Month: May 2020

Manalapan, New Jersey Man Arrested For $45 Million Scheme To Defraud And Price Gouge New York City During COVID-19 Pandemic

Also See MidJersey.News Story From April 10, 2020: 3M Files Lawsuit Alleging N95 Price Gouging in New York City Against Performance Supply, A Manalapan, New Jersey Company

May 27, 2020

MANALAPAN, NJ (MONMOUTH)–Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Margaret Garnett, the Commissioner of the New York City Department of Investigation (“DOI”), announced the arrest of RONALD ROMANO for attempting to deceive and price gouge New York City (the “City”) into paying him and his co-conspirators approximately $45 million for personal protective equipment that ROMANO did not possess and was not authorized to sell.  ROMANO committed this scheme in an attempt to exploit NYC as it was trying to manage the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and obtain these resources to help protect the lives of hospital and other frontline workers.  ROMANO is charged in a criminal Complaint, unsealed today, with one count of conspiring to commit wire fraud, one count of wire fraud, and one count of conspiring to violate the Defense Production Act.  ROMANO will be presented this afternoon in Manhattan federal court before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ona T. Wang.

U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said:  “As alleged, used car salesman Ronald Romano saw the current health emergency as an opportunity to cash in, using lies and deception in what he envisioned as a get-rich-quick scheme.  Romano allegedly lied repeatedly about his authority and ability to sell large quantities of personal protective equipment to the City – equipment he knew was desperately needed for use by frontline medical workers and first responders.  And he allegedly offered to sell this phantom equipment to the City at grossly inflated prices.  Now Ronald Romano’s short-lived second career as a purveyor of vital protective gear is over.”

DOI Commissioner Margaret Garnett said:  “At a time when the pandemic was ravaging New York City, this defendant greedily preyed on the City’s desperate need for protective equipment to stop the spread of the virus. But, instead of reaping millions of dollars, the scheme received a dose of old-fashioned, New York City skepticism from procurement specialists at the City’s Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS), when the City called the supposed manufacturer to confirm the astronomical asking price. The defendant’s ruse unraveled, and these City workers proved that heroes have an array of titles. I thank the Office of the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York for its partnership on this important investigation, one that demonstrates there is no tolerance, at any time, in particular during this crisis, for individuals who seek to victimize this City by holding essential workers’ safety hostage to price-gouging and fraud.”

According to the allegations in the Complaint unsealed in Manhattan federal court:[1]

In approximately February 2020, ROMANO, a used car dealer, began attempting to obtain for resale large quantities of personal protective equipment (“PPE”), including N95 respirators.  In furtherance of the scheme, ROMANO, among other things, created a fictitious authorization letter in March 2020, which falsely represented that ROMANO’s company was authorized to sell millions of units of 3M-brand PPE.  Shortly thereafter, in mid-March 2020, brokers acting on ROMANO’s behalf approached New York City (the “City”), which at the time was in critical need of legitimate, potentially lifesaving PPE, including respirators, in order to supply frontline healthcare workers and first responders during the COVID-19 public health emergency.  During ensuing negotiations, ROMANO and others repeatedly made false and fraudulent representations regarding, among other things, their authority and ability to supply 3M-brand PPE manufactured in the United States, and their track record in other PPE deals.  In an effort to close a deal for seven million N95 respirators, ROMANO, among other things, submitted a false and misleading references document to the City, which, among other things, listed a PPE deal with the Florida Division of Emergency Management (the “FDEM”) that had never occurred and separately provided a co-conspirator as a reference.  ROMANO hoped to get profit quickly through the scheme.  As he described in a message to a co-conspirator, “I’m working on a few deals that if I get any of them you might be buying a Ferrari.” 

In furtherance of this scheme, ROMANO attempted to sell PPE at prices far above the prices at which he hoped to acquire the PPE, including after such PPE was designated as scarce materials under the Defense Production Act on March 25, 2020.  ROMANO offered three-ply N99 facemasks to FDEM at prices marked up by more than 500% from the manufacturer’s prices, and he separately offered the City millions of 3M-brand N95 respirators at more than a 400% markup from the list price for such respirators.

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ROMANO, 58, of Manalapan, New Jersey, is charged with one count of conspiring to commit wire fraud and one count of wire fraud, each of which carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison, and one count of conspiring to violate the Defense Production Act, which carries maximum sentence of not more than one year in prison.  The maximum potential sentences in this case are prescribed by Congress and are provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the judge.

Mr. Berman praised the Special Agents of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York for their outstanding investigative work, and thanked the New York City Department of Investigation for their invaluable assistance with this matter.  Mr. Berman also thanked the 3M Company for its assistance in the investigation.

