Police & Fire

May 14, 2021

BELMAR/LAKE COMO — The Belmar Fire Marshal’s Office is alerting the community to a nationwide safety recall of certain Kidde smoke detectors for failing to sound off during smoke conditions or a fire. The Consumer Product Safety Commission on May 6 announced the recall of some 225,000 Kidde ...

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BELMAR, NJ — A report of a possible intruder at the Ocean Harbor Apartments at 100 Ninth Avenue in Belmar on May 10 was unfounded, according to the Belmar Police Department. “A thorough investigation was conducted by multiple agencies, and it was found to be a false report,” the Belmar police ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Following an Amber Alert issued on Monday afternoon, authorities located two-week-old Chinna Payne in East Orange just after 3 p.m. along with the man last seen with the infant, according to New Jersey State Police.  Police reported that Damion Payne, 27, of Newark, is accused ...

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WALL, NJ — An unlicensed massage therapist at Happy Feet Reflexology in Wall has been charged with criminal sexual contact after patrons reported that he allegedly touched them in an inappropriate manner, police said An Qinghai, 55, of New York was arrested on May 4 by Wall police, charged with ...

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BELMAR/LAKE COMO, NJ — Underage drinkers may want to think twice before flashing a fake ID in a Belmar or Lake Como liquor store or bar this summer. An undercover police officer could be watching. Belmar Police Department is once again participating in New Jersey’s Cops in Shops Summer Shore ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Six officers have moved up in rank on the Belmar Police Department, as its second-in-command, Capt. Thomas Cox, has retired after a 30-year career highlighted by his service in the detective bureau. In a special outdoor ceremony on April 10, some 100 people gathered near the gazebo ...

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LAKE COMO, NJ — The fire at 517 18th Avenue in Lake Como on April 6 significantly damaged the main dwelling and destroyed two sheds on the property. according to fire officials. The Belmar Fire Department was dispatched to the scene about 1:25 p.m., where they quickly contained the heavy fire, ...

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BELMAR/LAKE COMO, NJ — Law enforcement use-of-force data, including statistics from Belmar, is now publicly available as part of a new statewide dashboard that debuted on April 6. The Use of Force Dashboard tracks more than 3,000 New Jersey use-of-force cases from October through February as ...

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BELMAR, NJ — A new fire truck is in the house at the Goodwill Hose Co. in Belmar. The fire station recently took delivery of the 2018 Seagrave pumper after undergoing modifications by the Wisconsin-based manufacturer. While the truck is fully in service, firefighter training is currently under ...

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OCEAN COUNTY, NJ — A massive wildfire fire that shut down the Garden State Parkway last Sunday afternoon, March 14 was intentionally set, according to officials.  Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer said that several agencies collaborated in the investigation of the wildfire, which ...

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Belmar's Goodwill Hose Company Responds to Scene in Lakewood OCEAN/MONMOUTH COUNTIES, NJ — Fast-spreading wildfires, fueled by extremely dry and windy conditions, occurred along the Lakewood/Brick border in Ocean County, and Millstone in Monmouth County on March 14. Some 170 acres were ...

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BELMAR, NJ — A fire that started outside a condominium at 22 Seaside Lane was quickly brought under control by Belmar firefighters on March 10, but not before it spread to the unit’s crawl space. After receiving the call at 12:33 p.m., the Belmar Fire Department arrived at the scene of the ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Derek Fabian and David Burke have been promoted to full-time patrolmen on the Belmar Police Department, after serving as Class II special officers for the past five years. Both men took the oath of office from Mayor Mark Walsifer and received their badges from Police Chief Tina ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Two residents of the Belmar Motor Lodge have been arrested on drug charges, following a raid by Belmar police on February 23. William P. Davis, 46, and Jeanne Walpole, 51, have been charged with six indictable narcotic-related offenses, including two counts of intent to distribute a ...

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BELMAR, NJ — A search warrant executed by Belmar police at the River Ridge Apartments resulted in the arrest of a 37-year-old man on 40 counts of drug-related charges, police said. Robert Clayton — the target of a monthlong narcotics distribution investigation — was arrested on February 17 at ...

