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Press Releases of The Ocean County Prosecutor's Office

Here you can find the most recent, up to date stories going on with our agency.

NJSPCA COMMENTS IN DEATH OF “BOOSHU”

This morning, Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato announced that on May 22, 2017, Nicholas Piccolino, 34, of Seaside Heights, pled guilty before Judge James M. Blaney, J.S.C., to one count of Cruelty to Animal 3rd degree for causing serious bodily injury and...

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Point Pleasant Beach Fatal Boat Accident

Press Questions? CONTACT: Al Della Fave Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office P.O. Box 2191 Toms River, NJ  08753 Phone: (732) 288-7616 Cellular: (732) 814-7347 On Sunday, May 21, 2017, at approximately 1255 p.m. Point Pleasant Beach PD was notified of a fatal vessel crash...

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G.R.E.A.T. THINGS HAPPENING IN TOMS RIVER SCHOOLS

Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato today announced the graduation of Toms River Silver Bay and North Dover Elementary School students from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office G.R.E.A.T. (Gang Resistance Education and Training) Program.  Today’s graduation...

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ST. PATRICK’S PARADE TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT STATS

Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato today announced the Ocean County law enforcement Route 35/37 traffic enforcement detail for March 11, 2017 produced an impressive enforcement outcome bringing added safety to the significantly high volume traffic activity...

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FATHER SENTENCED IN BERKELEY DROWNING CASE

Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato today announced Robert S. Trella, 42, of Berkeley Township appeared before Judge Patricia B. Roe, J.S.C. this morning and was sentenced to three years in New Jersey State Prison. Trella had pled guilty to second degree...

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WANTED SANDY FRAUD CONTRACTOR ON THE RUN

Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato is asking media outlets in a number of towns and states listed below to post the attached picture of Jamie Lynn Lawson, age 42, a Super Storm Sandy contractor wanted for fraudulent activity by the Ocean County Prosecutor. ...

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SEXTING-A LIFETIME OF CONSEQUENCES

Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato today proudly announced the release of the newest in the Right Turns video series on the topic of Sexting titled, “Will You Hit Send?”  It is a 16 minute action drama movie with the goal of highlighting the consequences of...

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SUBJECT ID IN TOMS RIVER POLICE INVOLVED SHOOTING

Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato today announced the identity of the deceased subject involved in the Toms River Police Involved shooting.  He is identified as Christopher Apostolos, 56, of 109 Edgewood Court in Toms River.  MONOC Unit 212 responded to the...

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Police Involved Shooting March 14-2017

Today (3/14/17) the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Major Crimes Unit, along with the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department CSI, were dispatched to the Silver Ridge Apartments located at 109 Edgewood Court in Toms River reference a reported police involved shooting....

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The 15 Minute Child Break

Child Break – Dates Now Available for April & May 2017 Dates are filling up quickly! Most of our calendar has been filled for March. We are now scheduling presentations for April (Alcohol Awareness Month) and May. Please call now or click here to schedule...

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LAKEWOOD PEDESTRIAN FATAL

On March 9, 2017 at approximately 7:43 pm, the Lakewood Police Department responded to the intersection of Hillside Blvd and Rt.528 for a pedestrian struck in the roadway. The subsequent investigation by Lakewood PD, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, and Ocean County...

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OCPO Joins NJSP in another narco arrest.

Manchester Township, N.J. – The New Jersey State Police, with assistance from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office and Manchester Police Department have arrested Artemio Gayton, 43, of Manchester Township, N.J. after detectives seized more than $1 Million worth of...

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GUILTY PLEA IN RENTAL SCAM / TAX FILING CHARGE

Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato announced that Keith Boyce, 54, of Ocean Gate, NJ, pled guilty yesterday (3/7) to Theft and Failure to File a State Tax Return on the day he was scheduled for trial. The plea stems from his indictment by the Grand Jury for...

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OC SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT LIEUTENANT ARRESTED

Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato and Ocean County Sheriff Michael G. Mastronardy today announced the arrest of Lt. John C. Adams, 40, of the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department.  Lt. Adams is charged with second degree Official Misconduct, second degree...

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Andrew Mayer Sentencing

Andrew Mayer, 29, of Toms River was sentenced today on his plea to Cruelty to Animals in the Third degree. Assistant Prosecutor Heidi Tannenbaum-Newman prosecuting for the State was seeking a sentence of 364 days in the Ocean County Jail as a condition of Probation,...

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Important Narcan administering update

Intro Everyone- You are receiving this because you are on my list for Narcan and tactical medical update list. If you are not interested in receiving these, please just let me know. Please disseminate this information to all department officers. New Narcan...

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Toms River Fatal Fire

On February 14th at 11:03 am, Police, Fire, and EMS units responded to an active structure fire at 1911 Fiddlers Run.  Upon arrival the units observed a heavy smoke condition.  They were advised by witnesses on the scene that a woman was still inside of the home....

