Month: May 2022

18-Year-Old Brother Dies, 17-Year-Old Sister Trapped, After Large Hole They Dug On Beach Collapsed in Toms River, NJ

The 17-year-old female victim was rescued and treated at the scene, but her brother Levy Caverley, 18 of Maine, tragically died.

TOMS RIVER, NJ (OCEAN)–Toms River Police say that on Tuesday, May 17, 2022, at approximately 4:09 p.m., multiple police and EMS units were dispatched to the beach entrance near Seaview Road on the barrier island for reports of two teens trapped in the sand. The family was visiting from out of town and spent the afternoon at the beach. They teens were reportedly digging a large hole when it collapsed and trapped both of them. Emergency crews from neighboring towns also responded to the scene to assist in rescue efforts.

The 17-year-old female victim was rescued and treated at the scene, but her brother Levy Caverley, 18 of Maine, tragically died. Rescue workers are currently working to recover Mr. Caverley’s body from the collapse.

Also assisting on scene are Toms River EMS, Toms River Fire Companies, Toms River Fire Technical Rescue Team, Lavallette Fire Company, Lavallette Police Department, Lavallette Public Works, Seaside Heights Fire Company, Toms River Police Detective Bureau, Ocean County Sherriff CIU, and the Ocean County Prosecutors Office.

90-Minute Underground Railroad Waling Tour On Juneteenth In Allentown, NJ

May 16, 2022

ALLENTOWN, NJ (MONMOUTH)–Did you know that Allentown New Jersey was a stop on the Underground Railroad?  Local historian John Fabiano will tell the amazing story during a free 90 minute walking tour sponsored by The Allentown Village Initiative (TAVI) on Saturday, June 18, 2022 beginning at 10 a.m. in Pete Sensi Park, Main Street Allentown, NJ. With Mr. Fabiano’s introduction, “They Came for Freedom” will lead participants past historic homes, shops, cemeteries and landmarks which played a part in helping escaped slaves from the South reach freedom in the North. 

A long-time Allentown resident, Mr. Fabiano serves as the Executive Director of the Monmouth County Historical Commission and is an avid local history expert. He has conducted extensive research on Allentown history and is a frequent presenter, sharing a wealth of knowledge with our community. Allentown’s Underground Railroad history is unique thanks to documented sources of this activity, which are rare due to the secrecy kept. Please register in advance for a timed tour start at  Registrants will be assigned timed starts in 30 minute intervals beginning at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 18, 2022.

Mayor Gusciora Establishes Largest Public Safety Advisory Committee in New Jersey

Citizens’ panel will advise Mayor and Council in reports issued every six months; subcommittees to address particular needs in the community

May 16, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Today, Mayor W. Reed Gusciora established the largest public safety advisory committee in New Jersey, empowering 11 prominent members of the community to formalize the engagement process between City departments, community stakeholders, and the residents of Trenton.

“One mayor cannot do this alone. Two people, a mayor and a police director, can’t do this,” Gusciora said in a press conference at City Hall. “We must do this together. It’s going to take all of us. It’s going to take our police team, yes. But it’s also going to take our health team, our inspections team, our housing and fire and recreation teams.”

Known as the CHANGE (Citizens’ Health And Neighborhood Growth Engagement) Committee, its members will issue a public safety advisory report every six months, so that the administration, City Council, and other agencies like the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office and Trenton Public Schools can formally receive community feedback to inform decisions.

“It’s going to take community partners from the state, from Mercer County, and from inside our City — maybe even from City Council,” Gusciora continued. “But most of all, it’s going to take the engagement of our citizens. These remarkable citizens have offered their time and dedication as members of the inaugural CHANGE Committee. They are the leaders we need to start the discussion.”

The focus of the committee, laid out in the executive order, includes:

  1. Policies and Procedures
  2. Leadership, Talent, and Recruitment
  3. Use-of-Force Tactics and Less-than-Lethal Weaponry
  4. Community Relations and Partnerships

The eleven members of the CHANGE Committee are:

  • Charles Boyer
  • Jonette Smart
  • Kenneth Miles
  • Pearlie Ames-Murray
  • Phillip Bonaparte
  • Rachel Cogsville-Lattimer
  • Regina Thompson-Jenkins
  • Robert Donaldson
  • Rosa Lewis
  • Rosa Rosado
  • Timothy Jordan

The external agencies providing liaisons to the CHANGE Committee are:

  • Office of Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman
  • Office of State Senator Shirley Turner
  • Offices of Assembly Representatives Verlina Reynolds-Jackson & Anthony Verrelli
  • Trenton Public Schools
  • Trenton Housing Authority
  • Mercer County County Executive
  • Mercer County Commissioners
  • Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office

PHOTOS BY: Brian McCarthy OnScene News

Wawa’s Community Care Coffee Vehicle Visits Hackensack Meridian Jersey Shore University Medical Center for Nurses Week, Distributes Free Coffee to Healthcare Heroes

May 16, 2022

NEPTUNE, NJ (MONMOUTH)–On Friday May 13, 2022 WaWa’s Community Care Coffee Vehicle visited Hackensack Meridian Jersey Shore University Medical Center for Nurses Week. The visit was part of Wawa’s Nurses Week Coffee & Care Tour, a series of 10 stops across the company’s Mid-Atlantic operating area. A total of 3,000 free cups of coffee was distributed to healthcare heroes.

Big Snow American Dream To Reopen on May 27, 2022

May 16, 2022

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – Big SNOW American Dream, North America’s first indoor, real-snow ski and snowboard center providing guests with year-round winter indoors, today announced it will reopen on Friday, May 27 from 1:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. Just in time for Memorial Day Weekend, the venue will host a snow-studded Beach Party, including DJ entertainment, live ice-sculpting, complimentary photo shoot sessions and an opportunity to meet and ride with athletes from Burton. Guests can also expect door prize giveaways throughout the day, including 50% off return visit vouchers.

“We are excited to reopen Big SNOW to guests this Memorial Day Weekend,” said Trish McLeod, Director of Resorts Marketing & Sales, SNOW Partners. “We thank our visitors and team for their patience as we’ve worked diligently to resume the full operation of the facility. We are appreciative of all the hard work that has gone towards this reopening and look forward to welcoming guests back to our slope where we offer endless winter fun right here in New Jersey.”

As a thank you for combatting last September’s fire, Big SNOW’s ceremonial “first chair” will honor representatives from various responding fire departments. The venue will also offer discounted tickets to responding firefighters and their families interested in hitting the slopes this summer.

“We are tremendously thankful for the quick response and efforts made by the local fire departments last fall,” continued McLeod. “These complimentary tickets are just a small token of our appreciation. At Big SNOW, every day is a snow day, so we hope to see local firefighters and their families cool off and hit the slopes this summer.”

Ideal for first-timers or those just looking to keep their ski skills intact this summer, Big SNOW offers Snow Day packages that provide everything needed to enjoy a day on the snow. Packages include ski/board rental, outerwear, complimentary access to Terrain Based Learning skills areas and a team of dedicated instructors. This summer also marks the return of Camp BIG’s Summer Series – a four-day camp designed for children ages 5-12 to level-up on their ski and snowboard skills. Participating campers will receive continuous supervision with personalized on-snow instruction, complimentary ski or snowboard equipment rental and outwear rentals, as well as, slope access tickets, daily snacks and a goodie bag.

For more information, guests can visit, or keep up with Big SNOW on Facebook and Instagram @bigsnowad

Wall Township Man Charged With Aggravated Assault With A Deadly Weapon In Jackson Township Fight Involving A Machete

May 16, 2022

JACKSON, NJ (OCEAN)–Jackson Police reported that on Wednesday May 11, 2022 at approximately 5:15 pm, officers were dispatched to respond to East Pleasant Grove Road on the report of a group of subjects engaged in a fight in the street in front of a residence.
While enroute to the location, Police Officer Travis Ceppaluni was flagged down on Frank Applegate Road by a vehicle containing several occupants who had been involved in the incident. A male in the vehicle had sustained a severe head laceration which was reportedly caused by another subject at the location striking him in the head with a machete. The victim and the other occupants in the vehicle identified the suspect by name and all alleged that he had used the machete to attack the victim. The victim was treated by First Aid at the scene and then transported to an area hospital for further treatment.
Officers and detectives who had arrived at the residence on East Pleasant Grove Road made contact with the suspect and others from the residence. During the following investigation, a machete which displayed evidence of having been used in this incident was recovered and a suspect was taken into custody after being positively identified.
The officer’s investigation, which was also supported by videos of the incident which were obtained by detectives, revealed that the victim was reportedly involved in an ongoing dispute with the suspect and had gone to the residence to confront the suspect. The victim exited a vehicle which was parked in the street across from the residence and while standing in the street began calling to the suspect to come out from the residence. The suspect then exited the residence and immediately retrieved the machete from a car parked in the driveway and then walked the length of the driveway and into the street to directly confront the victim, who had obtained a beach chair from the trunk of the vehicle when he observed the suspect get the machete. The two then swung the items at each other and during the ensuing fight, the victim was struck several times with the machete. It appears the incident was ultimately broken up by uninvolved persons who stopped and intervened.
Also discovered in the investigation was that multiple other subjects from the residence were involved and that while the victim was on the ground, he was kicked in the head by a second male subject who had exited the residence. Additionally, a female passenger inside the car was forcibly pulled from the vehicle and thrown to the ground and assaulted.

Julian Ogle, age 20 of Wall NJ. The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office was contacted and an Assistant Prosecutor approved the second degree charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He was also charged with possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and unlawful possession of a weapon. He was processed and later lodged in the Ocean County Jail.

This investigation is still ongoing at this time and additional charges may be pending. Anyone who may have information on this incident is asked to contact Jackson Detective Stephen Purtell at 732-928-1111.

  • The media and the public are reminded that any persons arrested or charged with any offenses or crimes are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.

3 Separate Shootings in Trenton, NJ Last Night

Update with information from TPD:

May 16, 2022

6:00 a.m. Update from Trenton Police:

627 Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard

Trenton Police responded to the area of 627 Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard – MLK at 11:45 p.m. for a Shot Spotter activation of multiple rounds fired. Police responded to the scene to locate a victim that was shot multiple times. The male is listed in critical but stable condition. Police report the investigation is ongoing.

80 Astbury Street

Trenton Police responded to area of 80 Astbury Street for a male shot at 11:41 p.m. When police arrived, they found a male with a gunshot wound to his hand and a laceration to his head from being pistol whipped. Trenton Police are investigating.

