Category Archives: Police Notices

Hartford Road Bridge Closed

The Medford Police advises residents to AVOID Hartford Road between Route 70 and Church Road for an emergency bridge closure ordered by Burlington County. Hartford Road will be closed until further notice at Route 70 and Church Road. There will be access to Kirbys Mill School from Route 70 and access to the WildFlowers, Glen at Medford, and Wingate Developments as well as the MYAA complex via Church Road. Detour signs are in place which will route through traffic via Sharp Road in Evesham Twp. between Church Road and Evesboro-Medford Road

Warning About PSE&G Scams

Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G), New Jersey’s largest utility, is urging its customers to be alert to scams this season. Customers should be cautious of callers who demand immediate payment via a pre-paid card, and wary of phony utility workers showing up at their door to “check a problem.”

“We’ve seen a significant uptick in the number of scams being reported to us by customers,” said Greg Dunlap, vice president of Customer Operations for PSE&G. “The only way to protect against these scams is for customers to be cautious when contacted by someone seeking access to their home or demanding immediate payment. Even one customer being cheated is one too many.”

Phone scammers use scare tactics — threatening service termination if they do not receive immediate payment with a pre-paid credit card. PSE&G offers a number of payment options, and would never require a customer to use one specific type of payment.

Door-to-door scammers use trickery — showing up at someone’s house dressed like a utility worker and say they need to “check a problem.” Often, after they gain access they burglarize the home. Always ask for I.D.

When in doubt or if suspicious in any way, PSE&G urges customers to call the number listed on their bill: 1-800-436-PSEG (7734) and report scamming activity to their local police department.

Medford Township Police Join Project Medicine Drop Initiative

The Medford Township Police is proud to announce that it has joined the New Jersey Attorney General’s “Project Medicine Drop” initiative and has installed a Project Medicine Drop box at police headquarters.

This initiative makes it easier and more convenient than ever for Medford Township residents to take an active role in the fight against the nationwide epidemic of opiate and heroin abuse, which often is fueled by the abuse of prescription painkillers.

Project Medicine Drop is a natural addition to our commitment to help improve the public safety and quality of life in Medford Township. We encourage our residents to be fully aware of the potential of abuse presented by otherwise beneficial medications.

The department’s new Project Medicine Drop is located in the lobby of Police Headquarters, located at 91 Union Street. Residents may visit the Medford Township Police Department at any time, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, to dispose of their unused or excess medications.

Project Medicine Drop is an important component of the New Jersey Attorney General’s and Medford Township’s effort to stop the diversion and abuse of prescription drugs, including highly addictive opiate painkillers.

Through this initiative, the State Division of Consumer Affairs installs secure “prescription drug boxes” at police departments, sheriff’s offices and State Police barracks across New Jersey, allowing citizens to safely dispose of their unused, excess or expired prescription medications.

Members of the public are invited to visit the Project Medicine Drop sites and drop off any unused prescription medications anonymously and with no questions asked. Most Project Medicine Drop sites, like Medford Township, make this service available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year.

By giving New Jerseyans a safe and secure method to dispose of unneeded medications, Project Medicine Drop helps to prevent the abuse of these drugs. More information about Project medicine Drop, including the full list of Project Medicine Drop locations, can be found at www.NJConsumerAffairs.gov/meddrop.

Break-In in Medford Sunday Evening

I want to bring to your attention an incident that occurred in our town Sunday evening. Many of you may have already read about it or seen it on the news.

A home invasion and theft took place on Chief Massasoit Road (Trail) which is off of Church Road near Kirby’s Mill. We should all be aware of the necessity of constant attention to things and people that seem unusual.

Keeping our doors and cars locked, garage doors closed, our eyes open, and lights and alarm systems on is a great deterrent to any criminal activity. Chief Meder has always encouraged our citizens to help be the “eyes and ears” of the Public Safety Department. We do want Medford to be the best version of itself, and that begins with each of us. Safety must be a diligent and constant effort by all. There has been an excellent track record by our Police Department in keeping crime under control. However, complacency and disregard for safe practices can change that overnight if we are not careful.

This event only strengthens the imperative of the community wide initiative we have been discussing. Clean is good; but Safe is vital. If you represent constituents, HOA’s, or just have an interactive relationship with your neighbors, please get them engaged in public awareness and communication.

Recent Burglaries

Medford Township Police are investigating a burglary attempt on Midbridge Drive and a burglary on Wellesley Way, both of which occurred between April 28-29th. In both incidents, the residents were at home but did not encounter the perpetrator(s). The first incident on Midbridge Dr. occurred at approximately 10:15pm. on April 28th. Unknown actor(s) pried the screen off a rear window but were only able to open the window approximately one-quarter of an inch. The homeowner’s… alarm activated, however they did not notice anything out of the ordinary at the time. The second incident occurred on Wellesley Way at 8:50am on April 29th. While the homeowner and her child were in a second floor bedroom, two subjects entered the residence through an unlocked front door but subsequently fled, leaving the door open, without taking any property.

