On July 27, 2016, at approximately 5 p.m., a 53 year old Johnson Avenue man encountered, and was bitten several times, by an aggressive animal believed to be a dog or a coyote in a wooded area near his residence while walking his German Shepard.
The encounter was reported to the Manchester Township Police by the Emergency Department of Ocean Medical Center in Brick approximately four hours after the incident occurred, when the victim was at the facility receiving treatment. The investigation revealed that the victim received several bites, cuts and lacerations to both arms from what he described as “a large brown aggressive dog” which he came upon in the woods. The victim reported that he was surprised by the presence of the animal and was attacked without any provocation. He was treated and released by the Emergency Department staff that night after receiving numerous stitches on both arms.
There were no witnesses to the incident and although an extensive neighborhood canvas was conducted by members of the police department, no one reported seeing an animal matching the description in the area. A few residents, however, reported hearing what they believed to be coyote calls off in the distance in the past.
The incident is currently being investigated by Ptl. Kyle Rickvalsky along with the Manchester Township Animal Control Officer and representatives from the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife.
Because the investigation has not been able to definitively determine whether the victim was attacked by a dog or a coyote, the following public service announcement is being issued by the Manchester Township Police.
- Coyotes are now raising their pups and can be more territorial as they guard their mates, dens, pups and food sources. Here are some coyote safety tips to keep your family safe in the outdoors:
- Coyotes can be found in any open space, parks, neighborhoods and even commercial areas. As people and their pets spend more time outdoors, the possibility of a coyote encounter increases.
- Coyotes may try to escort you out of an area to protect their pups or food sources when you encounter them on a trail. Humans may perceive this behavior as stalking, which is usually not the case.
- They may also view your pet as prey.
- To let coyotes be wild while keeping yourself and pets safe, please follow these pointers:
- Never feed coyotes—it is illegal to feed coyotes in most places. Feeding endangers your family and neighbors as it lures coyotes into neighborhoods.
- Keep unattended cats and dogs indoors or in completely enclosed runs, especially at night, and do not assume that a fence will keep a coyote out of your back yard.
- Accompany your leashed pet outside. Make sure you turn on lights if it is dark to check your back yard for unexpected wildlife.
- Keep dogs on short leashes while walking outside; the Division of Wildlife recommends a leash no longer than 6 feet.
- Leave noisemakers on hand to scare away coyotes that may enter your yard, such as whistles and horns.
- Don’t run away or turn your back on a coyote.
- Do not allow a coyote to get in between you and your pet or child—keep children close to you.
- Yell, clap hands, blow a whistle and try to make yourself look larger if you have a close encounter with a coyote.
Note where and when you have an encounter with a coyote. Coyotes often follow routines. Avoid this area in the future if the encounter was negative.
We’re very proud of Sgt. Bryan Vidovich’s nephew, Aidan, for honoring Cpl. Scott Thompson during his summer hockey tournament in Manalapan.
Each player picks the number of a fallen police officer to wear on their jersey. Aidan chose 52 in remembrance of Cpl. Thompson, badge number 352. Aidan, we appreciate your support of Cpl. Thompson and all of the officers who made the ultimate sacrifice.
The Manchester Township Police Department has received several confirmed sightings of Timber rattlesnakes in the Roosevelt City section of Whiting over the past few days. Timber rattlesnakes are poisonous reptiles that are considered endangered in the state of NJ. Residents are cautioned not to disturb or approach them.
Robert T. Zappalorti, the executive director/president of Herpetological Associates, Inc., assisted Manchester Police and advised that it is currently mating season, when the male snakes seek out females. While these snakes are present throughout the state, they are prevalent in Fox Hollow, Roosevelt City, and Timber Green.
According to the State Department of Environmental Protection, the following should be done if you encounter a rattlesnake:
- Do NOT approach a rattlesnake! The timber rattlesnake is basically a passive animal, but can become defensive when threatened. Because rattlesnakes view humans as predators, your prolonged presence could encourage a defensive strike.
- NEVER attempt to handle a rattlesnake. This isextremely threatening to the rattlesnake, and encourages defensive strikes. In addition, the timber rattlesnake is protected under the NJ Endangered Species Act. Therefore, it is illegal to kill, handle or harass a timber rattlesnake in New Jersey.
- Move a safe distance away from the snake. Rattlesnakes can strike at a distance up to 1/2 their body length.
- IMMEDIATELY take note of the time and call the Endangered and Nongame Species Program:
Southern region: (609) 628-2103
Northern region: (908) 735-8975 or (908) 735-9281
Weeknights/ weekends: 1-877-WARN DEP.
For additional information, including steps to take if bitten by a rattlesnake (after immediately dialing 911), please see: http://www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/ensp/pdf/rattler_brochure.pdf
We’re proud that Ptl. Arthur Cronk represented the Manchester Township Police Department in Texas for the funerals of our fallen brothers of the Dallas Police Department.
