Category: Hamilton

Hamilton Township Council to Vote on Demolition of East State Street Properties Damaged in 2015, 6-Alarm Fire

October 19, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The Hamilton Township Council is set to vote on the demolition of East State Street properties damaged in a 2015 six-alarm fire. 

If approved by Council at their meeting on Tuesday, seven of the eight condemned properties damaged in the fire that tore through the 1700 block of East State Street, displacing dozens of residents, will be demolished. A private developer purchased the eighth property prior to the acquisition of the other vacant properties in 2021 by the Township. 

When stepping into office, Mayor Martin promised to address the vacant and abandoned properties within the Township. By acquiring the East State Street properties, the Township will look to convert the vacant properties to affordable housing units.  

“For six years, the residents of Hamilton have been reminded of the awful fire that took place in 2015,” stated Mayor Jeff Martin. “Moving to tear down the vacant buildings and convert the properties into new affordable housing is the right thing to do after all of this time. We have more work to do on many other vacant and abandoned properties, but this is a great place to start.”

The Hamilton Township Council will meet this evening at 6:30 pm at the Hamilton Township Senior Center located at 409 Cypress Lane. 





Mentioned at a June 16, 2020 Black Lives Matter Protest in Hamilton:


“I am going to mention one more thing about the Bromley Section of the city. We know that structure racism exists, houses burned down in the Bromley Section almost 5 years ago, those houses are still sitting there, that would happen in no other neighborhood in Hamilton but Bromley. That has to change. That’s racism. That’s separation. That’s underclass and we must speak up against that. We have some action items that we are going to demand Hamilton and Mercer County hold to before this is over.” –Black Lives Matter protester Tracey D. Syphax


Mentioned at the Black Lives Matter Protest in Hamilton Township, June 16, 2020:

7 minutes 25 seconds in this video you can hear the statement about the fire 5 years ago in the Bromley Section:


Hamilton Firefighters Quickly Extinguish Roof Fire At The Sticky Wicket

October 17, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Around 1:00 a.m. Hamilton Township firefighters responded to the Sticky Wicket at 2465 S Broad Street for a fire on the roof. First arriving firefighters reported flames showing from the roof. Firefighters laddered the building and extinguished the fire on the roof. There are no further details available at this time.



Update: Hamilton Man Arrested With Explosive Device

October 17, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–On October 16, 2021, Hamilton Police were conducting an investigation in the area of Groveville / Allentown Road, regarding ongoing reports of  numerous loud explosions in the area.  At approximately 6:30 PM, the Hamilton Police Anti- Crime Unit witnessed and stopped a vehicle occupied by a male suspect that detonated an explosive device on Groveville Allentown Road.  A motor vehicle stop was conducted a short distance from the explosion site and the suspect,  47 year old Hamilton resident, Branton B. Meshofski, was arrested. 

The New Jersey State Police Bomb Unit responded and rendered the area safe.

Branton B. Meshofski was charged with several counts of 2nd degree Possession of an Explosive Device and 2nd degree Possession of a Destructive Device.  Mr. Meshofski was transported to the Mercer County Correctional Facility and is awaiting arraignment for these charges.

 Detectives from the Mercer County Prosecutors Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation also assisted with this Investigation.

Hamilton Police are asking the public if anyone has additional information concerning this incident to contact Hamilton Detective Daniel Inman of the Criminal Investigations Section at (609) 581-4035 or via email at dinman@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.



BREAKING: Sources Say A Man Is Arrested After Explosives Recovered Inside Vehicle


UPDATE HERE:


October 17, 2021 update:

Hamilton, NJ: On October 16, 2021, Hamilton Police were conducting an investigation in the area of Groveville / Allentown Road, regarding ongoing reports of  numerous loud explosions in the area.  At approximately 6:30 PM, the Hamilton Police Anti- Crime Unit witnessed and stopped a vehicle occupied by a male suspect that detonated an explosive device on Groveville Allentown Road.  A motor vehicle stop was conducted a short distance from the explosion site and the suspect,  47 year old Hamilton resident, Branton B. Meshofski, was arrested. 

The New Jersey State Police Bomb Unit responded and rendered the area safe.

Branton B. Meshofski was charged with several counts of 2nd degree Possession of an Explosive Device and 2nd degree Possession of a Destructive Device.  Mr. Meshofski was transported to the Mercer County Correctional Facility and is awaiting arraignment for these charges.

 Detectives from the Mercer County Prosecutors Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation also assisted with this Investigation.

Hamilton Police are asking the public if anyone has additional information concerning this incident to contact Hamilton Detective Daniel Inman of the Criminal Investigations Section at (609) 581-4035 or via email at dinman@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.


Last night’s breaking news story here:

October 16, 2021

**This is a breaking news report with preliminary information from radio traffic and sources. An update will be made with corrections upon arrival of official information from authorities**

HAMILTON TWP (MERCER)– A man is in police custody tonight following an incident involving explosives, Saturday evening.

According to sources, the man was arrested around 7:00 pm following a police investigation in regards to multiple recent detonations. The vehicle was stopped by police on Yardville-Allentown Road near Yardville-Hamilton Square Road and he was taken into custody, according to radio reports and sources.

Sources also say that explosive material was located inside of the vehicle. NJ State Police Bomb Squad responded to the scene and a perimeter was set up as a precaution. The Hamilton Fire Department was put on standby also.

No further information is available at this time. We would like to remind you that this information is based off of radio reports and sources, and is NOT official information. Once official information is received, the story will be updated.




