HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The Mercer County Narcotics Task Force concluded a two-month investigation this week with one arrest and the seizure of $22,500 in heroin and three guns, Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri reported.
At approximately 1 p.m. on Tuesday, October 12, 2021, members of the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office, the Ewing Police Department, the Hamilton Police Division and U.S. Homeland Security Investigations, under the command of the prosecutor’s Special Investigations Unit, executed search warrants at multiple locations in Ewing and Hamilton. The target of the investigation, Justin Hill, was taken into custody during a motor vehicle stop in Ewing Township. He was found to have a 9mm semi-automatic handgun concealed in his waistband and two bricks of heroin were observed on the center console of the Jeep Cherokee he was operating.
A search of 43 N. Johnston Avenue in Hamilton revealed 150 bricks of heroin in a second-floor bedroom and an automatic firearm with a suppressor and 30-round magazine on the floor in the living room. Detectives executing a search warrant at Hill’s residence on Conway Avenue in Ewing located an AR-15 style rifle without a serial number, a 60-round magazine drum, a 30-round pistol magazine, and numerous rounds of rifle ammunition. Cash totaling $1,048 was also seized during the investigation. Onofri stated that the seized heroin has an approximate street value of $22,500.
Hill, 33, was charged with first- and second-degree narcotic and weapons offenses, and lodged at the Mercer County Correction Center pending a detention hearing.
Despite having been charged, all persons are presumed innocent until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
JACKSON, NJ (OCEAN)–Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer announced that on September 29, 2021, Michael Mahan, 38, of Ewing Township, pled guilty to Eluding in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:29-2b, Terroristic Threats in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:12-3b, Aggravated Assault in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1b(2), and Driving While Intoxicated in violation of N.J.S.A. 39:4-50, before the Honorable Michael T. Collins, J.S.C., in connection with a series of events that transpired in Jackson Township on May 8, 2021. At the time of his sentencing on November 19, 2021, the State will recommend a term of eight years New Jersey State Prison (NJSP) as to the Eluding charge, and five years NJSP as to the Terroristic Threats and Aggravated Assault charges. The sentences are to run concurrently.
On May 8, 2021, Jackson Township Police Officers responded to a 911 call for a report of a stabbing incident on Maria Street. Responding Officers discovered a female with a large slash across her face. An investigation conducted by the Jackson Township Police revealed that the female victim had been followed to her residence by Mahan. Mahan held a knife to the victim’s neck, threatened to kill her, and then punched her in the face while holding the knife, thereby causing a laceration to her face. As a neighbor intervened and called 911, Mahan fled the area. Mahan’s vehicle was observed by Officers traveling on Toms River Road. A pursuit was initiated, and Mahan fled at a high rate of speed. As Mahan was attempting to navigate a turn onto West Veterans Highway, he struck another vehicle. As he continued travelling at a high rate of speed on West Veterans Highway, Mahan’s vehicle collided with yet another vehicle – forcing it off the road. Mahan’s vehicle traveled approximately 500 more feet before it became disabled; he was subsequently taken into custody without incident.
Mahan was initially transported to Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus in Lakewood for the purpose of securing a blood sample to determine whether he was operating the motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs; laboratory results from the blood draw later confirmed that Mahan’s blood alcohol level was .14 – nearly twice the legal limit under New Jersey law. Mahan was transported to the Ocean County Jail, where he has been lodged since May 8, 2021.
The female victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. The occupants of the two vehicles struck by Mahan were treated at the scene for minor injuries. Prosecutor Billhimer acknowledges the diligent efforts of Assistant Prosecutor Victoria Veni who handled the case on behalf of the State, as well as Jackson Township Police Department, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit, and Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit, for their collaborative efforts in connection with this investigation leading to Mahan’s apprehension, guilty plea, and soon his state prison sentence.
EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–About 4:50 p.m. today, Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021 Ewing Township firefighters were dispatched to a car fire in front of the Game Stop store at 1632 North Olden Avenue, near Arctic Parkway. The engine compartment of Dodge Charger was well involved on arrival of Squirt 31. Chief 31 called an extra engine (Engine 30). Ladder Tower 31 also responded. Firefighters quickly knocked down the fire and there were no apparent injuries reported. Ewing Police closed the roadway until the fire was out.
EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)—On Tuesday September 14, 2021 Ewing Township Police dispatch center received a call from an employee at TD Bank located at 1620 Olden Avenue. The caller stated that there was a hold up at the bank and that the suspect was still on location. Further information from the bank indicated that a male passed a note and demanded money. After receiving an unknown amount of money, the male fled the bank on foot. A description of the suspect was broadcast to responding units. Officer David Massi and Officer Joshua Mooring were in the area of the bank within minutes and observed a male matching the suspects description walking behind the CVS Pharmacy. The male was taken into custody without incident and subsequently found to be in possession of money belonging to TD Bank. The suspect was identified as Shareef Halley, 28, of Ewing. Halley was arrested and charged with Robbery and Terroristic Threat offenses.
This incident remains under investigation. Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to contact Ewing Police Detective David Morris at (609) 882-1313 ext 5561
All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)—On Monday September 13, 2021 at 9:54 a.m. the Ewing Township Police dispatch center received a phone call from a victim stating that he was just carjacked in the area of 62 Ronald DeLorenzo Avenue. Responding officers made contact with the victim, who had injuries consistent with being involved in a fight. The victim stated he was sitting in his car in the parking lot with his window partially open when he was approached by a male who asked if he had any weed and began peering into his vehicle. The suspect then pulled the victims door open and a fight ensued outside the vehicle. During the fight, the suspect was able to enter the victim’s vehicle and drive away.
With the assistance of the New Jersey State Police Real Time Crime Center in Trenton, the vehicle was eventually stopped by Trenton Police in the area of Perrry and Stockton Streets in Trenton. When stopped, the vehicle was being operated by Isaia Parker, 27, of Ewing. Parker was also identified as the suspect from the Ewing carjacking and was subsequently charged by Ewing Police with Carjacking, Aggravated Assault and Weapons offenses.
