Police & Fire

May 3, 2021

LONG BEACH TOWNSHIP — Kevin Mahon was sworn in as the new police chief in Long Beach Township on Monday, May 3. Mahon was sworn in by Mayor Joseph Mancini before the regular scheduled Board of Commissioners meeting with his wife Maureen by his side.  Mahon replaces former Chief, Anthony Deely ...

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BARNEGAT, NJ — The sounds of sirens and fire trucks raised concerns throughout the night as the Barnegat Fire Department responded to multiple calls. Fortunately, fires were extinguished quickly and without injuries. The first call came in at 7:06 pm for a structural fire at Patriot's Cove, the ...

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CHARLOTTE, NC — Evan and Miranda Henken (formerly Dougherty) first met and began dating during high school. The couple both attended and graduated from Southern Regional in 2016. Evan and Miranda have been together for 5 years and tied the knot in October 2020.  After high school they both moved ...

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BARNEGAT, NJ — Barnegat Township is among the top 100 safest cities in New Jersey according to a new report just released by SafeWise, a home safety information website. Barnegat captured the 58th position in 2021 SafeWise report on the safest cities in the Garden State. It is also the ...

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STAFFORD — On Saturday, April 10th, 2021 at 6:48 PM, a motor vehicle collision occurred on Route 72 eastbound near the Route 9 ramp involving a solo motorcycle.   Preliminary investigation indicates a 2004 Suzuki motorcycle operated by Robert Perotti, 53 years old of Tuckerton, N.J. was ...

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BARNEGAT/STAFFORD, NJ — A 21-year-old man was airlifted to Jersey Shore Medical Center yesterday after his Toyota Scion crashed into the woods at 4:36 pm. According to New Jersey State Trooper Alejandro Goez, Saed Alasmar was traveling northbound on the Garden State Parkway when the crash ...

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MADISON, NJ —  All US flags will be flown at half-staff through Tuesday, April 6, as per the Presidential Proclamation, honoring the victims of the attack at the United States Capitol on Friday. "Jill and I were heartbroken to learn of the violent attack at a security checkpoint on the U.S.

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STAFFORD — The Stafford Township Police Department reported the following news release. In the early evening on Saturday at approximately 5:48 PM,  the Stafford Township Police Department responded to 108 Clyde Lane in the Village Harbor section of Manahakwin for a report of a structure ...

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LONG BEACH TOWNSHIP — Long Beach Township Police released the following statement about the death of former Sergeant Thomas O. Hartman, Jr. "It is with great sadness that the Long Beach Township Police Department announces the loss of Retired Sergeant Thomas O. Hartman Jr., who passed away on ...

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STAFFORD – The Stafford Township Police Department is seeking the public’s help with identifying a man that may be connected to a recent theft that occurred on March 21 at the Target in Stafford. If anyone has information on the person in the photo, contact Patrolman Anthony Vincent at ...

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OCEAN COUNTY, NJ - A massive wildfire fire that shut down the Garden State Parkway on Sunday afternoon was intentionally set. Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer announced today that several agencies collaborated in the investigation of. the wildfire, which blazed through approximately ...

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TOMS RIVER - The Ocean County Sheriff's Department released news at 9:33 p.m. Sunday, March 14 that the Garden State Parkway is now open in both directions between Exits 83 through 91.  That section of the Parkway has been closed since the report of a forest fire crossed the roadway at ...

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OCEAN / MONMOUTH COUNTIES — Fast-spreading brush fires, fueled by extremely dry and windy conditions, have broken out along the Lakewood/Brick border in Ocean County, and Millstone in Monmouth County, according to multiple fire news outlets. The first fire was reported at about 1:40 p.m. off ...

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TOMS RIVER - The Garden State Parkway is closed in both directions from Exit 83 to Exit 90 due to a large forest fire that started off Airport Road, according to the Ocean County Sheriff's Department. The fire was first reported at 1:40 p.m.  

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STAFFORD — On Wednesday, March 10, 2021, the Stafford Township Police Department’s Drug Enforcement Unit and the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Strike Force concluded a cooperative, multi jurisdictional narcotic’s investigation that resulted in the arrest of a 30 year old Jackson ...

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NEW JERSEY — Earlier this week, Gov. Phil Murphy signed three bills to legalize recreational marijuana use in the Garden State and establish a regulated cannabis market within the next six months. Shortly after, however, the New Jersey State Policemen's Benevolent Association (PBA) issued a ...

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BARNEGAT, NJ - A Florida faces charges in New Jersey for duping a Barnegat Township senior citizen of $10K and attempting to scam him for additional funds.. Juan C. Piedrahita, 49, of Hollywood, Florida is accused of violating the criminal portion of New Jersey law that deals with Theft by ...

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STAFFORD — Two Stafford Township Officers were honored recently.  The Stafford Township Police Department released a news report on Monday, February 22. Each year, the department holds an Annual Awards Ceremony, recognizing officers for exhibiting excellence during their course of ...

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HARVEY CEDARS, NJ - On Saturday, February 20, the Harvey Cedars Police Department announced the full-time appointment of Police Officer Nicholas D’Andrea. According to Harvey Cedars Police, Officer D’Andrea began his career with the Ship Bottom Police Department before coming to Harvey Cedars as ...

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STAFFORD — A Trenton man was arrested on Monday at Southern Ocean Medical Center in possession of a stolen handgun.   At approximately 5:50 PM, Monday, the Stafford Township Police Department responded to the Southern Ocean Medical Center after they were alerted of an individual in possession of ...

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STAFFORD — A fire broke out on Friday evening around 10:20 p.m. at 31 South Union Street in the downtown area of Manahawkin.  The Stafford Township Police Department responded and upon arrival, the residence was fully engulfed in flames, and its occupants and neighbors were able to safely ...

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WASHINGTON, DC -- In a closed-door briefing before members of Congress, the acting chief of the U.S. Capitol Police, Yogananda Pittman apologized for the department's security failures during the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol by pro-Trump supporters, which resulted in the death of South River ...

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STAFFORD — Two long time police officers from Stafford Township retired this week. The Stafford Police Department wrote: This week we say farewell to two of our finest officers. Congratulations Detective Chris Mulch (right) and Officer Danny Samaritano (left) on your retirement. We thank ...

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EAGLESWOOD — A local woman died Sunday night in a one vehicle crash on the Garden State Parkway around 9:30 according to NJ State Police.  State Police identified the victim as 20-year-old Grace Conover of Manahawkin. Conover was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene, ...

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SURF CITY, NJ — The very popular Scojo's Restaurant in Surf City faced a fire overnight Wednesday, January 20. Despite it being a tough year for restaurant businesses due to COVID-19, Scojo's adapted and made sure they operated safely for their customers and employees. This fire is another huge ...

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STAFFORD — Two Stafford Township officers were recently announed to receive upcoming promotions on the Ocean County SWAT Team. On January 12, 2021 Prosecutor Bradley Billhimer announced the promotions of two of Stafford's finest officers.  Other appointments included Lt. Kevin Cooney of the ...

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STAFFORD - The Stafford Township Police reported the arrest of two individuals for shoplifting on Monday, January 12. The Stafford Detective Bureau was alerted about a suspicious male and a suspicious female inside the Home Depot. The detectives observed the two subjects exiting the store ...

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NEW JERSEY — The threat of Trenton protests on Jan. 17 looms, following a massive insurrection at the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. last week. Gov. Phil Murphy and Colonel Pat Callahan, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, said Monday that NJ authorities are prepared and on high ...

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NEW JERSEY --  The nation celebrates Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, while New Jersey mourns the death of a native resident who left the state to join the Capitol Police. Gov. Phil Murphy has ordered that all U.S. and New Jersey flags be flown at half-staff on Monday, Jan 11, 2021, in honor of ...

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BEACH HAVEN — The Beach Haven Police Department added a new full time patrolman to it's force on Monday, January 4. Michael McCaffrey was appointed by the Borough Council. The McCaffrey name is well known in the Beach Haven Police Department. Michael follows his Grandfather, retired Sergeant ...

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