Archived Police News

From the press of Atlantic City
8-17-10 MULLICA TOWNSHIP – Elliot Lebron was just driving away from his house at about 6 a.m. Saturday for a weekend camping trip when he saw a white car against a tree off Route 30, its engine compartment smoking.”I said to my wife, ‘It looks like someone had an accident,'” he said Tuesday afternoon at his West Adams Circle home.He pulled over a few dozen yards east down the highway, then ran back to the car, where another man who also had pulled over was already trying to smash the driver’s side front window to free a woman inside.Together, Lebron and Michael Mazkowski, of Hamilton Township, most likely saved her life, police said.”We just reacted,” Lebron said. “We just started doing what we had to do.”On Monday, Lindsey Nasile, 24, of Burlington Township, was listed in good condition, having suffered leg, arm and hip injuries, but on Tuesday she requested hospital staff not release any more information about her condition.Police said that Mazkowski and Lebron got the woman out and away from her car just before it was completely consumed by flames just after 6 a.m. that morning. Investigating Officer Ryan Hutton said Nasile told officers she fell asleep, and he suspected no drugs or alcohol were involved.Nasile’s car swerved to the right off the eastbound lanes, snapped a utility pole, tore off the top of the metal mile marker 35 sign, and was finally stopped by a tree just a few feet from the road.On Tuesday, the pole was repaired, but the mile marker remained on the shoulder with debris from Nasile’s car. A rearview mirror, melted metal, a tire still attached to part of its axle and the plastic lettering from her Pontiac Grand Prix were all around the charred tree.Lebron said Nasile’s seatbelt easily saved her life, as did Mazkowski, who he said was the real hero.”Thank God he was there,” he said. “That guy deserves a medal.”Lebron said that the driver door was jammed shut, and Mazkowski broke the window to get the woman out. He unhooked her seatbelt, and together they pulled Nasile out.She was barely responsive, he said, and they had to drag her away. Eventually the Elwood Fire Company came to extinguish the fire, but Hutton said neither he nor firefighters would have arrived in time to get Nasile safely out.Lebron, 67, said he did not really talk to Mazkowski, and had no way to contact him. The Mays Landing man’s phone number is not publicly listed, and his name did not appear in a search for local tax records.”If I was her, I would wish a guy like that would always be around to help,” Lebron said about Mazkowski. Lebron said the woman thanked them both before she was taken to the hospital.”I said, ‘Any time,’ but I realized I said the wrong thing,'” Lebron said with a laugh. “It was really like, ‘Never again.’ What I meant to say was, ‘Don’t worry about it.'”Contact Lee Procida:609-457-8707

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Mullica Township police handled 405 calls for service May 26-June 2, including:2 burglary investigations1 domestic call9 EMS/ambulance assists1 fire assist6 motor vehicle accidents1 terroristic threats investigation5 theft investigations.Brandon Toro, 23, of Mullica Township, was arrested May 27 and charged with contempt of court.Daniel Baker Jr., 23, Hammonton, was arrested May 27 and charged with possession of a hypodermic syringe/drug paraphernalia.Felicia Hayes, 21, of Mullica Township, was arrested May 27 and charged with possession of a hypodermic syringe/drug paraphernalia.Elena Martinez, 41, Mullica Township, was arrested May 29 and charged with driving under the influence.Zachary Bussey Jr., 29, of New Brunswick, was arrested May 30 and charged with contempt of court.Ismail Shabazz, 50, of New Brunswick, was arrested May 30 and charged with driving under the influence.Edward Lewis III, 35, of Cherry Hill, was arrested May 31 and charged with contempt of court.

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The Mullica Twp.Police department willl participate in the National Night Out campaign slated for August 3,2010 from 5:30 pm until 10:30 pm. Our officers, along with other public officials will be present at the Townships recreation complex and the Mullica Woods adult community.

have recently established a bicycle patrol program, so that we are able to provide additional services to the citizens of our community. In these tough economic times we fine that it has been difficult to purchase some of the essential items for this great resource. Anyone that may wish to contribute to the unit may do so by forwarding any donation to the Township’s Chief Financial Officer, Dawn Stollenwerk. Please please be sure to specify that the donation is for the Mullica Township Police Department Bicycle Unit.

The afternoon turned out to be a sucess. Check out the photo gallery.

