On Wednesday, August 26, 2015, at approximately 9:10 p.m., members of the Manchester Township Police responded to the area of Route 547 and Landsdown Road near the entrance to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst for the report of a two vehicle accident involving a car and a motorcycle.
Upon arrival, officers learned that a green, 1998 Mercury Mystique, was traveling southbound on Route 547 when it collided with the back of a red, 1996 Suzuki motorcycle. The motorcycle, which was stopped at the intersection at the time of crash slid approximately 25 feet on its side before coming to rest in the southbound lane of travel on Route 547.
The impact caused the operator, 18 year old Anthony Leone of Manchester, to be ejected from the motorcycle. He sustained injuries to his left arm and was transported to Community Medical Center in Toms River for treatment. The driver of the Mercury, 49 year old James Applegate of Manchester, was not injured and was properly restrained at the time of the collision.
Assisting at the scene were members of the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Police, the Joint Base First Aid Squad, and the Manchester Volunteer First Aid Squad. The crash remains under investigation by Patrolman Ian Bole from the Manchester Township Traffic Safety Unit.
On Sunday, August 23, 2015, at approximately 1:30 p.m., members of the Manchester Township Police responded to the area of Pasadena Road and Red Oak Road, in the Whiting section of the Township for the report of a crash involving a motorcycle.
Upon arrival, officers learned that a 1999, Harley Davidson motorcycle, operated by 46 year old James Trusnik of Ewing, NJ, and occupied by 47 year old Dawn Hartzell of Keysville, VA, crashed in the roadway after an encounter with an animal. The investigation revealed that the motorcycle was traveling North on Pasadena Road with a group of other motorcycles when a turkey buzzard, which was reportedly feeding on a nearby deer carcass, flew across the roadway directly in front of the motorcycle, according to witnesses. Mr. Trusnik attempted to brake, but lost control of the motorcycle causing it to crash.
Both occupants, who were not wearing DOT approved helmets at the time of the crash, were thrown from the motorcycle. Mr. Trusnik sustained several skin abrasions and was transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune by Quality Medical Transport for further treatment. His injuries do not appear to be life threatening. Mrs. Hartzell, whose head made contact with the pavement, was air lifted to Jersey Shore University Medical Center by MONOC helicopter for evaluation and treatment. Her injuries also do not appear to be life threatening.
The crash is being investigated by Ptl. Paul Bachovchin and Ptl. Michael Lynch, of the department’s Traffic Safety Section.
The Manchester Township Police would like to remind all motorcycle occupants to wear only DOT approved safety equipment while riding their motorcycles.
On Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at 7:00 p.m., Manchester Township Police attended the Leisure Village West Pet Club meeting where they received a generous$1,000.00 donation. The Pet Club event Chairperson, Roseanne Walters, presented the $1,000.00 check to the Manchester Township Police Foundation to be used for the Manchester Township Police K-9 Unit.
Attending the event to accept the donation were: Lt. Vincent Manco, Lt. James Sharkey, K-9 Officer Marc Micciulla, Mayor Kenneth Palmer and K-9 Storm. K-9 Officer Micciulla stated, “The $1,000.00 donation is greatly appreciated and will be put to good use to purchase items such as training equipment, canine related vehicle equipment, and to pay for additional training for the unit. It is because of the support of the community, the police administration, and the mayor and council, that the re-establishment of the Manchester Police K-9 Unit was possible.”
Donations like these help offset the cost for care, maintenance, and training for the K-9 Unit and reduces the usage of township funds. The Manchester Township Police K-9 Unit greatly appreciates the community’s continued support of the re-established Police K-9 program.
The Manchester Township Police Foundation is a non-profit organization which provides funding for youth and community outreach programs, police charities, investment in advanced education and training, and funding for specialized equipment and technology in order to help our police officers better perform their duties. To donate please log onto the Manchester Township Police Website at: http://www.manchesterpolicenj.com/ and click on the “POLICE FOUNDATION” tab.
On Wednesday, August 19, at approximately 1:15 p.m., members of the Manchester Township Police responded to the Renaissance community in the eastern section of the township for the report of roadway flooding and stranded motorists in the area. The flooding, which was in the area of Barcelona Court, Eleanor Road and Ambassador Drive was the result a short burst of very heavy rain which hit the area during the early afternoon.
