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ShotSpotter is coming to Willingboro

February 8, 2024

ShotSpotter is coming to town! Last year, Willingboro received a two-year $99,000 grant for gunshot detection technology. Over the next few weeks, SoundThinking will be in Willingboro, identifying the effective places to deploy this technology. The Township is hosting a community engagement meeting on February 27, 2024, at 6 PM at the Kennedy Center so residents can ask questions and learn more. For more information, visit http://tinyurl.com/cyvkc6fj

To hear the Mayor and Public Safety Director's announcement, CLICK HERE

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Man Charged with Killing Wife in Their Willingboro Home

January 19, 2024

Burlington County Prosecutor LaChia L. Bradshaw and Willingboro Township Acting Director of Public Safety Captain Ian Bucs announced that a 60-year-old Willingboro man has been charged with fatally stabbing his wife last week inside their home in the Hawthorne Park section of the township.

Stanley Martin, of the first block of Hinsdale Lane, was charged with Murder (First Degree), Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose (Third Degree) and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon (Fourth Degree).

 

The defendant was lodged in the Burlington County Jail in Mount Holly pending a detention hearing next week in Superior Court. The Prosecutor’s Office will prepare the case for presentation to a grand jury for possible indictment.

 

The investigation began just before 1 a.m. on January 13 when officers from the Westampton Township Police Department were called to the Wawa convenience store on Springside Road for a report of a man threatening employees.

 

The man, who was later identified as Martin, left the store prior to the arrival of police. He was located approximately one hour later outside of a closed retail business in Willingboro Township and taken into custody.

 

Information obtained during the apprehension led to a wellness check at his residence, where Willingboro Township police officers discovered the body of Dierdra Martin, 56. An autopsy performed by Burlington County Medical Examiner Dr. Ian Hood determined the cause of death was due to multiple stab wounds.

 

Martin will be prosecuted by Assistant Prosecutor Bob Van Gilst, supervisor of the BPCO Major Crimes Unit. The homicide investigation is being conducted by investigators from the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office and the Willingboro Township Police Department, with assistance from the Westampton Township Police Department. The lead investigators are BCPO Detective Nicholas Schieber and Detective Jillian Marin, and WTPD Detective Monica Pogorzelski.

 

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

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Road Construction Alert

January 8, 2024

PSEG and their approved contractors will be completing road construction on Hazelwood Circle over the next few weeks.

During this time, expect temporary road closures and detours in the construction area. We understand that road construction can be disruptive, but it is essential for the betterment of our community's infrastructure. Your cooperation and understanding are greatly appreciated.

 

Here are a few important points to keep in mind:

 

Plan your travel routes accordingly

  • Follow traffic signs and detour instructions

  • Be mindful of construction crews: Slow down and exercise caution when passing through the construction zone

  • Stay informed: Keep an eye on our social media, website and community platforms for any changes or updates.

     

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Man Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison for 2020 Willingboro Murder

December 5, 2023

Burlington County Prosecutor LaChia L. Bradshaw announced that a 32-year-old Willingboro resident was sentenced yesterday to 30 years in New Jersey State Prison for fatally shooting a man three years ago outside of a house in the township’s Millbrook Park neighborhood.

Kwacey Q. Owens must serve the entire sentence before becoming eligible for parole, according to the terms handed down in Mount Holly by the Hon. Mark P. Tarantino, J.S.C.

 

A Superior Court jury, after deliberating for two hours in September, found Owens guilty of Murder (First Degree), Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose (Second Degree), and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon (Second Degree). In addition to the conviction, Owens pled guilty to two counts of Certain Persons Not to Have Weapons (Second Degree).

 

The investigation began October 8, 2020, after Willingboro Township police officers were called to the first block of Maplewick Lane just after 1:30 a.m. for a report of a shooting. Upon arrival, they found the body of Barry Barino, 28, outside the rear door of his home.

 

He was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy performed by Burlington County Medical Examiner Dr. Ian Hood ruled that Barino’s death was caused by a gunshot wound to the head.

 

The investigation revealed that Barino and Owens were acquaintances, and that Owens had been inside the victim’s home a short time earlier before luring him outside to his death. The weapon used in the shooting, a .45 caliber pistol, was later recovered in a separate residence where Owens was staying at the time.

 

Owens was prosecuted by Assistant Prosecutor Jamie Hutchinson. The investigation was conducted by detectives from the Willingboro Township Police Department and the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office. The lead investigators were BCPO Major Crimes Unit Detective Sergeant Tony Luyber, BCPO Crime Scene Unit Detective Sergeant Tim Horne, BCPO High-Tech Crimes Unit Detective Sergeant Kevin Sobotka and WTPD Detective Elijah Hart.

