Muhammad Ikram, 41, an employee of Sam’s 2 convenience store on Palmer Ave in Hazlet, stands accused of soliciting underage girls for sexually explicit photos in exchange for vaping products, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced.
Monmouth County Freeholder Director Tom Arnone said that there are now four cases of COVID-19 in the County and that County officials are monitoring the situation and taking action to ensure the public health and safety residents.
Two of the presumptive positive cases are senior citizen females from Hazlet, 66 and 83, who are clients of the Golden Age Adult Medical Day Care Center in Marlboro.
Steven H. Salami, 44, an attorney from Hazlet, was arrested Friday afternoon and charged with two counts of Misapplication of Entrusted Property, second degree crimes, and three counts of Misapplication of Entrusted Property, third degree crimes, after an investigation revealed he stole $285,000 from four victims from April, 2019 through August, 2019. Salami is a practicing attorney with a law office located in Hazlet, N.J. Salami is currently being held in the Monmouth County Correctional Institution, Freehold, pending a detention hearing, according to an announcement by Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.
Mayor Christopher Siciliano downplays the allegations as greed and politics
In a law suit filed on April 22, Meredith Nelson, the Deputy Director of Finance of Ocean Township, alleged that her supervisor, Stephen Gallagher (no relation to the editor of this website), the Director of Finance and Chief Financial Officer of the Township, habitually harassed her and other female employees of the Township.
Ms Nelson charges that the Township Manager, Michael Muscillo, took no action when she first brought the situation to his attention last August, six months into her employment, other than ordering her to take a “pre-employment drug test. When she complained of the ongoing harassment again in January of this year, Gallagher retaliated by ceasing all communication with her, “intentionally ignoring her existence,” thereby preventing her from doing her job. Three months latter, in March, Gallagher met with Nelson and and Muscillo to deliver a 12 page employment improvement plan which included instructions on which calculator to use, where her computer monitor and other business equipment was to be placed in her work area and instructions to seek certification as a Tax Collector…a position she explicitly declined in her pre-employment negotiations with the Township.
The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office is asking witnesses to an early Monday morning traffic fatality in Hazlet to come forward and assist in their investigation.
Robert Pisano, 54, of Neptune, was walking in the area of State Highway 36 just east of Middle Road in Hazlet at approximately 2:24 a.m. Monday morning, when he was struck by a westbound 2008 Dodge Avenger, driven by John F. Hermans, of Yonkers, New York.
Pisano died as a result of his injuries. Hermans was unharmed.
Hazlet Mayor Scott Aagre and former Senator Joe Kyillos
Hazlet Mayor Scott Aagre posted the following message on the Township’s website this afternoon:
The Hazlet Township Committee has rigorously been fighting a builder’s remedy lawsuit filed by a developer and the State regarding an acceptable compliance plan to meet the township’s housing requirements. Read the rest of this entry »
Crystal Vernon, 34 of Hazlet, was struck by a vehicle and killed on Monday night as she attempted to cross the highway at the marked intersection at Laurel Ave, according to an announcement by Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni. Vernon was pronounced dead at the scene at 9:39 p.m.
Margaret Holtz, 67, of North Middletown, was the driver of the 2004 Ford Freestar van that struck the Hazlet woman. An 85 year old man was a passenger in the vehicle. Neither Holtz or he passenger were injured.
James Keenan and his mother, Katherine Fowlie, December 2015. social media photo
James J. Keenan, 47, the retired Middletown Police Officer arrested on federal child sex trafficking charges last week, was released to the custody of his mother, Katherine Fowlie, by U.S. Magistrate Judge Tonianne J. Bongiovani on Monday afternoon during a bond hearing in Trenton Federal Court.
Fowlie is the widow of former Middletown Police Chief William Fowlie, Keenan’s step-father.
Keenan and Fowlie co-signed a $50,000 unsecured bond as a condition of the release. Additionally, Keenan is subject to 24 hour per day home confinement with electronic monitoring, is prohibited from having unsupervised contact with minor children, must refrain from using alcohol or drugs, be tested for substance abuse, and must restrict his travel–as approved by pre-trail services– to the State of New Jersey and the District of Oregon for Court Purposes. His computer usage is restricted and he surrendered his passport. Read the rest of this entry »
A retired Middletown Police Officer was arrested in Hazlet on Wednesday, April 11, following an April 5 federal indictment for Sex Trafficking of a Child, Attempted Sex Trafficking of a Child and Attempted Enticement.
James J. Keenan, 47, formerly of Hazlet and currently a resident of Vancouver, WA, was indicted by a Portland, Oregon federal grand jury following a month long investigation by detectives of Beaverton, Oregon Police Department and the FBI Child Exploitation Task Force.
His alleged victim is a Beaverton female child, according to Officer Jeremy Shaw, spokesman for the Beaverton PD. Officer Shaw confirmed that Keenan is a former Middletown Police Officer. Read the rest of this entry »