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21 Men Arrested in Undercover Operation Targeting Child Predators Using Social Media to Lure Children for Sex

Charges Stem from “Operation Risky Business,” a Collaborative Investigation Led by the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, Division of Criminal Justice, New Jersey State Police, and U.S. Homeland Security Investigations

May 26, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–New Jersey Acting Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin and Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri today announced the arrests of 21 alleged child predators in “Operation Risky Business,” a multi-agency undercover operation targeting individuals who allegedly were using social medial in an attempt to lure underage girls and boys for sexual activity.  The defendants will be prosecuted by the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office and the Division of Criminal Justice.  

The underage “children” were, in fact, undercover officers.  Most of the defendants in Operation Risky Business were arrested at either the undercover residence in Hamilton Township or another meet-up location, including the Hamilton Train Station. Those who went to the undercover house allegedly expected to find their victims home alone. Instead, they found law enforcement officers prepared to arrest them and process any evidence seized.  Those arrested include four Megan’s Law registrants, an injury lawyer from Georgia, an information technology worker, a dump truck driver, and a pastry chef from the Pocono Mountains region. One defendant was arrested and charged in two cases because he was chatting online with two separate undercover officers.

The operation was led by the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Unit, the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice Financial and Cyber Crimes Bureau, and the New Jersey State Police, in collaboration with U.S. Homeland Security Investigations, and additional federal, state and county law enforcement agencies listed below.

“Operation Risky Business is a great example of how successful law enforcement agencies can be when they collaborate across all levels like they did here by proactively investigating and arresting predators who sought to sexually exploit children,” said Acting Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin. “We are committed to working collaboratively in order to aggressively investigate and prosecute sex offenders. But we also need parents to talk to their children about the dangers of social media and let them know not everyone who they encounter online is who they initially claim to be.”

“Not in Mercer.  Not our children.  Not under my watch.  That’s the message we are sending to sexual predators with collaborative efforts like Operation Risky Business,” said Prosecutor Onofri.  “Social media sites have become hunting grounds for individuals looking to exploit children.  Law enforcement will continue to use every investigative tool at our disposal to aggressively pursue and prosecute these predators that attempt to exploit our most innocent victims, but we can’t do it alone.  Parents and guardians can do their part by remaining vigilant.  Talk to your children about the dangers that exist on social media and gaming apps, and monitor their online activity.”

“Through collaborative efforts like this, we are sending a strong message to parents that we must remain vigilant and do our part to protect children by keeping communication open and warning them about the dangers of the Internet,” said Director Lyndsay V. Ruotolo of the Division of Criminal Justice. “We will continue to work with our law enforcement partners across all levels to investigate, apprehend, and prosecute offenders who attempt to sexually exploit children. There is no higher priority than keeping our children safe.”

“Operation Risky Business was a complete success; however, it is also a sobering reminder that there is no shortage of online predators willing to exploit children.” said Colonel Patrick J. Callahan, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police. “We remain committed to seeking out these criminals but remind parents and guardians that they need to be aware of the dangers that exist online and do their part to actively monitor and safeguard their children’s activity.”

“HSI is committed to supporting coordinated operations, helping ensure the children of our communities are protected from dangerous predators,” said Special Agent in Charge Jason J. Molina of HSI Newark.

About half of the arrests in Operation Risky Business were made over a four-day period from April 7 through April 10.  The defendants were from New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and one from Georgia.  They are variously charged with offenses including second-degree attempted luring, second-degree attempted sexual assault, third-degree attempted endangering the welfare of a child, and fourth-degree attempted criminal sexual contact.  Arrest warrants for the remainder of the suspects were forwarded to the U.S. Marshals Service, who tracked down the rest of the alleged predators over the last few weeks.

The undercover law enforcement members who conducted the chats with the defendants were specially trained members of the New Jersey ICAC Task Force. The defendants typically initiated contact based on profiles posted on social media platforms by the undercover detectives and agents. The social platforms that were used in these encounters included Kik, Skout, Whisper, Grindr, GROWLr, and MeetMe.  Once chatting began, the undercover officers clearly identified themselves as underage girls or boys.  Despite that information, the defendants allegedly engaged the purported “children” in conversations about sex, and all 21 defendants are alleged to have made arrangements to meet the “children” for sex.  Some of the chats were conducted over a period of several weeks leading up to the “meet-up” week when arrests were made.

Prosecutor Onofri advised parents to familiarize themselves with the apps their children use, as well as signs that their children may be targets of online exploitation.  “Spending an increasing amount of time online, becoming secretive about their online conduct, switching screens or closing tabs or windows whenever a parent is close, using sexual language they would not be expected to know and becoming emotionally volatile, these are all red flags,” he said.

The undercover house was staffed with dozens of law enforcement officers, analysts and attorneys.  Attorneys and detectives drafted search warrants for electronic devices that were seized from the defendants.  These devices were taken to the forensic computer laboratory at the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office for full forensic examinations.  These examinations, which are ongoing, will enable investigators to determine if the devices contain evidence of any prior encounters by the defendants with underage victims, which might constitute additional cases of luring, sexual assault or child endangerment.

The defendants were lodged in the Mercer County Correction Center until detention hearings were held.  Three defendants – Gregory Barger (who is a registered sex offender in Pennsylvania), Justin Wann, and James Hendryx – were ordered detained in jail pending trial.  The other defendants were released subject to stringent pre-trial monitoring conditions, including at a minimum reporting regularly to Pre-Trial Services staff and prohibitions from using the internet except for work or having any unsupervised contact with children under 18.

The following 21 men were arrested in Operation Risky Business and are charged as indicated.  They allegedly believed they were communicating with a minor as described in parentheses.  The prosecuting agency is also specified.


  1. Laurentiu Tonea, 41, East Windsor, NJ.  (Girl, 14)  Tonea is an information technology worker in Edison, NJ.  Charges: Attempted sexual assault, two counts of attempted endangering the welfare of a child, attempted criminal sexual contact, attempted luring.  The Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office (MCPO) is prosecuting.

  2. Richard Parsons, 42, Cumming, GA.  (Girl, 14)  Parsons is an injury lawyer.  Charges: Two counts of attempted endangering the welfare of a child, attempted criminal sexual contact.  MCPO is prosecuting.

  3. Michael Kramer, 52, Philadelphia, PA.  (Girl, 15)  Kramer is a dump truck driver. Charges: Attempted endangering the welfare of a child, attempted sexual assault, attempted possession of child pornography, attempted manufacturing of child pornography.  MCPO is prosecuting.

  4. Robert Franklin, Gloucester City, NJ.  (Girl, 13)  Charge: Attempted endangering the welfare of a child. MCPO is prosecuting.

  5. Jesus Clavel Villa, 49, Trenton, NJ.  (Girl, 14)  Villa is a cook in Trenton.  Charges: Attempted sexual assault, attempted luring, attempted endangering the welfare of a child.  The Division of Criminal Justice (DCJ) is prosecuting.

  6. Moises Cortes Diaz, 35, New Brunswick, NJ.  (Girl, 13)  Diaz is a self-employed painter.  Charges: Attempted sexual assault, attempted luring, attempted endangering the welfare of a child, attempted manufacturing of child pornography.  DCJ is prosecuting.

  7. Joseph Roman, 31, Denville, NJ.  (Girl, 14)  Roman is unemployed and a registered sex offender.  Charges: Attempted sexual assault, two counts of attempted endangering the welfare of a child, attempted manufacturing of child pornography.  MCPO is prosecuting.

  8. Emanuel Rodriguez, 25, Trenton, NJ.  (Girl, 14)  Charges: Two counts of attempted endangering the welfare of a child, attempted manufacturing of child pornography. MCPO is prosecuting.

