Fatal House Fire Under Investigation In Manchester, NJ

March 19, 2023

MANCHESTER, NJ (OCEAN)–On March 19, 2023, at approximately 6:51pm, the Manchester Police Department received a call for a structure fire on Heron St located in the Cedar Glen West section of the Township.  Several patrol officers responded and observed the residence to be fully engulfed in flames.  Residents from the adjoining quadplex and surrounding buildings were quickly evacuated.  Upon arrival, officers were told by a family member that another family member was still inside of the burning home.  Officers attempted to make entry into the residence where they were met by heavy smoke and heat and they were unable to get in the home to rescue the resident inside.

            As a result of attempting to get inside of the home, three police officers and the reporting family member were taken to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation.  Multiple Fire Departments from Manchester, Whiting, Ridgeway, Joint Base, Lakehurst, Toms River, and Cassville responded to extinguish the fire.  Manchester Emergency Medical Service responded to assess the residents and officers for smoke inhalation. 

Detective Adam Emmons of the Manchester Police Investigations Bureau, Detective John Doran of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office and the Ocean County Fire Marshall are investigating this incident.  Also assisting with the investigation is the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department Crime Scene Unit and the Ocean County Medical Examiner.  Manchester Emergency Management Coordinator Robert Sharry and the American Red Cross also responded to assist with the incident.  At this point in time, the cause and origin of the fire is unknown as the case is actively being investigated.  The identity of the decedent will not be released due to pending notification to the decedent’s next of kin.  

Lawrence Township Man Killed In Shooting In Atlantic City

March 19, 2023

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ — The Atlantic County Prosecutors Office Major Crimes Unit and Atlantic City Police Department Violent Crimes Unit are cooperatively investigating the fatal shooting of a man late Thursday evening.

On Thursday, March 16, 2023, at approximately 10:40 pm, the Atlantic City Police Department responded to reports of a shooting on the unit block south Texas Avenue. Officers located a male identified as Jamar Square (29 years old) of Lawrence Township, NJ, suffering from gunshot wounds. Square was transported by medical personnel to AtlantiCare Medical Center, City Division where he was subsequently pronounced deceased.

Anyone with information involving this incident is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609- 909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office website at http://www.acpo.org/tips.html and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page. People can also call Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or 1-800-658- 8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers Website at http://www/crimestoppersatlantic.com/. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.”

According to a Rider News October 20, 2011 article a Jamar Square then 18 years old was a reported intruder on the TCNJ campus and was charged with burglary, theft, receiving stolen property and credit card theft, as a result of incidents reported at TCNJ.

You can read the Rider News article here.

According to an October 18, 2016 article by Homicide Watch Trenton. On Jan. 30, 2012, Jamar Square was involved in a shooting homicide in Trenton on Route 29. According to the article Square was initially charged with murder along with three others Romero, Mitchell and Marks. A grand jury ended up only indicting him on gun charges.

“Square had also caught charges in three other cases. He faced counts of robbery, terroristic threats, burglary and theft in those cases – for allegedly holding up residents in his hometown of Lawrence and also targeting College of New Jersey students.”

You can read the Homicide Watch Trenton Article here.

Victim of the Atlantic City Shooting Jamar Square

Lawrenceville, NJ Man Identified As Victim Of Morning Accident On I-295

March 19, 2023 — UPDATE

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Sgt. Philip Curry from the New Jersey State Police, Office of Public Information stated that the crash occurred at 7:25 a.m. on I-295 northbound Mile Post 63.2 in Hamilton Twp. Preliminary investigation revealed that a Hyundai Tucson, operated by Rajbir Singh, 47, of Lawrenceville, NJ, was traveling north on I-295. In the area of Mile Post 63.2, the Hyundai ran off the road to the right, traveled up an embankment, became airborne, and overturned. The Hyundai impacted a chain link fence, multiple trees, and came to an uncontrolled final rest partially submerged in a body of water. As a result of the crash, Singh sustained fatal injuries. The crash remains under investigation.

Photos from Hamilton Township Professional Firefighters

Earlier MidJersey.news stories below:

Plane Makes Crash Landing At Trenton Mercer Airport

March 19, 2023 – Updated

EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–TTN Spokesperson Julie Willmot stated that at appx 10:30 a.m., this morning an Infinity Flight School plane experienced a landing gear issue resulting in the aircraft veering off into a grassy area along runway. The FAA cleared the plane to be removed and it’s being towed away now. Neither the student pilot nor instructor were injured.

Preliminary information from Donnell Evans FAA Federal Aviation Administration Public Affairs Specialist stated that a twin-engine Piper PA-44 slid off the runway after landing safely at Trenton–Mercer Airport in New Jersey, around 10:45 a.m. local time Sunday, March 19. Two people were on board.

Original MidJersey.news story:

EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–At 10:41 a.m., this morning Mercer Airport Fire Department Station 34 along with Ewing Township Fire Departments and EMS were dispatched to Mercer County Airport TTN for an aircraft emergency incident on the runway. It appears that a plane had crashed landed with landing gear up just off the runway. There were no reported injuries. Officials notified the FAA and other officials for the investigation. No other details are available.

Officials investigate a aircraft incident at Trenton Mercer County Airport on March 19, 2023

NJ State Police Investigating Fatal Crash on I-295 In Hamilton Township

March 19, 2023–Update

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Sgt. Philip Curry from the New Jersey State Police, Office of Public Information told MidJersey.news that Troopers are investigating a fatal motor vehicle crash that occurred at 7:25 a.m. on I-295 northbound in the area of Mile Post 63.2 in Hamilton Twp.  There is one confirmed fatality.  This crash is currently under investigation and there are no additional details available at this time.

Earlier MidJersey.News story here:

Ewing Township Firefighters Extinguish House Fire

March 19, 2023

EWING TOWNSHIP (Mercer) – Fire damaged a two-story house at 76 Lanning Street late Saturday night (March 18). Ewing Township firefighters were alerted to the blaze at 10:54 p.m. and quickly arrived to find the front of the house engulfed in flames. Multiple hose lines were put in service to knock down the flames. Mutual aid assistance was called to the scene from Lawrence Township and Pennington Borough fire companies. The blaze was declared under control at 11:35 p.m. There were no reports of any injuries. The cause of the fire was under investigation.   

Hamilton Firefighters Quickly Extinguish Fire

March 19, 2023

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Around 3:00 a.m. the Hamilton Township Fire Department was dispatched to the 1800 Block of West Mcgalliard Avenue for a house fire with entrapment. Firefighters found a fire in the carport that was extending to the home. Firefighters quickly placed hose lines in service and beat down the flames. Searches of the home were negative. No injuries were reported in the fire. No cause of the fire was reported at this time.

2023 Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Held In Hamilton Township

March 19, 2023

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The Hamilton Township Saint Patrick’s Day Parade 2023 was held yesterday March 18, 2023. This year’s theme was “The Green Grasses Of Ireland” Grand Marshal Michael “Mick” Conboy lead the parade as the Grand Marshal, Steinert High School senior Eva Kelly, was the parade’s Miss St. Patrick, Gil Lugossy was honored with the St. Patrick Parade and Scholarship committee’s special community award for his lifelong service to the citizens of Mercer County, and Steinert High School senior Gracyn Nutt, the Miss St. Patrick runner-up.

The opening ceremony took place at 12:30 p.m. at the Nottingham Fire House on Mercer Street, the parade kicked off at 1:00 p.m. The reviewing stand was at Nottingham Way and Shady Lane.


On Scene News Photos By Brian McCarthy

Developing: Hamilton Firefighters On Location With Car In Water On I-295

March 19, 2023

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–It was reported that NJ State Police and Hamilton Township Fire Department were called to I-295 this morning with a car in the water near Cypress Lane overpass. Firefighters requested two water rescue units for a person in the car that was in the water. The New Jersey Serious Crash Investigation Unit was called to the scene for the investigation. The car was removed from the water.


Sgt. Philip Curry from the New Jersey State Police, Office of Public Information told MidJersey.news that Troopers are investigating a fatal motor vehicle crash that occurred at 7:25 a.m. on I-295 northbound in the area of Mile Post 63.2 in Hamilton Twp.  There is one confirmed fatality.  This crash is currently under investigation and there are no additional details available at this time.

Hamilton Township Professional Firefighters Association Facebook Photos.

East Windsor Firefighters Battle Vehicle Fire On Route 33

March 19, 2023

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–East Windsor Fire Company Station 46 responded to a well involved vehicle fire on Route 33 east bound between Route 133 and Lake Drive yesterday March 18, 2023 just before 4:00 p.m. Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire and notified the NJ Department of Environmental Protection for a small fuel spill. No other information is available.

Wall Township Man Sentenced For Attempting To Endanger The Welfare Of A Child

March 17, 2023

FREEHOLD, NJ (MONMOUTH)–A Wall Township man was sentenced to a total of three years in a New Jersey State Prison in connection with the 2019 attempt to endanger the welfare of a child, Monmouth County Prosecutor Raymond S. Santiago announced Friday.  

On Friday, March 10, 2023, before Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Marc C. Lemieux, Kenneth Megill, 43, was sentenced on a third-degree charge of Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Upon release, Megill faces mandatory Megan’s Law registration and Parole Supervision for Life.  

Megill pled guilty to the charge on October 14, 2022.       

Megill utilized an online dating platform in an attempt to endanger what he believed to be a 14-year-old male high-school student by sending him sexually explicit messages and requesting nude photographs of the child. Megill was arrested and charged following an investigation by the Wall Township Police Department, Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.    

Investigators are seeking additional information about Megill’s activities. Anyone with information can contact Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Anthony Lacher at 800-533-7443.   

Anyone who feels the need to remain anonymous but has information about a crime can submit a tip to Monmouth County Crime Stoppers by calling their confidential telephone tip-line at 1-800-671-4400; by downloading and using the free P3 Tips mobile app (available on iOS and Android – https://www.p3tips.com/1182), by calling 800-671-4400 or by going to the website at http://www.monmouthcountycrimestoppers.com

This case was handled by Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Stephanie Dugan. Megill was represented by Robert C. Wolf, Esq., of Red Bank.

Kenneth Megill, 43, was sentenced on a third-degree charge of Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Upon release, Megill faces mandatory Megan’s Law registration and Parole Supervision for Life.  

$1.87M Verdict for Woman Injured at Cranbury Inn

Debra Forman, 62, suffered traumatic brain and orthopedic injuries after a fall

March 17, 2023

CRANBURY, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–The Lawrenceville-based law firm of Stark & Stark announced that Shareholder Evan J. Lide has secured a verdict totaling $1.87 million for 62-year-old Debra Forman after she tripped and fell at the historic Cranbury Inn in Cranbury, NJ.

At the date of the incident, Nov. 4, 2017, Ms. Forman was attending a wedding and tripped and fell on a fireplace that had been erected in the newer part of the building. Ms. Forman fell forward, landing on her face, resulting in non-displaced fractures on her nose and a non-displaced right humerus fracture. A few days after being discharged from the hospital, she exhibited post-concussion symptoms and later developed knee pain. It was also later determined that she had suffered a traumatic brain injury from the accident.

The Inn served as its own general contractor on the hearth extension that caused Ms. Forman’s fall, which was raised 1.375 inches. The building’s site inspection by a liability expert after the accident determined the hearth was a tripping hazard and was five times what the ASTM standards, the ADA, and the building code required (.25 inches).

This case was presided by the Honorable Christopher D. Rafano, J.S.C., in New Brunswick, NJ. After two weeks of trial, Debra Forman was awarded $1.35 million for pain and suffering, $402,596 for her loss of earning capacity, and her husband was awarded $120,000 for his loss of consortium.

“I am thankful that the jury saw the truth in this case and that her reputation was vindicated,” stated Mr. Lide. “When Debbie tripped over the raised fireplace hearth extension, she did in fact suffer a traumatic brain injury that has had devastating consequences for her and her family. This verdict means so much to Debbie and her family and I am proud of the work and resources dedicated by our team.”

Some of Ms. Forman’s injuries were not immediately known and many of her symptoms developed over time. Some of her pre-existing conditions (like migraines and a knee injury) returned or were exacerbated by the fall, and other injuries, like one to her bicep tendon that required surgery three years after the incident, were directly related to the injuries suffered immediately following the accident. The Defense argued that Ms. Forman was faking many of her injuries.

Another interesting component of this case was the fact that the ASTM and ADA standards are voluntary, and the Township of Cranbury, where the Inn is located, did not adopt them and they were therefore not legally binding. The plaintiffs, however, were able to argue that the legality of the standards ultimately did not matter because the hearth posed a dangerous condition that lacked any visual cues which would have drawn attention to the potential hazard.

Evan J. Lide is a Shareholder and member of Stark & Stark’s Personal Injury Group. He is also an expert Civil Trial Attorney as certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey. He has dedicated his career to seeking justice on behalf of those who have been wronged. Mr. Lide focuses his practice on representing people who have suffered traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and other catastrophic injuries, including death resulting from automobile crashes, product liability, and premises liability.

