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Friday, June 14, 2013

UPDATED: Breaking News: Republican Council Candidate Frank Gargione Charged with Simple Assault


See below UPDATE:

FULL STORY RELEASED: Click Here to Read

GallowayTwpNews.com has obtained through an Open Public Records Request a Criminal Summons issued against Republican Council Candidate Frank Gargione for Criminal Charges of Simple Assault.

After a civilian complaint, probable cause was found and a Criminal summons was issued on June 11, 2013 against Gargione. Gargione was charged with Simple Assault, violation of 2C:12-1A(1).

The summons, including the description of the alleged charge and the details surrounding the alleged incident will be released tonight. Check back for details.

UPDATE:
GallowayTwpNews.com has delayed the release of the story until Monday Evening. Because of the location of the alleged incident and after speaking with the President of the Organization of which the alleged incident occurred, we have agreed to hold the story until further comment can be issued from the Organization concerning this alleged incident. The Organization has agreed to review the documents we obtained and will further consult with their Legal Counsel prior to a statement being issued on Monday. In cooperation with the Organization, we are therefore delaying the story.  All documents pertaining to these allegations are Public and will be made Public on Monday evening after all parties have a chance to properly comment. 

Fact: Charges were filed in Galloway Municipal Court against Frank Gargione. Gargione has a court appearance scheduled for July 11, 2013 at 9:00 am, according to the Court documents. 

42 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great and I voted for him in the primary. Won't make that mistake again.

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Anonymous said...

This is the equivalent to the national enquirer. Digging up trash. Hes a decent family man..whatever happened there's 3 sides to every story. Leave the guy alone.

Anonymous said...

I dont see how its careless action. If he was charged then he has to face to charges. Plain and simple. Names are put in the police blotter all the time how is this any different? Its not. Maybe its blown up more because he running to represent our Township. Lets wait and see what the circumstances are around the charges.

Anonymous said...

Nobody said he was guilty of it. in fact you are the only person to mention guilt. However, if the story is true, it is news and the people of Galloway should know who they are electing to represent them. Recently Galloway's elected officials have been less then stellar(to say the least.) Attacking a news outlet for reporting the news screams of typical partisan behavior. Galloway has had enough of that.

Anonymous said...

Another great selection by the Galloway Republicans. LOL!!!

Bill Ross said...

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Anonymous said...

As if Galloway politics isn't screwed up enough...

Anonymous said...

Frank is one of the best guys you would ever want to meet!

Anonymous said...

This website is doing the right thing. It's news reporting and I can respect that. Getting all sides and all facts and letting us decide. Some of us that know what happened, this website is protecting the integrity of that organization and I have respect for that. Thank you Galloway Township News.

Anonymous said...

Where is the organization with Legal Counsel to defend the hard working residence of Galloway?

Nunya 77 said...

Charges do not equal guilt, hold your opinions till justice is served. Sad, the state of the "Organization" listed. Leadership within the "Organization" can only be blamed.

Anonymous said...

"Hold your opinions until justice is served" holds true for this "Organization" too, not just for the accused. How do you even know that they had anything to do with it or that it is condoned by them? Seems like they were just made aware of this filing of the complaint and were waiting to review documents. So far, without seeing any documents, seems to me that the "Organization" doesn't have anything to do with it and that it is between two people, except that the alleged incident took place at their location?

Anonymous said...

NO where did this article say he was guilty. However, when a person signs a complaint against another person (pay attention here Ross), a MUNICIPAL COURT JUDGE needs to interview the complainant, and the JUDGE determines if there is probable cause for the complaint. The JUDGE found probable cause to authorize the charges. Just because he's charged he is still innocent until proven guilty, the publisher did not report anything which is untrue. There is nothing wrong with this report.

Anonymous said...

This isn't careless, this is a matter of public record. But while on the topic, check New Jersey Criminal Code 2C, please tell me where extra marital affairs is a crime? Good luck with that. However, if you look up 2c:33-4 under the criminal code you might be more familiar with that. Just saying!

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Anonymous said...

I've known Frank for a long time and I am shocked something like this has happened. If he was charged then I understand the media's right to report on it. I just hope he settles down and realizes the seriousness of the charges.

Anonymous said...