Pedestrian Motor Vehicle Crash With Serious Injuries In Hamilton Township

October 16, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–On October 16, 2021 at approximately 4:23 pm, a 2017 Nissan Rogue driven by Scott Ertel, a 48 year old male from Hamilton, was traveling east bound on Hobson Ave approaching the intersection of S. Broad St. (RT 206). As the driver began to make a right turn onto S. Broad St. he did not see the pedestrians enter the crosswalk and struck Angel Ortiz a 51 year old from Trenton and his mother, Anna Ortiz a 75 year old from Trenton. Anna Ortiz was taken to Capital Health Regional Medical Center by ambulance for serious injuries. Angel Ortiz was evaluated at the scene with no visible injuries.

The crash is under investigation by Officer Paul Micharski and Officer Christopher Clugsten. Any witnesses are asked to please 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


Hamilton Township Mercer County Man Sentenced To 10 Years In Prison For Loaded Handgun With 30 Rounds Of Ammunition In Furtherance Of Drug Crime

October 15, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–A Mercer County, New Jersey, man was sentenced today to 120 months in prison for possessing a handgun in furtherance of a drug crime, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced.

Armond Holloway, 45, of Hamilton, New Jersey, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Michael A. Shipp via videoconference to Count Two of an indictment charging him with possession of a firearm in furtherance of possession with intent to distribute heroin. Judge Shipp imposed the sentence by videoconference today.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

On July 31, 2017, Holloway was on parole after having served a term of imprisonment. Holloway’s parole officer received information from an anonymous source that Holloway, who had known gang affiliations, was in possession of a gun, 300-400 bricks of heroin, and a large amount of money at his residence.

On Aug. 1, 2017, the parole officer, along with other law enforcement officers, conducted a parole search of Holloway’s residence, where they recovered a Masterpiece Arms 9 mm firearm with an obliterated serial number, loaded with 30 rounds of ammunition, under Holloway’s bed. They also found a barrel extension that fit the gun. Also recovered from Holloway’s bedroom was more than $14,000 in cash and more than 400 bricks of heroin from Holloway’s basement.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Shipp sentenced Holloway to five years of supervised release.

Acting U.S. Attorney Honig credited special agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey L. Matthews in Newark; the New Jersey State Parole Board, under the direction of Chairman Samuel J. Plumeri Jr.; and the New Jersey State Police, under the direction of Col. Patrick J. Callahan, with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Elisa T. Wiygul and Michelle S. Gasparian of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Criminal Division in Trenton.

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Defense counsel: Lisa Van Hoeck Esq. and Brian P. Reilly Esq., Assistant Federal Public Defenders, Trenton


Serious Crash On Route 130 In Hamilton Township Being Investigated

October 14, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–On October 13, 2021, at approximately 8:04 am, a 2014 Freightliner Box Truck, driven by Escarlin Dedios-Corporan, a 40yoa male from Trenton, was traveling southbound on Rt 130 near Rt 156 when it collided with a 2012 Chevy Impala that was traveling northbound on Rt 130 and making a left turn into the FedEx Business complex.  The driver of the Impala, Davonica Chavies, 30yoa female from Trenton, had to be extricated from her vehicle by the Hamilton Fire Division.  She and her 3-year-old male passenger suffered serious injuries and were transported to Capital Health Hospital at Fuld for treatment.  The crash is being investigated by Officer P. 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.


Accident Whitehorse Ave and Arena Drive In Hamilton Township

October 13, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–A two vehicle accident occurred just after 9:00 p.m. at the intersection of Whitehorse Avenue and Arena Drive. Hamilton Township Police, Hamilton Township Fire Department and RWJ Hamilton EMS responded to the scene. Minor injuries were reported in the accident. No further details are available at this time.


Mercer County Narcotics Task Force Seizes $22,500 in Heroin, Guns, Cash, In N. Johnston Avenue Home In Hamilton

October 13, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The Mercer County Narcotics Task Force concluded a two-month investigation this week with one arrest and the seizure of $22,500 in heroin and three guns, Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri reported.

At approximately 1 p.m. on Tuesday, October 12, 2021, members of the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office, the Ewing Police Department, the Hamilton Police Division and U.S. Homeland Security Investigations, under the command of the prosecutor’s Special Investigations Unit, executed search warrants at multiple locations in Ewing and Hamilton.  The target of the investigation, Justin Hill, was taken into custody during a motor vehicle stop in Ewing Township.  He was found to have a 9mm semi-automatic handgun concealed in his waistband and two bricks of heroin were observed on the center console of the Jeep Cherokee he was operating.

A search of 43 N. Johnston Avenue in Hamilton revealed 150 bricks of heroin in a second-floor bedroom and an automatic firearm with a suppressor and 30-round magazine on the floor in the living room.  Detectives executing a search warrant at Hill’s residence on Conway Avenue in Ewing located an AR-15 style rifle without a serial number, a 60-round magazine drum, a 30-round pistol magazine, and numerous rounds of rifle ammunition.  Cash totaling $1,048 was also seized during the investigation.  Onofri stated that the seized heroin has an approximate street value of $22,500.

Hill, 33, was charged with first- and second-degree narcotic and weapons offenses, and lodged at the Mercer County Correction Center pending a detention hearing.

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



Update: Fatal Accident, Car vs Bicyclist On Route 33-Nottingham Way In Hamilton Township

October 9, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–On October 8, 2021, at approximately 7:56 p.m., a 2021 Nissan Sentra, driven by a 39-year-old female from Hamilton, was traveling eastbound on Nottingham Way near Klockner Rd when it collided with a bicyclist that was traveling westbound on the eastbound side of the road.  The bicyclist, a 57-year-old male from Hamilton, suffered serious injuries from the collision and was pronounced deceased at the scene.  The crash is being investigated by Officers C. Clugsten, J. Anaya, and B. DiBiasi of the Hamilton Police Traffic Unit with the assistance of the Mercer County Prosecutors Serious Crash Response Team. Any witnesses are asked to contact the Hamilton Police Traffic Unit at (609) 581-4000.

