Category: Mercer County

West Windsor Police Blotter For July 2022

August 11, 2022

WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–The West Windsor Police Blotter for July 2022.


INCIDENT:  2022-19233  Service of Warrants

DATE & TIME OCCURRED:  7/01/22  at  10:57 PM

LOCATION OCCURRED:  U.S. Route 1 & Alexander Rd.

OFFICER: Ptl. A. Mangone #112                

WHO: (ARRESTED, INJURED, DRIVER, VICTIM, OTHER)
Arrested: Vito Messina
                Resident of Trenton, NJ 08611

DETAILS:  Ptl. Mangone initiated a stop on a gray Hyundai sedan for an improper lane change. During the stop, Vito Messina was found to have warrants for his arrest from Ewing, Hamilton, and Trenton. Messina was processed at WWPD Headquarters and then transported to the Hamilton Police Department where he was turned over to them on their warrant.

OFFICER PREPARING RELEASE:  Lt. J. Lai #70

DATE OF RELEASE: 8/11/2022

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INCIDENT:  2022-19421  Shoplifting
                                             Hindering Apprehension
                                             Fugitive
                                             Service of Warrants

DATE & TIME OCCURRED:  7/03/22  at  3:38 PM

LOCATION OCCURRED:  Ulta Beauty, 540 Nassau Park Blvd.
REPORTING OFFICERS:  Ptl. C. Siani #117
                                                 Ptl. D. Borup #115            

WHO: (ARRESTED, INJURED, DRIVER, VICTIM, OTHER)
Arrested: Natilia I. Victor
                Resident of Trenton, NJ 08618

DETAILS:  On July 3rd, Ptl. Siani took a report of shoplifting from Ulta Beauty. Three females were reported to have concealed over $8,000.00 dollars in designer fragrances into bags they brought with them and left the store without paying.
                     On July 17th, one of the suspects from this shoplifting returned to Ulta and store employees recognized her by her red hair and distinctive tattoos. Officers arrived on scene and shortly thereafter the suspect left the store. Officers detained Natilia Victor who used a NJ driver’s license belonging to someone else to hide her true identify. After positively identifying Victor as a one of the shoplifters from the July 3rd incident, and establishing her true identity, she was found to be a “Wanted Person” out of Pennsylvania, and to have warrants for her arrest from Ewing, Lawrence, and Trenton. Victor was processed at WWPD Headquarters and later transported to the Mercer County Correction Center.

OFFICER PREPARING RELEASE:  Lt. J. Lai #70

DATE OF RELEASE: 8/11/2022

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INCIDENT:  2022-19755  Receiving Stolen Property
                                             Hindering Apprehension
                                             Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
                                             Fugitives

DATE & TIME OCCURRED:  7/06/22  at   7:30 PM

LOCATION OCCURRED:  Ulta Beauty, 540 Nassau Park Blvd.

REPORTING OFFICER:  Ptl. A. Mangone #112                 

WHO: (ARRESTED, INJURED, DRIVER, VICTIM, OTHER)
Arrested #1: Antaysha R. Watson
                     Resident of Trenton, NJ 08618

Arrested #2: Alisia M. Turner
                     Resident of Trenton, NJ 08611

DETAILS: Patrol Officers were detailed to Ulta Beauty for a shoplifting that had just occurred. The two suspects then went into Dick’s Sporting Goods where they were later located and detained by responding officers. During the investigation, Antaysha Watson was found in possession of a stolen tester bottle of Prada Luna Rossa fragrance valued at $100.00. She was also determined to have shoplifted clothing from Dick’s prior to officers locating her. Watson provided police with a false name, but further investigation revealed her true identity, and she was then found to be a “Wanted Person” out of the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department. Alisia Turner was found in possession of drug paraphernalia, and was also determined to be a “Wanted Person” out of the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department. Watson and Turner were processed at WWPD Headquarters and then transported to the Mercer County Correction Center.

OFFICER PREPARING RELEASE:  Lt. J. Lai #70

DATE OF RELEASE: 8/11/2022

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INCIDENT:  2022-19987  Fugitive

DATE & TIME OCCURRED:  7/08/22  at  6:03 PM

LOCATION OCCURRED:  Nassau Park Blvd. & McClain Ave.

REPORTING OFFICER:  Ptl. M. Fattibene #114                   

WHO: (ARRESTED, INJURED, DRIVER, VICTIM, OTHER)
Arrested: Cameron Rogers
                Resident of Camden, NJ 08105

DETAILS: Patrol Units were detailed to the intersection of Nassau Park Blvd. and McClain Ave. for a male who was wearing a hospital gown, and walking in and out of the roadway. Officers arrived to find Cameron Rogers laying on a bench at the bus stop. He said that he had recently been released from a hospital in Trenton. Rogers was found to be a “Wanted Person” out of Camden County Probation and arrested. Rogers then stated that he was ill and needed to go back to the hospital. Officers had to stay with Rogers at the hospital for over 22 hours before Camden County Corrections was able to take custody of him.

OFFICER PREPARING RELEASE:  Lt. J. Lai #70

DATE OF RELEASE: 8/11/2022

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INCIDENT:  2022-20364  Shoplifting

DATE & TIME OCCURRED:  7/12/22  at  6:57 PM
LOCATION OCCURRED:  Target, 500 Nassau Park Blvd.

WHO: (ARRESTED, INJURED, DRIVER, VICTIM, OTHER)
Arrested: Sebastian Parra-Torres
                Resident of Trenton, NJ 08618

OFFICER: Ptl. A. Mangone #112                    

DETAILS: Ptl. Mangone was detailed to Target for a shoplifter being detained by Asset Protection. Investigation revealed that Sebastian Parra-Torres had used the self-checkout to purchase several items, but failed to pay for the air conditioner valued at $319.99 in his shopping cart. Parra-Torres was processed at WWPD Headquarters and released pending a future date with Mercer County Superior Court.    

OFFICER PREPARING RELEASE:  Lt. J. Lai #70

DATE OF RELEASE: 8/22/2022

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INCIDENT:  2022-20473  Shoplifting
                                             Hindering Apprehension

DATE & TIME OCCURRED:  7/13/22  at  2:32 PM

LOCATION OCCURRED:  Target, 500 Nassau Park Blvd.

WHO: (ARRESTED, INJURED, DRIVER, VICTIM, OTHER)
Arrested: Rodney A. Watts
                Resident of Bronx, NY 10454

REPORTING OFFICER: Ptl. J. Cherko 5113                   

DETAILS: Ptl. B. Caulfield #107 was on patrol of the Nassau Park Pavilion when Target Asset Protection flagged him down to report that a male he was following had just shoplifted from the store. Ptl. Caulfield then detained Rodney Watts for investigation. Investigation determined that Watts had filled a shopping cart and his backpack with $626.44 worth of merchandise and attempted to leave the store without paying. He was stopped by Asset Protection and abandoned the cart full of merchandise, but still had all the items in his backpack when he ran out of the store. Watts provided a false name to officers, but documents found in his possession revealed his true identity. Watts claimed illness and had to be transported to the hospital. He was charged and released pending a future date with Mercer County Superior Court.

