Police & Fire

June 3, 2020

LONG BEACH ISLAND, NJ — A protest will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday in Stafford and Long Beach Island. The peaceful protest is centered on the murder of George Floyd.  The walk is titled "LBI Walk for Black Lives Matter." The protest will take place at the Causeway Bridge along the sidewalks.

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SHIP BOTTOM - Ship Bottom Police Chief Paul Sharkey retired on Friday after 36 years of service in the Borough of Ship Bottom.  Sharkey was hired as a police officer in 1984 and was promoted to chief in 1993 at the young age of 29. His officers wrote the following today to honor the ...

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STAFFORD — If there was a good time for great news, the time is now. The Stafford Police Department has quite a day. The department is congratulating the retirement of Lieutenant Allen Halliday, badge #58, as well as the hiring of his replacement and son, full time Police Officer Zachary Halliday, ...

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SHIP BOTTOM - On Saturday afternoon, May 2nd two teenagers from Pennsylvania were laying on the beach when they were struck by a Ship Bottom Beach Patrol vehicle.  The driver was John Purdon, 22 years old from Barnegat. The Ship Bottom Police Department responded. One 14-year old female from ...

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STAFFORD - From far away, one could hear the fire engine sirens moving towards the incident. There was a car on fire at the Manahawkin Taco Bell. The car was in the Drive-thru window lane, was stalled and engulfed in flames. The Stafford Police were the first to arrive on the scene. Stafford ...

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STAFFORD - Stafford Township Police reported the death of 27 year old Thomas Ronacer of Waretown.   Ronacer was driving a 2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee north on Nautilus Drive. His vehicle left the roadway traveling across several lawns before striking two other vehicles and a tree. The impact ...

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LONG BEACH TOWNSHIP, NJ — On Wednesday, April 8 a hit-and-run occurred on Long Beach Boulevard involving serious injuries to a bicyclist.  Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer and Long Beach Township Police Chief Anthony Deely announced that John Madden, 41, of Little Egg Harbor ...

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STAFFORD - Stafford Township announced on their website on Monday, March 30 that all municipal court sessions are suspended through April 26, 2020 in order to mitigate public exposure to COVID-19. For this period, individuals scheduled to appear before the municipal court to contest a traffic or ...

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BEACH HAVEN — A large fire has been reported at the Fantasy Island Amusement Park in Beach Haven. At approximately 10 p.m. Fantasy Island posted: "This evening there was a structural fire at the Ice Cream Parlor at Fantasy Island Amusement Park. As of 9:30pm the fire has been put out. Thanks ...

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STAFFORD - The Stafford Township Police Department released a report about an early morning accident today, Saturday, March 28.  The accident occurred at 7:50 AM at Route 72 and Mill Creek Road. The police report that a 2015 Hyundai Sonata operated by James E. Breitling II, 25 of Surf City, was ...

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STAFFORD — The Stafford Township Police Department released a report of a fatal crash that took place on Wednesday evening which resulted in the death of a 24-year-old Little Egg Harbor man. The accident took place at 5:31 p.m. as the Stafford Police responded to a motor vehicle collision which ...

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OCEAN COUNTY, NJ - Harvey Cedars Police Chief and the President of the Ocean County Police Chief's Association of New Jersey, Robert Burnaford released a statement on Friday March 13 regarding COVID-19. The statement read:  In response to the increasing risk from the COVID-19 epidemic, the ...

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SHIP BOTTOM — A Ship Bottom business owner has been charged with criminal mischief by the Ship Bottom Police Department by damaging two vehicles from a competitor in the same borough.  According to the police report by the Ship Bottom Police Department, Raymond Dietrich, of Manahawkin, owner of ...

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STAFFORD - Monday afternoon a brush fire broke out in the Stafford Park Boulevard and Cook Road. The Stafford Township Police, Stafford Township Fire Department, and Stafford Township Emergency Medical Services were dispatched. Smoke was coming from an open field between Campbell Boulevard and Cook ...

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GALLOWAY — Retired Ship Bottom police sergeant Scott Barr stopped to help a driver who was in an accident on the Garden State Parkway on October 12. He was struck by another vehicle.   Read the initial story about this tragic accident here.  Barr spent 139 days in the hospital and in ...

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TOMS RIVER —The Ocean County Prosecutors Office recently put out an update about the mobile app Tik Tok.  TikTok was the most downloaded app of 2019. With over one billion users, this popular social media app gives users (mostly kids) the opportunity to share short videos with friends, family or ...

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STAFFORD - The Stafford Township Police Department released a memo to the public in regards to a number of individuals arrested for drug possession and intent to distribute. On Friday February 7, 2020, a six-month long, multi-agency investigation ended between the Stafford Township Drug ...

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TOMS RIVER - The Ocean County Prosecutors Office announced today that George LaRosa, 50, of Barnegat, was sentenced today by the Honorable Michael T. Collins, J.S.C., to three years New Jersey State Prison as a result of his previously entered guilty plea to Theft by Failure to Make Required ...

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STAFFORD — The Stafford Township Police received numberous reports of catalytic converters being stolen out of several vehicles at the Barlow Buick GMC Dealership, sometime during the evening hours. On Wednesday, February 12, 2020 Patrolman Albert Haldenwang, with assistance from the evening ...

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STAFFORD - Lieutenant Jeffrey Ross and Detective Sergeant David Johnson recently retired from the Stafford Township Police Department.  Ross served for 25 years and Johnson served for 28 years. The Department welcomed family, friends, fellow officers and town officials at a recent luncheon.  ...

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OCEAN COUNTY, NJ — Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer announced on January 28, 2020, the Blue HART program introduced by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office in 2017 has been restructured to better meet the needs of Ocean County and renamed BLUE HOPE. BLUE HOPE services have been ...

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STAFFORD —  On December 18th, 2019, the Stafford Township Police Department held their annual Departmental Awards Ceremony. The ceremony recognizes officers for exhibiting excellence during their course of duty. The following officers are the 2019 recipients of the following ...

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STAFFORD — At Tuesday's Stafford Council Meeting, the Council welcomed it's newest police officer, patrolman Gerardo Jorge. Patrolman Jorge was issued badge #119 and was sworn in at the Council meeting.  Jorge is a 2014 graduate of Southern Regional High School, where he was captain of the ...

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LONG BEACH TOWNSHIP, NJ — The Long Beach Township Police Department has notified residents at 12:53 p.m. today that Long Beach Boulevard is currently closed from 64th to 68th street in both directions. Closures are due to a gas leak in the area. New Jersey National Gas is on the scene ...

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STAFFORD, NJ — After a month long series of “Impaired Driving Prevention Patrols” Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer announced Thursday, January 16, the results conducted throughout Ocean County during the month of December 2019. Stafford Township Police Department were among sixteen ...

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STAFFORD - On Monday evening, December 16 a vehicle vs. pedestrian collision occurred on Hilliard Boulevard near Stafford Avenue. Stafford Police investigation revealed that a 2008 Ford Escape driven by Maxwell Degennaro, 19 years old of Barnegat, N.J. was traveling west on Hilliard Boulevard ...

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STAFFORD – Stafford Township Police report this evening that an accident involving a car and a utility pole sent a Little Egg Harbor teen to the hospital with serious injuries. The crash occurred on Thursday, December 12 shortly before 5 p.m. near Julian Court. 17-year-old Matthew Cox of ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Jewish leaders across the state are examining security measures and closely following the investigation in Tuesday’s deadly shootout at a Kosher supermarket in the Greenville neighborhood of Jersey City. Alice Lutwak, the interim executive director of Temple Emanu-El, a sizable ...

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JERSEY CITY, NJ - Jersey City Police Detective Joseph Seals, killed in the line of duty on Tuesday, was a Bayonne native, according to two people who shared their memories of the respected law enforcement official with TAPinto Bayonne. Many transplants to the Stafford and Waretown Waretown area ...

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BARNEGAT - Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer announced on December 5 the culmination of a joint investigation into narcotics distribution in the Barnegat area. An investigation by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Strike Force and the Barnegat Township Police Department ...

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