The names of all parties involved have been withheld pending notification to family members.

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

Earlier MidJersey.News story here:



It was almost a year ago on October 31, 202, a block away, where another pedestrian was struck on the same stretch of highway in a serious crash:

Serious Motor Vehicle Crash Involving A Car And Bicyclist On Nottingham Way In Hamilton Township

October 9, 2021 Update here:

October 8, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Around 8:00 p.m. a bicyclist was struck by a car in the 2000-2100 Block of Nottingham Way-Route 33, in front of the Red, White and Blue Thrift Store. Hamilton Township Police, Hamilton Township Fire Department, RWJ EMS and Capital Health Paramedics responded to the scene of the crash.

The Hamilton Township Police and Fire Police closed Nottingham Way between Klockner Road and Madison Avenue for the accident Investigation. Hamilton Township Fire Department responded with a special service unit for lights for the investigation. It was reported that the Mercer County Prosecutors Office Serious Collision Response Team (SCRT) was responding to the scene. As of 11:10 p.m. the roadway was still closed.

No further information is available at this time.

It was almost a year ago on October 31, 202, a block away, where another pedestrian was struck on the same stretch of highway in a serious crash:


Theft Arrest In Hamilton Township

October 7, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–On October 7, 2021 at approximately 8:15 AM, Officers were dispatched to Bishop Auto Sales on the 2000 block of South Clinton Avenue on a report of a male stealing catalytic converters.  The suspect was seen on security cameras in the lot of the business attempting to steal a catalytic converter from underneath one of the vehicles parked in the lot.  Upon arrival Officer L. Mutek observed a male fitting the description of the suspect fleeing the area on foot.  The Officer briefly lost sight of the male before finding him hiding behind a garbage bucket on South Clinton Avenue.  He was placed under arrest and identified as Jose Collazo, 24, of Trenton.  A sawzall was located next to the garbage bucket where Collazo was located.  Further investigation by Detective C. Pullen found that Collazo had stolen catalytic converters from Bishop Auto Sales on October 6, 2021 and catalytic converters from GCM Auto, located on the 1700 block of Chambers Street, over the past month.  Collazo was charged with Theft (12 counts), Criminal Attempt Theft (2 counts), Possession of Burglar’s Tools (2 counts), and Obstruction by Flight. 

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

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


Edison Man Arrested For Hamilton Township Murder

October 6, 2021

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 Police Division has led to the arrest of an Edison man for last month’s murder of Dashawn Womack.

George A. Briscoe, 31, was arrested Wednesday morning in Edison by members of the U.S. Marshals NY/NJ Regional Fugitive Task Force, the Mercer County Narcotics Task Force, and the Hamilton and Edison police.  He is charged with murder, felony murder, robbery, and multiple weapons offenses.  The prosecutor’s office has filed a motion to detain Briscoe pending trial.

At approximately 8:20 p.m. on Saturday, September 25, 2021, Hamilton patrol officers located 39-year-old Womack in a parked vehicle on Rosalie Avenue, adjacent to Victor Avenue.  He suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the head and was pronounced dead at the scene.

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


Passenger Van Carrying 14 Overturns On I-295 Killing One Passenger And Injuring All Others

September 30, 2021–Update from yesterday’s accident

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)—New Jersey State Police stated that 14 occupants traveling in a Ford Econoline van traveling north in the area of mile post 59 yesterday were injured around 3:25 p.m. The van went off the road to the right, struck the guardrail, reentered the roadway and overturned. Of the 14 occupants, four were ejected and one sustained fatal injuries, two sustained serious injuries and the rest sustained minor injuries.

The driver, Silvestre Diaz, 33, of Camden, NJ sustained minor injuries. Passenger, Daniel Del Carmen Marmol Batista, 55, of Ridgewood, NY sustained fatal injuries. 47-year-old female passenger and 19-year-old male passenger sustained serious injuries.

The right and center lanes were closed for about 5 hours. The accident remains under investigation.




BREAKING: Multiple injured in serious wreck on I-295

Update here:

September 29, 2021

By: Tyler Eckel

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP (MERCER)– Multiple Fire & EMS agencies are on the scene of a serious crash in the Northbound lanes of I-295.

Hamilton Fire Department was dispatched to the area of Mile Marker 59 around 3:25 this afternoon on a reported serious crash with entrapment. Preliminary reports indicate that at least 15 people were injured in the crash.

The Southbound lanes were temporarily shut down for medical helicopters to land, but were quickly reopened when all patients were taken by ground. Northbound lanes remain completely shut down at the time of this post.

This is a breaking news story. Please check back for updates.


TRAFFIC ALERT: Avoid I-295 Closed Both Directions Near Scenic Overlook In Hamilton Township; Reports Of Mass Casualty Incident 15 Patients

Update here:


Additional Update here: BREAKING: Multiple injured in serious wreck on I-295



September 29, 2021 Update the south bound was reopened but heavy rubberneck delay south of the I-195/Route29 Interchange 1 Northbound will be closed for quite some time. This is in the area of Mile Marker 59

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Around 3:24 p.m. a serious accident occurred on I-295 in Hamilton Township in the area of the Scenic Overlook closing the highway in both directions. Multiple fire department responded to the scene and 9 ambulances and 2 paramedic units and 3 medical helicopters were called to the scene for reports of around 15 persons injured in the accident.

