Category: Robbinsville

Robbinsville Township Police Blotter February 2021

March 3, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Robbinsville Township Police Department Police Blotter for February 2021.




 Police Blotter
 
 February 2021
 
  
 1.       Narcotics
 Date:  February 5, 2021
 Time:  1248
 Location:  I-195
 Reporting Officer:  Sergeant Scott Kivet
  
 Accused:              Darryl Parkman Age 35
                                 Trenton, NJ
 Charged:              Possession of Ecstasy with Intent to Distribute
                                 Possession of Crack Cocaine
                                 Possession of Marijuana
                                 Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
                                 Suspended Driver
                                 CDS in a Motor Vehicle
  
 Charged and released pending Court. 
  
 2.       Narcotics
 Date:  February 5, 2021
 Time:  2014
 Location:  Gordon Road
 Reporting Officer:  Patrolman James Pica
  
 Accused:              Clarence Semmon Age 36
                                 Robbinsville, NJ
 Charged:              Possession of Marijuana Over 50 Grams
                                 Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute
                                 Driving Suspended
                                 CDS in a Motor Vehicle 
 Accused:              Kali Williams Age 31
                                 Robbinsville, NJ
 Charged:              Possession of Marijuana Over 50 Grams
                                 Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute
                                 Driving Suspended
  
 Charged and released pending Court. 
  
 3.       DWI/Narcotics
 Date:  February 6, 2021
 Time:  1032
 Location:  Route # 130
 Reporting Officer:  Patrolman Robert Morgano
  
 Accused:              Paul Rutzler Age 51
                                 Monroe, NJ
 Charged:              Driving While Intoxicated
                                 Possession of Heroin
                                 Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
                                 Refusal to Submit to Breath Testing
                                 CDS in a Motor Vehicle
  
 Charged and released pending Court. 
  
 4.       DWI
 Date:  February 8, 2021
 Time:  2101
 Location:  Route #33
 Reporting Officer:  Patrolman Ryan Meehan 
 
 Accused:              Brian Kelly Age 45
                                 Robbinsville, NJ
 Charged:              Driving While Intoxicated
                                 Failure to Submit to Breath Testing
 Reckless Driving
                                 Careless Driving 
                                 
 Charged and released pending Court.
  
 5.       Narcotics
 Date:  February 10, 2021
 Time:  1255
 Location:  I-195
 Reporting Officer:  Sergeant Scott Kivet
  
 Accused:              Kyle Witkowski Age 26
                                 Jackson, NJ
 Charged:              Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  
 Charged and released pending Court. 

 6.       Narcotics
 Date:  February 11, 2021
 Time:  1423
 Location:  I-195
 Reporting Officer:  Sergeant Scott Kivet
  
 Accused:              Robert Lagville Age 36
                                 Bradley Beach, NJ
 Charged:              Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
                                 Possession of Hypodermic Needle
  
 Charged and released pending Court. 
  
 7.       Narcotics
 Date:  February 12, 2021
 Time:  1413
 Location:  I-195
 Reporting Officer:  Sergeant Scott Kivet
  
 Accused:              Margareet Keeley Age 52
 Trenton, NJ
 Charged:              Possession of Marijuana
                                 CDS in a Motor Vehicle
  
 Charged and released pending Court. 
  
 8.       DWI
 Date:  February 13, 2021
 Time:  0204
 Location:  Hutchinson Road
 Reporting Officer:  Patrolman Ryan Meehan
  
 Accused:              Peter Glazewski Age 21
                                 Mercerville, NJ
 Charged:              Driving While Intoxicated
                                 Open Container of Alcohol
                                 Reckless Driving
                                 Careless Driving
                                 Speeding
  
 Charged and released pending Court.

 9.       DWI
 February 18, 2021 
 Time:
 Location:
 Reporting Officer:  Patrolman Michael Slininger
  
 Accused:              Daniel McSpedon Age 24
                                 Burlington, NJ
 Charged:              Driving While Intoxicated
                                 Careless  Driving 
                                 CDS in a Motor Vehicle
                                 Reckless Driving 
                                 Failure to Maintain Lane
                                 Speeding
  
 Charged and released pending Court. 
  
 10.   Narcotics
 Date:  February 20, 2021
 Time:  0055
 Location:  Route # 130
 Reporting Officer:  Patrolman David Fegler
  
 Accused:              Devon Barkley Age 30
                                 Willingboro, NJ
 Charged:              Possession of Hashish
                                 Possession of Narcotics with Intent to Distribute
                                                 Possession of Drug Paraphernalia 
                                                 CDS in a Motor Vehicle
                                                 Suspended Driver
  
 Charged and released pending Court. 
  
 11.   Narcotics
 Date:  February 27, 2021
 Time:  2336
 Location:  Walden Circle
 Reporting Officer:  Patrolman Ryan Meehan
  
 Accused:              Mario Flores Age 30                        
                                 Plainsboro, NJ
 Charged:              Possession of Heroin
                                 Possession of Cocaine
                                 CDS in a Motor Vehicle
                                 Speeding
  
 Charged and released pending Court.

 All accused are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a Court of law.  

Robbinsville Mayor Dave Fried Along With Police Chief Nitti Release Joint Statement On Recent Marijuana Legalization Law

March 2, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Robbinsville Mayor Dave Fried and Township Police Chief Chris Nitti released a combined statement in regards to recently signed marijuana legalization law. In addition below are statements from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police and the NJ State PBA on the marijuana law. Information also provided below from NJ Attorney General Gurbir Grewal and a link to the resource page for NJ police officers.


Statement from Mayor/Public Safety Director Dave Fried and Robbinsville Township Police Chief Chris Nitti on the Recently Signed Marijuana Legalization Law:  

Gov. Phil Murphy recently signed three bills into law decriminalizing marijuana and directs convictions and/or pending cases for marijuana possession be dismissed.

None of this came as a surprise, since an overwhelming majority of New Jersey residents recently voted to have marijuana legalized in our state. As an elected official and the Director of Public Safety for Robbinsville Township, I fully support the will of the people – as does Chief Chris Nitti.

As loving parents, we have the right to know when our children are involved in dangerous situations. Like many of you, we are concerned about some of the other aspects of the legalization bill. When officers now encounter juveniles who are in possession of marijuana and/or alcohol, the following restrictions now apply:

– The odor of marijuana and/or alcohol no longer constitutes “reasonable articulable suspicion” to initiate the stop of a person under the age of 21, and it no longer provides probable cause to search that person’s personal property and/or vehicle.- The unconcealed possession of an alcoholic beverage and/or marijuana observed in “plain sight” shall no longer constitute “probable cause” to initiate a search of a person under the age of 21, or that person’s personal property and/or vehicle to determine a violation of any law.- A person under the age of 21 who possesses marijuana and/or alcoholic beverages shall no longer be arrested, detained, or otherwise taken into custody “except to the extent required to issue a written warning.”- For any person under the age of 21 who possesses marijuana and/or alcoholic beverages as a first offense, these new laws forbid officers to contact his/her parent or guardian to advise him or her of such.To apply these new laws to a “real-life” situation, if an officer observes a juvenile of any age consuming alcohol and/or smoking marijuana in violation of the law, that officer CAN NOT contact the juvenile’s parent or guardian unless this behavior has been previously documented. Unless that child chooses to share this information, his or her parents or guardians will never know.Most problematic is the inability of the police to freely communicate with the parents and guardians of our children. The Robbinsville Township Police Department has always sought to divert juveniles from the criminal justice system by pursuing “non-punitive” measures for the vast majority of offenses. Only in the most serious of situations does it ever pursue juvenile delinquency complaints against children.

