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70 cats removed from home, owner charged with animal cruelty

The cats will be placed in a shelter

A deal has been worked out to remove more than 70 cats from the home of a Chester Township woman who faces 186 civil and criminal counts of animal cruelty stemming from a March 26 raid on her feline-infested, million-dollar house, officials said last night. In a letter to Chester Township officials, Wanda Oughton agreed to allow animal control officers and health officials take the cats from her home and also volunteered to pay for veterinary care and shelter for the animals. A coordinated removal effort by Chester Township health officials, police and the Morris County Office of Emergency Management’s Animal Response Team is expected next week. The animal response team includes volunteer animal control officers and veterinarians from throughout the county.

A shelter for the cats is being set up at an undisclosed site in Mendham Township. “This is a very good development,” said Lt. Rick Yocum of the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. “We will be able to assess the health of all of the cats and consider adoption possibilities.” Acting on a tip, SPCA officers, accompanied by police and armed with a search warrant, raided Oughton’s home two weeks ago and discovered 93 cats. The 12-room house was infested with urine and fecal matter from cats who ruled the two-story brick-faced structure isolated at the end of a cul-de-sac in an upscale neighborhood in western Morris County. A total of 22 cats were removed that day and remain at a veterinary hospital in Roxbury. Oughton was subsequently served with animal cruelty summonses. She pleaded not guilty this week via a letter sent to the Chester Township Municipal Court by her attorney, Lawrence Fox.

No date has been set for a hearing, court officials said. Officials worked behind the scenes over the past week to find a non-confrontational way to remove the remaining cats. A meeting was held Monday with the Chester Township mayor, police chief, administrator and health officials, as well as with SPCA and county officials to devise a removal plan. Morris County Emergency Management Coordinator Rick Loock said a temporary shelter is being prepared. Once the cats are removed, they will be thoroughly examined by veterinarians and taken to their new home.

“The well-being of those animals and the lady who lives in the house are our number one priority,” said Loock, who credited township health officer Diane Trocchio with opening a dialogue with Oughton and taking steps to try and help clean up her house. Oughton has lived in Chester Township since 2005, according to documents. The house was up for sheriff’s sale last year, but Oughton paid back taxes in January, canceling the sale. Oughton, who has declined comment, refused to leave the residence and remains there with an adult daughter and the cats. Trocchio said she does not have authority to condemn the house unless there is a public health issue.

those red lights in Morris County a few weeks ago? A hoax of course

Part one: fool local residents with flares and helium balloons into thinking they’re UFO’s

Part two: Do it again

Part three: Post a video telling how you did it

Part four: Get arrested because you did it so close to an airport that you threatened people’s safety.

Part five: profit???

Temple for Hope & Knowledge suffers a fire, and is sued for fraud

I’ve come across several news articles that chronicle the end of the Temple for Hope & Knowledge. The church was sued successfully in 2001 for $200,000. The church then filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. In November 2003 the paper reported that “A sheriff’s sale of the Temple of Hope and Knowledge was delayed on Thursday for the second time. The sale was originally scheduled for October, but the temple’s owner, 92-year-old Sole Mio Balaam Nicola, was granted a postponement (Press of Atlantic City, NJ)”

I visited the temple in January 2004 and discovered that the temple has suffered a massive fire.

Follow the dates. The church gets sued, it declares bankruptcy as reorganization but is forced to sell the property, and now there’s a fire? Hello? Can anyway say “insurance scam”? The church settled a lawsuit accusing it of having scammed a man out of a lot of money, so if true, insurance fraud and arson aren’t an unreasonable assumption. Note: this all entirely speculation by me. I have no evidence other then two eyes and a brain.

As of January 2005 there is a for sale sign on the property.

Hamilton Death Rock

Alexander Hamilton & Aaron burr were enemies politically and personally. In 1791, Burr took a Senate seat from Philip Schuyler, Hamilton’s powerful father-in-law. Schuyler was a powerful ally for him as secretary of the Treasury. Burr ran for the governor of New York in 1804 as an independent. Hamilton helped to convince New York Federalists not to support Burr. The Burr campaign failed, and he was defeated soundly.

In 1804, Burr challenged Hamilton to a duel. After aids tried to settle their differently amicably, the two met on the dueling grounds at Weehawken, New Jersey on the morning of July 11. Each fired once. Burr struck Hamilton who died the next day. Hamilton’s shot missed. Burr was indicted for murder in New York State, but never prosecuted. After completing his duties as Vice President in 1805, Burr entered into a conspiracy to wrest the lands west of the Mississippi River from Spain; these intrigues included the Louisiana Purchase. The rock where Hamilton laid his head was preserved. Eventually it was moved to become part of a monument atop the cliffs of Weehawken. The duel took place below the cliffs.

The Boiardo House

The Boiardo family was one of the biggest crime families in NJ. It began with Ruggerio “Richey the Boot” Boiardo who worked in the beer trade during prohibition, before changing to running numbers after prohibition was repealed. With the housing explosion in NJ, homes are much closer to one another you can look down the long driveway and even approach the rear entrance if you dare. Is this advisable? Probably not. There is one story of a cub scout mom who drove up the Boiardo driveway thinking it was Riker Hill Park which is located a few blocks away. The armed guards outside the home not-so-politely advised the woman and her cub scouts to leave.

