Category: Hamilton

NJ State Police Bomb Squad Called To Hamilton Township Public Works For Unknown “HazMat”

September 23, 2022

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Around 2:50 p.m. the Hamilton Township Police Department and Hamilton Township Fire Department was dispatched to the Hamilton Township Public Works Department at 240 Tampa Avenue for a “Hazardous Materials” incident but the worker reporting the hazmat would not say what it was. About 4 minutes later additional fire units were sent to the scene at Hamilton Public Works Garage for some kind of incident in the hazardous materials storage unit. A short time later a NJ State Police Bomb Unit and members of their Hazardous Materials Team arrived. Fire crews stretched a hose line for protection.

Around 4:27 p.m. a man in a full protective bomb suit emerged and carried something with wires away from the scene.

Around 5:20 p.m. the situation was under control and all fire units were returning to their stations.

It was unclear what exactly was found and what the bomb squad was doing there.

This is a breaking news report and when official information becomes available the story will be updated.


Above: A NJ State Trooper in a protective bomb suit carries out something that appears to have wires attached to it. Hamilton Township Fire Department is standing by for fire protection. Hamilton Police closed off Tampa Avene at South Olden Avenue to the entrance to Public Works. It is unclear exactly what the device or chemicals were. The situation was resolved around 5:00 p.m.


Update: Residents Pull Hamilton Man To Safety From Fiery Wreck On Whitehorse-Hamilton Square Road Saving His Life


Heroic actions by neighbors pulled man to safety from a Honda Pilot well involved in flames prior to emergency services saving the man from possible fatal injuries.


September 22, 2022

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Hamilton Police say that on September 21, 2022 at 9:51 p.m. Yvenson Dossous 33-years-old of Hamilton, NJ, was operating his 2022 Honda Pilot north on Whitehorse Hamilton Square Road when he veered off the roadway and struck a tree on the northeast curb. After the collision with the tree, Mr. Dossous’s 2022 Honda pilot became engulfed in flames. Area residents who heard the crash responded and were able to pull Mr. Dossous from his burning vehicle.
Medical personnel from Capital Health and Robert Wood Johnson at Hamilton rendered aide and transported Mr. Dossous to Capital Health at Fuld for injuries and burns from the crash. Hamilton Fire Division responded to the scene for the vehicle fire and remained on scene for assistance in the at scene investigation.
The crash is being investigated by Officers B. Wood, P. Micharski, and B. Mandelko of the Hamilton Police Traffic Unit.
Any witnesses are asked to contact the Hamilton Police Traffic Unit at (609)581-4000.


Last night a witness told Midjersey.News that neighbors felt the ground shake when the car hit the tree and residents ran out and pulled the man from the burning car prior to arrival of emergency responders. Another witness said that after pulling man to safety they patted out the flames of the man’s burning clothing and put him in the driveway and awaited first responders.




Hamilton Police, Fire And EMS Respond To Serious Crashes Tonight


Update here:


September 21, 2022

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Hamilton Township Police, Fire Department, RWJ EMS and Captial Health Paramedics responded to multiple serious crashes tonight in the Township.

The first crash was reported around 6:40 p.m. on Kuser Road between Perilli Drive and Estates Blvd.-Justice Samuel A Alito Jr Way when a vehicle took out several utility poles. The crash was initially reported as reported entrapment and fire. Upon arrival, police reported a person was out of the vehicle but wires and vehicle was on fire.

PSE&G was on scene to make repairs. Mercer County-Hamilton Fire Police and Hamilton Police had the roadway closed between Perilli Drive and Estates Blvd.-Justice Samuel A Alito Jr Way. The roadway was expected to closed for some time while repairs are made to utility poles.

Above photos from the Kuser Road Crash.


Another crash was reported around 9:53 p.m. in the 2,000 Block of Whitehorse-Hamilton Square Road between Klockner and East Bow Road when a sport utility vehicle crashed into a tree and burst into flames. A witness reported that neighbors made a rescue pulling the person out of the vehicle. Hamilton Police, Fire Department, RWJ EMS and Captial Health Paramedics arrived on scene and treated the person for trauma and burns. The fire was extinguished and additional equipment and manpower was called to the scene. The person was transported to Captial Health Regional Medical Center with a “trauma alert” with burns. At the time of this report Hamilton Township Police was still on scene investigating the crash. Hamilton Township Fire Department was assisting with lighting and Public Works was called to help clean up. Further details to follow when they become available.

Photos above from the Whitehorse-Hamilton Square Road crash.


Prosecutor’s Office Identifies Hamilton Man As Person Killed In Trenton Shooting Last Night

September 21, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–The Mercer County Homicide Task Force and the Trenton Police Department are investigating a shooting homicide that occurred Tuesday evening in the city, Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri reported.

At approximately 7:50 p.m. on September 20, 2022, Trenton police responded to a Shot Spotter activation for multiple rounds in the area of Howard and Hancock streets.  Upon arrival, officers located the victim unresponsive in the driver’s seat of a maroon Cadillac sedan suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to the chest.  He was transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead a short time later.  The victim has been identified as Keenan Anthony Trower, 31, of Hamilton.

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


Last Night’s MidJersey.News story here:




As of September 20, 2022 there have been 15 reported homicides in the City of Trenton for the year 2022.


