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Narcotics Officers Shut Down Heroin and Ecstasy Operation in Apartment Complex

A surveillance operation conducted by members of the Manchester Township Police Narcotics Enforcement Team resulted in the seizure of over 200 doses of heroin and over 60 doses of Ecstasy as well as a quantity of crack-cocaine, Xanax, Percocet and marijuana. The operation also resulted in the seizure of $1,385.00 in suspected drug proceeds.

The investigation began after Manchester Police received multiple tips from concerned citizens about suspected drug activity at a Ridgeway Road apartment complex. Officers setup surveillance in the area of the complex and observed suspicious activity including a drug transaction at one of the apartments.

During the surveillance, a blue Mazda 3 associated with the apartment was observed leaving the area and was stopped by police. During the stop, the driver, 34 year old Salim Cofi of Belmont Drive in South Toms River and the passenger, 26 year old Katelyn Burch of Camino Roble in Toms River, were both arrested after they were found to be in possession of cocaine. Additionally, Cofi had found to have several outstanding arrest warrants from multiple jurisdictions.

After arresting Cofi and Burch, officers returned to the Ridgeway Road complex and conducted a consent search of the apartment where the earlier drug transaction took place. During the search, over 200 doses of heroin and over 60 doses of Ecstasy were recovered as well as a quantity of crack-cocaine, Xanax, Percocet and marijuana. Also located in the apartment was empty packaging material, scales and cutting agents used to prepare and package heroin for resale and $1,385.00 in suspected drug sale proceeds, all of which were seized. The estimated street value of the narcotics seized in this operation was approximately $2,600.00.

Inside the apartment, officers also discovered that the suspects had a surveillance system installed which allowed them to view the door and parking lot of the complex from a bedroom.

Arrested in the apartment was, 38 year old, Jacques Johnson of Brick, 38 year old, Kareemott Jones of Pleansantville and 35 year old, Tanya Neal of Manchester.

Jones, Johnson and Cofi were each charged with possession of heroin, possession with intent to distribute heroin, possession MDMA (ecstasy), possession with intent to distribute MDMA (ecstasy), possession of cocaine, possession of Percocet, possession of Alprazolam, possession of marijuana under 50 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Bail for Johnson was set at $35,000, while bail for Jones and Cofi was set at $60,000.  All three subjects were transported to Ocean County Jail in default of bail.  Neal was charged with possession of marijuana under 50 grams and possession of Percocet and Burch was charged with possession of cocaine. Each was later released on a complaint summons.

This incident remains under investigation and additional arrests are anticipated.  Also assisting with this investigation were members of the Manchester Township Police Patrol Bureau, the Toms River Police Department Special Enforcement Team and the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Special Operations Group.

Daisy Troop Visits Manchester Police Headquarters

Daisy Troop 28, which consists of first grade students from Whiting Elementary School, recently stopped by Manchester Township Police headquarters for a tour and lesson on respecting authority led by Detective Richard Jupinka. In addition, Detective Jupinka explained how the fingerprinting process works, showed them a police vehicle and its features, demonstrated how the interview process works, and taught them about fire safety and properly utilizing 911 in an emergency. The Troop also met Chief Lisa Parker, Capt. Todd Malland, and Lt. Robert Dolan on their tour. It was a great experience for all!

Search Warrant Leads to the Recovery of a Prohibited Assault Firearm

On November 10, 2015, at approximately 7 p.m., members of the Ocean County Regional S.W.A.T. Team and the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit assisted the Manchester Township Police Investigations Unit with the execution of a court authorized search warrant at a Nathan Avenue home in the Summit Park section of the Township.

The search warrant was a direct result of information supplied by a concerned citizen. While conducting the search, a Double Star, Star-15, 5.56 mm rifle and three high capacity loaded magazines were located inside the residence. Due to its configuration and features, the rifle was classified as a prohibited assault firearm under New Jersey Law.

