ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–The Robbinsville Township Fire Department and EMS along with Hightstown First Aid Squad were dispatched to Mile Marker 62.1 North Bound for an accident with injures at 9:48 pm. Upon arrival several in the one vehicle crash stated they were hurt and wanted transport to the hospital. The injures seem to be walking wounded and non-life-threating. The Robbinsville Township ambulance transported 3 occupants of the vehicle to RWJ at Hamilton Hospital. It was not clear how many Hightstown First Aid transported from the accident. No further information was available.
ROBBINSVILLE TOWNSHIP (MERCER): Robbinsville Fire Department responded to the Taco Bell on Main Street near Rt. 130 around 1:00 pm on a reported vehicle fire. They were able to quickly put out the fire coming from the engine compartment.
ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Around 6:08 am this morning 3 vehicles collided on I-195 East Bound in the area of Mile Marker 8, between Exits 7 and 8, temporarily blocking the highway. Hope Fire Company and Robbinsville Township Fire Department and EMS were sent to the scene. Upon arrival there were no life threatening injuries and persons involved refused medical advice.
Traffic was backed up over two miles until tow trucks could move the vehicles from the roadway. The NJ State Police was on scene investigating. No further information is available.
TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–The Willing Workers of Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church and members of Mercer County’s PBAs (Police Benevolent Associations) distributed frozen turkeys and food baskets late this afternoon at the church on North Clinton Avenue.
There were at least thirty boxes of frozen turkeys distributed with an average weight of around 55 pounds per box for a total of about 1,600 pounds. There were numerous baskets of food and turkey baking supplies provided to go along with the frozen birds.
HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–All chapters of the Mercer County PBA are assisting with turkey distribution in Mercer County today. This morning at Saint Phillips Baptist Church, members unloaded over 600 pounds of turkey for distribution at that location.
There were two other locations with many more pounds donated this morning including the Hamilton YMCA.
The distribution will continue this evening at the Willing Workers of Jerusalem Baptist Church in Trenton at 4:00 pm.
MANSFIELD TOWNSHIP, NJ (BURLINGTON)–Several 9-1-1 calls reporting a car fire on the New Jersey Turnpike north of Exit 7 in the north bound lanes in Bordentown Township ended up to be the wrong location.
Bordentown Township and Robbinsville firefighters were dispatched at 2:03 pm to an area between Exit 7 and Exit 7A for a car fire. Upon arrival at the originally reported location they could see a column of smoke south of Exit 7, firefighters continued to the call and found the vehicle fire just north of the interchange turn for the PA Turnpike Extension on the north bound side of the highway at mile marker 51.8 outer lanes. Firefighters once on location quickly extinguished the flames. No other information was available about the call.
ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–A truck traveling on the NJ Turnpike south bound in the outer roadway in the area of 63.7 south bound lost control in a crash and overturned between the inner and outer roadway. (Truck and car lanes). The Robbinsville Township Fire Department and EMS was originally sent for a person trapped in the truck but turned out the drive was able to get out on their own power. One person did suffer non-life-threating injuries and was transported to a local hospital. No further information was available.
ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Due to COVID-19 the Robbinsville Township Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting will be held virtual this year. See flyer below and Robbinsville Recreation Facebook Page where the event will be held virtual on December 1, 2020 at 7:00 pm.
Due to current increasing concerns regarding COVID-19, we will no longer meet for this event in person. Instead, it will be transmitted live through the Recreation Facebook Page.
TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes today announced that the County, in partnership with Vault Health Services, will offer free COVID-19 testing on Tuesday, Nov. 24, and Tuesday, Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the CURE Insurance Arena, 81 Hamilton Ave. The saliva test is available to County residents 14 years or older and anyone employed as a first responder or health care worker in Mercer County.
Those going to the arena for testing should use Parking Lot 2 off South Broad Street to access Gate A. Testing will be conducted in the arena concourse. Bring identification showing Mercer County residency and a smartphone or tablet if you have one. No prescription is necessary. Please avoid eating, drinking, chewing gum or smoking 30 minutes prior to taking the test.
Testing will be limited to 300 people on each of the two days but additional pop-up testing sites will be scheduled around the County in the near future.
If you want to avoid the lines, Mercer County also offers an at-home saliva test for COVID-19, which can be requested by visiting www.mercercares.org. If you need help with the online registration process, assistance will be available Tuesday at the arena.
The saliva collection test for COVID-19 has the same effectiveness as the nasal swab test. This test is performed under the supervision of our healthcare provider, Vault, through a video telehealth visit eliminating the risk of person-to-person exposure to the virus.
