Day: August 23, 2020

Firefighters Save Shopping Center Bringing Fire Under Control Within Minutes

August 23, 2020

PLAINSBORO, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Around 10 pm., the Plainsboro Fire Department was dispatched to 660 Plainsboro Road for a fire in the Cake Walk Bakery. Chief 49 reported a column of smoke in the air prior to arrival and called for a full first alarm. When Chief 49 arrived he reported a heavy smoke condition in a store in the center of the shopping center. Smoke was pushing from vents on the roof and no viability in the store due to smoke.

The first arriving fire apparatus laid a 5 inch supply line and pulled a 1 3/4″ line to start knocking down the fire that was mostly in the kitchen area of the store. Units reported darkening the fire down in about 10 minutes of dispatch and bulk of the fire was knocked down in about 15 minutes. Fire was declared under control in about 25 minutes.

Additional fire apparatus from Monroe Township Fire Department, East Windsor Fire Company, West Windsor Fire Company, Kendall Park-South Brunswick, and Princeton Fire Department were all on scene. Additional crews searched the attached stores for extension.



Edison Residents no longer need to Shelter in place and CAN open their doors, windows and use their Air Conditioners. Thank you!

Edison FD & PD advise that the situation on Meadow Road is now over and deemed safe by local and state officials on the scene.  Residents no longer need to Shelter in place and CAN open their doors, windows and use their Air Conditioners.  Emergency vehicles will remain on the scene to ensure safety.  Thank you for your cooperation and patience during this event.


Edison Residents no longer need to Shelter in place and CAN open their doors, windows and use their Air Conditioners. Thank you!

UPDATE: The “Unofficial Edison Fire Department” Facebook Page reports situation under control, continue to shelter in place and close all windows and doors.

August 23, 2020

EDISON, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Sources tell MidJersey.News that there is a chemical spill creating a gas cloud in the area of 340 Meadow Road. The fire department has called for multiple hazardous materials teams one patient has been transported to RWJ Hospital in New Brunswick.

Edison Township Police Department is alerting residents by NIXLE to “Shelter In Place” and “Close All Windows And Doors” and that further instructions will follow once situation is assessed.

See Below:

EDISON PD & FD is alerting residents of a Hazmat situation in the area of Meadow Road and surrounding neighborhoods.  A gas leak has occurred in the area of Meadow Rd and Executive Ave. at this time we are instructing all residents in that area to do the following:
There will be updates and further instructions as the event progresses.


Neighborhoods around the Meadow Road area should:

All Residents are to avoid Meadow Rd and Mill Rd area Due to Fire Dept Activity. No Fire , Hazmat Situation that appears to be contained . The area is blocked off . Family and Friends on Meadow Rd are all ok and safe . At 9:30 pm, this incident is under control!!! All companies will be on scene operating for an extended period of time . This was a chemical Reaction causing a vapor cloud that headed towards industrial area . No need to worry as Hazmat, Edison OEM , and Fire Department are all monitoring air . ****All residents in the area are advised to shelter in place and close all windows ***

Overturned Vehicle In Roosevelt

August 23, 2020

ROOSEVELT, NJ (MONMOUTH)–A car overturned in front of Roosevelt Borough Hall, 33 N Rochdale Avenue (Route 571) around 3:15 p.m. The New Jersey State Police, Millstone Township Fire Department and RWJ EMS responded, the driver was out of the vehicle on arrival.

The New Jersey State Police shut down the roadway and traffic was detoured in the area until the vehicle could be towed.

There was not update on the condition of the driver but a “trauma alert” was called while the ambulance transported the person to the Trauma Center at Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton.

I-195 Accident Ties Up Traffic

August 23, 2020

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Around 3:15 the Robbinsville Township Fire Department and EMS were sent to I-195 West Bound at 7.5 mile marker near Exit 7 for an accident. Another Capital Health ambulance from Allentown arrived prior and assessed the situation and reported three patients that do not want transport to the hospital. The accident blocked a lane and backed up traffic at least 5 miles well into Upper Freehold Township until the roadway was cleared. No further information was available about the accident.

