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Monmouth University Lockdown Order Lifted After Email Made Bomb, Shooting Threats Monmouth University Lockdown Order Lifted After Email Made Bomb, Shooting Threats
Monmouth University Lockdown Order Lifted After Email Made Bomb, Shooting Threats A lockdown order was lifted at Monmouth University after students were asked to shelter in place for several hours as investigators looked into a threat on campus, officials said. The university posted on Facebook about the main campus lockdown at 3:15 a.m. on Tuesday, July 23, as university police and other first responders checked various buildings. West Long Branch's emergency management office said there were no safety concerns outside university property in a Facebook post at 7:20 a.m. Monmouth president Dr. Patrick Leahy posted an update on the university's we…
Former Wall HS Teacher Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Another Student Years Ago: Prosecutors Former Wall HS Teacher Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Another Student Years Ago: Prosecutors
Former Wall HS Teacher Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Another Student Years Ago: Prosecutors A former Wall Township High School teacher was facing more charges after she was accused of sexually assaulting a second student, authorities said. Julie Rizzitello, 36, of Brick Township, was charged with one count of second-degree sexual assault and one count of third-degree witness tampering, Monmouth County Prosecutor Raymond Santiago said in a news release on Wednesday, July 17.  She was previously charged with two counts of second-degree sexual assault, third-degree witness tampering, and three counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual contact. Investigators said they found e…
Eatontown Man Who Raped Two Girls Over Several Years Sentenced, Prosecutors Say Eatontown Man Who Raped Two Girls Over Several Years Sentenced, Prosecutors Say
Eatontown Man Who Raped Two Girls Over Several Years Sentenced, Prosecutors Say An Eatontown man will spend at least four decades in prison after he was convicted of raping two girls over several years, authorities said. Gerell Schmitt, 36, was sentenced on Tuesday, July 9 to 48 years in state prison, Monmouth County Prosecutor Raymond Santiago said in a news release on Monday, July 15. He was charged in several sexual assaults of two young girls that started a little more than a decade ago. A relative of the two victims first reported the abuse to Eatontown police in September 2020. Both girls were under 13 at the time of the sexual assaults. Investiga…
Fishermen Rescue NYC Man Treading Water Off Sandy Hook Coast For Hours Overnight, Police Say Fishermen Rescue NYC Man Treading Water Off Sandy Hook Coast For Hours Overnight, Police Say
Fishermen Rescue NYC Man Treading Water Off Sandy Hook Coast For Hours Overnight, Police Say A man was rescued off the coast of Monmouth County after he was caught by the tide in New York City, authorities said. Middletown police received a call about a man who had been pulled from the water at around 9 a.m. on Monday, July 15, the department said in a news release. A commercial fisherman and his son spotted him about two miles off the coast of Sandy Hook. The fishermen got the man on their boat and brought him to Monmouth Cove Marina in Port Monmouth. Police spoke with him and he was identified as 34-year-old Pete Ordane of New York City. Ordane told poli…
$28M Colts Neck Estate Is NJ's Most Expensive Listing — And Perfect Fit For Movie Star $28M Colts Neck Estate Is NJ's Most Expensive Listing — And Perfect Fit For Movie Star
$28M Colts Neck Estate Is NJ's Most Expensive Listing — And Perfect Fit For Movie Star A home fit for a movie star is on the market in New Jersey. The sprawling 25,000-square-foot estate spanning 160 acres in Monmouth County is listed at $28 million, making it the most expensive listing in the Garden State. The property at 318-322 Route 537 in Colts Neck is located approximately seven miles from the $1 billion Netflix production studios coming to the former Fort Monmouth campus. The home's proximity to the new Netflix studios make it the perfect abode for a Hollywood star, according to listing agents Tom Postilio and Mickey Conlon of Compass. Last year, the township wa…
Water Restrictions Issued Across These Jersey Shore Counties Water Restrictions Issued Across These Jersey Shore Counties