The following is a quote from the book, THE BOYS FROM NEW JERSEY, by Robert Rudolph.

In his prime, Boiardo was a bruiser who modeled himself after Al Capone ad who sported a $5,000 diamond belt buckle that earned him the nickname “Diamond Ritchie”.

Richie the Boot had been one of the true celebrities of prohibition-era NJ. Portrayed by the authorities as the reigning patriarch of organized crime in NJ until his death in 1984, Boiardo had risen from immigrant stonemason to become one of the most powerful and feared members of the state’s organized crime power structure.

A familiar figure in Newark politics, who as local ward leader mingled freely with both the prominent and notorious, Boiardo had slipped from public view when the Addonizio case propelled him and his son back into the limelight. In 1969, Hugh Addonizio a former 7 term Congressman who had been touted by those in the know as a potential candidate for governor of NJ, was completing his second term as mayor of the state’s largest city and preparing for a third run for that office. Amid the background of a heated mayoral campaign that as to mark the last hurrah for the old line white power structure in the increasingly black dominated city of Newark, Addonizio and 14 other persons were indicted by a federal grand jury on extortion-conspiracy charges that tied Addonozio to reputed mafia Boss Anthony (Tony boy) Boiardo, the son of the flamboyant gang lord Richie the Boot. Addonozio was subsequently convicted and sentenced to 10 years in a federal prison.

But beyond exposing the corruption of Addonozio and his cohorts, the prosecution of the former Newark mayor had served another purpose. it made something of a household name of Richie the Boot and Tony Boy, and reawakened public awareness of the role of the mafia in NJ.

The public attention was heightened when the press began publicizing stories about Boiardo’s fortress like home and the goings-ons rumored to have taken place there. The estate was featured in a double page spread in life magazine, which described the home, aptly enough, as designed in “Transylvanian traditional.” For along the dark drive leading up to the main house was a bizarre collection of statuary: likenesses of the entire Boiardo family, their busts and name plates arrayed on pillusters surrounding the padrone of the dynasty, a youthful Richie the Boot, outfitted in formal riding wear, sitting astride a prancing white stallion

A less familial but grisly feature of the estate was a private crematorium. It was here, underworld rumor had it, that Boiardo disposed of his enemies, burning them on a huge iron gate after they had been murdered. Oh he just did it to show everybody what a great guy he is, that he had the guts,” one mobster explained. “He’d tell them he’ll take anybody’s problems…” Tony boy had been indicted along with Addonoizio, but was severed from the trial when he suffered a heart attack. Although he subsequently became a familiar figure at his favorite gold courses, he never recovered his health sufficiently to be able to stand trial.

On April 20, 1978 the younger Boiardo, who once adopted a more sedate and business like image then once-boisterous father, and who was reputedly fronting for underworld forays into the world of legitimate business, died at Community hospital in Montclair after lingering for weeks in critical condition since suffering a heart attack on good Friday.

In his declining years, the elder Boiardo had become something of a recluse, rarely venturing from the cloistered confines of his sprawling baronial mansion, which as located just over the crest of the West Orange Mountains in Livingston. Guarded by wrought-iron gates and stone pillars topped with bronze swans, the house was located at the had of a winding drive, hidden from the road by a forest of tall trees and shrubbery. The main house was constructed of imported Italian stone, resembling the dark brooding fortress of a feudal lord.

There, behind the walls of his private property, the once-robust Boiardo had passed his time puttering about in vegetable patch that, in a final glimmer of his once characteristic humor, had been marked with the sign GODFATHER’S GARDEN.

Boiardo outlived his son and heir presumptive by more then six years, passing away at the age of 93, a frail stooped, white hared shadow of his former image as a brawling gun-toting hood who had survived an assassin’s bullet in the early 1930’s.

His name was Freddy

Police Find Severed Hand Named ‘Freddy’ in Jar at Goth Stripper’s N.J. Home

Paintball attacks in midgetville

About a month ago, 3 teenagers shot a guy in the head in Totowa with paintballs. I have no idea why they would choose to attack someone that way, but the location is the long rumored midgetville, a section of Totowa which has very small houses. Small houses = small people or so the theory goes. The short u shaped street has long has problem with people coming thru at 3am yelling and screaming, looking for midgets.

There are no midgets.

There never were any midgets.

The houses were built as small vacation bungalows and, like many such vacation retreats became year round housing as NJ became more and more densely populated. The man suffered a cracked skull and is lucky he didn’t lose an eye or worse. I play paintball and know how dangerous these flying projectiles can be if they hit you in an unprotected area, especially the head. They travel at over 160 feet a second and if they hit you int he eye, you’re going to be blind if not worse. If they hit you in the ear you will likely go deaf. In this guy’s case he was “lucky” to only have suffered a fractured skull. Luckily they caught these jagoffs.

Although the idea of nightriding has a long history, this was the first known attack on the residents of midgetville. Unfortunately it wasn’t the last as it happened again yesterday. A trio of girls shot a woman in the head and chest and luckily they were caught as well. They were arrested and released into the custody of their parents.

These are aren’t harmless pranks. This isn’t nightriding. This is assault plain and simple. These kids deserved to be arrested and put in jail. They seriously injured one man and although the article doesn’t state if the woman was injured, I am sure at a minimum she has severe bruising. This bullshit has got to stop.