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SUBJECT ID IN TOMS RIVER POLICE INVOLVED SHOOTING

Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato today announced the identity of the deceased subject involved in the Toms River Police Involved shooting.  He is identified as Christopher Apostolos, 56, of 109 Edgewood Court in Toms River.  MONOC Unit 212 responded to the scene to provide medical assistance and pronounced Mr. Apostolos deceased at 1:06 pm.

Information released to date regarding the event is as follows:

Yesterday (3/14/17) the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Major Crimes Unit, along with the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department CSI, were dispatched to the Silver Ridge Apartments located at 190 Edgewood Court in Toms River reference a reported police involved shooting.

OCPO’s investigating detectives preliminarily report that at approximately 12:30 pm, two members of the Toms River Police Department were following up on a prior report of a person believed to be in need of professional mental health intervention services.  During the course of their investigation a physical altercation took place after making contact with the 56 year old white male subject.  That altercation lead to the discharge of a service weapon(s).  The male subject was subsequently pronounced deceased.  An autopsy by the Ocean County Medical Examiner’s Office will be conducted and a full report regarding the cause and manner of death will be included in future investigative findings.

At this time the investigation and scene processing are the priority.  When all the facts and circumstances surrounding the event are definitively confirmed a full account will be issued to the press by our office.  This will not take place today.  We ask for your patience and willingness to refrain from soliciting unofficial sources in an effort to rush to judgement.

Follow the Office of the Ocean County Prosecutor online at Twitter and Facebook.  The social media links provided are for reference only.  The OCPO does not endorse any non-governmental websites, companies or applications.  For additional information visit our website at www.oceancountyprosecutor.org.

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Police Involved Shooting March 14-2017

Today (3/14/17) the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Major Crimes Unit, along with the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department CSI, were dispatched to the Silver Ridge Apartments located at 109 Edgewood Court in Toms River reference a reported police involved shooting.

OCPO’s investigating detectives preliminarily report that at approximately 12:30 pm, two members of the Toms River Police Department were following up on a prior report of a person believed to be in need of professional mental health intervention services. During the course of their investigation a physical altercation took place after making contact with the 56 year old white male subject. That altercation lead to the discharge of a service weapon(s). The male subject was subsequently pronounced deceased. An autopsy by the Ocean County Medical Examiners Office will be conducted and a full report regarding the cause and manner of death will be included in future investigative findings.

At this time the investigation and scene processing are the priority. When all the facts and circumstances surrounding the event are definitively confirmed a full account will be issued by our office.

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The 15 Minute Child Break

Child Break – Dates Now Available for April & May 2017

Dates are filling up quickly! Most of our calendar has been filled for March. We are now scheduling presentations for April (Alcohol Awareness Month) and May. Please call now or click here to schedule your Child Break.

The 2017 revised Child Break includes our free child break program, a one-hour multimedia presentation that encourages and empowers parents and other adult caregivers to effectively communicate with children about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. In addition to covering underage drinking, marijuana use, and other drugs, we also include information on the abuse of prescription drugs and the current heroin/opiate addiction crisis we are facing throughout New Jersey. The program is presented free of charge. The program is for adults only. There are limited April and May dates. Professional Development Credit 1.5
To register for the free presentation please click here, call, or email bill@drugfreenj.org.

Bill Lillis
Programs Coordinator
Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey
973.467.2100

Answers to frequently asked questions:

  • A PDFNJ Parent Educator will come to your community
  • The Child Break is a PowerPoint presentation
  • The presentation is a solid hour
  • The presentation is for adults only
  • Parents/educators/caregivers with children of all ages can benefit
  • The presentation can be opened to the entire community
  • Surveys are administered to all attendees
  • Resource materials are given to all attendees
  • Promotional Materials are provided to help host promote the presentation

Visit www.drugfreenj.org to view all of PDFNJ’s programs or call 973-467-2100

The Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey (PDFNJ) is a private 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that promotes prevention of substance abuse throughout the state through media campaigns, school-based programs and community and workplace initiatives. PDFNJ programs are made possible by support from the  Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, the New Jersey Department of Human Services, and funding from corporations and foundations. All PDFNJ programs and services are offered free of charge to NJ residents and businesses.
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LAKEWOOD PEDESTRIAN FATAL

On March 9, 2017 at approximately 7:43 pm, the Lakewood Police Department responded to the intersection of Hillside Blvd and Rt.528 for a pedestrian struck in the roadway.

