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

January 21, 2022

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

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

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




Singas Famous Pizza Opens in East Windsor Town Center Plaza

January 18, 2022

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

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

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

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


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

Firefighters Extinguish House Fire in Hightstown

January 16, 2022

HIGHTSTOWN, NJ (MERCER)–Just before 9:00 a.m. Hightstown Fire Company was dispatched to the 100 Block of Franklin Street for a house fire. Hightstown Police arrived and confirmed that there was a fire in the basement and extending to the second floor. Additional fire departments were dispatched including East Windsor 1 & 2, Monroe Township, Robbinsville, and Cranbury to the scene. There were reported frozen fire hydrants in the area and a tanker was called to the scene for additional water.

No additional information is available at this time.


Accident Reported on NJ Turnpike in Robbinsville

December 28, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Around 11:00 a.m. the Robbinsville Township Fire Department, Hightstown Fire Company, RWJ EMS and Robbinsville EMS were dispatched to mile post 64.4 south bound outer roadway for an accident with reported entrapment. RWJ EMS and Hightstown Fire Company Rescue 41 arrived and treated the occupants of the vehicle. It appeared that there were non-lifethreating injuries and it was unclear if anyone was transported from the scene to a local hospital. No further details are available at this time. NJ State Police was on scene investigating the accident. There were no traffic delays due to the crash.


Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen Opens in East Windsor

December 22, 2021

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

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

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

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





East Windsor Township Again Achieves Silver Level Sustainable Jersey Certification

December 16, 2021

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

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

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

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

Driver Injured When Car Hits Parked Car on Mercer Street in Hightstown

December 9, 2021

HIGHTSTOWN, NJ (MERCER)–Hightstown Police, Hightstown Fire Company, and Robbinsville EMS responded to Mercer Street between South Street and Academy Streets for a car that hit a parked car around 10:15 p.m. Wednesday, December 8. The driver of the vehicle was treated by EMS responders and transported by EMS to Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton. Hightstown Fire Company responded for reports of wires down but upon arrival it was phone and cable wires across the roadway. Hightstown Police are investigating the crash.

UPDATE: Police say that the subject was Adlai Barber, a 32-year-old male of Panama City, Florida; the subject was charged with DWI, Reckless Driving, and Failure to Maintain Lane.  Subject remained in the custody of the hospital pending court.

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

November 11, 2021

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

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

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

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



The Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office ObservesDomestic Violence Awareness Month

October 28, 2021

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

Trenton Man Charged With 4 Counts Assault By Auto – DUI, Reckless Driving, Careless Driving, Failure To Maintain Lane And Open Container In East Windsor Crash That Injured Allentown High School Students

October 21, 2021

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–East Windsor Police have charged a Trenton man that caused a serious crash the morning of September 20, 2021 that injured Allentown High School students that at least two are also on the soccer team for the high school.

According to police, in the course of the investigation, a Mercer County Superior Court Judge granted a search warrant to obtain blood from the driver of the truck. The blood was subsequently collected and analyzed. The toxicology report revealed that the driver’s blood alcohol content was above the legal limit. The investigation also revealed that the driver of the truck was at fault as his vehicle crossed the double yellow lines and entered the westbound lanes of travel. The driver was arrested, charged, and released pending court action.

Defendant:

Charges:

Hector Esteban-Palomo (41 Years of Age) Trenton, NJ

Assault by Auto – 4 Counts DUI

Reckless Driving Careless Driving

Failure to Maintain Lane

Open Container of Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle


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



Original MidJersey.News story here:

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–According to East Windsor Police, on Monday, September 20, 2021, at approximately 7:00 a.m., East Windsor Police responded to Windsor-Perrineville Road and Cedarville Road for a report of a head-on motor vehicle collision involving multiple injuries. One of the vehicles was a sedan with four juvenile occupants; the other was a pickup truck with a sole occupant. Upon arrival, East Windsor Police, Robert Wood Johnson EMS, Capital Health Paramedics, East Windsor Rescue Squad # 1, East Windsor Rescue Squad #2, Robbinsville EMS, and Millstone Fire-EMS personnel immediately began administering first aid to several individuals. Millstone Township Fire Department, Hightstown Fire Company and East Windsor Fire Company responded and extricated a passenger from the sedan.

All four individuals in the sedan suffered serious injuries. The driver was transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center by Millstone Township Fire Department EMS. The front passenger and a rear seat passenger were transported to the McKnight Elementary School by Robert Wood Johnson EMS and East Windsor Rescue Squad #1 and then transported by medevac to RWJ New Brunswick by NJ State Police Northstar Medical Helicopter and RWJBarnabas Health Helicopter. A third helicopter from Hackensack Meridian Health was not needed. The other rear seat passenger was transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center by Robbinsville EMS. The driver of the pickup truck suffered minor injuries and was transported to RWJ New Brunswick by East Windsor Rescue Squad #2.

