Day: October 20, 2020

BREAKING: Two Trenton Children 8 yr. and 16 yr., Murdered As Suspect(s) Open Fire On Home

October 20, 2020 Updated at 7:45 am., to reflect correction made by MCPO that it was 2 brothers killed not brother and sister.

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Two children were shot and killed near a 2nd floor window of their Mulberry Street residence tonight. Trenton Police, Trenton Fire Department, Trenton EMS and Capital Health Paramedics responded to the scene. Both children were transported to the Trauma Center at Capital Health Regional Medical Center where they were pronounce dead.

According to the Mercer County Prosecutors Office the shooting occurred around 10:30 pm in the 200 Block of Mulberry Street. Preliminary information is that suspect(s) shot into the second floor of a residence. Two sibling brothers, an eight-year-old boy and 16-year-old boy, were shot and killed. The shooting is under investigation by the Mercer County Homicide Task Force and the Trenton Police Department.

Senseless gun violence in the City never seems to stop. This is the 5th and 6th murder in October after a rather quiet September with zero homicides. There have been 34 murders in the City of Trenton in 2020 so far this year. The highest was in 2013 when there was 37 murders.

Further details to follow this is a breaking news story.

BREAKING: Gun And Drugs Recovered After Man Crashes Car Trying To Elude Police

View most recent MidJersey.News update of this story here: Update: 9mm Handgun With High Capacity Mag, CDS Recovered From Last Night’s Incident In Robbinsville And Allentown

BREAKING NEWS REPORT: From radio and on scene reporting. Once official police information becomes available the story will be updated with any additional information and any corrections made.

October 20, 2020

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–A man driving erratically was trying to elude police tonight in Robbinsville. Police tried to stop the vehicle and gave a short chase but the chase was terminated for safety reasons. A short time later, the same vehicle fitting the description was again driving erratically in Allentown and fled north bound on Old York Road.

The vehicle appears to have lost control hit a tree and came to rest on the side of Old York Road.

The Hope Fire Company of Allentown, Allentown EMS, and Capital Health Paramedics responded to the scene.

Robbinsville’s K9 officer was called to the scene and a gun and drugs were recovered from the vehicle.

Robbinsville Township Police were on scene investigating. No official police details were available tonight.

Check back later tomorrow once further information becomes available the story will be updated with further details and any corrections made.

UPDATED: 195 West Bound Accident Seriously Injures 18 Year Old From Philadelphia

October 20, 2020 — updated

12:00 am update:

JACKSON, NJ (OCEAN)–New Jersey State Troopers responded to a motor vehicle accident at 4:10 p.m. on I -195 westbound at mile post 19, Jackson Twp, Ocean County.

Based on a preliminary investigation a 2003 Honda Civic operated by Alexa Zendaoui, 18 year old female of Philadelphia, PA was traveling westbound on I -195 and ran off the road to the right, collided with a tree, overturned, and ejected Zendaoui.

As a result of the collision Zendaoui suffered serious injuries. The accident remains under investigation and there is no further information available at the moment. — New Jersey State Police Spokesman Tpr. Charles Marchan

Earlier story below:

JACKSON TOWNSHIP, NJ (OCEAN)–Around 4:15 pm the Jackson Township Fire Departments, Millstone Township Fire Department, Jackson First Aid and Millstone First Aid were all sent to Interstate 195 West Bound for a serious accident.

The accident was located at mile marker 19 in the I-195 west bound lanes. It appears a car left the roadway, rolled and returned to the west bound lane. It was reported that the person was trapped in the vehicle but radio reports say the driver was ejected.

A helicopter was called to fly to the scene and the roadway was prepared to land a helicopter on the highway. The helicopter was canceled for an unknown reason and the victim was transported to the Trauma Center at Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton, according to radio traffic.

At 7:21 pm Interstate 195 West Bound in Jackson is closed at Exit 21 for the accident investigation and if traveling you will need to find an alternate route of travel.

NOTE: Information contained in this report is breaking news from radio traffic, on scene reporting and from witnesses. An email has been sent to the NJ State Police Public Information Officer for Official Press Information and the story will be updated once official police information is obtained.

