Category: Ewing

Ewing Police Investigate Man Shot In Leg On Stokes Avenue

September 26, 2022

EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)—Ewing Township Police reported that at 6:07 this morning that Police were detailed to the area or 432 Stokes Avenue for a report of a male struck by gunfire. Upon arrival, it was determined that the victim suffered a single gunshot wound to his leg. Ewing EMS transported the victim to Capital Health Regional Medical Center for treatment. Police reported the man is reported to be in stable condition. Police say that there is no reason to believe that there is any active threat to the community.

The in incident is currently under investigation by Ewing Township Police Department Detective Justin Quinlan. If anyone has any information that may assist with the  investigation, please contact Detective Quinlan at 609-882-1313 x7512 or by email at jquinlan@ewingnj.org

Anyone with information may also feel free to contact the Ewing Police Tipline at 609-882-7530 or by email at policetipline@ewingnj.org The tipline should not be used to report crimes in progress or emergencies that require immediate response.


House Fire Extinguished In Ewing

September 14, 2022

EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Ewing and Trenton firefighters were dispatched to 75 Main Boulevard for a reported structure fire at 4:37 a.m. Upon arrival firefighters were met with heavy fire on the second floor of a two-story home. Firefighters advanced hose lines and were met with reported “Collyer’s Mansion” type conditions and were able to battle back the flames. The bulk of the flames were quickly knocked down, but firefighters remained on scene most of the morning, investigating, hitting hotspots, and performing overhaul of the structure.

Ewing Police stated that police and firefighters are still on scene this morning. The fire department is still on scene putting out “hot spots”. The road remains closed to assist with fire operations.





Trenton Man Arrested In Ewing With Drugs And Burglar’s Tools Used In Catalytic Converter Type Thefts

September 14, 2022

EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Ewing Township Police report that over the last several weeks, our area has experienced a large increase in the theft of catalytic converters from vehicles. On Sunday, September 11, 2022 at approximately 3:55 a.m., Officer David Massi was on routine patrol on Troy Avenue when he observed a male crouching behind a vehicle that was parked on the street. When Officer Massi attempted to conduct an investigatory stop, the male fled on foot. Officer Massi gave chase and relayed his location to responding officers who were able to set up a perimeter. The male (identified as Anthony Riggins, 49-year-old male from Trenton, NJ) was subsequently located by Officer Massi hiding in tall grass on the lot of 320 Robbins Avenue. After a brief struggle, Riggins was taken into custody. After taking Riggins into custody, a search found him to be in possession of drug paraphernalia as well as a pill bottle containing suspected crack cocaine. Officer Massi then returned to the area where he first encountered Riggins. At that location, officers located a discarded Sawzall cutting tool on the ground by the vehicle where Riggins was initially observed. Officers also located a black backpack which contained an NJ identification card belonging to Riggins, 14 used Sawzall blades, a screwdriver and a Gerber multi-tool.

Riggins was charged with the following offenses: Resisting Arrest by Flight, Resisting Arrest, Obstructing Administration of Law, Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, Possession of Burglar’s Tools, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.


Shooting Homicide in Ewing Township Under Investigation

August 24, 2022

EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The Mercer County Homicide Task Force and the Ewing Police Department are investigating an overnight shooting death in Ewing Township, Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri reported.

Just after 1:00 a.m. on August 24, 2022, Ewing police were dispatched to an apartment on Mid Way Lane on a report of shots fired. Responding officers searched the area and located the victim, identified as Christopher MacLeod, 30, unresponsive on a grassy patch near his apartment building.  He had been shot multiple times.  MacLeod was transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead a few hours later.

Preliminary investigation revealed that MacLeod was home when there was a knock at his door.  He responded and shots were heard moments later. Detectives located shell casings in the common walkway area between buildings.

No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.  Detectives do not believe this was a random shooting and evidence suggests MacLeod was the intended target. 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.


On April 22, 2022, according to the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, Christopher MacLeod, 30, of Ewing, was charged with Possession of more than 25 Pounds of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5b(10)(a); Possession of more than Five Pounds of Hashish with Intent to Distribute in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5b(10)(a); Conspiracy to Possess more than 25 Pounds of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute in violations of N.J.S.A. 2C:5-2a(1) and N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5b(10)(a); Possession of Percocet with Intent to Distribute in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5b(5); Possession of Percocet in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10a(1); Possession of Marijuana in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10a(3)(b); Possession of Drug Paraphernalia in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:36-2a; Certain Person Not to Possess a Weapon in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-7b; Possession of a Firearm during a Controlled Dangerous Substance Offense in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-4.1a; and Financial Facilitation in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:21-25c. MacLeod is lodged in the Ocean County Jail pending a detention hearing.

Christopher MacLeod, 30, of Ewing, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Photo.




Early morning Breaking News story here:


PRESS RELEASE-FOUR MERCER COUNTY RESIDENTS AND ONE OCEAN COUNTY RESIDENT CHARGED WITH NARCOTICS AND WEAPONS OFFENSES

Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer announced that Detectives from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Strike Force collaborated with Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Asset Forfeiture Unit, United States Drug Enforcement Administration – High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) Group 5, United States Department of Homeland Security – Homeland Security Investigations, United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, United States Federal Bureau of Investigation – Red Bank Field Office, Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Task Force, Mercer County Sheriff’s Office Tactical Response Team, Lakehurst Borough Police Department Patrol Division, Lakehurst Borough Police Department Detective Bureau, Ewing Township Police Department Detective Bureau, Ewing Township Police Department Patrol Division, Lakewood Township Police Department Street Crimes Unit, Lakewood Township Police Department K-9 Unit, Manchester Township Police Department Narcotics Enforcement Team, Elizabeth Police Department Narcotics Bureau, and Elizabeth Police Department Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) Division, to conduct an investigation into the distribution of cocaine, marijuana, and pain medication laced with fentanyl in the Ocean and Mercer County areas. This cooperative, multi-agency investigation identified three residences in Ewing, one residence in Lakehurst, and a motor vehicle located in Lakewood, as being utilized by Ronald Walker, 37, of Ewing, and Christopher MacLeod, 30, also of Ewing, to store and distribute cocaine, marijuana, and pain pills laced with fentanyl.

