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AG Grewal Announces Finding of Probable Cause in Pregnancy Discrimination Case Against National Retailer – America’s Best Contacts & Eyeglasses, Inc.

January 26, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced yesterday that the Division on Civil Rights (DCR) has issued a Finding of Probable Cause against national retailer America’s Best Contacts & Eyeglasses, Inc. for allegedly subjecting a former employee to discrimination based on her pregnancy and for failing to provide her with a suitable place to express breast milk.

A Finding of Probable Cause means that DCR has concluded its preliminary investigation of a civil rights complaint and determined there is sufficient evidence to support a claim that a state anti-discrimination law has been violated.

America’s Best is a discount provider of eye examinations, eyeglasses and contact lenses with 700 stores nationally, including 15 branch locations in New Jersey.

Jalaia Hill, a former employee at an America’s Best store in Burlington, filed a complaint with DCR alleging unlawful pregnancy-based discrimination by the company after returning from maternity leave to learn her hours had been cut from full-time to part-time. The reduction to part-time status also eliminated her from eligibility for employer-provided healthcare coverage.

Hill also alleged that America’s Best failed to reasonably accommodate her request for a place to express breast milk. Specifically, Hill told DCR, she was forced to use an oft-accessed utility room that did not have a lock on the door and that was filled with boxes of supplies. She alleged that while expressing milk she was forced to lean up against the unlocked door in an attempt to ensure privacy, yet she would still be periodically interrupted by workers who walked in to obtain supplies. She also alleged that she was frequently ordered by her manager to “hurry up and finish” because there were customers waiting.

“New Jersey is committed to protecting the equal rights of pregnant employees and breastfeeding employees,” said Attorney General Grewal. “New Jersey law goes farther than federal law when it comes to protecting pregnant and breastfeeding employees and employers must ensure they know what state law, as opposed to federal law, requires.”

“Employers cannot punish employees for having children or taking parental leave, and being forced to express breastmilk in a room without a lock on the door, with colleagues walking in and out, while being reprimanded to ‘hurry up and finish,’ would be a clear violation of the LAD,” said DCR Director Rachel Wainer Apter.

Hill began her employment with America’s Best as a full-time sales associate in May 2018, earning an hourly wage plus sales commissions. Because she worked more than 30 hours per week she was considered full-time, and received healthcare benefits for herself and her children.

Hill took maternity leave beginning on November 19, 2018 and returned to work on March 4, 2019.

In her complaint, Hill alleged that in February 2019 – only days before she was scheduled to return to her full-time sales associate position – she had a telephone conversation with her manager in which he informed her that only part-time hours were available because another employee had taken over her hours while she was out on leave.

According to Hill, she was never restored to full-time hours, despite also informing the company’s district manager of her situation, and despite an alleged promise from that same district manager to arrange additional work hours for Hill at the Audubon store to qualify Hill as a full-time employee.

Three of Hill’s Burlington store co-workers corroborated Hill’s assertion that she was a full-time employee before she went on maternity leave, but that her hours were reduced upon her return. (Time sheets obtained by DCR showed that Hill worked an average of 34 hours per week prior to her maternity leave, but worked an average of only 28 hours a week after returning.)

As to the failure to provide her an adequate place to express breastmilk, DCR’s investigation showed that America’s Best eventually installed a lock on the utility room door where Hill was forced to express milk on May 29, 2019 – nearly three months after Hill’s return to work from pregnancy leave.

In its response to Hill’s complaint, America’s Best denied having discriminated against Hill.


https://www.nj.gov/oag/newsreleases21/FPC Hill v. America’s Best FINAL SIGNED.pdf


The New Jersey Division on Civil Rights enforces the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination and the New Jersey Family Leave Act, and works to prevent, eliminate, and remedy discrimination and bias-based harassment in employment, housing, and places of public accommodation throughout New Jersey. To view a fact sheet on pregnancy and breastfeeding discrimination, go to https://www.nj.gov/oag/dcr/downloads/fact_BRST.pdf. To find out more information, go to http://www.njcivilrights.gov.


Mega Millions $1 Billion Ticket Sold In Michigan, $1Million In Ocean County, $10K Tickets Sold Locally, Tonight’s Cash 5 Passes $2 Million Record

January 23, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–

TRENTON (Jan. 23, 2021– One Michigan ticket matched all five of the five white balls and the Gold Mega Ball drawn winning the $1.05 billion Mega Millions jackpot. The estimated cash value was $776.6 million.

In New Jersey, there was one second-tier prizewinning ticket sold for the Friday, January 22, drawing that matched five of the five white balls drawn winning the $1,000,000 prize. The ticket was purchased at 7-Eleven #11027, 2075 Route 88, Brick in Ocean County.

There were ten third-tier prizewinning tickets sold that matched four of the five white balls and the gold ball winning $10,000. Those tickets were purchased at the following locations:

  • Bergen County: Krauszer’s Food Store, 403 Midland Ave., Garfield;
  • Burlington County: Wawa #8423, 76 Springside Rd., Westampton;
  • Mercer County: 7-Eleven #27391, 1517 Pennington Ave., Ewing;
  • Mercer County: Pennington Luk Oil LLC, 2558 Pennington Rd., Pennington;
  • Middlesex County: Park Deli, 80 Raritan Ave., Highland Park;
  • Monmouth County: Little Silver Family Pharmacy, 10 Church St., Little Silver;
  • Morris County: Krauszer’s Food Store, 95 West Main St., Chester;
  • Passaic County: 7-Eleven #11463, 356 Rifle Camp Rd., Woodland Park;
  • Sussex County: 7-Eleven #37251, 63 Water St., Newton; and,
  • Warren County: Mini Mart, 1312 US Highway 22 East, Phillipsburg.

In addition to the second and third-tier prizes won, 236 players matched four of the five white balls drawn making each ticket worth $50015 of those tickets were purchased with the Megaplier option, multiplying the prizes to $1,000. Moreover, 389,264 other New Jersey players took home $1,455,848 in prizes ranging from $2 to $400. The winning numbers for the Friday, January 22, drawing were: 04, 26, 42, 50, and 60. The Gold Mega Ball was 24, and the Megaplier Multiplier was 02.

The jackpot resets to $20 million for the next drawing on Tuesday, January 26, at 11:00 pm. All New Jersey Lottery Mega Millions tickets must be purchased before 10:45 pm to participate in the drawing. Mega Millions tickets cost just two dollars; by adding the Megaplier option for an extra dollar per play, players can increase their non-jackpot winnings up to five times. Mega Millions tickets are sold in 46 participating jurisdictions. Drawings are held on Tuesdays and Fridays.


Jersey Cash 5 Boasts the Biggest Cash Jackpot EVER

Jersey Cash 5 Leaps to Record $2 Million Jackpot

TRENTON (Jan. 23, 2021) – New Jersey Lottery would like to announce the record-breaking jackpot for tonight’s Jersey Cash 5 drawing. The drawing for the all-cash jackpot of $2 million happens tonight at 10:57 pm, so be sure to get your tickets in time. The $2 million jackpot is the highest jackpot for Jersey Cash 5, ever – topping the 2013 record of $1.96 million.

With daily drawings and jackpots starting at $100,000, seeing jackpots top the million-dollar milestone is a rare treat for the game’s loyal players, but the two-million-dollar jackpot breaks new ground for the Jersey Cash 5 record books. For just a dollar, Jersey Cash 5 is a great option for players to pick their lucky numbers – or go with a Quick Pick option – and hope for the five-out-of-five match tonight.

Jersey Cash 5, which held its first drawing in 1992, has already proven to be a vital component of the Lottery’s offerings to support our State.

Wrightstown, NJ Native To Command Los Angeles-Class Fast-Attack Submarine USS Cheyenne (SSN 773)

January 22, 2021

Photo and Story by Petty Officer 1st Class Michael B Zingaro

WRIGHTSTOWN, NJ (BURLINGTON)–PEARL HARBOR, HI — The Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Cheyenne (SSN 773) conducted a change of command ceremony at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Jan. 22.

Cmdr. Samuel Bell, from Wrightstown, New Jersey, relieved Cmdr. John Gonser, from Amityville, New York, as Cheyenne’s commanding officer, during the ceremony which was held in the Submarine Squadron 1 War Room.

“USS Cheyenne has a storied legacy in the submarine force,” said Gonser. “Sailors are rightfully proud to join that tradition. When I took command, I challenged the crew to make those who came before us, who built that legacy, proud of us. For the past 41 months, this crew did just that. I am humbled and awed to call each and every one of them a shipmate.”

Under Gonser’s command, Cheyenne completed two Western Pacific deployments, in which they conducted five missions vital to national security and five exercises that expanded undersea warfighting experimentation. Cheyenne received the Battle Excellence (“E”) Award in 2020, the Navigation (“N”) Award in 2018, 2019, and 2020, and the Retention Excellence Award in 2018 and 2019. Over 150 submariners earned their Submarine Warfare designators with Gonser at the helm.

“Thank you for staying positive and connected through a schedule that would have been challenging even if COVID-19 did not exist,” said Gonser. “While I cannot discuss the nature of the operations, these Sailors helped preserve our national defense for today while building the next generation of undersea warriors.”

Gonser is going to the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy at the Pentagon.

