Category: West Windsor

Overturned Vehicle On Old Trenton Road In West Windsor

July 23, 2021

WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–Around 4:10 p.m. the West Windsor Police Department and West Windsor Emergency Services responded to Old Trenton Road and Cottonwood Drive for an overturned vehicle. West Windsor and Princeton Junction Fire Companies were also dispatched to the scene but recalled due to no entrapment and no services needed. There were no injuries that needed transportation to the hospital reported in the accident.

West Windsor Police Department is investigating.

UPDATE: Quick Response To Route 1 Crash Saves Man’s Life In West Windsor

July 22, 2021

WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–West Windsor Police were detailed to a serious motor vehicle crash on U.S. Route 1 North just prior to Carnegie Center Boulevard at 1:13 p.m. on July 21, 2021.

Police said that Sgt. Brodowski was first on scene and determined that Vehicle #1, a 2016 Chevrolet Cruze driven by a resident of Franklin Park, NJ, was traveling behind Vehicle #2, a 2018 Audi Q7.  Vehicle #2, which was slowing for a red light, was rear-ended by Vehicle #1.  Vehicle #1 left no traces of trying to stop or slow down prior to impact. 

Driver #1 of the Chevrolet Cruze was found to be unconscious and injured upon arrival.  Sgt. Brodowski had to break the driver’s side window in order to extricate Driver #1 from the wreckage and began life saving efforts.  Driver #1 had been unrestrained and smashed his face into the front windshield and had no pulse and was not breathing. 

Firefighters and EMS from West Windsor Emergency Services and Capital Health Paramedics arrived and took over the care of Driver #1. 

Driver #1 was transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center as responding First Responders were able assist the man 1 in regaining a pulse.  He sustained non-life-threatening injuries to his head/face as a result of the collision. 

Vehicle #2’s two occupants were uninjured in the collision.     

The incident is still under investigation by the WWPD Traffic Unit.  If anyone has any pertinent information to share, please contact Traffic Sgt. Bal at Bal@westwindsorpolice.com or (609) 799-1222.  

Responding to the scene were:  West Windsor Police Department, West Windsor Division of Fire & Emergency Services Squad #45, Princeton Junction Volunteer Fire Company Station #44, West Windsor Volunteer Fire Company Station #43, Princeton Emergency Services – First Aid and Rescue Squad, Capital Health Paramedics, and the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office Serious Collision Response Team.

Yesterday’s MidJersey.news story here: Serious Crash On Route 1 In West Windsor


Serious Crash On Route 1 In West Windsor

UPDATE: Quick Response To Route 1 Crash Saves Man’s Life In West Windsor

July 21, 2021

WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–West Windsor Police and West Windsor Emergency Services responded to a serious MVA on U.S. Route 1 near Carnegie Boulevard around 1:00 p.m. The crash also sent Capital Health Paramedics and the Princeton First Aid and Rescue squad to the scene. The victim was rushed to the hospital by medical personnel.

West Windsor Police sent a notice to avoid the area of Route 1 North Bound at Carnegie Boulevard for an accident investigation.

West Windsor Police are investigating the crash. No further information is available at this time.

Once official information becomes available the story will be updated.






Police And Rescue Crews Search Mercer County Park For Reported Plane Down

After extensive search nothing was found

July 19, 2021

WEST WINDSOR – HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Sometime around 4:00 p.m. police received on 9-1-1 call reporting a plane down in the area of Mercer County Park that crashed in or near the lake. Police responded from both West Windsor and Hamilton Township as well as Mercer County Park Rangers. Police from the West Windsor side appeared to have at least three drones in the air and Hamilton appeared to have two drones searching. West Windsor Emergency Services, Princeton Junction Fire Company and West Windsor responded and deployed boats to search the water for any aircraft.

Police reportedly made contact with local airports to ask if there were any missing aircraft and none were reported. After a through search of the area the search was called off since nothing was found. It appears that it was a good intent call.

No further information is available at this time.



West Windsor Police Seek Information About $10K Damage To Community Park

July 1, 2021

WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–The West Windsor Police Department is actively investigating approximately $10,000.00 in Criminal Mischief to the West Windsor Community Park Cricket Pitch.  The hooligan(s) used unknown means to cause substantial damage to the center Cricket Pitch rendering the area as unplayable sometime between Tuesday 6/22/2021 and Wednesday 6/23/2021.  The WWPD is soliciting any assistance you may be able to provide in bringing those responsible to justice. 

Please feel free to contact WWPD at (609) 799-1222, our Anonymous Tip Line at (609) 799-0452


NJ Task Force One Deploys To Surfside, Miami, Florida For Building Collapse

July 1, 2021

WALL TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–The NJ Urban Search And Rescue Task Force One has deployed to Surfside, Miami, Florida for a building collapse. The team left this morning around 6:45 a.m. and was spotted in Robbinsville, NJ at New Jersey Turnpike Exit 7A with a police escort en route to Florida.

Known locals responding and/or on the team are: Brad Ladislaw, Jay Ryan, Joe Flynn, Jeff Barlow from Hamilton Township Fire Department. Lt. Michael McMahon, Planning Team Manager, from West Windsor Police Department. Scott Cook, Rescue Specialist from West Windsor Fire & Emergency Services. Mike Yeh, Task Force Leader, Princeton Emergency & Safety Services-Princeton Junction Fire Company. Trenton Fire Department Battalion Chief Dave Smolka, Technical Search, Deputy Chief Anthony Moran, Safety, and Joe Szabo, Rescue Specialist. (list updated as we get it)

Yesterday’s MidJersey.news story about the deployment: BREAKING: NJ’s Task Force 1 Called To Respond To Miami- Surfside, FL Building Collapse

New Jersey Task Force 1 Deploys to Miami

New Jersey Task Force 1 (NJ-TF1) has been activated as 1 of the 28 teams of the National Urban Search & Rescue (US&R) Response System and will be deploying tomorrow morning to assist with the rescue and recovery efforts resulting from the Champlain Tower Collapse.

