BRICK, NJ (OCEAN)–Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer and Brick Township Police Chief James Riccio announced that Mayra Gavilanez-Alectus, 48, of Brick Township has been charged with Murder in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:11-3a(1) in connection with the death of Rebecca Gavilanez-Alectus, 32, of Brick Township. Mayra Gavilanez-Alectus was also charged with Unlawful Possession of a Weapon in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-5d, and Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-4d. Mayra Gavilanez-Alectus is not currently in custody and is currently a fugitive.
On May 17, 2020, Brick Township Police were summoned to a residence on Creek Road for a report of an unresponsive female. Upon arrival, Officers found the lifeless body of Rebecca Gavilanez-Alectus in an upstairs bedroom of the residence. On May 18, 2020, the Ocean County Medical Examiner performed a post-mortem examination of Ms. Gavilanez-Alectus’ body, and determined the manner of her death to be a homicide. A subsequent investigation by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit, Brick Township Police Department Detective Bureau, and Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit revealed that both the victim and the defendant resided at the Creek Road address. The investigation further revealed that a cylindrical container used for the purpose of chilling wine was utilized in the commission of the murder. The injuries sustained by Rebecca Gavilanez-Alectus were consistent with the implementation of this item. Further investigation ultimately determined that Mayra Gavilanez-Alectus did, in fact, cause the victim’s death. A warrant for the arrest of Mayra Gavilanez-Alectus has been issued. Prosecutor Billhimer and Chief Riccio would like to acknowledge the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office High Tech Crime Unit, Brick Township Police Department, Brick Township Police Department Detective Bureau, Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit, Federal Bureau of Investigation, United States Department of Homeland Security, United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement, United States Marshals Service, for their cooperative assistance in this investigation. “Great teamwork by all of the respective law enforcement agencies and officers involved in this investigation. Our focus now is to find Mayra Gavilanez-Alectus and bring her into custody. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Mayra Gavilanez-Alectus should contact Detective Ken Steinberg of the Brick Township Police Department at 732-262-1113 or Detective John Carroll of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit at 732-929-4760, ext. 3964,” Prosecutor Billhimer stated. The public and media are reminded that all defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law
ROBBINSVILLE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Robbinsville Mayor Dave Fried presents the 2020 State of Robbinsville Township Address, including this year’s “Pay it Forward” initiative to benefit the “We Love R’Ville Neighbors” campaign via video – courtesy of Pulse Productions.
Originally designed to recognize Township residents for performing random acts of kindness, the “We Love R’Ville Neighbors” program has grown to support residents who suddenly find themselves struggling through an unexpected tragedy or loss, including those triggered by the pandemic.
“We’ve had several families in town who have faced, or will face, catastrophic losses and are in need of financial assistance,” Mayor Fried said. “Whether they lost their home in a fire, or may have suffered the loss a loved one, or lost their job due to COVID-19. We want to be able to help those who need us most.”
Since 2015, Robbinsville “Pay it Forward” events have raised close to $350,000 for local individuals, families and organizations. The Berkshire Bank Foundation was this year’s title sponsor with a $10,000 grant.
Not surprisingly, COVID-19 and the response to the ongoing pandemic was a recurring theme. Mayor Fried also congratulates the memorable Class of 2020 and announced an eighth straight year of either flat, or reduced municipal taxes.
HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The Hamilton Township and Robbinsville Fire Departments responded to an area behind the German-American Society on Uncle Pete’s Road for a woods fire around 5:15 pm.
Firefighters arrived and found an area of approximately 125 x 50 feet on fire in the woods and spreading quickly. Firefighters with hand tools, hose lines and portable “Indian” tanks contained the fire.
After the fire was contained, firefighters remained on the scene for at least 45 minutes to mop up and overhaul the fire to prevent re ignition.
HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Around 4:45 pm The Hamilton Township Fire Department and EMS was detailed to Veterans Park Kuser Road entrance for a person who fell off trail and needed assistance.