To register for your at-home testing kit, you must first fill out the form below to verify your Mercer County residency. Within 24-48 hours following your submission, you will receive a link to order your free kit on the Vault Health website. This is FREE to all Mercer County residents, and health insurance is not required but a claim will be submitted if are covered.
Please note the following:
There is no out of pocket cost for this test.
You must be a resident of Mercer County or employed as a first responder or health care worker in Mercer County.
Only persons over the age of 14 are eligible for this test. Persons under the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian complete the registration for them.
You will receive your code within 48 hours.
This is not an antibody test. This test is designed to determine if you currently are infected with COVID-19 and have the potential to infect others.
If your test is positive, or if you have symptoms, call your health care professional.
ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–At 11:35 am., the Robbinsville Police Department received multiple 9-1-1 calls for an accident in the 1100 Block of Route 130 in front of the Jeep Dealership.
When Robbinsville Police arrived they reported two injures and the sent Robbinsville Township Fire Department and EMS to the scene. A mutual aid ambulance from RWJ Hamilton was also called to the scene. Two people were transported to RWJ at Hamilton Hospital with minor BLS type injuries.
The Robbinsville Township Police moved traffic over to the shoulder North Bound and South Bound had a temporary closure to move tow trucks into position to remove vehicles. No other information was available.
ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–The Robbinsville Township Fire Department and Police Department were dispatched to the Amazon Warehouse on New Canton Way at 9:36 pm tonight for a fire in the area of the loading dock. Hamilton Township Fire Department and Allentown were called for assistance.
When fire apparatus arrived fire crews were directed to inside the front East Entrance. Upon investigation there was a small box that slipped off the top of the conveyor belt and was caught in the belt catching fire and creating a smoke condition. Employees quickly shut down the operation and used fire extinguishers to extinguish the box. The building was evacuated as part of normal procedure of the emergency plan.
No injuries or damage other than the box was reported. No other information was available. Fire crews left the scene by 10:00 pm and workers returned to the building.
ROBBINSVILLE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–This year “No Shave November” annual fundraiser held by Robbinsville Township Police PBA #344 will benefit “Tyler’s Tribe”
Robbinsville resident Tyler James Juhl was diagnosed with B-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and has rare stage 4 cancer called Hepatoblastoma and the Robbinsville Township Police Department hosted a “siren parade” on September 25, 2020 with Robbinsville Fire Department and other area police, fire and ems agencies.
Public donations for this year’s No Shave November can be sent to: PBA #344, PO Box 10099, Trenton, NJ 08650
ROBBINSVILLE-EAST WINDSOR-WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)-MILLSTONE (MONMOUTH)–Gusty winds from an approaching line of storms moving though the area caused several power issues in the Mercer County and Monmouth County areas.
In Robbinsville around 7:15 pm a falling tree branch from a tree on Route 130 near the Oakwood Motel fell onto electrical wires causing a fire. Robbinsville Township Police Closed Route 130 south bound at Meadowbrook Road until the burning branch fell and self extinguished. The Robbinsville Township Fire Department stood by on the south bound side of the roadway until the fire was out and the area was safe. The roadway was reopened a short time later. There were several other related power issued with this event, several Robbinsville residents have reported power issues and issues have appeared to been resolved at the time of this report. If not restored notify your power company.
As of 9:10 pm the PSE&G outage map reports Robbinsville Township clear. The JCP&L outage map shows a couple of outages in East Windsor and West Windsor near Hankins Road, Village Road East and Old Trenton Road.
In Millstone Township Monmouth County between 100 and 500 JCP&L customers are out of power from a power line down and burning on Millstone Road between Sweetmans Lane and Bittner Road.
MERCER COUNTY, NJ–Mayors and local officials warn of increased COVID-19 transmission as cases rise in Mercer County. Officials are reminding residents to continue to take precautions by limiting gatherings, wearing masks, social distancing, washing hands and other general COVID-19 precautions.
In the City of Trenton Mayor W. Reed Gusciora has announced new restrictions as COVID-19 transmission rates have doubled in each of the last three weeks.
Trenton’s transmission rate is currently 44.2 cases per 100,000 people, which exceeds both the state and county rates at 29.3 and 28.9, respectively. Trenton has had a total of 4,598 COVID-19 cases with 80 related deaths.
Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes stated, Mercer County surpassed 10,000 cumulative positive test results since the start of the pandemic, and the United States surpassed a staggering 10 million positive cases. In addition, the New Jersey Department of Health has reported more than 13,000 positive cases statewide since Monday.
