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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Parking Restrictions During Snow Storms – 1/26/15

All residents are asked to review the following excerpt from the Township Code regarding parking on Township roads during snow storms. The township’s plow contractor will be reporting problem areas 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.

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REMINDER: LED Traffic Signals Can Be A Hazard To Motorists During Snow Storms – 1/26/15

In anticipation of the approaching winter storm system and the forecast including blowing snow, 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.

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Hit & Run Leaves Pedestrian Seriously Injured – 1/21/15

The Mansfield Township Police Department and the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office are asking for the public’s help identifying the driver of a vehicle that struck a pedestrian on Route 206 southbound at approximately 6:45 p.m. on Wednesday, January 21st in the area of the Imperial Inn.

A motorist contacted police after seeing the pedestrian walking along the highway during the snowstorm. The motorist then observed a vehicle in the rear view mirror swerve upon passing the area where the pedestrian had been seen walking.

The motorist turned around to check on the pedestrian and determined the vehicle believed to have been involved in the collision was a white sedan with only one working headlight. The pedestrian was discovered on the ground on the side of the road.

The injured person was described as a 69-year-old man. He was taken to a Trenton hospital and is listed in critical condition. His name is being withheld because his family has not yet been notified about the collision.

Anyone with information that would be helpful to investigators is asked to call Mansfield Township Police at (609) 723-8300.

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Police Blotter – 1/12/15

On Saturday, December 20th at 11:12 p.m., police conducted a pedestrian stop on State Highway 130 in the area of Maple Avenue.  The pedestrian, who was identified as Carolyn Vogel, 52 of Bordentown, was visibly under the influence of alcohol, failed to comply with the officer’s orders and attempted to flee the scene on foot. Vogel was apprehended and taken into custody. Vogel was transported to police headquarters, at which time she was processed and issued a summons for a pedestrian violation and charged with Obstructing the Administration of Law. Vogel was later released from custody pending a court appearance.

On Thursday, December 25th at 2:33 a.m. police were dispatched to a motor vehicle crash in the area of Old York Road and Kinkora Road. While police spoke to the driver, later identified as Devon Harper, 25 years old of Hainesport, the odor of alcoholic beverage was detected on Harper’s breath. Officers administered field sobriety tests, which Harper failed. He was then arrested for driving while intoxicated and transported to police headquarters for processing. He was issued summonses for Driving While Intoxicated, Refusal to Submit to Breath Testing, Reckless Driving, and Failure to Maintain Lane. Harper was later released to the custody of a friend.

On Saturday, January 3rd at 12:20 p.m. police conducted a motor vehicle stop on Route 206 after it was reported that an erratic driver was traveling northbound swerving all over the roadway.  The vehicle, a 1990 Acura Integra, was being operated by a subject who was later identified as Andres Ortiz-Tzul.  Investigation on scene revealed that Ortiz-Tzul had consumed some amount of alcoholic beverages prior to driving.  After failing to satisfactorily perform a series of field sobriety tests, Ortiz-Tzul was taken into custody.  At police headquarters, Ortiz-Tzul was charged with DWI, Reckless Driving, Failure to Maintain Lane and Unlicensed Driver.  After the completion of his arrest processing, Ortiz-Tzul was released to the custody of a friend.

Police were dispatched to Locust Avenue for a report of a dispute on Saturday, January 3rd at 7:58 p.m.  The caller, Mary Thornton, 46 of Columbus, was highly intoxicated and repeatedly interfered with the police investigation. Thornton failed to comply with the officer’s instructions and was taken into custody. Thornton was charged with Obstructing the Administration of Law and was later released pending a court appearance.

On Thursday, January 8th at 9:43 p.m., police performed a motor vehicle stop on Route 206 for a moving violation. During the motor vehicle stop, a check of the driver, Edward D. McIlwee, 44 of Mount Holly, revealed that he was wanted on a warrant issued by Mount Holly Municipal Court. McIlwee was then taken into custody for processing and later released after posting bail.

On Monday, January 12th at 8:52 p.m. police were dispatched to Route 206 for a report of a motor vehicle crash.  Investigation revealed that the driver involved, Lonnie Perry, 60 of Philadelphia, PA, had consumed some amount of alcoholic beverages prior to driving.  After he failed to pass a series of field sobriety tests, Perry was placed under arrest. At police headquarters, Perry was issued motor vehicle summonses for driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, failure to maintain lane, open container of alcohol in motor vehicle, and failure to exhibit registration card. After the completion of arrest processing, Perry was released from custody pending a mandatory court appearance in the Mansfield Township Municipal Court.  As a result of the crash, no injuries were reported.

