Day: May 6, 2022

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: