Day: April 15, 2020

East Windsor Fire Company’s John Brooks Receives National Volunteer Fire Council Lifetime Achievement Award

April 15, 2020

More about the 2020 Award Winners Here

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–John Brooks has been a member of the East Windsor (NJ) Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 since April 1979, when he joined as a junior firefighter. Throughout his 41 years with the department, Brooks has served in various key positions of leadership including trustee, president, vice president, lieutenant, captain, assistant chief, deputy chief, and chief. He was on the Committee of the East Windsor Township LOSAP in 2000; the LOSAP program was approved by referendum for East Windsor’s four volunteer emergency services organizations in 2001. He currently serves as chair of the bylaws and awards committees and is a member of numerous other committees, in addition to remaining a dedicated volunteer firefighter.

Brooks is constantly looking for ways to improve the services and operations of his fire company for the benefit of the residents of East Windsor. He has been instrumental in procuring and designing the township’s fire apparatus including the engine, rescue, tele-squirt, mini pumper, and ladder. He is consistently a top 10 responder for the company, answering several hundred calls annually. In addition to serving as the longest active riding firefighter in East Windsor, he also holds the distinction of being the youngest elected fire chief in Mercer County, NJ.

A two-time recipient of the township’s Firefighter of the Year Award, Brooks takes pride in being a volunteer firefighter and spends countless hours annually training the next generation of responders. ln 2014, he joined the East Windsor Rescue Squad District II as assistant chief to guide the organization’s development. He actively rides multiple nights a week on the ambulance and serves as a mentor to newer and younger members. He is also a life member of the New Jersey State Firemen’s Association and an active member of the East Windsor Township Firemen’s Relief Association.

2+ Million Cases of COVID-19 Worldwide, Over 30k Deaths In USA

April 15, 2020

World: Cases: 2,062,485 Deaths: 134,354 Recovered: 511,843 as of 9:24 pm update.

United States of America: Cases: 637,716 Deaths: 30,826 Recovered: 52,619 Tested: 3,242,755 as of 9:24 pm update

For latest statistics visit Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 Tracker Here

New Jersey: Cases: 71,030 Deaths: 3,156

NJ Statistics Here

We now have 71,030 confirmed #COVID19 cases.
• Atlantic: 322
• Bergen: 10,848
• Burlington: 1,261
• Camden: 1,587
• Cape May: 178
• Cumberland: 210
• Essex: 8,579
• Gloucester: 602
• Hudson: 8,511
• Hunterdon: 356
• Mercer: 1,856
• Middlesex: 6,576
• Monmouth: 4,122
• Morris: 3,525
• Ocean: 4,016
• Passaic: 6,750
• Salem: 84
• Somerset: 2,001
• Sussex: 551
• Union: 7,438
• Warren: 468
• Under Investigation: 1,189

We’ve now lost 3,156 precious New Jerseyans to COVID-19.
• Atlantic: 13
• Bergen: 608
• Burlington: 45
• Camden: 49
• Cape May: 10
• Cumberland: 3
• Essex: 590
• Gloucester: 14
• Hudson: 312
• Hunterdon: 14
• Mercer: 76
• Middlesex: 248
• Monmouth: 167
• Morris: 212
• Ocean: 166
• Passaic: 182
• Salem: 4
• Somerset: 101
• Sussex: 41
• Union: 269
• Warren: 30
• Unknown: 2

Monmouth County has 4,122 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 15, the State is reporting 119 new positive cases of COVID-19 in Monmouth County, bringing the total to 4,122.

The breakdown by municipality is as follows:

  • Aberdeen: 115
  • Allenhurst: 2
  • Allentown: 3
  • Asbury Park: 79
  • Atlantic Highlands: 14
  • Avon-by-the-Sea: 9
  • Belmar: 8
  • Bradley Beach: 17
  • Brielle: 20
  • Colts Neck: 49
  • Deal: 22
  • Eatontown: 124
  • Englishtown: 15
  • Fair Haven: 17
  • Farmingdale: 9
  • Freehold Borough: 127
  • Freehold Township: 344
  • Hazlet: 159
  • Highlands: 18
  • Holmdel: 139
  • Howell: 366
  • Interlaken: 1
  • Keansburg: 64
  • Keyport: 50
  • Lake Como: 12
  • Little Silver: 25
  • Loch Arbour: 1
  • Long Branch: 229
  • Manalapan: 312
  • Manasquan: 22
  • Marlboro: 294
  • Matawan: 106
  • Middletown: 330
  • Millstone: 47
  • Monmouth Beach: 14
  • Neptune City: 22
  • Neptune Township: 213
  • Ocean: 170
  • Oceanport: 39
  • Red Bank: 83
  • Roosevelt: 2
  • Rumson: 24
  • Sea Bright: 7
  • Sea Girt: 9
  • Shrewsbury Borough: 24
  • Shrewsbury Township: 6
  • Spring Lake: 6
  • Spring Lake Heights: 15
  • Tinton Falls: 76
  • Union Beach: 28
  • Upper Freehold: 26
  • Wall: 141
  • West Long Branch: 46
  • Unknown: 22

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

Covid-19 Total Cases (3970) In Ocean County:

Total as of Wednesday, 4/15/2020 at 11:30 am

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 Head5
Beach Haven5
Harvey Cedars0
Island Heights4
Little Egg Harbor54
Long Beach Township14
Ocean Gate6
Ocean Twp. (Waretown)23
Pine Beach5
Point Pleasant Beach22
Point Pleasant Borough85
Seaside Heights19
Seaside Park3
Ship Bottom5
South Toms River45
Surf City4
Toms River678
Total Positive Cases: 3970

Personal Protective Equipment Donated To Trenton

April 15, 2020

Photos by: Brian McCarthy, OnScene News

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Mayor Gusciora accepted the cartons of Personal Protection Equipment at Trenton Fire Department Headquarters, on Perry Street. The equipment is in short supply across the United States, and necessary to render life saving services for first res-ponders and those doctors, nurses, and the hospital staff who battle the Covid 19 daily.

The HX Chinese School at Plainsboro, Central Jersey Chinese-American Association, and Windsor Athletic Club took the lead to raise funds to purchase PPE’s for some neighboring township governments and public service organizations to help fight COVID-19.

AG Grewal and Colonel Callahan Issue Daily Update on Charges Filed Against Violators of Governor Murphy’s COVID-19 Executive Orders

April 15, 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 against violators of Governor Murphy’s Emergency Orders related to COVID-19: 

