Category: Trenton

Shots Fired Near Trenton Firefighters Again

May 27, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–It was only yesterday when a bullet went flying through a window of a Trenton Fire Station on West State Street. Today a fire department engine calls in shots fired as a Shot Spotter activation comes into Trenton Police in the area of Southard Street and New Willow Street around 1:14 p.m. The firefighters asked for police to respond since they heard several gunshots near their location. Police, Trenton EMS and Captial Health Paramedics responded to the scene. There were reports of a person shot but it was unclear if anyone was hit and transported to the hospital.

Then around 4:47 p.m. in the 1500 Block of West State Street shots were fired but there were no victims found. This was also in the area of Trenton Engine 9 the same area were a bullet flew though the window near the “watch desk” of the fire station yesterday.

Trenton Police are investigating the shootings.

No further information is available at this time.




Trenton Police in the area of Southard Street and New Willow Street around 1:14 p.m. Photos by: Brian McCarthy, OnScene News


Another Trenton, NJ Firehouse Shot Up By Neighborhood Gun Violence

The last firehouse to be shot was only a month ago, when one firefighter working out on an elliptical trainer in the firehouse gym was struck by gunfire inside the station.


May 26, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–A month to the day another Trenton Firehouse has been shot up again by neighborhood gun violence.

Trenton Police Department, Detective Lieutenant Bethesda Stokes stated that at 4:26 p.m. police responded to 1519 West State Street for a Shot Spotter activation of eight rounds. Police discovered that Trenton Fire Department Engine 9’s quarters had been struck. No one was injured. 

It was exactly a month ago on April 26, 2022 that a city firefighter narrowly escaped serious injury when he was grazed by a stray bullet while he was on duty working out at the firehouse of Engine 1 and Ladder 1 on Calhoun Street.


Above photos by: Brian McCarthy OnScene News


MidJersey.news has reached out to the Trenton Firefighters Union FMBA Local 6 and 206 for comment.


Statement from FMBA Local 6 President Andres Perez:

Firefighters in the city already have a dangerous job, running into burning buildings and going to EMS calls where violent crimes have been committed. And that is just a small bit of our duties as firefighters in the capital city. While we go to these calls knowing there is danger we take calculated risks to do what’s best for city residents. These risk don’t usually consist of doing our duties at a watch desk and having gunfire erupt and actually hit the buildings and in within the past month actually hit a firefighter. The administration both Fire and the city is usually reactive, however in these cases we have yet to see anything from our administration. This has been all to familiar in recent years with the uptick of crime and gunplay within the city. Both police and fire seem to not have the resources nor the funding to do their jobs efficiently and safely. Even with the previous shooting at Calhoun we have yet to do any proactive measures to help protect Firefighters while within the walls of their respective stations.FMBA Local 6 President Andres Perez


Union Spokes Person for both locals, Kevin Soto who happened to be hit by gunfire working out at the Calhoun Street firehouse during the shooting last month stated:

“What we need is bullet proof windows and some kind of safety for all of us, what are they waiting for? For one of us to be dead? This has got to stop man! Now I can’t go to work without having to worry about if I’m going to make it home to my family just sitting around in the firehouse. We all put our lives on the line every single day to save another life. When we are called upon to perform our duty but we don’t go to work to sit like ducks waiting to get shot. I signed up for this job to save another life and knowing mines can be at risk in the process of doing that duty and I’m ok with that. What I am not ok with is sitting at a firehouse table talking to all my brothers and sisters waiting for the tones to drop and end up getting shot. This needs to stop! Our safety needs to be put first and they need to put up bullet proof windows, etc. around all firehouses and police departments if they care so much about us. Show us and stop giving us a political show and start making moves actions speak louder than words! — Kevin Soto FMBA Locals 6 and 206 Spokesperson and shooting victim from Calhoun Street Firehouse


The photos above show a bullet hole that came though the window near the “watch desk” The watch desk is where firefighters sit and monitor the radio desk for calls to respond to.


This is still a developing story check back for further information.



You can read previous MidJersey.News stories on the Calhoun Street Firehouse being shot up here:



Photos by: Brian McCarthy, OnScene News


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

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

May 26, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Victim of Shooting Arrives At Capital Health With Gunshot Wound To Leg

May 25, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Trenton Police say that at 7:21 p.m. police responded to 38 N. Hermitage Ave for a Shot Spotter activation of five rounds. A short time later a male arrived at the Trauma Center at Capital Health Regional Medical Center with a gunshot wound to the leg. The victim is in stable condition. Police are investigating the shooting anyone with information is asked to contact Trenton Police Department.


File Photo by: Brian McCarthy



Police Investigate Stabbing Near Intersection Of Lalor And Beatty Streets In Trenton

May 24, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–According to Trenton Police Detective Lieutenant Bethesda Stokes, at 2:02 p.m. Police received a 9-1-1 call reporting a stabbing at the intersection of Lalor and Beatty Streets. The victim was stabbed in the chest two times. Trenton Police, Trenton EMS, Captial Health Paramedics and Trenton Fire Department all rendered aid to the victim. The condition of the victim is not known at this time. Police say that the suspects are two Hispanic males. The investigation is active. If you have any information related to the stabbing please contact Trenton Police Department


Photos and video by: Brian McCarthy, OnScene News



State Police and Partners Arrest 17 Fugitives, Including Individuals Wanted for Violent Crimes in Mercer County

May 24, 2022

Trenton, NJ (MERCER)–The New Jersey State Police Fugitive Unit coordinated a two-day cooperative mobile deployment that led to five firearms recovered and the arrest of 17 fugitives in Mercer County. This deployment is part of a comprehensive initiative to reduce violent crime statewide.

Detectives from the New Jersey State Police Fugitive Unit, Crime Suppression Central Unit, K-9 Central Unit, Real Time Crime Center Central Unit, Gangs & Organized Crime Central Unit, and Cyber Crimes Unit, along with members of the United States Marshals Service NY/NJ Regional Fugitive Task Force, the New Jersey Department of Corrections Special Operations Group, Mercer County Sheriff’s Office, and the Trenton Police Department conducted a two day Mobile Deployment Initiative (MDI) in the Mercer County area. The targets for the operation were identified through various investigative means including street-level intelligence, patrol advisories, and information provided by the various units within the New Jersey State Police’s Intelligence Section, Mercer County Sheriff’s Office, Trenton Police Department Intelligence and an analysis of current crime trends in the City of Trenton, provided by the Real Time Crime Center Central Unit.

From Thursday, May 12, to Friday, May 13, a total of 17 fugitives wanted by state, county, and local law enforcement agencies were apprehended at various locations in Mercer County. Those arrested were wanted for crimes including weapons/firearms offenses, aggravated assault, robbery, burglary, and various drug offenses. During the two-day initiative, five firearms were recovered and all suspects were lodged at Mercer County Jail.

“By working together to locate and apprehend dangerous fugitives we help reduce crime and make our communities safer,” said Acting Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin. “I commend the New Jersey State Police and our federal, state, county, and local partners for their work in this proactive crime suppression effort.”

“The New Jersey State Police works closely with our law enforcement partners, and we are committed to keeping our communities safe,” said Colonel Patrick J. Callahan, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police. “We target these violent offenders to get them off our streets and make sure they are swiftly brought to justice.”

Charges are mere accusations, and the accused are considered innocent until proven guilty.


Man Sitting On His Porch And Two Vehicles Struck By Gunfire In Drive By Shooting

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)—Trenton Police say that at 11:12 p.m. last night May 23, 2022, police responded to a Shot Spotter Activation for 5 rounds at 38 Walnut Avenue. Detective Lieutenant Bethesda Stokes said that it appeared that two vehicles were traveling on the street opened fire and struck two parked vehicles and a man sitting on his front porch. The man was struck in the left arm and was transported to the Trauma Center at Capital Health Regional Medical Center with non-life-threating injuries.

The investigation is still active and anyone with information is asked to contact Trenton Police Department.



Three Shot On MLK Boulevard In Stable Condition At Captial Health Regional Medical Center

May 23, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Trenton Police Detective Lieutenant Bethesda Stokes stated, that at 9:21 p.m. police responded to a call for gun possession in the area of the 700 Block of Martin Luther King Boulevard near Trent Street. While police were on scene at a park, they were advised that three individuals arrived at the Trauma Center at Capital Health Regional Medical Center with gunshot wounds. Victim #1 sustained a graze wound to the left leg and is in stable condition. Victim#2 sustained graze wound to the abdomen and left hand and two gunshot wounds to the right leg and is in stable condition, Victim #3 sustained 2 gunshot wounds to the left leg and is also in stable condition.

This is an active investigation. Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact Trenton Police Department.


Man Shot Dead And Another Shot In Arm, In West Hanover Street Shooting – Update

UPDATE of MidJersey.News story from earlier this morning:

May 22, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, Public Information Officer, Casey DeBlasio stated that at approximately 1:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 22, 2022, Trenton police received three Shot Spotter activations for multiple locations in the 100 block of West Hanover Street.  Upon arrival, officers located an adult male lying on the sidewalk suffering a gunshot wound.  He was transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center and pronounced dead a short time later.  The victim has been identified as Ali Abdullah, 25, of Trenton.

While officers were on scene, a second shooting victim arrived at Capital Health Regional Medical Center by private vehicle.  The 30-year-old male suffered a gunshot wound to his shoulder area and was taken into surgery.  He is currently in stable condition.

