Day: July 9, 2021

Bordentown Township Police Solve Dirt Bike Thefts; 4 Trenton Men Charged

July 9, 2021

BORDENTOWN TOWNSHIP, NJ (BURLINGTON)–On January 20, 2019 a resident of Thorntown Lane reported that their Honda dirt bike had been stolen from an unlocked shed located on their property in the early morning hours. A subsequent investigation determined that Yahmir Robinson, age – 21, of Parkway Ave. Trenton, NJ was responsible for the theft and he was criminally charged on June 7, 2021. The dirt bike was later recovered in Woodbridge Township and returned to its owner.

On September 25, 2019 our department fielded several reports of unlocked vehicles that were entered overnight in the Georgetown Estates neighborhood along with the burglary of a garage which resulted in the theft of three (3) Yamaha motorcycles. That investigation concluded that Yamire Vaught, age 22, of Langemoore Dr. in Trenton, NJ, Jahid Whitmore, age – 21, of Spring Street in Trenton, NJ, and Jaquan Tillery, age – 22, of Rider Ave. Trenton NJ, were responsible for these thefts and each was charged with multiple counts of burglary, theft and criminal mischief on June 23, 2021. Two (2) of the three (3) motorcycles stolen in this incident have since been recovered by police.

Dsgt. Pavlov was the lead investigator in these cases and determined that the victims were targeted after posting their dirt bikes for sale on popular trading platforms such as LetGo, OfferUP and Facebook Marketplace.

All four (4) suspects of these incidents were charged on summons complaints and released pending future court action in Burlington County Superior Court.

Bordentown Township Police Chief Pesce provides the following remarks regarding these incidents:

“Our department reminds sellers who use online trading platforms to never give a buyer their personal address and to instead utilize safe transaction zones such as the one we previously established at our police department. I would also like to take this opportunity to commend Dsgt. Pavlov for the excellent police work he conducted in these cases which involved a great deal of technical follow up. Dsgt. Pavlov leads a unit of skilled and relentless investigators who leave no stone unturned when crimes are perpetrated upon residents of Bordentown Township.”

More information on the BTPD’s safe transaction zone can be found here:

All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Governor Murphy Signs Bills to Advance New Jersey’s Clean Energy Future

Legislation will Increase Solar Development and Facilitate Installation of Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure throughout the State

July 9, 2021

SEASIDE HEIGHTS, NJ (OCEAN) – Governor Phil Murphy today signed a package of bills aimed at advancing New Jersey’s transition to a clean energy future to further the Administration’s goal of reaching 100 percent clean energy by 2050. The legislation will increase solar development and facilitate installation of electric vehicle charging infrastructure throughout the state.

“Three and a half years ago we put forth one of the most aggressive plans in the nation to move New Jersey away from fossil fuels and towards a future based on clean and renewable energy technologies,” said Governor Murphy. “From wind-turbine component manufacturing, to solar energy installation, to electric vehicles, the modernization of our energy sector will not only aid us in addressing climate change, but also drive significant economic growth and create good-paying, union jobs across the state. By signing these bills today, we are marking another milestone on our path to 100 percent clean energy by 2050 and fueling our clean innovation economy.”

“In order to combat climate change and its devastating consequences, we must do all we can to make it easier for people and families to use and charge electric vehicles whether they live in a single-family home or in a multi-family dwelling. Electric vehicles are the future and everyone should have access to the environmental and economic benefits they provide,” said Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver, who serves as Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs. “The legislation that Governor Murphy signed today will go a long way to supporting electric vehicle adoption across New Jersey. In fact, DCA is already at work crafting model ordinances to provide local governments with the ability to safely and efficiently approve the installation of electric vehicle service equipment and parking spaces that are pre-wired for electric vehicle infrastructure. DCA looks forward to continuing to do its part on electric vehicles and the broader effort to protect our environment.”

The Governor signed the following four bills into law:

S3223 (Smith, Bateman/Swain, Benson, Lopez, Verrelli, Karabinchak, Zwicker) – Establishes numerical requirements and zoning standards for installation of electric vehicle supply equipment and Make-Ready parking spaces

A1653 (Quijano, Karabinchak, Holley/Smith, Bateman) – Encourages development of zero-emission vehicle fueling and charging infrastructure in redevelopment projects.

A4554 (Karabinchak, Burzichelli, Houghtaling/Smith, Bateman) – Establishes successor program to solar renewable energy certificate program in BPU, including solicitation process for certain solar power generation facilities.

A5434 (Dancer, Armato, Houghtaling/Smith, Bateman) – Establishes dual-use solar project pilot program for unpreserved farmland; allows land used for dual-use solar project to be eligible for farmland assessment under certain conditions.

“I often talk about how significant these past few years have been for greatly expanding and growing renewable energy and electric vehicle capacity in New Jersey to combat climate change,” said Senator Smith. “With the dual-use solar project and utility-scale solar program laws now established, we can significantly increase our renewable energy footprint in a way that both preserves farmland and open-space. This clean energy can then go into the electrical grid to help power the electric vehicles via charging stations installed around the state.”

“In the not-so-distant future, we’ll see the day when most cars on the road are electric. By 2040, over half of all passenger vehicles sold are projected to be electric,” said Assemblymembers Lisa Swain, Daniel Benson, Yvonne Lopez, Anthony Verrelli, Robert Karabinchak, and Andrew Zwicker in a joint statement. “For the sake of our climate future, that day cannot come soon enough. If we want to encourage consumers to shift from buying gasoline-powered cars that emit dangerous fossil fuels into the air and erode our climate, to environmentally conscious electric vehicles that will reduce our dependence on oil and support clean air initiatives, we must invest in EV charging infrastructure in every community. The standards outlined in this law will remove roadblocks faced when installing EV supply equipment and parking spaces, which will expand our EV infrastructure and help New Jersey meet its climate goals.”

“More people are using zero-emission vehicles now than ever before. This is due in part to the hundreds of dollars ZEV drivers save each year on gas,” said Assemblymembers Annette Quijano, Robert Karabinchak, and Jamel Holley in a joint statement. “These vehicles are also better for our planet than gasoline cars because they don’t create byproducts that can harm the environment. The Assembly passed quite a few bills last session to encourage the purchase of ZEVs, and we must continue our efforts of finding ways to make these cars more convenient for both current and prospective owners. This law will encourage municipalities to incorporate charging and refueling stations in their redevelopment plans to increase the number of stations throughout our state. The more places our residents can go to recharge or refuel their ZEV, the more practical and appealing these vehicles will be.”

“Solar power is a clean, renewable source of energy that can reliably power homes and businesses throughout our state,” said Assemblymen Robert Karabinchak, John Burzichelli, and Eric Houghtaling in a joint statement. “The Solar Successor Program will incentivize the generation of more solar power to help New Jersey reach our energy goals over the next five years and beyond. This program will not only create new jobs, but help protect our environment as well – ultimately benefitting everyone in our state.”

“This law will allow large-scale solar energy projects to be used as a tool for farmland preservation, and improve long-term viability of New Jersey family-farming operations,” said Assemblymen John Armato and Eric Houghtaling in a joint statement. “Studies have shown that agriculture production and solar generation can coexist on the same land. With a dual-use solar project pilot program, crops would flourish while the State continues its ambition toward 100% clean energy by 2050.”

“A very good balance was struck between maintaining our best agricultural lands while at the same time advancing the state’s Energy Master Plan,” said New Jersey Department of Agriculture Secretary Douglas Fisher. “The Department of Agriculture is working closely with BPU as well as with Rutgers University to ensure the best possible outcomes are achieved. Thank you to Governor Murphy and the Legislature for continuing to make clean energy a priority that will allow solar interests to be developed while advancing agriculture in the Garden State.”

