On Wednesday, November 13th at approximately 2:30 p.m., police arrested Lassana Farambounou, 37 years old of Bronx, NY, at the Manheim Auto Auction on Route 68 after he was found inside the auction building after previously being escorted from the premises and directed to leave the property. Farambounou was taken to the police station where he was processed, served a complaint for Defiant Trespass and released pending court.
On Thursday, November 14th at approximately 10:20 p.m., police conducted a pedestrian stop on Route 130, near Kinkora Road. The pedestrian, Stephanie A. Reeder, 23 years old of Burlington, was known by police to have active warrants. After stopping Reeder, police confirmed that she was wanted by Cinnaminson Township and Burlington City Municipal Courts. Reeder was taken into custody and a search of her person was conducted incident to the arrest. During the search, Reeder was found to be in possession of a glass pipe used for smoking crack-cocaine, and several glassine baggies containing wax paper folds with trace evidence of suspected heroin. After being transported to police headquarters, Reeder was charged with possession of CDS paraphernalia. Upon completion of her arrest processing, Reeder was released pending appearances in Mansfield Township, Cinnaminson Township, and Burlington City Municipal Courts.
On Wednesday, November 15th at 4:10 p.m., police were dispatched to the cellular tower site on Columbus Road near the landfill for an attempted burglary. An authorized representative of the cellular carrier found the gate open and damage to one of the buildings. Police responded to investigate and confirmed that someone had attempted to enter the building by breaching the door. Damage was found on the door, doorframe and the handle/lock.
Police stopped a vehicle on Tuesday, November 19th at 1:39 a.m. after observing the vehicle travelling on U.S. 130 without tail lights. During the stop, police learned that the driver, Elisabel Caraballo, 27 years old of Philadelphia, PA, was wanted to warrants issued by the municipal courts of Trenton City and Hamilton Township. The officer also determined that Caraballo was driving without a license. Caraballo was arrested on the warrants and transported to police headquarters for processing. After processing, she was issued summonses for the traffic violations and later turned over to Hamilton Township Police Department to answer the warrant out of that jurisdiction.
On Wednesday, November 20th at 12:55 a.m., an officer stopped a vehicle after noting an equipment violation. During the stop, it was learned that the driver was driving even though his license was expired several years ago. While speaking to the other occupants to determine if there was another driver available, police spoke with Nancy Cristinzio, 53 years old of Mansfield Township, and discovered that she was wanted on a warrant out of Delran Township. Cristinzio was arrested and take to the police station for processing. Cristinizo was later released on her own recognizance with a new court date at the direction of the Delran Township Court.
On Thursday, November 21st at 3:09 p.m., police were dispatched to a residence on Augusta Drive for a report of a vehicle crashing into a home. Upon arrival, police learned that an intoxicated male crashed the car into the garage door, then fled on foot. Officers began searching the area and located the subject, identified as Arthur W. Smith Jr., 32 years old of Trenton, walking along Route 68. Smith was transported back to the scene and was asked to perform a battery of field sobriety tests. After failing to complete the tests, Smith was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated and taken to the police station for processing. In addition to the Driving While Intoxicated charge, he was also cited for Reckless Driving and Refusal to Submit a Breath Sample.
On Tuesday, November 19th at approximately 6:20 a.m., police were dispatched to Sheffield Drive for a report of an overnight burglary to a vehicle. While investigating the incident, police received several other reports of vehicle burglaries in the Mansfield Hunt & Lynnwood Farms sections of the township (Across from Homestead Plaza II and the Country Walk development). Police investigation revealed that the majority of the vehicles entered were unlocked and the burglaries occurred overnight in the early morning hours. In some incidents, windows of locked vehicles were broken out using a blunt force object to gain entry. Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 609-298-4411.
On Wednesday, November 6th at 12:35 a.m., police were dispatched to a dispute at the Riverfront Motel on Route 130. Upon arriving and locating the involved subjects, officers conducted a check and learned that one of the individuals, Leander Mauldin, 52 years old of Mansfield Twp., was wanted on two warrants; one warrant was issued by Willingboro Township Municipal Court and the second by North Hanover Township Municipal Court. As a result, Mauldin was arrested and transported to police headquarters for processing. After processing he was turned over to North Hanover Township Police to answer the warrant in their jurisdiction.
Police stopped a vehicle on Saturday, November 9th at 1:28 a.m. after a random check indicated that the registered owner’s driver’s license was expired. The stop occurred on Route 130 near the Riverfront Motel where police confirmed that the registered owner was driving the vehicle. During the stop, the officer spoke with a passenger, Amilkar Salas, 36 years old of Trenton, who was not wearing a seatbelt. A subsequent check located two warrants for Salas’ arrest that were issued by the municipal courts of Trenton City and Bordentown City. Salas was arrested and taken to the police station. After processing, Salas was released pending a court appearance.
On Saturday, November 9th at approximately 11:28 p.m., police stopped a vehicle on Route 130 South for speeding and failure to maintain its lane. Investigation revealed that the driver, Jeffrey S. Lovell, 28 years old of Newark, DE, had consumed some amount of alcoholic beverages prior to driving. After he failed to perform a series of standardized field sobriety tests, Lovell was placed under arrest. At police headquarters, Lovell was charged with driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, speeding, and failure to maintain his lane. After the completion of his arrest processing, Lovell was released pending a court appearance.
On Sunday, November 10th at 9:16 a.m. an officer observed Tyler Grouser, 25 years old of Marlton, walking on West Main Street. The officer was aware of active warrants for Grouser’s arrest and made contact with him to address the matter. While speaking with Grouser, the status of the warrants was confirmed and Grouser was taken into custody on warrants issued by the Municipal Courts of Mansfield Township, Springfield Township, and Lumberton Township. After being processed, Grouser was committed to Burlington County Jail in lieu of bail.
On Monday, November 11th at 6:00 a.m., an officer was patrolling Route 68 when he observed a vehicle travelling at a high rate of speed. He was able to catch up to the vehicle and stop it to address the speeding violation. During the stop, the officer determined that the driver, John F. Moore, Jr., 36 years old of Browns Mills, was driving while his license was suspended and was wanted on a criminal warrant issued by Camden City Municipal Court. Moore was taken into custody on the warrant and transported to the police station for processing. Moore was issued summonses for the initial speeding violation and driving while suspended, prior to being released from custody with a new court date for the Camden City matter.
RECAP: On September 11th at 9:54 p.m., Mansfield Township Police were dispatched to the Valero Gas Station, located at 3372 Route 206, for a reported armed robbery. The on-scene investigation revealed that three light skinned black males, wearing dark clothing, approached the station attendant and robbed him at gunpoint. The males physically assaulted the attendant before taking an undisclosed amount of money and fleeing the area on foot.
UPDATE: Subsequent police investigation led to the identification of the three suspects responsible for the robbery. The suspects were identified as: Nakesse Armstrong (age 19), Zahir Camillo (age 20) and Jordan Walker (age 20) all of Mount Laurel. On November 7th, police charged Armstrong with: Robbery, Conspiracy, Aggravated Assault, Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, and Theft. Camillo and Walker were charged with Robbery, Conspiracy, Aggravated Assault, and Theft. Bail was set for each of the three suspects at $100,000 and they remain incarcerated in the Camden County Jail on unrelated charges.
On Wednesday, November 6th at approximately 4:00 p.m., police observed an individual identified as George Grouser, 54 years old of Columbus, operating a motor vehicle on West Main Street. The officer had prior knowledge that Grouser’s driver license was suspended and there were active warrants for his arrest. A motor vehicle stop was conducted on this vehicle. After approaching the vehicle and confirming the driver’s identity, the officer returned to his patrol vehicle to verify the warrants. While the officer was sitting in his patrol car, Grouser exited his vehicle and fled on foot. After a short foot pursuit, Grouser was apprehended and taken to police headquarters. There he was charged with Obstructing the Administration of Law and Driving While Suspended. He was later released, after bail was posted on his behalf.
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On Wednesday, October 16th police stopped a vehicle being operated by Tom Tolis, 37 years old of Huntington Valley, PA, for speeding on Route 68. During the stop, a check of the Tolis’ driver’s license revealed there were multiple active warrants for his arrest. The warrants were issued by the municipal courts in Atlantic City, Gloucester Township, and Hamilton Township (Atlantic County). Tolis was arrested and taken to police headquarters for processing where he posted bail and was released with a summons for the initial traffic violation he committed in Mansfield Township.
Police responded to a reported theft on Old York Road near the Bordentown Township line on Monday, October 21st at approximately 10:40 a.m. The property owner reported seeing a dark green SUV-type vehicle drive onto the property and to an area where a set of vehicle rims was stored. The suspect, a black male, approximately 40 years old, loaded the rims into his vehicle before fleeing the area when the property owner approached him. This case remains under investigation.
On Monday, October 21st at 8:33 p.m. police conducted an investigative motor vehicle stop on Old York Road, near the boundary of Florence Township. The vehicle was being operated by a male subject who was later identified as Justin D. McHugh, 29 years old of Burlington. Investigation revealed several warrants for McHugh’s arrest, which were issued by Camden City Municipal Court. A search of McHugh incident to his arrest revealed that he was in possession of a hypodermic needle. A subsequent consent search of the vehicle led to the discovery that McHugh was also in possession of two additional needles; several wax paper folds, some of which contained suspected heroin; and a glassine baggie containing suspected crack-cocaine. McHugh was transported to police headquarters, where he was charged with possession of CDS paraphernalia, possession of the hypodermic syringes, and two counts of possession of CDS. After the processing of his arrest, McHugh was transported to Burlington County Jail where he was lodged in lieu of $27,500.00 total bail.
On Tuesday, October 22nd at 8:00 a.m., police responded to the Riverfront Motel on Route 130 for a report that the occupant was wanted on an active warrant issued by Pemberton Township Municipal Court. Upon arriving at the motel and going to the room where the subject was reportedly staying, the officers were met by Laura Morris, 33 years old of Mansfield, who readily identified herself and noted that she was wanted on a warrant. Morris was taken into custody and transported to the police station. After processing, Morris was turned over to Pemberton Township Police when she was unable to post bail.
On Friday, October 25th at 7:40 p.m. police stopped a motorist for speeding on Route 206. During the stop, police determined that the driver, Derek Williams, 57 years old of Rockdale Village, NY, was wanted on an active warrant issued by the Springfield Township (Burlington County) Municipal Court and was driving with a suspended license. Williams was taken into custody and transported to the police station where he posted bail and was issued a motor vehicle summons prior to being released pending court.
On Tuesday, October 29th at approximately 6:15 p.m., police attempted to serve a court order at a home on Birmingham Drive (Mapleton development). After making contact with named individual, Devin L. Terry, 19 years old of Columbus, he repeatedly ignored the officer’s verbal commands and attempted to leave the residence. Terry acted in an aggressive manner toward police, while yelling profanities at officers on scene. He was subsequently taken into custody, without further incident. Terry was transported to police headquarters for processing and charged with obstructing administration of law and released pending a court appearance in the Mansfield Township Municipal Court.
On Thursday, October 31st at approximately 12:00 a.m., police conducted a motor vehicle stop on Mount Pleasant Road, in the area of Gaunts Bridge Road. The vehicle was being operated by a male subject who was later identified as Joshua T. Filor, 20 years old of Wrightstown. A subsequent consent search of the vehicle revealed that Filor was in possession of CDS paraphernalia. Filor was arrested and transported to police headquarters where additional contraband was discovered on his person. Filor was charged with possession of CDS paraphernalia and other motor vehicle offenses. After the processing of his arrest, Filor was released from custody pending a court appearance in the Mansfield Township Municipal Court.
At 11:37 a.m. on October 31st, police encountered Matthew Ortiz, 21 years old of Columbus, walking on the shoulder of Route 206. Ortiz was arrested on an outstanding warrant issued by Mansfield Township Municipal Court and taken to the police station for processing. Ortiz was later released after bail was posted on his behalf.
On October 31st at 7:21 p.m. police were dispatched to a criminal mischief call on Augusta Drive in the Mapleton development. Upon arriving, police met with the victim who reported that the windshield of her vehicle had been damaged with a rock by unknown suspect(s). The victim reported that the damage occurred sometime between 6:35 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.
