Category: Hamilton

Firefighters Quickly Knock Down Fire On 3rd Floor in Hamilton

January 17, 2022

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Around 4:07 p.m. the Hamilton Township Fire Department was dispatched to the 200 Block of Woodlawn Avenue with a 9-1-1 caller reporting flames from the house. Shortly after more 9-1-1 calls were also reporting the house fire and a full first alarm was called for by the fire department.

Upon arrival firefighters reported fire and smoke showing from the 3rd floor of a two-family home. Firefighters stretched hose lines up the stairs and vented the roof, quickly knocking down the flames. Trenton fire department also responded and assisted at the fire. The Red Cross was called to help find temporary housing for the displaced residents.

No further information is available at this time.




Multi Vehicle Accident on NJ Turnpike in Hamilton

January 14, 2022

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The Robbinsville and Bordentown Township Fire Departments and EMS were dispatched to Mile Post 57 for a multi vehicle accident in the outer roadway at 3:23 p.m. It appears that injuries were minor, and it was unclear if the person who reported non-life-threating injuries was transported. NJ State Police is investigating the crash. Traffic was backed up close to two miles until the vehicles were towed from the scene.

Overturned Vehicle on Route 29 Backs Up Traffic

January 12, 2022

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The Trenton Fire Department was dispatched to Route 29 near the tunnel and ballpark for a reported overturned vehicle with three entrapped around 3:20 p.m. Trenton firefighters arrived on scene with nothing showing and eventually found the accident on Route 29 on the curve in Hamilton Township with no entrapment or reported injuries. The New Jersey State Police blocked off two lanes so Cranbury Service Center could upright the vehicle and tow it away. NJ State Police is investigating the crash. No further details are available at this time. Traffic in the area was backed up over a half mile until the accident was cleared.

Truck Overturns on I-195 in Hamilton Township

January 9, 2022

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Around 10:25 a.m. the NJ State Police, Hamilton Township Fire Department, RWJ EMS and Captial Health Paramedics responded to I-195 West Bound in the area of mile post 3.2 for an overturned truck with reported entrapment. Upon the fire department’s arrival, it was determined that the was no entrapment. It was unclear if anyone was transported to the hospital from the scene. Haines Towing from Bordentown was removing the vehicle from the right shoulder. The New Jersey State Police is investigating the crash. No other information is available at this time.




Hamilton, NJ, Man, 36, Charged with Multiple Counts of Sexual Assault, Sexual Contact, Robbery, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon

January 9, 2022

PARSIPPANY, NJ (MORRIS)–Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll, Chief of Detectives Christoph Kimker, and Parsippany Police Department Acting Chief Richard Pantina, announce the arrest of Earl L. Kelly, age 36, of Hamilton, N.J.  

Kelly has been charged with four counts of Aggravated Sexual Assault, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2a(3) and N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2a(4), crimes of the First Degree; two counts of Sexual Assault, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2c(1) crimes of the Second Degree; two counts of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Contact, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:14-3a, crimes of the Third Degree; one count of Criminal Sexual Contact, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:14-3b, a crime of the Fourth Degree; one count of Robbery, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:15-1a(2), a crime of the First Degree; one count of Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-5b, a crime of the Second Degree; Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-4a, a crime of the Second Degree; Aggravated Assault in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1b(4), a crime of the Fourth Degree; and Criminal Restraint in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:13-2a, a crime of the Third Degree. 

It is alleged that on December 24, 2021, the defendant sexually assaulted and robbed a 19-year-old victim while armed with a handgun at the Holiday Inn in Parsippany. Following an investigation, the defendant was apprehended by members of the Edison Police Department on January 7, 2022.

After the defendant’s arrest, he was transported to the Morris County Correctional Facility.

Anyone with information relating to this case or any related incident is asked to call Detective Thomas Laird of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office at 973-285-6245.

Prosecutor Carroll would like to thank the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office’s Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit, the Parsippany Police Department, the Hamilton Township Police Division, and the Edison Police Department for their efforts in the investigation and arrest of this defendant.

A criminal complaint is merely an accusation. Despite this accusation, the defendant is presumed innocent until he is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.


Two Trenton Males Arrested for Armed Robbery and Ghost Guns in Hamilton

January 7, 2022

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–On November 19, 2021, Hamilton Police were detailed to the first block of Peabody Lane, on an armed robbery investigation involving two male suspects. The suspects were allegedly selling a PlayStation 5 gaming system off of an advertisement on Facebook Market Place.  During the sale, both of the suspects brandished handguns and fled the scene with the money and the gaming system. 

Hamilton Detective Nicholas Schulte, and Hamilton Police Officer Matthew Mayhew, developed two suspects as they followed up with the sales correspondence between the buyer and seller from the Facebook advertisement.  The two involved Trenton suspects were identified as Hassani Webb ( 18yrs), and Nestor Rivera (18yrs).  Detective Schulte was advised by Trenton Detectives that both suspects were also involved in similar robberies in their jurisdiction. 

On December 21, 2021, Hamilton Police detectives along with the New Jersey State Police Crime Suppression Central Unit,  US Marshals, Trenton Police and the Mercer County SWAT Team, executed search warrants on the 600 block of W. State Street and the first block of Murry Street for both suspects.  Both Hassani Webb and Nestor Rivera were arrested at those locations.

During the execution of the search warrants, detectives recovered (4) “Ghost “ guns in Webbs’ residence and (1) “Ghost” gun in Riveras’ residence, along with several high capacity extended magazines.  The “Ghost” guns recovered were manufactured firearms with no serial numbers.  Subsequently, Hassani Webb and Nestor Rivera were charged with Robbery, Weapons Offenses, Possession of Weapon Parts, and Certain Persons not to Possess Weapons.    

Hamilton Police detectives are asking if anyone has additional information regarding any similar incidents possibly involving these two suspects, are asked to contact Detective Nicholas Schulte of the Criminal Investigations Section at (609) 689-5825 or via email at nschulte@hamiltonpd.org or the Hamilton Police Crime Tip Hotline at (609) 581-4008. 

Every defendant is presumed innocent until being found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law. 

QuickChek Opens Newest Store in Hamilton Township

New Look, New Menu, and New Local Jobs Benefit Community, Brings Added Convenience to NJ Transit Station 

January 3, 2022

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–QuickChek is ringing in the new year with its newest store, a new look, and a new menu.

The Whitehouse Station, NJ-based fresh convenience market chain, a leader in food services with an exceptional fresh brewed coffee program that has been ranked first in consumer satisfaction among convenience stores in New Jersey, has opened a new 5,856square-foot store with fuel located near the entrance to the Amtrak-New Jersey Transit station in Hamilton Township.

