Day: April 6, 2021

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.

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

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

“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

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 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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