Day: May 3, 2021

Baseball: Trenton Catholic Over Florence

May 3, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The visiting Florence High School baseball team met Trenton Catholic Academy at Mercer County Park for their game tonight. The final score of the game was TCA 12, Florence 3.

Photo Gallery by: Colin McCormick

Woman Missing Since Saturday Found Deep In The Woods At Thompson Park

May 3, 2021

MONROE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–On May 3, 2021 at approximately 3:51 p.m., Monroe Township Police received a call from Emma Bodmer who was hiking the trails in Thompson Park. Ms. Bodmer advised that while hiking she came across a woman who appeared to be in distress deep into the woods. That is when Ms. Bodmer called the police and ran out of the woods to meet the responding police units. Once with the police Ms. Bodmer escorted the police units to the distressed female. Once at the area of the distressed female officers on scene were able to see that the female was Evelyn Zavala who was reported missing Saturday night after she was last seen in the area of the 7-11 in Jamesburg. Ms. Zavala was suffering injuries to her feet and was carried out of the woods by Monroe Police and Monroe Fire. The Monroe Police Department would like to thank Ms. Bodmer for her actions today and we would like to thank the Monroe Fire Department and the Monroe First Aid squad for their assistance.

TPD Arrests Trenton Man with a Handgun After He Accidentally Shoots Himself

May 3, 2021

By: Tyler Eckel

TRENTON (MERCER)– Trenton Police Director Sheilah A. Coley today announced the arrest of a Trenton man who fled from police officers and accidentally shot himself in the leg.

Gabriel M. Tabor, 30, of Trenton, was arrested in the early morning hours of April 29, 2021. Trenton Police officers responded to the area of Perry Street and Montgomery Street after receiving reports of a person pointing a gun at others.

When Officers Austin Fountain and Rudy Lopez arrived on scene, they observed a small crowd. Tabor began to run when he noticed police officers pulling up. As Tabor was running, the officers heard a gunshot and realized it came from Tabor. The officers chased Tabor and quickly apprehended him.

Officers Fountain and Lopez provided first aid to Tabor until an ambulance arrived and took him to Capital Health Regional Medical Center where he was treated for a single gunshot wound to his leg. The officers also recovered the revolver that Tabor was carrying.

Tabor was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon (handgun), obstructing the administration of law, and resisting arrest.

No other injuries were reported and the officers were unable to determine who, if anyone, was being targeted by Tabor.

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

Hamilton Fire Department provides mutual aid in Morrisville, PA house fire

May 3, 2021

By: Tyler Eckel

MORRISVILLE BOROUGH, PA (BUCKS)–A fire ripped through a home in Morrisville, PA on Monday, damaging a neighboring home, and cooking a vehicle. Hamilton Fire Department Truck Company 13 and Battalion Chief 10 were called in for mutual aid in knocking down the fire.

It occurred sometime around 12:00 pm in the 200 block of West Palmer Street. Fire crews arrived with a well involved house fire, which extended to a vehicle and a neighboring house. The fire also brought down electrical wires. The second alarm was quickly struck, sending additional crews from Morrisville and a company from Hamilton, NJ to the scene.

Sources tell that the residents were not home at the time of the fire. Sources also say the house was occupied by one dog and three cats, who, unfortunately, did not make it out.

No one was injured in the fire. This incident remains under investigation.

UPDATE: Three Men Arrested in Murder of Kaheem Carter

May 3, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri announced today that an investigation conducted by the Mercer County Homicide Task Force has resulted in charges being filed against three Trenton men in the April 15, 2021 homicide of Kaheem Carter.

Isaiah Ellis, 19, Emmitt Littles, 24, and Isaiah Porter, 25, are each charged with murder, accomplice liability and weapons offenses.  All three men were arrested Monday morning by member of the U.S. Marshals NY/NJ Regional Fugitive Task Force.  Ellis and Littles were taken into custody in Trenton; Porter was located in Brooklyn, NY.  The prosecutor’s office will file motions to detain the men pending trial.

