Category: Monroe Twp

Monroe Township Resident To Be Honored At Women Of Achievement Event

March 7, 2023

MONROE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Karyn Miller, Market Manager and Managing Director of regional commerce banking for Capital One in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware, will be honored by the Tri-County Scholarship Fund at their 10th Annual Women of Achievement Luncheon on March 21, 2023 at the Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club in Bedminster, New Jersey.

“We are thrilled to be honoring Karyn,” said Tri-County President, Prudence Pigott. “Each year the event recognizes outstanding women whose career accomplishments and community service make them leaders in the community, and role models for our scholarship students.”

The luncheon raises funds to support Tri-County’s Freedom Scholars Program. Candidates for the program are high school students who have demonstrated both great academic potential and financial need. Freedom Scholars is a partnership between high schools, families and the Fund, enabling students to choose values-based, high performing independent high schools. 100% of Freedom Scholars graduate from high school and go on to attend college.

2023 marks the 10 year anniversary of the Tri-County Scholarship Fund Women of Achievement Luncheon. The event will also honor Nikki Sumpter, Executive VP, Chief Administrative Officer of Atlantic Health System; Heather Sperduto, VP of Sales Operations Account Channel for ADP;  and Betsy McNeilly, Executive Director, Wealth Management and Financial Advisor with Morgan Stanley.  


2023 Women of Achievement Honoree, Karyn Miller, Market Manager and Managing Director of Regional Commerce Banking, Capital One


Karyn Miller is Managing Director and Market Manager of regional commercial banking for Capital One, responsible for growing Capital One’s presence in the commercial space, focusing on customized banking solutions for the bank’s commercial clients.

A graduate of the Rutgers University School of Business, Miller has three decades of experience in building business segments and brands, and 25 years working in management positions within the banking business. Prior to joining Capital One, Miller served as a commercial banker for JP Morgan Chase where she was Executive Director and the National Head of Beverage Finance, before also being tasked with rebranding the apparel team to become a national specialized discipline.

Her work in the beverage space connected her to the founder of Bai Brands, who hired her as Chief Strategy Officer for a new line of alcoholic sparkling beverages, Crook & Marker. After establishing a national route to market for the brand, she was promoted to Chief Financial Officer, where she continued building and managing the now national brand’s accounting, finance, legal, and human resources teams.

“As the first in my family to graduate from college, I know firsthand how transformative educational opportunity can be for one’s life and career,” Miller said. “I am impressed with the Tri-County Scholarship recipients and their parents who work hard for this opportunity, and am proud to help raise funds for high school scholarships that open doors for local students.”

Miller is a board member of Family Connections and NJ Chamber of Commerce. Her past service includes serving as a board member and past chairman of Coordinated Family Care in North Brunswick Twp., past member of the Planned Giving Committee for Ronald MacDonald House in New Brunswick and Long Branch, engagement with the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America’s Women’s Leadership Council and CohnReznick’s Women’s Executive Forum.

Miller and her husband and three children reside in Monroe Township, NJ.


About Tri-County Scholarship Fund

Tri-County Scholarship Fund was founded in 1981. Alarmed by the failing public school system and the mounting inequities in educational choice for families in poorer communities, The Most Reverend Bishop Frank Rodimer, Bishop of Paterson (now deceased) and Ed Hennessy, (retired) CEO of Allied Signal, joined forces to create an organization that would provide scholarship assistance based upon financial need, for students to attend independent K-12 schools.

Since 1981, over 34,000 scholarships have been awarded, amounting to more than $36 million dollars. Families in the lowest income levels are able to choose quality educational opportunities for their children in safe schools that offer a sense of family and a disciplined learning environment. For the current school year In 2022, Tri-County has awarded 820 scholarships to financially disadvantaged students in grades K-12.  The waiting list of equally deserving applicants is comprised of 1600 more children, waiting for their opportunity.


Karyn Miller at a recent mentoring session and school visit with Mary Help of Christians Academy students in North Haledon, NJ


NJ Sharing Network Encourages Everyone to “Share the Love” on National Donor Day

Mae Howard of Monroe Township discusses NJ Sharing Network’s life-saving mission and her “Love Connection” as she looks back on 20 years since her life-saving heart transplant

February 8, 2023

MONROE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MIDDLESEX) /New Providence, NJ – February 14 is all about sharing the love in New Jersey – and not just because it is Valentine’s Day!

National Donor Day is observed annually to spread awareness and education about organ and tissue donation. NJ Sharing Network and its local healthcare partners and volunteers throughout the state are working on activities and events to honor organ and tissue donor heroes, recognize those who have received a transplant, and provide hope for New Jerseyans currently waiting for the gift of life.

On February 13 at 6pm, all are welcome to join LIVE on Facebook and YouTube for NJ Sharing Network’s online panel discussion entitled, “Share the Love! Inspiring Stories from Those Touched by Organ and Tissue Donation.” This interactive forum will allow viewers to post questions and comments throughout the event to join the conversation. For more information on ways to get involved and share the love during National Donor Day, visit www.NJSharingNetwork.org/donor-day.

STORIES OF LOVE AND COMPASSION – RIGHT HERE, IN NEW JERSEY

National Donor Day is deeply personal for NJ Sharing Network’s partners, advocates and volunteers who are motivated to save and enhance the lives of those in need. Mae and Russell Howard of Monroe Township will be two of the featured guests on the “Share the Love” online panel discussion. In 2022, Mae celebrated the 20th anniversary of her life-saving heart transplant. The following is a summary of Mae and Russell’s amazing connection:

Mae and Russell Howard of Monroe Township, NJ

Making life-saving connections has always been a part of our mission at NJ Sharing Network. But NJ Sharing Network played a key role in making a true LOVE connection for Mae and Russell Howard.

“I remember we were randomly matched up to share our personal stories during a community fair at Keyport High School,” said Mae. “I knew right away there was something very special about him, and we became instant friends.”

Mae was inspired to become a volunteer a few years after her successful heart transplant surgery in 2002. She felt blessed and grateful that her health had been fully restored. At that time, she also wanted to teach her children about the importance of giving back and getting involved in our local communities.

Russell’s link to NJ Sharing Network came after his wife Patty passed away. While Russell and his two children were devastated, they found some relief in knowing that Patty’s gifts helped save and enhance the lives of others.

“By volunteering together, we could discuss all sides of donation and transplantation to fully educate others,” said Mae. “We were also able to share some common experiences.”

Mae and Russell’s friendship soon turned into true love. They recently celebrated their 13th wedding anniversary, and their loving family has multiplied with five grandchildren!

“I have always said NJ Sharing Network blessed me with two hearts – the one that beats inside me, and the other that shares my life and surrounds my new heart with love,” said Mae.

