Day: July 18, 2020

If You Are Still Looking To See Comet Neowise Bring Some Optics For A Better View

July 18, 2020

MidJersey.News stories from July 14, 2020:

See Comet Neowise Before Its Gone

Evening Views Of Comet Neowise

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–As the days pass you will need optics to see Comet Neowise since it is not as visible to the naked eye as it was a few days ago. A good pair of binoculars, spotting scope or telescope should work if you still want to get a good view of the comet.

The easiest way to find the comet is by using an application on your phone such as “Star Walk 2” that shows a live view of the sky to get you in the area then use your binoculars, spotting scope or telescope to see the comet.

Comet Neowise as seen from Robbinsville, NJ just after 10:00 pm on July 18, 2020:

NASA video to help you spot Comet Neowise. Starting about 14:50 will give more detailed information to spot Comet Neowise.

Half A Century Later, Hero Medic Finally Presented Long-promised Silver Star

July 18, 2020

FREEHOLD, NJ (MONMOUTH)–Today U.S Rep. Chris Smith (NJ-04) presented the Silver Star to Vietnam War combat Army medic and Monmouth County resident, Bart Fabian.

    This is the second Silver Star awarded to “Doc” Fabian, a highly decorated veteran who received his first Silver Star for his heroism during an ambush by the North Vietnamese on January 11, 1969. He has previously been awarded two Bronze Stars, two Purple Hearts, and an Army Commendation Medal (ACM) with Valor.

    “Bart ‘Doc’ Fabian is a hero for all ages, earning the Silver Star not once, but twice. He routinely went above and beyond the call, protecting injured soldiers who were under attack,” Smith said. “Mr. Fabian’s actions on April 13, 1969, which account for the second Silver Star, are truly courageous, heroic and the mark of a natural leader.

Smith added, “How does a man under gunfire find that kind of grit to do something absolutely astonishing? We are talking about a man who put his own life at risk—repeatedly—to defend injured soldiers who were being targeted by the enemy. The record shows that Doc Fabian saved 10 U.S. soldiers, and stopped two soldiers who were trying to kill wounded GIs. In an era when people admire fictional superheroes and Hollywood stars portraying heroes, Doc Fabian is a genuine uncontested hero.”

    After over two years of Smith working with the Army, the Secretary of the Army Ryan D. McCarthy ordered Fabian be recognized “For gallantry in action against an armed enemy of the United States” while serving in his outfit, Troop A, 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Calvary Regiment, II Field Force Vietnam.

   Recounting that fateful April day, Mr. Fabian said the battle raged on for an hour and a half. He lost six from his troop, including one of his closest buddies, and 19 in total, including the other medic. “We got beat up pretty bad that day,” Mr. Fabian said. “It was a bad day for the good guys.”

   The day after the battle, his commander said he would be recommended for the Silver Star. But it never came. “I decided to forget about it,” he said. “I didn’t want to promote myself. It was a bad day. The next day we were right back in it.” That changed in 2018 at a reunion with fellow veterans who urged him to seek the medal.

   A family member contacted Smith and asked him to help look into the matter. Smith helped coordinate eyewitness statements from Sgt. John J. Sorich III, Sgt. Joseph L. Coopet Jr. and Lt. Col. Richard A. Belcher.

   The Silver Star is awarded to a person who, while serving in the U.S. Army, is cited for gallantry in action against an enemy of the United States while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force. The required gallantry must have been performed with marked distinction.

   Members of the awards board unanimously recommended approval, some making handwritten notations of Mr. Fabian’s actions.

   Wrote Lt. Gen. John W. Woodmansee Jr., who also saw combat in Vietnam, “‘Doc’ Fabian joins the illustrious list of medics who risk their lives saving others. …The award of the Silver Star is certainly deserved. …On 13 April 1969 he saved numerous lives in the middle of a battle… an incredible display of courage and competence. When we sing the National Anthem, we are singing about those ‘Doc’ Fabians in our ranks.”

 Brig. Gen John W. Nicholson (RET) said, “He treated more than 10 wounded soldiers and recovered them and their KIA buddies. He voluntarily performed these heroic and life-saving actions while 19 fellow U.S. soldiers were killed in the same action. …His bravery was fearless, determined and voluntary, despite desperate odds… I highly recommend approval of this award.”