This is a preliminary report, NJSP has been contacted for official information, please avoid the area.


https://6abc.com/video/embed/?pid=11061543





Serious Motor Vehicle Crash In Hamilton

September 27, 2021

On September 27, 2021 at 4:57 pm Hamilton Police responded to a serious motor vehicle crash at the intersection of Whitehead Rd and Second Ave.  A 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan, driven by Mohamed Kallay, 47yoa from Hamilton, was traveling southbound on Whitehead Rd, when a 2001 Freightliner Truck, driven by Richard Crutchley, 66 yoa from Hamilton, was traveling northbound on Whitehead Rd when he crossed over into the southbound lane and struck the Dodge head-on. After the collision, the Freightliner Truck rolled onto its side and came to a stop on the corner of Whitehead Rd and Second Ave.  Mr. Kallay was extricated from his vehicle by the Hamilton Fire Division.  He was then transported by ambulance to Capital Health Regional for treatment for his injuries.

The crash is being investigated by Officer Bryan Wood, and Officer Brian DiBiasi.  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.


Suspect In Nottingham Tavern and Princeton BMW Burglaries Arrested In Stolen Chevy Trailblazer From Ciocca Chevrolet, Stole Items From Coleman Cadillac And IRL Game Shop In Hightstown

September 27, 2021 — Updated with information from Palisades Interstate Parkway Police 

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–On September 27, 2021, Middlesex County resident, Alan Seijas  (30 years old), was arrested by Palisades Interstate Parkway Police, on a Hamilton Police Warrant regarding the Nottingham Tavern burglary. 

Additional charges were filed for a September 13, 2021 burglary that occurred at the Princeton BMW located at 3630 Quakerbridge Road, also in Hamilton. 

According to the Palisades Interstate Parkway Police, the investigation discovered that the male party we arrested in the article was driving a stolen Hertz rental Chevrolet Trailblazer taken from Ciocca Chevrolet in Lawrence and also stole items from vehicles at Coleman Cadillac in Lawrence, license plates off of a Chevrolet Equinox in Clark, New Jersey and committed a burglary of the IRL Game Shop in Hightstown, New Jersey.


On August 31,2021, Hamilton Police were detailed to The Nottingham Tavern at 9 Mercer Street on a burglary to the business.  Responding officers were advised by the owner of the business that some unknown person broke into the business at approximately 12:30 AM August 30,2021.  Entry was gained through a forced open rear door to the business. Once inside the suspect removed several bottles of alcohol and two I-Pads.  The suspect left the scene in what appears to be a light color Cadillac SUV with no visible front license plate. The approximate value of the theft is $2,000 dollars. 

The above pictured suspect is described as a white male, in his late 20’s and has distinct tattoos on his right and left forearms.  The male was wearing gloves and a headband.

A second burglary occurred at the Princeton BMW located at 3630 Quakerbridge Road on September 13, 2021.  Detective Nicolas Schulte was assigned the BMW investigation, and determined that the same suspect from the Nottingham Tavern burglary was also involved in that incident.  Complaints were also generated regarding the Princeton BMW incident.   

Hamilton Police Detectives are asking anyone with additional information concerning the Nottingham Tavern incident, to contact Detective Lawrence MacArthur of the Hamilton Police Division Criminal Investigations Section at (609) 689-5827 or via email at lmacarthur@hamiltonpd.org. Detective Nicholas Schulte can be contacted regarding the Princeton BMW burglary at (609) 689-5825 or via email at nschulte@hamiltonpd.org.  The public can also contact 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.           


See previous MidJersey.News story here: The Nottingham Tavern Burglarized


Fatal Shooting in Hamilton Township Under Investigation

UPDATE:

September 27, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The Mercer County Homicide Task Force and the Hamilton Police Division are investigating a shooting homicide in Hamilton, Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri reported.

At approximately 8:20 p.m. on Saturday, September 25, 2021, Hamilton patrol officers located a deceased male in a parked vehicle on Rosalie Avenue, adjacent to Victor Avenue. The victim, identified as Dashawn Womack, 39, of Hamilton, suffered two gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene.

No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact MCHTF Detective Shawn Bruton at (609) 989-6406. Information can also be emailed to mchtftips@mercercounty.org.


Mercer County Grand Jury Returns Indictment Charging Michael Sanders in the Hamilton Fire that Killed Four People

September 24, 2021

Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri announced today that a Mercer County grand jury returned a 15-count indictment this week charging Michael Sanders with setting the Hamilton fire that caused the deaths of four people over the summer.

Sanders, 23, of Trenton, is charged with four counts of first-degree murder, four counts of first-degree felony murder, four counts of second-degree aggravated assault, two counts of second-degree aggravated arson and one count of second-degree causing or risking widespread injury or damage.

The indictment is the result of an investigation by the Mercer County Homicide Task Force, the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Arson Unit and the Hamilton Police Division.

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

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

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


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

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

Assistant Prosecutor Rachel Cook presented the case to the grand jury.

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





Ewing Men Arrested After Armed Robbery At Hamilton Home Depot

September 23, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–On September 20, 2021 at approximately 9:45 PM, Hamilton Police were detailed to the Home Depot at 750 Rt. 130, on an armed robbery investigation.  Responding officers reported that two black males entered the store and removed several power tools.  In an attempt to exit the store without paying for the items, one of the suspects physically assaulted an employee, while the second suspect brandished a handgun and pointed it in the direction of several employees.  The suspects fled the store with the items, in what appears to be a light colored 2017 Subaru CrossTrek.  The vehicle was last seen traveling south on Rt. 130.

Hamilton Police Detective Nicholas Schulte, developed two suspects through video surveillance that were involved in this incident.  The first suspect was identified as 18 year old Ewing resident, Hysson Amaru Jones.  The second suspect was identified as 22 year old Ewing resident, Danjulo O. Scott.  Criminal complaints were generated for their arrest. 

On September 23, 2021, Hamilton Police Detectives and members of the New Jersey State Police Crime Suppression Central Unit, initiated an investigation to locate both suspects.  Members of the New Jersey State Police Crime Suppression Central Unit located both suspects on the 200 block of Greenland Avenue in Ewing.  During a brief foot pursuit with the suspects, both were arrested, and a handgun was recovered at the scene.