ABOUT NJ SHARING NETWORK

NJ Sharing Network is the federally designated nonprofit organization responsible for the recovery and placement of donated organs and tissue in the Garden State. NJ Sharing Network provides hope for nearly 4,000 New Jersey residents currently waiting for a life-saving transplant, and it is part of the national recovery system for the over 100,000 people on the national waiting list. Last year, 283 organ donor heroes in New Jersey gave the gift of life resulting in 670 life-saving organs transplanted, an all-time high for a single year. In addition, 40,000 eye and tissue gifts enhanced the quality of life for those in need. With headquarters in New Providence, NJ, the organization has been recognized by NJBIZ as one of the state’s “Best Places to Work” for five consecutive years. To learn more, get involved and register as an organ and tissue donor, visit www.NJSharingNetwork.org.


Mae and Russell Howard of Monroe Township, NJ

(Photo Credit: Courtesy of NJ Sharing Network)


Operation Eagle Eye Busts Eight Men And One Juvenile In Multiple Child Porn Investigations In Middlesex County

November 18, 2022

Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone announced today, that thanks to multiple agencies diligent hard work and dedication to public safety, eight men and one juvenile were arrested and charged for their involvement in multiple child pornography investigations, Operation Eagle Eye.

As a result of Operation Eagle Eye led by the Internet Crimes Against Children Unit of The Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, with assistance from, the New Jersey State Police, East Brunswick Police Department, Edison Police Department, Carteret Police Department, Monroe Police Department, New Brunswick Police Department, Old Bridge Police Department, Perth Amboy Police Department, Piscataway Police Department, Plainsboro Police Department, Sayreville Police Department, and the Spotswood Police Department, a juvenile male was charged on November 1, 2022, and eight men were arrested without incident and charged over the course of two days, November 17, 2022, and November 18, 2022.

Albert Leonardis, 37, of Edison was charged with one count of second- degree Distribution of Child Pornography, one count of third-degree Possession of Child Pornography (under 1000 files), and one count of second- degree Storing and Maintaining Items Depicting the Sexual Exploitation or Abuse of Children Using a File Sharing Program.

Christopher Hernandez, 18, of New Brunswick, was charged with one count of third-degree Possession of Child Pornography (under 1000 files).

Alexander Antoini De Oliveria, 39, of Old Bridge, was charged with one count of second-degree Distribution of Child Pornography, one count of second-degree Storing and Maintaining Items Depicting the Sexual Exploitation or Abuse of Children Using a File Sharing Program, one count of second-degree Possession of Child Pornography (over 1000 files).

Joseph Marino, 40, of Carteret was charged with one count of third- degree Possession of Child Pornography (under 1000 files), one count of second-degree Distribution of Child Pornography, and one count of second- degree Storing and Maintaining Items Depicting the Sexual Exploitation or Abuse of Children Using a File Sharing Program.

Paul Rubbe, 62, of Piscataway, was charged with one count of third- degree Possession of Child Pornography (under 1000 files).

Edward Gicherman, 81, of Monroe, was charged with one count of third-degree Possession of Child Pornography (under 1000 files) and one count of second-degree Storing and Maintaining Items Depicting the Sexual Exploitation or Abuse of Children Using a File Sharing Program.

Abhishek Pandya, 25, of Edison, was charged with one count of third- degree Possession of Child Pornography (under 1000 files) and one count of second-degree Distribution of Child Pornography.

Christopher Nicol, 20, of Plainsboro, was charged with one count of third-degree Possession of Child Pornography (under 1000 files).

A juvenile male, 17, of Woodbridge, was charged with an act of juvenile delinquency for offenses which if committed by an adult would constitute as third-degree Possession of Child Pornography (under 1000 files).

The investigation is active and continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call the Internet Crimes Against Children Unit of The Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-5924.

As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against Leonardis, Hernandez, Antoini De Oliveria, Marino, Rubbe, Gicherman, Pandya, Nicol, and the juvenile male are merely accusations, and they are presumed innocent until proven guilty.



Monroe Fire Chief District No. 2 Charged with Theft

October 26, 2022

MONROE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone announced today that the Monroe Fire Chief of District No. 2 was charged with theft.

In February 2022, Fire Commissioners of Monroe Fire District No. 2 noticed discrepancies with their financial invoices, where taxes were being paid on items, when they were a tax-exempt entity. This led to an internal investigation where Chief James Carbin III, 55, of Clarksburg, was found to have been purchasing personal items with the fire department’s funds.

Carbin was placed on administrative leave in April of 2022, and is currently suspended without pay

An investigation led by Detective Marcus Goode of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office determined that from 2019 to 2022, Carbin had purchased at least $2173.20 worth of personal items using the fire department’s money. During the investigation, it was discovered that Carbin also directed on-duty firefighters under his supervision to complete work outside of their job duties for his personal benefit.

Carbin was charged with third-degree theft by deception and third- degree theft of services.

The investigation is active and continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Goode of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-4274.

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


West Windsor Music Instructor Busted Viewing And Sharing Child Pornography

Jose Sanchez, 58, of Monroe, NJ, is charged with third-degree possession of child pornography and second-degree file sharing of child pornography. 

October 11, 2022

WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri reported today that an investigation into online child exploitation has resulted in the arrest of a Monroe Township man.

Jose Sanchez, 58, of Monroe, NJ, is charged with third-degree possession of child pornography and second-degree file sharing of child pornography.  The prosecutor’s office has filed a motion to detain Sanchez pending trial.

In September 2022, detectives with the prosecutor’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Unit received information from the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office that an individual in Mercer County was uploading child pornography.  An investigation was initiated and on October 7, 2022, detectives with ICAC executed a search warrant at a residence in West Windsor.  It was determined that Sanchez, a music instructor who provides lessons to children from a private studio in West Windsor, was viewing and sharing child pornography.  Sanchez was arrested without incident and his electronic devices were seized for forensic examination.

Second-degree crimes carry a sentence of five to 10 years in state prison and a fine of up to $150,000.  Third-degree crimes carry a sentence of three to five years in state prison and a fine of up to $15,000.

Prosecutor Onofri urged anyone with information about suspected improper contact by unknown persons communicating with children via the internet or possible exploitation or sexual abuse of children to please contact his Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Unit at 609-989-6568 or the New Jersey Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force tip line at 888-648-6007.

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


Jose Sanchez, 58, of Monroe, NJ, is charged with third-degree possession of child pornography and second-degree file sharing of child pornography.  The prosecutor’s office has filed a motion to detain Sanchez pending trial.


OSHA Investigating Three Worker Deaths In NJ Related To Amazon Warehouses

US Attorney’s Office for Southern District of New York Conducts Investigation Into Amazon Warehouse Safety And Related Issues

August 10, 2022

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–The U.S. Department of Labor, Regional Director of Public Affairs, Leni Fortson has confirmed that OSHA, Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating three worker deaths at Amazon facilities in New Jersey. The Amazon facilities are located in Cateret, Robbinsville and Monroe Township, NJ.

  • A worker fatality on July 13 at an Amazon facility in Carteret, NJ
  • An accident on July 24 at an Amazon facility in Robbinsville, NJ . The worker died on July 27.
  • A worker fatality on August 4 at an Amazon facility in Monroe Township, NJ

OSHA has up to six months to complete each investigation. Since these are all open investigations, this is all the information available at this time.