The new store opened on December 30 at 704 Sloan Avenue and features a contemporary new white and brick exterior design with a green tower with a large green “Q” to complement an innovative “Fresh to Go” interior layout designed to enhance the shopping experience for busy people on-the-go.

“The opening of our new Hamilton Township store enables us to meet the demand for safe, convenient shopping and fuel service in the area and will also be very beneficial to those utilizing the transit center and the Northeast Corridor Line,” said QuickChek Vice President of Marketing & Operations Don Leech.

The new store creates 35 to 45 new local jobs, including eight management positions. Each new QuickChek location typically generates approximately $1 million in tax revenues, adding to its positive impact on the community.

As does its commitment to giving back to the communities it serves: QuickChek has raised more than $6.2 million since 2009 to support a variety of causes benefiting families, children and veterans. The company is a year-round support of local food banks, aiding those in need especially during the holiday season.

As part of its grand opening, QuickChek will donate $0.25 for every sub, sandwich and wrap sold in the store from Dec. 30-January 27, 2022 to the Hamilton Township Recreational Baseball Association Little League.

The new store will offer many new, one-stop shopping amenities inside and outside the store, including 16 fueling positions offering high-quality fuel at value prices.

More than half of the new store will be dedicated to freshly prepared food and beverages, including QuickChek’s guaranteed fresh brewed hot and iced coffees, to meet the needs of today’s fast-casual shopper. The store’s new look — and Winter menu — will be very appealing.

New Store Design & Innovation Features

  • An open floor plan features earth tone colors, clean sightlines and spacious stand-alone food displays. Consumer-friendly expansive aisles provide added convenience when personalizing food and beverages
  • Extensive display of freshly-made QuickChek grab-and-go food and market items
  • New foodservice menu features extensions to the popular Portuguese roll lineup of signature 6-inch and 12-inch original recipe QuickChek sub sandwiches and wraps, custom-made with the finest flavorful ingredients and the freshest quality meats and cheeses
  • A daily rotation of freshly-prepared, never-frozen QuickChek soups
  • A wide selection of healthy baked snacks and fresh cut fruit perfect for snacking anytime
  • Fresh QuickChek baked goods made in-store
  • Embracing the dining habits of millennial consumers and those on-the-go, indoor seating counters offer phone and laptop charging stations and free WiFi

“We believe in letting you choose your convenience, whether you shop in-store, mobile order through the QuickChek Rewards app for store or curbside pickup, delivery through DoorDash, Grubhub or Uber Eats, or on-the-go,” added Leech.

The new Hamilton Township store will be open 24 hours a day, enabling consumers to create delicious made-to-order breakfast items including English Muffin Breakfast sandwiches and oven-toasted fresh QuickChek subs, wraps, and salads, as well as personalized hot and cold beverages exactly as they want them, or select freshly prepared ready-to-go items, any time of day or night.

Amenities include no-fee ATMs which provide additional added value to consumers; indoor seating for 11 people and outdoor seating for 16; 16 fueling positions; and ample parking with 69 parking spaces.

WINTER COMFORT FOOD MENU

With 57% of consumers saying they’re interested in comfort food, especially millennial and Generation Z diners, QuickChek’s new Winter menu will meet these cravings. Selections range from the Ultimate Italian sub, Nashville Hot Chicken sandwiches, Mac & Cheese bowls, and bowls of freshly prepared hot soups, to new Meat Loaf sandwiches coming in January.

QuickChek’s famed coffee wall features a large variety of fresh brewed hot and iced coffees, as well as tea, hot chocolates, and decadent smoothies. Grand opening promotions include free hot or iced QuickChek coffee offered to all patrons for a limited time.

REDEFINING CONVENIENCE

A wholly-owned subsidiary of Murphy USA, QuickChek stores provide local one-stop shopping, offering a wide variety of freshly prepared food and beverages for immediate consumption as well as grocery items and household essentials.

Modern by industry standards, the company maintains bright clean stores, well-lighted fuel stations and parking lots with wide, easy-to-use entrances and exits that add to a shopper’s experience. Fresh convenience. Value. Speed. All of the things you want, all in one location.

Consumers can enjoy additional convenience and savings at any of the company’s 160 stores including 94 locations with fuel throughout New Jersey, New York’s Hudson Valley and Long Island, by downloading the QuickChek Rewards app at www.quickchek.com.


QuickChek Hamilton Township

704 Sloan Ave, Hamilton Township, 08619

Open 24 Hours



2021 Murders Reach All-Time High in Mercer County as Trenton Ties Prior Year’s Record

Murder Totals in Mercer County for 2021: Trenton: 40 Hamilton: 6 Ewing: 3

January 1, 2022

MERCER COUNTY, NJ –Murder Homicides in Mercer County have reached an all-time high of 49 for the year 2021. Other higher years in Mercer County were tied with 41 murders in 2013 and 2020.

Trenton ends 2021 with 40 murders with a tie of the all-time high set the prior year in 2020. Ewing Township reported 3 murders and Hamilton Township 6 murders in 2021.

None of the other municipalities in Mercer Conty have reported any murders for 2021





Mercer county Murders Per Year Since 1989

NJ State Police Uniform Crime Report available here: https://www.njsp.org/ucr/uniform-crime-reports.shtml

1989 = 26

1990 = 25

1991 = 10

1992 = 17

1993 = 19

1994 = 12

1995 = 20

1996 = 16

1997 = 14

1998 = 15

1999 = 10

2000 = 17

2001 = 18

2002 = 21

2003 = 16

2004 = 23

2005 = 34

2006 = 21

2007 = 26

2008 = 24

2009 = 18

2010 = 20

2011 = 25

2012 = 26

2013 = 41

2014 = 32

2015 = 20

2016 = 26

2017 = 27

2018 = 22

2019 = 20

2020 = 41

2021 = 49** As of 12/31/2021 at 9:00 p.m.


Trenton Murders Per Year Since 1989

NJ State Police Uniform Crime Report available here: https://www.njsp.org/ucr/uniform-crime-reports.shtml

1989 = 22

1990 = 21

1991 = 7

1992 = 16

1993 = 11

1994 = 9

1995 = 16

1996 = 14

1997 = 12

1998 = 15

1999 = 8

2000 = 14

2001 = 13

2002 = 19

2003 = 13

2004 = 18

2005 = 31

2006 = 18

2007 = 25

2008 = 19

2009 = 18

2010 = 15

2011 = 23

2012 = 24

2013 = 37

2014 = 32

2015 = 17

2016 = 21

2017 = 23

2018 = 16

2019 = 15

2020 = 40

2021 = 40** As of 12/31/2021 at 9:00 p.m.

  • Prior to 1989 the known highest murder number in Trenton, NJ was 1970 with 27

Names of 40 Trenton 2021** homicide victims with links to MidJersey.News stories:

  1. 2/18/2021 Jabree Saunders, 26, from shooting on May 14, 2018
  2. 2/22/2021  Khalil Gibbs, 25, of West Windsor, shooting
  3. 2/25/2021  Lovelle Laramore, 60, of Trenton shooting
  4. 4/15/2021  Kaheem Carter, 22, of Trenton, shooting
  5. 4/20/2021  Shaquan McNeil, 25, of Trenton, shooting
  6. 4/24/2021  Cheryl Jones, 65, of Trenton, shooting
  7. 4/29/2021  Ramire Harvey, 25, of Trenton, shooting
  8. 5/15/2021  David Williams 36, of Trenton, shooting
  9. 5/29/2021  Edgar Geovani Sis-Luis, 34, of Trenton, aggravated manslaughter
  10. 7/05/2021  Dion Ellis, 16, Trenton, Shooting
  11. 7/14/2021  Pablo Herrera Chun, 53, Trenton, Shooting
  12. 7/19/2021  William Mitchell, 33, Trenton, Shooting
  13. 7/19/2021  Jermel Carter, 38, Trenton, Shooting
  14. 7/29/2021  Leonard Pettigrew, 58, Trenton, Shooting
  15. 7/30/2021  Shaquil Loftin, 23, Shooting, Trenton
  16. 8/01/2021  Daquan Basnight, 30, of Ewing, Shooting
  17. 8/13/2021  Javier Chaj-Ajtun, 33, of Trenton, Shooting
  18. 8/19/2021  Herberth Ramirez Pimentel, 37, of Trenton, Shooting
  19. 8/23/2021  Yanquai Edwards, 25, of Rancocas, NJ, Shooting
  20. 8/25/2021  Daron Cheston, 18, Trenton, Shooting
  21. 8/27/2021 Ziare Jones, Shooting
  22. 8/30/2021  Fred Davis, 43, Trenton, Shooting
  23. 9/06/2021  Shamiem Young, 26, Trenton, Shooting
  24. 9/17/2021  Jeff Charles, 37, Trenton, Shooting
  25. 9/25/2021  Shemiah Davis, 15, Trenton, Shooting
  26. 10/2/2021  Omar Burgess, 49, of Trenton, Shooting
  27. 10/3/2021  Elias Juarez Lopez, 31, of Princeton, Shooting
  28. 10/4/2021  Candice Ruff, 19, of Trenton, Shooting On September 25
  29. 10/7/2021  Douglas Munn, 50, of Trenton. Shooting
  30. 10/13/2021 Melvin Williams 26, of Trenton, Shooting
  31. 10/29/2021 Edwin Obdulio Gomez Interiano, 41, Shooting
  32. 10/29/2021 Everth Barrera, 56, of Ewing, Shooting
  33. 10/30/2021 Dartanian Ames of Lawrence, 41, Shooting
  34. 11/1/2021  Hector Torres, 43, of Trenton, Shooting on 10/31
  35. 11/17/2021 David Johnson, 39, of Trenton
  36. 12/11/2021 Michael Degrass of Trenton
  37. 12/18/2021Unidentified male, shot Garfield Ave
  38. 12/25/2021 Selvin Lima, Arson
  39. 12/25/2021 Dilman Canpos, Arson
  40. 12/31/2021 Shooting Donnelly Homes

*Updated to reflect the person who died in 2021 from complications from a shooting on May 14, 2018 as per medical examiner report.

**As of 9:00 p.m. 12/31/ 2021


Hamilton Township 2021 homicides stories:







Ewing Township 2021 Homicide stories:








$3.8 Million Pick-6 Winner Sold at Yardville Acme, Hamilton Township, NJ

TRENTON (Dec. 28, 2021) – One lucky ticket matched all six numbers drawn for the Monday, December 27, Pick-6 drawing winning the $3.8 million annuity jackpot. The cash value of the ticket is more than $3 million. The winning ticket was sold at Acme #2914, 4400 South Broad St., Yardville in Mercer County. The lucky retailer will receive a bonus of $10,000 for selling that winning ticket.

Executive Director James Carey announced, “We are excited to meet the winner of this $3.8 million jackpot prize and learn how it will impact their life!”

In addition to the jackpot winner, 17 ticketholders won $1,568 for correctly matching five out of the six white balls drawn. Three of those tickets were purchased with XTRA, multiplying the prize to $4,704.

The winning numbers for the Monday, December 27, drawing were: 09, 17, 19, 24, 42 and 46. The XTRA Multiplier was: 03. The jackpot for the Pick-6 game has reset to $2 million.  The next drawing will be held Thursday, December 29.


Car Fire Quickly Extinguished on NJ Turnpike

December 27, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Around 6:00 p.m. the Robbinsville Township and Bordentown Township Fire Departments were dispatched to the area of mile post 58 south bound for a car fire. Robbinsville firefighters found the car on fire on the right shoulder of the outer lanes at mile post 57.5 on the Crosswicks-Hamilton Square Road Bridge. Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire with a 1 3/4″ hose line. Firefighters were on scene for a short time until the vehicle was towed from the scene. No further information is available at this time.

Crash Involving Overturned Amazon Delivery Van Temporarily Closes South Broad at Irvington Place in Hamilton

December 23, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Around 5:00 p.m. Hamilton Township Fire Department, Hamilton Township Police, RWJ EMS and Capital Health Paramedics responded to South Broad Street and Irvington Place for a crash involving an overturned vehicle. There were initial reports of entrapment but the driver was able to make it out on their own power prior to fire department arrival. EMS responded and evaluated and it was unclear if anyone was transported to the hospital. Hamilton Township Police closed South Broad Street at Irvington Place until the vehicles could be removed from the roadway. The accident is under investigation by the Hamilton Township Police Department. No further information is available at this time.

Multiple Crashes Reported on New Jersey Turnpike Between Exits 7, 7A and 8

December 23, 2021

BORDENTOWN-HAMILTON-ROBBINSVILLE, (MERCER-BURLINGTON)–There were multiple crashes on the New Jersey Turnpike this afternoon and evening creating traffic delays and shutting down the outer roadway.

At 3:36 p.m. Bordentown Township and Robbinsville Township firefighters responded to the area of Mile Post 55 for a tractor trailer into a bridge at mile post 55.08 south bound and another vehicle on the right shoulder also involved in the crash. Robbinsville EMS, Florence EMS, Virtua Paramedics also responded to the scene. Robbinsville EMS and Paramedics transported the truck driver to the Trauma Center at Captial Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton. It was unclear where Florence EMS transported their patient.

At 4:22 p.m. a vehicle rear ended a box truck on the New Jersey Turnpike Outer Roadway in the area of Mile Post 59 in front of the Richard Stockton, 6S Service Area. Robbinsville Township and Bordentown Township firefighters also responded to that scene. It appeared the traffic backup from the first accident was quite possibly a contributing factor. Allentown EMS, Captial Health Paramedics responded to the scene, Captial Health-Allentown EMS transported to RWJ at Hamilton Hospital with an injury from that accident.

At 5:46 p.m. Robbinsville Township Fire Department, Hightstown Fire Department, Hightstown First Aid Squad, Capital Health Paramedics and Robbinsville EMS responded to a crash at Mile Post 63.3 South Bound on the inner roadway. One injury was reported in that crash. A private ambulance that was already on the Turnpike stopped to help with Captial Health Paramedics, the private ambulance transported the patient to the local hospital for treatment with minor injuries.


At 3:36 p.m. Bordentown Township and Robbinsville Township firefighters responded to the area of Mile Post 55 for a tractor trailer into a bridge at mile post 55.08 south bound and another vehicle on the right shoulder also involved in the crash. Robbinsville EMS, Florence EMS, Virtua Paramedics also responded to the scene. Robbinsville EMS and Paramedics transported the truck driver to the Trauma Center at Captial Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton. It was unclear where Florence EMS transported their patient.





Reports of Two Injuries in NJ Turnpike Crash

December 22, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Bordentown Township and Robbinsville Township Firefighters as well as EMS were dispatched to the NJ Turnpike at 7:21 p.m. for an overturned vehicle in the area of Mile Post 57.9 inner roadway. There were initial reports of entrapment, but victims were out of the vehicle upon arrival of the fire departments and EMS. There were initial reports of two injuries that were evaluated by EMS but it was unclear if there was anyone transported from the scene to a local hospital. It appeared that there were no life-threating injuries in the crash. The New Jersey State Police is investigating the crash.


Multi-Vehicle Accident on NJ Turnpike Sends Two to Hospital

December 9, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The Robbinsville Township Fire Department along with Allentown-Capital Health EMS responded to the NJ Turnpike south bound inner roadway at mile marker 59.2 for a multi-vehicle accident with injuries at 8:06 p.m. Upon arrival firefighters reported that multiple vehicles were involved and checking for injuries. At least four cars were involved, and it appears that two people were sent to local hospitals with non-life-threating injuries. Bordentown Township EMS also responded to the scene. New Jersey State Police is investigating the crash. No further details are available at this time.

Pedestrian Struck in Hit and Run Crash on Route 33 in Hamilton; Hit and Run Driver Turns Self In

December 6, 2021 UPDATE:

On December 6, 2021, the Hamilton Police Traffic Unit was contacted by the driver of
the suspect vehicle who stated he wanted to turn himself in for the crash. At approximately
9:00am, Calvin Janicsek, 22yoa male from Willingboro, arrived at Hamilton Police
Headquarters and turned himself in, stating he was the driver of the vehicle. Probable cause was
established and he was subsequently charged with Knowingly Leaving the Scene of an
Accident Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury, and Endangering an Injured Victim.
The investigation is still ongoing and any witnesses are asked to contact the Hamilton
Police Traffic Unit at (609)581-4000.
Every defendant is presumed innocent until being found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt
in a court of law.

December 5, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–On December 5, 2021 at approximately 2:17am a 17-year-old male Hamilton resident was walking westbound on Rt 33 in the area of Weston Ave when he was struck by a vehicle that was also traveling westbound.  The suspect vehicle fled the area and is described as a dark colored Ford Mustang with damage to the windshield, front grill and passenger side headlight area.  The victim suffered serious injuries and was transported to Capital Health Hospital at Fuld for treatment.

The crash is being investigated by Officer Hendricksen and Officer Micharski of the Hamilton Police Traffic Unit.  Any witnesses are asked to contact the Hamilton Police Traffic Unit at (609)581-4000.

Information may also be left anonymously on the Hamilton Police Crime Tip Hotline at 609-581-4008.


Vehicle Overturns on Route 130 in Hamilton

November 25, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–At 9:25 p.m. Hamilton Police recieved multiple calls reporting an overturned vehicle on Route 130 near Horizon Center and Sprit of 76 Boulevard. Hamilton Township Fire Department and RWJ Hamilton EMS responded to the scene for reported entrapment. Upon arrival there was no entrapment. Hamilton Fire Department stood by until 10:22 p.m. until the vehicle could be up righted and towed away. Hamilton Township Police is investigating the crash. No further information was available.


Trenton Man Arrested in Armed Home Invasion, Kidnapping, Robbery in Hamilton

November 23, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–On November 22, 2021, Hamilton Police Officers were detailed to a residence in the 300 block of Tindall Avenue on a home invasion/ robbery. Responding officers were advised by the elderly female victim, that she was awakened by a black male suspect that entered her residence with a handgun. The elderly victim explained that the suspect pushed in a first-floor window air conditioning unit to gain entry to her residence.  Once inside, he held her at gun point and took several items of value and left with her personal vehicle.

Hamilton Police Detective Frank Palmieri was assigned the case, and an alert was entered for the victims’ stolen motor vehicle.   

On the evening of November 22, 2021, the suspect, 19-year-old Trenton resident, Kahider Carmichael, was arrested by the New Jersey State Police Crime Suppression Central Unit, while driving the victims’ vehicle in Trenton. 

Kahider Carmichael was transported to Hamilton Police headquarters where he was charged with Robbery, Burglary and Kidnapping. 

Kahider Carmichael is currently being held at the Mercer County Correctional Facility awaiting arraignment.

Hamilton Police Detectives are asking the public if anyone has additional information concerning this incident, to contact Hamilton Police Detective Frank Palmieri of the Criminal Investigations Section at (609) 581-4041 or via email at fpalmieri@hamiltonpd.org or the Hamilton Police Crime Tip Hotline at (609) 581-4008.

Every defendant is presumed innocent until being found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.


Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton Commemorates 50 Years Serving the Community

November 23, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) Hamilton, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, held a procession ceremony on Friday, November 19, 2021 to mark the hospital’s 50-year milestone of providing high quality healthcare to the Mercer County community.

In 1971, Trenton General Hospital moved to a 67-acre campus in Hamilton Township and was renamed Hamilton Hospital. A half-century later, the hospital, now Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, exemplifies the best in patient care, quality and safety. Today, the hospital is nationally recognized for its exceptional medical care, patient satisfaction, and continued commitment to promote, preserve, and restore the health of the community it serves. 

The procession ceremony recreated the first time the ambulances pulled into Hamilton Hospital five decades ago and will feature EMS a well as firetrucks, police vehicles, and ambulances who will drive through the hospital grounds, mirroring that historic day.

Following the procession, remarks were made by:

  • Mercer County Commissioner Nina D. Melker, Chairman of RWJUH Hamilton Foundation and Vice Chairman of the RWJUH Hamilton Board of Trustees
  • Richard Freeman, President and Chief Executive Officer, RWJUH Hamilton
  • Hamilton Township Mayor Jeffrey S. Martin

Another Gun Violence Incident in Mercer County This Week Involving Juveniles, This Time in Trenton

November 22, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Trenton Police report that there was a shooting in the area of 55 Garfield Avenue this morning only a few blocks from another shooting incident in Hamilton on Saturday night involving juveniles. There were three juveniles in a vehicle, one of the juveniles was grazed by a bullet. It was unclear where he was grazed. No other information is available at this time as the investigation is ongoing.

This is the second incident this week involving juveniles in Mercer County, the first incident was at Greenwood Avenue and Connecticut Avenue in Hamilton Township a few blocks from the Trenton border where a juvenile (reported as 12-year-old) was shot in the leg and head, transported to the hospital and was expected to survive. Hamilton Police are still investigating that incident.

You can read that MidJersey.News story here:



Hamilton Police investigate a shooting involving juveniles in Hamilton Township on November 20, 2021



Hamilton NJ: On November 20, 2021 at approximately 6:34 PM, Hamilton Police were dispatched to the area of the Greenwood Avenue and Connecticut Avenue on a report of shots fired with one person struck in the leg.  Upon arrival Officers located a juvenile victim bleeding from his upper left leg.  A bystander was applying pressure to the area and Officers applied a tourniquet to control the bleeding.  Firefighters from Engine 14 arrived on scene and assisted with treating the victim.  Officers spoke to the juvenile victims who stated they were hanging out on the corner of Greenwood Avenue and Connecticut Avenue when they were approached by males in a silver/gray Honda.  The rear right passenger rolled down the window and began yelling at the juveniles.  The juveniles started to run away when the suspect brandished a handgun and starting firing at them.  The vehicle then fled the scene down Connecticut Avenue towards Hamilton Avenue.  Officers located eighteen shell casings at the scene.  The victim sustained a gunshot wound to his left leg and head.  He was transported to Bristol-Myers Squibb Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University in New Brunswick for further treatment and is in stable condition.

Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective Frank Palmieri of the Hamilton Police Division’s Criminal Investigations Section at 609-581-4041 or the Hamilton Police Crime Tip Hotline at 609-581-4008.

Connecticut Avenue Shooting Update:

November 21, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Hamilton Township Police said, on November 20, 2021 at approximately 6:34 PM, Hamilton Police were dispatched to the area of the Greenwood Avenue and Connecticut Avenue on a report of shots fired with one person struck in the leg.  Upon arrival Officers located a juvenile victim bleeding from his upper left leg.  A bystander was applying pressure to the area and Officers applied a tourniquet to control the bleeding.  Firefighters from Engine 14 arrived on scene and assisted with treating the victim.  Officers spoke to the juvenile victims who stated they were hanging out on the corner of Greenwood Avenue and Connecticut Avenue when they were approached by males in a silver/gray Honda.  The rear right passenger rolled down the window and began yelling at the juveniles.  The juveniles started to run away when the suspect brandished a handgun and starting firing at them.  The vehicle then fled the scene down Connecticut Avenue towards Hamilton Avenue.  Officers located eighteen shell casings at the scene.  The victim sustained a gunshot wound to his left leg and head.  He was transported to Bristol-Myers Squibb Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University in New Brunswick for further treatment and is in stable condition.

Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective Frank Palmieri of the Hamilton Police Division’s Criminal Investigations Section at 609-581-4041 or the Hamilton Police Crime Tip Hotline at 609-581-4008.

Last night’s breaking news story here:




BREAKING: Shooting Investigation on Connecticut Ave. in Hamilton Township

UPDATE HERE:


Hamilton NJ: On November 20, 2021 at approximately 6:34 PM, Hamilton Police were dispatched to the area of the Greenwood Avenue and Connecticut Avenue on a report of shots fired with one person struck in the leg.  Upon arrival Officers located a juvenile victim bleeding from his upper left leg.  A bystander was applying pressure to the area and Officers applied a tourniquet to control the bleeding.  Firefighters from Engine 14 arrived on scene and assisted with treating the victim.  Officers spoke to the juvenile victims who stated they were hanging out on the corner of Greenwood Avenue and Connecticut Avenue when they were approached by males in a silver/gray Honda.  The rear right passenger rolled down the window and began yelling at the juveniles.  The juveniles started to run away when the suspect brandished a handgun and starting firing at them.  The vehicle then fled the scene down Connecticut Avenue towards Hamilton Avenue.  Officers located eighteen shell casings at the scene.  The victim sustained a gunshot wound to his left leg and head.  He was transported to Bristol-Myers Squibb Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University in New Brunswick for further treatment and is in stable condition.

Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective Frank Palmieri of the Hamilton Police Division’s Criminal Investigations Section at 609-581-4041 or the Hamilton Police Crime Tip Hotline at 609-581-4008.


Last night’s Breaking News story here:

November 20, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)—Around 6:40 p.m. the Hamilton Police Department, Hamilton Fire Department, RWJ EMS and Capital Health Paramedics responded to the 300 Block of Connecticut Avenue near Greenwood Avenue for a reported shooting. It was reported that a young person (reported as age 12) was shot in the upper leg and transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton and a trauma alert was called En route to the hospital.

A video reportedly from near the scene was shared on the “Ring Neighbors Application” where numerous gunshots could be heard. Playing the video back a ¼ speed 13 rounds were heard in the video and a car speeding off in the distance could also be heard.

Hamilton Township Police had a crime scene set up and were seen checking the area for evidence. Hamilton Township Fire Department responded with a Special Service Unit to provide lighting of the crime scene.

No official or further information is available at this time.

This is a Breaking News report from reports from the scene, radio reports and witnesses. Once official information becomes available from authorities the story will be updated and any corrections and changes made at that time.



Three Current and Former Ewing Township Police Officers Indicted on Civil Rights Charges in Their Roles Assaulting a Minor Victim During the Course of an Arrest

November 19, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Three current and former Ewing Township Police Department officers were indicted by a grand jury on civil rights charges for their roles in assaulting a minor victim during the course of an arrest, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced today.

Michael Delahanty, 51, of Robbinsville, New Jersey, a retired Ewing Township Police lieutenant; and Matthew Przemieniecki, 43, of Hamilton, New Jersey, and Justin Ubry, 33, of Burlington, New Jersey, both current Ewing Township police officers, are charged in a two-count indictment with deprivation of rights under color of law. Delahanty and Przemieniecki are charged in Count One with a felony offense of deprivation of rights under color of law causing bodily injury, and Ubry is charged in Count Two with a misdemeanor offense of deprivation of rights under color of law. Delahanty, Przemieniecki, and Ubry surrendered this morning and are scheduled to appear by videoconference this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Tonianne J. Bongiovanni.

According to the indictment:

At approximately 8:15 a.m., on Jan. 5, 2018, more than a dozen police officers responded to a report of a stolen vehicle in Ewing Township. Officers located the vehicle, which had crashed, and saw the driver of the vehicle running from the scene. Shortly thereafter, officers located the driver, a minor, in a detached shed on a residential property, removed the minor from the shed, and laid him face down on the snow-covered ground. While other officers handcuffed the victim, Delahanty used his boot to step on the back of the victim’s head, pressing his face into the snow. Przemieniecki kicked snow three times directly into the victim’s face, and Ubry also kicked snow directly into the victim’s face. Przemieniecki then used his boot to step on the victim’s head, again driving his face into the snow. The victim did not resist law enforcement at any time while on the ground. Under the circumstances, the force that defendants Delahanty, Przemieniecki, and Ubry applied to the victim was unreasonable and excessive and violated the victim’s constitutional right to be free from such force.

The felony civil rights charge against Delahanty and Przemieniecki carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000. The misdemeanor civil rights charge against Ubry carries a maximum penalty of one year in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000.

Acting U.S. Attorney Honig credited special agents of the FBI Trenton Resident Agency, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge George M. Crouch Jr. in Newark, with the investigation leading to the charges.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Martha K. Nye of the Criminal Division in Trenton, and Senior Civil Rights Counsel R. Joseph Gribko of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Criminal Division in Newark.

Acting U.S. Attorney Honig and Acting New Jersey Attorney General Andrew J. Bruck recently announced the creation of a federal-state Civil Rights Criminal Enforcement Initiative to enhance coordination in the investigation and prosecution of federal, state, and local cases involving civil rights violations by law enforcement officers and others acting under color of law. This initiative combines resources from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Attorney General’s Office of Public Integrity and Accountability, and the FBI in a cooperative approach to criminal civil rights enforcement.

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:
Delahanty: David P. Schroth Esq., Ewing 
Przemieniecki: Jerome A. Ballarotto Esq., Trenton
Ubry: Eric Marcy Esq., Woodbridge, New Jersey



14 Busted on Party Bus in Hamilton Township with Guns, Ghost Guns, High-Capacity Magazines, Hollow-Point Ammo and Drugs

November 12, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The New Jersey State Police have arrested 14 individuals and seized 6 guns including 2 ghost guns, high-capacity magazines, hollow-point ammunition, and drugs after an investigation led detectives to a party bus traveling through Mercer County.

Detectives with the Crime Suppression Central Unit learned that a party bus carrying multiple occupants in possession of weapons was traveling through Mercer County and that it would return to the Trenton area via Interstate 195.

On October 31, at 3:30 a.m., detectives with the Crime Suppression Unit and Opioid Enforcement Task Force along with members of the Trenton Police Department and Hamilton Police Department located and stopped the bus on Interstate 195 in Hamilton Township. As detectives approached the bus, they observed the occupants attempting to conceal several weapons within the bus. The occupants of the bus were arrested.

As a result of the investigation, detectives recovered three 9mm handguns, including two ghost guns, a .45 caliber handgun, a .40 caliber handgun, a .380 caliber handgun, three high-capacity magazines, hollow-point ammunition and promethazine, suspected codeine syrup. A ghost gun is a firearm that is assembled from various parts that are not imprinted with a serial number registered with a federally licensed manufacturer, making them difficult for law enforcement to trace.


The individuals were charged with the following:

Javon McKinney, 22, of Trenton, N.J.

• Unlawful possession of a handgun

• Possession of a handgun without a serial number

• Possession of a high-capacity magazine

Maurice Nance, 20, of Trenton, N.J.

• Unlawful possession of a handgun

• Possession of a high-capacity magazine

Kena West, 25, of Trenton, N.J.

• Unlawful possession of a handgun

• Certain persons not to possess a handgun

• Possession of a high-capacity magazine

• Possession of hollow-point ammunition

Jahmel Johnson, 24, of Trenton, N.J.

• Unlawful possession of a handgun

• Certain persons not to possess a handgun

• Possession of a high-capacity magazine

• Possession of CDS

Makai Brown, 21, of Atlanta, GA

• Unlawful possession of a handgun

• Possession of a high-capacity magazine

Jaquan Harper, 20, of Trenton, N.J.

• Unlawful possession of a handgun

• Possession of a high-capacity magazine

Zaire Leary, 24, of Trenton, N.J.

• Unlawful possession of a handgun

• Certain persons not to possess a handgun

• Possession of a high-capacity magazine

• Possession of hollow-point ammunition

Daquane McRae, 25, of Trenton, N.J.

• Unlawful possession of a handgun

• Certain persons not to possess a handgun

• Obstruction

• Resisting arrest

Khalil Glanton, 22, of Trenton, N.J.

• Unlawful possession of a handgun

Daquan Lewis, 27, of Trenton, N.J.

• Unlawful possession of a handgun

• Certain persons not to possess a handgun

• Possession of a high-capacity magazine

• Possession of hollow-point ammunition

Aaron Turner, 31, of Trenton, N.J.

• Unlawful possession of a handgun

• Certain persons not to possess a handgun

• Possession of a high-capacity magazine

• Possession of hollow-point ammunition

Tahvon Goss, 23, of Trenton, N.J.

• Unlawful possession of a handgun

• Certain persons not to possess a handgun

• Possession of a high-capacity magazine

• Possession of hollow-point ammunition

Harold Ruiz, 22, of Trenton, N.J.

