Month: June 2020

Kitchen Fire In Ewing Township

June 24, 2020

Breaking news report from radio and on scene reports, once official information is released the story will be updated:

EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Around 5:30 pm Ewing Township Fire Department was dispatched to 64 Rosedale Avenue for a fire in a kitchen. The first arriving officer reported smoke showing and filled out the first alarm sending additional aid from Lawrence and Hopewell Townships. The main body of fire was knocked down quickly but radio reports were indicating that fire was spreading to the second floor. The fire was brought under control in about 20 minutes.

Photos by: Brian McCarthy OnScene News

Hamilton Police Investigate Facebook Threat To Blow Up Primary Election Ballot Boxes

June 24, 2020

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–On June 23, 2020, Hamilton Police Detectives initiated an investigation from a complaint regarding a Facebook post that originated from the Mercer County Board of Elections.  The observed posting was viewed on the Hamilton Township Facebook page and posted by a female that stated “Let’s blow them up.” The comment was in regards to the posting of the locations of the Primary Election ballot boxes.

It was determined by Hamilton Police Detectives during the investigation that there was no viable or credible threat to any property or any ballot box in the Mercer County area.

Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective Tom Clugsten at 609-581-4027 or the Hamilton Police Crime Tip Hotline at 609-581-4008.

Mercer County Board Of Elections Website

Drop boxes are available if you prefer not to send the ballots through the mail. Locations of drop boxes were selected by the Mercer County Board of Elections at these locations:

  • Hamilton Call Center, 5 Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. Way, Hamilton, NJ (next to the Hamilton Library)
  • East Windsor Court, 80 One Mile Road, East Windsor
  • Hopewell Township Administration Building, 201 Washington Crossing-Pennington Road, Titusville, NJ
  • Trenton, Courthouse Annex, 209 S. Broad Street (in front), Trenton, NJ
  • Princeton Municipal Building, 400 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, NJ

Update On East Brunswick Drowning, Appears Victims Did Not Know How To Swim

June 24, 2020

Other MidJersey.News stories on this incident:

Victims identified in East Brunswick drowning

Three Have Died After Being Found Unresponsive In Pool

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Christopher L.C. Kuberiet and Chief Frank LoSacco of the East Brunswick Police Department announced today that the tragic deaths that occurred on June 22, 2020 in the Township were accidental in nature.

Although the investigation is active, it was determined that electricity did not play a part in the death of these three victims. The above-ground pool was mostly shallow at 3½ feet deep, but there was a portion of the pool that was 7 feet deep. It doesn’t appear that the victims knew how to swim.

Bharat Patel, 62, his 33-year old daughter-in-law Nisha Patel and her 8-year-old daughter, all who reside at the home in East Brunswick were previously identified as the victims who perished.

East Brunswick Police responded to the residence located at 43 Clearview Road at approximately 4:18 pm on June 22, 2020. and found the three victims unresponsive in the pool; they were pronounced dead shortly after being found.

The Middlesex County Regional Medical Examiner’s Office has determined the manner of death as accidental and the cause of death to be drowning for all three victims.

The investigation is active and is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Kimberly DiParisi of the East Brunswick  Police Department at (732) 390-6900, or Detective Mark Morris of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-3927.

Car Crashes Into Store In Lawrence Township

June 24, 2020

LAWRENCE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Just before 11 am a car in the parking area of 2809 Brunswick Pike lost control and crashed into the front of a store at the shopping center. All three Lawrence Township Fire Companies, Police Department and EMS responded. Upon arrival the fire department kept one engine on scene until the vehicle was towed by Hawk’s Towing.

The Lawrence Township Building Department inspected the building after the crash. No further information was available.

Photos by: Brian McCarthy OnScene News

Trenton Will Resume Parking Enforcement on June 29

June 24, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–As the city continues to reopen, Mayor W. Reed Gusciora announced today that parking enforcement from the city’s parking kiosks and parking meters would resume on Monday, June 29.

“We temporarily suspended enforcement of city parking regulations shortly after

Gov. Murphy declared a state of emergency due to COVID-19,” said Mayor Gusciora. “As we restart our city’s economy, particularly outdoor restaurant dining and other commercial activities, it’s important that we begin to also enforce parking rules for our residents and visitors.”

After years of careful planning, the city began modernizing its parking infrastructure in May 2019, installing 20 solar-powered kiosks. Today, the city has a total of 84 kiosks and 68 parking meters that accept major credit cards. Since then, the city has collected nearly

$328,000 in revenue from 84 kiosks. City officials project revenue from its parking system to exceed $500,000 in 12 months. Also, the city treasury started collecting income from parking garage surcharges that were enacted by City Council in 2014.

“I am pleased that our parking strategy is performing well,” added Mayor Gusciora. “Like neighboring cities and towns, we need a parking system that is convenient for our residents and visitors, competitively priced, and easy for our parking utility personnel to maintain.

I think we have achieved these goals.”

The city will also resume issuing parking tickets to owners of cars who do not move their vehicles on street-sweeping routes throughout the city.

To learn more about the street-sweeping schedule for your street, please call the city’s Department of Public Works at (609) 989-3151.

The city will issue a Robocall and send text messages to residents signed up for this service to alert them about reactivating enforcement. To sign up for text messages, text Trenton411

to 99411 from your smartphone. For Robocalls, visit

NJ Sues U.S. Department of Education to Block Repeal Of “Gainful Employment” Rule’s Protections for Student Borrowers

June 24, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Acting to protect New Jersey students from ending up with unmanageable student loan debt and little earning potential, Attorney Gurbir S. Grewal today announced that New Jersey is joining a coalition of States suing the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) over its repeal of its Gainful Employment Rule.

