Category: Mercer County

Water Pressure Levels Fully Restored In Robbinsville, Schools And Businesses Reopen

June 4, 2023-Update

5:00 p.m. Update – Sunday, June 4

Water pressure is fully restored for all Aqua New Jersey Mercer County  (Hamilton, Hamilton Square, Robbinsville and Chesterfield) customers impacted by a well pump malfunction in Robbinsville.

Our team worked around the clock to fix the pump and restore water pressure, coordinating closely with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to ensure the safety of our water at all times. 

We apologize for the inconvenience and thank our customers for their patience and helping to support the system’s recovery through water conservation efforts.  


Dear Robbinsville Community,

The Robbinsville Public Schools will be open tomorrow, Monday, June 5 on a regular schedule. Water pressure is at sufficient levels at all three schools. Therefore, all schools will be open tomorrow on a regular schedule. RED will also operate on the regular schedule.

Brian J. Betze

Superintendent


June 4, 2023 Afternoon Update:

Robbinsville Township says that both Amazon and CJ-TMI dumpling factory at 2 Applegate are expected to resume operations this afternoon (Sunday, June 4, 2023). Fire hydrants within the Township have also been tested and are getting back to full PSI. Schools update re: tomorrow is expected from Brian Betze at some point today.


ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Aqua informed the Robbinsville Township Office of Emergency Management this morning that water pressure levels are steadily increasing throughout the impacted areas of the Township. Aqua officials confirm the water has been constantly tested and is safe to consume.
Pressures were severely compromised by a pump/well maintenance failure Thursday. 
The Robbinsville School District is in the process of checking the pressure at its three schools. Superintendent Brian Betze will provide a separate update regarding Monday’s opening status.
Should water pressure levels continue to rise and return to normal levels, the OEM will lift the current State of Emergency, which includes all water conservation measures implemented on Friday.
Aqua NJ and the Township thank you for your patience.    

Monitor pressure levels in your homes/businesses and please continue to conserve water whenever possible until the State of Emergency is lifted.





State Of Emergency Declared In Robbinsville As Water Emergency Continues; Could Last Though The Weekend

June 2, 2023

ROBBINSVILLE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The Township of Robbinsville said in a press release: Aqua Water customers in Robbinsville, Windsor and neighboring municipalities continue to experience low to non-existent water pressure, an issue which began Thursday.

Per Aqua, the current State of Emergency, declared Friday by the Robbinsville Office of Emergency Management (OEM), is due to a water well failure and was a planned maintenance event. 

Aqua is working on the issue and while a company representative said late Thursday afternoon “the pressure gradient will increase overnight as we continue to pressurize the system,” that development did not materialize. The company said the water pressure problems could last through most of the weekend. The Robbinsville School District were informed Friday afternoon that “the entire repair will be done by Sunday night.”

As a result of the water well failure, Sharon Elementary School was forced to close Friday, while Pond Road Middle School, and Robbinsville High were dismissed early. Aqua is advising customers to please conserve water whenever possible.

“The biggest challenge that we’ve had has been a lack of communication,” Mayor Dave Fried said Friday while briefing the media at the Municipal Building. “Aqua did not notify us about what they were doing regarding its well maintenance, or how they were doing it. That lack of communication has caused us to shut down our schools, along with Amazon – one of the biggest distribution hubs in the world. That creates a domino effect and a number of different challenges for us and our local businesses.

“What we find most frustrating is this was a self-inflicted wound. Emergencies such as water main breaks happen. We get that. But Aqua decided to do these things as part of their maintenance and did not tell us. They did not work with us, so we had no ability to put contingency plans in place ahead of time. We have those contingencies in place now in the form of mutual aid for fire, but we had to scramble. Fire suppression is a huge concern, and all of these things we’ve had to do on the fly because of Aqua’s lack of communication and lack of planning. We learned about this situation from our residents, not from Aqua, and we find that incredibly disappointing to say the very least.”

The Township will continue to pass along any information as it becomes available. If you are in need of water or a cooling station this weekend, please contact the Robbinsville Police Department’s non-emergency number at (609) 259-3900.


Evening of June 2, 2023:

Our crews continue to address low water pressure impacting some Aqua New Jersey customers in Hamilton, Hamilton Square, Robbinsville and Chesterfield.

The team is working around the clock to address this issue, which was caused by a pump malfunction in one of our wells. We anticipate water pressure will improve significantly by tomorrow (Saturday) evening and will fully recover by Monday morning.

We apologize for the inconvenience this has caused our customers and remind them that:

  • Your water has and continues to be safe to use and consume, despite low pressure.
  • You can help the system pressure recover faster by conserving water. Please discontinue non- essential water activities and reduce water usage by taking shorter showers, stopping lawn irrigation and minimizing the use of washers and dishwashers.
  • Please sign up for WaterSmart Alerts to get regular updates on water issues in your community.

Thank you for your patience – we will continue to coordinate with government and elected officials to keep our customers informed.




Robbinsville Township holds press confrence on water emergency in Robbinsville Township.


The Amazon warehouse on New Canton way appeared to just have essential personnel working. A parking lot that is usually full was empty this afternoon. A contractor was setting up a tent and portable toilets at the location. According to the Mayor the warehouse had to shut down to low water pressure.


An approximately 1-million-gallon water tank sits along the New Jersey Turnpike with the Robbinsville Township and Aqua Water logo on it welcoming people to Robbinsville.


A large Aqua water tank sits behind the office on Black Forest Drive in Hamilton Township. The wrap came off this week of the freshly painted tank. The Hamilton Township and Aqua logos can be seen from I-295.



Water Well Failure Causing Water Issues In Robbinsville Schools Forced To Close

June 2, 2023

ROBBINSVILLE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The Township of Robbinsville says that Aqua Water customers in Robbinsville, Windsor and neighboring municipalities are still experiencing low to non-existent water pressure, an issue which began Thursday.

Per Aqua, the situation is due to an unanticipated water well failure.

Aqua says it continues to work on the issue and while a company representative said late Thursday afternoon “the pressure gradient will increase overnight as we continue to pressurize the system,” that development did not materialize.

As a result, Sharon Elementary School was forced to close today, while Pond Road Middle School and Robbinsville High will be dismissed early. There currently is no exact timeline from Aqua to resolve the low water pressure issue.

Please conserve water whenever possible.

The Township will continue to pass along any information as it becomes available.



Improper Left Turn Resulted In Fatal Crash In Lawrence Township Yesterday

June 2, 2023-Update

LAWRENCE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Police say that on June 1, 2023 at approximately 12:17 p.m., the Lawrence Township Police Department responded to the area of Brunswick Pike (Route 1) and Franklin Corner Rd for a motor vehicle crash involving a dump truck and a sedan.

The driver of the dump truck (Suleyman Durdu, 28-year-old male from Bordentown, NJ) sustained moderate non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the sedan (Daijah McKithen, 18-year-old female from Lawrenceville, NJ) succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced deceased on-scene

The investigation into this fatal crash has determined that the cause was the result of an improper left turn made by the driver of the sedan (Ms. McKithen). Video evidence obtained by investigators showed the sedan driving northbound on Brunswick Pike in the center lane. As the sedan approached the traffic signal at Bakers Basin Rd, the sedan made an abrupt left turn towards Franklin Corner Rd across several lanes of traffic. As the sedan attempted to cross the highway, the dump truck traveling southbound impacted the sedan on the southbound side of the highway. It was determined that the traffic signal was green for both north and southbound Brunswick Pike traffic.

The driver of the dump truck has been admitted to a local medical facility and is being treated for non-life-threatening injuries. No charges are expected to be filed against the driver of the dump truck.

Any any witnesses to this crash are asked to contact Officer Thomas Everist @ 609- 896-1111 / teverist@lawrencetwp.com or Detective Paulina Way @ 609-844-7133 / pway@lawrencetwp.com.



18-Year-Old Killed In Crash Involving Dump Truck On Route 1, South Bound Roadway Reopened In Lawrence Township

June 1, 2023

6:30 p.m. UPdate: Route 1 South Bound Reopened

3:30 p.m. UPDATE:

On June 1st, 2023 at approximately 12:17 p.m., the Lawrence Township Police Department responded to the area of Brunswick Pike (Route 1) and Franklin Corner Rd for a motor vehicle crash involving a dump truck and a sedan.

The driver of the dump truck (Suleyman Durdu, 28-year-old male from Bordentown, NJ) sustained moderate non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the sedan (Daijah McKithen, 18-year-old female from Lawrenceville, NJ) succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced deceased on-scene.

The Lawrence Township Police Department was assisted by the Lawrence Township Fire Department & Emergency Medical Services, Capital Health System Advanced Life Support and Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office.

Details of the crash are under investigation; any witnesses are asked to contact Officer Thomas Everist @ 609-896-1111 / teverist@lawrencetwp.com or Detective Paulina Way @ 609-844-7133 / pway@lawrencetwp.com


Update: The roadway is backed up at least 3 miles south bound on route 1 to the West Windsor border near Quakerbridge Road. Police are closing Route 1 South Bound at I-295

North Bound Route 1 traffic delay is about 3/4 mile according to Google Traffic

LAWRENCE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Emergency service personnel are on scene at a serious crash on Route 1 South bound at Franklin Corner Road and Bakers Basin Road. All lanes south bound are closed and being diverted. Avoid the area. It appears that a dump truck has ran into a gas station on the south bound side of the highway. Further details to follow as they become available.


NJ DOT – TOC South: Crash with Property Damage and Police department activity on US 1 southbound Franklin Corner Rd/Bakers Basin Rd (Lawrence Twp) All lanes closed and detoured 5-10 minute delay use caution

511nj camera images

Photos sent to MidJersey.news from passerby stuck in stopped traffic.


NJ Public Safety News Alerts

East Windsor Mayor Janice Mirnov Administers Oath Of Office To Two New Police Officers

May 31, 2023

EAST WINDSOR TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Mayor Janice S. Mironov administered the oath of office to new police officers Daniel Burgess and Anthony Clayton at a recent ceremony.

Police Officer Daniel Burgess, an East Windsor Township resident, graduated from the Ocean County Police Academy in April 2022 and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Justice Studies from Montclair University.  Prior to joining the East Windsor Police Department, Officer Burgess worked as a Law Enforcement Officer for the Surf City Police Department, and will be assigned to Uniform Services.

Police Officer Anthony Clayton, who also will be assigned to Uniform Services, graduated from the Ocean County Police Academy in February 2023.  Prior to joining the East Windsor Police Department, Officer Clayton worked as a Law Enforcement Officer for the Seaside Park Police Department. 

Mayor Mironov welcomed family members and police officers in attendance, and stated,  “This is an exciting evening for East Windsor Township and our Police Department, as we welcome two new police officers to our department.  I congratulate new Police Officers Burgess and Clayton who successfully passed the selection process to become part of our East Windsor team. We wish them a great and satisfying career here, and look forward to their service to our community.”


East Windsor Township Mayor Janice S. Mironov administered the oath of office to new Police Officer Anthony Clayton (center left) and new Officer Daniel Burgess (center right) in a ceremony attended by Chief of Police James Hart (right), elected officials and other police officers.


Trenton Fire Department Quickly Extinguishes Fire In Two Residential Buildings

May 30, 2023

TRENTON (Mercer) – Two apartment buildings in the Chambersburg section of the city were damaged by fire Tuesday night (May 30). The blaze in the 100 block of Butler Street occurred only about two blocks away from where several homes were gutted by a three-alarm blaze on Sunday (May 28). It was shortly before 9:55 p.m. when firefighters from Engines 3, 7 and 10, Ladder 2 and Rescue 1 were dispatched in response to multiple 911 calls reporting a fire. Firefighters arrived to find smoke and fire at the rear of 120 Butler Street. The “All Hands” signal for a working fire was transmitted and additional firefighters from Engine 1, Ladder 4 and Special Services 1 were dispatched. It was soon confirmed that the fire had spread to the adjacent building at 118 Butler Street. Multiple hoselines were placed in service and the bulk of the fire was quickly knocked down. Trenton EMS personnel were on scene but there were no immediate reports of any injuries. The blaze was officially declared under control at 10:40 p.m. by Battalion Chief Dave Smolka. The cause remained under investigation.   


Missing Man Found Safe After Search Of Mercer County Park, West Windsor

May 31, 2023-UPDATE

WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–West Windsor Police report that the missing man was found safe early this morning in a message around 6:00 a.m. Police, Fire and Rescue crews searched many trails at Mercer County Park in to the early morning hours. No further details were provided.

May 30, 2023

WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–A search is under way in the East Picnic Area of Mercer County Park and surrounding area for a man that went missing that suffers from dementia. Olegas Poplavskis walked away from his camp site earlier today and has not returned. He was last seen wearing red/yellow black striped t-shirt, black jeans, and gray shoes. If you happen to encounter Olegas Poplavskis please contact West Windsor Police Department at 609-799-1222


Olegas Poplavskis was found safe after walking away from his camp site yesterday. After an extensive search of Mercer County Park and surrounding areas it was reported he was found safe sometime before 6:00 a.m. No further details were released.



One Dead, Five Others Injured In Fiery West Windsor Crash On Route 1

May 30, 2023

WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–West Windsor Police say that at 4:21 a.m., WWPD Communications detailed Patrol Units to a Serious Motor Vehicle Crash on US Route 1 North at Washington Road.  Upon Patrol’s arrival, they immediately began to render first aid to the occupants of both two vehicles.  Vehicle #1 (2011 Honda Accord), which was embedded into trees in the AT&T parking lot, had been occupied by five people and was on fire.  Two of the occupants were still entrapped inside of the burning car.  Vehicle #2 (2023 Kia Sorrento) was found within the Penns Neck Circle disabled from the crash and sustained unknown injuries.  Police Officers worked valiantly to free the remaining occupants of the Honda Accord.  Princeton Junction Fire Company, West Windsor Fire Company, and West Windsor Emergency Services worked in unison to extinguish the raging fire and assist the injured parties.  In addition, Princeton Fire Department, Plainsboro EMS #100, Lawrence EMS #129, Princeton EMS #168, Trenton EMS (TEMS), and Capital Health Medics arrived on scene.  Ultimately, the remaining occupants were removed from Honda Accord.  The front seat passenger of the Accord sustained life threatening injuries and all lifesaving efforts were being employed.  The four other occupants, including the driver of Vehicle #1 and Driver #2 all sustained injuries which were later considered non-life threatening.  All six of the injured were transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center for treatment.  The front seat passenger of Honda Accord succumbed to his injuries at the hospital.  Police say that no identities are being released at this time.  

The initial investigation at the scene revealed the following: A 2011 Honda Accord was traveling east bound on Washington Road at the Penns Neck Circle (with US Route 1).  2023 Kia Sorrento was traveling north bound on US Route 1 North.  The Honda Accord attempted to cross all lanes of US Route 1 North & South.  The Honda Accord collided with Kia Sorrento in the US Route 1 North lanes.  The Honda continued off of the roadway where it struck a traffic light stanchion and a street sign on the grass median (for Washington Road).  The Honda continued in a northeasterly direction, reentered the roadway, entered into the AT&T parking lot where it struck numerous trees at the back portion of the lot, and came to its final resting place on fire.  The Kia Sorrento continued in a northeasterly direction and came to its final resting place facing east in the Penns Neck Circle off of US Route 1 North. 

 Washington Road between US Route 1 North and Fairview Avenue was closed for approximately (5) hours.  US Route 1 traffic was delayed in the area for the same duration.  The Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office Serious Collision Response Team (MCPO SCRT) responded to the scene to assist with the ongoing investigation.  If anyone has any pertinent information to share into this collision, please contact Traffic Officer E. McQuade #97 at (609) 799-1222, our Anonymous Tipline at (609) 799-0452, or McQuade@westwindsorpolice.com.

Driver #1:  Resident of Somerset, NJ 
  Passenger of Vehicle #1:  Resident of  Somerset, NJ *DECEASED*
  Passenger of Vehicle #1:  Resident of Somerset, NJ 
  Passenger of Vehicle #1:  Resident of Somerset, NJ 
  Passenger of Vehicle #1:  Resident of New Brunswick, NJ 

Driver #2:  Resident of Ewing, NJ  


3 Juveniles Arrested In Trenton, NJ After Fleeing Gun Store Robbery In PA; 2 Other Actors On The Loose

May 30, 2023

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Middletown Township Police, Bucks County, PA told MidJersey.news that they received a call for an burglar alarm around 3:00 a.m. at LugerMan located 1872 East Old Lincoln Highway
Langhorne PA. Upon arrival they found that thieves accessed the gun store though the second story. The police started a pursuit with a stolen KIA out of Philadelphia, (stolen May 23), heading towards Falls Township, Morrisville, and then Trenton, NJ. Falls Township set up stop sticks near the Calhoun Street Bridge entering Trenton, NJ. After the tire deflators activated the vehicle that was being pursued came to a stop near the bridge in Trenton. Five subjects ran from the vehicle. Trenton Police set up a perimeter and were able to capture three of the five subjects within an hour. The three subjects detained were juveniles from Philadelphia, PA. The three subjects will be detained in New Jersey according to Middletown Police and Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office and Buck’s County District Attorney’s Office. Bucks County will seek extradition back to Bucks County at a future date.


Firefighters Battle 3-Alarm Fire In Trenton

May 28, 2023

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–While area residents enjoyed the Memorial holiday weekend, city firefighters had a tough battle on their hands today (Sunday, May 28) as they worked tirelessly to contain and extinguish a stubborn multi-alarm blaze involving several houses in the 200 block of Mott Street.

The fire was reported around 11:15 a.m. A column of smoke in the sky alerted firefighters to a working fire long before they arrived. When they did reach the scene, they reportedly found heavy fire and smoke coming from the homes at 209 and 211 Mott Street, located between Chestnut and Whittaker avenues.

A second alarm was quickly sounded. Eventually, every on-duty city fire company was called to the scene, escalating the incident to third alarm status. Later additional units – staffed by off-duty city firefighters who were recalled to work – were brought in to further assist with operations. Neighboring fire companies from Hamilton, Lawrence, Bordentown and elsewhere relocated into empty city firehouses to cover in case another fire broke out.

Numerous hoselines were placed in service to attack the blaze from the interior. As conditions became too dangerous to continue interior operations, firefighters were ordered to evacuate the structures and transition to exterior defensive operations. A third home, believed to be 207 Mott Street, also became involved in fire. Firefighters worked hoselines from the front and rears on the ground, and also from the roof of an adjacent uninvolved structure. Later, Ladder 4’s aerial was raised and its elevated master stream placed in service to flow water through the collapsed roofs of 209 and 211 Mott Street.

There were no immediate reports of any injuries, however at least one dog was reportedly rescued. Trenton EMS had multiple crews on scene to help keep firefighters safe. The Signal 22 canteen and a rehab unit from Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad were on the scene providing exhausted firefighters with refreshments.

The blaze was still burning three hours after it was first reported but the flames were contained. Representatives of the American Red Cross were on scene to assist displaced residents. The number of people displaced was not immediately known but officials at the scene estimated it at between 15 and 30.