Residents are reminded to lock home and car doors, even when at home, and to set alarms. Citizens can also assist police by reporting any suspicious activity in their neighborhoods by calling 609-267-8300.

Turn In Your Unwanted Prescription Drugs April 26th

On Saturday, April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Medford Police Department and the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its eighth opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to the Medford Public safety Building at 91 Union Street, across from Freedom Park. (Please note that the DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) This public service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last October, Americans turned in 324 tons (over 647,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at over 4,114 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners. When those results are combined with what was collected in its seven previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 3.4 million pounds—more than 1,700 tons—of pills.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

According to DEA officials, “the abuse of pharmaceuticals is the 2nd most abused drug; only marijuana ranks higher. This program alleviates this issue and will protect citizens from wrongfully obtaining the drugs and/or will prevent the drugs finding their way into our drinking water, etc.”

DEA is in the process of approving new regulations that implement the Safe and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” (that is, a patient or their family member or pet owner) of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them. The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long term care facilities to dispose of their residents’ controlled substances in certain instances.

For a complete listing of host locations, please follow this link: https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/NTBI/ntbi-pub.pub?_flowExecutionKey=_c99D5D299-2232-24E6-7FC0-2CE8EA38FE52_k807D8A69-4FEC-BB9F-4B93-32B27A22CDB8

Advisory: Winter Storm Warning

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for our area in effect from 10pm Wednesday to 1am Friday. Snow and sleet are expected during the warning period, with snow accumulation between 4 to 8 inches. The precipitation will begin as mostly snow and mix with sleet during the day on Thursday before changing back to all snow again a tapering off Thursday night.

A Winter Storm Warning means significant snow, sleet, and ice are expected and will make travel hazardous.

As a result of the snowstorm, all Public Works personnel will be assigned to snow removal operations. Therefore, the Public Works Yard will be Closed for bulk trash and recyclables drop-off on Thursday and Saturday.

Residents are requested to move cars and basketball nets off of roadways where possible to allow snow plows to effectively clear the streets.

In addition, Residents and Contractors are reminded that it is a violation of Township Ordinance to deposit snow from private property onto Township streets and roadways.

Primary roads will be plowed first, followed by secondary roads, and then side streets and courts/cul-de-sacs, which may not be addressed until several hours after the snow has stopped falling.

Winter Storm Warning

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for our area. Precipitation will start as some rain or a rain/snow mix this afternoon before changing to all snow this evening. The bulk of the now, 4-6″, is expected tonight into Friday morning. High winds and extremely cold temperatures are expected with this storm, which may produce blowing snow and drifts. A Winter Storm Warning means significant amounts of snow, sleet, and ice are expected. Strong winds are also possible. This will make travel very hazardous or impossible. Temperatures will be at or near records lows. Use caution when outdoors, and provide shelter for pets and animals.

Advisory: Winter Storm Warning

IMG_20131210_115137982…WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM TO 5 PM EST TUESDAY…

* HAZARD TYPES…HEAVY SNOWFALL.

* ACCUMULATIONS…SNOW ACCUMULATION OF 3 TO 5 INCHES…ALONG WITH AROUND A TRACE OF ICE.

* TIMING…BEGINNING BY DAWN TUESDAY AND LASTING INTO THE
AFTERNOON. THE SNOW WILL TAPER BY DUSK TUESDAY.

* IMPACTS…MODERATE TO SEVERE TRAVEL IMPACTS DURING THE MORNING COMMUTE. ICY ROADS AFTER THE SNOW…SINCE TEMPERATURES WILL FALL BELOW FREEZING LATE TUESDAY…AND LAST FOR A FEW DAYS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW…SLEET…AND ICE ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. THIS WILL MAKE TRAVEL VERY HAZARDOUS OR IMPOSSIBLE.

Residents are urged to move vehicles off of streets to allow for efficient plowing of roadways.  Public Works plows will be on the road throughout the storm.  Roads will be cleared based upon priority:  Main arteries will be plowed and salted as necessary throughout the storm, followed by primary streets through neighborhoods, and then secondary roads and cul-de-sacs will be cleared last.  Please be patient. 

State Highway 70 is maintained by the NJDOT.

Stokes Road/Main St/Mt. Holly Road, Tuckerton Road, Church Road, Taunton Road/Blvd, Himmelein Road, Tomlinson Mill Road, and Evesboro Road are plowed and salted by the Burlington County Highway Department as they are County Highways..

Medford Police Operation Take Back

On Saturday October 26th between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. the Medford Police will be hosting an Operation Take Back collection point at the Public Safety Building located at 91 Union St. Through a partnership with the D.E.A., Medford Police will collect unused and unwanted medicine so that it may be properly destroyed. Citizens may drop off their medicines for disposal with no paperwork or questions asked.