Adopted during the Obama Administration, the Gainful Employment Rule sought to promote accountability and transparency among for-profit colleges and other career-focused, non-degree programs. The rule denied federal funding to programs that leave students with poor earnings prospects and high amounts of debt, while requiring schools to provide consumers with key information about programs’ costs and their graduates’ earnings and debt.

Filed today in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., the lawsuit challenges DOE’s July 2019 decision to repeal the Gainful Employment Rule. The repeal will take effect on July 1, 2020.

The two-count complaint alleges that DOE did not adequately explain its decision and has abdicated its responsibility under federal law to ensure that only programs that prepare students for “gainful employment in a recognized occupation” receive federal funds. The complaint also alleges DOE’s repeal will harm state economies while exposing student borrowers to greater risk of being defrauded and/or plunged into crippling student loan debt.

“With the economic downturn causing many of our residents to reevaluate their careers and consider returning to school, it’s hard to imagine a worse time to eliminate protections for students who are seeking to improve their job prospects. Yet the U.S. Department of Education is doing just that, so that it can send more taxpayer money to for-profit schools that push high-cost, low-value educational programs and saddle students with unaffordable debt,” Attorney General Grewal said.

“Now more than ever, given the economic and social impacts of COVID-19, it is of the utmost importance to guarantee that New Jersey’s postsecondary students are investing their time and money wisely,” said Dr. Zakiya Smith Ellis, New Jersey Secretary of Higher Education. “The Gainful Employment Rule is an important tool that must be restored in order to hold postsecondary career schools responsible for outcomes and to ensure that students and families have the critical information that they need when making these potentially life-changing decisions.”

“As a department, our goal is to help all New Jersey residents have access to high-quality jobs with family sustaining wages. This action makes it much harder for students to determine which schools will help them achieve that goal,” said Labor Commissioner Robert Asaro-Angelo. “This goes against the very spirit of quality assurance and consumer protection we are trying to provide for our workers.”

“The federal Higher Education Act requires postsecondary career schools to prepare students for good jobs that increase their earnings. New Jersey students deserve to know before they go to a career training program whether it will place them in a job that pays well enough to offer a return on their investment,” said David Socolow, Executive Director of the New Jersey Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA). “The U.S. Department of Education should respond to today’s action by our Attorney General by restoring the Gainful Employment rule, so New Jersey students and families will have the crucial consumer protections they need to pursue effective career education and achieve economic success.”

According to a report from The Institute for College Access and Success, more than 350,000 students nationally graduated in 2010-11 or 2011-12 from career education programs that performed poorly enough to risk losing their federal funding under the Gainful Employment Rule. Those students carried nearly $7.5 billion in student loan debt. In New Jersey, the data showed, 3,177 students graduated from such programs and carried approximately $44.8 million in student loan debt.

In a comment letter sent to U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos in September 2018, Attorney General Grewal joined other Attorneys General from across the nation in calling on DOE walk back its plan to rescind the Gainful Employment Rule.

The letter noted that, in adopting the Gainful Employment Rule in the first place, the Education Department “recognized that students at for-profit programs were more likely than those at other institutions to rely on loans, including federal student aid, to finance their education.” The letter also noted that, on average, students at for-profit schools have more debt than those who attend public or non-profit institutions.

In addition, the letter observed, “students of color, low-income students, veterans and women” were particularly affected by “the high costs and commensurate high debt load” they incurred to attend for-profit institutions.

Today’s lawsuit is the latest action by Attorney General Grewal to protect student borrowers in New Jersey and hold failing or predatory for-profit colleges and career-focused non-degree programs accountable. Previous actions since 2019 have included:

  • Participation in a multi-state settlement announced in January 2019 under which Illinois-based Career Education Corp. agreed to reform its recruiting and enrollment practices and forego collecting more than $493.7 million in debt owed by more than 179,000 students nationwide. Career Education Corp. has run brick-and-mortar schools across the country, including Sanford-Brown Colleges and Institutes, which operated a now-closed New Jersey campus in Iselin. Under the settlement, more than 6,400 former Career Education Corp. students in New Jersey were deemed eligible for debt forgiveness totaling $19.6 million.
  • Participation in a multi-state settlement in June 2019 that resulted in a total of more than $625,000 in debt relief for 48 New Jersey borrowers who obtained loans from education lender Student CU Connect in order to attend ITT Tech.  In New Jersey and across the nation, ITT Tech students were pressured into obtaining education loans – and in some cases multiple loans — that most could not hope to repay.
  • A directive from the Attorney General’s Division of Consumer Affairs in April 2019 ordering the Harris School of Business to stop advertising that its students are eligible to receive state supplemental loans under the New Jersey College Loans to Assist State Students (NJCLASS) Program. The Division asserted that students enrolled at the Harris School of Business are in fact ineligible for NJCLASS loans due to the high rate of default among Harris graduates.

Deputy Attorneys General John Passante and Elspeth Faiman Hans and Assistant Attorney General Mayur P. Saxena, of the Division of Law, are handling the Gainful Employment Rule matter on behalf of the State.

Joint Incoming Travel Advisory That All Individuals Traveling From States With Significant Community Spread of COVID-19 Quarantine For 14 Days

Tri-State Advisory Will Focus on Personal Responsibility Using Uniform Parameters and Messaging Across the Three States Effective Midnight Tonight

June 24, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, and Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont today announced a joint incoming travel advisory that all individuals traveling from states with significant community spread of COVID-19 quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state. 

This quarantine – effective midnight tonight – applies to any person arriving from a state with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or a state with a 10% or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average.  

New Jersey, New York and Connecticut will continually update and publish on their respective websites a list of states to which the new advisory applies. This information will be updated regularly. 

The tri-state measure will focus on personal responsibility using uniform parameters and messaging on highways, airports, websites and social media across the three states. The three states will also ask hotels to communicate the 14-day quarantine to guests who have traveled from one of the impacted states. 

