Category: Mercer County

BREAKING: Person Struck By River Line Train In Trenton Taken To Trauma Center

June 24, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Tonight around 9:20 p.m. Trenton EMS and Capital Health Paramedics were dispatched to Route 129 at Hamilton Avenue for a reported pedestrian hit by the NJ Transit River Line Train. Trenton Police and NJ Transit Police also responded. Trenton Fire Department was dispatched for a rescue of a person caught under the train but was canceled since the person was freed prior to arrival.

TEMS and Capital Paramedics transported the person to the Trauma Center at Capital Health Regional Medical Center.

No further information is available at this time.

This is a breaking news report from radio and on scene reporting, once official information is received the story will be updated and any corrections made. MidJersey.News has reached out to NJ Transit for comment and information on the accident but have not received a reply at the time of this report.






HAMILTON HOLDS FLAG RETIREMENT CEREMONY

June 24, 2021

By: Colin McCormick 

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)—–Hamilton Township held their yearly flag retirement ceremony yesterday in Veterans Park. This service is to respectfully retire American flags in the proper absolute way. County Executive Brian M. Hughes and the Mercer County Office of Veteran Services invited the public to the official flag decommissioning ceremony Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m. in Veterans Park. 

Each year, the Mercer County Office of Veteran Services partners with American Legion Post 31 and the Hamilton Township Patriotic Committee to host the time honored decommissioning of the American flags also commonly known as “Flag Retirement”. American flags that should be retired respectfully consist of, American flags that have become tattered, spoiled or are otherwise no longer fit for display will be burned in a dignified manner in a large pit during a ceremony.

The Fire was watched over by the Hamilton Township Fire Department Engine Company 18 and the Fire Marshall, to make sure all areas surrounding the pit were kept safe. The flags are not allowed to be put out; they must burn out on their own.

Veteran Services have collected thousands of flags eligible for retirement from American Legion Post 31, private homes, the veterans section of Greenwood Cemetery in Hamilton and Government offices. Since last year’s services were canceled due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Veteran Services had more flags to retire than usual. “The flag of the United States symbolizes the values we hold dear and seek to defend, such as liberty, equality, opportunity, democracy and inclusion,” Mr. Hughes said. “It deserves a special sendoff, and on June 23 we will demonstrate a proper way to retire an American flag.”

This year’s service has guests from the Robbinsville JROTC, Mercer County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard, and Hamilton troop 7275. 

Hamilton’s Mayor Jeff Martin, Mercer County Executive Brian M Hughes, and Medina Wilson, spoke about the flag and the flag’s meaning, and why we should honor the flag. Mayor Martin said “It is great to see so many young people here to see the proper way to retire the flag and to understand the flag’s true meaning”. 


Dryer Fire Quickly Extinguished In East Windsor

June 24, 2021

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–East Windsor, Monroe and Hightstown Fire Companies responded to Wayne’s Wash World in the 600 Block of Abbington Drive for a smoke condition. When firefighters arrived they found a smoke condition in the business from a dryer that had clothes inside that were smoking. The fire was contained to the dryer. The clothes were removed and wet down and the dryer was placed out of service. All fire companies returned when completed. No damage to the structure and the business was able to reopen quickly thanks to the early 9-1-1 call and quick response by local fire departments.


Mayor Gusciora Announces American Rescue Plan Proposal Focused on Youth and Neighborhood Services, Infrastructure Improvements, and Local Jobs and Businesses

June 24, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Mayor W. Reed Gusciora released the first version of the Trenton American Rescue Plan (ARP) proposal, which allocates more than $70.82 million in direct federal aid to combat the lingering economic effects of COVID-19 by building youth and neighborhood resilience, transforming outdated infrastructure and making critical investments in local jobs and businesses.

“This plan incorporates much of the feedback we’ve received from City Council, concerned community stakeholders, and numerous employee organizations that were impacted greatly by the pandemic,” said Mayor Gusciora. “This plan is focused on addressing many of the long-term symptoms of COVID-19, including spikes in violent crime, shrinking job and business opportunities, and a workforce that endured hundreds of COVID-19 cases while continuing to provide critical services. We expect this plan to evolve as we reach out to more residents, receive additional U.S. Treasury guidance and continue our ongoing discussions with City Council.”

The plan outlines 38 spending items across three major themes that highlight U.S. Treasury guidance concerning negative COVID-19 economic impacts, public health support, and replacing lost public sector revenue:

  • Building youth and neighborhood resilience: $32.47 million to improve the health and wellbeing of Trenton residents, students, and employees, including $15 million in direct support to Trenton households, $8 million in hazard pay for city workers who were active throughout the pandemic, $2 million to expand mental health services, $500,000 in youth neighborhood counseling to combat violent crime, and more than $6 million in arts and recreation programming.
  • Transforming aging infrastructure: $21.72 million to counter municipal COVID-19 budget shortfalls that have prevented much-needed investments in city infrastructure, including $14.5 million for facility repairs and HVAC improvements at the TWW Filtration Plant, Animal Shelter, Municipal Court, Trenton Free Public Library, Trenton Police Headquarters, and multiple historic sites.
  • Investing in local jobs and businesses: $16.63 million to improve job training and business support programs, including a $5 million local venture capital fund, $4 million in expanded Urban Enterprise Zone support for local businesses, and more than $6.5 million in new internship and job training programs.

The plan was first introduced on a community Zoom meeting on June 23, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. The plan is available here: Trenton’s American Rescue Plan Project | Talk Trenton.

The $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan contains $360 billion in state and local aid to help employ essential workers, assist struggling families and small businesses, and make critical infrastructure investments. Trenton will receive $72,913,998 across two payments, the first $36.5 million of which was received on May 19, 2021. City Council voted to adopt a Resolution to accept this first round of funding on May 27, 2021.

The funds received must be appropriated by the City no later than Dec. 31, 2024 and expended by Dec. 31, 2026.

Eligible expenses include supporting public health costs, addressing negative economic impacts related to COVID-19, replacing lost public sector revenue, providing premium pay for essential workers, and investing in water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure. Generally, municipalities must assess whether and how the proposed use would respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency and identify the connection between the negative impact and how the assistance alleviates that impact.

The interim U.S. Treasury guidance offers wide latitude to support public health initiatives and resources, including COVID-19 mitigation and containment, medical expenses, and behavioral and mental health services. This also includes capital investments in public facilities to meet operational requirements related to the pandemic. Municipalities are also empowered to address negative economic impacts for individuals, households, small businesses, and non-profits, especially in low-income and socially vulnerable communities.

The Gusciora Administration and City Council are currently considering options based on the updated guidance. Following the passage of the American Rescue Plan, the Office of the Mayor also assembled an advisory committee of city officials, policy experts, and community leaders to help evaluate upcoming projects.

Residents interested in learning more about the American Rescue Plan can visit https://talktrenton.org/trenton-american-rescue-plan-advisory-committee



Attorney General’s Office Investigating Death of Man Who Was Involved in Scooter Accident in Hamilton

June 23, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The Attorney General’s Office is investigating the death of a man who was critically injured when his scooter collided with a civilian vehicle in Hamilton, Mercer County, on May 25. He died in the hospital two days later.

The decedent has been identified as Francis De La Cruz Abad, 21, of Trenton., N.J. The police officer who attempted to conduct a motor vehicle stop of Mr. De La Cruz Abad is Detective Brian Davis of the Hamilton Township Police Division.

The accident occurred just after 9 p.m. on May 25 near the intersection of Route 33 and Whitehorse-Mercerville Road. Detective Davis was in an unmarked police vehicle when he observed Mr. De La Cruz Abad operating a Yamaha scooter without a helmet. Detective Davis attempted to conduct a motor vehicle stop, but Mr. De La Cruz Abad continued traveling westbound on Route 33 and collided with a Dodge Caravan, whose driver was attempting to turn left into the Mercerville Shopping Center from Route 33 eastbound. Mr. De La Cruz Abad was thrown from the scooter and struck the windshield of the van. He was taken to Capital Health Regional Medical Center, where he died at approximately 3 p.m. on May 27.

The investigation is being conducted pursuant to a law enacted in January 2019, P.L.2019, c.1, which requires that the Attorney General’s Office conduct investigations of a person’s death that occurs during an encounter with a law enforcement officer acting in the officer’s official capacity or while the decedent is in custody.

The investigation is ongoing and no further information is being released at this time.

Related MidJersey.news stories here:

UPDATE: Attorney General’s Office investigating death of man who was involved in scooter accident in Hamilton

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3-Alarm Roof Fire Knocked Down At Home Depot In Hamilton Involving Solar Panels; Firefighters Save Building And Millions Of Dollars In Merchandise

June 23, 2021

HAMILTION TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–At 10:34 a.m. Hamilton Township Fire Department and Robbinsville Fire Department were initially dispatched to a roof fire at the Home Depot at 750 Route 130. While in route firefighters reported seeing a large column of smoke and an “all hands” was called sending the full first alarm and additional equipment to the scene, Bordentown Township, Hope Fire Company of Allentown-Upper Freehold, Ewing Township Fire Department, Signal 22 Canteen Unit, rehab units and others were sent to the scene. Firefighters on the roof reported heavy fire involving solar panels.

After about a 20 minute firefight firefighters were able to contain the blaze and kept it from spreading saving the Home Depot and its millions of dollars of contents.

Battalion Chief Ferdie Mather told MidJersey.News that the fire went to 3-Alarms and was fully under control within an hour after arriving on location.

Mather said that the fire department was able to deploy the fire department’s drone for both the fire investigation and searching for hot spots after the fire since the drone is equipped with thermal imaging technology.

Battalion Chief Ferdie Mather stated that there were two minor back injuries to firefighters who were fighting the fire. Mather said that they were being treated this afternoon at the medical center.

Hamilton Township Mayor Jeff Martin said, ““I commend the Hamilton Fire Division for their excellent work in getting the fire under control quickly. I also want to thank neighboring fire departments and the Hamilton Police Division for their assistance in protecting our community.”

The Hamilton Township Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the fire.

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Head On Crash Sends 2 To The Hospital In Robbinsville

June 22, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–The Robbinsville Township Police Department received 9-1-1 calls reporting a crash in the 1300 Block of Old York at 6:31 p.m. The Robbinsville Police Department, Robbinsville Fire Department and EMS responded to the scene of the head on crash. Robbinsville EMS and firefighters treated the injured on scene and requested an additional ambulance from Allentown for assistance. Two people were transported to local hospitals with non-life-threating injuries.

The Robbinsville Township Police Department temporarily closed the roadway between New Street and Herbert Road in the New Sharon section of town.

The Robbinsville Township Police Department is investigating the crash.

No further information is available at this time.


Habitat for Humanity of Burlington and Mercer Counties and Benebone Break Ground on a New, Affordable Home in Ewing, NJ

September 22, 2021

EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–On Tuesday, June 22, Habitat for Humanity of Burlington and Mercer Counties (Habitat BMC) and Benebone hosted a ground breaking ceremony for a new, affordable home site in Ewing, NJ.

“Through our growing partnership with Benebone, we are not just providing a family with a home – we are providing them with valuable things like safety, stability and opportunity, while fostering long-term success and growth,” explained Habitat BMC CEO Lori Leonard. “We hope this new home can provide hope, safety and security to a family in need – a healthy environment and accepting community for them to plant roots and thrive for generations to come.”

Benebone’s CEO Peter Toolan said: “At Benebone, there’s more to our story than making great dog toys.  Doing good is at the core of our company’s value system. We strive to do right by our customers, employees, business partners and the community. We’re a family business, and there is no more universal family need than that of a home. We’re thrilled to join Habitat for this important cause. And yes, we’re eager to build a doghouse, should the family be so inclined!”

The groundbreaking ceremony included brief remarks from Leonard, Benebone’s CEO Peter Toolan and Ewing Township’s Mayor Bert Steinmann, as well as light refreshments for invited guests. Additionally, Habitat BMC and Benebone partnered with a local dog rescue, 4 Paws Dog Rescue, to have adoptable dogs onsite at the event.

“4 Paws Dog Rescue of NJ is so excited to be partnering with these two amazing organizations. We are very passionate about helping the local community and are honored to team up with likeminded organizations,” said Christina Micarelli, co-founder of 4 paws Dog Rescue of NJ.

The new home in Ewing will feature 3 bedrooms and 1 ½ bathrooms, ample living space, spacious dining area and kitchen space featuring energy-efficient appliances and more. The home also boasts lovely outdoor space and is a perfect location within the local Ewing community – close to local schools, shops, entertainment and amenities. The neighborhood where the future Habitat BMC/Benebone home is located is also very close to the longtime home of Peter and Jim Toolan, the father and son pair behind the Benebone company.

Founded in 2012, Benebone has enjoyed explosive growth making high quality dog chew toys in the USA. Benebone has previous ties to Habitat for Humanity through Jim, who has been an avid volunteer for Habitat for Humanity of the Lehigh Valley (Habitat Lehigh Valley) in Allentown, PA for a number of years. The Toolan’s previously sponsored a home build for a family in Bethlehem, PA.

For more than 30 years, Habitat BMC has been offering programs and services for people in need of affordable homeownership opportunities and current homeowners who seek to preserve, repair and improve their homes in Atlantic, Burlington, Mercer and parts of Middlesex counties. The growing partnership between Benebone and Habitat BMC demonstrates both of their steadfast commitment to the communities they serve and a shared vision of building a world where everyone has a decent place to live.

