GTPD Media Release: Smoke Condition In School Resulted In Morning Evacuation At Our Lady of Hope School 4-21-2015
On 4-21-2015 at approximately 7:26 AM, the Gloucester Township Police Department responded to Our Lady of Hope School located at 420 South Black Horse Pike for a report of a smoke condition in the building. First arriving officers reported that there was a light smoke condition in one building and that occupants had been evacuated. The arriving students for school were being sheltered in a nearby building that was not affected by the incident.
Fire department personnel from Blackwood, Chews Landing, Blenheim, Lambs Terrace, Erial, Deptford, and Pine Hill investigated the incident and located some smoldering damage, which was contained to the outside of one building, that reportedly caused the smoke condition. The incident is being investigated by the Gloucester Township Fire District 4 Fire Marshal’s Office and it is believed that the fire may have been caused by a lightning strike. The following agencies additionally responded and assisted in this incident: Camden County Communications, Gloucester Township E.M.S. Alliance and the Gloucester Township Office of Emergency Management.
There were no reported injuries as a result of the incident. The Black Horse Pike was closed in the area of the school for approximately thirty minutes during this emergency response. The students and staff were permitted to return to the school upon completion of the fire department investigation.
Gloucester Township Police Media Release: Attempt To Locate Missing Endangered Juvenile Female 4-20-2015
On April 15, 2015, it was reported to the Gloucester Township Police that Jasmine Ortiz, a juvenile female, walked away from her residence and has not returned home.
Investigation revealed that she may be in the area with a male friend. The name of the friend and location are unknown. Jasmine Ortiz is 17 years of age and reported to be 5′-02″ tall and weighing 139 pounds. She has shoulder length brown hair with and was last seen wearing a gray jacket, blue jeans and glasses.
Anyone having knowledge about this subject is requested to call 9-1-1, the Gloucester Township Police Department at 856-228-4500 or call our 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
GTPD Media Release: Male Eludes And Assaults GTPD Officers Investigating Suspicious Vehicle 4-20-2015
On 4-20-2015 at approximately 1:34 AM, Gloucester Township Police officers on patrol observed a suspicious vehicle, a 2004 Silver Ford mini-van, exiting the parking area of a closed business. They attempted to stop the vehicle as the male driver failed to pull over and began to flee from the officers. A short vehicle pursuit began until the driver turned into a no outlet area of an apartment complex and abandoned the vehicle on Hamilton Avenue in Blackwood as he ran into a wooded area. The officers, now in a foot pursuit, were able to catch the driver who began to violently assault the officers and resist arrest. The male was sprayed with OC “pepper spray” that had little effect on his aggressive behavior. The driver was able to be secured in restraining devices, however, still ignored police commands, while spitting on officers, and continued his attempts to assault them.
The accused, Jason M. Porten, was found to have numerous active warrants in excess of $25,000 dollars from various jurisdictions. The accused was charged with eluding, 5 counts of aggravated assault on police, resisting arrest, and obstruction of justice with a bail set at $50,000 full cash. The accused was taken to a nearby hospital to be medically cleared for incarceration and remand to the Camden County Jail in default of bail. Two of the responding Gloucester Township Police officers were injured during this incident and were treated at a local hospital then released pending follow-up.
The Gloucester Township Police Department’s Investigations Bureau is continuing this investigation due to recovered items believed to be potentially connected to criminal activity by the accused. Anyone having information on this crime is asked to contact the Gloucester Township Police Department at 856-228-4500 or call our 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
Arrested: Jason M. Porten – Age 35, 200 Bldg. LaCascata, Clementon, NJ
Gloucester Township Community Event: GTPD Will Attend the Gloucester Township’s 3rd Annual Hooked On Fishing Not Drugs Kids Tournament
SATURDAY, APRIL 25, 2015 (Rain Date – April 26, 2015) at DRAMESI LAKE on HIDER LANE, GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP (PARK AT MUNICIPAL BLDG. SHUTTLE BUS WILL BE AVAILABLE)
Ages 5 to 15 years old , Registration 8:00 to 9:00 at Dramesi Lake, Classes 9:00to 10:00 (MUST ATTEND), Fishing Time 10:00 to 12:00 ONLY, Lunch/Awards/Prizes 12:00 to 2:00
Free Food, Free Bait and Prizes, Classes include LEAD Program, Safety Procedures and More
*CHILDREN MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT AT ALL TIMES AND BRING A FISHING ROD IF YOU HAVE ONE**
Sponsored by Glou. Twp’s Mayor’s Office, LEAD Officers, Fire & Rescue Squads, Senior Citizen’s Bldg Personnel, Parks/ Rec. & ASAC Volunteers
Questions call Mr. DiGennaro (856) 904-4968 or Mrs. Foreman (609) 634-8491
This is NOT a Gloucester Township Police Department Event. Please call the above contacts with any questions. Thank you.