Category: Trenton

Shooting Homicide on Race Street in Trenton Under Investigation

September 17, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–The Mercer County Homicide Task Force and the Trenton Police Department are investigating a shooting that occurred in Trenton early Friday morning that left one victim dead, Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri reported.

At approximately 12:53 a.m., on September 17, 2021, Trenton police were dispatched to a home on Race Street on a report of an unresponsive male. Responding officers located a 37-year-old male victim with gunshot wounds, identified as Jeff Charles of Trenton, NJ. He was pronounced deceased.

The investigation is ongoing, and no arrests have been made. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Bill Jones at the Mercer County Homicide Task Force office, (609) 989-6406. Tips can also be emailed to mchtftips@mercercounty.org.


Names of 2021* homicide victims: 

  1. 2/18/2021 Jabree Saunders, 26, from shooting on May 14, 2018
  2. 2/22/2021 Khalil Gibbs, 25, of West Windsor, shooting
  3. 2/25/2021 Lovelle Laramore, 60, of Trenton shooting
  4. 4/15/2021 Kaheem Carter, 22, of Trenton, shooting
  5. 4/20/2021 Shaquan McNeil, 25, of Trenton, shooting
  6. 4/24/2021 Cheryl Jones, 65, of Trenton, shooting
  7. 4/29/2021 Ramire Harvey, 25, of Trenton, shooting
  8. 5/15/2021 David Williams 36, of Trenton, shooting
  9. 5/29/2021 Edgar Geovani Sis-Luis, 34, of Trenton, aggravated manslaughter
  10. 7/05/2021 Dion Ellis, 16, Trenton, Shooting
  11. 7/14/2021 Pablo Herrera Chun, 53, Trenton, Shooting
  12. 7/19/2021 William Mitchell, 33, Trenton, Shooting
  13. 7/19/2021 Jermel Carter, 38, Trenton, Shooting
  14. 7/29/2021 Leonard Pettigrew, 58, Trenton, Shooting
  15. 7/30/2021 Shaquil Loftin, 23, Shooting, Trenton
  16. 8/01/2021 Daquan Basnight, 30, of Ewing, Shooting
  17. 8/13/2021 Javier Chaj-Ajtun, 33, of Trenton, Shooting
  18. 8/19/2021 Herberth Ramirez Pimentel, 37, of Trenton, Shooting
  19. 8/23/2021 Yanquai Edwards, 25, of Rancocas, NJ, Shooting
  20. 8/25/2021 Daron Cheston, 18, Trenton, Shooting
  21. 8/30/2021 Fred Davis, 43, Trenton, Shooting
  22. 9/06/2021 Shamiem Young, 26, Trenton, Shooting
  23. 9/17/2021 Jeff Charles, 37, Trenton, Shooting

*Updated to reflect the person who died in 2021 from complications from a shooting on May 14, 2018 as per medical examiner report.


Double Stabbing at Kingsbury Towers In Trenton

September 17, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Trenton Police, TEMS, Capital Health Paramedics and Trenton Fire responded to the West Tower of the Kingsbury Corporation around 12:15 a.m. for a stabbing. After locating two stabbing victims, It was reported that one of the victims was found near 4 Kingsbury Square.

Trenton EMS transporting one victim called a trauma alert at 12:23 a.m. The second unit with another victim called a trauma alert at 12:31 a.m.

According to Trenton Police Sgt. Ponticiello, two individuals involved in an alteration both were transported to hospital for treatment one of them was the  suspect and subsequently arrested.

No further information is available at this time.


TPD Charges Trenton Man for Illegal Dumping at Amtico Square

September 16, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Acting Trenton Police Director Steve Wilson today announced that a Trenton man was charged with illegal dumping and other offenses after an anonymous tip was reported to TPD about illegal dumping at Amtico Square.

Robert V. Phillips, 59, of Trenton, was issued a summons for illegal dumping, trespassing on city property, and failure to change address.

Detectives received an anonymous tip of illegal dumping at 67 Tyrell Avenue and Amtico Square. Upon arrival, detectives encountered Phillips at the back of his vehicle taking apart an air conditioning unit. After observing various parts of the air conditioning on the ground and the back of Phillips’ truck, detectives questioned Phillips, who admitted that he uses the area to break down materials and hasn’t lived in the home in eight years. Phillips stated that he is aware that the property is city owned. He was issued a summons, and police confiscated his vehicle without incident.

The charges were made pursuant to Director Wilson’s Daytime Task Force, which seeks to provide additional resources to address quality of life issues throughout the City of Trenton, including aggressive panhandling, prostitution, speeding, illegal dumping, and open-air drug dealing.

“This instance of illegal dumping is the perfect example of why we formed our Daytime Task Force,” said Director Wilson. “We are going to use every tool at our disposal to keep our neighborhoods safe and clean. My thanks go out to the residents who passed along the information and the detectives who responded promptly to the scene.”

“We constantly strive to create an administration that is responsive to longstanding resident concerns, and illegal dumping has been a problem for far too long,” said Mayor Gusciora. “Trenton residents gave us a mandate, and we’re responding accordingly. Let this case be an example to others that the entire community and the TPD are on the lookout for these crimes.”

Anyone witnessing illegal dumping or have information regarding quality-of-life concerns should contact the TPD anonymous tip line at (609) 989-3784.

The charges and allegations are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.


Ewing Township Carjacker Busted In Trenton With Help From The NJSP Real Time Crime Center

September 16, 2021

EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)—On Monday September 13, 2021 at 9:54 a.m. the Ewing Township Police dispatch center received a phone call from a victim stating that he was just carjacked in the area of 62 Ronald DeLorenzo Avenue. Responding officers made contact with the victim, who had injuries consistent with being involved in a fight. The victim stated he was sitting in his car in the parking lot with his window partially open when he was approached by a male who asked if he had any weed and began peering into his vehicle. The suspect then pulled the victims door open and a fight ensued outside the vehicle. During the fight, the suspect was able to enter the victim’s vehicle and drive away.

With the assistance of the New Jersey State Police Real Time Crime Center in Trenton, the vehicle was eventually stopped by Trenton Police in the area of Perrry and Stockton Streets in Trenton. When stopped, the vehicle was being operated by Isaia Parker, 27, of Ewing. Parker was also identified as the suspect from the Ewing carjacking and was subsequently charged by Ewing Police with Carjacking, Aggravated Assault and Weapons offenses.

The incident remains under investigation. Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to contact Ewing Police Officer Michael Manfredi at (609) 882-1313 ext. 7590 or Detective Nick Muscente at (609) 882-1313 ext. 7596

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


Mayor Gusciora Condemns Proposed Ordinance to Move HED Redevelopment Oversight to City Council

Ordinance 21-023 to be introduced at Sept. 14, 2021 City Council Meeting

September 14, 2021

Press release from Mayor W. Reed Gusciora’s Office:

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Mayor W. Reed Gusciora today issued a statement condemning proposed City Council Ordinance 21-023, which rewrites entire sections of municipal code governing the Department of Housing and Economic Development, including having the Director report only to City Council on all redevelopment matters:

“There is no way that the founders of our municipal form of government would envision a part-time city council as the sole redevelopment authority in a city like Trenton. Given that Council already has the power to evaluate, approve or disapprove pending redevelopment projects, this ordinance seems to be nothing more than a shameless power grab that will serve only to delay more than a hundred million dollars of badly needed redevelopment that is in the pipeline right now.

Both the executive and legislative branches are elected to work together for our residents. Even with the conflict that often defines this era of local Trenton politics, my office, working with City Council, has made tremendous progress pushing redevelopment forward. In just the last year, we celebrated the Van Sciver, Jennings Village, and Vessel redevelopment projects, which collectively will turn multiple vacant lots into hundreds of affordable and market rate housing units. We even came together on a UEZ loan for Princeton Hydro, sold city property to help TerraCycle expand, and put forward a cannabis ordinance that will bring numerous redevelopment opportunities to the Capital City, including the downtown district. This is just a sample of what we can achieve when we work together.

How, then, would the city be better served by cutting my Administration out of this effort? Is a Council working on a part-time basis somehow better equipped to oversee redevelopment all on its own?

If anything, Council has already given us plenty of reasons to be concerned about them wielding total oversight over redevelopment. Several Council members wouldn’t even consider our plan to purchase and redevelop the still-vacant Westside Plaza as an alternative to the awful 2009 leasing agreement that costs the city $42,000 a month with no benefit to area residents. I’m still stunned that they entertained a proposal to buy the beloved Roebling Wire Works building for a mere $200,000 during a secret executive session that was closed off to the public. Lastly, Roebling Block 2, which would now be a bustling commercial district employing Trenton residents, remains a desolate fire hazard after Council torched the common-sense Princetel redevelopment plan two years ago.

Looking back at these projects, it’s clear that continued cooperation between my office and City Council is the only way forward. As such, I encourage City Council and our residents to reject this divisive and utterly counterproductive ordinance.”




Hughes Announces Opening Of FEMA/Mercer Disaster Recovery Center

Weekdays 7 a.m.-7 p.m.; weekends 8 a.m.-5 p.m., at Hollowbrook Center

September 14, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–

TRENTON – Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Mercer County has opened a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) at Hollowbrook Community Center, 320 Hollowbrook Drive, Ewing Township, to assist any Mercer County residents or businesses whose property was damaged in the remnants of Hurricane Ida. The DRC is open starting today, Sept. 14 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sunday. Residents do not need to schedule an appointment to visit the center, nor must they be Mercer County residents.

The DRC will be staffed by FEMA representatives who can provide information on FEMA disaster aid and answer questions. Again, the DRC is open to residents and businesses from every municipality in Mercer County, and residents from any other county that received the FEMA “Disaster” declaration.

On Sept. 10, Mercer County residents were declared eligible to register for Individual Assistance with FEMA. Residents who previously registered for assistance via the Internet or by phone do not need to visit the DRC, but can ask questions or seek further information in person at the DRC. The eligibility for FEMA Individual Assistance means residents or business owners whose properties were directly damaged by the flooding or storm events on September 1-3 can apply to recoup their losses.

What is a Disaster Recovery Center?

A DRC is a readily accessible facility or mobile office where applicants may go for information about FEMA or other disaster assistance programs, or for questions related to a specific case.

Some of the services that a DRC may provide:

  • Guidance regarding disaster recovery
  • Clarification of any written correspondence received
  • Housing Assistance and Rental Resource information
  • Answers to questions, resolution to problems and referrals to agencies that may provide further assistance
  • Status of applications being processed by FEMA.
  • SBA program information if there is a SBA Representative at the Disaster Recovery Center site.

Affected residents and business owners can begin the disaster application process by registering online at DisasterAssistance.gov or registering by phone at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired.

The toll-free numbers are available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. local time Monday through Sunday, and applicants registering for aid should be prepared to provide basic information such as their name, the name of the business, address, phone number, insurance coverage, and other information to help substantiate losses.

Individual Assistance, if awarded, can cover reimbursement for a variety of storm-related expenses.

These include, but are not limited to: rental payments for temporary housing for those whose homes are uninhabitable; grants for home repairs and replacement of essential household items not covered by insurance; low-interest loans to cover residential losses not fully compensated by insurance; loans for small businesses that suffered disaster-related cash flow problems; and loans for farmers and other agriculture operators to cover property loss.

Additionally, mall businesses and most private nonprofit organizations in Mercer County are eligible to apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loans from the Small Business Administration. For more information, visit https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/ela/s/.

Residents in need of assistance with damage from Tropical Storm Ida may call a Home Cleanup Hotline at 844-965-1386 to be connected with volunteers from local relief organizations and community groups that may be able to assist with cutting fallen trees, removing drywall, flooring and appliances, tarping roofs and mitigating mold.

The hotline will remain open through Sept. 17


City of Trenton Demolishing 20 Abandoned Structures as Part of Strategic Blight Reduction Project Targeting More Than 130 Properties

Residents can track current and upcoming demolition projects at https://trentondemolition.com

September 14, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Mayor W. Reed Gusciora today announced that demolitions are underway at more than 20 properties on Fountain Ave, Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Wilson St, North Clinton Ave, Frazier St, and Stuyvesant Ave as part of a strategic demolition plan that seeks to take down more than 130 blighted properties based on public safety concerns, development potential, resident complaints and other factors.

“Now that the worst of COVID-19 is hopefully behind us, we are moving full speed ahead on our strategic demolition plan targeting some of the most blighted sites throughout Trenton,” said Mayor Gusciora. “Our HED personnel worked with real estate professionals, public safety officers, community action groups, and city planners in identifying the locations we believe will have the biggest impact on public safety, tax revenue and making neighborhoods more welcoming to current and prospective residents.”

Demolitions started last Friday on Fountain Ave and will continue at the following locations:

18 Fountain Ave

20 Fountain Ave

22 Fountain Ave

24 Fountain Ave

26 Fountain Ave

28 Fountain Ave

704 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd

706 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd

362 North Clinton Ave

364 North Clinton Ave

37 Wilson St

41 Wilson St

43 Wilson St

45 Wilson St

47 Wilson St

525 Stuyvesant Ave

527 Stuyvesant Ave

529 Stuyvesant Ave

155-157 Frazier St

The Department of Housing and Economic Development (HED) uses two parallel tracks for demolitions: imminent hazards and long-term strategic demolitions of city-owned properties. Imminent hazards are evaluated and taken down on a case-to-case basis according to their immediate threat to nearby residents and property. Strategic demolitions are targeted based on several factors:

Proximity to attractive development areas
History of complaints from sub code officials, residents and first responders
Cost effectiveness due to ability to be bundled with adjacent or nearby properties of similar condition
Location within ‘hot zones’ of historically high abandonment
The property demolitions announced today are part of 136 properties currently targeted under the strategic demolition plan. Most of the properties in this list still await final bid and City Council approval. A second phase of property demolitions will go out to bid in October 2021.

Residents can track HED’s progress at https://trentondemolition.com, which outlines recently completed demolitions, current projects, and sites under review. The new website – which is in its beta form – allows users to see the exact location along with before and after photos for each project. Property demolitions from previous programs are still being uploaded to the webpage.

“The goal is to use our finite resources to make the biggest impact for our residents,” said HED Director C. Andre Daniels. “Targeting these properties helps insulate our homes from price drops, reduce fire hazards, eliminate havens for criminal activity, and increase interest for both first time home-owners and large developers eager for a diverse city with easy access to public transportation.”

Acting Trenton Police Director Steve Wilson Announces Formation of a New Daytime Task Force to Address Open-Air Drug Dealing, Panhandling and Other Quality of Life Issues

Broadened Street Crimes Strategy to Augment Existing Efforts Targeting Guns and Drugs

September 14, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Acting Police Director Steve E. Wilson today announced the formation of a Daytime Task Force to provide additional resources to address quality of life issues throughout the City of Trenton, including aggressive panhandling, prostitution, speeding, illegal dumping and open-air drug dealing.

The task force will operate out of the Patrol Bureau over the next eight weeks and will be reinforced by partner agencies, including the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office and the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office.

“This is about taking our neighborhoods and business districts back, block by block,” said Director Wilson. “Every day residents and businesses reach out to us about these issues, including when I toured the downtown district on Friday. Well, we hear you loud and clear. Our thanks to the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office and the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department who agreed to aid our team and help us address these issues before they invite more drugs, guns, and other severe crimes into Trenton.”

The task force will augment current Trenton Police Department (TPD) efforts to combat the city’s drug trade and address quality of life complaints throughout Trenton. On Aug. 20, 2021, the TPD conducted a prostitution sweep operation in the area of Hamilton Avenue and South Clinton Avenue, which resulted in six arrests. In addition, between Sept. 6, 2021 through Sept. 7, 2021, TPD officers arrested six individuals from outside of Trenton who allegedly engaged in aggressive panhandling targeting motorists at intersections in the city.

Meanwhile the TPD continues to step up enforcement against street level dealers and gun crimes. From Aug. 25, 2021 through Aug. 30, 2021, TPD detectives arrested six individuals on gun and drug related crimes, which resulted in the seizure of four firearms, 200 doses of heroin, and more than $14,000 in suspected drug proceeds.

Since July 1, 2021, the TPD has made 690 arrests and seized 40 guns, 2,539 grams of cocaine, 4,694 decks of heroin, 1,500 grams of raw heroin, and $402,766 in suspected illegal proceeds.

The TPD has also recently formed a burglary task force, which will continue its efforts to reduce property crimes. On Aug. 21, 2021, TPD detectives arrested Juan Obando-Murillo, 39, of Trenton, who is suspected of carrying out three recent burglaries in Trenton.

These charges and allegations are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.


Trenton at Hamilton West High School Football

September 13, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Trenton Central High School Football traveled to Hamilton West on Saturday September 11, 2021. The final score was Trenton 6 Hamilton West 27. A special commemorative coin to Honor and Remember September 11, 2001 was used for the coin toss.


Trenton Police Investigate Shooting On Bayard Street

September 12, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–At approximately 6:00 a.m. Trenton Police, TEMS, and Capital Health Paramedics responded to the area of the 100 Block of Bayard Street between Whittaker Avenue and Hudson Street. Trenton Police say that one individual was shot and is listed in stable condition. Police report the investigation is ongoing. No further information is available at this time.



September 11 Events Throughout Mercer County

September 11, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Mercer County Executive, Brian M. Hughes said, It’s hard to believe it’s been two decades since the terrorist attacks that took the lives of nearly 3,000 people in New York City, at the Pentagon and in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. Tragically, we’ve lost many more since; heroic first responders and others who spent weeks and months working at Ground Zero, and who have since died from cancer or respiratory illness.

While 20 years may seem like a long time, we continue to mourn the loss of innocent life on that fateful day. In Mercer County, many residents lost loved ones and friends, and continue to bear the scars of having their lives changed forever by senseless violence. So, every year on this date, we honor the victims of September 11 by coming together in solemn remembrance, quiet reflection and in service.

But honoring their memory isn’t limited to a formal ceremony on or near the anniversary date.

The County’s September 11 Memorial – which opened in Mercer County Park in West Windsor on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 – was designed to be a special place where people can go for solace and comfort 365 days a year. I encourage everyone to visit that memorial when the time is right for you, to spend a few moments in quiet reflection and remembrance.

And most importantly, each and every day, we can honor the memory of the victims of September 11 by embracing peace and hope, and not losing sight of the principles on which America stands, such as tolerance, inclusion and caring. Each and every day, we can honor their memory by celebrating our oneness as a nation and our unity in the face of adversity.

September 11 Events Throughout Mercer County

8 a.m.,  New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs; 101 Eggerts Crossing Road, Lawrence Township.

8:30 a.m., Lawrence Township 9/11 Memorial Ceremony; Memorial Park, Pilla Avenue, Lawrence Township.

9:45 a.m., Robbinsville Professional Firefighters Association will conduct its 20th annual ceremony at the 9/11 memorial site on Lake Drive.

10 a.m., Hamilton Township September 11th 20th Anniversary Ceremony; Memorial Grove, Veterans Park, Klockner Road Entrance, Hamilton.

10 a.m.,  East Windsor Township 9/11 Program & Wreath Laying Ceremony, East Windsor Municipal Building, Lanning Blvd.

10:30 a.m., Ewing Township 9/11 20th Anniversary Ceremony, Ewing Township Municipal Complex, 2 Jake Garzio Drive, Ewing.

11 a.m., Hopewell Valley 9/11 Memorial Ceremony, Woolsey Park, presented by the Sept. 11th & Emergency Services Memorial Committee.

12 noon, Princeton’s 9/11 Memorial Dedication, 2 Mount Lucas Road, Princeton, in front of the Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad. The 9/11 Committee will dedicate a permanent memorial containing an 8-foot piece of steel recovered from the World Trade Center.

7 p.m., West Windsor Township 9/11 “20th Anniversary” Ceremony; Twin Ponds Memorial at the Ronald R. Rogers Arboretum, intersection of Clarksville and Princeton-Hightstown Road.


FEMA Has Approved A Major Disaster Declaration For Mercer County

September 11, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes announced yesterday that FEMA has approved a Major Disaster Declaration in Mercer County, allowing individuals impacted by Tropical Storm Ida last week to register at www.disasterassistance.gov for direct assistance for Ida-related recovery.

Mr. Hughes urged those who were impacted by last week’s storm to register for assistance that may include home repairs, temporary housing, low-cost loans and other programs. FEMA advises individuals who have homeowners or renters insurance to file a claim as soon as possible. By law, FEMA cannot duplicate benefits for losses covered by insurance, but those who are uninsured or underinsured may be eligible for federal assistance.

“I greatly appreciate FEMA’s response to the situation here in Mercer County, where residents in some of our communities are in dire need of assistance,” Mr. Hughes said.  “And I thank the Biden Administration, Senators Booker and Menendez, Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman, and Governor Phil Murphy, as well as our county Office of Emergency Management, for their help in getting Mercer much-needed federal aid and accelerating our recovery process. I also thank our residents for their patience and perseverance during this difficult time.”

The fastest and easiest way to apply for assistance is by visiting www.disasterassistance.gov or by downloading the FEMA App on the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.

If it is not possible to apply online, call 800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585). The toll-free telephone lines operate from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. CDT, seven days a week. Those who use a relay service such as a videophone, InnoCaption or CapTel should update FEMA with their specific number assigned to that service.

When you apply for assistance, FEMA advises having the following information readily available:

• A current phone number where you can be contacted
• Your address at the time of the disaster and the address where you are now staying
• Your Social Security number
• A general list of damage and losses
• If insured, the policy number or the agent and/or the company name

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) low-interest disaster loans are available for homeowners, renters, businesses of any size and most nonprofits. Similar to FEMA, SBA cannot duplicate benefits for losses covered by insurance.

• For small businesses, those engaged in aquaculture and most nonprofits, up to $2 million is available for working capital needs even if there was no property damage, with a $2 million maximum loan for any combination of property damage and working capital needs.
• For homeowners: up to $200,000 is available to repair or replace their primary residence. For homeowners and renters: up to $40,000 is available to replace personal property, including vehicles.

Businesses and residents canapply at https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/ela/s/.For information and assistance completing an application, call 800-659-2955 or email DisasterCustomerService@sba.gov. SBA will answer specific questions about how a disaster loan may help each survivor recover from the disaster damage.

In addition, residents in need of assistance with damage from Tropical Storm Ida may call a Home Cleanup Hotline at 844-965-1386 to be connected with volunteers from local relief organizations and community groups that may be able to assist with cutting fallen trees, removing drywall, flooring and appliances, tarping roofs and mitigating mold. The hotline will remain open through Sept. 17.






BudBandit’s Vehicle Goes Up In Smoke in Trenton Arson

September 9, 2021 — Updated

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–The Trenton Fire Department was detailed for a vehicle fire sometime around 5:00 a.m. in front of 312 East State Street. Upon arrival they found a marked BudBandit’s “PotTrooper” vehicle smoking and on fire. Once the fire was extinguished fire department called for the on duty Fire Marshal. The Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office Arson Unit was also detailed to the scene. The fire is under investigation by Trenton Police and the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office. No additional details are available at this time.

Trenton Police Sgt. Ponticiello told MidJersey.news that the investigation as an arson is ongoing.


State Police Arrest 3 and Seize $70,000 worth of Drugs and Cash In Trenton

September 9, 2021

Trenton, NJ (MERCER)–The New Jersey State Police have arrested Malcolm Echols, 29, Abdul Patilla, 40, and Anthony Brown, 29, all of Trenton, N.J., and seized $70,000 worth of drugs and $23,000 cash.

On August 27, 2021, while investigating alleged drug activity in Trenton, detectives with the New Jersey State Police Crime Suppression Central Unit along with members of the New Jersey State Police Opioid Enforcement Task Force obtained information that narcotics were being distributed out of a residence on Fulton Street.

Through various investigative means, detectives determined that Echols, Patilla, and Brown were distributing narcotics in the area and operating out of the residence. Later that day, detectives executed search warrants at the residence and on a vehicle registered to Brown. As a result, detectives arrested Echols, Patilla, and Brown and seized five pounds of marijuana, more than two pounds of ecstasy pills, and $23,000 cash.

Malcolm Echols was charged with possession of ecstasy with intent to distribute, possession of CDS with intent to distribute within 500 feet of a park, and money laundering. Abdul Patilla was charged with money laundering and loitering. Anthony Brown was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and money laundering. They were all lodged at the Mercer County Jail pending a bail detention hearing.

To date, the OETF has conducted 227 enforcement operations and seized more than 1,013,016 individual doses of packaged opioids valued at $5,065,080, more than 93 kilograms of raw heroin valued at $5,580,000, more than 84 kilograms of fentanyl valued at $4,200,000, more than 76,000 fentanyl based pills valued at $760,000, more than 55 kilograms of cocaine valued at $1,980,000, more than 27 kilograms of methamphetamine valued at $270,000, more than $4,174,962 in U.S. currency, and 205 firearms. The OETF has also disrupted or dismantled 46 fully operational opioid packaging facilities, seven fully operational fentanyl pill-pressing operations, and arrested 486 suspects during this time.

This case is being prosecuted by the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office.

Charges are merely accusations, and the accused are presumed innocent until proven guilty.


Trenton Man, 26, Dies From Multiple Gunshot Wounds In Faircrest Avenue Shooting

September 7, 2021

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

Police responded to the first block of Faircrest Avenue just before midnight on Monday, September 6. Multiple shell casings were discovered at the scene along with two vehicles that had been struck by gunfire. A victim who suffered multiple gunshot wounds was transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center by private vehicle and pronounced dead at 12:01 a.m. The victim has been identified as Shamiem Young, 26, of Trenton.

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


Names of 2021* homicide victims: 

  1. 2/18/2021 Jabree Saunders, 26, from shooting on May 14, 2018
  2. 2/22/2021 Khalil Gibbs, 25, of West Windsor, shooting
  3. 2/25/2021 Lovelle Laramore, 60, of Trenton shooting
  4. 4/15/2021 Kaheem Carter, 22, of Trenton, shooting
  5. 4/20/2021 Shaquan McNeil, 25, of Trenton, shooting
  6. 4/24/2021 Cheryl Jones, 65, of Trenton, shooting
  7. 4/29/2021 Ramire Harvey, 25, of Trenton, shooting
  8. 5/15/2021 David Williams 36, of Trenton, shooting
  9. 5/29/2021 Edgar Geovani Sis-Luis, 34, of Trenton, aggravated manslaughter
  10. 7/05/2021 Dion Ellis, 16, Trenton, Shooting
  11. 7/14/2021 Pablo Herrera Chun, 53, Trenton, Shooting
  12. 7/19/2021 William Mitchell, 33, Trenton, Shooting
  13. 7/19/2021 Jermel Carter, 38, Trenton, Shooting
  14. 7/29/2021 Leonard Pettigrew, 58, Trenton, Shooting
  15. 7/30/2021 Shaquil Loftin, 23, Shooting, Trenton
  16. 8/01/2021 Daquan Basnight, 30, of Ewing, Shooting
  17. 8/13/2021 Javier Chaj-Ajtun, 33, of Trenton, Shooting
  18. 8/19/2021 Herberth Ramirez Pimentel, 37, of Trenton, Shooting
  19. 8/23/2021 Yanquai Edwards, 25, of Rancocas, NJ, Shooting
  20. 8/25/2021 Daron Cheston, 18, Trenton, Shooting
  21. 8/30/2021 Fred Davis, 43, Trenton, Shooting
  22. 9/06/2021 Shamiem Young, 26, Trenton, Shooting

*Updated to reflect the person who died in 2021 from complications from a shooting on May 14, 2018 as per medical examiner report.


Well Involved House Fire Extinguished In Trenton

September 5, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Sometime before 3:30 p.m. the Trenton Fire Department responded to the 800 Block of Anderson Street for a fire with reported entrapment. Upon arrival firefighters were met with heavy fire conditions in the middle of a row of houses and placed several lines in service while they searched the building for occupants. Reports were searches were negative and the fire was under control within a half hour around 3:57 p.m.

No additional details are available.



Tropical Storm Ida Pounds Area, Tornados, Flash Floods, Rescues Made, Deaths Reported

Flash flooding from Tropical Storm Ida’s heavy rains flooded roadways and many homes as creeks and rivers overflowed. Many people were caught in their vehicles in the raging flood waters and 23 New Jerseyans have lost their life to this storm according to Governor Phil Murphy. The National Weather Service has confirmed 7 tornados, in NJ and PA so far.


Tropical Storm Ida Stories Here:

Tropical Storm Ida Floods Lawrence Township 100+ Displaced

2 Tropical Storm Ida Related Fatalities And 50 Rescues Made In Hopewell Township Floods

BREAKING: House Explodes In Manville, NJ

Tropical Storm Ida Pounds Area, Tornados, Flash Floods, Rescues Made, Deaths Reported

City of Trenton Continuing Evacuation Proceedings in High-Risk Flood Zones as Water Levels Rise Again

Trenton Evacuates “The Island” In Preparation Of Anticipated Flooding

BREAKING: “Miracle In Mercer County” As 3 Police Officers Rescued After Being Swept Away By Floods

Governor Murphy Declares State of Emergency in Response to Tropical Storm Ida

BREAKING: Reports of NJ Task Force 1 Activation For Tornado In South Jersey And Flooding

Tornado Emergency Take Cover!

City of Trenton to Start Voluntary Evacuation Proceedings in High-Risk Flood Zones

Tornado Warning


Video Hamilton Township Sweetbriar Avenue and Whitehead Road area:


Video by: Ryan Mack, Jersey Shore Fire Response



“As Mercer County begins to fully grasp and assess the destruction caused by the remnants of Hurricane Ida, I wish to thank the heroic first responders, the police, firefighters, EMTs, emergency workers and public works professionals, who worked throughout the day and night to save lives. The courage and commitment our first responders have displayed throughout this crisis is awe-inspiring and appreciated.

It is with great sadness that I report that despite the countless rescues that took place overnight, we know that at least two Mercer County souls have been lost.

To our residents who have been displaced from their homes or who have lost property, Mercer County is here to assist you. For those who made it through the storm without harm, I encourage you to check on the well-being of your friends and neighbors and to offer comfort in any way you can. 

Finally, I also wish to thank Gov. Phil Murphy for his quick action in declaring a State of Emergency in New Jersey, which will allow Mercer County to seek federal reimbursement for its disaster response and help us begin to pick up the pieces and recover.” — Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes


Princeton: Due to the heavy rainfall last night, Princeton experienced severe flooding and numerous roadways were closed as a result. At approximately 11:43 PM, PPD, PFARS and PFD were dispatched for a swift water rescue on Rosedale Rd. near the Johnson Park School. All responding personnel made efforts to rescue the stranded motorist, who was identified as a 58 year-old Princeton resident. While rescue efforts were attempted, the motorist climbed onto the roof of his vehicle as the water continued to rise at a rapid rate. Due to the unsafe water level and dangerous current rescue efforts were unsuccessful. As a result, requests were made for the NJSP aviation unit to respond and assist. At 4:08 AM the victim was successfully hoisted into the helicopter and flown to Trenton Mercer Airport for evaluation. Mutual aid was received by Lawrenceville Fire Co., Princeton Junction Fire Co., Hamilton Fire Dept., Trenton Fire Dept. and the Pennsauken FD High Water Truck.

During the aforementioned rescue, a second motorist became stranded with high rising waters on Rt. 206 in the area of Quaker Rd. The resident was identified at 30 year-old Montgomery resident. The PPD, PFARS and PFD all responded. The swift moving water flooded the roadway and began to flood the motorist’s vehicle, forcing the driver to escape onto the roof of the vehicle while emergency rescue efforts were made. The Trenton FD responded with a ladder truck, which drove into the flooded roadway and extended its 100 ft ladder, which was used to rescue the motorist.









...7 CONFIRMED TORNADOES SO FAR...
 ...DAMAGE SURVEYS CONTINUE...
 
 .Update...Update to include survey results for Harrisonville-Mullica Hill- 
 Deptford tornado. 
 
 The National Weather Service office in Mount Holly, NJ continues 
 to conduct several storm surveys this afternoon. The surveys are 
 in relation to the severe thunderstorms that moved through the 
 area on September 1, 2021. 
 
 Some Preliminary Tornado Information...
 
 1) Mullica Hill, NJ area (Gloucester County): Confirmed EF-3 with
 estimated peak winds up to 150 mph tornado.
 
 2) Fort Washington/Upper Dublin Twp to Horsham Twp, PA
 (Montgomery County): Confirmed EF-2 with estimated peak winds up 
 to 130 mph. 
 
 3) Edgewater Park, NJ (Burlington County) to Bristol, PA (Bucks 
 County): Confirmed EF-1 with estimated peak winds up to 90 mph.
 
 4) Oxford, PA (Chester County): Confirmed tornado.
 
 5) Buckingham Twp, PA (Bucks County): Confirmed EF-1 with
 estimated peak winds up to 100 mph.
 
 6) Princeton, NJ (Mercer County): Confirmed EF-0 with estimated
 peak winds up to 75 mph.
 
