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.
Residents are invited to learn about Manchester’s Emergency Services Division during the second in a six-part public safety series scheduled for Monday, July 7, at the 21 Colonial Drive Ocean County Library branch.
From 6 to 8 p.m., Office of Emergency Management Coordinator Arthur Abline will teach residents how to protect themselves and their families during an emergency and show them what to do should a disaster situation arise.
Additionally, residents are invited to tour the inside of the Emergency Response Vehicles utilized by Manchester’s fire departments, first aid squads and Community Emergency Response Team.
Other sessions in the series will cover school security and safety, 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, August 11
School Security and Safety
- Attendees will learn how Manchester has prepared our schools for potentially dangerous intruders and what is being done to combat bullying.
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.
Held on June 2, the first session taught residents how to remain alert to the crime threats facing Manchester and gave them the opportunity to check out the new equipment and technologies police use to keep the township’s neighborhoods safe.
Third grade Manchester Township Elementary School students were taught the ins and outs of law enforcement and given important safety lessons from police officers during a Monday morning program.
The program at MTES came together after some of the female students in Miss Melissa Wettengel’s class asked whether a career in law enforcement was something they could pursue. In an effort to show the inclusiveness of the profession, Ms. Wettengel organized the program with the Manchester Township Police and Ocean County Sheriff’s Department, two organizations with accomplished female officers. During the planning stages, the program grew into an opportunity to give students a thorough view of law enforcement and safety through several hands-on lessons.
“Each interactive station was created to give students the opportunity to explore the equipment a Manchester Township Police officer uses on a daily basis,” said Captain Lisa Parker. “In addition, students were given information they can use to stay safe, whether they’re in a car with their parents or riding a bike throughout their neighborhood.”
Sgt. Jaime Phillips and Sgt. Valerie Seiser of the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department spoke about their experiences as female officers in law enforcement. They also gave students a lesson in fingerprints and explained how they serve as unique identifiers. The officers told students the importance of properly securing their belongings, like bikes and other property, so that they do not fall victim to crimes of opportunity.
Manchester Township Police Detective Christopher Hemhauser showed off one of the department’s Humvees, which police rely upon primarily in disaster situations and off road rescue details. Students were able to sit inside of the vehicle and check out the equipment. Detective Hemhauser also spoke about his role as a police detective and taught children how to remain safe when they use the Internet.
Manchester Township Police Officer Christian Nazario demonstrated the use of all of the SWAT equipment. He let the children hold the ballistic shields and watch as he showed them the reconnaissance robot used when a person barricades themselves in a dwelling.
Police Officer Ian Bole went over all of the equipment found in a Manchester Township Police patrol vehicle. He allowed the kids to watch themselves on camera, sit in the police car and talk on the PA system. He also talked to the children about the importance of wearing their helmet while riding a bike and wearing a seat belt when in the car.
The children had a good time and the Officers enjoyed the break from their daily routine to spend time with the third graders. In addition to the lessons, students were given educational materials and coloring books to help reinforce what officers taught them. Manchester Township Police are proud to maintain a strong relationship with the School District; in May, fifth graders throughout the district celebrated their graduation from DARE, a comprehensive drug and violence prevention curriculum.
On June 18, 2014, at approximately 11:47 a.m., Manchester Township Police received a call about a pedestrian struck on Golden Court near the intersection of Stonybrook Road. When police arrived, they found 64 year old Sandra Priggre, of Whiting, laying in the roadway with moderate injury sustained from the collision.
The investigation revealed that Priggre was talking to the 85 year old driver, Sara Greco, seated in her 1997 Toyota Camry with the driver’s side door open. Initial investigation revealed that Greco inadvertently placed the vehicle into gear with her foot off the brake and struck Priggre with the driver’s side door, dragging her several feet and causing injury to her head, knees, and arms.
Priggre was transported to Community Medical Center by Whiting First Aid Squad. Priggre was listed in stable condition at Community Medical Center. This crash is being investigated by Ptl. Ian Bole of the Traffic Safety Unit.
Manchester Township Police Patrolman Michael Terranova recently took home a first place trophy during the “Public Safety Fight Night” charity boxing match held in Passaic County.
