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Statement From Mayor Regarding Uncollected Trash

June 29, 2022

Statement from Willingboro Mayor Kaya T. McIntosh Regarding the Uncollected Trash

 

I am aware of the ongoing challenges with our trash contractor, Republic Services, and I want to sincerely apologize to our residents for any inconvenience, anxiety, distress, and turmoil caused by this situation. Unfortunately, a staffing issue at Republic Services has dramatically impacted Willingboro and our neighboring communities.

Yesterday, Republic initiated its special response team, which deployed four trucks to address trash that went uncollected since last Thursday. Republic has committed to working diligently to catch up with uncollected trash by this Saturday. While they onboard new team members, we may still experience delays; Republic has ensured us the delay will be no longer than one day. Please trust we have been working nonstop with Republic to find a quick and effective solution to this situation.

 

While Republic Services works to collect the trash around the Township, we ask that residents leave their uncollected trash at their curbs. The Department of Public Works has opened the yard at 25 Industrial Drive, Willingboro, NJ 08010, for residents interested in dropping off residential waste only on Wednesday 7:30 AM – 4 PM and Thursday – Saturday 7:30 AM – 2:30 PM.  

 

Residents can remain updated as the situation evolves by monitoring the Willingboro Township Facebook page and the Township website or by calling 609-589-7848.

 

Again, I apologize for the inconvenience but ask for your continued patience as this situation is remedied.

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Missing Person - Possibly Endangered

June 9, 2022

*****  UPDATE:  LOCATED SAFE  *****

George Lee Brookins Jr, was last seen on 6/4/22 and reported missing to Police by his family on 6/9/22. Mr. Brookins is a black male, 39 years old, 5ft-5in, approximately 140lbs. He was last seen wearing a yellow bandana, white t-shirt, gray sweatpants, and black sneakers.

Mr. Brookins is known to frequent the Camden area. If anyone has information on his whereabouts or well-being, please call the Willingboro Police at 609-877-3001 or dial 9-1-1.

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Police Warn of Man Impersonating an Officer

June 4, 2022

The Willingboro Police Department is investigating an incident of a subject impersonating a police officer.

On June 3 at approximately 2:15 PM a thin built, light skin black male wearing a yellow bandanna, white V-neck style T-shirt, blue basketball shorts and unknown tattoos on his chest and arms coerced two juveniles to fight. He also told a passerby who tried to intervene that he was a police officer and displayed a gold wallet style badge.

 

Anyone with further information is encouraged to contact the Willingboro Police Department at 609-877-3001 or our anonymous tip line at 609-871-6958.

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Youth Police Academy 2022

May 23, 2022

The Willingboro Police Department Youth Police Academy is a FREE, three week, police academy style training program that is designed to expose high school students to the many different aspects of the law enforcement profession.  While at the Academy, students, or cadets as we call them, will participate in a variety of activities that actual Police Recruits participate in as part of their training.

Some of the activities and topics include:

  • Overview of Criminal & Motor Vehicle Law

  • Overview of Criminal Investigations

  • Basic Patrol Scenarios

  • Firearms Training and Live Fire Training with Instructors

  • K-9 & SWAT Demonstrations

  • Presentations by other local, county, state, federal agencies.

  • Physical Training

  • Military Drill

  • Teamwork & Leadership

  • Field Trips to Various Agencies

  • AND MUCH MORE!!!

For more information or an application click HERE to be directed to the Youth Police Academy page.

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Shooting Arrest / Investigation

March 31, 2022

On 3/30/2022 at approximately 3:14 pm Willingboro Police Officers were dispatched to Pheasant Lane and Princeton Lane for a report of a shooting that just occurred. Officers arrived on scene quickly and were given a description of the alleged shooter. Darelle Riddick, a 42 year old resident of Westampton, was located walking in the area and was seen holding a firearm in his right hand. Riddick was given multiple verbal commands to drop the weapon, which he did, and was taken into custody without incident.

 

A 34 year old resident of Willingboro, was located on Pheasant Lane with a gunshot wound and was transported was to Cooper Hospital in Camden and is listed in stable condition.

 

Darrelle Riddick was subsequently charged with Attempted Murder, Unlawful Possession of a weapon, Possession of a weapon for Unlawful Purpose, Certain Persons not to Possess a weapon, and Aggravated Assault. He was later lodged in the Burlington County Jail.

 

Anyone with further information please contact Detective James Benedict at 609-877-2200 extension1067 or Benedict@willingboropolice.com.

 

All persons are considered innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Statewide Distracted Driving Enforcement and Awareness Campaign

March 30, 2022

UDrive. UText. UPay.

 

To be carried out locally from April 1 – 30, 2022

Law enforcement officers from the Willingboro Township Police Department will be cracking down on distracted drivers during April as part of New Jersey’s UDrive. UText. UPay. enforcement campaign. Beginning April 1 and running through the end of the month, the high visibility law enforcement initiative will target motorists who engage in dangerous distracted driving behaviors such as talking on hand-held cell phones and sending text messages while driving.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that in 2019 alone, 3,142 people were killed in distracted driving crashes on our nation’s roads and an estimated 400,000 people were injured. Driver inattention has remained the most frequently cited cause of fatal and incapacitating crashes in NJ, over seven times higher than the total crashes cited for unsafe speed over the five-year period 2015-2019. Driver inattention was a contributing circumstance in nearly 49 percent of NJ crashes in 2019.