On April 14, 2022, Detectives from the aforementioned law enforcement agencies executed court-authorized search warrants on the three subject Ewing residences, as well as the subject Lakehurst residence and vehicle located in Lakewood. As a result, Detectives seized approximately three-and-one-half ounces of cocaine, one ounce of Percocet pills laced with fentanyl, one gallon of Promethazine, 600 pounds of Marijuana, a loaded Performance Center M&P .380 Handgun, a loaded Keltec 9mm rifle with high capacity magazine, and approximately $158,000 in United States Currency. Arrested were:

Ronald Walker, 37, of Ewing, charged with Conspiracy to Possess more than 25 Pounds of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:5-2a(1) and N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5b(10)(a); Possession of more than One Ounce but less than Five Pounds of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5b(11)b; Possession of more than One-Half Ounce but less than Five Ounces of Cocaine with Intent to Distribute in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5b(2); Possession of Cocaine in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10a(1); Possession of Methamphetamine in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10a(1); Possession of Marijuana in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10a(3)(b); Possession of Drug Paraphernalia in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:36-2a; and Certain Person Not to Possess a Weapon in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-7b. Walker is lodged in the Ocean County Jail pending a detention hearing.

Christopher MacLeod, 30, of Ewing, charged with Possession of more than 25 Pounds of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5b(10)(a); Possession of more than Five Pounds of Hashish with Intent to Distribute in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5b(10)(a); Conspiracy to Possess more than 25 Pounds of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute in violations of N.J.S.A. 2C:5-2a(1) and N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5b(10)(a); Possession of Percocet with Intent to Distribute in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5b(5); Possession of Percocet in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10a(1); Possession of Marijuana in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10a(3)(b); Possession of Drug Paraphernalia in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:36-2a; Certain Person Not to Possess a Weapon in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-7b; Possession of a Firearm during a Controlled Dangerous Substance Offense in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-4.1a; and Financial Facilitation in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:21-25c. MacLeod is lodged in the Ocean County Jail pending a detention hearing.

Meghan Norton, 33, of Ewing, charged with Possession of More than 25 Pounds of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5b(10)(a); Possession of more than Five Pounds of Hashish with Intent to Distribute in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5b(10)(a); Conspiracy to Possess more than 25 Pounds of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute in violations of N.J.S.A. 2C:5-2a(1) and N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5b(10)(a); Possession of Percocet with Intent to Distribute in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5b(5); Possession of Percocet in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10a(1); Possession of Marijuana in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10a(3)(b); Possession of Drug Paraphernalia in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:36-2a; Possession of a Firearm during a Controlled Dangerous Substance Offense in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-4.1a; and Financial Facilitation in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:21-25c. Norton was transported to the Ocean County Jail; she was subsequently released by the Court as a consequence of New Jersey Bail Reform.

Autumn Hearns, 40, of Ewing, charged with Conspiracy to Possess more than 25 Pounds of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:5-2a(1) and N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5b(10)(a); Possession of more than One Ounce but less than Five Pounds of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5b(11)b; Possession of Methamphetamine in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10a(1); Possession of Marijuana in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10a(3)(b); and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:36-2a. Hearns was charged on a summons and released pending a future court appearance.

Dana Altieri, 52, of Lakehurst, charged with Conspiracy to Possess more than 25 Pounds of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:5-2a(1) and N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5b(10)(a); Possession of Drug Paraphernalia in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:36-2a; Possession of a Firearm during a Controlled Dangerous Substance Offense in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-4.1a; Possession of a Large Capacity Firearms Magazine in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-3j; and Financial Facilitation in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:21-25c. Altieri was charged on a summons and released pending a future court appearance.

Prosecutor Billhimer commends the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Strike Force, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Asset Forfeiture Unit, United States Drug Enforcement Administration – HIDTA Group 5, United States Department of Homeland Security – Homeland Security Investigations, United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, United States Federal Bureau of Investigation – Red Bank Field Office, Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Task Force, Mercer County Sheriff’s Office Tactical Response Team, Lakehurst Borough Police Department Patrol Division, Lakehurst Borough Police Department Detective Bureau, Ewing Township Police Department Detective Bureau, Ewing Township Police Department Patrol Division, Lakewood Township Police Department Street Crimes Unit, Lakewood Township Police Department K-9 Unit, Manchester Township Police Department Narcotics Enforcement Team, Elizabeth Police Department Narcotics Bureau, and Elizabeth Township Police Department CCTV Division, for their combined and collective efforts in connection with this investigation.

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).


BREAKING: Shooting Under Investigation In Ewing Town Center

UPDATE:

August 24, 2022

EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–MidJersey.news and OnScene news is at a shooting investigation in Ewing Town Center. From what we know the shooting happened around 1:00 a.m. in the Town Center Development on Midway Lane near Fisher Guide Drive.

Ewing Police, Ewing Township Fire Departments, Ewing EMS were on scene. EMS rushed the victim to the Trauma Center at Captial Health Regional Medical Center for treatment. The condition of the victim is unknown at this time.

This morning Ewing Police are on scene in Town Center.

This is a Breaking News Story please check back for further details as they become available.


See Updated MidJersey.News story here:

Victim: Christopher MacLeod, 30, of Ewing


File photos.


