Category: Mercer County

Robbinsville Community Day Festival Cancelled For Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021 Due To COVID-19 Concerns


September 17, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Robbinsville Community Day Festival Cancelled For Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021 Due To COVID-19 Concerns and outbreak at all three Robbinsville schools.

Statement from Robbinsville Mayor & Director of Public Safety Dave Fried

“It is with profound regret that due to an outbreak of COVID-19 at all three Robbinsville schools and a spike in cases throughout Robbinsville Township, tomorrow’s Community Day Festival at Community Park has been canceled.
Fireworks will still take place at approximately 8 p.m., but we are asking residents to remain with their vehicles and maintain a safe social distance. We’re obviously incredibly disappointed and heartbroken about this sudden development, as we were really looking forward to getting back to normalcy. However, the safety of our residents is paramount and comes before everything else. I know how disappointed many of you must be, but I cannot in good conscience move forward with this event in light of this outbreak. We wish a speedy recovery to all those infected and we will continue to work to ultimately break the back of this virus.”

Shooting Homicide on Race Street in Trenton Under Investigation

September 17, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–The Mercer County Homicide Task Force and the Trenton Police Department are investigating a shooting that occurred in Trenton early Friday morning that left one victim dead, Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri reported.

At approximately 12:53 a.m., on September 17, 2021, Trenton police were dispatched to a home on Race Street on a report of an unresponsive male. Responding officers located a 37-year-old male victim with gunshot wounds, identified as Jeff Charles of Trenton, NJ. He was pronounced deceased.

The investigation is ongoing, and no arrests have been made. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Bill Jones at the Mercer County Homicide Task Force office, (609) 989-6406. Tips can also be emailed to

Names of 2021* homicide victims: 

  1. 2/18/2021 Jabree Saunders, 26, from shooting on May 14, 2018
  2. 2/22/2021 Khalil Gibbs, 25, of West Windsor, shooting
  3. 2/25/2021 Lovelle Laramore, 60, of Trenton shooting
  4. 4/15/2021 Kaheem Carter, 22, of Trenton, shooting
  5. 4/20/2021 Shaquan McNeil, 25, of Trenton, shooting
  6. 4/24/2021 Cheryl Jones, 65, of Trenton, shooting
  7. 4/29/2021 Ramire Harvey, 25, of Trenton, shooting
  8. 5/15/2021 David Williams 36, of Trenton, shooting
  9. 5/29/2021 Edgar Geovani Sis-Luis, 34, of Trenton, aggravated manslaughter
  10. 7/05/2021 Dion Ellis, 16, Trenton, Shooting
  11. 7/14/2021 Pablo Herrera Chun, 53, Trenton, Shooting
  12. 7/19/2021 William Mitchell, 33, Trenton, Shooting
  13. 7/19/2021 Jermel Carter, 38, Trenton, Shooting
  14. 7/29/2021 Leonard Pettigrew, 58, Trenton, Shooting
  15. 7/30/2021 Shaquil Loftin, 23, Shooting, Trenton
  16. 8/01/2021 Daquan Basnight, 30, of Ewing, Shooting
  17. 8/13/2021 Javier Chaj-Ajtun, 33, of Trenton, Shooting
  18. 8/19/2021 Herberth Ramirez Pimentel, 37, of Trenton, Shooting
  19. 8/23/2021 Yanquai Edwards, 25, of Rancocas, NJ, Shooting
  20. 8/25/2021 Daron Cheston, 18, Trenton, Shooting
  21. 8/30/2021 Fred Davis, 43, Trenton, Shooting
  22. 9/06/2021 Shamiem Young, 26, Trenton, Shooting
  23. 9/17/2021 Jeff Charles, 37, Trenton, Shooting

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

Double Stabbing at Kingsbury Towers In Trenton

September 17, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Trenton Police, TEMS, Capital Health Paramedics and Trenton Fire responded to the West Tower of the Kingsbury Corporation around 12:15 a.m. for a stabbing. After locating two stabbing victims, It was reported that one of the victims was found near 4 Kingsbury Square.

Trenton EMS transporting one victim called a trauma alert at 12:23 a.m. The second unit with another victim called a trauma alert at 12:31 a.m.

According to Trenton Police Sgt. Ponticiello, two individuals involved in an alteration both were transported to hospital for treatment one of them was the  suspect and subsequently arrested.

No further information is available at this time.

TPD Charges Trenton Man for Illegal Dumping at Amtico Square

September 16, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Acting Trenton Police Director Steve Wilson today announced that a Trenton man was charged with illegal dumping and other offenses after an anonymous tip was reported to TPD about illegal dumping at Amtico Square.

Robert V. Phillips, 59, of Trenton, was issued a summons for illegal dumping, trespassing on city property, and failure to change address.

Detectives received an anonymous tip of illegal dumping at 67 Tyrell Avenue and Amtico Square. Upon arrival, detectives encountered Phillips at the back of his vehicle taking apart an air conditioning unit. After observing various parts of the air conditioning on the ground and the back of Phillips’ truck, detectives questioned Phillips, who admitted that he uses the area to break down materials and hasn’t lived in the home in eight years. Phillips stated that he is aware that the property is city owned. He was issued a summons, and police confiscated his vehicle without incident.