NJ-TF1 is deploying as a Type 1 US&R Team consisting of 70 team members, in 21 technically skilled positions, and 10 ground support personnel. The team will be responding via; two crew carriers, three tractor-trailers, two box trucks, five F-450 crew trucks, two passenger vans, two K-9 units, two utility terrain vehicles, and a fleet service truck. A water rescue component of six boats with trailers and a water support trailer are also being deployed.

NJ-TF1 is deploying to a staging area in Miami, Florida. This will be the team’s eighth deployment as a FEMA US&R Team since 2016. The team has past experience in structural collapse from 9/11, Tropicana Hotel Parking Garage Collapse and the Hackensack Parking Garage Collapse among others.

NJOEM & NJ-TF1 continue to send our thoughts and prayers to everyone impacted by this deadly tragedy.

Our hearts go out to the brave first responders who are working around the clock in search of survivors. We’ll see you soon.

#ReadyNJ #surfside #miami #searchandrescue

Learn more about NJ-TF1 at njtf1.org

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Trenton Resident Charged In West Windsor Birthday “After” Party Stabbing At Hyatt Place

Charged: Jakeem Q. Thompson AKA “Carti” Resident of Trenton, NJ, Aggravated Assault (2 Counts), Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose (2 Counts), and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon (2 Counts)

June 30, 2021

WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)—Police said that just prior to 4:00 a.m. on Saturday June 5, 2021 the West Windsor Police Department was contacted by the Trenton Police Department (TPD) and advised that two (2) males were at the Trauma Center at Capital Health Regional Medical Center, each with multiple stab wounds.

Information provided by the victims at the hospital indicated that their injuries were sustained during an altercation that took place at Hyatt Place in West Windsor. 

West Windsor Township Police Officer LaForge responded to the hospital to begin the initial investigation. 

Victim #1 was determined to have multiple stab wounds to his right oblique/abdomen and incised cuts to the cheek and nose. Victim #2 was determined to have multiple stab wounds (abdomen, back, & forearm). 

Upon the arrival at the hospital by WWPD Detective Woodrow, Victim #2 was coming out of surgery and was listed as stable.  Further investigation revealed multiple actors had been involved in the initial altercation at a Birthday “After” Party (17th Birthday) at the Hyatt Place. 

The (2) victims were stabbed during the altercation and were ultimately transported to the hospital by others.  

Detective Woodrow and the WWPD Detective Bureau continued the arduous investigation where Jakeem Q. Thompson AKA “Carti” was found to be the actor who stabbed the (2) Victims.  Thompson was arrested in Monmouth County on unrelated charges on 6/24/2021. Thompson was later turned over to the custody of Trenton PD on an NCIC Warrant Hit, and later lodged at the Mercer County Workhouse in connection to this stabbing incident.  

The WWPD would like to thank the Trenton PD, the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office, the US Marshals Fugitive Task Force, and the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office for assistance in this investigation.  Both Victims were expected to survive their injuries although Victim #2 sustained the greater of the knifing injuries. 

It should be noted that the altercation began inside the Hyatt Place and ended outside.  No one connected to the “After’ Party contacted anyone affiliated with the Hyatt Place to report this incident to the staff.  


23 Year Old Hamilton Township Resident Killed In West Windsor Crash On Route 1

June 26, 2021

WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–On Saturday, June 26, 2021 at 3:30 a.m., West Windsor Patrol Units were detailed to a two vehicle crash on U.S. Route 1 South, approximately one quarter mile north of Carnegie Center Blvd.

When responding officers arrived on scene, they found a black Volkswagen Passat and a black Chevrolet Cruze in the roadway, both with heavy damage and injuries to the occupants. The front seat passenger of the Volkswagen Passat was also heavily entrapped in the car. Additional emergency resources were requested and responded to the scene.
 
The initial investigation revealed the following: The Volkswagen was traveling south on US Route 1 approaching Carnegie Center Blvd. The Volkswagen drove off the roadway to the right where it struck a utility pole, followed by a road sign, and then a second utility pole, before spinning back onto the roadway, disabled in the center lane with its passenger side exposed to oncoming traffic. The Chevrolet was traveling south on Rt. 1 in the center lane and struck the front passenger side of the Volkswagen.
 
After the front seat passenger of the Volkswagen was extricated from the vehicle, he was transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center initially in critical condition, however, he later succumbed to his injuries.

The driver of the Volkswagen and the two other passengers of the car were also transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center for treatment of serious injuries.

The driver of the Chevrolet was transported to the Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries.

U.S. Route 1 South between Alexander Rd. and Carnegie Center Blvd. was closed for approximately four (4) hours to conduct the investigation.
 
This crash remains under investigation. No charges have been issued at the time of this release. 

If anyone has any additional information, please contact Traffic Officer LaRoccca at LaRocca@westwindsorpolice.com, Traffic Sgt. Bal at Bal@westwindsorpolice.com, or by calling (609) 799-1222. In addition, persons can Reply with TIP to this Nixle or call our Confidential Tip Line at (609) 799-0452.

Responding to the scene were: WWPD Patrol Division, Administration, Detective Bureau, & Traffic Unit (Lead Investigators), West Windsor Division of Fire & Emergency Services (WWDFES), Princeton Junction Volunteer Fire Company (Station #44), West Windsor Volunteer Fire Company (Station #43), Capital Health Paramedics, Plainsboro EMS, Princeton EMS, Lawrence EMS, Princeton Plasma Physics Lab EMS, Plainsboro Police Department and the Mercer County Prosecutors Office Serious Collision Response Team (SCRT).

Driver #1 – 24 year old
              Resident of Hamilton, NJ 08620
 
              Front Seat Passenger of – 23 year old 
                     **DECEASED**
              Resident of Hamilton, NJ 08620
             
              Rear Seat Passenger – 24 year old
              Resident of Trenton, NJ 08611
 
              Rear Seat Passenger – 26 year old
              Resident of Trenton, NJ 08610
 
              Driver #2 – 50 year old
              Resident of Willingboro, NJ 08046
 
              * Identities not being released at this time*


Knifepoint Robbery In Mercer County Park

June 15, 2021

WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–West Windsor Police say that on Sunday June 13, 2021 at 9:02 p.m., Patrol Units were detailed to the Mercer County Park West Picnic Area (Pedestrian Trail) on a Knifepoint Robbery that had just occurred involving (2) Victims and (3) Suspects. 

West Windsor Police said the initial investigation revealed the following: The Victims had been walking along the Pedestrian Trail approx. 1/4 mile from the West Picnic area when they were confronted by the Suspects listed above.  Suspect #1 pressed a pocket style knife to Victim #1’s abdominal area while Suspect #2 placed a pocket style knife to the side of Victim #2’s neck.  The Suspects demanded the Victims’ wallets or there would they would be hurt.  The Victims complied with the demands and the Suspects fled the area on foot in an unknown direction.  A canvas of the area by Patrol Units and Detectives yielded negative results for the actors. 

The WWPD Detective Bureau is conducting a thorough follow up Investigation led by Det. Sgt. Lai and is seeking any leads, witnesses, or those who may have any pertinent information in identifying these characters.  Please contact Det. Sgt. Lai at (609) 799-1222 or our Anonymous Tip Line at (609) 799-0452, or Lai@westwindsorpolice.com. 

Suspects:

#1) Black male, mid to late 20’s, approx. 6′ tall, a “little fat”, wearing a black or blue baseball hat, black hooded sweatshirt with hood pulled over, dark colored shorts, and a black cloth mask.

#2) White male, mid to late 20’s, approx. 6′ tall, thin build, with short brown beard, wearing a tan shirt, gray pants, gold chain, black shoes, possibly had blue eyes.

#3) Black male, mid to late 20’s, approx. 5′ 05″ to 5′ 07″, thin build, tattoos on neck, tattoos of roses on forearm, wearing blue or black shirt, jeans and red colored shoes.



Brood X Cicada Invasion 2021 Update

June 11, 2021

PRINCETON – WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–It has been a little over two weeks since the last Brood X cicada update. At West Windsor in the area of Van Nest Park in the Grover’s Mill section cicadas could be heard at the park and around the memorial to the War of the Worlds.

Driving from the park to Princeton on Washington Road cicadas could be heard very loudly. Near the Carnegie Lake Rowing Association parking lot and and along the lake cicadas were so loud they were reaching 91decibles at times.

91decibles is very loud and louder than a smoke alarm. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) regulates fire codes and mandates that a smoke alarm emit a sound that is a minimum of 75 decibels. The average smoke alarm in North America exceeds that by emitting an 85-decibel alarm. The cicadas were 6 decibels louder than the average smoke alarm.

If you have not seen or heard cicadas now is the time since they will only be around for a couple more weeks.

May 26, 2021 MidJersey.News story on Brood X Cicada Invasion 2021




UPDATE: Princeton Junction Man Charged In Fatal Hit And Run

May 31, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Trenton Police Department, Acting Lieutenant Cynthia Hargis told MidJersey.news that Elber Eustaquio Yuman Davila from Princeton Junction was charged with “leaving the scene of a fatal accident” from an accident on Saturday night.

The accident occurred just after 11:00 pm. Trenton Police, Trenton Fire & TEMS, and Capital Health Paramedics responded to the intersection of South Clinton Avenue and Roebling Avenue on a person struck by a vehicle.

Capital Health Paramedics pronounced the victim deceased on the scene.

Acting Lieutenant. Hargis said in a prior MidJersey.news story that, “An alert was broadcast for the suspects vehicle, which was stopped and detained in Hamilton Township. The suspect is being questioned by the Homicide Task Force investigators.”

“The identity of the victim is still unknown at this time and when known will not be released until after notification is made to the family.” Acting Lieutenant Hargis said.


See related MidJersey.news coverage here:

Saturday Night’s Homicide Victim Identified

Investigation leads to arrest of Ewing man in connection to man who died after being assaulted, run over by a vehicle

UPDATE: Princeton Junction Man Charged In Fatal Hit And Run

UPDATE: Fatal Hit And Run In Trenton, Suspect Detained In Hamilton

Opinion: Police Radio Encryption And How The Media Got It Wrong Last Night In Trenton


Update: 29 Year Old Trenton Resident Dead In West Windsor Crash

May 24, 2021

WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–Last night at 8:37 p.m. (May 23, 2021), a Grey colored Nissan Maxima operated by a 29-year-old resident of Trenton, NJ was traveling north on Clarksville Road approaching the curve at the Meadow Road intersection. The Nissan crossed over the double yellow line and side swiped a red Ford Escape that was traveling south on Clarksville Road.

The driver of the Ford, of Holland, PA pulled over after her vehicle was struck. After striking the Ford, the Nissan continued north on Clarksville Road with both the front and rear driver side tires over the double yellow line in the southbound lane of travel.

At the intersection with Meadow Road, the Nissan collided head on with a white Chevrolet that was traveling south. 

Upon the arrival of patrol officers, the driver of the Nissan was unconscious and had no pulse. Lifesaving efforts were performed, and Driver #1 was transported to UPPMC.  However, he was pronounced dead at 9:23 pm.   All four occupants of the Chevrolet were also transported UPPMC with numerous non-life-threatening moderate/serious injuries.  The driver of the Ford sustained no injuries.  

Investigation on scene indicated that the Nissan was traveling at a high rate of speed and was unable to negotiate the curve on Clarksville Road which caused the Nissan to strike both vehicles. 

The roadway was closed for just over three hours. The ongoing investigation is being led by Traffic Officer Brown under the direction of Traffic Sgt. Bal.  If you have any pertinent information into the incident, please contact Traffic Officer Brown or Traffic Sgt. Bal at our main line (609) 799-1222, our Anonymous Tip Line (609) 799-0452, email at Brown@westwindsorpolice.com or Bal@westwindsorpolice.com.  

No Identities are being released at this time of any of the involved parties as this Investigation is ongoing and in respect to the deceased’s family.  

Responding to the scene were: West Windsor Police Department, West Windsor Division of Fire and Emergency Services, Princeton Junction Fire Company Station 44, West Windsor Volunteer Fire Company Station 43, Princeton First Aid Squad, Mercer County Prosecutors Office Serious Collision Response Team.


See last night’s MidJersey.news story here: Road Reopened After Serious Accident Investigation In West Windsor


https://local.nixle.com/alert/8733548/


Update: Road Reopened After Serious Accident Investigation In West Windsor

UPDATE HERE: Update: 29 Year Old Trenton Resident Dead In West Windsor Crash


UPDATE: Roadway was reopened just before midnight.

**REOPENED Clarksville Road/Meadow Road due to Serious Motor Vehicle Collision with Multiple Injuries.–Det. Lt. Lee

May 23, 2021

WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–Around 9:00 p.m. the West Windsor Police Department received a 9-1-1 call for a serious Crash at the intersection of Clarksville Road and Meadow Road. Police, West Windsor Emergency Services and Capital Health Paramedics responded to the scene. The accident resulted in several injuries that were transported to the local hospital.

Fire Police from Princeton Junction Fire Company and West Windsor Fire Company were at several intersections for traffic control.

West Windsor Police Department is on scene conducting a serious traffic investigation. West Windsor Police sent out the NIXLE Alert below to avoid the area:


**REOPENED Clarksville Road/Meadow Road due to Serious Motor Vehicle Collision with Multiple Injuries.–Det. Lt. Lee


**AVOID Clarksville Road at Meadow Road due to Serious Motor Vehicle Collision with Multiple Injuries.  Unknown duration for Road Closure.  AVOID AREA–FIRST RESPONDERS IN ROADWAY.–Det. Lt. Lee

Instructions:

AVOID CLARKSVILLE ROAD AT MEADOW ROAD–FIRST RESPONDERS IN ROADWAY

https://local.nixle.com/alert/8732472/


James “Jimmy” Greschak, Mercer County Fire Marshal, Laid to Rest Today

May 8, 2021

By: Colin McCormick

Revised by: Tyler Eckel

WEST WINDSOR TOWNSHIP (MERCER)– Hundreds gathered in West Windsor Township today to attend the funeral for Mercer County Fire Marshal Jim Greschak. Mr. Greschak passed away on May 2, 2021, after being diagnosed with Mesothelioma in January.

Greschak graduated from Mercer County Community College with an associates degree in Fire Science. Greschak gave lots of time to the fire service throughout his life. He joined West Windsor Fire Co. 1 in 1970, eventually serving as the rank of Captain for some time. Jim stayed in close contact with West Windsor Fire Co. 1 for over 50 years until his passing.

In 1977, Greschak had begun employment with the State of New Jersey as a fire inspector, later being appointed the rank of 2nd Assistant Fire Marshal of Mercer County in 1983. In 1992 Greschak became the 1st Assistant Fire Marshal. He took over as the Chief Fire Marshal in 2015, until his passing in May of 2021.

Greschak was a member of many myriad committees, associations, and programs. He was a charter member of the Twin W Volunteer First aid squad, and a founding member of the Mercer County Fire Protection and Prevention Association. More recently, he was closely involved with the department of Youth Fire Setters and Fire Safety for Older Adults Program. Greschak served as president of the State Association of County Fire Marshals, Secretary of West Windsor Township Fireman’s Relief Association, and was a member of the Mercer County Chiefs Association.

Through his times of fire department service, Greschak was always there and ready to help new members of the fire department with skills, knowledge, and the little things new members needed help with. He encouraged many people whether they were in the fire department, joining, or even just ordinary people.

Greschak also liked to stay close to his church. He served as a Eucharistic minister, volunteered as a teacher in the parish religious education program, and had also been a Knight of the 4th degree with the Knights of Columbus.

Greschak was a busy man but never forgot to leave time out for some of his favorite leisure activities, including skiing, deep sea fishing, and hunting. He really enjoyed watching stock car races at the local race tracks and collecting friends almost anywhere he went. On top, Greschak never enjoyed anything more than spending time with his friends and family. Jim Greschak was a kind, caring, generous, and funny soul that left a permanent mark on anyone and everyone he met. Jim was, as some would say, “the light of the party!” Jim was a brother, father, grandfather, and a friend, who treated nobody differently. Mr. Greschak is survived by his parents, sisters, daughters, and his grand daughters. His death was a strong emotional time nobody was ready for, and will be mourned by many.

Fire Marshal Jimmy Greshack, may you rest in peace sir. You will be missed by many and all. We’ll take it from here.


Firefighters held a parade of support on April 30, 2021 for Greshack and his family





Parade with multiple fire departments held for Mercer County Fire Marshal Jimmy Greschak and his granddaughter

May 1, 2021

By: Tyler Eckel

WEST WINDSOR TWP (MERCER)– There was a huge turnout for a parade held for Mercer County Fire Marshal James “Jimmy” Greschak, and his three-year-old granddaughter, Friday evening.

The drive-by parade began at about 7:00 pm in support of Greschak, who was diagnosed with Mesothelioma in January, combined with a birthday drive by for his granddaughter, Abigail’s, third birthday. Multiple pieces of apparatus and other emergency vehicles from every fire company in the county, and even some other counties, showed up to show their support.

Many know Greschak as the Mercer County Fire Marshal, or through the County Fire Chiefs Association, County Firemen’s Relief Association, and County Fire Officials. He is also a 50 year member of the West Windsor Fire Company. Others may know Greschak as a Eucharistic Minister at St. David’s, a Knight of Columbus, a Ski Club member, and from other activities.

Greschak’s family expressed their gratitude for the parade, saying, “Drive By Support My father Jim Greschak, was diagnosed with Mesothelioma in January. We have been touched by the amount of his friends that have reached out or tried to reach out to connect with dad and wish him well. I would like to thank Chief Kevin Applegate and the West Windsor Fire Co. for their support in this drive by and through this ordeal.”


Message from West Windsor Fire Company:

A heartfelt thank you to all the Mercer County First Responders that showed up today in support of Jimmy Greschak and his family! Your support was uplifting to them during this difficult time. It was an honor to return some of the kindness that Jimmy has shown all of us throughout his career in the fire service. Thank you for brightening their day.










Anthony Greco photos:


West Windsor Police Seek Information On Actors That Stole A BMW And Other Criminal Acts

April 28, 2021

WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–On Sunday April 25, 2021 the WWPD had multiple reports involving criminal activity at the Windsor Haven Development during the overnight hours.  A 2003 BMW 525 was stolen from a driveway while other unsecured vehicles in the neighborhood were rifled through.  We are currently searching for anyone who may have Video Surveillance in the area.  To date, we are looking for (2) actors who were in a dark colored Jeep Wrangler (4) door with unknown license plates (See attached photo of SIMILAR to type of vehicle).    

     If you have any information that may be helpful in assisting us, please contact the WWPD at (609) 799-1222, our Anonymous Tip Line at (609) 799-0452, responding to this Nixle, or contacting Det. J. Jones at JJones@westwindsorpolice.com.  As always, we thank our community for helping us to help you.–Det. Lt. Lee 


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Three vaccine mini-clinics for eligible teens 16 and 17 Who Attend Robbinsville, West Windsor or Hightstown

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Pfizer Vaccination for Eligible Teens April 27-29 The West Windsor Health Department is partnering with Hamilton Township, Princeton and Olden Pharmacy to offer Pfizer COVID-19 vaccinations to individuals 16 and 17 years of age who live, work or attend school in West Windsor, Robbinsville or Hightstown.

These mini clinics will be held from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 27, Wednesday, April 28 and Thursday, April 29. Appointments are required and parents or guardians must attend the clinic. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact the Health Department at 609-936-8400 or email vaccine@westwindsortwp.com


West Windsor Drug Take Back Event To Be Held Saturday April 24

April 22, 2021

WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 9.7 million people misused prescription pain relievers, 4.9 million people misused prescription stimulants, and 5.9 million people misused prescription tranquilizers or sedatives in 2019. The survey also showed that a majority of misused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.

The DEA’s Take Back Day events provide an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths.  Chief Garofalo is thrilled to have Wegmans be this year’s sponsor and Recovery Advocates of America join us for Take Back Day. 

Location: West Windsor Police Department , 271 Clarksville Rd, West Windsor Township, NJ 08550



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Serious Motor Vehicle Crash In West Windsor Leads To DWI, Assault By Auto, Child Endangerment And Other Charges

Serious Motor Vehicle Crash, DWI, Assault by Auto, Endangerment of a Child, Fugitive from Justice, Contempt of Court, and Driving with a Suspended License

April 22, 2021

WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–On Wednesday April, 14, 2021 at 6:18 pm, the West Windsor Police Department was detailed to a Serious Motor Vehicle Crash on US Route 1 North at the Hyatt Regency Princeton.  Upon the arrival of police, Vehicle #1, a 2007 Acura RDX was located approximately 150′ off of the roadway.  Vehicle #2, a 2017 Nissan Rogue was in the shoulder of US Route 1 North at the exit ramp for Alexander Road.  Driver #1, Jaclyn A. Hens, was semi unconscious with inquires to several areas of the body.  A (6) year old passenger of Vehicle #1 sustained a severe leg injury.  
                  

Police said the following was determined:  The Acura and the Nissan had been traveling Northbound on US Route 1 with the Nissan being in the center lane of travel.  The Acura, from behind, struck the  Nissan.  The Acura continued to the right and veered off of the roadway where it struck a tree and came to an uncontrolled rest afterward.  Hens was determined to be DWI.  West Windsor Emergency Services transported Hens and the (6) year old to Capital Health Regional Fuld for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.  
                   

In addition to being DWI, Hens was found to be a Suspended Driver with an Outstanding Warrant from Hamilton Township (Atlantic County).  Neither Hens nor the (6) year old were properly restrained inside of the vehicle at the time of the collision.  Hens was subsequently released from Hamilton Township pending a future court date.  No other injuries were reported or observed.    


                  Hens was charged with DWI, Assault by Auto, Child Endangerment, Contempt of Court, Failure to Maintain a Lane, Reckless Driving, Driving While Suspended, (2) Counts of Failure to Use Restraints pending a future date at the Mercer County Superior Court.  


Hazardous Materials Incident In West Windsor Township

April 9, 2021

WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–West Windsor Emergency Services and Princeton Junction Fire Department responded to 3490 Route 1 North, Building 19 for a carbon monoxide alarm around 6:15 pm. Upon arrival firefighters using their meters reported that they were getting readings of 50,000 parts per million of carbon monoxide and a very high reading on a combustible gas meter. The building was evacuated and the West Windsor Services Hazardous Materials Team was called to the scene. The building was vented by opening doors and windows and circulating fresh air using positive pressure fans. The hazardous materials team cleaned up a spilled flammable liquid and placed in a salvage drum. There was no information available to the name of the liquid spilled. The incident was completed by 10:10 pm. No other information is available. Information is from witnesses, and on scene reporting if official information is released the story will be updated.


West Windsor Township Police Blotter February 2021

March 8, 2021

WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–The West Windsor Township Police Department February 2021 Police Blotter contains incidents until March 6, 2021 as listed below. Please note that charges are merely accusations and that the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.


INCIDENT:  2021-3424  Possession of Heroin
                                           Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
 
DATE & TIME OCCURRED:  02/04/21  at  11:28 AM
 
LOCATION OCCURRED:  U.S. Route 1 and Meadow Rd.
 
OFFICER:  Sgt. F. Bal #467
                      Ptl. W. Silcox #587      
                      Sgt. S. Kivet & K-9 Quori (Robbinsville Police Department)           
 
WHO: (ARRESTED, INJURED, DRIVER, VICTIM, OTHER)
Arrested: Zachary J. Schwartz
                Resident of Penndell, PA 19047
 
DETAILS:  Sgt. Bal initiated a stop on a silver Honda Accord sedan for speeding. Ptl. Silcox #587 and Sgt. Kivet (Robbinsville PD) along with his narcotic detecting K9 Quori assisted during the stop.  During the investigation, Zachary Schwartz was found to be in possession of heroin and drug paraphernalia. Schwartz was processed at WWPD Headquarters and released pending a future date at Mercer County Superior Court.
 
OFFICER PREPARING RELEASE:  DSgt. J. Lai #470
 
DATE OF RELEASE: 3/6/2021
 
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INCIDENT:  2021-4307  Service of Warrants
 
DATE & TIME OCCURRED:  2/12/21  at  5:03 PM
 
LOCATION OCCURRED:  MarketFair, 3535 U.S. Route 1
 
WHO: (ARRESTED, INJURED, DRIVER, VICTIM, OTHER)
Arrested: Shaunna A. Hvasta
                Resident of Hamilton, NJ 08610      
 
OFFICER:  Sgt. L. Brodowski  #479                    
 
DETAILS:  Sgt. Brodowski observed an unoccupied vehicle parked in the “Fire Lane” at the MarketFair mall. When he checked the vehicle’s registration, it was determined to be suspended. When the driver, Shaunna Hvasta came out to her vehicle, she initially provided a false name to Sgt. Brodowski. After she finally provided her driver’s license to him, she was found to have two warrants for her arrest from Hamilton Twp. Hvasta was processed at WWPD Headquarters and released pending a future date at Hamilton Municipal Court.
 
OFFICER PREPARING RELEASE:  DSgt. J. Lai #470
 
DATE OF RELEASE: 3/6/2021
 
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INCIDENT:  2021-4503  Robbery
 
DATE & TIME OCCURRED:  02/14/21  at  1:17 PM
 
LOCATION OCCURRED:  Ulta Beauty, 540 Nassau Park Blvd.
 
OFFICER:  Ptl. M. Nagy #561                                        
 
DETAILS:  Patrol units responded to Ulta Beauty on the report of two females who had shoplifted from the store. Investigation determined the following: Two female suspects entered the store together and immediately went to the designer fragrances aisle. They took out reusable shopping bags they had concealed under their clothing, grabbed multiple packages of designer perfume off the shelf, and stuffed them into their bags. The store manager observed this unusual shopping behavior and told the suspects to stop. One of the suspects then threatened to use Mace® if they did not stay away. After filling their bags with over 100 bottles of fragrance worth almost $10,000, they ran from the store. The suspects got into a black Acura ILX with a registration from Maryland and fled the scene.
 
OFFICER PREPARING RELEASE:  DSgt. J. Lai #470
 
DATE OF RELEASE: 3/6/2021
 
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INCIDENT:  2021-5416   Fugitive (Wanted Person)
 
DATE & TIME OCCURRED:  2/23/21  at  9:29 Hours
 
LOCATION OCCURRED:  Larry’s Sunoco, 3729 U.S. Route 1
 
OFFICER:  Sgt. L. Brodowski #479               
 
WHO: (ARRESTED, INJURED, DRIVER, VICTIM, OTHER)
Arrested: Kenneth R. Galloway Jr.
                Resident of Louisville, KY 40208
 
DETAILS:  Sgt. Brodowski was detailed to the Larry’s Sunoco gas station for a male requesting assistance after being left stranded there. Sgt. Brodowski met with Kenneth Galloway who stated that he had no money and no way to call anyone for help. Sgt. Brodowski offered him a ride which he accepted. As per procedure, Sgt. Brodowski identified him prior to allowing him into his patrol car. That is when Galloway was found to be a “Wanted” Fugitive from Kentucky with full Extradition. Galloway was taken into custody, processed at WWPD Headquarters, and transported to the Mercer County Correction Center to await extradition to Kentucky.
 
OFFICER PREPARING RELEASE:  DSgt. J. Lai #470
 
DATE OF RELEASE: 3/6/2021
 
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INCIDENT:  2021-5588  Fugitive (Wanted Person)
 
DATE & TIME OCCURRED:  02/25/21  at  3:05 PM
 
LOCATION OCCURRED:  U.S. Route 1 and Quakerbridge Rd.
 
WHO: (ARRESTED, INJURED, DRIVER, VICTIM, OTHER)
Arrested: Michael S. Brooks
                Resident of Trenton, NJ 08611
 
OFFICER:  Ptl. B. Caufield #5107                  
 
DETAILS:  Ptl. B. Caulfield initiated a stop on a white 2015 Honda sedan after observing it make an unsafe lane change in front of a dump truck causing it to brake abruptly. The driver also failed to signal the lane change and the vehicle registration was suspended and expired. During the stop, Michael Brooks was determined to be a “Wanted” Fugitive out of Hudson County. Brooks was processed at WWPD Headquarters and transported to the Mercer County Correction Center.
 
OFFICER PREPARING RELEASE:  DSgt. J. Lai #470
 
DATE OF RELEASE: 3/6/2021
 
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INCIDENT:  2021-5418  Possession of Methamphetamine
                                           Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
                                           Lewdness
 
DATE & TIME OCCURRED:  02/23/21  at  9:25 PM
 
LOCATION OCCURRED:  Home Sense, 220 Nassau Park Blvd.
 
OFFICER:  Ptl. K. LaForge #5104                   
 
WHO: (ARRESTED, INJURED, DRIVER, VICTIM, OTHER)
Arrested:  Jeffrey S. Whitman
                 Resident of Fairless Hills, PA 19030
 
DETAILS:  Patrol units were detailed to the Home Sense store for the report of a suspicious male who was masturbating aggressively through his pants in the presence of a female customer. The male, identified as Jeffrey Whitman, left the store and was observed to be seated in a green Honda sedan with a Pennsylvania registration when Ptl. LaForge arrived on scene. During the investigation, Whitman was found to be in possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. Whitman was processed at WWPD Headquarters and released pending a future date at Mercer County Superior Court.
 
OFFICER PREPARING RELEASE:  DSgt. J. Lai #470
 
DATE OF RELEASE: 3/6/2021
 
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INCIDENT:  2021-5607  Burglary (Residential)
                                           Theft
                                           Criminal Mischief
                                           Service of Warrant(s)
 
DATE & TIME OCCURRED:  02/25/21  at  8:00 PM
LOCATION OCCURRED:  Residence in Sherbrook Estates
 
WHO: (ARRESTED, INJURED, DRIVER, VICTIM, OTHER)
Arrested: Charles E. Washington
                Resident of Trenton, NJ 08609
 
OFFICER(S): Sgt. D. Jelinski #463
                          Det. M. Erkoboni #5102
                          Ptl. D. Fiore #5105
                          Ptl. C. Crawford #5108
                          Ptl. P. Buchanan #5109
                          Ptl. G. DeBlasio #5111
                                            
DETAILS:  Patrol units responded to a residential burglary in progress. Upon arrival at the house, Patrol Officers found Charles Washington in the fenced backyard of the residence with a mop stick in his hand. He was told to put the stick down, he complied with officers, and was taken into custody. Investigation determined that Washington had likely used the mop stick to break a window to get into the sunroom portion of the house. He could not get into the main portion of the house because the rear sliding door was locked, so he began stealing what he could from the sunroom by putting the items into a trash can he took from a nearby house. Washington was also found to have two warrants for his arrest from Camden. He was transported to the hospital for treatment of cuts he received from the broken glass. After Washington was medically released from the hospital, he was processed at WWPD Headquarters, and then transported the Mercer County Correction Center.
 
OFFICER PREPARING RELEASE:  DSgt. J. Lai #470
 
DATE OF RELEASE:
 
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INCIDENT:  2021-5767  DWI
 
DATE & TIME OCCURRED:  02/28/21  at  6:40 AM
 
LOCATION OCCURRED:  U.S. Route 1 and Carnegie Center Dr.        
 
OFFICER:  Ptl. E. McQuade #597                   
 
WHO: (ARRESTED, INJURED, DRIVER, VICTIM, OTHER)
Arrested: Shana N. Snyder
                Resident of Jacksonville, FL 32225
 
DETAILS:  Ptl. McQuade responded to a single car crash in the area of U.S. Route 1 and the MarketFair mall. Upon his arrival on scene, he found a black Chevrolet SUV disabled and damaged in the left lane. Investigation determined that the SUV struck the center barrier at the intersection of U.S. Route 1 and Carnegie Center Dr. After the impact the SUV traveled over 1000 feet before coming to a stop. The driver, Shana Snyder, was determined to be DWI. After all processing was completed, she was released pending a future date at West Windsor Municipal Court.
 
OFFICER PREPARING RELEASE:  DSgt. J. Lai #470
 
DATE OF RELEASE: 3/6/2021
 
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*Please note that charges are merely accusations and that the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.


UPDATE: 3 Injured In West Windsor Crash

January 31, 2021

WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–On Saturday January 30, 2021 at 7:59 pm, Lawrence Township and West Windsor Police Department Patrol Units, West Windsor Emergency Services, Princeton Junction Fire Company, and West Windsor Fire Company were detailed to the intersection of Quakerbridge Road at Nassau Park Boulevard on a report of a Serious Motor Vehicle Crash with entrapment.

Two occupants of a Toyota Prius (Vehicle #1) were trapped, a 61-year-old driver suffered a trauma injury and the 64-year-old passenger suffered a life threating injury, both were West Windsor residents. Members of the Princeton Junction and West Windsor Fire Companies extricated the trapped occupants of vehicle #1.  

A 45-year-old driver and 42-year-old passenger in a Nissan Armada (Vehicle # 2) of Hopewell were not injured. The driver of a Hyundai Vera Cruz (Vehicle # 3) a resident of Trenton suffered neck and back pain.