The subsequent investigation by Lakewood PD, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, and Ocean County Sheriff’s Department CSI found that a 2015 Kia Sportage being driven by Michael Wood Jr., 30, of Lakehurst was traveling east on Rt.528 when he struck Perets Schinerman, 61, of Lakewood just east of the Hillside Blvd crosswalk with the front passenger side of his vehicle.  Mr. Schinerman was pronounced deceased at 8:11 pm by Dr. Zipangan of Kimball Medical Center.

A statement, blood draw and forensic cell phone review will all be part of the continuing investigation into the circumstances surrounding the accident.  The vehicle was removed from the scene and transported to OC Sheriff’s Department-CSI, pending a search warrant.

Follow the Office of the Ocean County Prosecutor online at Twitter and Facebook.  The social media links provided are for reference only.  The OCPO does not endorse any non-governmental websites, companies or applications.  For additional information visit our website at www.oceancountyprosecutor.org.

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OCPO JOINS COMMUNITY TO M.O.V.E. OC YOUTH TO AIM HIGHER

Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato announced OCPO and community partners recently completed a six week Ocean County community basketball clinic. The youth oriented clinic named M.O.V.E. (motivate, overcome, visualize, empower) was presented at Abundant Grace Church in Toms River.  OCPO Juvenile Unit and OCPO PBA 171 sponsored the event and owe a special thanks to Pastor Anthony Storino for providing the program venue.

The clinic was attended by Ocean County students between the ages 10-14.  The youth program while recreational, also integrated Life skills lessons within the Basketball drills.  A significant emphasis was placed on Education, Family and Drug Awareness throughout the program.  M.O.V.E. began on January 19.  There was one snow day, but otherwise the program ran every Thursday evening from 6 – 8 pm concluding March 2, 2017.  Several children received awards for Academic Achievement, Sportsmanship, Most Improved  and M.O.V.E. ( overall performance).   Every participant got a shirt and a medal.  The six (6) week program cost each participant $10.

Sgt. Renee Nauyoks of the OCPO Juvenile Unit put together the Clinic, however, it wouldn’t have been possible without the efforts of all the following coaches who volunteered their time to assist with the Program:  Coach Rob Taylor, Coach Anthony Carrington Jr., Coach Agnes Whitfield, Coaches Al and Eliana Nardini, Coach Elijah Taylor, Coach Nina Shirey, Coach Kyle Carrington, Coach Keith Calloway, and Coach Nicole Testa.

Prosecutor Coronato stated, “The program went far beyond teaching the basics of the game of hoops.  Coaches inspired the best out of each of the children both on and off the Court.  The motivational leadership of the dedicated coaches wove together several critical life skill themes that are so important in a youth’s character development.”

Among the concepts promoted while learning basketball’s basics were:

  • Creating a strong sense of social responsibility.
  • Emphasized a strong sense of community for kids from all parts of the county by highlighting togetherness and acceptance of others.
  • Instilled a sense of commitment/motivation to strive to do your best every day and never give up.
  • Promoted setting goals and doing the right thing.
  • Educated participants why important to stay away from drugs, gangs and negative influences.
  • Being a leader and not following blindly.

Prosecutor Coronato & Coaches Rob Taylor, Al and Eliana Nardini, Nina Shirey, Keith Calloway, and Elijah Taylor address program participants.

Follow the Office of the Ocean County Prosecutor online at Twitter and Facebook.  The social media links provided are for reference only.  The OCPO does not endorse any non-governmental websites, companies or applications. For additional information visit our website at www.oceancountyprosecutor.org.

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OCPO Joins NJSP in another narco arrest.

Manchester Township, N.J. – The New Jersey State Police, with assistance from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office and Manchester Police Department have arrested Artemio Gayton, 43, of Manchester Township, N.J. after detectives seized more than $1 Million worth of heroin from his residence.

During a week-long investigation, State Police detectives from the Trafficking South Unit discovered that Gayton was distributing heroin in Manchester Township. On Wednesday, March 1, detectives, along with members of the New Jersey State Police Crime Suppression Central Unit, located and arrested Gayton during a car stop. Further investigation led detectives to Gayton’s residence where they seized 10 kilograms of heroin.

Artemio Gayton was charged with possession of heroin and possession of heroin with intent to distribute. He was released pending a court appearance.

This case is being prosecuted by the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice.

Charges are mere accusations and the suspect is considered innocent until proven guilty.

Original release taken from NJ State Police Facebook Page

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