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mariab
January 18th, 2011, 07:03 PM
Accused Lakewood cop killer makes first court appearance


TOMS RIVER Accused cop killer Jahmell W. Crockam made his first court appearance this afternoon before Superior Court Judge Wendel E. Daniels, who kept the defendant's bail at $5,150,000.

Courthouse security appeared beefed up as Daniels informed Crockam, 19, of Edgewood Court, Lakewood, that he is charged with the murder Friday afternoon of Lakewood police Officer Christopher Matlosz.




Crockam also is charged with possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.

Matlosz, 27, was shot three times at close range when he stopped to question Crockam on August Drive in Lakewood. Crockam was arrested Sunday morning in Camden.

http://www.mycentraljersey.com/article/20110118/NEWS/110118051/Accused+Lakewood+cop+killer+makes+first+court+appe arance

Ninjahedge
January 19th, 2011, 08:04 AM
I have no sympathy for the guy, but what was the point of such an odd, and extreme, bail?

I know you set it high to make sure they cannot get it through a bail Bondsman, but $5,150,000? What does that extra $150K do?

Why not add 22 at the end for good measure?

lofter1
January 19th, 2011, 10:33 AM
Seems there's probable gang connection (http://www.dailyrecord.com/article/20110117/UPDATES01/110117025/Lakewood-NJ-has-long-been-a-hotbed-for-gang-activity) to suspect Crockam (http://www.lakewood246.com/news/26324/bloods-put-bounty-on-lakewood-cops-report.html).

mariab
January 19th, 2011, 09:30 PM
Exclusive: Bloods Gang Taking Contracts Out On NJ Police

Click link at bottom for video of suspected hitman

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LAKEWOOD, N.J. (WPIX) —
In the aftermath of a cold blooded execution-style killing of a New Jersey (http://www.wpix.com/topic/us/new-jersey-PLGEO100100700000000.topic) police officer, authorities are now looking for a man contracted by the Bloods street gang to kill more officers.

A source close to the investigation told the PIX 11 News that police have taken 50-year-old ex-con Donnie Dorsey into custody, who they believe was hired to kill a New Jersey police officer at random.

Dorsey was previously jailed for a shoplifting incident on May 24, 2009 in Orange County, according to the New Jersey's Department of Corrections. He was incarcerated on January 15, 2010 and was released on September 15, 2010 after serving eight months of his 18-month sentence at Bayside State Prison in Leesburg.

The contract was put out by a Lakewood area Bloods leader named Calvin "Cal" Pressley, according to the source. The contract is apparently retaliation for the police targeting all known Bloods members after 19-year-old Jahmell W. Crockam shot New Jersey police officer Christopher Matlosz as he sat in his patrol car on Sunday. Crockam is a suspected member of the Bloods gang.

Matlosz had been with the force since August 2006, conducting the midnight routine community patrol shift, and he had just switched to the evening shift about a week ago. He was engaged to be married and was respected throughout the community.

Crockam was formally charged with murder and possession of a weapon Tuesday, and is being held on $5 million bail.

Police are now on high alert and are continuing the search for the man hired to execute more officers.

http://www.wpix.com/news/wpix-bloods-contract-nj-police,0,7897934.story?track=rss

mariab
January 20th, 2011, 05:46 PM
Officer Matlosz funeral



By STEPHANIE LODER (sloder@app.com) • STAFF WRITER • January 20, 2011

LAKEWOOD — With thousands of mourners listening, slain officer Christopher Matlosz' fiancee today recalled seeing him the morning of the day he was shot. The two were getting ready for work.

"I hugged him tight. I would always say, 'Stay extra safe,' " said Kelly Walsifer. "I know now he will always be extra safe."

"Chris was the life of the party," she said at the end of Maltosz' funeral Mass today at the St. Mary of the Lake Roman Catholic Church. "He had a big smile, a contagious laugh and I knew he was the perfect best friend and soul mate.

"I question God every day why he would take Chris away from me," she said. "'But I know he is still giving me the same courage and bravery every day from above."

The flag-draped coffin carrying Maltosz arrived for the funeral aboard a horse-drawn carriage surrounded by 100 bagpipers and thundering drums.


Thousands of law enforcement officers in dress uniforms assembled outside the church, listening through loudspeakers. Gov. Chris Christie and Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno sat in the first row across from family members. Only family and police officers were allowed inside the small church, where there is standing room only.



State police say 10,000 police officers lined the streets outside.

Diocese of Trenton Bishop David M. O'Connell remembered Matlosz as a man of faith who died doing the job he loved.

"Chris loved being a public servant and he knew the risks," O'Connell said. "It is that very faith that can help us make sense of what happened that day that our minds just can't grasp."

"Today is a day for us to grieve and do the best we can to remember the words Kelly stated of how Chris touched all the people who came into his life," Christie said at the end of the Mass. "His exceptional bravery and friendship should serve today to tell us of a life well-lived and serve as an inspiration to us about how precious life really is."

More than 5,000 police officers had been expected to attend, a spokesman for the state Policemen's Benevolent Association said. Police from New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and Ohio as well as State Police and corrections officers were among those in attendance.

Read more: http://www.app.com/article/20110120/NEWS/110120047/Fiancee-speaks-at-Matlosz-funeral

Funeral coverage on News 12 NJ was very poignant. His fiance said the night before he died, he rubbed her back to help her fall asleep then stopped. She asked what's the matter, & he said he just wanted to look at her because she was so beautiful. How so many of us live for moments like that. Now a mother buries her son, a fiance buries her soulmate, friends bury a friend, & we lose one more good officer for absolutely nothing that means anything except to those who only know hate.