Category: Hamilton

Pair Invades And Robbs Hamilton Home While Resident Was Sleeping Brandishing A Large Knife During During Struggle With Resident Leaving Resident Injured

September 18, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–On September 14, 2021, at approximately 3:15 a.m., Hamilton Police were detailed to the first block of Lincoln Court on a Home Invasion/ Robbery.  Responding officers were advised by the resident that two black male suspects entered her residence through a kitchen window, while she was sleeping. Once inside the residence, the victim awoke and a physical altercation ensued, with one of the suspects brandishing a large knife. The suspects fled the scene on bicycles with several items of value.  The victim sustained non-life threatening injuries due to her struggle with the suspects. 

Hamilton Police Detective Benjamin Zuzzio developed two suspects involved in this incident through video surveillance. The first suspect was identified as 19 year old Hamilton resident, John Goddridge.  The second suspect was  identified as 24 year old Hamilton resident, Divine Thompson.  Criminal complaints were generated for their arrest.

On September 17,2021, the Hamilton Police Anti-Crime Unit located and arrested both suspects regarding this incident.

Hamilton Police Detectives are asking the public if anyone has additional information  concerning this incident to contact Detective Benjamin Zuzzio of the Criminal Investigations Section at (609) 581-4030, via email at or the Hamilton Police Crime Tip Hotline at (609) 581-4008.

Every defendant is presumed innocent until being found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

$50,000 Powerball Ticket Sold In Hamilton Township

The ticket was sold at Whitehorse Mercerville Exxon, 1824 Whitehorse Mercerville Rd., Hamilton in Mercer County.

September 16, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–One New Jersey Lottery ticket matched four of the five white balls and the Powerball drawn for the Wednesday, September 15, drawing winning the $50,000 third-tier prize. The ticket was sold at Whitehorse Mercerville Exxon, 1824 Whitehorse Mercerville Rd., Hamilton in Mercer County.

The winning numbers for the Wednesday, September 15, drawing were: 01, 04, 18, 46, and 62. The Red Power Ball number was 25. The Power Play was 3X. 35,472 New Jersey players took home an estimated $205,373 in prizes ranging from $4 to $300. The Powerball jackpot rolled to $457,000,000 for the Saturday, September 18, drawing.

Double Play Results

The Double Play drawing is an additional drawing for players who opted-in to the Double Play feature on their tickets. The Double Play drawing results for the Wednesday, September 15, drawing were: 05, 34, 36, 38, and 57. The red Double Play Power Ball number was 07.

22 Year Old Chesterfield Man Arrested On Criminal Sexual Contact In Hamilton Twp. Veteran’s Park Incident

September 15, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–On September 15, 2021, at approximately 08:00 AM, Hamilton Police were detailed to 2206 Kuser Road  (Veterans Park -South Entrance) on a Criminal Sexual Contact incident.  Responding officers were advised by a female that she was running in the park and a black male suspect approached her from behind near the skate park and groped her thigh and buttocks area.    

Hamilton Police Detective Thomas Clugsten developed a suspect identified as 22 year old Chesterfield NJ resident (formerly of Long Island NY), Malcolm J. Lingard. Information developed from this investigation led to the arrest of Mr. Lingard for Criminal Sexual Contact regarding this incident.

Anyone with information regarding this incident, or is aware of any similar incidents involving Malcolm J. Lingard, is asked to contact Hamilton Police Detective Thomas Clugsten at (609) 581-4027 or via email at . The public can also contact the Hamilton Police Crime Tip Hotline at (609) 581-4008.

Every defendant is presumed innocent until being found guilty in a court of law.

Hughes Announces Opening Of FEMA/Mercer Disaster Recovery Center

Weekdays 7 a.m.-7 p.m.; weekends 8 a.m.-5 p.m., at Hollowbrook Center

September 14, 2021


TRENTON – Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Mercer County has opened a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) at Hollowbrook Community Center, 320 Hollowbrook Drive, Ewing Township, to assist any Mercer County residents or businesses whose property was damaged in the remnants of Hurricane Ida. The DRC is open starting today, Sept. 14 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sunday. Residents do not need to schedule an appointment to visit the center, nor must they be Mercer County residents.

The DRC will be staffed by FEMA representatives who can provide information on FEMA disaster aid and answer questions. Again, the DRC is open to residents and businesses from every municipality in Mercer County, and residents from any other county that received the FEMA “Disaster” declaration.

On Sept. 10, Mercer County residents were declared eligible to register for Individual Assistance with FEMA. Residents who previously registered for assistance via the Internet or by phone do not need to visit the DRC, but can ask questions or seek further information in person at the DRC. The eligibility for FEMA Individual Assistance means residents or business owners whose properties were directly damaged by the flooding or storm events on September 1-3 can apply to recoup their losses.

What is a Disaster Recovery Center?

A DRC is a readily accessible facility or mobile office where applicants may go for information about FEMA or other disaster assistance programs, or for questions related to a specific case.

Some of the services that a DRC may provide:

  • Guidance regarding disaster recovery
  • Clarification of any written correspondence received
  • Housing Assistance and Rental Resource information
  • Answers to questions, resolution to problems and referrals to agencies that may provide further assistance
  • Status of applications being processed by FEMA.
  • SBA program information if there is a SBA Representative at the Disaster Recovery Center site.

Affected residents and business owners can begin the disaster application process by registering online at or registering by phone at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired.

The toll-free numbers are available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. local time Monday through Sunday, and applicants registering for aid should be prepared to provide basic information such as their name, the name of the business, address, phone number, insurance coverage, and other information to help substantiate losses.

Individual Assistance, if awarded, can cover reimbursement for a variety of storm-related expenses.

These include, but are not limited to: rental payments for temporary housing for those whose homes are uninhabitable; grants for home repairs and replacement of essential household items not covered by insurance; low-interest loans to cover residential losses not fully compensated by insurance; loans for small businesses that suffered disaster-related cash flow problems; and loans for farmers and other agriculture operators to cover property loss.

Additionally, mall businesses and most private nonprofit organizations in Mercer County are eligible to apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loans from the Small Business Administration. For more information, visit

Residents in need of assistance with damage from Tropical Storm Ida may call a Home Cleanup Hotline at 844-965-1386 to be connected with volunteers from local relief organizations and community groups that may be able to assist with cutting fallen trees, removing drywall, flooring and appliances, tarping roofs and mitigating mold.

The hotline will remain open through Sept. 17

2nd Annual Flags For Heroes Display At RWJ Hamilton Hospital

September 13, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The Rotary Club of Robbinsville Hamilton is offering an opportunity for people to honor their heroes with the second annual Flags for Heroes patriotic display, November 1-19, on the grounds of RWJ University Hospital at Hamilton. Sponsorships of 3 feet by 5 feet American flags start at $50 for individuals and $275 for businesses. Deadline to buy a sponsorship is October 20. Net proceeds raised by the Club are donated to local charities and other organizations through the Rotary Club of Robbinsville Hamilton Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit. For more information and to sponsor a flag, visit and

Hamilton Man Arrested Twice Exposing Himself And Masturbating In Front Of Several High School Students

September 13, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–On two separate dates this month, Hamilton Police were detailed to the area of Shady Brook Park (655 Pitman Avenue) on a Lewdness complaint.  The first complaint occurred on September 8, 2021 at approximately 3:30 PM, involving a male suspect near the tennis courts in the park.  Responding officers were advised by several Hamilton High School West students, they observed a naked male masturbating near the tennis courts. Hamilton Police Officer, Lance Mutek, located and arrested, 68 year old, Hamilton resident Theodore Wright, for Obstruction and Criminal Sexual Contact, after a brief foot chase in the park.

A second lewdness complaint occurred on September 10, 2021 at approximately 3:15 PM, at the same location near the tennis courts in Shady Brook Park. Responding officers were advised by a school official via several students, that the same male identified as Theodore Wright, was seen again in the park near the tennis courts naked and masturbating.  Theodore Wright was not located on September 10, 2021, but through a second investigation, additional complaints were generated for his arrest.

Theodore Wright was arrested for a second time at his Hamilton residence on September 11, 2021, and charged with Criminal Sexual Contact, Lewdness and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Mr. Wright is currently in custody awaiting arraignment for these charges. 

Anyone with information regarding these incidents, or is aware of any similar incidents  involving Theodore Wright, is asked to contact Hamilton Police Detective Patrick Quick at (609) 581-4111 or via email at  Detective Thomas Clugsten can also be contacted at (609) 581-4027 or via email at  The public can also contact the Hamilton Police Crime Tip Hotline at (609) 581- 4008.

Every defendant is presumed innocent until being found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Trenton at Hamilton West High School Football

September 13, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Trenton Central High School Football traveled to Hamilton West on Saturday September 11, 2021. The final score was Trenton 6 Hamilton West 27. A special commemorative coin to Honor and Remember September 11, 2001 was used for the coin toss.

Hamilton Remembers 9/11

September 11, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Police Chief James M. Stevens, along with the Hamilton Police Division, took part in a somber event today during the September 11th Remembrance Ceremony and Memorial Rededication. Members of the Police & Fire Divisions, along with Mayor Jeffery S. Martin, Hamilton Council Members, Distinguished Guests, and Friends & Family gathered to pay respect to the men and women who lost their lives during the attacks that took place in New York City, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania 20 years ago today.

Gilbert Lugossy (Former Mercer County Sheriff), Deacon Robert Tharp (St. Raphael-Holy Angels Parish), Colonel Robert Watson (ret. Director of Military Support, NJ Army National Guard), Chief James M. Stevens (Hamilton Police Division), Chief Richard Kraemer (Hamilton Fire Division), Mayor Jeffery S. Martin, and NJ State Parole Board Chairman, Samuel Plumeri Jr., spoke about the tragedies that occurred that day, the courage of the first responders and the resilience of Americans.

Mayor Jeffery S. Martin paid tribute to the five Hamiltonians who perished during the attacks; William Reed Bethke, Daniel Leonard Maher, Susan L. Schuler, Jeannine Damiani-Jones, and Richard Guadagno.

Today a redesigned 9/11 Memorial Grove was dedicated with a renewed pledge to NEVER FORGET 09.11.2001. Memorial wreaths were placed in the grove and a moment of silence was observed.

A special thank you to the Hamilton Police Division Honor Guard and Hamilton Township Fire Division Pipe & Drum Band for their Presentation and Retirement of the colors.

