Category: Mercer County

Trenton Firefighters Quickly Knock Down Fire in Frigid Temperatures

January 1, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Around 7:15 a.m. the Trenton Fire Department was dispatched to 400 Block of West State Street for a house fire. Upon arrival firefighters found a heater on fire that was extending to the structure in a multi-family home. Firefighters pulled handlines and quickly knocked the fire down. Fire crews remained on scene for extensive overhaul and the fire investigation. It was reported the heater was the origin of the fire. Three units in the multi-family house need to be temporarily evacuated until repairs are made. The Red Cross was called for those who were displaced. No further information is available at this time.


Robbinsville Blanks Lawrence Ice Hockey 6-0 on Senior Night

January 21, 2022

WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–This afternoon at Mercer County Skating Center the Robbinsville-Allentown Coopertive Ice Hockey Team blanked Lawrence High School with a final score of 6-0. It was also Robbinsville Raven’s Senior Night

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

January 21, 2022

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

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

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




Firefighters Extinguish Truck Fire in Mercer County DOT Building Saving Fleet of Snow Removal Equipment as Storms Approach

January 20, 2022

EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Ewing Township firefighters and Mercer County Airport firefighters responded to 300 Scotch Road for a vehicle on fire inside a Mercer County Department of Transportation building around 3:30 a.m. First arriving firefighters found a DOT truck fully involved inside the center bay of the vehicle garage and a full first alarm was called. Mercer County Airport Fire Department used their ARFF front bumper turret to start knocking down the flames. Chief 33 reported water on the fire and flames knocked down. Firefighters used handlines to further extinguish and mop up.

It appears that there was smoke and heat damage to the structure and firefighters were able to knock the fire down in time before it spread to other vehicles saving the building, vehicles and other equipment stored there. Quick action by firefighters saved Mercer County’s fleet of snow removal equipment with a reported storm on the way.

No further details are available at this time.

About an hour later Ewing Township firefighters responded to a Mercer County DOT vehicle with a brake fire on Scotch Road and Parkway Avenue. The fire was quickly extinguished.





Around an hour later Ewing Township firefighters responded to a Mercer County DOT vehicle with a brake fire on Scotch Road and Parkway Avenue:

Serious Crash on Pennington Road in Ewing Township

January 19, 2022

EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Around 5:00 p.m. a serious crash occurred on Pennington Road (Route 31) and Hilltop Road with reported people trapped. Upon arrival of the fire department there was reported entrapment in two vehicles. One person was able to self-extricate and reported not injured. The other vehicle a person was removed from the vehicle. It was unclear if anyone was transported from the scene to the hospital. New Jersey Department of Transportation was notified due to a fluid spill from the vehicles involved in the crash. No other information is available at this time.



Robbinsville Police Blotter December 2021 Through January 2022

January 19, 2022

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Robbinsville Township Police Blotter for December 2021 and January 2022


  1. DWI
    Date: December 1, 2021
    Time: 1857
    Location: Route 130 South
    Reporting Officer: Patrolman Ryan Meehan

Accused: Ruth Komiskey Age 56
Yardville, NJ
Charged: DWI
Careless Driving
Reckless Driving
Possession of an open container of alcohol

Charged and released pending Court.


  1. DWI
    Date: December 4, 2021
    Time: 0208
    Location: Pond Road
    Reporting Officer: Patrolman Ryan Meehan

Accused: Cheryl Dimeglio Age 51
Robbinsville, NJ
Charged: DWI
Careless Driving
Reckless Driving
Speeding

Charged and released pending Court.


  1. DWI
    Date: December 6, 2021
    Time: 0113
    Location: Sharon Road
    Reporting Officer: Patrolman Ryan Meehan

Accused: Debra Barrett Age 56
Robbinsville, NJ
Charged: DWI
Refusal to submit to breathe testing
Careless Driving
Reckless Driving
Charged and released pending court


  1. DWI
    Date: December 10, 2021
    Time: 0201
    Location: Route 130 South
    Reporting Officer: Patrolman Thomas Septak

Accused: Eliza Somerselle
East Windsor, NJ

Charged: DWI
Unsafe Lane Change
Obstruction of Windshield
Obstruction of Vehicles
Careless Driving
Reckless Driving
Failure to exhibit registration and insurance

Charged and released pending Court.


  1. DWI
    Date: December 13, 2021
    Time: 0032
    Location: Route 33
    Reporting Officer: Patrolman Justin Mclaughlin

Accused: Sterlynn Ransom Age 42
Robbinsville, NJ

Charged: DWI
Careless Driving
Reckless Driving
Unlicensed Driver
Suspended Driver’s License
Failure to stop for traffic light
Following too closely
Failure to signal
Improper operating of vehicle on divided highway

Charged and released pending Court.


  1. Narcotics
    Date: December 15, 2021
    Time: 0834
    Location: Tanager Lane
    Reporting Officer: Sergeant Scott Kivet

Accused: Ryan Mahon Age 33
Hamilton, NJ

Charged: Possession of CDS
Possession of drug paraphernalia
Possession of Hypodermic Needle

Charged and released pending Court.


  1. Narcotics
    Date: December 13, 2021
    Time: 1347
    Location: I-195
    Reporting Officer: Detective Shawn Bruton

Accused: Joshua Fife Age 31
Morrisville, PA

Charged: Possession of CDS
Maintenance of lamps

Charged and released pending Court


  1. Weapons Possession
    Date: 01/01/2022
    Time: 0106
    Location: I-195
    Reporting Officer: Patrolman Thomas Septak

Accused: Terrance White Age 29
Lewes, DE

Charged: Unlawful Possession of Weapon

Charged and released pending Court


  1. DWI
    Date: 01/07/2022
    Time: 0419
    Location: Route 130 North
    Reporting Officer: Patrolman Colin Lockwood

Accused: David Montalvovilla Age 29
Hightstown, NJ

Charged: DWI
Careless Driving
Reckless Driving

Charged and released pending Court


  1. DWI
    Date: 01/01/2022
    Time: 0104
    Location: Route 130 North
    Reporting Officer: Patrolman Matthew Hill

Accused: Robert Jewell Age 39
Hamilton, NJ

Charged: DWI

Charged and released pending Court


  1. DWI
    Date: 01/10/2022
    Time: 2005
    Location: Robbinsville-Allentown Road
    Reporting Officer: Patrolman Ryan Meehan

Accused: Luis Lopez-Alvarado Age 58
Hamilton, NJ

Charged: DWI
Reckless Driving
Careless Driving

Charged and released pending Court


  1. Theft/Shoplifting
    Date: 01/11/2022
    Time: 1121
    Location: Route 33
    Reporting Officer: Patrolman Alex Vazquez

Accused: Gordon Asmuth Age 71
Hightstown, NJ

Charged: Theft
Shoplifting

Charges and released pending court


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

Firefighters battle 2-Alarm house fire in Ewing Township

January 18, 2022

EWING TWP (MERCER)– Fire companies from multiple towns battled a second alarm fire in Ewing Township’s Hillcrest section this morning.

Firefighters responded to a home in the 300 block of Beechwood Avenue just before 9:00 am on a reported light fixture on fire inside of the residence. Companies arrived on scene with visible smoke from the exterior, and the first alarm was placed. Crews began going to work as the fire quickly began to spread through the attic. Within minutes, the second alarm was placed.

Two hose lines were stretched into service to knock down the fire on the second and third floors. Interior crews did have to evacuate for a short period of time due to unsafe conditions.

The fire was placed under control around 9:50 am. One dog was rescued from the home unharmed. It is unknown if any people were injured in the incident.

The fire was brought under control by Ewing Twp Fire Dept, Prospect Heights Vol Fire Co, West Trenton Vol Fire Co, Hamilton Fire Dept, Union Fire Co, Pennington Fire Dept, Lawrenceville Fire Co, Lawrence Road Fire Co, Slackwood Fire Company, Mercer County Fire Coordinators, and Signal 22 Canteen Unit.

No further information is available.




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 Quickly Knock Down Fire On 3rd Floor in Hamilton

January 17, 2022

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Around 4:07 p.m. the Hamilton Township Fire Department was dispatched to the 200 Block of Woodlawn Avenue with a 9-1-1 caller reporting flames from the house. Shortly after more 9-1-1 calls were also reporting the house fire and a full first alarm was called for by the fire department.

Upon arrival firefighters reported fire and smoke showing from the 3rd floor of a two-family home. Firefighters stretched hose lines up the stairs and vented the roof, quickly knocking down the flames. Trenton fire department also responded and assisted at the fire. The Red Cross was called to help find temporary housing for the displaced residents.

No further information is available at this time.




Update: Officials Determine Fire Was Accidental in Robbinsville Fire, GoFundMe Set Up for Family

January 16, 2022

UPDATE:

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–The Robbinsville Township Fire Department was dispatched to the 1st Block of Tindall Road at 1:12 p.m. for a reported house fire. Numerous passersby that called 9-1-1 were reporting heavy smoke and flames from the roof area of the structure.

First arriving firefighters reported they had a large amount of fire showing through the roof and rear of the structure and were in the process of pulling handlines to start to extinguish the fire. A number of mutual aid departments were called to the scene and three lines were stretched and operating to extinguish the fire. The fire was placed under control around 2:00 p.m.

The fire investigation team including Robbinsville Police, Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office and the Robbinsville Township Fire Marshal were all on scene this afternoon and worked to determine the cause of the fire. Fire Officials told MidJersey.News that they located the source of the fire and fire was determined to be accidental.

Fire departments dispatched to the scene were Hamilton, East Windsor, Monroe, Hightstown, West Windsor. Bordentown and Allentown covered the township for any additional calls.

Robbinsville Police had the roadway shut down in the area of the fire and was reopened later this afternoon.

Since our earlier report a GoFundMe has been set up for the family that lives in the home, please see the links and information from the GoFundMe below:


Please consider a donation to the DiMeglio family the links to the GoFundMe below:

DiMeglio Family Fire

Hi, my name is Vinny DiMeglio. I am writing on behalf of my parents Susan & Luigi DiMeglio. My parents have always been very selfless and have never extended a hand to ask for anything. As the saying goes, “their door is always open.” They give and give and never ask. This is why I am creating this account for them because even in a time of need, I don’t think they would ask for anything.

