Hit and Run Driver Pleads Not Guilty To Killing 15 year Old Atlantic Highlands Girl

Toni Ann Marletta

Toni Ann Marletta in Judge Ronald Reisner’s Court Room, June 20, 2016

Toni Ann Marletta, the 50 year old Leonardo woman accused of killing Marissa Procopio, 15, of Atlantic Highlands, in a hit and run incident on Rt 36 last July, pleaded not guilty to Knowingly Leaving the Scene of a Motor Vehicle Accident which resulted in a death, a Second Degree Crime, two counts of Third Degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child and one count of second degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child this morning during her arraignment in Judge Ronal Reisner’s Courtroom in Freehold.

Assistant Monmouth County Prosecutor Meghan Doyle told Judge Reisner that the State has offered Marletta a plea deal which carries a 7 year sentence in state prison. Marletta has until September 6, the date of the next case conference, to accept that deal.

Peter M. O’Hara, Esq, Marletta’s defense attorney, said that he would be filing a motion to suppress some the the evidence against his client.

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Posted: June 20th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Big Fat Greek Fest in Atlantic Highlands

imjTown and Surf Diner and our sponsor Atlantic Cinemas are teaming up this weekend for two nights of Greek dancing, Greek food and the newly released My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 on First Avenue in beautiful downtown Atlantic Highlands.

Town and Surf’s will have an all Greek menu from 5-11 on Friday and Saturday nights.

The Hellenic Dancers of New Jersey will perform immediately after the 7 p .m. and 10 p.m. shows of My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 at the theater.

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Posted: March 24th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Atlantic Highlands, Monmouth County News, Things to do in Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Big Fat Greek Fest in Atlantic Highlands

New seats at Atlantic Cinemas

Atlantic Cinemas owner tests his new seats.

Atlantic Cinemas owner Fred Rast tests his new seats.

Atlantic Cinemas, our sponsor on 1st Ave in Atlantic Highlands, completed a major step in their ongoing modernization with the installation new wider seats with thicker cushions in Cinema 3 this week.

Those coming out to see Zootopia and London Has Fallen in Atlantic Highlands this week will be the first to enjoy the higher seat backs and movable armrests.

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Posted: March 5th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Highlands Man Tasered and Arrested After Eluding Cops for 12 hours After Routine Traffic Stop

Jeffrey Olander.  photo via facebook

Jeffrey Olander. photo via facebook

Jeffrey Olander, 51 of Highlands, fled from two traffic stops on Thrusday afternoon, eluded the Atlantic Highlands, Highlands and Middletown Police Departments for 12 hours and threatened to shoot Highlands Police Officers before he was tasered and arrested in the hallway outside his apartment on the fourteenth floor of the East Pointe Condominiums shortly before 4 a.m. Friday morning, according to a statement by Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramicconi.

Members of the Monmouth County Emergency Response Team (MOCERT) and the Highlands Police Department made the arrest.

This was the first time a Monmouth County law enforcement officer has deployed a Conductive Energy Device (commonly called taser) to subdue a suspect since the tool was first authorized for use in New Jersey.

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Posted: February 12th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, Monmouth County Prosecutor | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Highlands Man Tasered and Arrested After Eluding Cops for 12 hours After Routine Traffic Stop

The Force Awakens in Atlantic Highlands

Atl_Cinemas Wk_43 STAR WARS (DEC 18th)If you’re like me… you have to see the movie but don’t like crowded malls, head over to our sponsor, Atlantic Cinemas, on 1st Ave. in Atlantic Highlands where Star Wars: The Force Awakens is playing, starting Friday afternoon.

Showtimes this weekend are Fri: 4:00, 7:00, 9:45;

Sat: 1:15, 4:00, 7:00, 9:45 and Sun: 1:15, 4:00, 7:00.

3D: Fri: 6:30, 9:15; Sat:1:00, 3:45, 6:30, 9:15; Sun: 1:00, 4:15, 7:00

See the trailer below the fold:

 

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Posted: December 17th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Atlantic Highlands, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »

Expected Pot Delivery Turns Into Armed Robbery In Atlantic Highlands

assetContentTwo Atlantic Highlands residents were surprised on Thursday when the the guys they ordered marijuana from pulled a gun and pepper spray, robbed them of $265 and fled the scene.

The victims, who were not named in Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni’s press release, called the Atlantic Highlands Police Department.   The Sea Bright Police Department spotted the robber’s vehicle on Ocean Avenue a short while later and followed the perps into Rumson. The Atlantic Highlands PD arrested the men in Rumson.