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WASHINGTON, DC — "He loved his girlfriend, his dogs, and the New Jersey Devils," said Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer today of Capitol Police Officer and New Jersey native Brian David Sicknick.  Members of the Congress gathered in the Capitol rotunda this morning to honor Sicknick, ...

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WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, the South River native who reportedly died from injuries sustained in the January 6 siege at the Capitol building, will lie in honor this week in its rotunda. “The U.S. Congress is united in grief, gratitude and solemn appreciation for ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Two men have been charged with multiple drug offenses after Belmar police found suspected crack cocaine during a motor vehicle stop on Route 35 on January 14, police said. Dashawn Willis was driving a white Jeep Wrangler traveling north on the highway at about 7:14 p.m., when he was ...

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WASHINGTON, DC — In honor of slain U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, Gov. Phil Murphy has ordered that all U.S. and New Jersey flags be flown at half-staff beginning January 11 through the day of his burial.   Sicknick, 42, who died of injuries sustained during the riots at the Capitol ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Wall police are looking for information on a January 3 hit-and-run accident on Belmar Boulevard that left a pedestrian seriously injured. At about 8:55 p.m., police responded to the area of Belmar Boulevard and Birchwood Lane, where a 32-year-old Asbury Park man had been struck by a ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Keeping with tradition but on a much-smaller scale due to the coronavirus, Belmar Fire Department’s officers for 2021 were sworn in during a brief New Year’s Day ceremony at the municipal building. George Burr Jr. of Union Fire Co. is now department chief, with Jason Downing of ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Belmar’s Bureau of Fire Protection and Prevention has been awarded a $1,663 fire prevention grant from FM Global — a leading commercial property insurer — to fund a highly specialized tool to assist in fire investigations. The bureau, under the direction of Belmar Fire ...

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JACKSON, NJ — The Ocean County Prosecutor's Office is investigating a fatal accident that occurred on Christmas Eve by Exit 21 on I-95 in Jackson. A social media post by the victim's granddaughter, Megan Shtab, expressed her desperation in looking for answers. According to Ocean County ...

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BELMAR/LAKE COMO, NJ — Decking your home with decorations certainly adds to the holiday fun and festivities. But it also comes with a greater risk for fire.  According to the National Fire Protection Association: More than one-third of home decoration fires are started by candles. More ...

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BELMAR, NJ — A car flipped over in the middle of Main Street near Dunkin Donuts at about 6:15 p.m. on Friday, December 4, after colliding with a vehicle parked in front of the building, according to the Belmar police. Julie Pettit, 31, of Belmar was driving southbound on Main Street when she was ...

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FREEHOLD, NJ — A “vast criminal enterprise” involving illegal drug and gun sales, and a dogfighting ring that operated in Asbury Park, Neptune Township, Freehold and Lakewood has been uncovered during an eight-month investigation led by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office. Dubbed “Operation ...

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BELMAR, NJ — The cause of a vehicle fire at 903 13th Avenue that spread to an adjacent structure on October 24 is under investigation by the Belmar Fire Marshal’s Office. The Belmar Fire Department was dispatched to the scene at about 4:30 p.m. and quickly suppressed the blaze in both the ...

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BELMAR, NJ — A body found inside the dark-colored minivan taxi pulled from Silver Lake on October 22 has been preliminarily identified as missing driver Wayne Kovacs of Toms River, according to the Toms River Police Department. Kovacs, a driver with Citi Cab of Neptune, was initially reported ...

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BELMAR, NJ — A dark-colored minivan, with a Citi Cab top-light on its roof, was pulled late this afternoon from Silver Lake. The vehicle was hoisted out of the north side of the lake by a flatbed tow truck at about 5:15 p.m. on October 22, as Belmar and New Jersey State Police were at the scene ...

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FREEHOLD, NJ — Investigations spanning nearly three months have resulted in the arrest of 15 individuals on various first- through third-degree child pornography charges, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office. These arrests, which occurred between July 21 and October 15, were ...

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