Day: March 2, 2022

Shooting Violence Continues as Two More Shot in Trenton

March 2, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Two more people were shot tonight in Trenton behind the Roebling Market just after 9:00 p.m. Trenton Police, Trenton Fire, TEMS and Capital Health Paramedics responded to the scene where two were found shot in a car that runs behind the Market on Elmer Street. Both victims were taken to the Trauma Center at Captial Health Regional Medical Center with non-life-threating injuries police say. The investigation is active and no further details are available at this time.

Two were shot yesterday where one died, in the 1100 block of New Willow Street bringing the 2022 murder count to three.

Serious Crash in Upper Freehold Under Investigation

March 3, 2022 Update:

Trooper Charles Marchan from the NJ State Police Public Information Unit told MidJersey.News that Troopers responded to a motor vehicle crash at 4:22 p.m. on CR 524, milepost 11.03, in Upper Freehold Township. 

Based on a preliminary investigation a Toyota Rav4 was traveling northbound on CR 43 (Imlaystown- Hightstown Road). A Hona motorcycle was traveling eastbound on CR 524. At the intersection of CR 524 and CR 43 (Imlaystown-Hightstown Road) the Honda motorcycle impacted the driver side of the Toyota. The operator of the Motorcycle Victor J. Runner, a 60-year-old man of Millstone N.J. suffered serious injuries. 

The crash remains under investigation and there is no additional information available at the moment. 

March 2, 2022

UPPER FREEHOLD, NJ (MONMOUTH)–Around 4:20 p.m. a motorcycle and a Toyota collided at the intersection of Route 524 and Imlaystown-Hightstown Road collided leaving one person with severe life-threating injuries. New Jersey State Police, Hope Fire Company of Allentown-Upper Freehold, and Allentown EMS and Capital Health Paramedics responded. The injured person was transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton. New Jersey State Police Serious Collision Investigation Team has responded and investigating the crash. No further details are available at this time.

Well Involved Tractor Trailer Fire on New Jersey Turnpike Extinguished

March 2, 2022

BORDENTOWN TOWNSHIP, NJ (BURLINGTON)–Around 12:45 p.m. a tractor trailer traveling on the outer roadway in the area of mile post 56.9 south bound, caught fire and quickly became fully engulfed. The contents of the tractor trailer were reported clothing and t-shirts. Robbinsville Township and Burlington Township firefighters responded to the scene and a water tanker was called from Hope Fire Company Allentown-Upper Freehold for additional water. Firefighters quickly knocked down the fire and remained on location to fully extinguish any hot spots. No additional information is available at this time.

Trenton, NJ Man Sentenced to 2.5 Years in Federal Pen for Interfering with Law Enforcement Officers During Civil Disorder

March 2, 2022

NEWARK, N.J. – A Mercer County, New Jersey, man was sentenced today to 30 months in prison for attempting to interfere with law enforcement officers during a civil disorder when he attempted to set fire to a police vehicle during a riot in Trenton, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced.

Earlja J. Dudley, 28, of Trenton, previously pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S. District Judge Brian R. Martinotti to an information charging him with one count of attempting to obstruct, impede, or interfere with law enforcement officers during a civil disorder affecting commerce. Judge Martinotti imposed the sentence by videoconference today.

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

On May 31, 2020, large-scale protests were held throughout the United States, including in Trenton, in response to the death of George Floyd. Although the May 31st protest in Trenton was peaceful earlier in the day, violence erupted later. A group of individuals proceeded down East State Street in downtown Trenton and began to riot, smashing store fronts, looting stores, and attacking multiple marked Trenton Police Department vehicles parked on the 100 Block of East State Street.

A City of Trenton street camera and other video footage taken by an individual present on the street captured Dudley and an unidentified male open the hood of a police vehicle. Dudley was then joined by another unidentified male who ignited an object that Dudley was holding. Dudley then placed the flaming object into the engine well of a Trenton Police Department vehicle, attempting to set the police vehicle on fire. Law enforcement later identified Dudley through analysis of street camera and other video footage and he was arrested on June 17, 2020.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Martinotti sentenced Dudley to three years of supervised release.

Dudley is the third of four individuals sentenced in connection with the protest in Trenton. Killian F. Melecio was sentenced in June 2021 to 28 months in prison and three years of supervised release; Justin D. Spry was sentenced in September 2021 to 24 months in prison and three years of supervised release. Kadeem A. Dockery previously pleaded guilty and is awaiting sentencing.

U.S. Attorney Sellinger credited special agents of the FBI and task force officers of the Joint Terrorism Task Force in Newark, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge George M. Crouch Jr., with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing. He also thanked officers of the Trenton Police Department, under the direction of Police Director Steve E. Wilson; troopers of the New Jersey State Police, under the direction of Col. Patrick J. Callahan; and officers of the New Jersey Department of Corrections, under the direction of Acting Commissioner Victoria L. Kuhn, for their assistance.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Alexander E. Ramey and Michelle S. Gasparian of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Criminal Division in Trenton.


Defense counsel: Lisa Van Hoeck Esq., Assistant Federal Public Defender, Trenton

See other related stories here:

BREAKING: Middlesex County Man Arrested For Attempting To Set Fire To Trenton Police Car After Demonstration

 Trenton Burns As Rioters Torch Cars, Loot Stores And Clash With Police After “Peaceful Protest” Goes Violent At Dusk

BREAKING: Chaos In the City; Peaceful “Black Lives Matter” Protest Turns Violent After Dark

Continuing Coverage: Trenton Violence Spills Into Hamilton Curfew Effective 7 pm Tonight

Continuing Coverage: Trenton Adjusts Its Curfew to 7 PM to 6 AM

Trenton Double Shooting Update; 19-Year-Old Dead, 21-Year-Old Serious Condition

March 2, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–The Mercer County Homicide Task Force and the Trenton Police Department are investigating a Tuesday afternoon double shooting in Trenton that left one man dead, Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri reported.

Just after 3:30 p.m. on March 1, 2022, Trenton police received a Shot Spotter activation for 11 rounds fired in 1100 block of New Willow Street.  Responding officers located a vehicle that had crashed into the side of 931 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, the Life in the Word Outreach Ministry.  The vehicle was heavily damaged and appeared to have numerous bullet holes.  Shimon Nesmith Jr., 19, of Trenton, was on scene suffering from gunshot wounds.  He was transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead a short time later.  A 21-year-old woman suffered a gunshot wound to the face and was transported to the hospital by private vehicle.  She remains hospitalized in serious but stable condition. 

No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the Mercer County Homicide Task Force at (609) 989-6406.  Information can also be emailed to

Names of the 2022 homicide victims in the City of Trenton:

  1. 2/15/2022 Antwone Barnes, 37, of Trenton, Stabbing
  2. 2/23/2022 Leonardo Fernandez, 32, of Trenton, Stabbing
  3. 3/01/2022 Shimon Nesmith Jr., 19, of Trenton, Shooting

Photos and video by: Brian McCarthy OnScene News

Yesterday’s Breaking News Story here: