Category: Burlington

Car Fire On NJ Turnpike

November 22, 2020

MANSFIELD TOWNSHIP, NJ (BURLINGTON)–Several 9-1-1 calls reporting a car fire on the New Jersey Turnpike north of Exit 7 in the north bound lanes in Bordentown Township ended up to be the wrong location.

Bordentown Township and Robbinsville firefighters were dispatched at 2:03 pm to an area between Exit 7 and Exit 7A for a car fire. Upon arrival at the originally reported location they could see a column of smoke south of Exit 7, firefighters continued to the call and found the vehicle fire just north of the interchange turn for the PA Turnpike Extension on the north bound side of the highway at mile marker 51.8 outer lanes. Firefighters once on location quickly extinguished the flames. No other information was available about the call.

Bordentown Township & City Police Participate in No Shave November

BORDENTOWN TWP/CITY (BURLINGTON): You may have noticed that Bordentown officers are looking a little scruffy this month, that’s because for the third year in a row the Bordentown Township and City Police Departments have decided to forgo shaving to help raise funds for a local resident in need.

This year’s recipient is Brianna Lemmo, a 16 year-old from Bordentown City who is currently battling Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

Participating officers have made donations to grow a full beard, mustache or goatee and female officers are donating to paint their fingernails any color they desire.

Jimmy’s American Grill, Old Town Pub, Chickie’s & Pete’s Bordentown and Mario and Franks II have all generously agreed to support this initiative and will donate 10% of their proceeds on Tuesday, November 24, to help Brianna with her ongoing cancer fight.

Please patronize these establishments next Tuesday to help us raise money for Brianna!

You can also donate to Brianna’s cause by visiting her GoFundMe at https://www.gofundme.com/f/1zukih6940

Update: Ohio Man Charged With Robbing NJ Banks Including East Windsor, Lawrence Twp., and Mt. Holly

November 16, 2020

NEWARK, NJ –An Ohio man who was out on bail for allegedly committing a bank robbery in the Chicago area and who is charged in New Jersey with seven bank robberies or attempted bank robberies will make his initial court appearance by videoconference today, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Tyler O’Toole, 23, of Cleveland, Ohio, was arrested in Queens, New York, on November 14, 2020. He is charged by complaint sworn out in the District of New Jersey on Nov. 4, 2020, with five counts of bank robbery and two counts of attempted bank robbery and is scheduled to have his initial appearance by videoconference this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Joseph A. Dickson.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

O’Toole was arrested in Glenview, Illinois, on Aug. 20, 2020, and charged in federal court in the Northern District of Illinois with bank robbery. O’Toole was released on bail and placed on home detention with electronic location monitoring.

On Sept. 24, 2020, O’Toole removed his monitoring device, stole his mother’s blue 2018 Hyundai Elantra, and drove away. He later robbed, or attempted to rob, the following New Jersey banks:


Date Bank Location:

DateBankLocation
Oct. 8, 2020PNC BankMorris Plains, New Jersey
Oct. 8, 2020PNC Bank*Pompton Plains, New Jersey
Oct. 22, 2020Chase BankAberdeen, New Jersey
Oct. 22, 2020Bank of AmericaEast Windsor, New Jersey
Oct. 27, 2020Chase BankLawrence Township, New Jersey
Oct. 27, 2020Citizens BankMount Holly, New Jersey
Oct. 30, 2020Citizens Bank*Runnemede, New Jersey

*attempted bank robbery

At each bank, O’Toole presented a note demanding cash from bank tellers. For example, during the Oct. 27, 2020, robbery of the Chase Bank in Lawrence Township, O’Toole handed the teller a manila envelope which stated:

• This is a robbery. Comply and Nobody gets hurt.
• Give me 20’s 50’s 100’s
• NO Trackers or Ink Packs
• Put Money in THIS Envelope
• Be fast, Act Normal

Each bank robbery or attempted bank robbery charge carries a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents of the FBI’s Violent Crimes/Interstate Theft Task Force, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge George M. Crouch Jr. in Newark, with the investigation leading to the charges. He also thanked the FBI’s Westchester, County, New York Safe Streets Task Force; the Camden County, Monmouth County and Morris County prosecutor’s offices; and the Morris Plains Boro, Pompton Plains, Aberdeen Township, East Windsor Township, Lawrence Township, Mount Holly Township, Runnemede Borough, Medford, and Gloucester Township police departments for their assistance.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan W. Romankow of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Violent Crimes Unit in Newark.

The charges and allegations in the complaint are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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Related MidJersey.News stories:

Hold Up Man Strikes Chase Bank In Lawrence Township Today

Another Bank Robbery Reported, This Time In East Windsor

WANTED BY THE FBI Tyler James O’Toole For Bank Robberies

Update: FBI Reports Bank Robber Captured That Held Up Area Banks

Update: Ohio Man Charged With Robbing NJ Banks Including East Windsor, Lawrence Twp., and Mt. Holly


WANTED BY THE FBI Tyler James O’Toole For Bank Robberies — Update 11/15 Captured


Related MidJersey.News stories:

Hold Up Man Strikes Chase Bank In Lawrence Township Today

Another Bank Robbery Reported, This Time In East Windsor

WANTED BY THE FBI Tyler James O’Toole For Bank Robberies

Update: FBI Reports Bank Robber Captured That Held Up Area Banks

Update: Ohio Man Charged With Robbing NJ Banks Including East Windsor, Lawrence Twp., and Mt. Holly


November 12, 2020

Suspect wanted by the FBI for area bank robberies see FBI Page and FBI Wanted Poster. Tyler James O’Toole is wanted for his alleged involvement in a series of bank robberies.  

There have been a number or bank robberies in the area and could be related to these MidJersey.News stories. FBI does not comment on active investigations but sure fits the description:

Another Bank Robbery Reported, This Time In East Windsor

Hold Up Man Strikes Chase Bank In Lawrence Township Today


Date(s) of Birth UsedJune 8, 1997
Place of BirthColorado
HairBlack
EyesBrown
Height5’7″
Weight140 pounds
BuildSmall
SexMale
RaceWhite
NationalityAmerican
Scars and MarksO’Toole has slight facial scarring and facial hair.
NCICW131935933

Remarks:

O’Toole was last known to reside in Cleveland, Ohio.  He may be in the area of Southern New Jersey or Eastern Pennsylvania.

Caution:

Tyler James O’Toole is wanted for his alleged involvement in a series of bank robberies.  Beginning in September of 2020 through present, O’Toole is thought to have committed at least six bank robberies in New Jersey, and is a suspect in over a dozen others robberies in Connecticut and Pennsylvania.  On November 4, 2020, a federal arrest warrant was issued for O’Toole in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, Newark, New Jersey, after he was charged with bank robbery.

In addition, O’Toole is wanted for his alleged involvement in a previous bank robbery in Glenview, Illinois.



Hold Up Man Strikes Chase Bank In Lawrence Township Today

October 27, 2020 Updated at 5:23 pm (Ewing removed not confirmed through additional sources)

Related MidJersey.News stories:

Hold Up Man Strikes Chase Bank In Lawrence Township Today

Another Bank Robbery Reported, This Time In East Windsor

WANTED BY THE FBI Tyler James O’Toole For Bank Robberies

Update: FBI Reports Bank Robber Captured That Held Up Area Banks

Update: Ohio Man Charged With Robbing NJ Banks Including East Windsor, Lawrence Twp., and Mt. Holly

LAWRENCE TOWNSHIP, (MERCER)–According a source close to the investigation a bank robbery occurred at the Mercer Mall, Chase Bank inside Shop Ride on Route 1. The source also stated that there were possibly related robberies in Mount Holly, Burlington County. It was said that the perpetrator was driving a blue car with Texas temporary plates. The source also stated it is believed that this is the 5th robbery by the same suspect recently.

No other information is available at this time.