I didn't leave the 2C comment but things don't stay quiet for long. Sad thing is in defense of her, I think she had every right to do what she did based on what I heard and reading the comments on here, I don't blame her. Sometimes a good look in the mirror is healthy especially when you are local business owner in town. Just saying....

J. Guenther said...

I was a cop for 11+ years. You can sign a complaint against a baloney sandwich if you wanted. This story is not a story, but a headline. As a public servant, you make page one for things like this. Pull someone out of a burning car, you make page 10 and get sued by the victim. Never met a more stand up person than Frank Gargione.

Anonymous said...

Republicans need help picking their candidates. They have a Mayor who wants to fill his pocket with more money and a runaway business man assaulting someone on the baseball field. Democrats have a full ticket ready to take this town by the reigns and clean house.

Anonymous said...

One of the biggest problems facing Galloway politics recently are the thugs involved in it. Look at the track record over the last 5+ years of the candidates, elected officials and the organizations and hanger ons that support them. It is absolutely disgusting. Galloway taxpayers have paid and continue to pay for their actions. We need to move in different direction if we are ever going get our town back

Anonymous said...

As the person who wrote the comment about 2C:33-4, first let me say for the record I never met the publisher. Someone else mentioned being a police officer for 11+ years and the ability to sign a complaint against anyone. Back in the day, I'd agree with you. However in today's law enforcement, unless it's a law enforcement officer signing the complaint, which this wasn't, the complainant has to present his/her complaint to a municipal court judge (disorderly persons offense) whereby, the judge and only the judge determines the existance of probable cause to approve the complaint. The fact is the gentleman was charged with a disorderly persons offense, he is running of an elected position, which brings all the undue attention as well as the desired attention to his name. The publisher made ZERO statements in the story or follow up comments about him being guilty. With this said, anyone reading this website as an acutal resident of Galloway, gets the information other media outlets don't bother to cover. As a lifelong resident of this township, I've seen things change not for the good either. While I don't know either of you, an objective opinion is easily developed that there is an axe to grind. Just saying!

Anonymous said...

Well said!

Anonymous said...

I originally had no faith in this website with all of the trash that was reported in past year. After hearing about this story I finally came back to the website and skimmed back through the recent articles. I am glad there is decent reporting occurring. I have not seen this reported anywhere else. As a voter who voted for Frank Gargione and the One Galloway team I am disgusted to see this behavior. Even if the parties work out thief differences the damage is already done to tarnish the party and the candidates. I appreciate This website reporting this and I will be switching my vote to the democrat team in November. I am now a reader again. Thank you.

TomS said...

Hi- my name is Tom,I'm 66yrs old,live in Port Republic,am FG's father in law,grandfather of his two boys and also was present at the event that created this accusation. Enough info?? I did not know that there were so many people at that event with the last name "Anonymous". So, there are a lot or maybe just one(since the theme of many anonymous comments seem similar}that will not disclose their identity but seem to know what happened without the facts.Pretty smart or maybe,just maybe,they have their own agenda. As one of the anonymous likes to write "just saying". As J Guenther said in his comment "this story is not a story- it's a headline" How true but also how sad.
As someone who knows the facts and witnessed the event,I believe the truth will be told and justice will prevail.Unfortunately some will only remember the "headline".
I have not identified nor tried to smear the accuser and would ask people do the same to the accused without the facts. As a matter of fact, I hope the accuser has a happy Father's Day with his children. I'm sure my son in law and his two boys will have a happy Father's Day despite the boys possible exposure to the "headline" and some of the baseless comments here. Maybe some of you should think about that on your Father's Day. Have a great day. I know I will with my children who I have always taught to tell the truth and not act against anyone without all the facts.

Anonymous said...

@TomS. I was not at the event but I heard what happened. Including a large group of friends heard. No disrespect but you don't have to be at the event to hear what happened. Frank is running for elected office which holds him at a higher standard than others. If he can't control himself in the Public light then I do not want him as a councilman. He was at a public event with children around including his own son. Enough said? The public has a right to know when elected officials or those seeking office can't abide by rules or laws. As a person who is all to familiar with the system, Frank will go into mediation and hopefully this will work itself out. Either way, he is charged with a crime. That is not someone I want representing me. It's sad because I'm a firm Republican that I feel Franks actions tarnish the party and the other candidates running with him. Out of respect he should step down.

