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

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Arrest Made for Possession of Weapons & Possession of CDS – 7/23/14

On Wednesday, July 23rd at approximately 8:45 a.m., police conducted a motor vehicle stop on Columbus Road in the area of Sheffield Drive.  The vehicle, a 2004 Chevrolet Colorado, was being operated by a male subject who was later identified as Colin K. Kean, 29 years old of Moorestown.  A subsequent consent search of the vehicle revealed that Kean was in possession of prohibited weapons, specifically a set of brass knuckles and switchblade knife.  After placing Kean under arrest, police conducted a search of his person and discovered that he was in possession of a prescription legend drug for which he did not have a valid prescription.  Kean was later transported to police headquarters and charged with possession of prohibited weapons, possession of a prescription legend drug and cited for the speeding violation.  After the completion of his arrest processing, Kean was released from custody pending a court appearance.

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Police Blotter – 7/20/14

On Friday, July 4th at 11:23 a.m. police stopped a vehicle after a random check indicated that the registered owner’s driver license was suspended. During the motor vehicle stop, a check returned that the passengers, Mecca L. Grant, 28 years old of Willingboro, and Steven R. Vallery Jr., 28 years old of Camden, both had warrants issued for their arrest. Grant and Vallery were then taken into custody and transported to police headquarters for processing. Both subjects were later released pending new court appearances.

Police conducted an investigative motor vehicle stop on Saturday, July 5th at 8:38 a.m., after a random check revealed the registered owner had a suspended driver’s license and was wanted on an outstanding warrant. During the motor vehicle stop, Kevin Oakerson, 36 years old of Florence, was taken into custody on the warrant. Oakerson was transported to the police station for processing, issued a motor vehicle summons, and turned over to the Florence Township Police Department.

On Saturday, July 5th at 12:10 p.m., police observed Lamont Johnson, 52 years old of Burlington, walking on Rt. 130. An officer made contact with Johnson and determined he was wanted on a criminal warrant. Johnson was taken into custody and transported to police headquarters for processing. Johnson was later released pending a court appearance.

On Tuesday, July 8th at 2:13 p.m. police stopped a vehicle after a random check indicated that the vehicle’s registered owner had two active traffic warrants. During the stop, it was confirmed that the driver, Jeffrey O. Aghahowa, 36 years old of Beverly, was wanted on an active warrant. Aghahowa was taken into custody and was released after posting bail.

Police conducted an investigative motor vehicle stop on Sunday, July 13th at 9:15 a.m., after learning that registered owner had an active warrant. During the motor vehicle stop, Rachel A. Guerra, 28 years old of Bordentown, was arrested. Guerra was taken into custody for processing and later released after posting bail.

On Wednesday, July 16th at 5:38 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, Anthony M. Ellingsworth, 25 years old of Lumberton, revealed he was wanted on two warrants and his driver’s license was suspended. Ellingsworth was taken into custody for processing and later turned over to the Florence Township Police Department after receiving motor vehicle summonses.

On Wednesday, July 16th at 11:09 a.m., police were dispatched to Manheim Auto Auction for a report of a trespasser on the property. Security informed police that an individual, later identified as Abdou Rahamane Diawara, 34 years old of Bronx, NY, was escorted off of the property earlier that day after being informed that he was not allowed on the property.  Security then observed Diawara back on the property, which was when they contacted police. Diawara was then taken into custody and taken into custody. In an effort to conceal his true identity, he provided police with a false name and date of birth. Diawara was then charged with Trespassing and Hindering Apprehension before being released pending court.

Police observed two subjects walking on Route 130 on Friday, July 18th at 1:11 p.m. The officer was familiar with the subjects and was aware that there were warrants for their arrest. After confirming the warrants, the officer stopped Nancy Cristinzio, 53 of Bordentown, and Joseph Cristinzio, IV, 30 of Bordentown, and placed them under arrest.  Both subjects were later released pending court appearances.

Police conducted an investigative motor vehicle stop on Sunday, July 20th at 3:43 p.m., after a random check indicated that the vehicle’s registration was expired. During the motor vehicle stop, a check returned that the driver, Ashonzay Matlock, 43 years old of Willingboro, was operating the vehicle with a suspended driver’s license and the passenger Myra I. Sanchez-Alvarez, 43 years old of Levittown, PA, was wanted on a criminal warrant.  Matlock was issued a motor vehicle summons on scene.  Sanchez-Alvarez was taken into custody for processing and was later released after posting bail.

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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:

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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.