Former Inmate Charged In Drone Smuggling Operation At Fort Dix Federal Prison


Read related MidJersey.News story here: Man Arrested In Drone Smuggling Operation At Fort Dix Correctional Facility


October 22, 2020

FORT DIX, NEW HANOVER TOWNSHIP, NJ (BURLINGTON)–A Union County, New Jersey, man has been charged with conspiring to use drones to smuggle contraband, including tobacco, cell phone chargers, and a cell phone, into the federal correctional facility at Fort Dix, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced today.

Johansel Moronta, 27, of Linden, New Jersey, an inmate at Fort Dix from April 2018 to March 2019, was charged by complaint, unsealed today, with one count of conspiring to smuggle contraband into the prison and to defraud the United States and one count of being a federal inmate possessing and obtaining, and attempting to possess and obtain, contraband. Moronta will be scheduled to appear on a date to be determined by the court.

Three other men, Adrian Goolcharran, a/k/a “Adrian Ahoda” and “Adrian Ajoda,” Nicolo Denichilo, and Jason Arteaga Loayza, a/k/a “Juice,” previously have been charged with participating in the scheme to use drones to smuggle contraband into Fort Dix.

According to the documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

The U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Inspector General (DOJ-OIG) obtained evidence that in October 2018, while incarcerated at the federal prison at Fort Dix, Moronta participated, along with Arteaga, a former Fort Dix inmate, Goolcharran, and others, in a scheme to use unmanned aircrafts, or drones, to deliver contraband to inmates. Moronta’s role in the scheme was to coordinate the drone drops with Goolcharran and Arteaga from within the prison, and then retrieve the contraband after the drone, piloted by Goolcharran, had dropped the contraband inside the facility.

On Oct. 30, 2018, at approximately 1:40 a.m., Fort Dix officers observed a drone with fishing line hovering above the rooftop of an inmate housing unit. Officers found Moronta leaving a bathroom in the area where the bag of contraband dropped from the drone had been found, along with bolts that secured an open rooftop hatch used to access the delivery. Officers also found a cell phone that Moronta used to coordinate drone drops with Arteaga and Goolcharran. The phone contained numerous text messages and phone calls exchanged between Moronta, Goolcharran and Arteaga in the days leading up to the drop. On Oct. 27, 2018, Moronta sent a text message to Goolcharran referring to himself as “Joe [expletive] in fort dix on the rooftop.” On Oct. 30, 2018, at 12:07 a.m., Moronta sent a text message to Goolcharran asking “U in the area,” and Goolcharran responded “Yea.,” likely meaning that Goolcharran was near Fort Dix and available to make the drone drop. At 12:36 a.m., Goolcharran messaged Moronta “How we lookin,” and Moronta responded a few minutes later with “It ok.” Moronta also sent messages to Arteaga at 12:57 a.m., stating “Two trip,” likely referring to the number of drone flights planned, and “Same cop from last week,” likely referring to the corrections officer on duty.

Moronta also coordinated other drone drops with Arteaga and Goolcharran. Location data from Goolcharran’s cell phone confirmed that Goolcharran’s cell phone was in the Fort Dix area during the early morning hours of October 24, 2018, and began to depart the area by about 1:54 a.m. that same morning. In addition, evidence obtained from Moronta’s cell phone revealed numerous communications between Moronta, Arteaga, and Goolcharran on Oct. 23 and Oct. 24, 2018, showing the three men coordinating multiple drone drops.

The offenses charged in the complaint carry a maximum penalty of five years in prison and maximum fine of $250,000 for the conspiracy count and one year in prison and $100,000 maximum fine for the possessing or obtaining contraband count.

U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited agents of DOJ-OIG, New York Field Office, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Guido Modano; DOJ-OIG’s Cyber Investigations Office, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Keith Bonanno; the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations, Detachment 307 under the direction of Superintendent Jonathan Jackson; and the U.S. Department of Transportation – Office of Inspector General, Northeast Region, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Douglas Shoemaker, with the investigation leading to the charges.

He also thanked Federal Bureau of Prisons personnel at Fort Dix, under the direction of Warden David Ortiz; agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge George M. Crouch Jr.; investigating agents of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, under the direction of Supervisory Special Agent Thomas J. Mahoney; and officers with the Pemberton Borough Police Department, under the direction of Chief Edward Hunter; the Pemberton Township Police Department, under the direction of Chief David Jantas; and Chesterfield Township Police Department, under the direction of Chief Kyle Wilson, for their assistance.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Cari Fais and Jeffrey J. Manis of the Office’s Special Prosecutions Division in Newark.

The charges and allegations contained in the complaints are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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Dancer’s Bill Allowing Employees To Live On Horse Farms Advances

October 22, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Assemblyman Ron Dancer’s bill to allow housing for employees at facilities that board horses passed the Assembly Agriculture Committee Thursday.

The bill (A2768) would amend the Right to Farm Act to allow housing for equine-related farm employees as long as the newly constructed housing is in a separate area or level from the horses and meets all Uniform Construction Code standards, including fire ratings.

The bill also makes providing this housing an act that falls under Right to Farm protections.

“Farm employees often need more access to the horses they care for,” said Dancer (R-Ocean). “They will be able to take better care of these animals if they can live on the same farm.”

Dancer’s bill will require the state agriculture development committee to adopt rules and regulations to implement the bill. The committee would adopt an agricultural management practice that permits the housing of equine-related farm employees in the same building where the horses are boarded either in a separate area or level from the horses.

“Taking care of a horse is one of the most demanding and worthwhile jobs one could do,” said Dancer. “The horse industry is important to New Jersey’s economy, and we must keep this industry thriving.”

Mercer County Homicide Task Force Investigation Leads to Charges in August Double Homicide in Trenton

October 21, 2020


See original MidJersey.News stories on the murders here:

Trenton’s Homicide Body County Now At 24 For 2020, Law Enforcement Officials Plan To Deploy More Law Enforcement

Names Released In This Morning’s Double Shooting


TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri announced today that the Mercer County Homicide Task Force has arrested and charged three men for the August 9, 2020 double homicide on Centre Street in Trenton.

Darnell Davis, 19, of Willingboro, Tyzir Hamilton, 19, of Trenton, and Treizon Thompson, 20, of Trenton, are each charged with two counts of first-degree murder, one count of second-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, one count of second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon and one count of first-degree conspiracy.  The three men were all taken into custody on Tuesday in Trenton.  The prosecutor’s office has filed motions to detain all three defendants. 

The charges are the result of an investigation by the Mercer County Homicide Task Force.  Prosecutor Onofri praised the investigative work of the HTF and thanked the public for the assistance provided during the investigation.  “For weeks, detectives have methodically pieced the puzzle together, identifying the vehicle and all three suspects.  But the help of the public in solving this double homicide was instrumental.  It allowed us to follow leads from the very beginning, helping to point investigators in the right direction and allowing them to connect the dots.”

“Now more than ever, we need the community to work with us,” Prosecutor Onofri continued, referencing Tuesday night’s shooting that left an eight year old and a 16 year old dead.  “This homicide case, along with recent sex assault cases, have been successfully solved by us all working together for justice, and I encourage the public to continue communication with law enforcement.”

On August 9, 2020, at approximately 7:30 a.m., patrol officers with the Trenton Police Department responded to the area of 300 Centre Street for a shooting in progress.  Upon arrival, officers located the first victim, William Irizarry, 18, lying on the street in the area of 339 Centre Street.  He had sustained multiple gunshot wounds throughout his body and was pronounced dead at the scene.  The second victim, Julius Vargas, 18, was located inside a corner market with a gunshot wound.  Vargas was transported to the hospital for treatment, however, succumbed to his injuries a short time later.



The Trenton Police Crime Scene Unit photographed and processed the scene.  Approximately 24 9mm shell casings were located.  The scene inside of the market was also photographed and processed, and blood and several individual bags of suspected heroin were discovered.