The incident remains under investigation. Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to contact Ewing Police Officer Michael Manfredi at (609) 882-1313 ext. 7590 or Detective Nick Muscente at (609) 882-1313 ext. 7596
All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Weekdays 7 a.m.-7 p.m.; weekends 8 a.m.-5 p.m., at Hollowbrook Center
September 14, 2021
TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–
TRENTON – Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Mercer County has opened a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) at Hollowbrook Community Center, 320 Hollowbrook Drive, Ewing Township, to assist any Mercer County residents or businesses whose property was damaged in the remnants of Hurricane Ida. The DRC is open starting today, Sept. 14 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sunday. Residents do not need to schedule an appointment to visit the center, nor must they be Mercer County residents.
The DRC will be staffed by FEMA representatives who can provide information on FEMA disaster aid and answer questions. Again, the DRC is open to residents and businesses from every municipality in Mercer County, and residents from any other county that received the FEMA “Disaster” declaration.
On Sept. 10, Mercer County residents were declared eligible to register for Individual Assistance with FEMA. Residents who previously registered for assistance via the Internet or by phone do not need to visit the DRC, but can ask questions or seek further information in person at the DRC. The eligibility for FEMA Individual Assistance means residents or business owners whose properties were directly damaged by the flooding or storm events on September 1-3 can apply to recoup their losses.
What is a Disaster Recovery Center?
A DRC is a readily accessible facility or mobile office where applicants may go for information about FEMA or other disaster assistance programs, or for questions related to a specific case.
Some of the services that a DRC may provide:
Guidance regarding disaster recovery
Clarification of any written correspondence received
Housing Assistance and Rental Resource information
Answers to questions, resolution to problems and referrals to agencies that may provide further assistance
Status of applications being processed by FEMA.
SBA program information if there is a SBA Representative at the Disaster Recovery Center site.
Affected residents and business owners can begin the disaster application process by registering online at DisasterAssistance.gov or registering by phone at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired.
The toll-free numbers are available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. local time Monday through Sunday, and applicants registering for aid should be prepared to provide basic information such as their name, the name of the business, address, phone number, insurance coverage, and other information to help substantiate losses.
Individual Assistance, if awarded, can cover reimbursement for a variety of storm-related expenses.
These include, but are not limited to: rental payments for temporary housing for those whose homes are uninhabitable; grants for home repairs and replacement of essential household items not covered by insurance; low-interest loans to cover residential losses not fully compensated by insurance; loans for small businesses that suffered disaster-related cash flow problems; and loans for farmers and other agriculture operators to cover property loss.
Additionally, mall businesses and most private nonprofit organizations in Mercer County are eligible to apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loans from the Small Business Administration. For more information, visit https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/ela/s/.
Residents in need of assistance with damage from Tropical Storm Ida may call a Home Cleanup Hotline at 844-965-1386 to be connected with volunteers from local relief organizations and community groups that may be able to assist with cutting fallen trees, removing drywall, flooring and appliances, tarping roofs and mitigating mold.
EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–In statements released by both Ewing Township Police and Ewing Township Board of Education stated that a fight broke out after halftime at Lawrence Township at Ewing Township High School last night after 6:00 p.m. Police and high school staff broke up the fight and police found a handgun on a juvenile. The fight involved juveniles not involved with either of the schools that were playing the game.
See statements from the Ewing Township Board of Education as well as Ewing Township Police below:
On Friday evening at 6PM, Ewing High School hosted Lawrence High School for a varsity football game.
This was our first major athletic event with spectators since March of 2020 and a large crowd was in attendance.
Shortly after halftime, a fight broke out between a group of individuals on the home side of the athletic complex.
These individuals were not students at Ewing High School, nor were they students of Lawrence High School. This incident had nothing to do with students of either school, any kind of dispute between the schools, or the game being played.
Ewing Township police and our district staff responded quickly to the fight. In breaking up the fight, it was discovered that one of the individuals had a firearm in his possession.
As police addressed the situation and arrested the individual, the decision was made to clear the athletic complex of spectators, and the game was paused.
The game later resumed and concluded in front of only a small group of family members, staff and police.
We are very disappointed that this incident occurred and saddened and frustrated that a group of individuals could ruin what should be a fun and positive event.
It is clear from this incident that certain security concerns in the climate of Covid-19 are heightened. The administration will reflect on this occurrence, review with stakeholders including the Ewing Township police, and make adjustments in our scheduling, site supervision plan and procedures to prevent something like this from occurring again.
The district would like to thank the Ewing Township police for their assistance, and apologize to anyone who was negatively impacted by this incident.
TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Mercer County Executive, Brian M. Hughes said, It’s hard to believe it’s been two decades since the terrorist attacks that took the lives of nearly 3,000 people in New York City, at the Pentagon and in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. Tragically, we’ve lost many more since; heroic first responders and others who spent weeks and months working at Ground Zero, and who have since died from cancer or respiratory illness.
While 20 years may seem like a long time, we continue to mourn the loss of innocent life on that fateful day. In Mercer County, many residents lost loved ones and friends, and continue to bear the scars of having their lives changed forever by senseless violence. So, every year on this date, we honor the victims of September 11 by coming together in solemn remembrance, quiet reflection and in service.
But honoring their memory isn’t limited to a formal ceremony on or near the anniversary date.
The County’s September 11 Memorial – which opened in Mercer County Park in West Windsor on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 – was designed to be a special place where people can go for solace and comfort 365 days a year. I encourage everyone to visit that memorial when the time is right for you, to spend a few moments in quiet reflection and remembrance.
And most importantly, each and every day, we can honor the memory of the victims of September 11 by embracing peace and hope, and not losing sight of the principles on which America stands, such as tolerance, inclusion and caring. Each and every day, we can honor their memory by celebrating our oneness as a nation and our unity in the face of adversity.
September 11 Events Throughout Mercer County
8 a.m., New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs; 101 Eggerts Crossing Road, Lawrence Township.