“Governor Murphy’s actions on these bills today will expand solar energy and electric vehicle infrastructure and continue to advance our efforts to achieve 100% clean energy by 2050,” said New Jersey Board of Public Utilities President Joseph L. Fiordaliso. “We are building on the success of New Jersey’s solar industry, which is going strong with over 142,000 installations in the state, as well developing the critical EV infrastructure necessary to help drivers make the switch. The new legislation complements our efforts at the Board and will help deliver on the Governor’s vision of a clean energy future.”

“Increasing the use of solar energy and zero-emission vehicles is not only essential for addressing the threat of climate change, but also creates important opportunities for long-term, sustainable economic growth,” said New Jersey Economic Development Authority Chief Executive Officer Tim Sullivan. “Around the world, clean energy is a major job creator, and Governor Murphy’s strong leadership in signing these bills is a critical step forward that will establish New Jersey as a leader in the fight against climate change while building a stronger, fairer economy.”

“I am proud to stand with Governor Murphy today as he signs legislation that will make it easier for New Jersey’s municipalities to create electric vehicle charging infrastructure in their communities and further advance the state’s clean energy goals,” said New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette. “Driving electric has numerous benefits for public health, air quality and the environment. We encourage the public to review the many incentives New Jersey offers for purchasing and driving electric vehicles and consider doing so an investment in the state’s clean energy future.”

“Governor Murphy understands that the aggressive and thoughtful pursuit of clean energy and the economy of New Jersey will be the rising tide that lifts all boats,” said Pam Frank, CEO, ChargEVC-NJ. “And importantly, in the name of fairness and in the name of decency, the governor recognizes that for so many generations, so many of our boats, never even left the shore. Putting his vision together with the leadership of these two men, Senator Smith and Assemblyman Benson means a lot is happening.”

Hamilton Township Firefighters, Mutual Aid Respond To Towns 3rd Serious “All Hands” Fire Within Hours

July 9, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Around 12:51 p.m., 9-1-1 calls reported a fire in the FedEx facility on Route 130, one caller was reporting white flames and red smoke and possibly a hazardous materials incident. The fire alarm was sounding and employees evacuated the building.

Hamilton Township firefighters along with Bordentown City Fire Department arrived within minutes and reported smoke showing and an “All Hands” was called sending additional equipment to the scene of the fire. The Hamilton Township Hazardous Materials Team was activated and called to the scene. Firefighters stretched a went in service with a hand line and the fire was under control about 1:03 p.m.

The Hamilton Township Fire Marshal is investigating the fire. Several Hamilton Township Police cars were on scene part of the Hazardous Materials Team.

Radio reports indicate the fire was in the area of returns/damaged goods and could quite possibly have been a chemical chain reaction.

The fire is still under investigation and not additional details are available at this time.

This is the third serious fire within hours.

Hamilton Township Fire Department along with many mutual aid companies have responded to two other serious calls today:

Tragic 2nd Alarm Fatal Fire In Hamilton Leaves At Least Two Dead, Others Hospitalized dispatched at 3:40 a.m. and still on scene as of 3:15 p.m.

Firefighters Extinguish Kitchen Fire In Hamilton Township dispatched around 7:00 a.m.

*UPDATE*–*ALERT CANCELED*AMBER ALERT: For 2 Year Old Sebastian Rios Last Seen In Rahway, NJ *CANCELED*

July 11, 2021 UPDATE: Mother Of Abducted Child Found Dead

July 10, 2021 Update here: UPDATE: Missing Child Found, Father In Custody, Mother Remains Missing

July 9, 2021


As of this morning (7/10/2021) the alert has been canceled.

An Amber Alert was just issued for Sebastian Rios, a 2-year-old black male, who was last seen in Rahway. According to the Amber Alert, the suspect is his father, Tyler Rios, age 27. Be on the lookout for a silver four-door Ford Fiesta with license plate S34NVH.

Dial 9-1-1 to report any information regarding this abduction. Normal business hours 9am-5pm M-F, 609-882-2000 ext 2894. After normal business hours call 609-963-6900 – Choose Option “1” E-Mail Contact:

Date of Last ContactCounty

Biological Information

Date of Birth08/14/2018
Height3′ 05”

30 Year-Old Trenton Man Arrested In Murder of 16-Year-Old Dion Ellis

July 9, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri reported today that an investigation by the Mercer County Homicide Task Force has led to the arrest of a Trenton man for the recent shooting death of 16-year-old Dion Ellis.

Keith N. Jordan, 30, was taken into custody in Trenton Friday morning by members of the MCHTF, the Mercer County Tactical Response Team and the U.S. Marshals NY/NJ Regional Fugitive Task Force.  He is charged with one count of first-degree murder, one count of second-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and one count of second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon.  The prosecutor’s office has filed a motion to detain Jordan pending trial.

On Monday, July 5, 2021, at approximately 12:45 a.m., the Mercer County Homicide Task Force and Trenton police responded to the area of Prospect Street and Stuyvesant Avenue on the report of a shooting.  One victim, later identified as 16-year-old Ellis, was found shot in the head and pronounced dead at the scene.  A second 16-year-old male was transported to the hospital and treated for a gunshot wound to the leg.

An initial canvas of the scene produced eight shell casings.  Area video surveillance was reviewed and a suspect vehicle was identified, which was traced back to Jordan.

As a result of a search warrant being executed on Jordan’s 2016 Toyota Camry, he is also charged with obstruction and multiple weapons offenses.  Detectives recovered a 9mm handgun with a 33-round extended magazine, hollow-point bullets, and an empty 10-round magazine.

The investigation is ongoing.  Anyone with information is asked to call HTF Detective Shawn Bruton 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.

Previous MidJersey.News stories here:

Trenton Shooting: One 16 Year Old Killed, Another 16 Year Old At Hospital

UPDATE: 16 Year Old Killed In Shooting Was City Of Trenton Lifeguard, Other 16 Year Old Shot In Leg

Names of 2021* homicide victims: (this may need to be adjusted)**

  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
  9. 5/29/2021 Edgar Geovani Sis-Luis, 34, of Trenton, aggravated manslaughter
  10. 7/05/2021 Dion Ellis, 16, Trenton, Shooting

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

Driver Extricated On NJ Turnpike In East Windsor

July 9, 2021

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–Around 7:20 a.m. an accident was reported on the NJ Turnpike south bound inner roadway at mile post 70 with reported entrapment. The Hightstown Fire Company, Monroe Township Fire Department, Cranbury First Aid Squad, Hightstown First Aid Squad and Capital Paramedics were sent to the scene.

Monroe Township Fire reported “going in service with the tools” to cut the driver of one of the vehicles out of the car.

The injured were transported to a local hospital for treatment of non-life-threating injuries.

NJ State Police is investigating the crash. No further information is available at this time.

Just south of this accident Robbinsville Township Fire Department and EMS and East Windsor Rescue Squad were sent to mile marker 67 north bound inner roadway for another crash. It was unclear if anyone in that accident was transported to the hospital.

Heavy rains were moving though the area at the time of the crashes from Tropical Storm Elsa.

UPDATE: 2nd Alarm Fatal Fire in Hamilton Under Investigation

July 12, 2021 UPDATE: Trenton Man Arrested Charged With First Degree Felony Murder And Other Offences For Hamilton Fire Killing Three People

A nine-month-old baby girl granddaughter and grandmother (an adult female in her 40s) were found deceased inside the residence.  Three additional individuals were transported to the hospital with injuries.

July 9, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Authorities are investigating an early morning fire that occurred in Hamilton Township, Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri reported.

The fire started around 3:40 a.m. on the 200 block of Woodlawn Avenue at a two and a half story, woodframe duplex, causing a partial roof collapse.

