Day: March 23, 2021

BREAKING: Trenton Police Investigate Another Shooting Tonight, Reported Person With Non Threatening Graze Wound To Head

March 23, 2021 — Updated 11:36 pm.

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Trenton Police Department, Detective Captain Peter Weremijenko told At 6:58pm officers responded to the 100 block of Hoffman Ave after receiving reports of shots fired.  Officers found several vehicles were struck by gunfire.  While investigating, officers were notified of a victim at Capital Health Regional Medical Center.  The victim suffered a non-life-threatening graze wound to his head.  

At this time we have nothing to indicate that these shootings were related to each other.  We have no suspect information to provide, but we ask that anyone with any information contact our confidential tip line at 609-989-DRUG (3784)

All of these incidents are being investigated by the Trenton Police Shooting Response Team.    

Photos by: Brian McCarthy, OnScene News

BREAKING: Trenton Police Investigate Shooting On St. Joes Avenue and Find 2 Discarded Firearms

March 23, 2021 — Updated 11:31 pm

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Trenton Police Department, Detective Captain Peter Weremijenko told At 5:23pm Trenton Police Officers responded to the 300 block of St. Joes Ave after receiving reports of shots fired.  Police Officers found spent shell casings and 2 firearms discarded in the area.  They also noticed several vehicles struck by bullets.  No injuries were reported.  

The Trenton Police Shooting Response Team is investigating the incident.  

Photos by: Brian McCarthy, OnScene News

Hamilton Township Republican Committee Announces Council Candidates

March 23, 2021

By: Tyler Eckel

Statement from the Hamilton Township Republican Committee.

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP (MERCER)– Hamilton Township Republican Committee Chairwoman Ileana Schirmer announced their 2021 committee nominated council candidates.

“Republicans and I are excited about our newly nominated council candidates,” said Schirmer “We are proud to have Robert ‘Bob’ Diszler, Joe DeMarco, and James Boozan as our council candidates. Each candidate represents a segment out of our beautiful town and have spent their lives giving back tothe community.”

Bob Diszler is a life-long Hamiltonian and a proud father of two girls. Bob served 26 years as Hamilton Township Police Officer. During his 26 years of service, Bob has served as a patrol officer, swat team member, field training officer, detective in criminal investigations, and school resource officer at Steinert High School. Bob was also elected PBA local 66 president for 2 terms, and even awarded Police Officer of the Year. Bob retired in July of 2019 from the Hamilton Police Department, where he is now currently working towards his CPA exam.

Joe DeMarco has been a long-time Hamilton resident. He has been a Sports Performance Trainer for the past 25 years. He owns a sports performance training center in Hamilton with the main goal of providing kids with a place and avenue where they can succeed both academically and athletically. As a business owner, he knows first-hand the struggles that come with owning a small business in New Jersey and in Hamilton. Throughout his business ownership and career, Joe has worked with many Hamilton school children and has seen the overall benefits of children participating in sports. He has seen them become successful adults who contribute back to our community and many who, themselves, have opened their own small businesses. To Joe, giving back to the community he loves and restoring pride back in Hamilton is essential.

James Boozan is a life-long resident of Hamilton. He is a family man and a proud father of four girls. He is an Executive for several Behavioral Health facilities throughout the country, with one located in North Jersey. James also volunteers for various non-profits to help with the growing substance abuse and mental health issues in our society especially among children. James is getting involved with politics to help make a change in his local community. There are many pressing issues we face as a society, as well as Hamiltonians, but with the right people in office, James believes we can make a positive change and work to enhance Hamilton’s history of being a safe, small town, families gravitate to.

This year, Hamilton residents will have a choice to continue with the special interest, insider deals or a choice to return to traditional values, public safety andrecreation, the Hamilton we deserve.

Shots Fired In Trenton

March 23, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Trenton Police Department responded to a shots fired call in the 300 Block of Brunswick Avenue near Sanford Street around 2:15 pm.

Trenton Police Department, Detective Captain Peter Weremijenko stated that the police responded to the shots fired call and found empty bullet casings but no victims were found.

Trenton Police had a crime scene set up for the investigation.

No other information is available at this time.

The Trenton Police Shooting Response Team is investigating the incident.  

