Category: Mercer County

Trenton, NJ, Man Now Charged With Armed Robbery In Trenton; Previously Charged With Robbing Hamilton Sub Shop The Same Day

November 28, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Trenton Police say that on Monday, November 21, 2022, at approximately 7:24 a.m., Trenton Police responded to 401 Bert Avenue, Mama Grifa Deli, on a Commercial Armed Robbery call. The suspect just robbed the store at gunpoint, relieving the establishment of their cash register and fleeing the scene. Detective B. Cook was assigned the case and took charge of the investigation. Detective Cook was able to identify the vehicle involved along with the suspect with the assistance from the Real Time Crime Center (RTCC) and the Mercer County Prosecutors Office.

On the same day, at approximately 10:17 p.m., under the direct supervision of Major Crimes Commander Detective Lieutenant B. Suschke and Major Crimes Robbery Unit Supervisor Detective Sergeant L. Nazario, Detectives C. Ortiz/S. Gonzalez and V. Gribbin/C. Bustamante, while working the Robbery Task Force detail, were able to locate the vehicle occupied with the suspect. Boston was placed under arrest and subsequently charged with Armed Robbery and weapons offenses.

Hamilton police said that on the same day Monday November 21, 2022 at approximately 8:19 a.m., Hamilton Police responded to 1305 Nottingham Way (Sub Marias Sub Shop) for a reported armed robbery. Employees reported that two black males entered the business, one of the suspects brandished a black semi-automatic handgun and demanded all the cash from the register. The suspects then fled on foot in an unknown direction.

Two suspects were later identified.

Ryan T. Boston and Marshaun T. Bamble both from the City of Trenton were placed under arrest and charged with Robbery and Waeapons Offenses.


Ryan J. Boston of Trenton, NJ



Police Investigate Thanksgiving Day Shooting In Trenton

November 26, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–On Thanksgiving Day, November 24, 2022, Police, TEMS and Trenton Fire Department were dispatched to the are of Oakland Street and Hoffman Avenue for a shooting. It was reported that the person was taken to the Trauma Center at Captial Health Regional Medical Center by private vehicle. EMS was canceled since the patient was already transported and the Trenton Shooting Response Team responded for the investigation.

No further details are available at this time. MidJersey.news did reach out to Trenton officials for official information about the shooting but has not recived a reply as of Saturday afternoon.



Hightstown Engine Company Dedicates Memorial For Fallen Firefighter

November 25, 2022

HIGHTSTOWN, NJ (MERCER)–Tonight, Hightstown Engine Company # 1 held a dedication for a memorial site in the front of the firehouse for Dave Lidke who passed away in the line of duty on December 23, 2013. The fire company color guard posted the colors, and the dedication was held at the site at 5:30 p.m. The memorial contains a bench, small patio positioned next to a small tree.

See post from Hightstown Engine Company # 1 below:


We’ve all experienced loss in different ways. As we continue to move forward we cannot forget the one’s we’ve loved and lost. This is the purpose of a memorial. It’s a subtle but constant reminder celebrating the heroic lives of ordinary people. When you sit and reflect on the bench that has been added to the front of the firehouse you are paying homage to those who have come before us and paved the way.

The bench and small patio are neatly positioned next to a beautiful small tree. This tree is a memorial to our dear friend Dave Lidke who sadly passed away in the line of duty on December 23rd, 2013. It too is a memorial, albeit a living one, meant to carry forward the spirit of a man for whom that tree represents.

The bench is made of stone, it’s a rock. That’s what the fire department has always been thanks to those who have come before us. The tree is full of life and growth that’s what we will continue to be within this community.

Here’s to what was and what will always be.

It would be a sincere and much appreciated gesture to have many of you with us today at 5:30pm when we dedicate this new memorial space. We want to be surrounded by the community we love to serve as we conduct this brief ceremony.





Million Dollar Mansion Consumed By Fire In Hopewell Township, NJ

November 25, 2022

HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Hopewell Township firefighters were dispatched to 6 Madison Avenue in Hopewell Township, just outside of Pennington for a structure fire at 1:35 a.m. Upon arrival of police and firefighters the 6,300 square foot mansion was fully engulfed in fire. Firefighters used two LDH – large diameter hose lines to supply a master stream from Tower 51 and at least six handlines to knock the flames down. Several tankers were also called to the scene for precautionary measures in case more water was needed. There were cars in the driveway but it was unclear if anyone was home at the time of the fire.

According to Zillo the mansion was 6,300 square feet and had five bedrooms, and five and a half bathrooms. The “Zestimate®”: $1,463,400.00 in value. According to Hopewell Township tax records the property is Block 72 Lot 1.16, 6 Madison Ave., Owners are Dowdie George & Donna Chance with a yearly tax bill of $32,240.60 on a total Township assessed value of $1,077,200. with the November 1, 2022 payment listed as “open”

Fire Stations 51, 52, 53, 33, 22, 23 responded

Plus, tankers from Upper Markefield, Pa. (71), Griggstown (35), Montgomery (45), Neshanic (48)

There were no reported injuries and the fire is under investigation at this time. No additional details are available at this time.






Trenton Firefighters Quickly Extinguish Apartment Fire Saving Building Containing “Dubai Restaurant And Lounge”

November 25, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–City firefighters spent the final hours of Thanksgiving 2022 (Thursday, Nov. 24) battling a structure fire in the North Ward. It was 10:25 p.m. when firefighters were alerted to a reported commercial building fire on New York Avenue, between Mulberry and Anchor streets. Dispatched were Engines 6, 10, and 1, Ladder 4, Rescue 1 and the North Battalion. Engine 6 quickly arrived on the scene and reported smoke showing from the third-floor apartment located above the Dubai Restaurant and Lounge at 933 New York Avenue. The “All Hands” signal for a working fire was transmitted and additional resources – Engine 7, Ladder 1, Special Services 1 and the South Battalion – were dispatched. Fortunately, the blaze was quickly knocked down and was officially declared under control at 10:57 p.m. The cause of the fire was under investigation.


State Of New Jersey Certifies Trenton’s Municipal Budget Following Unsuccessful Council Vote

Mayor Gusciora grateful for State assistance; cancels emergency meeting

November 24, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Mayor Reed Gusciora thanked officials from the NJ Department of Community Affairs (DCA) for stepping in to certify Trenton’s 2022 municipal budget last night following Council’s unsuccessful vote.

