Day: November 13, 2020

TFD Responds To Occupied Building In Danger Of Imminent Collapse

November 13, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–The Trenton Fire Department received a 9-1-1 call for a building about to collapse on Tyler Street by Hudson Street at 11:30 am.

Trenton firefighters arrived and noticed that the building had severe structural damage and was ready to collapse and the building was occupied at the time. Firefighters evacuated the building and placed put plenty of caution tape around the collapse zone. The building department was notified and was responding. There was no additional information available or how the situation was mitigated.

Photos and video by: Brian McCarthy OnScene News

TPD Officers Arrest Six Individuals for Operating Illegal Night Club in North Trenton

None of the Patrons Wore Protective Masks or Observed Social Distancing

November 13, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Trenton Police Director Sheilah A. Coley today announced the Nov. 6, 2020 arrest of six individuals who allegedly operated an illegal nightclub on 318 S. Broad Street.

The arrests were carried out following an investigation by the Violent Crimes Rapid Response Unit (VCRRU), which was responding to reports of an illegal night club operating every Saturday night past 3:00 a.m. At the time of the arrests, none of the patrons were wearing protective masks or observing social distancing.

Nyvonne Fahnbulleh, 38, of West Windsor, N.J.; Richardo Wedderburn, 46, of Levittown P.A.; Mechann Pennoh, 45, of Morrisville, P.A.; Lisha Phillips, 51, of Hamilton, N.J.; and Keyonna Chambliss, 37, of Trenton, were each charged with selling alcohol without a license. Steve Dasman Jr., 22, of Trenton, was charged with working security without a license.

“Illegal nightclubs like this one disadvantage our many legitimate businesses that are trying to make an honest living while keeping their patrons safe from COVID-19,” said Director Coley. “With Trenton cases spiking rapidly at this moment, the Trenton Police Department will not hesitate to break up any establishment that recklessly puts profit over safety.”

Prior to the arrests, detectives had conducted surveillance of a non-descript commercial building at 318 S. Broad Street. At approximately 11:00 p.m. on Nov. 6, 2020, members of the VCRRU and patrol officers entered the premises and found that the first floor was being used as a nightclub, which included a dance floor, bar area, and kitchen.

Six individuals, including the security guard working the front door, were arrested. Officers ejected 57 patrons and confiscated numerous bottles of alcohol and $3,276 in cash. Not only did officers find that none of the patrons were wearing masks or observing social distancing, the building is suspected of having numerous code violations, including electrical, sprinkler, and fire alarm issues.

Trenton COVID-19 infection rates currently exceed county and state levels and are doubling every week, showing a similiar rate of growth as the first wave of the virus earlier this year. 

These charges and allegations are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. This is an ongoing investigation.

The lead investigator is Detective Christopher Franicevich, supervised by Lieutenant Darren Zappley.

Trenton Police Director Sheilah A. Coley today announced the Nov. 6, 2020 arrest of six individuals who allegedly operated an illegal nightclub on 318 S. Broad Street.

Update: 2 Dead, 2 Serious and 1 Minor Injury In Fiery Crash On NJ Turnpike Last Night

November 13, 2020

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)—Sergeant Lawrence Peele from the New Jersey State Police Public Information Bureau told MidJersey.News —

That a crash occurred at 11:53 p.m. last evening on the New Jersey Turnpike, northbound inner roadway in East Windsor Township, Mercer County. 

Preliminary information indicates that in the area of milepost 66.8, a Lincoln Town Car was involved in a crash and was disabled in the roadway. 

A Jeep Cherokee traveling northbound then struck the disabled Lincoln.  Two rear seat passengers of the Lincoln were pronounced dead at the scene, the driver and front passenger sustained serious injuries.  The driver of the Jeep sustained minor injuries. 

The inner roadway was closed for approximately 6 hours. 

Crash remains under investigation.  

See Last night’s MidJersey.News story here: BREAKING: MCI, Crash With Fire On NJ Turnpike Prior To Exit 8 – Several Critical Injuries

NJ Weedman Ed Forchion Finds Man Stabbed At Bus Stop Early This Morning

November 13, 2020 updated at 10:35 am with official statement from Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office and cause changed to “stabbing” 3:50 pm update with victim’s name:

The victim of this morning’s homicide in Trenton has been identified as Sam Livingston III, age 41, of Trenton.  There are no additional updates at this time.