Names of the 2022 homicide victims in the City of Trenton:

  1. 2/15/2022 Antwone Barnes, 37, of Trenton, Stabbing
  2. 2/23/2022 Leonardo Fernandez, 32, of Trenton, Stabbing
  3. 3/01/2022 Shimon Nesmith Jr., 19, of Trenton, Shooting
  4. 3/03/2022 Helen Nelson, 73, of Trenton, Physical Assault
  5. 3/15/2022 Albert L. Barnes, 46, of Trenton, Shooting
  6. 3/25/2022 Sequoya Bacon-Jones, 9, of Trenton, Shooting
  7. 3/31/2022 Tahaad Goss, 16, of Trenton, Shooting
  8. 4/07/2022 Jaquir Queen, 26, of Willingboro, Shooting
  9. 4/09/2022 Leroy Davis, 31, of Trenton, Shooting
  10. 5/01/2022 Jamir McNeil, 25 of Trenton, Shooting
  11. 5/22/2022 Ali Abdullah, 25, of Trenton, Shooting
  12. 6/01/2022 Dreiby Osorio, 16, of Trenton, Stabbing
  13. 9/02/2022 Rasheed Barlow, 35, of Trenton, Shooting
  14. 9/11/2022 Chron Jenks, 34, of Ewing, Shooting
  15. 9/20/2022 Keenan Anthony Trower, 31, of Hamilton Shooting

Crash Ties Up Traffic Near Sloan Ave And Quakerbridge Road; Luckily, No Life Threating Injuries Reported

September 20, 2022

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Around 2:00 p.m. a crash between two vehicles left one overturned and another with heavy front end damage on Sloan Avenue near the intersection with St. Clair Avenue in front of Taco Bell and the Clover Shopping Center. Hamilton Police, Hamilton Fire Department and RWJ EMS responded to the scene. Initially there was reported entrapment with injuries but upon arrival of the fire department occupants were out walking around. There appeared to be no life-threatening injuries and it was unclear if anyone was transported to the hospital from the scene. Traffic was tied up on Sloan Avenue and Quakerbridge Road until the accident was cleared from the roadway. Hamilton Township Police is investigating the crash.



Rotary Club’s Flags For Heroes Display Set for RWJ Hospital Grounds, Flag Sponsorships Available for Residents and Businesses

September 20, 2022

HAMILTON – ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Flag sponsorships are now available for the Rotary Club of Robbinsville Hamilton’s popular Flags for Heroes display at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton.

Residents and businesses can honor their personal heroes by sponsoring a 3’x5’ American flag to be flown from Nov. 1-18 on the hospital grounds along White Horse-Hamilton Square Road and Klockner Road.

Flag sponsorships, starting at $60 for individuals and $300 for businesses, can be purchased from the Rotary Club’s website, www.RHRotary.org. The deadline for sponsorships is Oct. 20.

Each donor will receive a digital certificate, a keepsake flag medallion with their name, message, and hero’s name, and acknowledgement on the display banner at RWJUH/Hamilton and on the Rotary Club’s website.

Net proceeds from Flags for Heroes will be donated to non-profit organizations in Mercer County, including the Mercer County Military Action Council, which will help finance an active U.S. military member’s return to their family during military leave.

The third annual Flags for Heroes display will fill the prominent hospital field with an expected 300 flags honoring family members, teachers, veterans, active military, first responders and others who have made a mark in a person’s life. A Community Field Dedication and Veterans Day ceremony will be held on the grounds on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 11 am to noon.

“This year’s Flags for Heroes event is especially important because our Club is celebrating its 30th anniversary of service to the community,” said Kalpana Patel, president of the Rotary Club of Robbinsville Hamilton. “We hope this patriotic flag display will help inspire those who pass by or visit.”

“We are inviting local individuals and businesses to sponsor an American flag so that we may continue our efforts to assist those in need,” said Bill Coleman, chairperson of the Rotary Club’s Flag For Heroes committee. “This is a great opportunity for people to honor their hero and to make everyone aware in a moving display.”

For more information about the Rotary Club of Robbinsville Hamilton and its charitable initiatives, email info@RHRotary.org or visit www.RHRotary.org.



Police Seize $45K Methamphetamine And $1K Cash In Hamilton Township

September 16, 2022

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–A three-week investigation into narcotics distribution in the Trenton area has culminated with the seizure of $45,500 in methamphetamine, Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri reported.

On Tuesday, September 13, 2022, members of the Mercer County Narcotics Task Force, the Drug Enforcement Administration, Homeland Security Investigations, and the Hamilton and Trenton police departments executed a search warrant at a residence in the 100 block of McGowan Avenue in Hamilton. Resident Robert Margeson, 51, was detained outside in the front yard. A search of the residence revealed 455 grams of methamphetamine, several scales and $1,063 in cash.

Margeson was charged with a first-degree narcotics offense and the prosecutor’s office has filed a motion to detain him pending trial. Andrew Dellapenna, 42, and Anthony Egan, 41, both of Philadelphia, PA, were also present at the time of the search warrant execution and charged with third-degree narcotics offenses.

According to Prosecutor Onofri, the street value of the confiscated methamphetamine is approximately $45,000.

Despite having been charged, all persons are presumed innocent until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.






Car Fire South Of Exit 7A Extinguished

September 10, 2022

HAMILTON, NJ (MERCER)—Firefighters from Robbinsville and Bordentown Townships were dispatched to a vehicle fire on the New Jersey Turnpike at mile post 59 south bound inner roadway just south of Exit 7A. Smoke could be seen in the air and the vehicle was fully involved in flames on arrival. Firefighters quickly knocked down the fire. Occupants of the vehicle stood by in the shoulder with Robbinsville EMS while the fire was extinguished. No injuries were reported. NJ State Police was on scene for traffic control. No further details are available.




Firefighters From 3-Counties Flow Over 2,000 Gallons Per Minute During Training Exercise

September 10, 2022

ALLENTOWN, NJ (MONMOUTH)-ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)—Hope Fire Company of Allentown-Upper Freehold hosted a “large diameter” hose drill this morning at Mercer Corporate Park. Firefighters were able to flow over 2,000 gallons per minute from a drafting point, though several relay engines and finally to a discharge point consisting of ladders or an engine. The training was designed to unify tactics between three counties and started with over an hour of classroom training at Hope Fire Company then the firefighters went to Mercer Corporate Park for practical training. Other departments participating were: Robbinsville Fire Department, Hamilton Fire Department, Consolidated Fire Association (Bordentown City), Jacobstown (North Hanover), Chesterfield, Monmouth County Fire Marshal’s Office, Monmouth County Fire Coordinators.




Steinert High School Teacher Arrested For Alleged Sexual Relations With A 17-Year-Old Female Student At His Home In Robbinsville

September 8, 2022

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office said that a business teacher and multi-sport coach at Steinert High School was arrested and charged on Thursday for having an inappropriate sexual relationship with a female student, Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri reported today.

Anthony Linder-Creo, 24, is charged with four counts of second-degree sexual assault and one count of second-degree endangering the welfare of a child.  He is being held in the Mercer County Correction Center pending a detention hearing.

It is alleged that Linder-Creo had sexual relations with a 17-year-old female student at his home in Robbinsville during an occasion in August 2022.

Linder-Creo was arrested on Thursday following an investigation conducted by the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Special Victims Unit.  The investigation is ongoing.

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


Hamilton Township School District, Dr. Scott Rocco told MidJersey.News that yesterday, the school district was made aware of a situation involving a police investigation of an employee. We took immediate action to suspend the individual and issued a termination of employment notice.

From the moment we were notified, our district fully cooperated with the Hamilton Township Police Department and the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office to assist them with their investigation.

My paramount concern is the safety of our students. We have no tolerance for any actions that harm or could potentially harm our students. All employees go through a background check which includes fingerprinting through the state, instructional certification through the state, interviews, and references. It is imperative that our community contact a school employee or district administrator when they recognize or believe there is a problem or they have a concern.


Anthony Linder-Creo played for Robbinsville High School and wore jersey #55 on the Ravens Team from 2012 to 2015.

According to Cabrini University Athletics website in Radnor, PA, states Anthony Linder-Creo played basketball from 2015 to 2019. His senior year he was listed as 6 feet 7 inches tall and majored in Business Management and minor was in Human Resources Management. Career Statistics according to the website say:

2018-19: Appeared in 19 games, recording two starts… Averaged 3.1 points per game… Paired 10 points and seven rebounds in 10 minutes at Marywood (1/30).

2017-18: Appeared in 12 games, recording one start… Scored four points against Clarks Summit (1/13) and Cairn (1/24)… Named to NABC Honors Court.

2016-17: Named to CSAC All-Academic Team… Appeared in 17 games… Averaged 0.9 points and 0.8 rebounds per game.

2015-16: Appeared in 8 games… Averaged 0.4 points and 1.0 rebounds in 2.1 minutes per game… Scored 2 points against Summit (2/1)… Grabbed 3 offensive rebounds against Cairn (1/30)… Recorded an assist against Neumann (2/17).


All suspects/arrestees are presumed innocent until proven guilty in the court of law.


Anthony Linder-Creo played for Robbinsville High School and wore jersey #55 on the Ravens Team from 2012 to 2015. MidJersey.News file photos.



Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office Photo


Motor Vehicle Crash With Serious Injury In Hamilton Township

September 6, 2022

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Hamilton Township Police report that on September 6, 2022, at approximately 6:00 p.m., a 2011 Subaru Outback, driven by a 51-year-old male from Chesterfield, and a 2019 Nissan Sentra, driven by a 17-year-old male from Hamilton, collided at the intersection of Newkirk and Leonard Avenues.  The driver of the Subaru was extricated from his vehicle by members of the Hamilton Fire Division and was transported to Capital Health at Fuld for serious injuries.  The driver of the Nissan was transported to Robert Wood Johnson Hospital in Hamilton for minor injuries. 

          The crash is being investigated by Officers B. Wood, C. Clugsten, and B. Mandelko of the Hamilton Police Traffic Unit. Any witnesses are asked to contact the Hamilton Police Traffic Unit at (609)581-4000.   



Hamilton Firefighters Extinguish Car Fire On Route 29

August 30, 2022

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The Hamilton Township Fire Department responded to Route 29 south bound at mile post 1.2 for a well involved car fire around 3:15 p.m. Firefighters arriving on location pulled a 1 3/4″ hose line to knock down the fire. Firefighters remained on scene a short time for overhaul. NJ State Police remained on scene waiting for a tow truck. No further details are available.



Health Officials Investigate Cases of Legionnaires’ Disease in Hamilton Township,Urge Precautions to Reduce Risk of Legionella Growth in Homes and Buildings

Water samples collected from more than half of the homes served by Trenton Water Works identified the presence of Legionella, including in samples of the cold-water entering homes.

August 29, 2022

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP-TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Two cases of Legionnaires’ disease were recently reported in August 2022 from the section of Hamilton Township, Mercer County, served by Trenton Water Works (TWW). Two additional cases were reported, respectively in April 2022 and December 2021. Of the four, one individual has died.

Legionnaires’ disease is a type of pneumonia that people can get after breathing in aerosolized water (small droplets of water in the air) containing Legionella bacteria. You cannot get Legionnaires’ disease by drinking water that has Legionella. Less commonly, people can get sick when water containing Legionella is aspirated into the lungs while drinking (“goes down the wrong pipe”).

The New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) receives approximately 250–350 reports of Legionnaires’ disease each year throughout New Jersey. Public health departments routinely conduct disease surveillance to identify suspected clusters or outbreaks. When an outbreak is identified, impacted individuals are notified so they are aware of steps they can take to reduce their risk of Legionnaires’ disease.  

The Hamilton Township Division of Health continues to work closely with NJDOH to investigate these cases. This is part of a larger ongoing investigation to determine potential sources of Legionella contributing to the higher burden of Legionnaires’ disease in Hamilton Township. Health officials continue to conduct surveillance for Legionnaires’ disease in other municipalities served by TWW. 

As part of these ongoing efforts, the Hamilton Township Division of Health and NJDOH recruited 20 homeowners from Hamilton Township to voluntarily have their homes tested for Legionella. Water samples collected from more than half of the homes served by TWW identified the presence of Legionella, including in samples of the cold water entering homes. It is possible for Legionella to enter buildings and homes when receiving treated drinking water. However, health officials are concerned about the number of homes with Legionella in areas serviced by TWW. There is concern that Legionella may be present in other buildings and homes in the area, particularly in the areas of Hamilton Township served by TWW. 

Hamilton Township and NJDOH are partnering with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) and TWW to investigate factors that may be promoting the growth of Legionella bacteria and to evaluate actions that can be taken to reduce Legionella in the system. Investigators are also assessing if the other municipalities served by TWW are impacted.

“I want to thank Hamilton’s Division of Health, NJDOH, and NJDEP for their joint and thorough investigation into the causes of Legionnaire’s disease here in Hamilton,” said Mayor Jeff Martin. “This has been an issue for many years and their tireless work will hopefully reveal a cause for the high number of cases here in the Township – specifically those in the TWW service area.”

NJDOH recommends that all homeowners and building owners follow best practices to maintain their household and building water systems. However, health officials are especially urging residents and business owners in Hamilton Township served by TWW to take actions to reduce the risk of Legionella growth in their household and building plumbing. Recommendations for homeowners and building owners are available below. 

It is not known whether individuals with Legionella detected in their home are more likely to develop Legionnaires’ disease, but there is no safe amount of Legionella, and individuals at increased risk for Legionnaires’ disease are especially urged to follow best practices for home plumbing system maintenance and safe uses of water.  

It is rare for a healthy person exposed to Legionella to become sick with Legionnaires’ disease. However, people who are 50 years or older, especially those who smoke, or those with certain medical conditions, including weakened immune systems, chronic lung disease or other chronic health conditions, are at increased risk for Legionnaires’ disease.

Symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease include cough, shortness of breath, fever, muscle aches, and headaches, which are similar to symptoms caused by other respiratory infections, including COVID-19. Legionnaires’ disease can be fatal but is treatable with antibiotics. It is important that anyone who thinks they have symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease contact their health care provider and seek medical evaluation. 

The Hamilton Township Division of Health and NJDOH want to remind healthcare providers to maintain a high index of suspicion for Legionnaires’ disease when evaluating patients for community-acquired and healthcare-associated pneumonia, especially among residents of Hamilton Township. This is important to ensure patients receive appropriate and timely treatment. Appropriate testing for Legionnaires’ disease includes use of the urinary antigen test and collection of a lower respiratory specimen.

“There are simple precautions that residents can take to help protect themselves – such as regularly flushing water at their taps, cleaning their showerheads, and maintaining their water heaters,” said State Epidemiologist Dr. Tina Tan. “Additionally, home and car air-conditioning units do not use water to cool the air, so they are not a risk for Legionella growth.”’

According to NJDOH, residents, particularly those at high risk, can follow recommended steps to decrease the risk of Legionella exposure and best practices to limit the growth of Legionella in household water systems and devices:

  • Avoid high-risk activities. If you are at an increased risk for Legionnaires’ disease, consider avoiding hot tubs, decorative fountains, power washing, or similar activities, which may generate increased amounts of aerosols or mist. A conversation with your healthcare provider may help you assess your individual level of risk based on underlying health conditions and co-morbidities. Your healthcare provider may recommend that you consider installing specialty biological 0.2-micron filters on your showerhead if you are severely immunocompromised, reside in Hamilton Township, and receive water from Trenton Water Works.
  • Maintain in-home medical equipment. If using medical equipment that requires water for use or cleaning such as non-steam generating humidifiers, CPAP or BiPAP machines, nasal irrigation devices such as Neti Pots, and attachments for nebulizers, follow manufacturer’s instructions for use and maintenance. This often includes using sterile water instead of tap water in the device. 
  • Clean and/or replace your showerheads and faucet aerators (screens) per manufacturer’s instructions whenever buildup is visible. This is particularly important if you haven’t cleaned your showerheads or faucet aerators recently. Cleaning might require you to remove the showerhead and hose and soak in a solution (such as white vinegar or a bleach solution) to remove buildup. If using chemicals, follow instructions found on the back of the bottle for safe use. 
  • Keep your water heater set to a minimum of 120°F. This temperature will reduce Legionella growth and avoid potential for scalding (hot water burns). Setting the heater to a higher temperature may better control Legionella growth, especially if you have household members at increased risk for Legionnaires’ disease. However, if the temperature is set to greater than 120°F, make sure you take extra precautions to mix cold and hot water at the faucet and shower to avoid scalding. If you have household members at increased risk of scalding, such as young children or older adults, you may consider installing a thermostatic mixing valve. A mixing valve allows your water to be stored at a higher temperature within your water heater to help kill bacteria while eliminating concerns with water being too hot at sinks or showers. If you decide to install a mixing valve, be sure to follow manufacturer’s instructions for routine cleaning and maintenance to avoid bacteria growth within the valve. Consider consulting with a licensed plumbing professional and ensure you are following your local codes and ordinances for home plumbing repairs.
  • After cleaning showerheads and faucet aerators and increasing the temperature of the water heater, thoroughly flush the water at each tap (e.g., sink, showerhead) for 20 minutes. Try to minimize exposure to splashing and mist generation, for example, by leaving the room while the water is running.
  • Conduct routine flushing. Sinks and shower taps that are not used often can increase the risk of Legionella growth in other areas of the home. Let your faucets and showers run for at least three minutes when they have been out of use for more than a week. Minimize exposure to splashing and mist generation, for example, by leaving the room while the water is running. Additionally, you may consider flushing your water following any water disruption to your home, such as low pressure or discoloration, resulting from a water main break or nearby hydrant flushing. 
  • Follow manufacturer’s instructions for maintaining your water heater and expansion tank, including periodic flushing, draining, and removal of sediment. If manufacturer’s instructions are unavailable, seek advice from a licensed professional.
  • Clean and/or replace all water filters per manufacturer’s instructions. All whole-house (e.g., water softeners) and point-of-use filters (e.g., built-in refrigerator filters) must be properly maintained. 
  • Drain garden hoses and winterize hose bibs. Detach and drain the hose, shut the water valve off inside the home, and drain the pipe when not in use for the season. 
  • Follow manufacturer’s instructions for maintaining your hot tub. Ensure disinfectant levels (e.g., chlorine) and maintenance activities (e.g., cleaning, scrubbing, replacing the filter and water) are followed. For more information, be sure to review CDC’s recommendations for residential hot tub owners found here: www.cdc.gov/healthywater/swimming/residential/index.html.
  • Operate and maintain your indoor and outdoor decorative fountains according to manufacturer’s instructions to limit your exposure to Legionella. Household members at increased risk for Legionnaires’ disease should avoid exposure to decorative fountains. If manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning and maintenance are not available, minimum cleaning frequency recommendations can be found in CDC’s Legionella Control Toolkit available at: Controlling Legionella in Decorative Fountains (PDF).
  • Remove, shorten, or regularly flush existing dead legs. Plumbing renovations can lead to the creation of dead legs, a section of capped pipe that contains water but has no flow (or is infrequently used). For future renovations, ensure your plumber avoids creating dead legs. 

