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Four Belmar Teens Complete Intensive Week of Police Academy-Style Training

July 20, 2017

FREEHOLD, NJ — Four high school students from Belmar were among 119 recruits who graduated from Monmouth County’s 25th Annual Sheriff Youth Week program.

Richler Innocent, Jessica Neigel, Cole Young and Sam Young received their certificates of completion during the program’s commencement ceremonies, held on July 14 at the Monmouth County Police Academy.

The Sheriff Youth ...

Belmar Fire Safety Officials Stress Dangers of Now-Legal Sparklers, Other Novelty Fireworks

BELMAR, NJ — Several days before the Fourth of July holiday, Gov. Chris Christie made it lawful to sell and use sparklers and certain novelty fireworks in New Jersey — a decision that sparked Belmar officials to stress the dangers of these types of fireworks.

Sparklers in particular can burn between 1,200 to 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit and are blamed for 41 percent of injuries ...

UPDATE: Lake Como Bungalow Fire Contained to Attic, One Minor Injury Reported

LAKE COMO, NJ — A fire in a rear bungalow at 1806 Fernwood Road on June 30 originated in the area above the electrical panel in the dwellings's attic, according to Belmar Fire Marshal Ryan Dullea.

Although a cause for the blaze could not be determined, whether it was electrical in nature also could not be ruled out as well, he said.

The fire, which occurred at about 9 p.m. was ...

Off-Duty Edison Cop Arrested Outside Belmar Bar Leaves Force

BELMAR, NJ — Dmitry Smolkin, who is charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest outside D'Jais Bar &Grill on June 11, is no longer an Edison police officer, officials said.

According to a June 16 statement from the Edison Police Department, Smolkin "no longer works for the Edison Police Department."

On June 14, Smolkin appeared in Belmar Municipal Court to ...

Second Belmar Girl Dies Four Days after Being Pulled from Ocean

BELMAR, NJ — The second girl who was pulled from the ocean off the Belmar beach on June 15 has died at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune.

Emily Gonzalez Perez, 12, was on life support for four days before succumbing on June 19 to injuries suffered during the tragic swimming incident, which also claimed the life of her 13-year-old cousin, Mitzi Hernandez-Nicolas. Both girls ...

Girls Identified in Tragic Incident off Belmar Beach as More Details Emerge on Rescue and Recovery Efforts

BELMAR, NJ — The 13-year-old girl who drowned off the Belmar beach on Thursday, June 15, has been identified as Mitzi Hernandez and her 12-year-old cousin who remains on life-support as Emily Gonzalez-Perez, according to officials.

Gonzalez-Perez, remains in critical condition at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune. The incident is still currently under investigation by the ...

Belmar Elementary School Grieves Over Death of Drowning Victim, As Other Student Clings to Life

BELMAR, NJ — On a day that should have been a time of celebration at Belmar Elementary School is a time of grief as the school mourns the drowning of one 13-year-old student and prays for the 12-year-old student who is clinging to life.

Today, June 16, marks the final day for Belmar Elementary School — less than 15 hours after the sixth-grader and the fifth-grader, who were ...

One Girl Dies, Another in Critical Condition After Pulled from Surf off Belmar Beach

BELMAR, NJ — One school-age girl died and another is on life-support after they were pulled from the waters off the Belmar’s Ninth Avenue beach at about 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 15.

Both unidentified girls, who were cousins, were taken to Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune, where one was pronounced dead and the other is reported to be in critical condition. They ...

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