Month: April 2021

Accident With Entrapment And Wires Down In Lawrence Township

April 10, 2021

LAWRENCE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Around 12:53 pm. Lawrence Township Fire Companies, Lawrence Police and Lawrence EMS, were dispatched to Bakers Basin Road for a vehicle into a utility pole with entrapment. Upon arrival EMS and firefighters. it was found that a vehicle had cut a pole in half and live wires down. The person that was reported trapped was pulled from the vehicle. Lawrence Township Police has Bakers Basin Road closed at Basin & Lawrence Station Roads and near the Delaware – Raritan Canal. The person was taken to the Trauma Center at Capital Health Regional Medical Center. PSE&G will be working on the repairs most of the day, Google Maps is reporting that repairs could take up to midnight.

No further information is available at this time. If information becomes available the story will be updated and corrections made.


Photos by Brian McCarthy, OnScene News

Hazardous Materials Incident In West Windsor Township

April 9, 2021

WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–West Windsor Emergency Services and Princeton Junction Fire Department responded to 3490 Route 1 North, Building 19 for a carbon monoxide alarm around 6:15 pm. Upon arrival firefighters using their meters reported that they were getting readings of 50,000 parts per million of carbon monoxide and a very high reading on a combustible gas meter. The building was evacuated and the West Windsor Services Hazardous Materials Team was called to the scene. The building was vented by opening doors and windows and circulating fresh air using positive pressure fans. The hazardous materials team cleaned up a spilled flammable liquid and placed in a salvage drum. There was no information available to the name of the liquid spilled. The incident was completed by 10:10 pm. No other information is available. Information is from witnesses, and on scene reporting if official information is released the story will be updated.


Trenton Launches Homebound Resident Vaccination Campaign

City Bringing 1,000 Vaccines Directly to Residents with Health, Transportation Challenges Starting April 12

April 9, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Mayor W. Reed Gusciora today announced that the City of Trenton Department of Health and Human Services is starting a homebound vaccination program this Monday, April 12, 2021 that will bring 1,000 Johnson & Johnson single-dose COVID-19 vaccines to Trenton residents who are unable to get to a vaccine clinic on their own.

In-home vaccinations will be provided to individuals – age 18 or over – who are immobile due to underlying medical conditions or transportation limitations. Homebound residents or their relatives can call (609) 815-2556 or email amthomas@trentonnj.org to schedule an in-home vaccine appointment.

All in-home vaccinations will be administered by qualified medical professionals who will use the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine, which is easier to transport and requires only one appointment. City medical staff will wait 15 to 30 minutes with each patient after administering the vaccine to monitor for side effects.

The city already has a list of 400 individuals for the program and is scheduled to visit multiple senior and high-density housing locations over the next few weeks including South Village, Luther Arms, Kingsbury Towers, Trent Center East, Trent Center West, North 25, and numerous residential properties throughout Trenton.

This effort was made possible due to ongoing support from the Trenton Health Team, the Henry J. Austin Medical Center, the Mercer County Board of Social Services, Trenton Housing Authority, Mercer County Meals on Wheels and the Trenton Council of Civic Associations.

“As we navigate our way out of this pandemic, the last thing we want is for our most vulnerable populations to fall behind,” said Mayor Gusciora. “If you can’t come to us, we’ll come to you. We won’t emerge from this crisis unless all of our residents have equal access to the vaccine, and we won’t rest until that goal is realized.”

This is one of many efforts taking place in Trenton to ensure that minority communities or individuals who face certain economic and health conditions do not fall behind in the state vaccine rollout. Just last week, Trenton finished a joint federal, state, and city vaccine clinic that brought 3,000 vaccines to Trenton’s religious congregations. The success of those efforts in Trenton resulted in the state allocating an additional 2,000 vaccines to the City that were also administered last week.

“We’ve shown time and time again that this City will use every resource at its disposal to get the job done,” said Dr. Adela M. Ames-Lopez, Director of Health and Human Services. “Every vaccine we’ve received has been used, and our efficiency at every vaccine clinic has helped us build a supportive network of state, federal, health care, and community partners who came together to provide this critical service to our most vulnerable residents.”

As always, all residents interested in the vaccine should reserve a spot at the state portal at covidvaccine.nj.gov. and contact the City Department of Health at (609)-989-3242 or covidvac@trentonnj.org.

The City of Trenton Department of Health and Human Services has directly administered a total of 11,800 vaccines, which does not include thousands of other Trentonians that have been vaccinated by Mercer County, Henry J. Austin, area pharmacies, and other entities.

Trenton has had a total of 6,700 COVID-19 cases and 87 related deaths to date.


Governor Murphy and Attorney General Grewal Release Recommendations of Interagency Working Group on Body Worn Cameras

AG’s Office is administering $58 million grant program for police departments to purchase body worn cameras, which must be worn by all uniformed patrol officers by June 1

April 9, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Governor Phil Murphy and Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal today released the final report of the Interagency Working Group on Body Worn Cameras, which the Governor created by Executive Order 201 to provide advice and recommendations regarding technology solutions to assist with the deployment of body worn cameras by all law enforcement agencies in New Jersey. 

On Nov. 24, 2020, Governor Murphy signed historic legislation, P.L. 2020, Chapter 128, requiring that by June 1 every uniformed patrol officer in New Jersey wear a body worn camera (“BWC”) while on duty. Previously, fewer than half of the law enforcement agencies in the state had BWCs. In January, the Governor signed another law appropriating $58 million for grants-in-aid to support the statewide body worn camera program. The Attorney General’s Office is currently administering a grant program to distribute those funds to eligible police departments on a reimbursement basis.

The price tag to fully equip a police department to use body worn cameras goes beyond the cost of the devices itself, and includes storage, licensing, and maintenance fees. The 14-member Interagency Working Group – which included representatives of state agencies, law enforcement, and the legal and social justice communities – focused its efforts on finding ways to reduce the initial cost of implementing body worn cameras. It issued three recommendations about potential cost-saving methods, and a fourth policy-based recommendation calling for the Attorney General to issue guidance to expand the types of officers who must wear BWCs beyond the law’s mandate.