It was anticipated that colder weather in the fall and winter would drive people indoors and trigger a second wave of virus transmissions. We’re only in mid-November and the second wave is here. New cases of COVID-19 are on the rise and everyone needs to take that seriously, County Executive Hughes stated.
Robbinsville Township Mayor Dave Fried said in a Facebook post, “I always like to start with good news, but a second wave of COVID-19 is upon us and it is making that increasingly difficult. I am going to give this to you straight. Since October 30, Robbinsville Township reports 29 new cases that is by far the highest number of new cases we have encountered since this started.”
Mayor Fried also stated in a message that My personal feeling is this second wave will get worse before it gets better, so I am asking people to be increasingly diligent.
Hamilton Township Mayor Jeff Martin shared the weekly update from Hamilton Township that includes a weekly COVID-19 update and that urges the following precautions:
•Keep Your Distance — stay at least six feet away from others — and Wear a Face Covering.
•Wash Your Hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after being in a public place, as well as after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
.•If soap and water are not accessible, Use a Hand Sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
•Avoid Touching Your Eyes, Nose and Mouth with unwashed hands.•Avoid Close Contact with people who are sick.
•Stay Home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick.
•Cover Your Mouth and Nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
Full text of statements below:
TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Mayor W. Reed Gusciora yesterday announced new restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19 as transmission rates in Trenton have doubled each of the last three weeks.
Mayor Gusciora’s amended State of Emergency declaration now includes the following instructions, which will remain in effect from Nov. 16, 2020 through Dec. 5, 2020:
All Trenton businesses, including restaurants, bars and grocery stores must close at 10:00 p.m. daily. Gas stations may stay open only to dispense gas.
Restaurants and drive-through businesses may be open for pickup or delivery until 11:00 p.m., provided that no parties are allowed to congregate inside or outside of the establishment.
All city residents are encouraged to remain indoors after 10:00 p.m.
All city residents should wear masks and practice social distancing techniques as recommended by the CDC by avoiding large crowds, and, whenever possible, keeping a distance of six feet from other people.
All city residents are strongly encouraged not to have large family gatherings on Thanksgiving and to avoid hosting visitors from states that are on the Governor’s travel advisory list.
Trenton’s transmission rate is currently 44.2 cases per 100,000 people, which exceeds both the state and county rates at 29.3 and 28.9, respectively. Trenton has had a total of 4,598 COVID-19 cases with 80 related deaths.
“It’s clear the second wave is here and has hit the Capital City especially hard,” said Mayor Gusciora. “Our transmission rates may even be higher now than they were in the spring. While we believe these new restrictions will help, we won’t get past this crisis unless our residents wear their masks and practice social distancing. No more excuses about COVID-19 fatigue: the virus never gets tired, and neither should our residents and businesses when it comes to keeping this city safe.”
“It is critically important that when we see cases rise throughout our city, county and state that we are extremely cautious and we social distance, wear masks and limit indoor gatherings as much as possible,” said Dr. Kemi Alli, Chief Executive Officer of the Henry J. Austin Health Center. “If not, our path will follow sister states such as North and South Dakota, and Montana which are currently in dire straits.”
While transmission rates have risen across all age groups, a quarter of all hospitalizations over the past month are comprised of individuals age 30 and below. The greatest source of transmission has been indoor contact, and residents are advised to wear masks even around friends or relatives who are visiting.
Mercer County, NJ:
A letter from County Executive Brian M. Hughes
Mercer County and the nation both reached sobering COVID-19 milestones this week: Mercer County surpassed 10,000 cumulative positive test results since the start of the pandemic, and the United States surpassed a staggering 10 million positive cases. In addition, the New Jersey Department of Health has reported more than 13,000 positive cases statewide since Monday. It was anticipated that colder weather in the fall and winter would drive people indoors and trigger a second wave of virus transmissions. We’re only in mid-November and the second wave is here. New cases of COVID-19 are on the rise and everyone needs to take that seriously.
When you’re around people outside your own household, wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth and practice social distancing. Wash your hands frequently and use hand sanitizer. Avoid crowds and stay home if you are sick. Public health officials are advising that the safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving this year is to keep your gathering small with just immediate family. Please bear that in mind when planning for the holiday. We know what we need to do to reduce the spread of the virus – now it’s up to us. Let’s continue to support each other and keep each other safe. Let’s continue to work together.
One of the many impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic has been job loss. State officials reported this week that more than 1.7 million New Jersey workers have filed an unemployment claim since March, with about 1.46 million workers meeting the monetary requirements to receive benefits. Jobseekers need all the help they can get, and with that in mind I’d like to call attention to the work being done by the staff at the Mercer County One-Stop Career Center.
