Category: Hightstown-East Windsor

Firefighters Extinguish Construction Dumpster Next To House In East Windsor

May 21, 2022

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–Around 1:34 p.m. East Windsor and Hightstown Fire Departments were dispatched to a dumpster fire in the first block of Compton Drive. First arriving firefighters found a well involved construction dumpster next to a house with exposure issues and called for a full first alarm sending additional apparatus from Robbinsville and other departments to the scene. Firefighters quickly knocked down the flames but remained on scene to overhaul the fire. East Windsor Police, East Windsor Rescue Squad as well as Fire Police were also on scene. No further details are available at this time.



Construction Van Overturns on NJ Turnpike at Exit 8

May 3, 2022

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–At 5:51 p.m. a construction van apparently left the roadway and crashed through a guardrail possibly hit the bridge abutment before overturning at mile post 67.2, Exit 8 on the New Jersey Turnpike. Hightstown Fire Company, Robbinsville Fire Department, Robbinsville EMS, Hightstown First Aid Squad and Capital Health Paramedics were all dispatched to the scene for reported serious injury with entrapment. There was no extrication required but EMS was needed for the injury. EMS transported to a local hospital for treatment. George’s Towing was on scene with their rotator tow truck crane to upright the van and clear the roadway. New Jersey State Police is investigating the crash. No further details are available at this time.




Hightstown, NJ Man Sentenced to Life in Prison for 2018 Roadside Slaying of Freehold Woman

May 3, 2022

FREEHOLD, NJ (MONMOUTH) – The Mercer County man who fatally shot a Freehold woman as she drove along on a state highway – a crime that took place four years ago today – has been sentenced to life in prison, Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Lori Linskey announced Tuesday.       

Kader Mustafa, 40, will not become eligible for parole before reaching the age of 104, under the provisions of New Jersey’s No Early Release Act and the terms set down Monday by Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Vincent N. Falcetano, Jr.

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: 24-year-old Sciasia Calhoun, who had sustained a single gunshot wound to the head, and her boyfriend and 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 joint investigation by the MCPO Major Crimes Bureau and the Freehold Township Police Department, with significant assistance from the Manalapan Police Department, revealed that Mustafa was driving a 2005 Chevrolet Impala when he fired a single shot at Calhoun, after several minutes of following her vehicle, at one point even colliding with its rear bumper. Mustafa was apprehended at his cousin’s residence 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.

While recounting the facts of the case on Monday, Judge Falcetano noted that Sciasia and her loved ones were en route to Asbury Park on the night of the shooting when they suddenly realized that their vehicle’s headlights weren’t operational – only the high beams were working. They had already turned around and were heading back home when they encountered Mustafa. “Her last act,” Falcetano said, was to somehow safely pull over the vehicle to the side of the road, despite having been shot by a man he described as a “cauldron of rage” who was “marauding … aimlessly” that night, while armed. 

“This was completely random,” Falcetano said. “I don’t have enough words in my vocabulary to describe it.”

Several members of Calhoun’s immediate family, spanning three generations, made remarks in court before Monday’s sentencing was rendered. They described a “diamond in the rough” with ample ambition and a fierce independent streak, who stubbornly refused to let anyone help her learn how to ride a bicycle as a young child – despite bumps, bruises, and scratches piling up – until she had perfected it on her own.

“The defendant chose to randomly fire a shot and randomly kill a 24-year-old who had done absolutely nothing to him,” said MCPO Director of Investigations Christopher Decker, who represented the State at sentencing. “There’s nothing more depraved or heinous.”

Monday’s sentencing followed a multi-week trial that concluded in October 2021, when the jury convicted Mustafa on all six charges against him: 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. MCPO Investigation Division Director and Assistant Prosecutor John Loughrey, who has since retired, handled the prosecution.  



Chipotle Opens in East Windsor, NJ

April 28, 2022

Location: 319 US Hwy 130 #38, East Windsor, NJ 08520

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–Mayor Janice S. Mironov and Council Members David Russell, Alan Rosenberg and John Zoller joined General Manager Sandeep Kumar, management team and staff for the grand opening ribbon cutting of Chipotle in East Windsor Town Center Plaza on Route 130 North.