“We welcome the recommendations of the working group, which focus on ways for government and police to work together to save money in purchasing body worn cameras and the related technology needed to operate them,” said Governor Murphy. “Because of their power to promote transparency and accountability, body worn cameras are a vital tool for building trust between our police officers and the diverse communities they serve— a trust shaken by the racial injustices we have witnessed across the United States. New Jersey proudly leads the nation when it comes to policing reforms designed to serve fairness, justice, and the safety of residents and officers alike.”

Attorney General Grewal will review the Working Group’s recommendations and engage with community stakeholders as he considers revisions to the existing AG Directive governing BWCs. Although another new law will regulate use of BWCs beginning in June, it is generally consistent with the more comprehensive AG Directive, which will remain in effect and be updated as needed.

“We will carefully review these recommendations as we work to support police departments in the statewide deployment of these important devices,” said Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal. “Body worn cameras have the support of police as well as the public, because the accountability they provide is mutual— everyone behaves better when they know they are on camera. Body cameras not only promote safer and more professional law enforcement interactions, they assist police in gathering evidence and serve to reduce unfounded complaints against officers. Officers report that body-worn cameras can even help to de-escalate volatile situations.”

The Interagency Working Group on Body Worn Cameras made the following recommendations, as set forth more fully in their Final Report:

  1. The Working Group recommended against a single statewide storage system for BWC footage, stating that for the short and medium term, creation of such a system would be time and cost prohibitive. They noted that there may be technological advances in the future to make such a system more tenable.
     
  2. The Working Group recommended that the New Jersey Department of the Treasury aggressively negotiate with the five state-approved BWC vendors for an increased volume discount based on statewide purchasing for both BWCs and the storage to hold BWC footage, specifically focusing on cloud-based storage solutions.
     
  3. The Working Group recommended that law enforcement agencies seek to purchase, through the State’s contract for BWCs, cloud-based storage, as opposed to on-premises storage options, provided appropriate privacy and security systems are in place.
     
  4. The Working Group recommended that the Attorney General issue guidance expanding the types of officers who will be required to use body worn cameras beyond the uniformed patrol officers mandated in P.L. 2020, Chapter 128 to include additional officers who are members of tactical teams, commonly known as SWAT or emergency response teams, or members of proactive enforcement teams, sometimes known as “crime suppression units.

Information regarding the Body Worn Camera Grant Program can be found at: https://www.nj.gov/oag/grants/BWC_Program-Administration-and-Guidelines.pdf.

Application documents for the grant program can be found at: https://www.nj.gov/oag/grants/BWC_Application.pdf.

Governor Murphy and Attorney General Grewal thank the members of the Interagency Working Group for their devoted work and elucidating report.


BREAKING: Police Activity On MLK, Reports Of Person Brandishing A Gun

April 9, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Around 11:45 am, police responded to reports of a person brandishing on Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, near Cavell Street. There were reports of the person fleeing in a car towards the Donnelley Homes and the possible suspect vehicle was found near Southard and New Willow Street. This is still an active investigation.

This is breaking news, from on scene and witness reports, once official information is received from TPD the story will be updated and any corrections made.


Your phone could soon be your NJ driver’s license under Dancer bill

April 9, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Assemblyman Ron Dancer recently introduced a bill requiring the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission to create and issue electronic driver’s licenses and identification cards to individuals who voluntarily request one.
 
The bill (A5433) follows up on recommendations from the MVC’s 2016 Mobile Driver’s License Feasibility Study that found the technology exists to create a digital license, and nearly 70 percent of New Jerseyans would be willing to pay for an official ID they could access on their smartphones.
 
“Convenience is a driving factor for many motorists who want to access their driver’s license in their digital wallet. Residents are now able to keep proof of car insurance, health insurance ID cards, airplane boarding passes and so much more in their cell phones. It’s time to make driver’s licenses available in a similar smartphone format,” said Dancer (R-Ocean).
 
More than a dozen states, including Delaware, Virginia, and Florida, have pilot programs or are working to offer electronic driver’s licenses. The demand has grown globally as well, with Canadian provinces, Britain, and India embracing the mobile phone ID.
 
“Mobile driver’s licenses can be a secure and suitable alternative to traditional IDs for modern motorists,” said Dancer. “Most likely, we have at one time or another, forgot our wallet and drove without a driver’s license, but seldom today do we ever leave the house without our smartphone. Additionally, this innovation could cut down on in-person agency visits, something that will appeal to a great many New Jersey drivers.”
 
The MVC annually conducts about 1.8 million driver’s license and ID card transactions each year. Under the bill, a driver with a digital license or ID card could update a personal motor vehicle record electronically and the changes would override the information on a hard-copy license or ID.
 
The bill has been referred to Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee.


Governor Murphy Signs Legislation Providing $35 Million in Aid to Restaurants

Legislation is Part of a $100 Million Relief Package for New Jersey Small Businesses



April 9, 2021

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ — Governor Phil Murphy today signed into law A-5444, which provides $35 million in federal COVID-19 relief aid for restaurants throughout New Jersey. The bill – sponsored by Senators Vin Gopal and Joseph Lagana and Assembly Members Vincent Mazzeo, Pedro Mejia, Christopher Tully, and Louis Greenwald – provides aid to a particularly hard hit sector of New Jersey’s economy. The bill is part of a five-bill, $100 million relief effort aimed at helping New Jersey’s small businesses recover from the year-long pandemic.

“For the past year, our restaurants have fought the good fight, and we know that fight has not been easy,” said Governor Murphy. “This legislation will provide a much-needed lifeline to small business owners, who, through no fault of their own, have been devastated by this pandemic.”

“The COVID-19 pandemic has been an unprecedented health and economic tragedy for everyone, but it is hard to think of a sector that has been hit harder than restaurants. Restaurant owners and their employees have faced previously unimaginable challenges with a tenacity and grit that has been inspiring for everyone, but they cannot overcome COVID-19 alone,” said NJEDA Chief Executive Officer Tim Sullivan. “There is now a light at the end of the tunnel, but we still have a long way to go to get there. The $35 million in new grant funding Governor Murphy has signed into law today will provide vital support these businesses need to bridge the gap and continue reopening safely.”

“Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, there were more than 19,000 food and beverage establishments throughout New Jersey, with restaurants employing nearly 8 percent of the workers in our state,” said Assembly Members Mazzeo, Tully, Mejia and Greenwald.  “The public health emergency has taken a significant toll on this industry, which so many of us benefit from and enjoy. We must provide support to these establishments to help them get through this crisis and allow them to employ New Jerseyans while continuing to serve residents and visitors alike for years to come.”

“With capacity limitations affecting bars and restaurants, the food and drink industry has been struggling since the start of the pandemic,” said Senator Gopal. “Many of these smaller restaurants and bars have been fraught with the potential of closing down permanently, which would not only have an effect on the local economies, but the job status of many workers within this industry. This funding will help ensure that these establishments can keep their doors open and help restore the jobs that have been lost due to the pandemic.”

“Mom and pop restaurants and bars have always been keystones in our communities, creating multigenerational traditions and shaping neighborhoods. Sadly, many of these institutions have been forced to close or suffered greatly over the last year,” said Senator Lagana. “With this grant funding, we are giving beloved small businesses an opportunity to get through the hard times, hire workers and remain an integral part of their community.”

The relief aid will be administered by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority. To date, the NJEDA has distributed more than $250 million in aid to some 55,000 businesses across the state. 

The signing was held at Bourré, an industrial-themed New Orleans pub in Atlantic City.



Trenton Thunder to Host Triple-A Buffalo Bisons During the 2021 Baseball Season

April 9, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–The Trenton Thunder, presented by NJM Insurance Group, are excited to announce that they will host the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons.

“After 27 years serving as the Double-A home of the Detroit Tigers, Boston Red Sox, and New York Yankees, we are excited to welcome the highest level of Minor League Baseball to New Jersey,” said Jeff Hurley, GM & COO, Trenton Thunder. “We look forward to working with the Bisons, Blue Jays, and Major League Baseball to make this a successful season start.”

“Mercer County and everyone at the Thunder are proud to welcome the Buffalo Bisons to one of the top ballparks in America,” said Joe Plumeri, Owner, Trenton Thunder. “Our family of fans will be able to root for future Blue Jays big leaguers against the top prospects from the Phillies, Yankees, Mets, Red Sox, and Nationals, while enjoying the beautiful setting along the banks of the Delaware. GO THUNDER!”

Mercer County has made this a top-rated facility year after year, so it was a welcome home for the Bisons to start the season. “This is terrific news for Mercer County, our Capital City and baseball fans throughout the region who are eager to root for the Thunder again this season,” said Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes. “The county’s investments in the stadium in conjunction with Thunder management have ensured that it remains a first-rate facility for players and fans alike, and we look forward to another exciting summer at the ballpark.”

Over the years, Mercer County has continued to make improvements around the ballpark to keep up with Major League standards. Some larger projects include updating ballpark lighting, new stadium seats, new infield grass, and new wall pads along the lower level of the outfield wall to ensure player safety.

The Thunder are proud to support Triple-A baseball this season as well as the MLB Draft League. Additional details will be announced shortly as they look to continue this multi-faceted partnership with Major League Baseball.



NEW: Q&A Video with Jeff Hurley on Hosting Triple-A baseball

Triple-A Frequently Asked Questions Page



BREAKING: Multiple Shots Fired; Cars Crash On West State Street

April 8, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Around 4:20 pm about 8 shots rang out on West State Street near Murray Street involving two vehicles. One of the vehicles with bullet holes had damage front and rear and was riddled with bullet holes in the windshield, hood and passenger side door. Another vehicle left the left the scene and fled east on West State Street and lost its bumper with a license plate attached at West End Avenue. The road was temporally shut down for the investigation and has since be reopened. No further information is available at this time.

This is a breaking news report, from witness, radio and/or on scene reporting. MidJersey.news has talked with TPD and the original information posted above is what is available at this time. Once more information becomes available the story will be updated.



Photos by Brian McCarthy, OnScene News

BREAKING: Four firefighters injured in multi-alarm fire that destroys West Windsor apartment building

April 7, 2021

By: Tyler Eckel

WEST WINDSOR TOWNSHIP (MERCER)– A massive multi-alarm fire ripped through a West Windsor apartment building Wednesday night, injuring four firefighters and displacing multiple families.

The fire occurred around 3:17 pm. Multiple fire companies from Mercer and Middlesex Counties responded to the Avalon Watch Apartment Complex for a reported apartment fire.

Building 8 on Taylor Court became well-involved with fire, as West Windsor Police assisted in evacuating residents while firefighters began to get water on the flames. The inferno quickly spread out of control, making its way to a four-alarm status.

West Windsor Police report that the fire ripped through 24 apartments, leaving them with extensive damage. Nearby apartment buildings also began full scale evacuations as a safety precaution. American Red Cross has been activated to assist the displaced families.

Smoke could reportedly be seen from parts of Hamilton, Allentown, Trenton, and Hillsborough.

One firefighter reportedly suffered an ankle injury after a partial roof collapse. Firefighters were then ordered out of the structure, and took a defensive approach. Firefighters did eventually resume interior operations.

Three other firefighters were injured, one with a reported shoulder injury, one with a reported hand injury, and another with an unknown injury. There are no reported fatalities or injuries to any civilians.

Multiple hose lines and elevated master streams were put into operation. The fire was placed under control at about 5:58 pm.

The fire remains under investigation by the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office Arson Unit and the West Windsor Police Department’s Detective Bureau. Preliminary investigations reveal that the fire is not suspicious, but the investigation will extend over a period of multiple days.

The fire was brought under control with the help of West Windsor Township Fire and Emergency Services, Princeton Junction Volunteer Fire Company, West Windsor Volunteer Fire Company, Plainsboro Fire Company, East Windsor District 1 & 2 Volunteer Fire Companies, Hightstown Fire Company, Lawrence Township Fire Department, Lawrenceville Fire Company, Princeton Fire Department, Lawrence Road Fire Department, Slackwood Fire Company, Hamilton Township Fire Department, Prospect Heights Volunteer Fire Company, Kingston Volunteer Fire Company, Monmouth Junction Fire Company, Mercer County Fire Coordinators, Mercer County Emergency Service Communication Center, NJ Division of Fire Safety, Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad, Plainsboro EMS, Lawrence EMS, Capital Health Paramedics, and Signal 22 Canteen Unit.

**The article will be updated with updates as they continue to come in.**




Update: Power Being Restored Robbinsville And East Windsor

April 7, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE-EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–At 8:30 am the Robbinsville Township Police Department and Robbinsville Township Fire Department were dispatched to Route 130 in the Windsor section of town for a transformer issue. JCP&L has contacted the Robbinsville Township Police Department and is aware of the problem and has technicians en route.

JCP&L 24/7 Power Center is reporting 1,178 customers estimated without power in the area.

Robbinsville Police and NJ State DOT are working on helping with traffic at intersections until power can be restored. Please use caution in the are since there is no power to several traffic lights on Route 130 in the East Windsor-Robbinsville area served by JCP&L

At 9:03 am JCP&L is on scene and investigating the power failure

At 9:15 am JCP&L has found the issue by Fulton Bank and is working on the power problem.

At 10:20 am power is being restored. Several fire alarms in the area have sounded and the Robbinsville Township Fire Department, Hamilton Township Fire Department, and East Windsor Fire Company are responding to several alarms in the area.


2nd Alarm House Fire In Robbinsville

April 6, 2021


Update April 7, 2021 A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family by the Robbinsville High School Health and Physical Education Department.

The Township of Robbinsville told MidJersey.News they are ready to provide some assistance from monies raised from the 2020 State of Township/Pay it Forward event.


ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–A devastating fire destroyed a home tonight in the 1st Block of Randolph Drive near Buford Road tonight. It was reported that no one was home at the time of the fire.

Around 8:08 pm the Robbinsville Township Fire Department was dispatched to a house fire that was already well involved as they were being dispatched. The fire officer called for a full 1st alarm shortly after they left the firehouse because they could see a large column of smoke along with police and 9-1-1 reports. Witnesses could see the smoke and the glow of the flames for miles. Upon arrival firefighters hooked up to hydrants and set up ladder operations with ladders from Hamilton Township. Multiple hand lines were also placed in service to knock down the flames. Firefighters worked around arcing power lines and a natural gas fed fire from the damaged line to the home. PSE&G shut the gas off at 9:54 pm.

The fire went to two alarms before being brought under control at 9:54 pm.

Mutual aid fire departments responding Hamilton Township, Hope Fire Company of Allentown, East Windsor Fire Company, Hightstown Fire Company, West Windsor Fire Company, NJ Forrest Fire Service and others. Robbinsville Township EMS was also backed up by Capital Health EMS from Allentown with an additional ambulance.

The fire is under investigation by the Robbinsville Township Fire Marshal’s Office and Robbinsville Township Police Department. Due to the extensive damage to the structure part of the investigation would have to take place during daylight hours tomorrow. It is too early in the investigation to determine a cause of the fire.

It appears that the family has lost everything and if we hear of a GoFundMe or if the family needs help in other ways we will post that information here on how to provide assistance. It is truly devastating to lose all your belongings in a fire so if help is asked for please consider helping.

This is a breaking news report from witnesses, radio reports and on scene reporting. Once official information is released by the Robbinsville Township Police and Robbinsville Fire Department the story will be updated and any corrections made. This is breaking news and what we know so far is posted.


Morning update 4/7/2021 Robbinsville Township Fire Department at 8:17 am.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family by the Robbinsville High School Health and Physical Education Department.

https://gofund.me/46244bb4

Please help the RHS Health and PE department to raise money for one of Robbinsville’s most loved families as they just experienced a tremendous loss of their house in a fire on April 6th. Although nothing can replace what they have lost, we hope that this can ease the financial burden they are facing while they cope with the loss of their house. 

The Levering girls, (Nicole, Courtney, Christine and Jackie) were all Robbinsville High School graduates and Christine is currently a Health and Physical Education teacher and coach at the High School. Bill and Gael Levering have always been Robbinsville’s biggest community supporters. 

Any small amount is appreciated.



Hamilton Fire Department quickly knocks fire in a laundromat

April 6, 2021

By: Tyler Eckel

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP (MERCER)– Fire companies in Hamilton operated a first alarm fire, early Tuesday afternoon.

Companies responded to the laundromat at 3800 Quakerbridge Road around 12:45pm for a reported heavy smoke condition in the building.

Crews arrived on scene with smoke showing and called the first alarm. A hose line was stretched into operation and the fire was quickly extinguished.

The fire is under investigation.



Burglary Arrest In Hamilton

April 6, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–On April 6, 2021 at approximately 1:58 AM, Officer Jordan Kostoplis was in the area of Sylvan Avenue and Graffam Avenue when he heard a loud power tool coming from the parking lot of Marrazzo’s Auto Service.  He also saw a white Acura idling on Sylvan Avenue behind the business with its lights off.  He then observed the white vehicle leave the area and enter the parking lot of the Exxon on South Olden Avenue.  The vehicle then returned to Sylvan Avenue and again stopped behind Marrazzo’s.  The vehicle then backed up towards the Officer’s vehicle and he observed two males hop the fence from Marrazzo’s and enter the white vehicle which left the scene.  Responding Officers stopped the vehicle on South Olden Avenue and located a Milwaukee battery powered saw in plain view on the backseat.  Further investigation revealed the males that entered the vehicle had attempted to cut off a catalytic converter from a van parked in Marrazzo’s lot.  All three occupants were placed under arrest.

The driver of the vehicle was identified as Lizbeth Crespo, 26, of Trenton.  The males were identified as Xavier Zayas, 38, of Trenton and Rafael Laureanofuentes, 23, of Trenton.  All three were charged with Burglary, Criminal Attempt Theft, Criminal Mischief, and Possession of Burglar’s Tools.  Zayas was also charged with Possession of Suboxone and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Laureanofuentes was also charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective Pat Quick of the Hamilton Police Division’s Criminal Investigations Section at 609-581-4111 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.


AG Grewal Launches “Beta Version” of Statewide Use of Force Dashboard

Members of the Public Invited to Test, Provide Feedback on Policing Accountability Project

April 6, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal today announced the launch of the “beta version” of an online dashboard that catalogues the use of force by New Jersey’s 38,000 law enforcement officers. Members of the public are invited to test and provide feedback on the dashboard, which allows users to review details of any incident where a state, county, or local law enforcement officer uses force against a civilian. The dashboard is accessible at njoag.gov/force.

Under current policy, all law enforcement officers in New Jersey are required to submit detailed information about every use of force they perform or witness within 24 hours of the incident. Over the past two years, the Attorney General’s Office has partnered with Benchmark Analytics to build a centralized system to collect this data electronically. Starting in October 2020, all of New Jersey’s 500-plus law enforcement agencies began submitting data through the new system.

The beta version of the dashboard launched today allows members of the public, researchers, and reporters to view data that has been collected since statewide electronic collection began in October 2020. The dashboard, which was built in conjunction with SAS Visual Analytics, allows users to review details about each incident, including the name of the officer; the age, race, and gender of the person against whom force was used; whether injuries were sustained and if so, what type; the circumstances that led to the use of force; and the type of force used. The data can be sorted by state, county or individual police department or agency. Taken together, these details provide the most comprehensive statewide data on police use of force anywhere in the country.

In addition, the Attorney General’s Office is making available the raw data underlying the dashboard to the public for download on the beta version of the dashboard. The data—which contains information about all use-of-force incidents since October 2020—will be regularly updated as law enforcement agencies submit reports about incidents in the future.

Visitors to the dashboard are encouraged to submit feedback about the site’s usability and accessibility. The Attorney General’s Office is working with the New Jersey Office of Innovation to solicit public input and incorporate those suggestions on an iterative basis, with the goal of launching an updated version of the dashboard later this spring. Users of the beta version are encouraged to complete a short survey at https://innovatenj.jotform.com/210885101519048.

“We are committed to making New Jersey a national leader on policing reform, and our Use of Force Dashboard is a central piece of that effort,” said Attorney General Grewal. “That’s why we’re so eager to get public feedback. We recognize that true accountability is impossible without transparency, and we want to learn how we can make our Use of Force Dashboard as transparent and accessible as possible.”

“To earn the public’s trust, we must seek the public’s input,” said Thomas Eicher, Director of the Attorney General’s Office of Public Integrity & Accountability, which is overseeing the development of the dashboard. “Last year, before revising the state’s Use of Force Policy, we received more than a thousand public comments, and our work was improved enormously by the public’s input. We hope to engage the public in a similar fashion regarding our new Use of Force Dashboard.”

The launch of the dashboard is the latest in a set of sweeping reforms implemented by Attorney General Grewal to strengthen trust in law enforcement. Most notably, in December 2020, Attorney General Grewal overhauled the state’s “Use of Force Policy,” placing new limits on the use of force and mandating de-escalation training for all 38,000 law enforcement officers in the state. In developing the new policy, the Attorney General’s Office sought significant public input, hosting community listening sessions in all 21 counties and creating a website to receive public suggestions.

Other significant statewide policing reforms implemented by Attorney General Grewal include:

Establishing a mandatory 10-step process for conducting independent criminal investigations involving any serious use-of-force or death-in-custody incident in New Jersey;

Requiring that all state, county, and local law enforcement agencies create and maintain an “early warning system” to identify at-risk officers and provide remedial services before their conduct escalates;

Overhauling the statewide protocols for the internal disciplinary process for police departments, imposing new oversight and ensuring thorough investigations on faster timelines; and

Issuing a series of new directives designed to strengthen trust between law enforcement officers and historically marginalized communities, including immigrants, LGBTQ individuals, at-risk juveniles, and victims of sexual assault.

To learn more about other recent policing reforms in New Jersey, visit njoag.gov/policing.

Attorney General Grewal and Director Eicher thank the Office of Law Enforcement Professional Standards (OLEPS) under Director Christina M. Glogoff for their invaluable assistance with the Use of Force Dashboard.


East Windsor Township Announces Document Shredding And Electronics Recycling Event On April 17

April 6, 2021

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–Mayor Janice S. Mironov announced that East Windsor Township is holding a Township Document Shedding and Electronics Recycling Event, on Saturday, April 17, 2021 from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m. at the East Windsor Township Senior Center, located at 40 Lanning Boulevard. NO OTHER DROP OFFS WILL BE ACCEPTED AT THIS EVENT

Free document shredding will be available to East Windsor residents to dispose of unwanted and unneeded documents.  There is a limit of ten boxes per household, and the service is for East Windsor residents only.  No commercial entities are permitted.  Mayor Mironov stated, “This is a great opportunity for East Windsor residents to dispose of old or confidential documents in a secure manner.  Document shredding provides a non-recoverable tool for providing confidentiality and protecting against identify theft.”

Electronics Recycling is limited to only televisions, computers and accessories, monitors, fax machines, cell phones, VCR’s, cable boxes and telephones. These are the only items that will be accepted. Do not bring any other type of recycling to this event.

All drop offs shall be Contact-less, and residents must remain in their vehicles at all times, and have their driver’s license to display through the vehicle window. Upon reaching the drop off point, unlock the trunk and/or doors for the staff to remove the items.  Trained staff wearing masks and gloves will remove items from the trunk and rear seat of the vehicle.   Residents should be wearing masks at the time of drop off. Where possible, only a driver should be in the car when dropping off and preferably no extra passengers or pets when dropping off.

                Mayor Mironov stated, “We are committed to recycling in East Windsor Township and thereby reducing the Township’s solid waste costs, while helping to preserve a greener environment.  This is an environmentally positive and convenient opportunity for residents to shred documents and recycle certain items at no cost and to so in a safe manner, while helping the Township reduce landfill costs and preserve the environment.”

For further information regarding the event, call (609) 443-4000, ext. 215

BREAKING: 3rd Alarm Fire In Recycling Center

April 6, 2021 — Updated

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Around 12:35 am the Trenton Fire Department was sent to an alarm at 391 Enterprise Avenue where they found heavy fire a the recycling plant. Just before 1:00 am a 2nd alarm was called for. A 3rd alarm was called around 3:00 am.

This will be an extended operation check back for updates.


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Multiple people injured in single vehicle crash that damaged building in Hamilton

April 5, 2021

By: Tyler Eckel

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP (MERCER)– A vehicle crashed into a building, injuring multiple people, Monday evening.

The crash occurred around 5:50 pm at the corner of Whitehorse Avenue and South Clinton Avenue. Hamilton Fire Department responded to the scene to stabilize the structure to prevent it from collapsing when the vehicle was removed. The building was unoccupied at the time of the crash.

Robert Wood Johnson EMS transported at least three to the hospital, where their condition remains unknown.

Hamilton firefighters completed securing the building around 7:15 pm, and the vehicle was removed.

No further information is available at this time.


NJ State Troopers Help Distribute Food To Communities Across The State

April 5, 2021

EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Troopers Help Distribute Food to Communities Across the State Recently, several New Jersey State Troopers volunteered at various food pantries to help sort and package food, which will be distributed to communities across Mercer, Passaic, and Salem Counties. Troopers teamed up with volunteers at the Mercer Street Friends Food Bank in Ewing Township, the Father English Food Pantry in Paterson, and St. John’s Pentecostal Church in Salem City. The packaged items will be delivered to other local food pantries, shelters, soup kitchens, senior centers, and directly to families in need.

To learn more about Mercer Street Friends Food Pantry, please visit https://mercerstreetfriends.org/

To learn more about the Father English Food Pantry, please visit https://ccpaterson.org/frenglish



TPD Arrests City Employee for Receipt of Stolen Property

April 5, 2021–updated version

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Trenton Police Director Sheilah A. Coley today announced that a City of Trenton sanitation employee was arrested for knowingly being in possession of stolen property.

Paul Bethea, 61, of Trenton, is charged with one count of receiving stolen property.

On Friday afternoon, April 2, 2021 around 2:00 p.m., Trenton Police Officers responded to 675 Prospect Street after receiving a call about a verbal dispute. Officers spoke with the owner of the location who told them that he had allowed Bethea to store property in a vacant part of the building for the last six months. The owner had become suspicious that some of the property was stolen.

The officers discovered that some of the property, including at least two snow blowers, was reported stolen from 260 North Willow Street late last year. During the investigation, Bethea was arrested at the scene.

Officers recovered 168 pieces of property – mostly power tools and lawn equipment – from the location. The investigation is ongoing as the detectives attempt to determine if any additional property has been reported stolen. Anyone with related information is asked to call the Trenton Police anonymous tip line at 609-989-3784.

The charge and allegations are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.




BREAKING: Woman Rescued From House Fire In Trenton



This is a Breaking News report once we receive official information MidJersey.news will update the story.

April 5, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Around 12:07 pm the Trenton Fire Department, Trenton EMS, Capital Health Paramedics and Trenton Police were detailed to 729 Spruce Street for a fire with a person trapped.

According to a witness who stopped to help prior to fire department arrival told MidJersey.news that himself, a member of Hawks Towing and some neighbors went into the burning building and helped pull the woman towards the front door inside the burning home. The witness also said that within moments Trenton Fire Department arrived and helped remove the trapped woman the rest of the way and transferred care to Trenton EMS where she was transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center.

Firefighters battled the flames and were able to bring the fire under control within 15 minutes.

Another resident was also taken to Capital Health Regional Medical Center for an evaluation.

Investigators from the Arson Unit, Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office and the State Fire Marshal responded to the scene of the fire for the investigation.

One witness told MidJersey.news that were unconfirmed reports of someone cooking on a grill on the back porch and there was speculation fire may have started in the rear of the building.

MidJersey.news has reached out for official information and once we hear back the story will be updated.




Update: Fatal Pedestrian Crash On Route 29

April 4, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–On Saturday, April 3, 2021 at approximately 8:30 pm, Trenton Police officers responded to the area of Route 29 North and Hermitage Avenue after receiving reports of a pedestrian struck by a motor vehicle.   Officers discovered the victim, identified as Marcus Drury, a 51-year-old man from Frazier Street in Trenton.  Mr. Drury was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.  Preliminary investigation revealed that two vehicles struck the victim.  The drivers of both vehicles have been identified, as well as the vehicles involved.  The investigation is on-going and we ask that anyone with any information contact the Trenton Police Department anonymous tip line at 609-989-DRUG (3784)

The investigation is being conducted by Trenton Police Detective Nicholas Morgante, along with the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office.      

See last night’s breaking news story here: Serious Pedestrian Accident On Route 29 North Bound Near S. Hermitage Ave.




Ed Note on editorial standards: This was a horrific accident involving a person and the family and friends of that person were on scene in distress. In an editorial standard MidJersey.News and OnScene news has editorially chosen not to use photos or video that show a body and another objects lying in the street. Another local “news” publication shows a video and photos of the body in the street along with family and friends standing near the scene. There is no editorial purpose to use photos/video like that to tell a story of an accident this horrific and shows no compassion towards the family or friends. There are times when photos of that nature may need to be used to tell the story but not in this case. That publication has no couth. Quite possibly the more important story is that why did the person not use the pedestrian overpass to cross the highway? (if that is what the person was doing in the highway). Numerous people have been struck by vehicles in this area in the past and if they are crossing the highway why are they not using the pedestrian overpass that is right there? Can the State DOT provide additional fencing in the center median to prevent crossings by forcing people to use the pedestrian overpass? This is a tragedy that should not happen again but unless action is taken by government officials we are afraid this will happen again.

Serious Pedestrian Accident On Route 29 North Bound Near S. Hermitage Ave.

April 4, 2021 update here: Update: Fatal Pedestrian Crash On Route 29

April 3, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Around 8:30 pm Trenton Police, Trenton Fire Department, Trenton EMS and Capital Health Paramedics were dispatched to Route 29 North Bound near South Hermitage Avenue for a serious pedestrian accident near the pedestrian overpass. The highway was shut down for the accident investigation and it appeared that the pedestrian suffered life threating injuries. Expect the highway to be closed for some time while the police conduct the investigation. A detour is set up from Calhoun Street to Parkside Avenue on the North Bound side of Route 29. Google Maps also has a south bound detour on Route 29 at Lee Avenue. If traveling on Route 29 in the area seek an alternate route.

MidJersey.news has reached out to Trenton Police Department for official information please check back for updates.

No further information is available at this time.