Distracted driving is any activity that diverts attention from driving, including talking or texting on your phone, eating and drinking, talking to people in your vehicle, fiddling with the stereo, entertainment or navigation system — anything that takes your attention away from the task of safe driving. Texting is the most alarming distraction.

Sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for five seconds. At 55 mph, that's like driving the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed.

New Jersey is one of eight states nationally to receive dedicated federal funds this year to tackle the issue of driver distraction. This federal funding will be used for police overtime enforcement grants at the local level as well as a statewide multimedia public awareness campaign on this important issue.

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Scam Alert

March 7, 2022

Officer Landrum of the Willingboro Police Department gives some quick advice on a few of the scams we are seeing in the area.  

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE VIDEO

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Missing Person - LOCATED

March 1, 2022

UPDATE 03/03/2022:  Mr. Crosby was located and is safe.  Thank you to everyone who assisted.

The Willingboro Police Department is investigating a mission person, Jimmie Crosby. Jimmie is described as a black male, 72 years old, 5ft 10in, and approximately 180lbs. Jimmie is believed to be operating a silver 2011 Chevrolet Malibu with NJ registration H71MAX and may be in the early stages of Alzheimer’s. Jimmie was last seen on 02/28/22 at 3pm on Charleston Road. Anyone with information please contact the Willingboro Police at 609-877-3001 and/or dial 9-1-1.

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Two Pemberton Men Indicted in 2021 Fatal Shooting of Willingboro Teen

March 1, 2022

Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina announced that two Pemberton Township men have been indicted in connection with the fatal shooting of an 18-year-old Willingboro Township resident outside of his home last year.

 

A grand jury charged Sylas Young, 20, with Murder (First Degree), Conspiracy to Commit Murder (First Degree), Gang Criminality (First Degree), Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose (Second Degree) and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon (Second Degree). Kavon Carter, 24, was charged with Conspiracy to Commit Murder, Gang Criminality and Promoting Organized Street Crime, all first-degree offenses.

 

The indictment was returned today and signed by Prosecutor Coffina. An arraignment will be held soon in Superior Court and the case will then be scheduled for trial. The defendants, who are being held in the Burlington County Jail in Mount Holly, will be prosecuted by Assistant Prosecutor Jamie Hutchinson.

 

The investigation began after officers from the Willingboro Township Police Department were called to the first block of Barrington Lane just before 11:30 p.m. on April 22 for a report of shots fired.

 

Upon arrival, they discovered the body of Yahsinn Robinson, who was a senior at Willingboro High School. He had been struck by gunfire multiple times and was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

The investigation revealed that Carter and Young, and their associates from Pemberton Township, had been involved in a long-running dispute with certain residents of the Buckingham Park section of Willingboro. The investigation determined that this shooting stemmed from an escalation of that friction. Robinson, who was returning home from his part-time job when killed, was not involved in the conflict.

 

The investigation was conducted by the Willingboro Township Police Department and the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office. The lead investigators were WTPD Sgt. Brandon Smith and BCPO Detective Sean Tait.

 

All persons are considered innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Public Notice

February 24, 2022

The Willingboro Police Department is scheduled for an assessment as part of its program to achieve accreditation by verifying that it meets recognized professional best practices.

 

Administered by the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, the accreditation program requires agencies to comply with best practice standards in five basic areas: the administrative function, the personnel function, the operations function, the investigative function, and the arrestee/detainee function.

 

Agency employees and the public are invited to offer comments by calling 609-589-7929 on March 7, 2022 between the hours of 10:00 am – 11:00 am. Comments will be taken by the Assessment Team. Email comments can be sent to the police department at info@willingboropolice.com.

 

Telephone comments are limited to 5 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with the NJSACOP standards. Please contact Captain Adam Donofrio at 609-877-2200 x1066 for more information.

 

Anyone wishing to submit written comments about the Willingboro Police Department’s ability to comply with the standards for accreditation may send them by email to Harry J Delgado, Ed.S Accreditation Program Director, hdelgado@njsacop.org, or write to the New Jersey State Association of Chief’s of Police, Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission at 751 Route 73 North, Suite 12, Marlton, N.J. 08053.

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Two Charged in Connection to Willingboro Fatal Shooting

February 19, 2022

Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina and Willingboro Township Police Department Acting Public Safety Director Captain Ian Bucs announced that a 21-year-old Beverly City man has been charged with the fatal shooting of a teenager earlier this month in the parking lot of a Willingboro shopping center.

Knowah Crowderparham, of the 600 block of Elizabeth Street, was charged with Murder (First Degree), Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose (Second Degree), Unlawful Possession of a Weapon (Second Degree), Possession of a Firearm (Second Degree), two counts of Certain Persons Not to Have Weapons (Second Degree), Endangering an Injured Victim (Third Degree) and Conspiracy (Third Degree).

 

Crowderparham was taken into custody Wednesday on the third-degree charges and lodged in the Burlington County Jail in Mount Holly. The homicide and weapons charges were filed today. A detention hearing will be scheduled soon in Superior Court, and the case will be prepared for presentation to a grand jury for possible indictment.

 

The investigation began February 11 when officers from the Willingboro Township Police Department were called to the Kennedy Plaza in the 400 block of John F. Kennedy Way just after 7:30 p.m. for a report of a shooting. Upon arrival, they found the body of Adam Janson, 19, in the parking lot in front of a pizza shop.

 

The investigation revealed that Janson, who was known to reside in the Burlington City/Burlington Township area, got into a vehicle with Crowderparham and Alexa Hess, 19, of Burlington City. An argument ensued and Crowderparham shot Janson as he attempted to exit the vehicle.

