Category: Hamilton

Police Identify 60-Year-Old Hamilton Man Killed In Yesterday’s Accident In Ewing Township

January 26, 2023

EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Ewing Police have identified Michael Roche, 60, of Hamilton as the victim of yesterday’s accident on Route 31.

Police, Fire and EMS responded to Pennington Road and Summerset Street at 5:48 p.m. for a motor vehicle crash involving a pedestrian. The investigation revealed that Michael Roche, 60, was struck by a single vehicle. He was transported to The Trauma Center at Captial Health Regional Medical Center where he later succumbed to his injuries.

The Ewing Township Police Department and the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office is investigation the crash. Any witnesses are asked to contact Detective Justin Quinlan at 609-882-1313 extension 7512 or by email at jquinlan@ewingnj.org Information can also be sent by text or the confidential tip line to 609-882-7530 or emailed to policetipline@ewingnj.org



Mack Brothers From Hamilton And Trenton, Charged With Murder, Burglary And Multiple Weapons Offenses

January 23, 2023

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri announced today that an investigation conducted by the Mercer County Homicide Task Force and the Trenton Police Department has resulted in charges being filed against two brothers in connection to last week’s shooting homicide of Donnell Williams.

Leon Mack, 31, of Hamilton, is charged with murder, burglary, and multiple weapons offenses.   His brother, Prince Mack, 29, of Trenton, faces the same charges as an accomplice for transporting his brother to Williams’ residence.  Both men were taken into custody on Friday at Leon Mack’s Hamilton residence by members of the Mercer County Tactical Response Team, HTF and the Trenton Police.  The prosecutor’s office has filed motions to detain both defendants pending trial.

At approximately 4:07 p.m. on Monday, January 16, 2023, Trenton police responded to an apartment in the 100 block of South Overbrook Avenue on a report of an unresponsive male.  Upon arrival, officers located the apartment’s resident on the living room floor with an apparent gunshot wound. The victim, identified as Donnell Williams, 29, 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.


Leon Mack, 31, of Hamilton, is charged with murder, burglary, and multiple weapons offenses.   His brother, Prince Mack, 29, of Trenton, faces the same charges as an accomplice for transporting his brother to Williams’ residence.  Both men were taken into custody on Friday at Leon Mack’s Hamilton residence by members of the Mercer County Tactical Response Team, HTF and the Trenton Police.  The prosecutor’s office has filed motions to detain both defendants pending trial.


Prince Mack, 29, of Trenton


Leon Mack, 31, of Hamilton


Family’s Dream Of Owning A Home Now A Reality In Hamilton Township, Thanks To Bloomberg And Habitat for Humanity

January 18, 2023

Hamilton, NJ (MERCER) – Habitat for Humanity of South Central New Jersey and Bloomberg were excited to come together and hand the keys of a new, affordable home to its new homeowner. Habitat staff, volunteers, and board members were joined by Hamilton Mayor, Jeff Martin, and Bloomberg representatives in dedicating the newly built home to a local, hardworking family ready to start the New Year on new footing.

Nestled in the residential neighborhood behind the Hamilton West High School, just two doors down from another Habitat home stands The Boone Family’s new home. The community has been a focal point of Habitat’s work in recent years, thanks to the support of the township. Mayor Martin spoke on the extent of their partnership, thanked his staff, Bloomberg, and congratulated the homeowner. He said, “Congratulations. It always is an exciting day when you get to close and move into your home, and to know as a parent, that you’re providing for your family, for your kids, to grow up somewhere safe.”

The four-bedroom home was built in partnership by Habitat SCNJ, a local affordable housing organization, and Bloomberg, a financial, software, data, and media company. Bloomberg supported the project financially with a full house sponsorship of $150,000 as well as enough volunteer power to construct the home from the foundation to the front door. In total, 176 Bloomberg employees contributed 1,780 hours over the course of a year.

Habitat SCNJ’s Chief Development Officer, Annie Fox, spoke about the partnership fondly, “This is our second home built alongside Bloomberg, and although we saw some setbacks with the pandemic, we’re so thankful that they remained dedicated to supporting the Habitat mission. We’re both really proud of what we’ve built for Tye and her children and are excited to hand her the keys to her new home.”

New Habitat Homeowner, Tye, has balanced working as a nurse, caring for her three children, and meeting the sweat equity requirements for the Affordable Homeownership Program over the course of six months. Now, she and her family are ringing in the New Year with a place of safety and comfort all of their own. And like all Habitat homes, The Boone Family will purchase the home with an affordable, 30-year mortgage with payments that are 30% of their household income; this includes principle, taxes, and insurance. Not only that, but the home is deed restricted for 30 years to benefit any future homeowners as well.

Tye reflected on her homeownership journey and shared, “It was a realization one day, I was paying too much for rent when I couldn’t even sit on my porch with my baby to play peacefully.”

But when she began looking for an affordable and permanent place for her family, Tye quickly faced an uphill battle. Rent prices were soaring, and many qualification standards set by landlords were unrealistic for her meet as a single-income household.

“Then I came across a Habitat post on Facebook and applied to the program. I was determined to get better for my babies. When I was told I was approved for the program, I was speechless, excited. I really couldn’t believe it. I never thought I would be a homeowner.”

Tye is the first new homeowner of 2023 year for Habitat SCNJ, and one of 520 families to access permanent housing solutions through the organization over the last 35 years. More affordable homeownership projects are underway in Hamilton, Hightstown, and Bordentown where low-income families will soon purchase as well as numerous repair projects to help families live safely and healthily in their homes.

To see photos of the home dedication ceremony and other projects by Habitat, check out @HabitatSCNJ on Facebook and Instagram. Be sure to find all that Habitat has to offer by visiting www.HabitatSCNJ.org for more information on the organization’s services, active projects, and current events.


Trenton, NJ Man Allegedly Performed Inappropriate Sexual Acts With 12-Year-Old Hamilton Girl Arrested By U.S. Marshalls

January 6, 2023

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Police say that a joint criminal investigation was conducted by Detective Kevin Krall of the Hamilton Police Division’s Criminal Investigations Section and Detective Natalie Martinez of the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office on December 27, 2022. This resulted in the issuance of criminal sexual assault complaints against Diante Turner, 19 years old of Trenton NJ. Turner was located and arrested by the U.S. Marshalls in the City of Trenton on January 5, 2023.

The investigation was initiated when a 12-year-old female victim reported that after a social media exchange, Turner came to her residence where inappropriate sexual acts took place. The investigation led to the development of probable cause to issue the criminal complaints against Turner.

Anyone with additional information regarding this investigation or similar incidents involving the above party is asked to contact Detective Kevin Krall of the Hamilton Police Division’s Criminal Investigation Section at (609) 689-5826 or the Hamilton Police Crime Tip Hotline at (609) 581-4008. Every defendant is innocent until being found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.


Diante Turner, 19 years old of Trenton NJ


Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton Holds Opening Ceremonies for H.H. Tuchman Cardiac Interventional Suite

December 27, 2022

HAMILTON, NJ (MERCER)–Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton (RWJUH Hamilton), an RWJBarnabas Health facility, held a ribbon cutting ceremony to open the newly renovated H.H. Tuchman Cardiac Interventional Suite, named in honor of a generous donor’s family member who passed away from heart disease.

The unit will provide patients and their families with newly renovated private rooms for both pre and post-operative cardiac care. The event comes shortly after RWJUH Hamilton received its licensing to perform emergency and elective angioplasty. The addition of emergency and elective angioplasty to RWJUH Hamilton provides Mercer

County residents and beyond the highest quality cardiovascular care close to home.

“It’s been a long journey over the past 10 plus years for RWJUH Hamilton to receive the licensing to perform elective angioplasty this year. In order to accommodate the added angioplasty volume, we needed to advance the H.H. Tuchman Cardiac Interventional Suite to provide our patients with a technologically advanced and comfortable location for their recovery,” said Richard Freeman, President and CEO of RWJUH Hamilton. “This was an effective utilization of available space that the hospital repurposed and renovated in order to meet today’s community needs, and all made possible by one generous donor.”

The journey began with the opening of the hospital’s initial cardiac cath lab now named “M. Ghusson Cardiac Catheterization Lab,’ “To date this year, we’ve performed well over 500 procedures at RWJUH Hamilton and close to 200 angioplasties since May,” said Edward A. Wingfield, MD, Chairman of Cardiology and the Medical Director of the “M. Ghusson Cardiac Catheterization Lab. “Our patients are very loyal to Hamilton and the Mercer County area. They want trusted providers, world class care, and they want to stay local to receive their care.”

“This unit speaks to the agility and adaptability of our organization, and the commitment we have to meeting the needs of our local community, and I personally want to thank our donors and supporters and RWJUH Hamilton Foundation who help us to provide these opportunities and support the health of the community,” added Freeman.

“RWJUH Hamilton continues to put its patients first and it’s gratifying to see the dedication from hospital leadership and their partners like Hamilton Cardiology Associates (HCA),” said Hamilton Township Mayor Jeff Martin.

To learn more and schedule an appointment with one of New Jersey’s top cardiac specialists visit rwjbh.org/heart

Richard Freeman, President and CEO, RWJUH Hamilton, and Mahmoud Ghusson, MD, pictured above, cut the ribbon at the opening of the H.H. Tuchman Cardiac Interventional Suite. They were joined by many other attendees including Edward A. Wingfield, MD, Chairman of Cardiology and the Medical Director of the “M. Ghusson Cardiac Catheterization Lab”; Nina Melker, Chair of the RWJUH Hamilton Board of Trustees and other board members, Hamilton Township Mayor, Jeff Martin, RWJUH Hamilton Young Professionals Group, the RWJUH Hamilton senior leadership team, and members of the cardiac catheterization  lab staff; and several members of RWJUH Hamilton’s cardiac partners, Hamilton Cardiology Associates (HCA).


Mercerville Elementary School Teacher Charged With Endangering The Welfare Of A Child; Allegedly Providing 13-Year-Old Boy With Vodka, Vape Pens And THC Drops

December 21, 2022

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–A fifth-grade teacher at Mercerville Elementary School in Hamilton has been arrested and charged with one count of second-degree endangering the welfare of a child, Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri reported today.

Jennifer Debiec, 39, of Bordentown, was arrested on Tuesday following an investigation conducted by the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Special Victims Unit. 

Debiec is accused of providing a 13-year-old boy with vodka, vape pens and THC drops for approximately two and a half years.

The investigation is ongoing.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the prosecutor’s SVU at (609) 989-6568.

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


Mercer County Prosecutor Warns Of Phone Scam

December 21, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri reported today this his Cyber Crimes Unit is investigating recent telephone scams where callers spoof the non-emergency telephone numbers for various police departments within Mercer County in an attempt to scam residents.  The scammers falsely claim the resident has a warrant for their arrest.  As a reminder, law enforcement will never ask for payment of any type over the phone nor will they ask for personal identifying information that could be used for fraudulent purposes. Law enforcement and government agencies will also never ask you to pay by unusual methods, such as gift cards, wire transfers or cryptocurrency.

Scammers research potential victims on the internet and social media. Then they call and deceive their victims into thinking the callers are law enforcement officers, prosecutors or police employees.  Scammers may spoof a law enforcement telephone number, falsely showing on the victim’s caller ID.  They threaten victims with arrest for outstanding warrants or other legal issues.

Should you receive a call from a police department within Mercer County or the Prosecutor’s Office, please confirm who you are speaking with. If you believe you received a scam telephone call, hang up and call the number back.  If the call is legitimate, you’ll be connected with a police dispatcher or receptionist who can verify the caller’s identity.  Report any scam calls to your local law enforcement agency.  Please share this message with your family and friends, especially the elderly, to help prevent phone scams.

Missing Princeton, NJ, Man Last Seen In Hamilton Township Is Now Reported Found

** Mr. Lafontant was located.***

December 1, 2022

PRINCETON, NJ (MERCER)–Princeton Police are still searching for a missing 60-year-old man, Emmanuel Lafontant, who has been missing for the past three weeks. He was last seen on Johnston Avenue in Hamilton, NJ approximately 3-weeks ago. If you have any information on his whereabouts please contact the Princeton Police Department at 609-921-2100.

** Mr. Lafontant was located.***

** Mr. Lafontant was located.***

The pictured individual, Emmanuel Lafontant, was reported missing to the Princeton Police Department by his family. He was last seen in the area of Johnston Avenue in Hamilton, NJ approximately 3 weeks ago. Lafontant is a 60-year-old male, 6’2″ and weighs approximately 190lbs. If you have any information on his whereabouts please contact the Princton Police Department at 609-921-2100. ** Mr. Lafontant was located.***



Trenton, NJ, Man Now Charged With Armed Robbery In Trenton; Previously Charged With Robbing Hamilton Sub Shop The Same Day

November 28, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Trenton Police say that on Monday, November 21, 2022, at approximately 7:24 a.m., Trenton Police responded to 401 Bert Avenue, Mama Grifa Deli, on a Commercial Armed Robbery call. The suspect just robbed the store at gunpoint, relieving the establishment of their cash register and fleeing the scene. Detective B. Cook was assigned the case and took charge of the investigation. Detective Cook was able to identify the vehicle involved along with the suspect with the assistance from the Real Time Crime Center (RTCC) and the Mercer County Prosecutors Office.

On the same day, at approximately 10:17 p.m., under the direct supervision of Major Crimes Commander Detective Lieutenant B. Suschke and Major Crimes Robbery Unit Supervisor Detective Sergeant L. Nazario, Detectives C. Ortiz/S. Gonzalez and V. Gribbin/C. Bustamante, while working the Robbery Task Force detail, were able to locate the vehicle occupied with the suspect. Boston was placed under arrest and subsequently charged with Armed Robbery and weapons offenses.

Hamilton police said that on the same day Monday November 21, 2022 at approximately 8:19 a.m., Hamilton Police responded to 1305 Nottingham Way (Sub Marias Sub Shop) for a reported armed robbery. Employees reported that two black males entered the business, one of the suspects brandished a black semi-automatic handgun and demanded all the cash from the register. The suspects then fled on foot in an unknown direction.

Two suspects were later identified.

Ryan T. Boston and Marshaun T. Bamble both from the City of Trenton were placed under arrest and charged with Robbery and Waeapons Offenses.


Ryan J. Boston of Trenton, NJ



Two Trenton, NJ, Men Charged In Sub Marias Sub Shop Armed Robbery In Hamilton

November 23, 2022

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Hamilton police say that on Monday 11/21/22 at approximately 8:19 a.m., Hamilton Police responded to 1305 Nottingham Way (Sub Marias Sub Shop) for a reported armed robbery.  Employees reported that two black males entered the business, one of the suspects brandished a black semi-automatic handgun and demanded all the cash from the register. The suspects then fled on foot in an unknown direction.

Two suspects were later identified.

Ryan T. Boston and Marshaun T. Bamble both from the City of Trenton were placed under arrest and charged with Robbery and Waeapons Offenses.

Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective Russ Newborn of the Hamilton Police Division’s Criminal Investigations Section at 609-581-4027/ RNewborn@hamiltonpdnj.gov 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.


Ryan J. Boston of Trenton, NJ


Marshaun T. Gamble of Trenton, NJ


The Arc Mercer Celebrates Achievements With Gala Event At The Stone Terrace In Hamilton

November 21, 2022

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The Arc Mercer, Mercer County’s premier agency providing resources for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities for over seventy years, held its annual gala on Friday, November 18th at 5:30 p.m., at The Stone Terrace in Hamilton.

Every fall at the annual gala The Arc Mercer seeks to raise awareness and support for the mission and to show appreciation for those who work on the front lines every day.

The Arc Mercer honored three Mercer County Mayors with the Mayoral Champion Award during the event.  Mayors Jeff Martin of HamiltonBert Steinmann of Ewing, and Reed Gusciora of Trenton were recognized for their enduring partnership and support of The Arc Mercer and its programs throughout the county. 

Mayors Steinmann and Gusciora are long-serving members of Arc Mercer’s board of Directors.  Through contributions by their administrations and the mayors themselves, the three have helped The Arc Mercer to expand their community-based homes, offer employment to hundreds of individuals, and provide cultural and recreational experiences to the special needs community.  Twelve of Arc Mercer’s nineteen homes are located within these communities.

Annual awards presented during the gala include: The Employee of the Year – John Strycharz, The Rising Star of the Year – Andrew Kesten, and The Dawn Carmosino Team Impact Award winner – Diana Parker.  These three individuals have gone above and beyond expectations, and were selected from over 250 nominations submitted during the year by Arc Mercer employees.

