Category: Mercer County

Vehicle Crash With Entrapment In Ewing Township

May 27, 2022

EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Ewing Township Firefighters, EMS and Police responded to a motor vehicle accident with extrication on West Ingham Avenue near Kelsey Avenue at 1:12 p.m. Firefighters were able to extricate the trapped occupants. EMS transported the injured to a local hospital for treatment. Ewing Township Police is investigating the crash. No further details are available at this time.


Photos by: Brian McCarthy, OnScene News



Shots Fired Near Trenton Firefighters Again

May 27, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–It was only yesterday when a bullet went flying through a window of a Trenton Fire Station on West State Street. Today a fire department engine calls in shots fired as a Shot Spotter activation comes into Trenton Police in the area of Southard Street and New Willow Street around 1:14 p.m. The firefighters asked for police to respond since they heard several gunshots near their location. Police, Trenton EMS and Captial Health Paramedics responded to the scene. There were reports of a person shot but it was unclear if anyone was hit and transported to the hospital.

Then around 4:47 p.m. in the 1500 Block of West State Street shots were fired but there were no victims found. This was also in the area of Trenton Engine 9 the same area were a bullet flew though the window near the “watch desk” of the fire station yesterday.

Trenton Police are investigating the shootings.

No further information is available at this time.




Trenton Police in the area of Southard Street and New Willow Street around 1:14 p.m. Photos by: Brian McCarthy, OnScene News


No Serious Injuries Reported In Old York Road Crash

May 26, 2022

ROBBINSVILLE – UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP — Around 9:44 p.m. 9-1-1 calls were received for a crash at the intersection of Old York Road and Herbert Road, NJ State Police and Robbinsville Police responded to the scene. It appeared that a vehicle proceeded though a stop sign on Herbert Road and crossed Old York Road and came to rest on an embankment on the opposite side of Old York Road.

Hope Fire Company of Allentown and Robbinsville Township Fire Department and EMS were detailed for reported injuries. Upon arrival of emergency services, it was determined that the injury was minor, and no transport was needed.

Firefighters stood by while a tow truck from Treat’s Garage, Mackey’s Towing removed the vehicle.

Robbinsville Township Police Department is investigating the accident.

No further details are available.


Fatal Crash On East State Street Extension In Hamilton Township Under Investigation

5/27/2022 UPDATE from Hamilton Township Police Division:

On May 26, 2022 at approximately 9:10 pm, a 2016 Nissan Versa, driven by a 36yoa male from Easton Pennsylvania, was traveling northbound on E. State St Extension near Montana Ave when it entered into the right-side shoulder of the roadway and struck the rear of a 2020 EAS Trailer, owned and operated by David’s Express, of Hamilton NJ, which was parked and unoccupied in the shoulder of E. State St Extension.  The driver of the vehicle was transported to Capital Health Hospital at Fuld where he succumbed to his injuries.  His name is being withheld pending notification to family.

The crash is being investigated by Officers B. Wood, F. LaVacca, and C. Clugsten of the Hamilton Police Traffic Unit.          

Any witnesses are asked to contact the Hamilton Police Traffic Unit at (609)581-4000.    


Original MidJersey.News story here:

May 26, 2022

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Hamilton Police, Hamilton Township Fire Department, RWJ EMS and Captial Health Paramedics responded to East State Street Extension near Montana Avenue for a serious crash where a car rear ended a tractor trailer around 9:15 p.m. The occupant was extricated by the fire department and transported to the Trauma Center at Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton. Hamilton Township Police Division is conducting a serious crash investigation.

The story will be updated as information becomes available.



Photos by: Brian McCarthy, OnScene News


Serious Crash On Pitman Ave In Hamilton Township

May 26, 2022

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Hamilton Police say that on May 26, 2022 at approximately 5:50pm, a 2003 Acura TL, driven by Ashley Williams, 35yoa female from Hamilton, was traveling southbound on Pitman Ave near Rennie St when she lost control of her vehicle and struck a tree.  The Acura continued traveling southbound and Ms. Williams was ejected from the vehicle before the vehicle finally came to a stop.  Her front seat passenger, Cedric Williams, 59yoa male from Hamilton, had to be extricated from the vehicle by members of the Hamilton Fire Division.  Both the driver and front passenger suffered serious injuries and were transported to Capital Health Hospital at Fuld for treatment.  A rear seat passenger, 11yoa male, was uninjured and released to a family member

          The crash is being investigated by Officers C. Clugsten, B. DiBiasi, and F. LaVacca of the Hamilton Police Traffic Unit.

          Any witnesses are asked to contact the Hamilton Police Traffic Unit at (609)581-4000.    



Another Trenton, NJ Firehouse Shot Up By Neighborhood Gun Violence

The last firehouse to be shot was only a month ago, when one firefighter working out on an elliptical trainer in the firehouse gym was struck by gunfire inside the station.


May 26, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–A month to the day another Trenton Firehouse has been shot up again by neighborhood gun violence.

Trenton Police Department, Detective Lieutenant Bethesda Stokes stated that at 4:26 p.m. police responded to 1519 West State Street for a Shot Spotter activation of eight rounds. Police discovered that Trenton Fire Department Engine 9’s quarters had been struck. No one was injured. 

It was exactly a month ago on April 26, 2022 that a city firefighter narrowly escaped serious injury when he was grazed by a stray bullet while he was on duty working out at the firehouse of Engine 1 and Ladder 1 on Calhoun Street.


Above photos by: Brian McCarthy OnScene News


MidJersey.news has reached out to the Trenton Firefighters Union FMBA Local 6 and 206 for comment.


Statement from FMBA Local 6 President Andres Perez:

Firefighters in the city already have a dangerous job, running into burning buildings and going to EMS calls where violent crimes have been committed. And that is just a small bit of our duties as firefighters in the capital city. While we go to these calls knowing there is danger we take calculated risks to do what’s best for city residents. These risk don’t usually consist of doing our duties at a watch desk and having gunfire erupt and actually hit the buildings and in within the past month actually hit a firefighter. The administration both Fire and the city is usually reactive, however in these cases we have yet to see anything from our administration. This has been all to familiar in recent years with the uptick of crime and gunplay within the city. Both police and fire seem to not have the resources nor the funding to do their jobs efficiently and safely. Even with the previous shooting at Calhoun we have yet to do any proactive measures to help protect Firefighters while within the walls of their respective stations.FMBA Local 6 President Andres Perez


Union Spokes Person for both locals, Kevin Soto who happened to be hit by gunfire working out at the Calhoun Street firehouse during the shooting last month stated:

“What we need is bullet proof windows and some kind of safety for all of us, what are they waiting for? For one of us to be dead? This has got to stop man! Now I can’t go to work without having to worry about if I’m going to make it home to my family just sitting around in the firehouse. We all put our lives on the line every single day to save another life. When we are called upon to perform our duty but we don’t go to work to sit like ducks waiting to get shot. I signed up for this job to save another life and knowing mines can be at risk in the process of doing that duty and I’m ok with that. What I am not ok with is sitting at a firehouse table talking to all my brothers and sisters waiting for the tones to drop and end up getting shot. This needs to stop! Our safety needs to be put first and they need to put up bullet proof windows, etc. around all firehouses and police departments if they care so much about us. Show us and stop giving us a political show and start making moves actions speak louder than words! — Kevin Soto FMBA Locals 6 and 206 Spokesperson and shooting victim from Calhoun Street Firehouse


The photos above show a bullet hole that came though the window near the “watch desk” The watch desk is where firefighters sit and monitor the radio desk for calls to respond to.


This is still a developing story check back for further information.



You can read previous MidJersey.News stories on the Calhoun Street Firehouse being shot up here:



Photos by: Brian McCarthy, OnScene News


21 Men Arrested in Undercover Operation Targeting Child Predators Using Social Media to Lure Children for Sex

Charges Stem from “Operation Risky Business,” a Collaborative Investigation Led by the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, Division of Criminal Justice, New Jersey State Police, and U.S. Homeland Security Investigations

May 26, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–New Jersey Acting Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin and Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri today announced the arrests of 21 alleged child predators in “Operation Risky Business,” a multi-agency undercover operation targeting individuals who allegedly were using social medial in an attempt to lure underage girls and boys for sexual activity.  The defendants will be prosecuted by the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office and the Division of Criminal Justice.  

The underage “children” were, in fact, undercover officers.  Most of the defendants in Operation Risky Business were arrested at either the undercover residence in Hamilton Township or another meet-up location, including the Hamilton Train Station. Those who went to the undercover house allegedly expected to find their victims home alone. Instead, they found law enforcement officers prepared to arrest them and process any evidence seized.  Those arrested include four Megan’s Law registrants, an injury lawyer from Georgia, an information technology worker, a dump truck driver, and a pastry chef from the Pocono Mountains region. One defendant was arrested and charged in two cases because he was chatting online with two separate undercover officers.

The operation was led by the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Unit, the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice Financial and Cyber Crimes Bureau, and the New Jersey State Police, in collaboration with U.S. Homeland Security Investigations, and additional federal, state and county law enforcement agencies listed below.

“Operation Risky Business is a great example of how successful law enforcement agencies can be when they collaborate across all levels like they did here by proactively investigating and arresting predators who sought to sexually exploit children,” said Acting Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin. “We are committed to working collaboratively in order to aggressively investigate and prosecute sex offenders. But we also need parents to talk to their children about the dangers of social media and let them know not everyone who they encounter online is who they initially claim to be.”

“Not in Mercer.  Not our children.  Not under my watch.  That’s the message we are sending to sexual predators with collaborative efforts like Operation Risky Business,” said Prosecutor Onofri.  “Social media sites have become hunting grounds for individuals looking to exploit children.  Law enforcement will continue to use every investigative tool at our disposal to aggressively pursue and prosecute these predators that attempt to exploit our most innocent victims, but we can’t do it alone.  Parents and guardians can do their part by remaining vigilant.  Talk to your children about the dangers that exist on social media and gaming apps, and monitor their online activity.”

“Through collaborative efforts like this, we are sending a strong message to parents that we must remain vigilant and do our part to protect children by keeping communication open and warning them about the dangers of the Internet,” said Director Lyndsay V. Ruotolo of the Division of Criminal Justice. “We will continue to work with our law enforcement partners across all levels to investigate, apprehend, and prosecute offenders who attempt to sexually exploit children. There is no higher priority than keeping our children safe.”

“Operation Risky Business was a complete success; however, it is also a sobering reminder that there is no shortage of online predators willing to exploit children.” said Colonel Patrick J. Callahan, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police. “We remain committed to seeking out these criminals but remind parents and guardians that they need to be aware of the dangers that exist online and do their part to actively monitor and safeguard their children’s activity.”

“HSI is committed to supporting coordinated operations, helping ensure the children of our communities are protected from dangerous predators,” said Special Agent in Charge Jason J. Molina of HSI Newark.

About half of the arrests in Operation Risky Business were made over a four-day period from April 7 through April 10.  The defendants were from New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and one from Georgia.  They are variously charged with offenses including second-degree attempted luring, second-degree attempted sexual assault, third-degree attempted endangering the welfare of a child, and fourth-degree attempted criminal sexual contact.  Arrest warrants for the remainder of the suspects were forwarded to the U.S. Marshals Service, who tracked down the rest of the alleged predators over the last few weeks.