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INDICTMENT IN BARNEGAT LIGHT MURDER

Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato and Long Beach Township Police Chief Anthony Deely today announced that the Ocean County Grand Jury returned an indictment against Conrad Sipa, 52, of 1 Homelands Drive, Colts Neck, New Jersey charging him with the murder of...

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SENTENCING IN TOMS RIVER AGGRAVATED ARSON CASE

On Friday, February 3, Defendant John Fischer 5th, age 27, of Toms River was sentenced by Judge Rochelle Gizinski J.S.C., to 7 years in New Jersey State Prison (No Early Release) after his guilty plea to a 2nd degree charge of Aggravated Arson.  The case was...

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Lakewood suspicious death investigation

Today at approximately 2:15 pm the Lakewood Police Department was notified by a woman out walking her dog in Lake Shenandoah Park that a male was laying on the ground unresponsive. Lakewood PD responded and found the male deceased. The officers secured the scene and...

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BARNEGAT TRASH CAN EXPLOSION UPDATE

On October 13, 2016 just after 1:30 am, the Barnegat Police Department received multiple reports of an explosion in the area of Village Drive, Barnegat.  Arriving Officers found a cloud of smoke emanating from the remnants of a rubber trash can located curbside...

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Ocean County Prostitution Arrests

On January 4th, a four month prostitution investigation, led by Toms River Police Department Detective Tom Grosse, culminated in charges being filed against two individuals.  In conjunction with The Department of Homeland Security, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office...

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CHRISTMAS DAY PEDESTRIAN FATAL UPDATE

Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato and Toms River Township Police Chief Mitch Little today announced the following investigation update regarding the Christmas Day pedestrian death of Keith Elliott, 45, of Toms River. The initial accident was reported on...

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Man Killed on Christmas Day Hit and Run

On December 25th, at approximately 10:38 am, police and medical units were dispatched to the intersection of Highland Parkway and Herflicker Boulevard for a man lying in the roadway. Upon arrival the officer’s located the victim, Keith Elliott, 45, of Messenger...

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Residential Fire Investigation

On Thursday December 15, 2016 at 12:58 pm, Jackson Police Officers Kevin Chesney, Joe Candido and Cassie De La Torre responded to a residence on Huntington Drive on the report of a structure fire after a nearby resident contacted headquarters. Responding officers...

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CYBER CHILD PORNOGRAPHY DRAG NET YIELDS ARREST

Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato and Brick Township Police Chief James Riccio announce the arrest of Steven Stone, 27, of Gloucester Drive in Brick on 1 count of 2nd degree Distribution of Child Pornography and 1 count of 3rd degree Possession of Child...

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ARREST OF DEALER IN OCEAN COUNTY OVERDOSE DEATH

Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato, Ocean Township Acting Police Commander Lt. George M. Thompson and Berkeley Township Police Chief Karin DiMichele today announced the arrest of Louis Edward Ardise, 25, of Frederick Drive, Bayville, NJ in connection with the...

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Tuckerton Lunch Truck Explosion

OCPO Detective John Doran reports that on Saturday (10/29) at 4:41am, Tuckerton Police and Fire Departments were dispatched to the intersection of Railroad Avenue and North Green Street in Tuckerton for an explosion. Upon their arrival emergency personnel observed...

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PROSECUTOR’S TIPS MAKE HALLOWEEN NOT SO SCARY

Ocean County, N.J. – With Halloween approaching at the end of the month, the Office of the Ocean County Prosecutor is reminding parents and their costumed kids in search of treats about some important safety precautions.  Halloween offers special challenges for...

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OCPO LET’S THE DOGS OUT…AGAIN AND AGAIN!!!

Ocean County, N.J. – The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office “Let’s The Dogs Out” again and again as part of our regular High School visits where we call on our local police K9 partners to “Sniff Out” a Drug Free School Zone. Yesterday’s (10/27) morning...

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ROAD CLOSURE SATURDAY OCTOBER 22, 2016

On Saturday, October 22, 2016 a marathon will be taking place which will necessitate the closure of County Route 539 for a portion of the day.  County Road 539 between Route 70 and County Road 528 will be closed to traffic from approximately 830 am to 1:00 pm. Please...

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Toms River Police – Officer Involved Shooting

Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato today announced preliminary details of last night’s police involved shooting within the jurisdiction of Toms River. Preliminary details of the event are as follows: At approximately 6:44 pm on October 16th , Toms River Police...

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INDICTMENT IN LAKEWOOD FATAL STABBING

Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato announced the Grand Jury returned an indictment yesterday (10/12) against Darneil Lee Reeves, 32, of Lakewood  on one count of 1st degree Murder, one count of 3rd degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose (knife)...

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BARNEGAT TRASH CAN EXPLOSION

This morning (10/13) just after 1:30 am, the Barnegat Police Department received multiple reports of an explosion in the area of Village Drive, Barnegat.  Arriving Officers found a cloud of smoke emanating from the remnants of a rubber trash can located curbside...

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JACKSON TWP DEATH INVESTIGATION

On October 5, 2016 at 7:34 a.m., the Holmdel Police Department received a 911 call reporting a male hanging from a Comcast truck in the parking lot located at 22 South Holmdel Road. Holmdel Police responded to find a male, later identified as Tyree Johnson, 32, of...

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THREE INDICTED IN DEATH OF LAKEWOOD MAN

Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato announced today that the Grand Jury returned an indictment on 9/27/16 against Jesus E. Roman, 25, and Carlos Lagunes, 24, for Murder, Felony Murder, Burglary in the second degree and Robbery in the first degree.   The grand...

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UPDATE IN ROLO DEATH CASE

Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato today announced Andrew L. Mayer, 29, of Toms River, who was indicted on June 30, 2015, for the death of his dog (Rolo), yesterday (9/26) entered a guilty plea before Judge James M. Blaney, J.S.C. to one count of 3rd Degree...

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GUILTY VERDICT IN BRICK ARMED BANK ROBBERY

On Wednesday, September 14, 2016, an Ocean County Jury seated before the Honorable James M. Blaney, J.S.C., in Toms River, found defendant Michael D. Gibson guilty of first degree robbery and third degree possession of an imitation firearm. First degree robbery is...

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SEASIDE HEIGHTS MAN CHARGED IN DEATH OF DOG

Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato and NJ Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NJSPCA) President Steve Shatkin today announced the arrest of Nicholas Piccolino, 33, of Seaside Heights, in connection with the beating death of 10 year-old female...

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SHIP BOTTOM BEACH PEDESTRIAN STRUCK

On 08/31/2016 at 7:54 am the Ship Bottom Police Department responded to the area of the 3rd Avenue Beach in Ship Bottom for a reported pedestrian struck. Ship Bottom Police arrived and observed Megan Fabieniak, 38, of Toronto Canada with injuries to her arm and leg....

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CR528 SAFETY INITIATIVE BRINGS SAFER DRIVING

Since the June 17th start of the CR528 Police Partnership Safety Initiative, the partnering police agencies have stopped a total of 311 vehicles during their coordinated saturation patrols, accounting for 211 summons issued and six (6) arrests. Most disturbing was...

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POLICING PARTNERSHIP RIDES AGAIN

Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato today announced his Safety/Enforcement Initiative to address the rash of eleven (11) fatal crashes and numerous serious accidents that had occurred from 2013 to July 31, of 2015 along County Route 539 will team up again to...

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ARREST IN BARNEGAT FATAL HIT & RUN

On August 8th at 6:50 pm, members of the Barnegat Police Department and Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office arrested Cassie Hansen, 27, of Barnegat for knowingly leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident that resulted in death. The arrest was in connection with...

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Great OC Happenings from this Past Week

Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph Coronato, Sheriff Mastronardy and area Chiefs of Police join Pastors, community organizations and residents for a community discussion this past week. The event organized and hosted by Pastor William Greene and his Second Baptist Church...

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Guilty Plea in Aggravated Sexual Assault

On Wednesday 7/20, Agustin Salvidar-Delvalle, 27, of Lakewood entered a guilty plea before Judge James M. Blaney, J.S.C. to one count of 1st degree Aggravated Sexual Assault. He will be sentenced after an AVENAL evaluation. The guilty plea stems from an investigation...

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LAKEWOOD PURSUIT LEADS TO CRASH/ARREST

On July 3, 2016, the Lakewood Twp. Police Department attempted to stop a Cadillac DTS for a motor vehicle violation. The driver, later identified as Christian Hernandez-Ruiz, 42, of Lakewood, subsequently fled from police at a high rate of speed causing the pursuit to...

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TOMS RIVER POLICE INVOLVED SHOOTING

Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato today announced a police involved shooting within the jurisdiction of Toms River. Preliminary details of the event are as follows: At 11:32 pm on July 7th, Toms River Police Officers on patrol approached a suspicious vehicle...

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BEACHWOOD ARSONIST ARRESTED

Robert A. Houser, 40, of Toms River was located on June 15 and subsequently charged with Aggravated Arson and Assault. His arrest stems from the May 19, 2016 investigation by the Beachwood Police Department and Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Arson Investigation Unit...

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SENTENCING IN WARETOWN AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ASSAULT

On Friday (June 17, 2016), Defendant Frederic B. Whitehead, 45, of Waretown, NJ, was sentenced by Judge Rochelle Gizinski J.S.C., to 10 years in New Jersey State Prison (No Early Release Applies) on one count of 1st degree Aggravated Sexual Assault concurrent to 8...