OFFICER PREPARING RELEASE:  Lt. J. Lai #70

DATE OF RELEASE: 8/11/2022

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INCIDENT:  2022-21128  Shoplifting
                                             Hindering Apprehension
                                             Fugitive
                                             Service of Warrants

DATE & TIME OCCURRED:  7/19/22  at  10:56 PM

LOCATION OCCURRED:  At HOME, 301 Nassau Park Blvd.

WHO: (ARRESTED, INJURED, DRIVER, VICTIM, OTHER)
Arrested: Denise Cromwell
                Resident of Trenton, NJ  08609

REPORTING OFFICER:  Ptl. M. Fattibene #114                  

DETAILS:  Ptl. Fattibene was detailed to a shoplifting from the AT HOME store where the suspect had left the store carrying a garbage bag containing store merchandise. Ptl. Fattibene located Denise Cromwell walking away from the bus stop and detained her. Inside the trash can next to the bus stop was a garbage bag containing four sets of new bedding that Cromwell had shoplifted from the store. Cromwell provided a false identity to officers, but investigation revealed her true identity, and that she was a “Wanted Person” out of the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department, and also had multiple warrants for her arrest from West Windsor, Hamilton, and Ewing. Cromwell claimed illness and had to be transported to the hospital for evaluation. Upon her release from the hospital several hours later, she was charged with the above offenses and transported to the Mercer County Correction Center.

OFFICER PREPARING RELEASE:  Lt. J. Lai #70

DATE OF RELEASE: 8/11/2022

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INCIDENTS:  2022-21665, 2022-21668, 2022-21669, & 2022-21670
                         Vehicle Burglaries, Theft, & Criminal Mischief

DATE & TIME OCCURRED:  7/24/22 between 1:30 PM & 4:20 PM

LOCATION OCCURRED:  WaterWorks Parking Lot, 193 Princeton-Hightstown Rd.

OFFICER:  Ptl. J. Cherko #113          

DETAILS: Ptl. Cherko was detailed to the parking lot of the WaterWorks (located in Community Park) for a burglary to a vehicle. While on scene investigating, three more vehicle burglaries were found to have occurred. All four vehicles had their windows smashed to gain entry. Purses and Coach backpack were stolen from inside. Another vehicle burglary occurred at the Mercer County Park, with a similar timeframe and method of operation, where the vehicle’s window was smashed and a purse stolen from inside (Incident #2022-216840). Detectives M. Erkoboni and A. Robles responded to the scenes to look for evidence.

OFFICER PREPARING RELEASE:  Lt. J. Lai #70

DATE OF RELEASE: 8/11/2022

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INCIDENT:  2022-22120  Shoplifting

DATE & TIME OCCURRED:  7/28/22  at  1:11 PM

LOCATION OCCURRED:  Target, 500 Nassau Park Blvd.

REPORTING OFFICER: Ptl. J. Chowanec #119                    

WHO: (ARRESTED, INJURED, DRIVER, VICTIM, OTHER)
Arrested: Francis Longo
                Resident of Mercerville, NJ 08619

DETAILS: Ptl. C. Van Ness and Ptl. J. Chowanec were detailed to Target for a shoplifter being detained by Asset Protection. Investigation found that Francis Longo had concealed a Lego set into a reusable shopping bag and attempted to leave the store without paying. Longo was processed at WWPD Headquarters and released pending a future date with West Windsor Municipal Court.

OFFICER PREPARING RELEASE:  Lt. J. Lai #70

DATE OF RELEASE: 8/11/2022

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INCIDENTS:  2022-22231 Burglary (Attempt) & Criminal Mischief
                         2022-22232 Burglary & Theft
                         2022-22234 Burglary (Attempt) & Criminal Mischief

DATE & TIME OCCURRED:  7/29/22  between 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM

LOCATION OCCURRED:  The Mews at Princeton Junction

REPORTING OFFICER:  Ptl. K. LaForge #104                

DETAILS:  Patrol Units responded to The Mews at Princeton Junction for an attempted burglary to an apartment. Investigation found that the victim heard a noise coming from her living room. When she went to check, she saw a light being shined in through her window. She screamed and slammed her bedroom door. When her husband went to see what happened he found a window screen had been ripped from the window frame and an unlocked window was opened. While officers canvassed the area for suspects, they found a partially open window on another apartment, and also located the resident and her friend outside. That victim stated that somehow her door chain was locked from the inside and she could not get into her own apartment. Officers forced entry into the apartment to look for a suspect but no one was found inside. This apartment had been ransacked and items stolen from inside. A third apartment was found to have cuts on the sliding door screen, one window screen had cuts in it, and another window screen had been ripped off, but all the doors and windows were locked so no entry was made. Detective Steimle and his K9 Brix from the Lawrence Police Department assisted and attempted to track the suspect. Det. A. Robles responded to scene to process for evidence.

OFFICER PREPARING RELEASE:  Lt. J. Lai #70

DATE OF RELEASE: 8/11/2022

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*Please note that charges are merely accusations and that the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.



OSHA Investigating Three Worker Deaths In NJ Related To Amazon Warehouses

US Attorney’s Office for Southern District of New York Conducts Investigation Into Amazon Warehouse Safety And Related Issues

August 10, 2022

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–The U.S. Department of Labor, Regional Director of Public Affairs, Leni Fortson has confirmed that OSHA, Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating three worker deaths at Amazon facilities in New Jersey. The Amazon facilities are located in Cateret, Robbinsville and Monroe Township, NJ.

  • A worker fatality on July 13 at an Amazon facility in Carteret, NJ
  • An accident on July 24 at an Amazon facility in Robbinsville, NJ . The worker died on July 27.
  • A worker fatality on August 4 at an Amazon facility in Monroe Township, NJ

OSHA has up to six months to complete each investigation. Since these are all open investigations, this is all the information available at this time.


Sam Stephenson, an Amazon Spokesperson told MidJersey.News “We’re deeply saddened by the passing of our colleagues and offer our condolences to their family and friends. Each of these tragic incidents have affected our teams greatly, and we are providing resources for families and employees who need them. Our investigations are ongoing and we’re cooperating with OSHA, which is conducting its own reviews of the events, as it often does in these situations.”

On attributable background:

  1. As part of their normal operating procedures, OSHA often investigates deaths that occur in the workplace. We’re working with them as they conduct a review of these situations.
  2. Regarding our EWR9 facility in Carteret, NJ, our internal investigation has shown that this was not a work-related incident, and instead was related to a personal medical condition. OSHA is currently investigating the incident, and, based upon the evidence currently available to us, we fully expect that it will reach the same conclusion.

The Robbinsville Township Police Department reported they responded at 8:06 a.m., on Sunday July 24, 2022, to 18 Applegate Drive (Amazon Warehouse) for a fall victim.  The police report indicates that the worker fell from approximately three feet off a ladder striking his head.  The accident was reported in an open docking bay.  When police officers arrived, the worker was conscious and alert, but it was reported that CPR was conducted by workers on scene prior to police arrival.  The victim was subsequently transported to Capitol Health Regional Trauma Center by Robbinsville Ambulance and Paramedics.  Police notified OSHA of the incident on the same day.


United States Attorney’s Office for Southern District of NY Amazon Warehouse Investigation

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York is investigating workplace safety and related issues at Amazon warehouses, including injuries resulting from workplace hazards, worker rate requirements and the pace of work, and whether Amazon appropriately reported on-the-job injuries.  We would like to hear from current and former warehouse workers, supervisors, safety team members, AmCare staff, or anyone else with relevant information.   

Thank you for taking the time to report your information regarding workplace safety and related issues at Amazon warehouses.  We understand that not all these questions are applicable to every person’s experience, so please provide as much information as you are comfortable sharing and at the end you will have the opportunity to provide any additional information you would like to share. 

If you have worked at Amazon and want to report safety and related issues at an Amazon warehouse you can access the form here: SDNY Amazon Warehouse Investigation



An accident on July 24 at an Amazon facility in Robbinsville, NJ . The worker died on July 27.


A worker fatality on August 4 at an Amazon facility in Monroe Township, NJ


Congressman Frank Pallone Jr. and Donald Norcross called on OSHA to investigate the abnormally high rate of serious injury at Amazon’s New Jersey warehouses. Following the death of a New Jersey warehouse worker during the Prime Day rush, we must have transparency and accountability.

U.S. Congressman Donald Norcross (NJ-01) reiterated his call for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to investigate the safety of Amazon’s warehouses following reports of a death at one of the company’s warehouses in New Jersey. He also expressed surprise at the news that the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York is investigating Amazon warehouses. They have called on current and former Amazon warehouse workers to fill out this form to aid the investigation.  

“Based on my experience in labor and workplace safety issues, it is exceptionally rare for the U.S. Attorney’s Office to get involved in worker safety problems, something that traditionally falls under the jurisdiction of OSHA. I am very interested to see where this investigation leads,” said Congressman Norcross. “Given the number of calls my office has received from Amazon employees, it is critically important for OSHA to conduct a thorough analysis and investigation of Amazon’s facilities to ensure warehouse workers are safe.”

According to the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, it is “investigating workplace safety and related issues at Amazon warehouses, including injuries resulting from workplace hazards, worker rate requirements and the pace of work, and whether Amazon appropriately reported on-the-job injuries.”

Congressman Norcross called on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to investigate the abnormally high rate of serious injuries at Amazon warehouses in April 2022.

Southern New Jersey Amazon warehouse workers who have experienced or witnessed unsafe work conditions in New Jersey Amazon warehouses can also contact OSHA’s Marlton Area Office at (856) 596-5200.




TPD Director Wilson Corrects Record on Crime

August 8, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Trenton Police Director Steve Wilson today provided an update on crime throughout the City of Trenton in rebuttal to misinformation propagated by members of City Council during their combined session on Thursday, August 4.

“I am proud of the work the Department has been doing this year, and I am especially proud of my officers on the ground who make Trenton safer every day for residents, business owners and visitors,” Director Wilson said. “The information shared by some members of Council last night was dangerously inaccurate, but I am glad to correct the record and share the successes of the Trenton Police Department with the public.”

Wilson specifically cited information shared by Council members Sonya Wilkins, Robin Vaughn, and Kathy McBride as “just plain wrong.” At Thursday’s meeting, Councilwoman Vaughn referenced “carnage in the streets,” and Council President McBride referenced nine shootings that took place on Oliver Avenue or Olive Street. Police collected no evidence of any such series of shootings from ShotSpotter and there were no reports of any such event, though Director Wilson encourages the Council President to contact TPD with any evidence she may have of the “shootout” she described in her civic comments.

Further, Councilwoman Wilkins suggested that crime statistics are not shared with the public and that “no one is saying anything” about the previously mentioned (aforementioned) crimes. The Councilwoman stated that “there is so much crime that is running rampant,” while in truth, crime rates are trending down.

Currently the City of Trenton has a 46% decrease in shooting homicides, year to date, overall homicides have a decrease of 20% year to date compared to the same time period last year. For the 28-day period ending July 31, 2022, there was a 100% decrease in shooting homicides, as there were zero during that time compared to six during the same period in 2021. Similarly, the total number of shooting victims was down 50% during that time and total shooting incidents were down 45%. From January 1, 2022 to July 15, 2022 gun recoveries are up 31% as compared to the same time period last year totaling 136 guns.

Clearance rates, meanwhile, are up, with a 32% total clearance rate for shootings where an individual was hit for the year to date and a 46% clearance rate for shootings where an individual was not hit. This is higher than the national average of 25-30% and significantly higher than the 13% total clearance rate for a similar time period in 2021.

“One shooting, of course, is still too many. But the data show that the homicide rate is trending down in the City, and I can assure members of Council and the public that the Trenton Police Department is transparent and accurate with our reporting,” Director Wilson added. “Our best asset, though, is the public themselves, and if you see something, please call us and say something. This includes our elected leaders – if they have information concerning a crime that has taken place, please call me and let me know.”

-Trenton Police Director Steve Wilson, File photo by: Brian McCarthy

East Windsor Township Celebrates National Night Out

August 8, 2022

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–East Windsor Township celebrated “National Night Out” on August 2, at the East Windsor P.A.L. complex, which featured crime watch information, fire and EMS equipment displays, games and activities, and over 60 organization and business booths.  The event, hosted by Mayor Janice Mironov and Council Members and Chief of Police James Geary and the police department and attended by well over 2,000 people, was to demonstrate the commitment of East Windsor Township to promoting a cooperative partnership among police, local government officials and citizens to vigilance and crime prevention throughout the East Windsor community. 

Mayor Mironov issued a Mayoral Proclamation which was presented to the Neighborhood Crime Watch members, reading “National Night Out Against Crime is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships, and foremost send a strong message to criminals letting them that the community and police have joined together in fighting crime.”

The many fun and educational activities at National Night Out included demonstrations by canine trained in detecting illegal drugs, child car safety seat inspections and police car tours, as well as fire hose demonstrations, climbing obstacle course, inflatable games, face painting and air brush tattoos, plus music and refreshments.  Community groups and area businesses hosted booths with information and giveaways supporting the National Night Out theme.

