Category: Robbinsville

Robbinsville Police Blotter December 2021 Through January 2022

January 19, 2022

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Robbinsville Township Police Blotter for December 2021 and January 2022


  1. DWI
    Date: December 1, 2021
    Time: 1857
    Location: Route 130 South
    Reporting Officer: Patrolman Ryan Meehan

Accused: Ruth Komiskey Age 56
Yardville, NJ
Charged: DWI
Careless Driving
Reckless Driving
Possession of an open container of alcohol

Charged and released pending Court.


  1. DWI
    Date: December 4, 2021
    Time: 0208
    Location: Pond Road
    Reporting Officer: Patrolman Ryan Meehan

Accused: Cheryl Dimeglio Age 51
Robbinsville, NJ
Charged: DWI
Careless Driving
Reckless Driving
Speeding

Charged and released pending Court.


  1. DWI
    Date: December 6, 2021
    Time: 0113
    Location: Sharon Road
    Reporting Officer: Patrolman Ryan Meehan

Accused: Debra Barrett Age 56
Robbinsville, NJ
Charged: DWI
Refusal to submit to breathe testing
Careless Driving
Reckless Driving
Charged and released pending court


  1. DWI
    Date: December 10, 2021
    Time: 0201
    Location: Route 130 South
    Reporting Officer: Patrolman Thomas Septak

Accused: Eliza Somerselle
East Windsor, NJ

Charged: DWI
Unsafe Lane Change
Obstruction of Windshield
Obstruction of Vehicles
Careless Driving
Reckless Driving
Failure to exhibit registration and insurance

Charged and released pending Court.


  1. DWI
    Date: December 13, 2021
    Time: 0032
    Location: Route 33
    Reporting Officer: Patrolman Justin Mclaughlin

Accused: Sterlynn Ransom Age 42
Robbinsville, NJ

Charged: DWI
Careless Driving
Reckless Driving
Unlicensed Driver
Suspended Driver’s License
Failure to stop for traffic light
Following too closely
Failure to signal
Improper operating of vehicle on divided highway

Charged and released pending Court.


  1. Narcotics
    Date: December 15, 2021
    Time: 0834
    Location: Tanager Lane
    Reporting Officer: Sergeant Scott Kivet

Accused: Ryan Mahon Age 33
Hamilton, NJ

Charged: Possession of CDS
Possession of drug paraphernalia
Possession of Hypodermic Needle

Charged and released pending Court.


  1. Narcotics
    Date: December 13, 2021
    Time: 1347
    Location: I-195
    Reporting Officer: Detective Shawn Bruton

Accused: Joshua Fife Age 31
Morrisville, PA

Charged: Possession of CDS
Maintenance of lamps

Charged and released pending Court


  1. Weapons Possession
    Date: 01/01/2022
    Time: 0106
    Location: I-195
    Reporting Officer: Patrolman Thomas Septak

Accused: Terrance White Age 29
Lewes, DE

Charged: Unlawful Possession of Weapon

Charged and released pending Court


  1. DWI
    Date: 01/07/2022
    Time: 0419
    Location: Route 130 North
    Reporting Officer: Patrolman Colin Lockwood

Accused: David Montalvovilla Age 29
Hightstown, NJ

Charged: DWI
Careless Driving
Reckless Driving

Charged and released pending Court


  1. DWI
    Date: 01/01/2022
    Time: 0104
    Location: Route 130 North
    Reporting Officer: Patrolman Matthew Hill

Accused: Robert Jewell Age 39
Hamilton, NJ

Charged: DWI

Charged and released pending Court


  1. DWI
    Date: 01/10/2022
    Time: 2005
    Location: Robbinsville-Allentown Road
    Reporting Officer: Patrolman Ryan Meehan

Accused: Luis Lopez-Alvarado Age 58
Hamilton, NJ

Charged: DWI
Reckless Driving
Careless Driving

Charged and released pending Court


  1. Theft/Shoplifting
    Date: 01/11/2022
    Time: 1121
    Location: Route 33
    Reporting Officer: Patrolman Alex Vazquez

Accused: Gordon Asmuth Age 71
Hightstown, NJ

Charged: Theft
Shoplifting

Charges and released pending court


All accused are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a Court of law.

Update: Officials Determine Fire Was Accidental in Robbinsville Fire, GoFundMe Set Up for Family

January 16, 2022

UPDATE:

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–The Robbinsville Township Fire Department was dispatched to the 1st Block of Tindall Road at 1:12 p.m. for a reported house fire. Numerous passersby that called 9-1-1 were reporting heavy smoke and flames from the roof area of the structure.

First arriving firefighters reported they had a large amount of fire showing through the roof and rear of the structure and were in the process of pulling handlines to start to extinguish the fire. A number of mutual aid departments were called to the scene and three lines were stretched and operating to extinguish the fire. The fire was placed under control around 2:00 p.m.

The fire investigation team including Robbinsville Police, Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office and the Robbinsville Township Fire Marshal were all on scene this afternoon and worked to determine the cause of the fire. Fire Officials told MidJersey.News that they located the source of the fire and fire was determined to be accidental.

Fire departments dispatched to the scene were Hamilton, East Windsor, Monroe, Hightstown, West Windsor. Bordentown and Allentown covered the township for any additional calls.

Robbinsville Police had the roadway shut down in the area of the fire and was reopened later this afternoon.

