Category: West Windsor

Overturned Vehicle On Old Trenton Road In West Windsor

July 23, 2021

WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–Around 4:10 p.m. the West Windsor Police Department and West Windsor Emergency Services responded to Old Trenton Road and Cottonwood Drive for an overturned vehicle. West Windsor and Princeton Junction Fire Companies were also dispatched to the scene but recalled due to no entrapment and no services needed. There were no injuries that needed transportation to the hospital reported in the accident.

West Windsor Police Department is investigating.

UPDATE: Quick Response To Route 1 Crash Saves Man’s Life In West Windsor

July 22, 2021

WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–West Windsor Police were detailed to a serious motor vehicle crash on U.S. Route 1 North just prior to Carnegie Center Boulevard at 1:13 p.m. on July 21, 2021.

Police said that Sgt. Brodowski was first on scene and determined that Vehicle #1, a 2016 Chevrolet Cruze driven by a resident of Franklin Park, NJ, was traveling behind Vehicle #2, a 2018 Audi Q7.  Vehicle #2, which was slowing for a red light, was rear-ended by Vehicle #1.  Vehicle #1 left no traces of trying to stop or slow down prior to impact. 

Driver #1 of the Chevrolet Cruze was found to be unconscious and injured upon arrival.  Sgt. Brodowski had to break the driver’s side window in order to extricate Driver #1 from the wreckage and began life saving efforts.  Driver #1 had been unrestrained and smashed his face into the front windshield and had no pulse and was not breathing. 

Firefighters and EMS from West Windsor Emergency Services and Capital Health Paramedics arrived and took over the care of Driver #1. 

Driver #1 was transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center as responding First Responders were able assist the man 1 in regaining a pulse.  He sustained non-life-threatening injuries to his head/face as a result of the collision. 

Vehicle #2’s two occupants were uninjured in the collision.     

The incident is still under investigation by the WWPD Traffic Unit.  If anyone has any pertinent information to share, please contact Traffic Sgt. Bal at Bal@westwindsorpolice.com or (609) 799-1222.  

Responding to the scene were:  West Windsor Police Department, West Windsor Division of Fire & Emergency Services Squad #45, Princeton Junction Volunteer Fire Company Station #44, West Windsor Volunteer Fire Company Station #43, Princeton Emergency Services – First Aid and Rescue Squad, Capital Health Paramedics, and the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office Serious Collision Response Team.

Yesterday’s MidJersey.news story here: Serious Crash On Route 1 In West Windsor


Serious Crash On Route 1 In West Windsor

UPDATE: Quick Response To Route 1 Crash Saves Man’s Life In West Windsor

July 21, 2021

WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–West Windsor Police and West Windsor Emergency Services responded to a serious MVA on U.S. Route 1 near Carnegie Boulevard around 1:00 p.m. The crash also sent Capital Health Paramedics and the Princeton First Aid and Rescue squad to the scene. The victim was rushed to the hospital by medical personnel.

West Windsor Police sent a notice to avoid the area of Route 1 North Bound at Carnegie Boulevard for an accident investigation.

West Windsor Police are investigating the crash. No further information is available at this time.

Once official information becomes available the story will be updated.






Police And Rescue Crews Search Mercer County Park For Reported Plane Down

After extensive search nothing was found

July 19, 2021

WEST WINDSOR – HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Sometime around 4:00 p.m. police received on 9-1-1 call reporting a plane down in the area of Mercer County Park that crashed in or near the lake. Police responded from both West Windsor and Hamilton Township as well as Mercer County Park Rangers. Police from the West Windsor side appeared to have at least three drones in the air and Hamilton appeared to have two drones searching. West Windsor Emergency Services, Princeton Junction Fire Company and West Windsor responded and deployed boats to search the water for any aircraft.

Police reportedly made contact with local airports to ask if there were any missing aircraft and none were reported. After a through search of the area the search was called off since nothing was found. It appears that it was a good intent call.

No further information is available at this time.



Person Fatally Struck By Train In Hopewell Township

July 2, 2021

HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)—Sometime before 2:00 p.m. the Hopewell Township Fire Department, EMS and Police responded to the old Hopewell Valley Golf & Country Club at 114 Pennington-Hopewell Road for a person struck by a train on the railroad tracks in the area. It appears that a victim was found between Titus Mill Road and Pennington-Hopewell Road.

CSX has confirmed that there was a fatality involved in the accident.