The majority of the scene was located on the side of 142 West Hanover Street in the State of New Jersey parking lot.  Numerous shell casings were located on the sidewalk next to the location.  Two vehicles were parked in the lot, and one had been struck numerous times.

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. Tips can also be emailed to mchtftips@mercercounty.org


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

  1. 2/15/2022 Antwone Barnes, 37, of Trenton, Stabbing
  2. 2/23/2022 Leonardo Fernandez, 32, of Trenton, Stabbing
  3. 3/01/2022 Shimon Nesmith Jr., 19, of Trenton, Shooting
  4. 3/03/2022 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


Photos by: Brian McCarthy, OnScene News




Trenton Police Investigate Double Shooting On West Hanover Street

UPDATE:

May 22, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)—Trenton Police Spokesperson, Detective Lieutenant Bethesda Stokes stated that at 1:02 a.m. Police responded to 153 W. Hanover Street for a Shot Spotter activation. When police arrived they located a black male not breathing on the side of 142 W. Hanover Street. Trenton Police started CPR, Trenton Firefighters, TEMS and Capital Health Paramedics arrived and took over CPR. The person was transported to the Trauma Center at Capital Health Regional Medical Center and a “trauma alert” was called en route to the hospital. Police also located a second victim shot in the shoulder and also transported to the hospital. Police found numerous shell casings at the scene during the continuing investigation. Anyone with any information related to the shooting is asked to contact Trenton Police Department.


Photos by: Brian McCarthy, OnScene News


Vehicle Found In D & R Canal Near Old Rose Street

May 20, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Just before 7:00 a.m. Trenton Police, Trenton Fire Department and Trenton EMS were detailed to the area of Old Rose Street for a vehicle in the water. Divers from Trenton Fire Department entered the D&R Canal to search the vehicle and no occupants were found in the submerged vehicle. Firefighters continued searching the canal for any victims but so far have not found any. The vehicle was in the process of being recovered. There are no further details available at this time.


Photos by: Brian McCarthy, OnScene News


“Angel Of Hope” Statue Recovered From Philadelphia Scrap Yard; Two Suspects Identified And Charged

May 19, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Trenton Police Department, Detective Lieutenant Bethesda Stokes stated that Today, May 19, 2022 the Angel of Hope statue was recovered from a scrap yard in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Trenton’s “Angel of Hope” monument was reported stolen from St. Michaels at the corner of North Warren & Perry Steets sometime over the weekend of May 6, 2022. A young homeless boy who picks up bibles from the church bookstore was the first to notice the statue was missing around 11:00 a.m. according to NJ 101.5

Police said from video surveillance footage obtained by the NJSP, Property Crimes Unit Detective Sergeant Kurfuss, Detectives Feliciano, Furman, Wood, Villanueva and Technical Services Unit Detective Michael Nazario of the Trenton Police Department were able to track down the vehicle used and individuals responsible for the theft. Two suspects have been identified and Charged with the offense.  The investigation is ongoing.

Thanks to the collaborative effort of the NJSP, Mercer County Prosecutors Office and Mercer County Sheriffs Department the Angel of Hope will be returned to its rightful home overlooking the city. 

The Angel of Hope was erected by Mayor Donal J. Connolly, Citizens Committee 1947-1959 and the City of Trenton. The monument was dedicated to the people of Trenton on October 27, 1986.


Trenton Police Department Photo:


Above photos by: Brian McCarthy



Two Shot On Tioga Street In Trenton

Update: According to Detective Lieutenant Bethesda Stokes of the Trenton Police Department at 12:54 p.m. in front of 250 Tioga Street two Hispanic males were shot. The suspect approached the victim and fired one shot into the window at the first victim sitting in the driver’s side of the car. The victim was shot at least once in the chest. The second victim was lying in the street and shot in the thigh and calf.  Both victims transported to Helene Fuld Hospital.

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TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Just before 1:00 p.m. shots rang out in 200 Block of Tioga Street. Trenton Police, Trenton Fire Department, Trenton EMS and Captial Health Paramedics responded to the scene. There were two victims found and an additional ambulance and paramedic unit were detailed to the scene. TEMS and Captial Health Paramedics transported two victims to Capital Health Regional Medical Center Trauma Unit and a “trauma alert” was called for both shooting victims. Trenton Police is on scene investigating the shooting. Story will be updated with further details from TPD when official information becomes available.


Photos and video by: Brian McCarthy



Mayor Gusciora Establishes Largest Public Safety Advisory Committee in New Jersey

Citizens’ panel will advise Mayor and Council in reports issued every six months; subcommittees to address particular needs in the community

May 16, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Today, Mayor W. Reed Gusciora established the largest public safety advisory committee in New Jersey, empowering 11 prominent members of the community to formalize the engagement process between City departments, community stakeholders, and the residents of Trenton.

