Police Report: Toms River School Board Member Accuses Fellow Board Member of Sending Threatening Text, Driving Past House

TOMS RIVER – A dispute between two elected officials who are members of the Toms River Board of Education has culminated in the filing of a police report in which Beachwood school board representative Daniel Leonard has been named a “person of interest,” public records revealed.

Dan Leonard

Robert Onofrietti

There’s drama on the Toms River school board. Daniel Leonard, the recently elected representative of Beachwood on the Toms River Board of Education, has been named in a police report after Robert Onofrietti called Toms River police on the evening of July 15th after Leonard allegedly parked his car near Onofrietti’s house and sent a text message that Onofrietti reported to police as a threat.

Leonard, for his part, has made his political disagreements with Onofrietti no secret, and Onofrietti is often a target of the Beachwood school board representative on his “Team Leonard” Facebook page.

A post by Leonard criticizing Onofrietti

According to a report authored by the Toms River Police Department’s Officer William Pestalozzi, Onofrietti said that at around 5:30 PM that day he saw a vehicle park in front of his home. Later that day, the school board member’s wife went for a walk with the family dog.

Leonard, seen driving a vehicle, photo from Facebook

While Mrs. Onofrietti was out walking the dog, and the same vehicle that was sitting in front of their house drove away “at a high rate of speed,” according to the police report. While the vehicle drove away, Mr. Onofrietti saw the driver and passenger of the vehicle, and received a text message from fellow school board member Daniel Leonard once the vehicle, which was identified as a 2016 Toyota Tundra, drove away.

A portion of the police report narrative obtained by OCP.

The text. Photo from Toms River police report.

Gavin Rozzi

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8 Responses

  1. laceylady says:

    Wow, creepy! What would possess someone to drive to a fellow board member’s home just to park in front of their house? Sounds like the text he sent about their dog was to let him know he was watching them. I would be very worried if this guy is in possession of a fire arm, he sounds disturbed, yikes! This was clearly done to harass and intimidate – how bizarre!

  2. Christy Barber says:

    Sorry total bullshit. Ono is turning his own story into a work of fiction against someone else. Gavin, politics aside, look at the REAL police report, about the REAL harassing call, that REALLY originated from the Ono household (oh sorry the woman who did it was her dad’s friend – um okay), then she sat outside of that same woman’s house. Oh and that same woman who was harassed, had her car keyed twice – coincidentally so did I – and there is only one common denominator. You’re on the wrong “side” here – be on the side of the people, the clean slate sucks.

  3. Daniel Leonard says:

    Perfect example of believing everything you read on the internet …… Onofrietti’s account is mostly untrue and an effort to slander me as he is fully aware that I intend to expose him at every level! Re-electing him in November would be detrimental to the district! To get the facts about this incident please meet with me following the Board of Ed meeting tonight or check out ……



    Daniel P. Leonard

  4. Cuddy says:

    Let me take a guess at this, I could be wrong, this board of education member Leonard, received campaign contributions and or campaign assistance from the the Toms River Republicans?

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