All of the injured parties were attended to while the roadway was shut down including US Route 1 South’s Quakerbridge Road (West) exit ramp.  Driver #1 and the front seat Passenger of the Toyota Prius were ultimately removed from their Vehicle and the driver of  Hyundai were all taken to the Trauma Center at Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton

The initial investigation revealed the following:  Vehicle #1, a 2005 Toyota Prius, had been traveling southbound on Nassau Park Boulevard, was approaching the Quakerbridge Road intersection, and was attempting a left turn.  Vehicle #2, a 2020 Nissan Armada, was traveling northbound on Province Line Road (Lawrence Township), was approaching the Quakerbridge Road intersection and was attempting to continue straight through the intersection.  Vehicle #3, a 2007 Hyundai Vera Cruz, was traveling westbound on Quakerbridge Road, was attempting to turn right onto Nassau Park Boulevard.  The intersection is governed by a traffic signal.  Vehicles #1 and #2 collided in the intersection.  The force of the collision sent Vehicle #2 careening into Vehicle #3.  All (3) Vehicles remained in their final resting places.  The roadway remained closed for approximately 2 1/2 Hours.  

This incident remains under investigation.  No charges have been issued at the time of this release.  If anyone has any additional pertinent information, please contact Traffic Officer McQuade at McQuade@westwindsorpolice.com, Traffic Sgt. Bal at Bal@westwindsorpolice.com , or calling (609) 799-1222. 

** All Identities withheld at this time**

Read last night’s MidJersey.news breaking news story here: BREAKING: Accident Investigation at Quakerbridge Road and Nassau Park Blvd.

BREAKING: Accident Investigation at Quakerbridge Road and Nassau Park Blvd.

January 30, 2021

Read update here: UPDATE: 3 Injured In West Windsor Crash

WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–Around 8:00 pm a multi-vehicle accident occurred at the intersection of Nassau Park Boulevard and Quakerbridge Road trapping two people in one of the vehicles. Firefighters from West Windsor and Lawrence Township responded for the rescue, West Windsor EMS-Emergency Services, Princeton First Aid, and Capital Health Paramedics. West Windsor and Lawrence Township Police responded and provided traffic control. At least two people were extricated and then transported to the Trauma Center at Capital Health Regional Medical Center from the accident. One person had minor injuries and one was transported with more serious injuries needing for a “trauma alert” to be called.

West Windsor Police closed the roadway and conducted a accident investigation. The roadway was reopened by 10:15 pm.

This is a breaking news report. West Windsor Police will be issuing a press release sometime tomorrow and once received the story will be updated and any corrections made.

Mercer County Sheriff Warns Of Phone Scam

January 22, 2021

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

COVID-19 Vaccination Sites Planned At CURE Arena And MCCC

January 16, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Mercer County plans on opening an COVID-19 vaccination site at CURE Insurance Arena in Trenton in partnership with Capital Health System. An additional vaccination site is planned at Mercer County Community College and will be managed by the County Health Officer’s Association. See full press rease below from Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes:

Dear Mercer County Community,

The State of New Jersey this week ramped up its COVID-19 vaccination efforts, and Mercer County is preparing to do the same. The County will open a vaccination site at CURE Insurance Arena in Trenton in partnership with Capital Health System, which will manage the site. The opening date is dependent on vaccine supply but a soft opening is planned next week.

We had a successful partnership with Capital Health during the COVID-19 testing program we established last spring, and I can’t think of a more fitting partner for this next phase of the pandemic response – the vaccination phase. Like other vaccination locations, this site will be for those eligible under the state’s phasing plan that is designed to ensure that those most at risk are prioritized.

Mercer County also is working on opening a vaccination site  at Mercer County Community College that would be managed by the County Health Officers Association and utilize all of the resources and staffing available from the municipal and county health offices. The arena and MCCC vaccination locations will supplement, not replace, smaller sites including those currently being operated by municipal health departments and other health care facilities in Mercer County. If you have questions about the CURE Insurance Arena or MCCC vaccination sites, please email publichealth@mercercounty.org.

As of this morning, at least 7,342 vaccine doses had been administered in Mercer County, according to the state Department of Health. While we all want to see that number grow exponentially, we are simply not getting enough vaccine from the federal government, and we are using every single dose we receive. 

I ask that everyone be patient throughout what will be a months-long vaccination process and continue to take basic preventive measures to reduce the spread of the virus, which is still rampant in our community and seemingly everywhere else. Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth; keep a least 6 feet away from other people; practice good hand hygiene; avoid large gatherings; and stay home if you are sick.

Anyone can – and everyone should – pre-register to receive a vaccination by visiting the state’s online portal at https://covidvaccine.nj.gov. The state expects to have a consumer call center up and running soon to assist people without Internet access in scheduling appointments, and to help answer general inquiries and questions. Those who have pre-registered will be notified when they are eligible to make a vaccination appointment. The state is compiling a list of designated vaccination locations for eligible recipients. That list will continue to grow.

For more information on who is eligible, and how to get vaccinated if you are eligible, please visit the state’s COVID-19 Vaccine website.

In addition to vaccinations, Mercer County continues to respond to the pandemic through testing, contact tracing and support. The County, in partnership with Vault Health Services, is offering a free COVID-19 saliva test on the next two Tuesdays – Jan. 19 and 26 – at the CURE Insurance Arena in Trenton. For details, please visit the COVID-19 Testing page on the County website, where you’ll also find information on the County’s at-home testing program.

These are trying times but we will get through them. Let’s continue to support each other and keep each other safe. Let’s continue to work together.

Brian M. Hughes

Mercer County Executive



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.