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MEGAN’S OFFENDER ARRESTED A SECOND TIME

During the week of Monday, June 13, 2016, Detective Juan G. Pastrana of the Megan’s Law Unit of the Special Investigations Bureau of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office opened an investigation into thirty (30) year old Romeo A. Worthy for the third (3rd)...

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POLICING PARTNERSHIP FOR A SAFER CR 528

Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato today announced details of his Summer 2016 Safety/Enforcement Initiative to address rising fatalities, 55 Alcohol/Narcotics motor vehicle arrests, numerous serious accidents and moving motor vehicle violations that have...

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ARREST IN LAKEWOOD STABBING DEATH

Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato and Lakewood Police Chief Robert Lawson today announced the arrest of Dmitrii Dorzhinov, 53, of Lakewood for the murder of Gela Suqiashvilli, 54, also of Lakewood. On Tuesday (6/14) at approximately 1:04 am, the Lakewood...

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ARREST IN LAKEWOOD MURDER

Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato and Lakewood Police Chief Robert Lawson today announced the arrest of Merrill Spencer, 34, of Lakewood for the murder of Johntel Thomas, 23, also of Lakewood. On Monday (6/13), a 911 call was placed at approximately 6:32 am...

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MEGAN’S LAW OFFENDER SENTENCED

On Friday, June 10, 2016, the Honorable Melanie S. Appleby, J.S.C., sentenced Ronnie Kimball, 26, having a last known address of 976 President Avenue in Toms River, to a period of eighteen (18) months in New Jersey State Prison, concurrent to a sentence he is serving...

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MANAHAWKIN MAN ARRESTED IN SEXUAL ASSAULT CASE

Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato and Stafford Township Police Chief Thomas Dellane today announced the arrest of Leonardo D. Rugerio, 24, of Manahawkin, NJ, for Sexual Assault and Endangering the Welfare of a Minor. The arrest stems from an investigation by...

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BEWARE INHERITANCE BANK LETTER SCAM

Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato today warned county residents of fraudulent mailings sent under the guise of a legitimate name bank reporting a possible inheritance. A sample of this scam letter using the TD logo is attached. In the past week there have...

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PLUMSTED TOWNSHIP MAN INDICTED IN WIFE’S MURDER

On May 25, 2016, the Ocean County Grand Jury returned an indictment against Arthur Haskoor, 57, of Plumsted Township in the Murder of his wife. The full list of charges against Haskoor in the indictment are as follows: Murder, first degree (Count 1), Possession of a...

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APPEAL FILED IN BRICK OFFICIAL MISCONDUCT CASE

Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato announced today that his office has filed an appeal with the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court regarding the trial court’s decision to allow Lorraine Morgan into the Pretrial Intervention Program over the...

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JURY VERDICT AFFIRMED IN ATTEMPTED MURDER TRIAL

On Thursday, May 19, 2016, the Appellate Division affirmed this attempted murder jury verdict following the defendant’s appeal. Assistant Deputy Public Defender Amira Scurato appealed on behalf of the defendant, Robert H. Hankins and Chief of the Appellate Unit,...

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Search for Beachwood Arsonist!!!

The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Arson Investigations Unit and the Beachwood Police Department are investigating a shed fire set on Thursday (5/19) at 5:20 am behind 417 Atlantic City Blvd. Beachwood Police and Fire Departments responded quickly extinguishing the...

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JACKSON TOWNSHIP FATAL CRASH

On Wednesday (5/11/2016), at approximately 5:11 am, the Jackson Township Police Department and OCPO Fatal Accident Investigation Unit responded to a reported motor vehicle crash with injuries in the area of Cassville Road. Upon their arrival the investigation found a...

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ARREST IN LAKEWOOD AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ASSAULT

On April 26, 2016, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Special Victims Unit Det. Stephanie Bayha, along with Lakewood Police Department Det. Steve Kelusak and Officer Eduardo Vega, arrested ANTONIO AGUILAR, 41, of Lakewood, on charges of Aggravated Sexual Assault, Sexual...

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SENTENCING IN SEXUAL ASSAULT

Defendant Matthew Ackerman, 25, of Little Egg Harbor was sentenced today before Judge Rochelle Gizinski, J.S.C., on the charge of 2nd degree Sexual Assault to 5 years in New Jersey State Prison, No Early Release Act, Parole Supervision for Life, Megan’s...

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OFFENDER SENTENCED

On Friday, April 8, 2016, the Honorable Melanie S. Appleby, J.S.C., sentenced Thomas J. Scalgione, 44, having a last known address in Manahawkin of Stafford Township, to a period of three hundred sixty four (364) days in the Ocean County Jail. The Court sentenced the...

