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Pedestrian Struck, Killed By 70-Year-Old Driver In Spring Lake Heights, Prosecutor Says Pedestrian Struck, Killed By 70-Year-Old Driver In Spring Lake Heights, Prosecutor Says
Pedestrian Struck, Killed By 70-Year-Old Driver In Spring Lake Heights, Prosecutor Says A pedestrian was struck by a 70-year-old driver on Saturday, May 25 in Monmouth County, authorities said. The woman, 85, was crossing Allaire Road in Spring Lake Heights when she was struck by the 2023 Nissan Rogue attempting a left-hand turn from the southbound side of Old Mille Road onto eastbound Allaire around 1:20 p.m., Monmouth County Prosecutor Raymond S. Santiago said. As a result of the crash, the woman was pronounced dead at 1:56 p.m. The driver remained on scene. An investigation involving members of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, Monmouth County Serious Coll…
Driver Used Phone During Wall Crash That Hospitalized Belmar Motorcyclist For Months: Police Driver Used Phone During Wall Crash That Hospitalized Belmar Motorcyclist For Months: Police
Daniel Abbott Of Lakewood Arrested A Lakewood man was accused of using his cellphone during a crash that severely injured a Monmouth County motorcyclist, authorities said. Daniel Abbott, 48, turned himself in to Wall Township police on Monday, May 13, the department said in a news release. He was charged with fourth-degree assault by auto. Wall police responded to a crash on Lakewood Allenwood Road on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2023. A 73-year-old Belmar man suffered severe injuries in the wreck. Investigators said Abbott was driving west in a Ford "full-size van" when he crossed the center line and hit the Belmar man who was…
Union Beach Youth Soccer Coach Molested Players, Sent Sexual Photos, Prosecutors Say Union Beach Youth Soccer Coach Molested Players, Sent Sexual Photos, Prosecutors Say
Ryan Gunsauls Of Union Beach Arrested A Monmouth County youth soccer coach has been accused of molesting two of his players and sending sexual pictures to several others, authorities said. Ryan Gunsauls, 32, of Union Beach, was arrested in Hazlet on Friday, May 11, The Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office announced his arrest in a news release issued Tuesday, May 14. Investigators said one boy told police earlier in May that Gunsauls had been sending him "sexually explicit materials" and asking for them on social media. More victims between 11 and 17 years old were identified and interviewed. Prosecutors said Gunsauls sent…
Family Seeks Help Returning Spring Lake Drowning Victim's Body To Native Ecuador: Fundraiser Family Seeks Help Returning Spring Lake Drowning Victim's Body To Native Ecuador: Fundraiser
Wilmer Lalvay GoFundMe A family is asking for help returning an Essex County man's body to his native Ecuador after he drowned at a beach along the Jersey Shore, a campaign fundraiser said. According to a GoFundMe page, 23-year-old Wilmer Lalvay of Belleville drowned on Saturday, May 4. The fundraiser was created by Lalvay's cousin Norma Minchala Perez. The GoFundMe has raised nearly $400 from at least six donations as of Tuesday, May 7. "My cousin came to this country to look for a better future and provide for his family in Ecuador," Perez wrote in Spanish. "Wilmer died on the beach drowning and…
Freehold Mom Who Enjoyed Beauty Vlogging Killed In Crash, 25: 'Your Energy Was Unmatched' Freehold Mom Who Enjoyed Beauty Vlogging Killed In Crash, 25: 'Your Energy Was Unmatched'
Amani Gilliam Obituary Family and friends were mourning a Monmouth County mother who was killed in an early morning crash. A spokesperson for the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office confirmed that Amani Gilliam, 25, of Freehold, was the woman who died in a crash in Manalapan on Thursday, Apr. 25. It happened near the intersection of Route 9 and Ryan Road just before 4:30 a.m. Manalapan police found a 2017 Nissan Sentra driven by Gilliam and a 2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by an unidentified man. Gilliam was rushed to a hospital where she was pronounced dead. Gilliam enjoyed posting video blogs f…
