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Officer Bole Among First in State to Receive Traffic Safety Specialist Designation

Congratulations to Officer Ian Bole, who was awarded the Traffic Safety Specialist Level 1 designation in a ceremony at the New Jersey Police Traffic Officers Association meeting in Hamilton earlier this month. Officer Bole, along with 18 other officers (including our own Sgt. Antonio Ellis and Cpl. Doug Higgins), are among the first in the state to receive this designation since it was piloted in Ocean County in 2016.

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The Traffic Safety Specialist (TSS) Program began in Maryland as statewide consistent recognition of police officers who have attained notable experience, education, training, and proficiency in Highway Safety and Traffic Enforcement methods and procedures. Similarly, the goal of this New Jersey TSS Program is 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. A long-term commitment to the program is required to obtain outside recognition of highway safety efforts.

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We’re very proud of the excellence exhibited by our Traffic Safety Section Officers, Sgt. Ellis, Cpl. Higgins and Officer Bole.

Cops Come Together to Bring a Smile to Nine Year Old Nico’s Face

Nico is a brave little guy who has been battling cancer. He is an honorary member of his hometown fire company and the Gloucester Township Police Department. His love for firefighters and police officers is evident.

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So when the Manchester Township Police hosted more than 40 members of law enforcement from various states for Law Enforcement Executive Development Association (FBI-LEEDA) training, the officers collectively decided it was the perfect opportunity to gather patches and coins for Nico! Nico loves to receive police, fire, and EMS patches from all over the United States, so we hope that this display brings a smile to his face. Police officers always love to support brave children in their time of need.

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Anyone who wants to send well-wishes to Nico may do so at:
Nico Cassabria
P.O. Box 1442
Blackwood, New Jersey 08012

For more information about Nico and other children battling diseases, please visit No One Fights Alone or Nico’s Army.

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Narcotics Enforcement Team Arrests Three for Drug Offenses

A Manchester woman, a Lakewood woman and a Plainfield man, were arrested and charged with drug related offenses by the Manchester Township Police Department Narcotics Enforcement Team (N.E.T.) with the assistance of the Manchester Police Patrol Bureau and K-9 unit.

On Friday, January 20, 2017, at approximately 3:51 p.m., the N.E.T. stopped a vehicle in the Ridgway Mobile home park after observing a motor vehicle violation on CR 571. During the course of the motor vehicle stop, an article of drug paraphernalia was observed in the driver’s side compartment of the vehicle. As a result of the investigation, the driver of the vehicle Xiemena Perez-Pernas, age 24 of Lakewood was placed under arrest for possession of drug paraphernalia, the front seat passenger Christian Orellana age 26 of Plainfield was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia and crack cocaine, and the rear passenger Yuly Gutierrez-Hernandez age 20 of Manchester was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Xiemena Perez-Pernas and Yuly Gutierrez-Harnandez were charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and released pending court. Christian Orellana was charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession of crack cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Orellana was also released pending court.

Residents are reminded that drug related tips can be reported to the Manchester Police Department anonymously at 732-657-6111 or online via the Department’s website, www.manchesterpolicenj.com, by clicking the “Tip Line” link.

Vehicle Impacts Three Houses and Tree in LVW; Sends Elderly Operator to the Hospital

A 90-year-old Manchester woman was injured after she lost control of the vehicle while exiting her driveway and struck three houses and a tree in the Leisure Village West section of the Township Thursday morning. Maria T. Pannizzo of Buckingham Drive, lost control of her 2002, Toyota Camry while pulling from her driveway and left the roadway on three separate occasions, striking three nearby houses before coming to a stop after impacting a tree and rolling over. She was transported to Community Medical Center in Toms River for treatment of injuries sustained during the crash.

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On January 26, 2017, at approximately 8:30 a.m., officers from the Manchester Township Police Department responded to the area of Yorkshire Court and Buckingham Drive in the Leisure Village West section of the Township for the report of a single vehicle crash in which a car struck several houses and a tree. Upon arrival, officers located the involved vehicle, a 2002 Toyota Camry with heavy damage on the side of Buckingham Drive.

