Category: Burlington

One Injured In NJ Turnpike Accident

June 30, 2020

BORDENTOWN TOWNSHIP, NJ (BURLINGTON)–Around 11 am Robbinsville Township Fire Department and Bordentown Township Fire Department were dispatched to the NJ Turnpike at 56.1 north bound inner roadway for an accident with reported fire. Upon arrival Bordentown Township firefighters found a single car accident with one person needing transport. The Robbinsville Fire Department ambulance transported one person to Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton. No further information about the accident was available.

UPDATED: Police Investigating Fatal Motorcycle Accident In Bordentown

June 28, 2020 Updated June 29, 2020 at 10:30 am with full press release from Bordentown Township Police

Police are looking into initial reports from some of the motorcyclists stating a deer ran into the roadway, police are still investigating.


10:30 am press release, June 29, 2020:

BORDENTOWN TOWNSHIP, NJ (BURLINGTON)–The Bordentown Township Police Department is investigating a fatal motorcycle collision which occurred on June 28, 2020 that resulted in the death of a 45 year-old male from Forked River, NJ.

Preliminary investigation has determined that the victim, Alexander Halsey – age 45 of Buena Vista Rd. Forked River, NJ, was traveling northbound on Rt. 206 with a group of motorcyclists in the area of the Comfort Inn Hotel at approximately 12:24 pm when he lost control of his 2019 Harley Davidson motorcycle and crashed.  Halsey sustained severe life threatening injuries as a result of the collision and was transported by ambulance to Robert Wood Johnson Hospital at Hamilton where he was pronounced deceased at 1:26 pm.

Two (2) other motorcyclists, Kenneth Barner, age – 56 of Almonesson Rd. Deptford NJ, and George Wargo 3rd, age – 58 of Voyager Rd. Manahawkin NJ, also crashed as a result of this incident and were injured.  Barner was transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center for treatment of a non-critical head laceration and Wargo was treated at the scene for an arm laceration.

Township Police continue to investigate the cause of this collision and anyone who witnessed or who has information regarding this incident is requested to contact Det. Anthony Nagle at 609-298-4300, ext. 2142.


June 28, 2020 Story:

BORDENTOWN, NJ (BURLINGTON)–Police said, officers responded around 12:24 pm in front of the Comfort Inn located at 1009 Rt. 206 for a motor vehicle collision involving a group of motorcycles that were traveling northbound on the highway when one was reportedly struck by a deer crossing the road. 

The operator of the struck motorcycle, a 45 year-old male from Forked River, NJ, had critical injuries and officers performed CPR and administered an AED but he later died at the hospital.  Two (2) other motorcyclists also suffered non-critical injuries.  Officers remain at the scene investigating the collision and a formal press release will be issued later once all next of kin are notified. Police said.

Information contains preliminary report from Bordentown Township Police a full news release will be out later today


Photos have been altered to protect those involved:

16 Members & Associates of Violent Trenton-Based “Get Money Boys” Gang Linked to Four Shootings in Last 10 Months

Charges Include Murder of 32-Year-Old Man, Attempted Murder of Police Officer

June 16, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal today announced first-degree criminal charges against 16 alleged members and associates of the “Get Money Boys” or “GMB,” a violent street gang linked to multiple shootings, including the December 2019 murder of Michael Barnes, a 32-year-old Trenton man, and the February 2020 attempted murder of a police officer.   Fifteen GMB members and associates, including its alleged leader, Charles Willis, 27, are charged with first-degree racketeering, and 10 GMB members, including Willis, are charged with either murder, attempted murder, or conspiracy to commit murder. As alleged in court documents, Willis and GMB engaged in violent criminal conduct in furtherance of their heroin and cocaine distribution activities in the area of the Oakland Street Apartments in Trenton. GMB Members have been charged in connection with the following shootings: 

  • Sept. 17, 2019 Shooting.  Shaiquan Hearns, 21, is charged with attempted murder for allegedly shooting a man in the leg in the early morning hours of Sept. 17, 2019 on Lamberton Street in Trenton.
  • Dec. 27, 2019 Murder of Michael Barnes.  Michael Barnes, 32, was shot in the face on Commonwealth Avenue in Trenton on the night of Dec. 27.  Davion Fenderson, 25, is charged with the murder, and WillisHearns, Bobby Hood, 28, and Jayshawn Fisher, 26, are charged with conspiracy to commit murder.
  • Feb. 12, 2020 Shooting of Civilians and Attempted Murder of Police Officer.  On Feb. 12, GMB members allegedly shot at two men, causing them to crash their car.  When a police officer pursued the GMB members, they allegedly fired at him.  He was not hit.  HearnsDion Battle, 28, and Yahonatan Salter, 28 were charged on Feb. 12 with attempted murder in the shooting involving the officer. Those men and Willis are now charged with attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the shooting involving the two civilian victims.
  • May 1, 2020 Shooting. On the night of May 1, 2020, five GMB members allegedly opened fire on a group of individuals on Sanhican Drive in Trenton, wounding two men.  WillisHood, David Williams, 28Shawn Anderson, 21, and Zaire Jackson, 24, are charged with attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder in that shooting.

 “Gang violence has taken the lives of too many young people in Trenton, and the Get Money Boys have been a major contributor to that violence,” said Attorney General Grewal. “We will continue doing everything we can to make our capital city safe for its residents.”  “But we also know that arrests alone won’t stop the cycle of gang involvement, violence, and incarceration,” continued Attorney General Grewal. “That is why we plan to work closely with the community in the coming months to develop programs that have the power to turn young people away from the false glamor of gang life and show them a healthy and positive path forward.” “Through this collaborative investigation, we charged 16 alleged members and associates of this violent gang with first-degree charges carrying lengthy prison sentences,” said Director Veronica Allende of the Division of Criminal Justice. “Each time we take down a dangerous gang like this one, we make Trenton safer for residents and for the law enforcement officers who work heroically every day to protect them.” “These individuals have threatened Trenton’s hard working, law abiding citizens with their guns and drugs for too long.  They pose a danger to the entire community, not just gang members, and I am extremely proud of the collective efforts and hard work of all of the agencies involved in this investigation,” Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri said.  “My office will continue to work with state and local law enforcement to arrest and prosecute those assaulting our cities with acts of violence.  We also intend to work with Attorney General Grewal and the community to cultivate programs and solutions that will give our youth population an alternative to gangs, drugs and violence.” “Street gangs like the Get Money Boys tear apart communities through their drug trade, violence, and murder, and by actively recruiting impressionable young people,” said Colonel Patrick J. Callahan, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police. “Our involvement will not stop with these arrests. We will continue to work cooperatively with our partners in the community to develop programs that present positive alternatives for the youth of our capital city.” The complaint charging Willis with conspiracy to murder Michael Barnes alleges that in 2019, Willis and other GMB members began targeting Barnes and that Willis threatened Barnes’ life on social media.  It further alleges that Willis ordered GMB members to actively hunt for Barnes and kill him.  It is alleged that Fenderson committed the murder at Willis’s direction on Dec. 27, 2019. When Willis was arrested at his home on June 2, 2020 in Willingboro with his girlfriend, DayshaM. Brown, 24, detectives seized a defaced firearm – which allegedly was within access of a toddler who lives in the home – and an illegal large capacity magazine.  Willis and Brown were each charged with second-degree endangering the welfare of a child, fourth-degree possession of a defaced firearm, and fourth-degree possession of a large capacity magazine. Willis also was charged with possession of a weapon as a convicted felon. Additional details about the Feb. 12 attempted murder of a police officer and related charges are provided in the press release at this link: https://www.nj.gov/oag/newsreleases20/pr20200213b.html

In that incident, a Hamilton Township police officer assigned to the New Jersey State Police Crime Suppression Central Unit Task Force observed a shooting in progress in the area of West State Street and Parkside Avenue in Trenton.  The officer, who was operating an unmarked vehicle, followed the suspect vehicle to the area of the Oakland Park Apartments on Coolidge Avenue, where he was fired upon by the occupants of the vehicle. Three guns were seized from defendants during the course of this investigation.  On May 31, 2020, detectives executed a search warrant for a storage unit in Hamilton, Mercer County, rented by defendant Briana Blue, 22, where they seized 254 bricks of heroin, consisting of approximately 12,700 individual doses packaged in wax folds that were stamped with the brands “Dope Dick” and “Fruit Loops.” On the same date, detectives executed a search warrant for a car rented by defendant Tre Whetstone, 26, and seized 130 bricks of heroin, or approximately 6,500 doses, bearing the same stamps. The following 16 alleged GMB members and associates have been charged as indicated: Charles M. Willis, 27, of Willingboro, N.J.

  • First-degree Racketeering
  • First- Degree Conspiracy to Commit Murder – Michael Barnes
  • First-Degree Conspiracy to Commit Murder – Feb. 12 Shooting (Civilian Victims)
  • First-Degree Attempted Murder – Feb. 12 Shooting (Civilian Victims)
  • First-Degree Possession with Intent to Distribute CDS
  • Second- Degree Solicitation, Recruitment of Juveniles to Join a Street Gang
  • Second-Degree Conspiracy to Distribute CDS
  • Third-Degree Possession of CDS
  • First-degree Attempted Murder – May 1 Shooting
  • First-Degree Conspiracy to Commit Murder – May 1 Shooting
  • Second Degree Aggravated Assault – May 1 Shooting
  • Second-Degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose
  • Second-Degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon
  • Second-Degree Possession of Weapon as Convicted Felon

Charles J. Willis (father of Charles M. Willis), 49, of Lawrenceville, N.J.

  • First-degree Racketeering
  • First-Degree Possession with Intent to Distribute CDS
  • Second-Degree Conspiracy to Distribute CDS

Shaiquan Hearns, 21, of Trenton, N.J.

  • First-degree Racketeering
  • First- Degree Conspiracy to Commit Murder – Michael Barnes
  • First-Degree Attempted Murder – Sept. 17 Shooting
  • Second Degree Aggravated Assault – Sept. 17 Shooting
  • Second-Degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose
  • Second-Degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon
  • First-Degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon
  • Second-Degree Possession of Weapon as Convicted Felon
  • First-Degree Conspiracy to Commit Murder – Feb. 12 Shooting (Civilian Victims)
  • First-Degree Attempted Murder – Feb. 12 Shooting (Civilian Victims)
  • Second- Degree Solicitation, Recruitment of Juveniles to Join a Street Gang

Tre Whetstone, 26, of Trenton, N.J.

  • First-degree Racketeering
  • Second-Degree Conspiracy to Distribute CDS
  • Third-Degree Possession of CDS
  • First-Degree Possession with Intent to Distribute CDS

Bobby Hood, 28, of Trenton, N.J.

  • First-degree Racketeering
  • First- Degree Conspiracy to Commit Murder – Michael Barnes
  • First-degree Attempted Murder – May 1 Shooting
  • First-Degree Conspiracy to Commit Murder – May 1 Shooting
  • Second Degree Aggravated Assault
  • Second-Degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose
  • Second-Degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon

Yahonatan Salter, 28, of Trenton, N.J.