The event, held on June 6 in Wayne at the Police Athletic League building, was hosted by the Passaic County Sheriff’s Office Bureau of Corrections PBA Local 197 and benefited Jayden’s Journey and the New Jersey State PBA’s Survivor and Welfare Fund.
During his final match, Patrolman Terranova was victorious against a fireman from Patterson in a three round decision in the Olympic style event sanctioned by USA Boxing.
“I was happy to participate and represent Manchester. It’s always rewarding to help those in need,” Patrolman Terranova said.
Locally, Manchester PBA 246 and its member officers support our community whenever possible, most notably during an annual benefit golf outing, two 5K runs and a basketball game where the officers played against Manchester Township High School staff. All proceeds from these events went to local charities.
Manchester Township Police Chief Brian Klimakowski is proud to announce that Patrolman Joseph Reilly will represent the department as a nominee for the 4th annual Fallen Officer Jason Marles DWI Award.
The award ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 14, at FirstEnergy Park when the Lakewood BlueClaws host their annual Law Enforcement Night. A panel of civilian, police and honorary members of the Ocean County Police Traffic Safety Officer’s Association (OCPTSOA) will select the winning officer from those nominated by their departments.
The award was created to honor the life and memory of Jason Marles, an Ocean Gate police officer, badge No. 271, who was tragically killed by an alleged drunk driver on the Garden State Parkway while returning home after working a drunk driving enforcement detail on Thanksgiving morning in 2010.
“By recognizing an Ocean County police officer who has demonstrated a great commitment towards the apprehension of DWI offenders and prevention of crashes, the Jason Marles award increases public awareness of the determination officers have in keeping roadways safe,” said OCPTSOA President Antonio Ellis, a Manchester Township Police Traffic Safety Officer.
Patrolman Reilly made 10 DWI arrests and 23 controlled dangerous substance arrests in 2013. In February 2014, he was awarded the Manchester Township Police Chief’s Award for his outstanding job performance the year prior. A member of the force for just over two years, Patrolman Reilly consistently is one of the top producers in the agency in DWI and CDS arrests.
Before joining the Manchester Township Police in 2012, Patrolman Reilly completed a decorated career in the United States Marine Corps. He was the recipient of the 200 Club’s George Haines Award, an honor given to the recruit who achieves the highest overall average in his or her Ocean County Police Academy class.
The officer selected for the Fallen Officer Jason Marles DWI Award will receive a commemorative plaque, and all nominees will receive a certificate of recognition. In addition, the OCPTSOA and its sponsors will make a monetary donation to a charity selected by the Marles family.
Manchester Township Police are searching for a man captured on video surveillance burglarizing The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy in Whiting early Wednesday morning.
Patrolman Jesse Hoydis and Patrolman Joseph Reilly responded to the 63-I Lacey Road store after an internal motion alarm activated at 2:23 a.m. The Officers were on scene moments later and found forced entry into the store had been made through a shattered front glass door.
Based on a review of video surveillance footage, it is believed a white male of unknown age used a sledgehammer to break the door. He then targeted prescription medications and exited the store through the same door before driving away in a four door sedan.
Anyone who recognizes the man or vehicle used in the burglary is asked to contact Detective Chris Hemhauser at 732-657-2009, ext. 4207. Callers may remain anonymous. Tips also can be submitted through the Tip Line located at www.manchesterpolicenj.com.
Police are advising residents to take precautions should they encounter a black bear that may be living in or around Manchester Township.
The bear, spotted in the township’s Roosevelt City section Wednesday morning, is not believed to have caused any significant disturbances. Manchester Township Police and the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife responded and were able to move the bear into the boundaries of the Pasadena Wildlife Management Area, a tract of preserved land located in Ocean and Burlington counties.
By nature, black bears tend to be wary of people. Since it is possible the bear may wander back into residential areas, Manchester Township Police are advising residents to become familiar with the following bear safety tips published on the Division of Fish and Wildlife website (www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/bearfacts_safetytips.htm):
- Never feed or approach a bear!
- Remain calm if you encounter a bear.
