This is a reminder that a curfew was established under Chapter 28 of the Mansfield Township Code.
The curfew applies to any person under 18 years old and is in effect on:
- October 28th, 29th, & 30th from 8:30 p.m. until 6:00 a.m. the next day.
- October 31st from 9:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m. the next day.
There are limited exceptions to the curfew. The full text of the ordinance can be reviewed on the online code book.
Talk to Your Teen About the “5 to Drive”
The 5 to Drive are five important rules that teen drivers need to follow to stay safe behind the wheel. These rules address the worst dangers for teen drivers: alcohol, texting, seat belts, speeding, and extra passengers.
THE PROBLEM—TOO MANY TEENS ARE DYING
- Motor vehicle crashes are the number one killer of 14- to 18-year-olds in the United States.
- In 2012, there were 2,055 teen drivers involved in fatal crashes, and 859 (42%) of those teen drivers were killed in the crashes.
- You are the biggest influence on your teen’s safety behind the wheel, but according to a recent survey, only 25 percent of parents take the time to talk with their kids about the dangers of driving, including:
- Alcohol: Teen drivers are at a greater risk of death in alcohol-related crashes compared to drivers in all other age groups, even though they’re too young to legally buy or possess alcohol. Nationally in 2012, 28 percent of the young drivers (15 to 20 years old) who were killed in crashes had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .01 grams per deciliter (g/dL) or higher.
- Seat belts: Wearing a seat belt is one of the simplest ways for teens to stay safe in a vehicle. Whether it’s immaturity or a false perception that they’re invincible—teens aren’t buckling up. In 2012, of all the young (15- to 20-year-old) passenger vehicle drivers killed in crashes, more than half (55%) of those killed were unbuckled.
- Texting: Texting or dialing while driving is more than just risky—it’s deadly. In 2012, among drivers 15 to 19 years old who were distracted in fatal crashes, nearly 1 in 5 were distracted by phones. This age group had the highest percentage of drivers distracted by phone use.
- Speeding: In 2012, speeding was a factor in almost half (48%) of the crashes that killed 15- to 20-year-old drivers.
- Passengers: Teens may be very social, but the car isn’t the place to socialize. Extra passengers for a teen driver can lead to disastrous results. In fact, according to a recent survey by the Allstate Foundation, half of all teen drivers even admit that they are safer drivers without their friends as passengers.
THE SOLUTION—SPEAK UP AND TALK TO YOUR TEEN OFTEN
Surveys show that teens whose parents impose driving restrictions typically engage in less risky driving and are involved in fewer crashes. They can’t listen if you don’t talk.
- October 19-25, join parents across the country in the “5 to Drive” campaign.
- Get the facts about teen driving and share some of the grim statistics with your teen.
- Know your State’s graduated driver licensing (GDL) restrictions and enforce them.
- Remind your teen that driving is a privilege to be taken seriously.
- Set the Rules Before They Hit the Road.
For more information about National Teen Driver Safety Week and the “5 to Drive” campaign, please visit www.safercar.gov.
Police conducted an investigative motor vehicle stop on Sunday, September 14th at 9:50 a.m., after a random check indicated that the vehicle’s registration was expired. Investigation on scene revealed that the driver, Geovanny Navarro, 19 years old of North Brunswick, was operating the vehicle with a suspended driver’s license and had three active warrants issued for his arrest. Navarro was then taken into custody and transported to headquarters for processing. Navarro was later released on motor vehicle summonses after posting bail.
On Wednesday, September 24th at 11:51 a.m., police were dispatched to Manheim Auto Auction for a report of two subjects that had climbed over an exterior fence in an attempt to access private property. Security informed police that the individuals, later identified as Kyle Jones, 20 of Decatur, GA, and Muhammed L. Toure, 20 of Lithonia, GA, were observed climbing the fence. Both subjects were taken into custody and charged with trespassing. Toure and Jones were later released pending court appearances.
Police conducted an investigative motor vehicle stop on Saturday, September 27th at 4:36 p.m., after a random check indicated that the registered owner was wanted on an outstanding warrant. During the motor vehicle stop, a check returned that the driver, Aracelis Rodriguez, 26 years old of Burlington, was wanted on a traffic warrant and had a suspended driver’s license. Rodriguez was taken into custody for processing, issued a summons for driving while suspended, and later released pending a court appearance.
On Sunday, September 28th at 11:29 a.m., police observed Michael J. Kember, 55 of Trenton, operating a bicycle on Rt. 206. The officer was familiar with Kember known to have outstanding warrants. A check with dispatch confirmed that Kember was wanted on a criminal warrant and he was taken into custody. Kember was transported to police headquarters where he was processed and later released pending a new court appearance.