Anonymous said...

Not one person understands signing a criminal complaint and probable cause (PC). You DO NOT present your complaint to a Municipal Court Judge. You complete a Certification In Support of Probable Cause and then an Officer or Court staff completes your complaint on a Summons. No judge sees it until its faxed to them or on the court date, depending what city it is. Once the complaint is completed (WITHOUT A JUDGE SEEING IT OR ISSUING PROBABLE CAUSE (PC) It's already on file and sent out to public record. It's not on the person's criminal record until court and if they are proven guilty. Its the same when someone gets sued. It's public record, even if it gets dismissed.

Anonymous said...

Forget about the whole probable cause issue. Something occurred enough for someone to file charges against him. Simple assault means some type of physical altercation occurred and from what I heard, it occurred in front of children. I would never tolerate that and neither should anyone else, whoever is at fault. Period!

Anonymous said...

No altercation (whether physical or verbal)should have occured in front of the kids no matter what!! I believe he wasn't the only one involved and that all of them were disciplined by the GTAA executive panel and even some removed and suspended. I believe was a good move on their part. I think Frank is a nice guy and that there is more to the story. Will we ever hear it? That remains to be seen, but we should always remember, we all make mistakes and none of us are perfect! I hope he apologizes or maybe already has. At the end, the decision is yours of who you vote for in the election, I just hope you take everything into consideration when you do.

Anonymous said...

Ross is the quintessential Republican lackey. It's not surprising that most of his comments need removing because he vehemently will defend his "friends" and POV regardless of the details, this circumstance aside it's across the board. If he would simply allow an original thought to enter his head for processing it could possibly be a clarifying moment for him to see the world in a rational way. Unfortunately, his politics define him but I digress. I don't have an opinion on the personal character of the accused here but I will say emotions easily run high when you live vicariously through your children. Just another day of has beens running around on a Little League field taking themselves way to seriously.

Those involved reading this step back and imagine yourself watching other parents acting this way in front of your kids or better yet just publically in general. Your making specticles of yourselves for the rest of us and if you are capable of the emotion perhaps embarrassing for you and those around you. It seems Frank may have some damage control here if not personally most definately politically and you know when it all comes down to it that's what it is all about from here forward. Viva La Galloway!

Bill Ross said...

To Anonymous: I removed my comments myself...they did not need to be removed by anyone. I removed them because the direction most of these comments are heading shows just how ignorant some people can be. But since you call me out under a "hidden" name, and not your own, I'll respond to you anyway under my real name. Unlike you, I can "man-up" and stand behind my comments. So first, you do not know me. You do not know why I have interest in this story and this website in general. But if you would like to contact me feel free, I will explain. I'm not hard to find.

As far as this story and this website reporting the story. The reason I say it was careless is because people will only see the headline and form an opinion on that alone. Since he's running for Council it displays him in an unfair manner. If this story was released once the entire matter was heard, both parties gave their accounts, witness statements taken and a decision was made, then fine...that's the story. I've read the comments where Frank should step down and that he can't control himself. And people are assuming that since he has a charge issued on him then he must have done something. But it's totally not true. Apparently "all" documents have been obtained but that's not totally true. The only documents that are available have been obtained and it appears to only be once side of the story...the accuser.

Once the entire story comes out, and shows Frank did not act in any negative manner nor any criminal manner, people making their comments and their assumptions are going to look fairly stupid.I can't believe that people actually think that never before in the history of the courts, someone lied about what someone did and charged them with it....in an attempt to ruin their reputation.

So to the quintessential Anonymous, I welcome you to contact me. I'll even pay for lunch. Or anyone else for that matter. Even Joe...

Anonymous said...

Ross is a good guy who also grew up in the community and is sticking up for his friend as a loyal friend should. Glad to know he is my friend to.

J. Guenther is correct and his account of how things stand remains the way it is. There is no probable cause hearing for a harassment or assault charge prior to the case being listed with the court. The other anonymous author may be confused between these charges and a temporary restraining order which requires a Judicial review before being issued/logged with the court. Many times a TRO is issued with an assault or harassment so there is some overlap which can be confusing.

