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Man Injured in Crash After Being Ejected from Vehicle

On Friday, June 24, 2016, at approximately 1:11 AM, members of the Manchester Township Police Department responded to the intersection of Route 571 and Seminole Street for the report of a multiple vehicle crash. Upon arrival, officers learned that it was a two vehicle crash involving a 2011 Nissan Altima and a 2001 Mazda Tribute. The Nissan was being operated by Joseph M. Diperi, 23, of Manalapan and the Mazda was being operated by Jevon I. Cotte, 24, of South Toms River.


The investigation revealed that the Nissan was making a left turn from Seminole Street on to Route 571 when it collided with the Mazda, which was traveling eastbound on Route 571. The impact caused the Mazda to overturn. The operator, Cotte, who was not wearing his seatbelt at the time, was ejected through the sunroof.  Cotte sustained injuries and was transported via ambulance to Jersey Shore University Medical Center by MONOC Paramedics for treatment. The operator of the Nissan, Diperi, was wearing his seatbelt and was uninjured in the crash, however he was evaluated by Manchester First Aid as a precautionary measure. Diperi refused further medical treatment. Cotte is listed in stable condition at this time.

Assisting at the scene were Ridgeway Fire Department, Manchester First Aid, MONOC Paramedics, the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit and the Ocean County Prosecutors Office. The crash is currently under investigation by Ptl. Anderson of the Manchester Township Police Traffic Safety Unit.

The Manchester Township Police Department would like to remind all operators of motor vehicles to drive safely and to always wear their seatbelts.

Manchester PBA 246 Donates to Injured Trooper

Manchester PBA 246 was honored to make a $1,000 donation to New Jersey State Police Trooper Brian Malast, who was paralyzed from the neck down in a 2005 on-duty motor vehicle accident.

A Manchester resident, Brian is in need of a new specially-equipped van, which his family uses to transport him everywhere he needs to travel. The aging van is no longer serviceable and for safety reasons must be replaced. A GoFundMe page has been established to help raise funds for so Brian and his family can purchase a new van.


“Our PBA 246 members were happy to pay Brian a visit today to check in with him and personally present our donation,” said President Paul Bachovchin. “Brian’s our brother and our neighbor, and we’ll always be here to help with whatever he needs.”

Manchester Township Personnel Director James Gant is also involved in the fundraising effort for his friend Brian, having grown up just blocks from the Malast family. Brian’s brother, Kevin, is scheduled to appear on NJ 101.5 radio on Wednesday night to discuss the fundraiser.

For more information about how you can help Brian by making a contribution, please visit www.gofundme.com/tpr_malast

Officer Saves Driver from Downed Live Wires

The driver of a dump truck that struck a utility pole Wednesday morning, causing live electrical wires to fall on his vehicle, escaped without injury after a nearby Manchester Township Police officer provided emergency instruction through his vehicle’s public address system.

20160622_111013At about 8:45 a.m., Ptl. Rich Chevrier was driving northbound on Route 539 and was about 500 feet from a Lakehurst Public Works dump truck, which was traveling southbound, when he noticed sparks as it left the roadway and struck a utility pole. Ptl. Chevrier immediately stopped his patrol vehicle and used his public address system to instruct the driver of the dump truck to remain inside of his vehicle, as contact with fallen live wires could be fatal. The driver complied and waited for a nearby JCP&L crew to arrive and cut power before safely exiting the vehicle.


The driver of the dump truck, Jason Emme, 25, of Bayville, was not injured in the crash. Mr. Emme advised investigating officers that a red SUV had made an unsafe left turn from Cherry Street on to Route 539 southbound causing him to brake and swerve to avoid a collision. These evasive actions caused him to leave the roadway and strike the utility pole. The driver of the SUV, which is believed to be a red Jeep Cherokee or Liberty, did not stop following the crash. Police ask that anyone who may have information regarding this vehicle to please call 732-657-6111. A photo of the vehicle is attached.


“The quick thinking of Ptl. Chevrier to use his vehicle’s PA system to warn Mr. Emme to stay inside of his truck was lifesaving,” said Sgt. Charles Brooks. “Residents are reminded to always avoid downed wires, as they could be electrified and extremely dangerous. Alert authorities and never attempt to touch, move, or drive over any wires.”

Red Jeep SUV

Electrical service to some residents in the Whiting section of Manchester Township was disrupted because of the crash. The section of Route 539 remains closed as repairs are made to the utility pole by JCP&L. Also assisting at the scene were members of the Whiting Volunteer Fire Company and Quality Medical Transport.

Ptl. Wendruff and K-9 Lynk Graduate State Police Scent Class #31

DSC_0239The Manchester Township Police Department is proud to announce the graduation of Ptl. Steven Wendruff and his canine partner Lynk from the New Jersey State Police Scent Class #31 on June 17, 2016.

Ptl. Wendruff and K-9 Lynk were one of four Officer/K-9 teams to graduate from the intensive Narcotics Detection training course, which began on March 14. They were presented with a certificate during the graduation ceremony at the New Jersey State Police Forensic Technology Center in Hamilton. Police K-9s were trained in the detection of six types of controlled dangerous substances which included: marijuana, cocaine, crack cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and ecstasy.

lynk grad 1“Today is a proud day for Ptl. Wendruff and K-9 Lynk, as well as the Manchester Township Police Department. Their dedication to completing this valuable narcotics detection training will benefit the residents of Manchester Township as we work to get drugs off of our streets,” said Chief Parker. “I’m proud of our K-9 Unit and all that they’ve accomplished since its re-establishment in 2014.”

The other team in Manchester’s K-9 Unit, is Ptl. Marc Micciulla and his K-9 partner Storm. This K9 team successfully Patrol training in June of 2015 and completed scent detection training in January of 2016. K-9s Storm and Lynk are Dual Purpose dogs, meaning they are trained in the areas of police patrol operations, such as tracking and locating missing persons, suspects and evidence, as well as in narcotics detection.

lynk grad 2Both Storm and Lynk were purchased at no cost to Manchester Township Taxpayers, as they were purchased using money from Manchester’s Law Enforcement Trust Account, which is comprised of revenue generated from seized and forfeited assets.

Any residents interested in assisting our K-9 Unit may do so through a donation to the Manchester Township Police Foundation by clicking the “Police Foundation” tab on our website, www.ManchesterPoliceNJ.com.

A video replay of the proceedings, supplied by the New Jersey State Police, was shared to our Department’s Facebook page and may be viewed at www.Facebook.com/ManchesterPolice.

Beware of IRS Phone Scam

The Manchester Township Police Department recently became aware of an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) phone scam that has been reportedly taking place throughout the United States. The purpose of this release is to educate the public about the scam to prevent people from becoming victims.

scam alertThe way the scam works is that criminal entities contact residents via telephone claiming to be IRS employees or claiming to be working as agents on behalf of the IRS. During these phone calls the scammers attempt to obtain money and or personal information from residents by attempting to frighten people with threats of law suits and or criminal arrests/warrants.

Please be advised that THE IRS DOES NOT CONTACT PEOPLE BY PHONE. The IRS will send correspondence via certified mail with a green receipt card. If you have any questions about your personal taxes and they were prepared for you by an accountant or certified tax professional, contact them directly.

There is no need for Manchester Township residents to notify the Manchester Police Department about having received a phone call from a suspected scammer unless the resident provided them with their personal information (Social Security Number, Date of Birth, Bank account info, etc.) and or money. In these cases, a police report may be helpful in repairing an individual’s credit, and or obtaining a new SSN.

Please be advised that Federal, and State and Local law enforcement agencies are aware of the above scam.

You may also contact the IRS directly for questions or to report scams at 1-800-366-4484 or the following local offices: 732-660-0063 (Freehold Office) or at 609-989-0533 (Trenton Office). Again, it is best to report scams to the IRS directly as they have their own law enforcement component to investigate these scam calls which originate mostly out of the country.

Reminder: DO NOT answer any calls that have a phone number that is unfamiliar to you. NEVER give ANY personal information over the phone.

Manchester Police Host 2nd Annual Elite Law Enforcement Fitness Challenge

The Manchester Township Police Department is proud to announce that the second annual Elite Law Enforcement Fitness Challenge, held on Wednesday, June 8, successfully raised money for charity while offering an intensive physical competition for local police officers.

This team-based competition, held at Harry Wright Lake in Whiting, raised nearly $6,000.00, which will benefit 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.