Statewide mandates regarding transparency required from law enforcement no longer apply regarding police interaction with kids. The RTPD has always worked closely with school officials to keep our children safe, to ensure there are open lines of communication with parents and guardians, and to provide referrals and access to programs and services that empower healthy, sound and safe decision-making. Aspects of this new law are counterproductive to years of relationship and trust-building. Most importantly, it is a serious detriment to safety and well-being of our children.

One of the RPD’s greatest strengths has been its renewed ability to foster positive relationships within the community, our juveniles in particular. Full-time School Resource Officers (SROs) are in all of our schools, in addition to the implementation of initiatives such as Coffee With a Cop, the Good Behavior Citation program, the RTPD Youth Academy and the S-T-A-R (Stop, Think, Act, Reflect) program, formerly known as D-A-R-E- (Drug Abuse Resistance Education).The priorities of the RTPD will never change, even if the means of achieving its goals of safety and security for all just may have to.
Thank you all. Please stay safe.



Statement of New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police


Today, the NJ Legislature approved, and Governor Murphy signed into law Assembly Bill
5342 in an attempt to decriminalize the use and possession of cannabis. The New Jersey State
Association of Chiefs of Police has been supportive of the decriminalization of cannabis for
adults and has recognized the importance of eliminating racial disparities that
disproportionately impact individuals of color in the context of antiquated drug
laws. However, the enactment of this legislation requires the Association to object strongly.
This legislation will severely impair the ability of law enforcement to surveil and police the
illegal drug market, underage possession and consumption of alcohol and tobacco and
criminalize very common and overwhelmingly non-controversial policing strategies. Under
this new law, a law enforcement officer is subject to criminal prosecution if he or she even
asks a minor or young adult under the age of 21 to consent to a search or otherwise conducts
such a search despite reasonable suspicious activity, such as the odor of alcohol or
marijuana. However, there are no tools available for an officer to know the ages of
individuals that may be encountered. An honest mistake in ascertaining someone’s age,
intentions or degree of impairment subjects the officer to prosecution for a crime. As a result,
an officer risks criminal liability for engaging with a class of individuals who may be breaking
the law or who may be engaged in the illegal drug market by utilizing persons under the age
of 21. We believe this severely limits the ability of our agencies to police our parks, schools,
beaches, and communities effectively, thereby increasing the risks to public safety, the risks to
children from illicit drugs and alcohol and the risks to society from criminal drug activity
cloaked by cannabis.
Although far from perfect, New Jersey has long been a progressive policing jurisdiction. This
Association supports decriminalization for adult use cannabis and our members work daily
across the state to increase positive interactions between law enforcement and the
communities we serve. We strive to increase the professionalism and training of our officers
and agencies while recognizing that there are bad actors in all occupations and walks of life
and such individuals deserve to meet the consequence of the law. However, criminalizing
honest and well-intended law enforcement is not the way to cure our society from the ills of
racial disparities and hundreds of years of systemic racism. Simply put, our communities will
be less safe and our children more at risk.


Marijuana Decriminalization & Cannabis Legalization



NJ State PBA Document: Frequently Asked Questions – Marijuana Decriminalization & Legalized Cannabis As of February 23, 2021

This document contains frequently asked questions (FAQs) to address some of the substantial issues, concerns, and situations that will arise for law enforcement as we all strive to understand, implement, and apply the new cannabis legalization and marijuana decriminalization laws. We anticipate expanding the FAQs as we encounter additional, and more subtle and complex, issues and gain experience and insight into the challenges presented by the new laws.

  1. What should an officer do if they smell marijuana coming from a vehicle during a motor vehicle stop?

    First, the officer should take the traditional investigative steps to determine if there is probable cause to believe that the driver is operating the vehicle while under the influence, in violation of N.J.S.A. 39:4-50. If so, the driver may be arrested and the vehicle may be searched. If the driver is not found to be under the influence, the new laws are clear that the odor of marijuana, either burned or raw, by itself does not establish reasonable suspicion to justify a continued stop, nor probable cause to conduct a search of the vehicle or the person, in a marijuana possession case or even in a low-level (fourth-degree) possession with intent to distribute marijuana case. As a result, the vehicle and occupants must be released once the initial reason for the stop has been addressed.
     
  2. May an officer initiate or continue a pedestrian stop of an individual based on the officer detecting the odor of marijuana?

    No, the new laws are clear that the odor of marijuana, either burned or raw, by itself does not establish reasonable suspicion to justify or continue a pedestrian stop. In addition, the odor of marijuana by itself does not establish probable cause to conduct a search in a marijuana possession case or even a low-level (fourth-degree) possession with intent to distribute marijuana case. The age of the person being stopped is irrelevant in these situations.
     
  3. What happens when a law enforcement officer encounters an individual under the age of 21 who is in possession of marijuana, hashish, cannabis, or alcohol?

    Law enforcement officers must be cautious when they encounter an individual under the age of 21 who is in possession of marijuana, hashish, cannabis, or alcohol. The officer can seize the marijuana, hashish, cannabis, and alcohol and issue the appropriate written warning. However, the new law also sets forth the following prohibitions on officers when investigating possession or consumption of marijuana, hashish, cannabis, or alcohol by an underage individual to determine a violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:33-15:
    • Officers may not request consent from an individual who is under the age of 21;
    • Officers may not use odor of marijuana to stop an individual who is under the age of 21 or to search the individual’s personal property or vehicle;
    • Officers who observe marijuana in plain view will not be able to search the individual or the individual’s personal property or vehicle.
    • Officers may not arrest, detain, or otherwise take an individual under the age of 21 into custody for a violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:33-15 except to the extent required to issue a written warning or provide notice of a violation to a parent/guardian
     
  4. Does the new law alter the use of my body worn camera (BWC) in any way?

    The law requires that whenever an officer is equipped with a BWC, the BWC must be activated when responding to or handling a call involving a violation or suspected violation of the amended N.J.S.A. 2C:33-15, which addresses the underage possession or consumption of alcohol, marijuana, hashish, or cannabis. The BWC may not be deactivated for any reason throughout the entire encounter. Underage refers to people under the age of 21.
     
  5. How does decriminalization and legalization change fingerprinting?

    Marijuana is still by definition pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2C:35-2 a “controlled dangerous substance,” and, therefore, appropriately charged violations involving marijuana or hashish are still subject to fingerprint compliance under N.J.S.A. 53:1-18.1. However, when law enforcement officers encounter an individual who has violated N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5(b)(12)(b) (distribution/possession with intent to distribute 1 ounce or less) or N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10(a)(3)(b) (possession of more than 6 ounces), the officer is prohibited under the law from arresting, detaining, or otherwise bringing that individual into the station, which means the officer will be unable to fingerprint the violator at the time of the incident. Therefore, those individuals must be fingerprinted at their first court appearance.

    Individuals under the age of 21 who are in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:33-15(a)(1) are precluded from being fingerprinted under the new law

A21 – Legislation Act

A1897 – Marijuana Decriminalization

S3454 – Underage Possession & Use

AG Directive 2021-1 (Directive Governing Dismissals of Certain Pending Marijuana Charges)

Interim Guidance Regarding Marijuana Decriminalization

FAQs

Firefighter Ryan Frank Hired In Robbinsville

March 1, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Firefighter Ryan Frank who replaced Firefighter Ed Haemmerle who retired on Friday was sworn in at the Robbinsville Township Municipal Building this morning. Firefighter Frank was previously with the Upper Freehold/Allentown Fire Department and the Wilmington Fire Department in Delaware. Additionally, Firefighter Frank is a Robbinsville High School graduate and has been a volunteer firefighter with the Robbinsville Township Fire Department since 2014 and is a Robbinsville Township resident.




