Day: October 5, 2020

BREAKING: Fatal Shooting On Spring Street In Trenton

October 5, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–The Mercer County Prosecutors Office has confirmed a homicide occurred on Spring Street in Trenton this afternoon. Trenton Police and detectives from the Prosecutors Office are on scene collecting evidence at the time of this report.

Further details will be released soon, check back for more information.

This latest homicide makes Trenton’s 30th murder of 2020.

Photos and video by: Brian McCarthy, OnScene News

2 Transported After Crash On South Broad Street

October 5, 2020

Photos and story by: Tyler Eckel

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER): Hamilton Police, Hamilton Fire Department, Robert Wood Johnson EMS, and Capital Health Paramedics responded to South Broad Street and Lalor Street just after 2:30 pm Monday afternoon for a car crash with reports of an overturned vehicle. Upon arrival, all vehicles were upright and all occupants were out of the vehicles. It appears the crash occurred in the Southbound lanes of South Broad Street, flipping one of the vehicles into the Northbound lanes. One adult and one child were transported to the hospital with an unknown extent of injuries. Hamilton Police Division’s Traffic Unit is investigating the crash. 

Robbinsville Township Fire Department Responds To Accidents

October 5, 2020

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–The Robbinsville Township Fire Department responded to two highway incidents this afternoon. The first was on the NJ Turnpike at 3:29 pm. The crash occurred on the inner lanes at mile post 59.8 south bound. Two people were transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton.

Firefighters were just clearing the accident on the NJ Turnpike when another reported accident was reported at 4:09 pm on I-195 on top of the NJ Turnpike Bridge at mile post 6.8 west bound. When firefighters arrived the reported injured refused treatment. One lane was blocked and traffic was backed up 1.5 miles to Exit 8 until the vehicle could be towed.

Governor Phil Murphy Tweets That 2020 Bear Hunt Will Be The Last

October 5, 2020 – Updated to include press release

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Governor Murphy announced today that the NJ Fish and Game Council has proposed an amendment to end the bear hunt after the 2020 season.

The 2020 bear hunt will be the LAST. The New Jersey Fish and Game Council has proposed an amendment to the Game Code that will:

☑️SUSPEND the bear hunt following the conclusion of the 2020 season

☑️Remove the current Comprehensive Black Bear Management Police from the Game Code

Bear attacks in NJ:

July 24, 2020 West Milford a black bear attacked an 82 year old man in his garage after the bear took several swipes at the man. The man required over 30 stiches to his face.

September 2014: Darsh Patel, 22 was a Rutgers University Student hiking with friends in the Apshawa Preserve was killed by a 4 year old, 300 pound black bear. Wildlife officials stated that the last prior death from a black bear in NJ was in 1852

The video below explains the September 2014 attack:

Press release from the Governor’s Office:

Governor Murphy Announces Proposed Changes to New Jersey Fish and Game Code to End Bear Hunt in 2021

TRENTON – Today, Governor Phil Murphy announced that the New Jersey Fish and Game Council has proposed changes to the state’s Game Code that would end bear hunting in New Jersey after 2020. The Fish and Game Council, which has authority over the hunt, has proposed an amendment to the New Jersey Game Code that suspends the hunt and removes the current Comprehensive Black Bear Management Policy from the Game Code.

These changes enable the Council and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to engage in a thorough review of the current scientific data to develop a new policy that promotes public safety and welfare while protecting New Jersey’s wildlife, with a focus on non-lethal bear-management techniques.

“With today’s announcement, we will end the bear hunt under my Administration and develop a new black bear policy that keeps public safety at the forefront of our concerns while protecting wildlife in the State,” said Governor Murphy. “I am grateful to the Fish and Game Council for their commitment to working with the Department of Environmental Protection to address this issue and chart a better way forward.”

“The DEP’s Division of Fish & Wildlife (DFW), in coordination with the independent Fish & Game Council, is committed to protecting public safety and wildlife,” said DEP Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe. “As DFW and the Council embark upon the data and policy analysis necessary to develop a new Comprehensive Black Bear Management Policy, we will rely on the best available science, engage often with the public, and work to achieve the best balance. We look forward to continuing our productive dialogue with the Council on this and other important natural resource management priorities.”“New Jersey’s Bear Hunt has had the reputation of being one of the cruelest bear hunts in the country,” said Senator Vin Gopal. “I am very thankful to Governor Murphy for making 2020’s Bear Hunt the last one ever in the state of New Jersey. This inhumane practice has gone on far too long, and it is time to eliminate it in its entirety on public and private lands.”

The rules proposed in today’s New Jersey Register are subject to a 60-day comment period. Pending the public comment process, the current Comprehensive Black Bear Management Policy will be removed from the Game Code, which means that no bear hunt may proceed unless and until a new Policy is adopted. The Murphy Administration will prioritize non-lethal bear management strategies in any future Policy. Bear hunting will not proceed after the 2020 season under the Murphy Administration.

In August 2018, Governor Murphy signed an Executive Order directing the DEP to close all public lands under the Department’s jurisdiction to bear hunting for the 2018 season. That order prohibited bear hunting in all State forests, State parks, State recreation areas, State historic sites, State Wildlife Management Areas and State natural areas.

Busy Morning For Lawrence Township Fire Department

October 5, 2020

LAWRENCE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–This morning the Lawrence Township Fire Department responded to a couple of potentially serious calls that were mitigated.

The first call at 9:45 am was on Gainsboro Road where an excavator hit a gas line. Firefighters evacuated houses on Gainsboro and Marlboro for about a half hour. Lawrence was backed up by Ewing Township Station 31 until the gas was shut down by PSE&G.