Mayor Mironov stated, “East Windsor welcomes the popular Chipotle which positively transformed the vacant former Capital One Bank pad site into a modern reconfigured 2,746 square foot restaurant. The Township appreciates this investment by Chipotle in East Windsor including the creation of 60 new local jobs, of which over 25 are area high school students.”

Founded in 1993, Chipotle Mexican Grill is an American-based casual restaurant chain with over 3,000 locations worldwide specializing in tacos and made-to-order Mission burritos. The Chipotle menu includes burritos, burrito bowls, salads, kids meals, tortilla chips, guacamole, salsa and queso. Chipotle’s philosophy is “We believe that food has the power to change the world, ‘connecting’ how food is raised and prepared and how it tastes”. Chipotle makes its food fresh every day using only 53 ingredients and no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives, and no freezers or cans. In 2018, Chipotle began a pilot program recycling their used plastic gloves into waste bags that they use in 43% of their own restaurants and committed to diverting 50% of their waste from landfills during 2020.

Current hours of operation are 10:45 am to 10:00 pm daily. Chipotle offers a mobile app for convenient ordering and payment, and a “Chipotlane” for customer, DoorDash or GrubHub pickup. For further information, call (609) 301-6064 or visit http://www.chipotle.com.


Mayor Janice S. Mironov and Council Members join the management team to cut the ribbon to celebrate the grand opening of Chipotle in the East Windsor Town Center Plaza on Route 130 North. Pictured (from left to right) are: (front row) Charlie Martin, Service Manager; Sandeep Kumar, General Manager; Mayor Janice Mironov; Diego Cardenas, Apprentice General Manager; Nicholas Sanchez; and Siani McCoy; (back row) Council Member David Russell; Council Member John Zoller; Christian Louisne, and Council Member Alan Rosenberg.


Mayor Janice S. Mironov and Council Members David Russell, Alan Rosenberg and John Zoller join the management and employees for the Chipotle grand opening in East Windsor Town Center Plaza on Route 130 North.


Overturned Tractor Trailer at NJ Turnpike Exit 8

April 25, 2022

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–Before 3:00 p.m. April 25, 2022, a tractor-trailer traveling south bound using the Exit 8 ramp overturned. NJ State Police, Cranbury First Aid and NJ Turnpike Authority responded to the scene. There was a report of a minor injury that was transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton. Tow crews and NJ Turnpike personnel remain on scene unloading the box truck into another truck prior to up righting the overturned truck. No further information is available at this time.







Well Involved Car Fire Extinguished in East Windsor

April 21, 2022

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–Around 1:25 p.m. Monroe Township, East Windsor and Hightstown Fire Departments responded a car fire on Route 33 east bound. Firefighters round the car well involved in fire in front of 680 Route 33 in the center median near Twin Rivers Drive. Firefighters arrived and quickly knocked down the fire. No further details are available.


Fatal Crash on NJ Turnpike in Robbinsville Involving a Tractor Trailer; Delays Up To 6 Miles

Update from NJ State Police:

Troopers responded to a motor vehicle crash at 3:43 a.m. on the New Jersey Turnpike north on the outer roadway, mile post 63.4, Robbinsville, Mercer County.

Based on a preliminary investigation, Franklin S. Parker, a 36 year-old male of Eden, MD, was operating a tractor trailer northbound on the New Jersey Turnpike in the area of mile post. 63.4, the tractor trailer entered the left shoulder and struck the left guardrail, overturned, and impacted a concrete bridge support. As a result of the crash Franklin S. Parker sustained fatal injuries. The crash remains under investigation and there is no additional information available at the moment.

April 21, 2022

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Around 3:47 a.m. multiple 9-1-1 calls were received reporting a serious crash involving a tractor trailer on the NJ Turnpike at mile post 63.5 north bound (North of Exit 7A — Between Exit 7A and Exit 8). Hightstown and Robbinsville Fire Departments were sent to the scene for an extrication. Robbinsville EMS, East Windsor EMS, and Captial Health Paramedics were also on scene. Medivac 2 from Hackensack University Medical Center flew to the scene and cleared at 5:28 a.m. A victim was pronounced at the scene about the same time. The NJ Turnpike was closed for the investigation and clean up but some lanes have since reopened.