At approximately 1:50 a.m. on April 15, 2021, Trenton police were dispatched to the area of 1137 Hamilton Avenue on a report of shots fired.  Responding officers located the victim, later identified as 22-year-old Kaheem Carter, laying on the ground on Cunningham Alley near the intersection of South Walter Avenue.  Carter was unresponsive and suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.  He was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

Thirteen .40 caliber shell casings were located nearby, as was a large, black garbage bag filled with clothing, sneakers and boots that matched the style of the victim’s clothing.   HTF detectives canvassed various locations in Trenton and secured video surveillance footage from around the time of the murder.  A review of the footage showed two unknown individuals in the approximate area just prior to the shooting and running away from the scene.  A silver 2007 Mercury Montego was also identified canvasing the area of Cuyler Avenue and Cunningham Alley near where the murder occurred.  That vehicle came back registered to Isaiah Porter.  Through the review of additional video and witness interviews, detectives were able to identify the three suspects.

The murder remains under investigation and anyone with information is asked to call HTF Detective John Menafra at (609) 989-6406.  Information can also be emailed to

Despite having been charged, every defendant is presumed innocent until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Related coverage here:

Trenton Man Arrested for Lying to Police in Connection to Homicide of Kaheem Carter

See this morning’s breaking news story here (posted at 2:33 am): BREAKING: Male Found Shot Dead Near Post Office On Hamilton Ave.

UPDATE: Shooting Homicide in Trenton Under Investigation

Names of 2021* homicide victims:

  1. 2/18/2021 Jabree Saunders, 26, from shooting on May 14, 2018
  2. 2/22/2021 Khalil Gibbs, 25, of West Windsor, shooting
  3. 2/25/2021 Lovelle Laramore, 60, of Trenton shooting
  4. 4/15/2021 Kaheem Carter, 22, of Trenton, shooting
  5. 4/20/2021 Shaquan McNeil, 25, of Trenton, shooting
  6. 4/24/2021 Cheryl Jones, 65, of Trenton, shooting
  7. 4/29/2021 Ramire Harvey, 25, of Trenton, shooting

*Updated to reflect the person who died in 2021 from the May 14, 2018 shooting.

“Shot And A Beer” Program, Get Vaccinated, Receive A Free Beer At Participating Breweries

May 3, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–“Shot and a Beer” program to encourage eligible New Jerseyans ages 21+ to get vaccinated.

According to the State of New Jersey and Governor Phil Murphy: Any New Jerseyan who gets their first vaccine dose in the month of May and takes their vaccination card to a participating brewery will receive a free beer.

Governor Murphy Announces Additional Easing of Restrictions

Changes Include Removal of All Percentage Capacity Limits for Indoor and Outdoor Businesses, Lifting of Prohibition on Indoor Bar Seating, and Removal of Outdoor Gathering Limit

Changes Effective in Two Phases  On Friday, May 7 and Wednesday, May 19

May 3, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–With COVID-19 numbers trending decisively in the right direction and New Jersey progressing toward its adult-age vaccination goals, Governor Murphy today announced an additional easing of restrictions, including a removal of all percentage capacity limits for indoor and outdoor businesses, a lifting of the prohibition on indoor bar seating, and an end to the outdoor gathering limit. As detailed below, some changes will take effect on Friday, May 7, with others taking effect on Wednesday, May 19, in coordination with both New York and Connecticut.

“With our COVID-19 numbers, particularly hospitalizations, trending decisively in the right direction and our vaccination goals within reach, now is the time to take major steps to reopen our economy and loosen both indoor and outdoor gathering and capacity restrictions,” said Governor Murphy. “We’ve done this the right way, in partnership with our neighboring states of New York and Connecticut, and by allowing data, science, and public health to guide our decision-making. Over these next few weeks, I encourage all remaining eligible New Jerseyans to get vaccinated so we can continue fighting back against this virus and move toward a ‘new normal’ for ourselves, our neighbors, and our loved ones.”

“With COVID-19 cases on the decline, more than 7 million vaccines administered and the good weather allowing more outdoor activities, we are able to take these steps to reopen the state,” said Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli. “But, we can’t let our guard down now. Please get vaccinated if you haven’t already, practice physical distancing and wear a mask when in large crowds.’’