Robbinsville Firefighter Ed Haemmerle Retires

February 28, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)– Firefighter Ed Haemmerle of the Robbinsville Township Fire Department worked his last tour on Friday before leaving on retirement with 20 years of service. Ed started his career with the Robbinsville Township Fire Department when the department was being managed by the Washington Township Fire District #1. Haemmerle was sworn in by Mayor David Fried and presented his department badge by Fire Commissioner at the time Deborah Matson. In 2006 the department name was changed to the Robbinsville Township Fire Department along with a consolidation and Township name change.

Firefighter Haemmerle has over 32 years in the fire service starting as a volunteer firefighter in West Windsor before gaining employment with Union City EMS where he served for 8 years, and West Windsor Emergency Services before his career in Robbinsville.

 The Robbinsville Township Fire Department stated that, “During his tenure with the Robbinsville Township Fire Department, Firefighter Haemmerle has always been a committed professional, a trusted firefighter, and a valued member of the department.”






BPU Sets March 16 Hearing in Optimum/ Altice Investigation

ROBBINSVILLE-HAMILTON TOWNSHIPS, NJ (MERCER)–In response to a wave of complaints regarding poor service and unfair consumer pricing by Optimum/Altice USA, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) has found sufficient cause to investigate Optimum/Altice USA and convene a public hearing on March 16, 2021.

The BPU said in a February 17 order it had:

“reviewed the various complaints, municipal government official resolutions and requests for Board investigation and intervention in this matter, and HEREBY FINDS that there is sufficient cause to convene a proceeding to afford the municipal officials and Altice customers the opportunity to voice their concerns about the services received from Altice; as well as afford the company the opportunity to respond to these concerns before determining what corrective action may be warranted and should be taken in this matter.”


The Board designated Commissioner Mary-Anna Holden as the Presiding Officer. Holden “is authorized to rule on all motions that arise during the proceedings and modify any schedules that may be set as necessary to secure a just and expeditious determination of the issues.”

The public hearing will be held virtually. Information concerning participation in the public hearing will be posted on the BPU website. Attorneys for the Townships of Robbinsville and Hamilton filed dual letters to Lawanda Gilbert, Director of the BPU Office of Cable Television and Telecommunications, requesting an investigation into the under performing utility in August, 2020.

In addition to Hamilton and Robbinsville, the order lists the boroughs of Dunellen and Sayreville, along with the Townships of Green Brook, Howell, Jackson, Montville, North Brunswick and Piscataway. The BPU received complaints and resolutions from at least 10 municipalities and several state legislators concerning various issues their residents and constituents cited alleging inadequacy and lack of service provided by Altice USA. In the complaints, the municipal and legislative officials cited: “Frequent and lengthy service disruptions (across all services), inconsistent connections and fluctuating Internet speeds, long telephone wait times, poor customer service, and an inability to get a satisfactory response to these issues from the company both before and after the COVID-19 pandemic.”


READ THE ROBBINSVILLE HAMILTON LETTERS TO BPU 

The letters detail just 11 examples from the hundreds of complaints received by the respective municipal offices at Robbinsville and Hamilton over the past several months citing poor customer service, unstable Internet connections, insufficient network capacity and allegations of price-gouging.

“It is the duty of Optimum (Altice USA) as a utility to furnish safe, adequate and proper service for its customers … and they have failed in that duty,” Robbinsville Township Mayor Dave Fried said last summer. “We should not have to continuously pressure this provider to do its job.”

Hamilton Township Mayor Jeff Martin also received a flood of complaints regarding Optimum/Altice USA (formerly Cablevision) and requested the BPU immediately commence an investigation into the services being provided to both Robbinsville and Hamilton pursuant to powers vested in the Board.


“Having reliable cable and internet service has never been more of a necessity than this year has proved it to be,” Martin said. “Both municipalities’ residents have experienced similar, unacceptable issues and a lack of timely remediation from Optimum. Mayor Fried and I will fight for our residents by partnering together on this issue and hope that by doing so it will provide for a stronger likelihood of these concerns being taken seriously by the State. “

Related MidJersey.news stories here:

Mayors Testify At NJ Senate Committee On Law And Public Safety About Utility Company Problems

Hamilton and Robbinsville Request BPU Investigation Into Optimum/Altice







Representatives Chris Smith, Tom Suozzi to fight for ‘Sami’s Law’ in new Congress

Bipartisan legislation would improve ride-share safety

February 17, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC — With an eye toward a post-COVID easing of restrictions and a return to economic normalcy, a group of bipartisan lawmakers are determined to establish timely and much-needed safety protections for Americans who will be using rideshare companies to help them get to work, school, appointments or social events.

   Authored by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) with lead Democrat cosponsor, Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-NY), Sami’s Law will require transportation networking companies (TNCs) like Uber and Lyft to deploy a verifiable digital access system to match drivers with passengers before the ride begins to enhance safety for the ride-hailing public. A companion bill is expected to be introduced in the Senate by Ben Cardin (D-MD) later this month.

   The legislation, HR 1082, is named in honor of Samantha “Sami” Josephson—who was kidnapped and brutally murdered by a predator pretending to be her Uber driver near the University of South Carolina just months prior to her graduation in 2019.

   “We must establish safety protocols and accountability in the system to protect rideshare customers who remain extremely vulnerable,” said Smith, who represents Sami’s hometown of Robbinsville, NJ.  “As the nation looks to emerge from COVID restrictions, there will likely be a surge in travel and general activities, and thus a corresponding urgency to protect those who rely on Uber and Lyft services.”

   Underscoring the dangers, Smith cited Sami’s tragic murder and pointed to a report released by Uber that found over a two-year period, 2017 to 2018, the company received 5,981 allegations of serious sexual assault in the United States, and 19 people were killed in physical assaults during or soon after an Uber ride.  He also cited a 2019 CNN report that revealed that Lyft has been hit with multiple driver rape and sexual assault allegations. 

   “No family should have to endure what the Josephson’s have” Rep. Suozzi said. We can’t stop every family tragedy, but hopefully Sami’s law will establish safety protocols that protect Uber, Lyft and other rideshare customers.”

   Seymour and Marci Josephson, Sami’s parents, created the #WHATSMYNAME Foundation in ‘‘honor of their daughter to educate the world on rideshare safety.” They also came up with the idea for the legislation to help ensure no one else loses their life or is assaulted by a rideshare driver or a predator pretending to be their driver.

   Last year, after painstaking negotiations with Smith, the Josephsons, congressional leaders, and  Uber and Lyft, Sami’s Law unanimously passed the House with the strong support of Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy. The bill garnered the support of key Senate leaders, but time ran out in the Senate before unanimous consent could be achieved.

   “Lives are at stake and people, especially women, who use rideshare services are vulnerable to sexual assault and other crimes,” Smith said. “The Josephsons have made great progress educating rideshare customers about potential dangers, but none of us will rest until the modest and effective Sami’s Law protocols are enacted and the public is better protected.”