According to the affidavit, HTF detectives were able to locate a witness and numerous cameras in the area of the shooting.  A suspect vehicle was identified as a black Chrysler 300 with PA plates, along with two shooters, described as two black males wearing all black clothing and black ski masks.  The black Chrysler 300 is seen circling the area before the shooting, then parking and watching the victims for several minutes as they stood on the corner with others.  When the suspect vehicle drives up to the corner and stops, two shooters, later identified as Hamilton and Thompson, exit.  Both run toward the victims, firing multiple gunshots.  The driver, later identified as Davis, remains in the car.  Hamilton and Thompson then chase after Irizarry as he runs into the street, continuing to shoot at him.  When Irizarry falls to ground after suffering a gunshot wound, they both continue to shoot at him as he lays on the ground.  Afterward, Hamilton and Thompson return to the suspect vehicle, which flees.

Further investigation revealed that a black Chrysler 300 was stolen out of Bensalem, Pennsylvania, on August 3, 2020, and seen on an automated license plate reader camera in the area of Pennington Avenue and Reservoir Street in Trenton on August 4.  Detectives were able to partially match the license plate of the suspect vehicle to that of the stolen vehicle out of Bensalem.           

The Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office Computer Crimes Unit conducted a physical search and forensic examination of Irizarry’s cell phone, pursuant to a search warrant, and a photo was found that Irizarry posted on his Facebook page disrespecting the H-Block gang.  Detectives continued to monitor multiple public social media posts throughout the month of August of numerous H-Block gang members talking about the murders of Irizarry and Vargas, taunting and threatening friends and family of the victims.  They also referenced Irizarry disrespecting the H-Block gang prior to being murdered.

On September 1, 2020, while on surveillance during another investigation, HTF detectives observed the black Chrysler 300 with Pennsylvania plates driving in the area of Perry and Southard streets in Trenton.  While detectives were attempting to identify the occupants, the vehicle took off at a high rate of speed and a pursuit ensued.  The pursuit came to an end on Reservoir Street near Frazier Street, where the vehicle crashed into a telephone pole and the occupants subsequently escaped on foot.  Area surveillance footage shows the vehicle crash into the pole.  Two black males exited the vehicle through the front passenger door, both wearing all black with their hoods up. The black males fled on Reservoir Street toward Frazier Street and subsequently made a right onto Frazier Street toward Pennington Avenue, then out of sight.  One of the black males had what appeared to be a black handgun in his right hand.

A search warrant was obtained for the vehicle and detectives located a fully-loaded, 9mm Taurus handgun under the driver’s seat.  The handgun was submitted to the New Jersey State Police Laboratory and identified as one of the guns used in the murders of Irizarry and Vargas.  Further investigation revealed another witness who was able to identify Davis, Hamilton and Thompson as being responsible for the deaths of Irizarry and Vargas.

During Tuesday’s arrests of the three suspects, additional search warrants were executed in relation to the investigation and two more guns were located.  Prosecutor Onofri thanked the Mercer County Homicide Task Force, his Special Investigations Unit, the U.S. Marshals NY/NJ Regional Fugitive Task Force, and the Mercer County Tactical Response Team, under the leadership of Mercer County Sheriff Jack Kemler, for their assistance.

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


Bordentown Police Ask For Help With Hit And Run Investigation

October 19, 2020

BORDENTOWN TOWNSHIP, NJ (BURLINGTON)–The Bordentown Township Police Department is seeking assistance with the investigation into a pedestrian struck by a vehicle on Saturday evening, 10/17/20.

This incident originated at approximately 6:55 pm when a 42 year-old male was crossing Farnsworth Ave. in the area of Municipal Dr.  The male was then struck by a vehicle which fled the scene and continued traveling towards Rt. 130.  The pedestrian suffered serious injuries as a result of the collision and was transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center where he remains in stable condition. 

The only description of the vehicle at this time is a gray colored sedan with possible passenger side damage.  Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to contact Dsgt. Pavlov at 609-298-4300, ext. 2128, or via email at jpavlov@bordentowntownshippd.com.

Car Rear Ends Tractor Trailer On NJ Turnpike by Richard Stockton Service Area, 1 Injured

October 18, 2020 updated

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Around 7:45 am the Robbinsville Township Fire Department and the Bordentown Township Fire Departments were dispatched to a motor vehicle accident in the area of mile marker 58 south bound with injuries.

Luckily there is a North-South response sent to accidents on the NJ Turnpike because there is constant confusion with exact locations when people call 9-1-1 to report accidents and fires. This accident was originally reported at mile marker 58.0 south bound inner roadway “car lanes” but the vehicle was at mile marker 58.8 south bound outer lanes or “truck lanes” When Robbinsville Township firefighters went to the reported inner roadway location they discovered the accident was on the outer roadway. They radioed ahead to the north bound Bordentown Township fire and EMS apparatus that they could make the U-turn at 7A to get to the accident.

Bordentown firefighters arrived on location on the inner roadway and determined that a vehicle rear ended a tractor trailer and there was one injury. Bordentown Township EMS transported the patient to a local hospital. No word on the condition of the patient.

NJ State Police was on scene investigating the crash.


It seems with almost every call on the NJ Turnpike there is location confusion since the creation of the inner and outer roadways, nicknamed car and truck lanes. A similar situation happened on last night’s call near Exit 8. A response was sent from Hightstown and Cranbury Fire Departments and first aid squads to a South Bound accident in the area of Exit 8 “truck lanes” and the accident was actually in the North Bound inner roadway in the “car lanes” on the exit ramp. The confusion of people calling 9-1-1 had sent apparatus to the wrong location and delays responses since apparatus has to travel miles to make U-turns. It appears that the nick names “car lanes” and “truck lanes” adds unnecessary confusion the NJSP radio uses Inner Roadways and Outer Roadways for descriptions.

Slow Down, Move Over! National Move Over Day

October 17, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Saturday October 17, 2020 is National Move Over Day.

Under New Jersey’s “Move Over” law, drivers are required to reduce their speed and change lanes when approaching an authorized emergency vehicle, tow truck or highway maintenance, emergency service or sanitation vehicle that is displaying flashing, blinking or alternating emergency lights.

Unfortunately, law enforcement, emergency workers and tow truck operators continue to be struck and injured or killed while aiding others on the side of the road because a passing vehicle did not sufficiently slow down and move over.

When you see flashing lights on the side of the road, slow down, and if it’s safe, MOVE OVER. If you make the move, others will follow.

https://www.nj.gov/oag/hts/move-over-law/





MidJersey.News articles involving Slow Down, Move Over type incidents:


UPDATE: NJSP Col. Callahan And Govenor Phil Murphy Provide Update On Crash; Trooper Will Be OK After Being Thrown 30 Feet June 22, 2020

BREAKING: NJ State Police Vehicle Destroyed By Dump Truck On NJ Turnpike — June 22, 2020


BREAKING: NJ State Police Vehicle Struck On NJ Turnpike Sending 1 To Hospital June 7, 2020


SLOW DOWN MOVE OVER: NJTP Car Fire And Rubberneck 3 Car Accident June 4, 2020


Trenton Man Arrested For Aggravated Assault After Striking Police Officer With Vehicle And Fleeing Scene


NJSP Troop “C” Hamilton, 10th Anniversary Of When Trooper Was Struck By Passing Motorist On I-195



Marc K. Castellano was born on July 15, 1980 in Lakewood, New Jersey and lived in Jackson until he moved to Howell, New Jersey in 2004. He was a graduate of Jackson Memorial High School in 1998 and received a Jackson PBA scholarship that year. He received his associate’s degree from Ocean County College in 2000, a Bachelor of Science degree from Rutgers University in 2003 and a Master’s degree at Farleigh Dickinson University in 2010. Marc was a two-year starter at middle linebacker from 1996-1997 and a team captain during his senior year for the Jackson Memorial High School football team.

Trooper Castellano enlisted in the New Jersey State Police on September 24, 2004, as a member of the 136th Class and was assigned to the Troop “C” Tactical Patrol Unit #1 at the time of his death. His service with the New Jersey State Police was characterized by loyalty, fearless performance of his duty and faithful and honorable devotion to the principles of the New Jersey State Police.

Trooper Castellano died as a result of injuries received while in the performance of duty.

At approximately 10:00 am on Sunday, June 6, 2010, Trooper Castellano was walking along the shoulder of Interstate 195 West near the Exit 31 ramp in Howell Township. He was searching for an alleged armed occupant of an abandoned vehicle that was connected to an ongoing investigation when he was struck by a passing motorist. He was taken to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, New Jersey, where he died several hours later from his injuries.