This is a preliminary report. Additional information will be added as details become available. 


Photos and story: Michael Ratcliffe


Photos: Brian McCarthy


Photos: Anthony Greco


Ewing Man Dies From May 14 Brunswick Ave. Shooting In Trenton

May 27, 2023

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–The Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office has confirmed that Justin Reed, 24, of Ewing, died on May 22, 2023, as a result of injuries he sustained in the May 14, 2023 shooting on Brunswick Avenue.

No arrests have been made and Mercer County Homicide Task Force is now investigating in conjunction with the Shooting Response Team.  Anyone with information is asked to contact MCHTF Detective Andrew DiStefano at (609) 989-6406 or Sgt. Roberto Reyes at (609) 256-0997.  Information can also be emailed to mchtftips@mercercounty.org.

This makes the 11th homicide in Trenton for 2023


Names of the 2023 Trenton Homicide Victims

  1. 1/16/2023 Donnell Williams, 29, Trenton, Shooting.
  2. 2/12/2023 Stephanie Vil, 34, of Burlington, Shooting.
  3. 2/16/2023 Khalil Glanton, 23, Trenton, Stabbing.
  4. 3/24/2023 Harold Rosario, 19, Trenton, Shooting.
  5. 3/26/2023 Nyeisha Saunders, 41, Trenton, Shooting.
  6. 3/09/2023 Jhosse Tolentino, 23, Trenton, Shooting
  7. 4/14/2023 Daniel Garvin, 46, Trenton, Shooting
  8. 4/20/2023 Ralph Conquest, 43, of Lawrence, Shooting
  9. 5/14/2023 Roger Martinez-Rodriguez, 27, Trenton, Stabbing
  10. 5/14/2023 Justin Reed, 24, of Ewing, Shooting (died May 22)
  11. 5/26/2023 Sherief Treadwell, 36, Trenton, Shooting

Shooting Response Team Investigating Trenton Shooting

May 27, 2023

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Detective Lieutenant, Nathan Bolognini told MidJersey.news that the Trenton Police Shooting Response Team near Hudson and Bayard Streets last night that occurred around 10:10 p.m. A male victim was approached by a male suspect on foot who shot him in both legs. The victim was transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center and the victim is listed in stable condition at this time. No additional details are available at this time.


Earlier in the evening police responded to a fatal shooting at Oakland and Hoffman streets at approximately 8:42 p.m. Officers observed the victim’s vehicle drive away from the area of the shooting, lose control and strike several parked cars in the area of 524 Hoffman Avenue. As officers began to render aid to the victim, they observed that he was suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The victim, identified as Sherief Treadwell, 36, of Trenton, NJ, was transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

You can read that MidJersey.news story here:


Fatal Shooting In Trenton Under Investigation

May 27, 2023

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–The Mercer County Homicide Task Force and the Trenton Police are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred Friday evening in Trenton, Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri reported.

Trenton police officers were alerted to gun shots in the area of Oakland and Hoffman streets at approximately 8:42 p.m. on Friday, May 26th, 2023. Officers observed the victim’s vehicle drive away from the area of the shooting, lose control and strike several parked cars in the area of 524 Hoffman Avenue. As officers began to render aid to the victim, they observed that he was suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The victim, identified as Sherief Treadwell, 36, of Trenton, NJ, was transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact MCHTF Detective Elijah Phillips at (609) 414-2006 or Sgt. Roberto Reyes at (609) 256-0997.  Information can also be emailed to: mchtftips@mercercounty.org.

Additional shooting:


Names of the 2023 Trenton Homicide Victims

  1. 1/16/2023 Donnell Williams, 29, Trenton, Shooting.
  2. 2/12/2023 Stephanie Vil, 34, of Burlington, Shooting.
  3. 2/16/2023 Khalil Glanton, 23, Trenton, Stabbing.
  4. 3/24/2023 Harold Rosario, 19, Trenton, Shooting.
  5. 3/26/2023 Nyeisha Saunders, 41, Trenton, Shooting.
  6. 3/09/2023 Jhosse Tolentino, 23, Trenton, Shooting
  7. 4/14/2023 Daniel Garvin, 46, Trenton, Shooting
  8. 4/20/2023 Ralph Conquest, 43, of Lawrence, Shooting
  9. 5/14/2023 Roger Martinez-Rodriguez, 27, Trenton, Stabbing
  10. 5/14/2023 Justin Reed, 24, of Ewing, Shooting
  11. 5/26/2023 Sherief Treadwell, 36, Trenton, Shooting

Memorial Day Commemoration Held In Robbinsville

May 26, 2023

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Robbinsville Township held a Memorial Day Commemoration last evening at the Memorial in Community Park off Gordon Road at 6:00 p.m. The ceremony hosted by Robbinsville American Legion Post 530 and Robbinsville Township honored all who served and many who have died defending our Nation in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Thank you to all who serve and have served, some paying the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms.


Photos provided by: Robbinsville Township



Body Recovered From Delaware River In Hamilton Township

May 25, 2023

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Sgt. Philip Curry of the New Jersey State Police, Office of Public Information told MidJersey.news that yesterday May 24, 2023, around 2:00 p.m., the body of a deceased individual was recovered from the shoreline of the Delaware River in the area of Lamberton Rd. in Hamilton Twp., Mercer County. The identity of the deceased is unknown at this time. This incident is under investigation and there are no additional details available at this time.


The Delaware River near the Scenic Overlook last night.


East Windsor Township Introduces Plastic Film Recycling And Encourages Residents To Participate In Recycling Challenge

May 23, 2023

EAST WINDSOR TOWNSHIP.  Mayor Janice S. Mironov announced East Windsor Township is participating in the “Trex Plastic Film Challenge,” enabling Township residents to recycle plastic film products.  Residents are encouraged to collect and recycle plastic bags and film, which can now be dropped off at the Public Works Facility on Ward Street & Etra Road and during East Windsor Township Recycling Days (next event, Wednesday, July 12 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.).  The types of plastic film which can be dropped off for recycling are:  grocery bags, bread bags, bubble wrap, dry cleaning bags, newspaper sleeves, ice bags, plastic shipping envelopes, Ziplock and other re-closable food storage bags, cereal bags, case overwrap, salt bags, pallet wrap and stretch film, wood pellet bags and produce bags.

Trex manufactures composite decking and railing from recycled plastics it reclaims from these collected grocery bags and other plastic film.  To capture more bags and plastic film, Trex sponsors an annual challenge program rewarding groups who collect more than 500 pounds of plastics within six months with a free bench.