The undercover law enforcement members who conducted the chats with the defendants were specially trained members of the New Jersey ICAC Task Force. The defendants typically initiated contact based on profiles posted on social media platforms by the undercover detectives and agents. The social platforms that were used in these encounters included Kik, Skout, Whisper, Grindr, GROWLr, and MeetMe.  Once chatting began, the undercover officers clearly identified themselves as underage girls or boys.  Despite that information, the defendants allegedly engaged the purported “children” in conversations about sex, and all 21 defendants are alleged to have made arrangements to meet the “children” for sex.  Some of the chats were conducted over a period of several weeks leading up to the “meet-up” week when arrests were made.

Prosecutor Onofri advised parents to familiarize themselves with the apps their children use, as well as signs that their children may be targets of online exploitation.  “Spending an increasing amount of time online, becoming secretive about their online conduct, switching screens or closing tabs or windows whenever a parent is close, using sexual language they would not be expected to know and becoming emotionally volatile, these are all red flags,” he said.

The undercover house was staffed with dozens of law enforcement officers, analysts and attorneys.  Attorneys and detectives drafted search warrants for electronic devices that were seized from the defendants.  These devices were taken to the forensic computer laboratory at the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office for full forensic examinations.  These examinations, which are ongoing, will enable investigators to determine if the devices contain evidence of any prior encounters by the defendants with underage victims, which might constitute additional cases of luring, sexual assault or child endangerment.

The defendants were lodged in the Mercer County Correction Center until detention hearings were held.  Three defendants – Gregory Barger (who is a registered sex offender in Pennsylvania), Justin Wann, and James Hendryx – were ordered detained in jail pending trial.  The other defendants were released subject to stringent pre-trial monitoring conditions, including at a minimum reporting regularly to Pre-Trial Services staff and prohibitions from using the internet except for work or having any unsupervised contact with children under 18.

The following 21 men were arrested in Operation Risky Business and are charged as indicated.  They allegedly believed they were communicating with a minor as described in parentheses.  The prosecuting agency is also specified.


  1. Laurentiu Tonea, 41, East Windsor, NJ.  (Girl, 14)  Tonea is an information technology worker in Edison, NJ.  Charges: Attempted sexual assault, two counts of attempted endangering the welfare of a child, attempted criminal sexual contact, attempted luring.  The Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office (MCPO) is prosecuting.

  2. Richard Parsons, 42, Cumming, GA.  (Girl, 14)  Parsons is an injury lawyer.  Charges: Two counts of attempted endangering the welfare of a child, attempted criminal sexual contact.  MCPO is prosecuting.

  3. Michael Kramer, 52, Philadelphia, PA.  (Girl, 15)  Kramer is a dump truck driver. Charges: Attempted endangering the welfare of a child, attempted sexual assault, attempted possession of child pornography, attempted manufacturing of child pornography.  MCPO is prosecuting.

  4. Robert Franklin, Gloucester City, NJ.  (Girl, 13)  Charge: Attempted endangering the welfare of a child. MCPO is prosecuting.

  5. Jesus Clavel Villa, 49, Trenton, NJ.  (Girl, 14)  Villa is a cook in Trenton.  Charges: Attempted sexual assault, attempted luring, attempted endangering the welfare of a child.  The Division of Criminal Justice (DCJ) is prosecuting.

  6. Moises Cortes Diaz, 35, New Brunswick, NJ.  (Girl, 13)  Diaz is a self-employed painter.  Charges: Attempted sexual assault, attempted luring, attempted endangering the welfare of a child, attempted manufacturing of child pornography.  DCJ is prosecuting.

  7. Joseph Roman, 31, Denville, NJ.  (Girl, 14)  Roman is unemployed and a registered sex offender.  Charges: Attempted sexual assault, two counts of attempted endangering the welfare of a child, attempted manufacturing of child pornography.  MCPO is prosecuting.

  8. Emanuel Rodriguez, 25, Trenton, NJ.  (Girl, 14)  Charges: Two counts of attempted endangering the welfare of a child, attempted manufacturing of child pornography. MCPO is prosecuting.

  9. Gregory Barger, 37, Morrisville, PA.  (Girl, 14)  Barger is a self-employed painter and a registered sex offender in Pennsylvania.  Charges: Attempted sexual assault, attempted luring, attempted endangering the welfare of a child, attempted kidnapping.  MCPO is prosecuting.

  10. Justin Wann, 35, Paulsboro, NJ.  (Girl, 14)  Wann is a self-employed painter.  Charges: Attempted sexual assault, attempted luring, attempted kidnapping, attempted criminal sexual contact, attempted endangering the welfare of a child.  MCPO is prosecuting. (Also see # 16 for second case)

  11. Frank Duggan, 54, Bordentown, NJ.  (Girl, 14)  Duggan is unemployed.  Charges: Attempted sexual assault, attempted luring, attempted endangering the welfare of a child, attempted manufacturing of child pornography.  DCJ is prosecuting.

  12. Nestor Alonso Chappuis, 37, Hamilton, NJ.  (Girl, 14)  Chappuis is unemployed and a registered sex offender.  Charges: Attempted sexual assault, attempted luring, attempted endangering the welfare of a child.  MCPO is prosecuting.

  13. Evan Sluka, 27, Blakeslee, PA.  (Girl, 14)  Sluka is a chef in Stroudsburg, PA.  Charges: Attempted sexual assault, attempted luring, attempted endangering the welfare of a child, attempted criminal sexual contact.  DCJ is prosecuting.


