Category: Hightstown-East Windsor

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.











Two Vehicle Crash On Old York Road In East Windsor

July 29, 2021

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–Around 8:50 a.m. a two vehicle accident with airbag deployment occurred at the intersection of Old York Road and Windsor Perrineville Road. The East Windsor Police Department and East Windsor First Aid Squad were dispatched to the scene. Apparently there were no reported injuries in the two vehicle crash.

East Windsor Police is investigating the crash. No further information is available at this time.

East Windsor Township Police Blotter July 28, 2021

July 29, 2021

EAST WINDSOR TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The East Windsor Township Police Department initiated the following police reports through Wednesday, July 28, 2021.


1) Drugs
Location: Intent Group/ 658 Etra Road Time/Date: 10:14 PM, 7-22-2021

The officer was detailed to the Intent Group located at 658 Etra Road for a report of a suspicious vehicle pulling in and out of the parking lot. During the investigation, suspected methamphetamine was located in the vehi cle. The driver was arrested and later released pending court action.

Defendant:

Charges:

Nicholas Gresko

Hamilton, NJ
26 Years of Age

Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance · Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Arresting Officer: PO Christopher McDermott #117

2) DUI
Location: Twin Rivers Mall/ 659 Abbington Drive Time/ Date: 2:18 AM, 7-24-2021

The officer was detailed to the area for a report of a possible intoxicated driver who was involved in a motor vehicle accident. While en-route further information was provided that the vehicle had left the scene and was now parked on Probasco Road. Upon speaking with the driver, he exhibited signs of impairment and was placed under arrest after failing field sobriety tests. The driver was later released pending court action.

Defendant:

Charges:

Leonzo R. Roblesmenchu

East Windsor , NJ
25 Years of Age

DUI
Reckless Driving Careless Driving
Failure to Maintain Lane
Leaving the Scene of an Accident Failure to Report an Accident Uninsured Motor Vehicle

Arresting Officer: Patrol Officer Nicholas Hoffmann #108

3) DUI
Location: Probasco Road Time/Date: 2:27 AM/ 7-24-2021

The officer was detailed to the area for a report of a possible intoxicated driver who was involved in a motor vehicle accident related to the previous DUI. While en-route further information was provided that the vehicle had left the scene and was now parked on Probasco Road. Upon speaking with the driver, he exhibited signs of impairment and was placed under arrest after failing field sobriety tests . The driver was later released pending court action.

Defendant: Sergio H. Duenas East Windsor, NJ 48 Years of Age

Charges: DUI
Reckless Driving Careless Driving
Failure to Maintain Lane Unlicensed Drive Uninsured Motor Vehicle

Arresting Officer: Patrol Officer Nicholas Hoffman #108

4) DUI
Location: Route 130 South/ Hankins Road Time/ Date: 12:59 AM/ 7-25-2021

The officer conducted a motor vehicle stop after observing the vehicle fail to maintain its lane. The driver exhibited signs of impairment and was placed under arrest after failing field sobriety tests . The individual was later released pending court action.

Defendant: Nirav N. Patel Piscataway, NJ 38 Years of Age

Charges: DUI
Reckless Driving Careless Driving
Failure to Maintain Lane Failure to Keep Right

Arresting Officer: Patrol Officer Thomas Nicola #119

5) DUI
Location: 72 Route 571
Time/ Date: 2:25 AM, 7-28-2021

While conducting building checks behind East Windsor Village, the officer observed a parked vehicle with its headlights on, driver side door open and the drivei .J eeping in the driver seat. Upon speaking with the driver , he exhibited signs of impairment and was placed under arrest after failing field sobriety tests. The driver was later released pending court action.

Defendant:

Charges:

Raymundo Quiroz-Ramirez

Hightstown, NJ
28 Years of Age

DUI
Reckless Driving Careless Driving
Open Container in Motor Vehicle Consuming Alcohol in Motor Vehicle

Arresting Officer: Christopher McDermott #117


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.


Developing: 9-1-1 Call Sparks Massive Search Of Peddie Lake In Hightstown

July 21, 2021

HIGHTSTOWN, NJ (MERCER)–Hightstown Police were investigating a 9-1-1 call earlier for a missing teenager. It escalated around 5:50 p.m. when the Hightstown Fire Company was dispatched to the Peddie Lake in the area of Main Street for a “water rescue” due to the nature of the call mutual aid was dispatched from several area fire departments and rescue squads.

The search concentrated around the Peddie Lake Bridge on East Ward Street. Hightstown Police and Peddie Security searched the area and the banks of the lake and the school campus. Fire Departments deployed boats to search the area of the bridge. The Mercer County Sherriff’s Office searched with their drone.

After approximately a two hour search with boats, divers, drones and by foot along the lake nothing was found at the lake. The search was called off just before dark.

Responding departments include: Hightstown Fire Company, Robbinsville Township Fire Department, Plainsboro Fire Department, Trenton Fire Department, Hamilton Township Fire Department, West Windsor Fire Company, East Windsor Fire Company, Hightstown EMS, Robbinsville EMS, East Windsor EMS, Signal 22 and others.

Hightstown Police are continuing the investigation.

Update: Hightstown Police say they are investigating this as a false call. The investigation is still active and when more information becomes available they will let us know.


