Day: March 19, 2023

Fatal House Fire Under Investigation In Manchester, NJ

March 19, 2023

MANCHESTER, NJ (OCEAN)–On March 19, 2023, at approximately 6:51pm, the Manchester Police Department received a call for a structure fire on Heron St located in the Cedar Glen West section of the Township.  Several patrol officers responded and observed the residence to be fully engulfed in flames.  Residents from the adjoining quadplex and surrounding buildings were quickly evacuated.  Upon arrival, officers were told by a family member that another family member was still inside of the burning home.  Officers attempted to make entry into the residence where they were met by heavy smoke and heat and they were unable to get in the home to rescue the resident inside.

            As a result of attempting to get inside of the home, three police officers and the reporting family member were taken to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation.  Multiple Fire Departments from Manchester, Whiting, Ridgeway, Joint Base, Lakehurst, Toms River, and Cassville responded to extinguish the fire.  Manchester Emergency Medical Service responded to assess the residents and officers for smoke inhalation. 

Detective Adam Emmons of the Manchester Police Investigations Bureau, Detective John Doran of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office and the Ocean County Fire Marshall are investigating this incident.  Also assisting with the investigation is the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department Crime Scene Unit and the Ocean County Medical Examiner.  Manchester Emergency Management Coordinator Robert Sharry and the American Red Cross also responded to assist with the incident.  At this point in time, the cause and origin of the fire is unknown as the case is actively being investigated.  The identity of the decedent will not be released due to pending notification to the decedent’s next of kin.  

Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer announced that on March 19, 2023, at approximately 6:50 p.m., Officers from the Manchester Township Police Department and Manchester Township Fire Departments were dispatched to a reported structure fire on Heron Street.  First Responders were able to rescue a female victim from the fire. The victim was transported to Community Medical Center in Toms River, and is currently listed in critical condition.  During the primary search of the residence, the body of a deceased female was discovered.  The decedent’s body was transported to Community Medical Center for a post mortem examination and identification. Three Manchester Township Police Officers were transported to Community Medical Center where they were treated for smoke inhalation and released.

The origin and cause of the fire are currently under investigation by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Arson Unit, Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit, Manchester Township Police Department Detective Bureau, Ocean County Fire Marshal’s Office, and Ocean County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Additional information will be released to the public as it becomes available.

Above photos and video by: Ryan Mack, Jersey Shore Fire Response

Lawrence Township Man Killed In Shooting In Atlantic City

March 19, 2023

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ — The Atlantic County Prosecutors Office Major Crimes Unit and Atlantic City Police Department Violent Crimes Unit are cooperatively investigating the fatal shooting of a man late Thursday evening.

On Thursday, March 16, 2023, at approximately 10:40 pm, the Atlantic City Police Department responded to reports of a shooting on the unit block south Texas Avenue. Officers located a male identified as Jamar Square (29 years old) of Lawrence Township, NJ, suffering from gunshot wounds. Square was transported by medical personnel to AtlantiCare Medical Center, City Division where he was subsequently pronounced deceased.

Anyone with information involving this incident is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609- 909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office website at and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page. People can also call Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or 1-800-658- 8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers Website at http://www/ Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.”

According to a Rider News October 20, 2011 article a Jamar Square then 18 years old was a reported intruder on the TCNJ campus and was charged with burglary, theft, receiving stolen property and credit card theft, as a result of incidents reported at TCNJ.

You can read the Rider News article here.

According to an October 18, 2016 article by Homicide Watch Trenton. On Jan. 30, 2012, Jamar Square was involved in a shooting homicide in Trenton on Route 29. According to the article Square was initially charged with murder along with three others Romero, Mitchell and Marks. A grand jury ended up only indicting him on gun charges.

“Square had also caught charges in three other cases. He faced counts of robbery, terroristic threats, burglary and theft in those cases – for allegedly holding up residents in his hometown of Lawrence and also targeting College of New Jersey students.”

You can read the Homicide Watch Trenton Article here.

Victim of the Atlantic City Shooting Jamar Square

Lawrenceville, NJ Man Identified As Victim Of Morning Accident On I-295

March 19, 2023 — UPDATE

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Sgt. Philip Curry from the New Jersey State Police, Office of Public Information stated that the crash occurred at 7:25 a.m. on I-295 northbound Mile Post 63.2 in Hamilton Twp. Preliminary investigation revealed that a Hyundai Tucson, operated by Rajbir Singh, 47, of Lawrenceville, NJ, was traveling north on I-295. In the area of Mile Post 63.2, the Hyundai ran off the road to the right, traveled up an embankment, became airborne, and overturned. The Hyundai impacted a chain link fence, multiple trees, and came to an uncontrolled final rest partially submerged in a body of water. As a result of the crash, Singh sustained fatal injuries. The crash remains under investigation.

