Drugs with a street value totaling more than $30,000 were seized Wednesday following a three-week investigation by the Manchester Township Police Investigations Bureau that also resulted in numerous drug, weapons and other charges for a Toms River teenager.
The investigation resulted in three court-authorized search warrants — one for a Squire Village, Toms River, residence and two for vehicles. During the afternoon of August 20, 2014, Manchester Township Police Officers stopped the Toms River teenager while driving along Route 571 within the township. Subsequent to that stop, the three search warrants were executed by members of the Investigations Bureau.
The following proceeds were seized by Police during the search warrant executions:
More than $23,000 in U.S. currency; a sedan; a motorcycle; nearly 5 pounds of marijuana; Oxycodone, steroids, LSD and various prescription medications; pellet guns, stun gun, flare gun, crossbow, brass knuckles; scales, vacuum sealers, and packaging materials consistent with a high level of drug distribution; drug paraphernalia including bongs, pipes, paper, and syringes; and additional miscellaneous items.
The Toms River teenager faces numerous drug, weapons, and other charges including: Possession of Marijuana with the Intent to Distribute; Possession with Intent to Distribute within 1,000 feet of a School Zone; Possession of Over 50 Grams of Marijuana; Possession of a Stun Gun while Distributing Marijuana; Possession of Firearms while Distributing a Controlled Dangerous Substance; and Possession of Oxycodone, LSD and steroids.
The juvenile was transferred to the Ocean County Juvenile Detention Center. The investigation is ongoing.
All are invited to join Manchester Township Police PBA 246 as they compete in the “Let’s Live a Little Longer” charity soccer match to raise funds for brain cancer research.
All money raised during the Sunday, Sept. 28 match at the Lakewood Blue Claws complex will support Kimball Medical Center and Community Medical Center in their fight against brain cancer. Manchester’s PBA 246 will face off against Buy Rite of Toms River, Marquee Plaza, at the charity match.
The event runs from 12 to 6 p.m., with doors opening at 11:30 a.m. In addition to the soccer match, there will be food, music, face painting, raffles and a Wine and Beer Tasting presented by Buy Rite’s vendors. Raffle prizes include large flat screen LCD TVs, USA Soccer jerseys, and mountain bikes.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under age 12. Children under age 5 are admitted for free.
For tickets and more information, please contact Amit Patel at Buy Rite Liquors, 908-217-7518, or Manchester Township Police Patrolman Douglas Higgins at 732-657-2009 ext. 4400.
The Manchester Township Police PBA 246 soccer team recently donated their time for a benefit match versus Lakehurst/Manchester Soccer Association alumni in an effort to raise funds for night lighting at the organization’s field.
A Whiting Volunteer First Aid ambulance was struck while exiting the First Aid Squad building on County Route 530 near Lake Road at approximately 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 9.
The ambulance was occupied by three volunteer squad members that were en route to an emergency call with its lights and siren activated when it was struck by a large box truck that was traveling east on County Route 530.
Mr. Stover and Mr. Valdora, a front seat passenger, were transported to Community Medical Center in Toms River by Quality Medical Transport for complaints of pain. The rear seat crew member, Mr. Platt, complained of right arm pain but refused medical attention.
The box truck is registered to Optimum Moving LLC out of Elmwood Park, NJ. It was being operated by David Pinuel, 20, from Fairlawn, NJ.
There were two other occupants in the box truck at the time of the crash. Neither the driver or the occupants of the box truck reported any injuries at the scene.
This crash is under investigation by Patrolman Antonio Ellis of the Manchester Township Police Traffic Safety Section.
On Saturday, August 9, 2014, at approximately 9:13 a.m., a pedestrian was struck while crossing the street at the intersection of South Columbus and County Route 530 in the Whiting section of Manchester Township.
Seventy-one year old Pauline Zuccaro, who resides in Whiting, was walking west on County Route 530 on the sidewalk of the westbound side of County Route 530 when she crossed the intersection at South Columbus Street and was struck by a vehicle turning left onto South Columbus from County Route 530.
