Category: Robbinsville

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.





The Grinch Stopped From Interfering At Robbinsville Tree Lighting

December 3, 2020

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Moments after Santa and Mrs. Clause arrived in Robbinsville Fire Department’s Squad 40, the Robbinsville Police put out an APB, or “all points bulletin,” from Whoville Police, looking for a suspicious person trying steal Christmas. The subject they were looking for was a six foot tall male, green fur, red coat, red hat and red pointed shoes seen in the area of Foxmoor Shopping Center.

A few seconds later the mysterious green subject was seen sneaking up on Santa and Mrs. Clause behind the Christmas Tree trying to interfere with the event. Robbinsville Police blinded the Grinch with a spotlight before he took off on foot and being chased by Robbinsville Police Officers. The Grinch was apprehended and brought to the microphone, where Det. Sgt. Kivet and Police K9 Quori told him he would not steal Christmas this year. The Grinch was led away and detained for a short time before escaping custody while the Christmas Tree and Menorah were lit. The Grinch was last seen running behind the Foxmoor Shopping Center on foot and is expected to remain in the area during December. Be on the lookout for Mr. Grinch on your travels in Robbinsville and let Robbinsville PBA # 344 know.



To see video of the Grinch trying to steal Christmas click on link below:

https://fb.watch/29nV-TfPbc/



Governor Phil Murphy Bans Indoor Youth And Adult Sports Until January 2, 2021

Exceptions: Collegiate level and professional teams.

November 30, 2020

TRENTON-ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Governor Phil Murphy announced in the COVID-19 Press Confrence and via Facebook that youth and adult sports are being place on full pause from December 5th to January 2, 2021. See below as we wait for further direction and a release from the Governor’s Office with an Executive Order that should be available later today. Those items will be added to this story when available. Also the NJSIAA headquartered in Robbinsville has released a statement via social media.


Governor Phil Murphy: “All indoor youth and adult sports are being placed on a full pause – effective 6:00 AM on December 5th through January 2nd, 2021.We’re seeing outbreaks related to indoor sports, and this will help slow the spread. Only exceptions: collegiate-level and professional teams.”



Several Injured In Single Car Crash On NJ Turnpike

November 26, 2020

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–The Robbinsville Township Fire Department and EMS along with Hightstown First Aid Squad were dispatched to Mile Marker 62.1 North Bound for an accident with injures at 9:48 pm. Upon arrival several in the one vehicle crash stated they were hurt and wanted transport to the hospital. The injures seem to be walking wounded and non-life-threating. The Robbinsville Township ambulance transported 3 occupants of the vehicle to RWJ at Hamilton Hospital. It was not clear how many Hightstown First Aid transported from the accident. No further information was available.

I-195 Accident Backs Up Traffic Over 2 Miles

November 25, 2020

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Around 6:08 am this morning 3 vehicles collided on I-195 East Bound in the area of Mile Marker 8, between Exits 7 and 8, temporarily blocking the highway. Hope Fire Company and Robbinsville Township Fire Department and EMS were sent to the scene. Upon arrival there were no life threatening injuries and persons involved refused medical advice.

Traffic was backed up over two miles until tow trucks could move the vehicles from the roadway. The NJ State Police was on scene investigating. No further information is available.

Car Fire On NJ Turnpike

November 22, 2020

MANSFIELD TOWNSHIP, NJ (BURLINGTON)–Several 9-1-1 calls reporting a car fire on the New Jersey Turnpike north of Exit 7 in the north bound lanes in Bordentown Township ended up to be the wrong location.

Bordentown Township and Robbinsville firefighters were dispatched at 2:03 pm to an area between Exit 7 and Exit 7A for a car fire. Upon arrival at the originally reported location they could see a column of smoke south of Exit 7, firefighters continued to the call and found the vehicle fire just north of the interchange turn for the PA Turnpike Extension on the north bound side of the highway at mile marker 51.8 outer lanes. Firefighters once on location quickly extinguished the flames. No other information was available about the call.

1 Injured In NJ Turnpike Crash

November 20, 2020

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–A truck traveling on the NJ Turnpike south bound in the outer roadway in the area of 63.7 south bound lost control in a crash and overturned between the inner and outer roadway. (Truck and car lanes). The Robbinsville Township Fire Department and EMS was originally sent for a person trapped in the truck but turned out the drive was able to get out on their own power. One person did suffer non-life-threating injuries and was transported to a local hospital. No further information was available.