  • First-degree Racketeering
  • Second-Degree Conspiracy to Distribute CDS
  • First-Degree Conspiracy to Commit Murder – Feb. 12 Shooting (Civilian Victims)
  • First-Degree Attempted Murder – Feb. 12 Shooting (Civilian Victims)

Dion Battle, 28, of Trenton, N.J.

  • First-degree Racketeering
  • First-Degree Conspiracy to Commit Murder – Feb. 12 Shooting (Civilian Victims)
  • First-Degree Attempted Murder – Feb. 12 Shooting (Civilian Victims)

Davion Fenderson, 25, of Trenton, N.J.

  • First-degree Racketeering
  • First- Degree Conspiracy to Commit Murder – Michael Barnes
  • First-Degree Murder of Michael Barnes

Frederick Eustsey, 45, of Ewing, N.J.

  • First-degree Racketeering
  • Second-Degree Conspiracy to Distribute CDS

John Colvin, 23, of Trenton, N.J.

  • First-degree Racketeering
  • Second-Degree Conspiracy to Distribute CDS

David Williams, 28, of Camden, N.J.

  • First-degree Racketeering
  • First-degree Attempted Murder – May 1 Shooting
  • First-Degree Conspiracy to Commit Murder – May 1 Shooting
  • Second Degree Aggravated Assault
  • Second-Degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose
  • Second-Degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon
  • Second-Degree Possession of Weapon as Convicted Felon
  • Second- Degree Solicitation, Recruitment of Juveniles to Join a Street Gang

Zaire Jackson, 25, of Trenton, N.J.

  • First-degree Racketeering
  • First-degree Attempted Murder – May 1 Shooting
  • First-Degree Conspiracy to Commit Murder – May 1 Shooting
  • Second Degree Aggravated Assault
  • Second-Degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose
  • Second-Degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon

Shawn Anderson, 21, of Trenton, N.J.

  • First-degree Racketeering
  • First-degree Attempted Murder – May 1 Shooting
  • First-Degree Conspiracy to Commit Murder – May 1 Shooting
  • Second Degree Aggravated Assault
  • Second-Degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose
  • Second-Degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon

Juvenile Male, 17, of Trenton, N.J.

  • First-degree Racketeering
  • First-Degree Conspiracy to Commit Murder – May 1 Shooting

Jayshawn Fisher, 26, of Trenton, N.J.

  • First- Degree Conspiracy to Commit Murder – Michael Barnes

Briana Blue, 22, of Princeton, N.J.

  • First-degree Racketeering
  • Second-Degree Conspiracy to Distribute CDS
  • First-Degree Possession with Intent to Distribute CDS

Willis, Hearns, Salter, Battle, Colvin, and Fisher were previously in jail and were served with the charges outlined above while in jail.  The other 10 defendants were arrested since June 5. Attorney General Grewal commended all of the prosecutors, detectives, investigators and officers who participated in the investigation for the Division of Criminal Justice, Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, New Jersey State Police, Trenton Police Department, Trenton Shooting Response Team, and New Jersey Department of Corrections. Deputy Attorneys General Cassandra Montalto and Mohammad Mahmood are the lead prosecutors for the Division of Criminal Justice Gangs & Organized Crime Bureau, under the supervision of Bureau Chief Lauren Scarpa Yfantis and Deputy Bureau Chief Erik Daab. The detectives who conducted the investigation for the Division of Criminal Justice are Sgt. Brian Woolston, Sgt. Kevin Gannon, Detective Scott Caponi, Detective Zachary Grey, and other members of the Gangs & Organized Crime Central Squad, under the supervision of Lt. Brian Bruton, Deputy Chief of Detectives Frederic Moore, and Chief of Detectives Weldon Powell. Attorney General Grewal also thanked the following agencies that assisted with arrests and execution of search warrants: Hamilton Township Police Department, Ewing Township Police Department, West Windsor Police Department, Falls Township Police Department (Pennsylvania), U.S. Marshals Service New Jersey/New York Regional Fugitive Task Force, and Mercer County Tactical Response Team. First-degree murder carries a sentence of life in state prison, including 30 years of parole ineligibility, while the first-degree charges of attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder carry a sentence of 10 to 30 years in state prison.  The other first-degree charges carry a sentence of 10 to 20 years in prison and fine of up to $200,000.  The racketeering charges carry a period of parole ineligibility equal to 85 percent of the sentence imposed. Second-degree crimes carry a sentence of five to 10 years in state prison and a fine of up to $150,000. Possession of a weapon as a convicted felon carries a mandatory period of parole ineligibility of five years, and unlawful possession of a weapon carries a mandatory period of parole ineligibility equal to one-third to one-half of the sentence imposed or three years, whichever is greater.  Third-degree crimes carry a sentence of three to five years in state prison and a fine of up to $15,000.  The charges are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty. Defense AttorneysFor Tre Whetstone: John Furlong, Esq., Furlong & Krasny, Ewing, N.J.For Shawn Anderson: Arun Lavine, Esq., Lawrenceville, N.J.For Shaiquan Hearns: Mark Fury, Esq., Mount Holly, N.J.For Dion Battle: Rukiya Blackwell, Esq., Mount Holly, N.J. A number of defendants are currently represented by the Public Defender’s Office.

NJ Attorney General Releases Audio And Video Recordings Related To Fatal Officer Involved Shooting on GSP On May 23, 2020

June 8, 2020

AG’S OFFICE RELEASES AUDIO AND VIDEO RECORDINGS RELATED TO FATAL OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTING ON GARDEN STATE PARKWAY ON MAY 23

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–The Attorney General’s Office today released audio and video recordings related to the shooting on May 23, 2020 on the Garden State Parkway in Bass River, N.J., in which a New Jersey State Trooper fatally shot Maurice Gordon, 28, of Poughkeepsie, N.Y. The Attorney General’s Office today also released the identity of the State Trooper who shot and killed Mr. Gordon.  He is Sgt. Randall Wetzel of Troop “D” of the New Jersey State Police. The shooting remains under investigation by the Attorney General’s Office. However, the audio and video recordings are being released pursuant to Attorney General Directive 2019-4, the “Independent Prosecutor Directive,” which governs use-of-force investigations in New Jersey and requires that such records, if requested, be released to the public once the initial phase of the investigation is substantially complete, generally within 20 days.   The recordings depict five episodes involving Mr. Gordon over an approximately 30-hour period: a 911 call placed by one of Mr. Gordon’s friends on the morning of May 22, 2020, followed by interactions between Mr. Gordon and law enforcement officers in Brick, Waretown, Stafford, and Bass River, New Jersey, on the morning of May 23, 2020. The recordings are contained in 12 files, which have been posted online. Click here for files. To facilitate their review, the file names are numbered and described briefly below. 911 Call

  • Recording 01: “911 Call – Dutchess County (redacted).” At approximately 3:23 a.m. on May 22, 2020, Mr. Gordon’s friend called 911 from Poughkeepsie, New York to express concerns about Mr. Gordon’s wellbeing and whereabouts. Towards the end of the recording, the 911 operator transferred Mr. Gordon’s friend to the Poughkeepsie Police Department. (NOTE: Personal information regarding the caller and Mr. Gordon has been redacted; an unredacted version of the recording will be provided to Mr. Gordon’s family.)
  • Recording 02: “911 Call – Poughkeepsie (redacted).” This audio recording is a continuation of Recording 1, picking up once Mr. Gordon’s friend was connected to the Poughkeepsie Police Department. (NOTE: Personal information regarding the caller and Mr. Gordon has been redacted; an unredacted version of the recording will be provided to Mr. Gordon’s family.)

Interaction in Brick, NJ

  • Recording 03: “Red Bank MVR.” At approximately 3:13 a.m. on May 23, 2020, an off-duty Red Bank Police Officer driving a police vehicle pulled up near Mr. Gordon’s car, which had run out of gas and was stopped in the middle lane of the southbound Garden State Parkway near Exit 91 in Brick, N.J. The interaction was recorded by the mobile video recorder (MVR) attached to the dashboard of the Red Bank patrol vehicle, as depicted in Recording 3. The Red Bank officer called a tow truck.  (NOTE: A short time later, an off-duty State Trooper driving to work in his personal car pulled over to assist Mr. Gordon and the Red Bank officer. The off-duty State Trooper provided assistance and then departed. Because the State Trooper was in his personal vehicle, there is no MVR footage of this encounter.)
  • Recording 04: “Stop 1 MVR – Pt. A.” A short time after the off-duty Trooper departed the scene, a second, on-duty State Trooper pulled up to assist Mr. Gordon and the Red Bank officer. Because this second State Trooper was in his patrol vehicle, the encounter was captured by his vehicle’s MVR, as depicted in Recording 4. That second State Trooper set out flares and departed.
  • Recording 05: “Stop 1 MVR – Pt. B.” The second State Trooper later returned to the scene where Mr. Gordon was stopped with the tow truck driver on the southbound Garden State Parkway in Brick. Recording 5 is MVR footage captured by the State Trooper’s patrol vehicle during this encounter.

Interaction in Waretown, NJ(Includes Visit to Wawa in Barnegat, NJ)

  • Recording 06: “Stop 2 MVR.” At approximately 4:54 a.m. on May 23, 2020, a different State Trooper pulled up behind Mr. Gordon’s car, which was stopped in the left lane of the southbound Garden State Parkway near Exit 72 in Waretown, New Jersey. The Trooper called a tow truck, set out flares, and then departed.
  • Recording 07: “Wawa (redacted).” After the State Trooper departed but before the tow truck arrived, a civilian vehicle pulled alongside Mr. Gordon’s car and the occupants offered Mr. Gordon a ride to a nearby Wawa convenience store to get gas. A surveillance camera inside the Wawa (in Barnegat, New Jersey) captured Mr. Gordon and others entering the store at approximately 5:33 a.m. Afterwards, Mr. Gordon returned to his vehicle and continued driving southbound on the Garden State Parkway. Customer and employee faces are blurred. Screen shots where Mr. Gordon does not appear are blurred.

Interaction in Stafford, New Jersey

  • Recording 08: “Stop 3 MVR.” At approximately 6:13 a.m., a State Trooper stopped Mr. Gordon for speeding on the southbound Garden State Parkway near Exit 62 in Stafford, New Jersey. The Trooper issued a ticket to Mr. Gordon, who had allegedly been driving 101 miles per hour.

Interaction in Bass River, New Jersey

  • Recording 09: “Stop 4 MVR – Pt. A.” At approximately 6:26 a.m., Sgt. Wetzel stopped Mr. Gordon for speeding on the southbound Garden State Parkway near Exit 50 in Bass River, New Jersey. Sgt. Wetzel started to write a ticket for Mr. Gordon, who had allegedly been driving 110 miles per hour. During the stop, Mr. Gordon’s vehicle became disabled in the left shoulder and Sgt. Wetzel called a tow truck. While they waited for the tow truck to arrive, Sgt. Wetzel asked Mr. Gordon if he would prefer to sit in the back seat of Sgt. Wetzel’s vehicle, and Mr. Gordon stated that he would. (NOTE: The beginning of the recording depicts footage from Sgt. Wetzel’s forward-facing MVR camera, which shows Mr. Gordon’s car stopped on the southbound Parkway. Once Mr. Gordon enters the back seat of Sgt. Wetzel’s vehicle, the car’s backward-facing MVR camera becomes the primary camera view. A diagram depicting the approximate location of the two vehicles is included with the materials posted as part of this release.)
  • Recording 10: “Stop 4 MVR – Pt. B (redacted).” Recording 10 is a continuation of the MVR footage captured by Sgt. Wetzel’s vehicle, as described in Recording 9. After a total of approximately 21 minutes inside Sgt. Wetzel’s vehicle, Mr. Gordon exited the vehicle when Sgt. Wetzel attempted to offer him a mask, resulting in a confrontation with Sgt. Wetzel. During this confrontation, Mr. Gordon attempted to enter the driver seat of Sgt. Wetzel’s vehicle on two occasions. After the first occasion, Sgt. Wetzel deployed oleoresin capsicum (OC) spray. After the second occasion, Sgt. Wetzel removed Mr. Gordon from the vehicle and, after a physical struggle on the left shoulder of the southbound Parkway, Sgt. Wetzel shot and killed Mr. Gordon with his service weapon. Sgt. Wetzel fired six times and then placed handcuffs on Mr. Gordon. (NOTE: The backward-facing camera footage shows a reversed or “mirror image” of the events captured because the camera was set to record in that manner. Consistent with Department practice, the audio component of the recording has been partially redacted to remove the sound that Mr. Gordon makes immediately upon being shot.)
  • Recording 11: “Enhanced Clip (redacted).” Recording 11 contains a two-minute segment of Recording 10, but zoomed in on the view out the back window of Sgt. Wetzel’s vehicle. As with Recording 10, the audio component of the recording has been partially redacted.
  • Recording 12: “NJSP Radio Transmissions.” Recording 12 contains audio recordings of law enforcement radio transmissions regarding the events in Bass River. Because the radio system only records audio when an individual is speaking, the recording is “compressed,” insofar as it does not include the portions of the encounter when no one was communicating over the radio system.

 At approximately 7:25 a.m., a State Trooper attempted to provide aid to Mr. Gordon, but did not detect a pulse. Shortly thereafter, a second State Trooper attempted to administer aid. EMS arrived at the scene at approximately 7:28 a.m. and pronounced Mr. Gordon deceased. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, which is an independent agency housed in but not of the Department of Health, has not yet completed its medical examination report, including any conclusions about Mr. Gordon’s time of death.

Once that report is complete, the findings will be shared with Mr. Gordon’s immediate family. The information at the following link was previously made public pursuant to the Open Public Records Act, N.J.S.A. 47:1A-3.b., which lists specific criminal investigatory information that must be disclosed:www.nj.gov/oag/newsreleases20/Gordon_3B_Form_5-29-20-(OPRA).pdf

The investigation is being conducted pursuant to a state law enacted in January 2019 (P.L.2019, c.1), which requires that the Attorney General’s Office conduct investigations of a person’s death that occurs during an encounter with a law enforcement officer acting in the officer’s official capacity or while the decedent is in custody. 

The investigation is ongoing and no further information is being released at this time. Under state law and the Independent Prosecutor Directive, when the entire investigation is complete, the case will be presented to a grand jury, typically consisting of 16 to 23 citizens, to make the ultimate decision regarding whether criminal charges will be filed. The Administrative Office of the Courts has temporarily suspended the convening of grand juries due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The investigation is being conducted in compliance with procedures and requirements established in the Independent Prosecutor Directive, which is available at this link:https://www.nj.gov/oag/excellence/docs/2019-4_Independent_Prosecutor_Directive.pdf 

The Independent Prosecutor Directive, issued by Attorney General Grewal in December 2019, outlines a 10-step process for conducting independent investigations of use-of-force and death-in-custody incidents in compliance with state law. The directive establishes clear procedures governing such investigations to ensure that they are done fully, fairly, and independently of any potential bias. A summary of that 10-step process is available at this link:https://www.nj.gov/oag/excellence/docs/The-Independent-Prosecutor-Directive.pdf

Burlington County Man Missing In Navesink River – Search Called Off Due To Weather

June 6, 2020

RUMSON, NJ (MONMOUTH)–A search for a 61 year old man from Burlington County has been called off when storms moved in after a kayack flipped over in the Navesink River. Two Burlington County men were on the kayak at the time and the 61 year old was not wearing a life jacket. Developing story more to follow.


Posted by Rumson First Aid Squad

Around 11 PM Thursday night, two Burlington county men were out fishing on a kayak in the Navesink River when a severe weather system caused the men’s kayak to flip over, one man was able to swim to shore.

Borough of Rumson Police Department, Rumson Fire Company, Rumson EMS, Sea Bright Fire, as well as the Coast Guard, NJSP Marine Unit, and MCSO dive team were dispatched and worked tirelessly through the night and into the next day to locate the man, unfortunately the search had to be called off at 10:30 Friday morning as a result of severe currents which hampered the efforts of rescue divers as well as another inbound storm system.

Rumson EMS Sgt. Maloney assisted with search operations while the rest of the squad assisted with rehab. The smooth execution of each agency’s duties was a testament to Monmouth county’s robust emergency services network. And to the level of agency interoperability possible with good communication. We thank all responding agencies for their contribution to the search.

At this time the victims status is still labeled as missing. Our prayers and well wishes are with his family.

Remember to always familiarize yourself with the environmental conditions, always wear a life jacket and never go out on the water without telling anyone.

SLOW DOWN MOVE OVER: NJTP Car Fire And Rubberneck 3 Car Accident

June 4, 2020 – Updated

BORDENTOWN TOWNSHIP, NJ (BURLINGTON)–Robbinsville Township and Bordentown Township firefighters responded to a car fire on the New Jersey Turnpike just after 8 pm. tonight. The car was fully involved in fire at the 56.7 mile marker south bound inner roadway (car lanes). Smoke from the fire blew into neighboring Hamilton Township near South Broad and Tea Rose Lane.

Robbinsville and Bordentown firefighters quickly knocked the fire down. As they were fighting a fire rubberneckers caused a 3 vehicle crash at the emergency scene. More lanes had to be temporarily closed while vehicles were moved off to the side. Firefighters, NJTP road crews and troopers ended up pushing one of the vehicles off the roadway.

Thankfully there were no injures reported in the accident.

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.

Serious Accident On NJ Turnpike

June 2, 2020

BORDENTOWN TOWNSHIP, NJ (BURLINGTON)–The Bordentown Township Fire Department, Robbinsville Fire Department and EMS from Florence Township and Robbinsville responded to the New Jersey Turnpike at 6:05 pm. The accident involving at least 2 vehicles was located at mile post 56.3 north bound outer roadway (truck lanes). At least 2 were injured and one was reported trapped in the vehicle requiring extrication. Treat’s Garage-Mackey Towing of Windsor provided towing services.

No further information is available about the accident.


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BREAKING: Van Fire On NJ Turnpike, Possible Hit And Run, PD Looking For Driver That Fled Scene

BREAKING NEWS: This is from reports from the scene and official information will be posted once received.

May 30, 2020

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–A van traveling in the area of the 58 mile marker on the NJ Turnpike caught fire this afternoon at 4:55 pm. (Allentown-Yardville Road Bridge area).

Robbinsville Township and Bordentown Township firefighters responded to the scene and found a van full of construction materials well involved in fire. The fire was quickly knocked down. Firefighters remained on scene to overhaul and mop up.

Breaking: According to police radio traffic this van may have been involved in a hit an run north of the location. Announced over police radio a few moments ago NJSP are looking for a black man who fled the scene and possible walking in the area.

BREAKING NEWS: This is from reports from the scene and official information will be posted once received.



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Bordentown Twp PD Investigating Fatal Crash On Hedding Road

May 27, 2020

BORDENTOWN TOWNSHIP, NJ (BURLINGTON)–The Bordentown Township Police Department is investigating a fatal motor vehicle collision which occurred on May 26, 2020 that resulted in the death of a 27 year-old female Bordentown Township resident.

Preliminary investigation has determined that a 1999 Honda Civic operated by Tyler Phillips, age – 22, of Sagamore Lane Bordentown NJ was traveling northbound on Hedding Rd. in the area of the Grainger Distribution Center at approximately 3:54 pm when he lost control of the vehicle and it collided with a curb and utility pole on the northbound side of the road.
The vehicle’s front seat passenger, Silvia Pulido – age 27 of Sagamore Lane Bordentown, NJ, sustained severe life threatening injuries as a result of the collision and was transported by ambulance to Capital Health Regional Medical Center where she was pronounced deceased at 8:34 pm.
Township Police continue to investigate the cause of this collision and anyone who witnessed or who has information regarding this incident is requested to contact Sgt. Anthony Biddle at 609-298-4300, ext. 2220.

Gov. Murphy Honors Military Fallen, COVID-19 Deaths At NJ Memorial Day Service In North Hanover

May 25, 2020

Press Pool Coverage by: George Woolston, The Burlington County Times, Press Pool Photo coverage by: Ed Murray, NJ Advance Media

NORTH HANOVER, NJ (BURLINGTON) — State and military officials gathered Monday to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice in a memorial service unlike any in recent memory.

Gov. Phil Murphy, along with leadership from the New Jersey National Guard, held the state’s annual Memorial Day Service at Brigadier General William C. Doyle Memorial Cemetery.

“This is a solemn day. A day to remember our hallowed and fallen dead. A day to remember those who gave to this nation their full measure,” Murphy said. “And today we also remember that many honored veterans who survived wars, only to die at the hands of COVID-19.”

The holiday ceremony came as the United States nears 100,000 deaths from coronavirus. New Jersey has been gravely impacted with 11,144 deaths, including 16 announced Monday. The state also saw another 965 confirmed cases Monday, bringing its total cases to 155,092

The governor, along with Brigadier General Jemal J. Beale, addressed a socially distanced crowd gathered Monday on the lawn across from the cemetery’s chapel.

Thousands upon thousands of American flags were planted across the cemetery’s 236 acres. Masks covered everyone’s face.The service, held amid the “painful reality” of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Beale, was as somber as the overcast sky.

Officials noted, however, that during these challenging times it was as important as ever to honor those who died serving the United States.

“This Memorial Day is like unlike any other in our lifetime. Although COVID-19 has changed the way we do business and live our daily lives, it has not and will not stop us from taking the pause to remember the brave men and women who died on fields of battle on nearly every continent,” Beale said.

In addition to honoring the fallen, special recognition was given to Commander Col. Robert Martinez and Command Sergeant Major John Hicks, of the New Jersey Army National Guard 42nd Regional Support Group.The unit will be deploying to Middle East in June to support Operation Inherent Resolve. Martinez and Hicks were presented with the New Jersey flag to fly over their base during deployment.

In his closing remarks, Murphy recited a verse from English poet Laurence Binyon’s “For the Fallen,” written at the outbreak of World War I. “They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old. Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning .We will remember them,” Murphy recited. “I thank you all for continuing this annual tradition. In spite of the most challenging of times, we need this day,” the governor added.

