The Manchester Township Police Department is pleased to welcome its newest Patrolman, Adam R. Carey. Mayor Kenneth T. Palmer administered Ptl. Carey’s oath during the May 26th Township Council meeting in front of family, friends, and police personnel including Chief Lisa Parker.
Ptl. Carey is a Toms River resident who comes highly recommended to the Manchester Township Police Department following a thorough application and background investigation process. A 2008 Toms River High School North graduate, Ptl. Carey attended Albright College in Reading, PA., and graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. An athlete since high school, Ptl. Carey volunteered his time in college to help children in their athletic endeavors and served as an assistant football coach at High School North.
Ptl. Carey began his law enforcement career with the Seaside Heights Police Department in September of 2014 as a Class I Special Officer. He was then hired by the Toms River Township Police Department in November of 2014 as a jail guard in their detention facility. Ptl. Carey successfully completed the Ocean County Police Academy Class II Special Police Officer training class on May 19, 2015.
Ptl. Carey will begin the Manchester Township Police’s intensive twelve week Field Training and Evaluation Program next week during which time he will be instructed and mentored by several highly trained and seasoned officers. Upon successful completion of the Field Training Program, Ptl. Carey will be assigned to a patrol squad. We wish Ptl. Carey success as he begins his law enforcement career serving Manchester Township and its residents.
Manchester Township Police Cpl. Scott R. Thompson, who passed away unexpectedly last month, was honored Friday, May 15, at the 24th Annual Law Enforcement Memorial Day Observance.
Cpl. Thompson’s name was added to the Ocean County Honor Roll monument at the Ocean County Police Academy. His name joins others who gave the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the line of duty, including Manchester Ptl. Robert T. Tobias who was struck and killed by a drunk driver on Route 70 on May 17, 1975.
Among those in attendance were Cpl. Thompson’s wife, Tracey and daughters Kelsey and Sidney, Chief Lisa Parker, members of the police department’s rank and file and Manchester Mayor Kenneth Palmer. Freeholder Deputy Director Gerry P. Little presented a proclamation in honor of those law enforcement officers who gave their lives while serving, and Rev. James Occhipinti offered the keynote address.
During the ceremony, student musicians from Point Pleasant Borough High School and the OCVTS Performing Arts Academy performed. Manchester’s Honor Guard unit joined those from other municipalities in the presentation of colors.
“We’re tremendously grateful for all of the support and well wishes we’ve received over the past month since Cpl. Thompson passed away. The addition of his name to the Ocean County Honor Roll is a fitting tribute to this distinguished officer and proud member of the law enforcement community,” said Chief Parker.
Officers from the Manchester Township Police continued their annual tradition this past week of riding their bicycles to the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington DC. On Saturday, May 9th, Officers from Manchester Township began their four day journey to Washington DC in memory of those lost in the line of duty as part of Chapter 10 of the 2015 Police Unity Tour.
This year, six Manchester Township Police riders biked from New Jersey to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington DC. This year’s tour for Chapter 10 began in Red Bank. Each year the ride is dedicated to an officer from an agency that died in the line of duty. This year’s ride was in honor of Red Bank Police Chief, Stephan McCarthy, who died after a courageous battle with cancer in September of 2013. Riders from Manchester included, Sergeant Michael Leming, Detective Sergeant Chris Hemhauser, Patrolman Michael Anderson, Patrolman Arthur Cronk, Patrolman Anthony Iliadis and Patrolman Kyle Rickvalsky. Ptl. Casey Chant provided motor vehicle support for the riders and towed the Manchester PBA 246 trailer.
Founded in 1997, the Police Unity Tour, whose moto is, “WE RIDE FOR THOSE WHO DIED”®, has raised awareness and millions of dollars in funding for the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial and Museum. Manchester Township Police Officers have been participating for the past ten years. They ride in honor of all fallen officers, but especially Manchester Officer’s Robert Tobias, who was struck by a passing motorist and killed while conducting a traffic stop along Route 70 in 1975 and for recently fallen Officer, Cpl. Scott R. Thompson, who passed away suddenly on April 10th while exercising in the police department’s gym.