Trooper Castallano served 5 years and 8 months with the New Jersey State Police.

He is survived by his parents, a brother, his wife and two children. Trooper Castellano was 29 years old.



New Jersey Statute 39:4-92.2

Procedure for motorist approaching certain stationary vehicle.

1. a. The operator of a motor vehicle approaching a stationary authorized emergency vehicle as defined in R.S.39:1-1 that is displaying a flashing, blinking or alternating red or blue light or, any configuration of lights containing one of these colors, shall approach the authorized emergency vehicle with due caution and shall, absent any other direction by a law enforcement officer, proceed as follows:

(1) Make a lane change into a lane not adjacent to the authorized emergency vehicle if possible in the existing safety and traffic conditions; or

(2) If a lane change pursuant to paragraph (1) of subsection a. of this section would be impossible, prohibited by law or unsafe, reduce the speed of the motor vehicle to a reasonable and proper speed for the existing road and traffic conditions, which speed shall be less than the posted speed limit, and be prepared to stop.

b. The operator of a motor vehicle approaching a stationary tow truck as defined in section 1 of P.L.1999, c.396 (C.39:3-84.6) that is displaying a flashing amber light, a stationary highway maintenance or emergency service vehicle that is operated by the State, an authority or a county or municipality and displaying flashing yellow, amber, or red lights, or a stationary sanitation vehicle displaying a flashing amber warning light pursuant to section 1 of P.L.2011, c.3 (C.39:3-54.27) shall approach the vehicle with due caution and shall, absent any other direction by a law enforcement officer, proceed as follows:

(1) Make a lane change into a lane not adjacent to the tow truck, highway maintenance or emergency service vehicle, or sanitation vehicle if possible in the existing safety and traffic conditions; or

(2) If a lane change under paragraph (1) of subsection b. of this section would be impossible, prohibited by law or unsafe, reduce the speed of the motor vehicle to a reasonable and proper speed for the existing road and traffic conditions, which speed shall be less than the posted speed limit, and be prepared to stop.

c. A violation of this section shall be punished by a fine of not less than $100 and not more than $500.

L. 2017, c.43, s.1.

Truck Fire On NJ Turnpike Quickly Extinguished

October 14, 2020

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The Robbinsville Township and Bordentown Township Fire Departments were sent to the NJ Turnpike for a truck fire at 5:20 pm. As firefighters responded from both north and south bound directions numerous 9-1-1 calls were reporting a well involved truck on fire on the north bound Woodrow Wilson Service Area ramp back to the turnpike. Numerous 9-1-1 calls were also reported in the area of Merrick Road since the fire was right by the overpass. When firefighters arrived the fire was quickly extinguished.

The NJ State Police shut down the north bound ramp from the rest area until the vehicle could be removed.

No injuries were reported in the fire.

Man Arrested In Drone Smuggling Operation At Fort Dix Correctional Facility


Read related MidJersey.News story here: Former Inmate Charged In Drone Smuggling Operation At Fort Dix Federal Prison


October 13, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)-NEW HANOVER TOWNSHIP, NJ (BURLINGTON)—A Hudson County, New Jersey, man was arrested for conspiring to use drones to smuggle contraband, including tobacco and cell phone chargers, into the federal correctional facility at Fort Dix, and for possessing with the intent to distribute narcotics, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced today.

Jason Arteaga Loayza, a/k/a “Juice,” 29, of Jersey City, New Jersey, was charged by complaint in November 2019 with one count of conspiring to smuggle contraband and to defraud the United States and one count of possessing with the intent to distribute a substance containing heroin and fentanyl. Arteaga was arrested on Oct. 12, 2020, in Vermont by federal marshals, and is scheduled to have his initial appearance on Oct. 14, 2020, before U.S. Magistrate John M. Conroy in Burlington, Vermont, federal court.

According to the documents filed in this case:

The U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Inspector General (DOJ-OIG), obtained evidence that Arteaga, an inmate at Fort Dix from June 2017 to September 2018, participated in multiple drone deliveries of contraband meant for inmates between October 2018 and April 2019.

On Oct. 30, 2018, Fort Dix officers observed a drone with a fishing line hovering above the rooftop of a housing unit. Underneath the hatch to the rooftop, which had the bolts removed, responding officers recovered a bag that contained tobacco, cell phone chargers, and USB charging cables. In the same area officers found a cell phone that was likely used to coordinate the drone drop, which was in frequent communication with Arteaga leading up to the drop. An inmate found near the rooftop hatch had wet knees, consistent with being on the wet rooftop to retrieve the contraband package. Arteaga’s iCloud account contained screenshots of google search results for “fort dix weather” in October 2018 and screenshots of live chats with CC-1 taken days before the drop in which the inmate appeared to be inside of Fort Dix and wearing a prison uniform.

A few days earlier, Jersey City police officers had encountered a man in the common area of Arteaga’s residence with multiple plastic bags containing numerous cell phones. The man told police that he came to the address to meet Juice.

During a search of Arteaga’s residence in June 2019, agents discovered a kitchen closet with packages of empty cell phone boxes, cell phone chargers, empty boxes of SIM cards, and several phones, including a box that had been shipped to Arteaga the day before the drop. The kitchen closet also contained a tobacco box consistent with the tobacco that had been recovered in drone drops. Each of the drone drops that followed the Oct. 30, 2018, drop contained cell phones or cell phone equipment, and one additional drone drop contained tobacco. Arteaga also had a suitcase in his bedroom that contained his driver’s license, 20 packets of Suboxone Sublingual Film, a prescription opiate, and a plastic bag containing over 21 grams of a substance containing heroin and fentanyl.

One of the cell phones obtained during the search of Arteaga’s residence contained communications with a contact saved as “Adogfy,” in which Arteaga and Adogfy likely coordinated drone drops on Fort Dix. For example, the phone showed communications and a call between Arteaga and Adogfy on April 15, 2019; the next morning, a package of contraband with a cord attached to it was found in Fort Dix. The package contained packets of Hydroxycut drink mix, vacuum-sealed bags of tobacco, cellphone batteries, reading glasses, and a cell phone. On April 22, 2019, Adogfy sent Arteaga a photo that appeared to be an aerial shot of Fort Dix. Approximately two minutes later, Arteaga sent back the same photo marked with two yellow lines, and a message: “Behind the buildind [sic] where the yellow is the long yellow line is a fence.” Approximately one minute later, Adogfy sent Arteaga another aerial photo that appeared to be Fort Dix, with orange target marks over several housing units. Arteaga responded with the same photo, marked with a black dot behind a particular housing unit, and a message stating, “Black dot.” Later that week, Arteaga sent Adogfy a message asking, “U think that u cud do something 2m.” Adogfy responded, “2m too windy 20 mph.”

Two other men, Adrian Goolcharran, a/k/a “Adrian Ahoda” and “Adrian Ajoda,” and Nicolo Denichilo, have also been charged with participating in the scheme to use drones to smuggle contraband into Fort Dix. They have been released on bail pending further proceedings.

The offenses charged in the complaint carry a maximum penalty of five years in prison and maximum fine of $250,000 for the conspiracy count and 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine for the narcotics count.

U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited agents of DOJ-OIG, New Jersey area office, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Guido Modano; the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations, Detachment 307, under the direction of Superintendent Jonathan Jackson; and the U.S. Department of Transportation – Office of Inspector General, Northeast Region, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Douglas Shoemaker, with the investigation leading to the charges.

He also thanked Federal Bureau of Prisons personnel at Fort Dix, under the direction of Warden David Ortiz; agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge George M. Crouch Jr.; investigating agents of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, under the direction of Supervisory Special Agent Thomas J. Mahoney; and officers with the Pemberton Borough Police Department, under the direction of Chief Edward Hunter; the Pemberton Township Police Department, under the direction of Chief David Jantas; and Chesterfield Township Police Department, under the direction of Chief Kyle Wilson, for their assistance.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Cari Fais and Jeffrey Manis of the Office’s Special Prosecutions Division in Newark.

