Category: Hamilton

BREAKING: Police Investigate Shooting On Trenton/Hamilton Border

February 20, 2020

Photos and Story by: Brian McCarthy On Scene News

TRENTON/HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Police are investigating a shooting that occurred on Home Avenue then continued down Home to a secondary scene on Lalor Street just prior to 2 pm this afternoon. Police were seen questioning individuals at the 2nd scene and were going door to door on Home to ask which vehicles were involved. Windows could be seen shot out of cars and bullet casings were lying on the ground.

Hamilton Township EMS and Hamilton Township Fire Department responded to the scene for a shooting victim. Trenton Engine 3 was also dispatched to the scene on the Trenton side.

Details are sketchy but and no further information is available at the time of this report. Check back for further information when it becomes available.

Robbery Arrest Made

February 20, 2020

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)—On February 19, 2020 at approximately 7:51 pm, Hamilton Police were in the area of South Olden Avenue and Cedar Lane when they observed a male wearing a dark hoody pulled over his head with gloves exit a vehicle parked behind Old Cedar Liquor Store (1056 South Olden Avenue). The male walked to the front of the store and entered while pulling out what appeared to be a long gun. Officers responded to the store and as they approached the male was seen exiting the store. A brief foot chase ensued. The male dropped the long gun and was apprehended a short distance away with a cell phone and $573.00 in US currency that was taken from the store. Officers located a female waiting in the vehicle the male had previously exited parked behind the store and placed her under arrest. Thelong gun was recovered and was found to be a pellet gun. The male was identified as Jenell Carson of Hamilton and the female was identified as Eiana Harris-Harvey of Trenton. Jenell was charged with Robbery, Possession of a Weapon for Unlawful Purpose, Unlawful Possession of Weapon, Resisting Arrest by Flight and Possession of Marijuana. Harris=Harvey was charged with Robbery, Possession of Weapon for Unlawful Purpose, Unlawful Possession of Weapon and Possession of Marijuana. The Hamilton Police would also like to thank the Trenton Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigations for their assistance in the investigation.

Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective Robert Whartenby of the Hamilton Police Division’s Criminal Investigations Section at 609-581-4032 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.

$8,000 in Drugs Seized by the Mercer County Narcotics Task Force

February 19, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–The Mercer County Narcotics Task Force concluded a month-long investigation on Tuesday with the seizure of more than $8,000 in drugs, Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri reported.

Onofri stated that, on Monday evening, February 18, 2020, detectives with the MCNTF executed a search warrant at a residence in the 100 block of Genesee Street utilized by the target of the investigation, Juan Marrero.  After numerous attempts to gain entry to the residence made difficult by a fortified entrance, detectives secured the house.  Mercer County Prosecutor’s Sergeant Joe Angarone utilized his K9 partner Bela to conduct a narcotics search.  During the search, detectives located 40 grams of cocaine, 21 bags of heroin, 20 oxycodone pills, six milligrams of promethazine, a .45 caliber handgun, a cocaine press and $950 in cash.

Onofri stated that the total amount of cocaine seized has an approximate street value of $4,100.  The heroin, oxycodone and promethazine have approximate street values of $4,000, $600 and $120, respectively.

Marrero, 34, was arrested and charged with first- and second-degree narcotics offenses, possession of a stolen firearm, unlawful possession of a weapon, and unlawful fortification of a structure while manufacturing a controlled dangerous substance.  He is being held at the Mercer County Correction Center pending a detention hearing.

Officers with the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Homeland Security Investigations and the Hamilton Police Division, under the command of the prosecutor’s Special Investigations Unit, assisted with the investigation.

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

Remembering 2000-01 Girls and 1988-90s Boys Allentown Basketball Teams

February 16, 2020

ALLENTOWN, NJ (MONMOUTH)–Since we are starting the MCT basketball tournament this week enjoy these photos ranging from 20 to over 30 years ago. These were (except for Steinert game below) in what is now called the “old gym” and photographs were taken using a flash, a 35 mm camera with a slow motor drive that had a manual focus lens. Today we have high quality digital cameras, fast frames per second, auto focus, high iso with fast lenses that eliminate the need for flash at most venues and almost instant feedback looking at results on back of camera.

The boys game below is believed to be around 1989-1990 due to the negatives it was stored with. Still looking for more of that game and some others from the past.

