An inside look at an international ATM scheme targeting these Monmouth County banks

HOWELL – An international scheme to steal thousands of dollars from ATM customers by using a device that captures debit card information has infiltrated Monmouth County, police said. The two, unidentified suspects are responsible for cashing in on more than $70,000 in fraudulent ATM transactions in September at banks around Monmouth County and at least one… Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: October 23rd, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Howell Homeless Camp Is Preparing For Winter, Seeking Alternative Shelter For Residents

photos courtesy of Minster Steve Brigham
Minister Steve Brigham, the founder of Destiny’s Bridge , the non-profit organization that operates the homeless camp in Howell, announced on facebook this morning that the organization is seeking to find alternative housing for residents of the camp for the winter months.

Brigham opened the Howell camp last year with the agreement of the Township.  Prior to that, the minister operated Tent City in Lakewood for many years, taking care of as many as 130 homeless people, before Lakewood officials shutdown and demolished the camp while providing temporary rental assistance to 60 residents. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: September 30th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Homelessness, Howell, Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Authorities Discover Guns, Explosives in Howell and Freehold

A three day investigation launched by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office last Thursday led to the seizure of a total of 17 long-guns, 13 handguns, over 21 containers of ammunition and explosives.  Three men were arrested, according to a statement by Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

Investigators received information regarding an individual storing explosives and destructive materials in a Howell residence. On Friday night September 16, detectives from the Prosecutor’s Office and the Howell Township Police Department executed a search warrant at 191 Ford Road with the assistance of the New Jersey State Police Arson/Bomb Unit and a K-9 unit from the Bradley Beach Police Department.  Numerous firearms and ammunition, as well as a quantity of marijuana were seized. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: September 19th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Authorities Discover Guns, Explosives in Howell and Freehold

Ocean County Man, 28, Charged With Luring 15 Year Old Girl In Howell

Craig Sorokach, 28, of Sawmill Road in Brick Township was arrested on Saturday after he arranged via the Internet to engage in sexual activity with a 15 year old girl in Howell, according to an announcement by Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

Sorokach was charged following an investigation by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office working in conjunction with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC). He is charged with Attempted Sexual Assault, Luring, Enticing a Child by Various Means, Attempted Endangering the Welfare of a Child, and Attempted Obscenity to a Minor after he arranged to meet with the girl in Howell. He is in the custody of the Monmouth County Correctional Institution in Freehold.

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Posted: May 7th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Ocean County Man, 28, Charged With Luring 15 Year Old Girl In Howell

Man, 25, killed during police pursuit in Howell, cops say

HOWELL — A 25-year-old Marlboro man died after he crashed his car early Sunday while trying to evade authorities, police said. Brian Fani was pronounced dead at the scene after he ran his 2009 Subaru Legacy off the road at a bend in the road on Southard Avenue near the Howell Golf Course, side-swiped a utility… Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: April 26th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

DiBella resigns from Brookdale Board

Joe DiBella

Joe DiBella, the former mayor of Howell, resigned from the Brookdale Community College Board of Trustees on Thursday, according to a report in The Asbury Park Press.

DiBella had been on a leave of absence from the Board since last September following a controversy over his allegedly “liking” racist and sexist posts on twitter. DiBella took his leave of absence after receiving death threats over the tweets.    The tweets had caused an uproar on campus. Students and faculty demanded he resign.

DiBella Resigned From Brookdale Because Threats Continue

DiBella has consistently denied “liking” the tweets.  He has suggested that either his twitter account was hacked or the images were altered to make it appear he “liked” the offensive posts.  At DiBella’s request, the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office opened an investigation into the alleged hacking.  The status of the investigation is unknown.

 

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Posted: March 23rd, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Brookdale Community College, Joe DiBella, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on DiBella resigns from Brookdale Board

Inside the homeless encampment hidden in woods of Howell

HOWELL – On a recent unusually warm winter day, a handful of people milled about a camp site situated about a half-mile off a bustling stretch of Route 9 in Howell. The shantytown carved out of a township-owned section of woods has all the makings of a weekend camping getaway: a pantry lined with food, a… Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: March 19th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Housing, Howell, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , | 2 Comments »

Police seek public’s help finding missing Howell Twp. boy, 13

HOWELL TOWNSHIP — Police are searching for a local boy who is believed to have boarded a bus for New York City Tuesday morning, the department said in a statement. Jess Peleo, 13, was reported missing at 10:30 a.m. after failing to show up at school. He is 5’1″, 165 lbs., and has black eyeglasses. He… Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: January 25th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Police seek public’s help finding missing Howell Twp. boy, 13

Howell Republicans Accuse Democrats Of Anti-Semitism

Political mailers by the Howell Democrat candidates for mayor and council, paid for by the NJ State Democratic Party, that prominently point out that development sites are owned by Jewish organizations and charge that the Republican candidates are offering special deals to Lakewood developers have prompted Republican elected officials and Party leaders to condemn the Democrats’ tactics as anti-Semitic and racist.

Mayor William Gotto and Deputy Mayor Rob Nicastro, both Republicans, held a press conference in Howell to condemn the Democrats mailings, according to reports on The Asbury Park Press and News12.  Howell Republican Chairman Juan Malave posted a letter condemning the Democrats mail on facebook.

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Posted: November 4th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Howell, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Howell Republicans Accuse Democrats Of Anti-Semitism

Drunk RV driver slams into poles, fence, Howell cops say

assetcontent-59HOWELL– A Howell man has been charged with several motor-vehicle offenses after he repeatedly crashed a recreational vehicle while under the influence of alcohol Sunday night, police said. Police received numerous calls from witnesses who saw the vehicle being driven erratically on Rt. 524. Witnesses told police the vehicle hit at least four utility poles and… Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: November 1st, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Howell, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Drunk RV driver slams into poles, fence, Howell cops say