Note: This article will be updated as information comes in from the scene:
TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Trenton Fire Department was dispatched to the 300 Block of Genesee Street near Beatty Street for a house fire at 10:17 p.m. Responding units reported smoke showing and an “all hands” was called at 10:19 p.m. Fire was reported on all floors of a 2 1/2 story middle of the row. Firefighters conducting a primary search found two victims, three BLS Trenton EMS units and two Capital Health Paramedic ALS units were called to the scene.
A 2nd Alarm was called at 10:43 p.m., command reported that there was heavy fire and four handlines were stretched and in operation. Two victims were transported to Captial Health Regional Medical Center. 10:50 p.m. Signal 22 Canteen Unit was activated.
10:52 p.m. the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office investigators and the Mercer County Fire Marshal was called to the scene.
10:59 p.m. Command reports fire on rear and right side of 345 and additional fire extending to 343.
11:10 p.m. reports of fire though the roof.
11:18 FM-1 on scene. (Fire Marshal)
11:29 p.m. A Fire Marshal from the NJ State Division of Fire Safety was requested to the scene.
11:30 p.m. Command reports that there is still fire in the original fire building and two exposures to the right of the main fire building. (Exposures D and D-1)
11:31 p.m. Requesting an additional Special Service Unit to refill air bottles. Hamilton Township Fire Department Special Service 18 was called.
11:53 p.m. Fire placed under control.
This is a preliminary Breaking News report from radio reports and reporters who are on scene. As additional details become available the story will be updated.
HILLSIDE, NJ (UNION)–A man was arrested Friday morning at his Trenton home after being criminally charged with running over and killing his girlfriend in Hillside in December, Union County Prosecutor William A. Daniel and Hillside Police Chief Vincent Ricciardi jointly announced Sunday.
Daaim J. Boykins, 40, is charged with first-degree murder and second-degree possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes in connection with the death of Schwnaire Jones, 36 of Willingboro.
Shortly before 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 5, 2021, members of the Hillside Police Department responded to the area of 41 King Street and found Jones — who had sustained critical injuries as a result of being intentionally struck by a vehicle — laying on the sidewalk. She was subsequently pronounced dead, according to Union County Assistant Prosecutor Michael Cleaver, who is prosecuting the case.
An investigation led by the Union County Homicide Task Force and the Hillside Police Department, and with the assistance of the Union County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Unit, the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office and the Trenton Police Department, resulted in the identification of Boykins as the murder suspect and led to his eventual capture and arrest.
“We are grateful for the collaboration from the local law enforcement agencies who assisted our Office in locating and apprehending the suspect,” Prosecutor Daniel said. “And we hope that this arrest can bring some small measure of comfort to all those grieving Ms. Jones.”
Anyone with information about this matter is still urged to contact Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Task Force Sgt. Lamar Hartsfield at 908-451-1873, Homicide Task Force Officer Ariel Franjul at 908-347-2212 or Hillside Police Det. Jose Aguiar at 732-221-0910.
Convictions on crimes of this nature are commonly punishable by terms of up to life in state prison.
These criminal charges are mere accusations. Every defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.
TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Winter weather has officially settled into New Jersey, and with the weather comes opportunities for winter fun. However, full layers of ice have not been able to form due to fluctuations in temperatures. That means ponds, rivers and lakes may not be as frozen as they look and are dangerous for ice skating, ice fishing and snowmobiling. Ice thickness, particularly in lower elevations and coastal areas, can be inconsistent and often unsafe. The best way to stay safe is by paying attention to warning signs and to STAY OFF THE ICE!
TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–The National Westher Service confirmed Blizzard Conditions along the entire coastal strip of New Jersey from Cape May to Sandy Hook, NJ during the Nor’easter of January 28 and 29, 2022. A blizzard is defined as three or more hours of visibility reductions to one quarter mile or less due to falling or blowing snow, and sustained winds or frequent gusts of 35 mph or greater. Shore areas received 11 to 21 inches of snow reported.
Moving further west inland towards Trenton areas of Western Monmouth, Western Ocean, and Western Burlington and Mercer County received around 9 to 10 inches of snow. Further north in the areas north of our reporting area such as Hunterdon, Warren, Morris, Passaic and Sussex Counties received 2.1 to 5.6 inches of snow.