This is a breaking news report from the scene and radio reports, once official information becomes available the story will be updated with information from NJSP.






Fatal Pedestrian Crash on NJ Turnpike in East Windsor Backs Up Traffic for Over 6 Miles

April 18, 2022–Update

The victim has been identified as Charles H. Niclas 3rd, 43 of Somerdale per NJ State Police.

April 16, 2022

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–According to New Jersey State Police at approximately 1226 p.m., troopers responded to the report of a pedestrian struck on the NJ Turnpike north in outer roadway at mile post 68.4 in East Windsor.

The driver of the vehicle that struck the victim remained on scene and did not report any injuries.  The pedestrian sustained fatal injuries. The right two lanes are currently closed for the accident investigation.

Google Traffic has New Jersey Turnpike traffic starting to back up just north of Exit 7A in Robbinsville to the accident scene 6.5 miles to the north of the area. Avoid the NJ Turnpike in the north bound direction though the afternoon until the accident investigation is completed.




European Wax Center Opens in East Windsor

April 6, 2022

EAST WINDSOR TOWNSHIP. NJ (MERCER)–Mayor Janice S. Mironov and Council Members Denise Daniels, David Russell, Alan Rosenberg and John Zoller joined owners and franchisees Dipali Patel and Varsha Patel, Director of Operations Marisa Cashel, District Manager Carmen Leonardo and staff for the ribbon cutting of European Wax Center located in East Windsor Village Center next door to Target on Princeton Hightstown Road. 72 Princeton Hightstown Rd, East Windsor, NJ 08520

Mayor Mironov stated, “East Windsor welcomes European Wax Center, a quickly growing franchise in this industry of full waxing services and hair removal products as they further expand their operations with a local store.  As one of the over 25 multi-state locations owned by the franchisees, we congratulate them for selection of this prime location in the East Windsor Village as part of their expansion efforts in New Jersey.”

European Wax Center, which began as a family-owned business, opened their first center in 2004 and offers a proprietary waxing process using 100% natural bees wax imported from Europe.  In addition to licensed and professionally trained wax experts, their facility offers private waxing suites and a full line of body, skincare and brow products formulated without parabens or mineral oil.  With over 800 locations nationwide, European Wax Center is a head-to-toe gender neutral waxing service which touts its longer lasting and healthy results.  European Wax Center is the official waxing partner of Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders.

Current hours of operations are Monday thru Friday 8 A.M. to 9:30 P.M. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 A.M. to 6 P.M.  Drop-ins are welcome and appointments can be made by calling (609) 918-4500 or by vising www.waxcenter.com.


3 Alarm Fire in East Windsor Destroys Townhome; Woman Burned Flown to Hospital and Others Displaced

March 5, 2022

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–East Windsor Police say that on Saturday, March 5, 2022, at approximately 2:24 pm, members of the East Windsor Township Police Department responded to a report of a structure fire at 140 Bennington Drive, East Windsor, NJ. Upon arrival, officers discovered that the fire had engulfed all levels of the structure. The sole occupant of the residence had already been evacuated from the home by a nearby resident.

The resident of 140 Bennington Drive sustained cuts, scrapes, and burns to her arms, legs, and head. She was transported to Cooperman Barnabus Medical Center by NJ State Police helicopter, and she remains in critical condition. No other persons were injured as a result of the fire. The structures of 138 and 142 Bennington Drive sustained moderate damage from the fire. The properties were inspected by township code officials and determined to be uninhabitable. The displaced residents made temporary arrangements to stay at alternative locations.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the East Windsor Police Department in conjunction with the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office.

Responding Fire Services:

East Windsor Volunteer Fire Company #1 Engine and Ladder 42, East Windsor Volunteer Fire Company #2 Ladder 46, Robbinsville Township Fire Department Squad 40, Plainsboro Fire Company 49, Hightstown Fire Company 41, Hightstown Rescue 42, Millstone Station 32, West Windsor Engine 43, Monroe Ladder 57, Monroe District 3, Princeton Rescue 60, Jamesburg Engine 3, Hamilton Ladder 10, Hamilton Squad 16, Hope Fire – Allentown 82, Manalapan Ladder 26, Princeton Junction Fire Company Engine 44, Signal 22

Responding Emergency Medical Services:

Capital Health Paramedics, East Windsor District I EMS, East Windsor District II EMS, Cranbury 48-3 EMS, and Princeton EMS

Air Medical Service:

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Mercer County Proposed 2022 Budget Calls for Flat Tax Levy

February 22, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)– Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes has presented to the County Board of Commissioners his administration’s proposed 2022 budget, a $358 million spending plan that stays within the state-mandated 2-percent cap and would result in no increase to the tax levy.

Mr. Hughes on Feb. 22 presented an overview of his administration’s budget proposal to the commissioners, who will review the document over the coming weeks before voting on its adoption.

Of the total budget, $269 million would be collected through property taxes, the same levy as last year.

“This document represents our effort to provide the best possible government in the most cost-effective manner to the taxpayer,” Mr. Hughes said. “The ongoing pandemic has tested us as never before. While we may have changed the way we deliver some services, I am proud of the fact that we have continued to provide resources our residents expect, and I applaud the creativity of our county workforce, including this board, for their flexibility.”

A resident’s actual tax rate will rise or fall depending on his or her municipality once the county rate is equalized to reflect the difference between municipal property assessments and property market values.

The budget proposes that $6.5 million of the County’s surplus be used, leaving a $33 million balance, along with $22 million from the federal American Rescue Plan fund to “help offset the enormous expenditures incurred during the unprecedented pandemic response,” Mr. Hughes said. The spending plan “reflects our continued response to the challenges brought by the pandemic and the toll it has taken on the health of our residents, as well as our county finances, and as a result of our responsible planning, we can propose a budget that is considerate of our taxpayers and offers relief by holding the line,” Mr. Hughes added.


Simply Fruits Opens in East Windsor

February 17, 2022

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–Mayor Janice S. Mironov along with Council Member John Zoller joined local owners and staff for the grand opening ribbon cutting of Simply Fruits in Windsor Center at the corner of Route 130 South at Princeton Hightstown Road.

Mayor Mironov stated, “East Windsor welcomes to our community Simply Fruits, a unique and healthy made-to-order fruit bowls, juice and smoothie shop.  Conveniently located next to Petco in prominently located Windsor Center, Simply Fruits is sure to be a popular destination.”

Simply Fruits, with a sister location in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, and coming soon to Jenkintown, PA, is a shop which offers healthy acai, pitaya, kale and coconut bowls, smoothies and juices.  The Simply Fruit menu features hot oatmeal varieties as apple pie and blueberry crisp, yogurt parfait types, and a variety of toasties as avocado, Mediterranean, peanut butter and Nutella, as well as coming soon loose-leaf teas.  With a tagline of “Simply Fruits, Love What You Eat!”, they have a varied menu of options and flavors and provide healthy and quality ingredients with a heading “Fruit Is Always a Good Idea”. 

Simply Fruits offers seating for eating in, as well as take-out service.  The current hours of operation are seven days a week, Monday thru Sunday from 8:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. Online and in-store kiosk ordering is available for customer convenience as each item is made to order.  For more information, visit http://www.simplyfruits.com or call (609) 789-0577.  


Mercer County Sites Offer Tax Help to Qualified Citizens

February 8, 2022

Free tax preparation assistance available in Mercer County

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)— Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes reminds residents that many sites throughout Mercer County offer free income tax preparation assistance to help them prepare and file their 2021 taxes. The deadline for filing 2021 tax returns for both state and federal taxes is April 18, 2022. Below is a list of sites where free income tax preparation assistance is being provided to qualified individuals. Call the site for required paperwork.

