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: , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Success strikes impossibly fast for Keansburg/Middletown rockers

assetContent (61)KEANSBURG — In terms of a band’s life cycle, Can’t Swim is an embryo. The raucous Keansburg four-piece recorded its first EP over the summer, and has yet to rock a single gig. The band released its first single — the first bit of music anyone has ever heard from them — in December. But nevertheless,… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: February 9th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Keansburg, Middletown, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Middletown’s Crime Rate Lowest Since 1969

mtpd logo (624x640)The Jets were Super Bowl Champions and Neil Armstrong took the first walk on the moon during the year when Middletown Township had less serious crime than occurred in 2015.

There were 520 index crimes reported in Middletown during 2015, for an Index Crime Rate of 7.82 per 1000 people.  Index crimes are those that are reported annually to the FBI.  They are murder and non-negligent homicide, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, motor vehicle theft, larceny-theft, and arson.

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Posted: February 3rd, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Middletown, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

Prosecutor seeks additional victims of Middletown con man

Christopher D. Biello. photo via facebook

Christopher D. Biello. photo via facebook

The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office is concerned that a Middletown con man may have fleeced far more people than they already have identified.

Christopher D. Biello, 43, of Coe Place in the Port Monmouth section of the township, was arrested last week and charged with 14 crimes including Theft by Deception, Impersonation, Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card, Forgery and Falsifying Records following a year-long investigation.

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Posted: January 28th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, Monmouth County Prosecutor | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Middletown reschedules dog rabies clinic for February 20th

pictures-of-dogs-golden-retrieverThe Middletown Township Health Department has rescheduled the Dog Rabies Clinic that was canceled due to the recent snow storm.

The new date is February 20, 2016. The clinic will be held from 9am to 11am at the Croydon Hall Gym, located at 900 Leonardville Road, Leonardo.

The clinic is for dogs only and is free of charge to both residents and non-residents. All dogs must be on a leash and must be accompanied by an adult 18 years of age or older. Late fees for 2016 dog licenses will not be charged until March 1st to accommodate residents who need the clinic to get a valid rabies vaccination for their pet. Please contact Animal Control at 732-615-2097 if you have any questions.

Posted: January 27th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Middletown, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Middletown reschedules dog rabies clinic for February 20th

Middletown Rabies Clinic Cancelled

a-rabid-raccoon-attack-sd-21480406Middletown Township has announced that the rabies clinic scheduled for Saturday, January 23 has been cancelled due to the expected storm.

The Health Department is currently working to reschedule the clinic for a date in February. The new date will be announced on the Township’s website (www.middletownnj.org).

Please note late fees for 2016 dog licenses will not be charged until March 1st. Please call 732-615-2097 with any questions.

Posted: January 22nd, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Middletown, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Middletown Rabies Clinic Cancelled

Scharfenberger: Middletown is ready for the storm

december-10-storm-006Middletown, NJ- Mayor Gerry Scharfenberger, Ph.D. announced today that the Township is ready for the coastal storm that is expected to hit New Jersey on Friday.

“Middletown is ready to face what may be the first major snow storm of the season,” said Scharfenberger, “The township has 153 pieces of equipment at its disposal to clear snow from more than 650 lane miles of road.”

The fleet includes 83 township plows, brining machines, sanders, and other heavy equipment. The township can put more equipment on the road this year thanks to the recent acquisition of several army surplus vehicles at no cost. The other 70 plows are provided by local contractors who augment township snow removal efforts as needed.

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Posted: January 20th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Middletown, Monmouth County | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Scharfenberger: Middletown is ready for the storm

Suspended Middletown doctor admits forging prescriptions for painkillers

LewandowskiFREEHOLD — A suspended Middletown physician has admitted to being part of a prescription painkiller ring by writing fake prescriptions for opiates under another doctor’s name, officials said on Tuesday. Kenneth Lewandowski, 53, of Middletown pleaded guilty on Monday to distributing or dispensing oxycodone and unlawful practice of medicine by forging prescriptions for the powerful painkiller… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: January 13th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Suspended Middletown doctor admits forging prescriptions for painkillers

Former Ocean Grove art gallery owner admits having child pornography

Peter Tumblety (549x609)

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FREEHOLD — A former Ocean Grove art gallery owner had admitted to having images of child pornography on his computer, authorities said on Tuesday. Peter Tumblety, 58, of the Port Monmouth section of Middletown, pleaded guilty to on Monday to one count of endangering the welfare of a child by possessiong child pornography, said acting Monmouth… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: January 12th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Crime, Crime and Punishment, Monmouth County News, Monmouth County Prosecutor | Tags: , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Monmouth County Awarded $714K in Road Safety Grants

Funding for projects in Middletown, Millstone and Upper Freehold

Freeholder Tom Arone

Freeholder Director Tom Arone

Freeholder Director Tom Arnone announced this afternoon that Monmouth County has been awarded $714,000 in federal funds to make safety improvements on County roads in Middletown, Millstone and Upper Freehold.

The improvements will be completed as part of two separate projects:

  • Upgraded traffic signals, installation of dedicated left turn lanes, pedestrian countdown signals and highly visible crosswalks at the intersection of Leonardville Road (CR 516) and East Road in Middletown, $339,000
  • Application of high friction surface treatment, safety edging (to minimize vertical drop-off and allow motorists to safely reenter the paved road) and signage to warn of curves along Stagecoach Road (CR 524) from Cherry Lane in Millstone to the intersection with Chambers Road and Roosevelt Road in Upper Freehold, $375,000.

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Posted: January 11th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Middletown, Monmouth County News, Tom Arnone | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Monmouth County Awarded $714K in Road Safety Grants