“The Gala is our chance to publicly recognize those who support our mission and exemplify why Arc Mercer is the premier agency serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities,” said Executive Director Steve Cook.  “This year, we are excited to announce that all proceeds raised in connection with this event will go towards LiberiArc, our project to open the first international chapter of The Arc of the US in Liberia.”

This year’s record-breaking fundraiser, which was simulcast to a sister-gala in Liberia, brought in over $200,000 which Mr. Cook has pledged to invest in the research, infrastructure, and staffing of The Arc’s most ambitious project to date.  Announced to much fanfare in July of this year, “LiberiArc will bring our standard of excellence to the special needs population in Liberia” according to Mr. Cook.

The Arc Mercer is a non-profit organization that has provided support and services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the Greater Mercer County region for more than seven decades. The Arc Mercer provides over 1,000 individuals with special needs, access to their community, specialized pre-vocational training, readily available job opportunities, specialized medical care, friendships and oftentimes, love. 

To learn more, or to support The Arc Mercer, visit www.arcmercer.org


Hamilton Man Charged with Kidnapping 14-Year-Old, Sexual Assault, Aggravated Criminal Sexual Contact, Luring/Enticing A Child, Endangering Welfare Of Child, Distributing CDS And Possession of CDS

November 18, 2022

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Hamilton Township Police reported that on Wednesday, November 16, 2022 at approximately 8:01 a.m., Hamilton Police were dispatched to the area of Lamont Avenue and Klockner Road on a report of an unknown problem.  A text message on the 9-1-1 emergency system was received by dispatch stating that someone was in need of help and they were sitting in a red Toyota.  Responding Officers located the vehicle parked on the 1800 block of Klockner Road.  Inside the vehicle was a fourteen-year-old juvenile who was reported missing from Trenton.  The juvenile told Officers the vehicle belonged to her friend Andy and that she phoned him on Sunday to pick her up.  She stated she was hanging out at the residence for the last three days and had been sleeping in the vehicle overnight when Andy’s wife is home.  Officers identified Andy as Andrew Hoehn, 34, of Hamilton.  

The juvenile was brought to Hamilton Police Headquarters to investigate further.  An interview was conducted along with the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office with the juvenile and found that the juvenile had been having sexual intercourse with Hoehn over the past two months.  After further investigation complaints were signed against Hoehn who was taken into custody on Thursday, November 17, 2022 with the assistance of the Hamilton Police SWAT Team and the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office.  Hoehn was charged with Kidnapping, Luring/Enticing a Child, Aggravated Sexual Assault (four counts), Sexual Assault (four counts), Aggravated Criminal Sexual Contact (two counts), Endangering the Welfare of a Child (3 counts), Distributing CDS (two counts), and Possession of CDS.  Hoehn was taken to the Mercer County Correctional Center pending a detention hearing.

Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective Dan Inman of the Hamilton Police Division Major Crimes Unit at (609) 581-4035 or the Hamilton Police Crime Tip Hotline at (609) 581-4008.

Despite these charges, every defendant is presumed innocent, unless and until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, following a trial at which the defendant has all of the trial rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and State law.

Andrew Hoehn, 34, of Hamilton charged with charged with Kidnapping, Luring/Enticing a Child, Aggravated Sexual Assault (four counts), Sexual Assault (four counts), Aggravated Criminal Sexual Contact (two counts), Endangering the Welfare of a Child (3 counts), Distributing CDS (two counts), and Possession of CDS.  Hoehn was taken to the Mercer County Correctional Center pending a detention hearing.


Reports Of Multiple Injured In I-195 Crash In Hamilton

November 12, 2022

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Around 4:00 p.m. Hamilton Township Fire Department, RWJ EMS and Capital Health Paramedics were dispatched to I-195 West Bound near mile post 2.8 between Exit 3 and Exit 2. It was reported one person was trapped and had to be extricated and four total patients. One vehicle was on its side and another was in the woods. Three additional ambulances were called to the scene. No additional details are available at this time.

UPDATE:

Trooper Charles Marchan from the New Jersey State Police, Public Information Unit told MidJersey.News that Troopers responded to a motor vehicle crash at approximately 3:58 p.m. on I-195 west bound, milepost 2.6 in Hamilton Township Mercer County. 

Two vehicles traveling on I-195 west bound were involved in a collision. As a result of the crash both vehicles ran off the roadway and one overturned. Occupants were taken to an area hospital with non-life injuries. There is no additional information available. 





County Executive Hughes Calls For Answers, Changes In Wake Of Election Challenges; Robbinsville Mayor Dave Fried Provides Update

November 12, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–In the wake of numerous issues with voting and counting on Election Day, challenges that are still under investigation, Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes is calling for a thorough public review of what went wrong and a comprehensive overhaul of the elections process in Mercer County.

“After issues in the last two elections, I have come to the conclusion that we must fundamentally change the management of the election process in Mercer County because it is clearly not working,” the County Executive said. “There are legal limits to what I can do as County Executive but rest assured that I will do everything within my power to ensure the integrity of elections in Mercer County and will tolerate nothing less.”

In Mercer County, three separate entities, the Board of Elections, the Superintendent of Elections, and the Office of the County Clerk each plays a role in elections. Board of Elections commissioners are appointed by the respective County Chairs of the Republican and Democratic Parties, the Superintendent of Elections is an appointee of the Governor, and the County Clerk is an elected position.

“I am happy that Mercer County Clerk Paula Sollami-Covello requested that the County Prosecutor look into the election. But we also need a more thorough and public review. We’ve got too many people in control and the quality of our elections has suffered as a result, undermining peoples’ faith in the democratic process,” Mr. Hughes said.

Moving forward, County Executive Hughes proposes the following:

  • Request a special meeting of the Commissioner Board to bring together the Clerk, Superintendent and Election Board Chair explain to the public what went wrong.
  • Reform and simplify our election process by merging and unifying the Office of the Superintendent and the Board into one, and having an experienced Executive Director oversee our elections.
  • Call on legislators to enact changes that will allow Mercer County to reform our system.
  • Pledge any county resources needed to ensure every vote is counted and help get to the bottom of what went wrong hasten and conclude investigation.

“I pledge to you that we will get to the bottom of this and that every vote will be counted,” Mr. Hughes said. “I have listened to the people of Mercer County and have spoken with election officials, and we are committed to finding out how we can improve the election process and to prevent future incidents as the one on Election Day.”

In Mercer County, the Office of the County Executive does not supervise the Board, their offices, nor does it have jurisdiction. The board is responsible for selecting polling places, training board workers, receiving and counting vote-by-mail ballots, and counting and certifying provisional ballots. The Superintendent of Elections handles voter registration, renews registration records, investigates provisional ballots, and is the custodian of voting machines. The County Clerk designs and prints all election ballots, processes vote by mail applications, and officially certifies the election results.

File photo: Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes


File photo: Robbinsville Township Mayor Dave Fried

Robbinsville Township Mayor Dave Fried said in a Facebook post:

“Regarding the events of Election Day, here is what we know so far.

Either the machine scanners did not work, or the ballots were printed incorrectly and the machines did their jobs and correctly spit them out as invalid. An investigation is reportedly under way, and Robbinsville will join other elected officials across Mercer County to see that the investigation is complete and transparent.

Let me be clear: I am not blaming anyone. Honestly, I do not know how this happened. Pointing fingers without all the facts is not productive. We do know that this is the second straight year the County process did not work as it should have, and I am not happy with much of what I saw.

One of the basic tenets of our democracy is the right to vote, and that every vote will be counted.

As of today, it appears our District 5 ballots (Library) have been found after having been misplaced. That information was given directly to our Municipal Clerk Michele Seigfried from the County.

Just a quick note about our clerk’s office. Michele and her team of Deputy Clerk Kaitlyn Macellaro and Sandy DeLorenzo performed exceptionally under extremely difficult conditions this past week. I cannot thank them enough for their service to our Township. The same goes for our Administration team, led by B.A. Joy Tozzi, each of whom worked all hours of the day and night in the chaotic aftermath of Election Day.

