A Whiting man was charged with burglarizing a township pharmacy on three separate occasions after Manchester Township Police investigated a weekend incident at the store.
The owner of The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy on Lacey Road in Whiting alerted Manchester Township Police that he was remotely viewing the store’s surveillance video feed, which showed a man inside the business at 3:38 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18. Police responded to the scene and found a glass door had been shattered, but the suspect was gone.
An on-scene investigation led by Detective Craig Beaulieu, which included a review of the store’s surveillance video footage, resulted in images and descriptions of the suspect and vehicle used in the burglary. During his normal patrol, Patrolman Matthew Walaszek located a vehicle matching the suspect vehicle description on Columbine Avenue in Whiting.
It was determined that the owner of the vehicle, 60-year-old Peter J. Lucia of Columbine Avenue, had since been admitted to an area hospital on an unrelated matter. Detective Beaulieu and Detective Adam Guker then questioned Mr. Lucia about the three burglaries to the Medicine Shoppe on three separate occasions since 2013, including the most recent incident on Oct. 18. Lucia was subsequently charged with all three counts of burglary and three counts of criminal mischief. His bail was set at $15,000
On Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, at approximately 2:32 p.m., Patrolmen Michael Lynch and Robert Maccaquano responded to Ridgeway Boulevard for a single vehicle motor vehicle crash.
The driver of the vehicle was identified as Thomas A. Buchko, 41, of Manchester. The vehicle was traveling south on Ridgeway Boulevard, near the River Point adult community, when Buchko attempted to swat a large spider that had lowered itself in front of his face, causing him to leave the roadway and strike a utility pole.
Buchko exited the vehicle prior to police arrival. He was treated by Manchester First Aid at the scene for swelling of his right eye caused by the airbag deployment, but refused further treatment. Buchko was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.
JCP&L was requested to respond to the scene. Ridgeway Boulevard between County Routes 547 and 571, was closed until JCP&L arrived to secure the utility pole.
The Manchester Township Police is proud to announce that Chief Brian Klimakowski was named as the recipient of the 2014 Chief Sandy Danco Service Award presented by the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police.
Instituted by the NJSACOP in 2007, the Chief Sandy Danco Award recognizes annually a member Chief for outstanding service to the Association, the membership, and the law enforcement profession, according to Executive Director Mitchell Sklar.
“I thought there was no question Chief Klimakowski is deserving of this award,” said Chief Paul Cell, who is the Association’s President.
Chief Klimakowski was selected for the honor because he always heeded the call to action whenever the NJSACOP needed his help, even on his personal time, said Chief Cell. This included stepping up to serve on the NJSACOP Homeland Safety Committee when an unexpected vacancy opened.
“It is truly an honor to be recognized by the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, an organization I respect for its continued dedication to upholding quality policing throughout the state,” said Chief Klimakowski.
The award was named in honor of retired Clark Police Department Chief Anton “Sandy” Danco, Past President of the NJSACOP. Executive Director Sklar said that Chief Danco served as an exemplary leader of the NJSACOP, mentoring and tirelessly advocating for police chiefs and professional police leadership in New Jersey.
Jordan Quigley, the juvenile reported missing from Manchester earlier this week, has been located is being reunited with her family.
Originally, Jordan did not attend school on Monday, Oct. 6, and was last seen in Poughkeepsie, NY, that day at 8:30 p.m. She had packed a suitcase and left her residence with a note to her parents.
On the night of Thursday, Oct. 9, the 17-year-old alerted family that she was in Washington, DC. Police there were contacted and picked her up until family could retrieve her Friday morning
The Manchester Township Police want to thank everyone who brought attention to this case, including all those who “shared” our missing person Facebook posts, and the numerous media outlets, colleges and police agencies in New Jersey, New York and beyond that distributed the information.
The incident remains under investigation, and because it is a private family matter no further details are available at this time.
The Manchester Township Police is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a missing juvenile.
Jordan E. Quigley, a 17-year-old female resident, did not attend school on Monday, Oct. 6, 2014, and was last seen in Poughkeepsie, NY, on Oct. 6, 2014, at 8:30 p.m. Jordan packed a suitcase and left her residence with a note to her parents.
She is currently operating a 1997 Jeep Cherokee with New Jersey registration (U64EDM). If anyone has any information concerning the whereabouts of Jordan, please contact the Manchester Township Police at 732-657-6111 or Detective Adam Emmons at 732-267-4323.
If you have had Facebook/cell phone contact, or any other form of communication with Jordan, please contact the Manchester Township Police immediately. Tips also can be submitted online at www.ManchesterPoliceNJ.com. Any help the public can provide in locating Jordan is greatly appreciated.
At approximately 9:11 a.m. on Oct. 7, a single vehicle crash on County Route 539 approximately .2 miles north of Lincoln Boulevard caused traffic delays for about two hours.
