On February 28, 2014 at 3 pm Manchester Township Police received a complaint from a person who stated they were pulled over by an unmarked vehicle on State Highway 37 in Manchester Township and were suspicious of the person’s identity. The victim provided Officer Anthony Iliadis a description of both the vehicle and the suspect. Through Officer Iliadis’ investigation he identified Christopher Monaco, an 18 year old male of Wilbur Avenue in Manchester Township, as the person in question. Christopher Monaco was operating a black Chevy Cobalt and conducted a traffic stop utilizing a blue emergency light. Mr. Monaco conducted the traffic stop, requested identification of the driver and passengers, and questioned the multiple occupants of the vehicle. Mr. Monaco was not wearing any type of law enforcement uniform when he made the stop. He was dressed in plain clothes and produced no official identification. As a result of Officer Iliadis’ investigation Mr. Monaco was placed under arrest without incident at his residence and charged with Impersonating a Law Enforcement Officer, Disorderly Conduct, Harassment, and several motor vehicle summonses. Monaco was released on summonses and his vehicle was seized. This matter is pending court action.
Residents are reminded that if a law enforcement officer conducts a motor vehicle stop in an unmarked vehicle, the officer should be in a recognizable law enforcement uniform, or at a minimum produce official law enforcement identification at the time of the interaction.
On March 2, 2014, at approximately 7:00 pm, Manchester Police received a call of a pedestrian struck on Falmouth Avenue near the intersection of Central Drive. Ptl. Christian Nazario and Ptl. Brian Volk arrived and found 57 year old, Cynthia Lovanyak, of Whiting, lying in the roadway suffering from an apparent injury. The investigation revealed that Lovanyak was walking her dog on Falmouth Avenue when she was struck by 2004 Mercedes Benz 240, operated by Raymond Mombelardi, an 87 year old male from Brick Township. The Mercedes was traveling east on Falmouth Avenue when the collision occurred. The dog was not injured.
Lovanyak was transported to Jersey Shore Medical Center by Quality Medical Transport with Mon-OC Paramedics. Plans to air lift the patient to the trauma center were cancelled due to bad weather. This crash is being investigated by Ptl. Ian Bole of the Traffic Safety Unit. At the time of this press release, Ms. Lovanyak was still listed in stable condition.
At 12:33 hours on February 4, 2014 a two vehicle crash occurred on NJ Route 70, in the area of mile marker 34.5. Vehicle 1, a 2012 Nissan Altima was being operated by John Jones (age 72) of Manchester. Mr. Jones was traveling east on NJ Route 70, and wearing his seatbelt when his vehicle crossed over the centerline and impacted a tractor trailer, nearly head on. Vehicle 2, a 2005 Freightliner, Tractor Trailer was being operated by William Nortei (age 53) of Grand Prairie, Texas. Mr. Nortei was hauling a 45’ trailer for Summit Trucking of Dallas, Texas. Mr. Nortei was traveling west on NJ Route 70 and wearing his seatbelt at the time of the collision. Initial impact occurred in the west bound lane of travel. After initial impact and separation, Vehicle 1 was forced backwards and came to rest on the eastbound berm portion of the roadway. Vehicle 2, continued straight and came to rest in the east bound lane of travel. Mr. Jones was trapped in his vehicle and had to be extricated by Whiting Volunteer Fire Dept. Mr. Jones was air lifted to Helen Fould Hospital, Trenton, were he suffers from internal injuries. Mr. Nortei was not injured in the crash.
Assisting at the scene were Whiting First Aid, Whiting Fire Department, MONOC Paramedics, Department of Defense Police (Ft Dix), NJSP Truck Unit, NJDOT, Pemberton Police Department, OC Prosecutors Office, OC Sheriff’s Department (CIU), and Priced Rite Towing. The crash is under investigation by Ptl. Douglas Higgins, Ptl. Antonio Ellis, Ptl. Paul Bachovchin and Ptl. Ian Bole of the Manchester Township Police Traffic Safety Section.
Anyone with information about this crash is asked to contact the Manchester Township Police Traffic Safety Section, at 732-657-2009 x4400.
Members of the Manchester Township Police Patrol Bureau and Investigations Bureau have been investigating motor vehicle burglaries that have been occurring throughout the township. These incidents have primarily been reported in the Pine Lake Park section, however vehicle burglaries have also been reported in Holly Oaks, Renaissance, Leisure Village, Leisure Knoll, Pine Ridge and Crestwood Village sections of the Township. The suspect(s) generally enter unlocked vehicles during hours of darkness and take items of value.
We are requesting Manchester Township residents with video surveillance systems to review their video footage to see if any suspects can be identified on camera. If you have video footage that may be of value to these investigations please contact Manchester Township Police at your earliest convenience. Many motor vehicle burglaries go unreported to the police for various reasons, however we urge all residents to contact the police if they have been the victim of any crime. We would also like to remind Manchester Township residents to keep all residential and vehicle doors / windows locked and to immediately report suspicious persons and or activities to Manchester Police at 732-657-6111. If you have information that does not require an immediate police response, please feel free to use our email TIP LINE by visiting the Manchester Township Police website at http://www.manchesterpolicenj.com.
On February 2, 2013, at approximately 6:39pm, on duty Patrol Officer Arthur Cronk discovered an overturned Jeep Wrangler at the intersection of State Highway 70 and County Route 571. Further investigation revealed that the 2008 Jeep Wrangler, being operated by Chelsea B. Snyder (age 18) of Pemberton, had been traveling Westbound on SH 70 near the intersection of CR 571 when a 2010 Toyota Camry, being operated by Kayla M. Lane (age 21) of Lawrenceville, attempted to turn left from SH 70 East onto CR 571 causing the collision.
As a result of the crash, the driver and passenger of the Jeep, 20 year old Curtis R. Oakerson were transported to Kimball Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries. The driver and passenger of the Toyota, 21 year old Christopher Lane, did not sustain injuries.
Assisting at the scene were the Manchester and Ridgeway Fire Departments along with Manchester First Aid. Traffic was diverted in the area for about an hour during the investigation. This crash is being investigated by Special Police Officer II Casey Chant and Ptl. Christian Nazario of the Manchester Township Police Patrol Bureau.
With Super Bowl 48 taking place tomorrow, Manchester Township Police want to remind the public to stay safe and sober behind the wheel on what has historically been one of the most dangerous weekends of the year. In 2008 when the New York Giants played in the Super Bowl, police in New Jersey arrested 176 drunk drivers, the second highest total ever in the State of New Jersey on a Super Bowl Sunday. In order to keep our roadways safe, Manchester Township Police have added additional patrol officers, specifically designated to the detection and apprehension of impaired drivers. Manchester Police would also like to remind the public that reports of suspected drunk and or aggressive drivers can be made to police by dialing #77.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration offers the following Safety Tips for Super Bowl Sunday.
If you are attending a Super Bowl Party:
- Avoid drinking too much alcohol too fast. Pace yourself – eat, take breaks, alternate with non-alcoholic drinks.
- Designate a sober driver before the party begins and give that person your car keys.
- If impaired, don’t even think about getting behind the wheel. Ask a sober friend for a ride home; call a cab, friend or family member to come and get you; or stay where you are and sleep it off until you are sober.
- Remember: Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk. Take the keys and never let a friend leave your sight if you think they are about to drive while impaired.
If you are hosting a Super Bowl Party:
- Make sure there’s ample food and non-alcoholic beverages available.
- Stop serving alcohol at the beginning of the third quarter. Instead, offer guests coffee and dessert.
- Be sure that all guests have designated their drivers in advance, or help to arrange ride-sharing with sober drivers.
- Have the phone number of a local cab company available, and always take the keys away from anyone who may be thinking of driving after drinking.
On Thursday, January 30, 2014 at approximately 8:27 pm, a Lakehurst Police Officer was assisting with a two car motor vehicle crash with injuries at the intersection of State Highway 37 and Commonwealth Boulevard, when he was struck by a passing motor vehicle. Officer Jason Guide, 25, was standing on the paved eastbound shoulder of the roadway speaking with witnesses to the motor vehicle crash, when he was struck by a red Volkswagen Beetle traveling east on State Highway 37. The VW was being operated by Fredrick Shouldice, 54, of Toms River. The Officer was not injured as a result of the impact with the vehicle’s passenger side view mirror. The Officer was on duty and in uniform at the time of the incident. He was utilizing a marked Lakehurst Police vehicle that had its emergency lights activated.
