1. Sentencing has been scheduled for four rock-throwing vandals who victimized Ocean Grove and many other Monmouth County communities earlier this year, damaging numerous cars and homes. They are to appear on November 16 before Judge Thomas Scully in Monmouth County Superior Court. The four — James Turetzkin, Lauren Magaw, Tyler Emmons and Philip Williams — agreed to a plea agreement in August, according to which they would avoid a jury trial and possible imprisonment. They agreed to pay $115,096 in restitution to 180 victims and to perform 75 hours each of community service. Thirty-three of the acts of vandalism were in Ocean Grove, according to police. For background on the case, click here.
PLEASE NOTE that the above item has been revised; the date of the sentencing is now November 16.
2. Speaking of law enforcement, the Neptune Township Committee passed a resolution on Monday night supporting a proposed amendment to Megan’s Law, the New Jersey sex offender statute. That law currently requires that the prosecutor’s office rank sex offenders according to their risk of committing further offenses when released from incarceration. The proposed amendment would require that the risk be determined before release from jail rather than afterward, as is now required. Under Megan’s Law, released sex offenders must be registered and their presence must be made known to the communities in which they reside.
Ocean Grovers might be interested to know that, according to the State Police online registry, ten released sex offenders currently reside in The Grove. The registry contains mug shots and basic facts about the crimes committed. To get to the registry, go here. Then click on “Geographic Search” and then enter the zip code 07756 for Ocean Grove. And to read the provisions of Megan’s Law, go here.