Highlands: Law & Order


June 24th 2013:  Barry C Krueger, 54, of Highlands was arrested  for the crime of Stalking 2C:12-10, he was arrested for a similar offense back in 2008.

July 9th  2013: Matthew Occhipinti, 21, of Highlands, was charged with sexually assaulting a teen, who was under the age of 16 as well as  endangering the welfare of a child. Bail was set at $130,000.

July 17th, 2013:  At approximately 8 AM at 141 bay ave highlands, a bike was stolen, It was a 2011 Black-eye NFG,metallic blue and silver with blue wall tire’s.The bike was also missing the grips so they will need to buy new ones.This bike was a gift to due to the owner losing his to the storm. Any information on the bike’s please contact Highlands PD or just return it to the house with no questions asked.

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  1. Cool! Why doesnt anyone ever stalk me? Actually, I have had this happen, and the weirdo lives right down the street!!!

    At last nights council meeting it was revealed by the cheif of police that crime in on the rise in Highlands even though a good part of the population is not here.

    This is in no way surprising, especially since the rise is related to burglaries and theft, much of it copper from homes that are abandoned or being repaired.

    So, just another happy after effect of our old pal Sandy!!

    People are going to have to start keeping an eye out for suspicious people etc. and calling the cops if they see anything.

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    • If the cops were called EVERY time somebody saw a suspicious person in Highlands, the phone would never stop ringing!

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  2. I know off topic but I just heard that Mayor’s home was conveniently condemned even though not a single home around him has been. Magically he sustained more damage than everyone else? I found it interesting with all the discussions about homes rotting and town hall meetings he never mentioned this? Just sounds odd to me. Who actually condemns homes in this town? I just feel we are all just being taken for fools and so disgusted by them all!
    We need to merge with another town…can we vote on that via Faulkner Act?

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    • Maybe that should be a topic for the blog…do you want to merge and with what town? Or did I miss an old post? 🙂

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    • Yeah….you did…..the general consensus seems we should merge with Middletown – the same Middletown that we broke off from a 100 years ago!

      Surprisingly, there were not a lot of votes for Ong’s Hat, New Jersey!

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    • I’m not sure what’s in it for him if its condemned.. Its not like car insurance where you get the full value of the policy if totaled, even if the policy is for $200,000, and the house is condemned if the insurance co says you should be able to fix it for $100,000, that’s all you get. The only thing I can think of is, he doesn’t have a mortgage and is walking planning on using the money for a down payment on a new house.

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    • All I can say is I know person who lived in that house for many years and built it stronger than many around it so I find it unusual that his was only one unable to repair and condemned. Its not a bungalow type house and I have seen for sale signs on those. I believe it was an abuse of power to move to the hill without losing face in an election year. I also think its odd that he never mentioned in any town hall meetings not that we need to know his personal business but just in context of I understand I can’t go home my home was condemned after all he was very vocal about the height of elevation. Thats just my feeling I could be wrong but I don’t buy it.

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    • I find it odd as well. I mean how many of us over the last 8 months have considered walking. But its hard to lead people when you can’t set the example of what to do. It might not have needed to be condemned 6 months ago, but if he’s done nothing with it and not gutted or treated for mold and with this heat, it definitely would need to be now. He really should have stepped down before the primary. He obviously doesn’t have his priorities in order.

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    • Well, that explains why he doesn’t give a shit about permits. Still, I call total bullshit on that. If, however, it is beyond repair (and also, I suppose, his mother-in-law’s next door?), then tear the eyesore down already and clean up the damn lot. Or is he waiting for the taxpayers to do that for him while he runs away with his insurance money?

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    • He probably made a deal with a developer for both lots. All I know is our Mayor house is a rotting house and nothing being done about it. Not nice to do to your neighbors and the residents you are supposed to be advocating for and representing.

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    • I thought the mayor said they would not charge people for permits? He just forgot to mention that to the city council! So he cares about them….he just doesn’t know what the proper procedures are to eliminate them.

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  3. What sort of awful person takes a kid’s bike?! I don’t know what this place is coming to. But yes, I do feel uncomfortable walking around at night now. I never used to.

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  4. The mayor’s house has been in foreclosure. He has said that it was a bad mortgage and that he got that settled. But if you go to the county website, it’s still listed as foreclosure pending.
    Is he staying at one of Colby’s properties? If so, is he paying rent? Maybe he had it condemned so he could save the mortgage payments to pay for his shiny new Mercedes ?
    Wonder if he was a recipient of some Highlands Cares funds? Or any of the free stuff?
    His mother-in-law lives on Snug Harbor.

    The mayor’s house, like anyone else should have been cleaned up by now. Maybe that is the reason for the increased wild animal sightings in town. Critters love spoiled food and dark places to hide, pretty soon we’ll see the rat population explode.

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    • If that is case he decided to choose the irresponsible
      way out by walking and making bank problem therefore not his problem but all of our problem. Another fine example of leadership and integrity.

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    • Yeah, the inability to manage one’s personal finances really isn’t a great selling point on someone who needs to manage those of an entire town.

      And I’ve said it before, but the basement/crawl space to that house is wide open. Regardless of whether you’re being an irresponsible homeowner, there is such a think as being a human being and having respect for your neighbors and the town. ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU ARE THE MAYOR.

      You think there aren’t feral cats or worse living in there now? (the good thing — the feral cats do keep the rats at bay)

      This whole thing is driving me to drink.

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    • Nolan doesn’t handle the town finances and thank goodness for smaller favors. Steve Pfeffer does the best he can with income we have. If only the council would work harder to get us more grant money…

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    • He may not handle them directly, but still wields a great deal of power on how they are spent (ie, new street sweeper, police cars, and fire truck).

