18 year old woman dies in Middletown house fire

Aubree LaRusso. photo via facebook

Aubree LaRusso, 18, was killed in a fire in her family’s Middletown home this morning, according to Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

At approximately 6:43 a.m., the Middletown Police and Fire Departments responded to a structure fire at 20 Neptune Place in the North Middletown section of the Township.  After firefighters were able to get the fire under control, an on-scene investigation determined that the cause of the fire was accidental.

Aubree  was found deceased in a bedroom located off of the living room in the family’s residence. Larusso’s mother, brother and a family friend escaped the blaze unharmed. A pet dog was also found deceased in the home. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: July 17th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

O’Scanlon praises Supreme Court’s proposed Municipal Court Reforms—will introduce legislation to take the profit out of policing and local courts

Senator Declan O’Scanlon

Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth County) today issued praise to the Supreme Court Committee on Municipal Court Operations, Fines and Fees for their comprehensive report which, after a 16 month investigation, “revealed a number of significant concerns where aggressive reform is needed. Many of those issues identified by the Committee undermine both the administration of justice and the independence of the Municipal Courts.”

“In law enforcement and judicial systems, profit is the mortal enemy of justice,” Senator O’Scanlon said. “We must take real steps towards reforming municipal court and ticketing procedures. Policing for profit is an unacceptable practice that tarnishes the reputation of all our upstanding police officers and often results in devastating consequences for petty infractions.”

“Municipal Courts should be about the administration of justice, not a profit center to plug holes in local governments’ budgets,” O’Scanlon continued.   “In the twenty-five years since our Courts were last reformed, too many towns have come to rely on fines to fund their municipal operations and too many local judges have turned into de facto tax collectors.  This is not justice and it has to stop.”

Among the reforms that O’Scanlon will propose in legislation are: Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: July 17th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: 13th Legislative District, Declan O'Scanlon, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, News, NJ Courts, NJ Supreme Court | Tags: , , , , , , | 3 Comments »

Houghtaling and Downey complain that DiMaso hurt their reputation

Assembly members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey

The phones were ringing off the hook at Assembly members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey’s Ocean Township office after Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso’s July 5th robocall informing 11th legislative district voters of Houghtaling and Downey’s support for Governor Murphy’s massive tax increases and his cuts to school funding for local school districts.

DiMaso’s July 5 robocall:

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Posted: July 17th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments »

Congressman Chris Smith Calls For Indicted Russians To Be Red Noticed By Interpol

In an interview with FoxNews’s Shannon Bream on Friday night, New Jersey Congressman Chris Smith called for the Russian officials who have been indicted for meddling in American elections to be red noticed by Interpol.  A red notice is a request by the Justice Department to the international law enforcement agency to locate and arrest an individual for the purpose of extradition.

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Posted: July 14th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, Congress, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Russia, Russian Federation | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments »

Guadagno: Murphy’s $2 billion spending increase is insane but not a surprise

Former Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno appeared on the Tommy G Show yesterday during which she said that the $2 billion in spending increases and $1.5 billion in new state taxes are insane but that no one should be surprised.

Guadagno said that moderate Democrats who are now calling for spending cuts “sound like Republicans, that’s what we’ve been saying all along!”

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Posted: July 12th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Kim Guadagno, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, New Jersey State Budget, Phil Murphy | Tags: , , , , | 7 Comments »

Greg’s List: Things to Do in Monmouth County This Weekend, July 13-15, 2018

By Greg Kelly

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Friday, July 13

  • Mike Birbiglia’s The New One at Two River Theater (Red Bank) – MORE INFO
  • Mercy by NJ Repertory Company (Long Branch) – MORE INFO
  • Boardwalk Book Fair (Avon) – MORE INFO
  • As You Like It: Summer Shakespeare at BCC (Lincroft) – MORE INFO
  • Summer Concert & Car Show (Manalapan) – MORE INFO
  • Israel/Jewish Film Festival at Axelrod PAC (Deal) – MORE INFO

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Posted: July 11th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Greg Kelly, Greg's List, Monmouth County News, Things to do in Monmouth County, Things to do on the Jersey Shore | Tags: , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Monmouth Library Offers Summer Entertainment

By Renee B. Swartz, Chair, Monmouth County Library Commission

With summer in full swing, beaches full, ocean and pools inviting, Monmouth County is fortunate in having alternative entertainment, from music and song to dance and drama at the Library Headquarters in Manalapan and all of the Monmouth County Library’s 12 other branches.

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Posted: July 10th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County Library, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

57 Countries Endorse Tools To Combat Human Trafficking Proposed By Congressman Chris Smith

The  Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Parliamentary Assembly (OSCEPA), an assembly of over 300 lawmakers from 57 countries in Europe and North American adopted “Implementing Trafficking-Free Communities,” a comprehensive resolution to combat human trafficking sponsored by Congressman Chris Smith, during their 27th annual session yesterday in Berlin.

Based upon best practices developed in the United States under Smith’s Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, the resolution encourages governments to implement multiple best practices simultaneously to significantly reduce trafficking in a community over the course of a year.

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Posted: July 10th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Coast Guard Issues Rip Tide Warning

The U.S. Coast Guard has issued a warning to mariners and beachgoers from the Jersey Shore south to the southern Outer Banks in North Carolina of hazardous weather and sea conditions caused by Tropical Storm Chris. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: July 9th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »

Anti-Religious Asbury Park City Council Violated Constitution,  Unwittingly Supported Hate and Neglected Black People

By Thomas DeSeno


Asbury Park Democrat Chairman Giuseppe Joe Grillo, Deputy Mayor Amy Quinn, Tommy DeSeno and Mayor John Moor. photo via facebook

The Asbury Park City Council, using government letterhead, made a declaration opposing a religious belief.  Government can no more denounce a religious belief than they can endorse one, without violating the 1st Amendment Establishment Clause.  They then went on an illegal bullying campaign against a Pastor.  So caught up in a mob-induced false narrative of gossip, they ignored that the Pastor was bringing financial relief to the Westside black community, something all City Councils failed to do for 50 years.

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Posted: July 9th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Asbury Park, Christianity, Monmouth County News, Tommy DeSeno | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 18 Comments »