Since our earlier report a GoFundMe has been set up for the family that lives in the home, please see the links and information from the GoFundMe below:


Please consider a donation to the DiMeglio family the links to the GoFundMe below:

DiMeglio Family Fire

Hi, my name is Vinny DiMeglio. I am writing on behalf of my parents Susan & Luigi DiMeglio. My parents have always been very selfless and have never extended a hand to ask for anything. As the saying goes, “their door is always open.” They give and give and never ask. This is why I am creating this account for them because even in a time of need, I don’t think they would ask for anything.

Today, our family home since 1994 accidentally caught fire. The damage is extensive and it’s questionable whether or not the house can be saved. Thankfully, and more importantly, no one was hurt. We tried to salvage what we could but so much has been ruined. It’s a funny thing. If you live in Robbinsville, you probably know our home. It’s unique and stands out among the rest. It feels like even if you don’t know me or my family, well, you probably know our house. Who knows if it can be restored to its former self.

Let me tell you about the two amazing and wonderful people that need your help.

My Father, an Italian immigrant since the 1960s has worked every day since he arrived in the US when he was 9 years old. He’s owned many food businesses throughout the years and has fed more mouths than I could ever count. He’s been there feeding you and your family through good times, bad times, or for just a simple meal. But he’s always been there. Sadly, to make matters worse, he’s been out of work since the start of Covid, picking up odds and ends where he can but without work, it’s left him and my Mom in a difficult situation.

My Mother, aside from being a grace from God for raising me and my brothers (Frank & Anthony), was a Speech Pathologist with Mercer County Special Services for nearly 30 years before she retired. The work that she did for many can not adequately be described. A brief example: When I was 14, a woman tapped my Mom on the shoulder to say hello. When I asked the woman how she knew my Mom, she very sincerely said “Your Mom taught my son to speak.” I’ll never forget that moment because until then, I didn’t know how much of a superhero my Mom actually is.

Look, this isn’t easy for me to write. I always think of my parents as being very successful and full of blessings. But the last two years have not been easy and now without their home, the next year is likely to be very challenging. I want to do whatever I can to help. They’ve been members of the Robbinsville community since 1994 and more specifically Mercer County for decades. For the first time, they need your help.

Please consider donating whatever you can. I know it’s cliche but even the smallest amount will help. The next few days and weeks will be extremely challenging for them and if I can take one stress away then well, I’ve done my job. If you can’t donate then a positive thought, text or even a prayer would mean the world to us.

We thank you from the bottom of our hearts and we truly hope for a better tomorrow for all!

Sincerely,

Vinny DiMeglio

Go to this link to donate: https://gofund.me/085da3e9


https://gofund.me/085da3e9





Firefighters Extinguish House Fire in Robbinsville

January 16, 2022

UPDATE:


Earlier MidJersey.News report below:


Breaking news preliminary report, check back for updates when they become available:

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–The Robbinsville Township Fire Department was dispatched to the 1st Block of Tindall Road at 1:12 p.m. for a reported house fire. Numerous passersby that called 9-1-1 were reporting heavy smoke and flames from the roof area of the structure.

First arriving firefighters reported they had a large amount of fire showing through the roof and rear of the structure and were in the process of pulling handlines to start to extinguish the fire. A number of mutual aid departments were called to the scene and three lines were stretched and operating to extinguish the fire. The fire was placed under control around 2:00 p.m.

The fire investigation team including Robbinsville Police, Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office and Robbinsville Township Fire Marshal are currently on scene investigating the cause of the fire.

Fire departments dispatched to the scene were Hamilton, East Windsor, Monroe, Hightstown, West Windsor. Bordentown and Allentown covered the township for any additional calls.

Robbinsville Police had the roadway shut down in the area of the fire.

Tindall Road is closed between Brookshire Dr and Wildflower Trail due to fire department activity.

Tindall Road is closed between Brookshire Dr and Wildflower Trail due to fire department activity. 

Instructions:

Please avoid area.


Multi Vehicle Accident on NJ Turnpike in Hamilton

January 14, 2022

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The Robbinsville and Bordentown Township Fire Departments and EMS were dispatched to Mile Post 57 for a multi vehicle accident in the outer roadway at 3:23 p.m. It appears that injuries were minor, and it was unclear if the person who reported non-life-threating injuries was transported. NJ State Police is investigating the crash. Traffic was backed up close to two miles until the vehicles were towed from the scene.

Robbinsville Democratic Club Elects New Executive Board

January 10, 2022

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)-– On December 8, voting members of the Robbinsville Democratic Club elected four new members of the executive board to serve two-year terms until December 2023, effective immediately. The President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary are joined by the Robbinsville Democratic Committee Chair in making up the executive board. The new board members include:

Kiran Agrahara, President: Kiran Agrahara has been a resident of Robbinsville for 13 years. He is a senior technologist at the largest semiconductor company in the world, and has held leadership positions at several tech start-ups in the past in the areas of strategy and technology sales.

Amanda Gruber, Vice President: Amanda Gruber has worked in the financial sector for the past 16 years, where she is active with her office’s LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group. She has lived in Robbinsville for 10 years with her husband and twin boys.

Susan Scibilia, Treasurer: Susan Scibilia has lived in Robbinsville for over two decades. She works in higher education and spends time volunteering for a variety of organizations in the local community.

Melissa Kvidahl Reilly, Secretary: Melissa Kvidahl Reilly moved to Robbinsville in 2017. She is a freelance writer and editor with nearly 15 years of experience writing for various trade and consumer publications, as well as higher education and corporate clients.

