On Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013 at 9:06 PM, officers from the Gloucester Township Police Department responded to an apartment fire on the unit block of Oak Avenue. Arriving officers observed smoke emanating from an apartment located in the back of the building. All occupants of the apartment and the adjacent ones were quickly evacuated without incident. The small fire was quickly brought under control by fire fighters and is still being investigated by the Chews Landing Fire Department and local Fire Marshal’s Office.
One subject was treated for minor smoke inhalation and released at the scene. Another subject also suffered from smoke inhalation and was taken to a local hospital for emergency medical treatment. Neither of the smoke inhalation victims’ names are being released at this time.
On Monday, December 2, 2013, workers from JBL Electric Company flagged down a Gloucester Township Police Officers on patrol, reporting that two co-workers were stranded approximately 50′ in the air on a motorized Sky-Lift due to a electrical malfunction. The workers from JBL Electric were contracted by PSE&G to perform maintenance on the high voltage electrical power lines.
The Chews Landing Fire Department responded and rescued the stranded workers with their ladder truck. The workers were stranded for approximately forty-five minutes and were not injured during the incident.
GTPD Press Release: Male Resists Arrest After Gloucester Township Police Department Responded To A Bar Fight
On November 30, 2013 at approximately 10:50 PM, the Gloucester Township Police responded to Skeeter’s Bar & Grill for a reported bar fight that involving multiple people. Officers arrived to find the participants of the fight were now in the parking lot of the bar. As officers were speaking with one of the participants of the fight, he continued to be belligerent towards the officers as they attempted to diffuse the situation. The one male refused to cooperate with requests from the officers. The male continuing to act in a hostile manner and resisted arrest by grabbing and fighting one officer who attempted to detain him. Another GTPD officer on location deployed his Conductive Energy Device (CED) or Taser, and emitted a spark display as a warning, at which time the male released his grip on the officer as he was then taken into custody without further incident.
There were no injuries and no other arrests. The male accused, Michael Mcerlain, was released after posting a cash bail pending court time and date.
Michael Mcerlain DOB 1/2/76 Silver Birch Rd. Turnersville NJ 08012
Aggravated Assault on Police Officer – 3rd Degree
Resisting Arrest – 4th Degree