Today, Governor Murphy will sign an executive order that makes the following changes effective Friday, May 7 (some of which were previously scheduled to take effect on Monday, May 10):

  • Outdoor gatherings limit – The limit will increase to 500 persons, up from 200.
  • Large venue outdoor capacity – The maximum capacity allowed will increase to 50% for venues with 1,000 fixed seats or more, as long as six feet of distance is maintained, up from 30% capacity for venues with a 2,500 fixed seating capacity.  
  • Increase in maximum capacity for certain indoor activities – Currently, indoor catered events are limited to 35% of the capacity of the room in which they are held, up to 150 persons. The capacity limit for those events, including proms, will be raised to 50%, up to a maximum of 250 individuals. The  capacity limit for indoor political events, weddings, funerals, memorial services, and performances will also increase accordingly.
  • Dance floors at private catered events – Dance floors would be permitted to open at such events, with masking and social distancing requirements in place. Dance floors would remain closed at bars and other related businesses, such as nightclubs.
  • Permit carnivals and fairs to operate at the amusement business capacity – Currently, these events may be treated like a gathering, and thus subject to more restrictive limits. Carnivals and fairs may now operate at the same capacity as large outdoor amusements.
  • Bar seating – The prohibition on indoor bar seating will be lifted, with final guidance on necessary safeguards, such as spacing and the use of plexiglass, to follow from the New Jersey Department of Health.
  • Buffets – The restriction on self-service food, like buffets, at restaurants, would be lifted, but individuals will still be required to remain seated while eating and drinking.

Additionally, barring an unexpected uptick in COVID-19 numbers, the following changes will go into effect on Wednesday, May 19, largely in line with actions taking place in the neighboring states of New York and Connecticut:

  • Complete removal of outdoor gathering limit – Attendees at outdoor gatherings will still be required to remain six feet apart from other groups. 
  • Indoor gathering limit – The general indoor gathering limit will be raised to 50 persons, up from 25 persons. The limit applies to general social gatherings, such as birthday parties and events in people’s homes. Commercial gatherings and gatherings organized and operated by an overseeing entity (e.g. conferences, expositions, meetings of fraternal organizations, job trainings, events hosted by senior centers) will be subject to the 250-person indoor gathering limit that applies to indoor catered events, as long as all attendees can remain six feet apart.
  • Complete removal of all percentage capacity limits for indoor and outdoor businesses, and houses of worship – Any business, whether indoors or outdoors, that is subject to a percentage capacity limitation will instead be guided by the rule regarding six feet of distance between persons or groups of persons.  This would include:
    • Indoor dining – Currently, indoor dining is limited to 50% capacity. This change will remove the 50% limitation but maintain the six feet of required distance between tables, except that tables will still be permitted to be closer than six feet where restaurants use partitions that comply with DOH requirements. Additionally, the prohibition on tables of more than 8 persons will be lifted. As a reminder, outdoor dining has never been bound to a capacity percentage. 
    • Houses of worship and religious services, which are currently at 50% capacity. Retail businesses, which are currently at 50% capacity.
    • Gyms, which are currently at 50% capacity.
    • Personal care services, which are currently at 50% capacity.
    • Indoor and outdoor amusement and recreation businesses, which are both currently limited to 50% capacity.
    • Indoor and outdoor pools, which are both currently limited to 50% capacity.
    • Indoor catered events, funerals, memorial services, performances, and political activities – Per today’s Executive Order, these events will be limited to 50% of a room’s capacity, up to 250 individuals.  Beginning on Wednesday, May 19, the 250-person limit will remain in place, but there will be no percentage-based capacity restrictions. Individuals and groups will need to remain six feet apart. 
  • Indoor large venue capacity – The capacity limit for indoor large venues will increase from 20% to 30% and the definition of a large venue would shift from those with 2,500 fixed seats to those with 1,000 fixed seats. The requirement that individuals or groups of individuals that purchase tickets together remain six feet apart would remain in place.

For the full text of Executive Order No. 238, click here.

