Long Branch Official: Mr. Gopal is not listed as a qualified, trained firefighter in the City of Long Branch

Vin Gopal, the candidate for State Senate in the 11th Legislative District, is not a first responder.

Gopal apparently knows he’s been caught lying to the public for months and is now trying, poorly, to explain himself.

The Asbury Park Press knows about Gopal’s misrrepresentations.  Inexplicably, APP has yet to report on Gopal’s dishonesty.   APP endorsed Senator Jennifer Beck for reelection over Gopal.

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Posted: November 3rd, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Jennifer Beck, Long Branch, Monmouth County News, Vin Gopal | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments »

Police in standoff with man at Long Branch house

LONG BRANCH – A man has barricaded himself inside a house Wednesday morning in Long Branch, prompting a large police presence including members of the SWAT team. Police have blocked off a section of Ludlow Street. A woman who lives in the home said the man, who said he was homeless, showed up two days ago… Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: February 22nd, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Crime, Long Branch, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Police in standoff with man at Long Branch house

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

Reward raised to $30K for info in attack on Long Branch cop

assetcontent-63LONG BRANCH – The reward for information in the attack on a Long Branch police officer in September has been increased to $30,000 after nearly two months without an arrest in the case. Long Branch resident Vin Gopal announced Monday that he would commit an additional $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction… Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: November 15th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Long Branch, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Reward raised to $30K for info in attack on Long Branch cop

Brian Unger, Former Long Branch Councilman, Collected His Dead Wife’s Social Security Benefits

brian-ungerBrian Unger, a former Long Branch Councilman who during his colorful career in Monmouth County politics ran for Mayor of Long Branch, Freeholder and State Senate, admitted in U.S. District Court that he collected over $82,000 of Social Security benefits paid to his wife for four years after she died.

Unger was released on an unsecured bond of $50,000 after pleading guilty before U.S. District Judge Freda L. Wolfson in Trenton.  He faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced on January 18, 2017.

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Posted: October 13th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Long Branch, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Brian Unger, Former Long Branch Councilman, Collected His Dead Wife’s Social Security Benefits

N.J. police officer attacked, beaten unconscious

assetcontentLONG BRANCH – Authorities are offering a reward for information that leads to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for attacking and beating Long Branch police officer unconscious early Tuesday. A uniformed Long Branch Police Officer was assaulted around 2 a.m. and left unconscious in the area of Westwood and Bath avenues, according to… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: September 22nd, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Long Branch, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , | Comments Off on N.J. police officer attacked, beaten unconscious

Sheriff Golden Honored By Firefighters

13932691_1177533912288055_1331177746793331857_nMonmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden was honored as the 2016 Man of the Year by the  Long Branch Professional Firefighters Association – FMBA Local 68 last week at the union’s annual fundraising dinner at Rooney’s Oceanfront.

“I’m extremely honored and humbled by this distinction from FMBA Local #68 which represents the career firefighters and officers in the city of Long Branch. Their dedication to residents and contributions to public safety are to be commended,” said Golden. “Monmouth County’s firefighters, paid and volunteer are true heroes, who dedicate their lives day in and day out.”

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Posted: September 12th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Long Branch, Monmouth County Life, Monmouth County Sheriff's Office, Shaun Golden | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

Long Branch Man Pleads Guilty To 2013 Deadly Shooting

Dante Strong, top right. photo from Strong's facebook page

Dante Strong, top right. photo from Strong’s facebook page

Dante Strong, 21 of Long Branch, admitted yesterday to killing 23 year-old Adrian Anderson, also of Long Branch, during a September 21, 2013 incident on Liberty Street, according to a statement by Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christoper J. Gramiccioni.

Officers from the Long Branch Police Department were in the area of Central Avenue and Liberty Street in Long Branch around 2:29 a.m. on September 21, 2013, when they heard gunshots.  Officers responding to the sounds of gunfire and were flagged down by several people at 135 Liberty Street, where they found the victim on the front porch, unconscious and bleeding from several gunshot wounds.  The victim was taken to Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune Township, where he was pronounced dead at 5:22 a.m., despite the efforts made to save his life by medical personnel.

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Posted: June 10th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Long Branch, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , | 2 Comments »

Kushner, Pier Village restaurateurs locked in lease dispute

assetContent (12)LONG BRANCH — The new owners of Pier Village in Long Branch are seeking to evict the owners of two restaurants in a lease dispute that calls into question plans for the future of the city’s oceanfront retail area. In response to the eviction attempt by Kushner Companies, businessmen Daniel Pinheiro and Michael Keating have gone… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 9th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Long Branch, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments »

Long Branch Council proposing to double weekday parking fees

assetContent (83)LONG BRANCH — The Long Branch City Council has proposed increasing the parking fees at meters in Pier Village. The ordinance setting the new fees calls for an increase from $1 an hour on weekdays to $2 per hour. The fee would be $3 per hour on weekends and holidays. To accommodate beachgoers, though, the council… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 27th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Long Branch, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , | 3 Comments »