RECOMMENDED ACTIONS FOR BUILDING OWNERS

  • Complete this quick yes/no worksheet to determine if your building, or certain devices in your building, need a Water Management Program. Resources to help you develop a Water Management Program and for Legionella control in common sources of exposure are available at NJ Department of Health’s Legionella www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/legion.shtml.
  • Store hot water at temperatures above 140°F and ensure hot water in circulation does not fall below 120°F (or at highest temperature allowable by local regulations and codes). Install thermostatic mixing valves as close as possible to fixtures to prevent scalding while permitting circulating hot water temperatures above 120°.
  • Clean and maintain water system components. This includes devices such as thermostatic mixing valves, aerators, showerheads, hoses, filters, water heaters, storage tanks, and expansion tanks, regularly per manufacturer instructions.
  • Flush hot and cold water at all points of use (faucets, showers, drinking fountains) at least weekly to replace the water that has been standing in the pipes. Healthcare settings and facilities that house vulnerable populations should flush at least twice a week.
  • Remove dead legs or, where unavoidable, make them as short as possible. Where a dead leg (a section of pipe capped off with little or no water flow) cannot be avoided, it should be flushed regularly to avoid water stagnation. This may require the installation of a drain valve.
  • Monitor water quality parameters such as temperature, disinfectant residuals, and pH regularly. Adjust frequency of monitoring based on stability of values. For example, increase frequency of monitoring if there is a high degree of measurement variability. Pay particular attention to water quality parameters following a water disruption event, such as low pressure or discoloration, resulting from a water main break or nearby hydrant flushing
  • Safely operate and conduct regular maintenance of cooling towers to protect staff, visitors, and the adjacent community from exposure to Legionella. Use a Water Management Program to establish, track, and improve operation and maintenance activities. 
  • Follow recommendations from the NJ Department of Health when reopening your facility following a prolonged shutdown or reduced operation due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Recommendations are available at: bit.ly/2XxlBaw

ABOUT LEGIONNAIRES’ DISEASE AND LEGIONELLA

Legionnaires’ disease is a type of pneumonia (lung infection) caused by Legionella bacteria. Legionella is a type of bacteria found naturally in freshwater environments such as lakes and streams and becomes a health concern when it enters and grows inside human-made water systems. People can get Legionnaires’ disease by breathing in aerosolized (small droplets) water containing Legionella. Aerosolized water can come from plumbing systems and devices such as cooling towers (part of the cooling system for large buildings), hot tubs, cooling misters, and decorative fountains. Less commonly, people can get sick by aspiration of tap water containing Legionella. This happens when water accidently goes into the lungs while drinking (“goes down the wrong pipe”). People at increased risk of aspiration include those with swallowing difficulties. Home A/C units do not use water to cool, so these home units do not aerosolize water and are not a risk for Legionella growth. Legionnaires’ disease is generally not spread person to person. Additional information regarding Legionnaires’ disease and Legionella can be located at NJDOH’s website.


23-Year-Old From Hamilton Township Killed In I-195 Crash Early This Morning

August 27, 2022

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Trooper Brandi Slota from the New Jersey State Police, Public Information Unit told Midjersey.News that there was a fatal crash on I-195 early this morning. The crash was reported at 12:10 a.m. on I-195 westbound at milepost 0.2 in Hamilton Twp, Mercer County.

A Hyundai Elantra, a Western Star 4700 dump truck, and a Mitsubishi Outlander were traveling westbound on Interstate 195. In the area of milepost 0.2, the front of the Hyundai impacted the rear of the Western Star dump truck. After impact with the Western Star, the rear of the Hyundai was impacted by the front of the Mitsubishi.  The driver of the Hyundai, identified as Torrey Flim, 23, of Hamilton sustained fatal injuries as a result of the crash.


Early morning MidJersey.News story here:




BREAKING: I-195 Closed In Hamilton Due To Serious Crash Investigation



August 27, 2022

The roadway has since reopened. Once official information is available the story will be updated.

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Around 12:17 a.m. this morning NJ State Police reported a serious crash involving a car and a dump truck on I-195 west bound at mile post 0.2 near the I-295 overpass. Troopers called for Hamilton Township Fire Department, EMS and Captial Health Paramedics. It was unclear if anyone was transported from the scene to the hospital.

Troopers closed I-195 West Bound at the I-295 “loop” and I-195 East Bound left lane was closed.

From the scene it looks like one of the cars had heavy front end damage and two other cars appeared to be involved with the dump truck. The dump truck appears to be traveling west bound and went through the guard rail into the east bound lanes.

No further information is available about the crash at this time. Once NJ State Police releases official information the story will be updated and any corrections made.





