Ex-postal worker stole IRS refund checks, feds allege

assetContentNEWARK — A former Monmouth County postal worker was arrested Friday for stealing more than $30,000 in federal tax refund checks through a scheme to steal the identity of others, New Jersey federal prosecutors say. Luis Martin, 24, of Trenton, was charged with stealing government funds when he was arrested by special agents from the IRS’… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 23rd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Crime, Crime and Punishment, Monmouth County, New Jersey, Paul Fishman | Tags: , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Highlands Man Gets 121 months for child porn

Layne Bracht

Layne Bracht

Layne Bracht, 32, of Highlands, was sentenced to 121 months in federal prison today for uploading images of child sexual abuse to an online file-sharing network, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

A repeat offender who was convicted in 2006 of possession of child pornography, Bracht admitted in October of 2013 that he knowingly placed images and videos depicting child sexual abuse into shared folders that others could access via a peer-to-peer network. Special agents of the FBI executed a search warrant at his residence in Highlands on Jan. 15, 2014 and seized digital evidence that contained numerous videos and images depicting child sexual abuse, including material involving prepubescent minors and sadistic or masochistic conduct. The digital evidence seized included three files previously downloaded from Bracht by law enforcement agents working in an undercover capacity on the peer-to-peer network.  Brach has been in federal custody since his January 2014 arrest. He pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Joseph E. Irenas on December 2, 2014.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Irenas sentenced Bracht to serve 15 years of supervised release.

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Posted: May 22nd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Crime, Crime and Punishment, Highlands, Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

A Closer Look at Two Artists at Torche Galerie in Belmar

April W. Klimley

April W. Klimley

April W. Klimley, Art Critic

If you’re at the south end of the Jersey Shore this month, stop by the Torche Galerie in Belmar. Many of the works on display last month in the gallery’s 2nd anniversary exhibition have been either taken down or sold. But it’s worth a stop to see the magnificent interior space—as well as to examine some of the art gems which are still hanging on the wall. The space is the creation of owner/sculptor Roddy Wildeman, who has his own workroom connected to the gallery in the back of the first floor.

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Posted: May 21st, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: April W. Klimley, Art, Belmar, Jersey Shore, Monmouth County, Monmouth County Life, Monmouth County News, Things to do in Monmouth County, Things to do on the Jersey Shore | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

As landmark N.J. trial looms against gay-to-straight conversion therapy group, more states ban practice

assetContent (16)TRENTON — Oregon this week became the third state after New Jersey and California to ban gay-to-straight conversion therapy for minors – a practice discredited by mental health professional organizations but defended by some religious groups – including one in Hudson County that will go on trial soon for defrauding the public. The Southern Poverty Law… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 20th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

Report: FBI tells N.J. students that ISIS is actively recruiting

assetContent (15)HACKENSACK — An FBI intelligence analyst warned students at Bergen Arts and Sciences Charter School not to fall prey to the recruitment tactics of terror organization ISIS, according to a Record report. The presentation at the Hackensack charter school on Tuesday was part of a national outreach effort from federal officials on how the ISIS terror… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 20th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Education, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

Bridgegate prosecutors want to keep secret 1.5 M pages of documents

assetContent (14)NEWARK —Federal prosecutors are trying to keep secret more than 1.5 million pages of documents connected to the investigation into the George Washington Bridge scandal, which led to criminal charges earlier this month against two former associates of Gov. Chris Christie. Defense attorneys, however, argue that there is no justification for such a broad request, and… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 20th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Bridgegate | Tags: , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Surfers fighting to save dwindling free beaches

assetContentSEA BRIGHT — A stretch of Sea Bright’s shoreline that used to be among the few free beaches in New Jersey will start charging patrons for access starting this weekend when nearly all Shore towns’ beach fees kick in for summer. A wooden booth stands at the entrance to Anchorage Beach where a badge checker will… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 20th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, Sea Bright | Tags: , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

West Front Street Bridge Reopened

Traveling through the heart of northeastern Monmouth County got a lot easier this week after State,County and Local officials celebrated the reopening of the West Front Street Bridge, AKA Hubbard’s Bridge, that connects Middletown and Red Bank over the Swimming River.

The five month long replacement project that came in as promised before the Memorial Day weekend.

The opening follows the construction of a new 488-foot long steel girder bridge to the north of the existing West Front Street Bridge.

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Posted: May 20th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Middletown, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, Red Bank | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Greg’s List: Things to do in Monmouth County this Memorial Day weekend, May 22-25, 2015

By Greg Kelly

 

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Friday, May 22

  • Monmouth Civic Chorus Spring Soiree (Middletown) – MORE INFO
  • WFAN Radio “Kickoff to Summer” (Neptune) – MORE INFO
  • Meridian Health “Paint the Town Pink” Month in Monmouth County – MORE INFO
  • Bluegrass Mini Golf at Monmouth Park (Oceanport) – MORE INFO
  • Margie Moore “Relief with Water Colours” Art Show (Asbury Park) – MORE INFO
  • ’70s Summer Cover Show at The Wonder Bar (Asbury Park) – MORE INFO
  • Fletcher at The Saint (Asbury Park) – MORE INFO
  • Primal Scream at The Stone Pony (Asbury Park) – MORE INFO
  • “Not with Haste” by Stormin’ Arts Players (Lincroft) – MORE INFO

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Posted: May 19th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Greg Kelly, Greg's List, Monmouth County, Monmouth County Life, Monmouth County News, Things to do in Monmouth County, Things to do on the Jersey Shore | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

‘Fallen heroes’ honored at N.J. law enforcement memorial service

assetContentNEPTUNE – Members of law enforcement from across the state gathered Tuesday at The Great Auditorium to honor and remember five officers who died in the line of duty over the past year. During the ceremony, acting state Attorney General John Jay Hoffman said that while his heart was heavy with the loss of the officers,… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 19th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Law Enforcement, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, Ocean Grove, Police | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »