Dear Jackson Township,

This is a request for public records made under OPRA and the common law right of access. I am not required to fill out an official form. Please acknowledge receipt of this message.

Records requested:

Arrest reports/Incident reports/case summary reports (with narratives), criminal complaints and/or summonses issued in regards to a February 26, 2021 incident reported by the Asbury Park Press via a news release by Jackson Police Sgt. Fred Meabe.

Here is the Asbury Park Press article that pertains to the records being requested: "JACKSON - A township man has been charged after a pair of dirt bikers told police he held them at gunpoint Friday afternoon while they were trying to find their way out of the woods near Werko Place, authorities said. Police were notified about the incident about 4:45 p.m. when they received a call from the man who was later charged, identified as Roger Stewart. He told officers he saw two individuals ride past his home on dirt bikes and then grabbed his loaded .22 caliber rifle and went into the woods to look for them, Jackson police Sgt. Fred Meabe said in a news release. Arriving officers found Stewart, with a phone to his ear, standing in the woods with the rifle on the ground about 25 feet away, Meabe said. Several rounds were also stashed in his pocket. Police dispatchers had told the man to put his hands in the air when police arrived, according to the news release. The two dirt bikers, one of whom was a juvenile, told police they encountered an armed man as they were trying to navigate their way out of the woods. The man had pointed a gun at them several times and would not allow them to leave, Meabe said. The pair reported that the man directed them to get off their bikes and come with him. They refused his commands, fearful of what might happen, prompting the man at one point to press the muzzle of the gun into the stomach of one of the bikers as a "scare tactic," police said. The man told them he was going to contact their parents and then called the police, the pair told authorities. Stewart denied to police that he pointed a gun at them. He said he had the rifle under his arm when he approached the dirt bikers, according to the news release. It was not immediately clear if they were on Stewart's property. Meabe said the incident happened in a wooded area and police could not say conclusively if it took place within Stewart's 20-acre property. Stewart was arrested and charged with possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and aggravated assault. He was taken to the Ocean County Jail."

Yours sincerely,

Resident

Dear Jackson Township,

I submitted this OPRA request on March 8. A response was due by March 18. Please respond with the requested records. Thank you. Here is the March 8 OPRA request:

This is a request for public records made under OPRA and the common law right of access. I am not required to fill out an official form. Please acknowledge receipt of this message.

Records requested:

Arrest reports/Incident reports/case summary reports (with narratives), criminal complaints and/or summonses issued in regards to a February 26, 2021 incident reported by the Asbury Park Press via a news release by Jackson Police Sgt. Fred Meabe.

Here is the Asbury Park Press article that pertains to the records being requested: "JACKSON - A township man has been charged after a pair of dirt bikers told police he held them at gunpoint Friday afternoon while they were trying to find their way out of the woods near Werko Place, authorities said. Police were notified about the incident about 4:45 p.m. when they received a call from the man who was later charged, identified as Roger Stewart. He told officers he saw two individuals ride past his home on dirt bikes and then grabbed his loaded .22 caliber rifle and went into the woods to look for them, Jackson police Sgt. Fred Meabe said in a news release. Arriving officers found Stewart, with a phone to his ear, standing in the woods with the rifle on the ground about 25 feet away, Meabe said. Several rounds were also stashed in his pocket. Police dispatchers had told the man to put his hands in the air when police arrived, according to the news release. The two dirt bikers, one of whom was a juvenile, told police they encountered an armed man as they were trying to navigate their way out of the woods. The man had pointed a gun at them several times and would not allow them to leave, Meabe said. The pair reported that the man directed them to get off their bikes and come with him. They refused his commands, fearful of what might happen, prompting the man at one point to press the muzzle of the gun into the stomach of one of the bikers as a "scare tactic," police said. The man told them he was going to contact their parents and then called the police, the pair told authorities. Stewart denied to police that he pointed a gun at them. He said he had the rifle under his arm when he approached the dirt bikers, according to the news release. It was not immediately clear if they were on Stewart's property. Meabe said the incident happened in a wooded area and police could not say conclusively if it took place within Stewart's 20-acre property. Stewart was arrested and charged with possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and aggravated assault. He was taken to the Ocean County Jail."

Yours sincerely,

Resident

Dear Jackson Township,

I submitted this OPRA request on March 8. A response was due by March 18. I asked for an update on March 20. I never got a reply. This is my second request for an update. Please respond with the requested records as soon as possible. Thank you. Here is the March 8 OPRA request:

This is a request for public records made under OPRA and the common law right of access. I am not required to fill out an official form. Please acknowledge receipt of this message.