Today, our family home since 1994 accidentally caught fire. The damage is extensive and it’s questionable whether or not the house can be saved. Thankfully, and more importantly, no one was hurt. We tried to salvage what we could but so much has been ruined. It’s a funny thing. If you live in Robbinsville, you probably know our home. It’s unique and stands out among the rest. It feels like even if you don’t know me or my family, well, you probably know our house. Who knows if it can be restored to its former self.

Let me tell you about the two amazing and wonderful people that need your help.

My Father, an Italian immigrant since the 1960s has worked every day since he arrived in the US when he was 9 years old. He’s owned many food businesses throughout the years and has fed more mouths than I could ever count. He’s been there feeding you and your family through good times, bad times, or for just a simple meal. But he’s always been there. Sadly, to make matters worse, he’s been out of work since the start of Covid, picking up odds and ends where he can but without work, it’s left him and my Mom in a difficult situation.

My Mother, aside from being a grace from God for raising me and my brothers (Frank & Anthony), was a Speech Pathologist with Mercer County Special Services for nearly 30 years before she retired. The work that she did for many can not adequately be described. A brief example: When I was 14, a woman tapped my Mom on the shoulder to say hello. When I asked the woman how she knew my Mom, she very sincerely said “Your Mom taught my son to speak.” I’ll never forget that moment because until then, I didn’t know how much of a superhero my Mom actually is.

Look, this isn’t easy for me to write. I always think of my parents as being very successful and full of blessings. But the last two years have not been easy and now without their home, the next year is likely to be very challenging. I want to do whatever I can to help. They’ve been members of the Robbinsville community since 1994 and more specifically Mercer County for decades. For the first time, they need your help.

Please consider donating whatever you can. I know it’s cliche but even the smallest amount will help. The next few days and weeks will be extremely challenging for them and if I can take one stress away then well, I’ve done my job. If you can’t donate then a positive thought, text or even a prayer would mean the world to us.

We thank you from the bottom of our hearts and we truly hope for a better tomorrow for all!

Sincerely,

Vinny DiMeglio

Go to this link to donate: https://gofund.me/085da3e9


https://gofund.me/085da3e9





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.


Firefighters Extinguish House Fire in Robbinsville

January 16, 2022

UPDATE:


Earlier MidJersey.News report below:


Breaking news preliminary report, check back for updates when they become available:

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–The Robbinsville Township Fire Department was dispatched to the 1st Block of Tindall Road at 1:12 p.m. for a reported house fire. Numerous passersby that called 9-1-1 were reporting heavy smoke and flames from the roof area of the structure.

First arriving firefighters reported they had a large amount of fire showing through the roof and rear of the structure and were in the process of pulling handlines to start to extinguish the fire. A number of mutual aid departments were called to the scene and three lines were stretched and operating to extinguish the fire. The fire was placed under control around 2:00 p.m.

The fire investigation team including Robbinsville Police, Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office and Robbinsville Township Fire Marshal are currently on scene investigating the cause of the fire.

Fire departments dispatched to the scene were Hamilton, East Windsor, Monroe, Hightstown, West Windsor. Bordentown and Allentown covered the township for any additional calls.

Robbinsville Police had the roadway shut down in the area of the fire.

Tindall Road is closed between Brookshire Dr and Wildflower Trail due to fire department activity.

Tindall Road is closed between Brookshire Dr and Wildflower Trail due to fire department activity. 

Instructions:

Please avoid area.


Firefighters Battle House Fire in Freezing Temperatures in West Windsor

January 15, 2022

January 16, 2022 update: Fire Officials have confirmed that the fire originated from the heater due to malfunction.

WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER) – Firefighters from several towns converged on Millstone Road, off Cranbury Road near Grovers Mill Pond, and endured frigid conditions to battle a structure fire this evening (Saturday, Jan. 15). It was about 5:01 p.m. when West Windsor firefighters were dispatched to the blaze in the one-story, multi-family residence at 15 Millstone Road. Heavy smoke was billowing from the roof when township firefighters arrived. Initially there were reports that someone might be trapped inside, so additional fire companies from East Windsor, Plainsboro, Princeton, and Lawrence were sent to the scene. Fortunately, it was quickly confirmed that no one was trapped and that everyone was safely outside. A significant amount of fire was reportedly in the attic area and firefighters had to cut multiple holes in the roof to vent heat and smoke and also access pockets of fire that were inaccessible from the interior below. The blaze was declared under control about 6:07 p.m. With temperatures staying in the teens, water runoff from firefighters’ hoselines quickly froze and created slippery conditions on both the ground and the roof.  A cat that had been inside the burning structure and was reportedly located by firefighters and reunited with its owner. The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.


Multi Vehicle Accident on NJ Turnpike in Hamilton

January 14, 2022

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The Robbinsville and Bordentown Township Fire Departments and EMS were dispatched to Mile Post 57 for a multi vehicle accident in the outer roadway at 3:23 p.m. It appears that injuries were minor, and it was unclear if the person who reported non-life-threating injuries was transported. NJ State Police is investigating the crash. Traffic was backed up close to two miles until the vehicles were towed from the scene.