Hopewell Police 7/5/2021 Update here:

On Friday, July 2 at approximately 1:50 PM the Hopewell Township Police Department, along with the Hopewell Valley Emergency Medical Services and Hopewell Fire Department responded to the CSX railroad tracks between Titus Mill Road and Hopewell Pennington Road for a reported pedestrian struck by a train.    

Upon their arrival, they located a deceased white male near the railroad tracks.  The initial investigation revealed the victim’s injuries were consistent with being struck by a train.  The investigation is still active at this time.  The investigation is being handled by CSX Federal Railroad Police and Detective Alexis Mirra.  The identity of the victim is being withheld until notifications can be made. 

CSX is a rail-based freight transporter.  The CSX train was travelling northbound at the time of the incident.  Rail transportation was halted for several hours.   

The incident remains under investigation by the Hopewell Township Police and CSX Federal Railroad Police.  Additional information will be released once available. 

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West Windsor Police Seek Information About $10K Damage To Community Park

July 1, 2021

WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–The West Windsor Police Department is actively investigating approximately $10,000.00 in Criminal Mischief to the West Windsor Community Park Cricket Pitch.  The hooligan(s) used unknown means to cause substantial damage to the center Cricket Pitch rendering the area as unplayable sometime between Tuesday 6/22/2021 and Wednesday 6/23/2021.  The WWPD is soliciting any assistance you may be able to provide in bringing those responsible to justice. 

Please feel free to contact WWPD at (609) 799-1222, our Anonymous Tip Line at (609) 799-0452


NJ Task Force One Deploys To Surfside, Miami, Florida For Building Collapse

July 1, 2021

WALL TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–The NJ Urban Search And Rescue Task Force One has deployed to Surfside, Miami, Florida for a building collapse. The team left this morning around 6:45 a.m. and was spotted in Robbinsville, NJ at New Jersey Turnpike Exit 7A with a police escort en route to Florida.

Known locals responding and/or on the team are: Brad Ladislaw, Jay Ryan, Joe Flynn, Jeff Barlow from Hamilton Township Fire Department. Lt. Michael McMahon, Planning Team Manager, from West Windsor Police Department. Scott Cook, Rescue Specialist from West Windsor Fire & Emergency Services. Mike Yeh, Task Force Leader, Princeton Emergency & Safety Services-Princeton Junction Fire Company. Trenton Fire Department Battalion Chief Dave Smolka, Technical Search, Deputy Chief Anthony Moran, Safety, and Joe Szabo, Rescue Specialist. (list updated as we get it)

Yesterday’s MidJersey.news story about the deployment: BREAKING: NJ’s Task Force 1 Called To Respond To Miami- Surfside, FL Building Collapse

New Jersey Task Force 1 Deploys to Miami

New Jersey Task Force 1 (NJ-TF1) has been activated as 1 of the 28 teams of the National Urban Search & Rescue (US&R) Response System and will be deploying tomorrow morning to assist with the rescue and recovery efforts resulting from the Champlain Tower Collapse.

NJ-TF1 is deploying as a Type 1 US&R Team consisting of 70 team members, in 21 technically skilled positions, and 10 ground support personnel. The team will be responding via; two crew carriers, three tractor-trailers, two box trucks, five F-450 crew trucks, two passenger vans, two K-9 units, two utility terrain vehicles, and a fleet service truck. A water rescue component of six boats with trailers and a water support trailer are also being deployed.

NJ-TF1 is deploying to a staging area in Miami, Florida. This will be the team’s eighth deployment as a FEMA US&R Team since 2016. The team has past experience in structural collapse from 9/11, Tropicana Hotel Parking Garage Collapse and the Hackensack Parking Garage Collapse among others.

NJOEM & NJ-TF1 continue to send our thoughts and prayers to everyone impacted by this deadly tragedy.

Our hearts go out to the brave first responders who are working around the clock in search of survivors. We’ll see you soon.

#ReadyNJ #surfside #miami #searchandrescue

Learn more about NJ-TF1 at njtf1.org

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Trenton Resident Charged In West Windsor Birthday “After” Party Stabbing At Hyatt Place

Charged: Jakeem Q. Thompson AKA “Carti” Resident of Trenton, NJ, Aggravated Assault (2 Counts), Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose (2 Counts), and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon (2 Counts)

June 30, 2021

WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)—Police said that just prior to 4:00 a.m. on Saturday June 5, 2021 the West Windsor Police Department was contacted by the Trenton Police Department (TPD) and advised that two (2) males were at the Trauma Center at Capital Health Regional Medical Center, each with multiple stab wounds.