The officers arrived at the memorial on Tuesday, May 12, the day before the candlelight vigil which honored all fallen police officers from across the country was held.
On May 13, 2015, members of the Manchester Township Police Department’s Narcotics Enforcement Team and Investigations Bureau along with the Ocean County Regional SWAT Team executed a Court authorized search warrant at a residence on the 1400 block of Eleventh Avenue in the Pine Lake Park section of the Township.
The four week investigation began after the department’s Narcotics Enforcement Team received complaints about possible heroin distribution from a home on that block. Subsequent investigation led to police obtaining a search warrant for the suspect residence.
During the search, a quantity of heroin, Xanax, hypodermic needles and associated paraphernalia were seized.
Arrested were the following:
- Thomas Pyne, 34, of Eleventh Avenue, Toms River
- Krystal Sherman, 30 of Eleventh Avenue, Toms River
- Frank Evans, 34 of Laurel Avenue, Lakehurst
- Danielle Vicente, 22 of Court A, Brick
All four were charged with possession of heroin, possession of Xanax, possession hypodermic syringes and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bail for Pyne was set at $20,000.00. Additionally, Pyne had an outstanding arrest warrant, for non-payment of child support, issued out of the Ocean County Superior Court. Bail for Sherman and Vicente was set at $7,500.00. Pyne, Sherman and Vicente were transported to Ocean County Jail and Evans was released on a summons.
Also assisting with this investigation were the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit, the Lakewood Police Department and the Patrol Bureau of the Manchester Township Police Department.
On Wednesday, May 13, at approximately 3:06 p.m., members of the Manchester Township Police responded to the report of a structure fire at 501 A Lilac Lane in the Whiting section of town. Upon arrival, officers reported that one of the units of the attached duplex was fully involved and reported observing flames protruding from the left side of the residence.
Responding officers confirmed that Unit A was unoccupied and assisted in evacuating the adjoining unit which was threatened by the fire. Fire Departments from Whiting, Manchester, Lakehurst Boro, the NJ State Forest Fire Service and Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst responded and extinguished the fire. Quality Medical Transport responded to the scene and treated the homeowners from both units for precautionary reasons; however, no one was transported to the hospital.
The Manchester Township Building Inspector deemed both units uninhabitable and the occupants were relocated with family and friends. Also assisting at the scene were the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office CSI unit, the Ocean County Fire Marshall’s Office and the Manchester Township OEM Coordinator.
Currently, the fire is being considered suspicious in nature and the exact cause and origin is being investigated by the Ocean County Fire Marshal’s Office, the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, and Manchester Detective Adam Emmons.
The Manchester Township Police Narcotics Enforcement Team arrested two Monroe Township residents Monday evening after a quantity of heroin, Oxycodone and drug paraphernalia was found inside the vehicle they were operating. Police arrested Anthony Durbin, age 27, and Stephen Durbin, age 24, both of Fresh Pond Road in Monroe, after a traffic stop on Route 547. The department’s Narcotics Enforcement Team conducted the traffic stop of the Ford Mustang the men were traveling in for equipment and seatbelt violations.
During the stop, drug paraphernalia associated with the use of heroin was located in plain view. The vehicle was later towed to Manchester Police headquarters where a search warrant was executed. During the search, twenty wax folds of heroin, Oxycodone and associated drug paraphernalia were found concealed inside of the vehicle.
The driver, Anthony Durbin, and the passenger, Stephen Durbin, were both arrested and charged with possession of heroin, possession of Oxycodone and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bail was set at $5,000.00 for each subject and they were both transported to Ocean County Jail in default of bail. The Brick Township Police Department K-9 unit, Ptl. Fogarty and his K-9, Rigby, assisted with this investigation.
On May 5, 2015, at approximately 11:50 p.m., David A. Behr, 50, from Anchor Avenue in Beachwood was stopped for motor vehicle violations by Patrolman Keith Craig of the Manchester Township Police Patrol Bureau. Behr exhibited signs of impairment and was subsequently arrested for Driving While Impaired.
Further investigation revealed that Behr was in possession of 494 bags of heroin. Behr was charged with one count each of possession with intent to distribute heroin, possession of heroin, possession of hypodermic needles and possession of drug paraphernalia. Behr was lodged in the Ocean County Jail in lieu of $5,000.00 bail, no ten percent option.