8:30 a.m., Lawrence Township 9/11 Memorial Ceremony; Memorial Park, Pilla Avenue, Lawrence Township.
9:45 a.m., Robbinsville Professional Firefighters Association will conduct its 20th annual ceremony at the 9/11 memorial site on Lake Drive.
10 a.m., Hamilton Township September 11th 20th Anniversary Ceremony; Memorial Grove, Veterans Park, Klockner Road Entrance, Hamilton.
10 a.m., East Windsor Township 9/11 Program & Wreath Laying Ceremony, East Windsor Municipal Building, Lanning Blvd.
11 a.m., Hopewell Valley 9/11 Memorial Ceremony, Woolsey Park, presented by the Sept. 11th & Emergency Services Memorial Committee.
12 noon, Princeton’s 9/11 Memorial Dedication, 2 Mount Lucas Road, Princeton, in front of the Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad. The 9/11 Committee will dedicate a permanent memorial containing an 8-foot piece of steel recovered from the World Trade Center.
7 p.m., West Windsor Township 9/11 “20th Anniversary” Ceremony; Twin Ponds Memorial at the Ronald R. Rogers Arboretum, intersection of Clarksville and Princeton-Hightstown Road.
TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes announced yesterday that FEMA has approved a Major Disaster Declaration in Mercer County, allowing individuals impacted by Tropical Storm Ida last week to register at www.disasterassistance.gov for direct assistance for Ida-related recovery.
Mr. Hughes urged those who were impacted by last week’s storm to register for assistance that may include home repairs, temporary housing, low-cost loans and other programs. FEMA advises individuals who have homeowners or renters insurance to file a claim as soon as possible. By law, FEMA cannot duplicate benefits for losses covered by insurance, but those who are uninsured or underinsured may be eligible for federal assistance.
“I greatly appreciate FEMA’s response to the situation here in Mercer County, where residents in some of our communities are in dire need of assistance,” Mr. Hughes said. “And I thank the Biden Administration, Senators Booker and Menendez, Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman, and Governor Phil Murphy, as well as our county Office of Emergency Management, for their help in getting Mercer much-needed federal aid and accelerating our recovery process. I also thank our residents for their patience and perseverance during this difficult time.”
The fastest and easiest way to apply for assistance is by visiting www.disasterassistance.gov or by downloading the FEMA App on the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.
If it is not possible to apply online, call 800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585). The toll-free telephone lines operate from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. CDT, seven days a week. Those who use a relay service such as a videophone, InnoCaption or CapTel should update FEMA with their specific number assigned to that service.
When you apply for assistance, FEMA advises having the following information readily available:
• A current phone number where you can be contacted • Your address at the time of the disaster and the address where you are now staying • Your Social Security number • A general list of damage and losses • If insured, the policy number or the agent and/or the company name
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) low-interest disaster loans are available for homeowners, renters, businesses of any size and most nonprofits. Similar to FEMA, SBA cannot duplicate benefits for losses covered by insurance.
• For small businesses, those engaged in aquaculture and most nonprofits, up to $2 million is available for working capital needs even if there was no property damage, with a $2 million maximum loan for any combination of property damage and working capital needs. • For homeowners: up to $200,000 is available to repair or replace their primary residence. For homeowners and renters: up to $40,000 is available to replace personal property, including vehicles.
In addition, residents in need of assistance with damage from Tropical Storm Ida may call a Home Cleanup Hotline at 844-965-1386 to be connected with volunteers from local relief organizations and community groups that may be able to assist with cutting fallen trees, removing drywall, flooring and appliances, tarping roofs and mitigating mold. The hotline will remain open through Sept. 17.
Flash flooding from Tropical Storm Ida’s heavy rains flooded roadways and many homes as creeks and rivers overflowed. Many people were caught in their vehicles in the raging flood waters and 23 New Jerseyans have lost their life to this storm according to Governor Phil Murphy. The National Weather Service has confirmed 7 tornados, in NJ and PA so far.
Video Hamilton Township Sweetbriar Avenue and Whitehead Road area:
“As Mercer County begins to fully grasp and assess the destruction caused by the remnants of Hurricane Ida, I wish to thank the heroic first responders, the police, firefighters, EMTs, emergency workers and public works professionals, who worked throughout the day and night to save lives. The courage and commitment our first responders have displayed throughout this crisis is awe-inspiring and appreciated.
It is with great sadness that I report that despite the countless rescues that took place overnight, we know that at least two Mercer County souls have been lost.
To our residents who have been displaced from their homes or who have lost property, Mercer County is here to assist you. For those who made it through the storm without harm, I encourage you to check on the well-being of your friends and neighbors and to offer comfort in any way you can.
Finally, I also wish to thank Gov. Phil Murphy for his quick action in declaring a State of Emergency in New Jersey, which will allow Mercer County to seek federal reimbursement for its disaster response and help us begin to pick up the pieces and recover.” — Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes
Princeton: Due to the heavy rainfall last night, Princeton experienced severe flooding and numerous roadways were closed as a result. At approximately 11:43 PM, PPD, PFARS and PFD were dispatched for a swift water rescue on Rosedale Rd. near the Johnson Park School. All responding personnel made efforts to rescue the stranded motorist, who was identified as a 58 year-old Princeton resident. While rescue efforts were attempted, the motorist climbed onto the roof of his vehicle as the water continued to rise at a rapid rate. Due to the unsafe water level and dangerous current rescue efforts were unsuccessful. As a result, requests were made for the NJSP aviation unit to respond and assist. At 4:08 AM the victim was successfully hoisted into the helicopter and flown to Trenton Mercer Airport for evaluation. Mutual aid was received by Lawrenceville Fire Co., Princeton Junction Fire Co., Hamilton Fire Dept., Trenton Fire Dept. and the Pennsauken FD High Water Truck.
