Day: April 21, 2021

Man Wanted For Stealing Items In East Windsor Township

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–The New Jersey State Police and the East Windsor Township Police Department are seeking the public’s assistance with identifying a man who allegedly broke into three Sea Box freight storage containers and stole several items.

On Sunday, April 11, at approximately 10:00 a.m., the suspect cut the padlocks on three storage containers located in the township and removed a pallet of LED parking lot lights.  The suspect also stole a Honda generator, two jumping jack power tools, a rotary laser, a concrete saw, two rolls of copper, a trash pump, an impact drill, and a plastic blower. 

Prior to departing, the suspect removed a security camera from the scene and placed it in his vehicle while it was still recording.  He then fled in a Ford van, pickup truck, or box truck with a circular-shaped sticker in the driver’s side corner of the windshield.

Detectives with the State Police Forensic Imaging Unit completed a detailed sketch of the suspect based on surveillance images.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective McCandrew of the East Windsor Police Department at 609-448-5678, ext. 230 or email mccandrew@ewpd.com.

Anonymous tips are welcome.



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Governor Murphy Directs U.S. and New Jersey Flags to Remain at Half-Staff Until Interment in Honor of Vice President Walter Mondale

April 21, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Governor Phil Murphy today ordered that the U.S. and New Jersey flags remain at half-staff at all state buildings and facilities until sunset on the day of interment, consistent with federal law and directives, to honor the life and work of former Vice President Walter Mondale.

“In a remarkable career in public service that spanned more than a half-century, Walter Mondale brought good humor, dignity, kindness, and honesty to our politics – and most of that during times when our civil discourse sorely needed all four,” said Governor Murphy. “Walter Mondale is no footnote in American history. He left an indelible mark. He single-handedly changed the role of the vice-presidency from that of merely president-in-waiting to one of presidential advisor and confidant. His choice of Geraldine Ferraro as his running mate in the 1984 presidential campaign signaled a watershed moment for women in national politics. In his honor, and in accordance with the directive by President Biden – who served alongside Senator Mondale – our flags will remain at half-staff through the late Vice-President’s interment.”

Copy of Executive Order #236



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Governor Murphy Signs Legislation to Provide $10 Million to Support Food Banks in New Jersey

April 21, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Today, Governor Phil Murphy signed A5405, which will direct $10 million from the Coronavirus Relief Fund established under the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to the New Jersey Department of Agriculture. This funding will be distributed to seven New Jersey food banks in order to continue providing families with food assistance during the pandemic.   

“Our food banks have been a critical resource for thousands of families impacted by the pandemic,” said Governor Murphy. “Today’s necessary funding will help organizations to continue supporting New Jerseyans to put food on the table for their families. I want to thank our Congressional Delegation for their commitment to secure this funding.”  

The funding will be distributed to the following organizations:  

  • Community Food Bank of New Jersey, $5,200,000;  
  • The Food Bank of South Jersey, $1,500,000;  
  • Fulfill Monmouth & Ocean, $1,500,000;  
  • Mercer Street Friends Food Bank, $1,100,000;  
  • Norwescap, $300,000;  
  • Southern Regional Food Distribution Center, $300,000; and  
  • Farmers Against Hunger, $100,000. 

“Food banks carry out a crucial and valuable role in serving the food insecure for all communities throughout New Jersey,” NJDA Secretary Douglas Fisher said. “This funding will help ensure access to meals and the necessary assistance for those who may find themselves in need of a helping hand during a time of stress.”  

“Food insecurity is a quiet crisis that has been made worse by the pandemic,” said Senate President Steve Sweeney. “The economic fallout has made it tragically hard for a growing number of families to put food on their tables. No one in America should be allowed to go hungry and no family should be forced to live with the fear of not knowing where the next meal is coming from. These food banks are a lifeline for those in need during a time of difficult challenges.”   

“Over 1.2 million people in this state now suffer from food insecurity, a staggering number that has increased substantially because of COVID-19,” said Senator Steven Oroho. “By lending a helping hand to large food banks, this law will help address the hunger crisis in New Jersey head-on.” 

“Far too many families are struggling to put food on the table right now because of the financial impact of COVID-19,” said Speaker Craig Coughlin, Assemblywoman Angela Speight, and Assemblyman John Armato, in a joint statement. “Throughout this crisis, food banks have been providing critical support to community members in need – ensuring no one who seeks their help goes home hungry. Allocating funds to New Jersey’s food banks will help these organizations continue their important mission of helping residents get through challenging times.”


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Hazmat Units Determine Suspicious Package Was Non Hazardous In Jackson

April 21, 2021

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JACKSON, NJ (OCEAN)–On Tuesday April 20, 2021 a township resident responded to police headquarters with what was reported to be a suspicious package containing a white powder substance. 

After the resident made contact with the watch commander and produced the package and powder, which was contained in a plastic grocery bag, the bag was immediately relocated outside headquarters and notification was made to the Cassville Fire Department, Berkeley and Joint Base MDL Hazmat Units to respond.  The headquarters lobby was closed off as a precaution until the substance could be identified.  After the package was inspected and tested, the substance was determined to be baking soda and not hazardous.  The area was opened again at that time.

The investigation into the origin of the package and why it is was sent to the resident is ongoing at this time.  Any residents who receive or come into contact with any packages or substances which they consider to be suspicious are asked to leave the package in place and contact the department at 732-928-1111.  As a safety precaution, they should not attempt to handle or transport the package.

Shop Rite And One Tree Plant 125 Saplings In Rosedale Park

The project is part of an effort to plant 25,000 trees in areas where ShopRite stores operate.

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April 21, 2021

HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP – PENNINGTON, NJ (MERCER)–Volunteers from ShopRite and One Tree Planted branched out across Rosedale Park in Pennington, NJ on April 19 to help create a more sustainable future by planting 125 saplings as part of ShopRite’s ongoing efforts to plant 25,000 trees in areas where our stores operate. 

Equipped with gloves, shovels and an array of other tools, volunteers dug holes, planted trees and erected deer fencing to ensure the saplings would have the best chance to take root and thrive.  The tree planting initiative, now in its third year, will result in 75,000 trees being planted in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware and Maryland by the end of the year.

“Our annual tree planting event is a highlight of our sustainability efforts that are designed to promote a greener, cleaner and more beautiful environment for future generations,” said Robert Zuehlke, Manager of Corporate Social Responsibility for ShopRite.  “We are proud to partner with One Tree Planted to help bring 75,000 trees to states across the mid-Atlantic.”

The benefits of trees include moderating climate, improving air quality, reducing storm water runoff, and harboring wildlife. They also serve as a windbreak, provide protection from rainfall, and act as a filter for the air we breathe by removing dust and releasing oxygen. Trees also have social benefits that include having a calming effect that reduces stress and fatigue, while also promoting healing.

“We’re proud of our continued partnership with ShopRite,” said Matt Hill, Chief Environmental Evangelist at One Tree Planted. “Thanks to our shared commitment to the environment we’re able to plant trees across the US, protect biodiversity and water quality, and get the local community involved.”

For more than four decades, Wakefern Food Corp., the retailer owned cooperative that includes nearly 280 ShopRite stores, has worked to protect the environment, conserve natural resources, and assist communities where our stores operate.  Last year alone, Wakefern donated 5,000 tons of food to local food banks, composted more than 8,200 tons of food waste, and since the late 1970’s has recycled more than 2.6 million tons of materials. 

For more information on how ShopRite is celebrating Earth Day, and our ongoing sustainability efforts, please visit:  www.shoprite.com/earthmonth2021, and https://shop.shoprite.com/sustainability

Upper Freehold Swears in New Firefighters

April 21, 2021

ALLENTOWN – UPPER FREEHOLD TWP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–On April 19th, 2021 Upper Freehold Township held a very small ceremony where 3 New Firefighters were sworn in by Business Administrator Dana Tyler at the fire station. After the new personnel were sworn in each Firefighter was “Pinned” by a close family member. The “Pinning” is the placing of the Firefighter’s Official Badge of Service on their uniform for the first time, as they begin their service for our community. Due to COVID-19 restrictions the event was limited to immediate family of the 3 Firefighters, co-workers, and representatives from local fire departments.

Firefighter Scott Royle took the position of Captain, charged with oversight of the Fire & Emergency Services for Upper Freehold Township and The Borough of Allentown under the direction of The Township Committee. Captain Royle comes to us with 18 years of experience at various agencies in Monmouth County. He is a US Navy Veteran and worked in the private fire investigation industry prior to coming to us. He continues to volunteer with the Matawan Fire Department and is a great asset to the town.

Firefighter Nick Brown a resident of Eatontown, NJ. He volunteered with Eatontown Fire Department, Tinton Falls Fire Department, & Eatontown Emergency Medical Services before coming to Upper Freehold Township. He has been a firefighter since 2015. He worked Per-Diem for South Wall Fire Rescue since 2019 and with us since early 2020, before being offered a spot as a full-time firefighter.

Firefighter Blake Nebbia grew up in the Upper Freehold Twp. and Allentown area. He has lived here for 17 years. He joined Hope Fire Company 9 years ago and has work extremely hard to get to this spot. Firefighter Nebbia is a graduate of Allentown High School and worked for Upper Freehold School District till he was offered a full-time position. He also worked Per Diem with Ewing Township as a firefighter.



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UPDATE: Victim Of Last Night’s Shooting Identified

April 21, 2021

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TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–The Mercer County Homicide Task Force and the Trenton Police Shooting Response Team are investigating a shooting that occurred in Trenton Tuesday night that left one victim dead and another injured, Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri reported.

At approximately 10:15 p.m. on April 20, 2021, Trenton police responded to a ShotSpotter activation at Oakland Street and Hoffman Avenue.  Responding officers located two victims with gunshot wounds.  Both were transported to the hospital and a short time later, Shaquan McNeil, 25, of Trenton, was pronounced dead.  The second victim, a 30-year-old Trenton man, sustained non-life threatening injuries to his leg and buttocks.

Anyone with information is asked to call (609) 989-6406.  Information can also be emailed to mchtftips@mercercounty.org

See last night’s breaking news story here: BREAKING: 2 Shot on Oakland Street

See additional update here: UPDATE: One Man Has Died, One In Hospital From Last Night’s Shooting


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UPDATE: One Man Has Died, One In Hospital From Last Night’s Shooting

April 21, 2021

UPDATE: Victim Of Last Night’s Shooting Identified

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TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Trenton Police Department Detective Captain Peter Weremijenko has confirmed that two people were shot in the area of Oakland Street and Hoffmann Avenue last night. One adult male has passed away from his injures that was shot in the back. Another victim sustained non-life-threatening injuries to his legs and buttocks. Both men are Trenton residents. Further information will be coming from the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office later today, this is still a developing story please follow MidJersey.news for more information.

See last night’s breaking news story here: BREAKING: 2 Shot on Oakland Street


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