Fate of former Wall schools boss heads to jury

assetContentFREEHOLD – 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 »

Posted: March 4th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Crime, Crime and Punishment, Education, Monmouth County, Monmouth County Court, Monmouth County Prosecutor, Wall Township | Tags: , , , , , | 3 Comments »

Big trouble for Little Tots owner

monmouth-county-prosecutors-office-sealThe owner of an Asbury Park daycare center funded by a contract with the city’s Board of Education told the board they hired a janitor for $40,000 but hired an undocumented worker who she paid ‘under the table’ instead, according to a nine count indictment returned by a Monmouth County Grand Jury.

Sylvia Brodrick, 59, of the Oakhurst section of Ocean Township, is the was arrested Tuesday and charged with two counts each of third degree Theft by Deception, third degree Tampering with Public Records, second degree Making False Representations in Payment Claims on a Government Contract, second degree False Material Representation in Connection with Performance of a Government Contract, and one count of third degree Identity Theft. After surrendering to authorities Tuesday morning, Broderick was released by Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Anthony J. Mellaci, Jr., J.S.C. pending a future court date, according to a statement by Acting Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni.

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Posted: February 25th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Asbury Park, Crime, Crime and Punishment, Monmouth County, Monmouth County Prosecutor, News | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

Youth Detention Guard, his wife and one other busted in Workers Comp scheme

Donna Marter. Photo via facebook

Donna Marter. Photo via facebook

Ricky Marter, 51, his wife Donna Marter, 48, both of Tennent Road in Manalapan and Christine Bradach, 45, of  Freehold Township, were arrested this week following their indictments on Monday on insurance fraud charges, according to a statement issued by Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

Ricky Marter was employed by the County of Monmouth as a supervising detention officer at the Monmouth County Youth Detention Center (YDC) in January 2010 when he claims to have slipped on water on the floor of the detention center – hitting his head and elbow as he fell. As a result of the slip-and-fall, Ricky Marter filed for workers’ compensation benefits and subsequently filed for an accidental disability pension with the State of New Jersey, claiming permanent and total disability as a result of his fall.

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Posted: January 29th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Crime, Crime and Punishment, Freehold, Manalapan, Monmouth County, Monmouth County Correctional Institution, Monmouth County Prosecutor | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off

Howell man indicted for kiddie porn, sexual assault on a child

Kevin Motyka. photo via facebook

Kevin Motyka. photo via facebook

Kevin Motyka, 23, of Howell Township, was indicted on Friday by a Monmouth County grand jury, according to Acting Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

The 17 count indictment charges Motyka with 2 counts of first degree Aggravated Sexual Assault, 7 counts of second degree Sexual Assault, 5 counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child involving the manufacture and distribution of child pornography; as well as permitting a child to engage in child pornography. Motyka is also charged with  2 counts of third degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child involving sexual conduct and the possession of more than 100 items of child pornography, as well as a lone count of fourth degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child related to possession of child pornography.

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Posted: January 27th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Howell, Monmouth County, Monmouth County Correctional Institution, Monmouth County Prosecutor | Tags: , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Trial begins for former Wall Twp. schools boss charged with official misconduct, theft

The trial in the case against former Wall Township schools superintendent James Habel, who is charged with official misconduct and other offenses, began on Tuesday morning with the prosecution and defense delivering their opening arguments.

The trial in the case against former Wall Township schools superintendent James Habel, who is charged with official misconduct and other offenses, began on Tuesday morning with the prosecution and defense delivering their opening arguments.

FREEHOLD – The trial in the case against former Wall Township schools superintendent James Habel, who is charged with official misconduct, theft and other offenses, began on Tuesday morning with the prosecution and defense delivering their opening arguments. Habel, 58, was indicted in June 2013 on charges of second-degree official misconduct, second-degree theft by deception, two… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: January 14th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Crime, Crime and Punishment, Monmouth County, Monmouth County Court, Monmouth County Prosecutor, New Jersey, Wall Township | Tags: , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Howell man gets 4 years in prison after crash that killed friend

assetContentFREEHOLD – Jacob Cannizzaro could not hide his emotions, his grief or his remorse as he stood in front of his family and the family of his friend Mark Chilton on Friday afternoon. On June 14, 2013, Cannizzaro lost control of the 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt he was driving on Fort Plains Road in Howell Township. The… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: January 10th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Crime, Crime and Punishment, Howell, Monmouth County, Monmouth County Prosecutor | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

Arrest made in Asbury Park Murder

Tyreek Williams. Photo via facebook

Tyreek Williams. Photo via facebook

Tyreek Williams, 24, of Asbury Park, was arrested today for the stabbing death of 19 year old Prize R. Johnson, according to a statement by Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni.

Williams was charged with first degree Murder, third degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose and fourth degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon.  He is being held in the Monmouth County Correctional Institution on $1,022,500 bail with no 10% option as set by Superior Court Judge  Honora O’Brien Kilgallen.

Asbury Park police responded to a 911 call around 9:58 p.m. on Monday Jan. 5, 2015, reporting a person had been stabbed on Ridge Avenue before arriving at the apartment.  Johnson was found inside Building 1, Apartment 53, at the Washington Village apartments, 1259 Washington Avenue, where he died from his injuries and was pronounced dead at 10:29 p.m.

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Posted: January 8th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Asbury Park, Crime, Crime and Punishment, Monmouth County Prosecutor | Tags: , , , , , | 23 Comments »

Children of Hazlet mom killed in apparent murder-suicide deserve ‘better future,’ aunt says

assetContent (12)HAZLET — The sister of a Hazlet mother killed in an apparent murder-suicide has set up an online account to raise money for the woman’s two young children. Lisa Dreissig established the gofundme account on Tuesday to serve as a college fund for her sister Christine Dzienisiewski’s son and daughter. “Our family is filled with grief,… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: January 1st, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Crime, Hazlet, Monmouth County, Monmouth County Prosecutor | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

Authorities identify Hazlet husband, wife found dead in apparent murder-suicide

 2452A34E00000578-0-_Murder_suicide_-a-36_1419915589961HAZLET – Authorities on Monday identified the couple who were found dead in an apparent murder-suicide at their township home. Christine Dzienisiewski, 37, was killed, while it appeared her husband, 37-year-old Richard Dzienisiewski, died from self-inflicted wounds, said Thomas Huth, director of the major crimes bureau at the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office. First Assistant Prosecutor Marc…
Posted: December 29th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Crime, Hazlet, Monmouth County, Monmouth County Prosecutor | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

Disbarred West Long Branch Attorney Gets Seven Years For Diverting Trust Funds

Eugene LaVergne

Eugene LaVergne

A disbarred West Long Branch attorney who was also an Independent candidate for U.S. Senate last month was sentenced to seven years in prison today following his conviction earlier this year on charges of withdrawing funds for personal use from a Court ordered a escrow account and for Contempt of Court, according to Acting Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

Eugene M. LaVergne, 50, was disbarred in November of 2012.  He was convicted in October of second-degree Misapplication of Entrusted Funds and fourth-degree Contempt of Court.

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Posted: December 22nd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: 2014 U.S. Senate race, Crime, Crime and Punishment, Monmouth County, Monmouth County Prosecutor | Tags: , , , , | 2 Comments »