 

The investigation further revealed that after the shooting, Crowderparham and Hess, who was the driver, went to a nearby residence and cleaned the vehicle.

 

Hess was charged with Endangering an Injured Victim (Third Degree), Conspiracy (Third Degree), Hindering (Third Degree), Obstructing the Administration of Law (Fourth Degree) and Tampering with Physical Evidence (Fourth Degree).

 

She was taken into custody on February 13 and lodged Atlantic County Justice Facility in Mays Landing pending a detention hearing in Superior Court. The charges against Hess will also be presented to a grand jury for possible indictment.

 

The investigation is being conducted by the Prosecutor’s Office and the Willingboro Township Police Department. The lead investigators are BCPO Detectives Jenn Marchese and Kevin Merrigan, and WTPD Detective Monica Pogorzelski.

 

The defendants will be prosecuted by BCPO Assistant Prosecutor Jamie Hutchinson.

 

All persons are considered innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Man Fatally Shot in Willingboro Shopping Center Parking Lot

February 12, 2022

Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina and Willingboro Township Police Department Acting Public Safety Director Captain Ian Bucs announced that a 19-year-old man was fatally shot last night in the parking lot of a Willingboro shopping center.

 

The investigation began after officers from the Willingboro Township Police Department were called to the Kennedy Plaza in the 400 block of John F. Kennedy Way just after 7:30 p.m. for a report of a shooting.

Upon arrival they found the body of Adam Janson in the parking lot in front of a pizza shop. Janson was known to reside in the Burlington City/Burlington Township area. An autopsy will be performed by Burlington County Medical Examiner Dr. Ian Hood.

No arrests have been made.

Anyone with information that could help solve this crime is asked to call Burlington County Central Communications at 609-265-7113, or the Willingboro Township Police Department’s tip line at 609-877-6958. Information can also be emailed to tips@co.burlington.nj.us.

The investigation is being conducted by the Prosecutor’s Office and the Willingboro Township Police Department. The lead investigators are BCPO Detective Jenn Marchese and WTPD Detective Monica Pogorzelski.

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Willingboro Officers Sponsor Exam Prep Scholarships

February 5, 2022

Willingboro Police Officers made personal donations towards two $600 scholarships for prep courses for the 2022 Entry Level Law Enforcement Exam.  This is a competitive exam which evaluates a candidate's readiness for entry into law enforcement.  The Willingboro Police Department is committed to attracting a talented and diverse workforce which is representative of the community we serve.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be a Willingboro resident

  • Meet the age, education and citizenship requirements set by the NJ Civil Service Commission

  • Show proof of application to the NJ Civil Service Commission Law Enforcement Entry Exam for Willingboro Township

To apply:

Submit a written or video essay about why you would like to pursue a career with the Willingboro Police Department.

Deadline for submissions is Monday, February 21, 2022.

Send submissions to Detective Sergeant Whitham at:

whitham@willingboropolice.com

OR

D/Sgt. Whitham

Willingboro Police Department

1 Rev. Dr. M.L. King Jr. Drive

Willingboro, NJ 08046

Questions about this program can be directed to:

 

D/Sgt. Whitham at whitham@willingboropolice.com

OR

Ofc. Landrum at slandrum@willingboropolice.com

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Shooting Investigation

February 4, 2022

On February 3rd, 2022 at 2:16PM Willingboro Police were dispatched to the area of Barrington Lane for numerous calls for shots fired.  While en route to the call police were given a description of the suspect by a caller. Upon arrival, Willingboro Police Officers observed a subject matching the description on Barker Lane. The subject, who was later identified as Dashawn Woodard-Mobley, an 18 year old resident of Riverside.  Mr. Woodard-Mobley was given several commands to stop, but ignored the commands and fled from officers on foot. Officers gave chase and quickly apprehended Mr. Woodard-Mobley in a backyard on Barker Lane.  A loaded firearm was recovered.

Mr. Woodard-Mobley was charged with Possession of a Weapon for Unlawful Purpose, Possession of Handgun, Resisting Arrest, Obstruction, Possession of a Large Capacity Magazine, and Possession of Hollow Point Bullets. After processing Mr. Woodard-Mobley was lodged in the Burlington County Jail.

 

Willingboro Police also located the scene of the shooting in the area of 72 Barrington Lane. There have been no reports of any injuries or property damage from this incident. Anyone with information in regards to this shooting is asked to contact Det. J. Benedict at 609-877-2200 ext. 1067 or the citizens’ tip line at 609-877-6958.

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Retired Willingboro Police Chief Passes

February 3, 2022

It is with deep sorrow that we announce Retired Willingboro Chief of Police Richard A. Van Sciver passed away on Saturday, January 29, 2022 at the Samaritan Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mount Holly. He was 87 years old.

Chief Van Sciver, Badge #4, was hired June 1, 1959 by the Willingboro Twp Police Department and advanced through the ranks and promoted to Chief of Police on May 1, 1987. Chief Van Sciver retired on October 1, 1990 after serving our community for over 31 years.

Funeral Services will be held on Monday, February 7th at 2pm at the Perinchief Chapels, 438 High St. Mount Holly. Relatives and friends may visit with the family on Monday from 1-2pm at the Funeral Home. Burial with military honors will follow in Lakeview Memorial Park in Cinnaminson.

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Seeking The Public's Assistance with I-76 Investigation

February 2, 2022

***Anyone with any information please help. The victim was the brother of a retired Willingboro Police Sergeant.

The New Jersey State Police is seeking the public’s assistance with a shooting death investigation on Interstate 76 in Mount Ephraim Borough, Camden County.

