At MLK Day service, mother of slain Asbury Park star athlete says her son ‘wanted better’

assetContent (48)NEPTUNE TWP. — Lucy Small stood on a stage at the Martin Luther King Jr. Presbyterian Church with a bouquet of roses in one hand and a tissue clenched tight in the other hand. Tears flowed down her face. Her son, Jamar Small, had stood on the same stage exactly a year ago as a living… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: January 19th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Asbury Park, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »

Islamic Company Selling “Sharia-Compliant Mortgages” Controls Asbury Park, NJ’s Boardwalk

By Tommy DeSeno

Sheikh Usmani

Sheikh Usmani

With ISIS committing terrorism on 4 continents, and President Obama importing refugees from their home territory, now is a bad time to offer interest-free Sharia Law mortgages in America, but that’s exactly what one company is doing.

The beach town of Asbury Park, New Jersey has undergone a slow-grinding redevelopment for the better part of 30 years.   Bereft of money in 2007, the City sold millions of dollars worth of storied boardwalk buildings including Convention Hall to a private company – Madison Marquette.  Madison Marquette also owns concert venues near the boardwalk like the famed Stone Pony.  They are positioned in expensive retail properties across America in California, Ohio, Washington DC, Florida and more.

What few know is that Madison Marquette is owned by an Islamic company rooted in the Middle East; a company whose other subsidiary specializes in “Sharia Law Compliance” and lures Sharia-following Muslims to 23 states with interest-free home mortgages.

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Posted: January 13th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Asbury Park, ISIS, Monmouth County News, Opinion, Tommy DeSeno, War on terror | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments »

New brewery ready to be trendsetter in Asbury Park

assetContentASBURY PARK – Dark City Brewing Company is already a trendsetter and it hasn’t even opened yet – that happens Friday. This long embattled city is in the midst of – or at the very least on the verge of – a true renaissance, with major redevelopment projects underway, an influx of new restaurants and the… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: January 7th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Asbury Park, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , | 3 Comments »

Polar Bear Plunge in Asbury Park chills and thrills for charity

assetContent (39)ASBURY PARK — It wouldn’t be New Year’s Day in Asbury Park without the annual Sons of Ireland Polar Bear Plunge, where those who don’t mind braving the elements take a dip in the ocean for charity. The 13 th annual event this year drew more than 600 plungers whose donations to three Monmouth County charities… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: January 1st, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Asbury Park, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Polar Bear Plunge in Asbury Park chills and thrills for charity

Two Monmouth Drug Dealers Sentenced On Federal Charges

assetContentTyshon Young, a/k/a “Young Money,” a/k/a “Young Boy,” 30, of Asbury Park, and Matthew Miller, a/k/a “Star,” 41, of Neptune, were sentenced to 21 and 36 months in prison, respectively today by U.S. District Judge Peter G. Sheridan in Trenton federal court for their roles in a large-scale drug trafficking organization responsible for distributing heroin and cocaine throughout Monmouth and Ocean counties, according to an announcement by U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman.

Young and Miller previously pleaded guilty before Judge Sheridan to separate informations charging them with one count of conspiracy to distribute heroin.

Miller has been in federal custody since his March 2014 arrest and has thus already served more than half of the sentence imposed by Judge Sheridan today, according to Fishman’s spokesman William Skaggs.   Young was in custody for roughly a month before making his $100,000 bail in early May of 2014, Skaggs said in a phone interview.

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Posted: December 22nd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Asbury Park, Monmouth County News, Neptune, U.S. Attorney | Tags: , , , , , , | 4 Comments »

Athletic standout killed in Asbury Park shooting was a ‘shining star’

assetContentASBURY PARK — Jamar Small had defied the odds that were stacked against him — until he was gunned down Sunday on a city street in broad daylight. The 24-year-old from Asbury Park had just earned a degree in business administration from Texas Southern University where he also played on the football team. Small was on… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: December 22nd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Asbury Park, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

Former Asbury Park Housing Director Indicted

Mark W. Homes

Mark W. Homes

Mark W. Holmes, 54, of Lawrence Township, was indicted by a Monmouth County Grand Jury on 39 counts of Official Misconduct, 2 counts of Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card and one count of Theft by Deception, according to a announcement by Acting Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

Holmes is the former Executive Director of the Asbury Park Housing Authority and a former mayor and councilman in Lawrence Township.

He was arrested on Fraud and Theft charges in July of 2013.  He remains free on the $70,000 bail that was set at that time by Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Francis J. Vernoia, who was recently elevated to the Appellate Division.

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Posted: December 21st, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Asbury Park, Monmouth County News, Monmouth County Prosecutor | Tags: , , , , | 2 Comments »

One dead, one critical in Asbury Park shooting

Jamal Small

Jamal Small

Jamar Small, 24, was gunned down and killed on the 1000 block of Summerfield Avenue in Asbury Park on Sunday, according to a statement by Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni. Another male shooting victim whose name was not released by Gramiccioni remains in critical condition at an undisclosed local hospital.

Small was a recent graduate of Texas Southern University and the quarterback of the school’s football team.

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Posted: December 21st, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Asbury Park, Crime, Monmouth County News, Monmouth County Prosecutor | Tags: , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Long Branch Parolee Arrested in 2006 Asbury Park Murder

Joey Johnson

Joey Johnson AKA Davell Reevey

Joey Jomaine Johnson, AKA Davell Reevey, 35, of Long Branch was arrested yesterday by investigators of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and the Asbury Park Police Department with the assistance of the New Jersey Parole Board for the March 26, 2006 murder of 21-year-old Jakeema Kelly of Asbury Park, according to a statement by Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

Johnson had been on parole since his October 22, 2015 release from state prison.  He served eight years for his 2007 convictions on drug dealing charges.  He now faces a minimum of 30 years to a maximum of life imprisonment, if convicted in the first degree murder of Kelly.

He is being held in the Monmouth County Correctional Institution, Freehold Township, on $1.2 million cash only bail, as set by Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Honora O’Brien Kilgallen.  In addition to first degree murder, Johnson is charged with second degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose and second degree Certain Persons Not to Possess Weapons.

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Posted: December 2nd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Asbury Park, Crime, Crime and Punishment, Long Branch, Monmouth County News, Monmouth County Prosecutor | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Long Branch Parolee Arrested in 2006 Asbury Park Murder

Woman critical after being shot during large fight at party, authorities say

assetContentNEPTUNE 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 »

Posted: November 28th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Asbury Park, Crime, Monmouth County News, Neptune Township | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Woman critical after being shot during large fight at party, authorities say