The charges and allegations contained in the complaints are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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19 Year Old Arrested And Charged With Unlawful Possession Of Weapons And Other Charges

October 13, 2020

BORDENTOWN TOWNSHIP, NJ (BURLINGTON)–The Bordentown Township Police Department announces the arrest of a 19 year old Bordentown Township man for unlawfully possessing two (2) handguns.

This incident originated on 10/9/20 at 3:05 pm when Township Officers served a domestic violence restraining order on Isaiah Daniels, age 19, at the Bradford Pointe Apartment Complex. This court order also included a search of Daniels’ apartment and when officers began to conduct said search Daniels took off running and was apprehended following a brief foot chase. The search uncovered two (2) handguns (Springfield 9mm pistol and a Sentinel .22 caliber revolver), marijuana and drug paraphernalia belonging to Daniels’ within the apartment.

He was then charged with two (2) counts of unlawful possession of a weapon, endangering another person, obstruction, eluding, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Daniels was then committed to the Burlington County Jail pending a detention hearing. All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

2020 NJ Law Enforcement Torch Run

October 9, 2020

Many law enforcement agencies across the state participated in the 2020 NJ Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics this morning.

On Friday, October 9th, more than 3,000 officers will take to the streets of their local communities on one of 26 separate routes to help carry the “Flame of Hope” a distance of nearly 750 miles throughout the Garden state to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics New Jersey.

In 1982, the late Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Officer Steven Vitale was asked to take photos at a local Special Olympics competition in New Jersey. He was so moved by the determination exhibited by the athletes that he asked other police officers to volunteer at the Summer Games. In 1984, the first New Jersey Torch Run was conceived to raise funds and public awareness for the Special Olympics New Jersey program. The course ran from Liberty State Park in Jersey City to Rutgers Stadium in New Brunswick, through eight towns, covering 43 miles and raising $7,000. In each succeeding year, the dollar amount became greater and the number of volunteers increased substantially.

Driven by the willingness of the New Jersey Law Enforcement officers to do more, the Law Enforcement Torch Run began to expand over the years. New fundraising events and initiatives were created and held throughout the Garden State to promote the Special Olympics movement. With over $4 million raised annually by more than 3,000 officers through local and statewide events, the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics New Jersey has been recognized in the world for many years as one of the top grassroots fundraising organizations for Special Olympics. Fundraising events that are conducted year-round in New Jersey include an Adopt-a-Cop campaign for the annual Torch Run, three Polar Bear Plunges, the Lincoln Tunnel Challenge 5K, the United Airlines Plane Pull and golf outings to name a few. In addition to fundraising, Law Enforcement officers volunteer at athlete competitions and events year-round, while serving as ambassadors in local communities.



Below are photos from Bordentown Township, (Burlington) and South Brunswick, (Middlesex)

MidJersey.News will post more as they are sent in:

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UPDATE: Cineworld Group Confirms Suspending Operations Of 536 Regal Theaters In The U.S Due To COVID-19


Related MidJersey.News story here: Cineworld Owner Of Regal Cinemas Could Temporarily Shutter Operations In The US And UK


October 5, 2020

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–In an update to a story MidJersey.News posted yesterday, Cineworld the parent company of Regal Cinemas had confirmed at 7:00 this morning that there will be temporary closing of 536 Regal Cinemas in the U.S. due to COVID-19. This will include several theaters in New Jersey.

The company said in a press release:

In response to an increasingly challenging theatrical landscape and sustained key market closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Cineworld confirms that it will be temporarily suspending operations at all of its 536 Regal theatres in the US and its 127 Cineworld and Picturehouse theatres in the UK from Thursday, 8 October 2020. 

As major US. markets, mainly New York, remained closed and without guidance on reopening timing, studios have been reluctant to release their pipeline of new films. In turn, without these new releases, Cineworld cannot provide customers in both the US and the UK – the company’s primary markets – with the breadth of strong commercial films necessary for them to consider coming back to theatres against the backdrop of COVID-19. These closures will impact approximately 45,000 employees.  Cineworld will continue to monitor the situation closely and will communicate any future plans to resume operations in these markets at the appropriate time, when key markets have more concrete guidance on their reopening status and, in turn, studios are able to bring their pipeline of major releases back to the big screen.

Cineworld’s main priorities remain the safety of customers and employees, cash preservation and cost reduction.  As noted in its Interim Results announced on 24 September 2020, Cineworld is assessing several sources of additional liquidity and all liquidity raising options are being considered. 

Mooky Greidinger, CEO of Cineworld, commented: “This is not a decision we made lightly, and we did everything in our power to support safe and sustainable reopenings in all of our markets – including meeting, and often exceeding, local health and safety guidelines in our theatres and working constructively with regulators and industry bodies to restore public confidence in our industry. We are especially grateful for and proud of the hard work our employees put in to adapt our theatres to the new protocols and cannot underscore enough how difficult this decision was, Cineworld  will continue to monitor the situation closely and will communicate any future plans to resume operations in these markets at the appropriate time, when key markets have more concrete guidance on their reopening status and, in turn, studios are able to bring their pipeline of major releases back to the big screen.”


Regal Cinemas in MidJersey.News coverage area are:

Regal Commerce Center & RPX  2399 US-1, North Brunswick Township, NJ 08902

Regal Independence Plaza & RPX 2465 S Broad St, Hamilton Township, NJ 08610

Regal Burlington 250 Bromley Blvd, Burlington Township, NJ 08016





Cineworld Owner Of Regal Cinemas Could Temporarily Shutter Operations In The US And UK


MidJersey.News update here: UPDATE: Cineworld Group Confirms Suspending Operations Of 536 Regal Theaters In The U.S Due To COVID-19


October 4, 2020

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–It appeared to be “business as usual” this afternoon and tonight at Regal Cinemas 12 & RPX in the Independence Plaza on S. Broad Street.

Last night Variety Magazine published and article stating that Cineworld, Regal Cinemas parent company would shuttering all venues in the U.S. and U.K. The shuttering would happen since the James Bond film “No Time to Die” release date was pushed back to April 2021.

Since that time Cineworld has responded via Twitter “We can confirm we are considering the temporary closure of our U.K. and US cinemas, but a final decision has not yet been reached. Once a decision has been made we will update all staff and customers as soon as we can.”

It appears that the even if they do close their doors Cineworld’s Tweet points out that it would be “temporary” and (hopefully) not permanent. The entertainment industry is already struggling due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and the delay of a major new release will be another blow to the movie industry.


Regal Cinemas in MidJersey.News coverage area are:

Regal Commerce Center & RPX  2399 US-1, North Brunswick Township, NJ 08902

Regal Independence Plaza & RPX 2465 S Broad St, Hamilton Township, NJ 08610

Regal Burlington 250 Bromley Blvd, Burlington Township, NJ 08016


We shared this tweet on MidJersey.News Twitter Account from the editor of Varity Magazine early this morning and Cineworld Cinemas (owner of Regal Cinemas) responded to the press in a following Tweet on their account. The Tweets are below:


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Lawmaker Wants Restoring Public Utilities In Rural Areas To Be A Top Priority

October 1, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–The lengthy process of restoring public utilities after a major storm has been an issue plaguing rural residents for quite some time. Assemblyman Ron Dancer wants to ensure rural areas are given the same level of priority as the rest of the state and has introduced two bills speed up restoration after thunderstorms, snowstorms, and other major events. 

The first bill (A4761) would give public utilities and cable television companies the ability to use drones to survey damaged infrastructure.

“Drones are a powerful tool in assessing damage and assisting with repairs after a major storm,” said Dancer (R-Ocean). “Other states have allowed utility companies to use drones with much success. We cannot afford to continue to have slow restoration times, so it makes sense to allow the utility companies to use drones to speed up the process.”

Dancer’s second bill (A4763) would require the Board of Public Utilities to create new regulations to require that electric companies prioritize communities where at least 40 percent of residents rely on private wells for drinking water and septic systems for sanitary disposal of waste. Additionally, watering stations would also be required.

