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.
On Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, Manchester Township Police held a County-wide training course on the Basic Event Data Recorder (EDR). The course was hosted by both Kean University and the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office.
The training involved more than 30 Traffic Safety Officers from many of the Ocean County municipal Police Departments. The course was instructed by the Institute of Police Technology and Management (IPTM). The instructors were Tracie Eckstein and Michelle Fish-Rich, both from IPTM.
The course consisted of several hours of a classroom Power Point presentation, hands on classroom practical and concluded with a field practical. The field practical consisted of recording the data from vehicle air bag modules. This type of technician training is another tool that will assists Traffic Safety Officers when investigating serious crashes.
On Dec. 9, 2014, Manchester Township Police responded to a disturbance call in the Pine Lake Park section of town. Upon Officers arrival, it was learned that those involved in the disturbance had fled the scene in a motor vehicle. A description of the vehicle was given at which point it was observed leaving the scene and a motor vehicle stop was conducted.
During the course of the investigation, Officers developed information regarding the distribution of heroin and consent to search the vehicle was granted on scene. The search of the vehicle yielded a quantity of heroin, marijuana, as well as assorted drug paraphernalia.
The two men in the vehicle, John B. Buono II, 21, of Burke Road in Jackson, and Michael Ritz, 21, of Commodore Boulevard in Jackson, were both charged with heroin possession. They were transported to Ocean County Jail on $10,000 bail.
A three-week investigation by Manchester Township Police Officers led to drug charges for two Whiting residents on Dec. 2, 2014. As a result of multiple days of surveillance throughout Manchester, Toms River, Island Heights and Pine Beach, Manchester Township Police were able to obtain search warrants for a home and vehicle in Whiting.
During the searches, Officers recovered six bricks of heroin (more than 300 individual bags), $1,400 in cash, crack cocaine, methadone, multiple cell phones, drug packaging material, hypodermic needles and other drug paraphernalia.
As a result of the investigation, Kellyann Lomberk, 34, of Amesbury Road in Whiting, was charged with distribution of heroin, possession of heroin, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Lomberk was transported to the Ocean County Jail and held on $40,000 bail, and her 2004 Hyundai Elentra was impounded pending forfeiture proceedings.
Also arrested was Adam Petronio, 31, after he was observed purchasing heroin from Lomberk in the parking lot of a Whiting business. Petronio was charged with possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released on a summons.
Leading the investigation were Sgt. James Komsa, Patrolman Peter Manco and Patrolman Steven Wendruff of the Manchester Township Police. They were assisted during the warrant searches by Ocean County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit Officer Theodore Wielichoski and his dog Nash.
Investigation revealed that a male subject walked into the bank and presented the teller with a note demanding cash. The male subject also spoke to the teller demanding the money. After receiving money from the teller, the subject fled the bank with cash. No weapon was shown during the robbery.
Manchester Police are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the subject in the photograph. If anyone can identify the subject, please contact the Manchester Police at 732-657-6111, ext. 4203, for Detective Adam Emmons. Also, anonymous tips can be placed on the Manchester Police Web Site at http://www.manchesterpolicenj.com by clicking on the “Tip Line” link.
This case is currently being investigated by the Manchester Police Investigations Bureau. Ocean County Sheriff’s Department Crime Scene Investigations Unit and K-9 Unit assisted with the investigation.
Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato and Manchester Township Police Chief Brian Klimakowski on Dec. 2, 2014, announced the arrest of Modesto Torres, 65, of Manchester. Torres is charged with one count of Possession of Child Pornography and one count of Distribution of Child Pornography.
The arrest stems from an early morning operation by the Ocean County High Tech Crime Unit and the Manchester Township Police Department. The partnering agencies executed a search warrant at Torres’ Manchester Eighth Avenue residence. The search warrant was a result of a proactive online investigation involving the distribution of child pornography over the internet. Their subsequent investigation resulted in the arrest of Modesto Torres for allegedly downloading and viewing images of children engaged in sex acts. Charges were approved Assistant Prosecutor Kristin Pressman. Bail was set at $5,000 with no 10 percent option by the Honorable Judge James Blainey. Torres will be lodged in Ocean County Jail in default of bail.
The media and the public are reminded that criminal charges are merely accusations and that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.