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Pickup Truck Strikes Street Light & Tree, Driver Air Lifted To Local Trauma Center

A late afternoon crash sent an elderly Whiting resident to a local trauma center after his vehicle left the roadway on Route 530 and struck a sign, a light post and a large tree. Seventy-year-old Richard Gilmore was transported by Medivac helicopter to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune for treatment of internal injuries. He was last reported to be in serious but stable condition.

On Friday, March 10, 2017, at approximately 3:13 p.m., officers from the Manchester Township Police Department responded to County Route 530 and the intersection of Valley Stream Drive in the Whiting section of the township to investigate a crash where it was reported that a vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree.

Upon arrival, officers observed a red, 2000, Mazda B3000 pickup with heavy front-end damage off the eastbound side of the roadway, head-on into a tree. The initial investigation revealed that the pickup which was being driven by 70-year-old, Richard Gilmore of Whiting was traveling eastbound on Route 530 when it left the roadway west of Valley Stream Drive. The vehicle continued traveling in an eastbound direction striking a road sign, before crossing over Valley Stream Drive and impacting and knocking down a street light pole. After striking the light pole, the vehicle continued east and struck large pine tree head-on. According to the first responding officers, Gilmore was not believed to have been wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash. The vehicle was equipped with front airbags which deployed during the crash. Gilmore suffered multiple internal injuries and was transported by MONOC Medivac Helicopter to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune for treatment where he was listed in serious but stable condition.

Assisting at the scene were members of the Whiting Volunteer Fire Company, Paramedics from MONOC, and EMT’s from the Whiting Volunteer First Aid Squad. The investigation into the cause of this crash is still ongoing, but at this point, it as appears as though Gilmore may have fallen asleep at the wheel. This crash is being investigated by Sergeant Antonio Ellis of the Manchester Township Police Traffic Safety Unit.

Officers “Read Across America”

IMG_0026Sgt. Antonio Ellis was among the Officers who helped Manchester Township students celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday during #ReadAcrossAmerica on March 2nd.
 
Sgt. Ellis visited Ms. Hickey’s first grade class at Manchester Township Elementary School, where he read “The Cat in the Hat,” complete with costume. Our Officers also visited Whiting Elementary School to celebrate the day there.
 
The Officers were thankful for the school district’s invitation to participate in this National Education Association program. Read Across America aims to make reading into a fun activity for children.
 
The officers of the Manchester Township Police Department value community service and are pleased to work with Manchester Township, NJ School District to encourage children to further their education.
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Narcotics Enforcement Officers Seize 140 Bags of Heroin during Car Stop

A Bayville man was arrested on numerous drug charges following a motor vehicle stop by members of the Manchester Township Police Department’s Narcotics Enforcement Team (NET).

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Kenneth R. Cooper, age 39, of Pheasant Drive in Bayville was arrested and charged with narcotics offenses after he was found to be in possession of a large quantity of heroin when officers stopped his vehicle on Route 37 near the Toms River border.

On Friday evening, February 24th, members of the Department’s Narcotics Enforcement Team were conducting surveillance in the Summit Park section of the Township when they observed a 1997, Honda Accord and its operator, Kenneth Cooper, engaging in suspicious activity. Cooper was surveilled as he left the area and was stopped on Route 37 near the Toms River border for a motor vehicle violation. During the course of the stop, Cooper was found to have in his possession one-hundred forty (140) wax folds of heroin. The heroin was seized by the officers and Cooper was taken into custody without incident.

After being processed, Cooper was charged with possession of heroin, possession with intent to distribute heroin, loitering to obtain a controlled dangerous substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.  He was released on criminal summonses pending a court appearance.

Assisting with this investigation were members of the Manchester Township Police Department’s Patrol Bureau as well as Toms River Township Police K-9 Officer Buhowski and his partner Gunnar.

Residents are reminded that drug 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.

Narcotics Investigation Yields Heroin, Crack Cocaine, and Cash

A Manchester man was arrested on numerous drug charges following a two month narcotics distribution investigation which was led by the Manchester Township Police Department’s Narcotics Enforcement Team (NET).

Jemel Cooper, age 37, of Ridgeway Road was arrested and charged with narcotics offenses after he was found to be in possession of a quantity of heroin and cocaine when officers stopped his vehicle on Route 70 and later executed a court authorized search warrant on his residence.

On Friday evening, February 17th, members of the department’s Narcotics Enforcement Team were conducting surveillance in the area of Cooper’s Ridgeway Road residence when they observed him leaving in a 2011 Dodge Charger. Cooper was stopped on Route 70 near the Toms River border for a motor vehicle violation and found to have in his possession a quantity of crack cocaine. Cooper was arrested without incident and his vehicle was towed to Manchester Police headquarters. During this time, a search warrant of his home was executed wherein an additional quantity of crack cocaine, a quantity of heroin and a large quantity of cash was located. Altogether, police seized over 13 grams of crack cocaine, 110 doses of heroin, and $1,001.00 in cash; believed to be proceeds of narcotic sales from the Manchester area.

Cooper was charged with possession and distribution of heroin, possession and distribution of cocaine, and possession of drug paraphernalia.  He was released on criminal summonses pending a court appearance.  Cooper’s vehicle was seized pending forfeiture.

Also assisting with this investigation were member of the Manchester Township Police Patrol Bureau and the K-9 Unit.

Residents are reminded that drug 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.

Officer Bole Among First in State to Receive Traffic Safety Specialist Designation

Congratulations to Officer Ian Bole, who was awarded the Traffic Safety Specialist Level 1 designation in a ceremony at the New Jersey Police Traffic Officers Association meeting in Hamilton earlier this month. Officer Bole, along with 18 other officers (including our own Sgt. Antonio Ellis and Cpl. Doug Higgins), are among the first in the state to receive this designation since it was piloted in Ocean County in 2016.

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The Traffic Safety Specialist (TSS) Program began in Maryland as statewide consistent recognition of police officers who have attained notable experience, education, training, and proficiency in Highway Safety and Traffic Enforcement methods and procedures. Similarly, the goal of this New Jersey TSS Program is to promote highway safety among police officers, as well as provide a mechanism for support, acknowledgement, recognition, and prestige for officers who have achieved advanced levels of training proficiency. A long-term commitment to the program is required to obtain outside recognition of highway safety efforts.

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We’re very proud of the excellence exhibited by our Traffic Safety Section Officers, Sgt. Ellis, Cpl. Higgins and Officer Bole.

Cops Come Together to Bring a Smile to Nine Year Old Nico’s Face

Nico is a brave little guy who has been battling cancer. He is an honorary member of his hometown fire company and the Gloucester Township Police Department. His love for firefighters and police officers is evident.

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So when the Manchester Township Police hosted more than 40 members of law enforcement from various states for Law Enforcement Executive Development Association (FBI-LEEDA) training, the officers collectively decided it was the perfect opportunity to gather patches and coins for Nico! Nico loves to receive police, fire, and EMS patches from all over the United States, so we hope that this display brings a smile to his face. Police officers always love to support brave children in their time of need.

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Anyone who wants to send well-wishes to Nico may do so at:
Nico Cassabria
P.O. Box 1442
Blackwood, New Jersey 08012

For more information about Nico and other children battling diseases, please visit No One Fights Alone or Nico’s Army.

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Narcotics Enforcement Team Arrests Three for Drug Offenses

A Manchester woman, a Lakewood woman and a Plainfield man, were arrested and charged with drug related offenses by the Manchester Township Police Department Narcotics Enforcement Team (N.E.T.) with the assistance of the Manchester Police Patrol Bureau and K-9 unit.

On Friday, January 20, 2017, at approximately 3:51 p.m., the N.E.T. stopped a vehicle in the Ridgway Mobile home park after observing a motor vehicle violation on CR 571. During the course of the motor vehicle stop, an article of drug paraphernalia was observed in the driver’s side compartment of the vehicle. As a result of the investigation, the driver of the vehicle Xiemena Perez-Pernas, age 24 of Lakewood was placed under arrest for possession of drug paraphernalia, the front seat passenger Christian Orellana age 26 of Plainfield was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia and crack cocaine, and the rear passenger Yuly Gutierrez-Hernandez age 20 of Manchester was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Xiemena Perez-Pernas and Yuly Gutierrez-Harnandez were charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and released pending court. Christian Orellana was charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession of crack cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Orellana was also released pending court.

Residents are reminded that drug related tips can be reported to the Manchester Police Department anonymously at 732-657-6111 or online via the Department’s website, www.manchesterpolicenj.com, by clicking the “Tip Line” link.

Vehicle Impacts Three Houses and Tree in LVW; Sends Elderly Operator to the Hospital

A 90-year-old Manchester woman was injured after she lost control of the vehicle while exiting her driveway and struck three houses and a tree in the Leisure Village West section of the Township Thursday morning. Maria T. Pannizzo of Buckingham Drive, lost control of her 2002, Toyota Camry while pulling from her driveway and left the roadway on three separate occasions, striking three nearby houses before coming to a stop after impacting a tree and rolling over. She was transported to Community Medical Center in Toms River for treatment of injuries sustained during the crash.

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On January 26, 2017, at approximately 8:30 a.m., officers from the Manchester Township Police Department responded to the area of Yorkshire Court and Buckingham Drive in the Leisure Village West section of the Township for the report of a single vehicle crash in which a car struck several houses and a tree. Upon arrival, officers located the involved vehicle, a 2002 Toyota Camry with heavy damage on the side of Buckingham Drive.