   Sami’s Law not only sets safety requirements for today’s technology and a process for successor technology performance standards, it also:

  • establishes a 17-member advisory council that reports to the Secretary of Transportation—SAMI’s Council—comprised of federal agency and public stakeholders to advance safety standards in the rideshare industry;
  • makes it unlawful to sell, or offer for sale, ride-share signage, making it more difficult for imposters like Sami’s murderer to pose as a driver;
  • requires a GAO report on the incidence of assault and abuse of both passengers and drivers;
  • requires that the GAO also examine the nature and specifics of “background” checks conducted by companies and the varying standards set by States regarding background checks.

   Other original cosponsors of the bill include: Reps. James Clyburn (D-SC), the Democratic Whip; Joe Wilson (R-SC); Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ); and Albio Sires (D-NJ).  The new bill is already endorsed by two groups which originally opposed the legislation last Congress.

   “We thank and commend Representative Smith for working closely with us in crafting this legislation, which will provide a fully nonvisual method for blind and deafblind passengers to identify and verify rideshare trips,” said Mark Riccobono, President of the National Federation of the Blind. “Personal safety is a top priority for our movement and we urge the House to swiftly pass this legislation.”

“The National Sheriffs’ Association supports Sami’s Law… all users of ridesharing programs should have a reasonable expectation of safety, which this bill addresses for both passengers and drivers,” said Jonathan F. Thompson, Executive Director and CEO of the National Sheriffs’ Association.


Accident With Trauma At Copart Robbinsville

February 3, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–At 10:32 am the Robbinsville Police, Robbinsville Fire Department, RWJ EMS-Hamilton and Capital Health Paramedics responded to 108 North Main Street for an accident. There were unconfirmed reports of a person ejected from a vehicle and pinned along a fence line. The person was located at the rear of the property and removed from the situation. The person was transported to the Trauma Center at Capital Health Regional Medical Center. The Robbinsville Township Police Department is investigating. No further details are available at this time.

Copart is an online auction that features used vehicles, wholesale vehicles and salvage vehicles for sale.

Accident on NJ Turnpike In Robbinsville

January 30, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–At 12:02 am the Robbinsville Township Fire Department and EMS, Hightstown EMS and Fire Department were dispatched to the NJ Turnpike north bound at mile marker 64 for an accident. Upon arrival the accident was minor and the first aid squad reported the person refused transport to the hospital. The NJ State Police is investigating the crash. No other information was available.

BREAKING: Robbinsville Firefighters Rescue Man Trapped In Vehicle

January 26, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Around noon a vehicle lost control on Route 130 south bound near the Robbinsville Fire Department and overturned on the right shoulder of the highway trapping a male driver inside.

The Robbinsville Fire Department and Police Department immediately called in the overturned vehicle and responded to the scene across the street from the firehouse. Robbinsville Police shut down the south bound lanes of Route 130 while Robbinsville firefighters extricated the man from the vehicle.

An ambulance from Allentown First Aid-Capital Health responded to the scene and reportedly transported the man to RWJ at Hamilton Hospital.

Robbinsville Township Police are investigating the crash. No further information is available at this time.

Robbinsville’s 2021 St. Patrick’s Day Parade Cancelled Due To COVID-19 Pandemic

January 26, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–After careful consideration and with much regret, the Robbinsville St. Patrick’s Day Parade, scheduled for March 20, 2021, has been cancelled due to the ongoing global pandemic. In the interest of safety of everyone involved, including attendees and marchers, Robbinsville Township and the Robbinsville Irish Heritage Association (RIHA) decided the event could not be held safely at this time. We are looking forward to the day when we can all gather together again for the events many of us hold so dear. Anyone wishing to purchase 50/50 raffle tickets to support future parade events are encouraged to contact Dave Doran at davedoran864@gmail.com before Saturday’s drawing at the Senior Center.

Hamilton Township announced yesterday that their 2021 St. Patrick’s Day Parade was also cancelled, you can read the MidJersey.News story here.

Last year’s 2020 parade was cancelled by the COVID-19 Pandemic you can read about the parade at these links:

November 9, 2019 Robbinsville’s Irish Person of the Year and Grand Marshal Announced for St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2020

Cancelation of the 2020 parade was made on March 12, 2020



Recent Banner Placement Indicates Planet Fitness And Stem Academy Still Coming To Robbinsville, NJ Location

January 25, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Recent banners placed at the Foxmoor Shopping Center on Washington Boulevard indicate Planet Fitness is still coming to Robbinsville. According to one store owner in the center the banners were noticed late last week and it was good news that the fitness center and academy were still coming to the shopping center. The store owner believes the delay is because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Planet Fitness has not announced the Robbinsville location on their website yet but once construction starts usually Planet Fitness posts a “Coming Soon” on their Gyms Near Me page.

Read MidJersey.News story about Planet Fitness Coming to Robbinsville from December 19, 2019.


Man Rescued From Peddie Lake In Area Of The Falls

January 23, 2021

HIGHTSTOWN, NJ (MERCER)–A man became trapped near the falls when he entered the Peddie Lake under his own volition this morning around 8:36 am. and had to be rescued according to Hightstown Borough Police Department, Sergeant Benjamin L. Miller.

Hightstown Police stated that on Saturday, January 23, 2021, at 8:36 a.m., officers were dispatched to the Peddie Lake, near the waterfalls, Main Street, for a male in the lake.  Upon arrival, officers observed an elderly male subject standing, who appeared disoriented, in the lake; the officers immediately requested the Hightstown Fire Department’s water rescue unit and an ambulance for the extraction and care of the subject.  The subject was assisted by fire personnel up a ladder and removed from the lake.  The subject was transported to Princeton Medical Center by the Hightstown First Aid Squad for evaluation.

Responding the the scene, Hightstown Police Department, Hightstown Fire Company, Capital Health Paramedics, and Hightstown First Aid Squad. Robbinsville Township Fire Department, East Windsor and Plainsboro Fire Departments were dispatched but were not needed and turned around en-route.

Mercer County Sheriff Warns Of Phone Scam

January 22, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Once again, Mercer County Sheriff Jack Kemler has issued a warning to area residents regarding telephone scammers posing as Mercer County Sheriff’s Officers. Over the past month, the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office has received numerous complaints about suspected phone scams asking residents for personal bank account information or cash payments. Some calls have reached residents throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The scammers identify themselves as Mercer County Sheriff’s Officers along with fictitious badge numbers. The callers state they have an arrest warrant related to money laundering charges and need access to their bank accounts. The scammers also suggest meeting at a location and to bring cash for bail or fines. Otherwise, they will be taken into custody. “I can state with confidence the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office will never call anyone and ask for their bank account number or to meet in an odd location to pay bail or fines with cash,” said Sheriff Kemler.Unfortunately, it is difficult to crack down on telephone scammers because calls are often generated from phone banks located out of state. While the calls remain under investigation, the best advice is to exercise common sense. If a resident suspects a particular telephone call may be a scam, do not give out any personal information and simply hang up. Anyone who receives such a call and is uncertain of its validity should report the call to the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office at 609-989-6111.

Robbinsville Board Of Education Seeks Applications For 2 Vacancies

January 18, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)— The Robbinsville Board of Education is seeking two (2) qualified candidates for membership to the Robbinsville School Board. The Board, within the powers delegated to it by law, is the policy-making legislative branch of the School District. These two positions to be filled will replace Shaina Ciaccio and Craig Heilman who resigned in December for personal reasons.

If appointed, the term will run through December 31, 2021. Both positions will be placed on the ballot for the annual election in November 2021; one for a full three-year term and the other for a one-year unexpired term.

