Month: April 2020

Update: 2 Trapped Rescued From 4 Vehicle Accident On Route 1

Update April 30, 2020 at 6 pm. West Windsor Press Release added to the story.

Update April 30, 2020 at 1 pm. Route 1 had been reopened.

April 30, 2020 at 10:45 am.

WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–Route 1 South Bound at Harrison Street is closed to a serious MVA. It is reported two persons are heavily entrapped in the vehicles. A medevac helicopter is being requested to the scene. Two heavy rescue units, and additional fire apparatus along with multiple ambulances responding.

10:50 am update: The landing zone for the helicopter will be on Washington. Fire apparatus and rescue companies arriving going to work to remove trapped occupants. 1 person extricated so far.

1:00 pm. update: Roadway reopened.

INCIDENT:  2020-10305 Serious Motor Vehicle Crash Involving (4) Vehicles

DATE & TIME OCCURRED:  4/30/2020 at 10:26 am

LOCATION OCCURRED:  US Route 1 South (and US Route 1 North) Near Fisher Place

DRIVERS:  #1 –43 year old Male
                           Resident of Landsdowne, PA 19050

                   #2–60 year old Male
                          Resident of Edison, NJ 08817

                   #3–37 year old Male
                          Resident of N. Plainfield, NJ 07060

                   #4–46 year old Female
                          Resident of Trenton, NJ 08638

 INJURIES:  Driver #2 sustained a serious hand injury.  The 55 year old Female front seat passenger of Vehicle #2 sustained a head injury.  

    #1–Traffic Officer Brown #89–Lead Investigator
    #2–WWPD:  Patrol Division, Traffic Bureau, & Detective Bureau
    #3–WW DIvision of Fire & Emergency Services #45
   #4–West Windsor Volunteer Fire Copmany (WWVFC#1) Station #43
   #5–Princeton Junction Volunteer Fire Company (PJVFC) Station #44
   #6–Plainsboro Rescue Squad Station #100
   #7–Mercer County Prosecutors Office Serious Collsion Response Team (SCRT)
   #8–Mercer County Mobile Intensive Care Unit (MICU)
   #9–NJ State DOT

DETAILS:  On Thursday April 30, 2020 at 10:26 am, Traffic & Patrol Units were detailed to US Route 1 South near Fisher Place for a Serious Motor Vehicle Crash involving a “Jacknifed” Tractor/Fuel Tanker, a Vehicle with Occupants entrapped inside, and (2) additional Vehicles.  The Investigation revealed the following:  Vehicle #1, a 2014 Mack Truck/Fuel Tanker, had been traveling South on US Route 1 in the middle lane and was approaching slowing/stopped traffic near the intersection of Fisher Place.  Vehicle #2, a 2018 Chevrolet Equinox, was traveling ahead of Vehicle #1 and was slowing behind Vehicle #3, a 1993 Peterbuilt Tractor/Trailer.  Vehicle #1 struck the rear of Vehicle #2.  The force of the impact sent Vehicle #2 directly into Vehicle #3 while Vehicle #1 “Jacknifed” with the Tractor portion striking the US Route 1 Center Concrete Median.  Vehicle #4, a 2011 Toyota Sienna, was traveling North on US Route 1 in the left lane and was peppered with debris from the impact of Vehicle #1 striking the Concrete Center Median.  

                  Stations #43 & #44, and #45 worked cohesively to extricate the (2) entrapped Occupants of Vehicle #2 (**See Injuries List Above**).  After successful extraction, both Occupants of Vehicle #2 were transported to Capital Health Systems–Fuld Campus (Trauma) by Squad #45 and Plainsboro Rescue Squad #100 with Non-Life Threatening injuries.  No other injuries were reported or observed of the other parties.  

                  Traffic Officer Brown was the Lead Investigator in the collision and issued a summons for Careless Driving (39:4-97) to Driver #1.  US Route 1 South was closed while the left lane of US Route 1 North was closed for approximately 2 1/2 Hours.  

UPDATE: Missing Child Found

Update June 30, 2020 Missing again and found again:

Hamilton, NJ:  On June 30, 2020 Hamilton Police were notified that Ivan Johnson had returned home.  Detectives responded to the residence and found Johnson to be in good health.  The Hamilton Police Division would like to thank all those that publicized and shared this missing person case.

May 1, 2020 at 10:30 pm FOUND

Hamilton, NJ:  Ivan Johnson was located in the West Trenton area by Hamilton Police on 5/1/2020 after information received from an area resident.  Ivan appeared to be in good health and was returned to his guardian.  The Hamilton police Division would like to thank all those that publicized and shared this missing person case.

April 29, 2020

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)—On April 27, 2020, Hamilton Police were detailed to the 1700 block of Chambers Street, on a missing 12 year old juvenile. Ivan Shawn Johnson was last seen leaving his address on April 27, 2020 at approximately 11:30 pm possibly heading to a friends’ house in Trenton.                                                                        

Ivan Shawn Johnson was last seen wearing a black jacket with a white hoodie underneath, navy blue pants and red Nike shoes. 

Ivan Shawn Johnson is known to frequent the area of Cadwalader Park, Carteret Avenue, and the 800 block of Genesee Street in Trenton.  He may also be in the possession of a white bicycle.

Hamilton Police Juvenile Detectives are asking that the public contact Detective Kevin Krall at (609) 689-5826 or via email at if Ivan Shawn Johnson is located.  The public can also contact the Hamilton Police Department at (609) 581-4000 with any information regarding this incident.

Reopening Saturday, Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Reopening State Parks and Golf Courses

Order Restores County Authority to Open or Close County Parks

April 29, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Governor Phil Murphy today signed Executive Order No. 133, reopening state parks and golf courses, and restoring the authority of county governments to determine whether county parks will be open or closed. The order takes effect at sunrise on Saturday, May 2. “We understand that New Jerseyans want to get outside and get some fresh air as the weather warms up,” said Governor Murphy. “However, this should not serve as an open invitation to rush back to normalcy and break the necessary social distancing measures we’ve put in place. This approach will also bring New Jersey in line with our neighboring states, which will discourage residents from needlessly crossing state lines for recreation.”State Parks and Forests:  The order allows State parks and forests to open to the public for passive recreation, including fishing, hunting, boating, canoeing, hiking, walking, running or jogging, biking, birding, and horseback riding.  Picnic areas, playgrounds, exercise stations and equipment, chartered watercraft services and rentals, swimming, pavilions, restrooms, and other buildings and facilities, such as visitor centers, interpretive centers, and interior historical sites, shall remain closed at this time. To limit physical interaction, the State parks and forests must implement reasonable restrictions that include:

  • Limiting parking to 50% of maximum capacity and prohibiting parking in undesignated areas;
  • Prohibiting picnics;
  • Requiring social distancing to be practiced except with immediate family members, caretakers, household members, or romantic partners; and
  • Banning organized or contact activities or sports; and gatherings of any kind.

The order also recommends that people wear a cloth face covering while in public settings at the parks and forests where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.“More than ever, we know how important it is for the people of New Jersey to take a break from the ongoing self-quarantine and that there are few options for outdoor recreation,” said DEP Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe. “Just as the decision to close parks and forests was not made lightly, the decision to reopen them has also been made with careful thought and consideration for the health and well-being of the public. We urge visitors to only visit their closest parks, keep their distance from others while outdoors, wear masks and follow the guidelines established to protect public health.”County Parks:  The order opens county parks to the public, except any parks closed by the county prior to Executive Order No. 118 that required all county parks be closed (the county will now have the ability to reopen its parks if it chooses).  This will treat county parks the same way as municipal parks – the locality gets to determine whether they are open or closed.  County and municipal parks that remain open must abide by the restrictions placed on State parks in today’s Order.All recreational campgrounds and transient camp sites at campgrounds shall remain closed to the public. Residential campgrounds, including mobile home parks, condo sites, and existing/renewing 2020 yearly seasonal contract sites may remain open.  Counties and municipalities can also place restrictions on the ability of residential campgrounds, including mobile home parks, to accept new transient guests or seasonal tenants, as defined by Administrative Order Nos. 2020-08 and 2020-09.Golf Courses:  The order also opens golf courses so long as they adopt minimum social distancing policies that include:

  • Implementing electronic or telephone reservation and payment systems while still providing options for populations that do not have access to internet service or credit cards;
  • Extending tee times to sixteen minutes apart;
  • Limiting the use of golf carts to one person unless being shared by immediate family members, caretakers, household members, or romantic partners; 
  • Requiring frequent, and after each use, sanitization of high-touch areas such as restroom facilities, range buckets, golf carts, and push carts; 
  • Restricting the touching of golf holes and flags;
  • Closing golf center buildings, pro shops, and other buildings and amenities; 
  • Removing bunker rakes and other furniture-like benches, water coolers, and ball washers from the course;
  • Discontinuing club and equipment rentals; 
  • Prohibiting the use of caddies; and 
  • Limiting tee times to two players unless the foursome consists of immediate family, caretakers, household members or romantic partners.