Three members—Council President Kathy McBride, Councilwoman Robin Vaughn, and Councilwoman Sonya Wilkins—voted against the amended budget last night, prompting DCA Director Jacquelyn A. Suárez to send a letter to the Mercer County Board of Taxation following the meeting to certify the budget. (Link to the letter)

“I’m grateful for the State’s assistance in helping to resolve this budget impasse with our City Council,” Mayor Gusciora said. “While I understand the politics of Council leadership not providing support for the budget, they should not do that to the detriment of City residents who rely on our services. Fortunately, voters sent a very clear message that they want a Council that works for the people in the next four years, and not against them.”

The State’s action prevents the City from experiencing multimillion-dollar consequences in the absence of a budget. Prior to State action and following the failed vote, Gusciora issued an executive order instituting the amended City budget, while at the same time delivering notice to Council members of an emergency meeting on Friday which has since been cancelled.

In April, Council passed a resolution receiving Gusciora’s proposed budget with no municipal tax increase, but they missed a state-mandated deadline for passage. As of October 1, all six City Council members have been accruing fines of $25 per day for not meeting their obligation to pass a municipal budget in a timely manner, per State law.



Mayor Signs Executive Order after Council Votes Down Budget on Deadline

Gusciora Administration calls emergency meeting Friday for last chance passage



November 23, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Facing a November 25 deadline and multimillion dollar consequences, Council leaders voted down the City’s budget in the final scheduled 2022 budget meeting tonight — leaving the City without a spending plan with less than six weeks left in the year.

Without a municipal budget, the City faces bond default, disqualification of future bond applications, among other ramifications.

“Council leadership is intent on hurting taxpayers on their way out the door,” Mayor Reed Gusciora said. “I’m not going to let it happen. Anything I can do to protect our citizens, I’m going to do.”

Following the failed vote, Gusciora issued an executive order instituting the amended City budget, while at the same time he asked Council to supersede his order by meeting once more this week to finalize the budget. The administration is delivering notice to Council members for an emergency meeting at 10 a.m. on Friday, November 25.

In April, Council passed a resolution receiving Gusciora’s proposed budget with no municipal tax increase, but they missed a state-mandated deadline for passage. As of October 1, all six City Council members have been accruing fines $25 per day for not meeting their obligation to pass a municipal budget in a timely manner, per State law.

“The budget is a core duty of the legislative branch and that duty has been fully abdicated in Trenton,” Gusciora said. “Even the rebuke they received at the ballot box hasn’t stopped this group from inflicting pain on taxpayers for political payback. It’s absolutely repugnant.”

The City transitioned from a fiscal year budget to a calendar year budget in 2021, so the 2022 budget proposal represented an unprecedented 30-month stretch where the City did not need to raise the municipal portion of tax rates.




Mercer County Clerk Issues Statement On November 8, 2022 General Election Issues And Results Of Prosecutor’s Office Investigation

November 23, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Mercer County Clerk Paula Sollami Covello issued a statement on the November 8 General Election following the conclusion of Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo Onofri’s investigation into the recent Election Day scanner failure. The investigation was aimed at determining whether or not there was malicious or criminal intent to disrupt the conduct of the election. The inquiry was launched after County Clerk Covello requested that the County Prosecutor review the circumstances and report findings of the investigation to the State Attorney General, Mercer County Commissioners, County Executive and Mercer County’s other two election offices.

On Monday, November 21, the Mercer County Commissioners held a public meeting wherein Prosecutor Onofri announced his findings, stating that his Office conducted a thorough investigation and determined there was no criminal intent or vote tampering during the election. The investigation further concluded that there was a human error made in the programming of the voting machines by an employee of Dominion Voting Systems, which did not allow the machines to scan. 

Despite this setback, on Election Day, all ballots were securely transferred to the Board of Elections Office, where they were counted by a bipartisan group of commissioners on high-capacity scanners. Every ballot that was cast on Election Day was counted and the integrity of the election remained intact throughout this process. The only difference from last year was that ballots were scanned at a central location instead of on-site at the polling locations.

“I would like to thank the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office for their swift and thorough investigation into this matter,” said Sollami Covello. “I am pleased there was no intentional criminal action that created this problem. Election integrity is something I have worked hard to ensure and have taken great pride in over the past 17 years serving as Mercer County Clerk.” Sollami Covello also praised the Board of Elections Commissioners for their handling of the ballot scanning process on Election Day and beyond, which was completed on time and certified to her office within the State timeline of November 21. She also thanked the Office of the Superintendent of Elections for their work on reviewing the provisional ballots in a timely manner. The County Clerk’s certification of the general election has concluded ahead of the State deadline of November 26.

 For additional information regarding the 2022 General Election, please visit the Mercer County Clerk’s website here or call 609-989-6494 or 609-989-6495.

Hopewell Township Man Charged with Murdering His Father

November 23, 2022

HOPEWELL, NJ (MERCER)–Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri and Hopewell Police Chief James Rosso reported today that a township man has been arrested and charged with the death of his father.

Joelle Jackson, 54, is charged with murder and weapons offenses. He was taken into custody Tuesday evening at the Hopewell Township Police Department.  The prosecutor’s office has filed a motion to detain Jackson pending trial.

At approximately 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 22, 2022, Hopewell police responded to an apartment in the 700 block of Denow Road on the report of a man stabbed.  Inside of the apartment, officers located Ishmeal Jackson, 82, on the kitchen floor suffering from multiple stab wounds.  The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. Hopewell officers secured the apartment and notified the Mercer County Homicide Task Force.  Investigation revealed that on or about Monday, November 21, Joelle Jackson stabbed his father to death in the apartment they shared on Denow Road.

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


Joelle Jackson, 54, is charged with murder and weapons offenses. He was taken into custody Tuesday evening at the Hopewell Township Police Department.  The prosecutor’s office has filed a motion to detain Jackson pending trial.


Two Trenton, NJ, Men Charged In Sub Marias Sub Shop Armed Robbery In Hamilton

November 23, 2022

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Hamilton police say that on Monday 11/21/22 at approximately 8:19 a.m., Hamilton Police responded to 1305 Nottingham Way (Sub Marias Sub Shop) for a reported armed robbery.  Employees reported that two black males entered the business, one of the suspects brandished a black semi-automatic handgun and demanded all the cash from the register. The suspects then fled on foot in an unknown direction.

Two suspects were later identified.

Ryan T. Boston and Marshaun T. Bamble both from the City of Trenton were placed under arrest and charged with Robbery and Waeapons Offenses.

Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective Russ Newborn of the Hamilton Police Division’s Criminal Investigations Section at 609-581-4027/ RNewborn@hamiltonpdnj.gov or the Hamilton Police Crime Tip Hotline at 609-581-4008.

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


Ryan J. Boston of Trenton, NJ


Marshaun T. Gamble of Trenton, NJ


Multiple Injuries Reported In Old Trenton Road Crash In West Windsor

November 22, 2022

WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–West Windsor Police and West Windsor Emergency Services were dispatched to Old Trenton Road Near Dorchester Drive for a crash. Upon arrival it was determined that there were at least four injuries and extra ambulances were called from East Windsor and Cranbury and a paramedic unit from Captial Health. The injured were transported to local hospitals for treatment. The West Windsor Police Department is investigating the crash. No additional details are available at this time.



Tractor Trailer Crashes Into Tow Truck On Route 1 In West Windsor

November 22, 2022

WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–Around 2:00 p.m. a tractor trailer crashed into the rear of a tow truck in the center lane of Route 1 near Carnegie Center. West Windor Police and West Windsor Fire & Emergency Services responded to the scene.

When West Windsor Fire & Emergency Services arrived, it appeared that a Tractor Trailer rear-ended a flatbed tow truck in the middle lane. During the collision, the Tractor Trailer Jack-knifed, and together the vehicles slid toward the shoulder of the roadway.

During the collision, the motor of the tractor-trailer sheered off its mounts. Due to the motor being damaged, a significant amount of motor oil discharged into the highway.

The Incident Commander requested a sand truck from the New Jersey Department of Transportation to the scene to apply sand to the roadway. This response was ideal as there was no immediate risk of rain and the oil spanned a considerable distance.

Recovery operators with Eddie’s towing were able to disentangle the two vehicles. The tractor-trailer was towed due to significant damage to the motor.

Once removed, members assessed the nearby storm drains, water runoffs, debris removal, and documentation.

West Windsor Police closed traffic to one lane of the highway until about 3:30 p.m. West Windsor Police Department is investigating.


WEST WINDSOR PD: TRAFFIC ADVISORY – avoid Route 1 North @ Carnegie Center Blvd due to motor vehicle accident. Traffic flow down to one Northbound lane.

WEST WINDSOR PD: TRAFFIC ADVISORY – All Route 1 Northbound lanes @ Carnegie Center Blvd have been re-opened. Traffic flow is normal. – Dispatcher 766




One Transported From East Windsor Crash

November 22, 2022

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–Around 9:00 a.m. East Windsor and Monroe Township Fire Companies were dispatched to Twin Rivers and Lake Drives for a box truck into a car with reported entrapment. Captial Health EMS and Paramedics responded to the scene. One person was transported to the hospital and the injuries did not seem life-threating. East Windsor Police Department is investigating the crash. No additional details are available.



Trenton, NJ, Man Sentenced To 12 Years In Prision For String Of Armed Robberies In NJ and Pennsylvania

November 22, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–A Mercer County, New Jersey, man was sentenced today to 144 months in prison for his role in a string of armed robberies of businesses in New Jersey and Pennsylvania in May and June of 2019, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced.

Omar Feliciano-Estremera, 45, of Trenton, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Peter G. Sheridan to a five-count information charging him with one count of conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act robbery, three substantive counts of Hobbs Act robbery, and one count of aiding and abetting the possession of a firearm which was discharged during a crime of violence. Judge Sheridan imposed the sentence today in Trenton federal court.

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

Feliciano and his conspirator, who is now deceased, committed a string of armed robberies in May and June of 2019 of businesses located in Mercer County, New Jersey, Union County, New Jersey, and Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The conspirator entered the businesses, brandished a handgun, and demanded money from the store clerks working the register. After stealing the money, the conspirator fled the scene with the assistance of Feliciano, who acted as the getaway driver. While fleeing the scene of one of the robberies, in Union County, New Jersey, the conspirator fired a handgun at passing witnesses, shortly before being picked up by Feliciano. Feliciano admitted to conspiring to commit eight robberies and aiding and abetting three robberies, including the Union County robbery at which a firearm was discharged.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Sheridan sentenced Feliciano to five years of supervised release.

U.S. Attorney Sellinger credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge James E. Dennehy in Newark, with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing. He also thanked officers of the Hamilton Township, Trenton, Rahway, Morrisville, Bristol Township, and Lawrence Township Police Departments for their assistance.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Alexander E. Ramey of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Trenton.

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Defense counsel: Santos A. Perez Esq., Rochelle Park, New Jersey


Fiscal Cliff Looms For Trenton As Council Slated for Budget Vote

Mayor ready to take action if Council misses multimillion-dollar deadline

November 22, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Mayor Reed Gusciora said today that taxpayers are on the hook for millions of dollars if the outgoing City Council fails to pass a budget at their meeting tomorrow, Wednesday, November 23, at 5:30 p.m.

“They’ve created a fiscal cliff and they’re staring out over the ledge,” Mayor Gusciora said. “Hopefully, Council members have by now received the message from Trentonians that this sort of cavalier approach to the budget process is entirely counterproductive.”

City Council members were notified in three joint letters from the New Jersey Infrastructure Bank (I-Bank) and New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) in July, August, and October this year regarding the severe consequences of operating without a budget.

Without a budget in place by Friday, November 25, 2022, the City would default on several agreements with the I-Bank and consequentially would:

  • Terminate access to current short-term loan accounts;
  • Forgo the opportunity to convert those loans into long-term loans;
  • Forfeit all principal forgiveness on those loans;
  • Immediately owe $35 million drawn to-date from those loans;
  • Invalidate submitted loan applications totaling $131 million; and
  • Force the City to seek higher interest rate loans elsewhere to continue ongoing projects.

City Council President Kathy McBride was reminded of those letters this week by the director of the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs’ (DCA) Division of Local Government Services, who warned again about exceeding the November 25 extended budget deadline. (Link to letter)

“Therefore, in order for Trenton to avoid defaulting on its existing obligations and maintain its ability to realize the financial benefits associated with the Water Bank, the City must adopt its budget by November 25, 2022,” Director Jacquelyn A. Suárez wrote. “Failure to do so will negatively impact the City’s residents and ratepayers and put the City in an untenable financial position by losing the significant principal forgiveness funds and special interest rates made available through the I-Bank and NJDEP’s Program.”

Gusciora said that he is prepared to sign an executive order to pass a City budget in the event the Council fails to do so, but he also intends to call a special meeting this Friday to give Council a final opportunity to fulfill their official duty and pass a budget for the year ending in December.

“I don’t think they want a legacy of driving the taxpayers off a cliff,” Gusciora said. “I certainly cannot think of a worse ending to this Council’s tenure. This would scar taxpayers for years.”

 

CITY OF TRENTON
2022 BUDGET TIMELINE

MARCH

APPROPRIATIONS PASSED: 22-095 Transfers made by Finance of the TY 2021 Appropriations for $2,073,000. (Pass 5-2; Vaughn and Rodriguez vote no)

APPROPRIATIONS PASSED: 22-096 Emergency Appropriations to the CY 2022 Temporary Budget for $64,655,101.28. (Pass 5-1; Vaughn votes no)

APRIL

PROPOSED BUDGET: Council passes resolution to receive Mayor Gusciora’s proposed budget with no municipal tax increase. 

BUDGET HEARINGS CANCELLED: Council President Kathy McBride refused to hold budget meetings until the City hires a “budget officer” to “explain” the proposed budget.

APPROPRIATIONS PASSED: 22-102 Emergency Appropriations to the CY 2022 Temporary Parking Utility Budget for $200,000. (Pass 7-0)

DEPARTMENT REVIEW CANCELLED: City Council leadership cancels departmental budget hearings for Law, Administration, and Public Works.

DEPARTMENT REVIEW CANCELLED: City Council leadership cancels departmental budget hearings for Finance, Municipal Court, Housing & Economic Development, and Inspections.

BUDGET DEADLINE: State law requires City Council adopt a fiscal year municipal budget by the end of April.

MAY

REQUEST FOR HEARINGS: Gusciora writes to McBride refuting her requirement for a budget officer and advising that specific questions about the budget should be communicated and the Administration will provide detailed responses. 

JUNE

APPROPRIATIONS REJECTED: 22-229 Emergency Appropriations to the CY 2022 Temporary Budget in Current Fund including Debt Service for $ $28,184,505.54. (Fail 4-3; McBride, Rodriguez, Vaughn, Wilkins vote no)

APPROPRIATIONS REJECTED: 22-245 Emergency Appropriations to the CY 2022 Temporary Utility Budgets CY 2022 in Current Fund for $19,011462.64. (Fail 4-3; McBride, Rodriguez, Vaughn, Wilkins vote no)

APPROPRIATIONS REJECTED: 22-246 Emergency resolution authorizing emergency appropriations to the CY 2022 Temporary Budgets of the City of Trenton Current Fund including Debt Service for $46,970,773.32. (Fail 4-3; McBride, Rodriguez, Vaughn, Wilkins vote no)  

EXECUTIVE ORDER: Mayor Gusciora issues Executive Order 22-04 permitting payment of City debts and continuation of uninterrupted services to residents and businesses. 

JULY

DEPARTMENT REVIEW: Council holds budget hearings for Municipal Court and Finance.

DEPARTMENT REVIEW: Council holds budget hearings for Housing & Economic Development and Inspections.

DEPARTMENT REVIEW: Council holds budget hearings for Mayor’s Office and Health & Human Services.

DEPARTMENT REVIEW: Council holds budget hearings for Water.

DEPARTMENT REVIEW: Council holds budget hearings for Clerk’s Office and Recreation.

DEPARTMENT REVIEW: Council holds budget hearings for Police and Fire.

TAX DEADLINE EXTENSION: Municipal tax deadline extended for third quarter bills. 

AUGUST

CREDIT DOWNGRADE: Moody’s downgrades City of Trenton’s bond grading following City Council refusal to pay debt service. 

SEPTEMBER

STATE INTERVENES: To allow the City to issue fourth quarter tax bills, the NJ Department of Community Affairs sends the City a letter confirming use of the tax rate from the April proposed budget to generate tax bills.

OCTOBER

BUDGET HEARING: City Council leadership scheduled, cancelled, rescheduled, and again cancelled hearings to adopt, or adopt with amendment(s), the 2022 municipal budget.



Trenton Police Department Holds Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive, Helping 230 Families During The Holiday Season

November 22, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Today, Mayor Reed Gusciora joined the Trenton Police Department (TPD) for their annual Thanksgiving food drive at 225 N. Clinton Ave.

Every year, for the last twelve years, TPD has organized a Thanksgiving food drive. Each year, the number of meals donated to feed food-insecure Trenton families has increased. Twelve years ago, TPD donated 50 meals to families and this holiday season TPD is donating 230 meals to food-insecure Trenton families.

Det. Tamika Veal, Det. Tomika Sommer, Det. Angel Turner, and Det. Glendy Peña, as members of the Trenton Police Community Affairs Unit, planned the food drive, collected donations from other officers, and managed the food drive operations.

TPD Director Steve Wilson said, “I’m proud of our police force for making this year’s food drive such as a success. We’re thankful to the many local businesses and other organizations for supporting our shared vision.”

Cash and in-kind gifts for the food drive come from businesses, law enforcement organizations, and non-profits/higher education institutions. The TPD Thanksgiving food drive is supported by the following business entities, all located in the Capital City:

  • Campare Foods Supermarket (847 Roebling Ave)
  • Fernandez Supermarket (634 Whittaker Ave)
  • The Hibbert Group (400 Pennington Ave)
  • Central Jersey Paint Company (121 S. Olden Ave)

The following law enforcement organizations made significant contributions: Superior Officer Association (Lt. Jason Woodhead), Police Benevolent Association (Ofc. Mike Schiaretti), Director Wilson, and Trenton Police Department officers.

Support also came from the non-profit, ONEProjectNJ, students at The College of New Jersey who filled grocery bags, and the City of Trenton Department of Recreation, Natural Resources & Culture.

The objective of the TPD Thanksgiving food drive is to identify Trentonians facing food disparities and to provide them with a full meal. Through collaboration with the Trenton Board of Education, city senior centers, and city day cares, families in need are identified and fed.

Mayor Gusciora said, “TPD’s Thanksgiving food drive is part-and-parcel of the Department’s strategy to improve officer-community relations. This is an example of TPD actively searching for ways to support their families that they are sworn to protect.”


