Day: April 26, 2022

Trenton Firefighter OK After Being Struck by Stray Bullet While Inside the Fire Station on Calhoun Street

April 26, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Before 9:00 p.m., a city firefighter narrowly escaped serious injury when he was grazed by a stray bullet while he was on duty working out at the firehouse of Engine 1 and Ladder 1 on Calhoun Street Tuesday evening (April 26). Trenton Emergency Medical Service (TEMS) personnel were dispatched to an area of North Willow Street for a reported shooting. A short time later, TEMS resources were sent to the Calhoun Street firehouse – located a block or so away.

MidJersey.News talked to the injured firefighter by phone tonight and he is doing well. He has a minor graze wound to the left arm and is in good spirits. The injured firefighter stated that he was working out the elliptical trainer in the firehouse gym on the 2nd floor of the station and heard approximately 22 shots fired outside the station and down the block. One of those bullets came through the window and struck him on the left arm while he tried to get off the machine to take cover. The firefighter was immediately met by the crew in the station who came to his aid and checked for any other wounds and provided treatment. The firefighter stated that one bullet came through the window of the gym that struck him, and two other bullets went through the kitchen of the firehouse and one struck the refrigerator.

Timothy J. Carroll, Public Information Officer for the City of Trenton told MidJersey.News that the firefighter was working out at the firehouse and has a minor laceration.  Trenton Police received 12 shots on ShotSpotter, 11 cases recovered at the scene. There is no suspect at this time. Trenton Police has an investigation underway.

The scene tonight at Engine 1 and Ladder 1 on Calhoun Street Tuesday evening (April 26). Photos by: Brian McCarthy, OnScene News

Update: State Police Arrest Suspect Wanted for Shooting Man at American Dream Mall

April 26, 2022

ast Rutherford, N.J.- New Jersey State Police have arrested Anwar Stuart, 20, of Brooklyn, N.Y., for allegedly shooting a man during an attempted robbery at American Dream in East Rutherford, Bergen County.

On April 7, troopers from the New Jersey State Police Meadowlands Station responded to the report of a shooting inside American Dream. When troopers arrived, they discovered one male victim was shot. The victim, who sustained serious injuries, was taken to an area hospital.

During the investigation, detectives determined that the victim was shot during an attempted robbery and identified Stuart as the suspect. Through various investigative means, detectives discovered that Stuart was staying at his residence in Brooklyn, N.Y.

On April 25, detectives from the New Jersey State Police Troop “B” Criminal Investigation Office, along with members of State Police Fugitive Unit, United States Marshall Service New York/ New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force, and New York Police Department arrested Stuart at his residence in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Anwar Stuart was charged with attempted murder, attempted robbery, conspiracy, unlawful possession of a weapon, and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose. He was lodged at Rikers Island Jail pending extradition to New Jersey.

This case is being prosecuted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office.

Charges are mere accusations, and the accused is considered innocent until proven guilty.

Earlier MidJersey.News story here:

April 7, 2022

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ– There are reports of a shooting at the American Dream Mall and the mall is currently on lock down. There are reports of a male being shot in the chest and numerous NJ State Troopers and other police are on location. Governor Phil Murphy stated that the public is advised to stay away from the area at this time.

Unconfirmed sources say that there were two gang related incidents, one inside the mall by Footlocker and the other near the parking garage.

Descriptions of the shooting suspects also from unconfirmed source state that one is a Hispanic male, dreadlocks, blue and black sweats, black puffy jacket. The other suspect is a black male, in a black puffy jacket.

Governor Phil Murphy:

“I have been briefed on the shooting at the American Dream Mall and @NJSP has set up a command post. We are closely monitoring the situation, and are praying for those impacted. The public is advised to stay away from the area at this time.”

Go Fund Me Set Up for Residents Who Suffered Major Loss in Robbinsville Fire

April 26, 2022

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–A Go Fund Me has been set up for the Slezaks who suffered a major loss at a house fire on April 20, 2022 on Voelbel Road.

My name is Donna Brandt. I am setting up this Go Fund Me page for my Cousin John Slezak, his two sons and five dogs.

April 20, 2022, in New Jersey, Robbinsville Township Fire Department Fire crews called for an “All Hands” (full 1st alarm) to send additional mutual aid to the scene from surrounding departments. Unfortunately, the home and all the contents were lost entirely. Luckily, the family was able to get out unharmed.

The home has minimal insurance, so it will not cover all losses. The family and dogs have now been displaced for approximately nine months.

John is a hard-working family man who has never missed a day of work to care for his family. But, regrettably, they are now finding themselves with just the clothes on their backs.

Please find it in your heart to donate to my Cousin’s family struggle.

ALL funds will go directly to the family for everyday expenses.

April 21, 2022

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–At 11:21 p.m. last night April 20, 2022 the Robbinsville Township Fire Department was detailed to the 100 Block of Voelbel Road for a house fire. Robbinsville firefighters arrived about 11:25 p.m. and reported fire showing from the front of the building, and stretched a hand line to the front of the building. Fire crews called for an “All Hands” (full 1st alarm) sending additional mutual aid to the scene from surrounding departments. Within 10 minutes of arrival firefighters had the fire quickly knocked down and under control. The fire was reported electrical in nature. No additional information is available at this time.

Princeton Traffic Alert: Accident Involving Pedestrian on Washington Road

Update: As of 4:00 p.m. Traffic in the area appears to be subsiding and returning to normal.

April 26, 2022

PRINCETON, NJ (MERCER)–Just before 3:00 p.m. police and EMS were sent to Washington Road near Faculty Road, by the boathouse/bridge for a pedestrian strike. It was reported over the radio that the roadway was closed, and CPR was in progress. According to Google traffic there is a large traffic delay in the area and it appears that roads may be closed and detoured.

This is a breaking news report. Once official information is released the story will be updated.

15-Year-Old Charged with April 12 Fire on Route 33 in Robbinsville

April 26, 2022

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Police say that a 15-year-old Robbinsville resident was charged with one count of Arson and one count of Burglary in regards to the Route 33 fire on April 12, 2022. Police said they are unable to release any further information, due to the fact that the accused is a juvenile.

On April 12, 2022, around 6:53 p.m. the Robbinsville Police Department received multiple 9-1-1 calls reporting a fire in the 2300 block of Route 33. A Robbinsville police officer also reported seeing a column of smoke in the air and the Robbinsville Township Fire Department was dispatched. Mutual aid fire departments were also called to the scene from Hamilton, and others.

Upon arrival of the first fire apparatus, fire crews reported a well involved abandoned building on fire and used a deck gun to start knocking down the fire. Hamilton Township fire department arrived and assisted pulling two hand lines and helped set up a water supply.

Fire crews had the bulk of the fire knocked down within minutes but remained on scene for extensive overhaul and also for the fire investigation. Hope Fire Company of Allentown responded initially to the scene but was diverted to cover any additional calls. Other mutual aid departments not on scene were recalled en route.

Robbinsville Township Police closed Route 33 in both directions until the fire was brought under control and apparatus and fire hoses could be removed from the highway.

Arson investigators were called from the Mercer County Prosecutors Office, detectives from the Robbinsville Township Police Department, and the Robbinsville Township Fire Marshal’s Office was also on scene for the investigation. The fire was in an old, abandoned 20×30 feet garage that was in a wooded area. PSE&G was called to the scene but did not find any electricity or gas to the building.

File photos and video from the April 12, 2022, fire in Robbinsville by: Dennis Symons, Lea Keegan Harrison, Marcello Dellegrotti, and others.