“Father Jim” Msgr. James Innocenzi, who Served as Trenton Fire Department’s Chaplain Passes Away at 72

January 13, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–It was announced today that Msgr. James Innocenzi passed earlier today at his residence at Villa Vianney in Lawrenceville, NJ at the age of 72.

Msgr. Innocenzi served as Trenton Fire Department’s Chaplain, known as “Father Jim” at calls and around the fire house. He served in the position for many years and would be seen in turnout gear at many calls throughout the city.

According to Trenton Fire Department records held at Trenton Fire Department’s Meredith Havens Fire Museum “Father Jim” became Chaplain in 1983 and served well past 2006 when the last published annual report was issued. According to some senior members at the TFD it is believed he was still Chaplain as of 2022 and that would be nearly 40 years of service to the department.

See MidJersey.News file photos below:


From the Trenton Monitor:

Bishop announces death of Msgr. James Innocenzi

It is my sad responsibility to share the news of the sudden passing of Msgr. James Innocenzi earlier today in his residence at Villa Vianney in Lawrenceville.  He was 72 years old.

Born and raised in Trenton, Msgr. Innocenzi was a member of St. Joachim Parish.  He was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Trenton in 1976 and served in a variety of parochial and diocesan positions, currently as Judicial Vicar (head of the Diocesan Tribunal).  Msgr. Innocenzi was the first pastor of St, Michael Parish in Trenton and one month ago attended the 100th anniversary of the Church building.  His next assignment was to serve as St. George Parish in Titusville.  In 1997, Pope St. John Paul II honored him with the title of Monsignor, Prelate of Honor.

Throughout his priestly career, Msgr. Innocenzi remained deeply devoted to his work in the Diocesan Tribunal, serving couples seeking annulments as well as dealing with other matters in canon law.  He was a chaplain for Trenton’s Fire Department and also a beloved chaplain and spiritual advisor for several divisions and councils of central New Jersey’s Knights of Columbus.

Msgr. Innocenzi’s sudden death saddens so many of his brother priests, dearest friends and co-workers and former parishioners.  One priest wrote me, “this news hurts my heart.”  And so it does, indeed, for those of us in the Diocese who knew, admired and loved him. 

May our loving God grant him eternal rest.


https://trentonmonitor.com/Content/News/Latest-News/Article/Bishop-announces-death-of-Msgr-James-Innocenzi/4/38/29865



Woman Saved from Icy Waters at Rosedale Lake in Hopewell Township

January 13, 2022

HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Hopewell Township Police told MidJersey.News that, at approximately 12:25 p.m. today, Hopewell Township Police responded to a report of woman who had fallen through the ice in Rosedale Lake at Rosedale Park off of Federal City Road. Several callers reported the woman was in the water up to neck. Officer’s Peterson and Pauciullo were the first responding officers on the scene.

Once on scene, the officers located the woman in distress, who was approximately 25 yards from the shoreline.  The woman was flailing around and struggling to keep her head above the water.  Utilizing a water rescue throw rope, officers along with several other responding emergency personnel, were able to safely get the woman to shore.

Once safely on dry land, the woman was treated on scene for potential hypothermia by the Pennington First Aid Squad, Hopewell Valley Emergency Services, and Capital Health Paramedics.  She was later transported to Capital Health Hopewell Hospital in stable condition.          

            Multiple departments arrived to assist.  They were the Hopewell Valley Emergency Services, Pennington Fire Department and First Aid Squad, Union Fire Department, and the Mercer County Park Police.     


       


Man Charged with Murder and Arson Which Killed Two on Christmas Morning, Fought with Family Members at a Party Earlier That Night

January 12, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Ronal Ordonez-Lima, 28, has been charged with two counts of murder, two counts of felony murder, two counts of attempted murder, one count of aggravated arson and five counts of arson. For an early Christmas morning fire that killed two people and left several homeless.

According to police, there were six occupants of 221 Rusling Street at the time of the fire, four of whom escaped the residence.  Firefighters located two deceased adults on the second floor.  The victims have been identified as Selvin Lima and Dilman Canpos, both adult males.

In Court documents, the affidavit submitted by Detective Marc Masseroni of the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, stated that on December 25, 2021, at 3:29 a.m. Trenton Police Communications received a 9-1-1 call for a fire at 221 Rusling Avenue. There were reports of people trapped inside the burning structure. Firefighters arrived on scene and began efforts to extinguish the fire. The fire spread to multiple other structures and vehicles in the immediate area.

Once the fire was under control, firefighters located two bodies still inside 221 Rusling avenue on the 2nd floor.

Review of surveillance video of the area detectives observed an individual to be on the porch of 221 Rusling Avenue prior to the fire.

Detective Marc Masseroni stated as he approached 221 Rusling Avenue he observed fire damage from 223 Rusling Avenue to 215 Rusling Avenue. There was also fire damage to 213 Rusling Avenue. Upon an initial walkthrough he observed the most significant damage to the front door of 221 Rusling. Heavy fire damage was seen throughout the entire structure. In the affidavit it stated two bodies were observed in the residence. One body was located on the second-floor mid-bedroom and the other in the 2nd floor front bedroom.

