The Manchester Township Police is proud to announce the arrival of K-9 Officer Storm, a 19-month-old German Shepherd who will reside with K-9 Officer Marc Micciulla and assist in patrol operations throughout the Township.
Storm arrived at police headquarters on Friday, January 23rd, and is scheduled to attend the New Jersey Police K-9 Association Patrol Class in March, where he will be trained as a Dual Purpose K-9. Dual Purpose dogs 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, Storm is a welcome addition to both our agency and the community.
“The arrival of Storm is a proud day for the Manchester Township Police. Having our own K-9 Unit ensures that our officers will have immediate access to a police dog whenever needed, which is beneficial in helping us to better serve our residents,” Chief Brian Klimakowski said.
Storm was purchased using money from Manchester’s Law Enforcement Trust Account, which is comprised of revenue generated from seized and forfeited assets. Furthermore, Storm received his name after Officer Micciulla, a Manchester Police D.A.R.E. officer, solicited name suggestions from his 5th grade students. The D.A.R.E. students were asked to select names and after narrowing them down to two, Storm was selected by popular vote. In addition to the 5th grade students from Manchester Elementary School, the Manchester Township Police would like to thank the following individuals and agencies for their generous help in assisting in the establishment of the K-9 Unit: Brick Township Police for donating a K-9 vehicle, Bradley Beach Police for their donation of a K-9 vehicle cage, Stafford Township Police for their guidance, Sgt. Anthony Turso of Tinton Falls Police for his assistance with training, and Whiting Veterinary Services for donating examinations and medications.
A Point Pleasant woman and a Toms River man face heroin distribution charges after an investigation by the Manchester Township Police Division.
Patricia Sholander, 22, of Howe Street in Pt. Pleasant and Brian Price, 24, of Spanish Wells Road in Toms River were charged by Manchester Township Police with distribution of heroin, possession of heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of hypodermic syringes following a motor vehicle stop.
The Officers conducted the stop on a Mercedes Benz in the area Route 571 and Route 547 on January 21, 2015. As a result of further investigation, a quantity of heroin was found concealed within the vehicle. In total, police seized 94 bags of heroin with an approximate street value of $940.
Sholander and Price were both taken to Ocean County Jail, Toms River. Bail was set at $10,000 with a 10 percent option for Scholander and $20,000 with a10 percent option for Price.
Leading the investigation were Sgt. James Komsa, Patrolman Peter Manco and Patrolman Christian Nazario of the Manchester Township Police. They were also assisted by Ocean County Sheriffs K-9 Officer James Kohout.
On January 6, 2015, at 11:15 p.m., Manchester Township Police responded to a two story structure at 3239 Wilbur Avenue for a possible fire. When Officer Vincent DeRome and Officer Keith Craig arrived on scene, they reported smoke coming from the structure. A short time later they observed flames coming from the wood frame chimney. At this time they confirmed that the residence was unoccupied, and attempted to extinguish the fire utilizing fire extinguishers.
Fire Companies from Ridgeway, Manchester, and Whiting responded and extinguished the blaze. The residence sustained damage to the chimney, master bedroom and roof area. The Manchester Township Building Inspector deemed the dwelling to be habitable and the occupants were able to re-enter the residence.
Manchester Township First Aid Squad, Ocean County Fire Marshal, and Manchester Office of Emergency Management also responded and assisted. No injuries were reported due to the fire, which is not considered to be suspicious in nature. The origin of the fire is currently under investigation by Deputy Fire Marshal John Pasola of the Ocean County Fire Marshal’s Office and Manchester Township Police Detective Christopher Hemhauser.
The Project Medicine Drop box at Manchester Township Police headquarters helped to keep 1,473 pounds of unneeded prescription drugs from potentially falling into the wrong hands in 2014.
In an effort to help combat the growing drug problems in Ocean County, the Manchester Township Police, in conjunction with the New Jersey Department of Consumer Affairs, implemented the drop box location inside the vestibule of its 1 Colonial Drive headquarters in July 2013.
The box—one of the more than 100 throughout the state—is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and can accept pills, capsules, patches and pet medications still in their packaging. Unpackaged, loose or leaking containers, as well as syringes and liquids, are not permitted in the box.