- Make the bear aware of your presence by speaking in an assertive voice, singing, clapping your hands, or making other noises.
- Make sure the bear has an escape route.
- If a bear enters your home, provide it with an escape route by propping all doors open.
- Avoid direct eye contact, which may be perceived by a bear as a challenge. Never run from a bear. Instead, slowly back away.
- To scare the bear away, make loud noises by yelling, banging pots and pans or using an air horn. Make yourself look as big as possible by waving your arms. If you are with someone else, stand close together with your arms raised above your head.
- The bear may utter a series of huffs, make popping jaw sounds by snapping its jaws and swat the ground. These are warning signs that you are too close. Slowly back away, avoid direct eye contact and do not run.
- If a bear stands on its hind legs or moves closer, it may be trying to get a better view or detect scents in the air. It is usually not a threatening behavior.
- Black bears will sometimes “bluff charge” when cornered, threatened or attempting to steal food. Stand your ground, avoid direct eye contact, then slowly back away and do not run.
- If the bear does not leave, move to a secure area.
- Report black bear damage or nuisance behavior to the DEP’s 24-hour, toll-free hotline at 1-877-WARN DEP (1-877-927-6337).
- Families who live in areas frequented by black bears should have a “Bear Plan” in place for children, with an escape route and planned use of whistles and air horns.
- Black bear attacks are extremely rare. If a black bear does attack, fight back!
Please consult the Division of Fish and Wildlife’s “Know the Bear Facts: Black Bears in New Jersey” for additional information (www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/bearfacts.htm).
On May 30, 2014, at 0510 hours, Manchester Police responded to a residence on Commonwealth Blvd in the Pine Lake Park section of Manchester Township for a domestic dispute between husband and wife.
During the investigation, officers recovered a black semi-automatic Intratec AB-10 9mm gun with a high capacity magazine containing 34 rounds in the magazine and miscellaneous 9mm ammunition. Also located during the investigation were various amounts of controlled dangerous substances and drug paraphernalia.
The 33 year old male, Christopher Batrony, a resident of the Commonwealth Blvd. address, was arrested by Patrolman Matthew Walszek without incident in connection with the drug and weapons offenses. He was charged with one count 4th Degree Harassment under the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act, one count 2nd Degree Certain Persons not to Possess Weapons, one count 4th Degree Large Capacity Ammunition Magazine Prohibited, two counts 3rd Degree Possession of Controlled Dangerous Substance, one count possession of marijuana under 50 grams, and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
A search warrant was executed by Detective Adam Guker and the Manchester Township Police Investigations Bureau, with the assistance of the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department K-9 units on Mr. Batrony’s residence and vehicle, in which additional amounts of controlled dangerous substances were seized. Mr. Batrony was transported to the Ocean County Jail in lieu of $125,000 cash bail set by Honorable Judge Francis Hodgson JR. Additional charges are pending against Mr. Batrony.
Officers and educators joined 235 fifth grade students from throughout the Manchester Township School District to celebrate their graduation from the DARE program Tuesday morning.
Taught by Manchester Township Police Officers Marc Micciulla, Shawn Cavalcante and Chris Cerullo over a 10-week period, DARE offers students a comprehensive drug and violence prevention curriculum that also teaches them about healthy life choices.
“The program promotes a partnership among the police, schools, parents and children,” said Sgt. Charles Brooks, who supervises the DARE program in Manchester. “DARE teaches students how to deal with the dangers of peer pressure, drug and alcohol use, and violence. These are important life skills for students to have. We’re very proud of this class.”
The fifth graders gathered at Ridgeway Elementary School to celebrate their graduation from the program with a pizza party featuring DJ entertainment. A New Jersey State Police helicopter made a visit to the grounds, as did a Humvee and DARE car from the Manchester Township Police.
Each DARE instructor offered remarks at the ceremony, as did the principals from each of Manchester’s elementary schools. The speakers recognized students for the hard work they put into successfully completing the DARE program and the support the children received from their parents.
The Manchester Township Police would like to thank the students, school district staff and New Jersey State Police for their help in making this year’s DARE graduation a success.