Photos by: Brian McCarthy, OnScene News

Chick-fil-A Announces New Hazlet Restaurant to Open on April 1

Restaurant to Bring Approximately 100 Full- and Part-Time Jobs to Community

March 23, 2021

HAZLET, NJ (MONM0OUTH)–Chick-fil-A Hazlet, located in Monmouth County, on the boarder of Hazlet and Holmdel, is slated to open for business on Thursday, April 1. Chick-fil-A®, Inc. has selected Brandon Jones as the independent franchised Owner/Operator of this new Chick-fil-A restaurant in Hazlet. Jones will be responsible for all day-to-day activities of the business, including employing approximately 100 full- and part-time Team Members, cultivating relationships with local organizations and neighboring businesses, and serving Guests. Chick-fil-A Hazlet is located at 2819 State Route 35 and will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

At Chick-fil-A, safe service is our first priority. New Chick-fil-A restaurants will take additional time to review operations and make sure appropriate precautions are in place before opening their dining rooms, to ensure the safety of Guests and Team Members. Currently, Chick-fil-A Hazlet will open via drive-thru only. Guests can take advantage of contactless ordering and payment through the Chick-fil-A mobile app. To learn more about Chick-fil-A’s response to the coronavirus, please visit our safe service page.

In place of the traditional Chick-fil-A First 100® Grand Opening celebration, Chick-fil-A Hazlet will be surprising 100 local heroes making an impact in Monmouth County with free Chick-fil-A for a year. Additionally, in honor of the new restaurant opening, Chick-fil-A will donate $25,000 to Feeding America. The funds will be distributed to partners within the greater Hazlet area to aid in the fight against hunger.

Locally Owned and Operated

Born and raised in Monmouth County, Brandon Jones has been determined to bring a Chick-fil-A restaurant to his community. So much so, that he began the process of becoming an Operator more than 10 years ago, holding off on moving into this role until there was an opportunity in Monmouth County. Prior to joining Chick-fil-A, Jones held a number of sales and marketing positions at industry-leading organizations, such as ZOLL Medical Corporation and Hologic Inc.

“Becoming an Operator in Monmouth County is a dream that has been a decade in the making and I couldn’t be more thrilled to finally see it come to life,” said Jones. “I look forward to making this restaurant a cornerstone of the community, creating a place that delivers great food with excellent service and provides personal and professional growth opportunities for Team Members.”

Team Member Investment

Chick-fil-A franchised Operators are committed to hiring, developing and retaining top talent, and providing a great work environment for people of all ages and backgrounds. They also offer their Team Members opportunities for flexible work hours and leadership growth, competitive pay and benefits, hands-on training and mentoring, and the chance to apply for scholarships to support their continuing education. As with all Chick-fil-A restaurants, Team Members are guaranteed Sundays off.

Quality Ingredients; Delicious Food

Chick-fil-A focuses on serving customers great-tasting food made with high quality ingredients. The produce we use in our recipes – from whole lemons and chopped apples, to fresh romaine lettuce and tomatoes – is delivered to our restaurants up to six times a week. Chick-fil-A Lemonade is made from three simple ingredients: lemon juice, sugar and water. All U.S. Chick-fil-A restaurants now serve chicken raised with No Antibiotics Ever, starting from the egg. By not allowing antibiotics of any kind, Chick-fil-A chicken meets the highest commitment for non-antibiotic use. For more information about the Chick-fil-A No Antibiotics Ever commitment, visit

Commitment to Customer Service

With a longstanding tradition in the restaurant industry for setting high standards in customer service, Chick-fil-A earned recognition for providing the “best fast food customer service in America” according to America’s Best Customer Service 2020 report by Newsweek, among other honors. 

            For more information about Chick-fil-A and stories about the Brand’s food, people and customers across the country, visit For the latest news and updates on Chick-fil-A Hazlet, visit the Chick-fil-A Hazlet Facebook page.

About Chick-fil-A, Inc.

Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A, Inc. is a family owned and privately held restaurant company founded in 1967 by S. Truett Cathy. Devoted to serving the local communities in which its franchised restaurants operate, and known for its Original Chick-fil-A® Chicken Sandwich, Chick-fil-A serves freshly prepared food in more than 2,600 restaurants in 47 states, Washington, D.C., and Canada.

A leader in customer service satisfaction, Chick-fil-A was named top fast food restaurant in Newsweek’s 2019 America’s Best Customer Service report and received several honors in QSR’s 2019 Reader’s Choice Awards, including “The Most Respected Quick-Service Brand” and “Best Brand for Overall Experience”.  Additionally, Glassdoor named Chick-fil-A one of the top 100 best places to work in 2020. More information on Chick-fil-A is available at

Introducing Mercer County Military Action Council

March 23, 2021

TRENTON (March 23, 2021) – Two Mercer County residents with ties to the Armed Forces have founded the Mercer County Military Action Council (MCMAC), a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the service members and the mission of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (JB MDL), as well as active-duty personnel, reservists, guardsmen, veterans and their respective families living in local towns.