During the aforementioned rescue, a second motorist became stranded with high rising waters on Rt. 206 in the area of Quaker Rd. The resident was identified at 30 year-old Montgomery resident. The PPD, PFARS and PFD all responded. The swift moving water flooded the roadway and began to flood the motorist’s vehicle, forcing the driver to escape onto the roof of the vehicle while emergency rescue efforts were made. The Trenton FD responded with a ladder truck, which drove into the flooded roadway and extended its 100 ft ladder, which was used to rescue the motorist.
...7 CONFIRMED TORNADOES SO FAR...
...DAMAGE SURVEYS CONTINUE...
.Update...Update to include survey results for Harrisonville-Mullica Hill-
The National Weather Service office in Mount Holly, NJ continues
to conduct several storm surveys this afternoon. The surveys are
in relation to the severe thunderstorms that moved through the
area on September 1, 2021.
Some Preliminary Tornado Information...
1) Mullica Hill, NJ area (Gloucester County): Confirmed EF-3 with
estimated peak winds up to 150 mph tornado.
2) Fort Washington/Upper Dublin Twp to Horsham Twp, PA
(Montgomery County): Confirmed EF-2 with estimated peak winds up
to 130 mph.
3) Edgewater Park, NJ (Burlington County) to Bristol, PA (Bucks
County): Confirmed EF-1 with estimated peak winds up to 90 mph.
4) Oxford, PA (Chester County): Confirmed tornado.
5) Buckingham Twp, PA (Bucks County): Confirmed EF-1 with
estimated peak winds up to 100 mph.
6) Princeton, NJ (Mercer County): Confirmed EF-0 with estimated
peak winds up to 75 mph.
7) Upper Makefield Township, PA (Bucks County): Confirmed tornado.
Additional information, as it becomes available, will be sent via
Public Information Statements and also posted on our social media
SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–The remnants of Hurricane Ida created major flash flooding last evening and overnight. The heavy rain started around 5 PM and by 11:30 PM over 8 inches of rain had fallen in the Township. In the twelve hours after the heavy rain began to fall, there were 125 calls for police, fire, and EMS service. Two families who were trapped in vehicles were rescued by firefighters and briefly sheltered at police headquarters. There were no serious injuries as a result of the storm. As of 3 PM Thursday all roads have been cleared of floodwaters with the exception of Route 27 at the Princeton border. Here are some of the numbers from the storm –
TOTAL CALLS – 125
WATER RESCUES – 15 people
Between 8:30 PM and 11:45 PM Wednesday night, firefighters rescued 15 people from vehicles stuck in flash floodwaters around the Township. Here are the locations the rescues occurred at –
Kendall Park Fire Department – Route 1, Oakey Drive, Hawthorne Road, Shelly Road
Monmouth Junction Fire Department – Route 130, Major Road, Blackhorse Lane
Kingston Fire Department – Route 1, Mapleton Road, Raymond Road
MOTORIST ASSIST IN HIGH WATER CALLS – 51
TOTAL CARS TOWED FROM FLOODED ROADS – 33
ROADS STILL CLOSED – 1 (Route 27 / Princeton Border)
FLOODED BASEMENT CALLS – 11
South Brunswick Office of Emergency Management Director and Police Chief Raymond Hayducka said, “I want to thank all the police officers and firefighters who risked going into flooded waters to get people to safety. The flash flooding created life-threatening conditions in minutes. The conditions yesterday deteriorated rapidly last evening and too many people ventured out onto the roads. The property damage left behind will be cleaned up in the coming days, but we must all remember to stay off roads when flash flooding is present.”
The National Weather Service in Mount Holly NJ has issued a
* Tornado Warning for...
Southeastern Hunterdon County in northwestern New Jersey...
Northwestern Mercer County in central New Jersey...
Southwestern Somerset County in northern New Jersey...
Central Bucks County in southeastern Pennsylvania...
* Until 630 PM EDT.
* At 557 PM EDT, a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado
was located over Ivyland, or 16 miles west of Trenton, moving
northeast at 50 mph.
SOURCE...Radar indicated rotation. This storm has a history of
produicing a tornado.
IMPACT...Flying debris will be dangerous to those caught without
shelter. Mobile homes will be damaged or destroyed.
Damage to roofs, windows, and vehicles will occur. Tree
damage is likely.
* Locations impacted include...
Ewing, Princeton, Doylestown, Byram, Flemington, Chalfont,
Pennington, New Hope, Hopewell, Ivyland, Rocky Hill, Stockton,
Washington Crossing, Skillman, Lumberville, Sergeantsville,
Cloverhill, Gardenville, Sand Brook and Richboro.
TAKE COVER NOW! Move to a basement or an interior room on the lowest
floor of a sturdy building. Avoid windows. If you are outdoors, in a
mobile home, or in a vehicle, move to the closest substantial shelter
and protect yourself from flying debris.
Heavy rainfall may hide this tornado. Do not wait to see or hear the
tornado. TAKE COVER NOW!
EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–All Ewing Township Fire Departments were dispatched to the trash transfer station at 1619 Calhoun Street for a working fire with a large column of smoke seen. A full first alarm was called sending additional units from Lawrence Township Fire Department to the scene.
Master streams were set up from Ladder Tower 31 and 33, along with several handlines pulled. Within a half an hour the fire department made good progress on knocking down the bulk of the fire.
TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–The Mercer County Homicide Task Force and the Ewing Police Department are investigating a shooting homicide that occurred Saturday night August 21, 2021. Police responded to Stout Avenue in Ewing on a ShotSpotter activation shortly before 10:00 p.m., and found a male victim unresponsive with multiple gunshot wounds. The victim, 44-year old Aula Boles of Trenton, was later pronounced deceased. No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Andrew DiStefano at 609-989-6406. Tips can also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Around 9:58 p.m. last night, August 21, 2021, the Ewing Police Department, Ewing EMS and Capital Health Paramedics responded to 1st Block of Stout Avenue for a gun shot victim. Upon arrival it was reported that it was an obvious death and that paramedics would pronounce the victim on scene a short time later. There were unofficial reports of around 17 shots fired at the scene. Crime scene investigators could be seen investigating the scene and collecting evidence. Ewing Police and the Mercer County Homicide Task Force are on scene investigating the shooting. No further information is available at this time.
EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–At 11:33 a.m. all Ewing Township Fire Companies were dispatched to 16 Garth Avenue for a house fire. Upon arrival crews were met with heavy fire in the rear of the structure and crews pulled two attack lines to quickly knock down the fire. Additional aid was called from Lawrence Township to the scene of the fire.
The is under investigation by the Ewing Township Fire Marshal and Ewing PD. No further information was available.
EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–At 5:43 p.m. the West Trenton Fire Company, Ewing Police and Ewing EMS were detailed to Route 29 South at West Upper Ferry Road for a vehicle crash with reported entrapment. When the chief arrived it was reported that there was no entrapment but there was a small oil and paint spill that needed clean up. Ewing Township firefighters responded to apply oil dry to clean the roadway. Ewing Township EMS transported victims to the hospital. The Ewing Township Police Department is investigating the crash. No further information is available at this time.
Scammers were from Sewaren, Middlesex County and Ewing Township Mercer County
August 11, 2021
Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and Chief Dennis McFadden of the Carteret Police Department announce authorities are seeking the public’s assistance in the investigation of three individuals who have been arrested and charged for their involvement in a fraud scheme that yielded the seizure of over $450,000.
On April 3, 2021, Saurabh Bhambri, 27, of Sewaren was charged and arrested for Financial Facilitation of Criminal Activity, Theft by Deception, Identity Theft, and Forgery. Poonam Bhambri, 57, of Sewaren was also charged and arrested for Financial Facilitation of Criminal Activity, Identity Theft, and Forgery. Karan Bhambri, 30, of Ewing was also charged with Conspiracy to Commit Financial Facilitation of Criminal Activity.
The individuals were charged following an investigation by the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office – Special Investigations Unit and the Carteret Police Department with assistance of the Edison Police Department and the Homeland Security Investigation – Newark Field Office.
At present, defendants are alleged to have set up and used several IT businesses to persuade victims to give them remote access to their personal computers in order to obtain their personal identifying and banking information.
Below is a list of businesses with which the defendants are affiliated:
SR Business Services – Woodbridge Township
SKR Communications, LLC – Colonia section of Woodbridge Township
Inciti Intermodal, LLC – Sewaren section of Woodbridge Township
Tradex Indous Corporation – Sewaren section of Woodbridge Township
Business Web, LLC – Ewing Township
SK Communications – Ewing Township
Inspired Networking Services, LLC – Dayton section of South Brunswick Township
Shivoham Partnership, LLC – Ewing Township
Delloid, LLC – Sewaren section of Woodbridge Township
The investigation is active and continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Christopher Van Eerde of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-3300 or Detective Anthony Ramos of the Carteret Police Department at (732) 541-4181.
As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against Saurabh Bhambri, Poonam Bhambri, and Karan Bhambri are merely accusations and they are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–It is unclear exactly what happened but an accident occurred around 5:15 p.m. at Parkway and Concord Avenues involving a pedestrian and two cars. A witness on scene said his nephew was the pedestrian that was hit and taken to the hospital with what appeared to be non-life-threating injuries. No further information is available.
HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–On July 29,2021, Hamilton Police were dispatched to the Better Business Bureau located in Hamilton, New Jersey, on a threatening telephone call. Responding officers were advised that a male, later identified as Litin Su, a 56 year old Ewing resident, contacted the business regarding a complaint filed about his business which is located in Pennington, New Jersey. Mr. Su was concerned about the rating his business would receive because of the complaint against the business. During the conversation, Mr. Su allegedly told the call taker that he would have someone bring a “bomb” to the Better Business Bureau if his business rating was affected by the complaint.
Detective Lawrence MacArthur conducted the investigation regarding this incident and charged Litin Su, with False Public Alarm and Terroristic Threats. Mr. Su was arrested on August 2, 2021, and is awaiting arraignment for these charges.
Anyone with additional information regarding this incident, is asked to contact Detective Lawrence MacArthur of the Hamilton Police Criminal Investigations Section at (609) 689-5827 or via email at email@example.com.
Every defendant is presumed innocent until being found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–A 36-year-old Ewing man has been arrested in this week’s shooting death of Shaquil Loftin, Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri reported.
Daniel L. Smith was taken into custody late Saturday evening during a motor vehicle stop in Ewing by members of the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Special Investigations Unit. He is charged with one count of murder and multiple weapons offenses. The prosecutor’s office has filed a motion to detain Smith pending trial.
The charges are the result of an investigation by the MCHTF. On Friday, July 30, 2021, at approximately 4:40 a.m., Trenton police responded to a report of a shooting at a residence in the first block of Kelsey Avenue. Upon arrival, officers found the victim, identified as 23-year-old Shaquil Loftin, shot in the face. Loftin was transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center and pronounced dead a short time later.
A search warrant was executed at the Kelsey Avenue residence. Witnesses were interviewed and area surveillance footage was reviewed. As a result, Smith was identified as the individual who shot and killed Loftin.
Detectives continue to investigate what prompted the attack. The case remains under investigation for potential bias charges as Loftin is transgender and identified as female. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Dave Petelle 609-989-6406. Tips can also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Despite having been charged, every defendant is presumed innocent until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
Alleged Leader Charles M. Willis and Others Charged in 2019 Murder and 2020 Shooting That Left 12-Year-Old Girl in Critical Condition
July 29, 2021
TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Acting Attorney General Andrew J. Bruck today announced the indictment of 20 alleged members and associates of the “Get Money Boys” or “GMB,” a violent gang allegedly linked to multiple shootings in Trenton, including a December 2019 murder of a 32-year-old man, the attempted murder of a police officer in February 2020, and a June 2020 shooting that wounded several bystanders on Wood Street, including a 12-year-old girl who was critically injured.
