Category: West Windsor

Memorial Fundraiser for Dylan Gleason Who Was Killed In Tragic Accident On Route 1 Saturday

January 5, 2021

WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–Dylan I. Gleason, Resident of Kendall Park, NJ was killed in a tragic accident on Saturday and friends have set up a GoFundMe. All proceeds will go directly to the Gleason family.

You can access the GoFundMe page here: https://gofund.me/0c779000

On Saturday morning, January 2nd, we lost an exceptional young man, Dylan Gleason.

As a Delt, Dylan went out of his way to make everyone feel loved and welcomed. He upheld Delt values to their highest extent, and was the embodiment of “Truth, Courage, Faith and Power”. He  was committed to a life of excellence, and succeeded on every front. 

To quote the Memoriam Statement issued by the Muhlenberg Chaplain’s Office,  Dylan was “An honor student, Presidential Scholar, and theater major, Dylan loved all aspects of  Theater Art and Production, especially the people who comprised the theater community. He was skilled in stage management and lighting, and gifted in song, voice and acting. Dylan was involved in many Muhlenberg groups including, Delta Tau Delta, The Great American Songbook choral ensemble,  and other performance ensembles and choir groups.

His friends and family describe Dylan as a courageous, loving, resilient, talented, passionate and compassionate man who fiercely protected people, especially those who experienced injustices.

Dylan is survived by his parents, Ken and Abby Gleason, his siblings Seth and Anna, his grandparents and step grandmother, and his extended family.”


WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–On Saturday January 2, 2021 at 9:07 am, Patrol & Traffic Units and the WW Division of Fire & Emergency Services were detailed to U.S. Route 1 North at Harrison Street for a Serious Motor Vehicle Collision.  Upon the arrival of responding Units, the individual inside of Vehicle #1, a 2017 Toyota Corolla, was found entrapped in the wreckage and exhibiting no signs of life.   U.S. Route 1 in both South and North directions needed to be fully closed.  

The initial investigation revealed the following: Vehicle #1, a 2017 Toyota Corolla was traveling Northbound on U.S. Route 1 North. Vehicle #2, a 2005 International Dump Truck, was traveling Westbound at the Harrison Street Jug handle and was attempting to continue straight on Harrison Street. The Toyota Corolla was traveling Northbound on U.S. Route 1 North and was approaching the Harrison Street intersection. The intersection is governed by a traffic signal. The traffic signal had been red for U.S. Route 1 traffic and green for the Harrison Street Jug handle traffic. The Toyota struck the International Dump Truck in the U.S. Route 1 Northbound lanes. The collision caused dump truck to overturn. Both Vehicles came to their final resting places in the intersection with dump truck remaining on its passenger’s side.

The Dylan I. Gleason, 21 year old driver of the Toyota from Kendall Park, NJ was pronounced deceased at the scene. The Driver dump truck Julio R. Lopez-Alavrez, 22 year old resident of Princeton was uninjured from the collision. There were no additional persons in either vehicle. U.S. Route 1 was closed in both directions for approximately 3 hours and 45 minutes. The WWPD Traffic Bureau & Detective Bureau in conjunction with the SCRT are continuing the investigation. If you have any pertinent information, please contact Traffic Officer McQuade at McQuade@westwindsorpolice.com or Traffic Sgt. Bal at Bal@westwindsorpolice.com or at (609) 799-1222.

Kendall Park, NJ is a section of South Brunswick Township, Middlesex County, NJ

Related MidJersey.news stories:

UPDATE: 21 Year Old Kendall Park Resident Killed In Route 1 Crash

Update: Route 1 In West Windsor Reopened After Serious Accident Investigation

Another Serious Accident Early This Morning, West Windsor Handles 3 Serious Calls In Less Than 24 Hours

Update from this morning’s story here: Update: Clarksville Road, West Windsor, Now Reopened

January 3, 2021

WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–West Windsor Police, West Windsor and Princeton Junction Fire Departments, Emergency Services were all dispatched to Clarksville Road approximately 8/10 of a mile North of Quakerbridge Road (at former BASF property near the pigpens) for a serious accident involving an overturned car at 3:54 am.

The driver was found to be entrapped and unconscious upon West Windsor Patrol Units’ arrival.  The Princeton Junction Fire Company worked to extricate the driver from his 2009 Honda Accord which was at its final rest on its passenger’s side.  After being extracted from the Honda with serious injuries, West Windsor Emergency Services and Capital Health Paramedics treated and transported the driver to the Trauma Center at Capital Health Regional Medical Center-Fuld, in Trenton.

The initial investigation by the WWPD Traffic Unit & Detective Bureau revealed the following; the vehicle had been traveling Northbound on Clarksville Road and was approximately 8/10 of a mile North of Quakerbridge Road (near the pig pens at the former BASF property).  The vehicle left the roadway to the right, drove into a drainage ditch, and struck a concrete hood & (2) drain pipes.  The vehicle came to its final resting place on its passenger’s side.  There were no other occupants in the car.   

The driver was listed in Critical Condition with Non-Life Threatening injuries.  WWPD Traffic Unit  & Detective Bureau are continuing the investigation.  If you have any pertinent information, please contact Traffic Officer LaRocca at LaRocca@westwindsorpolice.com or Traffic Sgt. Bal at Bal@westwindsorpolice.com or at (609) 799-1222 or on our Confidential Tip Line at (609) 799-0452. 

Within less than 24 hours Police, Fire and Emergency Services responded to a fatal accident on Route 1 and also to a fire on Millstone Road, see these stories below:

UPDATE: 21 Year Old Kendall Park Resident Killed In Route 1 Cras

Update: Well Involved Garage Fire In West Windsor, Appears Non-Suspicious


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)


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.

Wife Run Over And Pinned Under Car As She Lied Down On Back Making Video In West Windsor Parking Lot

November 16, 2020

WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–At 5:04 pm, West Windsor Police and Fire & Emergency Services were detailed to the parking lot at 700 Freedom Boulevard (Freedom Village)  on a report of a Serious Motor Vehicle Crash Involving a Pedestrian, who was pinned underneath a vehicle.  The pedestrian was safely extracted from underneath the 2015 Chevrolet Impala by her husband, Good Samaritans, and the driver prior to First Responders arriving at the scene.  The pedestrian was transported to Capital Health Systems at Fuld Trauma where she was listed in Critical but Stable Condition with serious injuries to her torso and upper extremity.  

     The Initial Investigation under Traffic Sgt. Bal, Traffic Officer McQuade, Investigating Traffic Officer Sabatino, and Det. W. Jones revealed the following;  the pedestrian had been prancing in the parking lot of 700 Freedom Boulevard.  The victim’s husband was standing on the sidewalk capturing video of her festive movements via his cellular device.  The victim lied down on her back in the main area of travel for vehicular traffic and continued her dancing/writhing motions.  The 2015 Chevy turned into the Freedom Boulevard parking lot.  The Chevy driver’s attention was drawn to the victim’s husband who began waving directly at the driver from the sidewalk area and distracted him.  The Chevy ran over the victim and stopped immediately with the victim pinned underneath.  

      The Crash is still under investigation.  If anyone has pertinent information into this incident please contact Traffic Officer Sabatino at (609) 799-1222 or Sabatino@westwindsorpolice.com.  

Firefighters Quickly Snuff Garage Fire And Save Home

November 15, 2020, updated 11/16/2020 with information from West Windsor Police below the original story:

WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–Around 6:00 pm a garage fire attached to a house was reported on fire in the 1st block of Springwood Drive. Firefighters responding reported smoke showing prior to arrival and called for a full first alarm. Upon arrival firefighters stretched a 2 1/2″ line and immediately extinguished the fire, saving the home. The fire was under control in less than 10 minutes. At the scene were Princeton Junction Fire Company, Plainsboro Fire Department, West Windsor Emergency Service and West Windsor Fire Company. The fire was under investigation by the West Windsor Township Fire Marshal.


Monday morning update from West Windsor Police:

On Sunday November 15, 2020 at 5:56 pm, Stations #43 & #44 and Patrol Units were detailed to a residence on Springwood Drive on a report of a fire in the garage (attached to residence).  Ptl. Buchanan was first on scene and noticed observed flames in the garage area.  Initially, Ptl. Buchanan battled the flames with his Chemical Extinguisher without success.  Although the home was undergoing renovations and was possibly unoccupied, Ptl. Buchanan still gained entry through the front door of the residence where he was met by ovewhelming smoke.  Ptl. Buchanan began to yell inside of the structure to confirm that nobody was inside as he was thwarted from further entry by the thick smoke.  Station #44 arrived on scene and  qucikly extinguished the fire while preventing further substantial damage to the dwelling.  In addition, Station #44 searched the remainder of the residence and confirmed that nobody was inside. 

