$80,000 fraud in Georgia not first case for man, police say

A man arrested in Georgia after allegedly defrauding a woman out of more than $80,000 in a dating scheme has a history of scamming, including, police say, an incident several years ago in West Long Branch, .

Images of John Hill from the Gwinnitt County, Georgia, Police Department. Hill allegedly operated scams where he would defraud women out of money. Authorities say he has a history in many states under aliases, including a 2011 incident in West Long Branch as Gregory Hill.

Police said the victim, from Alpharetta (about a 30 minute drive north of Atlanta) woman met a man on an on-line dating website and was defrauded more than $80,000.

The victim reported to the Gwinnett County Police Department that she met Hill on Match.com. They interacted on March 27 and met the same day.  Hill reportedly told the victim that he was a millionaire. During their short romance, he convinced her that they were in love and wanted to buy a house together.

Police say they went house-hunting and selected a home they were interested in. Within a week of knowing one another, they agreed to get married. The woman gave Hill more than $80,000 to use toward the purchase of a house and furniture.

Following the exchange of money, the suspect ceased all contact with her.

The case was assigned to a detective in the Electronic and Financial Crimes Unit, who learned that Hill lives at an apartment in Duluth, Ga., with another woman and child. He also recently purchased a 2014 BMW and painted it black.

Police say John Martin Hill, 35, had a residence in Duluth.

Further investigation into John Hill revealed that he has changed his name over five times in the past two and a half years, and has been accused of committing similar crimes in Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, and New Jersey.

On May 21 police put out a warrant. Later that evening, Hill was found in Franklin, Georgia.

According to a statement from the Franklin Police Department, Hill attempted to evade arriving officers by darting into a hotel conference room and hiding under a table. Officers ordered Hill out from under that table and arrested him.

Hill is being held as a fugitive from justice, on a $500,000 bond, in the Williamson County Jail. Georgia authorities are working out the details of Hill’s extradition.

After Gwinnitt police released their statement, they say several other women came forward and said they were in a romantic relationship with Hill or knew someone involved in a relationship with him.

“By sharing this story, it is our hope that he is not able to victimize any other women using this scam. When meeting someone online, be very cautious sharing personal information, financial information, or cash with someone in the early stages of a relationship.  These types of con men are very good at manipulating their victims.  They tend to say everything that a woman wants to hear.

“We are thankful that the victim in our case came forward and reported this crime,” police said.

 

2011 in WLB

One of the other names Hill reportedly used was Gregory Hill. In 2011, under that name he was arrested in West Long Branch and charged with three counts of theft by deception.

At the time, the West Long Branch Police Department reported Hill was looking for “young professional women” to work as an office receptionist on Craigslist. He would meet with them and say he was the CEO of a company that provided scholarships to students.

According to police, during interviews, Hill asked women for cash up front, saying it was needed for reasons such as background checks or insurance for a work cell phone. He would give them a proposed start date of employment. But the women told police that Hill soon stopped making contact with them.

West Long Branch Police said that Hill had been identified as a scammer on online sites such as WhoScammedYou.com.

Other venues

Following Hill’s arrest, the Montgomery County Police Department announced that Hill was wanted there for crimes committed under the name Gregory Davis Dutton.

The police said that “Dutton” came to their attention in August 2017, after a woman he’d met on an online dating site made a report. “Dutton borrowed approximately $4,500 dollars from the victim under the false pretense that he was attending law school and needed the money to take a bar exam.” He also allegedly applied for financing for a new car and in several other places using her name and personal information without her permission.

 

Long Branch Bazaar Launches in June at The Whitechapel Projects

Long Branch — Asbury Park Bazaar, the popular pop up indie marketplace, is launching it’s newest endeavor, Long Branch Bazaar, this June. Long Branch Bazaar will feature shopping from local and regional vendors selling handcrafted and vintage goods, alongside a rotating selection of artists and DJs at The Whitechapel Projects (WCP) in Long Branch.

