EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Ewing Police and EMS responded to Parkside Avenue and Pennington Road for a two car accident reportedly involving a pedestrian around 5 pm. Persons were transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center by EMS. No other information is available about the accident.
TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Around 6 pm this evening Trenton Fire Department, EMS and Police were summoned to Route 29 and Lee Avenue for a pedestrian struck. A 13 year old victim was transported to the Trauma Center at Capitol Health Regional Medical Center. No further details are available about the accident.
TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Police were detailed to the 500 Block of Parkside Avenue for two people reportedly shot in the neck around 4:15 pm., this afternoon. One person is confirmed dead and the other critical. The victims were transported to the Trauma Center at Capital Health Regional Medical Center. The Mercer County Homicide Task Force has been called to the scene.
This is a developing story more information will be posted when it becomes available.
ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Recently a few department personnel were presented with a Life Saving ribbon for an incident that involved a patient who experienced sudden cardiac arrest while at home. The patient had no pulse and was not breathing upon arrival. Fire department staff arrived and assisted with CPR and other life saving measures. The patient regained a pulse after intervention and was discharged from the hospital several days later.
This incident demonstrates the extensive training/abilities of our personnel and resulted in the best possible outcome for a Robbinsville resident.
TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–A Mercer County, New Jersey, man today admitted his role as a member of a drug trafficking conspiracy and his possession of multiple semiautomatic firearms in furtherance of his unlawful drug-trafficking activities, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.
Jubri West, 20, of Trenton, pleaded guilty by teleconference before Chief U.S. District Judge Freda L. Wolfson to a superseding information charging him with one count each of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin; possession with intent to distribute heroin; and possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime.
In October 2018, West and 25 other individuals were charged by criminal complaint with conspiracy to distribute heroin; West and others also were charged with firearms offenses relating to their drug trafficking. On Feb. 27, 2020, a grand jury returned a 10-count third superseding indictment charging West and six other defendants with conspiracy to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin and various other drug and firearms offenses. Of the 26 defendants originally charged in the criminal complaint, West is the 22nd defendant to plead guilty. The charges in the third superseding indictment remain pending against four defendants.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
From as early as October 2017 to October 2018, West and others engaged in a large drug trafficking conspiracy that operated in the areas of Martin Luther King Boulevard, Sanford Street, Middle Rose Street, Southard Street, Hoffman Avenue, Chambers Street, and Coolidge Avenue in Trenton, and which sought to profit from the distribution of heroin and numerous other controlled substances. Through the interception of telephone calls and text messages pursuant to court-authorized wiretap orders, controlled purchases of heroin, the use of confidential sources of information, and other investigative techniques, law enforcement learned that Jakir Taylor and Jerome Roberts obtained regular supplies of hundreds of “bricks” of heroin from David Antonio, whom they referred to as “Pop” and “Papi,” and that they distributed those supplies of heroin to other dealers and end users in and around Trenton.
During the investigation of the conspiracy, on Sept. 6, 2018, law enforcement officers stopped a green 2002 Volkswagen Passat driven by, and registered to, Timothy Wimbush, a/k/a “Young Money,” and occupied by West, Taquan Williams, a/k/a Trip,” and a juvenile. Law enforcement officers recovered from West’s pocket a quantity of heroin, and during a subsequent search of the vehicle, law enforcement recovered from a secret trap compartment under the rear passenger’s seat approximately 57 bricks of heroin, four semiautomatic firearms – including a .223 caliber assault rifle linked with a shooting in Trenton four days earlier – and hundreds of rounds of ammunition. Law enforcement officers identified the heroin as having been supplied by other members of the conspiracy. The charges against Wimbush and Williams remain pending.
The drug conspiracy and drug distribution counts to which West pleaded guilty each carry a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison, and a maximum fine of $1 million. The firearms count to which West pleaded guilty carries a statutory mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison – which must run consecutively to any other sentence West receives – and a maximum potential penalty of life in prison. West’s sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 23, 2020.
U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents of the FBI, Newark Division, Trenton Resident Agency, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Gregory W. Ehrie; special agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Newark Division, Trenton Satellite Office, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Charlie J. Patterson; officers of the Trenton Police Department, under the direction of Police Director Sheilah Coley; officers of the Princeton Police Department, under the direction of Chief of Police Nicholas Sutter; officers of the Ewing Police Department, under the direction of Chief of Police John P. Stemler III; officers of the Burlington Township Police Department, under the direction of Police Director Bruce Painter; and detectives of the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Prosecutor Scott A. Coffina, with the investigation leading to today’s guilty plea. He also thanked officers of the New Jersey State Police, under the direction of Superintendent Col. Patrick J. Callahan; detectives of the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Prosecutor Angelo Onofri; officers of the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office, under the direction of Sheriff John A. Kemler; and members of the New Jersey State Board of Parole for their assistance in the investigation and prosecution of the case.
