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Manchester Fire Company Official Charged with Theft from Organization

The former Acting Treasurer of the Manchester Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 has been charged with the theft of more than $30,000 from the organization’s general account.

Vincent F. Conte, 46, of 10th Avenue, was arrested and charged on August 12th following an investigation by Manchester Township Police Department Detective Robert Maccaquano, with assistance from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Economic Crimes Unit. Conte, a captain who separated from the fire company in October of 2015, had been writing checks to himself from the Manchester Volunteer Fire Company’s general account for his own personal benefit while serving as the Acting Treasurer from 2012 through 2015.

The police investigation was initiated after the fire company’s finances were reviewed following Conte’s departure. Fire company personnel noticed accounting discrepancies and contacted the Manchester Township Police Department for assistance. Detectives found that Conte had written multiple checks to himself or to “cash” over the three year period, with a total amount exceeding $30,000. The fire company now adheres to a rule that requires that all checks contain two signatures.

Conte was charged with one count of Official Misconduct, which is second degree crime and two counts of Theft in excess of $30,000, a third degree crime. He was lodged in the Ocean County Jail on $75,000 bail.

Manchester Police Youth Academy Class of 2016 Graduates

It is with great pride the Manchester Township Police congratulates the graduates of the 2016 Youth Police Academy, the second class to successfully complete the one-week program.

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Held from August 1-5, 23 students from grades 6, 7 and 8 were introduced to the law enforcement profession and taught what it means to be a police officer through hands-on demonstrations and activities. Led by School Resource Officer Christopher Cerullo, the youth cadets engaged in a variety of activities each day showing them different aspects of law enforcement.

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“This week, I saw a great group of cadets learn and demonstrate the principles of discipline, leadership, and dedication,” said Chief Lisa Parker. “I’m proud that they dedicated a week of their summer vacation to such a worthwhile program.”

The youth cadets were taught the history of the Manchester Township Police Department, interacted with Ocean County Police Academy cadets during a tour at their Lakewood facility, saw SWAT demonstrations at the Ocean County Fire Academy, and learned about physical fitness, first aid and traffic safety.

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“We’re able to teach these cadets about what we as officers do on a daily basis, as well as connect with them and build a sense of community,” said SRO Cerullo. “We’re always here for our children, and it’s important for them to know that.”

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On Friday, Aug. 5, the youth cadets celebrated their accomplishments with a graduation ceremony and pizza party. Chief Parker addressed the class, and cadet Liane Sharry was selected to read an essay detailing their week’s worth of activities. Helping to make the Youth Police Academy possible were Patrolman Patrick Mabie, Detective Adam Emmons, the Ocean County Police Academy, Ocean County SWAT, and Manchester First Aid and Rescue Squad.

$3,100 Raised for Manchester K-9 Unit at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church Pancake Breakfast Benefit

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The Manchester Township Police Department would like to thank everyone who attended the pancake fundraiser breakfast for K-9 Officers this past Sunday, August 7, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Whiting. The breakfast, organized by retired Officer Sandy Drake, raised $3,100 for the non-profit Manchester Township Police Foundation, Inc.

k9pancake8K-9 Officer Steve Wendruff and K-9 Officer Marc Micciulla and his K-9, Storm, had a great time meeting with supporters and members of the community. The breakfast came together several months ago when Ms. Drake approached Chief Lisa Parker about hosting an event to benefit the K-9 Unit. Manchester Police Auxiliary Officer David Milecki also assisted with the event by distributing event flyers throughout the area.

Donations like these help to offset the cost for care, maintenance, and training for the K-9 Unit and reduce the usage of township funds.

k9pancake3“It was encouraging to see such a large turnout at this pancake breakfast. It truly shows that the generosity of our community is second to none,” said Chief Parker.

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: www.manchesterpolicenj.com and click on the “Police Foundation” tab.

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In Memory of Wife, Resident Donates to Manchester Police Foundation

The Manchester Township Police Department would like to thank resident Edward Loughman for his generous $1,000 donation to the non-profit Manchester Township Police Foundation, Inc., on August 3, 2016, in memory of his wife, Joan Loughman.

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Mrs. Loughman suffered a medical emergency in 2009, at which time Sgt. James Komsa, then a Patrolman, responded to the couple’s home. Sgt. Komsa entered the home through a first floor window, found Mrs. Loughman unresponsive, and began CPR along with members of the Whiting First Aid squad. Despite their best efforts, Mrs. Loughman unfortunately passed away.

Since the incident several years ago, Mr. Loughman said that he has kept Sgt. Komsa and the Manchester Police in his thoughts. This donation was made, as Mr. Loughman said, in honor of Sgt. Komsa and in memory of his wife.

“We greatly appreciate the kindness and generosity of Mr. Loughman, as well as the many residents who continue to show their support for our officers and our community,” said Chief Lisa Parker.

The mission of the Manchester Township Police Foundation, an independent, non-profit organization, is to work in partnership with citizens, businesses and philanthropic organizations, to strengthen the bond between the Division of Police and the citizens it serves. This is accomplished through 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.

For more information or to make a donation, please click the “Police Foundation” tab on the Manchester Township Police Department website, www.ManchesterPoliceNJ.com.

Four Arrested In Connection with Heroin Distribution Including Father and Son

An investigation by members of the Manchester Township Police Department’s Narcotics Enforcement Team (N.E.T.) culminated in the search of a Crestwood Village home and the arrests of four individuals on heroin distribution and other drug related charges on Thursday night.

During the late evening hours of July 28, 2016, members of the department’s Narcotics Enforcement Team executed a court authorized search warrant at an Amesbury Road residence in the Crestwood Village section of the Township. The investigation began after the Narcotics Enforcement Team received complaints about possible drug distribution on that block. Surveillance was established in the area and an investigation ultimately led to the receipt of a search warrant for the residence.

During the search of the home, evidence of heroin distribution, along with 149 doses of heroin were recovered. In addition, more than $3,000.00 in cash, believed to be proceeds of heroin sales, was seized. Furthermore, paraphernalia associated with the distribution of heroin was also seized.

Arrested at the residence were the following:

  • Rocco R. Scalzo Jr., 48, Grinnell Avenue, Manchester
  • James P. Gnatowsky, 44, San Carlos Street, Toms River
  • James S. Gnatowsky, 23, Dolan Street, Lanoka Harbor
  • Kellyann M. Lomberk, 36, Amesbury Road, Whiting

All four individuals were charged with possession of heroin, possession with intent to distribute heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of hypodermic needles.

Bail for Lomberk and James P. Gnatowsky’s was set at $50,000 while bail for James S. Gnatowsky’s was set at $25,000. Scalzo’s bail was set at $15.000. All four subjects were unable to post bail and were subsequently transported to the Ocean County Jail.

The investigation was led by the Manchester Police Department’s Narcotics Enforcement Team. Assisting with this investigation were officers from both the Police Department’s Investigations and Patrol Bureaus as well as members of its K-9 unit.

Residents are reminded that drug related 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.

Man Injured in Animal Attack

On July 27, 2016, at approximately 5 p.m., a 53 year old Johnson Avenue man encountered, and was bitten several times, by an aggressive animal believed to be a dog or a coyote in a wooded area near his residence while walking his German Shepard.

The encounter was reported to the Manchester Township Police by the Emergency Department of Ocean Medical Center in Brick approximately four hours after the incident occurred, when the victim was at the facility receiving treatment. The investigation revealed that the victim received several bites, cuts and lacerations to both arms from what he described as “a large brown aggressive dog” which he came upon in the woods. The victim reported that he was surprised by the presence of the animal and was attacked without any provocation. He was treated and released by the Emergency Department staff that night after receiving numerous stitches on both arms.

There were no witnesses to the incident and although an extensive neighborhood canvas was conducted by members of the police department, no one reported seeing an animal matching the description in the area. A few residents, however, reported hearing what they believed to be coyote calls off in the distance in the past.

The incident is currently being investigated by Ptl. Kyle Rickvalsky along with the Manchester Township Animal Control Officer and representatives from the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife.

Because the investigation has not been able to definitively determine whether the victim was attacked by a dog or a coyote, the following public service announcement is being issued by the Manchester Township Police.

  • Coyotes are now raising their pups and can be more territorial as they guard their mates, dens, pups and food sources. Here are some coyote safety tips to keep your family safe in the outdoors:
  • Coyotes can be found in any open space, parks, neighborhoods and even commercial areas. As people and their pets spend more time outdoors, the possibility of a coyote encounter increases.
  • Coyotes may try to escort you out of an area to protect their pups or food sources when you encounter them on a trail. Humans may perceive this behavior as stalking, which is usually not the case.
  • They may also view your pet as prey.
  • To let coyotes be wild while keeping yourself and pets safe, please follow these pointers:
  • Never feed coyotes—it is illegal to feed coyotes in most places. Feeding endangers your family and neighbors as it lures coyotes into neighborhoods.
  • Keep unattended cats and dogs indoors or in completely enclosed runs, especially at night, and do not assume that a fence will keep a coyote out of your back yard.
  • Accompany your leashed pet outside. Make sure you turn on lights if it is dark to check your back yard for unexpected wildlife.
  • Keep dogs on short leashes while walking outside; the Division of Wildlife recommends a leash no longer than 6 feet.
  • Leave noisemakers on hand to scare away coyotes that may enter your yard, such as whistles and horns.
  • Don’t run away or turn your back on a coyote.
  • Do not allow a coyote to get in between you and your pet or child—keep children close to you.
  • Yell, clap hands, blow a whistle and try to make yourself look larger if you have a close encounter with a coyote.

Note where and when you have an encounter with a coyote. Coyotes often follow routines. Avoid this area in the future if the encounter was negative.

Youth Hockey Player Honors Cpl. Thompson

We’re very proud of Sgt. Bryan Vidovich’s nephew, Aidan, for honoring Cpl. Scott Thompson during his summer hockey tournament in Manalapan.image3

Each player picks the number of a fallen police officer to wear on their jersey. Aidan chose 52 in remembrance of Cpl. Thompson, badge number 352. Aidan, we appreciate your support of Cpl. Thompson and all of the officers who made the ultimate sacrifice.

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Residents Advised to Avoid Rattlesnakes; Contact State if Spotted

The Manchester Township Police Department has received several confirmed sightings of Timber rattlesnakes in the Roosevelt City section of Whiting over the past few days. Timber rattlesnakes are poisonous reptiles that are considered endangered in the state of NJ. Residents are cautioned not to disturb or approach them.

20160720_190830_resizedRobert T. Zappalorti, the executive director/president of Herpetological Associates, Inc., assisted Manchester Police and advised that it is currently mating season, when the male snakes seek out females. While these snakes are present throughout the state, they are prevalent in Fox Hollow, Roosevelt City, and Timber Green.

 

20160720_193324_resizedAccording to the State Department of Environmental Protection, the following should be done if you encounter a rattlesnake:

  • Do NOT approach a rattlesnake! The timber rattlesnake is basically a passive animal, but can become defensive when threatened. Because rattlesnakes view humans as predators, your prolonged presence could encourage a defensive strike.
  • NEVER attempt to handle a rattlesnake. This isextremely threatening to the rattlesnake, and encourages defensive strikes. In addition, the timber rattlesnake is protected under the NJ Endangered Species Act. Therefore, it is illegal to kill, handle or harass a timber rattlesnake in New Jersey.
  • Move a safe distance away from the snake. Rattlesnakes can strike at a distance up to 1/2 their body length.
  • IMMEDIATELY take note of the time and call the Endangered and Nongame Species Program:

Southern region: (609) 628-2103

Northern region: (908) 735-8975 or (908) 735-9281

Weeknights/ weekends: 1-877-WARN DEP.

For additional information, including steps to take if bitten by a rattlesnake (after immediately dialing 911), please see: http://www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/ensp/pdf/rattler_brochure.pdf

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Manchester Police Honor Our Fallen Brothers in Dallas

We’re proud that Ptl. Arthur Cronk represented the Manchester Township Police Department in Texas for the funerals of our fallen brothers of the Dallas Police Department.

Three Arrested After Six-Week Narcotics Investigation; LSD, Marijuana and Weapons Recovered

A six-week investigation by members of the Manchester Township Police Department’s Narcotics Enforcement Team (N.E.T.) culminated in the search of a Summit Park home and the arrests of three individuals on drug and weapons charges on Wednesday.

During the early morning hours of July 13, 2016, members of the department’s Narcotics Enforcement Team and Detective Section, along with members of the Ocean County Regional SWAT Team, executed a Court authorized search warrant at a Neal Place residence in the Summit Park section of the Township. The six-week investigation began after the Narcotics Enforcement Team received complaints about possible drug distribution on that block. Police obtained a search warrant for the residence after a subsequent investigation.13690822_970881306363237_7421164374372606382_n

During the search of the home, evidence of LSD and marijuana distribution, along with a quarter pound of marijuana and 165 doses of LSD were recovered. In addition, multiple prohibited weapons and more than $1,000.00 in cash, believed to be proceeds of drug sales, were seized. Furthermore, paraphernalia associated with the distributionof marijuana and LSD was also seized.
Arrested were the following:

• Shawn Moll, 27, of Neal Place, Manchester
• Kwasi Mayweather, 30, of River Avenue, Lakewood
• Victoria Espinal, 19, of Housen Street, Manchester

All three individuals were charged with possession of and possession with intent to distribute LSD, possession of and possession with intent to distribute over 50 grams of marijuana, possession of K2 (synthetic marijuana), possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of prohibited weapons. Additionally, Mayweather was processed on two outstanding arrest warrants; one out of the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department and one out of Millstone Municipal Court.

Moll’s bail was set at $165,000, with no 10 percent option, while bail for both Mayweather and Espinal was set at $100,000, also with no 10 percent option. All three subjects were unable to post bail and were subsequently transported to the Ocean County Jail.

The investigation was led by the Manchester Police Department’s N.E.T. Assisting with this investigation were the officers from both the Manchester Police Department Investigations and Patrol Bureaus. Additionally, the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit assisted at the scene.

Residents are reminded that drug related 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.



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