1:00 a.m. Update from Trenton Police: (Kirkbride Ave. Shooting)

Trenton Police received a ShotSpotter activation at 10:04 p.m. in the area of 125 Kirkbride Avenue. While Trenton Police were responding a female called reporting her adult son was shot. Police arrived and located a male suffering a gunshot to his lower leg and two-gunshots to his buttocks. Trenton PD reports taht the wounds were non-life-threatening and the investigation is ongoing.

See original MidJersey.News story below:

May 15, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Around 10:00 p.m. Trenton Police, Trenton Fire Department, TEMS and Captial Health Paramedics responded to the 100 Block of Kirkbride Avenue for a shooting victim. Less than a minute later the victim was reported in the area of Kirkbride Avenue and New Willow Street. EMS arrived on scene and treated the patient. The patient was transported to the Trauma Center at Captial Health Regional Medical Center at 10:16 p.m. and a “trauma alert” was called. Trenton Police are on scene investigating.

Two additional shootings were reported tonight, both around 11:45 p.m. a shooting on MLK Boulevard near Wayne Avenue. That person was transported to the hospital prior to the arrival of the Fire Department and EMS Services.

Another shooting at 80 Asbury Street near Steamboat Street at 11:45 p.m. a person was reported shot in the hand.

MidJersey.News file photos.

One With Reported Airway Burns and Others Injured in High-Rise Fire in Ewing Township; Building Evacuated, 2 Units Uninhabitable

May 15, 2022

EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–At 10:23 a.m. all Ewing Township Fire Departments responded to 1460 Parkside Avenue, an 8-story high-rise for a fire alarm. Around 10:29 a.m. a fire chief on scene upgraded the assignment to a 2nd Alarm with a reported fire on the 5th floor sending multiple departments to the scene. The fire was reported in Apartment 516 and firefighters knocked most of the fire down by 10:44 a.m. Three ambulances were called to the scene for smoke inhalation. One person was transported to the Trauma Center at Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton with airway burns and a trauma alert was called en route to the hospital. There were reports of fire damage to apartment 516 and the apartment below 416 are uninhabitable due to water damage.

This is the second fire this month at the building. Another fire on the 6th Floor was reported on May 2, 2022. Firefighters reported “Tonight (May 2, 2022, at 10:32 p.m.), Ewing fire companies were dispatched to a local high rise apartment building for an alarm activation. Engine 31 arrived first due. Upon their investigation, a fire was located on the 6th floor. Crews were already standing by at the standpipe and immediately deployed a hand line. Additional crews assisted with ventilation and investigation. Chief 31 had Parkside Avenue Command.”

This is still a developing story check back for further details when they become available.

Two Trenton Men Arrested In Lawrence Township For Residential Burglaries

May 13, 2022

LAWRENCE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Lawrence Township Police Chief Brian Caloiaro announced the arrest of 50-year-old Carlos Gomez of the first block of McKinnley Ave (Trenton, NJ) and 46-year-old Miguel Gomez of the 2000 block of Riverside Ave (Trenton, NJ) for residential burglaries that occurred in Lawrence Township. The men are responsible for two separate burglaries that occurred. The first home burglary took place on Slack Ave in December of 2021, and the second on Cresthill Rd in April of 2022. Both of the men arrested have been charged with committing the burglaries and will be held at the Mercer County Correctional Center pending a court appearance.

The Lawrence Township Police Department would like to thank the many Lawrence Township residents who provided important information that assisted with the successful outcome of this investigation. Detective Todd Caruso led the investigation, and was assisted by the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office.

Reminder all persons are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Former Mercer County Pharmacist Charged With Illegally Distributing Oxycodone And Other Opiates From Trenton Pharmacy

May 12, 2022

TRENTON, N.J. – A former pharmacist was arrested today for her role in distributing and dispensing outside the course of professional practice large quantities of oxycodone and other controlled substances from a pharmacy located in Trenton, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced.

Florence Ndubizu, 62, of Princeton Junction, New Jersey, is charged in a three-count indictment unsealed today with one count of conspiracy to unlawfully distribute and dispense and to possess with intent to distribute and to dispense Schedule II controlled substances, including oxycodone, between 2014 and 2017; one count of unlawfully distributing and dispensing a controlled substance; and one count of maintaining a premises for the illegal distribution of a controlled substance. Ndubizu is scheduled to make her initial appearance by videoconference this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Tonianne J. Bongiovanni.

According to documents filed in this case:

Between 2014 and 2017, Ndubizu was the co-owner and pharmacist-in-charge of Healthcare Pharmacy in Trenton. She and her employee conspirators, acting at her direction, systematically filled fraudulent prescriptions outside the usual course of professional practice, knowing that the drugs would not be used for a legitimate medical purpose, but instead would be illegally diverted, including to street-level drug dealers. Ndubizu, operating a single-location pharmacy, purchased and distributed millions of dosage units of oxycodone, including over 800,000 pills in 2014; over 900,000 pills in 2015; over 800,000 pills in 2016; and over 200,000 pills in 2017, until the DEA suspended the pharmacy’s registration. During each of the years 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017, Healthcare Pharmacy was one of the largest purchasers of oxycodone in the state of New Jersey. On Aug. 31, 2017, the DEA served Ndubizu with an order immediately suspending Healthcare Pharmacy’s ability to distribute controlled substances, including oxycodone.