The government is represented by Attorney-in-Charge J. Brendan Day and Assistant U.S. Attorney Alexander Ramey of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Criminal Division in Trenton.
This case was conducted under the auspices of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) and the FBI’s Greater Trenton Safe Streets Task Force, a partnership between federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to enhance the identification, apprehension, and prosecution of individuals involved in gang-related activities, violent crime, and drug distribution in and around the greater Trenton area. The principal mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt and dismantle the most serious drug trafficking, weapons trafficking, and money laundering organizations and those primarily responsible for the nation’s illegal drug supply.
The charges and allegations pending in the third superseding indictment against the remaining defendants are merely accusations and those defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
Defense Counsel: Anthony G. Simonetti Esq., Hightstown, New Jersey
LAWRENCE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri reported today that three Lawrence Township police officers face criminal charges as a result of an internal affairs investigation.
The Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office was contacted by Lawrence Township police earlier this month regarding allegations of deceptive conduct and falsification of records by three of its officers in the pursuit of personal interests.
The investigation revealed that the officers engaged in intentional misrepresentations of their actual locations, which included falsifying reports and records. One of the officers is also accused of realigning his in-car video recorder. – These officers allowed their purely personal interests to infect the proper performance of their legal obligations as police officers.
As a result of the investigation, Officer Hector Nieves, 44, was charged with falsifying government records, tampering with records, and violation of Governor’s Executive Order No. 118. Officer Liubove Bjorklund, 32, was charged with falsifying government records and violation of Governor’s Executive Order No. 118. Officer Timothy Wallace, 28, was charged with falsifying government records. All three officers were served summons complaints Thursday morning.
It was determined that Nieves falsely documented his location in CAD records on 19 occasions between March 21, 2020 and May 11, 2020. He violated an executive order by entering the New Jersey Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park in Princeton on April 23, 2020, while the park was closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, for a purpose unrelated to any official function or capacity. It was also discovered that, on multiple occasions, Nieves altered the view of the camera in his assigned patrol vehicle so that it did not capture him covertly meeting with an off-duty female police officer. In one incident, the camera’s position was altered so that it would not record Nieves and the off-duty officer meeting or entering the closed park, thereby concealing the unlawful conduct.
Bjorklund is charged with falsifying her location in meal break CFS documents on 11 occasions between March 20, 2020 and May 4, 2020. She also violated an executive order by entering the New Jersey Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park in Princeton on April 23, 2020, while the park was closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, for a purpose unrelated to any official function or capacity.
Wallace is charged with falsely documenting his location in a CAD record on May 4, 2020.
Tampering with records is a fourth-degree charge. Violation of an executive order and falsifying government records are disorderly persons offenses.
All three officers have been suspended from the police department without pay.
MONMOUTH COUNTY, NJ –It’s important to research the new social-distancing regulations and policies in place at your desired beach destination before leaving your home! Some towns may require masks to be worn in restrooms and others may only be selling beach badges online while limiting the number of daily badges being sold. It is information like this that will be vital to know before you go to ensure a smooth trip to the Jersey Shore!
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BRICK, NJ (OCEAN)–Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer and Brick Township Police Chief James Riccio announced that on May 20, 2020, Mayra Gavilanez-Alectus, 48, of Brick Township, a fugitive from justice charged earlier this week with the Murder of Rebecca Gavilanez-Alectus, was apprehended in Houston, Texas by members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, United States Marshals Service, and Houston Police Department. “It is our understanding that Gavilanez-Alectus traveled to Houston, from New York City by bus,” Prosecutor Billhimer stated.
On May 18, 2020, a warrant for Mayra Gavilanez-Alectus’ arrest was issued after an 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 determined that she was responsible for the death of Rebecca Gavilanez-Alectus, 32, also of Brick, on May 17, 2020. Mayra Gavilanez-Alectus was ultimately tracked down and taken into custody by law enforcement in Houston Texas, and is presently lodged in the Harris County Jail pending extradition to Ocean County.
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, New York Police Department, United States Marshals Service, and Houston Police Department for their collective assistance in taking Gavilanez-Alectus into custody. “I am extremely grateful for the support of our Federal law enforcement partners, as well as our law enforcement partners in in Houston Texas,” stated Prosecutor Billhimer. “It is extremely satisfying when law enforcement works together and we are able to get a dangerous person like Mayra Gavilanez-Alectus into custody. We will immediately begin extradition proceedings to bring Mayra Gavilanez-Alectus back to Ocean County to answer for these charges. Justice for Rebecca Gavilanez-Alectus weighs heavy on all of our minds,” the Prosecutor concluded.
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, NJ (MERCER)–Multiple 9-1-1 calls but no injures or traffic issues were reported with an accident on the NJ Turnpike North Bound inner roadway (car lanes) near the Sharon Road overpass. Heavy damage could be seen of a F-250 pick up truck and people walking around at the scene just after 7 am this morning. No further information is available.