“Over the course of the past few months, our states have taken aggressive action to flatten the curve and beat back the coronavirus,” Governor Murphy said, “As a result of our collective efforts, we have low infection rates, falling hospitalizations, and have steadily been reopening our economies. Unfortunately many states continue to have high transmission rates. We are proud to work with our partners in New York and Connecticut on a joint incoming travel advisory to ensure continued progress against this virus and to keep residents of the tri-state area safe.”

“We have a very real problem right now where many states are experiencing an increased spread of the COVID-19 virus, just as New York is seeing the lowest infection rate,” Governor Cuomo said. “We’ve been working with our neighboring states throughout this pandemic, and we have agreed to a joint incoming travel advisory with New Jersey and Connecticut that all individuals who are traveling from other states with high infection rates must quarantine for 14 days to help prevent a renewed spread of the virus. We know the transmission rate in every state, and we want to make sure what’s happening in these states with the highest transmission rate doesn’t happen here and erase all the tremendous progress we’ve made.”

 “Working together as a region has proven to be immensely successful as our respective states are leading the country when it comes to our response with low infection and positivity rates relative to increased testing capacity,” Governor Lamont said. “We have made difficult decisions throughout this pandemic, but we have proven to make many of the right decisions. This step to inform travelers form states with hot spots to self-isolate is meant to protect our residents and maintain our incredible public health progress.”

BREAKING: Fatal Accident In Millstone Township

June 23, 2020

MILLSTONE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–New Jersey State Police said a fatal accident was reported on Carrs Tavern Rd at 3:18 pm.

State Police said that preliminary details indicate that a Buick Century traveling on Carrs Tavern Road ran off the roadway and into several bushes. The driver of the Buick was pronounced dead at the scene. Cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Victims identified in East Brunswick drowning

June 23, 2020

Other MidJersey.News stories on this incident here:

Three Have Died After Being Found Unresponsive In Pool

Update On East Brunswick Drowning, Appears Victims Did Not Know How To Swim

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Christopher L.C. Kuberiet and Chief Frank LoSacco of the East Brunswick Police Department announced today that a 62-year-old man, his daughter-in-law, and her daughter have been identified as the victims who perished yesterday in the Township.

Bharat Patel, 62, his 33-year old daughter-in-law Nisha Patel and her 8-year-old daughter, all who reside at the home in East Brunswick, have been identified as the victims.          

East Brunswick Police responded to the residence located at 43 Clearview Road at approximately 4:18 pm on June 22, 2020. and found the three victims unresponsive in the pool; they were pronounced dead shortly after being found.

The Middlesex County Regional Medical Examiner’s Office has determined the manner of death as accidental and the cause of death to be drowning for all three victims.

The investigation is active and is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Kimberly DiParisi of the East Brunswick  Police Department at (732) 390-6900, or Detective Mark Morris of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-3927.

National Night Out Moved From August To October 6, 2020

The date also falls with in “National Fire Prevention Week” October 4 to October 10, 2020

June 23, 2020

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–The Robbinsville Township Police Department as well as other police departments across the Nation will be celebrating “National Night Out” on October 6, 2020. The change this year is due to the COVID-19 pandemic and give more time from the usual August date to get ready.

During the past National Night Out events held in Robbinsville you can expect tours of the police department, K9 demonstrations, treats, fire prevention displays and fire safety trailer, extrication demonstration by the fire department.

National Fire Prevention Week is October 4 to October 10, 2020 expect to find fire prevention displays at National Night Out Events.

National Night Out Facebook Page:

This year, the Robbinsville Police National Night Out will take place on Tuesday October 6, 2020. We will be announcing more details as we get closer to the event. We hope to have a clearer picture of the guidelines in place for Covid-19 prevention at that time.

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.

Millions of neighbors take part in National Night Out across thousands of communities from all fifty states, U.S. territories and military bases worldwide. We look forward to meeting all of our wonderful residents, business owners, and community stakeholders at this event!

Three Have Died After Being Found Unresponsive In Pool

June 22, 2020

Other MidJersey.News stories on this incident:

Victims identified in East Brunswick drowning

Update On East Brunswick Drowning, Appears Victims Did Not Know How To Swim

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Christopher L.C. Kuberiet and Chief Frank LoSacco of the East Brunswick Police Department announced today that three people were found unresponsive in a pool this evening in the Township.

At approximately 4:18 pm East Brunswick Police responded to the residence located at 43 Clearview Road. Three members of the same family who reside at the residence where found unresponsive in the pool; they were pronounced dead shortly after being found.

 The cause of death is to be determined by the Middlesex County Regional Medical Examiner’s Office.

The investigation is active and is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Kimberly DiParisi of the East Brunswick  Police Department at (732) 390-6900, or Detective Mark Morris of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-3927.

Trenton Stabbing Victim Identified, 16 Dead In 2020 So Far In The City

See Last Nights Breaking News Story Here: BREAKING: Multiple Stabbings In Trenton This Evening

June 22, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–The County Prosecutor’s Office has identified last nights victim of a stabbing as Robert Neal age 34. The victim was stabbed in the 200 Block of Rosemont Avenue around 9 pm. This is Trenton’s 16th homicide for 2020.

There was also a man shot at Perry and Montgomery Streets and victim was transported and dropped off at the Trauma Center at Capital Health System Regional Medical Center on Fuld Street and Brunswick Avenue around 1:12 a.m.

Also a prior stabbing around 8 pm last night Trenton Police and TEMS responded to the 300 Block of Genesee Street for a stabbing, the person was transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center and a Trauma Alert was called.

South Brunswick Police Seeking Public’s Assistance In Locating Missing Person – John Shapinski


June 22, 2020


SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–The South Brunswick Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a missing person.

John Shapinski, 32 y.o., is homeless, but known to frequent New Brunswick, and uses bus stops along the Route 27 corridor. He was last heard from approximately a week ago. 

Shapinski is a white male, 6’ 04”, weighing 220 lbs., with brown hair and eyes. 

Anyone with information is asked to call South Brunswick Police at (732) 329-4646.

Monroe Township Woman Killed In South Brunswick Crash

June 22, 2020

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–At 10:47am on Friday, June 19th, Theresa Dowling, 81 y.o. from Monroe Township, was driving a 2017 Lexus westbound on Henderson Road when she failed to stop for a red light at Route 1. The Lexus entered the intersection and was struck by a 2013 Hyundai, driven by Maria Melendez, 61 y.o. from Somerset, which had been traveling northbound in the left lane of Route 1. The Lexus then continued across Route 1, striking a 2016 Chevrolet, driven by Michael Mitchell, 56 y.o. from Ridgefield Park, which had been traveling southbound in the left lane, before coming to rest in the intersection.
Ms. Dowling was transported to Robert Wood Johnson Hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries on June 21st. The two other drivers and two additional passengers suffered minor injuries.
Route 1 southbound was closed to traffic for approximately 4 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: NJSP Col. Callahan And Govenor Phil Murphy Provide Update On Crash; Trooper Will Be OK After Being Thrown 30 Feet

June 22, 2020

See this morning’s story here: BREAKING: NJ State Police Vehicle Destroyed By Dump Truck On NJ Turnpike

We expect further details and an update later this afternoon from the NJSP Press Office

CRANBURY, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–At the daily COVID-19 briefing in Trenton, State Police Colonel Patrick J. Callahan  said the trooper from this morning’s crash was thrown 30 feet by the impact of the crash; it is believed to have saved his life. Governor Phil Murphy said the axle of the truck broke and truck flipped over onto the troop car.

The NJ State Trooper will be OK according to Col. Callahan.

State Police Investigate Crash that Injured State Trooper and Two Others

The New Jersey State Police is investigating a three-vehicle crash that injured a state trooper and two others on the New Jersey Turnpike in Cranbury Township, Middlesex County.

Earlier today, at approximately 6:59 a.m., a State Police Chevy Tahoe was stopped behind a Porsche Boxster on the right shoulder of the inner roadway southbound at milepost 70.7.
The trooper was seated in the driver seat of the marked Troop Car with the overhead lights activated.

Preliminary information indicates that a Ford dump truck was traveling southbound on the outer roadway when it struck the left metal guardrail and continued onto the inner roadway. The Ford dump truck continued south, struck and overrode the Troop Car, overturned, and struck the Porsche.

The trooper, driver of the dump truck, and the driver of the Porsche all sustained moderate injuries and were transported to an area hospital. There were no other occupants in the three vehicles. The inner roadway was closed for approximately six hours.

The cause and circumstances of the crash remain under investigation, and there is no additional information available at this time.

See 42 min and 34 seconds into the video for the update on the NJ State Trooper:

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NJSP Troop “C” Hamilton, 10th Anniversary Of When Trooper Was Struck By Passing Motorist On I-195

 SLOW DOWN MOVE OVER: NJTP Car Fire And Rubberneck 3 Car Accident

Traffic Alert: Gas Line Struck In Allentown

June 22, 2020

ALLENTOWN, NJ (MONMOUTH)–Construction crews on North Main Street stuck a gas line around 2:15 pm. Hope Fire Company and Hamilton Township Fire Department Station 19 responded to the scene. The roadway is closed waiting for PSE&G to shut off the gas line to control the leak.

Hope Fire Company and Allentown Police have the North Main Street closed from Waker Ave to Broad Street and directing a detour in the area until the gas leak is controlled. The gas company usually responds within an hour so the roadway should not be closed for long.

Salons And Other Personal Services Open Today And Governor Murphy Announces Casinos And Indoor Dining July 2 With Limits

June 22, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)—Reopening today are beauty salons, barber shops, cosmetology shops, day and medical spas, electrology facilities, hair braiding shops, massage parlors, nail salons, tanning salons and tattoo parlors with restrictions.

On July 2, casios and indoor dining will reopen with 25% capacity as announce by the governor.

If you are visiting the local barber or salon call ahead to find out the rules and make an appointment.

Another Accident On NJ Turnpike This Morning

June 22, 2020

BREAKING NEWS REPORT: Once official information is available story will be updated.

See other story from this morning: BREAKING: NJ State Police Vehicle Destroyed By Dump Truck On NJ Turnpike

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–There have been multiple accidents on the NJ Turnpike this morning, this one is at mile marker 58 north bound near the Woodrow Wilson Service Area. A van traveling north bound lost control and overturned several people were injured with non-life-threatening injures.

Robbinsville Township Fire Department, Bordentown Township Fire Department and EMS were on scene. NJ State Police is investigating the crash.

BREAKING: NJ State Police Vehicle Destroyed By Dump Truck On NJ Turnpike

SEE AFTERNOON UPDATE HERE: UPDATE: NJSP Col. Callahan And Govenor Phil Murphy Provide Update On Crash; Trooper Will Be OK

BREAKING NEWS: Once official information is released the site will be updated.

11:30 am update traffic is backed up over 10 miles on NJ Turnpike South Bound Avoid the Turnpike

1:30 pm update according to the traffic map the roadway shows no delays

June 22, 2020

SEE AFTERNOON UPDATE HERE: UPDATE: NJSP Col. Callahan And Govenor Phil Murphy Provide Update On Crash; Trooper Will Be OK

CRANBURY, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Around 7 am. it appears that a dump truck traveling south bound in the area of mile marker 70.7 hit a NJ State Police vehicle. Photos from the scene show the NJSP vehicle in a ball of metal and the dump truck overturned that was full of dirt.

