At 3 a.m. on Sept. 20, 2014, the Seaside Heights Police Department contacted the Manchester Township Police requesting a check of a residence in the Pine Lake Park section of Manchester for a reported stolen vehicle. The vehicle was described as a 1998 red Honda Civic with a New Jersey registration. Patrolman Micheal Guarino responded to the address but the vehicle was not there.
At 3:31 a.m., Patrolman Guarino observed the vehicle headed westbound on State Highway 37 while on routine patrol. He conducted a motor vehicle stop in the area of Farm Street in Manchester. The operator, 30-year-old Rita Solheim of Anchorage Blvd. in Bayville was arrested and charged with Receiving Stolen Property.
She was processed at Manchester Township Police headquarters and released to Seaside Heights Police Department, where additional charges were issued.
On Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, at approximately 2:17 p.m., a Ridgeway Volunteer Fire Company engine was traveling eastbound on Ridgeway Road when it attempted to make a left turn into the fire company headquarters and collided with a 2010 Hyundai Accent traveling westbound on the roadway.
The driver of the Hyundai Accent, 18-year-old Nicole J. Clyde of New Egypt, was properly restrained and transported to Centra State Medical Center with head and wrist injuries. The driver of the fire engine, Ralph A. Capasso, was also properly restrained and did not suffer any injuries as a result of the collision.
Assisting at the scene were the Ridgeway Volunteer Fire Company and Quality Medical Transport. The crash remains under investigation by Patrolman Ian Bole from the Manchester Township Police Traffic Safety Bureau.
On Sept. 19, 2014 at 12:33 a.m., Patrolmen Matthew Walaszek, Michael Guarino and Michael O’Hara responded to the 1700 block of Beacon Street in the Pine Lake Park section of Manchester for a reported vehicle into a pole. Police were told the driver was attempting to flee the area in his disabled pickup truck.
Upon their arrival, the Officers observed a 1998 Dodge Ram pickup truck with its back tire stuck on the severed telephone pole. Wires were downed and the electrical transformer had fallen to the ground as a result of the crash.
The driver was the only person inside the vehicle and he was removed by Patrolman Walaszek. It was determined that the driver was uninjured in the crash but was operating the vehicle under the influence of alcohol.
The operator was identified as 34-year-old Nicholas Eosso II from South Westfield Road in Howell Township. He was arrested and charged with motor vehicle summons to include DWI and subsequently transported to Manchester Township Police headquarters.
Manchester Fire Department and Manchester First Aid Squad responded to the scene to assist along with JCP&L and their oil spill response company.
Beacon Street was closed between Commonwealth Boulevard and County Road 571 while repairs to the telephone pole were made. Power outages were reported in the area as a result of the crash.
On Sept. 15, 2014, at 9:02 p.m., Manchester Police responded to Fernwood Hall, Crestwood Village 7, for a reported robbery. Patrolman Brian Collins was the first to arrive and was met by the victim, a 39-year-old Whiting resident, in the hall’s parking lot.
The victim was found crouched down and had blood pooling on his shirt. He advised Patrolman Collins that he was playing cards with friends and then decided to walk to the Krauszer’s located in Whiting Town Center at 108 Lacey Road. While walking on Station Road and just before Diamond Road, the victim was approached by what he described as a white male, 5 feet 9 inches tall, 185 to 195 pounds, stocky build, wearing jeans and a dark colored tee shirt. The man had a crew cut style haircut, goatee, raspy voice, and was said to be extremely intoxicated.
The suspect walked up to the victim and ordered him to empty his pockets. When the victim told him he did not have any money, he heard what was believed to be a switch blade knife open and he was stabbed in his lower left abdomen.
After the incident, the victim began walking towards Fernwood Hall where he called 911. Responding to the scene were the K9 and Criminalistics Investigation units of the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department, as well as Manchester Township Police Detective Danny Barker.
The victim was transported and admitted to Community Medical Center, where Detective Barker later responded for further investigation. Manchester Patrolman Michael Lynch, Certified Composite Artist, met with the victim today and after an interviewed generated a composite sketch of the suspect based on the description given.
As of this time the investigation is ongoing and police are looking for your assistance with identifying the suspect in the sketch by calling Manchester Police at 732-657-6111 or contacting the Manchester Tip Line by clicking here. All information can be given anonymously.
At approximately 4:40 p.m. on Sept. 14, Doug Williams, 50, of the Pine Lake Park section of Manchester, was riding his bicycle on Commonwealth Boulevard when he was struck by a 2003 GMC Sonoma pickup truck.
Mr. Williams, who was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, sustained a head injury and was transported to Jersey Shore Medical Center by the Manchester First Aid squad, with assistance from MON-OC Paramedics. Mr. Zapata did not sustain any injuries as a result of the crash.
The crash is under investigation by Patrolman Paul Bachovchin of the Traffic Safety Section.
On Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014 at approximately 7:26 p.m., a black 2006 Volkswagen Jetta traveling west on Larchmont Street and attempting to turn right onto Commonwealth Boulevard collided with a bicyclist who was riding south in the northbound shoulder of Commonwealth Boulevard, in the Pine Lake Park section of the Township.
The bicyclist, an 11-year-old male, was ejected and thrown off of his bicycle, landing on his back. The 11-year-old rider was not wearing a helmet or any safety equipment at the time of the accident. He was transported to Community Medical Center by the Manchester Volunteer First Aid Squad for complaint of back pain. He was later treated and released.
The crash remains under investigation by Patrolman Ian Bole of the Manchester Township Police Traffic Safety Section.
The Manchester Township Police would like to remind all parents that New Jersey State Law requires all children under the age of 17 to wear an approved helmet when riding a bicycle for their safety.
Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato and Manchester Township Police Chief Brian Klimakowski on Sept. 12, 2014, announced the arrest of Timothy Montgomery, 33, of Manchester with Endangering the Welfare of a Child (second degree) and Aggravated Assault (third degree).
The arrest came on Thursday, September 11, 2014, as a result of an investigation initiated on June 8, 2014, by Manchester Police Detective Chris Hemhauser and Ocean County Prosecutor Special Victims Unit Detective Melissa Matthews.
On June 8, 2014, Detectives responded to Community Medical Center regarding an 18 month old female who was having seizure episodes. Upon their arrival the detectives spoke with the victim’s mother, who advised her daughter had thrown up on at least two occasions, but she did not realize anything was wrong until the victim was observed lying in her play pen lethargic with shallow breathing. The mother indicated to investigators that the only time her daughter was outside her care was a short time when she when to a Wawa and left her daughter with a person known to her.
An examination by hospital personnel found that the victim suffered injuries indicative of possible physical abuse. Ultimately, the victim underwent brain surgery in the last month to control the swelling of the brain. A medical report authored at Dorothy B. Hersch, Child Protection Center states that the victim’s injury was sustained from inflicted impact and based on her symptoms had to have occurred on Friday evening, June 6.
The subsequent investigation by Detectives Hemhauser and Matthews, which included review of surveillance footage of the victim’s daycare, surveillance footage of the mother’s time spent in Wawa, the fact that the victim was secured in her room with a child gate, and a 911 call placed by the suspect, it was determined by the Detectives, with legal advice by Sr. AP Terry Linardakis, that the defendant be charged.
Bail was set by the Honorable Wendel E. Daniels, J.S.C. at $100,000 with no 10 percent option. A no victim contact order was also implemented by the Judge. Subsequently, the defendant was remanded to the OCJ in lieu of bail. The Division of Child Protection and Permanency remains involved and were advised as to the defendant’s arrest.
The media and public are reminded that criminal charges are merely accusations and that the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
On Sept. 10, 2014, at 3:06 p.m., Manchester Township Police responded the 2300 block of Oak Knoll Drive for a reported structure fire. At the time of the fire, the residence was occupied by two juveniles who exited the home and called police.
The fire was said to have triggered the smoke detectors which alerted the occupants to exit the residence. Responding fire companies were able to contain the fire to one upstairs bedroom.
The electric company was able to assist the rescue workers by cutting the power to the entire residence. Officer Anthony Illiadis, Detective Christopher Hemhauser, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Arson Investigator Thomas Haskell, and Ocean County Fire Marshal Edward Hazelton later determined one of the juveniles accidentally set the fire while playing with a lighter.
There were no reported injuries during this incident. Manchester Office of Emergency Management Coordinator Arthur Abline and Red Cross personnel are assisting the family with their needs. Ridgeway, Manchester, Whiting, Lakehurst Joint Navy Base, and Lakehurst Fire Companies were all instrumental in containing the fire to only one room. Quality Medical also assisted at the scene with the juveniles.
On Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, at approximately 2:24 p.m., a two-vehicle crash occurred at the intersection of Commonwealth and Northampton Boulevard in the Pine Lake Park section of Manchester Township.
A Manchester Volunteer Fire Company engine was traveling east on Commonwealth Boulevard in response to an emergency call with emergency lights activated. The fire engine was carrying four volunteer firefighters aboard when the driver, 45 year old Dale Herbert, braked and swerved to avoid a vehicle that had pulled out onto Commonwealth from Northampton Boulevard.
Carol Olson, 79, who resides in Manchester, was operating a 2013 Hyundai Elantra northbound on Northampton at the intersection of Commonwealth Boulevard. Ms. Olsen has stopped at the intersection, but then pulled out in front of the fire engine to make a right turn on to Commonwealth.
The crash occurred within the intersection and the Hyundai was struck on the driver’s side. That vehicle sustained damage and was towed from the scene.
No patients required hospitalization as a result of the crash. The driver of the Hyundai, Ms. Olson, refused medical attention, but complained of hand pain.
This crash is under investigation by Patrolman Antonio Ellis of the Manchester Township Police Traffic Safety Section
Topics including scam and identity theft prevention will be the focus of the next Staying Safe in Manchester Township presentation scheduled for Monday, Sept. 8.
From 6 to 8 p.m. at the 21 Colonial Drive Ocean County Library branch location, Detective Adam Guker and members of the Investigations Bureau will show Manchester residents how they can avoid becoming a victim.
“It’s important that residents, especially our large senior population, become familiar with the simple, common sense steps they can take to ensure the safety of themselves, their families and their property,” Guker said.
Registration is requested and can be completed by calling 732-657-7600 or visiting www.theoceancountylibrary.org. Upcoming sessions in the series will cover 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, 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. Those who attend all sessions will receive a certificate of completion.