Sam Stephenson, an Amazon Spokesperson told MidJersey.News “We’re deeply saddened by the passing of our colleagues and offer our condolences to their family and friends. Each of these tragic incidents have affected our teams greatly, and we are providing resources for families and employees who need them. Our investigations are ongoing and we’re cooperating with OSHA, which is conducting its own reviews of the events, as it often does in these situations.”

On attributable background:

  1. As part of their normal operating procedures, OSHA often investigates deaths that occur in the workplace. We’re working with them as they conduct a review of these situations.
  2. Regarding our EWR9 facility in Carteret, NJ, our internal investigation has shown that this was not a work-related incident, and instead was related to a personal medical condition. OSHA is currently investigating the incident, and, based upon the evidence currently available to us, we fully expect that it will reach the same conclusion.

The Robbinsville Township Police Department reported they responded at 8:06 a.m., on Sunday July 24, 2022, to 18 Applegate Drive (Amazon Warehouse) for a fall victim.  The police report indicates that the worker fell from approximately three feet off a ladder striking his head.  The accident was reported in an open docking bay.  When police officers arrived, the worker was conscious and alert, but it was reported that CPR was conducted by workers on scene prior to police arrival.  The victim was subsequently transported to Capitol Health Regional Trauma Center by Robbinsville Ambulance and Paramedics.  Police notified OSHA of the incident on the same day.


United States Attorney’s Office for Southern District of NY Amazon Warehouse Investigation

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York is investigating workplace safety and related issues at Amazon warehouses, including injuries resulting from workplace hazards, worker rate requirements and the pace of work, and whether Amazon appropriately reported on-the-job injuries.  We would like to hear from current and former warehouse workers, supervisors, safety team members, AmCare staff, or anyone else with relevant information.   

Thank you for taking the time to report your information regarding workplace safety and related issues at Amazon warehouses.  We understand that not all these questions are applicable to every person’s experience, so please provide as much information as you are comfortable sharing and at the end you will have the opportunity to provide any additional information you would like to share. 

If you have worked at Amazon and want to report safety and related issues at an Amazon warehouse you can access the form here: SDNY Amazon Warehouse Investigation



An accident on July 24 at an Amazon facility in Robbinsville, NJ . The worker died on July 27.


A worker fatality on August 4 at an Amazon facility in Monroe Township, NJ


Congressman Frank Pallone Jr. and Donald Norcross called on OSHA to investigate the abnormally high rate of serious injury at Amazon’s New Jersey warehouses. Following the death of a New Jersey warehouse worker during the Prime Day rush, we must have transparency and accountability.

U.S. Congressman Donald Norcross (NJ-01) reiterated his call for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to investigate the safety of Amazon’s warehouses following reports of a death at one of the company’s warehouses in New Jersey. He also expressed surprise at the news that the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York is investigating Amazon warehouses. They have called on current and former Amazon warehouse workers to fill out this form to aid the investigation.  

“Based on my experience in labor and workplace safety issues, it is exceptionally rare for the U.S. Attorney’s Office to get involved in worker safety problems, something that traditionally falls under the jurisdiction of OSHA. I am very interested to see where this investigation leads,” said Congressman Norcross. “Given the number of calls my office has received from Amazon employees, it is critically important for OSHA to conduct a thorough analysis and investigation of Amazon’s facilities to ensure warehouse workers are safe.”

According to the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, it is “investigating workplace safety and related issues at Amazon warehouses, including injuries resulting from workplace hazards, worker rate requirements and the pace of work, and whether Amazon appropriately reported on-the-job injuries.”

Congressman Norcross called on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to investigate the abnormally high rate of serious injuries at Amazon warehouses in April 2022.

Southern New Jersey Amazon warehouse workers who have experienced or witnessed unsafe work conditions in New Jersey Amazon warehouses can also contact OSHA’s Marlton Area Office at (856) 596-5200.




Three Men Charged with Aggravated Sexual Assault at Marlboro Residence

April 11, 2022

FREEHOLDThree men have been arrested and criminally charged in connection with a sexual assault that took place earlier this month at a residence in Marlboro Township, Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Lori Linskey announced Monday.

Andrew J. Gallucci, of Marlboro, Richard S. Gathy, of Manalapan, and Ronald W. Hondo, of Monroe Township (Middlesex County), each 24 years of age, are all charged with first-degree Aggravated Sexual Assault, second-degree Sexual Assault, and third-degree Criminal Restraint.   

An investigation by members of the Prosecutor’s Office’s Special Victims Bureau and the Marlboro Township Police Department revealed that on the night of Saturday, April 2, the three defendants gathered at a Marlboro Township bar, where they met the victim, an adult female, for the first time. Later on in the evening, the investigation revealed, the defendants brought the victim back to Gallucci’s residence, where they allegedly restrained her against her will in a bedroom and repeatedly sexually assaulted her.    

All three men were taken into custody on Friday, April 8 and transported to the Monmouth County Correctional Institution (MCCI) in Freehold Township pending detention hearings to take place in Monmouth County Superior Court.

“This was a disturbingly coordinated and predatory attack,” Acting Prosecutor Linskey said. “We commend the courage of the victim in coming forward to report what happened to her, and we look forward to bringing those responsible to justice.”

Investigators are actively seeking additional information about the activities of these three defendants, and photos of each are being distributed along with this press release. Anyone with any information is urged to please contact Detective Kayla Santiago of the MCPO Special Victims Bureau at 732-431-7160, Ext. 3588, or Marlboro Township Police Department Detective Ed Ungrady at 732-536-0100.

Anyone who feels the need to remain anonymous but has information about a crime can submit a tip to the Monmouth County Crime Stoppers by calling their confidential telephone tipline at 1-800-671-4400; by downloading and using the free P3 Tips mobile app (available on iOS and Android – https://www.p3tips.com/1182), by calling 800-671-4400, or by going to the website at www.monmouthcountycrimestoppers.com.

This case has been assigned to Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Joseph Cummings of the Office’s Special Victims Bureau. Gallucci is being represented by Yan Katsnelson, Esq., while Gathy and Hondo are being represented by Mario Gallucci, Esq., both attorneys with offices on Staten Island.

If convicted, these defendants would face up to 20 years imprisonment on the Aggravated Sexual Assault charges, up to 10 years on the Sexual Assault charges, and up to 5 years on the Criminal Restraint charges. In addition, the defendants would be subject to Parole Supervision for Life and required to register under Megan’s Law. 

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



Andrew J. Gallucci, of Marlboro, Richard S. Gathy, of Manalapan, and Ronald W. Hondo, of Monroe Township (Middlesex County), each 24 years of age, are all charged with first-degree Aggravated Sexual Assault, second-degree Sexual Assault, and third-degree Criminal Restraint.   