4-Month-Old Infant Death At Private Daycare In Ewing Township Under Investigation

August 17, 2022

EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The Mercer County Prosecutor’s Special Victims Unit and the Mercer County Homicide Task Force are investigating the death of Dominic Bowman Jr.  The Special Victims Unit was contacted by Ewing police on Monday, August 8, 2022, in regard to an unresponsive 4-month-old infant who was at a day care being run out of a private home on Theresa Street in Ewing.  The infant was taken to Capital Health Medical Center in Hopewell, then transported to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia where he died as a result of his injuries a few days later.  Dominic’s injuries included skull fractures and brain bleeding.

At this time, no charges have been filed and the investigation is ongoing.  The matter was also reported to the state Division of Child Protection and Permanency as well as the state Institutional Abuse Investigation Unit.


According to the Gofundme for Dominic Bowman Jr. — “DJ” Organizer of the Gofund me is The Bowman Family 

Our hearts are heavy, and we are deeply saddened as our precious Dominic Bowman Jr, affectionately known as DJ, took his place in heaven today, 8/11/2022. DJ was just shy of turning 4 months old and the only child of Diamond Thompson and Dominic Bowman Sr.

DJ was being watched by someone who was trusted with his care when hours later, he was taken to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia unresponsive. Once at the hospital, it was learned that DJ suffered severe brain injuries. DJ was hospitalized for 3 days, and he ultimately succumbed to those injuries. Our family has hired an attorney to investigate exactly what happened to DJ, and we will not stop until we get all the answers.

This is a difficult time, as the family is mourning DJ’s untimely passing. We ask those of you with compassion and love in your heart to help DJ’s parents, Diamond Thompson and Dominic Bowman Sr., with the funeral and attorney expenses. We would like to raise $8000 for his final farewell. However, no amount is too small, and we are grateful for any donation.

Payments and donations will go to Family Funeral Home for DJ’s burial/arrangements. Any money remaining will be used to establish DJ’s Law and/or legal fees.



Thirteen Individuals Charged With Drug Trafficking And Firearms Offenses In Trenton, NJ

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Thirteen individuals were charged today with various drug trafficking and firearms offenses arising from an investigation targeting unlawful activities in a northeast neighborhood in the city of Trenton, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced.

Jamal Wilson, aka “Vill,” and Theodore Meekins, aka “Meech,” both of Trenton, were among 12 defendants charged in a 16-count criminal complaint unsealed today. Ten of the defendants were arrested this morning as part of a takedown coordinated by federal and local law enforcement authorities. One defendant is currently detained on related charges. One defendant remains at large. A 13th defendant, Alterrick Livingston, 42, of Trenton, was arrested and charged today in a separate one-count complaint following law enforcement’s court-authorized search of his Trenton apartment and the recovery of five privately made firearms (PMFs), two fully drilled frames, and hundreds of rounds of ammunition, and numerous tools and accessories used for manufacturing and assembling firearms.

Wilson was charged with three counts of distribution and possession with intent to distribute controlled substances, including 100 grams or more of heroin, 28 grams or more of cocaine base, and additional quantities of cocaine. Meekins was charged in three counts with distribution and possession with intent to distribute controlled substances, as well as possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Livingston was charged with possession of ammunition by a convicted felon. The remaining defendants were charged with varying counts of distribution or possession with intent to distribute controlled substances, including heroin, cocaine base, and cocaine. Those arrested today are scheduled to make their initial court appearances this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Tonianne J. Bongiovanni in Trenton federal court.

According to the two federal criminal complaints:

Beginning in July 2020, law enforcement agencies investigating drug trafficking in the area of Garfield, Cleveland, and Logan avenues in Trenton executed numerous controlled purchases of narcotics from multiple defendants, including Wilson and Meekins. On multiple occasions, law enforcement officers made multiple seizures of unlawfully trafficked narcotics, including, suspected heroin, cocaine base and a firearm from a vehicle driven by Meekins, a previously convicted felon. Communications that law enforcement intercepted revealed that Wilson was a significant drug trafficker of heroin, cocaine base, and cocaine in the area, specifically in the area of the Grand Court Villas apartment building, East State Street and South Olden Avenue; Garfield Avenue Playground; and other locations. In connection with today’s coordinated operation, law enforcement conducted a court-authorized search of Livingston’s Trenton apartment, and recovered multiple firearms, hundreds of rounds of ammunition, and numerous tools and accessories used for manufacturing and assembling firearms.

The charges of distribution and possession with intent to distribute 100 grams of heroin and/or 28 grams of cocaine base carry a statutory mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of five years, a maximum potential penalty of 40 years in prison, and a maximum fine of $5 million. The remaining narcotics charges carry a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison, and a maximum fine of $1 million. The firearm and ammunition counts with which Meekins and Livingston are charged each carry a maximum potential penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The charges filed today are the result of an investigation by the Greater Trenton Safe Streets Task Force. Led by the FBI, the Task Force is comprised of various federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, and its mission is to combine the resources and intelligence of the participating agencies to enhance the identification, apprehension, and prosecution of individuals involved in gang-related activities, violent crime, and drug distribution in and around the greater Trenton area.

U.S. Attorney Sellinger credited special agents of the FBI, Newark Division, Trenton Resident Agency, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge James E. Dennehy; special agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Newark Division, Trenton Satellite Office, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey L. Matthews; officers of the Trenton Police Department, under the direction of Director Steve Wilson; officers of the Burlington City Police Department, under the direction of Chief of Police John Fine; officers of the Burlington Township Police Department, under the direction of Public Safety Director Bruce Painter; officers of the Willingboro Township Police Department, under the direction of Acting Public Safety Director Ian Bucs; and detectives with the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri with the investigation leading to today’s charges.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ashley Super Pitts and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Matthews of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Criminal Division in Trenton.

The charges and allegations contained in the complaints are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.