Information provided by the victims at the hospital indicated that their injuries were sustained during an altercation that took place at Hyatt Place in West Windsor. 

West Windsor Township Police Officer LaForge responded to the hospital to begin the initial investigation. 

Victim #1 was determined to have multiple stab wounds to his right oblique/abdomen and incised cuts to the cheek and nose. Victim #2 was determined to have multiple stab wounds (abdomen, back, & forearm). 

Upon the arrival at the hospital by WWPD Detective Woodrow, Victim #2 was coming out of surgery and was listed as stable.  Further investigation revealed multiple actors had been involved in the initial altercation at a Birthday “After” Party (17th Birthday) at the Hyatt Place. 

The (2) victims were stabbed during the altercation and were ultimately transported to the hospital by others.  

Detective Woodrow and the WWPD Detective Bureau continued the arduous investigation where Jakeem Q. Thompson AKA “Carti” was found to be the actor who stabbed the (2) Victims.  Thompson was arrested in Monmouth County on unrelated charges on 6/24/2021. Thompson was later turned over to the custody of Trenton PD on an NCIC Warrant Hit, and later lodged at the Mercer County Workhouse in connection to this stabbing incident.  

The WWPD would like to thank the Trenton PD, the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office, the US Marshals Fugitive Task Force, and the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office for assistance in this investigation.  Both Victims were expected to survive their injuries although Victim #2 sustained the greater of the knifing injuries. 

It should be noted that the altercation began inside the Hyatt Place and ended outside.  No one connected to the “After’ Party contacted anyone affiliated with the Hyatt Place to report this incident to the staff.  


23 Year Old Hamilton Township Resident Killed In West Windsor Crash On Route 1

June 26, 2021

WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–On Saturday, June 26, 2021 at 3:30 a.m., West Windsor Patrol Units were detailed to a two vehicle crash on U.S. Route 1 South, approximately one quarter mile north of Carnegie Center Blvd.

When responding officers arrived on scene, they found a black Volkswagen Passat and a black Chevrolet Cruze in the roadway, both with heavy damage and injuries to the occupants. The front seat passenger of the Volkswagen Passat was also heavily entrapped in the car. Additional emergency resources were requested and responded to the scene.
 
The initial investigation revealed the following: The Volkswagen was traveling south on US Route 1 approaching Carnegie Center Blvd. The Volkswagen drove off the roadway to the right where it struck a utility pole, followed by a road sign, and then a second utility pole, before spinning back onto the roadway, disabled in the center lane with its passenger side exposed to oncoming traffic. The Chevrolet was traveling south on Rt. 1 in the center lane and struck the front passenger side of the Volkswagen.
 
After the front seat passenger of the Volkswagen was extricated from the vehicle, he was transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center initially in critical condition, however, he later succumbed to his injuries.

The driver of the Volkswagen and the two other passengers of the car were also transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center for treatment of serious injuries.

The driver of the Chevrolet was transported to the Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries.

U.S. Route 1 South between Alexander Rd. and Carnegie Center Blvd. was closed for approximately four (4) hours to conduct the investigation.
 
This crash remains under investigation. No charges have been issued at the time of this release. 

If anyone has any additional information, please contact Traffic Officer LaRoccca at LaRocca@westwindsorpolice.com, Traffic Sgt. Bal at Bal@westwindsorpolice.com, or by calling (609) 799-1222. In addition, persons can Reply with TIP to this Nixle or call our Confidential Tip Line at (609) 799-0452.

Responding to the scene were: WWPD Patrol Division, Administration, Detective Bureau, & Traffic Unit (Lead Investigators), West Windsor Division of Fire & Emergency Services (WWDFES), Princeton Junction Volunteer Fire Company (Station #44), West Windsor Volunteer Fire Company (Station #43), Capital Health Paramedics, Plainsboro EMS, Princeton EMS, Lawrence EMS, Princeton Plasma Physics Lab EMS, Plainsboro Police Department and the Mercer County Prosecutors Office Serious Collision Response Team (SCRT).

