Category: Hamilton

Mercer County PBA Assists With Turkey Distribution

November 23, 2020

By: Tyler Eckel

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–All chapters of the Mercer County PBA are assisting with turkey distribution in Mercer County today. This morning at Saint Phillips Baptist Church, members unloaded over 600 pounds of turkey for distribution at that location.

There were two other locations with many more pounds donated this morning including the Hamilton YMCA.

The distribution will continue this evening at the Willing Workers of Jerusalem Baptist Church in Trenton at 4:00 pm.


19 Year Old Hamilton Man Dies In East Windsor Crash

November 23, 2020

On Sunday, November 22, 2020, East Windsor Police responded to Route 133 West near Route 571 for a report of a motor vehicle off the roadway engulfed in flames. Upon patrol arrival, the vehicle, a 2017 BMW was located down an embankment on the north side of the roadway at the curve just prior to the exit ramp for Route 571 West. The vehicle had driven off the roadway and struck a tree. The East Windsor and Hightstown fire companies extinguished the fire. The lone occupant Rashawn Young, 19, of Hamilton and driver was found deceased inside the vehicle.

The Traffic Safety Unit of the East Windsor Township Police Department and the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Officer Serious Collision Response Team are investigating the crash.

Responding agencies: East Windsor Township Police Department, Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office Serious Collision Response Team East Windsor Volunteer Fire Company No. 1, Station 42, East Windsor Volunteer Fire Company No. 2, Station 46 Hightstown Engine Company No. 1, East Windsor Rescue Squad #2

Earlier MidJersey.News story here: Serious Crash On Rt 133 In East Windsor

Hamilton Township Fire Department Quickly Knocks Down Garage Fire, That Was Extending Into A Home

November 21, 2020

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Around 3:35 pm the Hamilton Township Fire Department responded to a well involved garage fire attached to a home in the 2500 Block of Whitehorse Mercerville Road. (Next to CVS and Across from the Mercerville Shopping Center).

Firefighters quickly arrived and called an “all hands” for a full 1st alarm sending additional apparatus to the scene, the fire was extending from the garage to the home though a breezeway. Two hose lines initially were placed in service and a supply line to a fire hydrant was set up to establish a water supply, then two more handlines were placed in service. The fire was quickly knocked down saving the living space of the home and was fully under control in about 20 minutes. The fire was investigated by the Hamilton Township Fire Marshal and was no word of the cause.



A Hamilton, NJ Man Admits To Possessing Firearm Loaded With 30 Rounds Of Ammunition In Furtherance Of Drug Trafficking Crime

Armond Holloway, 44, of Hamilton, New Jersey, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Michael A. Shipp via videoconference to Count Two of an indictment charging him with possession of a firearm in furtherance of possession with intent to distribute heroin.

November 19, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–A Hamilton, New Jersey, man today admitted possessing a handgun in furtherance of a drug crime, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced today.

Armond Holloway, 44, of Hamilton, New Jersey, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Michael A. Shipp via videoconference to Count Two of an indictment charging him with possession of a firearm in furtherance of possession with intent to distribute heroin.

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

On July 31, 2017, Holloway was on parole after having served a term of imprisonment. Holloway’s parole officer received information from an anonymous source that Holloway, who had known gang affiliations, was in possession of a gun, 300-400 bricks of heroin, and a large amount of money at his residence.

On Aug. 1, 2017, the parole officer, along with other law enforcement officers, conducted a parole search of Holloway’s residence, where they recovered a Masterpiece Arms 9 mm firearm with an obliterated serial number, loaded with 30 rounds of ammunition, under Holloway’s bed. They also found a barrel extension that fit the gun. Also recovered from Holloway’s bedroom was more than $14,000 in cash and more than 400 bricks of heroin from Holloway’s basement.

The count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime to which Holloway pleaded guilty carries a statutory mandatory minimum term of five years in prison, a maximum of life in prison, and a maximum fine of $250,000. If accepted by the court at the time of sentencing, Holloway’s plea agreement would result in Holloway serving a stipulated total sentence between eight and 10 years in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for March 23, 2021.

U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Charlie J. Patterson in Newark; the New Jersey State Parole Board, under the direction of Chairman Samuel J. Plumeri Jr.; and the New Jersey State Police, under the direction of Col. Patrick J. Callahan, with the investigation leading to today’s plea.

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: Lisa Van Hoeck Esq. and Brian P. Reilly Esq., Assistant Federal Public Defenders, Trenton




2017 NJ State Police News Release here:

State Police work with State Parole to Arrest Hamilton Man

Home visit nets more than $86,000 worth of Heroin and Assault Weapon

Hamilton Township, Mercer County – The New Jersey State Police and New Jersey State Parole Board have arrested Armond Holloway, 41, of Hamilton Township, N.J. for various drug and weapons offenses.

On Tuesday, August 1, 2017 the New Jersey State Parole Board worked cooperatively with members of the State Police Gangs and Organized Crime Central to conduct a home visit of Holloway. During the home visit, investigators determined that Holloway was in possession of heroin and an assault weapon. As a result, Holloway was arrested and detectives seized more than 430 bricks of heroin, a loaded assault weapon with a silencer, and $14,180 cash.

New Jersey State Parole charged Holloway with the following:

  • Possession of heroin with the intent to distribute
  • Possession of heroin
  • Possession of heroin with the intent to distribute with 1,000 feet of a public school
  • Possession of heroin with the intent to distribute with 500 feet of a public park
  • Possession of an assault weapon
  • Unlawful possession of a handgun
  • Possession of a handgun during a drug offense
  • Possession of a high-capacity magazine
  • Possession of a handgun silencer
  • Possession of a defaced handgun
  • Certain persons not to possess handguns

Armond Holloway was lodged in Mercer County Jail on a no bail warrant.

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

Santa Claus and Special Guests Open Hamilton Township’s Toys for Tots Drive

November 19, 2020

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–In 1947, a US Marine Corp Forces Reserve, by the name of Major Bill Hendricks founded Toys for Tots and in 1948, the USMC adopted the program as their own.  Last year alone, the Marine Toys for Tots Program was able to both collect and distribute 19 million toys to 73 million children in over 800 communities in the United States including the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Each year the Hamilton Township Police Division oversees a local Toys for Tots Drive in town and this year is no different despite the current pandemic. 

“The Toys for Tots Program has been in existence since 1947.  As the Chief of Police, the Hamilton Township Police Division’s Toys for Tots Drive is one of the highlights of my year” said Chief James Stevens.  “These toys truly make a difference in the lives of so many, from the joy they bring not only to the children who receive them, but also to their parents and loved ones.  And for that, I am thankful to the United States Marines and the residents of Hamilton Township who help to make it all possible.” he continued.

Now through December 18th, toys for children ages 4-17 are being collected for the 2020 Toys for Tots Drive with the following official drop-off locations:

  1. Hamilton Township Police Headquarters
    1270 Whitehorse Mercerville Rd., Hamilton, NJ 08619
  2. Foley’s Family Market, 1080 White Horse Ave., Hamilton, NJ 08610

“It is my pleasure to officially open the 2020 Toys for Tots Drive alongside our exceptional Hamilton Township Police Division Officers,” stated Mayor Martin.  “This year is unlike any before and I know the need for toys for the youth of our Township will be greater than ever before.  I urge anyone who is able to donate to consider doing so this year.”

If you would like to participate, unwrapped toys can be brought to one of the official Toys for Tots collection box locations for further distribution.  This year, the local Marine Corps. has put into place extra COVID-19 safety measures, including sanitizing and quarantining of all toys.  If you have any questions regarding the Toys for Tots collection, please call Office Bob O’Hare at (609)581-4021.

Mercer County Offering Free COVID-19 Testing November 24 & December 1 at Cure Arena

Mercer County is also proud to offer free at-home COVID-19 testing. These tests are available to all residents of Mercer County, free of charge.

November 18, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes today announced that the County, in partnership with Vault Health Services, will offer free COVID-19 testing on Tuesday, Nov. 24, and Tuesday, Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the CURE Insurance Arena, 81 Hamilton Ave. The saliva test is available to County residents 14 years or older and anyone employed as a first responder or health care worker in Mercer County.

Those going to the arena for testing should use Parking Lot 2 off South Broad Street to access Gate A. Testing will be conducted in the arena concourse. Bring identification showing Mercer County residency and a smartphone or tablet if you have one. No prescription is necessary. Please avoid eating, drinking, chewing gum or smoking 30 minutes prior to taking the test.

Testing will be limited to 300 people on each of the two days but additional pop-up testing sites will be scheduled around the County in the near future.

If you want to avoid the lines, Mercer County also offers an at-home saliva test for COVID-19, which can be requested by visiting www.mercercares.org. If you need help with the online registration process, assistance will be available Tuesday at the arena. 



Covid-19 Test at Home Program

Mercer County is proud to offer free at-home COVID-19 testing. These tests are available to all residents of Mercer County, free of charge.

The saliva collection test for COVID-19 has the same effectiveness as the nasal swab test. This test is performed under the supervision of our healthcare provider, Vault, through a video telehealth visit eliminating the risk of person-to-person exposure to the virus.

To register for your at-home testing kit, you must first fill out the form below to verify your Mercer County residency. Within 24-48 hours following your submission, you will receive a link to order your free kit on the Vault Health website. This is FREE to all Mercer County residents, and health insurance is not required but a claim will be submitted if are covered.

Please note the following:

  1. There is no out of pocket cost for this test.
  2. You must be a resident of Mercer County or employed as a first responder or health care worker in Mercer County.
  3. Only persons over the age of 14 are eligible for this test. Persons under the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian complete the registration for them.
  4. You will receive your code within 48 hours.
  5. This is not an antibody test. This test is designed to determine if you currently are infected with COVID-19 and have the potential to infect others.

If your test is positive, or if you have symptoms, call your health care professional.

Grill Fire Quickly Extinguished At Jersey Mike’s In Hamilton

November 18, 2020

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The Hamilton Township Fire Department was dispatched to 620 Marketplace Boulevard for a grill fire at Jersey Mike’s around 3:00 pm. Upon arrival Hamilton Firefighters reported a fire on the grill and a smoke condition in the building and an “all hands” was called. Firefighters quickly snuffed out the flames. Firefighters remained on scene to remove smoke after extinguishment. The Hamilton Township Fire Marshal was called to investigate and the Hamilton Township Health Department was also called to the scene.

Once the Fire Marshal and Health Department finish the investigation the store is expected to reopen.

Hamilton Township Council Approves Propane Support Program

Program will Help Reimburse Local Restaurants for the Cost of Outdoor Heaters

November 18, 2020

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–On Tuesday, November 17th, the Hamilton Township Council approved the creation of the Hamilton Township Propane Support Program to assist local restaurants with heating costs.

With this new program, funded by the Community Development Block Grant, the Township has made $20,000 available to help assist restaurants with the purchase and refilling of propane tanks. While outdoor dining has been a successful solution to prohibited or greatly reduced indoor dining, we quickly see temperatures dropping as we enter into late Fall and Winter. As such, many restaurants have invested in propane heaters to extend their outdoor dining season, but have found the expense to be cost prohibitive.