Firefighters Combat Stubborn Brush Fire in East Windsor and Monroe Townships

March 21, 2022

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)-MONROE TOWNSHIP (MIDDLESEX)–Firefighters were dispatched to a brush fire behind the 700 block of Twin Rivers Drive North around 4:48 p.m. near the East Windsor and Monroe Township border. East Windsor Fire Company called for Monroe Township Fire Departments and the New Jersey Forrest Fire Service for additional manpower. Additional apparatus from other departments were also dispatched to the scene including East Windsor 42 and Hightstown 41. It appears that the fire extended from Twin Rivers Drive in an easterly direction across 500 feet of woodland behind Krackerjacks Farm Market. A truck refil site was established on Twin Rivers Drive North. Firefighters remained on scene for an extended time mopping up deep seated hot spots. No further information is available at this time.







Monroe Man Sentenced to 8 Years in State Prison in Connection with 2021 Old Bridge Fatal Crash

March 9, 2022

Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and Acting Chief Joseph Mandola of the Old Bridge Police Department announce that a man has been sentenced in connection with a fatal motor vehicle collision, which resulted in the death of a woman and injury to three others.

On July 18, 2021, authorities responded to Route 9 South near Texas Road following the report of a serious motor vehicle collision. Upon their arrival, officers located a Toyota Echo containing four occupants with varying injuries. One of the occupants, Ciara Gee, 20, of Raleigh, North Carolina was pronounced dead at the scene. Officers also located Sergio Seixeiro, 40, of Monroe in his damaged Ford Expedition.

An initial investigation by Officer Steve Connolly of the Old Bridge Police Department and Detective Jonathan Berman of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office determined Seixiero’s truck impacted the rear of the Toyota Echo. Speed, reckless driving, and intoxication were determined to be contributing factors.

Seixeiro was later charged with multiple offenses and pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree Aggravated Manslaughter, one count of second- degree aggravated assault, and two counts of fourth-degree Assault by Auto. Seixeiro also pleaded guilty to Driving While Intoxicated.

On March 8, 2022, following sentencing arguments by Assistant Prosecutors Keith Abrams and Kaitlyn Poggi, Seixeiro was sentenced by the Honorable Benjamin Bucca, J.S.C. to eight years in state prison. Seixeiro must serve 85% of his sentence before he is eligible for parole. Upon his release, Seixeiro will be subject to a fifteen-month loss of license.



Middlesex County Office of Health Services Rabies Advisory for Monroe Township

November 18, 2021

MONROE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–The Middlesex County Office of Health Services is reporting that a skunk tested positive for rabies in the Township of Monroe, Middlesex County, in the vicinity of Evergreen Terrace and Astor Place.

This is the eighth rabid animal reported within Middlesex County for 2021 and the first rabid animal in Monroe.

On Wednesday, November 17th, 2021, a resident of Monroe’s pet dog attacked a skunk. When the resident went to grab the dog they slipped and the skunk bit the resident. The animal was picked up by the Animal Control Officer and was then taken to the New Jersey Department of Health Laboratory for testing. It was reported on Thursday, November 18th, 2021 that the animal tested positive for rabies. The resident’s dog is currently vaccinated for rabies and was instructed to follow up with their veterinarian. The resident was notified to consult with a physician regarding rabies post exposure treatment.

The Middlesex County Office of Health Services continues to monitor rabies cases within the municipality. Residents should report wild animals showing signs of unusual behavior to the Police Department. Additionally, it is recommended that residents should avoid contact with wild animals and immediately report any bites from wild or domestic animals to your local health department and consult a physician as soon as possible. Finally, be sure that all family pets are up to date on their rabies vaccinations.

Rabies is caused by a virus which can infect all warm-blooded mammals, including man. The rabies virus is found in the saliva of a rabid animal and is transmitted by bite, or possibly by contamination of an open cut. New Jersey is enzootic for raccoon and bat variants of rabies. Bats, skunks, groundhogs, foxes, cats and dogs represent about 95 percent of animals diagnosed with rabies in the Unites States.

Rabies Prevention Guidelines

The Middlesex County Office of Health Services is advising residents to follow these guidelines to prevent rabies from being transmitted to themselves or their pets:

1.            Immediately report a bite from a wild or domestic animal to your local health department. Wash animal bite wounds thoroughly with soap and water as soon as possible after the bite. Contamination of open cuts and scratches with saliva of potentially rabid animals should   also be washed off immediately. Consult a physician as soon as possible.

2.            Immediately report any wild animals showing signs of unusual behavior. Signs of unusual animal behavior could be that the animal may:

• Move slowly                                                      

• May act as if tame

• Appear sick

• Have problems swallowing

• Have an increase in saliva

• Have increased drooling

• Act aggressive

• Have difficulty moving

• Have paralysis

• Bite at everything if excited

Residents should avoid any contact with the animal and call your local animal control officer or local police department.

3.            Be sure that all family pets are up to date on their rabies vaccination. If unsure, please call your veterinarian. Call your local health department for free rabies vaccination clinic availability.

4.            Animal proof your home and yard. Make sure all garbage containers have tight fitting lids, do not leave pet food or water outside, do not allow rainwater to collect in outdoor containers or equipment and keep yard free of garbage and debris.

5.            Do not feed or handle wild animals.

6.            Avoid contact with stray animals or pets other than your own.

7.            Try to prevent your pets from coming into contact with wild animals.

8.            Screen off vents to attics and other areas that could provide shelter for bats


Monroe Man Charged With Theft Of Election Campaign Signs On Applegarth Road

October 21, 2021

MONROE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and Chief Michael Biennas of the Monroe Police Department announce a Township man has been charged in connection with the theft of election campaign signs.


On October 19, 2021, Timothy Eosso, 51, of Monroe was arrested and charged with one count of disorderly persons theft by unlawful taking.


An investigation by members of the Monroe Police Department determined that, on October 7, 2021, Eosso removed roadside campaign signs from the area of Applegarth Road.


The investigation is active and continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call the Monroe Police Department at (732) 521-0222 x130.


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


Update: Fatal Crash Yesterday In Monroe Township

October 21, 2021

MONROE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MIDDLESEX)—According to police, at 12:41 p.m. yesterday October 20, a 2007 Lexus traveling south on Bentley Road was approaching an intersection with Route 33 West Bound. That vehicle was being driven by 81-year-old Monroe Township resident Murray Lipman and entered the intersection with Route 33 passing stop signs on Bentley Road. The vehicle was struck on the driver’s door by a vehicle being driven by 39-year-old Manalapan resident, that drive was transported by Monroe Township First Aid with non-life treating injuries. Murry Lipman the driver of the Lexus succumbed to injuries sustained in the accident. The crash investigation is ongoing and being conducted by the Monroe Township Police Department.


Traffic Alert Serious Accident On Route 33 West Bound In Monroe Township

October 20, 2021

MONROE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Monroe Township Police, EMS and Monroe Township Fire Departments responded to Route 33 West Bound at Bentley Road for a serious motor vehicle crash with entrapment around 1:30 p.m. It was unclear the seriousness of the injuries or who was transported to the hospital. The roadway was shut down at Prodelin Way-Perrineville Road intersection with Route 33 West. The detour westbound was though Monroe Township. As of 4:00 p.m. the roadway is still shut down for the accident investigation. No further details are available at this time.