 7) Upper Makefield Township, PA (Bucks County): Confirmed tornado.
 
 Additional information, as it becomes available, will be sent via
 Public Information Statements and also posted on our social media
 platforms.
 






SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–The remnants of Hurricane Ida created major flash flooding last evening and overnight. The heavy rain started around 5 PM and by 11:30 PM over 8 inches of rain had fallen in the Township. In the twelve hours after the heavy rain began to fall, there were 125 calls for police, fire, and EMS service. Two families who were trapped in vehicles were rescued by firefighters and briefly sheltered at police headquarters. There were no serious injuries as a result of the storm. As of 3 PM Thursday all roads have been cleared of floodwaters with the exception of Route 27 at the Princeton border. Here are some of the numbers from the storm –

TOTAL CALLS – 125

WATER RESCUES – 15 people

Between 8:30 PM and 11:45 PM Wednesday night, firefighters rescued 15 people from vehicles stuck in flash floodwaters around the Township. Here are the locations the rescues occurred at –

  • Kendall Park Fire Department – Route 1, Oakey Drive, Hawthorne Road, Shelly Road
  • Monmouth Junction Fire Department – Route 130, Major Road, Blackhorse Lane
  • Kingston Fire Department – Route 1, Mapleton Road, Raymond Road

MOTORIST ASSIST IN HIGH WATER CALLS – 51

TOTAL CARS TOWED FROM FLOODED ROADS – 33

ROADS STILL CLOSED – 1 (Route 27 / Princeton Border)

FLOODED BASEMENT CALLS – 11

South Brunswick Office of Emergency Management Director and Police Chief Raymond Hayducka said, “I want to thank all the police officers and firefighters who risked going into flooded waters to get people to safety. The flash flooding created life-threatening conditions in minutes. The conditions yesterday deteriorated rapidly last evening and too many people ventured out onto the roads. The property damage left behind will be cleaned up in the coming days, but we must all remember to stay off roads when flash flooding is present.”

City of Trenton Continuing Evacuation Proceedings in High-Risk Flood Zones as Water Levels Rise Again

Water Levels Still Expected to be Nearly Twice as Normal Despite Improved Weather Conditions

September 2, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Mayor W. Reed Gusciora today encouraged remaining residents in neighborhoods with a high risk of flooding to heed City warnings and begin evacuation despite improved weather conditions over the last 24 hours. 

Mayor Gusciora declared a State of Emergency effective 6:00 p.m. yesterday and encouraged residents in flood-prone areas along the Delaware River, such as the Island neighborhood, to begin making arrangements to evacuate. Since then, the Trenton Police Department has been going door to door advising residents of the situation and providing relevant information, including shelter and evacuation procedures.

So far, the TPD has evacuated a majority of residents living in the Island neighborhood.

“We don’t want the improved weather conditions to detract from the sense of urgency about moving to higher ground,” said Mayor Gusciora. “As we have said all along, the threat from this storm was not just the flash flooding from last night, but also water coming into the Delaware from other regions impacted by Ida. The water is rising at this moment. Again, if you live on a high-risk street, we strongly encourage you to evacuate as soon as you can.”

Current projections still show water levels will reach as high as 21.3 feet – nearly twice the normal level. Water has already begun rising again after dipping slightly overnight as the intense rain from Tropical Depression Ida subsided.

Olden Avenue has already been closed again from E. State Street to North Clinton Avenue as conditions at Assunpink Creek and other water sources worsen. Sections of Mulberry Street, Route 1 and Route 29 are closed as well. 

Trenton has not yet had to shut down electricity in high-risk regions as was initially planned this morning. However, the City will evaluate neighborhood-wide power shutdowns later this evening.

The Trenton Police Department (TPD) has set up a Command Post on Mount Vernon and Clearfield Avenue, which will be staffed 24 hours a day. Residents in the area with questions or concerns about the evacuation process can reach the Command Post directly at (609) 712-4831. All other reports of downed trees, flooding, and other weather-related damage should be reported to the Office of Emergency Management at (609) 989-4200.

All storm related information including instructions for evacuating residents can be found at https://www.trentonnj.org/flood.

The TPD is focusing its evacuation efforts in the Island section of the city, including the following streets:

  • Clearfield Avenue
  • Columbia Avenue
  • Riverside Drive
  • Lipton Avenue
  • Newell Avenue 
  • Laclede Avenue
  • Bloomfield Avenue
  • Westminster Avenue
  • Mt. Vernon Avenue
  • Rodgers Avenue

A shelter has been set up at Joyce Kilmer Elementary School on 1300 Stuyvesant Avenue. Food, water, and sleeping accommodations will be included. Anyone who needs transportation can call (609) 989-4200.

Residents are strongly encouraged to sign up for the City’s Emergency Broadcast System to receive important updates on major road closures, evacuations, or other critical updates:

  • To receive text alerts, text ‘Trenton411’ to 99411.
  • To receive voice message alerts, sign up at www.trentonnj.org/reverse911.
  • All relevant updates will also be posted on https://www.trentonnj.org/flood and the City’s Facebook and Twitter page
  • Residents that need emergency assistance should dial 911. Residents that need non-emergency assistance can reach the Trenton Police Department at (609) 989-4170.
  • Power outages should be reported to PSE&G at (800) 436-PSEG.





Tropical Storm Ida Stories Here:

Tropical Storm Ida Floods Lawrence Township 100+ Displaced

2 Tropical Storm Ida Related Fatalities And 50 Rescues Made In Hopewell Township Floods

BREAKING: House Explodes In Manville, NJ

Tropical Storm Ida Pounds Area, Tornados, Flash Floods, Rescues Made, Deaths Reported

City of Trenton Continuing Evacuation Proceedings in High-Risk Flood Zones as Water Levels Rise Again

Trenton Evacuates “The Island” In Preparation Of Anticipated Flooding

BREAKING: “Miracle In Mercer County” As 3 Police Officers Rescued After Being Swept Away By Floods

Governor Murphy Declares State of Emergency in Response to Tropical Storm Ida

BREAKING: Reports of NJ Task Force 1 Activation For Tornado In South Jersey And Flooding

Tornado Emergency Take Cover!

City of Trenton to Start Voluntary Evacuation Proceedings in High-Risk Flood Zones

Tornado Warning


Trenton Evacuates “The Island” In Preparation Of Anticipated Flooding

September 2, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–The City of Trenton has prepared for the area known as “The Island” for flooding and has ordered an evacuation of all residents from the area. PSE&G has turned off gas to numerous houses for safety. The electrical power is on for now to allow sump pumps to run in the homes that have been evacuated.

Route 29 was open this morning and is expected to be closed this afternoon at the river crests overnight at 22.2 feet as predicted in the chart below.

See below for important information released by the City of Trenton and links to follow about flooding.




Yesterday, Mayor Gusciora Declared a State of Emergency effective at 6:00 p.m. and began voluntary evacuation proceedings for residents in high risk zones as flood conditions intensify from Tropical Depression Ida.

Current projections still show water levels will reach over 22 feet, about twice as high as the usual level of just under 11 feet. Additional rainfall coming downstream from northern watershed regions could exacerbate the problem even though heavy rain has subsided.

The Trenton Police Department (TPD) has set up a Command Post on Mount Vernon and Clearfield Avenue, which will be staffed 24 hours a day. Officers have already gone door to door in high risk areas like the Island neighborhood, advising residents of the situation and providing relevant information, including shelters and evacuation procedures. Residents in the area with questions or concerns about the evacuation process can reach the Command Post directly at (609) 712-4831.

A shelter has been set up at Joyce Kilmer Elementary School on 1300 Stuyvesant Avenue. Food, water, and sleeping accommodations will be included. Anyone who needs transportation can call 609-989-4200.

All city-related storm information including instructions for evacuating residents, including high-risk streets, can be found at https://www.trentonnj.org/flood.


Mayor W. Reed Gusciora yesterday announced that the City has Declared a State of Emergency effective at 6:00 p.m. and will recommend residents in high risk zones begin voluntary evacuation in advance of likely flooding that is expected over the next 24 to 36 hours.

Most of the rain will come between 9:00 p.m. Wednesday and 3:00 a.m. Thursday. Current projections show water levels will reach as high as 22.6 feet, more than twice as high as the usual level of just under 11 feet. Additional rainfall coming downstream from northern watershed regions could exacerbate the problem. The storm could also bring severe thunderstorms and tornadoes as it moves across New Jersey.

The Trenton Police Department (TPD) has set up a Command Post on Mount Vernon and Clearfield Avenue, which will be  staffed 24 hours a day. Officers will begin going door to door this evening advising residents of the situation and providing relevant information, including shelters and evacuation procedures. Residents in the area with questions or concerns about the evacuation process can reach the Command Post directly at (609) 712-4831.

All storm related information including instructions for evacuating residents can be found at https://www.trentonnj.org/flood.

The TPD is focusing its evacuation efforts in the Island section of the city, including the following streets:

  • Clearfield Avenue
  • Columbia Avenue
  • Riverside Drive
  • Lipton Avenue
  • Newell Avenue 
  • Laclede Avenue
  • Bloomfield Avenue
  • Westminster Avenue
  • Mt. Vernon Avenue
  • Rodgers Avenue

The power grid in this area will be turned off at 8:00 a.m. on Sept. 2, 2021, and all residents are strongly urged to evacuate by that time. 

A shelter has been set up at Joyce Kilmer Elementary School on 1300 Stuyvesant Avenue. Food, water, and sleeping accommodations will be included. Anyone who needs transportation can call 609-989-4200.

Residents are strongly encouraged to sign up for the City’s Emergency Broadcast System to receive important updates on major road closures, evacuations, or other critical updates:

The City also reminds residents to keep the following numbers nearby during the storm:

  • Downed trees, flooding, and other weather-related damage should be reported to the Office of Emergency Management at (609) 989-4200.
  • Residents that need emergency assistance should dial 911. Residents that need non-emergency assistance can reach the Trenton Police Department at (609) 989-4170.
  • Power outages should be reported to PSE&G at (800) 436-PSEG.

Employees from the Trenton Sewer and Public Works departments have been cleaning out storm drains since Monday. In addition, personnel from the Trenton Police Department, Trenton Streets Division, and Department of Recreation, Natural Resources and Culture will remain on standby to close streets in flooding locations and help address downed trees if necessary.

The Trenton Office of Emergency Management and Trenton Water Works are in contact with the N.J. Department of Environmental Protection and other municipalities for updates on water conditions in other regions that may impact Trenton. Generators at the water filtration plant, Trenton Police Headquarters, and other critical sites have already been tested in case of widespread power loss.






Tropical Storm Ida Stories Here:

Tropical Storm Ida Floods Lawrence Township 100+ Displaced

2 Tropical Storm Ida Related Fatalities And 50 Rescues Made In Hopewell Township Floods

BREAKING: House Explodes In Manville, NJ

Tropical Storm Ida Pounds Area, Tornados, Flash Floods, Rescues Made, Deaths Reported

City of Trenton Continuing Evacuation Proceedings in High-Risk Flood Zones as Water Levels Rise Again

Trenton Evacuates “The Island” In Preparation Of Anticipated Flooding

BREAKING: “Miracle In Mercer County” As 3 Police Officers Rescued After Being Swept Away By Floods

Governor Murphy Declares State of Emergency in Response to Tropical Storm Ida

BREAKING: Reports of NJ Task Force 1 Activation For Tornado In South Jersey And Flooding

Tornado Emergency Take Cover!

City of Trenton to Start Voluntary Evacuation Proceedings in High-Risk Flood Zones

Tornado Warning


Tornado Emergency Take Cover!

September 1, 2021

MOUNT HOLLY, NJ (BURLINGTON)–The National Weather Service has issued a TORNADO EMERGENCY for the following areas:

Severe Weather Statement
National Weather Service Mount Holly NJ
713 PM EDT Wed Sep 1 2021

NJC005-021-PAC017-012330-
/O.CON.KPHI.TO.W.0049.000000T0000Z-210901T2330Z/
Mercer NJ-Burlington NJ-Bucks PA-
713 PM EDT Wed Sep 1 2021

...A TORNADO WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 730 PM EDT FOR CENTRAL
MERCER...NORTH CENTRAL BURLINGTON AND SOUTHEASTERN BUCKS COUNTIES...

At 712 PM EDT, a confirmed large and extremely dangerous tornado was
located over Tullytown, or near Trenton, moving northeast at 40 mph.

This is a PARTICULARLY DANGEROUS SITUATION. TAKE COVER NOW!

HAZARD...Damaging tornado.

SOURCE...NWS employee confirmed tornado.

IMPACT...You are in a life-threatening situation. Flying debris may
         be deadly to those caught without shelter. Mobile homes
         will be destroyed. Considerable damage to homes,
         businesses, and vehicles is likely and complete destruction
         is possible.

Locations impacted include...
Trenton, Ewing, Florence, Bristol, Bordentown, Pennington, Yardley,
Tullytown, Edinburg, White Horse, Windsor, Florence-Roebling,
Mercerville-Hamilton Square, Levittown, Lawrenceville, Woodside,
Morrisville, Penndel, Langhorne Manor and Hulmeville.

This includes the following highways...
 New Jersey Turnpike near exit 6A.
 Pennsylvania Turnpike between mile markers 356 and 359.
 Interstate 195 in New Jersey between mile markers 0 and 5.
 Interstate 295 in New Jersey between mile markers 58 and 76.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

To repeat, a large, extremely dangerous and potentially deadly
tornado is occurring. To protect your life, TAKE COVER NOW! Move to a
basement or an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy
building. Avoid windows. If you are outdoors, in a mobile home, or in
a vehicle, move to the closest substantial shelter and protect
yourself from flying debris.

&&

LAT...LON 4009 7480 4014 7492 4037 7482 4025 7454
      4021 7461
TIME...MOT...LOC 2312Z 213DEG 35KT 4016 7481

TORNADO...OBSERVED
TORNADO DAMAGE THREAT...CONSIDERABLE
MAX HAIL SIZE...<.75 IN

Tropical Storm Ida Stories Here:

Tropical Storm Ida Floods Lawrence Township 100+ Displaced

2 Tropical Storm Ida Related Fatalities And 50 Rescues Made In Hopewell Township Floods

BREAKING: House Explodes In Manville, NJ

Tropical Storm Ida Pounds Area, Tornados, Flash Floods, Rescues Made, Deaths Reported

City of Trenton Continuing Evacuation Proceedings in High-Risk Flood Zones as Water Levels Rise Again

Trenton Evacuates “The Island” In Preparation Of Anticipated Flooding

BREAKING: “Miracle In Mercer County” As 3 Police Officers Rescued After Being Swept Away By Floods

Governor Murphy Declares State of Emergency in Response to Tropical Storm Ida

BREAKING: Reports of NJ Task Force 1 Activation For Tornado In South Jersey And Flooding

Tornado Emergency Take Cover!

City of Trenton to Start Voluntary Evacuation Proceedings in High-Risk Flood Zones

Tornado Warning


City of Trenton to Start Voluntary Evacuation Proceedings in High-Risk Flood Zones

Water Levels Expected to be Twice as High as Normal

UPDATED as of 11:15 p.m.



September 1, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Mayor W. Reed Gusciora today announced that the City has Declared a State of Emergency effective at 6:00 p.m. and will recommend residents in high risk zones begin voluntary evacuation in advance of likely flooding that is expected over the next 24 to 36 hours.

Most of the rain will come between 9:00 p.m. Wednesday and 3:00 a.m. Thursday. Current projections show water levels will reach as high as 22.6 feet, more than twice as high as the usual level of just under 11 feet. Additional rainfall coming downstream from northern watershed regions could exacerbate the problem. The storm could also bring severe thunderstorms and tornadoes as it moves across New Jersey.

The Trenton Police Department (TPD) has set up a Command Post on Mount Vernon and Clearfield Avenue, which will be  staffed 24 hours a day. Officers will begin going door to door this evening advising residents of the situation and providing relevant information, including shelters and evacuation procedures. Residents in the area with questions or concerns about the evacuation process can reach the Command Post directly at (609) 712-4831.

All storm related information including instructions for evacuating residents can be found at https://www.trentonnj.org/flood.

The TPD is focusing its evacuation efforts in the Island section of the city, including the following streets:

  • Clearfield Avenue
  • Columbia Avenue
  • Riverside Drive
  • Lipton Avenue
  • Newell Avenue 
  • Laclede Avenue
  • Bloomfield Avenue
  • Westminster Avenue
  • Mt. Vernon Avenue
  • Rodgers Avenue

The power grid in this area will be turned off at 8:00 a.m. on Sept. 2, 2021, and all residents are strongly urged to evacuate by that time. 

A shelter has been set up at Joyce Kilmer Elementary School on 1300 Stuyvesant Avenue. Food, water, and sleeping accommodations will be included. Anyone who needs transportation can call 609-989-4200.

Residents are strongly encouraged to sign up for the City’s Emergency Broadcast System to receive important updates on major road closures, evacuations, or other critical updates:

The City also reminds residents to keep the following numbers nearby during the storm:

  • Downed trees, flooding, and other weather-related damage should be reported to the Office of Emergency Management at (609) 989-4200.
  • Residents that need emergency assistance should dial 911. Residents that need non-emergency assistance can reach the Trenton Police Department at (609) 989-4170.
  • Power outages should be reported to PSE&G at (800) 436-PSEG.

Employees from the Trenton Sewer and Public Works departments have been cleaning out storm drains since Monday. In addition, personnel from the Trenton Police Department, Trenton Streets Division, and Department of Recreation, Natural Resources and Culture will remain on standby to close streets in flooding locations and help address downed trees if necessary.

The Trenton Office of Emergency Management and Trenton Water Works are in contact with the N.J. Department of Environmental Protection and other municipalities for updates on water conditions in other regions that may impact Trenton. Generators at the water filtration plant, Trenton Police Headquarters, and other critical sites have already been tested in case of widespread power loss.

Mayor W. Reed Gusciora today announced that the City has Declared a State of Emergency effective at 6:00 p.m. and will recommend residents in high risk zones begin voluntary evacuation in advance of likely flooding that is expected over the next 24 to 36 hours.

Most of the rain will come between 9:00 p.m. Wednesday and 3:00 a.m. Thursday. Current projections show water levels will reach as high as 22.6 feet, more than twice as high as the usual level of just under 11 feet. Additional rainfall coming downstream from northern watershed regions could exacerbate the problem. The storm could also bring severe thunderstorms and tornadoes as it moves across New Jersey.

The Trenton Police Department (TPD) has set up a Command Post on Mount Vernon and Clearfield Avenue, which will be  staffed 24 hours a day. Officers will begin going door to door this evening advising residents of the situation and providing relevant information, including shelters and evacuation procedures. Residents in the area with questions or concerns about the evacuation process can reach the Command Post directly at (609) 712-4831.

All storm related information including instructions for evacuating residents can be found at https://www.trentonnj.org/flood.

The TPD is focusing its evacuation efforts in the Island section of the city, including the following streets:

  • Clearfield Avenue
  • Columbia Avenue
  • Riverside Drive
  • Lipton Avenue
  • Newell Avenue 
  • Laclede Avenue
  • Bloomfield Avenue
  • Westminster Avenue
  • Mt. Vernon Avenue
  • Rodgers Avenue

The power grid in this area will be turned off at 8:00 a.m. on Sept. 2, 2021, and all residents are strongly urged to evacuate by that time. 

A shelter has been set up at Joyce Kilmer Elementary School on 1300 Stuyvesant Avenue. Food, water, and sleeping accommodations will be included. Anyone who needs transportation can call 609-989-4200.

Residents are strongly encouraged to sign up for the City’s Emergency Broadcast System to receive important updates on major road closures, evacuations, or other critical updates:

The City also reminds residents to keep the following numbers nearby during the storm:

  • Downed trees, flooding, and other weather-related damage should be reported to the Office of Emergency Management at (609) 989-4200.
  • Residents that need emergency assistance should dial 911. Residents that need non-emergency assistance can reach the Trenton Police Department at (609) 989-4170.
  • Power outages should be reported to PSE&G at (800) 436-PSEG.

Employees from the Trenton Sewer and Public Works departments have been cleaning out storm drains since Monday. In addition, personnel from the Trenton Police Department, Trenton Streets Division, and Department of Recreation, Natural Resources and Culture will remain on standby to close streets in flooding locations and help address downed trees if necessary.

The Trenton Office of Emergency Management and Trenton Water Works are in contact with the N.J. Department of Environmental Protection and other municipalities for updates on water conditions in other regions that may impact Trenton. Generators at the water filtration plant, Trenton Police Headquarters, and other critical sites have already been tested in case of widespread power loss.



Tropical Storm Ida Stories Here:

Tropical Storm Ida Floods Lawrence Township 100+ Displaced

2 Tropical Storm Ida Related Fatalities And 50 Rescues Made In Hopewell Township Floods

BREAKING: House Explodes In Manville, NJ

Tropical Storm Ida Pounds Area, Tornados, Flash Floods, Rescues Made, Deaths Reported

City of Trenton Continuing Evacuation Proceedings in High-Risk Flood Zones as Water Levels Rise Again

Trenton Evacuates “The Island” In Preparation Of Anticipated Flooding

BREAKING: “Miracle In Mercer County” As 3 Police Officers Rescued After Being Swept Away By Floods

Governor Murphy Declares State of Emergency in Response to Tropical Storm Ida

BREAKING: Reports of NJ Task Force 1 Activation For Tornado In South Jersey And Flooding

Tornado Emergency Take Cover!

City of Trenton to Start Voluntary Evacuation Proceedings in High-Risk Flood Zones

Tornado Warning


Man Killed In Trenton Shooting Identified

August 31, 2021

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

Police responded to the 400 block of West Hanover Street just before 9 p.m. on Monday, August 30, on a Shot Spotter activation.  Upon arrival, they discovered Fred Davis, 43, suffering a gunshot wound.  He was transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

Early investigation indicates that Davis was arriving home from work at the time of the shooting.  He parked his vehicle in front of his residence and was approached by two black males who attempted to rob him.

No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.  Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Marc Masseroni of 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:

Man Shot And Killed In Shooting On West Hanover Street In Trenton


Names of 2021* homicide victims: 

  1. 2/18/2021 Jabree Saunders, 26, from shooting on May 14, 2018
  2. 2/22/2021 Khalil Gibbs, 25, of West Windsor, shooting
  3. 2/25/2021 Lovelle Laramore, 60, of Trenton shooting
  4. 4/15/2021 Kaheem Carter, 22, of Trenton, shooting
  5. 4/20/2021 Shaquan McNeil, 25, of Trenton, shooting
  6. 4/24/2021 Cheryl Jones, 65, of Trenton, shooting
  7. 4/29/2021 Ramire Harvey, 25, of Trenton, shooting
  8. 5/15/2021 David Williams 36, of Trenton, shooting
  9. 5/29/2021 Edgar Geovani Sis-Luis, 34, of Trenton, aggravated manslaughter
  10. 7/05/2021 Dion Ellis, 16, Trenton, Shooting
  11. 7/14/2021 Pablo Herrera Chun, 53, Trenton, Shooting
  12. 7/19/2021 William Mitchell, 33, Trenton, Shooting
  13. 7/19/2021 Jermel Carter, 38, Trenton, Shooting
  14. 7/29/2021 Leonard Pettigrew, 58, Trenton, Shooting
  15. 7/30/2021 Shaquil Loftin, 23, Shooting, Trenton
  16. 8/01/2021 Daquan Basnight, 30, of Ewing, Shooting
  17. 8/13/2021 Javier Chaj-Ajtun, 33, of Trenton, Shooting
  18. 8/19/2021 Herberth Ramirez Pimentel, 37, of Trenton, Shooting
  19. 8/23/2021 Yanquai Edwards, 25, of Rancocas, NJ, Shooting
  20. 8/25/2021 Daron Cheston, 18, Trenton, Shooting
  21. 8/30/2021 Fred Davis, 43, Trenton, Shooting

*Updated to reflect the person who died in 2021 from complications from a shooting on May 14, 2018 as per medical examiner report.


Man Shot And Killed In Shooting On West Hanover Street In Trenton

UPDATE: Man Killed In Trenton Shooting Identified

August 30, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)—Around 8:55 p.m. Trenton Police, Trenton EMS, and Capital Paramedics were detailed to the 400 Block of West Hanover Street for a shooting. Initial reports is that the victim was shot multiple times and in the face. CPR and other life saving efforts was reportedly being performed on the victim. TEMS and paramedics transported to the Trauma Center at Capital Health Regional Medical Center and a “trauma alert” was called. The man was reported deceased a short time later.

The Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office has confirmed the fatality of an adult male victim from a shooting on W. Hanover Street just before 9:00 p.m. Further details will be released tomorrow morning.