“Project Medicine Drop has been a great asset to our community, since every ounce of unneeded prescription medication dropped off means those drugs will not be abused,” said Detective Albert Vega, who serves as the program coordinator in Manchester. “The drop box is convenient and simple to use. We encourage all of our residents to take advantage of the program.”
Deposited medications are collected regularly by police personnel and disposed of under strict supervision by state-authorized firms. Because pill containers may contain patient information, such as names and address, every effort is made to protect the privacy of those who utilize the box.
Prescription drug abuse by teenagers is a growing problem, and much of that supply unwittingly comes from the medicine cabinets of parents, grandparents and friends. Medication abuse can be a gateway to other drug use and crime, including theft. Abusers have been known to steal pills from unsuspecting family members, meaning the unneeded prescriptions left in medicine cabinets can fall into the wrong hands and lead to a dangerous habit.
More information about Project Medicine Drop is available by calling 800-242-5846 or visiting www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/meddrop.
Manchester Township Police are searching for a man who displayed a handgun during a robbery at the Whiting CVS Pharmacy on Monday, Dec. 29.
At approximately 5:30 p.m. that day, the suspect entered the CVS on Route 530 and Schoolhouse Rd. and walked up to the cashier, where he demanded money. The suspect pulled out of his jacket what appeared to be a black semi-automatic handgun and pointed it at the cashier when he was questioned about the money. When the cashier handed the suspect the cash, he exited the CVS and traveled by foot right on to Schoolhouse Road.
The suspect, whose image was captured on surveillance video, is described as a white male with a white/silver beard and darker-colored mustache. He was wearing a blue baseball cap, a dark hooded sweatshirt, dark pants, red shirt, and a plaid jacket. He is believed to weigh between 220 to 240 lbs. and is between 5’8” to 5’11” inches tall.
The robbery is under investigation by Manchester Township Police Detective Chris Hemhauser, Detective Craig Beaulieu and Patrolman Brian Volk. Also responding to the scene to assist with the investigation were the K-9 and CSI units from the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office. The victim was shaken up but did not sustain any injury during this incident.
Anyone with information about the robbery is urged to contact Manchester Township Police at 732-657-6111. Anonymous tips can be submitted by clicking the “Tip Line” link at www.ManchesterPoliceNJ.com.
Two men from Lakehurst and a third man from Toms River have been arrested in connection with a recent burglary spree that took place in the Leisure Knoll and River Pointe communities.
Kevin M. Monahan (age 19) of Union Avenue Lakehurst, Frederick C. Monahan (age 33) of Serine Street Toms River, and Justin C. Hall (age 27) of Manapaqua Avenue Lakehurst were charged by Detective Adam Guker and Detective Danny Barker in connection with the burglaries. The three men were charged with multiple counts of burglary, conspiracy, receiving stolen property, criminal mischief, fencing, possession of heroin, and possession of drug paraphernalia and hypodermic syringes. Detective Christopher Hemhauser and Detective Danny Barker arrested the trio while in possession of proceeds that had been stolen from the most recent burglary, which took place on Gladstone Avenue in Leisure Knoll.
Between November and December of 2014, more than a half dozen burglaries and attempted burglaries have occurred in Leisure Knoll and River Pointe. All burglaries occurred with forced entry to either a door or window while the homeowners were not at home. The homes were ransacked and various pieces of jewelry, collectibles and cash were taken. The Detectives are currently in the process of returning the recovered property to its owners.
Kevin M. Monahan and Frederick C. Monahan are currently awaiting trial in connection with the Crestwood and Whiting Burglaries which occurred in November and December of 2013. All three men were lodged in Ocean County Jail. Bail was set at $35,000, no 10 percent option on Kevin M. Monahan, $22,500, no 10 percent option on Justin C. Hall and $7,500, no 10 percent option on Frederick C. Monahan.
Assisting with the investigation were the Manchester Township Police Patrol and Investigations Bureaus, Ocean County Sheriff Department’s Crime Scene Investigations Unit and K-9 Unit. Although the most recent burglars have been arrested, residents are reminded to immediately report suspicious people and activity to Manchester Police by calling 732-657-6111. Also, anonymous tips not requiring an immediate police response can be placed on the Manchester Police Web Site at http://www.manchesterpolicenj.com by clicking on the “Tip Line” link.