Mr. Berman thanked the Department of Justice’s COVID-19 Hoarding and Price Gouging Task Force.  Attorney General William P. Barr created the COVID-19 Hoarding and Price Gouging Task Force, led by Craig Carpenito, United States Attorney for District of New Jersey, who is coordinating efforts with the Antitrust Division and U.S. Attorneys across the country wherever illegal activity involving protective personal equipment occurs. 

This case is being handled by the Office’s Complex Frauds and Cybercrime Unit.  Assistant United States Attorneys Nicholas W. Chiuchiolo and Timothy V. Capozzi are in charge of the prosecution. 

The charges contained in the Complaint are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Point Pleasant Beach Set For Reopening

May 27, 20202

POINT PLEASANT, NJ (OCEAN)–Point Pleasant Beach is set for reopening, see message from the mayor below:

A message from the Mayor of Point Pleasant Beach:

Following the success of a very safe Memorial Day weekend, the Borough of Point Pleasant Beach is now ready to move forward with a broader reopening.

This morning, the Mayor, Chief of Police, Borough Administrator and Head of Public Works toured the boardwalk with business owners and their security personnel to make final decisions on the logistics needed for social distancing. At this meeting, it was determined that the proper pieces were in place for an opening of our boardwalk and northern beaches on Friday May 29th.

Opening up corridors on the boardwalk was ultimately deemed to be counterproductive to public safety and therefore all barriers will be removed accordingly.

Our Police Department has taken steps to ensure additional resources in order to handle this in a safe and orderly fashion. They have increased their numbers and will be at full seasonal strength within a few weeks.

Private businesses will be doing their part by providing social distancing ambassadors along the portions where they service customers. Hand sanitizing stations have been set up at every beach access point and signage will be going up shortly.

Rides, games and amusements remain closed by order of the Governor. Restaurants will be open for takeout only.

To accommodate this opening, on Friday May 29th parking restrictions will be partially scaled back to allow for private and public lots to be opened. The following Friday, June 5th, they will be repealed completely.

The inlet parking lot will be returned to normal operations effective Wednesday, May 27th. Guests must maintain a proper 6 foot distance at all times while fishing or conducting other activities.

Like every decision we make, these measures are subject to change if the COVID-19 situation does. We encourage all guests to take social distancing very seriously and help us create the safest environment on the Jersey Shore.

Paul M. Kanitra

Atilis Gym Bellmawr, LLC. Files Federal Lawsuit Against Phil Murphy, AG Grewal and NJSP Patrick Callahan, DOH Judith Persichilli

May 27, 2020

MidJersey.News has now obtained a full copy of the Federal lawsuit and is waiting on comments.

TRENTON (MERCER)-BELLMAWR (CAMDEN), NJ–Atilis Gym Bellmawr, LLC. has filed a Federal lawsuit in the United States District Court For The District Of New Jersey against Governor Philip D. Murphy Governor, Attorney General S. Grewal , New Jersey State Police Superintendent Patrick J. Callahan and NJ Department of Health Commissioner Judith M. Persichilli. The pages of the lawsuit obtained from a Facebook group and as asked for comment and waiting for a reply. The full document is now posted below:

Lawrenceville Man Charged with CDS Distribution

May 26, 2020

JACKSON, NJ (0CEAN)–On Friday May 22nd at 1926 hours, detectives were concluding an investigation into suspected narcotics activity and conducted a stop with a 1997 Nissan and the 53 year old male driver at the WaWa located on North County Line Road. The investigation resulted in the search of the vehicle and recovery of 2 bricks of heroin, several grams of crack cocaine and a quantity of marijuana.

The driver, who was identified as Eric Veale of Lawrenceville, NJ was charged with: possession of heroin, possession of heroin with the intent to distribute, possession of crack cocaine, possession of crack cocaine with the intent to distribute, possession of marijuana and possession of a controlled dangerous substance while operating a motor vehicle. He was processed and released on summons pending a court appearance. The vehicle was seized and is pending forfeiture.

The media and the public are reminded that any persons arrested or charged with any offenses or crimes are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.

Jackson Township Police Press Release

Traffic Alert: 195 East Bound Mile Marker 9.5 Upper Freehold Twp. Overturned Dump

May 26, 2020

UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–The Hope Fire Company of Allentown was dispatched to 195 East Bound at mile marker 9.5 for an overturned dump truck around 3:20 pm. Upon arrival they found a dump truck overturned in the median that lost its load of stone. There was one injury reported in the accident.