Police say, the preliminary investigation revealed that the sedan was traveling west on Windsor-Perrineville Road and the pickup truck was traveling east on Windsor-Perrineville Road. The vehicles collided, head-on, near the intersection of Cedarville Road. The East Windsor Township Police Department and the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office Serious Collision Response Team are actively investigating the crash.

Vehicle Involved:

Driver:

2005 Toyota Tundra
New Jersey Registration: C27EXU

Hector Esteban-Palomo (41 Years of Age) Trenton, NJ

Vehicle Involved:

Driver:

2019 Nissan Sentra
New Jersey Registration: Z64NHX

Driver: Juvenile (17 Years of Age) Front seat passenger: Juvenile (16 Years of Age) East Windsor, NJ

Rear passengers: Juvenile (16 Years of Age) Juvenile (14 Years of Age) Millstone, NJ

Charges: None

Responding Agencies:

East Windsor Township Police Department, Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office Serious Collision Response Team, Capital Health Paramedics, East Windsor Rescue Squad #1, East Windsor Rescue Squad #2, Millstone EMS, Robert Wood Johnson EMS, East Windsor Fire Company 1 & 2, Robbinsville Township Fire Department & EMS, Millstone Township Fire Department, Hightstown Fire Company, NJ State Police Northstar Helicopter, RWJBarnabas Health Helicopter, Hackensack Meridian Health Helicopter.





Car Overturns On Mercer Street In East Windsor

October 21, 2021

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–Around 7:00 a.m. a vehicle traveling on Route 33/Mercer Street near Airport Road left the roadway and overturned. East Windsor Police, East Windsor Fire Company, Hightstown Engine Company and Robbinsville Fire Department responded to the scene for a vehicle on its roof and on fire. Upon arrival it was determined that the occupants were able to get out of the vehicle on their own and the vehicle was not on fire. Police closed Mercer Street between Airport Road and Hickory Corner Road and until the vehicle could be removed from the roadway. Robbinsville EMS responded to the scene as well as Hightstown and East Windsor EMS but no patients were transported to the hospital. The crash is being investigated by the East Windsor Police Department. No further details are available at this time.

Robbinsville Township, Hightstown Borough Enter Into a Historic Shared Services Agreement to Build New Police & Court Building

October 14, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Robbinsville Township Mayor Dave Fried and Hightstown Borough Mayor Lawrence D. Quattrone are proud to announce a historic shared services agreement to construct a new police station and court on the site of the current Robbinsville Township Municipal Complex at 1117 Route 130.

The new facility will house both the Robbinsville and Hightstown Police Department headquarters and each town’s municipal court. The existing and outdated Robbinsville/Hightstown Municipal Court trailer will be permanently closed and removed from the site.

“Making sure our respective police departments and shared municipal court have the best facilities and every tool possible to perform their duties to the best of their abilities is of paramount importance to both Mayor Quattrone and all of us here in Robbinsville,” Robbinsville Mayor and Director of Public Safety Dave Fried said. “This is a historic agreement between two neighbors which have the utmost respect for each other and their constituents.”

The shared services agreement is for an initial term of 50 years, with a mutual option to extend the agreement for an additional 50 years. Each municipality will pay its share of the costs to construct the facility (approximately $9.8 million) based upon each municipality’s proportional use of the facility’s square footage. The municipalities will share utility costs in the same proportion as the construction costs.

The Robbinsville and Hightstown Police Departments will each occupy their own dedicated space within the new facility and remain separate and distinct departments. Additionally, the Hightstown Police Department will operate a sub-station located in the new municipal complex building at 230 Mercer Street in Hightstown and will continue to maintain the same 24/7 police coverage within the Borough of Hightstown that it currently provides.

“We have shared our court and jail cells with Robbinsville for several years, so expanding the partnership further by sharing a police station is a natural fit,” Hightstown Mayor Quattrone said. “Not only do our hardworking police benefit from the new state-of-the-art facilities, but our residents will continue to receive the same response and dedicated service from the officers they respect and love.”

The Robbinsville and Hightstown Municipal Courts will continue to operate in the new facility under its existing agreement to share facilities, employees, equipment and supplies. This new shared services agreement will not change each municipality’s status as separate and distinct municipal courts.

Ground-breaking for the new police and court facility is scheduled for 2022 and construction is expected to take approximately 12 months.


Hightstown Man Convicted For 2018 Roadside Slaying Of Freehold Woman

October 12, 2021

FREEHOLD, NJ (MONMOUTH)–A Monmouth County jury has returned guilty verdicts on all charges against a Hightstown man who fatally shot a Freehold woman as she drove along on a state highway three years ago, Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Lori Linskey announced Tuesday.       

Kader Mustafa, 40, was convicted of first-degree Murder, second-degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, two counts of second-degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, and two counts of third-degree Endangering Another Person in connection with the killing of 24-year-old Sciasia Calhoun.    

Shortly before 11:45 p.m. on Thursday, May 3, 2018, members of the Freehold Township Police Department responded to a 911 call originating from a vehicle stopped along Route 33 West near the exit ramp for Halls Mill Road. At that location, officers found three occupants of the vehicle, a 1997 Mazda Protégé: Calhoun, having sustained a single gunshot wound to the head, and her boyfriend and her 1-year-old daughter, both of whom were not physically harmed.  

