Category: Hamilton

Courtyard by Marriott, Hamilton’s Fourth Hotel Opens

July 27, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Hamilton Township Mayor Jeff Martin and Councilman Anthony Carabelli, Jr. welcomed Courtyard by Marriott with a grand opening ceremony and ribbon cutting on July 9th 2021. Also in attendance were Associate Director of Economic Development, Kate Kane, Chair of SHOP Hamilton, Jay Dugan, and President and CEO of the Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber, Hal English. 

“We are excited to have Courtyard by Marriott open in Hamilton, expanding the accommodations we are able to offer travelers visiting our area both for business and leisure,” said Mayor Jeff Martin. 

This is the second hotel that The Briad Group has brought to Hamilton Township, bringing the total number of hotels in Hamilton Township to four. The new hotel offers an upscale dining experience with a restaurant and bar onsite including a beautiful patio complete with lounge style furniture and fire pits. The Hotel also provides guests with a state of the art fitness center with peloton bikes, putting green turf and a salt water indoor pool. The new lobby experience offers engaging technology and inviting flexible spaces to work and relax including media pods. In addition, the hotel has a 624-square foot meeting room equipped with audio visual equipment.

The Briad Group, headquartered in Livingston, NJ, is best known for being experts in various divisions within the hospitality industry – their quick-service division operates Wendy’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers restaurants; lodging, which develops and operates hotels under the Marriott and Hilton brands; and their newest ventures, unique rooftop and lounge experiences which include the Bradford Rooftop in Bridgewater, NJ, the Concourse Club in Wood-Ridge, NJ, and Techobesso and Love Story in San Diego, CA.

Visit www.hamiltonnj.com/economicdevelopment to learn of the new businesses that have recently opened or have relocated to Hamilton and read up on why Hamilton is a great place for businesses to call home! To learn more about Courtyard by Marriott Hamilton, visit their website www.briad.com/event/courtyard-by-marriott-hamilton.

Courtyard Hamilton

530 US Route 130

Hamilton, New Jersey 08691


BREAKING: Massive Search In Hamilton For Missing Person

July 26, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Around 11:18 p.m. last night (July 25, 2021) the Hamilton Township Fire Department was dispatched to assist Hamilton Township Police Department in a search for a missing Hamilton Township person when splashing noises were heard in the water in Gropp’s Lake. Hamilton Township Fire Department responded and searched the lake with three boats and other firefighters searched the shore line. Hamilton Township Police searched the shore lines as well as other neighborhoods surrounding the lake. The New Jersey State Police was on I-195 in the area of the lake with several cars searching the highway.

At 1:00 a.m. NJ State Police were summoning a NJ State Police Helicopter and West Windsor Police was contacted for a drone to help with the search.

At 1:38 a.m. Hamilton Police requested EMS to respond to Tartear Drive the opposite side of I-195 from Gropp Lake. A person was found in the woods meeting the description for a person missing from Hamilton Township.

Patient located at 1:40 a.m. Hamilton Township fire telling boats to return to shore. EMS confirms patient located at 1:44 a.m.

This is a “Breaking News” report and once official information is received from Hamilton Township Police the story will be updated. Information contained in this report is from on scene reporting.

NOTE: This is a different incident than the missing person that was reported earlier that person has been located. No word on exactly what went on at the lake except for fire/ems radio traffic indicating they had a patient in the woods near the drain pipe for the lake.


UPDATE: Missing Person Found Safe

*UPDATE — FOUND SAFE IN OHIO*

July 25, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–On July 25, 2021, Hamilton Police were dispatched to the 300 block of Sharps Ln. on a missing juvenile.  Officers were advised that 16 year old Joshua E. Stamat, was last seen at the residence by his mother at approximately 02:00 AM on this date. Further investigation revealed that Joshua Stamat may have made his way via the NJ Transit Rail Line to the Pennsauken Train Station, and then to the Philadelphia Train Station by 08:00 AM this morning.  Possible destinations Joshua may be heading to, may be Wisconsin, Washington DC, or Ohio.  Joshua Stamat may also utilize bus lines to travel to his destination.

