Newspapers Go Missing, But Roman Report Is Online

PERTH AMBOY — Supporters of Dianne Roman who believe ‘no news is good news’ allegedly removed thousands of newspapers from local outlets to prevent readers from seeing accusations that the former city administrator engaged in wrongdoing.

Melvin Ramos, who was sentenced for his role in the city’s corruption scandal Tuesday, said that Roman — a candidate in April 27 school board election who served as the city business administrator for former Mayor Joe Vas — sent municipal employees to do her personal shopping using a city charge card.


“Everybody’s telling me about your paper, but I can’t find one,” said Ramos, who called along with dozens of other city residents who reported newspapers missing from the stores and suggested that copies of the publication had been stolen.

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Stealing newspapers is a crime in New Jersey. Anyone found engaging in theft may be charged with petit larceny, theft, conspiracy and criminal possession of stolen property.

A year ago, Brigantine Police arrested two men for allegedly stealing thousands of local newspapers to stop the public from reading about the recent drug arrest of one of the suspects. That attempt to ‘Stop the Press’ landed the incident on national television news media.

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