arrests announced on Oct. 28, 2013.

Acting Attorney General Hoffman announced the results of the joint state and federal operation at the Hughes Justice Complex in Trenton with Director Elie Honig of the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice and Special Agent in Charge Andrew M. McLees of the Newark Office of ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). The New Jersey State Police and numerous local police departments, county prosecutors’ offices and county sheriffs’ offices have assisted with the arrests and investigations. Read More >>

Two research studies emerge as overall best among MMC resident physicians

Long Branch — Two studies by resident physicians at Monmouth Medical Center received top honors in the 2014 Ellen M. Cosgrove, M.D., Housestaff Research Awards competition. Read More >>