“Many people do not realize when a home in a rural area loses power, they often lose access to drinking water, as well as, flushing and refilling toilets,” said Dancer. “A priority restoration plan must be put into place to avoid leaving rural areas without access to their basic life essential necessities.  When people are without basic necessities for days, it could lead to major public health and safety issues.”

NJ Legislative District 12 covers: Allentown, Chesterfield, Englishtown, Jackson, Manalapan, Matawan, Millstone (Monmouth), New Hanover, North Hanover, Old Bridge, Plumsted, Roosevelt, Upper Freehold, Wrightstown

State Police Arrest Seven after Year-Long Investigation

Detectives Seize Drugs, Firearms, High Capacity Magazines, and $313,000 Cash

September 29, 2020

EWING TOWNSHIP – TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–The New Jersey State Police have arrested six men and one woman for various drug and firearms offenses after a year-long cooperative investigation with the Trenton Police Department.

In September of 2019, the New Jersey State Police Crime Suppression Central Unit, Opioid Enforcement Task Force, and the Trenton Police Department began surveilling multiple individuals suspected of dealing narcotics in the Trenton and Ewing Township areas of Mercer County.

During the investigation, detectives arrested the suspects at various times and locations. Throughout the operation, the Ewing Township Police Department provided assistance on numerous occasions. Most notably, on Friday, July 10, 2020, a Ewing Township patrol officer who was assisting with the operation was dragged by Daniel Peyton when he fled in a Chevrolet Impala after being stopped by detectives on Stokes Avenue in Ewing Township. Peyton was later apprehended in the area of Shelton Avenue and Chelmsford Court.

As a result of the year-long operation, detectives seized more than 4 kilograms of cocaine, 1 bundle of heroin, 30 grams of marijuana, a 9mm handgun, a .40 caliber handgun, a 9 mm assault weapon, 2 high capacity magazines, hollow point ammunition, a 2016 Toyota Highlander, a 2010 BMW X5, and more than $313,000 cash.

“We will never cease in our collaborative efforts to stop the drug dealers who are fueling addiction and violence in Trenton,” said Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal. “At the same time, we are committed to combating the corrosive influence of these criminals on a second front by working with the community to develop programs for the young people of Trenton that will help them choose a strong and healthy course in life.”

“This operation targeted individuals who were profiting off of addiction and violence and whose actions stood in stark contrast to the countless members of the community who work tirelessly every day to strengthen and build safer neighborhoods,” said Colonel Patrick J. Callahan, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police. “We will continue to aggressively target drug dealers and violent criminals, but we will also continue to work with our community partners to implement educational and outreach programs to stay connected to our youth who far too often fall victim to addiction and gun violence.”

“This case demonstrates what we can achieve when we bring the full weight of local and state law enforcement against individuals who target our communities with addiction and violence,” said Trenton Police Director Sheilah A. Coley. “Trenton residents deserve to feel safe in their own neighborhoods, and I commend the officers and detectives who worked tirelessly on their behalf by ridding our streets of multiple firearms and thousands of doses of dangerous narcotics.”

The following were charged:

David Craig, 32, Trenton, N.J.

eluding
unlawful possession of a handgun
certain persons not to possess a firearm
possession of hollow point ammunition
possession of cocaine
possession with the intent to distribute cocaine
possession of a firearm while committing a CDS offense
possession with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a public park

Davon Craig, 27, Trenton, N.J.

unlawful possession of a handgun
certain persons not to possess a firearm
possession of hollow point ammunition possession of cocaine
possession with the intent to distribute cocaine
possession of a firearm while committing a CDS offense
possession with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a public park
money laundering

Davae Craig, 31, Trenton, N.J.

possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute
possession of heroin
possession of a high capacity magazine
money laundering

Deesade Meyers, 27, Ewing N.J.

unlawful possession of an assault weapon
unlawful possession of a high capacity magazine
money laundering

Daniel Sabree, 46, Bristol, PA

with possession with the intent to distribute marijuana

Daniel Peyton, 55, Westampton, N.J.

possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute
money laundering
aggravated assault (charged by Ewing Township Police Department)
eluding (charged by Ewing Township Police Department)

Wayne Bessant, 39, Trenton, N.J.

possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute
money laundering
The case is being prosecuted by the Division of Criminal Justice. Charges are mere accusations, and the accused are considered innocent until proven guilty.

2020 Police Unity Tour Bike Ride Held In NJ


See related MidJersey.News coverage here: Police Unity Tour Memorial Service And Blessing Of Riders


September 27, 2020

Check back for more photos, still having photos sent into MidJersey.News and will be updated again tomorrow or later tonight.

STAFFORD TOWNSHIP, NJ (OCEAN)–The Police Unity Tour held a one day bike ride today starting in Asbury Park and proceeding on shore routes towards Stafford Township ending at the Stafford Township Police Memorial.

This year’s spring four day ride that is usually held in May was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic that ends at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C. 

This year’s ride was shortened to one day and two hundred sixty police officers participated from fourteen states including California and Missouri.


History of the Police Unity Tour:

In 1997, Florham Park (NJ) Police Officer Patrick Montuore had a simple idea: organize a four-day bicycle ride from New Jersey to Washington, DC to raise public awareness about law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty, and to ensure that their sacrifice is never forgotten. With that, the Police Unity Tour was formed. 

What started with 18 riders on a four day fund-raising bicycle ride from Florham Park, NJ to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C. has grown into 9 chapters consisting of nearly 2,600 members nationwide who make the trip annually. Participants include riders, motorcycles, and support personnel.

The journey is long and challending but for the Police Unity Tour participants it is what they prepare for throughout the year. Through fundraising and physical training, they know that their efforts raise awareness of the ultimate sacrifice made by so many law enforcement officers. 

The last leg of the jouney ends at the Memorial, where the participants are greeted by friends, family, and survirors. Once there, many Police Unity Tour members present remembrance braclets worn on their wrists throughout the journey to the families of the fallen. 

May 2020, the Police Unity Tour was proud to donate more than $2.0 million to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, bringing our total donations to more than $30 million since their inception. 

The Police Unity Tour is the sponsor of the National Law Enforcement Museum’s Hall of Remembrance, the Memorial Fund’s Officer of the Month Award, and Recently Fallen Alert programs. 








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Kidnaping Suspect In Custody, Child Found Unharmed, Amber Alert Canceled


Related MidJersey.News story here: Amber Alert For Kidnapped Child In PA, NJ State Police Search NJ Turnpike From Bordentown Going North To NY


September 25, 2020

CHELTONHAM, PA–An Amber Alert was canceled this evening when the suspect was apprehended in NY City on the FDR Drive near 41st. The child was found safe and uninjured. The suspect is in custody and charges are pending according to Cheltonham Township Police.

Around 3:20 this afternoon the New Jersey State Police had a report of the suspect vehicles reported to be a black and a white Dodge Charger in the are of NJ Turnpike Exit 7 Bordentown. The suspected vehicles traveled through the area north bound on the NJ Turnpike.

According to NJ State Police spokesperson Sgt. Lawrence Peele, The New Jersey State Police was advised of an attempt to locate for a black Dodge Charger and a white Dodge Charger from Cheltonham, PA that were involved in a child abduction.  The vehicles were reported being spotted traveling northbound on the New Jersey Turnpike.  State Police patrols searched the area with negative results. 

Sources told MidJersey.News that around 8:10 pm a mobilization was called in NYC and the child was reported safe by 8:50 and the suspect in custody.