The executive board can be reached at robbinsvilledemclub@gmail.com.

About the Robbinsville Democratic Club
The Robbinsville Democratic Club was founded in 2019 to give Democrats in Robbinsville a place to discuss issues central to the Democratic platform and get involved to make positive change locally and beyond. Membership is open to students and adults in Robbinsville and surrounding communities. Learn more at www.robbinsvilledemocraticclub.org.

2022 Robbinsville Township Council Reorganization Meeting

January 7, 2022

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Deborah Blakely took the oath of office for the four-year Council seat she captured in the November 2, 2021 election at last night’s Robbinsville Township Council Reorganization Meeting.

Dave Fried was elected to another four-year term as mayor in November with a record 4,267 votes and will be sworn-in on January 27.

Ms. Blakely received the most votes of any Council candidate with 3,157 votes and was elected Council vice president by her peers. She also chaired the January 6 meeting.

Mike Cipriano was sworn-in by Municipal Clerk Michele Seigfried via telephone on January 5, but participated remotely. Mr. Cipriano was re-elected Council president.

The 2022 Robbinsville Township Council is comprised of Mr. Cipriano, Ms. Blakely, Ron Witt, Chris Ciaccio and Michael Todd, who secured the two-year unexpired term vacated by Dan Schuberth last year. Mr. Todd took his oath in December.

Police Chief Michael Polaski took his ceremonial oath after officially being sworn-in on December 29, just prior to the retirement of former chief Chris Nitti, who retired after 28 years with the department.

In addition, Business Administrator Joy Tozzi, Township attorney Bruce Darvas, Director of Community Development Paul Renaud and Director of Public Works Chris Rupp all were reappointed to their current positions, serving at the pleasure of the mayor.

Mr. Fried became the first Robbinsville mayor directly elected by the voters and was sworn-in on July 1, 2005 by then-U.S. Attorney Chris Christie.

Mayor Fried was re-elected in 2009 by a margin of nearly 2-to-1 over former Councilwoman Sonja Walter, then elected to his third term with a convincing victory over former Councilman David Boyne in November, 2013. He defeated Walter again in 2017 with 71 percent of the vote before running unopposed in 2021. His current term expires on December 31, 2025.

Chief Polaski, 46, grew up in Lacey Township, where he began his law enforcement career as a Special Officer in 1994.

“I am humbled and honored by this opportunity,” Chief Polaski said. “I appreciate Mayor Fried, Administrator (Joy) Tozzi and the rest of the selection panel for having the faith in me to lead this great department. Like every other man and woman on the force, I come to work every day to serve and protect the residents of Robbinsville, and I look forward to doing so in my role as Chief.”




Multi-Vehicle Crash in Robbinsville Sends One to Hospital

January 6, 2022

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–About 9:22 p.m. Robbinsville Township Police received multiple 9-1-1 calls reporting multiple vehicles in an accident on Route 130 South Bound at Robbinsville Allentown Road. Robbinsville Police, Robbinsville Fire Department and EMS responded to the scene. There was a report of one injury that was transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton. Three vehicles were towed from the scene, and it was unclear if others were involved in the crash. The left-hand turn lanes on both the north and south bound sides were closed for a brief time while the accident was cleaned up. The Robbinsville Township Police Department is investigating the crash. No other information is available at this time.


Robbinsville Ravens Ice Hockey Defeats Paul VI High School 4-3

January 5, 2022

WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–The Robbinsville Ravens-Allentown Red Birds cooperative Ice Hockey Team defeated Paul VI High School of Haddonfield with a final score of 4-3 at Mercer County Skating Center.

The Robbinsville Ravens Ice Hockey Team is a cooperative team between Robbinsville and Allentown High Schools.

Photo Gallery:

Face Coverings Required Inside All Township Buildings Effective Immediately

January 3, 2022

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)– In an ongoing effort to protect the public and employees during the current COVID-19 surge, visitors to all Robbinsville Township municipal buildings are required to wear face coverings effective immediately.
Additionally, the Robbinsville Township Municipal Building at 2298 Route 33 – and the Robbinsville Field House on West Manor Way – are no longer COVID-19 testing sites and no testing supplies are available on the premises.
Please contact your local pharmacy to schedule testing, and the West Windsor Health Department for vaccine information at vaccine@westwindsortwp.com.
The Robbinsville Township Office of Emergency Management continues to encourage social distancing and frequent hand-washing during the current COVID-19 surge.

Accident Reported on NJ Turnpike in Robbinsville

December 28, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Around 11:00 a.m. the Robbinsville Township Fire Department, Hightstown Fire Company, RWJ EMS and Robbinsville EMS were dispatched to mile post 64.4 south bound outer roadway for an accident with reported entrapment. RWJ EMS and Hightstown Fire Company Rescue 41 arrived and treated the occupants of the vehicle. It appeared that there were non-lifethreating injuries and it was unclear if anyone was transported from the scene to a local hospital. No further details are available at this time. NJ State Police was on scene investigating the accident. There were no traffic delays due to the crash.


Car Fire Quickly Extinguished on NJ Turnpike

December 27, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Around 6:00 p.m. the Robbinsville Township and Bordentown Township Fire Departments were dispatched to the area of mile post 58 south bound for a car fire. Robbinsville firefighters found the car on fire on the right shoulder of the outer lanes at mile post 57.5 on the Crosswicks-Hamilton Square Road Bridge. Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire with a 1 3/4″ hose line. Firefighters were on scene for a short time until the vehicle was towed from the scene. No further information is available at this time.

