Category: Mercer County

Pennington Avenue Apartment Building Quickly Extinguished in Trenton

November 29, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER) – A fire on the top floor of an apartment building in the 100 block of Pennington Avenue was quickly extinguished by city firefighters Monday night, Nov. 29, 2021. It was about 8:25 p.m. when Trenton firefighters were sent to 144 Pennington Avenue in response to multiple 911 calls reporting smoke and flames visible from the three-story structure. Dispatched as part of the initial assignment were Engines 1, 10 and 8, Ladder 1, Rescue 1, and the North Battalion Chief. The first-arriving company, Rescue 1, reported fire showing from the top floor. The “All Hands” signal for a working fire was issued and the balance of the first alarm – Engine 6, Ladder 4, the South Battalion Chief and Special Services 1 – was sent to the scene. Firefighters made an aggressive interior attack and were able to knock down the bulk of the fire in just minutes. The blaze was officially placed under control at 9:07 p.m. There were no immediate reports of any injuries. The American Red Cross was requested to respond to assist displaced residents with housing.

Two Ewing Residents Arrested in Connection to Ewing Murder

November 29, 2021

EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri announced today that an investigation conducted by the Mercer County Homicide Task Force and the Ewing Police Department has resulted in charges being filed against two Ewing residents in connection to last week’s murder of Mark Hudson Jr.

Tyshawn Smith, 23, is charged with murder, possession of a firearm for an unlawful purpose and unlawful possession of a handgun.  Brianne Novak, 21, is charged with hindering apprehension for providing false information to the police.  Both Smith and Novak were arrested at their respective Ewing residences on Saturday, November 27, by members of the Mercer County Tactical Response Team.  The prosecutor’s office has filed a motion to detain Smith pending trial.

At approximately 3:30 p.m. on Monday, November 22, 2021, Ewing police were dispatched to Hudson’s residence in the 200 block of Douglas Avenue for a person shot.  Upon arrival, officers located the victim suffering from gunshot wounds to his chest and left hand.  Hudson was transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center and pronounced dead a short time later.

The murder remains under investigation and anyone with information is asked to call HTF Detective Jennifer Eyster at (609) 989-6406.  Information can also be emailed to mchtftips@mercercounty.org.

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



Crunch Fitness Grand Opening in East Windsor

November 29, 2021

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–Mayor Janice S. Mironov and Council Members Peter Yeager, Alan Rosenberg and John Zoller joined facility executives Regional Sales Director Pam Farish-Ozoroski, General Manager Joseph Sidoti and Assistant Manager Katherine Guzman for the Grand Opening event for Crunch Fitness located in the Windsor Crossing Shopping Center directly across from The Home Depot.

Mayor Mironov stated, “East Windsor is excited to welcome Crunch Fitness, which offers a wide variety of exercise equipment and options, and a variety of health and wellness programs, including personal training and group fitness classes.  Their convenient location and extensive class schedule provides residents in the area with another avenue to maintain a year-round fitness routine.”

The original opening of Crunch Fitness in February 2020 was interrupted by the pandemic, generating this grand opening celebration.  Crunch Fitness, a 24,203 square foot facility, features state-of-the-art workout equipment, specialized high-intensity interval training equipment, free range of motion weights, cardio equipment, group fitness classes, circuit training, free weight and heavy weight areas, and other guest amenities including on-site childcare, saunas, steam rooms, tanning and massage beds.  Crunch Fitness offers over 200 fitness classes including cycling, barre, Pilates, yoga and Zumba classes, and they also sell a variety of meal replacement low glycemic, less sugar and lower calorie meal-in-a-cup menu items, as well as blended shakes and kids options.  Crunch Fitness has locations in the United States, Australia, Canada, Costa Rica, and Spain, including 21 locations in New Jersey.

Current hours of operation are Monday thru Thursday from 5:00 A.M. to 10:00 P.M., Friday from 5:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M., and Saturday thru Sunday from 7:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.  Registration for classes is required and available 22 hours to 30 minutes prior to a class on the Crunch app or at members.crunch.com website. Call (609) 371-7111 or visit http://www.crunch.com/locations/east-windsor for additional information.


UPDATED: Trenton Investigates and Finds Large Sewer Leak Behind Luther Towers; Source is Obstruction in Line from Nearby Colonial Gardens Apartment Complex


Typically, Trenton Sewer Utility personnel are not permitted to operate on private property. However, given the serious potential public safety risks involved, they went above and beyond, not only finding the cause but alleviating it as well.


November 28, 2021– Updated November 29, 2021

UPDATE:

The Trenton Mayor’s Office says, There are no issue with the City-managed mainlines in the area. The problem is on non-city property.

The cause appears to have been a sewer line obstruction originating from 455 W. State St at the Colonial Gardens Apartment Complex. City sewer personnel were able to successful clean out the obstruction, which has abated the problem for now. They have also successfully contacted the building manager and advised him on additional measures to properly clean the lines and prevent this issue from happening again.

Typically, Trenton Sewer Utility personnel are not permitted to operate on private property. However, given the serious potential public safety risks involved, they went above and beyond, not only finding the cause but alleviating it as well.

While there does not appear to be any risk to nearby residents at this time, the City of Trenton is also deploying health and housing inspectors to the site to assess the sewage leak and any other issues. The N.J. Department of Environmental Protection has also been contacted as well.


TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–After a tip last night on Trenton Orbit Facebook Group, the City of Trenton Sewer Department was investigating a reported large sewage leak on West State Street.

Mayor Reed Gusciora was seen with the Trenton Sewer Department working to locate the reported large sewage leak on West State Street this morning. After the investigation it was determined that the leak was behind the Luther Towers at 489 West State Street, and later determined to be at 455 West State Street at the Colonial Gardens Apartment Complex. The Mayor reports that Luther Towers was notified at the time, then notified Colonial Gardens Apartments as well as the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection about the issue.

In a Facebook statement Mayor Reed Gusciora said:

“Hope you are still enjoying your holiday weekend. I ventured out to the woods behind Luther Towers on West State Street. Appears to be a sewage break that caused a spill. We have notified NJDEP and I was out with Trenton’s Sewage Authority to inspect. We also notified Luther Towers of their responsibilities. If anyone needs to report any sewage issues, please call us at 609-989-3180 or after hours, 609-989-4000. We are hear to serve. Thanks to the person(s) who reported the matter to us. God bless.”


