Day: June 2, 2021

Allentown Baseball Shuts Out Jackson Liberty 1-0 In 1st Round NJSIAA Tournament

June 2, 2021

ALLENTOWN, NJ (MONMOUTH)–Allentown baseball beat Jackson Liberty today with a final score of 1-0 in NJSIAA Tournament, First Round, Central Jersey, Group 3.

Allentown will take on Wall Township in the next round.

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NJDOT Permits Hamilton to Ban Trucks Through Cornell Heights

June 2, 2021

By: Tyler Eckel

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP (MERCER)– Hamilton Township was notified earlier this week that requests by the Township to establish restrictions on commercial vehicles in Cornell Heights is supported by the NJ Department of Transportation (NJDOT).

In September 2019, the Township wrote to the NJDOT requesting an investigation to limit commercial vehicle traffic in Cornell Heights as weight and/or vehicle restrictions on roadways can only be granted by the Commissioner of the NJDOT. At the time, the investigation did not result in a recommendation from the NJDOT however, in late 2020, Hamilton Township was joined by representatives from NJDOT, the State Legislature, and Mercer County to hear from residents directly on concerns over commercial traffic in the Cornell Heights section.

After hearing concerns from residents, the NJDOT agreed to revisit the Township’s request for an investigation which included reviewing a truck traffic analysis by the Township’s consultant, Center State Engineering. The report by Center State Engineering recommended alternative routes for commercial vehicles. This week, the NJDOT informed Hamilton Township that following their review, it was their opinion that large design commercial vehicles would have difficulty performing safe turning movements from certain streets in Cornell Heights.

“I’m pleased that the NJDOT has recognized the importance of protecting the Cornell Heights neighborhood from the negative safety impact that large trucks have had on our community,” said Assemblyman Dan Benson. “These roads were not designed to accommodate the ever-increasing size of trucks often used and as Chair of the Transportation Committee, I am committed to ensuring the safety of Hamilton residents from improper trucks using local neighborhood streets as a cut through.”

With this news, Hamilton Township plans to put forth an ordinance to the Township Council to restrict vehicles 45 feet or longer from Rutgers Avenue, Trinity Avenue, Vetterlein Avenue, Leigh Avenue, Sandalwood Avenue and Princeton Avenue. Additionally, a similar restriction on Sweetbriar Avenue, which is a Mercer County road, would have to be considered by the Board of County Commissioners.

“Large truck conditions have been a long-term concern in Cornell Heights, exceeding my time in office,” stated Mayor Jeff Martin. “On behalf of our residents, I thank Fred Dumont, Director of Community & Economic Development, Assemblyman Benson, and the NJDOT for their support to make Hamilton a safer place to travel for both our residents and visitors.”

Following Council approval, the ordinance will then be sent to the NJDOT to give final approval and signage of this restriction will then be posted in Cornell Heights and be able to be enforced by the Hamilton Township Police Division.

Investigation leads to arrest of Ewing man in connection to man who died after being assaulted, run over by a vehicle

By: Tyler Eckel

TRENTON (MERCER)– Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri reported today that an investigation by the Mercer County Homicide Task Force and the Trenton Police has led to the arrest of a Ewing man for aggravated manslaughter.

Justin Wilkes, 21, was arrested and charged Tuesday evening with first-degree aggravated manslaughter and third-degree endangering an injured victim. The prosecutor’s office has filed a motion to detain Lopez pending trial.

On Saturday, May 29, 2021, at approximately 11:10 p.m., Trenton police officers were detailed to the area of South Clinton and Roebling avenues on a report of a pedestrian struck. While enroute, Trenton police dispatch advised that callers had heard two gunshots. Upon arrival, officers located the victim, an unidentified Hispanic male, laying in the street. He was bleeding from the head and had visible tire marks across his torso. Trenton Emergency Services arrived on scene and attempted to provide aid, however, the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

Based on information received, the HTF was notified and responded. An initial canvas of the scene did not produce evidence of a shooting. Detectives received witness information that the victim was seen walking in the roadway then observed falling to the ground as a white Honda Civic hit him and drove off in the direction of Beatty Street. Detectives were able to locate the vehicle and identify the driver as Elber Yuman, 24, of Princeton Junction. On Sunday, May 30, 2021, Yuman was charged with knowingly leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in death.

A preliminary examination of the victim’s body by the medical examiner’s office suggested the victim had been run over and had significant injuries to the left side of his face, but there was no indication he had been shot.

Area video surveillance was reviewed and witnesses were interviewed as part of the ongoing investigation. Detectives established that an individual identified as Justin Wilkes runs up to the victim at approximately 11 p.m. and punches him in the head. Wilkes continued to assault the victim as he tried to get away, stomping and kicking him after he fell to the ground in the middle of South Clinton Avenue. Wilkes fled the area by vehicle as the victim was still lying in the road, beaten unconscious. Shortly thereafter, the white Honda Civic driven by Yuman crossed over Roebling Avenue while traveling on South Clinton Avenue, running over the victim. Yuman continued driving toward Beatty Street without stopping.

The victim remains unidentified. Anyone with information is asked to call HTF Detective Marc Masseroni 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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Amazon Adjusts Drug Testing Policy To No Longer Include Marijuana In Drug Screening Program

June 2, 2021

In a recent Amazon blog post Amazon stated they will no longer include marijuana in their comprehensive drug screening program for positions not regulated by the Department of Transportation, and will instead treat marijuana use the same as alcohol use. The post stated Amazon will continue to do impairment checks on the job and will test for all drugs and alcohol after any incident.

The blog post reads:

In addition to changing our Time off Task policy, we’re adjusting our drug testing policy. In the past, like many employers, we’ve disqualified people from working at Amazon if they tested positive for marijuana use. However, given where state laws are moving across the U.S., we’ve changed course. We will no longer include marijuana in our comprehensive drug screening program for any positions not regulated by the Department of Transportation, and will instead treat it the same as alcohol use. We will continue to do impairment checks on the job and will test for all drugs and alcohol after any incident.

And because we know that this issue is bigger than Amazon, our public policy team will be actively supporting The Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act of 2021 (MORE Act)—federal legislation that would legalize marijuana at the federal level, expunge criminal records, and invest in impacted communities. We hope that other employers will join us, and that policymakers will act swiftly to pass this law.

Thank you for everything you do each day to help on our journey to be Earth’s Best Employer and Earth’s Safest Place to Work. It will take time, investment, invention, and determination, and we’ll continue to share updates with you as we go. We’re so proud of all of our teams who are helping us get better every day.” — A message to U.S. Operations employees from Dave Clark, CEO, Worldwide Consumer.

To read the full Amazon blog post click here