     The initial investigation revealed the following; the residence was undergoing cosmetic renovations after recently being sold to a new owner.   Some supplies of the contractor had been inside of the garage area.  The fire began in the garage bay area closest to the remainder of the residence.  The fire/water damage was minor/moderate to the garage area while smoke damage was found in the garage, dining/living room area and foyer.  

      There were no injuries to any of the First Responders.  Although initial findings that there was nothing suspicious in the fire, the WWPD Detective Bureau is continuing the investigation along with our partners at the WW Division of Fire & Emergency Services,  If anyone has any pertinent information into the fire please contact Det. W. Jones #84 at (609) 799-1222 or WJones@westwindsorpolice.com.  

1)  Det. Lt. Lee #359
                                      2) Sgt. Loretucci #476
                                      3)  Det. W. Jones #84
                                      4)  Ptl. Hoffman #110
                                      5)  WW Div of Fire & Emergency Services
                                      6)  Prin. Jct. Vol. Fire Co. Station #44
                                      7)  WW Vol. Fire Co. Station #43
                                      8)  Plainsboro Vol. Fire Co. Station #49
                                      9)  WW Building Authority
                                     10) PSE&G


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


69 Year Old Hamilton Man On Electric Bike Injured In Mercer County Park Crash

November 8, 2020 updated at 6:20 pm with official information from West Windsor Police Department

WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–Around 11:20 am, West Windsor Police received a 9-1-1 call for an unconscious man down on his bike behind the Mercer County Tennis Center approximately 650 feet away down the bike path. West Windsor Police, West Windsor Fire & Emergency Services, Robbinsville FD EMS, Paramedics from Capital Health and Mercer County Park Rangers were all detailed to the scene of the bike crash.

Upon investigation, a Hamilton Square resident was riding an Electric Bike (Rad Power Bike/Rad Mini) in Mercer County Park. He was traveling on the Pedestrian Path between the East picnic area and the tennis center.

While going in the direction of the Tennis Center, the Electric Bike rider attempted to go around a runner who was on the path in front of him.  During the evasive maneuver, the rider lost control of the Electric Bike and struck his head on the ground resulting in a serious head injury.  It should be noted that the runner remained at the scene and attended to the severely injured rider.  It should also be noted that the rider was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.  No other persons were injured during the incident.  

The victim was transported to the Robert Wood Johnson (RWJ) at Hamilton Medical Center by Robbinsville EMS.  The incident is still under investigation by Traffic Officer McQuade is the Investigating Officer for WWPD.  If you have any pertinent information into the crash please contact Traffic Officer McQuade at (609) 799-1222 or McQuade@westwindsorpolice.com.  


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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Mercer County Firemen’s Association 2020 Memorial Service

November 5, 2020

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The Mercer County Firemen’s Association 2020 Memorial Service that was originally scheduled for May 6, 2020 was postponed several times due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. This year’s Memorial Service was held at Colonial Fire Company Hamilton Township Station 18 and was hosted by Union Fire Company Hopewell Township Station 53. Hamilton Township Station 18 has a large hall and is big enough to hold the service while complying with COVID-19 guidelines.

The annual Memorial Service is held to honor members of Mercer County Firemen’s Ladies Auxiliary and Firefighters in Mercer County. All fire departments in Mercer County are represented and Hope Fire Company of Allentown, Monmouth County is also a member.

This year’s Memorial Roll was read honored 14 Ladies Auxiliary members and 36 firefighters. As each name is read a white carnation is placed in a Maltese cross and firefighters salute and family members stand as the name of their loved one is read.


2020 Mercer County Firemen’s Association Memorial Service. Video by Dick Cunningham, Broadcast Productions-East Windsor Station 46


Person Arrested In Multiple Motor Vehicle Burglaries

November 3, 2020

WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–On Saturday October 31, 2020 at 9 pm, West Windsor Police, Ptl. Buchanan was detailed to the Bahama Breeze parking lot at the Princeton Market Fair on a report of a Vehicle Burglary on Route 1.  The victim had returned to his 2017 Toyota where he found the rear hatch was not fully closed, the interior lights were illuminated and items inside were thrown around.  Ptl. Hoffman, who was assisting at the scene, was advised by Ptl. Buchanan there was a second Vehicle Burglary in the same parking lot.  The 2nd Vehicle, a 2019, had been entered with the actor taking the victim’s personal items.  Ptl. Collins also responded to the scene where a 3rd Vehicle was found to have been Burglarized. 

      At 10:05 pm, Ptl. Buchanan was detailed to a 4th Vehicle Burglary that occurred in the Buffalo Wild Wings Parking Lot.  Ptl. Buchanan arrived and his attention was drawn to an individual slightly bent over at the driver’s door of a silver Ford while throwing objects onto the ground.  Further investigation revealed that the actor had been connected to a total of (7) Vehicle Burglaries (from the Market Fair’s Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, & TGI Friday’s parking lots to the Buffalo Wild Wings parking lot).  Proceeds from several of the Vehicles were found in the actor’s possession.  In addition, a Vape Pen, which belonged to the actor was found inside of one of the Vehicle’s Burglarized. 

     The actor was taken into custody and processed at the WWPD Headquarters.  The actor was issued the appropriate charges, Released ROR pending a future Mercer County Superior Court Date, and was entered into the C.A.R.E. (Community Addiction Recovery Efforts) Program under the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office.   
 
****Mercer County’s “C.A.R.E. (Community Addiction Recovery
Efforts)” program, which was launched by Robbinsville Police Department in 2016 and then expanded to all local police departments in the county; the C.A.R.E. model activates recovery coaches when police arrest an individual for a low-level crime and assists law enforcement in linking individuals to treatment
and/or recovery services. As part of the Operation Helping Hand program, the “C.A.R.E. Task Force” was formed to centralize the coordination of the C.A.R.E. program under the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office and expand existing and diversionary efforts and partnerships, including non-arrest outreach to those identified as having addiction issues prior to any involvement
with law enforcement. ****

Mercer County: General Election Vote By Mail Secured Drop Box Locations

All Drop Boxes will be open by October 5, 2020 until General Election Night of November 3, 2020 at 8:00 pm.

October 4, 2020

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Recently a secured election ballot drop box has been installed at the Robbinsville Township Municipal Building. The box is to the left of the rear parking lot entrance to the building. Just look for the flag pole and the box is in that location. There are also signs located in the parking lot to show the way to the secure drop box.


Robbinsville Township Municipal Clerk Michele Seigfried explains the 2020 General Election process on November 3 in the wake of COVID-19 in this informative video.


For the most up to date information on the 2020 elections and drop box locations visit the Mercer County Board of Elections website here and here: Mercer County Board Of Elections

All Active Registered Voters will receive a Mail-In-Ballot that can be placed in a drop box at any one of the fifteen (15) locations (see below), mailed, or hand delivered at the polling location on November 3 from 5:15 am-8:00 pm.

Drop boxes will be open beginning in October 2020 until General Election Night of November 3, 2020 at 8:00 pm.



Secured Drop Box Locations

Please Note: We anticipate more drop boxes, however, at this time do not know how many and in what locations they will be placed. Any and all changes will be updated on the website.

** All Drop Boxes will be open by October 5, 2020

EAST WINDSOR:

  • East Windsor Police Station – 80 One Mile Road, East Windsor, NJ, 08520 (Courthouse)

EWING:

  • Ewing Municipal Building – 2 Jake Garzio Drive, Ewing, NJ, 08628 (In Front)

HAMILTON:

  • Hamilton Golf/Call Center – 5 Justice Samuel A. Alito Way, Hamilton, NJ, 08619
  • Hamilton Municipal Building – 2090 Greenwood Avenue, Hamilton, NJ, 08609 (Right side of Bldg.)
  • Nottingham Firehouse – 200 Mercer Street, Hamilton Square, NJ, 08690 (Right side of Bldg.)

HIGHTSTOWN:

  • Hightstown Firehouse #1 – 140 N. Main Street, Hightstown, NJ, 08520 (Front of Bldg.)

HOPEWELL TWP:

  • Hopewell Township Administration Building – 201 Washington Crossing-Pennington Rd, Titusville, NJ 08560 (at the intersection of Scotch Road)

LAWRENCE:

  • Lawrence Municipal Building – 2207 Lawrenceville Rd, (Rt 206) Lawrence, NJ 08648 (North Side-Right Side of the Municipal Bldg.)

PRINCETON:

  • Princeton Municipal Building – 400 Witherspoon St, Princeton, NJ, 08540(Front of Bldg. facing  Witherspoon)

ROBBINSVILLE:

  • Robbinsville Municipal Building, 2298 NJ-33, Robbinsville, NJ 08691 (In back parking lot of Municipal Bldg.)

TRENTON:

  • County Clerk’s Office- Courthouse Annex- 209 S. Broad Street, Trenton, NJ, 08608 (in front)
  • Trenton City Hall – 319 E. State Street, Trenton, NJ, 08608 (In back/ near Municipal Clerks Office)
  • Henry J. Austin Center – 321 N. Warren St, Trenton, NJ, 08618(Corner of Tucker)
  • Trenton Central High School – 400 Chambers Street, Trenton, NJ, 08609(across from McDonald’s)

WEST WINDSOR:

  • West Windsor Municipal Complex, 271 Clarksville Rd, West Windsor, NJ,08550 (Between the Municipal building and the Senior Center)

Home Energy Assistance Available To Eligible Mercer County Residents, LIHEAP Application Period Opens Today

October 1, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes is reminding residents that assistance is available for energy costs for those who qualify beginning Oct. 1, but that applicants must adhere to certain COVID-19 restrictions. The County’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), offered in coordination with the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, is designed to help low-income families and individuals meet home heating and medically necessary cooling costs.This year, the LIHEAP application period is Oct. 1, 2020, to July 31, 2021. Mercer County will continue accepting applications for the Universal Service Fund (USF) Program throughout the year. Residents who pay their own heating costs, and meet the income guidelines, may be eligible to receive financial assistance with their winter heating bill. Residents with medical conditions also may be eligible to receive cooling assistance. An eligibility chart can be found on the Mercer County website.

“The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have created financial hardships for many households that now have to worry about the cost of heating and other energy bills,” Mr. Hughes said. “I urge our low-income residents to visit our website or contact the County housing office to determine their eligibility to apply for energy assistance.”

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the public may visit the Mercer County Office of Housing and Community Development, located at 640 South Broad St., Trenton, by appointment only. If an in-person visit is necessary, clients can call 609-337-0933 or email heatingappt@mercercounty.org to schedule an appointment.

Beginning Oct. 1, the County will temporarily begin operating an outdoor informational center adjacent to the 640 South Broad St. building. Clients will be able to drop off applications and access information from LIHEAP staff. 

The County will continue to accept applications by regular mail, fax and email until July 31, 2021. Applications, forms and information are available on the Mercer County website.

Police Unity Tour Memorial Service And Blessing Of Riders

Police Unity Tour “We Ride For Those Who Died”


See related MidJersey.News coverage of the event here: 2020 Police Unity Tour Bike Ride Held In NJ


September 26, 2020

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–This evening the Hamilton Township Police Department hosted a memorial service and blessing of riders that are in tomorrow’s Police Unity Tour ride from Asbury Park to Stafford Twp., NJ.

The primary purpose of the Police Unity Tour is to raise awareness of Law Enforcement Officers who have died in the line of duty. The secondary purpose is to raise funds for the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial.

Normally the ride would be held in May when several Chapters of the Police Unity Tour leave New Jersey on bicycles and ride to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C. The over 250 mile journey on bicycles takes 4 days to complete riding at least 62 miles per day.

This year’s spring ride was canceled due to COVID-19 but the Police Unity Tour was able to schedule a one day ride on Sunday.

Some history on the Police Unity Tour:

In 1997, Florham Park (NJ) Police Officer Patrick Montuore had a simple idea: organize a four-day bicycle ride from New Jersey to Washington, DC to raise public awareness about law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty, and to ensure that their sacrifice is never forgotten. With that, the Police Unity Tour was formed.

What started with 18 riders on a four day fund-raising bicycle ride from Florham Park, NJ to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C. has grown into 9 chapters consisting of nearly 2,600 members nationwide who make the trip annually. Participants include riders, motorcycles, and support personnel.

The journey is long and challending but for the Police Unity Tour participants it is what they prepare for throughout the year. Through fundraising and physical training, they know that their efforts raise awareness of the ultimate sacrifice made by so many law enforcement officers.

The last leg of the jouney ends at the Memorial, where the participants are greeted by friends, family, and survirors. Once there, many Police Unity Tour members present remembrance braclets worn on their wrists throughout the journey to the families of the fallen.

May 2020, the Police Unity Tour was proud to donate more than $2.0 million to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, bringing our total donations to more than $30 million since their inception.

The Police Unity Tour is the sponsor of the National Law Enforcement Museum’s Hall of Remembrance, the Memorial Fund’s Officer of the Month Award, and Recently Fallen Alert programs.




Recovery Advocates Of America’s 8th Annual 5k Run/Walk For Recovery

September 20, 2020

WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–Recovery Advocates Of America’s 8th 5k Annual Run / Walk held at Mercer County Park yesterday. There was a great turn out of support for the event.

This year, our 5K Run/Walk for Recovery fundraising goal is $100,000. All proceeds from the event will go directly into sustaining and expanding RECOVERY ADVOCATES C.A.R.E. Program that is now endorsed by Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo Onofri and the State of New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal, and our new education/prevention and awareness program throughout all New Jersey High Schools.

Substance use disorder has become a national epidemic. During the ongoing global pandemic, drug overdoses and substance abuse relapses have increased over 20% and we can’t stress how important your support is during such a critical time. Please join us in celebrating recovery and supporting those who are also fighting for their lives in the continuous struggle with alcoholism and addiction.

OnScene News Photos by: Brian McCarthy, OnScene News

OnScene News Photos by: Brian McCarthy, OnScene News

Updated: West Windsor Fatal Pedestrian Accident Claims 24 Year Old From Piscataway

September 1, 2020 Updated at 10:00 am

WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–On Monday August 31, 2020 at 11:08 pm, Patrol Units, MICU, and the WW Division of Fire & Emergency Services were detailed to US Route 1 North near the Princeton Service Center on a report of a Serious Motor Vehicle Collision involving a Pedestrian.  Upon arrival of the initial units, the Pedestrian was determined to have no signs of life.  The WWPD’s Traffic Bureau & Detective Bureau were dispatched to the scene.  The Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office SCRT and the Middlesex County Medical Examiner’s Office were requested to respond to the scene of the Fatality.
 
                      The initial investigation revealed the following:  The Pedestrian, a 24 year old resident of Piscataway, NJ wearing mostly dark clothing, was in the left lane of US Route 1 North approximately .40 miles south of the Meadow Road overpass.  Vehicle #1, a 2005 Nissan Murano, driven by a resident of Morrisville, PA was traveling Northbound on US Route 1 in the left lane (near the Princeton Service Center) when it struck the Pedestrian.  The impact sent the Pedestrian into the center lane.  Vehicle #2, a 2018 Honda Accord, driven by a resident of Roxbury, MA had been traveling in the center lane of Northbound US Route 1 and subsequently struck the Pedestrian.  The injuries sustained to the Pedestrian resulted in his death at the scene.  Vehicle #1 sustained heavy damage while Vehicle #2 sustained minor damage.  No other injuries were reported to Driver #1 or Driver #2.  US Route 1 North was closed for approximately (3) hours. 
 
                      Traffic Officer LaRocca was the Lead Investigator in this collision.  If there are any witnesses or those with pertinent information into this incident please contact Officer LaRocca at (609) 799-1222 or his email at LaRocca@westwindsorpolice.com.  In his absence Traffic Sgt. Bal can be reached at the same phone number or his email at Bal@westwindsorpolice.com

No names are being released at this time.

Responding to the scene were:

  1. Traffic Officer LaRocca —Lead MVC Investigator
  2. WWPD Patrol Division, Traffic Bureau, Detective Bureau
  3. WW Div. of Fire & Emergency Services (#45)
  4. West Windsor Volunteer Fire Company #1 (WWVFC#1) Station #43
  5. Princeton Junction Volunteer Fire Company (PJVFC) Station #44
  6. Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office Serious Collision Response Team SCRT
  7. Mobile ICU (MICU)
  8. Middlesex County Medical Examiner’s Office
  9. NJ State Police & NJ DOT

NJ Task Force 1 Returns Home From Hurricane Laura

See Previous MidJersey.News story here: New Jersey Task Force 1 Deploys to Louisiana in Response to Hurricane Laura

August 29, 2020

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Just after 3 pm NJ Office Of Emergency Management, Urban Search and Rescue, New Jersey Task Force 1 returned to the area as the passed through the NJ Turnpike toll booths on their way back to their headquarters.

The team was activated for response to Hurricane Laura in the early morning hours of August 27, 2020. The team traveled south to stage near Atlanta, Georgia until needed. Early this morning the Federal Emergency Management Agency – FEMA adjusted the Federal response to local needs and NJ-TF1 received demobilization orders and begun the process of heading home.

