MILLSTONE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–The Millstone Township Fire Department responded to Seasonal World on Route 537 this afternoon around 3:50 pm for a car in a pool. Upon arrival the driver of the vehicle was out out the vehicle and out of the water. No further information was available.
HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–NJ State Police Sgt. Philip Curry of the Public Information Bureau told MidJersey.News, the crash occurred at 6:10 am on State Highway 29 northbound mile post 1 in Hamilton Township.
Sgt. Curry stated, preliminary information indicates that a Toyota operated by Sharon Shelton, 57 of Trenton, N.J., was traveling south in the northbound lanes. The Shelton Toyota impacted the front of a northbound travelling Ford operated by Priscila Martins, 33, of Philadelphia, PA. As a result of the crash, the Martins Ford ran off the road to the right, struck guardrail, overturned, and struck a tree. Both drivers sustained serious injuries.
State Highway 29 north was closed at mile post 1 for approximately 5 hours resulting in minimal traffic congestion. According to NJ State Police, this crash is still under investigation and there is no further information at this time.
TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Last night’s unfortunate deaths mark our 38th and 39th homicides for the year and now eclipse the previous record set in 2013. When we set out to lift Trenton together, this was not the milestone we wanted to see. In fact, overall crime was trending downward the previous two years, with 16 homicides in 2018 and 15 homicides in 2019.
2020 is a year of many challenges, but none looms larger than COVID-19. Of all the factors that separate the previous years from this one, this virus clearly stands out, not just here but in so many places across the country.
Economic uncertainty is higher than it has ever been in recent memory. School was for some children the only safe space they had. Youth engagement and recreational activities have grinded to a halt. Every police officer who has to quarantine for 14 days is one less guardian on the street, a heavy blow for a police department that is already much smaller than it was just a few years ago.
I understand this provides little comfort to the family and friends that lost loved ones to the violence. I’ve sat with the families. I’ve visited the hospitals. They don’t want excuses. They want a city that is safe for their children.
But safety will never be possible if we don’t stop the ready supply of weapons that are used in these crimes. Thankfully, the Trenton Police Department (TPD) has already seized more than 200 guns and 3,000 rounds of ammunition this year alone. God only knows how much worse things would be if these weapons were still on the street.
Also, our law enforcement partners at the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office and the N.J. State Police continue to help the capital city at a time when they are needed the most. Just a few weeks ago the N.J. State Police and the TPD arrested two-gun traffickers who were peddling firearms from South Carolina into Trenton streets. They also arrested 24 individuals and recovered more than a dozen weapons after a raid on Tyrell Street last week.
This critical partnership will continue in our real-time crime center that will make it even easier to collaborate on gunfire detection and hotspot surveillance when it goes live early next year.
While the police department works to dismantle crime in our streets, my administration is working to address the very environment in which it festers. We established a new re-entry program to break the recidivism that traps so many of our residents in an endless cycle of crime. We’re building new safe and affordable housing for residents and improving community centers all around the city. We’re also making loans available for businesses who are affected by COVID-19 to help keep Trentonians employed.
We can’t do it alone. When Gustavo and Johnny Perez were tragically murdered in October and we pleaded with the community to cooperate with the police, many of you responded. Thankfully, tips to the TPD have gone up since then, and we hope we can count on this trend in the future.
Please, continue to get involved. If you are a business, register your cameras with Trenton Crime Eye. If you are a resident, ask the TPD about participating in its new Block Watch Program. As always, if you see something, say something on the TPD’s anonymous tip line at 609-989-3663.
We can never make up for the losses our city suffered this year. We are carefully evaluating Trenton law enforcement leadership and strategy at this moment. We owe it to our residents to explore every possible avenue to ensure 2021 is not a repeat of 2020.
TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–At approximately 9:50 p.m. on Saturday evening, November 28, police responded to a report of male stabbed in the 300 block of Brunswick Avenue. Upon arrival, they located the victim, Daniel Alvaranga, 33, in the intersection of Brunswick Avenue and Southard Street. He was transported to the hospital and pronounced dead a short time later.
Then at approximately 2:50 a.m. Sunday morning, November 29, police responded to a male shot in the 300 block of Centre Street. The victim, a male in his 30s, was located in a first-floor apartment suffering a gunshot wound to the head. He was pronounced at the scene. A tentative identification of the victim has been made, but his name will not be released until a positive identification is confirmed.
The homicides do not appear to be related. Both investigations are ongoing and no arrests have been made. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Mercer County Homicide Task Force at (609) 989-6406. Information can also be emailed to email@example.com
Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office has just confirmed two homicides with a stabbing last night and a shooting this morning in separate incidents. Further details to follow.
TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Just hours after a fatal stabbing a fatal shooting occurred around 3:00 am according to sources. The shots rang out in the 300 Block of Centre Street. The Mercer County Homicide Task Force is investigating. No other information is available.
Then again this morning at 8:58 am 2 people were stabbed in the 900 block of Beatty Street near Lalor Street. Trenton EMS sent 2 ambulances, Trenton Fire Department requested an additional engine and two Capital Health paramedic units raced to save lives of the stabbing victims. There were two trauma alerts called for the stabbings and the victims were transported to the Trauma Center at Capital Health Regional Medical Center this morning.
HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–A serious crash occurred on Route 29 North Bound around 6:30 am in what appears (from photos) to be three vehicles. The highway is closed in the North Bound direction for a serious crash investigation, seek alternate routes if heading towards Trenton this morning. Also one lane is closed in the south bound direction while NJSP redirects traffic stuck during the crash.
Hamilton Township Fire Department, RWJ EMS, and paramedics from Capital Health responded. The NJSP Serious Crash Investigation Unit is on scene investigating.