“One mayor cannot do this alone. Two people, a mayor and a police director, can’t do this,” Gusciora said in a press conference at City Hall. “We must do this together. It’s going to take all of us. It’s going to take our police team, yes. But it’s also going to take our health team, our inspections team, our housing and fire and recreation teams.”

Known as the CHANGE (Citizens’ Health And Neighborhood Growth Engagement) Committee, its members will issue a public safety advisory report every six months, so that the administration, City Council, and other agencies like the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office and Trenton Public Schools can formally receive community feedback to inform decisions.



“It’s going to take community partners from the state, from Mercer County, and from inside our City — maybe even from City Council,” Gusciora continued. “But most of all, it’s going to take the engagement of our citizens. These remarkable citizens have offered their time and dedication as members of the inaugural CHANGE Committee. They are the leaders we need to start the discussion.”

The focus of the committee, laid out in the executive order, includes:

  1. Policies and Procedures
  2. Leadership, Talent, and Recruitment
  3. Use-of-Force Tactics and Less-than-Lethal Weaponry
  4. Community Relations and Partnerships

The eleven members of the CHANGE Committee are:

  • Charles Boyer
  • Jonette Smart
  • Kenneth Miles
  • Pearlie Ames-Murray
  • Phillip Bonaparte
  • Rachel Cogsville-Lattimer
  • Regina Thompson-Jenkins
  • Robert Donaldson
  • Rosa Lewis
  • Rosa Rosado
  • Timothy Jordan

The external agencies providing liaisons to the CHANGE Committee are:

  • Office of Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman
  • Office of State Senator Shirley Turner
  • Offices of Assembly Representatives Verlina Reynolds-Jackson & Anthony Verrelli
  • Trenton Public Schools
  • Trenton Housing Authority
  • Mercer County County Executive
  • Mercer County Commissioners
  • Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office

PHOTOS BY: Brian McCarthy OnScene News


3 Separate Shootings in Trenton, NJ Last Night

Update with information from TPD:

May 16, 2022

6:00 a.m. Update from Trenton Police:

627 Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard

Trenton Police responded to the area of 627 Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard – MLK at 11:45 p.m. for a Shot Spotter activation of multiple rounds fired. Police responded to the scene to locate a victim that was shot multiple times. The male is listed in critical but stable condition. Police report the investigation is ongoing.

80 Astbury Street

Trenton Police responded to area of 80 Astbury Street for a male shot at 11:41 p.m. When police arrived, they found a male with a gunshot wound to his hand and a laceration to his head from being pistol whipped. Trenton Police are investigating.


1:00 a.m. Update from Trenton Police: (Kirkbride Ave. Shooting)

Trenton Police received a ShotSpotter activation at 10:04 p.m. in the area of 125 Kirkbride Avenue. While Trenton Police were responding a female called reporting her adult son was shot. Police arrived and located a male suffering a gunshot to his lower leg and two-gunshots to his buttocks. Trenton PD reports taht the wounds were non-life-threatening and the investigation is ongoing.

See original MidJersey.News story below:


May 15, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Around 10:00 p.m. Trenton Police, Trenton Fire Department, TEMS and Captial Health Paramedics responded to the 100 Block of Kirkbride Avenue for a shooting victim. Less than a minute later the victim was reported in the area of Kirkbride Avenue and New Willow Street. EMS arrived on scene and treated the patient. The patient was transported to the Trauma Center at Captial Health Regional Medical Center at 10:16 p.m. and a “trauma alert” was called. Trenton Police are on scene investigating.


Two additional shootings were reported tonight, both around 11:45 p.m. a shooting on MLK Boulevard near Wayne Avenue. That person was transported to the hospital prior to the arrival of the Fire Department and EMS Services.

Another shooting at 80 Asbury Street near Steamboat Street at 11:45 p.m. a person was reported shot in the hand.




MidJersey.News file photos.


Former Mercer County Pharmacist Charged With Illegally Distributing Oxycodone And Other Opiates From Trenton Pharmacy

May 12, 2022

TRENTON, N.J. – A former pharmacist was arrested today for her role in distributing and dispensing outside the course of professional practice large quantities of oxycodone and other controlled substances from a pharmacy located in Trenton, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced.

Florence Ndubizu, 62, of Princeton Junction, New Jersey, is charged in a three-count indictment unsealed today with one count of conspiracy to unlawfully distribute and dispense and to possess with intent to distribute and to dispense Schedule II controlled substances, including oxycodone, between 2014 and 2017; one count of unlawfully distributing and dispensing a controlled substance; and one count of maintaining a premises for the illegal distribution of a controlled substance. Ndubizu is scheduled to make her initial appearance by videoconference this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Tonianne J. Bongiovanni.

According to documents filed in this case:

Between 2014 and 2017, Ndubizu was the co-owner and pharmacist-in-charge of Healthcare Pharmacy in Trenton. She and her employee conspirators, acting at her direction, systematically filled fraudulent prescriptions outside the usual course of professional practice, knowing that the drugs would not be used for a legitimate medical purpose, but instead would be illegally diverted, including to street-level drug dealers. Ndubizu, operating a single-location pharmacy, purchased and distributed millions of dosage units of oxycodone, including over 800,000 pills in 2014; over 900,000 pills in 2015; over 800,000 pills in 2016; and over 200,000 pills in 2017, until the DEA suspended the pharmacy’s registration. During each of the years 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017, Healthcare Pharmacy was one of the largest purchasers of oxycodone in the state of New Jersey. On Aug. 31, 2017, the DEA served Ndubizu with an order immediately suspending Healthcare Pharmacy’s ability to distribute controlled substances, including oxycodone.

Ndubizu diverted oxycodone pills to cash-paying customers, including street-level drug dealers with fraudulent prescriptions, and then evaded state and federal reporting requirements by manipulating the pharmacy’s dispensing records to conceal the missing inventory. The DEA conducted an audit of Healthcare Pharmacy’s inventory records and government reporting records and found that between April 2015 and August 2017 alone, Ndubizu and Healthcare Pharmacy diverted more than 80,000 oxycodone containing pills, containing more than 2 kilograms of oxycodone.

The conspiracy charged in Count One and substantive unlawful distribution of Schedule II controlled substances charged in Count Two each carry a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine, or twice the gross gain or loss from the offense, whichever is greatest. Count Three, charging Ndubizu with maintaining Healthcare Pharmacy as a drug-involved premises carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $500,000 fine, or twice the gross gain or loss from the offense, whichever is greatest.

U.S. Attorney Sellinger credited diversion investigators, special agents and task force officers of the DEA, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Susan A. Gibson, with the investigation leading to today’s arrest. He also thanked special agents of IRS – Criminal Investigation, officers of the Trenton Police Department, and the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office for their assistance.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Alexander E. Ramey of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Trenton.

The charges and allegations contained in the indictment are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. Ndubizu’s husband, Gordian A. Ndubizu, the co-owner of Healthcare Pharmacy, was also arrested today arrested today on tax evasion offenses charged in a separate indictment. Florence Ndubizu is not charged in the tax case.

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Mercer County Accounting Professor Charged With Tax Evasion And Filing False Tax Returns

May 12, 2022

TRENTON, N.J. – A Mercer County, New Jersey, man was arrested today for tax evasion and filing false tax returns, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced.

Gordian A. Ndubizu, 67, of Princeton Junction, New Jersey, is charged in an eight-count indictment unsealed today with four counts of tax evasion and four counts of filing false tax returns in tax years 2014 through 2017. He is scheduled to make his initial appearance by videoconference this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Tonianne J. Bongiovanni.

According to documents filed in this case:

During tax years 2014 through 2017, Ndubizu was a professor of accounting at a university in Pennsylvania as well as the co-owner of Healthcare Pharmacy in Trenton. The pharmacy was organized as an S corporation, the income of which flowed through to Ndubizu and his wife and was to be reported on their personal income tax returns. Ndubizu prepared fraudulent books and records for Healthcare Pharmacy inflating the pharmacy’s costs of goods sold to reduce and underreport the pharmacy’s actual profits flowing through to Ndubizu and his wife. Ndubizu identified certain wire transfers as payments to purchase goods sold by the pharmacy when these wire transfers were in fact made to personal bank accounts under Ndubizu’s control and to bank accounts in Nigeria associated with an automotive company under Ndubizu’s control. Each of Ndubizu’s tax returns for tax years 2014 through 2017 falsely underreported his income and falsely reported that he had no financial interest in or signature authority over any foreign bank accounts. Ndubizu failed to report approximately $3.3 million in income from the pharmacy, resulting in the evasion of approximately $1.3 million in tax due and owing.

Each count of tax evasion carries a maximum potential penalty of five years in prison and a maximum fine of $100,000. Each count of filing a false tax return carries a maximum potential penalty of three years in prison and a maximum fine of $100,000.

U.S. Attorney Sellinger credited special agents of IRS-Criminal Investigation Division, under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge Tammy Tomlins in Newark, with the investigation leading to today’s arrest. He also thanked diversion investigators with the Drug Enforcement Administration, officers of the Trenton Police Department, and Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office for their assistance.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Alexander E. Ramey of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Trenton.

