GTPD Community Advisory: “Lockout” Lifted at Chews Elementary School: 4-22-2014
At 8:47 AM the Chews Elementary School located at 600 Somerdale Road in Gloucester Township was placed in a security “LOCKOUT” (procedure that secures the building perimeter from an external threat, while normal school activities occur inside the school), after receiving reports of a teenager target shooting in a nearby backyard with a rifle. Gloucester Township Police Officers and school officials quickly responded and secured the school and began investigating.
A high school age juvenile who had been shooting a BB gun in his adjacent backyard was located. After approximately 25 minutes the LOCKOUT was lifted normal school activities resumed. It was determined that the school children were not in danger. The investigation is continuing.
The Gloucester Township Police Department wants to encourage residents to attend the Community Summit on May 19, 2014 from 5:30 – 9:00 PM at the Collingswood Ballroom. It is an interactive summit about the current Opiate and Heroin Crisis.
5:30 PM – Registration, Resource Expo & Light Dinner
6:30 PM – Welcome & Panel Discussion
Hear the devastating effects of heroin and prescription pill abuse in Camden County directly from the experts. Our panel will include medical and prevention experts, law enforcement, and a parent advocate who will answer questions and provide practical advice for parents and families.
7:30 PM - Keynote Speaker – Tony Hoffman
Tony Hoffman traveled the country as a top-ranked BMX racer until he started partying and using drugs and alcohol.
A downward spiral of addiction ultimately tore him away from his family and lead him to prison. In recovery since 2007, Tony re- entered pro BMX, competing nationally and at the Olympic level. Tony is the founder
of a nonprofit called Project Freewheel where he shares his story with thousands of kids each year encouraging them to make positive choices and mentoring them through camps and engaging them in the sport of BMX.
CCPO Media Release: Homicide in Millbridge Apartments 4-20-2014
Camden County Prosecutor Warren W. Faulk and Gloucester Township Police Chief Harry Earle reported a homicide in Gloucester Township in the predawn hours Sunday, April 20, 2014.
Kareem Coleman, M/29, of Gloucester Township, was shot in his home in the Millbridge Apartments shortly after 2 am Sunday. He was taken to Kennedy Hospital in Stratford where he died from his injuries.
An investigation is ongoing into the killing. Anyone with information is urged to contact Camden County Prosecutors Office Detective Anthony Roccia at (856) 365-3122 or Gloucester Township Police Detective Joseph McGuire (856) 228-4500.
Information may also be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or the GTPD Anonymous Crime Tip Line: 856-842-5560. To send an Anonymous Tip via Text Message to Gloucester Township Police, text the keyword TIP GLOTWPPD and your tip message to 888777 . You may also click here to access our Anonymous Web Tip page: https://local.nixle.com/tip/alert/5170177
The GTPD Anonymous Tip systems are NOT monitored 24/7. All incidents in Gloucester Township requiring IMMEDIATE police assistance must be called into GTPD at 856-228-4500. If you have an EMERGENCY or are witnessing a CRIME IN PROGRESS, CALL 911.
GTPD Media Release: GTPD Officer Injured During Arrest Of Hitch Hiker For Outstanding Warrants
On April 17, 2014 at approximately 5:17 P.M., the Gloucester Township Police Department (GTPD) responded to a report of a male subject hitch hiking on Sicklerville Road. The officer located a male, later identified as Michael Thomas, age 58, in the area of the Villari’s Lakeside Inn. During the interview it was discovered Michael Thomas had an outstanding warrant for his arrest for a traffic offense.
As the officer attempted to arrest the male he made various statements that he was not going back to jail and then ran off to prevent his arrest for the warrant. The officer gave chase as the male discarded several packets of heroin. The officer caught the male, who continued to resist, and became involved in a violent struggle with the subject resulting in the officer sustaining a hand injury. Additional GTPD officers arrived on scene and were able to take the male into custody.
The officer was treated at a nearby hospital for the injury and later released pending further medical evaluation.
The accused, Michael Thomas, was transported to a local hospital for medical treatment. He was charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest and possession of a controlled dangerous substance and was remanded to Camden County Jail in default of $35,000/10% bail.
Accused: Michael L. Thomas – Last Known Address: 4501 Atlantic Avenue, Apt. A7, Atlantic City, NJ