Calhoun was rushed by Freehold First Aid, with the assistance of Monmouth-Ocean Hospital Service Corporation (MONOC), to nearby CentraState Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead approximately one hour later.

An intensive investigation by the MCPO Major Crimes Bureau, greatly assisted by the Freehold Township and Manalapan police departments, revealed that Mustafa was driving a 2005 Chevrolet Impala when he fired a single shot at Calhoun, after several minutes of following her vehicle and flashing his high beams. Mustafa was apprehended in Manalapan in the area of Oakland Mills Road at approximately 8:10 a.m. the morning after the shooting, when two handguns were recovered from the vehicle.

Tuesday’s verdict was delivered following a multi-week trial before Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Vincent N. Falcetano Jr. Representing the State during the proceedings was Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Investigation Division Director and Assistant Prosecutor John Loughrey.

“This was a chilling, senseless crime, committed against a total stranger in the dead of night, in front of the victim’s horrified boyfriend and young child,” Acting Prosecutor Linskey said. “We thank the jury for their service and are deeply gratified to know that while today’s verdict can’t bring Sciasia Calhoun back, this defendant will be kept off the streets and brought to justice for his actions.”  

Sentencing in the case has been scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Friday, January 7, 2022. Mustafa is facing a minimum of 30 years and a maximum of life in state prison, with a 30-year period of parole ineligibility.  


East Windsor Mayor Janice Mironov Administered Oath Of Office To New Police Officers

October 4, 2021

EAST WINDSOR TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Mayor Janice S. Mironov administered oaths of office to new police officers, Juan Polanco and Aaron Edler, who fill police department vacancies resulting from recent police department retirements.  Both police officers Polanco and Edler will be assigned to the Uniform Services Division of the police department. 

Police Officer Juan Polanco graduated from the Camden County College Police Academy in June 2021, and previously served as an Infantryman with the New Jersey Army National Guard from 2015 to 2020.

Police Officer Aaron Edler graduated from the Ocean County Police Academy in May 2019 and now is pursuing an Associate of Science degree from Mercer County Community College.  Prior to joining the East Windsor Police Department, Mr. Edler worked as a Police Officer for Lambertville.

Mayor Mironov welcomed the family members and the large number of police officers in attendance to support these new police officers, and stated, “I congratulate these new police officers who have the good career fortune to join an outstanding, professional and community caring organization of police officers under the leadership of Chief Geary and our superior ranked officers.  These new police officers have successfully passed the rigorous selection process to become part of a quality and effective team in East Windsor. ” 

Trenton And Hightstown Men Among 11 Indicted In Investigation That Uncovered Alleged “Hit Squad” Of Inmates Who Assaulted Other Inmates

September 22, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Acting Attorney General Andrew J. Bruck today announced the indictment of an alleged local leader of the Latin Kings street gang and 10 current and former inmates under his command who allegedly formed a “hit squad” within the prison system to commit assaults on behalf of the gang.

Frank Blake, aka “Lafay,” 33, of Hillside, N.J., an alleged leader of the Elizabeth, N.J., chapter of the Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation (ALKQN) street gang, was initially charged in April 2021 along with eight other alleged members of ALKQN who allegedly conspired to carry out assaults on behalf of the gang in the state prison system. They were charged at that time with a brutal attack on an inmate in New Jersey State Prison in Trenton and a planned assault on another inmate in Northern State Prison in Newark that was prevented by the New Jersey Department of Corrections (DOC).

The Attorney General’s Office of Public Integrity and Accountability (OPIA) obtained a state grand jury indictment on Tuesday, Sept. 14, charging defendants with four more vicious assaults in New Jersey State Prison in Trenton. The indictment charges the nine original defendants plus two additional alleged ALKQN gang members. The indictment was sealed pending the arrest of defendant Maurice Diaz Young, 35, of Trenton, N.J., who was arrested today.

The indictment is the result of an investigation by members of the DOC Special Investigations Division (SID) and OPIA Corruption Central Squad. The investigation revealed that Blake and inmate Alexander Chludzinski, aka “D Noble,” 27, of Phillipsburg, N.J., allegedly discussed going to the homes of DOC-SID investigators leading this investigation to commit violence against them.

“We will not tolerate gang-related violence in our state prisons,” said Acting Attorney General Bruck. “This indictment reaffirms our commitment to ensuring the safety of both inmates and correctional officers behind the prison walls. I am especially grateful to our Office of Public Integrity & Accountability and DOC’s Special Investigations Division for their partnership on this investigation.”

“We will continue to work with the Department of Corrections to neutralize the dangerous and corrosive influence of gangs in our prisons and protect the people who are held in state custody,” said OPIA Executive Director Thomas Eicher. “We will not allow gang leaders to orchestrate violence between inmates and undermine the security of our prison system.”

