Motor Vehicle Crash Bearshead Rd

On 12/05/2013 at 1502 hours members of the Township of Hamilton Police Department responded to CR 552 and Harley Avenue for a report of a single car motor vehicle crash. The driver, identified as Maria Spear of Mays Landing, was traveling east on CR 552 and fell asleep, causing her vehicle to leave the roadway, strike several trees and a utility pole. The vehicle then caught fire and Maria was trapped inside. Several good samaritans as well as a member of the Township of Hamilton Rescue Squad stopped and assisted with extracting Spear from the vehicle and controlling the fire. Spear was transported to ARMC City Division with multiple injuries. Traffic was delayed for approximately one hour due to the crash.
Assisting at the scene were the Township of Hamilton Rescue Squad and Mizpah Fire Department.
Crash being investigated by Officer C. McCarthy.

Bomb Threat

 On 12/2/13 @ approximately 3 pm, the Township of Hamilton Police responded to Atlantic Cape Community College for a report fo a bomb threat. The college's three campuses were evacuated. Bomb dogs from the Township of Hamilton Police, Stockton Police, Camden County Sheriffs, Gloucester County Sheriff, New Jersey State Police and Atlantic City Police cleared the facilities and they have been deemed safe.

The initial investigation took approximately 3.5 hours. The investigation is being handled by Township of Hamilton Police Detective Michael Robison. 


No injuries have been reported.

Motor Vehicle Crash

On 11/24/13 at approximately 4:21 PM, the Twp. Of Hamilton Police Department responded to a two vehicle motor vehicle crash at the intersection of Leipzig Ave and Drosera St. involving an overturned vehicle. The occupant of the overturned vehicle, Lemlem Mebrahtu, 45 years old of Galloway Twp., and the occupants of the second vehicle, Julie Pilosoff 24 of Fair Lawn and Kady Farinola 22 of Union were taken to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center for treatment of nonlife-threatening injuries.

Investigation revealed that Ms. Mebrahtu was driving a Honda Pilot and disregarded the stop sign on Drosera Street. She traveled onto Leipzig Avenue when a Nissan Maxima, driven by Ms. Pilosoff, crashed into the side of the Pilot causing it to overturn.

Traffic was delayed for approximately 45 minutes. Assisting at the scene were Twp. Of Hamilton Rescue Squad, Cologne Fire Department, Laurdeldale Fire Department, and AtlantiCare Paramedics. The case is pending further investigation

Structure Fire


On Saturday December 28th 2013 at approximately 0748 hours, the Mays Landing Fire Department and Township of Hamilton Police Department responded to 6312 Liberty Avenue for a reported structure fire.
Upon arrival, heavy fire and smoke was visible in the front of the dwelling. The homeowner, along with two canines, were able to safely exit and did not suffer any injuries. The fire was contained within forty minutes.
The cause of the fire is currently under investigation by Detective Robison of the Township of Hamilton Police Department.  Also assisting on scene were the Laureldale Fire Department, Mizpah Fire Department, Township of Hamilton Rescue and the American Red Cross.

Structure Fire, Inland Estates , Lot 49a

On Saturday, November 09, 2013, at 02:48 hours, Hamilton Township Police, along with Cologne, Laureldale, and Mays Landing fire companies were dispatched to 4288 Black Horse Pike (Inland Estates Mobile Park) Lot 49A, for a structure fire.

When police and fire arrived, the mobile home was fully engulfed in flames. The two residents of the home, Hiram V. Perez, age 55 and his son, John Perez, 22, were evacuated by neighbors. 

The fire was brought under control in approximately 30 minutes. Hamilton Rescue Squad and Cardiff Fire Company, Egg Harbor Twp., were also on scene. 

The cause of the fire is being investigated by Det. Robison and Ofc. Smyth, of  the Township of Hamilton Police Department.

Mr. Perez and his son are staying with family in the area.   There were no injuries reported.

Fatal Motorcycle Crash

 On 9/25/13 @ 803 pm the Township of Hamilton Police responded to Weymouth Road near milepost 17 for a report of a motorcycle crash. Investigation revealed that Lawrence E. Leonard, age 54 of Fishing Creek NJ, was traveling East on Weymouth Road. A deer ran out in front of his Honda Goldwing motorcycle causing the first crash. Mr. Leonard struck the deer and layed his bike down. Mr. Leornard, the motorcycle and the deer traveled approximately 120 feet where they came to rest in the lane of travel. 

