Category: Middlesex County

Salute To The Great Cities Of The American Revolution As Seen In Transit Though Mercer County

July 4, 2020

ROBBINSVILLE, EAST WINDSOR, HAMILTON, NJ (MERCER)–If you were lucky enough to be outside this afternoon around 5:15 you would have seen a military fly over called “Salute To The Great Cities Of The American Revolution” en route from New York City to Philadelphia.

Trenton, NJ the home of the Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area where just north of there General George Washington crossed the Delaware on December 25, 1776 was not on the official list of the “Great Cities”

Still the region from the Monmouth Battlefield, extending though Cranbury, Hightstown, Robbinsville, Hamilton and turning at Trenton towards Philadelphia was still able to see the fly over even though it was not officially on the program.

Spectators were able to see a variety of aircraft from the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Marine Corps including: U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, followed by B-1, B-2 and B-52 bombers, F-15 and F-22 fighters and U.S. Marine Corps F-35 fighters in transit from New York City to Philadelphia.


Secretary Esper approved a Department of the Interior request for DOD support to the 2020 Salute to America. DOD will provide aerial, musical and ceremonial support to this year’s celebration in Washington, D.C. This year’s support will also include a flyover of the Mount Rushmore National Memorial, as well an aerial salute to several cities that played roles in the American Revolution.
 
The highlight of this year’s celebration will be our salute to the Great Cities of the American Revolution. The flyovers will begin in Boston and proceed to New York City, Philadelphia and Baltimore. From there they will join other Department of Defense and heritage aircraft in the Salute to America over our nation’s capital. In all, roughly 1,700 service members will support the celebrations.

The aircraft are scheduled to overfly each of the cities, beginning at approximately 4:00 pm, then fly on to the next city. U.S. Air Force and U.S. Marine Corps jets will fly over in five waves. The flyovers will be led by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, followed by B-1, B-2 and B-52 bombers, F-15 and F-22 fighters and U.S. Marine Corps F-35 fighters.  

BOSTON:  The aircraft are scheduled to overfly the center of the city at approximately 4:00 pm approaching from the northeast at 1,000 feet above the ground.  Multiple aircraft will overfly the U.S.S. Constitution and then proceed over Fenway Park before departing the city. 

NEW YORK:  The aircraft are scheduled to fly down the Hudson River at approximately 5:00 pm and pass just east of the Statue of Liberty.  

PHILADELPHIA:  The aircraft are scheduled to overfly the center of the city at approximately 5:15 pm approaching from the northeast at 1,000 feet above the ground.  Multiple aircraft will fly over Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell and then proceed southwest out of the city.

BALTIMORE: The aircraft are scheduled to overfly Fort McHenry at approximately 5:30 pm approaching from the northeast at 1,000 feet above the ground.  Multiple aircraft will overfly Fort McHenry before turning south out of the city.

The flyovers provide an opportunity for DOD to demonstrate the capabilities and professionalism of the United States Armed Forces. Flying hours are a sunk cost for the Department of Defense, and these aircraft and crews would be using these hours for proficiency and training at other locations if they were not conducting these flyovers.
 
DOD is proud to help celebrate the nation’s 244th birthday. We are grateful for our nation’s support as we defend our country, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.


Photos below by: Dennis Symons from East Windsor looking towards Hightstown and Robbinsville


Photos below by: Brian McCarthy OnScene News from the Scenic Overlook on I-295 in Hamilton Township

Criminal Charges Brought In Edison Fatal Motorcycle Crash

July 1, 2020

EDISON, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and Chief Thomas Bryan of the Edison Police Department announced today that a driver has been charged for striking and killing a motorcyclist on June 27, 2020.

Roland Q. Lyles, 31, of Orange, was arrested and charged on June 27, 2020 with aggravated assault in the second degree. The charges were upgraded today, following the death of the victim, to aggravated manslaughter in the first degree, vehicular homicide in the second degree, and driving with a suspended license and causing the death of another person in the third degree. He was also issued motor vehicle summonses including driving while intoxicated and driving with a suspended license.

 The deceased motorcyclist was identified as Richard Diaz, 51, of Brooklyn, New York.

During the investigation it was determined that on June 27, 2020 at approximately 2:19 am, Lyles was driving a white Nissan Sentra traveling northbound on Route 1 near Grandview Avenue at a high rate of speed when he struck the victim’s motorcycle. Diaz was taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick following the crash. He died on June 30, 2020 from his injuries.

The investigation is active and is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Dominick Masi of the Edison Police Department at (732) 248-7400, or Detective Jonathan Berman of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-4328.

As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charge against Lyles are merely accusations and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.


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UPDATED: Fatal Accident Investigation In Monroe Township

July 1, 2020

MONROE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Monroe Township Police are investigating a fatal accident that occurred on Route 33 around 1:15 pm. The accident happened in the 900 Block of NJ Rt 33 which is east of Bently Road.

Police said, a 2019 Hyundai Tuscon driven by 72 year old, Marc A. Mandelkorn of Monroe Township was traveling West bound on Route 33 just East of the intersection of Bentley Road. The Hyundai Tuscon left the roadway for an unknown reason then struck a NJ State DOT tractor that was mowing the median. The vehicle then crossed over the Eastbound lane and came to rest in the shoulder of Route 33 East.

Upon arrival of first responders the driver was found unconscious and medical aid was rendered. The driver was transported to CentraState Medical Center in Freehold, NJ and was later pronounced deceased, police said.

The crash is being investigated by Sergeant Anthony Trohalides and Officer Daniel Mosakowski of the Monroe Township Police Traffic Safety Division. Anyone who might have witnessed this crash is asked to contact the Traffic Safety Division at 732-521-0222 Ext: 126


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Ciccone Sworn In As Middlesex County Prosecutor

July 1, 2020

Yolanda Ciccone, of Metuchen, the former Assignment Judge of Somerset County, was sworn in today as Prosecutor of Middlesex County during a brief ceremony officiated by retired Judge and former Prosecutor Alan A. Rockoff.

In June 2020, Governor Phil Murphy nominated Yolanda Ciccone to be the Prosecutor of Middlesex County. She was confirmed by the Senate on June 15, 2020, beginning a five-year term as the county prosecutor.

 Prosecutor Ciccone began her legal career in 1980 as a law clerk to the Hon. John E. Bachman J.S.C. and Hon. Theodore Appleby, J.S.C. In September of 1981, Prosecutor Ciccone began working as an Assistant  Prosecutor in Middlesex County.

During her ten years in the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, Prosecutor Ciccone had a number of different duties including Chief of the Juvenile Division, advisor to the Narcotics and Gambling Task Force, oversaw the Hate Crimes Task Force and negotiated memorandums of understanding with 23 of the Middlesex County school districts.

In October of 1991 Governor Jim Florio nominated Prosecutor Ciccone to the Superior Court, Middlesex County. During her tenure as a Superior Court Judge, Ciccone served in the Family, Criminal and Civil Divisions. She was the Presiding Judge of the Civil Division from 2005 to 2006.

In September of 2006 Chief Justice Deborah Poritz selected Ciccone to be the Assignment Judge of Vicinage 13 compromising Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren counties.         

Prosecutor Ciccone earned her law degree from Seton Hall University School of Law in Newark, NJ,  and is a graduate of  Douglass College at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ.

Following her being sworn into office, Prosecutor Ciccone swore in assistant prosecutors, detectives, and staff who work in the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office via a virtual ceremony.

The Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office oversees 26 municipal and university/college police departments as well as the County Sheriff’s Department and is amongst the busiest in the state. The office handles more than 6,500 criminal complaints annually, has a budget of $20.7 million and employs just over 200 people.

BREAKING: Police Evacuating Homes On Cedar Court In South Brunswick Due To Gas Leak

July 1, 2020

Update: 12:58 pm, command reports gas has been shut off and going to start letting people back in their homes.

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Due to a gas leak caused by a car striking the gas lines on a building on Cedar Court, police are evacuating homes in that vicinity.

Please avoid the area for the next four hours to allow police, fire, and EMS to address the emergency. 

http://nixle.us/alert/8089936/

Another Busy Night With Accidents On The NJ Turnpike

June 28, 2020

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Several accidents have occurred on the NJ Turnpike this evening at 9:52 pm at Exit 8 in Hightstown a tractor trailer overturned with injures at the north bound on ramp to the NJTP. Hightstown Fire Department and Hightstown First Aid Squad were at the scene. Robbinsville Township Fire Department responded but was not needed.

At 3:07 am the Robbinsville Township Fire Department responded to the NJ Turnpike at mile marker 59 for a single car accident with heavy front end damage. It appears one person was injured in this accident. The person was transported to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Hamilton.

Around 3:30 am in Cranbury at mile marker 70 Cranbury First Aid Squad responded to a motor vehicle accident with three injures. Patients from that accident were transported to Princeton Medical Center Plainsboro.

The night before a one year old child lost their life and 4 others were injured in a major accident in Cranbury.

UPDATE: NJ State Police Report A 1 Year Old Child Has Died In Last Nights Accident 4 Others With Severe To Moderate Injuries On NJ Turnpike

June 27, 2020 at 11:18 am

See this morning’s early morning breaking news report for more information: BREAKING: Serious Accident On NJ Turnpike With Possible Fatality About One Mile From Exit 8

CRANBURY, NJ (MIDDLESEX)—New Jersey State Police report that a motor vehicle accident occurred  Friday, June 26 at 10:52 pm on the southbound outer roadway at mile marker 69.

Preliminary reports by NJSP are that a Toyota Camry and Volvo tractor trailer were traveling southbound on the New Jersey Turnpike in the area of mile marker 69 when the Volvo struck the rear of the Toyota.

As a result of the collision the driver of the Volvo, Euclides R. Santos , 53 year old male of New York, NY suffered moderate injuries. Driver of the Toyota, Kazara P. Leacock, 24 year old female of Randallstown, MD suffered moderate injuries. Passenger of the Toyota, Messiah Gray, 1 year old male juvenile of Randallstown, MD suffered fatal injuries. Passenger of the Toyota, Hilkiah Leacock-Small, 3 year old juvenile male Randallstown, MD suffered serious injuries. Passenger of the Toyota, Cheryl Leacock, 61 year old female of Randallstown, MD suffered moderate injuries.