“Central to our mission is a commitment to operate safe and humane facilities,” said New Jersey Department of Corrections Acting Commissioner Victoria Kuhn, Esq. “We have zero tolerance for those that compromise the integrity of our efforts and applaud the work of the NJDOC’s Special Investigations Division and the OPIA in bringing these individuals to justice.”

The indictment is posted online at: Blake et al Indictment

The following 11 men are charged with second-degree conspiracy, and nine of them—Blake, Diaz Young, Lago, Garcia, Chludzinski, Washington, Reyes, Zarate, and Cardona—are charged with first-degree gang criminality. Blake is also charged with first-degree promoting organized street crime.

  1. Frank Blake, aka “Lafay,” 33, of Hillside N.J.
  2. Eduardo Lago, aka “King Bay Bay,” 28, of Newark, N.J.
  3. Roberto Garcia, aka “Taz,” 25, of Carteret, N.J.
  4. William Figueroa, aka “King Stitch,” 27, of Hightstown, N.J.
  5. Alexander Chludzinski, aka “D Noble,” 27, of Phillipsburg, N.J.
  6. Kevin Washington, aka “King Jafi,” 32, of Atlantic City, N.J.
  7. Andy Reyes, aka “Chango,” 25, of Somerset, N.J.
  8. James Zarate, aka “King Samurai,” 33, of Randolph, N.J.
  9. Larry Cardona, aka “King Legend,” 28, of Elizabeth, N.J.
  10. Maurice Diaz Young, aka “King Onyx,” 35, of Trenton, N.J.
  11. Juan Colon, 53, of Trenton, N.J.

The indictment alleges the following acts of violence and attempted acts of violence against inmates in the state prison system:

  • It is alleged that at Blake’s direction—and with Figueroa, Reyes and Diaz Young participating in planning the assault—Garcia and Lago assaulted an inmate in the prison yard of New Jersey State Prison in Trenton on Sept. 28, 2020, punching and kicking him in the head, and causing him to suffer respiratory failure and a traumatic brain injury.
  • Between December 2020 and April 2021, Blake allegedly conspired with and directed Chludzinski, Reyes, Washington, Zarate, and Cardona in planning an assault on an inmate at Northern State Prison in Newark. DOC-SID investigators learned of the alleged plot and placed the targeted inmate in protective custody to prevent the attempted assault.
  • It is alleged that on Oct. 18, 2019, Chludzinski attacked an inmate with a makeshift weapon known as a “shank” in a shower facility in New Jersey State Prison in Trenton, causing the victim to suffer multiple puncture wounds.
  • In April 2020, Reyes, Garcia, and a member of a different street gang identified in the indictment as “Individual #1” allegedly planned that Garcia would attack an inmate in New Jersey State Prison in Trenton on behalf of Individual #1, in exchange for which Individual #1 would attack an inmate who was targeted by Reyes and Garcia. On April 5, 2020, Individual #1 allegedly carried out his attack in the prison yard, repeatedly punching and kicking the victim in the head, causing him to be hospitalized with head trauma. The next day, April 6, 2020, Garcia allegedly attacked the second victim in the prison yard, punching and kicking him in the head and upper body, resulting in bodily injury.
  • It is alleged that Zarate and Cardona attacked an inmate on April 21, 2021 in the prison yard of New Jersey State Prison in Trenton, repeatedly punching and kicking the victim in the head and body, resulting in significant bodily injury.

The indictment charges Diaz Young and Colon with the second-degree crime of solicitation or recruitment to join a criminal street gang for allegedly soliciting an inmate to join ALKQN and participate in criminal conduct on behalf of the gang in November and December 2020.

Blake and Chludzinski are charged with second-degree hindering apprehension or prosecution, third-degree terroristic threats, and fourth-degree obstruction for the alleged threats of violence against DOC-SID members investigating this case. Cardona, Chludzinski, Reyes, and Zarate are charged with possessing shanks, and Cardona is charged with possessing a cell phone in prison.

When Blake was arrested on April 22, 2021, investigators executed a search warrant at his home, seizing a .45-caliber pistol, a .357-caliber revolver loaded with hollow-point bullets, a 9mm pistol, an illegal large-capacity magazine, additional bullets, over one-half pound of methamphetamine, and two digital scales. For those items, he is charged with second-degree possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, second-degree possession of a weapon during commission of a drug offense, first-degree possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, and other drug and weapons offenses.

Deputy Attorneys General Colin J. Keiffer and Travis Miscia are prosecuting the case and presented the indictment to the state grand jury for the OPIA Corruption Bureau, under the supervision of OPIA Corruption Bureau Chief Peter Lee and OPIA Deputy Director Anthony Picione. They were assisted by Deputy Attorney General Heather Hausleben and other members of the Division of Criminal Justice Gangs & Organized Crime Bureau.

Acting Attorney General Bruck thanked all of the investigators and detectives who conducted the investigation for the DOC Special Investigations Division and the OPIA Corruption Central Squad. For security reasons, they are not being named individually. He also thanked the New Jersey State Police TEAMS North Unit, Division of Criminal Justice Cyber Crimes Unit, Union County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Division, and Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Intelligence Unit for their assistance in the investigation.

