Day: December 14, 2020

BREAKING: 2 Injured In Serious Crash On Route 130 Involving A Van And 2 Tractor-Trailers

December 14, 2020

Breaking news report based on preliminary information from on scene reporting, once official information becomes available the story will be updated and any corrections made if needed.

UPDATE: Roadway reopened at 11:10 pm

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–The Robbinsville Township Police Department and the Robbinsville Township Fire Department responded to a serious crash in the 1200 Block of Route 130 North Bound near Gordon Road at 9:29 pm. When Police and firefighters arrived they found a van that appeared to have struck a tractor trailer on the side of the road in the shoulder and was hit by another tractor trailer also traveling north on the highway. The van was peeled open on the passenger side and the driver was trapped behind the drivers door. Robbinsville firefighters were able to pry open the door and remove the driver of the van. The driver of the van was transported to the Trauma Center at Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton. The driver of the tractor-trailer traveling in the north bound direction was transported to RWJ at Hamilton Hospital. Both drivers appeared to have non-life-threating injuries and are expected to survive the crash.

Robbinsville Police shut down the roadway at Woodside Road and traffic was detoured in the area for clean up and investigation. As of 10:54 pm the roadway was still closed as heavy duty tow trucks work to remove the tractor-trailer. UPDATE: Roadway reopened at 11:10 pm

Breaking news report based on preliminary information from on scene reporting, once official information becomes available the story will be updated and any corrections made if needed.

Route 130 in the area of Gordon road is closed due to an accident investigation. Please avoid the area and follow detours

Route 130 in the area of Gordon road is closed due to an accident investigation. Please avoid the area and follow detours


Route 130 in the area of Gordon road is closed due to an accident investigation. Please avoid the area and follow detours

UPDATE: Roadway reopened at 11:10 pm

Trenton Woman Who Allegedly Ran Illegal Nightclub on Roebling Ave Arrested by TPD

No COVID-19 Precautions, Dozens of Cocaine Doses Found on Scene

December 14, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Police Director Sheilah A. Coley today announced that a Trenton woman was arrested on Dec. 12, 2020 after officers responded to reports of an illegal nightclub operating out of a residential property on Roebling Ave.

Miran Lisbeth Ramirez-Salguero, 50, of Trenton, was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession with intent to distribute, possession with intent to distribute within 1000 feet of a school, and possession of controlled substance paraphernalia.

On Dec. 12, 2020, the Violent Crimes Rapid Response Unit (VCRR) conducted surveillance at 767 Roebling Ave after receiving complaints of an unlawful nightclub operating on the property. Detectives observed several cars arrive in the area – many with out of state plates – as multiple pedestrians entered the house.

Law enforcement entered the property just after 10:00 p.m. Detectives observed 45 people in total, none of whom were taking any Covid-19 precautions. Many patrons were consuming alcohol and drug paraphilia was strewn about the floor.

Ramirez-Salguero, a resident of the property and alleged operator of the illegal nightclub, charged $5.00 per beer. She was found in possession of $942 in cash and 82 small bags of cocaine.

“Illegal nightclubs that peddle dangerous drugs or fail to enforce COVID-19 precautions are a surefire way to get a visit from the TPD,” said Director Coley. “We’re still in the second wave of the COVID-19 epidemic and will not tolerate any operation that recklessly puts profit over the safety of our residents.”

Trenton has had a total of 5,892 COVID-19 cases and 81 related deaths to date.

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

The lead investigator is Lieutenant Darren Zappley.

Murphy USA To Acquire QuickChek Corporation for $645 Million

December 14, 2020

EL DORADO, Ark. and WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J., Dec. 14, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Murphy USA announced an agreement to acquire QuickChek Corporation (“QuickChek”) in an all-cash transaction for $645 million. The purchase price includes expected tax benefits valued at $20 million for a net after-tax purchase price of $625 million. The transaction will be financed with a combination of cash on hand, existing credit facilities and new debt, and Murphy USA has obtained committed financing from the Royal Bank of Canada.

QuickChek represents a truly distinctive business in a class shared by only a few comparable industry peers. Founded in 1967 as an extension of Durling Farms, a door-to-door milk and fresh dairy products delivery service that originally opened in 1888, it is a family-owned chain of 157 stores located in central and northern New Jersey and the New York metro area. It operates a best-in-class food and beverage (“F&B”) model with a strong regional brand and engaged customer following, offering quick-serve restaurant style food alongside convenience items; a high-volume fuel offer is included at 89 of its newest stores. Its industry leading economics are evidenced by robust per-store per-year merchandise sales of $3.5 million, combined merchandise margins of 38% with F&B representing over 50% of the mix, and per-store per-year fuel gallons of 3.8 million. Additionally, QuickChek has a proven history of same-store-sales growth and a rich real estate pipeline to sustain unit growth within its existing footprint.