Driver #1 – 24 year old
              Resident of Hamilton, NJ 08620
 
              Front Seat Passenger of – 23 year old 
                     **DECEASED**
              Resident of Hamilton, NJ 08620
             
              Rear Seat Passenger – 24 year old
              Resident of Trenton, NJ 08611
 
              Rear Seat Passenger – 26 year old
              Resident of Trenton, NJ 08610
 
              Driver #2 – 50 year old
              Resident of Willingboro, NJ 08046
 
              * Identities not being released at this time*


Knifepoint Robbery In Mercer County Park

June 15, 2021

WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–West Windsor Police say that on Sunday June 13, 2021 at 9:02 p.m., Patrol Units were detailed to the Mercer County Park West Picnic Area (Pedestrian Trail) on a Knifepoint Robbery that had just occurred involving (2) Victims and (3) Suspects. 

West Windsor Police said the initial investigation revealed the following: The Victims had been walking along the Pedestrian Trail approx. 1/4 mile from the West Picnic area when they were confronted by the Suspects listed above.  Suspect #1 pressed a pocket style knife to Victim #1’s abdominal area while Suspect #2 placed a pocket style knife to the side of Victim #2’s neck.  The Suspects demanded the Victims’ wallets or there would they would be hurt.  The Victims complied with the demands and the Suspects fled the area on foot in an unknown direction.  A canvas of the area by Patrol Units and Detectives yielded negative results for the actors. 

The WWPD Detective Bureau is conducting a thorough follow up Investigation led by Det. Sgt. Lai and is seeking any leads, witnesses, or those who may have any pertinent information in identifying these characters.  Please contact Det. Sgt. Lai at (609) 799-1222 or our Anonymous Tip Line at (609) 799-0452, or Lai@westwindsorpolice.com. 

Suspects:

#1) Black male, mid to late 20’s, approx. 6′ tall, a “little fat”, wearing a black or blue baseball hat, black hooded sweatshirt with hood pulled over, dark colored shorts, and a black cloth mask.

#2) White male, mid to late 20’s, approx. 6′ tall, thin build, with short brown beard, wearing a tan shirt, gray pants, gold chain, black shoes, possibly had blue eyes.

#3) Black male, mid to late 20’s, approx. 5′ 05″ to 5′ 07″, thin build, tattoos on neck, tattoos of roses on forearm, wearing blue or black shirt, jeans and red colored shoes.



Brood X Cicada Invasion 2021 Update

June 11, 2021

PRINCETON – WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–It has been a little over two weeks since the last Brood X cicada update. At West Windsor in the area of Van Nest Park in the Grover’s Mill section cicadas could be heard at the park and around the memorial to the War of the Worlds.

Driving from the park to Princeton on Washington Road cicadas could be heard very loudly. Near the Carnegie Lake Rowing Association parking lot and and along the lake cicadas were so loud they were reaching 91decibles at times.

91decibles is very loud and louder than a smoke alarm. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) regulates fire codes and mandates that a smoke alarm emit a sound that is a minimum of 75 decibels. The average smoke alarm in North America exceeds that by emitting an 85-decibel alarm. The cicadas were 6 decibels louder than the average smoke alarm.

If you have not seen or heard cicadas now is the time since they will only be around for a couple more weeks.

May 26, 2021 MidJersey.News story on Brood X Cicada Invasion 2021




UPDATE: Princeton Junction Man Charged In Fatal Hit And Run

May 31, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Trenton Police Department, Acting Lieutenant Cynthia Hargis told MidJersey.news that Elber Eustaquio Yuman Davila from Princeton Junction was charged with “leaving the scene of a fatal accident” from an accident on Saturday night.

The accident occurred just after 11:00 pm. Trenton Police, Trenton Fire & TEMS, and Capital Health Paramedics responded to the intersection of South Clinton Avenue and Roebling Avenue on a person struck by a vehicle.

Capital Health Paramedics pronounced the victim deceased on the scene.

Acting Lieutenant. Hargis said in a prior MidJersey.news story that, “An alert was broadcast for the suspects vehicle, which was stopped and detained in Hamilton Township. The suspect is being questioned by the Homicide Task Force investigators.”

“The identity of the victim is still unknown at this time and when known will not be released until after notification is made to the family.” Acting Lieutenant Hargis said.