DefendantAgeResidence
Jamal Wilson, aka “Vill” 46Trenton
Theodore Meekins, aka “Meech” 40Burlington, New Jersey
Louis Williams, aka “Bake” 38Trenton
Clinton Rodriguez, aka “C-Rod” 46Morrisville, Pennsylvania
Kai Bowman Jr. 45Trenton
Glenn Moore 29Levittown, Pennsylvania
*Rashied McKines 48Trenton
Michael Williams, aka “Ice” 45Trenton
Derrick Jiles 59Trenton
Dion Morris 36Cherry Hill, New Jersey
Jerry Farmer 46Trenton
James Edwards 27Ewing, New Jersey
Alterrick Livingston42Trenton 



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


Unidentified Male Recovered From Delaware River In Ewing Township

July 19, 2022

EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–According to New Jersey State Park Police (NJDEP), the body of an unidentified man was recovered from the Delaware River on Monday, July 18, 2022, in the vicinity of the D&R Canal State Park and Scudders Fall Bridge in Ewing Township. The New Jersey State Parks Police is leading the investigation. Agencies assisting in the search and recovery efforts included Hopewell Township Police Department, the Upper Makefield Police Department (Pennsylvania), and the State Police Marine Unit. Identification of the victim is pending confirmation.

Numerous fire departments from NJ and PA searched the river Sunday night and a NJ State Police Helicopter was called to assist in the search. The initial search was close to the visitors center on the Pennsylvania side and rescue crews searched north of the Scutters Falls Bridge.


File photo by: Brian McCarthy


McDonald’s Of Trenton Celebrates “Thank You Crew” Nominee Ashanti Ross On World Music Day

June 21, 2022

EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)– Ashanti Ross has been recognized for her continuous dedication and service to McDonald’s customers at the McDonald’s of Trenton on Olden Avenue in Ewing Township. She recently used her musical talents to perform for guests at her McDonald’s location, providing a unique and meaningful experience for those who dined at the restaurant.  

McDonald’s ‘Thank You Crew’ is a new nationwide campaign that invites customers across the country to recognize and celebrate McDonald’s crew and managers in their local restaurants that go above and beyond while inspiring others. To show their appreciation, store operators are hosting a one-of-a-kind thank you experience that is unique to each nominated Crew Member.

Ashanti held a performance and received a surprise celebration with her coworkers today, as she prepares to attend Berklee College of Music in the fall. Falling on World Music Day, this event aims to show appreciation for Ashanti’s commitment to McDonald’s and spotlight her musical abilities.

Ashanti Ross, McDonald’s ‘Thank You Crew’ Nominee plays at the Trenton McDonalds on Olden Avenue in Ewing Township this morning. Above Photos by: Brian McCarthy

Ashanti was surprised with a celebration at her McDonald’s location where she was presented with a college prep gift basket and cake by Keith and Kevin Smolar, Trenton McDonald’s and The Smolar Group Inc. Restaurants Owner Operators, as well as the People Experience Lead for The Smolar Group, Katelyn Smolar, to show their appreciation for her commitment to customers and fellow crew members alike. Ashanti performed a wonderful in-store concert featuring violin covers of Arianna Grande, Drake and more, and even moved outside so guests in the drive-thru could hear her performance! She was also joined by Angela Yu, the Franchise Business Partner for the McDonald’s Corporation, for a piano and violin duet.

Falling on World Music Day, this event served to thank Ashanti for always going above and beyond at McDonald’s as part of their new ‘Thank You Crew’ initiative, where McDonald’s crew and managers are celebrated in their local restaurants for their inspiring service. Ashanti will be attending Berklee College of Music in the fall, and her McDonald’s family was proud to shed light on her musical abilities and give her the special crew celebration she deserves!


Ashanti Ross, McDonald’s ‘Thank You Crew’ Nominee plays at the Trenton McDonalds on Olden Avenue in Ewing Township this morning. Above Photos by: Brian McCarthy


Above Photos by Brian McCarthy


2 Brothers Shot At Priori’s Deli in Ewing; One Deceased, One Remains Hospitalized

June 6, 2022

3:25 p.m. UPDATE:

EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The Mercer County Homicide Task Force and the Ewing Police Department continue to investigate a fatal shooting that occurred Monday morning on Hillcrest Avenue in Ewing, Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri reported.

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 Oscar Palacios, 54, of Trenton, was pronounced deceased.  The second victim, a 57-year-old Hamilton man, remains hospitalized.  The two men are brothers and employees of the deli.

At this stage of the investigation, detectives are investigating all potential motives and attempting to piece together what led up to the shooting of the men, which occurred inside of the deli.  No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the Mercer County Homicide Task Force at (609) 989-6406.  Information can also be emailed to mchtftips@mercercounty.org


Friends and relatives left items for a memorial in front of the deli this afternoon.

“REST EASY OSCAR. WE WILL MISS OUR DAILY LUNCH, LAUGHTER, & CONVERSATION WITH YOU, YOUR BROTHER, & STAFF” –Brian McCarthy.

“I am so devastated Oscar was killed. I just moved here a year ago and interacted with him and his brother. Two humble Guatemalan men working for the American dream. He was a great cook sadly to be taken away from the community.” – NatyG.

“It is hard to believe, I was just at Priori’s Deli a couple weeks ago for breakfast and was looking forward to return visit this week. I met Oscar and all the other hard-working employees behind the counter and what an excellent job they were doing with the establishment. You will be missed.” — Dennis Symons – MidJersey.news


Original post from this morning:

EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The Mercer County Homicide Task Force and the Ewing Police Department are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred Monday morning on Hillcrest Avenue in Ewing, Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri reported.

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 one was pronounced dead.