Photos and video by Brian McCarthy OnSceneNews


Vehicle Overturns on Route 130 in Hamilton

November 25, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–At 9:25 p.m. Hamilton Police recieved multiple calls reporting an overturned vehicle on Route 130 near Horizon Center and Sprit of 76 Boulevard. Hamilton Township Fire Department and RWJ Hamilton EMS responded to the scene for reported entrapment. Upon arrival there was no entrapment. Hamilton Fire Department stood by until 10:22 p.m. until the vehicle could be up righted and towed away. Hamilton Township Police is investigating the crash. No further information was available.


Fully Involved Vehicle Fire On I-295 in Lawrence Township

November 25, 2021

LAWRENCE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–A vehicle fire disrupted traffic on Interstate 295 in Lawrence Township Wednesday evening, Nov. 24. Pennington Borough Fire Chief Jim DeForte was driving through the area when he spotted the fire on the northbound side of I-295 near Milepost 69.6, just north of the Exit 69 (Lawrence Road/Route 206) interchange, about 7 p.m. DeForte radioed for Lawrence Township firefighters to be dispatched. The vehicle was fully-engulfed in fire, so Pennington Fire Company’s 3,500-gallon tanker was also dispatched in case additional water was needed above the 500 gallons carried aboard Lawrenceville Fire Company’s first-due apparatus, Telesquirt 23. Northbound traffic was reduced to one lane while firefighters extinguished the blaze. Slackwood Fire Company also responded to assist. There was no reported injuries.


Trenton Police Officers Begin Executing New De-Escalation Training Out in the Field 

November 24, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Acting Police Director Steve E. Wilson today announced that Trenton Police officers have successfully begun integrating new state training into their de-escalation efforts to help take suspects into custody without anyone being harmed. 

On Nov. 10, 2021, officers responded to reports of a suspect smashing car windows with a gun. Upon arrival, officers observed Dashawn Bashir Smith-Murphy, 27, of Trenton, standing next to a black shotgun. Officers used their new de-escalation training to disarm and take Smith-Murphy into custody without anyone being harmed.

On Oct. 16, 2021, officers were dispatched to 590 New York Avenue after receiving reports of a man with a firearm holding a woman captive. Officers surrounded the apartment and conducted negotiations, which resulted in Eric Hardmon, 37, of Bronx, NY, opening the door and being taken into custody without incident. Officers entered the apartment and located a female inside the bathroom unharmed. 

“The TPD is committed to using every resource available to peacefully resolve criminal disturbances, and it wasn’t long before our officers started taking advantage of the training they just started over a month ago,” said Acting Director Wilson. “These are the types of situations where this training is incredibly useful and can help achieve the best possible outcome for both our officers and the residents they are sworn to protect.”

The TPD started de-escalation and active bystandership training programs at Mercer County Community College this Fall. One of the training programs is Integrating Communications, Assessment, and Tactics (ICAT). ICAT is a training guide for diffusing critical incidents. It provides responding police officers with the tools, skills, and options they need to safely defuse a range of critical incidents. ICAT instructs officers on critical thinking, crisis intervention, communications, and tactics. 

The second training program is the Active Bystandership for Law Enforcement (ABLE). This program seeks to create a law enforcement culture that supports peer intervention. ABLE training promotes the idea that it is the responsibility of every officer to act to prevent mistakes, address misconduct, and promote their fellow officers’ health and well-being.

Criminal Sexual Contact on Moore Street in Princeton

November 24, 2021

PRINCETON, NJ (MERCER)–Princeton Police report that on Tuesday November 23, 2021 at 6:14 p,m,, the Princeton Police Department was dispatched to the area of Moore Street and Park Place for a report of a criminal sexual contact. The victim stated she was walking south on Moore Street and crossed Park Place. While she was on the sidewalk on the southwest corner of the intersection of Moore Street and Park Place, the suspect approached her from behind and grabbed her buttocks. The suspect then ran west on Park Place.

The victim described the suspect as a Hispanic male, possible in his 30’s, 5’04” tall with a medium to slightly heavy build, wearing a dark colored beanie style winter hat, a white surgical mask and a navy blue jacket.

It is unknown if this incident is related to the prior criminal sexual contacts that occurred in the past. At this time, there is no additional information available. When more information is available, we will put out an additional press release.

We are asking anyone who may have witnessed the incident or has additional information, to contact Det. Don Mathews at (609) 921-2100 extension 2137.


Early Morning 2-Alarm Fire Burns Apartments in Ewing Township

November 24, 2021

EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Ewing Township firefighters were dispatched for apartments on fire in the area of 451 of Silvia Street at 1:17 a.m. First arriving firefighters found heavy fire showing exterior decks Side A (front), second and third floors at 485 Silvia Street. A second alarm called on arrival of Chief 33 sending mutual aid to the scene from Lawrence, Hamilton, Pennington and Hopewell.

No further details are available at this time. This is a breaking news story and once details are released the story will be updated.






Trenton Man Arrested in Armed Home Invasion, Kidnapping, Robbery in Hamilton

November 23, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–On November 22, 2021, Hamilton Police Officers were detailed to a residence in the 300 block of Tindall Avenue on a home invasion/ robbery. Responding officers were advised by the elderly female victim, that she was awakened by a black male suspect that entered her residence with a handgun. The elderly victim explained that the suspect pushed in a first-floor window air conditioning unit to gain entry to her residence.  Once inside, he held her at gun point and took several items of value and left with her personal vehicle.

Hamilton Police Detective Frank Palmieri was assigned the case, and an alert was entered for the victims’ stolen motor vehicle.   

On the evening of November 22, 2021, the suspect, 19-year-old Trenton resident, Kahider Carmichael, was arrested by the New Jersey State Police Crime Suppression Central Unit, while driving the victims’ vehicle in Trenton. 

Kahider Carmichael was transported to Hamilton Police headquarters where he was charged with Robbery, Burglary and Kidnapping. 

Kahider Carmichael is currently being held at the Mercer County Correctional Facility awaiting arraignment.

Hamilton Police Detectives are asking the public if anyone has additional information concerning this incident, to contact Hamilton Police Detective Frank Palmieri of the Criminal Investigations Section at (609) 581-4041 or via email at fpalmieri@hamiltonpd.org or the Hamilton Police Crime Tip Hotline at (609) 581-4008.

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


Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton Commemorates 50 Years Serving the Community

November 23, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) Hamilton, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, held a procession ceremony on Friday, November 19, 2021 to mark the hospital’s 50-year milestone of providing high quality healthcare to the Mercer County community.

In 1971, Trenton General Hospital moved to a 67-acre campus in Hamilton Township and was renamed Hamilton Hospital. A half-century later, the hospital, now Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, exemplifies the best in patient care, quality and safety. Today, the hospital is nationally recognized for its exceptional medical care, patient satisfaction, and continued commitment to promote, preserve, and restore the health of the community it serves. 

