The township is also worried about health risks after seeing photos of a large group of kids gathering in a parking lot. “Residents have reported increasing problems with unruly juveniles congregating nightly in violation of the social distancing and face mask restrictions imposed by the governor’s executive order, and also committing acts of criminal mischief and other disorderly behavior,” said police spokeswoman Jillian Messina. “We’ve been here 31 years. Between early June and early July, 2020, the Toms River Police Department has received a dramatic increase in juvenile complaints in the North Beach area of town. Together we can reach 100% of WHYY’s fiscal year goal. Police will tell those violating curfew in Toms River to go home. The teens are also accused of committing acts of criminal mischief and other disorderly behavior in the area. “I flat-out get angry when I see pictures of people pretending like there’s nothing wrong,” said Jason Hartelius, who was hospitalized with COVID-19 more than 100 days ago. The proclamation cites a nearly seven-fold increase in juvenile complaints in the Northern Beach area over this time last year and a "nationwide resurgence" caused by gatherings, "particularly among younger individuals.". Those 17 years old and younger must be accompanied by a legal guardian from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. “Ten o’clock at night, eleven o’clock at night, midnight, going up and down the street, making a lot of noise, profanity and then vandalism on top of that,” he told CBS2’s Jenna DeAngelis. An increasing number of Ocean County municipalities along the New Jersey coast have adopted curfews for minors due to non-compliance with pandemic health regulations. By viewing our video content, you are accepting the terms of our. The North Beach area includes, but is not limited to, Silver Beach, Monterey, Normandy, Chadwick, Ocean Beaches 1, 2 and 3. Since early June, the Toms River Police Department says there’s been a dramatic increase in juvenile complaints in the North Beach area of town. “Residents have reported increasing problems with unruly juveniles congregating nightly in violation of the social distancing and face mask restrictions imposed by the governor’s executive order, and also committing acts of criminal mischief and other disorderly behavior,” according to the order. Toms River’s North Beaches section, which includes the portion of the barrier island from Lavallette border to the Brick border – including the Ocean Beach communities – will be subject to a juvenile curfew beginning tonight following a “dramatic” increase in complaints with regard to juvenile crime. The Toms River Police put a curfew into place Thursday afternoon following over a month of rising complaints of unruly minors in the North Beach section of town.. The free WHYY News Daily newsletter delivers the most important local stories to your inbox. Please support the journalism you trust. It was, it was awful,” he said. The measure requires all minors to stay off public property, unless accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. in the township’s Silver Beach, Monterey, Normandy, Chadwick, Ocean Beaches 1, 2 and 3 communities. Cape May County health officials say a recent uptick in coronavirus cases are mainly driven by young people who have been socializing. “In every case, I hate to tell you, you’re wrong,” he quipped. TOMS RIVER, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A New Jersey town is now imposing a curfew to try to get kids and the coronavirus under control. Thank you for relying on us to provide the journalism you can trust. The department said in a Facebook post last month that the problem was getting worse and asked parents not to drop children off in the North Beach area due to “ongoing issues” and said more officers would deployed to that section of town to help address the issues. While we understand these are difficult times and children are frustrated with the lack of open activities, it is not an excuse for misbehavior and disrespect within our community.”. All rights reserved (About Us). Chris Sheldon may be reached at email@example.com. Bicycles blocked fire lanes and no social distancing was observed. “We understand the frustrations of the community during the pandemic and the lack of available activities, however, along with the destruction of property and unruly behavior, and due to the large groups congregating, it has become a health risk and is in direct defiance of the governor’s social distancing orders,” the spokeswoman said. 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Police said the minors were were “congregating nightly in violation of social distancing and face mask restrictions” and “committing acts of vandalism and criminal mischief.”, “Some of the offenses are (but not limited to) destruction of property, loud obscenities, and trespassing,” the spokeswoman said. “Most of these children, young people running up and down the streets, no masks, all very tightly connected,” Warnock said. Mother dies when attempting to rescue children at N.J. beach. Toms River is the latest to adopt a curfew, issued Thursday, due to “a dramatic increase in juvenile complains in the North Beach” section of the municipality. The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Advance Local. You know, just throwing out the F words at you,” said Karen Ruckdeschel, a renter who visits the area every year. “While some live in the area, many are from neighboring towns and are being dropped off.”, The proclamation stated that the “acts threaten the public health, safety and welfare of the affected communities and, if uncontrolled, can exacerbate the spread of COVID-19.”. Please consider supporting NJ.com with a voluntary subscription. *** UPDATE *** The curfew has been extended until September 30, 2020. Between early June and early July, the department had a “nearly sevenfold increase” in juvenile complaints over the same period in 2019, a proclamation signed by the town’s emergency management coordinator stated. Two construction workers were injured when a house they were working on suffered a partial collapse, authorities said. Find the holiday schedule for the Township Government for the current year. But many of New Jersey's municipalities still have juvenile curfews. According to police, anyone under the age of 17 must now be accompanied by a parent or guardian between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. Police say the curfew was put in place because between early June and early July, police have received a dramatic increase in complaints against teenagers gathering without face masks. The North Beach area includes the barrier island area of town north of the border of Lavallette and south of the border of Brick starting at Fifth Avenue, police said.