Expect heavy delays on the NJ Turnpike until this accident is investigated and cleared. Delays south bound will be in the area of Exit 8A Cranbury between Station Road and Cranbury-Half Acre Road. Currently the traffic backup is 3 miles in length traveling south bound all the way to Exit 8A.

Traffic reroute is get off at Exit 8A to Route 130 South to the Route 33 Bypass back onto the NJ Turnpike.

NJ State Police has not released information about the accident yet and they are still on scene investigating at the time of this report.

Luckily there are no life threatening injures in the accident. More to follow.

Responding that we know of were Cranbury Fire Company, Hightstown Engine Company, Cranbury EMS, Robbinsville Fire Department EMS. Possibly others.

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BREAKING: NJ State Police Vehicle Struck On NJ Turnpike Sending 1 To Hospital

NJSP Troop “C” Hamilton, 10th Anniversary Of When Trooper Was Struck By Passing Motorist On I-195

 SLOW DOWN MOVE OVER: NJTP Car Fire And Rubberneck 3 Car Accident

BREAKING: Multiple Stabbings In Trenton This Evening


BREAKING NEWS: This is breaking news from radio reports, if and when we get official information the story will be updated.

June 21, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Around 8 pm Trenton Police and TEMS responded to the 300 Block of Genesee Street for a stabbing, the person was transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center and a Trauma Alert was called.

An hour later around 9 pm another stabbing was reported in the 200 Block of Rosemont Avenue for a male stabbed in the chest multiple times. Trenton Police, Fire and TEMS responded. TFD Engine 8 crew rode in the ambulance for extra assistance due to the multiple stabbing trauma.

Update at just before midnight the Trenton Fire Department was called back out to Rosemont Avenue for a “wash down” to help clean up the scene.

Vehicle Rolls Over On NJ Turnpike

June 21, 2020

ROBBINSVILLE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The Robbinsville Township Fire Department responded to a vehicle rollover on the New Jersey Turnpike around 8 am. The accident happened just North of Exit 7A at mile marker 61.4 North Bound on the inner roadway, it appears that the vehicle rolled over and landed upright on the median. Luckily there were only minor injures treated on scene by Robbinsville Fire EMS that did not require transport to the hospital. No further information is available about the accident.

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BREAKING: Firefighters Rescue And Revive 2 Cats From Motel Fire In East Windsor

BREAKING NEWS: This is from on scene reports and radio traffic. Once official information is made available story will be updated and any corrections/additions made if necessary.

June 20, 2020

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–Firefighters responded to a fire at the Town House Motel on Franklin Street this afternoon around 12:30 pm. Upon arrival firefighters found heavy smoke coming from Room 216 and the adjacent rooms. Firefighters forced the door and extinguished the fire in the room and found two cats suffering smoke inhalation during their search. Firefighters removed the two cats and brought them outside near the command post and with assistance of EMS were able to revive the cats.

Firefighters and EMS used special oxygen masks designed for animals and were able to revive them. After about 20 minutes of oxygen treatment and stimulation the cats were able to come around and appear that they will survive. The two cats were later transported to the NorthStar Vets in Robbinsville a 24 hour animal hospital. They should be ok after treatment.

The fire was under investigation at the time of this report. Once official information is available it will be posted.

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Jackson Township Man Charged With Murder

June 20, 2020

JACKSON, NJ (OCEAN)–Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer and Jackson Township Police Chief Matthew Kunz announced that Jshawn Cutler, 23, of Jackson, has been charged with Murder in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:11-3a(1), in connection with the death of Isaiah Renouf, also 23, of Jackson. Additionally, Cutler was charged with Unlawful Possession of a Weapon in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-5d, Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-4d, and Burglary in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:18-2a(1).

On June 19, 2020, Jackson Township Police responded to a 911 call from a residence on Connor Boulevard in reference to an individual with a stab wound. Responding Officers found Isaiah Renouf on the floor of the residence with a large wound to his chest. Lifesaving measures were attempted at the scene; Mr. Renouf was then transported to Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus, where he succumbed to his injuries. A post-mortem examination by the Ocean County Medical Examiner determined the cause of Mr. Renouf’s death to be a stab wound to the chest, and the manner of death to be a homicide. A subsequent investigation by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit, Jackson Township Police Department and Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit revealed that Mr. Renouf and Jshawn Cutler had an altercation at the Connor Boulevard residence, where Cutler stabbed Mr. Renouf – causing his death. Cutler was later apprehended during a motor vehicle stop by the Lakewood Township Police Department. He is currently lodged in the Ocean County Jail pending a detention hearing.

Prosecutor Billhimer and Chief Kunz would like to acknowledge the cooperative assistance of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit, Jackson Township Police Department, Lakewood Township Police Department, Pemberton Township Police Department, and Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit, for their collaborative efforts in connection with this very thorough investigation. “Outstanding teamwork was exhibited today by all the law enforcement officers and agencies involved in this investigation,” Prosecutor Billhimer stated. “This horrendous crime was solved so swiftly thanks to the hard work and determination of these fine men and women in blue. Through their efforts, a very dangerous person has been removed from the streets of Ocean County. Now, our focus is to ensure that justice is done for Mr. Renouf,” Prosecutor Billhimer concluded.

The press and the public are reminded that all defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Robbinsville Father’s Day Fishing Event Held

June 20, 2020

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–The Robbinsville Father’s Day fishing event was held this morning at the Town Center Lake from 8 am to 11 am. The weather was great and there was a good turnout for the event.

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BREAKING: Multi Alarm Fire Leaves Cranbury Pizza Heavily Damaged

Breaking News: Firefighters are still on scene when information becomes available story will be updated.

Preliminary report:

CRANBURY, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–A multi-alarm fire left the beloved Cranbury Pizza heavily damaged. The stubborn fire started just after 7:30 pm and was not brought under control until 10:02 pm. The first arriving units reported heavy smoke from all floors visible. Numerous mutual aid fire departments responded.

