Monday, May 13, 2013
13-year-old Mt. Olive resident falsely claimed a stranger in a van lied to him, tried getting him into car, police report.
A 13-year-old Mt. Olive boy is being charged with providing false information to a law enforcement officer after claiming a stranger tried to abduct him last week, Mt. Olive police said. The Mt. Olive Police charged the juvenile after an investigation that included assistance from the New Jersey State Police and the Morris County Prosecutor's Office, Officer Michael Russell said. The investigation is ongoing. The teenager's claim sparked a manhunt, pulling in various agencies and setting the surrounding communities on edge until the story was revealed to be false. A suspect was in custody before being released, according to a report by the Mt. Olive Chronicle. "I am pleased that a potential suspect was cleared in a professional manner and…
Monday, April 8, 2013
Agencies from throughout Morris County assisting to quell blazes in Mt. Olive.
As of 3:40 p.m. Monday afternoon, numerous brush fires throughout the industrial complex of the International Trade Center in Mt. Olive had been knocked down, according to Mt. Olive Mayor Rob Greenbaum's Facebook page. "The brush fire in the trade zone is now completely under control," Greenbaum said on his Facebook page. "Those who may have gotten calls from Bright Horizons Day Care need not hurry to get your kids," the status update said. "All are safe and not in harms way. No need to panic at all. if you need help getting thru to get your children just ask a police officer who will make sure you can get thru to get your children." Brush fires popped up all over the area, and could be seen from as far as Exit 30 off Route 80. "Pretty …
Monday, February 18, 2013
Family of Cristiano Bonner and Hesham Moustafa trying to raise money for medical, burial and counseling expenses.
The fire that destroyed a Flanders home Monday and claimed the lives of 52-year-old Hesham Moustafa and his 7-year-old stepson Cristiano Bonner is only the beginning of the trial for the family as they are struggling to find funds for burial expenses for the victims and recovery for the survivors, said Amy Bonner Langdo. Langdo is a Hopatcong resident and Cristiano's aunt and has started a Give Forward donation page in hopes of raising enough money to cover the medical, burial and counseling expenses. "My niece Bianca is in the hospital with burns and damage to her lungs," Langdo said. According to Langdo, her niece was brought out of the burning home and wasn't breathing, but that first responders were able to revive her at the scene. …
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Grief counseling in Mount Olive High School and a pair of fundraisers for funeral costs are in the works for the families of Clyde Schimanski and Nick Cianciotto.
Budd Lake resident Kim Maleyonok didn't know how bad the situation was on Monday night, but didn't sit idly by once she heard there were two teenagers missing in the partially frozen waters of Budd Lake. "My husband was the one who brought it to my attention. He was like, 'there is a helicopter out there searching,'" Maleyonok said. By Tuesday morning, Maleyonok and Katherine Sutton were by the shore of Budd Lake and at the side of Clyde Schimanski Jr. whose son Clyde Schimanski III was one of the teens being searched for. "I've known Big Clyde for a long time," Sutton said. "Even after I moved to Newton I still would come and visit him all the time." Sutton and Maleyonok were there in pajama pants, unwilling to stray far from "Big Clyde" …
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Body of one teenage boy who went missing in icy water was found Tuesday afternoon, search for the second was suspended Tuesday night, prosecutor says.
Update, 10 a.m. Wednesday: Dive and recovery teams have resumed searching for the body of the second teen in Budd Lake as of 8 a.m. First Assistant Prosecutor Thomas Zelante said the Morris County Prosecutor's Office will release a statement later in the day. Mt. Olive Mayor Rob Greenbaum wrote on his public Facebook page Wednesday morning, "Let's bring the last boy home today." The search for the second teen, missing since Monday night in the partially frozen waters of Budd Lake, was suspended Tuesday afternoon, Acting Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp said. Knapp said the New Jersey State Police Marine Service Bureau's six divers spent more than six hours searching in the icy waters on Tuesday. "The divers who used sonar to assist …
Thursday, October 18, 2012
From Budd Lake to Belvidere folks are holding fundraisers for the family of Chris Connors, killed in a car accident last week.
Friends who knew him growing up in Budd Lake call him a "Laker for Life." And those in his new community in Belvidere call him one of their own. Now both communities are showing an outpouring of love and support for Chris Connors since his death in a car accident on route 46 last week. On Friday, Oct. 19 a baked goods sale is being held at Belvidere High School as part of the homecoming festivites. "Proceeds of the bake sale will be benefitting the Connors family," Melissa Altadonna Kramer, Chris Connors sister-in-law, said. Those who are interested in donating baked goods are asked to bring them by 6:30 p.m. to the field located at 809 Oxford Street Belvidere, NJ, 07823. The game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. but monetary donations …
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Judge releases Mt. Olive males from juvenile detention center.
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Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Two teen males accused of raping a female peer in a Flanders home are being released from the Morris County Juvenile Detention Center and put on house arrest, according to a report on nj.com. Judge Michael Paul Wright ruled Tuesday the boys will not be allowed to leave their homes, and must be supervised by at least one parent 24 hours a day, the report stated. The teens are also prohibited from discussing the case with anyone, barring them from the Internet. For the full report on the ruling, go here. If the teens violate any of the house arrest orders, they will be sent directly back to the juvenile detention center, the report stated. The ruling comes less than a week after Judge Wright would not allow one of the teens to be released on…
Monday, September 17, 2012
Entry was gained through roof while store was closed over the weekend.
More than $100,000 in jewelry was stolen from Kay Jewelers in Flanders on Sunday after entry was gained through the roof while the store was closed, according to Mount Olive Township police. Police received a “frantic” phone call Sunday morning at about 11:15 a.m. from a Kay Jewelers employee who said the store at the ITC Crossing on International Drive had been burglarized, Cpl. Eric Anthony said. The employee told police there was no electricity in the store, and the alarm system was no longer working, Anthony said. When police responded it was determined the safe was broken into and items were stolen, Anthony said. Police also determined entry was gained through the roof of the mall complex sometime between 4 and 11 a.m., Anthony said. …
Sunday, July 15, 2012
Guardrail repairs on Schooley's Mountain to last four, maybe five more weeks.
It was a week filled with tragedy around Washington Township, as we reported on a fatal motorcycle accident and a man who was killed by an oncoming train. There were some lighter headlines, too, and you can see all our news by going here. For the bigger headlines, continue reading. On Sunday night, a 60-year-old Toms River woman, riding as a motorcycle passenger, was thrown from the bike after it struck a Toyota Camry on Rt. 206 in Mt. Olive Township. The woman died as a result of the crash, and the motorcycle and car driver were taken to the hospital. On Friday, July 6, a man reportedly stood in front of an oncoming train in Hackettstown and was killed by the locomotive. A few days later, New Jersey Transit Authorities identified the man …