As part of Mercer County’s ongoing effort to connect jobseekers with employers, and do it safely during the public health crisis, our One-Stop recently held a drive-through job fair at the CURE Insurance Arena in Trenton that had the participation of 45 employers and was attended by about 525 individuals. Attendees were required to wear face masks but did not have to leave their vehicles. When they pulled up, they were handed a bag filled with information provided by employers on the jobs they had available, along with information about One-Stop services and community resources. This was a successful effort to help people in our community find work.
The inventive job fair came on the heels of the One-Stop’s equally successful Summer Youth Jobs Connection program. After receiving grant funding from the state in early June, One-Stop Director Virgen Velez and her staff set about making the summer job program a reality, despite a small time window and challenges presented by the pandemic. The program, which served Mercer County residents between the ages of 16 and 24, provided a paid six-week work experience and paid virtual job readiness workshops, along with transportation assistance.
I join the One-Stop and the County’s Workforce Development Board in thanking the employers who brought interns into their facilities this summer. The young adults learned not only traditional work skills but the virtual communication skills that have become essential in the COVID-19 work and school environment. And I applaud the One-Stop team, whose passionate commitment enabled it to deliver a summer employment program and job fair amid a pandemic.
Brian M. Hughes Mercer County Executive
Mayor Dave Fried:
I always like to start with good news, but a second wave of COVID-19 is upon us and it is making that increasingly difficult. I am going to give this to you straight. Since October 30, Robbinsville Township reports 29 new cases that is by far the highest number of new cases we have encountered since this started.
Thankfully, we have not seen significant spread or sickness in our three schools. We are seeing an uptick in cases throughout Mercer County, including increased positives reported by our first responders and front line workers resulting in staffing shortages. We have seen an uptick in hospitalizations across Mercer County.
My personal feeling is this second wave will get worse before it gets better, so I am asking people to be increasingly diligent. We have kids coming home from college for Thanksgiving, and while I am not going to tell you how to host or visit your families, I am asking you to be smart.
There are some things you can do to minimize the spread, such as not sharing glassware or silverware. Try to be more aware when eating in groups. Wash your hands regularly and wear a mask when you can. While many of our cases have been asymptotic, our fear as flu season approaches is we may see people with multiple symptoms for both COVID-19 and the flu, or family members suffering from both in the same household. We are on stand-by to help and volunteer when and where we are needed. We hope you will join us as that need increases.
Additionally, our kids still need to socialize in the face of the virus. That said our Recreation Department, in conjunction with the school district, will be coming up with programs to help keep our children safely engaged. This is a difficult and complex decision … and it will not be for everyone. There will be no right or wrong. It really comes down to what is best for your family, while not judging others.
I am very proud of our community for all it has done to flatten this curve. You all have been rock stars, and it is a pleasure to be Mayor of this incredible town. Keep your chins up. Pfizer has announced they have a vaccine and early reports indicate it is 90 percent effective, so help should be on the way.
We will get through this together. Thank you all for all you do, and God bless you all. —Robbinsville Mayor Dave Fried
EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)—Sergeant Lawrence Peele from the New Jersey State Police Public Information Bureau told MidJersey.News —
That a crash occurred at 11:53 p.m. last evening on the New Jersey Turnpike, northbound inner roadway in East Windsor Township, Mercer County.
Preliminary information indicates that in the area of milepost 66.8, a Lincoln Town Car was involved in a crash and was disabled in the roadway.
A Jeep Cherokee traveling northbound then struck the disabled Lincoln. Two rear seat passengers of the Lincoln were pronounced dead at the scene, the driver and front passenger sustained serious injuries. The driver of the Jeep sustained minor injuries.
The inner roadway was closed for approximately 6 hours.
EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–A fiery crash left several with life threatening injuries tonight on the New Jersey Turnpike at Mile Marker 67 North Bound inner roadway (car lanes) prior to Exit 8. The crash was reported just before midnight at 11:56 pm., (November 12) reporting multiple vehicles involved and on fire with entrapment. Initially Robbinsville Township Fire Department and Hightstown Fire Company along with EMS from Robbinsville, Hightstown and Cranbury were sent to the scene. Upon arrival a MCI was called (Mass Casualty Incident) because of reports of how many injured additional paramedics from Capital Health and multiple ambulances were sent to the scene.
From radio reports there appeared to be at least 5 to 7 injures reported in the crash with 3 being life threating.
New Jersey State Police and the New Jersey Turnpike Authority have the inner roadway closed from the split in Florence to Exit 8 in the North Bound direction for the accident investigation and clean up. The New Jersey State Police Serious Accident Investigation Unit is investigating the crash.