The acquisition is consistent with Murphy USA’s updated capital allocation strategy as announced in October. It represents a continued commitment to deliver exceptional and sustained value to long-term shareholders and will complement other ongoing value creation mechanisms, including ongoing productivity improvement initiatives, organic growth, share repurchase and a dividend.

“In October we outlined an updated capital allocation strategy and committed to improving our food and beverage offer at existing and future sites,” said Murphy USA President and CEO Andrew Clyde. “This transaction greatly accelerates those efforts and benefits, and is expected to provide reverse synergies across our network, while enhancing future returns on new stores. The transaction is also expected to create direct synergies that leverage our enterprise scale and our distinctive capabilities in fuel, tobacco and loyalty. We are excited to join forces with an exceptional and highly engaged team at QuickChek who share Murphy USA’s passion for delivering excellence every day to all our stakeholders.”

“QuickChek and Murphy USA both reflect a family heritage and a strong people culture,” said QuickChek CEO and Chairman Dean Durling. “I am thrilled by Murphy USA’s commitment to honor our legacy and preserve our brand while learning from our business model. I am proud of what we have accomplished in making QuickChek what it is today and I am excited about the opportunities for continued growth and success in the next chapter in QuickChek’s journey. I know QuickChek’s dedicated employees and valued customers remain in good hands.”

The above considerations result in highly attractive deal economics. The net investment of $625 million represents a multiple of 13.2 times QuickChek’s estimated LTM October 2020 Adjusted EBITDA of $47 million. Annual run rate synergies of $28 million are expected to be achieved by the third year. When taking into account expected run-rate synergies and tax benefits, the acquisition reflects a multiple of 8.3 times estimated LTM Adjusted EBITDA. The acquisition is projected to be accretive to earnings in 2022, the first full year of combined operations.

The transaction is expected to close during the first quarter of 2021, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approval. RBC Capital Markets, LLC acted as exclusive financial advisor and Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP acted as legal advisor to Murphy USA. BofA Securities, Inc. acted as exclusive financial advisor and Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP acted as legal advisor to QuickChek.

Webcast Information
Murphy USA will host a conference call to discuss the transaction at 8:00 a.m. CT on Monday, December 14, 2020. Interested parties may participate by dialing 1-833-968-2218 and referencing conference ID number 8192285. The call can also be accessed via webcast through the Investor Relations section of Murphy USA’s website at The webcast will be available for replay one hour after the conference concludes and a transcript will be made available shortly thereafter.

About Murphy USA
Murphy USA (NYSE:MUSA) is a leading retailer of gasoline and convenience merchandise with nearly 1,500 sites located primarily in the Southwest, Southeast and Midwest United States. The company and its team of nearly 10,000 employees serve an estimated 1.7 million customers each day through its network of retail gasoline stations in 25 states. The majority of Murphy USA’s sites are located in close proximity to Walmart stores. The company also markets gasoline and other products at standalone stores under the Murphy Express brand. Murphy USA ranks 262 among Fortune 500 companies.

About QuickChek
Continuing to redefine “fresh convenience,” QuickChek is a market leader in food service providing local one-stop shopping where consumers can enjoy delicious made-to-order subs and sandwiches, guaranteed fresh brewed coffee, healthy snacks and salads, hot breakfast and more. Looking to make a difference in people’s everyday lives, QuickChek enables consumers to choose their convenience: you can place a mobile order through the QuickChek Rewards app where you’ll earn rewards for future savings; have your order ready through Curbside Pickup; utilize in-store self-checkout counters to get you on your way safe and fast; or have your order delivered through DoorDash and Grub Hub. Based in Whitehouse Station, NJ, the family-owned company operates 157 fresh convenience market stores including 89 locations with fuel throughout New Jersey, New York’s Hudson Valley and Long Island.