East Windsor Announces Summer Events At Etra Lake Park

July 15, 2021

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–Mayor Janice S. Mironov announced that East Windsor Township will be offering a summer program of free events at Etra Lake Park, kicking off with “Jersey Four” on Sunday, July 18 at 6:00 P.M.  “Jersey Four,” a Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons tribute band, will perform hit songs from the very beginning of The Four Seasons journey, through Frankie Valli’s solo career, to present day Four Seasons shows.  All time song favorites highlighting the show will include “Sherry”, “Big Girls Don’t Cry”, “Rag Doll”, “Walk Like a Man” and “Who Loves You”.

On Saturday, July 31 at 7 P.M. is “Family Night in the Park”, featuring a large-screen viewing of the movie “Trolls World Tour” under the stars.  “Trolls World Tour”, a 2020 American 3D computer-animated film, stars Queen Poppy and her friends as they embark on a daring mission try to unite the Trolls and save music from Queen Barb and King Thrash of the Hard Rock Trolls.  The evening will begin at 7 P.M. with games, DJ music and dancing prior to the movie starting at dusk.  The rain date for this event is Sunday, August 1.

On Sunday, August 8 at 6 P.M. “AM Gold”, a New York City based tribute band will be performing the adult-contemporary hit songs from the late 1970’s through the mid 1980’s. Artists include Hall & Oates, Steely Dan, Huey Lewis, Christopher Cross, and Lionel Richie.

On Sunday, August 22 at 6 P.M. “Wooden Ships Band,” a Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young tribute band, will reproduce their songbook to take their audience back in time to the era of the 1970’s during the Woodstock festival, but with a twist – the beautiful, intricate vocal harmonies are sung by three women! “Wooden Ships Band” is composed of seasoned, well-respected musicians who will deliver a show featuring classic music that has stood the test of time. 

On Sunday, August 29 at 6 P.M. “Gathering Time,” a Long Island based folk rock/Americana/AAA trio, has toured both in the United States and internationally, mixing new interpretations of both ‘60s and ‘70s classic and old traditional tunes with their strong original songs.  Their sound reflects the voicings and arrangements of the genre’s pioneers, The Byrds, Peter, Paul & Mary, Joni Mitchell, and Crosby, Stills & Nash, brought into today with an acoustic-electric alchemy all their own.

Mayor Mironov stated, “East Windsor Township is excited to invite residents back together to beautiful Etra Lake Park to enjoy this free summer series of concerts and events.  Bring your blankets and chairs, enjoy the Park grills and amenities, and join with your neighbors for a great night out.”

These free events are made possible through the generous contributions of many area businesses.  In the event of questionable weather, residents can call the East Windsor Information Hotline at (609) 443-4000, ext. 400 after 1 PM the day of the event. 



Driver Extricated On NJ Turnpike In East Windsor

July 9, 2021

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–Around 7:20 a.m. an accident was reported on the NJ Turnpike south bound inner roadway at mile post 70 with reported entrapment. The Hightstown Fire Company, Monroe Township Fire Department, Cranbury First Aid Squad, Hightstown First Aid Squad and Capital Paramedics were sent to the scene.

Monroe Township Fire reported “going in service with the tools” to cut the driver of one of the vehicles out of the car.

The injured were transported to a local hospital for treatment of non-life-threating injuries.

NJ State Police is investigating the crash. No further information is available at this time.

Just south of this accident Robbinsville Township Fire Department and EMS and East Windsor Rescue Squad were sent to mile marker 67 north bound inner roadway for another crash. It was unclear if anyone in that accident was transported to the hospital.

Heavy rains were moving though the area at the time of the crashes from Tropical Storm Elsa.


Driver Extricated From Overturned Vehicle In East Windsor

July 6. 2021 — Updated at 4:20 p.m. with information from East Windsor Police Department

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–At 6:59 a.m. East Windsor Police, EMS and firefighters were dispatched to an overturned vehicle on Yorkshire Drive near Kent Lane. East Windsor Police confirmed entrapment on arrival. A vehicle hit a utility pole and overturned trapping the occupant. East Windsor Fire Companies 1 & 2 (42 & 46) and Hightstown Fire Company (41) responded to the scene for extrication. East Windsor Rescue Squad EMS – RWJ EMS were also sent to the scene.

The extrication took about 15 minutes. Cranbury Service Center righted the vehicle, cleaned up the scene and towed the vehicle away. JCP&L was on scene and will need to replace the utility pole.

Police say that the preliminary investigation revealed the operator of a 2019 Toyota Rav4 a 57 year old East Windsor resident was traveling north in area of Kent Lane when driver lost control, struck a utility pole, and overturned. The driver of the Toyota was extricated from her vehicle by fire department personnel.

Police also said that the driver sustained non-life-threatening injuries as result of the collision and she was transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton, NJ by rescue squad personnel.

Responding agencies: East Windsor Police Department, East Windsor Volunteer Fire Companies 1 & 2, Hightstown Fire Company, East Windsor Volunteer Rescue Squad District 1 and Robert Wood Johnson EMS.




Well Involved NJDOT Tractor Fire on Route 33/Mercer Street In East Windsor

June 28, 2021

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–East Windsor Fire Company and Hightstown Fire Company were dispatched to Mercer Street / Route 33 across from Home Depot for a tractor on fire around 2:18 p.m. Responding units reported a large column of smoke in the area and upon arrival found a well involved NJ DOT tractor on fire. Firefighters used water and firefighting foam to put the fire out. There was a small diesel spill on the side of the roadway and the NJ Department of Environmental protection was called. The roadway was shut down and a detour was set up in the area until the situation could be resolved.


Dryer Fire Quickly Extinguished In East Windsor

June 24, 2021

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–East Windsor, Monroe and Hightstown Fire Companies responded to Wayne’s Wash World in the 600 Block of Abbington Drive for a smoke condition. When firefighters arrived they found a smoke condition in the business from a dryer that had clothes inside that were smoking. The fire was contained to the dryer. The clothes were removed and wet down and the dryer was placed out of service. All fire companies returned when completed. No damage to the structure and the business was able to reopen quickly thanks to the early 9-1-1 call and quick response by local fire departments.


One Injured In Route 130 Crash In East Windsor

June 12, 2021

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–Around 1:07 p.m. a vehicle traveling south bound on Route 130 crashed into a utility pole injuring the driver and damaging the pole. Robbinsville and East Windsor Police responded to the 9-1-1 calls reporting the accident. Robbinsville Township Fire Department, East Windsor Fire Company, Robbinsville EMS and Capital Health Paramedics were on scene treating the injured driver. Traffic on Route 130 was backed up for about 1/4 mile until the vehicle was towed away. The driver was transported to a local hospital. No further information is available at this time.


From the June 2021 East Windsor Police Blotter:

The officer responded to Route 130 South near Royal Plaza for a single car motor vehicle accident. Investigation revealed that the car struck a utility pole and the driver suffered minor injuries. The driver exhibited signs of impairment and was placed under arrest. The driver was taken to RWJ Hamilton hospital for treatment and was released pending court action.

Defendant:

Charges:

Nicholas Baka Newark, NJ

55 Years of Age

DUI

Reckless Driving Careless Driving

Failure to Maintain Lane Umegistered Vehicle

Open Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle Consumption of Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle

Arresting Officer: Patrol Officer Nicholas Enea


NJ Turnpike Crash Results In Fully Involved Vehicle Fire; Non-Life-Threating Injuries Reported

June 8, 2021

CRANBURY TOWNSHIP, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Around 8:46 p.m. the Hightstown Fire Company, Cranbury Fire Company, and EMS were dispatched to the NJ Turnpike for a vehicle fire on the inner roadway at mile marker 69. When the fire chief arrived he found a vehicle well involved in fire as the result of an accident. Hightstown and Cranbury firefighters extinguished the fire. It was reported that the injures were non-life-threating and a second ambulance was called to the scene. It was unclear if anyone was transported from the scene to the hospital.

The NJ State Police is investigating the crash.


Serious Accident On NJ Turnpike Prior To Exit 8 Injures Two

June 1, 2021

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–The Robbinsville Township Fire Department and Hightstown Fire Company were dispatched to the NJ Turnpike inner roadway at mile post 65.6 north bound for two vehicle accident with roll over and entrapment at 11:42 a.m. Robbinsville EMS, Capital Health EMS, Cranbury First Aid Squad and Capital Health Paramedics responded and treated patients on scene. One person was transported to the Trauma Center at Capital Health Regional Medical Center and a “trauma alert” was called. Another person was transported to RWJ at Hamilton Hospital with non-life threating injures. Robbinsville firefighters help get patients out of vehicles for transport and stood by until vehicle could be removed by the George’s Garage.

New Jersey State Police is investigating the crash. No further information is available at this time.


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Trammell Crow Company Breaks Ground On “Innovation Park” In East Windsor

June 1, 2021

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–Mayor Janice S. Mironov, Deputy Mayor Peter Yeager and Council Members Denise Daniels, Alan Rosenberg and John Zoller, joined Trammell Crow Company Managing Director Andrew Mele and other Trammell Crow representatives, for a groundbreaking ceremony for “Innovation Park”, a state of the art business park located at 148 Princeton Hightstown Road.


“Innovation Park”, located on an 86.97 acre parcel formerly occupied by McGraw Hill, will consist of two buildings, one 406,669 square feet and the second 167,500 square feet. The contemporary business campus was designed specifically for innovative high-tech and pharma related tenants, featuring modern attractive architectural features, internal space configured specifically for advanced technological users with a high percentage of office space, outdoor walking paths and public spaces, and additional landscape berming with deciduous, ornamental and evergreen trees.
Mayor Mironov stated, “This groundbreaking is an exciting day to celebrate the start of this innovative project, featuring a unique combination of tenant space geared towards highly specialized technological and pharmaceutical users, striking architectural elements and attractive open public spaces. This is a great, prominent location in the center of our community that is ideal for a well-designed and appealing facility such as Innovation Park, with unbeatable access to major markets, a highly qualified labor force and excellent transportation networks including the New Jersey Turnpike as well as Route 133, Route 130, Route 33 and Route 571. East Windsor has long been considered a major epicenter for high-tech, high growth research and development pharmaceutical-related companies, and this cutting edge facility is planned and designed to attract high quality tenants to our already vibrant and diverse business community.”


Trammell Crow Company Managing Director Andrew Mele stated, “Innovation Park is unlike any project we’ve ever developed in New Jersey that combines exceptional architectural design, high performance functionality and public open green space all located in one of the most desirable communities in the region. We have great confidence that Innovation Park will not only attract world-class companies to East Windsor, but it will also serve as a model for future developments in New Jersey and beyond.”

