Township police officers arrested two individuals during the weekend for driving while intoxicated in similar, but unrelated calls to assist disabled motorists. Both incidents occurred on Saturday, March 14th. The first incident was at 5:20 a.m. when police were dispatched to Public Road for a disabled motor vehicle that was off the roadway in a ditch. The vehicle, a 2002 Ford Focus, was being operated by Tracey Menefield, 24 years old of Mount Holly. During their contact with the driver, police determined Menefield had been drinking alcoholic beverages prior to driving. Menefield was taken into police custody for driving while intoxicated after failing field sobriety tests. At police headquarters, Menefield was charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Reckless Driving, and Failure to Maintain Lane. After the completion of his arrest processing, Menefield was released to a friend pending a court appearance, without incident.
Less that eighteen hours later, at 10:53 p.m., police responded to another disabled vehicle call, this one involving a disabled Ford Mustang on Mount Pleasant Road. After locating the vehicle and speaking to the driver, identified as Robert Cowgill, 58 years old of Mount Holly, the officer smelled the odor of alcoholic beverages coming from his breath. Cowgill was unable to pass field sobriety tests and was determined to be intoxicated. Cowgill was arrested and transported to the police station where he was processed and issued several motor vehicle summonses, including Driving While Intoxicated, before being released to a friend.
On Wednesday, February 25th at 11:14 a.m., police were dispatched to Manheim Auto Auction on Route 68 for a report of trespassers on the property. Police responded and were informed that Luo Tudeng, 29 years old of Queens, NY, and Yeshi Tseten, 25 years old of Woodside, NY, were both escorted off the property by a police officer earlier that same day and told they were not permitted to return to the facility. Upon Tseten and Tudeng returning to the property that morning, they were then taken into custody and each charged with trespassing. Both men were released on their own recognizance pending a court appearance.
On Friday, February 27th police responded to a residential burglary on Route 206 in the area of the Mansfield Township Municipal Building. The incident occurred sometime between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. The suspect(s) made forced entry into the residence. If any suspicious activity was observed in this area during the reported time frame, please contact the Mansfield Township Police Department at (609) 298-4411.
Police stopped a motor vehicle on Monday, March 9th at 8:08 p.m. on East Main Street for a moving violation. During the motor vehicle stop a check returned that Ann Bryant-Oliver, 49 years old of Beverly, was wanted on a criminal warrant. Bryant-Oliver was taken into custody for processing and was later released after posting bail and receiving a motor vehicle summons.
On Monday, March 9th police responded to a residential burglary with the township. The incident occurred on Route 68 between 10:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. The suspect(s) made entry by forcing the front door open. A green car, unknown make and model, was reported in front of the residence during the time of the burglary. If any suspicious activity was observed in this area during the reported time frame, please contact the police.
The Mansfield – Springfield Municipal Court has cancelled the court session scheduled for Thursday, March 5th due to the impending winter storm. All matters will be rescheduled for a future court date. Any questions can be directed to the court office at 609-298-0649.
A team of assessors from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP) will arrive on Sunday, March 8th, 2015, to examine all aspects of the Mansfield Township Police Department’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services.
The assessment team is tasked with verifying that the Mansfield Township Police Department meets the NJSACOP Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission’s ‘best practice’ standards as part of a voluntary process to maintain accredited status, a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence. The Mansfield Township Police Department has been accredited since 2011 and must submit to periodic verification to maintain its accredited status.
If members of the public would like to provide comments to the assessment team, they may do so by telephone. The public may call 609-298-0408 on Monday, March 9th, 2015, between the hours of 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Email comments can be sent to email@example.com.
Telephone comments are limited to 5 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with the NJSACOP standards. A copy of the standards is available at the Mansfield Township Police Department, 190-A Atlantic Avenue, Columbus, NJ. Please contact Lieutenant Eric Campbell at 609-298-4411 for additional information.
Anyone wishing to submit written comments about the Mansfield Township Police Department’s ability to comply with the standards for accreditation may send them by email to Harry J Delgado, Ed.S., Accreditation Program Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org, by phone 856-988-5880, or write to the New Jersey State Association of Chief’s of Police, Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission at 751 Route 73 North West, Suite 12, Marlton, N.J. 08053.
The police department has to comply with 100 standards in order to achieve accredited status. Accreditation results in greater accountability within the agency, reduced risk and liability exposure, stronger defense against civil lawsuits, increased community advocacy, and more confidence in the agency’s ability to operate efficiently and respond to community needs.
