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Police Report: Theft, Harassment, Drug Dealing, Weapons Possession, Stalking

The following April criminal incidents and arrests were reported by Red Bank police. An arrest does not constitute a conviction.

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Rumson Police: Rumsonite Missing from Sandy Hook Bay

From Rumson police …

The United States Coast Guard, New Jersey State Police and the Rumson Police Department are investigating a missing person from a vessel in the Sandy Hook Bay which was reported to the United States Coast Guard on Monday, May 2, 2022.

Missing is 54 year old Richard P. O’Day, of Rumson, New Jersey.

If you have any information pertaining to this investigation please contact New Jersey State Police Detective Hannan at 609-584-5000 x5289, United States Coast Guard at 718-354-4120 or Detective Schneider of the Rumson Police Department at 732-842-0500.”

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Police Report: $8.9K Art Theft, Assault, Catalytic Converter Thefts, DWIs, Weapons, Disorderly, Criminal Mischief

The following March criminal incidents and arrests were reported by Red Bank police. An arrest does not constitute a conviction.

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Scene Around: A Rumson Officer & the Schools

Rumson Police Special Officer II Dawn Shields in Rumson schools with Superintendent John Bormann & Police Chief Scott Paterson
Photo/Rumson PD

There’s a new Rumson police officer in town.

Her name is Dawn Shields and she is officially the newest member of the Rumson Police Department, the department announced in a social media post. Shields is a Special Law Enforcement Officer Class II. Special II officers are auxiliary, part-time officers who have basically the same authorizations as a permanent officer in a department. They are authorized to carry a weapon and have the power to make arrests and other functions similar to those of a full-time officer.

She comes to Rumson after retirement from a 26-year career with the Red Bank Police Department, the post said. Shields, in her tenure as a Red Bank officer, was a “School Resource Officer and D.A.R.E/L.E.A.D. instructor,” it added.

She will be doing more of the same in Rumson schools.

“We are happy that Dawn can now share her knowledge and experience in Rumson while protecting our schools,” the post concluded. “Welcome S/O III Shields!!”

Scene Around: Rumson Police Chief Reigns as Top Plunge Donor

Rumson Police Chief Scott Paterson at Polar Bear Plunge at Seaside 2022
Photo/Rumson PD

Hail to the chief! He’s taken the plunge and triumphed again.

Rumson Police Chief Scott Paterson dove into the icy ocean waters of Seaside on Saturday and emerged the plunge’s top donor once again to benefit his cause — Special Olympics New Jersey.

“Chief Paterson would like to thank all of the generous donors, along with friends and supporters, who reached out to wish (him) Scott well with yesterday’s Special Olympics Polar Bear Plunge,” a Sunday post on the Rumson Police Department Facebook page said. “It was down to the wire, but we’re happy to report that Scott was able to regain his #1 spot as highest individual fundraiser for another year. He could not have done it without the support of all you!”

The chief solely ended up with a total of $41,337 raised for his cause. He plunged with the Little Silver Crocs team once again. The largest of the final hour donations was from Rumson St. Patrick’s Day Parade at $1,005. So, in the end, Paterson ended up top donor for what may have been his final plunge.

As a whole, the 2022 Plunge at Seaside garnered $1,935,180, surpassing its goal. The goal was $1.8 million.

Congrats, Chief!

Rumson Police Chief Scott Paterson at a previous Polar Bear Plunge at Seaside
Photo/Rumson PD

Retro FHFD Installation Dinner Times

Photos by Kathy Robbins … Slideshow by Elaine Van Develde

A reprise celebrating Fair Haven Fire Department Installation Dinners of the past with good line officers and department members of the past, many now gone, because the department reprised its traditional Installation Dinner over the weekend. Look back with us and remember the faces of those who served and leave behind a strong legacy to help.  

It’s an honored, good time tradition. The Fair Haven Fire Department recently had its Installation Dinner. Every New Year, new line officers are officially installed and honored and outgoing officers and members are honored in a thank you dinner dance.

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Prosecutor: Authorities Seek Witnesses to Fatal Weekend Accident

Authorities are seeking witnesses to a motor vehicle crash that claimed the life of a female driver in the early morning hours over the weekend, Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Lori Linskey announced on Monday.

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