Trammell Crow Company, founded in 1948, is one of the nation’s leading developers and investors in commercial real estate. Trammell Crow employs nearly 600 professionals in the United States and Europe and has developed or acquired 2,800 buildings valued at nearly $70 billion and over 625 million square feet. Trammell Crow serves users of and investors in office, industrial, healthcare, multi-family residential, and mixed-use projects.


East Windsor Township Child Passenger Car Seat Safety Initiative

May 17, 2021

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–Mayor Janice S. Mironov announced that East Windsor Township is launching a Child Passenger Car Seat Safety initiative to run from June through September, underwritten by a $6,000 New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety grant. This pro-active initiative, offered for Township residents will be held at the East Windsor Police/Court building located at 80 One Mile Road on Friday, June 4, Wednesday, June 23, Monday, July 12, Tuesday, August 3, and Thursday, September 23 from 3 P.M. to 7 P.M.

The Township program is designed to outreach and educate motorists about properly securing children passengers in child seats as required by State law. Pursuant to this program, residents, at no cost, can have their child car seats inspected for proper fit and installation in their vehicles and receive educational materials regarding use of child car seats and current child restraint laws. A complete inspection of a child passenger car seat takes less than 10 minutes and is conducted by a nationally certified child passenger safety seat technicians, no appointment is necessary.

According to Mayor Mironov, “Statistics assembled from several organizations including the American Automobile Association and the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety underscore that having a properly installed child passenger car seat is extremely important to ensure the safety of our young children in motor vehicles. It is noteworthy that motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of death for young children and that four out of five child car seats are incorrectly installed. The proper use of child car seats is one of the simplest and most effective means to protect young children passengers.” Mayor Mironov added, “This pro-active initiative is to focus publicly on the high value of using child car seats and most critically using them properly. East Windsor’s grant-funded program will allow residents, at no cost, to have their child car seats inspected by a professionally certified technician to ensure they are properly installed, and receive educational literature offering tips on child safety in vehicles. All East Windsor residents with child passenger car seats are strongly encouraged to attend one of these free events.”

Motor vehicles crashes are the leading cause of unintentional injury-related deaths among children ages 14 and under in the United States.  Properly installed child safety seats, can prevent injuries and save lives. Young children restrained in child seats have an 80 percent lower risk of fatal injury than those who are unrestrained. Child safety seats have been shown to reduce fatal injury by 71 percent for infants less than one year old and by 45 percent in toddlers ages one through four years. National studies have determined that most child safety seats are improperly installed or misused, thus negatively impacting the safety value of these devices.



East Windsor Man Charged With Animal Cruelty Admitted Into PTI Program

The PTI program requires him to complete 40 hours of community service, pay fines and costs associated with the case, obtain/maintain employment, and report to a supervising probation officer as directed for a three-year period.  He is also forbidden from owning or possessing any animals during the term of PTI.

May 13, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–A 36-year-old East Windsor man charged in February 2020 with animal cruelty was admitted into the pretrial intervention program (PTI) this week, Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri reported.

On Thursday afternoon, May 13, 2021, Matthew Wydrinski entered a plea of not guilty to an accusation charging him with third-degree animal cruelty before Mercer County Superior Court Judge J. Adam Hughes.  Wydrinski’s participation in the PTI program requires him to complete 40 hours of community service, pay fines and costs associated with the case, obtain/maintain employment, and report to a supervising probation officer as directed for a three-year period.  He is also forbidden from owning or possessing any animals during the term of PTI.

This case relates to an incident that occurred in East Windsor Township in November 2019.  At that time, an internet post was created for the purpose of obtaining assistance for a sick dog.  Authorities learned that the dog referenced in the post – a seven-year-old pit bull – later died as the result of being severely undernourished.  On February 13, 2020, Wydrinski was charged with third-degree animal cruelty for failing to provide the animal with necessary care. 

According to the New Jersey Courts website, PTI provides defendants, generally first-time non-violent offenders, with opportunities for alternatives to the traditional criminal justice process of ordinary prosecution.  PTI seeks to render early rehabilitative services when such services can reasonably be expected to deter future criminal behavior.

Pursuant to 2C:44-1(e), unless certain factors are present, there is a presumption of non-incarceration for convictions of third-degree crimes.  None of those factors were present in this case.  Additionally, Wydrinski is 36 years old with no criminal history of any kind.  PTI is specifically designed to allow defendants with no criminal record to avail themselves of supervisory treatment rather than incarceration in certain situations.  Lastly, none of the presumptive factors against admission into PTI set forth in 2C:43-12(b)(2) apply.

“Currently, the New Jersey Legislature does not classify animal cruelty crimes as crimes of violence.  I am aware that steps are being taken in the Legislature to change this classification and remove animal cruelty crimes from the purview of PTI,” Prosecutor Onofri said.  “Regardless of my personal views on animal cruelty laws, I am bound to enforce the law as it is written.  Until such time as animal cruelty laws are changed, PTI will remain an appropriate and common resolution to these types of crimes.”