Expect traffic delays on Interstate 195 East Bound mile marker 9.5 until the stone and truck can be removed from the roadway and median. The traffic is currently backed up to the Robbinsville-Allentown Exit 7

Professional Sports Teams In New Jersey May Return To Training

May 26, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Pursuant to Executive Order No. 148, Governor Murphy today noted that professional sports teams which train or play in New Jersey are allowed to practice and engage in games or matches, if their leagues resume competition.“Our administration has been in constant discussions with our professional sports teams about a modified return to operations,” said Governor Phil Murphy. “While leagues make their own decisions about operations, I am confident that teams are equipped to practice and eventually play in a responsible manner, protecting the health and safety of players, coaches, and team personnel.”The order, issued on Friday, May 22, 2020, explicitly allowed professional athletes which train and/or play in New Jersey to fulfill their job duties. It allows for teams to utilize their New Jersey-based facilities for practice, training, and other purposes where team personnel have to be on location and cannot work remotely. 

Governor Murphy Announces that Modified In-Person Graduation Ceremonies Can Begin on July 6

May 26, 2020

 TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Governor Phil Murphy today announced that the New Jersey Department of Education (DOE) and the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education (OSHE) will issue updated guidance allowing school districts and colleges/universities to hold modified in-person graduation ceremonies beginning on July 6. The guidance will include requirements that ceremonies be held outdoors, adhere to social distancing protocols, and observe capacity restrictions in order to protect the health of students and families celebrating these milestones amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.“I am proud to say that our graduates will have the opportunity to join their classmates and families to celebrate graduation,” said Governor Murphy. “Despite the uncertainty of these times, our students deserve to have their hard work acknowledged and celebrate safely. We have reached a point where we feel confident moving forward and giving our graduates the send-off they have so rightly earned.” 
“New Jersey is taking a wise, sensible approach toward graduation ceremonies,” said Education Commissioner Lamont O. Repollet. “This plan balances our desire to recognize the accomplishments of our graduating students, while providing the necessary safeguards for their safety, as well as the safety of their friends, families and school staff.”“We recognize that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted students’ plans to walk across graduation stages this year,” said Dr. Zakiya Smith Ellis, Secretary of Higher Education. “We owe it to New Jersey’s students to celebrate their drive to overcome tremendous odds and complete their degrees. With this new guidance in place, we will be working with institutions to help ensure healthy, safe celebrations for students and families.”DOE and OSHE guidance, which will be issued in full on Wednesday, will include the following requirements for commencement ceremonies:

  • Must take place on or after July 6, 2020;
  • Must take place outdoors or be drive-in/drive-through (no indoor ceremonies will be allowed);
  • Must adhere to the relevant capacity limitation in place at the time of the ceremony (this may require districts to hold multiple ceremonies held over a period of time to ensure capacity restrictions are not exceeded);
  • Districts and institutions must determine the minimum number of staff and faculty necessary to facilitate commencement ceremonies and adjust attendance requirements accordingly;
  • Caps, gowns, diplomas, and other materials must be mailed to individual student homes, sent electronically where possible, or otherwise distributed in a manner that complies with social distancing guidelines;
  • All activities must be coordinated in consultation with municipal officials, such as the local Office of Emergency Management, local law enforcement, first responders, and local health officials.

Additionally, DOE guidance will stipulate that commencements must be held only for graduation from middle school or high school, and not for other ceremonies that mark promotion from one grade to the next. Districts and institutions of higher education can continue to opt for virtual or drive-through/drive-in ceremonies held in accordance with Executive Order 142. Only virtual ceremonies can be held prior to July 6. 

1,000+ Turn Out To Open NJ Rally In Point Pleasant

May 25, 2020

POINT PLEASANT, NJ (OCEAN)–Organizers reported that a crowd of over 1,000 showed up today for the Open NJ’s “Freedom March of NJ” rally held in the Pt. Pleasant Beach Municipal Parking Lot next to Little Silver Lake. Residents, business owners, veterans, and politicians talked about the importance of reopening New Jersey and protested against Phil Murphy’s executive orders closing most state businesses.

Lawrenceville Woman And Staten Island Man Dead In South Brunswick Crash

May 25, 2020

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–At 7:37am this morning, a 24 year old man from Staten Island driving a 2016 Nissan was traveling Route 130 northbound approaching the area of Ridge Road when he lost control of his vehicle, spun out, crossed the median, and struck a 2015 Toyota operated by a 55 year old woman from Lawrenceville, who was traveling in the southbound lanes of Route 130.
Immediately after this impact, a 40 year old woman from Scotch Plains operating a 2013 Honda on Route 130 southbound tried to swerve to avoid the crash scene, but struck the Toyota.
The 24 year old man and the 55 year old woman were pronounced dead at the scene. The 40 year old woman suffered minor injuries.
Moments after the crash, there was an additional crash on Route 130 northbound involving 2 motorists attempting to avoid the initial crash.
Route 130 was closed to traffic for approximately 5 hours while the investigation was conducted and debris removed.
No criminal or motor vehicle charges are anticipated at this time, but the crash is still under investigation.
Anyone with information on this crash is asked to contact Ptl. Merkler at (732)329-4000 ext. 7412.