Over in Princeton, it seems they discovered ballots still in their machines. During in-person voting on Election Day, two slots for placing ballots were used. The first was the so-called emergency slot. This was used in the early part of the day because officials had hoped the scanner problems could be fixed before polls closed. As the day went on, that emergency bin became full and the scanners were removed so the main bin could be used. They discovered Princeton’s ballots were still in some of those containers since both sides were not emptied. It also appears that the documentation of the chain of custody regarding our ballots was quite poor, allowing the ballots to be apparently misplaced for a time.

The courts have ordered all the machines returned to the Mercer County Board of Elections for inspection to ensure there are no more ballots in those machines, including the ones deployed in Robbinsville.

I DO NOT believe there was any type of fraud, and I DO NOT believe there are any conspiracies at work here. I do believe mistakes were made at a time in our nation when it can ill-afford to stumble on Election Day.

We have spent millions of dollars on these machines and ballots, and they clearly did not work as advertised. It is time to reassess and come up with a better system. Those of you who voted early did not seem to have any issues. Perhaps we need to consider moving entirely in that direction. I will be attending all upcoming Mercer County Commissioner’s meetings until we have a real and fortified plan. Together, I am hopeful we will come up with a solution. Robbinsville has no intention of paying for this process unless real change is implemented.

I have no reason to believe, even with ballots that may or may not still be out there, that our local results will change.

Thus, I sincerely congratulate our three new Board of Education members – Jeffrey Pierro, Raghu Nandan and Peter Oehlberg. I wish each of you the best of luck, and I am sorry your first election was fraught with so much turmoil.

I have always said putting your name on a ballot is one of the most difficult – but potentially rewarding things – a person can do. Although no candidate should have to wait days for results in 2022, each of you earned your rightful place among your other BOE members.

While Ballot Question #1, which sought to combine our Planning and Zoning Boards into a consolidated Land Use Board, did pass, Ballot Question #2 regarding an increase in our Open Space tax to preserve more land and slow development did not. I know times are tough. That is why we put items such as these questions on the ballot. Sometimes we think we know what the residents want, but this process helps us know for certain.”





Pair Arrested Stealing Copper Wire In Hamilton

November 11, 2022

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Hamilton Police reported they placed Mathew Kerr and Javier Torres under arrest for burglary and theft of copper wire at an electric motor repair business. The pair were caught actively burglarizing Lockwood Electric at 2239 Nottingham Way at 4:30 a.m. on November 10, 2022. Both Parties were charged with burglary and theft for the incident and multiple other incidents involving the same business. Torres and Walker were transported to the Mercer County Workhouse to be held pending a detention hearing.

Arresting officers were Tim Donovan, Nick Avanzato, Joe Avanzato, Brandon Walker and Anthony Lucidi

All parties are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


Javier Torres


Mathew Kerr




Missing Votes Found And Being Counted In Mercer County

November 10, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Mercer County Clerk Paula Sollami Covello told MidJersey.News in an email, “Although this is under the board of elections, I have been informed that they were all found by them and are being counted.”

As reported yesterday by MidJersey.news a bag of Robbinsville emergency ballots went missing, and also 3 Princeton districts also appeared to be missing as of this morning.

The Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office Spokesperson  Casey DeBlasio, told MidJersey.news in an email, “I can confirm the county clerk did reach out to the prosecutor today.  We are reviewing her concerns to determine what further action should be taken.”

MidJersey.news did reach out to Mercer County Board of Elections this morning and have not received a reply yet.

Check back with MidJersey.news we will update as information becomes available.

Yesterday’s MidJersey.News story here:




Mercer County Unofficial Results

November 9, 2022

MERCER COUNTY, NJ –See below for unofficial election results at of 11/9/2022 at 4:00 p.m.

https://results.enr.clarityelections.com/NJ/Mercer/116247/web.307039/#/summary

*Results are not official until all votes are counted and certified. This includes ballots cast by mail, provisional, and ballots requiring a signature cure. These first two reports above must be ADDED for a cumulative total (until further notice)! –Note the PDF files below and the above link must be added together to get the most accurate until updated by County Clerk’s Office

See the Mercer County Clerk’s Official Website for latest information here






Election Problems Reported In Mercer County, NJ

November 8, 2022

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Robbinsville Township reported on social media that due to a Mercer County-wide system outage, all voting machines are currently down in each district across the County.

Voters can still report to their respective polling locations and vote on a standard ballot and insert their ballot into the “emergency slot” in the machine. However, Mercer County officials will be unable to tally those votes tonight and are working to fix the system issue.

8:00 a.m. UPDATE:

Mercer County Clerk Paula Sollami Covello posted on Facebook that there is a glitch with the Dominion scanners. Voters can still vote by completing their ballots and placing them in the top of the scanning machine in the slot where the emergency ballots are placed. Everyone can vote manually, so rest assured no one will be disenfranchised.

8:08 a.m. UPDATE:

Mercer County reports: The Board of Elections has advised the county of issues with voting machines. Poll workers will be on hand to walk voters through the process. The board is working with Dominion, the machine maker, to resolve the issue.



“All votes cast in this General Election will be scanned on high capacity scanners by the Mercer County Board of Elections, at their central location, instead of at the polling locations by the voters. The Board of Elections is a bipartisan commission. Fortunately, we have hand-marked paper ballot system.

The Mercer County Clerk’s Office does not oversee voting machines or the voting equipment, but all three offices work together to make sure that the process is secure and transparent.

We made it through Hurricane Sandy, through 2020 and we will make it through this one too and no one will be disenfranchised.”

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Update from the Mercer County Superintendent of Elections Nathaniel Walker

November 8, 2022 – 2 p.m.

Soon after polls opened this morning, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, poll workers became aware of an issue with the voting machine scanners. Voters are being asked to fill out the ballot as they normally would. A contingency plan is in place for all ballots cast at all locations to be scanned at the secure Board of Elections office.

Again, ballots will be scanned just as they would at the polling location. Every ballot that has been cast will be counted, no voter will be disenfranchised, and the integrity of the election is intact and secure.

Additionally, provisional ballots are available to those who would prefer to vote provisionally. A provisional ballot can be obtained at a voter’s polling location.

Further information will be reported as it becomes known.

– Nathaniel Walker, Mercer County Superintendent Of Elections

nwalker@mercercounty.org

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

November 7, 2022

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)– Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) Hamilton, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, and the Rotary Club of Robbinsville Hamilton hosted a pre-Veterans Day community celebration of Flags for Heroes on Saturday, Nov. 5 at RWJUH Hamilton.

Approximately 300 full-sized American flags raised by 80+ volunteers affixed with personal messages to local heroes have been placed on the grounds of the hospital and will continue to fly through Nov. 18. Flag sponsorships were purchased by area residents and businesses through the Rotary Club of Robbinsville Hamilton to honor heroes in their lives, including members of the military, family members, doctors, nurses, teachers and other COVID-19 essential workers.

“We’re grateful to continue our partnership with the Rotary Club of Robbinsville Hamilton on such a powerful display to once again recognize our local heroes ahead of Veterans Day. I would like to thank the members of the community who make this event possible through their flag sponsorships,” said Richard Freeman, President and Chief Executive Officer, RWJUH Hamilton. “Last year we expanded our display to not only honor our local military veterans for their service but also some of our own healthcare heroes and essential workers for their dedication throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and we are honored to continue to recognize the heroes that make a difference in our community.”

“We are proud to continue a tradition that brings our town together and allows people to commemorate and acknowledge someone that has had a profound impact on their lives,” said Kalpana Patel, president of the Rotary Club of Robbinsville Hamilton. “Not only does the display help honor our local heroes, but it allows us to continue to assist those in need through funds raised.”  

The public ceremony included a short program with guest speakers and community leaders, including Robbinsville Mayor David Fried and Hamilton Township Council Member Richard (Rick) Tighe. Proceeds from flag sponsorships will be provided to the Mercer County Military Action Council (MCMAC) to help service members travel home for the holidays, other non-profit organizations through the Rotary Club of Robbinsville Hamilton Foundation, as well as help fund programming at RWJUH Hamilton.