Joshua E. Stamat is described as a white male, 5’11” tall, 145 lbs., pure white colored hair, reddish colored eyes, and was wearing black prescription sunglasses.  Joshua was last seen wearing black pants, a black hoodie with “American Eagle” written in white lettering on the front, a black back pack, and black and red Nike sneakers.  Joshua also walks with a slight limp.  Joshua Stamat also uses the name Chad English.   

Hamilton Police Detectives are asking for the publics’ assistance with any information regarding the whereabouts of Joshua Stamat.  Anyone with information is asked to contact Juvenile Detective Stacy Pollard at (609) 581-4026 or via email at spollard@hamiltonpd.org or the Hamilton Police Crime Tip Hotline at (609) 581-4008.


Hamilton firefighters free person from vehicle after crash

July 24, 2021

By: Tyler Eckel

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP (MERCER)– Multiple people were injured after a crash involving two cars, Saturday afternoon.

The crash happened just before 5:00 pm at the intersection of West Park Avenue and Lafayette Avenue. Hamilton firefighters were dispatched to the scene for possible entrapment. Crews arrived and performed a “door pop” to free the a from the vehicle. Two people were transported to the hospital.

Hamilton Police are investigating the crash.


Tractor trailer pulls down poles and wires, causes road closure in Hamilton

July 22, 2021

By: Tyler Eckel

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP (MERCER)– A tractor trailer hitting wires and pulling down utility poles is to blame for a street closure in Hamilton today.

The incident occurred just before 10:00 am. Multiple 911 calls were received by Hamilton and Robbinsville Police Departments stating that there was a serious crash on George Dye Road. Police arrived and located a Ferrari Foods truck that had struck wires between Route 33 and Nottingham Way. There were no reported injuries.

The section of George Dye Road was shut down for majority of the day while PSE&G responded to the scene for immediate repairs. At least two poles were damaged and multiple wires were brought down.


Hamilton And Trenton Men Indicted In Offences Related To Murder Of Omar Billups In Trenton

July 21, 2021

A Mercer County grand jury returned an 11-count indictment this week charging Quintin Thompson and Emoni Henderson with offenses related to the murder of Omar Billups in Trenton in November 2020 and a subsequent burglary in Hamilton Township, Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri reported.

Thompson, 25, of Hamilton, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder, one count of first-degree felony murder, one count of first-degree robbery, one count of third-degree theft by unlawful taking, one count of second-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and one count of second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon.  Both Thompson and Henderson, 23, of Trenton, are charged with one count of third-degree burglary, one count of third-degree theft by unlawful taking, one count of fourth-degree possession of hollow-nose bullets and one count of fourth-degree possession of a large capacity ammunition magazine.

The indictment is the result of an investigation by the Mercer County Homicide Task Force and the Trenton Police Department.  At approximately 2:50 a.m. on Sunday, November 29, 2020, Trenton police were dispatched to an apartment at 326 Centre Street on report of a male that was shot.  Upon arrival, they located the victim, later identified as Billups, on the living room floor with blood coming from the back of his head.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.  The victim’s cellphone and keys were not found inside the apartment during a subsequent search.

During the course of the investigation, task force detectives located area surveillance footage from various sources and spoke with witnesses.  They learned that Billups had been driving a white Jeep Cherokee rental vehicle and that Billups had been with Thompson in that vehicle on Friday afternoon, November 28.  The white Jeep Cherokee was located and secured by police on South Westfield Avenue on December 4.

Further investigation by detectives tied a second vehicle to Billups’ homicide. At approximately 5 p.m. on Friday, a black Mitsubishi Uplander was seen arriving at the Winding Brook Apartment Complex on Bradford Drive in Hamilton.  An individual with similar physical characteristics to Thompson is seen exiting the Mitsubishi and walking toward one of the buildings.  That individual returns a short time later and gets back in the Uplander, which then leaves the area.

On November 29, 2020, around 9:10 a.m., Hamilton police responded to an apartment on Bradford Avenue for a reported burglary. When a resident returned from work Saturday morning, she found someone had rummaged through the belongings in the bedroom.  The only item missing was a shoe box that belonged to Billups containing a large unspecified amount of cash.  Further investigation revealed that Billups had a key to the Bradford Avenue apartment.  Both Thompson and Henderson are charged in connection to the burglary and theft of cash in Hamilton.

Thompson is being held in the Mercer County Correction Center pending trial.

Assistant Prosecutor Michael Grillo presented the case to the grand jury.

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



Related MidJersey.News stories here:

BREAKING: Chaos Continues In City, Shooting Murder Makes #39, And 2 Critical After Stabbing All This Morning

December 14, 2020 Hamilton Man Arrested for the Murder of Omar Billups

Smoke From Western Wildfires Picked Up By Jet Stream And Brought To Our Area

Wildfire Smoke has created a haze in the sky turning the sun and moon a reddish color.

July 20, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE – HAMILTON, NJ (MERCER)- ALLENTOWN, NJ (MONMOUTH)–The skies were hazy and the sun was a strange color today due to wildfires in the Western United States and Canada that were picked up by air currents and brought to our area.

The National Weather Service Tweeted, “Anyone notice how hazy the skies have looked of late? This is due to smoke from the U.S. wildfires which is getting transported across the country via the jet stream. While most of the smoke is higher in the sky, some of it could make its way closer to the ground.”

The National Weather Service issued a Air Quality Alert today. An Air Quality Action Day for Particulate Matter (PM2.5) has been declared for Tuesday, July 20, 2021 Levels of Particulate Matter (PM2.5) are forecast to rise into the unhealthy for sensitive groups (USG) category due to a plume of smoke, associated with the Canadian wildfires, moving over the region. Sensitive individuals, including those with heart or lung disease, the elderly, and young should limit strenuous activities and the amount of time active outdoors.

The good news is that tomorrow cold front will help usher out the smoke but there is potential for strong thunderstorms. The National Weather Service states that Thursday could quite possibly be the best weather day in July.








Air Quality Alert

NJZ001-007-008-009-010-012-015-018-019-027-210400-
Sussex-Warren-Morris-Hunterdon-Somerset-Middlesex-Mercer-Camden-
Northwestern Burlington-Southeastern Burlington-
1139 AM EDT Tue Jul 20 2021

...Air quality alert is in effect from 12 PM Tuesday  until 12 AM
Wednesday...

The New Jersey Department of Environmental
Protection has issued an air quality action day for the following
counties...

Camden...Hunterdon...Mercer...Middlesex...Morris...Northwestern
Burlington...Somerset...Southeastern Burlington...Sussex...Warren.

An Air Quality Action Day for Particulate Matter (PM2.5) has been
declared for Tuesday, July 20. Levels of Particulate Matter (PM2.5)
are forecast to rise into the unhealthy for sensitive groups (USG)
category due to a plume of smoke, associated with the Canadian
wildfires, moving over the region. Sensitive individuals, including
those with heart or lung disease, the elderly, and young should
limit strenuous activities and the amount of time active outdoors.

$$



Police And Rescue Crews Search Mercer County Park For Reported Plane Down

After extensive search nothing was found

July 19, 2021

WEST WINDSOR – HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Sometime around 4:00 p.m. police received on 9-1-1 call reporting a plane down in the area of Mercer County Park that crashed in or near the lake. Police responded from both West Windsor and Hamilton Township as well as Mercer County Park Rangers. Police from the West Windsor side appeared to have at least three drones in the air and Hamilton appeared to have two drones searching. West Windsor Emergency Services, Princeton Junction Fire Company and West Windsor responded and deployed boats to search the water for any aircraft.

Police reportedly made contact with local airports to ask if there were any missing aircraft and none were reported. After a through search of the area the search was called off since nothing was found. It appears that it was a good intent call.

No further information is available at this time.



Hamilton 2 Vehicle Crash Near Hamilton High West

July 19, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)—Around 9:20 a.m. Hamilton Police, Fire Department and RWJ EMS were dispatched to South Clinton and East Park Avenue near Hamilton High West, for a two vehicle crash and overturned with people trapped.

Hamilton Township Fire Department arrived and assisted victims and a second ambulance was called to the scene.

It was unclear exactly how many were transported to the hospital from the crash.

Hamilton Township Police Department is investigating the crash.

No further details are available at this time.