Capt. Michael Majewski, commodore, Submarine Squadron 7, presided over the small ceremony, consisting only of essential personnel due to COVID-19 mitigations and safety procedures in place.

“Cheyenne has been my go to boat since I became commodore of Squadron 7 last year, but she was the go to boat long before that,” said Majewski. “She is the most capable 688 in the fleet and has proven it time and again with her performance.”

Bell comes from the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy.

“The Cheyenne is well known in the submarine force as a command where Sailors want to be, and has recently been recognized for continued excellence,” said Bell. “I look forward to becoming a part of the legend.”

Cheyenne was commissioned Sept. 13, 1996 and is the third ship to be named after Cheyenne, Wyoming in the United States Navy. Measuring 360 feet long and displacing more than 6,900 tons, Cheyenne has a crew of approximately 140 Sailors. Cheyenne is capable of supporting various missions, including anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface ship warfare, strike warfare, and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance.



Female Arrested After Failing Field Sobriety Test During Traffic Stop

December 30, 2020

By: Tyler Eckel

HAMILTON (MERCER): Hamilton Police received a call around 10:10pm for a possibly intoxicated driver in a red vehicle with Pennsylvania plates traveling on South Broad Street. The vehicle reportedly struck a traffic light and continued down South Broad Street towards the Whitehorse Circle with a blown out rear passenger side tire.

Hamilton Police intercepted the vehicle on Route 206 just past the Hamilton-Bordentown border and pulled the vehicle over. After conducting a field sobriety test, the driver was placed under arrest for driving under the influence.

**Keep this in mind for the upcoming holiday. Be smart when driving and use this advice previously issued by law enforcement agencies in NJ:

  • Take mass transit, a taxi cab, or ask a sober friend to drive you home.
  • Spend the night where the activity or party is held.
  • If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact law enforcement. Your actions may save someone’s life, and inaction could cost a life.
  • Always buckle up, every ride. It’s your best defense against an impaired driver.
  • If you are intoxicated and traveling on foot, the safest way to get home is to take a taxi cab or have a sober friend or family member drive or escort you to your doorstep.
  • Be responsible. If someone you know is drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel.

UPDATE: NJ Turnpike Crash, One Driver Arrested For Suspicion Of DUI And Possession Of Marijuana, 2 Others Extricated Taken To Hospital

December 30, 2020

UPDATE: NJ State Police Sgt. Philip Curry from the NJSP Public Information Bureau told MidJersey.news that the crash scene was still active but was able to give some details. The accident occurred at 5:45pm at MP 57.7 southbound on the outer roadway.  It appears that it was involving three vehicles.  Two occupants from one of the vehicles needed to be extricated and were transported to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries. Another driver was arrested for suspicion of DUI and was found to be in possession of marijuana. That is all the information available at this time.


Earlier MidJersey.news story:

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Around 5:45 pm, the Robbinsville and Bordentown Township Fire Departments, Robbinsville FD EMS, Capital Health Paramedics, and RWJ EMS were dispatched to the NJ Turnpike for a serious crash at 57.7 South Bound. It appears that a tractor-trailer hit two vehicles, entrapping two in one of the vehicles in the outer lanes. Bordentown and Robbinsville firefighters arrived on scene and started extricating the trapped occupants. Mutual aid was called from Hamilton Township Fire Department for additional assistance. Once extricated, Robbinsville FD EMS and RWJ EMS transported the two patients to the Trauma Center at Capital Health Regional Medical Center. NJ State Police are investigating the crash.


2 Serious Accidents On NJ Turnpike Just South Of Exit 7A

December 29, 2020

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Robbinsville Fire-EMS was detailed to the NJ Turnpike at 12:30 pm for an accident at Mile Marker 59.9 North Bound Outer Lanes just south of interchange 7A. Bordentown Fire and EMS was also detailed, but recalled due to the minor injuries involved. It appeared that a dump truck and a car collided where both went though a guard rail and came to rest in a ditch. Robbinsville Fire Department was also busy with a serious gas leak at the same time, so just the ambulance and Bordentown Township Fire Department responded to the crash.

Then again about 1:45 pm in another emergency call to the NJ Turnpike, this time in front of the Woodrow Wilson Service Area at Mile Marker 58.5 North Bound Outer Roadway. It appeared that a tractor-trailer with a shipping container rear ended a tractor-trailer bulk tank. It was reported the driver was thrown though the windshield and was lying on the roadway right in front of the truck. Since Robbinsville FD was still tied up with the serious gas leak, Bordentown Township Fire Department and Hamilton Township Fire Department responded to the scene. Bordentown EMS, Capital Health Paramedics, and RWJ EMS transported at least one person to the Trauma Center at Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton.

This breaking news report is from radio reports and on scene reporting, once official information is received from the NJ State Police Public Information Bureau the story will be updated and any corrections made.

Accident 1 at mile marker 59.9 North Bound Outer roadway:


Accident 2 at mile marker 58.5 North Bound Outer Roadway in front of the Woodrow Wilson Service Area:

Fatal Accident Investigation On Tacony-Palmyra Bridge

December 29, 2020


PALMYRA, NJ (BURLINGTON)–Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina and Burlington County Bridge Commission Director of Public Safety Patrick J. Reilly, Jr. announced that the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office and Burlington County Bridge Commission Police Department are investigating a multi-car collision that occurred on the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge at 6:49 p.m. last night, killing one person. 

The crash occurred when two cars heading westbound towards Philadelphia appeared to be speeding and one car clipped the other sending it into the eastbound lane, where it struck a Honda Civic head-on.  The driver of the Civic was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which ultimately involved five vehicles. 

Five individuals were taken to the hospital with various injuries, none of which appear to be life threatening. The name of the decedent is being withheld pending notification to their family.

The investigation is being led by BCPO Detective Jack Bowker and Det. Sgt. Brian Laudenslager of the Bridge Commission Police Department. Anyone with information pertaining to this crash is asked to call Burlington County Central Communications at 609-265-7113, or send an email to tips@co.burlington.nj.us.


How Much Snowfall Did We Get?

December 17, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–The National Weather Service Philadelphia Mt. Holly official snowfall reports for the area at 2:32 pm. Trace amounts were reported near the shore to 9.5 in Plainsboro in our coverage area.

...MERCER COUNTY...
2 W HOPEWELL                 7.5 IN    1121 AM 12/17   PUBLIC               
PRINCETON                    7.3 IN    1030 AM 12/17   PUBLIC               
1 NW WINDSOR                 6.1 IN    0700 AM 12/17   CO-OP OBSERVER       
ROBBINSVILLE TWP.            6.0 IN    1119 AM 12/17   PUBLIC               
EWING                        6.0 IN    1100 PM 12/16   TRAINED SPOTTER      
PRINCETON                    5.8 IN    0715 PM 12/16   PUBLIC               
PENNINGTON                   5.5 IN    0900 PM 12/16   TRAINED SPOTTER      
1 WSW EWING                  5.0 IN    0744 PM 12/16   TRAINED SPOTTER      
3 SSE HAMILTON TWP           4.8 IN    1200 PM 12/17   TRAINED SPOTTER      
1 WSW EWING                  4.5 IN    0709 PM 12/16   TRAINED SPOTTER      
2 SSE HAMILTON TWP           4.0 IN    0956 PM 12/16   PUBLIC               
HAMILTON TWP                 4.0 IN    1138 PM 12/16   TRAINED SPOTTER      
WEST WINDSOR TWP.            2.5 IN    0630 PM 12/16   PUBLIC               
2 ENE HAMILTON TWP           2.0 IN    0630 PM 12/16   TRAINED SPOTTER      
1 SW ROBBINSVILLE TWP.       2.0 IN    0600 PM 12/16   TRAINED SPOTTER      
...MONMOUTH COUNTY...
1 SW FREEHOLD                7.7 IN    1230 PM 12/17   TRAINED SPOTTER      
COLTS NECK                   7.5 IN    1153 AM 12/17   TRAINED SPOTTER      
MANALAPAN TWP                7.3 IN    0830 AM 12/17   TRAINED SPOTTER      
HAZLET                       7.0 IN    0635 AM 12/17   PUBLIC               
KEYPORT                      6.5 IN    1157 AM 12/17   TRAINED SPOTTER      
2 ENE PERRINEVILLE           6.3 IN    0300 AM 12/17   TRAINED SPOTTER      
FREEHOLD TWP                 6.2 IN    1015 PM 12/16   TRAINED SPOTTER      
HOWELL                       6.1 IN    0830 PM 12/16   PUBLIC               
HOWELL                       6.0 IN    0650 PM 12/16   PUBLIC               
1 S HOWELL                   6.0 IN    0605 PM 12/16   PUBLIC               
RUMSON                       5.5 IN    0830 PM 12/16   PUBLIC               
1 N EATONTOWN                5.2 IN    0130 PM 12/17   TRAINED SPOTTER      
MIDDLETOWN TWP               5.0 IN    1233 PM 12/17   TRAINED SPOTTER      
1 N EATONTOWN                4.5 IN    0910 PM 12/16   TRAINED SPOTTER      
LEONARDO                     4.0 IN    0945 PM 12/16   PUBLIC               
MIDDLETOWN                   4.0 IN    0824 PM 12/16   PUBLIC               
FREEHOLD                     4.0 IN    0615 PM 12/16   TRAINED SPOTTER      
TINTON FALLS                 3.5 IN    0847 PM 12/16   PUBLIC               
1 SW LONG BRANCH             2.3 IN    0700 AM 12/17   CO-OP OBSERVER       
WALL TWP                     1.8 IN    0529 PM 12/16   BROADCAST MEDIA      
CLIFFWOOD BEACH              1.8 IN    0600 PM 12/16   TRAINED SPOTTER      
ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS           1.2 IN    0548 PM 12/16   PUBLIC               
OAKHURST                     0.8 IN    0650 PM 12/16   TRAINED SPOTTER      
...OCEAN COUNTY...
JACKSON                      7.0 IN    0900 PM 12/16   PUBLIC               
LAKEWOOD                     5.5 IN    0920 PM 12/16   TRAINED SPOTTER      
MANCHESTER TWP               4.1 IN    0705 PM 12/16   PUBLIC               
1 NE TOMS RIVER              3.0 IN    0830 PM 12/16   PUBLIC               
JACKSON                      2.4 IN    0429 PM 12/16   PUBLIC               
WHITING                      0.7 IN    0715 PM 12/16   PUBLIC               
2 SSW MANTOLOKING            0.5 IN    0600 PM 12/16   TRAINED SPOTTER      
FORKED RIVER                  T IN     1234 PM 12/17   TRAINED SPOTTER      
...BURLINGTON COUNTY...
CHESTERFIELD                 6.5 IN    0800 PM 12/16   PUBLIC               
1 E WESTAMPTON TWP           6.2 IN    0836 AM 12/17   OFFICIAL NWS OBS     
RIVERTON                     6.0 IN    0630 PM 12/16   PUBLIC               
EVESHAM TWP                  6.0 IN    0600 PM 12/16   PUBLIC               
WESTAMPTON TWP               5.9 IN    1213 PM 12/17   TRAINED SPOTTER      
BROWNS MILLS                 5.5 IN    0544 PM 12/16   PUBLIC               
MOUNT LAUREL                 5.4 IN    1221 AM 12/17   COCORAHS             
CINNAMINSON                  5.4 IN    0804 AM 12/17   TRAINED SPOTTER      
BORDENTOWN                   5.3 IN    1019 AM 12/17   PUBLIC               
MEDFORD                      5.0 IN    0730 PM 12/16   PUBLIC               
MOORESTOWN                   5.0 IN    0820 PM 12/16   TRAINED SPOTTER      
1 WNW BURLINGTON             4.9 IN    0600 PM 12/16   TRAINED SPOTTER      
2 E COLUMBUS                 4.8 IN    0600 PM 12/16   PUBLIC               
LUMBERTON                    4.7 IN    0718 PM 12/16   PUBLIC               
FLORENCE                     4.7 IN    1123 PM 12/16   TRAINED SPOTTER      
1 NE BURLINGTON TWP          4.5 IN    0645 PM 12/16   NWS EMPLOYEE         
BURLINGTON TWP               4.5 IN    0650 PM 12/16   PUBLIC               
HAINESPORT                   4.5 IN    0700 PM 12/16   TRAINED SPOTTER      
DELRAN                       4.0 IN    0517 AM 12/17   PUBLIC               
DELANCO                      4.0 IN    0550 PM 12/16   PUBLIC               
SOUTHAMPTON TWP              4.0 IN    0627 PM 12/16   TRAINED SPOTTER      
BURLINGTON                   4.0 IN    0500 PM 12/16   TRAINED SPOTTER      
MARLTON                      4.0 IN    0500 PM 12/16   TRAINED SPOTTER      
2 SW MEDFORD                 4.0 IN    0445 PM 12/16   TRAINED SPOTTER      
2 E COLUMBUS                 3.7 IN    0528 PM 12/16   PUBLIC               
ROEBLING                     3.5 IN    0530 PM 12/16   PUBLIC               
2 E DELRAN                   3.0 IN    0600 PM 12/16   PUBLIC               
1 SSE FORT DIX               3.0 IN    0529 PM 12/16   PUBLIC               
SHAMONG                      3.0 IN    0444 PM 12/16   PUBLIC               
HAINESPORT                   3.0 IN    0435 PM 12/16   TRAINED SPOTTER      
FLORENCE                     2.9 IN    0645 PM 12/16   TRAINED SPOTTER      
WESTAMPTON TWP               2.4 IN    0430 PM 12/16   TRAINED SPOTTER   
...MIDDLESEX COUNTY...
PLAINSBORO TOWNSHIP          9.5 IN    1044 AM 12/17   NWS EMPLOYEE         
EAST BRUNSWICK               8.5 IN    1220 PM 12/17   TRAINED SPOTTER      
1 WSW ISELIN                 8.0 IN    1030 AM 12/17   TRAINED SPOTTER      
1 W CARTERET                 8.0 IN    1013 AM 12/17   TRAINED SPOTTER      
SOUTH BRUNSWICK              7.5 IN    0900 AM 12/17   TRAINED SPOTTER      
CARTERET                     7.5 IN    1245 AM 12/17   TRAINED SPOTTER      
1 WSW ROSSMOOR               7.0 IN    1120 AM 12/17   PUBLIC               
PORT READING                 7.0 IN    0955 PM 12/16   TRAINED SPOTTER      
OLD BRIDGE                   6.5 IN    1020 AM 12/17   PUBLIC               
METUCHEN                     6.5 IN    0745 AM 12/17   PUBLIC               
1 NNE MILLTOWN               6.3 IN    0700 AM 12/17   CO-OP OBSERVER       
SOUTH PLAINFIELD             6.0 IN    1223 PM 12/17   AMATEUR RADIO        
WOODBRIDGE                   6.0 IN    0946 AM 12/17   PUBLIC               
EDISON                       6.0 IN    0855 AM 12/17   PUBLIC               
1 NNE PARLIN                 5.0 IN    1015 PM 12/16   TRAINED SPOTTER      
NORTH BRUNSWICK              5.0 IN    0830 PM 12/16   TRAINED SPOTTER      
SOUTH BRUNSWICK              4.0 IN    0720 PM 12/16   TRAINED SPOTTER      
METUCHEN                     3.9 IN    0720 PM 12/16   PUBLIC               
AVENEL                       3.5 IN    0920 PM 12/16   AMATEUR RADIO        
HIGHLAND PARK                2.8 IN    0920 PM 12/16   AMATEUR RADIO        
1 NNE NEW BRUNSWICK          1.6 IN    0600 PM 12/16   TRAINED SPOTTER  


