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.
“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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
A single vehicle accident lands a Whiting woman in a local hospital with head and neck injuries and causes many in the western section of the township to be without power while a severed utility pole was replaced. 39-year-old, Rosalie Pajarilla of Whiting left the roadway at approximately 7:40 a.m., December 26, 2016, and struck and severed a utility pole before colliding with a tree on County Route 530. The roadway was closed for several hours while emergency and utility workers tended to the scene and replaced the utility pole.
At this time, officers from the Manchester Township Police Department responded to the area of Route 530 and Pine Ridge Boulevard in the Whiting section of the township for the report of a single vehicle car crash with a downed utility pole. Upon arrival, officers located the occupied white 2016, Honda CRV along the wood line of Route 530 with arcing live wires suspended just above the vehicle. The driver, identified as 39-year-old, Rosalie Pajarilla of Whiting, was still in the vehicle and had to be assisted from it by on-scene emergency personnel. The investigation revealed that the Honda was traveling westbound on Route 530 when it left the roadway and collided head-on with a utility pole. The impact sheared off the bottom of the pole and caused high voltage electrical wires to drop down dangerously close to the vehicle and the ground. After striking the pole, the vehicle continued westbound and struck a tree on the berm area of the roadway. The vehicle had multiple airbag deployments and Pajarilla, who was wearing her seatbelt at the time of the collision, was transported to Community Medical Center for the complaint of pain to her head and shoulders. The investigation is still currently ongoing, however, it has been determined that driver fatigue may have contributed to the cause of accident. As of Monday afternoon, the driver was reported to be in stable condition at the hospital. The roadway remained closed and power was interrupted for several hours as emergency workers and utility employees worked to replace to broken pole and clean-up the scene.
Assisting at the scene were members of the Whiting Volunteer Fire Company, EMT’s from Quality Medical Transport, and utility workers from Jersey Central Power and Light. The accident is currently under investigation by Patrolman Ian Bole of the Manchester Township Police Department Traffic Safety Unit.
The Manchester Township Police Department would like to remind motorists that tired drivers are similar to intoxicated drivers and to never operate a vehicle without being properly rested.
A Christmas day fire severely damages an unoccupied Whiting home. The fire broke out shortly after 2 p.m. at the unoccupied Newark Avenue residence. Although the homeowners were not home when the blaze broke out, their gold retriever was in the garage of the residence. It was safely rescued by officers from the department, however, the homeowner’s cat perished in the fire.
On Sunday afternoon, December 25, 2016, at approximately 2:33 p.m., officers from the Manchester Township Police Department responded to the 1800 block of Newark Avenue in the Roosevelt City section of town for the report of a structure fire. Upon arrival, it was determined that the fire was fully involved as flames were shooting out from the entire roof area of the residence. Fallen live electrical wires and a heavy smoke condition kept officers from immediately entering the residence. Once JCP&L was able to cut the power to the residence, police and fire personnel were able enter the home. Once inside the residence, Officers Ryan Saul and Mark Micciulla located a golden retriever in the garage. The canine was safely carried from the residence and transported to Lakewood Emergency Vet by Manchester Township Animal Control Officer Margaret Dellapietro for treatment of what appeared to be smoke inhalation. Additionally, fire personnel were able to locate a cat inside the residence which had perished in the fire. Manchester Police Dispatch later made contact with the homeowner who confirmed that no one was inside the residence.
Volunteer firefighters from Bamber Lakes, New Egypt, Lakehurst, Whiting, Manchester, Ridgeway, Berkeley, and Pleasant Plains, as well as firefighters from the Lakehurst Joint Base Fire Department responded and assisted in extinguishing the blaze. Deputy Manchester Emergency Management Coordinator, Mark Pellecchia, responded to the scene to assist the homeowners with establishing alternate living arrangements. Manchester Township Police Detective Adam Emmons along with investigators from the Ocean County Fire Marshall’s Office, the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigations (CSI) unit and the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office are investigating the cause of the fire, which, as the time of this release, has not been determined.
On December 22, 2016, at approximately 5:00 a.m., officers from the Manchester Township Police Department responded to the report of an attempted burglary in progress at a residence on Molly Pitcher Boulevard in the Crestwood Village 4 section of Manchester Township. As patrol officers arrived in the area, Patrolman Michael Anderson observed a subject off in the distance dressed in a dark jacket with a hat walk between several houses. When Patrolman Anderson got to the area where the subject was last seen, the subject had disappeared into an adjacent heavily wooded area. Being unable to locate the subject, Ptl. Anderson met with the victim to investigate the attempted break-in. In doing so, it was learned that in the early morning hours of December 22nd, an unknown person or persons removed two exterior screens from the victim’s residence, presumably to look for unlocked windows. When unsuccessful, the involved person or persons threw a large rock through one of the residence’s windows in an attempt to gain entry, however, no entry was mad. This prompted the call to police. After meeting with the victim, Patrolman Anderson checked the surrounding area. While doing so, he located two individuals standing in front of another residence on Molly Pitcher Boulevard. While speaking with the individuals, Ptl. Anderson was able to develop the name of a possible suspect.
Detective Craig Beaulieu assisted with the investigation and conducted multiple interviews and was able to identify, 23-year-old, Ronald Huegel of Beachwood and 19-year-old, Jordan Stuart of Lyndhurst as having been involved in committing the attempted burglary. As a result, Detective Beaulieu charged Stuart with one count of criminal attempt-burglary, and charged Huegal with one count each of criminal attempt-burglary and criminal mischief. Bail for Stuart was set at $2,500.00 and he was transported to Ocean County Jail in default of bail, while bail for Huegel was set at $5,000.00.
Because Huegal’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 Ronald Huegal whose photo is attached to this release above. Anyone knowing his whereabouts should contact Manchester Township Police at 732-657-6111.
Several Manchester Township Police Officers, including the four who saved the life of a retired New Jersey State Trooper, were recognized for their heroic and selfless acts during the Annual Departmental Awards Ceremony held in the Municipal Complex Courtroom on Wednesday, December 14, 2016.
Among the honorees were Sgt. Robert Sharry, Ptl. Michael Guarino, Ptl. Kyle Rickvalsky, and Ptl. Michael Steffen, who received the Life Saving Award for braving a severe snow storm last January to rescue retired NJSP Trooper Brian Malast from a medical emergency in his Whiting home. Trooper Malast was a guest of honor at the awards ceremony, where he was able to reunite with the officers who saved his life.
“Our officers make a positive impact on our community each day through their many commendable and courageous acts. This ceremony is to celebrate those accomplishments that go above and beyond, such as the efforts of these four officers and all of the other honorees here today,” said Chief Lisa Parker.
In January of this year, the above-mentioned officers responded to the home of Trooper Malast, who was paralyzed from the neck down in a 2005 on-duty car crash, to find him unresponsive and not breathing. While at the residence, Sgt. Sharry, a trained EMT, discovered that Malast’s breathing tube was disconnected and that he was not getting any oxygen. Sgt. Sharry, knowing how to react because of his training, quickly sprang into action and corrected the problem. Once the breathing tube was reattached, he immediately began CPR. Upon the arrival of Quality Medical Transport, Patrolmen Guarino, Rickvalsky, and Steffen assisted by shoveling a pathway through the deep snow and maneuvered much needed first aid equipment into the residence from the ambulance.
Collectively, these officers, with the assistance of the Whiting Volunteer Fire Company and Quality Medical Transport, secured Trooper Malast in a Reeves stretcher, carried him down a flight of stairs and outside through the snow to the ambulance all while continually performing CPR. Because no paramedics were available to respond to the residence, Ptl. Guarino drove the ambulance to Community Medical Center so that the two members of Quality Medical Transport could continue medical treatment in the back of the ambulance. The prompt and alert actions of these officers, along with the collaborative efforts of the Whiting Volunteer Fire Company and Quality Medical Transport EMT’s, resulted in the saving of Trooper Malast’s life, who eventually made a full recovery.
At the end of the ceremony, which saw the presentation of many awards, Mayor Kenneth Palmer offered closing remarks. In doing so, he recounted how he is frequently approached by residents who want to tell him about the many positive impacts that Manchester Township Police officers have on their lives. “Where ever I go, I hear positive comments about our Police Department. I’m very proud to have you all serve our community. As a resident, and on behalf of the Township Council, I thank you all very much,” said Mayor Palmer.
Chief Parker and the entire Command Staff would like to thank all who attended this special event, including Township officials and employees, Police Chaplains James Davis and Robert Clark, and the friends and family members of those honored. Additionally, the Command Staff was proud to present the following awards:
Receiving the ‘Civilian Service Award’ were Mrs. Dana Cerullo and Mrs. Melissa Nazario for assisting in the development of the “Not Even Once” opiate awareness program curriculum which is taught to students at Manchester Township High School and resident, Richard T. Boehm, for his assistance in extinguishing a kitchen fire in his neighbor’s house.
Receiving the ‘Firearms Distinguished Expert’ award were Detectives Richard Jupinka and Robert Maccaquano for attaining perfect scores on their last three firearms qualifications.
Receiving the ‘Chief’s Recognition Award’ for their sustained efforts in the area of traffic enforcement and criminal law enforcement were Ptl. Ian Bole, Ptl. Joseph Fastige and Ptl. Keith Craig.
Receiving ‘Unit Citations’ were Ptl. Anthony Iliadis for becoming a Field Training Officer and Ptl. Joseph Reilly for also becoming a Field Training Officer as well as for serving as a Physical Training Instructor at the Ocean County Police Academy.
Receiving the ‘Educational Achievement Award’ were Chief Lisa Parker, Capt. Todd Malland, Lt. Robert Dolan, Lt. Vincent Manco, Lt. James Sharkey, Sgt. Michael Leming, Sgt. Bryan Vidovich, Sgt. Theodore Cooke, Sgt. Richard Mazza, Sgt. Salvatore Ventre, Sgt. Charles Brooks, Sgt. Joseph Hankins, Sgt. Robert Sharry, Sgt. Albert Vega, and Dsg. Christopher Hemhauser for their successful completion of the prestigious 14-week NJ State Association of Chiefs of Police Command & Leadership Academy. Also receiving the award was Ptl. Christopher Cerullo for receiving his Master’s Degree.
Receiving the ‘Honorable Service Award’ were Ptl. Jason Wiener, Ptl. Patrick Cervenak, Det. Adam Emmons, Ptl. Christopher Cerullo, Ptl. Michael Steffen for their credible acts in the line of duty which demonstrated initiative and accomplishment.
Receiving the ‘Drug Enforcement & Seizure Award’ were Ptl. Brian Collins and Ptl. Matthew Juralewicz for their diligent and thorough efforts in uncovering and dismantling a rolling methamphetamine laboratory in Pine Lake Park.
Receiving the ‘Exceptional Duty Award’ was Ptl. Anthony Iliadis for this diligence and tenacity during the course of a motor vehicle stop which resulted in the arrest of three wanted men as well as the seizure of loaded .357 handgun.
Receiving the ‘Chief’s Award’ were Det. Adam Emmons, Ptl. Christopher Cerullo, Ptl. Joseph Fastige and Ptl. Keith Craig for their development and implementation of the “Not Even Once” opiate awareness program taught to Manchester Township High School Students.
Receiving the ‘Wounded in Combat Award’ was Sgt. Joseph Hankins for his actions in combating a suicidal armed assailant who attacked and cut him with an 8” pair of scissors.
Receiving the ‘Combat Cross Award’ was Ptl. Charles Gatnarek for his individual act of heroism during an incident in which there was an imminent threat to the life of both other officers and civilians while in combat with an armed adversary.
The Manchester Township Police Department is proud to announce that Ptl. Brian Collins was recognized for being among the finalists for this year’s Kimberly Smith Ames DWI Prevention Award, presented by the Ocean County Police Traffic Safety Officer’s Association and the Smith Family on December 15, 2016.
Ptl. Collins, a 17-year veteran of the Manchester Township Police Department, is routinely recognized by his peers for his dedication to enforcing both traffic and DWI laws; so far in 2016, Ptl. Collins has made five DWI arrests. He is a certified Drug Recognition Evaluator, having completed more than 80 DRE evaluations since earning his certification in 2011. Additionally, Ptl. Collins actively trains in the area of DWI and drugged driving detection.
“Each day, Ptl. Collins works to prevent tragedies involving impaired driving, whether that is through enforcement, training, or assisting municipal prosecutors as they prepare for DWI/DRE cases,” said Sgt. Antonio Ellis, who serves as President of the Ocean County Police Traffic Safety Officer’s Association. “His nomination for the Kimberly Smith Ames Award was well deserved.”
The award is named in honor of Kimberly Smith Ames, who was tragically struck and killed by a drunk driver on October 7, 1998, at just 23 years old. The crash not only took Kimberly’s life, but that of her unborn child. This award was created by Ed and Carol Smith in memory of their daughter, and to honor the hard work and determination of an Ocean County Police Officer who has demonstrated a strong commitment towards the effort of stopping drunk driving in their jurisdiction. The top honor this year went to Officer Michael Kelly of the Jackson Police Department.
In following a tradition full of joy for Manchester Township PBA 246 and its community partners, local children in need were treated to an evening of holiday cheer during the annual “Dinner with Santa” held on December 9, 2016.
More than 250 local children and their families were invited to attend the event this past weekend at Manchester Township Middle School. There, the grade school-aged children from Manchester’s elementary schools enjoyed a spaghetti dinner and visited with Santa, who presented them with a gift.
“Each year, this tradition of giving back to our community and spreading holiday cheer to families in need is one that we always look forward to,” said Manchester PBA 246 President Paul Bachovchin. “Everyone, from our volunteers to our guests, has a great time. It’s always a joy to see the children’s faces light up when they meet Santa.”
More than 25 current and former members of Manchester PBA 246 and their families attended the dinner and helped ensure its success. Also in attendance were Councilman Craig Wallis, resident and volunteer John McGuire, and school kitchen staff Dolores Brooks, Linda Donnelly, and Felicia Ventura.
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. The kindness of these partners helped to ensure the continued success of this annual dinner.