Officer William “Nichie” Preslar Memorial Highway Dedication

270 LogoThis May marks the 10 year anniversary of the Line of Duty death of Officer William “Nichie” Preslar.

Officer Preslar, a six year veteran, was killed in an automobile accident on an isolated stretch of Route 528 at approximately 4:00 am on May 14, 2007.

The accident occurred when Officer Preslar swerved to avoid striking a deer in the road, which caused his patrol car to strike a tree on the driver’s side.

Please join us, on May 7th, as we dedicate this highway in his honor.

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Earlier this morning at around 12:30 am, Officer Vincent Wittman was dispatched to the emergency room at Monmouth Medical Southern Campus regarding a gunshot victim that was just dropped off.

Upon arrival Officer Wittman was advised by the victim, a 23 year old Maryland man, that he was hired to DJ an event in Howell.

After the event was over, he was directed to meet at the High Point Condominium Complex for payment. While waiting, he and a 23 year old female companion from Lakewood, was approached as they sat in their car.

The suspects described as two black males spontaneously opened the door and demeaned their belongings. The victim stated that when he refused to comply, one of the men shot him once in the abdomen.

After being wounded the victim handed over their cell phones and his wallet. Immediately after the suspects fled on foot and the female drove the victim to the hospital.

According to hospital officials the victim was stable but was transported to Jersey Shore Medical Center for further testing.

At this time the investigation is on going. Anyone with information is urged to contact Detective Charles Messer at 732-363-0200.

D/Lt. Gregory Staffordsmith #264
Lakewood Police Department
Detective Bureau Commander
Media Relations

Special Announcement

In response to recent threats made by ISIS regarding Election Day attacks:

Although no specific threats have been made pertaining to the residents of Lakewood, we have taken a proactive approach and have increased the number of officers working on November 8th.

– Chief Gregory H. Meyer


On October 3rd at approx at 7:30pm Officer Dennis Dowden responded to a report of some people arguing in the 100 block of Martin Luther King Drive.

Upon arrival, Officer Dowden began speaking with 23 yr old, Claudio Gonzalez of Jackson, when the bottom of his shirt went up exposing the handle of a firearm.

Officer Dowden attempted to grab hold of Gonzalez but he broke free and fled on foot. Dowden gave chase and observed Gonzalez pull out a silver handgun as he ran.

Additional responding Officers joined the pursuit and he was subsequently apprehend by Sgt. Robert Humeny a short distance later.

Recovered at the scene was a loaded Smith and Wesson .357 Magnum.

Claudio Gonzalez was charged with the Weapon Violation, Obstruction of Justice, Hindering and Resisting Arrest by Flight.

He was lodged at the Ocean County Jail in lieu of $115,000 no 10% Bail.

D/Lt. Gregory Staffordsmith #264
Lakewood Police Department
Detective Bureau Commander
Media Relations


After an approximately 3 week investigation the Lakewood Police Department would like to announcement that charges have been filed and the investigation is now closed pending court proceedings.

On September 23rd, 2016 after an investigation led by Det. Peter Aakjer of the Detective Bureau, along with Sgt. Frank Work of the Traffic Safety Unit, charged 48 year old, Sigmund Winiavski of Maple Shade NJ with Aggravated Assault for his role in the September 14th incident. According to a video of the event, Mr. Winiavski who was operating a FedEx truck at the time, attempted to force a school bus, operated by 68 year old Morris Wilder of Lakewood, off the road as he illegally tried to pass him.

Although no contact or physical injuries occurred, Mr. Winiavski’s actions constitutes simple assault. However, because Mr. Wilder was clearly identifiable as being engaged in the performance of his duties as a school bus driver, New Jersey law dictates that the action rises to the level of an Aggravated Assault.

Mr. Winiavski was charged and released on his own recognizance pending a court appearance. Both men received numerous motor vehicle summonses for their respective parts in the incident, also pending a court appearance.

D/Lt. Gregory Staffordsmith #264
Lakewood Police Department
Detective Bureau Commander
Media Relations

Salute to Linden PD

linden-officersThe bond that links a family is not always one of blood. Law Enforcement Officers come from many different backgrounds, upbringings and experiences but are united by their willingness to answer the call to protect and serve their fellow citizens. Today we salute two of our Brothers from the Linden Police Department. Officers Angel Padilla and Peter Hammer Jr. certainly answered “The Call” yesterday morning when they were dispatched to what many would consider routine.  However, they quickly realized it was anything but routine, when an unassuming sleeping man fired upon them.  Officers Padilla and Hammer quickly took action and successfully terminated the threat and subsequently arrested a man alleged to have been involved in three terrorist attacks throughout New Jersey and New York.

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

Lakewood Police Department News Release: Impaired Driving Enforcement Crackdown to be Conducted Locally as Part of National Campaign.

