Category: Trenton

Pedestrian Killed In Hit-And-Run; Trenton PD Looking For Vehicle That Fled The Scene

October 4, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Trenton Public Information Officer Timothy J. Carroll confirmed that a 45-year-old male pedestrian was struck and killed by a white vehicle that fled the scene last night on North Olden Avenue between New York and St. Joes Avenues. The victim was transported by Trenton EMS and Captial Health Paramedics to Captial Health Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 10:39 p.m. Trenton Police remained on scene investigating until about 12:20 a.m. and are looking for a white vehicle that fled the scene.

This was the second fatal pedestrian struck in Trenton since Sunday. On Sunday at 8:07 p.m. a panhandler was struck on Route 129 at Cass Street near New Jersey State Prison where he reportedly darted out in traffic. The driver did stop and remained on scene for the investigation by the Trenton Police Department.


In early September Trenton Cycling Revolution members & friends put up a ghost bike in honor of Thaddeus Peterson, a U.S. Marine veteran and lifelong Trentonian, who was killed riding his bike on North Olden Avenue not even a half mile from last night’s scene.

Trenton Cycling Revolution has been riding and advocating for safer roads in the City of Trenton.


If you are walking at nighttime, it is highly recommended to wear clothing with reflective material, not just bright colored clothing.



Trenton Police Investigate Shooting

October 1, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Trenton Police Department reports that Officer Hodges was in the area of 1167 E. State Street, when he heard shots being fired in the area at 12:44 p.m.  Officer Hodges noticed a male in a black hoodie was running from the rear of the location on E. State Street. The officer then discovered a male victim that sustained a gunshot to the right hand and also a graze wound to the head. Police reported that the victim is in stable condition.

Police reported that there are no suspects at this time and the investigation ongoing.



Trenton Water Works Responds to State Report on Operations and Compliance

September 30, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER) – Trenton Water Works (TWW) Director Mark Lavenberg today responded to a New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) letter and report this week discussing ongoing compliance obligations and TWW’s water quality improvements. 

“First and foremost, Trenton Water Works has acted with full transparency in self-reporting ongoing assessments to NJDEP. Many details in the report come directly from our staff. We speak daily and meet weekly with NJDEP,” Director Lavenberg said. “Given that level of coordination, the letter and report issued this week unnecessarily seem like snapshots from the past. Many areas of concern in this report are currently being or have been addressed. Forward strides made by TWW are not reflected in the least in these documents.”

TWW’s ability to correct some of the deficiencies in the letter has been diminished by City Council decisions regarding dozens of major legislative approvals for project funding and awarding of bids. The NJDEP letter points out City Council’s rejection of a $15 million bond request as a destabilizing decision. 

This decision adversely effected TWW operations and projects, but discussions with NJDEP regarding alternative options or revised timelines have been ongoing. Many of the items declined by Council this year can be presented to a newly-formed body in 2023.

“We are addressing specific requirements from NJDEP. We have been lead-compliant since 2019 and have made major upgrades, for instance the raw water intake which was a recommendation in the 1976 report quoted by NJDEP,” Lavenberg said. “We are being asked to correct nearly 50-year-old problems in four years, which included a global pandemic. Through all of that, we never once had an interruption in service.”

“We want to set the record straight: our drinking water is safe and, day by day, we are working to make it safer. The health of our customers and residents is our primary concern,” he said.



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Several Injured In Serious Crash In Trenton, NJ

September 29, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Trenton Fire Department, Trenton Police, Trenton EMS and Captial Health Paramedics responded to the area of Greenwood and Chestnut Avenues yesterday afternoon for a serious crash with reported entrapment.

According to a family member there were several injuries in the crash including 32-year-old, 34-year-old and two 5-year-olds. All injured were transported to the Trauma Center at Captial Health Regional Medical Center.

The 32-year-old female was extricated from the vehicle be the Trenton Fire Department and suffered a broken hip, according to family members. The 34-year-old male suffered neck and back injuries and a laceration to his hand. The 15-year-old female suffered a concussion, and other trauma to the face. The 15-year-old boy had the most serious injuries and was flown from Captial Health Trauma Center to RWJ University Hospital, New Brunswick and suffered two fractures in his jaw a fractured skull and concussion he’s on a ventilator, according to family members. Family members ask to keep the 15-year-old boy in your thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery.

Trenton Police Department is investigating the crash.

Information from Trenton representatives was not immediately available but will be added to the story once information becomes available.


Photos by: Brian McCarthy, OnScene News:

SEPTA Train Derails At Trenton Transit Center

September 28, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Around 11:00 a.m. a SEPTA Train headed towards Philadelphia derailed at low speed at the Trenton Transit Center.

According to SEPTA spokesman John Golden, no one was injured and all the passengers were taken via shuttle bus to the next station. Golden stated that the second and third cars of the four-car train went off the tracks.

SEPTA service was suspended between Trenton and Philadelphia while the train was removed.

Golden stated that the cause of the derailment is under investigation.


Officials investigate a SEPTA train derailment at the Trenton Transit Center on Wednesday September 28, 2022. Photos by: Brian McCarthy OnScene News.


Three Adults And Two 15-Year-Olds Arrested In Melee At Trenton’s Ninth Grade Academy

September 28, 2022

TRENON, NJ (MERCER)–Trenton Police responded yesterday to a melee at the Ninth Grade Academy located at 500 Perry Street. Trenton Officials reported that three adults were arrested for the ninth-grade academy debacle. Two 15-year-old female juveniles were also taken into custody. Additional details were not available.

Adults Charged:

Blanc Ortiz, 34

Charges

Aggravated Assault

Endangering the welfare of a child

Inciting a riot

Obstructing admin of law

Resisting Arrest


Celeste Mcneill, 24

Charges

Aggravated Assault

Endangering the welfare of a child

Inciting a riot

Obstructing admin of law.


Rafael Ortiz, 33

Charges

Endangering the welfare of a child

Inciting a riot

Obstructing admin of law

Resisting Arrest


Mercer County Officials Call on State for Major Shakeup of Trenton Water Works 

September 28, 2022

HAMILTON – TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Hamilton Mayor Martin, State Senator Greenstein, Assemblymen DeAngelo, and Benson, Mercer County Executive Hughes, Mercer County Board of County Commissioners Chair Nina Melker, Ewing Mayor Steinmann, Hopewell Township Mayor Peters-Manning, and Lawrence Township Mayor John Ryan are joining together to call on the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) to take over direct supervision and operation of Trenton Water Works (TWW) after years of failure to comply with safe drinking water obligations.

TWW supplies approximately 29 million gallons of drinking water daily to more than 200,000 people, including residents of Trenton and four neighboring municipalities – Ewing, Hamilton, Hopewell, and Lawrence Townships.