NJOHSP Adds Monkeypox (hMPXV) Update to Disinformation Page

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER) – The New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness updated its disinformation portal web page last week to incorporate monkeypox (hMPXV) disinformation trends circulating on the internet.

According to a recent intelligence review conducted by NJOHSP’s Analysis Bureau, false information on monkeypox (hMPXV) is spreading online and sparking new confusion about the virus among the public. Misleading videos, falsely attributed information and the recycling of COVID-19 conspiracies are some of the methods causing dissent.

“As we see an attempt to sow discord in New Jersey and throughout our country through the spread of disinformation, it is critical that we communicate accurate information to the public, especially as it relates to the monkeypox virus,” said Governor Phil Murphy. “My administration remains committed to a comprehensive response that prioritizes the health and safety of our communities. I urge New Jersey residents to utilize State resources for information about symptoms, risks and availability of both testing and vaccines.”

“During the height of the pandemic, COVID-19 disinformation was running rampant, prompting NJOHSP to develop a resource web page, whereby the public could access factual information that underwent thorough examination by our Analysis Bureau,” said NJOHSP Director Laurie Doran. “With the latest monkeypox outbreak, we want to avoid a repeat of events, where incorrect information spreads quickly across communities.”

Disinformation has the potential to incite panic, create distrust between the government and people, increase polarization, influence government actions or law enforcement responses, exhaust resources and bring about undue harm. Monkeypox (hMPXV) disinformation may cause people who are infected to avoid treatment or vaccination as they may feel stigmatized, hampering efforts to help those individuals and curb the outbreak.

“Our team collected and analyzed the data in our latest disinformation intelligence note to bring awareness to current monkeypox misconceptions,” said NJOHSP Intelligence and Operations Division Director Thomas Hauck. “The report provides recent disinformation examples and official sources to help the public with identifying and vetting any truth-obscuring, manufactured information.”

Members of the public who encounter information that contains a threat or a call to action, incites potential violence or appears to have a nexus to terrorism, should immediately report it to local law enforcement or to NJOHSP by contacting 1-866-4-SAFE-NJ (1-866-472-3365) or tips@njohsp.gov.

Visit NJOHSP’s Disinformation Portal and monkeypox (hMPXV) report for more information and tips to vet content and sources.



Serious Crash Reported In Hamilton Township

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Hamilton Police report on August,19, 2022, at approximately 10:34 p.m. Gerald Lane 52-years-old of Trenton NJ was operating his 2015 Subaru Legacy east bound on E. State Street when he lost control of his vehicle at E. State Street and Norway Avenue. Mr. Lane struck a parked vehicle on E. State Street near Norway Avenue pushing the parked vehicle into the fence of Global Painting at 1517 E. State Street. Mr. Lanes vehicle continued to travel east on E. State Street. and came to a final rest on the corner of E. State Street and Johnston Avenue. Mr. Lane was transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center by Robert Wood Johnson EMS and Captial Health Paramedics for injuries sustained in the crash. Hamilton Township Fire Department also responded to the scene.

The crash is being investigated by Officers J Anaya, and K. McDonald of the Hamilton Police Traffic Unit.
Any witnesses are asked to contact the Hamilton Police Traffic Unit at (609)581-4000.


Multiple Fiery Truck Crashes Make NJ Turnpike Highway To Hell

August 16, 2022

CHESTERFIELD TOWNSHIP (BURLINGTON) – HAMILTON TOWNSHIP (MERCER)–Two separate fiery truck crashes involving multiple trucks sent firefighters from Burlington, Mercer and Monmouth to the two scenes on the New Jersey Turnpike between Exit 7A and Exit 7 this morning. Firefighters were sent from Bordentown Township, Robbinsville Township, Hamilton Township, Allentown-Upper Freehold – Hope Fire Company, and Chesterfield-Crosswicks.

Sgt. Philip Curry from the New Jersey State Police, Public Information Unit told MidJersey.News the first crash was at 9:48 a.m. a dump truck was involved in a crash on the NJ Turnpike southbound on the inner roadway at Mile Post 55.6 in Chesterfield.  As a result of the crash, the dump truck became fully engulfed.  The occupants of the truck were able to exit and did not report any injuries.  The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

The second crash occurred at 11:17 a.m. on the NJ Turnpike at Mile Post 59.3 on the southbound outer roadway in Hamilton Township.  Two tractor trailers and a box truck were involved in a crash causing one of the tractor trailers and the box truck to become fully engulfed.  The occupants of the trucks were able to exit and did not report any injuries.  The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Google Maps had delays of up to 5 miles going south bound south of Exit 7A.








Photos from the fiery Chesterfield crash on the NJ Turnpike:


Photos from the fiery truck crash on the NJ Turnpike in Hamilton Township:


Hamilton Firefighters Rescue Person Trapped In Lalor Street Crash

August 13, 2022

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Around 8:30 p.m. Hamilton Township Fire Department was dispatched to Lalor Street near Fitzrandolf Avenue for a serious motor vehicle crash with extrication. First arriving firefighters confirmed one person was trapped and had to use extrication equipment to remove the person from the vehicle. It was unclear how severe the injuries were or how many total were injured in the crash. Trenton Fire Department also received a call for the crash and responded to the scene. Hamilton Township Police Department is investigating the crash. No further details are available at this time. Please check back for updates as they become available.


Photos sent into Midjersey.News from the Lalor Street Crash in Hamilton tonight.


One Injury Reported In South Broad Street Crash In Hamilton Township

August 5, 2022

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–At 3:58 p.m. the Hamilton Township Fire Department, RWJ EMS and Capital Health Paramedics were detailed to South Broad Street at Harcourt Drive for an overturned vehicle with entrapment. First arriving firefighters reported that there was on overturned vehicle with no entrapment and recalled the rescue assignment. RWJ EMS responded and treated one reported injury. Hamilton Township Police is investigating the crash. No further details available at this time. If further details become available the story will be updated.