Amber Alert For Kidnapped Child In PA, NJ State Police Search NJ Turnpike From Bordentown Going North To NY– UPDATE APPREHENDED


UPDATE: Kidnaping Suspect In Custody, Child Found Unharmed, Amber Alert Canceled


September 25, 2020

CHELTONHAM, PA–Cheltenham Police are currently investigating a kidnapping. Earlier today 7-year old Gisselle Valentina TORRES was abducted from her home by her non-custodial biological father, Juan Pablo TORRES. Juan TORRES was accompanied by two unknown males who were armed at the time of the abduction. Anyone with information is encouraged to immediately call 9-1-1 or Cheltenham Township Police Detectives at 215-885-1600 ext 499. Juan TORRES should be considered armed and Dangerous

According to NJ State Police spokesperson Sgt. Lawrence Peele, The New Jersey State Police was advised of an attempt to locate for a black Dodge Charger and a white Dodge Charger from Cheltonham, PA that were involved in a child abduction.  The vehicles were reported being spotted traveling northbound on the New Jersey Turnpike.  State Police patrols searched the area with negative results. 

Unofficial police sources tell MidJersey.news that around 3:20 pm a bulletin was issued for a black and a white Dodge Charger was last seen passing New Jersey Turnpike Exit 7 Bordentown, heading north in the outer lanes. The driver was reported to be wearing body armor. Port Authority Police had all exits covered and aviation units searched for the suspect vehicles by air.

NY State has also issued an Amber Alert for the kidnapped child.

From NY State Amber Alert:

Activation Date and Time: Friday, September 25, 2020 – 5:47 PM
       The Cheltenham Township Police Department has activated the New York State AMBER Alert and is investigating a child abduction that occurred near Montgomery Ave., in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania at about 2:18 PM on 9/25/2020.

       The CHILD, Giselle Torres is a Hispanic female, approximately 7 years old with brown hair and brown eyes. She is approximately 4 feetGiselle was last seen wearing White Tank Top, and Purple Tights.

       The SUSPECT, Juan Pablo Torres is a Hispanic male, approximately 41 years old with brown hair and brown eyes. He is approximately 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighs about 160 pounds. The suspect was last seen wearing body armor, a facemask, and glasses.

       The SUSPECT was last seen traveling on Mongomery Avenue possibly heading for New York City Area.

       The child was taken under circumstances that lead police to believe that they are in imminent danger of serious harm and/or death.

NY Man Travels To Bordentown, NJ Intending To Meet 13 Year Old For Sex

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–A New York man was arrested today after travelling from New York to New Jersey to meet an individual, whom he believed was a 13-year old girl, for sex, U.S Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Eduardo Silva, 42, of Bronx, New York, is charged in a three-count complaint with enticing a minor to engage in sexual activity, travelling from New York to New Jersey for the purpose of engaging in unlawful sexual conduct, and sending obscene materials over the Internet. He appeared today by videoconference before U.S. Magistrate Judge Zahid N. Quraishi and was detained.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

On Sept. 5, 2020, Silva, while using an online social media application, sent a message to an individual he believed was an underage girl, but who was actually an undercover federal agent. Silva asked whether the minor was “into older guys” and over the course of the next several days sent a series of online communications and text messages, discussing his intent to travel and engage in sexual activity. He also sent sexually explicit images of his genitals to the individual, whom he believed was a minor. On Sept. 23, 2020, Silva was arrested when he travelled to a motel in Bordentown, New Jersey, intending to meet a 13-year-old girl for sex.

The charge of using a facility of interstate commerce to entice a minor to engage in sexual activity carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum sentence of life in prison; the charge of travel with the intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison; and the charge of using the internet to transfer obscene matters to an individual who had not attained the age of 16 carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. The charges also each carry a maximum fine of $250,000 per count.

U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents of the Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations, Cherry Hill, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Jason J. Molina in Newark, with the investigation that led to Silva’s arrest. U.S. Attorney Carpenito also thanked the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office and the Bordentown Township Police Department for their assistance in the investigation.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ray Mateo of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Trenton.

If you have information regarding the pending prosecution, or you believe you or someone you know may have been victimized by the defendant, the Department of Homeland Security requests that you contact them at 1-866-347-2423. Identified victims may be eligible for certain services and rights under federal and state law.

The charges and allegations contained in the complaint are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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Defense counsel: Brian Reilly Esq., Assistant Federal Public Defender, Trenton

Money Announces the 2020 Best Places to Live In The U.S., As The Pandemic Prompts A Shift Away From Urban Living

NJ Towns Rank:

#16 Mount Laurel, NJ

#31 Bridgewater, NJ

September 22, 2020

Features 50 Towns and Cities With Strong Economies, Job Growth and Booming Housing Markets Despite COVID-19 Disruptions

DORADO, Puerto Rico, Sept. 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ –Following its inaugural list of the Best Mortgage Lenders of 2020, Money – the digital destination for personal finance and news – announces its annual ranking of the Best Places to Live featuring 50 towns and cities where the economy, job growth, and housing market remained strong despite COVID-19 disruptions. This year, Money looked at towns and cities with a population of at least 25,000 and ranked the Best Places to Live putting the greatest emphasis on economic factors, like employment opportunities, as well as supply and demand for homes, cost of living, quality of schools, racial and economic diversity, and health and safety. 

Money’s No. 1 pick for Best Places to Live this year is Evans, Georgia, which is brimming with good-paying jobs thanks to its proximity to Augusta as well as affordable homes, top schools, access to arts and culture, and a diverse population, which some residents attribute to its military presence. In June, Evans residents saw a low unemployment rate of 5.2%, which was well below the 11.1% national average. Evans also had the lowest cost of living of any place with similarly high-income levels. Parker, Colorado and Meridian, Idaho landed in second and third place, respectively. Both cities topped the list because of access to high paying jobs in the booming tech sector, a healthy economy, and remarkable proximity to nature and outdoor activities.  

“This year, given the general uncertainty around where and how we’ll live, our list looks a little different,” said Prachi Bhardwaj, lead reporter of Money’s Best Places to Live. “We shifted our priorities to pay more attention to cities that aren’t just doing well now, but that show great promise and stability for the next five to ten years. We also included suburban towns situated further away from major metros and have more industry diversity than you’ve seen from our list in years past.”

Money’s Top 20 Best Places to Live include:

  1. Evans, GA
  2. Parker, CO
  3. Meridian, Idaho
  4. Rockwall, Texas 
  5. Columbia, Maryland
  6. Westfield, Indiana
  7. Syracuse, Utah
  8. Franklin, Tennessee
  9. Woodbury, Minnesota
  10. Morrisville, North Carolina
  11. Ashburn, Virginia 
  12. South Windsor, Connecticut
  13. St Peters, Missouri
  14. Chelmsford, Massachusetts
  15. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin
  16. Mount Laurel, New Jersey
  17. Woodstock, Georgia
  18. Broomfield, Colorado
  19. Abington, Pennsylvania
  20. Midlothian, Virginia

For Money’s complete list of the Best Places to Live, click here. To learn more on the methodology of the ranking, click here.  

As part of the Best Places to Live feature, the Money team continues reporting on how the pandemic has prompted more people to make the change from city living to suburban dwelling. Whether it’s because of a need for more indoor or outdoor space or a desire to invest and build wealth, Money offers readers a guide on everything you need to know about moving to the suburbs, buying a starter home, and capitalizing on record low mortgage rates. Highlights include:

  • The Ultimate Guide to Leaving the CityScores of urbanites are now leaving big cities for the suburbs. Be that as it may, the allure of a big home and a green lawn comes with extra homeowner responsibilities. What will home buyers need to know about property taxes, home maintenance, neighborhood association fees, and more?
  • Moving to a New State? Mortgage Rates Might Be Higher—How to Get the Best DealThough mortgage rates have hovered near records lows all summer, the truth is there’s no national real estate market. Mortgage rates, like home prices, vary from one place to the next—and that could mean much higher homebuying costs for some movers this fall. Money experts share insight on how to get the best deal on mortgage rates.
  • The Hassle-Free Guide to Refinancing Your MortgageMortgage rates keep falling. Freddie Mac’s widely quoted Primary Mortgage Market Survey put rates at 2.86%, the lowest rate since the company began tracking mortgage rates in 1971. Yet, some experts say refinancing right now doesn’t make sense for every homeowner. What are the questions every homeowner needs to ask to determine whether now is the right time to refinance?

Today Is National “Thank A Police Officer Day”

September 19, 2020

“Thank a Police Officer Day” is a national observance honoring law enforcement on the third Saturday in September. If you happen to see a police officer in your travels today, thank them for their service.