About Stark & Stark:
Since 1933, Stark & Stark (www.stark-stark.com) has developed innovative legal solutions to meet our clients’ needs. Boasting one of the oldest law practices in New Jersey, Stark & Stark offers a full range of legal services for businesses and individuals. After 90 years, our attorneys continue to deliver practical, efficient solutions to clients in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, and throughout the United States.

Cranbury Inn Facebook Photo

Robbinsville Firefighters Respond To Reported Carbon Monoxide Incident In Windsor Section Of Township

March 16, 2023

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Details are sketchy but around 9:23 p.m. last night March 15, 2023, the Robbinsville Township Fire Department and EMS along with Police responded to 93 North Main Street in the Windsor section of the Township for a reported Carbon Monoxide Emergency. Upon arrival firefighters reported a carbon monoxide leak from a broken vent. It was reported that one person was transported to the hospital for evaluation but no word of condition. The Township Fire Official and Township Building Official were called to the scene to investigate.

This morning there were large red/orange signs posted at all the entrances that were visible from the street and once zoomed in it appeared that they read Unsafe Structure Notice with the date of 3/15/2023. There appeared to be yellow tape around the back of one of the buildings on the property. It was also reported a large amount of people were staying at the property and needed to find other places to stay once the building was closed.

Township Officials would not comment and referred all comments to the Robbinsville Township Police Department who would also not comment on the call last night.

If further details become available, the story will be updated.

Buildings at 93 North Main Street in the Windsor section of Robbinsville were posted with Unsafe Structure Notice. Yellow tape could be seen around the back of the building. All photos taken from across the street.

Millstone Firefighters Respond To Overturned Vehicle On Fire

March 16, 2023

MILLSTONE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–Millstone Township Fire Department responded to a crash last night on Smithburg Road between Baird and Route 33 on the border with Manalapan Township. The vehicle reportedly hit a utility pole, overturned and was fully engulfed in fire on arrival of the fire department. NJ State Police reported that Manalapan Township Police is handling the investigation. No other information is available at this time.

East Windsor Police Blotter Through March 15, 2023

March 16, 2023

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–The East Windsor Township Police Department initiated the following police reports through Wednesday, March 15, 2023.

  • False Report/Hit and Run Motor Vehicle Accident

Location: East Windsor Police Headquarters

Time/Date: 10:45 PM, 03/10/2023

An individual responded to East Windsor Police Headquarters to report damage to his vehicle from a motor vehicle accident. Investigation revealed that the individual had been involved in a motor vehicle accident, but he was responsible for the crash and left the scene without notifying police or speaking to the other driver. The individual was placed under arrest and later released pending court action.

Defendant: Ziaree Garcia Lakehurst, NJ 30 Years of Age

Charges: False Report to Law Enforcement Leaving the Scene of an Accident Failure to Report an Accident

Arresting Officer: Patrol Officer Chelsea Lyons

  • Shoplifting

Location:     319 Route 130 (ShopRite)

Time/Date:     5:41 PM, 03/13/2023

The officer responded to ShopRite for a report of shoplifting. Investigation revealed that the individual left the store without paying for $52.68 worth of merchandise. The individual was later identified and charged on a complaint summons.

Defendant:             Jeremiah Krameer Lawrenceville, NJ 29 Years of Age

Charges:                 Shoplifting

Arresting Officer:  Patrol Officer Michael Adelung

  • DUI/Obstructing

Location: Twin Rivers Drive North

Time/Date: 8:23 PM, 03/14/2023

The officer responded to the area of Twin Rivers Drive North for a report of a motor vehicle accident. Investigation revealed that the vehicle struck several parked vehicles. The driver fled the scene on foot, but was apprehended by officers. The driver exhibited signs of impairment and was placed under arrest. The driver was later released pending court action.

Defendant: Francisco Chavez-Arriaga East Windsor, NJ 32 Years of Age

Charges: Obstruction of Administration of Law DUI

Reckless Driving Careless Driving

Leaving the Scene of an Accident Failure to Report an Accident Open Container within Vehicle Unlicensed Driver

Failure to Exhibit Registration Failure to Exhibit Insurance Card

Arresting Officer:     Patrol Officer Brian Rust

  • Shoplifting

Location:     70 Route 571 (Target)

Time/Date:     12:16 PM, 03/15/2023

The officer responded to Target for a report of shoplifting. Investigation revealed that the individual left the store without paying for $322.35 worth of merchandise. The individual was later identified and charged on a complaint summons.

Defendant: Anthony Smith Bronx, NY 30 Years of Age

Charges: Shoplifting

Arresting Officer: Patrol Officer Maria Smith

Serious Injury Reported In Quakerbridge Road Crash

March 16, 2023

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Hamilton Police reported that on March 16, 2023, at approximately 12:30 a.m., a 2013 Hyundai Elantra, driven by Maxwell Williams, 22-years-old, from Hamilton, was traveling northbound on Quakerbridge Road near Nami Lane, when the vehicle left the roadway and struck a telephone pole.  The vehicle rolled over and continued northbound before striking a second telephone pole and coming to a stop.  Williams had to be extricated from the vehicle by members of the Hamilton Fire Division.  He suffered serious injuries and was transported to Capital Health Hospital at Fuld by ambulance for treatment.

     The crash is being investigated by Officers K. McDonald and B. Wood from the Hamilton Police Traffic Unit.

  Any witnesses are asked to contact the Hamilton Police Traffic Unit at (609)581-4000. 

Hamilton Township Professional Firefighters reported that Around 1:00 a.m, Rescue 1/Engine1/Squad1/ and Battalion 1 responded to the area of 3500 Quakerbridge Rd for a reported Motor Vehicle Accident. Battalion 1 Arrived to find 1 victim trapped in the vehicle unresponsive. Rescue 1 started extricating the victim, the victim was removed from the vehicle in under 7 minutes. Patient care was turned over to Robert Wood EMS and Capital health Paramedics, and transported to the trauma center in critical condition. Update on the patient this morning was that he is stable. Hamilton Fire would like to thank the bystanders that stopped and attempted to keep the patient conscious.

Nottingham High School Step Team To Compete In March-Madness Style Brackets Culminating At The World-Famous Apollo Theater

March 16, 2023

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–On March 13th, Nottingham High School (NHS) Step Team of Nottingham High School (N.J.), one of New Jersey’s best high school step teams, begins its quest for the 2023 National High School Performing Arts (NHSPA)

 “Steptime at the Apollo” Step Championship. In a “March-Madness” type bracketed tournament, the competition’s first round matches will occur virtually, with the final four teams scheduled to compete at Harlem’s World-Famous Apollo Theater in April.