House Fire In Monroe Township Extinguished

September 11, 2021

MONROE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Around 1:00 p.m. Monroe Township fire companies were dispatched to a house fire in the 1st Block of Sherry Lane. A column of smoke could be seen in the sky and a 2nd alarm was called around 1:04 p.m. Upon arrival firefighters reported having a large amount of fire showing on the second floor and extending to the attic. Three lines were pulled and in operation to knock down the fire according to radio reports. Jamesburg, Hightstown, East Windsor and Plainsboro were dispatched for mutual aid and a fire coordinator was called to the scene. Firefighters reported the bulk of the fire knocked down around 1:16 p.m. and an ALS unit was called for smoke inhalation.

No further information is available at this time.

Photos by: Steven Kadir


Middlesex County Hazardous Materials Team Technician Died This Morning Responding To Call For Service On NJ Turnpike

August 27, 2021

MONROE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–A tractor trailer overturned and crashed this morning on the New Jersey Turnpike at 6:17 a.m. at interchange 8A as earlier reported by MidJersey.News A Freightliner tractor trailer carrying a hazardous material overturned on the ramp. Middlesex County Hazmat was requested and responded to the scene. 

Since that time Middlesex County Firefighters Association/IAFF Local 3451 announced a line-of-duty death of one if its members on the Hazardous Materials Team. The statement reads below:

It is with deepest regret and sorrow that the Middlesex County Hazmat Unit reports the line-of-duty death of Lieutenant Donald J. Trout earlier this morning while responding to a call for service. Lieutenant Trout was with the Unit since 2002 and previously served as the Supervisor for “A” Shift. Recently, Lieutenant Trout was named as the Unit’s Training Officer. Lieutenant Trout was a member of IAFF Local 3451- Middlesex County Firefighter’s Association. He held several positions within the Local including a term as President. Information regarding the arrangements will be forwarded as it becomes available.


Truck Carrying Hazardous Materials Overturns On NJ Turnpike In Monroe Township

August 27, 2021

MONROE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MIDDLESEX)—New Jersey State Police, Sgt. Philip Curry told MidJersey.News that a tractor trailer crash occurred at 6:17 a.m. on the NJ Turnpike at Interchange 8A in Monroe Township.  

A Freightliner tractor trailer carrying a hazardous material overturned on the ramp. Middlesex County Hazmat was requested and responded to the scene.  The northbound outer roadway is closed and traffic is being diverted onto the inner roadway.

No other information about the crash is available at this time.


Governor Murphy Tours Tropical Storm Henri Damaged Area in Monroe Township

August 23, 2021

MONROE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Governor Phil Murphy surveyed flood damage caused by Tropical Storm Henri in Monroe Township with Mayor Stephen Dalina and local officials. We’re grateful to our first responders and volunteers assisting with the recovery effort, and we’ll get this cleaned up.

See yesterday’s MidJersey.News coverage here: Tropical Storm Henri Floods Area With Up To 8 Inches Of Rain, Rescues, Evacuations, Road Closures








Tropical Storm Henri Floods Area With Up To 8 Inches Of Rain, Rescues, Evacuations, Road Closures

August 22, 2021

Heavy rains from Tropical Storm Henri flooded the area overnight with up to eight inches of rain in the Central New Jersey area. Many people traveling on flooded roadways were trapped in the vehicles and needed to be rescued.

Hightstown Fire Company reported responding to at least 10 incidents with the majority being water rescues. Hightstown firefighters rescued eight civilians who were trapped in their vehicles or relocated to the roof of their vehicles due to flood waters.

The National Weather Service reported that 4 to 8 inches of rain fell from the storm and that Middlesex and Mercer Counties were particular hard hit.






Flooding in the area of Cranbury-South River Road and CR614 Dey Road, several cars were submerged and local fire departments made rescues earlier in the morning. A house and business was flooded near the location.



Flooding in Jamesburg, NJ at the Lake Manalapan dam at West Railroad Avenue.












Flooding in Cranbury, NJ from Heri on August 22, 2021





Firefighters Quickly Knock Down Bedroom Fire Saving Row Of Town Homes In Monroe Township

August 16, 2021

MONROE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Monroe Township firefighters were dispatched to the 1st Block of Larkspur Lane for a fire in a townhome at 6:42 p.m. First due apparatus reported a working fire on the second floor and a 2nd Alarm was transmitted sending additional aid from all Monroe Township Fire Companies, Plainsboro and Hightstown to the scene. Firefighters stretched a 1 3/4″ hand line to the second floor and extinguished a well involved bedroom fire bringing the fire under control in 15 minutes from dispatch at 6:57 p.m.

The fire is under investigation by the Monroe Township Fire Marshal.

No other information is available at this time.


TRAFFIC ALERT: Serious Truck Crashes With Serious Injuries And Entrapment Prior To Exit 8A On NJ Turnpike

July 26, 2021

CRANBURY TOWNSHIP, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Two separate serious crashes on the NJ Turnpike in the area of Exit 8A left the North Bound outer “truck” lanes of the NJ Turnpike closed and traffic backed almost 10 miles to Exit 7A in Robbinsville.

Monroe Township Fire Rescue 23, Ladder 23, Engine 23, Tanker 23, Chief 23, Squad 57 and Monroe Twp EMS responded to the the NJTP for 2 separate calls. 1st call was for an overturned Commercial Vehicle in the NB Car Lanes. While responding, a 2nd call for a 2nd Commercial MVC with heavy entrapment just south of the first call was received. Crews worked quickly to free the driver from the vehicle.

MidJersey.news has reached out to NJ State Police for official information and when that becomes available the story will be updated.





2nd Alarm In Monroe Township, One Victim Transported To Burn Center

July 19, 2021

MONROE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Around 2:00 a.m. Monroe Police, Fire Department and EMS were dispatched to Rutherford Hayes Drive for a well involved house fire. Upon arrival firefighters were met with a fully involved structure and a 2nd Alarm was struck sending mutual aid from Jamesburg, Millstone and Hightstown Fire Departments. Firefighters battled the flames for approximately an hour before bringing the fire fully under control.

Monroe Township EMS units provided medical support, rehabilitation services and transported one burn victim to the burn center at St. Barnabas Medical Center. 

Fire departments from all three Monroe Township fire districts responded, as well as companies from Middlesex, Mercer, and Monmouth Counties.

No further information available at this time.



Monroe Township Man Charged With Aggravated Manslaughter

July 19, 2021

OLD BRIDGE, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and Acting Chief Peter LoPresti of the Old Bridge Police Department announce that a man has been charged for a fatal motor vehicle collision, which resulted in the death of a woman in another motor vehicle.

On July 18, 2021, authorities responded to Route 9 South near Texas Road following the report of a serious motor vehicle collision. Upon their arrival, officers located a Toyota Echo containing four occupants with varying injuries. One of the occupants, Ciara Gee, 20, of Raleigh, North Carolina was pronounced dead at the scene. Officers also located Sergio Seixeiro, 40, of Monroe in his damaged Ford Expedition.

An initial investigation by Officer Steve Connolly of the Old Bridge Police Department and Detective Jonathan Berman of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office determined Seixiero’s truck impacted the rear of the Toyota Echo. At this time, speed, reckless driving and intoxication are believed to be contributing factors.

Seixeiro has been charged with one count of Aggravated Manslaughter, one count of Vehicular Homicide, and three counts of Assault by Auto. Seixeiro was also issued a motor vehicle summons for Driving While Intoxicated.

Seixeiro is presently lodged at the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center where he is being held pending a pre-trial detention hearing in Superior Court.

The investigation is active and continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call Officer Connolly at (732)721-5600 ext. 3821 or Detective Berman at (732) 745-4328.

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


Driver Extricated On NJ Turnpike In East Windsor

July 9, 2021

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–Around 7:20 a.m. an accident was reported on the NJ Turnpike south bound inner roadway at mile post 70 with reported entrapment. The Hightstown Fire Company, Monroe Township Fire Department, Cranbury First Aid Squad, Hightstown First Aid Squad and Capital Paramedics were sent to the scene.

Monroe Township Fire reported “going in service with the tools” to cut the driver of one of the vehicles out of the car.

The injured were transported to a local hospital for treatment of non-life-threating injuries.

NJ State Police is investigating the crash. No further information is available at this time.

Just south of this accident Robbinsville Township Fire Department and EMS and East Windsor Rescue Squad were sent to mile marker 67 north bound inner roadway for another crash. It was unclear if anyone in that accident was transported to the hospital.

Heavy rains were moving though the area at the time of the crashes from Tropical Storm Elsa.


Central and South Jersey Girl Scouts wrap up successful cookie season

Monroe Township, Middlesex County, NJ resident among the Council’s Top 10 Elite Cookie Entrepreneurs selling over 2,200 packages of cookies.

June 17, 2021

The Girl Scouts of Central & Southern New Jersey (GSCSNJ) knew it would be challenging in the midst of a global pandemic when the 2021 Girl Scout cookie season began in January. Due to social distancing restrictions, they were not able to knock on doors and use their traditional cookie selling methods. In true Girl Scout fashion, the resourceful girls were up for the challenge and put their innovation and leadership skills to the test by implementing creative ways to keep themselves and customers safe while striving to have a successful cookie season.

With the help of local businesses, the community, and innovative thinking of the girls, GSCSNJ succeeded in having a strong cookie season. One Girl Scout, Josephina Corona of Monroe Township, was among the Council’s top 10 elite cookie entrepreneurs this year. Corona sold over 2,200 packages of cookies.

This year, the Girl Scouts offered virtual, hybrid, and socially responsible in-person options to sell cookies including unique partnerships with Walmart and Grubhub. Walmart allowed local troops to set up cookie booths at stores and Grubhub offered contact-free cookie deliveries. The girls gained hands-on e-commerce experience as they fulfilled orders.

The Girl Scouts also started the Cookie Angel program this year, which provided an opportunity for businesses and donors to connect with local troops and support their cookie sales. Businesses purchased cookies virtually and gifted the cookies to their customers, employees, or local organizations. This year’s Cookie Angels included Advantage Outfitters, Bordentown Home for Funerals, Brown & Brown Insurance, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City, and the Pennsylvania Lumbermens Mutual Insurance Company. Local organizations received the cookie donations from the program.

To recognize the top cookie sellers this year, the Juliette’s Pearls Club was created to honor Elite Entrepreneurs. The club is named after Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of Girl Scouts who sold a beloved string of pearls to fund the operating expenses of the first Girl Scout Council. The top sellers received a necklace with a single pearl or their membership in the club. Each year they are among the Elite Entrepreneurs, they will receive an additional pearl to recognize their accomplishments. Corona received a necklace and her first pearl.

“We are so very proud of our Girl Scouts and all they accomplished for their cookie sales in spite of the pandemic,” said Ginny Hill, GSCSNJ CEO. “The girls used essential skills they learn in our program such as innovation, goal setting, and money management, and pivoted their approach to help them achieve their goals. Girl Scout cookies are known and loved by so many. We were glad to have provided something familiar during this time of uncertainty, while supporting programs to benefit girls for years to come.”

The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest female-led entrepreneurship and financial literacy program in the country. Proceeds from sales are critical because they benefit local troops and GSCSNJ and assist in developing innovative programs that build girls of confidence, courage, and character who make a difference in their communities.

For more information about the Girl Scouts of Central & Southern NJ, visit gscsnj.org.

About Girl Scouts of Central & Southern NJ, Inc.

Girl Scouts of Central & Southern NJ (GSCSNJ) is the premier organization serving 12,000 girls ages K-12, and 9,000 adult members and volunteers in over nine counties. GSCSNJ shapes leaders for tomorrow by empowering girls to take on bold challenges, discover their own passions and strengths, act with character, and engage fully in fun, relevant experiences that encourage friendships and build life-long skills.


Monroe Township Man Charged with Murder

May 17, 2021

MONROE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and Chief Michael J. Biennas of the Monroe Township Police Department announced today that a Township man has been arrested and charged for the fatal assault of a female victim who was known to him.

Deymis Jimenez, 32, of Monroe has been charged with murder and unlawful possession of a weapon following an investigation by Detective Joseph Gentile of the Monroe Township Police Department and Detective Mark Morris of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.

On May 17, 2021, at approximately 12:36 A.M., authorities responded to a residential building on Spotswood-Gravel Hill Road where they found the deceased adult female in a common area of the building. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The investigation determined Jimenez had assaulted the victim in a common area in the building. The official cause of death is pending the results of an autopsy.

Jimenez is currently being held at the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center pending a pre-trial detention hearing in Superior Court.

The investigation is active and continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Gentile of the Monroe Township Police Department at (732) 521-0222 ext. 120 or Detective Morris of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-3927.

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

Eight arrests made by Internet Crimes Against Children Unit

May 14, 2021

Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone announced today that six County residents have been arrested for their possession of material depicting the sexual exploitation or abuse of children.

          On May 13, 2021, officers of the East Brunswick, Edison, Highland Park, Monroe, New Brunswick, North Brunswick, Perth Amboy, and Sayreville Police Departments along with detectives of the New Jersey State Police and the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office executed search warrants at six residences across the County. 

          The investigation resulted in the following arrests:

  • Edison was arrested and charged for  second-degree Using a File-sharing Program to Store Items Depicting the Sexual Exploitation or Abuse of Children, second-degree Possession with the Intent to Distribute Child Pornography, and first-degree Possession of Child Pornography after having been found to be in possession of 100,000 items of material depicting the sexual exploitation or abuse of children.
  • Hongpeng Zheng, 24, of New Brunswick was arrested and charged for  second-degree Distribution of Child Pornography, third-degree Possession of Child Pornography, and second-degree Using a File-sharing Program to Store Items Depicting the Sexual Exploitation or Abuse of Children. 
  • Ali Armas-Iriarte, 58, of Highland Park was arrested and charged for third-degree Possession of Child Pornography, second-degree Possession with the Intent to Distribute Child Pornography, and second-degree Using a File-sharing Program to Store Items Depicting the Sexual Exploitation or Abuse of Children. 
  • Jeff Caramella, 21, of the Parlin section of Sayreville was arrested and charged for third-degree Possession of Child Pornography.
  • James Walden, 50, of North Brunswick was arrested and charged for third-degree Possession of Child Pornography. 
  • A juvenile, 17, of Monroe was charged for third-degree Possession of Child Pornography. 