Update: 25 Year Old Trenton Man Dead In PA Shooting At Holiday Inn Express

Trenton Shootings Are Spilling Out Of The City

See earlier story here:

Large Crowd From Trenton, NJ In PA Shooting At Holiday Inn Express

May 25, 2020

On 24, May 2020 at 0103 AM, The Falls Township Police Department (FTPD) responded to a report of shots fired at the Holiday Inn Express located at 3101 Cabot Blvd. W, Langhorne, Falls Township, Bucks County, PA. Responding officers found a large number of people attempting to leave the area, according to Falls Police Lt. Nelson Whitney. A male victim, later identified as Davon Frink (25 years old, from Trenton NJ) was found in the parking lot near the front entrance with gunshot wounds to his face and neck. Officers called for an ambulance and began providing medical care to Frink. An ALS Unit from Levittown Fairless Hills Rescue Squad arrived and transported Frink to St. Mary’s Medical Center. Frink later died from his wounds. It was later determined that the victim was part of a large group of individuals from Trenton NJ that had rented several rooms at the hotel. Investigation into this homicide is ongoing. Lt. Whitney thanked the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office, Middletown Township Police, Lower Makefield Township Police, Morrisville Borough Police and the Levittown Fairless Hills Rescue Squad for their assistance. Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact FTPD Detective John Vella at 215-949-9100 X 431 or

Sourced via CRIMEWATCH®

TFD Quickly Knocks Down Fire This Afternoon

May 25, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Trenton Fire Department responded to a fire at Broad Street and Cass around 1:15 where they found a fire in a 3 story vacant. Trenton Fire Department quickly brought the fire under control.

Not other information was available about the incident.

Video sent to MidJersey.News by: Jeff Ritter

Hightstown Memorial Day Services

May 25, 2020

HIGHTSTOWN, NJ (MERCER)–Members of the Hightstown Fire Company, Mayor Larry Quattrone, and others gathered this morning for a Memorial Day Service and wreath laying at three memorials in town.

A short memorial service was held at three locations starting at 9:00 am. Cedar Hill Cemetery, Civil War Monument on Stockton Street and the memorial by the Hightstown Library where the services concluded at 9:30 am.

Gov. Murphy Honors Military Fallen, COVID-19 Deaths At NJ Memorial Day Service In North Hanover

May 25, 2020

Press Pool Coverage by: George Woolston, The Burlington County Times, Press Pool Photo coverage by: Ed Murray, NJ Advance Media

NORTH HANOVER, NJ (BURLINGTON) — State and military officials gathered Monday to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice in a memorial service unlike any in recent memory.

Gov. Phil Murphy, along with leadership from the New Jersey National Guard, held the state’s annual Memorial Day Service at Brigadier General William C. Doyle Memorial Cemetery.

“This is a solemn day. A day to remember our hallowed and fallen dead. A day to remember those who gave to this nation their full measure,” Murphy said. “And today we also remember that many honored veterans who survived wars, only to die at the hands of COVID-19.”

The holiday ceremony came as the United States nears 100,000 deaths from coronavirus. New Jersey has been gravely impacted with 11,144 deaths, including 16 announced Monday. The state also saw another 965 confirmed cases Monday, bringing its total cases to 155,092

The governor, along with Brigadier General Jemal J. Beale, addressed a socially distanced crowd gathered Monday on the lawn across from the cemetery’s chapel.

Thousands upon thousands of American flags were planted across the cemetery’s 236 acres. Masks covered everyone’s face.The service, held amid the “painful reality” of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Beale, was as somber as the overcast sky.

Officials noted, however, that during these challenging times it was as important as ever to honor those who died serving the United States.

“This Memorial Day is like unlike any other in our lifetime. Although COVID-19 has changed the way we do business and live our daily lives, it has not and will not stop us from taking the pause to remember the brave men and women who died on fields of battle on nearly every continent,” Beale said.

In addition to honoring the fallen, special recognition was given to Commander Col. Robert Martinez and Command Sergeant Major John Hicks, of the New Jersey Army National Guard 42nd Regional Support Group.The unit will be deploying to Middle East in June to support Operation Inherent Resolve. Martinez and Hicks were presented with the New Jersey flag to fly over their base during deployment.

In his closing remarks, Murphy recited a verse from English poet Laurence Binyon’s “For the Fallen,” written at the outbreak of World War I. “They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old. Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning .We will remember them,” Murphy recited. “I thank you all for continuing this annual tradition. In spite of the most challenging of times, we need this day,” the governor added.

Following the governor’s remarks, a moment of silence was held.The moment of silence ended with a “Jersey strong,” from Beale, and Taps closed out the service.  

