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TWW to Seek City Council Approval for State Funding to Remove More Lead Services From Its Water System

December 21, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Trenton Water Works, the city-owned public water system that serves nearly a quarter-million consumers in five municipalities in Mercer County, will seek City Council approval on December 22 to accept $15 million in funding from the New Jersey Infrastructure Bank (I-Bank). The funding will be used for Phase 3 of its six-year Lead Service Line Replacement Program (LSLRP), Trenton Mayor W. Reed Gusciora announced today.

If approved, Phase 3 of the LSLRP will remove 1,850 more lead services (short for lead service lines) from TWW’s 683-mile water distribution system and private homes in its service area, except for Hopewell Township, which has newer infrastructure. Fifty percent of the funding, $7.5 million, is a grant from I-Bank, an independent state financing authority that issues revenue bonds to make loans to finance the construction of eligible environmental and transportation infrastructure projects.

In the $25 million Phase 1 of the LSLRP, TWW personnel and two vendors operating under publicly awarded contracts with TWW—South State, Inc. and Spiniello Companies—have removed 2,620 lead services in Hamilton Township and Trenton. Phase 1 is on track to remove a total of 3,850 lead services by April 2021. 

The $25 million Phase 2, which begins in April 2021, will remove 3,500 lead services by March 2022.

Phase 3 starts in June 2021, with plans to remove 1,850 lead services by May 2022. Also, TWW will utilize personnel from its construction and maintenance operations to remove 900 lead services, bringing the combined total number of lead services removed from TWW’s water-distribution system to 10,000. The LSLRP is a critical capital project that is a part of TWW’s six-year, $405-million capital plan announced in 2020.

“When I took office in July 2018, I pledged to apply the leadership and resources necessary to modernize Trenton Water Works, which has nearly 63,000 customers, and to prioritize this policy goal,” said Mayor Gusciora. “TWW has made substantial progress in regulatory and administrative consent order compliance, developing and executing a $405-million capital plan, implementing corrosion control, removing lead services in the TWW system and at private homes, improving customer service, and strengthening its workforce. Much work remains, particularly addressing lead, and we are determined to remove all lead services from the TWW system within five-to-six years.”

Mayor Gusciora added: “I am asking Trenton city residents to phone your councilperson to request support for this additional round of funding for the Lead Service Line Replacement Program. The removal of lead pipes from the TWW system is contingent on available funding and a nexus of cooperation from state and local leaders, including our City Council. The removal of lead infrastructure from our water system is integral to maintaining high water quality and public health and wellness for many years to come.”

According to TWW’s inventory, there are 17,463 lead services in Trenton, 11,618 in Hamilton Township, 5,236 in Ewing Township, and 2,383 in Lawrence Township. Hopewell Township has no lead services because its infrastructure is newer. TWW regularly revises its overall inventory as it assesses pipe materials at private homes, using internal survey teams, LSLRP contractors, and information from homeowners. Service-line pipe material made of galvanized steel is considered a lead service.

Homeowners who have verified that their pipe material is galvanized steel can still sign up for a future phase of the LSLRP at twwleadprogram.com. Residents can also refer their questions about the program to a hotline – (609) 989-3600 – and will receive a return call from a TWW community-relations team member within 24 hours.

Purchased by the City of Trenton in 1859, Trenton Water Works (TWW) is one of the oldest and largest publicly owned water systems in the United States, supplying 28 million gallons of water per day to approximately a quarter-million consumers in a five-municipality service area in Mercer County, NJ: Trenton, parts of Hamilton Township, Ewing Township, Lawrence Township, and Hopewell Township. TWW operates a 60-million-gallon water-filtration plant and water-distribution system that includes a 100-million-gallon reservoir, 683 miles of water mains, three pump stations, nearly 8,000 valves, 3,517 fire hydrants, and six interconnections between TWW and other water suppliers. TWW has approximately 63,000 metered customers.

Garage Fire Quickly Knocked Down In Ewing Saving Home

December 11, 2020

EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Ewing and Lawrence Township firefighters were dispatched to the 1st Block of Green lane for a garage fire at 6:47 pm. Upon arrival firefighters reported heavy smoke and fire in a garage attached to a two story home. Ewing career staff, and volunteers from Prospect Heights, West Trenton and Lawrence Road Fire Companies quickly extinguished the fire bringing the fire under control by 7:15 pm., saving the home. No further information is available.


Ewing Township Man Who Is A Previously Convicted Felon, Gets 10 Years In Prison For Possession Of Firearm In Trenton

December 3, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–A Mercer County, New Jersey, man was sentenced today to 120 months in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Rasheed McNair, 40, of Ewing, New Jersey, was previously convicted of being a felon in possession of a weapon following a two-day trial before U.S. District Judge Peter G. Sheridan in Trenton federal court. Judge Sheridan imposed the sentence by videoconference today.

According to documents filed in this case and the evidence at trial:

On Feb. 18, 2018, two Trenton Police detectives in the Street Crimes Unit were driving through the area of Oakland Street and Hoffman Avenue in Trenton when one of them observed McNair standing in an open doorway in a public housing complex and holding what was later identified as a Smith & Wesson .40 caliber semiautomatic handgun.

McNair tucked the handgun into his jacket and ran up the stairwell of the building. After giving chase, one of the detectives observed McNair remove the handgun from inside his jacket and attempt to hide it under a doormat in front of an apartment. The other detective retrieved the firearm from under the doormat and rendered it safe. The weapon was later found to be loaded with 11 rounds of ammunition in the magazine and one round in the chamber, and its serial number had been obliterated.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Sheridan sentenced McNair to three years of supervised release.
U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited the Trenton Police Department, under the direction of Police Director Sheilah A. Coley; and special agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Trenton Field Office, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Charlie J. Patterson in Newark, with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Elisa T. Wiygul and Michelle S. Gasparian of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Criminal Division in Trenton.

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Defense counsel: Mark A. Fury Esq., Mt. Holly, New Jersey

Mercer County Firemen’s Association 2020 Memorial Service

November 5, 2020

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The Mercer County Firemen’s Association 2020 Memorial Service that was originally scheduled for May 6, 2020 was postponed several times due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. This year’s Memorial Service was held at Colonial Fire Company Hamilton Township Station 18 and was hosted by Union Fire Company Hopewell Township Station 53. Hamilton Township Station 18 has a large hall and is big enough to hold the service while complying with COVID-19 guidelines.

The annual Memorial Service is held to honor members of Mercer County Firemen’s Ladies Auxiliary and Firefighters in Mercer County. All fire departments in Mercer County are represented and Hope Fire Company of Allentown, Monmouth County is also a member.

This year’s Memorial Roll was read honored 14 Ladies Auxiliary members and 36 firefighters. As each name is read a white carnation is placed in a Maltese cross and firefighters salute and family members stand as the name of their loved one is read.


2020 Mercer County Firemen’s Association Memorial Service. Video by Dick Cunningham, Broadcast Productions-East Windsor Station 46


The Show Must Go On: How the Senior BFA students at TCNJ put on their solo exhibitions during a pandemic

November 1, 2020

Story by: by Lily Gilston

EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–This year has been anything but ordinary, and the 14 Senior Visual Arts students at the College of New Jersey can attest to that statement as they navigate planning their one-and-only Solo exhibitions on campus. 

With hard work and dedication, and with the support of the TCNJ Art Department and the TCNJ Art Gallery, the Seniors are able to showcase their work from behind the glass windows of the Art and Interactive Multimedia (AIMM) building on campus. Visitors can see the work from the AIMM Courtyard, which was once a communal gathering place in between studio classes. The courtyard is accessible through the Lot 5 parking lot on the Ewing campus and overlooks the football field. Visitors will be required to follow the COVID-19 guidelines implemented throughout the TCNJ campus, including wearing a mask at all times and maintaining 6-feet of social distance. 

Session One of the Senior BFA solo exhibitions opened on Wednesday, October 28th, and will be on view to the public until November 4th. 

Session One features the work of emerging artists Lily Gilston, Sarah Valente, Halle Luttrell, Lucia Gardiner, Addison Cooper, and Shelly Crooz. Their paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, and installations will be viewed exclusively from the outside, unlike any solo exhibitions before this semester. Read more about the Session One shows here on the TCNJ Art Gallery website.

Fine Arts Major Halle Luttrell added, “We’ve all worked really hard these past couple of months to put together these shows, despite the challenging and perpetually changing situation we’re in. It’s the ultimate test for us as young artists, to overcome this adversity and think creatively to solve the problem of how to show our work, and in the end, we’ll all be better off from this experience.” 

Session Two of the Senior Solo Exhibitions features the work of Ash Albeser, Ryan Levy, Stephanie Rosenthal, and Jamie Davidson. Session Two will be on view from November 13th through November 19th, with a public Opening Reception held in the courtyard on Friday, November 13th from 5:30-7pm. Visitors will be required to follow the same safety protocols as with the first opening.

All BFA Seniors will have their work published on TCNJFineArt.com, with a virtual launch on November 12th at 7 PM that is open to the public. Samantha Kearney, Heather Simpson, Jayln Giles-Ewell, and Madison Cascardo will have exclusively virtual exhibitions published on the online platform.

The BFA Seniors thank their professor, Liselot Van Der Heijden, for encouraging them to “be good and do good work.” They also extend gratitude to the School of the Arts and Communications at TCNJ and the TCNJ Art Department for their flexibility and allowing time to work in-studio on their shows, and to Kyle Lopinto and Olivia Burton for their commitment to making sure the shows go on. 

Keep up with the Seniors @tcnjbfa21 on Instagram



President Trump Touches Down At Trenton-Mercer County Airport For Campaign Rally In PA

October 31, 2020

Photos by: Dennis Symons, Tyler Eckel and Brian McCarthy

EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Today Air Force One touched down with President Trump for a campaign rally that was held in Newtown, PA near Washington Crossing. The event was held at “Keith House – Washington’s Headquarters” where he delivered remarks on “Making America Great Again, Again”

Security was tight, roads were shut down in the area including I-295. Detours were in the area until the rally was complete and the President was on his way to his next scheduled stop in Reading, PA.


Air Force One Touches Down at Trenton-Mercer County Airport today for a campaign rally in Pennsylvania:







Rotary Club Bike Drive For Boys And Girls Clubs Of Mercer County Bike Exchange

October 24, 2020

ROBBINSVILLE-HAMILTON TOWNSHIPS, (MERCER)–The Rotary Club of Robbinsville Hamilton held a bike drive event today for the Mercer County Bike Exchange that supports Boys and Girls Clubs of Mercer County. The event was held in front of Friendly’s Restaurant in the Foxmoor Shopping Center from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Many bikes were collected during the event.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Mercer County Bike Exchange is a volunteer-led enterprise that repairs donated bicycles and sells them at modest prices at its Ewing location at Capitol Plaza, raising funds for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Mercer County and promoting biking for transportation and pleasure among low-income families.
Proceeds from the Bike Exchange sponsor the Club’s after-school programs.





Ewing Police Investigating Hit And Run Crash Involving A Pedestrian, Seek Help With Information

October 22, 2020

EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Last night at approximately 7:20 pm the Ewing Township Police Department responded to the intersection of Olden Avenue and Prospect Street for a report of a pedestrian who was struck by a vehicle. Officers located a 19-year-old male with head injuries, lying on the ground on Olden Avenue. The vehicle which struck the male did not remain on scene. The male was transported to the Trauma Center at Capital Health Regional Medical Center for Treatment.

Due to the seriousness of the crash, the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, Serious Collision Response Team was notified and assisted with the investigation. The striking vehicle is described as being a black sedan which was last seen traveling on Olden Avenue towards Parkside Avenue. At this time, the male is in stable condition.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call Officer David Danley at 609-882-1313 or the confidential tip line at 609-882-7530.

State Police Arrest Two for Armed Robbery and Link Suspects to 100 Vehicle Burglaries in Monmouth County

October 14, 2020

EWING TOWNSHIP-WEST TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)– The New Jersey State Police have arrested Mario Mondragon, 21, of Long Branch, N.J., and Genaro Guzman, 21, of Shrewsbury Township, N.J., for committing 2 armed robberies and approximately 100 vehicle burglaries spanning 5 Monmouth County municipalities between April and June.

During a five-month investigation, State Police detectives with the Troop “C” Criminal Investigation Office (CIO) along with members of the Eatontown Borough Police Department, Tinton Falls Police Department, Ocean Township Police Department, and Long Branch Police Department, identified Mondragon and Guzman as the suspects in armed robberies in Shrewsbury Township and Eatontown Borough.

On Saturday, May 16, Mondragon and Guzman were burglarizing a vehicle at a Shrewsbury Township residence when they were confronted by the homeowners. During the confrontation, the suspects allegedly brandished a handgun and taser before fleeing. On Saturday, June 6, in Eatontown Borough, the duo sprayed a deliveryman with oleoresin capsicum (pepper) spray and physically assaulted him during a robbery.

Through various investigative means and by using evidence recovered by the Troop “C” CIO and State Police Crime Scene Unit, investigators were able to link Mondragon and Guzman to an additional 100 vehicle burglaries in Monmouth County. On Thursday, October 8, detectives from the Troop “C” CIO, State Police Fugitive Unit, K9 Unit, along with members of the U.S. Marshals Service NY/NJ Task Force located and arrested Mondragon in Long Branch, N.J., and Guzman in Shrewsbury Township, N.J.

Mondragon and Guzman were charged with armed robbery, unlawful possession of a weapon – handgun without permit, unlawful possession of a weapon – other weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose – firearm, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose – other weapon, aggravated assault by pointing a firearm, burglary, and theft. They were lodged at the Monmouth County Correctional Institute pending a bail detention hearing.

Mondragon and Guzman were charged separately by our partnering agencies.

This case is being prosecuted by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.

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

Busy Morning For Lawrence Township Fire Department

October 5, 2020

LAWRENCE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–This morning the Lawrence Township Fire Department responded to a couple of potentially serious calls that were mitigated.

The first call at 9:45 am was on Gainsboro Road where an excavator hit a gas line. Firefighters evacuated houses on Gainsboro and Marlboro for about a half hour. Lawrence was backed up by Ewing Township Station 31 until the gas was shut down by PSE&G.

Then around 10:54 am the Lawrence Township Fire Department was dispatched to 4140 Quakerbridge Road at PSE&G at the Lawrence Electric Delivery station for something smoking with a chemical smell behind one of the trucks in the yard. Hamilton Township Fire Department was also called in to standby for water supply in case it was needed.

It was determined that a power inverter hooked to batteries was the cause of the fumes. Firefighters used CO2 and ABC dry chemical extinguishers on the batteries and equipment before using a 1 3/4 line for final extinguishment. There was no hazard to anyone at the plant.

$50k Worth Of Damage To Ewing Business On Fifth Street During Burglary

EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Ewing Township Police Officers following up on an unrelated call yesterday around 2 pm discovered a burglary at Pro Auto, 1590 Fifth Street. The investigation, which is ongoing, revealed someone entered the property at approximately 2 A.M. on October 3rd and caused a substantial amount of damage. (Approximately $50,000.00 worth reported so far.) Nothing has been reported taken.  Detectives are following up on several leads at this time.  If anyone has any information to provide they can contact Detective Condrat at 609-882-1313 ext. 7583. 

Ewing Twp. FD Responds To Assist EMS With Patient Removal

October 4, 2020

EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Tonight, the Ewing Township Police, Ewing Township EMS and Ewing Township Fire Department responded to a home to help get the patient to the ambulance. The configuration of the front of the home made the removal difficult so the extra hands were needed to bring the patient to street grade level to be place in the ambulance. After removal the patient was transported quickly by Ewing Township EMS.

Home Energy Assistance Available To Eligible Mercer County Residents, LIHEAP Application Period Opens Today

October 1, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes is reminding residents that assistance is available for energy costs for those who qualify beginning Oct. 1, but that applicants must adhere to certain COVID-19 restrictions. The County’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), offered in coordination with the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, is designed to help low-income families and individuals meet home heating and medically necessary cooling costs.This year, the LIHEAP application period is Oct. 1, 2020, to July 31, 2021. Mercer County will continue accepting applications for the Universal Service Fund (USF) Program throughout the year. Residents who pay their own heating costs, and meet the income guidelines, may be eligible to receive financial assistance with their winter heating bill. Residents with medical conditions also may be eligible to receive cooling assistance. An eligibility chart can be found on the Mercer County website.

“The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have created financial hardships for many households that now have to worry about the cost of heating and other energy bills,” Mr. Hughes said. “I urge our low-income residents to visit our website or contact the County housing office to determine their eligibility to apply for energy assistance.”

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the public may visit the Mercer County Office of Housing and Community Development, located at 640 South Broad St., Trenton, by appointment only. If an in-person visit is necessary, clients can call 609-337-0933 or email heatingappt@mercercounty.org to schedule an appointment.

