Saturday, March 23, 2013
Sentencing stems from Dec., 2009 incident
A Massachusetts was sentenced to 40 years in prison Friday after he was found guilty of robbing and beating an 82-year-old Tinton Falls resident at his home in Dec., 2009, according to Monmouth County Acting Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni. Rafael Laboy, 31, of Ludlow, Mass., was sentenced subject to the provisions of the “No Early Release Act” (“NERA”) by Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Anthony J. Mellaci, J.S.C. “NERA” requires a defendant serve 85 percent of the sentence imposed before becoming eligible for parole. Laboy will not be eligible for parole for approximately 34 years. Judge Mellaci ordered Laboy’s 40-year sentence to run consecutive to the sentence he is currently serving in Massachusetts for unrelated charges. Laboy…
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Christopher Gramiccioni, Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor, ordered into active duty and shipping out by fall
The interim head of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office has been ordered into active military duty and will ship out to Afghanistan by fall, officials said Thursday. Christopher Gramiccioni, acting Monmouth County Prosecutor and a Navy Reservist, has been ordered to report for duty in August for combat zone orientation and training. He ships out for a 9-month tour to an undisclosed area in Afghanistan in September, Gramiccioni said. Gramiccioni, a Judge Advocate General Corps officer in the Naval Reserves, got word of his deployment in January. He is assigned to detainee operations as part of the effort to withdraw U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan at the end stages of a war that has so far lasted more than 11 years. Most foreign …
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Indictments stem from 2012 undercover narcotics operation by Long Branch police
Nine people, most of them Long Branch residents, have been indicted by the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office on 18 counts of drug-related crimes. Between May 23 and July 25 the nine people were arrested on charges of possessing heroin, many times within close proximity of a Long Branch park or school, and selling it to an undercover Long Branch Police Officer, according to court documents. The people indicted are: Jon Buffaloe, 64, of Long Branch Avenue; Patricia Hodge, 44, of Bath Avenue; Michelle Richardson, 47, of Red Bank; Madeline Brown, 40, of Sixth Avenue; Neil Scarfuto, 35, of Ocean Boulevard; Timothy Caster, 41, of Seaview Avenue; Stephanie Smith, 39, of Sydney Way; Sarah Jones, 24, of Central Avenue; and Rasheen McLeod, 42, of …
Monday, January 7, 2013
Incident occurred on Willow Avenue on Jan. 3
The Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office and Long Branch police are investigating a possible homicide that occurred on Willow Avenue last week. County Director of Investigations Marc Limieux said police received a 911 call at 4:20 p.m. Jan. 3 for a report of an unresponsive male in the basement apartment of 326 Willow Ave. Lemieux said the address is one large home with multiple apartments. The victim was later identified as Manuel Vilaseca Cortez, a 39-year-old male from Long Branch. Limieux said Cortez did not live at 326 Willow Ave. He said the case is being "investigated as a homicide," but that no cause of death is available at this time and no suspects have identified. Lemieux is asking anyone with information on the case to call …
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Officer barred from all future public employment in New Jersey
The career of a long-time Eatontown Police Department Officer came to an end today when he admitted that he requested sexual favors from a woman he had arrested after flushing drugs seized from her down a toilet. Detective Philip Emanuele, 33, of Brick plead guilty to criminal coercion and tampering with physical evidence in a plea bargain that calls for a probationary term. Emanuele, as part of his plea, was required to immediately forfeit his position as a police officer with the Eatontown Police Department and was also barred from all future public employment in New Jersey. He was suspended, without pay, by the department in June and was making $114,712 a year at the time. In March, the Professional Responsibility Unit of the Monmouth…
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Gramiccioni sworn in Sunday, takes over for former Prosecutor Peter Warshaw Jr.
Christopher Gramiccioni has been named acting Monmouth County prosecutor, officials said Tuesday. The appointment was made by the Office of the Attorney General. Gramiccioni, a Wall Township resident, was sworn in to the position Sunday by state Superior Court Judge Thomas F. Scully, Gramiccioni said in an interview Tuesday. Gramiccioni, 40, joined the Prosecutor’s Office in February 2011 and held the position of first assistant to former Prosecutor Peter Warshaw Jr., who last week was named to a judgeship by a vote of the state Senate. Gramiccioni's promotion leads a shuffle within the office. Richard E. Incremona becomes first assistant Monmouth County prosecutor. Incremona, a career prosecutor, was sworn in Monday. He was one of two …
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
The suspect is accused of manufacturing phony Social Security and U.S. Permanent Resident cards.
An Ocean Township man was charged with producing and selling fraudulent government documents and faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted. Lucio Medina-Sanchez, 36, 2137 Aldrin Rd., was arrested Feb. 3 and faces three second degree charges for allegedly manufacturing false Social Security cards and U.S. Permanent Resident cards at his Ocean Township residence, according to a release from the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office. Law enforcement officers seized computers, laminates and various other materials following a Feb. 2 search of Medina-Sanchez's home. The arrest is the result of a joint investigation conducted by the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office, the U.S. Homeland Security Investigations and the Ocean Township Police …
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Charged with uttering a forged instrument and obtaining of a controlled dangerous substance by fraud.
A Neptune man has been indicted by a Monmouth County grand jury for allegedly attempting to buy oxycodone using forged documents at a West Long Branch Walgreens. David P. Foster, Jr., 19, of Neptune, was indicted on June 30 and charged with forgery, uttering a forged instrument and obtaining of a controlled dangerous substance. The three charges are third-degree crimes. Uttering a forged instrument in a criminal offense where a person knowingly publishes or puts into circulation any forged or altered financial document, legal document or other writing with the intent to misrepresent it as true and defraud others, according to USLegal.com. Foster allegedly used a forged prescription form under the name "Dr. P.K." to attempt to buy oxycodone…
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Willie J. Brown indicted on June 28 for possession of a controlled dangerous substance
A Long Branch man has been indicted by the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office for possession of heroin. Willie J. Brown a/k/a Willie Jones, 34, of Chelton Avenue, was indicted on June 28 for possession of a controlled dangerous substance in Long Branch April 1. Possession of a controlled dangerous substance is a third degree crime.
Friday, May 20, 2011
Charges for men include attempted burglary and possession of a controlled dangerous substance
Two Long Branch men have been indicted by the Monmouth County Prosecutors for crimes they committed in Wall and West Long Branch. Rud Colas, 39, of Chelsea Avenue was charged Wednesday with three counts of possession of a controlled dangerous substance and two counts of possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute. On July 31, in Wall Township, Colas allegedly was found to be in possession of ketamine, ecstasy, and methamphetamine. John L. Poole, 40, of Branchport Avenue was charged on Wednesday with attempted burglary, a third degree crime. On March 7, Poole allegedly attempted to burglarize a West Long Branch home.