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Bensalem Man Convicted of Murder in 2021 Shooting of Willingboro Teen

November 3, 2023

Burlington County Prosecutor LaChia L. Bradshaw announced that a 24-year-old Bensalem, Pa., man was convicted of murder and weapons charges today for fatally shooting a teenager at a Willingboro Township gas station during the summer of 2021.

The jury deliberated for approximately eight hours over two days before finding Tamir Phillips guilty of Murder (First Degree), Unlawful Possession of a Weapon (Second Degree) and Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose (Second Degree). The Hon. Gerard H. Breland, J.S.C., scheduled sentencing for January 5, 2024.

The investigation began the afternoon of August 21, 2021, 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 at 5:24 p.m.

Phillips, who was known to stay in Willingboro, 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 when the stolen car was spotted at the pumps of the gas station.

The driver 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.

Phillips was prosecuted by Assistant Prosecutors Matthew R. Jaxheimer and Stephen Bondi. The investigation was conducted by the Willingboro Township Police Department and the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office. The lead investigators were WTPD Detective James Benedict and BCPO Detective Sgt. Dan Schules.

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Willingboro PD investigating commercial burglaries

October 6, 2023

The Willingboro Police Department is actively investigating a series of burglaries that have recently occurred within our community. In response to these incidents, we are committed to ensuring the safety and security of our local businesses and residents.

Over the past week, there have been three reported burglaries to local businesses in our area:

 

On Monday, October 2, 2023, The Willingboro Police Department responded to One Stop Food Mart, 4212 Route 130, for a burglary report.

 

The investigation determined that at 2:00 a.m. on 10/02/2023, an individual wearing a white hooded sweatshirt, black shorts, and gloves broke a rear glass door at One Stop Food Mart. The individual then removed cash from the business and fled the area on foot.

 

On October 5, 2023, the Willingboro Police Department responded to Gaetano’s, 498 Beverly Rancocas Road, for a burglary report.

The ensuing investigation determined that at 12:06 a.m. on 10/5/2023, two individuals shattered the front entrance door of Gaetano’s. The individuals wore masks, black hooded sweatshirts, and gloves. The individuals entered the closed business, removed cash, and fled on foot.

 

On October 5, 2023, the Willingboro Police Department responded to Sunoco Gas Station located at 100 John F. Kennedy Way for a report of a burglary.

 

The investigation determined that at 1:06 a.m. on 10/05/2023, two individuals wearing black hooded sweatshirts, black masks, and gloves smashed a front window at the Sunoco Gas Station. The individuals entered the closed business, removed cash, and fled on foot.

 

These incidents concern us greatly, and we want to assure our community that we are taking immediate action to investigate these cases thoroughly.

The Willingboro Police Department is collaborating with local businesses and residents to gather any information or surveillance footage that may assist us in solving these cases. We encourage anyone with relevant information to contact the police department.

 

In light of these incidents, the Willingboro Police Department would like to remind local businesses and residents to remain vigilant and take proactive measures to enhance their security. This includes ensuring that surveillance systems are operational and properly maintained, securing entrances and exits, and reporting suspicious activity to the police immediately.

 

We will continue to provide updates on the progress of these investigations as more information becomes available.

 

As always, we would like to remind the public to remain vigilant and, if they observe suspicious activity, to report it by calling 609-267-8300 or our tip line 609-877-6958 (or 9-1-1 if there is an emergency). Together, we can make Willingboro a safer place for all its residents and businesses.

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Man Convicted of Murder for 2020 Willingboro Shooting

September 28, 2023

Burlington County Prosecutor LaChia L. Bradshaw announced that a 32-year-old Willingboro resident was found guilty today by a Superior Court jury of fatally shooting a man three years ago outside of a house in the township’s Millbrook Park neighborhood.

After deliberating for approximately two hours, the panel returned guilty verdicts against Kwacey Q. Owens on charges of Murder (First Degree), Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose (Second Degree), Unlawful Possession of a Weapon (Second Degree). In addition to the conviction, Owens pled guilty to two counts of Certain Persons Not to Have Weapons (Second Degree).

The Hon. Mark P. Tarantino, J.S.C., scheduled sentencing for December 4th in Mount Holly.

The investigation began October 8, 2020 after Willingboro Township police officers were called to the first block of Maplewick Lane just after 1:30 a.m. for a report of a shooting. Upon arrival, they found the body of Barry Barino, 28, outside the rear door of his home.

He was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy performed by Burlington County Medical Examiner Dr. Ian Hood ruled that Barino’s death was caused by a gunshot wound to the head.

The investigation revealed that Barino and Owens were acquaintances, and that Owens had been inside the victim’s home a short time earlier before luring him outside to kill him. The weapon used in the shooting, a .45 caliber pistol, was recovered inside the residence where Owens had been staying.

Owens was charged with Murder 12 days after the shooting and has been lodged in the Burlington County Jail in Mount Holly since being taken into custody.