Man Convicted Of Strangling Wife, Dumping Body On Side Of Ocean Township Road: Prosecutors Man Convicted Of Strangling Wife, Dumping Body On Side Of Ocean Township Road: Prosecutors
Jeremy Cruz Of Forked River Found Guilty A Forked River man was convicted of strangling his wife to death and leaving her body on the side of a Monmouth County road, authorities said. A jury found 53-year-old Jeremy Cruz guilty of first-degree murder. Monmouth County Prosecutor Raymond Santiago announced the conviction in a news release on Friday, Apr. 26. A driver saw 51-year-old Dawn Cruz with severe injuries on Colonial Avenue near the intersection with Asbury Avenue in Ocean Township just after 1 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022. Ocean Township police found her and she was pronounced dead at the scen…
Man Intentionally Set Fires At Hazlet Property Since December: Police Man Intentionally Set Fires At Hazlet Property Since December: Police
Albert Caporaso Arrested A Monmouth County man was accused of intentionally setting fires on the same property over the past five months, authorities said. Albert Caporaso, 49, of Hazlet, was arrested on early in the morning on Friday, Apr. 26, the Hazlet Township Police Department said in a Facebook post. He was facing charges for several arsons since Saturday, Dec. 2, 2023. A Hazlet officer was watching the South Laurel Avenue home at around 11:56 p.m. on Thursday, Apr. 25, when a man matching the suspect's description from previous arsons walked onto the property. The man, later identified as Caporaso, entered a…
Woman Killed In Early Morning Crash On Route 9 In Manalapan Woman Killed In Early Morning Crash On Route 9 In Manalapan
Route 9 Crash A woman was killed in an early morning crash in Monmouth County, authorities said. Manalapan police responded to the crash near the intersection of Route 9 and Ryan Road just before 4:30 a.m. on Thursday, Apr. 25, Monmouth County Prosecutor Raymond Santiago said in a news release. When officers arrived, they found two vehicles involved in the crash. A woman driving a 2017 Nissan Sentra was rushed to a hospital where she was pronounced dead. A man driving a 2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee stayed at the scene and was brought to a hospital with minor injuries. No charges or summonses have …
Ex-Con Sentenced For Home Invasion, Sexually Assaulting Woman In Asbury Park: Prosecutors Ex-Con Sentenced For Home Invasion, Sexually Assaulting Woman In Asbury Park: Prosecutors
Shawn Connolly Of Asbury Park Sentenced An Asbury Park ex-convict will spend more than three decades in prison after he was convicted of a home invasion and sexual assault, authorities said. Shawn Connolly, 37, was sentenced on Tuesday, Apr. 23 to 40 years in prison, Monmouth County Prosecutor Raymond Santiago announced in a news release. He'll be eligible for parole after 34 years under the No Early Release Act. Asbury Park police responded to a home on Seventh Avenue just before 5:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. Officers immediately found Connolly, arrested him, and recovered what he stole from his pockets. Investigat…
Gas Attendant Stole Thousands From Customers At Freehold Township Wawa: Prosecutors Gas Attendant Stole Thousands From Customers At Freehold Township Wawa: Prosecutors
Patrick Brown Of Newark Indicted A former Monmouth County gas station attendant was accused of stealing thousands of dollars from customers, authorities said. Patrick Brown, 48, of Newark, was indicted by a grand jury on 52 counts, Monmouth County Prosecutor Raymond Santiago announced in a news release on Wednesday, Apr. 24. He was charged with 13 counts each of third-degree credit card fraud, third-degree false uttering, third-degree theft, and fourth-degree credit card theft. Freehold Township police said the thefts at the Wawa on Route 9 North happened "during a limited amount of time" in August 2023. Bro…
Human Remains At Wall Township Construction Site Not Believed To Be Suspicious: Prosecutors Human Remains At Wall Township Construction Site Not Believed To Be Suspicious: Prosecutors