Through a partnership with Yardville Supply Company and Mercer Ace Hardware, the Township will be able to supply these tanks at a discounted rate, and allow restaurants to refill these tanks for the same price.

“The Propane Support Program is yet another innovative way for Hamilton to connect with our local restaurants and provide them with financial resources during these challenging times,” said Mayor Martin.  “I would like to thank Mercer Ace Hardware and Yardville Supply for partnering with us on this project and extend my thanks to Director of Community and Economic Development Fred Dumont for his tireless work communicating with our businesses during these challenging times and for continuing to find new and creative ways to support our Township businesses.”

“Council supports the Mayor’s action,” said Council President Richard Tighe. “Thank you to Yardville Supply and Ace Hardware for joining this effort. This is another example of how our community continues to come together to help each other through these tough times.”

Restaurants must register with the Township to express their interest in participating in this program. To send notification of interest, please email kkane@hamiltonnj.com with the following information: the name of the business, contact information (name, phone, email), and an approximate number of tanks this business typically goes through in a week.

Hamilton Council Recognizes 7 Hamilton Township Police Officers For Recent Acts of Heroism

November 17, 2020

Story and photos by Tyler Eckel

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP (MERCER): The Hamilton Township Council, along with Hamilton Mayor Jeff Martin, recognized seven Hamilton Police Officers Tuesday night for their outstanding acts of heroism and bravery this year.

The Ceremony, originally scheduled to be held at a Council Meeting, was held at the HamStat Call Center following new COVID-19 restrictions. The room was limited to family guests only, with a maximum of ten individuals at a time. Social distancing and all other guidelines were followed. Officers were still mentioned in the virtual Council Meeting.

The first officer honored was Officer Ryan Fratz. Fratz was presented with a proclamation after responding to a motor vehicle crash on September 23, 2020 around 2:00 am at the intersection of Klockner Road and Kuser Road. Himself and John Hodniki, a nearby resident, rescued a man from his burning car after hitting a tree. The driver was then transported to the Trauma Center for his injuries. Without the quick thinking of Fratz, the victim of this crash may not have survived.

“It really inspired me and I know it did to council as well,” Mayor Jeff Martin said. “It’s been a tough year for officers around the country. When you went into that car, you didn’t know whether the person was white, black, male, female, whatever. You still went in and saved that person’s life,” Martin continued.

“Anyone I work with would have done the same thing,” Officer Fratz responded. “I just happened to be at the right place at the right time.”

Officer Christopher Harhay and Officer Anthony Carvale were honored next. Harhay and Carvale responded to the 100 block of Reeger Avenue on September 17, 2020 at about 1:23 pm for an agitated male carrying a gun. After arguing with relatives at their Reeger Avenue home, the suspect left the residence and observed a US Mail Carrier delivering mail nearby. The suspect chased after the Mail Carrier, pointed the gun, which ended up being a BB gun, directly at him and threatened him. Officers Harhay and Carvale arrived on the scene and were able to take the suspect into custody and retrieve the gun without injury to anyone. Because of their quick thinking and training, a situation that could have easily authorized the use of greater force, came to a peaceful end.

Mayor Martin congratulated them, quoting, “It’s so inspirational to me as well as the council to have officers like you on the job each and every day. What’s been a very difficult year for men and women in uniform, we wanted to make sure we took the moment this year to recognize our officers who have really have gone above and beyond.”

“Anthony and I signed up for our jobs as Police Officers. We know the responsibilities of coming to work everyday,” Harhay acknowledged.

“I just want to thank the Mayor, Council Members, and Hamilton PBA 66 for their continued support,” Carvale added. “It’s nice to have an event like this, especially with what’s going on in the current climate, you don’t see much positivity in regards to the police. Being recognised by our own town leadership is always very nice. We have a team of men and women here that are just trying to do our jobs, and their support means everything.”

Officer Timothy Donovan and Officer Justin Mura were also recognized. These officers were dispatched to Lincoln Court on June 8, 2020 around 9:42 am on the report of a woman that had self inflicted an injury with a knife. Upon their arrival, Donovan and Mura knocked on the front door. Suddenly, the front door opened and a woman emerged holding a large knife raised over her head and was bleeding from the neck. The woman charged at Officer Donovan with the raised knife, refusing verbal commands to drop it. Officer Donovan backed from the woman as she charged him, converting a distance of hundreds of feet, as he yelled for her to drop the knife. Officer Mura gave chase and approached the knife wielding woman from behind and was able to administer OC pepper spray until she stopped charging at Officer Donovan. The woman then used the knife to inflict another injury to herself in front of the Officers. At the direction of Officers, the woman finally dropped the knife and was provided first aid by Officers on the scene until an ambulance arrived and she was transported to the hospital. Another incident where stronger force could have been justified, but was avoided by the great performance of these officers.

Martin praised the officers mentioning, “The calm, cool, and collective approach you guys took to (the situation) represents the best that we have here in Hamilton, and the department overall.”

Officer Timothy Donovan retorted, “It was definitely an interesting situation, and one that I hope to never be in again. It is not a candy coated world out there. We are the ones in the trenches, so please don’t forget about us. We don’t deal with cats in trees, but we’re the ones really getting in there. We are the ones getting dirty and we need somebody on our side to tell the public: we’re not bad guys.”

“Just an echo from what Tim said, we go to work and we don’t look for a pat on the back, but it gives us confidence when we are being recognized and we’re being appreciated,” Officer Mura added.