Beginning Oct. 1, the County will temporarily begin operating an outdoor informational center adjacent to the 640 South Broad St. building. Clients will be able to drop off applications and access information from LIHEAP staff. 

The County will continue to accept applications by regular mail, fax and email until July 31, 2021. Applications, forms and information are available on the Mercer County website.

Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control Announces Settlement with Landmark Americana Bars in Ewing and Glassboro Linked to Fatal Drunk Driving Crashes in 2018 and 2019

Includes now-defunct Landmark Americana Tap & Grill on The College of New Jersey campus in Ewing

In the early morning hours of Dec. 2, 2018, 22-year-old David Lamar of West Windsor left Landmark Ewing after hours of drinking and crashed head-on into a car carrying six TCNJ students back to campus. The collision killed the car’s designated driver and wounded all five passengers, one critically. Lamar and his passenger also sustained injuries in the crash. At the time of the incident, Lamar had a blood alcohol level three times the legal limit for driving.

October 1, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control (“ABC”) today announced a settlement resolving charges against Landmark Americana bars in Ewing and Glassboro stemming from two fatal accidents involving patrons in 2018 and 2019.

The owners of the Landmark Americana Tap & Grill located near the Rowan University campus in Glassboro (“Landmark Glassboro”), and the now-defunct Landmark Americana Tap & Grill on The College of New Jersey campus in Ewing (“Landmark Ewing”), agreed to sell the liquor license for the Glassboro establishment within two years, significantly curtail the bar’s business hours and operation in the interim, and pay $550,000 to the State, under settlement terms contained in a Consent Order with ABC.

In addition, the owners have forfeited the temporary permit that had authorized the sale and consumption of alcohol at the Landmark Ewing establishment until the bar closed down last fall, the consent order acknowledges.

The settlement is a global resolution of numerous charges filed against corporate entities held by Antonio Cammarata, Fillippo Cammarata, Massimo Cammarata, and David Goldman who together hold liquor licenses for Landmark Ewing, Landmark Glassboro, and WineWorks liquor store in Evesham under various corporate names.

The charges alleged numerous violations committed by the establishments in 2018 and 2019, including operating a public nuisance requiring law enforcement responses on numerous occasions, serving an underage patron, and three separate instances of serving intoxicated patrons, two of which led to fatal crashes. 

“Intoxicated drivers present lethal threats to themselves, their passengers, and everyone else on the road,” said Attorney General Grewal. “Public safety demands, and the law requires, that establishments licensed to serve alcohol do so responsibly. When they don’t, we will hold them accountable.”

In the early morning hours of Dec. 2, 2018, 22-year-old David Lamar of West Windsor left Landmark Ewing after hours of drinking and crashed head-on into a car carrying six TCNJ students back to campus. The collision killed the car’s designated driver and wounded all five passengers, one critically. Lamar and his passenger also sustained injuries in the crash. At the time of the incident, Lamar had a blood alcohol level three times the legal limit for driving.

Ten months later, in the early morning hours of Oct. 11, 2019, Robert Gallagher, 21, of Monroe Township, left Landmark Glassboro after hours of drinking, lost control of his car, and crashed into a retaining wall. Gallagher died as a result of his injuries and his passenger was injured. At the time of the incident, Gallagher had a blood alcohol level three times the legal limit for driving.  

In both cases, ABC’s investigation revealed that the patrons responsible for the fatal crashes had been overserved alcohol by Landmark Americana staff. State law prohibits licensed establishments from selling alcoholic beverages to any patrons “actually or apparently” intoxicated. According to experts, the vast majority of drinkers are “apparently intoxicated” at a Blood Alcohol Concentration (“BAC”) of .15%. In New Jersey, a BAC of .08% is the legal limit for driving.

“Today we are holding the owners of Landmark Americana responsible for the role they played in the tragic deaths of two young people who we allege would be alive today if not for the irresponsible conduct of Landmark Americana and its staff,” said James B. Graziano, Acting Director of the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control. “These deaths are a grim reminder of what can happen when establishments fail to comply with laws requiring them to serve alcohol responsibly, especially when catering to young patrons in a college setting.”

Under the terms of the settlement announced today, the Cammaratas and Goldman – who hold Landmark Glassboro’s liquor license under the corporate name Zagami LLC – agreed to sell the license and divest their interest in the bar by Oct. 1, 2022.  The settlement also places immediate restrictions on Landmark Glassboro’s operations that include:

  • a “last call” at 11:30 pm and no alcoholic beverages sold after midnight;
  • no amplified music or live DJ on site;
  • a ban on using the “nightclub room” except for private parties not open to the general public or dining;
  • a ban on offering patrons one free drink as a good will gesture and/or offering coupons, tickets, or tokens to redeem a free drink;
  • requiring all alcoholic beverages to be sold, delivered, and dispensed in accordance with industry standards: a five-ounce pour for wine, a 12-ounces bottle or can for malt beverages, a 16-ounce draft pour for malt alcoholic beverages.

These restrictions are independent from any limits on indoor or outdoor dining imposed by Governor Murphy’s Executive Orders.   The global settlement also resolves a charge filed against CGM Wines, LLC t/a WineWorks in August 2019 for failure to disclose an interest in its license in violation of state laws. The charge, which sought a 30-day license suspension as penalty, was the result of an ABC investigation that found CGM Wines was transferring money back and forth from a Pennsylvania business owned by Fillippo Cammarata.

Police Unity Tour Memorial Service And Blessing Of Riders

Police Unity Tour “We Ride For Those Who Died”


See related MidJersey.News coverage of the event here: 2020 Police Unity Tour Bike Ride Held In NJ


September 26, 2020

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–This evening the Hamilton Township Police Department hosted a memorial service and blessing of riders that are in tomorrow’s Police Unity Tour ride from Asbury Park to Stafford Twp., NJ.