Motorists should use caution when approaching emergency vehicles with flashing lights as required by New Jersey Statute 39:4-92.2 commonly known as the “Move Over Law” which reads as follows:
1. a. The operator of a motor vehicle approaching a stationary authorized emergency vehicle as defined in R.S.39:1-1 that is displaying a flashing, blinking or alternating red or blue light or, any configuration of lights containing one of these colors, shall approach the authorized emergency vehicle with due caution and shall, absent any other direction by a law enforcement officer, proceed as follows:
(1) Make a lane change into a lane not adjacent to the authorized emergency vehicle if possible in the existing safety and traffic conditions; or
(2) If a lane change pursuant to paragraph (1) of subsection a. of this section would be impossible, prohibited by law or unsafe, reduce the speed of the motor vehicle to a reasonable and proper speed for the existing road and traffic conditions, which speed shall be less than the posted speed limit, and be prepared to stop.
b. The operator of a motor vehicle approaching a stationary tow truck as defined in section 1 of P.L.1999, c.396 (C.39:3-84.6) that is displaying a flashing amber light or a stationary highway maintenance or emergency service vehicle that is operated by the State, an authority or a county or municipality and displaying flashing yellow, amber, or red lights shall approach the vehicle with due caution and shall, absent any other direction by a law enforcement officer, proceed as follows:
(1) Make a lane change into a lane not adjacent to the tow truck or highway maintenance or emergency service vehicle if possible in the existing safety and traffic conditions; or
(2) If a lane change under paragraph (1) of subsection b. of this section would be impossible, prohibited by law or unsafe, reduce the speed of the motor vehicle to a reasonable and proper speed for the existing road and traffic conditions, which speed shall be less than the posted speed limit, and be prepared to stop.
c. A violation of this section shall be punished by a fine of not less than $100 and not more than $500.
This crash is under investigation by Patrolman Antonio Ellis of the Manchester Traffic Safety Section.
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On Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at approximately 12:38 pm, a two vehicle crash occurred at the intersection of State Highway 70 and Colonial Drive. Christopher Perrault, a 42 year old male from Brown Mills was operating a 1998 Pontiac Sun fire east on State Highway 70 when his vehicle collided with a 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe, which was traveling west on State Highway 70. The Tahoe was operated by 23 year old Kashmir Lenaghan of Toms River. Both Vehicles were disabled as a result of the collision and were towed from the scene. The driver of the Chevrolet complained of knee pain and was transported to Community Medical Center in Toms River for evaluation. The driver of the Pontiac was extricated from his vehicle and was transported by MONOC 1 Medical Helicopter to Jersey Shore University Hospital in Neptune, New Jersey with a complaint of chest, back, neck and shoulder pain. At the time of this release, the driver of the Tahoe, Mrs. Lenaghan, was released from Community Medical Center and the driver of the Pontiac, Mr. Perrault, was in serious but stable condition at Jersey Shore Hospital. Assisting at the scene were members of the Ridgeway and Manchester Volunteer Fire Departments, Quality Medical Transport, Paramedics from MONOC, and the New Jersey State DOT. The cause of this crash is under investigation by Patrolman Antonio Ellis of the Manchester Traffic Safety Section.
On January 10, 2014, between the hours of 6:33 am and 9:33 am, freezing rain and icy road conditions contributed to a total of twenty one separate motor vehicle crashes. Of these crashes there were 4 reported injuries. One of the injured parties was Manchester Township Police Officer, Richard Conklin who was involved in a motor vehicle crash while responding to the scene of a motor vehicle crash. At the time of the crash, Ptl. Conklin had been traveling on County Route 539 in the area of McMahon Avenue when his vehicle left the roadway and collided with a utility pole. As a result of the crash, Ptl. Conklin sustained non-life threatening injuries. He was treated at Paul Kimball Hospital and later released. Assisting members of Manchester Township Police were Sheriff’s Officers from the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department.
On Sunday January 5, 2014 at approximately 1:25pm, a black 2008 Nissan Altima was traveling south on Manchester Boulevard along the curve when it collided head on with a silver 2004 Ford Explorer. The driver of the Nissan Altima, 43 year old Michelle L. Pisauro of Browns Mills, was properly restrained, and had to be extricated from her vehicle. She was subsequently transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Hospital in serious condition with internal and facial injuries. A medevac helicopter was requested to transport Pisauro, however it was unable to fly due to the inclement weather. The driver of the Ford Explorer, 59 year old Susan Raba, was properly restrained and transported to Community Medical Center for injuries to her extremities. Both passengers in the Ford Explorer, 61 year old Robert J. Raba Jr. and 46 year old Beverly Crennan of Jackson, were also properly restrained and transported to Community Medical Center with multiple injuries. Assisting at the scene were the Whiting Volunteer Fire Department, the Manchester First Aid Squad, Paramedics from MONOC, and Quality Medical Transport. The crash remains under investigation by Patrolman Ian Bole from the Manchester Township Traffic Safety Section.