Habitat BMC is now taking applications for this new home in Ewing – if you are an individual or family interested in applying, kindly visit: https://www.hfhbmc.org/services/available-homes/

About Habitat for Humanity of Burlington and Mercer Counties

Habitat for Humanity of Burlington and Mercer Counties (Habitat BMC) is an independent affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, which operates through independent, local affiliates to ensure that all functions of the organization have maximum relevance and impact on individual communities. In the fall of 2020, the Burlington and Mercer Counties affiliate merged with the Atlantic County affiliate to make a greater impact on affordable housing options in New Jersey. Habitat BMC serves families in need in Atlantic, Burlington, Mercer and portions of Middlesex counties, and manages ReStore locations in Egg Harbor Township, Hamilton and Maple Shade. Since its inception, the affiliates have collectively built nearly 300 and repaired over 150 homes for low- and moderate-income families, serving 77 municipalities and over 1.1 million residents. To learn more about Habitat BMC, visit http://www.hfhbmc.org.

About Benebone: 

Benebone is a leading brand of USA-made durable chew toys for dogs. The company’s simple mission is to make lives better for dogs and the people who love them. Benebone’s core values center around awesome products, building and serving communities, and a good dose of fun. Learn more at www.benebone.com.


Photos by Brian McCarthy, OnScene News

Two People Shot In Area Of Oakland Street and Hoffman Avenue

June 22. 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Trenton Police Detective Lieutenant Peter Szpakowski  told MidJersey.News that on Monday, June 21, 2021 at approximately 3:57 p.m. Trenton Police Communications received calls for a shots fired in the area of Oakland Street and Hoffman Avenue. Patrol and Street Crimes arrived and located one male, Victim #1 a 62 year old City resident, with a gunshot wound to his finger. Victim #1 was transported by EMS to Regional Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. Shortly after, Victim #2 a 20 year old City resident, arrived at Regional Medical Center with a gunshot wound to the right calf.

Shooting Response Team is continuing this investigation.


Road Rage, Argument Leads To Stabbing In Trenton

June 21, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–At 5:03 a.m. the drivers of two vehicles were arguing with each other near Route 129 and Cass Street. Both vehicles came to a stop near the railroad tracks of Cass Street and Route 129.

According to Trenton Police Detective Lieutenant Peter Szpakowski one had a golf club and the other a knife. Both parties engaged in an altercation that led to one of the combatants being stabbed multiple times. The victim was treated at the Trauma Center at Capital Health Regional Medical Center for multiple stab wounds.

The Trenton Police Department Criminal Investigation Bureau is continuing the investigation.


Juneteenth Celebrated At Mercer County Stables

June 19, 2021

HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)-The Mercer County Park Commission joined the African American Cultural Collaborative in celebration of Juneteenth today, June 19, 2021 at the Mercer County Stables.

Visitors learned about Black Equestrians and the fascinating history of Black Cowboys!

To learn more about the Juneteenth celebrations, see www.taacf.com

Photo gallery of today’s event below:


Photos by Brian McCarthy, OnScene News



3 Day Juneteenth Celebration Kick-Off Held Tonight at War Memorial

June 18, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–The African American Cultural Collaborative of Mercer County (AACCofMC) in partnership with the NJ Legislative District 15 (Senator Shirley Turner, Assemblywoman Verlina Reynolds Jackson and Assemblyman Anthony Verrelli) and Outdoor Equity Alliance are planning an inaugural 3-day, city-wide Juneteenth Celebration. This event is scheduled for Friday, June 18 through Sunday, June 20, 2021 in the capital City of Trenton. The Presenting Sponsors are Wells Fargo and St. Francis Medical Center.

On September 10, 2020, Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation (S19) which designated the third Friday of June a State and public holiday, known as Juneteenth Day. “Juneteenth was a defining moment in American History, claiming the beginning of African American independence in the country”, said Assemblywoman Verlina Reynolds Jackson, who sponsored the legislation that became a law. It was time for the commemoration of a pivotal moment in history to become an official state holiday, underscoring its importance to our communities and giving time for reflection on how far we have come and have to go to achieve equality and justice for all.”

Latarsha Burke, Executive Director of AACCofMC, said, “as a Collaborative, we endeavor to be more than just a festival and I was ecstatic and humbled to have been approached by Assemblywoman Reynolds-Jackson to spearhead this significant event in our capital city.” The goal of the Collaborative is to Educate, Empower and Unite Africans in the diaspora through cultural arts, health and wellness, entertainment and sports. The purpose of this carefully planned and socially distanced event is to highlight a few very poignant and current issues through displays of culture, collaboration, commerce, unity and education. The City of Trenton, Mercer County Parks Commission and many other partners have been working diligently to ensure public safety.

Although the weekend will center on contributions of African American people in our region, all communities and groups are invited to join. The planning committee has been extremely busy mobilizing partners over the past six months. Commitments from Greater Trenton, Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum and the Center for Child and Family Achievement have evolved into a plethora of family centered activities that will be held simultaneously in Downtown Trenton. As a result of collaboration with the Let’s Ride Foundation and the Samuel McCoy Scholarship Fund, a Juneteenth Freedom Day Bike Ride will also start at Mill Hill Park on Saturday and travel throughout Mercer County, with options for novice to advance riders to explore neighboring towns including Ewing, Lawrence, Hamilton and Hopewell.

An invite only Kick-Off will start the festivities on Friday with expected greetings from New Jersey Governor Phil D. Murphy, Congresswoman Bonne Watson-Coleman, sponsors and others. Simultaneously, Newark’s Mayor Ras Baraka, will be featured in a StreamYard Kick-Off Panel discussion entitled “How We Get Free: Artivism in the Past, Present and Future” which is sponsored by Art All Night 2021 in collaboration with the AACCofMC. Saturday will include events in downtown Trenton including a Main Stage with local and world-renowned entertainers. The headliner will be American Jazz musician Marcus Johnson. Local community activist Crystal Feliciano will serve as host for the Main Stage. A nearby Legacy Stage will feature youth/young adult entertainment hosted by “The #1Host” Kevin Hines and community champion Jasi Edwards. A Children’s Literacy Village including free books and interactive demonstrations, will open with a ribbon-cutting by Senator Shirley K. Tuner who sponsored a portion of the village. The Healthy Living Experience is being presented by Mama Yoga’s Wellness Coaching and Training and will include Trenton’s Health Team and Capital City YMCA featuring speakers, fitness, dance and activities for youth to seniors. Mercer County Stables will also serve as a location for an equestrian experience with the Crazy Faith Riders. The finale will be a Gospel Celebration on Sunday in historic Mill Hill Park featuring Trenton’s own JVR and Union Baptist Church’s Ensemble. WIMG and gospel recording artist Craig Hayes will serve as host for Sunday’s concert.

Burke says, “We believe that the inclusion of people of all racial and ethnic backgrounds promotes unity.”

For more information please call 609-474-4073 or visit www.taacf.com



My Salon Suite Grand Opening In Hamilton Township

June 17, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Hamilton Township Mayor Jeff Martin was present to welcome My Salon Suite to our community with a Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting ceremony on Monday, June 7, 2021. 

My Salon Suite’s unique concept was brought to Hamilton by owner Joe Carretta. My Salon Suite offers state of the art salon and spa suites featuring quiet-glide sliding glass doors for privacy and a 24-hour security system offering secure code access entry for My Salon Suite clients. Twenty-seven salon owners were attracted to this new space conveniently located in the Court at Hamilton Station, formerly the Clover Square Shopping Center. Each Salon owner, called a My Salon Suite member, was able to customize their suite to best capture their individual vibe and spirit. 

 “We are breaking a record this evening, I don’t think we have ever seen more businesses open in one day! It is so wonderful to see so many new businesses celebrate with the opening of My Salon Suite,” said Mayor Martin. 

The twenty-seven My Salon Suite members at the Quakerbridge Road location include: Ashanti Rose Pro Beauty, Chrissy’s Studio 202, CV Hair Studio, June Hair Company, Karma Salon By Heather Michelle, The Second Look Salon, Hair By Jen Kelly, Color Me Pink, Estilo by Jennifer Leigh, GK Stanza Di Bella, Meticulous Nails, Waxed Away, Hair Bliss By Julie D, Studio Posh, Kristina’s Hair Salon, Shear Intuition, Sunset Aesthetics, Olivia Deleon Beauty, Studi-O3, Your Salon, Sharelle’s Studio 202, Tara Alicen Studio, Hair Diva Fashions, T & T Hair Suite, Thairapy By Tiffany, T & T Salon Suite, and Hair By Vicky B. 

To learn more about the My Salon Suite location in Hamilton and how to book an appointment visit www.mysalonsuite.com/hamilton-square

Check out hamiltonnj.com/economicdevelopment to learn of the new businesses that have recently opened or relocated to Hamilton and read up on why Hamilton is a great place for businesses to call home! 

City of Trenton to Hold Webinar Introduction to the American Rescue Plan

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Mayor W. Reed Gusciora today announced that the City of Trenton will host a public webinar on Zoom Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. to give an overview of the American Rescue Plan and discuss eligible expenses related to the federal guidelines.

Those interested in attending the webinar can visit this link Wednesday, June 23 at 6:00 p.m. The presentation will be followed by a brief Q & A to address any comments or concerns. The webinar will be recorded so residents who cannot attend the meeting will still have access to the discussion. No registration is required beforehand.

The $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan contains $360 billion in state and local aid to help employ essential workers, assist struggling families and small businesses, and make critical infrastructure investments. Trenton will receive $72,913,998 across two payments, the first $36.5 million of which was received on May 19, 2021. City Council voted to adopt a Resolution to accept this first round of funding on May 27, 2021.

The funds received must be appropriated by the City no later than Dec. 31, 2024 and expended by Dec. 31, 2026.

On May 10, 2021, sixty days after President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act into law, the U.S. Department of Treasury issued its “Interim Final Rule,” which details eligible uses for funds. The Interim Final Rule is currently open for a 60-day comment period, which will close on July 9, 2021.

Eligible expenses include supporting public health costs, addressing negative economic impacts related to COVID-19, replacing lost public sector revenue, providing premium pay for essential workers, and investing in water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure. Generally, municipalities must assess whether and how the proposed use would respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency and identify the connection between the negative impact and how the assistance alleviates that impact.

The guidance offers wide latitude to support public health initiatives and resources, including COVID-19 mitigation and containment, medical expenses, and behavioral and mental health services. This also includes capital investments in public facilities to meet operational requirements related to the pandemic. Municipalities are also empowered to address negative economic impacts for individuals, households, small businesses, and non-profits, especially in low-income and socially vulnerable communities.

The Gusciora Administration and City Council are currently considering options based on the updated guidance. Following the passage of the American Rescue Plan, the Office of the Mayor also assembled an advisory committee of city officials, policy experts, and community leaders to help evaluate upcoming projects.

Residents interested in learning more about the American Rescue Plan can visit https://talktrenton.org/trenton-american-rescue-plan-advisory-committee.


East Windsor Police Blotter June 2021

June 17, 2021

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–East Windsor Police Blotter through June 16, 2021.


1)            DUI

Location: Route 33/Route 133 Time/Date: 2:10 AM, 6/4/2021

The officer conducted a motor vehicle stop after observing a vehicle stopped in the lane of travel on Route 33 near Route 133. The driver exhibited signs of impairment and was placed under arrest after failing field sobriety tests . The individual was later released pending court action.

Defendant:                         Marco   Vivar East Winds or, NJ 25 Years of Age

Charges:              DUI

Reckless Driving Careless Driving

Arresting Officer: Patrol Officer Bryan Butchon

2)            DUI

Location : Etra Road/Ward Street Time/Date: 12:15 AM, 6/6/2021

The officer conducted a motor vehicle stop after observing the vehicle fail to maintain its lane. The driver exhibited signs of impairment and was placed under arrest after failing field sobriety tests. The individual was later released pending court action.

Defendant:         Jose Morocho-Arias Hightstown, NJ

34 Years of Age

 Charges:             DUI

Reckless Driving Careless Driving

Failure to Maintain Lane Failure to Wear Seatbelt

Arresting Officer: Sergeant David Oleksy

3)            Drugs

Location: Days Inn

Time/Date : 4:15 AM, 6/6/2021

The officer located a disoriented male in the Days Inn parking lot. While speaking with the individual , the officer observed drug paraphernalia in plain view inside his vehicle. The officer conducted a vehicle search and located wax folds of heroin and hypodermic needles. The individual was arrested and released pending court action.

Defendant:         David Rakowski Clarksburg, NJ 41 Years of Age

Charges:              Possession of Heroin

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia Arresting Officer: Patrol Officer Joseph Zucchero

4)            DUI

Location : Probasco Road Time/Date: 8:35 PM, 6/6/2021

The officer responded to Probasco Road, at the request of a neighboring police agency, to search for a vehicle regarding a motor vehicle accident that occurred in their jurisdiction. The officer located the involved vehicle and individual, who appeared intoxicated. The individual admitted to driving the vehicle and was placed under arrest after failing field sobriety tests . The individual was later released pending court action.

