Day: September 21, 2021

Man Wanted By Hamilton Police, Arrested For Numerous Counts Of Aggravated Sexual Assault And Endangering Multiple Children

September 21, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–During the course of an investigation conducted by Detectives from the Hamilton Police Division and the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, a warrant was issued for the above individual for numerous counts of aggravated sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child.  There were multiple juvenile victims.

The above-mentioned Detectives, along with assistance from the NY/NJ U.S. Marshals Service, arrested the Defendant in NYC on 9/3/21.  Upon waiving extradition, the defendant was transported to Hamilton Police Division for processing and then taken to the Mercer County Workhouse.   

Anyone with information regarding these incidents, or is aware of any similar incidents involving the defendant, is asked to contact Hamilton Police Detective Kevin Krall at (609) 689-5826 or via email at  The public can also contact the Hamilton Police Crime Tip Hotline at (609) 581- 4008.

Every defendant is presumed innocent until being found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

FIFA Delegation Tours MetLife Stadium and Other Venues in Advance of 2026 FIFA World Cup Site Selection

Joint Bid with New Jersey and New York Among 17 U.S. cities being considered

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio hosted officials from FIFA, the governing body of international soccer, who concluded their visit today after touring MetLife Stadium and other area venues as they continue the site selection process for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

The delegation was led by FIFA Vice-President and Concacaf President Victor Montagliani and Colin Smith, FIFA Chief Tournaments and Events Officer, and included FIFA experts across multiple fields, including venue management, stadium and city infrastructure, team facilities, commercial, bidding, and legal. Representatives from the U.S. Soccer Federation, along with representatives from the Canadian Soccer Association and the Mexican Football Federation, also joined the delegation.

New Jersey and New York City presented a joint bid for the 2026 FIFA World Cup with the goal of once again bringing one of the greatest sporting events in the world to East Rutherford.

“This is an immensely exciting opportunity to showcase our great state to an international audience,” said Governor Phil Murphy. “The FIFA World Cup is among the premier sporting events in the world and MetLife Stadium is among the country’s best, so we’re excited for the chance to bring the two together.”

“New York City and New Jersey have all the assets we need to host an unforgettable World Cup: world-class, accessible facilities, a truly global population of fans, and the best tourist destinations on the globe,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio.  “I’m proud to welcome FIFA to the region and I look forward to many more productive conversations in the coming months,”

In addition to touring MetLife Stadium, members of the delegation visited several potential FIFA Fan Fest sites around the region, including Liberty State Park and New York City’s Central Park. Six additional sites would be used as training facilities, including Rutgers University, the Pingry School, Kean University, Red Bull Arena and Training Facility, and the New York City Football Club Training Facility.

The NY/NJ Host City Bid Committee also launched a campaign entitled “Welcome, World” highlighting the region’s passion for the sport and desire to be an official 2026 FIFA World Cup Host City.  The welcome video can be found here.

“This morning we received a great presentation from the Governor, the Deputy Mayor and the whole range of officials who are involved in the candidate city bid,” said Colin Smith, Chief Tournaments and Events Officer for FIFA. “It was a very well structured, very professional presentation and we received a lot of good information. This region is used to hosting major event and to see the collaboration between all parties is obviously very important to us.”

“We are excited to be here. We have been very well received by the Governor, the Mayor, and the whole team,” said FIFA Vice-President and Concacaf President Victor Montagliani. “Their passion for their game, and their passion to bring the World Cup to New York and New Jersey comes through very clearly. We’ll continue to work with them and we’re shooting for having a decision in the first quarter of next year.” 

“New Jersey’s more than 30 years of experience hosting one-of-a-kind events, including seven games for the 1994 FIFA World Cup, the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup, a papal mass by Pope John Paul II, the Super Bowl, and two WrestleManias, are proof that the New Jersey Meadowlands is well-prepared to host the FIFA World Cup in 2026,” said New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority President and CEO, Vincent Prieto.

“As the ultimate sports capital and the world’s most welcoming destination, New York City is well-positioned to host the FIFA 2026 World Cup at MetLife Stadium, a premier venue in the greater New York area,” said NYC & Company President and CEO Fred Dixon. “We are grateful to the FIFA delegation for considering New York City and New Jersey as a future destination for this renowned event.”