Certain statements in this news release contain or may suggest “forward-looking” information (as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995) that involve risk and uncertainties, including, but not limited to anticipated store openings, fuel margins, merchandise margins, sales of RINs and trends in our operations. Such statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of the company’s management and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. Actual future results may differ materially from historical results or current expectations depending upon factors including, but not limited to: our ability to consummate our acquisition of QuickChek on the stated terms or at all; our ability to realize projected synergies from the acquisition of QuickChek and successfully expand our food and beverage offerings; our ability to finance the acquisition of QuickChek on acceptable terms; our ability to continue to maintain a good business relationship with Walmart; successful execution of our growth strategy, including our ability to realize the anticipated benefits from such growth initiatives, and the timely completion of construction associated with our newly planned stores which may be impacted by the financial health of third parties; our ability to effectively manage our inventory, disruptions in our supply chain and our ability to control costs; the impact of severe weather events, such as hurricanes, floods and earthquakes; the impact of a global health pandemic, such as COVID-19 including the impact on our fuel volumes if the gradual recoveries experienced in Q2 2020 stall or reverse as a result of any resurgence in COVID-19 infection rates and government reaction in response thereof; the impact of any systems failures, cybersecurity and/or security breaches, including any security breach that results in theft, transfer or unauthorized disclosure of customer, employee or company information or our compliance with information security and privacy laws and regulations in the event of such an incident; successful execution of our information technology strategy; future tobacco or e-cigarette legislation and any other efforts that make purchasing tobacco products more costly or difficult could hurt our revenues and impact gross margins; changes to the company’s capital allocation, including the timing, declaration, amount and payment of any future dividends or levels of the company’s share repurchases, or management of operating cash; the market price of the Company’s stock prevailing from time to time, the nature of other investment opportunities presented to the Company from time to time, the Company’s cash flows from operations, and general economic conditions; compliance with debt covenants; availability and cost of credit; and changes in interest rates. Our SEC reports, including our most recent annual Report on Form 10-K and quarterly report on Form 10-Q, contain other information on these and other factors that could affect our financial results and cause actual results to differ materially from any forward-looking information we may provide. The company undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events, new information or future circumstances.

Supplemental Disclosure Regarding Non-GAAP Financial Information

The reconciliation of estimated LTM October 2020 Adjusted EBITDA to estimated GAAP net income for QuickChek is as follows:

(Millions of dollars)LTM Oct 2020
Estimated net income$8
Income tax expense$3
Interest expense$5
Depreciation and amortization$29
Estimated Adjusted EBITDA$47

Consistent with Murphy USA’s historical presentation of non-GAAP metrics, Adjusted EBITDA for QuickChek is provided as it is a key metric used in the Company’s operational and financial decision-making. The Company believes that some investors may find it a useful indicator of ongoing operating performance and ability to generate cash flows from operations. Non-GAAP measures are not a substitute for GAAP disclosures and Adjusted EBITDA may be prepared differently by us than by other companies using similarly titled non-GAAP metrics. The above amounts are estimated based on preliminary data for QuickChek’s fiscal year ended October 30, 2020 and are subject to change based on the finalization of the financial statements for such fiscal year.

Hamilton Man Arrested for the Murder of Omar Billups

December 14, 2020

Read previous MidJersey.News story here: BREAKING: Chaos Continues In City, Shooting Murder Makes #39, And 2 Critical After Stabbing All This Morning

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri announced today that an investigation conducted by the Mercer County Homicide Task Force resulted in an arrest this weekend of a Hamilton man for the November 29 murder of Omar Billups.

Quintin Thompson, 25, is charged with one count of first-degree murder, one count of first-degree felony murder, one count of first-degree robbery, weapons offenses and theft of movable property.  Search warrants were executed Saturday morning at Thompson’s Whitehorse Avenue apartment in Hamilton as well as an apartment on Oakland Street in Trenton.  He was taken into custody without incident by the MCHTF, the U.S. Marshals NY/NJ Regional Fugitive Task Force and the Mercer County Tactical Response Team.  Multiple items of evidentiary value were recovered from the Oakland Street apartment of Thompson’s girlfriend, Emoni Henderson, including a 9mm Glock 26 handgun.  The weapon was equipped with an extended magazine and was loaded with hollow-point rounds.  Henderson’s vehicle was located on Oakland Street and seized pending application of a search warrant.  Henderson, 22, was also taken into custody without incident and charged with burglary, theft, and related weapons offenses.  The prosecutor’s office has filed a motion to detain Thompson pending trial.   

At approximately 2:50 a.m. on Sunday, November 29, 2020, Trenton police were dispatched to an apartment at 326 Centre Street on report of a male that was shot.  Upon arrival, they located the victim, later identified as Billups, on the living room floor with blood coming from the back of his head.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.  The victim’s cellphone and keys were not found inside the apartment during a subsequent search.

During the course of the investigation, task force detectives located area surveillance footage from various sources and spoke with witnesses.  They learned that Billups had been driving a white Jeep Cherokee rental vehicle and that Billups had been with Thompson in that vehicle on Friday afternoon, November 28.  The white Jeep Cherokee was located and secured by police on South Westfield Avenue on December 4.