In 2020, the Attorney General and DEP filed a lawsuit against TWW, which the municipalities served by the water utility joined, seeking to compel the City of Trenton and the water utility to take the necessary actions after failing to comply with Administrative Consent Orders to provide safe drinking water. These failures include but are not limited to filling vacancies critical to running the treatment plant and the covering of the Pennington Reservoir, which funding for was denied by the Trenton City Council months after the lawsuit was filed. This week, the NJDEP sent the City and TWW a letter again citing failure to comply with these orders and stating that the DEP is “disturbed by the current City Council’s continuing failures or refusals to authorize resolutions necessary to advance critical capital improvements and ensure that ordinary maintenance and operational needs crucial to the protection of public health are met.”

“The residents of Hamilton have suffered far too long due to the failures of Trenton Water Works and left us with absolutely no confidence in their ability to operate the utility,” said Hamilton Mayor Jeff Martin. “The Trenton City Council’s refusal to authorize public safety projects is putting people’s lives in danger and has prevented TWW’s ability to provide safe and clean drinking water. I call on the Governor and the State of New Jersey to immediately place TWW under direct state control to end the years of gross incompetence.”

“The most recent inspection report from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection validates the charge that, time and time again, the residents of this region have been failed by the Trenton City Council and Trenton Water Works,” said Senator Linda R. Greenstein. “Despite the actions of some to try and resolve these long-standing issues, it is readily apparent that a change in leadership is desperately needed. I call upon the State of New Jersey and NJDEP to immediately take all steps necessary to establish state control of Trenton Water Works, to ensure the health and safety of our residents remain top priority.”

“We shouldn’t wait for another disaster before taking action, the safety of our residents must come first,” said Assemblyman Dan Benson. “The NJDEP letter shows that the current operation of Trenton Water Works is unacceptable, it’s time for action,” added Benson.

“Trenton City Council has showed us time and again that they are not interested in bringing Trenton Water Works up to the standards set up by the Department of Environmental Protection,” stated Assemblyman Wayne DeAngelo. “At this point, the gross negligence that they have shown has led to an increased risk of waterborne pathogens that threaten the safety of not just Trenton but also the neighboring towns that it serves. I cannot, in good conscience, watch as this continues to escalate. That is why I believe that the control and maintenance of Trenton Water Works should be given to the State so that they can properly bring Trenton Water Works up to the standards of the New Jersey Safe Drinking Water Act.

“Access to safe drinking water and a well-functioning water system is not an unreasonable expectation by the Mercer County residents who have no alternative to the city-operated Trenton Water Works,” said Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes. “While I am encouraged by Mayor Reed Gusciora’s determination to address the ongoing compliance issues and substandard water quality noted by the NJDEP, I condemn the irresponsibility and recklessness of the City Council for its egregious neglect of the water system, its disregard for the directives set forth by the NJDEP and the injustices it has placed on communities of color and on all Trenton Water Works customers.”

“The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s latest Compliance Evaluation and Assistance Inspection dated September 27, 2022, of Trenton Water Works, is extremely disturbing and concerning,” stated Mercer County Board of County Commissioners Chair Nina Melker.” It is now evident that an intervention is needed at a state level to ensure that Trenton Water Works can fulfill their obligation to provide safe and clean drinking water to the residents throughout Mercer County in their service designation.”

“The findings in this report confirm why Ewing joined with its neighbors Lawrence and Hamilton to protect its citizens from this failing authority,” said Ewing Township Mayor Bert Steinmann. “ It is time for legislation that will provide a meaningful remedy to the suburban ratepayers being held hostage to the Trenton City Council’s intransigence. On behalf of the citizens of Ewing, we implore DEP to act immediately to compel TWW to correct these deficiencies and ensure the safety of the water provided by TWW to its more than 200,000 consumers.”

“Residents deserve safe drinking water. We are deeply disturbed by DEP’s findings regarding the lack of progress on long-term projects necessary to keep the residents of Hopewell Township and Mercer County safe,” said Hopewell Township Mayor Courtney Peters-Manning. “Hopewell Township has appreciated our working relationship with the professional staff at Trenton Water Works. However, change is necessary,” continued Peters-Manning.

“On behalf of the Trenton Water Works customers within Lawrence Township, it is time for the operations of the water utility to be taken from the City of Trenton,” stated Lawrence Township Mayor John Ryan. “For far too long, the customers of TWW have lived with the fear, and at times reality, that the water they drink and use daily is unsafe. The report from the NJDEP dated September 27, 2022, demonstrates that the City of Trenton cannot meet the needs of its water utility customers by producing clean and safe water. We stand with the other municipalities fighting for their residents’ health and safety. We must do better.”


Mayor Gusciora Responds to State and Local Concerns Regarding TWW

TRENTON, NJ – Mayor Reed Gusciora issued the following statement today regarding progress made at Trenton Water Works (TWW), compliance with State agreements, and attempts by state and local officials to enact a “major shakeup” at the City-owned utility.

“I share the concerns expressed by area officials that we want safe drinking water for our constituents. However, the comments made by those elected officials do not recognize the substantial progress made at Trenton Water Works over the last four years. I wholeheartedly agree that if the Trenton City Council had done their job, we would not find ourselves in this position. They voted down critical projects including decommissioning the reservoir, replacing water mains, lead remediation, heavy equipment, facility upgrades, chemical purchases, and debt service. Council leaders even engaged a court battle to stop executive action in support of various water quality improvements at TWW.

In addition, one of the main items I ran on was improving Trenton Water Works. In 2019, we developed a $405-million, six-year capital plan to undertake critical projects within its central pumping station, water-filtration plant, and distribution system. These projects are designed to maintain high water quality and make the 163-year-old public water system more resilient.

Despite the efforts of City Council to undermine TWW as a utility of the City of Trenton, I welcome working in tandem with the State DEP to resolve any outstanding issues and ensure safe drinking water for our consumers for years to come. In that vein, I will announce shortly our proposed plan to address the issues raised by the DEP and to give comfort to our ratepayers and residents by showing demonstrative improvements in our water delivery system.”

Purchased by the City of Trenton in 1859, Trenton Water Works is one of the oldest and largest publicly owned water systems in the United States. TWW supplies approximately 28 million gallons of water per day to a quarter-million consumers in a five-municipality service area comprised of Trenton, Ewing Township, parts of Hamilton Township, Lawrence Township, and Hopewell Township.

TWW operates a 60-million-gallon water-filtration plant and water-distribution system that consists of a 100-million-gallon reservoir, 683 miles of water mains, three pump stations, nearly 8,000 valves, 3,517 fire hydrants, and six interconnections between TWW and other water suppliers. TWW serves approximately 63,000 metered customers.



Mayor, NJDOT, and Legislative Leaders Announce Route 129 Pedestrian Safety Improvement Project

September 27, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Mayor Reed Gusciora joined New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) Deputy Commissioner Joe Bertoni and the New Jersey 15th Legislative District representatives State Senator Shirley K. Turner, Assemblywoman Verlina Reynolds-Jackson, and Assemblyman Anthony S. Verelli yesterday to announce the start of a Pedestrian Safety Improvement project along the state-controlled Route 129 corridor.