Human Remains At Wall Township Construction Site Not Believed To Be Suspicious: Prosecutors Foul play was not suspected after human remains were found at a Jersey Shore construction site, authorities said. An analysis of the skeletal remains hasn't shown any evidence of the people's deaths being suspicious, Monmouth County Prosecutor Raymond Santiago and Wall Township police Chief Sean O'Halloran said in a news release on Friday, Apr. 19.  The remains were found on the 1100 block of Narrumson Road in Wall Township on Tuesday, Mar. 12. Work had just started on the foundation of a new home when the remains were discovered. A state police anthropologist perf…
Matawan Man Who Killed Father, Hid His Body Sentenced: Prosecutors Matawan Man Who Killed Father, Hid His Body Sentenced: Prosecutors
Kenneth Knapp Jr. Sentenced A Monmouth County man will spend more than 20 years in prison after admitting to killing his father and hiding his body in their home almost two years ago, authorities said. Kenneth Knapp Jr., 32, of Matawan, was sentenced on Thursday, Apr. 18 to 30 years in state prison, Monmouth County Prosecutor Raymond Santiago said in a news release. He pleaded guilty on Tuesday, Jan. 23 to first-degree aggravated manslaughter and second-degree desecration of human remains. Matawan police were called to the family's home on Matawan Avenue on Sunday, May 1, 2022, for a welfare check on 58…
Teacher Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Student Near Assunpink Lake Free From Jail Until Trial Teacher Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Student Near Assunpink Lake Free From Jail Until Trial
Teacher Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Student Near Assunpink Lake Free From Jail Until Trial A Mercer County high school teacher accused of sexually assaulting a student several times at a Monmouth County wildlife preserve was released from jail to await her trial, authorities said. A judge denied a request on Wednesday, Apr. 17 to keep 37-year-old Jessica Sawicki of Point Pleasant Beach in jail through her trial, a Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office spokesperson said. She was charged with five counts of second-degree sexual assault and five counts of second-degree endangering the welfare of a child. Sawicki was arrested on Monday, Apr. 8, according to an affidavit obtai…
Maserati Driven By 82-Year-Old Leaves Pedestrian Critical In Route 35 Crash In Wall: Prosecutor Maserati Driven By 82-Year-Old Leaves Pedestrian Critical In Route 35 Crash In Wall: Prosecutor
Route 35 Pedestrian Crash A man is fighting for his life after he was struck by a luxury sports car while crossing a busy road in Monmouth County, authorities said. Wall Township police responded to the crash involving a pedestrian at the intersection of Route 35 and Warren Avenue at around 11:22 a.m. on Monday, Apr. 15. Monmouth County Prosecutor Raymond Santiago released new details about the wreck in a news release on Thursday, Apr. 18. Investigators said an 82-year-old man driving a 2007 Maserati was making a left turn onto Route 35. The driver hit a 78-year-old man who was crossing the road from east to west in…
Marlboro Mom Tells BOE Teacher Sexually Abused Daughter, Investigation Launched (VIDEO) Marlboro Mom Tells BOE Teacher Sexually Abused Daughter, Investigation Launched (VIDEO)
Marlboro Mom Tells BOE Teacher Sexually Abused Daughter, Investigation Launched (Video) A Monmouth County teacher is under investigation after a student's mother accused her of sexually abusing her daughter. The upset parents of a 13-year-old girl confronted the Marlboro Township Board of Education at a regularly scheduled workshop meeting on Tuesday, Apr. 16. The girl's mother claimed her daughter was "molested" in a hallway of Marlboro Memorial Middle School. ALSO SEE: Hateful Email, Bomb Threat Prompts Delayed Opening In NJ District Probing Teacher For Abusing Student Marlboro Township Public Schools During her public comment, the mother identified t…
Teacher Had Unprotected Sex With Teen Student Multiple Times In Monmouth County: Affidavit Teacher Had Unprotected Sex With Teen Student Multiple Times In Monmouth County: Affidavit
Jessica Sawicki Arrest A Mercer County high school teacher admitted to sexually assaulting a student multiple times times in a vehicle at a Monmouth County wildlife preserve, according to police paperwork obtained by Daily Voice. Jessica Sawicki, 37, of Point Pleasant, was arrested on Monday, Apr. 8, and charged with five counts of second-degree sexual assault and five counts of second-degree endangering the welfare of a child. New Jersey Fish and Wildlife officers found Sawicki and the victim "in states of undress" in the back of the victim's car at Assunpink Wildlife Management Area in Upper…
Eatontown Motorcyclist Identified In Deadly Route 18 Crash In Colts Neck Eatontown Motorcyclist Identified In Deadly Route 18 Crash In Colts Neck
Eatontown Motorcyclist Identified In Deadly Route 18 Crash In Colts Neck Authorities have identified the Monmouth County motorcyclist who was killed in a crash on Route 18 in Colts Neck, authorities said. Vladimir Gorelov, 20, of Eatontown, died in the wreck on Tuesday, Apr. 9, a Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office spokesperson said. Colts Neck police responded to the crash on Route 18 North near milepost 17.0 at around 6:02 p.m. Gorelov was driving his 2017 Honda CBR motorcycle when it crashed into the back of a 2011 Ford F350 Utility truck driven by a 27-year-old man. He was thrown from his motorcycle, which slid to an "uncon…
Woman High On Narcotics Indicted In Howell Crash That Killed Toddler: Prosecutors Woman High On Narcotics Indicted In Howell Crash That Killed Toddler: Prosecutors
Samantha Bonora Indicted A Monmouth County woman was indicted after she was accused of driving under the influence of drugs in a crash that killed a young girl, authorities said. Samantha Bonora, 31, of Howell, was indicted by a grand jury, the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office announced in a news release on Friday, Apr. 12. She was charged with first-degree aggravated manslaughter, two counts of second-degree aggravated assault, and four counts of assault by auto. Howell police responded to a crash on Route 34 near the Colts Neck border at around 4:41 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 13. Investigators said Bonor…
Motorcyclist Killed In Fiery Route 18 Crash In Colts Neck Motorcyclist Killed In Fiery Route 18 Crash In Colts Neck
Colts Neck Motorcycle Crash A Monmouth County motorcyclist was killed in a crash in Colts Neck this week, authorities said. Colts Neck police responded to the crash on Route 18 North near milepost 17.0 at around 6:02 p.m. on Tuesday, Apr. 9. Monmouth County Prosecutor Raymond Santiago announced details about the crash in a news release on Thursday, Apr. 11. A 20-year-old Eatontown man was operating his 2017 Honda CBR motorcycle when it crashed into the back of a 2011 Ford F350 Utility truck driven by a 27-year-old man. The Eatontown man was thrown from his motorcycle, which slid to an "uncontrolled stop" and…
Asbury Park Teen Admits To Raping, Torturing, Killing His Pet Cat: Prosecutors Asbury Park Teen Admits To Raping, Torturing, Killing His Pet Cat: Prosecutors
Bani Mezquititla Guilty Plea An Asbury Park teen admitted to raping, torturing, and killing his pet cat, authorities said. Bani Mezquititla, 19, pleaded guilty to third-degree animal cruelty by tormenting, torturing, or unnecessarily or cruelly abusing a living animal resulting in its death, and third-degree animal cruelty by using or causing or procuring the use of an animal or creature in any kind of sexual manner. Monmouth County Prosecutor Raymond Santiago announced the guilty plea in a news release on Wednesday, Apr. 10. Asbury Park police began investigating after someone brought a d…
HS Teacher Sexually Assaulted Student In Assunpink Wildlife Management Area: Prosecutors HS Teacher Sexually Assaulted Student In Assunpink Wildlife Management Area: Prosecutors
Jessica Sawicki Arrested A Mercer County high school English teacher was accused of sexually assaulting a student, authorities said. Jessica Sawicki, 37, of Point Pleasant, was arrested for "having a sexual relationship" with a student, Monmouth County Prosecutor Raymond Santiago said in a news release on Tuesday, Apr. 9.  She was charged with five counts of second-degree sexual assault and five counts of second-degree endangering the welfare of a child. The investigation into the Hamilton High School West teacher began in early 2024. Investigators said Sawicki "engaged in s…
Tinton Falls Man Identified In Deadly West Long Branch Crash Tinton Falls Man Identified In Deadly West Long Branch Crash
Tinton Falls Man Identified In Deadly West Long Branch Crash A pedestrian who was struck by an SUV and killed in Monmouth County has been identified, authorities said. Curtis Davis, 60, of Tinton Falls, died after the crash on Friday, Mar. 29, according to a spokesperson from the Monmouth Country Prosecutor's Office. West Long Branch police responded to Route 36 East near Monmouth Road at around 7:55 p.m. Officers found Davis and paramedics rushed him to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. The 38-year-old female driver of a 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee remained at the scene of the crash.  The driver had not been charged or given a tr…
Pedestrian Struck By SUV, Killed In West Long Branch Pedestrian Struck By SUV, Killed In West Long Branch
Pedestrian Struck By SUV, Killed In West Long Branch A pedestrian was struck by an SUV and killed in Monmouth County, authorities said. West Long Branch police responded to Route 36 East near Monmouth Road at around 7:55 p.m. on Friday, Mar. 29, according to a spokesperson from the Monmouth Country Prosecutor's Office. Officers found the 60-year-old man and paramedics rushed him to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.  The 38-year-old female driver of a 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee remained at the scene of the crash. She had not been charged or given a traffic summons as of Monday, Apr. 1. The Monmouth County Serious Collision Anal…
COLD CASE: Information Wanted In 1996 Killing Of Neptune City Convenience Store Owner COLD CASE: Information Wanted In 1996 Killing Of Neptune City Convenience Store Owner
Cold CASE: Information Wanted In 1996 Killing Of Neptune City Convenience Store Owner Police in Monmouth County are looking for help finding whoever killed a convenience store owner nearly 30 years ago, authorities said. In a news release on Thursday, Mar. 28, Monmouth County Prosecutor Raymond Santiago said law enforcement is looking for new information about the 1996 death of Smita Amin Patel. The 35-year-old from Tinton Falls was killed inside the Little Brown Jug convenience store at the Gables Shopping Center on Route 33 in Neptune City. Investigators said Patel and her husband were co-owners of the store that's across the street from Jersey Shore University M…
Former Wall Township Officer Who Stole $115K+ From Charities Sentenced: Prosecutors Former Wall Township Officer Who Stole $115K+ From Charities Sentenced: Prosecutors
James Cadigan Sentenced A former police officer in Monmouth County will spend several years in prison after he admitted to stealing more than $100,000 in charitable donations, authorities said. James Cadigan, 42, was sentenced on Wednesday, Mar. 20 to five years in state prison, Monmouth County Prosecutor Raymond Santiago said in a news release. He was accused of taking more than $115,000 from several organizations. Cadigan was a sergeant for the Wall Township Police Department. "Our agency is happy that this is now behind us and we can continue to build public trust," Wall police Chief Sean O'Halloran said in a …
Marlboro Man Indicted For Killing Late Mom's Boyfriend In Home They Shared: Prosecutors Marlboro Man Indicted For Killing Late Mom's Boyfriend In Home They Shared: Prosecutors
Carl Richards Indicted A Monmouth County man was indicted after police accused him of killing his late mother's former boyfriend early on New Year's Day, authorities said. A grand jury indicted 39-year-old Carl Richards of Marlboro, the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office said in a news release on Thursday, Mar. 21. Richards was charged with first-degree murder and three counts of second-degree endangering the welfare of a child. Richards was charged with endangering because three children were in the home during the attack. George Mott III, 64, died from his injuries in the attack on Monday, Jan. 1. Mott III wa…
Keansburg Man Sentenced For Having Meth, Cocaine, Heroin, Illegal Gun: Prosecutor Keansburg Man Sentenced For Having Meth, Cocaine, Heroin, Illegal Gun: Prosecutor
Davidson Jules Sentenced A Monmouth County man was sentenced to more than a decade in prison after admitting to having several types of drugs, equipment to distribute them, and an illegal gun, authorities said. Davidson Jules, 42, of Keansburg, was sentenced to 12 years in state prison on Friday, Mar. 15, Monmouth County Prosecutor Raymond Santiago announced in a news release on Monday, Mar. 18. He pleaded guilty on Monday, Jan. 8 to possession of more than five ounces with intent to distribute and unlawful possession of a handgun.  Several law enforcement agencies executed search warrants durin…
Skeletal Remains Found At Wall Township Construction Site: Prosecutor Skeletal Remains Found At Wall Township Construction Site: Prosecutor
Skeletal Remains Found At Wall Township Construction Site: Prosecutor An investigation is under way in a Jersey Shore town where skeletal remains were found, authorities confirmed. The remains were found on a piece of property on the 1100 block of Narrumson Road in Wall Township Tuesday, March 12 where work is being done, Monmouth County Prosecutor Raymond S. Santiago and Wall Township Police Chief Sean O'Halloran said. News 12 was the first to break the story, noting human remains were found at an excavation project. What looks very much like SKELETAL REMAINS found at a construction home site in the Manasquan Shores section of Wall Township. M…
Asbury Park Man Convicted Of Nearly Stabbing Ex-Girlfriend To Death Asbury Park Man Convicted Of Nearly Stabbing Ex-Girlfriend To Death
Asbury Park Man Convicted Of Nearly Stabbing Ex-Girlfriend To Death An Asbury Park man was convicted of nearly stabbing the mother of his child to death, authorities said. A jury found Amando Miguel-Ortiz, 37, guilty on Friday, Mar. 8 of first-degree attempted murder, along with a third- and fourth-degree weapons offense. Monmouth County Prosecutor Raymond Santiago announced the conviction in a news release on Tuesday, Mar. 12. Asbury Park police responded to a report of an assault at a home on Second Avenue at around 5:15 p.m. on Monday, Mar. 6, 2023. Officers found Miguel-Ortiz's ex-girlfriend with a head injury and she was rushed to a hospital for t…
Pedestrian Suffers Life-Threatening Injuries In Route 9 Howell Crash Pedestrian Suffers Life-Threatening Injuries In Route 9 Howell Crash
Route 9 Pedestrian Crash In Howell A man was fighting for his life after he was hit by an SUV while walking across Route 9 in Monmouth County, authorities said. Howell Township police responded to the pedestrian crash near the intersection with Strickland Road at around 5:21 a.m. on Monday, Mar. 11, the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office said in a news release. The 27-year-old man was crossing Route 9 when he was hit by a northbound 2020 GMC Terrain. The pedestrian was rushed to the hospital with several life-threatening injuries. The 41-year-old man driving the SUV stayed at the scene. The crash investigation is active an…
Retired Bradley Beach Police Chief Came To Work Drunk, Berated Officers: Investigation Details Retired Bradley Beach Police Chief Came To Work Drunk, Berated Officers: Investigation Details
Bradley Beach Police Chief Guida Investigation Findings A Jersey Shore police chief who retired after a heated argument with one of his sergeants broke more than two dozen law enforcement rules and had an "irretrievably broken" relationship with his officers, authorities said. Former Bradley Beach police Chief Leonard Guida committed 28 violations in seven incidents between July 2022 and November 2023, Monmouth County Prosecutor Raymond Santiago said on Friday, March 1, the same day Guida retired — six months early. "The findings outlined in this report illustrate unmistakably that over the previous year and a half, Chief Guida has been an …