Trenton Police Arrest Man For Criminal Attempt Homicide And Weapons Offenses

November 21, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER) Trenton Police say that on Thursday, October 27, 2022, at approximately 7:43 p.m., Police responded to the area of 351 Centre Street on a report of shots fired. A victim was found with a gunshot wound about his left leg area and taken to the hospital for treatment. Detectives from the Mercer County Shooting Response Team (SRT) arrived on scene and took charge of the investigation. After weeks of combing through evidence and extensive investigative work, Detectives were able to identify the suspect Steven Harper 37 of Trenton. On Thursday, November 17, 2022, in the early morning hours, SRT Detectives and the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Unit conducted a Fugitive Operation in the area of the Centre Street. Detectives successfully executed an arrest warrant and placed Steven S. Harper under arrest for Criminal Attempt Homicide and related weapons offenses.

For Any Further Information Please Contact: Detective Lieutenant Nathan B. Bolognini, Special Operations Bureau – Violent Crimes Unit Executive Officer / Public Information Officer 609-989-4055



The Arc Mercer Celebrates Achievements With Gala Event At The Stone Terrace In Hamilton

November 21, 2022

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The Arc Mercer, Mercer County’s premier agency providing resources for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities for over seventy years, held its annual gala on Friday, November 18th at 5:30 p.m., at The Stone Terrace in Hamilton.

Every fall at the annual gala The Arc Mercer seeks to raise awareness and support for the mission and to show appreciation for those who work on the front lines every day.

The Arc Mercer honored three Mercer County Mayors with the Mayoral Champion Award during the event.  Mayors Jeff Martin of HamiltonBert Steinmann of Ewing, and Reed Gusciora of Trenton were recognized for their enduring partnership and support of The Arc Mercer and its programs throughout the county. 

Mayors Steinmann and Gusciora are long-serving members of Arc Mercer’s board of Directors.  Through contributions by their administrations and the mayors themselves, the three have helped The Arc Mercer to expand their community-based homes, offer employment to hundreds of individuals, and provide cultural and recreational experiences to the special needs community.  Twelve of Arc Mercer’s nineteen homes are located within these communities.

Annual awards presented during the gala include: The Employee of the Year – John Strycharz, The Rising Star of the Year – Andrew Kesten, and The Dawn Carmosino Team Impact Award winner – Diana Parker.  These three individuals have gone above and beyond expectations, and were selected from over 250 nominations submitted during the year by Arc Mercer employees.

“The Gala is our chance to publicly recognize those who support our mission and exemplify why Arc Mercer is the premier agency serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities,” said Executive Director Steve Cook.  “This year, we are excited to announce that all proceeds raised in connection with this event will go towards LiberiArc, our project to open the first international chapter of The Arc of the US in Liberia.”

This year’s record-breaking fundraiser, which was simulcast to a sister-gala in Liberia, brought in over $200,000 which Mr. Cook has pledged to invest in the research, infrastructure, and staffing of The Arc’s most ambitious project to date.  Announced to much fanfare in July of this year, “LiberiArc will bring our standard of excellence to the special needs population in Liberia” according to Mr. Cook.

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

To learn more, or to support The Arc Mercer, visit www.arcmercer.org


Trenton Firefighters Extinguish 2-Alarm Blaze On Tremont Street

November 21, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–With the temperature hovering at a frigid 21 degrees, city firefighters battled a two-alarm blaze involving a pair of abandoned homes on Tremont Street early this morning (Monday, Nov. 21). Firefighters, alerted to the blaze at 2:55 a.m., arrived to find the two structures – 95 and 97 Tremont, located between Beatty and Jersey streets – already fully engulfed in flames. Both homes had been badly damaged by a previous fire and it was obvious to firefighters that a collapse of the blazing structures was imminent. Firefighters set up a defensive operation using Engine 3’s deck gun and several 2.5-inch hoselines and worked to protect neighboring buildings. Radiant heat from the fire was so intense that it melted the siding of a home across the street. Several partial collapses occurred until, eventually, both homes were reduced to a smoldering heap of debris. The fire was declared under control at 3:39 a.m. The cause of the blaze was under investigation by fire and police officials.   



Google Maps Image of 97 Tremont St, Trenton, NJ 08611 prior to this morning’s fire showing prior fire damage.


Hamilton Man Charged with Kidnapping 14-Year-Old, Sexual Assault, Aggravated Criminal Sexual Contact, Luring/Enticing A Child, Endangering Welfare Of Child, Distributing CDS And Possession of CDS

November 18, 2022

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Hamilton Township Police reported that on Wednesday, November 16, 2022 at approximately 8:01 a.m., Hamilton Police were dispatched to the area of Lamont Avenue and Klockner Road on a report of an unknown problem.  A text message on the 9-1-1 emergency system was received by dispatch stating that someone was in need of help and they were sitting in a red Toyota.  Responding Officers located the vehicle parked on the 1800 block of Klockner Road.  Inside the vehicle was a fourteen-year-old juvenile who was reported missing from Trenton.  The juvenile told Officers the vehicle belonged to her friend Andy and that she phoned him on Sunday to pick her up.  She stated she was hanging out at the residence for the last three days and had been sleeping in the vehicle overnight when Andy’s wife is home.  Officers identified Andy as Andrew Hoehn, 34, of Hamilton.  

The juvenile was brought to Hamilton Police Headquarters to investigate further.  An interview was conducted along with the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office with the juvenile and found that the juvenile had been having sexual intercourse with Hoehn over the past two months.  After further investigation complaints were signed against Hoehn who was taken into custody on Thursday, November 17, 2022 with the assistance of the Hamilton Police SWAT Team and the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office.  Hoehn was charged with Kidnapping, Luring/Enticing a Child, Aggravated Sexual Assault (four counts), Sexual Assault (four counts), Aggravated Criminal Sexual Contact (two counts), Endangering the Welfare of a Child (3 counts), Distributing CDS (two counts), and Possession of CDS.  Hoehn was taken to the Mercer County Correctional Center pending a detention hearing.

Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective Dan Inman of the Hamilton Police Division Major Crimes Unit at (609) 581-4035 or the Hamilton Police Crime Tip Hotline at (609) 581-4008.

Despite these charges, every defendant is presumed innocent, unless and until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, following a trial at which the defendant has all of the trial rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and State law.

Andrew Hoehn, 34, of Hamilton charged with charged with Kidnapping, Luring/Enticing a Child, Aggravated Sexual Assault (four counts), Sexual Assault (four counts), Aggravated Criminal Sexual Contact (two counts), Endangering the Welfare of a Child (3 counts), Distributing CDS (two counts), and Possession of CDS.  Hoehn was taken to the Mercer County Correctional Center pending a detention hearing.


