Day: April 10, 2020

USA Passes Half Million Cases Of COVID-19

April 10, 2020

World: Cases: 1,696,139 Deaths: 102,699 (9:25 pm ET update)

United States of America: Confirmed Cases: 500,399 Deaths: 18,693 (9:25 pm ET update)

New Jersey: Confirmed Cases: 54,588 Deaths: 1,932

Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 Tracker click here for latest numbers

We have 3,627 new positive #COVID19 cases, bringing our total to 54,588.
• Atlantic: 211
• Bergen: 8,928
• Burlington: 954
• Camden: 1,072
• Cape May: 116
• Cumberland: 138
• Essex: 6,580
• Gloucester: 447
• Hudson: 6,411
• Hunterdon: 293
• Mercer: 1,282
• Middlesex: 5,060
• Monmouth: 3,496
• Morris: 2,771
• Ocean: 3,269
• Passaic: 5,017
• Salem: 46
• Somerset: 1,523
• Sussex: 413
• Union: 5,575
• Warren: 337
• Under Investigation: 649

We’ve lost another 233 New Jerseyans to COVID-19, bringing our total to 1,932 deaths.
• Atlantic: 6
• Bergen: 390
• Burlington: 22
• Camden: 29
• Cape May: 5
• Cumberland: 3
• Essex: 352
• Gloucester: 8
• Hudson: 163
• Hunterdon: 7
• Mercer: 39
• Middlesex: 168
• Monmouth: 107
• Morris: 135
• Ocean: 121
• Passaic: 101
• Salem: 3
• Somerset: 69
• Sussex: 26
• Union: 161
• Warren: 15
• Unknown: 2

As of 10:00 PM last night, 7,570 residents were hospitalized, including COVID-19 positive patients and persons under investigations.

1,679 individuals are considered critical care and 1,663 individuals are currently on ventilators.

Covid-19 Total Cases (3273) In Ocean County:

Total as of Friday, 4/10/2020 at 12:00 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.

Town NameNumber of Cases
Barnegat Light2
Bay Head3
Beach Haven5
Harvey Cedars0
Island Heights3
Little Egg Harbor39
Long Beach Township11
Ocean Gate3
Ocean Twp. (Waretown)17
Pine Beach3
Point Pleasant Beach18
Point Pleasant Borough76
Seaside Heights17
Seaside Park3
Ship Bottom5
South Toms River34
Surf City3
Toms River541
Total Positive Cases: 3273

Monmouth County has 3,512 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 April 10, there are 3,512 positive cases of COVID-19 in Monmouth County.

The breakdown by municipality is as follows:

  • Aberdeen: 104
  • Allenhurst: 2
  • Allentown: 2
  • Asbury Park: 62
  • Atlantic Highlands: 14
  • Avon-by-the-Sea: 10
  • Belmar: 6
  • Bradley Beach: 15
  • Brielle: 19
  • Colts Neck: 46
  • Deal: 21
  • Eatontown: 100
  • Englishtown: 12
  • Fair Haven: 15
  • Farmingdale: 9
  • Freehold Borough: 93
  • Freehold Township: 288
  • Hazlet: 138
  • Highlands: 12
  • Holmdel: 112
  • Howell: 316
  • Interlaken: 1
  • Keansburg: 60
  • Keyport: 39
  • Lake Como: 10
  • Little Silver: 24
  • Loch Arbour: 1
  • Long Branch: 184
  • Manalapan: 274
  • Manasquan: 20
  • Marlboro: 267
  • Matawan: 85
  • Middletown: 284
  • Millstone: 41
  • Monmouth Beach: 14
  • Neptune City: 20
  • Neptune Township: 188
  • Ocean: 153
  • Oceanport: 40
  • Red Bank: 64
  • Roosevelt: 3
  • Rumson: 23
  • Sea Bright: 8
  • Sea Girt: 9
  • Shrewsbury Borough: 21
  • Shrewsbury Township: 4
  • Spring Lake: 6
  • Spring Lake Heights: 13
  • Tinton Falls: 61
  • Union Beach: 18
  • Upper Freehold: 26
  • Wall: 110
  • West Long Branch: 40
  • Unknown: 5

