Day: July 22, 2021

RGV MMP Brings Closure to the Family of a Deceased Man Found in Delaware River, Trenton, New Jersey

MMP agents and the RGV Joint Forensic Center (JFC), successfully identify the male as Israel Mario Luciano-Alvarado.

Read story here: June 30, 2020 BREAKING: Body Recovered From Delaware River In Trenton

July 22, 2021

EDINBURG, Texas – Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector (RGV) Missing Migrant Program (MMP) assisted in the identification of a deceased Guatemalan migrant found in the Delaware River in New Jersey. 

On June 30, 2020, an unidentified Guatemalan male was found deceased in the Delaware River.  The New Jersey State Police (NJSP) requested assistance from RGV MMP with their efforts in identifying the subject.  NJSP provided fingerprint images of the individual to the Border Patrol to begin the process. 

Border Patrol’s database contains the biometric information for over 200 million people that are otherwise unavailable to other law enforcement agencies.  MMP agents and the RGV Joint Forensic Center (JFC), successfully identify the male as Israel Mario Luciano-Alvarado. The successful identification was confirmed through collaboration with the family, via the Guatemalan Consulate.

This is only one of the many successes of MMP’s “reunification” mission.  Although the program strives to save lives through the deployment of rescue beacons and location placards throughout the RGV’s area of responsibility, the successful identification of decedents provides closure to mourning families. The collaboration of our local, state, and federal partners is a force multiplier in successfully completing the mission of the Border Patrol as well as of many of the agencies we work with.     

RGV Sector Chief Brian Hastings stated, “The dedication of this team shows the underlying commitment to challenging situations and compassionate efforts made by both MMP and the investigators with the NJ State Police.”

The public is encouraged to take a stand against crime in their communities and report suspicious activity at 800-863-9382.

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Tractor trailer pulls down poles and wires, causes road closure in Hamilton

July 22, 2021

By: Tyler Eckel

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP (MERCER)– A tractor trailer hitting wires and pulling down utility poles is to blame for a street closure in Hamilton today.

The incident occurred just before 10:00 am. Multiple 911 calls were received by Hamilton and Robbinsville Police Departments stating that there was a serious crash on George Dye Road. Police arrived and located a Ferrari Foods truck that had struck wires between Route 33 and Nottingham Way. There were no reported injuries.

The section of George Dye Road was shut down for majority of the day while PSE&G responded to the scene for immediate repairs. At least two poles were damaged and multiple wires were brought down.

Serious Crash On Route 29 At Lower Ferry Road In Ewing Township

July 22, 2021

EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Around 7:00 p.m. a two vehicle rear end type crash occurred on Route 29 and Lower Ferry Road. Originally reported the next block towards Trenton near Afton Ave, the Trenton Fire Department was already on the road and responded over to the scene. EMS from Ewing Township and Capital Health paramedics were on scene treating a patient from the car that was rear ended at the traffic light. The person was transported to the local hospital but it appeared that there were no life-threatening-injuries in the crash.

The Ewing Township Police Department is investigating the crash. No further information is available at this time.

Photos by Brian McCarthy, OnScene News

City of Trenton Unveils Banner Celebrating Athing Mu in Tokyo Olympics

July 22, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–The City of Trenton today unveiled a banner on the front of City Hall celebrating Athing Mu, a Trenton native who is representing the United States in the 800-meter dash at the upcoming Tokyo Olympic Games.

The event took place on the front steps of City Hall this morning. Mayor Gusciora was accompanied by Trenton City Council, Senator Shirley K. Turner, Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes, Assistant Superintendent Hope Grant, Mercer County Commissioner Samuel Frisby, and dozens of children from the Capital Area YMCA, along with Coach Al Jennings and Coach Bernice Mitchell, who coached Mu in high school.

“We are truly proud of Athing’s accomplishments, and she is a terrific inspiration to our youth,” said Mayor Gusciora. “Today’s event is a reflection of the Capital City’s unwavering support, and we will continue to cheer her on throughout the Games. Trenton makes champions, and the whole world will witness it next week in Japan.”

Athing Mu was born in Trenton and is a graduate of Trenton Central High School. She is a middle-distance runner who ran for the Trenton Track Club with Coach Al Jennings. Mu was named the 2020 National High School Indoor Athlete of the Year by Track and Field News.

She now attends Texas A&M, where she holds the U-20 Indoor 400m NCAA record of 49:57 and 800m (1:57:73). On June 27, Mu won her first US outdoors title in the final 200m of the 800m setting a world-leading record and securing the second-fastest time in American history with 1:5607. The combination of her 400m speed and the tactical acumen that she displayed at her qualifying race for the US Olympic team makes her a favorite to win gold in Tokyo.

The banner will hang outside the front of City Hall for the duration of the Olympics.

UPDATE: Quick Response To Route 1 Crash Saves Man’s Life In West Windsor

July 22, 2021

WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–West Windsor Police were detailed to a serious motor vehicle crash on U.S. Route 1 North just prior to Carnegie Center Boulevard at 1:13 p.m. on July 21, 2021.

Police said that Sgt. Brodowski was first on scene and determined that Vehicle #1, a 2016 Chevrolet Cruze driven by a resident of Franklin Park, NJ, was traveling behind Vehicle #2, a 2018 Audi Q7.  Vehicle #2, which was slowing for a red light, was rear-ended by Vehicle #1.  Vehicle #1 left no traces of trying to stop or slow down prior to impact. 

Driver #1 of the Chevrolet Cruze was found to be unconscious and injured upon arrival.  Sgt. Brodowski had to break the driver’s side window in order to extricate Driver #1 from the wreckage and began life saving efforts.  Driver #1 had been unrestrained and smashed his face into the front windshield and had no pulse and was not breathing. 

Firefighters and EMS from West Windsor Emergency Services and Capital Health Paramedics arrived and took over the care of Driver #1. 

Driver #1 was transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center as responding First Responders were able assist the man 1 in regaining a pulse.  He sustained non-life-threatening injuries to his head/face as a result of the collision. 

Vehicle #2’s two occupants were uninjured in the collision.     

The incident is still under investigation by the WWPD Traffic Unit.  If anyone has any pertinent information to share, please contact Traffic Sgt. Bal at or (609) 799-1222.  

Responding to the scene were:  West Windsor Police Department, West Windsor Division of Fire & Emergency Services Squad #45, Princeton Junction Volunteer Fire Company Station #44, West Windsor Volunteer Fire Company Station #43, Princeton Emergency Services – First Aid and Rescue Squad, Capital Health Paramedics, and the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office Serious Collision Response Team.

Yesterday’s story here: Serious Crash On Route 1 In West Windsor

Jackson Police Report More Motor Vehicle Burglaries, This Time Hawkin Road Area

July 22, 2021

JACKSON TOWNSHIP, NJ (OCEAN)–On Wednesday July 21, 2021, patrol officers responded to a neighborhood located off of Hawkin Road on the report of multiple burglaries to motor vehicles which had taken place between 4:50 am to 5:30 am.

A resident of Bane Lane reported that unknown suspect(s) entered 4 unlocked vehicles which were parked in the driveway and stole property valued in excess of $200.00. The property included loose change, a duffle bag and a purse which contained cash, a NJ driver’s license, credit cards and other personal identification.

A second resident of Bane Lane reported that his and a family member’s unlocked vehicles which were parked in the driveway were burglarized and property valued in excess of $800.00 was stolen. This included a pair of designer sunglasses and Apple air pods. Upon reviewing Ring doorbell video, it was observed that the suspect attempted to enter a third vehicle parked in the driveway but was unable to because it was locked. The video showed an unknown suspect wearing a blue sweatshirt with a hood, brown pants and white sneakers make entry to the vehicles. He possibly left in a white or gray colored passenger vehicle that was observed in the area.

A resident of Veronica Court reported that security video indicated that 2 unknown suspects had entered 2 vehicles which were parked in the driveway. It was reported that the only thing stolen from the vehicles was the key fob for one of them which had been left in the vehicle. The suspects were described as being a male with a stocky build wearing a blue sweatsuit and a skinny male wearing a hooded sweatshirt and a mask. A white 4 door vehicle, possibly a Honda Accord was observed in the area at the time.

The Jackson Police Department is once again asking residents to remove valuables from their vehicles and lock them. Do not leave the key fobs inside of the vehicle and call 732-928-1111 to report suspicious activity.

East Windsor Police Blotter

July 22, 2021

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–The East Windsor Township Police Department initiated the following police reports through Wednesday, July 21, 2021.

Reminder defendants are presumed innocent unless or until proven guilty.

  • Obstruction of Justice

Location: Mercer Street/ Airport Road, East Windsor, NJ 08520

Time/Date: 12:20 PM, 7-15-2021

The officer was detailed to the area for a report of possible theft of construction equipment.  The investigation revealed that the defendant was caught by the construction workers and unsuccessful in taking the equipment.  Furthermore, the defendant provided false information to the officer, attempting to conceal his identity.  The defendant has been charged and released pending court action. 

Defendant:            John Patrick Cassidy

                              Plainsboro, NJ 08536

                              19 Years of Age

Charges:                Obstruction of Justice

Arresting Officer: PO Robert Galvin #106

  • Motor Vehicle Theft

Location: 150 Milford Road, East Windsor, NJ

Time/Date: 1:30 PM, 7-15-2021

The officer was detailed to the area for a report of a stolen motor vehicle.  Investigation revealed that two (2) National Tree Company employees removed the car keys from an employee backpack and stole the vehicle from the warehouse parking lot.  The vehicle was located in front of the defendant’s residence located in Ewing, NJ.   The defendant’s have been charged pending arrest and court action.

Defendant:            Danjulo O. Scott

                              Ewing, NJ

                              22 Years of Age

Charges:                Motor Vehicle Theft


Defendant:            Hysson A. Jones

                              Ewing, NJ

                              18 Years of Age

Charges:                Motor Vehicle Theft


Arresting Officer: Detective Robert Davison #86

  • Drugs

Location: Route 130 North/ Old Cranbury Road/ Days Inn

Time/Date: 8:51 AM, 7-21-2021

The officer conducted a motor vehicle stop on Route 130 North and Old Cranbury Road after observing a vehicle speeding.  During the investigation, suspected crack/cocaine were located in the vehicle.  Continued investigation led officers to the Days Inn where additional suspected crack/cocaine were located in the defendant’s hotel room.  The driver and passenger were arrested and later released pending court action. 

Defendant:            Joshua Shane Martinez          

                              New York, NY

                              24 Years of Age

Charges:                Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance

                              Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance in a Motor Vehicle


Defendant:            Celine Marie Mendoza

                              Brooklyn, NY

                              24 Years of Age

Charges:                Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance

Arresting Officer: PO Thomas Nicola #119