Three vaccine mini-clinics for eligible teens 16 and 17 Who Attend Robbinsville, West Windsor or Hightstown

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Pfizer Vaccination for Eligible Teens April 27-29 The West Windsor Health Department is partnering with Hamilton Township, Princeton and Olden Pharmacy to offer Pfizer COVID-19 vaccinations to individuals 16 and 17 years of age who live, work or attend school in West Windsor, Robbinsville or Hightstown.

These mini clinics will be held from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 27, Wednesday, April 28 and Thursday, April 29. Appointments are required and parents or guardians must attend the clinic. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact the Health Department at 609-936-8400 or email vaccine@westwindsortwp.com


Armed suspect leads multiple police agencies on high speed pursuit after carjacking in Trenton, ends in Robbinsville


UPDATE HERE: OUT OF GAS: Trenton Man In Custody After Armed Carjacking In Morrisville, PA, Ends In Robbinsville, NJ


April 23, 2021

By: Tyler Eckel

BREAKING NEWS REPORT: This is a breaking news report from radio reports, on scene information, and sources. Once official information is available, the post will be updated.

TRENTON (MERCER)– A police pursuit involving multiple jurisdictions occurred late Thursday night following a carjacking of a Jeep Compass in Trenton.

Trenton Police called the pursuit around 10:00 pm, after a reported carjacking in the city. State Police joined the chase once the suspect vehicle got onto I-195. The vehicle continued to flee Eastbound on I-195 to Route 537 in Jackson, where he turned back around and went Westbound. The suspect exited I-195 into Hamilton, where he fled down Klockner Road and got onto Route 130. The pursuit continued on Route 130 Northbound to South Brunswick, where the suspect then turned around again, going South on Route 130. The suspect was reported to be armed with a gun. The vehicle reached speeds of 130 miles per hour while running red lights, and reportedly crashed into a few State Police troop cars during the pursuit.

The chase finally came to an end at about 11:03 pm in front of the A&M Market on Route 130 in Robbinsville. One male was taken into custody and transported to the hospital.

Vehicle drove though several towns including, Trenton, Hamilton Township, Robbinsville Township, Upper Freehold Township, Millstone Township, Jackson Township, East Windsor, Cranbury, South Brunswick, North Brunswick.

This is a developing story. Check back for more info.






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Man Wanted For Stealing Items In East Windsor Township

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–The New Jersey State Police and the East Windsor Township Police Department are seeking the public’s assistance with identifying a man who allegedly broke into three Sea Box freight storage containers and stole several items.

On Sunday, April 11, at approximately 10:00 a.m., the suspect cut the padlocks on three storage containers located in the township and removed a pallet of LED parking lot lights.  The suspect also stole a Honda generator, two jumping jack power tools, a rotary laser, a concrete saw, two rolls of copper, a trash pump, an impact drill, and a plastic blower. 

Prior to departing, the suspect removed a security camera from the scene and placed it in his vehicle while it was still recording.  He then fled in a Ford van, pickup truck, or box truck with a circular-shaped sticker in the driver’s side corner of the windshield.

Detectives with the State Police Forensic Imaging Unit completed a detailed sketch of the suspect based on surveillance images.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective McCandrew of the East Windsor Police Department at 609-448-5678, ext. 230 or email mccandrew@ewpd.com.

Anonymous tips are welcome.



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Car Carrier Fire On New Jersey Turnpike South Of Exit 8

April 14, 2021

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–A 1:08 pm the Hightstown and Robbinsville Township Fire Departments were dispatched to a vehicle fire on the NJ Turnpike at Mile Marker 66 South Bound just south of Exit 8 Hightstown/East Windsor.

When the first firefighters arrived they found a car carrier fire carrying several cars on fire on the shoulder. Heavy black smoke could be seen for miles as the vehicles burned and flames were about 20 feet in the air at times above the well involved vehicle.

Water tankers were called from East Windsor Fire Company, Plainsboro Fire Company and Monroe Township for additional water to fight the fire. The firefighters had the flames under control within about a half hour.

Fire units were on scene until 2:34 pm as they mopped up hot spots.

There was a significant south bound traffic delay of 3 miles according to Google Maps at the time of this report.

No further information is available at this time and no word on the cause of the fire.



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East Windsor Receives Tree City USA Community Designation and Tree City Growth Award

April 12, 2021

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–East Windsor Mayor Janice Mironov announced that East Windsor Township has been named a 2020 Tree City USA community by the National Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to community forestry.  East Windsor, for the 21st year, has earned this recognition by meeting the four standards set by the Arbor Day Foundation:  having a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, a comprehensive community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita, and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation. 

East Windsor Township also has been awarded a Tree City USA Growth Award for 2020, a recognition awarded to communities that “demonstrate higher levels of tree care and community engagement.”  The Growth Award recognizes Tree City USA municipalities that achieve major milestones and annual activities that build upon their Tree City USA designation and combine to build sustainable community forestry programs over the long term.

Mayor Mironov stated “trees are a vital component of our community that provide long term environmental and economic benefits.  Trees help clean the air, conserve soil and water, moderate temperature and bring the beauty of nature into our daily lives.”  Mayor Mironov continued, “East Windsor Township remains committed to a healthy community environment, and we are proud of our long term 21 year designation as a Tree City USA community.  Significantly, East Windsor has earned the prestigious Tree City Growth Award in recognition of our efforts toward a long term sustainable future and the dedication of East Windsor’s elected officials, staff and citizens who work to grow and enhance our forestry and preserve our environment.”

The Tree City USA program is sponsored by The National Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service.  The Arbor Day Foundation is a million member nonprofit conservation and education organization with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees. 


Update: Power Being Restored Robbinsville And East Windsor

April 7, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE-EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–At 8:30 am the Robbinsville Township Police Department and Robbinsville Township Fire Department were dispatched to Route 130 in the Windsor section of town for a transformer issue. JCP&L has contacted the Robbinsville Township Police Department and is aware of the problem and has technicians en route.

JCP&L 24/7 Power Center is reporting 1,178 customers estimated without power in the area.

Robbinsville Police and NJ State DOT are working on helping with traffic at intersections until power can be restored. Please use caution in the are since there is no power to several traffic lights on Route 130 in the East Windsor-Robbinsville area served by JCP&L

At 9:03 am JCP&L is on scene and investigating the power failure

At 9:15 am JCP&L has found the issue by Fulton Bank and is working on the power problem.

At 10:20 am power is being restored. Several fire alarms in the area have sounded and the Robbinsville Township Fire Department, Hamilton Township Fire Department, and East Windsor Fire Company are responding to several alarms in the area.


East Windsor Township Announces Document Shredding And Electronics Recycling Event On April 17

April 6, 2021

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–Mayor Janice S. Mironov announced that East Windsor Township is holding a Township Document Shedding and Electronics Recycling Event, on Saturday, April 17, 2021 from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m. at the East Windsor Township Senior Center, located at 40 Lanning Boulevard. NO OTHER DROP OFFS WILL BE ACCEPTED AT THIS EVENT

Free document shredding will be available to East Windsor residents to dispose of unwanted and unneeded documents.  There is a limit of ten boxes per household, and the service is for East Windsor residents only.  No commercial entities are permitted.  Mayor Mironov stated, “This is a great opportunity for East Windsor residents to dispose of old or confidential documents in a secure manner.  Document shredding provides a non-recoverable tool for providing confidentiality and protecting against identify theft.”

Electronics Recycling is limited to only televisions, computers and accessories, monitors, fax machines, cell phones, VCR’s, cable boxes and telephones. These are the only items that will be accepted. Do not bring any other type of recycling to this event.

All drop offs shall be Contact-less, and residents must remain in their vehicles at all times, and have their driver’s license to display through the vehicle window. Upon reaching the drop off point, unlock the trunk and/or doors for the staff to remove the items.  Trained staff wearing masks and gloves will remove items from the trunk and rear seat of the vehicle.   Residents should be wearing masks at the time of drop off. Where possible, only a driver should be in the car when dropping off and preferably no extra passengers or pets when dropping off.

                Mayor Mironov stated, “We are committed to recycling in East Windsor Township and thereby reducing the Township’s solid waste costs, while helping to preserve a greener environment.  This is an environmentally positive and convenient opportunity for residents to shred documents and recycle certain items at no cost and to so in a safe manner, while helping the Township reduce landfill costs and preserve the environment.”

For further information regarding the event, call (609) 443-4000, ext. 215

Stream Clean Up At Etra Lake Park Announced

April 3, 2021

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–East Windsor Township and The Watershed Institute, in cooperation with the Americorps Watershed Ambassador Program, are co-sponsoring a stream cleanup on Saturday, April 24 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Etra Lake Park, located on Disbrow Hill Road.  Residents are encouraged to join in the stream clean-up to help collect trash and recyclables in the area.

Mayor Mironov stated, “We encourage residents to participate in this worthwhile community cleanup effort at Etra Lake Park, as a terrific way to help protect our natural resources.  The purpose of this cleanup is to remove litter from our local watershed streams, to assist in keeping our water sources clean and providing for a cleaner and more environmentally healthy stream.”

Residents who want to participate MUST PRE-REGISTER BY FRIDAY, APRIL 16.  To ensure compliance with current health guidelines, pre-registration is required and a maximum of 25 people per available time slot will be permitted, masks covering the mouth and nose are mandatory, and temperature checks will be performed upon arrival. Hand sanitizer will be available, but it is recommended that participants bring their own in order to best maintain a safe distance between groups and staff. Volunteers should wear closed-toed shoes and long pants and bring work gloves and a reusable water bottle. Trash bags will be provided. Adults must accompany minors.  For further information or to register, visit The Watershed Institute website at www.thewatershed.org or contact Erin Stretz at estretz@thewatershed.org or (609) 737-3735, ext. 17.


East Windsor Township Police Blotter For March 2021

April 1, 2021

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–East Windsor Police Blotter for March 2021.

**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**


  • Shoplifting

Location: Walmart (839 Route 130) Time/Date: 6:52 PM, 2/26/2021

The officer responded to Walmart for a reported shoplifting. Investigation revealed that two individuals failed to scan $79.54 worth of merchandise while checking out. The individuals were arrested and later released pending court action.

Defendants:

Charge:

Catherine Sam-Ramirez Plainsboro, NJ

20 Years of Age

Xeyzol Peral-Sanchez Plainsboro, NJ

19 Years of Age Shoplifting

Arresting Officer: Patrol Officer Evan McNamara


  • Shoplifting

Location: Target (70 Route 571) Time/Date: 3:10 PM, 2/28/2021

Officers responded to Target for a reported shoplifting. The individuals left the store prior to police arrival. An officer located the individuals in the area and conducted a motor vehicle stop. Investigation revealed that the individuals failed to scan $54.54 worth of merchandise while checking out. The individuals were arrested and later released pending court action.

