Thursday, May 2, 2013
Investigators say he beat the victim to death with a baseball bat.
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Thursday, May 2
A Keansburg man is charged with murder and other offenses contained in a five-count indictment handed up Monday by a Monmouth County grand jury, according to Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni. Robert Hesse, 34, whose last known address was on Laurel Avenue in Keansburg, is charged with first degree Murder and related third and fourth degree weapons offenses, according to a press release from the Prosecutor's Office. Additionally, he is charged with second and fourth degree counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child by the distribution and possession of child pornography. Hesse is charged with using a baseball bat to beat his victim to death inside a Keansburg cemetery, the Old Truex Burying Ground, on August 8…
Friday, April 19, 2013
He was found guilty in February of shooting his ex-girlfriend outside of the Route 35 diner where she worked.
A Union County man who shot his estranged girlfriend multiple times in the head and body outside a Hazlet Township restaurant was sentenced to 20 years in prison, according to Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni. Jermaine Foster, 35, was sentenced Friday by Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Francis J. Vernoia, P.J.Cr. to an aggregate 20-year state prison term for first-degree attempted murder, as well as two firearms charges and a drug charge, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office. The charges stem from a shooting outside of the Red Oak Diner in Hazlet, where Foster shot his then-35-year-old ex-girlfriend, a waitress at the diner, around 4:47 a.m. on Feb. 6, 2011. Foster had arrived at the diner …
Sunday, March 17, 2013
One brother was arrested Friday at his Longbrook apartment in Matawan after the Bayshore Narcotics Task Force found just under half an ounce of cocaine and more than $3,200 in cash.
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Sunday, March 17
A pair of brothers, one a state record-holding former football player at Keyport High School, are facing various drug charges following a two-month investigation by the Narcotics and Gang Investigation Section of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office into their alleged sale of cocaine and heroin from the Bayshore region down to Long Branch, Asbury Park and Neptune, according to Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni. Brothers Anthony Cattouse Jr., 32, and Kenneth “The Moose” Cattouse, 27, are charged with numerous drug-related charges after undercover investigators purchased cocaine and heroin from the pair as part of the two-month probe leading to the seizure of over $4,700 in cash, 37 bricks of heroin, cocaine, …
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Twelve sawed-off shotguns and one AK-47 were among the 45 illegal guns collected in Monmouth County.
The Monmouth County gun buyback program brought in 45 illegal weapons last weekend, including an AK-47 and 15 other assault rifles. A total of 1,581 guns were collected in Asbury Park and Keansburg on March 8 and 9. This was the fourth buyback program in the state this year, supervised by the State Attorney General's Office. The state has now collected 7,092 firearms from state-run buyback programs, according to Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa. The buybacks are funded through criminal forfeiture funds. In Monmouth County, law enforcement officers paid an average of $132 per gun, for a maximum of three guns per person. The county program cost $209,175 last weekend. “Every gun turned in during this program had the potential to harm someone, …
Thursday, March 7, 2013
A Monmouth County man admitted he was responsible for calling in a bomb threat to the Monmouth County Courthouse in October.
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Thursday, March 7
The following press release is from the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office. Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced Wednesday that a Monmouth County man has admitted that he was responsible for calling in a bomb threat to the County Courthouse in October. Ellis Goodson, 35, whose last known address was in Neptune, pleaded guilty Tuesday to third degree charges of False Public Alarm and Conspiracy to Possess a Controlled Dangerous Substance in front of Monmouth County Superior Court Judge John T. Mullaney, Jr. J.S.C. “Since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, we all live in a heightened sense of security. Bomb threats not only disrupt the lives of the intended targets but taps into our sense of vulnerability and …
Thursday, February 21, 2013
State Attorney General says up to $250 paid for guns turned in on March 8, 9
In attempt to get illegal guns off the streets and cut into gun violence, the Attorney General’s Office is staging a state-sponsored gun buyback to be held in Monmouth County early next month, officials said Thursday. State Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa was in Asbury Park Thursday to announce the March 8 and 9 program would be held in conjunction with the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, the Asbury Park Police Department, the Keansburg Police Department, the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office, and local faith-based community organizations. Monmouth County residents can turn in up to three unloaded guns at the Shiloh Community Fellowship Ministry in Asbury Park – 142 Dewitt Ave. -- or the St. Ann Catholic Church in Keansburg – 267 …
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
He was found guilty of shooting his ex-girlfriend outside of the Route 35 diner where she worked.
A Union County man was found guilty of attempted murder, weapons offenses and drug possession after a jury delivered its verdict Wednesday following a three-week trial, according to Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni. Jermaine Foster, 35, of Plainfield, was convicted of first degree attempted murder, second degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, second degree unlawful possession of a weapon, and third degree possession of a controlled dangerous substance after a jury delivered the verdict following a three-week trial presided over by Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Francis J. Vernoia, J.S.C., sitting in Freehold, according to a press release issued by the Prosecutor's Office. The charges stem …
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
The new initiative is aimed at protecting residents from fraud and unscrupulous contractors.
Con men see opportunities in disaster. That's not a new idea, Monmouth County Acting Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni said. Following Hurricane Sandy, with tens of thousands of residents, many of them right here in the county, rebuilding their lives, there needs to be protection for those who are most vulnerable, he said. On Wednesday, Gramiccioni unveiled the Monmouth County Superstorm Sandy Fraud Task Force, a two-pronged, multi-jurisdictional effort that promises to be proactive and reactive when it comes to identifying potential instances of fraud and ferreting out the criminals responsible. Flanked by prosecutor's office detectives, county freeholders, and representatives from New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs, said the task …
Saturday, January 19, 2013
The man's identify and the cause of death have not been disclosed.
Updated 4:45 p.m.: Investigators do not suspect foul play in the death of a man discovered at an abandoned factory near the Aberdeen-Matawan Train Station, according to Charles Webster, public information officer for the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office. The body was discovered in the factory the morning of Saturday, Jan. 19, Webster said. An autopsy performed that afternoon concluded that there was no foul play involved in his death. The identity of the man and the cause of death were not available, Webster said. Webster would not confirm whether or not the man was homeless or why he was in the factory. The abandoned factory is part of the designated train station redevelopment area in Aberdeen Township. Officers from the Aberdeen …
Friday, November 30, 2012
Opportunities for fraud and misconduct may increase in the wake of Sandy.
Monmouth residents who suspect corruption by government officials now have a direct line where they can blow the whistle. The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office (MCPO) launched a tip line and e-mail address on Friday to take reports of fraud, corruption and abuse by local government agencies. “The large majority of public officials render honest and faithful service. But we need the public to help us hold accountable those who betray the public’s trust by committing crimes or using their official positions for their own personal gain and enrichment,” Acting Prosecutor Christopher J. Grammiccioni said in a press release issued by the MCPO. While the office routinely conducts investigations into allegations of fraud or misconduct on the …