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 »
West Trenton, N.J. – Detectives from the New Jersey State Police and Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office are hopeful a composite sketch of a full-term, newborn infant, whose remains were discovered among trash at a recycling center in Farmingdale, Monmouth County, will help identify her mother.
The baby, who was named Emma Grace by the Ardena Baptist Church in Howell, N.J., was 21.5 inches, 7 pounds, and five ounces, when she was discovered more than five months ago by an employee of the ReCommunity Recycling facility on Railroad Avenue, in Farmingdale, N.J. The baby’s remains have been released to the church, which will hold a funeral for her on Saturday, April 18, 2015, at 3:30 p.m.
The headless body of Emma Grace was discovered at approximately 1:30 p.m., on Tuesday, November 11, 2014, prompting an exhaustive search of the surrounding trash. Investigators uncovered the infant’s head, two blood-stained blouses, and a bag from a retail store area in Orange, N.J. The old blouses had no tags, but their size could be characterized as petite to medium. Both the clothing and the bag are believed to be connected with the mother of the infant.
(FREEHOLD) Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni is asking residents to remain on guard for three common phone scams that continue to work their way across the country and within Monmouth County.
“The criminals associated with telephone and online scams are getting more sophisticated and approach consumers with enough legitimate-sounding information to seem credible, even to a savvy consumer. It’s important for the public to be aware of these newest ploys so that they can be on guard to protect their identity and their bank accounts,” Gramiccioni said.
It is tax season and one of the most common scams involves a caller posing as an Internal Revenue Service agent claiming that back taxes are owed. If you are concerned you may owe the IRS back taxes, never provide any information to anyone over the phone. First, call the IRS directly at 1-800-829-1040 to ask about your current tax status. The IRS will send you a letter in the mail, if you owe back taxes. They never make cold calls, and certainly never demand cash or threaten immediate police actions.
FREEHOLD – A 43-year-old Hazlet home improvement contractor was indicted by a Monmouth County grand jury Monday for theft after he allegedly took $120,000 from a Hurricane Sandy victim and then failed to begin the work, the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office said. Edward Capriani, 43, of Line Road in Hazlet, was arrested in December after an… Read the rest of this entry »
FREEHOLD – A pair of Monmouth County Highway Division employees have been arrested and charged with various drug-related offenses, acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni announced Friday. Following a two-month investigation by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Strike Force into illegal drug activity at the county public works complex on Center Street, authorities executed a… 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 »