Defendants:

Charge:

Shefali Vyas Freehold, NJ

53 Years of Age

Manisha Vyas Freehold, NJ

49 Years of Age Shoplifting

Arresting Officer: Patrol Officer Nicole Orbin


  • DUI

Location: Conover Road Time/Date: 4:40 PM, 3/5/2021

The officer responded to Conover Road near Woods Road for a single car, rollover motor vehicle accident. No injuries were sustained. The driver exhibited signs of impairment and was placed under arrest after failing field sobriety tests. During a search incident to arrest, officers located a crack pipe and drug paraphernalia. The individual was later released pending court action.

Defendant:

Charges:

Tyler Cappelleri East Windsor, NJ 27 Years of Age

DUI

Careless Driving Reckless Driving

Failure to Maintain Lane

Anesting Officer: Patrol Officer Michael Whalen


  • Disorderly Conduct

Location: Target (70 Route 571) Time/Date: 8:59 PM, 3/5/2021

Officers responded to Target for a report of an irate man who was ripping merchandise off the shelving. While being escorted out of the store, the individual shouted profanities, charged at patrons, and threw a water bottle at patrons. The individual was arrested and later released pending court action.

Defendant:

Charge:

John Hall

East Windsor, NJ 27 Years of Age

Disorderly conduct

Arresting Officer: Patrol Officer Kenny Azambuja


  • Shoplifting

Location: Target (70 Route 571) Time/Date: 5:18 PM, 3/10/2021

Officers responded to Target for a reported shoplifting. The individual left the store prior to police arrival. An officer located the individual in the area and conducted a motor vehicle stop. Investigation revealed that the individual failed to scan $72.97 wmih of merchandise while checking out. The individual was arrested and later released pending court action.

Defendant:

Charge:

Ben Ponna

Monmouth Junction, NJ 60 Years of Age

Shoplifting

Arresting Officer: Patrol Officer Bryan Butchon


  • DUI

Location: Route 130 South/Town Center Road Time/Date : 11:38 PM, 3/11/2021

The officer conducted a motor vehicle stop after observing the vehicle fail to maintain its lane. The driver exhibited signs of impairment and was placed under arrest after failing field sobriety tests. The individual was later released pending court action.

Defendant:

Charges:

Leonardo Alonzo-Colomo East Windsor, NJ

31 Years of Age

DUI

Refusal to Submit to Breath Tests Careless Driving

Reckless  Driving Failure to Maintain Lane

Littering from a Motor Vehicle

Arresting Officer: Patrol Officer Tyler Gebler


  • Burglary

Location: Probasco Road Time/Date: 1:45 AM, 3/13/2021

Officers responded to a residence on Probasco Road for a burglary in progress. Officers located an intoxicated individual attempting to enter the residence through a basement window. The individual was arrested and later released pending court action.

Defendant:

Charges:

Byron Guaman East Windsor , NJ 40 Years of Age

Burglary

Criminal Mischief

Arresting Officer: Patrol Officer Dylan Barlow


  • DUI

Location: Route 133

Time/Date: 1:45 AM, 3/21/2021

The officer conducted a motor vehicle stop after observing the vehicle fail to maintain its lane. The driver exhibited signs of impairment and was placed under arrest after failing field sobriety tests. The ind ividual was later released pending court action.

Defendant:

Charges:

Edison Rivera-Yanza Hightstown, NJ

25 Years of Age

DUI

Careless Driving Reckless Driving

Failure to Maintain Lane Unlicensed Driver

Arresting Officer: Patrol Officer Michael Pidhorecki


  • DUI

Location: Wawa

Time/Date : 2:11 AM, 3/22/2021

The officer responded to the Wawa parking lot for a one car motor vehicle collision. The driver exhibited signs of impairment and was placed under arrest after failing field sobriety tests. The individual was later released pending court action.

Defendant:            Diamond Holzendorf

Hightstown, NJ 22 Years of Age

Charges:                 DUI

Careless Driving Reckless Driving

Refusal to Submit to Breath Tests Arresting Officer: Patrol Officer Nicholas Enea


  • DUI

Location: Route 33/Davison Road Time/Date: 1:18 AM, 3/26/2021

The officer responded to Route 33 near Davison Road for a report of a man in distress wandering in the lane of travel. Investigation revealed that the man was driving on Route 33 and became disoriented at which time he parked his vehicle and left it unoccupied in the lane of travel and began staggering in the roadway. The driver exhibited signs of impairment and was placed under arrest. The individual was later released pending court action.

Defendant:             Robert Yuhas Manalapan, NJ 26 Years of Age

Charges:                 DUI

Careless Driving Reckless Driving

Obstructing Passage of Motor Vehicles Arresting Officer: Patrol Officer Michael Pidhorecki


  • DUI

Location: Conover Road/Old York Road Time/Date: 12:45 AM, 3/28/2021

The officer responded to the intersection of Conover Road and Old York Road for a report of a driver asleep at the wheel at a stop sign. The driver exhibited signs of impairment and was placed under arrest after failing field sobriety tests. The individual was later released pending court action.

Defendant:

Charges:

Leena Davis

East Windsor, NJ

39 Years of Age

DUI

Careless Driving Reckless Driving

Open Container of Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle Driving While Suspended

Unlicensed Driver

Arresting Officer: Patrol Officer John Cate


**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**



East Windsor Township Sponsors Gun Safety Program With Free Gun Lock Distribution To East Windsor Residents

February 18, 2021

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–Mayor Janice S. Mironov announced that East Windsor Township is sponsoring a Gun Safety Program, through which gun locks will be distributed free of charge to any East Windsor resident. The program commences March 1 and will run through the end of March.

According to Mayor Mironov, “This is a pro-active initiative, geared to promote and provide improved gun safety. These locks if properly used by lawful gun owners can help prevent accidental deaths or injuries in the home, as well as deaths and injuries caused by the intentional misuse of guns.”


Mayor Mironov added, “The use of gun locks is a no-brainer, which keeps guns out of the hands of children and helps prevent unnecessary tragedies. We hope that programs such as this will remind and educate lawful gun owners about their important responsibility to handle firearms safely and to store them in a secure manner.”


Township residents can obtain free safety locks at the Township police/court facility located at 80 One Mile Road, by contacting Detective Brian Gorski at (609) 448-5678, ext. 236

The gun locks are made available to the Township at no cost, through Project ChildSafe. Project ChildSafe is the nation’s largest firearms safety program, and is sponsored by the National Shooting Sports Foundation.


Storm Updates For Selected Towns

February 1, 2021

For the latest information on your township’s trash collection or town office information visit your local town’s website. Here are current updates for selected towns:

MANASQUAN–


ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)– Municipal Offices are closed on Tuesday, February 2 and Tuesday’s trash collection is postponed to Saturday, February 6. Any questions please contact the Public Works Department at 609-259-0422. See Robbinsville Township’s website for all updates here.


ALLENTOWN, NJ (MONMOUTH)–Borough Hall is closed on Tuesday, February 2nd. Due to a heavy accumulation of snow today, overnight and into tomorrow, Borough Hall will be closed on Tuesday, February 2nd with our municipal office staff working remotely. All calls will go to voice mail. For an email directory click here. We do not have an update on tomorrow’s recycling collection at this time. An update will be posted once it is available. Tomorrow’s Council meeting is still scheduled for 7PM. All elected officials are asked to attend remotely on Zoom.  For Allentown updates see this link.


HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Township Offices will be CLOSED tomorrow, Tuesday, February 2nd. Garbage collection scheduled for Tuesday, February 2nd will be cancelled in order to assist with the snow removal process. The Hamilton Township Council meeting is still scheduled for Tuesday, February 2nd at 6:30 PM via Zoom. Participants may join by visiting: http://www.zoom.us/join or by phone 1-929-205-6099 Meeting ID: 946 3214 8692 Passcode: 444652 Please remember to exercise caution if you must travel. To see when your street is scheduled to be plowed be sure visit Snow Plow Sal.


MILLSTONE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)– Check website for updates here.


EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–For latest East Windsor information check the e-alert section of the website you can access that page here.

Due to current winter storm conditions:

  • No Township Curbside Garbage Collection Will Occur Tomorrow Tuesday, February 2. Garbage Collection for Area #2 residents, normally on Tuesday, February 2, will be on the next scheduled collection date of Friday, February 5.
  • Residents are strongly reminded to remove ALL vehiclesfrom Township roadways to allow for snow removal.
  • Residents are reminded to clear all snow from sidewalks and fire hydrants within 24 hours of the end of the snow fall.

SOUTH BRUNSWICK TOWNSHIP, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–DUE TO THE INCLEMENT WEATHER, REPUBLIC SERVICES HAS CANCELLED ALL TRASH AND RECYCLING COLLECTIONS FOR MONDAY FEB, 1ST AND TUESDAY, FEB 2ND

They are scheduled to resume regular operations on Wednesday, February 3rd. All of Monday’s and Tuesday’s material will be collected next week on their regular day. Sorry for any inconvenience. Any further questions, please call the Garbage and Recycling Dept. at (732)329-4000 Ext 7274

For the latest information for South Brunswick visit the website here.


EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–UPDATED TRASH PICKUP DELAY INFORMATION FOR FEB. 2ND, 2021

Due to the weather conditions scheduled trash pickup for today, Monday February 1st, has been delayed until Friday, February 5th, and the scheduled trash pickup for Tuesday, February 2nd, has been delayed until Saturday, February 6th.

Please do not put out your trash for these delayed pickups until the rescheduled day to help keep the road clear for plows. Thank you for your cooperation and stay warm.

For the latest information for Ewing Township visit the township’s website here.


Car Hits Home In Hightstown

January 31, 2021

Slow down roads are very slippery in untreated areas.

HIGHTSTOWN, NJ (MERCER)–Around 3:50 pm the Hightstown Police Department, Hightstown Fire Company and Robbinsville EMS responded to North Main Street and Monmouth Street for a vehicle into a building.

Upon arrival the vehicle appeared to have struck a home and came to rest in the street at the corner of N. Main and Monmouth Streets, no injuries were reported. Hightstown Police shut down the intersection until the car could be towed away.

Hightstown Police Department is investigating the accident. No other information is available.