Update: Philadelphia Man, 53, Suffers Fatal Injuries in Crash on New Jersey Turnpike

December 27, 2021

UPDATE from New Jersey State Police:

New Jersey State Police Sgt. Philip Curry told MidJersey.news that the crash occurred at 5:29 a.m. on the NJ Turnpike northbound on the outer roadway Mile Post 62.2 in Robbinsville.  Preliminary investigation revealed that a Peterbilt tractor operated by Anthony Davenport, 53, of Philadelphia, PA, traveled off the right side of the road, a drainage ditch, and traveled up an embankment.  Davenport sustained fatal injuries.  The cause of the crash remains under investigation and there is no further information available.

Earlier MidJersey.news story here:

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)—Around 5:43 a.m. a Peterbilt tractor-trailer traveling north bound in the outer roadway of the New Jersey Turnpike left the roadway near mile post 62.2 just prior to the Gordon Road overpass. The NJ State Police, Robbinsville Township Fire Department and EMS along with Capital Health Paramedics responded to the scene. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment by Robbinsville EMS and Capital Health Paramedics. There were no traffic delays from the accident. The New Jersey State Police are currently on scene and actively investigating the accident.




Multiple Crashes Reported on New Jersey Turnpike Between Exits 7, 7A and 8

December 23, 2021

BORDENTOWN-HAMILTON-ROBBINSVILLE, (MERCER-BURLINGTON)–There were multiple crashes on the New Jersey Turnpike this afternoon and evening creating traffic delays and shutting down the outer roadway.

At 3:36 p.m. Bordentown Township and Robbinsville Township firefighters responded to the area of Mile Post 55 for a tractor trailer into a bridge at mile post 55.08 south bound and another vehicle on the right shoulder also involved in the crash. Robbinsville EMS, Florence EMS, Virtua Paramedics also responded to the scene. Robbinsville EMS and Paramedics transported the truck driver to the Trauma Center at Captial Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton. It was unclear where Florence EMS transported their patient.

At 4:22 p.m. a vehicle rear ended a box truck on the New Jersey Turnpike Outer Roadway in the area of Mile Post 59 in front of the Richard Stockton, 6S Service Area. Robbinsville Township and Bordentown Township firefighters also responded to that scene. It appeared the traffic backup from the first accident was quite possibly a contributing factor. Allentown EMS, Captial Health Paramedics responded to the scene, Captial Health-Allentown EMS transported to RWJ at Hamilton Hospital with an injury from that accident.

At 5:46 p.m. Robbinsville Township Fire Department, Hightstown Fire Department, Hightstown First Aid Squad, Capital Health Paramedics and Robbinsville EMS responded to a crash at Mile Post 63.3 South Bound on the inner roadway. One injury was reported in that crash. A private ambulance that was already on the Turnpike stopped to help with Captial Health Paramedics, the private ambulance transported the patient to the local hospital for treatment with minor injuries.


At 3:36 p.m. Bordentown Township and Robbinsville Township firefighters responded to the area of Mile Post 55 for a tractor trailer into a bridge at mile post 55.08 south bound and another vehicle on the right shoulder also involved in the crash. Robbinsville EMS, Florence EMS, Virtua Paramedics also responded to the scene. Robbinsville EMS and Paramedics transported the truck driver to the Trauma Center at Captial Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton. It was unclear where Florence EMS transported their patient.





Reports of Two Injuries in NJ Turnpike Crash

December 22, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Bordentown Township and Robbinsville Township Firefighters as well as EMS were dispatched to the NJ Turnpike at 7:21 p.m. for an overturned vehicle in the area of Mile Post 57.9 inner roadway. There were initial reports of entrapment, but victims were out of the vehicle upon arrival of the fire departments and EMS. There were initial reports of two injuries that were evaluated by EMS but it was unclear if there was anyone transported from the scene to a local hospital. It appeared that there were no life-threating injuries in the crash. The New Jersey State Police is investigating the crash.


Route 130 Crash in Robbinsville Sends Four to Hospital

December 20, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Robbinsville Police, Robbinsville Fire Department and EMS, Capital Health Paramedics were dispatched to Rt 130 and Windsor Road for an overturned vehicle at 4:13 p.m. Upon arrival multiple vehicles were involved in the crash and four injuries were reported. Additional ambulances were called from Hightstown and East Windsor, RWJ EMS. The injuries appeared to be non-life threatening and the injured were transported to local hospitals for treatment. NJ Department of Transportation was on scene making repairs to the traffic light that was damaged and the roadway closed down for the repairs. Currently the roadway is backed up south bound with close to one mile delay.

Robbinsville Township Police Department is investigating the crash. No further information is available at this time.

At 5:29 p.m. the roadway has reopened, and traffic is getting by, be prepared for some delays while crews finish their work repairing the traffic lights.



Robbinsville Township Building Renamed Vincent J. Calcagno Senior Center

December 17, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–The Robbinsville Township Senior Center, which opened in 1991, Thursday was renamed the  Vincent J. Calcagno Senior Center in honor of the retiring NJLM Hall of Fame Councilman.

Calcagno, who has served the former Washington Township and later the Township of Robbinsville with distinction since 1994, presided over his final Council meeting on December 16. He is set to retire from public service on December 31.

Fellow members of Council, Mayor Dave Fried, Administrator Joy Tozzi, Rep. Chris Smith, his wife Ellie, along with more than two dozen Township staff members, were on hand for the dedication.