The procession ceremony recreated the first time the ambulances pulled into Hamilton Hospital five decades ago and will feature EMS a well as firetrucks, police vehicles, and ambulances who will drive through the hospital grounds, mirroring that historic day.

Following the procession, remarks were made by:

  • Mercer County Commissioner Nina D. Melker, Chairman of RWJUH Hamilton Foundation and Vice Chairman of the RWJUH Hamilton Board of Trustees
  • Richard Freeman, President and Chief Executive Officer, RWJUH Hamilton
  • Hamilton Township Mayor Jeffrey S. Martin

One Pronounced Dead in Ewing Shooting

EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The Mercer County Homicide Task Force and the Ewing Police Department are investigating a shooting homicide that occurred in the township Monday afternoon.

At approximately 3:30 p.m. on Monday, November 22, 2021, Ewing police were dispatched to a residence in the 200 block of Douglas Avenue for a person shot.  Upon arrival, officers located the victim suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.  He was transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center and pronounced dead a short time later.

The victim has been identified as Mark Hudson, Jr., 21, of Ewing.  No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.  Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Jennifer Eyster with the Mercer County Homicide Task Force at (609) 989-6406. Tips can also be emailed to mchtftips@mercercounty.org


Freedom Skate Park Partners with Vans to Give Away Skateboards and Shoes to At-Risk Youth in the Trenton Area

November 22, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Trenton Mayor Reed Gusciora joined representatives from Freedom Skate ParkSuper Skate PosseDogwood Skate ShopVansSanta Cruz Skateboards, and Shred Co. on Saturday, November 20th to provide free skateboards, Vans shoes, Pro Tec helmets, and lessons to a group of 25 underserved youth from the Trenton area enrolled in Sprout U School of the Arts

The event was part of Freedom Skate Park’s Trenton Winter Skateboarding Program, a series of free, weekly skateboarding events at a pop-up indoor skate park in the historic Roebling Wire Works building. Freedom is the only skate park in Trenton and the largest indoor skate park in New Jersey.

“The Freedom team uses skateboarding to teach youth in our city important life lessons about thinking creatively, setting goals, and following through on those goals while also giving them the chance to do something fun. This puts them on the path towards success while continuing to build a healthy, safe Capital City community,” said Trenton Mayor Reed Gusciora. “Today’s event provided that opportunity for these kids, and giving each of them a board, shoes, and a helmet to take home means they’ll be able to keep practicing and share our lessons with their friends.”

“The process of seeing an obstacle, thinking of a trick to do on that obstacle, and then perfecting the physical skill needed to perform the trick doesn’t just keep young people active, it also teaches them to think outside the box, set goals for themselves, and cheer on their friends in a positive, supportive environment” said Jake McNichol, Founder and Executive Director of Freedom. “Giving kids in Trenton who otherwise might not be able to skate the chance to not only enjoy the park but also take home their own board and shoes to keep practicing and share skating with their friends is critical to Freedom’s mission to use skating as a tool to build a stronger, healthier Trenton community.”

“Sprout U School of the Arts is dedicated to giving kids in Trenton creative opportunities they might not have otherwise,” said Sprout U Headmaster Danielle Miller-Windrow. “We started bringing some of our kids to skate at Freedom during last year’s Trenton Winter Skateboarding Program, and we immediately saw the benefits. Not only did skating give them a new and fun way to stay physically active, but it also helps them think outside the box and support one another as they achieve their goals. I am thrilled that a new group of kids will be getting the equipment and lessons they need to start skating and keep practicing at home.” 

“As the authentic, original skateboarding shoe, Vans has been part of skateboarding’s growth since the beginning,” said Zach Sheats, Skate Marketing Manager – Americas at Vans. “We are proud to give young people in Trenton who might not have access to skateboard equipment the high quality shoes, skateboards, and helmets they need to have a great time skating with their friends.”  

“Skateboarding is unlike anything else in the world. It is a unique, creative outlet that allows people to express themselves as individuals while being part of a diverse, supportive community. Giving kids access to the equipment needed to participate and enjoy the mental health benefits of skateboarding, allows them the tools to overcome the challenges they face and, just as important, have a lot of fun and be part of a caring and inclusive community,” said Super Skate Posse Co-Founder Chris Nieratko. “Freedom is an awesome organization that has been doing this work in Trenton for years, and Super Skate Posse is excited to work with them and Sprout U to give more kids the chance to skate.” 

Currently, there are no skate parks in Trenton and hardly any indoor skate parks in the entire state of New Jersey. This means there are no safe, legal places for youth and young adults in Trenton to learn the important lessons skating teaches and there is nowhere for skateboarders in New Jersey to practice their skills when it is too rainy, cold, or dark to skate outside. 

Freedom’s Trenton Winter Skateboarding Program addresses both of these problems by providing a public, indoor skate park in the historic Roebling Wire Works building. In addition to weekly “Open Skate” events, Freedom partners with local nonprofits serving at-risk youth to run board giveaways. 

Saturday’s event brought a group of 25 youth enrolled in Trenton school Sprout U School of the Arts to Freedom for a skateboarding demonstration featuring Santa Cruz Skateboards professional skateboarder Tom Asta and team riders from local skateboard shop Dogwood Skate Shop, as well as lessons provided by Shred Co. 

Thanks to generous donations from Vans, Santa Cruz Skateboards, and Pro-Tech Helmets, every child who participated in the event took home their very own skateboard as well as a brand new pair of Vans skate shoes and a Pro Tec helmet. Providing shoes specifically made for skating is important because they better protect youths’ feet and are made of more durable materials designed to withstand the specific kind of wear and tear that results from skating. 

Freedom organized the event in coordination with Super Skate Posse, a national nonprofit dedicated to increasing access to skateboarding, and Dogwood Skate Shop, a local skateboard shop based in Bucks County, Pennsylvania that has supported the growth of Trenton’s skateboard scene and played an integral part in getting a number of public skate parks in the area built. 

About Freedom: Freedom is an all-volunteer 501c(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to giving more people the opportunity to learn the valuable life lessons skateboarding teaches by providing safe indoor spaces for skaters of all ages and skill levels to practice and connect with other members of the skate community. Freedom’s Trenton Winter Skateboarding Program provides the only skate park in Trenton and the only public, indoor skate park in the state of New Jersey. More information and a full event schedule is available at www.freedomnj.org/winter_skate.

Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office Participates in K9 Dog Detection Challenge, Tune in ESPN2 on Sunday, November 28th at 10pm ET.

