Category: Hamilton

Hamilton Police Offer Tips On Vehicle Theft Prevention and Distraction Burglaries

July 1, 2022

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Hamilton Police Offer Tips on Vehicle Theft Prevention and Distraction Burglaries. See files below:






Police Investigate Shooting On Corner Of Lalor And Beatty Streets In Trenton

June 25, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Just after 10:30 p.m., Friday June 24, 2022, Hamilton Police responded for a shooting at the 7-11 on the Hamilton side of Lalor Street at Deutz Avenue. Hamilton Police, Hamilton Fire Department and EMS responded. Prior to Fire Department and EMS arrival it was reported that police scooped the person and rushed them to the trauma center at Captial Health Regional Medical Center. The shooting was determined to be on the Trenton side, in the 500 Block of Lalor on the corner with Beatty Street. Police were seen searching the area in front of Mikey’s Bar and Grill for evidence. The shooting victim was believed to be a male and was reportedly shot in the chest. No further details are available at this time. This is an active investigation and when details become available the story will be updated.


Police investigate a shooting at the corner of Lalor and Beatty Street tonight.


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Trench Rescue In Hamilton Township

June 23, 2022

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Around 1:50 p.m. Hamilton Township Fire Department and RWJ EMS were detailed to the 100 Block of North Hamilton Avenue near Norcross Circle for “domestic entrapment” Upon arrival it was determined that a trench collapsed, and a person was stuck in soil. A Hamilton Township Public Works vacuum truck was called to help with the rescue. Trenton Fire Department Taskforce was requested for additional aid to the scene. The person was removed about an hour later around 3:00 p.m. The person was transported to a nearby hospital by RWJ EMS and Captial Health Paramedics. Hamilton Township Police were on scene for crowd and traffic control. No further details are available.







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Mercer County Jury Finds Trenton Man Guilty in the 2018 Murder Of 20-Year-Old Danny Diaz-Delgado Trying To Purchase a PlayStation 4 For Younger Brother

June 16, 2022

TRENTON-HAMILTON, NJ (MERCER)–Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri announced that a Trenton man was convicted by a jury today for murdering a 20-year-old man trying to purchase a PlayStation 4 for his younger brother.

On June 16, 2022, Akmal Alvaranga, 34, was convicted on all counts of the indictment, including murder, felony murder, kidnapping, robbery, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and unlawful possession of a handgun.

Hamilton police officers were dispatched to the corner of Sixth Avenue and Assunpink Boulevard on March 24, 2018, at approximately 2 p.m., on the report of an unconscious and unresponsive male near the canal.  Responding officers located the victim, later identified as 20-year-old Danny Diaz-Delgado, face down and unresponsive with his hands tied behind his back and tape around his face, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to the torso, head and leg.

Mercer County Assistant Prosecutor Rachel Cook represented the state during the three-week trial before Mercer County Superior Court Judge Darlene J. Pereksta.  The state presented evidence and testimony that Alvaranga and co-defendant Rufus Thompson lured Diaz-Delgado to an alley in Trenton under the guise of purchasing a PlayStation4 for his younger brother.  The two men kidnapped the victim at gunpoint, bound and gagged him, and held him for hours in a Trenton garage before driving him to Hamilton and shooting him nine times in the back.

Thompson previously pleaded guilty to Diaz-Delgado’s murder and is serving a 45-year prison sentence.  Alvaranga is scheduled to be sentenced on September 1, 2022.  He faces life in prison on the murder charge with a consecutive prison sentence of 15-30 years on the kidnapping charge.

“The State is grateful that the jury was able to review the overwhelming evidence in this case and come to a swift and just verdict,” Cook said.  “By all accounts, Danny was a remarkable person who was a great friend, loving brother, and devoted son.  Tragically, Danny’s young life was cut short after crossing paths with the defendant.  While we can never get Danny back, it is our hope that his loved ones can find some comfort in today’s guilty verdict.”

The investigation was led by the Mercer County Homicide Task Force and Sgt. Michael Castaldo of the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office.  The defendant was represented by Edward Hesketh, Esq.


On June 16, 2022, Akmal Alvaranga, 34, was convicted on all counts of the indictment, including murder, felony murder, kidnapping, robbery, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and unlawful possession of a handgun.


Rufus Thompson previously pleaded guilty to Diaz-Delgado’s murder and is serving a 45-year prison sentence. 


File Photo: DANNY DIAZ-DELGADO/FACEBOOK



The scene that day file photos from Brian McCarthy, OnScene News, MidJersey.News

The scene that day file photos from Brian McCarthy, OnScene News, MidJersey.News


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19-Year-Old Bordentown (Formerly of Hamilton) Man Already Under Felony Indictment In Mercer County Was Charged With Firearms Trafficking And Unlawful Transportation Of Firearms

June 11, 2022

TRENTON, N.J. – A Burlington County, New Jersey, man already under felony indictment was charged with conspiracy to engage in firearms trafficking and unlawful transportation of firearms in interstate commerce following law enforcement’s seizure of 11 firearms, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced today.

Dominic Maloney, 19, of Bordentown, New Jersey, was arrested on June 8, 2022, in Salem County, New Jersey, and charged in a three-count criminal complaint with conspiracy to engage in firearms trafficking; unlawful transportation of firearms in interstate commerce while under felony indictment; and unlawful transportation of firearms obtained in another state into Maloney’s state of residence. Maloney made his initial appearance today by videoconference before U.S. Magistrate Judge Lois H. Goodman and was detained.

According to the criminal complaint and statements made in court:

On Feb. 22, 2022, Maloney was indicted in Mercer County, New Jersey, Superior Court on felony charges of unlawful possession of a handgun; possession of a firearm for an unlawful purpose; aggravated assault; and making terroristic threats. As a result of the pending felony indictment, federal law prohibits Maloney from transporting firearms in interstate commerce. Maloney maintained and used an identified Instagram account. Law enforcement review of that account and an associate’s Instagram account indicated that, as of June 1, 2022, Maloney was in the state of Georgia to obtain firearms and intended to transport those firearms to New Jersey to distribute them to others for profit. On June 8, 2022, law enforcement officers identified a silver 2007 Nissan Armada driving northbound on Interstate 95 in Maryland. Maloney was a passenger, along with three other occupants. Officers stopped the vehicle on Interstate 295 in New Jersey. A search of the vehicle recovered 11 firearms from the trunk, including eight semiautomatic pistols, one semiautomatic rifle, and two shotguns.

The conspiracy count and the two unlawful transportation counts each carry a maximum potential penalty of five years in prison and a fine of $250,000, or twice the gross amount of gain or loss from the offense, whichever is greatest.

U.S. Attorney Sellinger credited special agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Trenton Field Office, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey L. Matthews in Newark, with the investigation leading to today’s charges. He also thanked special agents of ATF, Philadelphia Field Division, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Matthew P. Varisco; special agents of ATF, Wilmington Field Office, Baltimore Field Division, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Toni M. Crosby; special agents of the ATF, Washington Field Division, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Charlie J. Patterson; special agents of the ATF, Savannah Field Office, Atlanta Field Division, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Ben Gibbons; troopers of the New Jersey State Police Trafficking Central, under the direction of Col. Patrick J. Callahan, and troopers of the Pennsylvania State Police, under the direction of Col. Robert Evanchick, for their assistance with the investigation.

In July 2021, the U.S. Department of Justice launched five cross-jurisdictional strike forces to help reduce gun violence by disrupting illegal firearms trafficking in key regions across the country. Leveraging existing resources, the regional strike forces will better ensure sustained and focused coordination across jurisdictions and help stem the supply of illegally trafficked firearms from source cities, through other communities, and into five key market regions: New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area/Sacramento Region and Washington, D.C. According to gun trace data, a significant number of firearms recovered in the New York/northern New Jersey area originate from outside the area. The strike force will help ensure sustained and focused coordination between law enforcement and prosecutors in the New York/ New Jersey area with their counterparts in those other locations.