This is a breaking news report and an email was sent to the NJ State Police Public Information Bureau for official details. Information contained in this preliminary breaking news report is unofficial and subject to change. Once official information is received the story will be updated with current information and any corrections made.
EAST WINDSOR-HIGHTSTOWN, NJ (MERCER)–The Hightstown Fire Department, Hightstown First Aid, Robbinsville Fire Department and EMS were sent to the NJ Turnpike at mile marker 67 north bound outer lanes for a crash just prior to Exit 8. Initially there was reported entrapment but upon fire department arrival the vehicle was found in a ditch and the driver was out of the vehicle. The driver was checked by the first aid squad and refused medical advice and was able to walk away on their own power.
New Jersey State Police was investigating the crash, no other information was available.
ROBBINSVILLE-UPPER FREEHOLD, (MERCER/MONMOUTH)–At 1:30 pm the weather is mostly sunny, and 77F (as measured from Joint Base MDL) and unseasonably warm today, so get out and enjoy it while you can. Normal average temperature for this day in November is 56F with a low of 40F.
This pair of bald eagles was seen this afternoon flying back and fourth between Robbinsville Township and Upper Freehold Township and appeared to be enjoying the weather.
ROBBINSVILLE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–A car lost control hit a pole and overturned on Windsor Edinburg Road at the curve between Main Street Windsor and South Lane. Robbinsville Township Police, Robbinsville Township Fire Department and EMS responded to the scene around 1:54 pm.
JCP&L is en route to make the repair and the tow company is on scene removing the vehicle. No further information is available.
There is a low hanging wire in the way and roadway is expected to be closed until repairs can be made to the wire and utility pole.
HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The Mercer County Firemen’s Association 2020 Memorial Service that was originally scheduled for May 6, 2020 was postponed several times due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. This year’s Memorial Service was held at Colonial Fire Company Hamilton Township Station 18 and was hosted by Union Fire Company Hopewell Township Station 53. Hamilton Township Station 18 has a large hall and is big enough to hold the service while complying with COVID-19 guidelines.
The annual Memorial Service is held to honor members of Mercer County Firemen’s Ladies Auxiliary and Firefighters in Mercer County. All fire departments in Mercer County are represented and Hope Fire Company of Allentown, Monmouth County is also a member.
This year’s Memorial Roll was read honored 14 Ladies Auxiliary members and 36 firefighters. As each name is read a white carnation is placed in a Maltese cross and firefighters salute and family members stand as the name of their loved one is read.
This month’s blotter includes theft of equipment of $40k, Possession of THC over 11 pounds, DWI, Eluding Police, and more.
November 2, 2020
ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Selected entries in the Robbinsville Township October 2020 Police Blotter. This is an abbreviated list of what is released monthly.
Narcotics, Date: October 1, 2020 Time: 12:52 pm, Location: I-195 Reporting Officer: Sergeant Scott Kivet Accused: Blake Backinoff Age 29 from Titusville, NJ Charged with Possession of Heroin, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, CDS in a Motor Vehicle, Open Container of Alcohol. Also Accused: Tammy Piccolo age 39, Galloway, NJ Charged with, Possession of Heroin, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Charged and released pending Court.
Theft, Date: October 13, 2020, Time: 6:03 pm, Location: Church Street. Reporting Officer: Patrolman Michael Slininger. Victim reports Theft of 2003 Caterpillar Excavator. Value $40,000.
Theft, Date: October 15, 2020, Time: 10:06 am, Location: 1100 Block Route # 130 Reporting Officer: Patrolman James Pica. Victim reported tires and rims removed from vehicle. Value $3000
Narcotics, Date: October 15, 2020. Time: 4:38 pm, Location: I-195 Reporting Officer: Sergeant Scott Kivet. Accused: Rommel Romero-Quezada Age 31, Ewing, NJ. Charged with: Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute. Possession of THC over 11 Pounds, Possession of Marijuana over 50 Grams, Possession of THC over 5 Grams, Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Psilocybin, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, CDS in a Motor Vehicle. Accused: Delaney Ross Age 19, Colts Neck , NJ Charged with: Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute, Possession of THC over 11 Pounds, Possession of Marijuana over 50 Grams, Possession of THC over 5 Grams, Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Psilocybin, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, CDS in a Motor Vehicle. Accused: Sukhjit Singh Age 24 East Windsor, NJ Charged with: Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute, Possession of THC over 11 Pounds, Possession of Marijuana over 50 Grams, Possession of THC over 5 Grams, Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Psilocybin, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, CDS in a Motor Vehicle. All accused charged and released pending Court.