Robbinsville Christmas Tree & Menorah Lighting Will Be Virtual In 2020

November 18, 2020

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Due to COVID-19 the Robbinsville Township Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting will be held virtual this year. See flyer below and Robbinsville Recreation Facebook Page where the event will be held virtual on December 1, 2020 at 7:00 pm.


Due to current increasing concerns regarding COVID-19, we will no longer meet for this event in person. Instead, it will be transmitted live through the Recreation Facebook Page.



Mercer County Offering Free COVID-19 Testing November 24 & December 1 at Cure Arena

Mercer County is also proud to offer free at-home COVID-19 testing. These tests are available to all residents of Mercer County, free of charge.

November 18, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes today announced that the County, in partnership with Vault Health Services, will offer free COVID-19 testing on Tuesday, Nov. 24, and Tuesday, Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the CURE Insurance Arena, 81 Hamilton Ave. The saliva test is available to County residents 14 years or older and anyone employed as a first responder or health care worker in Mercer County.

Those going to the arena for testing should use Parking Lot 2 off South Broad Street to access Gate A. Testing will be conducted in the arena concourse. Bring identification showing Mercer County residency and a smartphone or tablet if you have one. No prescription is necessary. Please avoid eating, drinking, chewing gum or smoking 30 minutes prior to taking the test.

Testing will be limited to 300 people on each of the two days but additional pop-up testing sites will be scheduled around the County in the near future.

If you want to avoid the lines, Mercer County also offers an at-home saliva test for COVID-19, which can be requested by visiting www.mercercares.org. If you need help with the online registration process, assistance will be available Tuesday at the arena. 



Covid-19 Test at Home Program

Mercer County is proud to offer free at-home COVID-19 testing. These tests are available to all residents of Mercer County, free of charge.

The saliva collection test for COVID-19 has the same effectiveness as the nasal swab test. This test is performed under the supervision of our healthcare provider, Vault, through a video telehealth visit eliminating the risk of person-to-person exposure to the virus.

To register for your at-home testing kit, you must first fill out the form below to verify your Mercer County residency. Within 24-48 hours following your submission, you will receive a link to order your free kit on the Vault Health website. This is FREE to all Mercer County residents, and health insurance is not required but a claim will be submitted if are covered.

Please note the following:

  1. There is no out of pocket cost for this test.
  2. You must be a resident of Mercer County or employed as a first responder or health care worker in Mercer County.
  3. Only persons over the age of 14 are eligible for this test. Persons under the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian complete the registration for them.
  4. You will receive your code within 48 hours.
  5. This is not an antibody test. This test is designed to determine if you currently are infected with COVID-19 and have the potential to infect others.

If your test is positive, or if you have symptoms, call your health care professional.

Route 130 Crash Sends 2 To Hospital

November 18, 2020

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–At 11:35 am., the Robbinsville Police Department received multiple 9-1-1 calls for an accident in the 1100 Block of Route 130 in front of the Jeep Dealership.

When Robbinsville Police arrived they reported two injures and the sent Robbinsville Township Fire Department and EMS to the scene. A mutual aid ambulance from RWJ Hamilton was also called to the scene. Two people were transported to RWJ at Hamilton Hospital with minor BLS type injuries.

The Robbinsville Township Police moved traffic over to the shoulder North Bound and South Bound had a temporary closure to move tow trucks into position to remove vehicles. No other information was available.

Amazon Evacuated Due To Small Box Fire, Fire Was Quickly Extinguished

November 17, 2020

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–The Robbinsville Township Fire Department and Police Department were dispatched to the Amazon Warehouse on New Canton Way at 9:36 pm tonight for a fire in the area of the loading dock. Hamilton Township Fire Department and Allentown were called for assistance.

When fire apparatus arrived fire crews were directed to inside the front East Entrance. Upon investigation there was a small box that slipped off the top of the conveyor belt and was caught in the belt catching fire and creating a smoke condition. Employees quickly shut down the operation and used fire extinguishers to extinguish the box. The building was evacuated as part of normal procedure of the emergency plan.

No injuries or damage other than the box was reported. No other information was available. Fire crews left the scene by 10:00 pm and workers returned to the building.

This is from radio and on scene reports.

No Shave November To Benefit “Tyler’s Tribe”

November 17, 2020

ROBBINSVILLE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–This year “No Shave November” annual fundraiser held by Robbinsville Township Police PBA #344 will benefit “Tyler’s Tribe”

Robbinsville resident Tyler James Juhl was diagnosed with B-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and has rare stage 4 cancer called Hepatoblastoma and the Robbinsville Township Police Department hosted a “siren parade” on September 25, 2020 with Robbinsville Fire Department and other area police, fire and ems agencies.