Nation’s Finest K9 Officers Show How Dogs Keep America Safe

Only 20 dog teams from across the country competed, and the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office was honored to be represented by MCPO Lieutenant Joe Angarone and his K9 partner, Bela.  


The American Kennel Club (AKC®), the world’s largest purebred dog registry and leading advocate for all dogs, is excited to announce that the first-ever AKC/USPCA K9 Detection Dog Challenge will be broadcast on ESPN2 on Sunday, November 28th at 10pm ET. The event, hosted by the AKC and the United States Police Canine Association, brings the best of the best in narcotics and explosives detection dogs from around the nation together to demonstrate the important role dogs play in law enforcement and keeping our country safe.

“We are thrilled to host this exciting event with the USPCA,” said AKC Executive Secretary Gina DiNardo. “It’s amazing to see these dogs in action and show viewers their training and precision. We can’t wait to share it with the ESPN2 audience.”

The event was held on November 15th at the PNC Arena, where ten narcotics dog teams and ten explosives detection dog teams competed against each other to see which could find their respective substance – illegal narcotics and explosive substances – the quickest. The teams navigated obstacles and sorted through distractions to find the hidden items. They were scored on the accuracy of their search, perfection of their alert (telling the handler where the hide is), and the find itself (a combination of the ability of the dog and the handler to accurately tell judges where the hide is located). 

Tune into the AKC/USPCA K9 Detection Dog Challenge on Sunday, November 28th at 10pm ET. Check your local provider for ESPN2 channel information. To learn more about AKC events, visit www.akc.org. To learn more about the USPCA, visit https://www.uspcak9.com/


Another Gun Violence Incident in Mercer County This Week Involving Juveniles, This Time in Trenton

November 22, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Trenton Police report that there was a shooting in the area of 55 Garfield Avenue this morning only a few blocks from another shooting incident in Hamilton on Saturday night involving juveniles. There were three juveniles in a vehicle, one of the juveniles was grazed by a bullet. It was unclear where he was grazed. No other information is available at this time as the investigation is ongoing.

This is the second incident this week involving juveniles in Mercer County, the first incident was at Greenwood Avenue and Connecticut Avenue in Hamilton Township a few blocks from the Trenton border where a juvenile (reported as 12-year-old) was shot in the leg and head, transported to the hospital and was expected to survive. Hamilton Police are still investigating that incident.

You can read that MidJersey.News story here:



Hamilton Police investigate a shooting involving juveniles in Hamilton Township on November 20, 2021



Hamilton NJ: On November 20, 2021 at approximately 6:34 PM, Hamilton Police were dispatched to the area of the Greenwood Avenue and Connecticut Avenue on a report of shots fired with one person struck in the leg.  Upon arrival Officers located a juvenile victim bleeding from his upper left leg.  A bystander was applying pressure to the area and Officers applied a tourniquet to control the bleeding.  Firefighters from Engine 14 arrived on scene and assisted with treating the victim.  Officers spoke to the juvenile victims who stated they were hanging out on the corner of Greenwood Avenue and Connecticut Avenue when they were approached by males in a silver/gray Honda.  The rear right passenger rolled down the window and began yelling at the juveniles.  The juveniles started to run away when the suspect brandished a handgun and starting firing at them.  The vehicle then fled the scene down Connecticut Avenue towards Hamilton Avenue.  Officers located eighteen shell casings at the scene.  The victim sustained a gunshot wound to his left leg and head.  He was transported to Bristol-Myers Squibb Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University in New Brunswick for further treatment and is in stable condition.

Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective Frank Palmieri of the Hamilton Police Division’s Criminal Investigations Section at 609-581-4041 or the Hamilton Police Crime Tip Hotline at 609-581-4008.

Connecticut Avenue Shooting Update:

November 21, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Hamilton Township Police said, on November 20, 2021 at approximately 6:34 PM, Hamilton Police were dispatched to the area of the Greenwood Avenue and Connecticut Avenue on a report of shots fired with one person struck in the leg.  Upon arrival Officers located a juvenile victim bleeding from his upper left leg.  A bystander was applying pressure to the area and Officers applied a tourniquet to control the bleeding.  Firefighters from Engine 14 arrived on scene and assisted with treating the victim.  Officers spoke to the juvenile victims who stated they were hanging out on the corner of Greenwood Avenue and Connecticut Avenue when they were approached by males in a silver/gray Honda.  The rear right passenger rolled down the window and began yelling at the juveniles.  The juveniles started to run away when the suspect brandished a handgun and starting firing at them.  The vehicle then fled the scene down Connecticut Avenue towards Hamilton Avenue.  Officers located eighteen shell casings at the scene.  The victim sustained a gunshot wound to his left leg and head.  He was transported to Bristol-Myers Squibb Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University in New Brunswick for further treatment and is in stable condition.

Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective Frank Palmieri of the Hamilton Police Division’s Criminal Investigations Section at 609-581-4041 or the Hamilton Police Crime Tip Hotline at 609-581-4008.

Last night’s breaking news story here:




BREAKING: Shooting Investigation on Connecticut Ave. in Hamilton Township

UPDATE HERE:


Hamilton NJ: On November 20, 2021 at approximately 6:34 PM, Hamilton Police were dispatched to the area of the Greenwood Avenue and Connecticut Avenue on a report of shots fired with one person struck in the leg.  Upon arrival Officers located a juvenile victim bleeding from his upper left leg.  A bystander was applying pressure to the area and Officers applied a tourniquet to control the bleeding.  Firefighters from Engine 14 arrived on scene and assisted with treating the victim.  Officers spoke to the juvenile victims who stated they were hanging out on the corner of Greenwood Avenue and Connecticut Avenue when they were approached by males in a silver/gray Honda.  The rear right passenger rolled down the window and began yelling at the juveniles.  The juveniles started to run away when the suspect brandished a handgun and starting firing at them.  The vehicle then fled the scene down Connecticut Avenue towards Hamilton Avenue.  Officers located eighteen shell casings at the scene.  The victim sustained a gunshot wound to his left leg and head.  He was transported to Bristol-Myers Squibb Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University in New Brunswick for further treatment and is in stable condition.

Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective Frank Palmieri of the Hamilton Police Division’s Criminal Investigations Section at 609-581-4041 or the Hamilton Police Crime Tip Hotline at 609-581-4008.


Last night’s Breaking News story here:

November 20, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)—Around 6:40 p.m. the Hamilton Police Department, Hamilton Fire Department, RWJ EMS and Capital Health Paramedics responded to the 300 Block of Connecticut Avenue near Greenwood Avenue for a reported shooting. It was reported that a young person (reported as age 12) was shot in the upper leg and transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton and a trauma alert was called En route to the hospital.

A video reportedly from near the scene was shared on the “Ring Neighbors Application” where numerous gunshots could be heard. Playing the video back a ¼ speed 13 rounds were heard in the video and a car speeding off in the distance could also be heard.

Hamilton Township Police had a crime scene set up and were seen checking the area for evidence. Hamilton Township Fire Department responded with a Special Service Unit to provide lighting of the crime scene.

No official or further information is available at this time.

This is a Breaking News report from reports from the scene, radio reports and witnesses. Once official information becomes available from authorities the story will be updated and any corrections and changes made at that time.



Rear End Crash on Route 29 in Trenton

November 20, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Last night around 6:00 p.m. a rear end accident occurred on Route 29 north bound at the traffic light for Sullivan Way. Victims were transported to the local hospital by Trenton EMS with reported minor injuries. Trenton Fire Department also responded to the scene. Trenton Police are investigating the crash. No further information is available at this time.

Photos by: Brian McCarthy OnSceneNews

3-Alarm Fire on East State Street in Trenton

November 20, 2021

Photos and story by: Mike Ratcliffe

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–With the overnight temperature hovering at, if not just below, 30 degrees, Trenton firefighters early today (Saturday, Nov. 20) battled a three-alarm blaze that damaged five houses in the 800 block of East State Street. It was shortly before 2:10 a.m. when Trenton firefighters were dispatched to 868 East State Street, between Chambers Street and Hampton Avenue, for a report of smoke issuing from a structure. First-due firefighters arrived to find a working fire in the middle home of a row of three three-story dwellings (866-870 East State Street). The “All Hands” signal was transmitted and the balance of the first alarm was dispatched. Minutes later, with fire raging on the second and third floors of the original fire building and extending via the cockloft into the attached exposures, a second alarm was ordered. While multiple hoselines were stretched for an aggressive interior attack, other firefighters climbed ladders to ventilate the roof. Not long after ventilation holes were cut and crews evacuated the roof, heavy fire broke through. At one point, Ladder 4’s master stream was charged to darken down the fire. Around 2:35 a.m. an additional engine company was called to the scene for manpower. Then, at 3:27 a.m., Trenton’s last remaining on-duty company – Engine 9 – was called to the scene, along with a mutual aid company (Engine 15) from Hamilton Township, which had previously relocated into Trenton to stand by at Engine 3’s quarters. This elevated the incident to a third alarm. A mutual aid air cascade unit was also requested to the scene from Hamilton. Trenton’s volunteer Signal 22 canteen unit also respond to provide refreshments to the cold, exhausted firefighters. The blaze – which badly damaged the three attached homes at 866, 868 and 870 East State Street and also caused damage to the neighboring houses at 864 and 872 East State Street – was finally declared under control at 4:21 a.m. One person, possibly a resident of one of the burned homes, was reportedly transported to hospital by Trenton Emergency Medical Service personnel shortly after firefighters first arrived, but the nature and extent of the injuries was not known.   





Trenton Police Officers Recover Puppy Stolen in Alleged Home Invasion

Burglary charges among recent TPD arrests for attempted murder, drug distribution

November 19, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Acting Police Director Steve E. Wilson today announced that TPD officers successfully recovered a stolen puppy and arrested a suspect in an alleged home invasion earlier this week.

Josuha Stroman, 31, of Trenton was arrested and charged with robbery, burglary and unlawful possession of a weapon. In the evening of Nov. 16, 2021, officers responded to reports of a home invasion on Vine Street. The victim stated that a male had rushed into her house armed with a gun and stole her tan Pitbull puppy. The victim was able to identify the suspect and provided a description of his vehicle and the location where he frequents. TPD officers then canvassed the area and stopped Stroman in his car. He was arrested and the puppy was successfully returned to the owner.

Director Wilson also announced that Mekhi S. Goss, 22, of Trenton – already in custody after he was arrested Oct. 16, 2021 with a handgun during a motor vehicle stop – now faces a criminal attempt homicide charge as of Nov. 11, 2021. On Oct. 14, 2021, Goss allegedly exited a vehicle and fired several rounds, striking a victim twice in the foot and leg. The injuries were non-life threatening.

Director Wilson also thanked residents and businesses whose complaints led to arrests in two drug cases:

  • Shashadine A Turner, 32, of Trenton was arrested on Rustling Street Nov. 15, 2021 with crack-cocaine, endocet, oxycodone and $11,647 in cash. The two-week investigation was started after the TPD received numerous citizen complaints of narcotics activity in the area.
  • Kaseem Roberts, 50, and Kenneth Hollman, 59, both of Trenton, were arrested for drug loitering and possession charges after they were allegedly observed by law enforcement engaging in illegal narcotics activity in a city park. The surveillance was deployed after the TPD Daytime Task Force received numerous complaints from concerned citizens and businesses. According to the investigation, individuals are purchasing large quantities of synthetic marijuana from local suppliers and reselling in the downtown area. This is an active investigation.

These charges and allegations are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.



Three Current and Former Ewing Township Police Officers Indicted on Civil Rights Charges in Their Roles Assaulting a Minor Victim During the Course of an Arrest

November 19, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Three current and former Ewing Township Police Department officers were indicted by a grand jury on civil rights charges for their roles in assaulting a minor victim during the course of an arrest, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced today.

Michael Delahanty, 51, of Robbinsville, New Jersey, a retired Ewing Township Police lieutenant; and Matthew Przemieniecki, 43, of Hamilton, New Jersey, and Justin Ubry, 33, of Burlington, New Jersey, both current Ewing Township police officers, are charged in a two-count indictment with deprivation of rights under color of law. Delahanty and Przemieniecki are charged in Count One with a felony offense of deprivation of rights under color of law causing bodily injury, and Ubry is charged in Count Two with a misdemeanor offense of deprivation of rights under color of law. Delahanty, Przemieniecki, and Ubry surrendered this morning and are scheduled to appear by videoconference this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Tonianne J. Bongiovanni.

According to the indictment:

At approximately 8:15 a.m., on Jan. 5, 2018, more than a dozen police officers responded to a report of a stolen vehicle in Ewing Township. Officers located the vehicle, which had crashed, and saw the driver of the vehicle running from the scene. Shortly thereafter, officers located the driver, a minor, in a detached shed on a residential property, removed the minor from the shed, and laid him face down on the snow-covered ground. While other officers handcuffed the victim, Delahanty used his boot to step on the back of the victim’s head, pressing his face into the snow. Przemieniecki kicked snow three times directly into the victim’s face, and Ubry also kicked snow directly into the victim’s face. Przemieniecki then used his boot to step on the victim’s head, again driving his face into the snow. The victim did not resist law enforcement at any time while on the ground. Under the circumstances, the force that defendants Delahanty, Przemieniecki, and Ubry applied to the victim was unreasonable and excessive and violated the victim’s constitutional right to be free from such force.