BREAKING: Serious Accident On NJ Turnpike With Fatality About One Mile From Exit 8

SEE UPDATED STORY HERE: UPDATE: NJ State Police Report A 1 Year Old Child Has Died In Last Nights Accident 4 Others With Severe To Moderate Injuries On NJ Turnpike

BREAKING NEWS REPORT: Information from radio traffic and what was observed on scene at a distance. Once official information is avaiable story will be updated and corrections made if needed.

June 26, 2020 date of accident 11 pm, published June 27, 2020 1:39 am. minor updates at 10 am. Still waiting for official news release from NJ State Police. Updated at 11:30 with some corrections see the new story link posted above for latest information about the accident.

CRANBURY, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–At 10:52 pm tonight a serious accident occurred on the NJ Turnpike in the area of the 69 mile marker south bound lanes. The accident appears to have occurred in a “Z-Cut” area marked “NO TURNS” that are used for emergency equipment. The area is approximately one mile north of Exit 8 Hightstown. A tractor trailer with Amazon Prime markings collided with a car in the area of the emergency access cut though.

The Hightstown Fire Company, Cranbury Fire Company, Robbinsville Township Fire Department EMS, Hightstown First Aid Squad, Mercer County Paramedics and others responded to the scene.

Two were heavily entrapped in the back seat of the car and firefighters with the assistance of a crane from George’s Garage lifted the front of the tractor trailer off the trapped occupants and free them.

A medical helicopter from Cooper University Healthcare “Cooper-2” flew one of the occupants that were heavily entrapped to Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center Trauma Unit in New Brunswick. The center roadway was shut down for the accident and the helicopter landed on the highway nearby.

Two occupants from the front of the vehicle were transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center Trama Unit in Trenton.

It is reported that one person from the back seat has died.

New Jersey State Police have shut down the inner roadway for the accident investigation. The Middlesex County Medical Examiner was en route to the scene at the time of this report.

The accident investigation on the Turnpike is active at this time and the inner roadway is expected to be shut down for hours.

Once official information becomes available this story will be updated, information obtained is from radio reports and observations. See updated story here: SEE UPDATED STORY HERE: UPDATE: NJ State Police Report A 1 Year Old Child Has Died In Last Nights Accident 4 Others With Severe To Moderate Injuries On NJ Turnpike



Retro Fitness East Brunswick Appears To Be Out Of Business

June 24, 2020

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–A number gyms and health clubs are going out of business in New Jersey due to government restrictions that have kept the facilities closed during the COVID-19 crisis. There is no sun on the horizon for any gyms or fitness centers to re-open so many are closing their doors for good.

As reported earlier by MidJersey.News Tilton Fitness Powered by Hackensack Meridian Health a higher end hospital type fitness center with 7 locations in New Jersey is permanently closing its doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Retro Fitness East Brunswick social media accounts are silent about the permanent closure of the East Brunswick, NJ location.

The East Brunswick location appears to be removed from the Retro Fitness website and a member “Dominic” has posted his e-mail about the club closure on Facebook as shown below.

The East Brunswick location’s Yelp page is still active: https://www.yelp.com/biz/retro-fitness-east-brunswick-east-brunswick?utm_campaign=www_business_share_popup&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_source=(direct)

Update On East Brunswick Drowning, Appears Victims Did Not Know How To Swim

June 24, 2020


Other MidJersey.News stories on this incident:

Victims identified in East Brunswick drowning

Three Have Died After Being Found Unresponsive In Pool


EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Christopher L.C. Kuberiet and Chief Frank LoSacco of the East Brunswick Police Department announced today that the tragic deaths that occurred on June 22, 2020 in the Township were accidental in nature.

Although the investigation is active, it was determined that electricity did not play a part in the death of these three victims. The above-ground pool was mostly shallow at 3½ feet deep, but there was a portion of the pool that was 7 feet deep. It doesn’t appear that the victims knew how to swim.

Bharat Patel, 62, his 33-year old daughter-in-law Nisha Patel and her 8-year-old daughter, all who reside at the home in East Brunswick were previously identified as the victims who perished.

East Brunswick Police responded to the residence located at 43 Clearview Road at approximately 4:18 pm on June 22, 2020. and found the three victims unresponsive in the pool; they were pronounced dead shortly after being found.

The Middlesex County Regional Medical Examiner’s Office has determined the manner of death as accidental and the cause of death to be drowning for all three victims.

The investigation is active and is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Kimberly DiParisi of the East Brunswick  Police Department at (732) 390-6900, or Detective Mark Morris of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-3927.

Victims identified in East Brunswick drowning

June 23, 2020


Other MidJersey.News stories on this incident here:

Three Have Died After Being Found Unresponsive In Pool

Update On East Brunswick Drowning, Appears Victims Did Not Know How To Swim


EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Christopher L.C. Kuberiet and Chief Frank LoSacco of the East Brunswick Police Department announced today that a 62-year-old man, his daughter-in-law, and her daughter have been identified as the victims who perished yesterday in the Township.