The ceremony was made possible by:

Office of Mayor Jeffery S. Martin

Hamilton Township Office of Emergency Management

Hamilton Township Department of Public Works

Hamilton Township Division of Recreation

Hamilton Township Patriotic Committee

Hamilton Township School District

EMS Squad 11 – Robert Wood-Johnson University Hospital of Hamilton

Emma Johnson, Shaughn Aderhold, Mckenna Fowler & James Murray – Hamilton Township School District Choir Students

Fiori’s Flowers for generously donating our Memorial Wreath

Hamilton PBA 66 and the Hamilton Career Firefighters Foundation for their Donation of Memorial Wreaths

Sean’s Landscaping for their Donation of Materials and Time in Constructing the Redesigned Memorial Grove

Photos by: Colin McCormick

Fully Involved House On Arrival In Hamilton

September 11, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Around 5:33 a.m. the Hamilton Township Fire Department was dispatched to 16 Glendon Road for a house fire with possible entrapment. Numerous 9-1-1 calls were reporting heavy fire and when firefighters arrived they reported a house was fully involved in fire with fire through the roof. Firefighters quickly stretched a 2 1/2″ hand line and made entry to combat the fire and attempted a primary search. Firefighters had to back off and switch to an exterior operation as the roof collapsed and electrical service to the home fell to the ground. Eventually four handlines were stretched to bring the fire under control in less than 20 minutes after arrival.

The Hamilton Township Fire Marshal was called to the scene as well as the Construction Official and Electrical Inspector.

There is no further details available at this time. Radio reports indicated that the home was recently sold and was possibly under a renovation and was vacant at the time of the fire.

Steinert at West Windsor-Plainsboro Football Co-Op

September 10, 2021

WEST WINDSOR-PLAINSBORO, NJ (MERCER-MIDDLESEX)–The Steinert Spartans scored 27 against the West Windsor Plainsboro Co-Op North/South Football Team.

Photo Gallery by: Brian McCarthy, OnScene News

Photos by: Brian McCarthy OnScene News

Early Morning Truck Fire Extinguished On NJ Turnpike Near Woodrow Wilson Service Area

September 9, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Robbinsville Township and Bordentown Township firefighters were called to the NJ Turnpike, North Bound Service Ramp to the Woodrow Wilson Service Area for a truck fire at 5:05 a.m. When firefighters arrived they found a well involved tractor trailer fire and the driver disconnected the trailer to save the tractor. The truck was reportedly hauling vegetables and the original fire started in the brakes/wheels areas of the trailer and quickly spread to the contents. Additional tankers were called to the scene for additional water supply. The NJ State Police shut down the north bound ramp to the service area while firefighters extinguished the flames. Firefighters were sill on scene at the time of this report but some engines and tankers were released around 6:40 a.m.

No further information is available at this time.

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month How Men Can Embrace Prostate Health Year-Round

September 7, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The American Cancer Society estimates about one in nine men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. While we give our attention to prostate cancer during the month of September, men and their loved ones should be proactive about prostate health all year long by being aware of risks and symptoms, and regularly seeing their health care provider.

Know the Risks and Symptoms

While the exact cause of prostate cancer may not be known, studies have found that several factors increase the risk of developing the disease. “Typically, those over the age of 50 are more likely to develop prostate cancer,” says Malini Patel, MD, Director, Medical Oncology, The Cancer Center at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton. “A man’s risk is also higher if an immediate blood relative, such as a father or brother, has had prostate cancer.” Additionally, race is a factor as the disease is more common in African American men than white men. In most prostate cancer cases, symptoms are not noticeable in early stages of the disease.

Symptoms in more advanced prostate cancer can include a change in the frequency or strength of urination, painful or burning urination, blood in urine, difficulty having an erection, painful ejaculation, or blood in semen. Men exhibiting symptoms should see their doctor or a urologist.

Don’t Put off Getting Checked

Prostate abnormalities can be detected with an elevation in a protein in the blood called prostate specific antigen (PSA) or through a digital rectal exam (DRE), where a doctor feels the prostate through the rectal wall to check for lumpy areas. “It is recommended by the American Cancer Society that men to begin talking to their doctor about the harms and the benefits of prostate cancer screening at the age of 50. Men at higher risk (with family history or African American men) should talk to their doctor starting at age 40,” says Dr. Patel.  

About Robert Wood Johnson Hospital Hamilton

Located in Hamilton Township, New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, serves communities within a five-county area and includes an acute care hospital, cancer center, affiliated medical group, Lakeview Child Centers and the RWJ Fitness & Wellness Center. RWJBarnabas Health and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton, in partnership with Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey – the state’s only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center – brings a world class team of researchers and specialists to fight alongside you, providing close-to-home access to the latest treatment and clinical trials. For more information, visit us at

Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash In Hamilton

September 5, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–On September 4, 2021, at approximately 9:26 p.m., a motor vehicle crash occurred on Hamilton Avenue at the intersection of Cypress Lane. Taris Hall of Trenton NJ was operating a red Honda CR style dirt bike east on Hamilton Ave. when he collided with a 2019 GMC Terrain operated by Kathryn Jablonski of Hamilton.   Mr. Hall was unresponsive at the scene of the crash and was pronounced deceased at the scene by Paramedics from Capital Health System at Fuld.      

The crash is being investigated by Officer B. Wood and Officer P. Micharski.  Any witnesses are asked to contact the Hamilton Police Traffic Unit at (609)581-4000.

Information may also be left anonymously on the Hamilton Police Crime Tip Hotline at 609-581-4008.

Tropical Storm Ida Pounds Area, Tornados, Flash Floods, Rescues Made, Deaths Reported

Flash flooding from Tropical Storm Ida’s heavy rains flooded roadways and many homes as creeks and rivers overflowed. Many people were caught in their vehicles in the raging flood waters and 23 New Jerseyans have lost their life to this storm according to Governor Phil Murphy. The National Weather Service has confirmed 7 tornados, in NJ and PA so far.

Tropical Storm Ida Stories Here:

Tropical Storm Ida Floods Lawrence Township 100+ Displaced

2 Tropical Storm Ida Related Fatalities And 50 Rescues Made In Hopewell Township Floods

BREAKING: House Explodes In Manville, NJ

Tropical Storm Ida Pounds Area, Tornados, Flash Floods, Rescues Made, Deaths Reported

City of Trenton Continuing Evacuation Proceedings in High-Risk Flood Zones as Water Levels Rise Again

Trenton Evacuates “The Island” In Preparation Of Anticipated Flooding

BREAKING: “Miracle In Mercer County” As 3 Police Officers Rescued After Being Swept Away By Floods

Governor Murphy Declares State of Emergency in Response to Tropical Storm Ida

BREAKING: Reports of NJ Task Force 1 Activation For Tornado In South Jersey And Flooding

Tornado Emergency Take Cover!

City of Trenton to Start Voluntary Evacuation Proceedings in High-Risk Flood Zones

Tornado Warning

Video Hamilton Township Sweetbriar Avenue and Whitehead Road area:

Video by: Ryan Mack, Jersey Shore Fire Response

“As Mercer County begins to fully grasp and assess the destruction caused by the remnants of Hurricane Ida, I wish to thank the heroic first responders, the police, firefighters, EMTs, emergency workers and public works professionals, who worked throughout the day and night to save lives. The courage and commitment our first responders have displayed throughout this crisis is awe-inspiring and appreciated.

It is with great sadness that I report that despite the countless rescues that took place overnight, we know that at least two Mercer County souls have been lost.

To our residents who have been displaced from their homes or who have lost property, Mercer County is here to assist you. For those who made it through the storm without harm, I encourage you to check on the well-being of your friends and neighbors and to offer comfort in any way you can. 

Finally, I also wish to thank Gov. Phil Murphy for his quick action in declaring a State of Emergency in New Jersey, which will allow Mercer County to seek federal reimbursement for its disaster response and help us begin to pick up the pieces and recover.” — Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes

Princeton: Due to the heavy rainfall last night, Princeton experienced severe flooding and numerous roadways were closed as a result. At approximately 11:43 PM, PPD, PFARS and PFD were dispatched for a swift water rescue on Rosedale Rd. near the Johnson Park School. All responding personnel made efforts to rescue the stranded motorist, who was identified as a 58 year-old Princeton resident. While rescue efforts were attempted, the motorist climbed onto the roof of his vehicle as the water continued to rise at a rapid rate. Due to the unsafe water level and dangerous current rescue efforts were unsuccessful. As a result, requests were made for the NJSP aviation unit to respond and assist. At 4:08 AM the victim was successfully hoisted into the helicopter and flown to Trenton Mercer Airport for evaluation. Mutual aid was received by Lawrenceville Fire Co., Princeton Junction Fire Co., Hamilton Fire Dept., Trenton Fire Dept. and the Pennsauken FD High Water Truck.

During the aforementioned rescue, a second motorist became stranded with high rising waters on Rt. 206 in the area of Quaker Rd. The resident was identified at 30 year-old Montgomery resident. The PPD, PFARS and PFD all responded. The swift moving water flooded the roadway and began to flood the motorist’s vehicle, forcing the driver to escape onto the roof of the vehicle while emergency rescue efforts were made. The Trenton FD responded with a ladder truck, which drove into the flooded roadway and extended its 100 ft ladder, which was used to rescue the motorist.

 .Update...Update to include survey results for Harrisonville-Mullica Hill- 
 Deptford tornado. 
 The National Weather Service office in Mount Holly, NJ continues 
 to conduct several storm surveys this afternoon. The surveys are 
 in relation to the severe thunderstorms that moved through the 
 area on September 1, 2021. 
 Some Preliminary Tornado Information...
 1) Mullica Hill, NJ area (Gloucester County): Confirmed EF-3 with
 estimated peak winds up to 150 mph tornado.
 2) Fort Washington/Upper Dublin Twp to Horsham Twp, PA
 (Montgomery County): Confirmed EF-2 with estimated peak winds up 
 to 130 mph. 
 3) Edgewater Park, NJ (Burlington County) to Bristol, PA (Bucks 
 County): Confirmed EF-1 with estimated peak winds up to 90 mph.
 4) Oxford, PA (Chester County): Confirmed tornado.
 5) Buckingham Twp, PA (Bucks County): Confirmed EF-1 with
 estimated peak winds up to 100 mph.
 6) Princeton, NJ (Mercer County): Confirmed EF-0 with estimated
 peak winds up to 75 mph.
 7) Upper Makefield Township, PA (Bucks County): Confirmed tornado.
 Additional information, as it becomes available, will be sent via
 Public Information Statements and also posted on our social media

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–The remnants of Hurricane Ida created major flash flooding last evening and overnight. The heavy rain started around 5 PM and by 11:30 PM over 8 inches of rain had fallen in the Township. In the twelve hours after the heavy rain began to fall, there were 125 calls for police, fire, and EMS service. Two families who were trapped in vehicles were rescued by firefighters and briefly sheltered at police headquarters. There were no serious injuries as a result of the storm. As of 3 PM Thursday all roads have been cleared of floodwaters with the exception of Route 27 at the Princeton border. Here are some of the numbers from the storm –


WATER RESCUES – 15 people

Between 8:30 PM and 11:45 PM Wednesday night, firefighters rescued 15 people from vehicles stuck in flash floodwaters around the Township. Here are the locations the rescues occurred at –

  • Kendall Park Fire Department – Route 1, Oakey Drive, Hawthorne Road, Shelly Road
  • Monmouth Junction Fire Department – Route 130, Major Road, Blackhorse Lane
  • Kingston Fire Department – Route 1, Mapleton Road, Raymond Road



ROADS STILL CLOSED – 1 (Route 27 / Princeton Border)


South Brunswick Office of Emergency Management Director and Police Chief Raymond Hayducka said, “I want to thank all the police officers and firefighters who risked going into flooded waters to get people to safety. The flash flooding created life-threatening conditions in minutes. The conditions yesterday deteriorated rapidly last evening and too many people ventured out onto the roads. The property damage left behind will be cleaned up in the coming days, but we must all remember to stay off roads when flash flooding is present.”

The Nottingham Tavern Burglarized

September 2, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–On August 31,2021, Hamilton Police were detailed to The Nottingham Tavern at 9 Mercer Street on a burglary to the business.  Responding officers were advised by the owner of the business that some unknown person broke into the business at approximately 12:30 AM August 30,2021.  Entry was gained through a forced open rear door to the business. Once inside the suspect removed several bottles of alcohol and two laptop I-Pads.  The suspect left the scene in what appears to be a light color Cadillac SUV with no visible front license plate. The approximate value of the theft is $2,000 dollars. 

The above pictured suspect is described as a white male, in his late 20’s and has distinct tattoos on his right and left forearms.  The male was wearing gloves and a headband.

Hamilton Police Detectives are asking for assistance with any information regarding the identity of the suspect.  Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Lawrence MacArthur of the Hamilton Police Division Criminal Investigations Section at (609) 689-5827 or via email at, or the Hamilton Police Crime Tip Hotline a (609) 581-4008.    

New Jersey State Police Partners with Make-A-Wish Foundation to Make Dream Come True for Two Brave Boys

August 31, 2021

By: Tyler Eckel

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP (MERCER)– Earlier today, Colonel Patrick J. Callahan joined Make-A-Wish of New Jersey President and CEO Tom Weatherall, former Make-A-Wish of America Board Chair John Crowley, and a contingent of more than 100 troopers and law enforcement officers from several states to make a dream come true for two amazing boys. Samaree and Dalton are 6-year-old boys battling serious illnesses who dream to become police officers.

The day began when troopers escorted the boys from their hometowns of Camden and Florence to Troop “C” Hamilton Station where they got a chance to don custom-made State Police uniforms and participate in training exercises with our T.E.A.M.S and K-9 Units. They were also given a tour of the station by Troop “C ” Hamilton Station detectives and had the opportunity to meet pilots from our Aviation Unit and members of our Marine Services Bureau.

After they were all trained up, they made their way to the Make-A-Wish Castle in Monroe Township where they were welcomed by Colonel Callahan and more than 100 police officers from various departments.

Colonel Callahan led a ceremony where he surprised the boys by officially making them Honorary State Troopers. He had an opportunity to speak about their strength and bravery and how he was inspired by their wish to become police officers.

After the ceremony, Samaree and Dalton solved their first crime when they located a suspect vehicle involved in the stolen wish crystal from the Make-A-Wish Castle. We think they did a great job solving a crime on their first day.

We would like to thank Blauer for providing official New Jersey State Police Uniforms, Troopers United Foundation and Route 22 Limousine for helping to make this day a success.

Make-A-Wish of New Jersey has granted nearly 11,000 life-changing wishes to children with critical illnesses throughout the Garden State, and we commend them for their efforts.

Two Vehicle Crash In Hamilton Township

August 25, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Hamilton Township Police, Hamilton Fire Department, Capital Paramedics and RWJ EMS responded to the intersection of Klockner Road and Whitehorse Mercerville Road for an accident around 4:50 p.m. It appears that two people were transported to the hospital. Affordable Towing removed the two damaged vehicles and cleaned up the scene. The Hamilton Township Police Department is investigating the crash. No further information is available at this time.

Suspect Arrested In Marketplace Blvd. Screwdriver Stabbing Behind AT&T Store

On August 23, 2021 Jmaurie Tucker was arrested by Hamilton Township Police.

August 25, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–On August 15, 2021 at approximately 3:17 PM, Hamilton Police were dispatched to the area of the AT&T store located on the 600 block of Marketplace Boulevard on a report of a disturbance.  Upon arrival Officers spoke to the victim who stated he went to the area to talk to the suspect regarding a verbal altercation that was started online.  The victim was behind the AT&T store when the suspect came out and got into a fighting stance.  He was also holding a screwdriver.  The victim swung at the suspect and missed.  He then took the suspect to the ground and felt himself being stabbed several times.  The victim was stabbed on his left side of his chest, back of his neck, and left arm with the screwdriver.  He was transported to Capital Health at Fuld for further treatment and is in stable condition.

The suspect who fled the scene was identified as Jmaurie Tucker, 24, of Chesterfield.  He was charged with Aggravated Assault, Possession of a Weapon for Unlawful Purpose, and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon.  A warrant was issued for his arrest and arrested on August 23, 2021 by Hamilton Township Police.

Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective Joe 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.

Previous MidJersey.News story here:

Man Stabbed With Screwdriver Several Times At Marketplace Blvd. In Hamilton

2 From Hamilton Arrested After Traffic Stop Leads to DWI Arrest and Seizure of Gun

August 24, 2021

The New Jersey State Police have arrested Juwreh Boe, 35, and Andy Koiquah, 33, both of Hamilton, N.J. after a traffic stop led to a DWI arrest and the recovery of a handgun.

On Saturday, August 21, at 2:25 a.m., troopers from Troop “C” Bordentown Station stopped Boe for a traffic violation on Interstate 295 northbound at milepost 45.2 in Westampton Township.

During the stop, troopers determined that Boe was under the influence of alcohol and arrested him for DWI. After further investigation, troopers discovered that Boe and Koiquah were in possession of a 9mm handgun and hollow point ammunition.

Juwreh Boe and Andy Koiquah were charged with unlawful possession of a weapon, prohibited weapons and devices, and certain persons not to have weapons. Boe was also charged with DWI. Both were released pending a future court date.

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

Hamilton Firefighters Respond To NJ Transit Train Fire At Hamilton Station

August 24, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Sometime before 3:00 p.m. the Hamilton Township Fire Department was dispatched to the Hamilton NJ Transit Train Station for a reported train on fire. Upon arrival there was smoke coming from the running area under the train. Firefighters had to wait for the North East Corridor to be shut down and the train to be deenergized before applying water to the burning components. Once power was cut the fire was extinguished in about 5 minutes. No further information is available.

Man With Reported Head Injury Flown To Hospital From NJ Turnpike

August 21, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–At 3:13 p.m. the Robbinsville Township Fire Department was dispatched to the New Jersey Turnpike for a landing zone assignment at the request of NJ State Police. Robbinsville Township ambulance and NJ State Troopers were on scene of a man who reportedly suffered a head injury and needed to be flown to a trauma center from the Richard Stockton Service Area. Traffic was shut down from Exit 7A South so the helicopter could land on the Turnpike. After the helicopter took off for the trauma center the Turnpike was reopened to traffic. No further information is available at this time.

Fire Reported “Though The Roof” Quickly Extinguished In Hamilton

August 20, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–At 8:32 p.m. the Hamilton Township Fire Department was dispatched to the 100 block of North Hamilton Avenue for a house fire. Upon arrival the firefighters reported “fire though the roof” and an “all hands” was called sending additional units to the scene. Firefighters pulled multiple lines and extended ladders to the roof. The fire was placed under control in less than 20 minutes at 8:50 p.m. The fire is under investigation by the Hamilton Township Fire Marshal’s Office. No further information is available at this time.

State Police Seeking to Return Stolen Pieces of Jewelry to Owners

August 20, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The New Jersey State Police have recovered several pieces of jewelry during a motor vehicle stop in Monmouth County and are seeking to return the recovered items to the owners.

On August 11, troopers from Troop “C” Hamilton Station stopped a vehicle reported stolen out of Howell Township in Millstone Township. During the stop, troopers recovered several pieces of stolen jewelry within the vehicle.

Troopers recovered the following items:

•Gold ring engraved with “R to M 5-25-68”

•Gold love bracelet

•Silver chain with heart and a cat in the middle

•MGH Pin

•H Pin

•Santa Pin

•Locket with leaves

•Assorted jewelry

Anyone who may be a victim is asked to contact Trooper Mario Fernandez of the New Jersey State Police Hamilton Station at 609-584-5000 ext. 5297.

Hamilton Township Prepares for COVID-19 Booster Vaccinations

August 19, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Hamilton Township Division of Health is prepared to provide residents with an additional dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as well as booster shots once the Food and Drug Administration gives approval.

Announced earlier this week, the CDC recommends that moderately to severely immunocompromised people receive an additional dose of the COVID-19 vaccination. These individuals include people who have been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood, have received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system, received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system, moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome), advanced or untreated HIV infection, or active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response.

Residents qualifying as being immunocompromised may contact the Division of Health, or walk into an upcoming vaccination clinic, including this week at the St. Gregory the Great Family Festival through August 21st. No medical proofs or documentation is required to show an individual meets the medical criteria.  

“With the delta variant on the rise and the need for additional vaccination doses being announced, our Division of Health staff continue to answer the call each and every day. Their service and commitment to the public health of our community has never faltered,” said Mayor Jeff Martin. “The Township holds vaccination clinics each week, including home visits for our most vulnerable, and will continue to provide this service for as long as it takes.”

Yesterday, public health and medical experts from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and President Biden announced that beginning the week of September 20th, all Americans will be eligible to get a COVID-19 booster shot eight months after they received their second vaccine dose. 

Hamilton Township Health Officer, Christopher Hellwig stated, “The COVID-19 vaccines authorized in the United State continue to be remarkably effective in reducing the risk of severe disease, hospitalization, and death, even against the widely circulating Delta variant. It is critical that unvaccinated and partially vaccinated people get their primary series of vaccines to further reduce the risk of COVID-19 and its more serve outcomes. Nearly all the cases of severe disease, hospitalization, and death continue to occur among those not yet vaccinated at all.”

Residents may contact the Hamilton Township Division of Health for more information on COVID-19 and vaccination at (609) 890-3884, (609) 890-3825 or email Information on Hamilton vaccination clinics can be found on our website,

10 Alleged Trenton Gang Members Indicted On Charges Related To Guns Seized In 2020 Operation To Halt Gang Violence

August 11, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Acting Attorney General Andrew J. Bruck announced that 10 alleged Trenton gang members and associates were indicted today on weapons charges stemming from their arrest last year, when the New Jersey State Police led an operation to halt anticipated gang violence and seized six guns—including an illegal “ghost gun”—and outlawed large-capacity ammunition magazines.

The  Division of Criminal Justice Gangs & Organized Crime Bureau today obtained a state grand jury indictment charging 10 alleged members and associates of the Garfield/Cleveland/Logan or “GCL” gang and the associated “the Section” gang with second-degree weapons offenses, which carry a sentence of up to 10 years in state prison with mandatory periods of parole ineligibility.

The defendants were arrested late last year as the result of an investigation by the New Jersey State Police Crime Suppression Central Unit (“CSCU”). Through the investigation, detectives developed information that members of the GCL/Section gang were attending a large house party on Tyrell Avenue in Trenton on the night of Nov. 24, 2020, and many of them were armed with handguns. Detectives learned that rival gangs knew of the party and that there was a high chance of a shooting.

Based on this intelligence, the New Jersey State Police obtained a search warrant which they executed after midnight, seizing weapons and drugs, and arresting the 10 defendants who are charged in today’s indictment. Members of the CSCU executed the search warrant with assistance from the State Police T.E.A.M.S., K-9, and Aviation Units, and members of the Trenton Police Department, Hamilton Township Police Division, and Ewing Township Police Department.

During execution of the search warrant, authorities seized:

  • Six semi-automatic handguns, including a 9mm polymer “ghost gun” and a 9mm semi-automatic pistol with a defaced serial number;
  • Four illegal large-capacity ammunition magazines;
  • Hollow-point bullets;
  • Nine bricks of heroin and fentanyl— or roughly 450 individually packaged doses;
  • Eight vials of suspected crack cocaine.

Ghost guns are not registered and do not have serial numbers, making them difficult to trace and making it harder for law enforcement to solve gun crimes.

“We’re working hard to stop the gun violence committed by rival gang members, who put residents and children at risk in our communities,” said Acting Attorney General Bruck. “Through their quick response, the New Jersey State Police likely stopped a shootout in a residential section of Trenton and saved lives. This indictment is an important step by the Division of Criminal Justice to prosecute these defendants for allegedly arming themselves with illegal guns.”

“This case is an excellent example of law enforcement cooperating to address the threat posed by armed gang members,” said Director Lyndsay V. Ruotolo of the Division of Criminal Justice. “We’ll continue to collaborate with the State Police and our other law enforcement partners in Trenton and throughout New Jersey to improve safety and quality of life for our residents.”

“How and where the illegal guns seized in this operation were going to be used thankfully remains an untold story, but what is certain is that it would have ended in tragedy,” said Colonel Patrick J. Callahan, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police. “The prompt response by the detectives in our State Police Crime Suppression Central Unit and our law enforcement partners undoubtedly saved lives. We remain committed to working shoulder to shoulder with our law enforcement partners, community leaders, and city residents to build and maintain safer neighborhoods in Trenton.”

The state grand jury indictment is posted online at:

The indictment charges the following 10 men with second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon in connection with five of the handguns seized at the residence where the party was held (each man is charged in connection with all five guns); third-degree possession of a firearm without a serial number (ghost gun); fourth-degree possession of a firearm with a defaced serial number; fourth-degree possession of illegal large-capacity magazines; and third-degree possession of cocaine:

  1. Samuel Vincent, 26, Trenton, N.J.
  2. Antwan Tootle, 22, Trenton, N.J.
  3. Jaheim Myles, 20, Trenton, N.J.
  4. Jerome Bennett, 20, Burlington City, N.J.
  5. Terron Bazemore, 21, Trenton, N.J.
  6. Stafford Knowles, 19, Hamilton (Mercer County), N.J.
  7. Quameir Billups-Taylor, 23, Trenton, N.J.
  8. Anthony Robbins Jr., 20, Trenton, N.J.
  9. Jahad Blackshear, 20, Trenton, N.J.
  10. Domtrell Wilkins, 21, Trenton, N.J.

Tootle, Bennett, Myles, Vincent, and Knowles are also charged with second-degree possession, receipt or transfer of a “community gun”—a gun allegedly shared by a criminal group—in connection with those five guns. Bazemore is charged separately with unlawful possession of a sixth handgun, a .40-caliber semi-automatic pistol he allegedly had on his person when arrested.

Vincent, Tootle, and Billups-Taylor are charged with second-degree possession of a weapon as a convicted felon, and because he has a prior conviction for second-degree aggravated assault, Vincent is also charged with first-degree unlawful possession of a weapon. Vincent also faces third-degree charges of possession of heroin and possession of heroin with intent to distribute.

After their initial arrests, Vincent, Myles, Knowles, Robbins, and Bennett were ordered detained in jail pending trial. The other defendants were released subject to conditions.

Deputy Attorney General Karen Braciszewski presented the indictment to the state grand jury for the Division of Criminal Justice (DCJ) Gangs & Organized Crime Bureau, under the supervision of Deputy Bureau Chief Cassandra Montalto, Bureau Chief Lauren Scarpa Yfantis, and DCJ Deputy Director Annmarie Taggart.

Acting Attorney General Bruck commended the members of the New Jersey State Police Crime Suppression Central Unit for their investigation. He thanked the State Police T.E.A.M.S., K-9, and Aviation Units, as well as the Trenton Police Department, Hamilton Township Police Division, and Ewing Township Police Department for their assistance in execution of the search warrant.

First-degree charges carry a sentence of 10 to 20 years in state prison and a fine of up to $200,000. Second-degree charges carry a sentence of five to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $150,000.  The charge of possession of a weapon as a convicted felon carries a mandatory period of parole ineligibility of five years, and unlawful possession of a handgun carries a mandatory period of parole ineligibility equal to one-third to one-half of the sentence imposed or 3 ½ years, whichever is greater. Third-degree charges carry a sentence of three to five years in prison and a fine of up to $15,000. Fourth-degree charges carry a sentence of up to 18 months in prison and a fine of $10,000.

The charges are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

This investigation is another step towards reducing gun violence in New Jersey, one of Acting Attorney General Bruck’s key priority areas. In addition to long-term enforcement actions, the Attorney General’s Office and local, state, and federal law enforcement partners are holding a series of gun buyback programs around the state, as well as performing targeted sweeps of fugitives with outstanding arrest warrants for violent offenses, as part of a comprehensive strategy to combat gun violence.

Defense Attorneys

For Samuel Vincent: Jarred Freeman, Esq.

For Antwan Tootle: Edward J. Hesketh, Esq.

For Jaheim Myles: Kelly A. Smith, Esq.

For Jerome Bennett: Undetermined.  

For Terron Bazemore: Kevin Hewitt, Esq.

For Stafford Knowles: Melissa D. Karabulut, Esq.

For Quameir Billups: Taylor: Rukiya Blackwell, Esq.

For Anthony Robbins Jr.: Lauren Wimmer, Esq.

For Jahad Blackshear: William M. Fetky, Esq.

For Domtrell Wilkins: Steven C. Lember, Esq.

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New Jersey State Police Arrest 24 and Seize Guns, Drugs and Ammo

Updated: 23 Year Old Man Killed In Early Morning House Fire In Hamilton

August 9, 2021 — Updated with Hamilton Township Police Press Release Below:

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The Hamilton Township Fire Department responded to a serious house fire around 4:45 a.m. 61 Lenox Avenue. When firefighters arrived they reported a heavy fire in a two story wood frame home and a full first alarm was called. By 5:20 a.m. the firefighters had the majority of the fire knocked down and were still hitting hot spots. The fire was under control around 5:40 a.m.

Fire investigators were on scene most of the morning investigating the fire.

Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri told that a 23-year-old man died in the fire and was the only person in the house at time of the fire. No further information is available at this time.

Updated 7:30 p.m. –Hamilton Township Police Press Release set out this evening:

Hamilton, NJ: On August 9, 2021, at approximately 04:45 hours, Hamilton Police were detailed to 61 Lenox Ave. on a reported structure fire. Responding officers and fire personnel arrived on scene and observed the rear of the residence to be fully engulfed in flames.

The fire was reported to be extinguished at approximately 05:40 hours. Detectives from both the Hamilton Police Division and the Mercer County Prosecutors Office reported that a deceased 23 year old male was located in an upstairs bedroom of the residence after the fire was extinguished.

This incident is still under investigation with the Hamilton Police Division and the Mercer County Prosecutors Office. Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact Detective Frank Burger of the Criminal Investigations Section at (609) 581-4010 or via email at The public can also leave a message on the Hamilton Police Crime Tip Hotline at (609) 581-4008.

Photos by: Brian McCarthy OnScene News

Scenes From Hamilton’s National Night Out

August 4, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Hamilton Police Division personnel conducted the 2021 Hamilton Police Division National Night Out at Veterans Park, 2206 Kuser Road (South Side), Hamilton, New Jersey on August 3, 2021.

National Night Out is a program on the first Tuesday of August to provide the opportunity for the community to personally connect with their local police department and other first responders.

Some of the following organizations were in attendance, Hamilton Fire Division, U.S. Coast Guard, New Jersey State Corrections, RWJ Hospital, Capital Health, U.S. Army, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Foley’s Market, YMCA, Brothers Pizza, Jersey Mikes, Pretzel Factory, BJ’s, doctors and nurses from RWJ Hospital and Capital Health, Home Depot and many other groups representing our community. There were crafts and games for young kids. DJ Dan provided music. There were many vendors and games to entertain everyone along with free food and drinks.