Commercial Building Fire Extinguished In Hamilton

July 18, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Just after 6:00 a.m. the Hamilton Township Fire Department was dispatched to 3 Industrial Drive for a fire alarm activation. Upon arrival firefighters reported a heavy smoke condition inside the building and full first alarm was called. Firefighters donned air packs and advanced hose lines in the building. Once arriving at the source of the smoke and firefighters found a large quantity of paper burning, the fire was being held in check by the fire sprinkler system. Firefighters had to finish extinguishing what the fire sprinkler system could not. Firefighters set up fans and vented the smoke from the building. Quick actions of built in fire protection systems and responding firefighters saved the building and the business should be able to reopen quickly.

Robbinsville Township Fire Department responded to the scene, other surrounding departments responded to scene or moved up to cover the Township.

The Hamilton Township Fire Marshal was on scene investigating the fire and cleared the scene around 8:30 a.m.

No other information is available at this time.


Welcome Home Ross Colton; First Stop On Stanley Cup Summer Tour In Robbinsville And Hamilton

July 16, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Tradition is that every summer after the Stanley Cup Finals the winning team gets the cup for a tour for around 100 days a year in the off season. Robbinsville’s Ross Colton was the first team member of the Tampa Bay Lightning to tour with the cup for the day. Ross spend the morning in Hamilton at Ice-Land Skating Center and then Robbinsville Township in the afternoon.

Ross Colton grew up in Robbinsville and played hockey locally for Mercer Chiefs at Ice-Land and Princeton Day School before being drafted into the NHL with the Tampa Bay Lightning and was in his rookie year when he scored the only goal in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals clinching the cup for Tampa Bay.

Photos from today’s events:






Ross Colton with Robbinsville Township firefighters in front of Squad 40.

(Ed Note: Some Robbinsville firefighters share a ticket plan for the NJ Devils a number of years ago and when I could not make a Devils/Rangers game for work or another reason, I gave the tickets to a friend of Ross (a NJ Devils fan back then) and went with Richie S. that was a Ranger fan and was prior to him going to PDS since I remember asking him if he was playing for Robbinsville at that point and said PDS– prior to MidJersey.news I used to take a lot of hockey photos for local papers and that’s how it worked out. Section 1 Row 19 Seats 1 & 2 on 3-19-13) So 8 years later here he is in front of our Squad
















Man Charged With Aggravated Arson And Other Charges In Hamilton Township

July 15, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–On July 14, 2021 at approximately 1:38 PM Hamilton Township Police Officers were dispatched along with the Hamilton Fire Department to the Winding Brook Apartments located on Bradford Avenue on a report of a fire.  The caller could see fire and smoke in one of the apartments and hear the fire alarm sounding.  Upon arrival with the Fire Department, heavy black smoke was observed coming from the front door of one of the apartments.  As firefighters tended to the fire, Officers located the resident of the apartment outside.  After investigation it was determined the fire was started in the kitchen of the apartment.  The resident had set fire to paper and a hand mixer on top of the stove.  The fire was contained to the kitchen.  Several other units had smoke damage.  The resident was arrested by Police.  The Hamilton Police would also like to thank the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Officer, Hamilton Fire Department, and Hamilton Fire Marshall for their assistance in the investigation.

The resident was identified as Charles Page, 58, of Hamilton.  He was charged with Aggravated Arson, Obstructing the Administration of Law, and Resisting Arrest.

Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective Chris Pullen of the Hamilton Police Division’s Criminal Investigations Section at 609-581-4080 or the Hamilton Police Crime Tip Hotline at 609-581-4008.

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




Serious Crash On I-295 South Bound In Hamilton Township

July 15, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–At midnight the Hamilton Township Fire Department, RWJ EMS and Capital Health Paramedics were dispatched to I-295 South Bound in the area of mile marker 63 with reported entrapment. Upon arrival it was found that there was no entrapment but there were BLS type injuries. At least one person was transported to the local hospital.

NJ State Police is investigating the crash. No further information is available at this time.


RWJ University Hospital Hamilton To Hold Blood Drive

July 13, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The COVID-19 pandemic has left blood bank inventories dangerously low. Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton is asking its employees and community members to donate blood or platelets to help replenish the blood supply in New Jersey.