On January 24, at approximately 10:32 p.m., troopers from Troop “A” Bellmawr Station responded to a single vehicle crash on Interstate 76 eastbound at milepost .4. When troopers arrived, they discovered the driver of a black 2004 Mercedes Benz 500, identified as Louis E. Ciccanti Jr. had been shot and killed.

 

Preliminary investigation revealed that the victim and an unidentified black sedan vehicle were both traveling eastbound on Interstate 76 in the area of Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia, P.A. when they became involved in a “road rage” incident. Surveillance video from the Walt Whitman Bridge captured both vehicles continuing over the bridge into New Jersey onto Interstate 76 eastbound.

 

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident, the events leading up to it, or any other information that might aid this investigation, is asked to contact the Camden County Prosecutor's Office Tip Line at 856-783-4900 or email at CCPOTIPS@CCPROSECUTOR.org.

 

Anonymous tips are welcome.

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Public Service Announcement:  Immigration Trust Directive

February 2, 2022

Officer Landrum and Lt. Perez speak about Willingboro's application of New Jersey's Immigration Trust Directive.

 

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO

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Retirement Announcement

February 1, 2022

On January 31, 2022 Lieutenant Bradley Hill retired from the Willingboro Township Police Department after serving the community for 25 years.

Brad grew-up in Willingboro. He attended the Willingboro school system; ultimately graduating from Willingboro High School in 1988. He went onto attend and graduate from Rider University in 1993.

Brad was hired by the Willingboro Police Department in January 1997, and graduated from the Camden County Police Academy in May of that same year. His career began in the Patrol Division serving as Bicycle Officer and a Field Training Officer. In 2005 he was selected for the position of Detective in the Criminal Investigations Division. While working in the Criminal Division he was chosen to be a Hostage Negotiator and Fingerprint Analyst, and in 2012 he was selected to be the Evidence Manager and Crime Analyst.

Brad returned to the Patrol Division in April of 2016 when he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and was assigned to supervise a Day Work Shift. While serving as a Patrol Sergeant he was asked to lead the Citizen Police Academy and serve as the supervisor of the Field Training Officers.

In July of 2019 Brad was promoted to Lieutenant. He served as the Patrol Commander of the Midnight Shift and finally as the Commander of the Police Records Division. Brad was also extremely active in the Willingboro FOP where he served on the executive board for over 10 years and participated in numerous fund raisers and charitable events.

Thank you for your service to the Township and the residents of our community.

Congratulations on your retirement and now you will have the time to work on your golf game.

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Shooting Investigation

January 28, 2022

On 1/27/2022 at 8:41PM, police were dispatched to the area of Henderson Lane for a report of shots fired. Upon arriving on location, patrol officers located Richard Rowe, a 21 year old Willingboro resident, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Officers immediately rendered medical aid along with Willingboro EMS and Virtua Medics. The victim was airlifted to Cooper Trauma center where he is in critical but stable condition. It was later learned two unknown subjects, armed with weapons, kicked in the front door of Mr. Rowe’s home on Hewlett Lane and demanded money. Mr. Rowe tried to flee the area when he was shot multiple times.

The incident is being investigated by Willingboro Police Detectives and Detectives from the Burlington County Prosecutors’ Office. If anyone has any information, please contact Detective Benedict at (609) 877-2200 x1067 or Detective Marchese at (609) 820-4596 or the Citizen’s Tip Line at (609) 877-6958.

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Willingboro Woman Receives Prison for Sexual Assault of Child

January 27, 2022

Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina announced that a 26-year-old Willingboro Township woman has been sentenced to an aggregate of 15 years in New Jersey state prison for sexually assaulting a child in her home early last year.

Under an agreement with the Prosecutor’s Office, Rachel Karngbaye pled guilty in September 2021 to Sexual Assault (Second Degree) and Endangering the Welfare of a Child (Third Degree). She was sentenced today in Superior Court by the Hon. Philip E. Haines, J.S.C., to a 10-year term for the second-degree charge, for which she must serve 85% before becoming eligible for parole. She received five years for the third-degree charge. The sentences will run consecutively.

Karngbaye will also be subject to the provisions of Megan’s Law and parole supervision for life upon release. She will serve her sentence in a prison instead of the state’s facility that treats sex offenders because an evaluation determined that she is not willing to undergo treatment.

The investigation began in January 2021 after the victim’s mother contacted Willingboro police to report the assault. Additional details are being withheld to protect the identity and well-being of the victim.

Karngbaye was prosecuted by Assistant Prosecutor LaChia Bradshaw.

The investigation was conducted by the Prosecutor’s Office and the Willingboro Township Police Department. The lead investigators were BCPO Detective Daniel Schules and WTPD Detective James Benedict.

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Academy Graduation

January 20, 2022

Congratulations to Officer Zaida Claudio on her graduation from the Cape May County Police Academy's 51st recruit class. Officer Claudio has entered our field training program and will soon be helping us serve and protect the Willingboro Community.

Pictured L-R:  Capt. Donofrio, Ofc. Claudio, Capt. Bucs

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We Are Hiring!

January 11, 2022

Are you interested in becoming a Willingboro Police Officer or interested in learning more about the process?

Join us on February 5,  2022 at 10:00 AM for a FREE mentoring session to learn about the Willingboro Police Department and our hiring process.

Topics Covered: Application Process, Interview Preparation, Resume Writing Tips, Physical Fitness Standards, Civil Service Commission Guides, Law Enforcement Examination.

