OCEAN COUNTY, NJ - When the Ocean County Health Department confirms COVID-19 positive tests, Lakewood is always on top. In fact, they may lead the state, leading to a crackdown on lack of compliance with Governor Murphy;s order to stay home and maintain social distancing.
Today, Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer and Lakewood Township Police Chief Gregory Meyer announced that on Monday, March 30, 2020, David Gluck, age 42, of Lakewood and Abraham Haberfeld, age 32, of Lakewood were each charged with Maintaining a Nuisance in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:33-12a.
According to a joint press release issued by the Prosector's Office and Lakewood Police, local law enforcement agents responded to a Lakewood address for a report of a large gathering of people. When they arrived at 401 Madison Avenue at 8:30 am, responding officers found approximately 35 individuals inside the building.
The gathering was deemed in violation of Executive Order No. 107 signed by Governor Phil Murphy on March 21, 2020, which bans gatherings of individuals, whether they be at weddings, parties, celebrations, or other social events. After several unsuccessful attempts by the Officers to clear the building, the crowd was eventually dispersed. The building’s owner, David Gluck and the building’s manager Abraham Haberfeld were each charged with maintaining a nuisance.
Yesterday, members of the Lakewood Township Police Department were summoned to a residence on Alamitos Drive for a report of a gathering of people blocking the street. Upon arrival, Officers discovered a gathering of approximately 40-50 people, including children, on the front lawn and in the street in front of the residence.
The officers ordered the crowd to disperse, and made contact with the owners of the residence, Eliezer and Miriam Silber. Eliezer Silber was charged with Violating Any Rule or Regulation Adopted by the Governor in violation of APP.A: 9-49h, as well as Endangering the Welfare of his five children who were at the gathering. Miriam Silber was likewise charged with Endangering the Welfare of her five children. They are both required to appear at a future court date in Ocean County Superior Court.
“We will continue to enforce Executive Order 107. Nothing short of 100% compliance will be tolerated. Stay home and practice social distancing, and please have some consideration for our law enforcement officers,” Prosecutor Billhimer stated.