Day: August 4, 2022

Dunkin’ of Philadelphia Awards Nottingham High School Student with Academic Scholarship

August 4, 2022

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Nicole Filipowicz, a graduating senior from Nottingham High School, has just been announced as a recipient of the thirteenth annual Dunkin’ Philadelphia Regional Scholarship Program. Filipowicz, was selected from more than 1,350 applicants based on her academic record, demonstrated leadership, and proven commitment to her school and local community. Dunkin’ and its franchisees in the greater Philadelphia-area will award Nicole with a $5,000 academic scholarship to pursue a full-time undergraduate degree at an accredited two-year or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school of her choice. 

To date, the Dunkin’ Philadelphia Regional Scholarship Program has awarded $600,000 in scholarships to 320 outstanding high school seniors and college students. The program was founded in 2009 by Dunkin’s Philadelphia-area franchisees to ease the financial burden of college for students throughout the region.

“On behalf of my fellow Philadelphia franchisees, we are honored to award these 20 exceptional students with the 2022 Dunkin’ Philadelphia Regional Scholarships,” said Perry Shah, local Dunkin’ franchisee and Philadelphia regional advertising committee chairman. “We are proud to continue the tradition to further students’ educational goals in our community and, this year, thrilled to offer a larger scholarship award to those recipients!”

The 2022 Dunkin’ Regional Scholarship recipients will be honored at an awards ceremony from 1:00 – 3:00 PM on Saturday, July 30, 2022, at The Liberty View at Independence Visitor Center. More details on the awards ceremony to come in the following weeks.

Nicole Filipowicz is a recent graduate of Nottingham High School where she was valedictorian. She was vice president of National Honor Society and a member of National Science Honor Society. Nicole was also Chief Senior Editor for the Nottingham Caelestis Literary Magazine and Star Status Newspaper and was a second year Peer Leader at Nottingham. She was a member of the Key Club, Environmental Club, and Yearbook Committee. Nicole was Captain of the Varsity Soccer team as well. Outside of school Nicole is a member of Next Level Soccer Academy Club Soccer, a volunteer at Trenton Animal Shelter, and a Wegmans bakery and front-end sales associate. This fall, Filipowicz will be attending Rider University where she plans to major in Environmental Science.

Update: After 26 Hour Search Tractor-Trailer Located

August 4, 2022

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–At 5:10 p.m. today, South Brunswick Police were able to track down the woman, man, and tractor-trailer cab involved in the Wednesday afternoon incident. In that incident, a witness said a female was in a white tractor-trailer cab yelling for help and bleeding. The tractor-trailer cab left and headed Route 130 south as the witness approached. Police disseminated a video of the incident Wednesday evening.
South Brunswick detectives received tips from around the country after releasing the video and images on social media. The break in the case came from Gabrielli Truck Sales located on Route 130 near where the incident took place. Company staff recovered video which allowed detectives to identify the truck as well as the female. Detectives searched locations in Middlesex and Union Counties looking for the truck. Detectives observed a male matching the witness description exit the truck in question and approached him. Detectives also contacted the woman seen in the video at the same location. Both the man and woman agreed to come to police headquarters. Detectives are speaking with both this evening.
Chief Raymond Hayducka said, “This was a great team effort, from the community providing tips to detectives tracking down leads. It was an exhaustive 26 hours, but we were able to locate the woman and make sure she was safe.” Detectives will continue to evaluate exactly what happened Wednesday afternoon in the truck. “This case exemplifies the power of so many coming together. I want to thank the witness who first reported the incident, the dozen of tips, and Gabrielli Truck Sales staff for getting involved to find this woman,” said Hayducka.  
The South Brunswick Police have been assisted in the investigation by the FBI and the Middlesex County Prosecutors Office. 

Pennsauken, NJ Woman Identified In Robbinsville Fatal Crash This Morning

August 4, 2022

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Trooper II, Charles Marchan from the New Jersey State Police, Public Information Unit told that Troopers responded at 4:59 a.m. to a motor vehicle crash on I-195 westbound near milepost 5.6, Robbinsville, Mercer County.