The primary purpose of the Police Unity Tour is to raise awareness of Law Enforcement Officers who have died in the line of duty. The secondary purpose is to raise funds for the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial.

Normally the ride would be held in May when several Chapters of the Police Unity Tour leave New Jersey on bicycles and ride to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C. The over 250 mile journey on bicycles takes 4 days to complete riding at least 62 miles per day.

This year’s spring ride was canceled due to COVID-19 but the Police Unity Tour was able to schedule a one day ride on Sunday.

Some history on the Police Unity Tour:

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

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

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

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

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

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




Crash Leads to Arrest on Drug Distribution and Driving Under the Influence Charges For Ewing Man

September 14, 2020

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–A man was arrested shortly after 9 am Sunday morning for possession of marijuana and a large amount of Xanax following a single car crash attributed to the man driving while under the influence.

At 9:01am, Sunday, September 13th, police dispatchers received a call about a single car crash on Route 1 southbound at Sandhill Road.

Upon arrival, Officer Gerald Sarno found that a 1999 Lexus had crashed head-on into the concrete divider at the intersection. Officer Sarno also observed the driver, identified as Daniel Saladyga, 24 years old, of Ewing, NJ, sitting on the grassy shoulder of the roadway, uninjured.

On speaking with Mr. Saladyga about the crash, Officer Sarno noted that Saladyga’s eyes were glassy with pinpoint pupils, his diction slow, and his hands fumbling. Suspecting that Saladyga was under the influence, Officer Sarno gave Saladyga several field-side sobriety tests, which Saladyga failed. Saladyga was placed under arrest for DUI, and was searched incident to arrest, at which time he was found to possess a small amount of marijuana, as well as 112 bars of Xanax.

Mr. Saladyga was transported to Police Headquarters, where Detective Tim Hoover, a certified Drug Recognition Expert, performed a series of tests on Saladyga, ultimately determining that Saladyga was under the influence of a central nervous system depressant, in keeping with Saladyga’s statement that he had ingested Xanax earlier that morning.

Saladyga was charged with Possession of CDS with Intent to Distribute, Possession of Under 50g Marijuana, Unlawful Possession of Xanax, Driving Under the Influence, Reckless Driving, and other motor vehicle offenses. Saladyga was lodged in the Middlesex County Adult Correctional Center pending his bail hearing.

Chief Raymond J. Hayducka said, “Impaired driving can happen at any time of the day. This driver was on Route 1, impaired, and struck the concrete median at 9 am Sunday morning. Officer Sarno’s detailed investigation discovered the drugs and took this driver off the road. With thousands of cars and trucks using Route 1 daily, we are just lucky this crash wasn’t much worse.”

Updated: Serious Accident In Ewing Township

EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–On September 2, 2020 at 4:39 p.m. Ewing Dispatch received 9-1-1 calls regarding a motor vehicle crash on Parkway Avenue in front of 1201 Parkway Avenue. 

The crash involved one vehicle that struck a utility pole and a tree.  Upon patrol arrival, the driver was found unconscious.  Ewing Township Fire Department Emergency services extricated the driver, a 39-year-old male from Ewing, NJ. 

The driver was then transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton.  No charges have been filed at this time. Anyone with information concerning the crash is asked to contact Officer Ricardo Sookhu at (609) 882-1313

Photos by: Brian McCarthy OnScene News

Mercer County Man Sentenced to Five Years In State Prison for Distributing Child Sexual Abuse Materials Online Using File-Sharing Software

Herbert Bell, 58, of Ewing, N.J., was sentenced to five years in state prison, including 2 ½ years of parole ineligibility

September 2, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced that a Mercer  County man was sentenced to state prison today for using file-sharing software to distribute child sexual abuse materials on the internet.

Herbert Bell, 58, of Ewing, N.J., was sentenced to five years in state prison, including 2 ½ years of parole ineligibility, by Superior Court Judge Darlene J. Pereksta in Mercer County.  He will be required to register as a sex offender under Megan’s Law and will be subject to parole supervision for life.  Bell pleaded guilty on Sept. 23, 2019 to a second-degree charge of storing or maintaining child sexual abuse materials using a file-sharing program.

Deputy Attorney General Thomas Huynh prosecuted Bell for the Division of Criminal Justice Financial & Cyber Crimes Bureau.

Bell was arrested on Aug. 10, 2018, when detectives of the New Jersey State Police Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Unit, assisted by other members of the New Jersey Regional ICAC Task Force, executed a search warrant at his residence.  A State Police detective previously downloaded 14 files of child sexual abuse material from a shared folder at an IP address traced to Bell.  During the search, detectives seized a desktop computer belonging to Bell. A forensic examination of the computer revealed approximately 3,000 files of child sexual abuse material on the computer.

“We are determined to seek substantial prison sentences for offenders like Bell, because the more they collect and distribute these abhorrent materials, the more they drive the terrible sexual abuse of young children,” said Attorney General Grewal.  “We will continue to collaborate across all levels of law enforcement to bring these criminals to justice.”

“We monitor the internet on a daily basis with our law enforcement partners to apprehend the offenders who exploit and re-victimize children by distributing child sexual abuse materials,” said Director Veronica Allende of the Division of Criminal Justice.  “We want these criminals to know that when we catch them, they will face serious prison time.”

“By repeatedly sharing images of abuse, Bell is just as responsible for robbing the victims of their innocence and shattering the lives of their families as those who committed these unspeakable acts,” said Colonel Patrick J. Callahan, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police.  “The New Jersey State Police ICAC Unit will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to protect our youth from the re-victimization caused by file sharing and send a clear message to offenders that we will utilize every tool at our disposal to bring them to justice.”

Just last week, Attorney General Grewal announced arrests of 21 sex offenders as a result of a collaborative operation led by the New Jersey ICAC Task Force.  They included 18 defendants charged with possessing and/or distributing child sexual abuse materials, and three charged with sexually assaulting or attempting to sexually assault children.

More details of the 21 arrests in “Operation Screen Capture” are available on our website:

https://www.nj.gov/oag/newsreleases20/pr20200826a.html

The file-sharing networks used by offenders to distribute child sexual abuse materials operate in the same manner as websites used for privately sharing music or movies.  Those in possession of the illegal images can make them available on computers that they control for others to download.  Because many of the videos and photos of child sexual abuse shared on these networks keep recirculating, they result in the perpetual re-victimization of the children who were sexually assaulted or abused to produce them.

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

Defense Attorney: Mark G. Davis, Esq., Hamilton, N.J.

Ewing Family Dollar Store Robbed At Gunpoint

August 25, 2020

EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–On Friday, August 21, 2020 at approximately 9pm, the pictured suspect entered the Family Dollar Store, located at 1509 Princeton Avenue. The suspect held the assistant manager at gun point while demanding money from the register and safe. The suspect directed the employee to place the money in a bright orange, dollar-store bag. The suspect was described as a black male, late 20s early 30s, average build, 5’9-5’10, and small dark eyes. The suspect displayed a semi-automatic handgun with a silver slide and black frame. He fled the store on foot, down Princeton Avenue, toward Heil Avenue. Anyone with information regarding this incident, or who can provide home security video footage of the area at the time of the incident, please contact Detective Julia Caldwell 609-882-1313 ext. 5682. Video footage can be emailed to jecaldwell@ewingnj.org


Family Dollar was hit by a van back on May 17, 2020 to see that MidJersey.News story click here, hopefully Family Dollar can catch a break.



Man Held On Aggravated Assault Charge Escaped From Trenton Psychiatric Hospital And On The Run

August 15, 2020

EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–At 3:14 PM Ewing Police dispatch was notified by NJ Human Services Police that a male walked away from Trenton Psychiatric Hospital (TPH). Investigation revealed that Robert Cortez, 5/22/91, 5’6″ 140 pounds, last seen wearing a white shirt and blue jeans walked away from the facility at 9:23 AM. Cortez was being held at TPH on an aggravated assault charge. Human Services Police have entered Cortez into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) as a wanted person for escape. Cortez has ties to Hudson County and Manchester Township in Ocean County. His current address is listed as homeless with TPH. If you see Robert Cortez, please do not approach him and call 9-1-1 immediately.


5 Displaced From House Fire In Ewing

August 4, 2020

Breaking news report, when official information is released the story will be updated and any corrections made if needed.

EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The Ewing Township Fire Department was dispatched to the 100 Block of Robbins Avenue around 9:15 pm. Mutual aid was sent from the Lawrence Township Fire Department as well as Hopewell. Firefighters had the fire under control within 15 minutes.

The fire department requested the Red Cross to respond to find temporary housing for 5 persons 3 adults and 2 children that live in the home.

Firefighters were still on scene at the time of this report and was currently under investigation. No further information was available.

Photos by: Brian McCarthy OnScene News

BREAKING: Massive Water Search For Reported Man Lost Tubing On Delaware River

Firefighters from two states participated in a search of at least 11 miles of the Delaware River for a missing man. After searching it was unclear the whereabouts of the lost man.

August 2, 2020 (updated 8:30 am to take Burlington off list, assignment was recalled prior to them being dispatched)

Breaking News Report: From on scene reports, witnesses and radio reports. If official information is released the story will be updated and corrected.

EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Late yesterday evening (August 1, 2020) the Ewing Township Fire Department was dispatched to the Interstate 295 bridge over the Delaware River for a missing person in the river. The man was reported missing by his girlfriend around 10:15 pm. he is a white male, with red swim trunks with no shirt in a tube used to float on the water. There was also a delay of 9-1-1 calling for help so the man was lost at least a half hour before at approximately 9:45 pm.

Ewing Township Fire Department was dispatched and requested assistance from Trenton, Hamilton, Hopwell, Bucks County PA including departments from Yardley and Tullytown.

Trenton Fire Department searched in the area of the Route 1, Trenton Makes and Calhoun Street Bridges. The Hamilton Township Fire Department deployed at the Trenton Boat Ramp and searched that area to the Crosswicks Creek. A New Jersey State Police helicopter was requested for the search but was unknown if it was used.

Approximately 11 miles of river was searched from North of the 295 bridge to south of the Crosswicks Creek.

Around midnight the search was called off and all units returned to their stations. It was unclear if the man was found or there may have been further information that the man was seen walking back on one of the roadways next to the river. At the time of this report there were no official reports of the whereabouts of the missing man.

Dunkin’ of Philadelphia Awards Two Mercer County Students with Academic Scholarships

Nicholas Vellenga, Ewing High School

Kaitlyn Young, Robbinsville High School

July 21, 2020

Philadelphia, PA–Dunkin’ and its greater Philadelphia-area franchisees, in partnership with Scholarship America, today announced the recipients of its eleventh annual Philadelphia Regional Scholarship Program. The program helps high school seniors and college students in Southeastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, and Kent and New Castle counties in Delaware pursue a part-time or full-time undergraduate degree at the institution of their choice.

From more than 1,500 applicants, Dunkin’ and Scholarship America selected 25 students to receive a $2,000 academic scholarship to an accredited two or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school of their choice for fall 2020. Dunkin’s Philadelphia Regional Scholarship Program was open to current part-time and full-time undergraduate students and high school seniors. Dunkin’ awarded a total of $50,000 to the 25 recipients who were selected based on their academic records, demonstrated leadership skills, and overall commitment to their schools and local communities.

To date, the Dunkin’ Philadelphia Regional Scholarship Program has awarded $450,000 in scholarships to 275 outstanding high school seniors and college students. The program was founded in 2009 by Dunkin’s Philadelphia-area franchisees as a way to ease the financial burden of college for students throughout the region.

“On behalf of my fellow franchisees, we are honored to award these 25 exceptional students with the 2020 Dunkin’ Regional Scholarships,” said Perry Shah, local Dunkin’ franchisee and Philadelphia regional advertising committee chairman. “We are so proud to see the scholarship program continue to grow each year and support students in our local communities. It is an honor to have the opportunity to further students’ educational goals and we look forward to the amazing achievements of these future leaders.”

To celebrate their 2020 Dunkin’ Regional Scholarship, each of the student recipients will enjoy a special visit at their residence from the Dunkin’ Community Cruiser. From July 30th through August 11th, Dunkin’ and its Community Cruiser will celebrate each student by providing a well deserved coffee break to the recipient’s family and friends.

Recipient: Nicholas Vellenga

Hometown: Ewing, NJ

High School: Ewing High School

University: Georgia Institute of Technology

Bio:  Nicholas Vellenga is a recent graduate of Ewing High School, where he served as valedictorian. He is a recipient of the Senior Mathematics Department Award, Senior Spanish Department Award, 2020 Robotics Club Activities Award, President’s Gold Award, and USMC Scholastic Excellence Award. Vellenga also served as a member of the National Honor Society, Robotics Team Technical Manager, and is an Eagle Scout. This fall, Nicholas will attend Georgia Institute of Technology, where he plans to pursue a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Recipient: Kaitlyn Young

Hometown: Robbinsville, NJ

High School: Robbinsville High School

University: La Salle University

Bio:  Kaitlyn Young is a recent graduate from Robbinsville High School. She was the recipient of the Excellence in Design, Computer Science, and English Award, and the Robbinsville High School Citizenship Award. In addition, Young was a member of the International Thespian Society and the National Honor Society. Outside of the classroom, she was a Physics and Honors Biology Tutor, Community Theater Performer and Volunteer, FIRST Tech Challenge Team Student Mentor, and an Assistant Teaching Artist at the McCarter Theatre Center. During her free time, Kaitlyn enjoys dancing and learning new musical instruments. This fall, Kaitlyn will attend La Salle University, where she plans to pursue a degree in Speech-Language Pathology.


State Police Arrest Three, Seize Drugs, High Capacity Magazine, and more than $200,000 Cash In Ewing

EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The New Jersey State Police have arrested Daniel Peyton, 55, of Westampton, N.J., Wayne Bessant, 39, of Trenton, N.J., and Davae Craig, 31, of Trenton, N.J., for various drug and weapon offenses during an ongoing drug investigation.

On Friday, July 10, while investigating alleged drug activity at a residence on Stokes Avenue in Ewing Township, detectives with the New Jersey State Police Crime Suppression Central Unit along with members of the New Jersey State Police Opioid Enforcement Task Force observed an alleged drug transaction between the occupants of a Chevrolet Impala and a Mercedes-Benz. A short time later, detectives along with members of the Ewing Township Police Department stopped the vehicles.

The occupants of the Mercedes-Benz, Craig and Bessant were found to be in possession of $209,000 cash and were arrested without incident. During the stop of the Impala, Peyton fled the scene while briefly dragging a Ewing Township Police Officer. In the area of Shelton Avenue and Chelmsford Court, the Impala became disabled and Peyton was arrested. While conducting a search of the Impala, detectives discovered three kilograms of cocaine. During a search at the Stokes Avenue residence, detectives seized heroin and a high capacity magazine.

Davae Craig was charged with possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute, possession of heroin, possession of a high capacity magazine, and money laundering. Wayne Bessant was charged with possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute, and money laundering. Daniel Peyton was charged with possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute, and money laundering. Additionally, the Ewing Township Police Department charged Peyton with eluding, and aggravated assault. They were all lodged at the Mercer County Jail pending a detention hearing.

This case is being prosecuted by the Division of Criminal Justice.

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

Wanted For Shoplifting

July 7, 2020

EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–On June 28, 2020 at approximately 10:15 am, the unidentified pictured female was captured on Shop-Rite video surveillance shoplifting what was estimated to be $629.23 worth of miscellaneous items. The female was observed placing the items in a shopping cart which included a Daewoo 5000 BTU window unit air conditioner. Once the shopping cart was full, she bypassed all points of sale and was seen entering what appeared to be a tan or gold colored Chevy Trail Blazer. The female then proceeded out of the parking lot and onto Parkside Avenue out of site. Anyone able to assist with the identification of the pictured female are urged to contact Detective Morris of the Ewing Police Department at (609) 882-1313 ext. 5561, email at dmorris@ewingnj.org or the Ewing Police confidential tip line at (609) 882-7530.

Accident In Ewing, Boat Fire In Trenton

July 6, 2020

TRENTON AND EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Ewing Township Police Department, Fire Department, and EMS was detailed to the intersection of Parkside Avenue and Parkway Avenue just before 3 pm for an accident. Firefighters cleaned up a fluids spill and EMS treated minor injures. No further information is available.

Trenton and Ewing firefighters responded to a boat fire around 1:15 pm in the 400 Block of Parkway Avenue. The fire was quickly extinguished an no other information was available about the boat fire.

Photos by: Brian McCarthy OnScene News

When Will “Enough Be Enough”? – Mercer County Homicide Task Force Investigating Wednesday Night Murder In Trenton, Ewing Man Is 17th Person Dead In 2020

MidJersey.News believes this is the at least the 17th homicide in the City of Trenton in 2020 according to our count.