On Monday, May 4, 2015, at approximately 8:29 p.m., the Manchester Township Police were dispatched to the Country Farms convenience store located at 550 County Route 530 in the Whiting Section of Manchester Township for a commercial burglar alarm.
When patrol units arrived on scene, they observed a shattered glass front door and a shattered store front glass window. As Patrolman Kyle Rickvalsky was checking the front of the store, Patrolman Michael Steffen observed a white male subject carrying a blue duffel bag attempting to flee the scene on a bicycle. Patrolman Steffen pursued the white male through the Crestwood Shopping Center parking lot and across Route 530, where he was apprehended in the parking lot of the CVS.
During the investigation, the male subject, identified as 18-year-old Gary M. Feiner III of Pilgrim Court in Whiting, was observed on multiple store’s video surveillance systems attempting to throw a large concrete landscape block through the glass front door of the establishment. Initial attempts on the front door were unsuccessful, however, Feiner ultimately was able to throw a separate landscape rock through the store’s front glass window, causing a large hole. Feiner then was seen reaching through the hole in the window and grabbing approximately $28.00 worth of Swisher Cigars.
After conducting the investigation, Feiner was criminally charged with one count each of burglary, theft, criminal mischief, and obstruction of justice. Feiner was lodged in the Ocean County Jail in lieu of $7,500.00 bail. Assisting in the investigation was Detective Adam Guker of the Manchester Township Police Investigations Bureau and the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigations (CSI) Unit.
On Monday, May 4, 2015, at 4:51 p.m., Manchester Township Police Officers were dispatched to the area of 2 Fox Street in the Pine Ridge section of Whiting for a reported brush fire. Dispatch received several calls that there were flames visible from within the wooded area.
Officer Kyle Rickvalsky arrived at the scene and observed flames in a wooded area near the Pine Ridge sales office. Firefighters from the Whiting Fire Company and the New Jersey State Forest Services were able to extinguish the flames quickly. The fire damaged approximately three acres along the lake across from the sales office.
Manchester Police Detective Adam Guker, along with investigators from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, State Forest Service and the Ocean County Fire Marshal responded to the scene. The Ocean County Sherrif’s Office Crime Scene Investigations (CSI) unit responded and assisted with processing the scene for evidence.
According to investigators, the source of the fire was an unknown type of open flame. There was no reported damage to any residences or property. No one in the Pine Ridge area evacuation and no injuries were reported during this incident. The original call came in from the New Jersey State Forest Fire Service, after a spotter from one of their fire towers noticed the blaze and immediately contacted authorities.
On Sunday, May 3, 2015, at approximately 5:48 p.m., a 2003 Grey Dodge Ram pickup being operated by Francesco Galderese, 19, of Tinton Falls was struck by a 2010 Toyota Yaris, operated by David B. Mcleod, 66, of Manchester. The crash occurred at the intersection of Lake Road and Monroe Avenue in the Whiting section of the Township.
Mr. Galderese was travelling eastbound on Monroe Avenue and apparently failed to observe the stop sign at the intersection with Lake Road. As the Dodge entered the intersection, Mr. Mcleod’s Toyota, which was travelling southbound on Lake Road, struck the driver’s side of the Dodge causing it to roll multiple times before coming to rest on its driver’s side. The Toyota then struck a utility pole.
The impact to the utility pole severed a power line and caused several transformers in the area to catch fire, igniting several small brush fires. These fires were quickly extinguished by members of the Whiting Volunteer Fire Department.
Mr. Galderese, as well as his passenger, 19 year old, Natale L. Brown of Neptune, were transported to Community Medical Center with complaint of neck pain. The driver of the Toyota Yaris, David Mcleod, was also transported to the Community Medical Center with a complaint of back pain. The passengers in his vehicle, two juvenile males, ages 8 and 5, sustained minor injuries and were transported to Community Medical Center for treatment and evaluation.
The crash is under investigation by Ptl. Michael Anderson. Assisting at the scene were Whiting Volunteer Fire Department, Quality Medical Transport, and JCP&L.