The final two officers esteemed were Officer Anthony Lucidi and Officer Michael Stefanelli. They were dispatched to an active building fire in the 300 block of Klockner Road on June 16, 2020 around 11:43 pm. Upon arrival, they observed an active fire with flames on the second floor porch leading to the second floor apartment. Both Officers climbed onto the adjacent roof and attempted to force open the apartment door to evacuate the residents inside. Officers were able to wake a young couple and their daughter who were asleep inside the burning building. Lucidi and Stefanelli assisted the residents off of the roof and away from the burning porch to safety. The quick and heroic actions of these Officers undoubtedly prevented serious injuries or loss of life to the unaware residents.

“Like I’ve said before, you guys ran into that building not knowing anybody’s sex, gender, religion, political beliefs, anything like that. You went in there for the right reason, to literally save people’s lives,” Martin complimented. “That just epitomizes our Police Department here in Hamilton under the leadership of the Chief and everybody else,” Martin continued.

Officer Stefanelli’s reply was, “I just want to say thank you to everybody for putting this on. At the end of the day we’re just doing our job.”

Officer Lucidi added to his statement saying, “We live here, we work here, so we just have to do our job for the people we live with and the people we work with.”

Council President Rich Tighe responded to the ceremony by saying, “The chief and I started talking a lot right around the time of the George Floyd incident and the unrest. The Chief wanted to be very communicative about the measures that were being taken to keep our community safe. Every conversation we’ve ever had, the Chief’s primary concern has always been protecting human life. You guys are all examples of that. I’m proud of you, I appreciate you, thank you for the work that you’re doing.”

Hamilton’s Chief of Police James Stevens also said a few words for his officers. “I can’t thank (the parents) enough for supporting their (sons and daughters). I know it’s not easy. When I became a cop, my mother always worried, so I imagine it’s the same thing. I also can’t thank the Mayor and the council for all their support in this Police Division. It has not gone unrecognized by the men and women that work for the Police Division. I personally have a great privilege that I work for some very good officers. Everyday (officers) come to work not knowing what they will encounter, and they handle things accordingly with great professionalism and pride, and upholding the oath of office they took the day they got sworn in. With all that’s gone on this year, it’s been a tough year. Between Covid, tropical storms, civil unrest, the men and women of this division have not turned away or not answered the call to duty. They have always put themselves in harm’s way to make sure that the citizens of this township are safe.”


Above photos by Tyler Eckel

Mayors And Local Government Officials Warn New COVID-19 Cases On Rise And To Take Precautions

November 14, 2020

MERCER COUNTY, NJ–Mayors and local officials warn of increased COVID-19 transmission as cases rise in Mercer County. Officials are reminding residents to continue to take precautions by limiting gatherings, wearing masks, social distancing, washing hands and other general COVID-19 precautions.

In the City of Trenton Mayor W. Reed Gusciora has announced new restrictions as COVID-19 transmission rates have doubled in each of the last three weeks.

Trenton’s transmission rate is currently 44.2 cases per 100,000 people, which exceeds both the state and county rates at 29.3 and 28.9, respectively. Trenton has had a total of 4,598 COVID-19 cases with 80 related deaths.

Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes stated, Mercer County surpassed 10,000 cumulative positive test results since the start of the pandemic, and the United States surpassed a staggering 10 million positive cases. In addition, the New Jersey Department of Health has reported more than 13,000 positive cases statewide since Monday.

It was anticipated that colder weather in the fall and winter would drive people indoors and trigger a second wave of virus transmissions. We’re only in mid-November and the second wave is here. New cases of COVID-19 are on the rise and everyone needs to take that seriously, County Executive Hughes stated.

Robbinsville Township Mayor Dave Fried said in a Facebook post, “I always like to start with good news, but a second wave of COVID-19 is upon us and it is making that increasingly difficult. I am going to give this to you straight. Since October 30, Robbinsville Township reports 29 new cases that is by far the highest number of new cases we have encountered since this started.”

Mayor Fried also stated in a message that My personal feeling is this second wave will get worse before it gets better, so I am asking people to be increasingly diligent.

Hamilton Township Mayor Jeff Martin shared the weekly update from Hamilton Township that includes a weekly COVID-19 update and that urges the following precautions:

•Keep Your Distance — stay at least six feet away from others — and Wear a Face Covering.

•Wash Your Hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after being in a public place, as well as after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing

.•If soap and water are not accessible, Use a Hand Sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.

•Avoid Touching Your Eyes, Nose and Mouth with unwashed hands.•Avoid Close Contact with people who are sick.

•Stay Home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick.

•Cover Your Mouth and Nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.


Full text of statements below:


TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Mayor W. Reed Gusciora yesterday announced new restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19 as transmission rates in Trenton have doubled each of the last three weeks.

Mayor Gusciora’s amended State of Emergency declaration now includes the following instructions, which will remain in effect from Nov. 16, 2020 through Dec. 5, 2020:

  • All Trenton businesses, including restaurants, bars and grocery stores must close at 10:00 p.m. daily. Gas stations may stay open only to dispense gas.
  • Restaurants and drive-through businesses may be open for pickup or delivery until 11:00 p.m., provided that no parties are allowed to congregate inside or outside of the establishment.
  • All city residents are encouraged to remain indoors after 10:00 p.m.
  • All city residents should wear masks and practice social distancing techniques as recommended by the CDC by avoiding large crowds, and, whenever possible, keeping a distance of six feet from other people.
  • All city residents are strongly encouraged not to have large family gatherings on Thanksgiving and to avoid hosting visitors from states that are on the Governor’s travel advisory list.

Trenton’s transmission rate is currently 44.2 cases per 100,000 people, which exceeds both the state and county rates at 29.3 and 28.9, respectively. Trenton has had a total of 4,598 COVID-19 cases with 80 related deaths.

“It’s clear the second wave is here and has hit the Capital City especially hard,” said Mayor Gusciora. “Our transmission rates may even be higher now than they were in the spring. While we believe these new restrictions will help, we won’t get past this crisis unless our residents wear their masks and practice social distancing. No more excuses about COVID-19 fatigue: the virus never gets tired, and neither should our residents and businesses when it comes to keeping this city safe.”

