Day: February 8, 2021

UPDATE: Reports indicate up to 3 different stabbings at Mercer County Correctional Facility since Friday

February 8, 2021

By: Tyler Eckel

HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP (MERCER)– A County official has confirmed two violent cases that took place at the Mercer County Correctional Facility, sending three inmates to the hospital.

At about 11:30 Monday morning, four inmates engaged in a physical altercation. Two of these inmates were transported to the hospital, however the extent of injuries are unknown. The incident remains under investigation.

This comes just three days after a separate incident sent one inmate to the hospital. On February 5 at approximately 4:30 pm, two inmates engaged in a physical altercation, which left one with a stab wound. The inmate was transported to Capital Health Trauma Center. This incident also remains under investigation.

A close source also tells MidJersey.News that there has been three separate stabbing incidents since Friday, however we are waiting for confirmation on the incident.

This story is still developing and if more information becomes available, the story will be updated.

See MidJersey.News’ breaking news story here: BREAKING: Person stabbed at Mercer County Correctional Facility, 2nd victim this week

BREAKING: Person stabbed at Mercer County Correctional Facility, 2nd victim this week

February 8, 2021

By: Tyler Eckel

See MidJersey.News’ updated story here: UPDATE: Reports indicate up to 3 different stabbings at Mercer County Correctional Facility since Friday

BREAKING NEWS REPORT: This is a breaking news report with information received from radio traffic and close sources. Once official information is received, updates and corrections will be made.

HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP (MERCER)– One person was reportedly stabbed at the Mercer County Correctional Facility located at 1750 River Road sometime shortly before 11:30 am Monday. It was requested the victim to be airlifted to the hospital, however it is unknown at this time if they went by ground or by air.

This stabbing marks the second stabbing at the Corrections Facility this week, after another person was reportedly stabbed shortly before 5:00 pm on February 5th.

No further information is available at this time. Please check back later.

Military News: Navy Seaman From Mt. Holly On Deployment In US 7th Fleet With USS John Finn (DDG113)

February 8, 2021 (released Feb 8)

PACIFIC OCEAN U.S. Navy Seaman Jamil Kelly, from Mt. Holly, N.J., uses an alidade on a bridge wing of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John Finn (DDG 113) Feb. 2, 2021. John Finn, part of the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group, is on a scheduled deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations. As the U.S. Navy’s largest forward deployed fleet, with its approximate 50-70 ships and submarines, 140 aircraft, and 20,000 Sailors in the area of operations at any given time, 7th Fleet conducts forward-deployed naval operations in support of U.S. national interests throughout a free and open Indo-Pacific area of operations to foster maritime security, promote stability, and prevent conflict alongside 35 other maritime nations and partners. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jason Waite)

Governor Murphy Highlights Brownfields Redevelopment Tax Credit, Launches Loan Program Supporting Brownfields Remediation

Event was held at Mill One in Hamilton Township

February 8, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP-TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Governor Phil Murphy today highlighted two programs that will support the transformation of contaminated brownfields into vibrant community assets. 

The Brownfield Redevelopment Incentive will provide tax credits to support brownfields remediation projects and the Brownfields Loan Program makes low-interest loans of up to $5 million available to brownfield redevelopment projects for all aspects revitalization, including assessment, investigation, and demolition. 

“Investing in communities is one of the pillars of our plan to bring about a stronger, fairer New Jersey,” said Governor Phil Murphy. “Supporting brownfields revitalization projects that transform dangerous, contaminated sites into valuable community assets is crucial to building vibrant neighborhoods and spurring equitable economic growth throughout New Jersey.”

The announcement took place at Mill One, a 19th Century shirt mill on the border of Trenton and Hamilton that has been rehabilitated through a collaboration between developer Modern Recycled Spaces and nonprofit Isles, Inc. The redeveloped property includes the “Social Profit Center,” led by Isles, which will house and support a collection of nonprofit organizations, socially conscious businesses, and local artists, as well as mixed-use, office, and other commercial spaces. The project is being restored to historic preservation standards and has been placed on the National Historic Registry, and includes green technology with solar panels on part of the roof, a “green roof” that reduces storm water impacts, and super-efficient HVAC systems.

“Transforming brownfields into productive properties is one of the more potent aspects of the incentive program,” said Senate President Steve Sweeney. “Changing contaminated land into job-producing projects has environmental, economic, and social justice benefits. The ability to attract and retain jobs and generate economic activity is an urgent need as we work to maintain our competitive edge during the coronavirus. We have to be resourceful and innovative in the face of one of the most challenging crises of our time.”

