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Statement by Long Branch Police Chief Jason Roebuck on the arrest of Officer Patrick Joyce, Jr

Long Branch Police Chief Jason Roebuck

As with any investigation, especially one involving a law enforcement officer, I cannot legally release certain information to the press, no matter how much I may want to, until that investigation has been completed. This was the situation with the incident involving Officer Patrick Joyce, Jr.

Now that the investigation is complete, and charges filed, I can issue the following statement, with much outrage and embarrassment. Officer Patrick Joyce Jr was charged with Criminal Sexual Contact (4th degree) and Harassment (Disorderly Persons offense) by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office on Friday, February 8th, 2019. While the matter was under investigation, he was immediately suspended without pay, which was supported by the command staff of the department and the City’s leadership. He is now facing termination of his employment.

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Posted: February 9th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Long Branch, Monmouth County News, News | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

Probation Officer Charged With Raping Woman He Supervised

Henry C. Cirignano, 48, a New Jersey State Probation Officer who resides in Wall Township, was arrested on Monday and charged with with 2 counts of second degree Sexual Assault for coercing a women under his supervision into sexual activity, according to an announcement by Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

Cirginano is currently in the custody of the Monmouth County Correctional Institution, pending the outcome of his detention hearing which is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 8, 2019. If convicted of Sexual Assault, he faces up to 10 years in a New Jersey state prison on each count, subject to the provisions of the “No Early Release Act” (NERA) requiring him to serve 85 percent of the sentence imposed before becoming eligible for release on parole. He would also be subject to the provisions of “Megan’s Law” and Parole Supervision for Life requiring a minimum of 15 years of parole supervision following his release from prison.

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Posted: February 5th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, News | Tags: , , | 1 Comment »

Keansburg Police Seek Help In Locating Missing Girl

UPDATE: Jamira has been located and safely returned to her family.

The Keansburg Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating 14 year old Jamira Grant, according to a post of their facebook page.

Jamira was reported missing from Keansburg Borough after she did not return home on 2/4/2019.

She was last seen wearing a pink sweatshirt, a black jacket, blue jeans with rips in them, and black sneakers.
She is described as being 5’4″ tall, approximately 120lbs, brown eyes, black hair, and has a dark complexion.

Jamira was last seen at Dunkin Donuts in Keansburg by her friends at approximately 6:00pm last night.

As of noon on Tuesday, February 5, no leads as to her whereabouts.

Anyone with information regarding Jamira’s location is asked to contact Keansburg Police at 732-787-0600.

 

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Posted: February 5th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, News | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »

The Arnone Report: Progress at the dump and other good news

By Monmouth County Freeholder Director Tom Arnone

Happy February! I hope everyone has been staying safe and warm this past week with the extremely cold weather. I’m excited that our friend Punxsutawney Phil did not see is shadow signaling that an early spring will be upon us.

Many exciting things have taken place last couple weeks.

On January 28, I participated in a Town Hall style meeting in Tinton Falls with Senator Vin Gopal as well as County and State employees to address the community’s concerns about the recent increase in odor coming from the reclamation center.  The several hundred people who showed up at the meeting, and many who didn’t, are justifiably concerned about the environmental impact of the dump on the health of our residents as well as property values.

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Posted: February 5th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , | 8 Comments »

DiMaso and O’Scanlon: $15 minimum wage will be net loss for low-income workers

Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso, both R-13, today warned that the Democrats’ plan to raise New Jersey’s minimum wage to $15 per hour will have net negative consequences for low income wage earners.

The bill to raise the wage to $15 in increments and with exceptions by 2024 passed in committee in both the Assembly and Senate today.  It is scheduled to be voted on in both chambers on Thursday.

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Posted: January 28th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , | 8 Comments »

Accused Colts Neck Rapist Charged With Leading Identity Theft Ring

Terry Y. Kuo, 27, of Colts Neck, also known as Victor Lee, the Colts Neck tennis instructor who was indicted for kidnapping, rape and child pornography last month, was charged on Friday with being the ring leader of an Identify Theft operation that stole over $400,000 from retailer and financial institutions through the use of fraudulently obtained credit cards, according to an announcement by Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

Sixteen people were arrested during “Operation Plastic Army,” a investigation that extended from November, 2017 through Janurary 2019,  including Barbara Cirillo, an employee at a Colts Neck bank who was charged with opening fraudulent bank accounts for the scheme, according to the announcement.

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Posted: January 26th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Accused Colts Neck Rapist Charged With Leading Identity Theft Ring

Congressman Chris Smith’s Statement Regarding President Trump’s Announcement On Ending The Shutdown

“I welcome the President’s announcement. We need to immediately restore essential government functions—which I have repeatedly voted to do in recent weeks—while allowing more time to negotiate for funding to secure our border, which I voted for in December.

“In 2006, I and other members from both parties in Congress—including then-Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton—voted for the Secure Fence Act to authorize a physical barrier where applicable on our Southern border. The bill became law but was never adequately implemented, and by neglecting for years to build a border wall, we have placed a greater burden on the safety of our border security personnel and put undue stress on a primary function of government—keeping our citizens safe.

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Posted: January 25th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith | Tags: , , | 4 Comments »

Greg’s List: Things to Do in Monmouth County This Weekend, January 25-27, 2019:

By Greg Kelly

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Friday, January 25

  • A Little Shakespeare: Macbeth at TRT (Red Bank) – MORE INFO
  • Jersey Shore Home Show ‘19 at BCC (Lincroft) – MORE INFO
  • “Apple Season” at NJ Repertory Theatre (Long Branch) – MORE INFO
  • “Once Upon a Crime” by Spotlight Players (Matawan) – MORE INFO
  • “Noises Off” at TRT (Red Bank) – MORE INFO
  • Crazy Rich Asians at Count Basie Theatre (Red Bank) – MORE INFO
  • Friday Night Open Ice Skating (Red Bank) – MORE INFO
  • Ice at the Pier (Long Branch) – MORE INFO
  • Atlantic Cinemas Movie Night (Atlantic Highlands) – MORE INFO

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Posted: January 23rd, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Greg Kelly, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Things to do in Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Greg’s List: Things to Do in Monmouth County This Weekend, January 25-27, 2019:

Law Enforcement seeks public’s help in fatal Hazlet traffic incident

photo via Hazlet PD’s facebook page

The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office is asking witnesses to an early Monday morning traffic fatality in Hazlet to come forward and assist in their investigation.

Robert Pisano, 54, of Neptune, was walking in the area of State Highway 36 just east of Middle Road in Hazlet at approximately 2:24 a.m. Monday morning, when he was struck by a westbound 2008 Dodge Avenger, driven by John F. Hermans, of Yonkers, New York.

Pisano died as a result of his injuries. Hermans was unharmed.

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Posted: January 22nd, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, News | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Law Enforcement seeks public’s help in fatal Hazlet traffic incident

Acerra To Seek Reelection in Ocean Township

Ocean Township Councilman Rob Acerra

Ocean Township Councilman Rob Acerra announced today that he is running for a second four year term on the non-partisan Township Council.  The election will be held on May 14.

In his announcement, Acerra said that he is an independent voice for Ocean residents who has been fighting against higher taxes, over-development and for local government transparency.

“For four years, fighting for Ocean Township Residents has been my top priority, and if reelected on May 14, it will continue to be,” Acerra said.  “With all the burdensome taxes and regulations coming from the politicians in Trenton, Ocean Township must continue fighting to keep local taxes stable and bring down the cost of doing business.  It is imperative that we fight to make Ocean Township more affordable for our seniors and families.”

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Posted: January 22nd, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: 2019 elections, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, News, Ocean Township | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »