Robert Cort, a 14 year old Boy Scout from Troop 23 Manahawkin, recently donated a custom made shooting bench to the Manchester Township Police Firearms Training Program. The shooting bench was presented to members of the Manchester Township Police Firearms Training Unit by Robert and his father, Joseph Cort. Robert built the shooting bench with donated materials, volunteering more than 54 hours of his time under the supervision of his father. Robert told the Officers that he is working towards obtaining the rank of Eagle Scout and this is part of that comprehensive process. The shooting bench was a much needed replacement to the previous bench which had succumbed to the effects of weather and years of use.
The Firearms Instructor Staff is comprised of twelve Officers that include Chief Brian Klimakoswki, Lt. Vincent Manco, Dsg. James Sharkey, Sgt. Michael Leming, Sgt. Joeseph Hankins, Sgt. Brian Vidovich, Sgt. Salvatore Ventre, Ptl. Christopher Walaszek, Det. Albert Vega, Det. Danny Barker, Ptl. Chuck Gatnarek and Ptl. Christian Nazario. The Firearms Instructors are responsible for the training and qualifications of all of the Manchester Township Police Officers. Members of the Firearms Staff have earned their Instructor certifications through various Federal, Military, State, County and Private training programs. Each of the Instructors dedicate more than 100 hours a year to training and qualifications of all Sworn Officers, further development of their own skills through advanced training, in addition to donating their own time to insure they are providing the most up to date progressive and effective training available to our Officers. All of the Firearms Instructors are former and / or present members of the Ocean County Regional SWAT Team and prior to 2006 the Manchester Township Emergency Response Team.
During this year’s fall qualification and training period the Instructors presented Officers with a series of challenging drills involving shooting through car windshields, shooting moving targets and shooting on the move, to prepare the officers for situations they may encounter in the real world. The training takes place during both day and night hours and is designed to enhance life-saving skills and prepare the officers to recognize and deal with lethal threat encounters. In addition to a full day on the range, Officers also receive additional classroom training to meet or exceed training requirements and better prepare the Officers for situations they are likely to encounter. Prior to the beginning of any training cycle the Firearms Instructors spend a full day on the range preparing and improving on the scenarios the officers will be exposed to during each training evolution. When preparing for semi-annual training the Firearms Staff spends time reviewing current events involving officer involved shootings, attending progressive training classes, and making any necessary repairs to the range to insure a safe learning environment. Manchester Police are also held to a higher shooting standard. The State requires officers to qualify by meeting the standard of 48 out of 60 hits in the scoring area but Manchester Police standards are a minimal of 55 out of 60 possible hits in the scoring area.
As we move forward into the future there is a strong emphasis on keeping the training as current and realistic as possible in addition to developing new Instructors with the same progressive mindset. To facilitate training the Manchester Township Police Department hosts various firearms and simmunition schools throughout the year, for which the host agency receives complimentary spots. In addition several of the Instructors assist with the training of police recruits at the Ocean County Police Academy to contribute to the overall success of future officers.
Manchester couple arrested in Leisure Village West for: Robbery, Prostitution, Criminal Restraint, Theft and Drug Offenses
On 11/26/2013, Manchester Township Police received a call for a robbery. Information received from the victim indicated that contact was initially made through a website called backpage.com. The victim then contacted Anne L. Donahue (age 33) via the phone number provided on the website. The victim was then provided directions to the Thornbury Lane residence with the intent of receiving sexual favors in exchange for money. Upon arriving at the residence the victim was greeted by Anne L. Donahue, who did not resemble the photos posted on the website. The victim then tried to leave but was forced by Anne L. Donahue and Philip J. Cottone (age 40) to pay the agreed amount before being allowed to leave the residence.
During the investigation Manchester Township Police Detectives learned that approximately 600 vehicles had visited the Thornbury Lane residence during all hours of the day and night since August of 2013. Thornbury Lane is located within the gated retirement community of Leisure Village West. While Det. Richard Jupinka was preparing a search warrant for the Thornbury Lane residence, Det. Christopher Hemhauser and Det.Danny Barker located a second victim reporting similar circumstances involving Anne L. Donahue and Philip J. Cottone. This victim also visited the website, made phone contact with Anne L Donahue, and then drove to the Thornbury Lane residence with the intent of receiving sexual favors in exchange for money. This victim also tried to leave when photos on the website did not match Anne Donahue and was forced to pay the agreed amount by Donahue and Cottone before being allowed to leave the residence. While the investigation continued, multiple vehicles were observed coming and going from the Thornbury Lane residence.
Members of the Manchester Township Police Patrol Bureau and Investigations Bureau then responded to the residence to protect and prevent any future robbery victims. While at the residence, Detectives executed a court authorized search warrant which resulted in evidence related to the charges. Detective Richard Jupinka charged Philip J. Cottone and his girlfriend Anne L. Donahue who were residing on Thornbury Lane in Leisure Village West with Robbery, Criminal Restraint, Theft, Prostitution, Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Heroin, Possession of hypodermic syringes, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. After being processed for their arrests Cottone and Donahue were remanded to the Ocean County Jail in default of $150,000.00 dollars bail with no 10% option. Also assisting with the investigation were Detectives Jim Hill and Dan Roske of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office High Tech Crimes Unit.
A 74 year old Whiting resident reported to Manchester Police on November 17th that a former household member and family friend had taken her Debit Card without permission and charged over $3000.00 in purchases and cash advances. The suspect, Christopher Lynch (age 47 of Toms River) had been living with the victim for several months and during that time had also stolen and forged the victim’s name on several bank checks which he later cashed. Manchester Police Officers: Paul Bachovchin and Kyle Rickvalsky investigated the incident and later filed charges against Lynch for Forgery, Identity Theft, Fraudulent use of a Credit Card, and Theft. Lynch was located and arrested today (November 26th) without incident by Berkley Township Police at his family’s Berkley Township residence. Berkley Police subsequently transported Lynch to Manchester Police Headquarters where he was processed and charged with the above criminal offenses. Lynch was also found to have a $600.00 arrest warrant out of Marlboro Township which he paid in full. Lynch was later lodged in the Ocean County Jail in lieu of $30,000 Bail.
On November 22, 2013, at 10:15pm, a 2002 Cadillac Deville was involved in a one car motor vehicle accident in the area of mile marker 43 on SH 70. The Cadillac had been traveling westbound when it left the travel portion of the roadway and struck a utility pole. The driver and sole occupant of the vehicle was 69 year old John Barlow of Whiting NJ. As a result of the crash, the utility pole was knocked down causing a temporary closure of the west bound lane of SH 70. The NJ DOT Traffic Diversion Team responded and re-routed both the eastbound and westbound lanes allowing SH 70 to be reopened to two way traffic. There were no injuries reported at the scene. Whiting Volunteer Fire Company, and Quality Medical Transport assisted at the scene. The crash is being investigated by Ptl. Marc Micciulla of the Manchester Township Police Patrol Bureau.
On 11/21/2013 at 16:45 hours, Manchester Police responded to a single story structure fire at 122 Morning Glory Lane in the Whiting section of town. When Officer Chris Walaszek, Officer Marc Micciulla, and Officer Michael O’Hara arrived on scene, they reported the structure was fully involved and said they observed flames protruding from the roof. They immediately confirmed that the residence was unoccupied and continued to evacuate neighboring residences that were threatened by the fire. Fire Departments from Whiting, Manchester, Ridgeway, Bamber Lakes, Lakehurst Boro, and the Joint Base responded and were able to extinguish the fire. The Manchester Township Building Inspector deemed the dwelling to be uninhabitable and the occupant was relocated with family and friends. The residence at 120 Morning Glory Lane was also deemed uninhabitable due to the fire. Several neighboring structures also sustained minor heat damage. Quality Medical treated the involved parties for precautionary reasons; however no one was transported to the hospital. The fire is not considered to be of a suspicious nature, but the exact cause and origin of the fire is currently being investigated by the Ocean County Fire Marshal’s Office, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, and Manchester Detective Christopher Hemhauser.
At 07:08 hours on November 21, 2013, a two vehicle crash occurred on County Route 530, at the intersection of South Columbus Boulevard. A 2000 Toyota Camry being operated East on County Route 530 by Linda A. Ryerson, (age 65 of Whiting) had attempted to make a left onto South Columbus Blvd when she struck a 1990 Jeep Cherokee, being operated Westbound on County Route 530 by Todd Marone of Waretown, (age 35). After the initial impact, Ms. Ryerson continued on South Columbus Blvd and fled the scene. Mr. Marone’s vehicle rotated 180 degrees counterclockwise and flipped onto its roof, striking a curb and a utility pole. Mr. Marone escaped from his vehicle with minor injuries and was transported to Community Medical Center for treatment by Quality Medical Transport. Ms. Ryerson and her vehicle were located at her residence, after evidence was discovered at the scene. Ms. Ryerson was not injured in the crash.
The crash is under investigation by Ptl. Jesse Hoydis and Ptl. Douglas Higgins of the Manchester Traffic Safety Section.
On 11-05-13 at 2037 hours, Manchester Police were called to the intersection of County Route 530 (CR 530) and Manchester Boulevard for a motor vehicle accident. Upon arrival, responding Manchester Police Officers discovered that three vehicles had been involved in the collision. A 2012 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck operated by Robert Lafalce (age 22) of Paterson Avenue (Whiting, NJ) was stopped at the red light on Manchester Boulevard at the intersection of CR 530. Behind him and also stopped at the red light was a 2009 Hyundai Elantra operated by Kaitlyn Long (age 22) of Juniper Lane (Forked River, NJ). Allen Schwerdt (age 55) of Constitution Boulevard (Whiting) was traveling west on Manchester Boulevard approaching the intersection of CR 530, operating a 2008 Toyota Corolla Sedan. Mr. Schwerdt failed to stop for the red traffic light and struck the rear of the Elantra operated by Kaitlyn Long, pushing her vehicle forward and into the rear of the Tacoma pickup truck operated by Robert Lafalce.