The golf course may impose additional restrictions as necessary to limit person-to-person interactions. The order also recommends, but does not order, that employees, players, and other individuals on the golf course wear cloth face coverings while on the golf course. Additionally, the order clarifies that miniature golf courses and driving ranges must remain closed. 

CDC Foundation Donates 30,000 FFP2 Masks to City Of Trenton

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Mayor W. Reed Gusciora today thanked the CDC Foundation for generously donating 30,000 European certified high-grade protective masks to the City of Trenton to further the fight against COVID-19.  

The CDC Foundation is an independent nonprofit and the sole entity created by Congress to mobilize philanthropic and private-sector resources to support the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s critical health protection work. 

“This is a welcome gift for the community,” stated Trenton’s Mayor Gusciora. “The impact will be felt immediately among our most at-risk populations. This donation from the CDC Foundation will ensure that our First responders, and City workers will continue to have the necessary personal protective great to best support our residents.”  

Former Mayor Doug Palmer helped to facilitate the initial conversations between City officials and representatives from the CDC Foundation.  

“I’m just thankful that the CDCF recognized the need here in the Capital City. When I heard that they had PPE’s to donate, we made sure to get Trenton on their radar, and had a conference call that very same day. The City put together a very comprehensive application, and that made the job a lot easier.” Stated Mayor Palmer.  

 “Our City is far from done. But we see a light at the end of the tunnel, and these PPE’s are helping to get us there.” Concluded Gusciora.  

Free Ice Cream Or Italian Ice Special Event Held By Vesuvio’s Pizza Of Millstone

April 29, 2020

MILLSTONE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–Yesterday between 3 pm and 6 pm Vesuvio’s food truck “Slices and Ices” handed out over 350 free ice creams and Italian ices during a special event held across from the pizzeria in the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices NJ Properties lot.

Frank Costaglioa from Vesuvio’s provided the free ice cream and Italian Ice. Volunteers including eleven agents from Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices NJ Properties helped take orders, direct traffic and hand out ice in a manor to keep the “social distancing” practice in effect during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As the kids arrived with their parents someone took the order and then a few seconds later they were handed their treats. Vesuvio’s offered vanilla or chocolate ice cream and the other option was cherry or lemon Italian ice. Everyone had gloves and masks to keep everyone save.

Thunderbirds and Blue Angels Fly Over In “Operation America Strong”

April 28, 2020

TRENTON AND MERCER COUNTY, NJ–The U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds, and the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, honored frontline COVID-19 responders and essential workers with formation flights over New York City, Newark, Trenton and Philadelphia today.

Previous MidJersey.News story on the event

Photos of Operation America Strong from the Trenton Area today:

Windsor School Serving Robbinsville For Generations Demolished Making Way For Housing And A Park

April 28, 2020

By: Dennis Symons, Jr.

ROBBINSVILLE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)—Built in 1909 a former school that has served the Township though several generations, was demolished this morning. The Windsor School first served the former Washington Township as a K-8 school then later was turned into school used for AIO “Advancements In Occupations” that program name was changed to “home economics” and “Industrial Arts”

This morning a small group of Township residents that attended the school and onlookers gathered in front of the school. Many were reminiscing about the school over the years and the time they spent there as they watched an excavator pull down the walls of the former school.

In 1909 Washington Township-Robbinsville was a farm community. My great grandparents had a farm on Old York Road in East Windsor bordering both Millstone and East Windsor. My grandparents had a farm on Sharon between Windsor and Old York. My mother attended the Windsor School and several township residents still living in town attended the school over the years including myself.

My mother Jennie Symons “Suleskey” attended the school as a K-8 school in the 1940s and remembers the school prior to getting running water installed. She still talks about how it was a big deal when the school had running water and kids used to line up at the water fountain. She talked about how prior to running water my aunt and others would have to go outside and hand pump water from the well that was located on the property. There were no indoor toilets in the school in the 1940s and there was an outhouse in the rear of the property approximately where the playground is now. At one point the schools needed desks and my grandmother Victoria Suleskey helped raise money with the PTA at the time going farm to farm collecting donations. The area was poor but farmers still donated to the schools. My grandfather Frank Suleskey along with Steve Tinaki (not sure if spelled correctly) helped build desks by hand for the Windsor School.

I developed my first roll of 110 and 135mm film and made black and white prints in 7th or 8th grade in Mr. Ecboms’s class. (I think that is spelled right its been a long time-use contact form above to contact with info and spelling). Industrial arts was on the 1st floor to the right as you entered the school. On the second floor to the right there were stoves and cooking. We learned to cook and bake in home economics.

Over the years as a firefighter for the town I remember responding to several alarms and a couple of minor smoke conditions usually from bad cooking the second floor. I also remember in the basement while working for the schools during the summers that there was some asbestos remediation done but they were never able to get it all out and some was encapsulated to keep the school open.

Reaching out to Township officials this morning they said, “The plan is for the property to be subdivided and two houses built in the front of the lot along the street. Behind the houses will be an ample-sized park with plenty of room for soccer field, basketball and a terrace area with possible gazebo for cook-outs etc. The Windsor resident advocates also wanted what’s called a ‘natural playground’ and a flower garden and a ‘butterfly garden.’ Those elements will all be incorporated, along with a re-purposing of some of the bricks from the school to build some sort of tribute to the history of the school. Many of us at the Township have very fond memories of the Windsor School and we look forward to honoring the history of the property with elements that work for everyone.”

UPDATE: Wanted Man Captured After Another Police Chase In NY State

April 27, 2020

Previous MidJersey.News Story Here

Rye, NY – On April 24, 2020, at approximately 12:35 p.m., State Police stopped a vehicle on I-95 in the city of Rye for a vehicle and traffic violation.  Before Troopers could approach the vehicle, the operator sped off and a brief pursuit ensued, during which time it was determined that the 1996 Dodge Ram pick-up truck was stolen out of New Jersey.  The vehicle exited the Thruway and the pursuit ended when the driver struck an earth embankment in the area of Hillside Road and Ridge Street, in the city of Rye. 

The driver, Paul D. Grandmaison, 41, of Portland, ME, was determined to be intoxicated, had a suspended license, and was wanted out of the State of New Jersey for aggravated assault.  He was transported to White Plains Hospital by Port Chester EMS for minor injuries sustained in the crash, where he submitted to a blood test. 

Once treated and released, Grandmaison was transported to SP Tarrytown where he was processed as a Fugitive from Justice (out of State) and subsequently charged with Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 3rd degree; a Class D Felony, Unlawful Fleeing a Police Officer in a Motor Vehicle 3rd degree and Reckless Endangerment 2nd degree; both Class A Misdemeanors, and Driving While Intoxicated, Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs, and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 3rd degree; all Unclassified Misdemeanors.

Grandmaison was arraigned and remanded to Westchester County Jail.  He is due back in the City of Rye Court at a later date.

Stolen Pickup Truck Found In Water

April 27, 2020

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP-LAWRENCE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Around noon today a pickup truck with a small trailer was found in the water in the Assunpink Creek off 5th Avenue and Assunpink Blvd. reported originally to be in Hamilton Township. Hamilton Township Fire Department and Police Departments responded and on arrival the vehicle was found in the water on the Lawrence Township side of the creek. Firefighters from Hamilton Township deployed boats to search for a possible victim but found out that the vehicle was dumped after being stolen. Hawks Towing and Recovery was on scene evaluating on how to remove the vehicle from the water.

Flight Plan For Operation “America Strong” For April 28, 2020 Released

April 27, 2020

NAS PENSACOLA, Fla. – The U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds, and the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, will honor frontline COVID-19 responders and essential workers with formation flights over New York City, Newark, Trenton and Philadelphia April 28. The flight plans have been released to the public this morning and can be viewed below.

See previous Stories on the event here:

Thunderbirds, Blue Angels to Salute New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania COVID-19 Responders Tuesday April 28, 2020

President Donald J. Trump Announces “Operation America Strong” Thunderbirds and Blue Angels Fly Over Airshows Coming To A City Near You

Blue Angels and Thunderbird Combined Fly-By Event Is In “Planning Stage” – Will Not Be Today

Vail Resorts Announces 19/20 Pass Holder Credits And “EPIC Coverage” For 20/21 Season

Vail Resorts offers an “Epic Pass” season pass that allows access to many ski resort all around the world. There are several in the North East United States and sometimes covered on under the skiing / snowboarding section.

April 27, 2020

To honor the loyalty of our pass holders, this morning, Vail Resorts announced a comprehensive plan to address pass holders’ concerns about last season’s closures – and provide them with peace of mind for the future. Below is a letter to pass holders from Vail Resorts Chief Marketing Officer, Kirsten Lynch. For media, here is a quote from Kirsten: 

“Our pass holders are our most loyal guests and we have spent weeks reading their emails and comments on social media to fully understand their concerns so we could respond thoughtfully and carefully,” said Kirsten Lynch, chief marketing officer at Vail Resorts. “What became clear is that to address last season, a one-sized-fits-all approach would not work. That is why we are providing our season pass holders credits based on the number of days they were able to use their pass. Additionally, while we are confident we will have a great upcoming ski and ride season, we understand some people may be nervous about committing to a pass now in this current uncertainty. With that in mind, we are redefining pass protection with our new ‘Epic Coverage,’ free for all pass holders, and extending our spring deadlines to Labor Day to give them the time they need. We truly hope this plan honors our pass holders’ loyalty and provides them peace of mind for future.”  
Dear Pass Holders,

Thank you for your patience during this unprecedented time. We have been addressing the real-time challenges of COVID-19, focusing on the health and safety of our employees and communities. We have also been working on a comprehensive plan to address our pass holders’ concerns about this past season – and the future.

We have read all your emails and comments on social media. We have heard your two primary concerns: First, you are disappointed with last season’s closures. Second, you are worried about next season because of the current uncertainty.

To address these specific concerns, we are sharing a plan thatI hope honors your loyalty and provides you with peace of mind about the future:

  1. To Address Last Season:
    • Credits from 20% to 80% for Season Pass Holders
      We are providing credits to 2019-20 season pass holders, based on the price of their pass, to apply toward the purchase of a 2020-21 season pass of equal or greater value:  
      • A minimum credit of 20% for season pass holders, based on the resort closures in mid-March impacting about 20% of the core season
      • Higher credits for season pass holders who used their pass less than five days
      • A maximum credit of 80% if you did not use your season pass at all, because we recognize that some of you were waiting until spring to use your pass
    • Credits for Epic Day Pass, Whistler Blackcomb Edge Card and Multi-Pack Pass Holders
      For guests with remaining days on their 2019-20 Epic Day Pass, Edge Card or one of our other multi-pack pass products, we are providing a credit for each unused day, up to 80% of the price paid for your pass to apply toward a pass of equal or greater value for next season.
    • Your credit will be valid through Labor Day (Sept. 7, 2020) because we understand that you may need time to decide on your plans for next season.
      This may seem complicated, but something simple would not address all the unique situations of our pass holders.  We will email you personally in the coming weeks to share your specific credit details and your promotion code, which you can use online starting May 13. If you renew your pass prior to receiving your promotion code, we will retroactively provide the credit value back to you. In the meantime, you can click here to use the tables to find your pass credit, see our FAQs, and review the terms and conditions.
  2. Looking Ahead to the 2020-21 Season:
    • New ‘Epic Coverage’ Protects You Next Season
      We are confident we will be enjoying a great upcoming ski and ride season, but we also understand that many pass holders are nervous about the future given the current uncertainty. With this in mind, we are launching ‘Epic Coverage’:
      • Epic Coverage is free for all pass holders and completely replaces the need to purchase pass insurance, which can cost up to $60 for other passes.
      • Epic Coverage provides for a refund if you have an eligible injury, job loss, or experience other personal events that prevent you from using your pass.
      • Epic Coverage also provides a refund for certain resort closures, including for events like COVID-19, giving you a refund for any portion of the season that is lost.
        We understand that times have changed so Epic Coverage completely redefines your pass protection. We value your loyalty and we want you to enjoy your pass knowing that we are standing behind our commitment to your peace of mind. Click here to learn more about Epic Coverage, see our FAQs and review the terms and conditions.
    • Savings All Season Long
      In March, we announced our new Epic Mountain Rewards, providing pass holders 20% off all mountain food & beverage, owned and operated lodging, group ski and ride lessons, equipment rentals and more at our North American resorts. No sign up. No points tracking. No blackout days. Just savings. Learn more about Epic Mountain Rewards here.
  3. The Time You Need:
    • Spring Deadlines Extended to Labor Day
      We do not want to rush your decision. We are eliminating our traditional spring purchase deadlines, giving you through Labor Day (Sept. 7, 2020) to use your credit and to lock in 10 Buddy Tickets for next season. If uncertainty continues, we may reassess that deadline again as it gets closer.
    • Lowest Up-Front Cost
      If you want to lock in your pass, we want to provide you the lowest up-front cost during this challenging time. Right now the deposit for your pass for next season is only $49, significantly less than the deposit many other passes require. This offer will extend for the next few months.

My hope is that this plan demonstrates our commitment to honoring your loyalty, with credits of 20%-80% for last season, Epic Coverage for next season, and more time to make a decision.  We recognize that some people may ask why we did not provide 100% credits or cash refunds for last season. We capped our credits at 80% because our mountains were open and operating for the majority of the season and our passes could be used during that time. Regarding refunds, we recognize that our passes, and pass insurance, historically have not provided for refunds in situations like this, which is why we are introducing the new Epic Coverage.

Thank you for your loyalty. I am confident that our collective passion for the mountains will prevail and we will get through this together. I hope to see you on the mountain next season.  And most importantly, I hope you and your loved ones are healthy and safe.

Thank you, 

Kirsten Lynch 

EVP and Chief Marketing Officer

Vail Resorts

Robbinsville Honors 4 Time Purple Heart And Bronze Star Recipient Lt. Col. John Kapferer Who Passed On Apr. 17

April 26, 2020

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Robbinsville Township Council, with unanimous support from Mayor Dave Fried and Administration, passed Resolution 2020-13G Thursday honoring the extraordinary life of 4-time Purple Heart and Bronze Star recipient Lt. Col. John Kapferer.

The distinguished Army veteran and Chief Commander of American Legion Post 530 passed away April 17, 2020.

Our deepest, heartfelt condolences go out to all of John’s friends and family.
The Resolution can be read below.

Gordon Road Accident

April 26, 2020

8 pm update: Gordon Road has been reopened and will need to be shut again to replace pole when JCP&L crew is ready.

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–A vehicle traveling on Gordon Road lost control and hit a utility pole and severing it off at the base this evening around 6:42 pm. The Robbinsville Township Police Department and the Robbinsville Township Fire Department responded to the single vehicle accident. The road was shut down and EMS transported the driver to a local hospital for treatment. The police and fire departments were still on scene waiting for JCP&L to arrive to repair the pole.

NJ Turnpike: Vehicle Fire That Was Towing Horse Trailer

April 26, 2020

ROBBINSVILLE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The Robbinsville Township Fire Department responded to the New Jersey Turnpike in the area of the 64.5 North bound outer lanes mile marker for a vehicle fire at 3:30 pm. A Jeep pulling a horse trailer with a horse inside caught fire and was partly extinguished using a dry chemical extinguisher prior to the fire department arrival. Firefighters found some small areas of the vehicle that still needed further extinguishment and overhaul, any smoldering spots were snuffed. The horse trailer and vehicle were towed to a local shop for repairs. The horse in the trailer was ok and most likely will be spending the night at a local farm while vehicle is repaired to continue the journey.

Hightstown Fire Company and Hope Fire Company of Allentown also responded to the scene.

Upper Freehold Accident Causes Power Problems

April 26, 2020

UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–A vehicle traveling in the 200 Block of Route 526 “Trenton-Lakewood Road” near Rues Road lost control on a wet roadway and crashed into a utility pole. The accident occurred at 1:49 pm and causing the pole to break at the bottom and wires to catch fire at the top of the pole. The surge caused wide area power problems at several locations including Davis Station Road, Rt 524 near TSC, Old York Road and cause a power line to fail and transformer to catch fire on Sharon Station Road near the I-195 bridge.

Hope Fire Company of Allentown responded for a the accident with the utility pole on fire and the numerous other power issues. Currently Route 526 between Imlaystown Road and Rues is closed for the broken pole and wire fire. Sharon Station Road is closed between Route 524 and Route 526. Luckily no injures were reported in the accident.

4 Injured In Serious Accident In Millstone

April 25, 2020

MILLSTONE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–A total of four people were injured with non-threatening injures in an accident around 2 pm this afternoon. The accident occurred between a Nissan Murando and a Harley Davidson motorcycle leaving three people trapped upside down in the Nissan and the motorcyclist injured. The collision was at the intersection of Millstone Road and Stage Coach Road-Route 524 also known as “Scooter’s Corner”

The Millstone Township Fire Company responded and requested assistance from several area agencies including Monroe Township Fire Department and Hope Fire Company of Allentown. First Aid Squads were Millstone Township, RWJ Hospital EMS, Allentown First Aid-Capitol Health EMS, and Freehold.

When the Millstone Township Fire Department arrived they found three trapped upside down in the Nissan Murando set up extrication equipment and quickly removed three trapped.

A helicopter was called from the NJ State Police for the motorcyclist but was not needed. The motorcyclist was taken to Jersey Shore Medical Center. Three from the Nissan were taken to CentraState Medical Center in Freehold.

No additional details were ready at the time of this report. Initial reports were that all patients had non-threatening injures.

Thunderbirds, Blue Angels to Salute New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania COVID-19 Responders Tuesday April 28, 2020

Previous stories on this event at these two links:

President Donald J. Trump Announces “Operation America Strong” Thunderbirds and Blue Angels Fly Over Airshows Coming To A City Near You

Blue Angels and Thunderbird Combined Fly-By Event Is In “Planning Stage” – Will Not Be Today

April 25, 2020

NAS PENSACOLA, Fla. – The U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds, and the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, will honor frontline COVID-19 responders and essential workers with formation flights over New York City, Newark, Trenton and Philadelphia April 28.

“We are truly excited to take to the skies with our Navy counterparts for a nation-wide tribute to the men and women keeping our communities safe,” said U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. John Caldwell, Thunderbird 1 and mission commander for the flyover. “We hope to give Americans a touching display of American resolve that honors those serving on the frontline of our fight with COVID-19.”

A formation of 6 F-16C/D Fighting Falcon and 6 F/A-18C/D Hornet aircraft will conduct these flyovers as a collaborative salute to healthcare workers, first responders, military, and other essential personnel while standing in solidarity with all Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are incredibly honored to have the opportunity to salute those working on the frontline of the COVID-19 response, we are in awe of your strength and resilience,” said Cmdr. Brian Kesselring, U.S. Navy Blue Angels commanding officer and flight leader. “Thank you to all of those in essential industries keeping our nation moving forward. We will get through this. We are all in this together.”

This mission, the first of several planned over the coming weeks, is the culmination of more than a month of planning and coordination between the two teams and numerous city and government offices.

Residents along the flight path can expect a few seconds of jet noise as the aircraft pass overhead, along with the sight of 12 high-performance aircraft flying close in precise formation.

Flyovers in Newark, New York City and surrounding boroughs will start at noon (EST) and last approximately 35 minutes.

Flyovers in Trenton will start at 1:45 p.m. (EST) and last approximately 10 minutes.

Flyovers in Philadelphia will start at 2 p.m. (EST) and last approximately 20 minutes.

Residents in these areas will be able to see the flyover from the safety of their home-quarantine and should maintain all social distancing guidelines during this event. They should also refrain from traveling to landmarks, hospitals and gathering in large groups to view the flyover. A detailed flight route will be released on the day prior to the flyover.

The teams welcome and encourage viewers to tag the flyover on social media with the hashtag #AmericaStrong.

For photos and video for Operation America Strong, visit,

For more information on the Blue Angels, visit

For more information on the Thunderbirds, visit

Breaking News: Person Burned In House Fire In Hamilton

April 25, 2020

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–This morning just before noon a call came into the Hamilton Township Fire Department for a fire in the 200 Block of Kuser Road. Hamilton Township Firefighters raced to the scene and found a fire in the basement and quickly extinguished it. The occupant of the home was burned and was treated by EMS then taken to Capital Health Regional Medical Center for further treatment.

At the time of this report, fire investigators were still on scene investigating the cause of the fire and there was not a condition update available for the occupant of the home.

Further information will be provided once official details become available.

Rep. Chris Smith’s Annual High School Art Competition Opens ‘Virtually’

April 24, 2020

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER) – For the first time ever, the annual Congressional Art Competition held by Rep. Chris Smith as part of a national competition for his district’s high school students, will be a “virtual” online show to ensure the safety of students, parents, teachers and the interested public.

    In response to the coronavirus national emergency, the artwork, which is normally displayed for a month at the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton’s Lakefront Gallery, will be posted on Smith’s congressional website ensuring that the students who have worked for many months can still take part in the national competition.

    “For these young student artists whose school year has been turned upside down by coronavirus, I am happy we found a way forward and I am grateful to the parents, judges and teachers for making needed adjustments,” Smith said.

    “We received strong support for a virtual art competition rather than cancel the show outright due to COVID-19 restrictions,” Smith said. “Safety is paramount, and a virtual gallery enables us to proceed safely not only for the students and parents, but for the patients and workers at RWJ-Hamilton, which has in the past, graciously hosted the show,” he said.

“I am delighted that this year’s show wasn’t canceled, but continued as an online competition,” said Wall High School art teacher, Jill Alexander, who has been preparing her students to enter the show every year for the past six years. “Students in the 4th district are thankful for the great show that Congressman Chris Smith puts on each year, but especially this year because of the challenges everyone is facing.”

“We love going to Robert Wood Johnson’s impressive gallery, and unfortunately that just wasn’t possible this year. My students start working in September preparing their best artwork to submit, and this show is the highlight of the year for us. 

“High school students across the country will miss the opportunity to participate in many events this year, including proms, sporting events and even graduation,” Alexander said. “We are really pleased the art competition survives.” 

             The 2020 show will be exhibited in a virtual art gallery, will use online judging, with winners to be announced in May. Smith’s three-member team of professional judges, whose works are also normally displayed at the show, will also have artwork posted in an online gallery.

     This year, students who place in the competition—as best-of-show, and first, second and third runners-up and honorable mentions—will receive ribbons and all participants will be mailed Congressional Certificates, instead of being presented them in person.

   The best-in-show winner will be displayed in the Capitol Building in Washington along the busy public corridor/tunnel between the Cannon House Office Building and the Capitol Building for one year with other winners from across the nation. All the artwork entered into Smith’s competition this year will be displayed in his online gallery for one year.

   Every year the Congressional Institute sponsors this national high school art competition to recognize and foster artistic talent in each congressional district. Since the competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated. Participation in the contest is at the discretion of each Member office. Currently, the Institute plans to accept the top winning artwork from every congressional show in America by June 18 and hold a reception in Washington on July 22.

     For information about the 2020 NJ-04 show or to view the 2019 and prior year winners visit Congressman Smith’s Congressional Art Competition web page.

“Echoing Our Appreciation” to Healthcare Workers & The Front Porch Project

April 23, 2020

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Hamilton Township Police, Robbinsville Township Police, Hamilton Township Fire Dept., Robbinsville Township Fire Dept., Hope Fire Company, Mercer County Sheriff Officers, Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, along with Mayor Jeff Martin, Mayor David Fried and many others came together tonight to honor and show thanks to healthcare workers at RWJ University Hospital at Hamilton.

A large American Flag hung from Hamilton Township Fire Department’s Truck 17 and police cars surrounded the truck with their lights on. At one point during the event sirens from the emergency vehicles were activated to show appreciation. Almost everyone in attendance cheered, clapped, held a variety of thank you signs for health care workers and many signs read “Heroes work here” The event was held at the evening shift change near the employee entrance. All in attendance were required to wear a face covering and practice social distancing as much as possible.

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton’s President and Chief Executive Officer Richard Freeman said at the event, “I am here representing Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton and all our heroes. On behalf of our heroes who are working every single day taking care of our community, I am so proud of them and this effort that the mayors have put on just shows how much you are appreciated. It is really important to understand that the work you do will always, always be appreciated and well beyond this crisis. You are making a statement that this hospital is here for our families, our friends and our community. So bless you all and you are all heroes.”

As the event was happening at RWJ Hamilton Hospital the surrounding communities took part in the Front Porch Project to honor health care workers. Even the Robbinsville Township Council got involved prior to their meeting tonight. More on Front Porch Project tomorrow since several photographs and videos were sent to the Hamilton Mayor’s Office and will be shared in another story.

WANTED-On The Run: Paul Grandmaison, 41 For Domestic Violence Aggravated Assault, Eluding And Receiving Stolen Property – More Charges Expected, Police Chase Ended In Trenton

UPDATE HERE: Captured In NY State After Another Chase

April 23, 2020


Yesterday’s Photos by: Brian McCarthy OnScene News

BURLINGTON CITY, BORDENTOWN TOWNSHIP, NJ (BURLINGTON), TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–This incident originated on 4/22/2020 at approximately 4:28 pm in front of the Grab & Go Mart located at 420 Keim Blvd. in Burlington City. 

A witness contacted police and reported that a female located outside the store was being assaulted by a male by punching her and “head-butted” the victim. The victim had visible injuries and advised the witness that her male acquaintance had been “beating her all day”.  Burlington City officers responded and observed the couple enter a Burgundy Chevy Truck and attempted to effectuate a stop of the vehicle to investigate the domestic assault allegations.  The vehicle operator then fled from officers at a high rate of speed and Burlington City PD immediately issued an alert requesting assistance in locating the vehicle and occupants.

The vehicle was then observed by Bordentown Township Police at approximately 5:35 pm pulling into the Petro Truck Stop located at 402 Rising Sun Rd. in Bordentown Township.  A stop was attempted and the operator again fled at a high rate of speed which resulted in a police pursuit.  During this pursuit the operator of the Chevy Truck struck a gray Toyota Tacoma on Rt. 130 in the area of Ward Ave. and continued fleeing from police.  The operator of the Toyota was uninjured and Bordentown Township officers continued to pursue the vehicle as it entered Interstate 195 west and then continued into the City of Trenton.  The vehicle was then able to elude police and the pursuit was terminated.

As officers continued to search for the vehicle the Trenton Police Department received a call complaining that it was operating “aggressively” and subsequently located it disabled as a result of a collision in the area of Calhoun and West Hanover streets.  The female victim, 34 years old from Portland, ME was rescued by officers at this time and the male suspect fled on foot.  The vehicle was determined to have been stolen in Portland, ME and its license plate was also recently reported stolen in Philadelphia. 

An extensive search ensued for the suspect with assistance from the New Jersey State Police along with their aviation unit, Trenton Police Department, NJ Transit Police and Mercer County Sheriff’s Department K9 Unit.  Despite these efforts the suspect was unable to be located and is identified as Paul Grandmaison, age 41, of Portland, ME.  Burlington City PD has issued a warrant charging Grandmaison with domestic violence aggravated assault, eluding and receiving stolen property.  Bordentown Township Police will file similar eluding and receiving stolen property offenses.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Grandmaison should contact the Burlington City PD at 609-386-3300 or Bordentown Township PD at 609-298-4300.  All tips will remain confidential.

All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Paul Grandmaison, age 41, of Portland, ME. An extensive search ensued for the suspect with assistance from the New Jersey State Police along with their aviation unit, Trenton Police Department, NJ Transit Police and Mercer County Sheriff’s Department K9 Unit.  Despite these efforts the suspect was unable to be located and is identified as Paul Grandmaison, age 41, of Portland, ME.  Burlington City PD has issued a warrant charging Grandmaison with domestic violence aggravated assault, eluding and receiving stolen property.  Bordentown Township Police will file similar eluding and receiving stolen property offenses.

Trenton Corrections Officer Passes From COVID-19

April 23, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–NJ PBA Local 105 and NJ Department of Corrections has reported that Correctional Police Officer Maria Gibbs has lost her battle with the coronavirus. A total of 3 corrections officers have been lost in NJ bringing the police total to 9 known police officers who have fallen to this terrible disease.

List of first responders in NJ who have passed of COVID-19 if made public.

 As of 4/23/2020 not all families make COVID-19 deaths public. I know of a few that did not want public and are not listed. If you know of any that need to be included use contact link above and send in information with verification.


March 2020

March 31, 2020 Israel Tolentino, Passaic Fire Department/St. Claire’s EMS**Also listed under EMS has 2 jobs.

April 2020

April 14, 2020 John Ferrarella, NJSEA EMS, retired Paterson Fire Captain and member of Wayne Fire Company No. 3  Listed 2 times multiple positions Fire and EMS.***

April 15, 2020 Michael Burke, Singac Fire Company #3, Little Falls Fire Department

April 16, 2020 Richard Campbell, Edison Fire Department

April 16, 2020 Robert Weber, Middletown, Port Monmouth Fire Company and Middletown First Aid Squad

April 18, 2020 David Clark, Bay Head Fire Company


April 2020

April 1, 2020 Bernard Waddell, Sr., Hudson County Sheriff’s Office, Correction Officer.

April 3, 2020 Tolbert A. Furr, Newark Police Department.

April 9, 2020 Nelson Perdomo, NJ Department of Corrections, East Jersey State Prison, Avenel, Woodbridge.

April 12, 2020 AlTerek Patterson, Sergeant, Bedminster Police Department.

April 12, 2020 Francesco Scorpo, Sergeant, Paterson Police Department.

April 14, 2020 Daniel Francis, Newark Police Department.

April 16, 2020 Alex Ruperto, Union City Police Department

April 17, 2020 John Careccia, Chief, Woodbridge Township Ambulance & Rescue Squad

April 22, 2020 Maria Gibbs, NJ Department of Corrections, Central Reception and Assignment, Trenton


March 2020

March 31, 2020 Israel Tolentino, Passaic Fire Department/St. Claire’s EMS** Also listed under fire department works 2 jobs.

April 2020

April 1, 2020 Reuven Maroth, Hackensack Volunteer Ambulance

April 5, 2020 Liana Sá, EMT, Watchung Rescue Squad

April 8, 2020 Kevin Leiva, EMT, North Bergen, Prime Healthcare EMS, Saint Clare’s Hospital.

April 9, 2020 Robert Tarrant, EMS Educator, Robert Wood Johnson Barnabas Health

April 9, Frank Molinari, MD, NJSEA EMS

April 10, 2020 Terry Billington, MONOC EMS (Retired)

April 10, 2020 Solomon Donald, Trinitas EMS

April 13, 2020 Scott Geiger, Atlantic Ambulance Corp.

April 14, 2020 John Ferrarella, NJSEA EMS, retired Paterson Fire Captain and member of Wayne Fire Company No. 3** Listed 2 times multiple positions Fire and EMS.

April 15, 2020 Robert Weber, Middletown Township First Aid & Rescue, Port Monmouth Fire Company**Also listed under Fire since having 2 jobs.

April 17, 2020 John Carrecia, Woodbridge Township Ambulance & Rescue


March 31, 2020 Doctor Frank Gabrin, East Orange General Hospital, and NYC.

March 31, 2020 Kim King-Smith, EKG Technician, Newark University Hospital.


March 30, 2020 Captain, Douglas Linn Hickok, NJ Army National Guard, Physician’s Assistant

NJOHSP Leads New Jersey’s Efforts to Combat Spread of COVID-19 Disinformation

April 23, 2020

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER) – The New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (NJOHSP) is leading New Jersey’s efforts to combat COVID-19 disinformation, rumors, and scams that may impact residents and businesses throughout the State.

NJOHSP is collaborating with the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management, New Jersey Regional Operations Intelligence Center, and New Jersey State Police to provide the public with guidance regarding false and fraudulent information and activity stemming from the pandemic. A webpage, “COVID-19 Rumor Control and Disinformation Updates,” launched in mid-March is updated as new information becomes available.

“As we continue to aggressively fight the coronavirus through strict social distancing, the spread of inaccurate information on the impact and response related to this crisis is also dangerous,” said Governor Phil Murphy. “The only way to beat this pandemic is if each of our 9 million residents continues to follow social distancing measures, guidance from public health officials, and by supporting each other. We must remain on course, and our administration is determined to keep everyone safe with reliable information.” 

The webpage,, features unclassified intelligence products on COVID-19 disinformation, details about scams that New Jersey residents and visitors might be susceptible to, and cybersecurity alerts regarding potential threats to individuals and businesses caused by the pandemic. 

“The sharing of disinformation is one of many tactics gaining traction by those seeking to take advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic, both across the United States and around the world,” said Jared M. Maples, Director of the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness. “These actions can be harmful and detract from the efforts of our frontline workers in healthcare and law enforcement. In partnership with our federal, State, and local partners, my Office is committed to increasing awareness of these practices with a convenient and routinely updated resource.”

Multiple foreign nations are leveraging the pandemic to sow anti-US sentiment and undermine the credibility of the United States. This includes nation-state actors such as China and Russia using disinformation campaigns via multiple mediums to alter the views of individuals and distort facts. Additionally, individuals and groups domestically are using false or misleading information about COVID-19 to target their perceived adversaries and conduct scams.

The New Jersey Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Cell, a division of NJOHSP, has reported an increase in targeted cyber threats and attacks toward healthcare institutions and various companies throughout the State supporting work-from-home solutions, such as video teleconferencing platforms.

NJOHSP encourages the public to use legitimate and credible organizations for accurate information, as well as to fact check claims from competing sources. Rumors can easily circulate within communities during a crisis, and the spread of disinformation can be stopped by choosing trusted sources of information. NJOHSP urges the public that if they “See Something, Say Something” by reporting suspicious activity to local authorities or the Counterterrorism Watch Desk by calling 1-866-4-SAFE-NJ or emailing

Breaking News: A Bizarre Afternoon In The City

April 22, 2020

Photos by: Brian McCarthy, OnScene News

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–A bunch of bizarre events in the city this afternoon led to crashes and a possible man hunt. No official information is available but there was an accident at 129 and Hamilton in front of the Arena, another vehicle crash involving a pickup truck in another location and police were looking for someone with bloodhounds on Calhoun Street. Check back once we find out what’s going on we will let you know.

President Donald J. Trump Announces “Operation America Strong” Thunderbirds and Blue Angels Fly Over Airshows Coming To A City Near You

April 22, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC–President Donald J. Trump has confirmed there will be airshows over America’s major cities from the USAF Thunderbirds and the Navy Blue Angels as announced today during his daily COVID-19 press conference.

President Donald J. Trump said, “I am excited to announce that in the coming weeks the Airforce Thunderbirds they’re  incredible and the Navy Blue Angels equally incredible will be performing airshows  over America’s major cities and some of the cities that aren’t major cities, they are going to be doing a lot of work and a lot of dangerous flying, its dangerous you know the odds when you start going massive speeds and your 18 inches away from each other, that’s dangerous work. (Looking over at VP Pence) Your son is a great pilot and a, I don’t know if he could be, could he be a Thunderbird? (VP Pence, “We’ll See.) I don’t know? I think he probably could be from what I hear, I don’t know if I would want him to be. Its incredible what they can do and to sacrifice. What we’re doing is paying tribute to our front line health care workers confronting COVID and its really a signal to all Americans to remain vigilant during the outbreak. This is a tribute to them, to our warriors because the are equal warriors to those incredible pilots and all the fighters we have for the more traditional fights, that we win, and we win and when we want to we always win. Sometimes we don’t want to win so we just go to a standstill but that’s always a, that’s not the way this country works.

Operation America Strong was the idea of our great military men and women the Thunderbirds and the Blue Angels crews who wanted to show support to the American medical workers who just like military members in a time of war are fiercely running toward the fight. Its going to be great, I want to see those shows and I seen them many times and I can’t get enough of them. On July 4, we will be doing what we had at the mall as you know, last year was a tremendous success and I would imagine and I can use the term forever. That was a great success as you remember even thou it was pouring it was raining so hard, it was raining, it was hard as I have seen in a while, but it was an amazing success. It didn’t bother the pilots I didn’t bother the military it didn’t bother the crews that we had there. So were going to be doing that again on July 4th

President Donald J. Trump’s announcement starts at 23:30 in the video posted by C-Span

As accurately reported the event was in the “planning stage” from information obtained from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakurst Facebook page when someone asked a question if it was going to happen today. This is the response:

Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst The Blue Angels / Thunderbird flight in this region is still in planning phases. Each of the demo teams and our base Facebook page will release the information at the appropriate time. It’s not happening today. Thanks for reaching out. showed a possible leaked draft document that was making its way around social media and creating quite an Internet buzz. The document includes quite a bit of information and a possible flight path. We have no way to confirm that document is real, but with President Trump’s announcement today it could be a possibility so stay tuned.

The only way we will know when it is, the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst will post official information about the flight as well as the Thunderbirds and Blue Angels I suggest you follow all three Facebook pages and any other social media outlets from each group.

Once finds out more details we will let you know.

Terroristic Threats in Hampton, Bias Crimes in Ft. Lee, Bayville Man Charged With Sexual Assault, Lakewood Wedding, Gathering, School Open, More Charges In Newark In Daily COVID-19 Violations

April 22, 2020

TRENTON – Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and Colonel Patrick J. Callahan, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, announced the following recent enforcement actions related to COVID-19, including those involving individuals in violation of Governor Murphy’s Executive Orders: Assaults and Threats Against Police Officers, EMTs, or Others

  • Daniel Lurie, 48, of Hampton, N.J., was arrested on April 19 by the New Jersey State Police on charges of terroristic threats during an emergency (2nd degree), resisting arrest (3rd degree), throwing bodily fluid at an officer (4th degree), obstruction (4th degree), and violating the emergency orders.  State troopers were called to Lurie’s residence on a “medical assist” after Lurie called 9-1-1.  When troopers arrived, Lurie was combative.  He allegedly stated he had the coronavirus and spat and coughed on troopers.  He was arrested and taken to the hospital.

Bias Incidents

  • Afrim Haxhaj, 30, of Jackson Heights, N.Y., was charged yesterday, April 21, by the Fort Lee Police Department with bias intimidation (4th degree) and harassment (petty disorderly persons offense).  Haxhaj allegedly confronted a Jewish man in a Dunkin Donuts in Fort Lee on Monday, April 20, and told him to get out, saying Jews are responsible for the coronavirus. He allegedly warned the victim not to return.  When the victim returned to the Dunkin Donuts yesterday, Haxhaj allegedly threatened him again, saying he does not want Jews in his neighborhood and bumping his chest into the victim.  The victim left and called 9-1-1.

Other Criminal Charges Involving Indictable Offenses

  • Robert Murphy, 19, of Bayville, N.J., was charged by the Morris Plains Police Department and Morris County Prosecutor’s Office with attempted aggravated sexual assault (2nd degree), endangering the welfare of a child (3rd degree), and violating the emergency orders.  Murphy allegedly had arranged to meet an underage girl last night, April 21, at Community Park in Morris Plains for sexual activity.  He had contacted the girl through social media.  The victim’s parents became aware in advance and alerted police, who arrested Murphy when he showed up at the park at about 11 p.m.
  • Tyriese J. Reddick, 30, of Gloucester Township, was charged yesterday, April 21, by the Gloucester Township Police with four counts of burglary (3rd degree) and violating the emergency orders.  Reddick allegedly broke into four vehicles in a neighborhood in Gloucester Township and took money from them.  He also was wanted on warrants in the City of Camden.

Other Violations of Executive Orders, Including “Stay at Home” Order, and Ordinances

  • Newark Enforcement.  The Newark Police Department’s COVID-19 task force issued 29 summonses for violations of the emergency orders in enforcement actions yesterday, April 21.
  • Michael Masi, 47, of Branchburg, was charged yesterday afternoon, April 21, by the Plainfield Police Department with violating the emergency orders.  Police were called to  Michael Anthony Auto Sales on Richmond Street in Plainfield on a report of a dispute.  When police arrived, they found people in the lot shopping for a car and three customers inside attempting to buy a car.  Masi said he was making “curbside auto sales.”
  • Andres Torres, 31, and Jose Nolasco, 51, of Union City, were charged with violating the emergency orders on April 18 by the Union City Police Department.  Torres owns La Roca supermarket on Bergenline Avenue in Union City.  Police conducted a walk-through and found more than 50 people in the grocery store, with customers crowding around certain sections of the store. This had occurred on at least two prior occasions and the business was warned about occupancy limits.  Nolasco is the store manager.
  • Shmuel Hirth, 49, Asher Jacobs, 23, Shmuel Weneintraub, 21, Pinchos Sinsky, 19, Shcomo Rosenfeld, 18, Arych Penstien, 22, Yuhuda Bronspigez, 25, and Rivka Jacobs, 47, were charged yesterday by the Lakewood Police and Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office with violating the emergency orders.  Police responded to a report of a school that was open in the first block of Drake Road.  Police found a group of male students at the school who had been given permission to study there by the head of the school, Shmuel Hirth.  Rivka Jacobs is the mother of one of the students, who is a juvenile.
  • Yakov Makukha, 40, Pinchos Aron, 25, Miriam Aron, 33, Yehudah Aron, 36, Tziporah Aron, 33, Yaakov Wiesner, Peninah Wiesner, 30, Ephraim Aron, 34, and Shmarya Aron, 20, were charged yesterday, April 21, by the Lakewood Police and Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office with violating the emergency orders.  Police responded to Read Place on a report of a back yard wedding.  Officers found a van in the driveway occupied by two adults and three children. The driver advised that she was there for family photos for a wedding. In the back yard, there was a photographer, Yakov Makukha, photographing a family of six.  Summonses were issued to all of the adults who were present.
  • Alexander Ellinson, 64, of Lakewood, was charged yesterday, April 21, with disorderly conduct.  As the Lakewood Police and Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office were investigating a report of a large gathering at a home on 8th Street, Ellinson, a neighbor, pulled up in his SUV and began yelling at police about their actions at his neighbor’s house.  He continued to yell and nearly struck an officer as he drove away. Police stopped him and issued a summons.
  • William Teachen, 59, of Metuchen, was charged yesterday, April 21, by the Metuchen Police with obstruction and violating the emergency orders, both disorderly persons offenses.  An officer found Teachen riding his bicycle along the Middlesex County Greenway, a closed county park, and told him to exit the park.  Teachen allegedly failed to comply and rode away.  After the officer activated his siren and exited his vehicle to request identification, Teachen allegedly tried to ride past the officer, disobeyed commands, and had to be physically removed from his bicycle.  The park entrances are taped off and there are signs indicating the park is closed
  • Dajour Clybourn, 23, of Bridgeton, was charged yesterday by the Bridgeton Police with resisting arrest, obstruction, possession of drug paraphernalia, and violating the emergency orders, all disorderly persons offenses.  Police responded to a report that Clybourn was panhandling and harassing another person.  Clybourn ran away when officers arrived.  When police apprehended her, they allegedly found a crack cocaine pipe in her possession.

 The defendants who were charged strictly with violating the emergency orders or local ordinances and who do not face more serious charges were charged by summons— they were not arrested.  Those cases will be adjudicated in municipal court.  “One month after Governor Murphy issued his emergency orders, we are flattening the curve and saving lives, because the vast majority of our residents are conscientiously obeying the social distancing rules and doing their share to fight COVID-19,” said Attorney General Grewal.  “Unfortunately, there are still those who violate the orders, risking the further spread of this deadly virus.  What is worse, there are some who deliberately threaten our brave police officers, medical personnel, and other essential workers, impeding their vital work.  Our message to violators is that we will hold you accountable, whether it is through a summons for those who violate the social distancing orders, or an arrest on indictable charges for those who deliberately harm or threaten others during this emergency.”    “Although law enforcement and medical professionals are on the frontlines of the battle against COVID-19, we are ultimately winning the war because of the extraordinary resolve and fortitude of New Jersey citizens who are doing their part day in and day out, abiding by the executive orders and sacrificing for the greater good,” said Colonel Patrick Callahan, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police.  “Those who choose to ignore the law and selfishly place others at risk will face swift law enforcement action.” Violations of the emergency orders constitute a disorderly persons offense carrying a potential sentence of up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.  However, violators can potentially face criminal charges including second, third, and fourth degree indictable offenses. On April 1, Attorney General Grewal announced enhanced charges against six people who were charged with assaulting and threatening law enforcement officers and violating the emergency orders.  Specifically, those enhanced charges included making terroristic threats during a state of emergency, which is a second degree offense carrying a sentence of five to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $150,000.  Eighteen additional defendants, including Daniel Lurie, have been similarly charged since that time for alleged assaults or threats against law enforcement officers, medical personnel, or others. Third-degree charges carry a sentence of three to five years in prison and a fine of up to $15,000, while fourth-degree charges carry a sentence of up to 18 months in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. The charges are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty. If you are seeing a lack of compliance with the Governor’s emergency orders in your town, please contact your local police department or report here The Attorney General’s Office and New Jersey State Police will continue to work with law enforcement throughout New Jersey to deter non-complaint behavior. No one should take advantage of this pandemic to further their own biased agendas.  COVID-19 is no excuse to promote anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and or other biased stereotypes.  Please report bias crimes at 1-800-277-BIAS.

Governor Murphy Tours Acute Care Facilities at East Orange General Hospital and New Bridge Medical Center

April 22, 2020

Press pool story by: Brent JohnsonThe Star-Ledger &

Gov. Phil Murphy on Wednesday morning tour a pair of quickly constructed pop-up hospital sites in Essex and Bergen County to help ensure the state has enough space for the influx of patients from the coronavirus pandemic. 

Murphy first visited what was once a partially closed wing of East Orange General Hospital that has now been outfitted with 250 beds. He then visited a one-time gymnasium at New Bridge Medical Center in Paramus that has been transformed into a 30-bed facility — with some beds directly under the basketball hoop. There will also be a 100-bed tent facility at the site. 

East Orange is set to open around May 5, officials said. The gym site at New Brunswick will open Monday, with the tent part opening April 29, officials said. 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has spent the last few weeks to rapidly rework the locations. 

Murphy was joined on the tours by Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite of the Army Corps of Engineers, as well as State Police Superintendent Col. Patrick Callahan and state Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli. He was joined in Paramus by U.S. Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-5th Dist., and Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco. 

Officials said the sites are needed not just to help handle patients now but in case the virus comes back in the fall or winter — which experts say is possible, if not likely.

Semonite said the goal was the Army Corps giving the state options — sites that are able to be adapted to handle patients now or later, with the ability to leave them up or take them down when needed.

“That buys you insurance down the road if you need it,” he told the governor. 