          Additionally, on May 6, 2021, Kenneth Godfrey, 41, of Woodbridge Township was also arrested and charged with third-degree Possession of Child Pornography. 

          On May 10, 2021, a juvenile, 14, of Edison was also charged for second-degree Possession of Child Pornography.     

          All of the aforementioned individuals were arrested and charged following separate investigations by Detective Daniel Lojek and Detective Stephanie Redline of the Internet Crimes Against Children Unit of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, which revealed the individuals possessed material depicting the sexual exploitation or abuse of children.  Presently, the investigations appear to be unconnected and the individuals are unknown to one another.

          Nie is presently lodged at the Middlesex Adult Correction Center pending a pre-trial detention hearing in Superior Court.  The remaining defendants individuals are likewise lodged at the Middlesex Adult Correction Center pending their initial appearances in Superior Court this afternoon. 

The investigations are active and continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Lojek at (732) 745-5924 or Detective Redline at (732) 867-1496 .

As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against Zheng, Nie, Armas-Iriarte, Caramella, Walden, Godfrey, and the juveniles are merely accusations and they are presumed innocent until proven guilty or, as in the case of the juveniles, adjudicated delinquent.

Colonial Pipeline initiated the restart of pipeline operations today; Several days to return to normal

May 12, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MECER)–As reports were coming in of gas stations running out of gas in the south east United States from the hoarding of gasoline and other fuel products the Colonial Pipeline announced the restart of of the pipeline after a ransomware cyber attack. The company states that it may take several days for the delivery supply chain to return to normal. See press releases from Colonial Pipeline below for the latest updates.

Wednesday, May 12, 5:10 p.m.

Colonial Pipeline initiated the restart of pipeline operations today at approximately 5 p.m. ET. 

Following this restart, it will take several days for the product delivery supply chain to return to normal. Some markets served by Colonial Pipeline may experience, or continue to experience, intermittent service interruptions during the start-up period. Colonial will move as much gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel as is safely possible and will continue to do so until markets return to normal.

As we initiate our return to service, our primary focus remains safety. As part of this startup process, Colonial will conduct a comprehensive series of pipeline safety assessments in compliance with all Federal pipeline safety requirements. 

This is the first step in the restart process and would not have been possible without the around-the-clock support of Colonial Pipeline’s dedicated employees who have worked tirelessly to help us achieve this milestone. We would also like to thank the White House for their leadership and collaboration, as well as the Department of Energy, Department of Transportation, FBI, PHMSA, FERC and other federal, state and local agencies for their ongoing support.

We will continue to provide updates as restart efforts progress.

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Tuesday, May 11, 5:15 p.m.

Colonial Pipeline continues to make forward progress in our around-the-clock efforts to return our system to service, with additional laterals operating manually to deliver existing inventories to markets along the pipeline. Markets experiencing supply constraints and/​or not serviced by other fuel delivery systems are being prioritized. We are collaborating with the Department of Energy (DOE) to evaluate market conditions to support this prioritization. 

Since our pipeline system was taken offline, working with our shippers, Colonial has delivered approximately 967,000 barrels (~41 million gallons) to various delivery points along our system. This includes delivery into the following markets: Atlanta, Ga., Belton and Spartanburg, S.C., Charlotte and Greensboro, N.C., Baltimore, Md., and Woodbury and Linden N.J.

Additionally, in preparation for our system restart, we have taken delivery of an additional 2 million barrels (~84 million gallons) from refineries for deployment upon restart. 

Consistent with our safety policies and regulatory requirements, Colonial has increased aerial patrols of our pipeline right of way and deployed more than 50 personnel to walk and drive ~ 5,000 miles of pipeline each day. 

Actions taken by the Federal Government to issue a temporary hours of service exemption for motor carriers and drivers transporting refined products across Colonial’s footprint and actions taken by several Governors to lift weight restrictions on tanker trucks should help alleviate local supply disruptions. This is in addition to the Reid Vapor Pressure wavier issued today by the U.S. EPA that will also help alleviate supply constraints in several states serviced by our system. We would like to thank the White House for their leadership and collaboration in resolving this matter as well as the DOE, PHMSA, FERC and other federal agencies for their ongoing support. 

Our primary focus remains the safe and efficient restoration of service to our pipeline system, while minimizing disruption to our customers and all those who rely on Colonial Pipeline. We will continue to provide updates as restoration efforts progress.


Related MidJersey.news coverage on Colonial Pipeline incident here:

Colonial Pipeline Works To Restore Service, US FMCSA Issues Emergency Declaration In 18 States To Control Shortages

Update: Colonial Pipeline System Disruption

Cyber Attack Shuts Down Colonial Pipeline


Colonial Pipeline Works To Restore Service, US FMCSA Issues Emergency Declaration In 18 States To Control Shortages


Move slider to 3:41 for President Joe Biden’s remarks on the Colonial Pipeline.


May 10, 2021

Update — Monday, May 10, 12:25 p.m.

Colonial Pipeline continues to dedicate vast resources to restoring pipeline operations quickly and safely. Segments of our pipeline are being brought back online in a stepwise fashion, in compliance with relevant federal regulations and in close consultation with the Department of Energy, which is leading and coordinating the Federal Government’s response.

Restoring our network to normal operations is a process that requires the diligent remediation of our systems, and this takes time. In response to the cybersecurity attack on our system, we proactively took certain systems offline to contain the threat, which temporarily halted all pipeline operations, and affected some of our IT systems. To restore service, we must work to ensure that each of these systems can be brought back online safely.

While this situation remains fluid and continues to evolve, the Colonial operations team is executing a plan that involves an incremental process that will facilitate a return to service in a phased approach. This plan is based on a number of factors with safety and compliance driving our operational decisions, and the goal of substantially restoring operational service by the end of the week. The Company will provide updates as restoration efforts progress.

We continue to evaluate product inventory in storage tanks at our facilities and others along our system and are working with our shippers to move this product to terminals for local delivery. Actions taken by the Federal Government to issue a temporary hours of service exemption for motor carriers and drivers transporting refined products across Colonial’s footprint should help alleviate local supply disruptions and we thank our government partners for their assistance in resolving this matter.

Our primary focus continues to be the safe and efficient restoration of service to our pipeline system, while minimizing disruption to our customers and all those who rely on Colonial Pipeline. We appreciate the patience of the traveling public and the support we have received from the Federal Government and our peers throughout the industry.


The FBI confirms that the Darkside ransomware is responsible for the compromise of the Colonial Pipeline networks. We continue to work with the company and our government partners on the investigation. 



REGIONAL EMERGENCY DECLARATION
UNDER 49 CFR § 390.23 

No. 2021-002

ALABAMA, ARKANSAS, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, DELAWARE, FLORIDA, GEORGIA, KENTUCKY, LOUISIANA, MARYLAND, MISSISSIPPI, NEW JERSEY, NEW YORK, NORTH CAROLINA, PENNSYLVANIA, SOUTH CAROLINA, TENNESSEE, TEXAS, AND VIRGINIA

In accordance with the provisions of 49 CFR § 390.23, the Regional Field Administrators for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Eastern, Southern, and Western Service Centers hereby declares that an emergency exists that warrants issuance of a Regional Emergency Declaration and an exemption from Parts 390 through 399 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety (FMCSRs), except as otherwise restricted in this Emergency Declaration.  Such emergency is in response to the unanticipated shutdown of the Colonial pipeline system due to network issues that affect the supply of gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, and other refined petroleum products throughout the Affected States.  This Declaration addresses the emergency conditions creating a need for immediate transportation of gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, and other refined petroleum products and provides necessary relief.  Affected States and jurisdictions included in this Emergency Declaration (“Affected States”) are:  Alabama, Arkansas, District of Columbia, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

By execution of this Emergency Declaration, motor carriers and drivers providing direct assistance to the emergency in the Affected States in direct support of relief efforts related to the shortages of gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, and other refined petroleum products due to the shutdown, partial shutdown, and/or manual operation of the Colonial pipeline system are granted relief from Parts 390 through 399 of Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations except as restricted herein.   

This Emergency Declaration provides for regulatory relief for commercial motor vehicle operations while providing direct assistance supporting emergency relief efforts transporting gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, and other refined petroleum products into the Affected States during the emergency from shortages due to the shutdown, partial shutdown, and/or manual operation of the Colonial pipeline system.  Direct assistance terminates when a driver or commercial motor vehicle is used in interstate commerce to transport cargo or provide services not in support of emergency relief efforts related to the shortages of gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, and other refined petroleum products due to the shutdown, partial shutdown, and/or manual operation of the Colonial pipeline system in the Affected States, or when the motor carrier dispatches a driver or commercial motor vehicle to another location to begin operations in commerce.  (49 CFR § 390.23(b)).  Upon termination of direct assistance to emergency relief efforts related to the shortages of gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, and other refined petroleum products due to the shutdown, partial shutdown and/or manual operation of the Colonial pipeline system in the Affected States, the motor carrier and driver are subject to the requirements of 49 CFR Parts 390 through 399, except that a driver may return empty to the motor carrier’s terminal or the driver’s normal work reporting location without complying with Parts 390 through 399.  When a driver is moving from emergency relief efforts to normal operations a 10-hour break is required when the total time a driver operates conducting emergency relief efforts, or a combination of emergency relief and normal operation, equals 14 hours.  

All other applicable safety requirements remain in place and will be enforced by the FMCSA.  Specifically, nothing contained in this Emergency Declaration shall be construed as an exemption from the controlled substances and alcohol use and testing requirements (49 CFR Part 382), the commercial driver’s license requirements (49 CFR Part 383), the financial responsibility (insurance) requirements (49 CFR Part 387), the hazardous material regulations (49 CFR Parts 100-180), applicable size and weight requirements, or any other portion of the regulations not specifically authorized pursuant to 49 CFR § 390.23. 

Motor carriers or drivers currently subject to an out-of-service order are not eligible for the relief granted by this declaration until they have met the applicable conditions for its rescission and the order has been rescinded by FMCSA. 

In accordance with 49 CFR § 390.23, this declaration is effective immediately and shall remain in effect until the end of the emergency (as defined in 49 CFR § 390.5) or until 11:59 P.M. (ET), June 8, 2021, whichever is earlier.  FMCSA intends to continually review the status of this Emergency Declaration and may take action to modify or terminate the Emergency Declaration sooner if conditions warrant.


Taft Kelly, Regional Field Administrator
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
Eastern Service Center


Darrell L. Ruban, Regional Field Administrator
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
Southern Service Center


Scott G. Hernandez, Regional Field Administrator
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
Western Service Center


Related MidJersey.news coverage on Colonial Pipeline incident here:

Colonial Pipeline Works To Restore Service, US FMCSA Issues Emergency Declaration In 18 States To Control Shortages

Update: Colonial Pipeline System Disruption

Cyber Attack Shuts Down Colonial Pipeline


Update: Colonial Pipeline System Disruption

Update — Sunday, May 9, 2021

On May 7, 2021 Colonial Pipeline Company learned it was the victim of a cybersecurity attack and has since determined that the incident involved ransomware. Quickly after learning of the attack, Colonial proactively took certain systems offline to contain the threat. These actions temporarily halted all pipeline operations and affected some of our IT systems, which we are actively in the process of restoring.

Leading, third-party cybersecurity experts were also immediately engaged after discovering the issue and launched an investigation into the nature and scope of this incident. We have remained in contact with law enforcement and other federal agencies, including the Department of Energy who is leading the Federal Government response. 

Maintaining the operational security of our pipeline, in addition to safely bringing our systems back online, remain our highest priorities. Over the past 48 hours, Colonial Pipeline personnel have taken additional precautionary measures to help further monitor and protect the safety and security of its pipeline.

The Colonial Pipeline operations team is developing a system restart plan. While our mainlines (Lines 1, 2, 3 and 4) remain offline, some smaller lateral lines between terminals and delivery points are now operational. We are in the process of restoring service to other laterals and will bring our full system back online only when we believe it is safe to do so, and in full compliance with the approval of all federal regulations.

At this time, our primary focus continues to be the safe and efficient restoration of service to our pipeline system, while minimizing disruption to our customers and all those who rely on Colonial Pipeline. We appreciate the patience and outpouring of support we have received from others throughout the industry. 


Related MidJersey.news coverage on Colonial Pipeline incident here:

Colonial Pipeline Works To Restore Service, US FMCSA Issues Emergency Declaration In 18 States To Control Shortages

Update: Colonial Pipeline System Disruption

Cyber Attack Shuts Down Colonial Pipeline


Woman Missing Since Saturday Found Deep In The Woods At Thompson Park

May 3, 2021

MONROE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–On May 3, 2021 at approximately 3:51 p.m., Monroe Township Police received a call from Emma Bodmer who was hiking the trails in Thompson Park. Ms. Bodmer advised that while hiking she came across a woman who appeared to be in distress deep into the woods. That is when Ms. Bodmer called the police and ran out of the woods to meet the responding police units. Once with the police Ms. Bodmer escorted the police units to the distressed female. Once at the area of the distressed female officers on scene were able to see that the female was Evelyn Zavala who was reported missing Saturday night after she was last seen in the area of the 7-11 in Jamesburg. Ms. Zavala was suffering injuries to her feet and was carried out of the woods by Monroe Police and Monroe Fire. The Monroe Police Department would like to thank Ms. Bodmer for her actions today and we would like to thank the Monroe Fire Department and the Monroe First Aid squad for their assistance.