Day: May 21, 2021

Tractor trailer overturns while entering I-195 from South Broad Street

May 21, 2021

By: Tyler Eckel

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP (MERCER)– A tractor trailer overturned while attempting to enter I-195 Friday afternoon.

It happened around 4:45 pm. It appears the truck made an attempt to enter the Eastbound lanes of 195 from South Broad Street, when it flipped onto its side. The driver self extricated himself from the vehicle. It is unknown if any other vehicles were involved in the crash.

Hamilton Hazmat Team was requested to the scene.

No further information is available.

Firefighters Make Rescue During “General Alarm” 4-Alarm Fire In Trenton

May 21, 2021

By: Tyler Eckel – Updated with information from the City of Trenton

TRENTON (MERCER)– Two houses along with two garages were damaged this afternoon after a fire broke out in Trenton.

Firefighters responded out to 42 Atterbury Avenue around 1:50 pm on a reported house fire. A Trenton Fire Chief arrived on the scene and observed a structure well involved in fire, extending to other structures. The first alarm was immediately struck, sending additional resources to the scene in an attempt to gain control of the blaze.

Firefighters were then alerted of possible victims trapped inside the structure as fire continued to rapidly spread. Trenton firefighters entered the burning structure and heard a call from a person trapped. Firefighters quickly removed the trapped person from the second floor and also saved a cat.

The fire quickly jumped to the second alarm, continuing to climb through the third alarm, and finally being brought under control at 4:18 pm, while operations were equivalent to the fourth alarm.

According to William Skaggs, a City of Trenton spokesperson, the fire was a “General Alarm” with around 10 companies from outside the City responding.

With current staffing levels of the entire TFD on scene, plus the addition of 10 additional companies would equal what is known as a 4-alarm fire with the amount of apparatus and manpower on scene.

Skaggs also stated that six people are displaced from their homes. The initial investigation suggests the fire started in an outside garage and spread to the home of 42 Atterbury Avenue. The fire spread to another home at 40 Atterbury and another garage.

Electric wires were live and impeding the fire attack in the rear. PSE&G was called to the scene to temporarily shut down power on the block from West State to Riverside Avenue.

Multiple ambulances responded to the scene for firefighters suffering from heat exhaustion while battling the scorching flames on top of nearly 90 degree weather, all while wearing their protective turnout gear.

Fire companies from around Mercer County, and then some responded to the scene, including but not limited to: Trenton Fire Department, Hamilton Fire Department, Plainsboro Fire Company, West Windsor Fire Company, Companies from Lawrence, Companies from Ewing, Companies from Bordentown, Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad, Signal 22 Canteen Unit, and others.

Trenton Fire Department, FMBA, And Buzzetta Catering, Hosts 2nd Kick Off To Memorial Day Food-A-Thon

May 21, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–The City of Trenton Fire Department, the Trenton Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association (FMBA) Locals 6 & 206 and Buzzetta Catering hosted the second annual Food-A-Thon today, at City Hall.

The event was free for all Trenton residents and employees. The event served cheesesteaks, burgers, chicken tenders, fried Oreos, funnel cakes, and more.

“Our first responders serve our city in many ways outside their regular duties,” said Mayor Gusciora

“We’re grateful for all the partners who put this wonderful event together and encourage our staff and Trentonians alike to enjoy the festivities together tomorrow.” — Mayor W. Reed Gusciora

Members of Trenton Cycling Revolution Commute By Bike with Mayor Gusciora to City Hall to celebrate National Bike to Work Day

May 21, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Mayor W. Reed Gusciora today kicked off National Bike to Work Day with members of Trenton Cycling Revolution during a City Hall bike commute in downtown Trenton.

Mayor Gusciora was joined by Jacque Howard, President of Trenton Cycling; Wills Kinsley, Director of Operations for Trenton Cycling Revolution and Sonia Szczesna, Director of Active Transportation, Tri-State Transportation Campaign. The trip went along the D&R Canal Path (part of the 800+ mile regional trail network known as the Circuit Trails) the Black Lives Matter street mural on E State, and the historic N.J. State House before ending at City Hall.