The charges and allegations contained in the indictment are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. Ndubizu’s wife, Florence Ndubizu, the co-owner of Healthcare Pharmacy, was also was arrested arrested today on federal controlled substance offenses charged in a separate indictment. She is not charged in the tax fraud case.

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Statue Stolen in Front of St. Michael’s in Trenton

May 12, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Trenton’s “Angel of Faith” monument was reported stolen from St. Michaels at the corner of North Warren & Perry Steets sometime over the weekend. Someone used a saw to cut the statue down by its legs and only the feet remain where the statue once stood. The Angel of Faith was erected by Mayor Donal J. Connolly, Citizens Committee 1947-1959 and the City of Trenton. The monument was dedicated to the people of Trenton on October 27, 1986. It is reported that Trenton Police are investigating the incident. No additional information is available at this time.


Photo from St. Michael’s website

5/12/2022 Photos by: Brian McCarthy, OnScene News



Trenton Police Investigate Shooting

May 11, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Trenton Police Detective Lieutenant Bethesda Stokes told MidJersey.News that on May 10, 2022, at approximately 10:02 p.m., the Trenton Police Department Communications Bureau received a call for three (3) shots heard in the area of 206 Academy Street.  Patrol units were detailed to the area, where they located shell casings and blood droplets in the street in the area of 204-206 Academy Street. The scene was secured by Patrol.

 One male shot, in the lower leg (shin) and it is non-life threatening. He was brought into the hospital by his girlfriend in a Black Dodge Durango.

The Communications Bureau received a call from the Sheriff’s Office advising a male had walked into Capital Health Regional Medical Center suffering from a gunshot wound to the left shin (through and through).

Witnesses on scene stated there was a street fight amongst females prior to the shooting. 

Investigation ongoing. 


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2 Charged In Shooting That Wounded On Duty Trenton Firefighter Inside Firehouse

TPD Arrests Two Suspects Involved in April Firehouse Shooting

May 11, 2022 — Updated

Trenton, N.J. – Trenton Police Director Steve Wilson today announced that the Trenton Police Department (TPD), with assistance from the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office Tactical Response Team, apprehended the two suspects involved in this shooting without incident.

Members of the Mercer County Shooting Response Team are investigating a shooting incident which occurred on Tuesday, April 26, 2022 at approximately 8:38 PM in the area of 257 North Willow Street. It was during this incident that an on-duty firefighter of the Trenton Fire Department was struck by a stray bullet. Following an extensive investigation, the TPD and the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office apprehended Kena L. West and Zaequan Cofield.  

Kena L. West of Trenton, New Jersey was formally charged with criminal attempted murder, multiple counts of aggravated assault, possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose and unlawful possession of a weapon.

Zaequan Cofield of Trenton, New Jersey was formally charged with unlawful possession of a weapon, unlawful possession of armor penetrating rounds, possession of a defaced firearm, possession of a high capacity magazine, endangering the welfare of a child and obstructing the administration of law.

These charges and allegations are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. This is an ongoing investigation.


May 11, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Trenton Police Detective Lieutenant Bethesda Stokes told MidJersey.News that members of the Mercer County Shooting Response Team investigating a shooting incident which occurred on Tuesday, April 26, 2022 at approximately 8:38 PM in the area of 257 North Willow Street, where an on-duty firefighter of the Trenton Fire Department was struck by a stray bullet, have apprehended and charged Kena L. West following an extensive investigation. With the assistance of the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office Tactical Response Team, West along with Zaequan Cofield were apprehended without incident on the morning of May 7, 2022.


Kena West of Trenton, New Jersey was formally charged with Criminal Attempted Murder, multiple counts of Aggravated Assault, Possession of a Weapon for Unlawful Purpose, and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon.


Zaequan Cofield of Trenton, New Jersey, was formally charged with Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, Unlawful Possession of Armor Penetrating Rounds, Possession of a Defaced Firearm, Possession of a High Capacity Magazine, Endangering the Welfare of a Child, and Obstructing the Administration of Law.




File photos and video by: Brian McCarthy, OnScene News



 Kena West of Trenton, New Jersey was formally charged with Criminal Attempted Murder, multiple counts of Aggravated Assault, Possession of a Weapon for Unlawful Purpose, and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon.


Zaequan Cofield of Trenton, New Jersey, was formally charged with Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, Unlawful Possession of Armor Penetrating Rounds, Possession of a Defaced Firearm, Possession of a High Capacity Magazine, Endangering the Welfare of a Child, and Obstructing the Administration of Law.


Original April 26, 2022 MidJersey.News story here:

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Before 9:00 p.m., a city firefighter narrowly escaped serious injury when he was grazed by a stray bullet while he was on duty working out at the firehouse of Engine 1 and Ladder 1 on Calhoun Street Tuesday evening (April 26). Trenton Emergency Medical Service (TEMS) personnel were dispatched to an area of North Willow Street for a reported shooting. A short time later, TEMS resources were sent to the Calhoun Street firehouse – located a block or so away.

MidJersey.News talked to the injured firefighter by phone tonight and he is doing well. He has a minor graze wound to the left arm and is in good spirits. The injured firefighter stated that he was working out the elliptical trainer in the firehouse gym on the 2nd floor of the station and heard approximately 22 shots fired outside the station and down the block. One of those bullets came through the window and struck him on the left arm while he tried to get off the machine to take cover. The firefighter was immediately met by the crew in the station who came to his aid and checked for any other wounds and provided treatment. The firefighter stated that one bullet came through the window of the gym that struck him, and two other bullets went through the kitchen of the firehouse and one struck the refrigerator.

Timothy J. Carroll, Public Information Officer for the City of Trenton told MidJersey.News that the firefighter was working out at the firehouse and has a minor laceration.  Trenton Police received 12 shots on ShotSpotter, 11 cases recovered at the scene. There is no suspect at this time. Trenton Police has an investigation underway.


Scenes from Trenton Navy Week 2022

May 9, 2022

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



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


Trenton Central High School:


Steinert High School:


Salvation Army:


Crockett Middle School:


Trenton Thunder:



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

Boys and Girls Club:


Community Middle School Plainsboro:




Two Shot in Trenton; Self Transported to Hospital

May 8, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Trenton Police Spokesperson Detective Lieutenant Bethesda Stokes reported that early this morning at 5:00 a.m. a ShotSpotter Activation was received in the area of 194 Brunswick Avenue. Trenton Police Communications also received a call from a female victim reporting that she was shot in the chest and her boyfriend was shot a couple of times. The female reported she was driving the St. Francis Medical Center for Treatment. Both victims are alert and stable and the investigation is ongoing according to police. No other information is available at this time.


Two Shot in Trenton, Taken to Capital Health Trauma Center in Pickup Truck

May 6, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Officials say that Trenton Police Department received two shot spotter activations last night, May 5, 2022, one for Camden Street and other for 109 Calhoun Street, police arrived on scene at W. Hanover and located twenty casings and blood splatter. Police officers also spotted a white pickup leaving the scene at a high rate of speed. Trenton Police sent additional units to Capital Health Regional Medical Center Trauma Unit where they located a white pickup truck that dropped off two shooting victims, first victim was shot in the abdomen and other was shot in the hand both victims are in stable condition. The Shooting Response Team is investigating. 


Photos by: Brian McCarthy


Developing: Crime Scene Set Up at Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton


UPDATE HERE:


May 5, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Sometime around 7:30 p.m. it was reported that the West Entrance of Capital Health was closed for “Police Activity” Photos from the scene show police activity, crime scene tape and white Chevrolet Silverado parked by the Trauma Center entrance. It is unclear exactly why the entrance was taped off with crime scene tape and the area being watched by Trenton Police. There is speculation that it is shooting related. MidJersey.News has reached out to City Officials and the County Prosecutor’s Office for official information and has not received a reply yet.

Check back for further details.


Photos by: Brian McCarthy OnScene News


Trenton Fire Department Quickly Extinguishes Kitchen Fire at Rescue Mission

May 5, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)-Around 8:30 p.m. a fire was reported in the kitchen at the Rescue Mission on Carol Street. The first arriving firefighters reported that there was a fire in the kitchen, partly contained by suppression system but not completely out and the building was evacuated. An “all hands” was called sending additional manpower and equipment to the scene. Firefighters stretched a 1 3/4″ line to the kitchen and extinguished the fire and kept it from spreading to the rest of the building. The fire marshal, building inspector and a health inspector were called to the scene. No additional information is available at this time.


Photos by: Brian McCarthy OnScene News


Hamilton Township Firefighters Extricate Driver from Overturned Truck on I-295

May 3, 2022

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Just after noon today the Hamilton Township Fire Department was dispatched to Interstate 295 South Bound in the area of Mile Post 62.4 for an overturned truck with entrapment. New Jersey State Police, RWJ Hamilton EMS and Captial Health Paramedics also responded to the scene. Upon arrival firefighters reported they had a truck off the roadway and the driver was trapped and needed extrication. Firefighters performed the extrication in about 10 minutes and turned the occupant over to EMS for treatment. EMS transported to Captial Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton and a “trauma alert” was called. New Jersey State Police is investigating the crash. No further information is available at this time.





Emergency Workers Talk Man Off Ledge of Broad Street Bank Building

May 3, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Trenton Police, Trenton Fire Department, TEMS and Captial Health Paramedics were all dispatched to the Broad Street Bank Building, 143 East State Street for a man in his early twenties threating to jump from a ledge at 7:38 p.m. Emergency responders stayed with and talked to the man for over six hours to convince him to come down. The incident resolved at 1:44 a.m. and the entire scene was clear by 2:30 a.m. The person was transported to the hospital for treatment. No additional information is available.

The scene last night around the Broad Street Bank Building located at 143 East State Street


The incident last night reminds us of a similar incident that happened twenty years ago in April of 2002 on the same building. Trenton Fire Department responded and was able to save a man from jumping. Watch the WZBN news story here:


Commanding Officer of USS New Jersey SSN-796, Receives a Proclamation as Trenton Navy Week Kicks Off May 2 to 8

May 2, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–This morning at the historic Eagle Tavern on Broad Street, Commanding Officer of the Virginia Class nuclear submarine, USS New Jersey, SSN-796, Jared Smith received a proclamation for Trenton Navy Week from Trenton Mayor Reed Gusciora and Trenton North Ward Councilwoman Marge Caldwell-Wilson.

The Navy be sending roughly 100 sailors into the greater Trenton area for the week, who will be meeting with area students to talk about the importance of STEM education, volunteering at local non-profits, and holding community events to get sailors out into the community. All told, there will be upwards of 75 events held during Trenton Navy Week with sailors coming from commands based all over the country.

Trenton was chosen as one of 14 cities to host Navy Week across the country this year and takes place May 2-8, 2022. This year is set to be the first time a Navy Week has been held in the state of New Jersey in the history of the program. A planned Trenton Navy Week of 2020 which had to be scrapped due to COVID.

PCU New Jersey (SSN 796) is a Virginia-class attack submarine.

The Virginia-class, also known as the VA-class or 774-class, is a class of nuclear-powered fast attack submarines in service with the U.S. Navy. The submarines are designed for a broad spectrum of open-ocean and littoral missions. They were conceived as a less expensive alternative to the Seawolf-class attack submarines, designed during the Cold War era, and are replacing older Los Angeles-class submarines, 29 of which have already been decommissioned.

According to Wikipedia SSN 796, New Jersey was christened on November 13, 2021 and launched on April 14, 2022. The New Jersey is the first US Navy submarine designed for a mixed-gender crew.


(Left) Jared Smith, the Commanding Officer of the soon-to-be commissioned Virginia Class nuclear submarine, USS New Jersey receives a Proclamation for Trenton Navy Week from (Right) Trenton Mayor Reed Gusciora and (Center) Trenton North Ward Councilwoman Marge Caldwell-Wilson. Photo by: Brian McCarthy, OnScene News




25-Year-Old Victim Identified in Yesterday’s Mass Shooting in Trenton, NJ

May 2, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–The Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office has identified the deceased from yesterday’s mass shooting as Jamir McNeil, 25 of Trenton and is the city’s 10th homicide of 2022.

The Mercer County Homicide Task Force and the Trenton Police Department are investigating a shooting that occurred Sunday afternoon in Trenton, Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri reported.

Yesterday at approximately 1:30 p.m. on May 1, 2022, the Shot Spotter activation system reported multiple rounds in the 800 block of Beatty Street. Moments later, several 911 calls were received reporting multiple people shot.

Police responded to the scene and located three adult male victims suffering gunshot wounds. Two victims were located in the 100 block of Randall Avenue and one was located on Beatty Street. The victim located on Beatty Street was transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead a short time later. The two additional victims are being treated. Preliminary investigation indicates two of the three shooting victims, including the deceased, were targeted.

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


TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Yesterday at 1:28 p.m. Trenton Police, Trenton EMS, Trenton Fire Department and Captial Health Paramedics responded to the area of 159 Randall for a person shot. When Trenton firefighters arrived on scene, they reported multiple people shot and requested additional ambulances, paramedics, and additional firefighters to the scene to help. There were reports of two victims on Randal between 140-160 and another victim in the 800 block of Beatty Street inside a bodega. CPR was being performed on the victim inside the bodega and a “Trauma Alert” “Trauma Arrest” was called during transportation to Captial Health’s Trauma Center. One of the victims on Randall reportedly had an upper extremity gun shot wound and a tourniquet was applied. In total three people were transported to the Trauma Center at Capital Health Regional Medical Center all with “Trauma Alerts” called.

Trenton Police were seen marking off areas with crime scene tape and it appeared that there were 12 to 13 markers for shell casings Randall Avenue. The Mercer County Homicide Task Force was on scene investigating.


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

As of May 1, 2022 there have been 10 homicides in the city of Trenton.


Photos from the scene yesterday by: Dennis Symons, MidJersey.News and Brian McCarthy, OnScene News