The charges were made pursuant to Director Wilson’s Daytime Task Force, which seeks to provide additional resources to address quality of life issues throughout the City of Trenton, including aggressive panhandling, prostitution, speeding, illegal dumping, and open-air drug dealing.

“This instance of illegal dumping is the perfect example of why we formed our Daytime Task Force,” said Director Wilson. “We are going to use every tool at our disposal to keep our neighborhoods safe and clean. My thanks go out to the residents who passed along the information and the detectives who responded promptly to the scene.”

“We constantly strive to create an administration that is responsive to longstanding resident concerns, and illegal dumping has been a problem for far too long,” said Mayor Gusciora. “Trenton residents gave us a mandate, and we’re responding accordingly. Let this case be an example to others that the entire community and the TPD are on the lookout for these crimes.”

Anyone witnessing illegal dumping or have information regarding quality-of-life concerns should contact the TPD anonymous tip line at (609) 989-3784.

The charges and allegations are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

East Windsor Police Blotter Through September 15, 2021

September 16, 2021

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–The East Windsor Township Police Department initiated the following police reports through Wednesday, September 15, 2021.

1) DUI
Location: Dutch Neck Road/Woodside Avenue Time/Date: 11:10 PM, 9/10/2021

The officer conducted a motor vehicle stop after observing a vehicle fail to observe a red traffic signal on Route 130 south at Town Center Road. The individual exhibited signs of impairment and was placed under arrest after failing field sobriety tests. The individual was later released pending court action.



Victor Guachisaca East Windsor, NJ 46 Years of Age

· Careless Driving Reckless Driving
Refuse to Submit to Breath Tests Failure to Observe Signal

Arresting Officer: Patrol Officer Christopher McDermott

2) Obstructing
Location: Route 130/Old Cranbury Road Time/Date: 11:25 AM, 9/12/2021

The officer conducted a motor vehicle stop on Route 130 north near Old Cranbury Road after discovering that the driver’s license was suspended. During the motor vehicle stop, the passenger provided a false name to the officer. The individual’s true identity was discovered and he was placed under arrest for obstructing and active warrants. The individual was later transported to the Mercer County Jail for the active warrants.

Defendant: Jeffrey A. Schnettler Jr.
Stewartsville, NJ
40 Years of Age

Charges: Obstructing Justice

Arresting Officer: Patrol Officer Thomas Nicola

3) DUI
Location: Twin Rivers Drive Time/Date: 8:20 PM, 9/15/2021

The officer responded to Twin Rivers Drive near Edison Drive for a rep01i of a motor vehicle collision. Investigation revealed that the driver was intoxicated and lost control of the vehicle and struck two unoccupied vehicles while traveling on Twin Rivers Drive. The individual was placed under arrest after failing field sobriety tests and later released pending court action.



Luis Pasato
East Windsor, NJ
48 Years of Age

Careless Driving Reckless Driving

Arresting Officer: Patrol Officer Brian Rust

4) Robbery
Location: 7-Eleven (Dutch Neck Commons) Time/Date: 1:00 PM, 9/15/2021

Officers responded to the 7-Eleven parking lot in Dutch Neck Commons for a reported disturbance. Investigation revealed that an individual robbed someone at gunpoint during a pre­ arraigned sale of a video game terminal that was negotiated over the internet. No injuries were sustained during the incident. The investigating Detective observed the suspect in the Colonade Motel parking lot shortly thereafter. A search of a motel room revealed a pellet gun and the clothing the suspect was wearing. The individual was arrested and detained in the Mercer County Jail pending court action.

Defendant: Raekwon Hill Trenton, NJ
19 Years of Age

Charges:                 Robbery

Unlawful Possession of a Weapon

Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose Theft

Criminal Mischief Arresting Officer: Detective Joseph Carabelli

The charges referenced above are merely accusations and the press and public are reminded that all defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Ewing Police Capture Bank Robber Within Minutes

September 16, 2021

EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)—On Tuesday September 14, 2021 Ewing Township Police dispatch center received a call from an employee at TD Bank located at 1620 Olden Avenue. The caller stated that there was a hold up at the bank and that the suspect was still on location. Further information from the bank indicated that a male passed a note and demanded money. After receiving an unknown amount of money, the male fled the bank on foot. A description of the suspect was broadcast to responding units. Officer David Massi and Officer Joshua Mooring were in the area of the bank within minutes and observed a male matching the suspects description walking behind the CVS Pharmacy. The male was taken into custody without incident and subsequently found to be in possession of money belonging to TD Bank. The suspect was identified as Shareef Halley, 28, of Ewing. Halley was arrested and charged with Robbery and Terroristic Threat offenses.

This incident remains under investigation. Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to contact Ewing Police Detective David Morris at (609) 882-1313 ext 5561

All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Ewing Township Carjacker Busted In Trenton With Help From The NJSP Real Time Crime Center

September 16, 2021

EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)—On Monday September 13, 2021 at 9:54 a.m. the Ewing Township Police dispatch center received a phone call from a victim stating that he was just carjacked in the area of 62 Ronald DeLorenzo Avenue. Responding officers made contact with the victim, who had injuries consistent with being involved in a fight. The victim stated he was sitting in his car in the parking lot with his window partially open when he was approached by a male who asked if he had any weed and began peering into his vehicle. The suspect then pulled the victims door open and a fight ensued outside the vehicle. During the fight, the suspect was able to enter the victim’s vehicle and drive away.

With the assistance of the New Jersey State Police Real Time Crime Center in Trenton, the vehicle was eventually stopped by Trenton Police in the area of Perrry and Stockton Streets in Trenton. When stopped, the vehicle was being operated by Isaia Parker, 27, of Ewing. Parker was also identified as the suspect from the Ewing carjacking and was subsequently charged by Ewing Police with Carjacking, Aggravated Assault and Weapons offenses.

The incident remains under investigation. Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to contact Ewing Police Officer Michael Manfredi at (609) 882-1313 ext. 7590 or Detective Nick Muscente at (609) 882-1313 ext. 7596

All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

East Windsor Man Indicted for New Brunswick Shooting

September 16, 2021

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and Director Anthony
A. Caputo of the New Brunswick Police Department announce an East Windsor man has been indicted in connection with a September 2, 2020 shooting.

On September 15, 2021, a Middlesex County Grand Jury indicted Kyale Simonson, 33, of East Windsor with one count of first-degree Attempted Murder, one count of second-degree Aggravated Assault, and one count of second-degree Unlawful Possession of a Firearm for an Unlawful Purpose.

On September 2, 2020, at approximately 9:28 P.M., members of the New Brunswick Police responded to the area of Lee Avenue and Seaman Street and located two men who been shot. The men were taken to a nearby hospital and treated for their injuries.

An investigation by Detective Brandt Gregus of the New Brunswick Police Department and Detective Sean Sullivan of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office identified Simonson as the gunman.

The investigation is active and continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Gregus of the New Brunswick Police Department at (732)745-5200, or Detective Sullivan of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-4060.

As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against Simonson are merely accusations and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

$50,000 Powerball Ticket Sold In Hamilton Township

The ticket was sold at Whitehorse Mercerville Exxon, 1824 Whitehorse Mercerville Rd., Hamilton in Mercer County.

September 16, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–One New Jersey Lottery ticket matched four of the five white balls and the Powerball drawn for the Wednesday, September 15, drawing winning the $50,000 third-tier prize. The ticket was sold at Whitehorse Mercerville Exxon, 1824 Whitehorse Mercerville Rd., Hamilton in Mercer County.

The winning numbers for the Wednesday, September 15, drawing were: 01, 04, 18, 46, and 62. The Red Power Ball number was 25. The Power Play was 3X. 35,472 New Jersey players took home an estimated $205,373 in prizes ranging from $4 to $300. The Powerball jackpot rolled to $457,000,000 for the Saturday, September 18, drawing.

Double Play Results

The Double Play drawing is an additional drawing for players who opted-in to the Double Play feature on their tickets. The Double Play drawing results for the Wednesday, September 15, drawing were: 05, 34, 36, 38, and 57. The red Double Play Power Ball number was 07.

22 Year Old Chesterfield Man Arrested On Criminal Sexual Contact In Hamilton Twp. Veteran’s Park Incident

September 15, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–On September 15, 2021, at approximately 08:00 AM, Hamilton Police were detailed to 2206 Kuser Road  (Veterans Park -South Entrance) on a Criminal Sexual Contact incident.  Responding officers were advised by a female that she was running in the park and a black male suspect approached her from behind near the skate park and groped her thigh and buttocks area.    

Hamilton Police Detective Thomas Clugsten developed a suspect identified as 22 year old Chesterfield NJ resident (formerly of Long Island NY), Malcolm J. Lingard. Information developed from this investigation led to the arrest of Mr. Lingard for Criminal Sexual Contact regarding this incident.

Anyone with information regarding this incident, or is aware of any similar incidents involving Malcolm J. Lingard, is asked to contact Hamilton Police Detective Thomas Clugsten at (609) 581-4027 or via email at . The public can also contact the Hamilton Police Crime Tip Hotline at (609) 581-4008.

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

Multi Vehicle Crash Causes Traffic Delays In Lawrence Township

September 15, 2021

LAWRENCE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)—Around 7:40 a.m. a multiple vehicle accident occurred on I-295 (near the Young’s Road-Lawrence Station Road Overpass) around the 66.6 North Bound mile marker. There were reports of multiple vehicles involved and initial reports said up to 11 vehicles were involved. Luckily there were no reported serious injuries that needed immediate transportation to the hospital. Traffic was backed up for miles until the vehicles were cleared from the scene.

No further information is available at this time.

Update: Robbinsville WaWa Grand Opening Rescheduled for Mid-October, Includes WaWa’s 40th Anniversary Of Supported Employment

September 15, 2021 — Update the Grand Opening is in the process of being rescheduled to Mid-October

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Robbinsville’s long awaited WaWa will have a grand opening sometime in Mid-October. (Once we receive the update we will let you know)

The event will be much more than a grand opening — It’s a celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Ari Shiner, Wawa’s First Supported Employment Associate from 1981! 

With the help of Eden Autism Services and other supported employment agencies, Wawa has provided hundreds of employment opportunities to individuals with disabilities for the past 40 years. It all started with Ari, the Eden participant who is still working at Wawa today.

Eden Autism, would also like to take this opportunity to highlight our wonderful partnership with Robbinsville. From Eden’s residences in town to the new Project Freedom development, Robbinsville has been a champion for individuals with disabilities, and we’d like to  celebrate Robbinsville’s commitment to helping improve the lives of individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. 

