Day: September 25, 2021

Two Rescued From Sailboat That Ran Aground In South Seaside Park

September 25, 2021

BERKELEY TOWNSHIP, SEASIDE PARK, NJ (OCEAN)–Around 6:45 p.m., Seaside Park along with Seaside Heights were dispatched to 14th Avenue Beach for a boater in distress, the vessel was located in South Seaside Park-Berkley Township off 5th Lane Midway Beach. First reports from PD were that the boat was 100 yards offshore doing circles with the 3-4 swell it was slowly pushed in. Seaside Park & Seaside Heights deployed their rescues swimmers into the ocean as there were two victims onboard the vessel. Batting the surf the water rescue team was quickly able to get them off the vessel and to safely. Two victims were removed and checked by Toms River EMS. It is unknown what caused the power failure at this time.

Just after 11:00 p.m. the Seaside Park Fire Department was dispatched back to the beach for a “boat fire” No boat fire was found but it was reported that the sailboat was out of the water and on the beach.

Photos, video and story by: Ryan Mack, Jersey Shore Fire Response

Multiple Shooting in Trenton Leaves Teenaged Girl Dead, Two Others Severely Injured

Trenton Shooting Update, 15 Year Old Victim Identified

September 25, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–The Mercer County Homicide Task Force and the Trenton Police Department are investigating a shooting that occurred tonight in the first block of Bellevue Avenue in Trenton.  Police responded to a Shot Spotter activation for multiple rounds at approximately 6:45 p.m.  At this time, three shooting victims have been identified, including a teenage girl who was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Mercer County Homicide Task Force at (609) 989-6406. Tips can also be emailed to has learned that one of the injured, a 19-year-old is in critical condition at the hospital and that the teen age girl that died from the shooting was only 15-years-old. There is no additional information about the third victim available.

Trenton Mayor W. Reed Gusciora said, “My thoughts and prayers are extended to the families affected by this senseless act of violence. The incident is currently under investigation by the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Task Force. We’ll use every tool at our disposal to help bring these criminals to justice.”

This is the second known shooting in Trenton today. This afternoon just after 3:00 p.m. shots rang out in the area of MLK Boulevard, Beakes Street and Evans Avenue. Multiple shell casings were found on the ground. A vehicle was found in front of Capital Health Regional Medical Center riddled with bullet holes. It was reported a man was shot in the leg in the gunfire and transported by private vehicle to the hospital.

See this afternoon’s shooting at this link: Shooting In Trenton, MLK Blvd and Evans Avenue; Reports Man Shot In Leg, Vehicle Found Riddled With Bullet Holes

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
  9. 5/29/2021 Edgar Geovani Sis-Luis, 34, of Trenton, aggravated manslaughter
  10. 7/05/2021 Dion Ellis, 16, Trenton, Shooting
  11. 7/14/2021 Pablo Herrera Chun, 53, Trenton, Shooting
  12. 7/19/2021 William Mitchell, 33, Trenton, Shooting
  13. 7/19/2021 Jermel Carter, 38, Trenton, Shooting
  14. 7/29/2021 Leonard Pettigrew, 58, Trenton, Shooting
  15. 7/30/2021 Shaquil Loftin, 23, Shooting, Trenton
  16. 8/01/2021 Daquan Basnight, 30, of Ewing, Shooting
  17. 8/13/2021 Javier Chaj-Ajtun, 33, of Trenton, Shooting
  18. 8/19/2021 Herberth Ramirez Pimentel, 37, of Trenton, Shooting
  19. 8/23/2021 Yanquai Edwards, 25, of Rancocas, NJ, Shooting
  20. 8/25/2021 Daron Cheston, 18, Trenton, Shooting
  21. 8/30/2021 Fred Davis, 43, Trenton, Shooting
  22. 9/06/2021 Shamiem Young, 26, Trenton, Shooting
  23. 9/17/2021 Jeff Charles, 37, Trenton, Shooting
  24. 9/25/2021 Shemiah Davis, 15, Trenton, Shooting

*Updated to reflect the person who died in 2021 from complications from a shooting on May 14, 2018 as per medical examiner report.

Photos and video by: Brian McCarthy OnScene News

Photos by: Brian McCarthy OnScene News

Shooting In Trenton, MLK Blvd and Evans Avenue; Reports Man Shot In Leg, Vehicle Found Riddled With Bullet Holes

September 25, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Trenton Police responded to a multiple shots fired call at MLK Boulevard and Beakes Street/ Evans Avenue just after 3:00 p.m. When Trenton Police arrived they found numerous shell casings on the ground on MLK Boulevard. It was reported one person was transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center by private vehicle with a gunshot wound to the leg.

A vehicle was found riddled with bullet holes in front of Capital Health Regional Medical Center on Brunswick Avenue by Miller Street.

A witness at the scene told MidJersey.News that he thought the man was shot in the leg.

No further information is available at this time. Trenton Police Department is investigating the shooting.

Mercer County Correction Center Mistakenly Releases Inmate In Trenton

September 25, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Last evening, the Mercer County Correction Center was notified that Clark Green Jr. an inmate being held at the Correction Center, was mistakenly released from custody on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021 at approximately 8:30 p.m. in the City of Trenton.

Mr. Green, whose date of birth is Oct. 8, 1966, was being held at Mercer on a charge of theft by deception and while that case has been resolved, inmate Green also had robbery offenses out of Ohio. Through an interstate agreement with Ohio, Mr. Green, since Aug. 31, 2021 was being housed in Mercer on the local charge.