The felony civil rights charge against Delahanty and Przemieniecki carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000. The misdemeanor civil rights charge against Ubry carries a maximum penalty of one year in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000.

Acting U.S. Attorney Honig credited special agents of the FBI Trenton Resident Agency, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge George M. Crouch Jr. in Newark, with the investigation leading to the charges.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Martha K. Nye of the Criminal Division in Trenton, and Senior Civil Rights Counsel R. Joseph Gribko of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Criminal Division in Newark.

Acting U.S. Attorney Honig and Acting New Jersey Attorney General Andrew J. Bruck recently announced the creation of a federal-state Civil Rights Criminal Enforcement Initiative to enhance coordination in the investigation and prosecution of federal, state, and local cases involving civil rights violations by law enforcement officers and others acting under color of law. This initiative combines resources from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Attorney General’s Office of Public Integrity and Accountability, and the FBI in a cooperative approach to criminal civil rights enforcement.

The charges and allegations contained in the indictment are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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Defense counsel:
Delahanty: David P. Schroth Esq., Ewing 
Przemieniecki: Jerome A. Ballarotto Esq., Trenton
Ubry: Eric Marcy Esq., Woodbridge, New Jersey



Almost Total Lunar Eclipse Over NJ

November 19, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–A partial lunar eclipse started around 2:30 a.m. peaked about 4:00 a.m. and concluded around 5:30 a.m. early this morning. The almost total partial lunar eclipse was visible over most of the United States.

Photos below were taken from the Robbinsville, Upper Freehold, Allentown area of New Jersey.

To read more about the eclipse visit NASA “An Almost Total Lunar Eclipse”





Robbinsville Swears in Two New Police Officers

November 18, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Robbinsville Township welcomed two new police officers, each of whom were ceremoniously sworn-in at tonight’s Township Council meeting by Director of Public Safety and Mayor Dave Fried.

Eduardo Madrigal, 28, is from Toms River and graduated from the Ocean County Police Academy. He previously worked in Point Pleasant Beach as Special Officer Class II, and most recently worked for Freehold Borough.

Rene Godfrey, 30, is from Perth Amboy and graduated from the Mercer County Police Academy as an Alternate Route Candidate. He had been working for Middlesex County as a Sheriff Officer prior to being hired in Robbinsville. Rene also is an Army Reservist, serving as a Combat Medic since October of 2016.

“These two fine men and very qualified officers were chosen from a pool of over 100 candidates, which speaks volumes about this town and our phenomenal police department,” Mayor and Public Safety Director Dave Fried said.


Trenton Man Arrested in Arizona for October Double Homicide in Trenton

November 18, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–A Trenton man charged with killing two men in an October shooting was arrested Wednesday afternoon in Tucson, Arizona, Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri reported today.

Gabriel Vilorio-Jaquez, 33, of Cleveland Avenue, Trenton, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder, one count of second-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful person, one count of second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon and one count of second-degree certain persons not to possess a firearm.  He was arrested yesterday afternoon without incident by members of the U.S. Marshals Service Task Force in Tucson.  Vilorio-Jaquez is currently being held in the Pima County Jail in Arizona pending an extradition hearing.

The charges are the result of an investigation by the Mercer County Homicide Task Force.   At approximately 9:30 a.m. on October 29, 2021, Trenton police received a Shot Spotter activation for multiple rounds in the first block of Cleveland Avenue.  Upon arrival, officers located two adult male shooting victims.  Everth Barrera, 56, of Ewing, was pronounced dead at the scene.  Edwin Obdulio Gomez Interiano, 41, of Trenton was transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead a short time later.  It is alleged that Vilorio-Jaquez rented a residence from Barrera.

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


Photos and video by Brian McCarthy OnSceneNews



Names of 2021* homicide victims: 

  1. 2/18/2021 Jabree Saunders, 26, from shooting on May 14, 2018
  2. 2/22/2021  Khalil Gibbs, 25, of West Windsor, shooting
  3. 2/25/2021  Lovelle Laramore, 60, of Trenton shooting
  4. 4/15/2021  Kaheem Carter, 22, of Trenton, shooting
  5. 4/20/2021  Shaquan McNeil, 25, of Trenton, shooting
  6. 4/24/2021  Cheryl Jones, 65, of Trenton, shooting
  7. 4/29/2021  Ramire Harvey, 25, of Trenton, shooting
  8. 5/15/2021  David Williams 36, of Trenton, shooting
  9. 5/29/2021  Edgar Geovani Sis-Luis, 34, of Trenton, aggravated manslaughter
  10. 7/05/2021  Dion Ellis, 16, Trenton, Shooting
  11. 7/14/2021  Pablo Herrera Chun, 53, Trenton, Shooting
  12. 7/19/2021  William Mitchell, 33, Trenton, Shooting
  13. 7/19/2021  Jermel Carter, 38, Trenton, Shooting
  14. 7/29/2021  Leonard Pettigrew, 58, Trenton, Shooting
  15. 7/30/2021  Shaquil Loftin, 23, Shooting, Trenton
  16. 8/01/2021  Daquan Basnight, 30, of Ewing, Shooting
  17. 8/13/2021  Javier Chaj-Ajtun, 33, of Trenton, Shooting
  18. 8/19/2021  Herberth Ramirez Pimentel, 37, of Trenton, Shooting
  19. 8/23/2021  Yanquai Edwards, 25, of Rancocas, NJ, Shooting
  20. 8/25/2021  Daron Cheston, 18, Trenton, Shooting
  21. 8/27/2021 Ziare Jones, Shooting
  22. 8/30/2021  Fred Davis, 43, Trenton, Shooting
  23. 9/06/2021  Shamiem Young, 26, Trenton, Shooting
  24. 9/17/2021  Jeff Charles, 37, Trenton, Shooting
  25. 9/25/2021  Shemiah Davis, 15, Trenton, Shooting
  26. 10/2/2021  Omar Burgess, 49, of Trenton, Shooting
  27. 10/3/2021  Elias Juarez Lopez, 31, of Princeton, Shooting
  28. 10/4/2021  Candice Ruff, 19, of Trenton, Shooting On September 25
  29. 10/7/2021  Douglas Munn, 50, of Trenton. Shooting
  30. 10/13/2021 Melvin Williams 26, of Trenton, Shooting
  31. 10/29/2021 Edwin Obdulio Gomez Interiano, 41, Shooting
  32. 10/29/2021 Everth Barrera, 56, of Ewing, Shooting
  33. 10/30/2021 Dartanian Ames of Lawrence, 41, Shooting
  34. 11/1/2021  Hector Torres, 43, of Trenton, Shooting on 10/31
  35. 11/17/2021 David Johnson, 39, of Trenton

*Updated to reflect the person who died in 2021 from complications from a shooting on May 14, 2018 as per medical examiner report.