Demolition Of Old National Pools Building Making Way For New WaWa

Mayor Gusciora Condemns Proposed Ordinance to Move HED Redevelopment Oversight to City Council

Ordinance 21-023 to be introduced at Sept. 14, 2021 City Council Meeting

September 14, 2021

Press release from Mayor W. Reed Gusciora’s Office:

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Mayor W. Reed Gusciora today issued a statement condemning proposed City Council Ordinance 21-023, which rewrites entire sections of municipal code governing the Department of Housing and Economic Development, including having the Director report only to City Council on all redevelopment matters:

“There is no way that the founders of our municipal form of government would envision a part-time city council as the sole redevelopment authority in a city like Trenton. Given that Council already has the power to evaluate, approve or disapprove pending redevelopment projects, this ordinance seems to be nothing more than a shameless power grab that will serve only to delay more than a hundred million dollars of badly needed redevelopment that is in the pipeline right now.

Both the executive and legislative branches are elected to work together for our residents. Even with the conflict that often defines this era of local Trenton politics, my office, working with City Council, has made tremendous progress pushing redevelopment forward. In just the last year, we celebrated the Van Sciver, Jennings Village, and Vessel redevelopment projects, which collectively will turn multiple vacant lots into hundreds of affordable and market rate housing units. We even came together on a UEZ loan for Princeton Hydro, sold city property to help TerraCycle expand, and put forward a cannabis ordinance that will bring numerous redevelopment opportunities to the Capital City, including the downtown district. This is just a sample of what we can achieve when we work together.

How, then, would the city be better served by cutting my Administration out of this effort? Is a Council working on a part-time basis somehow better equipped to oversee redevelopment all on its own?

If anything, Council has already given us plenty of reasons to be concerned about them wielding total oversight over redevelopment. Several Council members wouldn’t even consider our plan to purchase and redevelop the still-vacant Westside Plaza as an alternative to the awful 2009 leasing agreement that costs the city $42,000 a month with no benefit to area residents. I’m still stunned that they entertained a proposal to buy the beloved Roebling Wire Works building for a mere $200,000 during a secret executive session that was closed off to the public. Lastly, Roebling Block 2, which would now be a bustling commercial district employing Trenton residents, remains a desolate fire hazard after Council torched the common-sense Princetel redevelopment plan two years ago.

Looking back at these projects, it’s clear that continued cooperation between my office and City Council is the only way forward. As such, I encourage City Council and our residents to reject this divisive and utterly counterproductive ordinance.”

Tractor Trailer Takes Out Guardrail On NJ Turnpike Near Exit 7A; Backs Up North Bound Traffic For Miles

September 4, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Sometime before 4:00 p.m. a tractor trailer took out the north bound guardrail divider between the inner and outer roadway of the New Jersey Turnpike north of Exit 7A. The accident backed up traffic for over three miles at times until Haines Towing from Bordentown, NJ could remove the vehicle off the guardrail. The NJ Turnpike shut down a lane after the truck was removed to make emergency repairs.

Hughes Announces Opening Of FEMA/Mercer Disaster Recovery Center

Weekdays 7 a.m.-7 p.m.; weekends 8 a.m.-5 p.m., at Hollowbrook Center

September 14, 2021


TRENTON – Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Mercer County has opened a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) at Hollowbrook Community Center, 320 Hollowbrook Drive, Ewing Township, to assist any Mercer County residents or businesses whose property was damaged in the remnants of Hurricane Ida. The DRC is open starting today, Sept. 14 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sunday. Residents do not need to schedule an appointment to visit the center, nor must they be Mercer County residents.

The DRC will be staffed by FEMA representatives who can provide information on FEMA disaster aid and answer questions. Again, the DRC is open to residents and businesses from every municipality in Mercer County, and residents from any other county that received the FEMA “Disaster” declaration.

On Sept. 10, Mercer County residents were declared eligible to register for Individual Assistance with FEMA. Residents who previously registered for assistance via the Internet or by phone do not need to visit the DRC, but can ask questions or seek further information in person at the DRC. The eligibility for FEMA Individual Assistance means residents or business owners whose properties were directly damaged by the flooding or storm events on September 1-3 can apply to recoup their losses.

What is a Disaster Recovery Center?

A DRC is a readily accessible facility or mobile office where applicants may go for information about FEMA or other disaster assistance programs, or for questions related to a specific case.

Some of the services that a DRC may provide:

  • Guidance regarding disaster recovery
  • Clarification of any written correspondence received
  • Housing Assistance and Rental Resource information
  • Answers to questions, resolution to problems and referrals to agencies that may provide further assistance
  • Status of applications being processed by FEMA.
  • SBA program information if there is a SBA Representative at the Disaster Recovery Center site.

Affected residents and business owners can begin the disaster application process by registering online at or registering by phone at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired.

The toll-free numbers are available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. local time Monday through Sunday, and applicants registering for aid should be prepared to provide basic information such as their name, the name of the business, address, phone number, insurance coverage, and other information to help substantiate losses.

Individual Assistance, if awarded, can cover reimbursement for a variety of storm-related expenses.

These include, but are not limited to: rental payments for temporary housing for those whose homes are uninhabitable; grants for home repairs and replacement of essential household items not covered by insurance; low-interest loans to cover residential losses not fully compensated by insurance; loans for small businesses that suffered disaster-related cash flow problems; and loans for farmers and other agriculture operators to cover property loss.