Mayor Mironov stated,  “National Night Out was a tremendous community success and we thank our police department, our volunteer fire company and rescue squad volunteers, and the many businesses and organizations for their support and participation in helping to make East Windsor’s National Night Out such an outstanding event.”


Mayor Janice S. Mironov presents Proclamation for 2022 “National Night Out” to East Windsor Neighborhood Crime Watch members during the event held at the East Windsor P.A.L. complex.  Pictured (from left to right) are:  Neighborhood Crime Watch Member Wayne Varga;  Neighborhood Crime Watch Member Joseph Lamagna;  Neighborhood Crime Watch Member Mindy Gerber;  Neighborhood Crime Watch Member Richard LaBone;  Neighborhood Crime Watch Chairperson Vincent Citarella;  Council Member John Zoller;  Mayor Janice S. Mironov;  Council Member David Russell;  Police Lieutenant Ryan Mattek;  Police Chief James Geary;  Council Member Marc Lippman;  Deputy Mayor Peter Yeager, and Council Member Alan Rosenberg.


Mayor Calls Emergency Meeting for Public Health Measures For Monkeypox Preparation

185 reported cases in New Jersey of Monkeypox. Mercer County has five (5) reported cases as of August 4, 2022. Within Mercer County, one case has been recorded in Trenton, the remaining cases reported in Hamilton and Hopewell. 

August 8, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Mayor W. Reed Gusciora, today, announced an emergency council meeting to discuss the City’s monkeypox and Covid preparation response and the need to dedicate resources to ensure residents are protected. The meeting will take place on Friday, August 12, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.

The Biden Administration has declared the monkeypox outbreak to be a public health emergency. Since mid-May, there have been over 6,000 confirmed cases in the United States. Moreover, there are more than 1,500 cases in New York and 185 reported cases in New Jersey. Mercer County has five (5) reported cases as of August 4, 21022. Within Mercer County, one case has been recorded in Trenton, the remaining cases reported in Hamilton and Hopewell. 

Last week, Council President Kathy McBride blocked an attempt by Councilwoman Marge Caldwell-Wilson to bring the measure to a vote. McBride tried to block Caldwell-Wilson from even mentioning the subject of the resolution.

“It is disappointing to hear that you refused to entertain a walk-on Resolution by Councilwoman Marge Caldwell-Wilson to address this growing crisis and that you further would not allow the subject matter to be disclosed on the record,” said Mayor Gusciora. “The purpose of this resolution is to ensure that the City will be adequately prepared to address this public health emergency.”



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Arrest Made in Weapon Investigation

August 8,2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–According to Detective Lieutenant Bethesda Stokes, on Sunday, August 7, 2022, SCU Detectives were doing preventive patrolling the area of Hamilton and Hudson Streets. While in the area, the Detectives observed the arrestee (Cornel Fanfair) opened the driver’s side door and tossed a crack pipe out of the vehicle. Detectives conducted a motor vehicle stop and observed assorted drug paraphernalia throughout the vehicle. A narcotics dog was requested and arrived on scene. Detective Kulis arrived on scene and his K9 indicated on the trunk of the vehicle. The trunk was searched and Detectives recovered a loaded handgun with a high capacity magazine in the backpack. Fanfair was taken into custody without incident.


Cornel Fanfair, 46, Mount Holly, NJ charged with Unlaful Possession of a Weapon, Prohibited Weapons and Devices High Capacity Magazine, Criminal Restraint, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Hindering Apprehension.


Arrest Made in Narcotics Investigation

August 8, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–According to Trenton Police Detective Lieutenant Bethesda Stokes, on Saturday, August 6, 2022, SCU Detectives were patrolling the area of Grand Steet and Malone Street on reports of high crime and traffic violations. While in the area, the Detectives observed a vehicle double parked in the area of Grand St. Detectives stopped to investigate the parking violation coupled with the suspicious activity they observed as they pulled up in the area. While speaking with the driver Detectives observed a black garbage bag on the floor of the front passenger’s side and a backpack discarded on the front passenger’s seat. A narcotics dog was requested and arrived on scene. A consensual search from the driver revealed the bag containing approximately 8 pounds of CDS marijuana. A further search of the backpack was found to contain another quantity of CDS marijuana, a large amount of currency, and a digital scale. Both parties was taken into custody without incident. The search revealed approximately 10 ounces of CDS marijuana and a large sum of currency.

All arrestees/suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in the court of law.

Arrested:

Michael M. Ellis, 35, Burlington NJ, Possession of CDS Marijuana over 5 pounds, with Intent to distribute, Money Laundering, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (scale) and 4 active warrants.


Deyon M. Robinson, 40, Trenton, NJ, Possession of DCS Marijuana over 6 ounces, with intent to distribute, Money Laundering, Active Warrant.


Fully Involved Dump Truck Fire On New Jersey Turnpike In East Windsor, NJ

August 5, 2022

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–At 3:19 p.m. Hightstown and Robbinsville Fire Departments were dispatched to the New Jersey Turnpike at mile post 65 in the south bound outer lanes for a fully involved dump truck on fire. Firefighters from Hightstown and Robbinsville extinguished the fire and called a water tanker from Cranbury Fire Company to the scene. New Jersey State Police shut down a lane of travel during the firefight. No further details are available at this time.




One Injury Reported In South Broad Street Crash In Hamilton Township

August 5, 2022

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–At 3:58 p.m. the Hamilton Township Fire Department, RWJ EMS and Capital Health Paramedics were detailed to South Broad Street at Harcourt Drive for an overturned vehicle with entrapment. First arriving firefighters reported that there was on overturned vehicle with no entrapment and recalled the rescue assignment. RWJ EMS responded and treated one reported injury. Hamilton Township Police is investigating the crash. No further details available at this time. If further details become available the story will be updated.



One Reported Injury On New Jersey Turnpike Crash In East Windsor

August 5, 2022

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–At 7:16 a.m., Robbinsville and Hightstown Fire Departments were dispatched to mile post 65.3 south bound in the outer lanes of the New Jersey Turnpike for an overturned van with entrapment. RWJ EMS, Captial Health Paramedics and NJ State Police also responded to the scene. It was determined that several people riding in the van were able to get out on their own power and extrication was not needed. One person was transported with non-life-threatening injuries to a local hospital for treatment. New Jersey State Police is investigating the crash. No further details are available at this time.




Dunkin’ of Philadelphia Awards Nottingham High School Student with Academic Scholarship

August 4, 2022

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Nicole Filipowicz, a graduating senior from Nottingham High School, has just been announced as a recipient of the thirteenth annual Dunkin’ Philadelphia Regional Scholarship Program. Filipowicz, was selected from more than 1,350 applicants based on her academic record, demonstrated leadership, and proven commitment to her school and local community. Dunkin’ and its franchisees in the greater Philadelphia-area will award Nicole with a $5,000 academic scholarship to pursue a full-time undergraduate degree at an accredited two-year or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school of her choice. 