“It is critically important that when we see cases rise throughout our city, county and state that we are extremely cautious and we social distance, wear masks and limit indoor gatherings as much as possible,” said Dr. Kemi Alli, Chief Executive Officer of the Henry J. Austin Health Center. “If not, our path will follow sister states such as North and South Dakota, and Montana which are currently in dire straits.”

While transmission rates have risen across all age groups, a quarter of all hospitalizations over the past month are comprised of individuals age 30 and below. The greatest source of transmission has been indoor contact, and residents are advised to wear masks even around friends or relatives who are visiting.


Mercer County, NJ:

A letter from County Executive Brian M. Hughes

Mercer County and the nation both reached sobering COVID-19 milestones this week: Mercer County surpassed 10,000 cumulative positive test results since the start of the pandemic, and the United States surpassed a staggering 10 million positive cases. In addition, the New Jersey Department of Health has reported more than 13,000 positive cases statewide since Monday. It was anticipated that colder weather in the fall and winter would drive people indoors and trigger a second wave of virus transmissions. We’re only in mid-November and the second wave is here. New cases of COVID-19 are on the rise and everyone needs to take that seriously.

When you’re around people outside your own household, wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth and practice social distancing. Wash your hands frequently and use hand sanitizer. Avoid crowds and stay home if you are sick. Public health officials are advising that the safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving this year is to keep your gathering small with just immediate family. Please bear that in mind when planning for the holiday. We know what we need to do to reduce the spread of the virus – now it’s up to us. Let’s continue to support each other and keep each other safe. Let’s continue to work together.

One of the many impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic has been job loss. State officials reported this week that more than 1.7 million New Jersey workers have filed an unemployment claim since March, with about 1.46 million workers meeting the monetary requirements to receive benefits. Jobseekers need all the help they can get, and with that in mind I’d like to call attention to the work being done by the staff at the Mercer County One-Stop Career Center.

As part of Mercer County’s ongoing effort to connect jobseekers with employers, and do it safely during the public health crisis, our One-Stop recently held a drive-through job fair at the CURE Insurance Arena in Trenton that had the participation of 45 employers and was attended by about 525 individuals. Attendees were required to wear face masks but did not have to leave their vehicles. When they pulled up, they were handed a bag filled with information provided by employers on the jobs they had available, along with information about One-Stop services and community resources. This was a successful effort to help people in our community find work.

The inventive job fair came on the heels of the One-Stop’s equally successful Summer Youth Jobs Connection program. After receiving grant funding from the state in early June, One-Stop Director Virgen Velez and her staff set about making the summer job program a reality, despite a small time window and challenges presented by the pandemic. The program, which served Mercer County residents between the ages of 16 and 24, provided a paid six-week work experience and paid virtual job readiness workshops, along with transportation assistance.

I join the One-Stop and the County’s Workforce Development Board in thanking the employers who brought interns into their facilities this summer. The young adults learned not only traditional work skills but the virtual communication skills that have become essential in the COVID-19 work and school environment. And I applaud the One-Stop team, whose passionate commitment enabled it to deliver a summer employment program and job fair amid a pandemic.

Brian M. Hughes
Mercer County Executive


Robbinsville, NJ:

Mayor Dave Fried:

I always like to start with good news, but a second wave of COVID-19 is upon us and it is making that increasingly difficult. I am going to give this to you straight. Since October 30, Robbinsville Township reports 29 new cases that is by far the highest number of new cases we have encountered since this started.

Thankfully, we have not seen significant spread or sickness in our three schools. We are seeing an uptick in cases throughout Mercer County, including increased positives reported by our first responders and front line workers resulting in staffing shortages. We have seen an uptick in hospitalizations across Mercer County.

My personal feeling is this second wave will get worse before it gets better, so I am asking people to be increasingly diligent. We have kids coming home from college for Thanksgiving, and while I am not going to tell you how to host or visit your families, I am asking you to be smart.

There are some things you can do to minimize the spread, such as not sharing glassware or silverware. Try to be more aware when eating in groups. Wash your hands regularly and wear a mask when you can. While many of our cases have been asymptotic, our fear as flu season approaches is we may see people with multiple symptoms for both COVID-19 and the flu, or family members suffering from both in the same household. We are on stand-by to help and volunteer when and where we are needed. We hope you will join us as that need increases.

Additionally, our kids still need to socialize in the face of the virus. That said our Recreation Department, in conjunction with the school district, will be coming up with programs to help keep our children safely engaged. This is a difficult and complex decision … and it will not be for everyone. There will be no right or wrong. It really comes down to what is best for your family, while not judging others.

I am very proud of our community for all it has done to flatten this curve. You all have been rock stars, and it is a pleasure to be Mayor of this incredible town. Keep your chins up. Pfizer has announced they have a vaccine and early reports indicate it is 90 percent effective, so help should be on the way.

We will get through this together. Thank you all for all you do, and God bless you all. —Robbinsville Mayor Dave Fried


I-195 Westbound Closed and Detoured at Exit 3 For Emergency Sign Structure Repairs in Hamilton

November 10, 2020

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials today announced I-195 westbound will be closed and detoured tonight at Exit 3 – Yardville/Hamilton Square for emergency overhead sign structure repairs in Hamilton.