Mayor Mironov stated,  “Plastics do not fully decompose but break down into smaller and smaller pieces, so these microplastics pose a huge risk to wildlife and are extremely difficult to clean up.   Recycling plastic bags and film reduces harmful plastic pollution from littering our community, wildlife habitats and green spaces.  The Trex Challenge is a creative way to eliminate grocery bags and other plastic film from our waste stream, which need to be separated from the curbside recycling program as they can damage the mechanical equipment used during the recycling process.  Designating our Public Works Facility on Ward Street & Etra Road as a drop-off site enables residents to participate in the challenge.”

 “East Windsor Township continues to be a leader in recycling and last year, more than 14,000 tons of recyclables were collected in the Township, and this initiative expands those efforts.”  Mayor Mironov continued,  “Not only is recycling plastic film beneficial for the environment, but it saves taxpayers money by helping to reduce landfill tipping fees.”



TWW Begins Water Storage and Distribution Improvements With the Demolition of Its Prospect Street Site

May 23, 2023

Trenton, N.J. — Trenton Water Works (TWW) will begin the demolition of two buildings at 942 Prospect Street near the 124-year-old Pennington Avenue Reservoir to prepare the site for constructing two 8-million-gallon concrete storage tanks in the spring of 2024.

“We’ve given the contractor the green light to remove any hazardous material and demolish the buildings on the site,” said Mayor W. Reed Gusciora. “We anticipate that it will take three months for the site to be completely cleared and readied for the next phase of the water utility’s storage and distribution system improvements project.”

IBN Construction Corporation is undertaking the $520,000 hazardous material cleanup and demolition of the two 25,000 and 13,000 square-foot buildings on the 2-acre site, with technical guidance and project oversight from engineering firm Barton & Loguidice. The work, awarded through public bidding, will take approximately three months to complete.

Demolition and preparation of the site at 942 Prospect Street is Phase 1 of TWW’s $44-million Storage and Distribution System Improvements Project launched in 2020. The project aims to decentralize and protect treated drinking water produced by the water-filtration plant on Route 29 South in Trenton, ultimately retire the open-air Pennington Avenue Reservoir, and improve system resiliency. 

Recently, Trenton City Council approved a resolution for TWW to engage a consultant to assist in developing a comprehensive plan to strengthen the management of the 124-year-old reservoir. Scientists from Princeton Hydro, a Trenton-based engineering firm, work with TWW to achieve this goal.

The storage-and-distribution-system improvements are part of Trenton Water Works’ six-year, $405 million capital plan to modernize the TWW system. This work includes the removal of lead infrastructure through TWW’s Lead Service Line Replacement Program (LSLRP), which recently received a $5.3 million grant to replace lead services with safer copper lines in parts of South Trenton. Since the LSLRP’s inception in 2019, TWW has removed nearly 10,000 lead services from its water distribution system and private homes in Trenton, Hamilton Township, Ewing Township, and Lawrence Township.

In recent years, TWW has completed several multimillion-dollar capital projects designed to improve system performance, resiliency, and water quality. These include replacing the water-filtration plant’s 24 dual-media filters, chlorine contact basins, and raw-water intake, and upgrading the control system. In its water-distribution system, TWW has cleaned and lined water mains in Ewing and Hamilton Townships and is preparing to replace 1.5 miles of water main on Olden Avenue in Ewing Township.       

Also, TWW is advancing its $20 million smart meter project, replacing thousands of 25-year-old meters with water meters that meter readers can read remotely. In addition to modernizing water meters, this work will help the water utility improve billing data collection and efficiency.

To maintain high chlorine levels in its water distribution to mitigate the growth of pathogens, including Legionella, TWW will install flushing devices systemwide in targeted areas over the next 12 months. These devices will flush water mains to improve water quality, a $1.2 million project. TWW is working with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) to determine permanent locations for installing the flushers. Last October, Trenton Mayor Reed Gusciora’s administration signed a Unilateral Administrative Order with the NJDEP to assist the water utility with its work to improve water quality, advance capital projects, and increase operational performance.

“We are advancing our significant plans to improve water quality, undertake millions in capital work, improve operations, and train our dedicated workforce in order to benefit our customers and service-area residents and optimize the operation of one of America’s oldest public water systems,” added Mayor Gusciora.

Purchased by the City of Trenton in 1859, Trenton Water Works (TWW) is one of the oldest and largest publicly owned water systems in the United States. TWW supplies approximately 28 million gallons of water per day to a quarter-million consumers in a five-municipality service area comprised of Trenton, Ewing Township, parts of Hamilton Township, Lawrence Township, and Hopewell Township. TWW operates a 60-million-gallon water-filtration plant and water-distribution system that consists of a 100-million-gallon reservoir, 683 miles of water mains, three pump stations, nearly 8,000 valves, 3,517 fire hydrants, and six interconnections between TWW and other water suppliers. TWW serves approximately 63,000 metered customers.


Police Investigate Shooting In Trenton

May 23, 2023

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Detective Lieutenant, Nathan Bolognini told MidJersey.news that the Trenton Police Department, Shooting Response Team is investigating a shooting in the first block of Tucker Street this morning. An 18-year-old was found shot in the stomach and transported to the Trauma Center at Captial Health Regional Medical Center where he remains in stable condition. No other information is available at this time.


Firefighters Respond To Refrigerant Leak In Hamilton Store

May 20, 2023

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Just after 6:00 p.m. Hamilton Township Fire Department was dispatched to BJ’s Wholesale Club at 900 Marketplace Boulevard for a reported smoke condition in the rear of the store and the building was evacuated. Upon arrival and investigation, it was determined to be a coolant leak from a large refrigeration unit in the store. A short time later Trenton Fire Department Hazardous Materials Team was called to the scene as well at PSE&G and the Township Fire Marshal. Firefighters set up positive pressure ventilation fans to clear the store of the referigerant. The hazardous materials technicians used monitoring equipment to ensure that the referigerant was dissipating. Just before 8:00 p.m. the Trenton Fire Department Hazardous Materials Team cleared the scene and several Hamilton units stayed on the scene to continue using fans to clear the store. A repair technician was dispatched to make repairs to the cooling system. Once all levels were safe firefighters cleared the scene.



Multiple Vehicle Crashes On NJ Turnpike In Robbinsville

May 20, 2023

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–At 10:51 a.m. the Robbinsville Township Fire Department/EMS and Hightstown First Aid Squad were dispatched to the inner roadway at mile post 63 south bound for a multi-vehicle accident. Upon arrival it appeared to have been up to eight vehicles involved in the crash. The injuries appeared to be minor BLS type injuries. It was unclear if anyone was transported to the hospital from the crash. There was a traffic delay of over one mile south bound and about 3/4 of a mile on the inner roadways.

At 11:16 a.m. the Robbinsville Township Fire Department/EMS and Hightstown First Aid Squad responded to the south bound inner roadway at mile post 60.2 for another crash. It appeared that a cab had hit the NJ Barrier of the inner roadway and occupants were transferred to the ambulance. It was unclear what hospital the occupants were transported to.


Crash on New Jersey Turnpike at mile post 63 south bound inner roadway involving what appeared to be at least 8 vehicles.


Crash in Robbinsville Township on NJ Turnpike at mile post 60.2 south bound inner roadway involving a taxi.


Truck Exhaust Causes Smoke Scare At Trenton Water Works

May 19, 2023

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Around 9:15 a.m. several 9-1-1 calls were received for a large column of smoke coming from the Trenton Water Works Filtration Plant on Route 29. Smoke could be seen coming from the rear of the structure as reported by many people in the area. Upon arrival of the Trenton Fire Department it was determined to be smoke from a truck exhaust at the right side of the building. Firefighters returned to their stations and determined it was several good intent calls.

Several posts made on Facebook and other social media were inquiring about the smoke condition.


Photos by: Brian McCarthy, OnScene News

Firefighters And Investigators Sill On Scene At Multi-Alarm Fire In Hamilton Township

May 19, 2023

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Hamilton Township reported that as of 12:15 p.m. on Friday, May 19, 2023, the building at 533 Whitehead Road continues to have fire activity with hot spots in multiple areas of the property. Whitehead Road and Sweetbriar Avenues are expected to remain closed through the weekend. 

The Hamilton Township Construction Official has ordered the demolition of a portion of the property to ensure that Whitehead Road may be reopened to traffic. Utility crews have set up temporary arrangements for power to the area and continue to work on a long-term solution. Residents recommended to evacuate were allowed to return to their homes mid-day on Thursday, May 18. 

The incident continues to be investigated by the Hamilton Township Police, Hamilton Township Fire Investigation Unit, and the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office. Any witnesses are asked to contact the Hamilton Police Division at (609) 581-4000 or the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office at (609) 989-6351.





Photos of the demolition by: Julie Higgins



Photos above: Anthony Greco


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Former Trenton Standout Visits Trenton (MLK/JR HIGH 1) For Soccer/Football Camp Training Just Days before 5 Alarm Blaze 

May 19, 2023

By Christopher Melvin Sr. 

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Dan Penix (who currently resides in Monmouth County, New Jersey) was a star athlete at Trenton Central High School back in the late 80’s thru early 90’s. 

A standout Track and Soccer player for the Tornadoes, Penix went on to accept a Track scholarship to Rider University in 1991 and later served in the Military and even played the sport of Soccer professionally before becoming an Olympic Development Coach and one of the top Youth Soccer coaches in the country. 

On Saturday, May 13, 2023, Penix took time away from his busy schedule and was back in his hometown of Trenton assisting, mentoring, and coaching up the youth of Trenton for the second time within the year. Penix’s efforts, in conjunction with the TMA Center 501c3 non-profit organization, put on it’s third Spring session of its Sports Builds Character Soccer/Training session, which has been sponsored by the likes of 2023 Super Bowl participants, The Philadelphia Eagles, held at the MLK Junior Middle School field in Trenton.

Alongside the TMA Center’s Founder/CEO Chester Jones, Penix informed the youth how he, like them grew up in Trenton and even attended the large prominent yet vacant school that stood in the background. “That’s the junior high school I attended as a youth,” explained Penix. “A lot of memories come across my mind looking over there … that’s Junior High School #1 (which later became the Martin Luther King Jr. School) … the school was huge and had everything in it including a gymnasium and Olympic sized pool.” 

“I wish they do something with it (the school) … LOOK … it’s been vacant for like 20 years and is still standing.”

Penix, added. “The youth today don’t really understand the history and significance of this school.”

Unfortunately, just two days away from reminiscing about his former school, the NJ historical monument was up in flames.

On Monday, May 15, 2023 at approximately 2:15 pm emergency calls were placed about flames coming out of the roof of the school as the historical building burned down throughout the entire day resulting in a 5-alarm fire.

“WHEN I HEARD ABOUT IT AND SAW IT ON THE NEWS … ALL I COULD DO WAS SHAKE MY HEAD,” said Penix, who is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Incorporated which has a motto being “Culture for Service and Service for Humanity”.

“I’m glad no one was injured … After being up there for the event – I immediately contacted my dad and shared the videos and pictures of me there with the youth with the school in the background just yards away … Now it’s gone … I’m saddened and shocked … this one hurts,” Penix added.

For some, the loss of such a monumental stature within the State’s – should spark a movement for immediate improvement.

“Think about it for second! This building has been in deplorable condition for close to 20 years now, and it’s sad that it took something like this to spark a conversation to tear it down,” said Chester Jones. 

“Our “Sports Build Character” program co-sponsored by the Philadelphia Eagles, have been held on the MLK Jr. Middle school field for several weeks now, and our kids have had to train on the field with this blight in the background,” Jones added.

“This is the reason why we are steadfast in asking for support from our community and city leadership to help the TMA Center create a safer environment that is conducive to the development of our youth, who have become desensitized to the unordinary conditions of our city.”

Dan Penix was a star athlete at Trenton Central High School back in the late 80’s thru early 90’s. A standout Track and Soccer player for the Tornadoes, Penix went on to accept a Track scholarship to Rider University in 1991 and later served in the Military and even played the sport of Soccer professionally before becoming an Olympic Development Coach and one of the top Youth Soccer coaches in the country. 




Trenton Tentatively Agrees To Pay $575,000 To Settle Suit Filed By Man Who Died After 2015 Encounter With City Police

May 18, 2023

By John Paff, Transparency NJ

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–

March 29, 2023 signed release indicates that the City of Trenton (Mercer County, NJ) has tentatively agreed to pay $575,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by the estate of a man who died after having allegedly been pepper-sprayed repeatedly and beaten by police and improperly placed in a four-point, hard restraint by hospital staff. According to a stipulation in the release, as well as the City Clerk’s May 2, 2023 Open Public Records Act (OPRA) response, the payment “is subject to council approval and is thus not finalized until such action is taken by that body.”

The following account is taken from both the estate’s lawsuit and a 38-page opinion issued on February 11, 2021 by U.S. Chief District Judge Freda L. Wolfson. Judge Wolfson’s opinion contains a great deal more context than the lawsuit given that it was authored after a significant amount of pretrial discovery had been conducted.

On the morning of June 15, 2015, Kevin Higgenbotham called 9-1-1 and reported that a trespasser was at his Bellevue Avenue home. First to arrive on the scene was Officer Carlo Cavalli who learned that the trespasser was actually Higgenbotham’s brother, Dwayne Jackson, who resided in the home along with their mother and other family members. Jackson told Cavalli that Higgenbotham had recently moved into the house after having an argument with his girlfriend. Jackson also told Cavalli that Higgenbotham, who was bipolar and had not been taking his medication, physically prevented him from entering the home but later allowed him to enter shortly before calling 9-1-1.

While the various accounts diverge a bit at this point, it appears from the opinion that Higgenbotham, who was getting agitated, demanded that Cavalli arrest Jackson for trespassing. Cavalli sent Jackson into the home in order to separate him from Higgenbotham shortly before Officer Samuel Gonzalez and Jackson’s and Higgenbotham’s mother, Adrienne, arrived. Adrienne explained to Cavalli that Higgenbotham was “acting crazy” and that she wanted him removed from the house. Jackson, however, reported to Cavalli that Higgenbotham had assaulted him (Higgenbotham said that was just a “play fight”) which Cavalli said established probable cause for Higgenbotham’s arrest for simple assault.

Cavalli’s and Higgenbotham’s statements conflicted as to whether Higgenbotham resisted arrest. Cavalli admitted, however, that he pepper-sprayed Higgenbotham and struck him with his baton when the pepper spray had no effect. After being sprayed, Higgenbotham fled inside the house, rinsed his face at the kitchen sink and then ran into the bathroom where he tried to close the door. When Cavalli and Gonzalez chased Higgenbotham into the house and prevented him from closing the bathroom door, Cavalli struck Higgenbotham three to five additional times with his baton. Despite the officers’ efforts, Higgenbotham fled away from the house. By this time several other officers arrived, including defendants Sergeant Jason Kmiec and Officer E. Ramos (see the note at the bottom of this article), and Higgenbotham was shortly thereafter handcuffed and taken into custody.

After Cavalli placed the handcuffed Higgenbotham into a police vehicle, Higgenbotham began to kick the door which caused damage. Cavalli and Gonzalez testified that they tried to secure Higgenbotham with a seatbelt in order to prevent him from kicking but that Higgenbotham pushed his head into Gonzalez to push him away from the vehicle. Gonzalez then pepper-sprayed Higgenbotham while he was restrained in the police vehicle. A neighbor, who witnessed the encounter, testified that she heard Higgenbotham say “I can’t breathe in here” three or four times and that she heard Gonzalez say “I’m tired of this s**t,” before opening the door to the police vehicle and pepper spraying Higginbotham. She also testified that after Higginbotham’s kicking increased after having been pepper-sprayed by Gonzalez, Gonzalez sprayed him again, an assertion that Gonzalez disputes.

Higgenbotham was taken to the Emergency Department of the Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton. The estate’s lawsuit alleges that ER nurse Michelle Micalizzi, who is named as a defendant, reported that Higgenbotham “became combative, causing her and the security officers to initiate four-points, hard restraints on [him].” Shortly thereafter, “Higgenbotham became unresponsive and suffered cardiac arrest and respiratory failure,” according to the lawsuit. The lawsuit alleged that Micalizzi and the security officers were not authorized to put Higgenbotham in a four-point restraint because the Medical Center’s policy requires that the use of such restraints can be ordered only by a physician.

Higgenbotham stayed at Capital Health on a ventilator until late June when he was admitted to Kindred Hospital in Philadelphia “for the purpose of being weaned off of the ventilator,” according to the lawsuit. From there, he went back and forth between hospitals and nursing facilities until he passed away on March 12, 2016. According to the court opinion, Higgenbotham died from sepsis.

According to the lawsuit, the Mercer County Medical Examiner determined that Higgenbotham suffered from cocaine related excited delirium during his June 15, 2015 encounter with police. This assertion was disputed by a forensic pathologist that the estate retained as an expert witness. The pathologist reportedly believed that “Higgenbotham was improperly restrained while he was a patient at [Capital Health], resulting in the deprivation of oxygen to his brain,” according to the lawsuit.

Judge Wolfson found that the officers were generally justified for their conduct prior to the point where Higgenbotham was handcuffed and placed into the police vehicle. However, “[w]ith respect to Officer Gonzalez’s use of force — the use of pepper spray in the rear compartment of the police car — after Higgenbotham was handcuffed, [Judge Wolfson found] that a genuine dispute of material fact exist[ed] as to whether Officer Gonzalez’s conduct was objectively reasonable.” The court also declined to dismiss the estate’s claims that that Cavalli, Ramos and Kmiec were liable for failing to intervene and stop Gonzalez from pepper-spraying Higgenbotham while he was handcuffed in the back of the police vehicle.

The $575,000 tentative settlement releases only Trenton and its employees from the estate’s lawsuit. The estate also named Micalizzi and Capital Health as defendants but dismissed its claims against them on September 11, 2017, approximately three months after the lawsuit was filed. Since Capital Health is not a public agency subject to OPRA, the existence or amount any settlement between the estate and these defendants will likely never be disclosed.

The events leading up to the estate’s lawsuit received substantial media coverage at the time. See, e.g., Trentonian, March 18, 2016, “Trenton man allegedly beaten into coma by cops dies,” by David Foster; Trentonian, September 5, 2017, “Improper restraints at Capital Health led to Trenton man’s death after ‘excessive force’ arrest, lawsuit says,” by David Foster and Trentonian, October 8, 2015, “9-1-1 recording: Trenton man allegedly clubbed into coma by cops called police for help,” by David Foster.

Of the four officers named as defendants in the lawsuit, two have retired, and the other two are still employed by Trenton.

According to city records and DataUniverse, Kmiec, who was born in 1970, had been employed by Trenton since 1994 and was promoted to lieutenant before his special retirement on April 1, 2021. As of December 2021, the last month for which DataUniverse makes this information available, Kmiec received a monthly pension allowance of $9,305.90. Cavalli, also born in 1970, qualified for special retirement in December 2018 after serving Trenton since 1992. As of December 2021, his monthly pension allowance was $6,005.31.