To date, the Dunkin’ Philadelphia Regional Scholarship Program has awarded $600,000 in scholarships to 320 outstanding high school seniors and college students. The program was founded in 2009 by Dunkin’s Philadelphia-area franchisees to ease the financial burden of college for students throughout the region.

“On behalf of my fellow Philadelphia franchisees, we are honored to award these 20 exceptional students with the 2022 Dunkin’ Philadelphia Regional Scholarships,” said Perry Shah, local Dunkin’ franchisee and Philadelphia regional advertising committee chairman. “We are proud to continue the tradition to further students’ educational goals in our community and, this year, thrilled to offer a larger scholarship award to those recipients!”

The 2022 Dunkin’ Regional Scholarship recipients will be honored at an awards ceremony from 1:00 – 3:00 PM on Saturday, July 30, 2022, at The Liberty View at Independence Visitor Center. More details on the awards ceremony to come in the following weeks.


Nicole Filipowicz is a recent graduate of Nottingham High School where she was valedictorian. She was vice president of National Honor Society and a member of National Science Honor Society. Nicole was also Chief Senior Editor for the Nottingham Caelestis Literary Magazine and Star Status Newspaper and was a second year Peer Leader at Nottingham. She was a member of the Key Club, Environmental Club, and Yearbook Committee. Nicole was Captain of the Varsity Soccer team as well. Outside of school Nicole is a member of Next Level Soccer Academy Club Soccer, a volunteer at Trenton Animal Shelter, and a Wegmans bakery and front-end sales associate. This fall, Filipowicz will be attending Rider University where she plans to major in Environmental Science.



Pennsauken, NJ Woman Identified In Robbinsville Fatal Crash This Morning

August 4, 2022

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Trooper II, Charles Marchan from the New Jersey State Police, Public Information Unit told Midjersey.news that Troopers responded at 4:59 a.m. to a motor vehicle crash on I-195 westbound near milepost 5.6, Robbinsville, Mercer County.

Based on a preliminary investigation Barbara J. Johnson, a 32-year-old female of Pennsauken, N.J., was operating a Hyundai Sonata westbound on I-195 in the area of milepost 5.6 and ran off the road to the right and impacted several trees. As a result of the crash Barbara J. Johson sustained fatal injuries. The crash remains under investigation and there is no additional information available at the moment.

Hamilton Township Fire Department, RWJ Hamilton EMS, and Captial Health Paramedics also responded to the scene.




Two Separate Shootings Yesterday In The City Of Trenton

August 4, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–According to Trenton Police Detective Lieutenant Bethesda Stokes, police responded to a Shotspotter activation for 27 rounds fired at 1:11 a.m., August 3, 2022, in the area of 198 Passiac Street. Responding Police Officers located a gunshot victim in front of 153 Passaic St with a gunshot wound to the foot. The victim was transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center with a non-life-threatening injury. 

Another shooting was reported at 6:54 p.m. August 3, 2022, where a unknown black male was shot at the intersection of Klagg Avenue and Mulberry Street. The male was struck in the leg, chest and face and he is reportedly in critical condition.



Serious Crash Investigation On I-195 In Robbinsville, NJ

UPDATE:

August 4, 2022

ROBBINSVILLE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Sometime around 5:00 a.m. the Hamilton Township Fire Department, RWJ Hamilton EMS, and Captial Paramedics responded to I-195 West Bound for a car off roadway into a tree. The accident was found a couple hundred yards in Robbinsville on the west bound side of the highway and firefighters worked to extricate the victim. Currently a Hamilton Township Fire engine is standing by at the scene with the New Jersey State Police for an accident investigation of the scene. Further details to follow as information becomes available from NJ State Police.






17-Year-Old Charged With First Degree Murder, Robbery And Other Charges, After Allegedly Killing Beloved Deli Owner In Ewing Township


The juvenile was taken into custody on an unrelated warrant on June 21, 2022. At the time of that arrest, Detectives noticed that he was wearing the same sneakers observed in the surveillance video from June 6. They also observed what appeared to be dried blood on the juvenile’s sneakers. On July 29, 2022, Homicide Task Force Detectives received the results of laboratory analysis conducted by the New Jersey State Police Office of Forensic Sciences that identified the blood on the juvenile’s shoes to be a DNA match to the 57-year-old victim who was shot inside the deli.


August 3, 2022

EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–A Trenton teenager has been arrested and charged for the June 6, 2022, shooting death of Oscar Palacios, of Trenton, Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri reported today.

The 17-year-old Trenton male is charged with first-degree murder, first-degree attempted murder, first-degree felony murder, first-degree robbery, and firearms offenses. He is being held in the Middlesex County Juvenile Detention Center.

The charges are the result of an investigation by the Mercer County Homicide Task Force and the Ewing Police Department. At approximately 6:10 a.m. on Monday, June 6, Ewing police responded to Priori’s Deli, 301 Hillcrest Avenue. Upon arrival, officers located two adult males suffering from gunshot wounds. Both victims were transported to the hospital where 54-year-old Oscar Palacios was pronounced deceased. The second victim, a 57- year-old Trenton man, was hospitalized and later released. The two men are brothers and employees of the deli.

At approximately 6:00 am that morning, the victims opened the deli and shortly thereafter the juvenile entered the deli, wearing a dark mask covering his face, and ordered food. The juvenile pointed a handgun at the victims and demanded money. The juvenile fired the gun, grazing the 57-year-old victim’s forehead. A physical struggle ensued between the victim and the juvenile, during which the juvenile shot the victim in the abdomen. The juvenile then fired again, striking Oscar Palacios in the chest. The juvenile then fled the area on a bicycle.

The juvenile was identified through surveillance video from the surrounding area from the time of the shooting. On the surveillance video, he could be seen riding a multi-colored mountain bike and wearing a black jacket and white sneakers with the word “AIR” in large letters on the side.

The juvenile was taken into custody on an unrelated warrant on June 21, 2022. At the time of that arrest, Detectives noticed that he was wearing the same sneakers observed in the surveillance video from June 6. They also observed what appeared to be dried blood on the juvenile’s sneakers. On July 29, 2022, Homicide Task Force Detectives received the results of laboratory analysis conducted by the New Jersey State Police Office of Forensic Sciences that identified the blood on the juvenile’s shoes to be a DNA match to the 57-year-old victim who was shot inside the deli.

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



File photos by: Brian McCarthy



Friends and relatives left items for a memorial in front of the deli. File photo by: Brian McCarthy


Third Teen Arrested for September 2021 Bellevue Avenue Shooting in Trenton

August 3, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri announced today that a third teenager has been arrested in a September shooting on Bellevue Avenue in Trenton that claimed the lives of 15-year-old Shemiah Davis and 19-year-old Candice Ruff.