Lakewood – New Jersey’s largest annual drunk driving crackdown will be here soon. Law enforcement officers from Lakewood will be participating in the 2016 Labor Day Statewide “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign. Beginning August 19 and running through September 5, local and state law enforcement officers will conduct sobriety checkpoints and roving patrols, looking for motorists who may be driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs.

“Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” is a national campaign designed to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving through high-visibility enforcement backed up by public educational efforts including national radio and television advertisements, posters, banners and mobile video display signs. The campaign looks to curtail impaired driving during the busy summer travel season, including the Labor Day holiday period.

“May people believe that after a few drinks they’re still safe to drive,” said Gary Poedubicky, Acting Director of the NJ Division of Highway Traffic Safety. “Even one drink can impair your judgment and reaction time, putting not only yourself, but everyone on the road, in danger.”

“There is a zero tolerance message for this campaign. If drivers are caught operating their vehicle while impaired they will be arrested,” he added.

In 2013 alcohol-impaired fatalities accounted for 27 percent of New Jersey’s motor vehicle fatalities. As part of the initiative, the Division of Highway Traffic Safety provides grants to local law enforcement agencies throughout the state to run the two-week campaign.

Law enforcement agencies participating in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over 2016 crackdown offer the following advise:

  • If you plan to drink, designate a driver, someone who will not drink alcohol, before going out.
  • Take mass transit, a taxi or ask a sober friend to drive you home.
  • Spend the night where the activity is held.
  • Always buckle up, every ride, regardless of your seating position in the vehicle. It’s your best defense against an impaired driver.
  • If you’re intoxicated and traveling on foot, the safest way to get home is to take a cab or have a sober friend or family member drive you to your doorstep.

Thank You Letter to Lakewood Officers

Chief Meyer:

My 19-year old son lost a 4-day old phone in Manasquan late on Saturday night/early Sunday morning. The phone/account technology allowed us to track the phone to Lakewood, specifically corner of Lexington and 4th. I will spare you many of the details, however on Sunday, August 14 at approximately 7PM or so, the Lakewood Police were called and Officer Soriano Badge #352 and Officer Ward Badge #302 responded.

Officer Soriano took the lead, and conducted himself in an extremely professional manner in assessing the situation and listening to what all parties had to say. He exercised good judgment throughout, resulting in the situation being resolved. Thankfully the phone was located and returned to its rightful owner without incident, in large part due to Officer Soriano’s efforts.

My son and I thanked both officers for their service, but I felt compelled to write this note to recognize Officer Soriano’s work.


A Ciziten


TLS: Reader-Submitted Thank you Officer Jones


While making supper in my kitchen, I looked out the window and noticed three boys – around 14 years old – passing by. One was on a bike, the other two were walking. I took a closer look at the bike and recognized my son’s BRAND NEW bike that was stolen last week.

I grabbed my phone, pressed video, and headed out the door.

As soon as they noticed me, the one on the bike quickly sped away while the other two kept looking back and showing me their finger. Then they both started running.

I called the cops to alert them about the situation, and I jumped into my car and headed towards Route 9.

I spotted two of the three on bikes in the Sterling Place area right near the new duplexes. I was not sure at this point if one of the bikes were mine being that the 3rd guy was not with them. However, I did know that only one boy was on a bike and the other one must have been stolen. Keeping my distance, I followed them down spruce watching them cross into the school.

The officer, Ms. Jones (THANK YOU!) met me there and told me that she’ll be going down Oak Street. I followed her and sure enough, there they were.

After being questioned, they admitted that the bikes were not theirs and taken into the car. But both of those bikes were not mine. I knew that the third guy who got away had my son’s bike. I really thought that this would be the end of the story and that it would never be located. But thanks to the quick thinking of our police officers, it was located a short while later and I was actually called to come to headquarters to retrieve the bike.

I want to end off by thanking everyone involved; all our great police officers for doing such amazing work. I would also like to remind everyone that it is very important to lock up your bikes. My son’s bike was taken in the middle of the day, while he was eating supper and the bike was parked very close to my front door. Also, register your bike, or write down the serial number. It can really help!

Mrs. H.

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To The Lakewood Township Police Force


I heard a few weeks ago that some members of my Orthodox community were stopping by to drop off cake and candy platters as a token of support for all the police do in our town. I though that sounded like such a good idea, but wondered how much more cake and candy you really needed!

So I came up with the notion of presenting something more lasting (and less fattening!!) something you might also be able to share with colleagues in neighboring towns if you so choose, so they too know how much they are appreciated and supported.

No matter how you choose to use or distribute the attached, the effect will be multiplied every time they are seen.

Please know that we support you and pray for your safety.

I remain anonymously…

A Civilian Lakewooder