All donors will receive a lunch voucher, a tee shirt and be entered into a raffle to win a$100 gift card. Platelet donors also receive a $10 Shop Rite gift card. All donors are required to wear a mask. You are NOT currently eligible to donate blood if you have been exposed to or cared for someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days. Social distancing guidelines and additional disinfecting procedures are in effect. Bring a photo ID and be sure to eat and drink prior to donating.

Medical eligibility questions should be referred to RWJUH Donor Services at 732-235-8100 ext. 248. Appointments are ENCOURAGED and available at rwjuhdonorclub.org or by calling 732-235-8100 ext. 221.

WHAT: Blood & Platelet Drive

WHO: Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton

WHEN: Tuesday, August 24, 2021 from 11:30 am – 5:30 pm

WHERE: Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton Roma Bank Café, 1 Hamilton Health Place, Hamilton, NJ 08690


Hamilton’s National Night Out Announced August 3, 2021

July 12, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–On August 3, 2021 from 5pm to 8pm Hamilton Police Division personnel will be conducting the 2021 Hamilton Police Division National Night Out at Veterans Park, 2206 Kuser Road (South Side), Hamilton, New Jersey. National Night Out is a program on the first Tuesday of August to provide the opportunity for the community to personally connect with their local police department and other first responders. Invited and expected to attend are some of the following organizations. Hamilton Fire Division, U.S. Coast Guard, New Jersey State Corrections, RWJ Hospital, Capital Health, U.S. Army, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Foley’s Market, YMCA, Brothers Pizza, Jersey Mikes, Pretzel Factory, BJ’s, doctors and nurses from RWJ Hospital and Capital Health, Home Depot and many other groups representing our community. We will have crafts and games for young kids. DJ Dan will be providing music. There will be many vendors and games to entertain everyone along with free food and drinks. For additional information or questions please email Detective Robert O’Hare rohare@hamiltonpd.org


Disaster Averted As Vehicle Burns At Fuel Pumps On NJ Turnpike, Richard Stockton Service Area In Hamilton

July 12, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Several 9-1-1 calls were received reporting a vehicle on fire next to the gas pumps at the NJ Turnpike at the 6S Richard Stockton Service Area around 1:40 p.m., smoke could be seen billowing from the sky over 5 miles away. Hamilton Township Fire Department, Robbinsville Township Fire Department, Hope Fire Company of Allentown and Bordentown Township were dispatched to the scene of the fire.

Upon arrival first crews reported heavy fire from a vehicle and fire that was extending to gas pumps and the canopy over the gas pumps. Fire crews went in service with a 1 3/4″ hand line and quickly knocked down the fire. The ladder company extended the ladder to check for extension on top of the canopy.

The vehicle was destroyed as well as the gas pump suffered heavy damage. Heavy smoke and some flame damaged the canopy. It appeared that near by security camera was melted in the fire from the heat as well as the light fixtures.

The Robbinsville Township Fire Marshal was on scene investigating and assisting a Fire Marshal from the State of New Jersey Division of Fire Safety. There was no word on the cause and the fire is still under investigation. Fire Marshals were reviewing security footage at the time of this report.

NJ State Police were also on scene.

If more information becomes available the story will be updated.


Trenton Man Arrested Charged With First Degree Felony Murder And Other Offences For Hamilton Fire Killing Three People


On July 9, 2021, at approximately 3:40 a.m., a fire started at 213 Woodlawn Avenue which quickly engulfed both sides of the two and a half story, wood frame duplex, causing a partial roof collapse.  A nine-month-old baby girl, identified as Malani Sanders, and a 42-year-old female, identified as Tiffany Abrams-Jones, were found deceased at the scene.  Three additional individuals were transported to the hospital with critical burn injuries. One of those individuals, 50-year-old Prince Jones, succumbed to his injuries on July 11, 2021.  Jones and Abrams-Jones were the grandparents of the baby. 


July 12, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri announced today that the Mercer County Homicide Task Force has arrested Michael Sanders for setting the July 9, 2021, Hamilton Township fire that killed three people.

Sanders, 23, of Trenton, is charged with three counts of first-degree murder, three counts of first-degree felony murder, three counts of second-degree aggravated assault, two counts of second-degree aggravated arson and one count of causing widespread injury or damage.  He was taken into custody early this morning at a hotel in Plainsboro.  The prosecutor’s office has filed a motion to detain Sanders pending trial.     

The murder charges are the result of an investigation by the Mercer County Homicide Task Force and the Arson Unit.

On July 9, 2021, at approximately 3:40 a.m., a fire started at 213 Woodlawn Avenue which quickly engulfed both sides of the two and a half story, wood frame duplex, causing a partial roof collapse.  A nine-month-old baby girl, identified as Malani Sanders, and a 42-year-old female, identified as Tiffany Abrams-Jones, were found deceased at the scene.  Three additional individuals were transported to the hospital with critical burn injuries. One of those individuals, 50-year-old Prince Jones, succumbed to his injuries on July 11, 2021.  Jones and Abrams-Jones were the grandparents of the baby. 

Detectives were able to retrieve video from numerous cameras in the area and speak to witnesses.  One witness told detectives that during the night leading up to the fire, one of the residents of 213 Woodlawn Avenue, who is the mother of the deceased baby, received a text message from the baby’s father, Michael Sanders, telling her to get their baby out of the house.

Detectives determined that Sanders took a taxi from an area near his residence in Trenton and was dropped off approximately one block from 213 Woodlawn Avenue shortly after 3:00 a.m.  Sanders, wearing a dark colored hooded sweatshirt with the hood over his head, a mask, and white gloves, walked past the residence towards Greenwood Avenue approximately 15 minutes before the fire started.  Detectives were also able to obtain surveillance video from the Fast Trac Gas Station on Greenwood Avenue from July 9, approximately 10 minutes before the fire, which showed Sanders making a purchase of what appears to be a dark colored torch lighter and cigars.  During this purchase, he removed the mask covering his face.  Sanders left the store and was observed walking on Woodlawn Avenue back in the direction of 213 Woodlawn.  Approximately four minutes after Sanders passed that camera, the reflection of light from the fire at 213 Woodlawn can be seen on the video. 


Additional video captured Sanders walking back to his residence on Bayard Street in Trenton.  When he arrived on Bayard, he was no longer wearing a mask or gloves.  Additionally, he was no longer wearing the dark hooded sweatshirt.  After reviewing this video, detectives canvassed that area and recovered a dark hooded sweatshirt a few doors down from Sanders’ residence in the bottom of a basement stairway. 

The investigation is ongoing.  Anyone with information is asked to call HTF Detective Jennifer Eyster at (609) 989-6406. Information can also be emailed to mchtftips@mercercounty.org.

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


Previous MidJersey.News stories here:

UPDATE: 2nd Alarm Fatal Fire in Hamilton Under Investigation

DEVELOPING: Tragic 2nd Alarm Fatal Fire In Hamilton Leaves At Least Two Dead, Others Hospitalized







Head On Crash In Hamilton; One Transported To RWJ Hamilton

July 10, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Around 2:40 p.m. the Hamilton Township Fire Department and RWJ Hamilton EMS responded to a head on crash at the intersection of Yardville-Hamilton Square Road and the intersection of Locust Hill Boulevard and Cabot Drive. Firefighters and EMS worked to free the person from the drivers side of one of the vehicles. It was reported one person was transported to RWJ Hamilton Hospital for non-life threating injuries and another refused medical transportation.

The Hamilton Township Police Department is investigating the crash.

No other information is available at this time.


Hamilton Township Firefighters, Mutual Aid Respond To Towns 3rd Serious “All Hands” Fire Within Hours

July 9, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Around 12:51 p.m., 9-1-1 calls reported a fire in the FedEx facility on Route 130, one caller was reporting white flames and red smoke and possibly a hazardous materials incident. The fire alarm was sounding and employees evacuated the building.

Hamilton Township firefighters along with Bordentown City Fire Department arrived within minutes and reported smoke showing and an “All Hands” was called sending additional equipment to the scene of the fire. The Hamilton Township Hazardous Materials Team was activated and called to the scene. Firefighters stretched a went in service with a hand line and the fire was under control about 1:03 p.m.

The Hamilton Township Fire Marshal is investigating the fire. Several Hamilton Township Police cars were on scene part of the Hazardous Materials Team.

Radio reports indicate the fire was in the area of returns/damaged goods and could quite possibly have been a chemical chain reaction.

