Day: March 21, 2023

Cause Of Large Church Fire Still Under Investigation

March 21, 2023

FLORENCE TOWNSHIP, NJ (BURLINGTON)–The cause of yesterday’s fire at the Fountain of Life Center has yet to be determined.

In a statement Mayor Craig Wilkie stated, The Fountain of Life Center located at Old York Rd. and Burlington-Columbus Rd. experienced a significant fire last night causing heavy damage to the church. The fire has been placed under control. Emergency services personnel are on the grounds working on hot spots and clean up. Please stay out of the area and seek alternative routes of travel. Bystanders and onlookers are asked to stay out of the area and not enter the grounds. Your cooperation in allowing the personnel on the grounds to work is greatly appreciated.

Yesterday’s MidJersey.News story:

Four Shot In Trenton Including 15-year-Old And Three Adults

March 21, 2023

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Trenton Police say a shooting occurred at 45 North Stockton Street. There were a total of four victims, three adults and one teenager. The 15-year-old teenager and three adults all suffered gunshot wounds to their lower extremities. All injuries were reported to be non-life-threatening. Police say that numerous shell casings were found at the scene. The suspects shot the four victims from a vehicle and fled the scene. There are no suspects identified in the shooting at this time. Please contact Trenton Police Department if you know anything about the shooting.

Careless Smoking Ruled Cause Of Manchester Fatal Fire

March 21, 2023

MANCHESTER, NJ (OCEAN)–Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer announced that the fatal structure fire that occurred on Heron Street in Manchester Township on Sunday, March 19, 2023, has been ruled accidental.

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 but stable 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.

A thorough and extensive investigation conducted by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit-Arson Squad, Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit, Manchester Township Police Department Detective Bureau, and Ocean County Fire Marshal’s Office, determined that the fire originated in a garbage can at the northwest corner of a patio, and the cause of the fire was deemed to be accidental due to discarded smoking material.

Prosecutor Billhimer acknowledges the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit-Arson Squad, Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit, Manchester Township Police Department Detective Bureau, Manchester Township Police Department, Ocean County Fire Marshal’s Office, and Ocean County Medical Examiner’s Office, for their combined and cooperative efforts in connection with this investigation.

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

Millstone Resident Brings Affordable Luxury Spa To Town With Opening Of Hand & Stone Along Route 537

March 21, 2023

MILLSTONE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa, the nation’s leading luxury massage and facial spa franchise, announced today the opening of its newest location in Millstone. Located along Route 537 in the Millstone River Mart shopping center at 508 Monmouth Road, the new Hand & Stone is owned and operated by experienced local businessman Kasam Basha, a New Jersey native who has lived in Millstone for over a decade.  

An avid athlete, Basha experienced first-hand the value of massage after neck surgery several years ago. “Once I became a Hand & Stone client myself, I understood the benefits of the services they provide. For me, it went beyond relaxation to help me get back to playing the sports I love. Now I have the opportunity to bring this incredible brand to my community, making affordable massage and skincare treatments accessible and convenient for everyone,” said Kasam Basha, owner of Hand & Stone Millstone.   

Basha’s partner, Jeanine Pugh will be running the daily operations of the spa. She is a licensed massage therapist and has worked with nearby Hand & Stone locations for the past six years. Pugh said, “I love this company’s focus on the latest innovations in wellness and premium skincare services. Bringing an established brand to Millstone and helping to improve the lives of our neighbors is a dream come true for me.” 

Like all Hand & Stone spas nationwide, the new Millstone location offers advanced skincare and spa services that incorporate new technologies at the forefront of the wellness market to enhance each guest’s overall experience. These advanced services include Decompression Therapy massage, Cryoskin, Diamond Glow facial, NuFACE microcurrent facial and LED Phototherapy facial, as well as innovations such as CBD oil enhancements and partnerships with award-winning skincare lines Dermalogica® and ClarityRX (CBD offerings vary by market).  

The newest Hand & Stone in Millstone also brings high-quality professional massage services, including Swedish, Himalayan Salt, Sports, Deep Tissue, Oncology and Prenatal massages to the local community. Guests can visit the new spa to enjoy Hand & Stone’s signature hot stone massage and best-in-class facial treatments tailored to each individual’s needs or skin concerns, with a wide-range of services available for women, men and teens.  

All Hand & Stone services are performed by experienced licensed estheticians and massage therapists. The brand’s commitment to guest experience has translated to an unparalleled level of expertise at each location, supported by best-in-class training and ongoing education resources. At Hand & Stone Millstone, members will have access to a team of wellness experts who specialize in providing exceptional skincare and massage treatments.  

The Millstone Hand & Stone spa is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information about Hand & Stone’s massage and facial services or to schedule an appointment, call 609-598-9935 or visit

Meyer and IPS Celebrate Topping Off of BeiGene’s New U.S. Manufacturing and Clinical R&D Center in Hopewell, NJ

The company’s flagship U.S. facility will include biologic manufacturing and late-stage research and clinical development of innovative cancer medicines

March 21, 2023

Hopewell, NJ – Meyer, an award-winning architecture and interior design firm based in Philadelphia, and Integrated Project Services (IPS) celebrated the topping off Tuesday of BeiGene’s new flagship U.S. manufacturing and clinical R&D center in Hopewell, N.J. This state-of-the-art facility at the Princeton West Innovation Campus will support BeiGene’s continued growth and expand its pipeline of life-saving cancer medicines around the world.

IPS-Integrated Project Services, LLC., a global life sciences consulting, architecture and engineering firm, is leading the overall design of the campus, which includes approximately 400,000 square feet of total development at the 42-acre site. Meyer is providing ground-up architecture and interior design services for BeiGene’s 100,000 square foot office and lab building.