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The initial investigation revealed that Pannizzo was backing from her driveway and was attempting to turn left onto Buckingham Drive when she over-accelerated and left the roadway and impacted the side of 60A Buckingham Drive.  After striking the side of the Buckingham Drive residence, Pannizzo put her vehicle in reverse and accelerated backwards onto Buckingham Drive.  While in reverse, her vehicle left the roadway a second time and impacted the sun rooms of 1C and 1D Yorktown Court.  After striking the above residences, Pannizzo put her vehicle back into drive and accelerated forward once again crossing over Buckingham Drive. In doing so, she left the roadway a third time and travelled in a north direction on the grass parallel to the Buckingham Drive for several hundred feet before impacting a tree. The force of the impact caused Pannizzo’s vehicle to roll over 360 degrees before finally landing back on all four wheels.

Ms. Pannizzo, was traveling alone at the time of the crash and it appears as though she was not wearing her seatbelt. She was transported to Community Medical Center in Toms River by EMT’s from Quality Medical Transport for complaint of pain as well as a possible broken arm and hand.

Assisting at the scene were Inspectors from the Manchester Township Building Department, workers from Leisure Village Maintenance, utility crews from Jersey Central Power and Light.

The crash is under investigation by Cpl. Douglas Higgins of the Manchester Township Police Traffic Safety Unit with the assistance of Officers George Smith and Stephen Hankins of the Patrol Bureau.

Narcotics Enforcement Team Arrests Two for Warrants and Drug Offenses

A Manchester man and Lakehurst woman were arrested on outstanding warrants and charged with multiple drug related offenses by the Manchester Township Police Department Narcotics Enforcement Team (N.E.T.) with the assistance of the Manchester Police Patrol Bureau and K-9 unit.

On Wednesday, January 25, 2017, at approximately 5:43 p.m., the narcotics enforcement team conducted a motor vehicle stop of a vehicle containing known wanted person, Darryn Jackson, 39 of the Whiting section of Manchester Township. Mr. Jackson, the passenger of the vehicle was placed under arrest for multiple warrants which included a $14,700 Ocean County warrant for non-payment of child support, a $1000 warrant (Berlin Township), a $1,500 warrant (Miltown Boro) and a $400 warrant (Jackson Township). It was also determined that the driver of the vehicle, Tina Piazza, age 44 of Lakehurst had an outstanding $500 warrant (Toms River Township) and that she had been driving on a suspended license. Piazza was arrested on the outstanding warrant.

Manchester Police K-9 Officer Marc Micciulla and his K-9 partner Storm responded to the scene. An exterior sniff of the vehicle was conducted which resulted in a positive indication to the presence of the odor of a controlled dangerous substance(s). A consent search of the vehicle was later conducted which resulted in the recovery of several articles of drug paraphernalia. While in custody, Jackson was found to be in possession of a quantity of heroin, crack cocaine, and MDMA (ecstasy).

Jackson was charged with hindering apprehension by way of concealment of CDS, possession of heroin, possession of cocaine, possession of MDMA (ecstasy) and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was lodged at the Ocean County Jail on the drug charges/ outstanding warrants. Piazza was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, and driving while suspended. She was released on her own recognizance pending court.

Residents are reminded that drug related tips can be reported to the Manchester Police Department anonymously at 732-657-6111 or online via the Department’s website, www.manchesterpolicenj.com, by clicking the “Tip Line” link.

Vehicle Leaves Roadway and Crashes into Several Business Signs on Route 70

A Manchester Township man lost control of his vehicle while trying to make a left-hand turn from the Santander Bank on Route 70 near the intersection of Route 571 and struck numerous business signs before crashing head-on into a steel Quik Chek convenience store sign. The operator and lone occupant of the vehicle, 86-year-old, Harold Barnett, was transported to Community Medical Center in Toms River for treatment of a chest injury.

