On April 13, 2014, at approximately 5:32 p.m., Manchester Township Police was notified by the New Jersey State Forest Fire Service about an active brush fire in the wooded area located behind Hook and Hoof Gun Club at 298 Route 539. The State Forest Fire tower first noticed the heavy black smoke condition and alerted the local police and fire department.
The Whiting Fire Department and the New Jersey State Forest Fire Service located an active brush fire off of a dirt access road behind the gun club. The fire was contained to a one-half acre wooded area and was extinguished with the use of a NJ State Forest Fire aircraft.
This incident is currently under investigation by Manchester Detective Chris Hemhauser. Also assisting Manchester Police is the Ocean County Fire Marshall, the NJ State Forest Fire Service and the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department CIU unit.
Anyone who may have information or who may have seen any suspicious vehicles in the area is asked to contact Manchester Police at 732-657-6111.
At approximately 1:35 p.m. on April 13, 2014, a crash on State Highway 70 at the intersection of Roosevelt City Rd. caused traffic delays for several hours.
Kevin McCloskey, a 38 year old Riverside, NJ man was operating his 2001 Harley Davidson motorcycle east bound on State Highway 70 approaching Roosevelt City Rd., when a 2006 Lexus 300, operated by Linda Kreyling, age 69 from Clifton, NJ, made a left turn onto Roosevelt City Rd.
The Lexus was traveling west on State Highway 70 prior to the crash. Mr. McCloskey sustained potential serious injuries as a result of the crash and was flown to Jersey Shore University Medical Center by MONOC medi-vac helicopter for further treatment.
Medical attention was provided at the scene to Mr. McCloskey by EMT’s from Quality Medical Transport and Paramedics from MONOC. Mrs. Kreyling and her two occupants, Phillip Dolcemascolo, age 70 also of Clifton, and Marion Dolcemascolo, age 91 of Berkley Twp., refused medical treatment at the scene of the crash.
There were several other motorcyclists riding with Mr. McCloskey at the time of the crash who were not involved.
This crash is under the investigation of Ptl. Paul Bachovchin of the Traffic Safety Section. Assisting at the scene were members of the Manchester Twp. Police Patrol Division, the Ocean County Sheriff’s Dept. Criminal Investigation Unit, NJ Department of Transportation Traffic Diversion Unit and the Whiting Vol. Fire Department.
Officers biking to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington DC as part of the 2014 Police Unity Tour memorial ride will have the support of a new trailer purchased by Manchester PBA 246.
The trailer will accompany Manchester’s riders as they take a four-day journey to the memorial in honor of those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
“The tour just keeps getting bigger and bigger each year. We wanted to have something visible that represents why we participate in the ride, which is why the trailer was an important purchase for the PBA,” said Patrolman Arthur Cronk, Manchester PBA 246 Delegate who also serves as Delegate to the Unity Tour’s newly-formed Chapter X representing Central New Jersey.
Founded in 1997, the Police Unity Tour has raised awareness and millions of dollars in funding for the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial and Museum. Manchester Township Police Officers have been participating for the past nine years. They ride in honor of Officer Robert Tobias, who was killed while conducting a traffic stop along Route 70 in 1975.
This year, five Manchester Township Police riders will make the journey along with Cronk to Washington DC: Chief Brian Klimakowski, Sgt. Michael Leming, Detective Chris Hemhauser, Patrolmen Michael Anderson and Patrolman Anthony Iliadis. Patrolman Kyle Rickvalsky will provide motor vehicle support for the riders and tow the PBA trailer.
The Officers will depart on the morning of May 9 and arrive at the memorial on May 12, a day before the candlelight vigil honoring fallen Officers is held.
Each rider from the Manchester Township Police must raise $1,800 in order to make the journey. Anyone who would like to make a donation in support of the Manchester Township Police’s Unity Tour effort can send a check to:
Police Unity Tour Chapter X
PO Box 707
Pt. Pleasant, NJ 08742
More than nine months after its implementation at Manchester Township Police headquarters, a Project Medicine Drop box has helped keep nearly 1,000 pounds of unneeded prescription drugs from potentially falling into the wrong hands.
In an effort to help combat the growing drug problems in Ocean County, the Manchester Township Police, in conjunction with the New Jersey Department of Consumer Affairs, implemented the drop box location inside the vestibule of its 1 Colonial Drive headquarters in July 2013.
Since then, residents have used the secure drop box to deposit nearly 1,000 pounds of medications that are expired, unwanted or no longer needed.