On Wednesday, October 8th at 10:17 a.m., police were dispatched to Manheim Auto Auction at 730 Route 68 for a report of a trespasser on the property. Police responded to the Manheim Security Office and spoke with Diabate Batiemoko, 44 years old of New York, NY. It was determined that Batiemoko was not permitted on the property and he was taken into custody. Batiemoko was then charged with trespassing and was later released pending a court appearance.
On Monday, October 6th at 12:42 p.m. police were dispatched to Boyd’s Pharmacy in Homestead Plaza II on Columbus Road for a motor vehicle crash with injuries. It was reported that a vehicle smashed into the building and trapped an employee. Police arrived and found a vehicle traveled through the front door and into the interior of the building where a female employee was struck and trapped in front of the vehicle. Emergency Medical personnel, Police, and Firefighters worked to free woman from the debris. Mansfield Township Ambulance Corps. transported the victim to Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton for treatment of her injuries. The driver of the vehicle, Mary Delaversano, 72 years old of Columbus, was not injured in the crash and received a summons for Careless Driving.
Police performed a pedestrian stop on Route 206 on Saturday, August 30th at 9:26 p.m. for a violation. During the stop a check returned that Aleea A. Grant, 22 years old of Bordentown, was wanted on a traffic warrant. Grant was taken into custody for processing and later released pending a court appearance.
On Monday, September 1st at 12:24 p.m., police encountered Eric Robinson, 30 years old of Trenton, on Route 130. During the contact with Robinson, the officer determined he was wanted on a criminal warrant. Robinson was taken into custody and transported to headquarters for processing. Robinson was committed to the Burlington County Jail in lieu of bail.
On Wednesday, September 3rd, Alen Vodik, years old of Brooklyn, NY, was arrested in connection with a vehicle burglary that occurred on July 24th at the Manheim Auto Auction, located at 730 Route 68. Police investigated the vehicle burglary that involved the theft of an E-Z Pass transponder. The investigation found evidence that Vodnik committed the crime. Vodnik was charged with Burglary, Theft, and False Police Reports to Law Enforcement with bail set at $25,000. After processing, Vodnik was permitted to post 10% of the full bail to secure his release until court.
Police conducted an investigative motor vehicle stop on Thursday, September 4th at 12:04 p.m. on Mansfield Road East, after a random check indicated the owner’s driver’s license was suspended and there were outstanding warrants for his arrest. During the stop, police confirmed the driver, Devin L. Terry, 19 years old of Columbus, was operating the vehicle with a suspended driver’s license. Terry was then taken into custody and transported to headquarters for processing. Terry was later released on a motor vehicle summons after posting bail on the warrants.
On Sunday, September 7th at 10:07 p.m., police stopped a vehicle on Route 68 for a non-moving violation. During the stop, police determined that the driver, Gino F. Cannella, 32 years old of Perth Amboy, had a suspended driver’s license and was wanted on an active warrant. Cannella was taken into custody and transported to headquarters for processing. Cannella received motor vehicle summonses and was later released pending a new court date.
While participating in the Operation Route 130 Aggressive Driving Initiative, police stopped a vehicle on Monday, September 8th at 12:19 p.m., for a non-moving violation. During the stop on Route 130, a check revealed that the driver, Lorenzo Ricks, Jr., 25 years old of Willingboro, had an active warrant issued for his arrest. Ricks, Jr. was then taken into custody and transported to headquarters for processing. Ricks, Jr. was issued a summons for the motor vehicle violation before being released after posting bail.
On Saturday, August 16th at 8:32 a.m., police performed a motor vehicle stop on Route 206 for a moving violation. During the motor vehicle stop, a check of the driver, Marquice L. Campbell, 26 years old of Trenton, revealed he was wanted on several warrants and his driver’s license was suspended. Campbell was then taken into custody for processing, issued several motor vehicle summonses, and was later released pending court.
Police observed two subjects walking on Route 206 on Saturday, August 16th at 1:51 p.m. The officer was familiar with the subjects and was aware that they were wanted on various warrants. After confirming the warrants, the officer stopped Robert S. Churry Jr., 26 of Bordentown, and Donald I. Townsend, 31 also of Bordentown, and placed them under arrest. Both subjects were later released pending court.
On Saturday, August 16th at 9:42 p.m., police stopped a vehicle on Schoolhouse Road for a moving violation. During the stop, a check of the driver, Ryan C. Forman, 23 years old of Wrightstown, revealed that he was wanted on three warrants. It was also discovered that his driver’s license was currently suspended along with his vehicle being unregistered and uninsured. Forman was taken into custody for processing and later released after posting bail and receiving motor vehicle summonses.
Police conducted an investigative motor vehicle stop on Sunday, August 17th at 2:52 p.m., after a random check indicated that the registered owner was wanted on an outstanding warrant. During the motor vehicle stop, a check returned that the driver, Amanda M. Bosco, 26 of Bordentown, was wanted on a warrant. Bosco was taken into custody for processing and was later released after posting bail.
On Tuesday, August 19th at 10:24 p.m., police were dispatched to the area of Durham Drive and Fairmont Drive in the Mapleton development for a report of two suspicious males walking on the caller’s property. Police located two males matching the descriptions leaving the area. After obtaining the suspects information a check returned that one of the suspects, Ervin B. Brown Jr., of Ewing, was wanted on a warrant. During the encounter, it was observed that Brown threw something in an attempt to discard it. Officers recovered the item and determined it contained marijuana. Brown was taken into custody on the warrant and charged with possession of marijuana before being released on bail pending court.
Police were dispatched to Manheim Auto Auction on Wednesday, August 20th at 12:09 p.m. for a report of a motor vehicle crash. Investigation of the one vehicle crash revealed that the driver, Jamshid Sharaf, 73 years old of Great Neck, NY, attempted to drive a box truck, which exceeded the height limit, underneath the footbridge connecting the parking lot to the auction building. While investigating the crash, police determined Sharaf was wanted on a traffic warrant. He was taken into custody and transported to headquarters for processing prior to being released on bail.
On Thursday, August 21st at 1:35 a.m. police stopped a vehicle on Route 130 during a DWI Enforcement detail after a random check indicated that the vehicle’s registered owner had an outstanding warrant. During the motor vehicle stop, a check returned that the driver, Brandon Johnson, 22 of Trenton, had warrants issued for his arrest. Johnson was then taken into custody and transported to police headquarters for processing. Johnson was later released pending new court appearances.
On August 23rd at approximately 12:12 a.m., police stopped a vehicle on Route 130 for a moving violation. The driver, later identified as Hakiem T. Woods, 36 years old of Trenton, was not in possession of his driver’s license. Woods was asked to provide his personal identifiers so police could confirm the status of his driver’s license. In response, Woods volunteered false information to police by providing a fictitious name and date of birth, knowing that his driver’s license was suspended and he was wanted on active warrants. After police determined his true identity, Woods was taken into custody and transported to police headquarters. Woods received summonses for driving while suspended, speeding, and an equipment violation. In addition, he was charged with hindering his own apprehension with bail set at $5,000.00. After processing, Woods was committed to the Burlington County Jail in lieu of bail.
On Saturday, August 30th at 9:39 a.m. police stopped a vehicle after a random check indicated that the vehicle’s registered owner had a suspended driver’s license. During the stop, a check returned that the passenger, Mia N. Fussell, 22 of Burlington, had a warrant issued for her arrest. Fussell was then taken into custody and transported to police headquarters for processing where she was later released pending a new court appearance.
On Wednesday, August 27th at approximately 8:00 p.m., police were dispatched to the Riverfront Motel located at 5303 Route 130 for a stabbing. Upon arrival, police located the 20 year old, female victim who had a stab wound to the upper portion of her torso near her left shoulder. Investigation revealed that a physical altercation occurred and ended with the suspect and victim returning to separate rooms at the motel. A short time later, the suspect returned to the victim’s door and confronted her again, ultimately assaulting her with what was described as a steak knife. The suspect, identified as Corinne A. Williams, 23 years old of Bordentown, fled the scene after the incident. The victim was taken to Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton for treatment. Officers continued the investigation and began looking for the suspect. Williams was located a few hours later by the Bordentown City Police and taken into custody for the incident at the motel and on several unrelated criminal warrants. Williams was charged with Aggravated Assault and a weapons charge for the incident at the motel. After processing, she was lodged in the Burlington County Jail in lieu of $50,000.00.
Earlier this year, we asked for your support by recycling your unwanted clothing in our collection bins, which were placed throughout the township. We used the funds generated by your donations to purchase a speed display trailer that we will be using to address speeding complaints and other traffic related issues within the township. This device has various capabilities including functioning as a variable message sign. This feature will be used to help inform motorists and the community of important information. We would like to thank everyone that has dropped unwanted clothing into one of our bins and we hope that others will consider doing so in the future. For more information and the locations of the clothing bins, you can find the original post HERE.