Dunkin’ of Philadelphia Awards Nottingham High School Student with Academic Scholarship

August 4, 2022

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Nicole Filipowicz, a graduating senior from Nottingham High School, has just been announced as a recipient of the thirteenth annual Dunkin’ Philadelphia Regional Scholarship Program. Filipowicz, was selected from more than 1,350 applicants based on her academic record, demonstrated leadership, and proven commitment to her school and local community. Dunkin’ and its franchisees in the greater Philadelphia-area will award Nicole with a $5,000 academic scholarship to pursue a full-time undergraduate degree at an accredited two-year or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school of her choice. 

To date, the Dunkin’ Philadelphia Regional Scholarship Program has awarded $600,000 in scholarships to 320 outstanding high school seniors and college students. The program was founded in 2009 by Dunkin’s Philadelphia-area franchisees to ease the financial burden of college for students throughout the region.

“On behalf of my fellow Philadelphia franchisees, we are honored to award these 20 exceptional students with the 2022 Dunkin’ Philadelphia Regional Scholarships,” said Perry Shah, local Dunkin’ franchisee and Philadelphia regional advertising committee chairman. “We are proud to continue the tradition to further students’ educational goals in our community and, this year, thrilled to offer a larger scholarship award to those recipients!”

The 2022 Dunkin’ Regional Scholarship recipients will be honored at an awards ceremony from 1:00 – 3:00 PM on Saturday, July 30, 2022, at The Liberty View at Independence Visitor Center. More details on the awards ceremony to come in the following weeks.


Nicole Filipowicz is a recent graduate of Nottingham High School where she was valedictorian. She was vice president of National Honor Society and a member of National Science Honor Society. Nicole was also Chief Senior Editor for the Nottingham Caelestis Literary Magazine and Star Status Newspaper and was a second year Peer Leader at Nottingham. She was a member of the Key Club, Environmental Club, and Yearbook Committee. Nicole was Captain of the Varsity Soccer team as well. Outside of school Nicole is a member of Next Level Soccer Academy Club Soccer, a volunteer at Trenton Animal Shelter, and a Wegmans bakery and front-end sales associate. This fall, Filipowicz will be attending Rider University where she plans to major in Environmental Science.



Pennsauken, NJ Woman Identified In Robbinsville Fatal Crash This Morning

August 4, 2022

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Trooper II, Charles Marchan from the New Jersey State Police, Public Information Unit told Midjersey.news that Troopers responded at 4:59 a.m. to a motor vehicle crash on I-195 westbound near milepost 5.6, Robbinsville, Mercer County.

Based on a preliminary investigation Barbara J. Johnson, a 32-year-old female of Pennsauken, N.J., was operating a Hyundai Sonata westbound on I-195 in the area of milepost 5.6 and ran off the road to the right and impacted several trees. As a result of the crash Barbara J. Johson sustained fatal injuries. The crash remains under investigation and there is no additional information available at the moment.

Hamilton Township Fire Department, RWJ Hamilton EMS, and Captial Health Paramedics also responded to the scene.




Serious Crash Investigation On I-195 In Robbinsville, NJ

UPDATE:

August 4, 2022

ROBBINSVILLE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Sometime around 5:00 a.m. the Hamilton Township Fire Department, RWJ Hamilton EMS, and Captial Paramedics responded to I-195 West Bound for a car off roadway into a tree. The accident was found a couple hundred yards in Robbinsville on the west bound side of the highway and firefighters worked to extricate the victim. Currently a Hamilton Township Fire engine is standing by at the scene with the New Jersey State Police for an accident investigation of the scene. Further details to follow as information becomes available from NJ State Police.






Affidavit: Murder, Burned Body, And “Erotic Asphyxiation” During Sexual Activities, After Meeting Via Online Dating Application “Skip The Games”

July 27, 2022

NOTE: Midjersey.news has spoken to a close neighbor and the property owner was down the shore at the time of the incident and unaware of what happened until being contacted by police. The neighbor explained that Harley Wildmann was just staying at the home temporarily.

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)—An affidavit obtained by MidJersey.News from the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office speaks of a horrific murder, a burned body and “erotic asphyxiation” during sexual activities in Hamilton Township after meeting via online dating application “Skip the Games”

The affidavit states that during an interview with police detectives Harley Wildmann agreed to meet with the deceased victim, Lisa Lloyd via the dating application “Skip the Games” Lisa drove her vehicle, a Nissan Armada with North Dakota plates to his residence. Wildman stated upon arrival at the residence, the two engaged in sexual activities for the evening. Wildmann explained that he and Lloyd agreed to have Lloyd’s hands and feet bound by zip ties for sexual purposes. Wildman explained that he tied an electrical power cord around Lloyd’s neck for the purpose of erotic asphyxiation. Wildman stated while performing sexual acts on one another, Lloyd began groaning unintelligibly, and shortly after, began twitching and convulsing. Wildmann continued that Lloyd lost consciousness and he believed that Lloyd had died. Wildmann stated he wrapped Lloyd in a blanket, placed her in a contractor trash bag, and ultimately placed Lloyd in a trash can. Wildman stated he kept the trash can in his room for approximately one (1) day. Wildmann stated he disposed of zip ties in the trash that was currently in front of 120 Manor Boulevard, Hamilton, New Jersey. Wildmann also admitted to abandoning Lloyd’s vehicle, cellphone, and other personal items. Wildmann stated that on July 25, 2022, he moved the trash can containing Lloyd’s body and brought a gasoline can to the truck bed of the discolored red and grey 1995 Chevrolet S10. Wildmann stated at that point he drove to a nearby gas station and purchased gas for both his vehicle and the gasoline can. Wildmann stated while driving to areas of Pennsylvania and back to New Jersey, he devised a plan to discard Lloyd’s body. Wildmann said he decided to drive to the cemetery on Cedar Lane due to the familiarity of the area. Wildmann stated he drove into the cemetery discarding the trash can with Lloyd’s body contained withing and set both on fire with gasoline, as stated in the affidavit.