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The initial investigation revealed that Pannizzo was backing from her driveway and was attempting to turn left onto Buckingham Drive when she over-accelerated and left the roadway and impacted the side of 60A Buckingham Drive.  After striking the side of the Buckingham Drive residence, Pannizzo put her vehicle in reverse and accelerated backwards onto Buckingham Drive.  While in reverse, her vehicle left the roadway a second time and impacted the sun rooms of 1C and 1D Yorktown Court.  After striking the above residences, Pannizzo put her vehicle back into drive and accelerated forward once again crossing over Buckingham Drive. In doing so, she left the roadway a third time and travelled in a north direction on the grass parallel to the Buckingham Drive for several hundred feet before impacting a tree. The force of the impact caused Pannizzo’s vehicle to roll over 360 degrees before finally landing back on all four wheels.

Ms. Pannizzo, was traveling alone at the time of the crash and it appears as though she was not wearing her seatbelt. She was transported to Community Medical Center in Toms River by EMT’s from Quality Medical Transport for complaint of pain as well as a possible broken arm and hand.

Assisting at the scene were Inspectors from the Manchester Township Building Department, workers from Leisure Village Maintenance, utility crews from Jersey Central Power and Light.

The crash is under investigation by Cpl. Douglas Higgins of the Manchester Township Police Traffic Safety Unit with the assistance of Officers George Smith and Stephen Hankins of the Patrol Bureau.

Narcotics Enforcement Team Arrests Two for Warrants and Drug Offenses

A Manchester man and Lakehurst woman were arrested on outstanding warrants and charged with multiple drug related offenses by the Manchester Township Police Department Narcotics Enforcement Team (N.E.T.) with the assistance of the Manchester Police Patrol Bureau and K-9 unit.

On Wednesday, January 25, 2017, at approximately 5:43 p.m., the narcotics enforcement team conducted a motor vehicle stop of a vehicle containing known wanted person, Darryn Jackson, 39 of the Whiting section of Manchester Township. Mr. Jackson, the passenger of the vehicle was placed under arrest for multiple warrants which included a $14,700 Ocean County warrant for non-payment of child support, a $1000 warrant (Berlin Township), a $1,500 warrant (Miltown Boro) and a $400 warrant (Jackson Township). It was also determined that the driver of the vehicle, Tina Piazza, age 44 of Lakehurst had an outstanding $500 warrant (Toms River Township) and that she had been driving on a suspended license. Piazza was arrested on the outstanding warrant.

Manchester Police K-9 Officer Marc Micciulla and his K-9 partner Storm responded to the scene. An exterior sniff of the vehicle was conducted which resulted in a positive indication to the presence of the odor of a controlled dangerous substance(s). A consent search of the vehicle was later conducted which resulted in the recovery of several articles of drug paraphernalia. While in custody, Jackson was found to be in possession of a quantity of heroin, crack cocaine, and MDMA (ecstasy).

Jackson was charged with hindering apprehension by way of concealment of CDS, possession of heroin, possession of cocaine, possession of MDMA (ecstasy) and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was lodged at the Ocean County Jail on the drug charges/ outstanding warrants. Piazza was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, and driving while suspended. She was released on her own recognizance pending court.

Residents are reminded that drug related tips can be reported to the Manchester Police Department anonymously at 732-657-6111 or online via the Department’s website, www.manchesterpolicenj.com, by clicking the “Tip Line” link.

Vehicle Leaves Roadway and Crashes into Several Business Signs on Route 70

A Manchester Township man lost control of his vehicle while trying to make a left-hand turn from the Santander Bank on Route 70 near the intersection of Route 571 and struck numerous business signs before crashing head-on into a steel Quik Chek convenience store sign. The operator and lone occupant of the vehicle, 86-year-old, Harold Barnett, was transported to Community Medical Center in Toms River for treatment of a chest injury.

QuikChekOn Tuesday, January 24th, at approximately 1:12 p.m., officers from the Manchester Township Police Department responded to the area of Routes 70 and 571 in the Ridgeway section of the Township for the report of a one car crash. Initial reports indicated that the involved vehicle left the roadway and collided head-on with a steel Quik Chek sign. Upon arrival, officers located the involved vehicle, a beige, 2006, Honda Civic off the roadway on the north side of Route 70 against the steel support post for the Quik Chek sign. The driver, Harold Barnett, was still inside of the car and had to be helped from the vehicle by emergency workers. The initial investigation revealed that Mr. Barnett was attempting to turn left from the Santander Bank on Route 70 westbound, when he accelerated across the roadway, struck a curb and multiple business signs before colliding head-on into the Quik Chek sign. The vehicle had  significant front end damage as well as airbag deployment. Barnett, who was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the collision, was transported to Community Medical Center for the complaint of pain to his chest. His current condition is unknown.

Assisting at the scene were EMT’s from Quality Medical Transport. The accident is currently under investigation by Patrolman Ian Bole of the Manchester Township Police Department Traffic Safety Unit.



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