Category: Hamilton

Police Investigate Multiple Shooting In Hamilton Township

June 5, 2023

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Police say that on early Sunday morning June 4, 2023, at 1:17 a.m., officers were detailed to the area of Whitehead Rd. and 6th Ave for a report of three individuals who had been shot. Upon their arrival they were informed by other individuals that the three individuals who were shot were already taken to area hospitals for their wounds. Their wounds were found to be non-life threatening at this time.

The incident started at a private party that was hosted in the area.

The incident is currently under investigation by the Hamilton Township Police Division Major Crimes Bureau.

If you have any information, please contact Hamilton Police, Det. Brian Davis 609-581-5823


Body Recovered From Delaware River In Hamilton Township

May 25, 2023

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Sgt. Philip Curry of the New Jersey State Police, Office of Public Information told MidJersey.news that yesterday May 24, 2023, around 2:00 p.m., the body of a deceased individual was recovered from the shoreline of the Delaware River in the area of Lamberton Rd. in Hamilton Twp., Mercer County. The identity of the deceased is unknown at this time. This incident is under investigation and there are no additional details available at this time.


The Delaware River near the Scenic Overlook last night.


Firefighters Respond To Refrigerant Leak In Hamilton Store

May 20, 2023

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Just after 6:00 p.m. Hamilton Township Fire Department was dispatched to BJ’s Wholesale Club at 900 Marketplace Boulevard for a reported smoke condition in the rear of the store and the building was evacuated. Upon arrival and investigation, it was determined to be a coolant leak from a large refrigeration unit in the store. A short time later Trenton Fire Department Hazardous Materials Team was called to the scene as well at PSE&G and the Township Fire Marshal. Firefighters set up positive pressure ventilation fans to clear the store of the referigerant. The hazardous materials technicians used monitoring equipment to ensure that the referigerant was dissipating. Just before 8:00 p.m. the Trenton Fire Department Hazardous Materials Team cleared the scene and several Hamilton units stayed on the scene to continue using fans to clear the store. A repair technician was dispatched to make repairs to the cooling system. Once all levels were safe firefighters cleared the scene.



Firefighters And Investigators Sill On Scene At Multi-Alarm Fire In Hamilton Township

May 19, 2023

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Hamilton Township reported that as of 12:15 p.m. on Friday, May 19, 2023, the building at 533 Whitehead Road continues to have fire activity with hot spots in multiple areas of the property. Whitehead Road and Sweetbriar Avenues are expected to remain closed through the weekend. 

The Hamilton Township Construction Official has ordered the demolition of a portion of the property to ensure that Whitehead Road may be reopened to traffic. Utility crews have set up temporary arrangements for power to the area and continue to work on a long-term solution. Residents recommended to evacuate were allowed to return to their homes mid-day on Thursday, May 18. 

The incident continues to be investigated by the Hamilton Township Police, Hamilton Township Fire Investigation Unit, and the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office. Any witnesses are asked to contact the Hamilton Police Division at (609) 581-4000 or the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office at (609) 989-6351.





Photos of the demolition by: Julie Higgins



Photos above: Anthony Greco


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18-Year-Old Man Charged With First-Degree Murder And Related Offences In Hamilton Township

May 18, 2023

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri announced today that an investigation conducted by the Mercer County Homicide Task Force and the Hamilton Police Division has resulted in the arrest of a Burlington County man for the shooting death of Matthew Morales.

Joshua Davis, 18, of Fieldsboro, NJ, is charged with one count of first-degree murder, one count of second-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and one count of second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon. He was taken into custody without incident Wednesday afternoon in Mount Laurel. The prosecutor’s office has filed a motion to detain Davis pending trial.

Hamilton police officers responded to a shooting in progress in the 4900 block of S. Broad Street shortly after 1 a.m. on Wednesday, May 17, 2023. Upon arrival, officers located a male victim in the driveway of a home near Pilgrim Way suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim, identified as Morales, 28, of Blackwood, NJ, was transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead a short time later. Investigation revealed that Morales was shot during an altercation with Davis on S. Broad Street.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact MCHTF Detective Luis Vega at (609) 989-6406 or Sgt. Sherika Salmon at (609) 960-3119. Information can also be emailed to mchtftips@mercercounty.org.

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


Joshua Davis, 18, of Fieldsboro, NJ, is charged with one count of first-degree murder, one count of second-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and one count of second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon. He was taken into custody without incident Wednesday afternoon in Mount Laurel. The prosecutor’s office has filed a motion to detain Davis pending trial.



The scene yesterday on South Broad Street near Pilgrim Way and Main Street, Hamilton Township, Mercer County, NJ


Firefighters Battle 4-Alarm Fire In Hamilton Township

This is the 2nd large multi-alarm fire in the region within 12-hours and appears to be in warehouse/industrial use building.

HAMILTON, NJ – On May 18, 2023, at approximately 12:30 AM, Hamilton Fire Division was dispatched for a building fire at 533 Whitehead Road, the former Goodall Rubber building, now operated by Hakim International Trading.

While en route, the Battalion Chief on duty was notified of a large column of smoke visible from a distance from the location of the fire. The first arriving fire engine reported a large fire on two floors and determined that defensive operations would be used. Upon arrival on the scene, the Battalion Chief immediately transmitted a 2nd alarm to bring in surrounding towns. Several homes adjacent to the property were recommended to be evacuated for safety and to assist with firefighting response. 

The Hamilton Police Division has closed multiple roads in the area of the incident, and detours have been established. The Hamilton Township Construction Officer has determined that portions of the building require demolition. As such, we anticipate that the intersection of Whitehead Road and Sweetbriar Avenue will be closed through Friday morning’s commute.