Following the governor’s remarks, a moment of silence was held.The moment of silence ended with a “Jersey strong,” from Beale, and Taps closed out the service.  

State Police Arrest Duo for Using Fraudulent Documents to Purchase Luxury Vehicle

May 23, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–The New Jersey State Police have arrested Osmar Terron, 37, of Trenton, N.J. and Marquis Dixon, 25, of Willingboro, N.J., for allegedly attempting to purchase a 2019 Mercedes GLS450 ,valued at $70,150, with fraudulent documents.

On Thursday, May 21, detectives from the New Jersey State Police Motor Vehicle Crimes North Unit were made aware of a suspicious transaction at a car dealership in Woodbridge Township, Middlesex County.

State Police detectives, along with Woodbridge Township Police Department, responded to the dealership and discovered Terron and Dixon attempting to purchase the Mercedes with a fraudulent Pennsylvannia driver’s license.

During the investigation, detectives also discovered that Terron and Dixon were in possession of multiple fraudulent documents. They were arrested without incident.

Marquis Dixon and Osmar Terron were charged with conspiracy to commit theft by deception. Terron was also charged with theft by deception and possession of fraudulent documents. They were lodged in Middlesex County Jail pending a bail detention hearing.

Charges are mere accusations and the accused are considered innocent until proven guilty.

Veterans Save A Time Honored Tradition For Memorial Day, American Flags Are Posted At BG Doyle Veterans Cemetery

May 22, 2020

NORTH HANOVER TOWNSHIP, NJ (BURLINGTON)–On May 7, 2020 the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs canceled flag placement at the Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Cemetery due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (See COVID-19 notice from their web page below)

Usually on the Friday afternoon-evening before Memorial Day weekend hundreds of Boy Scouts, veterans and volunteers place flags on the cemetery to honor veterans but was canceled by Governor Murphy’s COVID-19 executive orders. This year’s date was May 22, 2020 for the flag placement.

Permission was granted for the flag placement so The American Legion, VFW-Veterans Of Foreign Wars, and volunteers from other organizations including some Scouts got together and placed 47,000+ flags for Memorial Day that is a time honored tradition today.

Believing that the tradition of honoring our fallen and deceased veterans is one of our most important missions and could be safely conducted, she had several communications with the leadership of the State Department of Military & Veterans Affairs leading the VFW to be granted approval to place the flags on the graves. Our Commander (State Commander Barbara Kim-Hagemann) has also reached out to our brothers and sisters in The American Legion, DAV & the Marine Corps League and invited them to participate as a joint project. We all have the same mission and desire to honor our fallen.” -from VFW flyer about the placement.


Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Cemetery. 47,000 Veteran graves now have Flags in honor of Memorial Day. Thanks to past Post 6063 Commander, Department Commander Barbara Kim Hagemann for spearheading this mission and getting over 100 volunteers including VFW, American Legion and other Veterans organizations to assist with honoring all our veterans and their families. Truly appreciate each and everyone who was able to participate.


From the Official BG William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery Page:

COVID-19 Notices
Effective May 7, 2020

Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic the leadership of our Department, in the best interest and safety of all who would have attended, has cancelled our proposed May 22, 2020 Friday – Flag Night & May 23, 2020, Memorial Day Ceremony at Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery.


Lakewood and Burlington Among List of COVID-19 Stay At Home Orders This Week

May 16, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)—Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and Colonel Patrick J. Callahan, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, today announced enforcement actions from the past week, including coughing and spitting assaults and noteworthy violations of Governor Murphy’s Executive Orders.  The Attorney General also announced enforcement actions targeting price-gouging, consumer fraud violations, and alcoholic beverage control violations. “We’re cracking down on those who jeopardize public health and undermine public safety,” said Attorney General Grewal. “We have zero patience for those who spit on cops, gouge prices, or try to exploit this pandemic for their personal gain.” “Although law enforcement and medical professionals are on the frontlines of the battle against COVID-19, we are ultimately winning the war because of the extraordinary resolve and fortitude of New Jersey citizens who are doing their part day in and day out, abiding by the executive orders and sacrificing for the greater good,” said Colonel Patrick Callahan, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police.  “Those who choose to ignore the law and selfishly place others at risk will face swift law enforcement action.” 

Violations of Executive Orders, Including “Stay at Home” Order, and Ordinance:

  • Antwan Strickland, 20, of Roebling, Jemir Jones, 21, of Mount Laurel, and Rashaun Turner, 33, of Burlington Township were charged May 14 with violating the emergency orders after Burlington Police responded to a report of a dozen people gathered in the back yard of an abandoned home in Burlington city. Strickland, Jones and Turner were previously warned by police in connection with several similar incidents involving large gatherings. In addition, Strickland and Jones were among four people charged with violating the emergency orders and other disorderly persons offenses in Burlington city on May 10.
  • Chan Kwon, 49, of Perth Amboy, N.J., was charged on May 13 with violating the emergency orders by operating a non-essential business. Kwon owns a beauty supply store in Perth Amboy. The May 13 incident was the second time Kwon has been charged with violating the emergency orders. He received a summons on May 5 under similar circumstances.
  • Yisrael Knopfler, 44, of Lakewood, N.J. was charged with violating the emergency orders and other disorderly persons offenses on May 11 in connection with an incident that began when police found him hosting a gathering of more than 10 people in his back yard, where a tent was set up. Upon the officers’ arrival, a group of approximately 20 men approached and began yelling at them. Host Knopfler allegedly became verbally aggressive and uncooperative with the police and, at one point, made physical contact with an officer.
  • Chaim Oestreicher, 52 and Sarah Oestreicher, 49, of Lakewood, were cited on May 11 after police arrived at their home to find approximately 15-to-20 people gathered in the back yard next to an uncontained fire.
  • Chaim Gutman, 37, was cited on May 11 with violating the emergency orders after police responded to a report of loud music and found a band playing on the deck at his home before a crowd of between 50 and 100 people.
  • Miran Lee, 45, of Passaic, N.J., was charged on May 12 with violating the emergency orders and risking/causing widespread injury (4th degree) after police found her massage business – New Asian Massage – open and serving customers. On two prior occasions, Lee was issued summonses for violating the emergency orders by operating the same non-essential business and failing to practice social distancing. 
  • Mohammad Bahar, 42of Cliffside Park, N.J., was charged on May 12 with violating the emergency orders by operating a non-essential retail business — S&S Furniture Gallery in Irvington. Bahar, the store manager, was cited after police observed the store open and operating with customers inside.
  • Diana Ron, 38, of Union, N.J. and Dunia Mora, 59, of Irvington, N.J. were both cited for violating the orders on May 11. Ron owns Antojito’s Restaurant in Irvington, while Mora is the restaurant’s manager. Both received a summons after police observed that the bar/restaurant was open for business on May 11 and serving alcoholic drinks to customers inside the establishment.
  • James Robyn, 69, of Chester, N.J., was charged with violating the orders on May 11 after police found his retail pool and hot tub store open for business, with multiple customers shopping inside. Robyn was reportedly warned two weeks ago that the store could not be open. He was charged with violating the emergency orders by operating a non-essential business
  • Rami Jabara, 45, of Little Ferry,  N.J., was charged by the Paterson Police Department on May 10 with violating the emergency orders for opening the jewelry store he owns, Jerusalem Jewelry on Main Street.  Officers found the store open with customers inside shopping, despite the fact that Jabara was warned by police the day before for opening the non-essential business.
  • Sergio J. Moya Jr., 27, of Jersey City, was charged by the Port Authority Police Department on the night of May 8 with resisting arrest (disorderly persons offense), disorderly conduct (petty disorderly persons offense), and violating the emergency orders. Moya allegedly harassed ticket agents at Newark Airport and refused to leave. 

Area Drug Trafficking Organization Members Admit To Roles In Drug Conspiracy

May 15, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Three members of a Burlington County drug-trafficking organization have admitted their roles in a conspiracy to distribute a variety of illegal substances, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced today.

Jerrod Epps, 35, of Medford, New Jersey, pleaded guilty today before U.S. Senior District Judge Anne E. Thompson to an information charging him with one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine. Teron Huggins, 42, of Mount Laurel, New Jersey, pleaded guilty on May 14, 2020, to an information charging him with two counts of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine. Talib Conway, 39, of Philadelphia, pleaded guilty on May 8, 2020, to an information charging him with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine, conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute more than 28 grams of crack cocaine, and conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute more than 100 grams of heroin.

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

Between July 2019 and September 2019, the defendants engaged in a narcotics conspiracy that operated primarily in municipalities throughout Burlington County – including Willingboro, Burlington City, Burlington Township, Bordentown Township, Edgewater Park, Pemberton and Mount Laurel – and which sought to profit from the distribution of cocaine, crack cocaine, and heroin. Through the interception of telephone calls and text messages pursuant to court-authorized wiretap orders, and other investigative techniques, law enforcement learned that defendants obtained regular supplies of cocaine and other substances from conspirators in the Burlington County and Philadelphia areas and then redistributed cocaine, crack cocaine, and heroin, to other conspirators, distributors, sub-dealers, and end users. Law enforcement officers intercepted numerous communications by and between the conspirators regarding such issues as cocaine, crack cocaine, and heroin quality and availability, pricing, packaging, quantity, and customer satisfaction.

The counts of conspiracy to distribute at least 28 grams of crack cocaine and conspiracy to distribute more than 100 grams of heroin to which Conway pleaded guilty each carry a statutory mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison, a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison, and a maximum fine of $5 million. The count of distribution and possession with intent to distribute cocaine to which Conway pleaded guilty carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a fine of $1 million. The counts of conspiracy to distribute cocaine to which Huggins pleaded guilty each carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a fine of $1 million. The count of conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine to which Epps pleaded guilty carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a fine of $1 million. Sentencing for all three defendants is scheduled for Sept. 30, 2020.

U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents of the FBI, Newark Division, Trenton Resident Agency, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Gregory W. Ehrie; special agents of ATF Newark Field Division, Trenton Field Office, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Charlie J. Patterson; detectives of the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Prosecutor Scott Coffina; officers of the Burlington Township Police Department, under the direction of Director of Public Safety Bruce Painter; officers of the Willingboro Police Department, under the direction of Director of Public Safety Kinamo Lomon; officers of the Burlington City Police Department, under the direction of Chief of Police John Fine; officers of the Florence Police Department, under the direction of Chief of Police Brian Boldizar; officers of the Bordentown Township Police Department, under the direction of Chief of Police Brian Pesche; officers of the Edgewater Park Police Department, under the direction of Chief of Police Robert Hess; officers of the Mount Laurel Police Department, under the direction of Chief of Police Stephen Reidener; officers of the Ewing Police Department, under the direction of Chief of Police John Stemler; officers of the Westampton Police Department, under the direction of Chief of Police Stephen Ent; and officers of the Trenton Police Department, under the direction of Director Sheilah Coley with the investigation leading to the guilty pleas.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Martha K. Nye of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Trenton, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew B. Johns of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Camden.