  14. James Hendryx, 26, Hamilton, NJ.  (Boy, 14)  Hendryx is unemployed.  Charges: Attempted sexual assault, attempted luring, attempted endangering the welfare of a child.  MCPO is prosecuting.

  15. Kyle Zang, 31, Stewartstown, PA.  (Girl, 14)  Charges: Two counts of attempted endangering the welfare of a child, attempted manufacturing of child pornography.  MCPO is prosecuting.

  16. Justin Wann, 35, Paulsboro.  (Girl, 14)  Wann is a self-employed painter.  Charges: Four counts of attempted endangering the welfare of a child.  MCPO is prosecuting.  This second case is based on an additional chat with another undercover officer.

  17. Christopher Baez, 36, New York, NY.  (Girl, 14)  Baez is a restaurant worker.  Charges: Two counts of attempted endangering the welfare of a child, attempted manufacturing of child pornography.  MCPO is prosecuting.

  18. Joseph Zekas, 49, Williamstown, NJ.  (Girl, 13)  Charges: Attempted sexual assault, attempted criminal sexual contact, attempted endangering the welfare of a child.  MCPO is prosecuting.

  19. Taylor Picillo, 29, Hamilton, NJ.  (Boy, 14).  Picillo is employed by a solar energy equipment supplier in Rocklin, CA.  Charges: Attempted sexual assault, attempted luring, attempted endangering the welfare of a child, resisting arrest.  MCPO is prosecuting.

  20. William Oldham, 45, Williamstown, NJ.  (Girl, 14)  Oldham is a fence installer. Charges: Two counts of attempted endangering the welfare of a child, attempted manufacturing of child pornography.  MCPO is prosecuting.

  21. Charles Amer, 50, Maple Shade, NJ.  (Girl, 13)  Amer is a warehouse laborer and a registered sex offender.  Charges: Attempted endangering the welfare of a child, attempted luring.  MCPO is prosecuting.

  22. Yohann Rigogne, 41, Philadelphia, PA.  (Girl, 14)  Rigogne is unemployed.  Charge: Attempted endangering the welfare of a child.  MCPO is prosecuting.

Second-degree charges carry a sentence of five to 10 years in state prison and a fine of up to $150,000, while third-degree charges carry a sentence of three of five years in prison and a fine of up to $15,000.  Fourth-degree charges carry a sentence of up to 18 months in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

Prosecutor Onofri commended all of the individuals and agencies who conducted Operation Risky Business.  He thanked the members of the ICAC Unit who led and coordinated the operation for the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, particularly Sergeants Joe Paglione and Michael Castaldo, under the direction of Chief of Detectives Jessica Plumeri.  He also thanked Assistant Prosecutor Alycia Beyrouty, chief of ICAC, and Chief Jillian Carpenter of the state Division of Criminal Justice Financial and Cyber Crimes Bureau.

He further commended all of the members of the New Jersey State Police who worked on Operation Risky Business, under the direction of Colonel Patrick J. Callahan, particularly Lieutenant Stephen Urbanski and Detective Sergeant Paul Sciortino, and all of the special agents of U.S. Homeland Security Investigations – Cherry Hill Field Office, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Jason J. Molina, particularly Supervisory Special Agent John Fitch.

Prosecutor Onofri also thanked the following federal, state and county agencies that assisted in Operation Risky Business:

  • New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice Financial and Cyber Crimes Bureau
  • New Jersey Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
  • Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office
  • Mercer County Sheriff’s Office
  • Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office
  • Camden County Prosecutor’s Office
  • Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office
  • Mercer County Central Motor Pool

The charges against the defendants in Operation Risky Business are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.  Because they are indictable offenses, they will be presented to a grand jury for potential indictment.



Three Individuals Indicted For Scheme To Defraud U.S. Department Of Defense


Linda Mika, 70, and Paul Mika, 74, both of Jackson, New Jersey, and Kenneth Mika, 50, of Ewing, New Jersey, are charged by indictment with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and five counts of wire fraud in connection with the scheme. Kenneth Mika was additionally charged with two counts of making false statements.


May 26, 2022

TRENTON, N.J. – Three New Jersey, individuals were indicted today for their role in a years-long scheme to defraud the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) by providing military equipment parts that were not authorized under the governing contracts, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced.

Linda Mika, 70, and Paul Mika, 74, both of Jackson, New Jersey, and Kenneth Mika, 50, of Ewing, New Jersey, are charged by indictment with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and five counts of wire fraud in connection with the scheme. Kenneth Mika was additionally charged with two counts of making false statements.

According to documents filed in this case:

From at least March 2016 through April 2020, the Mikas conspired with each other and others to defraud the DoD and one of its combat logistic support arms, the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), by engaging in a pattern of unlawful product substitution. Paul Mika was the founder and owner of Monmouth Marine Engines Inc. (Monmouth Marine), a maritime equipment and servicing facility, which, as an approved federal contractor, also entered into contracts with DLA to supply DoD contracting entities with replacement hardware for DoD’s military branches. Linda Mika, Paul Mika’s wife, and Kenneth Mika, Paul and Linda Mika’s son, were employees of Monmouth Marine.

The Mikas, on behalf of Monmouth Marine, obtained contracts with the DoD by falsely claiming that the military parts they contracted to provide would be exact products furnished by authorized manufacturers or suppliers. Once awarded the contracts, however, the Mikas sourced non-conforming substitute parts at a significantly reduced cost to fill the contracts. They did this to maximize their profit margin while also suppressing fair competition in the bidding of federal contracts. Upon receipt by Monmouth Marine, the non-conforming parts were then shipped to DLA in packaging disguising the parts’ identities in an effort by the Mikas to deceive DLA and its unwitting downstream purchasers.