NJ-TF1 deployed as a Type 1 Team consisting of 80 team members, three tractor-trailers, two box trucks, five F-450 utility vehicles, two crew carriers, an F-250 towing vehicle, two passenger vans, two utility terrain vehicles, and a fleet service truck. A water rescue component of six boats with trailers and a water support trailer were also deployed.

Local members known to MidJersey.News are:

Hamilton Township Fire Department:

Jarred Pierson, Jason Ryan, Kinte Holt, Brad Ladislaw, Jeff Barlow and Joe Flynn.

West Windsor Emergency Service, and West Windsor Police Department:

Joe Gribbins, Scott Cook, Michael McMahon

Ewing Township Fire Department:

Eric Rowlands

Bristol Myers Squibb:

John Welling

Civilian: (K-9, NJ Rescue & Recovery K-9)

Jennifer Michelson

58 Arrested and Charged in Mercer County in Multi-Jurisdictional ATM Theft Scam


During the investigation, bank cards, debit cards, credit cards, cash, marijuana, and a handgun were recovered.  Additionally, more than a dozen vehicles were seized throughout the county.  Robbinsville K-9 Quori sniffed out cocaine totaling 150 grams in the trunk of one of the suspect vehicles in Robbinsville.


See previous MidJersey.News stories here:

UPDATE: 20 Arrested And Charged In Hamilton In Multi-Jurisdiction ATM Scam

UPDATE: Additional Santander Bank ATMs Hit In Mercer County

BREAKING: Police and FBI Investigating Multi-State ATM Robberies, Many Subjects Are In Custody More Actively Being Arrested


August 19, 2020

MERCER COUNTY, NJ—Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri announced today that 58 individuals were arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit theft by deception in an organized scheme that used prepaid debit cards to steal from ATMs across the county.

On August 18, 2020, at approximately 8 a.m., Robbinsville Township police officers responded to the Santander Bank on Route 33 after receiving information that multiple individuals were gathering around the ATM using stacks of cards to withdraw money and attempting to avoid the camera on the ATM.   As officers approached, the group took notice and began to hurriedly move away from the ATM.  Ultimately, 20 individuals were taken into custody by police, each with multiple debit/credit cards and money in their possession.

Robbinsville police reached out to the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office for assistance and investigators from both agencies quickly began collaborating with authorities in nearby towns like Hamilton, Hopewell, Lawrence, Princeton and West Windsor, as well as Santander Bank.

During the course of the investigation, officers learned that Camden County Prosecutor’s Office reported that multiple thefts occurred at Santander ATMs in its jurisdiction by individuals to fraudulently obtained money.  Camden County Prosecutor’s Office advised that the suspects in those thefts came from New York to commit the fraud in New Jersey.  Officers also received information from multiple law enforcement sources that instructions were being shared on social media on how to defraud Santander ATM machines.

Prosecutor Onofri praised the teamwork of local law enforcement and said the open lines of communication and sharing of resources allowed law enforcement to get ahead of these scammers in some instances. 

At about 9:40 a.m., West Windsor dispatch relayed the information that Robbinsville had a number of individuals in custody.  Dispatch also advised that Princeton reported a large sum of money fraudulently obtained from a Santander ATM in its jurisdiction.  Information also came in relating that the FBI and the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office were actively investigating these cases.

“As a result, heightened awareness was given to the activity at Santander locations in West Windsor,” Prosecutor Onofri said.  “West Windsor officers and detectives from my office were able to detain and investigate five separate crews of suspects at different times throughout the day at the Santander Bank on Princeton-Hightstown Road, resulting in many arrests.”

In Lawrence Township, police were also alerted to the ATM scam perpetrated against the Princeton Santander, and a description was provided of the suspects and the vehicles used in commission of that crime.  Lawrence was further made aware of the countywide scam that was occurring and heightened attention was given to the Santander banks in their town.  Shortly thereafter, at about 9:45 a.m., a vehicle matching the description of the vehicle used in the Princeton scam was spotted in the area of the Santander bank at on Franklin Corner Road.  The occupants from the suspect vehicle were stopped and investigated, and ultimately charged with the conspiracy.  The bank reported abnormally high ATM usage and a shortage of approximately $40,000.

In Hamilton Township, at approximately 10 a.m., Hamilton police were detailed to the Santander Bank located on South Broad Street on the report of two suspicious vehicles in the parking lot of the bank.  It was reported that other Santander Banks in neighboring jurisdictions were reporting suspicious activities at the ATMs so units were detailed to Santander Bank ATM locations throughout Hamilton.  Additional vehicles and suspects were located throughout the day at the ATMs found at 1700 Nottingham Way, 1700 Kuser Road and 2730 Nottingham Way.  During the investigations bank cards, cash, marijuana, and a handgun were recovered.

Hopewell Township had three separate incidents involving separate crews that started around 11:30 a.m. at the Santander Bank on Pennington Road.  Several foot chases ensued and all subjects were apprehended.  In addition to the conspiracy charge, Sekou Touray, of East Orange, NJ, was charged with resisting arrest and aggravated assault of a prosecutor’s detective.

Similar incidents were reported in multiple other jurisdictions throughout the state.  The investigation is ongoing and additional charges may be pending.  Authorities are still executing search warrants and working with Santander Bank to determine exactly how much money was stolen.  At this time, the total across municipalities in Mercer County is more than $250,000.

During the investigation, bank cards, debit cards, credit cards, cash, marijuana, and a handgun were recovered.  Additionally, more than a dozen vehicles were seized throughout the county.  Robbinsville K-9 Quori sniffed out cocaine totaling 150 grams in the trunk of one of the suspect vehicles in Robbinsville.

The following individuals were arrested and charged in Mercer County on Tuesday, August 18, 2020:

Hamilton Township

  1. Tyler Holness, 21, of Yonkers, NY
  2. Rasheem Lee Jr., 18, of Bronx, NY
  3. Kymani Hinds, 18, of Bronx, NY
  4. Michael Santiago, 26, of Bronx, NY
  5. Saquan Vaines, 21, of Arverne, NY
  6. Kareema Hall, 20, of Bronx, NY
  7. Justin Brown, 22, of Arverne, NY
  8. Michael Manroop, 24, of Cambridge Heights, NY
  9. Nayvon Patten, 18, of Linderhurst, NY
  10. Jerry Trujillo, 24, of Maplewood, NJ
  11. Zaire Lewis, 18, of Maplewood, NJ
  12. Frankie Jerome, 21, of Maplewood, NJ
  13. Ahmad Muhammad, 18, of Maplewood, NJ
  14. Jordan Saquan, 24, of Brooklyn, NY
  15. Arian Rasul, 22, of Brooklyn, NY
  16. Starsheen Jones, 24, of Brooklyn, NY
  17. Jordan Amador, 27, of Brooklyn, NY
  18. Steven Wilson, 23, of New York, NY
  19. Nikye Bee, 25, of New York, NY
  20. Kevin Jones, 23, of New York, NY

Hopewell Township

  1. Ebrama Touray, 23, of East Orange, NJ
  2. Mbemba Kaba, 23, of East Orange, NJ
  3. Yacouba Sanogo, 24, of Newark, NJ
  4. Sekou Touray, 22, of East Orange, NJ
  5. Kingsley Nicolas, 22, of East Orange, NJ
  6. Orlando C. Chambers Jr., 21, of Lindenhurst, NY
  7. Emmanuel Edoise Oyakhilome, 22, of Lindenhurst, NY

Lawrence Township

  1. Elijah N. Oliver, 22, of Brooklyn, NY
  2. Dandrea Taylor Dey, 22, of Brooklyn, NY
  3. Quentin A. Hosten, 22, of Brooklyn, NY
  4. Zachary B. Johnson, 21, of Brooklyn, NY

Robbinsville Township

  1. Amoire Dupree, 26, of Brooklyn, NY
  2. Brittany Gittens, 20, of Brooklyn, NY
  3. Hurshum Gittens, 26, of Brooklyn, NY
  4. Charles Gordon, 30, of Brooklyn, NY
  5. Veronica Gregory, 22, of Brooklyn, NY
  6. Oswin Philander, 21, of Brooklyn, NY
  7. Jeffrey Debrosse, 31, of Brooklyn, NY
  8. Bolade Akingboy, 29, of West Hempstead, NY
  9. Jeffrey Desir, 34, of Brooklyn, NY
  10. Julio Ramos, 33, of Jamaica, NY
  11. Kevin Philander, 26, of Newark, DE
  12. Jishawn Lee, 19, of Brooklyn, NY
  13. Marlon Owens, 28, of Bronx, NY
  14. Alex Burnett, 30, of Jersey City, NJ
  15. D.T., 16, of Brooklyn, NY
  16. J.F., 16, of Brooklyn, NY
  17. Ackeem Samuel, 25, of Brooklyn, NY
  18. Brandon Esperance, 20, of Brooklyn, NY
  19. Kevin Owusu, 19, of Brooklyn, NY
  20. Kareem Courtney, 23, of Brooklyn, NY

