ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–The Robbinsville Police Department, Robbinsville Fire Department and EMS responded to the intersection of Sharon Road and Old York Road for a motor vehicle accident involving a cement mixer truck and two other vehicles at 4:24 p.m. One person was transported to the local hospital for treatment.
Robbinsville Township Police Department is investigating the accident. No other information is available at this time.
BORDENTOWN TOWNSHIP, NJ (BURLINGTON)–Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina and Bordentown Township Police Chief Brian Pesce announced that a 25-year-old Trenton man has been charged with selling narcotics after an investigation led to the discovery of a brick of heroin, which is more than 50 doses, wedged in his buttocks.
Johmir Harris, of the 100 block of Hancock Street, was charged with Distribution of a Controlled Dangerous Substance (First Degree), Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance (Third Degree), Conspiracy (Third Degree) and Failure to Surrender a Controlled Dangerous Substance to Police (Disorderly Persons).
He was taken into custody November 4 in Bordentown Township and lodged in the Burlington County Jail pending a detention hearing in Superior Court. The case will be prepared for presentation to a grand jury for possible indictment.
The arrest resulted from an investigation into the death of a 29-year-old Bordentown Township woman who fatally overdosed last week. The investigation is focused primarily on whether charges are appropriate under New Jersey’s Strict Liability for Drug-Induced Death statute.
Harris will be prosecuted by Assistant Prosecutor Michael Angermeier, supervisor of the BCPO Gang, Gun and Narcotics Task Force (GGNTF).
The investigation is being conducted by detectives from the Bordentown Township Police Department and the BCPO GGNTF.
All persons are considered innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.
November 9, 2021, Updated December 14, 2021 with information from Hamilton Township
HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Project Freedom broke ground for a new development with 72 units, called “Freedom Village At Hamilton Woods” today located at Justice Samuel A. Alito Way &Whitehorse Mercerville Road.
Congressman Chris Smith thanked members of Project Freedom for the tremendous work that has been done to make affordable, accessible and barrier free housing available to people. Congressman Smith met Executive Director, Norman Smith three and a half decades ago, he said Norman is not a guy you can say no to, that he is tenacious and has a dream. People in this state have been able to live a greater quality life of life because of Norman’s dream and everyone’s efforts at Project Freedom. Congressman Smith said this has always been bipartisan, Jack Rafferty was always a believer in Project Freedom and talked about the first grant back in the mid-1980s for Project Freedom.
Hamilton Mayor Jeff Martin said, “What you see to be able to get to this point today is a partnership between a lot of people and a lot of organizations. Today is not possible without support from our Federal, State, County and Local Governments. It takes that many organizations besides our non-profits, private organizations and the board of Project Freedom to provide a barrier free living facility and residences. We are here today to support a project like this and there are others throughout the State. On behalf of Hamilton, we welcome Project Freedom again to the town and we look forward to many years of continuing partnership.
County Executive Brian Hughes said, “Its an honor to be part of the Project Freedom family. We have been working with this great organization to try and get housing in the right place at the right time with the right idea in mind and in locations that really make sense and this location today cannot make more sense. Your across the street from the Library, the YMCA and the Police Department is a walk away.” “Mercer County is proud to be part of this organization.”
Norman Smith Executive Director of Project Freedom said, “Today is like a second homecoming for Project Freedom and for myself. I grew up in Hamilton, spend many hours in the library over there (across the way) with my Dad. In addition, my first position as an advocate for people with disabilities was in the Mayor’s Office on Disabilities that was also located in the library.
Similarly, Project Freedom was founded in Hamilton and supported by Hamilton legends Franny McManimon and the late Mayor Jack Rafferty. This was when people with disabilities were hardly thought about in the political calculus, but both Hamilton leaders supported us because they saw the problem and they saw Project Freedom as the proper solution. My friend Jack went on to be Project Freedom’s first guardian angel helping us in many ways that have brought us here today, said Norman Smith.
This past October marked the 20th anniversary of the opening of Project Freedom’s first Hamilton complex. Those 48 apartments have provided the foundation for tenants to be employed, have families, and enjoy the Hamilton community. One of the original tenants received an award from FEMA and was invited to the White House to receive it, Smith said.
Other Hamilton tenants have represented the United States as medal winners in the Paralympics and the Special Olympics. Still others achieved more personal goals of self-reliance and independence. This is the essence of what Project Freedom housing accomplishes. This is what I am most proud of. While others see apartment units as bricks and mortar, I see them as catalysts for lives being changed thought the opportunity and enjoyment of freedom. These 72 new apartments will do the same. What we start today will bring freedom to some, a comfortable sanctuary for others, and for everyone the opportunity to say Hamilton is a great place to call their hometown, said Smith.
From Hamilton Township on December 14, 2021:
HAMILTON, NJ – Last month, Project Freedom joined with Hamilton Township Mayor Jeff Martin, Congressman Chris Smith, County Executive Brian Hughes, Councilman Anthony Carabelli, and Melanie R. Walter, Executive Director, New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA) as they broke ground on their second community in Hamilton Township – Freedom Village at Hamilton Woods.
Project Freedom’s new development called “Freedom Village at Hamilton Woods” will have 72 units and be located at Justice Samuel A. Alito Way & Whitehorse Mercerville Road. The location is situated near Hamilton’s Public Library, Hamilton’s Police Station, and the Hamilton Area YMCA.
Project Freedom is a non-profit organization founded in Hamilton by Executive Director, Norman Smith. Project Freedom develops and operates barrier-free housing to enable individuals with disabilities to live independently. Supportive services such as recreation, training, and advocacy are also offered. From the start, Project Freedom was supported by Hamilton resident and late State Senator “Franny” McManimon and the late Mayor Jack Rafferty, who helped shed light on individuals with disabilities.
Freedom Village at Hamilton Woods is the twelfth development for the organization. This past October marked the 20th anniversary of the opening of Project Freedom’s first Hamilton complex. The 48 apartments have provided the foundation for tenants to be employed, have families, and enjoy the Hamilton community.
“This truly has been a partnership from all levels of Government working together with community organizations to make today possible – from the Federal, State, County, and Municipal levels,” said Mayor Martin. “On behalf of Hamilton, we again welcome Project Freedom to the town and we look forward to many years of continuing partnership.”
Visit www.HamiltonNJ.com/EconomicDevelopment to learn of the new businesses that have recently opened or have relocated to Hamilton and read up on why Hamilton is a great place for businesses to call home!
LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ (MERCER)— Rider University’s Department of Film & Television and Veterans and Military Affairs Office are hosting a film premiere at Rider University on Thursday, Nov. 11 at 6:00 p.m. to honor the legacy of African-American World War Veterans.
“A Two-Front War” is a film directed by Rider University Senior Film and TV major, Dani Jackson. The docuseries explores the fight for civil rights by African-American World War Veterans.
“I hope viewers leave understanding the sacrifice, struggles, and achievements that African-American veterans have experienced in order to better the lives of all Americans,” said Jackson, who has been working on this project for two years. “My only goal on Thursday is to honor their legacy.”
The event begins at 6:00 p.m. with a reception being held at the Center for Diversity and Inclusion. The film showing will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the BLC Theater and will be followed by a panel discussion.