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Marijuana Arrest

On June 22, 2014 at approximately 07:15PM a vehicle driven by Daniel Patino-Baquero, 28, of Galloway was stopped in the Woodlands Development of Mays Landing by HTPD, for a traffic offense. A backup officer observed marijuana in plain view on the floor of the passenger's side of the vehicle, and Patino-Baquero was subsequently arrested.

HTPD Detectives prepared a search warrant for the vehicle which was granted by the Municipal Court Judge of the City of Ventnor, Honorable Judge Siracusa. The search yielded approximately 149 grams of marijuana as well as a digital scale and packaging consistent with that used to package and distribute marijuana. Patino-Baquero was additionally charged with 4th degree Possession of Marijuana and 3rd degree Possession of Marijuana with the Intent to Distribute. The charges were placed on a summons.

Head on collision Route 50 & County Blvd.

On Wednesday 6-11 14 at approximately 0329 hours the Twp. of Hamilton PD responded to a serious motor vehicle crash at the intersection of State Hwy 50 and County Blvd.  Two tri-axle dump trucks collided head on while traveling along Route 50 in the Laureldale section of Hamilton Twp.  The trucks were traveling to and from the road paving construction on Route 30 in Egg Harbor City.  A preliminary investigation revealed that the dump truck operated by Lionell Powell age 28 of Millville collided in the middle of the intersection with the dump truck operated by Shawn Virgillo age 35 of Bridgeton.  Both vehicles were contracted by Seashore Asphault for the paving operation on Rt. 30 in Egg Harbor City.  Both drivers sustained moderate injury and were transported to ACMC City Division for their injuries.  Powell was entrapped in the cab and was exracted from the vehicle.  Route 50 was closed for approximately 5 hours for investigation/clean up.  &# ... Read the rest of entry »

Assault by Auto DWI Crash

On 6/10/14 @ 8:03 pm the Township of Hamilton police responded to the area of Route 50 and Holly Street for a car crash. Investigation revealed that Juan Matta, age 46 of Mays Landing, was traveling South on Route 50 in a 2001 GMC work van.  Mr. Matta disregarded the red light and crashed into the side of a 2009 Nissan Sedan. After crashing into the side of the Nissan he traveled over the grass median, across both North Bound Lanes and into a tree. The Nissan was being operated by Briana Serio, age 22 of Bensalem PA. Her passengers were Marie Serio, age 53 of Egg Harbor City and a 5 month old female. All three occupants were transported to Atlantic City Hospital City Division Trauma Unit, for minor to moderate injuries. Mr. Matta suffered minor lacerations to his arm and leg and refused treatment. He was arrested at the scene for Driving While Under the Influence. He was was later charged with Refusal to Submit to a Breathalyzer; Failure to Stop at Red Light; Reckless Driving; Careless D ... Read the rest of entry »

Motor Vehicle Crash 5-26-14

On 5/26/14 at 12:40 pm, Twp. of Hamilton Police responded to Ocean Heights Avenue near Harbor Avenue for a report of a head-on motor vehicle crash.

Investigation revealed a 2012 Chevy Camaro, driven by Christopher Allmond, age 25, of Mays Landing, was heading eastbound when it crossed over the center line and struck a westbound 2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser, driven by James Thomas, age 82, of Somers Point. The impact caused the Chrysler to run off the roadway into the woods.

Allmond sustained minor injuries. Thomas sustained more serious injuries and was transported to ARMC by the Twp. of Hamilton Rescue Squad. The roadway was closed for one hour. Assistance at the scene was provided by members of the Mays Landing and Cologne Volunteer Fire Departments, as well as NJ State Forest Fire Service.

Allmond was issued a summons for careless driving. The crash is being investigated by Ofc. J. Hartman.