The project includes both short-term improvements and long-term solutions to improve safety for both pedestrians and cyclists at three signalized intersections on Route 129, at Lalor Street, Cass Street, and Hamilton Avenue.

“These are first steps that should have been taken a long time ago,” Mayor Gusciora said. “We’ve been imploring the State to take measures on this major artery since my days in the legislature. We’re far from finished and will keep seeking solutions to increase safety at these intersections.”

Initial short-term improvements will include a first-in-the-nation Red Clearance Extension system. This smart, predictive technology detects the speed of a vehicle approaching an intersection and automatically adjusts traffic signal changes. Additional improvements include revising the traffic signal timing at each intersection to provide pedestrians more time to cross, adding signal backplates to increase visibility, and installing upgraded, advanced warning signs over the roadway to replace ground-mounted signs. A project to make more extensive safety enhancements to these intersections is currently in the early stages of design.

“I want to thank Senator Turner and the members of the Fighting 15th who have always been in support of upgrades,” said Mayor Gusciora. “We’re still calling on the State to do more, and I think these investments show their willingness to partner for the wellbeing of all Trentonians.”




A small sampling of the MidJersey.News and OnSceneNews coverage that has brought attention to the dangers of Route 129 and Lalor:













Ewing Township Couple and Business Owners Charged with Insurance Fraud and Failure to Pay and to Remit Taxes


Winnifred Olosunde, 66, and Taiwo “Peter” Olosunde, 55, both of Ewing, NJ, were each charged with one count of third-degree insurance fraud, nine counts of third-degree failure to file personal and employer tax returns, and nine counts of third-degree failure to pay personal and employer taxes, in connection with their business Two Enterprise, Inc. (Two Enterprise), which was also named as a defendant. 


September 27, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)– Acting Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin and the Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor (OIFP) announced that a Mercer County couple, and owners of a New Jersey non-emergency medical transportation company, have been charged with an alleged scheme to provide false payroll information in order to obtain lower premiums on workers’ compensation coverage.

Winnifred Olosunde, 66, and Taiwo “Peter” Olosunde, 55, both of Ewing, NJ, were each charged with one count of third-degree insurance fraud, nine counts of third-degree failure to file personal and employer tax returns, and nine counts of third-degree failure to pay personal and employer taxes, in connection with their business Two Enterprise, Inc. (Two Enterprise), which was also named as a defendant. The charges were contained in an indictment handed up by a state grand jury on September 16, 2022.

Winnifred Olosunde is charged with insurance fraud for allegedly knowingly providing false information in connection with applications to renew insurance policies with New Jersey Manufacturer’s Insurance Group (NJM) and Amguard Insurance Company between 2019 and 2021. The indictment alleges that the payroll documents submitted to the insurance providers contained material misrepresentations regarding the number of Two Enterprise medical transportation drivers, and the duties and payroll of several of the drivers. Taiwo Olosunde is charged with insurance fraud in connection with records that were submitted in 2019.

The couple is also charged with failing to file New Jersey personal income tax returns for the years 2016 through 2020 and failing to pay $27,597 in personal income taxes for those years. In addition, together with their company, the couple is also charged with failing to file New Jersey employer payroll tax returns for the years 2017 through 2020, and failing to remit $5,889 in employer payroll taxes to the New Jersey Division of Taxation for those years.

The charges are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Third-degree crimes carry a sentence of three to five years in state prison and a fine of up to $15,000.00.   

Deputy Attorney General Melvina D. Fennell presented the case to the State Grand Jury for the Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor. Detective Brian Bunn coordinated the investigation with Investigator Anthony Mihalow.

Insurance Fraud Prosecutor Tracy M. Thompson thanked the Department of Treasury for its assistance with the investigation.

Insurance Fraud Prosecutor Thompson noted that some important cases have started with anonymous tips. People who are concerned about insurance cheating and have information about a fraud can report it anonymously by calling the toll-free hotline at 1-877-55-FRAUD, or visiting the Web site at www.NJInsurancefraud.org. State regulations permit a reward to be paid to an eligible person who provides information that leads to an arrest, prosecution and conviction for insurance fraud.

To report suspected tax fraud, please call the NJ Treasury, Division of Taxation 24-Hour Recorded Tip Line at 609-322-6057.

Defense Attorneys:

For Winnifred Olosunde: Unknown

For Taiwo Olosunde: Unknown




Acting AG Platkin Announces 11-Year Prison Sentence for Middlesex County Man Convicted of Illegally Transporting Guns from Georgia into New Jersey

Investigation by NJSP and ATF Led to Seizure of Five Handguns and an Assault Weapon

Barrett R. Griffin, III, 33, of North Brunswick, NJ, was sentenced to an aggregate term of 11 years in prison, including a period of 6.8 years of parole ineligibility

September 27, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)– Acting Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin today announced that a Middlesex man was sentenced to 11 years in state prison for illegally transporting handguns into New Jersey for unlawful sale. The conviction stems from an investigation by the New Jersey State Police (NJSP) and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) that led to the seizure of five handguns and an assault rifle transported to New Jersey from Georgia. 

Barrett R. Griffin, III, 33, of North Brunswick, NJ, was sentenced to an aggregate term of 11 years in prison, including a period of 6.8 years of parole ineligibility, in a hearing before Superior Court Judge Mark P. Tarantino in Burlington County on September 9, 2022. Griffin pleaded guilty on July 18, 2022 to second-degree transporting firearms into the state for unlawful sale or transfer and second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.

“Keeping illegal weapons out of our state and off our streets is paramount to public safety,” said Acting Attorney General Platkin. “We are aggressively targeting those responsible for the proliferation of guns and gun violence in our communities, and that includes gun traffickers who illegally transport weapons into our state and put them in the hands of criminals.”

“The prison sentence handed down to this defendant sends a clear message that we have zero tolerance for gun trafficking in New Jersey,” said Director Pearl Minato, of the Division of Criminal Justice. “We will continue to work with law enforcement partners throughout New Jersey and beyond to stop the illegal flow of firearms into our state and hold accountable all those who profit from it.”

Griffin was arrested earlier this year following an investigation by NJSP and the ATF. During the course of the investigation, a motor vehicle stop was made on the car Griffin was driving on the New Jersey Turnpike in Mount Laurel, NJ on February 7, 2022. Following a search of the vehicle, detectives seized five handguns, one assault rifle, and four large capacity ammunition magazines from the vehicle’s trunk.

Deputy Attorney General Karen M. Bornstein prosecuted the case for the Division of Criminal Justice (DCJ) Gangs & Organized Crime Bureau, under the supervision of Deputy Bureau Chief Cassandra Montalto and Bureau Chief Lauren Scarpa Yfantis.

The investigation was conducted by the New Jersey State Police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Defense Attorney

Fatima Agosto, Esq., Burlington County Public Defender’s Office.