• Unlawful possession of a handgun

• Certain persons not to possess a handgun

• Possession of a high-capacity magazine

Juvenile female of Ewing, N.J.

• Unlawful possession of a handgun

• Possession of a high-capacity magazine


This case is being prosecuted by the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice.

Charges are mere accusations, and the accused are considered innocent until proven guilty.


Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton Flies 300 Flags for Heroes During Pre-Veterans Day Celebration with the Rotary Club of Robbinsville Hamilton

November 10, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) Hamilton, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, and the Rotary Club of Robbinsville Hamilton hosted a pre-Veterans Day community celebration of Flags for Heroes on Saturday, Nov. 6 at RWJUH Hamilton.

A total of 300 full-sized American flags raised by 80+ volunteers affixed with personal messages to local heroes have been placed on the grounds of the hospital and will continue to fly through Nov. 19. Flag sponsorships were purchased by area residents and businesses through the Rotary Club of Robbinsville Hamilton to honor heroes in their lives, including members of the military, COVID-19 essential workers, family members and others.

“We’re privileged to have partnered with the Rotary Club of Robbinsville Hamilton to once again recognize our local heroes through such a powerful display ahead of Veterans Day,” said Richard Freeman, President and Chief Executive Officer, RWJUH Hamilton, “This year we not only honored our local military veterans for their service but also some of our own healthcare heroes for their dedication throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. We’d like to thank members of the local community who made this event possible through their flag sponsorships.”

“This event is an ideal way to bring the town together,” said Joe Bellina, Robbinsville Hamilton Rotary President. “It allows people to commemorate and acknowledge someone that has or had such a profound impact on their lives. We expanded our flags from 200 to 300 this year and that is meaningful.”

The public ceremony included a short program with guest speakers and community leaders, including Hamilton Mayor Jeff Martin. A portion of the proceeds from flag sponsorships will be provided to the Mercer County Military Action Council (MCMAC) to help service members travel home for the holidays.

For more information on RWJUH Hamilton visit: http://www.rwjbh.org/Hamilton.



Porch Pirate From Trenton Busted In Hamilton Thefts

November 10, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–On September 9, 2021, Detectives from the Hamilton Police Criminal Investigations Section, along with Officers from the Hamilton Police Anti- Crime Unit, conducted surveillance of a section of Hamilton that has been plagued with a substantial increase in porch package thefts over the past several months.  Investigators were able to identify 38 year old Trenton resident, Calvin T. Stevens, as a suspect responsible for many of these thefts.

On September 9, 2021, officers conducting surveillance of the area witnessed suspect Calvin T. Stevens, remove a package from a porch on the 2100 block of S. Broad Street, and attempted to ride away on his bicycle with the proceeds.  Mr. Stevens was stopped and placed under arrest for the theft of the package.  Further investigation revealed he also had proceeds of one additional porch package theft from Independence Avenue, that was delivered on the same date.

 Calvin T. Stevens was charged with an additional (5) five previously reported package thefts in Hamilton.  Hamilton Police Detectives are still reviewing cases involving Calvin T. Stevens for additional charges.

Calvin T. Stevens was transported to the Mercer County Correctional Facility and is awaiting arraignment for these charges.

The Hamilton Police Division is asking the public to be aware of the dates  their packages are being delivered during the holiday season, and retrieve them from their porches as soon as they are delivered to avoid these types of thefts.

Hamilton Police are asking the public if anyone has additional information regarding porch package thefts in their neighborhood possibly involving Calvin T. Stevens, to contact Detective Patrick Quick of the Criminal Investigations Section at (609) 581-4111 or via email at pquick@hamiltonpd.org  or the Hamilton Police Crime Tip Hotline at (609) 581-4008.

Every defendant is presumed innocent until being found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.


Project Freedom Breaks Ground For Freedom Village At Hamilton Woods

November 9, 2021, Updated December 14, 2021 with information from Hamilton Township

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Project Freedom broke ground for a new development with 72 units, called “Freedom Village At Hamilton Woods” today located at Justice Samuel A. Alito Way &Whitehorse Mercerville Road.

Congressman Chris Smith thanked members of Project Freedom for the tremendous work that has been done to make affordable, accessible and barrier free housing available to people. Congressman Smith met Executive Director, Norman Smith three and a half decades ago, he said Norman is not a guy you can say no to, that he is tenacious and has a dream. People in this state have been able to live a greater quality life of life because of Norman’s dream and everyone’s efforts at Project Freedom. Congressman Smith said this has always been bipartisan, Jack Rafferty was always a believer in Project Freedom and talked about the first grant back in the mid-1980s for Project Freedom.

Hamilton Mayor Jeff Martin said, “What you see to be able to get to this point today is a partnership between a lot of people and a lot of organizations. Today is not possible without support from our Federal, State, County and Local Governments. It takes that many organizations besides our non-profits, private organizations and the board of Project Freedom to provide a barrier free living facility and residences. We are here today to support a project like this and there are others throughout the State. On behalf of Hamilton, we welcome Project Freedom again to the town and we look forward to many years of continuing partnership.

County Executive Brian Hughes said, “Its an honor to be part of the Project Freedom family. We have been working with this great organization to try and get housing in the right place at the right time with the right idea in mind and in locations that really make sense and this location today cannot make more sense. Your across the street from the Library, the YMCA and the Police Department is a walk away.” “Mercer County is proud to be part of this organization.”

Norman Smith Executive Director of Project Freedom said, “Today is like a second homecoming for Project Freedom and for myself. I grew up in Hamilton, spend many hours in the library over there (across the way) with my Dad. In addition, my first position as an advocate for people with disabilities was in the Mayor’s Office on Disabilities that was also located in the library.

Similarly, Project Freedom was founded in Hamilton and supported by Hamilton legends Franny McManimon and the late Mayor Jack Rafferty. This was when people with disabilities were hardly thought about in the political calculus, but both Hamilton leaders supported us because they saw the problem and they saw Project Freedom as the proper solution. My friend Jack went on to be Project Freedom’s first guardian angel helping us in many ways that have brought us here today, said Norman Smith.

This past October marked the 20th anniversary of the opening of Project Freedom’s first Hamilton complex. Those 48 apartments have provided the foundation for tenants to be employed, have families, and enjoy the Hamilton community. One of the original tenants received an award from FEMA and was invited to the White House to receive it, Smith said.