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OCPO & OC K9 Cops paid a visit to Brick Memorial HS

OCPO & OC K9 Cops paid a visit to Brick Memorial HS this am to assure a Drug Free School Zone and Safe learning environment. ‪#‎OCPOFamily‬ ‪#‎K9Cops‬ ‪#‎DrugFreeSchoolZone‬ Remember Followers: We do not discuss our finds with media or public. When something is...

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ARREST IN DOUBLE SEX ASSAULT

On Tuesday (3/15), Ocean County Prosecutor Special Victims Detective Stephanie Bayha and Little Egg Harbor Township Police Department Detective Steve Martin, arrested JOSEPH CORIO, 22, of Middletown, NJ, for two counts of Sexual Assault and Endangering the Welfare of...

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ARREST FOR POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

Just after 7 am today (3/3), the Ocean County Prosecutor’s High Tech Crime Unit, with assistance from OCPO Megan’s Law Unit and the Stafford Township Police Department, arrested Robert Williams, 70, at his residence on Galleon Road in Stafford Twp. The investigation...

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ARREST IN LAKEWOOD SEXUAL ASSAULT

On 2/24/16, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Special Victims Unit Det. Tom Tiernan and Lakewood PD Det. Chase Messer arrested William H. Jenkins, 65, of Lakewood for Sexual Assault and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. The investigation initiated on 2/24/16 alleges Jenkins...

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BARNEGAT BURN VICTIM

Today (2/23) at approximately 10:27 am, Barnegat Police and Fire Department responded to a Fish Pond Terrace address of the Mirage Retirement Community in Barnegat reference a report of a severe burn victim. Upon their arrival they indeed found the homes resident, Ann...

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OFFENDER IGNORES REGISTRATION REQUIREMENT

On Monday (2/8), Detective John M. Argento of the Megan’s Law Unit of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office opened an investigation into Romeo A. Worthy, 29, for the third (3rd) degree crime of failure to register out of Toms River Township. Registrants are...

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SHIP BOTTOM FATAL CRASH

On Wednesday (2/10) at approximately 3:40 pm, Ship Bottom police responded to the intersection of Route 72 and Barnegat Ave for a report of a 2 vehicle crash involving serious injuries. The subsequent investigation by Ocean County Prosecutor’s Fatal Accident...

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ARREST IN AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ASSAULT

Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato and Lakewood Township Chief Robert Lawson announce the arrest of Salvador Gonzalez Amador, 43, of Lakewood, charging him with Aggravated Sexual Assault, Sexual Assault and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. On Saturday...

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OCPO/TRPD SEEK PUBLIC’S HELP

Detectives from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office and the Toms River Police Department are seeking the public’s help in identifying the person seen in this surveillance photo. This person, who was seen on January 11, 2016 at approximately 11:20 p.m. in the...

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SANDY RENOVATION CONTRACTOR ARREST

On Monday (1/4/16), Seaside Heights residents, Mary and Nick Ditta, responded to the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office to report a theft by contractor Thomas Carlevale, 29, of Thomas Carlevale Construction in Toms River. The Ditta’s reported they contracted Mr....

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THREE ARRESTED IN DEATH OF LAKEWOOD MAN

Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato and Lakewood Township Police Chief Robert Lawson announce today arrests in with the death of Miguel Rivera, 45, of Lakewood, New Jersey. The joint investigation by the OCPO Major Crimes Unit and Lakewood Township Police...

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ARREST FOR FAILING TO REGISTER

During the week of Monday December 8, 2015, Detective Adam J. Hess of the Megan’s Law Unit of the Special Investigations Bureau of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, along with Senior Parole Office Timothy Sullivan, opened an investigation into...

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OC SENTENCINGS TODAY IN TWO UNRELATED CASES

address in Little Egg Harbor Township, to a period of three (3) years in New Jersey State Prison as a result of a guilty plea he entered on Monday October 26, 2015 for the third (3rd) degree crime of violating Community Supervision for Life. This matter was prosecuted...

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BERKELEY TOWNSHIP PEDESTRIAN FATAL

On Saturday December 12, 2015, at approximately 8:59 pm, Berkeley Police responded to the area of Rt.9 and Frederick Drive for a report of two pedestrians struck. The investigation by Berkeley PD, with assistance from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, found...

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Cybersecurity Resource Center

What Happened OPM recently discovered two separate but related cybersecurity incidents that have impacted the data of Federal government employees, contractors, and others: In June 2015, OPM discovered that the background investigation records of current, former, and...

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ARREST IN COMMUNITY SUPERVISION VIOLATION

During the week of December 7, 2015 New Jersey State Parole opened an investigation into thirty-nine year (39) Suzanne Trainor aka Suzanne Tindall. She was wanted for the third degree crime of Community Supervision for Life (CSL) violation out of Burlington County....