Forest Fire

 

On 05/03/2014 at approximately 18:30 hours, Hamilton Township Police Department responded to the wooded area behind Cologne Garden Apartments and the Water Treatment facility for a report of a forest fire.
Upon arrival, the fire was contained to approximately an acre of the wooded area.  At this time, the Hamilton Township Forest Fire Service and Cologne Fire Department also responded to scene to better handle the incident.  Both agencies were able to prevent the fire from spreading further.  In addition, the fire did not reach any structures within the vacinity.  No injuries were reported. 
The fire is under investigation by Ofc. Cummings and Det. Robison.  If anyone has any information pertaining to the investigation, they are to contact Hamilton Township Police Department at 609-625-2700. 
 

Motor vehicle crash

On 04/13/2014 at approximately 0615 am, the Township of Hamilton Police Department responded to Route 50 in the area of mile post 21.5 for a single car motor vehicle crash. Investigation revealed that a 2012 Honda Civic driven by 20 year old Anasha Grady of Vineland, was traveling South bound on Route 50 when it left the roadway and struck a utility pole. A passenger sustained serious leg injuries and was transported to Atlanticare Regional Medical Center City Division by members of the Township of Hamilton Rescue Squad.

Route 50 was shut down in both directions for approximately 1 hour until the accident was cleared. The Township of Hamilton Rescue Squad as well as the Laureldale Fire Company assisted on scene.

Grady was charged with driving while intoxicated and assault by auto. She was released pending court.

The crash investigation is being handled by Ofc. Bittmann.

Superstorm Sandy Project

Superstorm Sandy caused unprecedented damage to the housing, business, infrastructure, health, social service, and environmental sectors throughout the entire State of New Jersey. Many New Jersey residents are still struggling with the impacts of the storm.  In cooperation with the NJ Department of Health & the Atlantic County Division of Public Health, the Mental Health Association is administering a health and well-being survey to those affected by Superstorm Sandy. Sandy Survey teams will be working throughout the affected areas in Atlantic County administering a survey. The intent of this survey is to gather information to help local and state health agencies assess Atlantic County residents’ knowledge of available resources and identify any remaining gaps in Superstorm Sandy recovery. We ask that you take a moment to participate in the brief survey. All Atlantic County residents are encouraged to participate in this survey. Respondents’ answers will remain confidential. The survey should t ... Read the rest of entry »

Fire Incident at Oakcrest High School in Mays Landing

On 4/1/14 at 9:32 am Township of Hamilton Police responded along with Cologne Volunteer Fire Department, Laureldale Volunteer Fire Department, Mays Landing Volunteer Fire Department, and NJ Forest Fire Service to Oakcrest High School for a report of a fire in a bathroom. Fire crews quickly extinguished the flames, and damage was limited to a portion of the bathroom. Students had been evacuated by Oakcrest H.S. staff and were returned to class approximately 30 minutes later. There were no injuries. The cause of the fire remains under investigation

Narcotics Arrest

 

On March 12, 2014 at approximately 1415 hours, Te’Mon Molley age 18 of Pleasantville, NJ, was at the Township of Hamilton Municipal Court to appear before the Honorable Municipal Court Judge Switzer. Officers at court detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from Molley and two of his accomplices. A subsequent investigation, unrelated to Molley’s original court matter, was conducted by the officers. The investigation revealed Molley was in possession of 43 bags of heroin and over $400 in cash. The drugs and cash were seized by the police. Molley was charged with Possession of Heroin and Possession of heroin with the intent to distribute. Molley was lodged in the Atlantic County Justice Facility on $15, 000 cash bail. Molley’s two accomplices were released with no charges.

Minor River and Lake Flooding

  Due to the recent rain event, snow accumulations and extra run-off from frozen ground conditions, Hamilton Township will experience Minor River and lake flooding today and into the weekend.  The Great Egg Harbor River is still below flood level at this point but remains on the rise.  The discharge rate is beginning to slow down and the river should crest sometime tomorrow. Minor River flooding will occur on the upper portions near Weymouth.   Water levels at Lake Lenape and its Eastern tributaries remain above normal but are not at flood stage at this point.  Township of Hamilton Public Works has opened all available flood gates at the dam in preparation of yesterday's rain.  We do expect the Lake level to rise significantly overnight but at this point not to a major flood stage.  Please take all necessary precautions to secure your properties along these waterways.        Captain Mike Petuskey Executive Off ... Read the rest of entry »