Police Report: Theft, DWI, Heroin, Child Endangerment, Operating a CDS Facility

The following recent arrests were reported by Red Bank police. An arrest does not constitute a conviction.

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Prosecutor: Assistant Scoutmaster Charged with Child Endangerment

An area man has been arrested and charged with one count of endangering the welfare of a child after allegedly exchanging multiple sexually explicit messages with a young boy, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced.

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Prosecutor: Major Cocaine Distribution Ring Busted

Nine members of a Monmouth County-based cocaine distribution ring that was moving one-third of a kilogram of cocaine per week were arrested late last week after a nine-month investigation, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced on Friday.

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Looking Back: A Tale of Tradition and Firehouse Santa Pics

By Elaine Van Develde

It’s that time of the year for a longstanding Fair Haven tradition  — photos at the firehouse with Santa.

This year, Santa’s came to the firehouse on Sunday.

It’s another Fair Haven tradition you can always count on.

I remember …

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A Retro RFH Basketball Cheer

 

The boys of RFH's cheerleading squad for the Student-Faculty Basketball Game in 1976. Photo/RFH yearbook screenshot
The boys of RFH’s cheerleading squad for the Student-Faculty Basketball Game in 1976.
Photo/RFH yearbook screenshot

Yes, it’s basketball season at RFH. But, have you ever seen a lovelier bunch of cheerleaders?

OK, you just may have — like the guys who cheered for that 1977 RFH Powder Puff Football game.

Well, this Retro Pic of the Day features a different bunch from a different class and for a different game — the RFH Student-Faculty Basketball Game. But do you know exactly what year it was? And who are those faculty photo bombers in the background?

Here’s a clue: It looks like John Kirman is the tallest one in the photo above of the “girls” getting set and standing for a new routine.

— Elaine Van Develde

Prosecutor: Monmouth Man Found Guilty of 2014 Armed Robbery; Could Face Life in Prison

A Monmouth County man has been found guilty of a 2014 armed robbery and could face life in prison due to a prior record, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni said.

The Monmouth County jury returned the guilty verdict on Tuesday for Mario Figueroa, 40, of Asbury Park, in connection with an incident a little more than three years ago in Asbury.

The charges against Figueroa, which came after a two-week trial, are: first-degree armed robbery, fourth-degree unlawful possession of a weapon, third-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, second-degree aggravated assault, second-degree witness retaliation, and two counts of first-degree witness tampering for crimes committed against witnesses to the armed robbery after the incident.

The case background …

The charges stem from an Oct. 21, 2014 incident when Figueroa approached his victim on the corner of Main Street and Sewall Avenue. In an effort to steal victim’s wallet, Figueroa armed himself with a box cutter, held it to the victim’s neck, forced him to the ground and stole his wallet.

The Asbury Park Police Department Street Crimes Unit, patrolling in the area at the time of the incident, observed Figueroa running away from the scene of the robbery.

After conducting an initial investigation, Figueroa was arrested for the crimes committed against the victim. While incarcerated pending trial, Figueroa encountered a witness to the robbery inside the Monmouth County Correctional Institution and assaulted him for giving a statement to the Asbury Park police, leaving that witness with permanent vision damage as a result of the assault.

Figueroa then went after a second witness to the robbery, sending dozens of threatening letters to the witness in an effort to interfere with the witness’s testimony and cooperation in the investigation.

Figueroa had several disruptive outbursts during the two-week trial, resulting in Judge Falcetano ordering him removed by Sheriff’s officers from the courtroom. Tomorrow, Judge Falcetano is expected to inform Figueroa of the jury’s verdict in the case and to set a sentencing date in the matter.

Due to his prior criminal record, Figueroa is extended-term eligible and faces a potential sentence of life in a New Jersey state prison. Any sentence imposed will require Figueroa to serve 85 percent of the term before he would be eligible for parole, pursuant to the No Early Release Act (NERA).

Figueroa is also facing an additional term between 10 and 20 years of imprisonment for the witness tampering charges, which must be served consecutively to any period of incarceration imposed for the armed robbery and weapons offenses.

This case was prosecuted by Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Martha Nye.

Figueroa is represented by John Sheehy, Esq., of Toms River.

— Edited press release from the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office

Retro RFH Holiday Chorus

RFH Tower Singers entertain at the annual winter concert circa 1976. Photo/RFH yearbook screenshot
RFH Tower Singers entertain at the annual winter concert circa 1976.
Photo/RFH yearbook screenshot
RFH Freshman Chorus in 1976. Photo/RFH yearbook screenshot
RFH Freshman Chorus in 1976.
Photo/RFH yearbook screenshot

By Elaine Van Develde

It’s that time of the year when the Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School Tower Singers sing — in concert.

In fact, the group has been featured at the Rumson tree lightings.

In our Retro Pic of the Day, we take you back to the 1970s when there were three choruses at RFH, each of which was quite large: the Freshman Chorus, Tower Singers and Tower Madrigals.

There was also an annual tradition wherein all groups would end the winter concert with the Hallelujah Chorus and invite alumni up to the stage to join in.  Remember?

Recognize any of these RFH singers?

— Elaine Van Develde

Lighting Up the Holidays in Fair Haven

Remember the old Sunday night drive to check out all the Christmas lights when you were a kid?

Well, it doesn’t have to be a Sunday night. Any night is a good one for the drive around to look at the lights.

We took a little Monday night drive in Fair Haven. The only thing that was missing was the ol’ “Ooooo … ahhhh” and the backseat sibling quibbling to Dad’s, “Girls! If I have to pull this car over!”

This is what we saw. And it’s just a sampling. Fair Haven is quite festive. Rumson is next. And we’ll go back to both towns for that nighttime drive until Christmas.

Know of any great decorations? Let us know where they are. We’ll make sure everyone gets to take the drive with us.

— Elaine Van Develde

A Retro RFH Basketball Score

A 1970s RFH basketball moment Photo/George Day
A 1970s RFH basketball moment
Photo/George Day

It’s basketball season at RFH.

It’s no secret that RFH has had some slam dunk success with the sport. In 2014, the RFH Boys Basketball team made history with its first Shore Conference Tournament (SCT) victory when the team toppled Christian Brothers Academy (CBA) with a 50-24 final score.

So, to honor the basketball season and victory scores, the Retro Pic of the (George) Day offers a look back at the RFH basketball sidelines and the young players, photographer and scorekeeper of an early 1970s high school game.

The uniforms are quite different now. They’re black, not purple, longer sleeved and, yes, the shorts are longer. Hey, that was the trend back in the day: purple, sleeveless and short (shorts).

Who wears short shorts? Wait, that was the iconic line in that Nair commercial.

Well, these guys wore short shorts. And they played a good game. Aside from the old uniforms, that may have us a bit captivated, all the guys in this photo are fixated on something.

All eyes are looking in one direction. And the scorekeeper is staring and poised to push that button and the photographer (Andy Koch?) is focused and ready to shoot.

Anyone remember this moment and what the focus was on? Come on, zoom! Anyone? Now, about those uniforms … black or purple? Preferences?

Thanks again, George Day, for this priceless score in RFH photography history!