Bharat Patel, 62, his 33-year old daughter-in-law Nisha Patel and her 8-year-old daughter, all who reside at the home in East Brunswick, have been identified as the victims.          

East Brunswick Police responded to the residence located at 43 Clearview Road at approximately 4:18 pm on June 22, 2020. and found the three victims unresponsive in the pool; they were pronounced dead shortly after being found.

The Middlesex County Regional Medical Examiner’s Office has determined the manner of death as accidental and the cause of death to be drowning for all three victims.

The investigation is active and is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Kimberly DiParisi of the East Brunswick  Police Department at (732) 390-6900, or Detective Mark Morris of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-3927.

Three Have Died After Being Found Unresponsive In Pool

June 22, 2020


Other MidJersey.News stories on this incident:

Victims identified in East Brunswick drowning

Update On East Brunswick Drowning, Appears Victims Did Not Know How To Swim


EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Christopher L.C. Kuberiet and Chief Frank LoSacco of the East Brunswick Police Department announced today that three people were found unresponsive in a pool this evening in the Township.

At approximately 4:18 pm East Brunswick Police responded to the residence located at 43 Clearview Road. Three members of the same family who reside at the residence where found unresponsive in the pool; they were pronounced dead shortly after being found.

 The cause of death is to be determined by the Middlesex County Regional Medical Examiner’s Office.

The investigation is active and is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Kimberly DiParisi of the East Brunswick  Police Department at (732) 390-6900, or Detective Mark Morris of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-3927.

South Brunswick Police Seeking Public’s Assistance In Locating Missing Person – John Shapinski

UPDATE FOUND ON JUNE 23, 2020

June 22, 2020

NO LONGER MISSING FOUND JUNE 23, 2020

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–The South Brunswick Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a missing person.

John Shapinski, 32 y.o., is homeless, but known to frequent New Brunswick, and uses bus stops along the Route 27 corridor. He was last heard from approximately a week ago. 

Shapinski is a white male, 6’ 04”, weighing 220 lbs., with brown hair and eyes. 

Anyone with information is asked to call South Brunswick Police at (732) 329-4646.

Monroe Township Woman Killed In South Brunswick Crash

June 22, 2020

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–At 10:47am on Friday, June 19th, Theresa Dowling, 81 y.o. from Monroe Township, was driving a 2017 Lexus westbound on Henderson Road when she failed to stop for a red light at Route 1. The Lexus entered the intersection and was struck by a 2013 Hyundai, driven by Maria Melendez, 61 y.o. from Somerset, which had been traveling northbound in the left lane of Route 1. The Lexus then continued across Route 1, striking a 2016 Chevrolet, driven by Michael Mitchell, 56 y.o. from Ridgefield Park, which had been traveling southbound in the left lane, before coming to rest in the intersection.
 
Ms. Dowling was transported to Robert Wood Johnson Hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries on June 21st. The two other drivers and two additional passengers suffered minor injuries.
 
Route 1 southbound was closed to traffic for approximately 4 hours while the investigation was conducted and debris removed. 
 
No criminal or motor vehicle charges are anticipated at this time, but the crash is still under investigation.
 
Anyone with information on this crash is asked to contact Ptl. Merkler at (732)329-4000 ext. 7412.

UPDATE: NJSP Col. Callahan And Govenor Phil Murphy Provide Update On Crash; Trooper Will Be OK After Being Thrown 30 Feet

June 22, 2020

See this morning’s story here: BREAKING: NJ State Police Vehicle Destroyed By Dump Truck On NJ Turnpike

We expect further details and an update later this afternoon from the NJSP Press Office

CRANBURY, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–At the daily COVID-19 briefing in Trenton, State Police Colonel Patrick J. Callahan  said the trooper from this morning’s crash was thrown 30 feet by the impact of the crash; it is believed to have saved his life. Governor Phil Murphy said the axle of the truck broke and truck flipped over onto the troop car.

The NJ State Trooper will be OK according to Col. Callahan.


State Police Investigate Crash that Injured State Trooper and Two Others

The New Jersey State Police is investigating a three-vehicle crash that injured a state trooper and two others on the New Jersey Turnpike in Cranbury Township, Middlesex County.

Earlier today, at approximately 6:59 a.m., a State Police Chevy Tahoe was stopped behind a Porsche Boxster on the right shoulder of the inner roadway southbound at milepost 70.7.
The trooper was seated in the driver seat of the marked Troop Car with the overhead lights activated.

Preliminary information indicates that a Ford dump truck was traveling southbound on the outer roadway when it struck the left metal guardrail and continued onto the inner roadway. The Ford dump truck continued south, struck and overrode the Troop Car, overturned, and struck the Porsche.

The trooper, driver of the dump truck, and the driver of the Porsche all sustained moderate injuries and were transported to an area hospital. There were no other occupants in the three vehicles. The inner roadway was closed for approximately six hours.

The cause and circumstances of the crash remain under investigation, and there is no additional information available at this time.