Prosecutor’s Office Identifies 19-Year-Old Killed In Trenton Shooting Yesterday

November 18, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–The Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office has identified Nay’sean Byrd, 19, of Trenton as the victim of yesterday’s shooting in the 800 block of Carteret Avenue. This is Trenton’s 21st homicide for 2022 with the possibility of another depending on the determination of a fire investigation. Last year on November 17, 2022 there were 35 reported homicides in Trenton and the year ended with 40.

Yesterday the Prosecutor’s Offices stated that the Mercer County Homicide Task Force and the Trenton Police Department are investigating a shooting homicide in Trenton.

At approximately 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 17, 2022, Trenton police responded to a Shot Spotter activation for multiple rounds in the 800 block of Carteret Avenue.  Responding officers arrived on scene to discover a white Mercedes SUV that had been struck numerous times by gunfire.  An adult male was located in the driver’s seat of the vehicle.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.

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.  Information can also be emailed to mchtftips@mercercounty.org.

Yesterday’s MidJersey.News story here:


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
  12. 6/01/2022 Dreiby Osorio, 16, of Trenton, Stabbing
  13. 9/02/2022 Rasheed Barlow, 35, of Trenton, Shooting
  14. 9/11/2022 Chron Jenks, 34, of Ewing, Shooting
  15. 9/20/2022 Keenan Anthony Trower, 31, of Hamilton Shooting
  16. 10/09/2022 Daquan Brown, 33, of Trenton, Shooting
  17. 10/10/2022 Daveigh Brooks, 25, of Ewing
  18. 10/26/2022 Rayshawn Baines, 41, of Trenton
  19. 11/10/2022 from 9/21/2022 Corrine Daniels, 41, of Park Avenue multiple blunt force injuries
  20. 11/16/2022 Jomar Rodriguez, 29, of Trenton, Shooting
  21. 11/17/2022 Nay’sean Byrd, 19, of Trenton

** Under Investigation Pending determination:

22. ** Cause of fire under investigation by Mercer County Prosecutors Office Brian Wharton, 57, of Trenton



Mercer County Homicide Task Force Responds To Carteret Avenue In Trenton For A Shooting Investigation

November 17, 2022

6:25 p.m. update:

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

At approximately 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 17, 2022, Trenton police responded to a Shot Spotter activation for multiple rounds in the 800 block of Carteret Avenue.  Responding officers arrived on scene to discover a white Mercedes SUV that had been struck numerous times by gunfire.  An adult male was located in the driver’s seat of the vehicle.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.  The victim’s identity will be released after family notification has been made.


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.  Information can also be emailed to mchtftips@mercercounty.org.

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Shots rang out again in less than 24-hours in the City of Trenton, this time around 1:30 p.m. in the 800 block of Carteret Avenue Trenton Police, Trenton EMS, Trenton Fire and Captial Health Paramedics responded to the scene.

At the scene there was a white vehicle with bullet holes through windows and the hood. There were unconfirmed reports of a fatality. The street was lined with crime scene tape and detectives searched the area for clues. Last night there was a homicide with two others shot during a home invasion in the 200 block of Hewitt Street around 7:15 p.m.

The Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office confirmed that The Mercer County Homicide Task Force is responded to the 800 block of Carteret Avenue in Trenton for a shooting investigation.  No additional details are available at this time.




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
  12. 6/01/2022 Dreiby Osorio, 16, of Trenton, Stabbing
  13. 9/02/2022 Rasheed Barlow, 35, of Trenton, Shooting
  14. 9/11/2022 Chron Jenks, 34, of Ewing, Shooting
  15. 9/20/2022 Keenan Anthony Trower, 31, of Hamilton Shooting
  16. 10/09/2022 Daquan Brown, 33, of Trenton, Shooting
  17. 10/10/2022 Daveigh Brooks, 25, of Ewing
  18. 10/26/2022 Rayshawn Baines, 41, of Trenton
  19. 11/10/2022 from 9/21/2022 Corrine Daniels, 41, of Park Avenue multiple blunt force injuries
  20. 11/16/2022 Jomar Rodriguez, 29, of Trenton, Shooting
  21. 11/17/2022 Nay’sean Byrd, 19, of Trenton

** Under Investigation Pending determination:

22. ** Cause of fire under investigation by Mercer County Prosecutors Office Brian Wharton, 57, of Trenton

Man Killed In Trenton Home Invasion Identified

November 17, 2022

UPDATE:

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–In an update to the story MidJersey.News brought you yesterday the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office has identified the individual who was killed during the home invasion as Jomar Rodriguez, 29, of Trenton, who was shot multiple times in the chest and pronounced dead at the hospital.

The Mercer County Homicide Task Force and the Trenton Police Department are investigating a shooting that occurred Wednesday evening in the city, Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri reported.

At approximately 7:15 p.m. on November 16, 2022, Trenton police responded to the 200 block of Hewitt Street on a report of a man shot.  Upon arrival, officers spoke to an adult male suffering from a gunshot wound to the hand.  He was transported to Capital Health Medical Center for treatment.  While on scene, officers learned that two more gunshot victims had arrived at St. Francis Medical Center.  A second adult male was treated for a gunshot wound to the leg.  A third victim, Jomar Rodriguez, 29, of Trenton, was shot multiple times in the chest and pronounced dead at the hospital.

Preliminary investigation indicates the incident was a home invasion.  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.  Information can also be emailed to mchtftips@mercercounty.org

Yesterday’s MidJersey.News story here:



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
  12. 6/01/2022 Dreiby Osorio, 16, of Trenton, Stabbing
  13. 9/02/2022 Rasheed Barlow, 35, of Trenton, Shooting
  14. 9/11/2022 Chron Jenks, 34, of Ewing, Shooting
  15. 9/20/2022 Keenan Anthony Trower, 31, of Hamilton Shooting
  16. 10/09/2022 Daquan Brown, 33, of Trenton, Shooting
  17. 10/10/2022 Daveigh Brooks, 25, of Ewing
  18. 10/26/2022 Rayshawn Baines, 41, of Trenton
  19. 11/10/2022 from 9/21/2022 Corrine Daniels, 41, of Park Avenue multiple blunt force injuries
  20. 11/16/2022 Jomar Rodriguez, 29, of Trenton, Shooting

** Under Investigation Pending determination:

21. ** Cause of fire under investigation by Mercer County Prosecutors Office Brian Wharton, 57, of Trenton


One Dead, Two Others Wounded In Apparent Home Invasion-Shooting On Hewitt Street In Trenton

November 16, 2022

UPDATE:

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo Onofri told MidJersey.news that there was a shooting in the 200 Block of Hewitt Street, one pronounced deceased, two others were wounded. Onofri stated it appears to be a home invasion.