   Lt. Gen. Thomas Griffin determined that Mr. Fabian’s “action on 13 April 1969 absolutely meet the standard for this award… His repeated exposure to enemy fire while rescuing his fellow soldiers—and engaging the enemy—over a long period of time—are well above the call of duty. I wholeheartedly recommended approval!”

   Said Maj. Gen. Leroy Newton Suddath Jr. (RET), “This is the best documentation I have ever seen.”

Another medal in ‘Doc’ Fabian’s future?

   “Perhaps we are not finished honoring the life and heroic acts of Doc Fabian,” Smith said, noting several of the general officers who reviewed and approved the Silver Star for the 13 April 1969 action, felt he might be entitled to an even higher medal. “Two of the general officers suggested he might be deserving of the Distinguished Service Cross. Without a doubt, his actions were extraordinary heroism.”

Continuing Coverage: City Of Trenton’s 21st Homicide Of 2020

The victim has been identified as 37-year-old Luis Gonzalez of Trenton. 

July 18, 2020

UPDATED STORY JULY 30, 2020 HERE: Mercer County Homicide Task Force Investigation Leads to Charges in July Homicide in Trenton

See yesterday’ MidJersey.News story here: BREAKING: Shooting On Broad Street Is Fatal, Becomes City’s 21st Homicide of 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–The Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Task Force is investigating a shooting that occurred last night in front of 1037 South Broad Street in the City of Trenton.  

Trenton Police received calls for shots fired at approximately 8:53 pm.  Officers arrived on scene and located a male victim in the middle of the street suffering from gunshot wounds. He was transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center and pronounced deceased.

The victim has been identified as 37-year-old Luis Gonzalez of Trenton. 

The Mercer County Homicide Task Force and the Trenton Police Department continue to investigate this shooting.  Anyone with information is asked to call (609) 989-6406.  Information can also be emailed to



And the list grows: Other Recent Trenton Shooting and Homicide Stories: (There has been a lot more gun violence, stabbings and shootings but these are ones we have enough information to report on)

BREAKING: Shooting On Broad Street Is Fatal, Becomes City’s 21st Homicide of 2020

Trenton Murder Body Count = 20 As Mercer County Homicide Task Force Investigating Another 2020 Trenton Shooting

BREAKING: Reports Of Fatal Shooting In Trenton As Shootings And Stabbings Plague City

2020 Trenton Death Toll Rises to 19 As Detectives Investigating Double Homicide in Trenton

When Will “Enough Be Enough”? – Mercer County Homicide Task Force Investigating Wednesday Night Murder In Trenton, Ewing Man Is 17th Person Dead In 2020

Arrest Made In Trenton Stabbing Homicide

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

BREAKING: Multiple Stabbings In Trenton This Evening

16 Members & Associates of Violent Trenton-Based “Get Money Boys” Gang Linked to Four Shootings in Last 10 Months

BREAKING: A City Of Shootings, 24 Hours After City Officials And Leaders Exclaimed “Enough Is Enough!” Another Shooting

“Enough Is Enough!” Trenton Council President Kathy McBride, After 2 Children And 1 Man Shot, One Other Child Injured By Running Away From Gunfire

UPDATE: Blood Continues To Spill In City Gun Violence As Another Man Killed By Multiple Gunshot Wounds

BREAKING: Trenton Shootings Continue, Early Morning Shooting In Trenton

Trenton Shooting Victim Identified From Yesterday’s Shooting

Trenton Body Count Increases To 15 As Carnage Continues In The City

BREAKING: Trenton Shootings Continue, Early Morning Shooting In Trenton

BREAKING: Reported Another Shooting In Trenton As Gun Violence Plagues City

Reports Of A Shooting Last Night In Trenton at Rowan Towers

Trenton Man Dead From April 14th Shooting At Kingsbury Towers

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

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

Trenton Shooting Suspect Charged With Murder

Developing Story: Trenton Shooting Victim From This Afternoon Identified

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

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: Shooting Blood Bath Continues, In Trenton This Morning

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

NJ Turnpike Exit 7A Accident

July 18, 2020

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–At 12:04 pm the Robbinsville Township and Bordentown Township Fire Departments was dispatched to the NJ Turnpike in the area of Exit 7A for a 2 car motor vehicle crash. An additional ambulance was requested from Bordentown.

Upon arrival of EMS several persons were evaluated and one transported to the hospital.

No further information was available.