Additionally, mall businesses and most private nonprofit organizations in Mercer County are eligible to apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loans from the Small Business Administration. For more information, visit

Residents in need of assistance with damage from Tropical Storm Ida may call a Home Cleanup Hotline at 844-965-1386 to be connected with volunteers from local relief organizations and community groups that may be able to assist with cutting fallen trees, removing drywall, flooring and appliances, tarping roofs and mitigating mold.

The hotline will remain open through Sept. 17

City of Trenton Demolishing 20 Abandoned Structures as Part of Strategic Blight Reduction Project Targeting More Than 130 Properties

Residents can track current and upcoming demolition projects at

September 14, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Mayor W. Reed Gusciora today announced that demolitions are underway at more than 20 properties on Fountain Ave, Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Wilson St, North Clinton Ave, Frazier St, and Stuyvesant Ave as part of a strategic demolition plan that seeks to take down more than 130 blighted properties based on public safety concerns, development potential, resident complaints and other factors.

“Now that the worst of COVID-19 is hopefully behind us, we are moving full speed ahead on our strategic demolition plan targeting some of the most blighted sites throughout Trenton,” said Mayor Gusciora. “Our HED personnel worked with real estate professionals, public safety officers, community action groups, and city planners in identifying the locations we believe will have the biggest impact on public safety, tax revenue and making neighborhoods more welcoming to current and prospective residents.”

Demolitions started last Friday on Fountain Ave and will continue at the following locations:

18 Fountain Ave

20 Fountain Ave

22 Fountain Ave

24 Fountain Ave

26 Fountain Ave

28 Fountain Ave

704 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd

706 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd

362 North Clinton Ave

364 North Clinton Ave

37 Wilson St

41 Wilson St

43 Wilson St

45 Wilson St

47 Wilson St

525 Stuyvesant Ave

527 Stuyvesant Ave

529 Stuyvesant Ave

155-157 Frazier St

The Department of Housing and Economic Development (HED) uses two parallel tracks for demolitions: imminent hazards and long-term strategic demolitions of city-owned properties. Imminent hazards are evaluated and taken down on a case-to-case basis according to their immediate threat to nearby residents and property. Strategic demolitions are targeted based on several factors:

Proximity to attractive development areas
History of complaints from sub code officials, residents and first responders
Cost effectiveness due to ability to be bundled with adjacent or nearby properties of similar condition
Location within ‘hot zones’ of historically high abandonment
The property demolitions announced today are part of 136 properties currently targeted under the strategic demolition plan. Most of the properties in this list still await final bid and City Council approval. A second phase of property demolitions will go out to bid in October 2021.

Residents can track HED’s progress at, which outlines recently completed demolitions, current projects, and sites under review. The new website – which is in its beta form – allows users to see the exact location along with before and after photos for each project. Property demolitions from previous programs are still being uploaded to the webpage.

“The goal is to use our finite resources to make the biggest impact for our residents,” said HED Director C. Andre Daniels. “Targeting these properties helps insulate our homes from price drops, reduce fire hazards, eliminate havens for criminal activity, and increase interest for both first time home-owners and large developers eager for a diverse city with easy access to public transportation.”

Acting Trenton Police Director Steve Wilson Announces Formation of a New Daytime Task Force to Address Open-Air Drug Dealing, Panhandling and Other Quality of Life Issues

Broadened Street Crimes Strategy to Augment Existing Efforts Targeting Guns and Drugs

September 14, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Acting Police Director Steve E. Wilson today announced the formation of a Daytime Task Force to provide additional resources to address quality of life issues throughout the City of Trenton, including aggressive panhandling, prostitution, speeding, illegal dumping and open-air drug dealing.

The task force will operate out of the Patrol Bureau over the next eight weeks and will be reinforced by partner agencies, including the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office and the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office.

“This is about taking our neighborhoods and business districts back, block by block,” said Director Wilson. “Every day residents and businesses reach out to us about these issues, including when I toured the downtown district on Friday. Well, we hear you loud and clear. Our thanks to the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office and the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department who agreed to aid our team and help us address these issues before they invite more drugs, guns, and other severe crimes into Trenton.”

The task force will augment current Trenton Police Department (TPD) efforts to combat the city’s drug trade and address quality of life complaints throughout Trenton. On Aug. 20, 2021, the TPD conducted a prostitution sweep operation in the area of Hamilton Avenue and South Clinton Avenue, which resulted in six arrests. In addition, between Sept. 6, 2021 through Sept. 7, 2021, TPD officers arrested six individuals from outside of Trenton who allegedly engaged in aggressive panhandling targeting motorists at intersections in the city.

Meanwhile the TPD continues to step up enforcement against street level dealers and gun crimes. From Aug. 25, 2021 through Aug. 30, 2021, TPD detectives arrested six individuals on gun and drug related crimes, which resulted in the seizure of four firearms, 200 doses of heroin, and more than $14,000 in suspected drug proceeds.

Since July 1, 2021, the TPD has made 690 arrests and seized 40 guns, 2,539 grams of cocaine, 4,694 decks of heroin, 1,500 grams of raw heroin, and $402,766 in suspected illegal proceeds.

The TPD has also recently formed a burglary task force, which will continue its efforts to reduce property crimes. On Aug. 21, 2021, TPD detectives arrested Juan Obando-Murillo, 39, of Trenton, who is suspected of carrying out three recent burglaries in Trenton.

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

2nd Annual Flags For Heroes Display At RWJ Hamilton Hospital

September 13, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The Rotary Club of Robbinsville Hamilton is offering an opportunity for people to honor their heroes with the second annual Flags for Heroes patriotic display, November 1-19, on the grounds of RWJ University Hospital at Hamilton. Sponsorships of 3 feet by 5 feet American flags start at $50 for individuals and $275 for businesses. Deadline to buy a sponsorship is October 20. Net proceeds raised by the Club are donated to local charities and other organizations through the Rotary Club of Robbinsville Hamilton Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit. For more information and to sponsor a flag, visit and

Hamilton Man Arrested Twice Exposing Himself And Masturbating In Front Of Several High School Students

September 13, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–On two separate dates this month, Hamilton Police were detailed to the area of Shady Brook Park (655 Pitman Avenue) on a Lewdness complaint.  The first complaint occurred on September 8, 2021 at approximately 3:30 PM, involving a male suspect near the tennis courts in the park.  Responding officers were advised by several Hamilton High School West students, they observed a naked male masturbating near the tennis courts. Hamilton Police Officer, Lance Mutek, located and arrested, 68 year old, Hamilton resident Theodore Wright, for Obstruction and Criminal Sexual Contact, after a brief foot chase in the park.

A second lewdness complaint occurred on September 10, 2021 at approximately 3:15 PM, at the same location near the tennis courts in Shady Brook Park. Responding officers were advised by a school official via several students, that the same male identified as Theodore Wright, was seen again in the park near the tennis courts naked and masturbating.  Theodore Wright was not located on September 10, 2021, but through a second investigation, additional complaints were generated for his arrest.

Theodore Wright was arrested for a second time at his Hamilton residence on September 11, 2021, and charged with Criminal Sexual Contact, Lewdness and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Mr. Wright is currently in custody awaiting arraignment for these charges. 

Anyone with information regarding these incidents, or is aware of any similar incidents  involving Theodore Wright, is asked to contact Hamilton Police Detective Patrick Quick at (609) 581-4111 or via email at  Detective Thomas Clugsten can also be contacted at (609) 581-4027 or via email at  The public can also contact the Hamilton Police Crime Tip Hotline at (609) 581- 4008.

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

Trenton at Hamilton West High School Football

September 13, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Trenton Central High School Football traveled to Hamilton West on Saturday September 11, 2021. The final score was Trenton 6 Hamilton West 27. A special commemorative coin to Honor and Remember September 11, 2001 was used for the coin toss.

Trenton Police Investigate Shooting On Bayard Street

September 12, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–At approximately 6:00 a.m. Trenton Police, TEMS, and Capital Health Paramedics responded to the area of the 100 Block of Bayard Street between Whittaker Avenue and Hudson Street. Trenton Police say that one individual was shot and is listed in stable condition. Police report the investigation is ongoing. No further information is available at this time.

Princeton Dedicates New 9/11 Memorial At Princeton First Aid And Rescue Squad

September 11, 2021

PRINCETON, NJ (MERCER)—Princeton held a dedication for a new memorial and a 9/11 ceremony at noon today. The Princeton 9/11 Committee dedicated a permanent memorial containing an 8-foot piece of steel recovered from the World Trade Center. The Princeton 9/11 Memorial is located in front of the Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad at 2 Mount Lucas Road.

West Windsor Remembers 20th Anniversary of 9/11

September 11, 2021

WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–The West Windsor Township 9/11 “20th Anniversary” Ceremony was held at the Twin Ponds Memorial at the Ronald R. Rogers Arboretum, intersection of Clarksville and Princeton-Hightstown Road this evening.

Photos by: Brian McCarthy OnScene News

Hamilton Remembers 9/11

September 11, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Police Chief James M. Stevens, along with the Hamilton Police Division, took part in a somber event today during the September 11th Remembrance Ceremony and Memorial Rededication. Members of the Police & Fire Divisions, along with Mayor Jeffery S. Martin, Hamilton Council Members, Distinguished Guests, and Friends & Family gathered to pay respect to the men and women who lost their lives during the attacks that took place in New York City, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania 20 years ago today.

Gilbert Lugossy (Former Mercer County Sheriff), Deacon Robert Tharp (St. Raphael-Holy Angels Parish), Colonel Robert Watson (ret. Director of Military Support, NJ Army National Guard), Chief James M. Stevens (Hamilton Police Division), Chief Richard Kraemer (Hamilton Fire Division), Mayor Jeffery S. Martin, and NJ State Parole Board Chairman, Samuel Plumeri Jr., spoke about the tragedies that occurred that day, the courage of the first responders and the resilience of Americans.

Mayor Jeffery S. Martin paid tribute to the five Hamiltonians who perished during the attacks; William Reed Bethke, Daniel Leonard Maher, Susan L. Schuler, Jeannine Damiani-Jones, and Richard Guadagno.

Today a redesigned 9/11 Memorial Grove was dedicated with a renewed pledge to NEVER FORGET 09.11.2001. Memorial wreaths were placed in the grove and a moment of silence was observed.

A special thank you to the Hamilton Police Division Honor Guard and Hamilton Township Fire Division Pipe & Drum Band for their Presentation and Retirement of the colors.