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


Left to right: Regina Arcuri, Mercer County Military Action Council; Linda Greenstein, Senator, New Jersey State Legislature; Kalpana Patel, President, Robbinsville Hamilton Rotary Club; Richard Tighe, Council Member, Hamilton Township; Nina Melker, Chair, RWJUH Hamilton Board of Directors; Richard Freeman, President & CEO, RWJUH Hamilton. Photo provided by RWJUH


Mom Struck By Vehicle Sent To Hospital; Hamilton Police Officers Help Her Two Children Continue Trick-Or-Treating On Halloween

November 2, 2022

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–On Monday, October 31, 2022, at approximately 7:13 p.m., Hamilton Police were dispatched to the area of West Park Avenue and Lafayette Avenue on a report of a pedestrian struck.  The female pedestrian was out with her two children trick or treating when she was struck by the vehicle.  Her injuries were not life threatening and she was taken to Robert Wood Johnson Hospital for further evaluation.  While on scene waiting for transport for the children back to their residence Officer Alex Zuzzio with assistance from Officer Sean Dorney and Sergeant Ed Lugo, decided to walk the two children around the neighborhood to go trick or treating until a vehicle with car seats was able to come to the scene and take them back to their residence.



Perceived Outside Threat Puts Nottingham HS and Crocket Middle Schools In Lockdown; Police Deemed Threat Not Credible

November 2, 2022

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–In a letter addressed to the Hamilton Township School District Community, Superintendent Dr. Scott Rocco, stated that there was a perceived threat observed near Nottingham High School where a male was seen with a weapon. The Hamilton Township Police Department was notified, and Nottingham High School and Crockett Middle School were placed into lockdown. There was no direct threat to either school, but the district took immediate action to ensure the safety of students and staff. Once Hamilton Township Police completed their investigation both schools were reopened and returned to their normal schedules. The Hamilton Police Department has deemed this report to not be credible.

UPDATE from Hamilton Police Department:

On Wednesday, November 2, 2022, at approximately 8:23 a.m., Hamilton Police were dispatched to the area of Nottingham High School, 1055 Klockner Avenue, on a report of a male walking toward the High School with a weapon.  Nottingham High School was put on lock down and Crockett Middle School was put on a shelter in place.  Further investigation proved the report to be unfounded and the threat was not deemed credible.  Both schools were released from their lock down/shelter in place status.

Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective Stacy Pollard of the Hamilton Police Division Juvenile Unit at (609) 581-4026 or the Hamilton Police Crime Tip Hotline at (609) 581-4008.


November 2, 2021

Dear HTSD Community,

Today, a concerned citizen identified an individual outside of one of our schools who may have been a perceived threat. Specifically, a male individual was observed walking on the street with a weapon near Nottingham High School. This was reported to our Hamilton Township Police Department. We immediately put our school security procedures in place based on the information that was available at the time. This meant that both Nottingham High School and Crockett Middle Schools were put into lockdown.  Although there was not a direct threat to either school, the police department and our district took immediate action to ensure the safety of our students and staff.

As the police department investigated the specific issue at Nottingham High School, we transitioned Crockett Middle School to a shelter-in-place. Once the police completed their investigation inside of the building at Nottingham High School, both buildings were released to return to their normal schedule.

Although this is stressful and scary for our students, staff, and parents, I want to reiterate two key points. First, at no time was there a direct threat to any student or staff member at our schools. The Hamilton Police Department has deemed this report to not be credible. Two, we consistently tell our school community that when they see something to say something. In this case, the citizen saw something and did what we asked them to do. I appreciate that person’s efforts to keep our children and staff safe.

Finally, I would like to thank our students, faculty, staff, and administration at both buildings for their swift action in following our emergency procedures. In addition, I want to express my appreciation to the Hamilton Township Police Department for their immediate response and efforts. Multiple officers responded to both schools and made sure everyone in our schools were safe.

Sincerely,

                                                                        Scott Rocco

Scott R. Rocco, Ed.D.

Superintendent



My Salon Suite Opens Second Location In Hamilton Township

November 1, 2022

HAMILTON, NJ – Mayor Jeff Martin recently joined My Salon Suite owners Joe Caretta, Aaron Gillaspie, and over thirty My Salon Suite members for the grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony of their second location in Hamilton Township.

Owner Joe Carretta brought My Salon Suite’s unique concept to Hamilton with his first location on Quakerbridge Road in June 2021. Along with Partner Aaron Gillaspie, Carretta has opened a second location in the Hamilton Marketplace with over 30 units and potential to expand. Wishing to continue their growth in New Jersey, they chose the location in the Hamilton Marketplace due both in part to convenient access to area highways and the businesses within the Hamilton Marketplace which will help one another to prosper. 

My Salon Suite, a franchise based in Louisiana, offers state of the art salon and spa suites each featuring quiet-glide sliding glass doors for privacy and a 24-hour security system offering secure code access entry for My Salon Suite clients. Each salon owner, called a My Salon Suite member, was invited to customize their suite to best capture their individual vibe and spirit. The services offered at the Hamilton Marketplace location include haircuts for all ages, barber services, makeup, skincare, brow and lash services, hair removal, and massage. 

“At the first grand opening, I said we were breaking a record with the most businesses opening in one day, but tonight, we have certainly passed that, with over 30 businesses opening! It is truly wonderful to see so many new businesses celebrate with the opening of My Salon Suite’s second location in Hamilton,” said Mayor Martin.

The My Salon Suite members who were present to celebrate the opening of their new businesses were: Kreative Image, Heartlys Hair Studio, Lash Locks Studio LLC., The Beauty Coven, DNA Hair Lab, Sanctuary Massage Enterprises, Aria Hair Studio, Patel Medical Esthetics, Chrissy’s Studio 202, CV Hair Studio, Studio 23 Luxe, Aimer La Vie, Dawn Lewis Designs, Flaire Beauty Box, Mane Ego, Evolve Thru Fitness, Inabrow, Karlita Lorenzana Beauty, Sakile, Key Beauty, Leslie’s Studio, Hair Studio 501, True Beauty Esthetics, Follow Me Salon Company, Live Love Hair, Bella Mia Hair & Makeup, Dermaart, Distinctive Touch By Rita, Avira By Shira, Trependous, Hakuna Matata Hair Studio, Nail Studio By Yadi, Karma Salon by Heather Michelle, and Head Case Hair Salon. To learn more about My Salon Suite visit and book your appointment, visit www.mysalonsuite.com/hamilton-square

Visit www.hamiltonnj.com/economicdevelopment to learn of the new businesses that have recently opened or have relocated to Hamilton and read up on why Hamilton is a great place for businesses to call home!


HAMILTON MARKETPLACE

430 Marketplace Blvd
Hamilton Township New Jersey 08691

609-342-5210


HAMILTON SQUARE

3100 Quakerbridge Road
Mercerville New Jersey 08619

609-342-5210


Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash In Hamilton Township

October 31, 2022

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–On October 30, 2022, at approximately 10:15 p.m., a motor vehicle crash occurred on Whitehorse-Mercerville Rd near Godfrey Drive.  A 2014 Buick Enclave driven by Linda McBride, a 55-year-old, female from Hamilton, was traveling southbound on Whitehorse-Mercerville Rd near Godfrey Drive when she crossed over the northbound lane and left the roadway.  The Buick then struck a 2016 Ford Van that was parked in the driveway of 779 Whitehorse Mercerville Road before coming to a stop against the driveway retaining wall.  Members of the Hamilton Fire Division arrived on scene to assist with medical attention.  McBride was pronounced deceased at the scene.

          The crash is under investigation by Officers C. Clugsten and J. Galant from the Hamilton Police Division’s Traffic Unit. 

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


Serious Crash On South Broad Street In Hamilton Township

October 30, 2022

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Around 1:15 p.m. the Hamilton Township Fire Department, Hamilton Police, and EMS were sent to the 5,000 Block of South Broad Street near Old York Road for a vehicle into a guardrail with reported entrapment. Firefighters arrived and reported a guardrail though the vehicle with entrapment. The patient was extricated and transported by EMS to Captial Health Regional Medical Center and a “Trauma Alert” was called. Firefighters requested a hazardous materials crew for a fuel leak from the vehicle. Hamilton Township Police Department is investigating the crash.

No further details are available at this time, check back later for updates.



Legionella Found In Homes Served By Trenton Water Works; NJ Department Of Health Investigates

October 15, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–New Jersey Department of Health announced today that more homes within municipalities served by Trenton Water Works just days after the Murphy Administration announced they would launch an initiative to better support and improve TWW

Back on September 22, 2021, 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. On August 29, 2022 Two cases of Legionnaires’ disease were reported in August 2022 from the section of Hamilton Township, Mercer County, served by Trenton Water Works (TWW). Two additional cases were reported, respectively in April 2022 and December 2021. Of the four, one individual has died.