Starting Salary:  $58,000 upon completion of training

The Willingboro Police Department is committed to attracting a talented and diverse workforce to provide exceptional service to the community of Willingboro.

For more information, contact:  Officer Landrum,  609-877-2200 x1070 or slandrum@willingboropolice.com.

The Willingboro Police Department is an equal opportunity employer.

February 5, 2022

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Willingboro Municipal Complex

Courtroom

1 Rev. Dr. M. L. King Jr. Drive

Willingboro, NJ 08046

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Retirement Announcement

January 5, 2022

On December 31, 2021 Captain James McKendrick Jr. retired from the Willingboro Township Police Department after serving our community with Honor, Integrity and Commitment for 25 years.

Captain McKendrick began his Law Enforcement career in 1994 as Class II Special Officer with the City of Wildwood, NJ Police Department. He was hired as a Full-Time Police Officer by the Township of Willingboro in January 1997, graduated from the Camden County Police Academy in May of that same year, and was assigned to the Patrol Division. In July of 2004 he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and remained in the Patrol Division supervising the both day and midnight shifts. In June of 2013 he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and served as the Patrol Division Day Watch Commander until January of 2015 when he was reassigned to the Criminal Investigations Division. In March of 2016 he was promoted to Captain and assigned as the Patrol Division Commander until December of 2017 when was reassigned as the Criminal Investigations and Administration Division Commander.

During his career Captain McKendrick has served the department in many capacities. In 2000 he was selected as a member of the Special Weapons & Tactics Team (S.W.A.T.) where he filled roles as an Operator, Assistant Team Leader, Team Leader and Team Commander until his promotion to Captain in 2016. He has been a certified Field Training Officer (F.T.O) and F.T.O Supervisor. He is a Basic Firearms, Police Service Rifle, Sub-Gun, Taser CEW Instructor and has served as the departmental Supervising Firearms Instructor. Additionally he has been a member of the Bicycle Patrol Unit, Accident Investigation Unit and Honor Guard Unit.

One of the highlights of Captain McKendrick’s career was being selected to attend the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia and he is a proud graduate of the 249th Session (2012).

Captain McKendrick has played a vital role in our agencies growth over his 25 year career and his knowledge and experience will be missed. Upon retirement he will now have more time to travel with his wife and two daughters.

Congrats J-Mac, we wish you all the best!!

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Six Members of Pemberton Street Gang Charged with Racketeering

December 23, 2021

Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina and Pemberton Township Police Chief David King announced that six members of a Sunbury Village-based street gang have been charged with operating a criminal enterprise that is accused of carrying out multiple shootings – including two homicides – along with committing burglary, intimidating witnesses, possessing numerous firearms and fraudulently obtaining more than $125,000 in pandemic relief funds from the federal government.

Eight others have been charged for their role in helping the organization, known as the Gotti Boy Movement (GBM), perpetrate the COVID-related financial scam.

Those accused of running GBM were charged with Racketeering, a first-degree crime that alleges they conspired to commit violent crimes to further their criminal enterprise. They are:


• Tayron Brown, 25, of Heather Street in Pemberton Township
• Kavon Carter, 24, of Rancocas Road in Mount Holly
• Brandon Clifton, 23, of White Pine Court in Pemberton Township
• Javon Forman, 21, of Delap Court in Pemberton Township
• Kyree Weathers, 24, of Lawrence Drive in Pemberton Township
• Sylas Young, 19, of Cornell Avenue in Pemberton Township

The criminal actions identified in support of the racketeering charge began in September 2014, when shots were fired at a Pemberton Township police officer who was sitting in a cruiser in Sunbury Village. Brown and Carter are alleged to have participated in the shooting.

Clifton is waiting to be tried on murder charges for the March 2017 fatal shooting of Shaquille Williams in Sunbury Village. Clifton’s co-defendant in that case, Douglas Lewis, was found guilty in September 2021 and sentenced to 58 years in New Jersey state prison.

Weathers is awaiting trial on a 2020 firearms charge. Forman was found guilty that same year of burglary and a weapons violation, and was charged in February 2021 with possession of an assault weapon with a 40-round magazine containing armor-piercing rounds.

More recently, violent acts allegedly committed by GBM members have occurred in other communities, not just Pemberton Township.
Carter and Young have been charged in connection with the slaying of 18-year-old Yahsinn Robinson in April in Willingboro. Young was charged with Murder (First Degree), and both he and Carter were charged with Conspiracy to Commit Murder (First Degree) and Gang Criminality (First Degree).

The investigation into Robinson’s death revealed that GBM had a long-running dispute with certain residents of the Buckingham Park section of Willingboro, where Robinson lived. Robinson, a Willingboro High School student who was returning home from his part-time job when killed, was not involved in the conflict.

A week later, in the same section of Willingboro, a woman was hit in the leg and a toddler was grazed across his backside by shots fired into their home. Young has been charged with both shootings.

Carter and Young have also been indicted on firearms charges from a separate incident earlier this year, and Forman was charged in October 2021 with witness tampering for making multiple threatening phone calls from the Burlington County Jail.

"The substantial charges we have brought against these members of the Gotti Boy Movement and their associates should make clear that we will not allow anyone to engage in indiscriminate gun violence and run roughshod over innocent people in Pemberton Township or any other part of Burlington County,” Prosecutor Coffina said. “Yahsinn Robinson’s family should be celebrating Christmas with him right now instead of mourning him, and babies should never be exposed to gunfire coming into their homes. We are committed to doing everything we can to keep families safe throughout the County, and bring to justice those who put our neighborhoods at risk.”