More than 170 local children and their families attended the event on Friday, Dec. 12, at the Manchester Township Volunteer Fire Department headquarters. There, the grade school-aged children from Manchester’s elementary schools enjoyed a spaghetti dinner and received a gift from Santa himself.
“At this time of year, it’s important for the community to come together to spread some holiday cheer to families in need,” said Manchester PBA 246 President Paul Bachovchin. “It is always a joy to celebrate the holiday season and watch their faces when they receive a gift from Santa.”
More than 25 current and former members of Manchester PBA 246 and their families worked the dinner and helped ensure its success. Also in attendance were Manchester Township Mayor-Elect Ken Palmer, Council Vice President Brendan Weiner, and Kevin Burger, the retired Manchester schools administrator who founded the holiday Kevin’s Kids toy drive.
Manchester PBA 246 is grateful for the generous donations of food from: Luigi’s Pizzeria, Restaurant and Lounge of Lakehurst, Café Napoli of Manchester, Heritage Restaurant of Whiting, Three B’s of Lakehurst, Joey’s Restaurant of Whiting, and Manchester Shoprite. Manchester PBA 246 also would like to thank Manchester Township High School’s cheerleaders and Michael Thorpe of Balloons New Jersey for volunteering their time and contributions. The kindness of these partners helped to ensure the continued success of this annual dinner.
On Dec. 14, 2014, at approximately 11:02 a.m., a black 2012 Harley Davidson motorcycle was traveling northbound in the asphalt parking lot in front if the Manchester Township High School located on 101 South Colonial Road.
The operator of the motorcycle, 60 year old Anthony F. Spatola of Toms River, was practicing motorcycle riding maneuvers when he suddenly lost control and collided into a curb causing him to be ejected from the motorcycle. The motorcycle landed on top of Mr. Spatola, briefly trapping him until a witness assisted with up righting the motorcycle. Mr. Spatola was riding alone at the time of the collision and sustained significant injuries to his mouth and rib cage. He was transported to Community Medical Center for his injuries by the Manchester First Aid Squad.
Assisting at the scene were the MONOC Paramedics. The crash remains under investigation by Patrolman Ian Bole from the Manchester Township Traffic Safety Unit.
On Dec. 13, 2014, at 1:57 a.m., Patrolman Thomas Chant conducted a motor vehicle stop on State Highway 70 in the area of Sam Pitts Road after the driver of a 1999 Green Plymouth Voyager was observed to be speeding and not maintaining his lane of travel.
The operator of the vehicle was identified as 43 year old Scott Montoro of West Saint Joseph Street in Easton, Pa. After some roadside tests Montoro was arrested for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. His passenger, 31 year old Crystal Cwiklik of Jefferson Court in Brick, was found to have outstanding warrants out of Edison, N.J. She was arrested and both were transported to Manchester Police Head Quarters for processing. The vehicle was impounded in accordance with Johns Law.
Cwiklik was released on recognizance from Edison Court. Montoro was found to have $1,000 in outstanding warrants out of Seaside Heights Police. He was turned over to that jurisdiction after being charged and released on summons in Manchester for speeding, failure to maintain his lane of travel, operation of a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, operating a vehicle while suspended in N.J.
On Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, the Ocean County Traffic Officers Association awarded Manchester Township Police Officer Michael Guarino with the Kimberly Smith-Ames DWI Certificate of Recognition for his unwavering commitment to keeping not only the residents of Manchester Township safe, but also those who pass through it by rigorously enforcing the DWI laws of the State of New Jersey.
Officer Guarino, who led the department in DWI arrests, is three-year veteran of the Manchester Township Police Department. Officer Guarino, who participated in several high visibility DWI enforcement campaigns throughout the year, was one of five officers from around Ocean County vying for the top honor of receiving the 9th Annual Kimberly Smith-Ames DWI Prevention Award. The award was created to honor the life and memory of Kimberly Smith-Ames who was tragically killed on October 7, 1998, by an extremely reckless drunk driver in Beachwood, NJ. The crash not only took the life of 23-year-old Kimberly, but of her unborn child as well. The award, which is issued annually, was created by her parents, Ed and Carol Smith.
The purpose of this award is to increase the public’s awareness of the enormous commitment and determination put forward by the men and women of the Ocean County law enforcement community in educating and preventing Driving While Intoxicated offenses while acknowledging those officers who have demonstrated such commitment to this fight.