  9. Gregory Barger, 37, Morrisville, PA.  (Girl, 14)  Barger is a self-employed painter and a registered sex offender in Pennsylvania.  Charges: Attempted sexual assault, attempted luring, attempted endangering the welfare of a child, attempted kidnapping.  MCPO is prosecuting.

  10. Justin Wann, 35, Paulsboro, NJ.  (Girl, 14)  Wann is a self-employed painter.  Charges: Attempted sexual assault, attempted luring, attempted kidnapping, attempted criminal sexual contact, attempted endangering the welfare of a child.  MCPO is prosecuting. (Also see # 16 for second case)

  11. Frank Duggan, 54, Bordentown, NJ.  (Girl, 14)  Duggan is unemployed.  Charges: Attempted sexual assault, attempted luring, attempted endangering the welfare of a child, attempted manufacturing of child pornography.  DCJ is prosecuting.

  12. Nestor Alonso Chappuis, 37, Hamilton, NJ.  (Girl, 14)  Chappuis is unemployed and a registered sex offender.  Charges: Attempted sexual assault, attempted luring, attempted endangering the welfare of a child.  MCPO is prosecuting.

  13. Evan Sluka, 27, Blakeslee, PA.  (Girl, 14)  Sluka is a chef in Stroudsburg, PA.  Charges: Attempted sexual assault, attempted luring, attempted endangering the welfare of a child, attempted criminal sexual contact.  DCJ is prosecuting.


  14. James Hendryx, 26, Hamilton, NJ.  (Boy, 14)  Hendryx is unemployed.  Charges: Attempted sexual assault, attempted luring, attempted endangering the welfare of a child.  MCPO is prosecuting.

  15. Kyle Zang, 31, Stewartstown, PA.  (Girl, 14)  Charges: Two counts of attempted endangering the welfare of a child, attempted manufacturing of child pornography.  MCPO is prosecuting.

  16. Justin Wann, 35, Paulsboro.  (Girl, 14)  Wann is a self-employed painter.  Charges: Four counts of attempted endangering the welfare of a child.  MCPO is prosecuting.  This second case is based on an additional chat with another undercover officer.

  17. Christopher Baez, 36, New York, NY.  (Girl, 14)  Baez is a restaurant worker.  Charges: Two counts of attempted endangering the welfare of a child, attempted manufacturing of child pornography.  MCPO is prosecuting.

  18. Joseph Zekas, 49, Williamstown, NJ.  (Girl, 13)  Charges: Attempted sexual assault, attempted criminal sexual contact, attempted endangering the welfare of a child.  MCPO is prosecuting.

  19. Taylor Picillo, 29, Hamilton, NJ.  (Boy, 14).  Picillo is employed by a solar energy equipment supplier in Rocklin, CA.  Charges: Attempted sexual assault, attempted luring, attempted endangering the welfare of a child, resisting arrest.  MCPO is prosecuting.

  20. William Oldham, 45, Williamstown, NJ.  (Girl, 14)  Oldham is a fence installer. Charges: Two counts of attempted endangering the welfare of a child, attempted manufacturing of child pornography.  MCPO is prosecuting.

  21. Charles Amer, 50, Maple Shade, NJ.  (Girl, 13)  Amer is a warehouse laborer and a registered sex offender.  Charges: Attempted endangering the welfare of a child, attempted luring.  MCPO is prosecuting.

  22. Yohann Rigogne, 41, Philadelphia, PA.  (Girl, 14)  Rigogne is unemployed.  Charge: Attempted endangering the welfare of a child.  MCPO is prosecuting.

Second-degree charges carry a sentence of five to 10 years in state prison and a fine of up to $150,000, while third-degree charges carry a sentence of three of five years in prison and a fine of up to $15,000.  Fourth-degree charges carry a sentence of up to 18 months in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

Prosecutor Onofri commended all of the individuals and agencies who conducted Operation Risky Business.  He thanked the members of the ICAC Unit who led and coordinated the operation for the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, particularly Sergeants Joe Paglione and Michael Castaldo, under the direction of Chief of Detectives Jessica Plumeri.  He also thanked Assistant Prosecutor Alycia Beyrouty, chief of ICAC, and Chief Jillian Carpenter of the state Division of Criminal Justice Financial and Cyber Crimes Bureau.

He further commended all of the members of the New Jersey State Police who worked on Operation Risky Business, under the direction of Colonel Patrick J. Callahan, particularly Lieutenant Stephen Urbanski and Detective Sergeant Paul Sciortino, and all of the special agents of U.S. Homeland Security Investigations – Cherry Hill Field Office, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Jason J. Molina, particularly Supervisory Special Agent John Fitch.

Prosecutor Onofri also thanked the following federal, state and county agencies that assisted in Operation Risky Business:

  • New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice Financial and Cyber Crimes Bureau
  • New Jersey Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
  • Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office
  • Mercer County Sheriff’s Office
  • Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office
  • Camden County Prosecutor’s Office
  • Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office
  • Mercer County Central Motor Pool

The charges against the defendants in Operation Risky Business are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.  Because they are indictable offenses, they will be presented to a grand jury for potential indictment.



Firefighters Extinguish Construction Dumpster Next To House In East Windsor

May 21, 2022

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–Around 1:34 p.m. East Windsor and Hightstown Fire Departments were dispatched to a dumpster fire in the first block of Compton Drive. First arriving firefighters found a well involved construction dumpster next to a house with exposure issues and called for a full first alarm sending additional apparatus from Robbinsville and other departments to the scene. Firefighters quickly knocked down the flames but remained on scene to overhaul the fire. East Windsor Police, East Windsor Rescue Squad as well as Fire Police were also on scene. No further details are available at this time.



Driver That Hit Apartment Building in East Windsor, Charged with DUI and Other Related Charges

May 5, 2022

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–East Windsor Police report they responded to the E building of Wynbrook West Apartments last night at 9:10 p.m., for a report of a motor vehicle that collided with the building. The initial investigation revealed that the driver lost control of the vehicle while traveling west on Dutch Neck Road, went over a curb and grass area, and eventually struck building E. No injuries were sustained. The driver exhibited signs of impairment and was placed under arrest after failing field sobriety tests. The driver was later released pending court action.

Haron Murage, 59-years-old, of Plainsboro, NJ was charged with DUI, Reckless Driving, Careless Driving,
Failure to Maintain Lane, Driving While Suspended Unlicensed Driver, and Refuse to Submit to Breath Tests. The arresting officer was Patrol Officer Nicholas Enea.

The East Windsor Fire Company and East Windsor First Aid Squad also responded to the scene last night.



Photos above from East Windsor Fire Company Facebook Page.


Construction Van Overturns on NJ Turnpike at Exit 8

May 3, 2022

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–At 5:51 p.m. a construction van apparently left the roadway and crashed through a guardrail possibly hit the bridge abutment before overturning at mile post 67.2, Exit 8 on the New Jersey Turnpike. Hightstown Fire Company, Robbinsville Fire Department, Robbinsville EMS, Hightstown First Aid Squad and Capital Health Paramedics were all dispatched to the scene for reported serious injury with entrapment. There was no extrication required but EMS was needed for the injury. EMS transported to a local hospital for treatment. George’s Towing was on scene with their rotator tow truck crane to upright the van and clear the roadway. New Jersey State Police is investigating the crash. No further details are available at this time.




Well Involved Car Fire Extinguished in East Windsor

April 21, 2022

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–Around 1:25 p.m. Monroe Township, East Windsor and Hightstown Fire Departments responded a car fire on Route 33 east bound. Firefighters round the car well involved in fire in front of 680 Route 33 in the center median near Twin Rivers Drive. Firefighters arrived and quickly knocked down the fire. No further details are available.


Fatal Pedestrian Crash on NJ Turnpike in East Windsor Backs Up Traffic for Over 6 Miles

April 18, 2022–Update

The victim has been identified as Charles H. Niclas 3rd, 43 of Somerdale per NJ State Police.

April 16, 2022

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–According to New Jersey State Police at approximately 1226 p.m., troopers responded to the report of a pedestrian struck on the NJ Turnpike north in outer roadway at mile post 68.4 in East Windsor.

The driver of the vehicle that struck the victim remained on scene and did not report any injuries.  The pedestrian sustained fatal injuries. The right two lanes are currently closed for the accident investigation.

Google Traffic has New Jersey Turnpike traffic starting to back up just north of Exit 7A in Robbinsville to the accident scene 6.5 miles to the north of the area. Avoid the NJ Turnpike in the north bound direction though the afternoon until the accident investigation is completed.




European Wax Center Opens in East Windsor

April 6, 2022

EAST WINDSOR TOWNSHIP. NJ (MERCER)–Mayor Janice S. Mironov and Council Members Denise Daniels, David Russell, Alan Rosenberg and John Zoller joined owners and franchisees Dipali Patel and Varsha Patel, Director of Operations Marisa Cashel, District Manager Carmen Leonardo and staff for the ribbon cutting of European Wax Center located in East Windsor Village Center next door to Target on Princeton Hightstown Road. 72 Princeton Hightstown Rd, East Windsor, NJ 08520

Mayor Mironov stated, “East Windsor welcomes European Wax Center, a quickly growing franchise in this industry of full waxing services and hair removal products as they further expand their operations with a local store.  As one of the over 25 multi-state locations owned by the franchisees, we congratulate them for selection of this prime location in the East Windsor Village as part of their expansion efforts in New Jersey.”

European Wax Center, which began as a family-owned business, opened their first center in 2004 and offers a proprietary waxing process using 100% natural bees wax imported from Europe.  In addition to licensed and professionally trained wax experts, their facility offers private waxing suites and a full line of body, skincare and brow products formulated without parabens or mineral oil.  With over 800 locations nationwide, European Wax Center is a head-to-toe gender neutral waxing service which touts its longer lasting and healthy results.  European Wax Center is the official waxing partner of Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders.

Current hours of operations are Monday thru Friday 8 A.M. to 9:30 P.M. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 A.M. to 6 P.M.  Drop-ins are welcome and appointments can be made by calling (609) 918-4500 or by vising www.waxcenter.com.


Firefighters Combat Stubborn Brush Fire in East Windsor and Monroe Townships

March 21, 2022

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)-MONROE TOWNSHIP (MIDDLESEX)–Firefighters were dispatched to a brush fire behind the 700 block of Twin Rivers Drive North around 4:48 p.m. near the East Windsor and Monroe Township border. East Windsor Fire Company called for Monroe Township Fire Departments and the New Jersey Forrest Fire Service for additional manpower. Additional apparatus from other departments were also dispatched to the scene including East Windsor 42 and Hightstown 41. It appears that the fire extended from Twin Rivers Drive in an easterly direction across 500 feet of woodland behind Krackerjacks Farm Market. A truck refil site was established on Twin Rivers Drive North. Firefighters remained on scene for an extended time mopping up deep seated hot spots. No further information is available at this time.







3 Alarm Fire in East Windsor Destroys Townhome; Woman Burned Flown to Hospital and Others Displaced

March 5, 2022

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–East Windsor Police say that on Saturday, March 5, 2022, at approximately 2:24 pm, members of the East Windsor Township Police Department responded to a report of a structure fire at 140 Bennington Drive, East Windsor, NJ. Upon arrival, officers discovered that the fire had engulfed all levels of the structure. The sole occupant of the residence had already been evacuated from the home by a nearby resident.

The resident of 140 Bennington Drive sustained cuts, scrapes, and burns to her arms, legs, and head. She was transported to Cooperman Barnabus Medical Center by NJ State Police helicopter, and she remains in critical condition. No other persons were injured as a result of the fire. The structures of 138 and 142 Bennington Drive sustained moderate damage from the fire. The properties were inspected by township code officials and determined to be uninhabitable. The displaced residents made temporary arrangements to stay at alternative locations.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the East Windsor Police Department in conjunction with the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office.

Responding Fire Services:

East Windsor Volunteer Fire Company #1 Engine and Ladder 42, East Windsor Volunteer Fire Company #2 Ladder 46, Robbinsville Township Fire Department Squad 40, Plainsboro Fire Company 49, Hightstown Fire Company 41, Hightstown Rescue 42, Millstone Station 32, West Windsor Engine 43, Monroe Ladder 57, Monroe District 3, Princeton Rescue 60, Jamesburg Engine 3, Hamilton Ladder 10, Hamilton Squad 16, Hope Fire – Allentown 82, Manalapan Ladder 26, Princeton Junction Fire Company Engine 44, Signal 22

Responding Emergency Medical Services:

Capital Health Paramedics, East Windsor District I EMS, East Windsor District II EMS, Cranbury 48-3 EMS, and Princeton EMS

Air Medical Service:

New Jersey State Police












Mercer County Proposed 2022 Budget Calls for Flat Tax Levy

February 22, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)– Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes has presented to the County Board of Commissioners his administration’s proposed 2022 budget, a $358 million spending plan that stays within the state-mandated 2-percent cap and would result in no increase to the tax levy.

Mr. Hughes on Feb. 22 presented an overview of his administration’s budget proposal to the commissioners, who will review the document over the coming weeks before voting on its adoption.

Of the total budget, $269 million would be collected through property taxes, the same levy as last year.

“This document represents our effort to provide the best possible government in the most cost-effective manner to the taxpayer,” Mr. Hughes said. “The ongoing pandemic has tested us as never before. While we may have changed the way we deliver some services, I am proud of the fact that we have continued to provide resources our residents expect, and I applaud the creativity of our county workforce, including this board, for their flexibility.”

A resident’s actual tax rate will rise or fall depending on his or her municipality once the county rate is equalized to reflect the difference between municipal property assessments and property market values.

The budget proposes that $6.5 million of the County’s surplus be used, leaving a $33 million balance, along with $22 million from the federal American Rescue Plan fund to “help offset the enormous expenditures incurred during the unprecedented pandemic response,” Mr. Hughes said. The spending plan “reflects our continued response to the challenges brought by the pandemic and the toll it has taken on the health of our residents, as well as our county finances, and as a result of our responsible planning, we can propose a budget that is considerate of our taxpayers and offers relief by holding the line,” Mr. Hughes added.


East Windsor Township Sponsors Gun Safety Program Free Gun Lock Distribution

February 22, 2022

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–Mayor Janice S. Mironov announced that East Windsor Township is sponsoring a Gun Safety Program, through which gun locks will be distributed free of charge to any East Windsor resident.  The program commences March 1 and will run through the end of March.

According to Mayor Mironov, “This is a pro-active initiative, geared to promote and provide improved gun safety.  These locks if properly used by lawful gun owners can help prevent accidental deaths or injuries in the home, as well as deaths and injuries caused by the intentional misuse of guns.” 

Mayor Mironov added, “The use of gun locks is a no-brainer, which keeps guns out of the hands of children and helps prevent unnecessary tragedies.  We hope that programs such as this will remind and educate lawful gun owners about their important responsibility to handle firearms safely and to store them in a secure manner.”

Township residents can obtain free safety locks at the Township police/court facility located at 80 One Mile Road, by contacting Detective Brian Gorski at (609) 448-5678, ext. 236.

The gun locks are made available to the Township at no cost, through Project ChildSafe.  Project ChildSafe is the nation’s largest firearms safety program, and is sponsored by the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

Simply Fruits Opens in East Windsor

February 17, 2022

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–Mayor Janice S. Mironov along with Council Member John Zoller joined local owners and staff for the grand opening ribbon cutting of Simply Fruits in Windsor Center at the corner of Route 130 South at Princeton Hightstown Road.

Mayor Mironov stated, “East Windsor welcomes to our community Simply Fruits, a unique and healthy made-to-order fruit bowls, juice and smoothie shop.  Conveniently located next to Petco in prominently located Windsor Center, Simply Fruits is sure to be a popular destination.”

Simply Fruits, with a sister location in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, and coming soon to Jenkintown, PA, is a shop which offers healthy acai, pitaya, kale and coconut bowls, smoothies and juices.  The Simply Fruit menu features hot oatmeal varieties as apple pie and blueberry crisp, yogurt parfait types, and a variety of toasties as avocado, Mediterranean, peanut butter and Nutella, as well as coming soon loose-leaf teas.  With a tagline of “Simply Fruits, Love What You Eat!”, they have a varied menu of options and flavors and provide healthy and quality ingredients with a heading “Fruit Is Always a Good Idea”. 

Simply Fruits offers seating for eating in, as well as take-out service.  The current hours of operation are seven days a week, Monday thru Sunday from 8:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. Online and in-store kiosk ordering is available for customer convenience as each item is made to order.  For more information, visit http://www.simplyfruits.com or call (609) 789-0577.  


Update: 23-Year-Old from Iselin Seriously Injured in East Windsor, NJ Turnpike Crash

February 7, 2022

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–Trooper Brandi Slota from The New Jersey State Police, Public Information Unit told MidJersey.News that Troopers responded to a multi motor vehicle crash on the New Jersey Turnpike southbound outer lane at milepost 65.5 in East Windsor Twp at approximately 6:28 a.m. The preliminary investigation revealed that a Freightliner tractor semi-trailer was traveling south on the New Jersey Turnpike outer Roadway in East Windsor Township, Mercer County.  A Nissan Rogue was traveling south, directly behind the Freightliner. A second Freightliner tractor semi-trailer was disabled on the right shoulder of the roadway. In the area of milepost 65.5, the front of the Nissan collided with the rear of the first Freightliner traveling directly in front of it and subsequently the rear of the second Freightliner disabled on the right shoulder.  As a result, the driver of the Nissan, identified as Peter J. Pascalli Jr., 23, of Iselin sustained serious injuries and was transported to the hospital. 


This morning’s breaking news story here:

February 7, 2022

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–A serious crash occurred on the New Jersey Turnpike in the area of mile post 65.5 south bound outer lanes around 6:37 a.m. It appears that a car rear ended a tractor trailer, and one was entrapped in the wreckage. Firefighters from Robbinsville Township Fire Department and Hightstown Fire Company extricated the occupant of the vehicle in about 30 minutes. Tow truck operators from Treats Garage – Mackey’s Towing in the Windsor Section of Robbinsville helped use their truck to pull the car back enough to help in the extrication. Robbinsville EMS, Cranbury EMS and Hightstown EMS along with Captial Health Paramedics were also on scene. There were reports that NJSP escorted the ambulance to the Trauma Center at Captial Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton. NJ State Police are investigating the crash. No further information is available at this time.



Serious Crash on NJ Turnpike in East Windsor


Update:


February 7, 2022

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–A serious crash occurred on the New Jersey Turnpike in the area of mile post 65.5 south bound outer lanes around 6:37 a.m. It appears that a car rear ended a tractor trailer, and one was entrapped in the wreckage. Firefighters from Robbinsville Township Fire Department and Hightstown Fire Company extricated the occupant of the vehicle in about 30 minutes. Tow truck operators from Treats Garage – Mackey’s Towing in the Windsor Section of Robbinsville helped use their truck to pull the car back enough to help in the extrication. Robbinsville EMS, Cranbury EMS and Hightstown EMS along with Captial Health Paramedics were also on scene. There were reports that NJSP escorted the ambulance to the Trauma Center at Captial Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton. NJ State Police are investigating the crash. No further information is available at this time.


21 Videos Show East Windsor Man, a Prior Convicted Sex Offender in Bestiality Acts with a Horse; Devices Also Contained Between 1,000 and 100,000 Images of Child Pornography

UPDATE:

February 4, 2022

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)—According to an Affidavit of Probable Cause obtained by MidJersey.news The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) received a report from KIK regarding the distribution of child pornography and generated a cybertip report where a user utilized KIK to upload three files containing child pornography. After reviewing the cypertip an IP Address 73.193.229.70 was located with a physical address in the 600 Block of Ithaca Place in East Windsor.

On January 27, 2022, officers executed a search warrant at the residence on Ithaca Place in East Windsor, NJ. While executing the search warrant, Mitchell B Richtman, 31, was located in the residence. Officers located and seized several electronic devices belonging to Richtman, according to the affidavit.

Police stated in the affidavit that while previewing the seized electronic devices detectives located a combination of between approximately 1,000 and 100,000 images and video files containing child sexual abuse material.

Additionally, while previewing the seized electronic devices, detectives located approximately twenty-one (21) videos depicting Mitchell Richtman performing fellatio on a horse, as reported in the Affidavit of Probable Cause.

The document also shows Richtman was charged with, knowingly possessing or knowingly view or knowingly have under his control, though any means including the Internet, between 1,000 and 100,000 items depicting the sexual exploitation or abuse of a child in violation of N.J.S.2C:24-4B (5) (B) (II) which is a Second Degree Crime.

Richtman was also charged with knowingly use an animal in a sexual manner, and/or did initiate sexual contact on an animal specifically by performing fellatio on a horse, in violation of N.J.S. 4:22-17C(4) which is a Fourth Degree Crime.

The Affidavit of Probable Cause is signed by Detective Minnick


According to a search of the New Jersey Sex Offender Internet Registry Mitchell B. Richtman is a Tier 2-Moderate Risk offender and was convicted on October 12, 2005 for 2C:24-4A – Endanger Welfare of Children in Mercer County.

Richtman was taken into custody and charged in 2017 after two girls saw him committing a lewd act in a aisle between bookshelves at the Hamilton Public Library while watching a video on his cell phone.

Ritchtman was arrested on a similar charge in Hightstown branch of the Mercer County Library in 2016 and a prior sex offense conviction in 2011.





East Windsor Man Arrested for Child Pornography Possession and Animal Cruelty

“Forensic previews conducted on those devices revealed a second-degree amount of child pornography depicting children as young as five years old.  Additionally, detectives located several videos depicting Richtman performing sexual acts on a horse.”

January 31, 2022

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri reported today that an investigation into online child exploitation has resulted in the arrest of an East Windsor man.

Mitchell B. Richtman, 31, of East Windsor, NJ, is charged with second-degree possession of child pornography and fourth-degree animal cruelty.  The prosecutor’s office has filed a motion to detain Richtman pending trial.

Detectives with the prosecutor’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Unit recently received information from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that an individual in Mercer County was uploading child pornography.  An investigation was initiated and Richtman was identified as a suspect.  On Thursday, January 27, 2022, detectives with the ICAC unit executed a search warrant at Richtman’s residence in East Windsor.  He was detained without incident and several electronic devices were seized.  Forensic previews conducted on those devices revealed a second-degree amount of child pornography depicting children as young as five years old.  Additionally, detectives located several videos depicting Richtman performing sexual acts on a horse.