Trenton Police, Trenton EMS, Mercer County Paramedics and Trenton Fire all responded to the 200 Block of Hewitt Street around 7:15 p.m. It was reported that one of the victims was transported in a private vehicle to the Trauma Center at Capital Health Regional Medical Center. Two others were also injured in the shooting also arrived by private vehicles to St. Francis Medical Center and one was pronounced dead.

This is a developing story check please check back for updates when additional details are released.



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
  12. 6/01/2022 Dreiby Osorio, 16, of Trenton, Stabbing
  13. 9/02/2022 Rasheed Barlow, 35, of Trenton, Shooting
  14. 9/11/2022 Chron Jenks, 34, of Ewing, Shooting
  15. 9/20/2022 Keenan Anthony Trower, 31, of Hamilton Shooting
  16. 10/09/2022 Daquan Brown, 33, of Trenton, Shooting
  17. 10/10/2022 Daveigh Brooks, 25, of Ewing
  18. 10/26/2022 Rayshawn Baines, 41, of Trenton
  19. 11/10/2022 from 9/21/2022 Corrine Daniels, 41, of Park Avenue multiple blunt force injuries
  20. 11/16/2022 Jomar Rodriguez, 29, of Trenton, Shooting

** Under Investigation Pending determination:

21. ** Cause of fire under investigation by Mercer County Prosecutors Office Brian Wharton, 57, of Trenton


Man Succumbs To Injuries From Princeton Crash

November 16, 2022

PRINCETON, NJ (MERCER)—Princeton Police Department reports that on Tuesday November 8, 2022, at 1:52 p.m., a 2019 Hyundai Kona driven by Elmer Hsu was traveling east in the eastbound lane of Princeton-Kingston Road. Hsu swerved to the right out of the eastbound lane and struck a tree located near the corner of Princeton-Kingston Road and Riverside Drive. Hsu was transported to the Trauma Center at Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton, NJ for treatment. On Sunday November 13, 2022, Hsu succumbed to his injuries.

The Police Department is requesting that anybody who witnessed the crash contact Sgt. Michael Strobel at (609) 921-2100 extension 1815.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation. Further information will be provided when new information becomes available.


Surprise Playset Built for Ewing Birthday Girl Battling Cancer State Farm and Ewing Police Partner for the Build

November 16, 2022

EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–State Farm and the Roc Solid Foundation recently teamed up to provide a donated playset for Charlotte Craven, a 3-year-old girl in Ewing undergoing treatment for High Risk B-Cell ALL. Donated playsets help bring normalcy to children undergoing cancer treatments and provide a safe place for them to play and forgot about their illness, hospital visits and treatments. Additionally, although many children have access to public playgrounds, it’s often difficult for kids with comprised immune systems to play in public settings, especially during Covid.

After the Craven family received their playset pieces, State Farm learned they needed help building the structure. Local State Farm agents and Ewing police officers recently showed up at the Craven’s house – on Charlotte’s 3rd birthday – to build the playset and help Charlotte begin creating many, happy memories in her backyard. The playset build was a surprise for Charlotte and her younger sister, Ella.

“It was exciting to watch Charlotte see the playset for the first time in her backyard,” says State Farm Agent Lenny LoPresti. “This family is already going through a lot, so it was comforting to know we were able to help them with this project. We are also extremely grateful to the Ewing Police Department who showed up with relatively short notice.”

“When Charlotte woke up the morning after the build, the first thing she did was look outside and say, ‘Oh good! My playset is still there!,’” adds Charlotte’s mother, Alison.

The Roc Solid Foundation mission is to build hope for kids fighting cancer. The playset program is designed for kids ages 1 – 9 who are in active treatment for pediatric cancer.

About Roc Solid:
Roc Solid Foundation builds hope for kids fighting cancer through the power of play. The organization is best known for its two major initiatives: surprising kids with brand new play sets and providing Roc Solid Ready Bags to families when they first hear the devastating news that their child has cancer. The organization has constructed more than 500 play sets across the country through partnerships with children’s hospitals – including those in New Jersey.

Firefighters Quickly Knock Down Basement Fire In Ewing Township

November 15, 2022

EWING TOWNSHIP (Mercer) – Ewing firefighters made quick work of bringing a smoky basement blaze under control this afternoon (Tuesday, Nov. 15). The fire involved a one-story home on Federal City Road, between Bunker Hill and Bull Run roads, where Ewing, Lawrence and Hopewell townships all meet. Dispatched about 4:35 p.m. in response to multiple 911 calls reporting smoke coming from the roof of the home, Ewing Township Fire Department personnel arrived on scene and quickly confirmed there was a working fire in the basement. Multiple hoselines were deployed, entry was forced into the home, and the hoselines were placed in service to extinguish the flames in the basement. Mutual aid firefighters from Lawrence Township and Pennington Borough assisted with completing searches of the smoke-filled home to confirm no one was inside and with ventilation efforts to clear smoke from the residence once the fire was extinguished. A Lawrence Township EMS ambulance crew stood by on scene but there were no reported injuries.  The cause of the fire was under investigation by Ewing Township police and fire officials.

Photos and video by: Transmit the 1075



Trenton Shooting Victim In Stable Condition After Surgery

November 14, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–City of Trenton, Public Information Officer, Timothy J. Carroll told MidJersey.news that a shooting was reported at 9:53 p.m. in the 100 Block of South Logan Avenue. When Trenton Police arrived, they found a male shot in the abdomen. The male victim was by his vehicle when an unknown black male walked up and shot the victim as a part of a robbery, the suspect fled the scene. There is no other information at this time on the suspect. The victim was transported to the hospital by Trenton EMS and Captial Health Paramedics and reported in stable condition after surgery. The Trenton Shooting Response Team responded and is investigating. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Trenton Police Department.


Reports Of Multiple Injured In I-195 Crash In Hamilton

November 12, 2022

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Around 4:00 p.m. Hamilton Township Fire Department, RWJ EMS and Capital Health Paramedics were dispatched to I-195 West Bound near mile post 2.8 between Exit 3 and Exit 2. It was reported one person was trapped and had to be extricated and four total patients. One vehicle was on its side and another was in the woods. Three additional ambulances were called to the scene. No additional details are available at this time.