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INDICTMENT IN JACKSON MURDER

Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato today announced the Grand Jury returned a true bill of indictment in the case of State v. Daniele RomeodiSantillo, 27, Hector Calderon, 48, and Eric Prosniewski, 45. The indictment charges Calderon and RomeodiSantillo with...

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OC INDICTMENTS FOR UNLAWFULLY RECEIVING BENEFITS

Ocean County Prosecutor, Joseph D. Coronato announced that an Ocean County Grand Jury handed up indictments yesterday (12/3) on two separate cases referred to the Prosecutor’s Office and jointly invested with the New Jersey State Comptroller’s Office, Medicaid Fraud...

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GUILTY PLEA

On Monday (11/30), Edward Alex Morrow, 31, of Toms River, entered a guilty plea before Judge Patricia B. Roe J.S.C. to 2nd Degree Distribution of Child Pornography.  Under the plea Morrow will be required to register under Megan’s Law upon sentencing.   The...

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OFFENDER IGNORES REGISTRATION REQUIREMENT

During the week of November 23, 2015, Sergeant Michael V. Cecchini of the Megan’s Law Unit of the Special Investigations Bureau of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office opened an investigation into twenty-six (26) year old Anthony M. Palazzo for the third...

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INDICTMENT IN LAKEWOOD MURDER

On December 1, 2015, the Grand Jurors of Ocean County handed up an Indictment charging the defendant Filiberto Jimenez-Villanueva, 30, 327 Ocean Avenue, Lakewood, NJ, with murder in connection with the death of Adan Anaya-Morales, 57, of Lakewood, NJ. Filiberto...

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ARREST IN BARNEGAT LIGHT DEATH INVESTIGATION

Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato and Long Beach Township Police Chief Michael Bradley announce the arrest of Conrad Sipa, 52, of 1 Homelands Drive, Colts Neck, New Jersey in connection with the death of Richard Doody, Jr. Mr. Doody’s body was found at his...

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ARREST IN SEXUAL ASSAULT ATTEMPT

Early this morning (11/24), members of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s High Tech Crime Unit and the Toms River Police Department executed an arrest warrant at a Broad Street address in Toms River. Christopher Kaleda, 39, of Toms River was arrested and charged with 1...

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SUSPICIOUS DEATH INVESTIGATION

On Monday November 23, 2015 at 4:52 pm, Long Beach Police were dispatched to 2204 Central Avenue in Barnegat Light regarding a wellbeing check of a 60 year old male at that location who had not been heard from for two days. Long Beach Police responded to the residence...

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Shooting being investigated

On 11/14/2015, at approximately 2:53 pm, the Toms River Police Department responded to Community Medical Center for the report of a victim with a gunshot wound who had arrived at the hospital. The victim, Waymon P. Young, 39, arrived at CMC driving a 2014 red Chevy...

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Terrence P. Farley Obituary

Terrence P. Farley, 72 of Seaside Park, NJ died on Saturday October 31, 2015 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born in Jersey City, NJ and raised his family in Toms River, NJ before moving to Seaside Park, NJ. Terrence attended both Parsons College and...

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OCPO AP HONORED BY LAW COMMUNITY

On Thursday October 29, 2015, Assistant Ocean County Prosecutor Ehsan F. Chowdhry was honored by the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law in conjunction with the New Jersey State Bar Association, as the recipient of the Professional Lawyer of the Year...

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*** SCAM WARNING ***

The Ocean County Prosecutor’s High Tech Crime and Digital Forensic Unit have found that Ocean County residents are being targeted by a phone scam in which the caller claims they are collecting fines on behalf of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office. The scammer in...

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BRICK PEDESTRIAN STRUCK INVESTIGATION

On Sunday (10/4), Brick PD responded to the area of Herbertsville Rd and Hulse Avenue for a report of a pedestrian struck by a motor vehicle. Upon their arrival they found a pedestrian, identified as John M. Leddy, 29, of Brick, had been struck while crossing...

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Sentencing in Theft Postponed

Robert Pentz, the one-time manager of the Toms River Park and Ride facility, was scheduled to be sentenced on Friday, Oct. 2, for pilfering about $140,000 in parking receipts that he was supposed to use to fill an automated teller machine at the bus station. His...

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ARREST IN LAKEWOOD SEXUAL ASSAULT

On Wednesday, September 30, 2015, Lakewood Police Det. Nate Reyes and Ocean County Prosecutor’s Special Victim’s Unit Det. Melissa Matthews arrested Armando Lima Vergara, 31, of Lakewood for Sexual Assault and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. The investigation...

