ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–At 10:32 am the Robbinsville Police, Robbinsville Fire Department, RWJ EMS-Hamilton and Capital Health Paramedics responded to 108 North Main Street for an accident. There were unconfirmed reports of a person ejected from a vehicle and pinned along a fence line. The person was located at the rear of the property and removed from the situation. The person was transported to the Trauma Center at Capital Health Regional Medical Center. The Robbinsville Township Police Department is investigating. No further details are available at this time.
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TRENTON (MERCER)– Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced that a suspended senior correctional police officer was indicted today for allegedly using oleoresin capsicum (OC) spray, commonly known as “pepper spray,” against an inmate at Mid-State Correctional Facility without justification and falsifying two Department of Corrections reports concerning the incident.
Jovanny Galindo, 33, of Neptune City, N.J., was indicted today by a state grand jury on charges of official misconduct (2nd degree), aggravated assault (3rd degree), tampering with public records (3rd degree), and falsifying or tampering with records (4th degree). The indictment is the result of a joint investigation by the New Jersey Department of Corrections Special Investigations Division and the Attorney General’s Office of Public Integrity and Accountability (OPIA).
On June 16, 2020, Galindo, a Senior Correctional Police Officer at Mid-State Correctional Facility, allegedly confronted a seated inmate and sprayed OC spray into the face of the inmate without any apparent justification. In the “special custody report” and “use of force report” Galindo filed on the incident, he stated that the inmate ignored an order, became argumentative, and verbally threatened Galindo, which prompted him to use the spray. It is alleged that Galindo’s statements in the reports were false and his use of force against the inmate was not authorized under the Department of Corrections’ Use of Force Policy.
“We are committed to holding correctional police officers accountable if they engage in misconduct and jeopardize the safety of inmates,” said Attorney General Grewal. “When correctional police officers abuse their authority, it impacts the rights and welfare of inmates, as well as the safety and security of the prison environment.”
Deputy Attorney General Brian Uzdavinis is prosecuting the case for the OPIA Corruption Bureau, under the supervision of Corruption Bureau Chief Peter Lee and Counsel to the Director Anthony Picione. Attorney General Grewal thanked the Department of Corrections Special Investigations Division for its work on the investigation.
The second-degree charge of official misconduct carries a sentence of five to 10 years in state prison, with a mandatory minimum term of five years in prison without possibility of parole, and a fine of up to $150,000. The third-degree charge carries a sentence of three to five years in prison, with a mandatory minimum term of two years without possibility of parole, and a fine of up to $15,000. Fourth-degree charges carry a sentence of up to 18 months in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
The indictment is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
The indictment was handed up to Superior Court Judge Janetta D. Marbrey in Mercer County, who assigned the case to Burlington County, where Galindo will be ordered to appear in court at a later date for arraignment.
A Burlington County, New Jersey, man today admitted stealing more than $350,000 from a special needs trust, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced.
Eugene Young, 69, of Mount Holly, New Jersey, pleaded guilty by video conference before U.S. District Judge Joseph H. Rodriguez to an information charging him with one count of wire fraud.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
A special needs trust was established to provide for the supplemental care, maintenance, support, and education of a disabled individual and, in December 2017, had more than $1 million in assets in two bank accounts. In December 2017, Young caused the trust’s trustee, a senior citizen, to execute a power of attorney appointing him as the trustee’s agent.
Young used the power of attorney to gain access to the trust’s bank accounts and, between December 2017 and June 2019, used a variety of means to divert funds from the trust. Young used a debit card associated with the bank accounts to make more than 650 purchases and approximately 200 ATM withdrawals. He also wrote checks from the accounts to himself, made other withdrawals from the accounts, and cashed portions of annuity checks that were the property of the trust. The funds were not used for the benefit of the trust’s beneficiary, as required by the terms of the trust, but rather for Young’s personal use. Young misappropriated more than $350,000 from the trust before his scheme was discovered.
The wire fraud charge carries a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000 or twice the gross pecuniary gain to the defendant or twice the gross pecuniary loss to others, whichever is greater. Sentencing is scheduled for June 7, 2021.
Acting U.S. Attorney Honig credited special agents of FBI’s Atlantic City Resident Agency, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge George M. Crouch Jr. in Newark, special agents of the Defense Criminal Investigative Service, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Patrick J. Hegarty, and special agents of U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Jason J. Molina, with the investigation leading to today’s guilty plea.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel A. Friedman of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Criminal Division in Camden.
Defense counsel: Thomas Young Esq., Assistant Federal Public Defender, Camden
“Words are inadequate to convey my sorrow over the murder of Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick who courageously fought the violent mob that stormed the Capitol building on January 6th.
This morning I joined his family, law enforcement officers and my congressional colleagues at a solemn ceremony in the US Capitol honoring Officer Sicknick.
As a member of the New Jersey National Guard, Officer Sicknick safely deployed during Operation Southern Watch in 1999 and Enduring Freedom in 2003 only to be killed in the line of duty defending Members of Congress and staff and the Capitol building during a joint session of Congress.
Brian died a hero and deserves our eternal gratitude for his sacrifice.
My wife Marie and I—and my family and staff—offer our deepest condolences to and prayers for his family, friends, and colleagues.”
HAMILTON TOWNSHIP (MERCER): Hamilton Township’s Department of Community and Economic Development announces program to assist with utility, rent and mortgage relief to qualifying Township residents.
Hamilton Township has secured over $650,000 of its federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) CARES Funds (CDBG-CV 3) in order to fund the Township’s Mortgage & Rental Relief Assistance Program. Program applications will fall into two categories – residential and business assistance. Program applications will be reviewed in coordination by the Township and Arm In Arm, a local non-profit agency which assists Mercer County residents with food, housing, and job support.
The residential portion of the Mortgage & Rental Relief Program will allow for rental, mortgage or utility assistance to low and moderate income households that have had a substantial reduction in income or became unemployed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The emergency rental or mortgage assistance grant has a cap of $10,000 throughout a period of six months. All approved applicants will be reviewed at the three-month interval to see if they are still in need of assistance.
“Many Hamilton residents have experienced a significant disruption to their lives – both their health and economically. This program goes a long way to ensure these residents do not fall behind on their rent, mortgage or utility and will allow them and their family to have a safe place to live,” said Mayor Jeff Martin. “I want to thank Fred Dumont, Director of Community & Economic Development, and his team for partnering with Arm In Arm so these funds get distributed as quickly as possible to those who need them.”
“This program helps our homeowners and renters but just as important it helps our landlords and financial institutions,” stated Fred Dumont, Director of Community and Economic Development. “It allows people to stay in their homes, allows the landlords to pay their taxes, and the banks to keep our residents employed. Coupled with our upcoming commercial mortgage and rental relief program, this is a big lift to our economy.”
Details on the business portion of the Mortgage & Rental Relief Program will be announced at a date in the near future. Individuals and businesses seeking to review the program requirements or to apply may do so by visiting HamiltonNJ.com/MortgageRentalRelief or arminarm.org/HTA
TRENTON (MERCER)– At approximately 10:55 this morning, Trenton Police responded to the 100 block of Oakland Street for a reported shooting. Responding officers located evidence in the area, but did not locate any victims.
While conducting their investigation, a victim showed up at Capital Health Trauma Center suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.
Trenton Police told MidJersey.News that the injuries were determined to be non-life threatening as of 2:05 pm today.
No arrests have been made in the incident.
This shooting remains under investigation by Trenton’s Detective Sergeant Yolanda Ward and the Mercer County Shooting Response Team.