The ceremony was made possible by:

Office of Mayor Jeffery S. Martin

Hamilton Township Office of Emergency Management

Hamilton Township Department of Public Works

Hamilton Township Division of Recreation

Hamilton Township Patriotic Committee

Hamilton Township School District

EMS Squad 11 – Robert Wood-Johnson University Hospital of Hamilton

Emma Johnson, Shaughn Aderhold, Mckenna Fowler & James Murray – Hamilton Township School District Choir Students

Fiori’s Flowers for generously donating our Memorial Wreath

Hamilton PBA 66 and the Hamilton Career Firefighters Foundation for their Donation of Memorial Wreaths

Sean’s Landscaping for their Donation of Materials and Time in Constructing the Redesigned Memorial Grove

Photos by: Colin McCormick

20th Anniversary of 9/11 Remembered In Robbinsville

September 11, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–The 20th anniversary of September 11, 2001 was remembered today in Robbinsville at the 9/11 memorial on Lake Drive. The memorial is dedicated to Robbinsville Township resident Pamela Gaff and all others who lost their life on September 11, 2001.

Chief Daniel Schaffener said, “Twenty years ago today a terrible National tragedy unfolded in front of us, the worse terrorist attack against our nation killed thousands, including hundreds of firefighters and police officers. A beautiful September morning turned into a horrific chapter of our history. Although we can never erase those memories, we gather today to remember the fine Americans whose lives were taken from us.”

Robbinsville resident Pamela Gaff worked with the insurance broker Aon Corporation on the 102th floor of the south tower of the World Trade Center. She reported to work that beautiful September morning as did so many other Americans not knowing the terrible fate before them. According to Pamela’s family she was scheduled to become vice president of Aon in April of 2002.

Two wreaths were placed in the memory of Pamela Gaff and the 343 New York City firefighters, 23 New York City Police Officers, 37 Port Authority Police Officers and all those who died on September 11, 2001.

A signal 5-5-5 was transmitted using a bell for all those who died on September 11. A moment of silence was held for signifying the collapse of the South Tower collapse of the World Trade Center at 9:59 a.m. on September 11, 2001. The names of 343 New York City firefighters were read.

20th Anniversary of 9/11 Remembered In Lawrence Township

September 11, 2021

LAWRENCE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Two 9/11 ceremonies were held in the township today. At 8:00 a.m., a remembrance ceremony was held at the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs; 101 Eggerts Crossing Road, Lawrence Township. The Lawrence Township 9/11 Memorial Ceremony; was held at 8:30 a.m. at Memorial Park, Pilla Avenue, Lawrence Township.

Police Arrest Juvenile In Possession Of Handgun During Fight At Ewing Township High School Football Game

September 11, 2021

EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–In statements released by both Ewing Township Police and Ewing Township Board of Education stated that a fight broke out after halftime at Lawrence Township at Ewing Township High School last night after 6:00 p.m. Police and high school staff broke up the fight and police found a handgun on a juvenile. The fight involved juveniles not involved with either of the schools that were playing the game.

See statements from the Ewing Township Board of Education as well as Ewing Township Police below:

District Statement on Incident at EHS Football Game on September 10th, 2021

On Friday evening at 6PM, Ewing High School hosted Lawrence High School for a varsity football game. 

This was our first major athletic event with spectators since March of 2020 and a large crowd was in attendance. 

Shortly after halftime, a fight broke out between a group of individuals on the home side of the athletic complex. 

These individuals were not students at Ewing High School, nor were they students of Lawrence High School.  This incident had nothing to do with students of either school, any kind of dispute between the schools, or the game being played. 

Ewing Township police and our district staff responded quickly to the fight.  In breaking up the fight, it was discovered that one of the individuals had a firearm in his possession. 

As police addressed the situation and arrested the individual, the decision was made to clear the athletic complex of spectators, and the game was paused.  

The game later resumed and concluded in front of only a small group of family members, staff and police. 

We are very disappointed that this incident occurred and saddened and frustrated that a group of individuals could ruin what should be a fun and positive event. 

It is clear from this incident that certain security concerns in the climate of Covid-19 are heightened.  The administration will reflect on this occurrence, review with stakeholders including the Ewing Township police, and make adjustments in our scheduling, site supervision plan and procedures to prevent something like this from occurring again.  

The district would like to thank the Ewing Township police for their assistance, and apologize to anyone who was negatively impacted by this incident.  

Statement from Ewing Township Police Department:


Fully Involved House On Arrival In Hamilton

September 11, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Around 5:33 a.m. the Hamilton Township Fire Department was dispatched to 16 Glendon Road for a house fire with possible entrapment. Numerous 9-1-1 calls were reporting heavy fire and when firefighters arrived they reported a house was fully involved in fire with fire through the roof. Firefighters quickly stretched a 2 1/2″ hand line and made entry to combat the fire and attempted a primary search. Firefighters had to back off and switch to an exterior operation as the roof collapsed and electrical service to the home fell to the ground. Eventually four handlines were stretched to bring the fire under control in less than 20 minutes after arrival.

The Hamilton Township Fire Marshal was called to the scene as well as the Construction Official and Electrical Inspector.

There is no further details available at this time. Radio reports indicated that the home was recently sold and was possibly under a renovation and was vacant at the time of the fire.