At its peak, the fire was operating at four alarms with 26 firefighting units from 14 municipalities on scene. The NJ Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) is on scene taking air quality samples, and no concerns have been detected thus far. One firefighter sustained non-life threatening injuries and was transported to Robert Wood Johnson Hamilton hospital for evaluation.

We appreciate the fourteen area municipalities, the Hamilton Police Division, the Hamilton Township Building Inspections Division, the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, and the NJDEP for their assistance.

The incident is being investigated by the Hamilton Township Police, Hamilton Township Fire Investigation Unit, and the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office. Any witnesses are asked to contact the Hamilton Police Division at (609) 581-4000.

Above photos provided by: Hamilton Township


Original MidJersey.news story below:

May 18, 2023

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Firefighters are on the scene of a multi-alarm fire in the 500 Block of Whitehead Road near Sweet Briar Avenue. The fire was dispatched around 12:35 a.m. for 533 Whitehead Road, with reports of fire on the first and second floor with a large column of smoke in the air. A second alarm was called immediately sending help from surrounding towns to the scene.

The address for 533 Whitehead Road comes back to Sweet Briar West Industrial Park and appears to be a mix of warehousing and industrial use. The building was formerly part of the Goodall Rubber Complex.

Traffic Advisory:

Please avoid the area of WHITE HEAD RD and SWEETBRIAR AVE. Fire Units on scene of a wear house fire. Expect closures until further notice.

***Street Closings in the area***

SLOAN AVE/KLOCKNER RD (closed)

WHITE HEAD RD/RT 1 (Closed)

RT 1 North Bound down to 1 Lane

WHITE HEAD/THIRD AVE (CLOSED)

ASSUNPINK BLVD (CLOSED)

This is still a very active fire scene and further details will be provided later in the day.

This is the second large commercial warehousing/industrial type building fire within 12-hours. As some fire departments were being relieved at the South Brunswick warehouse fire they responded to this warehouse fire in Hamilton Township.






This is the second large warehouse industrial building fire in the region as some firefighters were returning from South Brunswick they responded to Hamilton Township for another multi alarm fire.

https://midjersey.news/2023/05/17/over-150-firefighters-continue-to-work-at-warehouse-office-commerical-building-multi-alarm-fire-in-south-brunswick/


Photos above: Anthony Greco


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Blackwood, Man Shot And Killed In Hamilton Township, Mercer County

May 17, 2023

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The Mercer County Homicide Task Force and the Hamilton Police Division are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred early Wednesday morning in Hamilton Township, Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri reported.

Hamilton police officers responded to a shooting in progress in the 4900 block of S. Broad Street shortly after 1 a.m. on Wednesday, May 17, 2023. Upon arrival, officers located a male victim suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim, identified as Matthew Morales, 28, of Blackwood, NJ, was transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact MCHTF Detective Luis Vega at (609) 989-6406 or Sgt. Sherika Salmon at (609) 960-3119. Information can also be emailed to mchtftips@mercercounty.org


The scene this morning on South Broad Street at Pilgrim Way in Hamilton Township.


State Grand Jury Declines to Criminally Charge Officer Involved in Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash in Hamilton Township that Occurred on May 25, 2021

May 10, 2023

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER) – A state grand jury has voted not to file any criminal charges at the conclusion of its deliberations regarding the death of Francis Delacruz Abad, 21, of Trenton, N.J., who was injured in a crash while he was driving away from Hamilton Township Police Detective Brian Davis on May 25, 2021. Davis was attempting to pull over Mr. Abad who was on a scooter, when Mr. Abad collided with a third-party vehicle. Mr. Abad died of his injuries two days later.  

Mr. Abad’s death was investigated by the Attorney General’s Office of Public Integrity and Accountability (OPIA) and presented to New Jersey residents serving on the grand jury in accordance with the Independent Prosecutor Directive of 2019. In July 2021, OPIA issued standard operating procedures (SOPs) to ensure these grand jury presentations are conducted in a neutral, objective manner, with appropriate transparency regarding the process, consistent with the directive.

The investigation included interviews of witnesses, photographs, review of body-worn camera footage, and autopsy results from the medical examiner. This evidence, including video of the aftermath of the incident, was presented to a state grand jury. After hearing the testimony and reviewing the evidence, the grand jury concluded its deliberations Monday, May 8, 2023, and voted “no bill,” meaning the grand jury concluded no criminal charges should be filed against Detective Davis.

According to the investigation, the crash occurred just after 9 p.m. on May 25, 2021 near the intersection of Route 33 and Whitehorse-Mercerville Road. Detective Davis was in an unmarked police vehicle when he attempted to conduct a motor vehicle stop. Mr. Abad did not stop, but continued traveling westbound on Route 33 and collided with a Dodge Caravan, whose driver was attempting to turn left into the Mercerville Shopping Center from Route 33 eastbound. Mr. Abad was thrown from the scooter and struck the windshield of the van. He was taken to Capital Health Regional Medical Center, where he died at approximately 3 p.m. on May 27.

A 2019 law, P.L. 2019, c. 1, requires the Attorney General’s Office to conduct investigations of a person’s death that occurs during an encounter with a law enforcement officer acting in the officer’s official capacity or while the decedent is in custody. It requires that all such investigations be presented to a grand jury to determine if the evidence supports the return of an indictment against the officer or officers involved. The grand jury is instructed on the elements of the potential criminal offenses, including criminal homicide offenses, that could be brought and, as required by statutes, the grand jury is instructed on self-defense and other forms of legal justification.

A conflicts check was conducted pursuant to the Independent Prosecutor Directive and no actual or potential conflict of interest was found involving any individual assigned to the investigation. Prior to presentation to the grand jury, the investigation was reviewed by OPIA Executive Director Thomas Eicher in accordance with the policies and procedures established for these presentations in the SOPs.

At the conclusion of these investigations, pursuant to the Independent Prosecutor Directive and SOPs, OPIA determines whether any principal should be referred to the appropriate law enforcement agency for administrative review in accordance with the AG’s Internal Affairs Policy & Procedures. OPIA monitors any resulting review and takes such actions as are necessary to ensure that the review is completed in a timely fashion, and that appropriate actions are taken based on the results of the review.

The Independent Prosecutor Directive is posted on the Attorney General’s website at this link:

Further information about how fatal police encounters are investigated in New Jersey under the directive is found at this link: https://www.njoag.gov/independent-prosecutor/





MidJersey.news file photo


Mayor Martin Selects Longtime Hamilton Police Captain to Succeed Retiring Chief

May 5, 2023

HAMILTON, NJ (MERCER) – Mayor Jeff Martin is proud to announce that he has selected Hamilton Township Police Captain Kenneth DeBoskey to succeed Chief James Stevens upon his retirement later this month. 

After careful consideration and an interview process with all three exceptional Hamilton Police Captains, Mayor Martin is pleased to announce that he has selected Captain Kenneth DeBoskey as the Hamilton Police Division’s next Police Chief. For nearly 35 years, Captain DeBoskey has served Hamilton Police Division in various capacities, including the Patrol Bureau Commander, Sergeant to the Criminal Investigations Bureau, Field Training Officer, and Honor Guard Commander. In his tenure, Captain DeBoskey was tasked with the responsibility of managing the completion and maintenance of the Division’s accreditation process with the NJ Chiefs of Police Association and managing the Division’s 2018 and 2021 reaccreditation process – nearly 43% of all NJ law enforcement agencies have achieved initial accreditation while only 12% of agencies have achieved their second reaccreditation.  Captain DeBoskey will succeed retiring Police Chief James Stevens, who has proudly served within the Hamilton Township Police Division for the last 38 years, with the last five of his career as Chief.

“Captain DeBoskey’s extensive background in law enforcement started nearly 35 years ago as a patrol officer; he has climbed the ranks of the Division, often ranking #1 in the promotional exams, and has received over 15 awards for his service, including being recognized as a rescue worker at the World Trade Center after 9/11. His proven leadership throughout his tenure with the Division makes him an exemplary candidate for Chief. Captain DeBoskey also shares my priorities when it comes to communication, transparency, and partnership with our residents, business owners, visitors, and the men and women of the Police Division. With Captain DeBoskey as the head of the Division, it is our continued goal to make Hamilton a safer and better place to live and work,” explained Mayor Martin.

Captain DeBoskey will be sworn in as Hamilton’s next Police Chief on June 1, 2023, with his mother, Patricia Giordano, wife, Patricia, and children, Amanda and Jay, at his side. 

Mayor Jeff Martin is proud to announce that he has selected Hamilton Township Police Captain Kenneth DeBoskey to succeed Chief James Stevens upon his retirement later this month. 


Stark & Stark Announces Headquarters Move to Hamilton

-New office of 76,000 sq. ft. will house nearly 200 employees-

May 3, 2023

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Stark & Stark announced today its headquarters has moved to a new location at American Metro Center (AMC) in Hamilton, NJ. Founded in 1933, the firm is one of the oldest law practices in New Jersey. The move reflects Stark & Stark’s continued growth as it provides a full range of legal services for businesses and individuals.

Stark & Stark’s completely renovated new site (100 American Metro Boulevard, Hamilton, NJ) is 76,000 square feet and will be occupied by nearly 200 employees. AMC is adjacent to NJ Transit’s Hamilton Train Station, off Sloan Avenue. With high exterior windows, skylight rows, and original steel beams, the building is defined by its historical use of architecture and ability to evolve with modern-day design.

“We are very excited to announce our commencement of operation in this new space,” said Stark & Stark Managing Shareholder Michael Donahue. “This is a new milestone in our history of commitment to our community. We truly look forward to bringing our clients, community partners, and employees to a space that is beautifully designed and provides state-of-the-art technology.”

He added, “The location could not be more attractive. Positioned just walking distance from the NJ Transit train station, the accessibility to New York, Philadelphia, and the Northeast Corridor are undoubtedly premier features for employees and clients.”

With HOK serving as architect, Sweetwater Construction Corp. served as general contractor of this significant renovation of Stark & Stark’s new space in the historic building. Tactix Real Estate Advisors represented Stark & Stark as its commercial real estate brokerage firm. Watchdog provided project management support throughout the renovation. Bala Consulting Engineers served as the engineering design firm.

Mr. Donahue concluded, “The successful execution of this project was made possible through the meticulous coordination of operations within many departments and professionals managed by our Chief Operating Officer Gregory Deatz.”

About Stark & Stark:
Since 1933, Stark & Stark (www.stark-stark.com) has developed innovative legal solutions to meet our clients’ needs. Boasting one of the oldest law practices in New Jersey, Stark & Stark offers a full range of legal services for businesses and individuals. After 90 years, our attorneys continue to deliver practical, efficient solutions to clients in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, and throughout the United States.


Hamilton High School West Robotics Team Compete in World Championships

May 3, 2023

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The Hamilton High School West Robotics Team competed in the FIRST Robotics World Championships in Houston, Texas in April 2023. Led by Hamilton High School West coach, Mr. Matthew Palmere, Hamilton HS West was ranked 29th out of 77 teams showing their strength and ability in each match. Overall worldwide, 2495 HiveMind ranked 542nd out of 3,296 teams outscoring nearly 84% of all teams.

On April 26, 2023 the HiveMind Robotics Team presented their competition results to the Hamilton Township Board of Education. Below are excerpts from their presentation:

“Over the past several years, West Principal, Mr. Smith has supported our team with the help of the Board of Education. We have been working to reach our potential using STEM principles, especially science and engineering. We have consistently raised the bar for student engagement and strive for excellence in all the work we do from showing team spirit, programming, to designing and building a robot.”