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)—Early this morning in a live video shared on Facebook, Ed Forchion the NJ Weedman was going to a bank ATM  a few blocks from NJ Weedman’s Joint in “Unit 420” in the area of W. State and S. Warren when he noticed a man at a bus stop not moving.

Once finished at the ATM on his way back Forchion stated that he noticed the man still had not moved and was in the exact same spot and Forchion called 9-1-1 to report the man down. He also stated he seen a whole bunch of people riding by and turned around because it was bothering him that that the man was just laying out there.

The police turned the man over in the video and Forchion noticed a lot of blood in the area of his stomach. A Trenton EMS ambulance arrived a short time later and started CPR. NJ Weedman before ending the video thought the man had been stabbed and that the wound was fatal.

In a statement received by the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office this morning they state that, early Friday morning, at approximately 1 a.m., Trenton patrol officers were alerted to an unresponsive male at a bus stop in the first block of West State Street.  The victim, believed to be in his 30s, suffered multiple stab wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The stabbing in under investigation by the Mercer County Homicide Task Force.  Anyone with information is asked to call (609) 989-6406. Information can also be emailed to

The victim’s identity will be released after positive identification and family notification are made.

In the City of Trenton there have been 36 known murders so far in 2020 this eclipses the murder rate off all years except for 2013 when there was 37 murders that year. Of those 36 homicides there have been 34 shootings and 2 stabbings this year.

Another murder occurred in the area on August 17, 2020 at E. State one block away.

The names of the Trenton dead of 2020:

Say their names:

  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, pronounced dead August 22, Vernetta McCray, 39, drive by shooting
  27. August 25, 2020, Shamira Williams, 32, stabbing
  28. August 29, 2020, Tybree Washington, 24, shooting
  29. October 2, 2020, Hussain Abdullah, 35, shooting
  30. October 5, 2020, Derek Colley, 26, Shooting
  31. October 10, 2020, Ola Williams, 61, Shooting
  32. October 10, 2020, Jaquise Melvin, 26, Shooting
  33. October 16, 2020 from shooting on October 9, Rudy Alvira Jr.
  34. October 20, 2020, Johnny Perez, 8, Shooting
  35. October 20, 2020, Gustavo Perez, 16
  36. November 13, 2020, Sam Livingston III, age 41, stabbing
  37. X Trenton’s record of homicides in 2013
  38. x

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 = 36* current number as of November 13, 2020* (Not available yet from NJSP statistics)

* Prior to 1989 the known highest murder number was 1970 with 27

BREAKING: MCI, Crash With Fire On NJ Turnpike Prior To Exit 8 – Several Critical Injuries

See MidJersey.News update here: Update: 2 Dead, 2 Serious and 1 Minor Injury In Fiery Crash On NJ Turnpike Last Night

November 13, 2020

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–A fiery crash left several with life threatening injuries tonight on the New Jersey Turnpike at Mile Marker 67 North Bound inner roadway (car lanes) prior to Exit 8. The crash was reported just before midnight at 11:56 pm., (November 12) reporting multiple vehicles involved and on fire with entrapment. Initially Robbinsville Township Fire Department and Hightstown Fire Company along with EMS from Robbinsville, Hightstown and Cranbury were sent to the scene. Upon arrival a MCI was called (Mass Casualty Incident) because of reports of how many injured additional paramedics from Capital Health and multiple ambulances were sent to the scene.

From radio reports there appeared to be at least 5 to 7 injures reported in the crash with 3 being life threating.

New Jersey State Police and the New Jersey Turnpike Authority have the inner roadway closed from the split in Florence to Exit 8 in the North Bound direction for the accident investigation and clean up. The New Jersey State Police Serious Accident Investigation Unit is investigating the crash.

This is a breaking news report and an email was sent to the NJ State Police Public Information Bureau for official details. Information contained in this preliminary breaking news report is unofficial and subject to change. Once official information is received the story will be updated with current information and any corrections made.