West Windsor

  1. Philek Barington, 25, of Queens, NY
  2. LaTonya S. Stevens, 26, of Bronx, NY
  3. Qwashan D. Mack, 19, of North Brunswick, NJ
  4. Hymeen S. Reynolds, 19, of East Orange, NJ
  5. Brajae U. Jones, 23, of Englewood, NJ
  6. Bryon K Jones Jr., 28, of Garfield, NJ
  7. Carla E. Donayre-Solano, 28, of Garfield, NJ

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





Tropical Storm Isaias Update

Yesterday’s MidJersey.News coverage here: Tropical Storm Isaias Hits Area


August 5, 2020

PSE&G Reports 9,3958 power outages with 292,052 customers affected as of 12:30 pm

JCP&L Reports 527,305 customers affected at of 12:30 pm

Atlantic City Electric reports 4,448 active outages with 64,761 customers affected as of 12:30 pm

JACKSON, NJ (OCEAN)–Governor Phil Murphy visited Jackson Township this morning to assess damage from Tropical Storm Isaias with Senator Sam Thompson, Ocean County Freeholder Director Joe Vicari, and Mayor Mike Reina. Government officials are continuing to work closely with the utilities to get the lights back on as quickly and safely as possible.


MidJersey.News has been monitoring fire department, police and EMS activity and fire departments from our area have been sent to several locations overnight and this morning for carbon monoxide issues dealing with generators too close to the house or running in a garage. Please use these appliances properly, keep them far away from the home, and also make sure you have batteries in your carbon monoxide detectors and verify they are working.


Upper Freehold and Allentown, Message from Hope Fire Company:

Good Morning. We realize that some will be without power for a few days. HFC will be opening it’s doors for anyone that is in need of charging devices from now until 4pm. We do have charging stations setup in our meeting room for your convenience. We ask that you please wear masks when coming into our facility and, to practice social distancing measures, we will be allowing up to 10 people in at a time. Also, we do have bagged ice that we can give you (2 bags per person) and should you need to use our showering facilities, that area is open as well. Non-potable water will be available so please, bring your buckets or containers. Again, masks are required and you must be symptom free to enter the building. Should you have any questions you can email me at president@hopefirecompany.com or reach out to me directly at 609-556-9764.



North Hanover, Jackobstown:

We have put the hose out for residents to get water if needed. While clean water direct from our well we don’t recommend it for drinking but if you need to flush a toilet it will work. Bring your own container. The station is closed to members only at this time, please do not enter the station for any reason. Thank you




There are still numerous roads closed, trees and wires down please avoid those areas and do not go around cones or barricades. Stay far away from any wires because you will not know if they are live or energized, leave that up to the professionals to determine.


Water and Ice available for JCP&L customers:

Water and Ice Locations

Water and Ice Available to JCP&L Customers

Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) is restoring service to customers who lost power due to Tropical Storm Isaias. JCP&L is offering free water and ice to customers remaining out of service. Customers can pick up water and ice at the following locations:

(Last updated 8/5/2020)

BURLINGTON COUNTY

  • Acme Supermarkets, 18 Broadway Rd. Store 7908, Browns Mills

ESSEX COUNTY

  • Shop Rite of Millburn, 220 Main Street, Millburn, Essex County
  • Kings, 778 Morris Tpke, Short Hills, Essex County

HUNTERDON COUNTY

  • Shop Rite of Hunterdon, 50 Rte 513 BLDG D, Clinton, Hunterdon County
  • Shop Rite of Hunterdon272 Rt. 202 & Rt. 31, Flemington, Hunterdon County
  • Kings, 531 U.S. Hwy. 22 East, Whitehouse Station, Hunterdon County

MERCER COUNTY

  • Saker ShopRites, Inc., 319 Rt 130N, East Windsor
  • Shop Rite – Pennington, 2555 Pennington Rd, Pennington

MIDDLESEX COUNTY

  • Acme Supermarkets, 3505 Route 9, Old Bridge
  • Saker Shop Rites, Inc., 2909 Washington Rd., Parlin

MONMOUTH COUNTY

  • Acme Supermarkets, 576 River Rd., Store 7949, Fair Haven
  • Acme Supermarkets, 3241 Route 9, Store 7960, Freehold
  • Acme Supermarkets, 990 Shrewsbury Ave., Tinton Falls
  • Acme Supermarkets, 2007 Route 35, Wall
  • Food Circus (a/k/a Foodtown), 1560 Rt 35, Store 269, Ocean Twp
  • Food Circus (a/k/a Foodtown), 2204 Rt 35 & Sea Girt Ave, Store 268, Sea Girt
  • Food Circus (a/k/a Foodtown), 9 Rt.  36, Bayshore Plaza, Store 266, Atlantic Highlands
  • Saker ShopRites, Inc., 3585 Hwy 9, Freehold
  • Saker ShopRites, Inc., 280 Hwy 9 N, Morganville
  • Saker ShopRites, Inc., 2200 Asbury Ave., Neptune 07753
  • Saker ShopRites, Inc., Routes 36 & 71, West Long Branch 07764
  • Saker ShopRites, Inc., 1151 Shrewsbury Ave., Shrewsbury 07722
  • Saker ShopRites, Inc., 4594 Rt 9 S, Howell 07731
  • Saker ShopRites, Inc., 2445 Rt 34, Wall  07719
  • Saker ShopRites, Inc., 1801 Route 35, Wall Twp.
  • Saker ShopRites, Inc., 318 Lloyd Rd., Aberdeen
  • Saker ShopRites, Inc., 3140 State Hwy 35, Hazlet 07730

MORRIS COUNTY

  • ACME, 550 Myrtle Ave., Boonton
  • ACME, 329 Speedwell Ave, Morris Plains, Morris County
  • ACME Oak Ridge, 5774 Berkshire Valley Road, Oak Ridge
  • ACME, 690 Millbrook Avenue, Randolph
  • ACME, 123 E Main St Suite 1, Denville
  • Kings, 115 Hawkins Place, Boonton
  • Kings, 88 East Main St, Mendham
  • Kings, 393 Main Street, Chatham, Morris County
  • Kings, 977 Valley Rd, Gillette, Morris County
  • Kings, 191 South Street, Morristown, Morris County
  • Kings, 184 Columbia Tpk., Florham Park, Morris County
  • Kings, 191 South Street, Morristown, Morris County
  • Shop Rite of Morris, 1711 Routes 10 (& 202), Morris Plains
  • Shop Rite of Chatham, 641 Shunpike Rd / Southern Blvd, Chatham
  • Shop Rite of Chester, 195 Route 206 South, Chester
  • Shop Rite – Ronetco, 90 Bartley Rd Flanders, Flanders
  • Shop Rite – Ronetco, 75 US 46 Netcong
  • Shop Rite , 437 Rt 46, Rockaway
  • Shop Rite – Ronetco, 281-021 Rt 10, Succasunna
  • Shop Rite, 1153 Valley Road, Stirling, Morris County
  • Shop Rite, 314 Rt 15, Wharton

OCEAN COUNTY

  • Acme Supermarkets, Route 35 & Washington, Ortley Beach/Seaside Heights           
  • Perlmart Shop Rite 427, 429 Atl City Blvd., Store 663 Bayville
  • Saker ShopRites, Inc. 668 Rt 70, Brick 08723
  • Perlmart Shop Rite, 328 Route 9, (Lacey) Store 655, Lanoka Harbor
  • Perlmart Shop Rite, 1001Rt 70W, (Manchester) Store 659, Manchester
  • Perlmart Shop Rite, 260 County Line Rd., Store 661, Jackson
  • Perlmart Shop Rite, 860 Fischer Blvd, Store 656, Toms River
  • Perlmart Shop Rite, 100 Town Center Bldg 9, Store 665, Waretown
  • Saker ShopRites, Inc., 2 Rt 37 West, Toms River 08753

SOMERSET COUNTY

  • Kings, 450 Rt. 206N & Hills Dr., Bedminster
  • Saker Shop Rite -Branchburg, 3166 Rt 22, Somerville
  • Shop Rite of Bernardsville, 93 Morristown Rd (Rt 202), Bernardsville
  • Kings, 100 Morristown Rd., Bernardsville
  • Kings, 64 Mt. Blvd Brady Shopping Center, Warren

SUSSEX COUNTY

  • ACME Vernon, 530 Route 515, Vernon, Sussex County
  • ACME Sussex, 455 Route 23 North, Byram, Sussex, Sussex County
  • Shop Rite – Ronetco, 90-80 Rt 206 N Byram NJ, Sussex County
  • Shop Rite – Ronetco, 270 Rt 23 N Franklin NJ, Sussex County
  • Shop Rite – Ronetco, 125 Water St. Newton, Sussex

UNION COUNTY

  • ACME, 1260 Springfield Avenue, New Providence, Union County
  • Shop Rite of Springfield, 727 Morris Tpke, Springfield, Union
  • Kings, 784 Springfield Ave, Summit, Union County

WARREN COUNTY

  • ACME Blairstown, 152 Route 94, Blairstown,
  • Shop Rite – Ronetco, 1965 Rt 57 Hackettstown NJ
  • Shop Rite of Hunterdon, 1207 Rt. 22, Phillipsburg (Greenwich Store)
  • Shop Rite of Washington, 2 Clubhouse Dr @ Route 31, Washington


Tropical Storm Isaias Hits Area

August 4, 2020

PSE&G Reports 4,568 power outages with 265,283 customers affected as of 1:30 pm

JCP&L Reports 552,736 customers affected at of 1:30 pm

The winds from Tropical Storm Isaias have created problems with trees and wires throughout every town in the area, do not travel unless necessary.