Other Hamilton tenants have represented the United States as medal winners in the Paralympics and the Special Olympics. Still others achieved more personal goals of self-reliance and independence. This is the essence of what Project Freedom housing accomplishes. This is what I am most proud of. While others see apartment units as bricks and mortar, I see them as catalysts for lives being changed thought the opportunity and enjoyment of freedom. These 72 new apartments will do the same. What we start today will bring freedom to some, a comfortable sanctuary for others, and for everyone the opportunity to say Hamilton is a great place to call their hometown, said Smith.







From Hamilton Township on December 14, 2021:

HAMILTON, NJ – Last month, Project Freedom joined with Hamilton Township Mayor Jeff Martin, Congressman Chris Smith, County Executive Brian Hughes, Councilman Anthony Carabelli, and Melanie R. Walter, Executive Director, New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA) as they broke ground on their second community in Hamilton Township – Freedom Village at Hamilton Woods.

Project Freedom’s new development called “Freedom Village at Hamilton Woods” will have 72 units and be located at Justice Samuel A. Alito Way & Whitehorse Mercerville Road. The location is situated near Hamilton’s Public Library, Hamilton’s Police Station, and the Hamilton Area YMCA.

Project Freedom is a non-profit organization founded in Hamilton by Executive Director, Norman Smith. Project Freedom develops and operates barrier-free housing to enable individuals with disabilities to live independently. Supportive services such as recreation, training, and advocacy are also offered. From the start, Project Freedom was supported by Hamilton resident and late State Senator “Franny” McManimon and the late Mayor Jack Rafferty, who helped shed light on individuals with disabilities.

Freedom Village at Hamilton Woods is the twelfth development for the organization. This past October marked the 20th anniversary of the opening of Project Freedom’s first Hamilton complex. The 48 apartments have provided the foundation for tenants to be employed, have families, and enjoy the Hamilton community. 

“This truly has been a partnership from all levels of Government working together with community organizations to make today possible – from the Federal, State, County, and Municipal levels,” said Mayor Martin. “On behalf of Hamilton, we again welcome Project Freedom to the town and we look forward to many years of continuing partnership.”

To learn more about Project Freedom, visit www.projectfreedom.org or check them out on social media,  www.facebook.com/ProjectFreedomInc.

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! 

Hamilton Man Indicted On Receiving Stolen Property And Misconduct By Corporate Official

November 6, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)– Acting Attorney General Andrew J. Bruck and Insurance Fraud Prosecutor Tracy M. Thompson announced that a Mercer County man was charged Wednesday with receiving stolen checks and for allegedly using a corporate bank account to receive the stolen funds.

Wayne Bessant, 40, of Hamilton, N.J., was indicted on second-degree receiving stolen property and second-degree misconduct by a corporate official. The indictment was handed up by a state grand jury on November 3, 2021.

Between August 9, 2019 and September 16, 2019, Bessant allegedly received twenty-three stolen checks. Bessant was also charged with second-degree misconduct by a corporate official for allegedly using the company, New Tech Restoration LLC, to receive more than $75,000 in stolen funds.   

The charges are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty. Second-degree crimes carry a sentence of five to 10 years in state prison and a fine of up to $150,000.

Deputy Attorney General Jennifer L. Menjivar presented the case to the State Grand Jury for the Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor under the supervision of Bureau Chief DAG Cheryl Maccaroni, and Assistant Bureau Chief Crystal Callahan of the Private Insurance Fraud Bureau. Sergeant Wendy Berg and Detective Matthew Armstrong investigated the case under the Supervision of Lieutenant Kelly Howard.

Insurance Fraud Prosecutor Thompson noted that many cases have started with anonymous tips. People who are concerned about insurance cheating and have information about a fraud can report it anonymously by calling the toll-free hotline at 1-877-55-FRAUD, or visiting the website at www.NJInsurancefraud.org. State regulations permit a reward to be paid to an eligible person who provides information that leads to an arrest, prosecution, and conviction for insurance fraud.


One Jersey Cash 5 Ticket Wins $1,061,112 Jackpot, Sold At Pantry 1 Food Mart In Hamilton

November 1, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–One lucky ticket matched all five numbers drawn winning the $1,061,112 Jersey Cash 5 jackpot from the Friday, October 29, drawing. The winning numbers were: 10, 20, 31, 42, and 45 and the XTRA number was: 02. The retailer will receive a bonus check for $2,000 for the winning ticket sold. That ticket was sold at Pantry 1 Food Mart, 2013 Hamilton Ave., in Mercer County. 


Hamilton Man 26, Thought He Was Meeting a 15-Year-Old For Sex; Busted By MCPO Internet Crimes Against Children Unit Instead

November 1, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri reported today that an investigation into online child exploitation has resulted in the arrest of a Hamilton man.

Francis Frobose, 26, of Hamilton, NJ, is charged with second-degree attempted kidnapping, second-degree attempted luring, second-degree attempted sexual assault and third-degree attempted endangering the welfare of a child.  The prosecutor’s office has filed a motion to detain Frobose pending trial.  He is being held in the Mercer County Correction Center in Hopewell and a detention hearing is scheduled for this week in Mercer County Superior Court before Judge Robert W. Bingham II.

In August 2021, detectives with the prosecutor’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Unit began an investigation into individuals attempting to use the internet to sexually exploit children.  Frobose was identified as a subject and began chatting online with ICAC detectives.  More than 100 messages were exchanged between Frobose and detectives. The complaint alleges Frobose described the sexual acts that were to be committed, set up a meet, and showed up to the location to pick up an individual he believed to be a 15-year-old girl and engage in the sexual conduct discussed.

On Thursday afternoon, October 28, 2021, detectives followed Frobose from his Hamilton home to the meet location, where he was taken into custody without incident by officers with the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office.

Second-degree crimes carry a sentence of five to 10 years in state prison and a fine of up to $150,000.  Third-degree crimes carry a sentence of three to five years in state prison and a fine of up to $15,000.

Prosecutor Onofri urged anyone with information about suspected improper contact by unknown persons communicating with children via the internet or possible exploitation or sexual abuse of children to please contact his Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Unit at 609-989-6568 or the New Jersey Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force tip line at 888-648-6007.

“I want the residents of Mercer County to know we are out there online, protecting our children,” Prosecutor Onofri said.  “This year alone, the ICAC Task Force has conducted 180 investigations into child pornography, child exploitation and luring minors to engage in illicit sexual activity.  Thirty search warrants have been executed and 29 people have been charged, with more than 100,000 child pornography images and videos recovered.”

“We will use every investigative tool at our disposal to aggressively pursue and prosecute these predators that attempt to exploit our most innocent victims,” he continued.

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