Only 5 days ago, on the next street over August 25, 2021 Daron Cheston, 18 years old of Trenton, was killed in a shooting.

On August 27, 2021 there were two shootings and a 21 year old victim remains in critical condition at Capital Health Regional Medical Center. The first shooting that day was on Kirkbride Avenue near Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard. The second shooting that day was near the intersection of St. Joes Avenue and Girard Avenue.

This is the 21st recorded homicide of 2021, which 20 have been committed within 2021.


Names of 2021* homicide victims: 

  1. 2/18/2021 Jabree Saunders, 26, from shooting on May 14, 2018
  2. 2/22/2021 Khalil Gibbs, 25, of West Windsor, shooting
  3. 2/25/2021 Lovelle Laramore, 60, of Trenton shooting
  4. 4/15/2021 Kaheem Carter, 22, of Trenton, shooting
  5. 4/20/2021 Shaquan McNeil, 25, of Trenton, shooting
  6. 4/24/2021 Cheryl Jones, 65, of Trenton, shooting
  7. 4/29/2021 Ramire Harvey, 25, of Trenton, shooting
  8. 5/15/2021 David Williams 36, of Trenton, shooting
  9. 5/29/2021 Edgar Geovani Sis-Luis, 34, of Trenton, aggravated manslaughter
  10. 7/05/2021 Dion Ellis, 16, Trenton, Shooting
  11. 7/14/2021 Pablo Herrera Chun, 53, Trenton, Shooting
  12. 7/19/2021 William Mitchell, 33, Trenton, Shooting
  13. 7/19/2021 Jermel Carter, 38, Trenton, Shooting
  14. 7/29/2021 Leonard Pettigrew, 58, Trenton, Shooting
  15. 7/30/2021 Shaquil Loftin, 23, Shooting, Trenton
  16. 8/01/2021 Daquan Basnight, 30, of Ewing, Shooting
  17. 8/13/2021 Javier Chaj-Ajtun, 33, of Trenton, Shooting
  18. 8/19/2021 Herberth Ramirez Pimentel, 37, of Trenton, Shooting
  19. 8/23/2021 Yanquai Edwards, 25, of Rancocas, NJ, Shooting
  20. 8/25/2021 Daron Cheston, 18, Trenton, Shooting
  21. 8/30/2021 Fred Davis, 43, Trenton, Shooting

*Updated to reflect the person who died in 2021 from complications from a shooting on May 14, 2018 as per medical examiner report.



Closing Ceremony Held for Transfer of Vacant City Property to TerraCycle

August 30, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–The City of Trenton and TerraCycle, a global waste innovation company located in 22 countries and headquartered in Trenton, N.J., celebrated the transfer of two vacant city lots to TerraCycle for use in expanding its operations in the Capital City this afternoon.

Mayor W. Reed Gusciora; Tom Szaky, Founder and CEO of TerraCycle; and George Sowa, Executive Director of Greater Trenton and Marge Caldwell-Wilson, North Ward Councilperson spoke at the signing.

After growing rapidly during the pandemic and adding 150 jobs, TerraCycle is seeking additional office and facility space for its expanding team. As a major local employer, the City of Trenton has worked with TerraCycle to transfer two vacant lots on New York Ave adjacent to TerraCycle headquarters so it can continue to grow in the Capital City. A resolution authorizing the transaction was previously approved by City Council.


City of Trenton and TerraCycle Celebrate Property Transfer for Redevelopment

Global Recycling Company Expanding Headquarters in Capital City

Trenton, N.J. – Mayor W. Reed Gusciora announced today the transfer of two vacant city lots on New York Ave to TerraCycle, a global waste innovation company located in 22 countries that is looking to expand its operations in the Capital City.

A closing ceremony took place Aug. 30, 2021, right outside TerraCycle headquarters in Trenton. Mayor Gusciora was joined by TerraCycle Founder and CEO Tom Szaky, City Council Vice President Marge Caldwell-Wilson, Greater Trenton CEO George Sowa, and the new Trenton Director of Housing and Economic Development C. Andre Daniels.

After growing rapidly during the pandemic and adding 150 jobs, TerraCycle is seeking additional space for its expanding team. As a major local employer, the City of Trenton has worked with TerraCycle to transfer two vacant lots on New York Ave adjacent to TerraCycle headquarters so it can continue to grow in the Capital City.

A resolution authorizing the transaction was previously approved by City Council in September 2020.

“TerraCycle has always been serious about its commitment to the Capital City, and its vision of repurposing recyclable materials worldwide speaks directly to Trenton’s industrial past,” said Mayor Gusciora. “This is one of many ways Trenton is working with its business community to help return underutilized properties to the tax rolls and promote further employment and economic activity.”

“We’ve been proud to call Trenton our home for almost two decades and by working with the city and Mayor Gusciora, we look forward to continuing to do so for decades to come,” said Tom Szaky, TerraCycle Founder and CEO. “Anyone looking to locate their business in the Northeast should absolutely consider Trenton as a place to put down their roots.”

“I am very excited about the expansion of this innovative Green waste management company that has a strong commitment to the City of Trenton,” said Council Vice President Caldwell-Wilson. “I hope that they can continue to expand their facility in Trenton’s North Ward. TerraCycle hires local, is committed to the community, and welcomes our artists to apply their talents on their building. These are the types of employers that we need to invest in our city.”

“TerraCycle is a global leader in sustainability that remains committed to Trenton and the surrounding communities,” said George Sowa, CEO of Greater Trenton.  “TerraCycle does well by doing good and the world is a better and more sustainable place as a result.”

About TerraCycle

TerraCycle is an innovative waste management company with a mission to eliminate the idea of waste. Operating nationally across 21 countries, TerraCycle partners with leading consumer product companies, retailers and cities to recycle products and packages, from dirty diapers to cigarette butts, that would otherwise end up being landfilled or incinerated. In addition, TerraCycle works with manufacturers to integrate hard to recycle waste streams, such as ocean plastic, into their products and packaging. Its new division, Loop, is the first shopping system that gives consumers a way to shop for their favorite brands in durable, reusable packaging. TerraCycle has won over 200 awards for sustainability and has donated over $44 million to schools and charities since its founding more than 15 years ago and was named #10 in Fortune magazine’s list of 52 companies Changing the World. To learn more about TerraCycle or get involved in its recycling programs, please visit www.terracycle.com.




Reports Of Woman Shot In Leg In Trenton

August 30, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Trenton Police, TEMS and Trenton Fire Department were detailed to Ashmore Avenue and Anderson Street for a reported gunshot victim at 12:17 a.m. While responding they were notified that it was a reported female shot in the upper leg. Trenton EMS arrived helped the victim to the ambulance and rushed to the Trauma Center at Capital Health Regional Medical Center at 12:21 a.m. a “trauma alert” was called. Trenton Police were on scene investigating. No other information is available at this time.


Trenton Celebrates Olympian Athing Mu With Large Parade

August 29, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Olympian and Trenton Central High School Graduate Athing Mu, was honored this afternoon with a large parade though the streets of Trenton. The parade started at Trenton Central High School with Governor Phil Murphy meeting with Mu and others. The parade proceeded down Hamilton Avenue, made a right on South Clinton Avenue and then a left on East State Street and ending at City Hall.

Governor Phil Murphy, Mayor W. Reed Gusciora, Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman, Assemblywoman Verlina Reynolds-Jackson, Assemblyman Anthony Verrelli, Trenton Council President Kathy McBride, Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education Hope Grant, Coach Al Jennings, Coach Bernice Mitchell and many others were in attendance.

During the Tokyo Olympics, Mu claimed the first 800-meter gold medal for an American woman in that event since 1968 and broke a U.S. record at the same time. She then went on to help the U.S. team win another gold-medal in the 4×400-meter relay.

Mu was born in Trenton and is a graduate of Trenton Central High School. She ran for the Trenton Track Club. Mu was named the 2020 National High School Indoor Athlete of the Year by Track & Field News.

She now attends Texas A&M, where she holds the U-20 Indoor 400-meter NCAA record of 49:57 and 800-meter of 1:57:73. On June 27, Mu won her first U.S. outdoors title in the final 200 meters of the 800-meter setting a world-leading record and securing the second-fastest time in American history with 1:56:07.

Most recently, on Aug. 21, 2021, at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon, Athing Mu won the 800-meter event with a time of 1:55.04, besting her own American record she had set at the Olympic Games