No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the Mercer County Homicide Task Force at (609) 989-6406.  Information can also be emailed to mchtftips@mercercounty.org



Photos by: Brian McCarthy, OnScene News


Ewing Police Officer Suffers Smoke Inhalation In Browning Avenue House Fire While Rescuing Dog

June 2, 2022

EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Ewing Police reported, that on Thursday, June 2, 2022 at approximately 9:01 a.m., Ewing Police Dispatch was notified of a smoke condition coming from a residence on Browning Avenue. Responding officers encountered heavy smoke coming from 109 Browning Avenue. Officers were able to confirm that all residents had evacuated prior to police arrival. The homeowner advised police that there was a dog that was still inside the residence. Assisted by patrol, Detective Julia Caldwell #190 entered the residence and was able to rescue the dog. During the rescue, Detective Caldwell suffered smoke inhalation and was treated on scene by Ewing EMS and Capital Health Paramedics prior to being transported to the hospital for treatment and observation. Ewing Fire Department stations 30, 31, and 33 responded and extinguished the fire with the assistance of Trenton Fire Department Ladder 1 and Hamilton Fire Department Squad 12. Ewing Township Fire Marshal Mike Nelson conducted the initial investigation and has initially deemed the fire non-suspicious. There were no other injuries reported. The displaced residents were offered assistance through the American Red Cross.  





Vehicle Crash With Entrapment In Ewing Township

May 27, 2022

EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Ewing Township Firefighters, EMS and Police responded to a motor vehicle accident with extrication on West Ingham Avenue near Kelsey Avenue at 1:12 p.m. Firefighters were able to extricate the trapped occupants. EMS transported the injured to a local hospital for treatment. Ewing Township Police is investigating the crash. No further details are available at this time.


Photos by: Brian McCarthy, OnScene News



Three Individuals Indicted For Scheme To Defraud U.S. Department Of Defense


Linda Mika, 70, and Paul Mika, 74, both of Jackson, New Jersey, and Kenneth Mika, 50, of Ewing, New Jersey, are charged by indictment with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and five counts of wire fraud in connection with the scheme. Kenneth Mika was additionally charged with two counts of making false statements.


May 26, 2022

TRENTON, N.J. – Three New Jersey, individuals were indicted today for their role in a years-long scheme to defraud the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) by providing military equipment parts that were not authorized under the governing contracts, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced.

Linda Mika, 70, and Paul Mika, 74, both of Jackson, New Jersey, and Kenneth Mika, 50, of Ewing, New Jersey, are charged by indictment with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and five counts of wire fraud in connection with the scheme. Kenneth Mika was additionally charged with two counts of making false statements.

According to documents filed in this case:

From at least March 2016 through April 2020, the Mikas conspired with each other and others to defraud the DoD and one of its combat logistic support arms, the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), by engaging in a pattern of unlawful product substitution. Paul Mika was the founder and owner of Monmouth Marine Engines Inc. (Monmouth Marine), a maritime equipment and servicing facility, which, as an approved federal contractor, also entered into contracts with DLA to supply DoD contracting entities with replacement hardware for DoD’s military branches. Linda Mika, Paul Mika’s wife, and Kenneth Mika, Paul and Linda Mika’s son, were employees of Monmouth Marine.

The Mikas, on behalf of Monmouth Marine, obtained contracts with the DoD by falsely claiming that the military parts they contracted to provide would be exact products furnished by authorized manufacturers or suppliers. Once awarded the contracts, however, the Mikas sourced non-conforming substitute parts at a significantly reduced cost to fill the contracts. They did this to maximize their profit margin while also suppressing fair competition in the bidding of federal contracts. Upon receipt by Monmouth Marine, the non-conforming parts were then shipped to DLA in packaging disguising the parts’ identities in an effort by the Mikas to deceive DLA and its unwitting downstream purchasers.

During an audit of Monmouth Marine conducted in February 2020, Kenneth Mika falsely stated to DLA auditors that Monmouth Marine had been authorized by certain representatives of the Defense Contract Management Agency to substitute parts under DLA contracts. Kenneth Mika repeated these false representations to FBI and Defense Criminal Investigation Service agents in July 2020.

Each count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and wire fraud is punishable by a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a maximum $250,000 fine. Each count of making false statements is punishable by a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a maximum $250,00 fine.

U.S. Attorney Sellinger credited special agents of and the U.S. Department of Defense, Office of Inspector General, Defense Criminal Investigative Service, Northeast Field Office, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Patrick J. Hegarty; and special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge Michael Messenger with the investigation leading to today’s indictment.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric A. Boden of the U.S. Attorney=s Office Criminal Division in Trenton.

The charges and allegations contained in the indictment are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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Defense counsel:

Linda Mika: Dennis C. Carletta Esq., Cedar Grove, New Jersey
Kenneth Mika: Eric W. Moran Esq., New York
Paul Mika: Timothy R. Anderson Esq., Red Bank, New Jersey






Ewing Police Vehicle Involved In Crash; Other Driver Made Illegal Turn In Path Of Police Vehicle

May 22, 2022

Update to last night’s story:

EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Ewing Township Police say that on Saturday, May 21 at approximately 9:20 p.m., a Ewing Police vehicle was involved in a two car motor vehicle crash in the 1600 block of Olden Avenue. Preliminary investigation has indicated that the driver of the second vehicle made an illegal turn into the path of the Ewing officer. The officer was not responding to an emergency at the time of the crash. Two parties were transported to local hospitals with complaints of pain. The Ewing officer was also transported to a local hospital with minor injuries and was later released. Investigation is still underway at this time and anyone with information regarding the crash is encouraged to contact the investigating officer, Sgt. Vagnozzi at 609-882-1313.



Developing: Crash in Ewing Township Involving Vehicle With MG Plates

UPDATE HERE:

May 21, 2022

EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Sometime around 9:30 p.m. a crash occurred in the 1500-1600 Block of N. Olden Avenue (CR-622) in Ewing Township involving a municipal government vehicle and a car. It was unclear if there were any injuries, and the airbags were deployed on the vehicle with MG plates. The car suffered rear end damage and came to rest in the driveway of Pizza City. Ewing Police diverted traffic onto Arctic Parkway until the crash was cleared from the roadway. This is a developing story and when information becomes available the story will be updated. Check back for updates.


