While the Mayor and some “concerned” residents have been busy with the invasion of Orthodox Jews, other citizens of Toms River have been busy doing other things: committing criminal acts. Committing criminal acts in Toms River. Committing criminal acts in the townships surrounding Toms River.
- According to a report by NJ.com, Andrew Mayer, 28, of Toms River, was charged with working without a permit, working without a license and driving without a license apparently in relation to a blaze that damaged at least five buildings in Keyport. Mayer is no stranger to crime, and is currently facing charges of animal cruelty and criminal mischief in connection with a March 1, 2015, incident in which his pickup truck submerged in the frozen Toms River, killing his pet dog.
- Asbury Park Press reports that Michael J. Rappleyea, 43, of Toms River was found dead in a Lakewood forest from an apparent overdose
- According to the Toms River Patch, Anthony Huggins, 30, of Serrata Way, Toms River, Jamal E. Dew, 32, Tyler S. Martin, 22, and Christopher P. Viscel, 46, all of Toms River, were arrested in Manchester during the month of April. According to a separate report by the Patch:
Anthony Huggins, 30, of Serrata Way, Toms River, was arrested Tuesday night in the parking lot of the Comfort Inn on Route 37 by members of the Manchester Township Police Narcotics Enforcement Team, which was conducting surveillance, Capt. Todd Malland said.
Huggins was seen shortly after 10:30 p.m. parked in the lot in a 2014 Kia Forte, and police officers approached the car, Malland said. Investigation turned up the heroin and crack cocaine concealed in the hat Huggins was wearing, he said. Further investigation revealed Huggins had gone to the Comfort Inn with the intention of selling the heroin, Malland said. Police later found more heroin that Huggins had hidden on himself, Malland said.
- In other news, The Toms River Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying a man they say stole baby formula from a Toms River grocery store.
Instead of busying themselves with combating crime, its seems the governing body has been been busy with other things: buying $10 million worth of land in a bid to keep Orthodox Jews out of Toms River. In a comical twist, in their haste to keep the Jews out, it seems the township forgot to speak to the owner of the property.
So comical, yet so sad.
The madness continues.