Owens was prosecuted by Assistant Prosecutor Jamie Hutchinson. The investigation was conducted by detectives from the Willingboro Township Police Department and the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office. The lead investigators were BCPO Major Crimes Unit Detective Sergeant Tony Luyber, BCPO Crime Scene Unit Detective Sergeant Tim Horne, BCPO High-Tech Crimes Unit Detective Kevin Sobotka and Willingboro Detective Elijah Hart.

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Congratulations to Willingboro PD's newest officers

September 18, 2023

The Willingboro Township Police Department would like to congratulate and welcome our newest Police Officers, Desiree Nelson and Burhan Kahraman!  On September 14th, 2023, Ofc. Nelson and Ofc. Kahraman graduated from the Camden County Police Academy, Class #85.

 

The police recruits endured a 21-week-long academy program. They are now full-time NJ PTC-certified Police Officers. They will now go through our Field Training Program (FTO) before being released to patrol independently.

 

Ofc. Nelson is a Willingboro Native and a United States Army Reserve Veteran, receiving an honorable discharge in 2022. Ofc. Nelson is enthusiastic about contributing to the growing connection between the community and law enforcement

 

Ofc. Kahraman started his law enforcement career in 2022 as a SLEO I with the North Wildwood Police Department. Ofc. Kahraman is Turkish, and he looks forward to using his bilingual skills to connect with citizens in the community.

 

Please join us in welcoming and congratulating Officers Nelson and Kahraman when you see them on patrol!

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Willingboro PD announces promotions

September 5, 2023

Acting Director of Public Safety Ian Bucs presented several officers to Mayor Kaya McIntosh and Council members to be ceremoniously sworn into their new ranks.

Ceremoniously promoted to the rank of Captain of Police:

Acting Captain Jeffrey Perez

 

Ceremoniously promoted to the rank of Lieutenant of Police:

Detective Sergeant Brandin Whitham

 

Ceremoniously promoted to the rank of Sergeant of Police:

Officer Brandon Thomas

 

Ceremoniously promoted to the rank of Sergeant of Police:

Officer George Smith

 

Please join us as we congratulate Captain Perez, Lieutenant Whitham, Sergeant Thomas, and Sergeant G. Smith. We wish them continued success in their new positions.

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Crossing Guards sworn in for upcoming school year

August 31, 2023

Congratulations to the 45 crossing guards who were sworn in this morning by our Township Clerk as they prepare for another school year. Under the direction of the Willingboro Township Police Department, crossing guards are responsible for directing and guiding vehicular and pedestrian traffic at streets and school crossings. When you see them with their handheld stop signs and safety vests, make sure you show your support and recognize them for their commitment to the safety of our children and our community.

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Willingboro PD enters into pilot program with NJ Division of Children and Families

August 25, 2023

TeamDCF's Office of Resilience has launched an exciting pilot program that focuses on relationships between youth and police officers and law enforcement in their communities.

So far DCF has been able to team up with: Cumberland County Prosecutor's Office, the City of Burlington, Lawnside, Pemberton, Penns Grove, Vineland, and WIllingboro, police departments, and are looking forward to making more connections between youth and law enforcement across New Jersey!

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Homeless Man Pleads Guilty to Sexually Assaulting Elderly Woman at Knifepoint

August 24, 2023

Burlington County Prosecutor LaChia L. Bradshaw announced that a 31-year-old homeless man has pled guilty to sexual assaulting an elderly woman at knifepoint during the summer of 2020 in Willingboro Township.

Under an agreement with the Prosecutor’s Office, Shawn Midgette must serve 12 years in state prison in exchange for pleading guilty to Aggravated Sexual Assault (First Degree).

 

Midgette, who at the time of his arrest in July 2020 was known to stay in the Willingboro area, also pled guilty to Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose (Third Degree) for threatening another woman with a knife in a separate incident. A five-year sentence for the weapons offense will run concurrently with the term for the assault.

 

The pleas were entered last week in Superior Court in Mount Holly before the Hon. Christopher J. Garrenger, J.S.C., who scheduled sentencing for October 27.

 

The investigation began July 24, 2020 after an elderly woman was sexually assaulted in her vehicle by a man who asked her for a ride as she exited a pharmacy in the 100 block of Springside Road in Westampton. The assailant forced her to drive to the Garfield East section of Willingboro, where he assaulted her and took cash from her purse before fleeing on foot.

 

The next day, Mount Holly police were contacted by a homeless woman who said she was threatened with a knife in Monroe Park. The victim was acquainted with Midgette, who was taken into custody two days later by Willingboro police at the McDonald’s restaurant on Beverly Rancocas Road.

 

Midgette is being prosecuted by Assistant Prosecutor Stephen Eife, supervisor of the BCPO Special Victims Section. The investigation was conducted by the Willingboro Township Police Department, the Mount Holly Township Police Department - NJ and the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office, with assistance from the Westampton Township Police Department.

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