Roads closed, multiple Power outages, blown transformers, live wires burning, trees and debris in the roadway with multitude of other problems are some of the things first responders are dealing with at this hour.

Emergency Management and Police Departments remind that 9-1-1 is for emergency use only. Restrict travel due to many trees, wires and debris in roadways and do not cross barricades.

Millstone Township reports: All residents should shelter in place. Many trees down throughout the Township and many roads are closed. Windsor Road/Perrinville; Rochdale Ave ; Rising Sun Tavern ; Agress Road/Bittner Road; Bittner Road/Millstone Road; Backbone Hill Road/Schoolhouse to White Birch; Sweetmans Lane near Stillhouse Rd; Mercy Mount Rd; Bessie Court.


Governor Murphy and Colonel Callahan Advise New Jerseyans to Prepare for Hurricane Isaias

TRENTON – Governor Phil Murphy and Colonel Patrick Callahan today advised New Jerseyans to prepare for the impact of Hurricane Isaias. Additionally, a tornado watch has been issued throughout the state. The Office of Emergency Management will continue to monitor the conditions of the hurricane and are working with counties to address any storm-related needs.“As Hurricane Isaias continues to move throughout our state, we encourage all residents to take necessary precautions to stay safe and secure,” said Governor Murphy. “Our main concern is public safety, and our emergency response team is prepared to help New Jerseyans with any needed assistance during this time.”New Jersey State Police Superintendent and State Director of Emergency Management Colonel Patrick Callahan stressed the importance of connecting the public with reliable information sources to further assist them in their individual preparedness plans.“Events such as Superstorm Sandy have taught us that awareness and preparedness saves lives. We encourage everyone to stay connected and be prepared,” said Colonel Callahan. “Make time with your family to build a kit, a go-bag, and create a communication plan. Tune in, log-on, opt-in, ‘like’ or ‘follow’ state, county, local and federal agencies for credible disaster-related information such as alerts and warnings; situational awareness updates; and where to find help. Personal connections matter, too. After you’ve completed your household preparedness activities, be a good neighbor and lend a hand to someone who may need assistance.”A list of New Jersey’s County Offices of Emergency Management, with social media and local alert system links, may be found on our newly redesigned New Jersey Office of Emergency Management Website: www.ready.nj.gov.NJOEM also recommends specific emergency preparedness actions:Make an emergency kit: Emergency kits will allow individuals and families to survive several days without access to food, water or electricity. Emergency kits should include at least a three to five day supply of non-perishable food and water, prescription medications for up to two weeks if available, baby supplies, pet supplies and any additional items for special medical needs such as an extra pair of eye glasses and batteries for hearing aids. Your kit should also include important phone numbers for doctors as well as car cell-phone chargers. While gathering your emergency kit, pack a go-bag for your family as well. Your family go-bag should be something such as a duffle bag or gym bag that is easily accessible so you can grab it and go in the event that a firefighter or police officer knocks on your door and tells you to evacuate immediately. These bags should include items such as prescription medication, food, water, extra clothing, and copies of important documents and phone numbers to get you through the first few critical days. For information on how to put a family emergency kit together, visit www.ready.nj.govMake an emergency plan. Make plans with family and friends in case you’re not together when any type of emergency – natural, technological or man-made – occurs. Discuss how you will contact each other, where you will meet and what you will do in different situations. Become familiar with your town’s evacuation routes. For information on how to put a family emergency plan together, visit www.ready.nj.gov. Pets are family too! Be sure to include them in your emergency plans by visiting www.animalemergency.nj.gov

Download the NJ Hurricane Survival Guide: https://www.nj.gov/njoem/plan-prepare/hurricanes.shtml Download the NJ Tornado Survival Guide: http://ready.nj.gov/plan-prepare/tornadoes.shtml

Stay informed: NJOEM recommends the following ways to stay informed about emergencies:

Online: Use credible websites to get information about natural hazards and emergency preparedness. NJOEM works closely with the National Weather Service and the Federal Emergency Management Agency regarding forecasts and other important disaster news.

  • National Weather Service NJ is covered by two different weather stations: Mount Holly, NJ for most of the State and Upton, NY for the NE part of the State. For Northeast NJ residents and commuters to/from New York City, please visit: www.weather.gov/okx/. For the rest of New Jersey please visit: www.weather.gov/phi/.
  • National Hurricane Center – www.nhc.noaa.gov
  • NJOEM – www.ready.nj.gov
  • NJ Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness: www.njhomelandsecurity.gov
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Emergency Preparedness Page: http://emergency.cdc.gov/
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency: www.fema.gov
  • Register Ready: www.RegisterReady.nj.gov – New Jersey’s Special Needs Registry for Disasters allows NJ residents with disabilities or access and functional needs and their families, friends and associates an opportunity to provide information to emergency response agencies, so emergency responders can better plan to serve them in a disaster or other emergency. The information collected here is confidential and will not be available to the public. The information will be held securely and only used for emergency response and planning.

Social Media:

Alerts – Mobile / Text (SMS) & E-Mail:

  • NIXLE – Subscribe to the NJ State Police (NJSP) on Nixle Connect at http://local.nixle.com/new-jersey-state-police/. New Jersey residents can register to receive messages by sending a text message with their zip code to 888777 (data rates may apply depending on your plan). Online registration is also available at www.nixle.com
  • CMAS – the Community Mobile Alert System – this nationwide system is now being used the National Weather Service to transmit urgent weather info to your cell phone. A warning means the hazard is imminent; a watch means conditions are favorable for the hazard to occur. Your cell phone must be WEA (Wireless Emergency Alert) enabled to receive these messages.

NOAA Weather Radio: A nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather information directly from the nearest National Weather Service Office. NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts official Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. NOAA Weather Radios are typically inexpensive, readily available in stores and can often be programmed for your specific area. http://www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr/

After 45 Hours Missing Man Found Alive In West Windsor

July 24, 2020


Previous MidJersey.News stories on this search here:

Massive Search Underway In West Windsor For Missing Person Cameron Ward

Police Ask For Assistance Locating Missing Person In West Windsor


WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)—On Wednesday July 22, 2020 at 8:54 pm, a 25-year-old resident was reported at missing/endangered. West Windsor Police responded, and the 25-year-old was believed to have been last seen at approximately 5:30 pm walking 3 family dogs and usually takes them to West Windsor Community Park-Dog Park. The victim’s mother contacted the West Windsor Police after “good Samaritans” found the 3 dogs wondering without any caretaker nearby and returned them to the mother’s residence.

West Windsor patrol units along with Sargent LaTorre began a search of the victim’s residence and the Community Park at 193 Princeton Hightstown Road. The missing person was not found during the initial search that night.

On Thursday July 23, 2020 another search was conducted during daylight with multiple officers and K-9 units from West Windsor Police, Robbinsville Township Police, and Mercer County Sheriff’s Office. Once again on Thursday after searching all day the person was not found.

Today, on Friday July 24, 2020 a task force of Search and Rescue teams set up for a massive search of Community Park and nearby neighborhoods. The West Windsor Community Park was closed to the general public by the Fire Police while the search continued as well as the investigation into the missing person. Patrol Sabatino who is a drone pilot and K-9 units working in unison were searching the banks of the Grover’s Mill Pond. At 2:27 pm, Drone Pilot Sabatino with K-9 support located the missing/endangered person in a very secluded (thick foliage) area. The man had been missing for approximately 45 hours. Those 45 hours included very heavy thunderstorms and extreme heat. The victim, who was conscious, was transported to a local hospital for evaluation by West Windsor Emergency Services Squad 45.

West Winsor Police Chief Garofalo wanted to thank each and every person who assisted in the successful outcome. They never game up in finding this person. Without the teamwork, incredible efforts from numerous agencies, and the usage of the latest technologies (including K-9s, and drones) this incident would have had a tragic ending.

Agencies responding, West Windsor Township Police including Patrol Division, Detective Bureau & Administration, West Windsor Emergency Services Squad 45, Princeton Junction Fire Company, West Windsor Fire Company, Fire Police, Plainsboro Fire Department, Mercer County Sheriff’s Office, Robbinsville Township Police, NJ State Police, New Jersey Search and Rescue, Mid-Atlantic Search and Rescue, Community Search and Rescue, Lambertville Search and Rescue, Ramapo Rescue Dogs, Central Jersey K-9, Mercer County Communications, Mercer County Communications Center.


Massive Search Underway In West Windsor For Missing Person Cameron Ward –Update Found


UPDATE HERE: After 45 Hours Missing Man Found Alive In West Windsor


See MidJersey.news story yesterday: Police Ask For Assistance Locating Missing Person In West Windsor

July 24, 2020

FOUND JULY 24, 2020

WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–A massive search for missing person Cameron Ward of West Windsor is under way at West Windsor Community Park and Grover’s Mill Pond area of the Township.

West Windsor Police, Mercer County Sheriff’s Office and many other police agencies, Search and Rescue teams, West Windsor and Princeton Junction Fire Departments and West Windsor Emergency Services are conducting a wide area search at West Windsor Community Park and Grover’s Mill Pond.

Agencies are using search and rescue dogs, drone type aircraft and even checking the pond by boats to try and locate the missing person.

West Windsor Community Park is closed until searches of area are completed.

If you have any relevant information about missing person Cameron Ward contact the West Windsor Township Police Department.

The circumstances surrounding his disappearance are unknown at this time and we are looking for any information regarding Mr. Ward or his current whereabouts. If you have any information please contact the West Windsor Police Department @ 609-799-1222.


July 23, 2020

WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–The West Windsor Police Department is requesting your assistance with locating Cameron Ward, last seen on July 22nd around 5:30 PM leaving his house on foot taking his dogs for a walk in the West Windsor Community Park.

Mr. Ward was discovered missing around 9 PM when the 3 dogs he was walking were returned to their home by a good samaritan. 

Cameron is a 25 year old white male. He is 6’1 and weighs approximately 180 pounds with hazel eyes and brown hair. He was last seen wearing an orange/gray shirt, black shorts, and blue/black sneakers.

The circumstances surrounding his disappearance are unknown at this time and we are looking for any information regarding Mr. Ward or his current whereabouts. If you have any information please contact the West Windsor Police Department @ 609-799-1222.

Police Ask For Assistance Locating Missing Person In West Windsor–UPDATE FOUND


UPDATE HERE: After 45 Hours Missing Man Found Alive In West Windsor


July 23, 2020

FOUND JULY 24, 2020

WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–The West Windsor Police Department is requesting your assistance with locating Cameron Ward, last seen on July 22nd around 5:30 PM leaving his house on foot taking his dogs for a walk in the West Windsor Community Park.

Mr. Ward was discovered missing around 9 PM when the 3 dogs he was walking were returned to their home by a good samaritan. 

Cameron is a 25 year old white male. He is 6’1 and weighs approximately 180 pounds with hazel eyes and brown hair. He was last seen wearing an orange/gray shirt, black shorts, and blue/black sneakers.

The circumstances surrounding his disappearance are unknown at this time and we are looking for any information regarding Mr. Ward or his current whereabouts. If you have any information please contact the West Windsor Police Department @ 609-799-1222.

BREAKING: Car Under Water At Mercer County Park Boathouse


SEE UPDATED STORY HERE: UPDATE: Driving While Intoxicated Leads To Car Sunk Into Lake Mercer By Boathouse


BREAKING NEWS REPORT: Information provided is from on scene reports. Once official information is released the story will be updated and any corrections and additions made.

July 3, 2020 incident approximately 11:15 pm. Time of report 1:45 am July 4, 2020

1:47 am update, divers were back in the water assisting the tow truck company hooking up cables to pull the car out of the water.

2:05 am update divers were out of the water and car was being pulled out by the tow trucks.

WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)—Around 11:15 pm Mercer County Park Rangers and West Windsor Police requested West Windsor Fire Company and Princeton Junction Fire Company for a car in the water. West Windsor Emergency Services EMS evaluated one person on scene, who was the suspected driver. Hightstown Fire Company was requested for the dive team.

Boats searched the lake for the car in the water and it was found by the dock for the Mercer County Park Boathouse. Hightstown Fire Company put a diver in the water to check for any additional occupants and the vehicle was searched but no other occupants were found.

Crews were still on scene at 1:45 am waiting for additional tow trucks to arrive to pull the vehicle from the water.

Once West Windsor Police Department releases more information the story will be updated with further details.


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2 Injured In Tractor Trailer vs Car Accident On Route 1

June 26, 2020

WEST WINDSOR NJ (MERCER)—Police said a 2014 Freightliner tractor trailer was traveling north on US Route 1 and approaching a red traffic signal at the Fisher Place Intersection, when a 2013 Toyota Tacoma was traveling in the jug handle of US Route 1 South for Fisher Place and had a green traffic signal to cross US Route 1 about 9:39 pm last night.

As the Toyota crossed US Route 1, the Freightliner continued into the intersection where it struck the Toyota. The Freightliner then left the roadway took down a Traffic Signal and struck a utility pole causing live wires to fall. The Freightliner re-entered the roadway and came to a final uncontrolled rest after striking the center concrete barrier of US Route 1 according to police.  

West Windsor Township Police, West Windsor Emergency Services, West Windsor Volunteer Fire Company # 1 Station 43, and Princeton Junction Volunteer Fire Company Station 44, along with Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad, and Mercer County Paramedics were all sent to the scene.

The driver was found of the Freightliner was found unconscious and was transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center Trauma Unit in Trenton. The driver of the Toyota was transported to Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center.

Both vehicles sustained severe damage and the roadway was closed for 4 hours for the cleanup by NJDOT, power lines to be repaired by PSE&G. Mercer County Serious Collision Response Team along with the West Windsor Police Traffic Bureau are investigating.

The Traffic Bureau is asking for anyone who may have additional information into this incident to please contact either Officer Sabatino at Sabatino@westwindsorpolice.com or Sgt. Bal at Bal@westwindsorpolice.com or via phone at (609) 799-1222. 

Photos from the Princeton Junction Fire Company Facebook account:

Message From West Windsor Police Chief Garofalo to the Community

May 30, 2020

WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–Yesterday, I received a message from a young lady who messaged the police department to tell me that she is scared for her life and scared for her dad, her brother and her boyfriend. I have to say this message made me so sad. It made me hurt inside that the actions of someone in a profession whose very nature is to protect all and to serve the community broke that trust, committed this horrific act and sent a shockwave of anger and fear, which reached this young girl in West Windsor.

She went on to ask what we were doing to make sure this did not happen here and what we could do to improve community relations.

At this point, I was proud to say that as a police officer for 31 years and the Chief of Police I was confident in the men and women of the West Windsor Police Department. I was confident because we have spent a lifetime being a part of the community and making community policing the focus of our mission. I want our history to speak for itself. I want our social media over time to show how our officers truly care about all members of the community and have been there for them regardless of the situation. I have personally developed relationships with our religious communities and consider the leaders of the over 13 religious organizations in town my personal friends. We have stood side by side with them in laughter and celebration and stood in front of them in times of trouble.

I have also met with our African American Parent Support Group and have had serious conversations throughout the years about the police and its relationship with African American youth in West Windsor. We have worked hard to make sure our officers are seen as helpers and friends and this effort is ongoing and constantly evolves. I am thankful for the wisdom from both Joy and Latoya who are always welcome for coffee and a discussion on what we can do better.

We pride ourselves in well trained professional officers who exemplify Courage Knowledge and Integrity. These words are sewn into every West Windsor Patch and sewn into the fabric of each and every officer. Training is ongoing and never ends. In fact, training for our officers is a living, breathing life force which grows and evolves each and every year. Learning never stops. Whether it’s a quick lesson at briefing, an online training video and test or a training class, this learning continues. I am confident that this would never have happened in West Windsor because of the training of these officers and their respect for all life. Our officers are masters at de-escalation. When these dedicated men and women, who have faced COVID-19 each and every day without regard to their own safety and families, arrive on the scene, people breathe a sigh of relief because they know help has arrived.

