Law & Justice

October 30, 2018

FREEHOLD, NJ — A Neptune Township man has been found guilty of writing nearly $3,000 in bad checks for Sears merchandise he purchased shortly after Superstorm Sandy for his alleged damaged home, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office. John C. Vanness, 57, of Riverside Drive was ...

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HOWELL, NJ — The owner of a now-closed Belmar bar will pay $1.5 million to the family of a woman killed in a drunken driving accident more than four years ago. A settlement was recently reached between the estate of Tiffany Soto, 26, of Howell and 8th Avenue Ventures, the corporate entity of ...

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FREEHOLD, NJ — A 43-year old Plainfield man has admitted to posting threatening messages online against U.S. Congressman Chris Smith, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office. DeReal Finklin pleaded guilty on October 19 to one count of fourth-degree cyberharassment before Superior ...

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FREEHOLD, NJ — A former Lake Como man admitted yesterday to sending sexually explicit text messages to an undercover police officer who he believed was an 11-year old girl, according to Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni. Michael Camacho, 55, on October 22 pleaded guilty to ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Michael “The Situation” Sorrentino of reality television’s “Jersey Shore” has been sentenced to eight months in prison for violating federal tax laws, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of New Jersey. Sorrentino also was ordered today, October 5 by U.S. District Judge ...

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FREEHOLD, NJ — Alan Abraham of Belmar, former director of the Manasquan High School band, has admitted to stealing some $2,300 in band funds for his personal use between 2015 to 2016, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office. Abraham, 60, pled guilty on September 24 to one count of ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Cars, home furnishings and a fish tank are among the $115,000 worth of personal items the former chief financial officer of a Freehold-based nonprofit allegedly bought using credit cards and checks from his employer. Peter Pflug, 55, of Freehold was indicted on August 21 by a state ...

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FREEHOLD, NJ — Two Asbury Park residents have been indicted in connection with the homicide of a 57-year-old resident of the city’s senior citizens complex in April, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office. A Monmouth County Grand Jury has handed up a nine-count indictment charging ...

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FREEHOLD, NJ — A Monmouth County grand jury has returned a six-count indictment accusing a Hightstown man of fatally shooting a woman while both were driving on Route 33 in Freehold in May, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office. Kader Mustafa, 34, of Hightstown has been indicted ...

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LAKE COMO, NJ — The New York City firefighter charged with criminal mischief and defiant trespass for vomiting and defecating in an 18th Avenue backyard in June was fined $4,000 after pleading guilty to violating Lake Como's noise and littering ordinances. When Joseph Cassano appeared in Belmar ...

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TRENTON, NJ — An appeal court has upheld a decision that the borough acted improperly when drafting an interpretive statement to a public question that would be narrowly approved by voters to rebuild Taylor Pavilion after Superstorm Sandy. As a result of the affirmation by the three-judge panel ...

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FREEHOLD, NJ — Two Neptune teenagers have been indicted on murder and related charges in the shooting death of a 10-year-old Asbury Park boy in February, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office. A Monmouth County grand jury has returned a six-count indictment charging Karon Council, ...

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FREEHOLD, NJ — A Belmar man has been indicted on charges of sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office. Salvadore Quiroz, 30, of Belmar was formally charged late last week with alleged sexual assault of a victim under age 13, and ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Three former Belmar lifeguard managers have put the borough on notice that they plan to file a lawsuit because they were not rehired as part of the beach patrol’s recent restructuring. A notice of tort claim on behalf of former lifeguard director Ray Elms, captain Harry Harsin and ...

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LAKE COMO, NJ — A Superior Court judge has knocked down plans by the parent company of WRAT-FM to build a radio tower nearly double the size of the existing structure at the corner of 18th  Avenue and Main Street in Lake Como. Judge Jamie Perri has dismissed an appeal filed by Greater Media Inc.

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FREEHOLD, NJ — A former Lake Como man has been indicted on charges of sending sexually explicit text messages to an undercover police officer who he believed to be an 11-year old girl, according to Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni. A Monmouth County grand jury returned the ...

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NEWARK, NJ — A former Belmar man was sentenced to two years in prison for stealing more than $1 million from an orthopedic practice while he served as its chief financial officer. Harry Wolfmuller, 70, was sentenced on May 23 by U.S. District Judge Claire C. Cecchi in Newark after pleading ...

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FREEHOLD, NJ — A Belmar man will spend at least four years of an eight-year sentence in prison for breaking into the Bradley Beach home of two elderly brothers while they slept and fleeing with personal belongings and cash, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office. Andre Figueroa, ...

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TRENTON, NJ — A Farmingdale tax adviser has admitted to defrauding investment clients out of millions of dollars, forging an attorney’s signature without authorization in connection with that scheme and preparing false tax returns for his clients, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito has ...

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FREEHOLD, NJ — An Asbury Park man will spend 17 years in prison for the stabbing death of a 19-year-old Neptune man in 2015, according to Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni. Tyreek Williams, 24, was sentenced on April 13 by Superior Court Judge Joseph W. Oxley to the 17-year ...

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FREEHOLD, NJ — Former Wall Superintendent of Schools James Habel has lost an appeal of his 2015 conviction for official misconduct and falsifying public records, according to Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni. A three-judge panel of the Superior Court, Appellate Division, ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Bar owners Timothy and Matthew Harmon have filed an amended $10 million federal lawsuit against Belmar, after their original complaint was dismissed for failing to sufficiently prove that the borough intentionally prevented them from opening an outdoor bar. Following U.S. District ...

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FREEHOLD, NJ — Former Municipal Judge Richard Thompson has entered a pretrial intervention program nearly two months after pleading guilty to falsifying records in a ticket-fixing scheme that benefited the towns in which he served, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office. If the ...

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FREEHOLD, NJ — A videotape of Liam McAtasney’s alleged confession in the murder of Sarah Stern can be seen by the jury during his trial, according to the latest court ruling in the case. Superior Court Judge Richard English ruled on March 23 that when the 20-year-old Neptune City man told a ...

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FREEHOLD, NJ — A former Lake Como man has been arrested in Massachusetts in connection with sending sexual text messages to an undercover police officer posing as an 11-year old Monmouth County girl, according to Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.  Michael Camacho, 55, who ...

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FREEHOLD, NJ — Evidence shows that the suspect in the murder of a 10-year-old Asbury Park boy fired five times in a crowded room that included young children, according to Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Matthew Bogner during a detention hearing on March 13. Video captured on a city ...

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FREEHOLD, NJ— A Belmar man has been found guilty of burglarizing the Bradley Beach home of two elderly brothers and fleeing with personal belongings and cash, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office. Andre Figueroa, 37, who has a prior criminal record, was convicted by a Monmouth ...

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BELMAR, NJ — A federal judge has dismissed a $10 million lawsuit filed against Belmar by the owners of a proposed outdoor bar whose liquor license transfer was rejected. U.S. District Judge Peter Sheridan on February 26 dismissed without prejudice the complaint filed last April by brothers ...

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FREEHOLD, NJ — Karon Council, 18, of Neptune Township was formally charged today, March 1 with first-degree murder of a 10-year-old Asbury Park boy, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office. Appearing before Superior Court Judge David Bauman, Council also was charged with ...

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FREEHOLD, NJ — Statements made to authorities by murder suspect Liam McAtasney at the Belmar Police Department shortly after the disappearance of Sarah Stern in December 2016 can be heard at his trial, according to the latest court ruling in the case. Superior Court Judge Richard English ruled ...

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