Exclusive: Andrew Lucas’s Sentencing Postponed Till March

By Jeremy Baratta

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Andrew Lucas

Former Manalapan Township Mayor Andrew Lucas told More Monmouth Musings that his sentencing in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, originally scheduled for Tuesday, January 20, has been postponed until March.

Matthew Reilly, Deputy Public Affairs Officer for U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman’s Office, told MMM that Lucas’s sentencing is scheduled for March 25th.

During a telephone interview today, Lucas stated that the reason for the rescheduling is that the United States Probation Office has not prepared his Pre-sentence Investigation Report – which is a detailed account of the defendant’s history and convictions and is used by judges during sentencing.

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Posted: January 14th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Andrew Lucas, Crime, Crime and Punishment, Manalapan, Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments »

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 »

Man accused of threatening to kill Neptune police officer

assetContent (16)NEPTUNE – An Asbury Park man was arrested on New Year’s Day after he allegedly threatened to kill a township police officer, according to court documents. Ameer Washington, 24, told an officer, “I’ll Pat King a hundred cops. I’ll catch you sitting in the car at Alpha’s,” according to a criminal complaint. Pat King was a… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: January 5th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Crime, Monmouth County, Neptune Township | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off

Man tried to remove air conditioner to break into Ocean Township apartment, police say

Maybe it’s not so bad to still have your air conditioners in your windows

assetContent (1)OCEAN TOWNSHIP —A Toms River man tried to remove an air conditioner from the window of an Ocean Township apartment he was trying to burglarize, but his plans were foiled when he fell two stories, police said on Friday. Jamaar Jefferson, 23, was charged with attempted burglary after police determined he tried to break into an… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: January 3rd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Crime, Crime and Punishment, Monmouth County, Ocean Township | 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

Two found dead in Hazlet, authorities say

assetContent (1)HAZLET – Two people were found dead in a township home Saturday night and one of the deaths has been ruled a homicide, authorities said. Police responded to a Peter Place residence at 7:53 p.m. and found man and woman, both 37, dead, according to Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office spokesman Charles Webster. A medical examiner determined… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: December 29th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Crime, Hazlet, Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off

Colts Neck Teen Indicted in 2013 stabbing and carjacking

photo via facebook

photo via facebook

Brennan Doyle, 17 of Colts Neck, was indicted by a Monmouth County Grand Jury on 6 charges related to a July 2013 stabbing and carjacking in the Township.

Doyle will be tried as an adult on charges of first degree Carjacking; first degree Attempted Murder; third degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose; fourth degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon; third degree Hindering Apprehension of Oneself; and fourth degree Obstructing the Administration of Law according to a statement by Acting Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni.  His name was not previously released due to the juvenile confidentiality statute.

Doyle was released after posting $760,000 bail with no 10 percent option, as set by Monmouth County Superior Court Judge James J. McGann, J.S.C.  Judge McGann also ordered Doyle to have no victim contact and no return to scene on all charges.

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Posted: November 12th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Crime, Crime and Punishment, Monmouth County, Monmouth County Prosecutor | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off

Two Middletown Men Charged With Arson

Sean Powers  photo via facebook

Sean Powers photo via facebook

Sean Powers, a twenty-two year old Middletown volunteer firefighter has been charged with starting the fire that left him with critical burn injuries.  William Rohweder, 23 of Middletown was also charged with arson of an abandoned barn in a residential area.  The fire at 251 Monmouth Ave was reported to Middletown authorities on Saturday morning at 5:48 AM.  Powers’ address is 260 Monmouth Ave.

According to a statement from the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, both young men have been charged with one count of second degree Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated Arson, one count of second degree Aggravated Arson and one count of third degree Aggravated Assault.

Because of his status as a volunteer firefighter, Powers has also been charged with Official Misconduct, an offense that carries a maximum prison term of ten years and a minimum period of parole ineligibility of five years, upon conviction.

Powers is in critical but stable condition at The Burn Center at St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston.  Judge Honora O’Brien Kilgallen set Powers bail as R. O. R. (Released On Recognizance) so long as he remains in an in-patient. Upon his release from The Burn Center, his bail will be reviewed.

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Posted: October 10th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Crime, Crime and Punishment, Middletown, Monmouth County, Monmouth County Prosecutor, News | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments »

Beware of scammers claiming to be from the IRS

monmouth-county-prosecutors-office-sealPhone scammers are targeting local residents with aggressive phone calls claiming that they are from the IRS and threatening jail if the residents don’t pay immediately, according to a statement by the the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.

The callers take various approaches to extort money by either demanding that funds be paid immediately or in some cases saying that there is a refund due. Whichever tactic the caller uses, the objective is to trick unsuspecting resident to give over private information.

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Posted: September 17th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Crime, IRS, Monmouth County, Monmouth County Prosecutor | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

Arrest is made in Long Branch double murder

Cousin of elder victim is charged

Related: Suspect Checked In With Prosecutors One Week After The Murders

Brian R. Foster, a registered sex offender, was convicted of aggravated assault in 1996

Brian R. Foster, a registered sex offender, was convicted of aggravated assault in 1996

Brian Farmer, 58, of John St in Long Branch has been charged with the strangulation murders of his cousin, Joan Colbert and her 10 year old foster daughter Veronica Roach.  Farmer also faces child pornography charges in connection with the 10 year old girl, according to a statement by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.

The Prosecutor’s office has confirmed that the defendant is the the same Brain R.  Farmer, 58 of Long Branch, who is a registered sex offender convicted of aggravated assault in 1996.

A joint investigation by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and Long Branch Police Department was launched after Colbert and Roach were found in their first floor apartment at 61 Lippincott Ave. on August 1, 2014.  Long Branch police responded to the home around 5:22 p.m. following a report of suspicious circumstances at the address.

A 13-day investigation revealed Farmer was at the home on July 30, where he was discovered by Colbert taking pornographic photographs of the 10-year-old girl. A confrontation ensued ending with Farmer killing Colbert and the girl. Farmer then fled the scene of his crimes.

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Posted: August 14th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Long Branch, Monmouth County Prosecutor, News | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »