Friday, May 17, 2013
Man left suitcase in cargo hold of NJ Transit bus early Friday morning
Several people were removed from a New Jersey Transit bus shortly after midnight Friday while authorities checked out a suspicious bag left in the cargo hold, police said. A NJ Transit driver flagged down a Freehold Borough police officer at the borough bus station at 1 Railroad Plaza around 12:17 a.m., Lt. Michael Sweetman said. The driver said a suitcase had been left in the cargo hold by a passenger he picked up at the Port Authority station in New York City. The driver told Patrolwoman Zandra Vega that the passenger was insistant the he keep his bag with him on the bus, but the driver refused and put the bag in the cargo hold, Sweetman said. But when the passenger exited the bus on Taylor’s Mills Road in Marlboro, he left without his …
More charges may be pending an investigation into the early Sunday morning incident
A melee at the Metropolitan Café early Sunday morning sent two to the hospital with bleeding heads, one arrested and possibly others pending, police said Thursday. Police were called to the E. Main Street business around 1:06 a.m. Sunday to find café employee Johnny Alite, 21, of Freehold Township, bleeding from the head. Alite said he had been hit in the head with a beer bottle by a café patron, one of a rowdy group he was trying to escort from the building, Lt. Michael Sweetman said. Police then encountered Owen McCann, 24, of Freehold, who also was bleeding from the head, the result, he said, of being struck with a bottle by Alite. Alite said McCann and a large group he was with were told several times throughout the night to calm down…
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Second time black bear has been seen in that area recently
A black bear was spotted earlier today at Route 33 and Wemrock Road, police said. Freehold Township Police Sgt. Scott Hall saw the bear walking around near the area of Battleview Orchards and walk back into the woods. State game wardens were notified, Sgt. Jerry Kiwit said. It was the second time in recent months a bear has been seen in that area, Kiwit said. If you encounter a bear, do not approach it and call police immediately, Kiwit said.
Woman left with items from Freehold Township Stop & Shop
An Eatontown woman was arrested and charged Monday with shoplifting from Freehold Township stores and receiving stolen property, according to arrest warrants. Cheryl R. Jackson, 44, was arrested and charged on Monday with shoplifting and receiving stolen property in connection with separate incidents on May 10, according to the arrest warrents. Jackson was charged with shoplifting when she left a Freehold Township Stop & Shop with $342.57 in assorted groceries and other items. She was also charged with receiving stolen property when she was found with $427.91 in groceries and other items that she knew, or should have known, were stolen from a Freehold Township Shop-Rite, the warrants say.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Police Chief Glenn Roberts warns that phone scammers can be clever
Borough resident Sharon Fanicola thought the phone call she received on a Saturday afternoon was a little odd. The woman on the other end of the phone said she was with the U.S. Census Bureau, and that the Fanicola family had been selected from a larger demographic to participate in a survey. The survey would only take an hour of her time. But Fanicola said she felt uneasy about the whole thing, like something just didn’t add up. If this really was the U.S. Census Bureau, a federal agency, why were they calling on a weekend? And what census questions could possibly take an hour? “She's asking for an hour of our time to answer questions and I've never had the Census ask more than just a few minutes,” Fanicola said. Fanicola asked to speak …
Monday, May 13, 2013
Howell police assisted with investigation.
A Glendola Road resident arrived home to find a burglary in progress, and police used a foot chase with K9 officers to find two suspects who had fled, Wall Police said. Chief Robert L. Brice said police responded to the home around 1:40 p.m. Sunday to a report of a burglary in progress between Belmar and Monmouth boulevards. "The burglary was interrupted by the resident who was arriving home. Two suspects were described by area residents, a female suspect that fled on foot out of the back of the house and a male suspect that fled in a silver pick up truck," said Brice in a police statement. At that point, several officers including a Wall Police K9 unit began searching the area for the suspects, and were assisted by nearby towns. After an …
Sunday, May 12, 2013
A strange week in Monmouth County crime stories
This was not your typical week in crime in Monmouth County. From the indictment of a top school administrator to the arrest of a music teacher, this week’s crime stories ran the gamut. Here are the top Patch-reported crime stories from around Monmouth County: Police: Manalapan Guitar Teacher Spanked Student for Sexual Gratification A Musician’s Workshop guitar teacher has been charged with sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child after investigators discovered he was spanking a music student for his own sexual gratification, Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced Friday. The alleged assault of the student, who was under 13, took place some time in the past few months. Family Enters Guilty Pleas …
Friday, May 10, 2013
Branstrom's personal effects were found on the train tracks near an unidentified body that was struck by a train, according to the Times of Trenton.
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Friday, May 10
The body of a man struck by a high-speed passenger train Friday morning may be of missing East Windsor teen Riley Branstrom, according to the Times of Trenton. Branstrom, 18, went missing on Monday when he was last seen near Hightstown High School at around 2:30 p.m. His phone was tracked to Monmouth Battlefield State Park in Freehold and his truck was located in the parking lot of Princeton Junction parking lot Thursday afternoon. According to the Times, police started searching the surrounding area of the Princeton Junction train station Friday morning and one of the police dogs located the body. Some of Branstrom’s personal effects were found near the train tracks, the Times reported. However, the body has not yet been positively …
Musician's Workshop teacher Frank Diliberto, Jr allegedly sexually assaulted a student.
A Musician’s Workshop guitar teacher has been charged with sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child after investigators discovered he was spanking a music student for his own sexual gratification, Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced Friday. The alleged assault of the student, who was under 13, took place some time in the past few months. Manalapan resident Frank Diliberto, Jr., 60, was arrested Thursday evening, police said. He is currently being held in Monmouth County Correctional Institute on $200,000 bail with no option to post 10 percent of the bond. Bail was set by Monmouth County Superior Court Judge David F. Bauman, P.J.C. Bauman ordered Diliberto to have no contact with the victim …
Police, borough officials holding info session on predatory scams often targeting seniors
Members of the police and Borough Council have set the dates of several informational seminars for senior citizens aimed at raising awareness of various scams and protecting seniors from predatory practices. Police Chief Glenn Roberts, Lt. Michael Sweetman and Councilwoman Sharon Shutzer will be hosting a series of seminars focusing on telephone scams, handling telemarketers, home and personal safety, identity theft and dealing with contractors, Roberts said. The following dates have been set: “We hope that everyone takes advantage of this opportunity to come some new ways to protect your investments and increase your safety,” Roberts said.