North Jersey Crime Ring That Recached Into Monmouth And Middlesex Counties Busted

Local Police Departments Involved: Manalapan Police Department, Marlboro Police Department, Monroe Police Department, Holmdel Police Department

May 3, 2021


Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal today announced arrests of four individuals who have been charged in a multi-agency investigation for allegedly conspiring as members of a criminal ring responsible for numerous residential burglaries across much of New Jersey.

The participating law enforcement agencies have worked collaboratively to investigate 84 burglaries that were committed from October 2020 through March 2021 in eight counties in New Jersey—Morris, Bergen, Essex, Somerset, Passaic, Monmouth, Middlesex, and Union—as well as lower New York State. As detailed in the statement of probable cause in the criminal complaints filed against the defendants, the burglaries involved a similar modus operandi and it is suspected that the same burglary ring was involved in each of them. The perpetrators of the burglaries forced entry through a doorway, usually in the afternoon or early evening, and then stole cash, jewelry, and other valuables from the master bedroom and/or other areas of the residence. Well over half a million dollars in cash, jewelry, and other valuables were stolen in total in the 84 burglaries.

The four individuals who were arrested have been charged by the Division of Criminal Justice Specialized Crimes Bureau in connection with 16 of those burglaries that occurred in Morris, Bergen, Essex, Somerset, Passaic, and Union Counties. However, the investigation is ongoing and further charges may be filed in connection with the other burglaries. Investigators urge anyone who might have relevant information about the defendants or any of the burglaries to call the Division of Criminal Justice confidentially at 866-TIPS-4CJ.

The final defendant to be arrested, Keith Perry, was arrested on Friday, April 30, in North Carolina by the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force on a warrant obtained by the Division of Criminal Justice. He is being held in Union County (N.C.) Jail pending extradition. The other three defendants were arrested in early April in New Jersey and were ordered detained pending trial.

The following four defendants were charged by complaint-warrant with the offenses listed (one count of each offense unless otherwise indicated):

  • Keith Perry, 38, of Teaneck, N.J. 2nd Degree Conspiracy, 2nd Degree Burglary, 3rd Degree Burglary (15 Counts), 2nd Degree Theft, and 2nd Degree Receiving Stolen Property. Perry is charged with 2nd Degree Burglary in connection with a burglary on Dec. 23, 2020 in Englewood, N.J., during which he allegedly threatened a homeowner by making a motion with his hand inside his sweatshirt as though he had a gun and saying, “I’ll shoot you.” 
  • Porsche Brown, 29, of Lodi, N.J. 2nd Degree Conspiracy, 3rd Degree Burglary (6 Counts), 3rd Degree Theft, and 3rd Degree Receiving Stolen Property.
  • Kay Brown, 23, of Paterson, N.J. (no relation to Porsche Brown) 2nd Degree Conspiracy, 3rd Degree Burglary (3 Counts), and 3rd Degree Theft.
  • Gregory Lewis, 37, of Teaneck, N.J. 2nd Degree Conspiracy and 3rd Degree Burglary.

After Perry was involved in a car accident in Hackensack, N.J., on March 17, 2021, investigators obtained a search warrant for the Mercedes-Benz GL 450 he was driving and found proceeds from one of the burglaries in the car. On Feb. 12, 2021, Porsche Brown used a pawn shop in Vineland to pawn a significant amount of jewelry that is being investigated as suspected burglary proceeds.

The multi-agency investigation was led by the Division of Criminal Justice, New Jersey State Police, Verona Police Department, New Milford Police Department, and Teaneck Police Department, assisted by the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office, and the 40 additional municipal police departments listed below.

“This is an outstanding example of law enforcement collaboration,” said Attorney General Grewal. “We worked with law enforcement agencies across nearly half of New Jersey to identify and arrest the alleged members of this burglary ring, who sought cash, jewelry, and other valuables in the targeted residences, including homes that were occupied during the break-ins. With each burglary in a new town, law enforcement forged a new partnership to address this threat and shut down this major crime spree.”

“I commend all of the law enforcement agencies that partnered in this investigation, sharing evidence and working to stop this alleged prolific burglary ring,” said Director Veronica Allende of the Division of Criminal Justice. “The strength of law enforcement in New Jersey is enhanced by our strong collaborative relationships, which enabled us to identify and arrest these defendants.”