Ed Note on editorial standards: This was a horrific accident involving a person and the family and friends of that person were on scene in distress. In an editorial standard MidJersey.News and OnScene news has editorially chosen not to use photos or video that show a body and another objects lying in the street. Another local “news” publication shows a video and photos of the body in the street along with family and friends standing near the scene. There is no editorial purpose to use photos/video like that to tell a story of an accident this horrific and shows no compassion towards the family or friends. There are times when photos of that nature may need to be used to tell the story but not in this case. That publication has no couth. Quite possibly the more important story is that why did the person not use the pedestrian overpass to cross the highway? (if that is what the person was doing in the highway). Numerous people have been struck by vehicles in this area in the past and if they are crossing the highway why are they not using the pedestrian overpass that is right there? Can the State DOT provide additional fencing in the center median to prevent crossings by forcing people to use the pedestrian overpass? This is a tragedy that should not happen again but unless action is taken by government officials we are afraid this will happen again.


Two Vehicle Crash On Chambers Street; One Crashes Into St. Francis Medical Center Parking Garage, Other Leaves Ladders On Street

April 3, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Tonight around 9:20 pm a two vehicle crash occurred between a Ford contractor van and a Dodge Charger leaving at least two injured. The accident happened at the intersection of Chambers Street and Forrest Street leaving the Dodge Charger crashed into the St. Francis Medical Center parking garage and ladders and other equipment on the roadway from the contractor van. Trenton EMS was on scene treating patients and Trenton Police set up a detour in the area while vehicles were towed from the scene.

MidJersey.News has reached out to Trenton Police Department for official details check back for an update.

No further information is available at this time.


UPDATE: Arrests Made In Shooting/Aggravated Assault On April 1, 2021

April 3, 2021

Original MidJersey.news BREAKING NEWS story here from April 1, 2021: Reported shots fired during fight in Hamilton



HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–On April 1, 2021 at approximately 11:00 pm, Hamilton Police were detailed to the area of Barnt Deklyn Road and Andrew Street for a disturbance involving several people fighting. Responding Officers located several people still in the area and learned that two handguns were involved in this incident. Investigating officers located a spent handgun shell casing at the scene. Once victim was located with a head injury from being struck with the butt of a gun. He was treated for his injuries and released from the hospital.

Hamilton Officers developed information to charge 20 year old, Chesterfield resident, Christian Elley and 20 year old, Hamilton resident, Mario Cruz with Aggravated Assault, and various Weapons Offenses.

Hamilton Police Detectives Patrick Quick and Robert Whartenby, additionally charged 18 year old Hamilton resident, Dominic Maloney, with Terroristic Threats, and Various Weapons Offenses including the Community Gun Offense.

All three suspects were processed and transported to the Mercer County Correctional Facility awaiting arraignment.

Hamilton Police Detectives are asking the public if anyone has additional information regarding this investigation to contact Detective Robert Whartenby of the Hamilton Police Criminal Investigations Section at (609) 581-4032 or via email at rwhartenby@hamiltonpd.org The public can also contact the Hamilton Police Crime Tip Hotline at (609) 581-4008.

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

Original MidJersey.news BREAKING NEWS story here from April 1, 2021: Reported shots fired during fight in Hamilton

MidJersey.news photos from the scene here:



Easter Bunny Visits Trenton, Riding On Trenton Fire Department Ladder 4

April 3, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–The Easter Bunny was escorted by the Trenton Fire Department today on Ladder 4 along with Engine 10, Trenton Police and Mayor W. Reed Gusciora. The event started around 11:30 am at Trenton Fire Headquarters on Perry Street and arrived around 1:45 pm at Cadwalader Park. The Easter Bunny handed out bags of goodies while posing for several photos before getting ready to visit children again tonight. The event is sponsored by: Trenton FMBA Locals 6 & 206, Kiwanis Club of Trenton, Science Mentors One-to-One and Wegman’s Market.

Easter Bunny to visit Trenton children on fire truck this Saturday






Two Brick Township Men Charged With Witness Tampering And Terroristic Threats Against A Police Detective, 3rd Involved Charges Dropped With Exculpatory Evidence

Updated: Charges against Alexander Santos, 22, have been administratively dismissed at the request of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office due to exculpatory evidence that exonerates the defendant.

April 3, 2021

BRICK TOWNSHIP, NJ (0CEAN)–Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer announced, Anthony Chieffo, 25, Connor White, 22 and Alexander Santos, 22, (charged dropped against Santos) all of Brick Township, were each charged with Retaliation Against a Witness in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:28-5b and three counts of Terroristic Threats in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:12-3a

On March 29, 2021, a Brick Township Police Detective reported receiving threatening phone calls and text messages on his police department-issued cellular phone; the threats were directed at the Detective and members of his family.  A subsequent investigation by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit and Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office High Tech Crime Unit revealed that the threatening calls and text messages had originated from Chieffo’s cell phone.

On March 30, 2021, Detectives from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit performed a motor vehicle stop in Brick Township on a vehicle being operated by Santos, in which Chieffo was a passenger.  Santos and Chieffo were taken into custody and transported to Brick Township Police Headquarters where they were charged accordingly.  Both defendants are currently lodged in the Ocean County Jail pending their respective detention hearings.

Although sufficient probable cause existed at the time of his arrest to support the filing of charges against Santos, continuing investigation in this matter has revealed that White – not Santos – was the second individual who participated in making the threats against the Brick Detective in concert with Chieffo.  Consequently, White was taken into custody on April 1, 2021 and charged accordingly.  He is presently lodged in the Ocean County Jail pending a detention hearing.

In light of the recent developments regarding this investigation, and in the interests of justice, the charges against Santos have been administratively dismissed at the request of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, and Santos has been released from the Ocean County Jail.  Chieffo continues to remain in the Ocean County Jail awaiting his detention hearing.

“At the outset of this investigation, sufficient credible evidence pointed to Chieffo and Santos as the individuals that threatened the Detective,” Prosecutor Billhimer stated.  “As the investigation progressed, however, we were able to identify White as the second actor who participated with Chieffo in making those threats.  Additional information discovered during the investigation was exculpatory as it relates to Santos.  As such, the charges against Santos have been dismissed and he has been released from the Ocean County Jail,” Prosecutor Billhimer concluded.

Prosecutor Billhimer acknowledges the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office High Tech Crime Unit, and Brick Township Police Department for their cooperative efforts in connection with this investigation.

“Threats against law enforcement will not be tolerated,” Prosecutor Billhimer stated.

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: Officials Determine Kerosene Heater Too Close To Combustible Liquid Cause Of Jackson Fatal Fire

April 3, 2021

JACKSON, NJ (OCEAN)–Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer announced that the fatal structure fire that occurred on Lehigh Boulevard in Jackson Township on April 1, 2021 has been ruled accidental.

On April 1, 2021, at approximately 8:45 p.m., the Jackson Township Police Department and Jackson Township Fire Department were dispatched to a structure fire with entrapment on Lehigh Boulevard.

Upon arrival, emergency personnel found the structure to be fully engulfed by flames. Firefighters located the body of an 82 year-old female, later identified as Salvacion Elyea, in the downstairs portion of the residence. She was pronounced deceased at the scene. A second victim jumped from the second story of the residence to escape the fire and received minor injuries. A pet dog has not yet been accounted for. A Jackson Township Police Officer was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation. A second Jackson Township Police Officer was transported to Monmouth Medical Center-Southern Campus in Lakewood, treated for minor injuries, and released.

The Ocean County Medical Examiner has determined the cause of Ms. Elyea’s death to be smoke inhalation, and the manner of her death to be accidental.

A thorough and extensive investigation conducted by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit-Arson Squad, Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit, Ocean County Fire Marshal’s Office, Jackson Township Fire Bureau, and Jackson Township Police Department, determined that the fire was caused by a kerosene heater being located in too close  proximity to a combustible liquid.

Prosecutor Billhimer acknowledges the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit-Arson Squad, Ocean County Fire Marshal’s Office, Jackson Township Police Department, Jackson Township Fire Bureau, Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit, Ocean County Road Department, and Ocean County Regional Urban Search Team, for their combined and cooperative efforts in connection with this investigation.

Officials investigating fatal Jackson Township structure fire



Man Sentenced To 7 Years In NJ State Prison For Vehicular Homicide While DWI

April 3, 2021

TOMS RIVER, NJ (OCEAN)–Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer announced that on April 1, 2021, Jeydon Lowe, 25, of Barnegat, was sentenced by the Honorable Linda G. Baxter, J.S.C., to a term of seven years New Jersey State Prison as a result of a previously entered guilty plea to Vehicular Homicide in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:11-5.  This sentence is subject to the terms of the No Early Release Act, N.J.S.A. 2C:43-7.2, meaning Lowe will be required to serve at least 85 percent of his prison sentence before he may be considered for parole eligibility.  Additionally, Judge Baxter suspended Lowe’s driving privileges for a period of five years in connection with his previously entered guilty plea to Driving While Intoxicated in violation of N.J.S.A. 39:4-50.  Lowe pled guilty to both charges before Judge Baxter on January 27, 2021.

On March 25, 2020, at approximately 5:30 p.m., officers from the Stafford Township Police Department responded to a single vehicle crash on Stafford Avenue near Hilliard Boulevard.  An investigation by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Vehicular Homicide Unit, Stafford Township Police Department, and Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit revealed that a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt operated by Lowe was traveling eastbound on Stafford Avenue at an extremely high rate of speed.  Lowe lost control of the vehicle as he was attempting to navigate a right-hand turn, and consequently crashed into a tree.  A passenger in the front seat of the vehicle, Robert Parlin, 24, of Little Egg Harbor, succumbed to his injuries as a result of the crash and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Lowe sustained minor injuries and was taken to Hackensack Meridian Health Southern Ocean County Medical Center in Stafford Township. A search warrant was obtained for a draw of his blood.  On April 14, 2020, Detectives received the laboratory results from the blood draw which indicated that Lowe had a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of nearly .12 percent.  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.

“This is an absolutely tragic case, which should serve as a cautionary tale for anyone who is tempted to drink and drive,” Prosecutor Billhimer stated.  “Let me be clear:  drunk driving kills, and it has the potential to tear families apart.  Sadly, these types of cases are wholly preventable, particularly in this day and age of Uber, Lyft, and other readily available transportation services.  While this young defendant will go to prison for a long time for his senseless conduct on the night in question, nothing will bring Mr. Parlin back to his family” Prosecutor Billhimer concluded.  

Prosecutor Billhimer acknowledges the diligent efforts of Senior Assistant Prosecutor Jamie Schron who handled the case on behalf of the State, as well as the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Vehicular Homicide Unit, Stafford Township Police Department, and Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit for their combined efforts in connection with this investigation which resulted in Lowe’s guilty plea, and ultimately his state prison sentence.

See previous MidJersey.News story here: Barnegat Man Pleads Guilty To Vehicular Homicide And DWI For March 25, 2020 Fatal Crash In Stafford Twp.


Stream Clean Up At Etra Lake Park Announced

April 3, 2021

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–East Windsor Township and The Watershed Institute, in cooperation with the Americorps Watershed Ambassador Program, are co-sponsoring a stream cleanup on Saturday, April 24 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Etra Lake Park, located on Disbrow Hill Road.  Residents are encouraged to join in the stream clean-up to help collect trash and recyclables in the area.

Mayor Mironov stated, “We encourage residents to participate in this worthwhile community cleanup effort at Etra Lake Park, as a terrific way to help protect our natural resources.  The purpose of this cleanup is to remove litter from our local watershed streams, to assist in keeping our water sources clean and providing for a cleaner and more environmentally healthy stream.”

Residents who want to participate MUST PRE-REGISTER BY FRIDAY, APRIL 16.  To ensure compliance with current health guidelines, pre-registration is required and a maximum of 25 people per available time slot will be permitted, masks covering the mouth and nose are mandatory, and temperature checks will be performed upon arrival. Hand sanitizer will be available, but it is recommended that participants bring their own in order to best maintain a safe distance between groups and staff. Volunteers should wear closed-toed shoes and long pants and bring work gloves and a reusable water bottle. Trash bags will be provided. Adults must accompany minors.  For further information or to register, visit The Watershed Institute website at www.thewatershed.org or contact Erin Stretz at estretz@thewatershed.org or (609) 737-3735, ext. 17.