The government is represented by J. Brendan Day, Attorney-in-Charge of the Trenton Office.

The charges and allegations contained in the complaint are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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Defense counsel: Scott A. Krasny Esq., Trenton



2021 Hamilton Township Police Department news release photo of Dominic Maloney formerly of Hamilton Township, New Jersey. 18-years-old at the time of the April 1, 2021, incident in Hamilton, now 19-years-old.




April 3, 2021 — Hamilton Officers developed information to charge 20 year old, Chesterfield resident, Christian Elley and 20 year old Hamilton resident, Mario Cruz with Aggravated Assault and various Weapons Offenses. Hamilton Police Detectives Patrick Quick and Robert Whartenby, additionally charged 18 year old Hamilton resident, Dominic Maloney, with Terroristic Threats, and Various Weapons Offenses including the Community Gun Offense.


Below MidJersey.News file photos from a April 1, 2022 incident in Hamilton Township NJ:


MidJersey.news file photos from the scene. On April 1, 2021 at approximately 11:00 pm, Hamilton Police were detailed to the area of Barnt Deklyn Road and Andrew Street for a disturbance involving several people fighting. Responding Officers located several people still in the area and learned that two handguns were involved in this incident. Investigating officers located a spent handgun shell casing at the scene. Once victim was located with a head injury from being struck with the butt of a gun. He was treated for his injuries and released from the hospital.



Pain At The Pump: Gasoline Up 129% Diesel Up 142% In Hamilton Township; AAA Travel Survey 70% Saying To Travel As Much Or More This Summer

June 9, 2022

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Yesterday marked one year and seven months since a photo was taken at the Wawa on Route 33 in Hamilton Township, Mercer County showing gasoline prices. On November 8, 2020, a gallon of regular gasoline was $2.17 and now on June 7, 2022, $4.97 with a 129% increase over time. Even worse is Diesel fuel with a with a 142% increase on November 8, 2020, diesel fuel was $2.43 per gallon and now $5.89 per gallon.

There is no end in sight for relief of gasoline or diesel fuel prices as crude oil is trading higher.

Crude Oil is currently trading at $121.51 per barrel compared to $37.14 per barrel in November of 2020. Some experts predict that crude oil will trade between $140 and $150 per barrel soon. Prices trade higher as supply decreases as demand increases.


A new poll by AAA Travel finds travelers making big plans to get away this summer despite the highest gas prices in years. In fact, 70% of residents polled across twelve states and the District of Columbia say they are planning to travel as much – or MORE – this summer than last summer, and many say it will be their first significant summer travel since before the pandemic.

“The results of this new AAA Travel poll indicate that COVID concerns have eased dramatically and the majority residents are making plans to get away despite gas prices,” says AAA Travel spokesperson Amy Short. “While domestic travel will dominate, it is interesting to note the number of people making plans to travel internationally as well. That’s something we have not seen since 2019.”

About 60 percent of those surveyed say they are planning at least one trip – with more than 40 percent saying they are planning multiple trips.

By the Numbers

  • About 60% of those surveyed say they are planning at least one summer trip of 50 miles or more
  • About 35% of those surveyed say they are planning to travel MORE than last summer
  • About 20% of those surveyed say they are planning their first significant summer travel since before the pandemic
  • More than 40% of those surveyed say they are planning multiple trips
  • Of those traveling, more than 20% are planning international travel

Gas Prices

More than 40% of those surveyed say gas prices were not even a consideration in their travel planning but:

  • More than 40% of those surveyed say they are taking fewer or shorter trips because of gas prices
  • More than 15% of those surveyed say they will adjust their budget for lodging or dining out because of gas prices

Of those who say they are staying home or are unsure about their summer travel plans, more than 40 percent cite gas prices as the biggest factor influencing that decision.

COVID Concerns

Of the significant number of residents planning to travel more this summer than last:

  • About 40% say it is because their personal COVID concerns have eased
  • Almost 25% say it is because travel concerns have eased at their destinations

With gas prices increasing to near record highs, AAA is warning motorists that gasoline theft may be on the rise at well – and it could cost vehicle owners far more than the expense of replacing stolen fuel. That’s because, on newer cars, thieves are unable to simply siphon the gas from the fuel tank, so they opt for drilling a hole in the fuel tank instead.

“Newer vehicles have a ‘roll-over’ valve between the fuel tank and filler neck intended to prevent gas from spilling out, to lessen the chance of a fire, in the event of a rollover. But that same valve also makes siphoning gas much more difficult,” says Jim Lardear, Director of Public and Government Affairs for AAA. “So, thieves seeking the path of least resistance now access the fuel by drilling directly into the tank.”

And, a small hole in your fuel tank can mean a much larger hole in your wallet. Fuel tank repairs can cost as much as $1,000 to replace.

Damage to the fuel tank may – or may not – be covered by insurance, depending on your policy.

“For those who have comprehensive coverage, the damage would qualify as vandalism,” says Sonia Medina, spokesperson for AAA Insurance. “But, of course, not everyone has comprehensive coverage.”

AAA encourages vehicle owners to talk to their insurance advisors to ensure they have adequate coverage.

AAA offers the following tips to protect against gasoline theft:

  1. Park in the garage at your home if you have one.
  2. When out in public, park in a well-lit area with high traffic. If possible, park in a secure location like a fenced-in lot or parking garage.
  3. When parking in a garage, find a spot near the exit or elevator as those have the most visibility and foot traffic
  4. If parking on the street, when possible, park with your gas tank on the street side.

AAA recommends looking for the following signs if you suspect gas theft:

  1. The smell of gas as you approach your vehicle.
  2. Puddle underneath your vehicle near the location of the fuel tank.
  3. The vehicle does not start.
  4. The vehicle starts but the fuel gauge shows lower than it was when you last drove.
  5. The check engine light (yellow) is illuminated.


AAA recommends victims of gas theft that may have damaged the vehicle:

  1. Contact the police to file a report.
  2. Reach out to your insurance company to see if your policy covers related repairs.
  3. Take your vehicle to a trusted repair facility as soon as possible.

Vehicle Fire On I-195 In Hamilton Extinguished

June 6, 2022

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Around 6:52 p.m. Hamilton Township Fire Department was dispatched to a vehicle fire on I-195 west bound near mile post 4.8, Exit 5A for Route 130. Upon arrival firefighters found a vehicle well involved in fire and quickly pulled a handline and extinguished the fire. Firefighters remained on scene for a brief time for overhaul. New Jersey State Police called for a tow truck to remove the vehicle from the highway. No further details are available.





Tractor Trailer Crash Closes I-195 In Hamilton Township, Traffic Backed Up For Miles

June 2, 2022

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Around 7:00 a.m. a tractor trailer overturned on I-195 East Bound between Route 130 Exit 5 and Yardville Hamilton Square Exit 3 spilling its contents and closing the roadway. Hamilton Township Fire Department, RWJ EMS and Paramedics responded to the scene.

As of 8:17 a.m. Traffic west bound is backed over 5 miles to Upper Freehold Township-Allentown Exit 8 and in the east bound direction from I-295 is a 4 mile traffic backup. Avoid travel in the area if possible.

Further details to follow.





Photos by: Steven Kadir





Fatal Crash On East State Street Extension In Hamilton Township Under Investigation

5/27/2022 UPDATE from Hamilton Township Police Division:

On May 26, 2022 at approximately 9:10 pm, a 2016 Nissan Versa, driven by a 36yoa male from Easton Pennsylvania, was traveling northbound on E. State St Extension near Montana Ave when it entered into the right-side shoulder of the roadway and struck the rear of a 2020 EAS Trailer, owned and operated by David’s Express, of Hamilton NJ, which was parked and unoccupied in the shoulder of E. State St Extension.  The driver of the vehicle was transported to Capital Health Hospital at Fuld where he succumbed to his injuries.  His name is being withheld pending notification to family.

