HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The Trenton Catholic Academy, Iron Mikes boys basketball team defeated the Allentown, Redbirds with a final score of 78-66. The Trenton Catholic Academy will advance in the Mercer County Tournament and take on Hightstown in the final 4 to be held at the Cure Insurance Arena.
HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The Trenton Catholic Academy “Iron Mikes” girls basketball team won their game against the Hightstown Rams tonight at the Iron Palace with a final score of 76-16. Trenton Catholic Academy will advance to the final 4 against Trenton High School.
ALLENTOWN, NJ (MONMOUTH)–The visiting Trenton Tornadoes girls basketball team defeated the Allentown Redbirds during the Mercer County Tournament with a final score of 47-41. Trenton High School Girls will advance to the final 4, their next game is against Trenton Catholic Academy.
TRENTON – A Trenton man was sentenced today to 40 years in state prison for multiple sexual assault crimes, Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri reported. Under the No Early Release Act, the sentence carries a mandatory period of parole ineligibility of 34 years.
Jordan Lester, 32, of Trenton, was convicted by a jury in October 2019 of two counts of first-degree aggravated sexual assault on a child under 13 years old and one count of second-degree endangering the welfare of a child. Mercer County Superior Court Judge Timothy P. Lydon presided over the trial and imposed sentence.
The victim first reported the sexual assaults to a family member in 2015. In 2016, the victim disclosed to detectives, specially trained in child forensic interviews at the Robin Scheiner Child Advocacy Center, that when she was 5- and 6-years-old, the defendant sexually assaulted her multiple times, both vaginally and anally.
The victim first reported the sexual assaults to a family member in 2015. In 2016, the victim disclosed to detectives, specially trained in child forensic interviews at the Robin Scheiner Child Advocacy Center, that when she was 5- and 6-years-old, the defendant sexually assaulted her multiple times, both vaginally and anally. The victim, 9 years old at the time of trial, testified at trial
Lester was sentenced to concurrent terms of 40 years incarceration for the two counts of aggravated sexual assault and a six-year term of incarceration for the count of endangering the welfare of a child. In addition to the sentence of incarceration, Lester is subject to parole supervision for life and will be required to register as a sex offender under Megan’s Law.
“The dedication and hard work of the detectives and attorneys who investigated and prosecuted this matter resulted in this guilty verdict,” Onofri said. “But we must give enormous credit to the young victim who bravely took the stand and testified against the man who caused her to suffer through months of sexual abuse. It is because of her courageousness that this defendant will no longer be able to hurt any other children.
Assistant Prosecutor Laura Kotarba, a member of the Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit, represented the state during the four-week trial. The defendant was represented by Jessica Lyons, Esquire.
ALLENTOWN, NJ (MONMOUTH)–This past month Jennifer Healey of the Allentown FFA was named the January State Member of the Month for New Jersey. Any FFA member who wishes to become a member of the month for the state has to complete an application which then gets sent to the State. Many members apply for this award every month.
The Allentown FFA apparel sale came to an end this month. It was a huge success and everyone loved the design for the apparel. It was so popular that we decided to do another order due January 17th.
January 16th was our monthly chapter meeting. We had the opportunity to welcome Mrs Pribell to come and speak to us. We learned alot about the Farm Bureau and how we can be involved. Mrs Pribell also spoke to us about her and her husband’s beekeeping business. It was very interesting to learn about the different types of honey and what it takes to be a beekeeper. We would like to thank Mrs Pribell for this amazing opportunity.
After the meeting was adjourned we held a cupcake decorating competition.
Coming up in February we have FFA Week. FFA week is held the last week of February which is February 23rd to the 29th. FFA week is a time for chapters all around the country to celebrate FFA and how it has affected each member. During this week we do many fun activities and attend a leadership conference. We are also preparing for our Valentine’s Day fundraiser. In this fundraiser we sell pre-ordered roses that will be sent to the person of their choice on Valentine’s Day.
UPDATE: Meirs Road Construction will need to continue for an additional two weeks past the projected completion day previously stated. Should now be completed by March 10, 2020
February 8, 2020
UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)– Meirs Road between Route 537 and Jonathan Holmes Road will be closed for repairs, Tuesday February 11 to Tuesday February 25. (weather dependent). A culvert at the bridge needs to be repaired and the road will need to be closed.
Local traffic from Jonathan Holmes or Route 537 to the bridge. Barriers will be placed at the bridge. First Responders will have access.
The school bus stop for these residents will be at Meirs and Jonathan Holmes.