Second-degree crimes carry a sentence of 5 to 10 years in state prison and a fine of up to $150,000.  Fourth-degree crimes carry a sentence of up to 18 months in state prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

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

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


Snow Totals in New Jersey from Jan 28-29, 2022 Blizzard

January 30, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–The National Westher Service confirmed Blizzard Conditions along the entire coastal strip of New Jersey from Cape May to Sandy Hook, NJ during the Nor’easter of January 28 and 29, 2022. A blizzard is defined as three or more hours of visibility reductions to one quarter mile or less due to falling or blowing snow, and sustained winds or frequent gusts of 35 mph or greater. Shore areas received 11 to 21 inches of snow reported.

Moving further west inland towards Trenton areas of Western Monmouth, Western Ocean, and Western Burlington and Mercer County received around 9 to 10 inches of snow. Further north in the areas north of our reporting area such as Hunterdon, Warren, Morris, Passaic and Sussex Counties received 2.1 to 5.6 inches of snow.





Jersey Shore Fire Response Live Video from January 29, 2022









Grand Reopening of East Windsor McDonalds

McDonald’s brand new modernized restaurant

January 24, 2022

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–Mayor Janice S. Mironov along with Council Members Denise Daniels, Alan Rosenberg, David Russell and John Zoller joined local owners and management staff for the grand re-opening ribbon cutting of the newly constructed McDonald’s, on the corner of Route 130 South and Dutch Neck Road.

Mayor Mironov stated, “East Windsor happily welcomes back to our community the very popular McDonald’s and their many dedicated and long-term employees who service their loyal customers.  The Township appreciates McDonald’s long term investment in East Windsor, with this brand new modernized restaurant on this prominently located site.  The new design incorporates enhanced customer service and safety with additional ordering lanes and menu boards, along with modernized and efficient technology to support the restaurant operations.”

Demolition of the old building began earlier this year, and construction of a similar sized, approximately 4,940 square foot modernized McDonald’s restaurant replaced the long existing building. Improvements included side-by-side drive-thru kiosks and new menu boards and pre-browse menu boards to expand vehicle stacking capacity and enhance ordering safety, as well as new free-standing and wall signage, repaved and upgraded parking areas, added landscaping and related improvements.

McDonald’s was founded in 1940 and has grown to become the world’s largest restaurant chain by revenue serving over 69 million customers daily in over 100 countries. McDonald’s, best known for its hamburgers, cheeseburgers and french fries also features chicken, breakfast, salads, fish, fruit, milkshakes and desserts on its menu.

Current restaurant hours are daily from 6 A.M. to 11 PM, and drive-through hours are Monday through Thursday and Sunday, 5:30 A.M. to 1 A.M., and Friday and Saturday, 5:30 A.M. to 2 A.M. For more information, visit http://www.mcdonalds.com or call (609) 443-4433.

Traffic Alert: Sink Hole Repair on Route 130 Southbound in East Windsor

January 21, 2022

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials today announced that the left lane on Route 130 near Old Cranberry Road will be closed this afternoon for an emergency sinkhole repair in East Windsor, Mercer County. 

At approximately 1 p.m., today, Friday, January 21, NJDOT’s contractor, Joseph M. Sanzari, Inc, is scheduled to close the left lane on Route 130 southbound near Old Cranberry Road in East Windsor to repair a sinkhole. The work is expected to be completed tonight after the evening commute. Motorists should expect delays, use caution, and slow down to give crews room to work safely.

The precise timing of the work is subject to change due to weather or other factors.  Motorists are encouraged to check NJDOT’s traffic information website www.511nj.org for construction updates and real-time travel information. For NJDOT news follow us on Twitter @NewJerseyDOT and our Facebook page.




Singas Famous Pizza Opens in East Windsor Town Center Plaza

January 18, 2022

EAST WINDSOR TOWNSHIP.   Mayor Janice S. Mironov along with Council Members Denise Daniels, Alan Rosenberg and John Zoller joined local owner and management staff for the grand opening ribbon cutting of Singas Famous Pizza in East Windsor Town Center Plaza.

Mayor Mironov stated, “We welcome and congratulate locally owned Singas Famous Pizza as it expands its footprint into a major shopping center in East Windsor. Singas brings a long history and reputation in its pizza concept and product, which interestingly is marked by a unique Greek approach to the ingredients. Their Greek-inspired thin pizza crust and signature sauces are unique and a lighter alternative to other pizza offerings in the area.”

Singas Famous Pizza, an American based franchised restaurant chain, first opened in 1967 in Elmhurst, New York and has since expanded its chain of restaurants to 20 locations along the East Coast, including 8 New Jersey locations, 11 New York locations, and 1 North Carolina location. The menu, in addition to their signature 10” pizza, includes wings, meatballs, mozzarella sticks, bread bites, salads, burgers, sandwiches and pasta dishes.

Singas Famous Pizza offers dine-in, delivery and take-out service.  Current hours are daily from 11 A.M. to 9 P.M. For more information, visit http://www.singaspizzas.com or call (609) 642-1000.


  • 319 US Highway 130. East Windsor, NJ 08520
  • (609) 642-1000

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen Opens in East Windsor

December 22, 2021

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–Mayor Janice S. Mironov along with Council Members Alan Rosenberg and John Zoller joined local owners and management staff for the grand opening ribbon cutting of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, on Princeton Hightstown Road just west of Route 130.

Mayor Mironov stated,  “East Windsor welcomes to our community the very popular Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, distinguished by its New Orleans-style fried chicken that has made the brand famous nationally and worldwide.  The Township appreciates Popeyes investment in East Windsor, adding another eatery choice to the many varied restaurant options in East Windsor”.

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, an American based multinational restaurant chain, was founded in 1972 in New Orleans, Louisiana and has grown to become one of the largest quick-service chicken restaurants.  Popeyes, which specializes in fried chicken, is known for its Louisiana-spicy fried chicken, chicken tenders, fried shrimp and regional signature sides. Popeyes has expanded its chain of restaurants to 48 states and the District of Columbia, Canada, Spain, Philippines and Malaysia, totaling over 2,700 locations worldwide. The Popeyes Foundation, created in 2018, assists communities across the United States through hunger relief efforts and their Family Fund provides short-term immediate relief for their family, franchise and company employees in times of need.

Popeyes offers dine-in, drive thru and take out service, and the full menu can be accessed on-line at www.popeyes.com. Current hours of operation are seven days a week, Monday thru Sunday from 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 P.M.  For more information, visit the website or call (609) 632-2121.





East Windsor Township Again Achieves Silver Level Sustainable Jersey Certification

December 16, 2021

EAST WINDSOR TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)—Mayor Janice S. Mironov and Green Team members were once again awarded the Sustainable Jersey Silver Level Certification in a recent ceremony by Sustainable Jersey Executive Director Randall Solomon.  Sustainable Jersey is a certification program for municipalities that want to go green, save money and take steps to sustain their quality of life over the long term.  Launched in 2009, Sustainable Jersey is a 100% voluntary certification program for municipalities in New Jersey. 

East Windsor was honored for the third time with Silver Level Sustainable Jersey Certification with 33 actions in 12 categories for a total of 365 points.  East Windsor Township previously earned Silver Level Sustainable Jersey Certification in 2018 and in 2015.  East Windsor earned silver certification action points for many Township initiated programs and actions undertaken by Mayor Mironov and Council Members, including creation of a Green Team, community outreach programs, emergency communications planning, municipal on-site solar system, farmland preservation plans, community garden, sustainable land use pledge, business recognition programs, open space preservation, environmental assessment ordinance, green grounds and maintenance policy, pest management, community recycling/paper shredding events, backyard composting program, and “Cut it and Leave it” program. East Windsor is one of only 25 municipalities statewide that achieved Sustainable Jersey Silver Level Certification in 2021.

            Mayor Mironov stated, “This certification recognizes the Township’s pro-active efforts in community partnerships and outreach, composting and recycling, emergency management, natural resource and farmland preservation, sustainable land use practices, energy conservation, and furthermore enables East Windsor Township to be eligible for future grants and funding opportunities.  We are extremely proud of the substantial achievements of our municipality and this prestigious statewide recognition, and the dedicated efforts of our many volunteers.” Mayor Mironov added, “‘Green’ programs such as open space and farmland preservation and tree replacement efforts have always been a priority of East Windsor Township.  We appreciate the opportunity to demonstrate our level of achievement with Sustainable Jersey, and we are honored to be recertified as a statewide Silver Level municipality.”

            The members of the East Windsor Green Team are:   Chairperson Ronald Balint;  Mayor Janice S. Mironov;  Deputy Mayor Peter Yeager;  Council Member John Zoller;  East Windsor Municipal Utilities Authority Executive Director Richard Brand;  Dave Bahniuk;  Michael Baskin;  John G. Donnelly;  Edward M. Kelley;  Joseph Miczak, and student member Rajiv Srinath.

East Windsor Participates in Womanspace Communities of Light

December 14, 2021

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–Mayor Janice S. Mironov, Deputy Mayor Peter Yeager, Council Members Denise Daniels, Alan Rosenberg, and John Zoller, as well as Chief of Police James Geary and police officers participated with The Peddie School students and residents in the 2021 Township Womanspace “Communities of Light” event at the East Windsor Municipal Building.  The purpose of “Communities of Light” is to raise funds for Womanspace and raise public awareness of domestic violence and resources and services available to abuse victims.  Participants purchased luminary kits and joined together at the municipal building to light candles around the entire perimeter and walkways of the municipal building.

Mayor Mironov stated, “‘Communities of Light’ is intended to serve as a beacon of hope for individuals and families who are impacted by the dreadful situation of domestic violence.  Our participation is to demonstrate our support of victims and their families, as well as recognition that domestic violence knows no boundaries and impacts every community regardless of race, religion or socio-economic background.”

Mayor Mironov added, “As a community we wish to express our strong support for organizations like Womanspace and our local Domestic Violence Victim Response Team and to recognize the important assistance they provide to victims of domestic violence.  We hope that our participation will help focus public attention on the important subject of domestic violence and to encourage residents to become more aware of support efforts and resources available to victims and families.”

Communities of Light raises funds for Womanspace, the primary non-profit organization in Mercer County providing crisis intervention and support for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.  The mission of Womanspace is to provide a comprehensive array of services to individuals impacted by domestic violence and dedicated to improving the quality of life for women and their families.

Mayor Janice S. Mironov and Council Members join with members of the Police Department at the municipal building for Township participation in “Communities of Light” event to raise funds and public awareness for Womanspace, the primary regional provider of services for victims of domestic abuse. Pictured (from left to right) are:   (front row) Sergeant Ryan Ballard;  Mayor Janice S. Mironov;  Council Member Denise Daniels;  Detective Michelle McCandrew;  Detective Sergeant Paul Wille;  (back row) Police Officer Tim Purpuri;  Lieutenant Jason Hart;  Council Member John Zoller;  Chief of Police James Geary;  Council Member Alan Rosenberg;  Deputy Mayor Peter Yeager;  Animal Control Officer James St. John;  Detective Sergeant Thomas Meyer;  Detective Robert Davison;  Lieutenant Ryan Mattek, and Detective Joseph Carabelli.


Mayor Janice S. Mironov is joined by members of The Peddie School Girls Basketball Team to light the first candle kicking off the Township Womanspace “Communities of Light” ceremony.


Mayor Janice S. Mironov and Council Members issue Proclamation designating December 6, 2021 as “Communities of Light” day on which East Windsor Township participated by lighting up the municipal building, to raise funds for Womanspace and focus public awareness on the important subject of domestic violence and support for victims and families. Pictured (from left to right) are:   Council Member John Zoller;  Mayor Janice S. Mironov;  Chief of Police James Geary;  Council Member Denise Daniels;  Council Member Alan Rosenberg;  Deputy Mayor Peter Yeager, and Township Manager James Brady.

East Windsor Township Police Blotter Through December 1, 2021

December 2, 2021

EAST WINDSOR TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The East Windsor Township Police Department initiated the following police reports through Wednesday, December 1, 2021.

Remember that all accused are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a Court of law.

DUI

Location: Town Center Plaza Time/Date: 2:39 AM, 11/21/2021

The officer conducted a field inquiry with an idling, parked vehicle in the rear of the Town Center Plaza. The officer observed open cans of beer inside the vehicle. The driver exhibited signs of impairment and was placed under a1Test after failing field sobriety tests. The driver was later released pending court action.

Defendant: Anthony Pope Long Branch, NJ 46 Years of Age

Charges: DUI

Reckless Driving Careless Driving

Open Container of Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle Consumption of Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle

A1Testing Officer: Patrol Officer Joseph Zucchero


Drugs

Location: Milford Road Time/Date: 11:20 PM, 11/21/2021

The officer conducted a motor vehicle stop after observing a vehicle with an expired registration. The officer observed prescription drugs that were not prescribed to the driver in plain view. The driver was placed under arrest and later released pending court action.

Defendant: Jason Restifo New Milford, CT 44 Years of Age

Charges: Possession of a Prescription Legend Drug Unregistered Vehicle

Arresting Officer: Patrol Officer John Cate


Shoplifting

Location: Shop Rite (319 Route 130 North) Time/Date: 1:45 PM, 11/25/2021

The officer responded to Shop Rite for a reported shoplifting. The officer located the individual in the parking lot actively running away from Loss Prevention personnel. The individual immediately complied with the officer’s command to stop running and was arrested.

Investigation revealed that the individual left the store without paying for $118.14 worth of merchandise. The individual was later released pending court action.

Defendant: Freddy Campoverde East Windsor, NJ 50 Years of Age

Charge: Shoplifting

 Arresting Officer: Patrol Officer Dylan Barlow


DUI

Location: Route 33/Lake Drive Time/Date: 11:10 PM, 11/27/2021

The officer conducted a motor vehicle stop after observing a vehicle make an improper lane change without utilizing its tum signal. The driver exhibited signs of impairment and was placed under arrest after failing field sobriety tests. The driver was later released pending court action.

Defendant: Giovani Jimenez Hightstown, NJ 32 Years of Age

 Charges: DUI

Reckless Driving Careless Driving Unlicensed Driver

Open Container of Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle Improper Turn

Failure to Use Turn Signal Arresting Officer: Patrol Officer Joshua Pohl


DUI

Location: Twin Rivers Drive/Overton Road Time/Date: 12:10 AM, 11/29/2021

The officer conducted a motor vehicle stop after observing a vehicle failing to maintain its lane of travel. The driver exhibited signs of impairment and was placed under arrest after failing field sobriety tests. The driver was later released pending court action.

Defendant: Nicholas Salvadore East Windsor, NJ 50 Years of Age

Charges: DUI

Reckless Driving Careless Driving Unlicensed Driver

Open Container of Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle Failure to Maintain Lane

Arresting Officer: Patrol Officer Joshua Pohl


DUI

Location: Route 130/Hankins Road Time/Date: 8:00 PM, 11/30/2021

The officer conducted a motor vehicle stop after observing a vehicle failing to maintain its lane of travel. The driver exhibited signs of impairment and was placed under arrest after failing field sobriety tests. The driver was later released pending court action.

Defendant:  Juan Garcia Trenton, NJ 44 Years of Age

Charges: Juan Garcia Trenton, NJ 44 Years of Age

DUI Reckless Driving

 Careless Driving Unlicensed Driver Driving While Suspended

Open Container of Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle Failure to Maintain Lane

Arresting Officer: Patrol Officer Thomas Nicola


DUI/Lewdness

Location: Etra Road/Disbrow Hill Road Time/Date: 11:57 PM, 12/1/2021

The officer conducted a field inquiry on vehicle that was parked at the Etra Lake boat ramp. Upon approach, the officer observed the individual committing a lewd act. The individual exhibited signs of impairment and was placed under arrest after failing field sobriety tests. The individual was later released pending court action.

Defendant: Steven Pozza Millstone, NJ 55 Years of Age

Charges: DUI

Reckless Driving Careless Driving

Refuse to Submit to Breath Test Lewdness

 Arresting Officer: Patrol Officer Michael Whalen


All accused are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a Court of law.


Crunch Fitness Grand Opening in East Windsor

November 29, 2021

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–Mayor Janice S. Mironov and Council Members Peter Yeager, Alan Rosenberg and John Zoller joined facility executives Regional Sales Director Pam Farish-Ozoroski, General Manager Joseph Sidoti and Assistant Manager Katherine Guzman for the Grand Opening event for Crunch Fitness located in the Windsor Crossing Shopping Center directly across from The Home Depot.

Mayor Mironov stated, “East Windsor is excited to welcome Crunch Fitness, which offers a wide variety of exercise equipment and options, and a variety of health and wellness programs, including personal training and group fitness classes.  Their convenient location and extensive class schedule provides residents in the area with another avenue to maintain a year-round fitness routine.”

The original opening of Crunch Fitness in February 2020 was interrupted by the pandemic, generating this grand opening celebration.  Crunch Fitness, a 24,203 square foot facility, features state-of-the-art workout equipment, specialized high-intensity interval training equipment, free range of motion weights, cardio equipment, group fitness classes, circuit training, free weight and heavy weight areas, and other guest amenities including on-site childcare, saunas, steam rooms, tanning and massage beds.  Crunch Fitness offers over 200 fitness classes including cycling, barre, Pilates, yoga and Zumba classes, and they also sell a variety of meal replacement low glycemic, less sugar and lower calorie meal-in-a-cup menu items, as well as blended shakes and kids options.  Crunch Fitness has locations in the United States, Australia, Canada, Costa Rica, and Spain, including 21 locations in New Jersey.

Current hours of operation are Monday thru Thursday from 5:00 A.M. to 10:00 P.M., Friday from 5:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M., and Saturday thru Sunday from 7:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.  Registration for classes is required and available 22 hours to 30 minutes prior to a class on the Crunch app or at members.crunch.com website. Call (609) 371-7111 or visit www.crunch.com/locations/east-windsor for additional information.

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East Windsor Township Recognizes Domestic Violence Awareness Month Held In October And Participation In Womanspace “Communities Of Light” To Be Held On December 6, 2021

November 11, 2021

EAST WINDSOR TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)– Mayor Janice Mironov and Council Members David Russell, Alan Rosenberg and John Zoller, joined by Womanspace Executive Director Patricia Hart and Township police officers, proclaimed October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, praising Womanspace and the Domestic Violence Victim Response Team “for their commendable efforts in focusing attention on the important community subject of domestic abuse and providing support and resources for abuse victims.”   

            Mayor Mironov stated, “East Windsor was the first municipality in Mercer County to step up and establish a Domestic Violence Victim Response Team with the help of Womanspace and our Police Department.  Mayor Mironov’s Proclamation reads, “The East Windsor Domestic Violence Victim Response Team and Womanspace have provided a coordinated community response that has served hundreds of local residents during its years of operation, and has improved many lives in our community by advocating the importance of victim safety as well as accountability for abusers.  The pro-active commitment by East Windsor Township through its Domestic Violence Victim Response Team and Womanspace visibly demonstrates to our residents and surrounding municipalities that we are united in combating domestic violence and that it is unacceptable to our entire community.”

            Mayor Mironov and Township officials further kicked off East Windsor Township’s participation in Womanspace “Communities of Light encouraging residents and local groups to join in and support this event, geared to raise funds and awareness of domestic violence and services available to victims.  Mayor Mironov stated, “We hope that our participation will help focus public attention on the important subject of domestic violence and to encourage residents to become more aware of support efforts available to victims and families.  As a community, we wish to express our strong support for organizations like Womanspace and our local Domestic Violence Victim Response Team and to recognize the important assistance they provide to victims of domestic violence.”  She added, “the lighting of luminaries is a unique means of increasing local awareness of the ongoing presence of domestic violence in all of our communities and to serve as a symbol of hope for all those who struggle with violence in their homes.”

Mayor Mironov called on all residents and businesses to participate by purchasing candles and gathering at the East Windsor Municipal Building (16 Lanning Boulevard) on December 6, 2021 at 5 p.m. to light up the East Windsor Municipal Building, followed by light refreshments.  Citizens can participate by purchasing luminary kits, containing six candles each, for $10 at any time at the Police/Municipal Court Building (80 One Mile Road) and bringing luminary kits to the event.  All proceeds will go 100% directly to Womanspace, the primary Mercer County organization providing a comprehensive array of services to individuals affected by domestic violence and dedicated to improving the quality of life of abuse victims and their families.  For further information, call (609) 448-5678, ext. 236.



Diversified Rack & Shelving Donates $10K To Area Service Organizations

October 6, 2021

EAST WINDSOR TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Diversified Rack & Shelving partnered with East Windsor Township Mayor Janice S. Mironov, to present $10,000 in donations to four community organizations: $2,500 to RISE Community Service Partnership to support their food distribution program, $2,500 to Mercer County Meals on Wheels, $2,500 to Jewish Family & Children’s Service for their mobile food truck, and $2,500 to the East Windsor Senior Trust Fund for senior programming.  According to Dave Longo, President & CEO of Diversified Rack & Shelving, “These donations are part of a long-standing tradition and corporate philosophy of Diversified Rack & Shelving to support local charitable causes.”

Mayor Janice Mironov stated, “These generous donations by community spirited business Diversified Rack & Shelving provide valuable support for food distribution programs and for our valued senior citizen programs in our East Windsor community.  We are fortunate to have the opportunity to work and collaborate with each of these worthy organizations which provide such tremendous support services in our community.”  Mayor Mironov added, “Food distribution especially has been key during the pandemic so we especially value our private caring business partners such as Diversified Rack & Shelving.”

RISE Community Service Partnership is a local based center of social support which helps families and individuals by providing them with a variety of services including maintaining a year-round pantry of food and goods.  Mercer County Meals on Wheels serves homebound seniors who are 60 years and older who are unable to cook or shop for themselves through regular home visits by agency volunteers.

Jewish Family & Children’s Service mobile food truck brings the food pantry to community members who may experience transportation barriers, physical mobility or financial limitations for healthy food choices. The East Windsor Senior Trust Fund provides resources for a diverse array of senior programs and socialization opportunities facilitated through the East Windsor Senior Center.

Diversified Rack & Shelving, located on Route 130 North, is a family-owned business since 1990 that supplies industrial racks and shelving of all sizes and configurations.  They are one of the largest suppliers of used racks, shelving and material handling equipment on the East Coast, providing a sustainable and environmentally friendly option to their customers.


East Windsor Police Blotter Through November 3, 2021

November 4, 2021

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–The East Windsor Township Police Department initiated the following police reports through Wednesday, November 3, 2021.


Receiving Stolen Property

Location: Route 130 South/Hankins Road Time/Date: 1:30 PM, 10/22/2021

The officer conducted a motor vehicle stop after observing the vehicle fail to observe a traffic signal. Investigation revealed that the license plate displayed on the vehicle was fictitious and the vehicle was reported stolen out of New York City. The driver was arrested and later released pending court action.