Further investigation by detectives tied a second vehicle to Billups’ homicide. At approximately 5 p.m. on Friday, a black Mitsubishi Uplander was seen arriving at the Winding Brook Apartment Complex on Bradford Drive in Hamilton.  An individual with similar physical characteristics to Thompson is seen exiting the Mitsubishi and walking toward one of the buildings.  That individual returns a short time later and gets back in the Uplander, which then leaves the area.

On November 29, 2020, around 9:10 a.m., Hamilton police responded to an apartment on Bradford Avenue for a reported burglary. When a resident returned from work Saturday morning, she found someone had rummaged through the belongings in the bedroom.  The only item missing was a shoe box that belonged to Billups containing a large unspecified amount of cash.  Further investigation revealed that Billups had a key to the Bradford Avenue apartment.  Both Thompson and Henderson are charged in connection to the burglary and theft of cash in Hamilton.

Despite having been charged, every defendant is presumed innocent until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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. November 17, 2020, Jeremy McTamney, 26, Shooting, Ties Trenton’s record of homicides in 2013.
  38. November 28, 2020, Daniel Alvaranga, 33, Stabbing
  39. November 29, 2020, Omar Billups, 37, Shooting
  40. December 8, 2020, Joel Alexander, 49, Shooting

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.

Hamilton Man Arrested, Charged With Robbery and Possession of CDS

December 14, 2020

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–On December 13, 2020 at approximately 6:02 PM, Hamilton Police were dispatched to Normans Hallmark, located at 1251 Route 33, on a report of a Robbery. A male had entered the store and approached the cashier counter with a Christmas ornament. When he was told the price of the ornament he told the employee to open the register. The employee told him she could not open the register. The male then walked around the counter into the employee area with his left hand in his jacket pocket and implied he had a weapon in the pocket. The employee was able to leave the area and called 9-1-1. The suspect left without any proceeds and was seen by a witness entering a blue Chevy sedan. The witness was also able to take a photograph of the suspect’s license plate as he left the area. Officers on scene broadcasted the license plate and the vehicle was located a short time later driving on Berg Avenue by Officer M. Mayhew. The vehicle was stopped and the male driving the vehicle matched the description of the suspect. He was identified as Frank Stephens, 42 years old, of Hamilton. He was arrested and charged with Robbery and Possession of CDS (Controlled Dangerous Substances).

Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective Lawrence MacArthur of the Hamilton Police Division’s Criminal Investigations Section at 609-689-5827 or the Hamilton Police Crime Tip Hotline at 609-581-4008.

Despite having been charged, every defendant is presumed innocent until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

UPDATE: Arrest Made In Criminal Attempt Homicide In Hamilton

December 14, 2020

See previous MidJersey.News story here: BREAKING: Man Shot in Hamilton

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)– On Friday, December 11, 2020 at 11:15 p.m., Officer D. Broniszewski was in the area of Greenwood Avenue and Atlantic Avenue when he heard gunshots coming from the area of Massachusetts Avenue and Norman Court. Upon his arrival in the area he observed a male and female running in his direction. The male was the victim and had been shot in the buttocks. Additional units arrived on scene and during the course of the investigation identified Donald Robinson, 27, of Ewing as the shooter.

On December 12, 2020 along with the United State Marshals Office, New Jersey State Police Crime Suppression Unit, and Hamilton Police Anti-Crime Unit, officers located Donald Robinson at a residence in Ewing and placed him under arrest.  He was charged with Criminal Attempt Homicide, Aggravated Assault, Possession of Weapon for Unlawful Purpose, Unlawful Possession of Weapon, and Certain Persons Not to Possess Weapons. 

The shooting incident remains under investigation by the Hamilton Police Division’s Criminal Investigations Section.  Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective Dan Inman at 609-581-4035 or the Hamilton Police Crime Tip Hotline at 609-581-4008.

UPDATE: NJ Fire Museum Stolen Trailer Recovered With $5,000 Of Damage, Go Fund Me Set Up For Repair Costs

December 14, 2020

UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–New Jersey Engine and Equipment Museum Inc (NJ Fire Museum) stolen trailer has been recovered but there is $5,000. worth of damage to the trailer. A “Go Fund Me” has been set up to help the NJ Fire Museum collect donations to help pay for the damage to the trailer.

Replace damaged wheels/rims
Replace tires
Replace fender
Replace door locking mechanisms
Body damaged fixed and painted

Go Fund Me page here

November 2, 2020 MidJersey.News story here: Trailer Stolen From NJ Fire Museum