Carter, Clifton and Weathers have also been charged with Promoting Organized Street Crime, as has Brianna Scott, 28, of White Pine Court in Pemberton Township. Scott and other defendants are alleged to be responsible for filing multiple fraudulent Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan applications.

The PPP is part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) Act of 2020, which is designed to provide economic assistance to small businesses that suffered a financial hardship due to the pandemic.

The investigation revealed that the scam yielded $124,996 in funds from PPP applications that were filed in the name of GBM members and their affiliates. Carter submitted an application claiming he was a barber with an annual income of more than $105,000 in 2019, even though Carter was incarcerated throughout 2019. He received a check for nearly $21,000, as did five of his associates.

Scott was additionally charged with Conspiracy to Commit Computer Criminal Activity (Second Degree). Others charged in connection with the PPP scam include:

Wanya Anderson, 25, of Jarvis Street in Pemberton Township, who was charged with Computer Crimes with the Purpose to Defraud (Second Degree), Forgery (Third Degree), Theft by Unlawful Taking (Third Degree) and False Swearing Under Oath (Fourth Degree).
Chad Boone, 30, of Grant Street in Camden, who was charged with Computer Crimes with the Purpose to Defraud (Second Degree), Forgery (Third Degree), Theft by Unlawful Taking (Third Degree) and False Swearing Under Oath (Fourth Degree).

Adam Clark, 28 of Atsion Road in Shamong, who was charged with Conspiracy, Computer Crimes with the Purpose to Defraud (Second Degree), Forgery (Third Degree), Theft by Unlawful Taking (Third Degree) and False Swearing Under Oath (Fourth Degree).

Jaquan Crawley-Pitts, 25, of Garden Street in Mount Holly, who was charged with Conspiracy to Commit Computer Crime (Second Degree), Computer Crimes with the Purpose to Defraud (Second Degree), Forgery (Third Degree), Theft by Unlawful Taking (Third Degree) and False Swearing (Fourth Degree).

Altauron Jean, 27, of Press Avenue in Pemberton Township, who was charged with Computer Crimes with the Purpose to Defraud (Second Degree), Forgery (Third Degree), Theft by Unlawful Taking (Third Degree) and False Swearing (Fourth Degree).

Shalaiyha Jean, 20, of East Lakeshore Drive in Pemberton Township, who was charged with Conspiracy to Commit Computer Crime (Second Degree), Computer Crimes with the Purpose to Defraud (Second Degree), Forgery (Third Degree), Theft by Unlawful Taking (Third Degree) and False Swearing (Fourth Degree).

Zion Powe, 22, of Ashton Street in Pemberton Township, who was charged with Conspiracy to Commit Computer Crime (Second Degree), Computer Crimes with the Purpose to Defraud (Second Degree), Forgery (Third Degree), Theft by Unlawful Taking (Third Degree) and False Swearing (Fourth Degree).

Clifton and Carter were also charged with Conspiracy to Commit Computer Crime (Second Degree), and additional charges against Carter include Computer Crimes with the Purpose to Defraud (Second Degree), Forgery (Third Degree), Theft by Unlawful Taking (Third Degree) and False Swearing Under Oath (Fourth Degree).

“This financial scheme by the defendants to obtain small business relief funds by ‘inventing’ fake businesses, phantom income and fraudulent loan applications, is merely further evidence of this group’s belief that the rules of society simply don’t apply to them,” Prosecutor Coffina said. “They are wrong, and will be held accountable.”

The cases will be prepared for presentation to a grand jury for possible indictment. The defendants will be prosecuted by Assistant Prosecutors Michael Angermeier, Jamie Hutchinson and Joseph Remy. The investigation was conducted by the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office, with assistance from the Pemberton Township Police Department and the Willingboro Township Police Department.

The majority of the defendants were apprehended during a December 16 sweep that involved the BCPO, Burlington County Sheriff's Department, Camden County Police Department, Mercer County Special Response Team, Mount Holly Township Police Department - NJ, NJ Division of Taxation – Office of Criminal Investigation, New Jersey State Police, Ocean County Special Response Team, Pemberton Borough Police Department, Pemberton Township Police, U.S. Marshals Service New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force, and Westampton Township Police Department.

All persons are considered innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

An indictment is an accusation. Defendants are presumed innocent unless or until proven guilty.

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Celina Mays missing for 25 years, age progression photo released.

December 13, 2021

On December 16, 1996, at approximately 1 A.M., Celina Mays went missing from her Willingboro Twp., NJ, home. At the time of her disappearance she was 9 months pregnant. This week marks the 25th anniversary of her disappearance. Celina has not been forgotten and we are still committed to finding her through the ongoing investigation.

Over the past 25 years, the Willingboro Twp. Police has investigated hundreds of leads, but today Celina is still missing. We are hoping that someone out there recognizes Celina’s image and will help us finally get answers for Celina’s family as well as the communities in which she lived.

In 1996 we had limited resources to communicate with the public and inquire details regarding missing persons. In 2021 social media has evolved greatly and can now reach a wide variety of people quickly through many platforms. We are using social media to distribute information about Celina to raise awareness of her case. We are hopeful that social media will be a beneficial tool in finding new information about the disappearance of Celina Mays.

Since her disappearance, Willingboro Twp. Police has worked with various agencies to assist in locating Celina. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) has been supporting this investigation for the past 25 years. This organization specializes in recovering missing children and offers resources to aid with investigations.