Public donations for this year’s No Shave November can be sent to: PBA #344, PO Box 10099, Trenton, NJ 08650

Follow Robbinsville Township PBA #344 Facebook Page for more information and to vote later this month on your favorite officer’s creation.



Mayors And Local Government Officials Warn New COVID-19 Cases On Rise And To Take Precautions

November 14, 2020

MERCER COUNTY, NJ–Mayors and local officials warn of increased COVID-19 transmission as cases rise in Mercer County. Officials are reminding residents to continue to take precautions by limiting gatherings, wearing masks, social distancing, washing hands and other general COVID-19 precautions.

In the City of Trenton Mayor W. Reed Gusciora has announced new restrictions as COVID-19 transmission rates have doubled in each of the last three weeks.

Trenton’s transmission rate is currently 44.2 cases per 100,000 people, which exceeds both the state and county rates at 29.3 and 28.9, respectively. Trenton has had a total of 4,598 COVID-19 cases with 80 related deaths.

Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes stated, Mercer County surpassed 10,000 cumulative positive test results since the start of the pandemic, and the United States surpassed a staggering 10 million positive cases. In addition, the New Jersey Department of Health has reported more than 13,000 positive cases statewide since Monday.

It was anticipated that colder weather in the fall and winter would drive people indoors and trigger a second wave of virus transmissions. We’re only in mid-November and the second wave is here. New cases of COVID-19 are on the rise and everyone needs to take that seriously, County Executive Hughes stated.

Robbinsville Township Mayor Dave Fried said in a Facebook post, “I always like to start with good news, but a second wave of COVID-19 is upon us and it is making that increasingly difficult. I am going to give this to you straight. Since October 30, Robbinsville Township reports 29 new cases that is by far the highest number of new cases we have encountered since this started.”

Mayor Fried also stated in a message that My personal feeling is this second wave will get worse before it gets better, so I am asking people to be increasingly diligent.

Hamilton Township Mayor Jeff Martin shared the weekly update from Hamilton Township that includes a weekly COVID-19 update and that urges the following precautions:

•Keep Your Distance — stay at least six feet away from others — and Wear a Face Covering.

•Wash Your Hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after being in a public place, as well as after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing

.•If soap and water are not accessible, Use a Hand Sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.

•Avoid Touching Your Eyes, Nose and Mouth with unwashed hands.•Avoid Close Contact with people who are sick.

•Stay Home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick.

•Cover Your Mouth and Nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.


Full text of statements below:


TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Mayor W. Reed Gusciora yesterday announced new restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19 as transmission rates in Trenton have doubled each of the last three weeks.

Mayor Gusciora’s amended State of Emergency declaration now includes the following instructions, which will remain in effect from Nov. 16, 2020 through Dec. 5, 2020:

  • All Trenton businesses, including restaurants, bars and grocery stores must close at 10:00 p.m. daily. Gas stations may stay open only to dispense gas.
  • Restaurants and drive-through businesses may be open for pickup or delivery until 11:00 p.m., provided that no parties are allowed to congregate inside or outside of the establishment.
  • All city residents are encouraged to remain indoors after 10:00 p.m.
  • All city residents should wear masks and practice social distancing techniques as recommended by the CDC by avoiding large crowds, and, whenever possible, keeping a distance of six feet from other people.
  • All city residents are strongly encouraged not to have large family gatherings on Thanksgiving and to avoid hosting visitors from states that are on the Governor’s travel advisory list.

Trenton’s transmission rate is currently 44.2 cases per 100,000 people, which exceeds both the state and county rates at 29.3 and 28.9, respectively. Trenton has had a total of 4,598 COVID-19 cases with 80 related deaths.

“It’s clear the second wave is here and has hit the Capital City especially hard,” said Mayor Gusciora. “Our transmission rates may even be higher now than they were in the spring. While we believe these new restrictions will help, we won’t get past this crisis unless our residents wear their masks and practice social distancing. No more excuses about COVID-19 fatigue: the virus never gets tired, and neither should our residents and businesses when it comes to keeping this city safe.”

“It is critically important that when we see cases rise throughout our city, county and state that we are extremely cautious and we social distance, wear masks and limit indoor gatherings as much as possible,” said Dr. Kemi Alli, Chief Executive Officer of the Henry J. Austin Health Center. “If not, our path will follow sister states such as North and South Dakota, and Montana which are currently in dire straits.”