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Officers Assist Man In Need – 12/27/14

The negative sentiment toward police is currently so pervasive in our society, it seemed important to take this opportunity to highlight one recent example of the good works our officers quietly do that most people would never hear about.

On December 27th at 1:54 a.m., Patrolman White of the Mansfield Township Police Department came upon a transient male walking along the shoulder of Route 68. After speaking with the man, it was determined that he was unemployed, homeless, and in need of shelter from the cold temperatures that night. The man told police he was trying to make his way to Philadelphia, where he felt he had a better chance of finding safe shelter while he continued his search for a job.

In effort to obtain shelter for the man, Patrolman White and Sergeant Mueller spent several hours speaking to the social service hotline, various shelters and charitable organizations, but were unable to find a shelter willing to take in the man, due to his transient status and because he was not a New Jersey resident. The officers, unable to find assistance for the man, made arrangements with the owner of the Pine Motel, Margaret Wang, and the officers paid for a room for the man to stay at the motel overnight. Additionally, they purchased a Riverline train ticket to transport him to Camden and then onto Philadelphia. The officers also gave the man a Wawa card for food purchases. The officers are extremely grateful to Mrs. Wang for her willingness to work with them and  provide the room at a discounted rate.

These officers are commended for their actions going beyond any requirement or expectation to intervene in this situation. I am proud of the men and women that wear the uniform and wanted to share one of the untold positive stories that generally never see the light of day.

- Chief Ronald Mulhall

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Police Blotter – 12/20/14

On Wednesday, December 3rd at 2:55 p.m. police witnessed a male enter a parked vehicle in the Sale Lot of the Manheim Auto Auction at 730 Route 68. The officer noted the subject moving around in the back seat of the vehicle and then exit while adjusting something underneath his jacket. Upon being confronted by the officer, it was determined that the subject, Orlando DeJesus Ramirez, 24 years old of Jamaica, NY, had stolen interior trim pieces from the parked vehicle and concealed them beneath his jacket. Ramirez was taken into custody, charged with theft of movable property and trespassing. Ramirez was processed and released pending court.

On Sunday, December 7th at 3:19 pm, police conducted a motor vehicle stop on State Highway 206 in the area of the Imperial Inn.  The vehicle was being operated by Brenda D. Sanchez, 49 of Trenton. Investigation revealed that Sanchez had warrants issued by the Trenton City Municipal Court for her arrest. Sanchez was taken into custody and transported to police headquarters, at which time she was processed and issued a motor vehicle summons for Driving with a Suspended License.  Sanchez was later released pending a court appearance.

On Wednesday, December 10th at 8:21 am, police were dispatched to Manheim Auto Auction at 730 Route 68 for a report Criminal Mischief. At the auction, police learned that two individuals, who were identified as Nichai Maksim, 34 year old of Ocean City, MD and Aleksejs Buinovskis, 37 years old of Selbyville, DE, had tampered with vehicles that were prepared for auction. The males were taken into custody and transported to police headquarters, where they were each processed and charged with committing an act of Criminal Mischief. After processing, both Masksim and Buinovskis were released pending a court appearance.

On Friday, December 19th at 3:19 p.m., police conducted a motor vehicle stop on State Highway 68 in the area of Aaronson Road.  The vehicle was being operated by Joseph J. Ferrara Jr., 54 years old of Wilmington, DE.  Investigation revealed that Ferrara had an active warrant issued by the Pennsville Municipal Court. Ferrara was taken into custody and transported to police headquarters where he was processed and issued a motor vehicle summons for Driving with a Suspended License. Ferrara was later released on bail, pending a court appearance.

On Saturday, December 20th at 7:55 a.m., police were dispatched to Petticoat Bridge Road for a property damage complaint. On scene a resident reported hearing a load crash sometime around 4:00 a.m. only to later realize their mailbox had been damaged.  Officers found mailboxes from several neighboring homes were also damaged by an unknown model Cadillac. Due to the lack of evidence and witnesses, police have not identified a suspect at this time.

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Police Blotter – 11/30/14

On Friday, November 21st at 11:05 p.m., police conducted a motor vehicle stop on County Route 670, across from the Animal Kingdom in Springfield Township. The vehicle, a 2004 Jeep Wrangler, was being operated by Taylor N. Mitchell, 18 years old of Eastampton. Investigation revealed that Mitchell had an active warrant issued by the North Hanover Township Municipal Court for her arrest. Mitchell was escorted to police headquarters, where she was processed and issued a motor vehicle summons for violating her Provisional Driver’s License. Mitchell was later released pending a court appearance.

On Saturday, November 22nd at 1:21 a.m., police conducted a motor vehicle stop on State Highway 130 on a vehicle that had failed to maintain its lane of travel. The vehicle, a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado, was being operated by Michael Houseworth, 30 years old of Bordentown. Investigation revealed that Houseworth had consumed some amount of alcoholic beverages prior to driving.  After failing to complete the series of sobriety tests, Houseworth was taken into custody and transported to police headquarters. Houseworth was charged with DWI, Reckless Driving, Failing to Maintain Lane and Driving with a Suspended License. After processing, Houseworth was released to a third party, pending his court appearance.

Police approached a vehicle stopped on State Highway 130 on Saturday, November 22nd at 1:37 a.m. after observing a male standing at the rear of the vehicle urinating on the northbound shoulder of the highway. The vehicle was being operated by Clayton B. Ransaw, 51years old of Burlington. Police learned that Ransaw’s driving privileges were not only suspended, but he had an active warrant issued by the Trenton City Court for his arrest. Ransaw was taken into custody and transported to police headquarters, at which time he was processed and issued motor vehicle summons for Driving While Suspended and for Maintenance of Lamps.  In addition, Ransaw was citied for urinating in public under the township ordinance. Ransaw was later released pending a court appearance.

On Sunday, November 23rd at 1:24 a.m., police conducted a motor vehicle stop on State Highway 206 for a non-moving violation.  The vehicle was being driven by Michelle Conover, 40 years old of Trenton. Conover’s driving privileges had been suspended and a passenger, identified as Khambrel Sullivan, 39 of Trenton, was found to have four active warrants issued by the Trenton City and Hamilton Township Municipal Courts. Sullivan was taken into custody and transported to police headquarters for processing. At headquarters, Sullivan was unable to post his bail and was later committed to the Burlington County Jail pending a court appearance. Conover was issued motor vehicle summonses for maintenance of lamps and for driving while her license was suspended.

On Friday, November 28th at 11:38 a.m., police were investigating an incident involving a vehicle taken without its owner’s consent. During the course of the investigation, officer’s made contact with Kyle M. Bowe, 27 of Ship Bottom. Bowe, who was being monitored by the Court’s Intensive Supervision Program, had multiple active warrants issued by the Camden City court. Bowe was taken into custody and transported to police headquarters.  During processing a representative of the Administrative Office of the Courts contacted police and advised them of an active no bail warrant, which had been issued for Bowe’s arrest for violating the conditions of his supervision program. Bowe was later committed to the Burlington County Jail pending a court appearance.

On Friday, November 28th at 11:40 p.m., police conducted a motor vehicle stop on  Route 206 south, in the area of the Columbus Market.  The vehicle, a 1997 Chevrolet S-10, was stopped for a reports of the driver driving erratically by driving at a high rate of speed and traveling southbound in the northbound lanes of Route 206 in portions of both Bordentown Township and Mansfield Township.  Investigation on scene revealed that the operator of the vehicle, Benjamin H. Lopez, 24 years old of Trenton, had consumed alcoholic beverages before driving. After failing to complete a series of sobriety tests, Lopez was taken into police custody for driving while intoxicated.  At police headquarters, Lopez was charged additionally with reckless driving, speeding, failure to maintain lane, and failure to exhibit registration.  After the completion of processing, Lopez was released to a friend pending a court appearance.

On Sunday, November 30th at 12:48 p.m., police responded to a Criminal Mischief complaint on Birmingham Drive in the Mapleton development. The resident reported that unknown individual(s) had vandalized decorations on the exterior of her home. The damages were estimated in the amount of $100.00.

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Gas Station Robbery – 11/15/14

At 6:57 pm on Saturday, November, 15th,  a black male, later identified as Keith Downs of Edgewater Park, NJ, approached the gas attendant at the Gulf Gas Station, located at 3146 Route 206 and asked the attendant for assistance with his alleged disabled motor vehicle. During the attendant’s attempt to aid Downs, Downs physically assaulted and stole cash from the attendant before fleeing in a dark colored Pontiac onto Route 206 North. Shortly after the incident, the suspect vehicle was located by Bordentown Township Police, and the suspect led police on a pursuit that ended in a motor vehicle crash on Route 130 at Kinkora Road. After the crash, the suspect fled the scene on foot, but he was later apprehended after physically resisting the efforts of police to place him in custody.

The driver of the other motor vehicle that was struck by the Pontiac refused medical treatment. Downs was transported to Virtua Hospital in Mt. Holly, where he was treated and released for his injuries. Downs is charged with Robbery, Assault, Theft, Eluding Police, Obstruction and Resisting Arrest. Downs was lodged at the Burlington County Jail in lieu of his $75,000 cash bail.

 

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Police Blotter – 11/14/14

On Friday November 7th at 9:42 p.m., police were dispatched to a residence on Mansfield Road East for a disorderly person. At the residence, police were confronted with a teenaged male who began to spit and yell profanities towards officers. After several attempts by family and police to calm the juvenile, the male continued his aggression by threatening officers with bodily injury. The juvenile was eventually calmed and taken into custody. He was transported to police headquarters and charged with obstructing the administration of law.

On Sunday, November 9th at 1:07 a.m., police conducted a motor vehicle stop on State Highway 130.  The vehicle was being operated by David M. Delvecchio, 58 years old of Lambertville. On scene investigation revealed that Delvecchio had consumed some amount of alcoholic beverages prior to driving. After failing to complete the series of sobriety test, Delvecchio was taken into custody and transported to police headquarters.  Delvecchio was charged with DWI, Reckless Driving and Failing to Maintain Lane. After processing, Delvecchio was released to a third party, pending his court appearance.

On Sunday, November 9th at 7:28 p.m., police were dispatched to a residence on Gaunts Bridge Road for a dispute. On scene, James P. Clark, 45 years old of Columbus, provided police with false identifiers because there were active warrants for his arrest. Clark was taken into custody for a warrant issued by the Mansfield Township Municipal Court in the amount of $1000.00, a warrant issued by the Long Beach Township Municipal Court and charged with hindering his own apprehension. After processing, Clark was able to post bail, at which time he was released pending his court appearance.

On Monday, November 10th at 2:24 p.m., police responded to a theft of property that occurred at the AT&T cell tower site located on Homestead Drive in the Homestead development. The theft involved the removal of copper bus bars from the site, which reportedly occurred during the previous several months. An additional report of the same type was reported to police on November 14th, but that one occurred at the AT&T cell tower located at 200 Arlington Road in the Mapleton development. The investigation into these incidents are ongoing.

On Thursday, November 13, 2014, at 0847 hours, police were dispatched to Manheim Auto Auction at 730 Route 68 for a report of suspected trespassers on the property. After requesting the individuals produce identification, police learned that one subject, Mamadou Binate, 60 years old of Bronx NY, was wanted on three outstanding warrants and was taken into custody. After processing, Binate was released pending his court appearances.

Police Blotter – 10/31/14

On Sunday, October 26th at 12:02 a.m., police were detailed to East Main Street for a noise complaint.  While checking the area for juveniles, who reportedly were seen walking in the area in possession of alcohol, police found an unauthorized vehicle parked after hours in the Mansfield Township Community Park.  Upon locating the driver of the vehicle, who was identified as a 17 year-old Springfield Township resident, police requested his driving credentials, at which time an odor of burnt marijuana was detected emitting from the interior of the vehicle.  After obtaining consent to search the interior of the vehicle, police located a set of brass knuckles and a partially smoked marijuana cigarette.  The male juvenile was subsequently taken into custody and transported to headquarters for processing. The juvenile was later charged with Possession of a Prohibited Weapon, Possession of Marijuana, and the township ordinance violation for violating park hours.

On Wednesday, October 29th at 10:01 a.m. police observed Woloszyn Wojciech, 32 years old of Kent Lakes, NY, using C.D.S. in the Sale Lot of the Manheim Auto Auction, located on Route 68. Upon being confronted by police, a second subject, Pawel Bromke, 41 years old of Brooklyn, NY, was identified as a trespasser on the property. Both men were taken into custody, cited for their respective offense and released pending court.

On Thursday, October 3oth at 10:33 p.m., police encountered William Dean, 55 of Bordentown, at the Imperial Motel on Route 206.  During the contact with Dean, it was determined he was wanted on a traffic warrant issued by the Medford Lakes Municipal Court. Dean was taken into custody and transported to headquarters for processing. Dean was able to post partial bail, at which time he was released from custody pending his court appearance.

On Friday, October 31st, at 1:38 p.m., police were dispatched to Manheim Auto Auction for a report of a subject that had climbed over an exterior fence in an attempt to access private property. Security informed police that the individual, who was later identified as Ronald F. Arana-Cordova, 26 years old of New Milford CT, was observed climbing the fence. Arana-Cordova was taken into custody and charged with trespassing. He was later released pending his court appearance.