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Two People Stabbed At Lakewood's 'Tent City'

One person had been found dead at the encampment earlier in the week

Two people were stabbed inTent City around 6:30 p.m., accordng to muckrack.com.

Police are still looking for a suspect who allegedly stabbed a man and a woman at the homeless encampment located off Cedar Bridge Avenue and South Clover Street.

KC December 31, 2012 at 05:46 AM
Dear God even the news at a local level is so depressing. In scanning the Patch tonight it is apparent what a mixed up shook up world we habitate. I can't even begin to imagine trying to live in a tent in this weather. God help those people. God help us all.
KC December 31, 2012 at 05:47 AM
A knife serves some utility purpose. A gun serves no purpose but to destroy. Sorry your analogy is faulty.
KC December 31, 2012 at 05:49 AM
My uneducated guess is that there is so little information because living on the fringe of society little is known as to the identity of the victims. That it is here reported is to The Patch's credit.
WMS826 December 31, 2012 at 06:13 AM
These people are not homeless. If so then what is section 8 housing and welfare about in addition to the other social programs that would take days to list here. These people are mentally ill, or substance abusers, or Megan's List Offenders living off the radar. No one would choose to live like this over getting goverment assistance and crappy job so you could have a real home to live in. Yet this church guy does everything in his power to facilitate this and put the public at risk. These people should be evaluated and have a mental health screening done on all of them even if it means doing it by force. Then treated and stabilized to function like normal humans. Otherwise who knows what they are capable of. Everytime you walk past a homeless guy on the street you are ignoring mental illness. When you ignore mental illness as a society, as we do, you allow a breeding ground for violence as we have seen recently in Conn. and Rochester. The mentally ill have too many rights and protections that allow them to remain in a dangerous state of mind for the rest of us to be victimized by. We should euthanize anyone criminally insane, and steralize others so they cannot pass down the gene of mental illness.
Jim December 31, 2012 at 06:32 AM
Lol great country. Get a clue. If you think think this country is about the welfare of society then give yourself a FEMA ticket. LMFAO. The stupidity is hilarious.
Jim December 31, 2012 at 06:37 AM
CIA ships the crack in. Gotta fund the operations b_tch. Ask Pat Tillman. Oh wait he got 3 5.556 through his forehead. Just like JFK.
Jim December 31, 2012 at 06:45 AM
Go hide in your hut you child. The world is much uglier than you think. I am convinced you libtards are simply immature man children.
. December 31, 2012 at 12:06 PM
Just heard on the news that there was a fire in Tent City last night.
Robert Bressman December 31, 2012 at 12:58 PM
Have you ever gone by tent city to see the mess they have in the woods, it's not the best neighborhood, but is that what you would want in the empty lot across from your home? They should not be allowed to stay on land that isn't theirs, period.
WMS826 December 31, 2012 at 02:33 PM
Is living in the woods normal or even goo for anyone..what exactly do I need to know about this or "educate" myself about. This is the USA, not some refugee relief camp in the middle east. You should all be ashamed for allowing people to live like this or helping them to do it. This is a hazzard and a burden to our first responders and the community as well as the mentally ill living like this.
Irina December 31, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Evict them all. They pose a hazzard to their own safety and ours. "Rev" Steve should drive them over to the shelter in AC. Then be done with it. Notice the there tents are getting closer to the road, that's a show of... We're here weither you like it or not. Thumbing their nose at society.
Tina December 31, 2012 at 04:06 PM
FYI for the record, i am from Seaside, the hotels and motels are not ready to be moved into yet. From what I have heard the CO's for those won't happen til March.
Av December 31, 2012 at 04:09 PM
Bring them a keg for New Years oh yeah!!!!
Bud Boomer December 31, 2012 at 06:43 PM
What does Jose showing off his Squirrel Steak BBQ'n skills have to do with this story, BTW anyone check that guys immigration status
Mark Wendell December 31, 2012 at 07:11 PM
Toms River is building new animal shelter, people shelter? No. Using motels is winter only fix plus the neighbors would cry not in our town just like every time. Like their current neighbors are drug free, yeah right. Ocean County needs permanent solution for people, let the dogs and cats roam the woods. Also just like in these posts the hints of racesim are amazing dealing with this problem. Lakewood is far from the only town to have this TR has many but it is the "seen" one.
