Day: September 25, 2020

Black Lives Matter Protest In Front Of Trenton Police Headquarters

September 25, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–A small gathering of about 20 or so protested in front of Trenton Police Headquarters on North Clinton Avenue tonight at 6 pm. The protest was called “Say Their Names”

OnScene News Photos by: Brian McCarthy, OnScene News

Kidnaping Suspect In Custody, Child Found Unharmed, Amber Alert Canceled

Related MidJersey.News story here: Amber Alert For Kidnapped Child In PA, NJ State Police Search NJ Turnpike From Bordentown Going North To NY

September 25, 2020

CHELTONHAM, PA–An Amber Alert was canceled this evening when the suspect was apprehended in NY City on the FDR Drive near 41st. The child was found safe and uninjured. The suspect is in custody and charges are pending according to Cheltonham Township Police.

Around 3:20 this afternoon the New Jersey State Police had a report of the suspect vehicles reported to be a black and a white Dodge Charger in the are of NJ Turnpike Exit 7 Bordentown. The suspected vehicles traveled through the area north bound on the NJ Turnpike.

According to NJ State Police spokesperson Sgt. Lawrence Peele, The New Jersey State Police was advised of an attempt to locate for a black Dodge Charger and a white Dodge Charger from Cheltonham, PA that were involved in a child abduction.  The vehicles were reported being spotted traveling northbound on the New Jersey Turnpike.  State Police patrols searched the area with negative results. 

Sources told MidJersey.News that around 8:10 pm a mobilization was called in NYC and the child was reported safe by 8:50 and the suspect in custody.

Police And Firefighters Have Siren Parade To Support Child With Stage 4 Cancer

September 25, 2020

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Robbinsville Township Police and Robbinsville Township firefighters were joined by several area departments from three counties in providing Tyler a siren parade. Tyler has a rare stage 4 cancer called Hepatoblastoma. Tyler is fighting the cancer and is undergoing chemotherapy and makes weekly visits to CHOP – Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Tyler also had the chance to meet Robbinsville Township’s K9 Officer Quori and several super heroes prior to the parade event.

Participating departments:

Robbinsville Township Police, NJ State Police, Hamilton Police, Trenton Police and others.

Robbinsville Township Fire Department, Hamilton Township Fire Department, East Windsor Fire Company, Hightstown Fire Company, Princeton Fire Department, Lawrence Township Fire Department, West Windsor Fire Company, Princeton Junction Fire Company, West Windsor Emergency Services, East Windsor Rescue Squad, Monmouth Junction Fire Department, Franklin Fire Company (Mansfield), Kingston Fire Department.

Go Fund Me page here:

As some of you may already know, Heather and Jason’s world has been shifted and forever changed by the recent cancer diagnosis for their son Tyler. Doctors  recently found a tumor on Tyler’s liver called Hepatoblastoma.

In early July, Tyler was having fevers and not feeling well. After 3 weeks of him not feeling well, his parents decided to take him to the hospital for additional testing. In the hospital, the doctors ordered an ultrasound for his abdomen. It was there that they learned Tyler had a mass on his liver.

That night Tyler was transferred to CHOP. Tyler quickly had blood work, MRI and CT scans, a PET scan, and a biopsy of his liver. On August 17, 2020 it was confirmed that Tyler’s tumor was Hepatoblastoma. He started chemotherapy soon after his diagnosis.

Fortunately, the scans have shown that the cancer is isolated to Tyler’s liver. Tyler has one very large mass, and several other masses all over his liver, which classifies his cancer as stage IV. Chemotherapy will be the beginning of Tyler’s journey. He will require a future surgery, followed by more chemotherapy. 

Tyler has been a rockstar at every single doctors appointment and chemotherapy treatment. He loves to help the doctors and nurses. When he is home from treatment, he enjoys playing outside with his twin brother Chase, eating Chinese food, and chips. 

Heather and Jason have a long road ahead to ensure that Tyler receives the best treatment. He has a busy schedule between blood work appointments, physical therapy, chemotherapy, and various hospital stays. Heather has already taken a leave of absence from work in order to care for Tyler and support his treatment. 

Tyler is a strong little boy, and Heather and Jay are the best parents he could possibly have, who will fight alongside him. That being said, they can’t do this alone! So many people have asked how they can help, right now –  this is it. The donations will help with covering insurance costs, medical bills, physical therapy copays, prescription costs, meals at the hospital, gas, tolls, and coffee for mom and dad.  Any donation will help take some of the burden that comes along with extensive medical treatment, so they can focus on Tyler and Chase.

Although this type of cancer is rare, it is treatable and curable. Tyler has a wonderful team of doctors at CHOP. Tyler has a long road ahead of him, but his positive attitude keeps everyone going each day.  Tyler is our super hero!!!

Please keep Tyler in your prayers. All the continued support you can offer will be forever appreciated by the Odman Family.

Heather, Jason, Tyler, and Chase

Amber Alert For Kidnapped Child In PA, NJ State Police Search NJ Turnpike From Bordentown Going North To NY– UPDATE APPREHENDED

UPDATE: Kidnaping Suspect In Custody, Child Found Unharmed, Amber Alert Canceled

September 25, 2020

CHELTONHAM, PA–Cheltenham Police are currently investigating a kidnapping. Earlier today 7-year old Gisselle Valentina TORRES was abducted from her home by her non-custodial biological father, Juan Pablo TORRES. Juan TORRES was accompanied by two unknown males who were armed at the time of the abduction. Anyone with information is encouraged to immediately call 9-1-1 or Cheltenham Township Police Detectives at 215-885-1600 ext 499. Juan TORRES should be considered armed and Dangerous

According to NJ State Police spokesperson Sgt. Lawrence Peele, The New Jersey State Police was advised of an attempt to locate for a black Dodge Charger and a white Dodge Charger from Cheltonham, PA that were involved in a child abduction.  The vehicles were reported being spotted traveling northbound on the New Jersey Turnpike.  State Police patrols searched the area with negative results. 

Unofficial police sources tell that around 3:20 pm a bulletin was issued for a black and a white Dodge Charger was last seen passing New Jersey Turnpike Exit 7 Bordentown, heading north in the outer lanes. The driver was reported to be wearing body armor. Port Authority Police had all exits covered and aviation units searched for the suspect vehicles by air.

NY State has also issued an Amber Alert for the kidnapped child.

From NY State Amber Alert:

Activation Date and Time: Friday, September 25, 2020 – 5:47 PM
       The Cheltenham Township Police Department has activated the New York State AMBER Alert and is investigating a child abduction that occurred near Montgomery Ave., in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania at about 2:18 PM on 9/25/2020.

       The CHILD, Giselle Torres is a Hispanic female, approximately 7 years old with brown hair and brown eyes. She is approximately 4 feetGiselle was last seen wearing White Tank Top, and Purple Tights.

       The SUSPECT, Juan Pablo Torres is a Hispanic male, approximately 41 years old with brown hair and brown eyes. He is approximately 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighs about 160 pounds. The suspect was last seen wearing body armor, a facemask, and glasses.

       The SUSPECT was last seen traveling on Mongomery Avenue possibly heading for New York City Area.

       The child was taken under circumstances that lead police to believe that they are in imminent danger of serious harm and/or death.

State and Local Officials Investigating Cases of Legionnaires’ Disease In Hamilton Township

September 25, 2020

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The Hamilton Township Division of Health, working closely with the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH), has identified a potential cluster of Legionnaires’ disease cases within Hamilton Township.

Legionnaires’ disease is relatively uncommon with most cases occurring in New Jersey between the months of July and October, typically peaking in August. The cluster the Division of Health is investigating includes four Township residents with confirmed cases of Legionnaires’ disease, two of which have since died. The residents became ill between August 18 and August 24, 2020. Due to HIPAA and the right to privacy, specific information on each case cannot be disclosed.

“While the risk to our residents remains low, Legionnaires’ disease can be a serious illness especially for those who are older or have underlying health concerns,” stated Hamilton Township Health Officer Christopher Hellwig. “If you’re not feeling well and have respiratory illness like symptoms such as fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, muscle aches, and headache I encourage you to speak with your medical provider. Legionnaires’ disease can be successfully treated with antibiotics, and is not spread from person-to-person”

Legionnaires’ disease is a form of pneumonia caused by Legionella bacteria. People can get Legionnaires’ disease by breathing in aerosolized water containing Legionella bacteria. Aerosolized water, also known as small droplets, can come from cooling towers (air-conditioning units for large buildings), hot tubs, cooling misters, decorative fountains, and plumbing systems.  Legionella bacteria can be found in water systems of any type, but people cannot get ill with Legionnaires’ disease by drinking water.  Home air conditioning units do not use water to cool, so these home units do not aerosolize water and are not a risk for Legionella growth.

While it is often difficult to determine the origin of the bacteria that infected the Hamilton residents, the investigation is ongoing and the Division of Health is attempting to identify potential sources of exposure. NJDOH and the Hamilton Division of Health recently collected environmental samples from selected sites. Additionally, Hamilton Township has hired an independent laboratory to conduct water sampling at various locations around the Township. NJDOH, Hamilton Division of Health, and NJ Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) are working to identify additional sites to sample. The sample locations the Township has identified thus far are in the Mercerville section of the Township.

“NJDOH and the Hamilton Township Division of Health are working closely together to identify potential sources of Legionella exposure,” said Edward M. Lifshitz, MD, FACP, Medical Director, Communicable Disease Service, New Jersey Department of Health. “Since this is a continuing investigation, healthcare providers are urged to test patients with community-acquired and healthcare-acquired pneumonia for Legionnaires’ disease, especially among residents of Hamilton Township. This is important to ensure patients receive appropriate and timely treatment.”

Most people exposed to Legionella bacteria do not develop Legionnaires’ disease. People over the age of 50, especially those who smoke cigarettes, or those with certain medical conditions, including weakened immune systems, chronic lung disease or other chronic health conditions, are at increased risk for Legionnaires’ disease.

“Upon learning of the positive cases, and given Hamilton’s history with Legionnaire’s disease, our Health Department took swift action to investigate these cases and search not only for a common link, but for any continued possible exposure to our residents,” stated Mayor Jeff Martin. “I want to thank NJDOH and NJDEP for working with our staff to coordinate efforts to ensure our residents remain healthy.”  “The symptoms of Legionnaires’ Disease and COVID-19 can be very similar which makes it even more important that anyone experiencing these symptoms immediately contact their medical provider.” 

For more information about Legionnaires’ disease, of if you think you may have had or currently have Legionnaires’ disease make sure to speak with your medical provider. Residents can also find additional information online from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at