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Manchester Fatal Fire

On Saturday, September 26, 2015 at approximately 0638 hours, the Manchester Police and Fire Departments were dispatched to 43E Cambridge Circle in Leisure Village for a structure fire. Upon the arrival of police, it was learned a subject was entrapped in the...

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South Toms River Hit & Run Investigation

On Friday, September 25, 2015 at approximately 3:56 am, the South Toms River Police Department was dispatched to the Garden State Parkway Northbound Ramp at Dover Road and Route 9 for a reported pedestrian struck. Upon their arrival, a female bicyclist was found lying...

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Senior Health Risk Calculators for Healthy Aging

Whether for yourself or for a loved one, these calculators are a starting point for becoming an advocate for healthy aging.  Use them to assess an existing concern or even to develop effective vocabulary for speaking with your doctor. Mental Helath Elder Abuse Risk...

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Erratic Driver Crashes and Found to be DUI

On Saturday, September 12, 2015 at approximately 1:22 am, the Point Pleasant Borough Police Department received a motor vehicle complaint for an erratic driver traveling south on Burnt Tavern Road from Route 70 towards Point Pleasant. The caller stated the vehicle was...

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LOOKING FOR AN ID ON B&E SUSPECT

The Seaside Heights Police Department and Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office is asking the public for their assistance in identifying this male who is wanted for questioning regarding a burglary within the Borough of Seaside Heights. The male pictured below is a...

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CR539 SAFETY INITIATIVE UPDATE

Since the August 15th start of the CR539 Police Partnership Safety Initiative, the partnering police agencies have stopped a total of 301 vehicles during their coordinated saturation patrols, accounting for 169 summons issued and ten (10) arrests. Speeding summons top...

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Couple Arrested For Theft of Benefits

Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato announced the arrest of Yosaf Laskin, 43, and Gila Neger (His wife), 42, both of Lakewood, New Jersey. Laskin was charged with second degree Theft by Deception. Neger is charged with third degree Theft by Deception The investigation by...

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Looking for an ID on this Trio – Anyone?

The Seaside Heights Police Department and Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office is asking the public for their assistance in identifying these three individuals who are wanted for questioning regarding burglary within the Borough of Seaside Heights. Anyone with any...

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BANK FORECLOSURE SCAM

The Office of the Ocean County Prosecutor and officials of the Provident Bank are warning New Jersey residents of an alleged scam being perpetrated by Foreclosure Fraud Prevention, 1 Bridge Plaza, Fort Lee, NJ. Recently Provident Bank received information from a...

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BARNEGAT SHOOTING UPDATE

Barnegat Township, NJ – At approximately 1 am today (8/28), the Barnegat Police Department was called to 379 N. Main Street in Barnegat for reports of a shooting. Upon their arrival they found Dylan Satorius, 25, resident of the home, had sustained a single...

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TODAY’S SENTENCINGS

On Friday August 28, 2015 the Honorable Linda G. Baxter sentenced thirty six (36) year old defendant Lester T. Puryear, having a last known address in Lakewood Township, to a period of three hundred sixty four (364) days in the Ocean County Jail as a condition of...

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OVERNIGHT BARNEGAT SHOOTING

Barnegat Township, NJ – At approximately 1 am today (8/28), the Barnegat Police Department was called to 379 N. Main Street in Barnegat for reports of a shooting. Upon their arrival they found a resident of the home, a male, 24, had sustained a single gunshot...

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SENTENCING IN LURING CASE

Mark Allan, 56, of Tuckerton, NJ, was sentenced yesterday (8/26) before Judge Wendel E. Daniels on a 2nd degree Luring charge to 5 years in New Jersey State Prison with Megan’s Law Registration, Parole Supervision for Life, and Nicole’s Law (which includes...

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Plumsted Updated Release

Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato and Plumsted Township Police Chief Matthew Petrecca announced today that Arthur Haskoor, 56, of 120 Evergreen Road, New Egypt was charged with Murder and Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose in connection with the...

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PLUMSTED TOWNSHIP BARRICADED SUSPECT EVENT ENDS

On August 25 at approximately 10 am, Officials at New Egypt High School received information that there was a domestic dispute taking place at 120 Evergreen Road in Plumsted. School officials immediately called 911 and members of the Plumsted Township Police...

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Plumsted Update

At this time the Barricaded subject event in Plumsted continues. The subject is simply being identified as a male. I cannot confirm nor deny reports of a deceased victim. The air space over the scene has been deemed restricted by the FAA at the request of the Ocean...

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Plumsted Township Event

Today (8/25) just after 10 am the Plumsted Police Department received reports of a domestic at a residence on Evergreen Road. Upon their arrival they found evidence of an altercation and a possible barricaded suspect within the home. Police are on scene and have the...

