Lakewood Toy Store with 50 people among Shore gatherings broken up
Several Jersey Shore residents and businesses have been charged for holding large gatherings or violating another of Governor Phil Murphy's executive orders aimed at preventing the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus.
New Jersey State Attorney General Gurbir Grewal and the Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police Colonel Patrick Callahan announced enforcement actions against violators of Governor Murphy’s Emergency Orders related to COVID-19.
- On Sunday in Lakewood, police found a large gathering of adults and children who were congregated in the backyard of a home. The children were playing in a bouncy castle. The adults had a long table set up with a tablecloth, some plates, utensils and chairs nearby. There was also a Chef and two waiters there to cater the gathering. As a result, Mendel Steiner, 27, Dina Endzweig, 26, Johnathan Schick, 31, Hindy Schick, 32, Ephraim Weiss, 31, and Chaya Weiss, 29, all of Brooklyn, N.Y., were charged with violating the emergency orders and child neglect. Israel Goldenberg, 23, of Monsey, N.Y., was charged with violating the emergency orders.
- On Monday in Lakewood, police found about 50 people or more gathered outside the Toys4U store. The owner, Yossi Itzkowitz and the manager of the toy store, Tzvi Blau, were charged with violating the emergency orders for their business. One of the employees was taking orders at the door. The parking lot was completely packed with 10 cars parked in the fire lane in front of the store. AG Grewal and Colonel Callahan report that customers were not social distancing or wearing masks and there were 10 employees in the store who were not social distancing. Only three wore masks.
- On Saturday April 11 in Point Pleasant Beach, the operators of the Beach Amethyst Motel, John Fernicola, 68, of Brielle, and Amanda Wood, 34, of Point Pleasant Beach, were charged with four violations of the emergency orders for shutting off power to four tenants for late payments.
- On Sunday April 12 in Seaside Park, Konstanti Apessos Jr., 21, of Manchester, was charged with defiant trespass (petty disorderly persons offense) and violating the emergency orders for sitting on a lifeguard stand on the beach reading a book. Police say that Apessos Jr. admitted that he knew the beach was closed.
- On Sunday April 12 in Seaside Park, Jose Gonzalez, 20, and Gildaro Flores-Mendez, 30, both of New Brunswick, were charged with defiant trespass (petty disorderly persons offense) and violating the emergency orders for walking and taking pictures at the Brighton Avenue beach entrance, which they knew was closed. AG Grewal and Colonel Callahan said that they were with two juveniles.