“We’re pleased with the success Project Medicine Drop has found here in Manchester so far. It’s easy for residents to drop off their unneeded prescription medications, which keeps them out of the wrong hands and aids in our battle to combat drug abuse,” said Detective Albert Vega, who serves as the program coordinator in Manchester.
The box is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and can accept pills, capsules, patches and pet medications still in their packaging. Unpackaged, loose or leaking containers, as well as syringes and liquids, are not permitted in the box.
Medications deposited are collected regularly by police personnel and disposed of under strict supervision by state-authorized firms. Because pill containers may contain patient information, such as names and address, every effort is made to protect the privacy of those who utilize the box.
Prescription drugs are the number one substance abused by children ages 12 to 17 years old, with much of that supply unwittingly coming from the medicine cabinets of their parents, grandparents and friends.
Medication abuse can be a gateway to other drug use and crime, including theft. Abusers have been known to steal pills from unsuspecting family members, meaning the unneeded prescriptions left in medicine cabinets can fall into the wrong hands and lead to a dangerous habit.
More information about Project Medicine Drop is available by calling 800-242-5846 or visiting www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/meddrop.
Nicholas Graff, 20, of Gladstone Street in Manchester’s Pine Lake Park section, was arrested at approximately 7:30 p.m. April 8, 2014, when he was found hiding in a house in the Ocean Acres section of Stafford Township.
Graff was wanted by Manchester Township Police after Detective Adam Emmons identified him through surveillance video burglarizing the Jersey Gas, TC & Sons Auto Repair and Krauser’s convenience store in Whiting on March 24. During that burglary Graff was out on $75,000.00 bail from a previous burglary and unlawful possession of a handgun charges stemming from his January 2014 arrest.
Members of the Stafford Township Police Department, the Ocean County Sheriffs Department and the U.S. Marshals Service arrested Graff without incident when it was learned he was hiding in the Ocean Acres residence. After his arrest, Graff was transported to Manchester Township Police headquarters where he was turned over to Detective Adam Emmons and Detective Chris Hemhauser.
Graff is charged with burglary, theft, criminal mischief and his bail was set at $150,000 cash-only. After being processed for his arrest Nicholas Graff was lodged in Ocean County Jail in default of bail.
The Manchester Township Police would like to thank everyone who shared the surveillance video online, and submitted tips about Graff’s whereabouts, which greatly assisted the investigation.
Members of the public with information about suspicious or criminal activity in Manchester Township are asked to call the Manchester Township Police Department at 732-657-6111 or utilize the Tip Line on the Police website. Any information provided by the public will be kept confidential.
Manchester Township Police have signed on to support the statewide UDrive. UText. Upay distracted driving initiative this April.
Drivers talking and texting on their phones are the focus of the month-long crackdown by law enforcement agencies throughout New Jersey. Even though Manchester was not among the municipalities to receive a grant to fund the program locally, the township’s police officers nonetheless will participate in the important enforcement operation.
“Distracted driving has been linked to a number of serious and fatal accidents in Manchester over the past year. It is important we get the message out that distracted driving will not be tolerated on our roadways,” said Patrolman Antonio Ellis of the Manchester Township Police Traffic Safety Section.
Police officers throughout Manchester, which is home to heavily-traveled sections of State Highways 70 and 37, will be targeting distracted drivers as part of the initiative. Patrolman Ellis said that motorists should consider the dangers of picking up a cell phone, as even a few seconds of distraction—sending a quick text message or even glancing at an incoming call—could have serious consequences.
“Enforcement is not enough. There must be education, too, to keep everyone safe on our roads,” Patrolman Ellis said. “If motorists need to make a call or send a text message while driving, we encourage them to pull over to a safe location before using their phone.”
Other distractions drivers should be mindful of include: operating radio controls, applying makeup, talking to other passengers, tending to children or pets, and eating and drinking.
It is illegal in New Jersey to operate a motor vehicle while using a handheld electronic device. Currently, motorists violating New Jersey’s primary cell phone law face a $100 fine plus court costs and fees. However, on July 1, those penalties will rise to a range of $200 to $400 for a first offense and could increase to $800 in subsequent violations because of a new law signed Governor Chris Christie in June of 2013.
Manchester Township Police charged two Toms River men with stealing jewelry from a second-hand store and later selling it back to the same business.
On March 13, 2014, Robert J. McGlyn, 37 of Noturn Way and Michael J. Miller Jr., 43, of Cozy Way, both from the Homestead Run development in Toms River Township, sold two pieces of sterling silver jewelry to Precious Metal Buyers LLC. located in Hudson City Plaza in Manchester Township.
After completing the transaction, the employee recognized the two purchased items as property that he had previously purchased from another customer in February 2013.
After filing a police report for the incident, Manchester Township Police conducted an investigation into the matter. It was learned that both McGlyn and Miller were repeat customers of Precious Metal Buyers LLC. and managed to take the previously purchased jewelry while they were in the sales office on a prior visit. They returned with the two items and received payment for the value of the items.
Miller was arrested on March 31, 2014, for one count of theft and one count of theft by deception. He was released after posting bail at police headquarters.
McGlyn was arrested on April 2, 2014, for one count of theft and one count of theft by deception. McGlyn also had an outstanding traffic warrant out of Toms River Township Municipal Court for $350.00. He was transported to Ocean County Jail in default of bail.
Further investigation by Manchester Township Police Detectives has resulted in additional charges for a Toms River woman suspected of selling firearms stolen from her former roommate.
Bonnie A. Fahoury, 51, of Toms River, initially was charged on March 18 with stealing one firearm from the Weldon Road home of her former roommate, a 51-year-old Manchester resident.
Subsequent investigation by Detective Albert Vega, along with Patrolmen David Fusaro and Patrolmen Michael Steffen, found that Fahoury stole a total of eight firearms, including handguns, shotguns and rifles, from the home between September 2013 and March of this year while residing there with her husband.
The firearms were then sold to the Guns and Roses gun shop in Toms River. Further investigation of files there led Detectives to issue the additional charges. Fahoury sold firearms at the Guns and Roses gun shop on six different occasions during that seven month period.
Police have accounted for all eight of the stolen firearms.
The victim notified police on March 16 that multiple weapons were missing from his home. Fahoury and her husband had been living with the victim for at least a year, but had since moved to Toms River.
Fahour was charged with eight counts of unlawful possession of a weapon and eight counts of theft of a firearm. She is being held at the Ocean County Jail on $150,000 bail, no 10 percent option, for those charges.
Fahoury initially was being held on one weapon charge and a possession of a controlled dangerous substance charge lodged on March 18. Bail for those offenses was set at $30,000.
Residents are invited to enjoy a delicious meal while helping the Lakehurst Manchester Rotary this Friday, April 4, as the organization presents its annual Fish Fry benefit dinner at the Manchester Fire House.
All proceeds raised from the dinner, which runs from 5 to 9 p.m. at the 545 Commonwealth Blvd. headquarters, will benefit the Rotary’s Scholarship Fund and the other local charities supported by the organization.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for children ages nine and under. Tickets can be purchased by calling Brendan Weiner at 732-232-9542.
All donations are tax deductible and greatly appreciated by the Lakehurst Manchester Rotary.
Manchester Township Police are warning residents—especially seniors—to beware of scammers who use electronic methods to hide their identities and trick unsuspecting victims into handing over thousands of dollars.
The warning comes in the wake of a scam in which a Whiting man gave nearly $80,000 over a four month period to a person he was led to believe through online conversations was a distressed Nigerian woman.
“Our senior residents are losing thousands upon thousands of dollars through these scams,” said Chief of Police Brian Klimakowski. “These residents are among our most vulnerable. Many are unfamiliar with internet fraud and new methods of deception, which makes them prime targets for scammers.”
The scam victim was targeted through the dating site Match.com, where he was contacted by a person identified as Joan Baldwin Abelita. The scammer said that she had nearly $3,000,000 in an offshore account, but the money was frozen by the Nigerian government.
The victim was told that, if he sent money to help clear up a tax issue, funds in the account would be released and he would be repaid. After 18 transactions, the victim realized that he had fallen victim to a scam and contacted authorities.
Manchester Township Police advises the following to stay safe from scammers:
- Residents are advised never to send money to an unknown source, no matter how promising the supposed potential reward. Be cautious when meeting new people through online social networks and websites.
- Never give out any personal information, including bank account, credit card or Social Security numbers to any institution unless you have initiated the phone call to them and you are certain you are speaking with an authorized representative.
- Callers claiming that your personal computer has a virus and requesting remote access to your desktop—often asking for payment upwards of $100 for the service—is a fraud.
- Seniors should beware of scams in which an individual calls and claims to be a grandchild in need of immediate monetary assistance. These scammers will claim to be a grandchild in need of money for bail or another emergency situation and ask for a wire funds transfer.
Anyone who suspects they are being targeted by a scammer is asked to contact Manchester Township Police by calling 732-657-6111.