Regina Arcuri of Robbinsville and William “Bill” Cleave of Pennington, both honorary commanders at JB MDL, created this nonprofit organization in January 2021.  They joined forces with Alan Gilmore, an attorney from Pennington, and David A. Lauer, CPA of Hamilton to complete the council’s executive board. The council launched its website this week.

Arcuri, chairwoman of MCMAC, encourages Mercer County area business owners, local government officials and residents to join the organization. “We need a military support organization here in Mercer County not only to support the service members and the mission of the base, but also to inform local businesses that they can tap into a highly skilled and responsible workforce.”

Arcuri has been active in other military support organizations based in Ocean and Burlington counties for years. She soon realized that many military families live and work here in Mercer, many of whom silently struggle to fit into their adopted (and often temporary) communities. “These families would benefit from a military support organization located close to home,” she said.

“Supporting the base and these families helps everyone who lives in our county. We all need each other,” she added.

Cleave, vice chairman of the organization, noted that his father served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, including the D-Day invasion at Omaha Beach, and then in the reserves during the Korean War. His parents, he said, taught him to honor the sacrifices of the men and women in uniform and their families. “Helping to establish this organization is my way of paying it forward,” he said.

Both Arcuri, who retired last year as a deputy director of New Jersey Lottery after more than 30 years with the state agency, and Cleave, co-owner of Flagship Insurance Agency in Pennington, have been involved in the Honorary Commander Program at JB MDL for several years. Arcuri joined the installation’s first group of honorary commanders inducted into the emeritus program when it was created in 2017.

The purpose of the Honorary Commander Program is to increase public awareness of the installation’s mission and to foster a supportive relationship between military commanders and civic leaders. The goal is to educate civilian volunteers on the various missions of each service branch and to encourage communication between installation commanders and surrounding towns. Honorary commanders are required to complete condensed training exercises that mimic those of service members in their respective branches, tour base operations to learn the mission of each branch, attend base ceremonies, and spend time with service members to understand how local communities can better assist them.

MCMAC will allow Arcuri and Cleave to continue the important work of communicating the base’s mission and goals, as well as the needs of service members and military families, to its membership, who, in turn, will further the message to their friends and family.

Arcuri said it has been their privilege to serve as honorary commanders. “Through that program Bill and I became acutely aware of the base’s economic impact on New Jersey,” Arcuri said. “It’s now up to MCMAC to educate local government officials, business leaders and residents as to how they can help maintain this valuable asset that benefits all of us.”   

Gilmore, of The Gilmore Firm LLC, serves as secretary of the organization, while Lauer serves as treasurer.

 “Joining MCMAC is an easy way to show that you care about the people who help to protect our country,” Gilmore said, adding that his father was a Marine who fought in the Pacific Rim during World War II. “His service is a source of pride that should be recognized by everyone and should not be taken for granted, which will hopefully promote and continue the tradition of service.”

Lauer, a partner in Five Points Financial in Hamilton, has worked with many military personnel during his accounting career. “Without fail, I have found them to be the most respectful, appreciative, and forthright group of individuals to work with,” Lauer said. “Paying it back by joining the Mercer County Military Action Council’s executive board was a decision I made without hesitation.”

Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst was formed in 2009 as the nation’s only tri-service installation – uniquely capable of projecting air, land and sea power in support of our nation’s defense. The base serves as an economic engine for our entire region. The base is the second largest employer in New Jersey, contributing $6.9 billion annually to our state economy. More than 42,000 active-duty personnel and civilians work and live on and around the base.

“The installation is an incredible resource and we’re lucky to have it in our backyard,” Cleave said.

Aside from hosting fundraisers and military appreciation events, MCMAC will hold networking events so local business leaders can meet base commanders and procurement agents. The organization will also encourage local businesses to tap into the talent on base and offer transitioning service members an opportunity to use their skills in the civilian workplace.

MCMAC is now accepting sponsorships and memberships through its website. For more information about the Mercer County Military Action Council, visit

Mission Statement: Mercer County Military Action Council serves as a liaison between Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst commanders and the civilian community to foster a meaningful dialogue of their shared interests, and to collectively meet the needs of service members on base as well as active-duty personnel, reservists, guardsmen, veterans and their respective families living in our communities.

Former Laurita Winery Manager Charged With Theft

March 23, 2021

PLUMSTED TOWNSHIP, NJ (OCEAN)–Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer and Plumsted Township Police Chief Earl Meroney announced that on March 22, 2021, Nancy Proctor, 62, of Ortley Beach, was charged with Theft by Unlawful Taking in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:20-3a.