See related MidJersey.news coverage here:

Saturday Night’s Homicide Victim Identified

Investigation leads to arrest of Ewing man in connection to man who died after being assaulted, run over by a vehicle

UPDATE: Princeton Junction Man Charged In Fatal Hit And Run

UPDATE: Fatal Hit And Run In Trenton, Suspect Detained In Hamilton

Opinion: Police Radio Encryption And How The Media Got It Wrong Last Night In Trenton


Update: 29 Year Old Trenton Resident Dead In West Windsor Crash

May 24, 2021

WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–Last night at 8:37 p.m. (May 23, 2021), a Grey colored Nissan Maxima operated by a 29-year-old resident of Trenton, NJ was traveling north on Clarksville Road approaching the curve at the Meadow Road intersection. The Nissan crossed over the double yellow line and side swiped a red Ford Escape that was traveling south on Clarksville Road.

The driver of the Ford, of Holland, PA pulled over after her vehicle was struck. After striking the Ford, the Nissan continued north on Clarksville Road with both the front and rear driver side tires over the double yellow line in the southbound lane of travel.

At the intersection with Meadow Road, the Nissan collided head on with a white Chevrolet that was traveling south. 

Upon the arrival of patrol officers, the driver of the Nissan was unconscious and had no pulse. Lifesaving efforts were performed, and Driver #1 was transported to UPPMC.  However, he was pronounced dead at 9:23 pm.   All four occupants of the Chevrolet were also transported UPPMC with numerous non-life-threatening moderate/serious injuries.  The driver of the Ford sustained no injuries.  

Investigation on scene indicated that the Nissan was traveling at a high rate of speed and was unable to negotiate the curve on Clarksville Road which caused the Nissan to strike both vehicles. 

The roadway was closed for just over three hours. The ongoing investigation is being led by Traffic Officer Brown under the direction of Traffic Sgt. Bal.  If you have any pertinent information into the incident, please contact Traffic Officer Brown or Traffic Sgt. Bal at our main line (609) 799-1222, our Anonymous Tip Line (609) 799-0452, email at Brown@westwindsorpolice.com or Bal@westwindsorpolice.com.  

No Identities are being released at this time of any of the involved parties as this Investigation is ongoing and in respect to the deceased’s family.  

Responding to the scene were: West Windsor Police Department, West Windsor Division of Fire and Emergency Services, Princeton Junction Fire Company Station 44, West Windsor Volunteer Fire Company Station 43, Princeton First Aid Squad, Mercer County Prosecutors Office Serious Collision Response Team.


See last night’s MidJersey.news story here: Road Reopened After Serious Accident Investigation In West Windsor


https://local.nixle.com/alert/8733548/


Update: Road Reopened After Serious Accident Investigation In West Windsor

UPDATE HERE: Update: 29 Year Old Trenton Resident Dead In West Windsor Crash


UPDATE: Roadway was reopened just before midnight.

**REOPENED Clarksville Road/Meadow Road due to Serious Motor Vehicle Collision with Multiple Injuries.–Det. Lt. Lee

May 23, 2021

WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–Around 9:00 p.m. the West Windsor Police Department received a 9-1-1 call for a serious Crash at the intersection of Clarksville Road and Meadow Road. Police, West Windsor Emergency Services and Capital Health Paramedics responded to the scene. The accident resulted in several injuries that were transported to the local hospital.

Fire Police from Princeton Junction Fire Company and West Windsor Fire Company were at several intersections for traffic control.

West Windsor Police Department is on scene conducting a serious traffic investigation. West Windsor Police sent out the NIXLE Alert below to avoid the area:


**REOPENED Clarksville Road/Meadow Road due to Serious Motor Vehicle Collision with Multiple Injuries.–Det. Lt. Lee


**AVOID Clarksville Road at Meadow Road due to Serious Motor Vehicle Collision with Multiple Injuries.  Unknown duration for Road Closure.  AVOID AREA–FIRST RESPONDERS IN ROADWAY.–Det. Lt. Lee

Instructions:

AVOID CLARKSVILLE ROAD AT MEADOW ROAD–FIRST RESPONDERS IN ROADWAY

https://local.nixle.com/alert/8732472/


James “Jimmy” Greschak, Mercer County Fire Marshal, Laid to Rest Today

May 8, 2021

By: Colin McCormick

Revised by: Tyler Eckel

WEST WINDSOR TOWNSHIP (MERCER)– Hundreds gathered in West Windsor Township today to attend the funeral for Mercer County Fire Marshal Jim Greschak. Mr. Greschak passed away on May 2, 2021, after being diagnosed with Mesothelioma in January.