The matter is under investigation. The U.S Marshal’s NY/NJ Regional Fugitive Task Force is the lead agency.

Anyone who sees the suspect should not engage him or approach him and should call 911.

Update: Fatal Accident In South Brunswick Friday Evening

September 25, 2021

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–South Brunswick Police continue to investigate the Friday evening crash on Route 130 that claimed the life of a Somerset County man. At 7:16 PM police responded to Route 130 south at the intersection of Deans Rhode Hall Road for a motor vehicle crash involving a passenger car and a tractor-trailer. Officers arrived to find a 2015 Dodge Dart had run into the rear of a 2015 Volvo tractor-trailer. The driver of the Dodge, a 52-year-old man from Somerset County was pronounced dead at the scene.  The driver of the tractor-trailer was uninjured. The preliminary investigation revealed the tractor-trailer was stopped at the traffic signal when the Dodge ran under the back of the tractor-trailer.

The Monmouth Junction Fire Department, South Brunswick EMS, Middlesex County Medical Examiner, and the New Jersey State Department of Transportation responded to the crash. The highway southbound was closed for five hours during the investigation.

Anyone with information on the crash is asked to call South Brunswick Police Traffic Safety PFC Jesse Blake at (732) 329-4646.

3 Alarm Fire Reported At Big Snow at American Dream Mall

September 25, 2021

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ — Multiple fire departments responded to Big Snow at American Dream Mall for a roof fire around 4:15 a.m. Upon arrival there was a reported “working fire” on the roof of Big Snow the indoor ski slope. Additional aid was called to the scene including Carlstadt, Secaucus, Wallington, Mahwah, Woodridge, Moonachie and many others. Fire crews charged a stand pipe system and charged hand lines to get water on the fire.

The fire went to three alarms before the main body of fire was knocked down just after 6:00 a.m. Fire crews are still on scene reporting that they have smoldering roof material on fire.

According to New Jersey State Police Sgt. Alejandro Goez, “The fire at the American Dream was reported at 4:15 a.m. inside the Big Snow ski slope. The fire was contained to the top of the ski slope and several area fire departments responded to extinguish the fire. The building was unoccupied at the time and there are no injuries reported. Preliminary investigation revealed that the fire has been deemed nonsuspicious at this time.”

Hugh Reynolds, a Big SNOW Representative said, “We can confirm that there was a fire at Big SNOW overnight. Thankfully there were no injuries as the incident occurred outside of our normal hours of operation. We are tremendously thankful for the quick response and efforts of the local fire departments in working to contain this fire.  As such, Big SNOW will be closed today while we assess the damage. We will release more details soon.”

This is still a developing story, please check back for further updates. MidJersey.News has reached out to Big Snow, American Dream Mall and NJ Sports and Exposition Authority for additional information.

From the Big Snow website:

Temporarily Closed

Please Note: We will be closed today, September 25. Any pre-purchased guests will be contacted directly and refunded.

Please note that Big SNOW will be closed today, Saturday September 25th.  We apologize for this inconvenience and any disappointment this unexpected closure may cause for those guests who were planning to visit today.  If you had a pre-purchased reservation, we will be refunding your order. We look forward to welcoming you back to Big SNOW soon. Please contact with any additional questions.

Lawrence Man Charged With Sexual Assault

September 25, 2021

PLAINSBORO TOWNSHIP, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Yesterday, Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and Chief Fred Tavener of the Plainsboro Police Department announce that a Lawrence Township man has been charged with the sexual assault of a minor known to him.

On September 23, 2021, Dezheng Ping, 57, of Lawrence was arrested and charged with one count of second-degree sexual assault, one count of third-degree endangering the welfare of a child, and one count of fourth- degree criminal sexual contact.

Following an investigation by Detective Patrick Miller of the Plainsboro Police Department and Detective Linda Infusino of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office as well as assistance from the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office and the West Windsor Police Department, authorities determined that, in 2016, Ping inappropriately touched a child, approximately 12 years of age, during violin lessons held at what was then Ping’s Plainsboro residence.

Ping is employed by Rider University at the Westminster Choir College and provides private violin instruction in West Windsor and Plainsboro.

The investigation is active and continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Miller of the Plainsboro Police Department at (609)799-2333 or Detective Infusino of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732)745-4340.

As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against Ping are merely accusations and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Person Struck By River Line In Trenton

September 25, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–At approximately 9:05 p.m. last night September 24, there was a report of a person struck by the River Line train at the Cass Street crossing. Trenton Police, NJ Transit Police, TEMS, Trenton Fire and Capital Paramedics responded to the scene. It was unclear of the condition of the victim. The River Line had a 30 delay during the accident investigation. No further information is available at this time.

Photos by: Brian McCarthy OnScene News

Serious Crash Closes Route 130 South Bound In South Brunswick

September 25, 2021

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–A serious accident happened on Route 130 south bound near Deans Rhode Hall Rd, at approximately 7:15 p.m. last night September 24, 2021. Fire Departments and the first aid squad responded to the scene for reported entrapment.

South Brunswick Police sent at NIXLE Alert at 7:36 p.m. to Avoid Route 130 Southbound between Distribution Way and Deans Rhode Hall Road due to a motor vehicle crash.

The serious accident investigation team was on scene investigating the accident.

No further details are available at this time. There was no official word of the condition of the occupant of the car.