  • Newark Enforcement.  The Newark Police Department’s COVID-19 task force issued 86 summonses for violations of the emergency orders and ordered five non-essential businesses closed in enforcement actions yesterday, April 14.
  • Paterson Enforcement.  The Paterson Police Department charged 36 people with municipal ordinance violations for violating the COVID-19 related orders in enforcement actions on Monday, April 13.
  • Seaside Heights Enforcement.  The Seaside Heights Police Department issued seven summonses for violations of the emergency orders from April 12 through 14.
  • Darrell Rude, 33, of Blossvale, N.Y., was charged with robbery (2nd degree), burglary, (2nd degree), shoplifting (4th degree), criminal mischief (4th degree), throwing bodily fluids at an officer (4th degree), refusal to provide a biological sample (4th degree), refusal to be fingerprinted (disorderly persons offense), and violating the emergency orders. The Hoboken Police responded early this morning to a report of a burglary in progress at Daniel’s Liquor, where a man shattered a glass window to gain entry.  Police located Rude nearby with liquor bottles and cigarette cartons sticking out of his backpack.  While being processed, Rude allegedly purposely coughed at officers and said he had COVID-19. He allegedly was uncooperative and kept biting and ripping off face masks and spit shields placed on his face.
  • Christopher Ospina, 20, of Haledon, was charged yesterday, April 14, by the New Jersey State Police with eluding (2nd degree), obstruction (4th degree), disorderly conduct (creating a hazardous condition during a state of emergency) and violating the emergency orders.  A state trooper in a marked car was traveling on I-80 West in the Lodi area when he observed a BMW with tinted windows traveling at speeds in excess of 130 mph. The BMW exited I-80, and Ospina was seen by troopers standing alongside his vehicle at a gas station in Lodi. Once Ospina saw the troopers, he jumped back in the BMW and recklessly drove back on I-80 until troopers lost sight of the vehicle.  When Ospina turned himself in at Totowa State Police Station, he told troopers he possibly had COVID-19 symptoms before being taken to the Bergen County Jail.
  • Frank Castillo, 20, of Browns Mills, was charged on April 9 by the Pemberton Township Police with violating the emergency orders after he was stopped for a traffic violation.  Police had stopped Castillo twice before and had issued warnings when they learned he was picking up various people in the Pemberton area and driving them around for non-essential trips.
  • Davide Camilo-Chiolo, 21, and Luis Diaz-Dejsus, 21, both of Perth Amboy, were charged yesterday, April 14, with violating the emergency orders for participating in a parade and vehicle caravan through the business district of Perth Amboy.  The two defendants were in a group of pedestrians who were wearing masks, but who failed to maintain social distancing and who were obstructing traffic.  The defendants were charged after they failed to heed warnings to disperse.  There were 17 vehicles in the caravan, and the drivers were issued traffic tickets.
  • Eric Brown, 27, of Salem, was charged yesterday, April 14, by the New Jersey State Police with hindering apprehension or prosecution and violating the emergency orders, both disorderly persons offenses, after he was involved in a motor vehicle accident that led to a car fire.  He allegedly called 911 and falsely claimed to be a witness, rather than the driver of the vehicle.
  • Ahmad R. Harrison, 19, of New Brunswick, was charged yesterday, April 14, by the New Brunswick Police Department with violating the emergency orders.  The suspect had been given multiple warnings about being out in public without an essential purpose.
  • Patrick McFadden, 44, of Budd Lake, was charged yesterday, April 14, by the Mount Olive Police Department with violating a restraining order (4th degree),  trespassing (4th degree), and violation of the emergency orders.  Shortly after he was served with a restraining order and removed from the victim’s property, he took a car service back to the address and entered her home, in violation of the restraining order.  He said he was there to retrieve belongings.
  • Guillermo Bonifacio, 18, Gabriel Lopez, 19, and Jovanny Santos, 19, all of Passaic, were charged with violating the emergency orders after the Passaic Police found them walking along Broadway shortly after 3 a.m. without a legitimate purpose. 
  • Alshaquan Griffin, 23, Jose Haddock, 18, and a 17-year-old male, all of Elizabeth, were charged yesterday, April 14, with violating the emergency orders after the Elizabeth Police responded to a report of a disorderly group on Bond Street, and found the defendants together, failing to observe social distancing. The defendants had been warned before about their conduct.
  • Arnell Green, 19, of Newark, was charged early today by the Hillside Police with violating the emergency orders.  Police responded at about 4 a.m. to a report of suspicious persons near Bloy and Leo streets.  Three individuals ran away when police arrived.  Green was found hiding in some bushes.  He had been warned before about being out in violation of the emergency orders.

 “Our police officers are working bravely and tirelessly every day to protect us during this health crisis.  Regrettably, they are being called upon far too often to deal with people violating the emergency orders— or what is more egregious, people using the virus to spread fear or impede officers in their vital work,” said Attorney General Grewal.  “Staying home and maintaining social distance isn’t just the best advice to stay healthy, it’s the law.  Make no mistake, we will do everything in our power to keep our residents and officers safe, and that means we won’t hesitate to file charges against violators.”    “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. “Because lives are at stake, enforcement action will be taken without hesitation against those who are blatantly placing the lives of others at risk.” 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.

Burglary Arrest

April 15, 2020

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)– On April 14, 2020 at approximately 10:55 AM, Hamilton Police were dispatched to Banzai Restaurant, located at 3690 Quakerbridge Road, on a report of a male living in the abandoned building.  A property management employee reported to Officers that the locks to the abandoned building were changed and the door was locked from the inside.  There was also a white vehicle parked behind the building.  Officers gained access and located a male lying on an air mattress in the former dining area.  The male told Officers he was homeless and had changed the locks on the building.  Officers also located numerous items where the male was laying including clothing, weights, tools, generators, electronics, and coolers that were unopened and still had security tags on them.  The male could not provide any receipts for the items and could not tell Officers where the items came from.  The male was identified as Justin Wood, 43 years old of Downingtown, Pennsylvania.  He was arrested and charged with Burglary, Criminal Mischief, and Receiving Stolen Property.

Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective Lawrence MacArthur of the Hamilton Police Division’s Criminal Investigations Section at 609-689-5827 or the Hamilton Police Crime Tip Hotline at 609-581-4008.

Despite having been charged, every defendant is presumed innocent until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Justin Wood, 43 years old of Downingtown, Pennsylvania. He was arrested and charged with Burglary, Criminal Mischief, and Receiving Stolen Property.