Greschak graduated from Mercer County Community College with an associates degree in Fire Science. Greschak gave lots of time to the fire service throughout his life. He joined West Windsor Fire Co. 1 in 1970, eventually serving as the rank of Captain for some time. Jim stayed in close contact with West Windsor Fire Co. 1 for over 50 years until his passing.

In 1977, Greschak had begun employment with the State of New Jersey as a fire inspector, later being appointed the rank of 2nd Assistant Fire Marshal of Mercer County in 1983. In 1992 Greschak became the 1st Assistant Fire Marshal. He took over as the Chief Fire Marshal in 2015, until his passing in May of 2021.

Greschak was a member of many myriad committees, associations, and programs. He was a charter member of the Twin W Volunteer First aid squad, and a founding member of the Mercer County Fire Protection and Prevention Association. More recently, he was closely involved with the department of Youth Fire Setters and Fire Safety for Older Adults Program. Greschak served as president of the State Association of County Fire Marshals, Secretary of West Windsor Township Fireman’s Relief Association, and was a member of the Mercer County Chiefs Association.

Through his times of fire department service, Greschak was always there and ready to help new members of the fire department with skills, knowledge, and the little things new members needed help with. He encouraged many people whether they were in the fire department, joining, or even just ordinary people.

Greschak also liked to stay close to his church. He served as a Eucharistic minister, volunteered as a teacher in the parish religious education program, and had also been a Knight of the 4th degree with the Knights of Columbus.

Greschak was a busy man but never forgot to leave time out for some of his favorite leisure activities, including skiing, deep sea fishing, and hunting. He really enjoyed watching stock car races at the local race tracks and collecting friends almost anywhere he went. On top, Greschak never enjoyed anything more than spending time with his friends and family. Jim Greschak was a kind, caring, generous, and funny soul that left a permanent mark on anyone and everyone he met. Jim was, as some would say, “the light of the party!” Jim was a brother, father, grandfather, and a friend, who treated nobody differently. Mr. Greschak is survived by his parents, sisters, daughters, and his grand daughters. His death was a strong emotional time nobody was ready for, and will be mourned by many.

Fire Marshal Jimmy Greshack, may you rest in peace sir. You will be missed by many and all. We’ll take it from here.


Firefighters held a parade of support on April 30, 2021 for Greshack and his family





Lacrosse: WWP-North 4 At Allentown 12

May 6, 2021

ALLENTOWN, NJ (MONMOUTH)–West Windsor Plainsboro North lacrosse team was at Allentown High School this afternoon. The final score was Allentown 12 WWP-N 4

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Parade with multiple fire departments held for Mercer County Fire Marshal Jimmy Greschak and his granddaughter

May 1, 2021

By: Tyler Eckel

WEST WINDSOR TWP (MERCER)– There was a huge turnout for a parade held for Mercer County Fire Marshal James “Jimmy” Greschak, and his three-year-old granddaughter, Friday evening.

The drive-by parade began at about 7:00 pm in support of Greschak, who was diagnosed with Mesothelioma in January, combined with a birthday drive by for his granddaughter, Abigail’s, third birthday. Multiple pieces of apparatus and other emergency vehicles from every fire company in the county, and even some other counties, showed up to show their support.

Many know Greschak as the Mercer County Fire Marshal, or through the County Fire Chiefs Association, County Firemen’s Relief Association, and County Fire Officials. He is also a 50 year member of the West Windsor Fire Company. Others may know Greschak as a Eucharistic Minister at St. David’s, a Knight of Columbus, a Ski Club member, and from other activities.

Greschak’s family expressed their gratitude for the parade, saying, “Drive By Support My father Jim Greschak, was diagnosed with Mesothelioma in January. We have been touched by the amount of his friends that have reached out or tried to reach out to connect with dad and wish him well. I would like to thank Chief Kevin Applegate and the West Windsor Fire Co. for their support in this drive by and through this ordeal.”


Message from West Windsor Fire Company:

A heartfelt thank you to all the Mercer County First Responders that showed up today in support of Jimmy Greschak and his family! Your support was uplifting to them during this difficult time. It was an honor to return some of the kindness that Jimmy has shown all of us throughout his career in the fire service. Thank you for brightening their day.