Moments later Lawrence Keresty Jr., age 72 of Mays Landing NJ, was also traveling East on Weymouth Road in a Mercury Grand Marquis. Mr. Keresty did not see the motorcyclist and crashed into him. 

The Township of Hamilton rescue and Atlanti Care Paramedics peformed CPR on Mr. Leonard and transported him to Atlantic City Mainland Division, where he died of his injuries sustained in the crash.

No tickets at this time, pending further investigation.

Motor Vehicle Crash

  Township of Hamilton Police Department Press Release     For more information contact Capt. Mike Petuskey at (609) 625-2700 ext. 579   Type of Incident:      MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH Date of Incident:       9/22/13          Officers Involved:     Ofc. K. Zippilli and Ofc Smyth Prepared By:                         Ofc. K. Zippilli   On 9/22/13 at 0723 hours, The Township of Hamilton Police Department responded to Cr 559 and North St. for a one car motor vehicle crash.   Upon arrival it was determined that a 2009 Dodge mini-van, driven by Kenneth Stys, 72, of Flagtown NJ, was traveling South on Cr 559 and went off the roadway for unknown reasons and struck a tree.   Mr. Stys was the lone occupant of the vehicle.   Mr.Stys was e ... Read the rest of entry »

Bomb Threat on School Bus

On September 19, 2013, at approximately 12:45 PM, the Township of Hamilton Police Department responded to the area of Oakwood Blvd. for a report of a bomb threat on a school bus that was transporting students from William Davies School.  The bus had been evacuated while police investigated the threat.    During the course of the investigation, several agencies assisted with inspecting the bus and the school for explosive devices.  The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, The Atlantic City Police Department Bomb Squad, the Atlantic City Police K-9 unit, the New Jersey State Police K-9 unit, Richard Stockton College Police K-9 unit, Cape May County Sheriff’s Department K-9 unit, the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department K-9 unit, the Salem County Sheriff’s Department K-9 unit, and the Township of Hamilton Police K-9 unit, all aided and supported with searching for potential explosive devices.   As a result of the search, no explosive material was located either on the bus or in th ... Read the rest of entry »

Structure Fire, 36 Chancellor Park Drive

On Sunday, August 11, 2013, at 04:34 hrs. Hamilton Twp. Police Department responded to 36 Chancellor Park Drive for a reported structure fire. Upon arrival heavy fire and smoke were seen through the roof of residence. The homeowner, Jeffery Perkin, his wife and four children had already evacuated the house. Mays Landing Fire Company was first on scene and established fire command. Additional Fire companies from Cologne and Laureldale were immediately dispatched, along with Cardiff Fire Company’s “RIT team” (Rapid intervention Team). The fire was under control within 30 minutes. Two minor injuries were reported at the scene and treated by Hamilton Twp Rescue Squad. South Jersey Natural Gas and Atlantic City Electric Company responded to the scene to disconnect utility services. Preliminary investigation revealed the fire started by an outside grill. The residence sustained extensive fire and water damage. Both residences on either side of the fire sustained moderate exterior damage The homeowners’ are staying ... Read the rest of entry »

Motor Vehicle Crash

On August 3, 2013 at approximately 2:54 PM, the Township of Hamilton Police Department responded to Bears Head Road (CR 552) in the area of Pittsburgh Avenue for the report of a single vehicle motor vehicle crash. Investigation revealed a 1994 Honda Accord driven by Jaknivia Butler, 24 of Mays Landing was traveling westbound on Bears Head Road and for an unknown reason failed to properly negotiate the curve. The vehicle left the roadway and crashed into a tree.    Butler was transported by ambulance to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Mainland Campus for evaluation of injuries sustained in the crash. Two other occupants of the vehicle, Tamara Oliva Lynn Brooks, 22 of Millville and a 2 year old were airlifted to Cooper Hospital University Medical Center in Camden for evaluation of injuries sustained in the crash.  A fourth occupant, Tammie Morris, 42 also of Millville was airlifted to AlantiCare Regional Medical Center City Campus for evaluation of injuries.   A ... Read the rest of entry »