“These incentive projects are needed to spur business and job growth as we come out of a pandemic crisis that has devastated broad sectors of our economy,” said Senator Sarlo, Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee chair and co-prime sponsor of the program.  “Most importantly, it will provide tax incentives to attract the jobs we want – jobs that pay good salaries in industries that will transform communities, partner with our higher education sector on R&D, provide valuable job training and be good corporate citizens. These are investments in immediate needs and future opportunities.”

“Ensuring that brownfields are converted from dangerous tracts of lands into safe and productive properties that create jobs and improve our environment was a pivotal component of the incentive program,” said Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin. “Equitably boosting New Jersey’s economy while remediating contaminated sites is a win-win for our state and its nine million residents. Job creation and retention was always the critical goal of the incentive program and today’s announcement is just the beginning of more great things to come.” 

“With the right resources and support, brownfields can be transformed into thriving spaces that benefit our environmental and economic health,” said Assemblywoman Eliana Pintor Marin. “These investments will remove barriers to funding for organizations looking to make a change in their communities and spur local economic growth. This was a major facet we considered when approving the incentive program.”

“Revitalizing brownfields is essential to achieving Governor Murphy’s vision for a greener, fairer New Jersey. The Brownfields Loan Program is a unique tool that provides much-needed resources to support the planning and remediation stages of brownfields rehabilitation projects,” said NJEDA Chief Executive Officer Tim Sullivan. “The Brownfield Redevelopment Incentive and the Brownfields Loan Program will play a central role in driving equitable community revitalization and growth across the state.”

“Cleaning up brownfields and replacing them with valuable assets creates new paths for economic growth,” said New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Acting Commissioner Shawn LaTourette. “Brownfields remediation supports Governor Murphy’s environmental protection, environmental justice, and economic growth goals, but they need financial resources to succeed. The Brownfield Redevelopment Incentive and Brownfields Loan Program will open the door to more successful remediation by filling in one of the most pervasive funding gaps that holds back these projects.”

“By transforming contaminated and unused properties into assets that bring in money and create new opportunities, brownfields remediation drives inclusive and equitable development that generates economic growth and supports healthy communities,” said NJEDA Senior Brownfields Advisor Elizabeth Limbrick. “The Brownfield Redevelopment Incentive and Brownfields Loan Program will provide investment resources where they are most needed to have the biggest impact on New Jersey residents’ quality of life.”   

Historically, remediation has been a major barrier to successful brownfield redevelopment projects because of the lack of funding sources available to support site assessment, planning, and cleanup. The Brownfield Redevelopment Incentive and Brownfields Loan Program aim to address this challenge by filling in these funding gaps. 

The Brownfield Redevelopment Incentive is a one-time tax credit that will be issued to developers in the year they complete a remediation project. The tax credit will support costs associated with assessment, investigation, and remediation activities, as well as hazardous materials abatement, waste disposal, and structural remediation. The program is subject to a $50 million annual cap with a maximum $4 million tax credit per project. Tax credits will be awarded through a competitive application process. The NJEDA will release more details on the program specifics and application later this year.
The Brownfields Loan Program offers low-interest financing of $100,000 to $5 million for all aspects of brownfields revitalization projects, including assessment, investigation, and demolition. Loans will be awarded through a competitive application process, with projects receiving scores based on various details about the brownfield site and the proposed redevelopment project. Projects that provide beneficial end uses that promote environmental resiliency, public health, and community well-being will receive higher scores and may also qualify for interest rate reductions if approved for financing. 

Applications for the Brownfields Loan Program are now open. More information about the program and details on the application are available at
The Brownfield Redevelopment Incentive complements NJEDA Community Revitalization, a suite of solutions including the Brownfields Loan Program and the Brownfields Impact Fund designed to support development that transforms underutilized and contaminated spaces into community assets, with the goal of achieving a greener New Jersey. This includes ensuring that residents living in communities that have historically suffered from disinvestment, environmental contamination, and health disparities benefit from brownfields redevelopment. 

More information is available at

Serious crash on I-295 sends pedestrian to the hospital

February 8, 2021

By: Tyler Eckel

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP (MERCER)— A two car collision on I-295 Southbound in the area of exit 62 sent a pedestrian to the hospital around 11:00pm Sunday.

MidJersey.News reporter Tyler Eckel rolled up on the scene directly after the wreck, and assisted with scene lighting to make oncoming cars aware of the hazard until State Police arrived.

Witnesses say a Taxi driver was standing outside of his Taxi in the right shoulder after his vehicle broke down, when a Nissan traveling Southbound struck the pedestrian and his Taxi.

The Southbound lanes of I-295 were shut down for a short period of time.

The driver of the Taxi was transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center with reported serious injuries. The driver of the Nissan was not injured.

Hamilton Fire Department, New Jersey State Police, Robert Wood Johnson EMS, and NJDOT responded to the scene.

State Police are investigating.