Monmouth County news updates and information regarding the COVID-19 situation are posted at

Mercer County

Most Recent Results by Municipality


2010 Population: 27,190 at 1,737/SqMi

Report Date: 4/8/2020, 8:00 AM

Daily Cases: 14  Total to Date: 173


2010 Population: 35,790 at 2,302/SqMi

Report Date: 4/8/2020, 8:00 AM

Daily Cases: 4  Total to Date: 92


2010 Population: 88,464 at 2,199/SqMi

Report Date: 4/8/2020, 8:00 AM

Daily Cases: 16  Total to Date: 204


2010 Population: 5,494 at 4,360/SqMi

Report Date: 4/8/2020, 8:00 AM

Daily Cases: 1  Total to Date: 30


2010 Population: 1,922 at 2,669/SqMi

Report Date: 4/8/2020, 8:00 AM

Daily Cases: 0  Total to Date: 2


2010 Population: 17,304 at 294/SqMi

Report Date: 4/8/2020, 8:00 AM

Daily Cases: 0  Total to Date: 37


2010 Population: 33,472 at 1,524/SqMi

Report Date: 4/8/2020, 8:00 AM

Daily Cases: 7  Total to Date: 52


2010 Population: 2,585 at 2,665/SqMi

Report Date: 4/8/2020, 8:00 AM

Daily Cases: 0  Total to Date: 3


2010 Population: 28,572 at 1,552/SqMi

Report Date: 4/8/2020, 8:00 AM

Daily Cases: 3  Total to Date: 47


2010 Population: 13,642 at 663/SqMi

Report Date: 4/8/2020, 8:00 AM

Daily Cases: 1  Total to Date: 32


2010 Population: 84,913 at 10,317/SqMi

Report Date: 4/8/2020, 8:00 AM

Daily Cases: 46  Total to Date: 229


2010 Population: 27,165 at 1,035/SqMi

Report Date: 4/8/2020, 8:00 AM

Daily Cases: 4  Total to Date: 65

Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order to Establish a Process to Grant Temporary Reprieve to Certain At-Risk Inmates

April 10, 2020

TRENTON – Governor Phil Murphy today signed Executive Order No. 124, establishing a process by which the Department of Corrections may grant temporary reprieve to certain at-risk inmates during the public health emergency. The Governor’s Executive Order creates the Emergency Medical Review Committee to make recommendations on which inmates should be placed on temporary home confinement through the Commissioner’s statutory furlough authority. All recommendations to place an individual on home confinement will be made after thorough review and consideration of the conditions that an individual may face in the community.“My Administration’s top priority is the health and safety of all nine million New Jerseyans, including those who are currently incarcerated,” said Governor Murphy. “The correctional setting presents unique challenges to social distancing, particularly for vulnerable populations. Allowing some of our most vulnerable individuals who do not pose a public safety threat to temporarily leave prison will protect both their health, and the health and safety of the men and women working in our correctional facilities. With this action, New Jersey will join several other states, and the federal government, in taking necessary steps to strike a balance between public health, public safety, and victims’ rights.”“The health and safety of our staff, inmates and the public-at-large is of paramount importance,” said Department of Corrections Commissioner Marcus O. Hicks, Esq. “This Order helps address social distancing challenges in the correctional setting and prioritizes the needs of medically vulnerable inmates during this public health crisis.”The four categories for priority early release include:

  • Individuals aged 60 years or older;
  • Individuals with high risk medical conditions, as determined by DOC in consultation with the Department of Health;
  • Individuals whose sentences expire within the next three months; and
  • Individuals who were denied parole within the last year.

Individuals who have been convicted of a serious offense, including murder, manslaughter, kidnapping, sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, or any offense subject to the No Early Release Act, will be ineligible for temporary reprieve.  However, the Committee would be able to consider any and all previous convictions when making recommendations for home confinement.The Governor’s Executive Order creates the following process for granting temporary reprieve: 

  • Establishes the Emergency Medical Review Committee (“the Committee”) that will be responsible for conducting individualized assessments that support their recommendations as to whether the Commissioner should place an inmate on home confinement;  
  • The Committee is to be jointly chaired by the designees of the Commissioner of Corrections and the Chair of the State Parole Board (“SPB”);
  • DOC is to create Emergency Medical Referral Lists (“the Lists”) of vulnerable inmates who meet the criteria for consideration for home confinement;
  • Prosecutors and victims will have an opportunity to provide input on inmates under consideration for potential release;
  • The Committee is required to evaluate the appropriateness of home confinement, taking into consideration, but not limited to, the following:
    • A plan to supervise the inmate while on home confinement;
    • Access to appropriate medical and social services;
    • Access to appropriate housing; and
    • Whether the inmate has a lower risk of contracting COVID-19 in the community than in DOC custody
  • After receiving the Lists, the Committee must recommend whether the Commissioner should place an inmate on home confinement.  A recommendation cannot be made unless the Committee has completed an individualized evaluation, and the Commissioner cannot grant home confinement unless satisfied that confinement appropriately safeguards the health and safety of the inmate and the public; and
  • Separate from home confinement consideration, the State Parole Board is to expedite consideration for any parole-eligible individual on the Lists even if the individual had been previously denied parole within the last year.

The Order will take effect immediately.A copy of the Executive Order No. 124 can be found here.

3M Files Lawsuit Alleging N95 Price Gouging in New York City Against Performance Supply, A Manalapan, New Jersey Company

April 10, 2020

From 3M Newsroom

3M filed legal action Friday, April 10, in federal court in New York City against Performance Supply LLC, alleging illegal price gouging and deceptive trade practices in the sales of N95 respirators that are critical in the fight against the COVID-19 outbreak. The New Jersey-based defendant, which falsely claimed a business affiliation with 3M, offered to sell $45 million in N95 respirators to New York City officials at prices 500-600% over 3M’s list price. The Complaint seeks injunctive relief to require Performance Supply LLC to cease its illegal activities, and also requests damages, with 3M promising that any damages recovered will be donated to COVID-19 related nonprofit organizations.

“3M does not – and will not – tolerate price gouging, fraud, deception, or other activities that unlawfully exploit the demand for critical 3M products during a pandemic,” said Denise Rutherford, 3M’s senior vice president, Corporate Affairs. “3M will not stop here. We continue to work with federal and state law enforcement authorities, and around the world, to investigate and track down those who are illegally taking advantage of this situation for their own gain.”

“This lawsuit is only one of the many legal tools 3M is using to protect the public,” Rutherford added. “3M is also making referrals to law enforcement authorities, taking down websites with fraudulent or counterfeit product offerings, removing false or deceptive social media pages, and sending cease and desist letters as a first step prior to taking further legal action.”

The lawsuit is part of an extensive series of actions 3M has taken to address price gouging and counterfeiting activity related to its respirators.

3M is working with national and international law enforcement, state Attorneys General, and the largest online retail and tech companies in the world to identify illegal activity and help punish criminals. The goal is to prevent fraud before it starts and stop it where it is happening.

3M has deployed a dedicated legal team, including volunteers from its network of outside counsel, and resources in every part of the country. In this case, 3M is represented by international law firm Mayer Brown, led by Washington D.C. partner Carmine R. Zarlenga and New York partners A. John P. Macini, Andrew J. Calica and Chicago partner Richard Bulger.

3M has not changed the prices it charges for respirators as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. The company is working with online retailers and technology companies such as Google, Amazon and Facebook to identify and remove counterfeiters and price gougers from their sites and refer them to law enforcement authorities.

Resources to fight fraud

3M has created a new hotline to call for information on how to help identify authentic 3M products and to ensure products are from 3M authorized distributors. That number, in the U.S. and Canada, is (800) 426-8688.

If customers have concerns about potentially fraudulent activity, price gouging, or counterfeit 3M products, they can report their concerns at 3M’s website.

3M™ Particulate Respirator 8210, N95 from 3M Website also listed in the lawsuit

Copied directly from the lawsuit provided:


  1. Plaintiff 3M Company is a Delaware corporation, with a principal place of business
    and corporate headquarters located at 3M Center, St. Paul, Minnesota 55144.
  2. On information and belief, Defendant Performance Supply, LLC is a New Jersey
    limited liability company, with a principal place of business at Westbrook Way, Manalapan,
    New Jersey 07726.

Note the exact address on Westbrook Way in Manalapan was removed for this posting but is in the lawsuit.

Two Nights In a Row, Hamilton Township Firefighters Extinguish Another Fire

April 10, 2020

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)—The Hamilton Township Fire Department responded to the 1900 Block of Greenwood Avenue for a fire in a three story “Taxpayer” a mixed-use building with businesses on the bottom and apartments above after 7 pm. Upon arrival firefighters found smoke and fire coming from a wall and a full first alarm was called sending additional equipment to the scene. Firefighters were able to get this fire under control quickly.

There were windy conditions in the area for the second night in the row. Tonight’s winds were gusting to 26 mph at the Trenton weather station.

A large fire occurred last night on Norway Avenue a block away from tonight’s fire, that caused significant damage to a building and left seven people homeless. Firefighters were able to battle winds 20 mph gusting to over 40 mph.

South Brunswick Police Charge Suspect Exploiting the Goodwill of Local Pizzerias During Pandemic

See August 27, 2020 story here involving same person: Arrest Made For Cyber Harassment Calls Made To Local Restaurants

April 10, 2020

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–A man has been charged in connection to more than a dozen incidents in which he targeted the goodwill of restaurants during the current pandemic. The current coronavirus emergency have made many pizzerias and restaurants the cornerstone for food delivery. Many of the impacted pizzerias have either donated food or received calls from residents willing to pay for food to be donated to area hospitals or first responders to thank them for all they are doing.

The suspect Sudeep Khetani age 34 targeted the pizzerias and restaurants where he placed large food orders over the past month. Each time he indicated he would pick it up the order or it was intended for local police. In several of the follow up calls the pizzerias made to the phone number that placed the order, Khetani would make statements about Italians and wished they would be afflicted with the coronavirus. In total several thousand dollars have been lost by the pizzerias from the fraud in three counties.

In South Brunswick the following locations were targeted Kendall Park Pizzeria, Capriccio Pizzeria & Italian Restaurant, Pizza Delizia Restaurant, Giuseppe Pizzeria and Restaurant, and Pierre’s Deli. In addition pizzerias and restaurants in Montgomery, Plainsboro and West Windsor were victimized.

Chief Raymond Hayducka said, “It is incomprehensible that a suspect would play on the goodwill of so many during these difficult times. The suspect once placed an order saying it was coming to South Brunswick Police. We have had several residents send us food, which I appreciate tremendously, but this suspect has gone to a new low. Our businesses are all struggling and every dollar matters. I am not sure there is an adequate charge for what he is doing.” Khetani used a voice override service to mask his real phone number, but South Brunswick Detective Tim Hoover and Middlesex County Prosecutors Office Detective Ryan Tighe were able to track his true identity. They believe Khetani is currently in the Orlando, Florida area.

Detectives are working with Florida authorities where Khetani is was on probation for selling fake Disney World tickets. Detectives said Khetani is currently charged with theft, additional investigation is being conducted to determine if the crimes were bias in nature. Authorities are also looking at the series of cases as potential cyber harassment.

Despite these charges, every defendant is presumed innocent, unless and until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, following a trial at which the defendant has all of the trial rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and State law.

The suspect Sudeep Khetani age 34 targeted the pizzerias and restaurants where he placed large food orders over the past month. Each time he indicated he would pick it up the order or it was intended for local police. In several of the follow up calls the pizzerias made to the phone number that placed the order, Khetani would make statements about Italians and wished they would be afflicted with the coronavirus. In total several thousand dollars have been lost by the pizzerias from the fraud in three counties.

AG Grewal and Colonel Callahan Urge New Jerseyans to Stay Safe and Healthy This Holiday Weekend by Staying Home and Maintaining Social Distance

Issue Daily Update on Charges Filed Against Violators of Governor’s COVID-19 Orders

April 10, 2020

TRENTON – Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and Colonel Patrick J. Callahan, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, today urged New Jersey residents to stay home and stay safe this holiday weekend, reminding them that law enforcement will be continuing to strictly enforce Governor Murphy’s emergency orders for social distancing. “It will be hard this holiday weekend to miss loved ones and forego traditional family get-togethers, but it is absolutely critical that we all stay home and maintain social distance,” said Attorney General Grewal.  “There are indications that these measures are indeed flattening the curve of this pandemic in the U.S., but if we let our guard down now by traveling for holiday gatherings, more lives will be put at risk.  The vast majority of New Jerseyans are doing the right thing by following the emergency orders.  As for the few violators, we will continue to hold them accountable with strong enforcement efforts this weekend.  I urge you to support our courageous officers, who are on the frontlines of this battle, by not creating more work and risks for them during the holidays.” “This holiday weekend is traditionally a time for many New Jersey residents to come together for religious services and family gatherings, but we are not currently living a traditional lifestyle,” said Colonel Patrick Callahan, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police. “It is imperative that we continue to work together to practice social distancing and travel only when necessary. These preventative measures are proving to be effective, but we must stay the course to ensure the safety of everyone as we continue to move in the right direction towards flattening the curve.” Attorney General Grewal and Colonel Callahan announced the following recent enforcement actions against violators of Governor Murphy’s Emergency Orders related to COVID-19: 

  • Newark Enforcement.  The Newark Police Department’s COVID-19 task force issued 51 summonses for violations of the emergency orders in enforcement actions yesterday, April 9.
  • Neil Shah, 27, of Edison, Bunnarith Sou, 38 of North Plainfield, Sedrick Dale Holland, 38, of Tunica, Miss., and James J. Ehrig, 25, of Rahway, were each charged with violating the emergency orders by opening Black Diamond Billiards on Route 22 West for business in Union Township yesterday evening, April 9.  Shah is the owner and the other men are employees.  Approximately 10 patrons were on the premises.  They exited when police arrived.
  • Frank Fredricks, 30, of Jackson, was charged by the Howell Police Department on April 6 with shoplifting (3rd degree), reckless endangerment (disorderly persons offense), and violation of the emergency orders.  Police responded to the Lowe’s home improvement store in Howell, where Fredericks and two other individuals were being detained by Lowe’s employees for allegedly stealing more than $2,000 worth of power tools.  During transport to police headquarters, Fredericks told the officers he had tested positive for the coronavirus.  He had been to other Lowe’s stores with his codefendants earlier in the day.
  • Jihad A. Hayes, 32, of Newark, was charged yesterday, April 9, by the Roselle Police with receiving stolen property (3rd degree), disorderly conduct for violating the emergency orders, and possession of marijuana (disorderly persons offense). Police were called to a supermarket after Hayes, while wearing a mask, allegedly told shoppers he had the coronavirus.  There is no indication Hayes spit or coughed at anyone or threatened to do so.  Hayes left the store before officers arrived, but he was stopped in a U-Haul truck that had been stolen out of Newark.
  • Elliot Taylor, 25, of Newark, Regina Anderson, 23, of Newark, and Nygeama J. Lamar, 24, of East Orange, were charged last night by the Union Township Police Department with five counts of burglary (3rd degree), five counts of theft (disorderly persons offense), and violating the emergency orders.  Defendants allegedly entered five different parked, unoccupied motor vehicles on Kenneth Avenue in Union Township and stole various items.
  • Mario Reyes-Ramirez, 34, of Milltown, was charged with violating the emergency orders on April 1 by the Milltown Police Department after he allegedly was involved in a hit and run accident and charged with DWI.  He had driven to a friend’s house, where he had been drinking.
  • Timothy Grant, 38, of Pemberton Township, was charged last night with violation of the emergency orders after he was stopped outside last night, April 9, by the Pemberton Township Police Department.  He had received a prior warning about violating the emergency orders.
  • Aquan Reed, 29, of Trenton, was charged yesterday, April 9, by the Trenton Police with trespassing and violation of the emergency orders, both disorderly persons offenses.  Reed had been warned about loitering on a property posted no trespassing and being outside without a legitimate purpose under the emergency orders.  He was charged after returning to the location.
  • Kai Anderson, 27, of Trenton, was charged on Wednesday evening, April 8, by the Trenton Police with violating the emergency orders.  Police approached three males on Walnut Avenue at about 6:30 p.m. and advised them they should not be outside because of the emergency.  Two of the males dispersed, but Anderson refused to leave, saying it was not curfew time.
  • Eric Amanfo, 35, of Hamilton, was charged by the Trenton Police on Tuesday, April 7, with violating the emergency orders.  He was with a group of persons loitering in the 200 block of Spring Street with open containers of alcoholic beverages. The group dispersed when advised about the emergency orders, with the exception of Amanfo, who refused to leave.

 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. Police have charged a number of persons with second-degree terroristic threats during an emergency for claiming to have COVID-19 and threatening to infect law enforcement officers or others by coughing, spitting, or otherwise exposing them.  That charge carries a sentence of five to 10 years in state prison and a fine of up to $150,000. 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. 

Hamilton Township Police Seek Help In Identifying Subject Performing Lewd Act In View Of 15 Year Old

April 10, 2020

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–On April 8, 2020 at approximately 1:30 pm, Hamilton Police were detailed to the Nottingham Little League Baseball Field, located at 103 Maple Shade Avenue, on a suspicious person complaint.  Responding officers were advised that the above pictured suspect was reported to have committed a lewd act in view of a 15 year old female that was nearby.

      The male suspect was observed leaving the scene on foot, down Park Avenue towards Cubberly Lane.

     The suspect is described as a white male approximately 40 years old, with light colored hair.  At the time of this incident, he was wearing a long sleeved white colored buttoned up shirt, blue jeans and was seen carrying a jacket over his right shoulder.  

       Hamilton Police Detectives are asking for the publics’ assistance with any information regarding the identity of the suspect.  Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Frank Palmieri of the Hamilton Police Division Criminal Investigations Section at (609) 581-4041 or via email at or call the Hamilton Police Crime Tip Hotline at (609)581-4008.

BREAKING: Firefighters Beat Back Wind Whipped Fire In Hamilton, 7 People Displaced

April 9, 2020


By: Dennis Symons, Jr.

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The dispatch center was receiving multiple 9-1-1 calls for a house fire in the 200 Block of Norway Avenue after 11 pm. tonight when the Hamilton Township Fire Department was notified of the fire.

National Weather Service had winds around 20 mph with gusts to 43 miles per hour at Trenton. Smoke could be seen as far as 8 miles away as wind fanned the flames on the 2nd story of the home.

Hamilton Township Fire firefighters quickly arrived on scene and found the second floor heavily involved in fire. Multiple hand lines were advanced and firefighters battled heavy fire conditions to bring the fire quickly under control.

The Red Cross is responding to help find temporary housing for 7 occupants of the home. PSE&G responded to cut power and gas to the structure. The fire is currently under investigation by the Fire Marshal’s Office. Firefighters and investigators were still on scene at the time of this report.