A 16-year-old male from Trenton has been charged with conspiracy to commit murder, two counts of murder, two counts of attempted murder, two counts of aggravated assault, theft by receiving stolen property, and firearms offenses. He was taken into custody in Trenton by members of the Trenton Police Department on July 25, 2022. He is being held in the Middlesex County Juvenile Detention Center.

Almere Barnes, 17, of Trenton, and Isaiah Lee, 16, of Hamilton, were previously charged as juveniles in December 2021 with the same offenses. On June 23, 2022, the Family Court granted the State’s motion for waiver of jurisdiction to the Superior Court, Law Division, Criminal Part, and Barnes and Lee were formally charged as adults. Both have been ordered detained.

These charges are the result of an investigation by the Mercer County Homicide Task Force and the Trenton Police Department. At approximately 6:45 p.m. on September 25, 2021, Trenton Police responded to a Shot Spotter activation for multiple rounds in the first block of Bellevue Avenue.

Upon arrival, officers identified two victims at the scene. Davis suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the head and torso. She was transported to the hospital and pronounced dead a short time later. Ruff suffered gunshot wounds to her head and died as a result of her injuries on October 4. Two additional victims arrived at the hospital by private vehicle, including a 17-year-old who was treated for a gunshot wound to the leg. Through video surveillance and witness statements, detectives were eventually able to identify all three suspects who participated in these murders.

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






Check Your E-Z Pass Statement And Contact Commission for Refunds of E-ZPass Toll Overcharges at Trenton-Morrisville (Route 1) Toll Bridge

August 2, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Some drivers of passenger vehicles (two axles and less than 8-feet high) may have been overcharged if they used the right E-ZPass-only lane at the Trenton-Morrisville (Route 1) Toll Bridge’s toll plaza between February and early July.

A damaged E-ZPass reader in that lane sporadically caused an undetermined number of passenger vehicles to be charged a $9 toll instead of the prescribed $1.25 fare.   The problem appears to be confined to SUVs, vans, pickup trucks, and cars with high rooflines or roof racks.

The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission is urging Trenton-Morrisville Toll Bridge E-ZPass customers to check their account statements for possible overcharges as soon as possible and contact the Commission directly through its toll-free customer service line – 1-800-363-0049 – with detailed information for refunds, if warranted.  The line is staffed during weekday business hours.  After hours, callers may leave a recorded message along with a phone number where they can be reached by Commission staff during weekday business hours.  Customers also may email detailed information on overcharges to Commission E-ZPass staff directly at CSC@drjtbc.org.


MidJersey.News contacted E-Z Pass on July 13, 2022 about an overcharge on Trenton-Morrisville Toll Bridge E-ZPass on May 17, 2022 that was on the E-Z Pass monthly statement.


Your account has been credited $7.75. You may view the transaction on our website and on your next statement.
Thank you,
New Jersey E-ZPass Customer Service


Tractor Trailer Driver Escapes Injury On NJ Turnpike In Robbinsville

August 2, 2022

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–At 11:45 p.m. August 1, 2022 the Robbinsville Fire Department and Bordentown Township Fire Department were dispatched to mile post 59 north bound just prior to Exit 7A for an overturned tractor trailer with reported entrapment. When firefighters arrived, it was determined that the driver was able to crawl out on their own power and refused medical treatment and transport to the local hospital. Firefighters remained on scene due to a fuel leak from the saddle tanks of the tractor trailer. New Jersey State Police is investigating. No further details are available at this time. Firefighters were still on scene at the time of this report.





Affidavit: Murder, Burned Body, And “Erotic Asphyxiation” During Sexual Activities, After Meeting Via Online Dating Application “Skip The Games”

July 27, 2022

NOTE: Midjersey.news has spoken to a close neighbor and the property owner was down the shore at the time of the incident and unaware of what happened until being contacted by police. The neighbor explained that Harley Wildmann was just staying at the home temporarily.

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)—An affidavit obtained by MidJersey.News from the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office speaks of a horrific murder, a burned body and “erotic asphyxiation” during sexual activities in Hamilton Township after meeting via online dating application “Skip the Games”

The affidavit states that during an interview with police detectives Harley Wildmann agreed to meet with the deceased victim, Lisa Lloyd via the dating application “Skip the Games” Lisa drove her vehicle, a Nissan Armada with North Dakota plates to his residence. Wildman stated upon arrival at the residence, the two engaged in sexual activities for the evening. Wildmann explained that he and Lloyd agreed to have Lloyd’s hands and feet bound by zip ties for sexual purposes. Wildman explained that he tied an electrical power cord around Lloyd’s neck for the purpose of erotic asphyxiation. Wildman stated while performing sexual acts on one another, Lloyd began groaning unintelligibly, and shortly after, began twitching and convulsing. Wildmann continued that Lloyd lost consciousness and he believed that Lloyd had died. Wildmann stated he wrapped Lloyd in a blanket, placed her in a contractor trash bag, and ultimately placed Lloyd in a trash can. Wildman stated he kept the trash can in his room for approximately one (1) day. Wildmann stated he disposed of zip ties in the trash that was currently in front of 120 Manor Boulevard, Hamilton, New Jersey. Wildmann also admitted to abandoning Lloyd’s vehicle, cellphone, and other personal items. Wildmann stated that on July 25, 2022, he moved the trash can containing Lloyd’s body and brought a gasoline can to the truck bed of the discolored red and grey 1995 Chevrolet S10. Wildmann stated at that point he drove to a nearby gas station and purchased gas for both his vehicle and the gasoline can. Wildmann stated while driving to areas of Pennsylvania and back to New Jersey, he devised a plan to discard Lloyd’s body. Wildmann said he decided to drive to the cemetery on Cedar Lane due to the familiarity of the area. Wildmann stated he drove into the cemetery discarding the trash can with Lloyd’s body contained withing and set both on fire with gasoline, as stated in the affidavit.

On Tuesday, July 26, 2022, at approximately 6:35 a.m., the Hamilton Police Department received a telephone call from a citizen reporting she believed there to be a “burnt body on the sidewalk” Hamilton Police Officers responded and arrived on scene at Saint Mary’s Cemetery, 1200 Cedar Lane. Hamilton Police Officers located the deceased victim, burned and unidentifiable, in the middle of the cemetery yard. The victim was found lying on the roadway of Clover Avenue. Hamilton Police Officers were able to view what appeared to be a cord around the unidentified victims neck. Hamilton Police Department contacted the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Task Force and Detectives. The Middlesex County Medical Examiner’s Office Doctor Laura Thoma pronounced the deceased at 9:22 a.m. and Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Task Force Detectives commenced an investigation into the deceased individual’s death, who was later identified as Lisa Lloyd as stated in the affidavit.

