Christie signs law criminalizing dog fighting in N.J.

assetContentTRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie on Monday signed legislation making dog fighting a criminal offense and adding it to a list of crimes that can be prosecuted under the same laws used to target organized crime members. Under the bill ( S736), it is now illegal for anyone to keep or use a place for dog… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: August 11th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, New Jersey | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Christie signs law criminalizing dog fighting in N.J.

Long Branch Drug Dealer Gets 50 years

Anthony-Nygee-StevensonAnthony “Nygee” Stevenson, a 48 year old Long Branch restaurateur , was sentenced to 50 years in state prison today by Monmouth County Superior Court Judge John T. Mullaney, Jr, according to a statement by Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christoper J. Gramiccioni.

Stevenson was convicted by a Monmouth County Jury in May on 91 counts of selling drugs and guns out of his Long Branch restaurant,  Christabell’s American Soul Food Restaurant.  He has been incarcerated at the Monmouth County Correction Insitution since his August 1, 2011 arrest, according to the Sheriff’s Office website.  He will be eligible for parole in 26 years.

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Posted: July 30th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Crime, Crime and Punishment, Long Branch, Monmouth County Correctional Institution, Monmouth County Court, Monmouth County News, Monmouth County Prosecutor | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Long Branch Drug Dealer Gets 50 years

Bottles thrown at officers trying to disperse large crowd in Asbury Park, police say

assetContentASBURY PARK — A police officer sustained minor injuries after he was hit by a bottle while trying to disperse a large crowd in the city Thursday night. Police responded to the 10 block of Borden Avenue at 11:20 p.m. for a report of a large crowd in the area due to a party at a… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: July 27th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Asbury Park, Crime, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Fired Monmouth Regional Teacher Accused Of Sexual Affair With Second Student

Nicholas J. DePue, photo via Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office

Nicholas J. DePue, photo via Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office

Nicholas DePue, 29 of Jackson, the Monmouth Regional High School teacher and wrestling coach who was charged with having sexual contact with a student under 18 years old last month was arrested today after a second victim came forward, according to a statement by Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

DePue stands accused of having a year long affair with the second victim, a female between the ages of 16 and 18. He was fired from his teaching position as a result of his arrest last month.

DePue was released on $100,000 bail following his June arrest.  He is in custody at the Monmouth County Correctional Institution today with cash only bail of $250,000. If released again after posting bail, DePue is forbidden from having contact with his victims or returning to the scenes of his alleged crimes.

Investigators are urging any additional victims to come forward by contacting Detective Carolina Moreno, of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office at 1-800-533-7443, or Detective Joe Shuler, of the Tinton Falls Police Department at 732-542-3400.

Posted: July 24th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, Monmouth County Prosecutor | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Fired Monmouth Regional Teacher Accused Of Sexual Affair With Second Student

Prosecutor: Investigation Into Hit and Run Death Is Ongoing, Additional Charges Are Possible

Toni Ann Marletta, photo via facebook

Toni Ann Marletta, photo via facebook

A “robust and aggressive” investigation into the hit and run death of 15 year old Marissa Procopio is ongoing.  It is possible that additional charges…assault by auto or vehicular homicide…could be filed against Toni Ann Marletta, said Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni in an interview with MoreMonmouthMusings last week.

Marletta has been incarcerated at the Monmouth County Correctional Institution since July 15 after being 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 July 6th incident on Route 36 in the Leonardo section of Middletown Township which resulted in the death of Procopio.  Her bail is $150,000 with no 10% option.

The Middletown Police Department identified Marletta as the driver of the vehicle that struck Procopio and fled the scene within hours of the incident.

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Posted: July 20th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Crime, Crime and Punishment, Monmouth County, Monmouth County Correctional Institution, Monmouth County News, Monmouth County Prosecutor | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Prosecutor: Investigation Into Hit and Run Death Is Ongoing, Additional Charges Are Possible

Robber who targeted women, used pepper spray back in Monmouth?

COLTS NECK — A woman suffered a bizarre pepper-spray attack Tuesday night that is similar to other incidents reported in Freehold and Colts Neck last year, Colts Neck police said. RELATED:Robber in Monmouth uses pepper spray against female victims The victim was driving around midnight near Five Points and Stone Hill roads when another motorist flashed… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: June 26th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Colts Neck, Crime, Freehold, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Robber who targeted women, used pepper spray back in Monmouth?

Shoplifter steals lottery tickets, wins $10,000, cops say

IMG_0158aMIDDLESEX BOROUGH — Anything really can happen in Jersey. Police say a borough resident stole lottery tickets, won 20 bucks, and then used the proceeds to purchase even more lottery tickets — one of which earned him a $10,000 windfall. And then earned him the attention of police. David Rukhadze, 23, was charged with shoplifting. Store… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: June 12th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Shoplifter steals lottery tickets, wins $10,000, cops say

Gun Toting Drug Dealers Out On Bail

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AR-15 assault rifle

Two Neptune Township men arrested last week after a month-long investigation revealed they were in possession of 600 decks of heroin ready for sale and three guns; a AR-15 assault rifle, a defaced 9mm handgun and a .40-caliber handgun have been released after posting bail, according to a statement by Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

Kahil Aziz, 25, already a convicted felon, was released after posting $235,000 bail as set by Neptune Township Municipal Court Judge Robin Wernik. Joel Jones, 30, was released after posting $200,000 bail as set by Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Honora O’Brien Kilgallen.  No 10% bail option was available to either defendant.

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Posted: May 5th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Crime, Crime and Punishment, Monmouth County, Monmouth County Court, Monmouth County Prosecutor, Neptune Township | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Gun Toting Drug Dealers Out On Bail

Monmouth County Public Works employees arrested on drug chargesa

oxyFREEHOLD – A pair of Monmouth County Highway Division employees have been arrested and charged with various drug-related offenses, acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni announced Friday. Following a two-month investigation by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Strike Force into illegal drug activity at the county public works complex on Center Street, authorities executed a… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 14th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Crime, Crime and Punishment, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, Monmouth County Prosecutor | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Monmouth County Public Works employees arrested on drug chargesa

Jury selection begins today for N.J. babysitter accused of shaking toddler to death

assetContent (55)FREEHOLD — On Aug. 28, 2012, Toms River resident Michelle Heale was trusted to babysit 14-month-old Mason Hess, as she did a few times a week. Today, jury selection is expected to begin in the trial to determine if Heale murdered Mason Hess through “vigorous and sustained shaking.” Heale called 9-1-1 at approximately 2 p.m. on… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 10th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County Court, Monmouth County News, Monmouth County Prosecutor | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Jury selection begins today for N.J. babysitter accused of shaking toddler to death