According to Manchester Township Emergency Management Coordinator, Arthur Abline, the flood waters reached as high as two feet in some areas. As a result, two vehicles became stranded in the water and had to be abandoned while their operators walked to safety. At one point, an ambulance which was responding to a first aid call in the development also got stuck on Barcelona Court after it attempted to drive through the water and became disabled. The ambulance was eventually started by a local tow company and pulled to dry land. Multiple Manchester Township police officers responded to the scene to assist the stranded residents and to handle traffic control.
During this time of year, when torrential rain falls occur frequently and oftentimes with little advanced warning, the Manchester Township Police would like to remind the motoring public of a few safety tips when it comes to flooded roadways:
- Flash floods can come rapidly and unexpectedly.
- You may not have warning that a flash flood is approaching.
- Never attempt to drive through a flood that you couldn’t walk through and be aware that water hides dips in the road. Worse still, there may be no road at all under the water. Flooding can wash away the entire road surface and a significant amount of ground beneath.
- Just six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars; this depth can cause loss of control or possible stalling as water is sucked into the exhaust or washes into the air intake.
- If negotiating a flooded section of road, drive in the middle where the water will be at its shallowest.
- Consider other drivers – pass through flooded sections one car at a time, don’t drive through water against approaching vehicles.
- Many cars will start to float in as little as one foot of water – this can be extremely dangerous because as the wheels lose grip, you lose control.
- Two feet of flowing water can sweep away most vehicles — including large four-wheel drive cars. Don’t try driving through fast-moving water, for example approaching a flooded bridge – your car could easily be swept away.
The Manchester Township Police is proud to announce that Department K9, Storm, has been awarded a ballistic vest thanks to the non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. The vest donation was provided by an anonymous sponsor. Storm’s vest will be embroidered with the sentiment “In memory of Rocco Pittsburgh Bureau of Police”.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. has provided over 1,546 protective vests, in 49 states, through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over 1.4 million dollars. All vests are custom made in the USA by Armor Express in Central Lake, MI.
The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 19 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9’s with expired vests, are eligible to participate.
The suggested donation to provide one protective vest for law enforcement K9 is $1050.00. Each vest has a value of between $1,795 – $2,234, comes with a five-year warranty, and has an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There is an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9’s throughout the United States. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at www.vik9s.org or donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 9, East Taunton, MA 02718.
The cooperative traffic safety enforcement effort along Route 539 is underway. This local news report highlights what authorities are doing to improve safety and features Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph Coronato and Manchester Officer Shawn Cavalcante.
On Wednesday, August 12, 2015, at approximately 4:41 p.m., members of the Manchester Township Police responded to the area of Routes 70 and 571 for the report of a two vehicle accident involving a SUV and a dump truck.
Upon arrival, officers learned that a 1989, Mac dump truck being operated by 22 year old Kevin Borden of Jackson was traveling westbound on County Route 571 when it collided in the intersection with a 2001 GMC being operated by 38 year old Robert Jennings of Manchester. The SUV was traveling westbound on Route 70 and attempting to turn left on to Route 571 eastbound at the time of the crash.
Both vehicles sustained extensive damage and had to be towed from the scene. Mr. Borden sustained minor injuries, but refused medical treatment at the scene. Mr. Jennings sustained more serious injuries and had to be extricated from his vehicle by members of the Ridgeway Volunteer Fire Department. Members of the Manchester Volunteer First Aid transported Mr. Jennings by ambulance to Community Medical Center in Toms River for further treatment of his injuries.
Also assisting at the scene were members of the Manchester Volunteer Fire Department. The accident is being investigated by Ptl. Paul Bachovchin of the Traffic Safety Section with assistance from the Patrol Bureau.
On Sunday, August 9, 2015, at approximately 3:30 p.m., members of the Manchester Township Police responded to the area of Route 37 and East Main Street for the report of a single vehicle accident into the woods.
Upon arrival, officers determined that a gray, 2011 Kia Soul was traveling eastbound on Route 37 in the area of East Main Street when the operator lost control of the vehicle and ran off the roadway, colliding head-on with a tree. The 17 year old operator, whose identity is being withheld due to his age, was properly restrained and suffered back, neck, chest, and leg injuries. He was transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune by ambulance for treatment of his injuries.
The front seat passenger, 18 year old, Kyle J. Nickerson of Jackson, did not appear to have been wearing his seatbelt and needed to be extricated from the vehicle by members of the Manchester Township Volunteer Fire Company. Nickerson suffered significant head trauma and was airlifted by South Star Medevac helicopter to Jersey Shore University Medical Center.
The driver’s side rear seat passenger, a 16 year old juvenile, suffered serious internal injuries and was airlifted to Jersey Shore University Medical Center by Penn Star Medevac helico pter. The passenger’s side rear seat passenger, 19 year old, Matthew Olido of Manchester, suffered internal and leg injuries and was transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Center by ambulance. Neither rear seat passenger appeared to have been wearing their seatbelt.
Both Kyle Nickerson and the 16 year old rear seat passenger have been listed in critical condition while the 17 year old operator and the other rear seat passenger, Matthew Olido have been listed in stable condition. The right lane of Route 37 was closed for several hours while emergency responders were treating the injured and investigating the accident.
Assisting at the scene were members of the Manchester Township Volunteer Fire Company, and the Manchester Township Volunteer First Aid Squad, as well as members of Quality Medical Transport, paramedics from MONOC, and crews from South Star and Penn Star Medevac. Also assisting were detectives from both the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office, Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) Unit, and the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Fatal Accident Support Team.
The accident is currently being investigated by Patrolman Ian Bole of the Manchester Township Police Department Traffic Safety Section and Detective Michael Proto of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office.
On Sunday, August 9, 2015, at approximately 1:32 p.m., members of the Manchester Township Police responded to the area of Pasadena Road and Lincoln Boulevard in the Whiting section of the township for the report of a motorcycle accident.
Upon arrival, officers learned that a 2002 Yamaha V-Star motorcycle was traveling eastbound on Pasadena Road when it failed to negotiate the curve at the intersection of Lincoln Boulevard, left the roadway and fell on its side. The operator, 54 year old Debra Fischer of Manchester, was thrown from the motorcycle after the tires made contact with the loose dirt on the shoulder of the road.
Fischer was riding alone and wearing a DOT approved helmet at the time of the accident. Fischer sustained significant injuries to her shoulder and neck and was transported by ambulance to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune. Her current condition is not known.
Assisting at the scene were members of Quality Medical Transport as well as paramedics from MONOC. The accident remains under investigation by Patrolman Ian Bole from the Manchester Township Police Traffic Safety Section.
The Manchester Township Police is proud to announce the arrival of K-9 Officer Lynk, a 14 month old German Shepherd who will reside with his handler, K-9 Officer Steven Wendruff.
K-9 Officer Lynk arrived at police headquarters on Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, and will begin training as part of the Ewing Township Police Department’s (Mercer County) K-9 Patrol Class No. 3 on Monday, Aug. 10, where he will be trained as a Dual Purpose K-9. Dual Purpose K-9’s are trained in the areas of police patrol operations, such as tracking and locating missing persons, suspects and evidence, as well as in narcotics detection.
With one of the largest senior citizen populations in the state and many vast expanses of wooded areas, coupled with the ever-growing illicit drug epidemic in Ocean County, Lynk is a welcome addition to the Manchester Police force and community.
The free, 16 week K-9 Patrol Class will be conducted by Lead K-9 Trainer, Matthew Nemes of the Ewing Township Police Department and K-9 Trainer Ronald Buchanan of the Lawrence Township Police Department. Upon successful completion of the K-9 Patrol class, K-9 Officer Wendruff and Lynk will resume patrol activities before receiving 14 weeks of scent detection (narcotic) training through the New Jersey State Police. The NJSP scent detection school is tentatively scheduled to begin on March 7, 2016.
“The addition of a second canine team to our department will allow us to better serve and protect our community,” Chief Lisa Parker said.
K-9 Officer Lynk was purchased using money from Manchester’s Law Enforcement Trust Account, which is comprised of revenue generated from seized and forfeited assets.
The Manchester Township Police Department would like to thank: Lead K-9 Trainer, Matthew Nemes, K-9 Trainer, Ronald Buchanan as well as Whiting Veterinary Services for donating examinations and medications.