20 Years Ago, A Look At Memorial Day 2000

May 25, 2020

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Large town parades may be canceled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic but there are several scaled down events including wreath layings at grave sites and memorials. If you happen to capture a good photo that you would like posted on MidJersey.News later today use the “Contact” link on the top bar and fill out the form and I will send you our email address to forward the photo.

Since we will be celebrating Memorial Day a little different this year due to the COVID-19 we will take a look at some from the past.

May 29, 2000 the events in South Brunswick start at VFW Post 9111, a visit to local cemeteries in town, then to the American Legion and finally a stop at the Municipal Building to lay wreaths at the memorial there.

The late Alfred “Al” Kady from VFW Post 9111 and South Brunswick American Legion rediscovered Civil War Veteran Aaron Hush’s gravesite. During the Memorial Day services on May 29, 2000 the Hush grandchildren and great grandchildren were invited to the site.

“We have a moral obligation to take care of these burial grounds as they are hallowed ground” — Al Kady would read that as part of opening statements each Memorial Day

More about Aaron Hush Civil War Veteran here from South Brunswick Library

Read more about Al Kady from the South Brunswick Library

Large Crowd From Trenton, NJ Involved in PA Shooting At Holiday Inn Express

Have Trenton shootings gone on the road?

May 24, 2020

FALLS TOWNSHIP, PA (BUCKS)–According to the Falls Township Police, Crimewatch website the Falls Township Police Department (FTPD) and the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office are investigating a shooting at the Holiday Inn Express located at 3101 Cabot Blvd. W., Langhorne, Falls Township, Bucks County, PA.  

Falls Township Police Department officers responded to a report of shots fired at the hotel at 0103 AM this morning.  The officers arrived and found a large crowd of individuals from Trenton NJ.  A male victim with gunshot wounds to the face and neck was taken to the hospital.  The investigation is ongoing.  

Developing Story: Trenton Shooting Victim From This Afternoon Identified

Shooting victim’s name released more information to follow

Photos and video by: Brian McCarthy, OnScene News

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Trenton police responded to a Shot Spotter activation in the 100 block of Brunswick Avenue this afternoon at about 1:40.  They located the victim, 58-year-old Watson Cogdell, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.  He was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

See earlier story here: BREAKING: One Shot Dead; The Carnage Continues As Shootings Ravage City

State Police Arrest Duo for Using Fraudulent Documents to Purchase Luxury Vehicle

May 23, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–The New Jersey State Police have arrested Osmar Terron, 37, of Trenton, N.J. and Marquis Dixon, 25, of Willingboro, N.J., for allegedly attempting to purchase a 2019 Mercedes GLS450 ,valued at $70,150, with fraudulent documents.

On Thursday, May 21, detectives from the New Jersey State Police Motor Vehicle Crimes North Unit were made aware of a suspicious transaction at a car dealership in Woodbridge Township, Middlesex County.

State Police detectives, along with Woodbridge Township Police Department, responded to the dealership and discovered Terron and Dixon attempting to purchase the Mercedes with a fraudulent Pennsylvannia driver’s license.

During the investigation, detectives also discovered that Terron and Dixon were in possession of multiple fraudulent documents. They were arrested without incident.

Marquis Dixon and Osmar Terron were charged with conspiracy to commit theft by deception. Terron was also charged with theft by deception and possession of fraudulent documents. They were lodged in Middlesex County Jail pending a bail detention hearing.

Charges are mere accusations and the accused are considered innocent until proven guilty.

BREAKING: One Shot Dead; The Carnage Continues As Shootings Ravage City

Shootings have reached epidemic proportions see links to MidJersey.News stories on recent Trenton gun violence below

May 23, 2020

Photos and video by: Brian McCarthy, OnScene News

Based on preliminary information from the scene:

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)—One person is dead this afternoon as the bullets fly, and carnage continues in Trenton this Memorial Day Weekend.

The victim reportedly had been shot multiple times in the chest. The shooting occurred near Brunswick Avenue and Sanford Street around 1:45 pm.  Police, Trenton Fire Department EMS First Responders, TEMS and Paramedics quickly responded and quickly assessed the patient then immediately transported the patient up the street to The Trauma Center at Capitol Health Regional Medical Center where the victim was pronounced dead.

This is a developing story once we receive further details it will be updated.