“Every agency involved with this investigation understood that it was paramount that we identify and apprehend the members of this ring, because their willingness to commit these crimes while homeowners were present demonstrated that they were prepared to engage in confrontation, which could easily have escalated into violence,” said Colonel Patrick J. Callahan, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police. “This investigation is an example of how the New Jersey law enforcement community can quickly band together and coordinate across multiple jurisdictions to dismantle a dangerous burglary ring.”

“As Attorney General Grewal said, this case highlighted the exceptional partnership shared among law enforcement agencies in New Jersey,” said Chief Christopher Kiernan of the Verona Police Department. “I must applaud Verona Detective TJ Conroy and Detective Lieutenant Timothy Banta who stayed with this case from the day of the Verona burglary in early December. They broke many leads that directly resulted in these arrests. Detective Conroy’s tenacious work was a shining example of Verona Police Department’s dedication to our community. He and Lieutenant Banta never let go and put in countless hours researching an enormous number of cases throughout the state, identifying similarities to Verona’s burglary. Much credit also should be given to Cedar Grove Police Officer Dominick Buscio. While on diligent patrol, Officer Buscio heard the transmission of our burglary in progress and located the suspect vehicle traveling through Cedar Grove, thereby securing a critical piece of evidence. These efforts and the teamwork of all of the participating agencies ultimately led to the successful arrests of those responsible for numerous burglaries throughout the state.”

Deputy Attorney General Attorney Matthew Lafargue, Detective Scott Caponi, and Detective Sang Han are assigned to the investigation for the Division of Criminal Justice (DCJ) Specialized Crimes Bureau, under the supervision of Deputy Bureau Chief Jacqueline Smith, Deputy Chief of Detectives Robert Stemmer, Bureau Chief Erik Daab, Chief of Detectives Weldon Powell, and DCJ Deputy Director Annmarie Taggart. DCJ Detective Shawn Gorlin, who is a member of the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force, led the fugitive investigation. Attorney General Grewal thanked the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force for their invaluable assistance.

Detective Sgt. Brian Kearns, Investigator Erica Benedetti, and Investigator Jessica Butt participated in the investigation for the New Jersey State Police.

Detective Thomas J Conroy III is lead detective on the case for the Verona Police Department, under the supervision of Lt. Tim Banta.

The investigation by the New Milford Police Department Detective Bureau is being supervised and conducted by Lt. Kevin VanSanders, Detective Sgt. Nelson Perez, Detective Derek Mattessich, Detective Brian Carlino, and Officer Adam Conboy.

Detective Gabriel Santiago is the lead detective for the Teaneck Detective Bureau.

Attorney General Grewal thanked all of the participating law enforcement agencies for their work in the investigation.

In addition to the law enforcement agencies listed above, the following police departments participated in the collaborative investigation: Bedminster Police Department, Berkeley Heights Police Department, Bernardsville Police Department, Boonton Police Department, Bridgewater Police Department, Cedar Grove Police Department, Clarkstown (N.Y.) Police Department, Clinton Township Police Department, Englewood Police Department, Fairview Police Department, Glen Rock Police Department, Hackensack Police Department, Haledon Police Department, Harrington Park Police Department, Holmdel Police Department, Little Falls Police Department, Livingston Police Department, Madison Police Department, Manalapan Police Department, Marlboro Police Department, Milburn Police Department, Monroe Police Department, Montclair Police Department, Montville Police Department, North Caldwell Police Department, North Haledon Police Department, Northvale Police Department, Paramus Police Department, Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Department, Pearl River (N.Y.) Police Department, Randolph Police Department, Tenafly Police Department, Totowa Police Department, Warren Township Police Department, Washington Township Police Department (Bergen County), Watchung Police Department, Wayne Police Department, West Orange Police Department, Woodcliff Lake Police Department, and Wyckoff Police Department.

Second-degree charges carry a sentence of five to 10 years in state prison and a criminal fine of up to $150,000, while third-degree charges carry a sentence of three to five years in state prison and a fine of up to $15,000.

The charges are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

Defense Attorneys

For Perry: Undetermined.

For Porsche Brown: Kevin G. Roe, Esq., Hackensack, N.J.

For Kay Brown: Richard J. Baldi, Esq., Baldi & Marotta, Paterson, N.J.

For Lewis: Adamo Ferreira, Esq., Hackensack, N.J.

AG Grewal Announces Settlement with NRG Residential Solar Solutions over Consumer Fraud Allegations in the Sale and Lease of Solar Energy Panels

May 3, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–As more consumers look for ways to improve their home’s efficiency with clean and renewable energy, Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal today announced that Princeton-based solar company NRG Residential Solar Solutions LLC (“NRG”) has agreed to pay approximately $69,000 to resolve allegations that it used deceptive sales practices to mislead consumers into leasing solar energy panels, failed to deliver promised energy savings, and made misrepresentations regarding servicing, installation, and financing in violation of  New Jersey’s Consumer Fraud Act and related consumer protection regulations.

As part of the settlement reached with the Division of Consumer Affairs, NRG will change its policies and practices, and enter binding arbitration to resolve pending consumer complaints from consumers who choose that option, as well as new consumer complaints for a period of one year.

NRG also agreed to offer two consumers who filed complaints with the Division the option to have the solar panels uninstalled and removed from their home at no cost.

“New Jersey is committed to an equitable and clean energy future,” said Attorney General Grewal. “That includes ensuring that consumers who choose solar energy options get what they pay for.”

“False savings claims are serious allegations,” said Sean Neafsey, Deputy Director of the Division of Consumer Affairs. “This settlement illustrates that we intend to hold companies accountable for what they tell consumers, and they should design their business practices accordingly.”

The Division opened its investigation after receiving more than 20 consumer complaints alleging that NRG, among other things, failed to deliver promised savings, failed to timely make repairs after damaging roofs of consumer homes during installation, improperly delayed the installation and activation of solar energy systems, and failed to honor provisions in consumer lease agreements.

Under the terms of the Consent Order, NRG agreed to make significant changes to its business practices, which include:

  • Implementing policies and training for its employees and third-party vendors who perform door-to-door solicitation, including scripts that incorporate all required disclosures concerning any leasing offer;
  • Disclosing all pertinent information prior to the lease transaction, providing consumers with adequate time to read agreements, and advising them of the three-day cancellation period;
  • Confirming consumer financing before installing a solar system;
  • Avoiding damage to a consumer’s home while installing the solar system;
  • Clearly and conspicuously disclosing in the lease agreements the term, lease payment amounts for each year including any increases in payment amounts and other applicable fees, and the formula by which to determine costs to the consumer in the event the consumer cancels the lease agreement;
  • Honoring consumer cancellation rights and performance credit obligations in the event of non-compliance with the performance guarantee; and
  • Developing an adequate complaint resolution process to ensure that its call center representatives contact the consumer within five days of receipt of any complaint to advise the consumer of the next steps, and continuing to provide periodic updates of any developments with regard to the consumer’s complaint until the complaint has been resolved.

The $68,951 settlement includes $30,000 in civil penalties, $20,197 for investigative costs and attorneys’ fees, and $18,754 in consumer restitution. The consumer restitution will be paid to two consumers who provided documentation of roof repairs needed after the installation of the solar panels and one consumer who leased a solar system that NRG failed to activate.

Deputy Attorney General Chanel Van Dyke of the Consumer Fraud Prosecution Section within the Division of Law’s Affirmative Civil Enforcement Practice Group is representing the State in the matter. Investigator Brian Penn of the Office of Consumer Protection within the Division of Consumer Affairs conducted the investigation.

Consumers who believe they have been cheated or scammed by a business, or suspect any other form of consumer abuse, can file an online complaint with the State Division of Consumer Affairs by visiting its website or by calling 1-800-242-5846 to receive a complaint form by mail.

Hamilton Welcomes Ridder Custom Woodwork

May 3, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Hamilton Township Mayor Jeff Martin, Associate Director of Economic Development, Kate Kane, and SHOP Hamilton Chair Jay Dugan were present to welcome Ridder Custom Woodwork, LLC with a Grand Opening Ceremony & Ribbon Cutting on Saturday April 24th, 2021.