Mullica Township police handled 290 calls for service June 22-29, including:

1 aggravated assault investigation
1 robbery investigation
1 burglary investigation
2 incidents of domestic violence
9 EMS/ambulance assists
4 fire assists
2 motor vehicle accidents
3 theft investigations.

Jessica Contreras, 21, of Galloway Township, was arrested June 24 and charged with simple assault

Elena Fajardo-Martinez, 41, of Mullica, was arrested June 28 and charged with driving while under the influence.

Three juveniles, ages 12 and 13, were arrested June 22 and charged with criminal trespassing

MARCH 2010 THE POLICE DEPT MADE 16 ADULT ARREST, 1 JUVENILE ARREST; 1 BURGLARY, 1 CRIMINAL MISCHIEF, 2 DISTRIBUTION OF C.D.S., 1 DWI, 1 SIMPLE ASSAULT, 10 WARRANT.
THE PATROL DIVISION CONDUCTED 415 MOTOR VEHICLE STOPS AND ISSUED 175 MOTOR VEHICLE SUMMONS
MULLICA TWP POLICE DEPT. STATS
FEBRUARY 2010 THE POLICE DEPT MADE 9 ADULT ARREST; 1 DWI, 1 SIMPLE ASSAULT, 1 TERRORISTIC THREATS, 5 WARRANTS.
THE PATROL DIVISION CONDUCTED 208 MOTOR VEHICLE STOPS AND ISSUED 103 MOTOR VEHICLE SUMMONS.
MULLICA TWP POLICE DEPT. STATS
JANUARY 2010 THE POLICE DEPT MADE 22 ADULT ARREST; 1 CRIMINAL TRESPASS, 1 DISORDERLY CONDUCT, 4 D.W.I, 4 SIMPLE ASSAULT, 1 THEFT, 1 VIOLATION OF T.R.O, 10 WARRANT ARTREST.
THE PATROL DIVISION CONDUCTED 448 MOTOR VEHICLE STOPS AND ISSUED 187 MOTOR VEHICLE SUMMONS.
MULLICA TWP POLICE DEPT. STATS
DECEMBER 2009 THE POLICE DEPT MADE 15 ADULT ARREST; 1 AGG ASSAULT, 1 BURGLARY, 1 CRIMINAL MISCHIEF, 2 DWI, 1 FORGERY, 1 POSSESSION OF CDS AND 8 WARRANTS.  1 JUVENILE ARREST FOR CRIMINAL MISCHIEF.
THE PATROL DIVISION MADE 267 MOTOR VEHICLE STOPS AND ISSUED 148 SUMMONS.
OPERATION MEDICINE CABINET

New Jersey will become the first state to host a coordinated, statewide medicine-disposal day in mid-November.

The event will be held at more than 250 police stations across the state on Saturday, Nov. 14.

The statewide effort is being spearheaded by the state division of the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the state Attorney General’s Office and Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey.

A 2007 study by the National Study of Drug-Use and Health showed that 70 percent of people who abuse prescription pain relievers get the drugs from friends or relatives.

This program is available for Mullica Twp residence to properly dispose of their unused, unwanted and expired medicine.  The Mullica Twp Police Dept is utilizing the Transfer station as a drop- off site for prescription medications that may be abused by youths and adults.  This program will be held Saturday, November 14, 2009 between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.

10-3-09  Mrs Sameerah Jones Of Mullica TWP was arrested by Ptl Lupinetti for outstanding warrants and suspended driving following a motor vehicle stop.

BURGLARY

10-3-09  The Mullica TWP Police Dept is investigating a burglary report of a Devonshire resident.  The (subject)s gained entry by breaking into a rear door.  Jewelry, medication and a dvd player were reported stolen.

10-4-09 Ptl Lupinetti arrested Mr Douglas Musgrove jr of Williamstown for outstanding warrants following a motor vehicle stop.

BURGLARY

10-6-09 The Mullica TWP Police Dept is investigating a burglary report from a Elwood resident.  The (subject)s broke in through a bedroom window.  Thye homeowner reported jewelry, money, and a GE digital camera stolen.

FIRE

10-6-09  The Mullica TWP Police and all four Mullica TWP fire depts responded to a 6th ave home for a kitchen fire.  The fire was extinguished by the fire dept’s.  Damage was limited to the kitchen area however smoke damage is throughout the home.

DWI ARREST

10-23-09  Ptl Creamer arrested Mr Daniel Brogan of Upper Darby PA for DWI.

BURGLARY ATTEMPT

10-25-09  unknown (subject)s attempted to gain entry into a Wharton Park home early Sunday morning.  The (subject)s opened a window while the homeowner was home.  The homeowner was awakened by the noise however did not see the person or persons.

10-29-09  Ptl Silva arrested Mr Benjamin Cruse of Hammonton on a outstanding warrant following a motor vehicle stop.

10-31-09  Ptl Carricarte arrested Mr Kenneth Devuono of Glendora NJ and Mrs Emory Marquita of Lindenwold Nj for outstanding warrants following a motor vehicle stop.

THE MULLICA TWP POLICE DEPT WISHES TO APOLOGIZE TO MS. LYN VETTER FOR ERRONEOUSLY IDENTIFYING HER AS HAVING BEEN ARRESTED FOR DWI.  WE ARE SORRY FOR ANY DISTRESS AND OR INCONVENIENCE THIS ERROR MAY HAVE CAUSED.

ARREST FOR FRAUDULENT DRIVERS LICENSE

9-25-09  Ptl Sarraf arrested Mr Santos Cruz of Hammonton for utilizing a fraudulent drivers license following a motor vehicle stop.

BURGLARY

9-23-09 The Mullica Twp Police dept is investigating a burglary to a Neso resident.  Over $5,000.00 in  jewelry was stolen.

EGGHARBOR CITY MAN ARRESTED AFTER A FOOT PURSUIT

9-20-09 Ptl Silva arrested Mr Kenneth Epperson of Egg Harbor City.  Epperson fled from Police following a Motor vehicle stop iniciated by Ptl Silva.  Epperson was apprehended after short foot pursuit.  Epperson was charged with several outstanding warrants as well as resisting arrest, eluding police, hindering his own apprehension and motor vehicle violations.

DWI

9-19-09  Ptl Silva arrested Mr Ariel Valdezmarte of New Brunswick NJ for DWI.

BURGLARY

9-18-09  A Elwood resident reported  A burglary occured to their residence.  The homeowner came home to find the front door wide open.

DRUG ARREST

9-18-09  Det Zeck arrested Mr Anthony Dremow of Williamstown for possession of CDS following a motor vehicle stop.  Several motor vehicle summons were also signed.

BURGLARY

9-17-09  The Mullica Twp Police Dept is investigation a burglary to a Elwood resident.  The rear door to this resident was kicked in and over $20,000.00 worth of jewelry was reported stolen.

DWI ARREST

9-11-09  Ptl Creamer arrested Mrs Tamara Carpenter of Burlington Nj for DWI.

DWI ARREST

9-9-09  Ptl Carricarte arrested Mrs Christine Kurz of Egg Harbor Twp for DWI.

DWI ARREST

9-6-09  Ptl Ohara arrested Mrs Amy Ferguson of Sweetwater for DWI.

BURGLARY

9-1-09  The Mullica Twp Police Dept took a burglary report from a Elwood resident.  Over $2,000.00 worth of jewelry was reported stolen.

FIRE
8-17-09  The Mullica Twp Police and Elwood fire dept responded to a Reading ave residence for a basement fire.
DWI ARREST
8-20-09 Sgt Gavin arrested Mr John Weatherhead of Mullica Twp for D.W.I.
STOLEN VEHICLE
8-24-09  The Mullica Twp Police Dept is investigating a report of a stolen vehicle from the Elwood section of the Twp.  The vehicle is a 1999 Dodge Dakota pickup, blue in color.  NJ registration WHK38H.
DWI ARREST
8-31-2009 Ptl Carricarte arrested Mr Raymond Venero of Pleasantville NJ for D.W.I.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Police arrest sword-wielding man after standoff in Mullica

From the Press of Atlantic City, Wednesday, September 2, 2009-Eric Scott Campbell, Staff Writer

Mullica Township – A sword-wielding suicidal man kept a SWAT team at bay for an hour and a half Wednesday afternoon, police said.

Matthew Whalen, 25, was arrested about 6 p.m. outside a house on Pleasant Mills Road, next to the Mullica River. About 4:30, shortly after a companion called 911, officers arrived to find Whalen holding a three-foot-long martial-arts sword, Detective Sgt. John Thompson said.

Whalen was alone, speaking with township police, neighboring towns’ officers in the Atlantic County Emergency Response Team and a standoff negotiator, threatening to commit suicide, Thompson said. At one point, he got in a canoe and began paddling away with the sword in his lap, then returned.

Whalen began threatening violence against the officers, getting close enough that they would have had to consider using deadly force, until a police dog subdued him enough to be arrested, Thompson said.

Charges of aggravated assault on a police officer and assault on a police canine joined the various weapons-related offenses Whalen faces. Thompson said he seized “10 different types of martial-arts weapons” from the house.

After a brief hospital treatment, Whalen was taken to the Atlantic County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail.

STRUCTURE FIRE
7-29-09  The Mullica Twp Police and Mullica Twp Fire Dept responded to a house fire on Moores ave in the Nesco section of Mullica Twp.  No injuries reported. The fire is under investigation.
MULLICA TWP MAN ARRESTED FOR LEWDNESS
7-27-09 Mr Thomas Bond 4th of Mullica Twp was arrested by an off duty Hamilton Twp Police Officer.  The actor had exposed himself to the victims family.  This incident occurred in the Devonshire section of the Twp.  The suspect was additionally charged with criminal mischief and resisting arrest.
D.W.I. ARREST
7-26-09 Ptl Ohara and Ptl Carricarte arrested Mrs Catherine Mcgurk of Mullica Twp for D.W.I.  Mcgurk was additionally charged with possession of CDS.
HAMMONTON MAN ARRESTED FOR D.W.I.
7-23-09 Ptl J. Creamer arrested Mr Gerardo Garcia of Hammonton for D.W.I. This arrest involved a one vehicle motor vehicle accident.  The driver had minor injuries.
MEGANS LAW ARREST
7-13-09 Det Zeck arrested Mr George Burleigh of Mullica Twp for failure to register as a Megans Law Offender.
BURGLARY ATTEMPT
5-31-09 A Elwood resident reported a burglary attempt to their residence.  Unknown subjects attempted to pry open the front door.  No entry was gained.
DWI ARREST
5-29-09 Sgt Gavin arrested Mrs Julie Strzemieczny of Hammonton NJ for DWI.
DWI ARREST
5-24-09 Ptl Creamer arrested Mr Robert Brenner of Mullica Twp NJ for DWI.
DWI ARREST
5-23-09 Det Zeck arrested Mr Victor Estrada-Franco of Minotola NJ for DWI.
ARREST
5-19-09  Police responded to a suspicious persons complaint in the Devonshire section of US30.  Investigation by Ptl Carricarte led to the arrest of Mr Patrick Walker  of Camden NJ on several outstanding warrants.  Mr Walker was lodged in the County jail in default of bail.
ARREST
5-12-09 Mrs Dawn Phillips of Atlantic City was arrested on a outstanding warrant following a motor vehicle stop.  The arresting officer is Lt Register.
ARREST
5-10-09 Mr Arnold Smith of Egg Harbor Twp was arrested on a outstanding warrant following a motor vehicle stop.  Ptl Creamer is the arresting Officer.
DWI ARREST
5-2-09  Susan Giunta of Mayslanding was arrested for DWI by Lt Register.  The Police were initally dispatched for a erratic driver on US30.
DWI ARREST
5-1-09 Mr Jose Rave of Trenton NJ was arrested for DWI by Sgt Gavin.
HAMMONTON MAN ARRESTED FOR POSSESSION OF CDS AND LEWDNESS
5-1-09 Mr Joseph Tell of Hammonton NJ was arrested by Ptl Carricarte for Lewdness, possession of drug para, and CDS.  Mr Tell was lodged in the Atlantic County Jail in default of &10,000.00 bail.   The inital call was for a suspicious vehicle in the Elwood section of Mossmill road.

          MULLICA TWP POLICE STATS

The Mullica Twp Police Dept made the following arrest for the month of September  2009:  30 Adult arrests:    11  Warrant arrest ,  1 Harassment, 2 Poss CDS,1Resisting, 1 Shoplifting, 1 Simple Assault, 1 Tresspassing, 1 Weapon offence .  There were 3  juvenile arrest.

The Patrol division made 490 motor vehicle Stops and issued 242 summons.

STOLEN VEHICLE

4-16-09 A Elwood resident  reported a stolen vehicle.  The vehicle was stolen from his yard while the owner was out of state.  The vehicle is a 1988 blue chevy pickup truck.
HAMMONTON MAN ARRESTED FOR CHILD SUPPORT WARRANT
4-13-09 Mr Ismael Ortiz Jr of Hammonton was arrested following a motor vehicle stop by Ptl Creamer.  Ortiz was arrested on several outstanding warrants including a child support warrant out of Atlantic County.  Ortiz was lodged in county jail in default of bail.
 A HAMMONTON MAN WAS ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT ON A POLICE OFFICER
4-10-09  Officers responded to a Elwood residence on a disturbance call.  During the investigation Mr Angel Quintero was arrested for obstruction of justice.  Quintero resisted arrest and was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer.  Ptl Caricarte was the arresting officer and recieved a minor injury.
BURGLARY
4-8-09  A Elwood resident filed a burglary report with the Mullica Twp Police Dept.  The Detective unit is invesatigating the incident.
 DWI ARREST
4-6-09  Ptl J O’Hara arrested Mr Nicholas Storozuk Jr of Atlantic City NJ for D.W.I.
DWI ARREST
 4-5-09 Ptl V. Serzan arrested Mr Joseph Delmont Of Philadelphia Pa for D.W.I.
DWI ARREST
4-3-09  Sgt J. Gavin arrested Mr William Lott of Mullica Twp for D.W.I.
MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT  

On 4-11-2009 at 3:58 pm a suv  with two occupants  traveling north on Columbia road from the white horse pike ran a stop sign at Columbia and mossmill road.  The suv  driven by Cathrin Haberland of Mullica twp struck a pickup truck  that was traveling east on mossmill road.  The driver and passenger of the pickup truck were flown to acmc city trauma unit via south star.  The driver and passenger of the suv were not injured.  As of 11:15 pm the Mr. James King of Williamstown and Greg Ingram of Hammonton   were in stable condition.  The accident is being investigated by Ptl creamer

MULLICA POLICE ARREST TWO IN ACT OF BURGLARY  3-31-09  At about 11:00 pm the Mullica Twp police were dispatched to a Devonshire residence for a report of a suspicious vehicle.  Upon Police arrival police encountered two subjects at the complainants residence.  The subjects identified as Mr Joseph Cristiansen of Williamstown NJ and Mr Kevin Wrigley of Williamstown were charged with residential burglary.  Ptl Trivelli was the initial responder to the scene.

ARREST  3-19-09  Ptl Silva arrested Mrs Maritza Ortiz of Hammonton for a outstanding warrant following a motor vehicle stop.

 BURGLARY ATTEMPT  3-22-09  The Mullica Twp Police Dept investigated a attempted burglary reported by a Nesco resident.  Entry was not gained.

 ARREST   3-14-09  Ptl Carricarte arrested Mr John Wilks of Mullica Twp on a outstanding warrant.

BURGLARY   3-12-09  The Mullica Twp Police Dept is investigating a burglary of a Elwood resident.  The (subj)s  entered via a basement door.  Reported stolen were several playstation games, playstation game system, money, HP laptop, MP3 player and credit cards.
ATTEMPTED BURGLARY   3-13-09  A Devonshire resident came home to find the rear door kicked open.  Nothing reported stolen.
ARREST   3-11-09  Ptl E Carricarte arrested Mr Alexander Diaz of Newtonville NJ for a outstanding warrant following  a motor vehicle stop.
BURGLARY  3-7-09  The Mullica is investigating a burglary report from a Devonshire resident.  Tools were stolen from a shed.
ARREST    3-6-09  Ptl Silva arrested Mr Dennis Bell of Atlantic City NJ for several outstanding warrants following a motor vehicle stop.

MULLICA TWP POLICE STATS

The Mullica Twp Police Dept made the following arrest for the month of August  2009:  13 Adult arrests:    10  Warrant arrest , 2 DWI, 1 sexual assault .  There were 0  juvenile arrest.

The Patrol division made 590 motor vehicle Stops and issued 273 summons.

BURGLARY 2-13-2009 A Weekstown resident reported a burglary.  The residence was ransacked. Jewelry ,DVD player, PSP and several personal items were stolen.  Investigation is ongoing.

BURGLARY  2-6-09  A Elwood resident reported a burglary.  A Forced air heater was stolen.

The Mullica Twp Police Dept made the following arrest for the month of July  2009:  18Adult arrests:    12  Warrant arrest , 1 DWI, 1 Lewdness, 1 Megans law failure to register, 3 Simple Assault  There were 1  juvenile arrest.

The Patrol division made 661 motor vehicle Stops and issued 300 summons.