TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Trenton Police, Trenton Fire, TEMS and Captial Health Paramedics were dispatched to Route 129 South at Lalor Street for a pedestrian struck with entrapment due to a person pinned under a vehicle at 8:22 p.m. A few minutes after arrival of emergency personnel Trenton EMS (TEMS) and paramedics were seen racing towards the Trauma Center Captial Health Regional Medical Center. Currently the man who was struck is fighting for life in the Trauma Unit.
Trenton Police Detective Lieutenant Bethesda Stokes told MidJersey.News that a male victim 66-years-old, was walking down Lalor Street towards Lamberton Road, as he was crossing Rt 129 South pushing a baby carriage that had ice in it, he was hit by a SUV that did not stop. He was then hit by a second car and got trapped underneath the car. The victim was transported to the hospital in extreme critical condition.
Trenton Police and Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office Serious Collision Team were seen on scene investigating the crash.
No further details are available a this time.
August 17, 2022 Morning Update:
There were two vehicles involved in the crash. The suspect vehicle which is unknown at this time fled the scene. The secondary vehicle’s driver remained on the scene. The victim was crossing Rt. 129 on foot when the light was green to oncoming traffic. The suspect vehicle struck the victim causing him to go air born and into the right lane. The vehicle traveling in the right lane attempted to stop but was unable to in time resulting in the second vehicle running over the victim. The victim sustained severe trauma and he is still currently listed in extremely critical condition. This investigation is ongoing.
TOMS RIVER, NJ (OCEAN)–Toms River Police say that on Tuesday, August 16, 2022, at approximately 5:45 a.m., police units were dispatched to the area of Route 37 E and Marian Street, in reference to a male party wandering in the street in the westbound lanes. Moments later dispatch received another call that a pedestrian was struck in the eastbound lanes of Route 37. Upon the officers arrival, they located the pedestrian deceased in the shoulder of Route 37 E, eastbound, and the involved vehicle in the parking lot of Pine Belt Nissan.
The initial investigation revealed that pedestrian, Joseph L. Witty Jr. 39 of Toms River, was walking south across Route 37E and was nearly struck by passing vehicles in the westbound lanes. As he continued over the median and back onto the highway he was struck by an oncoming vehicle. The driver was traveling eastbound in the right lane of Route 37 E. Evidence on scene indicated that Mr. Witty was in the travel lane when he was struck, and not in a crosswalk, or on the shoulder. There was no indication of cell phone use or impairment by the driver at the time of the crash.
The accident is under investigation by Toms River Traffic Safety Officer Adam Koeppen. Also assisting on scene was the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, Ocean County Sheriff’s Department, and the New Jersey State DOT Diversion Team. There are no charges against the driver.
TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Thirteen individuals were charged today with various drug trafficking and firearms offenses arising from an investigation targeting unlawful activities in a northeast neighborhood in the city of Trenton, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced.
Jamal Wilson, aka “Vill,” and Theodore Meekins, aka “Meech,” both of Trenton, were among 12 defendants charged in a 16-count criminal complaint unsealed today. Ten of the defendants were arrested this morning as part of a takedown coordinated by federal and local law enforcement authorities. One defendant is currently detained on related charges. One defendant remains at large. A 13th defendant, Alterrick Livingston, 42, of Trenton, was arrested and charged today in a separate one-count complaint following law enforcement’s court-authorized search of his Trenton apartment and the recovery of five privately made firearms (PMFs), two fully drilled frames, and hundreds of rounds of ammunition, and numerous tools and accessories used for manufacturing and assembling firearms.
Wilson was charged with three counts of distribution and possession with intent to distribute controlled substances, including 100 grams or more of heroin, 28 grams or more of cocaine base, and additional quantities of cocaine. Meekins was charged in three counts with distribution and possession with intent to distribute controlled substances, as well as possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Livingston was charged with possession of ammunition by a convicted felon. The remaining defendants were charged with varying counts of distribution or possession with intent to distribute controlled substances, including heroin, cocaine base, and cocaine. Those arrested today are scheduled to make their initial court appearances this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Tonianne J. Bongiovanni in Trenton federal court.
According to the two federal criminal complaints:
Beginning in July 2020, law enforcement agencies investigating drug trafficking in the area of Garfield, Cleveland, and Logan avenues in Trenton executed numerous controlled purchases of narcotics from multiple defendants, including Wilson and Meekins. On multiple occasions, law enforcement officers made multiple seizures of unlawfully trafficked narcotics, including, suspected heroin, cocaine base and a firearm from a vehicle driven by Meekins, a previously convicted felon. Communications that law enforcement intercepted revealed that Wilson was a significant drug trafficker of heroin, cocaine base, and cocaine in the area, specifically in the area of the Grand Court Villas apartment building, East State Street and South Olden Avenue; Garfield Avenue Playground; and other locations. In connection with today’s coordinated operation, law enforcement conducted a court-authorized search of Livingston’s Trenton apartment, and recovered multiple firearms, hundreds of rounds of ammunition, and numerous tools and accessories used for manufacturing and assembling firearms.