“To be successful in this Elite Fitness Challenge, you must be in excellent physical condition. This is one of the most intense competitions that only highly-trained athletes can successfully complete,” said Chief Lisa Parker. “Police Officers need to commit to maintaining a physical standard for their entire career, as the nature of their job demands it. Their departments should be proud of their accomplishment and sincere dedication to fitness.”

Stafford Township Police Team Blue earned the title of Fittest Police Department, beating out 17 other four-person teams for the honor. In second place was Toms River Township Police Team # 1, followed by Toms River 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, sandbag carry, firehose drag, 200 yard swim, and a five mile trail run.

Organizers, Detective David Fusaro and Patrolman Charles Gatnarek of the Manchester Township Police Department are appreciative of everyone who participated and are looking forward to continuing this event and supporting various charities. The Manchester Township Police would like to extend a special thank you to our Gold Sponsors: Termini Nutrition Center, Forked River and Bayville; Barnabas Health Medical Group, West Orange; Cardiology Consultants of Toms River; Thompson Chiropractic, Toms River; A Simply Greener Side, Toms River, Crossfit Arx, Toms River; and Kettlebell Kitchen, New York and New Jersey.

K-9 Unit Receives $1,000 Donation from Whiting Business Association

On Tuesday, June 7, Lt. Vincent Manco of the Manchester Township Police Department was honored to attend a meeting of the Whiting Business Association where a check for $1,000 was presented to the K9 Unit.

This generous donation from the Whiting Business Association will be put to good use to help ensure the continued success of the Manchester Township Police K-9 Unit. The funds will be used to purchase training equipment, canine-related vehicle equipment, and additional training for the Unit.


The money was raised during the WBA Food and Wine Tasting Event held on May 12 at the Whiting Volunteer Fire Company headquarters. Joined by other WBA members, President Michael McCullough made the presentation of the check to Lt. Manco.

“We’re grateful that members of our community, such as the Whiting Business Association, have stepped up to help support our K-9 Unit, which is a great asset to our Department and the public,” said Lt. Manco, who has overseen the unit since its re-establishment in 2014.

Donations like these help to offset the cost for care, maintenance, and training for the K-9 Unit and reduce the usage of township funds. The Manchester Township Police K-9 Unit greatly appreciates the community’s continued support of the re-established Police K-9 program.


The Manchester Township Police Foundation is a non-profit organization which provides funding for youth and community outreach programs, police charities, investment in advanced education and training, and funding for specialized equipment and technology in order to help our police officers better perform their duties. To donate, please log onto the Manchester Township Police Website at: www.manchesterpolicenj.com and click on the “POLICE FOUNDATION” tab.

More information about the Whiting Business Association is available through their website, www.whitingbiz.com.

New Patrolmen Take Oaths

The Manchester Township Police Department is pleased to welcome its newest Patrolmen, Conner Yatauro and Keith Douglas. Mayor Kenneth T. Palmer administered their oaths during a ceremony in the Municipal Complex Civic Center on May 31 in front of family, friends, and police personnel including Chief Lisa Parker.


Taking his oath first was Conner Yatauro, who has been a Manchester Township resident for 23 years. He graduated from Monsignor Donovan High School in 2010, where he played varsity lacrosse and soccer and was named an All-American by U.S. Lacrosse. Ptl. Yatauro then attended the University of Hartford and graduated with an accounting degree. He pursued a law enforcement career and was hired as a seasonal Officer with the Point Pleasant Beach Police Department in December 2015. Ptl. Yatauro graduated from the Ocean County Police Academy, SLEO Class 39.

Keith Douglas, who has lived in Manchester Township for most of his life and is a 2011 Manchester Township High School graduate, was sworn in next. While in high school, he participated in Track and Field and was named MVP in 2010. Ptl. Douglas is currently completing his education at Ocean County College, and has volunteered countless hours as an Auxiliary Police Officer with Manchester Township since 2013. Prior to joining the Manchester Township Police, Ptl. Douglas was employed as a Class II Officer with the Lakehurst Borough Police.

The hiring process began in January, when more than 230 applicants participated in the Physical Agility Examination held at Manchester Township High School. This test consisted of pull-ups, push-ups, sit-ups, squat thrusts, and a 1 mile run. Those applicants who achieved a passing score advanced to the boxing component of the testing process. Approximately half of the applicants completed all phases of the physical exam successfully and advanced to the written examination phase in February. From there, the top scorers went before the Oral Board for extensive interviews. The top candidates underwent a thorough background investigation and passed medical, psychological, and drug screenings.

“This hiring process is one of the best and most extensive in the State of New Jersey. Our goal is to select the absolute best Officers, upstanding individuals who will proudly serve our Department and the community,” said Chief Parker.

Patrolmen Yatauro and Douglas now will begin the Manchester Township Police Department’s intensive twelve week Field Training and Evaluation Program, during which time they will be instructed and mentored by several highly trained and seasoned officers. Upon successful completion of the Field Training Program, these Patrolmen will be assigned to a patrol squad. We wish them both success as they begin their law enforcement career serving Manchester Township and its residents.

“We could do none of this without the support of Mayor Palmer and the Township Council. It is with their support that all of this is possible, and I say this with sincerity and appreciation for their ongoing support,” said Chief Parker.

Congratulations to Our Auxiliary Police Officer Recruits

The Manchester Township Police Department is proud to announce that six new Auxiliary Police Officers took their oaths on May 23, 2016, during a ceremony in the Municipal Complex Civic Center. These Auxiliary Police Officers were sworn in to their volunteer positions before Chief Lisa Parker, other Manchester Township Police Officers, and their friends and family.

The graduation marks the completion of training which began on April 17 and concluded on May 22 of this year. The officers completed approximately 50 hours of training and will begin field training by current Auxiliary Police officers. While the State of New Jersey requires only 36 hours of training for Auxiliary Officers, Manchester far exceeded the State minimum requirement.

“As an Auxiliary Officer in Manchester Township, you’ll have the opportunity to be surrounded by some of the best Police Officers in the State,” said Chief Lisa Parker, who also commended the recruits for volunteering their time to better their community. “This is a great accomplishment for all of you. Today is a proud day.”

Manchester Township Police Officers who served as instructors for the Auxiliary Police Academy included Sgt. Richard Mazza, Ptl. Jason Wiener and Ptl. Patrick Cervenak. The graduation of this class marks the third time the Manchester Township Police Department has conducted an in-house basic Auxiliary Police Academy. This volunteer arm of the police department assists with non-enforcement type activities such as crowd control at events, courtroom security and general uniformed patrols throughout the Township. Additionally, the unit is activated to assist the Manchester Police during severe weather and declared State of Emergencies.

The Auxiliary Officers were trained in different subject areas ranging from patrol functions, traffic control, police vehicle operations, crowd control, criminal law, preservation of evidence, court operations, first aid, CPR, police radio communications, use of force, domestic violence, report writing, and police ethics, just to name a few.

The process for these six Auxiliary Officers began in December of 2015 when applications were made available to the public. The selection process and standards to become an Auxiliary Officer are similar to that of a regular police officer. The candidates passed a rigorous background check as well. All auxiliary officers are held to the highest standards consistent with that of the Manchester Township Police Department.

Congratulations to our incoming Auxiliary Officers: Cirilo Hernandez, Joseph A. Dellavella, Michael R. Kelliher, Richard H. Sargeant, Susana D. Mahecha-Benitez, and Christian A. Hernandez. For more information about the Auxiliary Police Unity, please visitwww.manchesterpolicenj.com/auxiliary-police.

Cpl. Higgins and Ptl. Ellis Receive Traffic Safety Specialist Certification

Congratulations Cpl. Doug Higgins and Ptl. Antonio Ellis for being among the first in New Jersey to receive the Traffic Safety Specialist Certification. They were honored Thursday, May 26  at a ceremony at the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office along with other officers from throughout the county.

higginsellisThe Traffic Safety Specialist designation is a statewide recognition of police officers who have attained notable experience, education, training, and proficiency in Highway Safety and Traffic Enforcement methods and procedures. The program began in Maryland for police agencies that performed law enforcement duties. The New Jersey Traffic Safety Specialist Program intends to promote highway safety among police officers, as well as provide a mechanism for support, acknowledgement, recognition, and prestige for officers who have achieved advanced levels of training proficiency.

We’re very proud of the excellence Cpl. Higgins and Ptl. Ellis bring to our Traffic Safety Section. They are highly respected experts in their field, and this distinction is well deserved!

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