Individuals considering applying, must meet the following qualifications:
• A citizen of the United States of America
• At least 18 years of age
• Able to read and write
• A resident of the Township of Robbinsville for at least one (1) year preceding the date of appointment
• Not directly/indirectly interested in a contract with a claim against the Board
• Registered to vote in the District
• Not disqualified as a voter pursuant to NJSA 19:4-1
• Has not been disqualified due to the conviction of a crime or offense listed in N.J.S.A. 18A:12-1

Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest and resume by noon on February 3, 2021 to Nick Mackres Business Administrator/Board Secretary, Robbinsville Board of Education, 155 Robbinsville Edinburg Road, Robbinsville, NJ 08691 or via email: mackres.nick@robbinsville.k12.nj.us

The Board of Education will review all qualifying applicants at the February 3rd Special Board Meeting at 5:00 p.m.

The Robbinsville Board of Education is an organization of elected citizens and residents living in the district. Once a member has been elected to the Board, they gain the right to vote on proceedings concerning the school district. The Board of Education is responsible for a wide variety of transactions and decisions that are made in the district. Robbinsville Township School District is comprised of an elementary school, middle school and high school providing services to over 3,200 students.


Tractor Trailer Overturned On Turnpike And Serious Accident Perrineville Road This Morning

January 17, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE-EAST WINDSOR TOWNSHIPS, NJ (MERCER)–Robbinsville Township firefighters responded to the 500 Block of Perrineville Road at 6:47 am for a car into a utility pole with injuries. Upon arrival of Robbinsville Police, fire and EMS the person was still in vehicle with wires one the vehicle. Jersey Central Power & Light JCP&L was notified and responded. The person was removed from the vehicle and transported to a local hospital.


At 8:28 am the Robbinsville Township Fire Department, Hightstown Fire Company, East Windsor First Aid, Robbinsville EMS responded to the New Jersey Turnpike for an overturned tractor trailer with reported entrapment. The accident happened in the north bound outer roadway (truck lanes) mile marker 66.0 about 1 mile prior to Exit 8 and blocked all the lanes of the outer roadway. When fire and EMS personnel arrived the driver was able to get out of the vehicle on their own power. Currently the roadway has reopened but one lane remains closed.




Mayor Fried Swears In New Councilwoman Deborah Blakely

January 13, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Mayor Dave Fried presided over the swearing-in of new Township Councilwoman Deborah Blakely today inside the Municipal Public Meeting Room. Mrs. Blakely, accompanied on the dais by daughters Maggie and Brielle, was selected by Council on January 7 to fill the unexpired seat of Dan Schuberth. Her first meeting as a member of the governing body will be January 28.


Isa Court In Sharon Mews Evacuated Due To Gas Main Struck

December 29, 2020

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–An electrical contractor working on an electrical service ruptured a 2″ gas line to a residence on Isa Court around 12:30 pm, causing a natural gas leak. Robbinsville Police and Robbinsville Fire Department responded and found a large quantity of gas coming from the contractor’s excavation. Homes were evacuated due to several gas readings in several houses on the street. Police and firefighters notified PSE&G of the seriousness of the gas leak and they responded with a large crew to shut the gas off and make repairs. The PSE&G gas crew wore supplied air lines and flame proof suits to enter the hole to shut the gas off. Robbinsville firefighters stood by wearing air packs until the gas was shut down. PSE&G was able to control the gas leak in about 15 minutes after arrival.

Prior to letting residents back into their homes PSE&G will have to check all the homes to make sure that any gas that did get in dissipated. Electric service was also shut down to several homes on the court until repairs were completed.


Police Release Details Of Extensive Investigation After Drug Deal Goes Bad

WEST WINDSOR TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–In a detailed press release West Windsor Police stated a 15 year old resident of West Windsor, 17 year old of West Windsor, 17 year Old of Plainboro, and 18 year old of East Windsor were victims in a drug buy gone bad at The Mews at Princeton Junction parking lot near building 7000 on October 3, 2020. The accused were all from Teaneck, NJ and ages 18, 19 and 20 years old. One accused from Teaneck, NJ was left with life threating injuries and has since recovered. The details of the press release are below:

On Saturday October 3, 2020 at 11:38 pm, Patrol Units were detailed to the parking lot near the 7000 & 9000 Buildings at The Mews at Princeton Junction on a report of an unknown disturbance.  No combatants were on scene upon arrival of the Patrol Units, however, there were reports of screaming & fighting, while (2) unknown males loaded up another male into a dark colored vehicle that sped away.  Although no combatants were left at the scene, several large puddles of blood were located near a speed bump in the parking lot and a broken Glock G19 BB Gun.  

     Additional investigation revealed that (3) individuals involved in the incident had responded to the Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center where they were identified as the (3) Subjects above with the assistance of Plainsboro Township Police Department.  Due to a substantial and life threatening (at the time) injury sustained to Subject #1 and with scant details known, the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Task Force was requested.  

     An exhaustive investigation led by Detective C. Van Ness of West Windsor Police Department with members of the WWPD Patrol Division & Detective Bureau, Plainsboro Township Police Department, Robbinsville Township Police Department, and the Mercer County Homicide Task Force revealed the following:  Accused #1 and Victim #1 had been negotiating a narcotics transaction for numerous THC Cartridges.  These (2) agreed to meet in the parking lot at The Mews that evening.  The (3) Accused arrived together with Accused #1 as the narcotics deal negotiator, Accused #2 as his immediate backup, and Accused #3 as the wheelman.  Accused #1 entered into a Vehicle, a minivan, operated by Victim #2, and occupied by Victims #1 (seated in the very rear row with the illicit merchandise), #3, &  #4.  Accused #2 stood nearby the victims’ Vehicle while Accused #3 waited in their parked Vehicle.  Negotiations broke down inside the minivan and Accused #1 began punching Victim #1.  Accused #2 attempted to enter the Victims’ Vehicle.  Accused #2 punched Victim #3 (who was attempting to assist Victim #1) thru a lowered passenger side rear window.  Accused #2 tried dragging Victim #2 out of the Vehicle by his arm through an opened rear passenger sliding door.  Accused #2 lost his grasp on Victim #3 and went around to the driver’s side in an attempt to physically remove Victim #4 from the Vehicle by dragging him by his legs.  Victim #3 helped pull Victim #4 back into the Vehicle.  Victim #2 exited the vehicle to confront Accused #2 and was repeatedly pistol whipped in the head with a gun by Accused #2.  Victim #2 re-entered the Vehicle and drove it from the scene in an attempt to end the assault while providing safety for the occupants.  Accused #1 apparently jumped from the Vehicle in an attempt to exit and sustained a severe head injury. 

     Initially, Accused #1’s injury was considered life threatening, however, he has survived the injury from this incident.  Victim #2 received lacerations from the pistol whipping while injuries to all others were considered minor.  It should be noted that the Glock G19 REPLICA BB Gun (Orange Tip Removed) and very closely mimicked a Glock 19 black handgun.  The identities of all are being withheld at this time due to injuries sustained and the involvement of Juveniles.  Accused #1 was Charged with Robbery while Accused #2 was Charged with Robbery, Possession of a Weapon for Unlawful Purposes & Unlawful Possession of a Weapon and Accused #3 was Charged with Liability for Conduct of Another (Robbery).  