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Posted: December 12th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Expected Pot Delivery Turns Into Armed Robbery In Atlantic Highlands

Democrats Sweep in Atlantic Highlands

Mayor Fred Rast

Mayor Fred Rast

With all districts reporting in Atlantic Highlands, Democrat Rhonda LeGrice has defeated Republican Councilman Jack Archibald for Mayor, 847 to 559, a 60-40 margin. Archibald only received  233 votes more today than he received in the Republican Primary last June when he defeated fellow Councilman Lou Fligor.

The Democrats also retained the two Council seats they were defending. Incumbent Democrat Roy Dellosso, 916 votes and newcomer Charles Lero, 848 votes, defeated Republicans Jim Krauss, 513 votes and France Karras 489 votes.

Mayor Fred Rast, a Republican endorsed the Democratic slate in a letter than he sent to all voters, at his own expense, late last week.  In his letter, Rast listed a litany of complaints about Archibald and GOP Municipal Chairwoman Jane Frotton. Additionally, he said that during his eight years as mayor, he lead the governing body with a bi-partisan coalition of Fligor, Dellosso, Republican Jacob Hoffman and Democrat Robert Sutton.

Archibald and Republican Peter Doyle have been a functional minority on the Council.  A fact that Archibald confirm during the primary campaign.

Rast had endorsed Fligor in the Republican Primary.

Posted: November 3rd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: 2015 Elections | Tags: , | Comments Off on Democrats Sweep in Atlantic Highlands

Police investigate report of barricaded subject inside Atlantic Highlands condo

assetContentATLANTIC HIGHLANDS — Authorities investigated a reported barricaded subject inside a residence on King James Lane Tuesday night, police said. Chief Jerry Vasto said police responded to the residence after receiving a report of a possible barricaded subject with a weapon. Police had the entrance to King James Court condominium complex closed off for several hours… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: September 16th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Atlantic Highlands, Monmouth County News, Monmouth County Prosecutor | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Police investigate report of barricaded subject inside Atlantic Highlands condo

Hit And Run Driver Marletta Released On Bail

Toni Marletta photo via facebook

Toni Marletta
photo via facebook

Toni Ann Marletta, the 49 year old Leonardo woman charged in the July 8th hit and run incident which resulted in the death of Marissa Procopio, a 15 year old girl from Atlantic Highlands, was released from the Monmouth County Correctional Institution on Tuesday August 4 after posting $15,000, or 10% of her $150,000 bail.

Marletta was arrested on July 15 and charged with Leaving the Scene of a Motor Vehicle Accident, Failing to Report a Motor Vehicle Accident, No Insurance, Unsafe Tires and Leaving the Scene of a Fatal Motor Vehicle Accident. Her bail was set at $150,000.00 with no 10% option set by Judge Honora O’Brien-Kilgallen of the Monmouth County Superior Court.

Marletta’s bail was modified to allow a 10% option by Judge Francis Vernoia on July 23.  She posted $15,000 on August 4th and was released from custody.

Marletta’s trial date will be set after she is indicted by a Grand Jury.

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Posted: August 6th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County Court, Monmouth County Life | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Hit And Run Driver Marletta Released On Bail

Hit and Run Driver Arrested

Toni Marletta photo via facebook

Toni Marletta
photo via facebook

Middletown Police have charged Toni Ann Marletta, 49 of the Leonardo section of the Township, in the hit and run motor vehicle crash that resulted in the death in Marissa Procopia, 15 of Atlantic Highlands.

Marletta was charged with Leaving the Scene of a Motor Vehicle Accident, Failing to Report a Motor Vehicle Accident, No Insurance, Unsafe Tires and Leaving the Scene of a Fatal Motor Vehicle Accident. She is being held on $150,000.00 bail with no 10% option set by Judge Honora O’Brien-Kilgallen of the Monmouth County Superior Court.

Marletta is not listed yet as an inmate on the Monmouth County Sheriff’s website, as of 1 p.m.

Charles Webster, spokesperson for the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, told MMM that Marletta was being held in Middletown where she was unable to post bail.  Webster said she in custody and being transported to the Monmouth County Correctional Institution.

Cynthia Scott, spokesperson for the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office, told MMM that Marletta was booked into the Correctional Institution at about 1:30 p.m.

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Posted: July 15th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Atlantic Highlands, Middletown, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments »