Clipped From Asbury Park Press
In Ocean County Investigation TOMS RIVER Mrs. Nellie Grippen. a member of the Ocean County Board of Elections and Democratic state committeewoman, yesterday was indicted by a special grand jury on charges of voU ing illegally in Lakewood in the general elections of 1954 and 1955. Deputy Attorney General Stanley Rutkowski. who is heading ch. sssa-th. sssa-th. sssa-th. torn and not Lakewood when the February meeting th she tt ... discussed her voting status it i ballots were cast Mrs. Grippen i i tact cummer he) when Informed """" '"V":1: '""-Zl '""-Zl '""-Zl Xurpaess.aid- Xurpaess.aid- "" eligibility "cleared up, once and 'Conscience Clear' ' RPrord Shifted "My conscience is clear. I am she j.aicj ner registration rer-Sen. rer-Sen. innocent." iords nad i,een shifted to Ship The tu,e5t',n,0' Mr5' Grippen s Bottom at one tlme because th. young ellglbllUv wa, ralsed at livelihood was there. She meeting of the county election ' CL lnpnt ..Veral niehts a board on Feb. 18. Mrs. Grippen wfelt Lakewood. t that time voted with the three n cnnvicted. Mrs. Grippen faci other members to refer her voting l, maximum penaltv of a $500 fine, record to the county prosecutor s three-year three-year three-year Jail term, or both, office for investigation. Subse-';? Subse-';? Subse-';? "'h Vount il wu Yesterday's indictment wa, the hands o the ,Uorney gen- gen- nn,v on. .ndpd UD t0 County Judee John J. Ewart. It was the Mrs. Grippen said she has lived first indictment returned since the in Lakewood for many years. Sev-voting Sev-voting Sev-voting trials got under way Feb. !erais office. eral years ago. she said, she and 27, her husband, Joseph, purchased a food market in Ship Bottom where she lived part of the time, C U In Chin DntlAm in tha OlIC VlICU 111 .Till), uuiium ,i int primary election last year after changing from Lakewood. But later last year, she changed back! to Lakewood's eighth district. . To Plead Innocent Mrs. Grippen said she plans to enter a pie, rent tn the two rnunt Kutkowski saia no aate nas oeen TOMS a - hnr sr-ritonmonr sr-ritonmonr sr-ritonmonr Mr. Rutkoswki disclosed, mean Toms River Ballot Trial hffi In Third Day its. Mr.i J RIVER The third Ocean County trial on vote fraud iharcp mnv-pd mnv-pd mnv-pd Into its third dav While, that the sDecial Brand iurv .u:. u-ith u-ith u-ith th , i i ,ulla . 1 ' R .... nas umn unm siaj state s w tness ScneQUieQ to tase The panel had been meeting al-.,. al-.,. al-.,. stand m0st wee klv and to date has in-l in-l in-l ' ,' ,,., . e ml :.. On trial are Villiam A. Snyd- Snyd- luo Perso"5 0?"58d' rls'er. Jr.. and his mother. Estella, I VJ, ,UUIIn ,NOI (IJ. who h.. wn .n,iittrt .nrt .nmhur . . , , itown ,1.7 ',.m v.i;..... A panel of 14 jurors - includ maintain homes In Haver-Pa Haver-Pa Haver-Pa , and in Ocean Gate. Mrs. Grippen said she believes ing two alternates was com- com- . .... ... ,n . ;i... . ynat sne is ine leasi euiiiv oi ' i j . . j i .u . i- i- iPieiea vesieiud anvone vet nameo in tne voting m-r m-r m-r n u :...r. T..nr;.. j:.' .. t-u t-u t-u .a -u -u uuc ir,.,,,.. 'uc "lu , c Only one witness testified. She the Jra"d ac,lon hbecause kit Amelia V, Oliver. Chester, clerk of "SistTa" vestigated. She said she has notjon bureau , Delatt.are County. plans I "I resigning ner sidle vuiii-ip. vuiii-ip. vuiii-ip. i mttiuanmin nr plpptinn hnard 'T ' I there DOSIS, Cites Residence Mrs. Grippen said she believes she Is the "least guilty" of anyone anyone yet named in the voting in- in- dictments because she is a resident resident of Ocean County. All others lived elsewhere in New Jersey, New York, or Pennsylvania. Mrs. Grippen also was a member member of the Democratic County-County County-County County-County Committee from Ship Bottom, Bottom, but resigned several weeks ago. She was elected to that post in the 1955 primary election. She said she would not seek reelection this year. Action to refer Mrs. Grippen's qualifications . to the prosecutor was taken after the election board secretary, Henry G. Ottervanger, a Republican, said, w e ought to clean our house a little while we are going out for others." He re ferred to a pending canvass of the Ocean County vote registrations to weed out unqualified voters. Lists Addresses Mrs. Grippen said she maintains maintains homes at 239 West Eighteenth Eighteenth Street, Ship Bottom and at 349 Laurel Avenue, Lakewood. She said Mr. Snyder voted in the 1952 general elec tion. Since that time, she said, Mr. Snyder's voting privileges have lapsed in Pennsylvania. Mrs. Snvder Is charged with eight counts of illegal voting on three occasions. In his opening remarks. Deputy Attorney General James G. Aik en said the state will prove the Snyders are legal residents of Havertown, and thus they voted improperly In Ocean County. Cites voting Kecora Defense Attorney Percy Camp said Mrs. Snyder's voting record record In Ocean Gate dates to Sept. 8, 1945. He said she and her son had every right to reeister and vote in that boro, which he said is their legal residence. The state used 19 of its tO challenges in selecting the Jury. The defense used 14. Several of those selected Monday Monday were excused yesterday. Jurors Listed Others selected but not previously previously listed are: Blanche Morton, Brick Township, Township, housewife: Edna Webb, Tuckerton, housewife: Clarence Schaefer, Toms River, builder; The Lakewood address is in the Edward Decker, Toms River, name oi airs, unppen s cnnaren. ,trucK driver: rmup rvoveuo, govern-1 She said she and her husband ; Point Pleasant, carpenter; Har-reported Har-reported had lived in Lakewood before vey Kilpatrick, Lakehurst, loco-Illinois, loco-Illinois, (operating the Ship Bottom food motive engineer; Lester Hitch- Hitch- market. She said she changed ner. Little Egg Harbor Town- Town- be- be- ship, bulldozer operator; Robert the J. McArdle, Brick Township, yes-jback to Lakewood last year cause a question arose over eliizibllitv of her children to at- at- store manager; Mrs. Thelma, tend high school in Lakewood. (Reese, Lakewood, housewife; and She said she was afraid her son (Mrs. Anne D. Garrison, West would be made ineligible to par-'Creek, par-'Creek, par-'Creek, housewife.