MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. – Burlington County Prosecutor Robert D. Bernardi and Mansfield Township Police Chief Ronald Mulhall announced today that a Belleville resident has been charged with fatally shooting a man earlier this year in Mansfield Township.
Quinnizel J. Clark, 34, of the 100 block of Washington Avenue in Belleville, was charged with one count of Murder and one count of Possession of a Firearm for an Unlawful Purpose for the death of James Dewyer, 68, on January 3.
The victim was found shot to death inside of his parked vehicle on January 3 just off of Monica Court. Mansfield Township police officers were called to the area at approximately 4:15 p.m. on that date to check on an unresponsive person sitting in the vehicle’s front passenger seat.
The investigation revealed that Clark and Dewyer, who were acquaintances, had spent time together earlier in the day. Clark then drove Dewyer’s car to the location where it was discovered and shot him multiple times before leaving on foot.
Clark was taken into custody on Friday July 8 in Maple Shade by the Burlington County Sheriff’s Department Fugitive Unit. He is presently in Burlington County Jail on $500,000 full bail set by the Hon. Christopher J. Garrenger, J.S.C. The case will be referred to a Burlington County Grand Jury for possible indictment.
The victim had a last known legal address of Linden Road in Burlington Township, but had not resided at that location for a few years. He frequently changed residences, sometimes living in area motels.
An autopsy performed by Burlington County Medical Examiner Dr. Ian Hood concluded the manner of death was homicide and the cause was a result of multiple gunshot wounds.
The case was investigated by the Mansfield Township Police Department and detectives from the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit, Crime Scene Unit and High-Tech Crimes Unit.
This year marks the 33rd Annual New Jersey Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. This event leads up to the Special Olympics New Jersey Summer Games Opening Ceremony at The College of New Jersey this evening. Members of the Mansfield Township Police Department offered their support for the SONJ Summer Games by carrying the torch through the township along State Highway Route 130 this morning. Our members received the torch from Bordentown Township Police Department and passed it to officers from the Florence Township Police Department. We were honored to participate and wish the best for all of the athletes and their families who are at the Summer Games this weekend!
You can make a donation in support of the 2016 Law Enforcement Torch Run and Special Olympics New Jersey HERE.
Our agency has noted a recent increase of township residents being targeted by scammers posing as representatives of the Internal Revenue Service.
The following guidance was provided by the IRS in a Consumer Alert published earlier this year:
Here are some things the scammers often do but the IRS will not do. Any one of these five things is a tell-tale sign of a scam.
The IRS will never:
- Call to demand immediate payment over the phone, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you several bills.
- Call or email you to verify your identity by asking for personal and financial information.
- Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
- Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.
- Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone or e-mail.
- Threaten to immediately bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.
If you don’t owe taxes, or have no reason to think that you do:
- If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and asking for money or to verify your identity, here’s what you should do:
- Do not give out any information. Hang up immediately.
- Contact TIGTA to report the call. Use their “IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting” web page. You can also call 800-366-4484.
- Report it to the Federal Trade Commission. Use the “FTC Complaint Assistant” on FTC.gov. Please add “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes.
If you know you owe, or think you may owe tax:
- Call the IRS at 800-829-1040. IRS workers can help you.
At approximately 10:10 AM this morning, the Northern Burlington County Regional High School was notified by the district transportation department located on Route 68 that an individual was just seen jumping the fence and running towards the campus.
The school resource officer was notified and immediately responded to the area. As a precaution, the Northern Burlington High School and Middle School campus was immediately placed in a lockdown.
The individual was located and it was quickly determined this individual was a student at the high school. The school officials and police worked together to determine there was not a threat to the school and the students. The lockdown was lifted at approximately 10:30 AM and the school day resumed.
– Chief Ron Mulhall, Mansfield Township Police Department
– Dr. James Sarruda, School Superintendent
On Saturday, February 13th at 11:23 p.m. police observed a vehicle that was traveling northbound on US 206 matching the description of a stolen vehicle that eluded officers from Mount Holly minutes earlier. After confirming with the dispatcher that it was the stolen vehicle, our officer initiated a motor vehicle stop on State Highway 68 near Nade Drive. Upon stopping, the driver, a 16 year old male from Trenton, was taken into custody without incident. He was transported to police headquarters for processing and charged with Receiving Stolen Property and being an unlicensed driver. In addition to the charges in Mansfield Township, additional charges were filed by the Mount Holly Police Department for failing to stop for police and motor vehicle violations. After processing, the juvenile was turned over to his mother and placed on house arrest pending his court appearance.
All residents are asked to review the following excerpt from the Township Code regarding parking on Township roads during snow storms, which was enacted in 2011. The township’s plow contractor will be reporting vehicles parked in the road and police will be ticketing offenders. Your cooperation is requested to avoid the need for enforcement action.
§ 60-20. Parking prohibited on public roads, streets, right-of-ways or other improved road surfaces when snow exceeds three inches
A. No parking on any street when snow covered. Parking on any street, road, alley or other improved road surface used by motorized vehicles and maintained by the Township shall be prohibited when snowfall is in excess of three inches, as measured on the municipal parking lot and posted on the Township’s official website, or that sufficient ice or slippery conditions have developed so as to create driving and walking hazards. Vehicles found to be parked on said roadways shall be ticketed.
B. Violations and penalties. Unless otherwise in another section of this chapter or Title 39 of the New Jersey Statutes, any person who violates any provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction therefore, be subject to a fine of $50 for the first offense; $100 for the second offense; and $250 for the third and any subsequent offense.
C. Approved off-street parking. Off-street parking shall be permitted during such weather events in the following parking areas: Mansfield Community Park, Country Walk recreation area parking lot, Georgetown Park in the Mapleton Development.
D. Approved lawn parking. Lawn parking will be permitted for 48 hours following the conclusion of the storm event creating a minimum of three inches of accumulated snowfall. All vehicles must be removed from any lawn area at the conclusion of the 48 hours’ period or be subject to the same fines and penalties referred in this chapter.
E. Fire hydrant accessibility. Fire hydrants located on private property, or rights-of-way shall be kept clear of snow, ice and debris by the property owner. Hydrants located on public property shall be kept clear by the Township Fire Marshal, who shall be responsible for the enforcement of this provision.
The complete online codebook is available HERE.
In anticipation of the approaching winter storm system and the forecast including potential blizzard conditions, please be reminded that traffic signals equipped with energy efficient LED bulbs put out less heat and can become obstructed when snow accumulates on the face of the lens. This obscures the signal and causes a very dangerous situation for motorists. Please report any obstructed traffic signals immediately by calling the dispatch center at 609-723-8300.
Burlington County Prosecutor Robert D. Bernardi and Mansfield Township Police Chief Ronald Mulhall announced that a 68-year-old man was found shot to death in a car yesterday in Mansfield Township.
Mansfield Township police officers were called to Monica Court yesterday at approximately 4:15 p.m. to check on a parked vehicle. Township police officers found James Dewyer dead inside of his silver Dodge Avenger from an apparent shooting.
Mr. Dewyer had a last known legal address of Linden Road in Burlington Township, but has not resided at that location for a few years. It is believed that since that time he has frequently changed residences, sometimes living in area motels.
An autopsy will be performed today by Burlington County Medical Examiner Dr. Ian Hood.
The case is being investigated by detectives from the Mansfield Township Police Department and the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office.
Police are asking anyone with information that may be helpful to investigators to contact Burlington County Central Communications at (609) 265-7113.
An emergency repair is being performed on a gas main leak in the area of Florence Road (C.R. 656) at I-295 (Exit 52 interchange). Gas utility crews and emergency personnel are on scene. Some traffic delays may result to allow for the repair. Motorists are encouraged to avoid the area for the next several hours.