Acting on intelligence from the Trenton Police Department about alleged gun violence by GMB members, the Division of Criminal Justice Gangs & Organized Crime Bureau began investigating the gang and its alleged leader, Charles M. Willis, aka “Charly Wingate” or “Gate,” in late 2019. They collaborated with the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, New Jersey State Police, Trenton Police Department, West Windsor Police Department, Hamilton Police Department, Ewing Police Department, Mercer County Shooting Response Team, and Mercer County Corrections.
The investigation led to numerous arrests last summer as violence linked to GMB escalated during the COVID pandemic, culminating in the June 3, 2020 shooting on Wood Street. Alleged GMB member Davion Fenderson allegedly attempted to murder a man, firing from a car at a crowded porch. The targeted man was only grazed, but gunfire struck three other victims, critically injuring two—a man who was shot in the chest, and the 12-year-old girl, who was shot in the abdomen.
Investigators—who had already arrested Willis and five associates in connection with the December 2019 murder, the attempted murder of the police officer, and another prior shooting—arrested 10 more alleged GMB members beginning two days after the Wood Street shooting.
The July 23, 2021 indictment charges all 20 defendants with first-degree racketeering. Fenderson was directly indicted for attempted murder and aggravated assault in the Wood Street shooting, and the indictment also charges Willis with those offenses for allegedly ordering the shooting. In addition, On February 12, 2020, GMB members allegedly shot at two men, causing them to crash their car, and when a police officer pursued the GMB members, they allegedly fired at him. The officer was not hit. Those men and Willis are charged with attempted murder and aggravated assault in the shooting involving the two civilians.
“We can and must end gun violence in New Jersey, and this latest indictment reflects our commitment to doing so,” said Acting Attorney General Bruck. “We are using every tool and resource at our disposal to keep the residents of New Jersey safe.”
“The Division of Criminal Justice and its partners acted with a sense of urgency when they arrested members of this gang last summer as violence escalated,” said Director Lyndsay V. Ruotolo of the Division of Criminal Justice. “Because of the intelligence-driven investigation we had conducted, we were prepared to act swiftly to protect Trenton residents. This indictment is an important next step in our efforts to keep the community safe by keeping these alleged gang members behind bars.”
“The Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office is extremely proud of major collaborative investigations such as the one that led to these indictments,” said Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri. “When we all partner together to stop the criminal activities that threaten the safety of our citizens, we send a message to these violent gang members that their destruction won’t be tolerated in our communities.”
“We remain steadfast in our commitment to our law enforcement partners and the residents of Trenton to continue to aggressively pursue violent criminals and criminal organizations whose actions far too often have tragic and unintended consequences—like the shooting of an innocent 12-year-old child,” said Colonel Patrick Callahan, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police. “Today’s indictments are the first step to ensuring that those responsible are held accountable.”
It is alleged that the Get Money Boys, under the leadership of Willis, controlled heroin and cocaine distribution in the area around the Oakland Street Apartments in Trenton. Willis allegedly gave orders to lower ranking GMB members to carry out acts of violence against rivals on behalf of the gang. In addition to being charged with other defendants in first-degree counts of murder, attempted murder, and conspiracy to commit murder, Willis is charged with first-degree leader of a narcotics trafficking network and first-degree promoting organized street crime.
Many of the defendants face narcotics and/or weapons offenses. In addition, the 61-count indictment charges defendants in connection with the following shootings:
Sept. 17, 2019 Shooting. Shaiquan Hearns is charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, and weapons offenses for allegedly shooting a man in the leg in the early morning hours of Sept. 17, 2019 on Lamberton Street in Trenton.
Dec. 27, 2019 Murder of Michael Barnes. Michael Barnes, 32, was shot in the face on Commonwealth Avenue in Trenton on the night of Dec. 27. Davion Fenderson, Willis, Hearns, and Richard Fenderson are charged with murder.
Feb. 12, 2020 Shooting of Civilians and Attempted Murder of Police Officer. On Feb. 12, GMB members allegedly shot at two men, causing them to crash their car. When a police officer pursued the GMB members, they allegedly fired at him. He was not hit. Hearns, Dion Battle, and Yahonatan Salter are charged with attempted murder and aggravated assault in the shooting involving the officer. Those men and Willis are charged with attempted murder and aggravated assault in the shooting involving the two civilians.
May 1, 2020 Shooting. On the night of May 1, 2020, five GMB members allegedly opened fire on a group of individuals on Sanhican Drive in Trenton, wounding two men. Willis, Shawn Anderson, Bobby Hood, Zaire Jackson, and David Williams are charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, and weapons offenses in that shooting.
The state grand jury indictment is posted online at
The indictment charges the following defendants with first-degree racketeering and other offenses:
Charles M. Willis, 28, of Willingboro, N.J.
Shaiquan Hearns, 22, of Trenton, N.J.
Davion Fenderson, 27, of Trenton, N.J.
Richard Fenderson, 33, of Trenton, N.J.
Bobby Hood, 29, of Trenton, N.J.
Dion Battle, 29, of Trenton, N.J.
Yahonatan Salter, 29, of Trenton, N.J.
Shawn Anderson, 23, of Trenton, N.J.
Zaire Jackson, 26, of Trenton, N.J.
David Williams, 29, of Camden, N.J.
Dahquay Poole, 18, of Trenton, N.J.
Tre Whetstone, 27, of Trenton, N.J.
Charles J. Willis (Willis’ father), 50, of Lawrenceville, N.J.
Fredrick Eutsey, 46, of Ewing, N.J.
John M. Colvin Jr., 24, of Trenton, N.J.
Laurence Green, 45, of Trenton, N.J.
Briana Blue, 24, of Princeton, N.J.
Tameka Flemming, 31, of Trenton, N.J.
Ashley Jones, 31, of Trenton, N.J.
Brittani Mims, 32, of Trenton, N.J.
Acting Attorney General Bruck commended all of the prosecutors, detectives, investigators and officers who participated in the investigation for the Division of Criminal Justice, Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, New Jersey State Police, Trenton Police Department, Trenton Shooting Response Team, and New Jersey Department of Corrections.