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Defense counsel:
Conway: Teri Lodge Esq., Marlton, New Jersey
Huggins: David Oakley Esq., Princeton, New Jersey
Epps: Edward Borden Esq., Cherry Hill, New Jersey

Freedom Wing Flyover

May 13, 2020

BURLINGTON COUNTY, NJ — The 514th Air Mobility Wing including a C-17 Globemaster III Aircraft and a KC-10 Extender Aircraft flew over the following hospitals in a salute to healthcare workers and first responders today:

Virtua Willingboro Hospital
Virtua Memorial Hospital
Freedom Park, Medford, New Jersey
Virtua-Marlton
Virtua Vorhees Hospital
Deborah Heart and Lung Center

The 514th Air Mobility Wing salutes and thanks all healthcare workers, first responders, and other essential personnel serving on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19.

See other recent flyovers here:

NJ Salutes Fly Over on May 12, 2020

Operation America Strong April 28, 2020

Freedom Wing Flyover For Burlington County Wednesday May 13, 2020

UPDATE: PHOTOS AND STORY HERE FOR MAY 13, 2020 FLYOVER


May 12, 2020

See May 12, 2020 flyover photos here

BURLINGTON COUNTY, NJ — The Air Force 514th Air Mobility Wing announced a flyover for tomorrow in Burlington and Camden Counties.


The Freedom Wing is flying high bringing our support through your towns!

Tomorrow between 1-1:20 P.M. keep your eyes to the sky as aircraft from the 514th Air Mobility Wing including a C-17 Globemaster III Aircraft and a KC-10 Extender Aircraft conduct operations in your backyard airspace!

We will be flying over the following locations in this order:
Virtua Willingboro Hospital
Virtua Memorial Hospital
Freedom Park, Medford, New Jersey
Virtua-Marlton
Virtua Vorhees Hospital
Deborah Heart and Lung Center

The 514th Air Mobility Wing salutes and thanks all healthcare workers, first responders, and other essential personnel serving on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19.

NJ Salutes Fly Over Honoring Frontline Workers Today

May 12, 2020

See previous MidJersey.news story: New Jersey Air National Guard To Conduct “NJ Salutes” Flyover To Honor COVID-19 Frontline Workers Tuesday

MILLSTONE-UPPER FREEHOLD-EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER/MONMOUTH)–As seen from the East Windsor Cemetery, three F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 177th Fighter Wing and a KC-135R Stratotanker from the 108th Wing fly over Millstone, East Windsor and Upper Freehold Townships as part of the NJ Salutes Fly Over honoring frontline workers in the COVID-19 battle.

The first to be seen at 11:40 am was the large KC135R Stratotanker as it made its way from the Freehold direction and turned over the “Robbinsville” FAA beacon on the Assunpink Wildlife Management Area then proceeded north towards Cranbury to continue the mission. Three F-16 Fighting Falcons were following the tanker.

Photo gallery below:

New Jersey Air National Guard To Conduct “NJ Salutes” Flyover To Honor COVID-19 Frontline Workers Tuesday

May 8, 2020 – updated

The New Jersey Air National Guard will be conducting a flyover to honor #COVID19 front line workers.

The 177th Fighter Wing and 108th Wing are partnering in the nationwide Air Force Salutes Flyover event, May 12 (weather date – May 13), to honor the men and women working on the front lines during the 2019-20 coronavirus pandemic.

The flyover will feature three F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 177th Fighter Wing and a KC-135R Stratotanker from the 108th Wing. The flight begins at 11:20 a.m. and will cover key COVID-19 locations across New Jersey, to include testing sites, state veterans homes, hospitals and mortuary affairs.

Barring delays due to weather, air traffic or maintenance, residents can see the flyover at the following times and locations:

• Sea Girt – 11:30 a.m.
• PNC Arts Center – 11:35 a.m.
• Millstone – 11:40 a.m.
• NJ Convention Center – 11:45 a.m.
• Menlo Park – 11:46 – a.m.
• Kean University – 11:48 a.m.
• University Hospital – 11:48 a.m.
• Expo Center – 11:49 a.m.
• Bern County College/Paramus – 11:51 a.m.
• Vets Haven North – 12:01 p.m.
• New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs – 12:07 p.m.
• Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital – 12:13 p.m.
• U.S. Coast Guard Training Center – 12:27
• Atlantic City Convention Center – 12:32 p.m.

Listed times may vary slightly.

“Never underestimate the value of a morale boost when in combat. I want to thank the NJ Air Guard for its patriotic gesture and flyover in support of our first responder cohorts as we continue to battle COVID-19,” said Brig. Gen. Jemal Beale, Commander of the New Jersey National Guard and Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. “Jersey Strong!”

#AirForceSalutes #AFFlyover

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Two New Jersey Air National Guard wings are partnering in the nationwide Air Force Salutes Flyover, Tuesday, May 12, to honor the men and women working on the frontlines during the 2019-20 coronavirus pandemic.

The flyover will feature a KC-135R Stratotanker from the 108th Wing and three F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 177th Fighter Wing. The flight begins at 11:20 a.m. and will end less than two hours later covering key COVID-19 locations across New Jersey to include testing sites, state veteran homes, hospitals and mortuary affairs. Air National Guard Airforce

New Jerseyans Complying with Social Distancing Rules Despite Big Crowds at Parks and Beaches

May 4, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and New Jersey State Police Superintendent Colonel Patrick J. Callahan today thanked and praised New Jersey residents for their overwhelming compliance with social distancing rules at newly opened parks and beaches this weekend.

Law enforcement in all 21 counties of New Jersey reported that, while there were challenges occasioned by the large crowds visiting many parks and beaches, there were no significant enforcement issues, and the re-opening of recreational areas came off largely without incident.

Police dealt with huge crowds at state, county, and local parks, which required the closure of some parks to additional visitors after they quickly reached capacity.  In addition, some people had to be reminded that picnicking is not allowed under the emergency orders, and that, consistent with CDC guidelines to avoid the spread of COVID-19, team sports and the use of playgrounds are also prohibited.

Nonetheless, law enforcement reported that the vast majority of people were compliant with social distancing rules, once they were told what they could and could not do.

“After a month of staying at home, it was no surprise that families needed some fun in the sun and quickly filled parks to capacity, creating challenges for law enforcement,” said Attorney General Grewal.  “What is heartening is the overwhelming degree of compliance reported by police, who found people social distancing and needing only gentle reminders to fold up their picnic blanket or keep their children off of beckoning swings and slides.  People kept safety in mind this weekend, and I encourage everyone to keep up the great work so that we continue on this road to recovery.”

“New Jersey residents continue to serve as a national model for best social distancing practices, and that could not have been more apparent than this past weekend when the vast majority of our residents enjoyed our state parks and beaches responsibly,” said Colonel Patrick J. Callahan, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police.  “The very reason we have been able to begin reopening is because our citizens have chosen to put the greater good of the public first, but the only way we will be able to keep moving forward is if we continue to stay the course.”

AG Grewal and Col. Callahan Issue Weekly Round-Up on COVID-19 Enforcement Matters

May 1, 2020

TRENTON – Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and Colonel Patrick J. Callahan, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, today announced enforcement highlights from the past week, including coughing and spitting assaults and bias incidents, and noteworthy violations of Governor Murphy’s Executive Orders.  The Attorney General also announced enforcement actions targeting price-gouging, consumer fraud violations, and alcoholic beverage control violations. “We’re cracking down on those who jeopardize public health and undermine public safety,” said Attorney General Grewal. “We have zero patience for those who spit on cops, gouge prices, or try to exploit this pandemic for their personal gain.” “Although law enforcement and medical professionals are on the frontlines of the battle against COVID-19, we are ultimately winning the war because of the extraordinary resolve and fortitude of New Jersey citizens who are doing their part day in and day out, abiding by the executive orders and sacrificing for the greater good,” said Colonel Patrick Callahan, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police.  “Those who choose to ignore the law and selfishly place others at risk will face swift law enforcement action.” Assaults and Threats Against Police Officers, EMTs, or Others

  • John R. Hendricks, 19, of Rumson, was charged on April 25 by the Middletown Township Police Department with terroristic threats during an emergency (2nd degree), aggravated assault on a police officer (3rd degree), resisting arrest (3rd degree), criminal mischief (3rd degree), and violating the emergency orders.  Andrew R. Jacome, 18, of Fair Haven, was charged with criminal mischief (3rd degree) and violating the emergency orders.  Homeowners called police to report two subjects throwing rocks at their door, vandalizing their vehicle, and exploding fireworks in their mailbox.  Police arrested Hendricks and Jacome nearby.  Hendricks allegedly attempted to flee and physically resisted arrest.  He allegedly screamed at the victims, threatening to return and burn their house down.  At police headquarters, Hendricks allegedly tried to kick officers and spat on the floor, claiming he had the coronavirus.         
  • Alana B. Hall, 24, of Wenonah, was charged on April 26 by the Woodbury Police with terroristic threats during an emergency (2nd degree), aggravated assault (3rd degree), and disorderly conduct. It is alleged that Hall purposely coughed on medical staff at Inspira Medical Center and said she was infected with COVID-19.  She allegedly scratched and struck a nurse technician, spat on her, and fought with other medical personnel.
  • Jaymee Tice, 37, of Point Pleasant Borough, was charged on April 26 by the Point Pleasant Borough Police with second-degree terroristic threats during an emergency.  Tice entered the driver’s seat of an occupied vehicle while the driver was inside getting ice cream at Sundaes on Route 88.  The car owner saw Tice and returned to her vehicle. She managed to get Tice out, but Tice allegedly shouted at her, saying, “Do you want corona? Do you want to die?”
  • Jenna Richardson, 24, of West Deptford, was charged on April 29 by the West Deptford Police with second degree terroristic threats during an emergency and fourth-degree throwing bodily fluid at an officer. Richardson allegedly spat on an officer and said she had COVID-19.
  • Quentin Daniels, 33, of Mount Laurel, was charged by the Mount Laurel Police on April 28 with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer (4th degree) and obstruction (disorderly persons offense).  Police responded to a report of a domestic dispute.  Daniels refused to cooperate and attempted to leave. While being handcuffed, he allegedly purposely coughed on officers and said he had the coronavirus.  Throughout his transport and upon his initial detention at headquarters, he continually removed the N95 mask placed on him by police and repeatedly coughed on officers, saying, “I hope you all get the virus.”

Theft of Personal Protective Equipment

  • Stephen Milligan, 54, of South Amboy, was charged yesterday with conspiring with Kevin R. Brady, 49, of Point Pleasant Beach, to steal up to 1,600 respirator masks from Prudential Financial in Iselin.  Brady was charged in the theft on April 23.  Like Brady, Milligan was charged with theft by unlawful taking and conspiracy to commit theft, both third-degree charges. The two men were charged in an ongoing investigation by the New Jersey State Police, Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, Woodbridge Police Department, and Point Pleasant Beach Police Department, based on a referral from the National Hoarding & Price-Gouging Task Force headed by New Jersey U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito.  Brady and Milligan were on-site electrical contractors who had access to storage areas in the Prudential Financial facility.  Between March 27 and April 1, Brady and Milligan allegedly stole seven to eight cases of N95 respirator masks, each case containing 200 masks.  Prudential Financial had intended to donate the masks to a local hospital.  The Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office issued a press release detailing this further.

