Friday, April 12, 2013
A mother's pride is displayed on the Internet for Brandon Holt, the 6-year-old Toms River boy who was shot and killed by a 4-year-old this past week.
The words and pictures run like a sad slide show, with each pithy thought, each hastily taken iPhone image illuminating every little milestone in Brandon Holt's very short life. The Facebook page for Brandon's mom is supposed to be a place show pride. Now it's a memorial, with every mention of whatever Brandon did serving as the 6-year-old's happiest memories. "Today my baby boy, Brandon, finished kindergarten and is now officially going in the 1st grade," wrote Christine Decker-Holt. "He is getting so big!" So much more will be said at the Carmona-Bolen Funeral Home, where the first services will be held Friday for Brandon, shot and killed by a 4-year-old playmate on Monday. Many will go there, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. today; or …
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Brandon Holt of Toms River died after being shot in the head in the McCormick Drive yard of the 4-year-old, according to Toms River police
Family, friends and local officials continued to grieve Wednesday after a 6-year-old Toms River boy - shot in the head by a 4-year-old - died. "It's true, it's true," a source close to the family said Tuesday, a day after Brandon Holt was shot in the McCormick Drive yard of the 4-year-old. Toms River Police Chief Michael Mastronardy said the matter is under investigation, and any possible criminal action could be subject to an investigation by the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office. Al Della Fave, spokesman for the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office, cited a possible conflict between the 4-year-old's family and Ocean County law enforcement that caused authorities to move the case's jurisdiction. The community continue to provide comfort to …
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Resident describes watching what appeared to be "all these guns" being removed from scene where 4-year-old fatally shot 6-year-old
Debi Coto thought McCormick Drive in Toms River was a quiet cul-de-sac, where kids played safely, free from car traffic. Then a 4-year-old fatally shot 6-year-old Brandon Holt Monday night. Coto watched police remove what appeared to be "all these guns" from the scene shortly afterward. Now the peaceful dead-end street is grieving for a child who was shot in the head, the victim of the kind of violence that happens in places that are not-so-quiet. "It's sad for the whole neighborhood," she said. "I'm angry." The 6-year-old who was shot in the head by a 4-year-old died Tuesday, according to Toms River police. Brandon Holt died almost a day after he was shot in the McCormick Drive yard of the 4-year-old. Daniel Watkins, saying he is the …
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Authorities originally planned to address media at 3 p.m.
Authorities have canceled an afternoon press conference which was planned to provide an update on the accidental shooting of a 6-year-old Toms River boy by his 4-year-old neighbor. Chief of Police Michael Mastronardy originally planned the event for 3 p.m. at police headquarters, but officers there said it was canceled and has not yet been rescheduled. The 6-year-old was shot in the head by a 4-year-old and reportedly is in serious condition Tuesday, according to Toms River police. The chief was joined by Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph Coronato during a Tuesday morning press conference to talk about the incident. Mastronardy did not immediately return requests for more information on why the conference was canceled or when it will be …
"There were other weapons," chief says as police continue to investigate scene of Monday night tragedy
JERSEY SHORE-- A Toms River 6-year-old who was shot in the head by a 4-year-old died Tuesday, according to Toms River police. Brandon Holt died almost a day after he was shot in the McCormick Drive yard of the 4-year-old. Other weapons were found at the scene of the Monday night shooting, according to Toms River Chief of Police Michael Mastronardy. Mastronardy said that the boy obtained a .22 caliber rifle from inside the residence. The state Division of Youth and Family Services were also called to the scene because there were three other children in the home. The parents were "nearby" when the incident occurred, the chief said. The mother of the 4-year-old called 911. The 6-year-old was flown to Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune …
Sunday, March 17, 2013
Closure runs from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday
Residents are advised to avoid Church Road at the Garden State Parkway overpass in Toms River due to ongoing road construction. There will be a full detour from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday. The Toms River Fire District No. 2 is warning motorists to expect delays on the GSP in the area. "This is for road construction on the bridge for the park," according to the fire district's website. Motorists are advise to use either Whitty Road and Route 571 as alternate routes. For full details, view this message on the web.
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Fire due to an electrical malfunction, according to Toms River Bureau Of Fire Prevention
A fire confined to the garage of an Ashlar Drive home has rendered the house uninhabitable because of structural damage, the head of the Toms River Bureau of Fire Prevention said. The occupants of the house were alerted to the fire by a smoke alarm, said James Mercready. "They were able to evacuate without injuries," he said. Fire inspectors Kevin Espositio and Stephen Hayes determined the cause of the blaze was a result of an electrical malfunction in the garage, Mercready said. "The house is posted as an unsafe structure," he said. "The structural damage makes the whole house unsafe. It also had heat and smoke damage. It's not habitable." Firefighters from the Silverton and Pleasant Plains fire departments were able to knock the blaze …
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
One half of a father-son duo caught; father on the run
One half of a father/son purse-snatching duo was arrested over the weekend while a manhunt is on for the fugitive elder of the pair, police said Tuesday. Matthew D. Frystock, 26, whose last known address was on Drum Point Road in Brick, was arrested at a motel in Ocean Township and charged with one count of third degree theft and one count of third degree conspiracy to commit theft for his connection with a recent purse snatching at the Route 34 ShopRite Supermarket at Lakewood Road in Wall, Lt. Walter Pomphrey said. Frystock was taken to Monmouth County jail, Freehold Township, in lieu of $15,000 bail, Pomphrey said. Jail records on Tuesday showed Frystock had not yet posted bail. Frystock was located with the help of the Ocean …
Monday, January 21, 2013
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Monday, January 21
While the nation remembers and recognizes the significance of the life of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, state, county and municipal offices are closed.
Details are sketchy at press time
An accident reportedly occurred in the vicinity of 782-840 Little League World Champions Boulevard, in front of Walmart, Monday morning. Police communications say the accident is causing heavy delays.