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Brick PD to Begin Foot Patrols As Concerns Mount Near Condo Complex, Park

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Concerns have been raised over the proximity of Herbertsville Park to the troubled Maple Leaf Park condominium complex. (File Photos)
Concerns have been raised over the proximity of Herbertsville Park to the troubled Maple Leaf Park condominium complex. (File Photos)

Brick police will begin both foot and bicycle patrols – plus assign dedicated police units – to the area in and around the troubled Maple Leaf Park condominium complex, including Herbertsville Park, in the coming days.

The increased patrols, as well as the transition of the area around the condominium complex to its own, dedicated patrol district within the police department, have been planned for several months, but are going in effect after a number of incidents occurred near the park – adjacent to the complex – which have led some residents to voice concerns over safe at the park.

Maple Leaf Park (Photo: Daniel Nee)
Maple Leaf Park (Photo: Daniel Nee)

There has been a rash of incidents in Maple Leaf Park, a condominium complex off Herbertsville Road, in recent weeks, including a raid which produced drugs and weapons, an incident involving the luring of a nine-year-old girl, and the stabbing of a pizza deliverman. At Herbertsville Park, previously known as Colorado Park, police arrested a juvenile for an assault and there have been numerous reports of fights breaking out.

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The incidents at the park, as well as its proximity to Maple Leaf Park and some of the surrounding condominium complexes, have some residents fearful of using the facility, which underwent a $1 million reconstruction last year.

Katrina Daddato, the mother of a young child, said the fights have her concerned, as well as a report of a man panhandling there.

“We should not have to worry about kids going to a park in broad daylight,” she told Shorebeat.

The reports also concerned Stephen Cancel, a Maple Leaf Park residents who frequently speaks before the township council on the crime issues in his community.

“It’s officially spilled over into Colorado Park,” he said.

Stepped Up Enforcement

Police Chief James Riccio said some of the reports have been overblown, including a rumor that a fight at the park Monday had gang ties. In reality, he said, girls were fighting over a boy and one of them was injured. He described the incident as a “mutual fight,” rather than the targeting of a park visitor.

Maple Leaf Park (Photo: Daniel Nee)
Maple Leaf Park (Photo: Daniel Nee)

“If it was anywhere else, it would’ve just been a fight,” Riccio said.

Still, Riccio did not downplay residents’ concerns, saying there will be a “zero tolerance” policy in place for incidents at the park, where violations of the law and local ordinances will result in a summons rather than a warning. Patrols near the park are also being stepped up, even beyond the plans for the foot and bicycle patrols.

“To make everyone feel more comfortable, we’ve been saturating the area with not only uniformed officers but plain clothes detectives,” said Riccio. “They’ve been instructed to enforce zero tolerance.”

Additionally, the area in and around Maple Leaf Park, including Herbertsville Park, will now be considered its own patrol district and will have dedicated officers assigned to patrol it. The foot and bicycle patrols will likely involve multiple officers working together.

“This way they can get between the buildings,” said Riccio, adding that it is sometimes easy to miss things from the driver’s seat of a patrol car. “They can interact with not only the bad people, but the good people.”

Park Concerns

Basketball courts at Herbertsville Park. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
Basketball courts at Herbertsville Park. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

In numerous e-mails and phone calls to Shorebeat, residents have expressed frustration with a lack of security cameras at the park. In the plans to reconstruct the park, which previously had been the site of numerous instances of vandalism, infrared security cameras were included to deter crime. While all of the cameras are not yet set up due to budgetary constrains, the entire park is wired for the camera system and all of the cameras, which will be broadcast in a live feed to the police department, have been funded in the township’s 2016 capital budget, said Business Administrator Joanne Bergin.

Ducey said residents should feel safe using the park, where he brings his own son frequently.

Bergin said the township has looked into many of the incidents that were rumored to have occurred there, and the facts did not back up the severity of some of the claims.

“The reality is not always the life that these things tend to take on,” Bergin said.


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  • Q Thomas Mallon

    Ricco is lying! It was more than just a fight on Monday! One girl has been hospitalized and will lose eyesight in one eye. Two girls were arrested and charged with assault one is still being sought! Please do more investigative reporting. Stop getting your information from politicians they will cover this up! The officers and detectives are asking the people to make noise because they know what is going on and can’t do anything about it. I will be making noise till issues are resolved, politicians in this town are out of control. If anyone else has info or know more about situation please chime in, the squeaky wheel gets the grease. Enough is enough, we were one of the safest towns in America now we have one of the biggest drug problems! This town is going down in flames fast!

    • Smokin

      Good call QTM..and yes there is more that has gone on at park that’s not reported and yes has happened its not fiction.And it’s wonderful at park in early hours any day of the week but the problems occur after 3 pm for now till school gets out..But I do what to say thank you for the complete turn around in reacting to area and problems…Thank You…this isn’t political issue…it’s safety of a neighborhood.