Daniel Lynch, a 74-year-old Barnegat resident, was operating a 2012 Honda Accord northbound on County Route 539 approaching Hegstrom Road when the vehicle left the roadway and traveled several hundred feet before impacting several trees and overturning onto its roof.
Mr. Lynch was traveling with his wife, Charlene M. Hoverter, age 68. Both occupants were wearing their seatbelts during the crash, which caused front air bag deployment. They were trapped in the vehicle and extricated by the Whiting Volunteer Fire Company.
Ms. Hoverter complained of pain to her back and chest. She was transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune by Whiting Volunteer First Aid. Mr. Lynch complained of pain to his left wrist and chest and was flown to Jersey Shore University Medical Center by New Jersey State Police medi-vac helicopter for further treatment. Additional medical attention was provided at the scene by EMTs from Quality Medical Transport and Paramedics from MONOC.
This crash is under investigation by Patrolman Douglas P. Higgins of the Manchester Township Police Traffic Safety Section. Assisting at the scene were members of the Manchester Township Police Patrol Division, Manchester Office of Emergency Management, Whiting Volunteer First Aid and the Whiting Volunteer Fire Company.
On Monday, Oct. 6, 2014, at approximately 11:07 a.m., a green 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe traveling north in the parking lot of Super Stop and Shop, located at 400 Lacey Rd. in Manchester’s Whiting section, collided with a grey 2012 Nissan Altima that was traveling east. As a result of the impact, the operator of the Hyundai inadvertently accelerated, causing the vehicle to run off of the roadway and strike a tree before rolling over on its driver side.
The driver of the Santa Fe, 76-year-old William Barry of Whiting, was properly restrained and was transported to Community Medical Center for possible injuries sustained during the rollover. The passenger inside the Hyundai, 43-year-old Carol Ann Barry, was also properly restrained and was transported to Community Medical Center for a complaint of chest pain. The operator of the Nissan Altima, 96-year-old Caroline Baynon, did not suffer any injuries as a result of the collision and declined medical attention.
Assisting at the scene were the Whiting Volunteer Fire Department, Quality Medical Transport, and Paramedics from MONOC. The crash remains under investigation by Patrolman Ian Bole from the Manchester Township Police Traffic Safety Section.
Manchester Township Police received a call at 2 a.m. on Oct. 5, 2014, reporting a structure fire at 5 Newbury Row in the Leisure Knoll section of the Township.
Sergeant Richard Mazza, along with Officers Michael Guarino, Michael O’Hara, Matthew Walaszek and Thomas Chant responded and observed smoke and flames already coming through the roof. The lone resident was already outside of her house and several of the surrounding houses were evacuated due to the blowing embers.
Fire Departments from Manchester, Whiting, Ridgeway, Joint Base, Cassville, and Whitesville responded to extinguish the fire. Manchester First Aid and Quality Medical Transport assessed the resident as a precaution measure; however there were no reported injuries.
Detective Christopher Hemhauser from the Manchester Police Investigations Bureau, Ocean County Fire Marshal Harry Roon, and Manchester Office of Emergency Management Coordinator Arthur Abline responded to investigate and assist with the incident.
At this point in time the cause and origin of the fire is unknown and the case is actively being investigated.
At approximately 2:28 a.m. on Oct. 5, 2014, a Manchester Volunteer Fire Department ladder truck struck a parked vehicle while en route to a fully involved structure fire at the intersection of Reigate Lane and Newbury Row in the Leisure Knoll development.
The parked vehicle, a 2000 Volkswagen Jetta, color silver, was registered to Robert S. Whitlock, who resides on Newbury Row. The vehicle had been moved away from the fire scene and was unoccupied at the time of the crash.
The driver of the ladder truck was attempting to navigate the intersection which was congested with emergency vehicles and fire hoses when the rear driver side corner of the ladder truck swung wide, sideswiping the parked car causing damage to the driver side.
No injuries were reported at the scene and the ladder truck crew was not delayed in assisting with the fire scene as a result of the crash. This crash is under investigation by Patrolman Antonio Ellis of the Manchester Township Police Traffic Safety Section
At approximately 8:20 a.m. on Oct. 5, 2014, Whiting Volunteer Fire Department truck No. 3341 was responding to an alarm call at the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Roman Catholic Church when it struck a parked car in the church’s parking lot.
The fire truck was being operated by Robert Bieth, age 55, of Whiting at the time of the crash. The fire truck was also occupied b Brian Doan, age 25, and James Sodon, age 53, both also from Whiting.
The parked car, a 2014 Buick Verano, was parked unoccupied at the time of the crash. The vehicle’s owner, William Martin of Whiting was notified of the crash after he exited church services. There were no injuries reported at the scene of the crash.
The fire truck sustained minor damages to its driver’s side, while the car sustained extensive damage to the passenger side rear. The crash is under investigation by Patrolman Paul Bachovchin of the Manchester Township Police
Traffic Safety Section.