The Homicide Task Force obtained video surveillance showing an individual later identified as Ronal Lima-Ordonez dressed in black shoes, black pants and a black and white colored shirt with a dark colored sweater over top. He walks onto the front porch of 221 Rusling Avenue at approximately 2:55 a.m. At 3:12 a.m. Lima-Ordonez lights a cigarette/cigar and begins to smoke it on the front porch. Lima-Ordonez continues to walk toward the front door and back towards the steps at various times. At approximately 3:18 a.m., Lima-Ordonez flicks his cigarette/cigar onto the sidewalk, walks back toward the door for approximately 30 seconds and then departs the front porch and walks toward Division Street. Immediately following his departure from the front porch, a flickering light can be seen coming from the front porch area near the door. Over the next several minutes, the fire continues to grow and extend toward the windows directly adjacent to the front door.

According to the affidavit family members were interviewed and the sister of Ronal Lima-Ordonez stated that Lima-Ordonez had got into a fight with her husband. She explained that she was pushed by her brother and that was when they began physically fighting.

Another male relative stated that he had gotten into a physical altercation with Ronal LIma-Ordonez at a party on Mott Street. The relative explained that Lima-Ordonez got physical with his wife and he defended her. During the fight he had punched Lima-Ordonez multiple times. After the fight he and his wife walked back to 221 Rusling Avenue.

A full copy of the affidavit is listed below:


Certification in Support of Arrest Warrant – Ronal Ordonez-Lima

On December 25, 2021, at approximately 0329 hours, Trenton Communications received a 911 call for a fire occurring at 221 Rusling Avenue, Trenton, New Jersey with people trapped inside. At approximately 0336 hours, Fire apparatus arrive on scene and began efforts to extinguish the fire. Fire spread to multiple other structures and vehicles in the immediate vicinity and displaced numerous individuals in the area.

At approximately 0346 hours, Trenton Police were dispatched to the area on a report of an active fire. Upon arrival, Officers canvased the area and obtained identifying information of the residents that were displaced from the fire. Individuals identified as occupants of 221 Rusling Avenue included FM, EM, RM, SL, DC, AL, KC. Trenton Officers provided security of the scene until it was later released at approximately 1644 hours.

At approximately 0520 hours Detective Michael Cipriano, Trenton Police Department and Detective Charles Antinoro, Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office Arson Unit were notified and responded to the scene. Once the fire was under control, Fire fighters located two bodies still inside 221 Rusling Avenue on the second floor of the structure. Upon initial review of surveillance video from 214 Rusling Avenue, Det. Cipriano and Det. Antinoro observed an individual to be on the front porch area of 221 Rusling Avenue prior to the fire. Mercer County Homicide Task force were advised and responded to the scene.

Based on the above, Det. Antinoro submitted a certification in support of a search warrant for 221 Rusling Avenue. At 0947 hours, Honorable Patrick J. Bartels, J.S.C., electronically signed said search warrant for 221 Rusling Avenue.

Prior to my arrival, Det. Vincent Gribbin arrived on scene to assist with photographs of the scene and evidence collection.

At approximately 1030 hours, I arrived on scene and observed caution tape surrounding the area. Trenton Officers were maintaining security of the scene and logged anyone who entered the scene. After providing my name, I entered the scene. As I approached 221 Rusling Avenue, I observed fire damage from 223 Rusling Avenue to 215 Rusling Avenue. I later learned that there was fire damage to 213 Rusling. Upon an initial walkthrough, I observed the most significant damage to the front door area of 221 Rusling Avenue. Heavy fire damage throughout the entire structure with damage dissipating toward the back of the first floor. Damage increased the higher into the structure I went with the roof and floors ultimately collapsing from the 3rd floor down onto the 2nd floor. I observed a total of two bodies inside the residence. One located on the second-floor mid-bedroom floor and one on the 2nd floor front bedroom floor.

Detective In Charge Reyes, Mercer County Homicide Task Force, and I spoke with FM while at the scene. FM agreed to come back to the Mercer County Homicide Task Force Office, to speak with us. DIC Reyes provided translation while speaking with FM. During his statement, FM explained that he was woken up by neighbors who were throwing objects at his window. He escaped through the front bedroom window and climbed down from a neighboring house.

During a cause and origin search, investigators sifted through debris in attempts to locate evidence and indications of an ignitable liquid being utilized. New Jersey State Fire Marshal Investigator Letts utilized his K-9 “Titan” to attempt to locate an accelerator. K-9 “Titan” made a positive indication on an unidentified item, believed to be a rag, located to the right of the porch steps. This item was collected as Sample one (1) and submitted into evidence. Several other locations on the porch were taken as evidence and submitted under sample two (2), three

(3) and four (4). Item five (5) was a control sample taken as a comparison for testing purposes. It should be noted that a lighter and a cigarette was located along the curb and street in front of 221 Rusling Street. These items were also taken as evidence.

Cause and origin search of the residence showed an origin to be in sill area of the front entryway door with a cause to be undetermined, pending test results from the NJSP Lab for accelerants from samples taken as evidence. It should be noted that witness statements confirmed the area origin to be between the front door and storm door.

It should be noted that simultaneously, Members of the Homicide Task force obtained video surveillance from the area of 221 Rusling Avenue. Upon review of said surveillance, an individual, later identified as Rona) Lima-Ordonez DOB- (also known as Rona Ordonez-Lima) dressed in black shoes, black pants, a black and white colored shirt with a dark colored sweater over top, walks onto the front porch of 221 Rusling Avenue at approximately 0255 hours. At approximately 0312 hours, Lima-Ordonez lights a cigarette/cigar and begins to smoke it on the front porch. Lima-Ordonez continues to walk toward the front door and back toward the steps at various times. At approximately 0318 hours, Lima-Ordonez flicks his cigarette/cigar onto the sidewalk, walks back toward the door for approximately 30 seconds and then departs the front porch and walks toward Division Street. Immediately following his departure from the front porch, a flickering light can be seen coming from the front porch area near the door. Over the next several minutes, the fire continues to grow and extent toward the windows directly adjacent to the front door.

At approximately 0329 hours, multiple individuals exit 227 Rusling Avenue and begin to throw items at the front of the house, breaking windows to alert the occupants of the fire. Two individuals identified as FM and RM jump out of the second-floor front bedroom window onto the roof of the porch and walk down toward 215 Rusling Avenue where they jump to safety. Fire department then arrives on scene and begins efforts to extinguish the fire.

After completing the cause and origin search, DIC Reyes and I spoke with KC, JR, and FM. All agreed to come back to the Mercer County Homicide Task Force office to speak with us.

During the interviews, a video clip obtained from 800 Division Street at approximately 0320 hours (real time) showing Lima-Ordonez walking away from 221 Rusling toward Division Street was placed a laptop computer to be shown to witnesses. This clip was shown to FM who identified the individual in the video an individual he knows as “Leon”. FM further stated that “Leon” is the brother of AL.

On December 26, 2021, Homicide Task Force members proceeded to 43 Busher Alley, Trenton, New Jersey to locate EM and AL. After speaking with them, they agreed to come back to the Mercer County Homicide Task Force office to speak with us.

DIC Reyes conducted the interview of both individuals because of a language barrier. During the interview of EM, He stated that himself, Selvin Lima and JR met his wife AL at 20 Mott Street, Trenton, New Jersey for a party. During that time he had gotten into a physical altercation with Ronal Lima-Ordonez. EM explained that Lima-Ordonez got physical with his wife and he (EM) defended her. During the fight he had punched Lima-Ordonez multiple times. EM explained that after the fight was broken up, he walked back to 221 Rusling Avenue and FM picked up AL from the party and brought her back to 221 Rusling Avenue. EM was shown the video clip obtained from 800 Division Street that was previously shown to FM. While reviewing the video, EM positively identified Ronal Lima-Ordonez. It should be noted that EM confirmed that Ronal Lima-Ordonez is known to smoke cigarettes.

DIC Reyes also spoke with AL. During the interview, AL confirmed that her brother Ronal Lima-Ordonez is her brother. She further stated that Lima-Ordonez had gotten into a fight with her husband EM. She explained that she was pushed by her brother and that was when they began physically fighting. Shortly after, she was taken home by FM. AL was shown the video clip obtained from 800 Division Street that was previously shown to FM and EM. While reviewing the video, she positively identified Ronal Lima-Ordonez on the video. It should be noted that AL confirmed that Ronal Lima-Ordonez is known to smoke cigarettes.

A publicly accessible search on Facebook.com found Facebook account “ronal.lima.37” with associated vanity name “Lima Ronal (Leon)” depicting Ronal Lima-Ordonez. Under the “Ronal’s Photo” tab, I observed Lima-Ordonez post a picture of himself on May 20, 2020 wearing a button-down collared shirt similar in style as that observed on surveillance video obtained from the area of 221 Rusling Avenue.

A Search through Trenton RMS system showed Lima-Ordonez to have a current address of 60 Division St Apt 3, Trenton, New jersey. Members of the Homicide Task force proceeded to 60 Division Street apt 3 in an attempt to locate him. After knocking on 60 Division Street Apt 3, Lima-Ordonez answered the door. Lima-Ordonez agreed to come back to speak with detectives regarding the incident. Lima-Ordonez was transported back by Detectives and placed into interview room 217. It should be noted that Lima-Ordonez had scratches and visible bruising on his face.

Upon reading Lima-Ordonez his Miranda, he invoked his right to have an attorney present. The interview was stopped, and Lima-Ordonez was held pending criminal charges.

I certify that the foregoing statements made by me are true. I am aware that if any of the foregoing statements made by me are willfully false, I am subject to punishment.