We have already had roll call discussions on this horrific event and I have attached the words from one of my Sergeants about this training:

So I sat down this morning with 6 young officers when we were going on duty to talk about George Floyd and what happened. I solicited from them their opinions before giving them my opinion. My idea was to get their thoughts and then really give them an education on right/wrong, tactics, procedures, ethics and just plain caring for your fellow man, no matter what the circumstances.
The conversation lasted over an hour and a half and I was surprised by their statements and thoughts. Not one of the young officers could find an inkling of justification. Each was appalled and embarrassed for how poorly some people represent our profession.
Whereas I thought I was going to have to give some life’s lessons to the young ones, I didn’t have to. But, being me, I took the opportunity to still give the life’s lessons to reinforce what they already knew.

What happened to Floyd is truly tragic and could always be avoided. Standing around and doing nothing is just as bad as being the ignorant weak person that takes a life. But I am certain that the young officers that I work with know better, would act differently and will keep passing that down to others throughout their careers.
A sad day for everyone. There are no winners only losers. But a proud moment for me this morning.

I am truly sorry for George Floyd and his family. I can promise you this agency will continue to train and continue to be the protectors of this community and more importantly be part of its family.

I am always available for anyone who would like to meet and would like to discuss any issues. I have always had my door open for a coffee to anyone who would like one. I hope this helps explain to those who worry what I see and why I am not worried about the men and women of West Windsor Police and their interactions.

Respectfully,
Chief Robert Garofalo


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Alexander Street/Road in Princeton and West Windsor to reopen next week following completion of Mercer County and NJDOT bridge replacement projects

Three bridges were replaced concurrently

May 7, 2020

WEST WINDSOR, PRINCETON, TRENTON, NJ (MERCER) — New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) and Mercer County officials today announced that Alexander Street/Road in Princeton and West Windsor is scheduled to reopen by the end of next week as the concurrent Mercer County and NJDOT bridge replacement projects near completion.

By the end of next week, Alexander Road is scheduled to reopen to traffic following the completion of two separate bridge replacement projects that concurrently replaced three bridges near each other on Alexander Street/Alexander Road in Princeton and West Windsor. Mercer County replaced two bridges and NJDOT replaced one bridge. The road is called Alexander Street in Princeton and becomes Alexander Road in West Windsor at the Delaware & Raritan (D&R) Canal, which divides the municipalities.

Mercer County is in the process of competing final paving and striping for its project. Once the County work is completed, NJDOT will have access to the portion of Alexander Road between the Bridge over the D&R Canal and the County Bridge so final paving can be completed on that part of Alexander Road. Once this work is complete, the road will reopen. The NDJOT Bridge over the D&R Canal is complete and the sidewalk opened for pedestrians on May 1.

West Windsor Officers Provide Lunch For COVID-19 Testing Staff

April 18, 2020

WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–Members of the West Windsor Police Department dropped in at Infocus Urgent Care with lunch for the staff there..Dr. Seeta Arjun and her staff have been testing residents for COVID-19 for days at her West Windsor location.

South Brunswick Police Charge Suspect Exploiting the Goodwill of Local Pizzerias During Pandemic

See August 27, 2020 story here involving same person: Arrest Made For Cyber Harassment Calls Made To Local Restaurants

April 10, 2020

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–A man has been charged in connection to more than a dozen incidents in which he targeted the goodwill of restaurants during the current pandemic. The current coronavirus emergency have made many pizzerias and restaurants the cornerstone for food delivery. Many of the impacted pizzerias have either donated food or received calls from residents willing to pay for food to be donated to area hospitals or first responders to thank them for all they are doing.

The suspect Sudeep Khetani age 34 targeted the pizzerias and restaurants where he placed large food orders over the past month. Each time he indicated he would pick it up the order or it was intended for local police. In several of the follow up calls the pizzerias made to the phone number that placed the order, Khetani would make statements about Italians and wished they would be afflicted with the coronavirus. In total several thousand dollars have been lost by the pizzerias from the fraud in three counties.

In South Brunswick the following locations were targeted Kendall Park Pizzeria, Capriccio Pizzeria & Italian Restaurant, Pizza Delizia Restaurant, Giuseppe Pizzeria and Restaurant, and Pierre’s Deli. In addition pizzerias and restaurants in Montgomery, Plainsboro and West Windsor were victimized.

Chief Raymond Hayducka said, “It is incomprehensible that a suspect would play on the goodwill of so many during these difficult times. The suspect once placed an order saying it was coming to South Brunswick Police. We have had several residents send us food, which I appreciate tremendously, but this suspect has gone to a new low. Our businesses are all struggling and every dollar matters. I am not sure there is an adequate charge for what he is doing.” Khetani used a voice override service to mask his real phone number, but South Brunswick Detective Tim Hoover and Middlesex County Prosecutors Office Detective Ryan Tighe were able to track his true identity. They believe Khetani is currently in the Orlando, Florida area.

Detectives are working with Florida authorities where Khetani is was on probation for selling fake Disney World tickets. Detectives said Khetani is currently charged with theft, additional investigation is being conducted to determine if the crimes were bias in nature. Authorities are also looking at the series of cases as potential cyber harassment.

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

The suspect Sudeep Khetani age 34 targeted the pizzerias and restaurants where he placed large food orders over the past month. Each time he indicated he would pick it up the order or it was intended for local police. In several of the follow up calls the pizzerias made to the phone number that placed the order, Khetani would make statements about Italians and wished they would be afflicted with the coronavirus. In total several thousand dollars have been lost by the pizzerias from the fraud in three counties.

16 Year Old Trenton Resident, Coughed On Shopper, Charged COVID-19 Harassment & Obstruction of Justice Incident at Wegmans

Released, April 3, 2020

WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–

INCIDENT:  2020-8704 Harassment and Obstruction of Justice
 
DATE & TIME OCCURRED:  3/31/2020 at 1223 Hours
 
LOCATION OCCURRED:  Wegmans Food Market, 240 Nassau Park Blvd.
 
VICTIM:  52 year old W/F
               Resident of Monmouth Jct., NJ 08852
 
ACTOR:  16 year old B/F  **IDENTITY NOT TO BE RELEASED
                  Resident of Trenton, NJ 08618
 
OTHER INVOLVED:  36 year old B/F (Mother of Actor)–Present at
                                                                                          the Scene
                                    Resident of Trenton, NJ 08618

DETAILS:  On Tuesday 3/31/2020 at 1223 Hours, Ptl. Abade was working a security detail outside of the Wegmans Food Market when he was approached by an employee in regards to an altercation between (2) customers.  Ptl. Abade entered the store and met with the victim who related the following; she had been waiting in line to checkout with her groceries.  A young female, was standing in front of the cart behind the victim.  The victim asked the young female is she would mind moving back.  The female did not comply and responded with an attitude.  The young female removed the mask (covering her face) and coughed at the victim.

Ptl. Abade met with the female and her mother.  The mother indicated that they were working for Instacart.  While waiting in line, the mother switched places with her daughter so they would not block the aisle behind them.  The victim began swinging her arm in their direction and advising her daughter that she was too close to the victim.  The mother & daughter claimed they had been behind their designated lines during the verbal altercation and not near the victim.  The mother continued the verbal exchange with the victim because she didn’t want the victim speaking to her daughter in the manner she was. 

Ptl. Abade met with an unaffiliated employee in the incident who indicated that the victim had asked the daughter to step back because she felt young girl was too close.  The young girl was standing in front of her cart and NOT an appropriate distance from the victim.  All (3) persons, victim, mother & daughter were engaged in a verbal argument when the daughter pulled her facial mask down, walked closer to the victim, and coughed towards the victim while claiming that she had the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  The employee subsequently notified Ptl. Abade of the incident as it was still unfolding.      

Det. Sgt. Lai picked up the investigation from there.  The juvenile was determined to be uncooperative at the scene.  After thoroughly & painstakingly gathering the facts in the incident Det. Sgt. Lai determined that the juvenile had harassed the victim by pulling down her facial mask, walking closer toward the victim, and cough towards the victim while claiming to have the deadly & highly contagious Coronavirus (COVID-19).  In addition, the juvenile had been uncooperative with the investigation.  Det. Sgt. Lai signed Juvenile Petitions against the 16 year old for Harassment and Obstruction of Justice pending a future Mercer County Family Court Appearance.         

            
 **NOTE**:  Chief Garofalo wanted to let our community know that we fully support New Jersey AG Grewal and Mercer County Prosecutor Onofri in having zero tolerance for acts such as this.  Chief Garofalo wanted to assure everyone that the WWPD will continue to bring those to justice who choose to victimize others.  Supermarkets such as Wegmans have been deemed essential by the State of New Jersey and the WWPD will use its full resources to protect their staff and the general public during this time of need.