Sunday, April 28, 2013
A weekly look back at the crime stories in Monmouth County
This week's crime includes a little of everything, topped here by two of the top unreported stories of the week: A Neptune man was indicted by a grand jury Friday on charges he sexually abused a mentally handicapped woman. Christopher Johnson, 38, is charged with one count of first-degree aggravated sexual assault, stemming from an incident in February, 2012. The indictment says Johnson knew or should have known that the victim, identified only by initials, was physically or mentally unable to give consent. * * * * * A Manasquan man was indicted last week on charges he assaulted a police officer and several other offenses. In the five-count indictment handed up April 18, Kyle Jordan, 25, is charged with two counts of aggravated assault of…
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Joseph A. Valentino is also accused of wrapping dogs' muzzles in duct tape.
- POLICE & FIRE
Saturday, April 27
An area man faces eight animal cruelty charges after allegedly punching a puppy in the head and wrapping two dogs' muzzles in duct tape, according to Monmouth County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) Chief Humane Law Enforcement Officer Victor “Buddy” Amato. Joseph A. Valentino, 41, of Cherry Street, Tinton Falls, is accused of abusing the three animals from September 2012 through February 2, 2013, a release from the Monmouth County SPCA said. Valentino allegedly wrapped the muzzle of Stitches, a 1-year-old Bullmastiff, with duct tape and trimmed the dog's nails using a power tool. Valentino would allegedly choke the animal to the point where Stitches' tongue turned blue and he defecated on himself. According to the …
Monday, March 25, 2013
Man sentenced to pay over $2,000 in fines and restitution
- POLICE & FIRE
Monday, March 25
A Neptune man has allegdly admitted he stabbed a dog in the chest during an altercation with its owner in December, said Victor “Buddy” Amato, Chief Humane Law Enforcement Officer at the Monmouth County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) in Eatontown, in a press release issued Monday. Altarik Cullun, 27, of Neptune, pleaded guilty Friday to one count of animal cruelty in front of Asbury Park Municipal Court Daniel J. DiBenedetto. Cullun was sentenced to pay over $2,000 in fines and restitution. The charges arose from an incident on Dec. 15, 2012, when Cullun was involved in an altercation with the dog’s owner in the 1400 block of Mattison Avenue in Asbury Park. At some point during the altercation a knife was produced …
Thursday, March 21, 2013
3-year-old cocker spaniel named Aby appeared to be in 'decent shape'
Authorities have removed a second dog from the home of a Brick couple suspected of abusing their 13-year-old cocker spaniel, then claiming they found it on the side of the road. The dog removed Thursday afternoon was a 3-year-old cocker spaniel named Aby, said Victor "Buddy" Amato, chief humane law enforcement officer for the Monmouth County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). The dog was voluntarily handed over to officers by Keith E. Morgan, 56, and Shauna Ewing Morgan, 43, of Sawmill Road, who have been charged with abusing their dog named Samurai, or "Sammy." "We were getting anonymous tips for the last few days that there might be a second animal in the house," said Amato. "The anonymous tips were describing a …
Friday, February 1, 2013
Charges could be filed against the snake's owner for failure to provide adequate shelter.
Middletown Township Animal Control removed a dead python from a house on George Street, in the township's River Plaza section, on Thursday. The incident is currently under investigation by MCSPCA Chief Buddy Amato. He said the pet snake was housed in a wooden crate outfitted with a heat lamp. But the gas and electric have been shut off, and the very cold temperatures in recent days likely killed the reptile, Amato said. Pythons are accustomed to a tropical climate, he explained. Amato has the names of two young men — "persons of interest," he said — who were recently living in the house. The mother of one of them was contacted by the MCSPCA. She said the snake belonged to her son, Amato said. Investigators are looking for a dog and cat …
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Two dogs have died since Oct. 6 from ingesting a toxic substance, according to police
Police and Monmouth County SPCA Chief Humane Law Enforcement Officer Victor "Buddy" Amato are investigating the deaths of two dogs — one that died of ingesting anti-freeze and another that died from ingesting an undetermined toxic substance. A healthy family pet that lived in a house near East Church Street, Keansburg, died on Oct. 6 within 24 hours after ingesting what the veterinarian believed to have been anti-freeze. The death of the Jack Russell terrier was reported to Keansburg Police and Amato by a veterinarian about three days ago. Yesterday, Keansburg Police received a report that another dog passed away and that the dog had also possibly ingested something toxic, Keansburg Deputy Chief Michael Pigott said. "We couldn't determine…
Monday, June 4, 2012
NJ Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals issues warning to pet owners
As we turn the bend into summer in the Rumson-Fair Haven area, say goodbye to your faithful companion hopping into your car, sitting in the passenger seat and hanging his shaggy head out of the window, tasting the freedom of the open road. Northjersey.com Road Warrior John Cichowski reported last week that Col. Frank Rizzo, police superintendent for the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, issued a warning that any motorist found driving with an unrestrained pet will face a penalty much stiffer than the $46 fine issued to unbuckled drivers and passengers. Penalties for unrestrained dogs range from $250 to $1,000 and as much as six months in jail. Rizzo told reporters that the rationale for the enactment of this new …
Monday, April 30, 2012
The Week Ahead: Meetings, Testing, and the SPCA
Wednesday, May 2 Thursday, May 3 NJ Ask Testing will begin today for Rumson School District students and Fair Haven School District students in grade 5 and 6. The Oceanic Free Library will kick off May by teaming up with the Monmouth County SPCA with their "Be Kind to Animals" program. Throughout the month of May, A collection box will be set up for pet food donations and shelter supplies. Visit www.oceanilib.org for a link to their Wish List. Everything collected will be delivered to the Eatontown Shelter.
Monday, April 16, 2012
iPlay America will host Fur Ball on April 21
The Monmouth County SPCA will be the beneficiary of a fundraiser hosted by a local amusement park this weekend iPlay America,an indoor theme park at 110 Schanck Road, Freehold, will host the annual Monmouth County SPCA Fur Ball at its Encore Event Center on Saturday, April 21 at 6 p.m. For $150, guests can enjoy fine dining, an open bar, an auction and live music by Brian Kirk and the Jirks. Tamsen Fudel of the PIX11 Morning News will serve as host and all of the event's proceeds will go directly to the Monmouth County SPCA in Eatontown. The auction will give guests a chance to win four tickets and E Street Lounge passes to a sold out performance of Bruce Springsteen's Wrecking Ball Tour at the Prudential Center in Newark on May 2. Guests…
Thursday, December 15, 2011
With the help of Small Factory Productions, 5 local children contributed to a 30-second jingle that encourages families to adopt animals instead of buying them from pet stores and puppy mills.
- VOLUNTEERS IN THE NEWS
- Noel Aliseo
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Five local children created a jingle to help the SPCA encourage families to adopt a dog or cat this holiday season instead of purchasing one from a pet store or puppy mill. Marc Meloni from Oceanport, Lily and Aine McDonough from Rumson, Hanna Hale from Hazlet, Madelyn Delvecchio from Fair Haven created and recorded the jingle over the course of several workshops. They also had some help from Mrs. Ilene Brudner’s Third Grade Class from Robertsville Elementary School in Morganville These children received the opportunity to participate in this project by winning a songwriting contest this fall. Children in first through third grade from across Monmouth County submitted songs about their adopted dogs and cats during the Monmouth County SPCA…