Newark– A federal grand jury indicted a former ICE deportation officer today for accepting cash and sexual favors from undocumented immigrants in exchange for employment authorization documents, commonly called green cards, according to an announcement by U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman.
Seven of the eight immigrants involved in the scheme resided in Monmouth County; three lived in Red Bank, two lived in Tinton Falls, one lived in Red Bank and Ocean Township, and one resided in Long Branch. The eighth undocumented immigrant resided in North Plainfield.
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.
Tinton Falls-Three Monmouth County residents, former Tinton Falls Mayor Michael Skudera, Pete Artherholt, also of Tinton Falls, and Chris Hanigan of Red Bank are on track to open Jughandle Brewing Co. on Asbury Ave in the borough in the spring of 2016.
“We will offer 6 craft beers on tap and plan on expanding to 14,” says Artherholt, a former chemist with over 15 years of brewing experience. Through Artherholt’s wife Darlene, who has a master’s in microbiology, the group has access to knowledge and skills that are usually acquired only when breweries expand and become better established. “Having a strong science background will help drive consistency and quality control in the craft beers that we sell.”
TINTON FALLS — A former police officer who tipped off the county prosecutor about another cop’s alleged theft of water has settled his whistleblower lawsuit against the borough for $527,5000, a report says. Former Lt. Kevin Pierson, 46, said he was harassed and repeatedly passed over for overtime after reporting that then-Sgt. David Scrivanic placed a… Read the rest of this entry »
TINTON FALLS — Stacey Weathers’ life was all about giving back. The 46-year-old Tinton Falls woman, who was killed Saturday when a tree fell on her car on Route 34 in Colts Neck, was the executive director of the New Jersey chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, where she helped raise $7 million to support… Read the rest of this entry »
Colts Neck Township police have identified the motorist killed when a tree fell on her car during Saturday’s rains and high winds. Police said Stacey Weathers, 46, of Tinton Falls was the lone occupant of the vehicle when a tree fell on it along Route 34 at 4:25 p.m. She was driving a Mustang convertible, police… Read the rest of this entry »
The New Jersey Department of Transportation’s Office of Maritime Resources has awarded the bid to complete the long awaited Shark River and Shark River Spur Dredging Project to the low bidder, Mobile Pumping & Dredging Co., of Chester, PA. MPD’s bid of $7,649,817.50 was $1.8 million lower than the next closest bidder.
The State of New Jersey will contribute over $5 million to the project. Monmouth County will contribute $1.1 million and Neptune Township has committed $450,000. Belmar, Neptune City and Wall Township are expected to share the remaining costs of the project, according to a statement isssued by Senator Jennifer Beck, Freeholder Tom Arnone and Neptune Township Committeeman Randy Bishop. Beck said the project will start this year, “if all the stars align,” and will be completed by the end of 2016.
“After over two decades, there has finally been a bid awarded to dredge Shark River. Notably, The National Marine Fisheries only allows dredging work from July 1st to December 31st, so I’m happy to see this monumental step taken forward, which, if all the stars align, will allow dredging to begin this year. None of this could have been possible without the work of Freeholder Tom Arnone and Committeeman Randy Bishop, working together in a bipartisan fashion with every state, county, and local stakeholder to make this project happen. While the State is investing more than $5 million, the project couldn’t have moved forward without the assistance of Monmouth County, which is accepting the material at its landfill and helping to fund the trucking. In addition, a number of surrounding municipalities have preliminary agreed to share in the cost of the project” said Beck.
Now that the first phase of a project to untangle traffic exiting from the Garden State Parkway to Route 36 or commercial areas of Tinton Falls is complete, the second part was given a green light Tuesday by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority commissioners. The authority’s board approved a $20.1 million contract with Earle Asphalt Company… Read the rest of this entry »
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.
FREEHOLD — A Superior Court judge on Friday dismissed charges against a Tinton Falls man whose Facebook posts in the wake of two New York City police shootings last year said cops deserved to die. Saying his online speech is constitutionally protected, Assignment Judge Lisa Thornton cleared Matthew Reardon, 29, of all charges, said his attorney,… Read the rest of this entry »