Day: January 6, 2021

Police seeking assistance in locating missing Hamilton teen

January 6, 2021

By: Tyler Eckel

HAMILTON (MERCER): On Thursday, December 10, 2020, Hamilton Police were detailed to the 200 block of Woodlawn Avenue for a report of a missing 16 year old female, Princesiaha Jones. Jones was last seen at a family function in the city of Trenton on November 20, 2020.

She is described as a black female, approximately 5’4 and 155lbs, with black hair and brown eyes.  She has been in contact with her mother but refuses to return home.  She is believed to be staying in Trenton at this time.

Anyone with additional information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective Kevin Krall of the Criminal Investigations Juvenile Section at (609) 689-5826 or the Hamilton Police Crime Tip Hotline at (609) 581-4008.

Jamesburg Man Sentenced In South Brunswick Fatal Hit & Run

January 6, 2021

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and Chief Raymond J. Hayducka of the South Brunswick Police Department announced that a Jamesburg man has been sentenced for his involvement in a crash resulting in the death of Cory Holsten, 25, of the Dayton section of South Brunswick.

Peter Prete, 59, of Jamesburg, was sentenced by the Honorable Andrea Carter, J.S.C. to an aggregate eleven years in prison on one count of second-degree knowingly leaving the scene of a motor vehicle crash resulting in death and one count of third-degree hindering his own apprehension. Upon his release from prison, Prete will be subject to a one-year loss of license for having left the scene of the crash.

Prete was arrested and charged following an investigation by Patrolman William Merkler of the South Brunswick Police Department and Detective Jonathan Berman of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.  The investigation determined that on August 8, 2019, at approximately 8:50 P.M., Prete was driving a Jeep Wrangler when he was involved in a crash with a motorcycle driven by Holsten.  Prete then fled the scene.  Holsten was pronounced dead at the scene from the injuries he sustained in the crash.

Howell Man Charged With Vehicular Homicide

January 6, 2021

MANCHESTER, NJ (OCEAN)–Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer has announced that on January 5, 2021, Stephen McGuire, 43, of Howell, was charged with Vehicular Homicide in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:11-5a, as well as Strict Liability Vehicular Homicide in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:11-5.3a, in connection with the death of James Grover, 62, also of Howell, on December 12, 2020.  Additionally, McGuire was charged with three counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4a(2), Criminal Trespass in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:18-3b, and the motor offenses of Driving While Intoxicated in violation of N.J.S.A. 39:4-50, Driving While Intoxicated with a Minor as a Passenger in violation of N.J.S.A. 39:4-50.15, and Reckless Driving in violation of N.J.S.A. 39:4-96.

On December 12, 2020, at approximately 8:30 p.m., Officers from the Manchester Township Police Department responded to Heritage Minerals Mine, also known as ASARCO, on Route 70 in Whiting, for a report of a motor vehicle accident with a submersion. Responding Officers spoke to a group of individuals who were operating Utility Terrain Vehicles (UTVs); the group related to the Officers that a UTV had entered the lake at the center of the property, causing the UTV and its passengers to be submerged in the lake. 

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An investigation by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Vehicular Homicide Unit and Manchester Township Police Department revealed that a UTV being driven by McGuire, which included James Grover and three minors as passengers, had entered the lake.  The UTV and Mr. Grover did not resurface.  The other passengers and members of the group attempted to locate Mr. Grover but were unsuccessful.  Manchester Township Police and members of the Manchester, Ridgeway and Whiting Volunteer Fire Companies conducted an underwater dive search and rescue operation and located the UTV overturned and submerged in 25 feet of water.  Mr. Grover was attached to the UTV by his safety harness.  Mr. Grover was removed from his safety harness, and life saving measures were performed by Manchester Township Emergency Medical Technicians and Robert Wood Johnson Paramedics.  Mr. Grover succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

In furtherance of the investigation, McGuire was taken to Community Medical Center in Toms River.  A search warrant was obtained for a draw of his blood; laboratory results from the blood draw – received by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office on January 5, 2021 – revealed that McGuire had a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of .127 %.  In the State of New Jersey, an operator of a motor vehicle is presumed to be over the legal limit for purposes of alcohol consumption where his/her BAC is .08 or greater.

On January 5, 2021, McGuire was arrested without incident at his residence in Howell by Detectives from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Vehicular Homicide Unit and Officers from Manchester Township Police Department.  He is currently lodged in the Ocean County Jail pending a detention hearing.

Prosecutor Billhimer commends the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Vehicular Homicide Unit, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Victim Witness Advocacy Unit, Manchester Township Police Department, New Jersey State Police Aviation Unit, Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit, Manchester Volunteer Fire Company, Ridgeway Volunteer Fire Company, Whiting Volunteer Fire Company, Manchester Township Emergency Medical Services, Robert Wood Johnson Paramedics, and Ocean County Medical Examiner’s Office, for their collaborative efforts relative to this investigation.

The press and public are reminded that all defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Police And Firefighters Now Eligible To Get COVID-19 Vaccinations Per Governor Murphy

January 6, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Governor Murphy announced today that Police and Firefighters are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine starting Tomorrow, Thursday January 7, 2021. Some police and firefighters have already received the vaccination due to holding multiple roles such as a EMT or other health care provider. This will allow all police and firefighters to receive the vaccination starting tomorrow.

Statement from the NJ FMBA via Facebook:

FMBA: I am extremely pleased to announce, through the hard work of the NJ FMBA and the NJ Division of Fire Safety, under the direction of NJ State Fire Marshal Rich Mikutsky, Governor Phil Murphy has moved all active first responders into the first round of vaccinations. Starting tomorrow, firefighters and police officers will be moved into the same category as EMTs and health care providers for COVID-19 vaccinations. If you have any questions, please call the NJ FMBA office at 732-499-9250. We will also be discussing this topic in greater detail at the January virtual state meeting to be held on Wednesday, January 13th, at 0930hrs. Although this decision is up to each individual, I am pleased to announce many of our members have received the vaccine already. While it is unclear if dispatchers are included in this order, the NJ FMBA is working diligently with the NJ Department of Health to identify which category dispatchers should fall into. – Eddie

The State of NJ is reporting there have been 137,829 vaccinations statewide.

135,606 individuals have received their first dose 2,149 individuals have received their second dose.

Man arrested after flashing woman in Hamilton park

January 6, 2021

By: Tyler Eckel

HAMILTON (MERCER): On January 5, 2021, Hamilton Police Units were dispatched to Veterans Park North, for a suspicious person investigation. Officers were met by a 28 year old female, who advised officers that while she was running in the park, she was approached by a black male that exposed his genitalia in her direction as she passed by him.

Responding officers located a suspect in the park, matching the description as given to them by the victim. Officers identified the suspect as 20 year old Trenton resident, Zachary Dunn. Through follow up investigation, Zachary Dunn was arrested and charged with Lewdness.

Investigating officers also learned that a second female (Juvenile), was approached on this same date, but only had a short verbal interaction with arrestee Dunn.  

Hamilton Police Detectives are asking the public if anyone was witness to the above incidents, or had any interaction with Zachary Dunn, to please contact Detective Daniel Inman in the Criminal Investigations Section at (609) 581-4035, or via email at  The public can also contact the Hamilton Police Crime Tip Hotline at (609) 581-4008 with additional information regarding this case.

Every defendant is presumed innocent until being found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.