One With Reported Airway Burns and Others Injured in High-Rise Fire in Ewing Township; Building Evacuated, 2 Units Uninhabitable

May 15, 2022

EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–At 10:23 a.m. all Ewing Township Fire Departments responded to 1460 Parkside Avenue, an 8-story high-rise for a fire alarm. Around 10:29 a.m. a fire chief on scene upgraded the assignment to a 2nd Alarm with a reported fire on the 5th floor sending multiple departments to the scene. The fire was reported in Apartment 516 and firefighters knocked most of the fire down by 10:44 a.m. Three ambulances were called to the scene for smoke inhalation. One person was transported to the Trauma Center at Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton with airway burns and a trauma alert was called en route to the hospital. There were reports of fire damage to apartment 516 and the apartment below 416 are uninhabitable due to water damage.

This is the second fire this month at the building. Another fire on the 6th Floor was reported on May 2, 2022. Firefighters reported “Tonight (May 2, 2022, at 10:32 p.m.), Ewing fire companies were dispatched to a local high rise apartment building for an alarm activation. Engine 31 arrived first due. Upon their investigation, a fire was located on the 6th floor. Crews were already standing by at the standpipe and immediately deployed a hand line. Additional crews assisted with ventilation and investigation. Chief 31 had Parkside Avenue Command.”

This is still a developing story check back for further details when they become available.





Ewing Firefighters Respond to Crane Emergency

May 6, 2022

EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Ewing Township firefighters were dispatched to 1440 Lower Ferry Road for an “investigation” at 6:39 p.m. Shortly after arrival an additional ladder and engine were called to the scene for a problem with a crane at a building under renovation. It was reported that fifty people were evacuated from the building. The Ewing Township Construction Official, Ewing Township Fire Marshal, PSE&G all responded to the scene. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was also contacted. It was unclear what exactly was the cause of the crane emergency. No other details area available at this time.




Property Manager for Hamilton Park Co-Op Apartments, Charged with Embezzling and Laundering Stolen Funds

 In total, DePaola was charged with laundering approximately $1,149,784. 

April 5, 2022

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–A Mercer County grand jury recently returned a 12-count indictment charging a 64-year-old property manager with embezzling and laundering stolen funds from an apartment complex in Hamilton Township, Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri reported.

The indictment, returned April 1, 2022, charges Nicolas DePaola, 64, of Ewing, with first-degree financial facilitation of criminal activity, second-degree theft by unlawful taking, second-degree misapplication of entrusted property, second-degree theft by failure to make required disposition of property received, second-degree theft by unlawful taking, three counts of third-degree filing a fraudulent tax return, three counts of third-degree failure to pay income tax, and third-degree theft by failure to make required disposition of property received.

DePaola is charged with embezzling and laundering stolen funds from his former client, Hamilton Park CO-OP of Arena Drive, from 2014 through 2018.  DePaola acted as the property manager for the CO-OP after taking over for his father, Richard DePaola of R.A. DePaola, Inc.  According to the CO-OP’s tax documents, which DePaola was responsible for completing, reported management fees paid by the CO-OP to the defendant for 2014 through 2016 ranged from approximately $64,000-$79,000 per year.

From 2014 through 2018, financial records reveal Nicholas DePaola stole approximately $925,403 directly from the CO-OP in his capacity as the property manager, through unauthorized checks and transfers from the victim’s operating bank account.  Furthermore, the defendant used the CO-OP’s funds to pay his American Express credit card bills in the amount of $224,381 in the same timeframe.  In total, DePaola was charged with laundering approximately $1,149,784.  He also faces related tax charges.

DePaola’s criminal acts were initially uncovered when a CO-OP tenant mistakenly received a letter from Hamilton Township notifying the recipient that the property was going to be sold within days at tax sale because the CO-OP owed back taxes and sewer fees to Hamilton Township.  The outstanding bill with fees, penalties and interest totaled $372,840.39.  The matter was brought to the attention of the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Economic Crime Unit (ECU) in September 2019 and an investigation ensued.

Prosecutor Onofri credited ECU detectives with the investigation leading to the indictment.  He also thanked the New Jersey Division of Taxation Financial Investigations Unit and the National Insurance Crime Bureau for their assistance. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Prosecutor Rachel Cook, chief of the ECU.

Second-degree crimes carry a penalty of five to 10 years in state prison and a $150,000 fine.  Third-degree crimes carry a penalty of three to five years in state prison and a $15,000 fine.  If convicted of the first-degree crime of financial facilitation, DePaola faces a penalty of 10–20 years in state prison, to run consecutive to the theft charges, and a $200,000 fine.  Additionally, he would be subject to a $500,000 anti-money laundering profiteering penalty. 

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


DePaola is charged with embezzling and laundering stolen funds from his former client, Hamilton Park CO-OP of Arena Drive, from 2014 through 2018.  DePaola acted as the property manager for the CO-OP after taking over for his father, Richard DePaola of R.A. DePaola, Inc.  According to the CO-OP’s tax documents, which DePaola was responsible for completing, reported management fees paid by the CO-OP to the defendant for 2014 through 2016 ranged from approximately $64,000-$79,000 per year. From 2014 through 2018, financial records reveal Nicholas DePaola stole approximately $925,403 directly from the CO-OP in his capacity as the property manager, through unauthorized checks and transfers from the victim’s operating bank account.  Furthermore, the defendant used the CO-OP’s funds to pay his American Express credit card bills in the amount of $224,381 in the same timeframe.  In total, DePaola was charged with laundering approximately $1,149,784.  He also faces related tax charges.



