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Manchester Township Police to Host Active Shooter Response Training Course

The Manchester Township Police Department is pleased to announce it will again be hosting ALICE active shooter response training on July 20 and 21, 2015.

This important ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) training is designed to teach proactive survival strategies in violent intruder or active shooter situations. These strategies can be utilized by schools, universities, places of worship, hospitals and other workplaces. The goal of the ALICE program is to provide individuals with survival-enhancing options for those critical moments in the gap between when a violent situation begins and when law enforcement arrives on scene.

Registration for the course is $595 per person and can be completed electronically by visiting www.alicetraining.com and selecting Manchester Township Police from the event calendar. Completing the ALICE Instructor Training course provides individuals with certification in ALICE Training and allows them to bring ALICE strategies back to their places of work.

Manchester Township Police personnel are proponents of ALICE, as it increases survival rates during an active shooter situation by empowering individuals to be proactive, rather than hunkering in place awaiting law enforcement while a dangerous situation unfolds. Further, it is in line with recommendations from the U.S. Department of Education, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Course modules to be covered include: Case Studies, Policy and Procedures Review, Infrastructure Design, Proactive Use of Technology, Community Resource Assistance, Mass Evacuations, Trauma First Aid, Practical Scenario Training, and Lesson Preparation.

Anyone with questions is invited to contact Sgt. Mike Leming: 732-657-2009, ext. 6341, mleming@manchestertwp.com; or Lt. James Sharkey: 732-657-2009, ext. 4602, jsharkey@manchestertwp.com. The course will be held at Manchester Township High School, 101 S. Colonial Drive, Manchester, NJ 08759.

Tri-Axle Dump Truck Collides with Light Pole Causing Roadway Closure

On Tuesday, June 30, 2015, at approximately 3:37 p.m., a blue 2006 Kenworth Dump Truck was traveling southbound on County Route 539 near Harry Wright Boulevard when it attempted to slow down for a vehicle turning ahead and lost control. The Dump Truck then left the roadway and collided with a light pole, sliding approximately 340 feet before coming to rest on the southbound shoulder of County Route 539.

DSC_0474[1]The driver of the Kenworth Dump Truck, 22 year old Abraham Alzuguren, was properly restrained and did not suffer any injuries as a result of the collision. Assisting at the scene were: Whiting Volunteer Fire Department and Jersey Central Power and Light.

The crash remains under investigation by Patrolman Ian Bole and Patrolman Antonio Ellis of the Manchester Township Police Traffic Safety Section.

Teen Drowns in Heritage Minerals Lake

On June 30, 2015, members of the Manchester Township Police responded to a 9-1-1 call reporting a missing swimmer at 2:27 p.m. at a lake within the Heritage Minerals tract of land, located off of State Highway 37.

When Manchester Police Officers arrived, they learned that the 17-year-old female swimmer, a Manchester Township resident, had last been seen by friends in the water in an area located in close proximity to the shoreline. Members of the Manchester Volunteer Fire Department and Ridgeway Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene and assisted in the search of the water and surrounding area. The New Jersey State Police Aviation Unit also assisted in the search.

The victim was subsequently located in the water by members of the Manchester Volunteer Fire Department Scuba Unit and Scuba trained Manchester Township Police Officers. The Manchester First Aid squad and MONOC Paramedics administered life saving measures and transported the victim to Community Medical Center where she was later pronounced dead.

The public is reminded that the Heritage Minerals site is private property. It is closed for recreational or other use and it a criminal offense to enter or remain on the property. In the interest of public safety, the Manchester Township Police urges everyone to obey the “No Trespassing” signs posted at the site.

Suspicious Vehicle Leads to Arrest of Suspect for Drug Possession

A Jersey City man is facing charges of heroin, MDMA (Ecstasy) and marijuana possession after an investigation that was conducted by the Manchester Township Police Narcotics Enforcement Team.

Daquan E. Clinton, 25, of Van Wagenen Avenue, Jersey City, has been charged with possession of heroin, possession of  MDMA (Ecstacy), possession of marijuana under 50 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Manchester Police Narcotics Enforcement Officers conducted a motor vehicle stop on a Mazda Protege in the parking lot of the Quick Chek, located at 3001 Ridgeway Road on June 28, 2015, at approximately 9:40 p.m. The Mazda had been observed by officers of the Narcotics Enforcement Team circling and suspiciously loitering in the parking lot. A subsequent investigation led to the recovery of 30 bags of heroin and approximately 10 grams of MDMA (Ecstacy). In addition, a small quantity of marijuana was recovered along with drug paraphernalia.

Clinton was placed under arrest and transported to Manchester Police headquarters where he was later released on complaint summonses pending court.

Ocean County Sheriff’s Officer Kevin Fennessy and his K-9 Stosh also assisted in the investigation.