During an audit of Monmouth Marine conducted in February 2020, Kenneth Mika falsely stated to DLA auditors that Monmouth Marine had been authorized by certain representatives of the Defense Contract Management Agency to substitute parts under DLA contracts. Kenneth Mika repeated these false representations to FBI and Defense Criminal Investigation Service agents in July 2020.

Each count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and wire fraud is punishable by a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a maximum $250,000 fine. Each count of making false statements is punishable by a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a maximum $250,00 fine.

U.S. Attorney Sellinger credited special agents of and the U.S. Department of Defense, Office of Inspector General, Defense Criminal Investigative Service, Northeast Field Office, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Patrick J. Hegarty; and special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge Michael Messenger with the investigation leading to today’s indictment.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric A. Boden of the U.S. Attorney=s Office Criminal Division in Trenton.

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

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Defense counsel:

Linda Mika: Dennis C. Carletta Esq., Cedar Grove, New Jersey
Kenneth Mika: Eric W. Moran Esq., New York
Paul Mika: Timothy R. Anderson Esq., Red Bank, New Jersey






Victim of Shooting Arrives At Capital Health With Gunshot Wound To Leg

May 25, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Trenton Police say that at 7:21 p.m. police responded to 38 N. Hermitage Ave for a Shot Spotter activation of five rounds. A short time later a male arrived at the Trauma Center at Capital Health Regional Medical Center with a gunshot wound to the leg. The victim is in stable condition. Police are investigating the shooting anyone with information is asked to contact Trenton Police Department.


File Photo by: Brian McCarthy



Firefighters Quickly Knock Down Fully Involved Welding-Repair Van Fire At Amazon Warehouse In Robbinsville

Firefighters kept flames from spreading to nearby trailers; a burn victim was treated and transported to hospital.

May 24, 2022

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–At 7:10 p.m. the Robbinsville Township Police Department received several 9-1-1 calls reporting a fully involved vehicle fire at the Amazon Warehouse on New Canton Way near Gordon Road. Responding police and firefighting units reported a large column of smoke coming from behind the warehouse in the truck parking area. Robbinsville Township Fire Department and Hope Fire Company of Allentown arrived on location and quickly knocked down the flames coming from a welding repair van. Firefighters kept flames from spreading to other trailers in close proximity to the fire. A small amount of firefighting foam was used to help snuff out stubborn spot fires during overhaul. Robbinsville EMS treated a burn victim believed to be the welder that was making repairs to a trailer. That person was transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton, NJ. The Robbinsville Township Fire Marshal is investigating the fire. The fire was contained to the van and immediate area, there was no damage to the warehouse or nearby trailers. The parking lot was shut down during the firefight and returned to normal operation after the fire was extinguished.




Police Investigate Stabbing Near Intersection Of Lalor And Beatty Streets In Trenton

May 24, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–According to Trenton Police Detective Lieutenant Bethesda Stokes, at 2:02 p.m. Police received a 9-1-1 call reporting a stabbing at the intersection of Lalor and Beatty Streets. The victim was stabbed in the chest two times. Trenton Police, Trenton EMS, Captial Health Paramedics and Trenton Fire Department all rendered aid to the victim. The condition of the victim is not known at this time. Police say that the suspects are two Hispanic males. The investigation is active. If you have any information related to the stabbing please contact Trenton Police Department


Photos and video by: Brian McCarthy, OnScene News



State Police and Partners Arrest 17 Fugitives, Including Individuals Wanted for Violent Crimes in Mercer County

May 24, 2022

Trenton, NJ (MERCER)–The New Jersey State Police Fugitive Unit coordinated a two-day cooperative mobile deployment that led to five firearms recovered and the arrest of 17 fugitives in Mercer County. This deployment is part of a comprehensive initiative to reduce violent crime statewide.

Detectives from the New Jersey State Police Fugitive Unit, Crime Suppression Central Unit, K-9 Central Unit, Real Time Crime Center Central Unit, Gangs & Organized Crime Central Unit, and Cyber Crimes Unit, along with members of the United States Marshals Service NY/NJ Regional Fugitive Task Force, the New Jersey Department of Corrections Special Operations Group, Mercer County Sheriff’s Office, and the Trenton Police Department conducted a two day Mobile Deployment Initiative (MDI) in the Mercer County area. The targets for the operation were identified through various investigative means including street-level intelligence, patrol advisories, and information provided by the various units within the New Jersey State Police’s Intelligence Section, Mercer County Sheriff’s Office, Trenton Police Department Intelligence and an analysis of current crime trends in the City of Trenton, provided by the Real Time Crime Center Central Unit.

From Thursday, May 12, to Friday, May 13, a total of 17 fugitives wanted by state, county, and local law enforcement agencies were apprehended at various locations in Mercer County. Those arrested were wanted for crimes including weapons/firearms offenses, aggravated assault, robbery, burglary, and various drug offenses. During the two-day initiative, five firearms were recovered and all suspects were lodged at Mercer County Jail.

“By working together to locate and apprehend dangerous fugitives we help reduce crime and make our communities safer,” said Acting Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin. “I commend the New Jersey State Police and our federal, state, county, and local partners for their work in this proactive crime suppression effort.”

“The New Jersey State Police works closely with our law enforcement partners, and we are committed to keeping our communities safe,” said Colonel Patrick J. Callahan, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police. “We target these violent offenders to get them off our streets and make sure they are swiftly brought to justice.”

Charges are mere accusations, and the accused are considered innocent until proven guilty.


Man Sitting On His Porch And Two Vehicles Struck By Gunfire In Drive By Shooting

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)—Trenton Police say that at 11:12 p.m. last night May 23, 2022, police responded to a Shot Spotter Activation for 5 rounds at 38 Walnut Avenue. Detective Lieutenant Bethesda Stokes said that it appeared that two vehicles were traveling on the street opened fire and struck two parked vehicles and a man sitting on his front porch. The man was struck in the left arm and was transported to the Trauma Center at Capital Health Regional Medical Center with non-life-threating injuries.

The investigation is still active and anyone with information is asked to contact Trenton Police Department.



Three Shot On MLK Boulevard In Stable Condition At Captial Health Regional Medical Center

May 23, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Trenton Police Detective Lieutenant Bethesda Stokes stated, that at 9:21 p.m. police responded to a call for gun possession in the area of the 700 Block of Martin Luther King Boulevard near Trent Street. While police were on scene at a park, they were advised that three individuals arrived at the Trauma Center at Capital Health Regional Medical Center with gunshot wounds. Victim #1 sustained a graze wound to the left leg and is in stable condition. Victim#2 sustained graze wound to the abdomen and left hand and two gunshot wounds to the right leg and is in stable condition, Victim #3 sustained 2 gunshot wounds to the left leg and is also in stable condition.

This is an active investigation. Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact Trenton Police Department.


10th Annual Senior Safety & Awareness Day Held At Robbinsville High School

May 23, 2022

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–The Senior Class at Robbinsville High School participated in the 10th Annual Senior Safety & Awareness Program on Friday, May 20, 2022.  Each year the program varies in speakers or morning event scenarios.  The event has been interrupted for the past two years due to the pandemic.  

Students listened to a young person’s road to recovery and had the opportunity to ask him questions about his downfalls and decisions to seek help. 

A video was made by faculty and staff who volunteered to share how a loved one’s addiction has impacted their own lives. 

The second part of the program involved various stations: personal defense training for all students, trauma resulting from poor judgment, hands-on lessons about drunk, high, and distracted driving, as well as fire safety and prevention.  Vehicle safety, including ride-sharing and hired transportation, was included also included in response to the past tragic loss of one of the high school’s graduates.  

This year’s Annual Senior Safety and Awareness program was funded with the generosity and grants from Police Benevolent Association, Robbinsville C.A.R.E. – Community Addiction Recovery Effort, and the Robbinsville U Got Brains Group.  Robbinsville Township, and Police and Fire Departments willingly donated personnel and materials and worked one on one with the students.  The program is organized by the Principal, School Resource Officer, Student Assistance Coordinator, Facilities Coordinator, and teacher volunteers. 

The program’s aim is to make a big impact on the students and the future decisions they will make as the Prom is here and college is just around the corner.


Above photos provided


Above photos from Robbinsville Township Fire Department Facebook page.



Man Shot Dead And Another Shot In Arm, In West Hanover Street Shooting – Update

UPDATE of MidJersey.News story from earlier this morning:

May 22, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, Public Information Officer, Casey DeBlasio stated that at approximately 1:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 22, 2022, Trenton police received three Shot Spotter activations for multiple locations in the 100 block of West Hanover Street.  Upon arrival, officers located an adult male lying on the sidewalk suffering a gunshot wound.  He was transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center and pronounced dead a short time later.  The victim has been identified as Ali Abdullah, 25, of Trenton.

While officers were on scene, a second shooting victim arrived at Capital Health Regional Medical Center by private vehicle.  The 30-year-old male suffered a gunshot wound to his shoulder area and was taken into surgery.  He is currently in stable condition.

The majority of the scene was located on the side of 142 West Hanover Street in the State of New Jersey parking lot.  Numerous shell casings were located on the sidewalk next to the location.  Two vehicles were parked in the lot, and one had been struck numerous times.

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


Names of the 2022 homicide victims in the City of Trenton:

  1. 2/15/2022 Antwone Barnes, 37, of Trenton, Stabbing
  2. 2/23/2022 Leonardo Fernandez, 32, of Trenton, Stabbing
  3. 3/01/2022 Shimon Nesmith Jr., 19, of Trenton, Shooting
  4. 3/03/2022 Helen Nelson, 73, of Trenton, Physical Assault
  5. 3/15/2022 Albert L. Barnes, 46, of Trenton, Shooting
  6. 3/25/2022 Sequoya Bacon-Jones, 9, of Trenton, Shooting
  7. 3/31/2022 Tahaad Goss, 16, of Trenton, Shooting
  8. 4/07/2022 Jaquir Queen, 26, of Willingboro, Shooting
  9. 4/09/2022 Leroy Davis, 31, of Trenton, Shooting
  10. 5/01/2022 Jamir McNeil, 25 of Trenton, Shooting
  11. 5/22/2022 Ali Abdullah, 25, of Trenton, Shooting


Photos by: Brian McCarthy, OnScene News




Ewing Police Vehicle Involved In Crash; Other Driver Made Illegal Turn In Path Of Police Vehicle

May 22, 2022

Update to last night’s story:

EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Ewing Township Police say that on Saturday, May 21 at approximately 9:20 p.m., a Ewing Police vehicle was involved in a two car motor vehicle crash in the 1600 block of Olden Avenue. Preliminary investigation has indicated that the driver of the second vehicle made an illegal turn into the path of the Ewing officer. The officer was not responding to an emergency at the time of the crash. Two parties were transported to local hospitals with complaints of pain. The Ewing officer was also transported to a local hospital with minor injuries and was later released. Investigation is still underway at this time and anyone with information regarding the crash is encouraged to contact the investigating officer, Sgt. Vagnozzi at 609-882-1313.