Ndubizu diverted oxycodone pills to cash-paying customers, including street-level drug dealers with fraudulent prescriptions, and then evaded state and federal reporting requirements by manipulating the pharmacy’s dispensing records to conceal the missing inventory. The DEA conducted an audit of Healthcare Pharmacy’s inventory records and government reporting records and found that between April 2015 and August 2017 alone, Ndubizu and Healthcare Pharmacy diverted more than 80,000 oxycodone containing pills, containing more than 2 kilograms of oxycodone.

The conspiracy charged in Count One and substantive unlawful distribution of Schedule II controlled substances charged in Count Two each carry a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine, or twice the gross gain or loss from the offense, whichever is greatest. Count Three, charging Ndubizu with maintaining Healthcare Pharmacy as a drug-involved premises carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $500,000 fine, or twice the gross gain or loss from the offense, whichever is greatest.

U.S. Attorney Sellinger credited diversion investigators, special agents and task force officers of the DEA, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Susan A. Gibson, with the investigation leading to today’s arrest. He also thanked special agents of IRS – Criminal Investigation, officers of the Trenton Police Department, and the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office for their assistance.

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

The charges and allegations contained in the indictment are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. Ndubizu’s husband, Gordian A. Ndubizu, the co-owner of Healthcare Pharmacy, was also arrested today arrested today on tax evasion offenses charged in a separate indictment. Florence Ndubizu is not charged in the tax case.


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Mercer County Accounting Professor Charged With Tax Evasion And Filing False Tax Returns

May 12, 2022

TRENTON, N.J. – A Mercer County, New Jersey, man was arrested today for tax evasion and filing false tax returns, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced.

Gordian A. Ndubizu, 67, of Princeton Junction, New Jersey, is charged in an eight-count indictment unsealed today with four counts of tax evasion and four counts of filing false tax returns in tax years 2014 through 2017. He is scheduled to make his initial appearance by videoconference this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Tonianne J. Bongiovanni.

According to documents filed in this case:

During tax years 2014 through 2017, Ndubizu was a professor of accounting at a university in Pennsylvania as well as the co-owner of Healthcare Pharmacy in Trenton. The pharmacy was organized as an S corporation, the income of which flowed through to Ndubizu and his wife and was to be reported on their personal income tax returns. Ndubizu prepared fraudulent books and records for Healthcare Pharmacy inflating the pharmacy’s costs of goods sold to reduce and underreport the pharmacy’s actual profits flowing through to Ndubizu and his wife. Ndubizu identified certain wire transfers as payments to purchase goods sold by the pharmacy when these wire transfers were in fact made to personal bank accounts under Ndubizu’s control and to bank accounts in Nigeria associated with an automotive company under Ndubizu’s control. Each of Ndubizu’s tax returns for tax years 2014 through 2017 falsely underreported his income and falsely reported that he had no financial interest in or signature authority over any foreign bank accounts. Ndubizu failed to report approximately $3.3 million in income from the pharmacy, resulting in the evasion of approximately $1.3 million in tax due and owing.

Each count of tax evasion carries a maximum potential penalty of five years in prison and a maximum fine of $100,000. Each count of filing a false tax return carries a maximum potential penalty of three years in prison and a maximum fine of $100,000.

U.S. Attorney Sellinger credited special agents of IRS-Criminal Investigation Division, under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge Tammy Tomlins in Newark, with the investigation leading to today’s arrest. He also thanked diversion investigators with the Drug Enforcement Administration, officers of the Trenton Police Department, and Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office for their assistance.

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

The charges and allegations contained in the indictment are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. Ndubizu’s wife, Florence Ndubizu, the co-owner of Healthcare Pharmacy, was also was arrested arrested today on federal controlled substance offenses charged in a separate indictment. She is not charged in the tax fraud case.



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Statue Stolen in Front of St. Michael’s in Trenton

May 12, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Trenton’s “Angel of Faith” monument was reported stolen from St. Michaels at the corner of North Warren & Perry Steets sometime over the weekend. Someone used a saw to cut the statue down by its legs and only the feet remain where the statue once stood. The Angel of Faith was erected by Mayor Donal J. Connolly, Citizens Committee 1947-1959 and the City of Trenton. The monument was dedicated to the people of Trenton on October 27, 1986. It is reported that Trenton Police are investigating the incident. No additional information is available at this time.

Photo from St. Michael’s website

5/12/2022 Photos by: Brian McCarthy, OnScene News

Trenton Police Investigate Shooting

May 11, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Trenton Police Detective Lieutenant Bethesda Stokes told MidJersey.News that on May 10, 2022, at approximately 10:02 p.m., the Trenton Police Department Communications Bureau received a call for three (3) shots heard in the area of 206 Academy Street.  Patrol units were detailed to the area, where they located shell casings and blood droplets in the street in the area of 204-206 Academy Street. The scene was secured by Patrol.

 One male shot, in the lower leg (shin) and it is non-life threatening. He was brought into the hospital by his girlfriend in a Black Dodge Durango.

The Communications Bureau received a call from the Sheriff’s Office advising a male had walked into Capital Health Regional Medical Center suffering from a gunshot wound to the left shin (through and through).

Witnesses on scene stated there was a street fight amongst females prior to the shooting. 

Investigation ongoing. 

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2 Charged In Shooting That Wounded On Duty Trenton Firefighter Inside Firehouse

TPD Arrests Two Suspects Involved in April Firehouse Shooting

May 11, 2022 — Updated

Trenton, N.J. – Trenton Police Director Steve Wilson today announced that the Trenton Police Department (TPD), with assistance from the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office Tactical Response Team, apprehended the two suspects involved in this shooting without incident.

Members of the Mercer County Shooting Response Team are investigating a shooting incident which occurred on Tuesday, April 26, 2022 at approximately 8:38 PM in the area of 257 North Willow Street. It was during this incident that an on-duty firefighter of the Trenton Fire Department was struck by a stray bullet. Following an extensive investigation, the TPD and the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office apprehended Kena L. West and Zaequan Cofield.  

Kena L. West of Trenton, New Jersey was formally charged with criminal attempted murder, multiple counts of aggravated assault, possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose and unlawful possession of a weapon.

Zaequan Cofield of Trenton, New Jersey was formally charged with unlawful possession of a weapon, unlawful possession of armor penetrating rounds, possession of a defaced firearm, possession of a high capacity magazine, endangering the welfare of a child and obstructing the administration of law.

These charges and allegations are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. This is an ongoing investigation.

May 11, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Trenton Police Detective Lieutenant Bethesda Stokes told MidJersey.News that members of the Mercer County Shooting Response Team investigating a shooting incident which occurred on Tuesday, April 26, 2022 at approximately 8:38 PM in the area of 257 North Willow Street, where an on-duty firefighter of the Trenton Fire Department was struck by a stray bullet, have apprehended and charged Kena L. West following an extensive investigation. With the assistance of the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office Tactical Response Team, West along with Zaequan Cofield were apprehended without incident on the morning of May 7, 2022.

Kena West of Trenton, New Jersey was formally charged with Criminal Attempted Murder, multiple counts of Aggravated Assault, Possession of a Weapon for Unlawful Purpose, and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon.

Zaequan Cofield of Trenton, New Jersey, was formally charged with Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, Unlawful Possession of Armor Penetrating Rounds, Possession of a Defaced Firearm, Possession of a High Capacity Magazine, Endangering the Welfare of a Child, and Obstructing the Administration of Law.

File photos and video by: Brian McCarthy, OnScene News

 Kena West of Trenton, New Jersey was formally charged with Criminal Attempted Murder, multiple counts of Aggravated Assault, Possession of a Weapon for Unlawful Purpose, and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon.

Zaequan Cofield of Trenton, New Jersey, was formally charged with Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, Unlawful Possession of Armor Penetrating Rounds, Possession of a Defaced Firearm, Possession of a High Capacity Magazine, Endangering the Welfare of a Child, and Obstructing the Administration of Law.

Original April 26, 2022 MidJersey.News story here:

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.

Wilmington, Delaware, Man Dies in NJ Turnpike Tractor Trailer Crash in Robbinsville

May 10, 2022

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Trooper Brandi Slota from the New Jersey State Police, Public Information Unit told MidJersey.News that Troopers responded to a two vehicle crash on the NJ Turnpike southbound on the outer roadway in Robbinsville Twp, Mercer County at approximately 2:30 p.m.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a Kenworth tractor was pulling an enclosed trailer on the New Jersey Turnpike in the southbound outer Roadway and a Western Star tractor was pulling a flatbed trailer directly behind the Kenworth tractor.  

In the area of milepost 59.9, the front of the Western Star tractor struck the rear of the trailer being pulled by the Kenworth tractor. The Western Star tractor struck the right concrete traffic barrier and the left guardrail. During the crash, the sheetrock load from the Western Star’s trailer was spilled onto the right lane and right shoulder.  As a result of the crash, the driver of the Western Star, identified as Wilbert Normand, 50, of Wilmington, Delaware sustained fatal injuries.

Original MidJersey.News story here:

Construction Van Burns on NJ Turnpike Near Exit 7A in Robbinsville

May 10, 2022

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Just before 3:20 p.m. firefighters operating at a serious tractor trailer crash south of Exit 7A noticed a column of smoke in the air north of their location and called for mutual aid from Hamilton and Allentown-Upper Freehold to handle a construction van fire.

Firefighters from Hamilton Township arrived at mile post 60.6 and found a well involved construction van on fire that had a report of acetylene and oxygen tanks exploding inside prior to arrival. Firefighters used a 1 3/4 hose to knock bulk of the fire down and another line to extinguish the fire. Firefighters from Allentown-Upper Freehold arrived on scene and assisted.

The fire on the inner roadway plus the accident on the outer roadway and a couple of other reported incidents backed traffic up approximately 6 miles from an area south of Exit 7A to Old York Road in East Windsor.

No additional details are available at this time.

Related incident just south of this fire:

Serious Crash on NJ Turnpike South of Exit 7A

May 10, 2022

Update here:

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–A serious tractor trailer crash occurred around 2:37 p.m. near mile post around 59.8 south bound in the outer roadway just south of Exit 7A. The driver of the truck suffered life threatening injuries at the time of the crash. Firefighters from Robbinsville, Hightstown and Bordentown responded to the scene to extricate the driver. EMS from Robbinsville and Capital Health Paramedics responded to the scene. The New Jersey State Police requested a medical helicopter to the scene that was later canceled. Radio reports indicated the driver passed away at the scene. The New Jersey State Police is investigating the crash.

Traffic was backed up for over six miles in the south bound direction while the accident was investigated and the truck and its contents were removed from the Turnpike.

As of 8:00 p.m. traffic is flowing normally on the NJ Turnpike.

