Wednesday, February 27, 2013
James Engle faces charges of possession and distribution of child pornography.
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Wednesday, February 27
A Budd Lake man is accused of possession and distribution of child pornography, Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa announced Wednesday. James Engle, 28, was among 25 people arrested as part of an operation aimed at child pornography, including child rape videos. Dozens of law enforcement agencies and more than 50 officers took part in the effort, dubbed Operation Ever Vigilant. The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and the West Long Branch Police Department contributed to the effort, according to a news release issued by the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General. The Digital Technology Investigations Unit of the New Jersey State Police began the investigation approximately three months ago by searching for New Jersey residents who …
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Local pastor and old classmate come together to help Schimanski and Cianciotto families.
The effort to help families of teens who fell through the icy waters of Budd Lake earlier this month will continue in the form of food donations, thanks to some old high school friends. Pastor Matt Jones of Mountaintop Church in Hackettstown, along with former classmate Toni Perry, are constructing a drive through Feb. 16 that will donate food to the families of Clyde Schimanski III and Nick Cianciotto III, according to nj.com. Schimanski and Cianciotti perished on Monday, Jan. 7 after falling through a layer of ice on Budd Lake while ice fishing. Both boys were 15 and students at Mt. Olive High School. Jones and Perry have worked out a plan to provide food through Grace Church's God's Kitchen in Netcong, the report said. Dining gift …
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Township says more formal action will be taken in the spring.
Just a couple weeks after two Mt. Olive Township teens went missing in the icy waters of Budd Lake, a sign has been erected near the water’s edge in remembrance of the youngsters. “In Loving Memory to Nick and Clyde” the sign reads in a photo Mayor Rob Greenbaum posted to his public Facebook page. The teens, Clyde Schimanski III and Nick Cianciotto III, both 15, went missing just after 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7 after ice fishing on the ice. Their bodies were recovered over the next two days. “So that we shall never forget,” Greenbaum wrote along with posting the photo on the social media site. The mayor also made mention of doing “something more formal in the spring,” in the post Tuesday afternoon. Greenbaum did not respond to questions from …
Sunday, January 13, 2013
Family and community members pay final respects to Nicholas Michael Cianciotto III, who was ice fishing when he and his friend fell into the frigid waters of Budd Lake last week.
Hundreds mourned Saturday the death of one of the two Mount Olive teens who drowned last week while ice fishing in Budd Lake. As a thick fog filled the air outside, family, friends and members of the community attended the funeral of Nicholas Michael Cianciotto III at St. Jude Roman Catholic Parish in Mount Olive. Cianciotto and his friend Clyde Schimanski III were ice fishing Monday night when they fell through the icy waters. Both teens were 15 years old. Cianciotto, a sophomore at Mount Olive High School who lived in Budd Lake for nine years, enjoyed the outdoors, dirt bike riding, snowboarding and fishing, according to his obituary. Cianciotto was buried Saturday at Christ the King Cemetery in Franklin Lakes. Visitation hours for …
Friday, January 11, 2013
Nick Cianciotto's wake held at St. Jude R.C. Parish in Budd Lake Friday, funeral mass on Saturday.
Friday, January 11
What a few days ago was unthinkable, friends and family are now faced with the reality of saying goodbye to Nicholas Michael Cianciotto, III, 15, of Mt. Olive, one of two teenagers who died after falling into Budd Lake Monday night. According to the release from the Leber Funeral Home in Chester, the family received visitors Friday at St. Jude Parish in Budd Lake. A funeral mass for Cianciotto is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Jude. Interment is scheduled to take place at Christ the King Cemetery in Franklin Lakes. A post on the Mt. Olive Bus Drivers public facebook page said that overflow parking will be available at Turkey Brook Park from 5 p.m. on and that bus drivers are donating their time to shuttle people back and forth. …
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Grief counseling in Mount Olive High School and a pair of fundraisers for funeral costs are in the works for the families of Clyde Schimanski and Nick Cianciotto.
Budd Lake resident Kim Maleyonok didn't know how bad the situation was on Monday night, but didn't sit idly by once she heard there were two teenagers missing in the partially frozen waters of Budd Lake. "My husband was the one who brought it to my attention. He was like, 'there is a helicopter out there searching,'" Maleyonok said. By Tuesday morning, Maleyonok and Katherine Sutton were by the shore of Budd Lake and at the side of Clyde Schimanski Jr. whose son Clyde Schimanski III was one of the teens being searched for. "I've known Big Clyde for a long time," Sutton said. "Even after I moved to Newton I still would come and visit him all the time." Sutton and Maleyonok were there in pajama pants, unwilling to stray far from "Big Clyde" …
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Body of one teenage boy who went missing in icy water was found Tuesday afternoon, search for the second was suspended Tuesday night, prosecutor says.
Update, 10 a.m. Wednesday: Dive and recovery teams have resumed searching for the body of the second teen in Budd Lake as of 8 a.m. First Assistant Prosecutor Thomas Zelante said the Morris County Prosecutor's Office will release a statement later in the day. Mt. Olive Mayor Rob Greenbaum wrote on his public Facebook page Wednesday morning, "Let's bring the last boy home today." The search for the second teen, missing since Monday night in the partially frozen waters of Budd Lake, was suspended Tuesday afternoon, Acting Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp said. Knapp said the New Jersey State Police Marine Service Bureau's six divers spent more than six hours searching in the icy waters on Tuesday. "The divers who used sonar to assist …
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…
Thursday, October 18, 2012
From Budd Lake to Belvidere folks are holding fundraisers for the family of Chris Connors, killed in a car accident last week.
Sunday, October 14, 2012
Services for Chris Connors, the Belvidere man killed in a car accident on Thursday, to be at the Cochran Funeral home Monday.
Chris Connors was the "tough guy." The guy with the jean jacket with the Iron Maiden and Metallica patches sewn on. Hanging out with his best friend Brian Hager, Connors exuded the self confidence of a guy who didn't care what anybody thought. But beneath that tough exterior was the proverbial heart of gold. And on Thursday, a car accident in the town he was raised in claimed his life. "I've known him since the fourth grade," sister-in-law Melissa Altadonna Kramer said. "He was a tough, wild, free-spirited guy with a true genuine heart who would never intentionally hurt anyone." When Connors married Kramer's sister, Michelle, she told him he had to be nice to her to make up for all the teasing at Sandshore School, middle school and high …