Day: April 11, 2020

Penn Medicine, Princeton Medical Center, Hospital Worker Appreciation

April 11, 2020

Photos, video and story by: Dennis Symons, Jr.

PLAINSBORO, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–A COVID-19 hospital worker appreciation event was held tonight at the Penn Medicine, Princeton Medical Center at Plainsboro. Firefighters, police, EMS showed appreciation to hospital workers at shift change. The event kicked off with a parade of police cars, fire trucks and ambulances that circled the medical center. Firefighters ladder trucks raised them and flew flags as workers arrived and left work.

At the employee entrance police, fire and EMS applauded hospital workers in appreciation. Superheros handed handed out many boxes of pizza.

Spider-Man, Superman, The Hulk, Captain America, Easter Bunny, Santa Claus were all on scene for this event.

Partial list of fire apparatus at the event:

Plainsboro Tower 49, Princeton Tower 60, Princeton Jct Tower 44, Monmouth Jct Tower 20, Montgomery Tower 46, Hightstown Ladder 41, Kendal Park Ladder 22, North Brunswick Tower 2, East Brunswick Tower 709, Monroe Tower 51, East Windsor TW42, East Windsor TS 46, Jamesburg TS 42-J-10, North Brunswick Engine Co 1, Griggstown Rescue-Engine 35, Little Rocky Hill (possibly Engine or Rescue), Rocky Hill Engine 53, Kingston Engine 24, West Windsor Fire Police, West Windsor Engine 43, Spotswood Engine 71, Hopewell SS52
NJSP – NORTH STAR (740-750 circle & fly-by)
Plainsboro Engine 49, Princeton Ladder 60, Monroe Tower 57, Monroe Ladder 23,  North Brunswick Ladder 3, Hopewell Ladder 52, West Windsor Ladder 43

Pizza was from Romeos Pizza (Plainsboro) and Maninos 3 (Hamilton).

All firefighters, police, EMS as well as hospital workers wore PPE such as N95 masks or other covering along with gloves depending on duties.

Hamilton Man Coughs On Robbinsville Police Claiming COVID-19 And Other Daily Updates from The Attorney General’s Office

As Holiday Weekend Begins, Attorney General Grewal and Colonel Callahan Urge New Jersey Residents to Stay Home and Stay Safe

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

April 11, 2020

TRENTON – Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and Colonel Patrick J. Callahan, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, today urged all New Jersey residents to do their part to beat the COVID-19 pandemic by staying home and maintaining social distance during this holiday weekend, as law enforcement continues to strictly enforce Governor Murphy’s emergency orders.

“It is 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 25 summonses for violations of the emergency orders and ordered two non-essential businesses closed in enforcement actions yesterday, April 10.
  • William Wolverton, 50, of Egg Harbor Township, was charged yesterday, April 10, with second-degree terroristic threats during an emergency in connection with his arrest on April 1. While being processed on weapons and drug charges, Wolverton was told he was being charged on a warrant and would be lodged in the county jail.  Wolverton allegedly said he was COVID-19 positive and was going to infect everyone in the station.  He refused to submit to fingerprints, spat on the floor and toward an officer, and refused to comply with booking procedures.
  • Miles Costabile, 21, of Hamilton (Mercer County), was charged early today by the Robbinsville Police Department with second-degree terroristic threats and DWI.  Costabile was taken into custody for DWI after he crashed into a fence.  While being processed at police headquarters, he allegedly coughed at officers and stated that he had COVID-19. 
  • John R. Mason, 34, , and Shaheeda Hobdy, 32, of Glassboro, were charged by the Glassboro Police on April 7 with endangering (third degree) and disorderly conduct.  Police responded to a report of a large party at the defendants’ apartment and learned that they were holding a birthday party for a child with 15 to 20 people present, including several small children.
  • Karin E. Fialka, 47 of Whitehouse Station, was charged yesterday, April 10, with violating the executive orders for opening her business, Up In Smoke Vape Shop on U.S. Route 202 in Raritan Township, after she was previously warned that she needed to close the shop.
  • Kenneth D. Robles, 40 of Cherry Hill, was charged by the Pennsauken Police on April 9 with violating the executive orders for opening his business, Top Notch Barber Shopin Pennsauken.  He was cutting a client’s hair with the windows covered and a roll-down gate over the door.
  • Aziah Hansford, of Passaic, was charged by the Passaic Police on April 9 with disorderly conduct.  He was involved in a fight on Market Street.  When police arrived, he allegedly told an officer he had the coronavirus and hoped that the officer would get it from their interaction.
  • Alex Nugent, 19, of Randolph, and Christopher Aro, 19, of Stanhope, were charged with violating the executive orders and possession of marijuana, both disorderly persons offenses, after their vehicle was stopped by police in Stanhope on April 8 for a motor vehicle violation.
  • Elizabeth Enforcement. The Elizabeth Police Department’s issued five summonses for violations of the emergency orders in enforcement actions on Thursday, April 9.
  • Mahmud Ibn-Dawud, 63, of Elizabeth, was charged yesterday, April 10, by the Elizabeth Police Department with violating the emergency orders for refusing to leave a city park.
  • Pearl Moore, 54, of Elizabeth, was charged yesterday, April 10, by the Elizabeth Police Department with violating the emergency orders for loitering outside without a legitimate purpose after being warned.

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 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.  Defendants Wolverton and Costabile are similarly charged for their 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, 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.

Breaking: House Fire In Pennington

April 11, 2020

PENNINGTON, NJ (MERCER)–A one alarm fire damaged a home in the 200 Block of North Main Street this afternoon 1:15 pm. From radio reports a fire was found in the bedroom on the 2nd floor and all occupants were out of the building. Numrous mutual aid fire deapartments responded including Hopewell, Ewing Township and Lawrenceville.

Firefighters are still on scene at the time of this report and were asking for an additional engine for manpower.

Update: fire under control at 1:54 pm.

Update: Red Cross is being contacted for find shelter for 2 adults at 2:30 pm.

This is breaking news and will be updated when more information becomes available.

Robbinsville COVID-19 Testing: No Testing Monday Due To Weather Forcast

April 11, 2020

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Due to the forecast with heavy rain and gusts to 40MPH COVID-19 testing has been canceled on Monday at the Robbinsville Township Municipal Building

Next testing dates available: Wednesday April 15 and Friday, April 17 beginning at 9 a.m. 

The nasal swab testing is by appointment only via online registration at:

Read more about the Robbinsville Testing site here

From National Weather Service:

Monday: Rain and possibly a thunderstorm before 2pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 2pm and 5pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 5pm. High near 73. Breezy, with a south wind 20 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.

NJ Man’s Death At Vail Resort: Witness, “lift operator was not paying attention,”

April 11, 2020

Previous article on the accident where a New Jersey man died hanging from a ski lift accident at Chair 37 in Vail, Colorado

Complete report at Vail Daily, a local news outlet in Vail, Colorado

VAIL, COLORADO–The sheriff’s department released a report this week on the ski lift accident that killed New Jersey resident Jason Varnish, 46, of Short Hills at Chair Lift 37. as reported by Vail Daily

The report shows that a witness stated a seat was folded up so that a rider was not able to sit down as the witness and Varnish tried to ride Chair 37. The witness was able to get out of the way while Varnish’s clothing was caught on a rubber stopper according to the witness. Varnish was lifted 20 to 25 feet off the ground.

“The lift operator was not paying attention and had been cleaning off snow in the area,” according to the witness, the report states. “A few seconds later the lift stopped and (the witness) observed (Varnish) hanging from the lift.”

See the Vail Daily article for more information.

We have e-mailed the Sheriff’s Department to get a copy of the report and will updated with further information