1. A pre-indictment court hearing for defendants in the rock-throwing vandalism case has been postponed to August 23, the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office says. The hearing had been scheduled for this Thursday. Prosecutors continue to negotiate the terms of a settlement under which the four adult defendants would pay restitution to victims and thereby avoid a criminal trial and possible jail terms. Neptune Police have accused the defendants of 33 acts of window-smashing in Ocean Grove. They are also charged with scores of similar acts — the wanton breaking of car and house windows — in more than 20 other Monmouth County towns. For background, go here.
2. All 15 boarders at the Warrington Rest Home in Ocean Grove have been relocated to permanent housing in other state-licensed facilities. Tammori Petty, a spokesperson for the Department of Community Affairs, said Wednesday that this resolves the state’s concerns about the property. The DCA closed the run-down boarding home on June 13 due to what it termed “serious conditions affecting the health, safety and welfare of residents.” (For more info about the reasons for its closing, go here.) With the state out of the picture, it remains unclear what will become of this now-empty and deteriorating building, which faces Wesley Lake at 22 Lake Avenue, directly behind the Park View Inn. It had been licensed to provide room and board for veterans and physically challenged people. According to tax records, it is owned by Jack Ancona LLC of Long Branch. We have been unable to contact this individual for comment.