Defendant:                         Edgar Ortega East Windsor, NJ 50 Years of Age

Charges:              DUI

Reckless Driving Careless Driving

 Arresting Officer : Patrol Officer Joseph Zucchero

5)            DUI

Location: Route 133/Route 33 Time/Date : 12:30 AM, 6/9/2021

The officer responded to Route 133 East near Route 33 for a single car motor vehicle accident. Investigation revealed that the driver struck a guardrail. The driver exhibited signs of impairment and was placed under arrest after failing field sobriety tests . The individual was later released pending court action.

Defendant:                         Nina Hannah Dundalk , MD 31 Years of Age

Charges:              DUI

Reckless Driving Careless Driving

Failure to Maintain Lane Driving While Suspended Unlicensed Driver

Arresting Officer: Patrol Officer Nicholas Hoffmann

6)            DUI

Location: Route 571/Route 133 Time/Date: 12:50 AM, 6/12/2021

The officer conducted a motor vehicle stop after observing the vehicle make an improper turn and fail to maintain its lane.   The driver exhibited signs of impairment and was placed under arrest after failing field sobriety tests. The individual was later released pending court action.

Defendant:                         Maeve Sheridan East Windsor, NJ 22 Years of Age

Charges:              DUI

Reckless Driving Careless Driving

Failure to Maintain Lane Improper Turn

Arresting Officer: Patrol Officer Joseph Zucchero

7)            DUI

Location: Route 130 South Time/Date: 1:05 PM, 6/12/2021

The officer responded to Route 130 South near Royal Plaza for a single car motor vehicle accident. Investigation revealed that the car struck a utility pole and the driver suffered minor injuries. The driver exhibited signs of impairment and was placed under arrest. The driver was taken to RWJ Hamilton hospital for treatment and was released pending court action.

Defendant:

Charges:

Nicholas Baka Newark, NJ

55 Years of Age

DUI

Reckless Driving Careless Driving

Failure to Maintain Lane Umegistered Vehicle

Open Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle Consumption of Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle

Arresting Officer: Patrol Officer Nicholas Enea


8)            DUI

Location: Route 130/Route 133 Time/Date: 10:50 PM, 6/14/2021

The officer conducted a motor vehicle stop after observing the vehicle fail to properly utilize its turn signal while making a lane change. The driver exhibited signs of impairment and was placed under arrest after failing field sobriety tests. The individual was later released pending court action.

Defendant:

Charges

David Angelo Toms River, NJ 57 Years of Age

DUI

Reckless Driving Careless Driving Failure to Signal Obstructing Traffic

Arresting Officer: Patrol Officer Michael Whalen


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.


Robbinsville Township Municipal Clerk Michele Seigfried Named MCANJ Municipal Clerk Of The Year

June 16, 2021

WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)—Today the Municipal Clerks’ Association of NJ, annual meeting was held at the Mercer County Boathouse, and Robbinsville Municipal Clerk Michele Seigfried was named Municipal Clerk Of The Year.

Honorees are those individuals who have made positive contributions to the profession for the benefit of all Municipal Clerks. Honorees must be members of the MCANJ, currently employed as a Municipal Clerk and tenured in their positions. Qualifications must include activities within the MCANJ and may include related community and volunteer work.

Michele Seigfried started her career in Plainsboro Township as the Deputy Township Clerk in 1998.  In 2003, she was hired as the Municipal Clerk and Registrar of Vital Statistics for Robbinsville Township.  She holds a BA from the College of New Jersey and earned the Registered Municipal Clerk, Certified Municipal Clerk, Certified Municipal Registrar, and Master Municipal Clerk certifications.

She has been speaking at training seminars for over 16 years on topics such as writing, liquor licensing, elections, vital statistics, management, legislation, for organizations such as the NJ League of Municipalities, the Municipal Clerk’s Association of New Jersey, AM/PM Services, the New Jersey Tax Collectors and Treasurers Association, various County Municipal Clerk’s Associations, and libraries.

She is a member of the MCANJ, the International Association of Municipal Clerks, Municipal Clerks’ Association of Mercer County, the Florence Township PTA, and the Registrars’ Association of New Jersey.

She has served on many committees over the past 18 years for the MCANJ including their Advisory Board, Records Committee, Manual Review Committee, Education Committee, Laws Affecting Municipal Clerks Committee, and Mini Conference Committee. She also previously served on the NJ League of Municipalities Legislative Committee, Rutgers University Writers Conference Advisory Board, IIMC Region II Conference Committee, and the Robbinsville Township Cable TV Advisory Committee.  She served as President for the Municipal Clerks’ Association of Mercer County from 2006-2010 and 2014-2016.

She is currently the Co-Chair of the MCANJ Conference Committee (2000-2022), Co-Chair of the MCANJ Legislative Committee, and the NJ Division of Community Affairs RMC State Exam Review Committee.  Michele also writes humorous articles for the MCANJ Newsletter, entitled ‘The Quill” as part of the Quill Committee and volunteers for Girl Scout Troop 21430.

All photos by: Dennis Symons, Jr. for MCANJ







All photos by: Dennis Symons, Jr. for MCANJ

Fully Involved Delivery Van Fire In Lawrence Township

June 16, 2021

LAWRENCE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Around 4:30 p.m. the Lawrence Township Fire Departments were dispatched to the 200 Block of Bakers Basin Road for a well involved van fire. Upon arrival firefighters reported finding an Amazon delivery van fully involved in a parking lot. Firefighters extinguished the fire.

No other information is available at this time.

Photos by Brian McCarthy, OnScene News

Trenton Resident Stands Watch Aboard USS Ronald Regan (CVN 76)

June 16, 2021

SOUTH CHINA SEA, Yesterday June 15, 2021, Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Fuel) 3rd Class Franchesca Rivera, from Trenton, New Jersey, stands forward lookout watch aboard the U.S. Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Ronald Reagan, the flagship of Carrier Strike Group 5, provides a combat-ready force that protects and defends the United States, as well as the collective maritime interests of its allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Santiago Navarro)


Parade For Past Chief Of Decou Hose Company Hamilton Township Station 15

June 15, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–In a show of support, firefighters from all around the area turned out to honor Past Fire Chief Skip Kontura of Hamilton Township Hose Company Station 15, who is battling cancer.

A little bit about Skip Kontura and his involvement in the fire service:

Ferdinand “Skip” Kontura was elected fire chief of the DeCou Hose Company in Hamilton Township at the age of 26 and was the youngest fire chief ever elected at the time.

Skip joined the fire company in June of 1954 as a junior member when he was 17 years old and two years later graduated Hamilton High West in 1956. He attended Menterey Peninsula College in California and studied courses in fire hydraulics, aircraft crash, fire and rescue techniques (CFR – currently called airport rescue firefighter) and fire protection equipment and systems. In NJ he took classes at the Mercer County Fire School, NJ State Fire College, National Fire Academy and an officer training school.