Trenton Cycling Revolution Rides for Safe Roads

September 23, 2022

By: Trenton Cycling Revolution

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–A couple of weeks ago, Trenton Cycling Revolution members & friends did a ride to honor and remember people who have been killed or seriously injured walking/biking in the City. 

Along the ride, we put up a ghost bike in honor of Thaddeus Peterson, a U.S. Marine veteran and lifelong Trentonian, who was killed riding his bike on North Olden Avenue. 

We then visited the most dangerous intersections in the country, Route 129 & Lalor Street. There we had a moment of silence and put up a memorial for the many people who have been killed on this state road including Imaya Moreland (age 3), Billy Roy Ouch (22), Antonio Wiley (56), Karen Beauchamps (50), Andrew Majofsky (36), Abraham Lopez (49), and Celso Rivera (35). 

While the recent announcement about addressing the signal times was an encouraging one, it will do nothing without actual infrastructure change. We want to see an actual plan to change the design of this roadway without forcing people walking and biking to climb an overpass every time they want to visit a neighbor, access the light rail, or do their groceries. We want to see actual change that will slow the many vehicles and trucks coming into the City right off the interstate and put people’s lives and wellbeing as a priority rather than throughput and traffic. 

We’re waiting to hear from NJDOT and our elected officials what the next steps are. Residents have been calling for changes to 129 since 1994. Enough is enough, a single death or serious injury is too many.  



Update: 41-Year-Old, Trenton Woman Identified in Park Avenue Suspicious Death

September 22, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–The Mercer County Homicide Task Force and the Trenton Police Department continue to investigate a suspicious death in the city, Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri reported.

On September 21, 2022, Trenton Communications received a call for a well-being check at a residence on Park Avenue.  Responding officers forced entry and located the body of a deceased individual in the basement.

On September 22, an autopsy was conducted by the Middlesex County Medical Examiner’s Office.  The victim has been identified as Corrine Daniels, 41, of Park Avenue in Trenton.  The cause and manner of Ms. Daniels death are pending as the medical examiner’s office awaits the results of additional testing.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Mercer County Homicide Task Force at (609) 989-6406.  Information can also be emailed to mchtftips@mercercounty.org.


Yesterday’s story here:


Man Arrested With 9mm Handgun And High-Capacity Magazine With Hollow Point Ammo, Heroin, Crack-Cocaine, And Cash

September 21, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Trenton Police Violent Crimes Unit Detectives were providing extra attention in the area of Brunswick Avenue when they observed a bulge in Rashaon A Williams waistband area and upon further investigation found him in possession of a handgun.  He was subsequently placed under arrest.  The handgun was found to have a high-capacity magazine loaded with hollow point ammunition.  Search incidental to arrest found Williams to be in possession of a distributable amount of CDS Heroin and CDS Crack-Cocaine.  A Criminal History check revealed Williams to be a Certain Person not to possess a Handgun/Ammunition and was found to have a prior NERA conviction.  This incident occurred within 1000’ of a school.



Arrestee #1:  Rashaon A Williams; [32], Newark, NJ 

Charges:          

#1: Unlawful Possession of a Handgun – NERA 

#2: Unlawful Possession Hollow Point Rounds 

#3: Unlawful Possession High-Capacity Magazine 

#4: Certain Persons not to Possess Weapons 

#5: Certain Persons not to Possess Ammunition 

#6: Possession of a Handgun during CDS Crime 

#7: Possession of CDS Heroin 

#8: Possession of CDS Heroin w/Intent 

#9: Possession of CDS Crack-Cocaine 

#10: Possession of CDS Crack-Cocaine w/Intent 

#11: Possession of CDS w/Intent w/in 1000’ School 

Property Confiscated: 

Item #1: Taurus .9mm semi-automatic handgun [High capacity magazine / hollow point ammunition] 

Item #2: 60 decks CDS Heroin 

Item #3: 3 grams CDS Crack-Cocaine 

Item #4: $122.00 U.S. Currency seized 


Trenton Police And Mercer County Homicide Task Force Investigate Suspicious Death In Trenton, NJ

Update here:

September 21, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–The Mercer County Homicide Task Force and the Trenton Police Department are investigating a suspicious death in the city, Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri reported.

On September 21, 2022, Trenton Communications received a call for a well-being check at a residence on Park Avenue.  Responding officers forced entry and located the body of a deceased individual in the basement. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Mercer County Homicide Task Force at (609) 989-6406.  Information can also be emailed to mchtftips@mercercounty.org.


Trenton Public Information Officer, Timothy J. Carroll told MidJersey.news earlier that Trenton Police Communications Center received a call for a well-being check on a female that lives at 907 Park Avenue. When Police Officers arrived on scene and did not receive an answer at the door. The Trenton Fire Department was requested and forced entry was made.  Police units searched the 1st and 2nd floors with no results.  Units then checked the basement to find a body. The Mercer County Homicide task force was notified and investigating along with Trenton Police.


In an unconfirmed initial report that was told to MidJersey.news Trenton Police responded to a welfare check for relative of the person that lives at the Park Street Address. The relative stated a wallet was found in the car by the relative and bullet holes were found in the house on the initial call in the unconfirmed report. A short time later Trenton Police called the Trenton Fire Department to force the door to check on the person that lives at that address. It was unclear if any shell casings or bullet holes were found as that was said in the initial unconfirmed report.


As of last night, there have been fifteen reported homicides in the City of Trenton for 2022. If this suspicious death is ruled a homicide this will be Trenton’s 16 homicide of 2022. Check back for additional details as they become available.

Trenton Police and the Mercer County Homicide Task Force are investigating a homicide where a Hamilton man was killed last night.

Information about that homicide is here:


Photos of the scene this morning by: Brian McCarthy


Trenton Mayor Gusciora Unveils Montgomery Street Plaza Restoration at Ribbon Cutting

September 21, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER) – Mayor W. Reed Gusciora ceremoniously cut the ribbon at the completed rehabilitation of Montgomery Street Plaza this week. Connecting historic city landmarks to the Mill Hill neighborhood, the plaza adds to the list of Trenton’s historic sites that have undergone recent restoration efforts.

The plaza is an important downtown site adjacent to the Mill Hill Playhouse, the Douglass House, and Mill Hill Park. The project restored roadway paving within the plaza with new Belgian block pavers, revised the paving pattern and material at the base of the George Washington statue with salvaged granite setts and restored the existing brick sidewalks around the plaza with the salvaged brick pavers from the base of the statue.

Mayor Gusciora was joined by North Ward Councilwoman Marge Caldwell-Wilson, South Ward Councilman George Muschal, community members, and Director of Recreation, Natural Resources, and Culture Maria Richardson.

“It is a privilege to have as much lasting history in a City as we do here,” Mayor Gusciora said. “Through consistent restoration efforts, we will continue to preserve sites and structures like these for future generations of Trentonians to learn from.”

The completion of the Montgomery Street Plaza restoration follows the rehabilitation of the 1888 Pratt Truss bridge over the Assunpink Creek, the restored exterior lighting of the Mill Hill Playhouse and the installation of a new HVAC system for both the playhouse and Douglass House. The city is dedicated to continuing these projects including ongoing and/or proposed historic restorations at Battle Monument Park, the 1796 East Trenton Community Center/Library, Cadwalader Park, and more. 



Prosecutor’s Office Identifies Hamilton Man As Person Killed In Trenton Shooting Last Night

September 21, 2022

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

At approximately 7:50 p.m. on September 20, 2022, Trenton police responded to a Shot Spotter activation for multiple rounds in the area of Howard and Hancock streets.  Upon arrival, officers located the victim unresponsive in the driver’s seat of a maroon Cadillac sedan suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to the chest.  He was transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead a short time later.  The victim has been identified as Keenan Anthony Trower, 31, of Hamilton.

No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the Mercer County Homicide Task Force at (609) 989-6406.  Information can also be emailed to mchtftips@mercercounty.org.


Last Night’s MidJersey.News story here:




As of September 20, 2022 there have been 15 reported homicides in the City of Trenton for the year 2022.


Names of the 2022 homicide victims in the City of Trenton:

  1. 2/15/2022 Antwone Barnes, 37, of Trenton, Stabbing
  2. 2/23/2022 Leonardo Fernandez, 32, of Trenton, Stabbing
  3. 3/01/2022 Shimon Nesmith Jr., 19, of Trenton, Shooting
  4. 3/03/2022 Helen Nelson, 73, of Trenton, Physical Assault
  5. 3/15/2022 Albert L. Barnes, 46, of Trenton, Shooting
  6. 3/25/2022 Sequoya Bacon-Jones, 9, of Trenton, Shooting
  7. 3/31/2022 Tahaad Goss, 16, of Trenton, Shooting
  8. 4/07/2022 Jaquir Queen, 26, of Willingboro, Shooting
  9. 4/09/2022 Leroy Davis, 31, of Trenton, Shooting
  10. 5/01/2022 Jamir McNeil, 25 of Trenton, Shooting
  11. 5/22/2022 Ali Abdullah, 25, of Trenton, Shooting
  12. 6/01/2022 Dreiby Osorio, 16, of Trenton, Stabbing
  13. 9/02/2022 Rasheed Barlow, 35, of Trenton, Shooting
  14. 9/11/2022 Chron Jenks, 34, of Ewing, Shooting
  15. 9/20/2022 Keenan Anthony Trower, 31, of Hamilton Shooting

Man Shot In Chest While Sitting In Car; Police Investigating Shooting Homicide In Trenton, NJ


Update Here:


September 20, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–According to Trenton Public Information Officer Timothy J. Carol, just prior to 8:00 p.m. Trenton Police received a Shot Spotter Activation for seven rounds in the area of 6 Howard Street. Officers arrived and located a male shot in the chest. The victim was sitting in a car at the intersection of Handcock and Howard Streets when the shooter walked up and fired into the car hitting the victim in the chest. The Victim was transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center by Trenton Emergency Medical Services (TEMS) and Capital Health Paramedics and was pronounced dead a short time later. The Trenton Shooting Response Team and the Mercer County Homicide Task Force were notified and responded to the scene. This is all the information available at this time, additional details will be added when they become available.

There have been 15 reported homicides in the City of Trenton in 2022.




As of September 20, 2022 there have been 15 reported homicides in the City of Trenton for the year 2022.


Names of the 2022 homicide victims in the City of Trenton:

  1. 2/15/2022 Antwone Barnes, 37, of Trenton, Stabbing
  2. 2/23/2022 Leonardo Fernandez, 32, of Trenton, Stabbing
  3. 3/01/2022 Shimon Nesmith Jr., 19, of Trenton, Shooting
  4. 3/03/2022 Helen Nelson, 73, of Trenton, Physical Assault
  5. 3/15/2022 Albert L. Barnes, 46, of Trenton, Shooting
  6. 3/25/2022 Sequoya Bacon-Jones, 9, of Trenton, Shooting
  7. 3/31/2022 Tahaad Goss, 16, of Trenton, Shooting
  8. 4/07/2022 Jaquir Queen, 26, of Willingboro, Shooting
  9. 4/09/2022 Leroy Davis, 31, of Trenton, Shooting
  10. 5/01/2022 Jamir McNeil, 25 of Trenton, Shooting
  11. 5/22/2022 Ali Abdullah, 25, of Trenton, Shooting
  12. 6/01/2022 Dreiby Osorio, 16, of Trenton, Stabbing
  13. 9/02/2022 Rasheed Barlow, 35, of Trenton, Shooting
  14. 9/11/2022 Chron Jenks, 34, of Ewing, Shooting
  15. 9/20/2022 Keenan Anthony Trower, 31, of Hamilton Shooting

Trenton Police Bust Four Men With Drugs; Crack Cocaine, Heroin And Cash Confiscated

September 19, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Trenton Police Department reports that Violent Crimes Unit Detectives conducted a narcotics surveillance in the area of 2 Sanhican Drive in response to numerous complaints received from area residents. As a result, the below-listed arrests were effected and property confiscated.   This incident occurred within 500’ of a park.   



Elvin R Rivera; [37]

Charges:          

#1:  Possession of CDS Crack-Cocaine 

Property Confiscated: 

Item #1:  1 gram CDS Crack-Cocaine 

Item #2:  $10.00 U.S. currency 


Thomas E Hollis; [24]

Charges:          

#1-3:  CDS Offenses 

Property Confiscated: 

Item #1: 5 bricks CDS Heroin [250 decks] 

Item #2:  $320.00 U.S. currency 


Kendall K McCray; [34]

Charges:          

#1-8:  CDS Offenses 

Property Confiscated: 

Item #1: 12 bricks / 2 bundles CDS Heroin [620 decks] 

Item #2: 9 grams CDS Crack-Cocaine 

Item #2:  $1020.00 U.S. currency 


Arrestee #1:  Anthony T Baldwin; [31]

Charges:          

#1-13: CDS Offenses 

Property Confiscated: 

Item #1: 15 bricks CDS Heroin [750 decks] 

Item #2:  $951.00 U.S. currency 


Trenton Man Arrested Possessing Handgun With No Serial Number And High-Capacity Magazine, Along With CDS, Crack-Cocaine, Near A School And Park

Polymer 80, 9mm semi-automatic handgun w/high capacity magazine [no serial #] and 20 grams CDS Crack-Cocaine are now off the street. The Trenton Police Department Officers have been working very hard to make Trenton a better and safer community.

September 19, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Trenton Police Department reported that Violent Crimes Unit Detectives conducted surveillance in the area of Boudinot Street when they observed Papino Lloyd, in possession of a handgun. They attempted to stop him and he fled, discarding a handgun in the process.  He was eventually apprehended and found to be in possession of a Polymer handgun with a high-capacity magazine [no serial number] and a distributable amount of CDS Crack-Cocaine.  This incident occurred within 1000’ of a school and 500’ of a park.  He was later found to be a Certain Person not to possess a handgun/ammunition.     