      • jo jo ormaz

        The sad part – is a portion of this is a – “political ploy” – when you look at it. think about it..[ look closely ]… ” but there’s a neighborhood watch program in play… and most effective is the police walking the area… but still not camera’s in the parks after spending millions of tax paying dollars ,,, still waiting on a – “proposal Bid to come back”.. bet that will be over priced like tearing down home in brick also…….” who’s getting paid on the back end. .. ?? wasn’t there a recent fight in the park the other day..? had it been on video – they would have been caught,,, They need to add cameras and more lighting to these areas …. people should have their own security camera’s on their homes, to record people walking by or attempting to break in… if you put the fear back into peoples eyes that they are going to get caught by the police or be seen on a video camera – they will not come back….. every time someone is caught on video, their photos are posted, they are caught in less then 3 days….. we see it on the shorebeat and facebook all the time. guess what, afterwards – they do not come back.. they go somewhere else !
        Putting a foot patrol on the street is extremely effective – it send a message out to criminals – your going to get caught if you try to do something here. police in visual site has been proven time after time the most cost effective way of a deterrent next to a homeowner or renter who has a personal recording or video surveillance system. The Brick Housing Authority should have taken over all of these condo rental complex’s in Brick, it would have given the TOWN more power to take back the streets when people try to play games… or even better, think of it as Tax revenue, there was a way to stabilize the taxes in town or maybe lower them and get what you want at the same time..” there’s an idea…!

      • Digger & Anne

        This is about Maple Leaf…why do you have to make it about “all” the condo complex’ in Brick?!!? Maple Leaf has the problems all the time.

  • adrian0512

    Finally! Maybe we can still save Herbertsville. Should have nipped it in the bud in the first place. Make Krauszer’s part of the patrol zone. They like to congregate there.

    • Eric

      Who do you mean by “they”?
      Are there a lot of fights at Krauszers? Crimes? As best I can tell the article spoke of criminals, do you see a lot of criminals at Krauszers or is it people who you THINK are criminals? Be mindful of what safety measures you take out of fear least you do yourself more harm than “they” ever could.

      • Frank Rizzo

        Us and them….thats all i hear from Minister Farrakhan…

      • Eric

        So Frank, you mean “black”, correct? Just wanted to be clear.
        Adrian, as soon as you are able to address a problem without emotion and fear, the solution appears, may I suggest calming down and using logic. Some of the things that are going on are scary, yes, but nothing productive can ever come from the emotional panic you seem to be feeling.

      • J W

        Frank’s a white nationalist and avowed segregationist. Yes, that’s exactly what he means by ‘them’. Just a clever euphamism for these racist villains to be a little more accpeted in public. Behind closed doors they used the n word a lot.

      • Eric

        Wow J W, I just checked out his top comments, turns out you are spot on with that description. What a poor scared angry little man
        🙁

      • adrian0512

        Emotional panic? Really? How about being a pissed off, life long – 5 generation, resident that has had enough of the town going down the sh*tter. Eric, you seem to be more concerned with turning everyone’s comments into a race riot. I really don’t care what race is the problem in Maple Leaf, black, white, or polka dot, as long as we get the situation under control NOW. Again, I will reiterate my original comment: Glad to see a designated patrol for this development is being put in place, and I hope they (the police in case you’re confused Eric) extend it to the surrounding areas that are hangouts like Krauszer’s.

      • Eric

        No Adrian, I am “making” Franks comment about race because clearly it is. You clairified that you were not addressing race in your comment by answering my question. You have a legitimate concern, all I’m saying is calm down and approach the problem rationally, not from a point of anger or fear. This is great what the Brick PD is doing and a real world solution to a problem.

      • Dawn Marie McNamara

        Eric you are a moron…..THEY are mostly black who are causing the issues… Only ignorant assholes are afraid to say the truth…its black and white and FIGHT in front if your face! LoL….oh but don’t DARE speak the truth lest you be dubbed a racist by morons like Eric…haha. I’d rather be racist than a troublemaking asshole who is afraid of REALITY…..The blacks ARE the problem at mapkeleaf….PERIOD…..should we all PRETEND they’re not like eric the moron??? LOL

      • Dawn Marie McNamara

        Let’s watch the comeback ridiculing my typing errors …lol. Usually all these ignorant liberal assholes can come up with

      • Dawn Marie McNamara

        Welcome to America…. Where the truth now makes you racist….and words like “they’. Offend ignorant whiny little pussies who stalk peoples walls trying to find proof of their racist attitudes!! Lmao!!! Pathetic!!! Newsflash eric…the TRUTH isn’t racist…..and if someone IS racist or dislikes ANYONE it’s their right to do so….as long as no violence or bodily harm is inflicted….hmmmm. Wonder if the blacks attacking the white dude and stabbing him was RACE motivated??? Go and think on that one eric

      • J W

        Thanks for coming out and admitting you’re openly racist at least. Frank just goes around calling everyone else racist for calling him racist. It’s very schizophrenic. Too bad this kind of unnatural hatred is so accepted in Bricktucky.

      • adrian0512

        “THEY” would be the degenerates that walk to Krauszer’s from Maple Leaf. Yes, THEY, the criminals, like to hang around there. Ever drive by to see a bunch of them belly down in the parking lot surrounded by multiple cop cars? Hmmmm….those fine upstanding citizens would never be doing anything wrong now would they? I guess the cops are harassing them? Couldn’t be the drug deals going down now could it? “THEY” are spilling out to the surrounding areas and bringing their garbage with them. Remember the woman who was slashed walking on Herbertsville Road for her purse? Wonder where the ones that stole her purse and injured her in process came from? Ever have the joy of having to drive through there? The hoodlums, starting at elementary school age are in packs. They will walk in front of your car, try to intimidate you, throw things, yell etc. It’s a real upscale place these days. Glad to see patrols will be put in place specifically for that dump. At one time it was a nice complex, not anymore.

      • Creepy Green Light

        Funny how Herbertsville didn’t have this problem in the 80’s and 90’s. But now that the blacks live there, there’s stabbings, beatings, drug busts, fights at the park. And when the park was being built, I already knew that they were gonna be drawn to it and the new basketball courts like ants on candy. So that place is now wrecked and off limits because you don’t know whats’ going to happen there. And since you can’t get a concealed weapons permit in NJ, you can’t even protect yourself/others when you do go. Fuck them all.

      • Eric

        aaaand there you have it, that seething cowardice racism lurking under the surface. Unless I’m mistaken and I’M the one making it a race thing? Geez creepy green light, even writing under an alias you are still a coward and don’t use the word you really want to write and you know why? Because you KNOW you are trash for your bigotry.

    • Jennifer Reid

      I have a better idea. Get rid of Krauzer’s once and for all. It’s just another dirty drug haven for the ne’er-do-wells in this part of town. The interior is a mess, and the food items it sells is stale, broken, sour, or moldy most of the time. Can’t pay me enough to go into that place after the one time I went in to buy a box of crackers a few years ago.

      • SoWhat?

        Rolling papers, blunts, grape soda and fried pork rinds are the biggest sellers at the krauzers.

      • Eric

        Want to tell me again how this isn’t about race?
        I don’t know, maybe I’m too sensitive or “PC” and your comment was referring to all people who like grape soda and not just who the bigots think drink it? Maybe?

      • SoWhat?

        You’re too sensitive and “PC”

      • J W

        Nah, you and the rest of your right wing ilk are just proud racists. You guys deny it so much, but then you see stuff written like ‘grape soda and fried pork rinds’ and we know you’re using black/latino stereotypes. And you want to accuse people of being PC? Gimme a break dude. You probably use the N-word in the house more than any word with 5+ syllables.

  • tj

    animals

  • jo jo ormaz

    Thank you !!!!!!! it’s about time… !!!!!!

  • realcheeseyo

    Let’s be real Maple Leaf Park has been a problem for like 20+ years now.

  • Ayoo

    Man we should stop allowing white people to handle guns because SHOCKINGLY they shoot up schools and people.

  • J W

    Racist filth from typical Bricktucky redneck trash racists. You and Frank Rizzo should hang out. I bet you two would get on great.

  • SoWhat?

    Drive by park last week. Many for sale signs going up close to park. Residents must be really fed up.

  • SoWhat?

    When the town first proposed rebuilding this park I predicted crime and violence from the high density housing nearby.
    How do you search archives?

  • SoWhat?
  • Creepy Green Light

    Bottom line is; who’s wrecking the park? The white kids that live in the state streets or the black kids that live in Maple Leaf & Evergreen? Riiiiiiiiiiiiight.

  • Creepy Green Light

    Read all about the hoax of black victimization in the U.S. and how we enable it. Also read “White Girl Bleed A Lot”. But you wont read it. You’ll just cry “raysis”. https://www.youtube.com/user/ColinFlaherty712

  • Christine Røse

    I live on the other side of maple leaf..Millbrook manor, still samill rd off of lanes mill and that FIRST STREET is where residents particularly children are finding needles and heroin on a daily basis! CHILDREN! these kids are going to DIE OR get DISEASED if this once safer parts are patrolled day and night! As a mother of two very young boys, i am terrified to let my children roam in my yard let alone the apt complex! PLEASE HELP US TO KEEP OUR CHILDREN SAFE! SAFE from drugs, kidnappers etc! When i graduated school in 1998, bricktown was the SAFEST town in NJ. What happened?! I am also seeing drug deals in my back yard! This is unacceptable!

  • Smokin

    In past few days at different times in the day police patrol the park…it’s a complete 360 turn around …I just want say thank you …to Brick police

  • ttstorm69

    you should see how these kids from maple leaf act on the school buses, they don’t care about anybody or any safety and the drivers get no help to discipline, these kids. these kids need to stop acting like animals running wild, they’re human act like it, there’s consequences for their actions. But for some reason they don’t care!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Smokin

    How many over dose happen that get saved and no reports in let say 30 days..?? So many problems in those condos that just don’t get reported…