The Accreditation Program Manager for the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, Mr. Harry J Delgado, Ed.S, stated, “The assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar New Jersey law enforcement agencies. The assessors will review written materials, interview agency members, and visit offices and other places where compliance with the standards can be observed. Once the Commission’s assessors complete their review of the agency, they will report back to the full Commission, which will then decide if the agency is to be granted continued accredited status.”
Accreditation is valid for a three-year period, during which time the agency must submit annual reports attesting to their continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.
For more information regarding the Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission please write the Commission at New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission at 751 Route 73 North West, Suite 12, Marlton, N.J. 08053.
On Monday, January 19th at 5:02 p.m., police performed a motor vehicle stop on Route 206 for a moving violation. During the stop, a check of the driver, Shaun Potter, 30 years old of Sicklerville, revealed he had a suspended driver’s license and was wanted on multiple warrants. Potter was taken into custody for processing, issued several motor vehicle summonses, and later released with new court dates.
Police stopped a vehicle on Wednesday, January 28th at 9:03 p.m. on Route 206 for a moving violation. During the motor vehicle stop, a check returned that the driver, Anthony Ammirato, 44 of East Brunswick, was wanted on traffic warrants and that his driving privileges were suspended. Ammirato was taken into custody for processing and was later released after posting bail and receiving several motor vehicle summonses.
On Sunday, February 1st at 11:47 p.m. police stopped a vehicle after a random check indicated that the registered owner’s driver license was suspended and he was wanted on an outstanding warrant. After confirming the owner was operating the vehicle, Jamie L. Thompson, 38 years old Lumberton, was taken into custody and transported to police headquarters for processing. Thompson was issued a motor vehicle summons and was later released after posting bail.
On Wednesday, February 4th at 9:00 a.m., police observed Beka Dokvadze, 24 of Brooklyn, NY, removing an on board navigation system disk from a BMW at Manheim Auto Auction on Route 68. Police observed Dokvadze place the DVD into his pocket and begin walking away. Investigation revealed that Dokvadze had committed a theft and was taken into custody. Dokvadze was charged and released pending a court appearance.
Police stopped a motor vehicle on Thursday, February 5th at 11:23 p.m. on Rt. 206 for a non-moving violation. During the stop a check of the driver, Hilton J. Bunce, 56 of Browns Mills, revealed he was a wanted person by the Burlington County Sheriff’s Department. Bunce was taken into custody and was later transported to the Burlington County Jail after receiving a motor vehicle summons.
On Tuesday, February 10th at 2:06 p.m., police performed a motor vehicle stop on Rt. 206 for a moving violation. During the motor vehicle stop, a check of the driver, Mark A. Labajo, 40 of Bordentown, revealed he had a criminal warrant issued for his arrest. Labajo was taken into custody for processing and was later released after posting bail.
On Saturday, February 8th at 4:17 a.m., police were dispatched to Heather Court in the Country Walk development for a report of an individual looking into vehicles with a flashlight. Upon arriving in the area, police observed a female, later identified as Amanda Picard, 23 years old of Toms River, seated in a vehicle at the corner of Heather Court and Fieldcrest Drive. While speaking to the Picard, she was unable to explain why she was in the area and police noticed a wallet in the passenger side door. Picard turned the wallet over to police and it was determined to be stolen property from a resident in Country Walk. Picard also turned over two bags to police that contained various amounts of suspected heroin, crack cocaine, and drug paraphernalia, as well as other items that were believed to be stolen. Picard was taken into custody and transported to police headquarters for processing. While at police headquarters, Picard was found to be in possession of more drug paraphernalia, consisting of a crack pipe and a hypodermic needle and a small amount of CDS. Picard was charged with Receiving Stolen Property, two counts of Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of a Hypodermic Needle, and Possession of CDS in a motor vehicle. Picard was lodged in the Burlington County Jail in lieu of $50,000.00 bail.
Police are still investigating the connection of a second suspect that evaded police and is the suspect in the theft of a motor vehicle from Petticoat Bridge Road that occurred sometime between 3:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. that morning.
Any residents of Country Walk that have security cameras on their property are asked to contact police, as any footage of the culprits would be helpful to the investigation. Additionally, all residents are urged to lock their vehicles, homes, and sheds/out buildings to discourage easy access by thieves.
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.
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.
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.