On Tuesday, February 25th, at 8:40 a.m., police were dispatched to Augusta Drive at Arlington Drive (Mapleton development) for a report of a raccoon acting abnormally. Upon arrival, the officer located the raccoon on Augusta Drive and noted it was foaming at the mouth and appeared to be rabid. After consultation with the Animal Control Officer (ACO), the animal was euthanized and submitted by the ACO for rabies testing.
This morning (2/28) police were notified the rabies test conducted on the raccoon came back positive. Additionally, the ACO explained that the raccoon had injuries indicating it was involved in a fight with another animal. Residents should be mindful of any animals (wild or domestic) that are behaving abnormally, as any animal(s) having contact with the infected raccoon could have contracted rabies. Contact police immediately at 609-723-8300 if you see an animal acting strangely, that seems disoriented, or is moving about at odd hours (e.g. nocturnal animals that are active during the daylight hours).
On Saturday, February 15th at 08:06 p.m., police were dispatched to the Pine Motel, on Rt. 130, for a report of a disorderly person on the property. Upon arrival, police observed Melveyen Scudder, 36 years old of Trenton, in the area. During the encounter, the officer determined that Scudder was wanted on several outstanding criminal warrants and was also being sought as a wanted person by the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department. Scudder was taken into custody and transported to police headquarters for processing. Afterwards, he was taken to the Burlington County Jail to await transfer to Mercer County Sheriff’s Department.
On Tuesday, February 18th, police were dispatched to a residence on Hilltop Court in the Homestead development for a report of criminal mischief. The homeowner reported that seven tires were slashed or punctured on two vehicles parked in his driveway. Another resident in the area reported hearing suspicious activity on February17th at 10:00 p.m. but was unable to identify the suspect(s) involved. Anyone with any information regarding the criminal mischief please contact the Investigations Bureau at 609-298-4411 – Option 3.
On Wednesday, February 19th, at 3:30 p.m., police were working a special detail at the Manheim Auto Auction at 730 Route 68, when an officer observed Moustapha Fofana, 45 years old of Brooklyn, N.Y., urinating in the parking lot. After making contact with Fofana and obtaining his identification he was issued a summons for Prohibited Conduct.
Police were dispatched to South Jersey Eye Physicians, located in Homestead Plaza, on Thursday, February 20th for a theft. It was reported that unknown suspect(s) removed numerous eyeglass frames from a display case. The theft occurred sometime between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. that day. Anyone with information regarding the theft, please contact police at 609-298-4411 – Option 3.
On Tuesday, February 25th at 08:02 a.m., police observed Michael Smith, 25 years old of Florence, on Route 130. During the contact with Smith, the officer learned that he was wanted on a warrant issued by the Bordentown Township Municipal Court. Smith was taken into custody and transported to police headquarters for processing. Smith was later released pending a court appearance.
On Tuesday, February 18th at approximately 1:15 p.m., police were dispatched to the Manheim Auto Auction on Route 68 for a theft complaint. Officers met with security personnel and learned that two males were stopped in a vehicle while trying to leave the property with automotive parts removed from another vehicle at the auction. Investigation revealed that Steve Baskin, 45 years old of Mayfield Heights, OH, had taken a set of Audi floor mats and two Audi air compressors, reportedly valued at $525.00. The second subject, Ilya Moshiyakhov, 43 years old of Willoughby Hill, OH, was not charged with theft, but was wanted on an active warrant issued by the Jersey City Municipal Court. Both subjects were arrested and transported to the police station for processing. After being processed, both men were able to post bail and later released from custody pending court.
On Saturday, February 15th at 1:37 p.m., police were dispatched to Route 68 for a report of a motor vehicle crash. Investigation on scene revealed that one of the involved drivers, James C. Weeks, Jr., 40 years old of New Brunswick, had consumed some amount of alcoholic beverages prior to driving. After he failed to satisfactorily complete a series of field sobriety tests, Weeks was placed under arrest. A subsequent search of his person revealed that Weeks was in possession of a controlled dangerous substance (CDS). At police headquarters, Weeks was charged with possession of CDS. In addition, Weeks was issued motor vehicle summonses for driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, refusal to submit to breath testing, possession of a CDS in a motor vehicle, and driving while suspended. After the completion of his arrest processing, Weeks was released to a friend pending a court appearance in the Mansfield Township Municipal Court. No injuries were reported as a result of the crash.
On Thursday, January 16th at 12:35 a.m., police were dispatched to the Pine Motel on Rt. 130 for a report of a suspicious male on the property. Upon arrival, police located the subject and identified him as David Blackeney, 22 years old of Trenton. During the encounter, the officer determined that Blackeney was wanted out of Maryland for a violation of probation. Blackeney was taken into custody and transported to police headquarters for processing. Blackeney was charged with being a fugitive from justice and lodged at the Burlington County Jail awaiting extradition to Maryland.
On Friday, January 17th at 10:44 a.m., police arrived at the Riverfront Motel to serve Sidney Griffin, 54 years old of Bordentown Township, with two criminal warrants. Griffin located and taken into custody before being transported to the police station for processing. Griffin was later turned over to the Burlington City Police Department to answer the warrants.
On Monday, January 20th at 12:31a.m., police were dispatched to County Route 545 for a report of a motor vehicle crash. Investigation on scene revealed that the driver, Bulynda Wall, 51 years old of Wrightstown, was intoxicated and subsequently taken into custody. Wall was transported to the police department for processing and issued several motor vehicle summonses prior to being released pending a court appearance at the Mansfield Township Municipal Court.
Police stopped a vehicle on Thursday, January 23rd at 4:25 p.m., after a random check revealed that the vehicle’s registered owner had two outstanding traffic warrants. During the motor vehicle stop it was confirmed that the owner, Jasmine Sanchez, 19 years old of Lumberton, was wanted on outstanding traffic warrants from Pemberton Boro and Westampton. Also a passenger of the vehicle, identified as Robert Davis, 21 years old of Browns Mills, was wanted on a criminal warrant issued by Burlington Township. Both subjects were taken into custody and transported to the police station for processing. After processing and being served with a summons, Sanchez was released pending a court appearance. Davis was able to post bail and released pending a court appearance.
On Tuesday, January 28th at approximately 11:00 a.m., police observed Tyron Johnson-Bascom, 27 years old of Columbus, operating a motor vehicle on State Highway 68. The officer had knowledge that Johnson-Bascom’s driver’s license was suspended and that there were two traffic warrants issued for his arrest. The officer conducted a motor vehicle stop and took Johnson-Bascom into custody. He was transported to police headquarters where was processed and issued a motor vehicle summons before being released on bail with a new court date.
On Sunday, February 2nd at 9:45 a.m., police observed Jason Ledford, 29 years old of Bordentown, walking on Rt. 130. During the stop, the officer determined that Ledford was wanted on a criminal warrant issued by the Pennsauken Municipal Court. Ledford was taken into custody and transported to police headquarters for processing. Ledford was later released pending a court appearance.
The Mansfield & Springfield Municipal Court session scheduled for Thursday, February 13th has been cancelled due to the approaching winter storm. Affected parties should contact the court office for information on scheduling a new court date. The Court phone number is 609-298-0649, Option #1.
On February 6th at approximately 12:30 p.m. a hit and run occurred in the Columbus Post Office parking lot on Atlantic Avenue. An elderly female was sitting in her parked vehicle when she was startled when another vehicle struck her car. Fortunately, a Good Samaritan came to her aid and had the peace of mind to record the vehicle registration and a description of the driver before that driver fled the scene. The Good Samaritan accompanied the elderly woman across the street to the police station where officers were notified of the incident. Within minutes, the information provided led to the fleeing driver being stopped on US Route 206. The driver of that vehicle, identified as Geetha Seshadri, 57 years old of Columbus, was escorted back to the scene of the crash and, after an investigation, was cited for several offenses including Leaving the Scene of a Motor Vehicle Crash and Failure to Report a Motor Vehicle Crash. We are grateful that the gentleman took time out of his day to intervene in a situation that otherwise would have left an elderly woman with a damaged vehicle and little or no information for police to use to locate the responsible party.
On February 1st at approximately 6:30 p.m., police attempted to conduct a motor vehicle stop on a 2008 Chevrolet HHR for a traffic violation. The driver, later identified as Richard R. Leoncini, 57 years old of Monroe, entered State Highway Route 68 southbound after first committing a traffic violation on US Highway Route 206. Leoncini refused to stop for police and was finally apprehended without incident at the security gate to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst off of State Highway Route 68. Once in custody, Leoncini was transported to Mansfield Township Police Headquarters and processed. Leoncini was charged with Eluding, Improper U-Turn, Failure to Maintain Lane and Disregard of a Traffic Control Device. Leoncini was lodged in the Burlington County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail. No one was injured during the pursuit.
Plowing operations are ongoing. Residents are reminded that there is a parking restriction on all Township roads. Please remove vehicles from the roadway or they will be ticketed. Thank you for your cooperation. Please refer to § 60-20 of the online Township Code for additional information. http://www.ecode360.com/MA0249
On January 20th at approximately 9:20 p.m., police were dispatched to a residence on Vandevere Lane for a past tense burglary. Investigation on scene revealed that the suspect(s) forced entry into the residence through a rear window. The suspect(s) caused damage to the home as a result of the forced entry, and it was later discovered that a substantial amount of jewelry was removed from one of the bedrooms.
A second burglary was discovered on January 25th at 10:28 a.m. when police were dispatched to the area of Vandevere Lane for an audible alarm. Upon checking the area, officers determined that the alarm was coming from a residence on Vandevere Lane. Investigation revealed that the home in question was broken into through a rear bedroom window sometime between December 29, 2013 and January 25th. An account of the property stolen from the residence has not been provided by the homeowner yet.
As a result of these incidents, residents are reminded to secure their homes and activate any security systems that may be in place. If any suspicious person or activity was observed in the subject area during the date and times referenced above, witnesses are urged to contact the Mansfield Township Police Department at (609)298-4411.