Brian Farmer, 59, the registered sex offender arrested for the double strangulation murders of his cousin Joan Colbert, 62, and her 10 year old foster daughter Veronica Roach in August of 2014, was indicted on six charges by a Monmouth County Grand Jury on November 30th, according to Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.
The grand jury charged Farmer with first degree Murder for causing the death of Colbert and Roach, one count of first degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child, one count of second degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child and two counts of third degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child. The Endangering charges are related to Farmer causing or permitting a child to engage in child pornography, for the manufacture of child pornography and for the possession of child pornography.
A family of seven on Monday became the first to arrive for resettlement in New Jersey since Gov. Chris Christie directed state agencies to stop helping Syrian refugees settle here. The international aid group Church World Service confirmed that a Syrian family it is helping arrived late Monday afternoon. So far, the group has received no… Read the rest of this entry »
WASHINGTON — The White House said Monday it will tell Gov. Chris Christie and other governors how many Syrian refugees are settling in their states. In a letter sent to Christie and obtained by NJ Advance Media, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough said the information would be made available to any governor who requests… Read the rest of this entry »
Tax Commissioners Cliff Moore, James Stuart and Kathy Cody Bjelka
The Monmouth County Tax Board acted on Monday to allow municipalities to opt out of the controversial pilot program, the Assessment Demonstration Program. The program has resulted in the volatility of property assessments and spurred a grand jury investigation into alleged conflicts of interest among key players in the County’s complex property tax system.
By an unanimous vote Monday afternoon, the Tax Board approved a resolution offered by Commissioner Clifford J. Moore III to immediately allow municipalities to opt out of the program for the 2017 tax year. Towns must notify the board that they are opting out by 11:59 p.m. on April 29, 2016.
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — After Republican front-runner Donald Trump painted a target on his back on Monday, Gov. Chris Christie spent much of the day refusing to hit back at the billionaire businessman he considers a friend. But as tensions between the two rose, Christie ended the day taking his own shots, saying that with Trump, “outrageous… Read the rest of this entry »
TRENTON — A Toms River man who received more than $218,000 in Hurricane Sandy relief aid has admitted to filing fraudulent applications for funding from government-run storm recovery programs, authorities said. Gregory Wagner, 63, pleaded guilty in state Superior Court on Monday to third-degree theft by deception, according to the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office. Wagner… Read the rest of this entry »
TRENTON — Republican front-runner Donald Trump hurled an attack at Gov. Chris Christie over Twitter Monday morning, accusing the governor of spending too much time away from his day job. The billionaire businessman questioned how Christie is running the “deeply troubled” state of New Jersey when he’s “spending all of his time” in New Hampshire. The… Read the rest of this entry »
The Ocean Township Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating James Florio, a suspect in a burglary earlier this month.
There is a warrant for Florio’s arrest and he has refused to cooperate with the OTPD. Anyone with information regarding Florio’s whereabouts is asked to call 732-531-1800, 732-531-1428 (Dectectives) or 732-531-3323.
The Case Detective is Michael Melody.
Melody refused to give Florio’s age, last known residence or the location of the alleged burglary when MMM called for additional information.
NEPTUNE TOWNSHIP — A Neptune Township woman was shot during a large fight that broke out at a party in town Friday night, authorities said. The woman, who was not identified, was in critical condition after being rushed to the hospital following the fight at the party at the VFW hall on Route 33, said Charlie… Read the rest of this entry »