As a result of the investigation Allen Schwerdt was arrested for DWI and transported to Manchester Township Police Headquarters. Mr. Schwerdt was charged with Driving while Intoxicated, Reckless Driving and Careless driving. Mr. Schwerdt’s vehicle was impounded and he was later released pending a court appearance. There were no reported injuries at the time of the accident. Quality Medical Transport and Whiting Fire Department assisted at the scene. This accident is under investigation by Ptl. Arthur Cronk and Ptl. David Fusaro of the Manchester Township Police Patrol Bureau.
There has been a series of recent car burglaries that have occurred in several Manchester Township neighborhoods. On this date, 11/06/13 there were ten car burglaries reported in the Pine Lake Park section of town. These burglaries are crimes of opportunity and occur when the resident leaves their vehicles unlocked. The Manchester Police are urging all residents to lock their vehicles and to report suspicious or unusual activity to the police department promptly. You can report suspicious activity by calling the Manchester Police at 732-657-6111. Your calls can remain anonymous. Residents can also submit anonymous tips via email by going to the Manchester Police website (Http://www.manchesterpolicenj.com) and click on the link “TIP LINE”.
On 11/03/13 at 1806 hours Manchester Police received a 911 call reporting a fire at lot 355 in the Pine Acres Manor Mobile Home development in Manchester Township, located off State Highway 37. Upon arrival Officer Brian Collins reported heavy smoke coming from the residence. Officer Collins also found the owner and sole occupant, Lisa Cottrell, (50) lying on the grass in front of the mobile home having difficulty breathing. Manchester First aid squad responded and transported her to Community Medical Center. The Fire was extinguished by Manchester, and Ridgeway fire departments. The fire was investigated by the Manchester Police Criminal Investigations unit, the Ocean County Prosecutors Office, and the Ocean County Fire Marshal’s Office. The cause of the fire was determined to be the improper disposal of smoking materials.
On Thursday, October 31st, 2013 at approximately 12:43 pm, a 1995 Honda Civic traveling west on State Highway 70, near milepost 41.5 crossed over into oncoming traffic, setting off a chain reaction of events which caused a four car collision and closed the roadway for several hours. The driver of the Honda was identified as 19 year old Kyriph Wallace, who resides in Lakewood. After crossing the centerline of the roadway, the Honda impacted head-on with a 2010 Subaru Forester which was traveling east on State Highway 70. The Subaru was being operated by 74 year old Frank Dreifus, who resides in Whiting. The third vehicle involved in the collision was a 2004 Ford E350 Van which was traveling west on State Highway 70. The Van was being operated by 49 year old Elma Evans of Brick. Also involved in the collision was a 2008 Buick Lucerne, which was being operated by 70 year old David Rockhill of Whiting and his two passengers; Frank Trauger, 71 of Lambertville and Giacinto D’Agostino, 72 of Cream Ridge. The Buick was traveling east on State Highway 70. Based on preliminary information gathered at the scene, it appears that all drivers involved in this collision were restrained by seatbelts. There were also multiple air-bag deployments in all three passenger cars involved. The driver of the Honda, Mr. Wallace, suffered multiple internal injuries and leg fractures. He was flown to Jersey Shore University Hospital in Neptune by Medivac Helicopter. The driver of the Subaru, Mr. Dreifus, suffered a head injury. He was also flown to Jersey Shore University Hospital. The other two drivers involved, Ms. Evans and Mr. Rockhill suffered only minor injuries which consisted of complaints of head and knee pain. They were both transported by ambulance to Community Medical Center in Toms River. The two passengers of the Buick refused medical attention at the scene. Currently, the cause of the accident is under investigation, and the use of a cell phone has not been eliminated.
Drivers are reminded that one text or call could wreck it all. Assisting at the scene were Paramedics from MONOC, Quality Medical Transport, Firefighters from the Whiting Volunteer Fire Department, Lakehurst Joint Base Fire Department, Whiting Fire Police, New Jersey Department of Transportation Emergency Response Team, The Ocean County Prosecutors Office Vehicular Homicide Unit, the Ocean County Prosecutors High Tech Crimes Unit, and the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department Criminalistic Investigations Unit, members of the New Jersey State Police Fatal Accident Unit. This crash is under investigation by Patrolman Antonio Ellis and patrolman Thomas O’Hare of the Manchester Traffic.