AARP Tax-Aide program sites in Mercer County

The AARP Foundation provides Tax-Aides to assist people with low to moderate incomes with 2018 tax preparation at Mercer County Connection, libraries and other sites. For more information, including a list of documents to bring to the Tax-Aide site, visit www.aarp.org/money/taxes/aarp_taxaide/.

Ewing Branch, Mercer County Library System, 61 Scotch Road, Ewing
Wednesdays, 1:30 to 5 p.m. Appointment necessary; call (609) 882-3148.

Ewing Library Hollowbrook Branch, 320 Hollowbrook Drive, Ewing
Thursdays, 9 a.m. to noon. Appointment necessary; call (609) 883-5914.

Hamilton Senior Center, 409 Cypress Lane, Hamilton
Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Appointment necessary; call (609) 890-3686.

Hopewell Branch, Mercer County Library System, 245 Pennington Titusville Road, Pennington
Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Appointment necessary; call (609) 737-2610.

Lawrence Headquarters Branch, Mercer County Library System, 2751 Brunswick Ave., Lawrence
Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Appointment necessary; call (609) 882-9246.

Lawrence Senior Center, 30 East Darrah Lane, Lawrence
Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Appointment necessary; call (609) 844-7048. Seniors preferred.

Mercer County Connection, through United Way, 957 Route 33 (Acme shopping center), Hamilton
Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Appointment necessary; call (609) 890-9800. Mercer County residents only.

Princeton Public Library, 65 Witherspoon St., Princeton
Mondays, 10:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. Appointment necessary; call (609) 924-9529, ext.1220

Princeton Senior Resource Center, 45 Stockton St., Princeton
Fridays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Appointment necessary; call (609) 924-7108.

Robbinsville Branch, Mercer County Library System, 42 Robbinsville Allentown Road, Robbinsville
Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Appointment necessary; call (609) 259-2150.

RWJ Fitness and Wellness Center, 3100 Quakerbridge Road, Mercerville
Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Appointment necessary; call (609) 584-5900.

West Windsor Senior Center, 271 Clarksville Road, Princeton Junction
Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Appointment necessary; call (609) 799-9068.

IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program sites in Mercer County

The VITA Program generally offers free tax help to people who make $54,000 or less, people with disabilities, and limited-English-speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals in local communities. For more information, visit www.irs.gov/Individuals/Free-Tax-Return-Preparation-for-You-by-Volunteers.

Boys & Girls Club of Trenton, 212 Centre St., Trenton
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, noon. to 3 p.m. Walk-ins welcome; call (609) 392-3191 for required paperwork.

Boys & Girls Club of Mercer County, 1040 Spruce St., Lawrence
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, noon. to 3 p.m. Walk-ins welcome; call (609) 392-3191 for required paperwork.

Catholic Charities of Trenton, 39 North Clinton Ave, Building 1, Side Door, Trenton
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, noon to 3 p.m. Walk-ins welcome; call (609) 394-5181 for required paperwork.

United Way of Greater Mercer County, 3150 Brunswick Pike, Crossroads Corporate Center, Suite 230, Lawrence
Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 5 to 8 p.m., Thursdays, 9 a.m. to noon, and Saturdays, noon to 3 p.m. Appointment required; call (609) 896-1912, for required paperwork.


Update: 23-Year-Old from Iselin Seriously Injured in East Windsor, NJ Turnpike Crash

February 7, 2022

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–Trooper Brandi Slota from The New Jersey State Police, Public Information Unit told MidJersey.News that Troopers responded to a multi motor vehicle crash on the New Jersey Turnpike southbound outer lane at milepost 65.5 in East Windsor Twp at approximately 6:28 a.m. The preliminary investigation revealed that a Freightliner tractor semi-trailer was traveling south on the New Jersey Turnpike outer Roadway in East Windsor Township, Mercer County.  A Nissan Rogue was traveling south, directly behind the Freightliner. A second Freightliner tractor semi-trailer was disabled on the right shoulder of the roadway. In the area of milepost 65.5, the front of the Nissan collided with the rear of the first Freightliner traveling directly in front of it and subsequently the rear of the second Freightliner disabled on the right shoulder.  As a result, the driver of the Nissan, identified as Peter J. Pascalli Jr., 23, of Iselin sustained serious injuries and was transported to the hospital. 