“We are so excited to launch our new Bazaar at The Whitechapel Projects in Long Branch,” said Jenny Vickers Chyb, founder of Asbury Park Bazaar and Long Branch Bazaar. “The location is a perfect home for us, as we celebrate local makers, music and art and WCP is a creative and versatile venue focused on food, drink, performances, exhibitions and other forms of artistic expression.”

Long Branch Bazaar will take place Saturday & Sunday, June 15 and 16 (Father’s Day Weekend) and June 22 and 23 from noon to 5 p.m. Event-goers can enjoy a curated selection of makers, designers, artists and collectors, as well as art shows, a vintage photo booth trailer, henna tattooing, tarot card reading, DJs, and delicious food & libations provided by WCP. Vendors will be selling products ranging from handcrafted jewelry, art and photography and clothing to candles, home goods, beauty and grooming products, and more.

“There will be something for everyone at the Long Branch Bazaar — shop local vendors, listen to great music, and enjoy a photo booth by Little Detour. Come out with the whole family for a day of fun. We hope to see you there!” said Jennifer Chavez, event organizer of Asbury Park Bazaar and Long Branch Bazaar.

The Long Branch Bazaar will feature a selection of amazing local artists who will have their work on display in the Courtyard each weekend including Modern Animals, Offshore Artwork, Maggie Brown, Sea Black Prints, Derwood Paint Co. and Spring Whitaker.

“It would not be one of our Bazaars without bringing the talented artists we have been showcasing for the past five years,” said David Sincox, art curator at Long Branch Bazaar. “In the nature of our Asbury events, we will continue to bring some of the most unique local artists to Whitechapel Projects. They have invited us with open arms to make our Bazaar not only a weekend with local vendors, but also let us curate an amazing art show.”

Shop, enjoy art, music, drinks and food at the Long Branch Bazaar at WCP, which includes a restaurant featuring French country cuisine inspired by local ingredients and products, a nanocraft brewery, courtyard, and 8,000-square-foot outdoor beer garden with bar and a wood-burning pizza oven. Listen to music by a rotating selection of DJs including DJ Foggy Notion, DJ Prestige, DJ Shawn Francis and DJ Mike Merrell. For a full event schedule, see below or visit www.asburyparkbazaar.com/long-branch-bazaar-2019.

WCP is located at 15 2nd Ave, Long Branch, NJ 07740. Long Branch Bazaar is free, all ages, and rain or shine.

 

Event Schedule

Saturday, June 15:

• Shopping — Atlas Emporio, Becca’s Cookie Bar, Brighter Days Co., Cleo’s Crafts, CRYSTAL KODADA, Feeling Swell Apparel, Holly Jolly Jams, Kigh CBD, Ophelia Moon Jewelry, Remantco, Shear Revival, SugarHustle Apparel and Accessories, Sunrise Authentic African Arts and Crafts, Taproot Organics, Velvet and Slate, With a Grateful Heart, and more.

• Tarot Card Readings by Jennifer Sodini and Photos with Little Detour Photo Booth

• Art – Mick Chick, Modern Animals

• Music – DJ Foggy Notion

 

Sunday, June 16:

• Shopping – A Thousand Paper Lanterns, ATAVIST Apparel, Becca’s Cookie Bar, Brighter Days, Cleo’s Crafts CRYSTAL KODADA, Feeling Swell Apparel, Forge & Finish, Kigh CBD, Mystical Blossoms, Myriad Mirage, Rhode Collective, Sunrise Authentic African Arts and Crafts, Qetia Jewelry, Untamed Hearts, and more.

• Henna by Ash, Tarot Card Readings by Jennifer Sodini, Photos with Little Detour Photo Booth

• Art – Eric Schmidt, Offshore Artwork

• Music – DJ Prestige

 

Saturday, June 22:

• Shopping – Ata now, Atlas Emporio, A Thousand Paper Lanterns, ATAVIST Apparel, Becca’s Cookie Bar, Brighter Days NJ, Holly Jolly Jams, ICvita, Kigh CBD, Ophelia Moon Jewelry, Pamela Glynn Designs, Remnantco, Taproot Organics, Velvet and Slate, and more.

• Custom Embroidery by Gypstitch, Photos with Little Detour Photo Booth

• Art – Maggie Brown

• Music – DJ Shawn Francis

 

Sunday, June 23

• Shopping – Becca’s Cookie Bar, Brighter Days, ChowBella Biscuits, ICvita, Geaux Jewelry, Kigh CBD, Remnantco, Rhode Collective Shear Revival, SugarHustle Apparel and Accessories, Taproot Organics, Tripsy Shop, Untamed Hearts, Witchy Washy Bath Co., With a Grateful Heart, and more.

• Custom Embroidery by Gypstitch, Photos with Little Detour Photo Booth

• Art – Chris Blackway, Sea Black Prints; Jenn Tanay, Derwood Paint Co.

• Music – DJ Mike Merrell

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The Asbury Park Bazaar is a celebration of makers, music and art. The Bazaar is a seasonal pop-up marketplace featuring local and regional designers, artists, musicians and collectors. The Bazaar takes place at unique, independent venues with a focus on shopping local and supporting small business – featuring a curated selection of handcrafted goods and vintage, workshops, art classes, live music and more. www.asburypark bazaar.com

 

Lion’s Strawberry Festival coming soon

The Oceanport Lions’ 2019 Strawberry Fair returns to Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport from Wednesday, May 29th through Sunday, June 2nd.

The five day fair features nightly entertainment and local bands, delicious food including strawberry shortcake, a midway with with exciting rides and games for all ages by Amusements of America, and a whole lot more!

Pay one Price ride bracelet specials are on Thursday, May 30th, and Sunday, June 2nd, for $30 per bracelet/per day.

Gem of the Jersey Shore

By Patty Booth O’Neill

Long Branch – It’s just as impressive on the inside as it is on the outside. The Wave Resort is one of the more recognizable and talked about new hotels on the boardwalk due to its wave inspired architecture.

At the Wave ribbon cutting on Wednesday, are Robert Dunic, Tiffaney Warman, Nicole Kushner Meyer and hotel manager Jullian Payne.

Over 100 people were on hand to celebrate the long awaited opening at the ribbon cutting on Wednesday, including Mayor John Pallone and Councilmembers Dr. Mary Jane Celli, Rose Widdis, Bill Dangler and Anita Voogt.

Mayor Pallone thanked the Kushner Companies for hiring local.

“I want to thank Kusher Companies for employing many of the residents here in Long Branch.”

Robert Dunic, head of hospitality operations, spoke about how the Wave was a precedent-setting hotel for the Jersey Shore, “in terms of its design, services and amenities.”

“Over the last few weeks I’ve been honored to welcome an incredible staff, many of them local,” Dunic said. He spoke about how he’s never seen such a degree of skill and passion to get things right.

Nicole Kushner Meyer was thrilled over the occasion. “It is my pleasure and honor to open Wave Resort at Pier Village,” she said. She also talked about Pier Village, making it a year-round destination with many shops and ice skating in the winter.

She added that Kushner Cos., the owners of Pier Village, have brought in many local new retailers and looking forward to creating many new memories at the shore.

A boutique hotel has been part of the design for the third phase of Pier Village for years. The groundbreaking for the area took place in January 2018.

“I would like to thank the old administration for their vision and commitment to executing their dream,” Kushner Meyer said. “And the new administration for their partnership in making this dream become a reality.”

Kushner also offered accolades to the fire department, planning and zoning departments, building department, health inspectors and police.

“This is not just a gem in Long Branch, but on the entire Jersey Shore,” Pallone said.

The boutique hotel includes rooms with oceanfront views, a pool deck, spa and fitness center, and space on the top floor for special events with an oceanfront view. The pool offers a “swim up bar.”

 

Garage Sale Weekend May 18 and 19

The City of Long Branch’s annual Garage Sale weekend is this Saturday and Sunday. Here is a list of participating places submitted to the paper:

 

Addresses:

183 Airsdale Ave, Sat. & Sun., 8-3
177 Atlantic Ave., Sat., 9-4
2 Bayview Court, Fri., Sat. & Sun, 9-3
421 Brighton Avenue, Fri. & Sat., ~9-4
650 Broadway, First Reform Church, Sat. & Sun., 7-3
650 Broadway, Long Branch Citizen Police Academy Alumni, Sat., all day
74 Cedar Ave., Friends of the Long Branch Free Public Library, Sun., 9-?
217 Chelsea Ave., Sat. & Sun., 9-3
487 Church St. Sat. & Sun., 8-3
105 Columbia Ave., Sat., 8-2
97 Franklin Ave.
631 Gerard Ave., LB, Fri. & Sat., 9-3
596 Irving Place, Sat. & Sun., 5-9
270 Macarthur Ave., Sat., 9-3, Sun., 9-2
33 Matilda Terr. Sat, 18, 9-5
72 Oakhill Ave., Sat. & Sun., 8-3:30
460 Ocean Blvd. Unit F, Sun.
242 Overlook Ave.
643 Overton Place, Sat., 8:30-5:30pm.
75 Pearl St,  Sat & Sun., 9 am to 3 pm.
179 Second Ave, May Sat. & Sun., 9-2
470 Second Ave., Sat. & Sun.
559 Second Ave. Sat. & Sun.
20 Shore Drive, Sat. & Sun.
295 Westwood Ave,. (rear) Sat.m 8-4
152 Witmer Place, Sat. & Sun., 7-2

Pogwist runs for council on trees, taxes and traffic platform

By Neil Schulman

Ocean Township — Ray Pogwist, the former chair of the Ocean Township Environmental Commission and prize-wining beekeeper, is running for a seat on council in next week’s election on a three-T platform: trees, taxes, and traffic.

Ocean Township Council Candidate Ray Pogwist and his hives of bees who produce prize winning honey.

Ocean Township is being overdeveloped, and trees are “clear cut and hard to replace,” said Pogwist, a member of Save 32 Acres calling to preserve a stretch of open space by Deal Road and Highway 35 developers want to turn into commercial space.

Trees help prevent local flooding.

The proposed project there also shows the traffic issues the town faces, he said. The town is being told their proposal will not hurt traffic, but Pogwist sees some bias in who did the study. “They let the developers hire the experts.”

Finally, taxes have been going up significantly.

“I think my taxes are up almost 40 percent in five years,” he said. He wants a citizens advisory panel from the town to review Ocean’s budget.

Pogwist was the former head of the Environmental Commission serving on the board for 10 years. He was also a commissioner on the Shade Tree Commission. That stopped last year.

“I raised a red flag of money missing from the shade tree funds,” he said. At that time, the mayor removed him from the commission — though Pogwist noted a check for the missing money showed up in the funds three weeks later.

He received a lot of support from the public, including many people he didn’t know. And this year, with council elections coming up, he decided he needed to run, that not enough people were entering the race.

“I made a regret decision,” he said. “Would I regret not running in the future? The time is right. I have a lot to offer.”

Pogwist has a strong environmental background, with a degree in Environmental Studies from George Washington University and working for the New Jersey Department of Environmentla Protection 19 years.

He helped get bike lanes on Sunset Avenue when work was being done on the roads. He started Ocean Township’s Earth Day Fest in 2010, and also helped found the Middlebrook Gardens, which today donates 1,500 pounds of food each year to local foodbanks.

He’s running a plastic-free campaign. Even his campaign buttons are biodegradable, with seeds on the back you can plant after the election is over.

 

Beekeeping

Pogwist’s interest in environmentalism helped lead him into beekeeping, and producing prize winning honey.

In 2007, while riding around Ocean on his bike, he notices a house with hives in front of it. He knocked on the door to learn more, and found out about the New Jersey Beekeeper’s Association. He calls it a great group, which mentors people for free and has great advice on beekeeping.

For the last 10 years, Pogwist has been keeping hives of his own and harvesting the honey. He’d enter the Monmouth County Fair’s home and would sometimes place first or second. He also entered the annual New Jersey honey show.

Last year, he notices something really unusual. One section of his hive was producing a very pale honey. He realized the bees were gathering nectar from a black locust tree.

He entered it into the 2019 New Jersey Honey Show.

“I double ribboned,” he said, taking first place for the light honey category and black box tastings. He also took first place in lip balm, which he makes from bees wax and organic almond and coconut oils.

“I get people as far away as Las Vegas looking for the honey,” he said.

If the election doesn’t go his way, his backup plan is to spend more time in the world of honey. Whenever he’s at farmer’s markets and mentions he’s a beekeeper, the reaction is always positive from fellow people who work in honey.

“It’s an amazing exchange. It could set the stage for world peace,” he said, noting honey is universally loved.

Shortly before he started beekeeping, he learned about colony collapse, where bees can die off. He’s proud to say he’s never lost a hive in the 10 years he’s been doing that.

In order to keep bees healthy, he advises people to plant lots of flowers and avoid pesticides, buying organic produce.

 

Nine people looking for five seats in Ocean

By Walter J. O’Neill Jr

Ocean Township — May 14, the residents will have to decide which of the nine people running for council will get the five seats up for vote. Ocean holds nonpartisan elections, meaning it does not matter what political party affiliation they have.

Mayor Christopher Siciliano

On May 6, there was a meet the candidate forum, moderated by The League of Women Voters at the Board of Education building on Monmouth Road. It started promptly 7 p.m. and the seats in the room quickly filled, resulting in residents standing along the interior walls.

A unique dynamic has occurred this election cycle, with one incumbent on a different ticket than he was last time.

Four out of the five incumbents are seeking reelection; however, one of those is not part of the group ticket.

The last election had Christopher Siciliano winning with his team Donna Schepiga, John Napolitani, Robert Acerra and Richard Long, who is the one not running again. (In Ocean, council chooses who will be mayor among themselves, the office is not chosen directly by voters.)

Siciliano decided to put together a new ticket for 2019. He removed Acerra and since Long is not running he selected Dr. David Fisher and Dr. Margie Donlon, who will join incumbents Schepiga and Napolitani.

Acerra feels that he was removed from the Siciliano ticket as retribution, and that the mayor was pressured by Senator Vin Gopal because he ran for Assembly against Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey in 2017, who are both in the same political party as Gopal.

Monmouth Musings reported that Siciliano did not deny that Gopal wanted Acerra off the ticket, but said that is not the only reason he removed Acerra from his team. “Rob is a nudge,” Siciliano told Monmouth Musings. “He went against me too many times and grandstanded. I decided it was time for new blood.”

Siciliano said he felt Acerra was not committed to the township after he made an assembly run. “He ran for higher office before completing his first term, past legislators from Ocean, like Joe Palaia and Dan Jacobson, completed terms before running for the legislature. I want committed people to my team,” Siciliano told Monmouth Musings.

Acerra has joined forces with Victor Ashkenazi. Two others have also joined the race for council, Jacquelyn Wenzel and Raymond Pogwist, each running independently.

The forum’s format allowed each of the candidates to make a 60-second opening statement. Then the moderator would ask questions submitted by residents, asking each candidate to respond. Only eight candidates attended at the forum. Ashkenazi, according to the moderator was sick and unable to attend.

After two hours of answering questions, it was obvious that residents had eight highly qualified people seeking five seats. Some of the hot topic issues were taxes, over development, flooding, traffic delays, over population of deer in the township and Deal Lake.

Siciliano, Donlon, Napolitani, Fisher, and Schepiga all support the current administraton’s vision for Ocean. Differences between the incumbent ticket and the other candidates had to do with environmental issues, taxes, health insurance, and transparency.

In terms of the environment, one candidate stood out. Pogwist, who is an employee of the NJ Department of Protection, is passionate about green space, which he says Ocean has very little of. He was also very clear on his stance on flooding, saying that trees should not be cut down, and the fee to do so should be higher.

Acerra and Siciliano disagreed on spending money to improve the parks and playgrounds and development. Acerra stated that he was the only councilperson who voted not to sell one of the only open space site remaining in the township. The property is located on Roosevelt Avenue and Acerra said he would always vote to preserve open space.

Acerra also felt that the township has $8 million in surplus, which could help repair the playgrounds and parks.

Siciliano sharply disagreed. “That would be a mistake. We use it to keep the budget down, about $6 million a year for that. And during my tenure as mayor we have pitched three zero tax increases,” said Siciliano.

A question came from the audience about two of the five on the governing body receiving health benefits. Siciliano stated he was one of the two who were grandfathered or the exception to the rule, which does not allow any elected official to receive health benefits.

“I collect $9,700 in health benefits from the township. I am on my phone all day and answering emails and talking with residents, and I feel that I have earned those benefits. Being mayor is a lot different than a councilperson,” said Siciliano.

The other councilperson getting health benefits at a cost of $20,000 to the residents was Schepiga. “I also feel that I have earned the benefits. I run all the events for the township. Do you know what it would cost to hire someone to organize all these events? Their salary and benefit package would exceed what I am allowed,” said Schepiga. She added that she pays 3.5 percent of that cost, which is in accordance with New Jersey law.

Wenzel, who stated she is the newest member to the township seeking election as she has only been in the township for 22 years, attends all the meetings and would like to see more transparency in how items are voted on. With a history of working in high-end fashion and traveling the world, she feels that she can bring new fresh ideas to the council.

“I just want to say that on May 14, you don’t have to vote like it’s a menu. You can vote à la carte, picking from the ballot you want,” said Wenzel.

The ballot position for the May 14, election has Siciliano on line 1, Donlon is line 2, Napolitani is line 3, Fisher on line 4, and Schepiga line 5. Pogwist is line 6, Wenzel is line 7, Acerra on line 8, and Ashkenazi is line 9.

Residents have the ability to vote for individuals and do not have to select entire tickets. They can pick up to five people.

Moreover, after watching the forum, they have eight highly qualified, willing and able candidates to choose from.

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Irate Irace wants harasser to be exposed

Editor’s Note: This article contains references to parts of the male anatomy some may find offensive. In our next issue there are reports of worse “pranks”.

 

By Walter J. O’Neill, Jr

Oceanport — Saturday afternoon was a normal day for Joe Irace as he and his family were preparing for Easter Sunday. The mood quickly changed after a package arrived.

Oceanport Councilman Joe Irace

“My daughter answered the door and a package was delivered addressed to me. I didn’t remember ordering anything so I told her to open it,” said Irace. When his daughter opened the package, the entire family was shocked by its contents. “The first thing we noticed was someone singing, ‘you’re a dick, you’re a dick.’ We couldn’t get it to stop.”

Also inside the package were candies shaped like a penis. On that package, it read, “Eat a bag of Dicks!” There was no information on who shipped these tiny little members to Irace. “I was upset that someone felt it was okay to send this to my home,” said Irace.

In 2007, Irace was elected to the Borough Council and has been serving on it ever since.

“In my 12 years on council we have had some contentious times, arguments and disagreements. However, we all knew that each of us love Oceanport and were trying to do the best we could for the borough, and we really didn’t carry those differences into our relationships,” added Irace.

The last few years however, Irace has seen a change in how people treat elected officials they disagree with.

“Maybe it has to do with social media where people can hide their identity and say vicious outrageous things and never face the consequences. I understand people are passionate in their positions, heck so am I am. But, you have to reach a point where you can agree to disagree with someone and move on,” Irace said.

Oceanport, which has an election coming and a primary in June, has several people on the ticket. Irace is running for another term. He said the two biggest issues recently in the borough are taxes and the development of Fort Monmouth.

“Mayor Jay Coffey is [advocating for] close to a six percent tax increase while the council is at two percent. Concerning Fort Monmouth, we do not want big college campuses, or towering housing units. Oceanport has not had enough input into what we would like to see developed on our section of the base property.”

There have been other issues that caused some at public meetings to sound off. According to Irace, the biggest non-issue in the borough was change of the Environmental Commission to an Environmental Committee. In the end, the council worked out everything with those members and it was being blowing out of context.

As an elected council member in Oceanport, Irace receives $1,500 annually. Considering the amount of time that is required, those officials are volunteers.

“In all my time on council I have never received an anonymous letter or package. Of course, I have had people stop over and state their views one way or the other, but as I said we are all here for the betterment of Oceanport,” said Irace.

Irace called the Oceanport Police Department to report the package sent to him. “Unfortunately, I don’t know how far they will get as the company that sells it promises it will be anonymous,” added Irace.

If police are able to expose the tiny edible penis shipper, Irace just wants them to be accountable for their actions.

“I was told that this is not just a prank, it is actually harassment of a public official. What upset me the most was that it was sent to my home, where my family lives. My wife and daughters did not run for elected office, I did. They should not have to be exposed to this,” Irace said.

According to the company website, which markets these items as “pranks,” what Irace received was “The Evil Singing Bag of Dicks.” It sold for $31.69. What makes this selection so “devious” is the annoying and obnoxious jingle never stops playing.

 

 

Zero Tolerance Approach Adopted by LBPD for Unsafe Bicycling!

Over the last year, especially in the summer, we have received numerous complaints about youths riding bicycles in and out of traffic, while performing “wheelies”, in all sections of the City.

We have also received complaints that they are doing the same on the Boardwalk and Promenade. When confronted by civilians, the response has not been something we like to see in the “Friendly City”.

Because they are juveniles, we have been extremely tolerant, and given them repeated warnings. Due to the careless nature of this type of cycling is not only extremely dangerous to the rider, but also causes a traffic hazard to motorists and pedestrians. The danger to both the cyclist and the motorists is too great for any more warnings. The safety of everyone is our first priority.

LBPD Officers will be taking a “Zero tolerance” approach for these bicyclists and will be issuing summonses for improper cycling.

Below is a list of some of the summonses that could possibly be written. NOTE that If the bicyclists are juveniles, they along with their bicycle, will be transported to headquarters to have a parent/guardian pick them up.

39:4-10 Light on bicycle
39:4-10.1 Helmets required Under 17 years of age
39:4-11 Audible Device required
39:4-12 Position of hands and feet (i.e. riding without holding handlebars, wheelies, etc.)
39:4-14.2 Operation of bicycle upon Road (must keep right)

-Chief Roebuck

Man baracades himself in house

Long Branch schools were on shutdown on Wednesday morning due to an incident taking place on 6th Ave.

The street was blocked off and a house surrounded by Long Branch Police as a man was baracaded inside the house. He eventually came out with his hands up and surrendered to police.

Chief Jason Roebuck posted this note soon after.

“There was an incident on 6th Avenue this morning. A “check well being” call turned into a situation where the person, who was in crisis, didn’t want to come out of the house. Several factors led us to believe he may be armed. Crisis negotiations commenced and he decided to come out and was transported to the hospital to receive the help he needs.

Great job by the officers on the scene, they used their training to keep themselves and the subject safe from harm.”

Chief Roebuck