On Monday, April 25, 2016, at approximately 5:37 p.m., officers from the Manchester Township Police Department responded to the area of Route 70 and Roosevelt City Road for the report of a single vehicle crash involving a pickup truck which had left the roadway and was in the woods.
Upon arrival, officers learned that a red, 1999, Dodge Dakota pickup, was traveling west on Route 70 when the driver, identified as 57 year old, Michael Valladares of Little Egg Harbor, suffered a medical emergency which caused him to lose control of his vehicle. As a result, Valladares’s vehicle crossed the centerline, left the roadway and crashed into a telephone pole and several trees on the eastbound shoulder. Valladares was travelling alone at the time of the crash and was properly restrained with his safety belt. No other vehicles were involved.
Valladares was transported by Medivac Helicopter to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune for treatment of injuries sustained in the crash and his current condition is unknown. Assisting at the scene were members from Quality Medical Transport and the Whiting Volunteer Fire Department as well as Paramedics from MONOC. This crash is being investigated by Patrolman Vincent DeRome of the Patrol Bureau with the assistance of Patrolman Antonio Ellis of the Traffic Safety Unit.
On Friday morning, April 15, 2016, at approximately 7:09 a.m., officers from the Manchester Township Police responded to the area of Route 70 and Sam Pitts Road in the Whiting Section of the Township for the report of a multi-vehicle crash involving four vehicles.
Upon arrival, officers learned that a black, 2013, Honda Civic, being operated by 21 year old Joshua Meeks of Medford, was travelling eastbound on Route 70, when his vehicle was struck in the rear while stopped in traffic preparing to make a left turn onto Sam Pitts Road. His vehicle was struck by a 1998, red Honda Civic, being operated by 21 year, Hilario Guillen of Browns Mills. The initial investigation revealed that while Meeks was stopped in traffic preparing to turn, Guillen failed to yield and attempted to brake and swerve to avoid a collision. Unable to do so, Guillen struck the rear of Meek’s vehicle and entered the westbound lane of travel. In doing so, his vehicle was struck broadside by a 2009 Toyota Camry, which was being operated by 53 year old Michael Mott of Whiting. As a result of the impact, a fourth vehicle, a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu, which was being operated by 53 year old Sueanne Papaycik, struck the Camry from behind. After colliding with the Camry, Gillen, who was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash, was ejected from his vehicle. Witnesses at the scene sprang into action and immediately began performing CPR on Guillen. Rescue efforts by those who assisted continued until police and first-aid personnel arrived on the scene. These rescue efforts were unsuccessful and he was later pronounced at the scene by the Ocean County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Strong sun glare appears to have been a contributing factor to this crash and may have prevented Guillen from adequately seeing the vehicles in front of him. The drivers and occupants of the other three involved vehicles suffered minor injuries as a result of the crash. Meeks suffered head and neck injuries and was transported by ambulance to Community Medical Center in Toms River for evaluation and treatment while Mott and wife, Francis, who was a front seat passenger, were transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The driver of Malibu refused medical treatment at the scene.
Assisting at the scene were members of the Whiting Volunteer Fire Department, Quality Medical Transport and paramedics from MONOC as well as detectives from the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) Unit, and the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office. Also assisting were members of the Manchester Township Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and representatives from the New Jersey Department of Transportation Diversion Team. The crash is being investigated by Officers Antonio Ellis and Michael Anderson of the Manchester Township Traffic Safety Unit with the assistance of Officer Thomas O’Hare of the Patrol Bureau.
Surveillance operations by the Manchester Township Police Narcotics Enforcement Team led to the arrest of a Toms River man for distribution of heroin. Anthony Huggins, 30, of Serrata Way in Toms River was found to be in possession of quantities of heroin and crack-cocaine while parked in the lot of the Comfort Inn located at 2016 Route 37.
On Tuesday, April 13, 2016, at approximately 10:34 p.m., members of the Manchester Township Police Department’s Narcotics Enforcement Team approached Serrata, who was seated in his 2014 Kia Forte. Upon further investigation, officers determined that Huggins had heroin and crack cocaine concealed inside of the hat he was wearing. In addition, police later located additional quantities of heroin which Huggins had hidden on his person. The investigation revealed that Huggins had arrived at the Comfort Inn with the intention of selling the heroin he had in his possession.
Huggins was taken into custody without incident and later transported to Manchester Police Headquarters. He was charged with possession of heroin with intent to distribute, possession of heroin, possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia and loitering for the purpose to sell CDS. Bail was set at $20,000.00 and Huggins was subsequently transported to Ocean County Jail in default of bail.
Also assisting with the investigation were the Manchester Police Department Patrol Division and K-9 Unit.
On Monday, April 11, 2016, at approximately 10:46 a.m., officers from the Manchester Township Police Department responded to the area of Route 70 near mile marker 37 for the report of a motor vehicle crash involving a box truck which had left the roadway and crashed into the woods.
Upon arrival, officers learned that a commercially operated, white, 2005, Isuzu box-style truck was traveling westbound on Route 70 near the Manchester Township Public Works Facility when the driver lost control of his vehicle and ran off onto the west bound shoulder into the woods. The Isuzu then collided with several large trees before getting pinned in between two of them.
