31 States and Territories Include Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, Iowa, Idaho, Indiana, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, Nevada, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Virgin Islands, and Wisconsin
August 25, 2020
TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Governor Phil Murphy today advised individuals traveling to New Jersey from states or territories with significant community spread of COVID-19 to quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state or territory. The updated advisory includes the addition of Guam — with Alaska, Arizona, Delaware, Maryland, and Montana removed from the list, bringing the total to 31 states and territories. The travel advisory applies to any person arriving from a state or territory with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or a state with a 10 percent or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average.
As of Tuesday, August 25, there are currently 31 states and territories that meet the criteria stated above: Alabama; Arkansas; California; Florida; Georgia; Guam; Hawaii; Iowa; Idaho; Indiana; Illinois; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Minnesota; Missouri; Mississippi; North Carolina; North Dakota; Nebraska; Nevada; Oklahoma; Puerto Rico; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Virginia; Virgin Islands; and Wisconsin.
“As we continue to confront the challenge that this crisis poses, we must ensure we remain vigilant and practice personal responsibility to protect our steady progress,” said Governor Murphy. “It is critically important for anyone arriving to New Jersey from these 31 states and territories to get tested for COVID-19 and self-quarantine for 14 days.”
Travelers and those residents who are returning from impacted states should self-quarantine at their home, hotel, or other temporary lodging. Individuals should leave the place of self-quarantine only to seek medical care/treatment or to obtain food and other essential items.
It is expected that individuals will follow the public health advisory to self-quarantine. The list of states will be updated on a rolling basis and is accessible here.
TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Today, Governor Phil Murphy signed an executive order to make modifications to this year’s primarily vote-by-mail (VBM) General Election. The order clarifies Executive Order No. 177.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has caused us to reevaluate the way we typically hold our elections,” said Governor Murphy. “With today’s executive order, we are implementing revised requirements to alleviate concerns and provide clarity to voters as they cast their votes.”
Effective immediately, Executive Order No. 179 makes the following modifications:
Requires county clerks to publish a notice reflecting this year’s primarily vote-by-mail process;
Permits county boards of elections to continue counting ballots every day until counting is completed; and
Requires election audits to be completed by December 4, 2020.
FREEHOLD, NJ (MERCER)–An Asbury Park police officer and a former city Special Law Enforcement Officer, Class 2 (SLEO-2) entered guilty pleas today admitting they vandalized vehicles belonging to a citizen who filed an internal affairs complaint against them, announced Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.
Asbury Park Police Officer Stephen Martinsen, 31, and former SLEO-2 Thomas Dowling, 27, both of Asbury Park entered guilty pleas virtually today to fourth-degree Criminal Mischief before Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Vincent N. Falcetano, Jr., in connection to the vandalism of two vehicles, one in Ocean Grove and one in Asbury Park, between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. on September 3, 2019. Dowling and Martinsen admitted during their pleas that they slashed the tires of the vehicles and smashed a window of one of the vehicles, causing over $500 in total damage. They further admitted that they vandalized the vehicles after the victim filed a complaint against them with the Asbury Park Police Department.
As part of the plea agreements, the defendants permanently forfeited any future public employment in the State of New Jersey. Additionally, the State agreed to recommend a probationary sentence conditioned upon restitution being made to the victim for damage to the motor vehicles. Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 16, 2020.
“Spiteful retaliation from law enforcement officers towards a citizen for any reason is an unacceptable option. This is in no way condoned at any level, for any reason. All members of the law enforcement community must maintain the public’s trust by conducting themselves at the highest level of integrity and decency,” Gramiccioni said.
“The cooperative efforts of the Asbury Park Police Department’s Internal Affairs Unit and the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office’s Professional Responsibility Unit is a clear example of how effective our current internal affairs policies are. These officers were held accountable for their actions and misconduct and we will continue to hold our officers responsible to build upon the trust of the community that we serve,” Asbury Park Police Chief David Kelso said.
Martinsen has been suspended without pay since this incident. Dowling was terminated when the initial charges were filed. Martinsen had been part of the department since 2013, starting as a Special Law Enforcement Officer, Class 1 in May 2013, becoming a SLEO-2 in May 2014 and then becoming a full-time member of the force since July 2017. Dowling had been a SLEO-2 since May 2015.
The case is being prosecuted by Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Melanie Falco, Director of the Office’s Professional Responsibilities and Bias Crime Unit.
Dowling is represented by Lisa Krenkel, Esq., of Allenhurst.
Martinsen is represented by Joseph Surman, Esq., of New Brunswick.
TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Around 2:45 pm the Trenton Fire Department reported a working fire in a 2 1/2 story residence and within a few minutes filled out a second alarm. The fire was placed under control about 3:30 pm. There were initial radio reports of people trapped but all were accounted for. Fire investigators from the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office are investigating the cause. No further information was available about the fire.
TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–The Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office confirms that Shamira Williams, 32 was found stabbed multiple times on Laurel Place. She was found in the living room of her home. The Mercer County Homicide Task Force is speaking to a person of interest. Further details to be released soon. No arrests or charges have been made.
The number of murders in the City of Trenton are now 27 for 2020 that ties the 1970 murder rate. There are only three higher years left 2005 at 31, 2014 with 32, and 2013 at 37. There are still over four months to go in 2020.
Names of Trenton’s murder victims of 2020:
SAY THEIR NAMES:
January 30, 2020, Starquasia Harris, 24, shooting
February 16, 2020, Maurice London, 39, shooting
March 23, 2020, Danavan Phillips, 37, shooting
March 25, 2020, Yuell Moore, 29, shooting
April 5, 2020 Quamiera Massey, 24, shooting
April 5, 2020 Dabree Brannon, 30, shooting
April 5, 2020 Frederick Mason, 20, shooting
May 14, 2020, pronounced dead May 21, 2020 Terrence Horton, 53, shooting
May 17, 2020, Robert Smith, 38, shooting
May 18, 2020 Antwuan Bowens, 44, shooting
May 18, 2020 Tayvion Jones, 18, shooting
May 21, 2020 Raheen McKinnon 19, shooting
May 23, 2020, Watson Cogdell, 58, shooting
May 30, 2020 Tyrone Campbell, 45, shooting
June 2, 2020 Dontae Barnes, shooting
June 21, 2020, Robert Neal, 34, stabbing
July 1, 2020, Covvie Scott, 24, shooting
July 8, 2020, Richard Guarderas, 18, shooting
July 8, 2020, Malcom L. Bowser, 19, shooting
July 15, 2020, Jason Phillips, 23, shooting
July 17, 2020, Luis Gonzalez, 37, shooting
August 2, 2020 died August 5, 2020, Jolisa Marshall, 28, shooting (of Hamilton)
August 9, 2020, William Irrizarry, 18, shooting
August 9, 2020, Julius Vargas, 18, shooting
August 17, 2020, Rahkeem Ortiz, 29, shooting
August 21, 2020, pronounced dead August 22, Vernetta McCray, 39, drive by shooting
August 25, 2020, Shamira Williams, 32, 1970 record
X 2005 record
X 2014 record
X Trenton’s record of homicides in 2013
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.
* Prior to 1989 the known highest murder number was 1970 with 27
EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–On Friday, August 21, 2020 at approximately 9pm, the pictured suspect entered the Family Dollar Store, located at 1509 Princeton Avenue. The suspect held the assistant manager at gun point while demanding money from the register and safe. The suspect directed the employee to place the money in a bright orange, dollar-store bag. The suspect was described as a black male, late 20s early 30s, average build, 5’9-5’10, and small dark eyes. The suspect displayed a semi-automatic handgun with a silver slide and black frame. He fled the store on foot, down Princeton Avenue, toward Heil Avenue. Anyone with information regarding this incident, or who can provide home security video footage of the area at the time of the incident, please contact Detective Julia Caldwell 609-882-1313 ext. 5682. Video footage can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org