Responders were directed to the trail head entrance behind the skate park-street hockey rink and the person was located near the trail in the wooded area. Hamilton Township Firefighters deployed their ATV type vehicle to help the person out of the spot. No further information was available about the incident.
At the same time of this incident Hamilton firefighters were also dispatched to Ryerson Drive near Imperial Drive for a tree that fell on a home.
LAKEWOOD, NJ (OCEAN)–The New Jersey State Police Missing Persons Unit and the Hillsdale Police Department are seeking the public’s assistance with locating Dale Murberg, 66, of Lakewood Township, N.J., Ocean County. Ms. Murberg was last seen, April 18
UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–County Road Route 524 is closed between East Branch Road and Imlaystown Hightstown Road for wires down. Hope Fire Company of Allentown and NJ State Police are on scene. JCP&L has been dispatched for repairs.
From Hope Fire Company:
⚠️⚠️⚠️MULTIPLE ROAD CLOSURES⚠️⚠️⚠️
Rt 526 is closed from Sharon Station Rd to Imlaystown-Hightstown Rd
Rt 524 is closed from Imlaystown-Hightstown Rd to the area of the Horse Park
Chambers Rd is closed from Yellow Meetinghouse Rd to Rues road
These are all due to wires or trees down in the area.
Crews are also currently operating at the Horse park for a brush fire. All units are currently operating on these calls.
ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Wind gusts to 40 MPH this afternoon helped spread a parking lot mulch fire to over 10 parking lot islands. The Robbinsville fire department arrived and started extinguishing the fire. Additional help from Hope Fire Company of Allentown was called to help do to the number of parking lot islands that were on fire. Firefighters were able to knock down the fire before it spread into a nearby field and woods.
The National Weather Service is reporting wind gusts to over 40 MPH in the area at the time of the fire.
Fire Safety Message: Please do not dispose of cigarettes or smoking materials into mulch, it can cause a fire.
The fire on Ridge Road has been extinguished and the roadway has been reopened. The 2 alarm fire consumed the two-story wooden barn within minutes of the call. Firefighters from Monmouth Junction, Kendall Park, Kingston, Plainsboro, North Brunswick, Jamesburg, and the NJ State Forestry Service battled the blaze. High winds caused embers from the fire to go into the nearby neighborhoods causing small grass and tree fires. Several homes on Hillside Avenue and Mary Street were briefly evacuated at the onset of the fire. Firefighters from Brookview, Franklin Park, Griggstown & Montgomery covered South Brunswick fire stations during the incident.
The fire which was reported at 12:33 pm resulted in the destruction of one of the oldest structures in the Township. The two-story barn at 600 Ridge Road was part of the historical Long Bridge Farm that once housed George Washington’s troops. South Brunswick Fire Marshal determined the fire was caused by an electrical wire that fell on the barn after a tree branch struck it.
Monmouth Junction Fire Chief Scott Smith said, “The high winds were rapidly pushing the fire and firefighters did an amazing job containing the fire to the barn. The wooden structure of the barn caused the fire to gain intensity quickly. The fire caused siding on a nearby building at the Oilco property next door to melt, as well as start grass and tree fires all the way to New Road. We had to do all we could to prevent it from spreading to other homes.”
In addition to the firefighting units, South Brunswick EMS, Monmouth Junction, and Plainsboro First Aid Squads responded. There were no injuries in the fire.
The fire resulted in the closure of Ridge Road from New Road to Route 522 until 4 pm.
SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–A wind whipped 2nd Alarm fire is consuming a structure in the 600 Block of Ridge Road. All South Brunswick Fire Departments as well as Plainsboro Fire Department are operating at the scene.
Further information will be provided once available.
Three dozen firefighters are battling a blaze on Ridge Road. The fire in a two story barn was reported at 12:33pm. Several surrounding homes on Hillside Avenue and Mary Street have been evacuated. Ridge Road is closed from Route 522 to New Road.
Horace Jones, 34, of Ewing, is charged with murder, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and unlawful possession of a weapon. The prosecutor’s office has filed a detention motion, which is scheduled for Friday. He is being held in the Mercer County Correction Center.