Another Personal Watercraft Accident On The Delaware

BREAKING NEWS REPORT: From radio reports and other sources. If official information becomes available the story will be updated and/or corrected.

August 23, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Trenton EMS, Trenton Fire and Capital Health Paramedics responded to 1595 Lamberton Road at the Yacht Club for a “Jet Ski” accident. Around 7:15 pm it was reported that the person driving the personal watercraft “hit a wall” and was located in the parking lot of the yacht club. The victim was transported to the Trauma Center at Capital Health Regional Medical Center and a “trauma alert” was called for their condition. No other information is available at this time.

Last night there was another personal watercraft “Jet Ski” accident on the Delaware River, Trenton Firefighters and fire units from Bucks County brought a man to shore. That person was also transported to Capital Health, no further word on their condition.

Shooting Victim Dies At Hospital Becomes Trenton’s 26 Homicide of 2020

MidJersey.News stories on this shooting:

Statement by Governor Murphy on the Shooting of Department of Children and Families Employee Vernetta McCray

See MidJersey.News update here: UPDATE: Trenton: Woman Shot In Head Last Night In Critical Condition

See last night’s MidJersey.News story here: BREAKING: Trenton, Female Shot In Head, Trauma Alert Called En Route To Hospital

August 23, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–The Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office confirms that Vernetta McCray, 39, was pronounced dead. The shooting occurred in a scene that has become all too common in the City of Trenton, she was on her porch and became a victim of a yet another drive by shooting on Friday night.

According from a statement by the Prosecutor’s Office “Trenton police responded to the area of the 300 block of Walnut Street last night around 8:50 pm after receiving a Shot Spotter activation for more than 20 rounds fired.  While searching for a scene, they discovered an adult female on the porch of a Hampton Avenue residence bleeding from her head.”

She was transported by Trenton EMS and Capital Health Paramedics to The Trauma Center At Capital Health Regional Medical Center where she died Saturday night.

Politicians provide lip service but the shootings and killings continue in Trenton:

Governor Murphy said, “Vernetta McCray has worked for the Department of Children and Families for over a decade, gaining the respect of her colleagues and serving countless children and families in Mercer County. This tragedy is yet another reminder of the toll that senseless gun violence takes on our communities. Our prayers are with Vernetta, her family, and her loved ones at this difficult time.” –Governor Murphy

Back on June 3, 2020 City Council President Kathy McBride said at a press conference on another shooting involving children: ” This is just tragedy upon tragedy in this city. Enough Is Enough! I had all I can stand and as a parent I do not want to put up with it any longer, if you want to part of a solution lets sit down and come up with some ideas.”

Back on May 18, 2020 Mayor W. Reed Gusciora condemned an outbreak of violence over that weekend and pledged further police enforcement to address fears of escalating conflict in neighborhoods across the City.  “Across urban America we see all too often that guns are indiscriminately used to spark neighborhood violence.  Since Trenton is not immune to these events, our police department is working closely with state and county agencies to curb these unlawful incidents.”

On April 5, 2020 Mayor Gusciora held a press conference to address April 5th violence in the community “Mayor of Trenton, W. Reed Gusciora said, “Yesterday was Palm Sunday, yet it was anything other than peaceful in the Capital City. In at least four separate incidents of gun violence, there were 8 people shot and 2 are dead and 1 fighting for her life. ”

Names of Trenton’s murder victims of 2020:


  1. January 30, 2020, Starquasia Harris, 24, shooting
  2. February 16, 2020, Maurice London, 39, shooting
  3. March 23, 2020, Danavan Phillips, 37, shooting
  4. March 25, 2020, Yuell Moore, 29, shooting
  5. April 5, 2020 Quamiera Massey, 24, shooting
  6. April 5, 2020 Dabree Brannon, 30, shooting
  7. April 5, 2020 Frederick Mason, 20, shooting
  8. May 14, 2020, pronounced dead May 21, 2020 Terrence Horton, 53, shooting
  9. May 17, 2020, Robert Smith, 38, shooting
  10. May 18, 2020 Antwuan Bowens, 44, shooting
  11. May 18, 2020 Tayvion Jones, 18, shooting
  12. May 21, 2020 Raheen McKinnon 19, shooting
  13. May 23, 2020, Watson Cogdell, 58, shooting
  14.  May 30, 2020 Tyrone Campbell, 45, shooting
  15. June 2, 2020 Dontae Barnes, shooting
  16. June 21, 2020, Robert Neal, 34, stabbing
  17. July 1, 2020, Covvie Scott, 24, shooting
  18. July 8, 2020, Richard Guarderas, 18, shooting
  19. July 8, 2020, Malcom L. Bowser, 19, shooting 
  20. July 15, 2020, Jason Phillips, 23, shooting
  21. July 17, 2020, Luis Gonzalez, 37, shooting
  22. August 2, 2020 died August 5, 2020, Jolisa Marshall, 28, shooting (of Hamilton)
  23. August 9, 2020, William Irrizarry, 18, shooting
  24. August 9, 2020, Julius Vargas, 18, shooting
  25. August 17, 2020, Rahkeem Ortiz, 29, shooting
  26. August 21, 2020, Vernetta McCray, 39, drive by shooting (died August 22, 2020)
  27. X 1970 record
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  31. X 2005 record
  32. X 2014 record
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  37. X Trenton’s record of homicides in 2013
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Not in NJ but across the river in Falls Township, Pennsylvania May 24, 2020 Davon Frink, 25, shooting at a Holiday Inn Express at a Trenton party held there.

Trenton Murders Per Year Since 1989

NJ State Police Uniform Crime Report available here:

1989 = 22

1990 = 21

1991 = 7

1992 = 16

1993 = 11

1994 = 9

1995 = 16

1996 = 14

1997 = 12

1998 = 15

1999 = 8

2000 = 14

2001 = 13

2002 = 19

2003 = 13

2004 = 18

2005 = 31

2006 = 18

2007 = 25

2008 = 19

2009 = 18

2010 = 15

2011 = 23

2012 = 24

2013 = 37

2014 = 32

2015 = 17

2016 = 21

2017 = 23

2018 = 16

2019 = 15

2020 = 26* current number as of August 22, 2020 (not available yet by NJSP)


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)

Shooting Victim Dies At Hospital Becomes Trenton’s 26 Homicide of 2020

See MidJersey.News update here: UPDATE: Trenton: Woman Shot In Head Last Night In Critical Condition

See last night’s MidJersey.News story here: BREAKING: Trenton, Female Shot In Head, Trauma Alert Called En Route To Hospital

Shooting On Turpin Street In Trenton

Shooting in Trenton in Front of Kingsbury Towers

BREAKING: Another Shooting In Trenton, This Time At Rowan Tower

Names Released In This Morning’s Double Shooting

Trenton’s Homicide Body County Now At 24 For 2020, Law Enforcement Officials Plan To Deploy More Law Enforcement

28 Year Old Hamilton Woman Pronounced Dead From Trenton Shooting Becomes Trenton’s 22 Homicide of 2020

2 Shot In Trenton, Female Remains In Critical Condition This Morning

BREAKING: 2 Shot In Trenton On Delawareview Ave

BREAKING: Shooting On East State Street In Trenton, Man Shot Multiple Times Transported To Trauma Center

Mercer County Homicide Task Force Investigation Leads to Charges in July Homicide in Trenton

UPDATE: Three Trenton Teens Facing Criminal Charges, Including Attempted Murder And Other Charges, After Shooting At Police During Chase In stolen Vehicle And Crash, 1 Officer Critical Condition Others Also Injured

UPDATE: The Mercer County Homicide Task Force and the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Serious Collision Response Team are investigating an incident that occurred in Trenton early this morning

BREAKING: Police Involved Accident In Trenton

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

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