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Brick Township Police Involved Shooting Update

The identity of the deceased subject and the Patrolman involved are: Deceased: Julian Hoffman, 21, Brick Township NJ. Brick Township Patrolman Involved. Both assigned to the Patrol Division. Brick Township Chief Nils R Bergquist Jr. advises both Patrolman are on paid...

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BARNEGAT CRASH REQUEST FOR INFO

The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office is requesting any witnesses who observed a single car crash in Barnegat this past Sunday (8/23) to provide information regarding the circumstances contributing to the crash. Witnesses can call OCPO Major Crime Unit Det. Mitchell...

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ARREST FOR MEGAN’S LAW REGISTRATION VIOLATION

The Megan’s Law Unit of the Special Investigations Bureau of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office continue the search for Ocean County Megan’s Law Registration Violators this past week, along with Sergeant Chris Anderson of the Tuckerton Borough Police...

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BRICK TOWNSHIP POLICE INVOLVED SHOOTING

Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato states that the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office is investigating a police involved shooting that occurred in the Cherry Wood Circle development of Brick Township, NJ. Preliminary investigation indicates that on August 23,...

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Arrest Made During Stabbing Investigation

On Saturday August 22, 2015 at 7:15 pm, Jackson Police Officers responded to a parking lot located at 571 Monmouth Road (CR 537), on the report of several people fighting and a stabbing. Responding officers located a 35 year old female who had a wound to her arm and a...

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SENTENCING IN LAKEWOOD LAWN SWASTIKA CARVING

Scott F. Cooney, 46, of Lakewood, NJ, was sentenced today by Judge James M. Blaney, J.S.C. to the 15 months in New Jersey State Prison requested by Ocean County Assistant Prosecutor Heidi Tannenbaum-Newman for Bias Intimidation in the 4th degree. The defense had...

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Registrant Violator Arrested

During the week of August 17, 2015, the Megan’s Law Unit of the Special Investigations Bureau of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office opened an investigation at the direction of Detective / Sergeant Michael V. Cecchini into William E. Bennett, 34, of...

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SON PLEADS GUILTY IN MOTHER’S MURDER

Lakewood, N.J. – Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato announced that yesterday (8/17) Brian Cassidy, 43, of Lakewood entered a guilty plea before Judge Wendel E. Daniels, P.J.Cr.P. in the June 2013 murder of his mother Gail Conway, 61, also of Lakewood. On June...

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TRAGIC CHILD DROWNING

On 8/17/2015, at approximately 8:33 pm, the Berkeley Twp. Police Department responded to a 911 call reporting a missing 2 year old female child. Patrol officers responded to the area of Bittern Lane, Berkeley, NJ, interviewed the child’s parents and immediately...

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*** IMPORTANT NOTICE/REMINDER ***

Tomorrow begins the full coordinated enforcement element of the CR539 Initiative. Members of all these departments will join forces to interdict agressive/unsafe drivers along the entire stretch of CR539 through Ocean County: Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Ocean...

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POLICING PARTNERSHIP FOR A SAFER CR 539

  Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato today announced details of his Safety/Enforcement Initiative to address the rash of eleven (11) fatal crashes and numerous serious accidents that have occurred from 2013 to the present along County Route 539. The...

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SENTENCING IN BRICK ROBBERY

Samuel Patriaco, Jr., 24, of Brick appeared on Friday (8/7) before Judge Linda G. Baxter, J.S.C. to be sentenced in the knife­point robbery and stabbing at K and D Gulf on Burnt Tavern Road in Brick. Patriaco was sentenced for the charge of First Degree Robbery to 15...

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UPDATE IN TOMS RIVER SUNKEN PICK-UP CASE

Andrew L. Mayer, 28, of Toms River, who was indicted on June 30, 2015, for 3rd Degree Animal Cruelty in the death of his dog (Rolo) and 3rd Degree Criminal Mischief for causing a substantial interruption in public emergency services, had an arraignment before Judge...

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A Local Hero’s Tribute

This past Sunday (8/2) Lacey Elks graciously paid tribute to OCPO Detective John Scott Stevens of Forked River who was killed on January 21, 2015 in a single car crash while working undercover. Detective Stevens, 44, was an undercover officer with the OCPO Special...

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GUILTY PLEA IN AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ASSAULT CASE

Carl A. Creadle, 47, of Lakewood, NJ entered a guilty plea yesterday (8/4) before Judge Wendel E. Daniels to 1st degree Aggravated Sexual Assault. The prosecution, led by Senior Assistant Prosecutor Terry Ann Linardakis, is seeking 15 years in New Jersey State Prison,...

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SENTENCING IN $740,000 MORTGAGE FRAUD CASE

On Friday, July 31, 2015, Christopher Colatrella, 43, Wall Township was sentenced to 5 years in state prison after pleading guilty to 2nd Degree Financial Facilitation of Criminal Activity (Money Laundering) related to an investigation that involved performing the...

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