See 42 min and 34 seconds into the video for the update on the NJ State Trooper:



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BREAKING: NJ State Police Vehicle Destroyed By Dump Truck On NJ Turnpike

SEE AFTERNOON UPDATE HERE: UPDATE: NJSP Col. Callahan And Govenor Phil Murphy Provide Update On Crash; Trooper Will Be OK

BREAKING NEWS: Once official information is released the site will be updated.

11:30 am update traffic is backed up over 10 miles on NJ Turnpike South Bound Avoid the Turnpike

1:30 pm update according to the traffic map the roadway shows no delays

June 22, 2020

SEE AFTERNOON UPDATE HERE: UPDATE: NJSP Col. Callahan And Govenor Phil Murphy Provide Update On Crash; Trooper Will Be OK

CRANBURY, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Around 7 am. it appears that a dump truck traveling south bound in the area of mile marker 70.7 hit a NJ State Police vehicle. Photos from the scene show the NJSP vehicle in a ball of metal and the dump truck overturned that was full of dirt.

Expect heavy delays on the NJ Turnpike until this accident is investigated and cleared. Delays south bound will be in the area of Exit 8A Cranbury between Station Road and Cranbury-Half Acre Road. Currently the traffic backup is 3 miles in length traveling south bound all the way to Exit 8A.

Traffic reroute is get off at Exit 8A to Route 130 South to the Route 33 Bypass back onto the NJ Turnpike.

NJ State Police has not released information about the accident yet and they are still on scene investigating at the time of this report.

Luckily there are no life threatening injures in the accident. More to follow.

Responding that we know of were Cranbury Fire Company, Hightstown Engine Company, Cranbury EMS, Robbinsville Fire Department EMS. Possibly others.


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BREAKING: Multi Alarm Fire Leaves Cranbury Pizza Heavily Damaged

Breaking News: Firefighters are still on scene when information becomes available story will be updated.

Preliminary report:

CRANBURY, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–A multi-alarm fire left the beloved Cranbury Pizza heavily damaged. The stubborn fire started just after 7:30 pm and was not brought under control until 10:02 pm. The first arriving units reported heavy smoke from all floors visible. Numerous mutual aid fire departments responded.

Criminal Charges Brought In North Brunswick Fatal Crash

NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Christopher L.C. Kuberiet and Director Kenneth P. McCormick announced today that two people have been charged in a fatal three car crash that took place in the Township on May 24, 2020.

Rashawn Stevens, 33, of Newark and Garry Givens-Owens, 28, of Somerset were both charged with strict liability vehicular homicide in the third degree by driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs and causing the death of another.

 The deceased driver was identified as Felicity Eden, 19, of Milltown who was pronounced deceased at the scene from the injuries she sustained in the fatal crash.

Rashawn Stevens was arrested today in Newark, and Garry Givens Owens was taken into custody yesterday in North Brunswick. They are both  currently being held in the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center pending a detention hearing.

The crash which involved three vehicles occurred on May 24, 2020 at approximately 4:11 am on Route 1 Southbound in the vicinity of the Walmart located at 979 US 1.

During the investigation it was determined that Stevens was driving his Lincoln Sedan southbound on Route 1 when he struck the vehicle driven by the victim. Givens-Owen was driving a BMW Sedan which first struck the Lincoln, and then the vehicle driven by Felicity Eden.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Patrolman Jason Zier

of the North Brunswick Police Department at (732) 247-0922, or Detective Jonathan Berman of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732)  745-4328.

As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against Stevens and Givens-Owens are merely accusations and they are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Howell Twp. Couple Charged With Animal Cruelty In Deaths Of 4 Stolen German Shepherd Puppies, Remains Found Burned and Buried

The investigation further revealed McDonald was in possession of a generator reported stolen out of South Brunswick, and a John Deere front end loader reported stolen out of Monroe.  

June 17, 2020

FREEHOLD, NJ (MONMOUTH)–A couple is facing charges of animal cruelty after four German Shepard puppies in their care died due to neglect, announced Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

Daniel McDonald, 25, and Tricia Jaccoma, 24, are charged with four counts of third degree animal cruelty with respect to the deaths of four German Shepherd puppies found deceased on a property in Howell where they were temporarily residing.

The remains of two deceased German Shepherd puppies were found in a fire pit on the property in Howell on Monday, May 18, 2020.  The Howell Township Police Department and Monmouth County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Law Enforcement Division, conducted an investigation, which led to the discovery of the remains of two more deceased puppies which had been buried on the property. 

The joint investigation revealed the puppies were stolen from a farm in Somerset County on or about May 12, when the puppies were only approximately three weeks old.  Investigators learned McDonald and Jaccoma were staying at the Somerset County farm prior to the time the puppies went missing and were in possession of the puppies while residing in a camper on the property in Howell.  Investigators also learned the puppies were ill, in distress, and were struggling to breathe prior to their deaths, and that the pair did not get the puppies medical attention because of the costs associated with the care. The investigation further revealed McDonald disposed of the bodies of the deceased puppies by burying two of them and tossing the other two into the fire pit on or about May 16.  A necropsy performed on the two buried puppies revealed the puppies suffered from parasites and also were severely emaciated and malnourished with “no indications of recent nutritional ingestion.” 