Trenton Police Investigate Double Shooting On West Hanover Street

UPDATE:

May 22, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)—Trenton Police Spokesperson, Detective Lieutenant Bethesda Stokes stated that at 1:02 a.m. Police responded to 153 W. Hanover Street for a Shot Spotter activation. When police arrived they located a black male not breathing on the side of 142 W. Hanover Street. Trenton Police started CPR, Trenton Firefighters, TEMS and Capital Health Paramedics arrived and took over CPR. The person was transported to the Trauma Center at Capital Health Regional Medical Center and a “trauma alert” was called en route to the hospital. Police also located a second victim shot in the shoulder and also transported to the hospital. Police found numerous shell casings at the scene during the continuing investigation. Anyone with any information related to the shooting is asked to contact Trenton Police Department.


Photos by: Brian McCarthy, OnScene News


Developing: Crash in Ewing Township Involving Vehicle With MG Plates

UPDATE HERE:

May 21, 2022

EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Sometime around 9:30 p.m. a crash occurred in the 1500-1600 Block of N. Olden Avenue (CR-622) in Ewing Township involving a municipal government vehicle and a car. It was unclear if there were any injuries, and the airbags were deployed on the vehicle with MG plates. The car suffered rear end damage and came to rest in the driveway of Pizza City. Ewing Police diverted traffic onto Arctic Parkway until the crash was cleared from the roadway. This is a developing story and when information becomes available the story will be updated. Check back for updates.


Firefighters Extinguish Construction Dumpster Next To House In East Windsor

May 21, 2022

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



Car Overturns On Route 1, Crashes Into Gas Station In West Windsor

May 21, 2022

WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–West Windsor Police, Emergency Service and West Windsor firefighters responded to U.S. Route 1 North Bound near Washington Road (CR-571) for an overturned vehicle into a gas station at 9:40 a.m. There were initial reports of entrapment and vehicle fire but upon arrival the occupants of vehicle were out of vehicle and was not on fire. The crash took out a gasoline pump and firefighters used an absorbent to help control the spilled gasoline. The vehicle was up righted and towed away. West Windsor Police Department is investigating the crash.



Robbinsville Firefighters Respond To NJ Turnpike Accident

May 21, 2022

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–At 9:13 a.m. the Robbinsville Township Fire Department, EMS and NJ State Police responded to the NJ Turnpike for an accident reported on the NJ Turnpike. Firefighters found a vehicle that hit the NJ Barrier in the area of Mile Post 64 North Bound of the inner roadway. The driver was suffering from non-life-threating injuries and was transported by Robbinsville EMS to a local hospital. Paramedics were called to meet the ambulance en route to the hospital. NJ State Police is investigating the crash.


Vehicle Found In D & R Canal Near Old Rose Street

May 20, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Just before 7:00 a.m. Trenton Police, Trenton Fire Department and Trenton EMS were detailed to the area of Old Rose Street for a vehicle in the water. Divers from Trenton Fire Department entered the D&R Canal to search the vehicle and no occupants were found in the submerged vehicle. Firefighters continued searching the canal for any victims but so far have not found any. The vehicle was in the process of being recovered. There are no further details available at this time.


Photos by: Brian McCarthy, OnScene News


“Angel Of Hope” Statue Recovered From Philadelphia Scrap Yard; Two Suspects Identified And Charged

May 19, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Trenton Police Department, Detective Lieutenant Bethesda Stokes stated that Today, May 19, 2022 the Angel of Hope statue was recovered from a scrap yard in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Trenton’s “Angel of Hope” monument was reported stolen from St. Michaels at the corner of North Warren & Perry Steets sometime over the weekend of May 6, 2022. A young homeless boy who picks up bibles from the church bookstore was the first to notice the statue was missing around 11:00 a.m. according to NJ 101.5

Police said from video surveillance footage obtained by the NJSP, Property Crimes Unit Detective Sergeant Kurfuss, Detectives Feliciano, Furman, Wood, Villanueva and Technical Services Unit Detective Michael Nazario of the Trenton Police Department were able to track down the vehicle used and individuals responsible for the theft. Two suspects have been identified and Charged with the offense.  The investigation is ongoing.

Thanks to the collaborative effort of the NJSP, Mercer County Prosecutors Office and Mercer County Sheriffs Department the Angel of Hope will be returned to its rightful home overlooking the city. 

The Angel of Hope was erected by Mayor Donal J. Connolly, Citizens Committee 1947-1959 and the City of Trenton. The monument was dedicated to the people of Trenton on October 27, 1986.


Trenton Police Department Photo:


Above photos by: Brian McCarthy



Two Shot On Tioga Street In Trenton

Update: According to Detective Lieutenant Bethesda Stokes of the Trenton Police Department at 12:54 p.m. in front of 250 Tioga Street two Hispanic males were shot. The suspect approached the victim and fired one shot into the window at the first victim sitting in the driver’s side of the car. The victim was shot at least once in the chest. The second victim was lying in the street and shot in the thigh and calf.  Both victims transported to Helene Fuld Hospital.

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TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Just before 1:00 p.m. shots rang out in 200 Block of Tioga Street. Trenton Police, Trenton Fire Department, Trenton EMS and Captial Health Paramedics responded to the scene. There were two victims found and an additional ambulance and paramedic unit were detailed to the scene. TEMS and Captial Health Paramedics transported two victims to Capital Health Regional Medical Center Trauma Unit and a “trauma alert” was called for both shooting victims. Trenton Police is on scene investigating the shooting. Story will be updated with further details from TPD when official information becomes available.