An investigation by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Economic Crime Unit and Plumsted Township Police Department revealed that Proctor – a former manager at Laurita Winery in New Egypt – stole in excess of $40,000 from the winery during the course of her employment spanning the time period from January 24, 2019 through November 1, 2019.  Proctor was responsible for collecting payments from food vendors for events taking place at Laurita Winery, but instead diverted the monies intended for Laurita Winery to her own personal PayPal accounts, for her own personal benefit.

On March 22, 2021, law enforcement located Proctor at her current place of employment in Seaside Heights; she was subsequently transported to the Seaside Heights Police Department, where she was processed and released on a summons pending a future court date.

Prosecutor Billhimer and Chief Meroney commend the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Economic Crime Unit, Plumsted Township Police Department, and Seaside Heights Police Department for their collaborative efforts in connection with 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.

UPDATE: Trenton man charged with attempted murder of federal agent after officer-involved shooting

March 23, 2021

By: Tyler Eckel

See related story here: UPDATE: One injured in officer-involved shooting during multi-agency investigation

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP (MERCER)– The Mercer County Homicide Task force and the New Jersey State Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting, criminal attempted murder, and robbery involving a Trenton man. It occurred in Hamilton Township, around 9:00 pm on Monday.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, at approximately 9 p.m., agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms were engaged in an undercover operation. During the operation, two undercover agents were at Krauszer’s Food Store on Greenwood Avenue. During the operation, a black male wearing a black mask approached the undercover vehicle after one of the agents exited the vehicle. The black male, identified as Jabree Johnson, 26-year-old Trenton resident, entered the vehicle and pointed a handgun at the second agent demanding money. The second agent exited the vehicle and fired shots at the black male. As the suspect exited the vehicle, he fired shots at the agent before fleeing down Atlantic Avenue and out of sight.

Trenton police officers were contacted by Capital Health Regional Medical Center at 9:05 p.m. and advised a gunshot victim was brought in by personal vehicle. At the hospital, it was determined that the gunshot victim was a black male wearing bleached blue jeans, a white shirt soiled with blood, and brown boots. The gunshot victim was identified as Jabree Johnson. Johnson told a detective with the Mercer County Shooting Response Team that he was shot in the area of Walnut Avenue and declined to provide further information. Trenton police informed HTF that no reports of shots fired in that area were received during this timeframe. It should also be noted that Johnson had a large amount of cash with him.

Video received by HTF detectives from the undercover vehicle located at Krauszer’s captured the exchange. It depicts Johnson entering the vehicle with the second undercover agent, pointing a handgun at the agent, and telling him to hand over the money. The agent tosses an amount of bundled United States currency at Johnson who then orders the agent out of the vehicle. The agent fires at Johnson, striking him in the shoulder area. As Johnson exits the vehicle, he fires multiple times at the agent before fleeing down Atlantic Avenue.

Johnson, 26, of Cleveland Avenue, remains hospitalized in stable condition. He is charged with attempted murder, robbery, aggravated assault, resisting arrest and weapons offenses. The prosecutor’s office will be filling a motion to detain Johnson pending trial.

The incident remains under investigation.

Despite having been charged, all persons are presumed innocent until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law

UPDATE: One injured in officer-involved shooting during multi-agency investigation

March 23, 2021

By: Tyler Eckel

We have another update. Check it out. UPDATE: Trenton man charged with attempted murder of federal agent after officer involved shooting

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP (MERCER)– The Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office has confirmed that an officer-involved shooting occurred Monday night in Hamilton.

It occurred around 9:00 pm in the parking lot of Krauszer’s Food Store on Greenwood Avenue. It took place during a federal investigation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF).

Preliminary investigation suggests a suspect entered a vehicle with an undercover officer. The suspect engaged in an altercation with the two federal officers, and at some point, an officer’s weapon was discharged. The suspect, identified as a Trenton man in his 20s, fled the scene on foot.

The suspect ended up at the Trauma Center at Capital Health Regional Medical Center suffering from a gunshot wound, where he is currently listed in critical but stable condition.

The shooting is currently under investigation by the Mercer County Homicide Task Force at the direction of the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General.

Sources also tell that the male went to the Krauszer’s to purchase a firearm illegally, and shots were fired. After the shots were fired, the suspect fled the scene and got into a vehicle with New York plates, which was occupied by two other subjects.

The sources added that Trenton Police have the hospitalized suspect and the two other subjects in custody at this time.

This remains a developing story.

See related story here: DEVELOPING: At least one person shot, multi agency investigation in Hamilton/Trenton