‘Fallen heroes’ honored at N.J. law enforcement memorial service

assetContentNEPTUNE – Members of law enforcement from across the state gathered Tuesday at The Great Auditorium to honor and remember five officers who died in the line of duty over the past year. During the ceremony, acting state Attorney General John Jay Hoffman said that while his heart was heavy with the loss of the officers,… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 19th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Law Enforcement, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, Ocean Grove, Police | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Sheridans offer $250K reward in parents’ death, would oppose Christie nominee for prosecutor

sheridanmarkMONTGOMERY — The four sons of John and Joyce Sheridan are offering a $250,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of a suspect in their parents’ deaths. That’s despite the fact that authorities have already finished a six-month investigation into the Sept. 28 deaths of Cooper Hospital CEO and John Sheridan, 72,… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: April 14th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off

Popular Pt. Pleasant Beach Bar Fined $500K, Suspended for 30 Days For Over-Serving Patron Killed in 2013 Crash

Photo via tikibar.com

Photo via tikibar.com

Martell’s Tiki Bar, the popular Pt. Pleasant Beach adult playground, was fined $500,000 and will have its license to serve alcohol suspended for thirty days this fall for over-serving vodka to a female patron who caused a car crash in Old Bridge that killed her and severely injured another woman, according to a settlement with the Division of Alcohol Beverage Control announced by Acting Attorney General John Hoffman.

Ashley Sara Chieco of Wood-Ridge, then 26 years old, drank vodka at Martell’s from 11:07 am on August 16, 2013 until an hour or so before the 6 pm accident in which she was driving the wrong way on Route 18. Chieco was killed and Dana Corrar, then 55, of Old Bridge was severely injured.  Chieco left Martell’s in an SUV that did not belong to her, but looked similar to her own vehicle.  Her blood alcohol level when she died was .189, more than double the legal limit of .08, according a NJ.com report of incident.

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Posted: April 9th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: ABC, Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control, Mike Halfacre | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off

N.J. printing company duped in drug ring banned from producing prescription pads


TRENTON — A Middletown doctor who got busted for driving drunk three times last year agreed to accept a temporary suspension of his medical license. But that didn’t stop him from writing prescriptions, authorities say. The suspended doctor, Kenneth Lewandowski, duped a printing company that produces prescription pads by calling in two big orders last fall… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: April 8th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off

Death in the water tank: nightmarish case remains unsolved 10 years later

assetContent (42)It was ink-black in the vast underground water tank. And biting cold. The only escape, a panel in the ceiling, loomed 5 feet above the water level, far too high to reach. Worse, there was no ladder. In that frigid subterranean cavern at the Passaic Valley Water Commission in Totowa, Geetha Angara — scientist, wife and… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: February 9th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Crime, Joe Kyrillos, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off

Kyrillos and Lesniak Fast Track Sports Betting Legislation

Sen. Joe Kyrillos

Sen. Joe Kyrillos

Senators Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) and Ray Lesniak have teamed up to sponsor legislation that will counter the professional sports leagues latest attempts to block sports betting in New Jersey.

The bill, which will be introduced during the Senate’s next session, would explicitly abolish language in state law that prohibits sports betting, a move that would reinforce the state attorney general’s effort to lift the injunction preventing the state from moving forward on plans to allow casinos and racetracks to accept wagers on sporting events. The measure would also prohibit the transport of sports-betting equipment across state lines and set an age requirement of 21 years old.

Last month acting Attorney General John Hoffman issued a directive that instructed law enforcement not to prosecute sports betting at racetracks and casinos.  The Christie Administration asked U. S. District Judge Michael Shipp to rule that New Jersey is not violating federal law by decriminalizing sports betting  and allowing private entities to operate and regulate the betting.

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Posted: October 1st, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Atlantic City, Horse Racing Industry, New Jersey, News, Sport Betting | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off

ABC charges two Jersey Shore establishments with liquor law violations

Drinking_teenagers_1107904cTrenton- Alcohol Beverage Control Director Michael Halfacre announced charges against two Jersey Shore area drinking establishments today.

Forked River House of Lacey Township is charged with serving alcohol to actually or apparently intoxicated individuals on six occasions between August of 2012 and March of 2013.  In each occasion, the patrons were arrested for driving while intoxicated after leaving the establishment.  Their blood alcohol concentration ranged from .15% to .21%.    In New Jersey, a person is guilty of drunk driving if their blood alcohol concentration is .08% or greater.

Porta, the Asbury Park pizza restaurant is charged with serving alcohol to two underage women during the summer of 2012.  Undercover investigators arrested two 20 year old women for underage drinking on June 9, 2012.  A month later investigators arrested a third 20 woman for underage drinking at Porta.

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Posted: July 3rd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: ABC, Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control | Tags: , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Attorney General to State Police: Stop photographing protesters at Chris Christie town halls

Attorney General to State Police: Stop photographing protesters at Chris Christie town halls (via NJ.com)

TRENTON — The acting state attorney general and the State Police superintendent today ordered the State Police to stop photographing protesters at Gov. Chris Christie’s town hall meetings “for security or any other purposes.” The order came the…

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Posted: March 19th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Christie Administration, NJ State Police | Tags: , | 3 Comments »