Water Restrictions Issued Across These Jersey Shore Counties Customers in two counties were asked to conserve water as crews made emergency repairs at a treatment plant, officials said. New Jersey American Water issued a mandatory outdoor water conservation restriction for customers in Monmouth and Ocean counties, the company said in a news release on Sunday, July 14. The order was expected to last for 48 hours. The company said crews will fix a 36-inch valve at its Jumping Brook Water Treatment Plant in Neptune. "Increased summer demands" were also cited as a reason for the restrictions. The order applies to customers in the fol…
Social Worker, Expectant Freehold Mom With Six Flags Love Story Shamika Bodino Dies Dies At 32 Social Worker, Expectant Freehold Mom With Six Flags Love Story Shamika Bodino Dies Dies At 32
Social Worker, Expectant Freehold Mom With Six Flags Love Story Shamika Bodino Dies Dies At 32 Shamika Bodino, a 32-year-old mom from Monmouth County, died at home on Wednesday, July 3, according to her obituary on the Clayton Funeral Home site. Shamika, of Freehold and formerly Toms River and Manchester, earned her master's degree in social work and went on to work as a foster care support clinician at the YMCA of Greater Monmouth County, according to her obituary. She met her husband, Zac, in the summer of 2016 while working at Six Flags Great Adventure, her obituary says. The two fell in love and welcomed their first daughter, Faith. They were expecting the other in Dece…
Man Wrote Bad Checks To Steal Vehicle From Hazlet Dealership, Police Say Man Wrote Bad Checks To Steal Vehicle From Hazlet Dealership, Police Say
Man Wrote Bad Checks To Steal Vehicle From Hazlet Dealership, Police Say A Toms River man was accused of using bad checks to steal a vehicle from a Monmouth County dealership, authorities said. Robert Poelstra, 74, was facing two third-degree charges including theft by deception, the Hazlet Police Department said in a news release on Thursday, July 11. A Hazlet detective received "a crucial lead" in the investigation and conducted a stakeout outside an unnamed medical center in Ocean County. Poelstra was arrested there on Wednesday, July 10.  The stolen vehicle was recovered and will be returned to the dealership.  Anyone with information about …
Freehold Man Fell Off Motorcycle Before Minivan Struck Him In Deadly Howell Crash: Prosecutor Freehold Man Fell Off Motorcycle Before Minivan Struck Him In Deadly Howell Crash: Prosecutor
Freehold Man Fell Off Motorcycle Before Minivan Struck Him In Deadly Howell Crash: Prosecutor Investigators are looking into a crash that killed a motorcycle rider in Howell Township, authorities said. A 28-year-old man from Freehold Township died in the crash on Tuesday, July 9, Monmouth County Prosecutor Raymond Santiago said in a news release on Thursday, July 11. The wreck happened at the intersection of Fort Plains Road and Jerry’s Lane at around 4:53 p.m. Investigators said the man was riding a Honda GL 1100L motorcycle north on Fort Plains when he tried to go around a curve in the road. The rider fell and slid with his motorcycle across the road into oncom…
Driver Killed In Howell Township Crash, State Police Say Driver Killed In Howell Township Crash, State Police Say
Driver Killed In Howell Township Crash, State Police Say One person was killed in a crash in Monmouth County, authorities said. A driver died in the crash in Howell Township on Tuesday, July 9, according to state police data. The wreck happened on Fort Plains Road at around 4:53 p.m. Howell police said the crash was between Bergerville Road and Arrowwood Court in the Wyckoff Mills section of the township. The roads reopened by 8:30 p.m. Chief John Storrow said the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office Serious Collision and Response Team is investigating the crash. Daily Voice has reached out to the office for det…
UPDATE: Person Killed, Another Injured In Red Bank Double Shooting, Prosecutors Say UPDATE: Person Killed, Another Injured In Red Bank Double Shooting, Prosecutors Say
Update: Person Killed, Another Injured In Red Bank Double Shooting, Prosecutors Say Police were investigating after a person was killed in a double shooting in Monmouth County, authorities said. One person was dead and another was injured in the shooting on the 100 block of River Street in Red Bank on Wednesday, July 10, the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office said in a Facebook post.  The office's major crimes bureau is helping the Red Bank Police Department investigate. There was an "increased police presence" in the area due to the investigation, the borough said in a Facebook post at 8:18 a.m. Red Bank police said a suspect wasn't in custody b…