A canvas of the area revealed that surveillance footage revealed that on July 26, 2022, at approximately 1:48 a.m., a vehicle is seen approaching the area of the recovered human remains on Clover Avenue from Lily Street. The vehicle stopped and at approximately 1:51 a.m. the vehicle continues driving on Clover Avenue toward Cedar Lane. The vehicle conducts a U-Turn prior to Cedar Lane and returns to the are of the recovered human remains. The vehicle stops momentarily and at approximately 1:52 a.m., an incipient ignition of fire can be seen adjacent to the stopped vehicle.

The affidavit says that at approximately 1:53 a.m., the same vehicle can be seen fleeing on Clover Avenue toward Lily Street. The vehicle makes a right on Lily Street followed by a right on Ridge Avenue. The vehicle is then viewed exiting the cemetery on Ridge Avenue toward Cedar Lane. The vehicle is then viewed making a left hand turn on Cedar Lane, at which time surveillance footage reveals the vehicle to be a discolored red and grey Chevrolet S10, with a silver hard tonneau cover elevated from the bed of the truck. The vehicle is fleeing the are on Cedar Lan toward Hunt Avenue and according to the affidavit continues out of surveillance footage view.

At approximately 10:34 a.m., while canvassing for further video surveillance footage in the area, Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Task Force members observed a vehicle matching the description of the aforementioned suspect vehicle. An investigative traffic stop was conducted on the vehicle, which is further described as a discolored red and grey 1995 Chevrolet S10, with a silver hard tonneau cover. The vehicle was being operated by Harley Wildmann along with a passenger were detained and transported to the Mercer County Homicide Task Force Office for the murder investigation of Lisa Lloyd according to the affidavit.

At 6:21 p.m., the Honorable Judge J. Adam Hughes approved search warrants for the Chevrolet S10, Nissan Armada, and residence of 120 Manor Boulevard, Hamilton, NJ 08620.

The affidavit states that a search of the 1995 Chevrolet S10 revealed numerous items which included a cell phone, zip ties, and a rubber bungee. A search of the 2007 Nissan Armada revealed several items which included a purse and women clothing. A search of the residence at 120 Manor Blvd., revealed numerous items which included men clothing, men shoes, zip ties, sawed off pump shotgun, and gas can.

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


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Copy of the affidavit as provided by the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office


Police search a residence on Manor Boulevard, Hamilton Township, NJ on July 26, 2022

NOTE: Midjersey.news has spoken to a close neighbor and the property owner was down the shore at the time of the incident and unaware of what happened until being contacted by police. The neighbor explained that Harley Wildmann was just staying at the home temporarily.


A Trump 2024 Save America Again flag is displayed in the window of a residence Manor Boulevard, Hamilton Township, NJ on July 27, 2022.


A trash can in front of 120 Manor Boulevard, Hamilton Township, NJ as seen from the roadway on July 27, 2022.



A discolored red and grey 1995 Chevrolet S10, with a silver hard tonneau cover at a traffic stop yesterday at the Fast Trac Gas Station July 27, 2022. The “person of interest was identified as Harley Wildmann and is seen in the back of a police vehicle. Photos by: Brian McCarthy


Harley Wildmann, 42, was arrested and charged Tuesday evening with first-degree murder, second-degree desecration of human remains, third- and fourth-degree weapons offenses and fourth-degree tampering with evidence. The prosecutor’s office has filed a motion to detain Wildmann pending trial.

At approximately 6:45 a.m. on July 26, Hamilton police received a call from someone in the area of Clover Avenue who observed what appeared to be human remains near the cemetery. Police arrived and located a severely burned deceased victim. The victim was later identified as 39-year-old Lisa Lloyd of Ewing.

Detectives collected video from the area surrounding the cemetery and identified a two- tone Chevy S10 pickup truck with NJ registration driving past in the early morning of Tuesday, July 26. At approximately 1:48 a.m., the vehicle could be seen stopping for several minutes in the area where the remains were found. A short time later, a large fire can be seen adjacent to the stopped vehicle.

Detectives located the Chevy S10 pickup truck later that morning in the area of Chambers and E. Franklin Streets and conducted a motor vehicle stop. The driver of the vehicle was Harley Wildmann. A female passenger was also in the vehicle. Interviews were conducted by task force detectives and the female was released.

Anyone with information is asked to call HTF Detective Sherika Salmon at (609) 989- 6406. Information can also be emailed to mchtftips@mercercounty.org.

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






18-Year-Old Lawrence Resident Killed In Princeton Pike Crash Near Fackler Road

July 27, 2022

LAWRENCE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Police reported that at approximately 11:52 p.m. on Tuesday, July 26, 2022, the Lawrence Township Police Department responded to a one car motor vehicle crash on Princeton Pike in the area of Fackler Rd.

Lawrence Township resident Armando Rosario 3rd (18 years old) was the single occupant of the vehicle and sustained fatal injuries.

The crash is under investigation by Lawrence Township Police Detective Ryan Dunn, Police Officer Darren Gould and Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office Serious Collision Response Team Detective Ryan Minnick.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact Detective Ryan Dunn at 609-844-7125 or rdunn@lawrencetwp.com



Hamilton Man Charged In Horrific Murder; Body Burned In Hamilton Township Graveyard Yesterday

Charged with first-degree murder, second-degree desecration of human remains, third- and fourth-degree weapons offenses and fourth-degree tampering with evidence.

July 27, 2022

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri reported today that an investigation by the Mercer County Homicide Task Force and the Hamilton Township Police has led to the arrest of a Hamilton man for murder.

Harley Wildmann, 42, was arrested and charged Tuesday evening with first-degree murder, second-degree desecration of human remains, third- and fourth-degree weapons offenses and fourth-degree tampering with evidence. The prosecutor’s office has filed a motion to detain Wildmann pending trial.

At approximately 6:45 a.m. on July 26, Hamilton police received a call from someone in the area of Clover Avenue who observed what appeared to be human remains near the cemetery. Police arrived and located a severely burned deceased victim. The victim was later identified as 39-year-old Lisa Lloyd of Ewing.

Detectives collected video from the area surrounding the cemetery and identified a two- tone Chevy S10 pickup truck with NJ registration driving past in the early morning of Tuesday, July 26. At approximately 1:48 a.m., the vehicle could be seen stopping for several minutes in the area where the remains were found. A short time later, a large fire can be seen adjacent to the stopped vehicle.

Detectives located the Chevy S10 pickup truck later that morning in the area of Chambers and E. Franklin Streets and conducted a motor vehicle stop. The driver of the vehicle was Harley Wildmann. A female passenger was also in the vehicle. Interviews were conducted by task force detectives and the female was released.

Anyone with information is asked to call HTF Detective Sherika Salmon at (609) 989- 6406. Information can also be emailed to mchtftips@mercercounty.org.