Price Gouging Enforcement ​AG Grewal announced updates on the Division of Consumer Affairs’ actions to stop price gouging. As of this week: 

  • The Division has issued 92 subpoenas to retailers and online market places reported by consumers for allegedly engaging in unfair price increases.
  • Approximately 756 cease-and-desist letters have been sent, warning retailers about the penalties for violating New Jersey’s price-gouging law, and the Consumer Fraud Act’s protections from gross and unreasonable inflation of the price of any product during a state of emergency.

 The Division has logged a total of 4,245 complaints related to the COVID-19 emergency against 2,358 locations. Nearly 90 percent of the complaints allege unlawful price hikes on essential items like food, bottled water, cleaning products, and personal protective equipment such as masks, disinfectants and sanitizers. Examples of alleged price hikes that consumers have reported to the Division include:

  • a convenience store allegedly charging $4.50 for a quart of milk
  • a wholesale store allegedly selling a case of paper towels for $65, almost double the previous $35 price
  • a supermarket allegedly raising the price of bacon from $4 to $9.99—an increase of over 50%
  • a medical supply store allegedly selling a 2.4-once bottle of hand sanitizer for $13.42
  • a convenience store allegedly charging $30 for a single face mask
  • a dollar store allegedly charging $3.99 for a package of gloves that used to cost $1.49
  • a gas station allegedly selling purified water that normally costs $3 for $14 a pack
  • a pharmacy allegedly charging $10 for small plastic containers of sanitizing wipes, which were previously sold for $3.99
  • a deli allegedly selling a dozen eggs for $5.99

 In addition to price gouging, the Division is looking into complaints from consumers alleging unlawful refund practices as a result of closures related to the COVID-19 health emergency. To date, the Division’s overall complaints include 202 reports of health clubs, hotels, ticket agents and other business allegedly refusing to issue refunds after they closed or suspended services as a result of theCOVID-19 pandemic. New Jersey’s price-gouging law, which took effect on March 9 upon Governor Murphy’s declaration of a state of emergency, prohibits excessive price increases during a declared state of emergency and for 30 days after its termination. A price increase is considered excessive if the new price is more than 10 percent higher than the price charged during the normal course of business prior to the state of emergency, and the increased price is not attributable to additional costs imposed by the seller’s supplier or additional costs of providing the product or service during the state of emergency. Price-gouging and other consumer fraud violations are punishable by civil penalties of up to $10,000 for the first violation and $20,000 for the second and subsequent violations. Violators may also be required to pay consumer restitution, attorney’s fees, and investigative fees, and will be subject to injunctive relief. Each sale of merchandise is considered a separate violation. Consumers who suspect consumer fraud, violations, or believe that businesses have unfairly increased their prices in response to COVID-19, are encouraged to file complaints online to report specific details investigators can follow up on. Photographs of items being sold, receipts and pricing can now be uploaded to our new price gouging complaint form.           Other Violations of Executive Orders, Including “Stay at Home” Order, and Ordinances

  • Newark Enforcement.  The Newark Police Department’s COVID-19 task force issued 490 summonses for violations of the emergency orders and ordered eight non-essential businesses closed in enforcement actions during the past week, April 24 through 30.
  • Paterson Enforcement.  The Paterson Police Department’s issued 21 summonses for violations of the emergency orders in enforcement actions on April 27.
  • Stephanie Hazelton, 48, of Medford, was charged with violating the emergency orders for her role in organizing and participating in a protest at the Capitol Complex in Trenton on April 28.  She was served with a complaint-summons at her residence.
  • Christopher Pitts, 38, of West Deptford, was charged on April 25 by the West Deptford Police Department with violating the emergency orders by allowing golfers to play at the golf course he operates, Westwood Golf Course.  Police had previously warned Pitts, but found approximately 24 people golfing on the course and sharing golf carts without social distancing. 
  • Naman Rafi, 39, of Galloway, was charged by the Galloway Police Department on April 24 with two violations of the emergency orders for opening his business, Tobacco Outlet on Jimmie Leeds Road.  Rafi had been warned several times about closing the business.
  • Delvis Rivera, 34, of Newark, was charged on April 24 by the North Arlington Police with violating the emergency orders for cutting hair at the business where he works, Avenue Cuts 34 on Ridge Road.  This was the second complaint about the barber shop being open.
  • Zachary Novosellar, 62, of Lakewood, was charged on April 28 by the Lakewood Police for hosting an engagement party at his residence on 14th Street.  Police found 25 to 30 cars parked on the street and approximately 20 people standing in front of the residence, without social distancing.  Novosellar said he arranged for the parties to meet to pick up engagement gifts. 
  • John C Bigham, 46, of Chatham, was charged on April 28 with violating the emergency orders by holding a large birthday party for his wife.  Police found a gathering of 25 to 30 people congregating and drinking on his front lawn. The crowd dispersed once the police came.
  • Miran Lee, 44, of Passaic, was cited twice by the Passaic Police Department, on April 29 and April 30, for violating the emergency orders by opening her massage business on Brook Avenue, which operates under the names Sky Spa, Ohangs and New Asian Massage.
  • Janice Lauria, 52, of Point Pleasant, was charged by the Point Pleasant Police on April 28 with violating the emergency orders by ignoring repeated warnings from the police and allowing individuals to exercise in the gym she owns on Route 88, Anytime Fitness.

 Violation of the emergency orders is a disorderly persons offense carrying a sentence of up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.  Such violations are charged by summons, without arrest. COVID-Related Violations of State Alcohol Laws AG Grewal announced that the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) this week issued charges against 20 bars, restaurants, breweries and liquor stores for violating executive orders related to COVID-19. All 20 establishments face suspension of their liquor licenses for at least 10 days. Two other establishments were issued fines for lesser COVID-19 related infractions. Under executive orders issued by Governor Murphy, businesses licensed to sell alcohol in the state are permitted to remain open during the COVID-19 state-of-emergency, but only for take-out or delivery services of food and alcohol. No table or bar service is permitted, on premise alcohol consumption is prohibited, and alcoholic beverages “to go” must be in sealed original containers. The establishments facing suspension for violating the orders are:

  • Alchemist and Barrister in Princeton
  • Bask Bar and Grill in Woodland Park
  • Buteco Sports Bar in Long Branch
  • Core 3 Brewery in Clayton
  • Devil’s Creek Brewery in Collingswood
  • Disabled American Veterans, Clifton Chapter #2 in Clifton
  • Lina’s Restaurant in Bloomingdale
  • Linwood Inn in Linden
  • Medina Liquor Store in Elizabeth
  • Old Glory Kitchen and Spirits in Keyport
  • Quilvio’s Tavern in Paterson
  • Rail’s Steak House in Towaco
  • Randolph Diner in Randolph
  • Riviera Maya in Branchville
  • Riviera Maya in Rockaway
  • Tacos El Tio in Medford
  • Taphouse 15 in Wharton
  • The Sawmill in Seaside Heights
  • Vincenzo’s Ristorante in Middlesex

The establishments that received fines are:

  • Juliano’s Restaurant in Egg Harbor Township ($500) for offering investigators a beer before they identified themselves.
  • The Liquor King in Pennsauken ($750) for violation of face mask requirements.

 Since the state of emergency was declared in New Jersey on March 9, at least 28 people have been charged with second-degree terroristic threats during an emergency for spitting, coughing, or otherwise threatening to deliberately expose officers, medical personnel, or others to COVID-19.  Second-degree offenses carry a sentence of five to 10 years in state prison and a fine of up to $150,000. Third-degree charges carry a sentence of three to five years in prison and a fine of up to $15,000, while fourth-degree charges carry a sentence of up to 18 months in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. The charges are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty. If you are seeing a lack of compliance with the Governor’s emergency orders in your town, please contact your local police department or report here https://covid19.nj.gov/violation The Attorney General’s Office and New Jersey State Police will continue to work with law enforcement throughout New Jersey to deter non-complaint behavior. No one should take advantage of this pandemic to further their own biased agendas.  COVID-19 is no excuse to promote anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and or other biased stereotypes.  Please report bias crimes at 1-800-277-BIAS.

Reopening Saturday, Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Reopening State Parks and Golf Courses

Order Restores County Authority to Open or Close County Parks

April 29, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Governor Phil Murphy today signed Executive Order No. 133, reopening state parks and golf courses, and restoring the authority of county governments to determine whether county parks will be open or closed. The order takes effect at sunrise on Saturday, May 2. “We understand that New Jerseyans want to get outside and get some fresh air as the weather warms up,” said Governor Murphy. “However, this should not serve as an open invitation to rush back to normalcy and break the necessary social distancing measures we’ve put in place. This approach will also bring New Jersey in line with our neighboring states, which will discourage residents from needlessly crossing state lines for recreation.”State Parks and Forests:  The order allows State parks and forests to open to the public for passive recreation, including fishing, hunting, boating, canoeing, hiking, walking, running or jogging, biking, birding, and horseback riding.  Picnic areas, playgrounds, exercise stations and equipment, chartered watercraft services and rentals, swimming, pavilions, restrooms, and other buildings and facilities, such as visitor centers, interpretive centers, and interior historical sites, shall remain closed at this time. To limit physical interaction, the State parks and forests must implement reasonable restrictions that include:

  • Limiting parking to 50% of maximum capacity and prohibiting parking in undesignated areas;
  • Prohibiting picnics;
  • Requiring social distancing to be practiced except with immediate family members, caretakers, household members, or romantic partners; and
  • Banning organized or contact activities or sports; and gatherings of any kind.

The order also recommends that people wear a cloth face covering while in public settings at the parks and forests where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.“More than ever, we know how important it is for the people of New Jersey to take a break from the ongoing self-quarantine and that there are few options for outdoor recreation,” said DEP Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe. “Just as the decision to close parks and forests was not made lightly, the decision to reopen them has also been made with careful thought and consideration for the health and well-being of the public. We urge visitors to only visit their closest parks, keep their distance from others while outdoors, wear masks and follow the guidelines established to protect public health.”County Parks:  The order opens county parks to the public, except any parks closed by the county prior to Executive Order No. 118 that required all county parks be closed (the county will now have the ability to reopen its parks if it chooses).  This will treat county parks the same way as municipal parks – the locality gets to determine whether they are open or closed.  County and municipal parks that remain open must abide by the restrictions placed on State parks in today’s Order.All recreational campgrounds and transient camp sites at campgrounds shall remain closed to the public. Residential campgrounds, including mobile home parks, condo sites, and existing/renewing 2020 yearly seasonal contract sites may remain open.  Counties and municipalities can also place restrictions on the ability of residential campgrounds, including mobile home parks, to accept new transient guests or seasonal tenants, as defined by Administrative Order Nos. 2020-08 and 2020-09.Golf Courses:  The order also opens golf courses so long as they adopt minimum social distancing policies that include:

  • Implementing electronic or telephone reservation and payment systems while still providing options for populations that do not have access to internet service or credit cards;
  • Extending tee times to sixteen minutes apart;
  • Limiting the use of golf carts to one person unless being shared by immediate family members, caretakers, household members, or romantic partners; 
  • Requiring frequent, and after each use, sanitization of high-touch areas such as restroom facilities, range buckets, golf carts, and push carts; 
  • Restricting the touching of golf holes and flags;
  • Closing golf center buildings, pro shops, and other buildings and amenities; 
  • Removing bunker rakes and other furniture-like benches, water coolers, and ball washers from the course;
  • Discontinuing club and equipment rentals; 
  • Prohibiting the use of caddies; and 
  • Limiting tee times to two players unless the foursome consists of immediate family, caretakers, household members or romantic partners.