JACKPOT: $1.9M+ Lotto Ticket Purchased At Belmar Supermarket JACKPOT: $1.9M+ Lotto Ticket Purchased At Belmar Supermarket
Jackpot: $1.9M+ Lotto Ticket Purchased At Belmar Supermarket A lottery ticket worth more than $1.9 million was sold at a Monmouth County supermarket, officials said. The $1,930,093 winner matched all five numbers in the Jersey Cash 5 drawing on Friday, July 5, the New Jersey Lottery said in a news release on Monday, July 8. The ticket was purchased at the ShopRite on Route 35 in Belmar. The winning numbers were: 09, 19, 21, 38 and 40. The XTRA number was: 05 and the Bullseye number was 40. The NJ Lottery also announced on Monday that the winner of the $1.13 billion Mega Millions jackpot hadn't claimed their state-record prize yet. Tha…
$1.13B Mega Millions Ticket Bought In Neptune Unclaimed More Than Three Months Later $1.13B Mega Millions Ticket Bought In Neptune Unclaimed More Than Three Months Later
$1.13B Mega Millions Ticket Bought In Neptune Unclaimed More Than Three Months Later The winner of a Mega Millions ticket purchased in New Jersey hasn't claimed the $1.13 billion prize more than three months after the record-setting jackpot, officials said. The winning ticket was sold at the ShopRite Wine & Spirits on Route 66 in Neptune for the drawing on Tuesday, Mar. 26. The New Jersey Lottery said the prize remained unclaimed in a news release on Monday, July 8.  The jackpot was the largest lottery prize ever in the Garden State. It's also the fifth-largest in Mega Millions history and the ninth-largest ever in the U.S. The winning numbers were …
SUV Driver Smelled Like Alcohol In Crash That Hospitalized Three In Wall Township: Police SUV Driver Smelled Like Alcohol In Crash That Hospitalized Three In Wall Township: Police
SUV Driver Smelled Like Alcohol In Crash That Hospitalized Three In Wall Township: Police Three people were hospitalized, including a driver who police claimed smelled like alcohol, after a crash in Monmouth County, authorities said. Wall Township police responded to the crash at around 5:31 p.m. on Friday, July 5, the department said in a news release on Monday, July 8. It happened at the intersection of Route 34 and Hurley Pond Road near Monmouth Jet Center. Investigators said a 25-year-old Farmingdale woman was driving a 2017 Honda CR-V on Route 34 North. The SUV crossed the grass median and struck a southbound 2014 Nissan Rogue. The Honda driver wasn't wearing her…
Popeyes Restaurant Catches Fire In Eatontown, Route 35 Closed As Crews Battle Flames Popeyes Restaurant Catches Fire In Eatontown, Route 35 Closed As Crews Battle Flames
Popeyes Restaurant Catches Fire In Eatontown, Route 35 Closed As Crews Battle Flames Firefighters were battling a large fire at a Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen restaurant in Monmouth County, officials said. The Red Bank Fire Department responded to the scene, according to a Facebook post at 6:50 a.m. on Friday, July 5. The fast food restaurant is located on Route 35 near Wolcott Park and the intersection with Route 71. July 5, 2024 Structure Fire — Popeyes (RT 35) Red Bank Fire Department Engine 94 on the scene in Eatontown, ((Mutual Aid Response )) Photo credits from all departments Posted by Red Bank Fire Department on Friday, July 5, 2024 The state Department o…
Details Released In Pre-Holiday Wreck That Jammed Garden State Parkway For Miles In Holmdel Details Released In Pre-Holiday Wreck That Jammed Garden State Parkway For Miles In Holmdel
Details Released In Pre-Holiday Wreck That Jammed Garden State Parkway For Miles In Holmdel Details have been released in a crash that caused serious delays along the Garden State Parkway on one of the busiest travel times of the year. Just before 2:10 p.m. Wednesday, July 3, a Honda SUV driven by a 62-year-old Jackson man was heading south in the local lanes while a Toyota SUV driven by a 20-year-old Montville man were both heading south in the express lanes, New Jersey State Police Sgt. Jeffrey Lebron said. Near milepost 115.9, the Honda veered off the roadway to the left, crossing the grass median between the local and express lanes, Lebron said. The Honda then crossed the expr…
State Trooper Tried To Pay Monmouth Co. Girl For Sex, Asked For Sexual Pictures: Prosecutors State Trooper Tried To Pay Monmouth Co. Girl For Sex, Asked For Sexual Pictures: Prosecutors