Today the NJ Department of Health made this announcement: The presence of Legionella bacteria was identified in water samples collected from more than half of 30 homes within several municipalities served by Trenton Water Works (TWW), the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) announced today. This includes homes from Trenton, Ewing, and parts of Lawrence and Hopewell Township served by TWW.

The testing was conducted in September 2022 following the detection of Legionella, the bacteria that causes Legionnaires’ disease, in several homes that were voluntarily tested within the Hamilton Township area served by TWW in July 2022. The homes tested in Hamilton Township were part of an ongoing investigation to determine potential causes of Legionnaires’ disease previously detected in Hamilton Township, with five cases including one death reported since December 2021. The most recent case was reported to health in September 2022.

To determine if other municipalities served by TWW were affected, health officials recruited an additional 30 homeowners from across the TWW distribution area, focusing on areas outside of Hamilton Township, to voluntarily have their homes tested for Legionella. NJDOH has notified all volunteer homeowners of the results from this sampling.

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. Individuals cannot get Legionnaires’ disease by drinking water that has Legionella. Though uncommon, people can get sick when water containing Legionella is aspirated into the lungs while drinking (“goes down the wrong pipe”). NJDOH receives approximately 250-350 reports of Legionnaires’ disease each year throughout New Jersey.

NJDOH is now urging that all residents and building owners who receive water from TWW to take actions to reduce the risk of Legionella growth in their household and building plumbing. These recommendations are available below.

It is not known if individuals with Legionella detected in their homes are more likely to develop Legionnaires’ disease. While it remains rare for a healthy person who is exposed to Legionella to become sick with Legionnaires’ disease, people who are 50 years or older, especially those who smoke, or those with certain medical conditions, including weakened immune systems, chronic lung disease or other chronic health conditions, are at increased risk.

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

Health officials are urging healthcare providers to collect lower respiratory specimens for Legionella PCR and/or culture, in conjunction with use of the urinary antigen test, when suspecting Legionnaires’ disease. This is especially important among residents who receive water from TWW. The urinary antigen test is the most common diagnostic method but can only detect Legionella pneumophila serogroup 1. PCR and culture of lower respiratory specimens can detect all Legionella species and serogroups.

NJDOH continues to partner with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) and TWW to investigate factors that may be promoting the growth of Legionella bacteria and to evaluate remedial actions that can be taken to reduce Legionella in the system.

Following NJDEP’s finding of significant concerns with TWW’s operations and management, including intermittent failures to fully maintain treatment processes, monitor water quality, employ adequately trained operating personnel, and invest in required maintenance and capital needs such as upgrades to aging infrastructure, Governor Phil Murphy  NJDEP Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette issued a Unilateral Administrative Order that will, among other things, facilitate the immediate deployment of a capacity-building force comprised of managerial and technical experts who will focus on improving routine operations and maintenance, as well as resolving immediate capital needs.

More information about this initiative can be found at dep.nj.gov/trentonwater.

How to Decrease Risks of Legionella Exposure

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

  • Avoid high-risk activities. If you are at an increased risk for Legionnaires’ disease, consider avoiding hot tubs, decorative fountains, power washing, or similar activities, which may generate increased amounts of aerosols or mist. A conversation with your health care provider may help you assess your individual level of risk based on underlying health conditions and co-morbidities. Your health care provider may recommend that you consider installing specialty biological 0.2-micron filters on your showerhead if you are severely immunocompromised and receive water from Trenton Water Works.
  • Maintain in-home medical equipment. If using medical equipment that requires water for use or cleaning such as non-steam generating humidifiers, CPAP or BiPAP machines, nasal irrigation devices such as Neti Pots, and attachments for nebulizers, follow manufacturer’s instructions for use and maintenance. This often includes using sterile water instead of tap water in the device.
  • Clean and/or replace your showerheads and faucet aerators (screens) per manufacturer’s instructions whenever buildup is visible. This is particularly important if you haven’t cleaned your showerheads or faucet aerators recently. Cleaning might require you to remove the showerhead and hose and soak in a solution (such as white vinegar or a bleach solution) to remove buildup. If using chemicals, follow instructions found on the back of the bottle for safe use.
  • Keep your water heater set to a minimum of 120This temperature will reduce Legionella growth and avoid potential for scalding (hot water burns). Setting the heater to a higher temperature may better control Legionella growth, especially if you have household members at increased risk for Legionnaires’ disease. However, if the temperature is set to greater than 120F, make sure you take extra precautions to mix cold and hot water at the faucet and shower to avoid scalding. If you have household members at increased risk of scalding, such as young children or older adults, you may consider installing a thermostatic mixing valve. A mixing valve allows your water to be stored at a higher temperature within your water heater to help kill bacteria while eliminating concerns with water being too hot at sinks or showers. If you decide to install a mixing valve, be sure to follow manufacturer’s instructions for routine cleaning and maintenance to avoid bacteria growth within the valve. Consider consulting with a licensed plumbing professional and ensure you are following your local codes and ordinances for home plumbing repairs.

    After cleaning showerheads and faucet aerators and increasing the temperature of the water heater, thoroughly flush the water at each tap (e.g., sink, showerhead) for 20 minutes. Try to minimize exposure to splashing and mist generation, for example, by leaving the room while the water is running.
  • Conduct routine flushing. Sinks and shower taps that are not used often can increase the risk of Legionellagrowth in other areas of the home. Let your faucets and showers run for at least three minutes when they have been out of use for more than a week. Minimize exposure to splashing and mist generation, for example, by leaving the room while the water is running. Additionally, you may consider flushing your water following any water disruption to your home, such as low pressure or discoloration, resulting from a water main break or nearby hydrant flushing.
  • Follow manufacturer’s instructions for maintaining your water heater and expansion tank, including periodic flushing, draining, and removal of sediment. If manufacturer’s instructions are unavailable, seek advice from a licensed professional.
  • Clean and/or replace all water filters per manufacturer’s instructions. All whole-house (e.g., water softeners) and point-of-use filters (e.g., built-in refrigerator filters) must be properly maintained.
  • Drain garden hoses and winterize hose bibs. Detach and drain the hose, shut the water valve off inside the home, and drain the pipe when not in use for the season.
  • Follow manufacturer’s instructions for maintaining your hot tub.Ensure disinfectant levels (e.g., chlorine) and maintenance activities (e.g., cleaning, scrubbing, replacing the filter and water) are followed. For more information, be sure to review CDC’s recommendations for residential hot tub owners.
  • Operate and maintain your indoor and outdoor decorative fountains according to manufacturer’s instructions to limit your exposure to Legionella. Household members at increased risk for Legionnaires’ disease should avoid exposure to decorative fountains. If manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning and maintenance are not available, minimum cleaning frequency recommendations can be found in CDC’s Legionella Control Toolkit.
  • Remove, shorten, or regularly flush existing dead legs. Plumbing renovations can lead to the creation of dead legs, a section of capped pipe that contains water but has no flow (or is infrequently used). For future renovations, ensure your plumber avoids creating dead legs.

RECOMMENDED ACTIONS FOR BUILDING OWNERS

  • Complete this quick yes/no worksheet to determine if your building, or certain devices in your building, need a Water Management Program. Resources to help you develop a Water Management Program and for Legionella control in common sources of exposure are available at NJDOH’s Legionella website.
  • Store hot water at temperatures above 140°F and ensure hot water in circulation does not fall below 120°F (or at highest temperature allowable by local regulations and codes). Install thermostatic mixing valves as close as possible to fixtures to prevent scalding while permitting circulating hot water temperatures above 120°.
  • Clean and maintain water system components.This includes devices such as thermostatic mixing valves, aerators, showerheads, hoses, filters, water heaters, storage tanks, and expansion tanks, regularly per manufacturer instructions.
  • Flush hot and cold water at all points of use (faucets, showers, drinking fountains) at least weekly to replace the water that has been standing in the pipes. Healthcare settings and facilities that house vulnerable populations should flush at least twice a week.
  • Remove dead legs or, where unavoidable, make them as short as possible. Where a dead leg (a section of pipe capped off with little or no water flow) cannot be avoided, it should be flushed regularly to avoid water stagnation. This may require the installation of a drain valve.
  • Monitor water quality parameters such as temperature, disinfectant residuals, and pH regularly. Adjust the frequency of monitoring based on stability of values. For example, increase frequency of monitoring if there is a high degree of measurement variability. Pay particular attention to water quality parameters following a water disruption event, such as low pressure or discoloration, resulting from a water main break or nearby hydrant flushing.
  • Safely operate and conduct regular maintenance of cooling towers to protect staff, visitors, and the adjacent community from exposure to LegionellaUse a Water Management Program to establish, track, and improve operation and maintenance activities.
  • Follow recommendations from the NJ Department of Health when reopening your facility following a prolonged shutdown or reduced operation due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Recommendations are available at: https://bit.ly/3CG2s8S

ABOUT LEGIONNAIRES’ DISEASE AND LEGIONELLA

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

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Police Respond To Schools Around The State On Multiple Swatting Incidents This Morning

October 14, 2022

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Hamilton Township Police quickly responded to Hamilton High School West this morning on an apparent “swatting” incident. The school was quickly placed on lockdown as police checked the school to make sure everyone was safe.