The fire is still under investigation and not additional details are available at this time.

This is the third serious fire within hours.

Hamilton Township Fire Department along with many mutual aid companies have responded to two other serious calls today:

Tragic 2nd Alarm Fatal Fire In Hamilton Leaves At Least Two Dead, Others Hospitalized dispatched at 3:40 a.m. and still on scene as of 3:15 p.m.

Firefighters Extinguish Kitchen Fire In Hamilton Township dispatched around 7:00 a.m.


UPDATE: 2nd Alarm Fatal Fire in Hamilton Under Investigation


July 12, 2021 UPDATE: Trenton Man Arrested Charged With First Degree Felony Murder And Other Offences For Hamilton Fire Killing Three People


A nine-month-old baby girl granddaughter and grandmother (an adult female in her 40s) were found deceased inside the residence.  Three additional individuals were transported to the hospital with injuries.

July 9, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Authorities are investigating an early morning fire that occurred in Hamilton Township, Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri reported.

The fire started around 3:40 a.m. on the 200 block of Woodlawn Avenue at a two and a half story, woodframe duplex, causing a partial roof collapse.

A nine-month-old baby girl granddaughter and grandmother (an adult female in her 40s) were found deceased inside the residence.  Three additional individuals were transported to the hospital with injuries.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time, as are the circumstances surrounding the deaths.  The investigation is being conducted by the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office Arson Unit, the Mercer County Homicide Task Force and the Hamilton Police Division. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Anthony Sturchio at (609) 989-6406. Information can also be emailed to mchtftips@mercercounty.org

See this mornings breaking news story here: DEVELOPING: Tragic 2nd Alarm Fatal Fire In Hamilton Leaves At Least Two Dead, Others Hospitalized





Photos below Brian McCarthy, OnScene News


Firefighters Extinguish Kitchen Fire In Hamilton Township

July 9, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–As firefighters were still on scene at a tragic 2nd alarm fire another fire was reported in the 100 Block of Atlantic Avenue just after 7:00 a.m. Cover fire departments and additional Hamilton Township firefighters responded and were met with smoke on the exterior and an “all hands” was called sending more equipment to the scene. Firefighters found a kitchen fire and quickly extinguished the fire and kept the flames from spreading to the rest of the home. There appeared to be heavy damage that was held to the kitchen area of the home.

Firefighters from Hamilton Township, Bordentown City and Falls Township Bucks County responded to the scene.


DEVELOPING: Tragic 2nd Alarm Fatal Fire In Hamilton Leaves At Least Two Dead, Others Hospitalized


July 12, 2021 UPDATE: Trenton Man Arrested Charged With First Degree Felony Murder And Other Offences For Hamilton Fire Killing Three People


UPDATE: 2nd Alarm Fatal Fire in Hamilton Under Investigation

July 9, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–A tragic fire was reported around 3:40 a.m. in the 200 Block of Woodlawn Avenue that left two dead and others hospitalized according to officials.

First arriving firefighters were met with heavy flames from the second floor of a 2 two family home with multiple people trapped. Firefighters made valiant efforts to rescue trapped victims in the fire. Several reported rescues were made, victims were treated by fire and EMS as firefighters fought heavy fire conditions in Tropical Storm Tropical Storm Elsa.

The fire went to 2 alarms before being brought under control.

Firefighters were called from Hamilton Township, Robbinsville, Trenton, Bordentown and other surrounding departments to the scene and/or cover the Township of Hamilton while the fire was happening. Several EMS units were called to the scene from RWJ Hamilton, Robbinsville Township, Trenton EMS, Lawrence and others. (list will be updated as information comes in)

Hamilton Township Mayor Jeff Martin said, “This is a very sad day for Hamilton. This tragedy touches the heart of everyone. This morning I met with the family to grieve with them and their loved ones and offer our support in any way we can.”

“I want to also thank our first responders for their professionalism and response.” Mayor Jeff Martin said.

The Hamilton Township Professional Firefighters Association posted on Facebook, “One of the most tragic nights in the history of the fire service in Hamilton. Please keep the families in your thoughts.”

The Red Cross was called to the scene to assist families affected by the fire.

The Hamilton Township Fire Marshal, Mercer County Prosecutors Office, Hamilton Township Police were investigating the fire.

This is a breaking news report as we get official information the story will be updated, additions made and any needed corrections made.






Traffic Alert: Slow Down On I-195 In Hamilton Township Due To Dump Truck Accident Cleanup

July 9, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Around 5:30 a.m. a truck traveling in the area of mile marker 2.5 lost control and crashed into the median strip guard rail. Diesel fuel was spilled from the truck and NJ State Police responded to the scene and no injuries were reported. Cranbury Service Center responded with heavy duty tow trucks to remove the vehicle off the highway.

As of 8:20 a.m. there was a 1/2 mile slow down in the area west bound while the truck removed.

NJ State Police is investigating the crash. No further information is available at this time.


Trenton Water Works To Make Overnight Repairs at Pennington Avenue Reservoir

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.





NJ State Troopers From Troop “C” Presented With Awards

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.

See related MidJersey.News story here: NJ State Trooper Rescues Suicidal Woman From I-295 Bridge At Scenic Overlook





RWJ University Hospital Opens Better Health Education Center

July 6, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) Hamilton held a ribbon cutting ceremony on June 29, 2021, to commemorate the grand opening of the Better Health Program and Education Center at The James and Sharon Maida Geriatrics Institute, 3100 Quakerbridge Road, Hamilton, NJ. The event welcomed James and Sharon Maida and family; senior leaders from RWJBarnabas Health, including President and Chief Executive Officer Barry Ostrowsky and Dr. Jessica Israel, Senior Vice President, Geriatrics and Palliative Care; and leaders and staff from RWJUH Hamilton. Following the ribbon cutting, James Maida and Richard Freeman, President and Chief Executive Officer, RWJUH Hamilton, joined Sodexo Head Chef Tim Compton for a summer cooking demonstration.

“Hamilton is a demographically aging community, so establishing this program is very important to us,” said Richard Freeman, President and Chief Executive Officer, RWJUH Hamilton. “In less than a year of operation, and during a pandemic, more than 300 Hamiltonians age 65 and up have already started to enjoy the Better Health program.”

“RWJ Barnabas Health, I’m proud to say, is committed to making all of our healthcare settings an age friendly health system,” continued Dr. Israel. The Better Health Program at RWJUH Hamilton is one way the health system’s commitment is being honored.

Better Health at RWJUH Hamilton is a free program, specially designed for members age 65 and up, that focuses on creating a personalized approach to health wellness; it features programs and events ranging from health topics to the arts to spirituality, museum trips and more. The James and Sharon Maida Geriatrics Institute, slated to open in Hamilton in 2022, will provide a unique, integrated approach to geriatric services for patients in Hamilton’s service area. For more information and to become a Better Health member, visit rwjbh.org/hamiltonbetterhealth or call 609-584-5900.


Due To Rain Hamilton Township Postpones Fireworks To Saturday July 3

July 2, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Due to rain in the forecast the Hamilton Township Independence Day Concert and Fireworks has been postponed to the rain date of Saturday July 3, 2021. See announcement below:


*due to the weather forecast, we will be using the RAIN DATE of Saturday, July 3rd*Join us Saturday, July 3rd for the 2021 Independence Day Concert and Fireworks! With great local food vendors, music from The Heartbeats, and fireworks starting at 9:30pm, it’s sure to be an event you don’t want to miss! Rain Date is Saturday, July 3rd.Thank you to our community event sponsors including PNC Bank! Looking for more information? Visit https://www.hamiltonnj.com/Fireworks


Mayor Jeff Martin, Fire Chief Richard Kraemer unveil Hamilton Township Fire Division Plaque

July 1, 2021

By: Tyler Eckel

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP (MERCER)– This morning, Hamilton Mayor Jeff Martin along with Hamilton Fire Chief Richard Kraemer unveiled the Hamilton Township Fire Division plaque.

The Hamilton Township Fire Division was established on January 1, 2021. Previously, Hamilton consisted of nine independent Fire Districts governed by five elected commissioners with their own individual budgets. After a lot of long, hard work, the fire departments consolidated and became the Hamilton Township Fire Division funded by municipal taxes.

The plaque is dedicated to all those involved in the process of the consolidation.