See earlier today MidJersey.News story here: BREAKING: Another Shooting Last Night In Trenton

July 2, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–The Mercer County Homicide Task Force is investigating a shooting that occurred in Trenton Wednesday night that resulted in the death of a Ewing man.

At approximately 10:15 p.m. on July 1, 2020, Trenton police responded to a Shot Spotter activation in the 100 block of North Hermitage Avenue, but were unable to locate a scene.  Around the same time, a shooting victim, identified as Covvie Scott, 24, was brought to the hospital in a private vehicle and pronounced dead shortly before midnight.

Police are also investigating a motor vehicle accident at West State and Calhoun streets that occurred around the same time that is believed to be related to the shooting.

The Mercer County Homicide Task Force and the Trenton Police Department continue to investigate both incidents.  Anyone with information is asked to call (609) 989-6406.  Information can also be emailed to mchtftips@mercercounty.org


And the list grows: Other Recent Trenton Shooting and Homicide Stories: (There has been a lot more gun violence, stabbings and shootings but these are ones we have enough information to report on)

Arrest Made In Trenton Stabbing Homicide

Trenton Stabbing Victim Identified, 16 Dead In 2020 So Far In The City

BREAKING: Multiple Stabbings In Trenton This Evening

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

BREAKING: A City Of Shootings, 24 Hours After City Officials And Leaders Exclaimed “Enough Is Enough!” Another Shooting

“Enough Is Enough!” Trenton Council President Kathy McBride, After 2 Children And 1 Man Shot, One Other Child Injured By Running Away From Gunfire

UPDATE: Blood Continues To Spill In City Gun Violence As Another Man Killed By Multiple Gunshot Wounds

BREAKING: Trenton Shootings Continue, Early Morning Shooting In Trenton

Trenton Shooting Victim Identified From Yesterday’s Shooting

Trenton Body Count Increases To 15 As Carnage Continues In The City

BREAKING: Trenton Shootings Continue, Early Morning Shooting In Trenton

BREAKING: Reported Another Shooting In Trenton As Gun Violence Plagues City

Reports Of A Shooting Last Night In Trenton at Rowan Towers

Trenton Man Dead From April 14th Shooting At Kingsbury Towers

Update: 25 Year Old Trenton Man Dead In PA Shooting At Holiday Inn Express

Large Crowd From Trenton, NJ Involved in PA Shooting At Holiday Inn Express

Trenton Shooting Suspect Charged With Murder

Developing Story: Trenton Shooting Victim From This Afternoon Identified

BREAKING: One Shot Dead; The Carnage Continues As Shootings Ravage City

Hamilton Teen Killed By Gun Violence In Trenton

BREAKING: Bloodbath In Trenton Continues, 1 Dead 1 Critical In Another Shooting

Bullets Continue To Fly, Three Hours After Mayor Releases Statement About Violence In The City

Trenton Mayor Gusciora Condemns Weekend Violence In City

BREAKING: Multiple Deaths From Daily Gun Violence That Plagues City

One Dead, Two Additional Victims In Another Trenton Shooting Last Night

Another Day Another Trenton Shooting

Developing Story: Shooting On Calhoun Street, Victim Driven By Personal Vehicle To Trauma Center

BREAKING: Shooting Blood Bath Continues, In Trenton This Morning

Breaking: 2 Shot at Kingsbury Towers In Trenton

Trenton Man Arrested in Hoffman Avenue Homicide

Trenton Mayor Gusciora And City Officials Address April 5th Violence

BREAKING NEWS: 3rd Multi-Shooting Tonight In Trenton

BREAKING NEWS: Another Shooting In Trenton Tonight

BREAKING NEWS: Shooting In Trenton One Possible Fatal And One Serious

BREAKING: Police Investigate Shooting On Trenton/Hamilton Border

More Trenton Shootings at this link



Trenton Water Works Issues 2020 Water Quality Report

Trenton Water serves Trenton, Ewing, Hamilton, Hopewell, Lawrence

June 29, 2020


SEE OTHER MIDJERSEY.NEWS Stories on Trenton Water Here:

Attorney General, DEP File Lawsuit Asking Court to Address Violations at Trenton Water Works that Pose Risks to Public Health

NJDEP Requests NJ Attorney General To File Legal Action Against Trenton For Failure To Comply With Safe Drinking Water Act


TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Trenton Water Works, the public water system that serves approximately 250,000 consumers in a five-municipality service area in Mercer County, today issued its 2020 Water Quality Report.

“The report provides an informative summary of our drinking water quality,” said Michael Walker, TWW’s Chief of Communications and Community Relations. “Consumers can also read about TWW’s work to reduce exposure to lead, our success in eliminating disinfection byproducts, active capital projects, and how our public water system operates.”

The 2020 Water Quality Report was mailed to TWW’s 63,000 customers, published online, and distributed to other parts of the water utility’s service area, as is required by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulations. 

The report can be downloaded from TWW’s website at www.trentonwaterworks.org/ccr. Service-area residents can request a mailed report by phoning the Office of Communications and Community Relations at (609) 989-3033.

Police Find Missing Juvenile After Search

June 28, 2020

EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–After search Ewing Township Police find missing juvenile see below:

The juvenile was located in good health. Thank you.

Missing juvenile

The Ewing Police Department is currently looking for a missing 15 year old autistic male. He was last seen around 9:15 am in the Spring Meadows area of Ewing. He is described as being 5’7” and 140 pounds. He is believed to be on a blue BMX bike with blue tires. It is unknown what he is wearing. He frequents fast food establishments, Game Stop, and the track at TCNJ. He may be on his way to Best Buy in West Windsor. If observed, please call 911. Do not approach him. If you have seen him, please call 609-882-1313. Thank you.

Photos by: Brian McCarthy OnScene News