QuikChekOn Tuesday, January 24th, at approximately 1:12 p.m., officers from the Manchester Township Police Department responded to the area of Routes 70 and 571 in the Ridgeway section of the Township for the report of a one car crash. Initial reports indicated that the involved vehicle left the roadway and collided head-on with a steel Quik Chek sign. Upon arrival, officers located the involved vehicle, a beige, 2006, Honda Civic off the roadway on the north side of Route 70 against the steel support post for the Quik Chek sign. The driver, Harold Barnett, was still inside of the car and had to be helped from the vehicle by emergency workers. The initial investigation revealed that Mr. Barnett was attempting to turn left from the Santander Bank on Route 70 westbound, when he accelerated across the roadway, struck a curb and multiple business signs before colliding head-on into the Quik Chek sign. The vehicle had  significant front end damage as well as airbag deployment. Barnett, who was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the collision, was transported to Community Medical Center for the complaint of pain to his chest. His current condition is unknown.

Assisting at the scene were EMT’s from Quality Medical Transport. The accident is currently under investigation by Patrolman Ian Bole of the Manchester Township Police Department Traffic Safety Unit.

Crestwood Village II Resident’s Club Presents K-9 Unit with a Donation after Demo

On Wednesday, January 11, 2017, Manchester Township Police K-9 handlers, Marc Micciulla and Steven Wendruff, along Patrol Sgt. Robert Sharry conducted a K-9 demonstration for the Crestwood Village II Resident’s Club.  The officers, along with their K-9’s Storm and Lynk demonstrated how well the dogs listened to their handlers, how they were able to detect drugs, and how they apprehend criminals. The officers answered many questions about the dogs and the K-9 unit in general. During the demonstration, the officer were presented with a generous $200 donation from the Resident’s Club to the Manchester Township Police Foundation for the K-9 Unit.

This generous donation from the Residents Club 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 K-9 unit-related equipment as well as to pay for training for both the dogs and their handlers.

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“We’re grateful to Linda Hill and the members of the Resident’s Club for their support of the Manchester Police K-9 Unit which was established in 2014.” “The generous donation will be used to offset the costs associated with running the unit, Lt. Manco said. “Members said it was the best meeting they went to,” said Hill.

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.

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Donations are handled through the Manchester Township Police Foundation, a non-profit organization that 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. Those who wish to donate, can visit the Manchester Township Police Website at: www.manchesterpolicenj.com and click on the “POLICE FOUNDATION” tab.  If you are donating for the K-9 Unit, please indicate so on your check or donation.

Three Arrested In Pine Lake Park Drug Distribution Operation

Three local men, including two from Manchester were arrested by officers from the Manchester Township Police Department’s Narcotics Enforcement Team after they investigated suspected drug activity in the Pine Lake Park section of the Township. The investigation started after the Narcotics Team received several complaints about suspected drug activity in the area.

On Wednesday evening, December 28, 2016, members of the Manchester Township Police Department’s Narcotics Enforcement Team (N.E.T.) were conducting surveillance in the Pine Lake Park section of the Township when they observed suspicious activity which they suspected to be drug related. At approximately 6:21 P.M., officers stopped a suspicious vehicle, which was involved in the suspected drug distribution investigation on State Highway 70 near mile marker 37. During the stop, officers detected the odor of marijuana inside of the vehicle and subsequently requested the assistance of the Department’s K-9 Unit which was nearby.  Further investigation revealed that the driver of the vehicle, 19-year-old, Nicholas Marquis of Beacon Street in Manchester, provided false information to officers. Additionally, he was found to be in possession of a hunting knife, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia. One of the vehicle’s passengers, 18-year-old, Troy Ksyniak of Monmouth Avenue in Manchester was also found to be in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.  The third occupant of the vehicle, 21-year-old, Elijah Miller of Anchorage Boulevard in Bayville was found to be in possession of 28 doses of LSD or “acid”, alprazolam, marijuana, THC extract, and drug paraphernalia. As a result, all three were arrested and taken to police headquarters for processing.

As a result of the investigation, Ksyniak was charged with Possession of Marijuana under 50 grams and Possession of Paraphernalia, and released on criminal summonses.  Marquis was charged with Hindering His Own Apprehension, Possession of a Weapon for Unlawful Purpose, Possession of Marijuana under 50 grams, Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute, and Possession of Paraphernalia.  He was lodged in Ocean County Jail on $15,000.00 bail.  Miller was charged with Possession of LSD, Possession with Intent to Distribute LSD, Possession of Alprazolam (Schedule IV), Possession of Marijuana under 50 grams, Possession of THC Extract, and Possession of Paraphernalia.  He was lodged in Ocean County Jail on $100,000.00 bail.  Assisting in the investigation were members of the Department’s Patrol Bureau.

