#parent | #kids | Ocean Township man and woman face gun, drug and child endangerment charges

OCEAN TOWNSHIP – A township man and woman have been charged with endangering the welfare of a child, weapons and narcotics offenses after police said they found unsecured guns and drug paraphernalia in their house, according to a statement Monday.

Police went to the pair’s house on Asbury Avenue on Aug. 13 where they met with members of the Department of Child Protection & Permanency to perform a welfare check on the children who were residing at this residence, police said in a statement.

“As officers performed a check of the residence, they observed several illegal items in plain view that were not properly secured and posed a danger to the children,” the statement read.

Police then got a search warrant and searched the house, which yielded several guns, ammunition, narcotics and drug paraphernalia, according to the release.

James Gomalka, 37, of Ocean Township, was arrested and charged with possession of a handgun, possession of a shotgun, child endangerment, criminal restraint, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of hollow-point ammunition and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to the statement.

Another resident of the home, Krista Richter, 35, also of Ocean Township, was later arrested and charged with possession of a handgun, possession of a shotgun, child endangerment, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of hollow-point ammunition and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to the statement.

Both Gomolka and Richter were taken to the Monmouth County Correctional Institute pending a detention hearing.

Keith Schubert is the morning breaking news reporter. He can be contacted via text, call or signal at (732) 239-8731 or emailed at kschubert@gannett.com. Follow him on Twitter at @keithsch94.


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