Dated: 12/27/2021

Detective Marc Masseroni

Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, Mercer County Homicide Task Force




Overturned Vehicle on Route 29 Backs Up Traffic

January 12, 2022

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The Trenton Fire Department was dispatched to Route 29 near the tunnel and ballpark for a reported overturned vehicle with three entrapped around 3:20 p.m. Trenton firefighters arrived on scene with nothing showing and eventually found the accident on Route 29 on the curve in Hamilton Township with no entrapment or reported injuries. The New Jersey State Police blocked off two lanes so Cranbury Service Center could upright the vehicle and tow it away. NJ State Police is investigating the crash. No further details are available at this time. Traffic in the area was backed up over a half mile until the accident was cleared.

Trenton Man Arrested for December 18, 2021, Homicide

January 12, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–A Trenton man has been arrested and charged for a December 2021 shooting homicide that occurred on Garfield Avenue, Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri reported.

Tevin Laster, 27, is charged with murder, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and unlawful possession of a weapon.  He was arrested on Saturday, January 8, 2022, in Trenton by members of the Mercer County Tactical Response Team, U.S, Marshals NY/NJ Regional Fugitive Task Force, Mercer County Homicide Task Force and Mercer County Narcotics Task Force.  The prosecutor’s office has filed a motion to detain Laster pending trial.

The charges are the result of an investigation by the Mercer County Homicide Task Force and the Trenton Police Department.   At approximately 1:40 a.m. on Saturday, December 18, 2021, Trenton police received a Shot Spotter activation for multiple rounds in the 400 block of Garfield Avenue.  Additional calls were received for a shooting and a male shot.  Upon arrival, officers located the victim, later identified as Quashawn Kelley, in the rear of a residence on Garfield Avenue suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to the head, torso, arms and legs.  Kelley was transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center and pronounced dead a short time later.

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




Update: NJ Transit Moves to Improve Trenton Transit Center

Platform & Canopy Improvements and New Accessible High-Level Platform Will Enhance Safety and the Customer Experience at Vital Transit Hub


Related MidJersey.News story here from October 23, 2020:


January 11, 2021

NJ TRANSIT’s Board of Directors yesterday, January 10, 2022, approved a contract for full design services and construction support services for canopy, platform, and accessibility enhancements at the Trenton Transit Center. The contract is part of a $29 million effort to rehabilitate two existing platforms, and their associated canopies, elevators, and escalators, as well as to convert a low-level platform into a fully accessible high-level platform with elevator access.  The project will promote increased customer safety and convenience, increase capacity, reduce maintenance costs, and mitigate congestion on platforms.

“NJ TRANSIT is pleased to be advancing significant improvements at one of our state’s most essential multi-modal transit hubs,” said NJ TRANSIT President & CEO Kevin S. Corbett. “Ultimately, this project will create a safer, more modern, and more accessible Trenton Transit Center – with additional capacity and convenience for the thousands of customers who use it every day.”

In today’s action, the Board of Directors awarded a $1.9 million contract to AECOM Technical Services, Inc. for all design and construction support phases of this project.

The scope of work on the two island platforms will include the replacement of existing deteriorating wooden platform sections with a more durable concrete platform, the addition of new tactile strips and rub rails, the reconstruction of platform deck joints, and the repair of concrete spalls. Deteriorating canopies that were last reconstructed in 1992 will also be restored. The existing low-level platform will be upgraded to a high-level platform with a larger waiting shelter and a new elevator from the concourse above. In the past, NJ TRANSIT had upgraded the main station entrances and pedestrian overpass at the Trenton Transit Center. 

NJ TRANSIT was chosen as one of only 11 other transportation agencies in the nation to receive a competitive Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) State of Good Repair Grant that will be used in part to fund this project. The $18.2 million grant represents the federal share of the nearly $29 million total infrastructure improvement project.

A station has existed at the site since 1863.  New stations have been built to replace old, outdated ones several times through the course of history; in 1893, 1976, and most recently by NJ TRANSIT in 2008 when new station buildings were built on the north and south sides of the tracks including a new passenger concourse over the tracks connecting the two.

About NJ TRANSIT

NJ TRANSIT is the nation’s largest statewide public transportation system providing more than 925,000 weekday trips on 253 bus routes, three light rail lines, 12 commuter rail lines, and through Access Link paratransit service. It is the third largest transit system in the country with 166 rail stations, 62 light rail stations and more than 19,000 bus stops link


Update: New Jersey Transit Police Enter Freezing Water to Rescue Injured Trespasser – Make Life Saving Recovery with West Windsor Township Fire & EMS

2nd Serious Incident Within a Month at Princeton Junction Train Station

January 10, 2022

WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–On the night of Tuesday January 4th, 2022, NJ Transit Police Department officers responded to the Princeton Junction Dinky Line for a potentially intoxicated trespasser that was struck by a train. Through the darkness, K9 Officer Roman reportedly heard cries for help coming from a swamp. Multiple officers and emergency personnel began searching through the area.

West Windsor Fire & Emergency Services were dispatched to the Princeton Junction Train Station for a reported pedestrian struck. Upon arrival members of C-Platoon met with Officer Roman & his K9 counterpart of the New Jersey Transit Police Department to look for the reported struck pedestrian. Within minutes Officer Roman and C-Platoon members heard yelling from the swampy marsh near the track.