UPDATE:

Trooper Charles Marchan from the New Jersey State Police, Public Information Unit told MidJersey.News that Troopers responded to a motor vehicle crash at approximately 3:58 p.m. on I-195 west bound, milepost 2.6 in Hamilton Township Mercer County. 

Two vehicles traveling on I-195 west bound were involved in a collision. As a result of the crash both vehicles ran off the roadway and one overturned. Occupants were taken to an area hospital with non-life injuries. There is no additional information available. 





County Executive Hughes Calls For Answers, Changes In Wake Of Election Challenges; Robbinsville Mayor Dave Fried Provides Update

November 12, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–In the wake of numerous issues with voting and counting on Election Day, challenges that are still under investigation, Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes is calling for a thorough public review of what went wrong and a comprehensive overhaul of the elections process in Mercer County.

“After issues in the last two elections, I have come to the conclusion that we must fundamentally change the management of the election process in Mercer County because it is clearly not working,” the County Executive said. “There are legal limits to what I can do as County Executive but rest assured that I will do everything within my power to ensure the integrity of elections in Mercer County and will tolerate nothing less.”

In Mercer County, three separate entities, the Board of Elections, the Superintendent of Elections, and the Office of the County Clerk each plays a role in elections. Board of Elections commissioners are appointed by the respective County Chairs of the Republican and Democratic Parties, the Superintendent of Elections is an appointee of the Governor, and the County Clerk is an elected position.

“I am happy that Mercer County Clerk Paula Sollami-Covello requested that the County Prosecutor look into the election. But we also need a more thorough and public review. We’ve got too many people in control and the quality of our elections has suffered as a result, undermining peoples’ faith in the democratic process,” Mr. Hughes said.

Moving forward, County Executive Hughes proposes the following:

  • Request a special meeting of the Commissioner Board to bring together the Clerk, Superintendent and Election Board Chair explain to the public what went wrong.
  • Reform and simplify our election process by merging and unifying the Office of the Superintendent and the Board into one, and having an experienced Executive Director oversee our elections.
  • Call on legislators to enact changes that will allow Mercer County to reform our system.
  • Pledge any county resources needed to ensure every vote is counted and help get to the bottom of what went wrong hasten and conclude investigation.

“I pledge to you that we will get to the bottom of this and that every vote will be counted,” Mr. Hughes said. “I have listened to the people of Mercer County and have spoken with election officials, and we are committed to finding out how we can improve the election process and to prevent future incidents as the one on Election Day.”

In Mercer County, the Office of the County Executive does not supervise the Board, their offices, nor does it have jurisdiction. The board is responsible for selecting polling places, training board workers, receiving and counting vote-by-mail ballots, and counting and certifying provisional ballots. The Superintendent of Elections handles voter registration, renews registration records, investigates provisional ballots, and is the custodian of voting machines. The County Clerk designs and prints all election ballots, processes vote by mail applications, and officially certifies the election results.

File photo: Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes


File photo: Robbinsville Township Mayor Dave Fried

Robbinsville Township Mayor Dave Fried said in a Facebook post:

“Regarding the events of Election Day, here is what we know so far.

Either the machine scanners did not work, or the ballots were printed incorrectly and the machines did their jobs and correctly spit them out as invalid. An investigation is reportedly under way, and Robbinsville will join other elected officials across Mercer County to see that the investigation is complete and transparent.

Let me be clear: I am not blaming anyone. Honestly, I do not know how this happened. Pointing fingers without all the facts is not productive. We do know that this is the second straight year the County process did not work as it should have, and I am not happy with much of what I saw.

One of the basic tenets of our democracy is the right to vote, and that every vote will be counted.

As of today, it appears our District 5 ballots (Library) have been found after having been misplaced. That information was given directly to our Municipal Clerk Michele Seigfried from the County.

Just a quick note about our clerk’s office. Michele and her team of Deputy Clerk Kaitlyn Macellaro and Sandy DeLorenzo performed exceptionally under extremely difficult conditions this past week. I cannot thank them enough for their service to our Township. The same goes for our Administration team, led by B.A. Joy Tozzi, each of whom worked all hours of the day and night in the chaotic aftermath of Election Day.

Over in Princeton, it seems they discovered ballots still in their machines. During in-person voting on Election Day, two slots for placing ballots were used. The first was the so-called emergency slot. This was used in the early part of the day because officials had hoped the scanner problems could be fixed before polls closed. As the day went on, that emergency bin became full and the scanners were removed so the main bin could be used. They discovered Princeton’s ballots were still in some of those containers since both sides were not emptied. It also appears that the documentation of the chain of custody regarding our ballots was quite poor, allowing the ballots to be apparently misplaced for a time.

The courts have ordered all the machines returned to the Mercer County Board of Elections for inspection to ensure there are no more ballots in those machines, including the ones deployed in Robbinsville.

I DO NOT believe there was any type of fraud, and I DO NOT believe there are any conspiracies at work here. I do believe mistakes were made at a time in our nation when it can ill-afford to stumble on Election Day.

We have spent millions of dollars on these machines and ballots, and they clearly did not work as advertised. It is time to reassess and come up with a better system. Those of you who voted early did not seem to have any issues. Perhaps we need to consider moving entirely in that direction. I will be attending all upcoming Mercer County Commissioner’s meetings until we have a real and fortified plan. Together, I am hopeful we will come up with a solution. Robbinsville has no intention of paying for this process unless real change is implemented.

I have no reason to believe, even with ballots that may or may not still be out there, that our local results will change.

Thus, I sincerely congratulate our three new Board of Education members – Jeffrey Pierro, Raghu Nandan and Peter Oehlberg. I wish each of you the best of luck, and I am sorry your first election was fraught with so much turmoil.

I have always said putting your name on a ballot is one of the most difficult – but potentially rewarding things – a person can do. Although no candidate should have to wait days for results in 2022, each of you earned your rightful place among your other BOE members.

While Ballot Question #1, which sought to combine our Planning and Zoning Boards into a consolidated Land Use Board, did pass, Ballot Question #2 regarding an increase in our Open Space tax to preserve more land and slow development did not. I know times are tough. That is why we put items such as these questions on the ballot. Sometimes we think we know what the residents want, but this process helps us know for certain.”