BeiGene plans to recruit hundreds of new employees from the area’s thriving life sciences community to support the company’s Hopewell operations and its ongoing commitment to advancing a global pipeline of cutting-edge oncology drugs.

In helping to bring the facility online, Meyer and IPS worked to combine critical office and clinical research functions for the building.

“Working with IPS, Meyer wanted to craft a space that honors BeiGene’s commitment to growth and innovation,” said Phil Burkett, Meyer Principal and Corporate Practice Leader. “We designed BeiGene’s stunning facility to reflect these principles, and we look forward to continuing our partnership with IPS and BeiGene as we work to bring these buildings online.”

Meyer’s interior design team includes Principal Christopher Scarafile, Project Manager Jon Weber and Senior Designer Giselle Hipkins. Project Manager Glenn Sarsale, MBA, AIA, NCARB, and Architectural Designers Deanna Rosini, Krista Soh and Sam Turner worked with Burkett to provide architecture services for the project.

“IPS, in partnership with Meyer, is proud to help BeiGene bring this state-of-the-art facility to realization,” said Gene Martini, IPS Executive Vice President. “Building on the legacy of the Hopewell community’s life sciences industry, BeiGene’s new manufacturing and research center will create jobs and contribute to countless life-saving scientific breakthroughs.”

About Meyer Design

Meyer is an award-winning architecture and interior design firm based in Philadelphia. A national leader with over 40 years in business, Meyer specializes in creating innovative and people-focused design solutions for clients across the workplace, life science, healthcare, higher education, senior living, and multi-family markets.

For more information, please visit

About IPS

IPS-Integrated Project Services, LLC is a global leader in developing innovative solutions for the consulting, architecture, engineering, project controls, procurement, construction management, and CQV of technically complex facilities worldwide. With technical expertise spanning R&D to pilot-scale to large-scale production, our team specializes in the technology, trends, and regulatory environment to successfully deliver capital projects and improve operations.

Headquartered in Pennsylvania, IPS is a multinational company with over 1,800 professionals and 23 offices in 10 countries in the United States, Canada, Brazil, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Switzerland, Singapore, China, and India. With the newest acquisition of Linesight, IPS has over 2,700 professionals in 45+ offices across 17 countries in the Americas, Europe, Asia Pacific, Southeast Asia, Australia, and the Middle East. Linesight specializes in cost, schedule, risk, program, and project management services in various market sectors, including data centers, life sciences, and high-tech industrial.

Hamilton Firefighters Quickly Extinguish House Fire On Woodlawn Avenue

March 21, 2023

HAMILTON, NJ (MERCER)–Last night March 20, 2023, the Hamilton Township Fire Department was dispatched to the 200 Block of Woodlawn Avenue around 10:25 p.m. after a neighbor called 9-1-1 reporting the fire. Hamilton Engine 3 arrived with smoke showing, stretched a hose line and had water on the fire withing five minutes from the initial dispatch. Firefighters reported searches of the structure were negative. Firefighters also kept the fire from spreading to a neighbor’s home. Hamilton Township fire investigators are investigating the fire.

Hamilton firefighters reported that a quick response kept this fire from spreading further throughout the home and neighboring structures.

Last night Hamilton firefighters battled a house fire on Woodlawn Avenue.

NJ, Man, 27, Busted Sending Ride Share To Mercer County To Pick Up 14-Year-Old For Sex

Sent under cover Internet Crimes Against Children Detective posing as a 14-Year-Old Female, multiple sexually explicit messages and photos of an adult male penis, and statements that he wanted to engage in various sexual acts.

March 21, 2023

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri reported today that an investigation into online child exploitation has resulted in the arrest of a West Deptford Township man.

Todd Merinuk, 27, West Deptford, NJ, is charged with two counts of second-degree attempted sexual assault, three counts of third-degree attempted endangering the welfare of a child and one count of second-degree attempted luring.  The prosecutor’s office has filed a motion to detain Merinuk pending trial.

Approximately three weeks ago, detectives with the prosecutor’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Unit investigating individuals trying to exploit children online connected with a subject via an anonymous social media platform.  The individual, later identified as Merunik, began chatting with a detective who was working in an undercover capacity, posing as a 14-year-old female.  The chat included multiple sexually explicit messages, a photo sent by Merinuk of an adult male penis, and statements by Merinuk that he wanted to meet in person to engage in various sexual acts.

On March 16, 2023, Merinuk sent a ride share vehicle to an address in Mercer County to pick up the “14-year-old female” with whom he believed he was conversing in order to transport her to his location in Gloucester County.  Believing the victim had arrived to his location via ride share, Merinuk appeared and was taken into custody without incident by members of the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office and U.S. Homeland Security Investigations.

Despite having been charged, every defendant is presumed innocent until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Second-degree crimes carry a sentence of five to 10 years in state prison and a fine of up to $150,000.  Third-degree crimes carry a sentence of three to five years in state prison and a fine of up to $15,000.

Prosecutor Onofri urged anyone with information about suspected improper contact by unknown persons communicating with children via the internet or possible exploitation or sexual abuse of children to please contact his Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Unit at (609) 989-6568 or the New Jersey Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force tip line at (888) 648-6007.

Todd Merinuk, 27, West Deptford, NJ, is charged with two counts of second-degree attempted sexual assault, three counts of third-degree attempted endangering the welfare of a child and one count of second-degree attempted luring.  The prosecutor’s office has filed a motion to detain Merinuk pending trial.