Victim Identified in Yesterday’s Homicide In Trenton

November 18, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–The Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office has identified the victim in yesterday’s homicide on St. Joe’s Avenue in Trenton as David Johnson, 39, of Trenton.

There are no additional updates in this investigation at this time.


The Mercer County Homicide Task Force and the Trenton Police Department are investigating a Wednesday evening shooting homicide in Trenton.

At approximately 5:25 p.m. on Wednesday, November 17, 2021, Trenton police received a Shot Spotter activation for the 300 block of St. Joe’s Avenue.  Upon arrival, officers located the adult male victim suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.  The victim was transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center and pronounced dead a short time later.

No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the Mercer County Homicide Task Force at (609) 989-6406. Tips can also be emailed to mchtftips@mercercounty.org


Photos and video by Brian McCarthy OnSceneNews




Names of 2021* homicide victims: 

  1. 2/18/2021 Jabree Saunders, 26, from shooting on May 14, 2018
  2. 2/22/2021  Khalil Gibbs, 25, of West Windsor, shooting
  3. 2/25/2021  Lovelle Laramore, 60, of Trenton shooting
  4. 4/15/2021  Kaheem Carter, 22, of Trenton, shooting
  5. 4/20/2021  Shaquan McNeil, 25, of Trenton, shooting
  6. 4/24/2021  Cheryl Jones, 65, of Trenton, shooting
  7. 4/29/2021  Ramire Harvey, 25, of Trenton, shooting
  8. 5/15/2021  David Williams 36, of Trenton, shooting
  9. 5/29/2021  Edgar Geovani Sis-Luis, 34, of Trenton, aggravated manslaughter
  10. 7/05/2021  Dion Ellis, 16, Trenton, Shooting
  11. 7/14/2021  Pablo Herrera Chun, 53, Trenton, Shooting
  12. 7/19/2021  William Mitchell, 33, Trenton, Shooting
  13. 7/19/2021  Jermel Carter, 38, Trenton, Shooting
  14. 7/29/2021  Leonard Pettigrew, 58, Trenton, Shooting
  15. 7/30/2021  Shaquil Loftin, 23, Shooting, Trenton
  16. 8/01/2021  Daquan Basnight, 30, of Ewing, Shooting
  17. 8/13/2021  Javier Chaj-Ajtun, 33, of Trenton, Shooting
  18. 8/19/2021  Herberth Ramirez Pimentel, 37, of Trenton, Shooting
  19. 8/23/2021  Yanquai Edwards, 25, of Rancocas, NJ, Shooting
  20. 8/25/2021  Daron Cheston, 18, Trenton, Shooting
  21. 8/27/2021 Ziare Jones, Shooting
  22. 8/30/2021  Fred Davis, 43, Trenton, Shooting
  23. 9/06/2021  Shamiem Young, 26, Trenton, Shooting
  24. 9/17/2021  Jeff Charles, 37, Trenton, Shooting
  25. 9/25/2021  Shemiah Davis, 15, Trenton, Shooting
  26. 10/2/2021  Omar Burgess, 49, of Trenton, Shooting
  27. 10/3/2021  Elias Juarez Lopez, 31, of Princeton, Shooting
  28. 10/4/2021  Candice Ruff, 19, of Trenton, Shooting On September 25
  29. 10/7/2021  Douglas Munn, 50, of Trenton. Shooting
  30. 10/13/2021 Melvin Williams 26, of Trenton, Shooting
  31. 10/29/2021 Edwin Obdulio Gomez Interiano, 41, Shooting
  32. 10/29/2021 Everth Barrera, 56, of Ewing, Shooting
  33. 10/30/2021 Dartanian Ames of Lawrence, 41, Shooting
  34. 11/1/2021  Hector Torres, 43, of Trenton, Shooting on 10/31
  35. 11/17/2021 David Johnson, 39, of Trenton

*Updated to reflect the person who died in 2021 from complications from a shooting on May 14, 2018 as per medical examiner report.


Two Vehicle Accident on Route 130 In Robbinsville Severes Utility Pole; Creates Traffic Problems

November 18, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Just after 7:00 a.m. the Robbinsville Police Department, Robbinsville Fire Department and EMS were sent to the area of 1100 Route 130 South Bound just south of Main Street Robbinsville for a vehicle overturned. Upon arrival, a two-vehicle motor vehicle crash was found, one of the vehicles was on its side and severed a utility pole. One person was transported to RWJ at Hamilton Hospital for evaluation by Robbinsville EMS. Route 130 was temporarily closed then reopened to one lane. NJ DOT trucks closed the right lane south bound so PSE&G could safely replace the utility pole and make repairs. The entrance to 1100 Route 130 was closed for low hanging wires. No other information is available at this time.


BREAKING: Fatal Shooting Being Investigated in Trenton

November 17, 2021 — Updated

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–The Mercer County Homicide Task Force and the Trenton Police Department are investigating a Wednesday evening shooting homicide in Trenton.

At approximately 5:25 p.m. on Wednesday, November 17, 2021, Trenton police received a Shot Spotter activation for the 300 block of St. Joe’s Avenue.  Upon arrival, officers located the adult male victim suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.  The victim was transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center and pronounced dead a short time later.

No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the Mercer County Homicide Task Force at (609) 989-6406. Tips can also be emailed to mchtftips@mercercounty.org


Original MidJersey.news breaking news story here:

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Trenton Police, Trenton EMS and Trenton Fire Department responded to St. Joes Avenue for a reported shooting with a victim shot in the head around 5:26 p.m. Trenton EMS arrived and transported the victim to Capital Health Regional Medical Center and a Trauma Code was called en route. The Mercer County Homicide Taskforce is on scene investigating the shooting.

Trenton Police deferred to Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office for press information since the shooting is being investigated as a homicide. No further details are available at this time.

Check back for further details, photos and video from the scene.