Ramos, hired on September 24, 2003, currently holds the position of sergeant with a salary of $130,206.13. Gonzalez, who was hired on April 11, 2005, serves as a detective and earns a current salary of $93,144.67.

The case is captioned Higgenbotham v. The City Of Trenton, Case No. 3:17-cv-04344 and the estate’s attorneys were Sharon A. King, now a Federal Magistrate Judge, and Stanley O. King of Voorhees.

Apart from the uncontested facts noted in the court’s opinion, none of the lawsuit’s allegations have been proven or disproven in court. The $575,000 payment does not constitute an admission of wrongdoing by any of the Trenton officers. Similarly, none of the allegations against Capital Health and Nurse Micalizzi have been proven. All that is known for sure is that Trenton or its insurer, for whatever reason, decided that it would rather pay the estate $575,000 than take the matter to trial. Perhaps the defendants’ decision to settle was done to save further legal expense and the costs of trying what were in fact exaggerated or meritless claims. Or, perhaps the claims were true and the defendants wanted to avoid being embarrassed at trial. This is the problem when cases settle before trial–it is impossible to know the truth of what really happened.

Note: The lawsuit does not provide Ramos’ first name. In response to my OPRA request, the City of Trenton also did not provide Ramos’ first name. According to DataUniverse, however, the only officer presently employed by Trenton with the last name of “Ramos” and a first initial of “E” is Eliezer Ramos. DataUniverse shows Eliezer Ramos enrolled in the Police And Firemen’s Retirement System on October 1, 2023 which is consistent with the City’s response to my OPRA request that E. Ramos was hired on September 24, 2003.

Author John Paff is Chairman of the New Jersey Libertarian Party’s Open Government Advocacy Project.


18-Year-Old Man Charged With First-Degree Murder And Related Offences In Hamilton Township

May 18, 2023

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri announced today that an investigation conducted by the Mercer County Homicide Task Force and the Hamilton Police Division has resulted in the arrest of a Burlington County man for the shooting death of Matthew Morales.

Joshua Davis, 18, of Fieldsboro, NJ, is charged with one count of first-degree murder, one count of second-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and one count of second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon. He was taken into custody without incident Wednesday afternoon in Mount Laurel. The prosecutor’s office has filed a motion to detain Davis pending trial.

Hamilton police officers responded to a shooting in progress in the 4900 block of S. Broad Street shortly after 1 a.m. on Wednesday, May 17, 2023. Upon arrival, officers located a male victim in the driveway of a home near Pilgrim Way suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim, identified as Morales, 28, of Blackwood, NJ, was transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead a short time later. Investigation revealed that Morales was shot during an altercation with Davis on S. Broad Street.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact MCHTF Detective Luis Vega at (609) 989-6406 or Sgt. Sherika Salmon at (609) 960-3119. 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.


Joshua Davis, 18, of Fieldsboro, NJ, is charged with one count of first-degree murder, one count of second-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and one count of second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon. He was taken into custody without incident Wednesday afternoon in Mount Laurel. The prosecutor’s office has filed a motion to detain Davis pending trial.



The scene yesterday on South Broad Street near Pilgrim Way and Main Street, Hamilton Township, Mercer County, NJ


Firefighters Battle 4-Alarm Fire In Hamilton Township

This is the 2nd large multi-alarm fire in the region within 12-hours and appears to be in warehouse/industrial use building.

HAMILTON, NJ – On May 18, 2023, at approximately 12:30 AM, Hamilton Fire Division was dispatched for a building fire at 533 Whitehead Road, the former Goodall Rubber building, now operated by Hakim International Trading.

While en route, the Battalion Chief on duty was notified of a large column of smoke visible from a distance from the location of the fire. The first arriving fire engine reported a large fire on two floors and determined that defensive operations would be used. Upon arrival on the scene, the Battalion Chief immediately transmitted a 2nd alarm to bring in surrounding towns. Several homes adjacent to the property were recommended to be evacuated for safety and to assist with firefighting response. 

The Hamilton Police Division has closed multiple roads in the area of the incident, and detours have been established. The Hamilton Township Construction Officer has determined that portions of the building require demolition. As such, we anticipate that the intersection of Whitehead Road and Sweetbriar Avenue will be closed through Friday morning’s commute.

At its peak, the fire was operating at four alarms with 26 firefighting units from 14 municipalities on scene. The NJ Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) is on scene taking air quality samples, and no concerns have been detected thus far. One firefighter sustained non-life threatening injuries and was transported to Robert Wood Johnson Hamilton hospital for evaluation.

We appreciate the fourteen area municipalities, the Hamilton Police Division, the Hamilton Township Building Inspections Division, the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, and the NJDEP for their assistance.

The incident is being investigated by the Hamilton Township Police, Hamilton Township Fire Investigation Unit, and the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office. Any witnesses are asked to contact the Hamilton Police Division at (609) 581-4000.

Above photos provided by: Hamilton Township


Original MidJersey.news story below:

May 18, 2023

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Firefighters are on the scene of a multi-alarm fire in the 500 Block of Whitehead Road near Sweet Briar Avenue. The fire was dispatched around 12:35 a.m. for 533 Whitehead Road, with reports of fire on the first and second floor with a large column of smoke in the air. A second alarm was called immediately sending help from surrounding towns to the scene.

The address for 533 Whitehead Road comes back to Sweet Briar West Industrial Park and appears to be a mix of warehousing and industrial use. The building was formerly part of the Goodall Rubber Complex.

Traffic Advisory:

Please avoid the area of WHITE HEAD RD and SWEETBRIAR AVE. Fire Units on scene of a wear house fire. Expect closures until further notice.

***Street Closings in the area***

SLOAN AVE/KLOCKNER RD (closed)

WHITE HEAD RD/RT 1 (Closed)

RT 1 North Bound down to 1 Lane

WHITE HEAD/THIRD AVE (CLOSED)

ASSUNPINK BLVD (CLOSED)

This is still a very active fire scene and further details will be provided later in the day.

This is the second large commercial warehousing/industrial type building fire within 12-hours. As some fire departments were being relieved at the South Brunswick warehouse fire they responded to this warehouse fire in Hamilton Township.






This is the second large warehouse industrial building fire in the region as some firefighters were returning from South Brunswick they responded to Hamilton Township for another multi alarm fire.

https://midjersey.news/2023/05/17/over-150-firefighters-continue-to-work-at-warehouse-office-commerical-building-multi-alarm-fire-in-south-brunswick/