The crash is being investigated by Officers B. Wood, F. LaVacca, and C. Clugsten of the Hamilton Police Traffic Unit.          

Any witnesses are asked to contact the Hamilton Police Traffic Unit at (609)581-4000.    


Original MidJersey.News story here:

May 26, 2022

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Hamilton Police, Hamilton Township Fire Department, RWJ EMS and Captial Health Paramedics responded to East State Street Extension near Montana Avenue for a serious crash where a car rear ended a tractor trailer around 9:15 p.m. The occupant was extricated by the fire department and transported to the Trauma Center at Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton. Hamilton Township Police Division is conducting a serious crash investigation.

The story will be updated as information becomes available.



Photos by: Brian McCarthy, OnScene News


Serious Crash On Pitman Ave In Hamilton Township

May 26, 2022

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Hamilton Police say that on May 26, 2022 at approximately 5:50pm, a 2003 Acura TL, driven by Ashley Williams, 35yoa female from Hamilton, was traveling southbound on Pitman Ave near Rennie St when she lost control of her vehicle and struck a tree.  The Acura continued traveling southbound and Ms. Williams was ejected from the vehicle before the vehicle finally came to a stop.  Her front seat passenger, Cedric Williams, 59yoa male from Hamilton, had to be extricated from the vehicle by members of the Hamilton Fire Division.  Both the driver and front passenger suffered serious injuries and were transported to Capital Health Hospital at Fuld for treatment.  A rear seat passenger, 11yoa male, was uninjured and released to a family member

          The crash is being investigated by Officers C. Clugsten, B. DiBiasi, and F. LaVacca of the Hamilton Police Traffic Unit.

          Any witnesses are asked to contact the Hamilton Police Traffic Unit at (609)581-4000.    



21 Men Arrested in Undercover Operation Targeting Child Predators Using Social Media to Lure Children for Sex

Charges Stem from “Operation Risky Business,” a Collaborative Investigation Led by the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, Division of Criminal Justice, New Jersey State Police, and U.S. Homeland Security Investigations

May 26, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–New Jersey Acting Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin and Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri today announced the arrests of 21 alleged child predators in “Operation Risky Business,” a multi-agency undercover operation targeting individuals who allegedly were using social medial in an attempt to lure underage girls and boys for sexual activity.  The defendants will be prosecuted by the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office and the Division of Criminal Justice.  

The underage “children” were, in fact, undercover officers.  Most of the defendants in Operation Risky Business were arrested at either the undercover residence in Hamilton Township or another meet-up location, including the Hamilton Train Station. Those who went to the undercover house allegedly expected to find their victims home alone. Instead, they found law enforcement officers prepared to arrest them and process any evidence seized.  Those arrested include four Megan’s Law registrants, an injury lawyer from Georgia, an information technology worker, a dump truck driver, and a pastry chef from the Pocono Mountains region. One defendant was arrested and charged in two cases because he was chatting online with two separate undercover officers.

The operation was led by the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Unit, the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice Financial and Cyber Crimes Bureau, and the New Jersey State Police, in collaboration with U.S. Homeland Security Investigations, and additional federal, state and county law enforcement agencies listed below.

“Operation Risky Business is a great example of how successful law enforcement agencies can be when they collaborate across all levels like they did here by proactively investigating and arresting predators who sought to sexually exploit children,” said Acting Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin. “We are committed to working collaboratively in order to aggressively investigate and prosecute sex offenders. But we also need parents to talk to their children about the dangers of social media and let them know not everyone who they encounter online is who they initially claim to be.”

“Not in Mercer.  Not our children.  Not under my watch.  That’s the message we are sending to sexual predators with collaborative efforts like Operation Risky Business,” said Prosecutor Onofri.  “Social media sites have become hunting grounds for individuals looking to exploit children.  Law enforcement will continue to use every investigative tool at our disposal to aggressively pursue and prosecute these predators that attempt to exploit our most innocent victims, but we can’t do it alone.  Parents and guardians can do their part by remaining vigilant.  Talk to your children about the dangers that exist on social media and gaming apps, and monitor their online activity.”

“Through collaborative efforts like this, we are sending a strong message to parents that we must remain vigilant and do our part to protect children by keeping communication open and warning them about the dangers of the Internet,” said Director Lyndsay V. Ruotolo of the Division of Criminal Justice. “We will continue to work with our law enforcement partners across all levels to investigate, apprehend, and prosecute offenders who attempt to sexually exploit children. There is no higher priority than keeping our children safe.”

“Operation Risky Business was a complete success; however, it is also a sobering reminder that there is no shortage of online predators willing to exploit children.” said Colonel Patrick J. Callahan, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police. “We remain committed to seeking out these criminals but remind parents and guardians that they need to be aware of the dangers that exist online and do their part to actively monitor and safeguard their children’s activity.”

“HSI is committed to supporting coordinated operations, helping ensure the children of our communities are protected from dangerous predators,” said Special Agent in Charge Jason J. Molina of HSI Newark.

About half of the arrests in Operation Risky Business were made over a four-day period from April 7 through April 10.  The defendants were from New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and one from Georgia.  They are variously charged with offenses including second-degree attempted luring, second-degree attempted sexual assault, third-degree attempted endangering the welfare of a child, and fourth-degree attempted criminal sexual contact.  Arrest warrants for the remainder of the suspects were forwarded to the U.S. Marshals Service, who tracked down the rest of the alleged predators over the last few weeks.

The undercover law enforcement members who conducted the chats with the defendants were specially trained members of the New Jersey ICAC Task Force. The defendants typically initiated contact based on profiles posted on social media platforms by the undercover detectives and agents. The social platforms that were used in these encounters included Kik, Skout, Whisper, Grindr, GROWLr, and MeetMe.  Once chatting began, the undercover officers clearly identified themselves as underage girls or boys.  Despite that information, the defendants allegedly engaged the purported “children” in conversations about sex, and all 21 defendants are alleged to have made arrangements to meet the “children” for sex.  Some of the chats were conducted over a period of several weeks leading up to the “meet-up” week when arrests were made.

Prosecutor Onofri advised parents to familiarize themselves with the apps their children use, as well as signs that their children may be targets of online exploitation.  “Spending an increasing amount of time online, becoming secretive about their online conduct, switching screens or closing tabs or windows whenever a parent is close, using sexual language they would not be expected to know and becoming emotionally volatile, these are all red flags,” he said.

The undercover house was staffed with dozens of law enforcement officers, analysts and attorneys.  Attorneys and detectives drafted search warrants for electronic devices that were seized from the defendants.  These devices were taken to the forensic computer laboratory at the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office for full forensic examinations.  These examinations, which are ongoing, will enable investigators to determine if the devices contain evidence of any prior encounters by the defendants with underage victims, which might constitute additional cases of luring, sexual assault or child endangerment.

The defendants were lodged in the Mercer County Correction Center until detention hearings were held.  Three defendants – Gregory Barger (who is a registered sex offender in Pennsylvania), Justin Wann, and James Hendryx – were ordered detained in jail pending trial.  The other defendants were released subject to stringent pre-trial monitoring conditions, including at a minimum reporting regularly to Pre-Trial Services staff and prohibitions from using the internet except for work or having any unsupervised contact with children under 18.

The following 21 men were arrested in Operation Risky Business and are charged as indicated.  They allegedly believed they were communicating with a minor as described in parentheses.  The prosecuting agency is also specified.


  1. Laurentiu Tonea, 41, East Windsor, NJ.  (Girl, 14)  Tonea is an information technology worker in Edison, NJ.  Charges: Attempted sexual assault, two counts of attempted endangering the welfare of a child, attempted criminal sexual contact, attempted luring.  The Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office (MCPO) is prosecuting.

  2. Richard Parsons, 42, Cumming, GA.  (Girl, 14)  Parsons is an injury lawyer.  Charges: Two counts of attempted endangering the welfare of a child, attempted criminal sexual contact.  MCPO is prosecuting.

  3. Michael Kramer, 52, Philadelphia, PA.  (Girl, 15)  Kramer is a dump truck driver. Charges: Attempted endangering the welfare of a child, attempted sexual assault, attempted possession of child pornography, attempted manufacturing of child pornography.  MCPO is prosecuting.

  4. Robert Franklin, Gloucester City, NJ.  (Girl, 13)  Charge: Attempted endangering the welfare of a child. MCPO is prosecuting.

  5. Jesus Clavel Villa, 49, Trenton, NJ.  (Girl, 14)  Villa is a cook in Trenton.  Charges: Attempted sexual assault, attempted luring, attempted endangering the welfare of a child.  The Division of Criminal Justice (DCJ) is prosecuting.

  6. Moises Cortes Diaz, 35, New Brunswick, NJ.  (Girl, 13)  Diaz is a self-employed painter.  Charges: Attempted sexual assault, attempted luring, attempted endangering the welfare of a child, attempted manufacturing of child pornography.  DCJ is prosecuting.

  7. Joseph Roman, 31, Denville, NJ.  (Girl, 14)  Roman is unemployed and a registered sex offender.  Charges: Attempted sexual assault, two counts of attempted endangering the welfare of a child, attempted manufacturing of child pornography.  MCPO is prosecuting.

  8. Emanuel Rodriguez, 25, Trenton, NJ.  (Girl, 14)  Charges: Two counts of attempted endangering the welfare of a child, attempted manufacturing of child pornography. MCPO is prosecuting.

  9. Gregory Barger, 37, Morrisville, PA.  (Girl, 14)  Barger is a self-employed painter and a registered sex offender in Pennsylvania.  Charges: Attempted sexual assault, attempted luring, attempted endangering the welfare of a child, attempted kidnapping.  MCPO is prosecuting.

  10. Justin Wann, 35, Paulsboro, NJ.  (Girl, 14)  Wann is a self-employed painter.  Charges: Attempted sexual assault, attempted luring, attempted kidnapping, attempted criminal sexual contact, attempted endangering the welfare of a child.  MCPO is prosecuting. (Also see # 16 for second case)

  11. Frank Duggan, 54, Bordentown, NJ.  (Girl, 14)  Duggan is unemployed.  Charges: Attempted sexual assault, attempted luring, attempted endangering the welfare of a child, attempted manufacturing of child pornography.  DCJ is prosecuting.

  12. Nestor Alonso Chappuis, 37, Hamilton, NJ.  (Girl, 14)  Chappuis is unemployed and a registered sex offender.  Charges: Attempted sexual assault, attempted luring, attempted endangering the welfare of a child.  MCPO is prosecuting.

  13. Evan Sluka, 27, Blakeslee, PA.  (Girl, 14)  Sluka is a chef in Stroudsburg, PA.  Charges: Attempted sexual assault, attempted luring, attempted endangering the welfare of a child, attempted criminal sexual contact.  DCJ is prosecuting.


  14. James Hendryx, 26, Hamilton, NJ.  (Boy, 14)  Hendryx is unemployed.  Charges: Attempted sexual assault, attempted luring, attempted endangering the welfare of a child.  MCPO is prosecuting.

  15. Kyle Zang, 31, Stewartstown, PA.  (Girl, 14)  Charges: Two counts of attempted endangering the welfare of a child, attempted manufacturing of child pornography.  MCPO is prosecuting.

  16. Justin Wann, 35, Paulsboro.  (Girl, 14)  Wann is a self-employed painter.  Charges: Four counts of attempted endangering the welfare of a child.  MCPO is prosecuting.  This second case is based on an additional chat with another undercover officer.

  17. Christopher Baez, 36, New York, NY.  (Girl, 14)  Baez is a restaurant worker.  Charges: Two counts of attempted endangering the welfare of a child, attempted manufacturing of child pornography.  MCPO is prosecuting.

  18. Joseph Zekas, 49, Williamstown, NJ.  (Girl, 13)  Charges: Attempted sexual assault, attempted criminal sexual contact, attempted endangering the welfare of a child.  MCPO is prosecuting.

  19. Taylor Picillo, 29, Hamilton, NJ.  (Boy, 14).  Picillo is employed by a solar energy equipment supplier in Rocklin, CA.  Charges: Attempted sexual assault, attempted luring, attempted endangering the welfare of a child, resisting arrest.  MCPO is prosecuting.

  20. William Oldham, 45, Williamstown, NJ.  (Girl, 14)  Oldham is a fence installer. Charges: Two counts of attempted endangering the welfare of a child, attempted manufacturing of child pornography.  MCPO is prosecuting.

  21. Charles Amer, 50, Maple Shade, NJ.  (Girl, 13)  Amer is a warehouse laborer and a registered sex offender.  Charges: Attempted endangering the welfare of a child, attempted luring.  MCPO is prosecuting.

  22. Yohann Rigogne, 41, Philadelphia, PA.  (Girl, 14)  Rigogne is unemployed.  Charge: Attempted endangering the welfare of a child.  MCPO is prosecuting.

Second-degree charges carry a sentence of five to 10 years in state prison and a fine of up to $150,000, while third-degree charges carry a sentence of three of five years in prison and a fine of up to $15,000.  Fourth-degree charges carry a sentence of up to 18 months in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

Prosecutor Onofri commended all of the individuals and agencies who conducted Operation Risky Business.  He thanked the members of the ICAC Unit who led and coordinated the operation for the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, particularly Sergeants Joe Paglione and Michael Castaldo, under the direction of Chief of Detectives Jessica Plumeri.  He also thanked Assistant Prosecutor Alycia Beyrouty, chief of ICAC, and Chief Jillian Carpenter of the state Division of Criminal Justice Financial and Cyber Crimes Bureau.

He further commended all of the members of the New Jersey State Police who worked on Operation Risky Business, under the direction of Colonel Patrick J. Callahan, particularly Lieutenant Stephen Urbanski and Detective Sergeant Paul Sciortino, and all of the special agents of U.S. Homeland Security Investigations – Cherry Hill Field Office, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Jason J. Molina, particularly Supervisory Special Agent John Fitch.

Prosecutor Onofri also thanked the following federal, state and county agencies that assisted in Operation Risky Business:

  • New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice Financial and Cyber Crimes Bureau
  • New Jersey Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
  • Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office
  • Mercer County Sheriff’s Office
  • Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office
  • Camden County Prosecutor’s Office
  • Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office
  • Mercer County Central Motor Pool

The charges against the defendants in Operation Risky Business are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.  Because they are indictable offenses, they will be presented to a grand jury for potential indictment.



Scenes from Trenton Navy Week 2022

May 9, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Sailors of the U.S. Navy visited the Greater Trenton Area as part of Trenton Navy Week. The Navy sent 100 sailors into the area last week, to met with students to talk about the importance of STEM education, volunteering at local non-profits, and holding community events. Trenton was chosen as one of 14 cities to host Navy Week across the country this year and that took place May 2-8, 2022. This was the first time a Navy Week has been held in the state of New Jersey in the history of the program. A planned Trenton Navy Week in 2020 which had to be scrapped due to COVID.



Fire Controlman (Aegis) 2nd Class Jacob Gagliardi from Trenton, NJ attached to USS Gettysburg (CG-64) greets the crowd at TD Bank Ballpark, home field of the Somerset Patriots, as part of Navy Week Trenton.


Trenton Central High School:


Steinert High School:


Salvation Army:


Crockett Middle School:


Trenton Thunder:



TRENTON, N.J. — (MAY 5, 2022) U.S. Navy Religious Programs Specialist Michael Declaro from San Leandro, Calif. sends a shout out to his ship, USS Princeton, (CG-59) for Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage month. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Roger S. Duncan

Boys and Girls Club:


Community Middle School Plainsboro:




Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton to Host 6th Annual We vs. C™ Fundraiser Event

Tickets on Sale Now for the Bohemian Dream Themed Event to Help Support Holistic Programs at the Cancer Center at RWJUH Hamilton

May 6, 2022

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) Hamilton, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, is proud to announce their 6th annual We vs. C™ fundraising event. The Bohemian Dream themed event benefits the Holistic Program at the Cancer Center at RWJUH Hamilton. The immersive evening will take place on Saturday, June 4, 2022, and will include interactive guest experiences, live entertainment, cultural rituals, and more.

Taking place at the Brick Farm Tavern in Hopewell, N.J. from 6-9:30 p.m., this year’s event will serve as a free-flowing evening in a lovely bucolic and rustic setting. In-person tickets will be sold on a first come, first serve basis now through May 18, and are priced at $175 for a single guest ticket and $325 for a pair of guest tickets. The event will also be offering a range of sponsorship tiers, starting at the “Good Karma Sponsor” tier at $1,500 to the “Dream Catcher Sponsor” at $15,000.

“Each year, our We vs. C fundraising event reminds us of the power that holistic healing holds not only towards the life of one person, but on the greater community,” said Donna Bouchard, event Co-Chair and Board Member of the RWJUH Hamilton Foundation. “It is through the generosity and commitment of our supporters that this event continues to be a success year after year and allows us to continue providing holistic therapies to our patients battling cancer. We are truly excited for this year’s Bohemian Dream themed event and look forward to seeing everyone on June 4.”

The event will feature creative culinary offerings and signature cocktails provided by Brick Farm Tavern which will highlight the importance of healthy, local farm-to-table cuisine and encourage guests and sponsors alike to “be healthy together”.

For over 20 years, the Cancer Center at RWJUH Hamilton has practiced healing through Integrative Medicine to positively impact the mind, body, and spirit of patients and their families. In partnership with Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, the state’s only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Cancer Center at RWJUH Hamilton provides patients access to the most advanced treatment options including clinical trials. Through their full-service Holistic Program, the Cancer Center has succeeded in improving the quality of life for thousands of patients. This year’s We vs. C fundraising event seeks to not only educate the community on the importance of holistic healing practices such as Reiki, music therapy, art workshops, spiritual counseling and more, but raises funds for the continuation of the program’s complimentary services for years to come.

“Since its inception, our full-service Holistic Program has provided a countless number of patients with life-changing services,” said Richard Freeman, President & CEO of RWJUH Hamilton. “These programs have proven to be a true transformative force for the patients they serve while they are going through one of the most difficult times in their lives. We at RWJUH Hamilton are honored to have provided so many individuals with the holistic services they so deeply deserve at our Cancer Center and are excited to continue utilizing these Integrative Medicine techniques far into the future.”

For more information regarding this year’s We vs. C: Bohemian Dream fundraiser event and the opportunity to purchase tickets, visit: https://www.rwjbh.org/rwj-university-hospital-hamilton/giving/fundraising-events/we-vs-c/

Hamilton Firefighters Extinguish Fire in Parking Garage at Hamilton Train Station

May 4, 2022

HAMILTON, NJ (MERCER)–Around 7:35 a.m. the Hamilton Township Fire Department was dispatched to the NJ Transit Hamilton Train Station for a vehicle fire inside the garage on 4th floor. First arriving firefighters reported that they had multiple cars involved on the 4th floor of the parking garage and an extra engine and ambulance from RWJ EMS was detailed to the scene. Firefighters quickly brought the fire under control. Hamilton Township Fire Prevention, NJ Transit Police, Hamilton Police and PSE&G were also on scene. No further details are available at this time.


Video by: Michael Patanella






Above photos by: White Horse Vol. Fire Company


Hamilton Township Police Announce Passing of Beloved Police Lieutenant

May 2, 2022

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Hamilton Township Police in a statement said, It is with a heavy heart that I announce the passing of Hamilton Police Lieutenant Mark Horan who died unexpectedly at his residence on Saturday afternoon April 30, 2022. He was a devoted husband and father of five. Lieutenant Horan was appointed by the Hamilton Police Division in August of 1998 and was assigned to the Patrol Division. In March of 2009 Lieutenant Horan was assigned to the Hamilton Police Anit-Crime Unit. In March of 2010 he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and served in both the Patrol Division and the Anti-Crime Unit. In August of 2017 he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant serving in the Patrol Division, Criminal Investigations Section and the Patrol Administration Bureau. He received numerous valor awards throughout his career.

Lieutenant Mark Horan was an exemplary Police Officer throughout his career. He was well-liked and respected by all. He will be greatly missed. On behalf of the entire Police Division, our thoughts and prayers are with Lieutenant Horan’s family.

The family requests privacy during this difficult time. I would like to thank all of the outside agencies that have given us assistance through this difficult time.




Million Dollar Replay Grand Prize Winner from Lawrenceville, NJ, Hamilton Man Wins 100K

$1,000,000  Ronald Demura Lawrenceville 

$100,000 Christopher Croux Hamilton 

April 29, 2022

New Jersey Lottery’s Million Dollar Replay Grand Prize Drawing was held today at Caesars Atlantic City Hotel and Casino, where more than $1,500,000 in prizes were awarded to our lucky players. Today’s top prize winner was Ronald Demura of Lawrenceville in Mercer County. The winner stood up in shock as his name was called out as New Jersey Lottery’s newest millionaire. Fourteen other Lottery players also received prizes ranging from $10,000 to $100,000 as part of the Grand Prize Drawing.

Throughout 2021, New Jersey Lottery players from all over the state submitted their non-winning instant tickets online for a second chance to win big prizes. Each quarter, 100 names were selected and awarded a $250 prize, as well as entry into today’s Grand Prize Drawing. An additional 19 raffle prizes were awarded to Million Dollar Replay finalists in attendance at the event today: seven $1,000 drawings, seven $300 Scratch-Offs drawings, and five gift basket drawings (containing $200 in Scratch-Offs plus Lottery swag). In addition to these drawings, there were 16 prizes drawn for the livestream sweepstakes open to the public, including one gift basket and 15 $200 Scratch-Off prizes. Guests also enjoyed the photo booth and prize wheels that provided many other opportunities to win.

New Jersey Lottery Executive Director James Carey, who assisted in the drawing, said, “I am thrilled to hold our 11th annual Million Dollar Replay.  After last year’s event was virtual due to the pandemic, we are excited to be back in-person.  Being able to add the excitement of minting a new millionaire makes it even better.”

Master of Ceremonies Steve Trevelise of NJ101.5 entertained the audience with jokes and witty banter throughout the event by interacting with the guests and prizewinners. Host Lauren Berman, conducted the drawing for the semi-finalists with the help of Lottery staff. The entire drawing process was completed under the observation of Mercadien, P.C. Certified Public Accountants.

The excitement of winning was already in the air when after Host Lauren Berman directed attention to the Big Spin wheel located next to the stage. The Big Spin game is New Jersey Lottery’s revolutionary new Scratch-Off that  allows  players  the  opportunity  to  extend  their  play  beyond  the  paper  ticket  to online for a chance to spin a large mechanical wheel to win up to $300,000. Two players won an opportunity to spin the wheel. Both contestants won $50,000 each. For information on The Big Spin Scratch-Off ticket and jackpot, visit our website at: https://www.njlottery.com/en-us/scratch-offs/01728.html

Grand Prize Winner Story:

Ronald Demura is a regular Lottery player, who plays consistently at the same two retailers near his home. He came to the Million Dollar Replay hoping to win something and was in shock when his name was called to win the million dollar prize. His wife and the rest of the room cheered as he began walking toward the winners’ table. Saying that he was ecstatic is an understatement. Ronald has been retired for a few years, enjoying life with his family. Now he will get to pay off his house and, hopefully, his wife can join him in retirement.


PrizeNameCity/State
$1,000,000 Ronald DemuraLawrenceville 
$100,000 Christopher CrouxHamilton 
$100,000 Thach HieuCamden 
$50,000 Rick Bunnell Rockaway
$50,000 Kevin LindholmWoodbridge 
$50,000 Richard San AndresFreehold 
$25,000 Daniel DesantoIselin 
$25,000 Mike SeminaraLedgewood 
$25,000 Patrick SweeneyRahway 
$25,000 James WelshmanBayville 
$10,000Andrea Giedosh Pitman 
$10,000 Dwayne AngleroCream Ridge 
$10,000 Kenneth OliverRoselle 
$10,000 Michelle SperberBeachwood 
$10,000Linda Handel Clifton 


Trenton Man Charged with 2 Counts Attempted Criminal Homicide and Other Related Charges in Hamilton Township Shooting

April 29, 2022

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Hamilton Police say that on April 28, 2022, at 3:13 p.m.  Peter Nyema, 31 years of age from Elmhurst Ave, Trenton, NJ; was arrested in Trenton, NJ for his involvement in a shooting on the 500 Block of Lalor Street which occurred on April 19, 2022.  Detective Nicholas Schulte of the Hamilton Police Criminal Investigations Section lodged criminal complaints against Nyema for: (2) Counts of Criminal Attempt Homicide, (2) counts of Aggravated Assault, Robbery, (2) counts of Burglary, Unlawful Possession of a Handgun, Possession of Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, and Possession of Weapon by Certain Persons.  Nyema was processed at Hamilton Police Division Headquarters and transported to the Mercer County Corrections Center on his charges.

Hamilton Police Division would like to thank the New Jersey State Police Crime Suppression Central Unit and the Trenton Police Department for their assistance in apprehending Nyema.  If anyone has further information on Nyema, please contact Detective Nicholas Schulte at (609) 689-5825 or by email: nschulte@hamiltonpd.org.  


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


Peter Nyema, 31 years of age from Elmhurst Ave, Trenton, NJ; was arrested in Trenton, NJ for his involvement in a shooting on the 500 Block of Lalor Street which occurred on April 19, 2022. 




Arsonist Arrested in Hamilton Township

April 22, 2022

HAMILTON, NJ (MERCER)–Hamilton Police say that on April 21, 2022 at approximately 3:09 a.m. Officers were dispatched along with the Hamilton Fire Department to the 1800 block of South Broad Street on a report of a pole on fire.  An advertisement flag in front of Angie’s Multi Services was set on fire by an unknown party.  Detective Chris Pullen reviewed video surveillance from the scene and observed a suspect wearing black pants, light colored boots, and a dark jacket with a hood utilize a lighter and set the business sign on fire.  The suspect then walked out of sight.  While checking for additional video surveillance Detective Pullen saw a female lying on the sidewalk nearby wearing clothing that matched the suspect in the surveillance.  While speaking with the female she pulled out a lighter and attempted to light a tree branch on fire.  She was identified as the suspect in the video surveillance and placed under arrest.

The female was identified as Alicia Schmitter, 40, of Franklin Park.  She was charged with Arson and Criminal Mischief.

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.

Alicia Schmitter, 40, of Franklin Park was charged with Arson and Criminal Mischief.

Hamilton Police Seek Information About Lalor Street Shooting

April 21, 2022

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Hamilton Police report: On April 19, 2022 at 3:05 a.m. Hamilton Police were detailed to the 500 Block of Lalor Street on a report of a residential shooting.  Responding officers from Trenton Police and Hamilton Police found two victims who sustained gunshot wounds.  Both victims were transported to an area hospital for treatment.  Anyone who has information relevant to this investigation is urged to contact Detective Nicholas Schulte of the Hamilton Police Criminal Investigations Section at (609) 689-5825 or by email: nschulte@hamiltonpd.org.  Information can also be left on the Hamilton Police Division’s Crime Tip Line (609) 581-4008.  


Original MidJersey.news report here:

April 19, 2022

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Around 3:13 a.m. Hamilton Fire Department, RWJ EMS and Capital Health Paramedics were detailed to the 500 Block of Lalor Street for a gunshot victim. A few moments later Trenton Police Department reported that they were on location and had two people shot 1 male and 1 female at the scene.

EMS reported that they had 2 victims, both shot in the head and neck and were calling the hospital for a “Trauma Alert” Two victims were transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center.



Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton Raises Awareness on Adult Hearing Loss in Recognition of Better Hearing & Speech Month

RWJ Balance & Hearing Center on the Hospital Campus To Offer Free Hearing Screenings to the Public On Tuesday, May 10

April 20, 2022

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) Hamilton, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, is recognizing Better Hearing and Speech Month this May by raising awareness for hearing loss in adults and encouraging hearing screenings. Free screening will be available at the RWJ Balance & Hearing Center, on RWJ University Hospital Hamilton’s campus, Tuesday, May 10, 2022, from 1-3 p.m. Register by calling 609-245-7390.

According to the National Institute on Aging, hearing loss affects approximately one-third of adults 65 to 74 years of age, and nearly half of those older than 75 have difficulty hearing. Despite that, only about 20% of individuals who might benefit from treatment seek help.

“There is an unfortunate stigma around hearing loss and treatment options, especially hearing aids, but hearing loss is a common medical condition,” said Dr. Lorraine Sgarlato, Au.D., Senior Audiologist at RWJ Balance & Hearing Center. “Adults with hearing loss are at higher risk of developing certain health conditions such as social isolation, depression, anxiety, falls, cognitive decline and even dementia. It’s important that adults 50-60 years of age get screened for hearing loss, and anyone 61 and older receive diagnostic testing annually. We are encouraging individuals to get screened this May during Better Hearing and Speech Month and are making hearing screenings more accessible through our free public event on May 10th.”

“I had hearing aids from other places, and they didn’t work properly. I thought maybe this is just how it works, but my nephew kept encouraging me to go to the RWJ Balance & Hearing Center at RWJUH Hamilton and see Dr. Sgarlato,” said Judith McCallister, 79, patient of the RWJ Balance & Hearing Center. “I was immediately put at ease from my first appointment, and after a couple follow up visits, my new hearing aids were working properly. I absolutely am feeling different and more independent. My phone is through my hearing aids, and I even stream TV through my hearing aids. At 79 years young I’ve got some tips, and I can tell you, you don’t know unless you try.”

Treatment options for hearing loss in adults include hearing aids, special training, certain medicines, and surgery, with many options and hearing aid types to fit all patients’ lifestyles and financial situations. The RWJ Balance & Hearing Center offers a 30-day full refund on hearing aids which allows patients to find the right match and fit at no cost until they are fully satisfied with a hearing device.

Questions adults should ask themselves about their hearing in order to evaluate if they need a hearing evaluation should include:

  • Do you have dizziness, pain, or ringing in your ears?
  • Do people around you often seem to mumble?
  • Do you often need to ask people to repeat themselves?
  • Do others complain about you turning up the TV volume too high?
  • Do you have trouble following a conversation when more than one person is talking?
  • Do you have trouble hearing on the phone?
  • Do you have to listen carefully or put in extra effort to understand a conversation?
  • Do you have trouble hearing in noisy environments, such as restaurants?

Regardless of age if you answered yes to any of the above questions, you should consider scheduling a hearing evaluation. The RWJ Balance & Hearing Center, located at 2 Hamilton Health Place Hamilton Township, NJ, will be hosting free hearing screenings during Better Hearing and Speech Month on Tuesday, May 10, 2022 from 1- 3 p.m. with additional events taking place on Tuesday, June 14 and Tuesday, July 12. Screenings are open to the public. To register for screenings or to schedule an appointment call 609-245-7390.

To learn more about RWJUH Hamilton visit: http://www.rwjbh.org/Hamilton. For more information about community education programs and Better Health Programs (65+) offered by RWJUH Hamilton, visit rwjbh.org/events or call 609-584-5900.


2 Reported Shot in Hamilton Township on Lalor Street

April 19, 2022

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Around 3:13 a.m. Hamilton Fire Department, RWJ EMS and Capital Health Paramedics were detailed to the 500 Block of Lalor Street for a gunshot victim. A few moments later Trenton Police Department reported that they were on location and had two people shot 1 male and 1 female at the scene.

EMS reported that they had 2 victims, both shot in the head and neck and were calling the hospital for a “Trauma Alert” Two victims were transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center.

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




Fire Involving Solar Panels Damages Ice Land Skating Center in Hamilton Township; 2nd Major Solar Panel Fire at a Large Commercial Building in Hamilton Within a Year

April 17, 2022

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (Mercer) – The Ice Land ice skating arena was damaged today (Sunday, April 17) by a fire that involved some of the solar panels mounted on the building’s roof. Hamilton Township Fire Department was alerted to the blaze at 3:44 p.m. Initially firefighters were dispatched to the 3800 block of Quakerbridge Road after someone reported seeing smoke coming from the rear of the Public Storage facility there. Responding firefighters, finding a smoke condition in the area but unable to locate any fire, began to search the surrounding area. That was when they discovered the smoke was coming from a blaze involving several rows of solar panels on the roof of Ice Land on Tennis Court. Firefighters gained entry to the building and also reportedly found a small fire in an electrical room, with a “moderate” smoke condition throughout the interior. The fire was extinguished using hoselines and Truck 17’s aerial master stream. The blaze was officially declared under control at 4:12 p.m. The cause of the fire is under investigation by fire officials and police.

According to the Ice Land Skating Center website:

Ice Land is temporarily closed due to an electrical issue on Sunday. Please check back here for updates. Please do not stop in at the rink. Although we love seeing our customers, checking here will give you the best information. We do not have power, so please do not leave us messages either.
High School Hockey League evaluations will be postponed. We hope to hold them the week of April 25th.
More information will be provided as we have it.
If you have immediate questions, please email heather@ice-land.com.


Last year on June 23, 2021, there was a 3 Alarm Fire also involving solar panels at Home Depot on Route 130 you can read about that fire here:




Grandparent Scammer Posing as FBI Agent Arrested After Caught Trying to Scam 80-Year-Old Hamilton Man for $15K

April 17, 2022

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–On April 15, 2022, an 80 year old Hamilton resident received a telephone call from a male identifying himself as working for the F.B.I.  The “F.B.I.” employee stated that the victim’s daughter was in their custody for possession of one hundred pounds of marijuana.  To secure her release, the victim would have to produce 10 percent of a $200,000 bail.  The victim called back the F.B.I. employee after securing $15,000 of the funds, the F.B.I. employee stated he would be sending someone to pick up the money.

The victim was able to reach his daughter and found she was safe and not in custody.  The victim realized this was a scam and contacted Hamilton Police Division Criminal Investigations.  Detective Thomas Clugsten, who responded to the scene along with Hamilton Police Anti-Crime Unit officers, located and arrested Mildreth Santamaria-Tirado 40 years of age from Corona, NY as she was speaking to the victim on the porch of his residence attempting to complete the pickup.  Santamaria-Tirado was transported to Hamilton Police Division Headquarters where she was charged with Theft by Deception and processed accordingly.  Santamaria-Tirado was released from Hamilton Police custody pending a court date.

Anyone who has additional information relevant to this case is urged to contact Detective Thomas Clugsten of the Hamilton Police Criminal Investigations Section at (609) 581-4027 or by email: tclugsten@hamiltonpd.org.  Information can also be left of the Hamilton Police Division’s Crime Tip Line (609) 581-4008.

The Hamilton Police Division would like to warn the public that if a phone call is received from persons posing as officials demanding cash money and arranging for pickup, please keep in mind, these calls have been found to be scams.

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



Man, Allegedly Exposes and Pleasures Himself in Front of 17-Year-Old While Fishing

April 16, 2022

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–On April 15, 2022, a 17-year-old juvenile reported that a white male, later identified as John V. Kreiser of Hamilton, New Jersey, had approached him while he was fishing near Zachary Arms Apartments. The two engaged in casual conversation when Kreiser pulled his pants down exposing his private parts and began to pleasure himself in front of the 17-year-old juvenile. The juvenile called police and Kreiser was arrested shortly in the area by Hamilton Police Officer Brandon Kent and Officer Roman Babyak.
Kreiser was transported to Hamilton Police Headquarters without incident and was charged with Lewdness and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Kreiser was released from Hamilton Police Custody pending a court date.

If anyone has any further information to add to this case, they are urged to contact Hamilton Police Detective Joseph Ialacci at (609) 689-5822, email: jialacci@hamiltonpd.org, or The Hamilton Police Division’s Crime Tip Line (609) 581-4008.
Despite having been charged, every defendant is presumed innocent until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.


Fire Quickly Knocked Down in Hamilton Township

April 15, 2022

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Around 2:40 a.m. the Hamilton Township Fire Department was dispatched to Building 9 in the first block of Willow Court for an apartment fire. Upon arrival fire crews had heavy smoke showing and requested a full first alarm. The fire was quickly knocked down. No further details are available at this time.



Burlington Man Arrested That Robbed Ace Hardware in Hamilton Township

April 13, 2022

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Hamilton Police say that on April 7, 2022 at approximately 11:50 a.m., Officers were detailed to the Ace Hardware on the 300 block of Route 33 on a report of a robbery.  It was reported a black male wearing a gray jacket, gray pants, black facemask, and a dark knitted hat approached the register and passed a note to the cashier while keeping his other hand in his pocket.  The note stated the male had a gun in his pocket aimed at her and to give him the money.  The cashier told the male that she did not have the key to the register and the male told her he had a gun in his pocket and would shoot her.  The cashier began to scream at him and he fled the store, entered a vehicle in the parking lot and drove away making a right hand turn onto Whitehorse-Mercerville Road.

An investigation in coordination with Mount Laurel Police Department identified a suspect in the Robbery.  On April 12, 2022 Hamilton Police in collaboration with the New Jersey State Police, Delran Police Department, Willingboro Police Department, Mount Holly Police Department, Mount Laurel Police Department and Cinnaminson Police Department obtained a search warrant for the suspect’s vehicle and residence which was located in Burlington, New Jersey.  The suspect was located at his residence where he was placed under arrest. 

The arrestee was identified as Michael Swift, 70, of Burlington.  He was charged with Robbery.

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.

The Hamilton Police Department would like to thank the State Police, Mount Laurel, Delran, Willingboro, Mount Holly, and Cinnaminson Police Departments for all of the their assistance.



Update: Willingboro Man, 26, Dead, Hamilton Man, 23, Injured, in Double Shooting in Trenton

April 7, 2022

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

Just before midnight on Wednesday, April 6, 2022, Trenton police responded to a Shot Spotter activation for multiple rounds at the Fast Trac gas station on Mulberry Street.  Upon arrival, officers located the victim on the side of the gas station suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.  He was transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead a short time later.  The victim has been identified as Jaquir Queen, 26, of Willingboro.  Officers also learned of a second victim, a 23-year-old male from Hamilton, who had arrived at the hospital via private vehicle with a gunshot wound to his calf.  

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.



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. 3/15/2022 Albert L. Barnes, 46, of Trenton, Shooting
  5. 3/25/2022 Sequoya Bacon-Jones, 9, of Trenton, Shooting
  6. 3/31/2022 Tahaad Goss, 16, of Trenton, Shooting 
  7. 4/07/2022 Jaquir Queen, 26, of Willingboro


Hamilton Township and Hamilton School District Announce Plan for Shared Municipal Complex

April 6, 2022

HAMILTON, NJ (MERCER) – Hamilton Township and Hamilton Township School District are pleased to announce a conceptual plan to construct and occupy a municipal complex that would bring the Township and School District offices together.

In late 2020, Hamilton Township acquired the long-vacant property at 1750 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road. The property, which is known to have been the former home of ShopRite, has been vacant for well over 17 years. Looking to redevelop the property for public use, the Township had requested the community to provide input for the site. While residents offered many great ideas, the suggestion of a joint municipal complex stood out. The plan for a municipal complex would continue to foster decades of shared services in furtherance of the idea that the Township and District serve to benefit the Township and school communities and each other.

While the complex design has yet to be drafted, both entities agree that the facility would feature space for the community to have improved access to public meetings and events and provide an area for District and Township professionals to train and develop in technologically ready space. The complex would capitalize on environmental, economic, and workforce efficiencies resulting from bringing multiple Township and School District facilities under one roof. As the property owner, the Township would lease half of the complex to the School District upon completion of construction.

“The current municipal building, built in 1928, has served the Township well over the past nearly 100 years,” said Mayor Jeff Martin. “In 1930, Hamilton’s census was 27,121; we are more than three times that number in 2020 at over 92,000 and need a facility that can properly serve our residents and a much larger community. I want to thank the Hamilton Council and HTSD for their partnership in moving this conceptual plan forward. Additionally, upon completion, I will ask Council to sell Greenwood Avenue land to HTSD for $1 for a new school site.” 

This plan would allow the Township to close three buildings – 2090 Greenwood Avenue (Municipal Building), 2100 Greenwood Avenue (Division of Health), and 2388 Kuser Road (Division of Recreation) and move services under one roof to save on maintenance and operational costs. “With an elevator that hardly works, office space that can’t be used due to fumes, and a myriad of other problems, the Township Municipal Building is falling apart,” continued Mayor Martin.

“The joint municipal complex offers an opportunity to develop space fit for our professional educators and community partners,” stated Dr. Scott Rocco. “The Park Avenue building is a converted elementary school that has served us well but has limitations as our district modernizes its approach to learning and how it engages with parents and stakeholders. We look forward to working with the municipality in creating a town complex that works for our students and families.”

 “I want to thank the Mayor and Council for involving the Hamilton Township Board of Education in this process and giving us the chance to be partners in developing a site that will bring so many community services together for our students, families, and township residents,” said School Board President Susan Lombardo

“As Councilwoman, teacher, and mother of two daughters in the school district, and experiencing the growing partnership between the district and Township firsthand over the last two years, it is clear to see why this move is a win-win for Hamilton. This ambitious once-in-a-lifetime opportunity allows the Township, as a whole, to streamline and modernize services to better serve all of our residents,” stated Township Council President Nancy Phillips.

The Township will work with the School District to start soon on design, as well as contracting for the demolition of the current building. 


Property Manager for Hamilton Park Co-Op Apartments, Charged with Embezzling and Laundering Stolen Funds

 In total, DePaola was charged with laundering approximately $1,149,784. 

April 5, 2022

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–A Mercer County grand jury recently returned a 12-count indictment charging a 64-year-old property manager with embezzling and laundering stolen funds from an apartment complex in Hamilton Township, Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri reported.

The indictment, returned April 1, 2022, charges Nicolas DePaola, 64, of Ewing, with first-degree financial facilitation of criminal activity, second-degree theft by unlawful taking, second-degree misapplication of entrusted property, second-degree theft by failure to make required disposition of property received, second-degree theft by unlawful taking, three counts of third-degree filing a fraudulent tax return, three counts of third-degree failure to pay income tax, and third-degree theft by failure to make required disposition of property received.

DePaola is charged with embezzling and laundering stolen funds from his former client, Hamilton Park CO-OP of Arena Drive, from 2014 through 2018.  DePaola acted as the property manager for the CO-OP after taking over for his father, Richard DePaola of R.A. DePaola, Inc.  According to the CO-OP’s tax documents, which DePaola was responsible for completing, reported management fees paid by the CO-OP to the defendant for 2014 through 2016 ranged from approximately $64,000-$79,000 per year.

From 2014 through 2018, financial records reveal Nicholas DePaola stole approximately $925,403 directly from the CO-OP in his capacity as the property manager, through unauthorized checks and transfers from the victim’s operating bank account.  Furthermore, the defendant used the CO-OP’s funds to pay his American Express credit card bills in the amount of $224,381 in the same timeframe.  In total, DePaola was charged with laundering approximately $1,149,784.  He also faces related tax charges.

DePaola’s criminal acts were initially uncovered when a CO-OP tenant mistakenly received a letter from Hamilton Township notifying the recipient that the property was going to be sold within days at tax sale because the CO-OP owed back taxes and sewer fees to Hamilton Township.  The outstanding bill with fees, penalties and interest totaled $372,840.39.  The matter was brought to the attention of the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Economic Crime Unit (ECU) in September 2019 and an investigation ensued.

Prosecutor Onofri credited ECU detectives with the investigation leading to the indictment.  He also thanked the New Jersey Division of Taxation Financial Investigations Unit and the National Insurance Crime Bureau for their assistance. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Prosecutor Rachel Cook, chief of the ECU.

Second-degree crimes carry a penalty of five to 10 years in state prison and a $150,000 fine.  Third-degree crimes carry a penalty of three to five years in state prison and a $15,000 fine.  If convicted of the first-degree crime of financial facilitation, DePaola faces a penalty of 10–20 years in state prison, to run consecutive to the theft charges, and a $200,000 fine.  Additionally, he would be subject to a $500,000 anti-money laundering profiteering penalty. 

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


DePaola is charged with embezzling and laundering stolen funds from his former client, Hamilton Park CO-OP of Arena Drive, from 2014 through 2018.  DePaola acted as the property manager for the CO-OP after taking over for his father, Richard DePaola of R.A. DePaola, Inc.  According to the CO-OP’s tax documents, which DePaola was responsible for completing, reported management fees paid by the CO-OP to the defendant for 2014 through 2016 ranged from approximately $64,000-$79,000 per year. From 2014 through 2018, financial records reveal Nicholas DePaola stole approximately $925,403 directly from the CO-OP in his capacity as the property manager, through unauthorized checks and transfers from the victim’s operating bank account.  Furthermore, the defendant used the CO-OP’s funds to pay his American Express credit card bills in the amount of $224,381 in the same timeframe.  In total, DePaola was charged with laundering approximately $1,149,784.  He also faces related tax charges.



Three $50K Powerball Winning Tickets Sold in NJ Including Foley’s Family Market – Hamilton, Check Your Tickets

March 28, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Three New Jersey Lottery tickets matched four of the five white balls and the Powerball drawn for the Saturday, March 26, drawing winning the $50,000 third-tier prize. Those tickets were sold at the following locations:

  • Burlington County: Marlton Shop Rite #523, 307 West Rt. 70, Marlton;
  • Camden County: 7-Eleven #10932, 6001 Westfield Ave., Pennsauken; and,
  • Mercer County: Foley’s Family Market, 1080 Whitehorse Mercerville Rd., Hamilton.

The winning numbers for the Saturday, March 26, drawing were: 02, 10, 50, 59, and 61. The Red Power Ball number was 06. The Power Play was 3X. There were 27,520 other New Jersey players who took home an estimated $159,935 in prizes ranging from $4 to $300. The Powerball jackpot rolls to $195,000,000 for the Monday, March 28, drawing.