“This past season, which began in January, our team worked to produce a high quality robot that was able to effectively complete the game tasks. We designed and built our machine capable of scoring in an efficient way. We competed at the Robbinsville district event and won the event, a feat which we have not done since our first win in 2013. In addition to winning the event we also won the prestigious Team Spirit Award. At our second event in Montgomery, we finished in second place as finalists. These successes earned us a qualifying spot to the FIRST Mid-Atlantic Championship at Lehigh University. Upon completion of the FIRST Mid-Atlantic Championship,  HiveMind qualified for the FIRST World Championship.”

“I am extremely proud of this team. They put their heart and soul into this season and are now reaping the rewards from all their hard work. Their accomplishments this season have been outstanding and my hope is that they will make it back to the World Championship next year,” shared Mr. Brian Smith, Hamilton High School West Principal.

As you can see, we’ve had a very busy year. All the late nights have paid off for us. The FIRST program is not just about building robots. It is about building students. Seeing students grow as the year progressed was exciting for me as well as our students. Again, thank you all for the support of team 2495 HiveMind, Hamilton West Robotics,” expressed Coach Palmere.

“Congratulations to Hamilton High West’s Robotics Team 2495 HiveMind on an amazing year. The team designed, built, and competed with a robot that required a clear understanding of STEM principles. Their success is an example of what our Hamilton Township Public School students can achieve when given a challenge and competition. We are all proud of their success,” expressed Dr. Scott Rocco, Superintendent of Schools.


Hamilton High School West Robotics Team  2495 HiveMind. Pictured left to right: Matt Palmere, Coach, Gabriel Artaud, Mentor, Gina Wong, Kayla Vo, Kevin Us,Mentor, Zack Smoyak, William Almodoval, Brooke Almadoval, Kenneth Gao, Samantha Gonzalez, Jerry Ely, Mentor, Eiram Cintron, Connor Longmuir, Camila Orozco, Robert Fields, Ivy Gao, Andrew Fass, Ashena Gamboa-Mora, Mentor, and Andrew Hanson, Mentor


    Hamilton High School West Robot


    Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton to Host 7th Annual We vs. C® Fundraiser Event – Join us in the Fight against Cancer

    Tickets Now on Sale for the “Under the Italian Sky” Themed Event

    May 3, 2023

    HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) Hamilton, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, is proud to announce their 7th annual We vs. C® fundraising event. It’s time to embrace all things Italian . . . and for a great cause!

    Celebrate La Dolce Vita with a tremendous presentation of Italy’s finest from culinary creations, an exotic car exhibition featuring Ferrari and Maserati, live entertainment, and much more. The Under the Italian Sky themed event benefits the Holistic Program at the Cancer Center at RWJUH Hamilton. The immersive evening will take place in a one-of-a-kind rustic setting on Saturday, June 3, 2022, at 6:00 p.m., and will include a free flowing evening of interactive guest experiences, signature culinary and spirit offerings, art, live entertainment, event themed giveaways and more.

    The event venue, Glenmoore Farm, nestled in a magical and historic area of Hopewell, N.J., welcomes guests to enjoy an evening of Italian cultural pursuits while enjoying masterful culinary creations, distinctive experiences, and signature cocktails in a one-of-a-kind beautiful space. Tickets will be sold on a first come, first serve basis now through May 24, 2023, and are priced at $175 for a single guest ticket and $325 for a pair of guest tickets. The event will also be offering a range of sponsorship tiers, starting at the “Cia Bella” level at $1,500 to the “That’s Amore” at $15,000.

    There will be countless tastings and experience stations including cheeses, olive oil, Italian street kabobs, truffles, pizza, caviar, a Campari Cafe, wine tasting with a Master Sommelier, risotto, a fresh pasta making demonstration, espresso, and a wide variety of desserts. There will be a vintage Fiat on display for photo opportunities, as well as a beautiful Vespa to help guests imagine their own journey through the scenic roads of Italy. Various forms of live art will be on display including, a Venetian Glassblower who will be creating an original work of art. The “Ciao Bella” Beauty Bar will feature cosmetic and hair advice and touch-ups, as well as samples and amazing gift baskets for guests.

    “Each year, our We vs. C fundraising event reminds us of the power that holistic healing holds not only towards the life of one person, but on the greater community,” said Donna Bouchard, event Co-Chair and Board Member of the RWJUH Hamilton Foundation. “It is through the generosity and commitment of our supporters that this event continues to be a success year after year and allows us to continue providing holistic services to our patients battling cancer. We are truly excited for this year’s Under the Italian Sky themed event and look forward to seeing everyone on June 3.”

    From fresh local honey and lavender, to micro-greens shooters – – there will be no shortage of wonderful surprises around every corner of the vast venue that provides a bucolic setting for a summer evening. This year’s We vs. C event sponsors include Campari, Vucciria, Processo Doc, Nobu Hotel and Ferrari to just name a few.

    For over 20 years, the Cancer Center at RWJUH Hamilton has practiced healing through Integrative Medicine to positively impact the mind, body, and spirit of patients and their families. In partnership with Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, the state’s only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Cancer Center at RWJUH Hamilton provides patients access to the most advanced treatment options including clinical trials. Through their full-service Holistic Program, the Cancer Center has succeeded in improving the quality of life for thousands of patients. This year’s We vs. C fundraising event seeks to not only educate the community on the importance of holistic healing practices such as Reiki, music therapy, art workshops, spiritual counseling and more, but raises funds for the continuation of the program’s complimentary services for years to come.

    “Since its inception, our full-service Holistic Program has provided a countless number of patients with life-changing services,” said Richard Freeman, President & CEO of RWJUH Hamilton. “These programs have proven to be a transformative force for the patients they serve while they are going through one of the most difficult times in their lives. We at RWJUH Hamilton are honored to have provided so many individuals with the holistic services they so deeply deserve at our Cancer Center and are excited to continue utilizing these Integrative Medicine techniques far into the future.”

    Join us in the fight against cancer and help support the holistic program, a Holistic Approach to Cancer Care, at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton Cancer Center.

    Tickets are on sale now online and corporate and individual sponsorships are still available. For more details and event information visit rwjbh.org/wevscundertheitaliansky or email HamiltonFoundation@rwjbh.org.


    Pictured left to right at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton Foundation We vs. C ’22; Louis Tsarouhas, MD, Shankar Santhanam, MD, Firas G. Eladoumikdachi, MD, Sara Ali, MD, Richard Freeman, President & Chief Executive Officer, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton, Marc J. Levine, MD, Giacomo Mangiaracina, MD, Arthur Pacia, MD


    Hamilton Township to Purchase Land Along Assunpink Creek for Preserved Open Space

    April 26, 2023

    HAMILTON, NJ – Last week, the Hamilton Township Council unanimously approved Mayor Martin’s request to purchase 32.5 acres of land on Basin Road to preserve it as open space. 

    The land, which is partially wooded and wetland, is both upstream and adjacent to the Assunpink Creek in the Cornell Heights neighborhood. The Assunpink is a frequently flooded area of the Township. 

    Hamilton will seek grants from the NJ Department of Environmental Protection Green Acres and Mercer County Open Space Assistance Program to help defray the purchase price of $188,000 and closing costs.  

    “Preserving more land in different neighborhoods throughout the Township is part of our continued goal of working with property owners to preserve green space rather than developed,” said Mayor Martin.

    Following the acquisition of this land, Hamilton Township will have nearly 6,000 acres of preserved land – an amount greater than the entire land acreage of the City of Trenton. For more information on Hamilton Township Open Space, visit www.HamiltonNJ.com/CED.


    Man Charged With Criminal Attempt Homicide In Hamilton After Allegedly Striking Victim With Machete At American Auto

    April 25, 2023

    HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–On April 24, 2023 at 11:26 a.m. the Hamilton Police Division dispatch center received a call concerning a male that was just attacked with a machete and was in the Quick Chek collapsed on the ground.

    The incident occurred at 1111 S. Olden Ave. (American Auto). The victim got into a verbal argument with Nicholas Schiaretti, during the altercation Mr. Schiaretti brandished a machete and struck the victim multiple times. The victim was transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center for treatment where he is recovering from his injuries. Mr. Schiaretti fled from the scene on foot but later turned himself into police custody.

    Mr. Schiaretti was charged with criminal attempt homicide and weapons offenses and was transported to the Mercer County Correctional Center.

    Anyone who has additional information can contact Detective M. Durand 609-581-5827.

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


    Suspect: Nicholas Schiaretti

    Mr. Schiaretti was charged with criminal attempt homicide and weapons offenses and was transported to the Mercer County Correctional Center.


    Fatal Crash Reported In Hamilton Township

    April 23, 2023

    HAMILTON, NJ (MERCER)–On April 22, 2023 at approximately 4:45 p.m., a 2019 Honda Accord sedan, driven by Steven D. Brokowsky, a 39-year-old male from Hamilton, turned left from the driveway of Killarney’s Publick House (located at 1644 Whitehorse Mercerville Rd) onto northbound Whitehorse Mercerville Rd.  A second vehicle, a 2015 Land Rover SUV, driven by Joseph J. Celinski, a 35-year-old male from Hamilton, was traveling northbound on Whitehorse Mercerville Rd.  The vehicles collided in a side swipe manner, forcing the Land Rover to leave the roadway and strike a utility pole. The Honda came to a controlled stop on Whitehorse Mercerville Road, and the Land Rover returned to the roadway and came to rest.

    Brokowsky was transported to RWJ Hospital in Hamilton via ambulance for evaluation.  Celinski was pronounced deceased on scene.

    Assistance at the scene was provided by the Hamilton Twp Fire Division and EMS personnel.

    The crash is being investigated by Sgt. R. Gray, and Officers K. McDonald and P. Micharski from the Hamilton Police Traffic Unit.

    Any witnesses are asked to contact the Hamilton Police Traffic Unit at (609)581-4000.             


    Biggie Zaza Tobacco Shop In Hamilton Busted For Unlicensed Marijuana And Edible Sales

    April 21, 2023

    HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–On Thursday April 20, 2023 at approximately 12:45 P.M., Hamilton Police were dispatched to 1710 Kuser Road to assist the Hamilton Township Health Inspector and Hamilton Township Building Inspectors with a spot check of a business in the complex after receiving complaints for unlicensed marijuana and edible sales.  The business was identified as Biggie Zaza Tobacco Shop.  Upon arrival, the Hamilton Township inspection staff entered the business along with Officers.  While the inspectors began their checks, Hamilton Police Officers observed several containers of Cannabis and related contraband that were not permitted for sale or distribution in plain view.  The store was occupied by the owner of the business as well as several other patrons.  The Officers exited the business, secured it, and contacted the Criminal Investigations Section.  Detectives applied for a search warrant of the premises which was granted.  During the search of the business Detectives located numerous edibles, vape cartridges and related products that contained suspected marijuana along with several pounds of suspected marijuana the owner was unlicensed to sell.  The owner, who was identified as Lewis Bradley-Samuel, 36, of Trenton was placed under arrest.

    Bradley-Samuel was charged with Distribution of CDS (Marijuana), Possession of More than Six Ounces of Marijuana, Distributions of CDS (Marijuana) within a 1000 Feet of School Property, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  He was transported the Mercer County Correctional Facility pending a detention hearing.

    The Hamilton Police Division and Hamilton Township Inspectors are actively investigating any store in the township that may be selling marijuana and marijuana products without a license.

    Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective Frank Burger of the Hamilton Police Division Major Crimes Unit at (609) 581-4010.  You may also contact the Hamilton Police or the Hamilton Police Crime Tip Hotline at (609) 581-4008 to report any unlicensed stores selling marijuana.

    Owner of Biggie Zaza Tobacco Shop, Lewis Bradley-Samuel, 36, of Trenton was placed under arrest. Bradley-Samuel was charged with Distribution of CDS (Marijuana), Possession of More than Six Ounces of Marijuana, Distributions of CDS (Marijuana) within a 1000 Feet of School Property, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  He was transported the Mercer County Correctional Facility pending a detention hearing.


    Fourth Suspect Arrested in Easter Sunday Homicide in Trenton

    April 21, 2023

    TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri announced the arrest today of the fourth suspect in the April 9, 2023, shooting homicide on Federal Street in Trenton.

    Bayshawn Brown, 22, of Ewing, was taken into custody on Thursday in Florence Township, New Jersey. He is charged along with Joseph Fayson, Justin Malkin and Darrin Eutsey with first- degree murder, second-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon, and third-degree theft by receiving stolen property. The prosecutor’s office has filed motions to detain the defendants.

    As previously announced, at approximately 6:56 p.m. on Sunday, April 9, 2023, Trenton police responded to a ShotSpotter notification reporting multiple shots fired in the area of Lamberton and Federal streets. Upon arrival, officers located a male gunshot victim in the driver’s seat of his parked gray 2010 Infiniti G37. The vehicle and the victim, later identified as Jhosse Tolentino, 23, of Trenton, were each struck multiple times. Tolentino was transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

    Brown was the fourth person seen on video surveillance exiting the Toyota 4Runner and approaching the victim’s vehicle with a firearm. The defendants shot at the victim’s vehicle, then returned to and fled in the 4Runner.

    The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call HTF Detective Karl Johnston or HTF Detective Nicholas Barber at (609) 989-6406. Information can also be emailed to mchtftips@mercercounty.org.

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


    Bayshawn Brown, 22, of Ewing, was taken into custody on Thursday in Florence Township, New Jersey. He is charged along with Joseph Fayson, Justin Malkin and Darrin Eutsey with first- degree murder, second-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon, and third-degree theft by receiving stolen property. The prosecutor’s office has filed motions to detain the defendants.




    Mercer County Prosecutor Warns of Phone Scam

    April 21, 2023

    Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo Onofri wants to warn the public of a telephone scam where a caller falsely claimed to be a law enforcement Officer employed by the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office.

    On April 20, 2023, the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, Cyber Crimes Unit, was contacted by the Cranbury Township Police Department in Middlesex County and advised that a victim reported that they received a call from a number purporting to be the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office and the caller falsely claimed to be “Sergeant Whitlock” with the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office. The scammer claimed the resident had a warrant for their arrest and directed the victim to drive to a drugstore to purchase gift cards.

    As a reminder, law enforcement will never ask for payment of any type over the phone, nor will they ask for personal identifying information that could be used for fraudulent purposes. Law enforcement, government agencies, and courts will never ask you to pay by unusual methods, such as gift cards, wire transfer, or cryptocurrency.

    Scammers often research their potential victims on the internet and social media. Scammers will call and deceive their victims into thinking the callers are law enforcement officers, prosecutors or police employees. Scammers may spoof a law enforcement telephone number, falsely showing on the victim’s caller ID. Spoofed phone numbers are typically done through a VPN (Virtual Private Network) making it difficult for law enforcement to track the actual caller. The scammers may threaten their victims with arrest for outstanding warrants or other legal issues.

    Should you receive a call from a police department within Mercer County and/or the Prosecutor’s Office, please confirm with whom you are speaking. If you believe you received a scam telephone call, hang up and call the main phone number to the police department or Prosecutor’s Office (609-989-6351). If legitimate, you’ll be connected with a Police Dispatcher or receptionist who can verify the caller’s identity. Report any scam calls to your local law enforcement agency.


    Serious Crash In Hamilton Township

    April 18, 2023

    HAMILTON, NJ (MERCER)–On April 18, 2023, at approximately 1:20 a.m., a 2004 Dodge Ram truck, driven by Jose Ischop-Citalan, 24-year-old male from Princeton, was traveling eastbound on Genesee St when he disregarded the stop sign at Chambers Street and crashed into a 2013 Cadillac, driven by Bret Lamoreaux, 21-year-old male from Hamilton, which was traveling northbound on Chambers Street.  Two back seat passengers in the Dodge Ram truck, a 23-year-old male from Ewing, and a 25-year-old male from Princeton suffered serious injuries and were transported to Capital Health Hospital at Fuld for treatment.  Their names are being withheld pending notification to family.  Lamoreaux suffered a minor injury and was taken to RWJ Hospital in Hamilton for treatment.  Ischop-Citalan was taken into custody and charged with D.W.I., Aggravated Assault by Auto, and other traffic offenses. 

    The crash is being investigated by Officers K. McDonald and P. Micharski from the Hamilton Police Traffic Unit.

    Any witnesses are asked to contact the Hamilton Police Traffic Unit at (609)581-4000.                         

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


    Trenton And Hamilton Men Charged In Easter Sunday Murder

    April 17, 2023

    TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri announced today that the Mercer County Homicide Task Force has arrested and charged three men for the April 9, 2023 shooting homicide on Federal Street in Trenton.

    Joseph Fayson, 22, and Justin Malkin, 23, both of Trenton, and Darrin Eutsey, 23, of Hamilton, were taken into custody early this morning. All three have been charged with first-degree murder, second-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon, and third-degree theft by receiving stolen property. Fayson and Malkin are also charged with second-degree certain persons not to possess a firearm. The prosecutor’s office intends to file motions to detain all three defendants.

    The charges are the result of an investigation by the Mercer County Homicide Task Force. Prosecutor Onofri praised the investigative work of the HTF and thanked the public for the assistance provided during the investigation. “I cannot emphasize enough how important it is for the community to work with us,” Prosecutor Onofri said. “I encourage the public to maintain communication with law enforcement,” he added.

    At approximately 6:56 p.m. on Sunday, April 9, 2023, Trenton police responded to a ShotSpotter notification reporting multiple shots fired in the area of Lamberton and Federal streets. Upon arrival, officers located a male gunshot victim in the driver’s seat of his parked gray 2010 Infiniti G37. The vehicle and the victim, later identified as Jhosse Tolentino, 23, of Trenton, were each struck multiple times. Police later collected 34 shell casings from the side of 601 Lamberton Street near the victim’s vehicle. Tolentino was transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

    In the course of the investigation, Detectives reviewed surveillance footage from nearby businesses and Trenton City cameras from the time of the shooting. Surveillance video captured a black 2007 Toyota 4Runner, later identified as a stolen vehicle, cross over Lamberton Street and drive up to the victim’s vehicle. Fayson, Malkin, and Eutsey could be seen exiting the 4Runner and approaching the victim’s vehicle with firearms. They shot at the driver’s seat area of the victim’s vehicle, then returned to and fled in the 4Runner. The stolen Toyota 4Runner was later found by Detectives parked in the rear of a vacant property on Edgewood Avenue. Video surveillance from that area showed that the 4Runner drove directly from the shooting to Edgewood Avenue where the vehicle was abandoned.

    For more than four years, there has been an ongoing feud between H-block gang members and individuals associated with the South Trenton area, specifically individuals associated with Lamberton Street, of which the victim was a part. The ongoing feud has included murders, shootings and disputes on social media. Detectives learned that, leading up to the murder, there was a dispute on social media between the victim and family members of H-block gang members. This led to H-block member Joseph Fayson insulting the victim and Lamberton Street associates on Instagram. The victim then shared a story on Instagram in response to one of the comments by Fayson shortly before he was murdered.

    Prosecutor Onofri thanked the Mercer County Homicide Task Force, his Special Investigations Unit, the Trenton Police Department, the U.S. Marshals NY/NJ Regional Fugitive Task Force, the Mercer County Tactical Response Team, under the leadership of Mercer County Sheriff Jack Kemler, and the Hamilton SWAT for their assistance.

    The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call HTF Detective Karl Johnston or HTF Detective Nicholas Barber at (609) 989-6406. Information can also be emailed to mchtftips@mercercounty.org.

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


    Names of the 2023 Trenton Homicide Victims

    1. 1/16/2023 Donnell Williams, 29, Trenton, Shooting.
    2. 2/12/2023 Stephanie Vil, 34, of Burlington, Shooting.
    3. 2/16/2023 Khalil Glanton, 23, Trenton, Stabbing.
    4. 3/24/2023 Harold Rosario, 19, Trenton, Shooting.
    5. 3/26/2023 Nyeisha Saunders, 41, Trenton, Shooting.
    6. 3/09/2023 Jhosse Tolentino, 23, Trenton, Shooting
    7. 4/14/2023 Daniel Garvin, 46, Trenton

    Joseph Fayson, 22, and Justin Malkin, 23, both of Trenton, and Darrin Eutsey, 23, of Hamilton, were taken into custody early this morning. All three have been charged with first-degree murder, second-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon, and third-degree theft by receiving stolen property. Fayson and Malkin are also charged with second-degree certain persons not to possess a firearm. The prosecutor’s office intends to file motions to detain all three defendants.


    Darrin Eutsey, 23, of Hamilton


    Justin Malkin, 23, of Trenton


    Joseph Fayson, 22, of Trenton




    Troopers Identify Philadelphia Man Killed On New Jersey Turnpike In Hamilton Township This Morning

    April 10, 2023

    Update from the NJ State Police:

    HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Tpr. II Charles Marchan from the New Jersey State Police Public Information Unit told MidJersey.news that Troopers responded to a motor vehicle crash at 5:19 a.m. on the New Jersey Turnpike northbound on the inner roadway milepost 58.8, Hamilton Twp., Mercer County.

    Based on a preliminary investigation a Honda passenger car was traveling north on the New Jersey Turnpike in the center lane. A Ford transit van was traveling north in the right lane. In the area of milepost 58.8, the Honda changed lanes from the center lane to the right lane and a collision occurred. As a result of the crash the driver of the Honda, Abdenour Rekik, a 41-year-old of Philadelphia, PA sustained fatal injuries. The driver of the Ford sustained no injuries. The crash remains under investigation and there is no additional information available.


    April 10, 2023

    HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–NJ State Police, Firefighters from Robbinsville and Bordentown Townships as well as EMS responded to mile post 58.8 north bound for a serious crash around 5:41 a.m. It was reported that one person was trapped and unresponsive. The New Jersey State Police is actively investigating the crash. No further details are available at this time.



    National Weather Service Confirms EF-1 Tornados In Crosswicks And Allentown-Cream Ridge Areas

    April 3, 2023

    UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–The National Weather Service Mount Holly has determined that tornadoes hit the Crosswicks, Allentown-Cream Ridge areas during the storms of April 1, 2023. The National Weather Service determined them to be in the EF-1 range with an estimated maximum of 90 MPH. Further details will be are yet to be determined such as path and width of the tornados. Check back for updates.

    Allentown-Cream Ridge Tornado…

    Rating:                 EF-1
    Estimated Peak Wind:    110 mph
    Path Length /statute/:  4.0 miles
    Path Width /maximum/:   550 yards
    Fatalities:             0
    Injuries:               0

    Start Date:             April 1, 2023
    Start Time:             7:14 PM EDT
    Start Location:         Allentown / Monmouth County / NJ
    Start Lat/Lon:          40.1541 / -74.5715

    End Date:               April 1, 2023
    End Time:               7:17 PM EDT
    End Location:           Upper Freehold Twp / Monmouth County / NJ
    End Lat/Lon:            40.1484 / -74.4965

    A new QLCS tornado developed just west of a neighborhood on 
    Walnford Road southeast of Allentown. The most significant damage 
    from the tornado occurred to properties within the neighborhood, 
    especially those along an open field to the southeast. The tornado
    was also near its widest point in this area. Numerous trees were 
    uprooted or snapped within the neighborhood. A few homes sustained
    removal of roofing material, siding removal, windows blown out, 
    and a couple garage doors blown out. Damage in this area was 
    consistent with wind speeds estimated to be near 110 mph. An 
    irrigation pivot was blown into a fence separating the 
    neighborhood and the field where it was toppled over, partially 
    into some residential yards.

    The tornado continued eastward across the field toward Allentown 
    Davis Station Road where another shorter irrigation pivot was 
    overturned. Along the road, several trees were snapped or uprooted
    near and northwest of the intersection with Polhemustown Road and
    Holmesmill Road. A wooden power pole was also leaning in the 
    direction of the tornado’s motion. The tornado continued east 
    along Allentown Davis Station Road where more mainly minor tree 
    damage occurred. At the traffic circle intersection with Sharon 
    Station Road, several road signs were blown down in various 
    directions. The tornado moved east-southeastward into a field just
    south of a farmstead and north of Davis Station Road. The tornado
    entered another wooded residential area near the intersection of 
    Davis Station Road ans Harvey Road where more significant tree 
    damage occurred and the tornadic circulation widened. The tornado 
    moved east across Meirs Road where numerous trees were snapped or 
    uprooted on residential properties, once of which fell onto power 
    lines.

    The tornado moved east toward a residential neighborhood along 
    Long Acre Drive where some additional tree damage occurred. The 
    tornado moved east of the residential area across a tree line and 
    then dissipated in an open field along Emleys Hill-Prospertown 
    Road.

    Crosswicks-Hamilton Twp NJ Tornado…

    Rating:                 EF-1
    Estimated Peak Wind:    100 mph
    Path Length /statute/:  2.8 miles
    Path Width /maximum/:   300 yards
    Fatalities:             0
    Injuries:               0

    Start Date:             April 1, 2023
    Start Time:             7:08 PM EDT
    Start Location:         Crosswicks / Burlington County / NJ
    Start Lat/Lon:          40.1525 / -74.6461

    End Date:               April 1, 2023
    End Time:               7:11 PM EDT
    End Location:           Upper Freehold Twp / Monmouth County / NJ
    End Lat/Lon:            40.1550 / -74.5945

    After a straight line wind event upstream toward Bordentown along
    Ward Avenue, a QLCS tornado developed in the village of 
    Crosswicks around 7:08 PM EDT. Much of the damage in Crosswicks 
    was primarily tree damage with numerous trees uprooted or snapped.
    Additional straight line wind damage occurred south of the 
    village that was not directly related to the tornadic circulation.
    The tornado moved east out of the village just north of Ellisdale
    Road where fairly significant tree damage continued on 
    residential properties. The tornado moved into an inaccessible 
    wooded area along Crosswicks Creek where it crossed into Hamilton 
    Twp in Mercer County. It emerged along a tree line near the back 
    of the Sawmill YMCA property where it continued east toward the 
    intersection of Sawmill Road and Iron Bridge Road. Near this 
    intersection, several trees were uprooted.

    The tornado continued east along Sawmill Road toward Extonville 
    Road Where additional trees were uprooted. The tornado dissipated 
    in a field around 7:11 PM EDT east of Extonville Road where it 
    crossed just over the Monmouth County boarder into Upper Freehold 
    Twp. No additional tornadic damage was observed east of this field
    across Ellisdale Road until the next tornado began near Walnford 
    Road.





    Storm damage from the April 1, 2023 storm as seen on April 2, 2023.


    Storm Damage Reported In Hamilton And Upper Freehold Townships

    April 3, 2023 Update:

    The National Weather Service will be conducting storm surveys in the area of Crosswicks/Hamilton and Cream Ridge, NJ

    April 2, 2023

    HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)-UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–The National Weather Service has not issued a tornado damage report for the areas damaged by yesterday’s storms for Hamilton and Upper Freehold Township. The line of damage starts prior to the Sawmill YMCA Day Camp and Miracle Filed for the Miracle League of Mercer County and continues a path of destruction for about 5 miles though Upper Freehold Township near the Cream Ridge Winery and past County Road 539 just north of the golf course. See map below designed by Brian K. from Twitter in regards to Midjersey.news post on the NWS Mount Holly Twitter.

    So far there have been four confirmed tornados in New Jerey, Jackson Township, Sea Girt, Howell Township, and Cinnaminson. The damage in Hamilton and Upper Freehold Township has not been listed as of 8:00 p.m. April, 2.

    The Miracle League of Mercer County, NJ was supposed to have an Opening Day and Easter Egg Hunt but had to be cancelled due to the storm damage at the Sawmill Road Facility.

    Week 2 games originally scheduled for Wednesday, April 5 and Thursday, April 6 will also – unfortunately – be cancelled.
    We will provide updates via email, text alert, and social media throughout the week.


    Graphic from Twitter posted by Brian K

    PSE&G workers replace a pole this morning, April 2, 2023, that was damaged by yesterday’s storm (April 1, 2023) on Groveville – Allentown Road.


    Storm damage in Hamilton Township, Mercer County, NJ at the Sawmill YMCA Day Camp and Recreation Center, Miracle Filed, on Sawmill Road.