TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–A serious accident occurred tonight at the dangerous intersection of Lalor Street and Route 129 around 11 pm. The intersection is well known for serious and even fatal accidents in the past.
The Trenton Fire Department responded for one person entrapped in a vehicle and they were extricated. Trenton EMS was treating and transporting several patients from the scene. Trenton Police were on scene conducting the investigation.
No further information was available at the time of this report.
Dennis Steward, 52, of Valley Stream, N.Y., was charged on April 4 in Hamilton, Mercer County, with terroristic threats during an emergency (2nd degree), throwing bodily fluid at an officer (4th degree), and DWI. Steward was charged after he crashed into a house on South Olden Avenue in Hamilton. He was taken to St. Francis Hospital in Trenton at his request after he complained of chest pains. While there, he allegedly became aggressive and spat on hospital security guards, two Hamilton police officers, and a nurse. He claimed he had Covid-19 and had just come back from visiting someone in Bronx, N.Y., who died from the virus.
Press Release on the Incident:
On April 5, 2020, Hamilton Police were detailed to the 1200 block of S. Olden Avenue on a report of a motor vehicle accident involving a car into a house. Responding officers located the above pictured suspect, identified as 52 year old New York resident, Dennis Steward, attempting to walk away from the scene. Officers on scene determined that Mr. Steward was driving while intoxicated and placed him under arrest. Upon transporting Mr. Steward from the scene of the accident to a nearby hospital for evaluation, he began acting aggressive and advised emergency medical technicians and officers that he had COVID-19. Mr. Steward advised first responders that he intended to infect everyone with the virus. Once Mr. Steward was brought into the hospital, he began to purposely spit in the direction of officers and hospital staff. One of the officers was eventually spit on by Mr. Steward. Mr. Steward was then sedated and evaluated by hospital staff where he was eventually released back into the custody of Hamilton Police and charged accordingly. Dennis Steward was charged with DUI, Terroristic Threats, and Throwing Bodily Fluid at Law Enforcement Officers. He was housed at the Mercer County Correctional Facility awaiting arraignment. Every defendant is presumed innocent until being found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
Photos and story by: Dennis Symons, Jr.
HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The Hamilton Township Fire Department was dispatched to South Olden Avenue and Loomis around 9:45 pm. for a vehicle into a structure. It appears that a vehicle traveling in a southerly direction on S. Olden Ave., lost control and hit a corner of a house causing severe damage to the front corner. The vehicle came to rest in the side yard and it was reported the person walked away.
Hamilton Township Firefighters with their special operations team were able to shore up the corner of the home to keep it from falling. Township building and electrical inspectors were on scene as well as PSE&G.
No further information was available at the time of this report.
TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Trenton Fire, Trenton EMS and Trenton Police are on scene of a 3rd shooting tonight in the city. This time 2 people shot, one in the head and one in the hand in the area of 400 Block of Garfield Ave. An extra engine from the fire department was dispatched to the scene for extra assistance.
This is breaking news once (or if) we receive information from Trenton City Hall or Trenton Police we will post the information.
TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–There has been another shooting this evening in Trenton this time in the 100 Block of Hoffman Avenue around 6:40 pm. Trenton Police and NJSP were on scene investigating. Initial radio reports dispatching the ambulance were for a person shot to the head. This is unconfirmed reports but will be updated if it becomes available from official police sources.
TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Still waiting official information but by radio reports there was a shooting at MLK Park near East Inham Ave around 5 pm. From unofficial radio traffic it sounds like one person has expired and one critical. This is breaking news and subject to change upon confirmation from official police sources.
TRENTON – Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and Colonel Patrick J. Callahan, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, announced the following recent enforcement actions against violators of Governor Murphy’s Emergency Orders related to COVID-19. “The Governor’s executive orders are commonsense measures to keep people safe during this historic health crisis,” said Attorney General Grewal. “When people like the partiers in Rumson flout the orders and show disrespect and hostility to police officers, they not only put themselves and the others immediately involved in peril, they risk inciting others to engage in such irresponsible and dangerous behavior. Our police officers are working courageously every day to protect us all, and we will continue to charge anyone who violates the emergency orders, which literally are a matter of life and death.” “Law enforcement and medical professionals are on the frontlines of this battle to protect the citizens of New Jersey from the COVID-19 virus, and we cannot stress enough how important it is that each person follow the guidelines set forth in the Executive Order,” said Colonel Patrick Callahan, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police. “I have said that law enforcement will act swiftly against those who blatantly place the lives of others at risk. Well, you don’t get much more blatant than the party crowd in Rumson that resisted and insulted police officers who asked them to disperse.”
Newark Enforcement. The Newark Police Department’s COVID-19 task force issued 180 summonses for violation of the emergency orders and ordered 11 non-essential businesses closed in enforcement actions on Friday and Saturday, April 3 and 4.
Rumson Party—John Maldjian, age 54 of Rumson, was charged today by the Rumson Police with reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct, and two separate charges related to violating the emergency orders. All are disorderly persons offenses. He was also charged with violating two borough ordinances. The charges stem from an incident in Rumson on Saturday evening, April 3. At approximately 8:19 p.m., the police were dispatched to a report of a large party with a band. When they arrived, they discovered the homeowner, John Maldjian, together with another man, playing acoustic guitars on the front porch of the home. There were approximately 30 people, between the ages of 40 and 50, gathered on Maldjian’s front lawn and the adjoining street watching the performance. Some had lawn chairs and alcoholic beverages. Despite the fact that police were on scene with flashing lights attempting to disperse the crowd, the band continued playing. It was not until a Rumson officer directly approached Maldjian that he stopped singing and playing. Maldjian then told his Facebook Live audience (he was streaming his performance) that he had to stop playing. The crowd became unruly when told to disperse and some shouted curses at the police and “Welcome to Nazi Germany.” Charges related to those disorderly “audience” members are forthcoming.
Sughuy Cepeda, 43, of Teaneck, was charged with second-degree terroristic threats during an emergency, two counts of third-degree aggravated assault on an officer, obstruction, resisting arrest, and violation of a temporary restraining order (TRO). On Saturday, April 4, Cepeda was arrested by the Englewood Police Department for violation of a TRO. While in custody, Cepeda spit and coughed at officers on several occasions and stated she was COVID positive. Cepeda was transported to Bergen New Bridge Medical Center in Paramus. There, she allegedly coughed at two police officers and spit a mouthful of water at them.
Wegmans Coughing Incident. The West Windsor Police Department signed juvenile petitions for harassment and obstruction of justice against a 16-year-old female for allegedly purposely coughing on another customer at the Wegmans food store in West Windsor on Tuesday, March 31. The victim, a 52-year-old woman, had asked the juvenile to step back because she was too close. The juvenile and her mother got into an argument with the victim, during which the juvenile allegedly pulled down a facial mask she was wearing, walked closer to the victim, and coughed toward the victim while claiming that she had the coronavirus.
Rita A Lacis, 61, of Parsippany, was charged with violating the emergency order on Saturday, April 4, by the Rockaway Borough Police Department. Police had given Lacis a warning after they learned that she was continuing to operate her dog grooming service. At that time, she claimed that she misunderstood the order requiring closure of all non-essential businesses. She was charged when officer saw two customers drop off a dog a short time later.
Saul Rosen, 52, of Toms River, was charged on Saturday, April 4, with violating the emergency orders for hold a gathering in his back yard with more than 20 people.
Luke Shuscavage, 27, of Princeton, N.J., was charged on Friday, April 3, with violating the emergency orders for bringing five youths from a youth shelter to Lenape Park in Raritan Township to play basketball.
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. Last week, Attorney General Grewal announced enhanced charges against six individuals who were charged with assaulting 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 and carries a sentence of five to 10 years in state prison and a fine of up to $150,000. Defendant Cepeda is similarly charged for her conduct against law enforcement officers.Third-degree charges carry a sentence of three to five years in prison and a fine of up to $15,000. 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 https://covid19.nj.gov/violation 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. The charges are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty. 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.
Monmouth County has 2,351 positive cases of COVID-19
FREEHOLD, NJ –Monmouth County Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone and Freeholder Deputy Director Susan M. Kiley have announced that, as of 10 a.m. on April 5, there are 2,351 positive cases of COVID-19 in Monmouth County.
The breakdown by municipality is as follows:
Asbury Park: 41
Atlantic Highlands: 10
Bradley Beach: 10
Colts Neck: 31
Fair Haven: 14
Freehold Borough: 50
Freehold Township: 166
Lake Como: 4
Little Silver: 19
Loch Arbour: 1
Long Branch: 104
Monmouth Beach: 10
Neptune City: 11
Neptune Township: 116
Red Bank: 42
Sea Bright: 5
Sea Girt: 8
Shrewsbury Borough: 19
Shrewsbury Township: 3
Spring Lake: 6
Spring Lake Heights: 9
Tinton Falls: 39
Union Beach: 14
Upper Freehold: 20
West Long Branch: 24
The Monmouth County Donation Site at Thompson Park has closed and is no longer accepting donations.
“We are thankful to the 24 donors who have visited the site and provided much needed supplies which are being distributed to first responders, healthcare workers and other essential workforce employees,” said Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone. “The Donation Center was operational for 10 days and 2,294 masks, 89,900 gloves, 408 gowns/protective suits along with numerous bottles of hand sanitizer were received. We are extremely grateful to all the donors.”
Anyone who still wishes to donate can contact the County Office of Emergency Management at 732-431-7400.
Monmouth County news updates and information regarding the COVID-19 situation are posted at www.visitmonmouth.com.
Covid-19 Total Cases (2215) In Ocean County:
Total as of Sunday, 4/5/2020 at 4:00 pm
Effective as of March 28, 2020, the data represented below identifies the municipality or mailing address which was self-reported by the resident at the time of testing. It may not necessarily represent the municipality of residence.
BELMAR, NJ (MONMOUTH)–The Boroughs of Belmar and Lake Como, have canceled all scheduled events until July 1, 2020. As the COVID-19 crisis continues they will reevaluate additional events as we get closer to the July 1 date.