The golf course may impose additional restrictions as necessary to limit person-to-person interactions. The order also recommends, but does not order, that employees, players, and other individuals on the golf course wear cloth face coverings while on the golf course. Additionally, the order clarifies that miniature golf courses and driving ranges must remain closed. 

Thunderbirds and Blue Angels Fly Over In “Operation America Strong”

April 28, 2020

TRENTON AND MERCER COUNTY, NJ–The U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds, and the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, honored frontline COVID-19 responders and essential workers with formation flights over New York City, Newark, Trenton and Philadelphia today.

Previous MidJersey.News story on the event

Photos of Operation America Strong from the Trenton Area today:

UPDATE: Wanted Man Captured After Another Police Chase In NY State

April 27, 2020

Previous MidJersey.News Story Here

Rye, NY – On April 24, 2020, at approximately 12:35 p.m., State Police stopped a vehicle on I-95 in the city of Rye for a vehicle and traffic violation.  Before Troopers could approach the vehicle, the operator sped off and a brief pursuit ensued, during which time it was determined that the 1996 Dodge Ram pick-up truck was stolen out of New Jersey.  The vehicle exited the Thruway and the pursuit ended when the driver struck an earth embankment in the area of Hillside Road and Ridge Street, in the city of Rye. 

The driver, Paul D. Grandmaison, 41, of Portland, ME, was determined to be intoxicated, had a suspended license, and was wanted out of the State of New Jersey for aggravated assault.  He was transported to White Plains Hospital by Port Chester EMS for minor injuries sustained in the crash, where he submitted to a blood test. 

Once treated and released, Grandmaison was transported to SP Tarrytown where he was processed as a Fugitive from Justice (out of State) and subsequently charged with Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 3rd degree; a Class D Felony, Unlawful Fleeing a Police Officer in a Motor Vehicle 3rd degree and Reckless Endangerment 2nd degree; both Class A Misdemeanors, and Driving While Intoxicated, Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs, and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 3rd degree; all Unclassified Misdemeanors.

Grandmaison was arraigned and remanded to Westchester County Jail.  He is due back in the City of Rye Court at a later date.

Flight Plan For Operation “America Strong” For April 28, 2020 Released

April 27, 2020

NAS PENSACOLA, Fla. – The U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds, and the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, will honor frontline COVID-19 responders and essential workers with formation flights over New York City, Newark, Trenton and Philadelphia April 28. The flight plans have been released to the public this morning and can be viewed below.

See previous Stories on the event here:

Thunderbirds, Blue Angels to Salute New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania COVID-19 Responders Tuesday April 28, 2020

President Donald J. Trump Announces “Operation America Strong” Thunderbirds and Blue Angels Fly Over Airshows Coming To A City Near You

Blue Angels and Thunderbird Combined Fly-By Event Is In “Planning Stage” – Will Not Be Today

Thunderbirds, Blue Angels to Salute New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania COVID-19 Responders Tuesday April 28, 2020

Previous Midjersey.news stories on this event at these two links:

President Donald J. Trump Announces “Operation America Strong” Thunderbirds and Blue Angels Fly Over Airshows Coming To A City Near You

Blue Angels and Thunderbird Combined Fly-By Event Is In “Planning Stage” – Will Not Be Today

April 25, 2020

NAS PENSACOLA, Fla. – The U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds, and the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, will honor frontline COVID-19 responders and essential workers with formation flights over New York City, Newark, Trenton and Philadelphia April 28.

“We are truly excited to take to the skies with our Navy counterparts for a nation-wide tribute to the men and women keeping our communities safe,” said U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. John Caldwell, Thunderbird 1 and mission commander for the flyover. “We hope to give Americans a touching display of American resolve that honors those serving on the frontline of our fight with COVID-19.”

A formation of 6 F-16C/D Fighting Falcon and 6 F/A-18C/D Hornet aircraft will conduct these flyovers as a collaborative salute to healthcare workers, first responders, military, and other essential personnel while standing in solidarity with all Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are incredibly honored to have the opportunity to salute those working on the frontline of the COVID-19 response, we are in awe of your strength and resilience,” said Cmdr. Brian Kesselring, U.S. Navy Blue Angels commanding officer and flight leader. “Thank you to all of those in essential industries keeping our nation moving forward. We will get through this. We are all in this together.”

This mission, the first of several planned over the coming weeks, is the culmination of more than a month of planning and coordination between the two teams and numerous city and government offices.

Residents along the flight path can expect a few seconds of jet noise as the aircraft pass overhead, along with the sight of 12 high-performance aircraft flying close in precise formation.

Flyovers in Newark, New York City and surrounding boroughs will start at noon (EST) and last approximately 35 minutes.

Flyovers in Trenton will start at 1:45 p.m. (EST) and last approximately 10 minutes.

Flyovers in Philadelphia will start at 2 p.m. (EST) and last approximately 20 minutes.

Residents in these areas will be able to see the flyover from the safety of their home-quarantine and should maintain all social distancing guidelines during this event. They should also refrain from traveling to landmarks, hospitals and gathering in large groups to view the flyover. A detailed flight route will be released on the day prior to the flyover.

The teams welcome and encourage viewers to tag the flyover on social media with the hashtag #AmericaStrong.

For photos and video for Operation America Strong, visit, https://www.dvidshub.net/feature/americastrong

For more information on the Blue Angels, visit www.blueangels.navy.mil.

For more information on the Thunderbirds, visit www.afthunderbirds.com.


WANTED-On The Run: Paul Grandmaison, 41 For Domestic Violence Aggravated Assault, Eluding And Receiving Stolen Property – More Charges Expected, Police Chase Ended In Trenton

UPDATE HERE: Captured In NY State After Another Chase

April 23, 2020

UPDATE FROM YESTERDAYS BIZARRE INCIDENT IN TRENTON YESTERDAY’S MIDJERSEY.NEWS STORY HERE

Yesterday’s Photos by: Brian McCarthy OnScene News

BURLINGTON CITY, BORDENTOWN TOWNSHIP, NJ (BURLINGTON), TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–This incident originated on 4/22/2020 at approximately 4:28 pm in front of the Grab & Go Mart located at 420 Keim Blvd. in Burlington City. 

A witness contacted police and reported that a female located outside the store was being assaulted by a male by punching her and “head-butted” the victim. The victim had visible injuries and advised the witness that her male acquaintance had been “beating her all day”.  Burlington City officers responded and observed the couple enter a Burgundy Chevy Truck and attempted to effectuate a stop of the vehicle to investigate the domestic assault allegations.  The vehicle operator then fled from officers at a high rate of speed and Burlington City PD immediately issued an alert requesting assistance in locating the vehicle and occupants.

The vehicle was then observed by Bordentown Township Police at approximately 5:35 pm pulling into the Petro Truck Stop located at 402 Rising Sun Rd. in Bordentown Township.  A stop was attempted and the operator again fled at a high rate of speed which resulted in a police pursuit.  During this pursuit the operator of the Chevy Truck struck a gray Toyota Tacoma on Rt. 130 in the area of Ward Ave. and continued fleeing from police.  The operator of the Toyota was uninjured and Bordentown Township officers continued to pursue the vehicle as it entered Interstate 195 west and then continued into the City of Trenton.  The vehicle was then able to elude police and the pursuit was terminated.

As officers continued to search for the vehicle the Trenton Police Department received a call complaining that it was operating “aggressively” and subsequently located it disabled as a result of a collision in the area of Calhoun and West Hanover streets.  The female victim, 34 years old from Portland, ME was rescued by officers at this time and the male suspect fled on foot.  The vehicle was determined to have been stolen in Portland, ME and its license plate was also recently reported stolen in Philadelphia. 

An extensive search ensued for the suspect with assistance from the New Jersey State Police along with their aviation unit, Trenton Police Department, NJ Transit Police and Mercer County Sheriff’s Department K9 Unit.  Despite these efforts the suspect was unable to be located and is identified as Paul Grandmaison, age 41, of Portland, ME.  Burlington City PD has issued a warrant charging Grandmaison with domestic violence aggravated assault, eluding and receiving stolen property.  Bordentown Township Police will file similar eluding and receiving stolen property offenses.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Grandmaison should contact the Burlington City PD at 609-386-3300 or Bordentown Township PD at 609-298-4300.  All tips will remain confidential.

All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Paul Grandmaison, age 41, of Portland, ME. An extensive search ensued for the suspect with assistance from the New Jersey State Police along with their aviation unit, Trenton Police Department, NJ Transit Police and Mercer County Sheriff’s Department K9 Unit.  Despite these efforts the suspect was unable to be located and is identified as Paul Grandmaison, age 41, of Portland, ME.  Burlington City PD has issued a warrant charging Grandmaison with domestic violence aggravated assault, eluding and receiving stolen property.  Bordentown Township Police will file similar eluding and receiving stolen property offenses.

President Donald J. Trump Announces “Operation America Strong” Thunderbirds and Blue Angels Fly Over Airshows Coming To A City Near You

April 22, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC–President Donald J. Trump has confirmed there will be airshows over America’s major cities from the USAF Thunderbirds and the Navy Blue Angels as announced today during his daily COVID-19 press conference.


President Donald J. Trump said, “I am excited to announce that in the coming weeks the Airforce Thunderbirds they’re  incredible and the Navy Blue Angels equally incredible will be performing airshows  over America’s major cities and some of the cities that aren’t major cities, they are going to be doing a lot of work and a lot of dangerous flying, its dangerous you know the odds when you start going massive speeds and your 18 inches away from each other, that’s dangerous work. (Looking over at VP Pence) Your son is a great pilot and a, I don’t know if he could be, could he be a Thunderbird? (VP Pence, “We’ll See.) I don’t know? I think he probably could be from what I hear, I don’t know if I would want him to be. Its incredible what they can do and to sacrifice. What we’re doing is paying tribute to our front line health care workers confronting COVID and its really a signal to all Americans to remain vigilant during the outbreak. This is a tribute to them, to our warriors because the are equal warriors to those incredible pilots and all the fighters we have for the more traditional fights, that we win, and we win and when we want to we always win. Sometimes we don’t want to win so we just go to a standstill but that’s always a, that’s not the way this country works.