Deputy Attorneys General Cassandra Montalto and Jaclyn Poulton presented the indictment to the state grand jury for the Division of Criminal Justice Gangs & Organized Crime Bureau, under the supervision of Deputy Bureau Chief Cassandra Montalto, Bureau Chief Lauren Scarpa Yfantis, and DCJ Deputy Director Annmarie Taggart.
The detectives who conducted the investigation for the Division of Criminal Justice are Lt. Brian Woolston, Sgt. Kevin Gannon, Detective Scott Caponi, former Detective Zachary Grey, and other members of the Gangs & Organized Crime Central Squad, under the supervision of former Lt. Brian Bruton, Deputy Chief of Detectives Frederic Moore, and Chief of Detectives Weldon Powell.
First-degree murder carries a sentence of life in state prison, including 30 years of parole ineligibility, while the first-degree charges of attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder carry a sentence of 10 to 30 years in state prison. The other first-degree charges carry a sentence of 10 to 20 years in prison and fine of up to $200,000. The racketeering charge carries a period of parole ineligibility equal to 85 percent of the sentence imposed.
Second-degree crimes carry a sentence of five to 10 years in state prison and a fine of up to $150,000. Possession of a weapon as a convicted felon carries a mandatory period of parole ineligibility of five years, and unlawful possession of a weapon carries a mandatory period of parole ineligibility equal to one-third to one-half of the sentence imposed or three years, whichever is greater. Third-degree crimes carry a sentence of three to five years in state prison and a fine of up to $15,000.
The charges are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.
EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)—Police said, that on July 1, 2021, at 10:25 p.m. Ewing Township police responded to shots fire in the 300 Block of Berwyn Avenue. The first responding officers observed a male victim that appeared to be suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to the hospital for treatment of his injuries.
Police using information developed during the investigation, Detective Nicholas Muscente signed a criminal complaint against the alleged shooter, identified as Nydirah L. Leary of Trenton, NJ Leary is charged with Attempted Murder, Possession of a Weapon for Unlawful Purpose, Possession of a Weapon, and Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.
With the assistance of the New Jersey State Police, Leary was subsequently arrested on July 24, 2021.
Anyone with any information concerning this incident is asked to contact Detective Nicholas Muscente at (609) 882-1313 x 7596 or Ewing Police Tip Line at (609) 882-7530, police say not to use the tip line for emergencies that require immediate response.
EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Around 7:00 p.m. a two vehicle rear end type crash occurred on Route 29 and Lower Ferry Road. Originally reported the next block towards Trenton near Afton Ave, the Trenton Fire Department was already on the road and responded over to the scene. EMS from Ewing Township and Capital Health paramedics were on scene treating a patient from the car that was rear ended at the traffic light. The person was transported to the local hospital but it appeared that there were no life-threatening-injuries in the crash.
The Ewing Township Police Department is investigating the crash. No further information is available at this time.
EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–This afternoon a tractor trailer on Lower Ferry Road took wires down closing the roadway. Avoid the area until repairs can be made. Ewing Township Police, Ewing Township Fire Department, West Trenton Fire Company on scene.
Avoid Lower Ferry Road between Parkside Avenue and Stuyvesant Avenue.
TRENTON – EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–At 7:48 a.m. Ewing Police dispatch was notified by NJ Human Services Police that a male walked away from Trenton Psychiatric Hospital (TPH). The investigation revealed that Angel Sariol, 03/30/1972, 6′ 1″ 173 pounds, short hair, last seen wearing a dark blue t-shirt, light blue jeans, and white sneakers, walked away from the facility at approximately 7:32 AM, heading toward Cadwalader Park. 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 and Union counties. If you see Angel Sariol, please do not approach him, and call 9-1-1
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)
Trenton, Hamilton Township, Ewing Township, and Lawrence Township may experience low water pressure during the repair
July 7, 2021
TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–On Thursday morning, July 8, 2021, between 12 a.m. and 3 a.m., Trenton Water Works will perform emergency repairs on a water main at the Pennington Avenue Reservoir on Pennington Avenue in Trenton. As a result, customers across our service area (except Hopewell Township) in Trenton, Hamilton Township, Ewing Township, and Lawrence Township may experience low water pressure during the repair time horizon. TWW maintains a 24/7 emergency hotline at (609) 989-3222. Questions? Call TWW’s Office of Communications and Community Relations at (609) 989-3033.
JACKSON TOWNSHIP, NJ (OCEAN)—Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer announced that on that on July 7, 2021, Michael Mahan, age 38, of Ewing Township, was indicted by a Grand Jury sitting in Ocean County on charges of Attempted Murder in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:5-1 and N.J.S.A. 2C:11-3a(1); Aggravated Assault in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1b(1); Aggravated Assault in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1b(6); Eluding in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:29-2b; Aggravated Assault in violation of N.J.S.A.12-1b(2); two counts of Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-4d; Terroristic Threats in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:12-3b; four counts of Assault by Automobile in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1c(3); two counts of Assault by Automobile in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1c(2); and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-5d, in connection with a series of events that transpired in Jackson Township on May 8, 2021.
On May 8, 2021, Jackson Township Police Officers responded to a 911 call for a report of a stabbing incident on Maria Street. Responding Officers discovered a female with a large slash across her face. An investigation conducted by the Jackson Township Police revealed that the female victim had been followed to her residence by Mahan. Mahan held a knife to the victim’s neck, threatened to kill her, and then proceeded to slash her face. As a neighbor intervened and called 911, Mahan fled the area. Mahan’s vehicle was observed by Officers traveling on Toms River Road. A pursuit was initiated, and Mahan fled at a high rate of speed. As Mahan was attempting to navigate a turn onto West Veterans Highway, he struck another vehicle. As he continued travelling at a high rate of speed on West Veterans Highway, Mahan’s vehicle collided with yet another vehicle – forcing it off the road. Mahan’s vehicle traveled approximately 500 more feet before it became disabled; Mahan was subsequently taken into custody without incident. The female victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, and the occupants of the two vehicles were treated at the scene for minor injuries.