Outdoor Visitation with Long-Term Care Residents Can Begin Sunday, June 21

NJ Health Department Directive to Facilities Outlines Guidelines

June 19, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Residents of long-term care facilities will be able to have outdoor visits with loved ones in designated outdoor space starting Sunday, June 21—Father’s Day– under a directive to long-term care facilities issued today by the state Department of Health.

The Health Department has received input and worked collaboratively with long-term care providers on developing this directive to accommodate visitors.

Prior to transporting a long-term care resident to a designated outdoor space, visitors must be screened for COVID-19 symptoms ­­– including a temperature check – and facilities must follow safety and infection prevention and control measures in order to allow visitation.

“Being apart from our loved ones has been one of the most difficult challenges throughout the pandemic—especially for long-term care residents and their families. This directive outlines the measures that must be in place to reduce risk to this vulnerable population while allowing visits outdoors,” said Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli. “Virtual communication could never replace gathering face to face gatherings with loved ones. We hope these outdoor visitations bring joy and comfort to residents as well as their loved ones—while also protecting them.”

The directive applies to: dementia care homes, long-term care facilities, pediatric transitional care homes, assisted living residences and programs, and comprehensive personal care homes.

Only two visitors will be permitted at a time and must stay six feet apart from the resident. Visitors and residents are required to wear face coverings, and a staff member—wearing a surgical mask—must remain with the resident during the visit. A resident who is suspected or confirmed to be infected with COVID-19 or quarantined for an exposure cannot have visitors. A resident who has tested positive can have visitors after they have met the criteria to discontinue isolation.

Facilities must submit an attestation at least 24 hours before they begin outdoor visitation confirming that they have implemented the directive’s requirements, and have a location designated for visitation, sufficient staff and personal protective equipment, and a method to schedule appointments. Facilities can start scheduling appointments today, but visitation cannot begin until Sunday.

Facilities are required to communicate the visitor policy to residents, families, staff and others, and must receive informed consent in writing from the resident and visitor that they will comply with the facility’s policies during the visit. As part of the consent form, visitor must agree to notify the facility if they test positive for COVID or have symptoms within 14 days of visiting.

Governor Murphy Thanks President Trump For Accelerating $766.5 Million Funding For Portal North Bridge

June 19, 2020

See related MidJersey.News story here: Announcement from President Trump Following Tonight’s Dinner with Governor Murphy at Bedminster

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Governor Phil Murphy released a statement this evening thanking President Trump for $766.5 million in funding for the Portal North Bridge. President Trump announced authorizing the funding on June 12, see link MidJersey.News

See Governor Murphy’s statement below:

“The Federal Transit Administration has committed to authorizing entry into the engineering phase and accelerating federal funding in the amount of $766.5 million for the Portal North Bridge, a huge win for New Jersey, the region, and the national economy. Since taking office, one of my top priorities has been securing funding for critical infrastructure projects like these that will restore NJ TRANSIT to prominence, and I am honored to have been able to make the case for Portal North directly to President Trump. I thank the President and his Administration for committing to this project and helping us usher in a new era of safe, modern, and reliable infrastructure for our region.”

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Juneteenth Celebration Events Held In Robbinsville And Trenton

June 19, 2020

TRENTON AND ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free.

Robbinsville celebrated this historic day as a community at the Town Center Gazebo by the lake. Several speakers talked about their feelings and experiences to those in attendance.

In Trenton Governor Phil Murphy delivered a keynote address at a Juneteenth ceremony at the Friendship Baptist Church in Trenton.

Press pool story below by: Linn Washington Jr., The South Jersey Journal

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, during a keynote address at a Juneteenth ceremony in Trenton, declared that the goal of American society must be to ensure that the pain from past and present racist inequalities “does not become the pain of tomorrow.”

While listing the actions his administration has taken to ameliorate systemic inequalities Gov Murphy emphasized that all citizens of New Jersey have a stake in supporting substantive change.

“The reason why black lives matter is because we are one state, one family…This must be a personal call to action.”

Murphy pointed out that the systemic racism that permeates American society stunts the path to freedom for all.

“This is about all of us together,” Murphy said noting that demonstrations for change have occurred in white as well as black communities across New Jersey. He saw progress in the fact that the 425 protests in NJ since the death of George Floyd resulted in just 58 arrests, unlike mass arrests during strident enforcement in other states.

Addressing the gathering that included elected officials and clergy from across New Jersey assembled inside the Friendship Baptist Church In Trenton, Murphy listed a series of actions initiated by his administration that he said placed his state “squarely at the forefront of the national fight for justice.”

Items Murphy listed in the arena of criminal justice reform included restoration of voting rights to persons on parole and probation, streamlining the process to expunge criminal records which helps persons seeking employment and New Jersey’s Attorney General initiating policies to increase transparency in policing along with changing the culture of policing.

Juneteenth is a celebration gaining wider recognition that dates to the end of America’s Civil War. On June 19, 1865 a Union Army General arrived in Galveston, Texas where announced that slavery was over, a fact not then known to blacks in that far end of the former Confederacy.

NJ Lt Gov Sheila Oliver, during her remarks at the celebration, also extolled the progress being made in New Jersey from improvements in educational opportunities and increases in the minimum wage to environmental justice initiatives.

Oliver said New Jersey has benefited from having a Governor who knew the struggles of black people “long before Black Lives Matter caught fire” throughout America.

Gov Murphy, when concluding his remarks, stressed that on the issue of addressing institutional racism “It is well past time to account for our past.”

“Why Black Lives Matter in New Jersey”

Full remarks by Governor Phil Murphy:

Good afternoon, everyone!

First, I want to give Glory and Honor to God for allowing me to be here today. 