The charges of distribution and possession with intent to distribute 100 grams of heroin and/or 28 grams of cocaine base carry a statutory mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of five years, a maximum potential penalty of 40 years in prison, and a maximum fine of $5 million. The remaining narcotics charges carry a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison, and a maximum fine of $1 million. The firearm and ammunition counts with which Meekins and Livingston are charged each carry a maximum potential penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
The charges filed today are the result of an investigation by the Greater Trenton Safe Streets Task Force. Led by the FBI, the Task Force is comprised of various federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, and its mission is to combine the resources and intelligence of the participating agencies to enhance the identification, apprehension, and prosecution of individuals involved in gang-related activities, violent crime, and drug distribution in and around the greater Trenton area.
U.S. Attorney Sellinger credited special agents of the FBI, Newark Division, Trenton Resident Agency, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge James E. Dennehy; special agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Newark Division, Trenton Satellite Office, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey L. Matthews; officers of the Trenton Police Department, under the direction of Director Steve Wilson; officers of the Burlington City Police Department, under the direction of Chief of Police John Fine; officers of the Burlington Township Police Department, under the direction of Public Safety Director Bruce Painter; officers of the Willingboro Township Police Department, under the direction of Acting Public Safety Director Ian Bucs; and detectives with the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri with the investigation leading to today’s charges.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ashley Super Pitts and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Matthews of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Criminal Division in Trenton.
The charges and allegations contained in the complaints are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
CHESTERFIELD TOWNSHIP (BURLINGTON) – HAMILTON TOWNSHIP (MERCER)–Two separate fiery truck crashes involving multiple trucks sent firefighters from Burlington, Mercer and Monmouth to the two scenes on the New Jersey Turnpike between Exit 7A and Exit 7 this morning. Firefighters were sent from Bordentown Township, Robbinsville Township, Hamilton Township, Allentown-Upper Freehold – Hope Fire Company, and Chesterfield-Crosswicks.
Sgt. Philip Curry from the New Jersey State Police, Public Information Unit told MidJersey.News the first crash was at 9:48 a.m. a dump truck was involved in a crash on the NJ Turnpike southbound on the inner roadway at Mile Post 55.6 in Chesterfield. As a result of the crash, the dump truck became fully engulfed. The occupants of the truck were able to exit and did not report any injuries. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.
The second crash occurred at 11:17 a.m. on the NJ Turnpike at Mile Post 59.3 on the southbound outer roadway in Hamilton Township. Two tractor trailers and a box truck were involved in a crash causing one of the tractor trailers and the box truck to become fully engulfed. The occupants of the trucks were able to exit and did not report any injuries. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.
Google Maps had delays of up to 5 miles going south bound south of Exit 7A.
Photos from the fiery Chesterfield crash on the NJ Turnpike:
Photos from the fiery truck crash on the NJ Turnpike in Hamilton Township:
TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Trenton Police reported that on Wednesday, August 10, 2022, SCU Detectives were on preventive patrol in the area of Hoffman Ave. While on patrol, Detectives observed a male (Randall) seated in the driver’s seat of a parked motor vehicle while another male leaned into the window. When the two males observed the police presence they became startled and Randall began placing an object near his feet inside the vehicle. The Detectives stopped to investigate and removed Randall from the vehicle. Randall gave Detectives consent to search the vehicle and the object Randall was attempting to conceal was found to be a plastic sandwich bag containing 15 oxycodone pills. A further search of the vehicle revealed a digital scale and packaging material. A search of the vehicles trunk revealed 2 pounds of marijuana and a loaded Ruger 9mm semi-automatic handgun. Randall was arrested and the vehicle was towed for seizure. Randall was docketed on the listed charged and lodged in lock-up.
*All suspects/arrestees are presumed innocent until proven guilty in the court of law*
TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Trenton Police report that on Sunday, August 7, 2022, Officers were detailed to the area of Chestnut Avenue on a Robbery in progress. The victim informed Officers that while walking on Hewitt Street, nearing the intersection of Chestnut Avenue – a male and female approached them armed with a knife. One of the suspects held the knife against the victim’s neck while relieving her of a cellular phone and purse. The suspects then fled in an unknown vehicle out of sight. Street Crimes Unit Detectives W. Deleon and C. Cason quickly responded to the area and were able to locate the suspects and vehicle fitting the description provided. The suspects, Daniela Villamar (24) and Jorge Solares (41) were positively identified and placed under arrest without incident.
Daniela Villamar and Jorge Solares were subsequently transported to Trenton Police Headquarters, where they were processed and charged with Armed Robbery and Weapons Offenses.
All suspects/arrestees are presumed innocent until proven guilty in the court of law.