Residents are reminded that drug tips can be reported to the Manchester Police anonymously at 732-657-6111 or online via the Department’s website, www.manchesterpolicenj.com, by clicking the “Tip Line” link.

Residents Displaced by Early Morning Fire

On Wednesday morning, December 28, 2016, at approximately 9:06 a.m., officers from the Manchester Police Department responded to a Beckerville Road address for the report of a possible structure fire.

Upon arrival, Officer Matthew Juralewicz observed heavy smoke and flames coming from the front of the single family residence. Shortly thereafter, he observed flames coming from the rear of the residence.  It was quickly determined that the residence was unoccupied and that the family dog had been released from the residence by neighbors prior to the arrival of emergency personnel. The fire was subsequently extinguished by fire personnel, however the fire deemed the residence uninhabitable.  There were no other structures damaged by the fire and there were no injuries reported by anyone present at the scene.

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Assisting at the scene were the following: Whiting Volunteer Fire Department, Manchester Volunteer Fire Department, Ridgeway Volunteer Fire Company, Lakehurst Volunteer Fire Company, New Egypt Volunteer Fire Company, Quality Medical Transport, and Manchester Township OEM.  Detective Adam Emmons of the Manchester Township Investigations Bureau, the Ocean County Fire Marshall’s Office, and the Manchester Township Building Inspector also assisted at the scene.

The Ocean County Fire Marshall’s Office is investigating the fire and at this time the exact cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

Three Week Investigation Results in 3 People being Charged with Theft of Safe From Manchester Home

A Seaside Park woman and a Toms River man were arrested and charged with burglary and theft after a three week investigation into the burglary of a Manchester residence and the theft of a safe containing money and jewelry. Arrested and charged were 49-year-old, Mia Dentico of Seaside Park and 23-year-old, Joseph Comiso of Toms River. A third subject, 26-year-old, Mohamed Olivo of the Bronx, NY has also been criminally charged with the burglary and theft, however, he has not been arrested as of yet as his whereabouts are not currently known. He is currently wanted by police.

On November 20, 2016, officers from the Manchester Township Police Department responded to a residence located in the Whitney Estates section of the Township, for the report of a burglary and theft. Upon arrival, it was learned that an unknown person or persons entered the victim’s residence and stole a safe containing currency and valuable jewelry. Police quickly developed potential investigative leads, which led to the discovery of the safe. Officers located the safe partially submerged in nearby Pine Lake after an attempt by the suspects to conceal their actions. From this, officers were able to recover some of the victim’s jewelry along with irreplaceable sentimental items. The case was turned over to the Department’s Investigation Bureau and further investigated by Det. David Fusaro. During the follow-up investigation, Mia Dentico, Joseph Comiso and Mohamed Olivo became subjects of interest. Mia Dentico was soon after located, which resulted in the recovery of additional property belonging to the victim.  Based on the totality of the investigative information obtained during this investigation, to include numerous interviews, Mia Dentico, Joseph Comiso and Mohamed Olivo were criminally charged with burglary and theft.

Mia Dentico, who was quickly apprehended, was charged with one count of burglary and theft and lodged in Ocean County Jail in default of $10,000 bail. Joseph Comiso and Mohamed Olivo, realizing that their arrests were imminent, fled to New York State; however, Comiso later returned to the Seaside Heights area. Based on a tip, Seaside Heights Police located Comiso in a local hotel and placed him under arrest. After being apprehended, Comiso was lodged in Ocean County Jail in defualt of $15,000.00 bail. Mohamed Olivo is still wanted by police.

Because Olivo’s whereabouts are not currently known, he has been entered as a New Jersey wanted person. As of the issuance of this release, he has not been located. The Manchester Township Police are requesting the public’s assistance in locating Mohamed Olivo whose photo is attached to this release. Anyone knowing his whereabouts should contact Manchester Township Police at 732-657-6111.

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