NCMEC has requested assistance with media circulation from the following companies in numerous states: Walmart, USA Today, Surfer Quest and FIA.

Through the use of social media and the support of NCMEC, the Willingboro Twp. Police Department remains hopeful that it will obtain answers to help find Celina Mays.

For additional information on Celina Mays see current Missing Person’s Flyer at the link below: https://www.missingkids.org/poster/NCMC/827787/print

 

Please contact Willingboro Police Detective Pogorzelski at 609-877-2200 ext. 1080 or Detective Sgt. Whitham at 609-877-2200 ext. 1608 if you have any information regarding Celina Mays.

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Two Pemberton Men Charged in Fatal Shooting of Willingboro Teen

December 8, 2021

Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina and Willingboro Township Acting Public Safety Director Captain Ian Bucs announced that two Pemberton men have been charged in the fatal shooting of an 18-year-old Willingboro Township resident outside of his home earlier this year.

 

Sylas Young, 19, of the Sunbury Village section of Pemberton Township, was charged with Murder (First Degree), Conspiracy to Commit Murder (First Degree), Gang Criminality (First Degree), Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose (Second Degree) and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon (Second Degree). Kavon Carter, 24, was charged with Conspiracy to Commit Murder, Gang Criminality and Promoting Organized Street Crime, all first-degree offenses.

 

The warrants were served to the defendants inside the Burlington County Jail in Mount Holly, where they are being held on unrelated charges. They were ordered to be detained at a hearing today in Superior Court. The Prosecutor’s Office will prepare the case for presentation to a grand jury for possible indictment.

 

The investigation began after officers from the Willingboro Township Police Department were called to the first block of Barrington Lane just before 11:30 p.m. on April 22 for a report of shots fired.

 

Upon arrival, they discovered the body of Yahsinn Robinson, who was a senior at Willingboro High School. He had been struck by gunfire multiple times and was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

The investigation revealed that Carter and Young, and their associates from Pemberton Township, had been involved in a long-running dispute with certain residents of the Buckingham Park section of Willingboro. The investigation determined that this shooting stemmed from an escalation of that friction. Robinson, who was returning home from his part-time job when killed, was not involved in the conflict.

 

The investigation was conducted by the Willingboro Township Police Department and the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office, with assistance provided by the Pemberton Township Police Department. The lead investigators are WTPD Detective Brandon Smith and BCPO Detective Sean Tait.

 

All persons are considered innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Community Conversations Episode 6

December 1, 2021

During this episode of Community Conversations, we talk with Ofc. Allen Kolenovic, one of our newest officers.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO

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Retirement Announcement

November 30, 2021

Public Safety Director Kinamo Lomon is retiring from Willingboro Township effective December 1, 2021. Director Lomon has served Willingboro Township for over 21 years.

Director Lomon started his career with the Willingboro Police Department in 2000 and received his recruit training at the Burlington County Police Academy that same year. By 2006, he was serving as a member of the Special Weapons and Tactics Team, and eventually became the assistant SWAT Team leader until ending his 10 years of service with the team in 2016. Director Lomon has served as a Firearms & Police Service Rifle Instructor, Defensive Driving Instructor, and Police Academy Physical Training Instructor. He also served as a Field Training Officer from 2005 until his promotion to Sergeant in 2011.

Director Lomon was transferred to the Criminal Investigations Division in 2014 where he served as the Street Crimes Unit Sergeant. During his tenure he was responsible for the supervision of all narcotic operations and other pre-planned street crime events. Later on in 2014, he was promoted to Detective Sergeant within the Criminal Investigations Division. Director Lomon held the position of Detective Sergeant until 2016 when he was promoted to Lieutenant of the Criminal Investigations Division.

As Lieutenant of the Criminal Investigations Division, he served as the commanding officer. His responsibilities included the day to day operation of the division and directing investigative functions such as criminal case management and internal affairs investigations.

Director Lomon received his Bachelor of Science from Rutgers University, where he majored in Administration of Justice, in 1999. In 2011, he obtained his Masters of Arts in Organizational Management with a specialization in Leadership from Ashford University. He is also a proud graduate of the FBI National Academy 267th session (2017).

Director Lomon was promoted to the rank of Captain in March 2019. Then he was appointed as the Director of Public Safety of the Willingboro Police Department in January 2020.

Director Lomon's contributions to the community over the last 21 years cannot be summarized in this post. The Willingboro Police Department would like to thank Director Lomon for his service and wish him the best of luck on his future endeavors.

In his absence, Captain Ian Bucs will serve as the Acting Director of Public Safety.

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Philadelphia Man Charged in Willingboro Attempted Murder

November 20, 2021

Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina and Willingboro Township Public Safety Director Kinamo Lomon announced that a 20-year-old Philadelphia resident has been charged with shooting a Willingboro man last month in the parking lot of a township shopping center.

Lamar Johnson, of the 1000 block of Granite Street, was charged with Attempted Murder (First Degree), Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose (Second Degree), Unlawful Possession of a Weapon (Second Degree) and Aggravated Assault (Third Degree).

Johnson was arrested November 15 in Sharon Hill, Pa., by the Burlington County Sheriff's Department Fugitive Unit. He later waived extradition and was brought to the Burlington County Jail in Mount Holly, where he remains. He is scheduled for a detention hearing tomorrow in Superior Court.

The Prosecutor’s Office will prepare the case for presentation to a grand jury for possible indictment.

The investigation began after officers from the Willingboro Township Police Department were called to the Willingboro Town Center in the 4000 block of Route 130 north at approximately 5:30 p.m. on October 11, 2021.