Gun violence and shootings reach epidemic proportions see recent stories here: (There has been a lot more gun violence and shootings but these are ones we have enough information to report on)

Hamilton Teen Killed By Gun Violence In Trenton

BREAKING: Bloodbath In Trenton Continues, 1 Dead 1 Critical In Another Shooting

Bullets Continue To Fly, Three Hours After Mayor Releases Statement About Violence In The City

Trenton Mayor Gusciora Condemns Weekend Violence In City

BREAKING: Multiple Deaths From Daily Gun Violence That Plagues City

One Dead, Two Additional Victims In Another Trenton Shooting Last Night

Another Day Another Trenton Shooting

Developing Story: Shooting On Calhoun Street, Victim Driven By Personal Vehicle To Trauma Center

Breaking: 2 Shot at Kingsbury Towers In Trenton

Trenton Man Arrested in Hoffman Avenue Homicide

Trenton Mayor Gusciora And City Officials Address April 5th Violence

BREAKING NEWS: 3rd Multi-Shooting Tonight In Trenton

BREAKING NEWS: Another Shooting In Trenton Tonight

BREAKING NEWS: Shooting In Trenton One Possible Fatal And One Serious

BREAKING: Police Investigate Shooting On Trenton/Hamilton Border

More Trenton Shootings at this link

Art All Night Switches To Online Format For 2020

May 23, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Artworks- Art All Night announced earlier today via Facebook that due to COVID-19 and health concerns in large groups Art All Night will be held online this year. Art All Night is a 24 hour event that has been held at an old historic Roebling Wire Works building near the Roebling Market between South Broad Street, Dey Street and South Clinton Avenue.

In 2018 there was a shooting at Art All Night. In 2019 the art festival was held under heavy police presence and visitors had to go though gates and be searched with metal detectors prior to entry and hours were adjusted.

We look forward to participating online for 2020 and hopefully back at the Wire Works for 2021.

Follow the Art All Night Facebook for the latest details, link is below:

Follow Art All Night’s Facebook page for the latest updates:

Good morning, friends! We hope everyone continues to be healthy and safe out there as we navigate our way through these strange days we find ourselves in!

We wanted to let you know that we’ve made the decision to move AAN 2020 to an online, virtual format for this year only! In an effort to maintain everyone’s health and safety, you can now check out (for 2020 only!) 24 HOURS of Art All Night from the comfort of your sofa with only an internet connection as we present 24 VIRTUAL HOURS of:

– MASTER CLASSES and much more!

Stay tuned to this page, invite your friends and prepare yourself to enjoy Art All Night like never before!

Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Increasing Capacity Limit on Outdoor Gatherings

Order Also Allows Public and Private Recreational Campgrounds to Reopen

May 23, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Governor Phil Murphy today signed Executive Order No. 148, increasing the limit on outdoor gatherings from 10 to 25 people and allowing recreational campgrounds to reopen with social distancing measures in place. The limit on indoor gatherings remains at 10 people. The Order takes effect immediately.“Our steady progress on the road back has been made possible through the hard work and personal responsibility of New Jerseyans to safeguard public health,” said Governor Murphy. “I’m proud that we can confidently take this step today and provide further optimism for the unofficial start of summer.”

Outdoor GatheringsThe Governor’s Executive Order allows outdoor gatherings of up to 25 people so long as the following rules are complied with:

  • The gathering must take place entirely outdoors except for restroom use;
  • Limit capacity to no more than 25 people at all times;
  • Require attendees to be six feet apart at all times, excluding immediate family members, caretakers, household members, or romantic partners;
  • Prohibit contact between attendees, and no organized or contact sports;
  • If the event is an organized gathering, the organizer should demarcate six feet of spacing in the area of the gathering to demonstrate appropriate spacing for social distancing;
  • Limit provided seating to single individuals, spaced six feet apart, and sanitized after each use;
  • Prohibit sharing of any physical items provided and require sanitization before and after each use; and
  • Require contactless pay options wherever feasible. 

Nothing in the Order shall prevent professional athletes from fulfilling their job duties, consistent with paragraph 10 of Executive Order No. 107 (2020).

Charter Boats and Recreational Businesses: The Order rescinds the 10-person capacity limit on charter boats and recreational businesses opened under Executive Order No. 147, including archery ranges, batting cages, golf driving ranges, horseback riding, tennis clubs, and shooting ranges, and imposes a new 25-person capacity limitation with a requirement that individuals can remain six feet apart at all times.

Parks, Beaches, Boardwalks, and Lakeshores: The Order allows gatherings of no more than 25 people at State Parks and Forests, county and municipal parks, public and private beaches, boardwalks, lakes, and lakeshores, but continues to prohibit special events such as festivals, concerts, fireworks, and movies.

Recreational Campgrounds: The Order permits private and public recreational campgrounds to reopen to the public. The following shall remain closed at recreational campgrounds: picnic areas; playgrounds; pavilions; and other buildings amenities, or facilities, except restrooms and showers. Recreational campgrounds that are open to the public must comply with the same restrictions required for recreational businesses.  The Department of Environmental Protection is required to prepare a phased-in reopening plan for all campgrounds located on State Parks and Forests within fifteen days.The Order also recommends, but does not order, that people wear a face covering while at outdoor gatherings and recreational campgrounds when social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.