I-295 Accident Backs Up Traffic, Injures 2

October 20, 2020

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Around 1:45 pm., the Hamilton Township Fire Department, RWJ Hamilton EMS and Capital Health Paramedics responded to Interstate 295 North Bound in the area of Mile Marker 58 for a 3 car crash. It was reported 2 people were transported to the local hospital for treatment from the accident. NJ State Police were investigating and traffic was backed up over 2 miles. No other information was available about the accident.

Hamilton Township Brings Awareness to ‘Imagine A Day Without Water’ Campaign

October 20, 2020

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Hamilton Mayor Jeff Martin and the members of the Hamilton Township Council will join together this evening to declare October 21st as a ‘Imagine A Day Without Water’ in Hamilton Township.  This year marks the sixth annual day sponsored by the Value of Water Campaign to raise awareness and educate Americans about the value of water by the US Water Alliance and the first of its honoring by Hamilton Township.

‘Imagine A Day Without Water’ is a national education campaign, which aims to bring together various groups across our nation to highlight just how essential and invaluable water is, while also reinforcing the critical need for investing in our water system. Today, it serves as a reminder to never take our water for granted and through this proclamation we are hoping to emphasize this concept. 

Mayor Martin, the members of Council, and the Director of Water Pollution Control, Carrie Feuer, join together to remind our residents not to take water for granted and not just because of its value when it comes to hydration.  Without water our hospitals would close, our farmers would be unable to care for their crops, firefighters would not be able to put out fires and our restaurants would be shuttered. 

“Flushing a toilet is a task we often take for granted,” stated Water Pollution Control Director Carrie Feur.  “However, this year as we faced a public health crisis, coronavirus, our community found a reliable water service is crucial to protect our health and economy.”

“We’re thrilled that Hamilton Township is a part of ‘Imagine a Day Without Water’. This national day of action educates our neighbors and public officials about the essential role water plays in all of our lives,” said Radhika Fox, CEO of the US Water Alliance and Director of the Value of Water Campaign. “This year showed us the critical importance of water service to safeguard public health and the economy. But the infrastructure and service it takes to bring water to our homes and businesses and take it away is not free and can’t be taken for granted. We all need to educate ourselves about where our water comes from and the investment these critical systems need.”

“The residents of Hamilton understand the necessity for clean, safe water and through this initiative, I echo my call for Trenton Water Works to ensure safe and clean drinking water for all of their customers,” said Mayor Martin.  “I will not back down from this fight, it will continue to be a point of emphasis in my administration.”

“The Hamilton Township Council has stood alongside Mayor Martin in his fight to ensure Hamilton Township is provided with clean and safe water,” stated Councilman Charles Whalen.  “We will continue to support this effort until a time when we feel Hamiltonians are receiving the service they deserve.” 

More information for the ‘Image A Day Without Water’ campaign may be found on their website at

Trenton Police Department Promotes Eight Officers at City Hall

New Lieutenants and Sergeants Represent Most Diverse Promotion Class in Trenton History

October 20, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Mayor W. Reed Gusciora and Police Director Sheilah A. Coley today announced the advancement of three lieutenants, five sergeants, and a new Chief of Communications as part of a new promotion class that includes the most diverse group of officers in the history of the Trenton Police Department (TPD).

“This is without a doubt our most diverse promotion class in history and helps ensure that our leadership is a reflection of the community it serves,” said Director Coley. “Above all, these are outstanding officers who have already been tested for months in an acting capacity, and I have no doubt they will excel in these new roles going forward.”

“Today’s event is a celebration of these officers’ exceptional service to the people of Trenton and will undoubtedly enhance the police department’s leadership and accountability for the foreseeable future,” said Mayor Gusciora. “I couldn’t have asked for better group of officers to honor today at City Hall.”

Gary Sondej, Howard Watkins, and Sheila Tatarek were promoted to lieutenant. Rosemarie Addar, Gregory Hollo, Walter Rivera, George Wilson, and Luis Nazario were promoted to sergeant. Graciela Cruz-Acosta was promoted to serve as the Chief of Communications.