State Trooper Tried To Pay Monmouth Co. Girl For Sex, Asked For Sexual Pictures: Prosecutors A state trooper was accused of trying to pay for sex from someone he believed was a teen girl and asking for sexual pictures, authorities said. Shane Dempsey, 31, of Brick Township, was arrested in Ewing on Monday, July 1, Monmouth County Prosecutor Raymond Santiago said in a news release. Investigators said Dempsey contacted an undercover detective on the social media app Whisper earlier in 2024.  Prosecutors said Dempsey asked for "sexually explicit images" from the detective, who he thought was a 14-year-old girl. He also said he would pay money for a sex act fro…
West Long Branch Firefighter Falsified And Destroyed Records, Prosecutors Say West Long Branch Firefighter Falsified And Destroyed Records, Prosecutors Say
West Long Branch Firefighter Falsified And Destroyed Records, Prosecutors Say A West Long Branch firefighter was accused of falsifying and destroying records, authorities said. Ronald Guidetti, 61, of Long Branch, turned himself in to police on Monday, July 1, Monmouth County Prosecutor Raymond Santiago announced in a news release. The investigation started when "concerns were raised" about two training certificates for a firefighter with West Long Branch Fire Company No. 2 earlier in 2024. Investigators said Guidetti falsified certificates in response to an Open Public Records Act request filed with the company. He was also accused of removi…
Million-Dollar Winner: Powerball Ticket Sold In Manalapan Hits It Big Million-Dollar Winner: Powerball Ticket Sold In Manalapan Hits It Big
Million-Dollar Winner: Powerball Ticket Sold In Manalapan Hits It Big A Monmouth County convenience store sold a Powerball ticket worth $1 million, officials said. The million-dollar winner was purchased from the Soda King convenience store on Gordons Corner Road in Manalapan, the New Jersey Lottery said in a news release on Monday, July 1. The ticket matched five numbers in the Powerball drawing on Saturday, June 29. The winning numbers were 26, 51, 54, 61, and 69. The Powerball was 25. Another ticket bought in Indiana was also worth $1 million. A ShopRite in Somerset sold a ticket that won $50,000. No one matched all six numbers to win the estimated …
Freehold Special Education Teacher Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Student: Prosecutors Freehold Special Education Teacher Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Student: Prosecutors
Freehold Special Education Teacher Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Student: Prosecutors A special education teacher in Monmouth County was accused of sexually assaulting a student, authorities said. Allison Havemann-Niedrach, 43, of Jackson Township, was charged with first-degree aggravated sexual assault and second-degree endangering the welfare of a child. Monmouth County Prosecutor Raymond Santiago announced her arrest in a news release on Saturday, June 29.  Prosecutors said Havemann-Niedrach is a teacher at Freehold Intermediate School and according to her LinkedIn profile, she teaches special education in the borough's district. He…
Free T-Shirts, Hoagie-Building Competition To Celebrate Wawa's Newest Store In Hazlet Free T-Shirts, Hoagie-Building Competition To Celebrate Wawa's Newest Store In Hazlet
Free T-Shirts, Hoagie-Building Competition To Celebrate Wawa's Newest Store In Hazlet A Wawa is opening in Monmouth County and the convenience store chain will celebrate its 60th anniversary along with the new location, officials said. The new Wawa will be open at 3052 Route 35 in Hazlet on Thursday, June 27, the company said in a news release.  The store will officially open at 8 a.m. and a grand opening ceremony will be held at 8:30 a.m. The first 100 customers will get free "In My Wawa Era 60th Anniversary" t-shirts.  After a ribbon cutting, the store will have the "Hoagies for Heroes" sandwich-building competition between police officers and firefighters.…
$50K Scratch Ticket Purchased At Howell Township Wawa, Lotto Officials Say $50K Scratch Ticket Purchased At Howell Township Wawa, Lotto Officials Say
$50K Scratch Ticket Purchased At Howell Township Wawa, Lotto Officials Say A convenience store in Monmouth County sold a scratch lottery ticket worth $50,000, officials said. The winner was purchased at the Wawa on Route 9 North in Howell Township on Sunday, June 23, the New Jersey Lottery said in a news release.  The winning ticket was for the game called $50,000 Loaded. This was the second big winner of the weekend for a scratch-off player in the Garden State, with a $250,000 ticket purchased in Morris County.