Chesterfield Woman Charged With Stealing $60k+ From Youth Football And Cheerleading Program

December 10, 2020

MANSFIELD, NJ (BURLINGTON)–Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina and Mansfield Township Police Department Chief Ronald G. Mulhall Jr. announced that a Chesterfield woman was charged with stealing more than $60,000 from a youth football and cheerleading program while serving as the organization’s treasurer over a five-year period that ended last year.

Stacy Cassidy, 45, of Monmouth Road, was charged with Elements of Computer Theft (Second Degree), Misapplication of Entrusted Property (Third Degree), Theft by Deception (Third Degree), and Forgery by Uttering (Fourth Degree). She was lodged in the Atlantic County Justice Facility pending a hearing tomorrow in Superior Court in Mount Holly.

The investigation began earlier this year after members of the Northern Burlington Junior Greyhound Athletic Association contacted law enforcement officials with suspicions that Cassidy had been embezzling funds from the organization and using them for personal expenses while serving as treasurer between January 2015 and December 2019.

The investigation revealed that during that period, Cassidy made 542 unauthorized transactions totaling $60,654.28. She used the money to help pay for her mortgage, cell phone bill, groceries, gas, and home heating oil, among other items. Included in that activity were 84 unauthorized ATM cash withdrawals totaling more than $21,000 that coincided with family vacations on cruises and to Disney World.

The investigation further revealed that, in an attempt to conceal the scheme, Cassidy restricted access to account statements, fabricated reports misrepresenting the organization’s financial position, and forged documents to falsely indicate that insurance premiums had been paid and coverage was being maintained.

A search warrant was executed this morning at Cassidy’s residence. She was taken into custody with the assistance of the Chesterfield Township Police Department and the

New Jersey State Police

T.E.A.M.S. Unit.

Cassidy will be prosecuted by Assistant Prosecutor Joseph Remy, supervisor of the BCPO Financial Crimes Unit. The case was investigated by the Prosecutor’s Office and the Mansfield Township Police Department. The lead investigators are BCPO Detective Nicholas Schieber and Mansfield Township Police Detective Ken Allen.

All persons are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

House Passes 2021 Defense Bill

Smith: Defense bill helps service members, NJ military missions, $37M for JB-MDL

December 9, 2020

Joint Base, MDL –The House passed and Congressman Chris Smith (NJ-04) voted for the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) today, new legislation that will protect the airlift and air refueling missions at America’s only tri-service installation, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (JB-MDL), and brings $37 million in construction jobs that will support construction work for the local economy.

    “The bill requires the Secretary of the Air Force to maintain a minimum of 50 KC–10 Extender tankers—many of which are based at JB-MDL here in New Jersey—through fiscal year 2021, 38 Extenders through FY2022 and 26 through 2023,” Smith said. “This timetable should allow the critical air mobility mission at JB-MDL to continue without major disruptions as the Joint Base receives the new Boeing KC-46 tankers in the years ahead. We should see the first of 24 new aircraft in late 2021.”