To my Friend Reverend John Taylor, I give greetings to you and the First Lady, and to the Deacons, Trustees, Officers, members, and friends and family of Friendship Baptist Church.

Pastor Taylor, I must also thank you for your transformational leadership here in Trenton, and for all you do not just within the spiritual community here, but in the greater community that extends well beyond these walls. You have stood with the people of this great city during triumphant days and days where there have been trials.

You have stood with me in our commitment to socio-economic justice. We have known each other since before I took office, and I have always appreciated your guidance and support.

And, I thank you for inviting me to your house to celebrate this Juneteenth.

It was this day 155 years ago when Union General Gordon Granger, a white man, landed with troops in Galveston, Texas, to spread the word that all enslaved Blacks were, at last, free.

Yet, President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation on New Year’s Day, 1863 – 900 days earlier.

For 900 days, thousands of enslaved Black Americans continued to toil in the most horrible of conditions, not knowing that they were free men and women.

But, look at the history of Black America since then. Yes, we can celebrate the end of the literal and physical chains which held Blacks as chattel, but in doing so we cannot ignore the figurative chains which have kept our proud Black communities from achieving the full equality which they deserve, which they have been promised, and which is their most basic right.

This Juneteenth, it is Black America rising to tell us that we can no longer ignore the 401-year history of slavery and systemic racism – 401 years since the first enslaved Africans arrived on the shores of this continent – a history that is writ-large in the inequalities in wages and wealth, health care, in housing, in education, in economic opportunity, and on and on down the line, and, including in treatment by law enforcement. 

The long history of slavery and the stain of racism is directly linked to the conditions of African Americans today. Systemic racism has not only existed in America and in New Jersey, but it still exists.

Those of us who have been granted privilege because of the color of our skin must recognize the many generations of pain which have been visited upon those without that privilege. I also recognize and celebrate the new generation of Americans who refuse to inherit this legacy.

Across our nation – and, indeed our world – hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people are awakening to the words written in Scripture, the Book of John Chapter 8, Verse 32, “you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.”

Too many among us have kept our blinders on for too long. It has taken more than 400 years for the truth that “Black Lives Matter” to finally be given meaning and humanity. 

For too long, and in too many corners, we couldn’t see, or – even worse, in some cases did not want to see – the truth that systemic racism still to this day permeates our society, and our failure to address that truth has stunted our path to freedom.

Not your path to freedom – our path to freedom. This is not about one man or one woman. This is about all of us. Together.

And, let us always remember, that these values are the ones we must also bring to our fight for justice for our immigrant communities, who also face discrimination.

The reason that Black Lives Matter is because We are one state, one family, and we rise and fall – and we march and protest – as one. Saying Black Lives Matter is saying that in the struggle for the soul of humanity that we must acknowledge a community that has been victimized for 401 years by racism and discrimination. 

Saying Black Lives Matter boldly states that we will not inherit your racism. We will fight it wherever it raises its ugly head. 

Several weeks ago, I had an opportunity to attend a rally in Westfield organized by a 16-year-old student who challenged her city and school to look inside their souls and to proclaim, “Black Lives Matter.” And there, I saw thousands of people – mostly White residents who have awoken the reality of what it means to be good allies – proclaim to the world that Black Lives Matter.

However, Black Lives Matter are not just words. It is a personal call to action. 

Let me be clear, systemic racism is a crisis that has infected every aspect of American life. And I will work tirelessly to address it and its cascading effects. 

I will continue to work with my advisors, members of my Cabinet, and the Legislature – especially with the members of the Legislative Black Caucus, led by Senator Ron Rice and Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter – on policy that will highlight and work to root-out the disparities in housing, income, transportation, education, and other issue areas, that have a direct impact on Black and Brown people.

And, I did not decide that Black Lives Matter last week – this has been a lifelong commitment. 

Black Lives Matter in wages and wealth creation, so we will push for additional meaningful economic opportunities for our families.

Black Lives Matter in criminal justice reform, so we will continue reshaping a more community-centered form of law enforcement.

Black Lives Matter in housing, where we will continue to provide resources to support affordable homeownership and those needing rental assistance.

Black Lives Matter in infant and maternal health, where we must eliminate disparate treatment in medical care.

Black Lives Matter in education, from pre-school to a college degree, where we must make equity a core value in how we develop education policy.

Black Lives Matter in the environment, where we must eliminate unequal community impacts.

And, Black Lives Matter in Camden, Atlantic City, and Trenton, and in suburban and rural communities alike.

Already, we have taken big steps together.

We have put our minimum wage on a solid path to $15 an hour. We have given everyone who works the guarantee of a paid sick day and access to expanded paid family leave. We know these progressive steps predominately benefit people of color, who have held a disproportionate number of low-wage jobs.

We have increased funding for our public schools and investments in pre-K – a cornerstone for building a stronger future for countless thousands of kids. And we started a historic program which today is allowing thousands of residents to attend community college and get their associate’s degree tuition-free. 

Through the tremendous work of the First Lady – who has brought together 18 different state departments and agencies, faith and community leaders, health care leaders, and elected officials from across our state – we are meaningfully confronting our infant and maternal health crisis. A black woman in New Jersey is nearly five times more likely than a white woman to die from pregnancy-related complications, and a black baby is three times more likely than a white baby to die before his or her first birthday. 

This abhorrent reality is why we have joined together with hundreds of partners throughout the state to develop a statewide strategic plan to decrease our rate of maternal mortality by 50 percent over five years, and completely eliminate the inequities in birth outcomes.

And, given the current national tenor, we have put New Jersey squarely at the forefront of the national fight for justice.

In December of last year, I was proud to sign bills addressing some of the ways our criminal justice system holds people back even after conviction. New Jersey now has the most progressive expungement reform in the nation allowing for the expungement of records of residents whose futures have been held back because of past convictions, and gives residents on parole or probation back their right to vote.