While transmission rates have risen across all age groups, a quarter of all hospitalizations over the past month are comprised of individuals age 30 and below. The greatest source of transmission has been indoor contact, and residents are advised to wear masks even around friends or relatives who are visiting.


Mercer County, NJ:

A letter from County Executive Brian M. Hughes

Mercer County and the nation both reached sobering COVID-19 milestones this week: Mercer County surpassed 10,000 cumulative positive test results since the start of the pandemic, and the United States surpassed a staggering 10 million positive cases. In addition, the New Jersey Department of Health has reported more than 13,000 positive cases statewide since Monday. It was anticipated that colder weather in the fall and winter would drive people indoors and trigger a second wave of virus transmissions. We’re only in mid-November and the second wave is here. New cases of COVID-19 are on the rise and everyone needs to take that seriously.

When you’re around people outside your own household, wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth and practice social distancing. Wash your hands frequently and use hand sanitizer. Avoid crowds and stay home if you are sick. Public health officials are advising that the safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving this year is to keep your gathering small with just immediate family. Please bear that in mind when planning for the holiday. We know what we need to do to reduce the spread of the virus – now it’s up to us. Let’s continue to support each other and keep each other safe. Let’s continue to work together.

One of the many impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic has been job loss. State officials reported this week that more than 1.7 million New Jersey workers have filed an unemployment claim since March, with about 1.46 million workers meeting the monetary requirements to receive benefits. Jobseekers need all the help they can get, and with that in mind I’d like to call attention to the work being done by the staff at the Mercer County One-Stop Career Center.

As part of Mercer County’s ongoing effort to connect jobseekers with employers, and do it safely during the public health crisis, our One-Stop recently held a drive-through job fair at the CURE Insurance Arena in Trenton that had the participation of 45 employers and was attended by about 525 individuals. Attendees were required to wear face masks but did not have to leave their vehicles. When they pulled up, they were handed a bag filled with information provided by employers on the jobs they had available, along with information about One-Stop services and community resources. This was a successful effort to help people in our community find work.

The inventive job fair came on the heels of the One-Stop’s equally successful Summer Youth Jobs Connection program. After receiving grant funding from the state in early June, One-Stop Director Virgen Velez and her staff set about making the summer job program a reality, despite a small time window and challenges presented by the pandemic. The program, which served Mercer County residents between the ages of 16 and 24, provided a paid six-week work experience and paid virtual job readiness workshops, along with transportation assistance.

I join the One-Stop and the County’s Workforce Development Board in thanking the employers who brought interns into their facilities this summer. The young adults learned not only traditional work skills but the virtual communication skills that have become essential in the COVID-19 work and school environment. And I applaud the One-Stop team, whose passionate commitment enabled it to deliver a summer employment program and job fair amid a pandemic.

Brian M. Hughes
Mercer County Executive


Robbinsville, NJ:

Mayor Dave Fried:

I always like to start with good news, but a second wave of COVID-19 is upon us and it is making that increasingly difficult. I am going to give this to you straight. Since October 30, Robbinsville Township reports 29 new cases that is by far the highest number of new cases we have encountered since this started.

Thankfully, we have not seen significant spread or sickness in our three schools. We are seeing an uptick in cases throughout Mercer County, including increased positives reported by our first responders and front line workers resulting in staffing shortages. We have seen an uptick in hospitalizations across Mercer County.

My personal feeling is this second wave will get worse before it gets better, so I am asking people to be increasingly diligent. We have kids coming home from college for Thanksgiving, and while I am not going to tell you how to host or visit your families, I am asking you to be smart.

There are some things you can do to minimize the spread, such as not sharing glassware or silverware. Try to be more aware when eating in groups. Wash your hands regularly and wear a mask when you can. While many of our cases have been asymptotic, our fear as flu season approaches is we may see people with multiple symptoms for both COVID-19 and the flu, or family members suffering from both in the same household. We are on stand-by to help and volunteer when and where we are needed. We hope you will join us as that need increases.

Additionally, our kids still need to socialize in the face of the virus. That said our Recreation Department, in conjunction with the school district, will be coming up with programs to help keep our children safely engaged. This is a difficult and complex decision … and it will not be for everyone. There will be no right or wrong. It really comes down to what is best for your family, while not judging others.

I am very proud of our community for all it has done to flatten this curve. You all have been rock stars, and it is a pleasure to be Mayor of this incredible town. Keep your chins up. Pfizer has announced they have a vaccine and early reports indicate it is 90 percent effective, so help should be on the way.

We will get through this together. Thank you all for all you do, and God bless you all. —Robbinsville Mayor Dave Fried


Update: 2 Dead, 2 Serious and 1 Minor Injury In Fiery Crash On NJ Turnpike Last Night

November 13, 2020

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)—Sergeant Lawrence Peele from the New Jersey State Police Public Information Bureau told MidJersey.News —

That a crash occurred at 11:53 p.m. last evening on the New Jersey Turnpike, northbound inner roadway in East Windsor Township, Mercer County. 

Preliminary information indicates that in the area of milepost 66.8, a Lincoln Town Car was involved in a crash and was disabled in the roadway. 

A Jeep Cherokee traveling northbound then struck the disabled Lincoln.  Two rear seat passengers of the Lincoln were pronounced dead at the scene, the driver and front passenger sustained serious injuries.  The driver of the Jeep sustained minor injuries. 

The inner roadway was closed for approximately 6 hours. 

Crash remains under investigation.  

See Last night’s MidJersey.News story here: BREAKING: MCI, Crash With Fire On NJ Turnpike Prior To Exit 8 – Several Critical Injuries



BREAKING: MCI, Crash With Fire On NJ Turnpike Prior To Exit 8 – Several Critical Injuries


See MidJersey.News update here: Update: 2 Dead, 2 Serious and 1 Minor Injury In Fiery Crash On NJ Turnpike Last Night


November 13, 2020

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–A fiery crash left several with life threatening injuries tonight on the New Jersey Turnpike at Mile Marker 67 North Bound inner roadway (car lanes) prior to Exit 8. The crash was reported just before midnight at 11:56 pm., (November 12) reporting multiple vehicles involved and on fire with entrapment. Initially Robbinsville Township Fire Department and Hightstown Fire Company along with EMS from Robbinsville, Hightstown and Cranbury were sent to the scene. Upon arrival a MCI was called (Mass Casualty Incident) because of reports of how many injured additional paramedics from Capital Health and multiple ambulances were sent to the scene.

From radio reports there appeared to be at least 5 to 7 injures reported in the crash with 3 being life threating.

New Jersey State Police and the New Jersey Turnpike Authority have the inner roadway closed from the split in Florence to Exit 8 in the North Bound direction for the accident investigation and clean up. The New Jersey State Police Serious Accident Investigation Unit is investigating the crash.

This is a breaking news report and an email was sent to the NJ State Police Public Information Bureau for official details. Information contained in this preliminary breaking news report is unofficial and subject to change. Once official information is received the story will be updated with current information and any corrections made.






NJTP Crash Prior To Exit 8

November 10, 2020

EAST WINDSOR-HIGHTSTOWN, NJ (MERCER)–The Hightstown Fire Department, Hightstown First Aid, Robbinsville Fire Department and EMS were sent to the NJ Turnpike at mile marker 67 north bound outer lanes for a crash just prior to Exit 8. Initially there was reported entrapment but upon fire department arrival the vehicle was found in a ditch and the driver was out of the vehicle. The driver was checked by the first aid squad and refused medical advice and was able to walk away on their own power.

New Jersey State Police was investigating the crash, no other information was available.

Get Out And Enjoy Unseasonably Warm Weather With Current High Of 77F This Afternoon

November 10, 2020

ROBBINSVILLE-UPPER FREEHOLD, (MERCER/MONMOUTH)–At 1:30 pm the weather is mostly sunny, and 77F (as measured from Joint Base MDL) and unseasonably warm today, so get out and enjoy it while you can. Normal average temperature for this day in November is 56F with a low of 40F.

This pair of bald eagles was seen this afternoon flying back and fourth between Robbinsville Township and Upper Freehold Township and appeared to be enjoying the weather.


BREAKING: MVC Windsor Edinburg Road, Temp Road Closure

November 5, 2020

ROBBINSVILLE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–A car lost control hit a pole and overturned on Windsor Edinburg Road at the curve between Main Street Windsor and South Lane. Robbinsville Township Police, Robbinsville Township Fire Department and EMS responded to the scene around 1:54 pm.

JCP&L is en route to make the repair and the tow company is on scene removing the vehicle. No further information is available.

There is a low hanging wire in the way and roadway is expected to be closed until repairs can be made to the wire and utility pole.



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