      I do wish someone, anyone, would speak about the grants foe which the town has applied.

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  5. Well now that we’ve finished discussing the Mayor’s house…..back to the original subject – crime! First, thank you for actually discussing the matter….Secondly, I think we’ve probably already discussed it, but how about the Highlands residents who were “masterminds” behind that big county heroin ring who were recently indicted? We should all be very proud! And finally, there’s a great free app I recently downloaded called “New Jersey Gangs” and it has some great info on all of the different street gangs we have in the state by municipality. Highlands can boast 6 gangs – the 107 Hoovers, Nine Treys, Fruit Street Brims, G-shines, MS-13, and the Sex Money Murders!

    I understand that many of them will be taking out their own booths at the upcoming Drunk Fest, er, I mean the Clam Fest if anybody is interested in learning how they can join.

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  6. I know that the HBP is looking for volunteers to work the clam fest. Maybe some of the gang members can join in?

    As far as the crime issue goes. Two interesting things that came out of the last council meeting was the acknowlegement that while the population of the town is greatly decreased, crime has greatly increased. Mainly burglaries and theft. Also, apparently applications for fire arm permits are up as well.

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    • Yeah…the HBP is ALWAYS looking for FREE labor! Heaven forbid they ever do anything to CREATE a job in Highlands!

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  7. Rockem,

    Realistically speaking, and just employing simple math and logic. The only way for the town to survive in any realistic and healthy way is to consolidate with one or more towns, or be taken over by a larger town like Middletown. Its a matter of dollars and cents.

    The town had a problem budetarily before the storm, and even with hand outs fromt he state in the next two years, what happens after that?

    The main obstacle will be those that will fight tooth and nail to preseve “home rule:”. Not because its the best thing for the town, but its best for them. You have way too many people that are big fish in a very small town here, wanna be heroes, and delusional egomaniacs. Once Highlands becomes part of another town they cease to be relevant and legends in their own minds.

    They will go out actively campaigning using any and all tactics to convince people that Highlands will become a ghetto if this process ever happens. Like the town could get any worse than it is. The police will be against it for many of the same reasons, as will the fire dept. The will join forces with those in town that like to live like junk loving hobbits!!!

    What it will take are all the reasonable people to demand that this process happen. With the welfare we are receiving for 2 years from the state, this would give the town plenty of time to make this happen. But unfortunately both candidates for mayor this year fall into the big fish in a small pond category!

    The only relevant point in the whole arguement will be how much in taxes is it worth to preserve home rule, and who benefits from keeping things the way they are. Right now the town is hemmoraging money from special interest groups, such as the HFD for example, who have a strangle hold on how the town is run. Does anyone think that this year was the right time to buy a new fire truck for example? But it happened anyway. And if Becky Kane should become mayor, you can bet that the firehouse will be transformed into Buckingham palace, and the HFD will get whatever they want. Certainly they will be out in force this year to get her elected as mayor.

    Not only that, what about all the town owned vehicles running around? There are more of these than there ever were. And looks whos riding around in them. This is a nice perc when the town is in such bad shape. And who pays for these, who pays the insurance on them, who pays for the gas they are burning. Certainly not the people driving them. But who cares when you can have the taxpayers foot the bill!!!

    Not to mention all the other waste that is going on, and has continued to go on for years now. How about those army trucks the town just had to have? The day after Sandy people like former mayor Rick Oneil was driving one around with a cigar hanging out of his mouth like he was some kind of swell. The town will say that these were needed to rescue people, that before they storm they swore would not be rescued if they stayed, and necessary. But we have had storms here for over the entire life of the town, and never had these vehicles.

    So, at the end of the day, consolidating with another town solves every single one of these problems and much much more. It would be nice to actually have some people running the town that were experiences, educated, and more interested in doing the right things, than trying to make themselves relevant!

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    • The last thing I want to do is be consolidated with Middletown, lost in their shuffle, dealing with their much larger pit of patronage.

      Also, merging won’t lower our taxes. Any savings they find will then be spent elsewhere, especially in Middletown when there’s a much larger area to find new expenses.

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  8. I think the “volunteer” fire dept. does a good job! They come very fast when you call. These people don’t get paid. I worked with a few volunteer fire guys up in north jersey one of them died and the other recieved very bad burns and was out of work for about 6 months or more. I am not part of the fire department but i do give a donation every year.

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    • Who’s cars were they? I thought most of the houses on Washington were empty BEFORE the storm and now they’re really empty!

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    • i dont know who you are but you are a sarcastic “SOB” who should be banned from this blog. all you care about is yourself and having nothing positive to give to this blog. i personally know several of the owners of the cars on that block. one person was just visiting a friend for the weekend. Friend. . . . well mr bill you wouldnt know about them. with all the hardship ppl have gone through they dont deserve this.

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  9. Blowit says crime is up every year its his was of getting more cops on duty and keeps them in power. If crime goes down the cops get laid off then take it out on him. Im sure crime is the same as its always been
    And the mayor is scum. He closed the shelter at the high school the day he had a place to stay.

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    • Blowit says crime is up every year its his was of getting more cops on duty and keeps them in power. If crime goes down the cops get laid off then take it out on him. Im sure crime is the same as its always been
      And the mayor is scum. He closed the shelter at the high school the day he had a place to stay.
      Also I didnt know this blog was for outIing people that havent been cconvicted yet. This could be a lawsuit

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    • This is community blog for the happenings of Highlands, the above were just the facts. So & So was arrested for, so & so was charged with.. that happened. its something that you would find on ahherald.com, app.com, nj.com, or any of the patch sites. empty threats of lawsuits aren’t going to stop me from posting what happens in town.

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