Two Accidents On Route 524 This Morning

Currently a second accident has Route 524 near East Branch Closed

May 23, 2020

UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–Around 6:50 am a car overturned on Route 524. Hope Fire Company closed the roadway and stood by until the vehicle could be removed. The roadway for the first accident was reopened at 7:50 am.

A second accident occurred about 7:40 a.m. at Route 524 and East Branch Road. The Hope Fire Company has just arrived and is extinguishing a car fire related to the accident. Allentown EMS is on scene treating one person. Car fire was extinguished at 7:55 a.m. and JCP&L was dispatched.

Veterans Save A Time Honored Tradition For Memorial Day, American Flags Are Posted At BG Doyle Veterans Cemetery

May 22, 2020

NORTH HANOVER TOWNSHIP, NJ (BURLINGTON)–On May 7, 2020 the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs canceled flag placement at the Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Cemetery due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (See COVID-19 notice from their web page below)

Usually on the Friday afternoon-evening before Memorial Day weekend hundreds of Boy Scouts, veterans and volunteers place flags on the cemetery to honor veterans but was canceled by Governor Murphy’s COVID-19 executive orders. This year’s date was May 22, 2020 for the flag placement.

Permission was granted for the flag placement so The American Legion, VFW-Veterans Of Foreign Wars, and volunteers from other organizations including some Scouts got together and placed 47,000+ flags for Memorial Day that is a time honored tradition today.

Believing that the tradition of honoring our fallen and deceased veterans is one of our most important missions and could be safely conducted, she had several communications with the leadership of the State Department of Military & Veterans Affairs leading the VFW to be granted approval to place the flags on the graves. Our Commander (State Commander Barbara Kim-Hagemann) has also reached out to our brothers and sisters in The American Legion, DAV & the Marine Corps League and invited them to participate as a joint project. We all have the same mission and desire to honor our fallen.” -from VFW flyer about the placement.

Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Cemetery. 47,000 Veteran graves now have Flags in honor of Memorial Day. Thanks to past Post 6063 Commander, Department Commander Barbara Kim Hagemann for spearheading this mission and getting over 100 volunteers including VFW, American Legion and other Veterans organizations to assist with honoring all our veterans and their families. Truly appreciate each and everyone who was able to participate.

From the Official BG William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery Page:

COVID-19 Notices
Effective May 7, 2020

Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic the leadership of our Department, in the best interest and safety of all who would have attended, has cancelled our proposed May 22, 2020 Friday – Flag Night & May 23, 2020, Memorial Day Ceremony at Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery.

Trenton Firefighters FMBA Locals 6 & 206 Provide Food To City Residents And Workers

May 22, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Trenton Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association FMBA Locals 6 & 206 and Buzzetta Catering provided hundreds of meals today for employees and city residents. The event was held in the parking lot of City Hall from 11 am to 2 pm. The “Food-A-Thon” event was held as a kick off to Memorial Day weekend.

As participants checked in they were given a mask if they did not have one, encouraged to stand 6 feet apart and practiced social distancing rules for the food distribution.

Buzzetta’s Food Truck was on scene cooking up their famous cheesesteaks, burgers, chicken tenders, fried Oreos, funnel cakes and more.

NJDEP Requests NJ Attorney General To File Legal Action Against Trenton For Failure To Comply With Safe Drinking Water Act

Trenton Water supplies 217,000 people in Trenton, Ewing, Hamilton, Hopewell and Lawrence Townships.

May 22, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Hamilton Mayor Jeff Martin released a statement today about NJ Department of Environmental Protection taking legal action against the City of Trenton.

Trenton Water Works provides water for a significant portion of Hamilton Township.

“I applaud DEP for its leadership in ensuring safe and clean drinking water for all of Trenton Water Works’ customers. Legal action is a necessary but unfortunate step to take. We will join, and work with, DEP in its legal action and will not stop fighting until we are satisfied that all necessary steps are taken.” Hamilton Township Mayor Martin Said.

Full letter from NJ DEP Commissioner below.

MidJersey.News has reached out to Trenton Mayor W. Reed Gusciora’s office for comment but has not received a reply at the time of this publishing. Once we receive a reply we will update it here.

Dear Mayor and Council President,

As you know, for over the past two years, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has been working both to press for and to support the City of Trenton’s efforts to meet its obligations under the Safe Drinking Water Act and two 2018 DEP Administrative Consent Orders (ACOs) requiring, among other things, improvements to the operations of Trenton Water Works (TWW), replacement of lead service lines, and renovating Trenton’s uncovered reservoir to prevent contamination of the drinking water supply.