Manchester Township residents are reminded to report any and all suspicious activity to Manchester Township Police at 732-657-2009 or to leave information on the Police Department’s tip-line by going to the Manchester Police Website at (www.manchesterpolicenj.com) and clicking on the TIP-LINE tab. Tip-Line information may be left anonymously.

Manchester Township Police K-9 Team Graduates Patrol Class

The Manchester Township Police Department is proud to announce the graduation of Officer Marc Micciulla and his canine partner Storm from the New Jersey Police K-9 Association Patrol Class # 12 on June 26, 2015.  In addition to Ptl. Micciulla and K-9 Storm, 10 canine teams from across the state also graduated. The training course consisted of an intensive 16 week program that began on March 9, 2015, and took place at various locations throughout the state of New Jersey.

#1During the patrol class, the canine teams received training in areas which included but was not limited to: tracking subjects under various weather conditions, conducting building searches, open area searches, article searches, criminal apprehension, and officer protection. The canines also received obedience training, agility training and were socialized with people and other canine teams.

#3“The graduation of Ptl. Micciulla and Storm from the patrol class is a proud day for the Manchester Township Police Department. Having our own K-9 team will ensure that our officers will have in town access to a canine team at a moment’s notice.  The immediate availability of a canine team will undoubtedly increase the safety of our community and our officers,” Chief Lisa Parker said.

“We are anxious to get out on the road and use the skills we were taught to serve the community,” Ptl. Micciulla said.

Ptl. Micciulla and his partner will be attending a ten week narcotic detection course which will begin this fall.

#2The Manchester Township Police Department would like to once again thank the following individuals and agencies for their assistance 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.

Manchester Police Host Elite Law Enforcement Fitness Challenge

The inaugural Elite Law Enforcement Fitness Challenge, hosted by the Manchester Township Police Department on Wednesday, June 24, successfully raised money for charity while allowing local police officers to test their fitness levels.

This team-based competition, held at the Harry Wright Lake in Whiting, raised nearly $6,000.00 for the Ocean of Love Charity and the not for profit Manchester Township Police Foundation, Inc. The officers were proud to work together and compete in grueling physical exercises, all for worthy causes.

“It was an intense race for an exclusive group of athletes who just happen to be police officers,” said Chief Lisa Parker. “In today’s world of increasing violence, it’s important for Law Enforcement to take physical fitness seriously as so much can depend on it.”

Stafford Township Police Team #1 earned the title of Fittest Police Department, beating out 15 other four-person teams for the honor. In second place was Toms River Township Police, followed by Stafford Township Police Team #2 in third. The exercises included: team vehicle pull, team tire flip, fence climbs, rope climbs, barrel roll, team member carry, farmers carry, clean and press, individual tire flip, pole flip/carry, 200 yard swim, and four mile trail run.

“This was an incredibly difficult competition which required officers to be at the top of their physical fitness game and to work together as a team. All of the competitors who completed this challenge can be proud of their accomplishment and their sincere dedication to fitness,” Chief Parker said.

Organizers, Detective David Fusaro and Patrolman Charles Gatnarek of the Manchester Township Police are appreciative of everyone who participated and are looking forward to making the Elite Law Enforcement Fitness Challenge an annual event.  As the host agency of the inaugural event, Manchester Township Police did not have a team participate in the challenge, however they plan on entering one or more teams in next year’s competition.

The Manchester Township Police would like to extend a special thank you to our Gold Sponsors: Termini Nutrition Center, Forked River; All Star Sports Academy, Toms River; Thompson Chiropractic, Toms River; Cella’s Septic Company, Toms River; and A Simply Greener Side, Toms River.

Car and Dump Truck Collide on Route 539

On Thursday, June 18, 2015, at approximately 6:30 a.m., members of the Manchester Township Police responded to a motor vehicle crash on Route 539 near the intersection of Hegstrom Road in the Whiting section of town.

DSC_0186Upon arrival, it was learned that a 2010, Toyota Corolla, being operated by 40 year old, Erin K. Dougherty of Little Egg Harbor, was traveling northbound on Route 539 when she crossed the center line and was struck by a 2005, Peterbuilt dump truck being operated by 72 year old, Robert J. Letu of Jackson Township. The dump truck, which is owned by Bil-Jim Construction out of Jackson, was travelling southbound at the time of the crash.

After the initial collision, the Peterbuilt dump truck flipped onto its passenger’s side spilling approximately 25 tons of gravel onto the roadway. Ms. Dougherty was treated at the scene for back pain and lacerations to her arms and body and Mr. Letu was treated for shoulder, back and next pain. Both drivers were transported by ambulance, to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune for additional treatment. Their condition is not currently known.

DSC_0193The roadway was closed and traffic was detoured for several hours during the investigation. Assisting at the scene were the Whiting Volunteer Fire Department, the Ocean County Road Department, members of the Whiting Volunteer First Aid and Quality Medical Transport, as well as members of the NJSP Commercial Truck Unit, the Manchester Township Office of Emergency Management, the Ocean County Health Department and crews from JCP&L. This crash is under investigation by Patrolman Douglas Higgins and Patrolman Thomas O’Hare of the Manchester Police Traffic Safety Section.