Upon arrival, they discovered Nasir Phillips, 19, of Willingboro, sitting in a vehicle with gunshot wounds to his hand and abdomen. He was taken to Virtua Willingboro Hospital and then flown to the trauma center at Cooper University Hospital in Camden.

The investigation revealed that Johnson traveled to the Willingboro Town Center after he became aware that Phillips was there. Johnson pursued Phillips as he exited a sandwich shop, opening fire with a handgun and striking him twice after he entered his vehicle.

Johnson is being prosecuted by Assistant Prosecutor Michael Angermeier, supervisor of the BCPO Gang, Gun and Narcotics Task Force (GGNTF). The investigation was conducted by detectives from the Willingboro Township Police Department and the Prosecutor’s Office. The lead investigators are WTPD Detective Brandon Smith and BCPO Detective Kevin Sobotka.

All persons are considered innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Thank You Wegman's!

November 19, 2021

The Willingboro Police Department would like to thank Wegman's of Mount Laurel for their generosity during the holiday season. Today the police Department was able to deliver frozen turkeys with trimmings and dessert to several Willingboro residents. These residents were identified by members of the police department, members of the police department's Chaplain Unit and guidance counselors working within the school district. Stay safe and enjoy the holiday!

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Bensalem Man Indicted for Summer Gas Station Shooting that Killed Willingboro Teen

November 22, 2021

Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina announced that a 22-year-old Bensalem, Pa., resident has been indicted for fatally shooting a teenager at a Willingboro Township gas station in August.

A grand jury indicted Tamir Phillips on charges of Murder (First Degree), Unlawful Possession of a Weapon (Second Degree) and Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose (Second Degree).

 

The indictment was returned November 18 and signed by Prosecutor Coffina. An arraignment will be held soon in Superior Court. Phillips has been lodged in the Burlington County Jail in Mount Holly since his arrest two days after the shooting.

 

The investigation began August 2, just before 3 p.m., when Willingboro Township police officers were called to the Phillips 66 gas station in the first block of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive for a report of a shooting.

 

Upon arrival, they learned that the victim, 14-year-old Jesse Everett of Willingboro, had been transported in a private vehicle to Virtua Willingboro Hospital. He was then airlifted to Cooper University Medical Center in Camden, where he was pronounced dead approximately two-and-a-half hours after being shot.

 

Phillips, who was staying in Willingboro at the time of the shooting, was immediately identified as a suspect in the shooting, and charges were filed against him the next day.

 

The investigation revealed that a day before the shooting, the owner of a 2014 Honda Civic had contacted township police to report that the vehicle had been stolen. It was determined that the owner of the Civic would frequently allow Phillips to use the car.

 

The investigation further revealed that just prior to the shooting, Phillips was riding in a vehicle being driven by his girlfriend, Chelsea Holman, 29, of Willingboro, when they spotted the stolen car at the pumps of the gas station.

 

Holman pulled into the gas station and came to a stop behind the Civic, which was being driven by Everett. Phillips exited and went to the driver’s side of the Civic, where he confronted Everett before firing a single shot into the vehicle, striking him in the head. Two other people were inside the car with Everett but did not sustain injuries.

 

Holman and Phillips drove away after the shooting. She was charged by the grand jury in the same indictment with Hindering Apprehension (Third Degree) and Obstructing Administration of Law (Fourth Degree). She was not detained.

 

The defendants are being prosecuted by Assistant Prosecutor Jamie Hutchinson.

 

The investigation was conducted by the Willingboro Township Police Department and the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office, with assistance from the City of Burlington Police Department and the U.S. Marshals Service – New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force, which includes the Burlington County Sheriff's Department.

 

The lead investigators are WTPD Det. James Benedict, BCPO Det. Dan Schules and BCPO Det. Kevin Merrigan.

 

An indictment is an accusation. Defendants are presumed innocent unless or until proven guilty.

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Officer of the Third Quarter 2021

November 19, 2021

At our quarterly ceremony to recognize Officers’ achievements, we recognized Officer Robert Boyd as "Officer of the Quarter" for the 3rd Quarter of 2021.

Officer Boyd responded to a single vehicle crash where the driver fled the area on foot. Officer Boyd conducted a thorough investigation that revealed the driver of the vehicle was also the suspect in a shooting that occurred just before the crash. During the investigation, Officer Boyd identified the suspect, secured a warrant for his arrest, and took him into custody.

 

Thank you Officer Boyd for your investigation that took a violent offender off of the streets.

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Willingboro Officers Stop By for a Birthday Surprise

November 1, 2021

One of our young residents, Ayden, wants to grow up be a Willingboro Police Officer one day, so his parents contacted us and let us know.  Our officers were to proud to stop by for a birthday surprise before Ayden left for school.  Happy Birthday Ayden!!! 

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Citizen's Police Academy Graduation

October 30, 2021

The Willingboro Police Department would like to congratulate everyone that graduated from our Citizen's Police Academy.  The five week program helps citizens learn more about our organization.  Please join us for the next class in the Fall of 2022!

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Willingboro Officer receives PROCOPS award

October 1, 2021

The Burlington County Prosecutor's Office recognized Willingboro Police Department's Community Engagement Officer, Ofc. Sally Landrum, at their annual PROCOPS Award Ceremony. Ofc. Landrum continues to make extraordinary strides toward building a strong bond between the police department and the Willingboro community.

Congratulations on winning this award Ofc. Landrum, and thank you for all that you do!