“I’m speechless,” Mr. Calcagno, a longtime resident of Robbinsville and the longest-tenured member of Council, said. “This is way beyond anything I ever expected or could even fathom. It’s such an honor I can’t even begin to tell you.”

Mr. Calcagno also was presented with a “Key to the City,” a Proclamation from Mayor Fried and a Resolution read into the record Thursday by Council President Mike Cipriano.

“I never imagined when I moved to Robbinsville in 1988 that I would be involved in local government in any way,” Calcagno said. “Then Ed Nelson stepped down from the Township committee in the old form of government. They asked me to run, and from there I was hooked on public service and community involvement. That involvement has benefitted me in every single facet of my life. I still very much enjoy it, but there are so many smart, talented young residents in town and they should have a voice for the next generations.”


Mr. Calcagno first was appointed to fill the unexpired term of Nelson in 1994 as part of the former Township Committee form of government, before serving two terms as Mayor in 1999 and 2004. He also was Deputy Mayor in 1998 and 2000. The January 7, 2021 reorganization meeting marked Mr. Calcagno’s seventh stint as Vice President. He continues to serve as Council liaison to the Senior Citizen Advisory Council and has been a staunch advocate for our senior community.


“When I first came onboard our Senior Center was empty and there were virtually no programs,” Mr. Calcagno said. “That really struck me and left a profound mark. Now, our Senior Center is thriving with incredible programs and it’s been a total team effort. That took the incredible work of many, many people, not just myself.”


On June 25, 2020, Mr. Calcagno was one of 33 members elected to the New Jersey State League of Municipalities Elected Officials Hall of Fame.

Multi-Vehicle Accident on NJ Turnpike Sends Two to Hospital

December 9, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The Robbinsville Township Fire Department along with Allentown-Capital Health EMS responded to the NJ Turnpike south bound inner roadway at mile marker 59.2 for a multi-vehicle accident with injuries at 8:06 p.m. Upon arrival firefighters reported that multiple vehicles were involved and checking for injuries. At least four cars were involved, and it appears that two people were sent to local hospitals with non-life-threating injuries. Bordentown Township EMS also responded to the scene. New Jersey State Police is investigating the crash. No further details are available at this time.

Vegetation Management along Power Lines to Commence in Robbinsville Township Ahead of Winter Storm Season

December 9, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Vegetation management along power distribution lines in Robbinsville Township will be performed by Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) tree contractors beginning this week to help enhance electric service reliability ahead of the 2021-22 winter storm season.

The bulk of the work includes removing approximately 93 trees – the majority of which are Ash trees damaged by the Emerald Ash Borer (beetle) – along four JCP&L circuits throughout the Township. These areas include potentially high incident parcels where storm impacts could cause damage to electrical infrastructure resulting in possible outages, road closures and other public safety concerns. Residential areas within the project scope include, but are not limited to, Hankins Road, Tindall Road, Woodside Road, Perrineville Road and Main Street. Work is expected between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday with a targeted completion date by month’s end.

Other trees of some concern not marked for removal will be trimmed or pruned. Although it is not possible to predict all tree-related problems, JCP&L’s vegetation management program is designed to maintain proper clearances around electrical equipment and to help protect against outages caused by ice and heavy, wet snow on tree branches.

“We have been in consistent contact with JCP&L over the past year, and this effort is a priority that we expect will enhance electric service to their customers and our residents,” Mayor Dave Fried said. “We are very pleased with the increased communication with the current JCP&L team assigned to address our needs, and each is committed to doing whatever is necessary to mitigate power disruptions not only this winter, but years into the future.”

When appropriate, the Township will begin replacing the removed trees with plantings in less vulnerable areas using JCP&L’s “Right Tree, Right Place” guidelines. Named a “Tree City USA” community for the 10th time in 2021, Robbinsville has planted close to 13,000 trees since 2013.JCP&L serves 1.1 million customers in Central and Northern New Jersey, including approximately half of Robbinsville’s 5,259 homes and numerous commercial properties.


Robbinsville Ice Hockey Comes Back from Deficit to Beat Hopewell 4-2

December 9, 2021

WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–Last night at Mercer County Park Skating Center Robbinsville Ice Hockey was down by 2 goals with nothing on the board after 2 periods against Hopewell Valley. In the 3rd period Robbinsville scored 3 goals and 1 ENG empty netter goal to bring the final score Hopewell 2, Robbinsville 4.

Hopewell Valley / Montgomery Ice Hockey vs. Robbinsville / Allentown Ice Hockey are cooperative teams with a combination of players from each school.


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UPDATE: NJ State Police Investigating Death at Exit 7A in Robbinsville Township

December 4, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Trooper Charles Marchan with the New Jersey State Police told MidJersey.News that at approximately 10:28 p.m. Troopers observed a black sedan on the New Jersey Turnpike parked on the ramp of interchange 7A on the shoulder. Upon approach of the vehicle. Troopers observed a non-responsive male in the vehicle. The male was pronounced deceased at the scene.  This is an active investigation and there is no additional information available at the moment.


Last night’s Breaking News story here:

December 3, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–At 10:33 p.m. Capital Health Paramedics were dispatched to the north bound ramp to the NJ Turnpike from Exit 7A for a pronouncement. Apparently, the New Jersey State Police found a deceased individual in a car parked on the side of the ramp. NJSP Detectives were seen photographing the scene and investigating. No information was available at the time of this report on the cause of death. This is a developing story once NJSP release information the story will be updated, and any corrections made.