I believe in second chances, and that is why we created the second chance agenda. As I sought this office, I heard the stories of those whose futures were uncertain because of a low-level offense on their record and because of that record could not get employment. The expungement law, in particular, helps to reverse the impact of unjust laws and sentencing that started during slavery and continued for decades. 

Our commitment to creating safe communities and neighborhoods through a criminal justice system that lives up to that all-important word, “justice,” and enacting the recommendations of the Criminal Sentencing and Disposition Commission – which include the elimination of mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenses – has only grown stronger.

And, through the tremendous work of Attorney General Gurbir Grewal and State Police Superintendent Colonel Pat Callahan, we are undertaking a transformation in the culture of policing across our state.

They have, to their credit, traveled across our state building partnerships with faith and community leaders, residents, and stakeholders so that this transformation in policing and police culture is achieved through direct and open collaboration with our diverse communities.

And, we have seen across our state over the past few weeks the natural outgrowth of these efforts – law enforcement joining their communities in committing to the simple, natural law that Black Lives Matter.

Under Attorney General Grewal, New Jersey has emerged as a national leader in increasing accountability, transparency and professionalism – which bring us closer to a reimagined police culture.

Just this week, the Attorney General directed all law enforcement agencies to make public the names of officers who are fired, demoted, or suspended for more than five days due to serious disciplinary violations.

This speaks to a core value – those who discredit their badge should not be allowed to hide behind that badge.

Superintendent Callahan is taking this directive even further. He has committed to not just releasing these names in the future, but releasing twenty-years-worth of names from State Police. As a result, other agencies are taking similar steps – a sure sign that they not only wish to change for the future, but that they also wish to account for their own pasts.

That is what lays at the heart of this matter. It is well time for us to account for our past. 

We cannot escape the fact that our own criminal justice system has an inconsistent past in its relationship with Black and brown communities. 

In New Jersey, we have our own history of police-involved deaths. Maurice Gordon is just one example. Our condolences, thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Mr. Gordon and every family who has shared this kind of tragic loss. And, here, we have a law which I signed that requires our Attorney General to independently investigate officer-involved deaths and to present evidence before a grand jury. 

We will lead the nation in creating a system of transparency and integrity in the legal process. 

Ours is a nation conceived in liberty, and, yet, 244 years after our founding document declared “to a candid world,” that “all men are created equal,” we must reckon with the fact, in the starkest of terms, and in the sharpest of images, that we are far from achieving that promised equality.

Ask George Floyd if he was treated as an equal. Ask Breonna Taylor. Ask Ahmaud Arbery. Ask Rayshard Brooks. 

Ask John William Smith, whose arrest in Newark in 1967 sparked the Newark uprisings.

Ask Medgar Evers. Ask Emmitt Till. Ask Dred Scott. 

This brings hope to the quest for justice.

The names of the slaves in Texas who learned of their freedom on Juneteenth are unknown but to history. But, the names of those whose lives have been cut short because of systemic racism are known to us all. They must be. 

And, lest we forget, the first American killed in the nation’s first fight for independence and liberty, in 1770, was a Black man, Crispus Attucks. How have we honored that legacy?

We cannot allow ourselves to walk through this world with blinders on, claiming emptily that we don’t “see race” – when what that means is we are ignoring the inequalities that exist today.

We cannot escape the fact that systemic racism – not the outward racism of hate groups, but the silent racism of complacency – has bled into nearly facet of facet of our society.

New Jersey is a leader – and will remain a leader – in bringing the change we need. Our administration came to office with a commitment to tackling and dismantling systemic racism, but despite our strides thus far, we know that work is far from over.

We will continue to stand in solidarity with everyone in this sanctuary, with every one of you watching, and with everyone protesting in the streets.

Our goal – not as an administration, but as a society – is this: That the pain of yesterday, and the pain of today, does not become the pain of tomorrow.

There are too many who are not with us as we continue this work to ensure true freedom and equality – in word and in deed – for all. But their memories, and their spirits will guide us forward, as they always have.

Let’s do this together. Let’s make this Juneteenth 2020 a day not just of historical celebration, but the day where we took another step forward in transforming our state in a way that future generations will celebrate.

And, as we move forward, let us be led by the words found in Second Corinthians, Verse Three, Chapter 17, “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”

Let this be our charge.

Thank you, and may God bless you all.

Criminal Charges Brought In North Brunswick Fatal Crash

NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Christopher L.C. Kuberiet and Director Kenneth P. McCormick announced today that two people have been charged in a fatal three car crash that took place in the Township on May 24, 2020.

Rashawn Stevens, 33, of Newark and Garry Givens-Owens, 28, of Somerset were both charged with strict liability vehicular homicide in the third degree by driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs and causing the death of another.

 The deceased driver was identified as Felicity Eden, 19, of Milltown who was pronounced deceased at the scene from the injuries she sustained in the fatal crash.

Rashawn Stevens was arrested today in Newark, and Garry Givens Owens was taken into custody yesterday in North Brunswick. They are both  currently being held in the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center pending a detention hearing.

The crash which involved three vehicles occurred on May 24, 2020 at approximately 4:11 am on Route 1 Southbound in the vicinity of the Walmart located at 979 US 1.

During the investigation it was determined that Stevens was driving his Lincoln Sedan southbound on Route 1 when he struck the vehicle driven by the victim. Givens-Owen was driving a BMW Sedan which first struck the Lincoln, and then the vehicle driven by Felicity Eden.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Patrolman Jason Zier

of the North Brunswick Police Department at (732) 247-0922, or Detective Jonathan Berman of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732)  745-4328.

As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against Stevens and Givens-Owens are merely accusations and they are presumed innocent until proven guilty.