McAtasney Pleads Not Guilty to Robbing, Killing Longtime Friend Sarah Stern

May 15, 2017

FREEHOLD, NJ — Liam McAtasney of Neptune City pleaded not guilty on all charges in connection with a robbery plot that led to the murder of longtime friend Sarah Stern.

The plea was entered on May 15 during an arraignment before Superior Court Judge Richard English, who set a pretrial conference date of July 10.

Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Meghan Doyle said the state will ...

Neptune City Man Pleads Guilty in Death of Sarah Stern, Turns on Friend Indicted in Her Murder

FREEHOLD, NJ — A Neptune City man was indicted today for murder and on six other charges in the death of Sarah Stern — just hours after his longtime friend pleaded guilty to six charges and agreed to testify against the accused killer.

A Monmouth County grand jury returned the indictment against Liam McAtasney, 19, formally charging him with murder, robbery, felony murder, ...

Judge Denies Change of Venue for Seaside Park Bombing Suspect

ELIZABETH, NJ — Superior Court Judge Karen Cassidy has denied a change of venue for terror suspect Ahmad Khan Rahimi of Elizabeth. No trial date has been set.

Rahimi is charged with one count of unlawful possession of handgun, one count of possession of a firearm to be used unlawfully against a police officer, and four counts of attempted murder of several police officers.

In ...

Former Birdsall Executives Plead Guilty, Face Jail Time for Pay-to-Play

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Two former executives of Birdsall Services Group, the Monmouth County-based engineering firm that closed in the wake of a sweeping pay-to-play scheme, will likely serve jail time.

Robert Gerard, a 56-year-old Wall resident and Birdsall’s chief marketing officer, pleaded guilty yesterday to a fourth-degree charge of “making prohibited corporate political ...

Belmar Hit with $10 Million Lawsuit over Outdoor Bar Fight

BELMAR, NJ — A $10 million federal lawsuit has been filed against the borough by the owners of a proposed outdoor bar whose liquor license transfer was rejected.

Brothers Timothy and Matthew Harmon are seeking damages resulting from what they claim is the borough’s deliberate attempt to prevent them from opening Salt, a tiki-style bar and café at 710 River Road that ...

Belmar Man Faces Criminal Charges for Superstorm Sandy-Related Fraud

TRENTON, NJ — A Belmar man is facing criminal charges after receiving $12,270 in Superstorm Sandy federal relief funds for allegedly filing fraudulent applications.

Ryan K. Spill, 28, is alleged to have falsely claimed that when the storm struck on October 29, 2012, he lived on South Boston Drive in Little Egg Harbor Township, although at that time his primary residence was in Freehold, ...

North Jersey Man Convicted of Sexual Assault in Belmar

FREEHOLD, NJ — A Bergen County man has been found guilty of second-degree sexual assault on a woman in Belmar in 2014.

Edward Terragni III, 36, of Wallington was recently convicted by a Monmouth County jury of committing an act of sexual penetration on a 29-year old female on August 11, 2014 in the borough, according to Charles Webster, spokesman for the Monmouth County ...

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