As a result of the investigation, 21 year old, Ty-Quan Jones, 23 year old, Fu-Quan Jones, and 21 year old, Qualeik Williams, all of Nathan Avenue, were arrested and subsequently charged with one count of possession of an assault firearm, three counts of possession of high capacity magazines and one count of possession of a rifle without a permit. Ty-Quan Jones and Qualeik Williams were also charged with possession of marijuana under 50 grams.

Manchester Municipal Court Judge Daniel F. Sahin set bail for all three individuals at $100,000.00 with no 10 percent option. All three were transported to the Ocean County Jail in default of bail.

Residents are urged to inform police of any information that might be beneficial to keeping their neighborhoods safe. There are several ways to do so:

  • Call the Manchester Police at 732-657-6111.
  • Use the “Tip Line” located at ManchesterPoliceNJ.com.
  • Sign up for Nixle by texting 08759 to 888777. Online registration can be done through Nixle.com, where tips can be sent.
  • “Like” the Manchester Police Facebook page at Facebook.com/ManchesterPolice. Tips can be sent through private message.

Interfaith Meeting Opens Productive Dialog Benefitting Manchester Residents

A productive interfaith information session, hosted by the Manchester Township Police Department Tuesday morning, encouraged an open dialog among local faith-based partners and Manchester Township officials.

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The meeting, which was attended by Mayor Kenneth Palmer, Chief Lisa Parker, Office of Emergency Management Coordinator Arthur Abline, Police Chaplain James Davis, and numerous local religious leaders of various faiths, provided an opportunity for everyone to meet and discuss ways they can better serve the residents of Manchester Township.

Mayor Palmer said that it is important all organizations within Manchester Township have open dialogs with each other and residents. This way, they will be able to coordinate their efforts and have clear communication with the public in times of emergency, which could be anything from a major storm to responding to traffic or other emergencies.

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Coordinator Abline noted that, for example, during Superstorm Sandy local places of worship offered services and assistance that town officials previously did not think they were capable of providing. This meeting served as a way for the township and these organizations to get to know one another and discuss how they can provide assistance in times of need.

“Local religious leaders are pillars of our community who have established close relationships with their followers. Developing relationships with them is beneficial for police and the residents of Manchester Township,” said Chief Parker. “It’s important that we know each other’s capabilities, community concerns, and form close partnerships before a critical event occurs.”

An invaluable resource to their community, a police chaplain may help with making death notifications, assist with crisis situations, and mitigate the stress families deal with during difficult times. The services a police chaplain do not have to be religious in nature, as they are inclusive of all faiths and are trained in counseling, crisis management and critical incident debriefing. “Chaplain Davis has been there for many of our citizens during critical times. He is experienced and dedicated to his calling,” said Chief Parker.

“We all need to work together from our various perspectives and respect each other while providing assistance to our community,” said Chaplain Davis. “It’s not about us and our beliefs, it’s for the person that we’re serving.”

Rev. Gary W. Holden, founder, president and CEO of the Police Chaplain Program of NJ, spoke at the meeting, stressing the importance of community engagement. As a clergy member who responded to the Ferguson, MO, riots last year, he said interacting with and getting to know the public plays an important role in helping to ease tensions.

Increased Focus on Summit Park Yields Four Arrests

An ongoing increased focus on law enforcement efforts in Manchester Township’s Summit Park section yielded four warrant arrests on November 9, 2015.

Acting on information out of Seaside Park, Manchester Township Police Detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Qualeik Williams, 21, of Nathan Ave. Williams was arrested on a $2,500 warrant for taking property, a rental car, without the owner’s consent.

While Officers were searching for Williams at his Nathan Ave. residence, it was discovered that three other individuals there had outstanding warrants. Also arrested were: Fu-Quan J. Jones, 23, on a $500 contempt warrant out of Brick Township; Ty-Quan O. Jones, 21, on a $500 contempt warrant out of Brick Township, and Xzenaisya Carrasquillo, 19, on four warrants from multiple jurisdictions totaling $4,750.

All were processed at Manchester Township Police Department headquarters. All were released after posting bail except for Carrasquillo, who was transferred to the Ocean County Jail in default of bail.

Assisting with the arrests were Dsg. Christopher Hemhauser, Sgt. Michael Leming, and Patrolmen Anthony Iliadis, Adam Carey and Ian Bole.

Residents are urged to inform police of any information that might be beneficial to keeping their neighborhoods safe. There are several ways to do so:

  • Call the Manchester Police at 732-657-6111.
  • Use the “Tip Line” located at ManchesterPoliceNJ.com.
  • Sign up for Nixle by texting 08759 to 888777. Online registration can be done through Nixle.com, where tips can be sent.
  • “Like” the Manchester Police Facebook page at Facebook.com/ManchesterPolice. Tips can be sent through private message.

Manchester Man Arrested After Heroin Falls Out of His Pants

Two individuals are facing heroin charges after officers from the Manchester Township Police Department’s Narcotics Enforcement Team witnessed the pair exhibiting suspicious behavior in the parking lot of a Route 571 business on November 4, 2015, at approximately 4:15 p.m.

Narcotics officers conducted surveillance on the pair, who were operating a 2004 Chevrolet Impala, and later stopped their vehicle in Toms River at the intersection of Route 70 and Route 9. The vehicle was occupied by two males who both exhibited signs of heroin use. After the front seat passenger was asked to exit the vehicle by officers, a quantity of heroin fell out of his pant leg onto the ground. As a result, the 23 year Manchester man, Anthony Moriarty, was arrested without incident.

Further investigation led to the recovery of additional quantities of heroin which was found concealed in the trunk of the vehicle along with several hypodermic needles. This led to the arrest of the driver, 19 year old, Matthew Morin also of Manchester.

Both individuals were charged with possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia. Morin was additionally charged with possession of hypodermic needles. Both subjects were taken to Manchester Police Headquarters and Morin was later transported to Ocean County Jail in default of $7,500.00 bail, while Moriarty was released on a complaint summons.

Also assisting with this investigation was Ocean County Sheriff’s K-9 Officer James Kohout.

Motor Vehicle Crash Involving Ambulance Delays Traffic for Several Hours

On the afternoon of Saturday, November 7, 2015, members of the Manchester Township Police Department responded to the intersection of State Highway 37 and Colonial Drive for the report of a motor vehicle accident involving a pickup truck and an ambulance. Upon arrival, officers located a grey Chevrolet Silverado in the eastbound lanes of Route 37 with extensive front end damage and a Ford E-Series ambulance, owned by Quality Medical Transport of Bayville, lying on its driver’s side just east of the intersection on Route 37.


The initial investigation revealed that the ambulance, which had been transporting a patient to Community Medical Center in Toms River, was traveling eastbound on Route 37, when it collided with a 2015 Chevy Silverado Pickup that was traveling south on Colonial Drive, crossing Route 37. Both the driver of the ambulance, 25 year old, Jennifer Garelick of Barnegat, and the rear passenger, 22 year old, Nicole Christiano of Toms River, were airlifted to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune. Additionally, the on-board patient, 73 year old, Marie Hilton of Whiting, was transported to Jersey Shore by ambulance.  The driver of the Chevy Silverado, 40 year old, Dajuan Smith, of Toms River, sustained minor injuries and refused additional medical attention at the scene.


Assisting at the scene were members of the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) Unit and the Ocean County Prosecutors’ Vehicular Homicide Unit, as well as members of the Manchester Volunteer First Aid Squad, and both the Manchester and Ridgeway Volunteer Fire Departments. Traffic diversion was provided by the New Jersey State DOT Incident Management Emergency Response Team while the investigation was being conducted. The crash remains under investigation at by Ptl. Michael Anderson, Ptl. Ian Bole, and Ptl. Antonio Ellis of the Manchester Township Police Department’s Traffic Safety Unit. Anyone with information about this crash is asked to contact the Manchester Traffic Safety Section at 732-657-2009 Ext. 4401.


Cpl. Scott R. Thompson Honored at Blue Mass

Earlier today, Cpl. Scott R. Thompson was honored at the Archbishop’s Blue Mass for Law Enforcement at Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark. Among those present were Cpl. Thompson’s wife Tracy and daughter Sydney, his fellow Manchester officers and Honor Guard, and Chief Lisa Parker. We’re proud to have taken part in such a memorable ceremony for our fallen brother.

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Police, Residents Meet to Discuss Community Crime Fighting Partnership

Members of the Manchester Township Police and residents of the township’s Summit Park community met at the Municipal Complex Civic Center on Wednesday, Oct. 5, to discuss ways they can work together to fight and prevent crime. The meeting focused on the many options residents have to easily supply information to police, and ways they can help to remove the opportunity for crime in their neighborhood.

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Following two shooting incidents in their community in recent weeks, Summit Park residents have banded together in an effort to aid police. Chief Lisa Parker reported that arrests, weapons recovery, and vehicle seizures have been made in connection with the incidents. The investigation remains a top priority for Manchester Police and further law enforcement action is likely. This meeting was a productive way for the community, police, and town officials to connect and discuss neighborhood safety.

“It is very important to us that we see a community that cares and can come together to find a resolution,” said Chief Parker. “You can help us better serve you by being additional sets of eyes and ears. We encourage you to contact us with any information you feel may be important and we will always follow up.”

Residents are urged to inform police of any information that might be beneficial to keeping their neighborhoods safe. There are several ways to do so:

  • Call the Manchester Police at 732-657-6111.
  • Use the “Tip Line” located at ManchesterPoliceNJ.com.
  • Sign up for Nixle by texting 08759 to 888777. Online registration can be done through Nixle.com, where tips can be sent.
  • “Like” the Manchester Police Facebook page at Facebook.com/ManchesterPolice. Tips can be sent through private message.

Photo 2Residents are reminded that all tips, no matter the submission method, may be submitted anonymously, and it is not necessary for an officer in a marked police vehicle to complete a follow up visit the tipster’s home. Remember, in an emergency situation please dial 911 or 732-657-6111 – do not use a tip line.

The meeting also provided some simple ways for residents to deter crime. Dsg. Christopher Hemhauser and Det. Richard Jupinka outlined these methods, including leaving outdoor lighting on at night, promptly reporting street light outages through JCP&L’s website, reporting any suspicious vehicles and/or activity, and getting to better know your neighbors.

Township Council President Brendan Weiner, who was joined at the meeting by Council members Craig Wallis, James Vaccaro and Samuel Fusaro, reported that a recent ordinance allows for the Township to clean up homes and businesses in disrepair if the owner fails to do so. A lien is then placed on the property so the clean up is at no cost to the taxpayer. This will help to keep neighborhoods in good condition and deter crime from moving in.

Manchester Patrolman Teaches Self-Awareness/Self-Defense to Local Women’s Group

Manchester Township Police Patrolman Michael Terranova recently gave a self-defense presentation to the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church Women’s Group (Whiting), teaching them how they can protect themselves in dangerous situations.

The presentation came about after Linda Quinn, the Parish Business Manager and leader of the monthly women’s group, reached out to Chief Lisa Parker, who was eager to accommodate the request.womensgroup

Given his extensive background in martial arts, Patrolman Michael Terranova, who has trained in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for 10 years and earned a brown belt in the discipline, was selected to teach the class. In addition to his Jiu-Jitsu training, Patrolman Terranova is an amateur boxer and kickboxer who took first place during the 2014 “Public Safety Fight Night” charity boxing match held in Passaic County.

Patrolman Terranova focused his presentation on giving the 15 members of the women’s group tips on how they can improve self-awareness by identifying and avoiding potential threats before they become problems. He also gave the group a brief hands-on demonstration of striking techniques. Ms. Quinn said that the presentation was enjoyed by all who attended.

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