The driver of the truck, 49 year old Adam Daniel of Hackensack, was properly restrained at the time of the crash and only suffered minor injuries to his left hand. The truck was not carrying any cargo at the time of the collision and Mr. Daniel refused any medical treatment. Route 70 was closed for approximately one hour causing extensive delays while police and first responders were on the scene. Assisting at the scene was the Whiting Volunteer First Aid Squad.The crash remains under investigation by Patrolman Ian Bole from the Manchester Township Traffic Safety Unit.
On April 10, 2016, at approximately 3:25 p.m., a neighbor alerted Manchester Township Police Department dispatch of a structure fire on Falmouth Avenue in the Crestwood Village VII section of Manchester Township.
The caller who reported the fire also alerted the 75 year old female still inside the home, and she was able to exit safely prior to the arrival of police and fire personnel. Responding were fire companies from Whiting, Manchester, Ridgeway, Lakehurst, and Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. While the fire was contained quickly thanks to the fast response of the responding fire companies, neighboring homes were evacuated as a safety precaution.
The fire was confined to the garage area, though heavy smoke damage was sustained throughout the home. A vehicle housed within the garage was destroyed by the fire, and a cat perished inside of the residence.
The cause of the fire does not appear to be suspicious in nature; however it remains under investigation by the Ocean County Fire Marshall’s Office and Manchester Township Police Investigations Bureau. The Manchester Township Building Inspector deemed the home to be uninhabitable.
One year ago today, on April 10th, 2015, we lost Cpl. Scott R. Thompson. At the request of his family, a ceremony with his brother officers was held this morning to dedicate our department gym as the Cpl. Scott R. Thompson #352 Memorial Fitness Center. Cpl. Thompson always enjoyed his time in this gym, often arriving hours before his shift in the early morning to work out.
At the dedication, Chief Lisa Parker spoke about the closeness of the Manchester Township Police Department family, and how we will always consider Cpl. Thompson’s wife Tracy and daughters Kelsey and Sydney members of our family.
Scott loved his family, and he loved his brother officers. We miss him, and think about him each day. We know that he continues to watch over us.
On Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at approximately 2:38 p.m., officers from the Manchester Township Police responded to the intersection of Route 37 and Buckingham Drive for the report of a motor vehicle crash involving two vehicles. Upon arrival, officers observed a heavily damaged white, Ford F-150 pick-up truck in the westbound lanes of Route 37 just passed the intersection of Buckingham Drive and black, Honda Civic with significant front end damage in the intersection.
During the initial investigation, it was determined that the operator of the Ford F-150, 31 year old, Glenn Disman Jr. of Jackson was travelling westbound on Route 37 when he failed to obey the red traffic signal and crashed into the Honda Civic which was traveling across the highway onto Bone Hill Road. The Honda Civic was being operated by 26 year old, Christopher Williams, of Manchester and was occupied by two male juveniles, ages 14 and 15, at the time of the crash.
As result of the collision, Disman’s vehicle crashed into a traffic signal light pole, dislodging it from its base before rolling over several times and coming to rest in the westbound fast lane. Disman suffered numerous lacerations and was transported by ambulance to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune. His current condition is not known. Williams and his two juvenile passengers were transported by ambulance to Community Medical Center for minor injuries.
The road was closed for approximately two hours while the investigation was taking place and the scene was being cleaned up. Assisting at the scene were members of both the Manchester and Ridgeway Volunteer Fire Departments, as well as members of the Manchester Volunteer First Aid and Quality Medical Transport. Also assisting were paramedics from MON-OC and representatives from the NJ State Department of Transportation. The crash is under investigation by Ptl. Ryan Saul of the Patrol Bureau.
We were honored to take part in the 17th Annual Blue Mass hosted on March 30, 2016, by the Diocese of Trenton at St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral.
This annual event is held to give thanks for the dedication and sacrifice made by the women and men in law enforcement and for their families and communities. Our Manchester Township Police family reflected on the sacrifices made by those in our profession, including Ptl. Robert Tobias and Cpl. Scott Thompson, who gave their lives in service to our community.
On Sunday, March 27, 2016, officers from the Manchester Township Police responded to a motor vehicle crash involving an overturned vehicle on Route 530 near the intersection of Lacey Road in the Whiting section of town. Upon arrival, officers learned that a 1993, Buick Park Avenue, which had been travelling eastbound, was attempting to make a left hand turn from Route 530 onto Lacey Road when it collided with a 1998 Dodge Neon which was travelling westbound. After the impact, the Park Avenue overturned and landed on its roof in the right lane of travel on Lacey Road.
The driver of the Buick Park Avenue, 19 year old, Echo Jicha of New Egypt, was initially trapped inside of her vehicle but was assisted out of the front drivers side window by an unidentified motorist prior to the arrival of the police and fire departments. She sustained lacerations to her hand as well as possible internal injuries and was transported by ambulance to Community Medical Center in Toms River for treatment of those injuries, which were determined to be non-life threatening. The driver of the Dodge Neon, 28 year old Tyra Russell of Burlington City, was uninjured. She was, however, issued summons for operating her vehicle without a valid driver’s license and for having her driving privileges suspended at the time of the collision.
The roadway was closed and traffic was detoured during the investigation. Assisting at the scene were members from the Whiting Volunteer Fire Department and Quality Medical Transport. This crash is under investigation by Patrolman Ian Bole of the Manchester Police Traffic Safety Unit.
For information and registration for the 2016 Manchester Township PBA 246 Golf Outing, please see the flyer and registration pamphlet below. Held on Monday, May 2, this year’s outing will benefit Garden State COPS. We hope you’ll join us for another successful year!