Operation America Strong was the idea of our great military men and women the Thunderbirds and the Blue Angels crews who wanted to show support to the American medical workers who just like military members in a time of war are fiercely running toward the fight. Its going to be great, I want to see those shows and I seen them many times and I can’t get enough of them. On July 4, we will be doing what we had at the mall as you know, last year was a tremendous success and I would imagine and I can use the term forever. That was a great success as you remember even thou it was pouring it was raining so hard, it was raining, it was hard as I have seen in a while, but it was an amazing success. It didn’t bother the pilots I didn’t bother the military it didn’t bother the crews that we had there. So were going to be doing that again on July 4th

President Donald J. Trump’s announcement starts at 23:30 in the video posted by C-Span

As MidJersey.news accurately reported the event was in the “planning stage” from information obtained from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakurst Facebook page when someone asked a question if it was going to happen today. This is the response:

Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst The Blue Angels / Thunderbird flight in this region is still in planning phases. Each of the demo teams and our base Facebook page will release the information at the appropriate time. It’s not happening today. Thanks for reaching out.

MidJersey.news showed a possible leaked draft document that was making its way around social media and creating quite an Internet buzz. The document includes quite a bit of information and a possible flight path. We have no way to confirm that document is real, but with President Trump’s announcement today it could be a possibility so stay tuned.

The only way we will know when it is, the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst will post official information about the flight as well as the Thunderbirds and Blue Angels I suggest you follow all three Facebook pages and any other social media outlets from each group.

Once MidJersey.news finds out more details we will let you know.

Terroristic Threats in Hampton, Bias Crimes in Ft. Lee, Bayville Man Charged With Sexual Assault, Lakewood Wedding, Gathering, School Open, More Charges In Newark In Daily COVID-19 Violations

April 22, 2020

TRENTON – Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and Colonel Patrick J. Callahan, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, announced the following recent enforcement actions related to COVID-19, including those involving individuals in violation of Governor Murphy’s Executive Orders: Assaults and Threats Against Police Officers, EMTs, or Others

  • Daniel Lurie, 48, of Hampton, N.J., was arrested on April 19 by the New Jersey State Police on charges of terroristic threats during an emergency (2nd degree), resisting arrest (3rd degree), throwing bodily fluid at an officer (4th degree), obstruction (4th degree), and violating the emergency orders.  State troopers were called to Lurie’s residence on a “medical assist” after Lurie called 9-1-1.  When troopers arrived, Lurie was combative.  He allegedly stated he had the coronavirus and spat and coughed on troopers.  He was arrested and taken to the hospital.

Bias Incidents

  • Afrim Haxhaj, 30, of Jackson Heights, N.Y., was charged yesterday, April 21, by the Fort Lee Police Department with bias intimidation (4th degree) and harassment (petty disorderly persons offense).  Haxhaj allegedly confronted a Jewish man in a Dunkin Donuts in Fort Lee on Monday, April 20, and told him to get out, saying Jews are responsible for the coronavirus. He allegedly warned the victim not to return.  When the victim returned to the Dunkin Donuts yesterday, Haxhaj allegedly threatened him again, saying he does not want Jews in his neighborhood and bumping his chest into the victim.  The victim left and called 9-1-1.

Other Criminal Charges Involving Indictable Offenses

  • Robert Murphy, 19, of Bayville, N.J., was charged by the Morris Plains Police Department and Morris County Prosecutor’s Office with attempted aggravated sexual assault (2nd degree), endangering the welfare of a child (3rd degree), and violating the emergency orders.  Murphy allegedly had arranged to meet an underage girl last night, April 21, at Community Park in Morris Plains for sexual activity.  He had contacted the girl through social media.  The victim’s parents became aware in advance and alerted police, who arrested Murphy when he showed up at the park at about 11 p.m.
  • Tyriese J. Reddick, 30, of Gloucester Township, was charged yesterday, April 21, by the Gloucester Township Police with four counts of burglary (3rd degree) and violating the emergency orders.  Reddick allegedly broke into four vehicles in a neighborhood in Gloucester Township and took money from them.  He also was wanted on warrants in the City of Camden.

Other Violations of Executive Orders, Including “Stay at Home” Order, and Ordinances

  • Newark Enforcement.  The Newark Police Department’s COVID-19 task force issued 29 summonses for violations of the emergency orders in enforcement actions yesterday, April 21.
  • Michael Masi, 47, of Branchburg, was charged yesterday afternoon, April 21, by the Plainfield Police Department with violating the emergency orders.  Police were called to  Michael Anthony Auto Sales on Richmond Street in Plainfield on a report of a dispute.  When police arrived, they found people in the lot shopping for a car and three customers inside attempting to buy a car.  Masi said he was making “curbside auto sales.”
  • Andres Torres, 31, and Jose Nolasco, 51, of Union City, were charged with violating the emergency orders on April 18 by the Union City Police Department.  Torres owns La Roca supermarket on Bergenline Avenue in Union City.  Police conducted a walk-through and found more than 50 people in the grocery store, with customers crowding around certain sections of the store. This had occurred on at least two prior occasions and the business was warned about occupancy limits.  Nolasco is the store manager.
  • Shmuel Hirth, 49, Asher Jacobs, 23, Shmuel Weneintraub, 21, Pinchos Sinsky, 19, Shcomo Rosenfeld, 18, Arych Penstien, 22, Yuhuda Bronspigez, 25, and Rivka Jacobs, 47, were charged yesterday by the Lakewood Police and Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office with violating the emergency orders.  Police responded to a report of a school that was open in the first block of Drake Road.  Police found a group of male students at the school who had been given permission to study there by the head of the school, Shmuel Hirth.  Rivka Jacobs is the mother of one of the students, who is a juvenile.
  • Yakov Makukha, 40, Pinchos Aron, 25, Miriam Aron, 33, Yehudah Aron, 36, Tziporah Aron, 33, Yaakov Wiesner, Peninah Wiesner, 30, Ephraim Aron, 34, and Shmarya Aron, 20, were charged yesterday, April 21, by the Lakewood Police and Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office with violating the emergency orders.  Police responded to Read Place on a report of a back yard wedding.  Officers found a van in the driveway occupied by two adults and three children. The driver advised that she was there for family photos for a wedding. In the back yard, there was a photographer, Yakov Makukha, photographing a family of six.  Summonses were issued to all of the adults who were present.
  • Alexander Ellinson, 64, of Lakewood, was charged yesterday, April 21, with disorderly conduct.  As the Lakewood Police and Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office were investigating a report of a large gathering at a home on 8th Street, Ellinson, a neighbor, pulled up in his SUV and began yelling at police about their actions at his neighbor’s house.  He continued to yell and nearly struck an officer as he drove away. Police stopped him and issued a summons.
  • William Teachen, 59, of Metuchen, was charged yesterday, April 21, by the Metuchen Police with obstruction and violating the emergency orders, both disorderly persons offenses.  An officer found Teachen riding his bicycle along the Middlesex County Greenway, a closed county park, and told him to exit the park.  Teachen allegedly failed to comply and rode away.  After the officer activated his siren and exited his vehicle to request identification, Teachen allegedly tried to ride past the officer, disobeyed commands, and had to be physically removed from his bicycle.  The park entrances are taped off and there are signs indicating the park is closed
  • Dajour Clybourn, 23, of Bridgeton, was charged yesterday by the Bridgeton Police with resisting arrest, obstruction, possession of drug paraphernalia, and violating the emergency orders, all disorderly persons offenses.  Police responded to a report that Clybourn was panhandling and harassing another person.  Clybourn ran away when officers arrived.  When police apprehended her, they allegedly found a crack cocaine pipe in her possession.

 The defendants who were charged strictly with violating the emergency orders or local ordinances and who do not face more serious charges were charged by summons— they were not arrested.  Those cases will be adjudicated in municipal court.  “One month after Governor Murphy issued his emergency orders, we are flattening the curve and saving lives, because the vast majority of our residents are conscientiously obeying the social distancing rules and doing their share to fight COVID-19,” said Attorney General Grewal.  “Unfortunately, there are still those who violate the orders, risking the further spread of this deadly virus.  What is worse, there are some who deliberately threaten our brave police officers, medical personnel, and other essential workers, impeding their vital work.  Our message to violators is that we will hold you accountable, whether it is through a summons for those who violate the social distancing orders, or an arrest on indictable charges for those who deliberately harm or threaten others during this emergency.”    “Although law enforcement and medical professionals are on the frontlines of the battle against COVID-19, we are ultimately winning the war because of the extraordinary resolve and fortitude of New Jersey citizens who are doing their part day in and day out, abiding by the executive orders and sacrificing for the greater good,” said Colonel Patrick Callahan, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police.  “Those who choose to ignore the law and selfishly place others at risk will face swift law enforcement action.” Violations of the emergency orders constitute a disorderly persons offense carrying a potential sentence of up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.  However, violators can potentially face criminal charges including second, third, and fourth degree indictable offenses. On April 1, Attorney General Grewal announced enhanced charges against six people who were charged with assaulting and threatening law enforcement officers and violating the emergency orders.  Specifically, those enhanced charges included making terroristic threats during a state of emergency, which is a second degree offense carrying a sentence of five to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $150,000.  Eighteen additional defendants, including Daniel Lurie, have been similarly charged since that time for alleged assaults or threats against law enforcement officers, medical personnel, or others. Third-degree charges carry a sentence of three to five years in prison and a fine of up to $15,000, while fourth-degree charges carry a sentence of up to 18 months in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. The charges are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty. If you are seeing a lack of compliance with the Governor’s emergency orders in your town, please contact your local police department or report here https://covid19.nj.gov/violation The Attorney General’s Office and New Jersey State Police will continue to work with law enforcement throughout New Jersey to deter non-complaint behavior. No one should take advantage of this pandemic to further their own biased agendas.  COVID-19 is no excuse to promote anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and or other biased stereotypes.  Please report bias crimes at 1-800-277-BIAS.

Blue Angels and Thunderbird Combined Fly-By Event Is In “Planning Stage” – Will Not Be Today

April 22, 2020

See Updated Story Here on President Trump’s announcement of “Operation America Strong”

Update: Still getting several messages about this event, asking questions when and times, we don’t know if or when.

See the note from official Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Facebook Page below they say it is in “planning” so that means it could happen it might not happen and one thing for sure it is NOT happening today. This is all we know.



“Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst
 The Blue Angels / Thunderbird flight in this region is still in planning phases. Each of the demo teams and our base Facebook page will release the information at the appropriate time. It’s not happening today. Thanks for reaching out.


If I do find out I will make sure to post again on Midjersey.news I suggest you follow the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst they will post 24 to 48 hours prior to event plus make other notifications prior to any event of that size.

NEW HANOVER TOWNSHIP-WRIGHTSTOWN, NJ (BURLINGTON)–A copy of a draft of a Philadelphia Air Traffic Control ATC “Procedures Bulletin” was wildly circulated over Facebook and other social media yesterday creating a social media buzz.

According to the draft bulletin the fly by was supposed to be today. Official sources at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst said today that the event is still in the planning stages and would not be today.


Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst The Blue Angels / Thunderbird flight in this region is still in planning phases. Each of the demo teams and our base Facebook page will release the information at the appropriate time. It’s not happening today. Thanks for reaching out.


In the leaked “draft bulletin” the flight will be from Joint Base McGuire to Trenton then make its way down the Delaware toward Philadelphia. It would fly over several Philadelphia landmarks then back to the river and then end in the Wilmington, Delaware area. (Note that the “draft bulletin” has no official address or contact on the letterhead)

What the fly over may look like from the Thunderbirds Facebook Page: