Monday, February 18, 2013
Main Street resident and 7-year-old child die in Monday-morning blaze.
- POLICE & FIRE
Monday, February 18
Two Flanders residents died after an early-morning fire on Main Street Monday. Acting Morris Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Mount Olive Police Chief Mark Spitzer confirmed in a release that Hesham Moustafa, 52, and a 7-year-old child died in the blaze. Two other 56 Main St. residents are hospitalized for treatment. Flanders Fire Chief Frank Zeller said the boy's body was found in a bathtub in the residence, with Moustafa's body located slumped over the same tub, according to nj.com. Three residents were rescued from the blaze, according to Mt. Olive Police Chief Mark Spitzer in a report by dailyrecord.com. One of them, a young girl, was taken from the residence not breathing, but was revived at the scene by emergency medical responders, …
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
The 2012 Christmas tree donated by Flanders resident Joseph Balku will be used in the construction of houses for Morris County Habitat for Humanity.
When Joseph Balku agreed to have his 80-foot tall, ten-ton Norway spruce used as the Christmas Tree in Rockefeller Center, it was because he believed it was something everyone would see. "It is something the whole country can enjoy," Balku said. And now that the holidays are past, Balku's donation will now be enjoyed permanantly by Morris County families who need homes. According to a report by the Daily Record, Tishman Speyer, the company that co-owns and operates Rockefeller Center, is donating the lumber milled from this year’s Rockefeller tree to Morris Habitat for Humanity to be used as building material for local homes. Balku, a resident of Mount Olive since 1972, said that his tree survived Hurricane Sandy due to the timely wrapping…
Monday, January 7, 2013
Area residents said they heard screams for help, but search of lake unsuccessful Monday night.
Two teens remained missing Monday night after multiple agencies searched the icy waters of Budd Lake for hours, the Morris County Prosecutor's Office said. The search was expected to continue as conditions allowed through the night, Acting Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp said. "There were multiple calls yelling for help," from the lake, Knapp said. "Two local residents attempted to make a rescue in their own boat but were unable." Mt. Olive Police Cpl. Eric Anthony confirmed the search had yet to yield any results as of about 9 p.m., contradicting an earlier report that one person had been rescued. "Nobody was removed from the lake," Anthony said. "Incorrect info originally reported." An earlier report from NJ.com said an individual…
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
80-foot Norway spruce cut from Mount Olive man's property.
One foot for every year. The Christmas tree for the 80th annual Rockefeller Christmas tree lighting ceremony is an 80-foot tall Norway spruce that came down on Flanders-Drakestown Road in Mt. Olive on Tuesday morning. This tree's felling was the first in weeks to be celebrated, rather than lamented, as the 10-ton tree wasn't part of the damage sustained during the recent visit by Hurricane Sandy. Joseph Balku, the Mount Olive resident who owns the property the tree resided on, said that the Nov. 12 festivities were the culmination of a whirlwind two months. "They called me two months ago," Balku said. "And three weeks ago they told me my tree was selected and I was happy to donate it." The street Balku lives on still shows scars of …
Monday, July 30, 2012
Well-dressed man's description similar to bandit who hit Parsippany bank earlier this month.
Authorities are looking for a well-dressed man who did not show a weapon when he robbed the PNC Bank on Route 46 in Budd Lake Monday afternoon, the Morris County Prosecutor's Office said. The robber is described to be a while male in his early 20s, about 6-foot-2 with a slender build, the prosecutor's office said. The man has short dark hair, facial hair and a pronounced nose, the prosecutor's office said. The man was wearing dark-colored dress clothes with a white shirt and dark-colored tie and was wearing dark glasses and a backpack, the prosecutor's office said. A similar well-dressed man robbed an Indus American Bank inside a Pathmark on Route 46 in Parsippany on July 20. Prosecutor Robert A. Bianchi said in a statement "law …
Monday, July 9, 2012
Police: 60-year-old was thrown from the back of a motorcycle in Mount Olive accident.
A 60-year-old Toms River woman has been identified as the victim of a fatal motorcycle crash Sunday night on Route 206 in Mount Olive, police said Monday afternoon. Svetlana Boyette was a passenger of a motorcycle that was heading southbound on Route 206 when it struck a vehicle making a left turn out of the 7-Eleven parking lot, according to a statement released by the Mount Olive Police Department. The impact of the crash caused Boyette to be thrown from the motorcycle, police said. The driver of the motorcycle, Richard Boyette, 63, of Toms River, and the driver of the other vehicle, Angela Manfredo, 20, of Flanders, were each transported to Morristown Medical Center for "less serious injuries" and were both expected to be released after…
Female motorcycle passenger died after bike collided with sedan on Route 206 Sunday night.
A female passenger on a motorcycle was killed Sunday night when the vehicle she was riding struck a sedan on Route 206 in Mount Olive, according to Mount Olive Police Officer Eric Anthony. The motorcycle was heading southbound on Route 206 when it collided with a Toyota Camry leaving the 7-Eleven convenience store, which was attempting to turn left into the northbound lane of the roadway, Anthony said. UPDATE: Police identify woman killed as a 60-year-old Toms River resident. The driver of the motorcycle remained on the bike when the vehicles collided, but the passenger was ejected from the rear seat, Anthony said. The female driver of the Camry was taken to Morristown Medical Center, along with the motorcycle driver, with non life-…
Sunday, July 8, 2012
Roadway was closed Sunday night while the accident was cleared in front of the 7-Eleven.
At least three people were injured in a two-vehicle crash that shut down Route 206 in both directions near the 7-Eleven in Mount Olive Sunday night. A police officer confirmed the accident involved a silver sedan and a motorcycle. According to witnesses on the scene, a passenger of the motorcycle was ejected. No further details were available Sunday night.