Skip remained fire chief for many years and took a special interest in fire hydraulics and equipment design. He ran many training drills involving water supply and large diameter hose.

In the July 1975 flood and Trenton Waterworks was flooded and out of service, Skip was involved in setting up a relay of pumpers to connect other surrounding water systems to Trenton with water. Water was pumped from Hamilton Township to Trenton and also Princeton to Trenton using fire apparatus. Since the water crisis of 1975 backup was installed between different local water systems, if one system is down an emergency valve can be opened to allow water to flow into the system, in 1975 no such emergency backup existed.

Skip also key in running a “Pump-A-Thon” where a 15 mile relay of fire apparatus was used to set up a water supply at the Trenton Speedway. The Pump-A-Thon was to raise money for the Burn Center.


The first piece of apparatus in the parade was Special Services 15 one of the many fire trucks Skip helped design.




Off Duty Trenton Firefighter Pulls Body From River; In Possible Accidental Drowning

June 15, 2021 — Updated

By: Tyler Eckel

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)– A person was found dead in the Delaware River early Tuesday afternoon in a possible accidental drowning. Rescue crews were dispatched to Arm & Hammer Park, 1 Thunder Road, around 2:00 pm on a reported person in the water. The victim was quickly pulled from the water and pronounced dead on the scene.

Detective Lieutenant Peter Szpakowski of the Trenton Police Department told MidJersey.News that an off-duty Trenton Firefighter, Akyse Watkins, was in the area and flagged down by a concerned citizen. The off-duty Firefighter jumped into the river, retrieved the body, and swam back to the shoreline.  While on shore,  off-duty firefighter Akyse Watkins began CPR until EMS and Trenton Fire Department arrived on scene.

Trenton Fire Department and EMS along with Capital Health Paramedics, Trenton Police, Mercer County Sheriff’s Office, and Mercer County Prosecutors Office responded to the scene.

Detective Brian Jones is conducting the investigation, Detective Lieutenant Szpakowski said.




Highly Regarded Iron Mike Alum Joins Trenton Catholic Preparatory Academy, Inc. Team As Athletic Director

June 15, 2021

By: Tyler Eckel

Trenton Catholic Preparatory Academy, Inc., McCorristin Campus, Home of the Iron Mikes is pleased and proud to announce the hiring of Marty Flynn as its new athletic director. Flynn will assume his duties at TCPA Immediately. 

In looking for an athletic director, the Board of Trustees of Trenton Catholic Preparatory Academy, Inc., felt it was important to bring in the best, most well-respected and experienced interscholastic athletic director to run the school’s sports program. Marty Flynn is a devoted and passionate alum who has a proven track record of exceptional leadership, expert vision, positive energy and a steadfast commitment to developing and boosting the Iron Mikes tradition of excellence.

In a distinguished career spanning over 40 years, Flynn has commanded multiple athletic and administrative roles including Director of Health, Recreation, Senior and Veterans Services for the Township of Hamilton, NJ, District Director of Athletics, K-12 in the West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District, Princeton Junction, NJ, Adjunct Faculty member in the Department of Health and Physical Education Graduate School and an Instructor in the Athletic Administration Master’s Program at The College of New Jersey, Hillwood Lakes, NJ, Director of Athletics, Nottingham High School, Hamilton, NJ and a Teacher/Varsity Baseball Coach, Hamilton High School West, Trenton, NJ.

Marty Flynn’s top career honors include Trenton Catholic Alumni Making a Difference Award, Directors of Athletic Association of New Jersey, Hall of Fame, New Jersey Scholastic Coaches Association, Hall of Fame, Hamilton High West, Hall of Fame, NJ Baseball Coaches Association, Hall of Fame, 50 Golden Iron Mikes, Rev. Clarence O’Shea Gold Wave Club Award and Mercer County CYO Man of the Year.


“I am very grateful to the Board of Trustees for giving me the opportunity to be part of the leadership team at the “New” Trenton Catholic Preparatory Academy. The Board’s Herculean efforts to keep TCPA true to our founder Monsignor Michael McCorristin’s mission to provide a Catholic education to those who want one has been truly amazing. As a proud Alum I want to thank them! This all volunteer Board has assured me they are committed to maintaining the excellent athletic tradition established in 1962! I am personally committed to an education based interscholastic athletic program second to none that remains faithful to the mission and core values of our founder. This can only be achieved by a team approach including student/athletes, parents and staff. Onward and upward, Go Mikes!,” said Marty Flynn.

Adept and committed, Flynn brings to TCPA a diverse range of leadership and administrative abilities and skills that he mastered during his esteemed career working as Director of Athletics, K-12 in the West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District. While at the district he was responsible for all aspects of the High School and Middle School athletic programs, supervision and evaluation of four building athletic coordinators, all coaching staff, professional development of all athletic staff, liaison to all athletic booster clubs, development and update of District Coaches Handbook, District Student/Parent Handbook for both High and Middle School levels. He was also a member of the District Administrative Council with the Superintendent, Assistant Superintendents, Principles and District Directors.

Flynn, a proud alum of St. Anthony High School class of ’69 has also earned his Bachelor of Science in Education, a Master of Science in Education, Principal Administrator’s Certificate and an additional thirty graduate credits from Trenton State College, Hillwood Lakes, NJ. Flynn has also further his education by accomplishing an additional five Leadership Training Courses through the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association. His certifications include the New Jersey Certificate in Health and Physical Education (K through 12) – Lifetime, New Jersey State Principal’s Certificate, New Jersey State Secondary Administrator Certificate and Certified Athletic Administrator NIAAA.

Flynn is well versed and immersed in all areas of education and athletics and has been involved at many levels including Executive Board Member, Chair of Eligibility and Appeals Committee, Girls Soccer and Girls Basketball Sectional Representative and Boys Ice Hockey and Baseball State Committees at the New Jersey Interscholastic Athletic Association, Two Term President, Treasurer, Scheduler, Ice Hockey and Cheerleading Tournament Host for the Colonial Valley Conference and Vice President, Treasurer, Ice Hockey Tournament and Swimming Tournament Host for the Mercer County Tournament Association.

About Trenton Catholic Preparatory Academy, Inc.

Trenton Catholic Preparatory Academy, Inc., a Pre-K through 12th school, at McCorristin Campus and Home of the Iron Mikes, has been leading the way since 1962 with outstanding academics, STEM education, athletics, 100% graduation rate, championship “Iron Mikes” sports teams and providing a safe home where every student can strive and succeed.

Enrollment & Registration Open Now!

Trenton Catholic Preparatory Academy, Inc., at McCorristin Campus, Home of the Iron Mikes. Enrollment and Registration 2021-2022. Open Now! Outstanding Quality Pre-K through 12 Education. Please contact the Upper School at (609) 586-3705 or the Lower School at (609) 586-5888

Leading the way since 1962 with outstanding academics, STEM education, athletics, 100% graduation rate, championship “Iron Mikes” sports teams and providing a safe home where every student can strive and succeed.


Knifepoint Robbery In Mercer County Park

June 15, 2021

WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–West Windsor Police say that on Sunday June 13, 2021 at 9:02 p.m., Patrol Units were detailed to the Mercer County Park West Picnic Area (Pedestrian Trail) on a Knifepoint Robbery that had just occurred involving (2) Victims and (3) Suspects. 

West Windsor Police said the initial investigation revealed the following: The Victims had been walking along the Pedestrian Trail approx. 1/4 mile from the West Picnic area when they were confronted by the Suspects listed above.  Suspect #1 pressed a pocket style knife to Victim #1’s abdominal area while Suspect #2 placed a pocket style knife to the side of Victim #2’s neck.  The Suspects demanded the Victims’ wallets or there would they would be hurt.  The Victims complied with the demands and the Suspects fled the area on foot in an unknown direction.  A canvas of the area by Patrol Units and Detectives yielded negative results for the actors. 

The WWPD Detective Bureau is conducting a thorough follow up Investigation led by Det. Sgt. Lai and is seeking any leads, witnesses, or those who may have any pertinent information in identifying these characters.  Please contact Det. Sgt. Lai at (609) 799-1222 or our Anonymous Tip Line at (609) 799-0452, or Lai@westwindsorpolice.com. 

Suspects:

#1) Black male, mid to late 20’s, approx. 6′ tall, a “little fat”, wearing a black or blue baseball hat, black hooded sweatshirt with hood pulled over, dark colored shorts, and a black cloth mask.

#2) White male, mid to late 20’s, approx. 6′ tall, thin build, with short brown beard, wearing a tan shirt, gray pants, gold chain, black shoes, possibly had blue eyes.

#3) Black male, mid to late 20’s, approx. 5′ 05″ to 5′ 07″, thin build, tattoos on neck, tattoos of roses on forearm, wearing blue or black shirt, jeans and red colored shoes.



Police Looking For Man Who Walked Away From Trenton Psychiatric Hospital

June 14, 2021

TRENTON – EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–At 9:08 AM Ewing Police dispatch was notified by NJ Human Services Police that a male walked away from Trenton Psychiatric Hospital (TPH).

Investigation revealed that Angel Sariol, 03/30/1972, 6′ 1″ 173 pounds, bald, last seen wearing a white or green shirt and blue jeans, walked away from the facility at approximately 9:00 AM. Sariol was being held at TPH on a non-criminal hold.

Information received from Human Services Police is that Sariol is not considered a danger to the public.

Human Services Police have entered Sariol into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) as a missing person.

Sariol has ties to Bergen County and his last known address is listed as 2224 East Ward St, Hackensack NJ, with TPH. If you see Angel Sariol, please do not approach him, and call 9-1-1.




Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Press Release from March 27, 2018 as found on the Ridgewood Blog website:

March 27,2018

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Hackensack NJ, Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo announced the arrest of ANGEL SARIOL (DOB: 3/30/1972; single; and employed as a custodian) of 22-24 Ward Street, Apartment 2H, Hackensack, NJ, on charges of Terroristic Threats and False Public Alarm. The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti and members of the Rochelle Park Police Department under the direction of Chief Robert Flannelly.

From Monday, March 19, 2018, through Wednesday, March 21, 2018, members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Cyber Crimes Unit received information from no fewer than 19 municipal police departments in Bergen County about a substantially similar series of phone calls that they received during that three-day period from an anonymous caller. During many of these calls, the unknown caller stated that police officers from those towns would be murdered. The ensuing investigation, led by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Cyber Crimes Unit and Rochelle Park Police Department, revealed that Angel SARIOL used technology to disguise his calling line identity and placed the phone calls.

As a result of the investigation, Angel SARIOL was arrested in Hackensack on Thursday, March 22, 2018 and charged with one count of False Public Alarm, N.J.S.A. 2C:33-3B, a 2nd degree crime; one count of Terroristic Threats During a State of Emergency, N.J.S.A. 2C:12-3A, a 2nd degree crime; and one count of Terroristic Threats, N.J.S.A. 2C:12-3A, a 3rd degree crime. Angel SARIOL was remanded to the Bergen County Jail pending a hearing in Central Judicial Processing Court on March 23, 2018.

Acting Prosecutor Calo states that the charges are merely accusations and that the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, and would like to thank the Rochelle Park Police Department, Hackensack Police Department, Hasbrouck Heights Police Department, Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, and Union City Police Department for their assistance with this investigation. In addition, Acting Prosecutor Calo would also like to thank all the agencies that provided investigative leads in this matter, including:

Wood-Ridge Police Department
Hasbrouck Heights Police Department
Paramus Police Department
Park Ridge Police Department
Wyckoff Police Department
Elmwood Park Police Department
Maywood Police Department
Rochelle Park Police Department
Waldwick Police Department
Ho-Ho-Kus Police Department
Saddle River Police Department
Harrington Park Police Department
Woodcliff Lake Police Department
Hackensack Police Department
Oradell Police Department
Demarest Police Department
Saddle Brook Police Department
River Edge Police Department
Weehawken Police Department (Hudson County)

Purple Salon & Spa Joins Hamilton Business Community

June 14, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Mayor Jeff Martin, Assemblyman Dan Benson, and Mercer County Commissioner Lucylle Walters were present to welcome Purple Salon & Spa with a Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Friday, June 4th, 2021.

Owners, Nancy and Jignesh Patel has been dreaming of having their own salon for years. They did a lot of research to find the right location for their business before choosing Hamilton Township and their space in the Deer Path Pavilion shopping center. Located right off of Route 130 and I-195, Nancy and Jignesh hope to attract customers from the surrounding area. 691 US-130, Hamilton Township, NJ 08691

“We are delighted to have Purple Salon & Spa open in Hamilton Township. We welcome Nancy and Jignesh as they bring their expertise and services to our community,” said Mayor Martin.

Purple Salon and Spa offers beauty hair styling services and traditional Indian services such as threading and henna tattooing. To learn more about Purple Salon and Spa Visit www.facebook.com/PurpleSNS

Visit www.hamiltonnj.com/economicdevelopment to learn of the new businesses that have recently opened or have relocated to Hamilton and read up on why Hamilton is a great place for businesses to call home!

