Day: April 13, 2022

TSA extends face mask requirement through May 3, 2022

April 13, 2022

TSA will extend the Security Directives and Emergency Amendment requiring mask use on public transportation and transportation hubs for 15 days through May 3, 2022.

CDC continues to monitor the spread of the Omicron COVID-19 variant, especially the BA.2 subvariant that now makes up more than 85% of U.S. cases.  Since early April 2022, there have been increases in the 7-day moving average of COVID-19 cases in the United States. During the 15-day extension period, CDC will assess the potential impact the recent rise of COVID-19 cases has on severe disease, including hospitalizations, deaths, and healthcare system capacity. TSA will continue to coordinate closely with CDC and communicate any changes to this requirement with the public.

2 Shot in Early Morning Shooting in Trenton

April 13, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Trenton Police, Trenton Fire Department, TEMS and Capital Health Paramedics responded to the first block of Sanford Street around 12:04 a.m. for two people shot. Upon arrival two victims were transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center where they were both listed in critical but stable condition. The Trenton Police Department Shooting Response Team is investigating.

Evening update: Female victim condition has been updated to stable. 

Trenton Fire Department Issues Initial Report on Fatal April Fire

Cause of the fire on Carteret Ave. is still under investigation

April 13, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER) – The cause of an April 2, 2022 fire that took the lives of 20-year-old twin brothers is still under investigation, according to Trenton Fire Director Kenneth M. Douglas. His department issued the initial investigate report today, which details his department’s response to the three-alarm residential fire.

At 6:57 p.m. on April 2, Trenton Fire Department (TFD) arrived at the scene of a three-alarm fire at 836 Carteret Ave. After fighting the blaze and navigating the interior of the building under dangerous conditions, TFD personnel found the two black male twin brothers, Markay and Markim Pierce (D.O.B. 7/20/01), both Trenton residents, deceased under debris from the collapsing structure on the third floor of the residence. TFD also found a pet cat deceased on the second floor.

Four TFD personnel sustained injuries that evening, though not serious enough to be reflected in the report. Investigators were unable to determine if the residence contained any smoke detectors, and have not yet released any determination of factors contributing to the ignition of the fire.

The ongoing investigation will be conducted by the Trenton Police Department Arson Unit.

Photos by: Brian McCarthy OnScene News

Burlington Man Arrested That Robbed Ace Hardware in Hamilton Township

April 13, 2022

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Hamilton Police say that on April 7, 2022 at approximately 11:50 a.m., Officers were detailed to the Ace Hardware on the 300 block of Route 33 on a report of a robbery.  It was reported a black male wearing a gray jacket, gray pants, black facemask, and a dark knitted hat approached the register and passed a note to the cashier while keeping his other hand in his pocket.  The note stated the male had a gun in his pocket aimed at her and to give him the money.  The cashier told the male that she did not have the key to the register and the male told her he had a gun in his pocket and would shoot her.  The cashier began to scream at him and he fled the store, entered a vehicle in the parking lot and drove away making a right hand turn onto Whitehorse-Mercerville Road.

An investigation in coordination with Mount Laurel Police Department identified a suspect in the Robbery.  On April 12, 2022 Hamilton Police in collaboration with the New Jersey State Police, Delran Police Department, Willingboro Police Department, Mount Holly Police Department, Mount Laurel Police Department and Cinnaminson Police Department obtained a search warrant for the suspect’s vehicle and residence which was located in Burlington, New Jersey.  The suspect was located at his residence where he was placed under arrest. 

The arrestee was identified as Michael Swift, 70, of Burlington.  He was charged with Robbery.

Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective Chris Pullen of the Hamilton Police Division’s Criminal Investigations Section at 609-581-4080 or the Hamilton Police Crime Tip Hotline at 609-581-4008.

The Hamilton Police Department would like to thank the State Police, Mount Laurel, Delran, Willingboro, Mount Holly, and Cinnaminson Police Departments for all of the their assistance.