Charges:          

#1: Unlawful Possession of a Handgun 

#2: Prohibited Weapons and Devices – High-Capacity Magazine 

#3: Defaced Firearm 

#4: Certain Persons not to Possess a Handgun 

#5: Certain Persons not to Possess Ammunition 

#6: Possession of a Handgun during a CDS Offense 

#7: Possession of CDS Crack-Cocaine 

#8: Possession of CDS Crack-Cocaine w/Intent 

#9: Possession of CDS Crack-Cocaine w/Intent w/in 1000’ of a School 

#10: Possession of CDS Crack-Cocaine w/Intent w/in 500’ of a Park 

#11: Obstructing the Administration of Law 

#12: Resisting Arrest   

Property Confiscated: 

Item #1: 20 grams CDS Crack-Cocaine 

Item #2: Polymer 80 .9mm semi-automatic handgun w/high capacity magazine [no serial #]   


18-And-14-Year-Old Arrested With Guns In Trenton

14-Year-Old had stolen 9mm Ruger Security semi-automatic loaded with a 10 round magazine on Walnut and Monmouth, and 18-Year-Old Khyzir Davis had 9mm Baretta APX loaded with 4 rounds on Academy Street.

September 19, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Trenton Police Department reported that Street Crimes Unit detectives were on patrol in the area of Academy Street when they observed a male Khyzir Davis, 18, acting suspiciously. The Detectives stopped to investigate and Davis fled on foot. After a brief foot pursuit, Davis was tackled and found to possess a handgun. Davis was conveyed to headquarters without incident and lodged on the warrant complaints.
Arrestee #1: Khyzir Davis, 18 years old
Charges #1: Unlawful Possession of a Weapon (Handgun)
#2: Resisting by Flight
#3: Obstructing the Administration of Law
Property Confiscated: $344.00 in U.S. Currency
One (1) 9mm Beretta APX semi-automatic handgun loaded with Four (4) rounds



Street Crimes Unit detectives received information regarding a male in possession of a handgun in the area of Monmouth St and Walnut Ave. The Detectives observed a male in possession of a handgun, at that time the detectives moved in to investigate and found a juvenile in possession of a semi-automatic handgun. The juvenile was taken into custody without incident and conveyed to headquarters. The juvenile was placed on juvenile complaints and lodged in the Middlesex Youth Correctional facility.

Arrestee: 14-years-old Trenton NJ 08609
Charges #1: Unlawful Possession of a Weapon (Handgun)
#2: Receiving Stolen Property
Property Confiscated:
One (1) 9mm Ruger Security semi-automatic handgun loaded with ten (10) rounds (Stolen)



Serious Crash On Route 129 At Cass Street In Trenton, NJ

September 18, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)—At 2:50 p.m. Trenton Police, TEMS, Capital Health Paramedics and Trenton Fire Department were dispatched to Route 129 and Cass Street for an multiple vehicle crash with reported one person unconscious and entrapped. Upon arrival it was determined that there was no entrapment but there were multiple injuries and a total of four ambulances were called to the scene. Trenton Fire Department assisted EMS crews with multiple patients. Trenton Police closed Route 129 at Hamilton Avenue by the Arena because of the crash. Trenton Police is investigating the crash.



Photos and video by: Brian McCarthy


BREAKING: Police Investigate Reported Shooting/Stabbing At Trent Center On Greenwood Avenue

Two victims were transported by Trenton EMS and Captial Health Paramedics to Captial Health Regional Medical Center, both were “Trauma Alerts”

September 17, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Around 11:17 a.m. Trenton EMS was on scene of an EMS call at Trent Center located at 511 Greenwood Avenue when a frantic call by Trenton Emergency Medical Services (TEMS) asking for police was heard over the EMS radio. The emergent call was asking for police for “shots fired and shooting victim and stabbing victim”

TEMS requested another advance life support unit for a “stabbing” Trenton Police responded to the scene as well as Trenton Fire Department.

One person reportedly shot was transported immediately to Captial Health Regional Medical Center with a “trauma alert” and it was unclear but there was another victim, possibly a stabbing on the 14th floor of the Trent Center. A second victim was also transported to Captial Health Regional Medical Center and a “trauma alert” was called for that victim.

Trenton Police was on scene investigating with the Shooting Response Team at the time of this report.

It was unclear if the 2nd victim was a stabbing or shooting as originally reported over EMS radio. MidJersey.news has reached out to MCPO and Trenton Officials for clarification and comment.

No further details are available at this time. Check back for updates when official details are released.


Photos by: Brian McCarthy


Teenagers From Trenton Busted In Lawrence Township Vehicle Break-ins; Glock Handgun With A High-capacity Magazine And Burglar Tools Seized


Police Officers arrested Omari Cartwright (18 years old) of the 800 block of Carteret Ave, Trenton, and a 17-year-old juvenile. Cartwright was charged with Hindering Apprehension, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, Possession of a High-Capacity Magazine, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Burglary, Possession of Burglar Tools and Criminal Mischief. Cartwright was lodged in the Mercer Country Correctional Center pending a Detention Hearing.

The juvenile was charged with Burglary and Criminal Mischief, and was released.


September 17, 2022

LAWRENCE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Lawrence Township Police say that on September 17, 2022 at approximately 3:00 a.m., Lawrence Township Police Officers arrested Omari Cartwright (18 years old) of the 800 block of Carteret Ave, Trenton, and a 17-year-old juvenile. The two were arrested during a proactive initiative to address ongoing vehicle break-ins that have been reported throughout Lawrence Township.

While Officer Kraszewski and Officer Bystrek were patrolling Township neighborhoods during the overnight hours, they observed two individuals walking in dark clothing and full-face coverings in the area of Wittenborn Dr in the Society Hill South neighborhood. While Officers Kraszewski and Bystrek kept surveillance of the two individuals, additional officers found several vehicles in the area that appeared to have been entered, one with a window shattered.

Officers Kraszewski and Bystrek made contact with the two individuals on Wittenborn Drive and conducted an on-scene investigation. The two individuals were quickly identified as being responsible for shattering the window of a vehicle on Sherman Place just prior to having contact with the officers.

Both were arrested. During the arrest, Omari Cartwright provided a false name and was found to be in possession of a Glock handgun with a high-capacity magazine.

Cartwright was charged with Hindering Apprehension, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, Possession of a High-Capacity Magazine, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Burglary, Possession of Burglar Tools and Criminal Mischief. Cartwright was lodged in the Mercer Country Correctional Center pending a Detention Hearing.

The juvenile was charged with Burglary and Criminal Mischief, and was released.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Officer Kraszewski @ 609-896- 1111 or dkraszewski@lawrencetwp.com.


MidJersey.News file photos

St. Francis Medical Center To Close

September 14, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–St Francis Medical Center (owned by Trinity Health) has been struggling financially for several years, and is not viable in the long-term, nor is its physical plant. Capital Health is entering into the transaction to acquire St. Francis so that it can preserve services to the vulnerable and underserved, and ensure and enhance patient access to comprehensive, integrated, high-quality care.

Subject to regulatory approvals, including approval by the NJ Department of Health, we anticipate that Capital Health Regional Medical Center on Brunswick Avenue in Trenton will become the new location for most services currently provided at SFMC. We anticipate that other services, such as a Satellite Emergency Department, would continue at the current SFMC site for a short period of time, and then transition to new ambulatory/emergency care locations that are easily accessible to the patients currently served by St. Francis. The specific details of these transitions are still being determined as we move through the regulatory review process. We look forward to sharing these plans with our community as we move through this process.

Trinity Health will retain ownership of the physical plant/property and plans to eventually demolish the physical structures once they are no longer needed. Trinity will work with the City to determine the best use of the property.


File photos by: Brian McCarthy



Trenton Man Arrested In Ewing With Drugs And Burglar’s Tools Used In Catalytic Converter Type Thefts

September 14, 2022

EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Ewing Township Police report that over the last several weeks, our area has experienced a large increase in the theft of catalytic converters from vehicles. On Sunday, September 11, 2022 at approximately 3:55 a.m., Officer David Massi was on routine patrol on Troy Avenue when he observed a male crouching behind a vehicle that was parked on the street. When Officer Massi attempted to conduct an investigatory stop, the male fled on foot. Officer Massi gave chase and relayed his location to responding officers who were able to set up a perimeter. The male (identified as Anthony Riggins, 49-year-old male from Trenton, NJ) was subsequently located by Officer Massi hiding in tall grass on the lot of 320 Robbins Avenue. After a brief struggle, Riggins was taken into custody. After taking Riggins into custody, a search found him to be in possession of drug paraphernalia as well as a pill bottle containing suspected crack cocaine. Officer Massi then returned to the area where he first encountered Riggins. At that location, officers located a discarded Sawzall cutting tool on the ground by the vehicle where Riggins was initially observed. Officers also located a black backpack which contained an NJ identification card belonging to Riggins, 14 used Sawzall blades, a screwdriver and a Gerber multi-tool.

Riggins was charged with the following offenses: Resisting Arrest by Flight, Resisting Arrest, Obstructing Administration of Law, Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, Possession of Burglar’s Tools, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.


Mercer County Homicide Task Force Investigation Leads to Arrest in Spring Street Homicide

September 12, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–A Trenton man has been arrested and charged for murder of Rashee Barlow earlier this month, Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri reported.

Anthony Smith, 42, is charged with murder, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, unlawful possession of a weapon and certain persons not to possess a weapon.  He was arrested on September 8, 2022, in Hackensack, NJ, by members of the U.S. Marshals NY/NJ Regional Fugitive Task Force.  The prosecutor’s office has filed a motion to detain Smith pending trial.

The charges are the result of an investigation by the Mercer County Homicide Task Force and the Trenton Police Department.  At approximately 7:30 p.m. on September 2, 2022, Trenton police received a Shot Spotter activation and several calls for a shooting. Patrol officers responded to the 200 block of Spring Street and located two shooting victims. Rashee Barlow, 35, of Trenton, was pronounced dead a short time later. A 38-year-old man suffered a non-life threatening gunshot wound to the leg.

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


Anthony Smith, 42, is charged with murder, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, unlawful possession of a weapon and certain persons not to possess a weapon.




Names of the 2022 homicide victims in the City of Trenton:

  1. 2/15/2022 Antwone Barnes, 37, of Trenton, Stabbing
  2. 2/23/2022 Leonardo Fernandez, 32, of Trenton, Stabbing
  3. 3/01/2022 Shimon Nesmith Jr., 19, of Trenton, Shooting
  4. 3/03/2022 Helen Nelson, 73, of Trenton, Physical Assault
  5. 3/15/2022 Albert L. Barnes, 46, of Trenton, Shooting
  6. 3/25/2022 Sequoya Bacon-Jones, 9, of Trenton, Shooting
  7. 3/31/2022 Tahaad Goss, 16, of Trenton, Shooting
  8. 4/07/2022 Jaquir Queen, 26, of Willingboro, Shooting
  9. 4/09/2022 Leroy Davis, 31, of Trenton, Shooting
  10. 5/01/2022 Jamir McNeil, 25 of Trenton, Shooting
  11. 5/22/2022 Ali Abdullah, 25, of Trenton, Shooting
  12. 6/01/2022 Dreiby Osorio, 16, of Trenton, Stabbing
  13. 9/02/2022 Rasheed Barlow, 35, of Trenton, Shooting
  14. 9/11/2022 Chron Jenks, 34, of Ewing, Shooting


Police investigation the night of the shooting on Spring Street. Photos by: Brian McCarthy


Update: Prosecutor’s Office Identifies Ewing Man As Person Killed In Trenton Shooting Yesterday

September 12, 2022

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

At approximately 5:00 a.m. on September 11, 2022, Trenton police responded to a Shot Spotter activation for multiple rounds in the 300 block of Garfield Avenue.  Upon arrival, officers located the victim on the sidewalk suffering a gunshot wound to the chest.  He was transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead a short time later.  The victim has been identified as Chron Jenks, 34, of Ewing.

No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the Mercer County Homicide Task Force at (609) 989-6406.  Information can also be emailed to mchtftips@mercercounty.org.

Yesterday’s story here:


There have been fourteen reported homicides in the City of Trenton in 2022. After a relatively quiet summer this is the second homicide since the mayor made an announcement at the end of August that mentioned three months without a homicide in the City of Trenton.

Last year at this same time there were 22 homicides in the City of Trenton as of September 11, 2021. This year there have 14 homicides. There is still much work to be done but Trenton seems to be moving in the right direction with a 36% reduction in homicides for 2022.



Names of the 2022 homicide victims in the City of Trenton:

  1. 2/15/2022 Antwone Barnes, 37, of Trenton, Stabbing
  2. 2/23/2022 Leonardo Fernandez, 32, of Trenton, Stabbing
  3. 3/01/2022 Shimon Nesmith Jr., 19, of Trenton, Shooting
  4. 3/03/2022 Helen Nelson, 73, of Trenton, Physical Assault
  5. 3/15/2022 Albert L. Barnes, 46, of Trenton, Shooting
  6. 3/25/2022 Sequoya Bacon-Jones, 9, of Trenton, Shooting
  7. 3/31/2022 Tahaad Goss, 16, of Trenton, Shooting
  8. 4/07/2022 Jaquir Queen, 26, of Willingboro, Shooting
  9. 4/09/2022 Leroy Davis, 31, of Trenton, Shooting
  10. 5/01/2022 Jamir McNeil, 25 of Trenton, Shooting
  11. 5/22/2022 Ali Abdullah, 25, of Trenton, Shooting
  12. 6/01/2022 Dreiby Osorio, 16, of Trenton, Stabbing
  13. 9/02/2022 Rasheed Barlow, 35, of Trenton, Shooting
  14. 9/11/2022 Chron Jenks, 34, of Ewing, Shooting


Male Killed In Early Morning Shooting In Trenton


Update here:


September 11, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–According to Trenton Public Information Officer, Timothy J. Carroll, Trenton Police responded to a Shotspotter activation early this morning reporting 6 rounds fired as well as one phone call coming from the area near the intersection of Garfield and Farragut Avenues. Police responded to find a male victim with a gunshot wound to his chest. Trenton EMS, Trenton Fire Department and Captial Health Paramedics responded to the scene. The victim was pronounced at 5:35 a.m.

MidJersey.News has reached out for comment from the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office for additional information. Please check back when further information becomes available.


There have been fourteen reported homicides in the City of Trenton in 2022. After a relatively quiet summer this is the second homicide since the mayor made an announcement at the end of August that mentioned three months without a homicide in the City of Trenton.

Last year at this same time there were 22 homicides in the City of Trenton as of September 11, 2021. This year there have 14 homicides. There is still much work to be done but Trenton seems to be moving in the right direction with a 36% reduction in homicides for 2022.



Names of the 2022 homicide victims in the City of Trenton:

  1. 2/15/2022 Antwone Barnes, 37, of Trenton, Stabbing
  2. 2/23/2022 Leonardo Fernandez, 32, of Trenton, Stabbing
  3. 3/01/2022 Shimon Nesmith Jr., 19, of Trenton, Shooting
  4. 3/03/2022 Helen Nelson, 73, of Trenton, Physical Assault
  5. 3/15/2022 Albert L. Barnes, 46, of Trenton, Shooting
  6. 3/25/2022 Sequoya Bacon-Jones, 9, of Trenton, Shooting
  7. 3/31/2022 Tahaad Goss, 16, of Trenton, Shooting
  8. 4/07/2022 Jaquir Queen, 26, of Willingboro, Shooting
  9. 4/09/2022 Leroy Davis, 31, of Trenton, Shooting
  10. 5/01/2022 Jamir McNeil, 25 of Trenton, Shooting
  11. 5/22/2022 Ali Abdullah, 25, of Trenton, Shooting
  12. 6/01/2022 Dreiby Osorio, 16, of Trenton, Stabbing
  13. 9/02/2022 Rasheed Barlow, 35, of Trenton, Shooting
  14. 9/11/2022 Chron Jenks, 34, of Ewing, Shooting


Release Revoked For Trenton Woman Indicted Vehicular Homicide

September 11, 2022

MAYS LANDING, NJ – On September 9, 2022, Judge Dorothy Incarvito-Garrabrant revoked the release of a woman who was involved in the June 19, 2020, crash that killed off-duty New Jersey Human Services Police Officer, Michael Luko Sr.

Taquaysha Bell, 30, of Trenton, NJ, has been indicted on the following charges:

• Vehicular Homicide, 2nd degree; and
• Assault by Auto, (related to 39:4-50 Driving While Intoxicated) 3rd degree.

On December 21, 2021, Bell was released from jail with conditions pending trial of the above charges, over the State’s objection.

On August 19, 2022, Bell was involved in another motor vehicle accident in Trenton where she injured a bicyclist and left the scene. As a result, Bell was charged with failing to report an accident and leaving the scene of an accident involving bodily injury.

Based on those violations, the State moved to have Bell’s release revoked and requested that she remain incarcerated pending trial in the vehicular homicide case. Judge Garrabrant granted the State’s motion stating that Bell’s conduct is a danger to the community.

Bell’s next court date in Atlantic County for the vehicular homicide is scheduled for October 28, 2022.

Assistant Prosecutor Tiffany deGrandmaison represents the State in this matter.

Anyone with information on this matter is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609- 909-7800 or  anonymously at the Prosecutor’s Office Web site at https://www.acpo.org/forms/tipscrime-reporting/.

People can also call Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers Website at http://www.crimestoppersatlantic.com/. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.

***These charges are merely an accusation and not proof of guilt. In all cases, a charged defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. ***


Taquaysha Bell, 30, of Trenton, NJ, has been indicted on the following charges:

• Vehicular Homicide, 2nd degree; and
• Assault by Auto, (related to 39:4-50 Driving While Intoxicated) 3rd degree.



From a December 22, 2021 press release from the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office:

MAYS LANDING- A Trenton woman has been arrested and charged in connection to a fatal motor vehicle accident that occurred in June 2020, Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Cary Shill announced.

On Dec. 15, 2021, detectives of the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Task Force assisted in the arrest of Taquaysha Bell, 29, at her residence in Trenton. Bell was charged with Vehicular Homicide and Assault by Auto in connection to a motor vehicle crash that occurred on June 19, 2020, on the White Horse Pike in Hammonton.

Following Bell’s arrest, she was turned over to the detectives of the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Crash Investigations Unit and the Hammonton Police Department for processing.

On June 19, 2020, Bell was traveling westbound on the White Horse Pike when she entered the oncoming lane and struck a vehicle head-on, operated by Michael Luko of Mays Landing. Luko, 53, was an officer with the New Jersey Human Services Police Department and he was traveling home from work. Luko was transported to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

Atlantic County Assistant Prosecutor Kathleen Robinson represents the state in this matter.

***These charges are merely an accusation and not proof of guilt. In all criminal cases, a charged defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. ***

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Anyone with information about serious crimes is asked to contact the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Web site at https://www.acpo.org/tips.html and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page. People can also call Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers Website at http://www.crimestoppersatlantic.com/. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.


From June 20, 2020 Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Press Relase:

MAYS LANDING- An investigation is underway after a 53 year-old Mays Landing man was killed Friday night in a crash on the White Horse Pike, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner announced.

An initial investigation by the ACPO Crash Investigations Unit determined that Taquaysha Bell, 28, of Trenton was traveling westbound on the White Horse Pike in a 2010 Chevy Silverado. At 11:07 p.m., near the intersection of Moss Mill Road, Bell crossed into the eastbound lane and struck a 2003 Honda Civic, operated by Michael Luko Sr., who serves as an officer with the New Jersey Human Services Police Department and was traveling home from work. Following the crash, Officer Luko was transported to Atlanticare Regional Medical Center – Mainland Division where he was pronounced deceased at 12:22 A.M.

Bell was also transported to ACRMC – Mainland Division for treatment and a blood sample was taken for toxicology analysis.

A rear seat passenger in Bell’s vehicle, Chanelle Morgan, 28, of Trenton, was transported to ACRMC – City Division where she was undergoing surgery.

Two additional male passengers were transported in the ambulances with the Bell and Morgan, but neither was injured and left the hospital without being admitted or treated.

At this time the crash is an ongoing cooperative investigation by the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Crash Investigations Unit and the Hammonton Police Department. Anyone with information about the crash is asked to contact the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at (609) 909-7692.