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


Photos of the arrest yesterday at the Fast Trac Gas Station. Hamilton Police and Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office detectives with a possible person of interest in custody in back of a police vehicle Chambers Street by East Franklin Street yesterday morning. Photos by: Brian McCarthy



Harley Wildmann, 42, was arrested and charged Tuesday evening with first-degree murder, second-degree desecration of human remains, third- and fourth-degree weapons offenses and fourth-degree tampering with evidence. The prosecutor’s office has filed a motion to detain Wildmann pending trial.





Trenton Shooting Suspect Arrested In Hamilton Township, NJ

July 27, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Trenton Police Department Detective Lieutenant Bethesda Stokes reported that on July 5, 2022, The Trenton Police Department responded to Sweets Ave on a report of a shooting in progress. Upon police arrival, Officer McNair was rendering aid to a man that was shot in the face. The investigation led to the arrest of Tiffany Wiggins being responsible for the shooting. She was charged accordingly (Criminal Attempt Homicide, Aggravated Assault, Weapons offenses, etc.). Tiffany Wiggins was taken into custody in Hamilton, NJ, without incident.

Great job by the Trenton Police Department Major Crimes Unit.

All arrestees/suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in the court of law.

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Mercer County Homicide Task Force Investigation Leads to Arrest in 2014 Murder

July 27, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–A Trenton man has been arrested and charged for the 2014 murder of Jamer Greenfield, Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri announced.

Jonathan Woody, 40, of Trenton, is charged with murder, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, unlawful possession of a weapon and certain persons not to possess a weapon.  He was arrested in Trenton Monday evening, July 25, by members of the Mercer County Sheriff’s Fugitive Unit.  The prosecutor’s office has filed a motion to detain Woody pending trial.

The charges are the result of an investigation by the Mercer County Homicide Task Force. On July 19, 2014, at approximately 5 a.m., Trenton police officers were in the area of the 100 block of Rosemont Avenue when they heard gunshots near Rosemont and Hoffman avenues.  Officers observed a large group of people running from the 200 block of Rosemont Avenue.  As officers approached, they saw Greenfield, 23, on the ground suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, including one to the chest.  He was taken to Capital Health Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Prosecutor Onofri applauded the tenacity of his detectives.  “Eight years, and they never stopped.  Detectives continued searching for witnesses, asking questions, putting fresh eyes on the case, until the pieces fit and they had the necessary evidence to charge,” he said.

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



Hamilton Township Cemetery Burned Body Identified As 39-Year-Old Female From Ewing Township, And Person Of Interest In Custody


July 26, 2022

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)– The Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office reported that the deceased victim discovered this morning in the cemetery in Hamilton Township has been identified as Lisa Lloyd, 39, of Ewing. The Mercer County Homicide Task Force continues to investigate and has identified a person of interest in the case. No charges have been filed at this time.

At approximately 6:45 a.m. on July 26, Hamilton police received a call from someone in the area of Clover Avenue who observed what appeared to be human remains near the cemetery.  Police arrived and located a severely burned deceased victim

An autopsy is pending.  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

Hamilton Police and Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office detectives with a possible person of interest in custody in back of a police vehicle Chambers Street by East Franklin Street this morning. MidJersey.News has held the photo of the person in the back of the police vehicle pending official determination by the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office. Photo by: Brian McCarthy




“All Hands” Fire On North Broad Street

July 26, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Around 12:24 p.m. Trenton Fire Department responded to the area of 7 North Broad Street for a smoke condition and a fire was found at 7 South Broad Street. Upon arrival an “all hands” was called sending additional apparatus and manpower to the scene. Firefighters found a fire in the rear of the property and stretched a 2 1/2″ hose line. Within a few minutes firefighters had the bulk of the fire knocked down. A fire marshal and building inspector were called to the scene for the investigation. No additional details are available at this time.


Photos by: Brian McCarthy


Trenton Water Works Asks Service-Area Customers and Consumers to Discontinue Nonessential Outdoor Water Use During Heat Wave

July 26, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–

Trenton Water Works asks customers and consumers in its five-municipality service area to discontinue nonessential outdoor water use until further notice during this unprecedented heat wave. TWW’s service area comprises Trenton, Ewing Township, parts of Hamilton Township, Lawrence Township, and Hopewell Township.

“Although TWW systems are operating normally, the heat wave has significantly increased water demand,” said Mark Lavenberg, Director of the city’s Department of Water and Sewer, which operates the water utility. “Therefore the water utility is being proactive in requesting that its customers and service-area consumers restrict their outdoor use of water, which will help ease demand on TWW’s water supply.”

Here are exceptions to this Advisory:

—> Watering of new sod or seed if daily watering is required. We recommend that any planting of new sod or seed that has not already taken place be delayed until the fall.

—> Use of private wells for irrigation.

—> Commercial uses of outdoor water, such as for nurseries, farm stands, power washing, plumbing, athletic fields, and car washes.

—> Watering of athletic fields.

Questions can be directed to TWW’s Office of Communications and Community Relations at (609) 989-3033 or 1-866-TWW-BLUE.





Police Investigate Severely Burned Body Found In Hamilton Township, NJ, Cemetery

July 26, 2022

3:28 p.m. UPDATE: Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office confirms that the victim is an adult female. Further details to follow.

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The Mercer County Homicide Task Force and the Hamilton Police Division are investigating a suspicious death in Hamilton Township, Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri reported.

At approximately 6:45 a.m. on July 26, Hamilton police received a call from someone in the area of Clover Avenue who observed what appeared to be human remains near the cemetery.  Police arrived and located a severely burned deceased victim

An autopsy is pending.  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




East Windsor Mayor Janice Mironov Administers Oath Of Office To New Police Officer

July 26, 2022

EAST WINDSOR TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Mayor Janice S. Mironov administered the oath of office to new police officer Oksana Kopyto, who fills a police department vacancy.  Police Officer Kopyto will be assigned to a Uniform Services Platoon of the police department.

Police Officer Oksana Kopyto is an East Windsor resident who graduated from the Mercer County Police Academy in July 2022 and has an Associate of Science Degree from Mercer County College.

Mayor Mironov welcomed family members and police officers in attendance, along with Council Members Denise Daniels, Alan Rosenberg and John Zoller, and stated, “I congratulate new Police Officer Kopyto who graduated from the Mercer County Police Academy last week and successfully passed the scrutinous selection process to become part of our East Windsor team. We wish her a great and satisfying career here and expect her to serve our community in an outstanding manner.”


East Windsor Township Mayor Janice S. Mironov administered the oath of office to new Police Officer Oksana Kopyto (center) in a ceremony attended by Chief of Police James Geary (right), elected officials and other police officers.


Early Morning Shooting Reported In Trenton

July 25, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Trenton Police Department Detective Lieutenant Bethesda Stokes reported that there was a shooting early this morning in the area of 1 Mechanics Avenue at 12:31 a.m. One person was transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center by personal vehicle with a non-life-threating shot to the leg. Two vehicles were also struck by gunfire in the area. No further details are available at this time.

The shooting is being investigated by the Shooting Response Team.


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