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Asbury Park, New Jersey
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Wednesday, July 23, 2008
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67 WEDNESDAY, JULY 23, 2008 ASBURY PARK PRESS 7, LOCAL NEWS page B7 1 ad Undercover detail leads to 25 solicitation arrests By MICHELLE SAHN STAFF WRITER ASBURY PARK - Police arrested 25 men for soliciting an undercover police officer, and one of those men had a sawed-off shotgun in his vehicle, authorities said. The undercover detail was conducted Friday and on June 19 in the northeast end of town, Chief Mark Kinmon said. Kinmon said his department has been working hard to reduce violent crime, but they also are concerned about addressing quality-of-life issues in the community. On June 19, police arrested a dozen men and on Friday, they arrested 13 more men, he said. Each of the men offered money to an undercover female police officer in exchange for sex, the chief said. All of the men were charged with soliciting prostitution, and most of the men came to the city from other communities, including a Howell man who is also facing weapons charges, police said. On Friday, police arrested Paul O'Neill, 56, for soliciting prostitution, and then police found a sawed-off 12-gauge shotgun in the Howell man's car, Kinmon said. O'Neill was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a prohibited weapoa Postal worker helps unravel odor mystery By LARRY HIGGS COASTAL MONMOUTH BUREAU RED BANK The mystery of the bad stench of Shrewsbury Avenue has been solved. It was coming from a private building on the road. An observant postal worker at the West Boro post office smelled the odor of sewage and called borough officials Monday. Public works crews responded and stopped the fetid flow while it was still in the gutter and before it reached storm drains to the river, said Stanley Sickels, borough administrator. The odor problem initially was reported to borough officials during the weekend and then by the postal worker. Public works officials had contacted the owner of 106 Shrewsbury Ave. during the weekend, who told them he'd handle the problem, Sickels said. Crews responded after the second call and found sewage on the sidewalk and in the gutter. It was traced to a sewer clean-out cap that wasn't fully closed on the private property, Sickels said. "They caught it before it got to the river," Sickels said. More security planned at Asbury bar By NANCY SHIELDS COASTAL MONMOUTH BUREAU ASBURY PARK - The popular Brickwall Tavern received the go-ahead from city officials to continue operating downtown but is taking measures that include more security to cut down on the noise that has deeply rankled residents living in condominiums above. The City Council earlier this month heard from at least five people voicing their concerns about the liquor license renewal for the Cookman Avenue restaurant and bar, which along with the adjacent Market in the Middle, has seen a high volume of traffic since opening two summers ago. Last week, the council approved the renewal but with certain restrictions. The city is requiring the Brickwall to have an off-duty police officer from 10 p.m. to closing on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Last call in Asbury Park is at 2 a.m. The noise issue crops up at intervals because of the zoning in the downtown, which is seeing new stores and restaurants on the first floor with condominiums and apartments above. Meg Brunette, one of the Brickwall owners, discussed on Tuesday several of the steps owner took, which the council last week accepted as part of its agreement to allow operations with the liquor license to continue. The conditions will be reviewed in 90 days. "We're looking at every possible option to create an amicable relationship with our neighbors and need to be fiscally responsible to the restaurant at the same time," Brunette said. She said they put stanchions outside the restaurant to define its outdoor space and to deter patrons from wandering outside those boundaries. The owners hired Hospitality MD from New York to train all staff on the noise issue. "We placed signage all around the area that makes friendly communications about our requests about smoking, noise and consumption of alcoholic beverages," she said. As read into the council record last week, the Brickwall also will have musicians bring carpet to place under their instruments. The owners are looking at sound paneling, which would be expensive, and they hope it won't be necessary. The other owners of Brickwall include Brunette's partner, Kyle LePree, at the Knockout communication firm in the city, and Steve and Robert Ranuro of RDR Properties. Brickwall had offered some security coverage but not the three nights now required. The officer is to be a uniformed Asbury Park police officer although a uniformed police officer from another town can be used as long as he or she is working under Asbury Park Police Chief Mark Kinmon, the council said. Councilman Ed Johnson said Brunette's letter to the council "goes a long way" to helping to resolve the conflict. "I had lunch there yesterday," Johnson said at last week's meeting. "I saw the signs. There's an emphasis placed on working with the neighbors. "The city has a development plan that calls for these mixed uses of commercial on first and residential on second and third (floors)," Johnson said. "We have to find some kind of balance." Woman sought in bank robbery; reward offered By MICHELLE SAHN STAFF WRITER NEPTUNE Police have released bank surveillance photos of the woman who they believe robbed one bank in the township and tried to hold up another on the same day last month. The FBI also is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of the robber, Nep tune Police Lt. William Monroe said. On June 16, shortly before 12:30 p.m., the woman tried to rob the Bank of America on Route 66, but left empty-handed, police said. About 10 minutes later, she stole an undisclosed amount of cash from the Sovereign Bank about a mile away, on Corlies Avenue, Monroe said. In both cases, the robber wore a disguise and appeared to be a black woman, who was between 40 and 50 years old and between 5 feet, 3 inches and 5 feet, 6 inches tall, police said. She wore an oversized gray shirt, dark, denim Capri-style shorts, a black baseball hat and white sneakers. She wore sunglasses and either gold or silver bracelets on both wrists. In both cases, she passed a note to the teller, and no weapon was shown, Monroe said. Anyone with information about the crimes is asked to call Neptune Detective Sgt. Eugene Stewart at (732) 988-8000, Investigator Richard Chapman of the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office at (732) 577-6684 or FBI Special Agent R.J. Gallagher at (732) 741-0006. Authorities have not disclosed the amount of the reward offer. Second meeting set on Army post reuse plan By KEITH BROWN COASTAL MONMOUTH BUREAU OCEANPORT - The Fort Monmouth redevelopment authority is scheduled tonight to hold the second of three public meetings on its proposed $1 billion reuse plan for the Army post. The meeting, a statutory requirement of the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Planning Authority, follows a similar session held in Tinton Falls Monday. A third will be held in Eatontown Tuesday. The authority and its consultants are shopping the construction plan hoping to garner support as it moves to finalize a redevelopment plan for the fort that is due to be submitted to 4 p the Department of Defense and other federal agencies by Sept. 8. 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