UPDATE: An Endangered Dog & a Good Samaritan

The following is an update from the Monmouth County Prosecutor on the case of the dog that was dumped along the Shrewsbury River in a cage as the tide rose …

Prosecutor Gramiccioni, along with Monmouth County SPCA Chief Ross Licitra and good Samaritan Jen Vaz, provide an update on River, the dog who was found in Highlands yesterday. River was given that name by Jennifer, who rescued him.

River is doing well and we are still asking for the public’s assistance as to who River’s owner may be.

You can reach out to the MCPO Animal Cruelty Hotline at 877-898-7297.

— Photos/MCPO

Fair Haven Police: Alleged Serial Car Burglar Nabbed

After reviewing a surveillance video of a man attempting to sell items in Asbury Park that went missing from vehicles Harding and Harvard roads in Fair Haven, police arrested the man and charged him with the burglaries and thefts.

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Prosecutor: Authorities Seek Help in Finding Alleged Dog Abuser

From the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office …

The Prosecutor’s Office and the Monmouth County SPCA are seeking the public’s help in a potential animal cruelty case.

At approximately 6:15 a.m. on Monday, a Highlands resident was walking their dog in Veterans Memorial Park on Bay Avenue when the dog was alerted by something on the water side of the rock bulkhead.

As the passerby investigated, a black wire cage with a small dog cowering inside was spotted. The cage was on a small portion of sand between the bulkhead and the water. The tide was coming in and the water had reached the cage.

The good Samaritan, a woman who put her own dog’s collar (with tags) on to rescue the dog, climbed over the wall and rescued the dog from the rising tide in the Shrewsbury River.

The dog was taken to the Highlands Police Department where animal control was called and the Prosecutor’s Office was alerted. When animal control arrived on the scene, the empty cage was almost covered by the rising tide. If not for the heroic rescue act of the good Samaritan, the dog could have drowned.

Due to the tide schedule, it is estimated that that the dog was placed there between 4 and 6 a.m.. The dog is a roughly one year old male gray and white pit bull.

Anyone who has any information on who owns this dog or may have witnessed anything please notify the MCPO Animal Cruelty Hot Line 877-898-7297 or notify the Highlands Police Department at 732-872-1224.

*Update: According to social media posts, the good Samaritan wants to adopt the dog.*

Prosecutor: Area Man Arrested, Charged with Child Porn Distribution, Possession

An Atlantic Highlands man was arrested Thursday on child pornography and related charges after an investigation revealed that he allegedly possessed and distributed images and videos depicting the sexual exploitation/abuse of a child, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni announced.

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Fair Haven Police Report: Assault by Auto, Fraud, Vandalism, Identity Theft

The following June and May criminal incidents and arrests were reported by Fair Haven police. An arrest does not constitute a conviction.

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Prosecutor: Monmouth County Man Gets 18 Years for Kidnapping, Armed Robbery

An Monmouth County man has been sentenced to 18 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges of armed robbery and kidnapping in connection with November 2016 Neptune Township and Asbury Park crimes, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced on Friday.

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Retro RFH Summer Theater

Summer theater productions are opening all over the Rumson-Fair Haven area. This seasonal show time for locals has proven as popular as hitting the beach with buddies — OK, far away from the invasion of the outta town tourists.

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Prosecutor: Major Cocaine Bust; Alleged Area Dealer Nabbed

An investigation started earlier this year culminated last week in the arrest of an alleged area cocaine dealer, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced.

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Simple Summer: Gone Fishing

It’s summertime and the living is, well, let’s say pretty fishy if you live in the Rumson-Fair Haven area.

In fact, it’s downright status quo when you grow up in the area to do so with some sand between your toes, a fishing pole over your shoulder, a crabbing net and trap and a bucket in which to tote your catch home — even if that catch is a couple of river rocks, some seaweed and a dried out crab shell.

It’s part of the magic of living by the Navesink River — growing up Rumson-Fair Haven style.

It’s a simple concept. And it’s one of those fabulous things in life that’s free. A walk, a view, a little fishing for a great summer day.

So, the Simple Summer feature today is all about fishing for some fun down by the river — honing in on a little spot by and on the Fair Haven Dock.

The catch is a keeper.

Take a look at our slideshow above for the whole picture. (And don’t forget to click on the lower right icon to enlarge!) See you down by the river!