Names of 2021* homicide victims: 

  1. 2/18/2021 Jabree Saunders, 26, from shooting on May 14, 2018
  2. 2/22/2021  Khalil Gibbs, 25, of West Windsor, shooting
  3. 2/25/2021  Lovelle Laramore, 60, of Trenton shooting
  4. 4/15/2021  Kaheem Carter, 22, of Trenton, shooting
  5. 4/20/2021  Shaquan McNeil, 25, of Trenton, shooting
  6. 4/24/2021  Cheryl Jones, 65, of Trenton, shooting
  7. 4/29/2021  Ramire Harvey, 25, of Trenton, shooting
  8. 5/15/2021  David Williams 36, of Trenton, shooting
  9. 5/29/2021  Edgar Geovani Sis-Luis, 34, of Trenton, aggravated manslaughter
  10. 7/05/2021  Dion Ellis, 16, Trenton, Shooting
  11. 7/14/2021  Pablo Herrera Chun, 53, Trenton, Shooting
  12. 7/19/2021  William Mitchell, 33, Trenton, Shooting
  13. 7/19/2021  Jermel Carter, 38, Trenton, Shooting
  14. 7/29/2021  Leonard Pettigrew, 58, Trenton, Shooting
  15. 7/30/2021  Shaquil Loftin, 23, Shooting, Trenton
  16. 8/01/2021  Daquan Basnight, 30, of Ewing, Shooting
  17. 8/13/2021  Javier Chaj-Ajtun, 33, of Trenton, Shooting
  18. 8/19/2021  Herberth Ramirez Pimentel, 37, of Trenton, Shooting
  19. 8/23/2021  Yanquai Edwards, 25, of Rancocas, NJ, Shooting
  20. 8/25/2021  Daron Cheston, 18, Trenton, Shooting
  21. 8/27/2021 Ziare Jones, Shooting
  22. 8/30/2021  Fred Davis, 43, Trenton, Shooting
  23. 9/06/2021  Shamiem Young, 26, Trenton, Shooting
  24. 9/17/2021  Jeff Charles, 37, Trenton, Shooting
  25. 9/25/2021  Shemiah Davis, 15, Trenton, Shooting
  26. 10/2/2021  Omar Burgess, 49, of Trenton, Shooting
  27. 10/3/2021  Elias Juarez Lopez, 31, of Princeton, Shooting
  28. 10/4/2021  Candice Ruff, 19, of Trenton, Shooting On September 25
  29. 10/7/2021  Douglas Munn, 50, of Trenton. Shooting
  30. 10/13/2021 Melvin Williams 26, of Trenton, Shooting
  31. 10/29/2021 Edwin Obdulio Gomez Interiano, 41, Shooting
  32. 10/29/2021 Everth Barrera, 56, of Ewing, Shooting
  33. 10/30/2021 Dartanian Ames of Lawrence, 41, Shooting
  34. 11/1/2021  Hector Torres, 43, of Trenton, Shooting on 10/31
  35. 11/17/2021 David Johnson, 39, of Trenton

*Updated to reflect the person who died in 2021 from complications from a shooting on May 14, 2018 as per medical examiner report.


Arc Mercer Dedicates Its Hall of Diversity to Beloved Employee

Local non-profit recognizes Dawn Carmosino whose selfless dedication made a lasting impact on the organization.

November 17, 2021

EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The Arc Mercer, Mercer County’s premier agency providing resources for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities for over seventy years dedicated the Hall of Diversity to the memory of former employee Dawn Carmosino.

Dawn, a native of Lawrence, New Jersey began her work with the Arc Mercer in 2005 and quickly became a vital part of the organization. She encouraged diversity in the workplace and strived to create a sense of camaraderie among all the employees. “In many ways Dawn was like our matriarch. She really believed in inclusion and welcoming everyone. She made the Arc of Mercer more than a workplace, she made it a family,” shared Steven P. Cook, Executive Director at the Arc Mercer.

It is fitting, therefore, that the organization has chosen to dedicate their Hall of Diversity to her. The Hall is decorated with flags symbolizing the diverse backgrounds of each employee on one side and a wall of employee recognition on the other.

To further her legacy, the Arc will also be unveiling a new award at Monday’s ceremony—the Dawn Carmosino Team Impact Award. The award will be presented annually to an employee selected by their co-workers who embodies the spirit of Dawn Carmosino and the example she set for all members of the Arc family. The first recipient will be announced on Friday, November 19th at the annual Gala.  

Dawn’s untimely passing left a gap in the world that can never be filled. The staff and supporters of the Arc would like to take the opportunity of this dedication and award presentation to remind us of the lasting impact that a single person can make. May Dawn continue to be an inspiration to us all.

Donations in memory of Dawn Carmosino can be to the Arc Mercer online at https://arcmercer.org/how-you-can-help/donate.

The Arc Mercer is a non-profit organization that has provided support and services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Greater Mercer County region for more than six decades. The Arc Mercer provides over 1,000 individuals with special needs, access to their community, specialized pre-vocational training, readily available job opportunities, specialized medical care, friendships and often times, love. 

Car Fire Extinguished On I-195 in Robbinsville

November 17, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–The Robbinsville Township Fire Department was dispatched to I-195 West bound prior to Exit 7 at 8:24 a.m. Upon arrival firefighters reported the vehicle was fully involved. Firefighters had the fire knocked down in minutes, but traffic was backed up west bound for miles due to rubbernecking delays. No further information is available at this time.




Trenton, NJ Man with Six Prior Felony Convictions Sentenced to 8+ Years for Unlawfully Possessing Firearm and Possessing Intent To Distribute Narcotics

November 16, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–A Mercer County, New Jersey, man with six prior felony convictions was sentenced today to 100 months in prison for firearms and distribution of controlled substances offenses, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced.

Alfred Donaldson, 39, of Trenton, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Anne E. Thompson to an information charging him with possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon and possession with intent to distribute heroin and cocaine.

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

On Jan. 4, 2019, law enforcement officers arrived at Donaldson’s residence to execute two arrest warrants issued for his failure to appear for his sentencing hearings on unrelated charges at the Mercer County Superior Court. They lawfully entered the residence and recovered a 9-millimeter Taurus handgun loaded with eight rounds of ammunition, 27 bricks of heroin, and more than one ounce of cocaine. At the time of the firearm and narcotics possession, Donaldson had sustained several convictions, including three convictions for controlled substance offenses. As a previously convicted felon, Donaldson is not permitted to possess firearms under federal law.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Thompson sentenced Donaldson to three years of supervised release.

Acting U.S. Attorney Honig credited special agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, Newark Division, Trenton Field Office, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey L. Matthews; officers of the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office, under the direction of Sheriff John A. Kemler; and the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Prosecutor Angelo Onofri, with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ray A. Mateo of the Opioid Abuse Prevention and Enforcement Unit in Newark.

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Defense counsel: Lisa Van Hoeck Esq., Assistant Federal Public Defender, Trenton