Hysson Amaru Jones and Danjulo O. Scott were charged by Hamilton Detectives with 1ST Degree Robbery, Aggravated Assault, Weapons Offenses and Receiving Stolen Property.  Danjulo O. Scott was charged with an additional count of Certain Persons Not To Possess Weapons. Both suspects are currently being held at the Mercer County Correctional Facility awaiting arraignment for their charges. 

Hamilton Police are asking the public if anyone has additional information concerning this incident to contact Hamilton Detective Nicholas Schulte 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.


NJ Department of Health, Hamilton Twp. Officials say Water is Safe to Drink, But Urge Precautions During Ongoing Legionnaires’ Disease Investigation

September 22, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Four cases of Legionnaires’ disease were reported in Hamilton Township, Mercer County between May-August 2021, along with an additional reported case from November 2020. The Hamilton Township Division of Health continues to work closely with the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) to investigate these cases as part of a larger investigation, which was initiated in August 2020 following a reported cluster of four cases. Hamilton Township reported two deaths in August 2020 and an additional death was reported late last month in an elderly township resident among the nine reported cases.

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. 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. Most healthy people exposed to Legionella do not become ill. However, people who are 50 years or older, especially those who smoke cigarettes, 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.

Legionnaires’ disease is treatable with antibiotics so it is important that anyone who thinks they have symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease contact their health care provider and seek medical evaluation. Healthcare providers use chest x-rays or physical exams to check for pneumonia. Your provider may also order tests on a sample of urine and sputum (phlegm) to see if your lung infection is caused by Legionella bacteria.

Health officials are urging residents and business owners in Hamilton Township 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 can be possible for Legionella to enter buildings (including homes) when receiving treated drinking water. Health officials are partnering with NJ Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) and Trenton Water Works (TWW) to monitor for Legionella in the Hamilton Township water distribution system owned and operated by TWW. While water samples collected at TWW treatment plant and central pumping station have consistently shown no presence of Legionella, water samples collected from homes and businesses in Hamilton Township served by TWW, have identified the presence of Legionella. There is concern that Legionella may be present in other buildings and homes in the area. 

“The water is safe to drink, but there are basic precautions that residents can take to help protect themselves – such as regularly flushing water at their taps and maintaining their hot water tank,” said State Epidemiologist Dr. Tina Tan. “Additionally, 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.”

“We continue to work with our partners at the New Jersey Department of Health and Hamilton Township to empower residents in Hamilton and in our service area on how to protect themselves and their families from Legionnaires’ disease,” said Mark A. Lavenberg, Director of the City of Trenton’s Department of Water and Sewer, which operates Trenton Water Works. “To that end, starting on October 1, Trenton Water Works is launching a public awareness campaign to educate our service-area consumers on this critical public health issue.”

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.

“I want to thank NJDEP and NJDOH for their involvement in studying the frustrating frequency of Legionnaires’ disease cases in Hamilton over the past decade and working with TWW and our Division of Health to keep the residents of Hamilton safe,” said Mayor Jeff Martin. “Clean and safe drinking water is a human right – one that we will continue to fight to make sure all residents can comfortably know they have access to.” 

RECOMMENDED ACTIONS FOR RESIDENTS

According to NJDOH, residents can follow recommended best practices to reduce Legionella growth in their household water. For more information on best practices, please visit NJDOH’s Legionella webpage at: https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/legion.shtml

  • Let your faucets and showers run for at least 3 minutes when they have been out of use for more than a week. Care should be taken to minimize exposure to splashing and aerosol generation, for example, leaving the room while the water is running.
  •  Thoroughly clean or replace your shower heads and faucet aerators (screens) 3–4 times per year. To disinfect, use a 1:100 diluted solution of regular household bleach (1/4 cup bleach to 1 gallon of water). For concentrated bleach use 3 tablespoons for 1 gallon. Follow instructions found on the back of the bottle for safe use including only using disinfection products in a ventilated area.
  • Drain and flush your hot water tank every 6–12 months. Consider hiring a licensed plumbing professional to perform this.
  •  Clean and/or replace all water filters per manufacturer instructions, such as whole house (e.g., water softeners) and point-of-use filters (e.g., built-in refrigerator filters).
  • Remove, shorten, and/or regularly flush existing dead legs (a section of pipe capped off with little to no water flow). For future renovations, ensure your plumber avoids creating dead legs.
  •  Keep your hot water tank set to a minimum of 120°F. This temperature will reduce Legionella growth while minimizing risk of hot water burns. Higher temperatures can further reduce the risk of Legionella growth, but you should first install a mixing valve to prevent hot water burns when using the water. Check with manufacturer recommendations prior to raising the temperature.
  • Medical devices and portable humidifiers should be operated, cleaned, and disinfected per manufacturer instructions. Do not use tap water if sterile water is recommended.
  •  Drain garden hoses and shut off the water line when not in use for the season.
  •  Maintain chemical levels in your hot tub per manufacturer recommendations.
  •  Avoid high-risk activities. If you are at an increased risk for Legionnaires’ disease, consider avoiding power washing, or similar activities, which may generate increased amounts of aerosols or mist.

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 webpage. https://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 circulation hot water temperatures above 120°F.
  • Clean and maintain water system components, such as thermostatic mixing valves, aerators, showerheads, hoses, filters, 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 (a section of pipe capped off with little or no water flow)Where a dead leg 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.
  • 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. Resources to help you develop a Water Management Program for your cooling tower are available at the bottom of this section.

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

NJDOH receives approximately 250–350 reports of Legionnaires’ disease each year reported throughout New Jersey. Legionnaires’ disease is a type of pneumonia (lung infection) caused by the bacteria Legionella. 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 (air-conditioning units 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.


Trenton And Hightstown Men Among 11 Indicted In Investigation That Uncovered Alleged “Hit Squad” Of Inmates Who Assaulted Other Inmates

September 22, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Acting Attorney General Andrew J. Bruck today announced the indictment of an alleged local leader of the Latin Kings street gang and 10 current and former inmates under his command who allegedly formed a “hit squad” within the prison system to commit assaults on behalf of the gang.

Frank Blake, aka “Lafay,” 33, of Hillside, N.J., an alleged leader of the Elizabeth, N.J., chapter of the Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation (ALKQN) street gang, was initially charged in April 2021 along with eight other alleged members of ALKQN who allegedly conspired to carry out assaults on behalf of the gang in the state prison system. They were charged at that time with a brutal attack on an inmate in New Jersey State Prison in Trenton and a planned assault on another inmate in Northern State Prison in Newark that was prevented by the New Jersey Department of Corrections (DOC).

The Attorney General’s Office of Public Integrity and Accountability (OPIA) obtained a state grand jury indictment on Tuesday, Sept. 14, charging defendants with four more vicious assaults in New Jersey State Prison in Trenton. The indictment charges the nine original defendants plus two additional alleged ALKQN gang members. The indictment was sealed pending the arrest of defendant Maurice Diaz Young, 35, of Trenton, N.J., who was arrested today.

The indictment is the result of an investigation by members of the DOC Special Investigations Division (SID) and OPIA Corruption Central Squad. The investigation revealed that Blake and inmate Alexander Chludzinski, aka “D Noble,” 27, of Phillipsburg, N.J., allegedly discussed going to the homes of DOC-SID investigators leading this investigation to commit violence against them.

“We will not tolerate gang-related violence in our state prisons,” said Acting Attorney General Bruck. “This indictment reaffirms our commitment to ensuring the safety of both inmates and correctional officers behind the prison walls. I am especially grateful to our Office of Public Integrity & Accountability and DOC’s Special Investigations Division for their partnership on this investigation.”

“We will continue to work with the Department of Corrections to neutralize the dangerous and corrosive influence of gangs in our prisons and protect the people who are held in state custody,” said OPIA Executive Director Thomas Eicher. “We will not allow gang leaders to orchestrate violence between inmates and undermine the security of our prison system.”

“Central to our mission is a commitment to operate safe and humane facilities,” said New Jersey Department of Corrections Acting Commissioner Victoria Kuhn, Esq. “We have zero tolerance for those that compromise the integrity of our efforts and applaud the work of the NJDOC’s Special Investigations Division and the OPIA in bringing these individuals to justice.”

The indictment is posted online at: Blake et al Indictment

The following 11 men are charged with second-degree conspiracy, and nine of them—Blake, Diaz Young, Lago, Garcia, Chludzinski, Washington, Reyes, Zarate, and Cardona—are charged with first-degree gang criminality. Blake is also charged with first-degree promoting organized street crime.

  1. Frank Blake, aka “Lafay,” 33, of Hillside N.J.
  2. Eduardo Lago, aka “King Bay Bay,” 28, of Newark, N.J.
  3. Roberto Garcia, aka “Taz,” 25, of Carteret, N.J.
  4. William Figueroa, aka “King Stitch,” 27, of Hightstown, N.J.
  5. Alexander Chludzinski, aka “D Noble,” 27, of Phillipsburg, N.J.
  6. Kevin Washington, aka “King Jafi,” 32, of Atlantic City, N.J.
  7. Andy Reyes, aka “Chango,” 25, of Somerset, N.J.
  8. James Zarate, aka “King Samurai,” 33, of Randolph, N.J.
  9. Larry Cardona, aka “King Legend,” 28, of Elizabeth, N.J.
  10. Maurice Diaz Young, aka “King Onyx,” 35, of Trenton, N.J.
  11. Juan Colon, 53, of Trenton, N.J.

The indictment alleges the following acts of violence and attempted acts of violence against inmates in the state prison system:

  • It is alleged that at Blake’s direction—and with Figueroa, Reyes and Diaz Young participating in planning the assault—Garcia and Lago assaulted an inmate in the prison yard of New Jersey State Prison in Trenton on Sept. 28, 2020, punching and kicking him in the head, and causing him to suffer respiratory failure and a traumatic brain injury.
  • Between December 2020 and April 2021, Blake allegedly conspired with and directed Chludzinski, Reyes, Washington, Zarate, and Cardona in planning an assault on an inmate at Northern State Prison in Newark. DOC-SID investigators learned of the alleged plot and placed the targeted inmate in protective custody to prevent the attempted assault.
  • It is alleged that on Oct. 18, 2019, Chludzinski attacked an inmate with a makeshift weapon known as a “shank” in a shower facility in New Jersey State Prison in Trenton, causing the victim to suffer multiple puncture wounds.
  • In April 2020, Reyes, Garcia, and a member of a different street gang identified in the indictment as “Individual #1” allegedly planned that Garcia would attack an inmate in New Jersey State Prison in Trenton on behalf of Individual #1, in exchange for which Individual #1 would attack an inmate who was targeted by Reyes and Garcia. On April 5, 2020, Individual #1 allegedly carried out his attack in the prison yard, repeatedly punching and kicking the victim in the head, causing him to be hospitalized with head trauma. The next day, April 6, 2020, Garcia allegedly attacked the second victim in the prison yard, punching and kicking him in the head and upper body, resulting in bodily injury.
  • It is alleged that Zarate and Cardona attacked an inmate on April 21, 2021 in the prison yard of New Jersey State Prison in Trenton, repeatedly punching and kicking the victim in the head and body, resulting in significant bodily injury.