“New Jersey has the experience, commitment, and state-of-the-art facilities needed to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup. Our state has a rich history with soccer,” said ChooseNJ CEO, Jose Lozano. “Over the years, MetLife Stadium has successfully hosted record-setting international soccer matches thanks to our strategic location, unparalleled transportation access, and world-class amenities. New Jersey and New York are ready and excited to host this extraordinary event.”

“The New Jersey Meadowlands has played host to the world’s largest and most prestigious events,” said Jim Kirkos, President and CEO of the Meadowlands Chamber. “We are all thankful to FIFA for considering us and we are anxious to provide a “NJ Warm Welcome” to the many fans from around the world who will come to the 2026 FIFA World Cup. We know how to do BIG…and experience matters.”

The U.S last hosted the FIFA World Cup in 1994, and Giants Stadium played host to seven games, including a quarterfinal and semifinal match.

“MetLife Stadium would be honored to host matches in 2026. Our world-class stadium is the perfect showcase for the greatest players and the biggest global sporting event taking place in New Jersey,” said MetLife Stadium President and CEO Ron VanDeVeen

MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. is the home of the NFL New York Giants and New York Jets.  The stadium has a capacity exceeding 82,000, making it one of the largest venues currently under consideration by FIFA. 

Other U.S. cities in the running to host matches are Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, Orlando, Philadelphia, the San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, and Washington, D.C. In addition to the U.S. cities, Canada is featuring Edmonton and Toronto as host cities and in Mexico, they are featuring Guadalajara, Mexico City, and Monterrey. The 2026 FIFA World Cup will be the first ever jointly hosted by three nations. The final decision is due early next year.

UPDATE: Gofundme To Help Allentown High Students Involved In Serious Accident Yesterday Is Now Closed, Refunds Will Be Issued

At this time the families have asked to keep the matter private.

September 21, 2021–Update

From Gofundme organizer Charlie Pallitto, We would like to thank everyone for their generous support to the families involved in Monday’s accident. At this time the families have asked to keep the matter private. We would like to refund all donations and apologize for any inconvenience. You should expect a refund from GoFundMe within 7 days. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the families involved.

ALLENTOWN, NJ (MONMOUTH)–A Gofundme has been set up for Celso Eurich, Mathew Eurich, Jordan Duffy and Charlie Duffy who were involved in a serious motor vehicle accident yesterday morning in East Windsor. All were seriously injured and remain in the hospital at the time of this posting. According to Allentown High School Principal Connie Embley in a letter sent out to parents earlier today, “At this time, the boys are still dealing with serious injuries and we all remain hopeful for the recovery process to begin soon.”

The Gofundme organized by, Charlie Pallitto of Millstone reads:

On Monday, September 20, 2021, at approximately 7:00 a.m., Celso Eurich, Mathew Eurich, Jordan Duffy & Charlie Duffy were found in a serious automobile accident. There is not much we can do in a tragic situation like this other than send our prayers to the families, and keep them in our thoughts. All of the donations will be equally split between both of the family’s caught in this terrible accident. Any donations would be extremely appreciated. these are great families and we are trying to do the most we can to help them, Thank you.

Dear Parents,

On behalf of the Duffy’s and Eurich’s they appreciate your concern and prayers.  At this time, the boys are still dealing with serious injuries and we all remain hopeful for the recovery process to begin soon.  While the boys are in ICU, they cannot receive any visitors or any flowers, food or items.  While the thoughts are very much appreciated, please do not  allow your children to go to the hospital or send anything.    There will be time to shower them with things as they recover.  Luckily, there are no head injuries with any of the boys.

Please continue to pray, that is the most important thing at this time.  As soon as we know what we can do to help the families, I will let you know.

This is such a great community and your support is very much appreciated.  I will keep you updated.

Connie Embley

Kitchen Fire Quickly Extinguished In Bordentown

September 21, 2021

BORDENTOWN TOWNSHIP, NJ (BURLINGTON)—Firefighters were dispatched to the 900 Block of Route 206 at 11:40 a.m. for a reported fire. Upon arrival firefighters found a fire in the kitchen, and a full first alarm was called. Firefighters stretched handlines and quickly extinguished the fire.

It was reported there was a fire in the kitchen with no extension to the rest of the house from the kitchen area. No additional details are available at this time.