Thanks you law enforcement for keeping us safe.



Pemberton and Bayville, NJ Men Sentenced to Prison on Charges Resulting from Undercover Sweep “Operation Open House” Targeting Child Predators on Social Media

September 9, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced that two men were sentenced to state prison today for attempting to lure underage girls they met on social media to meet for sexual encounters.  The “girls” in reality were undercover detectives participating in “Operation Open House,” a multi-agency undercover operation in September 2018 led by the Attorney General’s Office that resulted in arrests of 24 men who allegedly were using social media to lure underage girls and boys for sexual activity.

William Singleton, 25, of Pemberton, N.J., and Charles Schlottfeld, 28, of Bayville, N.J., were each sentenced today to four years in state prison by Superior Court Judge Guy P. Ryan in Ocean County.  Each man pleaded guilty to second-degree luring, Singleton on Feb. 3, 2020, and Schlottfeld, on July 22, 2020.  Both men will be required to register as sex offenders under Megan’s Law and will be subject to parole supervision for life.

Deputy Attorney General Thomas Huynh prosecuted Singleton and Deputy Attorney General Rachael Weeks prosecuted Schlottfeld for the Division of Criminal Justice Financial & Cyber Crimes Bureau. 

Both men were arrested in September 2018 during Operation Open House.  In each case, an undercover detective with the New Jersey Regional Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force encountered the defendant on social media, and the defendant, believing the undercover detective was a 14-year-old girl, asked the “girl” to meet him for sexual activity.  Both Singleton and Schlottfeld discussed in detail the sexual acts they would perform with the underage girl.  Singleton was arrested on Sept. 7, 2018, and Schlottfeld was arrested on Sept. 9, 2018.  They were arrested when they arrived at the undercover house in Toms River, where dozens of officers and agents participating in Operation Open House were prepared to arrest offenders and process any evidence seized. 

“With these prison sentences, we are sending a strong message to predators who think they can freely hunt for vulnerable children online,” said Attorney General Grewal.  “We will continue to identify and arrest these offenders because there is no higher priority for us than the safety of our children.  But at a time when more young people are online as a result of the pandemic, we especially need parents and guardians to do their part by warning children that these dangerous predators use popular social media services, gaming platforms, and chat apps to target unsuspecting victims.”

“We will never cease in our efforts to arrest those who use the internet and social media to sexually exploit children, either by distributing child sexual abuse materials or by grooming children to sexually abuse or assault,” said Director Veronica Allende of the Division of Criminal Justice.  “We want predators like Singleton and Schlottfeld to know the child they stalk online may turn out to be a law enforcement officer.”

In addition to investigating cyber tips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, members of the New Jersey State Police ICAC Unit, the Division of Criminal Justice Financial & Cyber Crimes Bureau, and the New Jersey ICAC Task Force routinely conduct undercover chat investigations on social media platforms leading to arrests of hands-on offenders and defendants seeking to lure children.  They also conduct proactive investigations to apprehend offenders by monitoring peer-to-peer file-sharing networks and identifying the IP addresses of individuals sharing child sexual abuse materials.

Attorney General Grewal and Director Allende urge anyone with information about the distribution of child sexual abuse materials on the internet – or about suspected improper contact by unknown persons communicating with children via the internet or possible exploitation or sexual abuse of children – to please contact the New Jersey Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Tipline at 888-648-6007.

Defense Attorneys

For Singleton: Assistant Deputy Public Defender Marissa K. DeAnna, Ocean County

For Schlottfeld: Alexandra Nieves-Martinez , Esq., Berkeley Township, N.J.

BREAKING: Multi-Alarm Fire In North Hanover

September 6, 2020

NORTH HANOVER, NJ (BURLINGTON)–Around 5:15 pm a fire was reported at 242 Monmouth Road at Blacey’s U-Pick & Auto Parts. Upon arrival of fire personal a 2nd Alarm plus a tanker task force was called. Two more additional tanker task forces were called a short time later.

Several area fire companies were involved in fighting this fire.

More information to follow.


Mid-State Correctional Facility, Correctional Police Officer Charged With Falsifying Reports Concerning His Unauthorized Use of Pepper Spray Against an Inmate

On June 16, 2020, Jovanny Galindo, 32, of Neptune City, N.J, a Senior Correctional Police Officer at Mid-State Correctional Facility, allegedly confronted a seated inmate and sprayed OC spray into the face of the inmate without any apparent justification. 

September 4, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal today announced that a criminal charge has been filed against a senior correctional police officer at Mid-State Correctional Facility who allegedly falsified two New Jersey Department of Corrections reports concerning his unauthorized use of oleoresin capsicum (OC) spray, commonly known as “pepper spray,” against an inmate.

Jovanny Galindo, 32, of Neptune City, N.J., was charged yesterday, Sept. 3, 2020, by complaint-summons with third-degree conspiracy to tamper with public records or information.  The charge is the result of a joint investigation by the New Jersey Department of Corrections Special Investigations Division and the Attorney General’s Office of Public Integrity and Accountability (OPIA).

On June 16, 2020, Galindo, a Senior Correctional Police Officer at Mid-State Correctional Facility, allegedly confronted a seated inmate and sprayed OC spray into the face of the inmate without any apparent justification.  In the “special custody report” and “use of force report” Galindo filed on the incident, he stated that the inmate ignored an order, became argumentative, and verbally threatened Galindo, which prompted him to use the spray.  It is alleged that Galindo’s statements in the reports were false and his use of force against the inmate was not authorized under the Department of Corrections’ Use of Force Policy. 

Third-degree charges carry a sentence of three to five years in state prison and a fine of up to $15,000.  The charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

The case is being prosecuted by the OPIA Corruption Bureau.  Attorney General Grewal thanked the Department of Corrections Special Investigations Division for its work on the investigation.

Defense Attorney: Undetermined.

Truck Burns After Truck and Pickup Crash On I-295 North Bound, 1 Serious Injury, Highway Closed for Investigation

September 3, 2020

Update: As of 2 pm Google Traffic is showing that traffic is returning to normal in the area and the roadway has been reopened.

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)– According to New Jersey State Police a crash occurred this morning at 10:06 a.m. on Interstate 295 northbound in Hamilton Township, Mercer County.

Preliminary information indicates that in the area of milepost 58, a crash occurred involving a dump truck and a Dodge Ram pickup. As a result of the crash, the dump truck became engulfed in flames. The driver of the dump truck sustained non-life-threatening injuries, and the driver and passenger of the Dodge sustained serious injuries. All were transported to an area hospital. One lane of 295 northbound is open. Cause of the crash is under investigation.

Hamilton Township Fire Department, Bordentown Township Fire Department, Hamilton EMS-RWJ, and Capital Health paramedics all responded to the scene.

An unidentified witness told MidJersey.news at the Scenic Overlook parking lot that a box was in the roadway and the truck swerved to miss the box when the collision happened. Photos confirm that there were boxes in the roadway. Check back for further details when released from NJ State Police.

As of 12:45 pm 295 north bound prior to the Scenic Overlook is still closed for the NJ State Police accident investigation. There is a significant traffic delay in Bordentown on Route 130 for traffic taking a detour to Route 130 North Bound.

Browns Mills, NJ Man Identified As Driver Killed In Serious Truck Crash Monday Night In South Brunswick

September 2, 2020

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–The South Brunswick Police Department identified the driver of Monday night’s fatal crash on Corn Road as Edward Snider age 62 of Browns Mills, NJ. The South Brunswick Police Department is still investigating the crash.

See previous MidJersey.News story here: Crash Claims Truck Driver In South Brunswick

On Monday night at 9:17 pm the South Brunswick Police Department received a 911 call reporting the accident on Corn Road. When officers arrived on the lightly traveled industrial road they found a tractor trailer cab entangled with a flatbed tractor. The Monmouth Junction Fire Department responded and began extrication efforts. The truck driver was heavily entrapped and required extensive efforts. A dozen firefighters used cutting tools and other extrication equipment in efforts to free the driver.