The first-degree charges of gang criminality carries a sentence of 15 to 30 years in state prison. The other first-degree charges carry a sentence of 10 to 20 years in state prison and a fine of up to $200,000. The sentences for gang criminality and promoting organized street crime must be served consecutively to the sentence for any underlying offense. Second-degree charges carry a sentence of five to 10 years in state prison and a fine of up to $150,000. Possession of a weapon as a convicted felon carries a mandatory period of parole ineligibility of five years. Third-degree charges carry a sentence of three to five years in state prison and a fine of up to $15,000, while fourth-degree charges carry a sentence of up to 18 months in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

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

Defense Attorneys

For Blake: Thomas R. Ashley, Esq., Newark, N.J.

For Garcia: Robin Kay Lord, Esq., Trenton, N.J.

For Figueroa: Assistant Deputy Public Defender Matthew Mordas, Mercer County.

For Chludzinski: Peter V. Abatemarco, Esq., Lambertville, N.J.

For Washington: Tina M. Frost, Esq., West Windsor, N.J.

For Cardona: Assistant Deputy Public Defender Olivia J. Moorhead, Mercer County.

For Other Defendants: Undetermined.


Serious Motor Vehicle Crash On Windsor-Perrineville Road In East Windsor Injures 5

September 20, 2021–Updated September 21, 2021 with additional details.


Updated: All four occupants of the car were Allentown High School Students, two who are on the Allentown High School Soccer Team according to officials.



EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–According to East Windsor Police, on Monday, September 20, 2021, at approximately 7:00 a.m., East Windsor Police responded to Windsor-Perrineville Road and Cedarville Road for a report of a head-on motor vehicle collision involving multiple injuries. One of the vehicles was a sedan with four juvenile occupants; the other was a pickup truck with a sole occupant. Upon arrival, East Windsor Police, Robert Wood Johnson EMS, Capital Health Paramedics, East Windsor Rescue Squad # 1, East Windsor Rescue Squad #2, Robbinsville EMS, and Millstone Fire-EMS personnel immediately began administering first aid to several individuals. Millstone Township Fire Department, Hightstown Fire Company and East Windsor Fire Company responded and extricated a passenger from the sedan.

All four individuals in the sedan suffered serious injuries. The driver was transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center by Millstone Township Fire Department EMS. The front passenger and a rear seat passenger were transported to the McKnight Elementary School by Robert Wood Johnson EMS and East Windsor Rescue Squad #1 and then transported by medevac to RWJ New Brunswick by NJ State Police Northstar Medical Helicopter and RWJBarnabas Health Helicopter. A third helicopter from Hackensack Meridian Health was not needed. The other rear seat passenger was transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center by Robbinsville EMS. The driver of the pickup truck suffered minor injuries and was transported to RWJ New Brunswick by East Windsor Rescue Squad #2.

Police say, the preliminary investigation revealed that the sedan was traveling west on Windsor-Perrineville Road and the pickup truck was traveling east on Windsor-Perrineville Road. The vehicles collided, head-on, near the intersection of Cedarville Road. The East Windsor Township Police Department and the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office Serious Collision Response Team are actively investigating the crash.

Vehicle Involved:

Driver:

2005 Toyota Tundra
New Jersey Registration: C27EXU

Hector Esteban-Palomo (41 Years of Age) Trenton, NJ

Vehicle Involved:

Driver:

2019 Nissan Sentra
New Jersey Registration: Z64NHX

Driver: Juvenile (17 Years of Age) Front seat passenger: Juvenile (16 Years of Age) East Windsor, NJ

Rear passengers: Juvenile (16 Years of Age) Juvenile (14 Years of Age) Millstone, NJ

Charges: None

Responding Agencies:

East Windsor Township Police Department, Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office Serious Collision Response Team, Capital Health Paramedics, East Windsor Rescue Squad #1, East Windsor Rescue Squad #2, Millstone EMS, Robert Wood Johnson EMS, East Windsor Fire Company 1 & 2, Robbinsville Township Fire Department & EMS, Millstone Township Fire Department, Hightstown Fire Company, NJ State Police Northstar Helicopter, RWJBarnabas Health Helicopter, Hackensack Meridian Health Helicopter.








East Windsor Man Indicted for New Brunswick Shooting

September 16, 2021

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and Director Anthony
A. Caputo of the New Brunswick Police Department announce an East Windsor man has been indicted in connection with a September 2, 2020 shooting.

On September 15, 2021, a Middlesex County Grand Jury indicted Kyale Simonson, 33, of East Windsor with one count of first-degree Attempted Murder, one count of second-degree Aggravated Assault, and one count of second-degree Unlawful Possession of a Firearm for an Unlawful Purpose.

On September 2, 2020, at approximately 9:28 P.M., members of the New Brunswick Police responded to the area of Lee Avenue and Seaman Street and located two men who been shot. The men were taken to a nearby hospital and treated for their injuries.