This morning’s breaking news story here:

February 7, 2022

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–A serious crash occurred on the New Jersey Turnpike in the area of mile post 65.5 south bound outer lanes around 6:37 a.m. It appears that a car rear ended a tractor trailer, and one was entrapped in the wreckage. Firefighters from Robbinsville Township Fire Department and Hightstown Fire Company extricated the occupant of the vehicle in about 30 minutes. Tow truck operators from Treats Garage – Mackey’s Towing in the Windsor Section of Robbinsville helped use their truck to pull the car back enough to help in the extrication. Robbinsville EMS, Cranbury EMS and Hightstown EMS along with Captial Health Paramedics were also on scene. There were reports that NJSP escorted the ambulance to the Trauma Center at Captial Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton. NJ State Police are investigating the crash. No further information is available at this time.



Serious Crash on NJ Turnpike in East Windsor


Update:


February 7, 2022

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–A serious crash occurred on the New Jersey Turnpike in the area of mile post 65.5 south bound outer lanes around 6:37 a.m. It appears that a car rear ended a tractor trailer, and one was entrapped in the wreckage. Firefighters from Robbinsville Township Fire Department and Hightstown Fire Company extricated the occupant of the vehicle in about 30 minutes. Tow truck operators from Treats Garage – Mackey’s Towing in the Windsor Section of Robbinsville helped use their truck to pull the car back enough to help in the extrication. Robbinsville EMS, Cranbury EMS and Hightstown EMS along with Captial Health Paramedics were also on scene. There were reports that NJSP escorted the ambulance to the Trauma Center at Captial Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton. NJ State Police are investigating the crash. No further information is available at this time.


East Windsor Man Arrested for Child Pornography Possession and Animal Cruelty

“Forensic previews conducted on those devices revealed a second-degree amount of child pornography depicting children as young as five years old.  Additionally, detectives located several videos depicting Richtman performing sexual acts on a horse.”

January 31, 2022

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri reported today that an investigation into online child exploitation has resulted in the arrest of an East Windsor man.

Mitchell B. Richtman, 31, of East Windsor, NJ, is charged with second-degree possession of child pornography and fourth-degree animal cruelty.  The prosecutor’s office has filed a motion to detain Richtman pending trial.

Detectives with the prosecutor’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Unit recently received information from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that an individual in Mercer County was uploading child pornography.  An investigation was initiated and Richtman was identified as a suspect.  On Thursday, January 27, 2022, detectives with the ICAC unit executed a search warrant at Richtman’s residence in East Windsor.  He was detained without incident and several electronic devices were seized.  Forensic previews conducted on those devices revealed a second-degree amount of child pornography depicting children as young as five years old.  Additionally, detectives located several videos depicting Richtman performing sexual acts on a horse.

Second-degree crimes carry a sentence of 5 to 10 years in state prison and a fine of up to $150,000.  Fourth-degree crimes carry a sentence of up to 18 months in state prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

Prosecutor Onofri urges anyone with information about suspected improper contact by unknown persons communicating with children via the internet or possible exploitation or sexual abuse of children to please contact his Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Unit at 609-989-6568 or the New Jersey Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force tip line at 888-648-6007.

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


Snow Totals in New Jersey from Jan 28-29, 2022 Blizzard

January 30, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–The National Westher Service confirmed Blizzard Conditions along the entire coastal strip of New Jersey from Cape May to Sandy Hook, NJ during the Nor’easter of January 28 and 29, 2022. A blizzard is defined as three or more hours of visibility reductions to one quarter mile or less due to falling or blowing snow, and sustained winds or frequent gusts of 35 mph or greater. Shore areas received 11 to 21 inches of snow reported.

Moving further west inland towards Trenton areas of Western Monmouth, Western Ocean, and Western Burlington and Mercer County received around 9 to 10 inches of snow. Further north in the areas north of our reporting area such as Hunterdon, Warren, Morris, Passaic and Sussex Counties received 2.1 to 5.6 inches of snow.





Jersey Shore Fire Response Live Video from January 29, 2022









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.