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West Windsor Police Seek Information On Actors That Stole A BMW And Other Criminal Acts

April 28, 2021

WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–On Sunday April 25, 2021 the WWPD had multiple reports involving criminal activity at the Windsor Haven Development during the overnight hours.  A 2003 BMW 525 was stolen from a driveway while other unsecured vehicles in the neighborhood were rifled through.  We are currently searching for anyone who may have Video Surveillance in the area.  To date, we are looking for (2) actors who were in a dark colored Jeep Wrangler (4) door with unknown license plates (See attached photo of SIMILAR to type of vehicle).    

     If you have any information that may be helpful in assisting us, please contact the WWPD at (609) 799-1222, our Anonymous Tip Line at (609) 799-0452, responding to this Nixle, or contacting Det. J. Jones at JJones@westwindsorpolice.com.  As always, we thank our community for helping us to help you.–Det. Lt. Lee 


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Three vaccine mini-clinics for eligible teens 16 and 17 Who Attend Robbinsville, West Windsor or Hightstown

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Pfizer Vaccination for Eligible Teens April 27-29 The West Windsor Health Department is partnering with Hamilton Township, Princeton and Olden Pharmacy to offer Pfizer COVID-19 vaccinations to individuals 16 and 17 years of age who live, work or attend school in West Windsor, Robbinsville or Hightstown.

These mini clinics will be held from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 27, Wednesday, April 28 and Thursday, April 29. Appointments are required and parents or guardians must attend the clinic. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact the Health Department at 609-936-8400 or email vaccine@westwindsortwp.com


Armed suspect leads multiple police agencies on high speed pursuit after carjacking in Trenton, ends in Robbinsville


UPDATE HERE: OUT OF GAS: Trenton Man In Custody After Armed Carjacking In Morrisville, PA, Ends In Robbinsville, NJ


April 23, 2021

By: Tyler Eckel

BREAKING NEWS REPORT: This is a breaking news report from radio reports, on scene information, and sources. Once official information is available, the post will be updated.

TRENTON (MERCER)– A police pursuit involving multiple jurisdictions occurred late Thursday night following a carjacking of a Jeep Compass in Trenton.

Trenton Police called the pursuit around 10:00 pm, after a reported carjacking in the city. State Police joined the chase once the suspect vehicle got onto I-195. The vehicle continued to flee Eastbound on I-195 to Route 537 in Jackson, where he turned back around and went Westbound. The suspect exited I-195 into Hamilton, where he fled down Klockner Road and got onto Route 130. The pursuit continued on Route 130 Northbound to South Brunswick, where the suspect then turned around again, going South on Route 130. The suspect was reported to be armed with a gun. The vehicle reached speeds of 130 miles per hour while running red lights, and reportedly crashed into a few State Police troop cars during the pursuit.

The chase finally came to an end at about 11:03 pm in front of the A&M Market on Route 130 in Robbinsville. One male was taken into custody and transported to the hospital.

Vehicle drove though several towns including, Trenton, Hamilton Township, Robbinsville Township, Upper Freehold Township, Millstone Township, Jackson Township, East Windsor, Cranbury, South Brunswick, North Brunswick.

This is a developing story. Check back for more info.






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West Windsor Drug Take Back Event To Be Held Saturday April 24

April 22, 2021

WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 9.7 million people misused prescription pain relievers, 4.9 million people misused prescription stimulants, and 5.9 million people misused prescription tranquilizers or sedatives in 2019. The survey also showed that a majority of misused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.

The DEA’s Take Back Day events provide an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths.  Chief Garofalo is thrilled to have Wegmans be this year’s sponsor and Recovery Advocates of America join us for Take Back Day. 

Location: West Windsor Police Department , 271 Clarksville Rd, West Windsor Township, NJ 08550



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Serious Motor Vehicle Crash In West Windsor Leads To DWI, Assault By Auto, Child Endangerment And Other Charges

Serious Motor Vehicle Crash, DWI, Assault by Auto, Endangerment of a Child, Fugitive from Justice, Contempt of Court, and Driving with a Suspended License

April 22, 2021

WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–On Wednesday April, 14, 2021 at 6:18 pm, the West Windsor Police Department was detailed to a Serious Motor Vehicle Crash on US Route 1 North at the Hyatt Regency Princeton.  Upon the arrival of police, Vehicle #1, a 2007 Acura RDX was located approximately 150′ off of the roadway.  Vehicle #2, a 2017 Nissan Rogue was in the shoulder of US Route 1 North at the exit ramp for Alexander Road.  Driver #1, Jaclyn A. Hens, was semi unconscious with inquires to several areas of the body.  A (6) year old passenger of Vehicle #1 sustained a severe leg injury.  
                  