17 Arrested, Six Wanted In Monmouth County Fentanyl Mill, Drug-Dealing Operation: Prosecutors 17 Arrested, Six Wanted In Monmouth County Fentanyl Mill, Drug-Dealing Operation: Prosecutors
17 Arrested, Six Wanted In Monmouth County Fentanyl Mill, Drug-Dealing Operation: Prosecutors Seventeen people were arrested and six more were wanted in a large drug-dealing operation throughout Monmouth County, authorities said. An eight-month investigation seized hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of drugs that were funneled from Passaic and Somerset counties, Monmouth County Prosecutor Raymond Santiago said in a news release on Monday, June 24. "The arrests and seizures being announced today mark the end result of a herculean investigative effort involving innumerable moving parts, all seamlessly coordinated with the help of more than two dozen other law enforcement agencies,…
Nearly 4K Without Power Amid Brutal Heatwave In Monmouth County Nearly 4K Without Power Amid Brutal Heatwave In Monmouth County
Nearly 4K Without Power Amid Brutal Heatwave In Monmouth County Thousands of New Jersey residents were without power as temperatures spiked and storms swept through on Saturday, June 22. In Rutherford, a "quick but powerful" storm took down five trees including 14 significant limbs and 13 power lines, Police Chief John Russo said. One family was displaced due to a tree impacting their home and most of the 3,500 residents that PSE&G said lost power were on the west side of town, according to Russo. Six PSE&G crews were on scene as of press time "PSEG mobilized very quickly as usual and quickly had half of those without power back up and running,…
Man Sent Child Porn To Undercover Monmouth County Detective, Prosecutors Say Man Sent Child Porn To Undercover Monmouth County Detective, Prosecutors Say
Man Sent Child Porn To Undercover Monmouth County Detective, Prosecutors Say A Passaic man was accused of sending child pornography to an undercover Monmouth County investigator through a social media app, authorities said. Joseph Velazquez, 25, was charged with second-degree endangering the welfare of a child (distribution of child sexual abuse materials) and third-degree endangering the welfare of a child (possession of child sexual abuse materials). Monmouth County Prosecutor Raymond Santiago announced the charges in a news release on Friday, June 21. An undercover detective from the county prosecutor's office was monitoring a group chat on the messenger app…
Amazon Fresh Opening In Eatontown's Former Toys 'R' Us Building Amazon Fresh Opening In Eatontown's Former Toys 'R' Us Building
Amazon Fresh Grocery Store Opening In Eatontown On June 20 A new Amazon supermarket is about to open in Monmouth County, officials said. The Amazon Fresh in Eatontown will officially open on Thursday, June 20, the company said in a news release. It will be the second Amazon Fresh location in New Jersey after one opened in Paramus in July 2022. The Eatontown store is located at 137 Route 35 in a 35,500-square-foot space once occupied by Toys“R”Us. "This new, affordable grocery store in the community will offer wide selection of quality groceries and a convenient shopping experience," Amazon said in its release. "We’re also proud to support the…
Killer Who Aimed To 'Flood Streets' Of Trenton With Heroin Gets 17-Year Minimum In Fed Pen Killer Who Aimed To 'Flood Streets' Of Trenton With Heroin Gets 17-Year Minimum In Fed Pen