An investigation by Detective Brandt Gregus of the New Brunswick Police Department and Detective Sean Sullivan of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office identified Simonson as the gunman.

The investigation is active and continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Gregus of the New Brunswick Police Department at (732)745-5200, or Detective Sullivan of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-4060.

As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against Simonson are merely accusations and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.


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, NJ (MERCER)–

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 DisasterAssistance.gov 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 https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/ela/s/.

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


East Windsor Police Blotter Though September 8, 2021

September 9, 2021

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–The East Windsor Township Police Department initiated the following police reports through Wednesday, September 8, 2021.

1)            Drugs

Location: Route 130/Route 571 Time/Date: 2:00 PM, 9/3/2021

The officer conducted a motor vehicle stop on Route 130 near Route 571 after observing a vehicle with a broken tail light. During the motor vehicle stop the individuals admitted to possessing drugs. The officer conducted a vehicle search and located heroin, methamphetamine, and hypodermic needles. The individuals were placed under arrest and later released pending court action.

Defendant:                         Erica Cooper Hamilton,  NJ 38 Years of Age

Charges:              Possession of Heroin

Possession of Hypodermic Needles Possession of Drug Paraphernalia Possession of Methamphetamine Driving While Suspended Unlicensed Driver

Maintenance of Lamps CDS in a Motor Vehicle

Defendant:         Edward Erwin Pemberton, NJ 33 Years of Age

Charges:              Possession of Heroin

Possession of Hypodermic Needles Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Arresting Officer: Patrol Officer Nicholas Hoffmann

2)            DUI

Location: Route 33/Woodside Avenue Time/Date: 2:50 AM, 9/4/2021

The officer responded to Route 33 near Woodside Avenue for a reported erratic driver. The officer located the vehicle and conducted a motor vehicle stop after observing it fail to maintain the lane of travel. The individual exhibited signs of impairment and was placed under arrest after failing field sobriety tests. The individual was later released pending court action.

Defendant: Charges:

 Olvan Lopez-Flores South River, NJ

41 Years of Age

DUI

Careless Driving Reckless Driving

Failure to Maintain Lane

 Arresting Officer: Patrol Officer Michael Pidhorecki

3)            DUI

Location: Burger King (450 Route 130 South) Time/Date: 9:30 PM, 9/5/2021

The officer responded to Burger King on Route 130 for a citizen dispute. The officer located the involved individual in the drive-thru lane arguing with store employees. The individual exhibited signs of impairment and was placed under arrest after failing field sobriety tests. The individual was later released pending court action.

Defendant: Edwin Feliciano East Windsor, NJ 49 Years of Age

Charges:              DUI

Careless Driving Reckless Driving

Arresting Officer: Patrol Officer Tyler Clark

4)            DUI

Location: Route 33/Route 133 Time/Date: 6:45 PM, 9/6/2021

The officer responded to Route 33 near Route 133 for a single vehicle motor vehicle accident. Investigation revealed that a motorcyclist lost balance and crashed after attempting to avoid colliding with another vehicle while traveling on Route 33 West.  The individual  exhibited  signs of impairment and was placed under arrest after failing field sobriety tests.  The individual  was later released pending court action.

Defendant: Charges:

 Ryan Szczesny East Windsor, NJ 33 Years of Age

DUI

Careless Driving Reckless Driving

 Arresting Officer: Patrol Officer Brian Rust

5)            Shoplifting

Location: Walmart (839 Route 130 North) Time/Date: 9:05 AM, 9/7/2021

The officer responded to Walmart for a reported shoplifting.  The officer located the individual in a nearby parking lot. Investigation revealed that the individual left the store without paying for merchandise valued at $228.54.  The individual  was arrested  and later released pending court action.

Defendant: Charges:

 Abigail Abbott East Windsor, NJ 26 Years of Age

Shoplifting

 Arresting Officer: Patrol Officer Evan McNamara


The charges referenced above are merely accusations and the press and public are reminded that all defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.


Hero Police Officers Locate And Rescue Man From Inferno In East Windsor

Witnesses could see smoke from 4 miles away

September 3, 2021

By: Tyler Eckel, Dennis Symons

EAST WINDSOR (MERCER)– On Friday, September 3, 2021 at approximately 2:50 p.m., patrol units responded to an abandoned building at 82 Hickory Corner Road Extension, between Route 130 and Mercer Street for a report of a structure fire. A passer by observed fire in the ceiling of the structure and called 911.  Upon the arrival of patrol officers shortly after, flames were observed from the exterior of the structure.  Patrol officers Robert Galvin and Michael Adelung quickly made entry and located a disoriented and injured individual.  The individual was immediately extracted from the building and assessed by emergency medical responders.  The individual was then transported by ambulance to Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton for smoke inhalation and undetermined fire related injuries.  Fire personnel from East Windsor and several surrounding towns responded to extinguish the fire.  The structure sustained heavy fire and water damage.  The cause and source of the fire are currently unknown as the incident remains under investigation by the East Windsor Township Police Department. 