New Jersey State Police reported, “The New Jersey State Police has been made aware of numerous active shooter threats targeting various school districts throughout the state.

Several schools have been placed on lockdown and after thorough investigations by local, state, and county authorities, the threats have proven to be unfounded.

The Regional Operations Intelligence Center is currently monitoring the situation and has not deemed any of the threats as credible.

The State Police and our law enforcement partners take all threats seriously and will utilize every asset at our disposal to ensure the safety of our students, faculty, administrators, and the public.

We urge everyone to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to your local law enforcement agency.”


Hamilton Police say that on October 14 2022 at 10:02 a.m. Hamilton Police Dispatch received a telephone call from a person with a thick Middle Eastern or Indian accent stating “there are people trying to get into the door of Hamilton West”.  The School Resource Officer along with several responding police units searched Hamilton High School West after initiating a “Lock Down” of Hamilton High School West.  After the incident was deemed safe, the “Lockdown” was lifted.

Hamilton Police gained information that other municipalities were affected by the same type of call with a party having a similar accent.  Hamilton Police along with the Hamilton Twp. Board of Education determined the phone calls were hoax calls.

No injuries were reported during the incident, no suspicious parties were located in or around Hamilton High School West.  Police Units remained on scene until the situation was calm.


Swatting is defined as: “The action or practice of making a prank call to emergency services in an attempt to bring about the dispatch of a large number of armed police officers to a particular address.”


In a letter to parents from Hamilton Township Schools Superintendent Scott R. Rocco, Ed.D. stated:

Today, there were two calls made to 911 that indicated an incident was happening at Hamilton High School West. This resulted in a large police presence inside and outside of the school. It also resulted in the school being put into a shelter in place for one of the calls and a lock down for the other call. 

Neither of these calls were real. They have been deemed a hoax. Neither of these calls were generated inside of our school. At no time were any of our students or staff in any danger. Although that is a relief, it does not lessen the fear or scared feelings of our students and staff.

I have been informed that this same situation has happened to other schools in New Jersey today. 

I would like to thank the faculty and staff of Hamilton High School West for their efforts in ensuring our students’ safety and I would like to thank our Hamilton Township Police Department for their quick response and constant presence.  

We take school safety very seriously in our district. We have safety plans and we practice those plans. Our police department also works collaboratively with us in our planning, drills, and situations that arise in our district. That being said, our best safety measures are when our students, staff, and community say something if they see, hear or know of a problem. Please continue to do so.


Toms River Police said in a Facebook Post, “A short time ago Toms River Police dispatch received a phone call regarding a potential shooting at High School North. Officers responded and the school was locked down as a precaution. The call was deemed unfounded and is being investigated as a swatting incident. We are requesting no one respond to the school as there is no active threat.”


Monmouth County Sherriff’s Office reported, ** POLICE ACTIVITY ** Freehold Twp- Biotechnology High School & Monmouth County Career Center – Kozloski Road Freehold Twp – there is no threat or danger to students.


Jackson Township Police reported, “About an hour ago Jackson Police dispatch received a phone call regarding a potential shooting at Jackson Liberty High School. We had already received information via the FBI that a handful of schools within New Jersey were experiencing the same calls from the same suspect prior to this phone call.

Regardless school security and our School Resource Officer sought out the location given by the caller, and it was deemed not to be a threat as the location given by the caller was inaccurate. Due to the totality of the circumstances, the decision was made not to put the school in lockdown. The call was deemed unfounded and is being investigated as a swatting incident. We are requesting no one respond to the school as there is no active threat.”


Barnegat Police Department made several reports on Facebook, “We received an unfounded report of a “shooter” in the Barnegat High School. Officers were quickly on scene and in the building and have found no indications or reports of anything occurring. Bengal Blvd will be closed as we continue to ensure the security of the building. All other district schools were placed in shelter in place status as a precautionary measure. Parents who are responding to the area are asked to go to the Collins school where we will provide any additional information. It appears that at least one other district in the county has received a similar “report”. Again, we have significant resources on scene to ensure the safety of the kids and staff at BHS and there are no indications that anything has occurred. Updates to follow. –Chief”

The students from BHS are being evacuated and will be bussed to the Collins school for reunification with parents. While we believe this was a swatting incident, officers continue to follow-up with secondary searches of the building. Again, the students and staff are safe and we have significant resources on scene to ensure it stays that way. –Chief

BHS evacuation is complete. Officers have completed the secondary search of the first floor and are wrapping up the second floor. Once that’s done, we’ll open up Bengal Blvd. The school district will then bus any driving-age BHS kids from the Collins school reunification point back to get their cars if needed. Very much appreciate everyone’s patience and cooperation.– Chief


Freehold Township Police Reported, “At 10:13am, the Freehold Township Police Department responded to the Biotech High School for a possible report of shots fired. This incident was deemed to be a hoax and is currently under investigation. As part of the response both the Biotech High School and neighboring Career Center were locked down and both buildings were cleared by officers from Freehold Township, Freehold Borough, and the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office. All students and staff are safe. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective George J. Baumann at 732-252-1950.”


Message from East Brunswick Schools Superintendent Dr. Valeski:

October 14, 2022

Good Morning East Brunswick Community,

This is Victor Valeski, Superintendent of Schools, with a very important message regarding an incident at our high school this morning…and I want to assure everyone that every student and every staff member is safe.

Our 911 police dispatch operator received a phone call reporting an incident occurring at our high school that required immediate police assistance.  This warranted a large police response to the high school and the building was immediately placed in a “Shelter in Place” status.  Central Elementary School also exercised a “Shelter in Place” because of it’s close proximity to the high school. 

Members of our district Central Office leadership responded to the building to support the HS administration.

Ultimately, the call was determined to be a hoax, also known as SWATTING, but the continuous training with our students, staff, administrators, security team and EBPD was evident today.


Lower Township Police in Cape May County reported, “Lower Cape May Regional High School is in a shelter in place for what we believe is a HOAX. Law Enforcement is conducting a search of the school to confirm.”


Other towns with swatting incidents this morning were Newark at Weequhaic High School and another Paterson.


The scene this morning at Hamilton High School West in Mercer County, NJ


Update: Unidentified Man Pronounced Dead After Being Struck By Two Vehicles On East Park Avenue

October 14, 2022 Update:

Police have identified the pedestrian as Antonio Santiago, 35-year-old male, from Hamilton.

October 13, 2022

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–According to Hamilton Township Police, on October 13, 2022, at approximately 6:29 a.m., a motor vehicle crash occurred involving two vehicles and a pedestrian on East Park Avenue at Berg Avenue. The pedestrian suffered serious injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. The pedestrian has not been identified but is described as a 30–35-year-old light skinned male, approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing approximately 140 pounds, and wearing all dark clothing. The pedestrian was in the roadway on East Park Avenue when he was struck by a 2022 Honda HRV, driven by Diego Marin 39-year-old from Hamilton, which was traveling east bound. After the collision, Marin stopped and exited his vehicle, when the pedestrian was struck a second time by a 2013 Nissan Altima, driven by Dominick Rogers 20-years-old from Hamilton, which was also traveling east bound. Both drivers remained on scene and called 911. Members of the Hamilton Fire Division and Trenton EMS arrived on scene to assist.

The crash is under investigation by officers from the Hamilton Police Division’s Traffic Unit.

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


This morning’s Breaking News story here:



BREAKING: Hamilton Police Conducting Serious Crash Investigation On E. Park Ave. By George E. Wilson Elementary School And Hamilton West High School


Update here:


October 13, 2022

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Around 6:30 a.m. the Hamilton Township Police Department, RWJ EMS, Captial Health Paramedics and Hamilton Township Fire Department responded to the 500 Block of East Park Avenue for a serious pedestrian crash. Police found the crash in front of George E Wilson Elementary School between Wilfred and Parkinson Avenues. The Hamilton Township Fire Department is assisting the Hamilton Township Police Department Serious Crash Investigation Unit with the investigation. No further details are available at this time.

Update: As per school officials, “The accident is unrelated to the school or district.”

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



Murphy Administration Launches Initiative to Support and Improve Trenton Water Works, Ensure Safe Drinking Water

October 12, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Following a months-long compliance evaluation of conditions affecting Trenton Water Works (TWW), Governor Phil Murphy, Commissioner of Environmental Protection Shawn M. LaTourette, and Trenton Mayor Reed Gusciora today announced the launch of a new Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) initiative to better support and improve TWW. Through this initiative, the State will work with the City to enhance TWW’s technical and managerial capacity with the goal of improving the operations and maintenance of TWW to ensure that the system reliably produces safe drinking water that meets all requirements of the New Jersey Safe Drinking Water Act.

Despite many recent efforts at the local level to improve operating conditions and advance long-overdue capital improvements at TWW, the system continues to struggle in maintaining compliance with regulatory obligations and requirements. To ensure that maintenance and operational needs crucial to the protection of public health are met, and that long-overdue capital improvements may receive the benefit of new and considerable state and federal funding, DEP has determined that a capacity-building program with direct operational oversight is necessary to ensure TWW’s near- and long-term success in meeting the needs of the 200,000+ residents served by the system in Trenton, as well as portions of Ewing, Hamilton, Hopewell, and Lawrence.

“Since the outset of my Administration, the provision of clean, affordable drinking water and the promotion of healthy communities have remained among our foremost priorities,” said Governor Murphy. “Protecting our children, families, and businesses is a responsibility that all levels of government share, and one that we must leverage every existing partnership to fulfill. Under the leadership of the DEP and in coordination with the City of Trenton, we will work tirelessly to safeguard our residents and return water system quality to the level our communities deserve.”

“The health of the residents is of paramount importance and we want to see Trenton succeed at all levels of government,”  said Lt. Governor Sheila Y. Oliver, who serves as Commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs. “Ensuring public health and safety is a core principle of municipal services. The Division of Local Government Services, which has some fiscal oversight of the City, will assist DEP in any way it can to ensure TWW succeeds in providing safe drinking water for its residents.”

“Clean and safe drinking water is a human right but delivering this public good is a far more complex undertaking than one might expect,” said Commissioner LaTourette. “The depth of managerial, technical, and financial expertise required to ensure consistent operation, maintenance, and improvement of a water system is significant. Yet, not all systems are created equal, and we must invest more time, attention, and resources in those that need our help. Through direct operational oversight, DEP will help Trenton Water Works build the capacity necessary to better serve the public. Through this initiative, DEP and the City will more fully assess the system’s needs, meet its challenges, and ensure its long-term success for the benefit of the people of Trenton and the surrounding communities that this system serves.”

“We are committed to strengthening Trenton Water Works, improving its operations, advancing capital projects, and maintaining high water quality in partnership with the New Jersey Department of Environmental,” said Mayor Gusciora. “As we’ve dealt with City Council obstruction, we are resolute and determined in our efforts to build on the substantial progress we’ve made, fulfilling the promise I made to modernize the TWW system to ensure clean and safe drinking water for our customers and service-area residents for generations to come.”

TWW draws water from the Delaware River to provide water to more than 200,000 people in Trenton, as well as portions of Ewing, Hamilton, Hopewell, and Lawrence. The system has intermittently struggled to fully maintain critical treatment processes, monitor water quality, employ adequately trained operating personnel, and invest in required maintenance and capital needs, including significant upgrades to aging infrastructure such as the seven-acre, open-air finished water reservoir that stores and provides already treated water to about 70 percent of TWW’s distribution system. The initiative launched by the Murphy Administration today with the support of the City is intended to remedy these concerns.

This initiative, which will be implemented in accordance with an administrative order issued by DEP, has two primary phases that will be pursued concurrently: (1) immediate retention and deployment of a capacity-building force comprised of managerial and technical experts who will focus on improving routine operations and maintenance, as well as immediate capital needs; and (2) a full-scale assessment and preparation of organizational and operational recommendations.

To effect Phase 1, TWW will facilitate the direct oversight and monitoring of the system by DEP and its consultants, including a third-party adviser that will be embedded in the system for the purposes of monitoring and assessing all system operations and maintenance, adding necessary technical and managerial capacity to the system, and making technical, managerial, and financial recommendations necessary to bring the system into full compliance with applicable law. 

To effect Phase 2, the third-party adviser will undertake a comprehensive technical, managerial, and financial capacity assessment of the system that will result in a report of organizational and operational recommendations, as well as short- and long-term asset management and capital improvement recommendations that will serve the basis of future action and investment.

DEP and the City will collaborate to ensure that the progress and outcomes of this initiative are open and transparent to the public. 

As of October 12, 2022, water quality sample results submitted to DEP by TWW reflect that the water system meets applicable water quality standards. DEP will continue to closely monitor water quality parameters and other indicators of the status of the TWW system.  If TWW exceeds a regulatory standard for drinking water quality, or if DEP otherwise determines that an acute risk to public health exists, the public notification would be issued to all TWW customers.

“First, I want to thank Governor Murphy and NJDEP Commissioner LaTourette for their decision today to bring Trenton Water Works (TWW) under direct oversight of NJDEP,” said Mayor Martin.  “I want to also thank my fellow Mayors, State Legislators, County Officials, and the Hamilton Township Council who have remained steadfast in their focus on ensuring TWW meets their most basic obligations to their customers.” Hamilton Mayor Jeff Martin

“Said in a more simple way – today the State is taking over running TWW,” continued Mayor Martin. “This is a major step towards reaching our simple goal: to ensure all TWW customers have reliably clean and safe drinking water.  Further, the Order from NJDEP requires the City Council to approve all items necessary to ensure our goal is reached; guaranteeing a road block to progress is neutralized.” Hamilton Mayor Jeff Martin

“Hopewell Township residents, particularly those in Brandon Farms, depend on Trenton Water Works for safe drinking water. We are grateful to the state Department of Environmental Protection for their quick response to our concerns about the facility,” says Hopewell Township Mayor Peters-Manning. “Thanks go to Hamilton Mayor Jeff Martin for his leadership on this issue. The staff at Trenton Water Works has been nothing but professional in their dealings with the Township, and we look forward to continuing to work with them and the DEP to safeguard the future of our water supply.”


For more information about DEP’s direct oversight of Trenton Water Works, visit https://dep.nj.gov/trentonwater/

For information on DEP’s regulation and oversight of drinking water systems in New Jersey, visit DEP’s Division of Water Supply & Geoscience website at: https://www.nj.gov/dep/watersupply/

For information about water infrastructure investment opportunities provided by DEP, visit: https://www.nj.gov/dep/wiip/



Jeep Crashes Into Hamilton Township Home

October 8, 2022

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Around 2:15 p.m. a Jeep traveling south in the 2100 Block of Yardville Hamilton Square Road (across from Reynolds Middle School and Steinert High School Softball Field) appeared to have lost control as it left the roadway, drove into a yard, hit a car, crashed through a fence and came to rest as it crashed into a home. Hamilton Township Police, Hamilton Township Fire Department, RWJ EMS and Captial Health Paramedics responded to the scene. A person appeared to be removed from the vehicle and placed in the ambulance with non-life-threating injuries. Hamilton Township Fire Department made sure the structure was safe and secured the Jeep so it could be removed. The Hamilton Township Building Department was called, and an inspector was responding. The Hamilton Township Police Department is investigating the crash.

No official details are available at this time. It was unclear if the person was transported to the hospital and there was no indication why the vehicle left the roadway. The story will be updated when details of the crash are released.