A nine-month-old baby girl granddaughter and grandmother (an adult female in her 40s) were found deceased inside the residence.  Three additional individuals were transported to the hospital with injuries.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time, as are the circumstances surrounding the deaths.  The investigation is being conducted by the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office Arson Unit, the Mercer County Homicide Task Force and the Hamilton Police Division. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Anthony Sturchio at (609) 989-6406. Information can also be emailed to

See this mornings breaking news story here: DEVELOPING: Tragic 2nd Alarm Fatal Fire In Hamilton Leaves At Least Two Dead, Others Hospitalized

Photos below Brian McCarthy, OnScene News

Firefighters Extinguish Kitchen Fire In Hamilton Township

July 9, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–As firefighters were still on scene at a tragic 2nd alarm fire another fire was reported in the 100 Block of Atlantic Avenue just after 7:00 a.m. Cover fire departments and additional Hamilton Township firefighters responded and were met with smoke on the exterior and an “all hands” was called sending more equipment to the scene. Firefighters found a kitchen fire and quickly extinguished the fire and kept the flames from spreading to the rest of the home. There appeared to be heavy damage that was held to the kitchen area of the home.

Firefighters from Hamilton Township, Bordentown City and Falls Township Bucks County responded to the scene.

DEVELOPING: Tragic 2nd Alarm Fatal Fire In Hamilton Leaves At Least Two Dead, Others Hospitalized

July 12, 2021 UPDATE: Trenton Man Arrested Charged With First Degree Felony Murder And Other Offences For Hamilton Fire Killing Three People

UPDATE: 2nd Alarm Fatal Fire in Hamilton Under Investigation

July 9, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–A tragic fire was reported around 3:40 a.m. in the 200 Block of Woodlawn Avenue that left two dead and others hospitalized according to officials.

First arriving firefighters were met with heavy flames from the second floor of a 2 two family home with multiple people trapped. Firefighters made valiant efforts to rescue trapped victims in the fire. Several reported rescues were made, victims were treated by fire and EMS as firefighters fought heavy fire conditions in Tropical Storm Tropical Storm Elsa.

The fire went to 2 alarms before being brought under control.

Firefighters were called from Hamilton Township, Robbinsville, Trenton, Bordentown and other surrounding departments to the scene and/or cover the Township of Hamilton while the fire was happening. Several EMS units were called to the scene from RWJ Hamilton, Robbinsville Township, Trenton EMS, Lawrence and others. (list will be updated as information comes in)

Hamilton Township Mayor Jeff Martin said, “This is a very sad day for Hamilton. This tragedy touches the heart of everyone. This morning I met with the family to grieve with them and their loved ones and offer our support in any way we can.”

“I want to also thank our first responders for their professionalism and response.” Mayor Jeff Martin said.

The Hamilton Township Professional Firefighters Association posted on Facebook, “One of the most tragic nights in the history of the fire service in Hamilton. Please keep the families in your thoughts.”

The Red Cross was called to the scene to assist families affected by the fire.

The Hamilton Township Fire Marshal, Mercer County Prosecutors Office, Hamilton Township Police were investigating the fire.

This is a breaking news report as we get official information the story will be updated, additions made and any needed corrections made.

Traffic Alert: Slow Down On I-195 In Hamilton Township Due To Dump Truck Accident Cleanup

July 9, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Around 5:30 a.m. a truck traveling in the area of mile marker 2.5 lost control and crashed into the median strip guard rail. Diesel fuel was spilled from the truck and NJ State Police responded to the scene and no injuries were reported. Cranbury Service Center responded with heavy duty tow trucks to remove the vehicle off the highway.

As of 8:20 a.m. there was a 1/2 mile slow down in the area west bound while the truck removed.

NJ State Police is investigating the crash. No further information is available at this time.

Traffic Alert: Manure Truck Fire 195 West Bound In Upper Freehold

July 9, 2021

UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–At 5:04 a.m. the Hope Fire Company of Allentown and Millstone Township Fire Department were dispatched to I-195 West Bound for a truck fire. Upon arrival they found a truck loaded with horse manure on fire and the load was dumped on side of road at mile marker 13.2 west bound. Firefighters used several tanker loads of water to extinguish the fire, approximately 18,000 gallons of water so far.

At of 8:00 a.m. there is a 4 mile backup on I-195 west bound according to Google Maps. It will take quite some time for the material to be removed from the side of the roadway.

No further information is available.