Nicholas J. DePue, photo via Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office
Nicholas DePue, the Monmouth Regional High School teacher who was fired last June after he was arrested and charged with second degree Sexual Assault and Endangering the Welfare of a Minor, pleaded guilty today to two counts of second degree Endangering the Welfare of Minor, before Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Josepeh W. Oxley in Freehold, according a report by ace Asbury Park Press reporter Kathleen Hopkins.
DePue admitted sending inappropriate text messages and/or having sexual physical contact with two female Monmouth Regional students, ages 16 and 17.
BERKELEY TOWNSHIP — An Eatontown man released from prison last week found himself behind bars yet again after he was charged Wednesday in connection with at least one burglary in a retirement community. Robert Meloni, 51, was arrested and charged with burglary, criminal mischief and possession of burglary tools after police identified him as a person… Read the rest of this entry »
EATONTOWN – A 37-year-old Red Bank man has been identified as the victim of a fatal Friday morning shooting in the borough. Shortly before 12:15 a.m. Friday, Eatontown police responded to the entrance of Country Club Apartments, at the corner of Tilton Avenue and Country Club Road, after shots were fired at the location, the Monmouth… Read the rest of this entry »
Brenda Taylor, 69, died on Monday afternoon as a result of injuries sustained in an accidental fire in her Eatontown apartment during the early morning hours of Friday, April 10, according to a statement by Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni.
Gramiccioni said that the fire at the Garrison Apartments, 3 Throckmorton Ave, has been ruled accidental following a joint investigation by the Prosecutor’s Office, Eatontown Police Department, Eatontown Fire Bureau, Monmouth County Fire Marshal’s Office. The fire originated in the electrical baseboard heater of the victim’s bedroom.
EATONTOWN – Ken Sullivan was watching television in his new apartment in the Garrison Apartments complex early Friday morning when he heard screaming in the hallway. Sullivan muted his television and then opened his door to find the building’s super banging on the door of the woman across the hall. “I heard Randy yell: ‘Back away… Read the rest of this entry »
Freeholder Lillian Burry and Mayors Michael Mahon (Oceanport), Gerry Turning (Tinton Falls) and Dennis Connelly (Eatontown) issued the following statement this afternoon regarding the Ebola quarantine facilities at Fort Monmouth. Burry and the mayors are members of the board of the Fort Monmouth Revitalization Agency (FMERA).
“As the only members of the FMERA board who are elected to office, we wish to clarify some of the recent articles on the proposal to house a quarantine facility at Fort Monmouth for those that are exposed to Ebola while outside the United States. Only those that returned to the U.S. through New Jersey and have no place to reside will potentially be placed in this facility. The articles further state that the Department of Human Services has a 6-month lease with FMERA to use the property which began on January 1st. The elected officials further stated that at no time did they ever vote on or approve such a lease. This lease was imposed on FMERA by the executive branch and was not vetted at a public meeting or voted on by the entire Board. The lease was actually signed by the Attorney General and was not supported by the Board as a whole.
A top Christie Administration official told the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Agency (FMERA) that they had no choice but to allocate 14 2 story living units in the Suneagles Golf Course area of the fort, located in Eatontown, for use as quarantine housing for travelers returning from West Africa who may have been exposed to Ebola, according to an official familiar with the situation who asked not to be named in this story.
Bruce Steadman, Executive Director of FMERA, and some members for the FMERA board resisted the Ebola quarantine facility being located at Fort Monmouth when they were approached by NJ Department of Human Services (DHS) Commissioner Jennifer Valez Esq. last fall. Michele Brown, then Chief Executive Officer of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority , informed Steadman that the quarantine facility was a fait accompli, according to the source.
Eatontown “Mayor-elect” Dennis Connelly. photo via facebook with permission.
Eatontown Council President Dennis J. Connelly, a Republican, appears to have thwarted Democratic Mayor Gerald J. Tarantolo’s bid for a 5th four year term as the borough’s mayor.
Tarantolo was leading the race by one vote after all the machine and vote by mail ballots were counted in the wee hours last Wednesday. This morning, Connelly picked up four votes when the provisional ballots were counted to Tarantolo’s one vote, leaving the final unofficial count 1,481 for Connelley and 1479 for Tarantolo.
Connelly told MMM that he expects the mayor to demand a recount. Tarantolo has until November 19th to file for a recount.
Of the 13 provisional ballots submitted on election day, 6 were disqualified and 2 did not have votes cast for mayor. Of the five qualified ballots, 4 cast votes for Connelly.