Out Of Control Car Crashes Into Hamilton Twp. Home

February 15, 2020

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The Hamilton Township Fire Department was on Cedar Lane this morning when they noticed a car crashed into a home in the 800 Block of Cedar Lane across from Berg Avenue just before 11 am this morning. The firefighters checked the home for occupants and helped one get out of their home and summoned the Hamilton Township Fire Department Special Operations Team, Hamilton Township EMS and Police Departments.

The fire department is still on scene at the time of this report shoring up the foundation and front of the home to keep it from collapsing.

PSE&G cut power and gas to the home and Hamilton Township Building Department was en route to evaluate the structure.

Hamilton Township Police are on scene investigating the crash.

State Police Arrest Four in Connection with Shooting of Task Force Vehicle

February 12, 2020

On Scene News Photos and story provided by Brian McCarthy

Trenton, N.J. – The New Jersey State Police have arrested three men and one woman in connection to the shooting of a task force vehicle earlier today in Trenton.

Based on the preliminary investigation, at approximately 2:17 p.m., a Hamilton Township police officer assigned to the New Jersey State Police Crime Suppression Central Unit Task Force observed a shooting in progress in the area of West State Street and Parkside Avenue.

The officer, who was operating an unmarked task force vehicle, followed the suspect vehicle to the area of the Oakland Park Apartments on Coolidge Avenue when he was fired upon. The task force car was struck, but the officer was not injured.

When the suspect vehicle stopped, multiple occupants fled on foot. At this time, three male suspects and one female suspect are in State Police custody, and several weapons have been recovered.

This is an active investigation, and there is no additional information available.

Hamilton Township Mayor Martin Announces Legal Team, Deputy B.A., and Deputy Chief of Staff

February 12, 2020

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–In continuing the process of putting together his new leadership team, Hamilton Township Mayor Jeff Martin announces his picks for Director of Law and Assistant Municipal Attorney, Deputy Business Administrator, and Deputy Chief of Staff.

The Department of Law will be led by Elissa Grodd Schragger, Esq.  Grodd Schragger is a seasoned attorney and litigator with broad experience in municipal, civil and criminal matters. Most recently serving as an associate at Mason, Griffin, Pierson, P.C., she focused on litigation, local government, and land use law. Grodd Schragger is barred in the US District Court for the District of New Jersey, and the states of New Jersey and Florida where she earned her J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law.

Serving under Grodd Schragger as Assistant Municipal Attorney is Hamilton resident, Jennifer M. Eugene, Esq. Eugene most recently served as an Assistant Prosecutor for Mercer County in the Internet Crimes Against Children and Special Victim’s Units. She earned her J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law and is barred in New Jersey, the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, and the United State Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Schragger states: “I would like to thank Mayor Martin for this tremendous opportunity to serve the residents of Hamilton Township. Both Jennifer and I are eager to bring our experience to assist this Administration and the Township with its legal matters.”

For Deputy Business Administrator, Mayor Martin selected Hamilton resident, Mark Murranko. Murranko has previously worked with the New Jersey State Police for over thirty years, retiring at the rank of Major. He has over a decade of experience in various leadership roles within the law enforcement agency, including serving as the Commanding Officer to the Administrative Section. In this role, he provided oversight of administrative functions related to maintaining the daily operational needs of 4,500 employees. Murranko earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Administration of Justice and Human Services from Thomas Edison State College before receiving a Juris Doctorate from Rutgers University Law School.

“I am honored to be a part of Mayor Martin’s administration,” says Murranko. “I thank the Mayor for the opportunity to serve and look forward to working with the team he has put together to make a positive difference for the residents of Hamilton.”

For the position of Deputy Chief of Staff, Mayor Martin has selected Kate Bradley, a lifelong resident of Hamilton. Bradley has previously worked as Legislative Director to Assemblyman Dan Benson where she balanced the Assemblyman’s legislative agenda and constituent casework file.  She is a graduate of Rider University.

“It is clear from their professional backgrounds that each individual in this new administration have an uncompromising devotion to public service,” says Mayor Martin.  “Hamilton Township residents will be in trustworthy hands and I am thrilled that Elissa, Jennifer, Mark and Kate have accepted the offer to join us.”

In addition, these moves were made by filling vacant positions.