Pine Lake Park Burglary Suspect Arrested

On June 10, 2015 at approximately 2:43 p.m., Manchester Township Police responded to the 1200 Block of Second Avenue in the township’s Pine Lake Park section for the report of a residential burglary in progress. A caller reported witnessing a woman attempting to enter a neighboring home through a first story window. Prior to police arrival, the witness reported that the suspect had fallen from the window and proceeded to leave the scene on foot.

A neighborhood canvas was subsequently conducted by Detective Adam Guker, Patrolman Richard Conklin and Patrolman Michael Steffen. During the investigation, information was received regarding the identity of the suspect, who was identified as Jamie Gallo, age 31.  It was also learned that the suspect lived at a residence which was in close proximity to the scene of the crime.  Gallo was subsequently located and placed under arrest. While at the suspect’s residence, a household member reported the theft of jewelry and two cell phones that he believed had been stolen by the suspect. Through the course of the investigation, several of these items, as well as heroin and drug paraphernalia, were located in Gallo’s possession.

It was later discovered at police headquarters that Gallo had hidden an additional 10 decks of heroin on her person. Gallo was subsequently charged with one count of burglary, two counts of theft, one count of possession of a controlled dangerous substance, one count of possession of drug paraphernalia, and one count of possession of a hypodermic needle.

Bayville Man Charged in Robbery Involving Gun

On June 6, 2015 at approximately 6:09 p.m., officers from the Manchester Township Police Patrol Bureau responded to the area of Rosewood Street in Manchester Township’s Crestwood Village 1 section for a report of a robbery during which a handgun was shown.

Upon arrival, the officers learned that there were two suspects involved in the incident.  One was described as a white male, and the other as a black male who drove up to the victims who were on foot. The black male/ passenger of the vehicle, later identified as Evan R. Smith of Galleon Ct. in Bayville, N.J., brandished a black handgun and ordered the victims to empty their pockets. Smith took a quantity of prescription medication and money from the victims prior to departing the scene.

After a comprehensive investigation that was conducted by the Manchester Police Investigations Bureau, Smith was charged with robbery, unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and theft. Bail for Smith was set by Judge Rochelle Gizinski at $100,000.00 with no 10 percent option. Smith turned himself in to Manchester Township Police on June 10, 2015, and was transported to Ocean County Jail in default of bail.

Detective Adam Emmons and Detective Adam Guker of the Manchester Police Investigations Bureau are continuing to investigate the incident to identify the second suspect/ the driver of the vehicle. Assisting with the investigation were the Manchester Township Police Patrol Bureau, the Berkeley Township Police Department and Ocean County Sheriff’s Department Fugitive Task Force. Anyone with information regarding the identity of the second suspect is requested to contact the Manchester Township Investigations Bureau at 732-657-2009 or relay information through the Manchester Police Tip-line, www.manchesterpolicenj.com.

Manchester Police Visit MTES for Hands-On Law Enforcement Lessons

For the second year in a row, third grade Manchester Township Elementary School students were taught the ins and outs of law enforcement and given important safety lessons from Manchester Township Police officers.

IMG_2503The program at MTES came together last year when some female students asked teacher Melissa Wettengel whether a career in law enforcement was something they could pursue. In an effort to show the inclusiveness of the profession, Ms. Wettengel organized the program with the Manchester Township Police. During the planning stages, the program grew into an opportunity to give students a thorough view of law enforcement and safety through hands-on learning stations.

“Each of the three interactive stations at the school was created to give students a first-hand look at the equipment a Manchester Township Police officer uses each day,” said Chief Lisa Parker. “Our officers also offered students important information they can use to stay safe while in an automobile or on a bike.”

Detective Sergeant Christopher Hemhauser and Detective Robert Maccaquano gave students a lesson in fingerprints and explained how they serve as unique identifiers. Patrolman Matthew Juralewicz showed off one of the department’s Humvees, which police rely upon primarily in disaster situations. Students were able to sit inside of the vehicle and examine its equipment.

Then, students toured a Manchester Township Police squad car with School Resource Officer Chris Cerullo. SRO Cerullo stressed the importance of using safety equipment, including a seatbelt when inside a motor vehicle and a helmet when on a bike.

Patrolman Christian Nazario demonstrated the SWAT gear and vehicle officers use in the field. Students were able to see a protective ballistic vest, breaching tools, hostage negotiation throw phone, and remote controlled Reconnaissance Robot with video camera that can enter spaces deemed too dangerous for an officer.

The Manchester Township Police are proud to maintain a strong relationship with the School District, which includes sharing positive interactions with our students. In May, police joined with fifth graders throughout the district to celebrate their graduation from DARE, a comprehensive drug and violence prevention curriculum.


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