Ewing Township Firefighters Quickly Knock Down Bedroom Fire

April 2, 2022

EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Just after 9:00 a.m. the Ewing Township Fire Departments were dispatched to the first block of Keswick Avenue for a reported fire. Upon arrival firefighters reported they had a bedroom fire on the second floor. Firefighters quickly stretched a line knocking down the fire and ventilated the structure, saving the home. The fire marshal was called to the scene for an investigation. No further details are available at this time.




TTN – Trenton-Mercer Airport Terminal Project Advances

March 21, 2022

EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has given Mercer County the green light to move forward with the design and construction of a new passenger terminal at Trenton-Mercer Airport, County Executive Brian M. Hughes announced.

 “This is great news for Trenton-Mercer Airport and the many thousands of travelers who pass through our passenger facility,” Mr. Hughes said. “We appreciate the FAA’s diligence in its review of the Environmental Assessment for the proposed new airport terminal, and we’re pleased that we have the go-ahead to advance this important project.”

The agency issued the Finding of No Significant Impacts and Record of Decision (FONSI/ROD) for the Environmental Assessment (EA) for the proposed new passenger facility at the nearly century-old airport in Ewing Township.

FONSI documents the FAA determination that a proposed action does not have the potential for significant environmental impacts. A FONSI does not represent the FAA’s decision to implement the proposed action. A ROD is issued prior to a proposed action to explain why the FAA approved or did not approve it.

Mercer County proposes replacing the old terminal, which was built in the 1970s, with a modern four-aircraft-gate terminal to be located adjacent to the existing terminal. The purpose of a new terminal is to better accommodate current airport users and to meet forecasted demands to the year 2035. A new terminal would address the needs of all aspects of airport functions such as baggage handling, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoint and baggage screening, airline operations, and improved customer comforts such as concessions, waiting areas and restrooms. There is no plan or proposal for new or longer runways, and the airport size would remain exactly as it is today.

“The existing terminal at Trenton-Mercer Airport is about one-third the size it should be for the number of travelers currently using it,” Mr. Hughes said. “As we emerge from the coronavirus crisis, we expect an increasing demand for leisure travel, and nationwide and at Trenton-Mercer, we are seeing airlines adding new flights and reviving old ones.”

The EA process, governed by the FAA, included data collection, development and analysis of alternatives, identification and analysis of environmental impacts of the proposed terminal, and a public participation. The purpose of the EA is to evaluate the potential direct, indirect and cumulative impacts of the terminal project, and to look for ways to minimize or avoid potential environmental impacts. The development of the proposed new terminal was arrived at by analyzing several terminal building alternatives along with a no-action alternative as they relate to environmental, social and economic impacts.

The FONSI/ROD notification will be made public along with copies of the EA. The posting of the notification and EA documents upon receipt by the FAA will be posted on the terminal project website, www.TTNTerminal.com The FONSI/ROD notification will be advertised in local newspapers, and will be posted on social media and the Mercer County website, www.mercercounty.org



Mercer County Proposed 2022 Budget Calls for Flat Tax Levy

February 22, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)– Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes has presented to the County Board of Commissioners his administration’s proposed 2022 budget, a $358 million spending plan that stays within the state-mandated 2-percent cap and would result in no increase to the tax levy.

Mr. Hughes on Feb. 22 presented an overview of his administration’s budget proposal to the commissioners, who will review the document over the coming weeks before voting on its adoption.

Of the total budget, $269 million would be collected through property taxes, the same levy as last year.

“This document represents our effort to provide the best possible government in the most cost-effective manner to the taxpayer,” Mr. Hughes said. “The ongoing pandemic has tested us as never before. While we may have changed the way we deliver some services, I am proud of the fact that we have continued to provide resources our residents expect, and I applaud the creativity of our county workforce, including this board, for their flexibility.”

A resident’s actual tax rate will rise or fall depending on his or her municipality once the county rate is equalized to reflect the difference between municipal property assessments and property market values.

The budget proposes that $6.5 million of the County’s surplus be used, leaving a $33 million balance, along with $22 million from the federal American Rescue Plan fund to “help offset the enormous expenditures incurred during the unprecedented pandemic response,” Mr. Hughes said. The spending plan “reflects our continued response to the challenges brought by the pandemic and the toll it has taken on the health of our residents, as well as our county finances, and as a result of our responsible planning, we can propose a budget that is considerate of our taxpayers and offers relief by holding the line,” Mr. Hughes added.


Walkway Reported from Trenton Psychiatric Hospital — LOCATED NO LONGER MISSING

February 21, 2022

EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The Ewing Police Department reported that at 10:07 p.m., Ewing Police dispatch was notified by NJ Human Services Police that a male walked away from Trenton Psychiatric Hospital (TPH). Investigation revealed that Brian Thorne who is 48 year old, black male partially bald approximately 6’1” 176 pounds and was last seen wearing a black jacket, black hat, black sweatpants and black shoes. He walked away from the facility at approximately 8:30PM. Thorne was at TPH on a non-criminal hold. Human Services Police have entered Thorne into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) as a missing person. Thorne has ties to Essex County. If you see Brian Thorne, please do not approach him,
and call 9-1-1. The photo below is from August 2021.

LOCATED NO LONGER MISSING



Serious Motor Vehicle Crashes Reported in Ewing Township

February 18, 2022

EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–A serious two vehicle collision happened near the Parkway and Concord Avenue intersection around 5:00 p.m. Ewing Police, Ewing Fire Departments, Ewing EMS and Captial Paramedics responded to the scene. Victims were transported to local hospitals for treatment. No further information is available at this time.

About an hour later at 6:00 p.m., Ewing Police, Ewing Fire Departments and EMS were sent to the 700 Block of Parkway for a reported accident with entrapment. Upon arrival it was determined that there was no entrapment or injuries but there were fluids on the roadway.