   The NDAA also restricts the premature retirement of KC-135 Stratotankers—such as operated by the New Jersey National Guard—from retiring. “The missions of the active duty 305th Air Mobility Wing and its sister Air Force Reserve 514th Air Mobility Wing, as well as the NJ Air National Guard’s 108th Air Refueling Wing, have never been more important,” Smith said.

      Smith noted the bill authorizes construction of two key military projects at JB-MDL located in part in his congressional district:

·         $22 million for the Air Force for a much-needed Munitions Storage Area

·         $15 million for the New Jersey National Guard to build a National Guard Readiness Center to help with deployments of Guard members from the base.

   The bill also addresses key military challenges including suicide prevention in the ranks and sexual assault and harassment and it improves information sharing on human trafficking activities to counter this heinous crime.  The bill also provides 3 percent raises for all military personnel and hazard duty pay for certain deployments and combat. 

The 2021 NDAA also

·         initiates mental healthcare reforms for service-members, family members and retirees and seeks to improve the effectiveness of DoD’s suicide prevention programs.

·         addresses sexual assault and harassment in the military with reforms designed to improve reporting, improve and protect the rights of victims, and provide for more effective responses for sex-related offenses.

·         authorizes improvements to Military Family Housing with long overdue upgrades to identification and remediation of severe environmental hazards, and support for families displaced for mold and other hazards.

·         provides reforms for military families, including childcare shortages, reforms to programs that support military families with children with special needs.

·         ensures service members have the diagnostic equipment, testing capabilities and PPE they need, along with providing medical surge capacity, and health benefits to members of the National Guard that supported the COVID-19 response.

·         improves U.S. coordination and information-sharing to combat international human trafficking and reauthorizes a stronger, survivor-led U.S. Advisory Council on Human Trafficking.

·         strengthens tools to combat money laundering and the financing of terrorist programs.

   The author of the recently House-passed Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act and Ranking Republican on the U.S. Congressional-Executive Commission on China also highlighted key NDAA provisions that protect the U.S. from Chinese military and cyber threats and U.S. interests in promoting and protecting democracy around the world. 

       “Specifically, the bill expands the prohibition on DoD acquiring certain sensitive materials from China, or certain printed circuit boards from China,” Smith said.  “It also requires a report on the vulnerabilities to the medicine supply chain of the United States from foreign nations like China, and a Presidential assessment on how to deter Chinese industrial espionage and large-scale cyber theft of intellectual property and personal information. The NDAA also requires public reporting of Chinese military companies operating in the United States and for that list to be published on the Federal Register.

        “On human rights issues, democracy and the rule of law, President Xi is in a race to the bottom with North Korea,” said Smith, noting that for over 30 years, “I have pushed back on the fantasy notion that trade with China—in reality, a gutting of American manufacturing and a wholesale transfer of intellectual property—would somehow improve China’s behavior. It just didn’t happen.”


Crash On NJ Turnpike North Of Exit 7 With Damage To NJ Turnpike, Emergency Repairs Underway Expect Delays

December 4, 2020


Update: Sgt. Philip Curry of the New Jersey State Police, Public Information Bureau told MidJersey.news:

The crash occurred at 9:45am on the outer roadway of the NJ Turnpike northbound mile post 54, Bordentown, Burlington County.  Preliminary investigation revealed that a tractor-trailer was stopped on the right shoulder when it was struck by a northbound traveling utility body pickup truck.  The pickup then crossed the roadway and struck the guardrail dividing the inner and the outer roadway coming to a rest partially in the inner roadway right lane and the outer roadway left lane.  The truck spilled debris on the outer roadway which caused the outer to be temporarily closed for cleanup.  Traffic was diverted to the inner with minimal impact on traffic.

A section of guardrail sustained substantial damage as a result of the crash.

The driver of the TT sustained non-life threatening injuries and was transported to Capital Health.


BORDENTOWN TOWNSHIP, NJ (BURLINGTON)-NJSP, Fire and EMS responded to a motor vehicle crash on the NJ Turnpike near mile post 54.4 north bound outer lanes at 9:54 am. When Bordentown and Florence firefighters arrived they went in service to cut an occupant out of one of the vehicles. It appears that there are vehicles on both the right and left side of the outer lanes. NJ Turnpike is reporting property damage so expect delays in the area. At least two were transported by Endeavor Emergency Squad and Robbinsville ambulances to the Trauma Center at Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton.

Responding were Bordentown Township Fire Department, Florence Township Fire Department, Robbinsville Township Fire Department EMS, and Endeavor Emergency Squad responded to the scene. NJ State Police is investigating the crash. NJ Turnpike Authority is making emergency repairs in the area of where the crash happened.





NJ State Police Release Thanksgiving Weekend Tips for Motorists

November 25, 2020

Post by Tyler Eckel

West Trenton, N.J. – The day before Thanksgiving is typically one of the busiest travel days of the year, but this holiday season has proven to be anything but typical. Although we expect fewer motorists on the road this year, the message of the New Jersey State Police remains the same. If you must travel during the holiday, we encourage you to take the time to prepare for unexpected emergencies by following a few safety tips that will surely come in handy if you find yourself in a jam. Before you head out, please consider the following:

•Fill up your gas tank
•Check fluids (including windshield washer fluid and antifreeze)
•Check tire pressure
•Bring a mobile phone charger
•Carry a flashlight with new batteries
•Bring bottles of water and nonperishable snacks
•Do not drive drowsy. Symptoms of driving tired are similar to those of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Use service areas to rest, stretch your legs, or grab a cup a coffee
•Let someone know your travel plans
•Check the weather forecast and plan accordingly

The easiest tip to follow to ensure not only your safety, but the safety of fellow motorists and pedestrians this holiday is to not get behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. During the 2019 Thanksgiving holiday period, there were six fatal crashes that resulted in six deaths on New Jersey roadways. Drug and/or alcohol impairment was found to be a contributing factor in two of the crashes. These types of tragedies can be easily avoided by making responsible decisions and staying at home if you plan to drink alcohol.

The New Jersey State Police will have more than 90 additional troopers statewide during the holiday period in addition to normal patrols. Troopers will focus their efforts on speeding, aggressive driving, seatbelt usage, cell phone violations, distracted driving, and DWI.

“Although we will be celebrating the holiday differently this year, DWI education and enforcement remain a top priority for the New Jersey State Police,” said Colonel Patrick J. Callahan, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police. “Safety starts with sober driving, so we ask that you do your part by making responsible choices this holiday. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving, and please do not drink and drive.”

The 2020 Thanksgiving holiday period begins on Wednesday, November 25, at 6:00 p.m. and ends on Monday, November 30, at 6:00 a.m.

Car Fire On NJ Turnpike

November 22, 2020

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

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

Bordentown Township & City Police Participate in No Shave November

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

November 16, 2020

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

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

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

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

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


Date Bank Location:

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

*attempted bank robbery

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Another Bank Robbery Reported, This Time In East Windsor

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

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

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


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


Related MidJersey.News stories:

Hold Up Man Strikes Chase Bank In Lawrence Township Today

Another Bank Robbery Reported, This Time In East Windsor

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

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

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


November 12, 2020

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

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

Another Bank Robbery Reported, This Time In East Windsor

Hold Up Man Strikes Chase Bank In Lawrence Township Today


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

Remarks:

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

Caution:

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

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



Hold Up Man Strikes Chase Bank In Lawrence Township Today

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

Related MidJersey.News stories:

Hold Up Man Strikes Chase Bank In Lawrence Township Today

Another Bank Robbery Reported, This Time In East Windsor

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

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

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

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

No other information is available at this time.

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


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


October 22, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 22, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 21, 2020


See original MidJersey.News stories on the murders here:

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

Names Released In This Morning’s Double Shooting


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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Bordentown Police Ask For Help With Hit And Run Investigation

October 19, 2020

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

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

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

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

October 18, 2020 updated

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

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

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

NJ State Police was on scene investigating the crash.


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

Slow Down, Move Over! National Move Over Day

October 17, 2020

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

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

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

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

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





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


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

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


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


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


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


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



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

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

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

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

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

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



New Jersey Statute 39:4-92.2

Procedure for motorist approaching certain stationary vehicle.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Truck Fire On NJ Turnpike Quickly Extinguished

October 14, 2020

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

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

No injuries were reported in the fire.

Man Arrested In Drone Smuggling Operation At Fort Dix Correctional Facility


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


October 13, 2020

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

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

According to the documents filed in this case:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 13, 2020

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

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

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

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

2020 NJ Law Enforcement Torch Run

October 9, 2020

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

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

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

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



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

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

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


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


October 5, 2020

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

The company said in a press release:

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

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

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

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


Regal Cinemas in MidJersey.News coverage area are:

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

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

Regal Burlington 250 Bromley Blvd, Burlington Township, NJ 08016





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


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


October 4, 2020

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

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

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

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


Regal Cinemas in MidJersey.News coverage area are:

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

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

Regal Burlington 250 Bromley Blvd, Burlington Township, NJ 08016


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


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

October 1, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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