Based on a preliminary investigation Barbara J. Johnson, a 32-year-old female of Pennsauken, N.J., was operating a Hyundai Sonata westbound on I-195 in the area of milepost 5.6 and ran off the road to the right and impacted several trees. As a result of the crash Barbara J. Johson sustained fatal injuries. The crash remains under investigation and there is no additional information available at the moment.

Hamilton Township Fire Department, RWJ Hamilton EMS, and Captial Health Paramedics also responded to the scene.

Two Separate Shootings Yesterday In The City Of Trenton

August 4, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–According to Trenton Police Detective Lieutenant Bethesda Stokes, police responded to a Shotspotter activation for 27 rounds fired at 1:11 a.m., August 3, 2022, in the area of 198 Passiac Street. Responding Police Officers located a gunshot victim in front of 153 Passaic St with a gunshot wound to the foot. The victim was transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center with a non-life-threatening injury. 

Another shooting was reported at 6:54 p.m. August 3, 2022, where a unknown black male was shot at the intersection of Klagg Avenue and Mulberry Street. The male was struck in the leg, chest and face and he is reportedly in critical condition.

Acting AG Platkin Co-Leads National Coalition of Attorneys General in Supporting Legal Challenge to Florida’s “Parental Rights in Education” Law

August 4, 2022

TRENTON – Acting Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin is co-leading a national coalition of  Attorneys General in filing an amicus brief supporting a legal challenge to Florida House Bill 1557 (H.B. 1557) — commonly referred to as the “Don’t Say Gay” law — that, among other things, expressly prohibits classroom instruction on sexual orientation or gender identity for children in certain grades.

Earlier this year, a group of plaintiffs led by the non-profit advocacy groups Equality Florida and Family Equality filed a federal lawsuit alleging that H.B. 1557 violates the U.S. Constitution’s Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses, as well as the First Amendment.

Today, a coalition of 16 Attorneys General led by Acting Attorney General Platkin and District of Columbia Attorney General Karl A. Racine filed an amicus brief in U.S. District Court in Florida supporting this legal challenge to H.B. 1557.

The amicus brief explains that Florida’s new law is a “radical outlier” that lacks a legitimate educational purpose. It calls on the court to reject a pending motion to dismiss the case that was filed by the defendants, including Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, in June 2022.

“In New Jersey, we are deeply committed to protecting LGBTQ individuals from discrimination and to celebrating the important contributions they make to our communities,” said Acting Attorney General Platkin. “Sadly, Florida has taken the opposite approach. The ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law is plainly unconstitutional, and it will stigmatize and harm countless LGBTQ youth in Florida and beyond. That’s why I am proud to stand alongside 15 other Attorneys General in supporting the legal challenge to this profoundly misguided law.”

The Florida law, which Governor DeSantis signed into law in March 2022, bans classroom instruction on sexual orientation or gender identity in kindergarten through third grade. For all other students, the law requires that classroom instruction on sexual orientation or gender identity be provided “in accordance with state standards” that have yet to be promulgated. The new law also subjects schools to liability for any violation of the law by allowing parents to sue schools and educators for damages and attorney’s fees.

The amicus brief filed today asserts that Florida’s law is constitutionally suspect and that the federal court hearing plaintiffs’ legal challenge should deny defendants’ motion to dismiss the case. 

As the amicus brief explains, Florida’s law stands in stark contrast to other states’ educational policies in its censorship of instruction related to LGBTQ issues. No other state educational law sweeps as broadly as Florida’s or targets the LGBTQ community in the same way. That, the brief contends, undermines Florida’s assertion that the law furthers legitimate educational goals.

The amicus brief also notes that Florida’s law exposes Florida’s schools and educators to legal liability “for any violation of its vague provisions banning certain free speech.” The brief explains that New Jersey, the District of Columbia, and other jurisdictions that joined the coalition brief “ordinarily leave educational decisions to schools and teachers,” and have developed targeted, cooperative ways to accommodate parental concerns instead of authorizing parents to sue their children’s schools. 

Florida’s unprecedented approach, by contrast, breaks so dramatically from other reasonable alternatives that it cannot be motivated by a legitimate effort to accommodate parental concerns about limiting inappropriate sexual content in schools, the brief contends.

At the same time, the brief argues, the law encourages anti-LGBTQ bias, and places the mental health and learning outcomes of many students at risk by discouraging – and, at some grade levels, prohibiting altogether – inclusive classroom instruction.