Check back for further updates.

Scenes from Trenton Navy Week 2022

May 9, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Sailors of the U.S. Navy visited the Greater Trenton Area as part of Trenton Navy Week. The Navy sent 100 sailors into the area last week, to met with students to talk about the importance of STEM education, volunteering at local non-profits, and holding community events. Trenton was chosen as one of 14 cities to host Navy Week across the country this year and that took place May 2-8, 2022. This was the first time a Navy Week has been held in the state of New Jersey in the history of the program. A planned Trenton Navy Week in 2020 which had to be scrapped due to COVID.

Fire Controlman (Aegis) 2nd Class Jacob Gagliardi from Trenton, NJ attached to USS Gettysburg (CG-64) greets the crowd at TD Bank Ballpark, home field of the Somerset Patriots, as part of Navy Week Trenton.

Trenton Central High School:

Steinert High School:

Salvation Army:

Crockett Middle School:

Trenton Thunder:

TRENTON, N.J. — (MAY 5, 2022) U.S. Navy Religious Programs Specialist Michael Declaro from San Leandro, Calif. sends a shout out to his ship, USS Princeton, (CG-59) for Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage month. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Roger S. Duncan

Boys and Girls Club:

Community Middle School Plainsboro:

Two Shot in Trenton; Self Transported to Hospital

May 8, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Trenton Police Spokesperson Detective Lieutenant Bethesda Stokes reported that early this morning at 5:00 a.m. a ShotSpotter Activation was received in the area of 194 Brunswick Avenue. Trenton Police Communications also received a call from a female victim reporting that she was shot in the chest and her boyfriend was shot a couple of times. The female reported she was driving the St. Francis Medical Center for Treatment. Both victims are alert and stable and the investigation is ongoing according to police. No other information is available at this time.

Two Firefighters Injured Battling 2-Alarm Fire in Perth Amboy

May 7, 2022

PERTH AMBOY (Middlesex County) – Two firefighters were injured battling a stubborn two-alarm blaze that destroyed one home and damaged another on Saturday (May 7).

The following details were released by the Perth Amboy Fire Department on their Facebook page:

On 5/07/22 at 1255 hours, the PAFD was dispatched to 189 William Street for a reported fire. Upon arrival, heavy smoke was found coming from all floors of the 2.5 story residential two-family dwelling and a second alarm was transmitted. Crews found heavy fire in the basement which had extended up to the attic via the balloon frame bays. Multiple hoselines were stretched to attack the fire while searches were completed and all occupants were accounted for. Due to the heavy fire conditions, all crews were withdrawn and operations went defensive. Truck 2’s platform operated on the fire building as the B Exposure was protected. Once the fire was knocked down, crews re-entered to overhaul and put out all remaining hot spots. There were no civilian injuries and there were two non-life threatening firefighter injuries. Both were taken to area hospitals for treatment. Six occupants were displaced by the fire, which is under investigation by the PAFD Fire Investigation Unit. The fire building was a total loss and there was minor damage to 187 William St. City units on scene were E-1, E-2, E-3, T-2, T-3, R-1, C-1, C-2, C-4, C-5, C-9 & C-11. Mutual aid units that assisted on scene were Hopelawn R-8, Sayreville E-3 and Woodbridge Truck 1-2-6. Keasbey Truck 4-2-4 and South Amboy E-9 covered the city during the incident.

Coast Guard rescues 2 after sailboat grounds in breaking surf near Little Egg Inlet, New Jersey 

May 7, 2022

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — The Coast Guard rescued two people Friday night after their 33-foot sailing vessel, Free Bird, grounded and overturned near Little Egg Inlet.

A person aboard Free Bird used a VHF-FM marine radio Friday at about 8 p.m. to hail Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay watchstanders and report that they grounded in shoals and began heeling over while heading south toward Atlantic City. 

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, along with rescue boat crews from Coast Guard Stations Atlantic City and Barnegat Light, responded to the call for help. 

When Coast Guard responders arrived on the scene, they quickly located the Free Bird hard aground and on its side in breaking surf with both people aboard. Due to the shallow waters surrounding the vessel, the aircrew initiated hoisting the people. 

“With high winds, driving rain and thunderstorms in the area, our aircrew worked to quickly lower the rescue swimmer to help the couple,” said Lt. Humberto Hernandez, a pilot who flew on the rescue. “Our swimmer was able to walk in the shallow breaking surf to the Free Bird and assist the people away from the vessel to facilitate a safer hosting situation, away from the overturned vessel’s mast.” 

With each survivor safely hoisted into the aircraft, they returned to the air station and transferred to awaiting emergency medical personnel. Both people are reportedly in good condition and will coordinate salvage plans for their vessel.

The Coast Guard reminds all mariners that having reliable communication aboard your vessel can be the difference between life and death in an emergency. A VHF-FM marine radio is the best way to alert the Coast Guard to an emergency, especially on the water, where cell phone connectivity and weather are often unpredictable. 

Developing: Reported Armed Robbery at Quaker Bridge Mall

May 6, 2022

LAWRENCE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Around 9:00 p.m. an alert was sent out on the Mercer County Crime Alert System reporting that Lawrence Police were looking for an armed robbery suspect fleeing from the Quaker Bridge Mall. The suspect vehicle was reported as a black Mercedes Benz sport utility with a broken out back window with black garbage bags taped over the broken window. It was unclear exactly what store was robbed or what was taken. Lawrence Township Police cars were seen in front of the 2nd floor entrance to Macy’s. This is a developing story. Once more information becomes available the story will be updated.