On Tuesday, July 26, 2022, at approximately 6:35 a.m., the Hamilton Police Department received a telephone call from a citizen reporting she believed there to be a “burnt body on the sidewalk” Hamilton Police Officers responded and arrived on scene at Saint Mary’s Cemetery, 1200 Cedar Lane. Hamilton Police Officers located the deceased victim, burned and unidentifiable, in the middle of the cemetery yard. The victim was found lying on the roadway of Clover Avenue. Hamilton Police Officers were able to view what appeared to be a cord around the unidentified victims neck. Hamilton Police Department contacted the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Task Force and Detectives. The Middlesex County Medical Examiner’s Office Doctor Laura Thoma pronounced the deceased at 9:22 a.m. and Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Task Force Detectives commenced an investigation into the deceased individual’s death, who was later identified as Lisa Lloyd as stated in the affidavit.

A canvas of the area revealed that surveillance footage revealed that on July 26, 2022, at approximately 1:48 a.m., a vehicle is seen approaching the area of the recovered human remains on Clover Avenue from Lily Street. The vehicle stopped and at approximately 1:51 a.m. the vehicle continues driving on Clover Avenue toward Cedar Lane. The vehicle conducts a U-Turn prior to Cedar Lane and returns to the are of the recovered human remains. The vehicle stops momentarily and at approximately 1:52 a.m., an incipient ignition of fire can be seen adjacent to the stopped vehicle.

The affidavit says that at approximately 1:53 a.m., the same vehicle can be seen fleeing on Clover Avenue toward Lily Street. The vehicle makes a right on Lily Street followed by a right on Ridge Avenue. The vehicle is then viewed exiting the cemetery on Ridge Avenue toward Cedar Lane. The vehicle is then viewed making a left hand turn on Cedar Lane, at which time surveillance footage reveals the vehicle to be a discolored red and grey Chevrolet S10, with a silver hard tonneau cover elevated from the bed of the truck. The vehicle is fleeing the are on Cedar Lan toward Hunt Avenue and according to the affidavit continues out of surveillance footage view.

At approximately 10:34 a.m., while canvassing for further video surveillance footage in the area, Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Task Force members observed a vehicle matching the description of the aforementioned suspect vehicle. An investigative traffic stop was conducted on the vehicle, which is further described as a discolored red and grey 1995 Chevrolet S10, with a silver hard tonneau cover. The vehicle was being operated by Harley Wildmann along with a passenger were detained and transported to the Mercer County Homicide Task Force Office for the murder investigation of Lisa Lloyd according to the affidavit.

At 6:21 p.m., the Honorable Judge J. Adam Hughes approved search warrants for the Chevrolet S10, Nissan Armada, and residence of 120 Manor Boulevard, Hamilton, NJ 08620.

The affidavit states that a search of the 1995 Chevrolet S10 revealed numerous items which included a cell phone, zip ties, and a rubber bungee. A search of the 2007 Nissan Armada revealed several items which included a purse and women clothing. A search of the residence at 120 Manor Blvd., revealed numerous items which included men clothing, men shoes, zip ties, sawed off pump shotgun, and gas can.

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


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Copy of the affidavit as provided by the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office


Police search a residence on Manor Boulevard, Hamilton Township, NJ on July 26, 2022

NOTE: Midjersey.news has spoken to a close neighbor and the property owner was down the shore at the time of the incident and unaware of what happened until being contacted by police. The neighbor explained that Harley Wildmann was just staying at the home temporarily.


A Trump 2024 Save America Again flag is displayed in the window of a residence Manor Boulevard, Hamilton Township, NJ on July 27, 2022.


A trash can in front of 120 Manor Boulevard, Hamilton Township, NJ as seen from the roadway on July 27, 2022.



A discolored red and grey 1995 Chevrolet S10, with a silver hard tonneau cover at a traffic stop yesterday at the Fast Trac Gas Station July 27, 2022. The “person of interest was identified as Harley Wildmann and is seen in the back of a police vehicle. Photos by: Brian McCarthy


Harley Wildmann, 42, was arrested and charged Tuesday evening with first-degree murder, second-degree desecration of human remains, third- and fourth-degree weapons offenses and fourth-degree tampering with evidence. The prosecutor’s office has filed a motion to detain Wildmann pending trial.

At approximately 6:45 a.m. on July 26, Hamilton police received a call from someone in the area of Clover Avenue who observed what appeared to be human remains near the cemetery. Police arrived and located a severely burned deceased victim. The victim was later identified as 39-year-old Lisa Lloyd of Ewing.

Detectives collected video from the area surrounding the cemetery and identified a two- tone Chevy S10 pickup truck with NJ registration driving past in the early morning of Tuesday, July 26. At approximately 1:48 a.m., the vehicle could be seen stopping for several minutes in the area where the remains were found. A short time later, a large fire can be seen adjacent to the stopped vehicle.

Detectives located the Chevy S10 pickup truck later that morning in the area of Chambers and E. Franklin Streets and conducted a motor vehicle stop. The driver of the vehicle was Harley Wildmann. A female passenger was also in the vehicle. Interviews were conducted by task force detectives and the female was released.

Anyone with information is asked to call HTF Detective Sherika Salmon 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.






Hamilton Man Charged In Horrific Murder; Body Burned In Hamilton Township Graveyard Yesterday

Charged with first-degree murder, second-degree desecration of human remains, third- and fourth-degree weapons offenses and fourth-degree tampering with evidence.

July 27, 2022

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri reported today that an investigation by the Mercer County Homicide Task Force and the Hamilton Township Police has led to the arrest of a Hamilton man for murder.

Harley Wildmann, 42, was arrested and charged Tuesday evening with first-degree murder, second-degree desecration of human remains, third- and fourth-degree weapons offenses and fourth-degree tampering with evidence. The prosecutor’s office has filed a motion to detain Wildmann pending trial.