Day: February 23, 2023

East Windsor Police Blotter Though February 22, 2023

February 23, 2023

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–The East Windsor Township Police Department initiated the following police reports through Wednesday, February 22, 2023.

1) DUI
Location: Stockton Street

Time/Date: 1:43 AM, 02/16/2023

The officer conducted a motor vehicle stop after observing the vehicle driving with no headlights. The driver exhibited signs of impairment and was placed under arrest after failing field sobriety tests. The driver was later released pending court action.


Oscar Lopez-Gutierrez Hightstown, NJ
28 Years of Age


Careless Driving Reckless Driving Driving with No Lamps
Consumption in Motor Vehicle Unsealed Container in Vehicle

Arresting Officer: Patrol Officer Bryan Butchon

2) Shoplifting

Location: 319 Route 130 (ShopRite)

Time/Date: 2:47 PM, 02/18/2023

The officer responded to ShopRite for a reported shoplifting. Investigation revealed that two individuals left the store without paying for $519.98 worth of merchandise. Both individuals were later identified and charged on a complaint summons.

Defendants: Charges:

Marcus Stevens-Donnell Elkins Park, PA
29 Years of Age Shoplifting

James Robinson-Dunston Elkins Park, PA
28 Years of Age Shoplifting

Arresting Officer: Patrol Officer John Cate

3) DUI
Location: Route 33
Time/Date: 9:34 PM, 02/19/2023

The officer conducted a motor vehicle stop after observing the vehicle failing to maintain its lane of travel. The driver exhibited signs of impairment and was placed under arrest after failing field sobriety tests. The driver was later released pending court action.


Luke Seiter-Magsamen East Windsor, NJ
26 Years of Age


Reckless Driving Careless Driving
Failure to Maintain Lane

Arresting Officer: Sergeant Troy McWhorter

City of Trenton Jump Starts Redevelopment Process for Roebling Block 2

Mayor Reed Gusciora Takes Major Step to Spur Growth in Capital City

February 23, 2023

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–The City of Trenton is seeking qualified developers to submit proposals for the redevelopment of the historic Roebling Block 2 in response to the Capital City’s release of a Request for Proposal (RFP).

The site compromises seven industrial buildings and large open space; the city owns all properties within the site with a small portion of the site currently leased to a third party for parking. Roebling Block 2 is part of the historic John A. Roebling Wire Works, located within the Roebling Complex Redevelopment area, and zoned for mixed-use.

Mayor W. Reed Gusciora stated, “We are excited that there has been so much expressed interest in redevelopment of our city.  With economic incentives from the state, developers will be able to imagine this landscape and help spark economic growth in our city.  This will mean jobs for our citizens and expanded opportunities for local businesses.”

The RFP constitutes an invitation for responsive submissions to the City, which will be evaluated by the City’s Department of Housing and Economic Development (HED).  Ultimately the new Trenton City Council will decide which developer is chosen after invitations are made to present before Council.  Gusciora noted that five developers had previously submitted such proposals, but the prior Trenton City Council was slow to act on them.

North Ward Councilwoman Jenn Williams remarked, “The new Council is serious about economic development, and we understand the importance of bringing in new jobs and opportunities to our city especially to reduce poverty in our city.”

Sources to incentivize the redevelopment of Roebling Block 2 may include: Private funds, existing state grant funds, USEDA grants, tax credits (historic or economic development), Urban Enterprise Zone (UEZ) funds, and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds.

Trenton City Council President Teska Frisby affirmed, “While we recognize the importance and urgency of this new redevelopment process, we will hear all of the proposals in good faith and weigh each proposal on its merits. In the end, we want to do what’s best for the city’s future.”

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) have expressed interest in assisting the City in this process along with the New Jersey Redevelopment Authority that have the following assistance programs that may be applicable to the redevelopment of the site: Brownfields Impact Fund, Emerge Program, Aspire Program, Historic Property Reinvestment Program, Community Anchored Development Program, direct loans, New Jersey Redevelopment Investment Funds, and the New Jersey Site Acquisition Fund.

East Ward Councilman Joe Harrison stated, “Even though our prior Council missed an opportunity to redevelop the site, especially with the prior proposal by Princetel, we look forward to working together to ensure that this project takes off.”

In 1848, John Roebling purchased a 25-acre site along the Delaware & Raritan Canal in the historic Chambersburg section of Trenton for his wire rope business. By World War I, the factory was the largest wire rope plant in the world and the company grew considerably in response to the steadily increasing demand for its products; the steel cables produced on this site are featured on the Brooklyn Bridge, Golden Gate Bridge, and other historic sites.  The site has been abandoned for more than fifty years.

Mayor Reed Gusciora affirmed, “If you are interested in making a noteworthy investment in a historic site, near the Delaware River, in the Capital City, we encourage you to submit a plan for consideration. With a new and welcoming Trenton City Council, the redevelopment of Roebling Block 2 is a major priority of my administration and an important milestone in the revitalization of our local economy.”

Proposals will be due by April 11, 2023, at 12:00 PM. More information can be found at—Roebling-Block-2. Questions can be emailed to and responses to all questions will be posted on the City of Trenton website.

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The site has been the location of several fires and needs redevelopment:

Fire Quickly Extinguished In Manchester

February 23, 2023

MANCHESTER TOWNSHIP, NJ (OCEAN) – On Thursday, February 23, 2023, at approximately 9:01 a.m., members of Manchester Township Police, Fire, and EMS along with members from each of the Manchester and Ridgeway Volunteer Fire Companies responded to a Pine Acres Manor residence for a report of a structure fire. 

Upon arrival, smoke and flames were observed emanating from the rear of the residence and it was quickly determined that the occupants of the residence had self-evacuated.  As a result of the fire, the residence sustained fire and water damage to the rear interior of the residence and the building inspector subsequently deemed the residence uninhabitable.  There were no injuries as a result of this fire. 

Preliminary investigation revealed that the fire was not suspicious in nature but the exact cause and origin have yet to be determined.  This case is being investigated by Detective Richard Conklin of the Manchester Township Police Investigations Bureau and the Ocean County Fire Marshall.          

Assisting at the scene were members of the Ridgeway Volunteer Fire Company, Manchester Volunteer Fire Company, Ocean County Fire Marshall, Manchester Township Building Department, Manchester Township OEM and the American Red Cross. 

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