Ewing Firefighters Respond to Crane Emergency

May 6, 2022

EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Ewing Township firefighters were dispatched to 1440 Lower Ferry Road for an “investigation” at 6:39 p.m. Shortly after arrival an additional ladder and engine were called to the scene for a problem with a crane at a building under renovation. It was reported that fifty people were evacuated from the building. The Ewing Township Construction Official, Ewing Township Fire Marshal, PSE&G all responded to the scene. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was also contacted. It was unclear what exactly was the cause of the crane emergency. No other details area available at this time.

Burlington, NJ Man Charged with Murder and Arson for Setting Fire to Apartment Complex in Pemberton Borough

PEMBERTON BOROUGH, NJ (BURLINGTON)–The New Jersey State Police have charged Newlin Evans, 22, of Burlington, N.J., with murder and arson for allegedly setting fire to an apartment complex that killed a man and injured two other victims.

On April 20, the Pemberton Borough Police Department began investigating a fire on Egbert Street in Pemberton Borough that killed Camryn Powell, 22, of Pemberton Borough, N.J. As a result of the initial investigation, the fire was deemed suspicious and members from the New Jersey State Police Troop ‘C’ Red Lion Station along with detectives from the Criminal Investigation Office, Major Crime South Unit, and Crime Scene Investigations Unit were requested to assist with the investigation. The State Police assists the Pemberton Borough Police Department with investigations that involve first and second-degree crimes.

During the investigation, detectives determined that Powell was inside the apartment at the time of the fire and sustained fatal injuries. As a result of the fire, Evans sustained serious injuries and fled the scene. He was later located at a motel in Mansfield Township, N.J. and was transported to Jefferson Hospital. Through various investigative means, detectives determined that Evans initially used an accelerant inside the apartment and started the fire.

On May 4, detectives issued a warrant for his arrest, and he was apprehended by the Jefferson Hospital Campus Security Department. Newlin Evans was charged with felony murder, aggravated arson, causing or risking widespread injury or damage. He was lodged in the Philadelphia County jail pending extradition to New Jersey.

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

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

Lacey Township Man Sentenced to 10 Years in NJ State Prison for CDS Production Facility

May 6, 2022

TOMS RIVER, NJ (OCEAN)–Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer announced that on May 6, 2022, Andrew Bradley, 22, of Lacey Township, was sentenced by the Honorable Guy P. Ryan, P.J.Cr.P., to ten years New Jersey State Prison as a result of his previously entered guilty plea to Maintaining a Controlled Dangerous Substance Production Facility in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-4. Bradley pled guilty before Judge Ryan on February 11, 2021.

An investigation conducted by the Lacey Township Police Department Detective Bureau between 2017 and 2020 determined that Bradley was utilizing a residence in the Forked River section of Lacey Township to store and distribute cocaine and marijuana. As a result, Detectives from the Lacey Township Police Department performed a motor vehicle stop on Bradley’s vehicle in Lacey Township on October 1, 2021, at which time Bradley was detained. Lacey Township Detectives – with the assistance of the Stafford Township Police Department K-9 Unit – thereafter executed court-authorized search warrants on Bradley’s vehicle and residence. As a result, Detectives seized quantities of cocaine, psilocybin mushrooms, lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), dimethyltryptamine (DMT), marijuana including tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), drug paraphernalia, and equipment and supplies indicative of manufacturing and distributing cocaine, from Bradley’s residence. Bradley was taken into custody and transported to the Ocean County Jail, and later released as a consequence of New Jersey Bail Reform.

Prosecutor Billhimer acknowledges the diligent efforts of Supervising Assistant Prosecutor Kristin Pressman, Senior Assistant Prosecutor Ashley Angelo, and Senior Assistant Prosecutor Meghan O’Neill, who handled the case on behalf of the State, as well as the Lacey Township Police Department Detective Bureau, Lacey Township Police Department Patrol Division, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office High Tech Crime Unit, and Stafford Township Police Department K-9 Unit, for their collaborative assistance in connection with this investigation leading to Bradley’s apprehension, guilty plea, and now his state prison sentence.

Andrew Bradley, 22, of Lacey Township, was sentenced to ten years New Jersey State Prison as a result of his previously entered guilty plea to Maintaining a Controlled Dangerous Substance Production Facility

Two Shot in Trenton, Taken to Capital Health Trauma Center in Pickup Truck

May 6, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Officials say that Trenton Police Department received two shot spotter activations last night, May 5, 2022, one for Camden Street and other for 109 Calhoun Street, police arrived on scene at W. Hanover and located twenty casings and blood splatter. Police officers also spotted a white pickup leaving the scene at a high rate of speed. Trenton Police sent additional units to Capital Health Regional Medical Center Trauma Unit where they located a white pickup truck that dropped off two shooting victims, first victim was shot in the abdomen and other was shot in the hand both victims are in stable condition. The Shooting Response Team is investigating. 

Photos by: Brian McCarthy

Assemblyman Dancer introduces “Right to Try-Plus” bill for terminally ill patients

May 6, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Finding it unacceptable that New Jersey law recognizes the “right to die” for terminally ill patients but not enough other options, Assemblyman Ron Dancer wants to codify their right to try treatments and medications that a doctor believes could keep them alive.

Dancer’s “New Jersey Right to Try-Plus Act” (A3487) would allow patients with less than 12 months to live to request access to non-FDA approved investigational drugs, biological products, and devices. The “plus” is that, unlike other proposals, Dancer’s would also ensure they can try “off-label” treatments and medications with a doctor’s recommendation.

“Any person facing an end-of-life diagnosis deserves to try any medicine or treatment that could provide a cure or improve their quality of life,” Dancer (R-Ocean) said. “Terminally ill patients aren’t usually given the gift of time that is needed for full FDA approvals, so it is critical they are given the right to access potentially life-saving, but unconventional treatments.”

Under the bill, patients must have consulted with a physician and considered all other treatment options currently approved by the FDA, and give informed, written consent. Government medical assistance programs and private health insurers would not be required to cover the costs. If a patient sought the unapproved use of an FDA-approved drug or device, a hospital would be required to administer the treatment regardless of hospital protocols.

Dancer wrote the bill after a constituent said a doctor recommended a potentially life-saving treatment for a family member, but the hospital denied the treatment and the patient died.

“Approximately 50% of cancer patients receive some type of off-label drug in their treatment,” Dancer added. “This bill ensures patients who are dying cannot be denied the right to determine their own medical care.”

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton to Host 6th Annual We vs. C™ Fundraiser Event

Tickets on Sale Now for the Bohemian Dream Themed Event to Help Support Holistic Programs at the Cancer Center at RWJUH Hamilton

May 6, 2022

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) Hamilton, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, is proud to announce their 6th annual We vs. C™ fundraising event. The Bohemian Dream themed event benefits the Holistic Program at the Cancer Center at RWJUH Hamilton. The immersive evening will take place on Saturday, June 4, 2022, and will include interactive guest experiences, live entertainment, cultural rituals, and more.

Taking place at the Brick Farm Tavern in Hopewell, N.J. from 6-9:30 p.m., this year’s event will serve as a free-flowing evening in a lovely bucolic and rustic setting. In-person tickets will be sold on a first come, first serve basis now through May 18, and are priced at $175 for a single guest ticket and $325 for a pair of guest tickets. The event will also be offering a range of sponsorship tiers, starting at the “Good Karma Sponsor” tier at $1,500 to the “Dream Catcher Sponsor” at $15,000.

“Each year, our We vs. C fundraising event reminds us of the power that holistic healing holds not only towards the life of one person, but on the greater community,” said Donna Bouchard, event Co-Chair and Board Member of the RWJUH Hamilton Foundation. “It is through the generosity and commitment of our supporters that this event continues to be a success year after year and allows us to continue providing holistic therapies to our patients battling cancer. We are truly excited for this year’s Bohemian Dream themed event and look forward to seeing everyone on June 4.”

The event will feature creative culinary offerings and signature cocktails provided by Brick Farm Tavern which will highlight the importance of healthy, local farm-to-table cuisine and encourage guests and sponsors alike to “be healthy together”.

For over 20 years, the Cancer Center at RWJUH Hamilton has practiced healing through Integrative Medicine to positively impact the mind, body, and spirit of patients and their families. In partnership with Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, the state’s only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Cancer Center at RWJUH Hamilton provides patients access to the most advanced treatment options including clinical trials. Through their full-service Holistic Program, the Cancer Center has succeeded in improving the quality of life for thousands of patients. This year’s We vs. C fundraising event seeks to not only educate the community on the importance of holistic healing practices such as Reiki, music therapy, art workshops, spiritual counseling and more, but raises funds for the continuation of the program’s complimentary services for years to come.

“Since its inception, our full-service Holistic Program has provided a countless number of patients with life-changing services,” said Richard Freeman, President & CEO of RWJUH Hamilton. “These programs have proven to be a true transformative force for the patients they serve while they are going through one of the most difficult times in their lives. We at RWJUH Hamilton are honored to have provided so many individuals with the holistic services they so deeply deserve at our Cancer Center and are excited to continue utilizing these Integrative Medicine techniques far into the future.”

For more information regarding this year’s We vs. C: Bohemian Dream fundraiser event and the opportunity to purchase tickets, visit:

Developing: Crime Scene Set Up at Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton


May 5, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Sometime around 7:30 p.m. it was reported that the West Entrance of Capital Health was closed for “Police Activity” Photos from the scene show police activity, crime scene tape and white Chevrolet Silverado parked by the Trauma Center entrance. It is unclear exactly why the entrance was taped off with crime scene tape and the area being watched by Trenton Police. There is speculation that it is shooting related. MidJersey.News has reached out to City Officials and the County Prosecutor’s Office for official information and has not received a reply yet.

Check back for further details.

Photos by: Brian McCarthy OnScene News

Trenton Fire Department Quickly Extinguishes Kitchen Fire at Rescue Mission

May 5, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)-Around 8:30 p.m. a fire was reported in the kitchen at the Rescue Mission on Carol Street. The first arriving firefighters reported that there was a fire in the kitchen, partly contained by suppression system but not completely out and the building was evacuated. An “all hands” was called sending additional manpower and equipment to the scene. Firefighters stretched a 1 3/4″ line to the kitchen and extinguished the fire and kept it from spreading to the rest of the building. The fire marshal, building inspector and a health inspector were called to the scene. No additional information is available at this time.

Photos by: Brian McCarthy OnScene News