In the United States, 40 percent of all trips are less than two miles, making cycling a healthy and pollution-free way to get around locally. The City of Trenton has been making strides to improve its infrastructure to ensure walking and biking is safe for all residents and visitors by advancing Circuit Trail projects, improving street design through a Complete & Green Streets pattern book, implementing tactical urbanism projects, and embarking on a Vision Zero Action Plan.

Before the ride, TCR board Jun King presented Mayor Gusciora with a customized helmet with gold leaf and pinstripes by GroundUp Speed Shop to represent Trenton in style when he participates in bicycle and skateboard events in the city.

“Every day is bike to work day for someone here in the Capital City, especially for our essential workers who have continued to commute to work throughout this pandemic,” said Trenton Mayor W. Reed Gusciora. “We are working hard here to make our streets accessible for all Trentonians. I’m happy to hear that the legislature is also looking to ensure the safety of all who walk, ride, and roll through a safe passing bill for the state.”

“Trenton Cycling Revolution is looking forward to working with the City to continue to make strides in enhancing its street infrastructure by implementing its Complete Streets policy as well as its upcoming Vision Zero action plan to make sure that all Trentonians can travel through the City safely,” said Jacque Howard, President of Trenton Cycling Revolution.

“As the state recovers from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, we must reflect on the lessons we’ve learned from quick changes to our streetscapes and create more places for people to safely walk, bike, and roll,” said Sonia Szczesna, Director of Active Transportation for Tri-State Transportation Campaign. “Now is our chance to encourage and foster this increase in cycling for our daily commutes by implementing Complete & Green Streets projects and advancing Vision Zero across the state.”

“There are many new riders out on the streets and to make sure they fully enjoy cycling and get where they are going safely takes a city, county, and state effort,” said Wills Kinsley, Director of Operations for Trenton Cycling Revolution.

Trenton Man Arrested for Saturday Murder of David Williams

May 21, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–A Trenton man has been arrested and charged with the recent murder of David Williams, Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri reported today.

Tyrell Williams, 20, was arrested Thursday afternoon in Trenton by members of the Mercer County Homicide Task Force.  (Defendant is not related to the victim.)  He is charged with one count of first-degree murder, one count of second-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, one count of second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon and one count of second-degree certain persons not to possess a firearm.  The prosecutor’s office has filed a motion to detain Williams pending trial.

Just before 11 p.m. on Saturday, May 15, 2021, Trenton police responded to the area of North Hanover and Stockton on reports of a shooting in progress and a motor vehicle accident.  Trenton Police Communications also received a Shot Spotter activation for nine rounds in the 200 block of N. Stockton Street.  Arriving officers located a dark gray Dodge Caravan crashed into an unoccupied Toyota Rav4.  The Dodge Caravan had been struck by gunfire approximately 10 times.  David Williams, 36, was found in the driver’s seat of the Dodge Caravan suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.  He was extricated from the vehicle by the Trenton Fire Department and transported to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.  An adult female passenger in the car was uninjured from the shooting, however, she was taken to the hospital for injuries from the accident.

Officers secured the crime scene and while canvasing the area, located an additional scene at the intersection of N. Stockton and E. Hanover streets, where the Shot Spotter activation occurred.  Broken glass was found all over the middle of the street along with more than a dozen spent 9mm shell casings.

As part of the investigation conducted by the Mercer County Homicide Task Force, area video surveillance was reviewed, and witnesses were interviewed.  Detectives were able to identify Tyrell Williams as the suspect shooter. 

A search incidental to Williams’ arrest on Thursday revealed approximately 10 grams of raw heroin.  Subsequently, he was charged with multiple narcotics offenses.

The murder remains under investigation and anyone with information is asked to call HTF Detective Jennifer Eyster 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.

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Fatal Shooting With Vehicle Crash Leaves 36 Year Old Man Dead, Woman Injured

5/16/2021 UPDATE: Victim Identified In Last Night’s Fatal Shooting

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
  8. 5/15/2021 David Williams 36, of Trenton, shooting

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