Day: May 3, 2022

Construction Van Overturns on NJ Turnpike at Exit 8

May 3, 2022

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–At 5:51 p.m. a construction van apparently left the roadway and crashed through a guardrail possibly hit the bridge abutment before overturning at mile post 67.2, Exit 8 on the New Jersey Turnpike. Hightstown Fire Company, Robbinsville Fire Department, Robbinsville EMS, Hightstown First Aid Squad and Capital Health Paramedics were all dispatched to the scene for reported serious injury with entrapment. There was no extrication required but EMS was needed for the injury. EMS transported to a local hospital for treatment. George’s Towing was on scene with their rotator tow truck crane to upright the van and clear the roadway. New Jersey State Police is investigating the crash. No further details are available at this time.

One Injured After Vehicle Crashes into Fence in Upper Freehold Township

May 3, 2022

UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–At 5:36 p.m. The Hope Fire Company of Allentown and Capital Health – Allentown EMS were dispatched to Route 526 for a vehicle into a fence. The vehicle was found crashed into the Hot Lead Stables (White Birch Farm) fence and the driver was injured. Firefighters and EMS worked to remove the occupant from the vehicle and move them to the ambulance. The occupant was transported to Captial Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton. It was unclear why the vehicle left the roadway and crashed. New Jersey State Police is investigating the crash. No further details are available at this time.

Hamilton Township Firefighters Extricate Driver from Overturned Truck on I-295

May 3, 2022

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Just after noon today the Hamilton Township Fire Department was dispatched to Interstate 295 South Bound in the area of Mile Post 62.4 for an overturned truck with entrapment. New Jersey State Police, RWJ Hamilton EMS and Captial Health Paramedics also responded to the scene. Upon arrival firefighters reported they had a truck off the roadway and the driver was trapped and needed extrication. Firefighters performed the extrication in about 10 minutes and turned the occupant over to EMS for treatment. EMS transported to Captial Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton and a “trauma alert” was called. New Jersey State Police is investigating the crash. No further information is available at this time.

Two Manalapan, NJ Men Busted in String of Car Burglaries in Millstone, and Upper Freehold Twps. in Monmouth County

Multiple car burglaries in Millstone Township and Upper Freehold Township. Troopers discovered that 20 vehicles were burglarized in the area and that various items were stolen.

May 3, 2022

MILLSTONE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–New Jersey State Police Report that they have arrested Michael Guzman, 38, and David Voight, 27, both of Manalapan, N.J., for a string of car burglaries in Monmouth County.

During the month of April, troopers from Troop “C” Hamilton Station began investigating multiple car burglaries in Millstone Township and Upper Freehold Township. Troopers discovered that 20 vehicles were burglarized in the area and that various items were stolen.

While investigating these crimes, troopers obtained surveillance footage from a residence that captured two suspects burglarizing several vehicles. Through various investigative means, troopers identified Guzman and Voight as the suspects.

On April 27, detectives from Hamilton Station along with members of the State Police Fugitive Unit located and arrested Guzman and Voight at their residence in Manalapan. During the ongoing investigation, a search warrant was executed at the residence and Voight’s vehicle. As a result, detectives recovered numerous items linked to the burglaries that will be returned to the victims in this case.

Michael Guzman and David Voight were charged with burglary and theft. They were lodged at the Monmouth County Jail.

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

Emergency Workers Talk Man Off Ledge of Broad Street Bank Building

May 3, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Trenton Police, Trenton Fire Department, TEMS and Captial Health Paramedics were all dispatched to the Broad Street Bank Building, 143 East State Street for a man in his early twenties threating to jump from a ledge at 7:38 p.m. Emergency responders stayed with and talked to the man for over six hours to convince him to come down. The incident resolved at 1:44 a.m. and the entire scene was clear by 2:30 a.m. The person was transported to the hospital for treatment. No additional information is available.

The scene last night around the Broad Street Bank Building located at 143 East State Street

The incident last night reminds us of a similar incident that happened twenty years ago in April of 2002 on the same building. Trenton Fire Department responded and was able to save a man from jumping. Watch the WZBN news story here:

Hightstown, NJ Man Sentenced to Life in Prison for 2018 Roadside Slaying of Freehold Woman

May 3, 2022

FREEHOLD, NJ (MONMOUTH) – The Mercer County man who fatally shot a Freehold woman as she drove along on a state highway – a crime that took place four years ago today – has been sentenced to life in prison, Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Lori Linskey announced Tuesday.       

Kader Mustafa, 40, will not become eligible for parole before reaching the age of 104, under the provisions of New Jersey’s No Early Release Act and the terms set down Monday by Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Vincent N. Falcetano, Jr.

Shortly before 11:45 p.m. on Thursday, May 3, 2018, members of the Freehold Township Police Department responded to a 911 call originating from a vehicle stopped along Route 33 West near the exit ramp for Halls Mill Road. At that location, officers found three occupants of the vehicle, a 1997 Mazda Protégé: 24-year-old Sciasia Calhoun, who had sustained a single gunshot wound to the head, and her boyfriend and 1-year-old daughter, both of whom were not physically harmed.  

Calhoun was rushed by Freehold First Aid, with the assistance of Monmouth-Ocean Hospital Service Corporation (MONOC), to nearby CentraState Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead approximately one hour later.

An intensive joint investigation by the MCPO Major Crimes Bureau and the Freehold Township Police Department, with significant assistance from the Manalapan Police Department, revealed that Mustafa was driving a 2005 Chevrolet Impala when he fired a single shot at Calhoun, after several minutes of following her vehicle, at one point even colliding with its rear bumper. Mustafa was apprehended at his cousin’s residence in Manalapan in the area of Oakland Mills Road at approximately 8:10 a.m. the morning after the shooting, when two handguns were recovered from the vehicle.

While recounting the facts of the case on Monday, Judge Falcetano noted that Sciasia and her loved ones were en route to Asbury Park on the night of the shooting when they suddenly realized that their vehicle’s headlights weren’t operational – only the high beams were working. They had already turned around and were heading back home when they encountered Mustafa. “Her last act,” Falcetano said, was to somehow safely pull over the vehicle to the side of the road, despite having been shot by a man he described as a “cauldron of rage” who was “marauding … aimlessly” that night, while armed. 

“This was completely random,” Falcetano said. “I don’t have enough words in my vocabulary to describe it.”

Several members of Calhoun’s immediate family, spanning three generations, made remarks in court before Monday’s sentencing was rendered. They described a “diamond in the rough” with ample ambition and a fierce independent streak, who stubbornly refused to let anyone help her learn how to ride a bicycle as a young child – despite bumps, bruises, and scratches piling up – until she had perfected it on her own.

“The defendant chose to randomly fire a shot and randomly kill a 24-year-old who had done absolutely nothing to him,” said MCPO Director of Investigations Christopher Decker, who represented the State at sentencing. “There’s nothing more depraved or heinous.”

Monday’s sentencing followed a multi-week trial that concluded in October 2021, when the jury convicted Mustafa on all six charges against him: first-degree Murder, second-degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, two counts of second-degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, and two counts of third-degree Endangering Another Person. MCPO Investigation Division Director and Assistant Prosecutor John Loughrey, who has since retired, handled the prosecution.  

Perennial Home Opens in Allentown, NJ

Ribbon cutting celebrated during the Allentown Spring Stroll on May 1

May 3, 2022

ALLENTOWN, NJ (MONMOUTH)–Perennial Home celebrated their ribbon cutting ceremony during the 2022 Allentown Spring Stroll on May 1st, officially opening in Allentown after relocating from Hightstown after almost 20 years in business. Owner Karen West did the honors cutting the ribbon with Mayor Tom Fritts officiating.
Artist were painting and carving in front of the store during the event which was well attended by local villagers and many more customers that followed from the former location.
Perennial Home brings a wealth of experience with a unique variety of home furnishings and accessories including one of a kind items and products from local artisans. Furniture, jewelry, cards, baby items and artwork fill the sunlit interior of the store making it a warm inviting space to shop.  

Opening Perennial Home in Hightstown in 2002 and bringing her experience to her customers has been a rewarding step in extending Karen’s decorating skills to help her clientele with their decorating dilemmas. Above all, she helps her customers love their home whatever their style may be. Now located in the heart of Allentown at 24 South Main Street, Perennial Home is accessible from most major central New Jersey highways.

Hours, Directions and Contact information:

Phone: 609.448.8830
Address: 24 South Main St, Allentown, NJ 08501
Perennial Home is located in the heart of downtown Allentown on South Main Street and is easily accessible from Routes 33 ,130, 195,539,524 and 526 as well as exit 7 of the turnpike.

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