Three Asbury Park Men were charged with the 2009 murder of Jonelle Melton, a 33 year old Red Bank Middle School teacher.
Democrats Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey defeated Republican Assemblywomen Mary Pat Angelini and Caroline Casagrande in the 11th Legislative District. A Democratic SuperPac funded largely by the NJEA spent $1.5 million in the race, including television commercials implying that Angelini is inappropriately profiting from the drug abuse prevention non-profit that she leads.
For all the special interest money spent on behalf of the Democrats, Angelini lost to Downey by only 253 votes and the top vote getter, Houghtaling had only 713 votes more than the low vote getter, Casagrande. Low voter turnout in Republican strongholds Freehold Township and Colts Neck was the difference in the election.
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Posted: January 1st, 2016 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth County News | Tags: 11th Legislative District, Asbury Park, Caroline Casagrande, Colts Neck, Eric Houghtaling, Freehold Township, Joann Downey, Jonelle Melton, Mary Pat Angelini, Monmouth County News, Neptune City, Red Bank, Spring Lake Heights | Comments Off on Year in review: November 2015
FREEHOLD — Two of the three men accused of beating a beloved Red Bank schoolteacher to death in a case of mistaken identity appeared Thursday in court where they proclaimed their innocence. One of the suspects, James Fair, 27, boldly declared himself not guilty of the seven charges lodged against him on Wednesday when he and… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: November 19th, 2015 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: Asbury Park, Gregory Jean-Baptiste, James Fair, Jonelle Melton, Monmouth County News, Neptune City, Red Bank | 1 Comment »
Freehold,NJ- Three Asbury Park men, all currently incarcerated on unrelated crimes, have been charged in the 2009 murder of Jonelle Melton, a 33 year old Red Bank Middle School teacher who resided in Brighton Arms apartment complex in Neptune City.
James Fair, 27, Ebenezer Byrd, 35 and Gregory Jean-Baptiste, 26, were each charged with first degree Felony Murder, first degree Robbery, and other second degree charges. Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced the charges during a press conference at Freehold office this morning. Melton’s husband, mother and other family members and friends were present for the announcement.
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Posted: November 19th, 2015 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: Acting Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni, Asbury Park, Jonelle Melton, Monmouth County News, murder, Neptune City, Red Bank | Comments Off on Three Asbury Park Men Charged in Red Bank Teacher’s Murder
Significant Developments in 2009 Murder of Jonelle Melton
$10,000 reward still available
(FREEHOLD) Investigators are closing in on the person responsible for the brutal 2009 murder of Jonelle Melton, a beloved Red Bank teacher who was found beaten to death inside her West Sylvania Avenue apartment. Monmouth County CrimeStoppers wants to make sure the public is aware a chance still remains for anyone with information about the case to come forward and possibly collect the $10,000 in reward money being offered, announced Kevin J. Burke, Jr., Chairman of CrimeStoppers of Monmouth County.
“Our Office has worked tirelessly to solve this vicious crime and have recently developed new leads that make us confident that those responsible for this senseless crime will be brought to justice. We believe that there are people who have information about this murder who have not yet come forward. Jonelle Melton deserves justice and those who knew and loved her deserve answers.” said Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.
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Posted: August 17th, 2015 | Author: admin | Filed under: Monmouth County News, Monmouth County Prosecutor, Press Release | Tags: Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni, CrimeStoppers, Jonelle Melton, Kevin J. Burke Jr, Monmouth County Crime Stoppers, Monmouth County News, Press Release, Red Bank | Comments Off on Investigators Closing In On Red Bank Murderer
Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni announced a new partnership Crime Stoppers in an effort to encourage the public to share information with law enforcement. The announcement was made last evening at National Night Out events in Asbury Park, Neptune City, Neptune Township and Union Beach.
“Unfortunately people with information about crimes are often reluctant to cooperate with law enforcement because they are afraid of retaliation, they do not care enough to get involved or they want something in exchange for the information,” Gramiccioni said, “Crime stoppers offers cash, up to $5000, no questions asked, with anonymity as a solution to this lack of information.”
Citizens with information about a crime or fugitive may contact Monmouth County Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-671-4400, which is a confidential telephone tip line; they can text “MONMOUTH” plus their tip to 274637; or the can email a tip via the website at www.monmouthcountycrimestoppers.com
When a tipster contacts Crime Stoppers via tip line, email or text, the tipster is assigned a confidential code number, which becomes their only identity in the system. At no time does anyone ask a tipster for their name. When an arrest is made, the tipster will be told to go to the Crime Stopper’s bank in Freehold, provide the confidential code number, and collect the cash.
Gramiccioni asked the the crowd in Asbury Park for information about the September 2009 murder of Red Bank Middle School teacher Jonelle Melton, who was found in a pool of her own blood in her Neptune City home. He said the investigation has led law enforcement to believe that Melton’s murder was a case of mistaken identify; that the perpetrator went to the wrong home and intended to kill someone else.
Posted: August 7th, 2013 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Asbury Park, Crime and Punishment, Monmouth County, Monmouth County Prosecutor | Tags: Asbury Park, Christopher Gramiccioni, Jonelle Melton, Monmouth County Crime Stoppers | 2 Comments »