Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty and Former Mayor Ken Pringle
Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty said, “Ken Pringle is like a jaded ex-girlfriend who won’t go away.”
Ken Pringle, who was mayor of the oceanfront borough for 20 years before Doherty took over in 2011, isn’t sure how many times he’s sued Doherty and the borough since he left office. “Four or five, I’m not sure.”
Both Doherty and Pringle, who served together for four years, are Democrats. Doherty was a councilman during Pringle’s last term as mayor.
At issue is the beachfront and money.
Pringle contends that Doherty and the Council are using the Beach Utility Fund to subsidize borough operations and to keep property taxes artificially low, in violation of the Public Trust Doctrine. Doherty says that while Pringle was mayor Belmar’s property taxpayers subsidized the beach and that Pringle raised taxes 14 years in a row. Doherty has not increased Belmar’s taxes since becoming mayor, keeping the borough’s spending flat at 2010 levels.
Two Neptune Township men arrested last week after a month-long investigation revealed they were in possession of 600 decks of heroin ready for sale and three guns; a AR-15 assault rifle, a defaced 9mm handgun and a .40-caliber handgun have been released after posting bail, according to a statement by Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.
Kahil Aziz, 25, already a convicted felon, was released after posting $235,000 bail as set by Neptune Township Municipal Court Judge Robin Wernik. Joel Jones, 30, was released after posting $200,000 bail as set by Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Honora O’Brien Kilgallen. No 10% bail option was available to either defendant.
Mario Coniglione, 51, of the Tottenville section of Staten Island, NY was sentenced to seven years in New Jersey State Prison today for stealing more than $187,000 in mortgage payments from two New Jersey couples, according to a statement by Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni.
Posing as a mortgage broker, Coniglione pocketed over $100,000 from a Freehold couple and $75,000 from a Jackson couple over a 33 month period in 2010 through August of 2013 when he was arrested. He pleaded guilty to two counts of second degree theft in December. In addition to the 7 year sentence, Judge Anthony J. Mellaci, Jr ordered that Coniglione pay restitution of $187,562.40 to the victims.
FREEHOLD — A Toms River woman was convicted Friday afternoon of causing the death of a 14-month-old boy she was babysitting. Michelle Heale, 46, was acquitted of murder but convicted of aggravated manslaughter and child endangerment in the Aug. 28, 2012, death of Mason Hess. In the monthlong trial in Superior Court in Freehold, prosecutors contended… Read the rest of this entry »
FREEHOLD – The Toms River babysitter accused of shaking a 14-month-old boy to death chronicled for a Monmouth County jury on Tuesday how the child went from being ready for a nap to “completely limp” and struggling to breathe. Michelle Heale, 46, of Toms River, told the jury that 14-month-old Mason Hess was showing signs of… Read the rest of this entry »
FREEHOLD – Instead of retiring to Florida, former Wall Township Public Schools Superintendent James Habel will be heading to a New Jersey State Prison. Habel, 58, was found guilty by a Monmouth County jury on Tuesday afternoon of one charge of official misconduct and multiple counts of falsifying or tampering with records. The official misconduct charge… Read the rest of this entry »
FREEHOLD — On Aug. 28, 2012, Toms River resident Michelle Heale was trusted to babysit 14-month-old Mason Hess, as she did a few times a week. Today, jury selection is expected to begin in the trial to determine if Heale murdered Mason Hess through “vigorous and sustained shaking.” Heale called 9-1-1 at approximately 2 p.m. on… Read the rest of this entry »
FREEHOLD – After nine weeks of legal proceedings, the prosecution and defense in the trial of former Wall Township public schools Superintendent James Habel each delivered their closing arguments Wednesday. Habel, 58, was indicted in June 2013 on several charges, including second-degree official misconduct, theft by deception, financial facilitation of criminal activity, theft by failure to… Read the rest of this entry »
NJ Democratic State Committee Chairman John Currie, right and Vice Chair Lizette Delgado-Palanco
The New Jersey Democratic State Committee and five Belmar residents have filed suit in Monmouth County Superior Court alleging that the Republican candidates for Mayor and Council in last year’s municipal election, as well as four of their supporters, also Belmar residents, participated in a voter suppression scheme designed to disenfranchise vote by mail voters who delivered their ballots to Freehold via messenger.
The suit, filed as amended on February 3, also alleges that Monmouth County Superintendent of Elections Hedra Siskel instructed and/or advised two of the Belmar defendants, Joy and Carmine DeSanctis to alter, amend or modify their sworn affidavits challenging the mail in ballots. Siskel is not a defendant in the suit.
FREEHOLD – A Long Branch man was released from jail Monday, days after a jury acquitted him in the 2011 killing of an Asbury Park man. Joshua Simmons, 27, was acquitted Friday of felony murder, armed robbery, possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, according to his attorney Carlos Diaz-Cobo.… Read the rest of this entry »