Responding Emergency Services

East Windsor Volunteer Fire Company #1, East Windsor Volunteer Fire Company #2, Hightstown Engine Company, Robbinsville Fire Department, West Windsor Fire Company, Plainsboro Fire Company, Millstone Fire Department, Cranbury Fire Company, Upper Freehold/Hope Fire Company (Allentown), Robert Wood Johnson EMS, Hightstown EMS, West Windsor EMS    


  East Windsor Police Officers who made the save:






East Windsor Police Blotter For Week Ending September 1, 2021

September 2, 2021

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

1) Hindering/Obstructing Location: Windsor Crossing Time/Date: 9:10 PM, 8/26/2021

The officer conducted a motor vehicle stop after observing a vehicle parked in a fire lane and leave the area going the wrong way down a one-way street. During the motor vehicle stop the individual provided a false name to the officer. The individual was placed under arrest and later released pending couti action.

Defendant: Deion McQueen Hamilton, NJ 20 Years of Age

Charges: Hindering Obstructing Unregistered Vehicle Fictitious Plate
Driving While Suspended Unlicensed Driver
Wrong Way on a One-Way Street Parking in a Fire Zone

Arresting Officer: Patrol Officer Nicholas Enea

2) Shoplifting
Location: Shop Rite (319 Route 130 North) Time/Date: 5:05 PM, 8/27/2021

The officer responded to Shop Rite for a repo1ied shoplifting incident. The officer located the individual in the parking lot. Investigation revealed that the individual left the store without

paying for $250.43 worth of merchandise. The individual was arrested and later released pending court action.

Defendant:

Charges:

Melissa Ubl
East Windsor, NJ 38 Years of Age

Shoplifting

Arresting Officer: Patrol Officer Christopher McDermott

3) Shoplifting
Location: Walmart (839 Route 130 North) Time/Date: 11:05 AM, 8/28/2021

The officer responded to Walmart for a reported shoplifting incident. Loss prevention personnel stopped the individual near the exit as he was attempting leave the store without paying for
$154.23 worth of merchandise. The individual was arrested and later released pending court action.

Defendant:

Charges:

Jose Dominguez Hightstown, NJ 36 Years of Age

Shoplifting

Arresting Officer: Patrol Officer Brian Rust

4) DUI/Assault by Auto Location : Windsor Regency
Time/Date: 8:40 PM, 9/1/2021

The officer responded to Windsor Regency for a reported motor vehicle accident. Investigation revealed that the driver drove the wrong way down the entrance to the apartment complex and collided with another vehicle. A passenger in the victim vehicle suffered a minor arm injury.
The individual displayed signs of impairment and was placed under arrest after failing field sobriety tests. The individual was later released pending court action.

Defendant:

Charges:

Gabino Vargascruz East Windsor, NJ 22 Years of Age

Assault by Auto DUI
Careless Driving

Reckless Driving Unlicensed Driver

Arresting Officer: Patrol Officer Nicholas Enea


The charges referenced above are merely accusations and the press and public are reminded that all defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.


Motorcyclist Walks Away From NJ Turnpike Crash In East Windsor

August 29, 2021

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–At 12:13 p.m. the Robbinsville Fire Department and EMS were dispatched to the NJ Turnpike for a motorcycle down in the area of 65.4 South Bound inner roadway by the Old York Road overpass. While responding there were reports of up to three motorcycles down but that ended up to be fellow motorcyclists stopping to help. Some good Samaritans stopping to help, some even ran across six lanes from the shoulder of the outer roadway to the inner roadway Jersey barrier. East Windsor First Aid Squad was added due to the reports of multiple bikes down. When the ambulance arrived they reported that it was a one motorcycle accident and were performing an evaluation. Robbinsville arrived and blocked the shoulder and EMS stood. The motorcyclist was able to walk away from the accident and ended up refusing medical transportation and was able to leave on his own power on the motorcycle.



East Windsor Police Blotter For Week Of August 25, 2021

August 26, 2021

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–The East Windsor Township Police Department initiated the following police reports through Wednesday, August 25, 2021

1. DUI

Location: Route 133 East Time/Date: 11:00 AM, 8/20/2021

The officer responded to the area of Route 133 for a reported  erratic driver.  The officer  located the vehicle, observed it failing to maintain the lane of travel, and conducted  subsequently conducted a motor vehicle stop. The driver exhibited signs of impairment and was placed under arrest after failing field sobriety tests. The driver was later released pending court action.

Defendant:            Isabella Valdez East Windsor, NJ 58 Years of Age

Charges:                 DUI

Refuse to Submit to Breath Tests Reckless Driving

Careless Driving

DUI in a School Zone Obstructing Traffic Failure to Signal Failure to Keep Right Improper Passing Obstructed View

Arresting Officer: Patrol Officer Robert Galvin

2. Weapons Offense/Te1Toristic Threats

Location: Walmart (839 Route 130 North) Time/Date: 5:50 PM, 8/20/2021

The officer responded to Walmart for a citizen dispute related to a road rage incident in the parking lot. Investigation revealed that during a verbal argument the individual wielded a baseball bat and aggressively approached the victim in a threatening manner. The individual was arrested and later released pending court action.