The amicus brief also asserts that harms associated with the new law “will extend beyond Florida’s borders.” For example, the brief explains that Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” law will harm children from other states who are placed with families in Florida pursuant to the Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children. 

Florida and the coalition states are all parties to the ICPC, which provides for the movement and safe placement of children between states – often for adoption or placement in residential treatment facilities. The ICPC population includes children in foster care, and recent surveys of children in foster care have revealed that a high percentage of those children identify as LGBTQ.

As the brief explains, Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” law also stigmatizes LGBTQ youth by prohibiting or limiting the discussion of LGBTQ people in schools. Evidence suggests that, as with prior laws that victimize particular groups, H.B. 1557 will adversely affect the mental health of LGBTQ youth in other states, as well. As a result, the brief contends, state agencies in other states may need to expend additional resources to address the negative effects H.B. 1557 will have on members of their own LGBTQ communities.

Today’s brief was led by Acting Attorney General Platkin and Attorney General Racine and joined by the Attorneys General of California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, and Oregon.

Wall Township Man Charged With Vehicular Homicide In Death Of 82-Year-Old Brick Township Man

An investigation by the Monmouth County Serious Collision Analysis Response Team (SCART), the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Fatal Accident Investigation Unit, and the Wall Township Police Department determined that Dickson was driving his vehicle recklessly under the influence of intoxicating substances at the time of the collision. The investigation further revealed that Dickson’s vehicle was traveling on State Highway 35 southbound when he struck the rear of the 2019 Honda CRV and then crossed over the double yellow line into northbound traffic, striking the vehicle being operated by Yuro.

August 4, 2022

WALL TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–On Monday, August 1, 2022, the Wall Township Police Department arrested and charged a 27-year-old Wall Township resident with being criminally responsible for a motor vehicle collision that occurred as a result, leaving an 82-year-old Brick man dead.

Nolan T. Dickson, 27, is charged with 2nd Degree Vehicular Homicide and 3rd Degree Causing Death While Operating a Motor Vehicle with a Suspended License.

At approximately 10:09 a.m. on Saturday June 27, 2021, members of the Wall Township Police Department responded to a report of a head-on collision on State Highway 35 just north of the intersection with Lakewood Road.

Upon arrival, the officer encountered three involved vehicles: a 2019 BMW430i driven by Dickson, a 2019 Honda CRV and a 2017 Toyota Camry driven by Paul Yuro of Brick.

Dickson was transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Center for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. Yuro was also transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Center for severe injuries by Wall Township Emergency Medical Services and paramedics from Hackensack Meridian, where he later died from his injuries.

An investigation by the Monmouth County Serious Collision Analysis Response Team (SCART), the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Fatal Accident Investigation Unit, and the Wall Township Police Department determined that Dickson was driving his vehicle recklessly under the influence of intoxicating substances at the time of the collision. The investigation further revealed that Dickson’s vehicle was traveling on State Highway 35 southbound when he struck the rear of the 2019 Honda CRV and then crossed over the double yellow line into northbound traffic, striking the vehicle being operated by Yuro.

This case is being handled by Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Meghan Doyle. Dickson is represented by Mitchell Ansell, Esq. with an office in Ocean Township.

If convicted of a second-degree offense of this nature, Dickson would be subject to a term of up to ten years in state person, with 85 percent of the term to be served before the possibility of parole, according to the provisions of New Jersey’s No Early Release Act (NERA).

Despite the aforementioned pending charges, every defendant is presumed innocent, unless and until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, following a trial which the defendant has all of the trial rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and State Law

Serious Crash Investigation On I-195 In Robbinsville, NJ


August 4, 2022

ROBBINSVILLE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Sometime around 5:00 a.m. the Hamilton Township Fire Department, RWJ Hamilton EMS, and Captial Paramedics responded to I-195 West Bound for a car off roadway into a tree. The accident was found a couple hundred yards in Robbinsville on the west bound side of the highway and firefighters worked to extricate the victim. Currently a Hamilton Township Fire engine is standing by at the scene with the New Jersey State Police for an accident investigation of the scene. Further details to follow as information becomes available from NJ State Police.