DWI/Narcotics, Date: October 22, 2020, Time: 1:58 am, Location: Route # 526, Reporting Officer: Sergeant Scott Kivet Accused: Shawn Hardee Age 46, Trenton, NJ Charged with: Driving While Intoxicated, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, CDS in a Motor Vehicle, Refusal to Submit to Alcotest, Reckless Driving. Charged and released pending Court.
DWI, Date: October 24, 2020, Time: 9:54 pm, Location: Route # 130, Reporting Officer: Patrolman Ryan Meehan. Accused: Shashi Gautam Age 45, Chesterfield, NJ Charged with: Driving While Intoxicated, Speeding Failure to Maintain Lane, Reckless Driving.
Theft, Date: October 26, 2020 Time: 10:22 am, Location: Amazon Warehouse Reporting Officer: Detective Robert Quinn, Accused: Pankaj Verma Age 35, Burlington, NJ Charged with: Theft of Merchandise Approximately $860. Charged and released pending Court.
All accused are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a Court of law.
November 1, 2020 – Updated with information emailed from Brian J. Betze, Superintendent Robbinsville Public Schools
ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–According to an email shared on the Around Robbinsville Facebook group (see below) there was someone associated with the high school was in close contact with someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19 and will be switching to virtual learning for the week. High school sports are also suspended for the remainder of the short school week this week. According to the 2020-2021 schedule the school is in session only 2 days this week for the NJEA convention (Thurs/Friday) and staff professional day (Wednesday).
“Although we are disappointed that we’ve had to close for these three days and suspended sports for the week, we are thankful that we have made it through two months and, unlike many other school districts, averted school closures to this point.” said Brian J. Betze, Superintendent Robbinsville Public Schools
“I will always put the well-being, health and safety of staff members and students before anything else when making these decisions. We are working closely with the county health department in making our decisions based on what’s best for all involved.” Superintendent Betze also said.
As MidJersey.News has learned in the past with other school districts and their action plans that this is normally done out of an abundance of caution to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. For further information see e-mail below.
One upset parent reportedly has threatened via social media to protest in front of the Superintendent’s house because of the COVID-19 closure. That will not solve anything.
Lets take a look back and listen to what our Mayor Dave Fried said in an August 1, 2020 Facebook post”
“Let’s also support the Robbinsville Township School District and its new superintendent, Brian Betze. This is a very tough time to take on a challenge such as educating our children. We will have some positive cases in our schools at some point it is inevitable. We will need to deal with those just as we dealt with our first cases in town on March 22 – without panic. It will be scary. It will be emotional. But we will get through it together. People have asked me and, yes, both of my children will be going back to school in a live setting. Take care of yourself … and each other God bless you all.” – Mayor Dave Fried
e-mail posted on the Around Robbinsville Facebook group sent to parents from Robbinsville Schools:
November 1, 2020
This letter is to inform you that today we learned someone associated with the high school was in close contact with someone with a confirmed case of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Close contact is defined by CDC as someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a culmination of at least 15 minutes starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic clients, two days prior to positive specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.
After consulting the county health department and due to this incident’s circumstances, I am closing the high school and implementing 100% virtual learning for only the high school students, and staff for the remainder of this shorten week and reassess the situation by Friday, November 6. The details around this case also necessitate that our high school sports program be immediately suspended for the remainder of the week out of an abundance of caution. Should contact tracing be warranted, you will be notified by our health department or the Division of Public Health of Mercer County.
We ask that you be on the lookout for the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 in your child. Symptoms can include but are not limited to fever, sore throat, headache, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, chills, shivers, muscle aches, fatigue, congestion, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, and new loss of smell or taste. Please take cautionary steps since not everyone will get all these symptoms, and please contact the school if you see any signs of infection.
As always, I appreciate our community’s anticipated support and cooperation as we traverse through the particulars of this pandemic. I ask everyone in town to assist our efforts by remaining vigilant, following the guidelines, and acting sensible when dealing with this health concern. Should you have any questions about this situation, please feel free to email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Expect an update later this week and an update from RHS administration regarding the schedule later today.
ROBBINSVILLE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)—New Jersey State Police Spokesman Sergeant Philip Curry told MidJersey.News that a crash occurred at 2:01 am on the New Jersey Turnpike North Bound Inner Roadway (car lanes-nickname) at mile post 62.1 in Robbinsville Twp. Preliminary information indicates that Levert Wooten, 30, of New Britain. CT, was involved in a two car motor vehicle accident and his 2011 Chevrolet became disabled in the left lane. Wooten was outside of his vehicle when a 2020 Honda travelling northbound struck Wooten and the disabled Chevrolet. Wooten sustained serious injuries as a result of the crash.
The driver of the Honda, Nicholas Rodriguez, 24, of Old Bridge, N.J. sustained moderate injuries and Honda passenger, Leanna Clark, 25, of Old Bridge sustained moderate injuries.
The northbound inner roadway was closed for approx. 4 hours resulting in minimal traffic congestion. This accident is still under investigation and there is no further information at this time.
MidJersey.News has a list of responders as Robbinsville Township Fire Department and EMS, East Windsor EMS, Allentown EMS, RWJ at Hamilton EMS, Capital Health paramedics and others responded but don’t have a full list at this time. If further information becomes available the story will be updated.
HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Today starts “Flags For Heroes” that are on display in front of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Hamilton. The project has been started by the Robbinsville Hamilton Rotary and the flags will be on display from November 1 to November 14, 2020. The flags on display honors heroes who have made a difference in someone’s life.
ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Around 10:30 pm a crowd between 1,000 and 2,000 gathered in the MATRIX Northeast Business Park off Applegate Drive. Witnesses in the area stated cars could be heard over a mile away burning out, racing, and exhaust backfiring. Calls were also coming into Robbinsville Township Police reporting the same noises coming from the back of the industrial park.
When Robbinsville Township Police arrived they reported a crowd of between 1,000 and 2,000 and requested assistance to disperse the crowd from Allentown and New Jersey State Police.
The crowd did disperse and roads were blocked to they could leave the area using I-195.
About an hour later another crowd formed this time in Hamilton Township on Sloan Avenue near I-295 and the NJ Transit Train Station and the movie theater. Part of the crowd was dispersed again and left towards Lawrence Township. A County wide alert went out to alert neighboring police departments of the group.
ROBBINSVILLE-HAMILTON, NJ (MERCER)–Trenton Cats Rescue (TCR) and The Healthy Animal of Robbinsville held a cat adoption event this Saturday, October 31. Volunteers of Trenton Cats Rescue showed up to the event in their Halloween costumes, encouraging others to tag along.
It all started when members of “Trenton Trappers” and volunteers from the Trenton Animal Shelter combined and formed Trenton Cats Rescue. TCR is an all-volunteer, foster-based rescue group that serves the greater Trenton area, with a 30-35 mile radius from Trenton. With the help of Trenton Cats Rescue, the Trenton Animal Shelter is now a no-kill shelter, unless Euthanized for medical reasons. Currently, TCR has around 80 active foster homes, and just under 300 cats and kittens in the rescue.
Just this year alone, TCR has had an intake of just under 800 cats. Over 660 of those cats have since been adopted, beating last year’s record of 611. Despite Trenton Animal Shelter being closed for over three months, 23 percent of TCR’s adoptions came from the shelter. Because of the COVID shutdown, that record has yet to be broken from 2019’s record of 51.5 percent.
Today, 17 cats and kittens were adopted at The Healthy Animal. Trenton Cats Rescue also has a Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR) program. TNR is a method for attempting to humanely and effectively manage feral cats. So far, Trenton Cats Rescue has TNRed over 400 cats this year. They also have a resident assist program. This program helps area residents who don’t have the means to get their animals the medical attention they need. It consisted of neutering/spaying cats, dental work, shots and vaccines, and more. Their goal with this program is “to prevent cats that are happy in a home from being surrendered.” In 2020, the residence assist program has provided to 93 animals.
Besides TCR making Trenton Animal Shelter a no-kill shelter, they also assist in vetting the animals. The animal shelter does not have a licensed veterinarian, which is needed for most medical procedures on animals. TCR will do snap tests, neuter/spay, vaccines, etc. They also microchip all of the cats.
Trenton Cats Rescue, in close conjunction with Trenton Animals Rock (TAR), are working on a proposal for the City to help transform their “tiny” animal shelter into something that the Capital could be extremely proud of. TCR is selling masks at The Healthy Animal for $20. These masks are handmade, washable, reversible, and have elastic ear loops. All money goes directly to Trenton Cats Rescue. Photos of masks are provided below. You could also donate to TCR on their website: http://www.trentoncats.org/donate/
Trenton Cats Rescue would also like to give a big thank you to The Healthy Animal of Robbinsville for all the help they have provided since they opened.
HAMILTON TOWNSHIP (MERCER): Hamilton Police, Hamilton Fire Department, Robert Wood Johnson EMS, and Capital Health Paramedics responded to the 2200 block of Nottingham Way near Sterling Avenue around 6:24 pm Saturday night after a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle.
The pedestrian, a 64-year-old female from Hamilton, was struck by a 2017 Land Rover, occupied by a 56-year-old female from Robbinsville. The pedestrian suffered serious injuries and was transported to Robert Wood Johnson in Hamilton.
The crash investigation is ongoing and any witnesses are asked to contact officer Christopher Clugsten of the Hamilton Police Traffic Unit at (609)581-4000 or the Hamilton Police Crime Tip Hotline at (609)581-4008.
BREAKING NEWS REPORT: This story is still developing and more information is likely to come. Please check back for more information and corrections.
SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–A South Brunswick family is in need of funds and prayers for their father who was injured in a Robbinsville crash yesterday. Their father on his way home from work in his contractor style box truck was hit head on by a tractor trailer that crossed the median strip on Route 130. The vehicle caught fire during the crash and a valiant rescue effort from civilians, police and firefighters ensued, by using portable fire extinguishers until fire apparatus could arrive and fully extinguish the fire. Even after the fire was extinguished the man had to be extricated from the wreckage. Robbinsville Fire Department EMS and paramedics rushed the man to the Trauma Center at Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton. The man was transferred and flown to the burn unit at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia where the family has reported on their fog fund me page that he is critical condition.
The family is seeking prayers and help from anyone can help with the Go FundMe see link below:
Hi everyone, my name is Fabiana Russo. I am a senior in highschool, some of you may know my father the contractor Francesco Russo. I am raising money for him and his truck that burned down into flames with him inside, on October 29th due to a head on three vehicle collision. My dad was in his truck on his way back home after finishing a job, and head on got hit by a trailer tractor. This occurred in Robbinsville on route130, his box truck went in flames and unfortunately so did my father. He is in critical condition and I don’t know how he is going to make it out. I’m praying and I’m asking for all of you who see this your prayers as well. This money will go towards any of the surgeries if not covered as well as his truck that he has nothing left of. Me and my family would be beyond grateful for your contributes and thank you for listening. If you cannot contribute, I would just ask you to pray for my strong Dad. Thank you all! If you’d like to know further details here you go.
ROBBINSVILLE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–At 7:30 am the Robbinsville Police Department received a 9-1-1 call in Andover Glen from the 100 Block of Andover Place, for a bathroom fire with fire and smoke coming from the vent. Robbinsville Fire Department, Hamilton Township Fire Department, Allentown and West Windsor Fire Departments were dispatched to the scene. The occupant was instructed to evacuate and alert neighbors.
Upon arrival it was found that the fire was electrical in nature near the bathroom fan with some extension into the attic space. The fire was quickly extinguished and smoke had to be evacuated from the condominium. Firefighters used positive pressure fans to remove smoke from the structure.
The Robbinsville Township Fire Marshal was investigating the fire and appeared to be an issue with wiring.
The fire department remained on scene for about an hour until the investigation was completed.
No other information was available about the fire.
ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–The Robbinsville Township Police were receiving multiple 9-1-1 calls for a two vehicle crash involving a tractor trailer and another vehicle on fire with a person trapped on Route 130 near Voelbel Road at 12:26 pm. The Robbinsville Township Police Department, Robbinsville Township Fire Department responded to the scene.
A witness stated, upon arrival civilians stopped to help as they were passing by, employees from Champion Carstar Collision ran over with extinguishers and Police used multiple fire extinguishers to knock down and hold back the fire from the occupant of the construction box van style truck.
When fire apparatus arrived firefighters quickly used a 1 3/4″ line to knock fire down the rest of fire in the engine compartment. Once fire was out the driver of the construction box truck had to be extricated using rescue tools then was turned over to EMS and Paramedics.
An additional rescue was called from Hamilton Township Fire Department, a total of 4 ambulances were called to the scene and two paramedic units.
The driver of the box construction truck was taken to the Trauma Center at Capital Health Medical Center in Trenton. The driver of the tractor trailer self extricated and was treated on scene, then transported. There was another injury reported on scene that refused medical advice and wished not to be transported.
The Robbinsville Township Police Department has the roadway shut down in the area on the North bound side and is rerouting traffic off of Route 130 in the area. Avoid the area until at least 5 pm this afternoon until the accident investigation is completed.
The Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office Serious Accident Investigation Unit was on their was to the scene at the time of this report and will be assisting the Robbinsville Township Police in the investigation.
This is from preliminary reports, radio reports, witness and on scene reporting. Once official information from the Robbinsville Township Police becomes available the story will be updated and any additions and corrections made if needed.