Murphy agreed. 

“We have plussed up our capacity in a dramatic way,” the governor said. “It’s not just what we need on May 5. If this virus returns like a lot of other viruses, you could see it come back in the late fall or early winter.” 

Murphy told reporters that the state needs to prepare for a second wave, including beefing up testing, with help from the federal government. 

“A lot of folks the general and I would look to to take our cues from will suggest this is something that not only could come back but is more likely than not to come back — even if we do everything right,” the governor said. “We’ve got to be prepared yet. We’re not there yet. But this is a huge step in that direction.”

Officials said several floors at the East Orange building have been used for years, though the facility still been used for outpatient and rehab services.

They said workers at the site restored multiple floors, including installing 30 miles of electrical cable and 30,000 square feet of flooring.

Murphy thanked Semonite and the team for the hard work. 

“We could not do this without you,” he told workers gathered outside the East Orange building. “We’re not through this yet. We have a long way to go. But you see something like this, and you realize: We’re in this together. We are making the progress we need to make. And we will get there together.”

Meanwhile, the site at New Bridge — New Jersey’s largest hospital — has long been a gym. But workers converted it, adding new air and HVAC systems, new flooring, and a nursing station set up with white blocks that connect like Legos.

“Kids would love this,” Murphy said. 

Gottheimer said the new facility shows how federal money is being spent wisely. 

But, he added, “we need more” for the state, counties, and municipalities.

Governor Murphy Announces Actions to Require Reporting of COVID-19 Demographic Data

April 22, 2020

TRENTON – Governor Murphy today signed legislation (S2357) which will require hospitals to report demographic data to the Department of Health. In conjunction with this signing, the COVID-19 Information Hub has been updated with preliminary racial data that has already been collected.

“Understanding the impact of COVID-19 by demographic group is critical to ensure equity in our response to this virus,” said Governor Murphy. “We must do everything we can to protect the most vulnerable groups in our state during this unprecedented crisis. This data will inform our efforts and allow us to make sure that no one is left behind.”

S2357 requires hospitals to report demographic data including age, ethnicity, gender, and race of individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19, who have died from COVID-19, and who have tried to get testing but have been turned away.

Primary sponsors of S2357 include Senators Ronald Rice, Nia Gill, Kristin Corrado, and Assemblymembers Benjie Wimberly, Verlina Reynolds-Jackson, and Nancy Pinkin.

“Our country has an incredibly poor history of health care when it comes to the treatment of minorities, especially in the Black community,” said Senator Ronald Rice. “If hospitals have limited funding and decide to pull resources away from sick minorities, this causes all sorts of problems. Collecting and then receiving this data will allow for us to know which hospitals need more funding and resources in order to properly care for our minority populations.”

“Without racial demographic data we will have no way to identify and address ongoing disparities and health inequities that risk accelerating the spread of COVID-19,” said Senator Nia Gill. “Inequalities in treatment and diagnosis can have significant and severe impacts on minorities who are already at a higher risk of diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and other chronic illnesses. In order to address these disparities, we must have data on who is being tested, who is being treated, and what the treatment outcomes are.”

“Coronavirus has had a devastating impact on our state and the nation, appearing to disproportionately impact men and the African-American community,” said Senator Kristin Corrado. “The more demographic information we can gather from our hospitals on infections, the better we can identify, react, study, and prevent new COVID-19 cases in vulnerable populations. Arming our health commissioner with data and case statistics can help match medical care to those at greater risk.”

“Decades of systemic poverty, lack of sufficient healthcare and chronic unemployment in our communities, especially black communities, lends to the increased risk of coronavirus hitting residents living below the poverty line harder than others. Those with underlying conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure and other medical conditions are more susceptible to the virus, which are conditions that are very prevalent in communities of color,” Assembly sponsors Benjie Wimberly, Verlina Reynolds-Jackson, and Nancy Pinkin said in a joint statement. “We can’t gauge an appropriate response without knowing the numbers. Requiring hospitals to compile demographic data will help us zero in on the communities who have suffered the most during this pandemic and to figure out what must be done to protect them as we continue to fight COVID-19.” U.S. Senator Cory Booker recently introduced legislation that would require the federal government to collect and report demographic data on COVID-19 cases, including data on race and ethnicity.

“We have a solemn obligation to protect every New Jerseyan from the coronavirus. This means we can’t leave anyone behind,” said U.S. Senator Cory Booker. “Deep-seated health disparities faced by communities of color in New Jersey and across our nation have been magnified and exacerbated by this public health crisis. The collection of this critical data here in New Jersey will help us better understand the scope of health disparities related to COVID-19 so together we can act to end them. I applaud Governor Murphy and the bill sponsors in the New Jersey Legislature for their leadership through this crisis, and their continued efforts to protect every New Jerseyan, including our most vulnerable.”

Blue Angels and Thunderbird Combined Fly-By Event Is In “Planning Stage” – Will Not Be Today

April 22, 2020

See Updated Story Here on President Trump’s announcement of “Operation America Strong”

Update: Still getting several messages about this event, asking questions when and times, we don’t know if or when.

See the note from official Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Facebook Page below they say it is in “planning” so that means it could happen it might not happen and one thing for sure it is NOT happening today. This is all we know.

“Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst
 The Blue Angels / Thunderbird flight in this region is still in planning phases. Each of the demo teams and our base Facebook page will release the information at the appropriate time. It’s not happening today. Thanks for reaching out.

If I do find out I will make sure to post again on I suggest you follow the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst they will post 24 to 48 hours prior to event plus make other notifications prior to any event of that size.

NEW HANOVER TOWNSHIP-WRIGHTSTOWN, NJ (BURLINGTON)–A copy of a draft of a Philadelphia Air Traffic Control ATC “Procedures Bulletin” was wildly circulated over Facebook and other social media yesterday creating a social media buzz.

According to the draft bulletin the fly by was supposed to be today. Official sources at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst said today that the event is still in the planning stages and would not be today.

Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst The Blue Angels / Thunderbird flight in this region is still in planning phases. Each of the demo teams and our base Facebook page will release the information at the appropriate time. It’s not happening today. Thanks for reaching out.

In the leaked “draft bulletin” the flight will be from Joint Base McGuire to Trenton then make its way down the Delaware toward Philadelphia. It would fly over several Philadelphia landmarks then back to the river and then end in the Wilmington, Delaware area. (Note that the “draft bulletin” has no official address or contact on the letterhead)

What the fly over may look like from the Thunderbirds Facebook Page:

Mosquito Spraying In Mercer County Today

April 22, 2020

See Mercer County DOT Notice Here

Aerial Mosquito Larviciding Notice 

When: (Wednesday) April 22, 2020, between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. (weather permitting)

Mercer County Mosquito Control will be treating larval mosquito habitats throughout the county by way of helicopter. Due to their large size and inaccessibility by ground vehicles, these larval habitats are routinely treated with a helicopter when mosquitoes are present in the standing water. You may see our helicopter flying near residential areas, positioning the helicopter to approach nearby areas of standing water targeted for treatment.


THIS IS NOT an area-wide Adulticiding “MOSQUITO SPRAYING” activity. 

Aerial larviciding includes the use of target-specific, biorational granules only released directly above standing water to help prevent larval mosquitoes from developing into biting adult mosquitoes.

Adulticide applications (spraying) are conducted when biting adult mosquito populations exceed public health or nuisance thresholds. These applications are conducted via truck-mounted, ultra-low-volume (ULV) cold aerosol sprayers during late evening or early morning hours. Mercer County applies products (adulticides) recommended by Rutgers University  for mosquito control in New Jersey, and a complete list with accompanying labels and MSDS sheets can be found here. Specific street addresses are not published, but adulticide applications are conducted on an area-wide basis and targets where adult mosquito populations may be concentrated during application times. For further questions or information, please browse our website or call/email directly. The office maintains no regular “spraying schedule” or “spraying list.” These applications are only conducted when deemed absolutely necessary, and under the appropriate environmental conditions, in order to bring mosquito populations to tolerable levels or to ward off potential mosquito-borne disease outbreaks.