Photos and video by: Brian McCarthy



Mayor Gusciora Establishes Largest Public Safety Advisory Committee in New Jersey

Citizens’ panel will advise Mayor and Council in reports issued every six months; subcommittees to address particular needs in the community

May 16, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Today, Mayor W. Reed Gusciora established the largest public safety advisory committee in New Jersey, empowering 11 prominent members of the community to formalize the engagement process between City departments, community stakeholders, and the residents of Trenton.

“One mayor cannot do this alone. Two people, a mayor and a police director, can’t do this,” Gusciora said in a press conference at City Hall. “We must do this together. It’s going to take all of us. It’s going to take our police team, yes. But it’s also going to take our health team, our inspections team, our housing and fire and recreation teams.”

Known as the CHANGE (Citizens’ Health And Neighborhood Growth Engagement) Committee, its members will issue a public safety advisory report every six months, so that the administration, City Council, and other agencies like the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office and Trenton Public Schools can formally receive community feedback to inform decisions.



“It’s going to take community partners from the state, from Mercer County, and from inside our City — maybe even from City Council,” Gusciora continued. “But most of all, it’s going to take the engagement of our citizens. These remarkable citizens have offered their time and dedication as members of the inaugural CHANGE Committee. They are the leaders we need to start the discussion.”

The focus of the committee, laid out in the executive order, includes:

  1. Policies and Procedures
  2. Leadership, Talent, and Recruitment
  3. Use-of-Force Tactics and Less-than-Lethal Weaponry
  4. Community Relations and Partnerships

The eleven members of the CHANGE Committee are:

  • Charles Boyer
  • Jonette Smart
  • Kenneth Miles
  • Pearlie Ames-Murray
  • Phillip Bonaparte
  • Rachel Cogsville-Lattimer
  • Regina Thompson-Jenkins
  • Robert Donaldson
  • Rosa Lewis
  • Rosa Rosado
  • Timothy Jordan

The external agencies providing liaisons to the CHANGE Committee are:

  • Office of Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman
  • Office of State Senator Shirley Turner
  • Offices of Assembly Representatives Verlina Reynolds-Jackson & Anthony Verrelli
  • Trenton Public Schools
  • Trenton Housing Authority
  • Mercer County County Executive
  • Mercer County Commissioners
  • Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office

PHOTOS BY: Brian McCarthy OnScene News


3 Separate Shootings in Trenton, NJ Last Night

Update with information from TPD:

May 16, 2022

6:00 a.m. Update from Trenton Police:

627 Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard

Trenton Police responded to the area of 627 Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard – MLK at 11:45 p.m. for a Shot Spotter activation of multiple rounds fired. Police responded to the scene to locate a victim that was shot multiple times. The male is listed in critical but stable condition. Police report the investigation is ongoing.

80 Astbury Street

Trenton Police responded to area of 80 Astbury Street for a male shot at 11:41 p.m. When police arrived, they found a male with a gunshot wound to his hand and a laceration to his head from being pistol whipped. Trenton Police are investigating.


1:00 a.m. Update from Trenton Police: (Kirkbride Ave. Shooting)

Trenton Police received a ShotSpotter activation at 10:04 p.m. in the area of 125 Kirkbride Avenue. While Trenton Police were responding a female called reporting her adult son was shot. Police arrived and located a male suffering a gunshot to his lower leg and two-gunshots to his buttocks. Trenton PD reports taht the wounds were non-life-threatening and the investigation is ongoing.

See original MidJersey.News story below:


May 15, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Around 10:00 p.m. Trenton Police, Trenton Fire Department, TEMS and Captial Health Paramedics responded to the 100 Block of Kirkbride Avenue for a shooting victim. Less than a minute later the victim was reported in the area of Kirkbride Avenue and New Willow Street. EMS arrived on scene and treated the patient. The patient was transported to the Trauma Center at Captial Health Regional Medical Center at 10:16 p.m. and a “trauma alert” was called. Trenton Police are on scene investigating.


Two additional shootings were reported tonight, both around 11:45 p.m. a shooting on MLK Boulevard near Wayne Avenue. That person was transported to the hospital prior to the arrival of the Fire Department and EMS Services.

Another shooting at 80 Asbury Street near Steamboat Street at 11:45 p.m. a person was reported shot in the hand.




MidJersey.News file photos.


One With Reported Airway Burns and Others Injured in High-Rise Fire in Ewing Township; Building Evacuated, 2 Units Uninhabitable

May 15, 2022

EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–At 10:23 a.m. all Ewing Township Fire Departments responded to 1460 Parkside Avenue, an 8-story high-rise for a fire alarm. Around 10:29 a.m. a fire chief on scene upgraded the assignment to a 2nd Alarm with a reported fire on the 5th floor sending multiple departments to the scene. The fire was reported in Apartment 516 and firefighters knocked most of the fire down by 10:44 a.m. Three ambulances were called to the scene for smoke inhalation. One person was transported to the Trauma Center at Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton with airway burns and a trauma alert was called en route to the hospital. There were reports of fire damage to apartment 516 and the apartment below 416 are uninhabitable due to water damage.

This is the second fire this month at the building. Another fire on the 6th Floor was reported on May 2, 2022. Firefighters reported “Tonight (May 2, 2022, at 10:32 p.m.), Ewing fire companies were dispatched to a local high rise apartment building for an alarm activation. Engine 31 arrived first due. Upon their investigation, a fire was located on the 6th floor. Crews were already standing by at the standpipe and immediately deployed a hand line. Additional crews assisted with ventilation and investigation. Chief 31 had Parkside Avenue Command.”

This is still a developing story check back for further details when they become available.