Beginning at 9 p.m. tonight, Tuesday, November 10 until 5 a.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, November 11, NJDOT’s contractor IEW Construction Group Inc., will close and detour I-195 westbound at Exit 3B to remove an overhead sign structure before Exit 2 that was damaged by a crash. Temporary ground mounted signs will be installed. Exit 3A to Yardville will remain open. If work is completed early, the roadway will reopen sooner. The following detour will be in place overnight:

I-195 westbound detour:


• Motorists on I-195 westbound will be directed to take Exit 3B toward Hamilton Square
• Turn left onto Kuser Road
• Turn left onto Whitehorse-Hamilton Square Road
• At the traffic signal, bear left onto Whitehorse Avenue
• Go through the Whitehorse Circle Roundabout to Route 206 south
• Take the ramp to I-195 westbound


NJ DOT – TOC South: Construction , overhead sign repair on I-195 westbound at Exit 3 – Hamilton Square-Yardville Rd (Hamilton Twp) All lanes of 2 lanes closed and detoured Until 5:00 AM

Started11/10/2020 09:00:10 PM




Firefighters Quickly Extinguish Garage Fire In Windsor

November 10, 2020

ROBBINSVILLE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–At 2:50 pm 9-1-1 calls were received at the Robbinsville Township Police Department for a building fire in the 1st block of South Main Street in the Windsor section of Robbinsville. Robbinsville Township Police, Robbinsville Township Fire Department and the Hamilton Township Fire Department responded to the scene.

When Robbinsville and Hamilton firefighters arrived they found a unattached garage on fire with flames and smoke visible. Firefighters used an 1 3/4 hand line to extinguish the fire. The fire was quickly knocked down and brought under control within 10 minutes.

The Robbinsville Township Fire Marshal investigated the cause of the fire and determined the main contributing factor was discarded oil soaked rags.

Hightstown and East Windsor Fire Companies were also dispatched to the scene but were recalled prior to arrival. The Robbinsville Township Police Department provided traffic control by closing South Main Street until hose and equipment was returned to the fire apparatus.

Employee Confirms Hamilton AMC 24’s Screens Set To Go Dark As Theater Closes Tonight

November 8, 2020 updated November 9, 2020, Updated November 10, 2020 with official statement from AMC.


November 10, 2020 Statment from AMC:

AMC continues to have constructive discussions with our landlords as we work together to effectively manage through this COVID crisis. This includes reaching a global agreement with EPR Properties, one of our most prominent landlord partners, which was executed on July 1, 2020. In conjunction with that agreement, EPR made certain rent concessions in exchange for other rights, including its ability to terminate up to seven leases. In conjunction with this agreement, AMC has ceased operations at six EPR-owned theatre locations nationwide. AMC Hamilton 24, which closed at the end of business on Sunday, November 8, is the only AMC in this area impacted as a result of this agreement. Any further questions about the future of this location should be directed to EPR Properties.

AMC truly appreciates the support from its guests at AMC Hamilton 24, and we encourage moviegoers to continue enjoying the AMC experience at our nearby AMCs.


November 9, 2020 update this morning the website now says that AMC Hamilton 24 Has Closed

AMC Hamilton 24 Has Closed

We hope to see you at our next nearest location: AMC MarketFair 10Find A Theatre


HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–An employee who was not identified has told MidJersey.News during a visit tonight at the AMC 24 on Sloan Avenue, that tonight was the last night for the theater. The employee was not exactly sure for the reason of the closure but believes that the owner of the property has sold it. She also believed that the theater has to vacate by the end of the year since the lease is up but has decided to close now rather than later. The employee highly recommended several other AMC theater locations in the area including the one at Princeton Marketfair on Route 1.

There was no signage on the building stating the closing or other information posted. A reporter from another news agency stated that he reached out to AMC earlier today and did not receive a reply.

There was no other information available about the closure. It is well known that the COVID-19 Pandemic has hit the movie industry and theaters hard during this time. On October 4, 2020 MidJersey.News reported that Cineworld the owner of Regal Cinemas would temporally shutter operations in the US and UK including the location at the Independence Plaza on S. Broad Street in Hamilton you can view those MidJersey.News articles here:

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

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


The official AMC website page for the Hamilton AMC 24 has been removed and gives a 404 Error and says:


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We love improv, but we can’t find the page you’re looking for. Let’s take it from the top and try again.

https://www.amctheatres.com/movie-theatres/hamilton-township/amc-hamilton-24


69 Year Old Hamilton Man On Electric Bike Injured In Mercer County Park Crash

November 8, 2020 updated at 6:20 pm with official information from West Windsor Police Department

WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–Around 11:20 am, West Windsor Police received a 9-1-1 call for an unconscious man down on his bike behind the Mercer County Tennis Center approximately 650 feet away down the bike path. West Windsor Police, West Windsor Fire & Emergency Services, Robbinsville FD EMS, Paramedics from Capital Health and Mercer County Park Rangers were all detailed to the scene of the bike crash.

Upon investigation, a Hamilton Square resident was riding an Electric Bike (Rad Power Bike/Rad Mini) in Mercer County Park. He was traveling on the Pedestrian Path between the East picnic area and the tennis center.

While going in the direction of the Tennis Center, the Electric Bike rider attempted to go around a runner who was on the path in front of him.  During the evasive maneuver, the rider lost control of the Electric Bike and struck his head on the ground resulting in a serious head injury.  It should be noted that the runner remained at the scene and attended to the severely injured rider.  It should also be noted that the rider was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.  No other persons were injured during the incident.  

The victim was transported to the Robert Wood Johnson (RWJ) at Hamilton Medical Center by Robbinsville EMS.  The incident is still under investigation by Traffic Officer McQuade is the Investigating Officer for WWPD.  If you have any pertinent information into the crash please contact Traffic Officer McQuade at (609) 799-1222 or McQuade@westwindsorpolice.com.  


2 Vehicle Crash On Whitehorse-Hamilton Square Road

November 6, 2020

Photos and story by: Tyler Eckel

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP (MERCER): One car overturned after a collision with another car on Whitehorse-Hamilton Square Road between Kuser Road and Cypress Lane around 5:52 pm Friday. Hamilton Township Fire Department and EMS responded to the scene as a precaution, but all patients involved refused medical advice. The crash is under investigation. 

Motorcycle Accident In Hamilton

November 5, 2020

Photos and story by: Tyler Eckel

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER): A motorcycle was involved in a crash with another vehicle at the intersection of South Olden Avenue and Estates Boulevard around 4:50 pm Thursday. The motorcyclist was transported to the hospital with minor injuries, the driver of the other vehicle involved was not injured. Hamilton Police, Robert Wood Johnson EMS, Capital Health Paramedics, and Hamilton Township Fire Department responded to the scene. 

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


Car Crashes Into Trees On I-195 Ramp In Hamilton

November 4, 2020 update November 5, 2020

UPDATE:

NJ State Police Sgt. Lawrence Peele from the Public Information Bureau told MidJersey.News– The crash occurred at 12:00 p.m. on the entrance ramp to I-195 westbound from Route 130 southbound in Hamilton Township, Mercer County.  Preliminary information indicates that a Kia Forte ran off the roadway and overturned.  The three occupants sustained non-life-threatening injuries and were transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton.  Cause of the crash remains under investigation.

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–A car lost control and crashed into some trees leaving the vehicle on its side on the I-195 ramp from route 130 to 195 West Bound at 11:49 am. The Hamilton Township Police, Hamilton Township Fire Department, Robbinsville Fire Department and EMS, RWJ EMS along with Capital Health Paramedics responded to the scene. It appears that there were injures as at least one person was transported to the hospital. NJ State Police arrived on scene and a request for official information was sent to the public information officer, once received the story will be updated.

Updated: Only Minor Injury Reported In 2 Vehicle Accident On Kuser Rd. Near Perilli Drive

November 3, 2020

UPDATE: November 4, 2020: HTPD reports that the person was checked out and had only minor injuries.

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Around 6:24 pm the Hamilton Township Police, Hamilton Township Fire Department, RWJ EMS and Capital Paramedics were dispatched to a accident with reported entrapment. Multiple 9-1-1 calls reported the accident in the 1400 Block of Kuser Road near Perilli Drive.

One person was transported to the Trauma Center at Capital Health Regional Medical Center. Updated information from police state that the person after evaluation had minor injures.

The roadway was closed for the serious accident investigation and clean up. There was no further information available for the cause of the crash.

Hamilton And Trenton Men Charged With Theft, Criminal Mischief And Possession Of Burglar’s Tools

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–On November 1, 2020 at approximately 10:50 PM, Officers from the Hamilton Police Anti-Crime Unit observed a red pickup truck pull into the parking lot near ACE Hardware on the 300 block of Route 33 and park next to a white box truck.  Officers observed two males exit the pickup truck and one of the males crawl under the white box truck with a tool.  The male then came from underneath the truck carrying the tool and another piece of metal.  Both males entered the pickup truck and attempted to leave the area when they were stopped by the Officers.  Officers located a catalytic converter that was sawed off the white box truck in their possession.  The males were identified as John Doyle, 56, of Hamilton and John Serpico, 44, of Trenton.

Both Doyle and Serpico were charged with Theft, Criminal Mischief, and Possession of Burglar’s Tools. 

Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective Joseph Ialacci of the Hamilton Police Division’s Criminal Investigations Section at 609-689-5822 or the Hamilton Police Crime Tip Hotline at 609-581-4008.

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

Flags For Heroes

November 1, 2020

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Today starts “Flags For Heroes” that are on display in front of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Hamilton. The project has been started by the Robbinsville Hamilton Rotary and the flags will be on display from November 1 to November 14, 2020. The flags on display honors heroes who have made a difference in someone’s life.

BREAKING: Flash Mob Of +/- 2,000 Dispersed In Robbinsville, Similar Flash Mob Now In Hamilton

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Around 10:30 pm a crowd between 1,000 and 2,000 gathered in the MATRIX Northeast Business Park off Applegate Drive. Witnesses in the area stated cars could be heard over a mile away burning out, racing, and exhaust backfiring. Calls were also coming into Robbinsville Township Police reporting the same noises coming from the back of the industrial park.

When Robbinsville Township Police arrived they reported a crowd of between 1,000 and 2,000 and requested assistance to disperse the crowd from Allentown and New Jersey State Police.

The crowd did disperse and roads were blocked to they could leave the area using I-195.

About an hour later another crowd formed this time in Hamilton Township on Sloan Avenue near I-295 and the NJ Transit Train Station and the movie theater. Part of the crowd was dispersed again and left towards Lawrence Township. A County wide alert went out to alert neighboring police departments of the group.




Scenes From Halloween 2020 In Allentown And Hamilton

October 31, 2020

ALLENTOWN, (MONMOUTH)-HAMILTON (MERCER)–Halloween was celebrated a little different this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Parades were canceled or a different type of event was held and candy was distributed sometimes using a long pipe or other creative ways to practice social distancing. Many wore masks while out trick-or-treating.




Trenton Cats Rescue Hold Halloween Adoption Event at The Healthy Animal of Robbinsville

October 31, 2020

Story and photo gallery 1 by Tyler Eckel

ROBBINSVILLE-HAMILTON, NJ (MERCER)–Trenton Cats Rescue (TCR) and The Healthy Animal of Robbinsville held a cat adoption event this Saturday, October 31. Volunteers of Trenton Cats Rescue showed up to the event in their Halloween costumes, encouraging others to tag along. 

It all started when members of “Trenton Trappers” and volunteers from the Trenton Animal Shelter combined and formed Trenton Cats Rescue. TCR is an all-volunteer, foster-based rescue group that serves the greater Trenton area, with a 30-35 mile radius from Trenton. With the help of Trenton Cats Rescue, the Trenton Animal Shelter is now a no-kill shelter, unless Euthanized for medical reasons. Currently, TCR has around 80 active foster homes, and just under 300 cats and kittens in the rescue.

Just this year alone, TCR has had an intake of just under 800 cats. Over 660 of those cats have since been adopted, beating last year’s record of 611. Despite Trenton Animal Shelter being closed for over three months, 23 percent of TCR’s adoptions came from the shelter. Because of the COVID shutdown, that record has yet to be broken from 2019’s record of 51.5 percent.

Today, 17 cats and kittens were adopted at The Healthy Animal.
Trenton Cats Rescue also has a Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR) program. TNR is a method for attempting to humanely and effectively manage feral cats. So far, Trenton Cats Rescue has TNRed over 400 cats this year. They also have a resident assist program. This program helps area residents who don’t have the means to get their animals the medical attention they need. It consisted of neutering/spaying cats, dental work, shots and vaccines, and more. Their goal with this program is “to prevent cats that are happy in a home from being surrendered.” In 2020, the residence assist program has provided to 93 animals.

Besides TCR making Trenton Animal Shelter a no-kill shelter, they also assist in vetting the animals. The animal shelter does not have a licensed veterinarian, which is needed for most medical procedures on animals. TCR will do snap tests, neuter/spay, vaccines, etc. They also microchip all of the cats. 

Trenton Cats Rescue, in close conjunction with Trenton Animals Rock (TAR), are working on a proposal for the City to help transform their “tiny” animal shelter into something that the Capital could be extremely proud of.
TCR is selling masks at The Healthy Animal for $20. These masks are handmade, washable, reversible, and have elastic ear loops. All money goes directly to Trenton Cats Rescue. Photos of masks are provided below.
You could also donate to TCR on their website: http://www.trentoncats.org/donate/

Trenton Cats Rescue would also like to give a big thank you to The Healthy Animal of Robbinsville for all the help they have provided since they opened.


Pedestrian Critical After Being Struck by Car in Hamilton

October 31, 2020

Story and photos by: Tyler Eckel

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP (MERCER): Hamilton Police, Hamilton Fire Department, Robert Wood Johnson EMS, and Capital Health Paramedics responded to the 2200 block of Nottingham Way near Sterling Avenue around 6:24 pm Saturday night after a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle.

The pedestrian, a 64-year-old female from Hamilton, was struck by a 2017 Land Rover, occupied by a 56-year-old female from Robbinsville. The pedestrian suffered serious injuries and was transported to Robert Wood Johnson in Hamilton.

The crash investigation is ongoing and any witnesses are asked to contact officer Christopher Clugsten of the Hamilton Police Traffic Unit at (609)581-4000 or the Hamilton Police Crime Tip Hotline at (609)581-4008.

BREAKING NEWS REPORT: This story is still developing and more information is likely to come. Please check back for more information and corrections.

Pedestrian Struck On South Broad Street In Hamilton

October 29, 2020

Photos and Story by: Tyler Eckel

HAMILTION TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–A deaf man was struck by a car at South Broad Street and Sunnybrea Boulevard around 7:29 p.m. on a dark and rainy Thursday night. Hamilton Police, Hamilton Fire Department, Robert Wood Johnson EMS, and Capital Health Paramedics responded to the scene. The man was transported to the Trauma Center at Capital Health Regional Medical Center. 

BREAKING: Serious Head-On-Crash In Hamilton

October 28, 2020

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Around 8:27 pm the Hamilton Township Police Department, Hamilton Township Fire Department, RWJ EMS, Capital Paramedics and Robbinsville EMS were sent to Crosswicks-Hamilton Square Road for a serious collision.

The accident happened on Crosswicks-Hamilton between HTFD Station 19 and Edgebrook Road. Three vehicles are involved in a head-on-crash with multiple injures at the scene.

Three ambulances were called to the scene. Two ambulances transported two victims to the Trauma Center at Capital Health Regional Medical Center and “trauma alerts” were called. The third ambulance transported one to Hamilton.

Hamilton Township Police were on scene investigating the crash and Hamilton Township Fire Department Engine 19 was also on scene assisting with lighting.

No further information is available at this time.

This report was from radio reports and on scene reporting, once official information becomes available from HTPD the story will be updated and any corrections made.

Update: Fatal Crash On Route 29, As Driver Operates Vehicle South Bound In North Bound Lanes

See last night’s MidJersey.News story here: BREAKING: Serious Accident Route 29 North At Mile Post 1 In Hamilton

October 27, 2020

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–According to NJ State Police Spokesman Trooper Charles Marchan, Troopers responded to a motor vehicle crash at 10:18 pm on State Highway 29 North Bound at Mile Post 1.

Based on a preliminary investigation Rossanna A. Allen, 23 year old female of Gibbsboro, N.J., was operating a Jeep northbound on State Highway 29.

Bob Whitaker, 63 year old male of Trenton, N.J.,  was operating a Ford northbound on State Highway 29.

Al H. Swaray, 37 year old male of Hatboro, PA,  was operating a 2004 Nissan southbound on State Highway 29 in the northbound lanes. The front of Swaray’s Nissan struck the front of Allen’s Jeep. The Jeep then collided with the driver side of Whitaker’s Ford.

As a result of the crash Al A. Swaray, suffered fatal injuries and Rossana A. Allen suffered serious injuries.

The crash remains under investigation and there is no further information available at the moment.