The driver of the vehicle, Carole Tunstall, 66, also of Whiting, was operating a 2002 Chrysler Concord at the time of the crash. The pedestrian struck the passenger side fender and door of the vehicle and was knocked to the ground.
The pedestrian did not suffer any life threatening injuries and was alert and conscious at the scene. She was transported by the Whiting Volunteer First Aid Squad to Community Medical Center in Toms River for treatment of her injuries, which consisted of a complaint of left leg, back, shoulder, and chest pain.
This Crash is under investigation by Patrolman Antonio Ellis of the Manchester Township Police Traffic Safety Section.
In recent days, the Manchester Township Police has received several reports from township residents claiming that they received a call from a person identifying themselves as an Officer of the Federal Investigation Department. This caller demands that the resident call back or face legal charges. This type of scam has existed for years and is becoming more prevalent in our area, especially with the advancement in technology.
The Manchester Township Police wants to remind the public that law enforcement will never make a phone call to demand payment to clear up an outstanding warrant or to pay a fine. A fine can only be paid through the courts, and a warrant can only be cleared by the defendant paying the fine through the court of jurisdiction or by the individual serving time in jail. Fines also can be handled by a lawyer.
Anyone who receives a telephone call from an individual purporting to be a member of the Federal Investigation Department or another law enforcement official seeking money should refuse the demand, write down the caller’s telephone number, and report the matter to the Manchester Township Police at 732-657-6111.
Residents can stay up to date with Manchester Township Police news and alerts by following us at Facebook.com/ManchesterPolice, and by signing up for Nixle emergency notifications through the department website, www.manchesterpolicenj.com.
As another school year quickly approaches, parents are invited to learn about school safety in Manchester during the third in a six-part public safety series scheduled for Monday, August 11.
From 6 to 8 p.m. at the 21 Colonial Drive Ocean County Library branch location, Chief of Police Brian Klimakowski, Superintendent of Schools David Trethaway and School Resource Officer Chris Cerullo will talk about what steps law enforcement and school officials in Manchester are taking to protect students and faculty.
“With another school year just a month away, it’s important for parents to know what’s being done in our township schools to ensure students can learn in a safe environment,” said Chief Klimakowski.
In an effort to prevent violent incidents at schools within Manchester, education and police officials recently conducted security and safety assessments at each township school. Additionally, the Manchester Township Police hosted an ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) active school shooter training course in July.
Chief Klimakowski is a proponent of the ALICE method, as it increases survival rates during an active shooter situation by empowering students and staff to be proactive, rather than hunkering in place during a dangerous situation while awaiting the arrival of police. This topic, as well as what’s being done to combat bullying in Manchester, will be discussed at the safety session.
Upcoming sessions in the series will cover crime prevention, Internet safety, and driver and traffic safety. Each session will include a question and answer period.
A Public Safety representative will be on hand at each session to help residents enroll in the NIXLE emergency notification system. This system is used by officials in Manchester and throughout the state to instantly update residents about emergency situations through text message and email alerts. Online NIXLE registration is available through www.Manchesterpolicenj.com.
The other “Staying Safe in Manchester Township” library sessions are:
Monday, September 8
• This session will teach residents how they can avoid falling victim to scammers.
Monday, October 6
• Information about preventing Cybercrime and a parents’ guide to Social Networking will be among the topics of discussion at this session.
Monday, November 17
Driver and Traffic Safety
• Officers will speak about staying safe on the roads and the initiatives aimed at preventing dangerous crashes.
Each “Staying Safe in Manchester Township” session is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m., one Monday per month, and is open to all ages. Registration for each session is requested and can be completed by calling 732-657-7600 or visiting www.theoceancountylibrary.org. Those who attend all sessions will receive a certificate of completion.
Officers from the Manchester Township Police were out in force to support their community this weekend during a charity soccer match benefiting the Lakehurst/Manchester Soccer Association.
The match, held on Friday, Aug. 1 at Manchester Township High School, raised money for the installation of game lights at the LMSA complex.
Playing for the Manchester Township Police were Chief Brian Klimakowski, Lt. Robert Dolan, Detective Sgt. James Sharkey, Sgt. Michael Leming, Sgt. Richard Mazza, Detective Chris Hemhauser, Ptl. John Decker, Ptl. Keith Craig, Ptl. Jason Wiener, Special Officer Nicholas Greenwood and Dispatcher Kaitlin Black. The team was organized and coached by Ptl. Doug Higgins and Capt. Lisa Parker.
In the end, the Officers edged out a 4-3 victory over the LMSA team, which was made up of the organization’s alumni.
“Even though it rained Friday night during the match, it was still a fun event for all and we plan to continue supporting the LMSA,” Ptl. Higgins said.
Suffering from an aggressive form of muscular dystrophy, Aaron’s dream of becoming a Police Officer was cut short. Nevertheless, Wanaque Police Capt. Kenneth Fackina regularly worked with the teen to teach him about law enforcement. His hard work paid off — Aaron recently earned an honorary spot on the force.
When Capt. Fackina contacted law enforcement agencies throughout New Jersey to tell them about Aaron’s accomplishment, Manchester responded by sending a small contingent of Officers to visit.
“We showed him what the law enforcement family is all about,” said Patrolman Rickvalsky. “It was good to see him smiling.”
“It was a great opportunity for our Officers to bring a little bit of happiness to Aaron,” said Capt. Lisa Parker. “The Officers came back from visiting Aaron utterly amazed by his determination and optimism.”
Law enforcement professionals from throughout New Jersey visited Manchester last week for an important active school shooter training course that could help to save lives in an emergency situation.
ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) training, which focuses on giving students and staff more options than the traditional lockdown — a technique that historically has proven to be ineffective as it creates stationary targets for shooters — was presented during the two-day course held at Manchester Township Police headquarters and Manchester Township High School.
Among those at the training were Chief of Police Brian Klimakowski and Detective Sergeant James Sharkey of the Manchester Township Police. In addition to a detailed ALICE lesson on July 22, trainees also participated in practical exercises at the high school on July 23.
Chief Klimakowski is a proponent of the ALICE method, as it increases survival rates during an active shooter situation by empowering students and staff to be proactive, rather than hunkering in place during a dangerous situation while awaiting the arrival of police.
“A substantial amount of research shows that if students and staff can evacuate from their building, that’s the course of action they should take during an active shooter situation,” said Chief Klimakowski. “We want to provide students and faculty with options to ensure that, if an incident ever does happen, we can minimize the loss of lives.”
The ALICE guidelines are similar to the Run, Hide, Fight recommendation used by federal law enforcement including the FBI and Department of Homeland Security. Though not a statewide standard in New Jersey, Chief Klimakowski, a subject matter expert in the area of school safety who also regularly teaches about the subject, believes the ALICE guidelines should be adopted.
Chief Klimakowski works closely with Manchester School District administrators to bring the recommended best practices to all township schools. Additionally, in an effort to prevent violent incidents at schools within Manchester, education and police administrators recently conducted security and safety assessments at each township school.
Residents are invited to learn more about school safety in Manchester during a Public Safety Series presentation beginning 6 p.m. on Aug. 11 at the township’s Ocean County Library branch, 21 Colonial Drive. More information is available at www.theoceancountylibrary.org. Chief Klimakowski actively shares critical information on the subject through his Twitter account, ManchesterPDNJ.
Five Pine Lake Park residents reported criminal mischief incidents where damage was done to their vehicles from June 28, 2014, to date. All vehicles were parked at their residences when the criminal mischief occurred.
Residents with home security cameras in the areas of these incidents are being asked to check for suspicious activity in the late evening to early morning hours on the following dates:
- June 28th, Vehicle tires slashed – 1200 block of Commonwealth Blvd.
- June 28th, Rock thrown through a vehicle window – 1400 block of Fourth Ave.
- July 1st, Rock thrown through a vehicle window – 1800 block of third Ave.
- July 3rd, Brick thrown through a vehicle window – 200 block of Cumberland Ave.
- July 5th, Rock through a vehicle window – 600 block of Montgomery Ave.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Manchester Township Police at 732-657-6111 or utilize the anonymous online tip line which can be found by clicking here.