Update: Shooting On West State Street, One Injured, Three Suspects In Custody

June 14, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)—Trenton Police Department responded to a shooting last night in the 600 Block of West State Street near Delawareview Avenue at 7:49 p.m., June 13, 2021

According to Trenton Police Department Lieutenant Peter Szpakowski two shots fired struck a victim. The victim ran to 620 West State Street and advised building security that he was shot. The building security called 9-1-1 to advise police of the shooting.

The suspect vehicle drove to the front of 620 West State Street then into the parking lot to turn around and was involved in an accident.

Three male suspects were taken into custody.

The victim was transported by Trenton EMS and Capital Paramedics to Capital Health Regional Medical Center for Treatment

The Trenton Shooting Response Team was notified and is continuing the investigation.

No further information is available at this time.


Photos by Brian McCarthy, OnScene News

Police investigating after man injured in shooting on West State St

Update: Shooting On West State Street, One Injured, Three Suspects In Custody

June 13, 2021

By: Tyler Eckel

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)– Trenton Police are investigating after one person was injured in a shooting Sunday evening.

The shooting occurred just before 8:00 pm in the 600 block of West State Street. Initial reports indicate a male was shot in the chest on West State Street near Atterbury Avenue. He was transported to the hospital in unknown condition.

MidJersey.news has reached out to Trenton Police for further information on the incident. Once more information is available, the post will be updated.


Photos by Brian McCarthy, OnScene News

One Injured In Route 130 Crash In East Windsor

June 12, 2021

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–Around 1:07 p.m. a vehicle traveling south bound on Route 130 crashed into a utility pole injuring the driver and damaging the pole. Robbinsville and East Windsor Police responded to the 9-1-1 calls reporting the accident. Robbinsville Township Fire Department, East Windsor Fire Company, Robbinsville EMS and Capital Health Paramedics were on scene treating the injured driver. Traffic on Route 130 was backed up for about 1/4 mile until the vehicle was towed away. The driver was transported to a local hospital. No further information is available at this time.


From the June 2021 East Windsor Police Blotter:

The officer responded to Route 130 South near Royal Plaza for a single car motor vehicle accident. Investigation revealed that the car struck a utility pole and the driver suffered minor injuries. The driver exhibited signs of impairment and was placed under arrest. The driver was taken to RWJ Hamilton hospital for treatment and was released pending court action.

Defendant:

Charges:

Nicholas Baka Newark, NJ

55 Years of Age

DUI

Reckless Driving Careless Driving

Failure to Maintain Lane Umegistered Vehicle

Open Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle Consumption of Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle

Arresting Officer: Patrol Officer Nicholas Enea


Early Morning Hit And Run Kills Pedestrian On Route 129 And Cass Street

June 12, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Trenton Police Lieutenant Peter Szpakowski told MidJersey.News that on Saturday, June 12, 2021, at approximately 3:55 a.m., a pedestrian was struck by a hit and run driver on Route 129 and Cass Street. The victim is a black female who has not been identified at this time. She was struck by an unknown vehicle that ran the red light on Route 129 north as the she was crossing over Cass Street. The suspect vehicle fled the scene. 

The victim was taken to Capital Health Regional Medical Center for severe head injuries and succumbed to her injuries.

Trenton Police Department Criminal Investigation Bureau Detective Lieutenant Sheila Tatarek, Det. Sgt. Gregory Hollo, Detective Nicholas Morgante, and Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Sal Vacarro, responded to this incident and are continuing the investigation.

No further information is available at this time.


Smith’s bus, road improvement projects for Mercer advance in transportation bill

June 11, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC — Two projects for Mercer County advocated by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ)—including new buses for the county’s Transportation Resources To Aid The Disadvantaged And Elderly (TRADE) services—cleared their first hurdle Thursday, after the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) adopted Smith’s proposals and added it to a major transportation bill.

   Smith worked tirelessly with county and state officials to propose and insert their prioritized local transportation projects into the INVEST in America Act, a nation-wide surface transportation reauthorization bill.

  The bill, passed out of committee 38-26 yesterday, must still be passed by the full House, negotiated in Senate, then sent to the White House prior to September 30, 2021 when the current federal transportation surface projects authorization expires. So there are more steps along the way but it helps to be on the base bill.

   “Working together and seeking input from local officials, we were able to identify projects that address immediate transportation needs and potential hazards on our roadways,” Smith said. “The Mercer projects are solid investments and would yield benefits for years to come, in both improved lives of seniors and the disabled, as well as greater safety of all drivers and their passengers. The new TRADE buses would help people with no transportation get to their doctors appointments, grocery stores and other destinations. The road safety improvement project will protect and save lives. I appreciate the county for working with me to seek federal funding.”

   Smith, working with local officials, requested $732,000 to be added to the bill, or 80 percent of the $915,000 cost, for 11 new buses for the TRADE program that particularly services seniors and the disabled.

   He also coordinated with local officials to include in the bill $640,000 for the Roadway Safety Improvements in Mercer County to fund the installation of reflective road features, guide rails and other road safety measures. The project is estimated to cost $800,000, and Smith’s request would fund 80 percent. 


Hamilton Township Introduces Cannabusiness Ordinances: Will Ban Cannabis Retail Locations, But Permits Two Cultivation Facilities In Certain Zones

June 11, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–On Tuesday, June 15th, Hamilton Township Mayor Jeff Martin will present three cannabis related ordinances to Council. The ordinances will ban cannabis retail locations in Hamilton, but permit a maximum of two cultivation facilities in certain zones. 

Last year, in a Statewide referendum, Hamilton residents voted in favor of legalizing adult-use cannabis by a 2:1 margin. Under legalization law, municipalities have until August 21st to take action to either allow, or limit, or ban cannabusiness. Failure to take action would force a municipality to permit all cannabusiness to operate and would not be able to take any action for five years. 

The ordinances will set forth the taxation, zoning, and permitted use for cultivation, manufacturing, wholesaling, and distribution cannabusiness. 

There will be a maximum of two establishments of each permitted type of cannabusiness and would only be permitted in industrial, manufacturing, or research and development zones. They would be prohibited from establishment within 1,000 feet of a school, and 500 feet of either a childcare center, residential zone, house of worship, or public park. To help offset additional law enforcement costs, such as training, Hamilton will charge the maximum permitted fees on any licensed facility. 

The Township will also ban retail or dispensary locations as well as the use of cannabis on public property – including public parks. 

“Hamiltonians voted overwhelmingly last year to approve adult-use cannabis,” said Mayor Martin. “As we take our first steps in listening to their voices, we do so cautiously by banning retail locations and limiting other types of licenses to a maximum of two and to only certain zones that would be away from our schools, parks, churches, and homes. Additionally, we are also banning use of marijuana on any public lands – including our parks.” 

Hamilton Township Council will meet at 6:30 PM Tuesday at the Hamilton Township Library located at 1 Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr. Way.