The indictment charges Diaz Young and Colon with the second-degree crime of solicitation or recruitment to join a criminal street gang for allegedly soliciting an inmate to join ALKQN and participate in criminal conduct on behalf of the gang in November and December 2020.

Blake and Chludzinski are charged with second-degree hindering apprehension or prosecution, third-degree terroristic threats, and fourth-degree obstruction for the alleged threats of violence against DOC-SID members investigating this case. Cardona, Chludzinski, Reyes, and Zarate are charged with possessing shanks, and Cardona is charged with possessing a cell phone in prison.

When Blake was arrested on April 22, 2021, investigators executed a search warrant at his home, seizing a .45-caliber pistol, a .357-caliber revolver loaded with hollow-point bullets, a 9mm pistol, an illegal large-capacity magazine, additional bullets, over one-half pound of methamphetamine, and two digital scales. For those items, he is charged with second-degree possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, second-degree possession of a weapon during commission of a drug offense, first-degree possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, and other drug and weapons offenses.

Deputy Attorneys General Colin J. Keiffer and Travis Miscia are prosecuting the case and presented the indictment to the state grand jury for the OPIA Corruption Bureau, under the supervision of OPIA Corruption Bureau Chief Peter Lee and OPIA Deputy Director Anthony Picione. They were assisted by Deputy Attorney General Heather Hausleben and other members of the Division of Criminal Justice Gangs & Organized Crime Bureau.

Acting Attorney General Bruck thanked all of the investigators and detectives who conducted the investigation for the DOC Special Investigations Division and the OPIA Corruption Central Squad. For security reasons, they are not being named individually. He also thanked the New Jersey State Police TEAMS North Unit, Division of Criminal Justice Cyber Crimes Unit, Union County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Division, and Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Intelligence Unit for their assistance in the investigation.

The first-degree charges of gang criminality carries a sentence of 15 to 30 years in state prison. The other first-degree charges carry a sentence of 10 to 20 years in state prison and a fine of up to $200,000. The sentences for gang criminality and promoting organized street crime must be served consecutively to the sentence for any underlying offense. Second-degree charges carry a sentence of five to 10 years in state prison and a fine of up to $150,000. Possession of a weapon as a convicted felon carries a mandatory period of parole ineligibility of five years. Third-degree charges carry a sentence of three to five years in state prison and a fine of up to $15,000, while fourth-degree charges carry a sentence of up to 18 months in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

The charges are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law. 

Defense Attorneys

For Blake: Thomas R. Ashley, Esq., Newark, N.J.

For Garcia: Robin Kay Lord, Esq., Trenton, N.J.

For Figueroa: Assistant Deputy Public Defender Matthew Mordas, Mercer County.

For Chludzinski: Peter V. Abatemarco, Esq., Lambertville, N.J.

For Washington: Tina M. Frost, Esq., West Windsor, N.J.

For Cardona: Assistant Deputy Public Defender Olivia J. Moorhead, Mercer County.

For Other Defendants: Undetermined.


Man Wanted By Hamilton Police, Arrested For Numerous Counts Of Aggravated Sexual Assault And Endangering Multiple Children

September 21, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–During the course of an investigation conducted by Detectives from the Hamilton Police Division and the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, a warrant was issued for the above individual for numerous counts of aggravated sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child.  There were multiple juvenile victims.

The above-mentioned Detectives, along with assistance from the NY/NJ U.S. Marshals Service, arrested the Defendant in NYC on 9/3/21.  Upon waiving extradition, the defendant was transported to Hamilton Police Division for processing and then taken to the Mercer County Workhouse.   

Anyone with information regarding these incidents, or is aware of any similar incidents involving the defendant, is asked to contact Hamilton Police Detective Kevin Krall at (609) 689-5826 or via email at KKrall@hamiltonpd.org.  The public can also contact 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.


Hamilton Uses ARP Funds to Offer Families Reimbursement for Hamilton’s Youth Recreation League Enrollment

September 21, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Hamilton Township will use a $100,000 of American Rescue Plan (ARP) funding towards a program to help reimburse parents/guardians for the costs of registering their child in a non-profit youth recreation league in 2021. 

The program provides for up to $200/child in reimbursement of their registration fees. Due to the rules of the federal funds, this program is limited to Hamilton children who are enrolled in a free/reduced lunch program through their school. All information submitted will be kept confidential. Parents/guardians can apply for more than one league – for example if their child participates in youth soccer and youth baseball, they can get reimbursement for both.

“Over the last 18 months, Hamilton’s children have faced significant obstacles to their normal childhood experiences,” stated Mayor Jeff Martin. “Hamilton’s youth recreation leagues provide children with physical fitness, but just as importantly, social and emotional learning opportunities as well.”

Any parent/guardian looking to participate in this reimbursement program may find the form at www.HamiltonNJ.com/Recreation under ‘Additional Links’. It will be up to each youth sports league to compile forms and submit the forms to the Hamilton Division of Recreation. All submissions must be received no later than October 15, 2021.

For questions or further assistance please contact the Hamilton Township Division of Recreation at (609) 890-4028.


Pair Invades And Robbs Hamilton Home While Resident Was Sleeping Brandishing A Large Knife During During Struggle With Resident Leaving Resident Injured

September 18, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–On September 14, 2021, at approximately 3:15 a.m., Hamilton Police were detailed to the first block of Lincoln Court on a Home Invasion/ Robbery.  Responding officers were advised by the resident that two black male suspects entered her residence through a kitchen window, while she was sleeping. Once inside the residence, the victim awoke and a physical altercation ensued, with one of the suspects brandishing a large knife. The suspects fled the scene on bicycles with several items of value.  The victim sustained non-life threatening injuries due to her struggle with the suspects. 

Hamilton Police Detective Benjamin Zuzzio developed two suspects involved in this incident through video surveillance. The first suspect was identified as 19 year old Hamilton resident, John Goddridge.  The second suspect was  identified as 24 year old Hamilton resident, Divine Thompson.  Criminal complaints were generated for their arrest.

On September 17,2021, the Hamilton Police Anti-Crime Unit located and arrested both suspects regarding this incident.

Hamilton Police Detectives are asking the public if anyone has additional information  concerning this incident to contact Detective Benjamin Zuzzio of the Criminal Investigations Section at (609) 581-4030, via email at  bzuzzio@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.

$50,000 Powerball Ticket Sold In Hamilton Township

The ticket was sold at Whitehorse Mercerville Exxon, 1824 Whitehorse Mercerville Rd., Hamilton in Mercer County.

September 16, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–One New Jersey Lottery ticket matched four of the five white balls and the Powerball drawn for the Wednesday, September 15, drawing winning the $50,000 third-tier prize. The ticket was sold at Whitehorse Mercerville Exxon, 1824 Whitehorse Mercerville Rd., Hamilton in Mercer County.

The winning numbers for the Wednesday, September 15, drawing were: 01, 04, 18, 46, and 62. The Red Power Ball number was 25. The Power Play was 3X. 35,472 New Jersey players took home an estimated $205,373 in prizes ranging from $4 to $300. The Powerball jackpot rolled to $457,000,000 for the Saturday, September 18, drawing.

Double Play Results

The Double Play drawing is an additional drawing for players who opted-in to the Double Play feature on their tickets. The Double Play drawing results for the Wednesday, September 15, drawing were: 05, 34, 36, 38, and 57. The red Double Play Power Ball number was 07.


22 Year Old Chesterfield Man Arrested On Criminal Sexual Contact In Hamilton Twp. Veteran’s Park Incident

September 15, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–On September 15, 2021, at approximately 08:00 AM, Hamilton Police were detailed to 2206 Kuser Road  (Veterans Park -South Entrance) on a Criminal Sexual Contact incident.  Responding officers were advised by a female that she was running in the park and a black male suspect approached her from behind near the skate park and groped her thigh and buttocks area.    

Hamilton Police Detective Thomas Clugsten developed a suspect identified as 22 year old Chesterfield NJ resident (formerly of Long Island NY), Malcolm J. Lingard. Information developed from this investigation led to the arrest of Mr. Lingard for Criminal Sexual Contact regarding this incident.

Anyone with information regarding this incident, or is aware of any similar incidents involving Malcolm J. Lingard, is asked to contact Hamilton Police Detective Thomas Clugsten at (609) 581-4027 or via email at tclugsten@hamiltonpd.org . The public can also contact the Hamilton Police Crime Tip Hotline at (609) 581-4008.

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


Hughes Announces Opening Of FEMA/Mercer Disaster Recovery Center

Weekdays 7 a.m.-7 p.m.; weekends 8 a.m.-5 p.m., at Hollowbrook Center

September 14, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–

TRENTON – Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Mercer County has opened a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) at Hollowbrook Community Center, 320 Hollowbrook Drive, Ewing Township, to assist any Mercer County residents or businesses whose property was damaged in the remnants of Hurricane Ida. The DRC is open starting today, Sept. 14 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sunday. Residents do not need to schedule an appointment to visit the center, nor must they be Mercer County residents.

The DRC will be staffed by FEMA representatives who can provide information on FEMA disaster aid and answer questions. Again, the DRC is open to residents and businesses from every municipality in Mercer County, and residents from any other county that received the FEMA “Disaster” declaration.

On Sept. 10, Mercer County residents were declared eligible to register for Individual Assistance with FEMA. Residents who previously registered for assistance via the Internet or by phone do not need to visit the DRC, but can ask questions or seek further information in person at the DRC. The eligibility for FEMA Individual Assistance means residents or business owners whose properties were directly damaged by the flooding or storm events on September 1-3 can apply to recoup their losses.

What is a Disaster Recovery Center?

A DRC is a readily accessible facility or mobile office where applicants may go for information about FEMA or other disaster assistance programs, or for questions related to a specific case.

Some of the services that a DRC may provide:

  • Guidance regarding disaster recovery
  • Clarification of any written correspondence received
  • Housing Assistance and Rental Resource information
  • Answers to questions, resolution to problems and referrals to agencies that may provide further assistance
  • Status of applications being processed by FEMA.
  • SBA program information if there is a SBA Representative at the Disaster Recovery Center site.

Affected residents and business owners can begin the disaster application process by registering online at DisasterAssistance.gov or registering by phone at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired.

The toll-free numbers are available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. local time Monday through Sunday, and applicants registering for aid should be prepared to provide basic information such as their name, the name of the business, address, phone number, insurance coverage, and other information to help substantiate losses.

Individual Assistance, if awarded, can cover reimbursement for a variety of storm-related expenses.

These include, but are not limited to: rental payments for temporary housing for those whose homes are uninhabitable; grants for home repairs and replacement of essential household items not covered by insurance; low-interest loans to cover residential losses not fully compensated by insurance; loans for small businesses that suffered disaster-related cash flow problems; and loans for farmers and other agriculture operators to cover property loss.

Additionally, mall businesses and most private nonprofit organizations in Mercer County are eligible to apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loans from the Small Business Administration. For more information, visit https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/ela/s/.

Residents in need of assistance with damage from Tropical Storm Ida may call a Home Cleanup Hotline at 844-965-1386 to be connected with volunteers from local relief organizations and community groups that may be able to assist with cutting fallen trees, removing drywall, flooring and appliances, tarping roofs and mitigating mold.

The hotline will remain open through Sept. 17