PSE&G On the Job Restoring Power in Ewing Township

February 18, 2022

EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Ewing Police reported this morning that there is a pole down in the area of Ewingville Road and Green Lane. Officers are on scene controlling traffic and waiting for PSE&G. Please avoid the area as the intersection may be completely closed. We realize there is no direct alternate route, so please plan well in advance if traveling to the area. We expect heavy traffic delays between the hours of 8:30am and 9:15am as students are dropped off at Antheil Elementary School. We will update this page as conditions change.

Update at 6:36am. The intersection will be completely closed for at least an hour.

Update at 9:44am. The intersection will be closed for at least another hour.

Update at 1:36pm. The intersection is still closed. PSE&G is working as quickly and carefully as they can to fix the situation.


Benebone and Habitat for Humanity kick off the New Year by giving local family a “paw-up” with new, affordable home in Ewing

February 15, 2022

EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER) – What can be done in a year? For partners Benebone and Habitat for Humanity, a new affordable home in Ewing that stands complete and ready for a family to purchase is a testament to their efforts over the last year as they worked together to bring the home into existence.

The partnership between Benebone, a leading brand of durable chew toys for dogs, and Habitat for Humanity of South Central New Jersey, a local housing nonprofit, began in 2021 with a simple phone call. The equally passionate teams found their “dogmas” complemented each other perfectly, and together they have embarked on making a family’s homeownership dreams come true.

“We have been blown away by the incredible care and effort Benebone has put into this partnership. They have been involved in every step of the process, from the groundbreaking and modular placement to flying in employees to volunteer on the work site,” says Habitat CEO, Lori Leonard, “Even when construction was delayed due to challenges posed by Covid-19, Benebone stepped up even further by inviting our future homeowner and her children on a holiday shopping trip in December.”

Now, an intimate group of Benebone employees, Habitat BMC staff, volunteers, and supporters will come together in celebrating not only the completion of the project, but also the start of a wonderful new journey for the family.

“At Benebone, we’re dog-obsessed, but also care deeply about making a difference in people’s lives,” says Peter Toolan, founder and CEO of Benebone, “We’re thrilled to partner with Habitat on their mission of access to home ownership.  We are inspired by the family’s hard work and dedication and have enjoyed donating sweat equity hours side-by-side with her.  Wishing her family a lifetime of happiness!”

The new Habitat Homeowner works as a senior medical security officer. She has been looking for quite some time for a safe and affordable place to call home for her and her two young children. Thanks to the Affordable Homeownership Program at Habitat and Benebone’s home sponsorship support, the family is moving out of their cramped, outdated, and ill-maintained rental apartment and into a three-bedroom home outfitted with new appliances and endless possibilities. The homeowner shares the importance of homeownership for her and her family, saying, “Being a homeowner means everything to me. To me, owning your own property, a place that you and your family have to live, creates comfort when you know it’s yours and are able to create memories.”

The homeowner has worked tirelessly to achieve this moment, and as a single mom, she has had to balance work and caring for her family while also attending weekly financial classes and homeowner preparation seminars, lending a hand at the construction of her home and other Habitat projects, and saving funds for the new responsibilities that come with owning a home. As a Habitat homeowner, she knows that the hardest part is behind her now as she receives the keys to her new home; a place that will provide her family with comfort and security, with a yard that has space for playing with furry loved ones, and that comes with an affordable mortgage.

Leading up to her home dedication ceremony, she expresses, “Now that I am becoming a homeowner I look forward to making my home comfortable and a safe place for me and my children. I also look forward to being able to do more things at home with my children being that we will have more space and a backyard. I just want my children to be happy and know what’s important in life and that’s family.”

This home is special for so many reasons, and Habitat is endlessly thankful for this relationship with Benebone which has led to the sponsorship and construction of this home in Ewing, from the foundation to the front door. This build is no random happenstance, either as the neighborhood is located near the birthplace of Peter Toolan, who is one of Benebone’s founding partners. Peter, along with his father Jim Toolan, founded Benebone in 2012 and have led the company to much success through their growing line of durable chew products for dogs. Now, they’ve succeeded in giving a local family the “paw-up” they needed to build a brighter future for themselves, their family, and their furry loved ones.

To see photos of this project’s process, the new homeowner, and the home dedication ceremony, check out @HabitatSCNJ and @mybenebone on Facebook and Instagram. Be sure to check out all that Benebone has to offer at www.benebone.com, and visit www.HabitatSCNJ.org for more information on Habitat’s services, active builds, and current events.

House Fire Quickly Extinguished in Ewing Township

February 15, 2022

EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–At 11:05 a.m. Ewing Township firefighters were sent to the first block of Tall Tree Court for a reported fire on the second floor of a home. Chief 31 arrived at 11:09 a.m. and reported smoke on the 2nd floor of the right side of the building, all occupants were out of the house but there were reports of pets inside. Firefighters advanced two hand lines to the second floor and quickly extinguished the fire, bringing the fire under control at 11:18 a.m. The Mercer County Fire Marshal responded and conducted an investigation, the investigation was completed at 1:17 p.m. No further information is available at this time.




House Fire Extinguished in Ewing

February 12, 2022

EWING, NJ (MERCER) – A house fire was quickly extinguished by Ewing Township fire companies on Saturday afternoon (Feb. 12). The blaze at 84 Florence Avenue was reported shortly after 4:15 p.m. Smoke was visible from the roof line of the two-story home when the first firefighters arrived a few minutes later. Crews advanced a pair of 1.75-inch hoselines into the house and quickly located and knocked down a fire in the attic area. A rapid intervention team from Hamilton Township Fire Department also responded to the scene but their services were ultimately not needed. The blaze was officially placed under control at 4:40 p.m.