Defendant:             Angela Powell Hightstown, NJ 37 Years of Age

Charges:                 Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose Unlawful Possession of a Weapon

Terroristic Threats

Arresting Officer: Patrol Officer Nicholas Enea

3. DUI

Location: Route 535/Millstone Road Time/Date: 8:40 PM, 8/25/2021

The officer responded to the area of Route 535 and Millstone Road for a single car motor vehicle accident. Investigation revealed that the driver failed to observe a stop sign and struck a tree. The driver exhibited signs of impairment and was placed under arrest after failing field sobriety tests. The driver was later released pending court action.

Defendant:             Ishaan Shah Plainsboro, NJ 24 Years of Age

Charges:                 DUI

Reckless Driving Careless Driving

Failure to Observe Stop Sign

Open Container of Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle Arresting Officer: Patrol Officer Nicholas Enea


The charges referenced above are merely accusations and the press and public are reminded that all defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.


Vehicle Crashes Overturns And Burst Into Flames On NJ Turnpike In East Windsor

August 24, 2021

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–At 8:30 p.m. last night August 23, the Robbinsville Township Fire Department and Hightstown Fire Department were dispatched to a vehicle fire at mile marker 65 north bound inner roadway. Radio reports say that a vehicle traveling north in the outer roadway crashed and overturned and ended up in the inner roadway and burst into flames. When firefighters arrived they found a vehicle fully involved at mile marker 65 and quickly extinguished the fire. Ambulances from Robbinsville Township and Hightstown First Aid Squad transported accident victims for what appeared to be minor injuries to local hospitals. No further information is available at this time.



Tropical Storm Henri Floods Area With Up To 8 Inches Of Rain, Rescues, Evacuations, Road Closures

August 22, 2021

Heavy rains from Tropical Storm Henri flooded the area overnight with up to eight inches of rain in the Central New Jersey area. Many people traveling on flooded roadways were trapped in the vehicles and needed to be rescued.

Hightstown Fire Company reported responding to at least 10 incidents with the majority being water rescues. Hightstown firefighters rescued eight civilians who were trapped in their vehicles or relocated to the roof of their vehicles due to flood waters.

The National Weather Service reported that 4 to 8 inches of rain fell from the storm and that Middlesex and Mercer Counties were particular hard hit.






Flooding in the area of Cranbury-South River Road and CR614 Dey Road, several cars were submerged and local fire departments made rescues earlier in the morning. A house and business was flooded near the location.



Flooding in Jamesburg, NJ at the Lake Manalapan dam at West Railroad Avenue.












Flooding in Cranbury, NJ from Heri on August 22, 2021





8th Annual Latino Festival of Hightstown-East Windsor Held Yesterday

August 22, 2021

HIGHTSTOWN, NJ (MERCER)–The 8th Annual Latino Festival of Hightstown-East Windsor was held yesterday and even Governor Phil Murphy stopped by the event. The festival is a celebration of the arts and cultural traditions of Latin America and the Caribbean; raffle prizes, dance and musical performances, local artists displaying their work, lots of delicious Latin food and so much more was had.


Photos and video provided by: Keith Magill




20th Anniversary America’s 911 Ride Passes Through Hightstown

August 22, 2021

HIGHTSTOWN, NJ (MERCER)–America’s 911 Ride came though Hightstown yesterday afternoon on their way to New York City. This year the motorcycle ride is remembering the 20th anniversary of 911. The ride starts at the Pentagon in Arlington-Washington, D.C., proceeds to the memorial at Shanksville, PA and ends in New York City at the World Trade Center site.




Tractor Trailer Vs Car On NJ Turnpike In East Windsor

August 1, 2021

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–Around 11:55 p.m. last night (July 31), a car and tractor trailer collided in the north bound outer lanes near mile marker 66 of the New Jersey Turnpike. The Robbinsville Township Fire Department – EMS and Hightstown First Aid Squad responded to the scene. There were reports of multiple minor injuries that did not require transportation to the hospital. The NJ State Police are investigating. No further information is available at this time.

Severe Flooding From Thunderstorms And Possible Tornados Hit Area

July 29, 2021

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–MidJersey.News was able to capture possible tornadic activity in the area of Old York Road and the NJ Turnpike. The clouds with rotation indicating a possible tornado was spotted behind the Field Of Terror off of Windsor Prineville Road as it moved toward Millstone Township. Further down the road the tornadic activity crossed Winsor Prineville Road towards Roosevelt and Clarksburg.

Just prior to the possible tornado spotting there were reports of damage to a building on Route 130 in Robbinsville and wires down near Gordon Road, Perrineville Road and Allen’s Road.

Several people were stuck in vehicles around the area including Mercer Street Hightstown, Main Street Hightstown, One Mile Road East Windsor, Route 571 East and West Windsor.

MidJersey.News will be out in the morning to check for damage in the areas where the possible tornado was spotted. This is the same area where the NWS reported the rotation.