Killer Who Aimed To 'Flood Streets' Of Trenton With Heroin Gets 17-Year Minimum In Fed Pen 𝗨𝗣𝗗𝗔𝗧𝗘: Jerome “Righteous" Roberts will have to see his 70th birthday before he can taste freedom again. A convicted killer who aimed to "flood the streets" of Trenton with a "motherlode" of heroin, Roberts, 53, was sentenced this week to what will be a minimum of 17 years in federal prison for his role in a drug ring that once dominated the capital city. Federal jurors had convicted Roberts, of Delran, of drug conspiracy following a three-week trial in Trenton in October 2021. U.S. District Judge Georgette Castner, in turn, sentenced the Bloods gang leader to a 245-month prison sentence t…
Asbury Park Teen Sentenced For Deadly Rape, Torture Of Pet Cat: Prosecutors Asbury Park Teen Sentenced For Deadly Rape, Torture Of Pet Cat: Prosecutors
Asbury Park Teen Sentenced For Deadly Rape, Torture Of Pet Cat: Prosecutors An Asbury Park teen will spend several years in prison after admitting to raping, torturing, and killing his pet cat, authorities said. Bani Mezquititla, 19, was sentenced on Thursday, June 13 to five years in state prison, Monmouth County Prosecutor Raymond Santiago said in a news release. He pleaded guilty to two third-degree animal cruelty charges in April. Investigators said Mezquititla seriously injured the cat named Ellie after performing "sexual acts" on it, then killed it after restraining and torturing it. "It is virtually impossible to conceive of an inst…
Beaked Whale Found Dead In Spring Lake, Second Discovered On Jersey Shore Beaches In 2024 Beaked Whale Found Dead In Spring Lake, Second Discovered On Jersey Shore Beaches In 2024
Beaked Whale Found Dead In Spring Lake, Second Discovered On Jersey Shore Beaches In 2024 A rare type of whale was found dead on a beach in Monmouth County, marine biologists said. A beaked whale on the beach near St. Clair Avenue in Spring Lake was reported to the Marine Mammal Stranding Center at around 6 a.m. on Thursday, June 13, the group said in a Facebook post. A volunteer responded to document the 13-foot-2 whale, which was "in moderately decomposed condition." A Spring Lake public works crew transported the whale to the department's yard to be examined by MMSC staff. The carcass was then transported to the state's Animal Health Diagnostic Lab in Trenton for a …
NJ Reviewing Whether To Revoke Trump Golf Club Liquor Licenses NJ Reviewing Whether To Revoke Trump Golf Club Liquor Licenses
NJ Reviewing Whether To Revoke Trump Golf Club Liquor Licenses New Jersey officials are reviewing whether Donald Trump can keep liquor licenses at three of his golf courses following his hush-money conviction across the Hudson, a spokesperson for the Garden State's top cop confirmed on Tuesday. The New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control is "reviewing the impact of President Trump’s conviction" in New York State on the licenses and "declines further comment at this time,” the office of Attorney General Matthew Platkin said in a brief June 11 statement. The licenses remain active at the Trump National Golf Clubs in Bedminster (Somerset County)…
Keyport Dad, Motorcyclist Killed In Crash On NJ Turnpike: State Police Keyport Dad, Motorcyclist Killed In Crash On NJ Turnpike: State Police
Keyport Dad, Motorcyclist Killed In Crash On NJ Turnpike: State Police A 37-year-old Monmouth County motorcyclist was killed in a crash on the New Jersey Turnpike in Newark on Saturday June 8, authorities said. At 2:31 a.m. Ryan Schamlz, a Keyport resident, was opearting a Harley Davidson south on the ramp of the Turnpike by Interchange 14 when he crashed into an international truck hauling a utility trailer that was stopped on the access road at the intersection, Jeffrey Lebron, a spokesman for the New Jersey State Police said. Schmalz suffered fatal injuries, Lebron said. The crash remains under investigation, Lebron said.  I have no words right no…