Defendant:

Charges:

Shamari Robinson Bronx, NY

23 Years of Age

Receiving Stolen Property Failure to Observe Signal Fictitious Plates

Failure to Exhibit Driver’s License

Arresting Officer: Patrol Officer Brian Rust


Drug Paraphernalia

Location: Twin Rivers Drive North Time/Date: 3:00 PM, 10/23/2021

The officer responded to a parking lot on Twin Rivers Drive North to assist an individual in locating his vehicle. The officers located the vehicle and observed drug paraphernalia in plain view. The officers conducted a search of the vehicle and recovered the drug paraphernalia. The individual was arrested and later released pending court action.

Defendant:

Charges:

Brian Acevedo East Windsor, NJ 25 Years of Age

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia Possession of a Hypodermic Syringe

Arresting Officer: Patrol Officer Juan Polanco


DUI

Location: Route 130/Hickory Comer Road Time/Date: 11:00 PM, 10/24/2021

The officer responded to Route 130 south near Hickory Comer Road for a repmi of a vehicle driving on the rim. The officer conducted a motor vehicle stop after observing the vehicle driving on the rim. The driver exhibited signs of impairment and was placed under arrest after failing field sobriety tests. The driver was later released pending court action.

Defendant:             Stacy Hayes Jamesburg, NJ 49 Years of Age

Charges:                 DUI

Reckless Driving Careless Driving Unsafe Tires

Under the Influence of a Controlled Dangerous Substance Arresting Officer: Patrol Officer Juan Polanco


Disorderly Conduct Location: Colonade Motel

Time/Date: 6:05 PM, 10/25/2021

The officer responded to the parking lot of the Colonade Motel for a disturbance. The individual appeared intoxicated and was shouting obscenities at tenants and refused to return to his room.

The individual was placed under arrest for disorderly conduct and began to flee from the officer once handcuffed. The officer quickly regained control of the individual and transported him to police headquarters. The individual was later released pending court action

Defendant:            Matthew Wojtowicz East Windsor, NJ 31 Years of Age

Charges:                 Obstructing Justice Disorderly conduct Harassment

Arresting Officer: Patrol Officer Michael Pidhorecki


DUI

Location: Route 571/Route 535 Time/Date: 4:40 PM, 11/02/2021

The officer responded to the intersection of Route 571 and Route 535 for a reported motor vehicle. collision. No injuries were sustained. Investigation revealed that the driver failed to observe a

red signal and collided with another vehicle in the intersection. The driver exhibited signs of . impairment and was placed under arrest after failing field sobriety tests. The driver was later · released pending court action.

Defendant:             Hugo Davila-Rafael Trenton, NJ

51 Years of Age

Charges:                DUI

Reckless Driving Careless Driving

Failure to Observe Signal Unlicensed Driver Uninsured Vehicle Umegistered Vehicle Obstructing Traffic

Arresting Officer: Patrol Officer Juan Polanco


All accused are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a Court of law.


The Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office ObservesDomestic Violence Awareness Month

October 28, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–As Domestic Violence Awareness Month comes to an end, the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office would like to remind the community that we are here to help. Domestic violence transcends all boundaries: age, gender, race, ethnic, geographical, economic and sexual orientation. Applications for temporary restraining orders are available Monday through Friday during business hours at the Mercer County Civil Courthouse located at 175 South Broad Street in Trenton. After business hours and on weekends, TRO applications can be made at your local police department. Our Office of Victim Witness Advocacy is here to assist you at (609) 989-6428. If you are in imminent danger or an emergency situation, always call 9-1-1.

East Windsor Police Blotter Through October 20, 2021

October 22, 2021

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–The East Windsor Township Police Department initiated the following police reports through Wednesday, October 20, 2021.

1. DUI

Location: Dorchester Drive Time/Date: 8:43 PM, 10/14/2021

The officer conducted a motor vehicle stop after observing the vehicle with an obstructed view. The driver exhibited signs of impairment and was placed under arrest after failing field sobriety tests. The driver was later released pending court action.

Defendant:             Mario Jimenez, East Windsor, NJ 35 Years of Age

Charges:                DUI

Reckless Driving Careless Driving Obstructed View

Failure to Dim High Beams

Consumption of Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle Open Container of Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle

Arresting Officer: Patrol Officer Thomas Nicola


2. DUI

Location: Route 571/Route 130 Time/Date: 4:00 PM, 10/15/2021

The officer conducted a motor vehicle stop after discovering that the driver’s license was suspended. The driver exhibited signs of impairment and was placed under arrest after failing field sobriety tests. The driver was later released pending court action.

Defendant:

Charges:

Paul Rutzler,

East Windsor, NJ 52 Years of Age

DUI

Reckless Driving Careless Driving

Driving While Suspended Unlicensed Driver Uninsured Motor Vehicle

Arresting Officer: Patrol Officer Nicholas Hoffman


3. DUI

Location: Dutch Neck Road/Oak Creek Road Time/Date: 2:15 PM, 10/17/2021

The officer conducted a motor vehicle stop after observing the vehicle failing to maintain its lane of travel. The driver exhibited signs of impairment and was placed under arrest after failing field sobriety tests. The driver was later released pending court action.

Defendant:             Juan Ordonez-Toledo,

East Windsor, NJ 38 Years of Age

Charges:                DUI

Reckless Driving Careless Driving

Failure to Maintain Lane Arresting Officer: Patrol Officer Michael Pidhorecki


4. Eluding

Location: Route 130/Route 571 Time/Date: 4:55 PM, 10/17/2021

The officer attempted to conduct a motor vehicle stop after observing the vehicle fail to observe a traffic signal.   The vehicle failed to stop and eluded the officer in a reckless manner by committing multiple infractions in the immediate vicinity of several pedestrians. The East Brunswick Police later located the driver at a residence in their jurisdiction and placed him under arrest. The individual was detained in the Mercer County Jail pending court action.

Defendant:             Amir Cureton,

East Brunswick, NJ 33 Years of Age

Charges:                 Eluding Obstructing Justice Reckless Driving Careless Driving

Driving While Suspended Unlicensed Driver

Failure to Stop for Emergency Vehicle Disregard Traffic Control Device X2 Circumventing a Traffic Signal Obstructing Traffic

Failure to Maintain Lane Arresting Officer: Patrol Officer Nicholas Hoffmann


5. Assault on Law Enforcement Officer Location: Probasco Road

Time/Date: 6:30 PM, 10/18/2021

The officer responded to the area of Kipling Lane for a report of individuals possibly arguing. The officer located one of the involved individuals walking on Wyckoff Mills Road. The officer discovered that the individual had an active warrant and attempted to place the individual under arrest. The individual physically resisted and spit on the officer. The individual was eventually arrested and later released pending court action.

Defendant:            Sukhjit Singh, East Windsor, NJ 25 Years of Age

Charges:                Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer

Resisting Arrest

Arresting Officer: Patrol Officer Evan McNamara


6. Theft

Location: Walmart (839 Route 130 North) Time/Date: 10:30 PM, 10/18/2021

The officer responded to Walmart for a reported shoplifting. The individual left prior to police arrival, but a Hightstown police officer stopped the suspect vehicle nearby. Investigation revealed that the individual left the store without paying for $598.28 worth of merchandise. The individual was placed under arrest and later released pending court action.

Defendant:                  Staisha Signal, Hamilton,  NJ 24 Years of Age

Charges:                Shoplifting

Arresting Officer: Patrol Officer Joseph Amejka


All accused are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a Court of law.