Then around 10:54 am the Lawrence Township Fire Department was dispatched to 4140 Quakerbridge Road at PSE&G at the Lawrence Electric Delivery station for something smoking with a chemical smell behind one of the trucks in the yard. Hamilton Township Fire Department was also called in to standby for water supply in case it was needed.

It was determined that a power inverter hooked to batteries was the cause of the fumes. Firefighters used CO2 and ABC dry chemical extinguishers on the batteries and equipment before using a 1 3/4 line for final extinguishment. There was no hazard to anyone at the plant.

$50k Worth Of Damage To Ewing Business On Fifth Street During Burglary

EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Ewing Township Police Officers following up on an unrelated call yesterday around 2 pm discovered a burglary at Pro Auto, 1590 Fifth Street. The investigation, which is ongoing, revealed someone entered the property at approximately 2 A.M. on October 3rd and caused a substantial amount of damage. (Approximately $50,000.00 worth reported so far.) Nothing has been reported taken.  Detectives are following up on several leads at this time.  If anyone has any information to provide they can contact Detective Condrat at 609-882-1313 ext. 7583. 

Fire Prevention Week October 4-10, 2020, Robbinsville Township Fire Department Delivers Online Messages

October 5, 2020

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–The Robbinsville Township Fire Department has taken Fire Prevention Week virtual this year due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The fire department will be delivering messages to the schools and public via several videos that will be found on the department’s Facebook Page. The first video was released this morning:

If video does not play visit the Robbinsville Township Fire Department Facebook Page Here

It is National Fire Prevention Week. Due to COVID-19 the RTFD is unable to deliver Fire Prevention Week in a traditional way. So in an effort to get the message out (and have a little fun at our expense as well) we present our first installment of fire safety tips. According to the NFPA, cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries in the US. Almost half (44%) of reported home fires start in the kitchen. Two-thirds (66%) of home cooking fires start with the ignition of food or other cooking materials.

This week is National Fire Prevention Week. As with many aspects of our lives, Fire Prevention Week will be somewhat different this year. Instead of making annual stops at our local schools and day care centers, our message will be delivered virtually this year to our local students with cooperation from our school community. Additionally, we will share safety videos produced by our personnel via Facebook beginning tomorrow.

Before we do so we would also like to share the origins of how and why this week came to be. Since 1922, the NFPA has sponsored the public observance of Fire Prevention Week. In 1925, President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed Fire Prevention Week a national observance, making it the longest-running public health observance in our country. During Fire Prevention Week, children, adults, and teachers learn how to stay safe in case of a fire.

Firefighters provide lifesaving public education in an effort to drastically decrease casualties caused by fires.Fire Prevention Week is observed each year during the week of October 6th in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire, which began on October 8, 1871, and caused devastating damage. This horrific conflagration killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures, and burned more than 2,000 acres of land.

UPDATE: Cineworld Group Confirms Suspending Operations Of 536 Regal Theaters In The U.S Due To COVID-19

Related MidJersey.News story here: Cineworld Owner Of Regal Cinemas Could Temporarily Shutter Operations In The US And UK

October 5, 2020

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–In an update to a story MidJersey.News posted yesterday, Cineworld the parent company of Regal Cinemas had confirmed at 7:00 this morning that there will be temporary closing of 536 Regal Cinemas in the U.S. due to COVID-19. This will include several theaters in New Jersey.

The company said in a press release:

In response to an increasingly challenging theatrical landscape and sustained key market closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Cineworld confirms that it will be temporarily suspending operations at all of its 536 Regal theatres in the US and its 127 Cineworld and Picturehouse theatres in the UK from Thursday, 8 October 2020. 

As major US. markets, mainly New York, remained closed and without guidance on reopening timing, studios have been reluctant to release their pipeline of new films. In turn, without these new releases, Cineworld cannot provide customers in both the US and the UK – the company’s primary markets – with the breadth of strong commercial films necessary for them to consider coming back to theatres against the backdrop of COVID-19. These closures will impact approximately 45,000 employees.  Cineworld will continue to monitor the situation closely and will communicate any future plans to resume operations in these markets at the appropriate time, when key markets have more concrete guidance on their reopening status and, in turn, studios are able to bring their pipeline of major releases back to the big screen.

Cineworld’s main priorities remain the safety of customers and employees, cash preservation and cost reduction.  As noted in its Interim Results announced on 24 September 2020, Cineworld is assessing several sources of additional liquidity and all liquidity raising options are being considered. 

Mooky Greidinger, CEO of Cineworld, commented: “This is not a decision we made lightly, and we did everything in our power to support safe and sustainable reopenings in all of our markets – including meeting, and often exceeding, local health and safety guidelines in our theatres and working constructively with regulators and industry bodies to restore public confidence in our industry. We are especially grateful for and proud of the hard work our employees put in to adapt our theatres to the new protocols and cannot underscore enough how difficult this decision was, Cineworld  will continue to monitor the situation closely and will communicate any future plans to resume operations in these markets at the appropriate time, when key markets have more concrete guidance on their reopening status and, in turn, studios are able to bring their pipeline of major releases back to the big screen.”

Regal Cinemas in MidJersey.News coverage area are:

Regal Commerce Center & RPX  2399 US-1, North Brunswick Township, NJ 08902

Regal Independence Plaza & RPX 2465 S Broad St, Hamilton Township, NJ 08610

Regal Burlington 250 Bromley Blvd, Burlington Township, NJ 08016