While utilizing the thermal imaging camera from Fire & Emergency Services, the cadre of responders embarked into the swampy area where unable to definitively locate the injured subject. The air temperature during this time was approximately 28 degrees Fahrenheit, with a 7-10mph wind coming from the south. Considering the possible condition of the patient and the weather conditions, a request for the NJSP Aviation unit was initiated by Sgt. Conrad (NJTPD).

Once overhead, New Jersey State Police Aviation located the patient within 150 yards of the responders, without regard for their safety Firefighter Douglas Frueh, NJTPD Officer Ruocco, and Officer Geoghegan made their way through deep mud and ice-cold water to the patient.

Upon making patient contact Firefighter Frueh rapidly assessed the patient for injuries and what would be needed to safely remove the patient. He radioed to Captain Mitchell & Firefighter Zuber who began the trek into the unfavorable condition along with Officer Roman with equipment for removal. While waiting for the additional support the immediate injuries were tended to, and the patient’s leg was immobilized.

The patient was placed into a Reeves carrying device for extraction from the area.

This operation was a joint effort and may not have had the same outcome if all the resources hadn’t been on the scene.

All personnel sacrificed their safety and worked as a team to rescue this individual. Please remember to stay off the tracks. Every trespasser incident is avoidable!

Original MidJersey.News story here:


At another incident on December 23, 2021, Ptl. Knox and Ptl. Fattibene, were at the Princeton Junction Train Station along with Captain Bain and Firefighter Zuber (West Windsor Fire & EMS) for an intoxicated female on the southbound platform. While attending to the woman, they were alerted to a male who had just fallen from the northbound platform onto the train tracks and was lying face down and motionless across the outside rail. Ptl. Knox, Ptl. Fattibene, and Firefighter Jack Zuber jumped down onto the tracks and ran to victim to render aid while Capt. Bain stayed with the intoxicated female. The victim was found semi-conscious with a laceration to his forehead. Knowing the dangers of being on the tracks for any length of time, especially during rush hour, Ptl. Knox, Ptl. Fattibene, and Firefighter Zuber picked the victim up from the tracks and collectively lifted him back onto the platform, which was no small feat given the victims large size, limp state, and the height of the platform from the tracks. They even picked up his belongings from the tracks before jumping back to the safety of the platform. Barely a minute later, an Amtrak train traveling at a high rate of speed going northbound on the inside rail went screaming by. The victim had serious trauma to his head among other injuries and he was attended to by WW Fire & EMS members; Captain Pope, Captain Bain, Firefighter Zuber, Firefighter Jamison (Fire Marshal’s Office), and Firefighter Table. EMS 45 also transported the victim to Capital Health Regional Medical Center for treatment.





Robbinsville Democratic Club Elects New Executive Board

January 10, 2022

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)-– On December 8, voting members of the Robbinsville Democratic Club elected four new members of the executive board to serve two-year terms until December 2023, effective immediately. The President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary are joined by the Robbinsville Democratic Committee Chair in making up the executive board. The new board members include:

Kiran Agrahara, President: Kiran Agrahara has been a resident of Robbinsville for 13 years. He is a senior technologist at the largest semiconductor company in the world, and has held leadership positions at several tech start-ups in the past in the areas of strategy and technology sales.

Amanda Gruber, Vice President: Amanda Gruber has worked in the financial sector for the past 16 years, where she is active with her office’s LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group. She has lived in Robbinsville for 10 years with her husband and twin boys.

Susan Scibilia, Treasurer: Susan Scibilia has lived in Robbinsville for over two decades. She works in higher education and spends time volunteering for a variety of organizations in the local community.

Melissa Kvidahl Reilly, Secretary: Melissa Kvidahl Reilly moved to Robbinsville in 2017. She is a freelance writer and editor with nearly 15 years of experience writing for various trade and consumer publications, as well as higher education and corporate clients.

The executive board can be reached at robbinsvilledemclub@gmail.com.

About the Robbinsville Democratic Club
The Robbinsville Democratic Club was founded in 2019 to give Democrats in Robbinsville a place to discuss issues central to the Democratic platform and get involved to make positive change locally and beyond. Membership is open to students and adults in Robbinsville and surrounding communities. Learn more at www.robbinsvilledemocraticclub.org.

Apartment Fire in Princeton Extinguished

January 10, 2022

PRINCETON, NJ (MERCER)–Around 3:15 p.m. the Princeton Fire Department was dispatched to an apartment fire at 37 Wiggins Street. Firefighters arrived to find heavy fire showing from the 3rd floor and roof area in the rear of the building and a full first alarm was called. Fire departments including Princeton Junction, Plainsboro, Princeton Plasma Physics Lab, Hamilton, Rocky Hill, Montgomery, Kingston, Kendall Park, Hopewell, West Windsor Fire and Emergency Services and others were sent to the scene. Princeton First Aid Squad and West Windsor Emergency Services stood by for EMS services. Princeton was covered by Lawrenceville and Pennington Fire Departments.

By 3:30 p.m. most of the fire was knocked down but there was extensive overhaul to be done.

There were no injuries reported and five occupants were displaced.

The fire is under investigation by the Princeton Fire Marshal. No further information is available at this time. Check back for further information and updates.