September 11 Events Throughout Mercer County

September 11, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Mercer County Executive, Brian M. Hughes said, It’s hard to believe it’s been two decades since the terrorist attacks that took the lives of nearly 3,000 people in New York City, at the Pentagon and in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. Tragically, we’ve lost many more since; heroic first responders and others who spent weeks and months working at Ground Zero, and who have since died from cancer or respiratory illness.

While 20 years may seem like a long time, we continue to mourn the loss of innocent life on that fateful day. In Mercer County, many residents lost loved ones and friends, and continue to bear the scars of having their lives changed forever by senseless violence. So, every year on this date, we honor the victims of September 11 by coming together in solemn remembrance, quiet reflection and in service.

But honoring their memory isn’t limited to a formal ceremony on or near the anniversary date.

The County’s September 11 Memorial – which opened in Mercer County Park in West Windsor on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 – was designed to be a special place where people can go for solace and comfort 365 days a year. I encourage everyone to visit that memorial when the time is right for you, to spend a few moments in quiet reflection and remembrance.

And most importantly, each and every day, we can honor the memory of the victims of September 11 by embracing peace and hope, and not losing sight of the principles on which America stands, such as tolerance, inclusion and caring. Each and every day, we can honor their memory by celebrating our oneness as a nation and our unity in the face of adversity.

September 11 Events Throughout Mercer County

8 a.m.,  New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs; 101 Eggerts Crossing Road, Lawrence Township.

8:30 a.m., Lawrence Township 9/11 Memorial Ceremony; Memorial Park, Pilla Avenue, Lawrence Township.

9:45 a.m., Robbinsville Professional Firefighters Association will conduct its 20th annual ceremony at the 9/11 memorial site on Lake Drive.

10 a.m., Hamilton Township September 11th 20th Anniversary Ceremony; Memorial Grove, Veterans Park, Klockner Road Entrance, Hamilton.

10 a.m.,  East Windsor Township 9/11 Program & Wreath Laying Ceremony, East Windsor Municipal Building, Lanning Blvd.

10:30 a.m., Ewing Township 9/11 20th Anniversary Ceremony, Ewing Township Municipal Complex, 2 Jake Garzio Drive, Ewing.

11 a.m., Hopewell Valley 9/11 Memorial Ceremony, Woolsey Park, presented by the Sept. 11th & Emergency Services Memorial Committee.

12 noon, Princeton’s 9/11 Memorial Dedication, 2 Mount Lucas Road, Princeton, in front of the Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad. The 9/11 Committee will dedicate a permanent memorial containing an 8-foot piece of steel recovered from the World Trade Center.

7 p.m., West Windsor Township 9/11 “20th Anniversary” Ceremony; Twin Ponds Memorial at the Ronald R. Rogers Arboretum, intersection of Clarksville and Princeton-Hightstown Road.

FEMA Has Approved A Major Disaster Declaration For Mercer County

September 11, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes announced yesterday that FEMA has approved a Major Disaster Declaration in Mercer County, allowing individuals impacted by Tropical Storm Ida last week to register at for direct assistance for Ida-related recovery.

Mr. Hughes urged those who were impacted by last week’s storm to register for assistance that may include home repairs, temporary housing, low-cost loans and other programs. FEMA advises individuals who have homeowners or renters insurance to file a claim as soon as possible. By law, FEMA cannot duplicate benefits for losses covered by insurance, but those who are uninsured or underinsured may be eligible for federal assistance.

“I greatly appreciate FEMA’s response to the situation here in Mercer County, where residents in some of our communities are in dire need of assistance,” Mr. Hughes said.  “And I thank the Biden Administration, Senators Booker and Menendez, Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman, and Governor Phil Murphy, as well as our county Office of Emergency Management, for their help in getting Mercer much-needed federal aid and accelerating our recovery process. I also thank our residents for their patience and perseverance during this difficult time.”

The fastest and easiest way to apply for assistance is by visiting or by downloading the FEMA App on the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.

If it is not possible to apply online, call 800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585). The toll-free telephone lines operate from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. CDT, seven days a week. Those who use a relay service such as a videophone, InnoCaption or CapTel should update FEMA with their specific number assigned to that service.

When you apply for assistance, FEMA advises having the following information readily available:

• A current phone number where you can be contacted
• Your address at the time of the disaster and the address where you are now staying
• Your Social Security number
• A general list of damage and losses
• If insured, the policy number or the agent and/or the company name

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) low-interest disaster loans are available for homeowners, renters, businesses of any size and most nonprofits. Similar to FEMA, SBA cannot duplicate benefits for losses covered by insurance.

• For small businesses, those engaged in aquaculture and most nonprofits, up to $2 million is available for working capital needs even if there was no property damage, with a $2 million maximum loan for any combination of property damage and working capital needs.
• For homeowners: up to $200,000 is available to repair or replace their primary residence. For homeowners and renters: up to $40,000 is available to replace personal property, including vehicles.

Businesses and residents canapply at information and assistance completing an application, call 800-659-2955 or email SBA will answer specific questions about how a disaster loan may help each survivor recover from the disaster damage.

In addition, residents in need of assistance with damage from Tropical Storm Ida may call a Home Cleanup Hotline at 844-965-1386 to be connected with volunteers from local relief organizations and community groups that may be able to assist with cutting fallen trees, removing drywall, flooring and appliances, tarping roofs and mitigating mold. The hotline will remain open through Sept. 17.