Police said the following was determined:  The Acura and the Nissan had been traveling Northbound on US Route 1 with the Nissan being in the center lane of travel.  The Acura, from behind, struck the  Nissan.  The Acura continued to the right and veered off of the roadway where it struck a tree and came to an uncontrolled rest afterward.  Hens was determined to be DWI.  West Windsor Emergency Services transported Hens and the (6) year old to Capital Health Regional Fuld for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.  
                   

In addition to being DWI, Hens was found to be a Suspended Driver with an Outstanding Warrant from Hamilton Township (Atlantic County).  Neither Hens nor the (6) year old were properly restrained inside of the vehicle at the time of the collision.  Hens was subsequently released from Hamilton Township pending a future court date.  No other injuries were reported or observed.    


                  Hens was charged with DWI, Assault by Auto, Child Endangerment, Contempt of Court, Failure to Maintain a Lane, Reckless Driving, Driving While Suspended, (2) Counts of Failure to Use Restraints pending a future date at the Mercer County Superior Court.  


Hazardous Materials Incident In West Windsor Township

April 9, 2021

WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–West Windsor Emergency Services and Princeton Junction Fire Department responded to 3490 Route 1 North, Building 19 for a carbon monoxide alarm around 6:15 pm. Upon arrival firefighters using their meters reported that they were getting readings of 50,000 parts per million of carbon monoxide and a very high reading on a combustible gas meter. The building was evacuated and the West Windsor Services Hazardous Materials Team was called to the scene. The building was vented by opening doors and windows and circulating fresh air using positive pressure fans. The hazardous materials team cleaned up a spilled flammable liquid and placed in a salvage drum. There was no information available to the name of the liquid spilled. The incident was completed by 10:10 pm. No other information is available. Information is from witnesses, and on scene reporting if official information is released the story will be updated.


BREAKING: Four firefighters injured in multi-alarm fire that destroys West Windsor apartment building

April 7, 2021

By: Tyler Eckel

WEST WINDSOR TOWNSHIP (MERCER)– A massive multi-alarm fire ripped through a West Windsor apartment building Wednesday night, injuring four firefighters and displacing multiple families.

The fire occurred around 3:17 pm. Multiple fire companies from Mercer and Middlesex Counties responded to the Avalon Watch Apartment Complex for a reported apartment fire.

Building 8 on Taylor Court became well-involved with fire, as West Windsor Police assisted in evacuating residents while firefighters began to get water on the flames. The inferno quickly spread out of control, making its way to a four-alarm status.

West Windsor Police report that the fire ripped through 24 apartments, leaving them with extensive damage. Nearby apartment buildings also began full scale evacuations as a safety precaution. American Red Cross has been activated to assist the displaced families.

Smoke could reportedly be seen from parts of Hamilton, Allentown, Trenton, and Hillsborough.

One firefighter reportedly suffered an ankle injury after a partial roof collapse. Firefighters were then ordered out of the structure, and took a defensive approach. Firefighters did eventually resume interior operations.

Three other firefighters were injured, one with a reported shoulder injury, one with a reported hand injury, and another with an unknown injury. There are no reported fatalities or injuries to any civilians.

Multiple hose lines and elevated master streams were put into operation. The fire was placed under control at about 5:58 pm.

The fire remains under investigation by the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office Arson Unit and the West Windsor Police Department’s Detective Bureau. Preliminary investigations reveal that the fire is not suspicious, but the investigation will extend over a period of multiple days.

The fire was brought under control with the help of West Windsor Township Fire and Emergency Services, Princeton Junction Volunteer Fire Company, West Windsor Volunteer Fire Company, Plainsboro Fire Company, East Windsor District 1 & 2 Volunteer Fire Companies, Hightstown Fire Company, Lawrence Township Fire Department, Lawrenceville Fire Company, Princeton Fire Department, Lawrence Road Fire Department, Slackwood Fire Company, Hamilton Township Fire Department, Prospect Heights Volunteer Fire Company, Kingston Volunteer Fire Company, Monmouth Junction Fire Company, Mercer County Fire Coordinators, Mercer County Emergency Service Communication Center, NJ Division of Fire Safety, Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad, Plainsboro EMS, Lawrence EMS, Capital Health Paramedics, and Signal 22 Canteen Unit.

**The article will be updated with updates as they continue to come in.**