A Polymath December 31, 2012 at 07:58 PM
I did as you suggested and just viewed all 5 episodes. Here are my observations: Minister Steve is following the path of " give a man a fish" rather than " teach a man to fish" . If their basic necessities are being met, with little or no effort on their part, what incentive is there for these people to be motivated to take any steps to improve their situation? Why not set up a basic job training program if any of these people want to move up and on from their present condition? At this time of year, why not buy some snow shovels and use your vehicle to get the able bodied ones day work clearing driveways and sidewalks? There are a lot of elderly folks around here who would give honest wages for honest work. The minister is also a Luddite. " Life is too complicated today, we should live like the Native Americans did before the White man came here" ( I think that was in part 3). Really? I prefer to live in a secure home that I paid for from the fruits of my labor and have modern conveniences like potable water, heat, electricity, and modern medicine. I would not be happy in a teepee, dressed in buckskins. He bemoans the poor medical assistance these people receive. Any of these tent dwellers can be treated at the local Emergency Room regardless of ability to pay. He also made a racial remark " The Lakewood section 8 housing is only for white people". If he has evidence, why not call the ACLU ? Or have Patch investigate?
A Polymath December 31, 2012 at 07:59 PM
part 2 He seems anti-Semitic. If the majority of the community are of a certain persuasion and you don't find that satisfactory, MOVE! No one is forcing you to stay in Lakewood. If the grass is greener elsewhere, move on! He is a Socialist! "Everyone is entitled to a home" . Really? Tell that to the Pilgrims and the pioneers! They lived or died on their own, and any cries of "help me" were answered by mere echoes in the wind. The Constitution say you have the right to the " pursuit of happiness", not the guarantee of obtaining it. Sounds like he endorses the rights of the people in the old USSR than the USA... The young man who spoke from his bed should have at least had the common decency ( or manners) to sit up and be interviewed in a serious manner. His responses were often rambling and incoherent and suggest to me that he was under the influence of drugs and /or alcohol or has severe mental problems. Treatment is available, seems he chooses not to avail himself of it.
A Polymath December 31, 2012 at 08:00 PM
part 3 The black woman claimed to be a lifelong local resident, but she stated she entered a shelter in a southern state and immediately ran out the back door. She also implied she spent time in jail and was willing to sell drugs rather than take them. Why should I or anyone else support a person who is willing to sell drugs? She was perfectly happy to stay in the tents all day and not venture into town. How can she become productive and self-sufficient with that attitude? Sorry, but I have no sympathy for these people. They are in unfortunate circumstances, but it seems to me a lot of them brought this on themselves. I have friends who are Viet Nam vets, some became heroin addicts or alcoholics, and they managed to get their lives back on track and lead productive lives. These folks seem to want a hand out, not a hand up...
WMS826 December 31, 2012 at 08:03 PM
You have been brain washed by the libs. We have goverment programs already in place for people who need help. My tax money is not for ileagal immigrants.
jerseyswamps December 31, 2012 at 10:24 PM
Most of these people do not have to have to be there. There are programs. I have 32+ years as a social worker working in the streets. Most of that time was with this population in this area. I've had thousands of homeless cases. They have to apply for general assistance [GA]. If they have no income they will be eligible. They will receive $140/mo. if employable or $210/mo. if unemployable. They get food stamps and medicaid. I know that is not much money, BUT, if they are eligible for GA and homeless then they can get emergency assistance [EA]. This is placement in a rooming house or a motel at about $1,500/mo. The "catch"? They have to meet with a social worker to discover why they are homeless and come up with a service plan to deal with the issues that caused their homelessness. Most of the time their problem is either alcohol abuse, drug addiction or a mental health issue. There are programs that help with these issues. The program will pick them up in the a.m., feed them lunch and return them to their room in the p.m. They might have to do that 3,4 or 5 times a week. I always told them "this your job. We will pay for your housing."
jerseyswamps December 31, 2012 at 10:29 PM
They also have to obey the "house rules"of where they are placed. The manager should not have to call the cops or tell them to behave. This room is for them only. No friends staying over. No sub letting, etc. If they screw up their service plan or get thrown out of the motel we can terminate them from the program but we don't. They'll get another chance, maybe a third. But at some point we have to say they are not motivated to change and they are cut lose.
jerseyswamps December 31, 2012 at 10:38 PM
I've had many clients not even try. They'd rather pass on the help and not be bothered by workers trying to help them. People like Rev. Steve don't help. He makes it too easy for them to stay at his tent city. They have a place to sleep, hot shower, food, etc. And they don't have to listen to social workers telling them to go to programs, stop drinking, etc.
chris Christie January 01, 2013 at 04:12 AM
I agree with the person that stated that the mentally ill should not be ignored. If only the relatives of the shooter in Conn had gotten hime help instead of ignoring the problem. I don't think the people of tent city need more housing, they need to be placed in rehab, mental isntitutions or even jail. Living in the woods is not normal, and we are placing the rest of society in danger. We are also beingunfair to the resients of tent city, who depend on us to make the best decisions for their welfare since they are not capable themselves.
wookfish January 01, 2013 at 10:42 AM
Dude, don't pick on the beaners...i need someone to cut my grass..
Donna Griffin January 01, 2013 at 12:41 PM
xtina - Then perhaps opening up your own home to a family may be the most helpful route rather than plunking down a few products in the woods for folks who need a bit more than a toothbrush. Perhaps public assistance of any sort should have a work requirement. Work gives a person dignity and a skill set. Housing should be the reward for that activity. Since our economy has been in the toilet with no federal plan for improvement, perhaps using some of the able bodied "citizens" in the beach clean up efforts may be a start. I'm sure that some of those motel owners in SSH would welcome some muscle to get back to normal. Why is it that we set zero expectations of people receiving our tax dollars for what ought to be short-term assistance? We continue to throw bucket loads of money at problems with little return for our investments and in fact we create life-long dependency. It's a tragedy and our government seems to think that more money is what is needed. Correction....a work ethic is what is needed as well as a sense of urgency in that regard.
Mrgrumpass January 01, 2013 at 04:37 PM
The dirt bage at the ACLU would be on you like white on rice for trying to take away their deranged and substance addicted rights, but I agree with you fully! happy new year!
john January 01, 2013 at 05:33 PM
how about they get a job and stay off of welfare and foodstamps.to many free handouts in this country...to people who dont deserve it.
Mark January 02, 2013 at 02:20 AM
you cant educate yourself by looking at those videos .. you can educate yourself by going out there and talking to the people and becoming friends with some of them and see how they really feel about being out there
carol January 02, 2013 at 04:07 PM
there are bad people there but a hand full of people who arent bad i know of one such woman there that causes no harm to any one and stays buy her self but she is sickley with blod clots a nd will not take a welfare hand out so think again people dont pushinet all ths peoplke who there help them if 1 family would take one in that is a good perso there would be no need for tent city t y
XwhatX January 19, 2013 at 01:26 AM
Welfare does not offer all the help you think they do. Be realistic. You do not know any of these people, circumstances, or backgrounds. Circumstance dictates choices. Living in the "Brick area" especially after the storm, there are not many places hiring for jobs and normally its seasonal. Most of these people do not have phones to get calls back, and section 8 is very hard to get. The waiting lists are years long. Even the shelters are full these days. Welfare does not give you medical care unless you are 65, pregnant, disabled, or a child. Medication is expensive. The cheapest apartment around here is 800.a month, not including utilities or security deposits. Now give an uneducated man a min wage job and you do the math and see if he can survive on his own around here. Not everyone gets to go to college or has a family to lean on in order to do so. You need a vehicle to survive in some parts here, and without a skill or trade you need roomates, or two jobs. Your right, no one would choose to live like this, but being that I also volunteer for a place that helps people from getting to that point, there are not enough funds to help everyone. Women and children are on the list first. Depression is also a mental illness and you might want to research how many homes are plagued with it in the U.S and the simple things that cause it that are not genetic. According to you I should steralize my co worker over depression sinces she lost her home to a fire, and then to the storm.

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