Mansfield Township
Police Department

190-A Atlantic Ave.
PO Box 177
Columbus, NJ 08022

609-298-4411 Police Station
609-723-8300 Dispatch

Mansfield Police Department

Welcome to Mansfield Police Department!

NEWS

Police Blotter – 6/30/14

Police stopped a motor vehicle on Friday, June 20th at 11:40 p.m. on Route 130 for a non-moving violation. During the motor vehicle stop a check returned that the driver, Stacy McCants, 46 years old of Bordentown, was wanted on a warrant.  McCants was taken into custody for processing and was later released into the custody of the Willingboro Township Police Department after receiving a motor vehicle summons.

On Saturday, June 21st at 12:43 a.m., police observed a suspicious vehicle parked in the lot at Homestead Plaza II, off of Columbus Road.  The vehicle was occupied by two subjects.  Investigation revealed that the person who had driven the vehicle and parked it at the lot, Justin T. Bachman, 23 years old of Bear, DE, had consumed some amount of alcoholic beverages prior to driving. Bachman failed to satisfactorily perform field sobriety tests and was placed under arrest and was transported to police headquarters.  Bachman was charged with DWI and other related charges. After processing, Bachman was released to a third party, pending court.

On Sunday, June 22nd at 4:19 p.m. police stopped a vehicle after a random check indicated that the registered owner’s driver’s license was suspended.  During the motor vehicle stop, a check returned that the driver, Cuseno Peterson, 35 years old of Trenton, was a wanted person out of Bucks County, PA.  Peterson was taken into custody and charged with being a fugitive from justice.  Peterson was then transported to the Burlington County Jail.

On Wednesday, June 25th at 12:31 p.m. police were dispatched to Manheim Auto Auction for a report of a trespasser being escorted off of the property by security.  While being escorted off of the property a physical altercation occurred between security and Lennox Norville, 26 years old of Laurelton, NY.  Upon police arrival, all subjects were separated and Norville was taken into custody for trespassing.  Norville was later released on a summons, pending a court appearance.

Police performed a motor vehicle stop on West Main Street on Thursday, June 26th at 9:43 p.m. for a non-moving violation.  During the motor vehicle stop a check revealed that a passenger of the vehicle, William Trump. Jr., 32 years old of Bordentown, was wanted on a criminal warrant. Trump was then taken into custody for processing and later released into the custody of the Burlington Township Police Department.

On Monday, June 30th at 6:00 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, Guy Higgins, 48 years old of Summers Point, revealed he was wanted on a criminal warrant.  Higgins was then taken into custody for processing and was later transported to Burlington County Jail after receiving a motor vehicle summons.

Speed Enforcement Initiative

Mansfield Township Police are stepping up efforts to address speeding problems in residential areas of the township. We are using technology to determine when the greatest number of violations are occurring on specific roadways and conducting increased enforcement details to address the issue. Speed limits are established in consideration of numerous factors with the goal of improving safety for the community. Motorists are urged to slow down and maintain the speed limit; Don’t be a leadfoot!

Community Notification Enrollment Link

We have fielded numerous calls from members of the community who didn’t receive the emergency notification call (Reverse 9-1-1 call) yesterday regarding the black bear sighting. To ensure you are included in any future calls for situations that affect your area, just enroll your phone number and/or email address in the CodeRed system. You can opt for standard voice calls, email, text messaging, or a combination of the three. The service is also available for anyone who is hearing impaired and uses TDD/TTY tone delivery.

 

Click on the link below to sign-up:

Community Notification Enrollment

Community Notification Enrollment

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Bear Location UPDATE – 6/20/14

The bear was last observed this morning along Jacksonville Road, north of Columbus Road. The bear made more of a nuisance of itself by rummaging through some trash cans at one house and helping itself to a cage full of quail behind another home. NJ Division of Fish & Wildlife have been advised of the incidents this morning. Please report any sightings to police dispatch at 609-723-8300.

 

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Bear Location UPDATE – 6/19/14

As of 7:50 p.m., the bear has moved out of the Homestead development and through the Country Walk development, crossing Petticoat Bridge Road. It was last seen continuing east through the field to the southeast of the Columbus Road & Petticoat Bridge Road intersection.

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Bear Sighting in Homestead Development – 6/19/14

Visits by black bears have become somewhat of a regular occurrence in our township over the last few years and today we had another. A bear was observed this afternoon off of Jacksonville Road in the area of the Homestead development, a 55+ community. Since this was the first sighting in 2014, we are reminding the community that they should exercise caution if they see a bear. You can review the NJ Division of Fish & Wildlife’s Bear Safety Tips HERE. Birdfeeders were the bear’s primary interest today, as it went from house to house cleaning out the feeders. Residents are urged to move bird feeders indoors to avoid attracting bears. Out of an abundance of caution, residents in the immediate vicinity were contacted via our Reverse 9-1-1 service and advised of the incident. Notification was also made to the NJ Division of Fish & Wildlife.

Any bear sightings can be reported to police by calling the dispatch center at 609-723-8300. Additionally, sightings, black bear damage, or nuisance behavior can be reported to the NJ Department of Environmental Protection’s 24-hour hotline at 1-877-WARN DEP (1-877-927-6337).

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Black bear moving between homes in the Homestead development in Mansfield Township.

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Police Blotter – 6/8/14

On Sunday, May 25th at approximately 10:32 p.m., police conducted a motor vehicle stop on Route 68, near the intersection of Route 206.  The vehicle, a 2011 Chrysler Town & Country, was being operated by its registered owner, Fermin A. Hernandez, 42 years old of Trenton.  Investigation on scene revealed that Hernandez had consumed some amount of alcoholic beverages prior to driving. After failing to satisfactorily complete a series of field sobriety tests, Hernandez was placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters, where he was charged with DWI, Reckless Driving, and Failure to Maintain a Lane.  After the completion of his arrest processing, Hernandez was released without incident to a third party, pending his appearance in municipal court.

On Thursday, May 29th at 12:02 a.m. police stopped a vehicle after a random check indicated that the registered owner had an active warrant.  During the motor vehicle stop, a check revealed that the driver, Aaron Jamaar Powell, 30 years old of Ewing, was wanted on an active warrant.  Powell was taken into custody and later released after posting bail.

On Thursday, May 29th at 11:28 p.m., police made contact with James L. Riggins, 23 years old of Trenton, on Route 130.  During the encounter, the officer determined that Riggins was wanted on two criminal warrants.  Riggins was taken into custody and transported to police headquarters for processing.  Riggins was unable to post bail and was transported to Burlington County Jail.

During an investigation at the Manheim Auto Auction, on Wednesday, June 4th at 9:21 a.m., police discovered that Timothy Hui, Jr., 22 years old of Brooklyn, NY, had entered the property using a fraudulent identification card.  Hui was then arrested for trespassing and was later released pending a court appearance.

On Wednesday, June 4th at 9:21 a.m., police observed Santillan Maygua, 47 years old of Astoria, NY, removing floor mats from a parked vehicle at Manheim Auto Auction. Maygua was seen placing the floor mats into a vehicle he was a passenger in.  Investigation revealed that Maygua stole the floor mats and he was taken into custody for processing. Maygua was charged with the theft and released pending a court appearance.

On Saturday, June 7th at 11:16 p.m., police observed an occupied vehicle in the parking lot of the Pine Motel on Route 130.  A random check of the registration revealed that the registered owner, Brandi Riggins, 24 years old of Lawrenceville, was wanted on two warrants.  Investigation on scene revealed that the passenger, Alexis Ratliff, 28 years old of Trenton, was also wanted on five warrants. Both subjects were taken into custody for processing.  Riggins was released pending new court appearances.  Ratliff was later turned over to the Bordentown Twp. Police Department.

Police stopped a motor vehicle on Sunday, June 8th at 9:23 a.m. on Route 206 for a moving violation. During the motor vehicle stop a check returned that Karin Knight-Capes, 56 years old of Mansfield, was wanted on traffic warrants and that her driving privileges were suspended.  Knight-Capes was taken into custody for processing and was later released after posting bail and receiving several motor vehicle summonses.

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Trio Arrested: One Charged with Weapons Offenses & Hindering Apprehension – 5/24/14

On Saturday, May 24th at 10:19 p.m., police conducted an investigative motor vehicle stop on US Highway Route 206, near Public Road.  The vehicle, a 2000 Ford F-150, was being operated by its registered owner, Michelle A. Churry, 43 years old of Mount Laurel.  Churry was accompanied in the vehicle by her son, Robert S. Churry, Jr., 26 years old of Bordentown, and another male subject, identified as Gary A. Puca, 55 years old of Upper Darby, PA.  Investigation revealed that Churry had a suspended driver’s license and that both she and Churry, Jr. had active arrest warrants.  Knowing that he was also a wanted person, Gary Puca attempted to hinder his apprehension by providing police with false information.  He was also found to be in possession of a weapon.  All three subjects were ultimately arrested and transported to police headquarters for processing.

At headquarters, Churry was issued multiple motor vehicle summonses and was later released after posting bail.  Churry, Jr. was released on his own recognizance after the completion of his arrest processing.  Puca was charged with Hindering Apprehension, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, and as a Certain Person Not to Possess a Weapon.  Bail for Puca’s charges was set at $25,000, full, and he was later lodged at Burlington County Jail.

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Police Blotter – 5/22/14

On Wednesday, May 14th at 3:09 p.m., police were dispatched to the Manheim Auto Auction for a report of a theft. When police arrived on scene they were advised by security personnel that a vehicle was observed leaving a secure lot without authorization. Investigation on scene revealed that the passenger, Juan Acosta-Serrano, 31 years old of New York, NY, was in possession of several key fobs that were removed from various vehicles on the property. Juan Acosta-Serrano was then taken into custody by police and charged with theft.  After processing he was transported to Burlington County Jail in lieu of bail.

Police stopped a motor vehicle on Sunday, May 18th at 9:42 a.m. on Route 206 for a moving violation. During the stop, a check revealed the driver, Drew Bey, 37 years old of Bordentown, was wanted on six traffic warrants and two criminal warrants. Bey was taken into custody for processing and later turned over to the Trenton Police Department after receiving several motor vehicle summonses.

On Thursday, May 22nd at approximately 3:15 p.m., during a “Click-It or Ticket” seatbelt enforcement detail being conducted at the intersection of W. Main Street and Railroad Avenue, police observed a 1999 Chevrolet Cavalier being operated by a male subject who was not wearing his seatbelt. After making this observation, police stopped the vehicle and later identified the driver as Sean C. Morrissey, 23, of Jobstown.  While speaking with Morrissey about the noted violation, police detected the odor of burnt marijuana being emitted from the interior of the vehicle. Subsequent investigation on scene revealed that Morrissey was in possession of the drug. As a result, Morrissey was arrested and transported to police headquarters, where he was charged with possession of marijuana. He was also issued a traffic summons for not wearing his seatbelt. After the completion of his arrest processing, Morrissey was released without incident, pending his appearance in Mansfield Township Municipal Court.

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Support Your Local Police: Recycle Unwanted Clothing With Us

The Mansfield Township Police Department is proud to announce the placement of clothing donation boxes throughout the township. These donation bins are branded with our department logo and the message Support Your Local Police because our agency receives funding for hosting the bins. The vendor recycles recovered clothing in three ways; some of the clothes are sorted and donated to the needy or higher quality clothing is sold in bulk to organizations that sell to those who cannot afford to buy new clothing. Clothing that is unusable is washed and sold for industrial use and any leftover clothing is used in the auto industry as seat stuffing for large trucks.

The bins have been placed at various locations throughout the township for ease of access by the community. The next time you clean out your closet, please consider donating any clothing and shoes to one of our bins.

You can find them at the following locations:

  • Parking area of the Country Walk Park off of Fieldcrest Drive
  • Township parking lot behind the police station (near the Public Works yard) off of East Main Street and Atlantic Avenue
  • Civic Club on Route 206 North near Hedding Road
  • Parking area of the Hedding Park
  • Parking area of Georgetown Park in the Mapleton development

Thanks for your support!

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