“We are thrilled to welcome Ridder Custom Woodwork to Hamilton Township.  Phil’s unique talent and craft of woodworking is exceptional. His woodworking shop is the perfect addition to Studio Park.”  said Mayor Jeff Martin.

Owner Phil Ridder has had a passion for woodworking at an early age while watching his father work, who was a master cabinet maker.  At the age of 12, he bought his firsthand tools using earnings he made as a paperboy. Phil started his career in civil engineering technology and building construction and worked on diverse jobs from designing bridges to assisting with the construction of buildings and high rises as a project engineer. Phil returned to his fist love in 2010 when he established Ridder’s Custom Woodwork in Flemington, New Jersey. Phil’s new 6,000 square foot space in Studio Park replaces his former 900 square foot home workshop in his basement. Phil researched all over the state and choose Hamilton Township for its central location and then fell in love with the Modern Recycled Spaces at Studio Park.

Ridder Custom Woodwork specializes in handcrafted custom furniture, cabinets, built-ins, bars, mirrors, gifts, awards, memorials and other custom items. Phil will design, build and deliver cabinets and furniture to areas all over New Jersey. Now his new centrally located space makes it convenient for clients to visit.

Visit to learn of the new businesses that have recently opened or have relocated to Hamilton and read up on why Hamilton is a great place for businesses to call home!

To learn more about Ridder Custom Woodwork LLC, visit their website or Facebook

Ridder’s Custom Woodwork, LLC.

1800 E State Street, Suite 180,

Hamilton, NJ 08609,USA

Homeless Man Dies In Fire

May 3, 2021 — Updated with Trenton Police information:

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)-On Monday, May 3, 2021, Trenton Police Sergeant Charles Fackenthall was on patrol when he noticed smoke coming from vacant houses at 426 and 428 N. Clinton Ave.  The Trenton Fire Department responded to extinguish the fire.  While doing so they recovered a deceased victim from 430 N. Clinton Ave, which by that point was also engulfed.  Due to the injuries, the victim has not been identified yet, but is believed to be a male of unknown age.  The Middlesex County Medical Examiner’s Office took possession of the victim and will attempt to determine an identity.   The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but arson is not suspected at this time.   If anyone has any information we ask that they contact Detective Sergeant Greg Holly at     

This Morning’s story here:

According to city officials a homeless man is dead this morning that was found in an abandoned row house fire at 426-428-430 North Clinton Avenue.

It was reported the fire started around 3:15 am and that the Trenton Fire Department responded to the scene and took about 40 minutes to bring the flames under control.

Neighbors witnessed the man being pulled from the building by the Trenton Fire Department. One neighbor that lives on Filmore Street told that is at least the 3rd time the fire department responded to that abandoned property and complained of a number vagrants always using the property.

A neighbor from Poplar Street told that the homeless man is regularly seen sitting on the front steps of the property and was a real nice person and talked to everyone on the street that walked by. She said he has help the man with some food before. The neighbor said that there are too many abandoned properties in the City and those abandoned buildings need to be knocked down.

City officials said that the cause of the fire has not been determined.

Demolition Of NJ Department Of Health And Agriculture Buildings

May 3, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Demolition recently started on the old New Jersey Department of Health and NJ Department of Agriculture Buildings and a piece of Trenton history will soon be gone. According to Preservation New Jersey the buildings were built in 1962 – 1963 and designed by Alfred Clauss and Jane West Clauss, husband and wife architects. There are two pre-cast concrete buildings, one cylindrical and one cubed, connected by steel-and-glass pedestrian sky bridges.

The round building contained labs and also had a greenhouse for the NJ Department of Agriculture. received a complaint to investigate asbestos at the demolition site but the same complainant reported that the asbestos at the site was abated (removed) prior to the start of demolition.

Preservation New Jersey tried to get the The New Jersey Economic Development Authority to not demolish the buildings but had no luck in changing their mind.

Sources have told that the site will be used for future redevelopment and/or parking.