At the time of my last letter to you dated February 20, 2020 (attached), DEP was encouraged by the City’s recent progress in meeting its obligations, and by the Mayor’s proposed capital improvement plan and rate ordinance changes needed to support those improvements. And, as I shared in February, DEP is pleased to offer more state water infrastructure funding to support the City’s efforts, adding to the state funds we previously provided to the City.

I was deeply disappointed to learn that, on May 7, 2020, the City Council inexplicably rejected funding for crucial measures necessary to enable TWW to come into and maintain compliance. To be clear, the Council’s inexplicable failure to adopt these measures will prevent TWW from meeting critically overdue legal requirements of the ACOs and the Safe Drinking Water Act.

These requirements are necessary to ensure a safe and reliable water supply, not only for the City of Trenton, but also for the 217,000 people served by TWW in Ewing, Hamilton, Hopewell and Lawrence Townships.

The Council’s unreasonable action has left DEP no choice but to seek judicial intervention to help ensure that the City will comply with the requirements of the ACOs and the Safe Drinking Water Act. Regrettably, DEP has requested that the Attorney General take appropriate action before the courts.

Ensuring safe and reliable drinking water is a critical public health priority, and it is imperative that the City’s recent progress toward meeting its obligations not be lost. While DEP must now take the unfortunate step of seeking judicial intervention, we also recognize that Mayor Gusciora
has proposed appropriate actions to enable TWW to make the necessary improvements to its water supply system. The City Council’s refusal to provide the necessary financial support to achieve these legally required public health obligations simply leaves us no other choice.

DEP will, of course, continue to provide TWW with technical compliance assistance, as we do for all water systems. And, I invite you to contact me directly if you would like to discuss these matters.

Catherine R. McCabe NJDEP, Commissioner

The following is a statement from Hamilton Township Mayor Jeff Martin:

“I applaud DEP for its leadership in ensuring safe and clean drinking water for all of Trenton Water Works’ customers. Legal action is a necessary but unfortunate step to take. We will join, and work with, DEP in its legal action and will not stop fighting until we are satisfied that all necessary steps are taken.”

Letter sent to Trenton Mayor and Council President from Catherine R. McCabe NJDEP, Commissioner planing legal action.

Hamilton Teen Killed By Gun Violence In Trenton

May 22, 2020

Update to yesterday’s story: BREAKING: Bloodbath In Trenton Continues, 1 Dead 1 Critical In Another Shooting

Photos and video by: Brian McCarthy, OnScene News

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–The Mercer County Homicide Task Force is investigating a homicide that occurred in Trenton Thursday afternoon.  At approximately 4:15 p.m., Trenton police responded to 900 block of Parkside Avenue on a report of multiple shots fired.  Upon arrival, officers observed a silver Jeep Commander with the hood up and the flashers on.  Officers located two victims with multiple gunshot wounds.  The first victim, identified as Raheen McKinnon, 19, of Hamilton, suffered gunshot wounds to the armpit, arms, legs and back.  The second victim, a 17-year-old male from Trenton, suffered gunshot wounds to the neck and thigh.  Both victims were transported to the hospital where McKinnon was pronounced dead.  The second victim remains in critical condition.

Other recent continuing gun violence stories that continue to plague Trenton:

BREAKING: Bloodbath In Trenton Continues, 1 Dead 1 Critical In Another Shooting

Bullets Continue To Fly, Three Hours After Mayor Releases Statement About Violence In The City

Trenton Mayor Gusciora Condemns Weekend Violence In City

BREAKING: Multiple Deaths From Daily Gun Violence That Plagues City

One Dead, Two Additional Victims In Another Trenton Shooting Last Night

Another Day Another Trenton Shooting

Developing Story: Shooting On Calhoun Street, Victim Driven By Personal Vehicle To Trauma Center

More Trenton Shootings at this link

Ewing Township Accident

May 21, 2020

Photos and video by: Brian McCarthy, OnScene News

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.

13 Year Old Sent To Trauma Center After Accident

May 21, 2020

Photos and video by: Brian McCarthy, OnScene News

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.

BREAKING: Bloodbath In Trenton Continues, 1 Dead 1 Critical In Another Shooting

Trenton gun violence seems to go unabated

May 21, 2020

Other recent gun violence stories that continues to plague Trenton:

Bullets Continue To Fly, Three Hours After Mayor Releases Statement About Violence In The City

Trenton Mayor Gusciora Condemns Weekend Violence In City

BREAKING: Multiple Deaths From Daily Gun Violence That Plagues City

One Dead, Two Additional Victims In Another Trenton Shooting Last Night

Another Day Another Trenton Shooting

Developing Story: Shooting On Calhoun Street, Victim Driven By Personal Vehicle To Trauma Center

More Trenton Shootings at this link

Photos and video by: Brian McCarthy, OnScene News

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.