18 year old woman dies in Middletown house fire

Aubree LaRusso. photo via facebook

Aubree LaRusso, 18, was killed in a fire in her family’s Middletown home this morning, according to Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

At approximately 6:43 a.m., the Middletown Police and Fire Departments responded to a structure fire at 20 Neptune Place in the North Middletown section of the Township.  After firefighters were able to get the fire under control, an on-scene investigation determined that the cause of the fire was accidental.

Aubree  was found deceased in a bedroom located off of the living room in the family’s residence. Larusso’s mother, brother and a family friend escaped the blaze unharmed. A pet dog was also found deceased in the home. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: July 17th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

Middletown Man Gets Three Years For Kiddie Porn Distribution

Dale Williams, 46, of Leonard Avenue in Middletown, was sentenced to three years in New Jersey State Prison today after pleading guilty to second degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child (Distribution of Child Pornography) last April, according to a statement by Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Vincent N. Falcetano, Jr. imposed the sentence and additionally ordered that Williams register as a sex offender and comply with all of the conditions of Megan’s Law upon his release from prison.

A construction worker, Williams was arrested on July 21, 2017, as part of Operation School’s Out.

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Posted: July 6th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Middletown, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

Mike’s Bikes Owner Killed By Drunk Driver

Drunk Brooklyn dentist was driving on the wrong side of the highway

Michael Gustafson, 66, the owner of Mike’s Bikes Shop at Route 36 and Ave D in Atlantic Highlands, was pronounced dead early Saturday morning at Riverview Medical Center, Red Bank, following a motor vehicle crash that occurred at the Middletown/Highlands border on Route 36, according to a statement by Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

Anthony F. Sarlo, 62, a dentist from Brooklyn was driving a 2015 Jeep Cherokee westbound in the eastbound lane of Route 36 when he crashed into Gustafson who was driving eastbound in a 2017 Honda Fit at approximately 12:46 a.m.  Both the Highlands and Middletown Police Departments responded to the crash, according to a Highlands law enforcement source.  The Middletown PD handled the initial investigation.

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Posted: June 21st, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, Monmouth County Prosecutor, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments »

Holmdel Man Charged With Arson, Weapons Offenses

Leonard J. Mazzarisi, III, 29, former of Burgandy Rd in Holmdel is charged with two counts of second degree Aggravated Arson, second degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, third degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, and third degree Criminal Mischief, according to an announcement by Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

Mazzarisi was arrested at a hotel in Fredericksburg, Virginia on May 30, 2018 on outstanding warrants on these charges and held in the custody of  the Rappahannock Regional Jail in Stafford, Virginia until he was extradited back to New Jersey on June 12, 2018. He is currently held at the Monmouth County Correctional Institution, Freehold, pending his detention hearing on Tuesday, June 29.

He is accused of setting fire to the  Neuhaus Realty Agency office at 51 Main Street in the township on August  19, 2017 and again on January 27, 2018. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: June 15th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Holmdel Man Charged With Arson, Weapons Offenses

Manalapan Man Arrested By Feds For Producing Child Porn

Angelo Curato, photo via facebook

Angelo Curato, 26, of Manalapan, was arrested by federal authorities today and charged with convincing children to engage in sexually explicit conduct online, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

On June 2, 2017, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Curato’s residence. A forensic review of Curato’s laptop revealed hundreds of sexually explicit chat messages on his Skype accounts and hundreds of screenshots of boys engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

The defendant was arrested by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s at that time and charged with one count of third degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child for Possession of Child Pornography and one count of second degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child for Distribution of Child Pornography.

He is charged today by federal complaint with one count of producing visual depictions of a child engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

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Posted: May 30th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Manalapan Man Arrested By Feds For Producing Child Porn

Police Seek Help In Locating Asbury Park Shooter

AsburyParkSun photo

The Asbury Park Police Department and the Monmouth County Prosecutor are seeking the public’s help in identifying and locating the individual(s) involved in a shooting in the city on Tuesday afternoon, according to an announcement by Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

One male was found shot yesterday afternoon when the Asbury Park PD responded to a shots fired report at approximately 4:06 p.m. in the area of 1400 Main Street.  A 2017 Nissan Altima, which did not belong to the victim, was found to have sustained a single gun shot to the drivers side door. A gun shot was also located on a garbage can near the south side of 1400 Main Street.

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Posted: May 30th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Asbury Park, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Police Seek Help In Locating Asbury Park Shooter

Red Bank First Responder Murdered Sunday Morning, Arrest Made

Andrew Hill

Demar S. Reevey, 23, of Red Bank, was arrested early Sunday morning and charged with the stabbing death of Andrew Hill, 26, also of Red Bank, according to an announcement my Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

Hill was a member of the Red Bank First Aid Squad and the West Side Hose Company, according to facebook post by the First Aid Sqaud. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 27th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, Monmouth County Prosecutor, Red Bank | Tags: , , , , | 2 Comments »

Freehold Man Charged With Raping and Photographing 14 Year Old Girl

David Buabeng, 55, of Windsor Terrace in Freehold Township, was arrested on Wednesday and charged with first degree Kidnapping, second degree Child Luring, two counts of first degree Aggravated Sexual Assault, and first degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child for Causing or Permitting a Child to Engage in Child Pornography, second degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child for Manufacturing Child Pornography, and third degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child, according to an announcement by Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

The 14-year-old girl was reported missing Monday evening at about 9 p.m. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 17th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Freehold Man Charged With Raping and Photographing 14 Year Old Girl

Hazlet Woman Killed Crossing Rt 36

Crystal Vernon, 34 of Hazlet, was struck by a vehicle and killed on Monday night as she attempted to cross the highway at the marked intersection at Laurel Ave, according to an announcement by Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni. Vernon was pronounced dead at the scene at 9:39 p.m.

Margaret Holtz, 67, of North Middletown, was the driver of the 2004 Ford Freestar van  that struck the Hazlet woman.  An 85 year old man was a passenger in the vehicle.  Neither Holtz or he passenger were injured.

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Posted: May 15th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Hazlet, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Hazlet Woman Killed Crossing Rt 36

Neptune City Man Shot Dead While Driving On Route 18 In Colts Neck

UPDATED

Lloyd Earl Sanders, 54, of Neptune City was pronounced dead from a gunshot wound after Colts Neck Police found his body in a 2009 Mercedes-Benz C350 that had crashed on Route 18, south of County Road 537 at around 2 a.m. on Sunday morning, according to an announcement by Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

Colts Neck Police received a 9-1-1 call at 1:58 a.m. on Sunday morning April 29 reporting on single car crash on on Route 18 south where they discovered the driver, Sanders, deceased from an apparent gunshot wound.  A 52 year old passenger with non-life threatening injuries was transported to a local hospital where he was treated and released.  RSLmedia is reporting that the 52 year old passenger also suffered gunshot wounds. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: April 30th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , | 13 Comments »