Asbury Park Man, Ocean Grove Woman, Indicted For Animal Cruelty

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Andre P. Parker, 31, of Sunset Avenue in Asbury Park, and Tara R. Robinson, 43, of Lawrence Avenue in the Ocean Grove section of Neptune Township, were indicted with multiple counts of animal cruelty and related charges by a Monmouth County Grand Jury today, according to an announcement by Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

The indictment is the result of a joint investigation by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, Monmouth County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MCSPCA), Asbury Park and Neptune Township police departments.

The investigation revealed that in January and February of this year, Parker caused a one- to two-year-old pit bull mix, known as Destiny, to become severely abused. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: August 21st, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Asbury Park Fire Displaces Family of Five, Help Them Get On Their Feet

Sherrice Lyles and her children

A fire in Asbury Park yesterday has left a single mother and her four children, ages 2 through 11 without a suitable place to live.

Sherrice Lyles was sitting on the porch of the Prospect Ave home she moved into just last week yesterday afternoon when she smelled smoke and heard the alarms go off inside her home. She entered the house and saw flames in her son’s room and attempted to put out the blaze with a fire extinguisher.

The Asbury Park Fire Department arrived shortly after the 4:25 p.m. call, according to Asbury Park Sun.

The blaze was extinguished quickly and there were no injuries.

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Posted: August 10th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Asbury Park, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , | 2 Comments »

OpEd: Asbury Park’s New Charter School and Religious Funding

By Tommy DeSeno

“College Achieve” charter school is trying to open in Asbury Park. It’s operated by Mike Piscal, who is known in the education field for making charter schools in California go broke, for having lax policy on sexual harassment and choosing spokespeople the likes of Bill Cosby. After California he spent two years in Las Vegas, then recently had a failed attempt to open a charter school in Brooklyn.

Having come back home to New Jersey, he incorporated “College Achieve” charter school with no assets other than the $75.00 filing fee, with an address at his father’s house in Toms River.

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Posted: August 10th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Asbury Park, Education, Marriage Equality, Opinion, Tommy DeSeno | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments »

By Popular Demand—the Garden State Film Festival will return to Asbury Park

The Garden State Film Festival announced today that it will return to its original home in Asbury Park for its “Sweet 16” anniversary after a four year hiatus in Atlantic City.

“We are coming back largely due to the popular and steady demand of our legions of fans,” said GSFF Board Chairman Nicholas J. Falcone While many factors played a role in our decision to return to our original home, we had to listen to them. This move is in no way is a statement about our four-years in Atlantic City, where we were given an incredible reception and great cooperation.”

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Posted: June 28th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Asbury Park, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , | Comments Off on By Popular Demand—the Garden State Film Festival will return to Asbury Park

Terrance Weldon, former Ocean Twp Mayor and Asbury Park City Manager Died Today

Terrance D. Weldon, 1948-2017

Terrance Weldon, the former Ocean Township Mayor and Asbury Park city manager who was a central figure in the Operation Bid Rig scandal, died today at Jersey Shore Medical Center, Neptune, according to an entry on the website of the Buckley Funeral Home.  Weldon was 68 years old.

On October 10, 2002, Weldon pleaded guilty to federal charges of accepting $60,000 in bribes from three developers between 1998 and 2001.  He remained out of prison until January of 2008 while he cooperated with U.S. Attorney Chris Christie’s Operation Bid Rig into public corruption in Monmouth County.  His cooperation led to the convictions of Howard Schoor, the principle of the Schoor DePalma engineering firm, and three other guilty pleas.

U.S. District Judge William H. Walls rejected pleas for leniency by both the U.S Attorney’s Office and Weldon’s attorney when sentencing Weldon to 58 months in federal prison and a $20,000 fine on August 27, 2007. New Jersey officials stripped Weldon of his $20,000 per year public pension in February of 2008.

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Posted: March 23rd, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , | 19 Comments »

Asbury Park Police seek public’s help in locating 13 year old runaway girl

The Asbury Park Police Department and the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office are seeking the public’s help in locating Gina Perrilla, a 13 year old girl who ran away from Child Protection and Permanancy (CP&P, formerly DYFS).

Perrilla is hispanic, 13 years of age, 5’5″, approx 190 to 200 lbs with long curly hair. She is known to frequent Asbury Park. She also claims to be a member of the bloods street gang.

Anyone who sees or comes in contact with her is advised to contact the Asbury Park Police Department at (732)774-1300 or the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office at (732)431-7160

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Posted: February 28th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Asbury Park, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Asbury Park Police seek public’s help in locating 13 year old runaway girl

Missing Asbury Park Girl Returns Home Safely

America Rice aka Serenity, the 14 year old girl who yesterday was reported missing since Sunday, February, 19, has returned home safely, according to a report in The Asbury Park Press.

Police said that Serenity returned home safely on Wednesday evening.

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Posted: February 23rd, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Asbury Park, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Missing Asbury Park Girl Returns Home Safely

14 year old Asbury Park girl is missing

The Asbury Park Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a 14 year old city girl who was last seen on Sunday, February 19th.

America Rice aka Serenity, is African American, 5’2″, 145 lbs with brown eyes, red/auburn hair, light brown complexion.

Anyone with information about Serenity’s whereabouts is asked to call Detective April Bird at 732-774-1300.

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Posted: February 22nd, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Asbury Park, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on 14 year old Asbury Park girl is missing

Asbury Park Attorney Indicted For Theft Of Over $70K

soprano_state_high_res_artWilliam Gallagher, 70, of Memorial Drive in Asbury Park, was indicted by a Monmouth County Grand Jury for Theft of second degree Failure to Make Require Disposition and third degree Misapplication of Entrusted Funds, according to an announcement by Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

Gallagher, an attorney since 1968, was the long term Borough Attorney of Lake Como until he was was suspended from practicing law in New Jersey in January of 2015. His indictment follows a 19 month investigation that found he stole from three clients in 2013 and 2014 by transferring the proceeds of civil settlements into his own account and not paying his clients the settlements they were due.  He is charged with stealing $71,615.69.

The investigation was sparked by a complaint from a victim who did not receive $23,037.35 she was owed from a civil settlement related to a premises liability action.

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Posted: December 20th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Asbury Park Attorney Indicted For Theft Of Over $70K

Man shot to death in Asbury Park

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ASBURY PARK — Authorities on Saturday asked for information from the public as they investigate the shooting death of a 32-year-old man found lying on an Asbury Park street. Police responded to a 9-1-1 call around 8 p.m. Friday and found Dexter Dunston wounded by gunfire on 3rd Avenue, between Main and Bond streets, according to… Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: December 4th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Man shot to death in Asbury Park