If this is a situation where the accused got into some form of verbal or physical altercation at GTAA well that has happened over the years over and over. Men talk these things out and hopefully if it is done right can talk to the kids who witnessed it and together explain that things got out of hand and they were able to talk things out. These are the lessons of growing up.

I don't see a problem with a rational person asking the question, "If the accused cannot maintain his composure at the ball fields, how will he be able to do so in the council chambers".

Many people who know Frank I think would tell you this was out of character but the question is a fair one.

Anonymous said...

If this person put his hands on another person he needs to face the consequences of his actions. The thought that this was done in front of young children is unforgivable but maybe the lesson these children will take from this altercation is there are consequences for your actions, he made a choice now he must live with the ramifications of that choice. Make better choices parents, if not for your sake then for the sake of your children.

Anonymous said...

Ross: I'm sure Frank Gargione can comment for himself and doesn't need backup to comment. Even if the full story comes out and Frank is cleared, that doesn't take away the fact to those that saw and heard what happened at GTAA and his continuous ongoing feud with some members there. Take a step a back and forget about the charges, you really think you want your kids or other kids subjected to what they saw that day from two adults? I don't think so. I am the parent that has to go home and explain to my kids what they saw isn't right.

Bill Ross said...

@ Anonymous friend: The answer is pretty simple. Frank actually did handle himself in a way that would be expected. He did not lose his composure nor did he assault anyone. And this is clear in that he did not receive any punishment. He was actually coaching this past weekend.

Here's what this all comes down to. Joe Landicini (the accuser) was the head coach of the 8 year old baseball team for GTAA, Gargione was one of the assistants. Frank has been an assistant coach for the last 4 years. Gargione was asked to be a coach on the All Star team and Landicini was not. Landicini thinks Frank was behind the reason he wasn't chosen but that's not true. So this Joe Landicini guy already had a personal beef with Gargione.

Now to the day of the incident. Initially Gargione had nothing to do with anything and it occurred when Landicini made a bad call and another asst. coach reversed the call. Joe Landicini got his panties in a bunch and became aggressive and irate. He got into an argument with the asst. (not Frank)and at that moment parents started taking their kids off the field. They even made a derogatory remark directed at one of the parent's kids. Frank was not involved in any of that. Eventually Landicini and the other asst coach walked away and Gargione was already walking away as well. Landicini's father-in-law yelled repeatedly in front of all the kids for his son-in-law, Landicini, to kick Frank's ass. Frank walked over to him and asked him why he would say such a thing. At that moment Landicini, seeing Frank speaking to him, charges at Frank aggressively. Frank puts his hands up to gesture for him to stay back. Frank then just waved his hand in Joe's direction, did not make any physical contact, and then Joe physically pushed Frank. Landicini admits in his report that he pushed Frank.

So I state this. If Frank was in the wrong how come he is the only remaining coach while all the others were suspended? Frank was actually made the head coach. Landicini was removed and I doubt he will even be allowed back to coach.

I also ask this; how did the publisher of this site even know to request this specific information? She specifically requested any charges specific on Frank Gargione, this was not a random request. Her intent was to get this specific information and someone led her on to this. So I question who and what the motive is. I also ask why she has not reached out to Frank for his comment? If there is a story to be published, and you want it to be a fair story, it's only reasonable that one would think she would have reached out to Frank for his comment. She did not and yet claims she has all the documents pertaining to this case.

Publisher said...

Be Advised: ALL Comments on this story have been temporarily suspended. The Full story is scheduled for release later this evening with a Press Release Issued by the GTAA.

GallowayTwpNews.com has reached out to all parties involved, including Frank Gargione for comment.

Check back for details.

sara said...

If a fef. had been there all this nonsense would not be going on right now. I don't no why refs. aren't at little league games. They are at all other GTAA games. They would have solved the problem right on the spot. I have had my children in sports with GTAA for the past 15 years and have never had a situation like this occur.This is a problem GTAA must address.We pay good money for our children to play sports for the township and they love playing.We expect a certain conduct during the games and we expect the GTAA association to follow up on it. If that means hiring a ref. for little league than that has to be done.And the parents need to obey by the rules of conduct.So do the coaches.

sara said...

Thank you for posting my comment and I hope all parents read this and remember this is the sport for our children and we should respect that.

Anonymous said...

@ Bill Ross, Your version of this story is a bunch of Bull Sh*t!

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