NJSP Investigating Death on NJ Turnpike at Exit 7A in Robbinsville

Update here:

December 3, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–At 10:33 p.m. Capital Health Paramedics were dispatched to the north bound ramp to the NJ Turnpike from Exit 7A for a pronouncement. Apparently, the New Jersey State Police found a deceased individual in a car parked on the side of the ramp. NJSP Detectives were seen photographing the scene and investigating. No information was available at the time of this report on the cause of death. This is a developing story once NJSP release information the story will be updated, and any corrections made.


Robbinsville Police Blotter for November 2021

December 2, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The Robbinsville Township Police Blotter for November 2021 below. Rember all accused are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a Court of law.

  1. Narcotics
    Date: November 1, 2021
    Time: 1234
    Location: Route # 130
    Reporting Officer: Patrolman Ryan Meehan

Accused: Kenneth Arhakos Age 38
Princeton, NJ
Charged: Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Driving Suspended
Failure to Inspect
Charged and released pending Court.


  1. DWI
    Date: November 7, 2021
    Time: 1546
    Location: Route #33
    Reporting Officer: Patrolman Ryan Meehan

Accused: Richard Scheerer Age 61
Hamilton, NJ
Charged: Driving While Intoxicated
Reckless Driving
Careless Driving
Charged and released pending Court.


  1. DWI
    Date: November 9, 2021
    Time: 0001
    Location: Route # 130
    Reporting Officer: Sergeant Scott Kivet

Accused: Hector Carrillo Age 28
New Brunswick, NJ
Charged: Driving While Intoxicated
Reckless Driving
Careless Driving
Open Container of Alcohol
Failure to Maintain Lane
Charged and release pending Court.


  1. DWI
    Date: November 9, 2021
    Time: 1828
    Location: Route #33
    Reporting Officer: Patrolman Justin McLaughlin

Accused: Susan Munro Age 58
Matawan, NJ
Charged: Driving While Intoxicated
Reckless Driving
Careless Driving
Driving Suspended
Refusal to Submit to Breath Testing
Charged and released pending Court.


  1. Narcotics
    Date: November 10, 2021
    Time: 0350
    Location: Route # 130
    Reporting Officer: Sergeant Scott Kivet

Accused: Teresa Bowers Age 29
Hamilton, NJ
Charged: Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Charged and released pending Court.


  1. DWI
    Date: November 11, 2021
    Time: 0253
    Location: Route #33
    Reporting Officer: Patrolman Ryan Meehan

Accused: Anthony Lewis Age 37
New Egypt, NJ
Charged: Driving While Intoxicated
Reckless Driving
Careless Driving
Tinted Windows
Charged and released pending Court.


  1. Narcotics
    Date: November 13, 2021
    Time: 0015
    Location: Route # 526
    Reporting Officer: Sergeant Scott Kivet

Accused: Anthony Lewis Age 37
New Egypt, NJ
Charged: Possession of Cocaine
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
CDS in a Motor Vehicle
Failure to Maintain Lane
Charged and released pending Court.


  1. Narcotics
    Date: November 18, 2021
    Time; 0125
    Location: Circle Drive
    Reporting Officer: Sergeant Scott Kivet

Accused: Marilu Hedgecoth Age 62
Cream Ridge, NJ
Charged: Possession of Heroin
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
CDS in a Motor Vehicle
Accused: Matthew Thoms Age 53
Toms River, NJ
Charged: Possession of Heroin
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Both were charged and released pending Court.


  1. DWI
    Date: November 20, 2021
    Time: 0009
    Location: Route # 130
    Reporting Officer: Patrolman Ryan Meehan

Accused: Eileen Quinn Age 60
Manalapan, NJ
Charged: Driving While Intoxicated
Reckless Driving
Careless Driving
Refusal to Submit to Breath Testing
Charged and released pending Court.


  1. DWI
    Date: November 20, 2021
    Time: 0244
    Location: Route #33
    Reporting Officer: Patrolman Colin Lockwood

Accused: Siddharth Sethi Age 39
Robbinsville, NJ
Charged: Driving While Intoxicated
Reckless Driving
Careless Driving
Improper Turn
Charged and released pending Court.


  1. DWI
    Date: November 20, 2021
    Time: 2230
    Location: Route # 130
    Reporting Officer: Patrolman Ryan Meehan

Accused: Xavier Rivera Age 28
Tucson, AZ
Charged: Driving While Intoxicated
Reckless Driving
Careless Driving
Maintenance of Lamps
Charged and released pending Court.


  1. DWI
    Date: November 23, 2021
    Time: 0022
    Location: Route # 130
    Reporting Officer: Patrolman Matthew Hill

Accused: Sourabh Sharma Age 38
Hamilton, NJ
Charged: Driving While Intoxicated
Reckless Driving
Careless Driving
Driving on Sidewalk
Open Container of Alcohol

Charged and released pending Court.


  1. Narcotics
    Date: November 24, 2021
    Time: 1229
    Location: Ravens Road
    Reporting Officer: Patrolman John Cain

Accused: Erica Cooper Age 39
Hamilton, NJ
Charged: Possession of Heroin

Charged and released pending Court.


  1. DWI
    Date: November 26, 2021
    Time: 2101
    Location: Route # 130
    Reporting Officer: Sergeant Scott Kivet

Accused: Erik Sellnow Age 37
Robbinsville, NJ
Charged: Driving While Intoxicated
Reckless Driving
Careless Driving

Charged and released pending Court.


  1. DWI
    Date: November 27, 2021
    Time: 0125
    Location: Route # 130
    Reporting Officer: Patrolman Ryan Meehan

Accused: Beatrice Reilley Age 57
Robbinsville, NJ
Charged: Driving While Intoxicated
Reckless Driving
Careless Driving
Failure to Maintain Lane

Charged and released pending Court.


  1. DWI
    Date: November 28, 2021
    Time: 0118
    Location: Church Street
    Reporting Officer: Sergeant Scott Kivet

Accused: Alex Llivicura-Rodrgiguez Age 40
East Windsor, NJ
Charged: Driving While Intoxicated
Reckless Driving
Careless Driving
Leaving Scene of Accident

Charged and released pending Court.


All accused are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a Court of law.


Former Chief Lending Officer Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison for Making False Statements to United States to Secure Federal Guarantees on Loans for Business in Robbinsville, NJ

In addition to the prison term, Judge Shipp sentenced Bortolotti to three years of supervised release and ordered him to pay restitution of $3.17 million to the SBA.


On Feb. 29, 2012, a consultant from the consulting firm submitted an application to the SBA for a guarantee of approximately $3.75 million on loans totaling approximately $5 million made to a small business located in Robbinsville, New Jersey. The application contained false information related to the creditworthiness of the business. Bortolotti knew the application contained false information, but he nevertheless reviewed and signed the application on behalf of the bank.


December 1, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)—A Pennsylvania man was sentenced today to 18 months in prison for securing a federal guarantee on certain loans by making false statements to the Small Business Administration (SBA) about the creditworthiness of those loans while serving as the chief lending officer of a New Jersey bank, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced.

James Bortolotti, 53, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Michael Shipp in Trenton federal court to an information charging him with one count of knowingly making false statements for the purpose of influencing the action of the SBA. Judge Shipp imposed the sentence by videoconference today.

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

While serving as the chief lending officer of a New Jersey bank (Bank-1), Bortolotti became aware of a Small Business Administration lending program to incentivize lenders, including banks, to loan money to small businesses by providing a 75 percent SBA-backed guarantee on loans. When a lender applies an SBA guarantee on a loan, the lender must disclose information related to the creditworthiness of the small business. Bank-1 hired a consulting firm to help the bank apply for SBA-backed guarantees.

On Feb. 29, 2012, a consultant from the consulting firm submitted an application to the SBA for a guarantee of approximately $3.75 million on loans totaling approximately $5 million made to a small business located in Robbinsville, New Jersey. The application contained false information related to the creditworthiness of the business. Bortolotti knew the application contained false information, but he nevertheless reviewed and signed the application on behalf of the bank.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Shipp sentenced Bortolotti to three years of supervised release and ordered him to pay restitution of $3.17 million to the SBA.

Acting U.S. Attorney Honig credited special agents of the SBA-Office of the Inspector General (SBA-OIG), Eastern Region, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Amaleka McCall-Brathwaite; the FDIC-Office of the Inspector General (FDIC-OIG), under the direction of Inspector General Jay N. Lerner; special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge George M. Crouch Jr. in Newark, and special agents of the Federal Housing Finance Agency – Office of Inspector General (FHFA-OIG), under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Robert Manchak, with the investigation leading to today’s guilty plea.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lee M. Cortes Jr., Chief of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Health Care Fraud Unit in Newark.

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Defense counsel: Rod Honecker Esq., New Brunswick, New Jersey

Three Current and Former Ewing Township Police Officers Indicted on Civil Rights Charges in Their Roles Assaulting a Minor Victim During the Course of an Arrest

November 19, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Three current and former Ewing Township Police Department officers were indicted by a grand jury on civil rights charges for their roles in assaulting a minor victim during the course of an arrest, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced today.

Michael Delahanty, 51, of Robbinsville, New Jersey, a retired Ewing Township Police lieutenant; and Matthew Przemieniecki, 43, of Hamilton, New Jersey, and Justin Ubry, 33, of Burlington, New Jersey, both current Ewing Township police officers, are charged in a two-count indictment with deprivation of rights under color of law. Delahanty and Przemieniecki are charged in Count One with a felony offense of deprivation of rights under color of law causing bodily injury, and Ubry is charged in Count Two with a misdemeanor offense of deprivation of rights under color of law. Delahanty, Przemieniecki, and Ubry surrendered this morning and are scheduled to appear by videoconference this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Tonianne J. Bongiovanni.

According to the indictment:

At approximately 8:15 a.m., on Jan. 5, 2018, more than a dozen police officers responded to a report of a stolen vehicle in Ewing Township. Officers located the vehicle, which had crashed, and saw the driver of the vehicle running from the scene. Shortly thereafter, officers located the driver, a minor, in a detached shed on a residential property, removed the minor from the shed, and laid him face down on the snow-covered ground. While other officers handcuffed the victim, Delahanty used his boot to step on the back of the victim’s head, pressing his face into the snow. Przemieniecki kicked snow three times directly into the victim’s face, and Ubry also kicked snow directly into the victim’s face. Przemieniecki then used his boot to step on the victim’s head, again driving his face into the snow. The victim did not resist law enforcement at any time while on the ground. Under the circumstances, the force that defendants Delahanty, Przemieniecki, and Ubry applied to the victim was unreasonable and excessive and violated the victim’s constitutional right to be free from such force.

The felony civil rights charge against Delahanty and Przemieniecki carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000. The misdemeanor civil rights charge against Ubry carries a maximum penalty of one year in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000.

Acting U.S. Attorney Honig credited special agents of the FBI Trenton Resident Agency, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge George M. Crouch Jr. in Newark, with the investigation leading to the charges.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Martha K. Nye of the Criminal Division in Trenton, and Senior Civil Rights Counsel R. Joseph Gribko of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Criminal Division in Newark.

Acting U.S. Attorney Honig and Acting New Jersey Attorney General Andrew J. Bruck recently announced the creation of a federal-state Civil Rights Criminal Enforcement Initiative to enhance coordination in the investigation and prosecution of federal, state, and local cases involving civil rights violations by law enforcement officers and others acting under color of law. This initiative combines resources from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Attorney General’s Office of Public Integrity and Accountability, and the FBI in a cooperative approach to criminal civil rights enforcement.

The charges and allegations contained in the indictment are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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Defense counsel:
Delahanty: David P. Schroth Esq., Ewing 
Przemieniecki: Jerome A. Ballarotto Esq., Trenton
Ubry: Eric Marcy Esq., Woodbridge, New Jersey



Almost Total Lunar Eclipse Over NJ

November 19, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–A partial lunar eclipse started around 2:30 a.m. peaked about 4:00 a.m. and concluded around 5:30 a.m. early this morning. The almost total partial lunar eclipse was visible over most of the United States.

Photos below were taken from the Robbinsville, Upper Freehold, Allentown area of New Jersey.

To read more about the eclipse visit NASA “An Almost Total Lunar Eclipse”





Robbinsville Swears in Two New Police Officers

November 18, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Robbinsville Township welcomed two new police officers, each of whom were ceremoniously sworn-in at tonight’s Township Council meeting by Director of Public Safety and Mayor Dave Fried.

Eduardo Madrigal, 28, is from Toms River and graduated from the Ocean County Police Academy. He previously worked in Point Pleasant Beach as Special Officer Class II, and most recently worked for Freehold Borough.

Rene Godfrey, 30, is from Perth Amboy and graduated from the Mercer County Police Academy as an Alternate Route Candidate. He had been working for Middlesex County as a Sheriff Officer prior to being hired in Robbinsville. Rene also is an Army Reservist, serving as a Combat Medic since October of 2016.

“These two fine men and very qualified officers were chosen from a pool of over 100 candidates, which speaks volumes about this town and our phenomenal police department,” Mayor and Public Safety Director Dave Fried said.


Two Vehicle Accident on Route 130 In Robbinsville Severes Utility Pole; Creates Traffic Problems

November 18, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Just after 7:00 a.m. the Robbinsville Police Department, Robbinsville Fire Department and EMS were sent to the area of 1100 Route 130 South Bound just south of Main Street Robbinsville for a vehicle overturned. Upon arrival, a two-vehicle motor vehicle crash was found, one of the vehicles was on its side and severed a utility pole. One person was transported to RWJ at Hamilton Hospital for evaluation by Robbinsville EMS. Route 130 was temporarily closed then reopened to one lane. NJ DOT trucks closed the right lane south bound so PSE&G could safely replace the utility pole and make repairs. The entrance to 1100 Route 130 was closed for low hanging wires. No other information is available at this time.


Car Fire Extinguished On I-195 in Robbinsville

November 17, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–The Robbinsville Township Fire Department was dispatched to I-195 West bound prior to Exit 7 at 8:24 a.m. Upon arrival firefighters reported the vehicle was fully involved. Firefighters had the fire knocked down in minutes, but traffic was backed up west bound for miles due to rubbernecking delays. No further information is available at this time.




Robbinsville Firefighters Extinguish Car Fire at Robbinsville High School

November 12, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Robbinsville Police and Robbinsville Fire Department were dispatched to the Robbinsville High School parking lot for a car fire last night November 11, 2021, at 8:44 p.m. Robbinsville Police arrived and reported a well involved vehicle fire. Firefighters arrived and quickly extinguished the fire. It was reported that the vehicle was parked and caught fire in the parking lot. No injuries were reported, and no further information was available about the fire.

Veterans Day Observed at the Amazon Fulfillment Center in Robbinsville, NJ

November 11, 2021

Robbinsville, NJ (MERCER) – Today, employees at the Amazon Fulfillment Center in Robbinsville and local veterans service organizations hosted a flag raising ceremony and coin ceremony in honor of Veterans Day.

The flag raising program was kicked off with brief remarks in honor of Veterans Day by Branden Long, a United States Army Veteran and Senior Human Resources Assistant for Amazon.

Branden Long said the following:

“I appreciate all the sacrifices made by all those who have served, as well as the family members and loved ones who support our military. Although this flag represents the Warriors@Amazon, Veterans Day is for all of you. Thank you for your service.”

Following Branden’s remarks, the National Anthem was played and the flags of the New Jersey, Warriors@Amazon (employee resource group supporting veterans and their families), and the United States were raised.

In the afternoon, a coin ceremony was held honoring local veterans and Amazon employees who served in the United States armed forces. Awarded through a handshake, a coin is often use as a token of appreciation. At the conclusion of the coin ceremony, Amazon presented the New Jersey Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Luddie Austin, the State Commander of the New Jersey Veterans of Foreign Wars, said the following as part of today’s ceremony:

“I thank you for continuing to answer that call. And the VFW will always be there for you. To any eligible veteran, I extend a membership to you today. If you choose, we hope you will join a grateful organization and help us continue our mission. Thank you, Amazon, I do salute you.”