The Nottingham HS Step Team, based in Hamilton, N.J., has been stomping the Hamilton grounds with the Nottingham school spirit for several years. NHS Step Team actively performs at basketball games and various events at the school, throughout Hamilton Township and in Trenton, N.J. This year, the 13 active members are advised by Trish Tammaro and coached by NHS alumna Rachel Sanchez.

The competition begins with eight seeded teams paired off in head-to-head matches, with online fan voting battles to determine the top four teams. The third seeded NHS Step Team will face off against face sixth seeded Vision Steppers of New Rochelle (N.Y.), which has grown to more than 60 members strong and have performed and competed in many different cities across the country. The victor will advance to the NHSPA National Step Championship final four at the “StepTime at the Apollo” event on April 22nd. 

Co-produced by NHSPA and the World of Step (WOS), the championship will feature action-packed “Mano a Mano” excitement, empowering steppers with the opportunity to compete like athletes for $3,000 in cash prizes, a National Championship, NHSPA Step All-American recognition and school pride.

“The NHSPA Step Championship is an important event for showcasing the talents of young performers on a national stage,” said Victoria Duruh, Chief Talent Officer of UEG. “Fostering this new talent is significant to UpStaged, as we are dedicated to supporting the growth of the next generation of performing artists – this championship in particular is an incredible platform for celebrating student performers who deserve the same recognition and celebration as athletes.”

WOS is the Nation’s preeminent youth step producer, platform, and educator. NHSPA and WOS are working together to create a truly exceptional championship weekend event to highlight the talents of these incredible performers.

“These talented high school steppers have an unbelievable opportunity to compete for a National Championship at the Nation’s most storied historically black theater in the most world renowned black cultural Mecca, Harlem,” said WOS Founder and CEO Jessica Remo. “This is the Superbowl of Step, being played out in the Madison Square Garden of Performing Arts Venues.”

East Windsor Township Proclaims Boy Scouting Anniversary Week

March 16, 2023

EAST WINDSOR TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Mayor Janice S. Mironov issued a Mayoral Proclamation recognizing Boy Scouting Anniversary Week, February 5 to 11, 2023Mayor Mironov presented the Proclamation, accompanied by pesonal donations of support, to each of the four local boy scout troops and their Troop leaders;  Boy Scout Troop 59 Scoutmaster Gary Schwartz, Boy Scout Troop 5700 Scoutmaster Bruce Kramer, Boy Scout Troop 6284 Assistant Scoutmaster Gayle Wilton, and Cub Scout Pack 53 Den Leader Robert Lisk.

            The Mayoral Proclamation, noting that the Boy Scouts of America was officially founded in 1910 and celebrating its 113th anniversary, praised Boy Scouting as a “youth program of character development, value-based programs and leadership training” and further stated “the Boy Scouts have continued to set an excellent example for all through their volunteerism, commitment to others, and dedication to bettering themselves and their communities.”  Mayor Mironov’s Proclamation “expressed appreciation to and commended the outstanding work of the Boy Scout organization, their scout members, leaders and volunteers in our community.” 

            Mayor Mironov expressed her “enthusiastic support of the local Boy Scout organizations,” noting “We are proud to recognize our local Boy Scout Troops during Scouting Anniversary Week and touting the great opportunities scouting provides young people in East Windsor.  We are very proud of our local Boy Scouts and the terrific adults who volunteer their time and abilities to provide young people with the opportunity to learn new skills and make friends, while instilling in them strong values.  For the young people who join Boy Scouts, we commend you on making a wise choice which will enhance your life experiences.  The Township has been proud to partner with so many Scouts for their Eagle Projects, which have been a great service and benefit to the community.  We appreciate all of the scouts and leaders who have contributed to the success of such a vibrant organization in East Windsor.”

Mayor Janice S. Mironov presented the Proclamation for Boy Scouting Anniversary Week, along with a personal donation of support, to local Boy Scout Troop 5700.- Pictured (from left to right) are: – Mayor Janice S. Mironov;    Jess Collecton, Assistant Scoutmaster;  Bruce Kramer, Scoutmaster;- Joey Rogers;  Adam Lewandowski;  Brennan Clissold;  Sam Zanghi;  Jack Conner;  Joey Nielsen;  Josh Conner;  Cody Lisk;  Cash Colleton, and Connor Suk.

Mayor Janice S. Mironov presented the Proclamation for Boy Scouting Anniversary Week, along with a personal donation of support, to local Boy Scout Troop 6284.- Pictured (from left to right) are: -Alice Hillary;  Teddy W.;  Aiden W.;  Mayor Janice S. Mironov;  Charlie F., and Gayle Wilton, Assistant Scoutmaster.

Mayor Janice S. Mironov presented the Proclamation for Boy Scouting Anniversary Week, along with a personal donation of support, to local Boy Scout Troop 59.- Pictured (from left to right) are: -Gary Schwartz, Scoutmaster;  Noah Schwartz;  Mayor Janice S. Mironov;  Milan Shah;  Sahaan Shyam, and Ellen Schwartz.

Mayor Janice S. Mironov presented the Proclamation for Boy Scouting Anniversary Week, along with a personal donation of support, to local Cub Scout Pack 53.- Pictured (from left to right) are: – Mayor Janice S. Mironov;Jonathan Connor;  Bethany Connor, and Robert Lisk, Den Leader.

“Operation Checkmate” Defendant Pleads Guilty To Conspiracy To Possess Cocaine With Intent To Distribute And Financial Facilitation

March 15, 2023

Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer announced that on March 13, 2023, Mark Capichana, 55, of Keyport, pled guilty before the Honorable Lisa A. Puglisi, J.S.C., to Conspiracy to Possess Cocaine in an Amount Greater than Five Ounces with Intent to Distribute, as well as Financial Facilitation of Criminal Activity.  At the time of his sentencing on June 30, 2023, the State will be seeking a term of seven years New Jersey State Prison (NJSP) as to the Narcotics charge and seven years NJSP as to the Financial Facilitation charge.  The sentences are to run consecutively.

“Operation Checkmate” was a four-month-long cooperative, multi-jurisdictional investigation conducted by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Strike Force, United States Drug Enforcement Administration – High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) Group 5, Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Strike Force,and New Jersey State Police – Trafficking Central Unit, in concert with many other state, county, and local law enforcement agencies.  The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Strike Force managed and directed three simultaneous multi-agency investigations into high level cocaine distribution in Ocean, Monmouth, and Middlesex Counties, as well as New York City.  During the course of these investigations, approximately 50 additional law enforcement personnel were assigned to the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Strike Force on a full-time basis.  Multiple agencies – both within and outside of Ocean County – assisted in every aspect of all three investigations.  The investigations, identified as “Operation Checkmate,” began in July 2021 and concluded in October of 2021.

The three cocaine networks were responsible for the import of more than three kilograms of cocaine per week into the Ocean, Monmouth, and Middlesex County areas.  Through sophisticated surveillance methods and undercover operatives, “Operation Checkmate” was successful in disrupting and dismantling illicit controlled dangerous substance (CDS) distribution activities in these three counties, as well as New York City.  On October 26, 2021, “Operation Checkmate” closed with the apprehension of 24 individuals for various offenses involving distribution of controlled dangerous substances.  Additionally, 24 search warrants were executed resulting in the seizure of more than four kilograms of cocaine, over 15 pounds of marijuana, in excess of $650,000 in United States currency,  seven firearms (three handguns, three “ghost guns,” and one pistol grip shotgun), ten vehicles, and additional illegal narcotics. 

On October 26, 2021, Detectives executed court authorized search warrants at Capichana’s residence in Keyport and a business operated by Capichana, also located in Keyport.  As a result, law enforcement seized – in combination from the residence and the business – approximately 1,455 grams of cocaine as well as $166,000 in United States currency.  Capichana was transported to the Ocean County Jail, and later released as a consequence of New Jersey Bail Reform. 

Prosecutor Billhimer acknowledges the diligent efforts of Chief Narcotics Assistant Prosecutor William Porter and Assistant Prosecutor Stephen Burke who are handling the case on behalf of the State, and also recognizes the following agencies for their collaborative assistance and cooperation with the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Strike Force in connection with this investigation:  Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Asset Forfeiture Unit; Ocean County Regional SWAT Team; United States Drug Enforcement Administration – HIDTA Group 5; Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Strike Force; New Jersey State Police – Trafficking Central Unit; New Jersey State Police Teams Unit; New Jersey Air National Guard Counter Drug Task Force; Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Unit; Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Task Force; Matawan Borough Police Department; Matawan Borough Police Department K-9 Unit; Keyport Borough Police Department; Manalapan Township Police Department; Ocean County Sheriff’s Office; Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Field Services Unit; Ocean County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit; Barnegat Township Police Department; Brick Township Police Department Street Crimes Unit; Brick Township Police Department Special Response Team; Brick Township Police Department K-9 Unit; Beachwood Borough Police Department; Berkeley Township Police Department; Jackson Township Police Department; Lakewood  Township Police Department Drug Enforcement Unit; Lakewood Township Police Department Special Response Team; Lakewood Township Police Department K-9 Unit; Manchester Township Police Department Special Enforcement Team; Ocean Township Police Department (Waretown); Point Pleasant Borough Police Department; South Toms River Police Department; Stafford Township Police Department; Toms River Township Police Department Special Enforcement Unit; Toms River Township Police Department Emergency Services Unit; Toms River Township Police K-9 Unit; Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office; Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit; Aberdeen Township Police Department; Asbury Park Police Department; Hazlet Township Police Department; Hazlet Township Police Department K-9 Unit; Keansburg Borough Police Department; Marlboro Township Police Department; Middletown Township Police Department; Sea Bright Borough Police Department; Old Bridge Township Police Department – Bureau of Narcotics; Union Beach Borough Police Department; Union Beach Borough Police Department K-9 Unit; New York City Police Department – 50th  Precinct Field Intelligence Office; and the City of New York Office of Special Narcotics Prosecutor.

NJDEP Statement On East Coast Whale Mortalities

March 15, 2023

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–In consultation with NOAA Fisheries, the lead federal agency responsible for evaluating potential impacts to marine life and habitats from human activities in federal waters, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has been monitoring an unusual humpback whale mortality event that has been affecting Atlantic coast states since January 2016. In January of this year, the DEP began receiving concerns from stakeholders that the development of offshore wind energy infrastructure off New Jersey’s coast is causing whale mortality. All offshore wind survey activities have been permitted by NOAA Fisheries and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and deemed safe for marine mammals, i.e., no injurious activities have been permitted for offshore wind developers.

As of March 2023, no offshore wind-related construction activities have taken place in waters off the New Jersey coast, and DEP is aware of no credible evidence that offshore wind-related survey activities could cause whale mortality. While DEP has no reason to conclude that whale mortality is attributable to offshore wind-related activities, DEP will continue to monitor. 

However, DEP remains concerned that ocean temperatures, which are projected to increase due to human-caused climate change caused primarily by the burning of fossil fuels, will continue to adversely impact marine mammals, including whales, their food sources, habitats, and migration patterns, as summarized in the New Jersey Scientific Report on Climate Change (Chapter 5.9). Due to these changes in ocean temperature and water chemistry, populations of marine species – including menhaden, a key whale food source—adapt by moving into new areas where conditions are more favorable. Changes that draw prey fish landward similarly increase the risk that these fish and their predators, including whales, may be drawn into conflict with human activities, such as vessel strikes that may increase whale mortality. 

DEP is dedicated to the conservation, protection, and restoration of all natural resources, including aquatic habitats and the fish and wildlife that rely upon the sound management of marine environments. In fulfilling this mission, DEP administers New Jersey’s Coastal Zone Management Program, regulates certain activities in state waters, including the development of energy-generating facilities and infrastructure, and otherwise coordinates environmental reviews with federal government agencies. DEP expects that all regulated entities, including offshore wind project sponsors, pursue development objectives responsibly, including assessing potential environmental impacts and avoiding, minimizing, and mitigating likely adverse effects upon natural resources, including marine mammals and their habitats.

In addition, the Offshore Wind Research & Monitoring Initiative (RMI), a collaborative effort of the DEP and BPU, has authorized $8.5 million in funding to date for scientific efforts to ensure the safe and ecologically responsible development of offshore wind energy.  As part of the BPU’s second wind energy solicitation, Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind, LLC, and Ocean Wind II, LLC committed $10,000 per megawatt of project-nameplate capacity awarded – a total of about $26 million – to fund regional research and ecological monitoring of the environmental impacts of offshore wind. The projects are being implemented by a variety of academic and research entities and include work to evaluate and minimize impacts to a variety of marine wildlife, including whales.

For more details on RMI, visit https://dep.nj.gov/offshorewind/rmi/ Click on the “Projects” tab for more information on the various research projects.

For information from NOAA on humpback whale mortalities, visit 2016–2023 Humpback Whale Unusual Mortality Event Along the Atlantic Coast | NOAA Fisheries

For a DEP microsite on whale mortalities, visit https://dep.nj.gov/humpback-whale-unusual-mortality-event/

Photos by: Ryan Mack, Jersey Shore Fire Responce

Record Amount of Blood Donated at Robbinsville High School Blood Drive

Students in the Red Cross Club Organize the Community Event

March 15, 2023

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Robbinsville High School’s Red Cross Club collected 51 units of donated blood from community members in February, one of the largest totals in recent years.

“This is the biggest number I’ve seen since becoming the club’s adviser,” said teacher Sue Kanagawa, who began advising the club in 2017. “It’s amazing to see such community support for this important project.”

To put this year’s number in perspective, the club collected 47 units of blood in 2022, 25 units of blood in 2020, and 23 units of blood in 2019. A blood drive was not held in 2021 because of COVID-19.

Each unit of blood can be used by up to three patients, meaning this year’s donations could help as many as 153 individuals, according to the American Red Cross New Jersey Region.

Robbinsville’s Red Cross Club is one of the largest student organizations at the high school with about 90 members. They worked to plan, promote and manage a recent blood drive, while technicians from the American Red Cross set up stations and administered the blood donations. Students also served snacks to donors, including bagels donated by Bagels n’ Cream on Washington Boulevard.

For Sahana Prasad, a Robbinsville junior, volunteering for the club teaches her about the crucial role that blood drives play in keeping a stable supply.

“There’s really no substitute for blood and everyone has to do their part in helping others around the world,” said Prasad, the club’s secretary.

Someone in the United States requires additional blood or platelets every two seconds, which translates to a daily demand of 29,000 units of red blood cells, nearly 5,000 units of platelets and 6,500 units of plasma, according to the American Red Cross.

That urgency is what drove Suhani Agarwal to volunteer for the club, as well. The Robbinsville junior greeted donors at the door and helped ensure they had required documentation, among other duties.

Agarwal, Red Cross Club’s vice president, said serving others is a value that has long been instilled in her at home. Indeed, her mom was among those who donated blood.

“It makes me feel really nice to give back to my community,” Agarwal said. “It was great to have someone in my family donate. It was also nice to see how many people in our community who want to help.”

American Red Cross New Jersey Region CEO Rosie Taravella thanked students, staff and the Robbinsville community for their blood donations, noting the vast disparity between how many people need blood and the number of people who donate.

Robbinsville’s donations, Taravella said, will help bridge that gap.

“The need for blood is constant, and the students and staff at Robbinsville High School can be counted on to roll up a sleeve to help meet the need,” Taravella said. “One in seven patients entering a hospital will need a blood transfusion, but at the same time, only about three percent of Americans give blood. The American Red Cross is proud of the work the Robbinsville Red Cross Club puts into organizing blood drives and grateful for the humanitarian spirit exhibited at the school.”

Red Cross Club members promoted the blood drive with posters, social media and good old-fashioned word of mouth, especially in conversations between students and their parents, according to Shrika Yeddula, the club’s co-president.

“It’s a club that really opens up high schoolers to the world of volunteering; it is important to get involved in something that has greater purpose and could help other people,” said Yeddula, a senior who has been in the club for three years.

In addition to the blood drive, Red Cross Club collects food for military families, sends holiday cards to military personnel and hosts bake sales each year in support of the American Red Cross. The club also has raised money to fight wildfires and educate children about COVID-19 hygiene.

Abinaya Dharanikumar, the club’s treasurer, said she especially enjoys writing holiday cards to members of the armed forces. The club typically sends between 200 and 300 cards each year with messages that express gratitude to the recipients for their service.

“Everyone loves doing these cards,” said Dharanikumar, a senior who has been in the club since her freshman year. “For me personally I like making the cards because it is a way to show how much we appreciate them. Everyone feels the same way.”

How to Donate Blood

Download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Red Cross Club members.

Red Cross Club executive members.

Visitors prepare to donate blood after student volunteers checked their IDs

Red Cross Club student volunteers at the blood drive.

Red Cross Club student volunteers at the blood drive.

South Brunswick Police Make Arrest In Threats Against Volusia County, Florida Sheriff

March 14, 2023

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–South Brunswick Police Chief Raymond J. Hayducka announced the arrest of a Monmouth Junction man in connection to threats against a Florida sheriff. At 1:05 PM Monday members of the South Brunswick Police Department and Middlesex County Prosecutors Office executed a search warrant at a Tanglewood Court home. Police seized electronic devices and took Richard Golden age 38 into custody. Golden is wanted by Volusia County Sheriff’s Office in Florida for threatening Volusia Sheriff Mike J. Chitwood.
Golden was lodged at the Middlesex County Correction Center on a fugitive from Justice Warrant. He will be held pending extradition to Florida.
Chief Hayducka credited the cooperation between all the law enforcement agencies involved in tracking down the threats to Sheriff Chitwood. “The anonymous nature of the internet may make people feel they can say anything, but if you make threats or put people in fear we will use all our resources to track you down. Yesterday showed that being 974 miles away from the Volusia Sheriff’s Office was no distance too great for the teamwork of law enforcement,” said Chief Hayducka.

Maryland State Police Investigating Fatal Crash In Prince George’s County That Killed Burlington County, NJ Truck Driver

March 14, 2023

(BELTSVILLE, MD) – Maryland State Police are investigating a fatal crash that occurred this morning in Prince George’s County involving three vehicles.

The deceased is identified as Delando Woody, 56, of Florence, New Jersey. He was pronounced deceased at the scene by emergency medical service personnel. He was the driver and sole occupant of a tractor trailer involved in the crash. His body was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy. He was an employee with Estes Express Lines.

The sole occupant of a Dodge Charger involved in the crash is identified as Troy Myers, 45, of Hanover, Maryland. He was transported by ambulance to MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C. for medical treatment.

The driver and passenger of a Toyota truck were also injured in the crash. They are identified as Carlos Diaz Agustin, 22, and Anner Ramundo, 43, both of Beltsville, Maryland. Both were transported by ambulance to Adventist HealthCare White Oak Medical Center in Silver Spring for treatment of their injuries.

Shortly after 5:30 a.m., troopers from the Maryland State Police College Park Barrack responded to a report of a multiple-vehicle crash on I-95 in the area of MD Route 212 in Beltsville. The preliminary investigation indicates the driver of a Dodge Charger traveling southbound on I-95 struck the Toyota, causing the truck to overturn into the median. Investigators believe the Charger crossed over the median and was struck by a tractor trailer traveling northbound on I-95.

I-95 was partially closed in both directions for more than 7 hours. Personnel from the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration assisted with road closures. The Maryland State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division as well as the Motor Unit responded to the scene to assist. The Maryland Department of the Environment also responded to the scene to assist with the diesel fuel spill.

The Maryland State Police Crash team is leading the investigation. Anyone who may have witnessed this crash or has information related to this crash, is asked to contact the Maryland State Police Crash Team at 301-669-8100.  

Charges are pending the outcome of the investigation and consultation with the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office. The investigation continues.

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United States Files Complaint Alleging that Rite Aid Dispensed Controlled Substances in Violation of the False Claims Act and the Controlled Substances Act

March 13, 2023

The Justice Department announced today that the United States has filed a complaint in intervention in a whistleblower lawsuit brought under the False Claims Act (FCA) against Rite Aid Corporation and various subsidiaries (collectively Rite Aid) alleging that Rite Aid knowingly filled unlawful prescriptions for controlled substances. In addition to alleging claims under the FCA, the government’s complaint also alleges violations of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). Rite Aid is one of the country’s largest pharmacy chains, with over 2,200 pharmacies in 17 states.

“The Justice Department is using every tool at our disposal to confront the opioid epidemic that is killing Americans and shattering communities across the country,” said Attorney General Merrick B. Garland. “That includes holding corporations, like Rite Aid, accountable for knowingly filling unlawful prescriptions for controlled substances.”

“We allege that Rite Aid filled hundreds of thousands of prescriptions that did not meet legal requirements,” said Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta. “According to our complaint, Rite Aid’s pharmacists repeatedly filled prescriptions for controlled substances with obvious red flags, and Rite Aid intentionally deleted internal notes about suspicious prescribers. These practices opened the floodgates for millions of opioid pills and other controlled substances to flow illegally out of Rite Aid’s stores.”

“The opioid crisis has exacted a heavy toll on communities across the United States,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Brian M. Boynton, head of the Justice Department’s Civil Division. “Today’s complaint is an important reminder that the Justice Department will hold accountable any individuals or entities, including pharmacies, that fueled this terrible crisis.”

“Pharmacies, physicians, corporations, and other health care entities that have contributed to the proliferation of opioids in our communities and the tragic loss of life from overdose deaths must answer for their role in the crisis we now face,” said First Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle M. Baeppler for the Northern District of Ohio. “This complaint is a continuation of the Justice Department’s commitment to hold accountable those entities that aggravated and profited from the opioid crisis.”

The government’s complaint alleges that, from May 2014 through June 2019, Rite Aid knowingly filled at least hundreds of thousands of unlawful prescriptions for controlled substances that lacked a legitimate medical purpose, were not for a medically accepted indication, or were not issued in the usual course of professional practice. These unlawful prescriptions included, for example, prescriptions for the dangerous and highly abused combination of drugs known as “the trinity,” prescriptions for excessive quantities of opioids, such as oxycodone and fentanyl, and prescriptions issued by prescribers whom Rite Aid pharmacists had repeatedly identified internally as writing illegitimate prescriptions. The government alleges that Rite Aid pharmacists filled these prescriptions despite clear “red flags” that were highly indicative that the prescriptions were unlawful. The government further alleges that Rite Aid not only ignored substantial evidence from multiple sources that its stores were dispensing unlawful prescriptions, including from certain pharmacists, its distributor, and its own internal data, but compounded its failure to act by intentionally deleting internal notes about suspicious prescribers written by Rite Aid pharmacists and directing district managers to tell pharmacists “to be mindful of everything that is put in writing.” By knowingly filling unlawful prescriptions for controlled substances, the government alleges that Rite Aid violated the CSA and, where Rite Aid sought reimbursement from federal healthcare programs, also violated the FCA. 

Along with Rite Aid Corporation, the government’s complaint names as defendants the following Rite Aid subsidiaries: Rite Aid Hdqtrs, Corp.; Rite Aid of Connecticut, Inc.; Rite Aid of Delaware, Inc.; Rite Aid of Maryland; Rite Aid of Michigan; Rite Aid of New Hampshire; Rite Aid of New Jersey; Rite Aid of Ohio; Rite Aid of Pennsylvania; and Rite Aid of Virginia.

“The action supported today by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) should serve as a warning to those in the pharmacy industry who choose to put profit over customer safety,” said Special Agent in Charge Orville O. Greene of the DEA.

“Pharmacies are required to ensure prescription drugs are only dispensed based on valid prescriptions,” said Special Agent in Charge Maureen Dixon of the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General (HHS-OIG). “Prescriptions which are not medically necessary, and not for a medically accepted indication, will not be paid for by Medicare and Medicaid. HHS-OIG will continue to work with our law enforcement partners and the Department of Justice’s Civil Division to recover improperly paid funds through the FCA.”

Whistleblowers Andrew White, Mark Rosenberg, and Ann Wegelin, who all previously worked for Rite Aid at various pharmacies, filed an action in October 2019 under the qui tam provisions of the FCA. Those provisions authorize private parties to sue on behalf of the United States for false claims and share in any recovery. The Act permits the United States to intervene and take over the lawsuit, as it has done here in part. Those who violate the Act are subject to treble damages and applicable penalties. The case is captioned United States ex rel. White et al. v. Rite Aid Corp., et al., No. 1:21-cv-1239 (N.D. Ohio).

The United States’ intervention in this matter illustrates the government’s emphasis on combating health care fraud. One of the most powerful tools in this effort is the FCA. Tips and complaints from all sources about potential fraud, waste, abuse and mismanagement can be reported to the Department of Health and Human Services, at 800-HHS-TIPS (800-447-8477).

This matter is being handled by the Civil Division’s Commercial Litigation Branch (Fraud Section) and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Ohio. The DEA Cleveland Field Division, FBI Cleveland Field Office, and HHS-OIG provided substantial assistance in the investigation.

The United States is represented in this matter by Senior Trial Counsel Christopher Wilson of the Civil Division’s Fraud Section and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Patricia Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Berry for the Northern District of Ohio.

The Justice Department is committed to holding responsible those who have fueled the opioid crisis by violating the law. Last week, the Associate Attorney General announced the creation of the Opioid Epidemic Civil Litigation Task Force, which formalizes and enhances coordination of the Department’s existing work and will consider new initiatives. Because of the scope and duration of the crisis, the Task Force includes U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, the Civil Division’s Consumer Protection Branch and Commercial Litigation Branch (Fraud Section), the Drug Enforcement Administration, and other Department components. The Task Force will steer the Department’s civil litigation efforts involving actors alleged to have contributed to the opioid epidemic, including by diverting prescription opioids.

The claims asserted against defendants are allegations only and there has been no determination of liability.

Ewing Police Arrest Four From Trenton In Ewing Shooting

March 13, 2023

EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–On Sunday, March 12, 2023 at 11:49 PM, Ewing police responded to a report of shots fired in the 400 block of Berwyn Avenue. The first responding Officers discovered a juvenile male victim that appeared to be suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was transported to the hospital for treatment of his injuries.

Immediately after the shooting, a suspect vehicle description was broadcast to responding units. Officer Luis Martir #212 quickly located the suspect vehicle and conducted a motor vehicle stop. The four occupants of the vehicle were detained pending investigation.

Using information developed during the investigation, Detective Matthew Wherley signed criminal complaints against the occupants of the vehicle. The alleged shooter has been identified as Matthew Wallace 3rd, (18 years old) from Trenton. The other occupants of the vehicle were Nekhi Leonard (21), from Trenton, Kendall Whittington Jr. (19), from Trenton, and Lakell Murphy (19), from Trenton.

Matthew Wallace 3rd has been charged with Attempted Murder, Possession of a Weapon for Unlawful Purpose, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, and Possession of a Prohibited Weapon. Nekhi Leonard, Kendall Whittington Jr., and Lakell Murphy have been charged with Possession of a Weapon for Unlawful Purpose, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, and Possession of a Prohibited Weapon     

Anyone with any information concerning this incident is asked to contact Detective Matthew Wherley at (609) 882-1313 ext.5566 or by email mwherley@ewingnj.org

You may also use our confidential Tip Line at (609) 882-7530 (Please note: this Tip Line SHOULD NOT be used to report crimes in progress or emergencies that require immediate response).

All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law

Reported Shooting On Berwyn Ave In Ewing

March 13, 2023

EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Around 11:49 p.m. last night March 12, 2023, Ewing Police, EMS and Captial Health Paramedics were dispatched to the 400 Block of Berwyn Avenue. It was reported that the person had a gunshot wound to the pelvis and a “trauma alert” was called while transporting to Captial Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton. Ewing Police are investigating the shooting.

Once official information is released the story will be updated.

Two Transported To Hospital From Manchester Crash

March 13, 2023

MANCHESTER, NJ (OCEAN)–On Sunday March 12, 2023, at approximately 2:38 p.m., officers from the Manchester Township Police Department responded to Route 547 in the Ridgeway Section of town to investigate a motor vehicle crash involving a vehicle which had left the roadway and struck a large pine tree and a guard rail.   

Upon arrival, officers observed a 2007 Toyota Camry with extensive front end damage on the grass portion adjacent to the roadway with the rear of the vehicle resting on the guard rail.  The investigation revealed that the Toyota was travelling southbound on CR 547, when it left the roadway, struck two traffic sign supports, a large pine tree, and a guard rail.  The vehicle was occupied by its driver, identified as 19-year-old Yanna Emilcar, and the front seat passenger, identified as 26-year-old Safiany Emilcar.  Both occupants were transported via ambulance to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune for treatment and evaluation of non-life threatening injuries.  The roadway was closed for several hours during the investigation. 

Assisting at the scene were members of the Ridgeway and Manchester Volunteer Fire Departments, Manchester Fire Department, Manchester Emergency Medical Services, Robert Wood Johnson Paramedics, the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department, Lakehurst Borough Police Department, the Ocean County Road Department, and Accurate Towing.  The investigation into the crash is still ongoing, however, driver error appears to be a contributing factor.  This crash is being investigated by Patrolman Jesse Hoydis of the department’s Traffic Safety Unit.

17-Year-Old Driver Totals Parent’s Corvette In South Brunswick

March 11, 2023

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–South Brunswick Police say that a contributing factor in a 1:00 a.m. crash on Georges Road that totaled a 2000 Corvette when a 17-year-old driver from Edison, lost control and damaged the entrance to Pierres Deli. The teen was driving the parent’s vehicle and was issued a summons.

No further information is available about the crash.

Cherry Hill Man Charged With Murder Died From The Result of Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound On NJ Turnpike

Investigation Yields Cause of Death Determination at Clara Barton Rest Stop on Feb. 28, 2023

March 9, 2023

PEDRICKTOWN — The Attorney General’s Office today announced that the ongoing investigation into the incident that occurred at a New Jersey Turnpike Service Area in Salem County on February 28, 2023, has revealed that Kyle Foggy, 29, of Cherry Hill, died as the result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. 

As previously announced, Mr. Foggy suffered the self-inflicted wound at approximately 1:45 p.m. at the Turnpike’s Clara Barton Service Area in the Pedricktown section of Oldmans Township, Salem County, while in the presence of law enforcement. He was pronounced dead at 10:16 p.m. later that same night at Christiana Hospital in Newark, Delaware.

A review of the incident is being conducted by the Integrity Bureau within the Attorney General’s Office of Public Integrity and Accountability, pursuant to Attorney General Directive 2019-4.

That review is ongoing and no further information is being released at this time.

East Windsor Police Blotter Though March 8, 2023

March 9, 2023

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–The East Windsor Township Police Department initiated the following police reports through Wednesday, March 8, 2023.

  • DUI

Location: Route 133

Time/Date: 12:43 AM, 03/05/2023

The officer conducted a motor vehicle stop after observing the vehicle driving over the speed limit and failing to maintain its lane of travel. The driver exhibited signs of impairment and was placed under arrest after failing field sobriety tests. The driver was later released pending court action.

Defendant: Richard Malcolm Philadelphia, PA 49 Years of Age

Charges: DUI

Reckless Driving Careless Driving

Arresting Officer: Patrol Officer Joshua Pohl

  • Weapons Offense

Location:     Route 130

Time/Date:     9:01 PM, 03/06/2023

The officer conducted a motor vehicle stop on Route 130 after observing the vehicle improperly using its high beam headlamps and failing to maintain its lane of travel. Investigation revealed that the driver was in possession of an illegal handgun. The driver was placed under arrest and transported to the Mercer County Corrections Center pending court action.

Defendant:             Kevin Mercer Jr. Newark, NJ 23 Years of Age

Charges:                 Unlawful Possession of a Weapon

Certain Persons not to Possess Weapons Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose Failure to Maintain Lane

Improper Use of High Beams Unclear Plates

Failure to Exhibit Driver’s License Failure to Exhibit Insurance Card

Arresting Officer:  Patrol Officer Michael Whalen

  • Drugs/Shoplifting

Location: 839 Route 130 (Walmart) Time/Date: 4:00 PM, 03/07/2023

The officer responded to Walmart for a report of shoplifting. Investigation revealed that two individuals left the store without paying for $625.89 worth of merchandise. Both individuals were placed under arrest and later released pending court action.

Defendant:             Michael Battalia Fairless Hills, PA 32 Years of Age

Charges:                 Possession of Heroin

Possession of Methamphetamine Possession of Drug Paraphernalia Shoplifting

Defendant:             Amanda Devries Hamilton, NJ 33 Years of Age

Charges:                 Possession of Heroin

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia Arresting Officer:     Patrol Officer Andrew Smith