A six-week investigation by members of the Manchester Township Police Department’s Narcotics Enforcement Team (N.E.T.) culminated in the search of a Summit Park home and the arrests of three individuals on drug and weapons charges on Wednesday.
During the early morning hours of July 13, 2016, members of the department’s Narcotics Enforcement Team and Detective Section, along with members of the Ocean County Regional SWAT Team, executed a Court authorized search warrant at a Neal Place residence in the Summit Park section of the Township. The six-week investigation began after the Narcotics Enforcement Team received complaints about possible drug distribution on that block. Police obtained a search warrant for the residence after a subsequent investigation.
During the search of the home, evidence of LSD and marijuana distribution, along with a quarter pound of marijuana and 165 doses of LSD were recovered. In addition, multiple prohibited weapons and more than $1,000.00 in cash, believed to be proceeds of drug sales, were seized. Furthermore, paraphernalia associated with the distributionof marijuana and LSD was also seized.
Arrested were the following:
• Shawn Moll, 27, of Neal Place, Manchester
• Kwasi Mayweather, 30, of River Avenue, Lakewood
• Victoria Espinal, 19, of Housen Street, Manchester
All three individuals were charged with possession of and possession with intent to distribute LSD, possession of and possession with intent to distribute over 50 grams of marijuana, possession of K2 (synthetic marijuana), possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of prohibited weapons. Additionally, Mayweather was processed on two outstanding arrest warrants; one out of the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department and one out of Millstone Municipal Court.
Moll’s bail was set at $165,000, with no 10 percent option, while bail for both Mayweather and Espinal was set at $100,000, also with no 10 percent option. All three subjects were unable to post bail and were subsequently transported to the Ocean County Jail.
The investigation was led by the Manchester Police Department’s N.E.T. Assisting with this investigation were the officers from both the Manchester Police Department Investigations and Patrol Bureaus. Additionally, the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit assisted at the scene.
Residents are reminded that drug related tips can be reported to the Manchester Police anonymously at 732-657-6111 or online via the Department’s website, www.manchesterpolicenj.com, by clicking the “Tip Line” link.
Police are requesting the public’s assistance in locating a vehicle that fled the scene of a serious hit and run crash that occurred on Monday, July 11, 2016.
At approximately 9:57 p.m., on Monday, July 11th, officers from the Manchester Township Police responded to Commonwealth Boulevard at the intersection of Pemberton Street in the Pine Lake Park section of town to investigate a hit and run crash involving a motorcycle and an unknown vehicle. Upon arrival, officers observed a black, 2005 Honda Shadow motorcycle on its side in the west bound lane of Commonwealth Boulevard. The rider of the motorcycle, later identified as 20 year old, Noel M. LLera 3rd, of Manchester, was lying on the road in the intersection. The rider was reported to have initially lost consciousness but was awake and complaining of difficulty breathing and chest pain when officers arrived. The rider was transported to Community Medical Center in Toms River, evaluated and then transferred to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune. His current condition is not known. The other vehicle involved in the crash left the scene prior to police arrival according to witnesses.
The initial investigation revealed that the LLera was traveling west on Commonwealth Boulevard approaching the intersection of Pemberton Street when he braked aggressively to avoid a collision. This caused his motorcycle to fall over and strike the roadway. After striking the roadway, the motorcycle then slid on its side and impacted the unknown vehicle in the intersection, possibly striking it on the driver’s side rear lower portion or on the undercarriage. The rider of the motorcycle was wearing a DOT approved helmet, gloves, and a padded riding jacket at the time of the crash.
Assisting at the scene were members of the Manchester Township Volunteer First Aid Squad, The Ridgeway Fire Department, and the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) Unit. The investigation into the crash is still ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact Patrolman Antonio Ellis of the Manchester Township Police Department’s Traffic Safety Unit, at 732-657-2009 ext. 4401.
A motor vehicle stop conducted by officers of the Manchester Township Police Department led to the arrest of three Trenton residents on drug and weapon charges.
On Monday evening, July 4, 2016, at approximately 8 pm, Ptl. Anthony Iliadis conducted a motor vehicle stop on a 2014, Honda Accord on Ridgeway Road near the intersection of Circle Drive for a motor vehicle violation. During the course of the stop, the back seat passenger, Jean Auguste, age 37, of Trenton, was found to have a warrant out of New York. Upon further investigation, Auguste was also found to be in possession of a quantity of cocaine and marijuana. He was subsequently taken into custody.
While investigating further, Ptl. Iliadis detected an odor of marijuana coming from the inside of the vehicle. As a result, he requested that Ptl. Marc Micciulla have his K-9 partner, Storm, conduct a sniff of the outside of the vehicle. During the sniff, Storm indicated as to the presence of narcotics inside the vehicle. Based on Storm’s indication, along with the presence of the odor of marijuana in the vehicle, and the fact that one of the vehicle’s occupants had already been arrested for possession of a controlled dangerous substance, officers searched the vehicle. During the search, a loaded .357 revolver, a quantity of narcotics as well as related drug paraphernalia was found inside of the vehicle.
The front seat passenger, Malkisua Rosado, age 21, of Trenton, was charged with possession of a firearm, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and hindering apprehension. His bail was set at $75,000. Auguste was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled dangerous substance and his bail was set at $25,000. Both Rosado and Auguste were lodged in Ocean County Jail in default of bail.
The driver, Zoraida Carmona, 21, of Trenton, was charged with hindering apprehension of another. She was released on a summons.
Assisting with the investigation were officers from the Manchester Township Police Narcotics Enforcement Team. The vehicle was impounded pending forfeiture proceedings.
On Friday, June 24, 2016, at approximately 1:11 AM, members of the Manchester Township Police Department responded to the intersection of Route 571 and Seminole Street for the report of a multiple vehicle crash. Upon arrival, officers learned that it was a two vehicle crash involving a 2011 Nissan Altima and a 2001 Mazda Tribute. The Nissan was being operated by Joseph M. Diperi, 23, of Manalapan and the Mazda was being operated by Jevon I. Cotte, 24, of South Toms River.
The investigation revealed that the Nissan was making a left turn from Seminole Street on to Route 571 when it collided with the Mazda, which was traveling eastbound on Route 571. The impact caused the Mazda to overturn. The operator, Cotte, who was not wearing his seatbelt at the time, was ejected through the sunroof. Cotte sustained injuries and was transported via ambulance to Jersey Shore University Medical Center by MONOC Paramedics for treatment. The operator of the Nissan, Diperi, was wearing his seatbelt and was uninjured in the crash, however he was evaluated by Manchester First Aid as a precautionary measure. Diperi refused further medical treatment. Cotte is listed in stable condition at this time.
Assisting at the scene were Ridgeway Fire Department, Manchester First Aid, MONOC Paramedics, the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit and the Ocean County Prosecutors Office. The crash is currently under investigation by Ptl. Anderson of the Manchester Township Police Traffic Safety Unit.
The Manchester Township Police Department would like to remind all operators of motor vehicles to drive safely and to always wear their seatbelts.
Manchester PBA 246 was honored to make a $1,000 donation to New Jersey State Police Trooper Brian Malast, who was paralyzed from the neck down in a 2005 on-duty motor vehicle accident.
A Manchester resident, Brian is in need of a new specially-equipped van, which his family uses to transport him everywhere he needs to travel. The aging van is no longer serviceable and for safety reasons must be replaced. A GoFundMe page has been established to help raise funds for so Brian and his family can purchase a new van.
“Our PBA 246 members were happy to pay Brian a visit today to check in with him and personally present our donation,” said President Paul Bachovchin. “Brian’s our brother and our neighbor, and we’ll always be here to help with whatever he needs.”
Manchester Township Personnel Director James Gant is also involved in the fundraising effort for his friend Brian, having grown up just blocks from the Malast family. Brian’s brother, Kevin, is scheduled to appear on NJ 101.5 radio on Wednesday night to discuss the fundraiser.
For more information about how you can help Brian by making a contribution, please visit www.gofundme.com/tpr_malast
The driver of a dump truck that struck a utility pole Wednesday morning, causing live electrical wires to fall on his vehicle, escaped without injury after a nearby Manchester Township Police officer provided emergency instruction through his vehicle’s public address system.
At about 8:45 a.m., Ptl. Rich Chevrier was driving northbound on Route 539 and was about 500 feet from a Lakehurst Public Works dump truck, which was traveling southbound, when he noticed sparks as it left the roadway and struck a utility pole. Ptl. Chevrier immediately stopped his patrol vehicle and used his public address system to instruct the driver of the dump truck to remain inside of his vehicle, as contact with fallen live wires could be fatal. The driver complied and waited for a nearby JCP&L crew to arrive and cut power before safely exiting the vehicle.
The driver of the dump truck, Jason Emme, 25, of Bayville, was not injured in the crash. Mr. Emme advised investigating officers that a red SUV had made an unsafe left turn from Cherry Street on to Route 539 southbound causing him to brake and swerve to avoid a collision. These evasive actions caused him to leave the roadway and strike the utility pole. The driver of the SUV, which is believed to be a red Jeep Cherokee or Liberty, did not stop following the crash. Police ask that anyone who may have information regarding this vehicle to please call 732-657-6111. A photo of the vehicle is attached.
“The quick thinking of Ptl. Chevrier to use his vehicle’s PA system to warn Mr. Emme to stay inside of his truck was lifesaving,” said Sgt. Charles Brooks. “Residents are reminded to always avoid downed wires, as they could be electrified and extremely dangerous. Alert authorities and never attempt to touch, move, or drive over any wires.”
Electrical service to some residents in the Whiting section of Manchester Township was disrupted because of the crash. The section of Route 539 remains closed as repairs are made to the utility pole by JCP&L. Also assisting at the scene were members of the Whiting Volunteer Fire Company and Quality Medical Transport.