Monaghan Hearing Scheduled for Tuesday

Ex-Hills football player charged with disorderly conduct after police said he interfered with an officer investigating a noise complaint at a party in July.

A hearing for a former Wayne Hills football player charged with disorderly conduct is scheduled to be held in Wayne municipal court Tuesday.

Andrew Monaghan was charged with disorderly conduct after he reportedly interfered with a police officer that was investigating a noise complaint at a party in July.

The officer was trying to interview an individual at the residence when Monaghan allegedly encouraged the person not to give the officer his name and urged him to shut the door on the officer.

The charge carries a maximum sentence of 30 days in jail and a $500 fine.

Monaghan was scheduled to appear in court last month, but the hearing was postponed until Tuesday.

Monaghan is one of the nine Hills football players charged with two counts of aggravated assault stemming from an incident at a party last October. He was the only adult at the time the charges were filed in November.

If convicted of the disorderly conduct charge, Monaghan may also have to go to trial on the aggravated assault charges. He was accepted into a pretrial intervention program in February.

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AMJD October 09, 2012 at 01:09 PM
These kids are so brazin, and to think that he was on probation and suppose to keep his nose clean. How dopey can you be????
unknown October 09, 2012 at 02:45 PM
just watch nothing will happen to this kid
AMJD October 09, 2012 at 04:24 PM
Im sure you're right!!!
mike October 09, 2012 at 06:17 PM
how about everyone leaves this kid alone.. you all act like he did something to you.. drop it already
stewart resmer October 09, 2012 at 07:18 PM
I'm with you tis time around mike, when I first read about this young mans latest travails, I had to wonder if telling his friend that he did not have to speak to the officer was a chargeable offense, I dont think it is. Call me a constitutionalist 1st 4th and 5th amendment liberal I guess huh?
Joe videodummy October 09, 2012 at 09:47 PM
Actually he should be commended for advising the individual to keep his mouth shut and refuse answering any questions. The police didn't have any right asking any in the first place. They are there only for the purpose of enforcing the law. Detectives investigate- Police enforce the laws, codes and violations. If there was a violation for a noise ordinance the police are limited to enforcing the law by writing the homeowner ( or property owner ) a summons for such. Andrew Monaghan has the right to make a complaint of Police Brutality and being denied his constitutional rights. The homeowner also can sign a complaint against the Wayne Police for conducting an "illegal" investigation by not having a police supervisor or police detective present.
Nose Wayne October 10, 2012 at 01:26 PM
Don't NOSE what you people are talking about RIGHTS ? The police are called on a complaint and the OFFICER has to get ALL the details so they NOSE how to follow up. Do they need extra help ? Because usually those kind of complaints are LOUD parties and the officer has to get the who ,what and where facts for their report which includes names,addresses and phone numbers.So was the officer right in asking for ALL this information ? ABSOLUTELY !!!!!
AMJD October 10, 2012 at 02:06 PM
I agree, because when a complaint comes into the police department the police are the ones that are required to respond, not the detectives.
Wayne's World October 10, 2012 at 07:15 PM
The way it sounds here, Mr. Monoghan is a real scholar of the Constitution!
Joe videodummy October 10, 2012 at 07:47 PM
Neighborhood residentual sound level is a means that has measured value which represents the summation of all sound from a discrete source or sources affecting the site at a given time. NOISE- for the purpose of this procedure is any sound not in conformance within the provisions set by town ordinance. The effects- or sound sources, sound spectrums, octave bands, state of sound ot Total sound levels are measured with a SOUND LEVEL METER which is a devise or instrument approved by the Department for the measurement of noise and sound levels. Sound levels shall be determined by a "qualified investigator" using these instruments and procedures.
Joe videodummy October 10, 2012 at 08:04 PM
For purposes of this procedure, persons qualified or considered to be qualified to make noise measurements must: 1. Complete, at least every 2 years, a noise certification course which is offered by the Department of Environmental Sciences. 2. Completes a program of tutoring and on-the-job training offered by the Office of Noise Control. 3. Has education and experience approved by the Department of Environmental Sciences, and has written certification that this department has approved the person to "investigate" and conduct an "investigation" regarding noise measurements. Effective June 1995 : 27 N.J.R 109(a), 27 N.J.R. 2390(c). If the officer(s) came to a residence to investigate a noise violation, and have been approved and certified to conduct the investigation, a copy of their certification is sufficient. If not, the case will be dismissed. Andrew Monaghan's comments were correct and appropiate, but police cannot tolerate rejection, even when they are wrong or over-stepping their boundries.
Lil Wayne October 10, 2012 at 09:29 PM
any results from the court date yesterday?
Nose Wayne October 10, 2012 at 10:21 PM
Joe,does that mean that ALL police MUST be a "Certified Noise Control " officer ? Can't wait to see the outcome of this one. Guess ALL police officers will have to carry a "Sound Level Meter" in all the patrol cars. Can't wait to see the "Bond Ordinance" on that one when it comes up.As for his comments, he was way out of line for not answering the policemens questions as to what was going on. That's their "JOB", not "Overstepping their boundries".
Joe videodummy October 10, 2012 at 11:28 PM
No. In fact none of our policemen need to be certified for noise control, but some probably are. We have an excellent police force, dedicated to points beyond what some residents deserve. They ( the police ) were nice enough to kindly knock on the door of the 'noise source'- they didn't have to. They could have called in a certified unit-there own or ( county or state ) that could have gauged the level of noise properly, and if the ordinance was violated, stuck a summons in the parties mailbox. The fine for breaking the ordinance is $3,000.00 and a summons can be re issued every 12 hours until the noise level is reduced to normal. The police aren't required to notify the resident that tests are being preformed, all they need to do is follow up the summons by sending a copy 'certified' through the U.S. mail. Noise level meters are small, not that expensive, but must be calibrated every month for accuracy. I use one in and around EWR from time to time. Let's face it, only an idiot has a confrontation with a policemen. Then there are those, the 'activists' who create problems to challenge them. Noise level "decible" meter's are commonly used at sports stadiums, concert arenas, airports, many indoor auditoriums, large construction projects, quarry's etc. Tripod models appear at all blasting sites. They had one on T.V. the other nite from the NY/Bal. playoff game. Still, not executing proper law doesn't give police a reason to break other laws.
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unrealthistown October 11, 2012 at 01:26 PM
You Sir are 100% correct
unrealthistown October 11, 2012 at 01:30 PM
lawyer needs to subpoena the person who made the original complaint.


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