Bordentown Township Fire Department Stations 321 and 322, Burlington County Professional firefighters IAFF 3091- Bordentown, Bordentown City Fire Department Stations 601 and Station 602 Bordentown Township Ems, Station 609 Chesterfield Fire Department Station 261, Burlington County Professional firefighters IAFF 3091-Chesterfield, Florence Fire District Station 401, Burlington County Professional firefighters IAFF 3091- Florence, Mercer County Hamilton Township Fire Department Stations 19 and 15. Bordentown Township Police Department was also on scene.

One Injury Reported In New Jersey Turnpike Crash In Robbinsville

September 21, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–The Robbinsville Township Fire Department and EMS was dispatched to a motor vehicle crash on the NJ Turnpike at mile marker 61.5 South Bound Inner Roadway, near the West Manor Way Bridge at 10:29 a.m. When firefighters and EMS arrived they found one injury and the ambulance transported the person to a local hospital. The NJ State Police is investigating the crash.

No further details are available at this time.

Dumpster Fire With Extension To Large Warehouse

September 21, 2021

CRANBURY, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Firefighters from several departments including Cranbury, Hightstown, East Windsor, and Monroe Township were dispatched to a well involved dumpster fire that was next to a large warehouse at approximately 10:40 a.m. When firefighters arrived they found that the flames were starting to extend into the building. Firefighters arrived and extinguished the fire. No further details are available at this time.

Farmingdale, NJ Man Admits Falsely Labeling Package “Toys” That Contained 10 Live Rhinoceros Iguanas

September 21, 2021

A Monmouth County, New Jersey, man today admitted falsely labeling as “Toys” a package containing 10 live rhinoceros iguanas that was destined for Hong Kong, Acting U.S Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced.

Jason Ksepka, 44, of Farmingdale, New Jersey, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Zahid Quraishi in Trenton federal court to an information, charging him with one count of violating the Lacey Act by falsely labeling an international shipment of wildlife.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

On Nov. 7, 2017, Ksepka shipped a package via U.S. Priority Mail Express from the U.S. Post Office in Lambertville, New Jersey. The package contained 10 live rhinoceros iguanas and was destined for Hong Kong. Defendant Ksepka falsely described the contents of the package as “Toys” and the sender as “Luke Jacobs” on a U.S. Postal Service International Shipping Label and Customs Form that accompanied the package. On Nov. 8, 2017, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Inspectors intercepted the package at the mail facility at John F. Kennedy International Airport and recovered the rhinoceros iguanas from inside the package.

Ksepka was paid $500 by an individual to falsely label the package and ship it to Hong Kong. One year prior to the shipment, the same individual had paid Ksepka $500 to ship approximately 10 additional rhinoceros iguanas to Hong Kong.

Ksepka has agreed, as part of his plea agreement, to pay a fine of $1,000 to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Lacey Act Reward Fund.

The charge to which Ksepka pleaded guilty carries with it a maximum penalty of five years’ imprisonment and a fine of $250,000. Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 25, 2022.

Acting U.S. Attorney Honig credited special agents of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office of Law Enforcement, under the direction of Resident Agent in Charge Sean Mann, with the investigation leading to today’s guilty plea.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathleen P. O’Leary of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Government Fraud Unit in Newark.


Defense counsel: Linda Foster Esq., Assistant Federal Public Defender, Newark

Hamilton Uses ARP Funds to Offer Families Reimbursement for Hamilton’s Youth Recreation League Enrollment

September 21, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Hamilton Township will use a $100,000 of American Rescue Plan (ARP) funding towards a program to help reimburse parents/guardians for the costs of registering their child in a non-profit youth recreation league in 2021. 

The program provides for up to $200/child in reimbursement of their registration fees. Due to the rules of the federal funds, this program is limited to Hamilton children who are enrolled in a free/reduced lunch program through their school. All information submitted will be kept confidential. Parents/guardians can apply for more than one league – for example if their child participates in youth soccer and youth baseball, they can get reimbursement for both.

“Over the last 18 months, Hamilton’s children have faced significant obstacles to their normal childhood experiences,” stated Mayor Jeff Martin. “Hamilton’s youth recreation leagues provide children with physical fitness, but just as importantly, social and emotional learning opportunities as well.”

Any parent/guardian looking to participate in this reimbursement program may find the form at under ‘Additional Links’. It will be up to each youth sports league to compile forms and submit the forms to the Hamilton Division of Recreation. All submissions must be received no later than October 15, 2021.

For questions or further assistance please contact the Hamilton Township Division of Recreation at (609) 890-4028.