In addition to the animal cruelty charges for failing to provide the puppies with the necessary care, both McDonald and Jaccoma were additionally charged with multiple counts of third degree Receiving Stolen Property, for being in possession of the stolen puppies in Monmouth County.  McDonald was further charged with four counts of Hindering Apprehension of oneself, disorderly persons offenses, for disposing of the deceased puppies bodies.

The investigation further revealed McDonald was in possession of a generator reported stolen out of South Brunswick, and a John Deere front end loader reported stolen out of Monroe.   McDonald was charged with additional counts of third degree and second degree Receiving Stolen Property, respectively, for being in possession of these stolen items.  

McDonald was ordered detained at the Monmouth County Correctional Institution by Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Paul X. Escandon on June 10, 2020. 

Jaccoma is currently a fugitive.  If you have any information about her whereabouts, please contact Humane Law Enforcement Officer Michael Magliozzo of the Monmouth County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals at 732 995-0329, or Patrolwoman Heather Scherbinski of the Howell Township Police Department at 732-938-4111.

If convicted of the second-degree charge, McDonald faces a sentence of five to ten years in a New Jersey state prison.

If convicted of any of the third degree charges, they each face a sentence of three to five years in in a New Jersey state prison on each count. 

This case is assigned to Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Melanie Falco, Director of the Office’s Professional Responsibility and Bias Crimes Unit, and liaison to the Monmouth County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Law Enforcement Division. 

McDonald is represented by Paul Zager, Esq. of Red Bank. McDonald is scheduled for a Pre-Indictment Conference on July 6, 2020.

Despite these charges, every defendant is presumed innocent, unless and until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, following a trial at which the defendant has all of the trial rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and State law.

Aberdeen Man 58, Arrested In Jamesburg On Several Charges

June 16, 2020

JAMESBURG, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–The Jamesburg Police Department investigating a child luring incident found the following:

**********ARREST NOTIFICATION**********

On June 15th, 2020 The Jamesburg Police Department received a call in reference to a possible child luring incident in the area of East Railroad Ave and Franklin Street. After speaking with the caller, Jamesburg officers located Spencer Pitt, 58, from Aberdeen New Jersey located in Green acres Park near the children’s playground area.

Pitt was highly intoxicated and combative toward officers. Pitt was placed under arrest for disorderly conduct. During the course of the arrest, Pitt assaulted a police officer and physically resisted arrest. Pitt was also in possession of a knife.

During processing at police HQ, Pitt spit on a police officer and refused to be finger printed. Pitt also made threats to kill the officers involved in the arrest.

Pitt was charged with disorderly conduct, public intoxication, littering, resisting arrest, assault on police, possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, obstruction, terroristic threats, and refusing to be finger printed.

The public is reminded that all subjects arrested by the Jamesburg Police Department are presumed innocent until proven guilty by a court of law.

Chief James J. Craparotta

2nd Alarm In South Brunswick

June 15, 2020

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Several area fire companies responded for a 2nd Alarm fire on Kingsland Circle near Princeton Gate Boulevard this afternoon.

Once official information about the fire becomes available we will update the story.

Jamesburg Standoff Ends Peacefully

June 11, 2020

JAMESBURG, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Christopher L.C. Kuberiet and Chief James J. Craparotta of the Jamesburg Police Department said authorities successfully resolved a potentially dangerous situation by taking into custody a juvenile barricaded in a home earlier today.

A 15-year old juvenile was taken into custody without incident. The juvenile is charged with making terroristic threats in the second degree and criminal trespass in the fourth degree.

 At approximately 11:18 am law enforcement officers from the Jamesburg Police Department responded to a home on Pergola Avenue  regarding the presence of an intruder. The intruder was ultimately identified as a juvenile who had made recent threats to commit crimes of violence and to kill. The juvenile who was not authorized to be in the home was  commanded by police to exit, but the juvenile failed to comply.

 Subsequently, the  Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office Special Operations Response Team (SORT) was dispatched to the residence after they were alerted of the previous threats made by the juvenile and his failure to comply with the direction of the law enforcement authorities on the scene. SORT utilized numerous means of de-escalation over the course of three hours which included the use of a crisis negotiator.

Through the use of the SORT negotiator the juvenile ultimately surrendered peacefully at approximately 4:49 pm. The juvenile was taken into and remains in the custody of juvenile authorities.

 No one was injured during the incident this afternoon.

The investigation is active and is being pursued by Detective Sergeant Jason Muller of the Jamesburg Police Department.

Acting Prosecutor Kuberiet thanks the professional response of the SORT and the Jamesburg Police Department.

As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against the juvenile are merely accusations and the juvenile is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

TRAFFIC ALERT: Route 1 South Brunswick Tractor Trailer Fire Wires Down

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Route 1 South Bound in the area of New Road is closed due to a tractor trailer fire with wires down.

BREAKING: Turnpike Horror, 10 Horses Died In Horse Trailer Fire, 1 Person Inhalation Burns, 1 Other Injured

Breaking News, some reports from official sources and some reports from on scene and radio traffic, reported as accurately as possible

Updated at 9:40 am. with what we know

Updated at 1:00 pm with some details from social media

June 7, 2020

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–New Jersey State Police confirmed that 10 horses died in a horse transport truck accident with fire early this morning on the New Jersey Turnpike. The truck was a very large tractor trailer style horse transport.

One Facebook witness said they were passing the area at the time and saw flames 20 feet in the air coming from the wreckage.

The transport vehicle traveling north lost control and struck a concrete divider in the area of the bridge support for an emergency U-Turn on the highway then caught fire.

NJSP did not confirm that two persons were injured including one with inhalation burns to the lungs. The injured people were taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick trauma center.

The accident and fire occurred around 3:00 am this morning on the New Jersey Turnpike “truck lanes” outer roadway near mile marker 68.6 north bound which is between Wycoff Mills Road and Brick Yard Road, approximately 1 mile north of Exit 8 Hightstown

Multiple fire departments and ambulance crews responded to the scene including units from Hightstown, East Windsor 1 & 2, Cranbury, Plainsboro and Monroe. Hightstown First Aid Squad transported 2 to RWJ, New Brunswick.

It was reported the horse transport was coming from Florida.

No further information is available at this time. NJSP would not give name of carrier or farm that horses belonged to.

One unconfirmed source stated that the horse trailer may have been en route from Ocala, Florida to Sarasota, NY carrying race horses for a race today and training at Saratoga Springs.


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Princeton Woman Killed By Hit And Run On Route 130, In North Brunswick

June 4, 2020

Update June 7, 2020 at 10:20 am: Please be advised that the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office and the North Brunswick Police Department are no longer looking for the suspect vehicle noted in the attached press release from June 5, 2020. The driver has been located and the investigation is continuing. There is no additional information at this time.

NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Christopher L.C. Kuberiet and Director Kenneth P. McCormick of the North Brunswick Police Department said police are investigating a fatal hit and run which took place on Route 130 in the Township early this morning.

The deceased pedestrian has been identified as Alysa Kristjanson, 22, of Princeton.  

Detective Paul Pappas Jr. of the North Brunswick Police Department and Detective David Abromaitis of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office determined that at approximately 12:58 am, the victim was struck on Route 130 in the area of Dunkin Donuts, the vehicle fled the scene.

          The investigation is active and is continuing.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Paul Pappas Jr.   of the North Brunswick Police Department at (732) 247-0922, or Detective David Abromaitis of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-4436.

BREAKING: Middlesex County Man Arrested For Attempting To Set Fire To Trenton Police Car After Demonstration

June 2, 2020

Photos by: Brian McCarthy OnScene News

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–A Middlesex County, New Jersey, man was arrested today for attempting to set fire to a marked police vehicle in Trenton after a demonstration over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Justin Spry, 21, of South Plainfield, New Jersey, was arrested by special agents of the FBI and is charged by complaint with one count of attempting to damage or destroy by fire a vehicle owned or possessed by an institution receiving federal financial assistance, and one count of attempting to damage or destroy by fire a vehicle used in and affecting interstate commerce. Spry will make his initial appearance June 3, 2020, by videoconference before U.S. Magistrate Judge Tonianne J. Bongiovanni.

“The conduct described in the criminal complaint demonstrates a deliberate effort to destroy a police vehicle during a demonstration,” U.S. Attorney Carpenito said. “Our office will not hesitate to bring to justice anyone who engages in this kind of destruction. We will work with our law enforcement partners to find these violent perpetrators and charge them appropriately.”

According to the complaint:

On May 31, 2020, large-scale protests were held throughout the United States, including in Trenton, in response to the death of Floyd on May 25, 2020, while in the custody of the Minneapolis Police Department. Although the May 31 protest in Trenton began peacefully, violence erupted later in the day. A group of individuals proceeded along East State Street in downtown Trenton and began to smash store fronts, loot businesses, and attack marked Trenton Police Department vehicles parked along East State Street.

A street camera recorded Spry and another individual attempt to stuff a piece of cloth into the gas tank of a marked police vehicle and ignite it. Law enforcement officers on scene observed Spry as he attempted to ignite the vehicle. Spry noticed the officers and attempted to flee, but was arrested.
Both counts charged in the criminal complaint carry a statutory mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of five years, a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison, and a maximum fine of $250,000.

U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents of the FBI and task force officers of the Joint Terrorism Task Force in Newark, as well as special agents of the FBI’s Hamilton Resident Agency, under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge Douglas Korneski, with the investigation leading to today’s arrest. He also thanked officers of the Trenton Police Department, under the direction of Police Director Sheilah Coley; troopers of the New Jersey State Police, under the direction of Colonel Patrick J. Callahan; and officers of the New Jersey Department of Corrections, under the direction of Commissioner Marcus O. Hicks, for their assistance.

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

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

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From what we believe is Justin Spry’s Twitter Account: @JustinSpry1


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Lawrenceville Woman And Staten Island Man Dead In South Brunswick Crash

May 25, 2020

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–At 7:37am this morning, a 24 year old man from Staten Island driving a 2016 Nissan was traveling Route 130 northbound approaching the area of Ridge Road when he lost control of his vehicle, spun out, crossed the median, and struck a 2015 Toyota operated by a 55 year old woman from Lawrenceville, who was traveling in the southbound lanes of Route 130.
 
Immediately after this impact, a 40 year old woman from Scotch Plains operating a 2013 Honda on Route 130 southbound tried to swerve to avoid the crash scene, but struck the Toyota.
 
The 24 year old man and the 55 year old woman were pronounced dead at the scene. The 40 year old woman suffered minor injuries.
 
Moments after the crash, there was an additional crash on Route 130 northbound involving 2 motorists attempting to avoid the initial crash.
 
Route 130 was closed to traffic for approximately 5 hours while the investigation was conducted and debris removed.
 
No criminal or motor vehicle charges are anticipated at this time, but the crash is still under investigation.
 
Anyone with information on this crash is asked to contact Ptl. Merkler at (732)329-4000 ext. 7412.

20 Years Ago, A Look At Memorial Day 2000

May 25, 2020

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Large town parades may be canceled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic but there are several scaled down events including wreath layings at grave sites and memorials. If you happen to capture a good photo that you would like posted on MidJersey.News later today use the “Contact” link on the top bar and fill out the form and I will send you our email address to forward the photo.

Since we will be celebrating Memorial Day a little different this year due to the COVID-19 we will take a look at some from the past.

May 29, 2000 the events in South Brunswick start at VFW Post 9111, a visit to local cemeteries in town, then to the American Legion and finally a stop at the Municipal Building to lay wreaths at the memorial there.


The late Alfred “Al” Kady from VFW Post 9111 and South Brunswick American Legion rediscovered Civil War Veteran Aaron Hush’s gravesite. During the Memorial Day services on May 29, 2000 the Hush grandchildren and great grandchildren were invited to the site.

“We have a moral obligation to take care of these burial grounds as they are hallowed ground” — Al Kady would read that as part of opening statements each Memorial Day

More about Aaron Hush Civil War Veteran here from South Brunswick Library

Read more about Al Kady from the South Brunswick Library

State Police Arrest Duo for Using Fraudulent Documents to Purchase Luxury Vehicle

May 23, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–The New Jersey State Police have arrested Osmar Terron, 37, of Trenton, N.J. and Marquis Dixon, 25, of Willingboro, N.J., for allegedly attempting to purchase a 2019 Mercedes GLS450 ,valued at $70,150, with fraudulent documents.

On Thursday, May 21, detectives from the New Jersey State Police Motor Vehicle Crimes North Unit were made aware of a suspicious transaction at a car dealership in Woodbridge Township, Middlesex County.

State Police detectives, along with Woodbridge Township Police Department, responded to the dealership and discovered Terron and Dixon attempting to purchase the Mercedes with a fraudulent Pennsylvannia driver’s license.

During the investigation, detectives also discovered that Terron and Dixon were in possession of multiple fraudulent documents. They were arrested without incident.

Marquis Dixon and Osmar Terron were charged with conspiracy to commit theft by deception. Terron was also charged with theft by deception and possession of fraudulent documents. They were lodged in Middlesex County Jail pending a bail detention hearing.

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

2nd Alarm Fire In South Brunswick

May 19, 2020

Update from South Brunswick Police Department:

The fire on Ridge Road has been extinguished and the roadway has been reopened. The 2 alarm fire consumed the two-story wooden barn within minutes of the call. Firefighters from Monmouth Junction, Kendall Park, Kingston, Plainsboro, North Brunswick, Jamesburg, and the NJ State Forestry Service battled the blaze. High winds caused embers from the fire to go into the nearby neighborhoods causing small grass and tree fires. Several homes on Hillside Avenue and Mary Street were briefly evacuated at the onset of the fire. Firefighters from Brookview, Franklin Park, Griggstown & Montgomery covered South Brunswick fire stations during the incident.

The fire which was reported at 12:33 pm resulted in the destruction of one of the oldest structures in the Township. The two-story barn at 600 Ridge Road was part of the historical Long Bridge Farm that once housed George Washington’s troops. South Brunswick Fire Marshal determined the fire was caused by an electrical wire that fell on the barn after a tree branch struck it.

Monmouth Junction Fire Chief Scott Smith said, “The high winds were rapidly pushing the fire and firefighters did an amazing job containing the fire to the barn. The wooden structure of the barn caused the fire to gain intensity quickly. The fire caused siding on a nearby building at the Oilco property next door to melt, as well as start grass and tree fires all the way to New Road. We had to do all we could to prevent it from spreading to other homes.”

In addition to the firefighting units, South Brunswick EMS, Monmouth Junction, and Plainsboro First Aid Squads responded. There were no injuries in the fire.

The fire resulted in the closure of Ridge Road from New Road to Route 522 until 4 pm.


SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–A wind whipped 2nd Alarm fire is consuming a structure in the 600 Block of Ridge Road. All South Brunswick Fire Departments as well as Plainsboro Fire Department are operating at the scene.

Further information will be provided once available.


Three dozen firefighters are battling a blaze on Ridge Road. The fire in a two story barn was reported at 12:33pm. Several surrounding homes on Hillside Avenue and Mary Street have been evacuated. Ridge Road is closed from Route 522 to New Road.

Additional details to follow later.

Instructions:

Avoid the area