Today’s promotions included the first African American lieutenant to be promoted in 22 years, and only the third woman to be promoted to lieutenant in TPD history and the only one currently serving on the force. Today also marks the first woman serving as Chief of Communications. Of the five new sergeants, one is African American, one is Latino American, and another is a woman.

Governor Murphy Nominates Dr. Angelica Allen-McMillan as Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Education

October 20, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Governor Phil Murphy today announced his nomination of Dr. Angelica Allen-McMillan, Ed.D., as the next Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Education.

“From day one, I pledged to select a Commissioner of Education with experience in public education. We fulfilled that promise through the nomination of Dr. Repollet, and maintain that promise today,” said Governor Murphy. “A product of New Jersey’s public schools, Angelica has worked at all levels of education and knows exactly what our teachers and students need to succeed. She is an exemplary educator and I’m confident she is the leader we need to carry our school communities through the remainder of this pandemic and beyond.”

“I’d also like to thank outgoing Interim Commissioner Kevin Dehmer for his tireless service during an unprecedented time for the Department and our state,” continued Governor Murphy. “He’ll continue to serve the DOE as CFO and Assistant Commissioner and will work alongside Angelica to advance an agenda that puts our students’ health, achievement, and well-being first, and maintains our state’s reputation as home to the nation’s best public education system.”

“I am a proud product of New Jersey’s magnificent public education system and I have dedicated my career to ensuring that the children of this state continue to get the type of education I received,” said incoming Acting DOE Commissioner Dr. Angelica Allen-McMillan.  “I am extremely proud the Governor has put his faith in me to continue New Jersey’s tradition of educational excellence.”

“Thank you, Governor Murphy for the opportunity to serve as Interim Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Education during this period of transition,” said Interim Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Education Kevin Dehmer. “It has been a great honor to serve New Jersey school administrators, educators, students and parents. Together we developed a strong framework that continues to put student success in a safe environment as our top priority.  Best wishes to the incoming Commissioner as she continues to build upon the New Jersey education system as the best public schools in the nation.”  

“We look forward to working closely with Dr. Allen-McMillan in her new role. Strong leadership is more important than ever right now as New Jersey’s public schools continue to navigate this challenging school year,” said New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) President Marie Blistan, Vice President Sean M. Spiller and Secretary-Treasurer Steve Beatty. “We are committed to working with the new commissioner to ensure that our students are safe, healthy and learning and we look forward to bringing the voices of working educators to the table to ensure that happens. At a time when every classroom, virtual or in-person, looks very different than before, it is more important than ever to listen to the people who are still helping our students flourish. Dr. Allen-McMillan is taking the helm of America’s premier public school system. We can maintain that excellence and build upon it by continuing to invest in public education, respect educators and prioritize student success. We trust that, as an experienced educator herself, the commissioner shares those priorities and will work alongside us to lead new Jersey’s public schools to even greater success and even better outcomes for the students we educate.”

Since 2018, Dr. Allen-McMillan has served as Interim Executive County Superintendent for Morris County, where she supports and oversees school districts within the county on behalf of the Department of Education.

For over 25 years, Dr. Allen-McMillan has worked as a teacher and administrator in various school communities throughout New Jersey. From 2017 to 2018, she served as Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education for the Newark Public Schools system. Prior to holding that position, she served as Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instructions in the Irvington School District.

She also served as a middle school Life and Physical Science teacher in the East Orange School District, the Executive Director of the Marion P. Thomas Charter School in Newark, Assistant Principal of Clinton Elementary School in Maplewood, and Principal of the Marshall School in South Orange.

Dr. Allen-McMillan will replace Interim DOE Commissioner Kevin Dehmer, who has held the position since the appointment of former DOE Commissioner Dr. Lamont Repollet as the next President of Kean University in July 2020. She will serve as Acting Commissioner until she is confirmed by the State Senate.

Dr. Allen-McMillan is a graduate of Cornell University, where she received a baccalaureate degree in Industrial and Labor Relations. In addition, she received a master’s and a doctorate degree in Education, Leadership, Management, and Policy from Seton Hall University.

She resides in Montclair with her husband, Randy, and their three children, Faizah, Jada, and Jason.