Further investigation revealed that Mahan had, earlier that day, approached a female homeowner in her driveway brandishing a knife. Mahan retreated after being confronted by the female victim’s husband and their pet dog. Mahan has been lodged in the Ocean County Jail since his apprehension.
Prosecutor Billhimer acknowledges the diligent efforts of Assistant Prosecutor Victoria Veni who is handling the case on behalf of the State, as well as Jackson Township Police Department, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit, and Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit, for their collaborative efforts in connection with this investigation leading to Mahan’s indictment.
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. R.P.C.3.6(b)(6).
Trooper Travis performed CPR on a 7 year old child on vacation saving the child’s life. Trooper Waldrop on patrol on I-295 in Hamilton Township saved a woman from jumping from a bridge.
July 6, 2021– Updated July 7, 2021
WEST TRENTON – EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–On June 17, 2021 Lt. Colonel Geoffrey Noble, Lt. Colonel Terence Carroll, and Major Brian Polite presented Division awards to troopers from Troop “C” at the historic log cabin at Division Headquarters.
On August 23, 2019, Trooper I Charles Travis was off-duty on a family vacation at a hotel pool in Orlando, FL, when he heard someone calling for help. He immediately ran over and discovered a child unconscious and not breathing in the adjacent pool. Without hesitation, he grabbed the seven-year-old child and began performing life-saving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). After administering several rounds, the child coughed up water and regained consciousness. Trooper I Travis was honored for his quick and decisive actions while off-duty which ultimately saved the child’s life.
On April 14, 2020, Trooper Robert Waldrop was on patrol on Interstate 295 northbound in Hamilton Township, Mercer County, when he observed a vehicle parked under an overpass. As he approached the vehicle, the owner of the vehicle made him aware of a female standing outside of the protective fencing on the ledge of the overpass in an apparent suicide attempt. Trooper Waldrop immediately informed dispatch and ran towards the victim. He spoke calmly to the woman and slowly gained her trust before convincing her to come down from the narrow ledge. He held on to her clothing through the chain link fence until she was safely on the ground. Trooper Waldrop was honored for his life-saving efforts.
During the ceremony, Senior Security Officer Michael Cheeseborough, Guard Richard Allen, Guard Douglas Hoyt, and Guard Ryan Herbert were also honored for their service in the armed forces and presented with Certificates of Military Service.
The actions of the award recipients have brought great pride and distinction to themselves and the Division. Their commitment and dedication embody the core values of the New Jersey State Police: Honor, Duty, and Fidelity.
EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Police say that on July 1, 2021 at 10:25 p.m. Ewing Township Police Officer Cuylotta, who was on Berwyn Avenue, reported that he heard shots being fired. Officer Culotta Immediately went to the 300 block of Berwyn Ave and learned that a 21-year-old male from Trenton, NJ sustained multiple gunshot wounds and was being transported by private vehicle to Capital Health Regional Medical Center. The shooter fled the area prior to police arrival. Police say that the victim is reported to be in stable condition.
Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Muscente at 609-882-1313 x 7596 Confidential tips can also be given via text or phone call to 609-882-7530.
A TSA officer stopped the Plainfield, New Jersey, man with a 9mm gun and gun magazine loaded with 17 bullets, inside his carry-on bag.
June 29, 2021
EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–A Union County, New Jersey, resident was arrested by police after Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers caught him with a handgun at the security checkpoint at Trenton-Mercer Airport on Monday, June 28.
A TSA officer stopped the Plainfield, New Jersey, man with a 9mm gun and gun magazine loaded with 17 bullets, inside his carry-on bag. In addition to his arrest, the man also faces a stiff federal financial civil penalty.
A TSA officer spotted the handgun when the carry-on bag entered a checkpoint X-ray unit. A Mercer County Sheriff’s deputy was alerted, confiscated the weapon and arrested the man on weapons charges.
“Trying to bring a gun onto a flight in a carry-on bag is not how to safely transport a firearm,” said Thomas Carter, TSA’s Federal Security Director for New Jersey. “The right way to transport a firearm for a flight is to make sure it is unloaded, packed in a locked hard-sided case and declared at your airline check-in counter. The airline will make sure that the gun case is placed in the belly of the aircraft where nobody has access to it during a flight. It’s a fairly simple process.”
TSA reserves the right to issue a civil penalty to travelers who have guns and gun parts with them at a checkpoint. Civil penalties for bringing a handgun into a checkpoint can stretch into thousands of dollars, depending on mitigating circumstances. This applies to travelers with or without concealed gun carry permits because even though an individual may have a concealed carry permit, it does not allow for a firearm to be carried onto an airplane. The complete list of civil penalties is posted online. If a traveler with a gun is a member of TSA PreCheck®, that individual will lose their TSA PreCheck privileges.
When an individual shows up at a checkpoint with a firearm, the checkpoint lane comes to a standstill until the police resolve the incident. Guns at checkpoints can delay travelers from getting to their gates.
Passengers are permitted to travel with firearms in checked baggage if they are properly packaged and declared at their airline ticket counter to be transported in the belly of the plane. Guns are absolutely not permitted to be carried onto planes. Checked firearms must be unloaded, packed in a hard-sided case, locked, and packed separately from ammunition. TSA has details on how to properly travel with a firearm posted on its website. Firearm possession laws vary by state and locality and travelers should check into firearm laws before they decide to travel with their guns. Travelers should also contact their airline as they may have additional requirements for traveling with firearms and ammunition.
Nationwide, TSA officers detected 3,257 firearms on passengers or their carry-on bags at checkpoints last year, although the total number of passengers screened at airport checkpoints across the country fell by 500 million compared to 2019 due to the pandemic. The result was that twice as many firearms per million passengers screened were detected at checkpoints in 2020 compared to 2019. In 2020, TSA caught approximately 10 firearms per million passengers as compared to about five firearms per million passengers in 2019. Of the guns caught by TSA in 2020, about 83 percent were loaded.