Melody is a costly tune for Eatontown’s Court

Eatontown Mayor Calls For Resignation Of Council President and Municipal Judge

By Eatontown Mayor Dennis J. Connelly

Eatontown Mayor Dennis Connelly

A backroom deal by the newly elected Eatontown Borough Council President Anthony Talerico and 3 of his followers will cost the taxpayers dearly.  One of the first deeds of Eatontown Borough Council President was to install his high school friend and local attorney, Eugene Melody III, as the Eatontown Municipal Court judge for a 3-year term.  Melody, a general law practitioner, has never held a judgeship, never been a prosecutor, nor has he served as a public defender.  At the very least, either of the latter two positions is critical in understanding the workings of a municipal court and would be the logical foundation for qualifications as a municipal court judge.  Not so, in Talerico’s mind. Eugene Melody is his go to guy for patronage positions.  Melody was appointed as Special Council in 2013 and was pushed for judgeship by Talerico in 2014 before he rescinded his application after realizing he was not getting the appointment.

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Posted: March 19th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Eatontown, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , | 3 Comments »

Long Branch Man Guilty Of Sexually Assaulting 7 Year Old Eatontown Girl

Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni

Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni

Edgar Mejia, 54, of Long Branch, was found guilty on Wednesday by a Monmouth County jury of sexually assaulting a seven year old Eatontown girl in 2014, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced.

Mejia faces possible incarceration of 30 years to life when Judge David F. Bauman imposes his sentence on March 17, 2017. Mejia has been in the custody of the Monmouth County Correctional Institution with bail set at $300,000 since his arrest on July 21, 2014.

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Posted: November 17th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Eatontown, Long Branch, Monmouth County News, Monmouth County Prosecutor | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Long Branch Man Guilty Of Sexually Assaulting 7 Year Old Eatontown Girl

Eatontown approves Kushner’s plan for Monmouth Mall

assetcontent-49EATONTOWN – Less than five months after representatives from Kushner Companies stormed out of a borough council meeting saying the company would abandon its $500 million plans to redevelop Monmouth Mall due to public backlash, the borough council approved an ordinance to allow the redevelopment project to proceed, despite continued fierce public opposition. Hundreds of residents… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: September 15th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Eatontown, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Eatontown approves Kushner’s plan for Monmouth Mall

Bomb squad called to Eatontown business

assetContent (36)EATOWNTOWN — Local police and a bomb and arson squad from the State Police were investigating a suspicious package at a FedEx Office store Thursday night. Police were called sometime before 8:30 p.m. to the business at 255 Rt. 35, when the package was discovered. “A package has been safely isolated at our facility in Eatontown.… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: August 19th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Eatontown, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Bomb squad called to Eatontown business

Eatontown man just released from prison charged with burglary in retirement community

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BERKELEY TOWNSHIP — An Eatontown man released from prison last week found himself behind bars yet again after he was charged Wednesday in connection with at least one burglary in a retirement community. Robert Meloni, 51, was arrested and charged with burglary, criminal mischief and possession of burglary tools after police identified him as a person… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: December 3rd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Crime, Crime and Punishment, Eatontown, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Eatontown man just released from prison charged with burglary in retirement community

Authorities identify man shot to death in Eatontown

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EATONTOWN – A 37-year-old Red Bank man has been identified as the victim of a fatal Friday morning shooting in the borough. Shortly before 12:15 a.m. Friday, Eatontown police responded to the entrance of Country Club Apartments, at the corner of Tilton Avenue and Country Club Road, after shots were fired at the location, the Monmouth… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: July 13th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Eatontown, Monmouth County News, Monmouth County Prosecutor, Red Bank | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Authorities identify man shot to death in Eatontown

In Eatontown, Connelly Prevails In Recount

Eatontown "Mayor-elect" Dennis Connelley. photo via facebook with permission.

Eatontown “Mayor-elect” Dennis Connelley. photo via facebook with permission.

Dennnis J. Connelly is the Mayor-elect of Eatontown.

On election night, the Republican Council President was trailing four term incumbent Mayor Gerald J. Tarantolo by one vote.

After the provisional ballots were counted on November 10, Connelly was leading by two votes, 1481 to 1479.

Connelly and Tarantolo each picked up on vote during the recount this morning. Connelly’s a provisional and Tarantolo’s a vote my mail ballot. The final count is 1482 Connelly to 1480 Tarantolo.

Connelly told MMM that Tarantolo congratulated him and assured a smooth transition.

 

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Posted: November 24th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Eatontown, Monmouth County | Tags: , , , | 5 Comments »

Connelly leading in Eatontown mayoral race after provisional ballots counted

Eatontown "Mayor-elect" Dennis Connelley. photo via facebook with permission.

Eatontown “Mayor-elect” Dennis Connelly. photo via facebook with permission.

Eatontown Council President Dennis J. Connelly, a Republican, appears to have thwarted Democratic Mayor Gerald J. Tarantolo’s bid for a 5th four year term as the borough’s mayor.

Tarantolo was leading the race by one vote after all the machine and vote by mail ballots were counted in the wee hours last Wednesday.  This morning, Connelly picked up four votes when the provisional ballots were counted to Tarantolo’s one vote, leaving the final unofficial count 1,481 for Connelley and 1479 for Tarantolo.

Connelly told MMM that he expects the mayor to demand a recount. Tarantolo has until November 19th to file for a recount.

Of the 13 provisional ballots submitted on election day, 6 were disqualified and 2 did not have votes cast for mayor.  Of the five qualified ballots, 4 cast votes for Connelly.

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Posted: November 10th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: 2014 Elections, Eatontown, Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , , , , | 3 Comments »