     The Investigation was very extensive after beginning with very little information and such a major injury sustained.  Our Patrol Division and Detective Bureau worked seamlessly together.  Chief Garofalo wanted to personally thank the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, the Homicide Task Force, the Plainsboro Township PD, and the Robbinsville Township PD for their professionalism & essential assistance.  We could not have completed this intricate & detailed investigation without the help of those agencies, our “central nervous system”, the Communications Center, and “the backbone of any Police Department”, our Patrol Division.  

CHARGES:

1) Aggravated Assault

2) Robbery

3) Possession of a Weapon for Unlawful Purposes

4) Unlawful Possession of a Weapon

5) Liability for Conduct of Another (Robbery)

DATE OCCURRED:  October 3, 2020 at 11:38 pm

LOCATION OCCURRED:  The Mews at Princeton Junction parking lot near building 7000

VICTIMS:  1)  18 year old 
                        Resident of East Windsor, NJ 08512
                  2)  17 year old
                        Resident of Plainsboro, NJ 08536
                  3)  17 year old
                        Resident of West Windsor, NJ 08550
                  4)  15 year old
                        Resident of West Windsor, NJ 08550

ACCUSED:  1)  18 year old–Crime #2 ONLY
                          Resident of Teaneck, NJ 07666
                      2) 19 year old–Crimes #2-#4
                           Resident of Teaneck, NJ 07666
                      3)  20 year old–Crime #5 ONLY
                           Resident of Teaneck, NJ 07666

OTHERS INVOLVED:  1)  WWPD Patrol Division
                                      2)  WWPD Detective Bureau
                                      3)  Plainsboro Township PD
                                      4)  Robbinsville Township PD
                                      5)  Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office (MCPO)
                                      6)  MCPO Homicide Task Force (HTF)


Firefighters Keep Well Involved Generator On Fire From Spreading To Other Parked Vehicles

December 23, 2020

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–At 2:03 am the Robbinsville Fire Department was dispatched to the 1100 Block of Route 130 for a vehicle fire. Upon arrival they discovered that a generator on a trailer was well involved in fire in a parking area for trucks and heavy equipment. Firefighters were able to quickly knock down the flames before spreading to other trailers and vehicles parked in the area.

Robbinsville Preserves More Land As Open Space

December 21, 2020

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–At the direction of Mayor Dave Fried, Robbinsville Township added to its robust open space inventory on December 10 when it acquired the .665 acres behind Chase Bank at 2340 Route 33 – also known as Block 3.41, Lot 7.02 on the Robbinsville Tax Map. The purchase in the amount of $750,000, paid for by the Open Space Tax Trust Fund – pushed the total amount of preserved land to over 1,200 acres since Fried became mayor in 2005.”This was the last available parcel on the north side of Town Center, and we wanted an open space where kids could play and not worry about more residential housing going up,” said Mayor Fried, who noted the maximum proposed apartment units for the property was 15 had development occurred. “We were already concerned about parking in that area and did not want to add to those worries. We’re very proud of our open space record.”With this acquisition, Robbinsville has now preserved over 390 acres, including “Washington Woods” and the former Miry Run Golf Club, since 2017.

Amazon PNE5 Located in Robbinsville Temporarily Closed Until Dec. 26 For COVID-19 Precautions

December 20, 2020 updated December 21 with statement from Amazon, updated again with daylight photos and statement from Robbinsville Mayor Dave Fried

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Sources told MidJersey.News that Amazon Warehouse, PNE5 that is a Sort Center at 18 Applegate Drive was closed for an increase of asymptomatic COVID-19 cases. Passing by the warehouse this evening (12/20) it appears that security has been posted at both entrances and the warehouse has a minimal crew on location compared to normal. The warehouse will be closed out an abundance of cation until December 26 sources said.

In an e-mail received this morning Lisa Levandowski, Amazon spokesperson told MidJersey.news: “Through our in-house COVID-19 testing program, we detected an increase in the number of asymptomatic positive cases at our PNE5 facility in northern New Jersey and have proactively closed the site until December 26th out of an abundance of caution. This is exactly why we built the program—to identify asymptomatic cases and ensure that we can take swift action to prevent spread. All employees will be paid for the shifts that they’ll miss.”

“The pandemic will continue making the rules until the vaccines are available to everyone. We rely not only on our front line workers, but also those at Amazon and other distribution centers who have been packing, sorting and safely delivering us the goods we use every day. The supply chain is incredibly important, and we will continue working with all of our partners in the private sector to keep people as safe as possible. We wish all of those workers impacted a very speedy recovery.” –Statement from Robbinsville Mayor Dave Fried

Sort Centers take individual packages from fulfillment centers and route them to individual post offices to speed up the process of delivery. Sort Centers reportedly make Sunday delivery possible by USPS and speed shipments during the rest of the week.

The New York Post , Reuters and CNBC have also reported on the subject.



Robbinsville Grinch Caught In Act, Has Change Of Heart After Spending Night At Police Station, Will Now Help Santa

December 19, 2020

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–MidJersey.News caught a green character aka the Grinch today following and helping Santa in Robbinsville. The Grinch unlike his former self was in the holiday spirit, waving to residents and having a good time helping Santa. Robbinsville Township PBA #344 issued a press release on what happened.

Related MidJersey.News story here: Santa Arrives In Robbinsville, Grinch Also Spotted In Holiday Spirit

PRESS RELEASE: The dastardly Grinch was captured late last night while attempting to steal more holiday decorations! After a long night of reflection and a lecture from Chief Nitti, he made an agreement. He will now help Santa bring holiday cheer to Robbinsville! He started this afternoon, driving through town with Santa and Robbinsville Township Fire Department. Thank you Grinch for having a change of heart!



The Grinch was seen helping Santa after being caught last night and having a change of heart.





See related MidJersey.News story here: The Grinch Stopped From Interfering At Robbinsville Tree Lighting

Santa Arrives In Robbinsville, Grinch Also Spotted In Holiday Spirit

December 19, 2020

ROBBINSVILLE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Santa arrived in Robbinsville today in preparation for his return trip on Christmas Eve. Santa was led by the Robbinsville Township Fire Department around town on fire apparatus both on the east and west sides of town.

Also spotted in the Robbinsville Township Police Department’s Emergency Services Unit was the Grinch and he appeared to finally be in custody and in the holiday spirit. The police department has put out several all points bulletins about a suspicious green character tampering with Christmas lights at the municipal building and firehouse.

Santa Claus is on his trip through Robbinsville. Follow along the two routes below.

East Side Route 1https://glympse.com/05RE-09WY

West Side Route 2https://glympse.com/0B65-TW7N




The Grinch may finally be getting in the Holiday spirit after seen on surveillance video at the Robbinsville Township Fire Department trying to tamper with Christmas lights:


Robbinsville: Do you want to cut the cord with your current internet service provider? Take the survey

December 18, 2020

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–With numerous complaints about Optimum Internet service Robbinsville Township is seeking to possibly contract with another alternative provider for Internet service. Robbinsville is asking residents to take an survey to see if there would be interest in the alternative provider.

Alternative Internet Survey link here:

As a resident of Robbinsville, if the Township had the ability to contract with a reputable outside vendor to deliver secure, 150Mbps internet service, which included in-home WiFi, to sections of town currently impacted by inadequate internet would you sign up for such a service?
The cost would be approximately $50 per-month, per-home all-in with no extra taxes or modem/router rental fees. (Note: The provider would only supply internet service, not cable TV). 

1.Would you switch from your current internet service provider to a new provider that delivered a secure, 150Mbps internet service, which included in-home WiFi, for approximately $50 per-month if you had that option?

From Mayor Dave Fried:

Tonight, I briefed Township Council about the possibility of bringing in another internet service provider to compete with Optimum/Altice since that is where the vast majority of complaints to my office originate. We’ve heard you loud and clear … and we want to help! This would be a private public partnership and it is outside the box thinking, so we want to move carefully. I don’t take this move lightly. but I feel we have exhausted all of our options. Assuming we get favorable feedback we will be rolling out more information about the company and what they can provide and when they can provide it. This company has an outstanding reputation for providing secure, 150Mbps in-home internet via Wi-Fi and outstanding customer service to its customers. It would cost approximately $50 per month, per household and it would be for internet only (no cable TV, but you would be able to stream on your Smart TV). We have been assured there are no hidden fees or taxes, and you would not have to pay extra to rent your modem/router. We will be putting out a survey sometime tomorrow gauging your interest in this idea in a Newsfeed poll, the Township Facebook page and on the website at www.robbinsville.net. We would very much appreciate your feedback!


Nor’easter Hits Area, Do Not Travel Tonight If Possible

December 16, 2020

A Nor’easter storm is pounding the area with snow, sleet, hail and mixed with rain at times. Numerous accidents and cars off roadways have been reported in the area in the slippery conditions. Police departments are asking residents not to travel if possible due to the conditions.

Robbinsville Township: There will be a delayed opening of Township Offices until 10:30 am. Robbinsville garbage collection that was normally scheduled for Thursday December 17 will now be picked up on Saturday December 19.




NWS Snow totals as of 9:55 pm:

...Mercer County...
 Princeton                    6.4 in    0900 PM 12/16   Public               
 Pennington                   5.5 in    0900 PM 12/16   Trained Spotter      
 1 WSW Ewing                  5.0 in    0744 PM 12/16   Trained Spotter      
 Ewing                        4.2 in    0655 PM 12/16   Public               
 Hamilton Twp                 3.0 in    0600 PM 12/16   Trained Spotter      
 West Windsor Twp.            2.5 in    0630 PM 12/16   Public               
 2 ENE Hamilton Twp           2.0 in    0630 PM 12/16   Trained Spotter      
 1 SW Robbinsville Twp.       2.0 in    0600 PM 12/16   Trained Spotter      
 
 ...Middlesex County...
 Edison                       5.5 in    0740 PM 12/16   Public               
 North Brunswick              5.0 in    0830 PM 12/16   Trained Spotter      
 Old Bridge                   5.0 in    0815 PM 12/16   Public               
 Metuchen                     4.6 in    0840 PM 12/16   Public               
 Parlin                       4.5 in    0800 PM 12/16   Trained Spotter      
 1 SSW Plainsboro Township    4.2 in    0659 PM 12/16   NWS Employee         
 Perth Amboy                  4.0 in    0800 PM 12/16   Public               
 South Brunswick              4.0 in    0720 PM 12/16   Trained Spotter      
 East Brunswick               2.5 in    0600 PM 12/16   Trained Spotter      
 South Plainfield             2.5 in    0600 PM 12/16   Trained Spotter      
 1 NNE New Brunswick          1.6 in    0600 PM 12/16   Trained Spotter      
 Woodbridge                   1.5 in    0600 PM 12/16   Trained Spotter      
 Carteret                     1.3 in    0600 PM 12/16   Trained Spotter      
 
 ...Monmouth County...
 Holmdel                      7.0 in    0900 PM 12/16   Trained Spotter      
 Howell                       6.1 in    0830 PM 12/16   Public               
 1 S Howell                   6.0 in    0605 PM 12/16   Public               
 Manalapan Twp                5.8 in    0838 PM 12/16   Public               
 Rumson                       5.5 in    0830 PM 12/16   Public               
 1 N Eatontown                4.5 in    0910 PM 12/16   Trained Spotter      
 Freehold Twp                 4.5 in    0715 PM 12/16   Trained Spotter      
 Freehold                     4.0 in    0615 PM 12/16   Trained Spotter      
 Middletown                   4.0 in    0824 PM 12/16   Public               
 Tinton Falls                 3.5 in    0847 PM 12/16   Public               
 Leonardo                     2.1 in    0920 PM 12/16   Public               
 Cliffwood Beach              1.8 in    0600 PM 12/16   Trained Spotter      
 Wall Twp                     1.8 in    0529 PM 12/16   Broadcast Media      
 Atlantic Highlands           1.2 in    0548 PM 12/16   Public               
 Oakhurst                     0.8 in    0650 PM 12/16   Trained Spotter     
...Ocean County...
 Jackson                      7.0 in    0900 PM 12/16   Public               
 Manchester Twp               4.1 in    0705 PM 12/16   Public               
 Lakewood                     4.0 in    0610 PM 12/16   Trained Spotter      
 1 NE Toms River              3.0 in    0830 PM 12/16   Public               
 Whiting                      0.7 in    0715 PM 12/16   Public               
 Brick                        0.5 in    0600 PM 12/16   Trained Spotter      
...Burlington County...
 Chesterfield                 6.5 in    0800 PM 12/16   Public               
 Evesham Twp                  6.0 in    0600 PM 12/16   Public               
 Riverton                     6.0 in    0630 PM 12/16   Public               
 Bordentown Twp               5.7 in    0730 PM 12/16   Public               
 Browns Mills                 5.5 in    0544 PM 12/16   Public               
 Mount Laurel                 5.1 in    0530 PM 12/16   Trained Spotter      
 Medford                      5.0 in    0730 PM 12/16   Public               
 Moorestown                   5.0 in    0820 PM 12/16   Trained Spotter      
 1 WNW Burlington             4.9 in    0600 PM 12/16   Trained Spotter      
 2 E Columbus                 4.8 in    0600 PM 12/16   Public               
 Lumberton                    4.7 in    0718 PM 12/16   Public               
 Burlington Twp               4.5 in    0650 PM 12/16   Public               
 1 NE Burlington Twp          4.5 in    0645 PM 12/16   NWS Employee         
 Hainesport                   4.5 in    0700 PM 12/16   Trained Spotter      
 Bordentown                   4.4 in    0730 PM 12/16   Public               
 1 ENE Westampton Twp         4.1 in    0530 PM 12/16   Official NWS Obs     
 Burlington                   4.0 in    0500 PM 12/16   Trained Spotter      
 Delanco                      4.0 in    0550 PM 12/16   Public               
 Marlton                      4.0 in    0500 PM 12/16   Trained Spotter      
 2 SW Medford                 4.0 in    0445 PM 12/16   Trained Spotter      
 Southampton Twp              4.0 in    0627 PM 12/16   Trained Spotter      
 Roebling                     3.5 in    0530 PM 12/16   Public               
 2 E Delran                   3.0 in    0600 PM 12/16   Public               
 1 SE Fort Dix                3.0 in    0529 PM 12/16   Public               
 Shamong                      3.0 in    0444 PM 12/16   Public               
 Florence                     2.9 in    0645 PM 12/16   Trained Spotter      
 Delran                       2.8 in    0447 PM 12/16   Public               
 Pemberton                    0.5 in    0215 PM 12/16   Public             


Man Struck By Vehicle On NJ Turnpike Taken To Trauma Center

December 16, 2020, Updated

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Around 8:18 pm the Robbinsville Township Fire Department, Hightstown First Aid and Mercer County Paramedics responded to the NJ Turnpike for a pedestrian struck. Radio reports indicate that the man suffered a broken leg after by being hit by a box truck and was found by a passerby at mile marker 63.5 north bound outer lanes of the highway. The man was placed in the back of the good Samaritan’s vehicle until help could arrive. It is still unclear why the man was found on the side of the highway in blizzard like conditions.

The man was transported to the Trauma Center at Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton and a “trauma alert” was called in route to the hospital. The man was expected to survive his injuries.

From observations on scene no truck was seen stopped near the scene.

NJ State Police reports that they are still investigating the incident.


BREAKING: 2 Injured In Serious Crash On Route 130 Involving A Van And 2 Tractor-Trailers

December 14, 2020

Breaking news report based on preliminary information from on scene reporting, once official information becomes available the story will be updated and any corrections made if needed.

UPDATE: Roadway reopened at 11:10 pm

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–The Robbinsville Township Police Department and the Robbinsville Township Fire Department responded to a serious crash in the 1200 Block of Route 130 North Bound near Gordon Road at 9:29 pm. When Police and firefighters arrived they found a van that appeared to have struck a tractor trailer on the side of the road in the shoulder and was hit by another tractor trailer also traveling north on the highway. The van was peeled open on the passenger side and the driver was trapped behind the drivers door. Robbinsville firefighters were able to pry open the door and remove the driver of the van. The driver of the van was transported to the Trauma Center at Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton. The driver of the tractor-trailer traveling in the north bound direction was transported to RWJ at Hamilton Hospital. Both drivers appeared to have non-life-threating injuries and are expected to survive the crash.

Robbinsville Police shut down the roadway at Woodside Road and traffic was detoured in the area for clean up and investigation. As of 10:54 pm the roadway was still closed as heavy duty tow trucks work to remove the tractor-trailer. UPDATE: Roadway reopened at 11:10 pm

Breaking news report based on preliminary information from on scene reporting, once official information becomes available the story will be updated and any corrections made if needed.


Route 130 in the area of Gordon road is closed due to an accident investigation. Please avoid the area and follow detours

Route 130 in the area of Gordon road is closed due to an accident investigation. Please avoid the area and follow detours

Instructions:

Route 130 in the area of Gordon road is closed due to an accident investigation. Please avoid the area and follow detours

http://local.nixle.com/alert/8415942/

UPDATE: Roadway reopened at 11:10 pm

Traffic Alert: Old York Road Closed Due To Accident

December 13, 2020

UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–Around 6:30 am a vehicle traveling in the 1300 Block of Old York Road lost control hit a pole and ended up coming to rest in a sod farm field. The impact of the crash cut a utility pole in half and left wires across the roadway closing the road.

The driver of the vehicle was temporarily trapped but was able to self-extricate himself out of the vehicle though the passenger’s side of vehicle. Members of Hope Fire Company are on scene providing traffic control and working on containing a small gasoline leak from the vehicle. Capital Health EMS responded to the scene and the driver did not want transport to the hospital.

At the time of this report Old York Road is closed between Herbert Road and Hluchy Roads. NJ State Police are investigating the crash. Robbinsville Township Police were also assisting with traffic control at Herbert Road and Old York. Monmouth County Highway Department was responding with barricades to close the roadway for the utility pole replacement. Monmouth County Hazardous Materials Team was notified and sending a representative to the scene for the gasoline leak.

Robbinsville Councilman Dan Schuberth Takes New Job In Washington, D.C., Will Resign From Council Jan 1, 2021

December 8, 2020

Story by: Robbinsville Township

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–On Tuesday, Robbinsville Township Councilman Dan Schuberth announced via Facebook that he will be resigning his seat and relocate to Washington, D.C. to accept a new position with as the Chief Business Development Officer for the National Association of Wholesaler Distributors.

Mr. Schuberth was elected to his first term on Council in November, 2015, served as President in 2017 and was re-elected to his second, four-year term on November 5, 2019. His current term was due to expire on December 31, 2023. The four remaining members of Council will vote to fill the unexpired term. The candidate must be a resident of Robbinsville and be a registered voter here for at least one year. In the event of a 2-2 tie, Mayor Dave Fried would break the deadlock.

Mr. Schuberth served as Chairman of the Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC) from 2012 to 2015 and is currently the Council representative on EDAC. He also served as Mayor Fried’s representative on the Township Planning Board in 2015 and as the Council representative in 2016. 

An advocate for those who suffer from from Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and mental illness, Mr. Schuberth volunteers as a Director on the Board of the Mercer County Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI Mercer).

Mr. Schuberth has lived in the Town Center section of Robbinsville with his wife, Dr. Natalie Schuberth, since 2010. He is a graduate of Bowdoin College (B.A.) and the University of Pennsylvania (M.S.). He returned to UPenn in the Fall of 2016 to attain a Master’s Degree in Public Administration (M.P.A.) while working full time as Regional Operations Manager for McMaster-Carr, a Robbinsville-based industrial supply company.

“Leaving Robbinsville is one of the most difficult decisions I’ve made in my life,” he said. “When we moved here 10 years ago, Natalie and I decided to go “all in”. We got to know our neighbors, became part of a faith community with Lifetree Community Church, and volunteered our time in the service of others. We’ve met amazing people, supported important causes, and tried to spread joy in a community that welcomed us in with open arms. We are so grateful to everyone that made Robbinsville a place we proudly called our home. Serving on the Township Council for the past five years has been one of the greatest experiences of my life. Mayor Fried and my colleagues on the Township Council are world class public servants and I will miss working with them a great deal. The residents of our community are some of the most caring, engaged, and compassionate people on the planet, and I want to thank each and every person I’ve had the opportunity to work with on issues large and small. You will always have a friend in Washington.”




Crash On NJ Turnpike North Of Exit 7 With Damage To NJ Turnpike, Emergency Repairs Underway Expect Delays

December 4, 2020


Update: Sgt. Philip Curry of the New Jersey State Police, Public Information Bureau told MidJersey.news:

The crash occurred at 9:45am on the outer roadway of the NJ Turnpike northbound mile post 54, Bordentown, Burlington County.  Preliminary investigation revealed that a tractor-trailer was stopped on the right shoulder when it was struck by a northbound traveling utility body pickup truck.  The pickup then crossed the roadway and struck the guardrail dividing the inner and the outer roadway coming to a rest partially in the inner roadway right lane and the outer roadway left lane.  The truck spilled debris on the outer roadway which caused the outer to be temporarily closed for cleanup.  Traffic was diverted to the inner with minimal impact on traffic.

A section of guardrail sustained substantial damage as a result of the crash.

The driver of the TT sustained non-life threatening injuries and was transported to Capital Health.


BORDENTOWN TOWNSHIP, NJ (BURLINGTON)-NJSP, Fire and EMS responded to a motor vehicle crash on the NJ Turnpike near mile post 54.4 north bound outer lanes at 9:54 am. When Bordentown and Florence firefighters arrived they went in service to cut an occupant out of one of the vehicles. It appears that there are vehicles on both the right and left side of the outer lanes. NJ Turnpike is reporting property damage so expect delays in the area. At least two were transported by Endeavor Emergency Squad and Robbinsville ambulances to the Trauma Center at Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton.

Responding were Bordentown Township Fire Department, Florence Township Fire Department, Robbinsville Township Fire Department EMS, and Endeavor Emergency Squad responded to the scene. NJ State Police is investigating the crash. NJ Turnpike Authority is making emergency repairs in the area of where the crash happened.