Records requested:

Arrest reports/Incident reports/case summary reports (with narratives), criminal complaints and/or summonses issued in regards to a February 26, 2021 incident reported by the Asbury Park Press via a news release by Jackson Police Sgt. Fred Meabe.

Here is the Asbury Park Press article that pertains to the records being requested: "JACKSON - A township man has been charged after a pair of dirt bikers told police he held them at gunpoint Friday afternoon while they were trying to find their way out of the woods near Werko Place, authorities said. Police were notified about the incident about 4:45 p.m. when they received a call from the man who was later charged, identified as Roger Stewart. He told officers he saw two individuals ride past his home on dirt bikes and then grabbed his loaded .22 caliber rifle and went into the woods to look for them, Jackson police Sgt. Fred Meabe said in a news release. Arriving officers found Stewart, with a phone to his ear, standing in the woods with the rifle on the ground about 25 feet away, Meabe said. Several rounds were also stashed in his pocket. Police dispatchers had told the man to put his hands in the air when police arrived, according to the news release. The two dirt bikers, one of whom was a juvenile, told police they encountered an armed man as they were trying to navigate their way out of the woods. The man had pointed a gun at them several times and would not allow them to leave, Meabe said. The pair reported that the man directed them to get off their bikes and come with him. They refused his commands, fearful of what might happen, prompting the man at one point to press the muzzle of the gun into the stomach of one of the bikers as a "scare tactic," police said. The man told them he was going to contact their parents and then called the police, the pair told authorities. Stewart denied to police that he pointed a gun at them. He said he had the rifle under his arm when he approached the dirt bikers, according to the news release. It was not immediately clear if they were on Stewart's property. Meabe said the incident happened in a wooded area and police could not say conclusively if it took place within Stewart's 20-acre property. Stewart was arrested and charged with possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and aggravated assault. He was taken to the Ocean County Jail."

Yours sincerely,

Resident

Jackson Township

Open Public Records Act (OPRA)

 

Reference # OPRA-2021-00329

Date Entered: 3/30/2021 10:18:56 AM

 

Dear resident ,

 

This email is to confirm receipt of your Open Public Records Act (OPRA)
request.

The Custodian of Records received your request on 03/30/2021. As such, the
seven (7) business day deadline to respond to your request is 04/09/2021.

 

The request seeks access to the following records:

Arrest reports/Incident reports/case summary reports (with narratives),
criminal complaints and/or summonses issued in regards to a February 26,
2021 incident reported by the Asbury Park Press via a news release by
Jackson Police Sgt. Fred Meabe.
Here is the Asbury Park Press article that pertains to the records being
requested: `JACKSON - A township man has been charged after a pair of dirt
bikers told police he held them at gunpoint Friday afternoon while they
were trying to find their way out of the woods near Werko Place,
authorities said....
(the article is to long to share in ful)

 

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Sincerely,

 

Jackson Township

Jackson Township

Open Public Records Act (OPRA)

 

Reference # OPRA-2021-00329

Date Entered: 3/30/2021 10:18:00 AM

 

Dear resident ,

 

Please note the following comment by Jaclyn Egan on 4/6/2021 9:40:00 AM:

As per our Police Department This case is indictable, therefore, we are
unable to give it out.  They would need to contact the Ocean County
Prosecutor`s Office (732-929-2027) to obtain a copy.
Thank you.

 

Sincerely,

 

Jackson Township

 

As per our Police Department This case is indictable, therefore, we are
unable to give it out.  They would need to contact the Ocean County
Prosecutor`s Office (732-929-2027) to obtain a copy.As per our Police
Department This case is indictable, therefore, we are unable to give it
out.  They would need to contact the Ocean County Prosecutor`s Office
(732-929-2027) to obtain a copy.

Jackson Township

Open Public Records Act (OPRA)

 

Reference # OPRA-2021-00329

Date Entered: 3/30/2021 10:18:00 AM

 

Dear resident ,

 

Your Open Public Records Act (OPRA) application has been reviewed and
we've determined no such records exist. Please be advised your request is
now complete as of 04/06/2021.

 

The request sought access to the following records:

Arrest reports/Incident reports/case summary reports (with narratives),
criminal complaints and/or summonses issued in regards to a February 26,
2021 incident reported by the Asbury Park Press via a news release by
Jackson Police Sgt. Fred Meabe.
Here is the Asbury Park Press article that pertains to the records being
requested: `JACKSON - A township man has been charged after a pair of dirt
bikers told police he held them at gunpoint Friday afternoon while they
were trying to find their way out of the woods near Werko Place,
authorities said....
(the article is to long to share in ful)

 

Please do not reply directly to this email; this address is not monitored.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact us.

 

Sincerely,

 

Jackson Township