Photos from Hamilton Township Professional Firefighters

Earlier stories below:

Plane Makes Crash Landing At Trenton Mercer Airport

March 19, 2023 – Updated

EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–TTN Spokesperson Julie Willmot stated that at appx 10:30 a.m., this morning an Infinity Flight School plane experienced a landing gear issue resulting in the aircraft veering off into a grassy area along runway. The FAA cleared the plane to be removed and it’s being towed away now. Neither the student pilot nor instructor were injured.

Preliminary information from Donnell Evans FAA Federal Aviation Administration Public Affairs Specialist stated that a twin-engine Piper PA-44 slid off the runway after landing safely at Trenton–Mercer Airport in New Jersey, around 10:45 a.m. local time Sunday, March 19. Two people were on board.

Original story:

EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–At 10:41 a.m., this morning Mercer Airport Fire Department Station 34 along with Ewing Township Fire Departments and EMS were dispatched to Mercer County Airport TTN for an aircraft emergency incident on the runway. It appears that a plane had crashed landed with landing gear up just off the runway. There were no reported injuries. Officials notified the FAA and other officials for the investigation. No other details are available.

Officials investigate a aircraft incident at Trenton Mercer County Airport on March 19, 2023

NJ State Police Investigating Fatal Crash on I-295 In Hamilton Township

March 19, 2023–Update

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Sgt. Philip Curry from the New Jersey State Police, Office of Public Information told that Troopers are investigating a fatal motor vehicle crash that occurred at 7:25 a.m. on I-295 northbound in the area of Mile Post 63.2 in Hamilton Twp.  There is one confirmed fatality.  This crash is currently under investigation and there are no additional details available at this time.

Earlier MidJersey.News story here:

Ewing Township Firefighters Extinguish House Fire

March 19, 2023

EWING TOWNSHIP (Mercer) – Fire damaged a two-story house at 76 Lanning Street late Saturday night (March 18). Ewing Township firefighters were alerted to the blaze at 10:54 p.m. and quickly arrived to find the front of the house engulfed in flames. Multiple hose lines were put in service to knock down the flames. Mutual aid assistance was called to the scene from Lawrence Township and Pennington Borough fire companies. The blaze was declared under control at 11:35 p.m. There were no reports of any injuries. The cause of the fire was under investigation.   

Hamilton Firefighters Quickly Extinguish Fire

March 19, 2023

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Around 3:00 a.m. the Hamilton Township Fire Department was dispatched to the 1800 Block of West Mcgalliard Avenue for a house fire with entrapment. Firefighters found a fire in the carport that was extending to the home. Firefighters quickly placed hose lines in service and beat down the flames. Searches of the home were negative. No injuries were reported in the fire. No cause of the fire was reported at this time.

2023 Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Held In Hamilton Township

March 19, 2023

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The Hamilton Township Saint Patrick’s Day Parade 2023 was held yesterday March 18, 2023. This year’s theme was “The Green Grasses Of Ireland” Grand Marshal Michael “Mick” Conboy lead the parade as the Grand Marshal, Steinert High School senior Eva Kelly, was the parade’s Miss St. Patrick, Gil Lugossy was honored with the St. Patrick Parade and Scholarship committee’s special community award for his lifelong service to the citizens of Mercer County, and Steinert High School senior Gracyn Nutt, the Miss St. Patrick runner-up.

The opening ceremony took place at 12:30 p.m. at the Nottingham Fire House on Mercer Street, the parade kicked off at 1:00 p.m. The reviewing stand was at Nottingham Way and Shady Lane.

On Scene News Photos By Brian McCarthy

Developing: Hamilton Firefighters On Location With Car In Water On I-295

March 19, 2023

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–It was reported that NJ State Police and Hamilton Township Fire Department were called to I-295 this morning with a car in the water near Cypress Lane overpass. Firefighters requested two water rescue units for a person in the car that was in the water. The New Jersey Serious Crash Investigation Unit was called to the scene for the investigation. The car was removed from the water.


Sgt. Philip Curry from the New Jersey State Police, Office of Public Information told that Troopers are investigating a fatal motor vehicle crash that occurred at 7:25 a.m. on I-295 northbound in the area of Mile Post 63.2 in Hamilton Twp.  There is one confirmed fatality.  This crash is currently under investigation and there are no additional details available at this time.

Hamilton Township Professional Firefighters Association Facebook Photos.

East Windsor Firefighters Battle Vehicle Fire On Route 33

March 19, 2023

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–East Windsor Fire Company Station 46 responded to a well involved vehicle fire on Route 33 east bound between Route 133 and Lake Drive yesterday March 18, 2023 just before 4:00 p.m. Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire and notified the NJ Department of Environmental Protection for a small fuel spill. No other information is available.