The New Jersey Department of Transportation and Department of Environmental Protection have issued the following information and tips relative to the hazards of deer being in the roadway during this time of the year. In Mansfield Township we have noted an increase of vehicle vs. deer crashes over the last few weeks. Please review the information provided and exercise caution to reduce the likelihood that you are involved in a deer related crash.
MOTORISTS URGED TO BE CAUTIOUS FOR DEER ON ROADS
NJ DOT Encourages Motorists to Report Trouble Spots
TRENTON – The Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Fish and Wildlife is urging motorists to be alert for white-tailed deer on roads across the state with the arrival of the fall breeding season, especially during morning and evening commutes when visibility may be poor and deer are more active.
Drivers should be extra alert to avoid collisions that could result in injuries and damage to their vehicles, as deer movements related to breeding have begun and will pick up in the coming weeks. Motorists are encouraged to alert the Department of Transportation of dead deer they find along the state highway system and deer crossing locations. DOT has made it easy and convenient for residents to do so online at http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/commuter/potholeform.shtm
Triggered by shorter days and cooler weather, deer disperse and move around considerably as they search for mates. Studies indicate the peak mating season for deer in New Jersey runs from late October, throughout November, and into mid-December in all regions of the state, beginning earliest in northern regions.
The danger is particularly pronounced at dawn and dusk when many people are commuting to and from work. Visibility resulting from low light or sun glare may be difficult during these times. Commuters should be especially alert and drive with additional caution when daylight saving time ends on Nov. 3. Normal driver commuting times will more closely align with peak deer activity periods after this time.
The following tips are offered to help motorists stay safe:
- If you spot a deer, slow down and pay attention to possible sudden movement. If the deer doesn’t move, don’t go around it. Wait for the deer to pass and the road is clear.
- Pay attention to “Deer Crossing” signs. Slow down when traveling through areas known to have a high concentration of deer so you will have ample time to stop if necessary.
- If you are traveling after dark, use high beams when there is no oncoming traffic. High beams will be reflected by the eyes of deer on or near roads.
- If you see one deer, be on guard: others may be in the area. Deer typically move in family groups at this time of year and cross roads single-file. Female deer are being chased by bucks and during breeding phase are often unaware of traffic.
- Don’t tailgate. Remember: the driver in front of you might have to stop suddenly to avoid hitting a deer.
- Always wear a seatbelt, as required by law. Drive at a safe and sensible speed, taking into account weather, available lighting, traffic, curves and other road conditions.
- If a collision appears inevitable, do not swerve to avoid impact. The deer may counter-maneuver suddenly. Brake appropriately, but stay in your lane. Collisions are more likely to become fatal when a driver swerves to avoid a deer and instead collides with oncoming traffic or a fixed structure along the road.
- Report any deer-vehicle collision to a local law enforcement agency immediately.
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This is a reminder that a curfew is in effect under Chapter 28 of the Mansfield Township Code. The curfew applies to any person under 18 years old. Tonight (Halloween) the curfew starts at 9:00 p.m. and continues until 6:00 a.m. tomorrow. There are limited exceptions to the curfew. The full text of the ordinance can be reviewed on the General Code website at www.ecode360.com or by following the link below:
In cooperation with the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office and the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs, the Mansfield Township Police Department is now a participating agency in the Project Medicine Drop program. This initiative is an important component in the collaborative effort to stop the abuse of prescription drugs. The community can conveniently dispose of unused and expired medications at any time by depositing them in the collection box located in the police station, 190-A Atlantic Avenue, Columbus.
Information About The Types Of Medication You Can Dispose Of In The Box?
- For safety reasons, the Project Medicine Drop boxes can only accept solid medications such as pills, patches, inhalers, and similar objects.
- The boxes cannot accept liquids, medical waste, or syringes. Consumers wishing to dispose of these objects should speak with their doctors or pharmacists to find the safest and best ways to dispose of them.
- It should also be noted that consumers may only dispose of legal prescription or over-the-counter medications. Anyone wishing to dispose of any illicit drug, should follow the normal procedure of reporting it to the police.