Day: June 7, 2022

Second Student At West Windsor Plainsboro South High School Charged With Creating A False Public Alarm

June 7, 2022

WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–West Windsor Police say that on Monday morning, June 6, 2022 (Incident 2022-16615) the West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District Superintendent’s Office and the West Windsor Township Police Department conducted a joint investigation into a Social Media Threat/Post.  The investigation yielded the following; the “threat” was determined to be Non-Credible and was initiated by a juvenile West Windsor Plainsboro High School South Student.  The juvenile was ultimately charged by the West Windsor Police Department with False Public Alarms pending a future Mercer County Juvenile Court appearance.  Although a False Public Alarm charge has been filed, the incident’s investigation remains ongoing and the threat itself was found to be Non-Credible.  

     Chief Robert Garofalo and Superintendent Dr. David Aderhold wanted to assure the WW-P community that we will act swiftly and will take immediate action whenever a a threat or perceived threat has been reported.  As always, we encourage anyone who has any knowledge of such posts/threats, to please contact your local police agency for a thorough investigation.

This Second Incident was not directly connected to the June 5, 2022 Incident where another WWPHS South Student was charged with False Public Alarms.  You can read about the June 5th incident here:

Hopewell, NJ, Man Charged With Attempted Criminal Sexual Contact, Endangering The Welfare Of A Child In Princeton

June 7, 2022

PRINCETON, NJ (MERCER)–Princeton Police say that on June 2, 2022 at approximately 9:20 a.m., a 17-year-old female victim was entering her vehicle that was parked in the Franklin Avenue Parking Lot (located across from Harris Road). While entering her vehicle, a male approached her from behind and grabbed her left leg in an apparent attempt to grab her buttocks.

An investigation was conducted by Princeton Police Department’s Detective Bureau which led to the arrest of Melecio Xecchay, 49-years-old, from Hopewell, NJ. Xecchay was charged with Attempted Criminal Sexual Contact (a 4th degree crime) and Endangering the Welfare of a Child (a 3rd degree crime). Xecchay was processed and subsequently lodged in the Mercer County Correctional Facility.

There are several open criminal sexual contact cases which may be related to this case. The Detective Bureau is continuing to investigate all open cases. At this time, there is no additional information available. When more information is available, we will put out an additional press release.

We are asking anyone who may have witnessed the incident or has additional information, to contact Det. Eric Dawson at (609) 921-2100 extension 1832.

Breaking: Tuckerton Borough Orders Fire Company To Cease Fire Operations; Removes Borough Owned Equipment

June 6, 2022 — Updated 9:50 p.m.

TUCKERTON BOROUGH, NJ (OCEAN)–According to the Tuckerton Fire Company the department received a letter from Tuckerton Borough about ceasing fire operations around 1:15 p.m. today. The Borough states in the letter that they are ordering the fire company to cease operations and remove Borough owned equipment because they are in receipt of a letter from the Division of Fire Safety stating that the Borough is not adequately protected by its volunteer fire company because of non-compliance with certain rules and standards. (See copy of letter below for more details).

A statement received tonight from Tuckerton Fire Company President Julio Cerrato said “At this point we have no more information available. The borough attorney advised the borough administrator not to release the letter from the NJ Division of Fire Safety until Tuckerton Borough Council has a chance to read and discuss it.”

Tuckerton Fire Department Facebook Page states: (this is an update to their Facebook post, since their original post)

As of about 1:15 this afternoon, The Tuckerton Fire Company is REMOVED FROM SERVICE.

See attached letter.

More details to follow as we determine what exactly is going on.

The Borough of Tuckerton has removed the fire apparatus from the firehouse without notifying us.

Talk about putting Tuckerton residents in danger, we get out for calls and are here for the residents of Tuckerton.

Any residents who would like to come out and express their support for the fire department can come to the special council meeting this Thursday at 4:30 p.m. at the municipal building.

This is a developing story please check back for updates as they become available. has reached out to the Borough of Tuckerton for a statement and at time of publication has not received a reply. has reached out to a representative of the Tuckerton Fire Company and was told that they will be able to provide an update after the company meeting tonight.

Please check back for more details as they become available.